You may have seen my New Year’s resolutions video recently where I resolved to have less stuff, so I am really getting into minimalism this year and I wanted to share my tips for how to be a minimalist! There’s a video up on my YouTube which I will link below, which contains 12 hacks to help you on your way to being a minimalist, but to get you started here are 5 quick and easy tips. Please let me know in the comments if you have any more ideas or hacks which you find help you be more minimalist and have. less. stuff.

How to be a minimalist 12 hacks to get you started

– one –

Know why you are doing it. To keep yourself on track. Whether that is because you want to save money, to live a less cluttered life or perhaps you’re looking to buy a house and need to downsize. Put it down on paper so you can return to it when you need some inspiration to keep it up.

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Use up all of your products before buying new ones. I am terrible at this one! I get to about a third less and I never use it again – I need to get better at this! Often they are expensive skincare items so I now make sure I am finishing things up before buying new products!

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Make sure you clean your car out every couple of days. You could work really hard at cleaning your home and space around you, but if you don’t extend this to your car – your office even, then the feeling of a less cluttered lifestyle can be put back every time you get in your car to go anywhere.

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Tackle the small stuff first. Gain momentum by doing the easy things first and getting a good feeling from having achieved that. Start with things like your handbag or condiments cupboard then move onto the hard stuff like the wardrobe and linen cupboard!

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Go and unsubscribe to all those emails you don’t want to be receiving, all those people you met once on holiday but don’t actually ever see, and all those people who have a negative energy. Getting rid of all the online noise will help you cut down on what activity you have to actually be dealing with online and leave you more time for the things you do want to see and the things you enjoy looking at.

Come and take a look at my 12 Minimalist hacks video over on my YouTube for more ways to live a less cluttered life. Thank you for watching! xx

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If you’re feeling totally over indulged and like you want to get healthy this year but not quite sure where to start I thought I would share some of my top tips for a beginner’s guide of how to get started with healthy eating.

It’s easy to get bombarded with advice and not really know what is right to listen to, but here are some really easy tips to help you on your way to a healthier life.

Trying to lose weight after the indulgence of Christmas but no idea where to start - check out my beginner's guide to healthy eating to learn the basics of healthy eating and tips for how to get healthy this year

The Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating:

  • My first tip is that eating healthy is not a diet, in my opinion these don’t work! The main thing to change to get healthy and fit is your lifestyle and thoughts towards it! It sounds so cliche but it’s just finding a different outlook on the food you choose. You can still be full and eat well, you need to fuel your body – it’s the most complex machine in your life and you need to treat it with the respect it deserves. Choose the options which will nourish your body, give you more energy and make you feel less bloated.

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  • Secondly, fat is good for you – shocker!! Fats in the right form are good for your body and will help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. You will feel fuller for longer and have more energy if you include fat in your diet. Sugar is what you need to be cutting out from your food. Sugar is everywhere which makes it hard to get rid of it from your diet. A jar of pasta sauce can have 4 teaspoons of sugar in it, and a bottle of coke almost 20 teaspoons! If you are cutting sugar out entirely be prepared for withdrawal symptoms – it is an addiction after all. Headaches, bad moods, bad breath! But these should go after a few days so don’t give up!

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  • Ditch the Cereal!! It’s full of sugar, and will leave you reaching for the biscuits come 10am! Try to stick to high protein foods for breakfast like fish, eggs, seeds. Swapping a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal for plain cereal could cut out 70g of sugar (up to 22 sugar cubes) from your diet throughout the week! I am thinking of doing a video on quick and easy breakfasts for on the go if you would like, let me know in the comments below!

  • Hydrate! As soon as you get up drink some warm water, with ginger and lemon if you need to flavour it, but make sure you are giving your body water to rehydrate after 10 or so hours without a drink. I aim to drink around 2 liters a day but sadly my bladder isn’t quite what it was before children so I have to really slow down the intake by around 8pm otherwise I am up all. night. long. Swap fizzy drinks for water, or even sparkling water and your body will thank you for it.

  • Finally, be mindful when you eat – this helps you listen to your body when it’s telling you that it’s full. Enjoy every mouthful. Sit at the table to help aid digestion and make sure the tv and phone is off and don’t rush your food. It is a great way of winding down after the day. Talking to your children, your partner, and catching up on what everyone has been doing throughout the day.

