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I woke up this morning feeling pretty motivated. I knew I had a lot of work to do, so I’d had to cancel my 10.30am yoga class. ‘It’s okay,’ I thought to myself, ‘I’ll just do some stretching at home instead!’

I tried to touch my toes and made it to my knees.

I decided it was probably best to just go and make a cup of tea instead.

I may only be 41, but already I can feel my body starting to age, and I know that if I want to stay active as I get older then I’m going to have to make changes in my life to keep myself moving. It’s tough though when Tipping Point is on TV right? I am trying – I’ve started cycling a lot more, which I can definitely feel in my legs, and I do have a gym membership, which kind of counts even if I have to cancel the classes right??

(It does not.)

Here are a few ideas to help you stay active, especially once you get past 55.

Leave the car at home

Whenever you can, ditch the car and walk or cycle instead. It might feel like a small thing, but just these little amounts of exercise every day all add up, and help you to form healthy habits going forward. You can also feel good about yourself knowing you’re doing your bit for the environment, you’ll save money on fuel and parking AND you get to give your mental well-being a boost.

Make adaptations where you need to

Making changes in your home to make it more accessible isn’t about giving up, it’s about recognising that perhaps you aren’t as flexible as you once were and doing something that means you can carry on living your day to day live in the way YOU want to.

When I get to that age, I’d definitely consider a walk-in shower or bath for example, rather than feeling worried about enjoying a shower.

Spend time with younger people

I’ve recently started volunteering as a Brownie leader and at our session last night we did circus skills. Whereas on a normal evening I might be sat at home on the sofa working or watching Love Island, last night I was juggling, balancing peacock feathers on my face and I even had a go at stilt walking!

Being around younger kids gives me that extra bit of energy and enthusiasm – it’s hard not to feel younger when you’re surrounded by an excited pack of eight year olds!

Find an activity you love

As I’ve shown this morning by cancelling my class, if you’re just not into something then you’re much less likely to stick at it. Experiment with different types of physical activity until you find something that you really love, and you’ll take part more regularly.

Perhaps a team game would give you more of a sense of commitment? A few years ago I joined a netball team, made up of older women getting back into sport for the first time in years, and absolutely adored it. Being part of a team encouraged me to go every week and I got a lot from it physically and socially.

things to do in Dublin

Anyone travelling to the capital of Ireland is bound to feel lucky, and why wouldn’t they? The city is full of a unique energy combining the modern with the historic, legendary monuments, and a rich culture. From the history of literary masters such as Yeats and Wilde to sprawling public parks, Dublin has something for every traveller to enjoy. If you decide to hire a photographer in Dublin, you’ll also have the advantage of making sure that your vacation is captured in photos. What makes Dublin special isn’t just the sites and landmarks, but also the unique atmosphere and energy of the city.

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The Emerald Isle

Ireland has earned the nickname “the Emerald Isle” from its persistent greenery. While Dublin may be a large and busy city, there are still many places you can go to experience the natural side of Ireland. Within the city limits there is the famous St. Stephen’s Green, a pleasant public park space with walking paths, a duck pond, and plenty of places for a picnic. It’s also a great spot to hire a photographer in Dublin; whether you’re hoping for a family photo shoot or some individual shots, the scenery makes the perfect background. Another option to get outside and in nature is to visit Phoenix Park which also includes other attractions such as the Dublin Zoo, and the beautiful Deerfield property which used to be the home of an ambassador.

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Arts and Learning

Who says learning can’t be fun? Dublin has numerous museums that are both entertaining and educational for you to learn something new during your vacation. You can visit the charming Little Museum of Dublin which details what life was like in the city throughout the centuries. At the National Gallery of Ireland, you’ll be able to walk through exhibitions featuring both Irish and international artwork in a classic venue. Next to the Irish Parliament are the Kildare Street Museums, including the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library which are both fascinating places to tour.

Culture and City Life

Dublin is a pedestrian friendly city, making it a fun place to simply walk around to browse the shops and see what daily life is like for Dubliners. Grafton Street is one of the city’s most popular shopping areas, with a statue of the famous Molly Malone at the beginning of the avenue. From street vendors selling flowers to cute boutiques, you can pass a leisurely afternoon exploring the area. In Marrion Square you can often view local artists displaying their goods and at any time of week you can come to admire the impressive architecture of the area.

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To add to the lucky atmosphere of Dublin, you can hire a photographer from Localgrapher to capture professional photos of your vacation. You won’t want to risk missing any of the important details of what makes your experience special, and with a professional’s skill and a local’s advice, you can put your mind at ease and enjoy your vacation.

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how to use promo codes

As a mom, you know the deal: whatever way you can save on your grocery shopping is already an extremely big enough help to make your budget a little bit looser. Moms love to take advantage of great deals, promos, and sales. With the help of technology, scoring the best deals and promos has now been made even more accessible, as you can now avail of promo codes and coupons online from websites, such as gopromocodes. Stock up on these codes before your shopping trip, and you are sure to have a great time.

