How To Have A Better Relationship With Food

What we put into our bodies is important, and when it comes to food, we need it as it’s our fuel to get through the day. It provides us with that energy, but what is your relationship to food currently? There are probably ways that you can improve it so that you love food, but you’re putting in the right stuff that’s going to make you feel good too. Here are some tips to have a better relationship with food.


Eat In Moderation

One of the most important things when it comes to food is that you’re eating enough of it and not too much nor too little. Moderation is something that you want to understand and use for all of your meals and eating habits in general. There’s a rule about how much you should have on your plate and how much of that plate is made up of carbohydrates, protein, and vegetables. The bulk of your plate should be vegetables, followed by protein and then carbohydrates is the smallest section on your plate. Keep your plates small so that you’re not tempted to pile on the food. As long as you're eating everything in moderation, you should be able to maintain your current weight. 

Don’t Deny Yourself A Treat

To not allow yourself a treat every now and then will make you miserable. Whether it’s the best southern fried corn that you love or a bar of chocolate, you deserve a treat. Again, it’s all in moderation, but there’s no point in denying yourself the finer things in life when it comes to food. So what if it’s unhealthy? If you’re not letting your body spoil itself every now and then, you’re still allowing an unhealthy relationship with food. Staying healthy all of the time is difficult, and it’s near enough impossible because everyone has their favorite snack or meal that’s not good for you but makes you happy. Don’t limit yourself, just remember that every treat is balanced with something healthy.

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Learn New Recipes

I’m always trying new recipes here. If you’re ever shopping around for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers or snacks, dessert, Halloween, Thanksgiving or even Christmas recipes, I’ve got so many for you to choose from. Trying to do a weekly shop and to meal plan can be difficult when you’re doing it in-store. You want to think about what it is you want to cook but when you’re shopping without a list, that can lead to the wrong things going into your basket. Try to compile a food shopping list before going shopping and then that way you’re going in knowing exactly what you want to get. Don’t be afraid of trying out new recipes and look online for inspiration. It’s always good to mix it up every now and then and to try new things. You may come across one or two dishes that end up becoming a staple for you. If you’re struggling, you could always try food subscription meal kits that come with the ingredients and how to cook it, all prepared. Definitely a good option for busy households.

As a foodie, I’m always looking for ways to spice things up so I never get bored. Cooking can be so fun because you’re creating a work of art that you actually get to eat. Your relationship with food should always be a good one, so focus on bettering yours.

Potentially Dangerous House Repairs You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

Hello Lovely,

While I would love to consider myself a DIY gal, I know my limits (my bathroom being one and my living room the other). Over time, your home will need maintaining and repairing. If you’re DIY savvy then there’s a chance that you can do most of them yourself, but there are a few jobs that you should never even attempt because they are either dangerous, or just too difficult to do without the supervision of a professional.


Plumbing Repairs

The smallest leak can easily lead to thousands in repairs. If you are capable when it comes to DIY then there’s a chance that you might be able to fix the problem, especially if it’s something like changing the showerhead or even replacing a faucet. You might even be able to install a new toilet, as long as you get a tight seal. Some of the jobs you should never try and do yourself include plumbing system modifications or anything to do with hot water. If you are working with hot water then this ultimately means using copper pipes, which will require a blow torch. Plumbing problems that involve hot water pipes can easily get out of hand fast, so always hire a professional.

Electrical Repairs

Any projects that involve some kind of electricity should always be approached with caution. Sure, you might be able to pull off minor jobs around the home such as changing a lightbulb or even adding a ceiling fan, but there are some jobs that you should avoid. If you do want to do some of the simple jobs mentioned above then you need to test the switch and breaker, as this will help you to make sure that there isn’t a current and that you aren’t testing positive. Turning off the master switch will increase your safety when dealing with electrics, and it also helps to invest in a volt meter, as this will help you to test wires for any kind of power. If the repair goes far beyond a simple fixture then it helps to call in a professional electrician. They will have all of the permits required to get the work done and they will also know what they are doing too. They’ll be able to meet the building codes in your area too, so if you do happen to sell your home, you can feel confident knowing that you’re going to have all of the right documentation. If you are concerned because you don’t think you can afford an electrician then try and get some help with getting a secured loan. This is especially useful if you need to get your home re-wired.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos is commonly seen in older homes, and it’s a naturally occurring substance too. It’s good for insulation and it’s resistant to both electricity and heat too. The problem is that it is toxic, and it has been banned for quite some time.  If you know that your home is full of asbestos, then you should never try and remove it yourself. If you do, you could be exposing yourself to major health issues and you may even find that you put your family at risk too. In some countries, there are even laws as to who can remove asbestos and how it is disposed of as well. The main reason for this is because it can pose as a hazard to the environment, so it’s never worth trying to take care of it yourself, even if it does save you some money.

