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Daniel and Diabetes

Daniel and Amy

I have four amazing children, two of whom still live at home and two who have grown up and moved out.  It was nearly three years ago when our eldest, Lorah-Kelly got married to her high school sweetheart, Samuel. It was also around this time that we noticed that something was wrong with our son, Daniel who was 7 years old. He seemed fit and well and nothing seemed out of the ordinary except that he was drinking unusual amounts of water. It got so bad that he had to get up during the night several times to have a drink and of course go to the toilet. So after about a week of this I decided it best to go see a doctor even though it seemed like a silly symptom to go to the doctor for.

Everything from the doctors appointment is a bit of a surreal haze and even two years and nine months on, I can remember the shock as if it were yesterday. The doctor did a urine test and afterwards looked gravely concerned and called the hospital.  Daniel was sent over as soon as possible and we were told to be prepared for him to stay overnight. He didn't say what was wrong. Upon arriving at the hospital Daniel was seen immediately and had blood tests. I don't recall exactly what happened or the order of events, all I remember is that his blood sugar was 33  (normal is between 4 - 7). They said they were surprised that he looked as well as he did and was not in a coma. He was that ill!

Daniel was admitted to hospital and we spend the next week at his bedside learning about type 1 diabetes, watching him crying as he had his finger pricked and blood taken often during the day and night. It was heart wrenching. Eric and I were in shock. After a week of excellent education by the NHS diabetic team, we were expected to start caring for him. They assured us that he would not be allowed home until they felt confident that we were able to manage his blood tests and insulin injections. We had to learn how to count carbohydrates, check his blood sugar levels and give him 4 to 6 injections a day. The severity of the situation was heavily impressed upon us and we were reminded that if his blood sugars went too high or too low he could die. It seemed every 5 minutes we were reminded that it was a life threatening life long disease that could not be cured ever.

Eric and I were exhausted from being in hospital, little sleep coupled with a lot of worry and uncertainty. We reached a point where we just wanted our family back home all together so we could get some sense of normality back into our life. Although it was clear life would never be the same again we craved some sort of routine. Each day we were asked if we were ready to give Daniel his injections. In the past Eric has passed out when he saw me have an injection during labour with Amy, I could not see him ever coping with this. I thought I would be fine but when they put the insulin pen in my hand I burst out crying. There was no way I could ever inject my son, or so I thought.

Much to my surprise Eric took the pen and gave Daniel his injection. I asked Eric how he managed to do it as I simply couldn't and he said that he knew that if he didn't, Daniel would not be able to come home. The nurses kept reassuring me that things would get better and giving the injections would become easier. Although I believed them and knew it was true I couldn't see how. Eric became highly competent in caring for Daniel and so he was allowed home. I struggled. I couldn't do the injections. I couldn't prick his finger to test his blood. I was a mess. Shock, confusion and tiredness took over.

I will continue our story and our journey in future posts.  The past few years have been incredibly difficult and today I make the decision to share our story, what we have learned and how we are coping. Daniel will even write his version of the story too and hopefully I can get Eric to also. I know there are others out there struggling with the same thing and I hope that somehow sharing our story will be helpful and comforting for them. For those of you who do not have this particular struggle, you may find it useful for when you meet someone with diabetes or someone with a diabetic child. I had no idea how ignorant I was about diabetes until we were hit with it.  I would also like to look at faith, healing and medicine so there is a lot more to come.

Please chat to me if you have diabetes, are supporting someone with diabetes or just have questions in general about illness and/or healing. Let's stick together as this is a terrible illness but we believe in a God who heals.




One thing that I have been struggling with lately is to be who I know I am. It's not that I am faking it or being insincere, it's nothing like that, it's just that I haven't felt like myself for quite sometime and really want to get back to that place of being centered, aligned and at peace within. Getting free from depression has been really hard work this time around. It's not that when I wrote Hope's Journey that it wasn't a struggle, it was just a completely different struggle.

Today I wanted to talk about something that I have been working on. Habits. In our life we could have habits that help and habits that hinder. I am extremely aware of the habits that I currently have that are hindering me as well as the ones I want to have to help me. This isn't new to me either, I have had these bad habits and awareness of the good ones I want for literally years! Some years I manage to overcome the bad ones with the good and other years I tend to lean towards the bad ones! Aargh I so relate to Paul when he wrote in Romans 7:19,

"When I want to do good, I don’t; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway."