That said, here are more ways on how promo codes can act as a mom’s best friend when shopping:

  1. You Are Practising Smart Shopping Techniques

Whether you have a comprehensive shopping budget to enjoy, or whether you may have to limit yourself to quite a narrow one, one thing is for sure: you want to be a smart shopper. A great start in this endeavor is to use online promo codes to your advantage. Before you start shopping, plan your expenses well, so that you can score the best promo codes that will apply to your purchase. If you can save a massive chunk of money for your shopping trip this month because of promo codes, then why not? Every mother always loves a great discount.

  1. You Can Buy More

With online promo codes, you will now have a little bit more extra to spare on other items, too. Hence, you can buy more items than what you have planned initially, whether it is of the same kind or an entirely different item. Often, online promo codes work even better with more significant discounts if you are buying in large quantities. In essence, it is as if you are buying more for every dollar that you have. You can stock up on all these extra products that you have, so you will no longer have to purchase the same on your next shopping trip.

  1. You Can Shop At Your Convenience

Online promo codes can be applied in two ways: some are vouchers that you can save on your mobile phone for you to apply on a physical shopping trip, such as in grocery stores. Other online promo codes can be used for online shopping. Hence, if you are a busy mom who doesn’t have all the time in the world to go to a physical store and shop for products there, you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out on deals. Online promo codes can be used even when you are shopping at whatever time of the day, wherever you are. Therefore, apart from the financial savings that it gives you, it also makes your life a little bit easier as a mother.

  1. You Can Save It Up For Rainy Days

When you are managing a family, you would know that there are unavoidable rainy days in your financial cycle. There are going to be days when, sometimes, the budget won’t be enough even to buy the basic needs of your family. This is where your stockpile of online promo codes can come in handy. The great thing about these codes is that most of them will usually last for months, even a year, before they expire. Hence, you have enough time to keep them and use them for later, when an emergency might arise. When a rainy day comes, you can pull out those online promo codes that can help cover up the bill for your shopping trip, such as grocery shopping.

  1. You Can Try Out Other Products

Say, for example, you have been buying Brand A of your dishwashing soap for many years now because it is the cheapest option that you can find in the market. However, now, you have an online promo code for Brand B, which you have been longing to buy, but never did, because it is the pricier option. Because of your promo code, you can now try out this new product, which may suit your needs better.


Why pay for the full price of goods when you can have them at a discount? Especially when you have to shop for your whole family, every drop of savings makes a big difference. Promo codes are a win-win for both the manufacturer and shopping store, and you as a mother who is on the search for the best deals for her family. If you’re a mother reading this and you have yet to take advantage of promo codes, now’s the time for you to get started on collecting them before you shop.

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reasons to visit Melbourne

More than 12 million Australian and international tourists visit Melbourne each year. Those are very big numbers when it comes to visitors to Australian cities. The country is vast, so there’s quite a distance to travel even for many Australians, and when it comes to tourists from abroad, Australia is not exactly located “just around the corner”.

So why is Melbourne so popular. What makes it such a special place to visit?

Let’s take a quick look at a few key reasons.

It’s Foodie Heaven

It doesn’t matter whether you like to indulge in fine dining or just want to enjoy a diverse range of street food, the city of Melbourne has every palate and budget covered.

Not only is the place renowned for offering up quality food from all over the world, the city also hosts regular food and wine festivals, combining entertainment with an eating and drinking experience.

One of the most fun things a visitor can do is explore the city’s numerous little laneways, where you’ll discover some culinary delights, ranging from the everyday to the unusual.

Visitors and locals alike are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to eating your way around Victoria’s capital.

The Nightlife Never Stops

People say New York is a city that never sleeps. Well, the same can often be said for Melbourne. There is always something happening at all times of the night somewhere around Greater Melbourne.

The city is home to many theatres, where you can catch a play, a musical, or one of the many comedy shows and comedy festivals. You also have plenty of night clubs to choose from, as well as some of the world’s coolest and trendiest little bars just waiting to be discovered.

At certain times of the year you can even watch free movies outdoors at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

You’ll never be bored in Melbourne, no matter whether it’s the middle of the day or the middle of the night.

Melbourne Is Home To Australia’s Biggest Sporting Event

For anyone who is not aware, the Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most popular and famous thoroughbred horse racing event. In fact, it’s affectionately known as “the race that stops the nation”, because that’s exactly what it does.

Come 3pm local time on the first Tuesday in November, everyone in the country “downs tools” and stops to watch the race. This year the race will feature 24 Melbourne Cup 2019 horses, all vying for ultimate glory.

Australians love their sport and Victorians especially. They’ll turn out in their droves to watch just about any sporting event.

If you want to be trackside and witness one of the country’s most iconic sporting spectacles, then head to Melbourne in early November.

Arts and Culture

Melbourne is definitely the artistic capital of Australia. It plays host to so many cultural festivals throughout the year and has art galleries galore.

Whether it be art, music, dance, or just about any other creative endeavour, many talented Australians move to Melbourne to give their careers a leg up in a city that fully appreciates their talents.

Check out an art gallery or 10, indulge in the excitement of a music festival. Perhaps a night at the ballet or opera is more your thing. It’s all there for you to enjoy when you visit Melbourne at any time of the year.

Melbourne Is the Gateway To the Rest of Victoria

By Australian standards Victoria is a state on the smaller side. What this means for tourists is it doesn’t take days and days of travel to get around and see the sights. In fact, you can base yourself somewhere in Melbourne city and still be able to take regular day trips to other iconic parts of the state.

Head north to the gold fields of Bendigo and Ballarat and learn about some of Australia’s interesting history.

Take a trip south-east of the city and enjoy the serenity of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, or go further south and see the penguins at dusk on Phillip Island.

There is just so much going on in Melbourne, and Victoria is an awesome state to visit. No wonder the area attracts so many tourists each year.

I had an email this weekend out of the blue from a woman looking for some advice. I was flattered, although slightly concerned on her behalf, that she had come to ME for advice. I don’t exactly have a great track record. She was interested in whether or not to tell dates about having children, and my experience of dating as a single parent.

I hope she won’t mind me quoting part of her email, as it’s anonymous:

‘I am a single parent with young children.’ she wrote. ‘The thought of dating again terrifies me and partly because I am afraid of being judged. Did you feel like you were judged when you went out on dates as a single mother? Did you find it awkward bringing it up especially when the man doesn’t have children? I’m going through all the ‘what ifs’ in my mind and frankly I sometimes feel like a failure.’

I wanted to share it because I’m sure it’s something a lot of single parents worry about and I thought it might be useful to think about it a bit.

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sun protection for kids

I asked Bee to write this post, as sun protection for kids is something she’s about to have to start thinking about!

At the time of writing I’m nearly nine months pregnant and I’m absolutely boiling hot 100% of the time. I spend most of my time lying out somewhere like a beached whale in front of a fan, cursing my decision to become pregnant in October. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking.

With the summer upon us, I need to think about ways to make sure my new baby doesn’t get too hot as well. We have varying togs of sleeping bags for him and a range of different styles of vests, but even then I’m concerned about how warm it gets in the bedroom at night.

It’s really important to think about how to keep kids safe in the heat when they’re outside too. The sun can have a massive impact on their health, and it goes deeper than just the sting of a sunburn you weren’t prepared for at the beach. Every time you get sunburnt it increases your risk of developing problems such as skin cancer and this can affect you at any age. The choices we make now in terms of looking out for our kids while they are out in the sun will impact them in later life whether that’s cosmetically, like being more prone to wrinkles, or their health being threatened in the future.

There are a few simple ways to help kids stay safe in the sun, and it’s about more than just slapping on some sunscreen when you first head out for the day. You can never be too careful with kids in the sun, so it’s a good idea to follow these recommended tips.

1 – Know when it’s safe to be in the sun

While it’s really important to get out in the sun and get some much needed vitamin D, it’s best to keep out of direct sunlight when it’s at its brightest between 12 and 3pm. Move into the shade or inside during these hours if you’re able to to make sure that your kids aren’t affected by the day’s harshest rays. If you have to be out in the sun, big beach umbrellas are a great idea for some makeshift shade.

2 – Keep on top of your sunscreen game

We should all know by now that just applying sun cream once during the day isn’t going to be enough to offer proper protection, but it’s easier said than done during busy days and when kids are off playing. Make sure you get the highest factor of sunscreen possible and apply it regularly throughout the day, especially after swimming.

A Solar Buddies child friendly applicator is great for this as its chunky design, roller ball and sponge makes the sunscreen super easy for kids to apply. It’s especially useful for packing in a kid’s bag for school or nursery, as it will be easy for them to apply themselves if staff aren’t able to do this, with less mess, no waste and no sticky hands.

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3 – Think about the clothes they are wearing

With the hot weather on the rise you may think that less is more when it comes to clothing and keeping cool, but this can actually be really dangerous for kids. Even with sunscreen on, it’s a good idea to keep covered up as much as possible in light, breathable fabrics for maximum sun protection. This is especially important for babies with delicate skin.

4 – Accessorise

The accessories your child has are as important as the clothes they have on and the sunscreen they wear. We may think of sunglasses as more of a fashion item to block the glare of the sun for adults, but the skin around the eye area as well as the eyes themselves are so delicate that they’re actually recommended for everyone over six months old. Hats are really important too, especially ones with extra flaps that cover the neck and ears.

5 – Kit out your car

I’d never considered having to protect kids from the sun while they’re in the car, but this one is really important especially on long journeys in the middle of the day if you’re going on holiday or to visit friends and family. The windows alone don’t block out harmful rays so make sure you fit the back windows with the appropriate sun shades to prevent this. A light blanket is also a really good way to stop exposed legs from actually getting sunburnt during a car ride.

Do you have any top tips for keeping kids safe in the sun?

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