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2016 is The International Year of Pulses, and this week we’re celebrating with this mouthwatering Spinach Chickpea Egg Nest. In case you’ve … Keep Reading

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Take another little piece of my heart

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On Thursday, I said goodbye to one of the greatest loves of my life – my dog Lilly. I adopted Lilly from the Woodford Humane Society back in 2007 shortly after my mom died. My then-fiance (now ex-husband) didn’t really want a dog, but he begrudgingly went along with it. I thought we’d get a calm senior lab or something similar. Instead, I saw this curly haired girl with a big teddy bear face wagging her clipped tail. I said “what is THAT?!” (Answer: a 5-year-old Airedale Terrier) We took her outside and as she was running around, it looked…

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Beet & Berry Yoats + Big Love

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A few years ago we had a section on this blog called Big Love where we shared links and things that inspired us at the moment – high and low. We’re reviving it today as we have too many unanswered emails and comments asking about everything from our favorite places, books, ceramics and camera gear. We also added a couple of other things to the list, like Elsa’s favorite song. Of course we’re also sharing the recipe for these Yoat jars further down in this post. Big Love! • Our cookbook shelf is always overflowing, here are our two latest additions. My Darling Lemon Thyme (by Emma Galloway) is a truly great…

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Do Healing Crystals Really Do Anything?

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Different stones are said to have different healing properties based on their color, mineral content, and energy output. (For example, websites promoting crystal healing tout amethyst as a remedy for sprains and swelling.) Some enthusiasts wear healing-crystal jewelry, sold in special shops or online; others may buy individual stones and keep them close by. If you do a quick search for “crystal healing” online, you’ll likely find a spa or holistic health center in your area that offers healing services using stones, in which a therapist places certain crystals along the “energy centers” (or chakras) of your body to restore positive energy. RELATED: 4 Health Rumors You Seriously Need to Stop Believing It sounds hokey, right? From a…

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Festival of the great British countryside

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As someone who grew up reading Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, I somehow hoped that the UK was going to be full of Mr Darceys, stately homes and beagles. Turns out England is actually more of your every-day hustle & bustle that you find in countries all over the world. That is unless you venture out to the wilderness of the British countryside. And what better place could you choose to explore the countryside than the Game Fair. The Game Fair has been running for an unbelievable 58 years now and this year’s one was held at Ragley Hall –…

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The Easiest 5K and 10K Training Plan Ever (Walking, Allowed)

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Photo: Pond5 If you’ve got zero running experience, the thought of tackling a 5K or 10K can be pretty nerve-wracking. But even if you haven’t logged a mile since middle school, you can still cross the finish line happy and injury-free. Just try adopting a run-walk training strategy, says Denise Sauriol, owner and founder of Run for Change in Chicago. Run-walk plans are just what you’d expect: They break down the miles into intervals of walking, followed by running.“[A run-walk plan] is not as intimidating and is more maintainable in the long run,” says Sauriol, who’s run 59 marathons and…

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25 Surprising Ways Stress Affects Your Health

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Fight or flight The stress response has evolved over a millennium to protect you from danger. Also known as the flight-or-fight response, it gets the body ready for action. So if you’re in danger, the brain’s hypothalamus sends triggers—both chemical and along the nerves—to the adrenals, which are glands that sit on top of each kidney like a hat perched on a head. The adrenals then churn out hormones, such as cortisol, which raise blood pressure and blood sugar (among other things). This is dandy if you need to outrun a hungry lion, less so if the perceived threat is…

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Why I don't buy glasses that cost £100s

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Designer glasses are cool, damn cool – and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them. In fact, if my salary allowed me to be frivolous with my purchasing habits, I’d gladly splash out £100s on just the frames alone. The thing is – I’m clumsy. Do you remember this beautiful pair of glasses (click here) I got not even a year ago? Yeah, they lasted about a week. Then I sat on them. I cried, I cried a lot. And they were not even expensive. Just imagine the hysterics if my buttocks landed on £250 Versace pair from Supersavers. Argh. Instead, I…

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