A very easy recipe for making your own chocolate, with 3 different variations.
A healthy and delicious recipe for carrot cake, made with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. This cake is suitable for diabetics.
Sprouted lentils are delicious and it is easy to make your own at home. This article tells you all you need to know.
An easy to make and fun easter bunny decoration for a pencil, with step by step instructions.
A review of 2 body lotions that are good for sensitive skin, and some advice on what to avoid.
Some easy-to-make Valentine's ideas.
The sunniest capital city in Australia is a great place to visit as this review reveals.
Even natural toothpastes aimed at toddlers can contain ingredients that you would not want your child to swallow. This article reviews several natural toothpastes, taking a close look at ingredients as well as taste.
For travellers to Western Australia, this review covers aspects of beautiful Whiteman Park, including Caversham Wildlife Park.
A review of the Kitchamajig, a vintage cooking utensil that has so many uses. With video to show it in action.
If you have ever wondered why you can't use your cell phone on US airlines, or why in other countries some airlines allow them and some don't, this article explains the issues in an easy to understand way.
A tasty recipe for pumpkin and apple muffins that is also low in fat and sugar.
Learn what is involved in competitive swimming, including what happens at a competition and which strokes are swum competitively.
Ideas for painting activities to do with children, including step by step instructions. Video and photo instructions.
If your baby has a cold and breathing difficulties, bronchiolitis could be the cause. This article explains the symptoms and when to call a doctor or ambulance.
A variety of traditional and more unusual art activities for you and your children to do outside.
Learn what life was like for a woman artist in the 19th Century and learn about Mary Cassatt's paintings.
What is creativity? And how can you improve yours? Psychologists have made some discoveries that may surprise you.
The effects of forgiveness are being studied by many researchers and, whether you are religious or not, it has many benefits.
This article explains why it's so common for teens to lack confidence and gives suggestions to boost your self-esteem.
An outdoors Hunger Games game, invented and tested by kids and teens. It needs no fancy equipment, and includes a tag to print out to use in your game.
With more and more conventional doctors becoming interested in alternative medicines and therapies we can have the best of both.
The Dualit Hand Blender doubles as a food mixer, making it invaluable in a small kitchen. This review covers its benefits and drawbacks.
With concern about plastics containing BPA, many people are looking for alternatives for children's lunchboxes. This article reviews Kids Konserve containers.
A fun look at some of the wild claims for Miraculous anti-aging creams, with suggestions for natural alternatives that perform very well in clinical trials.
Puffins are lovable, cute and clever birds. This article contains lots of fun facts about puffins for kids, and includes some surprises!
If you frequently feel angry, noticing and letting go of beliefs about anger can be more effective than trying to force change. This article suggests ways to do that.
This article explains how we inadvertently increase feelings of anger, and gives suggestions for how to effectively let go instead.
Salads can be kid-friendly, and this article includes recipes for salad that even a baby will enjoy, as well as suggestions for how to make 2 regular salads more appealing to children.
Quick, tasty and healthy recipes to encourage kids from tots to teenagers to eat breakfast.
2 variations on apricot almond pudding.
Making scones is very easy if you know how. This recipe includes tips for how to avoid common mistakes.
A very tasty recipe for gluten free nut burgers that is high in nutrients, good for anyone with high cholesterol and reduces your risk of developing diabetes. Includes nutritional information.
While puffins are not yet on the endangered species list, their numbers are rapidly falling. Conservationists are working to find solutions.
Information on all 4 types of puffin, including where to see them and at what time of year puffins come ashore to breed.
Puffins are most people’s favourite sea bird, and Scotland has plenty of great places to view them. Whether you are a visitor or native to Scotland, this article shows you where to go. And it’s filled with cute...
Wondering where the Shetland Isles are? This article will tell you, along with some stories of why Shetland’s position has been so important over the centuries.
An easy recipe for tasty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk cookies. Ideal for parents and children to make together, this recipe includes step by step instructions and photographs.
Adults sometimes forget how to play, and play is what the beach is all about. If you need ideas for a day a that the seaside that all the family can enjoy, this article has plenty of suggestions.
One person never achieves her dreams another achieves his in spite of huge odds. We can learn from both these people how to overcome limitation and improve quality of life.
Parenting can be challenging and a common worry is, “Will my child have self-esteem?” This article offers guidelines that can help you and your child find self-acceptance.
Having a premature baby is not just an emotional upheaval, but can mean financial struggles too. This article guides you through the available support in the USA and other countries around the world.
