Soy candles are 'green' candles. Made from renewable materials, they burn longer and cleaner than paraffin wax candles. Soy melts at a lower temperature, so they also diffuse essential oils better.
From birth, toys stimulate baby's senses and encourage them to learn through play. These cute bug and animal toys are soft, colorful and fun, and help to introduce baby to the natural world.
The Zubo is a massage tool and manipulator, developed by a martial artist with over 40 years experience. It can also be used in many different ways in a self defense situation.
The Zubo is a hand-held massage tool and manipulator developed by Ollie Batts. It can be used for massage therapy and for maintaining mobility in the hands and fingers.
There are many beautiful places in the United Kingdom, stunning national parks, historic cities and towns, awesome mountains, rivers, lakes and coast. Here are some of my favourite places.
Savate boxe francaise is an elegant combat sport that originated in France in the 19th century. It is now practised in more than 90 countries around the world.
This is a quick and simple recipe for a cool, energising raspberry, mint and orange refresher. No need to add sugar because it already tastes wonderful!
Homemade soup can be tasty and delicious, with the added benefit that you know exactly what it contains. This pea and mint soup is simple to make, and tastes fresh and delicious.
Children and many adults love the tradition of giving and receiving Easter eggs. Discover history and traditions around the world, from egg trees to egg rolling, and from egg painting to egg jarping.
A simple recipe for a delicious lettuce soup that makes a healthy lunch or an original starter to a main meal. This is a great way to use up left over salad ingredients.
The Wearing of the Green is an important tradition, celebrating all things Irish. The shamrock is a symbol of Ireland and the Irish. St Patrick used it as a way of explaining the Christian Trinity.
Pins and brooches are an easy and fun way to join in any celebration. Here I give background on these celebrations and show some of the best pins to wear at Halloween, Easter and St Patricks Day.
These tasty walnut and banana oatmeal cookies are satisfying and tasty. They have no added sugar, so they are healthier than many of the alternatives.
A quick and easy recipe for a delicious walnut and cauliflower pita sandwich. Tasty, nutritious and filling.
Try this tasty pizza, with all the flavor, but a much lower calorie count. This recipe uses a pizza crust made with Konjac flour noodles, which can be used as a base for sweet or savory dishes.
A fresh, light and healthy dessert of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. A touch of mascarpone adds a creamy taste to this treat. Or, if you prefer, you can use a plain or flavoured yoghurt.
Fish pie is a simple, healthy comfort food that takes just a few minutes to make. It is savory and delicious, made with your favorite fish and seafood, topped with cheese sauce and mashed potato.
I didn't have the chance to camp as a child - it's something I came to enjoy much later in life. This page includes tips to help you select the right kit and enjoy your first or next camping trip.
A delicious toasted sandwich combining three of my favourite tastes: raspberries, chocolate and mascarpone.
How to make a toasted cheese and mushroom sandwich using a Diablo stove top snack maker.
Fish pies are a healthy, tasty food, popular with children and adults. In this recipe, I used salmon, cauliflower and cheddar cheese, but it can be adapted for other kinds of fish, veggies and cheese.
A cautionary tale of a cat and a bat, and their encounter with a burglar. Told in pictures and verse.
Chocolate is a delicious treat. You can also show your artistic side by making cool and tasty edible pictures, using milk, dark and white chocs.
Christmas brooches and pins add a festive and fun touch to any scarf or outfit, choose from Christmas bells, trees and wreaths and cute snowmen.
Review of my Tissot Glam Sport watch, and some similar models. These elegant, practical watches are tough, but feminine. They are perfectly sized for women's wrists.
Pashmina is a beautiful, light, warm and soft to the touch. With a classic Jacquard Paisley design, this elegant red and black pashmina and the beautiful scarf rings are irresistible.
How much can we see about us? If you are interested in the cosmos, the stars and the planets, you'll be fascinated by these images taken with the skyview app and real telescopes.
Costume parties have a long history, evolving from medieval masquerade balls. Cool slinky black cat costumes and edgy intriguing bat costumes are popular for a reason - which would you choose?
Bats are incredible flying mammals, some are tiny, some are large, some look freaky, and some are cute. They have inspired cool bat jewelry, a perfect gift for the bat girl in your life.
Willard Wigan is a self-taught microsculptor who makes intricate and beautiful sculptures in the eye of a needle. He also overcame educational disadvantages and has become an inspirational speaker.
Herbal teas and tisanes are made from natural ingredients, like dried flowers, berries and herbs. Caffeine-free, they are believed to have beneficial effects and have a long history as folk remedies.
