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Sarah Ivens is the Editor of OK! Magazine in New York. She has also written for Marie Claire, Tatler, Womanâ€™s Journal, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, News of the World and GQ. She is also the author of A Modern Girlâ€™s Guide to Getting Hitched, A Modern Girlâ€™s Guide to Dynamic Dating and A Modern Girlâ€™s Guide to Etiquette.
This is a practical guide for anyone wanting to improve their communication skills and gain success both personally and professionally. Without realising it most of us are networking all the time and this guide gives extra pointers on how to make the most of the skills we already possess and advice on how to gain some new ones. This is fun to read and handy to have.
Let go of parenting expectations and fears to raise courageous, confident children. The Zen Mama philosophy is that mother and child complement each other in adventures and experiences, always putting safety first but without getting caught up in the anxieties, drama, impossible expectations and mental baggage that too often comes along with modern parenting. Learning to become a Zen Mama will help you grow and nurture a Zen Child - someone who isn't afraid to be different, who can stand up for himself or his friends, and can travel the world and experiment with new things without being overwhelmed with self-doubt or being scared. Full of facts, actionable advice and practical tips, this book will be about combining the heart and the head with what works for you and your family, not comparing yourselves to others or meeting a societal standard. It will support and nurture the mother's journey like a wise and sympathetic friend and offers ideas and experience rather than judgement. The Zen Mama will help you to find your purpose as a mother. It will instil the self-belief you need to help create a resilient, creative, caring and smart child - and help to survive the journey.
Your practical guide to better health, stronger relationships, and a happier life--by reconnecting with nature There is something simply soul-soothing about being in nature. In fact, research shows that spending time outside can improve the immune system, combat stress hormones, lower blood pressure, and boost self-esteem. Around the globe, rising movements are driving us to reconnect with Mother Nature--from shinrin-yoku ("e;forest bathing"e;) in Japan to friluftsliv ("e;open-air life"e;) in Scandinavia--yet our everyday lifestyles have distanced us from the great outdoors. For stressed-out professionals, reclusive bookworms, worn-out parents, and their cooped-up kids, Forest Therapy shares why getting back to nature is critically important for our well-being, and offers fun, easy practices to break out of hibernation.Forest bathing is a rising trend, but what to do if you're not near the woods or if the weather is dreary? Forest Therapy offers practical steps and inspiration to tap into nature's restorative power, no matter the season or the weather. Chapters address ideas for all four seasons, as well as ways to use experiences in nature as ways to deepen your relationships with your children, partner, and friends. Ivens's creative ideas and strategies range from a simple walk in the woods and countryside couples' therapy to DIY natural beauty products and simple ways to bring the great outdoors into your home. Illustrated with charming black-and-white line art, Forest Therapy is a warm, witty, and personal guide to improving your health, finding happiness, and living a fabulous al fresco life.
Who hasn't felt better after a walk in the woods, a picnic alfresco or a swim in the sea? There is something soul-soothingly simple and refreshing about getting back to nature, about making the most of the great outdoors, being mindful of Mother Nature's gifts and grabbing spring and summer - and those blue sky, brisk days of autumn and winter - with both hands. But sadly it is a skill we are losing. We are becoming creatures wrapped in walls and trapped by to-do lists, hibernating while the world sprouts, grows and changes. From a simple walk in the woods and countryside couples therapy to DIY natural beauty products and how to bring the outdoors to your home, Forest Therapy will provide seasonal tips to help you reconnect with nature. This book is not just for mountain climbers or white water rafters - it is for uninspired fathers wanting to reconnect their families, bookworms looking to shake off their cobwebs, cooped-up kids needing to let off steam, stressed-out professionals wanting to stop and smell the flowers and worn-down mums needing a rejuvenating boost. We all know getting outside is good for us. Our ancestors did it. We should too. This book will help you live your most unforgettable, fabulous alfresco life.
Have you ever felt out of your depth in a social situation? Not known what cutlery to use or how to fend off your boss's advances? This fun but essential 21st Century guide tells the modern girl what to do and how to behave in every situation. Packed full of common dilemmas and advice as well as secrets of success and experience, this book is a must-have for every woman. Topics covered include: Basic rules for everyday manners; How to be a cool companion; The art of conversation; Success in the workplace; Sending out the right messages; Eating out; Being the hostess with the mostest; Being the perfect guest; Handling the rude, crude and undesirable
Discover the truth about weddings with this fun, witty, self-help book for brides-to-be. A Modern Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched gives tips, guidance and case studies on how to plan for your big day, cope with your families and friends, and achieve your own goals. Entertaining and informative, it tells the truth about weddings that the magazines don't dare to mention. Topics covered include: *Coming to terms with never being able to pull men again! *Dealing with the details that will drive you mad - and discovering the available options *Looking like a princess - without having to behave like one *Creating the right service for you *Speeches - choosing the right people for the job and controlling their content *Choosing a bridesmaid without losing all your female friends *Learning how to balance being a wedding bore with a full-time job *Judgement Day - including common disasters and last minute fixes. A Modern Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched is a must-have, light-hearted guide to one of the most unintentionally stressful days of a woman's life.