French Food Rules…

I saw this great image after reading an article on BonAppetite.com about Karen Le Billon and how a move to France stopped her kids being picky eaters.

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Can I just say that I bloody love France and friends will tell you that I often have “French” days (I mean I drive a French car, look good in black, love champagne and can do moody and mysterious just fine)…

But seriously, I think this is so good. I don’t know about you but it’s kind of how I was brought up, for a start the “kids eat what adults eat rule” was especially prevalent in our household. My parents didn’t have time (or the funds) to cook separate meals so if it was a case of fussy eating then you just didn’t eat that night. Simple. I also like the idea that the French teach their kids how to eat – we could all do with lessons on how to eat.

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How to make chocolate chia seed pudding

I have to say I’m a relative new comer when it comes to chia seeds.  Despite all the buzz about them the actual look of chia seed pudding (if I’m honest) mad me feel a bit queasy.

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BUT this week I thought I’d banish my fear and give making chai seed pudding a whirl.

OMG why didn’t I try this sooner?

So here are the facts that you need to know about the Chai seed:

  • They hold 9-12 times their weight in water and do the same when you’ve digested them meaning you feel fuller on less.
  • They have twice the potassium of a banana
  • THREE times the antioxidant power blueberries
  • 3 times the iron of spinach
  • 10g of fibre
  • And they’re also packed with protein, omega 3 fatty acid and calcium.

So they pretty much are a super food in a world where the word superfood is totally overused.

Right so here is how I made my chocolate chai seed pudding…

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A great hair tip…

So I wanted to tell you that for the next three months I’ll be writing for TreatYourSkin.com – so if you like your beauty tips then scuttle on over there for your fix.

In the meantime I wanted to share with you a fabulous tip that I heard about yesterday. I’m a HUGE fan of dry shampoo, mostly because I’m uber lazy when it comes to washing my hair (seriously, my hair takes SO long to dry that there is no way I could do it every day). But since I’ve gone back to being a brunette there are times when I use dry shampoo and it looks as though I’ve got some serious grey. (more…)

What colour is your screensaver?

THIS is my screensaver right at this moment…

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I say right at this moment because I’m going to be changing the black asap!

Why? Well, I just read this great post via Sarah Wilson’s blog about what Australia’s leading colour specialist Chris Brazel has to say on certain subjects.

One of the subjects she commented on was our screensavers!! After all, screen savers are the first thing that we see as soon as we turn our computers on (which is why I always try to have a picture of somewhere I want to be and I change it often).

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Do you complain when you get bad service?

I seem to be on a bit of a roll with talking about manners this week.

So when I read this article on The Atlantic I thought I’d share…

A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research looked at the difference between how men and women complain and found that men will talk to ANYONE about their experience whilst women tended to keep their complaints to close friends and family.  It’s suggested that men tell anyone who will listen because they just want to let off steam whilst women want to protect those close to them and save them from having the same troubles. (more…)

What are your bad manners costing you?

One of my major pet hates is rudeness. I cannot stand rudeness in any form. Which is why I LOVE this story about a cafe in the South of France that is charging extra for customers who forget their manners when ordering coffee.

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A coffee” will set you back €7, according to the sign, while “a coffee please” is a little more affordable, at €4.25.

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Tools I recommend: Vonage

When I was offered a trial unit from Vonage, I jumped at the chance. I’m in the thick of it with my Health Coaching Course now which means coaching calls, so I needed something a little more stable than Skype or google+.

It’s not the first time I’ve used Vonage either, when I ran my PR firm I used it as my main phone line but it was relatively new back then so I was keen to see how times have changed.

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So what is Vonage? 

Vonage is a phone service that runs over your broadband connection – in other words is a voip (voice over IP).

If you’re a freelancer or small business who communicates with clients over the phone then Vonage is an invaluable resource. You have your own phone number (you can chose any area code you like too – so if you’re in Birmingham and want a London presence then you can chose a 0203 number) and the device simply plugs in to your broadband router. You can also chose a call plan that includes international minutes so if you’re reaching out to clients across the globe then you’re not going to be receiving any high phone bills.

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This week I’m going to try the Pomodoro Technique

I’m always looking for ways to become more productive. I’ve already started filling up time that I would normally waste doing mini tasks (for example if I’m waiting for the kettle to boil I’ll wash a few dishes or answer a few emails) so I’m interested in anything that will help me do more in less time.

So this week I’m going to give the Pomodoro Technique a whirl.

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The main basis of the Pomodoro technique is essentially time boxing. It’s a technique that was developed in the 90’s by Francesco Cirillo and is so simple.

You simply pick a task, set a timer for 25 minutes and get stuck in. You HAVE to remember to stop when that timer goes, regardless of where you are in the task, you HAVE TO STOP.

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Courgette Noodles with Pistachio Lime Pesto

There is nothing easier than making pesto. You simply gather all the ingredients together, bung them in the food processor and whizz – then you’re done. It’s a great staple to have the in fridge, especially if you’re prone to coming in from work and can’t be bothered cooking anything special but still want a healthy (and tasty) dinner.

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I stumbled across this pistachio lime pesto recipe in this months Sainsbury Magazine and I had to try it. I’ve adapted it to suit my own tastes (I like my pesto really garlicky and I LOVE lime) so here is my version…

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Are you a scanner? And how to cope if you are.

So here’s a question for you, have you heard of the term “scanner” when it comes to describing someone’s personality?

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No? But I’m sure that you’ve heard the variants such as multi-passionate and multi-potential which have become somewhat buzz words of late.

But the term scanner was coined by Barbara Sher who describes this personality type as:

“People who love to read and write, to fix and invent things, to design projects and businesses, to cook and sing, and to create the perfect dinner party. (You’ll notice I didn’t use the word “or,” because Scanners don’t love to do one thing or the other; they love them all.)” 

Well, this is me down to a tee. I’m constantly digging, scheming and dreaming. I’ve known about this term for quite a while and you know what? I’ve learned to embraced it.

And I’m not alone!

I’ve had quite a few careers jobs in my young(isn) life (call centre agent, sales, talent agent, event planner, public relations, small business owner, journalist etc) AND alongside a vast range of interests and willingness to try new things has meant that I’ve often been branded unfocussed and scatty…

But as the New York based author says: “A scanner is GENETICALLY wired to be fanatically interested in multiple things at once.”

You hear that? It’s genetically wired.

But scanners have a major problem. We become bored and go off on tangents and we think it’s bad that we keep quitting things and moving on. Something which Sher thinks we should stop feeling bad about and instead start having fun with. We also tend to doubt ourselves because we fail to decide on just one career path which then leads to worrying that we could be getting it wrong which then leads to the frantic need to focus.

But before you start thinking that procrastination habit is OK, not everyone is a scanner. There are people who jump from idea to idea that do so because they actually can’t make up their mind about what they want to do or have other reasons for doing so. (more…)

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