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SoCS – doesn’t everybody’s DMV serve up a menopause primer with license renewals?

This post is not only bloody hilarious but sadly so true. Although I am (luckily) still in possession of a full head of thick brunette (mostly) hair, I am continually plucking where no lady wants (or expects) to pluck.

Thanks Laura for posting this. I’m sure my followers will chuckle (and maybe relate) too. 😂

Riddle from the Middle

Lobbing “hairy” as a prompt at someone with middle school age kids is almost too easy. The jokes practically write themselves, am I right? Huh? Huh?

Lobbing “hairy” as a prompt at someone who’s in some kind of twilight period of impending hot flash doom is also almost too easy. The jokes definitely write themselves.

Lucky for you I renewed my driver’s license this week.

Hey, did you know Congress passed the REAL ID Act way back in 2005? Yeah, seems so, because renewing my license this year entailed more than scary photo ops and random vision tests. There was research and document prep and a very real chance I’d need to do a DNA test on site.

Just kidding about that last part. But you gotta admit it’s a little worrisome that you hesitated.

Anyway, it was right after Hurricane Florence when I realized my license expires in January…

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Superfoods For The Menopause

Hello Lovely Followers,

So, here I am again posting something about the menopause – I know it’s been a while!  I am at that age where the “M” word is being bounded around in my circle of friends and colleagues. I think that I am peri-menopausal or “pre-menopausal” as I’m experiencing quite a few of the tell-tale signs so fore-warned is fore-armed, right?! 😉

I have decided that I want to share my own thoughts about the menopause and re-blog any articles that I find helpful or interesting here on my blog.

Today I am so excited, I found out that Neal’s Yard Remedies are running a workshop about the superfoods that are beneficial for women during the menopause. How fabulous is that!

The workshop is taking place later this year in their School of Natural Health in the beautiful Covent Garden shop (any excuse to visit Covent Garden, right).  I’ve copied the details below.

Perhaps I could ask my family to book me a place as a Mothers Day gift? 🙂


Superfoods – Menopause

Thursday 14 November 2019

For the Menopause

Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods, rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and amino acids, that offer a powerful way to improve diet and optimise health and vitality. Our Superfoods workshops are specifically designed to give you a great insight into their benefits and how to use them.

The workshops will provide you with a lot of useful information on superfoods and how to easily integrate them into your daily life. You will get a chance to taste a selection of mouth-watering superfood creations and will also take home detailed information packs including ideas for delicious recipes to make at home. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout the workshop.

The workshops cover:
– Superfoods and their benefits
– How they can boost your diet, health and vitality
– Cooking with superfoods – with tasting and recipes to take away

The Menopause workshop covers:

  • How modern living has a negative impact on female hormones during Menopause
  • Health concerns linked to hormonal changes
  • How to use diet and superfoods to alleviate symptoms of Menopause
  • Practical advice on how to incorporate superfoods in to your diet, including some delicious tasters

20% off in store
Make more of your day with 20% discount in our Covent Garden store, the original Neal’s Yard Remedies store.*

*20% off applies on day of workshop in Neal’s Yard Remedies Covent Garden store only. Excludes sales of Gift Vouchers, Therapies, Courses and third party products. No cash or other alternatives. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Length: 2 hours
Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Location: Neal’s Yard Remedies School of Natural Health in Covent Garden, London
Tutors: Karen Harrison
Entry requirements: Open to all – no prior experience necessary
Benefits: Each student will be entitled to 20% discount in our Covent Garden shop for the duration of the course. You will be given a break during the workshop to take advantage of this offer
Further Information: Please call 020 3119 5904 or email

No tickets or other items will be sent in the post. You will receive a welcome email prior to the course. If you are purchasing the course as a gift please contact us should you wish to receive a printable gift certificate.
Promotional offers exclude purchases and sales of Courses.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for rescheduling or cancelling a course.

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Slimming World | Week Three | January

I just wanted to share this. Trying to stick to an eating plan so that we reach our goal is tough, we know this – if it was easy everyone would be at their perfect weight! I’m certainly not!

But, it’s posts like this that not only inspire me to keep going but also prove that if I put in the effort I WILL be rewarded. I’m working towards a loss at next week’s Slimming World weigh in.

Thanks Sophie for sharing your weight loss journey with us!

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Reflecting On What I Call A Good Week

I just wanted to share this wonderful blog post. Trying to stick to a plan to realise our goals is tough – if it was easy everyone would be their perfect weight!

It’s posts like this that not only inspire us to keep going but also prove that if we put in the effort we WILL be rewarded.

Thanks Fatman Slimming for sharing your weight loss journey with us!