If you enjoy tea, and want to make it quickly and easily, it is possible to brew a great cuppa with tea bags. Even specialty teas, such as green tea, oolong or white tea are now available in tea bags.
Lapsang Souchong and Russian Caravan teas have a more smoky taste than ordinary black teas. Tea was once prized as the most important drink in Russia. Includes recipes for smoking foods with tea.
Japanese green tea is served to enhance a meal. The Japanese style of tea sets can be very elegant, perfect to finish off a festive gathering.
Chai is a delicious spicy tea, popular in India and China for centuries. It is believed to have beneficial effects, increasing peace of mind, improving digestion and fighting inflammation.
Blooming teas are best served in glass teapots - when placed in hot water they open up to produce a colorful bloom and delicious tea.
History and making of the legendary Irish Blackthorn walking sticks and shillelaghs.
The Jurassic Coast of southern England is dramatic and beautiful. See its scenery and read about its history here.
Walking canes and sticks can be both practical and stylish. Traditional knob handled canes add a touch of sophistication. Light-weight adjustable aluminium canes come in eye-catching patterns.
Walking sticks and canes popular as walking aids, and also as collectors items. A hand carved cane is a unique and thoughtful gift for any collector
Words like 'vintage' and 'collectible' are often applied to items, such as walking canes. Here I look at what those terms actually mean, and how to ensure you buy the right cane for you.
Antique walking sticks and canes are now very collectible, this means that there are also a lot of replicas on the market. This hub can help you understand some important differences.
The Bretonne Galette is a type of crepe or thin pancake, popular in the north west of France. A galette is made of buckwheat and can be filled with delicious sweet or savory flavors.
This hub will show you how to count data entries, e.g. the number of times a number or word appears in a column. You can also see how to make a pie chart.
Useful techniques for filtering data and sorting data on a spreadsheet. Step by step instructions for working with data in Excel.
For girls and teens who are nature lovers, bug themed jewelry can be a cool gift, ranging from cute ladybug charms, through delicate butterfly earrings, to dramatic bee bracelets.
Chopsticks are used in many Asian countries. In fact, more than a quarter of the world uses them. They range from cheap and disposable plastic chopsticks, through to gold, jade or silver luxury pairs.
This page covers formatting cells in a spreadsheet to show currency, real dates, and general text. We will also cover how to make everything clearer and easier to follow, with some simple formatting.
Scarves are stylish fashion accessories, popular for centuries. They are versatile can be tied in many ways using scarf rings. The videos here show different ways of tying scarves, using scarf rings.
Silk, pashmina and other delicate scarves need to be stored neatly to keep them free of creases and wrinkles. A scarf holder will keep them organized, accessible and in good condition .
Tea is popular all around the world, and available in many varieties. Here, you can discover the secrets of tea-making and many different types of tea, including black tea, green tea and white tea.
Scarves, whether fine silk or wool, brightly colored or plain, embroidered or glittering with gems, a pretty heart scarf can add a unique touch of style and romance.
Making a spreadsheet can help you to record how much you earn and spend each month. This page will show you how to do it.
Scarves are now very popular fashion items. Scarf charms add a touch of individual style to any scarf. Show your personality with a colorful or cute heart, flower, animal or cross charm.
Spreadsheets explained in a clear and simple way, with practical exercises to help you learn.
A scarf clip is a smart and elegant way to set off any scarf. These pretty flower scarf pins and clips add a touch of style to any formal or informal outfit.
All around the world, people wear scarves. Pretty crystal scarf clips add a touch of individuality and style, even to the plainest of scarves.
Hand-embroidered pashmina is beautiful and elegant. Kashmiri crewel embroidery is fine and detailed, and in demand for its high quality. Flowers and leaves often inspire the multicolor patterns.
A pashmina is an elegant accessory that can enhance any formal or casual outfit. Light, warm and comfortable, pashmina is versatile and can be worn as a scarf or wrap, or even tied to make a jacket.
Pashmina scarves and wraps are lightweight, soft and warm. Traditionally the clothing of kings and queens, they now come in a rainbow of plain colors, delightful floral, animal and abstract patterns.
Pashmina shawls and scarves are renowned for their softness and warmth. A pashmina is an elegant gift for someone you love, and these hand-painted designs are particularly beautiful.
Pashmina scarves and shawls have a lovely feel and an elegant look. Pure pashmina has a light, gauzy texture. Adding silk to pashmina gives it a beautiful sheen.
Review of cool Spiderman Toys that are perfect for any fan.
Heart-shaped jewelry, given as a birthday or anniversary gift, symbolizes warmth and love. Choosing an appropriate colored gem makes it a thoughtful and personalised token for someone you love.
