Amazing Natural Detox (Epsom Salts)

Amazing Natural Detox (Epsom Salts)


Epsom salts are actually magnesium sulphate and most of us are lacking in magnesium (hypomagnesemia )


Health Benefits of Epsom Salts

What do you put in your bath?

An expensive bubble bath? , a fizzy bath bomb? or a luxurious mixture of perfumed bath oils?

Me.?…Just two cupfuls of Epsom Salts!

No fragrance, no bubbles, no colour but a whole lot better for you.

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Here’s why:-

Epsom salts are actually magnesium sulphate and most of us are lacking in magnesium (hypomagnesemia ). This deficiency can play a role in conditions including Parkinson’s disease, insomnia, depression, asthma, heart disease, joint pain, and diabetes.

The magnesium and sulphate are absorbed through the skin during an Epsom Salt bath and replenishes the much-needed magnesium.

Toxins from prescription medication and processed food are pulled out, a process called reverse osmosis, so a form of detox occurs.

The magnesium promotes the production of serotonin and reduces the effects of adrenaline, therefore the bath makes you feel invigorated with less stress and anxiety.

It will soothe tired muscles, tension headaches, and sore feet.

The anti-inflammatory properties help relieve bruising and pain from muscle sprains.

It can be rubbed on to wet skin as an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and in a hair rinse (with lemon )to reduce product build up.

Doctors recommend Epsom Salts bath for pregnant women. It will relieve aching muscles. soothe skin breakouts and reduce foot swelling, leaving the mum to be calm and relaxed.

Does it Work?

It certainly softens skin and leaves you feeling relaxed and ready for a good nights sleep, which we all know is worth its weight in gold. It can ease tension from headaches and soothe the aches and pains we get from everyday life. I wouldn’t recommend it for severe pain.

Tip :- Add a quarter of a cup of baking soda and 6-8 drops of essential oil to your Epsom Salt bath directly before bedtime. The baking soda helps to detox, alkalizes the body and makes skin super soft. An essential oil like lavender or cedarwood will help you feel extra sleepy.


Epsom salts

Epsom salts are completely natural and available at most chemists.


How to make Dolls House Accessories part 2.

How to make Dolls House Accessories part 2.

I’ve talked previously about renovating an old dolls house and making very inexpensive food accessories that will make your doll’s house look interesting and attractive. Here is the link to the earlier posts.

How to make dolls house food accessories

Today I wanted to tell you how to make miniature books with pages which will make a bookshelf come to life.

You will need a glossy magazine with a glued spine (not stapled) and some sharp scissors or a craft knife. Draw a  vertical line around 1.5 cm away from the spine from top to bottom of the magazine. Now cut down that line, it is best to use a craft knife and board but can be done with sharp scissors. Then cut the spine into small but random sized little books (different sized looks more authentic) The magazine spine can also be divided so that you have a good selection of both thin and thick books.

Making Dolls House Accessories

Use craft knife to cut 1.5cm from the spine

For the cover, find a site which sells free printables of book covers like this one:

Dolls House Printables

There are hundreds of sites all with the correct 1/12th scale.  I also print off templates for hat boxes, cereal boxes, and toy boxes. Just glue the printed image to thin card then fold using the instructions provided.

printables for dolls house accessories

Example of book cover printables


Here is a cabinet which I painted then filled with miniature books.

dolls house accessories

Perfume Bottles are even cheaper and easier to make. Simply find an unwanted glass bead necklace and using super glue attach a smaller bead to a bigger one so that it looks like a bottle. Tip: make sure that the base is level so that it stands nicely.

Another way is to mould your bottle shape from Fimo clay and add a pretty bead to the top.

The two dressers shown in the pictures were brown wood finish, they look much better after a coat of paint and some napkin decoupage.

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Knitting Accessories.

A knitting pattern can simply be made from a printable.

Now I’ll show you how to make a ball of wool.

