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We are all living in such an certain time, something non of us have experienced before, the impact of the corona virus and is ramifications are wide and in some respects still unfolding before us.   I am now working from home something I feel very fortunate to be able to... read more →
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Adventures in Blackpool and London and a new recipe success – Weekend Blog 25th October 2019 Had a lovely day in Blackpool with my daughter and two grandchildren, Rosie and Zachary doing the whole Blackpool Lights tradition. We went late afternoon with the plan to take them wrapped up on the beach but unfortunately the tide was completely in! We did go onto the pier though and then we took them on a horse and carriage which they absolutely loved, even Zachary seemed enthralled with the princess style carriage. Hot sugary doughnuts in the car and then drove through the lights, they are both three and they giggled their way through the lights which they hardly seemed to notice, but it was a lovely day. Then on Thursday was our oldest friends birthday and we were off to the big smoke to his favourite restaurant of all time Rules, the oldest restaurant in London. It is full of character, traditional and first class service and food and great for people watching too. We used Airbnb as we were only staying one night and that meant we could stay in central London for a fraction of the price of a hotel, we got the train there off peak a real bargain and had a champagne lunch on the train, lovely. In the morning Jude and I had a bit of retail therapy, well to be honest I mainly did the shopping as the Zara on Oxford Road had some amazing things in and different to the stock in the Trafford Centre, even managed to make a start on some Christmas shopping too. We went for brunch in a fabulous Italian restaurant just off Oxford Road and then it was time to get the train home, lovely few days. Didn’t have much in to cook on Friday night so I decided to make some sort of pasta dish using what I could find. I had a sweet red pepper in the fridge, an avocado and a bag of spinach, it was a start! I chopped up the pepper and using olive oil, fried it with some lazy garlic, threw in some chilli powder and cumin and then a tin of chopped tomatoes with a dash of tomato puree and some pepper. Using whole wheat spaghetti and quickly blanching the spinach, I added this to the pan. I found some parmesan in the fridge and a garlic type flat bread in the freezer so used those too and lastly sliced the avocado on the top to serve, it was really tasty and I will be making it again, low fat and meat free for a change.

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Effects on your hair during the menopause – Weekend Blog 19th I have blogged before about the changes I have noticed to my hair and the benefits of using Nioxin shampoo and conditioner. As I was running low recently I ordered my large bottles from justmylook.com as usual but by mistake I ordered the no.6 versions which is for advanced thinning hair. As I had bought them I decided to try it anyway, what I love about the no.6 version is the conditioner, it leaves my hair feeling much more silky so from now on I will be ordering this. Unfortunately most women in their 50’s will experience their hair losing its volume, this is because of the levels of oestrogen and progesterone dropping and the hair growing more slowly and becomes much thinner. It is almost certainly related to hormone changes so looking at alternative products and diet is certainly worth exploring. I have touched on the importance of diet during this time before, the menopause drains us of energy and vitamins and minerals, getting problems with your hair and nails can be a sign that you are a little bit nutritionally low in certain vitamins and minerals particularly iron and Vitamin D. A friend of mine and a follower of my blog, has been in touch with me to tell me of how helpful it has been to increase her fruit and veg intake to 10 a day (covered in a previous blog) she has found her weight has dropped and most importantly for her so has her waist size! Setting yourself a target of achieving 10 a day encourages you to snack less on the sugary options and eat more vegetables with meals. I find I am adding in at least 2 more vegetables with each evening meal now and discovering some new ways to cook them too, currently my favourite is the long stem broccoli which I cook for around 5 minutes in boiling water and then I quickly fry them in a small amount of olive oil and chilli flakes, and serve them as a side like you order in a restaurant. She also has tried Nioxin but it didn’t address one of the problems she had, which was a loss of her natural curls. She has now found a product that does help though called WOW Dream Coat for Curly Hair and for keeping her colour WOW Colour Coconut Cocktail, its available on Amazon. Thanks for sharing Alison.