That's me!  I desperately want to get the good habits into my life and yet I end up doing the very things I don't want to do! So, I have started tackling these habits one step at a time. One habit I desperately want in my life and know that I need it, is to wake up in the morning and go for a run. Since I was about 11 years old I have been an early riser and have run in the morning. I have no idea why I was like that but when that is part of my routine I have always been happier. It seems that this is a part of the real me. Starting the day right is essential for me and lately I have struggled with this habit. For months I struggled with sleep so grabbed sleep whenever I could which made getting up early impossible. Then I went on anti-depressants and started sleeping like a baby every night, so I didn't want to set an alarm and ruin that. In fact I haven't used an alarm for the past 18 months, I have relied on my body to tell me when it has had enough sleep. I know when I am well and happy I will naturally wake up between 5 and 6 o'clock. Of course there has been no natural rhythm for quite a few years now.

My method for getting this helpful habit back into my life is to just take it one step at a time. Although there are loads of good habits I would like back in my life, I am just starting with one. So every morning for the past few weeks I have thought to myself when I wake up, "Get up and go for a run". The thought has lingered, the mornings have got colder and I have not got up and gone for a run! This hasn't deterred me. I continue to have the same thought every morning and keep pushing myself to get this thought to become an action. In the past few weeks it has become an action on 4 occasions - woo hoo! I will keep pushing myself until it becomes a daily habit. Once it becomes a habit I am going to push my endurance, at the moment I am not managing much distance at all but that's OK because I know that forming the habit is the most important thing.

Did you notice that I am not focusing on the bad habits I want to give up? I don't know how it works for you but the more I focus on a bad habit the harder it is to give it up, so for now I am just focusing on getting this one good habit into place and then will tackle the next one.  I am fully aware of my bad habits so it's highly unlikely that I will forget about them but I am hoping that with enough good habits in place I won't need the bad ones anymore.

How about you, what do you do to deal with the habits in your life?  Are you struggling with anything at the moment?  Please do chat about it in the comments box below, I would love to hear from you.


PS Another habit I have got back into is writing this blog, at first I had no words but I am pleased to report that I am finding a steady stream of words again.  Enjoy!


Back to the start!

Hello King's Daughters,

I feel like it's been quite some time, in fact well over a year perhaps even two, since I have written anything meaningful to you. I have tried but words haven't come.  Many posts have been fillers or conference news.  I don't know what happened to me, I seemed to have come from a place and having life figured out to now not having a clue, from having much wisdom and revelation to share to having nothing.  At first I gave myself some time to grieve to loss of our church, D7 Church.  We met for the final time on Sunday 30th March 2014. Failure is hard, loss is difficult but when you have failed and lost in the things of God it seems harder. You feel as if you have let God down. One thing that no one tells you when you pastor a church is that it too, just like a business, can fail. If the books don't balance and your income is less than your expenses, you can fail. If you don't have a committed team to keep up with the work you can fail. If people just don't feel like coming on Sundays you fail.  And on top of all that you blame yourself for not being good enough!  Not praying enough, not hear God well enough, not working hard enough, not loving the people enough and just about everything else under the sun. Failing in ministry is horrible.

Worse than that, failing people is horrible. I look back and see how I could have led better, how I should have said things differently, how I could have shown more love and how I shouldn't have hurt people! Yes, I hurt people, many people and I even wonder if I hurt more people than I loved.  I didn't mean to hurt them but the imperfect me did and said things wrong.  I never wanted to be at the other end of someone's story of how the church hurt them, but I am. I am forever in someone's story now as the cause of the church hurting them.

So now, about 18 months on, I find myself a little lost. I seem to have come to a place of questioning. What does God want me to do?  What is point of my life? I have built a church with my husband and failed. I have built a national business, Women's Business Club but it doesn't satisfy. I am too scared to give again like I used to because I know how much it hurts - so I keep everyone at a distance, a very safe distance.

I feel as though I have come full circle, back to the start, back to the foot of the cross.  The best place to be I know but this time I come really broken.  The first time I came to the foot of the cross I came arrogant, the second time I came as the prodigal who needed grace and now, for a third time I come back to the same place but this time empty handed and broken. Finally God has me right where He wants me, humbled and ready to do things His way.

Today I decided to share this journey with you, perhaps you will join me or perhaps you will just watch, but either way, I choose to be honest and vulnerable to anyone who wants to join me. Join me in finding what really matters to God, join me in learning to hear His voice and obeying, join me in putting busyness aside and making time with Him the number one priority and please join me in making many mistakes along the way.

It's time to get back to the one thing that truly matters.  Please join me and keep in touch through the comments box below, I would really like to know that I am not alone in this.


PS I am also going to start going back through this blog, join me too - today I am reading my very first post and WOW it is to apt to this moment.


The Daniel Fast

It's that time of year again, the beginning of a brand new season filled with exciting possibilities. Even though we all expect good things to happen sometimes bad things happen too :(  At times we can avoid these bad things by staying in line with God's pure and perfect will for our lives. Other times bad things must happen as a part of God's perfect will for our life. Either way, staying spiritually strong and connected to God is essential and one of the best ways to do that is to fast. Fasting not only makes our spirit stronger but it also cleanses our bodies. If you are interested to know more about every that fasting can do for you please read He Restores My Soul.

