Sunshine, happiness, vitamin d and me(latonin)

Hello Jumblies,

Yes, this is me – being glamorous and mysterious!  Actually, it was for a video in my Facebook VIP group about summer essentials (if you’d like to be added to the group, contact me here or here ).


So we were talking Summer Essentials – sunglasses and a pashmina are two of mine.

But, is it good to wear sunglasses all the time, keep ourselves covered up, slathered in sun protection and never allow the rays’ to reach us?

Gosh! But this is an absolute minefield. The more I researched, the more I found in favour of total coverup and equal amounts in favour of exposing to the sun.

The conclusion I reached is that a little bit is very good for you, too much is bad and none is also bad! (as with most things in life:)

Here’s the thing… our bodies need to make vitamin D and the sun helps a lot in this process. We also need melatonin (google it – you’ll be amazed) to be happy people.

My recommendation? Get out there every day for ten minutes and revel in the fresh air and sunshine! Then cover up and be mysterious and glamorous….




Summer Essentials – Coconut Oil

Hello Jumblies,

So, over on the secret Facebook group, I am talking about Summer Essentials from a beauty angle and I thought I would share with you too how kind am I?!

First Summer Essential that I pulled out of my basket is Coconut Oil. An obvious first choice really – coconut is the essence of Summer, isn’t it?


Summer on a tray

Right, so before I tell you how I use coconut oil in my Summer Essentials, allow me to quote from the Queen Bee of Coconuts – Lucy Bee

 “As a Natural Beauty Product

Hair Care:

Coconut oil is natural nutrition for hair. Regular massage of the scalp with coconut oil may keep your scalp dandruff free. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care.

It is an excellent conditioner and provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. This is why it is used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

Skin Care:

Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It can act as an effective moisturiser on all types of skin including dry skin.

Coconut oil often helps prevent dryness and flaking of skin and some believe that it delays wrinkles and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age.

Many people use coconut oil to treat various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc. used for skin care.”

Couldn’t say it better myself. Thank you Lucy, for allowing me to use that quote. If you would like a free brochure from Lucy Bee with loads more info, click here

Ok, so, three ways that I use this  as a beauty product:

  • Cappuccino. What? Yes indeedio, coconut oil makes a marvellous cappucino.It gives energy,is amazingly good for you and tastes great. Here’s what I do. Make coffee (obviously). Pour it into a large jug. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Whizz like mad with a stick blender. Frothy coffee.

IMG_20160426_130222 Small aside… I once made it in a blender jug, forgot to take the spoon out before I blended  -the result was a smashed blender and boiling hot coffee all over the kitchen.

Don’t do that.


  • Moisturiser. Now, the oil in the jar is in fact, not an oil, but a solid. Unless it gets warm, in which case, it’s an oil. Still with me?  As a solid, it is quite difficult to remove from the jar . Here’s what you do to make it into a marvellous souffle-like consistency. Scoop it all out the jar into the aforementioned large jug. Now, using a beater (not a blender, this time), beat like crazy for about five minutes. You will see it transform before your eyes . Spoon into various containers with wide lips (the container, not you!). Beware that if the weather gets warm, this will go back to an oil, so keep in the fridge if we have a heat wave (ever hopeful).

I use this when I get out of the shower and before I dry myself- I know, sounds odd, but it works. Put a bit in your hands and rub all over the old bod.Brilliant. Quick and job done.

  • Conditioner. About once a week, I rub this onto dry hair and leave as long as possible. Rinse, then wash hair. You’d think it would leave your hair very greasy, but it really doesn’t. Just shiny and bouncy.

Enough already – go get some and tell me how you like it. Also, share your ideas please.

Because every day should be joyful 🙂


Springcleaning Relationships?

Hello Jumblies,

Well, this is an odd subject. Surely our relationships are what they are and there’s not much we can do about it? Youd think so, wouldn’t you?

I’ve been reading a lot recently about the company we keep and how we tend to become like the people closest to us. Scary thought? Or am I making good choices?

So, here are my thoughts on the matter:-

  • Physical friends – those we see, drink coffee with, spend time with. Do they make your heart sing? Do you leave them feeling uplifted?
  • Online friends – those we meet in various groups and social sites. Do we enjoy chatting with them, reading their comments, admiring their pictures, learning something from them?
  • Relatives – a thorny one, this, but the same questions apply.Strangers – people we interact with in shops, on the train, out and about. Is it worth getting upset over, or trying to impress someone we will never see again. Also, is it worth spending a few seconds brightening their day?