Parabens are one of many xenoestrogens found in the environment. Because they are referred to by many different names, it is not always easy to know if a product contains parabens. This article gives guidelines on how...
When we feel limited in what we can do, it pays to look to those who have exceeded limitations for inspiration. This article suggests ways that we can learn to think like winners whatever our situation.
A recipe for Brussel sprouts that even die-hard haters enjoy.
An easy recipe for burgers that uses leftover risotto. In this recipe tasks are divided up between adults and children to make cooking with kids easy and fun! Also contains variations for anyone with allergies to...
If you are a parent wondering if you should let your child read The Hunger Games, this article explains the benefits of first reading it yourself.
Although the emphasis in many parenting books is on how to control your child, learning how to understand them can be more useful in the long run. The books reviewed here all help in developing that understanding.
This article looks at ways to cope when it seems that you are surrounded by negativity at home or at work.
La Serena in Chile is an ideal base from which to visit the astronomical observatory of Cerro Mamalluca, and the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. This article provides information on how to make your family’s...
Reading the statistics on what happens as a premature baby grows up can frighten parents. But statistics only paint half the picture. Read this article to see how to look behind them.
What we dislike in others is what we disown in ourselves. The Work of Byron Katie is a very powerful way to use our judgements of others to gain self awareness and relief from long-standing issues that seem impossible...
Scotch pancakes with a twist (or two!)
A trip to the Pucon Area of Chile could be the family vacation of a lifetime. This article contains all you need to plan your vacation, including travel advice and suggestions for activities and places to stay.
I cannot offer you a miracle cure for tinnitus, but I can suggest some techniques that can help you enjoy life again.
Many people are put off baking bread because they expect it to be difficult, but bread making can be easy and fun. Find out how in this recipe.
Our memories are not as accurate as we think they are. Find out how our minds distort and forget details of events that seem unforgettable.
Everyone loves hedgehogs, and everyone loves chocolate cake. Put them together and you get a recipe for cutest chocolate cake ever. Will you be able to eat it? You won’t regret if you do.
Most people have heard of the “dive reflex,” which apparently means that babies are born able to swim. But there is more to the dive reflex than most of us assume, and some of its effects may not be what you would...
In a small bathroom you need think creatively when it comes to storage. This article has practical and stylish suggestions for how to make the most of small spaces, including some ways to make use of furniture you might...
Xenoestrogens chemicals that mimic female hormones - are found in many common household items. This article explains why this is a cause for concern, and gives suggestions on how to limit your family’s exposure.
You may know that your kids need to eat their veggies, but not know how to do that, so here are ten tips to make it easier for you to keep your family healthy.
If you’ve tried to achieve goals with little success, then perhaps it’s time to look at goals differently. This article explains how to achieve goals by letting go of blocks you may not even be aware of. Just as...
A modern slant on the classic British mince pie - mincemeat muffins are easy to make and fun to eat. The recipe includes step-by step instructions with photographs to guide you.
A modern healthier version of the traditional British pudding, the Fruit Crumble, this recipe is low in cholesterol and has no added sugar. It still manages to be delicious!
Trying to be positive by avoiding negative people or negative thoughts can be a full-time and exhausting job. There is another way to achieve inner peace, and it is much more enjoyable. Learn how to have a positive...
When a five-year-old girl read “You Can Do It Sam,” by Amy Hest, and saw what little Sam bear gave his friends, she wanted to do it too. A true story about the real meaning of the festive season.
When people try to describe the meaning of peace, they usually instead say what it is not: it’s when there is no war; it’s the absence of conflict, external or internal. Even the dictionary does this. So what is it?
Some thoughts and quotes about what peace means for International Peace Day.
A review of the Boston Holocaust Memorial, a stunning monument that reflects both the cruelties humankind is capable of and the power of the human spirit.
Baby massage for a premature baby has differences to massage for a full term baby. It has many benefits for both baby and mother, including enhanced bonding.
If you are a parent travelling solo with a baby or small children, learn from my mistakes and make your trip go smoothly. I’ve run of nappies/diapers while stranded overnight so you don’t have to, I’ve left the...
Many mothers feel guilty after the birth of their premature baby, and think that they must be at fault. This article will let you know you are not alone if you have these feelings and show you how to get the emotional...
Ways to reduce sugar while still enjoying some sweetness in your life: tips that are easy to follow.
Some of the benefits of Kangaroo care for both mother and premature baby while in Neonatal Intensive Care, and a description of Kangaroo Care and its origins.
A really easy and tasty recipe for chocolate muffins that uses no sugar or artificial sweeteners.