Adventures in Camping....Or How to Find the Ends of the Earth

Adventures in Camping....Or How to Find the Ends of the Earth

These words, by Lord Byron, were sent to me by my friend Nicola Gillam as a way to explain why she is so passionate about her adventure travels to some of the most natural and most unexplored areas in the world.  I’m fascinated by what motivates people do such trips.  Especially when the choices they make result in some difficulties or sacrifices.  Take for example, the type of vacations Nicky likes to take. They put her in nature and amongst some of the most beautiful natural landscapes you can hope to see but, they also have her battling the elements and testing her body, her spirit, and her endurance.  Not necessarily my idea of a vacation.  Where I might choose a 5 star hotel and fine restaurants, Nicky loves to explore the great outdoors; unspoiled locations where roughing it doesn’t even begin to describe the experience.

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You Deserve It: Setting The Scene For Luxurious Self Care

You Deserve It: Setting The Scene For Luxurious Self Care

So now that fall is pretty much here, and winter isn’t far off, and if you enjoy a cozy night; you’ll be thrilled. There are plenty of ways that the colder seasons can bring joy and happiness; even if you’re mourning the loss of summer, you can still do the little things that will make the most out of the colder days and long, chilly nights.

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Preparing For Financial Emergencies

Preparing For Financial Emergencies

When you think about being ready for any emergency, most people will consider issues like making sure they have a first aid kit in the cupboard, fire blankets readily at hand, and, if you live in a flood area, sandbags at the ready. However, most people tend to forget the aftermath of emergencies. No matter what happens, you can pretty much guarantee it will cost money to repair or replace.

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Is It Time You Embraced Change?

Is It Time You Embraced Change?

Are you a self-confessed creature of habit? Are you used to a routine, or have you been doing the same job or living in the same place for as long as you can remember? There’s nothing wrong with the familiar, but sometimes, it’s beneficial to embrace change. If you feel like you’re in a rut, or you’d like to be a little more adventurous, here are some suggestions you may find helpful.

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Sensational Style: Feeling Fabulous in Your Forties and Fifties

Sensational Style: Feeling Fabulous in Your Forties and Fifties

It’s easy to assume that it’s just your late teens and early twenties that are all about experimenting with your style. However later down the line, when you reach your forth and fifth decade in life, it’s excellent time to start switching things up again and getting creative with your look. It’s a time when you’ve had your children and they’ve all grown up, and you have chance to find yourself and develop your own identity again. As well as taking up new hobbies and exploring new interests, you get to reinvent yourself and have a lot of fun in the process. Here are some of the ways you can feel fabulous in your forties, fifties and beyond.

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A Time of Transition: Three Difficulties We Can Deal With Later in Life

A Time of Transition: Three Difficulties We Can Deal With Later in Life

As the saying goes, age is a privilege denied to many; getting older most certainly doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. As a mature person, you tend to be settled in your career and financially stable, you know yourself well and don’t tend to feel the pressures from things like peers or media telling us we need to be this or that. Getting older is a fantastic thing, and our mid and later decades can be a fantastic time to have fun and do everything we’ve always wanted. However, it does come with downsides too, and the following are common things that most of us have to face at one time or another. Here’s how you can deal with them.

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4 Ways Your Living Room Reflects Your Personality

4 Ways Your Living Room Reflects Your Personality

Have you ever taken a good look around your home and wondered what it says about you? Your personality can be expressed in many ways. For some, a tattoo shows the creativity of a person. For others, a sharp suit and a starched collar show power and confidence. The way you decorate your home is going to vary depending on elements of your personality, and while you don’t always imagine that the color that you paint your living room is going to show the world who you are, it absolutely does.

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Worrying About Kids That Have Flown: Coping Strategies

Worrying About Kids That Have Flown: Coping Strategies

For a parent, living with an empty nest is a continual challenge. While there are undoubtedly benefits to be enjoyed, the disconnect from the everyday occurrences of your children's lives can be concerning - even if you are incredibly proud of the people your children have grown to be.

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Why Committing to a Healthier Lifestyle Is Dangerous

Why Committing to a Healthier Lifestyle Is Dangerous

How often do you hear people talk about committing to a better, healthier lifestyle?  You’ve probably talked about it yourself.  Or maybe you have already embraced it.  As you evaluate this midlife stage you begin to see how important it is to take care of yourself and reevaluate your habits. Thanks to the internet and science becoming more sophisticated, it has become much easier to learn and incorporate healthy habits into your life. There are so many resources that can help people change the way they look, and most importantly, feel.

However: one thing you don’t often hear, is how committing to a healthier lifestyle can be dangerous. Are you ready for the scary truth?

Read on...

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A Weekend in the Wild

A Weekend in the Wild

If you’re thinking of booking a holiday at the moment, I know one of the things that’s going to be at the forefront of your mind is the cost of it all. Because at the end of the day, holidays are expensive, especially if you’re going during the school holidays. You have to pay for the price of the package holiday, plus any additional extras, plus clothes, plus spending money while you’re there. It’s one of the reasons why so many people only manage to go on one holiday a year. But, there’s different ways of doing this.

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Help! I'm Becoming an Empty Nester.

Help!  I'm Becoming an Empty Nester.

While my children were growing up, I often thought about what my life would be like once they were grown and out on their own.  I admit, these thoughts came to me more often when I was feeling overwhelmed with my duties as a mom.  My musings had more to do with how much easier my life would be versus how much I would miss my children.  Perhaps in the middle of sorting piles of laundry—I never understood how kids can go through so many clothes—or while stressing about what to serve for dinner after a long day at work.  Perhaps it was while racing to get to soccer, karate, guitar lessons, or whatever the activities of the night happened to be.

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