12 Tips For Better Sleep Tonight

12 tips for better sleep tonight How did you sleep last night?

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Did you sleep well? Adequate rest is the holy grail of well-being for many of us.  We have the best of intentions about getting the right’ amount of sleep (which we all know so well by now is 7-9 hours-worth). When as so often happens, we fall short of this, we can feel cheated, almost guilty, and as if we have failed in our duty to keep our bodies and minds in decent shape.

Common problems associated with sleeping include difficulty falling asleep, waking in the night and waking up too early. Some have physical causes, some are linked to our mental state. All of these will lead to us feeling groggy and not ready to face the day, let alone get through it. (more…)

How to make Kegel Exercises Effective and Fun with The Elvie Personal Trainer

How to make Kegel Exercises Effective and Fun with the Elvie Personal Trainer

Kegel Exercises should ideally be part of a woman’s daily routine. Kegels, also known as pelvic floor muscles are located between the tailbone and pubic bone.They are critical for ensuring good bladder control and also help maintain a strong and balanced core.

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You may be wondering why so much importance, time and effort should be put into making your pelvic floor muscles stronger, and how they came to be weakened in the first place. Various activities and milestones in a woman’s life can put stress on the pelvic floor muscles,  particularly pregnancy and labour, and even impact sports such as jogging or running. (more…)

Why Your Fitness Regime Needs to Change in your Fifties

woman sitting on beach in fitness gear

The Challenges of Staying Fit in Your Fifties and Beyond

Maintaining a fitness regime is important throughout life. Whether or not you have exercised regularly over the years, once you reach your fifties and beyond, the challenges and rewards from keeping fit will become even more apparent. It really comes down to being able to adapt your fitness regime around perhaps dealing with some minor injuries, longer recovery times from exercise sessions and general feelings of apathy, which let’s face it affect us all. (more…)

How I Set Up A Website Using BlueHost and WordPress


how i set up my blog using bluehost and wordpressI had been thinking about setting up a self-hosted website and blog for a long time. I had a couple of starter blogs on Blogspot which were really just like random diaries. But I honestly did not know where to begin with getting a self-hosted blog going. It all felt pretty daunting. I did know that a self-hosting blog, with a purchased domain name would be the way to go if I wanted the blog to be adaptable in the future, and if I wanted to get the most of out of it with regards to visibility, search rankings, mobile-responsiveness to name just a few advantages.

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I feel genuinely enthusiastic and positive about the whole setting-up process I went through to get fifty-anything up and running, so would like to share how I did it.

Choosing Hosting for your Website

After doing a fair bit of research I found this package with BlueHost to be the answer to my needs. It is very simple and straightforward to set up, and the pricing for their hosting plans is very competitive. As I’m sure you know already, hosting is like renting the space where your blog and website live. It makes it visible online. With BlueHost there are options to pay over 12, 24 or 36 months. You will need to pay upfront to get things rolling, and if you can commit to 36 months you will get the best deal. However, the 12 month package is still very good value.

If you are ready to get started, simply click on the image and you will be guided through the whole process.


Choosing A Website Domain Name

 You will need to come up with a name for your blog once you have set up the hosting process. It is worth giving this quite a bit of thought because it is an integral part of you and the message you want to convey through your blog. If you can get it right at this stage then it will help you keep focused on your overall subject and how you want to help your (hopefully soon) many avid readers.

When you have chosen a domain name you will need to register it. It is considered slightly advantageous to go with the .com domain for a more worldwide appeal, but obviously this depends on your subject matter and potential readers. If your content is very geographically focused then you could simply go with the suffix for the country where you are based.

I got the domain name for fiftyanything.com from Go Daddy before I went ahead with the hosting. But if you have already signed up with BlueHost you will get your domain name free for the first 12 months.

How To Start a WordPress Blog with BlueHost

Add your domain name to the New Domain box if you got it from BlueHost. Or, if you already have your domain registered elsewhere, use the Transfer Domain box and you will be guided through how to transfer it to BlueHost. (this is what I did).

On the next page you will enter your own information, and be given some options to upgrade, but right now you likely won’t need these nor the additional cost.

Lastly, you will be asked to enter your payment information: either PayPal or credit/debit card, and you’re done. You own your domain name, you have a space for it to be hosted, and now you are ready for actually setting up your blog.

Installing WordPress on your Website

Now you have hosting and your domain sorted, you will need to install WordPress. You do this in the Dashboard section when you log into your BlueHost account. BlueHost send an email which contains a link. Click on this to be taken to your cPanel.