Gas Appliance Repairs

A typical home will have several appliances that run from both gas and electricity. This could include your oven, boiler or even dryer. It’s very easy for you to have a mishap with gas, even if you’re just moving an appliance, for example, if you need to re-tile the wall behind it or even because you are re-painting the room. It’s also important that you never deal with any kind of work to do with your boiler either. If there is the smallest leak then gas can get out, and if you are not careful then this can give you carbon monoxide poisoning. This can put you and your family at risk, and you may even find that you don’t meet the regulations for your home either. When hiring someone to do your gas repairs for you, it’s important to make sure that they are registered and that they have the required, up-to-date training and documentation too.

It doesn’t matter how experienced you are with DIY, because there are some jobs that you should never attempt to do yourself. Some are far too dangerous, and others require a great deal of skill and training.

How to Build the Best Garden Shed without Any Prior DIY Experie

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If you have never tried to DIY anything before then there’s no time like the present. If your home doesn’t have a shed then it may be a good idea for you to build one. Building a shed is easier than you think, and when you know the steps you need to take, you will soon find that you can build something that will last for years to come.


Build on a Solid Foundation

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have selected the right location to build your shed. Water is known for being wood’s mortal enemy, so you need to choose a location that is dry and ideally, slightly above the surrounding area. This will really help you with drainage and it will also make it way easier for you to maintain it for years to come. It’s very easy for you to build an on-grade foundation here. You will usually use concrete for this, or even skids. Skids are pressure-treated pieces of wood timber. If you don’t have much DIY experience, then it helps to opt for concrete. Cinder blocks should be avoided as they are porous and therefore can’t stand up to the elements.

Ensure Good Air Circulation

Water will erode wood in no time at all, and for this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have a good level of airflow. The mudsill is the lowest part of wood on your shed, and this needs to be around half a foot above the ground level. Leaving around 3ft on either side of your shed will also help, as this will remove moisture and it will also clear away any mildew. Another bonus to this is that it will help you to paint your shed at a later date. If you just don’t feel comfortable building a foundation, then consider building your shed on a concrete slab section in your garden. It will be raised from the ground already and you also won’t have to worry about drainage either. Not sure where to buy products like this? It’s easier than ever to buy building products online.


Floor Framing

Whether you like it or not, your floor frame is going to take somewhat of a beating. It will get wet from time to time and you will also be walking on it every time you go into your shed too. Your floor framing needs to be able to withstand things like this, so it helps to use pressure-treated timber. Your timber should be two inches thick and it also helps to use exterior grade plywood too.

Roof Trusses

One of the most difficult aspects of building a shed is the roof. The walls, floor and even the door can be very easy to work around, but this takes some skill. It helps to build your roof on the shed deck and then raise it up when the walls are finished. You need to remember that each truss needs to be installed above a stud, but you can easily add the shingling after.



It’s always a good idea for you to make your shed as low maintenance as possible. This will save you a considerable fortune at a later date. Using PVC trim boards will also save you a ton of time when it comes to painting and it will never need attention either. Faux-slate shingles are also a great investment. You can also use composite decking for the steps that lead to the door. Little things like this can go a long way and you would be surprised at how much of a difference it can make to your shed’s appearance too. The best thing about composite is that it won’t rot, and it also won’t wear away over time either. This is a fantastic way for you to make the most out of your investment and it will also make it much easier for you to avoid future problems.

