Autumn Health Habits You Should Be Forming

After a lovely summer of holidays, hanging out with friends and enjoying some quality time outdoors, it’s time to refocus on your health. Autumn is a great time to give your mental and physical health a boost, ready in time for winter. To help you get started, here’s a rundown of some top autumn health habits you should be forming.
Eating a balanced diet

It’s easy to let your diet summer between holidays and days out picnicking in the sun. Autumn is the best time to recover and get back into the habit of making nice, home-cooked meals packed with nutrients. Soups, stews and casseroles make nice hearty dishes that can bulk-prepared and feature plenty of vegetables to help you get those vitamins and antioxidants. Take a look at some tasty autumn recipes and start eating right this season.

Get exercising outdoors

Just because the weather’s chillier, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a bit of outdoor exercise to get your blood pumping and help you stay fit. Walking is a great exercise to enjoy during the autumn months, and you can get some great cross country walking tips to make sure you’ve got all the essentials prepared. Outdoor classes or cycling are other popular ways to get fit, while autumn is a great time of year to take up running as the conditions are optimal for avoiding heatstroke or dehydration.

Give your skin a detox

A summer spent in the sun can cause problems for your skin. Being exposed to UV rays, sunburn and a lack of moisture can all leave your skin looking dull and tired – which is why an autumn detox is essential. You’ll find some great tips for detoxing your skin online, including recommendations for products to use. Make sure that you use a detoxing clay face mask once a week to help your skin recover from damage and restore your skin to glowing health. A good moisturiser will also help to ward off dry skin during the colder weather to make sure it stays hydrated and soft.

Get a good night’s sleep 

Sleep is one of the most important lifestyle elements for you to care about, and you should be aiming to get at least 8 hours a day. It can be tricky to establish a good sleep routine after a summer spent enjoying lie ins and late nights, but it’s important for your health that you try. Try to avoid electronics an hour before bed and if you can, do a bit of yoga before you sleep. This will help to calm your mind and prepare your body to snooze and leave you feeling great. 
While it’s important to take care of your health all year round, autumn can be a good time to get back on track.Taking care of yourself now could help you to ward off pesky colds and viruses and keep your health in check through the winter.A hectic summer can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, but forming some nice healthy habits will help you feel re-energised and ready for the months ahead.

Detox Tea – Te Divinia – Day Five Review

I’m already on day five of my review of Te Devinia’s detox tea! This week has gone so quickly!

So, let me update you on what’s been going on. In my last article, I mentioned about a flush that you should expect when you’re taking the detox tea, which basically flushes all of the horrible toxins and crap out of your colon. I also mentioned that I hadn’t had one yet, and then once my article was published, guess who had a flush?

It doesn’t hurt at all it just kind of happens, and I’ve got to admit I have felt even less bloated since it happened!

What about food?

I have been trying my best to eat as healthy as possible all week. There have been some minor slip ups, but I feel like I’m eating better than I was before, especially since my flush.

I am going to continue eating healthily even after this review has ended because I feel like I’ve been experimenting more in the kitchen, and I’m sure Mr. Pie has loved not having to cook!

I’ve now got two days left of the review, and I think I might even have some tea leftover as well so I will keep using it after the weigh in day.

Check back on Monday for my results!


Don’t Let Good Habits Die Hard In A New Relationship

Entering a new relationship is always an exciting time. You wake up thinking about them and go to sleep with a smile on your face. Every text gives you butterflies and the time you spend together seems to go too quickly. It is, however, too easy to slip into bad routines as you become more comfortable with one another, and you can soon begin to slip into bad routines that can be bad for your money, mind, and health. In this article are going to be some ways that you can ensure none of these things happen.


Even though going out on dates to restaurants, bars, and other exciting places is brilliant, make sure that you’re budgeting all of this cost into your regular income. Not wanting to have to say no is totally understandable, but you should simply just explain that you can’t afford it at the moment. It’s easy to think to yourself that you will be fine, but when it comes to the crunch you can’t pay your bills.


