Healthy eating for kids lunches.

Involving children in planning and preparing their own lunchboxes gives them the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, and also gives them a chance to make autonomous decisions about what they will be eating during the day.

Some tips to help get your kids involved include:

  • Talk to your children about what they would like to have in their lunchbox. Discuss healthier food and drink choices and decide what will be in the lunchbox together.
  • Write a shopping list together. Take your children shopping with you and let them choose foods and drinks from the shopping list.
  • Encourage your children help prepare their lunchboxes. Older children may be able to prepare most of their lunch themselves, and younger children can help with making sandwiches or cutting up soft fruit. It is a good idea to prepare lunchboxes the evening before to allow children to participate.

Try planning a healthy lunch box to start the school year. Talk to your children and discuss what they would be happy to have included.

The six key parts to a healthy lunchbox include:

  • fresh fruit
  • fresh crunchy vegetables
  • milk, yoghurt or cheese (you can use reduced-fat options for children over the age of two years). For children who cannot tolerate milk products, offer appropriate alternatives like calcium fortified soy or rice drink or soy yoghurt
  • a meat or meat alternative food like some lean meat (e.g. chicken strips), hard-boiled egg or peanut butter. If your school has a nut-free policy, peanut butter and other nuts should not be included in your child’s lunchbox
  • a grain or cereal food like bread, a roll, flat bread, fruit bread or crackers (wholegrain or wholemeal choices are best)
  • tap water.

Tips for healthy lunchboxes include:

  • Cut up large pieces of fruit and put them in a container – this makes it easier to eat, especially if your child has wobbly teeth or if they have less time to eat than they are used to. Send a damp face washer to help with extra juicy fruit.
  • Consider giving half a sandwich or roll for morning recess, as this is an easy way to get a healthy fill.
  • In the hot weather, send frozen milk, yoghurt or water, or even frozen orange segments. This makes a great refreshing snack and helps to keep the lunch box cool.
  • Go for colour and crunch in the lunch box by offering a variety of colourful vegetables and fruit.

Food is usually stored in lunchboxes for several hours and it is important to keep the lunchbox cool so that the food stays fresh. Some tips to help keep lunchboxes


. Artificially sweetened drinks should not be included in the lunchbox.


Best Online Trendy stores


Today you can find the biggest brands, and the best designer ranges just a click away on your screen…..From sharp suits to the newest sneakers, you can shop all your fashion needs right from the comfort of your very own home…. It’s essential to ensure that you are only spending as much as you can afford and try to avoid any distractions while you’re scrolling through the online store to prevent unnecessary purchases…….Here are the best online clothing stores you need to visit today.

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Men and Women’s Fashion
    1. SSENSE ……Men and Women’s fashion is a premium retailer offering the best in high-end fashion, street wear, and independent designs.
    2. FARFETCH ….Men and Women’s fashion are an established luxury brand to exciting new designers, Farfetch has the world’s largest selection of luxury. Sourcing and curating products from international brands and boutiques around the world, the online retailer continuously offers an incredible range of garments…..The sophisticated online Men and Women’s store offers a unique edit of over 400 established and emerging designers, including Balenciaga, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Vetements.

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          1. MR.PORTER– -When it comes to shopping for menswear online, MR PORTER is the site to visit. This global retailer sells more than 300 leading international brands to 170 countries..
          2. REISS… has become an excellent brand to shop for Men’s fashion style, quality, and value. The label has contemporary and sharp designs.
          3. UNIGLO…..Fashion for both Men and Women… Uniqlo continues to dominate the world in the field of innovative fashion. Offering luxury fabrics and high functioning apparel at incredibly low costs, Uniqlo is the site to visit for all your essential fashion needs.

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6. Coggles

Premium international fashion retailer, Coggles is home to over 200 men’s and women’s designer collections. Featuring established fashion houses, emerging designers, and rare international labels, the retailer is a must-visit online destination for shopping.


