MIDWEEK MANTRA

YOUR WEEKLY MEET UP FOR INSPIRATION AND AN INJECTION OF POSITIVITY WHEN LIFE GETS TOO DEMANDING.

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REFLECTIONS

AS WE START TO COME OUT OF LOCKDOWN AND RUSH BACK TO OUR BUSY LIVES IT IS IMPORTANT TO REFLECT ON THE LAST YEAR AND THE IMPORTANT DISCOVERIES WE MADE.

FOR MANY OF US THE LAST YEAR INCLUDED MANY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES AND CHANGES WE MADE TO OUR EVERYDAY LIVES AND IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO LOSE SIGHT OF OUR NEW HABITS.

SO SPEND SOME TIME TODAY REFLECTING ON THE CHANGES YOU WANT TO TAKE FORWARD WITH YOU AS WE START TO NORMALISE OUR LIVES AGAIN. WHAT WILL BE YOUR NEW NORMAL ?

THESE MAY INCLUDE

  • STRUCTURING YOUR WORKING WEEK DIFFERENTLY. WORKING FROM HOME MORE OR CHANGING THE HOURS. WORKING LESS OR MORE PRODUCTIVELY.
  • COMPILING RECIPES YOU LEARNED IN LOCKDOWN. COOKING SIMPLER, FRESHER RECIPES, THAT CAN BE PREPARED IN THE TIME IT TAKES TO ORDER A TAKEOUT.
  • MANY PEOPLE HAVE RECONNECTED TO THE OUTDOORS AND NATURE. WALKING IS THE NEW GYM. THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN INCORPORATE A WEEKLY NATURE BURST INTO YOUR BUSY LIFE.
  • A NEW APPRECIATION FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HUMAN CONTACT HAS BECOME MORE PROMINENT OVER THE LAST YEAR. TRY NOT TO LOSE THIS. SEND LITTLE MASSAGES OF APPRECIATION. MAKE TIME TO SEE THOSE IMPORTANT TO YOU.
  • SPEND TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN BUT BE PRESENT! LISTEN, ENGAGE,PLAY.
  • CONTINUE TO LEARN NEW SKILLS, LANGUAGES, INSTRUMENTS TO ENGAGE THE BRAIN, GIVE YOU A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND KEEP DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AT BAY.
  • SILENCE IS IMPORTANT. KEEP UP THE MEDITATION AND YOGA. OR JUST TAKE 10 MINUTES TO LIE IN A QUIET DARK ROOM TO RECONNECT WITH YOU.
  • LESS MEANINGLESS SHOPPING. ONLY BUY WHAT YOU REALLY NEED. I CERTAINLY BUYING LESS CLOTHES SINCE THE SHOPS REOPENED AS IT ALL SEEMS LESS IMPORTANT SOMEHOW. TIME TO SAVE THE PLANET AND REDUCE THE LANDFILL !!

FOR YOU, THE LIST MAYBE DIFFERENT.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: ALSO REFLECT ON YOURSELF. LOOK IN THE MIRROR. HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED DURING THE PANDEMIC ? ANCHOR YOURSELF TO THE GOOD POINTS AND SHAKE OFF THE BAD. BUT BE HONEST REALLY GET TO KNOW YOURSELF AS YOU REFLECT THAT IMAGE. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS ONE STYLELISTAS !

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MIDWEEK MANTRA

INSPIRATION AND MENTAL TASKS TO STRENGTHEN THE MIND AND IMPROVE YOU WEEK.

PART TWO: DISCOVER SUCCESS

IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE MIDWEEK MANTRA IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO RECAP LAST WEEKS MANTRA (PART ONE) TO COMPLETE THE TASK.

HOME + HEALTH + RELATIONSHIPS + FINANCE = SUCCESS

SO HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE HAD A DEEP THINK ABOUT THE THREE QUESTIONS SET LAST WEEK AND HOPEFULLY HAD A CHANCE TO DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. YOU SHOULD NOW HAVE FOUR LISTS UNDER THE ABOVE HEADINGS THAT ARE PERSONAL TO YOU.

