10 tips for developing a home yoga practice

Ruth from Yogaru joins us today with 10 tips for developing a home yoga practice.  My yoga practice is my comfort blanket, it reminds me that I am perfectly imperfect. I turn to it to find grounding; bring myself back…

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The BioChef Synergy Slow Juicer

I finally bought a juicer. I’d been resisting for a long time, thinking I wouldn’t be disciplined with it and that it would end up in the cupboard after a few enthusiastic first uses. I’m pleased to say it’s been…

Clean beauty goodies for Christmas

Our Beauty Editor Elfreda McGowan is back with us today with some details about clean beauty goodies you might fancy this Christmas. Recently, I’ve been on the hunt for some gorgeous beauty goodies for Christmas presents and of course, for…

Using compassion to heal trauma – A talk from Gerry Hussey

Tonight I attended week 2 of a Survive & Thrive course organised by the Marie Keating Foundation and which I wrote about last week here. I’m finding the course incredibly helpful already. It’s so nice to be able to talk…

The game of cancer comparisons

Over the last couple of weeks I have caught myself playing the game of cancer comparisons. By this I mean, hearing another person’s cancer story and comparing mine with theirs. Looking for similarities, looking for differences, looking for learnings. And,…

Your Stories: Zaneta Malkiewicz on perseverance against the odds

Today Zaneta Malkiewicz of cancer headwear business Hairless Beauty shares her astounding story of survival against the odds. Your name, age and where you’re from My name is Janetta, I’m 40 and I live in Dublin with my husband Tom…

Chris Proby on returning to work after cancer

We’re delighted to welcome Chris Proby back to Happy Magazine today to share the details of his first days back at work after his cancer experience. After three years away, Chris’s return to work has helped him realise just how far…

Sharon’s Secrets: Current fashion favourites

I’m delighted to welcome Sharon Tucker of Sharon’s Secrets to Happy Magazine today. Sharon will be joining us on a regular basis to share her best beauty, fashion and lifestyle tips over the coming months. Fashion is an area we…

‘The Four Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep your way to a Longer, Healthier Life’ by Dr …

Natasha Whelehan joins us again today with a review of her latest non-fiction read, The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee. You’ve climbed the cancer mountain, been through the rigours of active treatment and now you might want to make…

The Marie Keating Foundation’s Survive & Thrive Programme

For today’s post I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Marie Keating Foundation’s Survive & Thrive Programme for men and women who have finished cancer treatment. Last night was the first meeting of their latest course of…

Throwback Post: Wicklow Cottage Escape, Glendalough

This is a post I first published here on Happy Magazine last November. It’s about a lovely two-day cottage break I had with my husband and baby son this time last year, while I was still going through my treatment.…

#scancitement – Jen’s version of #scanxiety

Jen of The Cancer Chronicles blog has very kindly allowed us to re-publish a post she wrote recently on ‘scanxiety’. If you’re on a cancer journey, this term probably doesn’t need any explaining, am I right? Jen’s post might help…

Boots Ireland Night Walks raises €50,000 for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service

Due to the incredible fundraising efforts of everyone involved in the 2018 Boots Ireland Night Walks recently, €50,000 has been raised for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing Service. Since the partnership began between Boots and the Irish Cancer Society in…

It’s just hair… Right?

Natasha Whelehan, a breast cancer survivor and mum to two beautiful kids, writes for us today about the rollercoaster of losing her hair during cancer and asks, it’s just hair… right? So you’ve been told you have cancer. The treatment…

A post about cleaning. Yes, really

Today I spent most of the afternoon giving our bedroom and en suite bathroom a deep clean. It got me thinking about quite a few things that I thought would be worth sharing here today (stay with me, I promise…

Throwback Post: Deep Stretch Yoga from Yoga With Adriene

This is a post that was first published here on Happy Magazine back in July. I needed a bit of yoga this morning to loosen up and re-visited this post for the yoga video (feeling much better now!). As such,…

Brush up your makeup routine

Beauty Contributor and Cancer Survivor Elfreda McGowan joins us today with a post on makeup brushes – if you wonder why you need them and where to start, or, if you’re a convert but want to know what’s new in…

Getting my FitBit back

My husband loves his FitBit watch which I bought for him for Christmas a few years ago. It was a good present! Back then, I had a FitBit band, just one of the basic ones, and we would sort-of competitively…

10 essential oil blends to help you through winter

Plant-based Health Coach Lorna McCormack joins us today with a post on 10 essential oil blends that could help support you through the winter. If you are new to essential oils, read Lorna’s first post, An introduction to essential oils, here. PLEASE…

October has been our busiest month ever

We are so delighted – October 2018 has been our busiest month yet on Happy Magazine. We have been publishing daily since July 2017 but this month, we have had over 11,400 views to the Happy Magazine website alone, and…

Your Stories: Jade McCann on making the most of every day

Today’s Reader’s Story is from 23-year-old Jade McCann. Jade is currently receiving treatment for Stage 4 PEComa, a type of sarcoma cancer, and she’s not letting anything hold her back. Here’s Jade’s story in her own words and how she’s making…

And the winner of our Nía competition is…

sarahmck1989! Congratulations Sarah. Sarah entered by subscribing to the Happy Magazine daily email update on 15 October. Sarah has won a Nía Facial Hydrating Mist worth €24.95 which we reviewed in this post. If you weren’t lucky today, we’ve got more great…

Did you catch Happy Magazine on Weekend:am on Saturday?

Natasha Whelehan and I were delighted to be invited to share our experiences with breast cancer and Happy Magazine on Virgin Media’s Weekend:am show last Saturday, 27 October. Eighteen months ago, Natasha and I would never have dreamed of appearing on…

Quit trying to be superhuman – Time out!

Cancer Therapist Clare Reed joins us today with an article about life after cancer treatment and why we shouldn’t try to be superhuman, too soon. I have been observing you. Watching and learning what you are getting up to and…

Calling all Oncology Nurses

We need your help. Happy Magazine are looking for Oncology Nurses/Clinical Nurse Managers that would be ‘happy’ to receive Happy Magazine in their hospitals 🙂 We are looking for one dedicated contact in each of the major hospitals in Ireland…

Creacon Wellness Retreat: Day 2

After an absolutely silent night tucked up in our comfortable beds at Creacon, we both woke before our 7am alarm this morning feeling refreshed – how wonderful. Soon we were on the move and we slipped out of the quiet…

Creacon Wellness Retreat: Day 1

Today’s post comes to you from the restful surroundings of the Creacon Wellness Retreat in New Ross, County Wexford. Myself and a friend arrived here today (Saturday) at about 3pm after a busy morning and a long, slightly stressful drive…

Living a Yoga Lifestyle: Ruth’s Top 3 Finds for October

Our regular yoga contributor Ruth from Yogaru writes a wonderful post once a month over on her blog about three favourite new things she’s enjoying. Ruth has very kindly allowed us to re-post these here on Happy Magazine going forward…

Yoga for Complete Beginners – 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout from Yoga With Adriene

Yoga really helped me through my cancer treatment last year and continues to help me now. If you’ve never done yoga before, today’s post is a video tutorial from Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. It’s a 20 minute home workout…

Following the Pink Ribbon Path

Following the Pink Ribbon Path by Mary Redmond Ussher is a spiritual and reflective journal of a woman’s journey through breast cancer. Just re-published by Columba Books, Mary’s original book has been recently revised by her son Patrick, to fulfil a…