Sunday, 29 January 2012

Tips on Living a Longer Life


We live in a time of great medical advancement. People are living longer and healthier lives than ever before.  Medicare health plans have benefits reserved for seniors over 65. Things such as retirement planning and special senior discounts can apply. What are some tips to help us live a longer life and keep our bodies performing at their best?

  • Healthy eating habits and exercise can actually help strengthen our DNA. So at a cellular level our bodies can get stronger and help us slow the ageing process.
  • If we keep our minds and bodies active by having what is called a 'conscientious personality'. That means having qualities like persistence and attention to detail. These people strive to keep good relationships in their lives and make better decisions regarding their health.
  • Having friends. People who are active socially and have a network of connections are happier and more resilient.
  • Of course having friends is good but choose them wisely. A group of friends with healthy lifestyles will help you stay healthy too.
  • Quit smoking cigarettes. A British study has said that if you quit when you are 30 if could add another decade onto your life.
  • Take a nap if you can. A siesta is a good way to relax and reduce stress hormones, which in turn helps your heart.
  • Follow the Mediterranean diet. This is a diet that is high in fruit, vegetables and grains, olive oil and fish. This will help you ward off things like heart disease, bad cholesterol and diabetes.
  • The people of Okinawa used to have the greatest life expectancy in the world. This was attributed to eating a diet high in green and yellow vegetables and very low calories.
  • Married people tend to outlive single people. This may be because they have greater moral support and backup. But those who have been divorced or widowed tend to have lower mortality rates then those who had never been married.
  • Get within your healthy weight range. Slimming down can help you fight off diabetes and heart disease.
  • Regular physical activity can reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers, depression and may make you more mentally alert. About 2.5 hours of moderate exercise a week is good.
  • Only drink in moderation. One drink a day for women and one or two a day for men should be your limit.
  • People who attend a religious service each week tend to live longer than those who don't. This may be because of the strong social network that develops.
  • Forgive. Don't hold grudges. Learn to let go and you will find it reduces anxiety, helps you sleep better and breath easier and it lowers blood pressure.
  • Use the recommended safety devices. Always wear your seat belt in a car and your helmet if riding a motorbike. 
  • Get the recommended dose of good quality sleep. It lowers the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders and can also speed recovery after illness or an operation.
  • Find a beneficial way to manage your stress. Deep breathing exercises, meditation, stretching, go for a brief walk. Whatever helps you.
  • Find a hobby or an interest that gets you involved and has meaning for you. This can also be linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
18 Secrets to a Longer Life - WebMD.com.







Give Us Our Daily Bread / Piquing my Pinterest


This week for Tina's Piquing my Pinterest I am sharing some of the pins from my yummy bread board. I love freshly baked bread. The lovely aroma when it is cooking or has just come out of the oven; the taste when it is still warm with butter melting into it. It just can't be beaten.

Lemon Cranberry Coconut bread
Caramel Toffee Banana bread
Pita bread
Curried Pineapple bread
Bacon Cheesy bread
Zuccini bread
Seeded Chia bread
Japanese Milk bread
Caramel and Cinnamon Monkey bread

There are lots of other yummy breads over on my Pinterest boards. Like Rainbow bread, Colombian Cheese bread, Spaghetti bread and Banana Coconut Bread pudding. Yum!

Tina Gray {dot} Me


Melanie

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Colour and Lunch




I think of colour and I think of these colourful, little characters - Rainbow Lorikeets. I think that a parrot's vivid colours are truly breathtaking. What an amazing creation!



While I would really love to tell you all that I had this Lobster Salad Focaccia for lunch.






Sadly I had this rather boring, uninspiring lunch instead...









Melanie

Photo A Day Challenge - Guilty Pleasure & Something You Made



Guilty Pleasure? ... No, I prefer to call it a necessity of life!




