Naked Bacon and Ham from Finnebrogue’s

Ladies and Gentlemen, did you see the launch of a new product called Naked Bacon last week?! I shared it on the Happy Magazine Facebook page when I spotted it first but I’ve been thinking, this is so important for…

The WellFest timetable has been announced and it looks GREAT

WellFest – Ireland’s largest health, fitness and wellness festival – has just announced details of the full line-up and schedule for its upcoming event. The festival, in association with KBC, is taking place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 12…

Guided Sleep Meditation

Today we’re bringing you a soothing guided sleep meditation from The Honest Guys on YouTube. Designed to tackle insomnia and sleep issues, this recording features a male guiding voice and gentle music to lull you into a deep level of…

Bravelle Specialist Lingerie

Bravelle specialises in post-mastectomy bras, swimwear and breast prostheses for breast cancer survivors. With a store in Ballyneety, Co. Limerick, products can also be ordered online for delivery throughout Ireland. Bravelle was founded in 2005 by Pauline Conway following her…

Holy Shit, You’ve Got Cancer

So I’ve got something amazing for you today. Check out this incredible woman’s free online guide to dealing with a cancer diagnosis – Holy Shit, You’ve Got Cancer (A Quick Start Guide). I’ve been reading it and re-reading it since I…

Great websites: RibbonCares

RibbonCares is a UK website for information and support on all of the different types of women’s cancers. They offer support to women and their friends and family through a diagnosis, as well as being a tool for information on…

How to tell your children you have cancer: Cora’s Story

Today’s article is from Cora Dineen Mattimoe, a mum and breast cancer survivor from Co. Cork. Cora’s written a piece for us all about how to tell your kids you have cancer. If this is a scenario facing you in…

Upcoming events for breast cancer patients and survivors

Two public talks that will be of interest to breast cancer patients and survivors are taking place over the next week in Dublin, organised by Breast-Predict, the Irish Cancer Society’s breast cancer research centre. Here are the details… Taking Charge…

Day trips: Trim Castle, Co. Meath

If you’re currently on a cancer journey you will know that a good day out of the house can do wonders for your wellbeing. If you are going through chemotherapy and staying away from crowded places, or if your energy…

My reiki experience

A little while ago the lovely Grainne from Reiki Healing From Within invited me to come for a reiki session with her at her home in Lucan, Co Dublin. I love Grainne’s beautiful meditations and couldn’t wait to experience what…

All about Brows

Elfreda McGowan is back with us today with a post all about semi-permanent eyebrow makeup. If you’re going to be starting chemotherapy soon, this could be something you might want to investigate. Find out all the details below…  A lot…

The incredible ways walking boosts your health

We came across this graphic from Prevention.com today and just had to share it. Walking has so many amazing benefits for your body – here’s how walking for just a few minutes a day boosts your health…

*NOW CLOSED* The Raven App – Bringing beauty to you at home or even in hospital + A Giveaway!

All women know the power of getting a great blow-dry or manicure, right? It’s a sure-fire way to give yourself a boost when you’re feeling out of sorts. Now you don’t even have to leave the house (or your hospital…

Using affirmations to feel more positive

Happy Monday everyone! Another week here, how will you be spending it? There was a very positive reaction to my post a few days ago on my Wellbeing Mantra or use of positive affirmations to replace negative thinking, so I thought…

Yoga for Breast Cancer DVD

A Happy Magazine reader got in touch with us recently via Twitter to let us know that she thought this Yoga for Breast Cancer DVD was a really great resource. The DVD is available on Amazon so we’ve added it…

My Wellbeing Mantra

So there are always two voices going on in my head. One voice which is positive and strong and another one which is, you guessed it, negative and weak. These voices are always talking and at any point, one or…

Survivors wanted for new ‘Back to Work’ cancer guide

Are you a cancer survivor who is back at work or wants to return to work after treatment? The Marie Keating Foundation are designing a new resource called ‘Back To Work after Cancer’ and are looking for cancer survivors to be…

Bottled sunshine – Non-toxic tanning products

Our Beauty Writer Elfreda McGowan is here today with everything you need to know about using tanning products after cancer. You don’t have to rule them out of your life! She’s got all the info on the safest products to…

5 ways to get your day off to a great start

1. Make your bed I know, I know, we’ve all heard this one before. However, there is something really wonderful about getting out of bed in the morning and making it right away. It’s a positive first step, a small…

Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream

Dr. Hauschka have a really lovely rose-scented Hydrating Hand Cream in their Body Care range. If your hands are in need of some TLC after treatment, this could be the product for you. Dr. Hauschka’s Hydrating Hand Cream is a fast-absorbing…

Salad Pizza from The Happy Pear

At last the temperatures around Ireland are starting to warm up… But shh, don’t tell anyone in case the Beast from the East gets wind of it…! Today we’re bringing you a tasty video recipe from the boys at The…

At Home Yoga Sequence: Gentle Morning Flow

It’s the start of a new week – Happy Monday everyone! Today our contributor Ruth Delahunty from Yogaru.ie is bringing you a Gentle Morning Flow yoga sequence that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Click to enlarge //…

Did you see us on TheJournal.ie yesterday?

We were THRILLED to see our story on TheJournal.ie this weekend – it felt like a little milestone in our quest to spread the word about Happy Magazine across Ireland. We here at Happy Magazine (that’s me, my husband and…

Great websites: Mission Remission

The end of cancer treatment can often feel as difficult as the original diagnosis: only 10% of people are positive and ready to move on when treatment is over. You’re faced with the need to return to ‘normal’ life, when…

What is Reiki?

Have you heard of Reiki? It’s a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that can also promote healing. It can be a lovely complementary therapy for cancer. Grainne Nolan of Reiki Healing From Within explains it in more detail in…

On next week – The Patient Voice in Cancer Research

If you’ve survived or are living with cancer, you can have a say in the future of cancer research in Ireland. ‘The Patient Voice in Cancer Research’ is a UCD-led event that gets people affected by cancer and their families…

Book Review: Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley

Joy of Joyful Antidotes is back with us today with her latest book review – Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley. I feel like every time I write a review I start with saying “I love books about X” or “I…

Complementary therapies for cancer

Jenny McElvaney is a Nutritional Therapist based in Co. Meath. She has also beaten breast cancer twice. She joins us today to explain what complementary therapies are and how they might be able to help you.  The Irish Cancer Society…

4 creamy dairy-free pasta dishes

When I was going through chemo I craved creamy pasta dishes. And I still do every now and then, but it hasn’t been an option since I gave up dairy. Needless to say I was delighted to find this recipe…

Essential viewing: HEAL

Good morning all. This is a post from back in January but we really think it’s worth sharing with you again in case you missed it. It’s a documentary which we feel should be essential viewing after a cancer diagnosis.…