Can you know happiness in hard times?

If you were asked to describe what happiness feels like to you, how would you describe it? Is it that wonderful moment of heightened joy when everything you’re experiencing is exciting and good; when your step is light and your buoyant mood moves you to dance or sing? Or is it a more settled, peaceful…

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“Well done you!”

I love the British phrase “Well done you!”. Whenever a friend said it to me, it felt like someone had given me a gentle pat on the back; a thumbs-up; an encouragement that I’d done a good job. Nothing flashy, no fanfare; just a simple acknowledgement that they’d noticed my effort. It brings a smile…

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Plan to Getaway

I was reminded this week of how thoroughly positive it is to plan a getaway. Whether it be a family holiday or time away just with your spouse, be it a weekend or a week; having something to look forward to is an effective antidote to the humdrum of everyday life. Sometimes the mundane can…

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My Muesli Bar

In a creative response to being  unwilling to pay the exorbitant price of muesli bars that fit all my dietary needs at the moment, (sugar, gluten, dairy, egg and fructose free) I came up with my own version of a muesli bar. It resembled something I’d bought previously and enjoyed.  The quantities and method I…

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A Thankful Heart

I’ve been in a battle of late; it’s been a battle against discouragement. It started with a setback; or more accurately, what I perceived to be a setback. For me, a setback always begins with reoccurring pain; back and neck pain to be precise. It’s a part of the backdrop to my life, and with…

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Best Ever Chocolate Cake

As far as I can recall, this was my first memory of baking a cake. I was in my late teens, and I must have been given free rein in the kitchen; guests were coming and we needed to feed them. My mother had always been extremely health conscious, and so rather than follow in…

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Choc Mint Slice

This fructose and gluten free recipe is my daughters kind attempt to cheer me up in response to recent health issues that have caused me to modify my diet. For a sweet tooth such as myself, I have been surprised how much I have enjoyed these sugar free alternatives. The coconut and cacao make for…

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Don’t be surprised…be patient.

“Are you kidding me! How many times do we have to have this conversation? I thought I made it very clear when I said… I can’t believe we are still having this problem!” Does this sound like a conversation you have on a semi-regular basis with your kids? The utter frustration of having to revisit…

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