Learn how to treat it and avoid it

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Maskne is the newest term we are all hearing about these days. It refers to that horrible acne that forms on our skin from wearing a face mask daily.

Since COVID-19, we are all subjected to various rules and regulations. The one that seems to be causing problems for many people is wearing a face mask.

Some people don’t want to wear one, despite the fact it could save many lives. …


When you get a complete blank

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Writing can be the plainest sailing and most fulfilling job or hobby you could have — when things are going right. Sadly, many writers struggle from time to time and end up sitting with a blank screen in front of them. I always look up quotes from famous writers when in a bit of a rut. I find them very inspiring. The quotes below are from very diverse writers, all of which I found helpful. They may also spring you back into writing action.

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”

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How it could change your outlook and your body

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Social drinking is something many of us do, and it can be fun when consumed responsibly.

Like everything in life, though, there are limits, and while most people are aware of when they’ve had enough, some are not.

The damage drinking may cause to your body if in excess is incredible. Not only could it have dire consequences for your liver, but it could also change your outlook and your ability to see reality.

This year, in particular, has been challenging for people. Many in lockdown found themselves reaching for the wine bottle a little more often than usual. …


Tried and tested and I feel and look more healthy.

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Almonds are a vast source of nutrients for the body. A few years back, I started eating almonds regularly when I discovered the benefits they offer the body. There are many advantages attached to eating a small portion of almonds daily.

Good for heart health

Eating almonds in moderation each day can be very beneficial for your heart. As they are bursting with antioxidants, they may help reduce heart attack and stroke risk.

May lower blood pressure

As almonds have a very high nutrient content, they may reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure in the body.

Magnesium is a crucial nutrient in almonds, which can help prevent high…


The night I realized I was being ridiculous.

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When I was younger, I was never bothered by a head of fuzzy woolly red hair, weirdly painted face, and oversized shoes.

However, then I saw it, as in IT. Never before had anything scared the bejesus out of me as that film had. My outlook on clowns significantly changed.

Clowns from that point forward were something to avoid. As I saw IT around Halloween time, I always associated clowns with that time of the year from thereon.

I remember walking down a street one day, and my friend spotted a clown making animals out of balloons. …


My health improved, and I realized what I wanted from life.

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Back in 2008, I was dealt a blow with a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. It was a big shock to my system. I still recall sitting in the consultant’s office when he gave me the news. My eyes filled up as my initial thought was that I was going to die. The pain I experienced at the time felt like I was not going in the right direction.

Thankfully, he assured me it was treatable. I acted quickly enough to catch it from getting beyond treatable. …


Learn how to deal with the struggle of transitioning from fiction to non-fiction writing.

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Until recently, my focus remained firmly on writing humorous romantic fiction novels. It’s something I love to do. However, as with many people, I lost motivation at the start of lockdown.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve found that I’m slowly getting a little inspiration going again. I’m determined that I will get back into the saddle and keep peddling.

One thing I decided, for now, is that I’d like to change gear slightly and work on more on articles and blogging. However, the struggle for me is real.

Trying to write a non-fiction article is far more complicated…


Avoid the stress of having limited cash at Christmas time.

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Halloween isn’t even upon us yet, but dare I say it, Christmas will follow suit quickly afterward. Now is the time to start thinking about saving for those gifts and nights out.

Many get strapped for cash around Christmas time. Some people start their saving from the previous January. However, others don’t and end up in a state of panic in the run-up to the madness.

We all know that it’s an expensive time of year, and I’m going to share simple but effective ways to save some money for those gifts and nights out you may be looking forward…


Get the lowdown on how not to wear one.

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The majority of us hate wearing them, and some don’t have a clue how to wear them. However, we have to, and we endure it for our safety.

A typical day for most is to do the usual morning routine, have a shower to wake up, follow it with a cup of coffee. Then it’s time to head out to work or go about the daily routine.

However, it’s a little different now as we have to grab more than our bag and keys. …


These latest stamps may make letter-writing fashionable again.

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It’s on! The people of Ireland are incredibly excited about the launch of the latest postal stamp to feature in the Irish stamp collection. Maybe this is something that will start a new wave of letter sending, romantic notes, and just quick ‘hellos’ across the nation. Why would it? Well, I’m not aware of anyone who can resist anything, Father Ted.

For those of you who haven’t seen this iconic Irish comedy yet, maybe it’s time you did, as the expressions and phrases from this TV series will live on forever. The TV Series shot on fictional ‘Craggy Island’ in…

Emilie James

Lover of words, laughs, and life. Favorite spots are New York, London, and Rome. Enjoys meditation to relax and a massive believer in alternative therapies.

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