Bondages, addictions and bad habits.
He told them, "This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting." - Mark 9:29

In the verse above Jesus was answering the disciples question about why they were unable to cast out a particular demon that day. Jesus response was that the kind of demon that they were dealing with would only come out by prayer and fasting. It seems that the demon was very powerful and that prayer and fasting would have given the disciples the victory over it. It the same way, we need to understand that we can have power over our own 'demons' by prayer and fasting too. If you are struggling with something such as a bondage, addiction or bad habit or really want breakthrough in a certain area, spend some time praying and fasting about it.

I like to start every year with a Daniel fast. This is a 21 day fast where you only eat fruit and vegetables and drink only water. At other points during the year I might do a full fast by abstaining from food completely for a set time and drink only water or I might do a shorter partial fast such as the Daniel fast. Fasting is powerful on so many levels and if you have never fasted before I urge you to give it a try but do consult a doctor first if you have any medical conditions or are on medication. Pregnant women should not fast.

Here are two other posts that you might find useful:

Daniel Fast - Food List
Daniel Fast - Odours, Tiredness and Pains

Please share your questions, thoughts or experiences with fasting in the comments box below, I would love to hear from you.



Something Girly

Strength and Dignity by Box Polish

I thought that since it is only 18 days to go until our conference, eeek, I would do something a bit special and girly for us!  One of the lovely Women's Business Club ladies who is also a King's Daughter, has started making her own polishes.   They are being launched this Saturday, 6th September. It's all very exciting and King's Daughters have ordered their very own special colour called Strength and Dignity. In celebration of our upcoming conference Amy has very kindly given us a polish as a free gift.  So, enter the competition below and the new polish will be given away at the conference to one lucky winner. Don't worry, if you cannot make it we will post it to you. UK residents only please.

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Daniel Fast - Odours, Tiredness and Pains

These are some of what can occur during a fast but don't be alarmed, it is only worse case scenario.  Many people don't go through all of this so don't worry.  This info is merely so that you understand what is happening in your body and that you don't become concerned if some of these symptoms present themselves.

Odours, tiredness, dizziness, headaches and other pains - these are some of the things that you will face during your fast.  As you continue to fast you body will begin to cleanse itself and eliminate toxins.  These toxins will come out of your body wherever they can which will mean that you might sweat more and your sweat will have a stronger smell than usual.  You breath will also be stronger than usual and so will you urine smell.  You may even get a funny taste in your mouth or feel that your tongue has a thick coat on it.  It sounds nasty, but for a while you will face unpleasant odours from your body, so brush well with a natural toothpaste (as you don't want to be putting toxins back into your body through your toothpaste) and use bicarbonate of soda as a deodorant and shoe deodoriser.  If have found that if you are a first time bicarbonate of soda user for your underarms it could sting so mix it with cornflour -  a good 50/50 mix will give you a gentle and natural deodorant that will absorb sweat and neutralise odours.

You could become very tired and feel emotionally low during your fast too - this is because your body is focusing all it's energy on getting these nasty toxins out of you.  Rest when you need to and don't give up your fast because when your energy returns it will be so much better than ever before.  Don't take on too much during a fast and do simple, enjoyable activities to keep your emotions stable.  This is the best time to pray too.

Aches and pains can also occur during a fast and that is also due to the toxins that are passing through your body.  You colon,liver and kidneys will be working very hard and this may cause some pain in your lower back or lower abdomen.  You could even develop flu like symptoms.  Drinking plenty of water will reduce the aches and pains - keep flushing your body with water.

Even though this sounds terribly negative remember that if you don't complete your fast then all these nasty toxins will remain and live in your body. Endure a few days of discomfort and reap the rewards at the end.   The discomfort usually doesn't last more than 5 -7 days but it all depends on how many toxins you allowed into your body before you started your fast.

Hang in there, happy fasting!


Daniel Fast - Food list

Every year we like to kick start the year with a fast so I thought it would be good to blog about it during the fast.   I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.  In preparation of our fast I have provided a list of foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast and foods to avoid.

Foods to include: 

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains. Including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds: Including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils: Including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid:

All meat and animal products: Including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products:  Including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners:  Including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread:  Including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food: Including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods: Including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats:  Including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages: Including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.


I copied this list from The Daniel Fast Blog, more fast news, tips and recipes to follow.


All Your Life

Last week Lorah and I had the most amazing morning together at All Your Life in Cheltenham. Let me start at the very beginning! We arrived at the beautiful reception and were whisked away into the lounge where we were given a glass of bubbly. This is the before photo!


