30 November 2017

December Horoscopes!

Russell Grant's Monthly Horoscopes December 2017


Hot Gossip Feature - Honey Rocks

Sarah Gilbert, who runs Box of Smiles - a gift boxing business, is passionate about supporting other creative small businesses. 

Read about her latest find, the stylish online store  Honey Rocks, and how the two founders, Hannah and India, got their colourful brand off the ground. 


24 November 2017

Fashion Feature!


Hold on, hold on, I know, we all wear black, and the word 'colour' is like a swear word in most of our wardrobes (especially mine!), but bear with me, you may be surprised what you learn.

So, picture this, last year, on a trip to Florida to see my auntie, she told me that she was taking me to a surprise. 'Shopping', I gleefully thought, and started to work out the exchange rate at a rate of my own!!!

But alas, as we pass the sign for 'outlet shopping', I knew that's not where we were heading (and would have to work out later how to persuade my shopping-hating husband to venture into a mall!)

We park, we walk through a grey office, and are shown into a grey room. At this point I'm trying to work out how far it would be for me to run to the outlet.

A lady walks in, dressed in grey, places a grey cloak over me, introduces herself as Sheryl the colourist and my surprisingly fabulous afternoon begins.

She asks me what colours I wear.
Haha, colours (!!!), and I proceed to tell her all the flattering shades of black that adorn my wardrobe.

After a quick 'tut tut' and a little eye-rolling, the process of partnering me with my perfect few colours begins.

What an eye opener! 

Very quickly I see how important wearing the right colours actually is. I've always known that as much as I have lusted after the perfect white shirt (and have failed time and time again to find one), I have always known that it's not the shirts that haven't been suiting me, it's the colour (if you can call white a colour?). And now I understand why.

Have you ever put on a coloured top and have had your ego massaged a little when the compliments flood in.
I have worn colours on the odd occasion and have always thought that the compliments are just because of the vast contrast to my comforting usual black. 

It's not. 
It's actually because certain colours actually make you look fabulous. If you find a colour that compliments your skin tone it will actually do miraculous things to the colour of your eyes, your hair and even your teeth.

 If you look at the pics below, you will quickly see which colours make me look like I've been dead a few months, and which colours Sheryl sent me away with in my 'colours I should wear' package.

The final pic is me, broken away from black (well, for one night only!!!) and am wearing a colour that was highly recommended by Sheryl. Honestly, at the party that I wore it to, I have never had so many compliments on my outfit!!

Excuse the facial expressions in the colour testing pics, I was trying to act serious. 


21 November 2017

Feature: Slimming World Recipes

So now it’s actually freezing, I only want warming hearty food! I whipped up this syn free and full of speed soup.


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17 November 2017

World Prematurity Day

Nothing can prepare you for the arrival of your little one. You can be super prepared or not at all. The reality is, once you baby decides it’s time to arrive, a lot of the time it’s never how you’d thought it would be. 

Becoming a parent is hard enough, becoming a parent to a baby that arrives early is even harder. 

In November 2016, my husband and I became parents to our beautiful daughter Aarya. She arrived 6 weeks early as I was suffering from severe preeclampsia and doctors said the baby was safer out than in, for both of our sakes. 

Some of you will know that I didn’t really see my daughter or hold her for two days. Becoming a parent to a premature baby brings a whole load of physical and emotional feelings. 


12 November 2017

Winter vs Spring Babies

With my youngest having recently reached her half birthday we have safely come out the other side of the exhausting, amazing, overwhelming phase that is having a newborn baby.  For me, it’s very much like riding a never ending seesaw, constantly flitting from revelling in the cuteness of tiny toes, first smiles and sleepy cuddles to being desperate for the near hourly feeds and relentless poo-namis to end.
Having had both winter and spring newborns I have realised each season brings with it a different set of parenting hurdles to negotiate because whoever said this parenting malarkey (also known as keeping the humans alive!) was going to be easy!

10 November 2017

Feature: Slimming World Recipes!

I get so bored with my Healthy Extras. Sometimes I find it hard to fit them in or use something I don’t really want. Mainly inhaling 2 HiFi bars and then not feeling fulfilled. So, I came up with this tasty recipe for something a bit different. 


9 November 2017

Feature: Word From the U.S

This Is Not A New Phenomenon


7 November 2017

Does size matter?

I recently realised that my poor, slightly neglected second child hadn’t been weighed in over two months so we trundled along to our local baby clinic.  My chunky monkey weighed in at a hefty 16lbs 3ozs which was a pretty impressive starting weight for her 4 month old frame.  She had moved up from the 50th percentile to the 75th.  I was absolutely delighted …. but why?

2 November 2017

The Single Mum Mansion – how it saved me from heartbreak.

No one sets out to get divorced or separate from the father/mother of their children. If only there was a box one could tick to stop it happening, but happen it does, every day. I bore three kids in quick succession and by the time my marriage dissolved into a sticky mess, I was left holding three children under five. It was a dark time, a private agonising dystopia fuelled by grief of the like I had never experienced before. Every day felt like someone had died as I forced myself to function for the sake of the children. No one else understood, how could they when they had a husband who was present, being part of a family and sharing your life? I felt like the only person to ever suffer this level of brokenness.


Feature: Lean Mums

Hi everyone,

This month I want to talk to you about how you can get more active even if you don’t have time to get to the gym.

I wrote in my recent blog for Lean Mums about getting in shape for Christmas rather than after Christmas and avoiding the weight gain and feelings of guilt and sluggishness. It basically involves eating well and exercising regularly for the next couple of months so that you can relax and enjoy Christmas. It’s a great idea and something that a lot of the Lean Mums members are jumping on board with. Here’s the link to the blog if you want to check it out:

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