During my more ‘consumerist’ years, I remember arriving home from work to towers of cardboard boxes. Products I had bought to fill that emptiness we all feel when things are no longer satisfying or meaningful. The initial excitement of owning something new was always diligently followed by that toxic cocktail of guilt mixed with disgust. I’d look around my room, now strewn with the severed limbs of cardboard boxes and entrails of packing tape and styrofoam peanuts, and I’d scream on the inside. Continue reading
Written by our own Nail and Beauty specialist Katie Goraj, who loves all things nails, here is interesting insight into every nook and cranny of your nails , white spots and all! And yes, and a bit of heath in it too… Continue reading
How many times have you felt like throwing most of your stuff away? Modern living, fast food, speed dating, hourly rush, expendable clothing. We live in a throwaway society in which nothing is cherished, taken time over, repaired or kept for future generations (as it used to be). So we spend, we buy, we spend and buy and buy more, whether we need it or not. But how far do we go with this? How much is enough? What do we really need? What is this doing to us? What actual need is this fulfilling in us as a society and us as people? We think these are important questions. Berkshire Woman is starting a campaign for clutter free living with the first in our series on minimalism written by our Anup K.M. Jheeta .
Summer is nearly here (we hope!) and the time of year when most people feel they need to get healthier and in better shape. This is fresh advice in our fitness series from one of our in house personal trainers Caroline Gayton.
So, you are considering the possibilities of starting your own business. That is great news, but it is essential to first consider all aspects of what will be required.
For instance are you feeling confident with yourself-your health and your domestic situation; also do you have the passion? If so, you will have more chance of success. For even if you can raise sufficient funds to launch the business-be it through family and friends, savings or with a bank loan, without feeling good in yourself the start-up will be less smooth. Talking of friends and family… This is often an overlooked and underestimated source of help. Do draw on their resources and experience as much as possible. Discuss ideas with them, use them for market research, even get them involved on the sidelines. Continue reading
The other day I bumped into someone I knew (not very well) during one of those kids’ events we go to whenever we know there is one. This woman was someone I admired for always looking good, behaving confidently and being happy. She did not seem like someone who will eat her toast in her pj’s in front of telly (as I do!) on Sunday morning without any make up, covered in her kid’s breakfast. She was just too perfect for that, and more so as she is actually very nice.
With the summer approaching fast and the beach holidays looming over our heads (and our bodies) take note of our in-house astrologer’s piece of advice for any future healthy diet plans. In fact, throw all the diets away and just get happy instead!
If you travel with family, and especially if you like unspoiled beaches and loads of space on your holidays, you might want to consider exploring the Italian coast the way Italians do. We asked our Italian holiday expert Valentina Cimaroli to revisit Sabaudia, Valentina’s and many Italians’ absolute favourite hideaway.
Have you ever looked at your two (or more) children and wondered how they can be so different coming from the same parents? Are you not bringing them up with the same values and in the same environment? Well that might be the case but it still does not guarantee that they will perceive it in the same way. The secret to understanding a child better could be as simple as looking at their date of birth.
What a time of the year this is in the garden! By now the threat of frost should have gone, but a piece of fleece kept handy in the shed may just save some plants if our British weather serves up a surprise. However if all goes well we can get on with tending to our horticultural charges unhindered. The days are longer, the weather warmer and with some rain everything is growing like mad. Gosh, where do we start as everything wants attention at once?