How to be more mindful every day…

Saving for Travel

In today’s digital age, the practise of mindfulness has become less and less prominent in people’s lives. More-often-than-not, and especially at work, we ‘zone-out’ or switch onto auto pilot.

My go to relaxation is reading, I read for at least 30 minutes a day, without fail and I know that no matter how hectic my day is, I have a block of time where I focus on nothing but the story.

Failing reading, I put on some loud music and dance around like Andrew W.K until all my cares have gone!

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National No Smoking Day – March 8th

National No Smoking Day

Next month sees the return of National No Smoking Day. Back in my younger days I used to be a smoker. I came from a family who all smoked and all my friends smoked. This is back in the days when you could smoke in pubs and clubs.

I stopped when I met my Husband as he isn’t a smoker. I went cold turkey and managed to have stopped (mostly) for about 13 year. I won’t lie to you, I still have the odd cigarette now and then, socially, but I have managed to keep it in check. I have developed a handbag habit instead but that’s not quite so bad to my health!

My Mam is slowly weaning herself off cigarettes too by using an e-cig with a low nicotine liquid. I wish she would stop all together but i’m hoping some of these handy tips in today’s post might help.

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Starbucks Gold Glitter Cold Cup

Starbucks Holiday Drinkware 2016

A lot of people around this time of year promise themselves to drink more water, right? Being hydrated can relieve headaches, hunger pangs

It is easier said than done though. On a daily basis while you are out and about, you might not have access to water or get sick of lugging an ugly old bottle round.

Well Starbucks Gold Glitter Cold Cup is for you!

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You are not alone

If you celebrate Christmas, then Merry Christmas but many find this to be an incredibly hard time of year. You’re not alone.

For whatever reason, if you need to talk to anyone or are feeling in need of help then please use one of the numbers on this list.You’ll find a friendly caring ear at the other end.

And remember, don’t feel pressured in to drink driving this festive season. Read my post on the Designated Driver scheme HERE 



Tel No   0300 123 3393



Tel No      116 123

Alcoholics Anonymous


Tel No     0800 9177650



Info line 08000 50 20 20

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

Tel No    0207 837 7324



Tel No     0300 304 7000

Papyrus, Prevention of young suicide


National self-help body for the Transgender community

Beaumont Society


Information Line 01582 412220


0800 1111

Depression Alliance




Tel No     0808 2000 247


Beating eating disorders.


Help line 0345 634 1414

Youth Line 0345 634 7650



Tel No    0808 800 4444

NHS Direct


No Panic


Tel No  0844 967 4848

youth helpline     01753 840393

If you are just feeling lonely, then feel free to tweet me during the day @ladyfromatramp for some moral support and some digitally sent brussel sprouts!

Stay safe, take care and love yourself.


x x x


How to make healthy choices when eating out

Healthy Choice 2


As you probably already know, I write for a food magazine (Taste Magazine) as well as my weekly Food Friday features here on the website. As much as eating out is great and fun, it sometimes becomes a chore when you are trying to eat sensibly or follow a diet plan.

I dine out regularly as part of my work with Taste as well as client meals and work events let alone date nights with the husband. As much as I am always mindful and try to make a healthy choice, it can be damned hard, especially when your host or chef is watching over you wanting to get your reaction on a risotto with a life times supply of cheese or the triple cooked in beef fat fries. Thankfully I don’t have a sweet tooth but it’s hard to say no!

I know it’s something other people struggle with to, so the lovely Rebecca Moore has kindly given her suggestions on how to be healthier when dining out!

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