Guest post; University risk for students with #Asthma

As a parent to a child with seasonal asthma, the cooler nights drawing in bring back memories of relentless coughing, the smell of menthol trying to clear a never ending cough and wheeze all through the winter months.

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6 ways to make your garden dog friendly

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Dogs love to roam, play and explore in their own back garden  and there’s no better place to play a game of fetch or sit an enjoy the sunshine together.

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Conquering Gephyrophobia; my fear of bridges

When does being scared of something become a phobia? Well according to my research (typing ‘phobia’ into google), a phobia is more pronounced than a fear. It is a specific type of anxiety disorder and one that causes the sufferer to organise their life around avoiding the thing that’s causing them anxiety.

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Throwing the ultimate kids party

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If you’ve got small children in the house, then the chances are good that, sooner or later, you’ll be tasked with putting together a party for them. Planning a kid’s party is trickier than some people might think, as it’s easy to go over-budget, and to commit too much time to hand-made decorations. With a little bit of foresight, however, we can make sure that everything goes brilliantly, and that your kid’s party is the talk of the neighbourhood for all the right reasons.

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How a five year career break shaped my future


The day I heard the news my role (and whole site for that matter) was being made redundant, my whole world shattered around me. Having been in the same organisation for fourteen years, and in the fuzzy haze of maternity leave, with a ten week old baby, I hadn’t expected my first child free outing to be heading into work to find out my future as I had planned it was not going to exist.

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Family friendly New York City

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I don’t know about you, but there are some destinations that I’ve always wanted to travel to. Of course, New York, the city that never sleeps is one of them. It’s high up there on my bucket list and I have big concrete jungle dreams of the day I make it there (I’ll make it anywhere).

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No regrets – returning to work after a career break

This week my two daughters went back to school; posing against the wall in their new shoes and oversized cardigans, light box prepped and ready with the ‘first day at school’ text ready for the inevitable photo moment. And, with one starting reception, one moving up into juniors this feels a milestone year for them, but also for someone else too.

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Alder Hey Children’s Charity; Daniel’s story

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For the first few years of Daniel Bell’s life, he was like any other toddler, full of energy, happy and full of life at home in Ormskirk, but doctors soon discovered Daniel had a brain tumour the size of a fist.

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Plant based, Vegetarian, Vegan, Flexitarian or just a more mindful approach to eating meat?

There are many parallels to eating meat and drinking alcohol; both perhaps we know we should do less of, equally unfathomable and yet hugely beneficial to our health and bank balance.

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Perfect planning for a day out

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A day out can be just the thing to overcome that pesky cabin fever. Whether you’re venturing into the countryside, or taking on an unfamiliar city, that little bit of novelty can be just what’s in order after a long week stuck in the office (or at home). But if you don’t plan your day out, you’re probably not going to get the best from it. Just a little bit of preparation can help you cram in everything you’re looking to get from the day while still allowing for a little bit of spontaneity.

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