Instead of going out and spending lots of money, you could offer to cook for your new partner. There’s nothing better than eating a home cooked meal, renting a movie and snuggling on the sofa. It will also give you both a chance to get to know each other a little bit more without the distractions of the outside world.



Even though you probably want to spend every waking second with them, having time away from each other is good for both of you. One mistake that many people make is being together all of the time and forgetting who they were when they were single. Make sure that you’re still creating time to spend with your friends. Neglecting them could be a bad idea, especially if your new relationship doesn’t work out. Being with your new partner all of the time will make you rely on them, and keeping your independence is important especially for those times where you are out with your friends separately. You want to be able to enjoy the time you have alone with your friends without worrying what your partner is up to. Trust is key in any relationship, new or old.


Spending time alone will also give you the chance to make sure that you’re looking after yourself properly. Taking a long hot bath, making a meal and catching up on your favorite TV shows will get you back to yourself in no time. Plus, you’ve heard the saying distance makes the heart grow fonder right?



As mentioned earlier, you might be going out on many dates and eating amazing meals, but have you thought about how this will have an effect on your health? It’s easy to gain some weight as you become content with your new partner, but be careful not to let yourself slip too much because it could massively decline your health.


Instead of opting for the plush meals that are on offer at the restaurant, why not ask if they could substitute the fries out for a salad, or even opting for a meal with fewer calories in? Most menus these days display the nutritional value. Try to go for something that’s going to be kinder to your waistline.


Making sure that you don’t neglect your skin care is also important too. We all have our own routines of washing and moisturizing our skin and when you enter a new relationship it’s easy to forget about. Keep up with your usual routine will keep your skin looking and feeling at it’s best. Try using organic essential oils with your skin care routine. They can also work wonders around the home and give off great health benefits like easier breathing and sleeping.


If you have an exercise routine (which if you don’t, you should) make sure that you keep that up as much as possible too. It’s as easy to gain weight through not exercising just as easy as it is through eating more than you’re used to. If your new partner has a routine too, maybe you could do it together to encourage each other not to quit on yourselves.


It’s likely that you won’t be spending as much time at home because you will be out and about with your partner, and possibly staying over for the night at their home once in awhile too. One thing that many people admit to when they get into a new relationship is their home becomes neglected and forgotten about while they’re off having fun. They admit to becoming lazy when it comes to household chores and DIY tasks. Make sure that you take time to keep your home up to scratch. There’s nothing worse than having to try and quickly wash and dry an outfit for a date. If you keep up with all of your chores you shouldn’t have any problems. Also, imagine your new partner coming over to your home and it was in a mess? You’d be mortified.


Progressing in the relationship

It comes to a stage in most relationships where both parties are ready to move in together, and take things forward. If you’re at this stage then make sure that again, you don’t neglect your money, health, friends and home. Wherever you will both be living, make sure that you set up chores for the both of you to be doing. Many relationships suffer when the couple decides to move in together because one of them doesn’t do their housework; therefore arguments arise.


Make sure that you still make time for your friends too. You could host dinner parties at home and invite both yours and your partners friends to mingle. This way, you can spend time with your friends and your loved one. It’s likely that if you’ve moved in together that you can see some sort of future, so it’s understandable that you’d want to spend a little more time together than before. Although, many couples admit to struggling when they move in together because of how much more time they have to spend together. It can be hard when you’re used to your own space to then suddenly have to share it with your partner.


Money can also be a big issue when you move in with a partner, especially if one of you earns a considerable amount more than the other. Before moving in, sit down together and estimate how much your property will need for utility bills, rent/mortgage, food and any luxuries you both want. Once you have a figure, work out who will be paying which bills but make sure you’re keeping it fair to both parties. You will also need to work out how you’re going to keep all of your spare money. You might choose to keep your spare money separate. If this is the case, then you can each save for separate things that you want. Many couples though, choose to combine their spare money to save for something for their future. This might be saving for a deposit on a property, a new car, or even a holiday for the pair of you. Whichever you decide to go for, make sure you plan all of this before moving in together.


Moving in together often poses a threat on the relationship because of the decision to unite and live together. It’s likely that in your spare time away from work you will both be doing things together, and because some people are used to being alone it might be hard for them to adapt to living with someone. It’s true that you never really know someone until you move in with them. Moving in can also bring out bad habits that you might not have seen before.


Another thing that you should both establish if you’re choosing to move in together is what you both see from your future together. Many couples rush to move in together because they’re loved up and don’t truly know each other and their plans in life. Relationships often break down because one party wants children, whereas the other half doesn’t. Make sure you’re both in it for the long haul, and with a similar outcome.


It seems like there are a lot of things to think about, and a lot of rules to follow when you get into a new relationship. In the reality of it all though, trusting your common sense and following your heart will land you with someone that you can see a future with. There’s no rules when it comes to love. It just happens. If you find yourself falling in love then run with it, because it’s the most amazing thing in this world!

Detox Tea – Te Divinia – Day Three Review

This week I have been reviewing Te Divinia for a good friend of mine. Even though today is day four, I’m giving you my day three review today. I was meant to do it yesterday but another good friend of mine went into early stages of labour so I had her children for the day so she could try and sort herself out – still no appearance from baby though!

Anyway, I’ve been doing the detox tea for three days now. I’m refusing to weigh myself until a week has passed but I’m hoping to have lost a few pounds by then! I definitely feel less bloated, which has been lovely!

Also, normally I suffer from severe heartburn and indigestion and I have to take omeprazole. I ran out a few days ago and while waiting for my prescription to be renewed I haven’t suffered at all which has been a refreshing change to normal.

Before I started the detox tea, my friend told me that I should expect a “flush”, which is basically me being sat on the toilet while my body clears out all of the nasty crap from my colon. This hasn’t happened yet but saying that I missed two of my teas yesterday. I have, however, felt sensations is my stomach like things are moving about so I think that might be soon!

I’ll give you all another update on day five or six and let you all know on my progress!

The Only Healthy Lifestyle Choices You Should Care About

We hear a lot about being healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, we hear too much. So much so that it’s not easy to be able to work out what you should be doing to keep yourself happy, healthy, and on track. There’s a lot to take in, and if you were to try and make every change, you’d probably find yourself leading a life you’re unhappy with. So what are you to do? Well, you need to focus on the choices that can make a difference, and not just to your health, but to your mood and happiness overall. So let’s take a look at five that can do just that.


Learn To Love Exercise


Although you may despise it and think it’s best left to the fitness buffs, you’re going to want to learn to love exercise – or at least like it. If you want to be healthy, exercise is a crucial component for your bag of tricks. Even if you just do a bit, every now and again, moving around and getting your heart rate going is important not only for the health of your body but your mind too. Because exercise can keep you happy and spirited, as well as your body healthy.


Drink More Water


Next, you’re going to need to work on drinking more water. Not everyone loves drinking water, but it is essential to good levels of health. Your body is made up mostly of water, so if you want it to function well, you have to keep those levels up. Plus, when your body is properly hydrated, you’ll find that you have more energy, that you’re able to lose some weight, and you should also benefit from clear skin too – and what’s not to love about that?


Eat Balanced, But Well


Then there’s always food to think about. Because when you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, food will always come into the equation. Whether you’re wondering how to follow a vlcd to help you lose weight, or how to use food to fuel your workout, you’re going to want to do your research and play around with what works for you. Above all else, aim to be balanced with what you eat, but try to eat well. If you do, you should find that you’re able to achieve consistent levels of health throughout your life.


Focus On Quality Sleep


But you also need to be thinking about your quality of sleep too. Because, like hydration, sleep is essential for your body to function as well as it can. Although it’s not easy to get a good night’s sleep, by working with healthy sleep tips, you should find a way that works for you. With good levels of sleep, you should find that you have more energy that can contribute to your healthy lifestyle.


Cut Back On Toxins


Finally, you also need to be able to avoid as many toxins as possible. You may not realize it, but things like stress and a high alcohol intake can damage your health levels across the course of your life. But if you’re able to watch what you drink and avoid stress, you should find that you feel healthier in yourself overall.

Getting Your Children Back Into Their Routine For School

It’s easy to slip out of routines in the summer holidays because it’s likely you don’t have to get the children up really early like you do with school. Now that the new school term is approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting the kids back to their school routine.


That’s the first routine that comes to mind. I know for a fact that my little one has been staying up later since the summer holidays has begun. As of today, he will be going back to his stricter bedtime routine, and if you’ve got a week or so until your kids return to school, it might be worth doing this too. Your children are going into a new school year, so if it’s been a while since you have made their bedtime a little later, consider doing so, because they might not be tired when you’re trying to put them to bed. Making them feel more grown up by going to bed a little later will boost their confidence in going into their new school year. Obviously, if they are ready for bed at the normal time, stick to it for now.


If you’ve got young children who are now beginning to wear school uniform, prepare them for their morning routine by getting them to practice putting on their school uniform. Having them come in a show off how smart they look to the family will encourage them to be excited about going back to school. Make sure that you set a place within their bedroom that you will lay out their school clothes so that in the mornings, they can get ready for school without a hitch.


Taking your children for a final haircut before they return to school will allow them to go into their first day looking their best. Going into a new and higher year can be a very daunting idea for some children, so the key is to boost their confidence as much as possible. This way, when you wave them into the school you can rest assured knowing that you’ve sent them in happy.

Prepare Yourself

Make it as easy for yourself in the mornings as possible. Easier said than done, I know. If you’ve never been a morning person, check out how to make your morning routine a doddle. As much as you might be looking forward to the children going back to school, there will probably be tears fill your eyes as they venture into their new school year. Be sure to pack some tissues!


When Should Children Be Allowed To Wear Make Up?

A question that’s as old as the tale of time, when should children be allowed to wear make up?

I’ve got to be honest, I originally wrote “when should girls be allowed to wear make up” and then changed my mind because I didn’t want anyone being offended that only girls should wear it.

Anyway, back to my point. What age do you think children should be allowed to wear make up? It’s a difficult question because it poses so many follow up questions like:

What is considered a ‘child’ in your mind?

How much make up?

What kind of make up?



So how do we make the decision about make up?

Well, we are the parents and we know what is best for our child. I remember not being allowed to wear make up (outside of the house) until I went to high school and I don’t think that was a bad decision from my parents. Personally, I wouldn’t want my child wearing make up under the age of 11. They are still in primary school, and make up can give a bad impression of that child (and parents) to everyone else.

However, I’m not saying that people who let their children wear make up are wrong either. It’s their decision and their opinion. I’m in no position to judge because there are probably things that other parents don’t let their children do, but I do with mine.

Does it really matter whether a child is wearing make up? It’s normally because they want to look pretty like their Mummy does. Also, you’re the soul protector of your child and if anyone says anything then you can stick up for your child.

What are your opinions on children wearing make up?


Detox Tea – Te Divina – Day One Review

I have had one of my lovely friends of over ten years approach me with her amazing new business. She has asked me to review their detox tea, which is meant to cleanse the body and rid it of any toxins; therefore helping you lose weight. Here is some of the information that she has given me to explain exactly what the detox tea is about and what it can do for you.

In contrast to white, green, oolong and black teas, herbal teas are not actually made from tea leaves. Te Divina Detox Tea is an herbal tea blend of 13 different organic herbs and natural plant extracts PLUS Ganoderma & Chaga mushrooms. These 2 powerful ingredients sets Te Divina Detox Tea apart from any other detox tea on the market today.

Does Te Divina Detox Tea contain caffeine?

No, Te Divina Detox Tea is naturally caffeine free but as a result of its cleansing effect, many people to feel more energised.

How much should I drink?

For best results, drink 8 ounces of Te divina Tea with lunch, 8 ounces with dinner and an optional 4 ounces with a snack . As with all herbal teas, do not drink it in excess; not more than three cups a day unless recommended by a health care professional.

For how long can I drink the tea?

You can drink Te Divina Detox Tea as long as you desire. Many people enjoy the tea every day with meals and snacks. Some drink it as needed to maintain their health and regularity and as a healing tonic for various ailments.

How much will each tea bag make?

