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Womanhood, Thirties and Why ageing is a Positive thing

This is not a post about suddenly waking up when your thirty and having everything in place, a wonderful home, successful career, model kids and the perfect relationship because at no age is that realistic or guaranteed. You don't just suddenly work everything out overnight, with each year you are still the same person but life experience does make you grow and give you insights you simple didn't have when you were younger.

As I got closer to the big 3 0 I actually didn't feel like I was letting go of anything, instead I was saying hello to a newer more reassured me. Yes it's true I don't have that dewy wrinkle-free skin you have when you turn twenty, my eyes are tired, areas of my body are not as firm as they use to be due to it gifting me with two amazing children but this body is mine and for the first time I am starting to own that.

Having turned 33 a month ago I honestly feel in many respects now is the best time of my life, its by no means perfect, there are many dimensions of it that are chaotic and all over the place but me as a individual I feel good. I think with age you realise something, you don't need reassurance or acceptance from others to feel good, in fact the only person you need it from is yourself and during my late teens and early twenties this certainly did not come naturally.

I often feel in media today men are perceived to age well, we are constantly told how good looking people like Brad Pitt and George Clooney are but the same is not really said for women of the same age and why not? I honestly feel we come into our prime later in life and I loved what Lady Gaga said in her recent documentary that before she was thirty she was a girl but once she turned thirty she was a woman, I really resonate with that. Something inside me switched, I realised time is very precious and it shouldn't be wasted on what other people think, age has certainly instilled a real sense of worth that wasn't there before. That's not to say I don't still get down or upset is someone says something hurtful but I certainly bounce back quicker.

I feel the media also has some part to blame in us fearing turning thirty as if that is some kind of expiry date on our best physical years but I think many of us will agree in terms of personal style we look far better now than when we did when we were eighteen making questionable fashion choices.

With age I feel we actually become feistier, we become more supportive of each other, we realise that equality is more important than ever and inequality cannot be tolerated, we strip away the naivety that we held with our teens and twenties, we learn from our mistakes and we multitask in ways we never expected before. Life I have realised is never going to be perfect but I certainly deal with stress a little better now and I have no qualms or issues about ageing, I honestly think we come into our own more than ever with each year that goes by. So don't fear the coming years, embrace them because ladies we only get better.


3 Small Changes That Have A Big Impact On Our Health

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Our health is a fairly big deal. No one really wants to feel bad or have health problems. Unfortunately, plenty of us are running around after children or trying to get s good work life balance in a world that is increasingly becoming more hectic and stressful, all of which can take it's toll on our health. Many of us know we are not running at our best or most efficient but it can feel like we have to make huge changes to our lifestyle in order to be healthy which is simply not true. It's often actually the small changes that can have a big impact and help boost your health in big ways without you even noticing.

Sleep is Extra Important

This is something I really need to work on and can be harder said than done when you have a toddler who seems to think sleep is optional. Saying that it's very much a propriety for myself an should be for everyone as sleep has an incredible impact on our health and it is also one of those things we sacrifice easily. The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep per night, more for children and teens. When we get a proper nights rest, we see changes in our day to day lives. Such as:

· Improved memory
· Curbs inflammation within the body
· Encourages creativity
· Sharpen attention
· Aids in healthy metabolism and a healthy weight
· Lowers stress
· Less prone to depression

We can develop sleeping issues for a variety of reasons, poor routine, stressful jobs, having children but it can also be due to an old mattress or the wrong type of mattress. If you are struggling with sleep perhaps looking into purchasing a new mattress to suit your needs, we did that with John who was suffering from a horrible bad back, to a more supportive mattress and it really helped. Companies like Bedding Mart can help you in finding exactly what you need for the best nights rest you can get.

Importance of sleep

Water is Your Inexpensive Path to Health

Before running out to your grocery store to stock up on the latest power food your favorite news site did an article about, grab yourself a glass of water. Water is the best thing to introduce to your diet first. Water acts as a detoxifier to the body and so many of us don’t drink enough water. With the inundation of fruit juices and sodas to our markets, we just think we are hydrated as long as we are drinking something. Juices in moderation are fine for extra vitamins and minerals but too often means extra sugar in our diet. The majority of sodas and energy drinks are so full of sugar that they should rarely be consumed, in fact personally I avoid these. Sugary drinks dehydrate us rather than hydrate and your best option for hydration is a glass of water. If you are not a fan of plain water, which is often a complaint, add a slice of watery fruit to your glass for a flavorful kick. Lemon, lime, berries, and apples are perfect examples of fruit to add to your water. Just be mindful of how much you are using!