Then we were invited to use the Fat Burning Room to experience the Vibrating Power Plates! Well, there is no photo of this as I really don't want you to see all my fat wobbling about. It's was fun but at the same time I could really feel the plates working my muscles. You are shown a chart with various exercises that you can do on the plates to target particular muscle groups or you can just stand on the plates and giggle! Mostly, Lorah and I just giggled. We were then take to the fishy room our fish pedicure. I honestly didn't know that I would have such a problem with putting my feet in the tank. Usually I am up for trying just about anything, but when it came to the crunch, I found it difficult to put my feet in a tank full of fish. After some shrieking and splashing, I rested my heal in the tank and got used to the idea. After some time, it began to feel like my kitten licking my feet so in my mind I visualised my kitten and not the fish. Slowly but surely, my feet went into the water and I allowed the fish to eat off all the dead skin. After a few minutes I got used to it and began to enjoy the pedicure. However, Lorah never did manage to get her feet in the tank, she giggled and shrieked most of the time, so she still cannot say that she has had a fish pedicure! Here are our feet being eaten by lots of little fish, well actually mine only - notice where Lorah's feet are. 

What happened next was the best thing EVER! We were taken through to the Medical Massage Beds.  There are no words to describe how wonderful these beds are.  We lay in a candle lit room with beautiful fragrances all around.  As I lay on the bed (fully clothed just in case you are wondering) I felt it warm up on my lower back, shoulders and calves and then little studded rubber pads began vibrating, systematically working from my neck and shoulders down to my feet.  It was so unbelievably relaxing and we were even provided with soft fluffy blankets that we could snuggle under if we wanted to sleep.  I snuggled under a blanket and was so disappointed when our half an hour was up.

We were then collected by our own private Make-up Artists and Beauty Therapist for our make-over.  We had our hair, nails and make-up done and left for the studio feeling like new women.

Our photographer was so lovey and made us feel natural in front of the camera.  Here are some sneeky photos of him in action.

After three wardrobe changes and many poses and props, we were whisked away yet again for a lovely lunch which we ate while viewing our photos. Of course, we giggled all the way through it and were then faced with the choice of narrowing down which ones we would keep. Below are some of the many photos from our fantastic day at All Your Life, Cheltenham. I highly recommend you go along and enjoy a fun filled pamper experience yourself. And, one very fortunate King's Daughter will get to enjoy all this for free! Enter the raffle below.

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Lorah and I after our pamper and make-over.


To the 'Little' Guys and Girls doing Crappy Jobs!

Great speech by Ashton Kutcher - I am so pleased he mentioned all the crappy, seemingly insignificant jobs that he has had and how each one was essential to getting him ahead.  Too many people want the fame and success but want to skip the crappy little jobs that get you there!   I wonder how many people out there are busy doing crappy jobs not realising that they are one step ahead of those just sitting and wishing for fame and success - here's to the 'little' guy who cleans the tables at MacDonald's and here's to the toilet cleaners at the gym and here's too all of you that are doing what is perceived as crappy jobs - may you succeed in whatever is in your heart to do.   I respect you and thank you for all that you do.  You are the true heroes.  To those that are sitting and wishing or scheming how to get a bank loan to start big, why not go out and find yourself a crappy job, something small, just to get the ball rolling, I am sure it will get you one step in the right direction. Who knows if you are destined to be the next Ashton Kutcher, Steve Jobs or Prime Minister of England!  There is only one way to find out, start walking the path they took, one crappy job at a time. 


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Nature's Hygiene
practical, pure and natural household cleaning products

Practical, pure and natural household cleaning products.
Some chemicals can be absorbed into the bloodstream within 26 seconds. Consider all the cleaning products that we use that can either be absorbed into our bloodstream or can irritate our skin, hair, eyes, etc. It's not worth taking the risk and risking the health of our family, why not use Nature's Hygiene and clean your home with 100% natural products that are so safe you could eat them?

Household Cleaning
    Washing Liquid
    Surface Cleaner
    Furniture Polish
    Bathroom Scrub
    Stainless Steel Polish
    Window Cleaner
    Laundry Detergents
    Toilet Cleaner

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Nature's Weigh - 7 Steps to Your Natural Weight

Crash diets don't work - if you lose it quickly you will put it back on just as quickly. Losing weight too quickly makes your body think it is facing potential starvation and will go into survival mode! Your fat stores will be protected and any weight loss will only be water and muscle. You might enjoy a good few weeks thinking that you are losing weight but you will end up frustrated when it all comes back again.  Stop skipping meals right away, especially breakfast.  The best way to enjoy and maintain your idea weight is to train yourself into a new weigh of life.  

