5 ways to get back into reading
Being inspired by reading to a child
When it all changed
So if like me, you’ve let reading slack because of ‘life’, here are 5 ways to get back into reading
Sun, moon, stars ~ essential oils
The search for the right diffuser
Sun, moon, stars ~ working with the moon
A journey to the sun, moon and stars
Simplifying my journey
New and full moon info sheets
To find out much, much more…
Why you should get on your bike
Before we moved house, I used to bike to work. It took around 30 minutes and although I would often feel sluggish and have the can’t-be-bothered mentality before I started out, once I’d arrived I felt great. There’s nothing like a good bike ride to wake you up!
That feeling of being invigorated from biking before you start work is something else. It helps to lower your blood pressure and therefore reduce stress for starters. I’d cross paths with colleagues in the corridors after locking my bike up in the secure bike shed and they’d be heading straight to get a coffee. Not me. No need with all that fresh air pumping through me! If you could bottle the ‘just biked’ feeling, you’d never look back. Once you’ve started biking and you remember that feeling, it makes getting into gear so much easier. You don’t have to go far to get kitted out either.
Admittedly, it took me a while to get used to biking after however many years of driving. First there was getting used to the saddle, which I changed to a more comfortable one. Boy do you know about it when your saddle’s too hard! Then there’s making sure your helmet’s the right fit and is actually fitted on your head properly. Not forgetting the lights of course. It’s useful to get the sort that you can easily snap on and off, making them portable and not open for the taking… talking of which, you can get kits to security mark your bike too. Very handy and good to know. The security markers are often only visible under infra-red but you can of course put a visual deterrent on your bike too. A good lock is essential for any bike owner.
You can accessorise with a pretty bell and you can even get bluetooth speakers for your bike now too… with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes!
It’s a good idea to build your bike ride into your routine if you can, that’s when it becomes a habit. And what a great habit to have. There’s no easier way to build a bike ride into your routine than pedalling to and from work! That habit loop lifts your spirits and is the perfect antidote for our busy lives, helping to keep us in top condition, mentally and physically. All in all it’s great for your wellbeing.
Why stop at the weekend? With a range of bikes for men, women, kids and also unisex, there’s really no reason not to get out and get into the fresh air!
Have you got on your bike lately? Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .
*This is a collaborative post
5 reasons pets are good for a child
Review of Owl Hot Water Bottle
You know when you just want to get snuggly and cosy? If your home is anything like mine, you’ll be all snuggly in one room, off you go to bed and you get into your cold bed! Well, not anymore! Our old hot water bottle had been well-loved, well-used and become unsafe because the rubber had perished.
Enter stage left, this cute owl hot water bottle from The Hot Water Bottle Shop! I mean, just look at it, begging to be cuddled and snuggled!
What I love about it
What I particularly love about this cover is that it’s quirky. It’s not just any old cover you might get from your local chemist or from a hardware store. It’s inviting, it’s easy to open, easy to slide your water bottle inside and easy to do up again.
This one has a button which might appear fiddly but it’s not. It not only keeps your hot water bottle ‘hot’ but it keeps is secure too. Over the years I’ve found that some covers stretch and you wake up stuck to a hot water bottle that’s now tepid and has left an imprint in your thigh! Not so snuggly!
What about the price?
At £18.99, this is very good value in my opinion. The cover is well made and has stood the test over several months in my clutches and through the Beast from the East (if you’re reading this in ‘archive mode’, do you remember that storm?!). You really can’t get a better test than that!
As the product description says, this: uses an ultra-modern, thermoplastic rubberless design which does not only make it easy-to-use and comfortable but eco-sustainable too. This product is made from 80% renewable materials, is PVC free, recyclable and unlike may other hot water bottle odourless.
Not only is the bottle odourless, but you can freshen up the washable cover too. Win, win!
What about you? Have you snuggled up with your hot water bottle lately? Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere.
*I was gifted this item for the purposes of this review but all views are my own.
How to have a wonder-filled family adventure
What is wonder? Is it being amazed at something? Is it being in awe? Is it experiencing something for the first time? Is it doing something or going somewhere you’ve been before?
The answer is, surely all of the above?
To have our wonder-filled family adventure, we chose to visit one of our favourite places. Why is Ferry Meadows one of our favourite places?
Diary of a bookworm
I came across this fun post from Jo Tracey and thought I’d join in. I absolutely love getting absorbed in a book, sometimes ‘lost’ in a book and I do my utmost to read a bit of my current book every day. I’ve recently rekindled this habit and I love it!
So here we go: