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Are You Up With the Larks or Are You a True Night Owl?

Added June 28, 2019, Under: Environment, Health, Insomnia

Many people find that they can be divided into two types as far as their sleeping habits are concerned. There are those who tend to wake early but struggle to stay up after a certain time in the evening.  I am one of those!  They can be categorized as being "up with the larks". Then the other group find it very difficult to wake up in the morning, preferring to lie-in late but can remain active late into the night.  These are ...

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Encourage Your Children to Love Reading, Setting Up Skills for The Rest of Their Lives

Added June 24, 2019, Under: Books, Children's Health, New Moms, Parents

I have always thought that one of the best things you can do for your children is to instil a love of reading from an early age. And now this is born out by the words of Dan Snow (the UK historian and TV presenter) who says that reading to children from a young age is one of the best ways to set them up for life.  He is one of several ambassadors for Coram Beanstalk which is an organization helping ...

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Are You Making the Effort to Do Your Pelvic Floor Exercises?

Added June 21, 2019, Under: Exercise, How To, Natural remedies

We all tend to know how important it is to be doing our pelvic or Kegel's exercises whether we are young, middle aged or older as well as before and after childbirth - but how many of us actually make the effort? Your pelvic floor muscles are located deep inside your core.  They run from your vagina to your anus and they support your urethra, which is the tube that empties urine - and your bladder. When your floor muscles are weak, ...

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How to Keep Those Nails Clean When Digging in the Dirt!

Added June 17, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

Some of us will call it soil, others use the term 'dirt' but either way if you are a hands-on sort of gardener, the chances are that you will get some soil under your fingernails. And if you like to go barefoot in the garden, then the toenails can be affected too!  But don’t worry, there are lots of suggestions on how to clean those nails. Soap, showers and water Start by cleaning with the basic nail brush, soap and water routine. ...

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Helping the Hummingbirds to Stay Safe

Added June 16, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

When I get the chance to spend time in Southern California, I am always intrigued by the tiny humming birds - and love to watch them.  They are so different from the garden birds we treasure and enjoy in the UK. In spring and summer, many bird lovers like encouraging humming birds into their gardens and yards. Hummers (as they are affectionately known) love to sip on "nectar" (glorified sugar water) for a quick boost. But unfortunately, some homeowners have turned to store-bought ...

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What is Granuloma Annulare and How Can This Condition Be Helped?

Added June 11, 2019, Under: Drugs, Inflammation, Natural remedies, Skin Conditions, Vitamin D

  Granuloma annulare is a chronic skin condition that causes raised reddish or skin-colored bumps in a ring pattern, usually on the hands and feet. The condition is not contagious. What are the symptoms of Granuloma Annulare? These depend of the type of this condition: The localized variant is the most common form. It occurs most commonly on the hands, feet, wrist and ankles of young adults. Skin colored bumps generally occur on the joints. The generalized variant is predominantly found in adults. The rashes ...

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Meet This Little Dog Who Eats Up All Her Vegetables, Raw!

Added June 9, 2019, Under: Diets, How To, Pets

  We are used to encouraging our young children to eat up their veggies but perhaps not our pets. I have a friend with a Scottish Terrier known as Libby - and she just relishes the opportunity to snack on raw vegetables. Libby and her owner spend time on the allotment site where her owner is always busy digging, planting and weeding to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. While all this is happening, Libby is contemplating her next opportunity to get a taste of ...

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What is Ragwort (or Tansy Ragwort) and is it a Helpful or Harmful Plant?

Added June 7, 2019, Under: Environment

Like many debates today, the story of Ragwort has two sides. Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is a poisonous plant that is becoming increasingly common in the UK, seen regularly growing along roadsides, on wasteground and in areas of poor land management. Unfortunately, ragwort can spread into fields and farmland. While ragwort is a wild flower native to Eurasia, it is now found throughout the world including parts of the USA where it is generally known as tansy ragwort, or tansyweed.  Ragwort is unrelated ...

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Is FOMO a problem for you?

Added June 3, 2019, Under: How To, Insomnia

FOMO is not a real word but a acronym meaning a "fear of missing out". And yes, it can be a real problem for some of us in this era of social media. So what is FOMO? Yes, you might now know what it means but what actually is this common phrase? It is all the fault of modern technology which is designed to help us all feel connected - but which can have the opposite effect.   With such a choice of apps and ...

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