THIS WEEK LETS LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER UNDER EACH OF THE HEADING AND GIVE YOU SOME FURTHER IDEAS HOW TO IMPROVE THESE AREAS.

HOME

  • ONLY INVITE PEOPLE INTO YOUR HOME WHO WILL RESPECT IT AND THE PEOPLE IN IT.
  • INVEST IN A FENG SHUI CONSULTANT FOR A ONE TIME VISIT, TO CREATE HARMONY IN YOUR LIVING SPACE. OR JUST BUY A BOOK FOR SOME TIPS. I AM A HUGE ADVOCATE OF FENG SHUI…. MILLIONS OF JAPANESE CANNOT BE WRONG ?
  • KEEP YOUR HOME TIDY AND CLEAN IF YOU ARE TOO BUSY HIRE SOME HELP EVEN IF ITS A COUPLE OF HOURS PER WEEK.
  • DECORATE IN RESTFUL COLOURS. NEUTRAL PALETTES WORK WELL.
  • CREATE A HAPPY HOME FULL OF LAUGHTER, GAMES AND SHARING MEALS TOGETHER.

HEALTH

  • OVER 50 ? TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF YOUR FREE NHS ANNUAL CHECK UP. BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR IT !
  • TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EXERCISE AND DIET. EAT BEAUTIFUL FRESH FOOD AND BUILD AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE . WALKING WITH FRIENDS FIND A SPORT YOU ENJOY. ORGANISE A TEAM SO IT BECOMES A SOCIAL EVENT. BEATS DRAGGING YOURSELF OFF TO THE GYM!
  • BEAT STRESS WITH EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT AND MAKING APPOINTMENTS WITH YOURSELF IN YOUR WORK DIARY. THAT WAY YOU WON’T FEEL GUILTY IF YOU TELL PEOPLE THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE AN “APPOINTMENT” AT THAT TIME.
  • DRINK MORE WATER. LESS ALCOHOL. ENOUGH SAID.
  • GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SPIRITUALITY AND SCHEDULE MEDITATION INTO YOUR DAILY EXISTENCE EVEN IF ITS ONLY FOR 10 MINUTES JUST TO FOCUS DURING A QUIET TIME.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • KEEP IT FUN DONT MAKE IT ABOUT THE BAD STUFF
  • TALK. OPEN AND HONESTLY.
  • CUT OUT THE DRAINS AND SURROUND YOURSELF WITH RADIATORS. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.
  • APPRECIATE THE GOOD PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND SHOW THEM.
  • SHOW RESPECT BY BEING ON TIME AND NOT CANCELLING AT THE LAST MINUTE.

FINANCE

  • LOTS OF MONEY IS NOT THE ROUTE TO HAPPINESS BUT NEITHER IS NONE. YOU JUST WANT ENOUGH !
  • BORING I KNOW BUT BUDGET MONTHLY. MONEY IS LIKE CALORIES WHAT COMES IN MUST BE BALANCED WITH WHAT GOES OUT. TWO LISTS…. INCOMINGS AND OUTGOINGS.
  • START A SAVINGS ACCOUNT ( MARCUS HAS THE BEST INTEREST EASY ACCESS ACCOUNT RIGHT NOW AT 1.35%) PUT A LITTLE ASIDE EACH MONTH FOR BIG TREATS !!
  • EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT FINANCE . SADLY LACKING IN SCHOOLS. ALSO EDUCATE YOURSELF WITH AN EVENING CLASS/OPEN UNIVERSITY IF YOU NEED EXTRA SKILLS TO EARN EXTRA MONEY OR TO SECURE THAT PROMOTION !
  • CREATE A MOOD BOARD. THIS WORKS. I HAVE DONE THIS WITH MANY OF MY CLIENTS. CUT OUT PICTURES FROM MAGAZINES TO REFLECT THE LIFESTYLE YOU WANT. STICK THEM ON A BOARD AND FOCUS ON THE BOARD REGULARLY. YOUR FOCUS WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY OVERLOOKED.

