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The Jungle Book


We were super excited to head to Greenwich Theatre in London to watch the adaption of The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book follows young Mowgli who was raised by a pack of wolves, but Mowgli soon finds himself pursued by the monkeys who want Mowgli to make them human, but Mowgli's jungle friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, are not far behind ready to protect Mowgli from the cheeky monkeys and fierce tiger Shere Khan.


This adaption of The Jungle Book was brought to life by the fabulous actors who had an amazing stage presence, beautiful percussion, and new songs. The Jungle Book is perfect for Jungle Book fans old and new. The Jungle Book is on at the Greenwich Theatre from 15 AUG - 26 AUG 2018. check out www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk.



TOP TIPS FOR HEALTHY SKIN


I always find I need to adjust my skin care routine through the seasons, in the winter my skin can get quite dry, but in the summer my skin gets very oily. Here are some top tips to help keep your 
skin moisturised and healthy throughout the year.


1. Avoid unnecessary chemicals: Some fragrances and colours are skin irritants and have no actual benefits for the skin, the use of creams and shower gels will very much depend on your skin type, I tend to use Sanex Zero % range as it contains no colourants or parabens which makes it kinder on the skin.

2. Avoid low-fat diets: we all know how important it is to have a healthy balanced diet.  Choose healthy fats for healthy cell function – these can be added into your diet through foods such as avocados, fish, nuts and seeds and plant oils such as flax and hemp. Try and avoid processed margarine. If you’re going to have butter then make it organic natural butter which has less synthetic ingredients.

3. Try light exercise: Getting up and moving daily will boost circulation, and getting your muscles moving will increase your levels of ‘happy’ hormones or endorphins and blood flow. This, in turn, will give your skin a lovely healthy glow. I try and exercise, but when it's not possible a brisk stroll normally helps me feel much better.

4. Get an early night: Lack of sleep increases the visible appearance of ageing, such as dark circles caused by sluggish circulation. Try to avoid your mobile phone or tablet at least an hour before going to bed and try to get a good night’s sleep.

5. Reduce sugar intake: A high intake of sugar can cause an inflammatory reaction within the skin resulting in a whole host of skin conditions, from acne and rosacea to premature ageing and dry skin. I recently cut sugar from all my hot drinks it's been hard, but I defiantly feel much better for it.

6. Curb the caffeine: Too much coffee or caffeinated drinks can put extra stress on the liver and digestive system which impacts your body’s natural detoxification process, a build-up of toxins can have a negative effect on the health of your skin causing issues such as dry skin, redness and sensitivity.

7. Skincare shouldn't stop at your face: There can often be a temptation to focus on the health of the skin on our faces but we must remember that the whole body is covered in skin which is the largest organ of your body – so we need to make sure we are giving it the care it deserves. check out Sarah Chapman she has some amazing skin care tips.


Overnight Oats with Fresh Cherries


It’s now the British cherry season, which is great as we all love fresh cherries, and there's nothing quite like some juicy cherries which make the perfect snack any time of the day,  not only do they taste amazing they are also packed with vitamin C and full of antioxidants including melatonin which helps promote a natural sleep. what better way to start the day in this hot weather than with some cool overnight oats topped with my favourite fresh cherries.



Ingredients:
25/30g oats
1/2 cup milk/almond milk (or enough liquid to cover the oats)
2 tablespoons honey to sweeten (you can use natural sweeteners if desired)
2/3 tablespoons of thick greek honey yogurt
Fresh destoned British Cherries
Add additional fruit if desired: fresh strawberries/blueberries

Method:

  • Soak your oast overnight to allow them to soften and sweets.
  • Add your sweetener and stir through, I like to use honey or a cheeky spoon of golden syrup
  • Serve into a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of greek yogurt, add your cherries/berries mixt, I like to use juicy plump cherries with a few blueberries and strawberries. the perfect breakfast for this time of the year, full of cool juicy sweetness.    