If you are a bug fan or you're looking for a gift for a bug fan, there are many colorful and interesting ideas. Here I look at a selection of cool jewelry, puzzles, kites and copters.
Colorful toys for young fans of bugs and bees, covering babies & toddlers up to 2 years, toddlers & preschoolers, and finally the slightly older, but no less demanding, children aged 5 to 7 years.
Bees are buzzingly colorful and attractive. With such a dramatic appearance, bees and bumblebees have been the inspiration for some beautiful jewelry and gorgeous gifts.
Bees pollinate flowers, help plants grow and make tasty honey. Maybe that's why they seem so cheerful! They are bright and colorful insects, inspiring to designers of gifts, toys and jewelry.
Bees have inspired many fun, appealing and colourful toys and gifts suitable for boys and girls. Here I review a selection of toys and gifts suitable for children aged from 5 to 7 years.
Bumble bees are bright and colorful, with an intriguing buzz. Children learn to identify them early because they are so fascinating. This interest carries over easily to fun and cheerful bee toys.
Babies and toddlers are fascinated by bright, cheerful toys, especially those with sound and movement. These bee inspired toys are great fun.
Whether you have a real or artificial Christmas tree, it's still nice to have a natural theme for your Christmas decorations. There are many beautiful tree ornaments available as you can see here.
Ladybugs are the cute and cuddly darlings of the insect world. With their bright, cheerful colors, the ladybug theme inspires delightful gifts for a teenage girl or young woman.
Information, superb close-up photos and informative videos on bees, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs. Includes suggestions for beautiful bug-themed jewelry and gifts for all ages.
Ladybugs have a tubby, round cuteness. Their bright colors and shape mean that they are one of the first bugs that chidren recognise. They have also been an inspiration to artists and toy designers.
Ladybug are cute, chubby and colourful, which makes them a favorite with many children. Their cheerful, friendly image has inspired toymakers to to produce many fun gifts.
Ladybugs are colorful, fascinating creatures, and have great appeal for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Here I look at some of the most popular ladybug toys for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Ladybugs are cute and cheerful-looking. With their bright colors, babies and toddlers find them fascinating. Inspire a love of nature by introducing children to ladybugs.
Toys help children learn about their world. Dragonflies are exciting and colorful, they dart around like tiny planes. They have inspired some cheerful, fun toys perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Dragonflies are dynamic and exciting flying insects. They have an interesting lifecycle, in water and in the air, and inspire dynamic and fun gifts and toys suitable for children aged 5 to 7 years.
Dragonflies are very cool insects - dynamic living flying machines. They are dramatic and colourful and inspire many fun and interesting gifts and toys.
Dragonflies are elegant and graceful creatures. They have inspired artists and designers to create beautiful dragonfly jewelry, puzzles and crafts.
Dragonflies are small, but exciting creatures - real-life miniature helicopters. Babies and toddlers are fascinated by colourful, darting dragonflies, which have also inspired many delightful toys.
Butterflies add a dash of color wherever they go. They inspire beautiful gifts, crafts and jewelry, perfect for butterfly fans. See how to make your own butterfly jewelry.
Butterflies are colorful, attractive creatures that flutter through our lives. There are many cool gifts and toys available for butterfly loving pre-teens including games, puzzles, crafts and jewelry.
Butterflies are graceful and interesting creatures. Their bright colors have inspired many cool toys for children aged 5 to 7 years, including creative, educational, musical and outdoor toys.
Butterflies are attractive to young children because of their bright colors and fluttering flight. They have inspired many cheerful and fun toys. I review some of my favorites here.
Butterflies are amazing, colorful creatures, fluttering about gently in the breeze. Babies are fascinated by these bright and friendly looking creatures and the toys they inspire.
Walking sticks, canes and staffs have been used for centuries as walking aids, as fashion items and for self defense. The range is incredible, from plain sticks to beautifully carved and ornate canes.
The Wind in the Willows is a children's classic novel about the friendship and adventures of Mole, Ratty, Mr Badger and the Toad. It is also available as a series of illustrated Easy Reader books.
Lego playsets make great birthday gifts for children who are interested in construction. Lego City sets include bricks, motors, gearing and more.
I have a small Christmas tree that lives in the garden for most of the year - I like to decorate it with a natural theme. These beautiful animal ornaments are just perfect.
Toys help babies and young children to learn the world they live in. At the right age, add a touch of magic by combining a loveable plush friend (bear, lion or puppy) with interactive technology.
VTech Switch and Go Dinos are really cool toys and could be the top toys for 2014. These fantastic toys, for children aged 3 to 8 years, can be switched from dinosaurs into heavy-duty vehicles.
