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The Miraclesuit

Has anyone else booked a holiday and thought, uh oh, I don’t quite feel ready to get into that swimsuit or bikini? That was definitely how I felt in November when I popped over to Italy for a couple of weeks with the family.

Now, I wasn’t being too tough on myself as I’d given birth just 3 months prior to this getaway, but I still wanted to feel good about myself and knew I wasn’t ready for a bikini or anything too skimpy. Plus, not being summer, I wanted a swimsuit that was more of a cover-up, more demure (some might say). Continue reading

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Who else needs a digital detox?

So if you’re anything like me (and I’m a bit ashamed to say this), the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, is grab your phone and check your social media and messages. Then you get up and brush your teeth, then you probably check your Facebook. Then you have a bowl of cereal, which you eat, balancing the bowl on your lap, the spoon in one hand and your phone in the other. Then you go about your day, intermittently responding to the vibration in your pocket or handbag, tweeting about what you’re wearing, instagramming a picture of what you’re eating and texting your other half regular updates. Then you get home, Google a recipe for dinner or order a take-away via an app and have a little read through the latest posts on your blog roll. Then, if you’re feeling tired, you’ll have a bath (the perfect opportunity to flick through Twitter, taking much care and attention not to drop your phone in the water) or you’ll put your feet-up in front of the telly, watching the latest Netflix box set, with one eye on the Whatsapp alerts popping-up. Then before you know it, it’s time for bed and you climb in between those crisp, cold sheets, have one final glimpse at all your social media accounts and then pop your phone onto vibrate (so you can still hear it if a notification comes through), as you close your eyes and try to unwind before drifting off to sleep.Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

So it’s 2016! Where the hell did 2015 go?!

Last year was probably the most significant year of my life, with the birth of our baby daughter (our first child).  What a magical thing parenthood has been so far. I am currently enjoying every day, learning what being a mother is and means. So far it’s bloody brilliant. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tiring and sometimes difficult, but it’s so so fantastic and I love our little family so much.

So on to 2016 and what does it have in store? Lots hopefully! I have so many ideas floating around (generally in a haze of baby-brained-madness) and lots of things I want to do, both personally and professionally. But you’ll find out more about that as the year unfolds. But I reckon it’s going to be exciting.

What I will share is that I plan to travel as much as possible – both overseas and in the UK. 2015 has made me realise the importance of life experiences and time spent with your loved ones. I also want to expose my daughter to as many beautiful experiences, places and people as possible.

What else? Stress and anxiety! I am never letting these two awful things enter my life again (well not if I can help it any way). Being pregnant made me put my body and my baby first and 2015 was the first time in a long long time that I didn’t let things stress me out and I haven’t suffered with anxiety since giving birth. So I don’t plan to have that back in my life at all and will do all I can to eliminate it.

On the health, body, fitness side of things. I gave birth less than 5 months ago, so am not giving myself a hard time. Over the last year I’ve learned to love my body and the fact that it’s been able to do the most amazing thing ever…give life! So a few wobbles and stretch-marks, I can deal with. That being said, I have a couple of big events this year, including my 30th, so do want to look and feel good for those. So it’ll be slow and steady wins the race for me. Cut down on obligatory cake and coffee sessions with my mummy friends and step-up the exercise now the little one is a bit more independent. I’ve got a fair bit to lose and have set some personal targets for the year. I’ll be sharing those with you too.

But don’t think for a second that I won’t be eating. As I love food, eating out and cooking. So there’ll still be lots of that on this blog, don’t you worry.

Well, I think that pretty much sums up what I’m thinking this year might bring. I don’t want to go down the ‘new year’s resolutions’ route as I just don’t think I ever stick to them. But I’ll be checking-in as I achieve my goals throughout the year.

What are your plans and for 2016?