Each packet contains one Te Divina Detox Tea bag, which will make a gallon of tea (one week supply).

How do I prepare the herbal tea?

Purchase a gallon of water. Pour 32 oz or 4 cups of water from the gallon and bring to a full boil. Remove from heat. Place one tea bag in water and cover. After the Te Divina Detox Tea has steeped for 4 to 8 hours take out the tea bag. Pour the tea into a one gallon container. Add the additional water from the gallon bottle to make the 1 gallon of tea. Add the tea bag back into the container. Store in fridge.

Can I drink the tea cold or hot?

Yes, you can consume Te Divina Detox Tea hot, warm, or cold. Some people feel that it works best for them when warm. To heat the prepared tea that has been refrigerated, use the stove top as the microwave will destroy the tea’s beneficial properties.

What does it taste like?

Te Divina Detox Tea has a mild herb flavor and is a rich, dark amber colour.

Are there any side effects?

Te Divina Detox Tea is a safe, gentle cleansing tea. So if you do not already have regular bowel movements, the initial cathartic effect of the tea may cause bloating, mild stomach upset, loose stools. However, once you have achieved bowel regularity, these conditions will lessen or go away completely.

What are cathartic herbs?

Te Divina Detox Tea contains cathartic herbs, which help restore a sluggish bowel to its normal operation and can gently act as a natural laxative and constipation remedy. The use of cathartic herbs is the crucial first step in a natural colon cleanse or detox as they directly stimulate the colon to produce a bowel movement and flush out the buildup of waste and toxins.

How does Te Divina Detox Tea help you to lose weight?

When your body is overloaded with toxins it is being robbed of essential nutrients which leads to health problems including weight gain and difficultly losing and maintaining weight loss. This cycle leads to feeling hungry, cravings, poor food choices, and overeating high calorie and high fat foods and drinks. In turn, these habits rob you of your energy and willpower to make healthy choices and to exercise. Also, excess weight around the abdomen or belly can be caused by impacted waste stuck to the inside wall of the colon and small intestine. From time to time, it is a good idea to rid your body of this buildup of toxins with a natural colon cleanse. By cleansing and detoxing, you can restore proper nutrient absorption, increase your metabolism and energy, and strengthen your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

As some of you may know I’ve been trying to lose weight for years, I’m a serial yo-yo dieter that does really well the first few weeks and then as soon as something doesn’t go my way I give in. So here I am, giving it another try. Alongside the tea I am also eating healthily and drinking plenty of water.

I prepared the tea last night as instructed on the packet which was super easy and then left the tea to sit in the pot overnight. This morning I started my day off with a warm cup (you can choose to drink it hot, warm, or cold) of detox tea. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised on how lovely it tastes. It’s such a mild flavour, unlike many other diets I have tried where you have to eat or drink something disgusting, I can see myself drinking this out of choice, not just for the detoxing properties.

So I’ve just completed day one of my detox tea. I was expecting headaches from not having my usual amount of caffeine but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how great I’ve felt, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the week brings. I’ll be doing updates to keep you informed on the way.

If you like the sound of the tea already, head over to my friend Jacqui Saxelby-Smith‘s Facebook to find out even more information, see some fabulous results and of course order yourself some tea. I have a fantastic offer for all of my readers with a discount off your first order from Jacqui. If you message her with the code mppdetoxtea, she will give you a discount!

Keep checking back for progress and more information on how my detox goes!

Boost Your Mood And Your Mind

Stress, anxiety, and depression are some of the demons that many of us will face at some point in our life. When you become a parent, it can feel like you are doing the wrong thing by trying to look after yourself, which is, however, entirely false. Looking after your mind and your body is something that everybody should prioritize. However, taking the time out of busy schedules to look after yourself can be guilt inducing and make you feel like you are slacking in other areas of your life. We all have the right to happiness in our lives, and the best way of looking after other people starts by looking after yourself first.Check out the following ways you can boost your mood and see if you connect with any of them.


