it’s all about the mindset



Think this can resonate with many.

All changes I have been through whether chosen or not can be put like this.

When changing my lifestyle habits to improve my health and wellbeing it was hard at first.

Looking at different foods, meal preparation, planning, exercise, meditation, time planning etc were all new to me.

Health and wellbeing can take time, there isn’t an instant fix so you need to keep going.

Break down your goals into little achievable steps that you can celebrate as you go.

If you have a slip up then hey, you are human, it happens but that doesn’t mean you need to stop.  Learn from it and move on.

It is gorgeous when you hit that landmark goal at the end and you will be so pleased and proud.

Also you will surprise yourself with what you can do.

Have a wonderful week.


Evie x

Let Them Read Them


I love a good book – do you?

Neil Gaimen (a wonderful author in my humble opinion) hits the nail on the head with this statement.

We learn far more and are encouraged to grow when we do things we enjoy. Especially with children. Play is so important.

In teaching our children to read we give them a much needed life skill and a source of entertainment for life

Enforced reading of books they find boring or are uninterested in is detrimental to their learning experience even if it does hit an educational target.

Allowing them access to a wide variety of books and giving them choice really helps with their willingness to read.

My son infinitely prefers to read Northern Lights than the books set him by school.  Interestingly Northern Lights is a more difficult level but he makes the effort and thoroughly enjoys the story and new words he is learning. This learning follows through into his vocabulary and written work so the benefit is huge.

My brother Gavin flatly refused the “Roger Red Hat and Billy Blue Hat” books when he was younger.

However he had a keen interest in sport and always asked Pa questions on what The Times newspaper had written in the sports section.  Pa told him he needed to learn for himself and as he was interested he did.

Gavin is hugely academic and a prolific reader now so The Times and Pa did well.

So let us read our children bedtime stories, share stories with them, give our children access to a wide variety of books and let them read them.

Have a wonderful week.

Evie x


Kindness Is A Language – Random Acts Of Kindness Challenge


Kindness is indeed a language that everyone can understand and appreciate

How about trying out giving a random act of kindness to someone this week?  Be it family, friend, neighbour or stranger and see how much they appreciate it.

It truly does not need to be big, keep it little, a compliment, a note, a text, a coffee, some time etc

I would love to hear how you go.  You can message me on my Facebook Page Simply Ripping or contact page on my blog

Lets share the kindness

Evie x


Va Va Voom :)


You just have to love Roald Dhal 🙂

Lukewarm is indeed no good.

Enthusiasm, passion, love, drive and a good dose of Va Va Voom is required for who and what we love.

May your week be filled with Va Va Voom

Happiest of Sundays


Eve x

No Thanks To Being “Normal”


“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be” – Maya Angelou

More wonderful words from Maya Angelou

How true is that?  Your uniqueness makes you the star you are.  So go shine like the crazy diamond you are!  Stand tall and own it 🙂

Happiest of Sundays to you


Evie x

A Dream Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

“Don’t look for your dreams to become true, look to become true to your dreams” – Michael Bernard Beckwith


Beautifully put!  You cannot sit back and wait for your dreams to come true you have to be honest with yourself about your dream and what you need to do to get there.

Enjoy the journey 🙂

Eve x