I’m not a great sleeper, I’ve never slept well, since I was a teenager I think. I’m not a morning person. I always feel more rested when I go to bed late and wake up late. My ideal hours to keep would be bedtime at midnight and to get up at 9am. Unfortunately life doesn’t always work like that, especially when you have children and a partner who works shifts. Broken sleep is a common occurrence in our house. I need all the help I can get to help me sleep better and that’s where aromatherapy comes in.
It’s shocking to hear how much the COVID-19 lockdown has affected the mental health of all generations. One of the most vulnerable age groups are young children, especially between the formative years of 3 and 13.
We vegans are well used to the (usually well meaning) advice from family and so-called ‘experts’ on the subject of veganism. However, throw vegan pregnancy into the mix, and suddenly it becomes about moral choices. Veganism is ok it seems when it’s our own choice, but can be questioned when we’re dealing with an unborn child.
Bakewell tart was one of my favourite puddings as a child. I remember my Grandma always making one for me when we would go down and visit. One of Ethan’s favourite cakes to pick in the supermarket is a Cherry Bakewell. We both love that almond marzipan taste however I’m not a fan of glace cherries.
I love smoothies and try and make one every day if I can. It’s a great way for me to get more fruit and vegetables into my diet as I’m not a fan of eating pieces of fruit especially in the winter months. Having them in a smoothie or smoothie bowl means that I can have multiple pieces of fruit with all of the juice and fibre as well as meaning that I am less likely to snack on unhealthier things. I would normally have a smoothie for an afternoon snack to keep me going until lunchtime or as dessert after lunch or dinner.
Getting your children ready to start back at school is a major thing for parents in the school holidays. You are trying to enjoy the time off with them but September looms and everything you need to get ready is in the back of your mind. Uniform, P.E. kit, bag, coat and last but not least : school shoes. Getting your children’s feet measured is a big milestone and as they get older, the excitement for the kids of seeing how much they have grown makes the measuring that bit easier.
If you’re looking for vegan comfort food, you’ve found the right recipe! This tomato and sausage pasta dish really satisfies my cravings for spaghetti with meatballs or Sardinian pasta shells with sausage rags. Perfect for meat-free Monday or a totally vegan meal plan.
Whilst pregnancy is a magical and special time for an expectant Mum, it can often by marred with confusion and anxiety as women try to monitor the movements from their baby. Changes relating to the baby’s movements and patterns can highlight problems that may require urgent medical intervention. When women notice changes to the pattern, they are encouraged to seek advice from their medical team. The long-term aim of the bracelet is for it to help reduce still birth rates by encouraging women to monitor changes and to also seek help sooner.
I wanted to share this wonderful competition that was shared with me from a local company in the East Midlands. As an NHS worker, working in these strange times, it has been a very emotional few weeks. From changing the way we care for our patients, to watching our colleagues on the news who are doing an amazing job despite their genuine fears around the lack of PPE, to the devastating news about those that have lost their lives. The response from the public has been amazing and their thanks means the world.
This is the second year that I have successfully completed Veganuary. I already eat a vegan breakfast every day and have done for about two years now. I wanted to do Veganuary again for both health and environmental reasons. We have been trying to cut down our meat consumption as a family and most of …