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Light Bites | Salsa Verde

Summer is here!!! And not just on the calendar, we are having glorious weather in Ireland. It’s so unusual. I am still shocked every morning when I wake up to sunshine and I can take my morning coffee outside!! It’s such a treat. I’ll cry when it goes ;-( But the sunshine definitely poses some problems in the kitchen. For me anyway, I’m not used to cooking for this weather. My small man wouldn’t eat a salad if I bribed him with all the Lego in Legoland and my big man wouldn’t be that keen either… This evening all I wanted was fresh and light, but filling and something the rest of them would actually eat. And most importantly, I didn’t want to have to turn the oven on for very long (#sweating)! I had all of these gorgeous herbs brightening up my kitchen, thriving away in the sunshine and the staple garlic, strong mustard, capers and olive oil so I hatched a plan to make some Salsa Verde. I grilled some free range chicken …

Life Tools | Gratitude

“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing“. Dr Seuss We are all a little guilty of getting caught up in negativity. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten annoyed with someone cutting me off in traffic, my husband not listening, someone saying they would do something and not doing it…the list is endless. Fine, we get annoyed, frustrated, s*** happens, but have you ever found yourself spending an inordinate amount of time allowing these negative thoughts to high-jack your mind? Particularly in times of stress, the busy kind or the serious kind. I bet if you took note of what you were actually thinking on a daily basis you would find that a lot of it wasn’t good. It is very easy to spend 10 minutes having a “pretend” argument in your mind with the person who p***** you off! We all do it, but what purpose does it serve only to prolong the bad experience. And if we allow our mind to continually go to this …

Life Tools | New Series

“Life Tools”? What does that even mean? In part, these are the most important skills that we did not learn in school. These are the skills that you summon when life throws “bad” people and situations your way. As humans, we filter our experiences through our own perception and how it makes us feel – it’s all very personal, and it is very rare when we are in the middle of a stressful situation that we are able to think rationally for the good of our health! From my own personal experience of being a woman, wife, mother, yoga teacher and recently finding myself in the middle of “bad” situations, which were extremely stressful and unexpected, it made me realise how wholly unequipped I was to handle “serious” stress. I say serious┬ábecause obviously there are different degrees of stress that we have to manage in our lives, ranging from office politics to grief. However, when you have the right life tools in your arsenal of coping methods, you will be more aware of how to …