Moshi monsters are cute virtual pets that childen can create, name and look after in their own online world. Moshi monster app monsters and moshlings are available in the real world!
Mini Kick Scooters are fun toys that help children develop motor skills, balance and co-ordination. They are light-weight, easy to carry around and available in a range of colors and styles.
Life is unpredictable - a crank-powered or solar powered radio is a useful and practical gift for a loved one who wants to be prepared for emergency situations.
I wrote this article to help me organize my hubs, focus on particular areas, and spot gaps in my portfolio. So, if you are curious about what I've been up to recently...
Many of us want to be more fit and have a healthier diet. Here you can find simple tips on nutrition and exercise that can help you and your family achieve these goals.
Bike lights and spoke lights can make you much more visible on your bike - they may even keep you alive.
This page brings together the latest news and information about Savate, from around the world, from social media and my personal contacts,
The Wind in the Willows is a classic novel, by Kenneth Grahame. It tells the story of Mole, and his friends Ratty, Mr Badger and Mr Toad and their adventures on the river bank and in the wild wood.
Ergonomic studies have shown that long term computer users often have eye problems, known as computer vision syndrome. Here I share some of the preventative measures that can protect you from CVS.
Our eyes are our window on the world. They are also the world's window on our health. Here are some interesting facts, photos showing how eye problems affect our vision and simple tips on eye health.
Camouflage is a great survival strategy used by many animals, as you can see in some superb photos on this page. Camo kit and techniques can also be useful for humans in survival situations.
You don't need to leave home to learn something new! The internet is full of information. This hub addresses questions like: where do I start? and which websites can I trust?
Breakfast can be a quick and easy meal or a long and leisurely experience. Either way, a good healthy breakfast can start your day off well, and help you resist sugary snacks.
Many websites track our browsing over the internet, and many share information about us without our knowledge. Do Not Track is a simple way to protect our privacy.
Kayaking is a superb water sport, great for fitness and a touch of adventure. Here you can learn useful tips, how to paddle and turn, and how to choose the right types of kayak and safety equipment.
Karatas is a small village, on the banks of the beautiful River Danube, near the Iron Gate Dam and the Derjap National Park. It is also host to a sports camp that I have visited twice.
There are many beautiful, interesting and historic cities, towns, parks, rivers and lakes in Europe. This page presents some places that I love: Paris, Carcassonne, Lausanne, Karatas and York.
England has many national treasures and historic places, from ancient cities to beautiful cathedrals and stunning national parks. These are some of my favorite places in England.
Dragonflies and damselflies are small, but spectacular, flying creatures. These colorful, dramatic creatures inspire photographers, artists, designers and jewellers.
It may be a crazy June holiday, but Smile Power Day is powerfully good for us. Smiles have health benefits, they allow us to feel loved and appreciated, and they may even give us wealth benefits.
Canne de Combat is a cane-fighting sport that originated in France from a form of self defense. It was a demonstration sport in the Paris Olympics in 1924.
Orchid Bees are incredible colorful rainforest creatures, like shimmering jewels with their bright metallic colors - deep blue, bottle green or gold. They also inspire beautiful bee jewelry.
Butterflies bring color and beauty into our lives. A fragile beauty that flickers by, stopping occasionally to sip sweet nectar, but also to inspire artists and designers.
The Olympic Games, often called the greatest sporting events in the world are a showcase of sports and fitness.
Savate Boxe Francaise is a dynamic combat sport which combines kicking skills with elements of English boxing. It has a long history of around 200 years.
The Women's Awareness and Self protection group work with adults on personal safety, avoiding conflict, and physical self defense skills. We also work in schools covering these issues and bullying.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and sits like a jewel in the Indian Ocean. It is home to a unique culture, as well as a treasure trove of animals and plants.
Eurostar is a high speed train service running between London and the continental cities of Paris, Lille and Brussels. Here I give you some tips on how to get the best out of Eurostar.
Sometimes we strive to learn more techniques, and more complexity. As we acquire these skills, we may choose to dispense with some and move from the complex to the simple.
Photo-editing tips - what to do to improve your photos, the best order to rotate, crop and enhance, and information about photo resolution. Info on photo-editing software and free online services.
Photo-editing software makes it easy to improve and correct your photos. Here I show you how to tell the story you want to tell by cropping your images correctly.
Canne de Combat is a dynamic sport, with roots in French history. In competition, fighters wear padded suits and masks.
Do you want to get fitter? Be more confident? Learn a new skill? This page answers many of the questions asked by women who want to start training in martial arts.