I get so annoyed with all the different weight loss options out there that are so very expensive and just plan unnatural!  So I have written my own weight loss program based on nature and common sense.  This method has worked for me all my life.  Why spend a fortune when Nature's Weigh can give you each step for only £20.  Why stress yourself out with a sudden complete change of lifestyle, when Nature's Weigh helps you lose weight naturally and gradually.  

So here it is.  Go through the program one step at a time, even if you buy them all at once, don't skip ahead or else it won't work.  7 easy steps that WILL work if you stick to the plan! 

Buy one step at a time:
Nature's Weigh Step  1  £20
Nature's Weigh Step  2  £20
Nature's Weigh Step  3  £20
Nature's Weigh Step  4  £20
Nature's Weigh Step  5  £20
Nature's Weigh Step  6  £20
Nature's Weigh Step  7  £20

Or buy the whole lot at once:
Nature's Weigh 7 Steps - £120

If you would like additional support with your 7 steps, we can offer you mentoring until you feel that you have achieved your goal or are strong enough to walk alone.  Mentors will be listed below, if you are able to offer mentoring or would like to be mentored, please get in touch.

Emma Melhuish
BSc Sport, Health, Exercise & Nutrition
0117 244 3678

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Nature’s Weigh is not intended as a substitute for the advice of medical doctors. The reader should regularly consult a medical doctor in matters relating to his/her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.


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You have the right to know that the government doesn't review the safety of products before they're sold. You have the right to practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to the chemicals that modern health and beauty products contain. Exercise your rights today and begin taking care of yourself naturally.

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    Mouth Wash 

    Serum & Heat Protector
    Hair Treatments
    Hair Colouring
    Head Lice 

    Body Wash

Do Not Worry

    Lip Stick   

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King's Daughters Conference 2013, 49 days to go!

I wrote a blog post with 10 Reasons to Join Us at 97 days to go!  Those ten reasons still stand and here are a few more to blow you away - see the day plan below.  Actually, it would be really silly not to come to this year's conference! 

10:30   Registration and fresh coffee provided by Ethical Additions

11:00   Live music and dancing to TITANIUM with CCDA and Anna Tharia
             Acoustic worship with D7 Band

11:30   Inspirational talk with Thoko Obare, Destiny Temple
12:15   Inspirational talk with  Charlie Blythe, Hillsong 

13:00   Picnic Lunch

14:00   Gospel choir with Instruments of Praise

14:30   Video Interviews:
             Alive in Ministry - Ali Bates
             Alive in Business - Wanja Odhiambo 

15:30   Session 4 Breakout Sessions:
             Lindsay Bruce, A Way Out
             Jaylene Howell, Trinity Cheltenham
             Jill Chitty, Entrepreneurs Circle
             Adrian Malpass, Emotional Intelligence

17:00   Dinner Break with African and Brazilian cuisine and 
             live music with Daughters of Davis and Anna Tharia Piano

18:30   Zumba demonstration with Rachel Ainslie
             Acoustic worship with D7 Band

19:00  Inspirational talk with Angela De Souza
Entertainment  |  Worship  |  Food  |  Inspiration  |  Business Growth | Children's Fun | Beauty Parlour | Stalls for Shopping - we have thought of it all so you can have a great day!  Don't wait, book your place now, only 400 places available and tickets have already started selling in January.


Life Workshop

Join us for one day where we will workshop your life so that you will have a road map to become who you have always wanted to be and will do the things that you have always wanted to do! Life is short and you have wasted too much time already, don't put a price tag on the rest of your life.

Stop waiting and change your life today.

Areas Covered:
Money - Take Control
Relationships - Find Satisfaction
Work - Find Purpose
Spiritual - Be Complete (optional extra)

You ticket will entitle you to a full day Life Workshop, tea, coffee, lunch as well as one private follow up mentoring session after the event. £600  Book here

You know all those things you've always wanted to do?  
You should go DO THEM. 



Nature's Way - Mascara

Mascara has been used as far back as the ancient Egyptian era. Dating from around 3400-30 B.C., Egyptians used bone and ivory to apply their mascara. The very first recorded mascara was a blend of kohl with crocodile dung, water and honey. The Egyptians produced mascaras in the form of pressed cakes and it wasn't until the sixties that mascara applicator brushes were introduced. Even with questionable ingredients, the lure of long, sexy eye lashes has always been found beautiful and irresistible.
    Like all other chemical beauty products, mascara carries risks. Methylparaben, aluminum powder, ceteareth-20, butylparaben, or benzyl alcohol are often found in mascaras and some of these ingredients have been known to cause cancer in mice. Not all mascaras will be that dangerous but just the thought of putting those nasty chemicals that close to my eyes does make me worry a little.
     Other disadvantages are that chemical mascaras can be drying to eyelashes. Waterproof mascaras are particularly harmful as they contain a chemical called dimethicone copolyol that glues the mascara to your lashes. Beauty experts say they should not be used daily but rather for infrequent special occasions.
     Did you know you are supposed to throw your mascara away every three to six months to prevent bacteria to build up in your mascara?

