Is it time to put your best boot forward? Wouldn’t that be a fabulous way to start 2018 and keep the New Year positivity going right throughout the next year?

 

Best Boot Forward

Do any of these questions resonate with you?

Have you got lost as the individual you are  somewhere in the  mix of juggling responsibilities?

Do you feel there must be a little more in life for you?

Have you given up on your dreams?

Do you crave just a little time for yourself or perhaps you are the opposite and would like to make new friends?

Do you look in the mirror and an inner voice starts criticising how you look?

Would you just like a little support as you take on new things?

 

Who can join in with Best boot Forward?

You are welcome to join in with Best Boot Forward if you are a woman who wants to make changes in your life or is actually doing so. Consider it a peer support network or a band of sisters who have your back.

How you can join in?

Read the posts on Indigo Wilderness and Kate on thin ice for inspirational ideas  and challenges.

Engage on  social media with the hashtag #bestbootforward and don’t forget we love to see you over on Instagram.

Join our Facebook group

If you blog as some of us do, you can link up with  our weekly linky which goes live on Wednesdays

 

Are there any rules?

Look after yourself and have fun with Best Boot Froward.. It is high time you indulged in things you enjoy or take baby steps to shake things up a bit.  You are an individual so it might involve hobbies, work, time with friends, volunteering, learning, date nights or whatever floats your particular boat.

Please try your best to visit and comment on one or more of the other posts linked up. We are all busy but you can make a real difference and feel good about yourself too if you support others along the way.

 

The first linky goes live on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

Will you join us as we put our best boot forward?

New Hair Do For A Brand New YouThis is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Do you fancy a new hair do for a brand New Year?

I know I do as my hair is not at its best at the moment. When your  children start saying that your hair has every colour in it and you know the roots are rocking 50 shades of grey, it is time for a change.

We have moved recently and when  my son went to the  local hairdressers, he was really disappointed with the results. We had tears and everything. That put me off going and then suddenly the Christmas rush takes over.

So on Friday I am going to get an appointment made to sort myself out in the hair department.

As I get older, I am aware that I consider different options. Should I keep colouring and then not booking a cut on time so the grey roots show up? Should I just let it go grey but then you have that awful in between look like when you are growing your hair from short to long.

Whilst I am reinventing my look, perhaps I should consider human hair wigs for the first time.  I think it is great that the stigma around wearing  a wig has largely disappeared and rightly so. Gone are the days when wigs were ugly and so obviously fake. Nowadays they are made of human hair and come in a selection of styles that can match  your particular taste and attitude.

I could fancy something like the one in the image. I have tried to get hairdressers to dye my hair this colour so many times but they never believe I really do want this vibrant shade and so it ends up more subtle but not what I wanted.

Do you fancy a new hair do as part of a new image for 2018?

 

 

My Random Musings

The menopause is often thought of as ‘the last taboo’, trailing behind many other health and wellbeing issues when it comes to something that is spoken about openly. In fact, the menopause is something that up to 50% of UK women are too embarrassed to talk about at all, even with their GPs.

But it is imperative that we talk, that we open the dialogue surrounding the menopause; it’s something that every woman will experience and we need to create greater visibility surrounding the symptoms and the triggers of the menopause, some of which I want to discuss in this blog post. The menopause can be a distressing time for women who aren’t sure what to expect from their symptoms and aren’t certain which triggers will set them off – women need to be equipped with the knowledge that will help them manage the symptoms and the triggers during this time of life.

For example, we all know that Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year, but did you know that for menopausal women, it is also one of the biggest trigger times for symptoms of the menopause – in particular, the hot flush?

It’s very common for women to experience a higher frequency of hot flushes than normal if they are exposed to increasing levels of stress, as well as other triggers, including drastic changes in temperature or consuming greater amounts of alcohol or coffee – all triggers which are prevalent during the festive season.

The stress of Christmas shopping, meal planning and sticking to a hectic pre-Christmas social calendar – never mind the day itself – these alone can be hugely demanding for women who feel the responsibility is left to them to ensure that everyone else is having the most wonderful time of the year.

Stress is actually one of the major factors in triggering hot flushes; the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream causes your heart to race and blood flow to increase, leading to a subsequent increase in temperature. A hot flush is your body’s response, its attempt to cool the body down. But a hot flush can be overwhelming in its intensity and leave you sweating and even shivery afterwards, as your body attempts to bring your temperature back to a normal level.

Alongside stress, there are other factors that come into play when it comes to bringing on a less-than-festive flush. The extremes of temperature that come with dashing in and out of shops, or in and out of the kitchen on Christmas Day itself, contribute to kickstarting a hot flush. And while we’re all so busy, you might not think that there’s any harm in consuming an extra cup of coffee to give you an energy boost, or indulging in some wine with friends in the run-up to December 25, but caffeine and alcohol are both hot flush triggers too.

But you needn’t think that your entire social schedule, shopping routine and gift list has to go out of the window this Christmas; in fact, I firmly believe that making small lifestyle changes this Christmas may help to reduce stress levels and keep those hot flushes at bay.

Menopause

My five top tips for surviving a menopausal Christmas:

Wear temperature-control undergarments

This is such a simple change to make, yet it can really make a big difference. There are some fantastic menopause-specific undergarment ranges on the market, using temperature-control fabrics to regulate body heat, reduce the awful shivers post-flush, and wick away moisture to avoid embarrassing sweaty situations too. These garments are designed for wearing underneath your clothing during the day, so you can still wear your regular clothes and get all dressed up for the festive season, but be confident that you can remain in control underneath.

