In the modern world, it can become all too easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget about the people around us. As good citizens, we try to care for those close to us, but how often do you stop to think about your own impact on the people around you?

Of course, from a young age, we are taught about the importance of kindness and compassion, learning to care for our family and friends throughout life. But while we make time for our close family, partners and children, we often forget to make time for the people who are most in need of our generosity.
Whether it is the elderly or vulnerable close to home within our own community or those in need across the world, there are many that are in need of support in order to flourish. Many people say that charity begins at home, but once we are happy and content with our day-to-day life, shouldn’t we focus on doing our bit to share our good fortune with others who need our help and support?

The Rise of Technology

Thanks to the rise of technology and the Western world’s increasing reliance upon mobile phones and the internet, we rarely get peace to reflect. Indeed, face-to-face interaction is being overtaken by phone calls and texts, messages and social media. Of course, it is undeniable that technology is a great achievement and one which can provide many benefits, but when we allow it to dictate our lives, this can easily become problematic.

How often do you spend online or on your phone in a typical day? For some, the figure is likely to be much higher than others, but this is a worrying trend that predicts the rise of technology and the decline of the traditional family gathering or catch up with friends. So, how can you do some good and escape the trappings of the online world?

There are many benefits to taking some quiet time out and allowing yourself the ability to switch off from technology for a while. Whether it is spending time together as a family or just using an evening to reflect, it is these periods of downtime which help us find peace and feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Keeping Positive

Nowadays, there can be so much negativity in the world that we often find ourselves in need of a break from it all. By allowing ourselves the time that we need, we can then work towards being the best that we can be for those around us. After all, when you feel good, it shows. Generosity, care, compassion and empathy are all positive traits which are much easier to work towards when the day itself seems brighter.

In fact, keeping a positive attitude and outlook on life can make even the worst days seem better. Even if you are having a bad day and things just aren’t going your way, there are always reasons to count yourself lucky and feel blessed for what you have got. With your family and friends, you are surrounded by love and people who care.

In Islam, followers are encouraged to share their wealth, good fortune and generosity with others. This practice is known as donating Sadaqah or Zakat.
Volunteering your time for a good cause or simply supporting your community, when we all join together, we truly have the power to make the world a brighter place.

Some may say that compassion and generosity are learned traits, but in truth, they are deeds which come from the heart.

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Your children matter to you so much so it is important to make sure you are aware of the law and car seat safety tips.

Since 1983 it has been compulsory to wear a seat belt when travelling in the front or rear seat of a car. It is also compulsory for children under the age of 12 or less than 135 cms tall to use an approved child safety seat.

Car Seat Safety Tips

Seats are split into categories based upon either the height of the child (R or weight of the child. it is very important to make sure the seat is correct for your child.

Seats can only be fitted where there is a diagonal belt or in some more modern cars use the ISOFIX system which secures the child seat to the seat frame.

This is not only a matter of complying with the law this is the safety of your beloved child whilst travelling in your car however long the journey.

Always consult the staff in the retailer where you intend to buy your car seat. They should be able to recommend the most suitable seat for your child. They should also be able to demonstrate how to correctly fit the seat into your car. If they can’t do this or seem unsure of what they are doing buy your seat elsewhere!

Lastly do not risk your child’s life by purchasing second hand. You have no knowledge of the history of the car seat and whether it has ever been involved in an accident. Seats should always be replaced following an accident – your insurers will allow for this in their claim.

What are your car seat safety tips?

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I think you will be tempted by these white chocolate truffles in a wonderful recipe from Berryworld.

White Chocolate Truffles

White chocolate truffles

Smooth and delectable, the combination of sharp cranberries, creamy white chocolate and zesty orange make these a wonderful taste sensation as well as a perfect Christmas gift or after dinner treat.

 

What you need to know

Makes: approx: 20

Prep time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients

  • 150g fresh cranberries
  • 3 tbsp Cointreau
  • 1 tsp granted orange zest
  • 500g white chocolate, suitable for cooking
  • 600g double cream
  • 25g unsalted butter
Method

 

  1. Place the cranberries, Cointreau and orange zest into a small pan, bring to a simmer and cook until softened and syrupy. Leave to cool.
  2. Chop or break 300g of the chocolate into small pieces and put into a heatproof bowl. Place the cream and butter into a small saucepan, heat until just about to boil, pour over the chocolate and stir until melted. if the chocolate doesn’t melt with the heat of the cream, place over a saucepan of simmering water for a few minutes and stir until the chocolate has melted. Stir in the cranberries and leave to cool, then place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.With a small spoon or melon baller scoop spoonfuls of the mix and roll into balls, then pop into the freezer for approximately 30 minutes. Melt the remaining chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Place each ball on a fork and dip into the melted chocolate, swirling around until coated, place on a sheet of baking parchment, leave to set in the fridge. These delicious truffles are best served straight from the fridge.
  3. Cooks Tip: These lovely truffles make an ideal Christmas gift, place in little paper cases and then in a small gift box wrapped in ribbon, store in the fridge and eat within a week.

 

 

 

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I am celebrating a happy day. Not that long ago in life terms, I used to have to really dig deep to find happiness in a week never mind one single day. That is before I got treatment for my depression and started working my way back to who I am and giving myself a healthy dose of self-love too.

So today, I woke up and very soon our new gardener arrived. He has done a lovely job. I love our new garden and land but I don’t want to get overly involved in maintaining it. I am not a natural gardener at all.

I spent time in our village talking to the locals in our amazing community. I headed to the supermarket and threw a few treats in the basket too for an indoor picnic that my daughter fancied having just because.

I watched telly without feeling guilty about not just work, work, working.

I tackled some housework but in manageable chunks and ended up getting loads done.

Work went fine today and the blog is looking super pretty I think with its bold new header and badge. I also have a brand new badge for my Facebook group Bloggers on Thin ice. I am a little in love with my new look.

I spent some lovely quality time with my children playing and talking.

I cooked an amazing meal for dinner.

Now, you find me blogging and watching I’m a Celebrity on the telly.

It’s a fine life full of simple pleasures.

I hope you are celebrating a happy day too.

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As we step into Winter we want to look and feel our best, opting for healthier ingredients which will provide help us live an active lifestyle. As a nation of animal lovers, it’s only natural that we would also want our pets to receive a 100% complete and balanced diet providing them with everything they need to live a healthy and active life.

IAMS Proactive Health for Dogs and Cats provides high quality animal protein, in the form of chicken and turkey, as its number one ingredient. What’s more, IAMS Proactive Health offers dogs1 24% more protein and cats2 47% more animal protein than the top two leading brands3 to help build strong muscles and support a pet’s skin and coat.

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