What Do You Wear To Bed?

What Do You Wear To Bed? by Rumbi Serima Someone asked me the other day if I was already in my “sexy lingerie” when I mentioned that I was ready for bed. “No, I am a nudist!” I jokingly replied. That statement could be construed in several ways, but it got me thinking about my reasons for opting not to smother my body in polyester, synthetic and nylon fabrics and how significant that choice was to my health generally. I decided to ditch all bed wear with exception of my 100% cotton or linen body wraps, (Zambia) as they were referred to in my mother tongue Shona. These were (and still are for the most part) garb worn by mothers and housewives around the home traditionally a practice I witnessed growing up. They were made of natural cotton fabrics. I frequently wear one around the house as I find them…

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The Beauty of Self-Compassion 

The Beauty of Self-Compassion  Often in life, we are quick to show compassion for other people, we nurture them, show kindness, give them a helping hand and forgive their mistakes. Yet somehow this can be far more difficult to achieve with our own lives. For some reason self-compassion can be seen as self-indulgent, self- pitying or even selfish. Too often when things go wrong or life is tough  we can be our own worst enemy – our harshest critic, acting in ways towards ourselves that we wouldn’t dream of being like with another person.  Being more compassionate with ourselves enables us to live within a more harmonious state. It gives us the courage to accept all parts of ourselves, to accept our actions and behaviour without judgement when we are challenged by life events or situations. By being more accepting and compassionate  it can become easier to move past our mistakes.  Self-compassionate people are able to recognise when they are struggling or suffering and will be kind towards themselves during in these times. They are able to adopt an accepting attitude towards their strengths and weaknesses which makes them much more likely to implement change…

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Skincare with Body Butter Scrubs

Skincare with Body Butter Scrubs You love caring for your skin with body butter scrubs? Luxurious pampering at its height to me! What could be more indulgent and gratifying than exfoliating your beautiful skin with a sensual body butter scrub? Body butter scrubs can be used at any time of the year but they are particularly beneficial during the colder months as they help to maintain and keep the skin in a moisturised state. Body Butter Scrubs Perfect for Exfoliating Exfoliating is especially good during the winter when you are all covered up as it gives your skin continuous care. It also allows time for your cells to regenerate as you are constantly shedding the build up of dead skin that usually accumulates due to neglect during these months. This means that, when the warm weather returns and you start doing away with the layers of clothing, you will be…

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Avocado – the many wonders of avocado

  What is it? The Avocado is native to Mexico and Central America. It is a tree, a flowering plant known as Persea Americana or the alligator pear. There are dozens of varieties of avocados, including the Hass, Fuerto, Zutano and Bacon varieties. The Hass variety is the most popular type of avocado in the United States. An average California Hass avocado weighs about 6 ounces (170 grams) with a pebbled, dark green or black skin. Its Characteristics. It is pear shaped and comes in many colours from black to green shades. The Hass avocado has an alligator shape and skin. The avocado has edible yellow-green flesh with the skin and seed discarded. It is a popular super-food amongst the health-conscious people. It is a unique and nutritious fruit and has many culinary purposes – it gives good texture to  smoothies, is used in salads and most famous in the…

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Tips on how to write your book

E Books for Business, Join the conversation The benefits of writing a book to promote your business or support your branding activities are undoubtedly sound. So perhaps you’re asking if this is the right vehicle for your marketing activities? The answer is quite simply what you wish to achieve. In this article, I’ll try to help you make up your mind. There are so many tools and software packages that are good for business, just in the same way that we know that large quantities of fruit are good for you, except of course if you are a diabetic. Diabetics require a more varied diet as too much fruit will upset their blood sugar levels. In other words, proceed with caution. What does that have to do with writing a book for your business? Quite a lot actually, you need to do your health check first that investigates whether a…

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All about Sea Buckthorn by

I have been friends with nature ever since I can remember. I grew up in the countryside and we had rivers and woods and meadows in abundance. My childhood was spent mostly playing out doors and also helping my family to look after animals. I learnt about plants from actually using them to heal, eat and for health. We used simple but effective methods to get all the goodness out of the plants – and it worked. So I have never had doubts about natural cosmetic and efficacy… Some of plants have become my best friends and I still love and respect them now. I never stop talking about effects using them on skin. One of my most favourite ingredient is Sea buckthorn oil! I remember my first meeting with Sea buckthorn. We were on the way to the city and my mum stopped car at the road side and…

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Recipe – Traditonal Caribbean Rum Cake by Elca Hoyte

