FEEL (f*ck everything else & Live)

During my run today I was thinking about how I felt. It’s been far too long since I made it out to pound the pavement (‘pound’! Get me! It’s probably more of a ‘tickle’…) and I subsequently had mixed feelings. Lead legs. Tight chest. Snivelling thanks to hayfever. Sluggish thanks to hayfever meds (‘one a…

A Toy Story

Toys. Toys absolutely everywhere. Big toys. Small toys. Plastic toys. Wooden toys. Noisy toys. Messy toys. Incomplete toys. Aaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhhhh!!!!!  When I was faced with packing a few toys for our holiday I couldn’t really put my finger on what I’d seen our two daughters enjoying lately as they’d just been sorting of flitting from toy…

Gainful Employment

Here are 10 things I miss about my old job now I’ve been a bonafide Stay at Home Mum for a whole year:  1. Getting paid. Working for free sucks. Especially when the hours are antisocial and your co-workers expect you to literally wipe their arses. 2. Stealing stationery. Oh come on, anyone who works…

Another Year, Another New Year’s Resolution… 

My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions centred around spending less time online and more time doing the things I love, including reading one book each month. Well, I’m about 150 pages shy of meeting that target – and I racked up a fair amount of online hours last year but, despite breaking my own rules, I…

You, to me, are everything 

Last week we completed a daft Facebook questionnaire where I had to ask Tom, my fiancé and partner of nine years, to answer a series of questions about me as honestly as possible. One of them was “Could you live without me?” which he answered with a cheeky but confident “Yes”. I joked that he…

Reach for the stars 

I got up at 6am today and ran 10k. “Does she want a medal or something?”, I hear you cry. Err, did you not hear me? I. Got. Up. At. 6am. And. Ran. 10k. In the rain. Plus, it was dark. Of course I want a bloody medal. Luckily, I have two very special rewards…

Two and Done. 

In my (limited) experience, there is something about your child’s first birthday which makes your womb yelp “Helloooooo!! I’m still here!! And I’m empty!!” We only ever wanted two children. We have two children. We are incredibly lucky to have two children. (I like to remind myself of this quite frequently).  Bar any potential mishaps…

Working Parent Warriors

Being a ‘Stay at home Mum’ is hard. There’s no doubt about it, the challenges are greater than any I have personally experienced during gainful employment. It might have felt a bit like it at times, (People Management. Urgh.) but I never ACTUALLY had to wipe anyone’s arse, for starters. Poo aside, some days are…

Growing pains

At the end of this month our youngest daughter, Willow, turns one. I’m pretty sure she’s also only a handful of weeks away from walking, based on her current love of being up on her feet and her frequent cruising along the furniture. And just a hop, skip and four short days after her first…

Pride, effort & a healthy, happy life ❤️☀️✌🏼️

A couple of months back, I blogged about becoming a ‘stay at home’ Mum. I’d just been made redundant while on maternity leave and I was mulling over what the future might look like for me now my work plans had changed. One of my big concerns about the transition was the risk of living…

Social Media Salt

About a year ago, I ‘unfriended’ an old school acquaintance on Facebook. My reason for this cull from the life inside my phone? She was just so damn happy. She lives abroad, has a rich husband and two beautiful children who she gets to raise herself (thanks to the rich husband, I’m assuming) and spends…

Body image, BMI & bacon sarnies

Last week on social media I noticed a post about size 20 model Tess Holliday. There she was, covered in only a white sheet, a tattooed vision of chunky-thighed, red-haired, confident pregnant woman. Most commenters were praising her for having a positive body image and for promoting the notion that ‘big is beautiful’. However there…