Fodder Opens Promising New Bodycare & Wellbeing Venture in Hereford’s Charming Independent Quarter

Hereford City Centric Retail & Culture Blog

The arrival of the new Body Fodderin Hereford city centre’s Church Street Independent Quarterdemonstrates a rise in the demand for environmentally friendly beauty products, and also growth in the apothecary approach to the wellbeing market.

This is certainly not a new idea, but with social media pumping out information warning us about parabens and over the counter products that are laden with unnecessary preservatives that do more harm than good, and a growing number of earth and vegan-friendly businesses developing an innumerable variety of organic wellbeing ranges that have been tried, tested and proven to work, the industry has found its footing in a big way.

Body Fodder is the extension of the city’s local independent organic food grocer,Fodders, who have accrued quite a loyal following. Their competitive prices and knowledgeable, warm customer service standards extend to the new business venture located just across the…

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How to hygge…

the hygge project

So you have heard about the new Danish craze that is hygge (HOO-gah) (and if you haven’t heard of it, refer to this post).

Perhaps you grasp that it is cozy, but give me an example, you ask…besides fresh mugs of coffee and crackling fireplaces…

How does one hygge?


Hygge is a subjective term, and different for everyone. In my humblest opinion, hygge boils down to simple pleasures that bring you joy.

Create a pleasant environment: you don’t have to live in Scandinavia to cozy it up like the Danes; here are some of my favorite ways to hygge at home, no matter where I am:

  • Light a candle (specifically in an earthy scent like pine or vanilla, or even better, scents that smell like baked goods)
  • No overhead lights, use warm, cozy lighting like lamps and string lights
  • Play music, often. One of my favorite things to…

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2016: The Year Hereford Culture Blossomed

A 2016 Highlight of Herefordshire Culture. Thank you Michelle of

Hereford City Centric Retail & Culture Blog

“The scene is starting to settle now (in a nice way). People are beginning to ask what music is on this coming weekend, rather than ‘Is there anything on?’ which is a massive change and a great reflection on the venues, the quality of the acts and the local promoters who have taken the risk in time and money to have a go this year. 2017 I hope will continue with that support from music lovers. I also hope people will take the plunge more and go to see acts they’ve not heard of before. After all, live music is a great night out whether or not you can sing along” – The Underground Revolution Music Director, Rich Lovell

From the day I set foot on Hereford turf I felt a special magnetism to its quiet green fields, open air city centre unobstructed by big heavy concrete monsters you find…

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Strive to Organize

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, drained and stressed while you are in your home, you need to seriously evaluate your space.

Ideally, your home should be a place to relax, unwind and spend time with your loved ones. Your very own oasis!

If “stuff” has taken over, and you can’t take it anymore, here are a few tips to help YOU take back control over your space.

  1. Start with one room or a small area. Take a look at your space and try to envision how you really want it to look. We often think we need to buy new things to create the space we desire, but really we just need to get rid of the things that we no longer have use for. Try to picture your space clutter-free and use that as your motivation to get you going.
  2. Give yourself a good amount of time to get in…

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Why I love Solo Travel

Joanna Lea Hudson

I think solo travel is probably the best gift you could ever give to yourself. And it still surprises me when I receive mixed reactions when someone asks me, “Who are you going with?” “Oh, just me”. I’ve heard it all but I think as you get older, the more self assurance you have, the less you have to explain yourself. It’s just what I enjoy doing. 🙂 Simple as that. It’s not for everybody and that’s fine.

Realistically, all my favorite travel buddies may not have the budget or the time to go away. Of course, I love sharing experiences with others and it would be wonderful to have a friend come along. I also don’t think you should not go on trips when given the opportunity just because other people aren’t available to join. Life is too short to miss out on these precious experiences. As much as I…

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7 Common Misconceptions About Minimalism

I started to take steps towards Minimalism since 2011, I’m still trying…
Note to self.


“Minimalism is a tool to live a meaningful life.” ~ TheMinimalists

The quotation above is the best to-the-point description of minimalism I agree with. Nothing more, nothing less. Just being obsessed with a purpose driven life.

  1. It’s not a Religion. Many tend to ask if this choice of life is out of religious beliefs. But minimalism is completely based on personal preferences. One does not need a guru or guide book to find happiness and meaning in life.
  2. It’s not Sacrificing. Well if you look at it another way it is a sacrifice. A sacrifice of a complicated life, a sacrifice of an out of control life, a sacrifice of reasons to be depressed, and a sacrifice to be happy without sacrificing your time, energy and life.
  3. It’s not Numbers. Some people think minimalism is about owning a certain number of items (like 100 or less).  I do agree that many minimalists…

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11 Benefits of Minimalism

The Minimal Well Being

1. When you only have what you need you spend less.

2. A minimalist home is significantly less stressful because o
f less clutter.

3. The less we consume, the less damage to the environment.

4.  We have more time to focus on less materialistic things.

5. We have more money because we buy only the essentials.

6. Owning fewer possessions makes you happier because of less clutter.

7. We own the essentials so you have more time to do what you love instead of organizing and cleaning.

8. A minimalistic aesthetic and lifestyle looks attractive.

9. We are not tied down to the past with old objects because they are not essential anymore.

10. We have more opportunity for to find our inner peace and take a break from the world.

11. We are able to find things much faster.

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Increased Wealth & Homelessness

A MUST READ! “There are many reasons why people are homeless, but there is always one foundational reason. The cost of shelter was greater than the person’s income. Our economic system, designed as it is, will naturally create poverty as an outcome.”

Unueco Partio

Today many major corporations in and around the San Francisco, California area are promoting media stories which acknowledge and address homelessness. San Francisco has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the United States. With this being said, I want to make a few points with some related questions.

San Francisco has the 2nd highest per capita income in the United States, yet has what is called a homeless epidemic. Higher incomes lead to higher property values. How can a city or other local government ensure people with wealth do not create extreme scarcity, the reason why valuations are so high? How can housing be affordable to all when there are limited resources? Why doesn’t the 2nd wealthiest city be able to afford the charity to eliminate homelessness?

I used to live in Honolulu, Hawaii. There homelessness was considered an inconvenience to tourism, rather than a problem for the…

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