Nature’s Way Alternatives
I use Castor Oil. You can use an old mascara applicator you’ve sterilised to apply or simply use your finger tip. Castor Oil keeps them moist and will promote growth resulted in thicker and longer eye lashes. There is no risk to your eyes except that Castor Oil is sticky so if you wear contact lenses apply the Castor Oil after putting your contact lenses in. Another great plus is that using Castor Oil will also cure eye styes and keep your eyes healthy.  Rub or dab Castor Oil onto the infected area to treat styes. Also, rub some around your eye too before you go to bed you will eliminate fine lines around your eyes.

  • No harmful chemicals
  • Anti-ageing
  • Thicker, longer lashes and brows
  • No cancer risks
  • Save money

  • Don’t apply Castor Oil anywhere near your eyes before putting contact lenses into your eyes.
  • Rinse off Castor Oil from around your eyes in the morning if necessary to avoid having a sticky look and feel all day.


Ingredients: Castor Oil

Method: Smooth onto your eye lashes or eye brows with your fingers, cotton bud or a sterilised applicator brush.

More mascara recipes:
There are many recipes available for homemade mascaras using natural ingredients, here are some:

Conditioning Mascara
Mix these ingredients together and apply.
  • 1 tablespoon Castor Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 tablespoons Vitamin E Oil

Charcoal Mascara
Mix food grade charcoal with your favourite oil or aloe.
  • 1 activated charcoal capsule
  • 4 tablespoons Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil or Aloe Vera Gel.

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Nature's Way - Talc

Researchers have warned that “women should stop using talcum powder because of the risk of ovarian cancer”, reported The Daily Telegraph. “Scientists fear particles applied to the private parts may travel to the ovaries and trigger a process of inflammation that allows cancer cells to flourish. Although previous studies have raised concerns over talc, the latest findings from the United States suggest woman who use it are 40 per cent more likely to get ovarian cancer – a much greater risk than first thought.

Talc is made from a soft mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate, which is found throughout the world. It is crushed, dried and milled to produce powder used in cosmetic products by millions. Some experts say it has chemical similarities to asbestos, which can cause a deadly form of lung cancer.”

In other research talcs have been found to lead to cognitive problems, lymphoma, breast cancer, cancer and many other issues. All in all, it’s best to stay away from talc, especially with babies although talc is also found in face powders 

Nature’s Way Alternatives
Corn flour is my favourite talc.  I love the texture and it is super absorbent too.   Corn flour mixed with bicarbonate of soda is a wonderful deodorant or underarm powder too.  Other non-toxic powders that absorb moisture and keep the skin dry include bicarbonate of soda, chickpea powder, oat flour, powdered lavender buds and powdered rose petals, which can easily be found at a grocery or health shop.

  • No health risks
  • No harmful chemicals
  • Save lots of money
  • Absorbs odours
  • Absorbs sweat
  • Prevents nappy rash
  • Prevents chafing

  • Bicarbonate of soda can dry skin out so if you find this a problem for you mix half corn flower and half bicarbonate of soda.
  • The powdered lavender and rose petals are a bit more expensive that the flours.
  • Do not to inhale the powder, as this may cause breathing problems.
  • Keep powders in a sealed container as they will absorb moisture and go hard.


Ingredients:  Corn Flour

Method:  Use corn flour as you would usually use talcum powder.

More talcum powder recipes:
There are many other simple ways to make talcum powder using natural ingredients, here are some examples:

Essential Oil Powder
Mix equal portions of corn flour and bicarbonate of soda together.  Add a few drops of your favourite fragrant essential oil.

Kaolin Powder
Use as a powder on its own or with other powders and essential oils.  Kaolin Clay is high in mineral content and lightly draws out impurities and toxins from the skin. This is particularly good for sensitive, dry or mature skin as well as for children. Kaolin powder as a face mask ingredient assists in improving vascular and lymphatic flow. Excellent for removing impurities.  Recommended for congested skin types.
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Nature's Way - Exfoliator