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I hope you found this guide interesting and informative if you are a total beginner at healthy eating, and I hope I can inspire you throughout this month if you’re looking for new ideas to add to your current healthy eating meals.

Please check out my video if you would like more info and ideas and subscribe to my channel if you would like to see more videos like this!

What tips could you share for healthy eating? I’d love to know more x

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Are you wondering when will your toddler give up the nap?

Sorry to tell you but it would appear that the answer would be whenever they feel they want to throw a massive curveball into your life and go and mess up everything you’ve ever known! **strops** Henry decided that at 2 years and 5 months he no longer needed his nap and would hence forth give up the nap! Except he wasn’t really ready to do so and from about 4pm was, well you all know how that one goes.

Fast forward a few months and I have a totally different perspective which I wanted to share with you in case your toddler is beginning to show the signs of giving up the nap.

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Yes, it’s not ideal AT ALL. But always look on the bright side of life and all that…so here are some positives which have come from it which will hopefully cushion the blow a little…If not, well there’s always gin.

  • No more having to cut your day in half to race back for the nap – mid play date, mid lunch etc – personally I think this is the best upside it always used to be so annoying on days out meeting up with friends.
  • No more MEGA tired/stroppy toddler because they are late for their nap.
  • Earlier nights/longer evenings as you can bring bedtime forward a little. (ideal if it coincides with the clocks changing!)
  • You’re no longer that mum who can’t meet at that time which suits everyone else because you have to work around the nap.
  • Unless you get out before the nap you tend not to manage to leave the house at all, especially in the winter when it’s dark by about half 3, leaving you all going stir crazy – now you’re free to come and go as you please! As long as it doesn’t involve doing the food shop with a toddler; I’m pretty sure there’s nothing more stressful than attempting shopping whilst having to chase a toddler (who now refuses to sit in the trolley/pram) around the supermarket (the faster you run, the faster they run!)
  • They are older now, so despite losing that golden hour in the day to get all your shit done the chances are they will be much more content spending some time doing an educational puzzle watching Peppa Pig, so really you can still have some time to get bits done around the house/have a shower/catch up on important work  Instagram stalk the Kardashian’s.

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Most of our friends who’s toddlers are in childcare tend to continue their nap a lot longer I’ve found. And in fact Henry still naps at nursery (mugging me off much, Hen??) but that night he tends to take about 2 hours – yes 2 hours, just talking to his toys and reciting the Gruffalo before he falls asleep and is therefore worse off in the morning because he is knackered!

It certainly is the end of an era, a golden one at that…but DON’T FEAR IT!! You just gotta roll with these punches sister. God speed.

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So I’ve called this post the accidental health kick as I really wasn’t focusing on losing weight or dieting 7 weeks after having a baby, instead I wanted to get as much healthy goodness inside of me to give baby George the best start through my breast milk. But it turns out the more I’m learning about healthy eats the more I’m loving all the amazing benefits and tastes and turns out it’s doing pretty well and shifting the baby weight! (I eventually stopped weighing myself at my midwife appointments as it was just too depressing but I know it was north of 3 stone at the last check!)

I have only been eating healthily for the last week or so (the first 5 weeks were pretty much chocolate and pizza)…so obviously it’s really early days! But I thought I’d include it in my blog to give anyone looking for some inspiration. I don’t want to call it a diet because it’s not that, it’s more that I’m being a bit more conscious about what I’m putting in my body and enjoying the health benefits.

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I’ve always enjoyed the taste of healthy food and I am by no way giving up my treats at the weekend (it’s a lonnnng week with a toddler and a newborn!!) but there are so many great books out at the moment from ladies such as the Hemsley sisters and Madeleine Shaw which are inspiring so many people, myself included, so hopefully all this will help me in my quest for a health kick and in turn get me slightly more summer ready or at least out of maternity clothes!!

I’d love to hear any recipes or ideas you have if you’re also eating healthily!

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A devine lunch at Caracoli, Alresford.

Check out my first grocery haul video inspired by Get The Glow on YouTube now!

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Here’s the next instalment as promised of some of the questions you may be wondering about as you continue on your journey through pregnancy, or things you may have heard but are not sure what they mean.