Each month I will be sharing Foody tips, ideas, recipes, pictures and more… I hope you enjoy my post as well as try some of the recipes I will be posting. I know that some of you love and enjoy to make a Rum Cake at Christmas, so I would like to share my recipe on how to make the traditional Caribbean rum cake otherwise known as Black Cake.  Traditional Caribbean Rum Cake [Black Cake] Ingredients 8oz butter (unsalted; room temperature) 8oz dark demerara sugar 6 eggs (room temperature) 2 teaspoon vanilla essence 6oz socked mixed fruit (minced if prefered) 1\2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1\2teaspoon mixed spice 2 teaspoon baking powder 6 teaspoon of browning 12oz all-purpose flour How to Make It Set oven to 350 F with baking rack in the middle of the oven 2. Grease the cake pan. Rub butter all around the insides of the pan…

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Juicing for better health

  TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WHILE MAKING MERRY! By Kathleen M. Marinell 12-21-2017 The holidays are filled with special delights that are just too good to pass up. Who can resist Mom’s fudge and divinity or Auntie’s holiday cookies? And can you really say no to eggnog or miss out on trying the new “seasonal” beer? How about the company parties, the potluck dinners at church, the family feasts or traditions like Christmas Eve tamales and the New Year’s Day black-eyed peas and ham soup that you just cannot avoid eating? Is there any time of the year when there is more food and beverage available at every turn? Well, that’s the spirit of the holidays – eat, drink and be merry! And, hopefully, in the warmth and companionship of your family and friends. It is a wonderful time and it only happens once a year, so…

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Make up Tips: Choosing the right foundation

Choosing the right foundation Makeup application can be quite daunting to those who are starting out. In my opinion the main challenge is finding the correct shade of foundation. Choosing the right colour foundation has proven not to be quite as easy as it sounds. The fact that a lot of cosmetic brands did not cater to all skin tones, especially darker skin women, was one of the main problems when tackling this task. Cosmetic brands also seem to have a problem with undertone, this is the the colour you see when you look though the skin. Over the years cosmetics companies have developed tremendously, and new formulations have become game changers for people with different skin types, e.g., oily, dry, mature etc. There have also been developments in recognising the different undertones that the skin has, but the real obstacle was the fact that cosmetic brands did not cater…

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Author Chat with Christine Hammacott

It is lovely to invite author Christine Hammacott to our relaxation page. Christine writes psychological suspense novels set in the South of England. Her debut novel, The Taste of Ash, is set in Portsmouth and explores the aftermath of fire and being left with nothing. It follows the story of a young woman who escapes an arson attack that kills her neighbour and who is trying to move on after this devastating event only to find that an unknown stalker is pursuing her and telling her she should have died in the fire. Today I’d like to talk to her about her book and how she started writing. Tell me a bit about psychological suspense. What is it and how does it differ from the psychological thriller?Psychological suspense is a sub-genre of the thrillers, which is a very wide genre. Thrillers are often fast paced with car chases, gun fights…

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Pollution and your skin by Rumbi Serima-Fowler

Environmental pollution Air pollution and the skin – yes, it is true that the air around us can have an adverse effect not only our skin, our entire systems. It is therefore important and essential to have a ‘pamper day’. A time to rejuvenate and replenish your skin whilst providing it with nourishment to combat again damage. Recently I experienced the effects of environmental pollution first hand. I travelled to London from the South of England where I live on a day trip. I arrived at Victoria station just after 08.00 and the air smelt fresh and clean. After an eventful day I was ready to leave London… it was already 21:00 hrs. The first thing I noticed as got into the underground station was the smell. There air was thick and acidic…. almost acrid. I imagined how it would feel passing through this ‘smog’ if I had to commute daily…

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The Soldier – A Poem by Ekwa Cathy

The Soldier – A Poem by Ekwa Cathy Like a soldier; he walked through the streets; Besieging the people to respect laws. In a calm and tranquil manner; he spoke like the Messiah. On one side of the road seated a beggar. He dropped a coin and walks away majestically. Praises echoed his ears from onlookers. He smiles at them and bids them farewell. The children at the field saw him; Shouting in amazement; run to him. In his arms; he took them all and tears lingered his cheeks He pressed on with his team Some dress in iron wears; some in tigers; Heavily masked faces; with chest as broad as a black board. But his looks were: simple, soft and smart. Many lost their lives and properties; in the course of destruction. But limped on blood-shod; Some went lame; some blind and shocked at the works he did for…

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