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The Curly Girl Method

Fighting Frizz has become a full-time job over the years for me, as I’m sure it has for countless women with curls. I’m not sure if I’ll ever fully conquer the quest and achieve curl perfection, but I’m sure as hell not giving up just yet! If you’ve never tried the Curly Girl Method before, …

Juicy cherries are full of lovely antioxidants and are fantastic for muscle recovery after a tough gym session or for other aches and pains - www.themamadaze.com
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Soothe muscle aches

Hey there, mamas

I’ve been practicing yoga for a couple of weeks now, doing it alongside my usual rebounding exercises and (very occasional!) high-energy home DVDs. I’m loving yoga, the feeling of calm it gives whilst still really pushing my muscles and body to stretch and open up.

But with any form of exercise comes muscle ache. We’ve all experienced it after a gym session, dance class or just even an extra long walk. Our muscles have been worked, and whether we feel it the same day or (more commonly) the day after, these aches need to be eased.

Don’t reach for the ibuprofen tablets though – there’s a fruit that naturally can help with muscle aches, and it’s a sweet one too – the cherry!

Juicy cherries are full of lovely antioxidants and are fantastic for muscle recovery after a tough gym session or for other aches and pains - www.themamadaze.com

Cherries – Nature’s Anti-inflammatory

Cherries contain anthocyanins, which are a natural anti-inflammatory aid. They work to speed up the oxygen we receive via the blood system, getting more oxygen to those tired muscles and helping reduce any carbon dioxide buildup which causes cramps. Cherries, and dark-pigmented foods (such as blackberries etc) reduce muscle inflammation, and act like an ibuprofen or aspirin would, but without the tummy upset and potential kidney damage these pills can cause.

Juicy cherries are full of lovely antioxidants and are fantastic for muscle recovery after a tough gym session or for other aches and pains - www.themamadaze.com

Eating a handful of cherries or having a small glass of natural cherry juice can really boost muscle recovery and minimise workout pain. Eat them either before or after a workout session, or have some in the fridge if you know you’ve got a physically strenuous week ahead – moving house, menstrual pains, lots of gardening/DIY to do, training hard!

Juicy cherries are full of lovely antioxidants and are fantastic for muscle recovery after a tough gym session or for other aches and pains - www.themamadaze.com

Hope this handy tip works for you, let me know below, I’d love to know

With my mama daze love,

Laura x

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Music, I missed you…

When I was in my teens, you couldn’t get me out of music shops! I’d be forever in there, browsing through the racks of CDs, scanning the album art, checking out the tracks from my favourite artists – and those on offer that week.

Yup, HMV in the UK (the better known acronym of ‘His Master’s Voice’), was the place I would choose to spend my pocket money. And then I’d play that album to within an inch of its silver disced life!

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Memorizing the lyrics, and skipping those few c-list tracks that were pure filler. My CDs would come on car trips, be slipped into the radio in my room, and popped into my ‘portable’ player, which I somehow miraculously rammed down my jeans to make it truly ‘on the go’!

But these days, there are whole strings of days when I don’t actively listen to music. I mean, it’s ‘on’ in the background, but it’s often my husband who’s put the tunes on and so it’s just background to me.

And the songs I choose to listen to? Well, I hate to say it, but I’m not sure my music taste has much changed since circa 1998! I still opt for those tracks from my teens and those from even younger years.

rediscovering my love of music from my youth, now in my forties www.themamadaze.com

I was berating myself the other day for this – how did I get so out of touch with music? Did I just stop caring? Or did the style of music change and leave me behind? But then I realized – I’m being pretty stupid! Sure, I may not know who’s in the Top Ten (seriously, I don’t know!) and probably haven’t for about 5 years!

But my love of music hasn’t died. I’ve just become lazy in it. So as a tribute to my youth & as a treat to my soul, I’ve decided to do a Music Monday mash up. Every Monday, I’m going to listen to 3 tracks I know & love. And 3 tracks I’ve never listened to before. And I’m hoping Spotify is going to help me with that!

Browsing the CDs, loving the music and spending my pocket money back in my teens - www.themamadaze.com

Because music can lift your mood – it can transport you to another time – it can bring calm – it can bring sadness with remembering happier (or sad) times. And it’s about time I let it gift my life again.

So, sorry I’ve been too lazy or wrapped in a Netflix world to enjoy you, Music. But here’s to reawakening that wonderful relationship we once shared.

Wanna join me in this little discovery? Pop down your favourite songs below, as well as any brand new ones & artists you’ve discovered – I’d love to know what you’re listening to 🙂

With mama daze love,

Laura x

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Upset Tummy? Try Peppermint…

It’s horrible having an upset stomach! I don’t care if it’s due to over-indulging (I’m not judging,mama!) poor digestion, an inflammatory stomach or reacting badly to a particular food intolerance (damn you gluten!!)

Not only does it It leave us possibly in pain, but sometimes also feeling bloated and nauseous. Nah, we don’t need that !

We often reach for something in the medicine cabinet, like Milk of Magnesia or chalky indigestion pills. But there’s one particular natural remedy that is renowned for helping – and that’s Peppermint. Yippee!

A cup of peppermint tea goes to work on your gastrointestinal tract straight away, helping to soothe the site of irritation and calm inflammation. Fresh mint works too, steeped in a cup of hot water. You can chew on fresh mint – but I’d avoid this if your stomach is particularly painful, as drinking will be easier on your system than eating.

Don’t give your stomach any unnecessary work than it needs, when it’s upset. Treat it with the love it deserves 🙂

Stick to peppermint tea, or simple hot water with a squeeze of lemon to help balance the acidity of your stomach lining.

I always take a couple of peppermint tea bags with me when I go away on holiday. Easy to pack (especially the ones that come individually wrapped) and you’re ready then for any disagreements your tummy may have with local cuisine or just from eating food off your toddler’s t-shirt!

With mama daze love,

Laura x

peppermint has so many ways to naturally heal your body - including tummy aches - the mama daze
peppermint has so many ways to naturally heal your body – including tummy aches – the mama daze