7. ASOS…. continues to top lists as one of the best online shopping destinations for both men and women. The retailer’s incredible variety of on-trend products combined with its affordable prices makes it a winning option for finding the fashion you want at a low cost.

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8. Rag & Bone

New York label, Rag & Bone is famous for its unique designs that blend classic tailoring with an edgy yet understated aesthetic. Practically a must-shop brand for any modern gent, Rag & Bone redefines urban style with expert craftsmanship, clean silhouettes, and a downtown sensibility.

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9. BOOHOO MAN…..You don’t have to spend a small fortune to update your wardrobe thanks to Boohoo Man. The site stocks a wide range of essential products, as well as shoes and accessories. There is also an impressive variety in terms of sizes, and the brand offers a big and tall range. Keep an eye out for new celeb partnerships that make for awesome limited collections…. Another site is BOOHOO CLOTHING ITS A GREAT SITE FOR WOMEN.

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10. THE ICONIC.. IS ANOTHER GREAT ONLINE SHOPPING STORE FOR MEN, WOMEN AND KIDS…..THE ICONIC delivers a stylish and current collection of men and womens apparel, sourced from the most coveted Australian and international brands. With everything from dresses to Jeans, Ankle Boots, to Sneakers, Watches to Wallets, they have a selection of over 20,000 products for every style.

11. Amazon Fashion

Amazon is a one-stop-shop for all your needs, whether that’s a new book or a new pair of shoes. Their fashion section makes shopping for clothing very easy and stocks an extensive range of products.

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12. Selfridges Fashion


Despite being a historical retailer, Selfridges has a fresh and contemporary vibe. It’s this sense of energy and modernism that makes it an outstanding place to shop both in-store and online….



Shopping online is one of the most convenient ways to buy all of the items you’re looking for without having to go in-store.

One aspect of shopping online that you should consider, are the shipping costs and any other fees added to the listing price.


Online shopping can sometimes be overwhelming, so having the list of products you need beside you will maintain focus on the task at hand.

In the wide world of online shopping, you are sure to find yourself a fantastic deal.

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Sports for Health.

We all know that doing exercise is good for our health, but what sports in particular are best for our health ? ….The following list of sports have a low risk for injury and a high payoff in physical and mental health.


Swimming: – ..Swimming is an absolutely awesome sport for your heart. It is also a low-stress activity and great for burning calories. Best of all, you can swim at any time of year at an indoor pool.


Tennis: Did you know that one hour of tennis burns 600 calories, putting it on par with jogging and cycling as one of the best aerobic activities.


Squash: It burns calories, increases aerobic fitness, boosts flexibility, develops strength and power, and improves hand-eye coordination.


Basketball: research shows that it increases spatial awareness, fosters decision-making capabilities, reduces stress, helps immensely with coordination, and develops confidence.


Cycling: Cycling is a low-impact way to burn serious calories, but it also makes you happier and makes your brain stronger.


Running: those who run regularly are less likely to experience bone and muscle loss as they age, at the same pace as those who do not run regularly or at all. Running causes a release of endorphins, for that feel good factor.


Gymnastics: is beneficial for improving concentration and mental focus. Gymnastics is great for adults mental stimulation and allows children the chance to think for themselves, to stimulate their imaginations and to solve problems safely.




What is Healthcare ? Health care is delivered by health professionals and allied health fields. Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, midwifery, nursing, optometry, audiology, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training and other health professions are all part of health care.   

Healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or cure of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people

Research has shown that on a hot day, drinking a hot beverage may help your body stay cool. The reason being that when you drink a hot drink, your body produces sweat to cool down your body temperature. Initially you may be adding heat by drinking the hot liquid, but the amount of sweat that your body produces to cool down more than makes up for the added heat from the liquid. The increased perspiration is key; when the sweat evaporates from your skin, it is able to cool down your body temperature.