Cut a piece of drinking straw measuring 1.5cm and used a needle threaded with embroidery cotton or thin yarn. Pass the yarn through the straw and round many times until it resembles a ball of wool. Leave a thread hanging for authenticity. Use a computer printable to make the wrapper and place in the centre of your ball.

Make knitting needles with cut down cocktail sticks, use Fimo clay to add ends and bake to harden.

Ask an expert knitter to knit a few rows using the wool and cocktail sticks.

Place the wool in a box (again use printable) or a basket made from  Fimo clay (see the previous post for tutorial) and place on a nice chair.

dolls house accessories

Hope you like the ideas which are super cheap and easy but will make your doll’s house really stand out.

Instant Gentle Declutter Part 2


Instant Gentle Declutter Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about decluttering our living spaces without too much emotional upheaval. For those who missed it here’s the link, it’s a very quick read which will help you get started on the road to a clutter-free life.

Instant Gentle Declutter Part 1

The tip at the bottom of the earlier post suggested collecting pretty boxes to start organising, so I hope you have a few. There are a few examples of storage boxes,  paperwork binders and desk tidies at the bottom of the page.

cereal boxes

For smaller items cover cereal boxes with unwanted wrapping paper to keep magazines paperwork, greetings cards. Make a pretty label for each one and be strict with yourself. First only keep items you will need later, secondly only put things in the right storage box. These look great on a shelf, they can brighten a dull room or buy gift paper to coordinate with your decor so that they blend in.

Use Jam Jars To Hold Small Items

If you’re a hoarder there will be a collection of jars somewhere in the house, if not start collecting jam, coffee, and pickle jars. Look out for unusual shapes or coloured glass. These can be decorated to hold all sorts of bits and pieces including;-



Curtain hooks

Cotton reels


Dog Treats

The list is endless and there are so many ways to decorate the jars which can be fun too! Any left over jars can be used as tea light holders.

Buy a Huge Scrapbook or Photograph Album to Hold Special Greetings Cards, Letters, and Photographs

What do you do with old greeting’s cards? They are brilliant to use in all sorts of paper crafts but if you’re not crafty they will just be piling up somewhere. Then comes the dilemma, do you keep because they are sentimental, or discard to the recycler in the sky?

I got together all the greetings cards and split them into piles eg, daughter, husband, Valentine, anniversary etc. Then go through each pile and pick out one or two of your favourites and present them beautifully in the scrapbook. Make sure that you have one card from each family member and friend. Also, make sure that you have at least one card from every special birthday, anniversary, new job etc Look for cards where people have left special personalised messages. If there’s still too many, separate a few into clear wallets and slot into the back of the scrapbook.

Now comes the hard part…..whatever is left should go straight in the recycling bin!

Now I know it’s hard to throw away greetings cards but by doing this you will have a beautiful memory book to look through in years to come with all those special cards presented and preserved instead of in a crumpled heap.

If you have pages left in the scrapbook also include

Special theatre or concert tickets

A selection of your children’s artwork

  Miscellaneous photos and letters that you love.

        Plane tickets, wedding invites, certificates

Use a Memory Box to Keep Loose Items Safe.

Now you have greetings cards sorted it’s time to look through your photographs

First, take out the ones that mean the most and put them in an album or photograph frame.

Then go through each one and take out any:

Photos of scenery you don’t recognise

Pictures that are out of focus, people’s heads missing etc

Photos of people you don’t recognise (or don’t like!)

Now you should have just a few photos left. Scoop them up and put in your memory box. These don’t need to be in order, everyone loves a rummage!

Here are a few extra ideas that might be useful.

Keep all the children’s toys in one place with different sized boxes, they don’t have to look messy and ugly, a select one or two even enhances a room and you won’t be treading on pieces of Lego all day.

See the wooden caddy for all your remote controls? Keep them in one place so that you never have to go hunting down the back of the sofa again.

Towels, blankets, and throws can be rolled tightly and stacked in storage boxes, you’ll be surprised how many you can fit in!

The same goes for underwear, socks and childrenswear, roll away and see how much space you save.