Exfoliation is a good practise for removing the top layer of the skin, which consists mainly of dead skin cells, oil, sweat and dirt. As this layer builds up it dulls your skins appearance. Once this layer is removed your skin will appear healthier and have a lovely natural glow to it.
     Exfoliating has been around for quite some time, the Ancient Greeks exfoliated by rubbing their skin with a mixture of oils and sand.  They then scraped their skin with a strigil,  which is a curved metal scraper used to scrape dirt and sweat from the body before effective soaps became available.   
      We have moved on from that method but many modern methods can be harmful and even dangerous.  Abrasive methods have long been hailed as the cure for wrinkles, acne and other skin conditions but these harsh methods actually remove your skins natural defences.  The result is not wrinkle free, acne free skin but rather damaged skin.   Some exfoliators are so harsh that they can cause the face to bleed, especially ones that include sharp objects such as apricot kernels and walnut shells.  These can be used for feet and elbows but definitely not for your face.  Acclaimed facialists Sarah Chapman Chapman and Vaishaly Patel suggest you avoid the new breed of home microdermabrasion kits which sandblast the skin with aluminium oxide crystals.  They say that these sorts of things are simply too harsh and aggressive.  
      A good rule of thumb is to use exfoliates that are rounded such as sand, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, salt, etc.  If you live near the seaside I highly recommend spending some time gently rubbing the sea sand all over your body – the combination of salt and sand does wonders for your skin.
      Men who shave with blade razors as opposed to electric ones don’t need to exfoliate; the razor does the job quite nicely.

Nature’s Way Alternatives
Ground oats is my favourite exfoliator as I always have plenty of it in my home and it does the job perfectly. Because oats are mildly rough, they are one of nature's most effective exfoliators. They soften the skin leaving it silky smooth and have been clinically shown to help heal dry, itchy skin. 
  • Healthier skin
  • Slows the ageing process
  • Save lots of money
  • No harmful chemicals

  • Don’t exfoliate more than once a week – it’s not necessary and can dry out or damage your skin which needs time to restore its natural oil balance.
  • Don’t rub too harshly or excessively.
  • Avoid the delicate skin around your eyes.
  • Don’t exfoliate in the morning - exfoliating your face can increase sun sensitivity by up to 45% as it removes the natural oils produced while you sleep which can act as a natural mild sun protection.
  • Don’t use harsh exfoliators such as apricot kernel and walnut shells.
  • Don’t use chemical exfoliators or chemical peels as they will damage your skin.


Ingredients:  Oats

Method:  Take 2 - 3 teaspoons raw oats and crush them into smaller bits either by hand or in a grinder. After cleansing your face gently rub the oats into your skin for 10 to 15 seconds. Rinse your face with warm water until you no longer feel the granules of the oats. Dry your face gently with a clean soft towel and if necessary follow with a natural toner and moisturiser.

More exfoliator recipes:
There are many other simple ways to make exfoliators using natural ingredients, here are some examples:

Yogurt and Rice Powder
If you have oily skin, you can use yogurt to exfoliate as it will remove blackheads and whiteheads. 
  • Mix rice powder and yogurt together into a thick paste.
    Rub it into your skin in little circular movements.  
  • Leave for five minutes and rinse it off.

Olive Oil and SugarIf you have oily skin, you can use yogurt to exfoliate as it will remove blackheads and whiteheads. 
  • 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together and rub it into your skin in little circular movements.   This is suitable for face and body exfoliation.  Leave for three to five minutes and rinse it off.  The sugar will remove dead skin cells and the olive oil and Aloe Vera will nourish your skin keeping it moisturized.

Milk and Salt
  • ½ cup cold milk 
  • ½ tablespoon salt

Soak a cotton ball and gently dab all over your face.  Allow the mixture to dry on your face for about 3 minutes and then dip the cotton ball in the mixture again and rub lightly in a circular motion.  Rinse with warm water. The milk will remove deep pore dirt and the salt will exfoliate.

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Nature's Way - Moisturiser

A recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has potentially linked the use of daily moisturizers with skin cancer. Allen Conney at Rutgers University found that skin cancer tumours increased up to 95% in high risk mice when treated four different daily moisturizers. It is frightening to think that our daily skin care regime could be causing cancer.
If you are not already discarding your shop bought beauty products and using Nature’s Way, seriously consider doing so right away.
Since using Nature’s Way cleansers and toners I have found that I don’t need a moisturiser.  Firstly, sticking to the rule of not washing my face in the morning has done wonders.  All the natural goodness that my skin produces over night is left on as a protective barrier during the day.  Secondly, I find I don’t need to moisturise because natural oils are produced as I sleep at night.  Having a good cleanser and toner is sufficient to keep the natural oil production of my skin balanced.  However, your skin might be different and you might feel that you need to use a moisturiser and the best thing to use is Olive Oil. 

Nature’s Way Alternatives
Although you can use Olive Oil as a cleanser that has moisturising benefits, you can also use it as a moisturiser.  It is filled with vitamins and natural goodness and is known to have healing properties too. Using Olive Oil doesn’t cause spots and if rubbed into your skin it will actually help maintain skins oil balance and prevent overproduction of sebum.  Using Olive Oil will also prevent water loss and restore that barriers that will renew, maintain and repair your skin.   