Property Inspection

When you have completed your shed, it’s always worth hiring a qualified professional who can come to inspect the shed for you. They will make sure that everything is in order and they will also check to see that the deck isn’t going to collapse. The problem with things like this is that you won’t notice them right away. In fact, they will usually only appear a few weeks down the line. Your property inspector can also suggest ways that you can repair your shed if required, and this will save you time and money at a later date.



5 Signs It Is Time To Visit The Dentist

Although it is one of the most hated aspects of growing up, it’s important you visit the dentist as often as you possibly can. Whether it’s for your regular check-up or you’re experiencing pain, you need to know when to book an appointment. With that in mind, here are 5 signs it’s time to visit your dentist: 

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How to Make Moving to a New House Easy

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Moving house is stressful, exhausting and frustrating - so much so that most people put off moving house until they absolutely need to. Of course, this is the best possible way to create a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you’re having to rush around, you will almost certainly be stressed, exhausted and frustrated! 

So what can you do to make moving house easier?


Be Prepared

Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to buying a house. From day one, you should be thinking about how a property can grow and change with you so that you are prepared for the prospect of moving. For example, a young couple might start with a small apartment but know that they will have to move when they start a family. 

As soon as you start thinking about moving, you should start editing your belongings and preparing your own house for sale. Moving things you want to keep but don’t need all the time to storage is a good idea but selling your stuff is a very effective way of making a little bit of cash on the side for new things when you move. All in all, the less stuff you have to move, the easier it will be. 

Get Help

Help comes in many forms and all are good. A professional mover like 2 Men And A Truck will always take the pressure off you when it comes to actually shifting your stuff from property to property. But you should also look to family and friends for some support. 

If you can’t afford storage, you might be able to persuade someone to lend you their spare room for a couple of weeks. If you need help packing boxes, you’d be surprised how well a few pizzas and bottles of wine go down! Of course, the best way to get help is to ask well in advance and turn your packing into a game - kids will really love gathering as many toys as possible if it’s a race! 

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Take Your Time

This leads us to the most important tip for making moving house easy: take your time. If you start packing up your things as soon as the idea of moving house enters your mind, you will find it a lot easier when you actually find a house and you’re ready to move. The property market can be speedy so the more time you have to prepare, the better.

Taking your time while you actually pack is important too. If you carefully label each box with its contents and where it is going, you will find it a lot easier to find the things you need when you arrive at your new place. Giving a number, colour and priority is another good tip to follow as this will influence how you unpack too. 

Moving house is always going to be a bit hectic but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. When you prepare, get help and take your time, moving can actually be quite fun. Remember that this is a really exciting thing to be doing! 

Why You Need To Get Outside Whatever The Weather

Why You Need To Get Outside Whatever The Weather

It’s still sun shiny weather in the Bahamas, but this week we’ve dipped a little into the high 70’s and I’m enjoying it! For those who are about to experience “Seasonal Affect Disorder” type cold weather, here are some tips to help you fight the cold weather blues.

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How to Create a Sanctuary at Home


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Sometimes you need to get away from it all, and have a space of your own to relax. Creating a peaceful sanctuary at home allows you to unwind in a space that belongs to you. Even if you only have a small space available, you can turn it into the perfect place to relax whenever you need it. You might turn your bedroom into somewhere you can go to get away from it all, or there might be another space in your home that's ideal for your needs. If you're thinking of creating the perfect sanctuary in your home, take a look at these tips.

Decorate with Relaxing Colors and Materials

Decorating your space might be the first thing that you think about once you decide where you want to create your peaceful sanctuary. You might not want to make the space too cluttered, so think carefully about your design. When you're choosing colors and materials, try to create a light and airy space. Neutral shades and pastel colors can be good choices for a relaxing space. Natural materials are also an excellent idea if you want to create a calming space. You could even include plants to help bring a natural feel to your space.


Create a Comfortable Space

If you want to relax, you need to be comfortable. Whether you decide to create a comfortable space on your bed or you want to have a chair or even a beanbag that you can sink into, there are various ways that you can have a space to sit, lie or lounge in. You might also want to think about creating a sensory experience, with soft materials that are nice to sink into and feel good to the touch too. Use cushions, blankets and other items to make sure you have a comfortable space that you love.