Some Amazing Cherry Facts:
Britain’s cherry season runs from June to September, You can get your hands on a number of varieties that ripen at different times. ‘Mercant’ cherries are available now and can be distinguished by their dark red skin and large size, followed by others including exclusive English variety ‘Penny’, and ‘Kordia’ and ‘Sweetheart’, which ripens towards the end of the season. Legend has it that you can trace the route of old Roman Roads in Britain by looking out for wild cherry trees. It has been suggested that Roman legions spat out the stones from the fruit as they marked through Britain.

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #lovefreshcherries Challenge, sponsored by Love Fresh Cherries (Instagram: @LoveFreshCherries).”

5 SIGNS YOU’RE NOT LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE

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Have you ever asked yourself, What is the meaning or  purpose of  your life?” We all live in a world where we wish and yearn for our dreams to come true, but we all gradually become ‘realistic’ and
learn to settle. Overtime, however, we can lose our zest for life.  Here are five signs you’re not fully embracing your life:

1. Your comfort zone is anything but comforting – ensconcing yourself from your dreams for the sake of ‘comfort’ involves learning to expect the worst from life. This allows us to avoid disappointment. The sense of suffocation from living in your comfort zone (it practically charges you rent now) does more harm than good.
Solution – Try something new: it could be as simple a going home via another route, buying different
clothes, drinking different things, or dining at a restaurant you’ve had pinned for months.

2. You’re stuck in a rut – thumbing through your Facebook feed, you feel everyone is loving their best life but you. You know you should feel grateful for the things you have, but you feel everyone is speeding ahead in the rat-race of life.
Solution – Challenge yourself: plan to do something different that breaks-up your routine and
challenges your own perception of yourself. Sign-up to a marathon, learn a new language or pick-up
an instrument. Find new passions and interests to reinvigorate your daily life.

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3. You look back on your life and feel you haven’t achieved anything – side-barring your own dreams and giving them a permanent residency on the backburner.
Solution – Get a life coach: welcoming someone who is armed with the tools you desperately need to
hit the refresh button on your life – to offer you the guidance and strength to find your greater purpose in life and rekindle your aspirations.

4. You watch the days drift by– the feeling of disconnection and discomfort can make anyone feel misaligned from the daily rhythm of life. Playing it safe has become the go-to and wanting something more than what you have makes you feel uncertain.
Solution – Think of your dying day: what would you do on your final day on this Earth? Who would you see? What would you do? What do you want to have achieved? These questions allow us to figure out what is important in our lives and set the goals to make this happen.

5. You always feel low-level bored with everything and have 0 motivation to get going – the weather forecast might be sunny, but it always feels grey and overcast.
Solution – Get over your fear: remember, a desire to live well and achieve dreams is more important
than the fear of not trying new things.



The article is courtesy of  Carole Ann Rice from Real Coaching Co is one of the UK’s leading life coaches and personal development.

TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES


We were super excited to head into Central London to Vue Cinema to watch the screening of Teen Titans Go To The Movies, both of my boys are huge Teen Titans fans and watch the series on Cartoon Network almost every day. Teen Titans GO to the Movies sees the egocentric Super Heroes in their first feature film, Robin notices that of the major superheroes are starring in their own movies, so a determined Robin decided its about time him and his team also have the same opportunity, so the Teen Titan decides to head to Hollywood in search of fame, but they come across a Super-Villain who uses his power of persuasion in an attempt to take over the Earth, but things dont go to plan and the team eand up fighting for their friendship.


Teen Titans Go Movie is a fun and entertaining animated family movie, filled with comical elements a must-see movie for Teen Titans and DC Comic fans, the cool storyline and catchy tunes will leave you wanting to rewatch again.


Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) lend their voices to the first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show, which also stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series. The film is being directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, based on characters from DC.  Michail, Will Arnett and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register, Jelenic, and Horvath serving as executive producers.  Apart from Arnett, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.

TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES hits UK cinemas nationwide on August 3rd.