A germs life in the open

As a mum and editor of Mission for Health, I have a healthy (pun intended) interest in anything to do with germs. That’s why I was surprised to find out germs don’t just spread through coughs and sneezes. Some can survive a long time out in the open. We are bombarded with germs and, generally, our body does a good job of fighting them off. And, …
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A single mum, kids with autism and a rosy future

The selection criteria for our Mum of the Month is very straightforward – who came up with the most thought provoking little thing that they do to contribute to their family’s health. With Lesley it was to do silly little things with her four boys with autism so they know life should be enjoyed. When we learnt more about Lesley we realised wha …
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Easy back to school lunches

Now that school is back routine takes over and making lunches every day, visit web once again, sales becomes the norm in households across the country. It’s easy to feel inspired and creative at the beginning of the year, pills so let’s use that enthusiasm to our advantage and make some really nutritious and fun sandwiches to get our kids o …
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Want it done, ask a mum

Our mum of the month is yet another demonstration that the busier someone is, advice the more they seem to able to take on. Sarah has been married for five years, and works three days a week. That leaves two weekdays to look after Isabelle, their beautiful 16 month old daughter, get the house work done, prepare meals and look after the pets …
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Getting the kids out the door

Am I the only one struggling to get the kids to school on time? Here’s the scene. After being woken twice overnight because of ‘bad dreams’ from my five year old, my seven year old pulls me out of bed at 6am to look for the missing light from his new Lego tanker. You know how small those Lego pieces are. It’s well beyond the needle in the …
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How Nicole Finds Balance in Her Life

Nicole won over a lot of hearts and minds when she was featured in one of our Little Things videos recently. In part it was because here was a single mum successfully bringing up her son and twin girls, maintaining a positive attitude and with a sense of balance. We know a lot of people were wondering, ‘how does she do that?’ So we asked he …
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Easing off on the extra-curricular stuff

In school term both my kids do swimming, gymnastics and, until recently, my son did soccer on Saturday mornings too. Now my daughter is doing piano lessons. This is on top of homework and Kumon workbooks. All this leaves us with just two days during the week where we have nothing on after school. Add that the weekends full of birthday parties and …
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7 habits to help keep you healthy

Just a few habits can make all the difference to our fitness levels, health and wellbeing. The new year is all about making a change, but often it becomes nothing more than a well-intentioned short term change in behaviour that gets abandoned months or weeks down the track. So how do really healthy people manage to stay fit? Well, here are the secr …
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Happiness: 5 ways to train the frontal lobes

Kids are intrinsically happy, aren’t they? Well, in part it’s true, although those frontal lobes, where emotions are formed, are programmed through experiences in those early years. So it’s likely that a happy childhood can lead to a happy, positive outlook. Doesn’t that fill you with a sense of responsibility? So, whilst much of your chil …
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Easy tips for a fresh smelling home

We live in an old house. It’s over 100 years old. We love it, but when it rains a lot, or we have been away for a bit, the whiff of musty damp is always there to greet us when we open the front door. So what are some quick and easy tips for a fresh smelling home? 1. The first one is obvious. When you are home open the windows and doors everyday …