Keep a large laundry bin (like the pretty pink and white striped one) in the bathroom, when the family undress for a shower it’s easy to pop the dirty linen straight in the bin, instead of all over the floor!

The A4 book boxes look lovely on a shelf or coffee table, they are a great way to organise papers, books, lists, schoolbooks, recipes or receipts.

A Chat about Dog Bereavement

A Chat about Dog Bereavement

Some of my friends have lost their beloved dogs lately and it’s hard to know what to say to them. As I’ve said before I lost my Alfie back in April and there is still great pain there for me.

At the time no-one could console me, the grief was all consuming and no words would help. Some people said “at least he didn’t suffer”, this wasn’t helpful to me.I selfishly wanted him back, he left a massive void in my life, I was angry that he had been taken from me. My emotions were irrational, spiteful and selfish, so words of comfort said with good intentions, only made things worse. I wasn’t ready to be comforted, the only thing I wanted was the one thing I couldn’t have

.‘Do What Feels Right For You’

I was wondering how other people deal with the loss of a pet. Everyone is different and everyone reacts differently to grief so there is no right or wrong way. You just have to get through it somehow and the pain reduces gradually.


Some people immediately go out and get another dog, maybe a rescue or a puppy. I understand this completely, it would put a sticking plaster over the wound, exchange sorrow for elation, but underneath that plaster is the wound healing? I’m open to another dog but he or she hasn’t found me yet. When the day comes…..I will know!

This is a poem I wrote for Alfie, it helped me at the time and there is a permanent reminder that he existed and was loved.

Goodbye, my friend, the time has come

To hang up your collar, your work here is done

The kindest soul, the warmest heart

The sweetest dog to ever depart

Your little soul mate looks so sad

She’ll never forget the love you had

That tiny puppy you taught to play

She’d nip your tail, then run away

When days were dark, with sadness and pain

You gave me a reason to rise again

And now, too soon, it’s come to an end

And your work is needed in heaven, my friend

They need an angel to stand at the gate

to welcome the others, who’d wait and wait

for their family to join them, so alone and so sad

You’ll comfort their sorrow

and soothe the pain that they had.

So, for now, I bid you goodbye

My angel in heaven, a new star in the sky.

Three years ago I fostered a little chihuahua called Harvey, who was terminally ill, through neglect. His owner, a breeder, wasn’t willing to pay for vet advice or medication, so his heart condition became incurable at just seven years old. He was with me for five months and died in my arms.


In this case, it was really important to me that this dog was remembered and that he knew love in his life. I bought a rose bush in his memory that blooms each year at the same time as Harvey died. The rose bush is now thriving and will always be Harvey’s rose.



So every bereavement is different, we just have to deal with the pain in a way that feels right for us. Some people get comfort from having the dog’s ashes close by or they give them a proper farewell in a special place.

I don’t have any words for anyone who is feeling this loss and wondered if anyone had any advice about what to say?

Also, how did you cope and what did you want from people at the time?

Were your emotions irrational and out of character like mine?




Rubies In The Roses by Vivian Conroy

Rubies in the Roses

Cornish Castle Mystery Book 2


Guinevere Evans has the ideal summer job cataloging books at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. With her perky dachshund Dolly by her side, she explores the island’s colourful history, tries the fabulous local food and sees the gorgeous sunsets.

Dog Massage (10 Incredible Benefits)

Dog Massage

10 Incredible Benefits

Dogs suffer from muscle stiffness and soreness just like humans do. As a dog gets older general aches and pains increase and they can suffer lethargy and fatigue. However,  unlike us, they can’t verbally communicate where the pain is coming from. By giving our dogs a regular all over body massage we get to know the animal’s body better. In addition, potential problems are spotted before they become too serious.

 Dog Massage


Actually, it is also a great way of bonding with your dog. We all stroke our pets anyway, and it lowers the blood pressure of both the owner and his dog.

The main thing is to never force massage on a dog who does not want to participate. Also, only practice on an animal that you know well.