How To Start a WordPress Blog with BlueHost

In  your cPanel, you need to do the following:

  1. Find the part that says “MOJO Marketplace” and then click the “One Click Install” button.
  2. On the next page, click on the WordPress icon located under ‘Blogs’. You then need to select the ‘Start’ button which will begin the installation. Select the domain name you intend on using.
    How To Start a WordPress Blog with BlueHost
  3. After the install, choose your username and password for when you login into your new WordPress website. Your username can also be your email, but you should make sure that your password is something secure, as always!

Starting a blog is easy and today I'm going to show you how. From choosing a domain name to installing WordPress, I'm going to share with you the way I did it.

Choosing A Theme

When it comes to choosing a theme for your WordPress site, you will literally be spoilt for choice. The theme is what determines the look and layout and colours for your website. Just do a Google search for ‘feminine themes’  if that is what you would like, or indeed use any keyword searches that reflect the kind of website you want to present to the world. I chose a theme for the blog from https://www.bluchic.com/ where you can find beautiful feminine designs to visually tie all your ideas together. This one is Estelle, and it was a freebie. Very lovely it is too. I subscribe to the BlueChic newsletter and get sent some very innovative and inspiring tips on how to make the most of your website. Really useful for a newbie blogger!

Having got the fifty-anything blog set up was a proud moment for me. I feel as if my knowledge base about blogging is growing all the time, there is almost an infinite amount you can learn yet at the same time, taking the plunge and getting started was such a good move: you learn by doing things and although reading about how to do things is good, actually putting what you learn to work is really the best way. Early posts and graphics are bound to be a little basic, but you can always to back and edit and polish them at a later date. The WordPress dashboard makes this process very simple.

Next steps include adding images, social media icons to link to your accounts, getting started with a mailing list, and learning about graphic design so that you can promote all your amazing blog posts on social pages. Good luck and have fun with it all!


12 Perfect Haircuts for Women of Any Age

Hair, the crowning glory or the unruly mop, it’s the one area of personal style that we all want to get right. Good haircuts are really pretty non-negotiable as far as I’m concerned. Good hair days really do put a spring in your step, bad ones can make you sometimes not want to leave the house. Good hair days can come along when you really have no particular need for them, bad hair days will lurk ready to pounce when you definitely don’t need them. (more…)

Highly Effective 15 Minute Workouts You Can Do At Home

15 minute workouts you can do at home15 minute workouts are a great addition to a fitness regime. Working out for just 15 minutes can give you such a boost both physically and mentally. It can also be a very effective use of workout minutes: a short sharp burst of activity such as Tabata or HIIT will ensure a great calorie burn which continues for up to 24 hours after the workout. 15 minutes of spot-training a particular area of the body will definitely show results if done consistently. (more…)

How to Prevent Menopausal Weight Gain

How to Prevent Menopausal Weight Gain – article from The Hearty Soul

This excellent and informative article addresses the issue of weight gain around the time of the menopause and illustrates that it is not the menopause that is to blame. A complex interplay of hormones needs to be kept in balance by eating the right foods and exercising on a regular basis.




Menopause: find the Best Treatments for your Symptoms

Menopause Best TreatmentMenopause – time to put Me first for a Change?

The ‘M’ word – Menopause. Not exactly readily discussed, either online or in the real world. It’s my belief that until all those glamorous thirty-something mum bloggers have fast-forwarded 20 years, their gorgeous tots morphed into gangly, awkward teens who are less instagram-friendly, and they themselves start to feel the effects of peri-menopausal hormone-withdrawal, will we really get attention lavished on the subject. I’ve searched through numerous blog posts and simply can’t find any ’10-top tips’ or ‘The Best way to Manage Your Menopause. I’m sure they exist, and there is information out there of course. It just does not seem to be a very cool topic (no pun intended for those of us feeling the heat at inconvenient times) So, I decided to produce a post about the menopause myself. (more…)

Beautiful Dresses from the South of France


I’m in love with all of these beautiful dresses and accessories from Antibes-based clothing label Blue Hippy http://www.geralidineblue.com. This video, showing the brand designer Geraldine modelling some of their dresses is too gorgeous not to share. It’s all in French, which I think only adds to the whole effortless chic vibe that the brand gives off in spades. Tres tres jolie!

Let’s try summer dresses, vintage print, crochet and embroidered!

For more inspiration, check out the Blue Hippy instagram feed here: https://www.instagram.com/geraldineblue/

or follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/bluehippy

A visit to this shop is on my to-do list, but you can order from their website as they accept international orders and are super-helpful and nice too.

Here’s to a fabulous summer filled with floaty dresses!

Suzy xx


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