More than half your bones are located in your hands and feet

We are born with approximately 300 bones and cartilage which eventually fuse together by the time we reach adulthood. The adult human body consists of 206 of these bones, 106 of them are located in our hands and feet. Bones in the arms are among the most commonly broken bones and account for almost half of all adults’ bone injuries.

Feeling Tired …..If you are physically tired, the best thing to do is exercise as it will give you more energy than sitting. Research has found that the blood and oxygen flow through the body will give you more energy and improve your mood. The increase in endorphin levels can contribute to a feeling of well-being.

Did you know that colder temperatures may help reduce allergies and inflammation and research has shown that it can help you think more clearly and perform daily tasks better. The cold can also help lower the risk of disease.


Bananas can help improve your mood..

A banana has approximately 30% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps the brain produce serotonin, which is considered a mood stabilizer. Serotonin impacts your motor skills and emotions. It is also the chemical that helps you sleep and digest food. Eating a banana can help relieve depression and anxiety by stimulating the serotonin levels in your body.


Happiness in your life


Signs of a Happy Person…

People often believe that happiness will be achieved once they reach a certain milestone, such as finding the perfect partner or landing a particular salary.

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Humans, however, are excellent at adapting to new circumstances, which means that people will habituate to their new relationship or wealth, return to a baseline level of happiness, and seek out the next milestone. Fortunately, the same principle applies to setbacks—we are resilient and will most likely find happiness again.

Happy people live with purpose. They find joy in lasting relationships, working toward their goals, and living according to their values. The happy person is not enamored with material goods or luxury vacations. This person is fine with the simple pleasures of life—petting a dog, sitting under a tree, enjoying a cup of tea.

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Commit to your goals. Pick one, two, or three significant goals that are meaningful to you, and devote time and effort to pursuing them, we get satisfaction from achieving goals in life, especially things we love doing.

Some key signs of happiness include:

  • Feeling like you are living the life you wanted
  • Feeling that the conditions of your life are good
  • Feeling that you have accomplished (or will accomplish) what you want in life
  • Feeling satisfied with your life
  • Feeling positive more than negative.

Health and happiness are completely intertwined. That’s not to say that people with illnesses can’t be happy, but that attending to one’s health is an important—and perhaps under appreciated—component of well-being….. Happiness in the home gives us that sense of calm and well-being. Children feel loved and brings them happiness.

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Researchers have identified many links between health and happiness—including a longer lifespan—but it’s difficult to distinguish which factor causes the other. Making changes to diet, exercise, sleep, and more can help everyone feel more content.



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Kids will love it.

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Teenagers & the Social Media.

Mothers and Fathers are their daughter’s and son’s first role models.. This is part of discovering who we are and trying to find our place in the world as Men and Women. This is fine if you have a strong female/male role model from which to emulate yourself after. But what happens if you don’t ? Unfortunately there are many girls/boy’s today, that do not have strong male/female role models so they turn to the TV and social media, as their guide to living their life and making important life choices….


The images that they receive in the media are often life shaping for them. As adults, it is much easier for us to see how silly and unrealistic these images and expectations are, but for young girls/boy’s, they are not often able to discern the difference.

One thing that’s important is keeping communication lines open, that will help them to feel safe in coming to you if they have a problem. Don’t be judgmental or they will shut down and go somewhere else for advice, which could be detrimental to them.


Media plays an important role in shaping the ideas and beliefs of teens. In fact, continuous exposure to media has proven to impact a child’s social, physical, and mental development.

Exposure to media is not always bad. Media at large can have a positive impact on teenage behavior and attitudes. On Social media teens find this interaction entertaining and satisfying for their self-expression, thus boosting their confidence and self-esteem.


Online documentaries, movies, inspirational stories on the internet, print, and broadcast media can be a source of inspiration for your teen.

The media disseminates information on health and well-being. A teen, who pays attention to such information, is more likely to be aware of various health issues like teen depression, childhood obesity, etc., and their possible solutions. This might help them make informed and healthy lifestyle choices…..You can strike up a discussion on such issues to educate your child..

