Are you planning a trip away?

It is getting to that time of year where we are all planning our holidays. Perhaps you are going away for Easter or even later in the year. Unless you are planning to visit a nudist beach you will be busy deciding what to pack into your suitcase.

Below are some packing and travel tips which should make your trip remembered for the right reasons.


Do you suffer from Back pain?

Do you suffer from back pain? How often do you complain about back ache?

While back ache is very common it can be very debilitating , Often the back ache is not caused by anything serious and will usually see improvement in around 6 weeks. However, if the symptoms continue or get worse please always go to see your Doctor or visit the local pharmacy.

I recently suffered a severe back ache which lasted for around 4 weeks.  I was in a lot of pain but managed to carry on with my day-to-day routine and some of the tips below really helped me

Do you suffer from back pain







Free Prize Draw – April


I am offering a free prize draw to current and future subscribers.

If you are a new subscriber please complete the subscribe form on my main page. You will receive an email asking you to opt in. Until you have agreed to opt in you will not be entered into the free prize draw.

Good luck to you all.

Please see below for all the terms and conditions.

The prizes are either £25 theatre token 






Or £25 garden voucher





Terms and Conditions

This free prize draw is open to all UK residents over the age of 18.

By entering the free prize draw you will be required to subscribe to my blog. Current subscribers will also be entered into the free prize draw.

The closing date is Monday 1 May at 11pm and the draw will take place on Tuesday 2 May at 2pm.  The free prize draw will be conducted under the supervision of an independent person

The winner will be notified by email within 7 days with the option of vouchers for either a) £25 garden voucher or b) £25 theatre tokens.

The voucher/token  of your choice will be sent out within 14 days by recorded delivery.

Should the winner not respond within 28 days (and I will try to contact the winner several times over the 28 days) then the prize is forfeited to another entrant.

The prize is not sponsored by anyone.

Your details are never passed onto a third-party and are only required so you can receive regular updates from my blog  you are free to unsubscribe  at any time.

With the token/ voucher(s) should you wish to purchase something at a higher value you will need to add the outstanding balance yourself.

With reference to the Theatre token I take no responsibly if the choice of show you wish to see is booked or that the show is cancelled.  You will need to take that up with the theatre management.

There is no cash alternative.




Tips on how to get a good nights sleep

Tips on how to get a good nights sleep






Below are some tips on how to get a good nights sleep. We spend a third of our life asleep.

The average person spends 8 hours a night sleeping yet for some people getting a good night’s sleep is a nightmare and not a dream.

Below are some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep (If you are having trouble sleeping do see your Doctor or pharmacy) so they can assist further


Networking tips – how to be successful

Networking tips – how to be successful.  Most of us will network at some point in our life, either as a solo business owner or as part of an established organisation.

Networking is not something we are used to – it means getting out of our comfort zone – you may feel awkward  – but by following the following points below you should then be able to go forward and make excellent working relationship. So what are the best networking tips.

Networking tips how to be successful


Tips on dealing with cold calls

Picture the scene… you have just got home from work after a busy day and ready to sit down to watch your favourite tv show when the phone rings…You  are not expecting anyone to call and then you answer only to be asked about PPI,  a recent (none) accident, double glazing or a number of other numerous sales calls. How annoying are these calls.  BUT there are ways to stop them (or at the very least reduce them).


tips on dealing with cold calls







What to expect on Jury Service

Jury service

Have you ever been selected for Jury service – if not I imagine you know someone who has? Perhaps you have always wanted to be  part of the process or simply have no interest and would hate it.

Who can be called

If you are on the Electorial Register and between 18 and 75 you have a chance of being called. The new age of 75 was recently introduced for England and Wales  There are exceptions of who can and cannot be a Juror and this will be detailed on your letter.  Please note my experience is based on England court systems.

I have been called twice and while I cannot mention any details I will expand generally on what to expect.

The process begins with a letter (known as the Jury Summons) delivered to your home (by normal post).  It will give you a date and time to report for Jury service – generally is it around 4-6 weeks away from the date of the letter. This should give you time to arrange childcare cover, time off work etc.

What to expect on Jury service (more…)

E mail tips

A Quick Guide to Using Email

People often ask ‘how did we cope before e-mail’ but using email in your business can have its drawbacks if not used correctly.

Email is a very effective communication tool but often we are inundated with spam. We must make sure we use it correctly.

e mail tips





Below are some tips on basic email etiquette.


How to deal with ageism at work

how to deal with ageism at work
Ageism or age discrimination is the fact, when you are treated unfavourably because of your age. Finding work over the age of 50 is proving to be a very difficult challenge. So what are you to do and if you’ve spent your life honing your skills and qualifications, difficulties in finding work and unemployment can be a rude shock. You may find yourself in any of the following situation.