From ‘baby brain’ to ‘mumnesia’

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I remember life before children (well, just about), when my memory was slightly more intact and I really only had to think about myself and my own schedule. But now, with a 4 year old, 6 year old, husband, career and two mischievous kittens, my memory appears to have gone astray. These days it’s very much a case of ‘if it ain’t written down, it’s gonna be forgotten’.
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Keeping that summer feeling

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As I looked out of my window today, the rain pouring down and grey clouds over the Mendip hills, I started to feel a bit sad about the end of summer. Having been teased by a couple of lovely, sunny days last week, I’m feeling a little cheated by the colder, wet days we’ve had here recently.

I just feel better in the summer. I have more energy and motivation, and I’m not quite so grumpy about getting up in the mornings (still a bit grumpy, but definitely not as much). I alsoRead More »

Restoring blog-life balance

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Last week I published a post on how I was struggling with my blog-life balance (you can read that post here: Do I need more blog-life balance?). I was 6 weeks into this new blog and feeling a little overwhelmed. I love writing and starting this blog is one of the best things I have done. However, I had completely underestimated how much time blogging takes! When I started this venture, I knew that I would need to find time to write posts Read More »

29 things about me

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When I first started this blog 7 weeks ago, I really thought my main audience would be my mum, my sister and a few close friends, all of whom know quite a bit about me already. I now have over 800 followers, through one channel or another, who probably don’t know much about me. I love finding out about other bloggers and the person behind the blogs I read so I thought it might be nice if I shared a few things about me and the person behind this blog.Read More »

Discovering balance and harmony: July round-up

Discovering balance and harmony is very much a journey for me. I wanted to remind myself where the journey has taken me so far, but also to motivate me to keep going. So at the end of each month, I’ll be reviewing what I’ve learnt, key successes and plans for the following month.

July has been a really positive month in all. I discovered the world of blogging, my back injury seems to be getting better and it’s the summer holidays so things are a little more relaxed in general. I’m just glad that I don’t have to do the school run or iron school uniforms for a while!

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Why I’m on the journey to find health and harmony

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I’ve been struggling with this healthy living thing over the last few weeks. It hasn’t been helped by the fact that a back injury has stopped me from exercising and that seems to have affected my motivation to eat healthily too. As a result, I’ve felt more sluggish than usual and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my mood, motivation and tolerance levels. I soon discovered that not exercising and opting for cake instead of fruit is a slippery slope and a slope that I need to jump off as soon as possible.

In my previous post, ‘Why I NEED exercise’, I talked about the impact that not exercising isRead More »

10 minutes to calm

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With the school holidays in full flow, and working three days a week, I’m finding that I have even less time to myself at the moment. Any thoughts of prioritising ‘me time’ and relaxation have well and truly gone to pot! Things are definitely more relaxed in the house during the holidays, especially without the chaotic mornings and not having to do the school run, but I’m missing the time to myself that I try to squeeze into each day.

Finding myself in a bit of a grump this morning (serious lack of sleep at the moment), I realised that I really do need that time each day where I just focus on my own calm and relaxation. So I’ve decided to make a plan to fit in at least 10 minutes of ‘me time’ every day throughout the summer holidays (and hopefully beyond that too). Some of my ’10 minutes to calm’ include:
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Surviving sleep deprivation

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If there is one thing that is testing my mission to find calm and harmony at the moment, it’s lack of sleep. I am rubbish without a good night’s sleep. So having spent the last few weeks with one or both of my children waking up every night, I am a proper grump today! While my children and husband find it really easy to get back to sleep again, I spend the rest of the night tossing and turning and listening to the harmony of snoresRead More »