SO GOOD LUCK STYLISTAS FOR CREATING THE FABULOUS LIFE THAT YOU DESERVE . HERES TO SUCCESS !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:Its always a good idea to review your life plan on a regular basis and make changes where necessary to ensure you are on path,

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXX

BEAUTY: PRE PARTY PAMPER

COUNTDOWN ON THE NIGHT

MONDAY 12TH APRIL is nearly upon us ! Socialising is back on the menu. I am sure all my readers have a big night out planned so its time to shake your beauty routine up and indulge with a celebratory pamper evening. Yes girls and boys its all about you and shaking off the lockdown look.

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THE COUNTDOWN STARTS HERE ……….

So let us assume that you managed to get your nail bar appointments ( hey girlfriend where were you ?) at least Monday or Tuesday ! No one does their own nails anymore do they ?? Otherwise allow an extra hour. Also pre select your outfit and accessories and lay them all out on the bed beforehand. No last minute rummaging or repairs to stress you out.

5.00PM

Pour a glass of bubbles and get some party music on. Put on a fluffy terry robe. Pull hair back. Cleanse face, with a firm facial massage to get the blood pumping and bring a glow to your skin. Now is not the time for micro needling or glyco peeling or using new products.

Scrutinize the eyebrows plucking any stray hairs and tidy them up.

5.30PM

Now time to depilate any excess hair. I suggest a gentle method for your pre party pamper. Apply some cream such as Immac or Veet and while that is working for 10 minutes use that time to body brush the rest of your body .

5.45PM

Jump in the shower to rinse the cream. Gently exfoliate with a handful of sugar and olive oil especially on your depilated areas to avoid ingrown hairs. Wash hair. Finish with a freezing cold burst of water on hair to flatten the cuticles and all over your body to energise you.

6.15PM

Now you are all clean. Draw a warm luxurious bubble bath. HIGHLY RECOMMEND L’OCCITANE LEMON VERBENA FOAM BATH £22. Remember this is about a celebratory pamper not wallowing in your own filth (and depilitary cream!). So to your damp hair apply a rehydrating super glossy hair mask and wrap in a hot towel or turban. My fave is BLEACH LONDON REINCARNATION MASK £7.50.

Apply a no nonsense hydrating sheet mask. An inexpensive but highly effective one I have recently tried is GARNIER MOISTURE BOMB £2.99.

Wallow for a good 15 minutes. Rinse hair mask.

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6.45PM

Wrap yourself in a huge warm terry towel. Pat yourself dry. Rub in residue of face mask into skin.

Spritz yourself in a dry body oil to lock in the moisture and make your skin look glistening and healthy. Two fabulous ones are BOOTS NO7 BEAUTIFUL SKIN PAMPERING DRY BODY OIL £12 AND A FIRM FAVOURITE, HUILE PRODIGIEUSE DRY OIL choose the one with the gold sparkle in it. A good tip here run some through dry hair for glistening shine.

Rough dry hair. Put in large velcro rollers for smooth hair if required. Just don’t apply too much heat to hair by overdrawing and over processing. Remember we are going for a glossy just got out of lockdown look !!

7.15PM

Giant rollers in. Time to do your make up. Skin should be looking plumped and glowing. Apply a moisturiser and a base such as MAC STROBE CREAM £25 that now comes in 4 shades. This can make any skin look dewy. Apply your foundation/bb cream over the top. Some over tips for a glossy look use cream products where possible. NARS ILLUMINATOR in COPACABANA dabbed onto your cheekbones. LAURA MERCIER SECRET UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING POWDER £22.50 to light up under eyes. As you get older the less eye make up the better it looks more youthful. KEVIN AUCOIN DIAMOND EYE GLOSS a beautiful transparent eye close that glistens. I discovered a fabulous new mascara in lockdown for long glossy smudge proof lashes MARC JACOBS AT LASH’D MASCARA £25. Finish with an extra glossy nude/beige lip gloss , much more flattering on older lips than bright colours.

Set your make up with my perennial favourite BARRY M DEWY FIXING SPRAY £4.99 I NEVER leave the house without a spritz of this on my face for an all day fresh dewy look.

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7.45PM

Rollers out. Run fingers through hair with some iconic KERASTASE HAIR ELIXIR £39 for radiant hair and an extra spritz of shine mist. The best I have tried is BRITISH HAIR PERFECTLY BRILLIANT SHINE SPRAY £9.95 it smells good too.

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800PM

Heading for the finish line. Just before getting dressed give your body a good shake. Each leg, each arm , your head and shoulders , hands, feet . You will be surprised at this instant energiser. Slip into your clothes. A quick spritz of your favourite perfume. One last look in the mirror to check yourself out . Blow yourself a kiss, tell yourself “I love you” and head out of that door to re establish your social life. HELLO WORLD !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : SELF LOVE AND NURTURE IS SO IMPORTANT . MAKE PAMPER NIGHTS PART OF YOUR WEEKLY ROUTINE. ADD MORE OR STREAMLINE ACCORDING TO YOUR TIME CONSTRAINTS BUT MAKE IT REGULAR XX

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ENJOY YOUR RESOCIALISATION !

MIDWEEK MANTRA

A WEEKLY DOSE OF THOUGHTS, INSPIRATION AND TASKS TO INSPIRE YOU AND MAKE YOU STRONGER AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK.

” THE MIND IS LIKE A PARACHUTE…………………….

IT WORKS BETTER WHEN IT IS OPEN “.

– THE DALAI LAMA

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: EXPLORE EVERYTHING, EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING….THEN DECIDE !

MWAH MWAH XXX

JOJO XXX

DISCOVER HAPPINESS YOGA

DID WE FIND MUCH TO LAUGH ABOUT OVER THE LAST YEAR ?? My guess is that many of us cannot remember the last time we had a good belly laugh. Many people suffer SAD syndrome during the winter months and laughter seems in short supply. On a positive note (as I always am) I love the first couple of months of the year , a new fresh start, new habits to form, cosy nights in catching up on whole series I missed in my long going out Summer days.

LAUGHTER is something we do often as children but it becomes more infrequent as the seriousness of life takes hold. So my fellow stylistas its time to laugh ……..be loud and proud. Laughing is proven to have many benefits.

  • Relieves physical tension and stress
  • Diffuses anger and conflict. Do this exercise with a partner if there is hidden resentment.
  • Decrease pain.
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases blood flow which can strengthen the heart
  • Burns calories
  • Releases endorphins the “happiness drug”

As part of my training in the old days to become a Sound Therapist I had to learn and experience Happiness Yoga or…….Laughter Yoga as it is commonly known. This REALLY works and I GUARANTEE will have you laughing and releasing those feel good hormones and lift your happiness levels and fill your endorphin tubes to the brim. It is such fun if you do it with others but even on your own can start your day off the right way. Equally if you have had a hard day do it in the evening and laugh your way into bed great for relaxation and get rid of the days negative energy.

This is SOOOO good I wanted to share it with you………..

  • No special clothing required . Location your own choice. Get the office involved.
  • We are going to laugh your way up the body.

HUH

Stand with your feet apart shoulders relaxed. Hands on your hips. Bounce your body up and down on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HUH, HUH sounds (as in the word hug). Feel your abdominal muscles tightening as you make the sound. Focus the sound into your hip/pelvic area. Rest

HO

Place your hands on your belly. Bounce up and down on your heels. On the out breath utter a series of rapid HO, HO sounds (as in the word holy). Feel your abdominal muscles tightening as you make the sound. Focus the sound in your belly area. Rest

HA

Place your hands on your chest. Bounce your body on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HA, HA sounds (as in the word happy). Focus the sound in your chest/heart area. Feel your heart muscles vibrating with the sound. Rest.

HEH

Place your hands on or near your throat. Bounce your body by lifting your heels. on the out breath vocal a series of rapid HEH, HEH sounds (as in the word heaven). Focus the sound in your throat. Rest.

HEE

Bounce your body on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HEE HEE sounds (as in the word Heal). Raise your arms above the head as you make the sound. Focus the sound at the top of your head. Rest

FLOW

Use all five sounds at random moving from one sound to another in no particular order. Keep the body moving. When you have finished laughing up and down your body, lie down and rest.

Once you really start laughing its a good idea to keep stamping your feet to keep you grounded and stop getting too light hearted.

If you have enjoyed your Happiness Yoga check out this video we did at The Edinburgh Fringe How TO Laugh More.

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: LAUGHING WHETHER FORCED OR NATURAL HAS EXACTLY THE SAME EFFECT ON OUR ENDORPHINS. TRY IT…..AND OFTEN. COME ON GUYS LETS HAVE AGOOD LAUGH TOGETHER !

Mwah mwah

JOJO XXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

A WEEKLY DOSE OF MANTRAS ,TASKS AND INSPIRATION TO STOKE YOUR POSITIVITY AND HAPPINESS QUOTA AND GET YOU THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK.

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A FREE GIFT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

MY GIFT TO YOU THIS WEEK WILL HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT ON YOUR BEING.

FIND A QUIET PLACE (TOTAL SILENCE) AND EITHER LIE ON YOUR YOGA MAT WITH A PILLOW UNDER YOUR HEAD OR USE YOUR BED . SITTING CROSS LEGGED IS FINE BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE COMFORTABLE. CLOSE YOUR EYES OR USE AN EYE MASK. PLACE ONE HAND ON YOUR HEART AND THE OTHER ONE ON YOUR TUMMY. START TO CONNECT WITH YOUR BREATHING. BREATHING SLOWLY IN THROUGH YOUR NOSE AND OUT THROUGH YOUR NOSE IN DEEP LONG SLOW BREATHS. I LIKE TO CALL THIS OCEAN BREATHING THINK OF YOUR BREATH AS THE WAVES GOING IN AND OUT WITH THROAT BREATHING ON THE EXHALE.

CONCENTRATING ON YOUR HEART SPACE WITH YOUR BREATH MASSAGING THE WHOLE AREA . PEEL BACK YOUR PHYSICAL LAYER , THEN YOUR EMOTIONAL LAYER AND THERE YOU HAVE THE ESSENCE OF YOU. WHO YOU ARE. NOTICE HOW YOU ARE FEELING. HOW DO YOU WANT TO FEEL ? YOU ARE THE LEADER OF YOUR OWN INTERNAL COMMUNITY. YOU ARE ALONE WITH YOUR TRUE SELF.

DO YOU WANT TO FEEL HAPPY, CALM AND AT PEACE…….. OR ANGRY, HATEFUL AND NEGATIVE ? TAKE THE FEELING TO EVERY PART OF YOUR BODY, TUNE UP YOUR ORCHESTRA. FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN MANTRA FOR AT LEAST 5 MINUTES.

BRING YOURSELF BACK TO REALITY BY GENTLY TOUCHING YOUR THUMB TO EACH FINGER AND WRIGGLING YOUR TOES.

AS YOU OPEN YOUR EYES LIE STILL AND REFLECT ON YOUR NEW ENERGISED BODY AND MIND RENEWED AND FULL OF LIGHT. YOU JUST GOT TO KNOW YOUR INNER SELF A LITTLE BETTER.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: EVERY TIME I DO THIS EXERCISE I FEEL IT IS A DEEPLY PROFOUND 10 MINUTES . DEVELOP A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP WITH YOURSELF TODAY IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR THINKING. YOU DESERVE THIS.

PEACE AND LOVE

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

INSPIRATION, NOTES AND TASKS TO LIGHTEN YOUR MENTAL MOOD AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

THIS IS THE YEAR WHEN YOU SET AMAZING GOALS TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE. LETS FACE IT AFTER 2020 WE REALLY WANT THIS YEAR TO BE DIFFERENT. 2020 PROVIDED US WITH A PERIOD OF REFLECTION. A POSITIVE WE CAN ALL ACCEPT THAT WE KNOW OURSELVES MUCH BETTER IN A CRISIS.

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DREAM BIG

TWO FISHERMAN ARE OUT FISHING ON THE RIVERBANK THEY THROW ALL THE SMALL FISH BACK INTO THE RIVER THEN ONE OF THEM LANDS A SUPER BIG FISH , HE MEASURES IT, THEN THROWS IT BACK. THE OTHER FISHERMAN ASTONISHED ASKS WHY HE THREW IT BACK. “ITS TOO BIG TO FIT INTO MY FRYING PAN, ANYTHING LARGER THAN MY FRYING PAN I THROW BACK BECAUSE I CAN’T COOK IT !”

THE UNIVERSE IS OFFERING ALL OF US ABUNDANCE AND UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES BUT IF YOUR PERSONAL VESSEL IS SMALL OR LIMITED YOU CANNOT FIT IT ALL IN. SO WE HAVE TO EXPAND OUR VESSEL AND OUR VISION.

SO ARE YOU DREAMING BIG ?

ARE YOU LIMITING POSSIBILITIES UNINTENTIONALLY ?

IS YOUR THINKING SMALL ?

ARE YOU RESTRICTING WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ?

SO TODAY THINK BIGGER HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR DESIRES FOR A BETTER LIFE.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: AIM FOR THE MOON SO AT LEAST YOU WILL GET THE STARS.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

FOOD : THE MIRACLE DRINK – GREEN JUICE

Those of you that follow me on my channel will know I only eat one meal a day between 1pm and 5pm. But I like to start my day with a green juice to ensure I get plenty of vitamins and the bulk of my 5 a day out of the way. Even though I sometimes make a berry smoothie generally it is healthier to stick to veggies as they produce less sugar on juicing. Happy juicing guys !

My Green Juice

BENEFITS

The benefits are huge and I could go on for ever but I am sure you have other things to get on with !!! Let me summarise in simple bullet points:

  • Bathes body in rich plant nutrients
  • Boosts immune system
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increases Energy
  • Chlorophyll detoxes the liver
  • Antioxidants to promote healthy skin.
  • Hydration
  • Medicinal adding healing foods to counteract specific ailments (more on this later)

BASIC INGREDIENTS

I used to use spinach but there have been some warnings about unhealthy amounts of cadmium levels but I am investigating this and will get back to you with more informed advice.

  • Kale (one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet)
  • Cucumber (95% water great for hydration)
  • Chia seeds (omega 3,fibre and quality protein)
  • Ginger (anti inflammatory, energy boost)
  • Pineapple (for sweetness, boosts immunity,high anti oxidants)
  • Flaxseed oil (skin health, also a good internal cleanser, healthy hair, fats)
  • Alkalising super green powder ( to reduce acid in the body important to maintain a good ph in the body)
  • Plenty of ice ! ( just tastes better chilled )

Now you can add medicinal properties to your basic recipe e.g. turmeric for arthritis or any sort of inflammation, parsley for water retention, mint for bloating or headaches,cayenne to boost metabolism. Cinnamon for cholesterol. Fennel ( I use as I love the taste) but great for digestion. Garlic to lower blood pressure. Ashwaganda powder great for the menopause. reduces anxiety ,can boost testosterone, an ancient medicinal root.

Just pop it all into your Nutri Ninja which I assume you all have one by now and BLEND ! ENJOY …………

Nutri Ninjing
….and enjoy !

JOJOS STYLE LIST TIP : you need to do this daily to reap the benefits. leave out the avocado as can be too calorific for a daily basis juice. Save it for a treat

JOJO xxxxxxxxx

BEAUTY: BODY THERAPY

There is a heavy concentration in these present times on mental health but let us not forget therapy for our bodies. We invariably neglect our bodies as the nights draw in and we start to layer on the clothes but our bodies are truly amazing complex structures that need to be nurtured and maintained. It is time to devote more concentrated time to the body so lets start by having a body therapy day that ideally would be scheduled once a week.

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Here is a list to structure into a BODY THERAPY DAY to restore and revitalise.

  • On waking BEFORE getting out of bed start the day (every day) with the 6 way stretch. Catch the video on a previous blog (August 2019) on this site. I guarantee by performing these stretches before rising will ensure you move with grace throughout the rest of the day.
  • Brisk walk to your local Greengrocers for your food for today. Nutritious soups, cleansing smoothies and crunchy fresh salads and herb teas are the order of the day. Grab a lemon too for plenty of water during the day with some lemon slices. It is important to go to just a fruit and veg store. NO SUPERMARKETS, NO SWEETSHOPS…..NO TEMPTATION ! Focus today on gut health to and increasing your microbiomes introduce raw sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and kombuchka into your diet.
  • Once home discover a gentle yoga class on youtube. Denise Austen is very good and offer 100s of different classes and duration. Choose a stretching and breathing on hour class. Breathe into your stretches and love your body get to know any stiffness and work through those movement. Listen to your body.
  • Follow this with a full body self massage with organic sesame oil. Start with a body brush to remove dead skin cells. Then massage your body paying particular attention to your joints. Really wring those tissues out. Use this time to check your breasts too if you do this massage weekly you will recognise any differences in your breasts more easily. also don,t forget to massage your feet and any reflex points. Your feet deserve a treat when you think how hard they work for you.
  • Shower the oil off alternating the water from hot to cold to stimulate the blood in your body.
  • After lunch time to get your IPL handheld out we all have one of these now don’t we ?? If not book a session at your local salon. Its time to depilate and remove any unwanted body hair. This also must be a regular practice to semi- permanently remove hair.
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  • Hopefully after reading my previous articles you would have purchased my cant live without PRANA MAT. If you lie on the needle like protrusians it really is like an at home acupuncture session and great for cellulite and back problems. Invest in one.
  • Evening time light some candles and time for some meditation. Again there are many downloadable meditations. Meditating regularly has proven benefits for your body as well as your mind. Cleansing your organs and clearing your body of so many harmful stressors and focussing on bringing light into your body and expelling the stale dark negative air. Practise daily .
  • Finally draw yourself a warm not hot bath and fill with Epsom Salts to soothe your muscles and rid your body of impurites and water retention. Create a peaceful ambiance in your bathroom with aromatherapy candles , soft lighting and warmth. Ensure you have a warm fluffy terry towelling robe to wrap yourself in. Bodies love texture and touch.

So that completes our body therapy course now get plenty of sleep to ensure its recharged for a more strenuous day tomorrow !!!

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: BE YOUR OWN THERAPIST ITS SIMPLE AND CHEAPER WHICH MEANS YOU CAN RECEIVE IT MORE REGULARLY. HOPEFULLY YOU CAN ESTABLISH A REGULAR ROUTINE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME AND BEGIN A LOVE AFFAIR WITH YOUR OWN BODY.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

A WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION, TASKS AND A POSITIVITY HIT TO BRIGHTEN YOUR WEEK AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND. TUNE IN HERE EVERY WEDNESDAY.

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THE SECRET TO LIVING WELL AND LONGER IS:

TO EAT HALF, WALK DOUBLE, LAUGH TRIPLE AND LOVE WITHOUT MEASURE

FOR ONCE I AM NOT GOING TO EXPAND ON THIS OR GIVE YOU FURTHER TASK TO DO. IT IS ALL THERE…..OVER TO YOU !!

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : THERE MY FRIENDS IS THE SECRET TO LIVING A FULL AND HAPPY LIFE

MWAH MWAH XXXXXX

JOJO