Mum and baby netball?!

Being a mum of a seven-month-old girl, 3am is a time that I’ve seen quite a lot of, of late. It also happens to be the time when my brain kicks into overdrive and I start thinking of all of the things that I need/could/would like to/or plan to do. It was during one such [...]

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A family escape to the country

Located on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, just 20 minutes’ drive from Bath, 15 minutes from the National Trust village of Lacock and a short walk to the local, picturesque village of Bradford-on-Avon, Woolley Grange promised a luxury, family-friendly holiday in a beautiful Jacobean manor house.

Motivation, discipline and true grit

Mother Running Vegan

‘Don’t wait around to feel “motivated”, just get disciplined.’

These were wise words of Steve Kamb, founder of Nerd Fitness, speaking in a recent interview on the Runners’ Connect Run to the Top podcast,words which have been doing circuits inmy mind ever since.

It’s funny how some things just catch your ear; some pithy refrain that you hear in passing suddenly resonates with you, as if holding up a mirror to your thoughts and behaviours.

How often have I waited to feel inspired to get up early and go for a run and found myself still in bed gone 6am as inspiration has failed to come? Or how many times have I allowed myself to skip a swim session at the end of a work day on the basis that I just wasn’t feeling up to it?

And how many times have I pushed on to do that…

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London Marathon training: Podcast motivation

While mumming and marathon training are not the best bedfellows, this week I’ve started to believe that I might actually make it to the start line of the 2019 London Marathon.

(That’s) Yummy mummy! Weaning a plant-based baby

Now that our daughter, Florence, is six months we have starting to wean her onto solid foods. Up to this point she has been exclusively breast fed. I did express for a few months, but she started rejecting the bottle pretty early on and, although we tried a miscellany of bottle types and teats, we [...]

Barre & Baby

When I signed up to review the Barre & Baby ballet class in Canonbury, I knew that the main test would not be whether I could still do a pliet, but whether Florence would scream the studio down.

Inconceivable? Amenorrhoea, polycystic ovary syndrome and the question of fertility

I wanted to re-post this blog from 2015, which I wrote when I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to have children. Since then I’ve been through a miscarriage and childbirth and I now have my wonderful daughter. This is a reminder that if you are missing your period, don’t be afraid to go to your doctor to get checked out. So often we assume that pregnancy is something that happens easily, yet for so many of us it really isn’t. Every minute I get to spend with my little girl I am reminded how lucky I am that I have reached this point and I am so grateful.

Mother Running Vegan

I would like to caveat this post with the note that if you are a bit squeamish about over-sharing or uncomfortable with discussions of ‘womeny things’, then this probably isn’t for you.

I debated for a while about tackling this subject as it’s something that is quite close to home. After long deliberation however, I realised that one of the main things that helped me when I had my diagnosis was talking to people in the same boat and feeling less alone.

Firstly, some background: it wasn’t until I had a conversation with one of my oldest friends from home, over the Christmas break last year, that I finally voiced my concerns over the fact that for most of my adult life I’ve not had periods. In my mind I’d made excuses for why this was the case, writing it off as being ‘fine’ for a variety of reasons. In…

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