Friday 23 June 2023

Everything Pregnant

Loving Yourself

We've been brought up believing that we must behave in certain ways heavily influenced by our families, culture, religion, etc. It is very important that we must learn to love who we are and accept what we love.

It is healthy to accept our sexual desires. Having sexual feelings are natural and we should embrace these feelings.

A friend of mine had recommended the following test for me and my partner to do. Why not have a go to get a better understanding about yourself as well as your other half. My friends and I had quite an interesting discussions comparing our test results.

Here's mine and my partner's. We have a fantastic love life and our test results were inline with our compatibility.

Alternatively, for some bedtime light readings. You can always read up on other intimacy challenges and quiz before/after trying the online ones.

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Spice up your marriage / relationship 

Where some are more than happy to talk about sex toys with their friends and partner, others still view them as a taboo subject. A new relationship usually begins with plenty of lust and passion. Moving on to a stable relationship from the honeymoon period does not mean boring or repetitive. Keeping an open mind between the sheets and be honest with your partner could really keep your sparks going.

How about experiencing with sex toys to keep bedroom activities interesting?

If your sex life has come to feel monotonous, sex toys can help you conjure more intense versions of sensations you already enjoy, and help yourself feel more closely connected to your partner Sex toys can enhance the intimacy between two people and it's a good way to maintain a level of sexual intimacy with each other.

Clitoralal stimulation is the key to an amazing orgasm. Why not try this as part of your foreplay to steam up your bedroom?

This model comes with loads of positive reviews from users and it's a great one to begin with if you are new to it all.

Friday 26 March 2021

Fertility & Maternity Recipes

Chestnut puree / Mount Blanc Dessert

Chestnut puree truffle

Chestnuts are packed with protein, fat, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins that are essential during pregnancy. These nutrients help to regulate blood flow as well as promoting better bones and reduce fatigue during pregnancy.

Chestnut puree is very easy to make from fresh chestnuts. They can be frozen after being picked in Autumn for use over winter.


  • 500g chestnuts (peeled)
  • 50-80ml full-fat milk
  • pinch of salt


  1. Boil peeled chestnuts in hot water in a saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook till soft.
  3. Drain chestnuts and let them cool.
  4. Mash chestnuts with milk (quantity according to the texture you prefer, the more the lighter the puree).
  5. Pipe over the tart/biscuit base for Mount Blanc dessert, to make chestnut puree truffle, or fresh cream sponge cake.

A cake I made with fresh cream and chestnut puree.

If foraging, pureeing, and baking all seemed a bit too much for you. Why not include chestnuts as snacks as part of your healthy diet?

Thursday 25 March 2021

Raising Children

Sweet Chestnuts foraging

Sweet chestnuts with prickly cases and tails

October is the perfect time to forage for sweet chestnut in your local woods. They are tasty for savory or sweet dishes and highly nutritious for growing children. 

Collecting Sweet Chestnuts

Conkers are mildly poisonous, therefore the last thing we want is to get horse chestnuts and sweet chestnuts mixed up. You tend to find fallen horse chestnuts starting in August through September, whilst chestnuts usually start falling towards the end of September. The key to identifying their difference is to look at their cases. Sweet chestnuts look green sea urchin while on the tree and usually turn brown by the time they fall. They are prickly and sharp to touch and always have a tail at the end of each nut.

Horse chestnuts with thorny cases and no tails.

Conkers have only short thorny cases, they are usually quite large and with no tails. It's not difficult to differentiate between the two when you know what to look for.

It really is a fun day out in autumn and the kids get to understand where food comes from. I normally grab a load of them and freeze them for use throughout winter. I will be sharing some recipes using my own foraged chestnuts too.

Wednesday 9 September 2020

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 Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture for Fertility: Can Acupuncture Help You Conceive?

Speaking from personal experience, acupuncture worked wonders for me. In my early thirties when we were trying to get pregnant for our first child, it just didn't happen for the first year. According to the clinical definition: Infertility is "a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse"...(WHO-ICMART glossary1).

As having a few children has basically been my life-long dream since I was a child, I went to an acupuncturist specializes in treating infertility in Hong Kong, as I was living there at that time. Before making an appointment to see her, I had already heard numerous success stories from my friends and family. I went with my then-husband and we received a 7-day acupuncture treatment as well as taking herbal medicines every day during that week. By the end of the treatments, the acupuncturist worked out my fertile dates and told us to "work hard" during those three days. We did exactly what we were told and I fell pregnant for my first child that month.

