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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…

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Smoothie

Rhubarb and Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie   As Autumn creeps in at a steady pace. I wanted to take advantage of the last of some of the summer fruits available for this delicious Rhubarb and Strawberry Smoothie. Generally, this fruit, ( sometimes classified as a vegetable )is connected with deserts namely…

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Bad Online Dating #2

Online Dating Tinder Number Two Scott Lang. Woof he was handsome, we’d had great text banter and decided to meet for dinner and drinks at a trendy place in Studio City, I was so nervous I wouldn’t know what to say or how to greet him so I chugged a…

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Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra Svadhistasana– sweet place of one’s own Colour: orange Element: water How are you feeling today? Ask yourself. How AM I feeling right now? The journey we’re taking in this article is growing up from the solid and stable container of the root chakra; we are now treading the…

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Concrete…what’s not to love?

Concrete…..What’s not to love? Above is the rather sleek, polished store for Mahini in Dubai by Studio TooGood. Yes I say sleek and polished, but the idea is that the store is the opposite of the glamorous, opulent designs we are used to seeing in Dubai, yet, still incredibly sophisticated. …

Faith: Evidence of Things Unseen

What is faith if it doesn’t endure when we are tested the most? This is the question I asked a mentee of mine (Adam) earlier this week, whilst he was trying to persuade me a long-standing project should end, be terminated…should cease to be. Adam was clearly demoralised, he’d lost…

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How to… make Coconut Oil Body Scrub

How to make ….Coconut Oil Body Scrub.     We all the importance of exfoliating especially if you live in a city with all it’s pollutants! At this time of year it’s almost an essential part of maintaining healthy glowing skin. What with slathering on sunscreens and moisturising, exfoliation is…

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Late Summer Reading

Late Summer Reading Recommendations Chicks Page Turners: Top 5   For many summer is the season to read for pleasure. With some preferring a light read reminiscent of sun, sea and sand, and others preferring something a little more challenging that they’ve been meaning to get to. Personally, I find…

Chicks Netflix Picks – Bloodline

Review of Bloodline on Netflix Florida Keys.  Check.  Sunshine, sand, beautiful seas…….check.  The most idyllic setting for any TV show? Again check.  What could possibly go wrong?  Well – quite a lot it would seem. Part of a new series of Netflix originals, “Bloodline” created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn…