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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…

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B Real with Bipolar

Be Real with Bipolar When I first started speaking and writing about mental health, I promised myself to always be real. With good health and confidence it is fantastically easy but the challenge has been when the ill health sets in. How can one positively impact the world of mental…

Summer Berry Blast-Smoothie

Summer Berry Smoothie       At this time of year, it’s always great to take advantage of all the gorgeous berries in season. This smoothie packed with berries with extra helpings of one of my favourites Blackberries. This versatile fruit is full of flavour and a whole gamut of…

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Going Bongo: Review

Going Bongo: Review Chicks at the Flicks. Reviewed by Karen Bryson  Going Bongo isn’t quite a comedy or a romantic comedy of the classic boy meets girl type. Nor is it purely a gritty drama examining life in Africa. But rather something a little different….dare I say way more interesting…

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Let the Tiles do the talking

Let The Tiles Do The Talking… There are so many incredible interior projects involving tiles I did not know where to start! However, Camper stores sprung to mind pretty quickly… The above store was designed by Tomás Alonso Flip for the Covent Garden branch. Tomás explains: “The wall cladding is…

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Chicks Chat with Ernest Napoleon

Chicks Chat with….. Ernest Napoleon actor, writer and producer of the film Going Bongo set in Hollywood and Tanzania. It is the first ever East African film to be accepted by iTunes. Former TV presenter for the largest TV station in East Africa at the time (EATV). Ex DJ, later becoming a…