Obviously, we all have people who have to be in our lives right now, but we can choose how we respond to them. We don’t have to be dragged into their negative or miserable place. We can try to uplift them, but if they choose to be negative, so be it.

We can also choose to spend less/no time with people (yes, even friends) who always leave us feeling down. A difficult choice, but think of the space it will clear for positive people in your life!

What do you think? Harsh? Unfeeling? Or true and uplifting?








Hello Jumblies,

I am a little overexcited this morning, as the sun is shining- a rarity around here 🙂

So, to celebrate, I have done a little video on Younique’s newest baby – Body Bronzer.

Grab your beach towel, slip on your sandals and come enjoy   Summer!details_product_image_mdSummer!


Well, hello again

Hello jumblies,

So, how are you all doing? Me? Thank you for asking. Well….

I have made some videos on the old Youtube

I have started a new beauty business with Younique

I am on Instagram

Oh- and we are moving house!


What’s been going on with you?

Missed me?

Hello Jumblies,

Gosh- it really has been an age since I’ve written to you, hasn’t it? Will need to pull up my (handmade, crochet) socks!
However, I have not been idle. For the past couple of months, I have been attending a pain management course and have learned lots of things  which will, of course, be shared with you.

I have also met an amazing lady and I’d like to introduce you. Her name is Katharine Tate and she is to be found here

The Food Teacher

As you know, I am a fervent believer in taking responsibility for our own health. Katharine teaches children about food (hence the name!) and has yummy recipes as well as loads of good advice.

Who influences you and your health choices?


Carotenoids Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk and Recurrence

Hello Jumblies,
The more I read, the more it makes sense to fill our bodies with good stuff.

The BarleyLife Blog


The next time you’re at the supermarket, you may want to spend a bit more time browsing the produce section. A new long-term study published in theAmerican Journal  of Clinical Nutrition found that high concentrations of  carotenoids in the blood, specifically beta and alpha carotene and lycopene, were linked to a 18-28% reduction in breast cancer risk.  Those carotenoids are commonly found in vegetables like carrots, tomatoes and kale.

This study started back in 1989. Researchers looked at the blood samples of over 30,000 women. They were also asked to fill out questionnaires about their lifestyles to assess their baseline risks for breast cancer. In the year 2000, 18,000+ of those women returned to donate blood a second time.

By 2010, 2,188 of the volunteers had developed breast cancer.  The researchers compared the blood samples of women who had similar cancer-risk baselines and found that those participants who had the highest amounts of carotenoids in their blood…

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Celebrate a full life.

Hello Jumblies,

A while ago I wrote a post about dots of joy. One of my dots is @adsthepoet on Twitter.

Adam died just a few days ago. He was only 15. Celebrate this joyful young man with me.

A bit about Adam. He couldn’t move or talk and communicated by blinking. He spent a lot of his time in hospital. He has incredible parents’ who never gave in or gave up on Adam.

I met him on Twitter. Yawn, another person spouting forth, you may think. Ah, no. Not Adam.

He tweeted regularly, with humour and wisdom. He blinked poetry! He brightened the lives of thousands of people, both young and old.  Adam was in hospital for his 15th birthday and we had a huge Twitter celebration with virtual songs, cake and dog pictures to celebrate. It was a happy day and many of us shared his birthday.

Here is one of his poems:


This rhyme is a puzzle, as you will see,
This rhyme tells you what a good leader should be.
A good leader respects the young and the old,
A good leader observes and is prepared to be bold.
A good leader is brave and will try something new,
A good leader works hard and gives praise when it’s due.
A good leader expects the best from all staff,
A good leader brings happiness and shares in a laugh.
A good leader supports patients and gives them the best,
A good leader teaches staff to be ahead of the rest.
A good leader explains if something goes amiss,
A good leader rejoices in times of great bliss.
If you study this rhyme and look very close,
You’ll discover the leader I admire most.

(C) Adam Bojelian 2014
A clever and insightful young man. This Saturday there is a service in York to celebrate Adam’s life.
I can’t be there, but will be in virtual attendance. I salute you, Adam Bojelian. Much loved, much missed, always remembered.

Total eclipse?

Hello Jumblies,

We have just had an eclipse here. Weird. Very silent, dark and slightly scary. Not your everyday experience.

Then, guess what? The moon passed over and the sun came out again! Of course, in my little corner of England, there is no sun to be seen, as it is cloudy – but I know it’s there.




You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? For an awful lot of Jumblies, life can feel like one big solar eclipse. Dark, silent and scary. But here’s the thing-

The sun is still there – you just can’t see it right now.

Be strong today.