I have just turned 56! How on earth did that happen? I am sure the last time I looked I was only 25 ... but you know what, age really is only a number, and the important thing is that we embrace the life we have, live life to the full, celebrate every stage in our lives and be the best we can be. At 56 I find myself with an empty nest and new opportunities ahead of me. And so that poses the question, what next? It is an exciting time for all of us heading into our 50s, and onwards to 60 and beyond. As I have passed that half way mark, is now a good time to start planning the next phase and finding a new purpose?
A little bit about me ... a very quick and brief summary of my life so far! I was born at 4 minutes past midnight in a small maternity hospital near St Paul's Cray just outside Orpington. As a child it was always a family joke that if mum had pushed a little harder my birthday would have been a day earlier! We moved to Bearsted when I was 4 and then to Buckinghamshire when I was 14. I got married for the first time when I was 21 (way too young) and then divorced quite soon after ... I met my now husband when I was 23 but we didn't marry until much later on. I wanted to be a Nurse but a phobia of vomiting stopped me pursuing that dream, I worked as a Personal Assistant for many corporate organisations (including pharmaceuticals) until I had my son at 31. I've not worked outside of the home since but I am a Director of mine and my husbands business and I taught myself bookkeeping but more recently I have loved building and developing my blog. But most importantly I have two adult children I am incredibly proud of and I have loved being a stay at home mum.
But how about this empty nest and finding my new purpose in midlife? I think my children will always need me so I have no intention of stepping back from my first love, being a mum but it is exciting to have an opportunity for some me time!
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I have worked with FutureYou Cambridge in the past - I love their magnesium supplement and believe that magnesium is an essential supplement we would all benefit from adding into our routine especially for quality of sleep - so I was very happy to share this discount offer with my readers. FutureYou Cambridge have some surplus stock of both their Red Clover for menopause supplement and their Prime Fifty Skin, Hair & Nails supplement and they are offering Fifty & Fab readers a massive 50% discount ... use code FABFIFTY at checkout.
Firstly the Red Clover menopause supplement is usually £21 for a months supply but you can buy it for £10.50 - this surplus stock has a best before date of end of March 2023 but as each pack lasts one month the sooner you purchase the better, if you buy now then you could try it for 3 months at a fraction of the usual price. Offer expires at the end of February 2023.
The Skin, Hair & Nails product is usually £66 but my code allows you to purchase it for £33, you would need to purchase before 31st January 2023 as the best before date is end of April 2023.
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Collaborative Post | If you are over 50 years old and want to protect your family’s future, you should probably consider taking out a form of life insurance. Doing so should mean that when you pass away, your family should receive a sum of money to make their lives easier and pay off existing debts of financial obligations. There are many forms of life insurance and different types of policies to choose from, so it is important to get good advice from a respected life insurance specialist that understands your needs. Most insurers offer life cover for UK residents over 50 years old. Beyond 80 years old it may become more difficult and there is a guarantee that you will not be accepted by those companies when you take out this insurance, no matter what your health issues are.
I've always been completely honest, if there was a (safe) magic pill I could take to lose fat from my tummy area, without dieting and without exercise, I'd be first in the queue! I eat a fairly sensible balanced and healthy diet, I am quite petite and certainly not overweight, and I do love the post-workout feel good factor! But I lead a busy life and I don't love exercise enough to prioritise it consistently. But in the absence of a safe magic pill I was very intrigued when I started to read about the original EMSculpt and the latest EMSculpt NEO from BTL Aesthetics. Could these non-surgical treatments really work and provide us with an effective body contouring solution, a non-invasive treatment with no downtime? Are they worth the investment?
So I was very excited to be invited to experience and review a full course of EMSculpt NEO treatments myself at the multi-award winning, doctor led, medical aesthetic clinic, S-Thetics in Beaconsfield. S-Thetics specialise in the most up-to-date and scientifically based skin and non-surgical body treatments.
The S-Thetics Clinic was founded by surgeon and cosmetic doctor Miss Sherina Balaratnam. Miss Balaratnam has over 23 years medical experience, she trained as a plastic surgeon for 6 years is passionate about offering the most advanced skincare products and facial treatments as well as non-surgical skin rejuvenation and body contouring using the latest medical grade technology there is.
Having won 'Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year' at the prestigious annual Aesthetics Awards in 2022, Miss Balaratnam is well-respected, highly trained and knowledgeable. She is a much sought after expert especially as the S-Thetics Clinic also won 'Best Clinic South England' in 2022 and Beaconsfield is such an easily accessible town to access from London and the whole of the South of England. I spent my teen years living in Beaconsfield and have loved going back to the Old Town to visit the clinic over the last few weeks. The fast trains from London Marylebone only take 20-25 minutes and the S-Thetics Clinic is a short taxi journey from the station.
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