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Reading for pleasure to rewire our brains – Chatting to Dr Hilary Jones about reading as a health retreat for the brain

Apr 24 2019

I recently found a quote on a painting in Amsterdam that said ’Reading is not a pastime, it’s a way of life. It eases souls, and when you need it most, it’s a light in the dark’. This is exactly how I feel about reading for pleasure. I am a bookworm and I was curious to find out the long-term benefits of reading on our health when I was invited to a presentation by TV doctor Dr Hilary Jones about reading for pleasure as a health retreat for the brain at a recent health talk (over a luscious lunch at the Ivy Soho). Along with other experts Dr Hilary presented and discussed the latest research around reading, brain health and wellbeing. So what does reading hold for our health and wellbeing? 

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Things to Keep in Mind When Planning for a Trip With the Kids

Apr 23 2019

I love travelling but I know far too well that planning a trip can often be tedious and stressful, and planning a trip with kids is a whole new ball game. If you want to live out your travel dreams and have kids at the same time, there are a few things you must keep in mind before you embark on a family holiday.

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Win 1 of 5 copies of Dolphin Kick

Apr 17 2019

I am a big fan of dolphins and a sucker for dolphin movies too. So I was pleased to provide quotes for the latest genre flick called Dolphin Kick. London Mums can now win one of five copies we have been offered for a competition. Check how to enter here. 

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Cruising my way to Amsterdam

Apr 15 2019

My mantra has always been ‘Carpe Diem’ (Latin for ‘Seize the day’) because life’s too short to miss out on the good things in life such as travel, food, films & love! And I live by it! My latest trip is a testimony to this mantra.

The first time I went to Amsterdam was 16 years ago at a work conference. I did not have enough time to absorb its vibe in full then. Nevertheless, I fell in love with the city almost instantly. It is quirky and crazy enough to appeal to my wild side but also beautiful and watery. I love all cities that grow on water and overlook the sea. It has been compared to the Venice of the North but, being Italian and having been in Venezia at least 100 times, I have to disagree. The only similarity between the two cities is the canal system. Everything else is unique to them. 

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Mary Poppins Tour of London

Apr 14 2019

To celebrate the release of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns on Digital 4K Ultra HDTM, HD and SD, and on Blu-rayTM and DVD tomorrow, London Mums and the Kids Club were invited to a Mary Poppins’ themed Afternoon Tea on a London Double-decker bus going on a Mary Poppins Tour of the Capital.  Check this out!

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