Keep hydrated

Walking Your Way to Health

When it comes to exercise, we will make all sorts of excuses as to why we can’t squeeze in a workout. The reality is, we can make time for it if we so choose to. If you think you need to join a gym to get those workouts in, think again! A simple 20-30 minute walk a day around your neighborhood will be plenty to promote a healthier body. The act of walking can release endorphins that keep depressed emotions at bay. Heart doctors have been prescribing walking for years for people at risk of heart disease. Walking is low impact and easy to do, requiring no equipment other than comfortable sweatpants and a good pair of shoes. If you want to increase impact, get ankle weights or carry hand weights.

Taking care of our health always seems way more complicated than it truly is. Moderation is key when it comes to our eating habits, hydration, getting up and moving about, and getting plenty of rest is truly what we need. 


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3 Budget Friendly Ski Resorts to take the Family

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I have been lucky enough to have done both a skiing holiday as a child and then a snowboarding trip with friends in University, having grown up surfing in South Africa I picked it up pretty quickly and enjoyed every moment of it and it's the kind of experience I would love to share with the kids, the only thing that has stopped up so far is the price. The thing is skiing and snowboarding doesn't come cheap especially if you are looking to hit some of the world famous slopes such as Kitzbuhel in Austria of Whistler in Canada but that is starting to change and the skiing industry is becoming a whole lot more competitive which is a good thing.

With Europe opening up, plenty of budget friendly airlines and being able to research for trips at the drop of a hat online,  people looking to some of the lesser know (and often more interesting) destinations you will be pleasantly surprised. Personally I love nothing more than having the change to explore a new destination so even though in some cases the resorts may be a little smaller I would much prefer going somewhere a little bit more off the beaten track. I have teamed up with The Post Office Money who have just released their 11th annual publication of their Ski Resort Report in which they have compared everything from the cost of lessons, passes, equipment and even lunch on the slopes to give you the best idea of where to hit the slopes this year under budget.

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Out of top ten budget friendly places to going Skiing here are my 3 favourite

1. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

This beautiful alpine resort located near some glacial lakes actually came out on top of the list with the 6 days on the slopes with lift passes, equipment, lessons and taking into account food and drink averaged at £325.47. I actually visited the capital of Slovenia when I was seventeen and it's always been one of those countries I would love to go back and explore especially as it's meant to be a fantastic place for those who like the outdoors.

2. Bansko, Bulgaria

This was last years cheapest European ski spot but comes in third this year but still fantastic value at £351.54 and some of the best value food on the slopes with a Coke costing just 72p! This resort is know for some famously long ski runs and is steadily rising in popularity as it offers a great value break but doesn't compromise in quality when it comes to skiing. Bulgaria is also a country that has been on my bucket list for years, with beautiful Architecture being found in Sofia and the village of Banya is located only 3 miles from this resort and is know for it's 27 thermal mineral springs so when your aching from being active all day you can enjoy a relaxing spa break as well.

3.  Morzine, France

Coming in at number 5 with the price ranging at about £410.47, the cheapest French ski resort but still more than half the price of Zermatt in Switzerland and with it located right on the Swiss boarder you get some great skiing with modern facilities and plenty of hotels and restaurants but without the pricey tag to go along with it. Of course the food here cost a more than that of the more Eastern European countries but there is also plenty of things to do both on and off the slopes and is a great base for beginners as well.

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If your looking to go on a family ski or snowboarding holiday than research as many options before you go and keep open minded when it comes to picking a lesser known resort as you could really save a lot of money as well as having the chance to explore somewhere new and a different culture, food and of course helping making those pounds go further. Another good tip is to also take your children for a couple of lessons on a dry ski slope before going so that they can get the basics down and get more out of their time on the real thing.

In association with Post Office Money 

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