I was very lucky the treatment worked for me after just one attempt. My cousin and her husband who were in their early forties after trying for over a decade went to see her, she too fell pregnant after receiving treatments for just over three months. I was particularly inspired by her case as her husband is a family doctor and her father-in-law was a gynecologist before he retired. A family with such strong western medical background opted for a natural less invasive fertility treatment was truly inspiring for many eager parents to be.

How does acupuncture for fertility work? 

Improve Fertility Easily With Acupressure

According to The Guardian's news pages in 2008, "Acupuncture can increase the chances of getting pregnant for women undergoing fertility treatment by 65%." Its history dating back 5,000 years in Chinese medicine. By applying needles to fertility pressure points, acupuncture regulates the flow of energy in the body and brings it back into balance.

Acupuncture treatments help to increase blood flow to the uterus, regulate reproductive hormones, and reduce inflammation to increase the chances of conceiving. After conceiving, further treatments will be required to stabilize the pregnancy. 

Acupuncture involves placing thin needles into the fertility pressure points of the body. You can hardly feel the needles when applying correctly and it's a completely relaxing process.

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Fertility & Maternity Recipes


10 reasons why we all should be eating ginger (with recipes) - Kind Earth

Ginger originated from the southern part of ancient China, it gradually spread to India and the rest of Asia. Ginger was discovered in Europe around the first century when the Romans traded with India.

Health Benefits of Ginger

The main bioactive compound in ginger is called Gingerol, it is a powerful anti-inflammation agent in the body. Conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis which greatly affect fertility, are related to inflammation and can be helped by consuming ginger. Consuming ginger regularly can help reduce inflammation and increase the chances of conception. It is also effective in reducing nausea during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. 

How to include Ginger in our diet?

1. Fresh Ginger

How To Use Fresh Ginger – The Ultimate Guide - Foods Guy

You can include fresh ginger in tea with honey; grated in soup; cooked with fish to neutralize any unpleasant fish, or add a few slices in stir-fried vegetables to bring out the aroma of your dish.

2. Dried Ginger Powder

Dried Ginger Powder, Adrak Powder, Dehydrated Ginger Powder, Dry Ginger  Powder, Sonth Powder, अदरक पाउडर - Wayanad Special Traditional, Wayanad |  ID: 11660102197
If the taste of hot spice in ginger isn't your cup of tea, try including couple tablespoons of ginger powder in a fruit smoothie. The heat will hardly be noticeable in smoothies but all the benefits remain. You can buy ginger powder online or from any health food shop.

3. Ginger tablets

If eating fresh ginger nor dried ginger powder isn't for you, then you can always take it in tablets form which is widely available from health shops too.

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 Vitamins for Good Sexual Health

Sex Bucket List Ideas - Sexual Things to Try

Vitamin C

Most of us take vitamin C supplements for preventing the common cold, flu, or Covid-19 if we are lucky. The good thing is, vitamin C can also boost our sexual health as it helps improve blood flow and promote erectile function. Since vitamin C can't be stored in the body, we should eat enough vitamin c rich food on a daily basis.

Vitamin C rich foods include:

1. Guavas

8 Health Benefits of Guava Fruit and Leaves
Vitamin C per 100g 
(228mg (254% DV))

Guavas powder is an easy way to supplement it in our diet.

2. Bell Pepper

Vitamin C per 100g
(128mg (142% DV))

3. Kiwifruit 

How To Ripen Kiwi: 8 Expert Tips To Ripen Kiwi At Home - NDTV Food
Vitamin C per 100g
(93mg (103% DV))

4. Strawberries

Strawberry Facts - Fun Facts About Strawberries
Vitamin C per 100g
(59mg (65% DV))

Why not switch to a healthier snacks from crisps and sweets?

5. Oranges 

Oranges: Health benefits, nutrition, diet, and risks

Vitamin C per 100G
(53mg (59% DV))

6. Papayas


Vitamin C per 100g
(61mg (68% DV))

Dried Papaya is one of my favourite snacks.

7. Broccoli

 Broccoli: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts | Live Science

Vitamin C per 100g
(89mg (99% DV))

8. Tomatoes

 Tomata - Wikipedia

Vitamin C per 100 g
(23mg (25% DV))

9. Snow/Mangetout peas

Try grow your own snow peas at home. It is such a rewarding and satisfying midsummer treat.

Vitamin C per 100g
(60mg (67% DV))

10. Kale 

How to Grow and Care for Kale
Vitamin C per 100g
(18mg (20% DV))