Something I Made


I crocheted this about 24 years ago. Wow that is just amazing how time passes. Makes me feel just a bit old! I find crocheting to be therapeutic, cathartic and relaxing. Makes me wonder why I don't crochet a lot more.






Melanie

Friday, 27 January 2012

Best Spring 2012 Nail Trends


There is something so sophisticated and special about having lovely manicured nails. It shows you care about your appearance. It shows your spirit, adventurous and daring or reserved and safe.


So what are the nail trends and colours that are in for 2012? This year has been described as the most flattering manicure season yet. Lots of pretty, wearable shades of beige and cream, classic reds, soft pastels, mellow yellows and chic corals. These are my sort of colours.




This is Julep's definition of beauty.

Beauty is who you are when you don’t beg to be anybody else.
Beauty is saying Why not when your mind says Excuse me?
Beauty is yes to crimson, cobalt blue, savage brown, to Catherine then Lucy then Liv and whatever strikes next.
Beauty is confidence squared.
Beauty is bravery against all comers.
Beauty is knowing no matter what, you aren’t the beast.
Beauty isn’t an act, but an art.
Beauty lingers, lasts, increases, wows.
Beauty both whispers and shouts.
Beauty is the life of the party. Actually, it’s the party.
Beauty likes the uncommon, the unexpected, the ecstatic, both the calm and the storm.
Beauty doesn’t play that game.
Beauty had a rule once and it broke it.
Beauty thinks we should all lighten up already.
Beauty is finding your own place in the world. Or making it up as you go along.
Beauty is a rite of passage and look, you’ve earned it.
Beauty is a ritual, an open door, an amusement ride, a sanctuary, shelter, the last sorority you’ll ever need.
Beauty is when you take off instead of cover up.
Beauty is who you are when you’re among friends.
When you’re connected revealed released free.





But because of the minimalist look, perfection is the key. Keep them well maintained, with no chips of scuffs. 


Glossy, soft, sophisticated, feminine and elegant. This season's manicures are going to be a lot of fun.

Have a look at some of the best spring 2012 nail trends in Harper's Bazaar.



Melanie


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Shoes and Something Old



My shoes


I have two pairs of shoes. Partly Mainly, because of lack of funds and partly because I have more important things to think about.  


Something old

This is probably the oldest book I own. The date of publication is around 1870. My husband bought it for me from a gorgeous second hand bookshop in Kalamunda, up in the hills of Perth. Inside was a sewing sampler bookmark of a boat. I have no idea what age it is. It looks quite old. I wonder what history is attached to this book and bookmark. I love to think of a young girl sitting in her drawing room, with her needle and cotton, taking a rest to read a poem or two in her book.




Melanie


Monday, 23 January 2012

Giveaway and Review - Take 2 The Game!


Take 2 is a word game that is similar to a well known board game, but it is played without a board. This makes it faster, and a lot more unstructured and versatile. It can be played on any flat surface and so it is ideal to take on holidays. It all packs away into a small, compact box.


Play it with your family and friends or you can race yourself against the clock. See if you are first to 'Take 2', get rid of all your tiles and win. This fast paced game is all about quick thinking and speed. You don't have to wait for your turn to come around, so it is fast and furious and a lot of fun.


The game developer is Martin Rodenberg. He is a builder by trade. Martin's wife is a school teacher and she introduced the game to her class as an educational tool.






When it was delivered to my house, my four children immediately took it and disappeared into a bedroom. Judging by the shrieks and giggles there was a lot of fun being had by all. I had to remove my 2 year old Joshua after a while, much to his displeasure, he was being a bit disruptive to game play and might be a little young for this one.


But this game is not just for children. Adults can have a lot of fun too. It is a great after dinner game.


The rules of the game are simple.
  • First pick 8 letter tiles;
  • As quickly as possible make words in a crossword fashion;
  • Then first person to use all their tiles shouts out "Take 2". All players then take another 2 tiles;
  • The game continues until all tiles are used. The first player to do this shouts "Finished" and this is the end of Round 1.
The person who first uses all their tiles, gets a score of 0, while everyone else adds up the face value of the tiles they did not use.


