Category Archives: Lifestyle

Ideas and trends on living today.

What Are You Doing This Week?


Forward Ladies – Speaker Lynne Copp on ‘Dancing Round the Handbag’. How to change the way we work and enjoy life more.

Thursday 23 May 2013 5pm- 8pm at The Showroom, Tritton Road , Lincoln , LN6 7QY. Members £20, non-members £25 (inc VAT).

Lynne Copp, author of Dancing ‘Round The Handbags, and founder of The WorkLife Company will speak about how we can change and improve the way we work and enjoy life more. We’ll also be serving a buffet and there’ll be time for networking. For more information visit:


Happy Saint George’s Day

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The St. George’s Day traditions connected with the awakening of nature and the arrival of spring make one think of the actual emergence of green planta. The idea of a dying and newly rising deity, in association with the autumnal fading and springtime bursting of vegetation, seems to fit ever so logically into the world view of peoples living in a natural state.

Can your Career Change Direction for a Better Work Life Balance?

For many of us school is the first step and the path is more or less written from there, college/university, career, marriage, family. The vision you once had versus life now may have taken a new direction. Your career may have taken you down a different route to the one you had planned or you may have simply exhausted your chosen career.

Family life changes the balance of life and can be the catalyst for a change of direction or start of a new career or business venture.

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Any change is a frightening concept for most of us and it is natural to worry about the possibility of failure. The idea of jeopardizing your financial security, particularly when you have bigger responsibilities. It is important to look beyond what we stand to lose that we and remember to consider all that we stand to gain.

Generally mothers are looking for work hours they can control and fit in around family commitments. When work time is limited and precious it is important that work is rewarding, both emotionally and financially. Which is why so many mothers become self employed and work freelance or start their own businesses.

Can your career change direction for a better work life balance?


Working around appointments can be adapted to suit your needs, this type of work will suit many professions, coaching, financial planning, nutritionist…


Private tutoring from home…


Many writers work freelance, writing magazine articles, blog posts, speeches, press releases…

Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers

The April 1995 issue of Discover Magazine reported that the highly respected wildlife biologist Dr. Aprile Pazzo had found a new species in Antarctica: the hotheaded naked ice borer. These fascinating creatures had bony plates on their heads that, fed by numerous blood vessels, could become burning hot, allowing the animals to bore through ice at high speeds. They used this ability to hunt penguins, melting the ice beneath the penguins and causing them to sink downwards into the resulting slush where the hotheads consumed them. After much research, Dr. Pazzo theorized that the hotheads might have been responsible for the mysterious disappearance of noted Antarctic explorer Philippe Poisson in 1837. “To the ice borers, he would have looked like a penguin,” the article quoted her as saying. Discover received more mail in response to this article than they had received for any other article in their history.

I found this article whilst researching April Fools day: www.museumofhoaxes and there are many other great articles that have been reported over the years!

April Fools Day is not a national holiday, but is celebrate in many countries…

Iranians play jokes on each other on the 13th day of Persian new year (Nowruz) and this falls on the 1st or 2nd of April. This day is called Sizdah Bedar has been celebrated  since 536, it is the oldest prank day in the world and it is believed that from this day April Fools Day originates.

Tradition on 1st April in France, Romandy and French-speaking Canada includes poisson d’avril (literally “April’s fish”) is to attach a paper fish to victims back without being noticed.

The Flemish tradition is for children to lock out their parents or teachers, only letting them in if they promise to bring treats the same evening or the next day.

In Scotland, April Fools’ Day is traditionally called Hunt-the-Gowk Day (“gowk” is Scots for a cuckoo or a foolish person) not a term used now. The traditional prank is to ask someone to deliver a sealed message requesting help of some sort. In fact, the message reads “Dinna laugh, dinna smile. Hunt the gowk another mile”. The recipient, upon reading it, will explain he can only help if he first contacts another person, and sends the victim to this person with an identical message, with the same result.

I also found some suggestions for your own April Fool prank, some are better than others!

  • Replace the cream filling of Oreos with toothpaste, then invite your target for a snack.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the bottom of a cereal bowl. When your target pours in milk, he’ll get a colorful surprise.
  • Switch your friend’s cell phone background image to a photo of cracked glass.
  • Take a screenshot of your coworker’s computer desktop, and set it as the background. Hide all of the desktop icons and watch as she struggles with the “frozen” screen.
  • Post a sign on the office copy machine that says, “This copier is now voice-activated.”

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IQ Woman’s Solution to ‘The Man Drawer’

Fans of Michael McIntyre will know all about the ‘Man Drawer’ – home of all things masculine: radiator bleeding keys, worn out batteries, instructions for long discarded electrical items and take away menus… I would describe it as a drawer of all things of useless!

Another of Michael McIntyre’s unforgettable pieces was about his wife very cleverly telling him off for not putting things in the dishwasher. Instead of the usual rant about
‘Why can’t you just put it in the dishwasher instead of leaving it on the side?’
that I would come out with, his wife asked him if he would like her to drop their children halfway to school instead of in the school playground? Or whether he would expect her to cook the Sunday roast by preparing the joint and leaving it next to the oven for 3 hours? You can see where she’s going with this!!

Whilst listening to this joke worked briefly on my husband it still doesn’t entirely solve the problem of what to do with the dishes that clutter up the side whilst your dishwasher is full or running. Everyone likes their sides to be free from the detritus of the last meal but not everyone enjoys/has the time to wash up the ‘extra’ by hand.

So this IQ Woman has come up with a cunning plan! The Dish Drawer! Instead of leaving all the stuff on the side – looking a mess if unexpected visitors arrive and generally causing irritation – how about putting it in a drawer?


Ideally it would be a drawer next to the dishwasher, and deep enough to fit pans in. I have added a pot with soapy water in to put cutlery in to soak.

We are on day one of this experiment and the dishwasher isn’t full yet, but the moment it is the whole family has been instructed on where the ‘Dish Drawer’ is….will report in a few days of whether it works and our worktops are clean and clear – or whether the ‘Dish Drawer’ is as useless as the ‘Man Drawer’!!!

PS.  In retaliation my husband has named it the ‘Lazy Drawer’…

What Are You Doing This Week?


Dyeing From the Kitchen Cupboard

Saturday 23 March 10am to 4pm. £45.

Learn how to colour your fabrics and yarns using everyday things found in your kitchen cupboard. You will be taught about when to use mordants and how to create texture in your work. Suitable for all levels. Fabric and dyes will be provided.
For more information about all the above Unique Cottage Studio events ring 01775 766698 or email to book.