Control the Lighting

The right lighting is important in your sanctuary, whether it's artificial or natural light. Being able to adjust the lighting in your space means you can have it just as you want it. You can browse brands such as Carpet One so that you can choose blinds or curtains to allow you to control the natural light from your window. You can shut out the light from outdoors or decide to let it in when you want to. You can also choose a variety of options for artificial lighting so you can have everything from the soft flow of a lamp to a more focused lighting if you're trying to be creative or productive.


Make Your Space Inspiring

When you create a sanctuary for yourself at home, it's often the ideal place to feel inspired and get creative. If you want to use your space for this purpose, think of what might help to inspire you. It could be some artwork on the wall, some books or other material available for you to read or anything else that gets you thinking.

Create your own private sanctuary at home and you will always have somewhere to relax and unwind.

7 Essentials When Looking To Buy A New House

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The single largest purchase most of us will ever make in our entire lives is a house. Buying a home can be exciting, scary and stressful all at the same time. There are, of course, so many things to consider when purchasing your new home, it can get overwhelming.

Today we are going to take a look at some of the most important things to take into consideration when looking for your new home.


Know Your Limits

The first and most important thing you should pay attention to when buying a house is knowing precisely what you can afford. Affordability should never be confused with what you can borrow. 

You should sit down and do a total cost breakdown of every cost compared to your income. There is nothing worse than living to work. When looking for a house, you can find estimates online that should give you figures for the cost of living in the properties location.

You should also pay attention to the available repayment calculators that are available online. Using these calculators will enable you to see what your mortgage repayment will be month on month.

Do Your Research 

If you stumble across a property that you think is perfect on initial glance, be careful not to get too carried away. Houses are excellent at hiding issues. Having an array of surveys carried out on the property should be one of the first things that are done.

There can be several issues with houses. Houses can suffer from underpinning problems which can be very expensive to address, and also the very wood that frames the house can be in jeopardy. Seeking out termite control is a simple solution to this issue.

Doing your homework can often save a lot of stress and pain in the long term. Homebuyers are now blessed with the readily available information that is sitting on the internet and waiting to be found. 


Work With The Best

When it comes to making such an essential, and huge purchase, surrounding yourself with the best professionals you can is critical. You should be looking at hiring the best and most experienced home inspectors. These professionals will help you identify absolutely any issue pre-completion. 

Also working with an experienced mortgage broker is essential when it comes to ensuring any finance is adequately structured to your individual needs. Mortgage brokers are great to use when it comes to purchasing a property.

More often than not, mortgage brokers have solid relationships with lenders and can get deals that will not be available to you.

Get To Know The Area

When buying a home, there is no such thing as being over-informed. Taking your time and getting to know as much as possible about the area you are moving to is essential. 

By conducting research on potential areas, you can research the following:

  • House prices - Knowing the prices of properties in the area and what they have sold for previously will give you a good idea of what you should be paying.

  • Properties for sale - If the area is in demand, there will be little to no houses available, and the properties will be above expected price. A lot of homes for sale could mean a sudden decline in the area.

  • Local changes - An vital thing to pay attention to is any upcoming shops or local attractions. If new attractions are due to arrive in the coming years, this could see your property price rise.

  • Schooling - Getting to know the availability of schools is excellent, especially if you have or are planning on a family. Moving to an area and discovering the schools are poor would be disappointing.

  • Flooding - it’s good to know if the area you’re interested in is susceptible to flood damage whenever it rains. For example, everyone knows that Pinewood floods when it rains, so it’s probably not a good idea to buy a house in that area.

  • Crime rates- This is important for a number of reasons. No one wants to wake up to someone in their house, or parts missing from their car. Even worse, if you live in a crime ridden area, chances are, you’re going to pay a lot more for home insurance.


Prepare For Negotiations 

As a home buyer, the most important things for you to remember is that you have the power. Many buyers become flustered and forget that they hold all of the cards.

Heading at negotiation like a bull in a china shop is a great thing, after all, you have nothing to lose should you negotiate hard. When you look at the bigger picture, $10,000 is a lot of money, and it is money that could be better used elsewhere.

Beware The Real Estate Agents

While some real estate agents can seem like they are on your side, you should remember they are hardened salespeople. The realtor is not working for you; they are only working for the vendor. 