Practice a form of meditation


Gone are the days when only guru’s or hippies would practice meditation, and it is now a well-respected and established way to relax, unwind and clear your mind of negative or destructive thoughts. Many people claim that meditation can affect your overall well-being and not just calm and empty your mind. Yoga is one such form of meditation, allowing you to connect your mind to your body and eliminate any interfering thoughts that can cause stress or anxiety. There are many different types of yoga, including Bikram, Kundalini, and Hatha yoga.  Find one that you enjoy, and you feel a connection with. It might be, however, that you simply don’t connect with yoga at all, and that’s okay. There are other practices that don’t entail getting out a mat and putting yourself into a series of complicated looking positions. Mindfulness is one such practice, that benefits the mind and the body all in one. Fans of this movement claim that mindfulness is about being present, enjoying the moment you are in, and focusing on what you are doing without allowing outside influences or future fears to rule your present. This can be a meditative practice as it allows you to focus on the act of being rather than worrying about things that are external to you and therefore beyond your control.


Plant based Diets


More people than ever are turning to plant-based or vegan diets as a way of boosting their health, as well as reducing the stimulants and  bad habits they may have such as cigarettes and alcohol. Living a more wholesome lifestyle might mean small steps such as exchanging cigarettes for premium e-liquids or only drinking wine on a certain day of the week. There is much evidence to suggest that plant based diets can increase your general health, from reducing the overall cholesterol in your body to providing you with mental clarity, something experienced by many proponents of a plant-based lifestyle. You don’t need to be vegan, however, to experience some of the benefits of a plant-based diet. Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you consume daily, and reducing the amount of meat and dairy you consume can really boost the way you feel about yourself. New lifestyle trends are popping up, such as Flexitarianism and Reductionism, all aimed at reducing the number of animal products in your diet as well as the negative impact of the animal industry upon the earth.


Focus On Yourself


If you are a parent or caregiver, it can be all too easy to lose yourself in caring for other people in your life. While looking after your family is important, it is also to look after yourself, and not lose sight of who you were before you had children. If you have a hobby, then make sure you continue with this and don’t give it up due to time restraints or being too tired to continue. Making time to ‘do you’ will often give you more energy, even if it means sacrificing time in another area of your life. When you do something you love, maybe playing a sport or painting, it can give you a few hours of time off being a parent and allow you to come back to your routine refreshed and with a more positive attitude.


Your GCSE Results Are In, What Now?

Being a part of the younger generation shouldn’t be a reason for you not to take the necessary steps to ensure that your health stays at it’s best. Not just your health either, your quality of life is important too. You may be under the impression that because you’re younger that your claim won’t be taken as seriously.


Taking out health insurance should be the first step you take to make sure that if something happens, you’re covered. Even though it might be an expense that you don’t want to be paying at the moment, it will pay off if you become ill or injured. Imagine being landed with massive health bills and not being able to pay it? Having insurance will make sure that you don’t have to experience that. Don’t forget that keeping yourself fit in general is important to avoid you having to make any claims too!


Did you know that when you’re at work, if you get injured or ill because of work that you’re entitled to claim from their worker’s compensation? If you’ve been incorrectly trained on machinery, or the machines you’re using are fault and you become injured while using them, then you’re eligible to claim. You also have the right to claim without any grudges being held by your employers too.


Even if your injury leaves you disabled, you still have the right to return to your job if you want to, and claim compensation. However, if your claim is dismissed for any reason and you know that you’re entitled to claim, consider hiring an attorney who will reopen your case. They normally offer a service where if they don’t win the case that you don’t have to pay any fees, so it’s definitely worth thinking about.


Did you know that even if you’re in education you might be entitled to benefits to help you along the way? Making sure that your head is above water every step of the way will make your life easier in the long run. Do the research and find out if you’re entitled to anything, and apply if you are! It’s not just going to be handed to you on a plate!


Of course, if you’re earning a good wage then it’s unlikely that you will be entitled to claim anything back, but if you’re unsure it’s always best to check to see if you’re eligible to make a claim. If you’re still living with your parents, they might be able to claim some sort of refund too, so get them to check it out to make their lives easier.


As you can see, there are a few things here that you’re entitled to that you might not already be doing. Make sure you’re claiming everything to can to make your life as a college student easier.