The winner is the person with the lowest score.


Visit the Take 2 website here. You can even play a virtual game of Take2 there.


The game is available to buy online or at selected stockists. The cost is $30.00 + postage and handling, to anywhere in the world.


Enter to win your own Take 2 The Game! Entries close in just over a week so get in quick!


Saturday, 21 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Someone You Love





This is my beautiful sister Angela. She is someone I love dearly. She is 5 years older than me, and a wonderful person. She is a gift and I am honoured to have her as my sister.




Melanie

Friday, 20 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Sweet




Sweet!


I have a confession to make. I have a sweet tooth. Well more than one really. My sweet thing of choice is chocolate. But lollipops will do. Please believe me when I say that these aren't mine... really ... they are an occasional reward for Angus in his toilet training journey.


The strong must protect the sweet ~ Homer Simpson










Melanie

Thursday, 19 January 2012

SlideDeck




SlideDeck is easy to use, packed with features and saves you a lot of time. With SlideDeck you are able to organise any content, pictures or presentations on your blog or web page into a very cool, user-friendly slide slow. One of the great benefits with SlideDeck is that it is easy customisable and can fit in with your business or blog. It is available as a jquery slider plugin or as a WordPress plugin.

It is a great way to share your ideas, processes and products in a clear and understandable way.





Some of the benefits of SlideDeck are:
  • Save a lot of development time
  • Create varied slides within one presentation
  • Integrates neatly with Wordpress clients
  • SEO Friendly (easily found by search engines)
  • Great support team
  • Beautiful default design
  • Easily reconfigured to add or change the behaviour.



A lot of the websites that you come into contact with are clogged with text, titles, bullet points. You get a bit of an information overload. Let's face it in today's world we are busy people and to come across a page where you can easily scan down the vertical sliders and see what subjects are going to be dealt with. You can choose to go through them systematically if you are a beginner or you can jump ahead to a slide with the topic that interests you.

You can get a free unlimited time-trial here and you can check out the prices for getting SlideDeck Pro.



Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Monday, 16 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Happiness






The four little people in my life. These children give me joy and happiness. They are wonderful human beings.



Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. ~John Barrymore







Melanie

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Something You're Reading



Books I Am Reading


I love books and reading. I used to read about 3 books a week. But that was my life before children came along. I now struggle to find the time. But that is all right. At the moment I am reading Knife of Dreams, Book 11 of the Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan (my camera didn't take a very good pic of it, sorry); Nurture by Nature (I have been reading this one for about two years now); Living with It. This was given to me by my doctor about 8 years ago, and I have read it about 5 times. This is a very short and very easy to read book about living with panic attacks, and I would recommend it to anyone.




Melanie


Saturday, 14 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - In Your Bag



In my bag


I couldn't help but giggle at this. I had no idea that there were quite so many toy cars in there. Do you think people might realise that I am a mum?...






Melanie

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Close Up




I love Bougainvillea! There is something so summery about their pretty flowers. They always remind me of my mum. :-)






Melanie

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Where You Sleep



My Bed


I love my bed. My four little darlings keep me flat out from the moment they wake me up in the morning till the last one goes to sleep at night.

It is time for an upgrade though. This bed was second hand when we bought it back in 1995. So definitely getting a bit old.

Follow your heart and your dreams will come true.




Melanie



Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Photo A Day Challenge - Childhood




This is me when I was about 10 years old. This picture embodies my childhood. Almost every summer holiday was spent in Kalbarri, 5 hours drive north of Perth, Western Australia.


We would book a holiday house and spend the next two weeks swimming, boating, snorkeling, fishing, sunbathing (or should I say baking - we really didn't know the dangers of skin cancer back then). Whenever I smell coconut reef oil, it takes me back to Kalbarri. 


What fun we had. Those were the days!





Melanie


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