These notes are not so much of a blog post as to go with the TOYLTIME Live we currently are running on Facebook every Tuesday at 7pm - these notes support that so may make less sense when read in isolation. HEALTHVitamin D With the sun out it is definitely a time to think about topping up your Vitamin D levels as it is key for women over 40.It is pivotal to our absorption of calcium and so completely linked to our bone health. The recommended dose is 10 micrograms per day for adults. From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to make all the vitamin D they need from sunlight. The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors. But between October and early March we do not make enough vitamin D from sunlight.Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods.Sources include:oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerelred meatliveregg yolksfortified foods – such as some fat spreads and breakfast cerealsAnother source of vitamin D is dietary supplements.Read more about the role of Vitamin D from the NHS here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/ VOLUNTEERING Some of us don’t want the commitment of volunteering for an organisation on an ongoing basis, but there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in one off events.One in two of us get cancer in our lifetime so I thought we’d look at activities for cancer charities, particularly as it gives you time to sign up for October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month.Cancer Research are looking for volunteers to help out at their Marathons, Shine Night Walk, Race for Life and Pretty Muddy. These events happen all over the UK so you should be able to find one for you – take a look HEREBreast Cancer Now want help with people willing to train to help people move forward after their treatment – you can find out more HERE They also want people to help with their Pink Ribbon Walk. There are three around the UK so one might suit you – take a look HERE There are plenty of others so google them and take a look. CREATIVEBeing creative helps re-teach us to be wrong, which is an exceptionally good lesson as an adult. We are very creative as children because we are emotionally free, but as we learn to become adults, that freedom often goes so by reconnecting with a creative hobby we can reconnect often with our emotional selves.Here’s an article on this very subject – read it HERE DREAMSIn order to be able to enjoy our dreams we need a few bases settled and one of those is our finances.I am no financial expert but if your finances need a bit of an overhaul do it now, while you can still earn more, save more and make realistic plans. Peace of mind over your finances in old age is absolutely key to us living well so even if you don’t want to, take a look at them now. BEAUTYOne of our lovely TOYL-isters mentioned that they are a bit heavy handed with products so I’ve got two tips if you are. First, when you use your daily sunscreen, if you have any over just rub it into the backs of your hands to prevent age spots. Very simple, very effective. Second, if you’re heavy handed on ANY skincare product and have a little left over, rub it into your elbows. They are totally neglected, can get really hard and would LOVE a bit of TLC!That’s all for this week – see you next!