  • Healthy skin
  • Remove traces of dirt
  • Heals your skin
  • Save lots of money
  • No harmful chemicals

  • Never use too much Olive Oil on your face as it will look terrible – use in moderation for best results.


Ingredients: Olive Oil

Method: Rub a few drops of olive oil into your face and neck in the evening for added moisturising benefits.

More moisturiser recipes:
There are many other simple ways to moisturise your skin using natural ingredients, here are some examples:

Chickpea, Turmeric and Honey
Chickpea is a gentle skin exfoliater and honey moisturises.  Chickpeas help skin cells produce energy to fights free-radical damage that causes wrinkles.  Honey is also a natural anti-oxidant so it will help protect the skin from UV damage and aid in cell renewal.  Turmeric helps to reduce pigmentation on your face and even out your skin tone.  It can also greatly reduce the appearance of acne.  Chickpea, turmeric and honey have enough benefits between them to warrant an entire separate book so we will leave it at that for now.

  • Mix ½ teaspoon chickpea powder with a pinch of turmeric and honey.
  • Blend together with milk for dry skin or yogurt for oily skin.
  • Use your fingers to gently rub the Chickpea and Honey in a upward circling motion on your face.

Mix together 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of milk for an effective moisturiser.

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He Restores My Soul - Creation

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
 - Psalm 96:11-12


Sitting on a bench in my garden one evening, feeling rather gloomy, I noticed some random red patches in the sky! They were very unusual and so incredibly beautiful. My gaze was transfixed. I could not take my eyes off the beautiful scene that was unfolding before my very eyes. It was as if God had decided to put on a show for me to cheer me up and what a show it was!

As I gazed up, I saw all sorts of different coloured clouds were being swept away with the strong wind, really high up in the night sky! I had never noticed coloured clouds in the night sky before. As you can see in the photo below (click for full size image), you could barely make out the clouds but I can assure you they were unusual and a deep red colour.

There it was, crystal clear, the big, bright moon, looking down at me on my bench by the pond in my garden in the middle of the night. And to think that I could have missed it all and gone to sleep still feeling as sad as I did that night. All it took was a moment of rest in His presence, a moment to enjoy His creation. I sat for ages as I watched the clouds sweep by and the moon lift higher and higher into the night sky. Every single night God puts on a show for us, every morning He rises the sun for us. Every day there is something beautiful and awesome just waiting for us to see.

Without warning, my breath was taken away by the next scene that was presented to me. Glowing brightly, the moon made its grand entrance into the night sky, from behind the clouds that I had been watching intently! It was so BEAUTIFUL.

Evening turned into late night but I could not stop staring at the moon, it was so unbelievably beautiful. I started out earlier that evening, sitting in my dark room, feeling sorry for myself and ended the evening with my soul restored - totally and utterly in awe of God's creation. All I did was look at the moon and yet the power within that simple observation was astounding! Finally, when I could stay awake no more, I walked away from one of the most beautiful scenes I had witnessed in a long time and drifted off to sleep peacefully, feeling safe, rested and very close to my Creator.

My experience that evening with the moon was not the first time I had experienced the restoration of my soul through creation. I remember when my grandfather died. At the time, I was living in South Africa and he in England. Grieving was not easy, there was no funeral to attend, no crying family to cry with and nothing that marked his death in any way. I was alone, so I went down to the beach, to a place where the waves crashed violently against the rocks causing a beautiful cascade of water. As I sat watching this scene and feeling the power of it, I cried. I must have sat for an hour or more and just cried my eyes out whilst watching the waves crashing against the rocks. I did that for three days as I remembered my granddad and thought of all the good times we had together. I cried deeply and for some reason the powerful crashing of the waves allowed me to cry intensely. After three days of crying at the rocks, I felt better. It was as if I had cried all that I had to cry out of my system and my soul was restored. I will never forget the peace that I felt after those few days by the rocks, it was quite surreal. 

On many other occasions, I have had my soul restored as I have walked in the woods, or stumbled across some deer in the field or simply sat at our pond in our garden and watched the birds bathe and the squirrels scurry by. There is something to be said about taking a moment to allow creation to minister to you. You do not need to be an outdoors person or a naturalist to have an experience with creation. No matter who you are and what your preferences, I am quite certain that as you absorb the wonderful world that God has created for you to live in, your soul will be restored. Something must grab your attention, perhaps the enormity of the Grand Canyon or the intricacies of the wings of a butterfly.

My favourite place - our garden pond

Daniel and Amy by our pond

A bug's view of our pond

This is a chapter snippet from He Restores My Soul.  Find out more about how The Sounds of Nature can restore your soul and improve your health.  Also find out The Touch of Nature and The Hygiene Hypothesis in He Restores My Soul.