• SilverOwl Dinner Planner
    Food,  Lifestyle

    Simplify your Life with the Art of Dinner Planning

    The never-ending chant of “What’s for dinner tonight?” is called out in households across the world on a daily basis, often driving the chief cook completely bonkers! It sometimes feels like you’ve just got over making dinner one night and it’s time to start thinking about the next one. I actually love cooking and often feel enthused about the evening meal and keen to try out new recipes, however I still go through phases when I find the endless slog of selecting and preparing meals really monotonous. Employing the simple art of meal planning, specifically evening dinner planning, has saved my sanity on many occasions in the last few years.…

  • Person Smell Sense Of Smell Woman Scent Of Roses
    Fashion,  Feelgood Friday,  Lifestyle

    Feelgood Friday – Stop and Smell the Roses

    Today is the first day of a new regular blog spot focusing on the importance of self-reflection and appreciation for what is around us. Sometimes life can be so hectic that we forget to stop and smell the roses. Well, the roses are sweet smelling and beautiful, and they deserve to be noticed. In Feelgood Friday I will look back on the week and write about something that made me feel good. I will reflect on the things that affected me in a positive way, whether large or small, and take a few moments to really appreciate their presence in my life. So this week I’m going to stop and…

  • woman on beach reading
    Health,  Lifestyle,  Midlife

    Ten Tips for Staying Healthy in Midlife

    Staying healthy in midlife should be a priority for us all. The longer we are fortunate enough to be walking this beautiful earth the more important it becomes to take care of our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately many midlife women put their own health on the backburner as they take care of everyone around them – partners, children and ageing parents. I have seen many friends and family, both women and men, become ill and have their active adult life ripped away from them early. It is so very sad and often preventable. There are things that we should all be doing to take control of our own…

  • Long silver hair image
    Lifestyle,  Midlife

    Rocking the Silver Greys in Midlife

    Since the age of 45 I have had a full head of silvery grey hair. The freedom of having ditched the dye is a big deal, but an even bigger deal for me is to be my authentic self. In midlife I have found the inner confidence not to worry about what other people think or be bothered by the archaic idea that grey hair is for the elderly. But my transition to grey wasn’t particularly smooth. I first attempted to ditch the dye a few years earlier but gave up under the pressure of a looming job interview and the fear that I would be rejected based on my…

  • Photo of vegetables at the market
    Food,  Health,  Lifestyle

    Ten Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

    Vegetarian diets are healthy, nutritionally complete and delicious. They are suitable for people at all ages and stages of life, including infants, the elderly and athletes. According to the American Dietetic Association, a comprehensive vegetarian diet is associated with good health, reduced disease and better management of any existing health problems. “Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein Here are ten benefits of giving up meat and fish and focusing your daily meals on vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. Less animal cruelty. By being vegetarian you save between 371 and 582 animals each year. This includes both land…

  • Tempeh salad
    Lifestyle

    Twenty Famous Vegetarian Women

    There are many many famous vegetarian women both in history and today. Here is a list of 20 famous vegetarian / vegan women of today. Ellen deGeneres Kate Winslet Michelle Pfeiffer Demi Moore Beyonce Joan Jett Alicia Silverstone Natalie Portman K.D. Lang Pamela Anderson Madonna Zooey Deschanel Venus Williams Shania Twain Ruby Rose Sia Kat Von D Daryl Hannah Diane Keaton Drew Barrymore

  • Women artists
    Health,  Lifestyle

    Menopause and Creativity

    The years around menopause are an unavoidable time of change. They are all too often often associated with a physical slowing down, a decline in memory, unavoidable brain fog, a loss of spark and a general downward spiral towards old age. But in direct contrast to this bad publicity, many women find their peri through to post-menopausal years to be a time of great clarity, focus and creativity. The hormonal changes that women experience during menopause can result in very positive experiences. The cessation of menstruation puts a stop to the hormonal surges and drops that have previously taken place each month, and allows new states of energy and creativity…