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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Hallmark take the stress out of sending cards

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As if life wasn’t stressful enough, Christmas is just around the corner and to top it all of Valentine’s Day too. Now we all have so many things to plan and spend money on – and not enough time to do it. From gifts to Christmas cards and decorations to dinner with all the trimmings, there is a lot to prepare for.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of stress leading up to the festive period by using the internet to personalise and send season greetings to friends, family and loved ones. By using an online platform like at, you’re able to get offers on Christmas cards while also being able to choose exactly what you want to send and who you want to send it to.

With a great range to choose from, this has been an option that I’ve been taking advantage of for a while. While it’s not only for Christmas, the options to pick from make life a lot simpler. You can even use it to send Valentines cards to your sweet heart.

From kids’ favourites to cards for the one you love, it’s exactly what you need to lower stress levels and blood pressure with Xmas and Valentine’s Day fast approaching.

What’s more, is that I – and all my friends – go into stores searching for that perfect card for whoever it might be and can never find one that sums up exactly what I want to say. We know the recipient better than the store; we know why we’re sending the card so surely it is better that we write the message on the front and inside while also using an image that relates to both the sender and receiver? Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

In the past, sending a card used to be a tiresome process of going to the store and choosing a card that you didn’t really want, then you’d have to pick up some stamps, go home, write it and post it off. Today, you can cut out a great chunk of time by sitting in front of Eastenders with your laptop open, deciding on a card to send out – something which can take as little as 10 minutes.