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Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

Review: Chakra Indian Restaurant, Kingston-Upon-Thames #ad

**Disclaimer: I was invited for a complimentary meal at Chakra Indian Restaurant, Kingston in exchange for this honest review. All words and photos are my own. For my full disclosure policy, please click here. Classic Indian Dishes Alongside Unique Fusion and Epic Cocktails On the rare occasions my husband and I get to enjoy a meal without the little darlings, we go all out. Cocktails, loads of food, maybe even dessert. When you’re a parent, there is nothing quite like leisurely eating delicious food, safe in the knowledge that you aren’t going to be interrupted every three minutes. Chakra Indian Restaurant is situated …

Writing

UK Writing Competitions: Flash Fiction, Short Stories and Novel Extracts (2019)

This weekend I submitted two pieces of flash fiction to UK writing competitions. I’ve also been beavering away on a 5000-ish word short story. It feels sooooo good to be writing again! I spent hours looking for competitions to enter, so thought I’d write up a list for others in the same boat.
 Please note: 
Always thoroughly read the guidelines before submitting your entry. I’ve only included comps open to unpublished writers.
 I shall update this list as and when new competitions are announced. Best of luck! UK Writing Competitions ending February 2019
 The 2019 Life Writing Prize| Closes: 11:59pm …

Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

The GAPS Diet: Is the Controversial Gut Healing Protocol Right for You?

Back in 2014, I was considered stark raving bonkers for even contemplating GAPS. But this is 2019 my friends, gut health is all the rage. Here’s the lowdown on me: I’m rarely ill, take zero medication and am generally in good spirits (even on bugger all sleep). Read on for everything you need to know before embarking on The GAPS Diet.

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Writing

Why You Should Read Become the Best You #ad

New year new you, blah blah blah. It can feel like everywhere we go people are trying to sell us ourselves, can’t it? The thing is, most of us could use a little help. So if you are on the lookout for some easy to digest advice, written in the style of having a chat with a friend in a cafe, then you will love Become the Best You. The book delves into my dysfunctional childhood and troubled start to adulthood at fifteen. How I dragged myself through years of on/off depression, two mental breakdowns and eventual rock bottom. Why …

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Mental Health

On Family Estrangement/In Defence of Meghan Markle

I know more than most that family estrangement never occurs without very good reason.  In the early days of my own family estrangement back in 2005, I grieved long and hard for what had been and would never be Cutting ties with mother and the (half) siblings I grew up with had been a long time coming. There was a lot of bad blood. Too many lies had been told. Too much drama brought to my doorstep. Too many situations which had left me broken hearted. Although highly dysfunctional, my family are not evil people, which made walking away from …