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Chicks Picks • Valentine gift ideas

Chicks Picks • Valentine Gift Ideas  Ahhhhh, Valentines…. It’s coming up to that time of year, Valentines Day. A time we either look forward to or leaves us with a sense of dread. The shops have been bombarding you with hearts and teddy bears since the new year and it’s…

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The Art of Display

The Art of Display Sometimes the power of beautiful display can be overlooked or underestimated; the way in which objects, art and furniture are displayed can completely change a room. The above project by RA Projects was designed to look “like a sculpture in a gallery” , the blue steel…

Don’t dip after Christmas

Don’t dip after Christmas Isn’t life a contradictory bugger when Christmas and New Year brings fun, joy and celebrations yet the time off work, nice presents and newly made memories are simply not enough to lift our moods through January and February? Most of us experience that unavoidable dip. I…

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Chicks Picks • Five Novels to Read in 2016

Chicks Picks • Five Novels to Read in 2016    The Expatriates by Janice Y K Lee Publisher – Little Brown UK Publication Date – 12 Jan 2016   The Expatriates follows three very different American women living in a small expat community in Hong Kong. There’s Mercy, 20-something Columbia…

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Giving is better than receiving

Giving is better than receiving   Back at college when I was completing my English Literature A Level I was given an interesting book to study and discuss. The assignment question was ‘is any charitable act we do for others selfless?’ I remember deliberating endlessly because I couldn’t think of one…

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Immune boosting smoothie

Immune Boosting Smoothie If like me you are avoiding catching yet another of the bugs that are going around. This is the smoothie for you! It serves to get you back on your feet if you’ve suffered. Or, staving off the dreaded lurgy if a family member has it. Kale…

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Candle making DIY gift idea….

Homemade Christmas gift idea.. Scented Teacup Candles.   I have spent a lot of money in the past buying Scented Candles… so decided to make my own see original article here for specific details if your new to this.  I found it to be a very enjoyable fairly straightforward process…

Chicks Picks – Top 5 Books for Toddlers

Top Five Chicks Pick Books for Toddlers Books can teach toddlers about words, sentence structure and help them to better understand different concepts. That’s why it is so important to read with little ones. However, choosing from what’s available can be pretty daunting. Here are five books I would recommend…

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Winter Walking • Chicks Picks of Winter Boots

Winter walking Top Chicks Picks for Winter Boots Days are getting shorter, nights longer and weather wetter and colder…Its time to re-address the footwear! The over-the-knee boot is THE boot this season. Whether you prefer a heel, flat or anything in-between there are countless styles to tick your box. It’s…

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Empower yourself- know your medication

Empower yourself. Know your medication It is important for me with a diagnosis of bipolar to raise awareness about the severity of side effects of medication. We are all too ignorant (unintentionally of course) and uneducated about the little pills we are asked to swallow to treat our symptoms for…

Autumn Skincare perfection

Autumn skincare perfection! Hey guys, hope you’ve all had a fab and beautiful summer, hoping you’ve all made the most of the sun and relaxing time, its now time to re think your makeup products to help you enhance your look going through autumn into winter. My hints and tips…

Author Spotlight – Kate Morton

Author Spotlight – Kate Morton Australian author Kate Morton is one of my favourites, and with her newest book The Lakehouse just hitting the shelves, I thought it the perfect time to introduce you to her work. Morton has enjoyed international success with her novels, and it’s no wonder why….

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Tonia Buxton • Cumin Potatoes

Tonia Buxton • Cumin Potatoes • Patades me Kimino My style of cooking just throwing everything into the pot and leaving it to get on with the job!  Good with grilled fish, kebabs or lamb.   Serves 4 as an accompaninent: 4 medium Cypriot potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 large…

The Great Sugar Con

The Great Sugar Con Sugar has made the headlines as it has now been linked to obesity and a wide range of health complaints.  The World Health Organisation are recommending a maximum of 6 teaspoons per day which equates to 24g (4g per teaspoon).   Pour this into a glass and…

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Portlandia • Netflix Review

Chicks Netflix Picks Review of Portlandia A very hearty welcome to Portlandia, the brain child of Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel of Saturday Night Live Fame. Fred Armisen and Carrie earned themselves a big following in their sketch comedy duo ‘ThunderAnt’ and Jonathan Krisel (who directs) has written…

World Mental Health Week

World Mental Health Week It is World Mental Health Day today and I’ve been busy campaigning. I have social networked to the point of stalking, fundraised (and continue to) for UK mental health charity MIND and blogged with determination as well as share my story and poetry throughout The Cube’s…

Ask the Therapist – Breast Implants

Breast Implants – The Feminist Issue There are certain conversations that women prefer to have with other women: periods, childbirth and .. *drum-roll* .. breast implants.  I think these three issues make up the core issues of what separates us women from the men-folk. Ever tried discussing any one of…

We all need purpose

What can I say? We all need a purpose in life. We often forget that those with mental health problems, particularly in the case of depression, lose that purpose and question their place in life. I did. I had it all, seemingly. I had a beautiful flat, senior management job,…

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The Truth According to Us • Book Review

Chick’s Picks – Books The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows Published June 2015 Drawing inspiration from her aunt’s home state of West Virginia, Annie Barrows (a noted children’s author best known for The Ivy & Bean series) has written her first adult fiction novel.  You may also recognise…

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Healthy Food Misconceptions

Healthy Food Misconceptions  Supermarket shopping is dull.  To ease my boredom, I enjoy trolley watching. I may even try to match the trolley with the owner and am guilty of superior smugness when my trolley looks healthier.  Smug mode doesn’t last long, especially when my son is with me.  He…