Don't shopIt is said that buying ‘stuff’ not only has a huge impact on your bank balance but, more worryingly, it has a massive impact on the environment.  The Buy Nothing Day website says:

It’s time to lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life – shopping.

Saturday November 29th 2014 is Buy Nothing Day (UK). It’s a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

Everything we buy has an impact on the environment; Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries – only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth. Read more


self service check outIn England, self service check outs have become common place in most supermarkets. So, what is a self service check out? Well, it means YOU can scan and pack your purchases, YOU can insert your credit card into a little machine and YOU can leave without speaking a word to anyone.

In my book, that’s pure heaven! But, what do you think? Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?


butchersWhen I was a child, there were loads of specialized shops; grocery shopping with my mother meant a trip to the butchers, the bakers, the greengrocers, the frozen food shop and the newsagents.

My mother used to drag my siblings and I around the shops looking for the cheapest baked beans and the best offers. Thank goodness, nowadays, you can nip to the supermarket, push your very large trolley from aisle to aisle and buy everything you want, from frozen peas to a television, in one go. Despite the controversial disadvantages, i.e. they are bad for the local economy and they are very impersonal, as a busy woman with a hatred for shopping, I’m really keen on supermarkets.

When you were a child what was different about shopping and shops? Is it better now or worse?


 Incredible PotsOh my, I’ve just died and gone to heaven! 

A Yorkshire company has just launched a new range called: Incredible! So what is it you ask?

Well, Incredible! are healthy pasta sauces that you don’t need to cook. They can be eaten just as they are, stirred into pasta, or used as a topping on potatoes.  There are 6 different varieties and 4 of them are vegetarian. It’s a dream made in heaven – come to mummy.

If you fancy reading more about this innovative, amazing, incredible Yorkshire company, then click here

I, on the other hand, am far too busy throwing away saucepans, chopping knives and other useless kitchen utensils. I probably should check that they deliver to Spain but I’m far too giddy.  If you think you can change my mind with an incredible recipe, then please send me a comment.

READING: Colour Affects Our Mood

colour_meaningDo you feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the color blue make you feel calm and relaxed? Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions.

It is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and cause physiological reactions. Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.

Why is color such a powerful force in our lives? What effects can it have on our bodies and minds?

Continue reading to further explore the history of color including how it’s used, the effects it may have, and some of the most recent research on color psychology.

READING: A Mood-measuring App

How are you feeling today? A new mood-measuring app can tell you.

mood monitorOMG, I don’t believe it but it has recently been reported that a new app which can track your emotions is going to be launched on the market in 2014. This is a new mood-sensing app which will help people track their emotions and their emotional triggers so they can better handle their mood. So for example, imagine your blood is boiling and you are red with rage, you are about to explode and then suddenly your mobile sends you a text saying: ‘Chill out’. I don’t know about you but this would drive me insane. Who wants to be told to chill out when you’re raving mad?!

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READING: Developing Emotional Intelligence

emotional intelligenceDeveloping Emotional Awareness

It is said that emotions are the glue that connects you to other people and gives meaning to life. They are the foundation of your ability to understand yourself and relate to others.

When you are aware and in control of your emotions, you can think clearly and creatively; manage stress and challenges; communicate well with others; and display trust, sympathy, and confidence. But lose control of your emotions, and you’ll spin into confusion, isolation, and negativity. By recognizing and harnessing your emotions you can gain control over the way you react to challenges, improve your communication skills, and enjoy more fulfilling relationships.

What are your feelings? Do you think we should all develop better emotional intelligence?

I’m not really sure as there are definite advantages of sometimes completely losing the plot or losing yourself in the emotion. For example, it was completely satisfying when I had a massive argument with a friend and started throwing pots and pans at her, and no, I have no regrets about not managing my rage. Also, in my defense, she started the fight by hurling a frying pan at my head when I was asleep. Furthermore, if I had managed my emotions better, I would have never quit my job and moved to Spain. Moreover, some of the best songs ever written are the products of ‘uncensored emotion’.