Zen Tips - Creating a Heaven in Your Garden

Zen Tips – Creating a Heaven in Your Garden

There are people who don’t like spending too much time on their garden: throw a few plants here and there, maybe some low-maintenance bushes and we’re done. However, if you want to make sure your garden looks the part, you can choose from a variety of designs, from contemporary and modern to stone and Zen gardens. Creating and maintaining a Zen garden can be difficult – but we’re here to help you do that and create a perfect little haven in which you can relax your mind and spirit.

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Mummy on a Saturday Morning

Mummy on a Saturday Morning

It is 7.30 am on a Saturday morning. She is still in her pyjamas, sipping hot coffee in silence, a cooking book on her lap, trying to persuade herself she feels cosy and relaxed. No rush today, no we-are-getting-late-for-school haste, nothing urgent on the list. It promises to be a calm, low-paced day full of smiles and happy family moments.

Then it comes up again… That suffocating sense of pressure, as if too heavy a burden has just landed on her shoulders. It overwhelms her and evokes an instant and severe headache (she wonders if a massive quantity of her brain cells is being irrevocably killed right now). And of course, it destroys completely the beauty of her morning coffee ritual.

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The magic and beauty of postcards Paperless Post

The Magic and Beauty of Postcards

A woman’s world is full of beauty. We women are truly blessed because of our subtle sense of charm and magic. From a glamorous wedding dress to a cheap teacup you have just bought from a charity shop – everything could be beautiful and beauty is everywhere. Other examples? The list could be endless but what about postcards or special occasion invitations?

When I came to London, one of the things that amazed me (among many other things, of course) was the abundance of postcard shops and I don’t mean the souvenir shops for tourists. It was obvious that the British had preserved the good old tradition of sending and receiving postcards. To a great extent, this has been lost in my own country and replaced by text messages, social media posts, etc. Impersonal and not so touching, don’t you think? What has happened to the magic of a sealed envelope that is to be opened with excitement?

The magic and beauty of postcards

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Consumer Health Digest's Pregnancy Tips Roundup

Consumer Health Digest’s Expert Roundup on Healthy Pregnancy Tips 2017

Consumer Health Digest, one of the leading and most reliable health and wellness websites, has recently published an expert roundup on tips how to stay healthy and happy during pregnancy. I am so excited to be featured in this wonderful roundup and be among all these amazing women, many of them recognised professionals and experts.

I am sharing part of the article with you as I believe it could help every mummy to be. 

Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time where a woman goes through great physical and emotional changes. In order to learn more about these changes and find out can be done to make pregnancy go as smoothly as possible, many women look for pregnancy tips on the internet. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around the wide web, and it can be tough to find reliable information about pregnancy. Knowing how things stand with online pregnancy tips, our team of experts at Consumer Health Digest have decided to help pregnant women learn about reliable measures to experience a problem-free pregnancy, and to ensure their baby grows healthy.

Our experts at Consumer Health Digest understand the confusion and anxiety that pregnant women experience. From food choices during pregnancy to the Zika virus scare and the constant debate about vaccination risks, there are so many questions in need of answers. At our Consumer Health Digest Pregnancy Center, our experts have shared their knowledge and experience on these topics to help clear any doubts you may be having. By visiting our Pregnancy Center, you can learn more about pregnancy in general, the diet you should follow while pregnant, the risks associated with medication during pregnancy, the kind of behavior that is safe during pregnancy, and you can also read other valuable bits of information.

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My Plan for 2017 is… No Plans

I can’t believe this is coming out of my mouth (in this case, my hand) but yes, 2017 will be the year of NO plans. I am a person who always makes plans, plans for pretty much everything – from the family’s dinners to moving house. Not this time, not this year. While many bloggers seem to be setting goals and writing them down on their blogs (I actually admire them), I am thinking of changing my own mindset.

My Plan for 2017 is No Plans_Simply Marina

Living in an everyday chaos and jumble has been a terrifying thing for me ever since I can remember. Not having a plan, not organising my time, not getting things done the way they should be – oh, how daunting it all sounds! But I think the insane pedant in me must be silenced. The pursuit of perfection must be ceased. Because perfection doesn’t exist. It’s time for a new approach.

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A Woman’s World: Christmas is Magical

A Woman's World: Christmas is Magical

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Definitely. To me, Christmas has always been such a special time. As a child, I loved the spirit of Christmas so much. Now, I am an adult and a mother too, but my fondness of winter festivities has not changed.

What if I still believe in Santa? What if I still believe in magic? I know, it doesn’t sound rational for a grown-up to believe in Santa’s secret village, elves or flying sleighs. But it is Christmas, we are allowed to believe in anything good, in anything that could beat unkindness, hopelessness or misery.

And I want my child to believe. In Christmas. In Santa Claus. In the power of good. In the power of family and home. Christmas means happiness. It means thousands of precious family moments. This is how I want him to perceive this time of the year. If believing in magic is what it takes, so be it!

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A Woman’s World: Sometimes I Am Perfect

A Woman's World: Sometimes I Am Perfect

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Some days a woman is full of uncertainty. Some days she is that anxious woman and mother she wouldn’t like herself to be. Some days she is the shouting mother, the uncouth cook, the not so fab looking lady, or simply the desperate housewife. But sometimes, she is perfect.

Oh, yes! Perfect! She is a happy woman again. She loves her makeup, her dresses, her heels… She loves her kids, her husband, her home. She loves herself. Now, at this very moment, she is the perfect woman and she knows it.

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A Woman’s World: Autumn is Beautiful…

A Woman's World: Autumn is Beautiful

Autumn is beautiful. In a woman’s world, beauty is everywhere. Not only in the magnificent colours of autumn. Beauty is there, beneath the grey sky, in the raindrops tapping on your umbrella, in the chilly wind that tousles your hair. Beauty is in you and it is you who make autumn beautiful. Because yes, you are a woman and this is your world of happiness.

Autumn is beautiful…

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A Woman’s World: Happiness is…


You are happy unless you decide otherwise. Happiness is a matter of choice, they say. I agree. And women have lots of reasons to smile, every day. Being a woman is a blessing, being a mother is a miracle. My life before motherhood and my life after that is a piece in two acts. What unites them is a simple fact – I was happy before, I am happy now. Not from sunrise to bedtime, of course, but most of the time I try to stay happy and optimistic. Because happiness is simple, and women are lucky to find it in so many little things.

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