uk children's writing competitions

UK Children’s Writing Competitions (from July 2019)

I’ve really been enjoying entering writing comps this year, they’ve given my words a new lease of life. Whilst researching the best comps to enter for this article, I’ve happened upon a fair few children’s writing competitions. Seemed only fair to put this guide together, just in case you have some creative kids on your hands who would like to enter. Children’s Writing Competitions ending July 2019 The Betjeman Poetry Prize | closing date: 31st July | age range: 10-13 | word count: none | theme: place | prizes: The winner receives £500. The English department of his or her …

Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

The UK Has a Health Postcode Lottery, So How Can We Take Back Control?

As regular readers may have already noticed, I’m a tad obsessed with the health of my family. I just wish that living well always equated to being well and there were no other variables to consider. Welcome to the UK health postcode lottery, folks. Apparently where we live plays a big part in how healthy we are likely to be. Who knew? According to this government report, people living in the least deprived areas of the country live around twenty years longer in good health than people in the most deprived areas. (Greater London is quite high on this list …

paleo vegan bbq sauce
Unsugar Coated Motherhood

Paleo Vegan BBQ Sauce (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

My paleo vegan BBQ sauce has just five ingredients, and as with all my recipes, is ridiculously easy to make. Most bbq sauces have ketchup as the first ingredient, which instantly means lots of sugar. You should know by now how much I dislike the s word. I’m using blackstrap molasses as the (natural) sweetener here, which gives the sauce a lovely liquorice taste. Molasses is loaded with iron, B vitamins and a whole host of other vitamins and minerals. It is said to help with the symptoms of PMS, stabilise blood sugars, improve bone health and give the skin …

how to make sauerkraut
Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

How to Make Sauerkraut: Failsafe Basic 2 Ingredient Recipe and Other Krauty Ideas

Home made probiotic-rich food and drink will almost always contain more beneficial bacteria (to keep our gut healthy) than their commercially made counterparts. Sauerkraut is a prime example. Most shop bought kraut has been pasteurised, which is a process that involves heating the food/drink in order to preserve it for longer. Which means, unless you are buying raw, organic kraut (at around £5 for a tiny container), much of the probiotic goodness will have been killed off in production. Learning how to make sauerkraut was one of the first things I did when I started taking my own gut health …

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Mental Health

Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Allow Your Thoughts to Come and Go

To say I behaved self-destructively during my teens and early twenties would be an understatement. Haunted by my dysfunctional upbringing, I would get wasted to escape the thoughts inside my own head. A night would often end with me crying about things that had happened in the past – essentially reliving the trauma every time. Through counselling, self-help books, a lot of support from the man I now call my husband, and my incredibly amazing friends, I am no longer that person. In 2007, post mental breakdown and rock bottom, I set about changing every aspect of my life to …