7 Surprising Reasons Why Your Home Could Make You Overweight

It’s almost a month since those New Year resolutions were made to get fit and loose some weight. But if, despite your best efforts, you are feeling like you have made little or no progress, there might be a good reason for this.

Strange as this is going to sound: your home could be the cause. Or rather, how it is designed and laid out.

Here are seven surprising reasons why your home could be making you overweight. And what you can do about it right now.


2014 – The Year Of Happiness

I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing Happiness - MochaAs the year 2013 comes to an end, there is a tendency to look back and reflect on the past year. I hope it was a good one for you?

The media news reviews though, invariably make it look like it was a bleak year. That the world is a rather messed up and unhappy place. And there is no denying that some sad and terrible events did take place. But at the same time, let’s remember that drama and bad news sells. Good things do happen, and there are so many ordinary people who do small acts of kindness every day. Even if they don’t always make the news.

We may not be able to change the world – but we can change ourselves and how we feel. We are responsible for our own happiness. And while things won’t always go right, the challenge is in how we react to those events.


What Is Biophilia? And Why You Need Biophilic Design In Your Home

What is biophilia and biophilic design - Mocha

Biophilia. It’s a word you’re about to start hearing a lot more of. And it’s going to have an increasing influence on interior design and architecture.

The word ‘biophilia’ literally means a love of life or living things. (It stems from Greek and is the opposite of phobia. Phobia = fear of. Philia = love of.) We have an intuitive and deeply ingrained attraction to nature, and a biological need for contact with the natural world.

If I asked you to imagine a place where you feel calm and relaxed, chances are you would imagine a place in nature. Researchers have found that more than 90% of us imagine a natural setting.

We feel good in nature. But even more than this, our physical and mental well-being depends on continued engagement with the natural environment. It affects our personal well-being, productivity and even relationships with others.


Giveaway: Bobble Sport Water Bottle

Bobble Sport Water Bottle from Mocha

There are many benefits of drinking water. It helps keep your skin moisterised and looking healthy. When you’re working, it enables you to concentrate and think better. And it helps your kidneys to flush out toxins from your body.

Drinking water also helps keep your muscles energised and your joints strong and flexible.


Happiness Is Not Just A Destination

Happiness is not a destination. It's a way of life from Mocha UK

Recently, while out and about with a friend, I saw this sign that read:
“Happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life”

Its message made me think.


10 Cosy Ideas To Warm You Up On A Cold Day

Window seat

When the weather is cold and dreary – and winter feels like it’s everlasting – it’s easy to start feeling a bit low.

So I thought I would compile some cosy ideas to warm you up on a cold day, that can’t help but lift your spirits too!


Are You Spending 500 Times Too Much On Bottled Water?

Dopper Water BottleWe all know how important it is to keep hydrated and drink at least two litres of water a day. But if you’re still buying bottled water, did you know that it is costing you five hundred times more than if you drank tap water?

That’s the equivalent of paying £1,500 for a pint of beer or a glass of wine!

The price of tap water is approximately one tenth of a pence per litre, compared with an average of 69p a litre for bottled water. This means that over the course of a year, if you fill a reusable bottle and drink tap water it will cost around £1. But if you drink bottled water it will cost you around £503.70.

That’s staggering, isn’t it?