Always look out for signs that the dog has discomfort and take to a vet if a problem does arise.

Other signs which may indicate a problem are:-

Sensitivity to touch

Skin temperature ie hot spots

Localised swelling

Muscle stiffness

Poor quality of coat

 Dog Massage



10 Incredible Benefits From Dog Massage

Relieve anxiety, tension, and fear.

Reduce pain from muscle stiffness

 Accelerates the healing process after surgery.

Aids digestion

Decreases blood pressure

Help kidney function.

Aids circulation

Helps to remove toxins.

Help the effects of aging

Helps liver function


How to Massage Your Dog

By just touching the dog gently and moving your hands down his body you should be able to feel him relax. A tiny bit of pressure can be added if the dog seems to enjoy it.

Similar techniques are used as in human massage

Effleurage is slow steady strokes

Friction which is pressure without moving the skin.

Percussion which is drumming of the fingers.

Petrissage which is a gentle kneading action.


Everything is done gently and slowly. The dog will be able to tell you if he doesn’t want to continue, simply by moving away. Usually, the dog is so relaxed that he falls asleep.

For a more complex massage or for specific issues, visit a trained therapist.

Darcy is a very anxious rescue dog who benefits from being massaged. Consequently, as well as helping him to relax it builds up trust and helps me to bond with him. He also has fur loss on the tips of his ears, tummy, and chest and massaging coconut oil has greatly helped and made his coat shiny too.

Darcy Dog Massage



For more advice on reducing anxiety in your dog please read here

12 Small Things That REALLY annoy me!

I’ve been thinking lately about all the little things we hate and I mean really hate. I’m not talking about World politics, religion or anything that is greatly important. These are little tiny niggles, that get right under your skin and make you want to explode!

I will make a list of mine but I really want to know yours too.

1.  This is what I was referring to in the title post. You know when you ask someone if they’re o.k and they reply “Yes fine thanks”. They are clearly not fine! Anything but fine. So you step carefully and say “Are you sure?” to get the reply “No honestly, I am fine!”. If you’re not fine, just say “I’m having a bad day” then we can move on

2.  Why can’t I open a child-proof bottle top without removing a layer of skin on my fingers?  Trust me I don’t want to drink the bleach I just want to clean the toilet!

3.  I hate supermarket shopping but it has to be done, ………preferably as quickly as possible. So I feel like tearing my hair out when shoppers congregate in the aisles to have a good old chat. The gossip is so interesting that they forget about their trollies and abandon them……..right next to the bread, milk, eggs etc, in other words just where you need to see. I would like a sign next to essentials saying ” No Stopping”

4.  Cryptic Facebook posts eg someone says “Charlie is feeling scared at City Hospital” or “Sam is very excited at Heathrow Airport”  Then there are the ones who post “You’ll never guess what just happened! So everyone responds but they never reply.

5.  Please say thank you, it doesn’t hurt.

6.  Bras


7.  I really can’t be bothered with magic tricks. You never find out how it is done and it will haunt you for the rest of your life. Show me how you do it and I might be impressed. (Don’t even get me started on the rabbits)

8.  Precocious children. I love children but they should be enjoying their childhood not acting like adults…..go climb a tree!


9.  if your dog is cold put a warm coat on him. Please do not dress him as a pumpkin and post on Twitter, there is just no need.

10.  People who say  “like” too much. I mean like five times in one sentence. Oops!

11.  Neighbours who are so competent that they will be out clearing the snow from the drive………while it is still snowing!

12.  People who really upset you and then say “I was only joking”. It is not an excuse so that you can hurt people’s feelings and not feel bad. Be kind!

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Okay that’s enough for now, I am completely seething after writing this post.Please tell me that it’s not just me.
















The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter

 Karin Slaughter

About the Book

The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever …

The Good daughter

Amazon Purchase Link


My Review of The Good Daughter

The first thing I need to say is that this review is intentionally vague and very short. The burning question is why? Well, there was no easy way to review the book without spoiling plot twists so for that I will remain unapologetic. I want everyone to enjoy as much as I did and in this instance, in my humble opinion, less is definitely more.

