Friday, 12 October 2018

Healing from Lyme Disease naturally - Dry skin brushing

Owning your disease... controlling your lyme symptoms and helping rid the body of toxins created by a lyme diet.

Healing naturally from lyme takes a lot of hard work. There's a routine to get into and rules to abide by and frankly, it's dull. However, as I'd rather my life was dull - and not painful - I've managed over the last ten months to find a rhythm with it all that I'm comfortable with. The party loving/coffee reviver/choc-o-holic in me never saw that coming.

That last sentence sort of gives you a clue to the fact that my life is a lot less chaotic these days. In fact, life has changed considerably. Part and parcel of having zero energy and being forced to stop as much as taking control and turning my diet on its head. For my diet has changed dramatically. And when I say dramatically, I mean DRAMATICALLY. No refined sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine, no wheat, no dairy, no gluten. 98% of the time. Ahem! I'd better stick the 98% caveat in there as YES,  I do enjoy a cup of tea each day and it is made with cow's milk... I do sometimes have the roast with the gravy AND the Yorkshire pud... but hey, didn't someone clever say It's what you do most of the time that counts. Besides, living with lyme is hard enough :-)

Sunday, 30 September 2018

The Ultimate Spell-Caster - a book review

Spellbinding and whacky, the brilliant new book by comic writer, cartoonist, poet and performer Mike Barfield, is indeed a recipe for fun.

Having given The Ultimate Spell-Caster to our witchy seven-year-old Fia for her birthday, she has been up to hi-jinx ever since! And then our wicked 10-year-old went and got hold of it this morning and much to her amusement...

Of course there's no end to the desirably silly concoctions available in this flipbook, allowing everyone a chance at turning whoever into whatever, with a little bit of beastly magic along the way!

Released last month - perfectly timed for Halloween - it is well thought out and well made, its pages strong enough to withstand the flicking wrist/wand action. Question is, will your constitution be up to it?

Screamingly good fun by the team at Laurence King Publishing.

Title: The Ultimate Spell-Caster
Author: Mike Barfield
Price: £10.99
100 pages
Size: 240 x 145 mm
ISBN: 9781786273093
Published: 03/09/2018

Emma Oliver received a copy of The Ultimate Spell-Caster in exchange for this review, ideas and comments my own

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Prevention IS better than cure & why you need tick spray in Winter.

The Summer of 2018 brought forth a heat wave that we will all remember, not only here in the UK but around the world. Personally, I've loved the endless days of sunshine, hanging out with my two fun girls on their holiday, at long last being able to enjoy good health courtesy of my Lyme disease diet and the strict naturopath protocol I've mostly adhered to all six weeks, give or take a slice of birthday cake: I can't believe my two have turned another year older, a long with their Great Gran who reached the amazing milestone of 100!

Borne out of continuous warm weather, the heatwave also delivered a tick explosion, alongside which came an unusual string of positive media attention highlighting lyme awareness. But that passed. And as Summer passes too, one wonders if we can now stop worrying about ticks? If we can now let down our guard? The answer is surprising. As September begins and the new school uniforms are washed and pressed ready to go, there is a greater need than ever to remind one and all about keeping safe outdoors, for just because the warm weather comes to an end, it doesn't mean that ticks do.

Monday, 6 August 2018

The Little Guides to Great Lives Series - A book collection review

Little Guides to Great Lives by Isabel Thomas
Released: 4 June 2018
Price: £8.99
Hardback, 190 x 150mm
For ages: 7-11
Featuring: Nelson Mandela
Amelia Earhart
Leonardo Da Vinci
Marie Curie
Frida Kahlo

The Little Guides to Great Lives series is a gorgeous collection of books for children, brought to you by the team at that will ignite aspiration and fire up imagination. Five books so far (with more in the pipeline) dedicated to the lives and works of all-inspiring greats such as Amelia Earhart, Nelson Mandela, Leonardo Da Vinci, Marie Curie and Frida Kahlo.

Written by Isabel Thomas, a prolific STEM writer for children, this brand new series of handy accessible guides, of course covers famous scientists, artists and revolutionaries and serves as an introduction to the most inspirational figures ever to have lived.

A joy to look at, touch and read, each of these books is beautifully depicted by a different illustrator, and covered in rich material reflecting the life of the person whose story it tells. From the moment you lay eyes on them, you know there is nothing ordinary about this collection. Rightly so, for there was nothing ordinary about each of the heroic subjects.

Subjects whose life stories, Isabel Thomas manages to condense into 62 pages of wonderful knowledge, intrigue, humour and meaning. Subjects whose lives I feel my children should share.

Frida Kahlo for example. A lady born in Mexico as its revolution unfolded, who endured great pain and hardship, but used her bold daring paintings to express her emotions and celebrate her identity. The original 'selfie' if you will. And Nelson Mandela, whose journey from political prisoner to president of South Africa is an incredible tale of triumph in the face of adversity.

Important lives of great people, told brilliantly and recorded in a fashion that children ages 7-11 can understand. Almost encyclopedic, with a glossary, timeline and index too.
A really wonderful collection!

Emma Oliver received the collection: Little Guides for Great Lives, in exchange for this review, ideas and comments my own

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Respect and the road to recovery

After acknowledging and accepting my Lyme disease, I've discovered I'm also now respectful of it. Strange thing to say, but it's true. This encompasses a respect for myself, my body, and the rules I'm currently having to play by - i.e. diet, detox, saying no. That respect is making my life so much happier.

I'd even go so far as to say that having a Lyme diagnosis, makes me one of the lucky ones. Work that out?!

Meanwhile, hold on to the thought that the body is incredibly clever. It wants to heal. And given the right tools, will be able to do so. One of those tools is respect.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Ruby Red Shoes - a book review

Details: Children's hardback picture book
Title: Ruby Red Shoes A Very Aware Hare
Author: Kate Knapp
Published by: MacMillan
ISBN: 9781509891894
Price: £9.99

This charming book was given to my two daughters by an Australian friend several years ago as it was first published there in 2012. We have cherished it ever after and my girls have grown to love it. As all great classics, it has proved itself timeless, bridging the gap from toddler to now almost 10-year-old.

Perhaps the reason for this are Kate Knapp's lyrical story and stunning illustrations. Paying great attention to detail, the cosy and bright water colours invite the reader in, every bit as the text. Both are playful and gentle, reminding each and everyone of us - not just children - what ought to be important in life: the simple things!

Ruby herself is a delightful protagonist. 'An aware hare' who lives consciously from day to day, enjoying everything about each day's routine, from the veg patch to her dumpling of a cuddly grandmother.

This book is so beautifully observed and elegantly written; wise and poetic. It is not at all surprising to find that six years down the line, Ruby Red Shoes A Very Aware Hare is being published again here in the UK. I'm pleased for Kate, and I'm pleased for Ruby, who remains every bit as fresh and fun for her new larger audience, who in no doubt will love her every bit as much as my two girls still do.

We can't wait to read the next instalment of Ruby's adventures, when she visits Paris this September! Look out for a LIFE AS IT IS review late summer.

Emma Oliver received a copy of Ruby Red Shoes A Very Aware Hare in exchange for this review, all ideas and comments are my own