• certapet national pet day anxiety panic attack
    Collaborations,  Mental Health,  Pets

    How A Pet Helps You During A Panic Attack

    Those who suffer from severe anxiety are often prone to panic attacks. These attacks can last for up to 20 minutes, and regular attacks can have such a detrimental effect on a person’s quality of life. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs are usually the first point of call when it comes to preventing future attacks from occurring, but how do you treat the symptoms during an actual attack? This is where a pet can be such a huge help. A DOG’S INCREDIBLE SENSE OF SMELL It is common knowledge that dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell, one that is far greater than that of humans. However, in addition to using…

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    Food,  Sponsored Posts

    Quick and Easy Lamb Bhuna Recipe

    There was a time when I didn’t enjoy cooking. I was more of an eat-to-live kind of person and it’s only since my son has started to take an interest in joining me in the kitchen that I’ve begun to enjoy preparing meals. Today I want to share a recipe that I’ve been making for a few years now, for lamb bhuna. This is a dish I first tried out when I was pregnant and preparing meals to freeze for those difficult “babymoon” days when your mind is mush and you need something quick and simple that you can remove from the freezer. So, here is my recipe, which takes…

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    The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019,  Travel

    A to Z Blogging Challenge: T is for Torquay

    I still haven’t caught up with my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts but hopefully by the end of the month I will. Once again, I’m going to write today’s post and leave the two that I’ve missed until I have got time to write them. So long as I get them done by midnight on the 30th of April, I will have completed the challenge. So, today is T and T is for Torquay, which is a town on the south-west coast of England and is one of the towns on the English Riviera. When I was growing up, we went to Torquay every summer. That would be from…

  • toddler speech delay
    Books,  Guest Posts,  Parenting

    Five Favourite Books For Encouraging Speech In Toddlers

    Here on Rock Paper Spirit, we love to welcome contributions from other writers and bloggers. Today we welcome blogger Kim Hogg for this special guest appearance, where she will be sharing which books are her favourites for encouraging speech in toddlers. My eldest son is 3 and while he is now seen to speak, it hasn’t always been this way. He was over 18 months old before he finally said “mum”, and he was nearly 3 before we could start to have a vaguely sensible conversation with him. I have spent a lot of time working on his speech at home, and have found a variety of activities that work…

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    Lifestyle,  The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019

    A to Z Blogging Challenge: S is for Selfie With A Giraffe

    Welcome back to my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts. I’ve fallen a little behind, but instead of trying to do the posts that I’ve missed, I’m writing the post that I was meant to write today anyway, which is S, and I’ll catch up later when I have time. So, today is S for Selfie With A Giraffe, which is one of the items close to the top of my wish list. If you’d like to read the rest of my posts, you can catch up by clicking on my index post, which is right here. I’ve always been a short person. I’m 4ft 10 (and a half) and…

  • Formula 1,  The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019

    A to Z of Blogging Challenge: R is for Raikkonen

    This is another backdated post because I fell a little bit behind over the Easter holiday weekend. What can I say? It’s just more fun to sunbathe and eat chocolate than it is to work! However, I’m back to working hard on this blog and others and back to writing my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts. Today is R for Raikkonen and if you’re at all interested in motor sport, you’ll know that name. It’s about Kimi Raikkonen, my current favourite driver. I have a kind of complicated admiration for Kimi Raikkonen. I’ve been a fan of his since he joined Formula 1 and imagine how delighted I was…

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    The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019,  Writing

    A to Z Blogging Challenge: Q is for Queen of Stars and Smoke

    Unfortunately, I’m too late to wish my readers a happy Easter. Although it’s the post meant for Good Friday, I’m writing this a little bit late and backdating it. Today is Q and that’s a letter that could potentially be quite difficult but this was one of the first that I managed to allocate a subject to. Q is for Queen of Stars and Smoke. If that sounds bizarre and you don’t have a clue what it is, then you’re not alone. I don’t know either. So, how can I make this a topic for my wish list? Read on to find out. A few months ago, I did one…