As everybody knows, nothing kicks off a good day like a good morning. If you can wake up feeling fresh and bright, looking good and with a smile on your face, you’re ready to take on whatever the world throws at you. However, if you work long hours, if you’re raising kids, or if you’re otherwise impacted by daily stresses and strains, sleeping well and waking up refreshed might not be that easy. Here are some things you can do to help. Read more
In the next couple of months, the time will be coming around when the summer ebbs away and winter begins to rear its ugly, frosty head. In between these two extreme seasons is fall, a time of year that is unpredictable, fresh and for many a time of new beginnings. Whether you have got a new job after a long hot summer or are starting a new college course, your wardrobe will need a little updating before you are present yourself to the world again. There are certainly things packed away from last year that can be brought out, and nobody expects you to buy a whole new wardrobe, but keeping on trend can be as simple as buying a few statement pieces and setting them off against your existing items. Bring out what you have if you can’t remember, and identify which items could do with freshening up and which ones are good for another year, have you been wearing the same jacket for the last four years? Invest in a new one this year. Staying up to date doesn’t have to break the bank, if you are clever about what you buy and start collecting things now, you will be ready for anything by the time the seasons change. Read more
Are you ready for more color and less brass? Are you tired of DIY ornaments ripped from Pinterest tutorials? Do your Edison bulbs look like they’re all burned out? If so, it’s time for your home to get out of 2016 and embrace 2017.
As the winter season approaches, we tend to spend more time staying cosy indoors and wrapping up warm. But how do you beat the winter blues? Research has shown that gardening has the power to boost overall health, including reducing stress and lowering instances of depression. Read more
Soaking in a hot or warm bath seems like a luxury after a long day. Hot baths have many health benefits apart from just relaxing us. Something as simple a hot bath can be good for your heart, blood pressure, skin health and many other things. Surprised? Take a look at what taking hot baths can really do for your health. Read more
Essential oils are something that you may just be learning about. However, these have existed for many hundreds of years. They are not only useful for keeping bugs away or cooling down your skin, but essential oils also play a very important antibacterial role in our bodies. The incredible thing about essential oils is that they can kill bacteria, without the bacteria becoming resistant to the oil over the years. That is why it is so important to know about these five essential antibacterial herb oils. Read more
York isn’t known as England’s City of Festivals for nothing, with many visitors based both locally and from all over the world descending upon this postal address just for its events and festivals. It would be foolish of me to say that upon your visit you will find something to your personal taste and liking to attend by way of the many festivals of York, which is true enough, but you’re better encouraged to drop in and catch a glimpse of some of those events you wouldn’t normally even bat an eyelid at. In other words, there’s perhaps a pleasant surprise waiting for you if you take the time to reward your curiosity!
The official list of the festivals of York will give you a solid base from which to select which ones you’re going to explore, but there are many more festivals on the go, some of which don’t take place annually, which makes them even more of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, the official list includes the Festival of Angels, the Viking Festival, Early Music, Late Music, Multicultural Food and Arts, Horse Racing (or the Ebor Race Meeting, as it’s more affectionately referred to), Mystery Plays, Food and Drink, Chinese New Year, and Christmas St. Nicholas’ Fair Festival.
I feel it pertinent to discuss some of my personal favourites and some of those which are more popular, but no amount of words can do any real justice to how the experience itself is. You simply have to be there to capture the essence of what a York festival is all about…
Taking place in February, this is one of the most iconic if not the most iconic festival of York. Needless to say its appeal comes from its representation of the very rich history of the city, but perhaps what makes this the swansong festival of the city is the fact that attendees of all ages can have a lot of fun here. There’s a lot of dressing up and role-playing – I mean who doesn’t love a bit of mock fighting, but it’s a very educational festival as well which seeks to highlight the importance of the Viking Centre.
York Festival of Food and Drink
The latter part of September each year plays host to the York Festival of Food and Drink, which places a special focus on Yorkshire food, but is balanced out with a drinks programme that is focussed more on wine and incorporates selections from all over the world. Enjoy the many events which include tastings, demonstrations, dinners and markets which run over 10 days. Kids can enjoy some hands-on cooking fun as well…
While they don’t run each year, these Medieval Passion plays were given a new lease on life following the Second World War, but basically this is where the surprise element comes into play because the plays vary between venue-changing formal renditions and traditional plays which are acted out on some floats which cover a lot of ground as they’re carried around the city.
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No matter where you are in life, it is always a good idea to further your education. Obligations such as work and family shouldn’t deter you from the education that will allow you to advance your career. Learning new skills and earning a degree can open possibilities for anyone, whether it means a promotion at work or starting a new career. Finding the right university with flexible courses can make earning your education easier. The following are some of the top reasons why it is never too late to further your education and how to make it happen. Read more
The art of cutting, folding, glueing and matching patterns and colour is something that can be mastered by anyone. However, this would require a lot of time investment in a cheery, relaxed and peaceful mood. The end products can add an amazing allure to your home décor better than any shop bought items. Everyone is falling in love with this easy-to-do art and craft items. Check out the below ways to provide an eye pleasing hue to your home. Read more