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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalism and order, 25 Jan. 2016
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The art of tidying is to only keep things that make you happy or things that are functional. The author breaks it down into 5 categories. I read the whole book through once, then started working through the stages. I'm currently on stage 3, at the end of stage 2 I'd already filled my car with the excess stuff I don't need. The author helps you to let go of your exess baggage in quite a fun way.
There is quite a nod to Japanese culture and what I think is Shinto beliefs, but you can bypass what doesn't work for you in that department.
The author starts with clothing and describes a folding technique, which I've tried and does seem to save space. I went on YouTube to see videos to get a better idea. She suggests that to complete all 5 categories could take up to 6 months but once you've completed all the stages you won't go back to former habits.
I love the book and even though I haven't finished I think my home will be a lovely place.


How to Clean Your House: Clean Your House Better and Faster in Just 30 Minutes (How To Get Organized, Clean Your House, Declutter Your Home, Organizing ... Home Cleaning Tips, Home Solutions Book 1)
How to Clean Your House: Clean Your House Better and Faster in Just 30 Minutes (How To Get Organized, Clean Your House, Declutter Your Home, Organizing ... Home Cleaning Tips, Home Solutions Book 1)
Price: £2.18

2.0 out of 5 stars Very small book, 24 Nov. 2015
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For a cheap book you can't complain too much. It starts from the premise you are already clean and just need a way to daily keep on top of things. There are a few good tips but not enough. If you are trying to find a routine for cleaning and you aren't already on top of things this is probably not the best book to buy. And frankly if I was already clean, tidy and organised I probably wouldn't be looking for this type of book....


The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book, 21 Sept. 2015
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The Chronicles of the author Jean-Dominique Bauby. The editor of Elle, a hrdonistic, 'live-life to the full' kinda guy is struck down with a massive stroke, due to the modern medical techniques he survives but with 'Locked in' Syndrome. Communicating by blinking his left eye he dictates this book. This is the fascinating story of his experiences.
I found it moving to hear how he could find the positives in current life while not glossing too much over the tragedy of his condition. It's a testament to his bravery and ironic sense of humour and the help he received from those around him. This is not a dreary, sad book although there are tragic moments - it's fascinating to see the view from his perspective and I hope will help me appreciate my life more and have more sympathy and patience with those who suffer.
It's quite a small book (novella) with short chapters, great read for travelling or just before bead


Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry
Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry

5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic principles for moving in the prophetic, 9 Sept. 2015
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Good basic principles for moving in the prophetic. Clearly put with good illustrations, plenty of exercises to try and exercise your prophetic muscles.


I Quit Sugar for Life: Your fad-free wholefood wellness code and cookbook
I Quit Sugar for Life: Your fad-free wholefood wellness code and cookbook
by Sarah Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.00

38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing, 26 May 2014
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I did the 8 week detox using Sarah's book and this is a great follow on. The detox helps you to drastically reduce your sugar consumption. In the detox you do quit sugar for a month but then you rebuild in 2 pieces of fruit and the odd treat so it's not completely sugar free but your aiming for about 10g or less a day
I feel so much better, I eat when I'm hungry now and feel in control of my eating rather than food controlling me. My head feels clearer too. I've lost some weight - gradually which is an added bonus. I didn't have sugar in tea and coffee but I did buy some ready meals and some processed foods - so I was probably consuming a lot more sugar than I realised. I've always struggled with my weight and have come to the conclusion that sugar in food could be a factor.
This book is good because there are some menu plans to give you some ideas for your weekly shop. All the receipes I've tried so far have been very tasty. I mostly cook from scratch now which takes more time but is definately more satisfying and I know what's going in my body too.
I love Sarah's philosophy about not wasting food - she sticks to some basic ingredients which means that once you've stocked up you can make a lot of the meals/ treats. Saves on storage and waste. She's also a big fan of using up what you have and a lot of her suggestions are how to use up bits and pieces. BRILL! I also love the fact that although she gives ways of making things like cream cheese she's not to precious about using bought products when you need to.
The only disadvantage I find is it's taking a while to wrap my head around the ideas - but I'm really excited to try. It's a very way of living to what I'm used to and life-style changes are always time consuming. The whole philosophy behind the book is living a healthier - but enjoyable- lifestyle and without making impossible changes and I'm a big fan.
I live in Britain (England) and so far sourcing the more unusual ingredients isn't impossible, I've found some in the supermarkets, amazon and healthfood shops. When I see a product I need now I tend to buy multiples and make a note of where I got it from. But as a lot of her receipes are based on good meats, veggies and berries a lot of stuff can be found in any grocery store.
Being Australian her ingredients are measured in cups but she gives grams in brackets.
Would recomend this book if you've done the sugar detox or you just want to try some of the receipes
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SILICONE GEL Nurses Fob Watch (Washable, Infection Free) - PURPLE
SILICONE GEL Nurses Fob Watch (Washable, Infection Free) - PURPLE
Offered by Voyous
Price: £1.24

5.0 out of 5 stars perfect little job, 18 April 2014
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Perfect for my needs, really cheap. The only negative is the safety pin can tear thinner material, I work in an environment where I wear my own clothes. It's fine it just needs to go on thicker fabric. Lovely choice of colours.