I must confess that this is the first book I have read by this author but I will certainly be adding all her other novels to my list. I was gripped from the first page. The characters are multi layered, believable and well rounded. The Quinn family have faced trauma, heartache and immense loss in their lives, how will they survive when another tragedy hits the small town of Pikeville, which again rocks the family’s already fragile core.

I loved Charlie, she is strong, dependable but underneath, vulnerable and troubled. Her father Rusty, the defense attorney, takes on the cases that other lawyers will not touch, sometimes to the detriment of his loved ones. He is passionate about his work, but is this devotion misplaced?

The intricacies of the Quinn family relationship weave effortlessly through this crime drama. You invest into the well-being of Rusty and his family whilst desperately trying to unravel the mystery of the shooting in the school and uncover what actually happened on that night in Pikeville, twenty-eight years ago.

From the very first chapter, you hit the ground running and the pace stays constant throughout. The ending did not disappoint, the web of intricate storylines fits together beautifully. It is graphic at times but this just makes the characters more compelling and you are swept away with the outstanding storytelling.



Health Benefits of Cinnamon

 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

What is cinnamon?

Cinnamon is a popular spice which has been used for thousands of years to help with health issues. It is made from the bark of a tree called Cinnamomum. When the inner bark is dried it curls into rolls known as cinnamon sticks. These can be ground into cinnamon powder.

There are two varieties called Cassia or Ceylon . It is best to use the Ceylon or ‘true’ cinnamon because it has less of the potentially harmful compound called Coumarin. Unfortunately, supermarkets are more likely to stock the cheaper Cassia variety.

health benefits of cinnamon

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

High source of antioxidants.

Has Anti-inflammatory Properties

May Cut The Risk Of Heart Disease

Has Blood Sugar Lowering Properties Which Helps Diabetes.

May Protect Against Cancer.

Helps to Fight Fungal and Bacterial Infections

Can Lower Bad Cholesterol

Can help to Treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Can Help Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Protects Dental Health and Freshens Breath Naturally


Use instead of sugar in tea, coffee, baking and sprinkled on fruit. One tablespoon of cinnamon has just 19 calories.

Cinnamon tea is a warming, lightly spicy drink with hardly any calories  (one teaspoon to a cup of hot water and left to sit for five minutes).

Cinnamon is the perfect accompaniment to apples and honey.


How Children Learn From Dogs

How Children Learn From Dogs

 A relationship with a well-trained dog  can teach a child









However, some important points need to be considered before introducing a pet to small children.

The child must be old enough to respect the dog’s space and to not accidentally hurt him by pulling fur etc. Never leave a child and dog unsupervised no matter how much you feel you know your dog. Animals are unpredictable, accidents happen. Also, a young child can’t understand a dogs behaviour and body language like an adult can.

Dogs have a pack mentality. Usually, they would consider an adult in the family the pack leader, with children lower down the family hierarchy. A dog may perceive a child to be on the same level, or even lower in the pack order, as himself. This might mean that the dog has difficulty taking instruction from a child.

Teach the child to stroke gently, not to go up close to the face and not to poke ears and eyes. Older children can be shown how to help with feeding and to offer a treat. They need to be taught to never approach strange dogs, no matter how cute.

how children learn from dogs

Matt Cassels researched the relationships between children and their pets. He found that not only would a child turn to his pet for support in times of adversity, but he would do so more than he would turn to a sibling. The study also demonstrated that children who had strong relationships with a pet had better pro-social skills such as helping, sharing and cooperating than their peers.

how children learn from dogsWe all remember our first pets and look back fondly on times spent together. Sometimes the loss of a pet can be a child’s first experience of death and grieving,  it is a valuable lesson about the circle of life.

Here is my first ever dog, her name was Dinky.


What memories do you have about your first pet?