Baby sleep app and anxiety

When our girl was born I found a very useful app to track the feeding and napping times. I fed on demand but still wanted to see how long had been since the last time and in terms of sleep it helped me to get an idea if she’s getting the recommended amount in total for her age group.  Continue reading

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Our struggle with tonsillitis

She’s only 13 months old and already suffering from tonsillitis! She had a cold more than a week ago but was feeling and looking well last week on Wednesday when I took her swimming. Massive mum guilt here because the next day she looked and felt miserable. Very clingy, wanted to be held and cuddled all the awake times. It reminded me of the newborn days when I found it hard to put her down as she’d start crying soon after.  Continue reading

Our cat taught me mindfulness

London is hectic and noisy and a couple of years ago it really started to affect me. I was going through some stressful times back then, I was battling with infertility and eventually diagnosed with endometriosis. I was looking for ways to calm and ground myself. I took up running, yoga, and concentrated on blogging/writing about my thoughts, but also meditation and I started figuring out what mindfulness was. And who helped me the most? Our cat! Continue reading

How to turn house cleaning into a workout

Cleaning the house isn’t fun. It often feels like it’s never ending and we just can’t wait for it to be finished. However, this infographic from HappyCleans looks at how you can turn it into a workout so you can kill two birds with the one stone. Remember that many aspects of housework are very good workouts as well and burn calories. For example, while mopping might not be the most fun task, one hour of it burns 168 calories. This little nugget might reduce your hatred of mopping just a little bit. Even tasks like ironing which aren’t that strenuous burn 128 calories an hour.

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My fertility journey

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a long time but since infertility is such a personal topic I’ve kept quiet. However since we made it public a few months ago that we’re expecting I’ve been wanting to write and share my own story/fertility journey as well. So, no, I’m definitely not infertile but after years of trying I did begin to wonder… When on 2016 Christmas Day morning I presented my husband with a positive pregnancy test I was dumbfounded. Not ecstatic as I would have expected but in complete denial, I just couldn’t believe it had actually happened to us!

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Innocently Sweet – vegan dessert recipe book

I’m proud that a friend of mine, Chantal, has written this book because like most people (probably like you too), she loves desserts! 🙂 But it was driving her crazy that desserts always had to be naughty! So she wrote it with some educational material to begin with and included 34 amazing vegan recipes that are every spoonful nourishing and not at all guilty! Isn’t it great when you can have a treat that is not followed but a guilt trip down weight gain lane?

I’m also delighted to mention that some of the photos used in this book are taken by my husband Marc Mordant Photography. Continue reading

HIIT for beginners (infographic)

This is a guest blog from My Fitness Boutique, a gym based in north London. They’ve produced an infographic on “HIIT for Beginners”, a guide to high intensity interval training (HIIT).

I decided to publish it on my blog as I quite enjoy throwing in some HIIT workouts myself. I like the way you can tailor them by difficulty, length and intensity. It offers a lot of variety and a great way to mix it up with my regular running sessions. In the summer months I prefer working out outdoors anyway (I hate gyms) and what better way to do it than with some body weight exercises and running. I hope you enjoy the read and the infographic too! Continue reading

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January – a month of wellness

As I wrote in New Year’s resolutions?, I don’t do them. So I didn’t do a dry January, start a fad diet or make any other promises that I knew I wasn’t able to keep up with. Instead, I turned January into a wellness month and tried starting to look after my mind, body and spirit better. I also followed almost all of these little tips by mindbodygreen to make my life a little bit happier. I’m a bit more concerned about my stress levels and negative thoughts so I want to make sure I look after myself better. Continue reading

I went to the gym!

Last time I was in a gym was about three years ago. I don’t like gyms. I work out elsewhere: a yoga studio, outdoors or on the mat in my living room. But because I do like to sweat every now and then I got dragged into trying out a class with my friend at Gymbox in Holborn. We did Thigh High class – a fast and fun fusion of lower body exercises with dance that will not only strengthen, tone and transform those wobbly bits, but you will smile all the way through, thanks to the musical choice packed full of Samba beats. Says their blog post… Continue reading

Morning routine

I wouldn’t call myself a morning person, I’m definitely not an early bird (neither am I a night owl…) as waking up at 7am doesn’t quite qualify for it. I’m really good at snoozing, when I say I wake up at 7am that means this is when I start snoozing and most of the time I’m not out of the bed till 7.20. I’m such a sleepy head and a bit slow in the mornings so I need to ease myself into the day with hugging the duvet and pillow as long as I can while half-awake. Continue reading