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August 2018

Week 1 Grantham Gingerbread #GBBOBloggers2018 #GBBOBakeoftheWeek

We’re all happy that Bake Off is back on the TV and for the third year running, we’re baking along with some other lovely bloggers. We decided to make a regional biscuit and after some Googling, we came across a recipe for Grantham Gingerbread.

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How to Snap Up That Job in the Creative Industry

For years you have longed to bag the job you have always wanted in the creative sector. You are truly passionate about what you do, but everything seems to fall short as soon as you get close to reaching it. You have brushed up on […]

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How To Host The Ultimate GBBO Party

So it’s the end of August and we’re well in that time of the year we know so well. Some know it as the time that’s technically still summer, but we’re finding ourselves throwing on a cardigan with every outfit, while others see this as […]

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4 Things You May Not Know About Nerve Pain

Nerve pain can occur in different forms such as tingling, burning, pins and needles, and electric. Many people experience unexplained nerve pain. HIV, celiac disease, trauma, cancer, etc., are the major causes of nerve pain. Nerve pain can disrupt your day to day life at home and at work. It can limit your ability to move around and, with time, even put you down.


  1.    Diagnosis of Nerve Pain


If you feel you might have nerve pain, it is good to visit a doctor. Many conditions can cause nerve pain. Therefore, your doctor would need to run several lab tests to determine the exact cause of your nerve pain. According to various studies, people with nerve pain experience insomnia, anxiety and depression.


When having serious medical conditions such as cancer and HIV, it even becomes harder to cope with nerve pain. The seriousness of nerve pain is often associated with an underlying disease. Nerve pain worsens when people get older. The good news is that although nerve pain cannot be cured, there are lots of options for treatment.

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  1.    Unexplained Nerve Pain


The cause of nerve pain may be unidentified even after a lot of tests for some people. Unexplained nerve pain is also known as idiopathic nerve pain or idiopathic neuropathy. Nerve pain can result from nerve damage that could have happened at a certain point in your life.


However, prevailing medical knowledge on nerve pain and available tests cannot determine how, when or why they occur. The unexplained nerve pain is most likely to occur in people above sixty years of age.


  1.    Treating Nerve Pain


When nerve pain results from a known condition such as diabetes or HIV, priority is given to the treatment of the underlying disease. However, treatment of the underlying disease may not help with the pain. It might be necessary to treat the nerve pain separately from the disease causing it.


There are a variety of treatments for nerve pain. A patient’s health, the underlying cause of nerve pain, cost of treatment, and potential side effects determine the right treatment. Doctors usually give the same set of treatment regardless of the cause of nerve pain.


The basic treatments for nerve pain include topical treatments such as over the counter creams, gels, lotions and patches, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, painkillers and electric stimulation.


  1.    Home Treatment for Nerve Pain


Keep Moving – Regular exercise may cause the blood vessels in the feet to expand with time, bringing back damaged nerves to life. Daily walks are a great way to start and, with time, you can build up pace and distance covered.


Step Up Foot Care – Check your feet daily if you have nerve pain in the feet. Wear shoes that are comfortable and see a podiatrist daily.


Explore the Mind-Body Connection – Ask for referrals from a trusted friend or a doctor to a known professional offering guided imagery, meditation, biofeedback, or hypnosis.

treatment for nerve pain in feet

Visit to find out more about the health condition and how to treat it.


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Three Home Improvements That Add Value to Your Home

Some home improvements are for your convenience. But others serve another purpose – they add value to your home. When it comes time to sell your home, the improvements can fetch you a better selling price. Find out which home improvements can add value to […]

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Book Review #34

I needed a change from Myron Bolitar and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine was the perfect book for me. It was totally different from all the crime novels I’ve been reading this year.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than. . . fine?

My Thoughts

I’ve been on the lookout for this book since I saw MumofThreeWorld’s review earlier this year. It finally came into the charity shop and I snatched it up before anyone else had a chance!

I loved it. There’s something about Eleanor that I really liked. She’s had a traumatic past but we don’t find out straight away, we get bits and bobs thrown in throughout the story; this is what keeps you wanting to read more to find out exactly what happened to her.

You start to feel that you have to know why she has visits from a social worker every six months, how she got the scars on her face and hand, why her mother calls from prison every Wednesday night and why she’s been in the care system since she was 10.

Whilst she’s intelligent and very well spoken, she’s socially inept. This is quite funny at times but can also make you cringe a little!

I loved seeing the change in her after meeting the new IT guy, Raymond. She starts to learn how to behave in social situations. Most importantly, she learns what it’s like to have a proper friend and how it feels when someone actually cares about you.

It’s sad in places, funny in others and was totally unputdownable for me, every spare moment was spent reading!

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5 Tips to overcoming ADHD as an adult

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition which can make simple tasks seem challenging and can actually disrupt your daily life. The reason for this is because this condition usually makes it hard for an individual to pay attention as most of the time they are distracted and cannot get the focus they need. The biggest challenge is impulsive behaviour which many people with ADHD find hard to contain. The good thing about this condition is that it is manageable.  Here are tips which you can use to overcome ADHD.

  1.    Accept Your ADHD Diagnosis

Many people live in rejection once they are given their diagnosis if ADHD. The first step to overcoming and managing this condition is by accepting that you have it so that you can start the journey to manage it. The minute that you accept that you have the condition is the time you start to learn everything there is about the condition and start to actively work towards getting better. Accepting the condition also allows for one to seek support and start exploring other avenues for help.

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  1.    Manage your Impulses

One of the biggest challenges that someone with ADHD faces is impulses which can then lead to addiction. It’s important for the individual to find ways of managing such impulses. The best thing is to identify the impulses and then finds solutions on how to manage them. The impulses can be managed by keeping the mind active and aroused. This can be through a variety of healthy activities like listening to music and exercising or other activities that they love.

  1.    Get enough sleep

The people who suffer from ADHD need to get enough sleep. This is because this condition most of the time may lead to insomnia which may make the condition even worse. Someone with this condition may have a lot of challenge falling asleep but the good thing is that the sleep problems are treatable. However, it’s important for the individual to get into the good sleeping habit as a natural way of managing the condition without the use of medication.

ADHD - proper sleep is important to help you deal with the symptoms

  1.    Focus

Focusing and paying attention may be one of the most challenging things that a person with ADHD may have to deal with. This is because many times they are distracted and find it extremely hard to maintain a long attention span. Practising how to be mindful is one way to go and also seeking the top mental focus supplements today which can help increase mental focus and improve attention span.

  1. Get a planner

Procrastination and being forgetful is another characteristic of someone suffering from ADHD. To make sure that you have all your activity well scheduled it’s important to have a planner. Today there are many applications which can help one get organized in a way that they do not miss any important task or appointment. Having a schedule or a to-do list help in organizing your activities in a given day or week.


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3 things about liposuction that may surprise you

If you’re new to the world of cosmetic procedures, liposuction can seem a little intimidating. However, advances to modern liposuction mean that the procedure is now quicker and more effective than ever before, with faster recovery and minimal discomfort.

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