It is always in the interest of the real estate agent to make a quick sale at the best possible price. Real estate agents love to apply pressure to the potential buyers and try to feed you age-old lines like “Well, we have somebody else that will snatch this up today.” This is one of the oldest sales tricks in the book and only exists to bully you into making an offer.


Listen To Your Head

In life, our parents often give us a piece of advice that sticks with us always. This piece of advice is “Go with your heart.” When it comes to purchasing a house, please ignore that advice.

Follow your head. If something seems too good to be true, it is. If something feels wrong about the property, there is no shame in walking away. The critical thing to remember here is that this is a huge financial transaction. With transactions like this, being dubious and very careful is essential.

To conclude, you should always take your time when buying a property and research is going to be the key to finding your dream home. Buying a house is a huge thing; slow and steady will always be the best way when it comes to buying your new home.

Post-Hurricane Trauma: How to Heal Emotionally

Hello Lovely,

As a school counsellor, it breaks my heart that on Monday I have to be prepared to talk to students who lost contact with family members on impacted islands as well as material belongings due to flooding. It took some staff members days just to be able to leave their homes because their yards were so flooded and a lot of people had no electricity for more than 12 hours.


For those who live in hurricane-prone states, you are familiar with the level of frenzy and amount of panic leading up to the arrival of a storm, as well as the residual stress, recovery, and fatigue that remain after the storm. For other types of natural disasters, like earthquakes and tornados, there isn't the same preparation frenzy since these weather events occur with little to no warning, but the aftermath of these weather events are equally, if not more, devastating.

Natural disasters are one of the often overlooked, but psychologically (and physically, financially, socially) devastating types of trauma. Natural disasters can lead to PTSD. Many people relate only combat experiences/war with PTSD, however PTSD can occur from any life, integrity, or body-threatening experience.  

While many survive a hurricane with little to no threat to their physical self or property, there are still many individuals who are deeply impacted by the devastation of these storms; we can all turn on the television and see the destructive aftermath of these weather events. If you have personally been impacted by a hurricane or other weather event in the form of significant home damage or loss, or even the impending fear that you will lose everything, you know all-too-well just how to destructive and devastating these storms can be.

There are a number of steps you can take to help restore emotional well-being and a sense of control in the wake of the hurricane or other traumatic experience, including the following:

  • Recognise that this is a challenging time but one that you can work to manage. You've tackled hardships at other times in your life. Tap into the skills you used to get through past challenges.

  • Allow yourself to mourn the losses you have experienced. Recognise that you may experience a variety of emotions and their intensity will likely less over time.

  • Take a news break. A friend of mine told me on Tuesday that she has to turn the news off because she just couldn’t bear to see any more of the devastation. Watching replays of footage from the hurricane can make your stress even greater. Often, the media tries to interest viewers by presenting worst case scenarios. These may not be representative of your home or community.

  • Ask for support from people who care about you and who will listen and empathise with your situation. But keep in mind that your typical support system may be weakened if those who are close to you also have experienced or witnessed the hurricane. There are lot of organisations and people donating goods and services. Find your way to an outreach centre.

  • Find ways to express yourself when ready. Communicating your experience through talking with family or close friends, keeping a diary, or other forms of self-expression may be a source of comfort. Find out about local support groups led by appropriately trained and experienced professionals. The Family is the perfect place to start. I lead the teen support group that meets every Wednesday at the office on East Street (across from the Police Headquarters). Support groups are often available in communities following large-scale disasters. People can experience relief and comfort connecting with other hurricane survivors who have had similar reactions and emotions. These can be especially helpful for people with limited personal support systems.

  • Engage in healthy behaviours to enhance your ability to cope with excessive stress. Eat well-balanced meals and get plenty of rest. I know this is going to be difficult and probably impossible if you’re relying on donations. If you experience difficulties sleeping, you may be able to find some relief through relaxation techniques. Avoid alcohol and drugs since these can increase a sense of depression and/or impede you from doing what is necessary to be resilient and cope with events.

  • Establish or reestablish routines such as eating meals at regular times and following an exercise program. Take some time off from the demands of daily life by pursuing hobbies or other enjoyable activities.