Heavy legs/Restless Legs Syndrome

The feeling of having ‘heavy’ legs, like they are weighed down with lead, is caused by slow circulation from, you’ve guessed it – hormones! Added blood volume in your system also contributes to this stubborn, annoying pain. Try and keep as active as you can as this will help improve your circulation. You can also try using a cooling leg gel, massaging your calf muscles, using a cold compress on your lower legs or resting with your legs higher than your hips, which eases water retention, improving your circulation.

Restless legs usually occur when you have been idle for a while, or are just about to go to sleep – cos you know, obviously we need further help with the lack of sleep during pregnancy! Symptoms typically peak when you’re 7 or 8 months pregnant and disappear altogether by the time you give birth. There’s no real reason why RLS peaks in pregnancy – some possibly reasons could be an Iron deficiency, folate deficiency, hormonal changes (specifically a rise in estrogen), or circulatory changes. The longer you lay still before going to sleep, the more likely you will get it at bedtime so if you suffer, try and get into bed just before you plan to go to sleep rather than watching a movie in bed for example.

Braxton Hicks

This particular feeling is hugely contributing to my most common pregnancy symptom! I have been getting these every day from around 24 weeks, and some days I get them all day. I wrote about my personal experience of them here but to give you the formal definition these are ‘practice’ contractions that happen throughout the second half of pregnancy (earlier for some mums) They may be painless, but should not build in intensity or increasing in frequency- that’s more likely to be labour! Nothing to be concerned about, they are just your body’s way of preparing for labour and your uterus muscles strengthening – so with the amount I have been having every day, this should mean a couple of pushes and baby number 2 will be out!

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Nesting instinct

I am experiencing this loads at the moment – it was actually Stuart who questioned if this is what was going on with me a couple of weeks ago and it hadn’t even occurred to me until then – but I really am! It’s like a sudden urge to decorate, sort out, clean and generally make their homes into a perfect newborn nest! I keep wanting to get everything in order and I am so pleased I now have some time on my hands to sort the baby’s room out and move Henry up to his new bedroom, and finally get around to getting some things for our imminent arrival!

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Pre-eclampsia

I have taken some of this text directly from the NHS website because it is so important that the medical facts are shared as this is a really serious condition which if left undetected could have potentially fatal effects if it turns into full eclampsia. It’s a condition of pregnancy that is tested for every time you attend an antenatal check due to its seriousness. It is particularly prevalent amongst first-time mums.

Signs of pre-eclampsia your midwife or obstetrician will be looking for include:

  • raised blood pressure.
  • protein in your urine.
  • excessive oedema (swelling due to water retention), particularly in the hands, face and ankles.

If left untreated, the following symptoms may develop:

  • recurrent headache
  • blurred vision
  • nausea, with or without vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • shoulder or abdominal pain
  • vagueness or confusion.

In isolation, shortness of breath, nausea, headache and twinges in your abdomen are often quite normal and unthreatening, but they’re worth mentioning in any case, especially at this stage of pregnancy. If you feel you have any combination of the above symptoms, report them immediately to your midwife, who will probably invite you to come in for monitoring and complete rest until the symptoms abate. You may even be given blood pressure medication, although this isn’t inevitable.

Once diagnosed, you’ll be seen more often than other mums-to-be and may have extra scans of your placenta throughout the remainder of your pregnancy Although mums suffering from pre-eclampsia are sometimes delivered early, most still give birth to perfectly healthy babies.

If you feel any of these symptoms speak to your MW immediately!

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Decoding your Midwife’s notes 

  • Height of fundus (FH): The fundus is the top of your uterus (womb). The midwife will measure how far the top of your uterus has grown away from your pelvic bone and record this in centimetres. This gives a good indication of your baby’s growth; in layman’s terms the amount of cm’s you measure should bear relation to your amount of weeks pregnant – however they are not taking into consideration more factors of the size/ethnicity of the patient rather than a one size fits all approach.
  • The lie: The ‘lie’ refers to the position of the crown of your baby’s head within your pelvis:
    • O (occiput) – this refers to the back of your baby’s head, which could be facing:
      R – right or L – left
    • A (anterior) – to the front
    • P (posterior) – to the back
    • L (lateral) or T (transverse) – to the side
  • Presentation: The ‘presentation’ refers to which way up your baby is -C or Ceph (cephalic) or Vx (vertex) – head down into your pelvis
    Br (breech) – feet or bottom first

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I’d love to hear any questions you might have or what your most common pregnancy symptoms are!

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