Clearspring Organic Rice Malt Syrup 330g
Clearspring Organic Rice Malt Syrup 330g
Offered by Superfooduk
Price: £4.68

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the tin, 18 April 2014
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Nice taste, exactly what I wanted. The only problem is I have a gluten intolerance and I don't remember seeing the info on the description that it contained gluten - so unfortunately I can't continue to use it. I wouldn't have bought it if I'd known. That's the only reason I gave it 4 stars. Other than that it's a very good product. I did try it in a receipe and it tasted very nice, I just can't continue to use it.
Came on time well packaged
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The Attenbury Emeralds (Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane series Book 3)
The Attenbury Emeralds (Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane series Book 3)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay detective story, very poor mans DLS, 24 Mar. 2014
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If you enjoy detective stories you may like this. If you are reading it as a fan of D.L.Sayers and the Wimsey, Harriet, Bunter triangle then it may disapoint. I didn't find plot interesting enough, the characters seemed too similar to each other and there was very little about Harriet and Peter's (let alone Bunter and Mrs. Bunter's) inner lives. In the DLS books the characters had there own lives and as much in love as Harriet and Peter were ,there were always differences in the way they spoke, thought and acted. In comparison these characters seem like cardboard cut-outs. If you lifted some dialogue out of the page I suspect you'd find it difficult to work out who was talking. Lord Peter has gone very soft and pc in his old age, made me feel quite nauseated. Without spoiling anything there were a few obvious loose ends left hanging. I was disapointed. This is not even close to 'Thrones and Dominations' which was a good read. After this one I may stick to the original stories, there's no point hanging on for more news about H&P if you don't recognise them.
However it's not a bad story and I was interested to find out what happened. But I do miss Harriet and
Peter :-(


The Sweet Poison Quit Plan
The Sweet Poison Quit Plan
Price: £5.99

65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing information!, 23 Mar. 2014
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I've been looking at ways to lose weight and become increasingly distrustful of the advice I was getting. Diets have been proven not to work long-term over and over and yet it's the same information that gets churned out over and over. Low fat (high sugar), High protein (low carbs - including fruit and veg). It generally revolves around giving up on one food group and doesn't work long term. Exercise 5 times a week. If it doesn't work it must be because you're a glutton, lazy, weak willed, no self- respect...
The information that seemed to add up to me is 'The Food Doctor', Ian Marber (which is low sugar), 'I quit sugar' Sarah Wilson and now this book which seems to be the final piece in the puzzle for me.

David Gillespie is or was a lawyer and has approached this from the viewpoint of gathering evidence for a case. I hadn't meant to give up sugar but I had been reducing the amount I was eating. The reason for dieticians and nutritionists advising low fat and exercise seems to be based on some very superficial evidence. Sugar is probably the least useful food we eat and most processed food, especially low-fat, is riddled with it. There is growing evidence that sugar is linked to a lot of health problems and sugar is highly addictive. The evidence became so compelling I couldn't put the book down and I quit sugar 2 days ago (apart from the natural sugar found in fruit and some vegetables - I limit myself to one or 2 pieces of fruit a day.

The book starts by giving you the evidence (fairly detailed but well worth reading), then there's a step-by-step guide to giving up, followed by some recipes. I've gone cold turkey, but there are guidelines to gradually reducing. There's also a list of products to avoid and products that will fit the programme. You can continue with the odd glass of wine (but not desert, sweet or fortified e.g. sherry/ port). Exercise is fine but moderate, you don't have to kill youself.

It's obviously early days for me, there are supposed to be some withdrawal symptoms but plenty of advice to help you through. I've had cold symptoms today (could just be a cold, but I could also be detoxing) and very tired, no major symptoms so far. But I've also noticed a drop in appetite - normally when I have a cold I have increased appetite? I'm hoping to lose weight but if the evidence is to be believed the health benefits will be ample reward.

I seem to fit in with the group of people who are addicted to sugar, so it seems to make sense to me to try and quit. Some people can eat sugar all day and never put a 1lb on, but then I can take or leave alcohol and some people can't have a sip. It's a really interesting book, easy to read and if like me you are tired of trying to lose weight and eat healthy but never seeing results maybe this is the book for you?


Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less
Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less
by Jamie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good money saving tips and tasty food, 28 Sept. 2013
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This is not a cook book for someone on a very tight budget, but if you are trying to reduce waste and trim your food budget I would definately recommend it.
If you like Jamie's cooking this will probably suit your tastes, he doesn't disappoint in the taste stakes at all. The premis seems to be you start off with a large joint for your Sunday roast and then a selection of receipes to use up the leftovers. There's a chapter eaach for Chicken, Beef, Pork, Fish, vegetables and veggie receipes. Each chapter also has receipes for meat/fish or veggies for simple but very tasty meals. There'salso some bonusreceipes at the end for more budget, quick and tasty meals for under a £1 like leek and potato soup, cheddar and pea omlette and so on some of these are very basic and perhaps a bit obvious but nice all the same. There's only a few pages on deserts and that mostly to do with ideas for using fruit - healthy?
There's some very good ideas on not letting food go off, e.g. what to do with leftover herbs, soft fruit, wine, misc things like chillies, fresh ginger etc. that have got me checking my fridge more regularly to freeze, dry, pickle the odds and ends.
Most of the receipes are on one page and have a small list of ingredients. I might not recomend it to someone who'd never cooked before, but the methods aren't complicated. And you can adapt the equipment you need for instance there's a lovely receipe for Sweet potato and spinach frittata for 4 which is very easy to adapt to 2 or 1 portions, Jamie recomends you use an ovenproof frying pan I just put everything into the lid of a pyrex dish as long as you remember to grease it it works really well. This is already one of my favourite meals!
There's a calorie count and nutrional breakdown for each meal and a list of the basic equipment you might need.
I've seen a reduction in my weekly food bill of about 20%, I think I've accomplished this by cutting out ready meals, and not buying junk, using the avoiding waste tips and trying to avoid processed food. Because there's a big variety in quick and easy meals that are as tasty as you would expect from Jamie I'm less tempted to take expensive shortcuts


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