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California dreaming

California dreaming

It’s barely dawn and I’m bleary-eyed and carrying a yoga mat towards the ocean. The 6.15am wake-up call suddenly feels less brutal, however, when minutes later, I’m breathing through a sun salutation with rolling waves as the live soundtrack. “Listen to the ocean and feel the sunbeams on your face,” …

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Moving on when the kids move out

Moving on when the kids move out

Preparing to start university for the first time is exciting for teenagers, but can be extremely nerve-racking for their parents. Not only may mums and dads be worried about how their child will cope living away from home, but they may be equally concerned about themselves, and how they’ll cope …

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'Don't limit yourself with things you love'

Olivia Wollenberg

Life doesn’t get much sweeter than biting into a warm honey cake, fresh from the oven. But in this kitchen, there’s no refined sugar – nor gluten or dairy, for that matter – in sight. This is Livia’s – aka Olivia Wollenberg’s – kitchen, and she’s made her name by …

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Five salt myths that could be damaging your health

Five salt myths that could be damaging your health

Most of us are well aware that high blood pressure is a major risk factor for some of the most common killers, such as stroke and coronary heart disease. But are you aware just how big a role salt consumption can play in developing high blood pressure in the first …

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5 reasons to take up Pilates

5 reasons to take up Pilates

Some love the rhythm and solitude of a long Sunday morning run, others get their kicks from the squeals of rubber soles and balls whizzing high-speed around a squash court, while clipping a lead on the dog and braving whatever elements for a stroll on the beach does it for …

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Students need to brush up on finances

Students need to brush up on finances

Finance and freshers don’t always make an A-grade combination. As many students leave Ireland to continue their studies in the UK, for some it will be their first real taste of financial independence, with important decisions about money matters to be made.

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Biological warfare against pests

Biological warfare against pests

Those of us who yearn to ditch the blue pellets and quick-fix chemical sprays in favour of more eco-friendly garden pest controls, should perhaps be taking a biological approach. Many of us incorporate a variety of plants in our garden to attract beneficial predators such as ladybirds which will gobble …

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Six of the best: Camping gadgets

Best camping gadgets

Breathe easy – Windcatcher AirPad 2+ Unless you’re truly hardy, an air bed’s a must if you want to enjoy sleeping beneath canvas. The pain is blowing the bed up. You either have to sweat it out using a pump or almost pass out through pure lung power. Step forward …

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