Layer up your clothing

Layering is the ideal solution for helping to regulate your temperature when you’re out and about. Layer a temperature-control tank top with a t-shirt and a cardigan, rather than wearing one bulky jumper, to help you better manage your body’s response to changes in temperature. Choose cosy items that are quick and easy to pull on and off, depending on how hot or cold you feel.

Swap your coffee for a matcha tea

The caffeine in your regular teas and coffees stimulates the central nervous system, accelerating the heart rate, the blood pressure and the body temperature – all of which can bring on a hot flush. But just plain hot water can induce an episode, so I recommend trying something cooler to start your day. A bottle of cool iced matcha tea a good choice, as it’s cool and refreshing, with very low levels of slow-release caffeine, and an incredible level of antioxidants that help to keep the body healthy – especially important in winter when germs are rife!

Reduce your alcohol intake

Yes, this can be very tricky around Christmas, but if you find that a glass of wine brings on a sweaty, shivery flush, it’s best to find an alternative. There are plenty of non-alcoholic options in the supermarket if you don’t want to feel like the odd one out without a glass of something with dinner, or you can make delicious mocktails with fresh fruit juices. Pomegranates are credited with high levels of oestrogen and antioxidants that can help ease the symptoms of the menopause, as well as rich levels of vitamins C, A and E, and folic acid. Make yourself a deliciously festive, non-alcoholic cocktail this Christmas, using a plentiful helping of pomegranate juice and seeds, so you can still join in the festivities but soothe your symptoms at the same time.

Limit exposure to extremes in temperature

If you can stay indoors and do your Christmas shopping online, you might find it much easier than dashing from the cold into a store with the heating ramped up, and back out again. Extremes in temperature can bring on hot flushes in a flash, so if you can avoid exposing yourself to them in the lead-up to Christmas, you might find that you have a far more comfortable experience Christmas shopping. If you do find yourself getting hot and flustered whilst out and about, try a cooling face mist with rosewater to soothe and refresh the skin, and help you to cool down.

Kate’s Top Suggestions to Help You Through the Menopause this Festive Season:

  • Become temperature control garments (www.webecome.co.uk)
  • OMGTea Iced Matcha tea (www.omgteas.co.uk)
  • A pomegranate ‘gin’ cocktail, made with Pom Juice and Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits
  • Try doing your Christmas shopping online, with stores such as King & McGaw or Trouva, to help you find gifts without the stress!
  • Spritz your skin with Aster & Bay’s Rosewater Mist to cool down and refresh (https://www.asterandbay.co.uk/products/rosewater-mist)

 

Dr Rosy Fazzi MBChB, MRCGP, is the head of the Women’s Health department at Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre in Edinburgh (www.drnestor.co.uk). Dr Rosy is a specialist in women’s health issues, and is passionate about treatment for management of intimate female problems at various stages of life. Dr Rosy understands the mental and physical impact on women that can result from menopause and childbirth; she is enthusiastic about empowering women, with options to restore their sense of intimate wellbeing and general health. Dr Rosy offers bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which is an alternative to traditional HRT and can help to ease the symptoms of the menopause.

You can book an appointment with Dr Rosy by visiting www.drnestor.co.uk

Find out more about Become by visiting www.webecome.co.uk

NB: There is a discount code on Become products for readers of this blog. The code is KATEONTHINICE10, this is for 10% off entire order and valid till the 15th of January 2018 at www.webecome.co.uk

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

I have a 2018 diaries giveaway and these are really lovely diaries which are beautiful to look at and inspirational too.

2018 Diaries

2018 diaries

With vibrant, uplifting artwork, thought-provoking monthly themes, and insightful weekly quotes, the Every Day Matters 2018 Diary will help you feel highly organised and deeply

Inspired every day of the year.

For the fourth year in a row, Watkins is publishing the popular Every Day Matters diary, created by positivity blogger Dani DiPirro. Designed as a resource for enriching daily life, this bestselling illustrated holistic planner will guide you on a journey of awareness and fullment as you go about your day. This year’s monthly themes include: Openness, Imagination, Gratitude, Awareness, Passion, Perspective, Friendship, Patience, Connection, Focus, Compassion, and Transformation. In addition to the practical features of a diary, Dani provides inspiring illustrations and armations to encourage daily awareness.

Inspirational diaries

Each week-to-view spread features an insightful quote that encourages reection on the theme, and an exercise to further your overall wellbeing. Focusing on one theme each month, with a unique take on that theme each week, allows awareness and understanding to grow- so positive action can become an integral part of daily life.

Beautiful to look at

The vibrant, contemporary illustrations and encouraging content will draw the attention of both those who already know and love Dani’s work, as well as those who are completely new to her brand. The diaries are ideal sizes for pockets and purses, and have handy elastics to keep them neatly closed.

Staying inspired and organised has never been more convenient. So here’s to a year ahead where we really do make every day matter!

About the author:

Dani DiPirro is the founder of PositivelyPresent.com , an inspiring website created in 2009 to help others create lives  Filled with more positivity, awareness, and self-live. Dani is also author of The Positively Present Guide to Life , and
Gratitude , Living in the Moment , Compassion , and Forgiveness . She has a loyal following and over 120,000 monthly page views on her website. Her work has been featured on sites such as The Happiness Project, Psychology
Today, Glamour , and Forbes , and she has been featured as ELLE magazine’s coach of the month. For more information visit: http://www.danipirro.com

You could win 2 diaries in my giveaway – simply  enter via the Rafflecopter below and have yourself a positive New Year.

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