Negative effects.

There are also the negative effects of social platforms, sometimes they are used to spread biased information and fake news. Teens may start believing the provided information, thus causing a shift in their attitude and behavior.

Most teens post pictures or their feelings online and eagerly wait for likes, shares, and positive comments from friends. These experiences activate the brain’s reward system and increase the levels of dopamine. It can raise the likelihood of media addiction in time.

The negative and positive effect of media on your child depends on the amount of time spent on media and how well parents regulate the child’s exposure to it.

Makeup for everyday use.

If you want more of a natural look, why not go for a tinted moisturizer…I started using tinted moisturizer as I got older, as it looks more natural for everyday use, apply a little concealer under the eyes to match the tinted moisturizer, a little blush and lipstick to match and a touch of mascara and eyebrow pencil……voila…

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Many people choose to wear makeup every day, either to cover up blemishes or simply enhance their natural beauty. If you want an evening look, then you might want to wear more of a deeper foundation.

applying makeup for that natural look

Knowing which products to use and in what order seems complicated and time-consuming, but is actually very simple and easy to master…Breaking down your routine into smaller steps will help.

Men and makeup
makeup to cover blemishes

Experts suggests that guys will most likely pick up a concealer to cover up a blemish or try foundation to even out skin tone rather than use an eyeshadow palette…Most men are not using makeup to radically transform how they look but to transform how they feel……A Mintel survey found that 42% of UK men agreed that doing anything beyond making sure you’re clean is unnecessary.

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Almost half of UK men used facial skincare products as part of their daily routine, and 59% agreed that appearance is very important, according to a 2016 survey by consultancy group Mintel.….The growth of men’s beauty and fashion products has been outpacing those of women’s since 2010, says market research company Euromonitor, suggesting that men are increasingly becoming interested in shaping their own appearance.

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Women’s makeup…
Which products should I use ? why not try the following:-
choose the shade that compliments your skin tone.

The tinted moisturizer I use during the day is the product “Dove”) I find it nice and smooth, it just glides on the skin..there are some others I have used such as BB and Nivea, just choose the shade that matches with your skin tone.

Foundation is an essential part of simple makeup. To apply foundation, start by adding “punctuation marks of the foundation” all over the face. Here are the marks to make: make a dot on the forehead, a narrow line along the nose, and commas around the corner of the nose and a period on the chin, then just blend with a sponge or makeup brushes.

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  • Foundation- Choose one shade darker than the color you wish to achieve on the face.
  • Eyeliner- either liquid or the felt tip liner pen.
  • Contouring colors- One shade lighter than your foundation for the highlights and one shade darker for the contour.
  • Lip pencil- any color that you want your lips to be.
  • Lip gloss
always use a sunscreen or moisturizer to protect your skin
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Always start out with a completely clean face. The very first part of your routine is to clean your face. Use a washcloth, ( I personally use a skin cleanser with cotton pads) soap, and warm (but not hot) water to gently wash your face. If you shower in the morning and already scrubbed your face, you can of course skip this step. It’s even more important to make sure your face is clean at the end of the day. Always be sure to remove your makeup before going to bed.
Apply sunscreen and moisturizer to hydrate the skin.. If you plan on spending time in the sun, always use a sunscreen to protect your skin from those sun-rays….

Before you apply your makeup, use a primer to your face. Primer helps makeup go on easier and last longer.

No matter what your skin type is, regular cleansing, toning and moisturizing is essential to keep the skin clear. This will help set the stage for makeup so that your skin is ready and primed for the colors. Use a good cleanser twice a day made especially for your skin type. This will keep acne away
keep skin hydrated with a moisturizer
applying sunscreen

Use a sunscreen during the day and a moisturizing cream or lotion at night, to keep skin hydrated.

exfoliate weekly




Also try and exfoliate weekly to get rid of those dead skin cells….Exfoliation removes dead skin cells to regenerate younger looking skin.

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