My Post Pregnancy Plan For Getting Back In Shape

The first few weeks after giving birth are wonderful. Don’t get me wrong, they can be tough, too, and there will be painful nights and days. But having that precious little thing beside you gives you such an incredible feeling that you just can’t get anywhere else. However, at some point - usually before your little one’s first month is up - you will be casually walking by a mirror and catch a glimpse of someone that looks like you. Oh, wait a minute. That is you. At least, you think it is. 

Now, it’s nothing to worry about (although you will). And it’s certainly not worth beating yourself up over (except you will do that, too). You’ve just given birth for goodness sake - it’s only natural (but you have a friend who looked amazing after only three days). It’s at this point that you might start feeling a little like you need to get things back on track. Well, it’s easier to do than you might think. I thought I would go through a few things I learned while having the same issues, and hopefully, there’s someone out there that can use them.

Walk when you can

There are two reasons why you should walk everywhere when you have a tiny newborn. Firstly, it’s terrifying. There are just too many crazy drivers out there for my liking. Secondly, it’s going to give you some much-needed exercise. Yes, it might be a little tough at first, but the earlier you start, the quicker you’ll get your strength back. 

Take some time out

I know it’s hard when you have a newborn - and much harder when you have other children, too. But you have to take some time out for yourself to do some exercise and meet some people. It’s good for the mind and the body. If you can’t find any childcare, look for groups in your area that have a creche. I know of a few gyms that do this, and they come in handy. The point is, even if it’s two forty-five minute sessions a week, it’s going to do you the world of good. 

Hair care

During pregnancy, people will comment on your luscious locks. After pregnancy, you will be alarmed to find you are brushing clumps out of your scalp with ease. Don’t worry - it’s normal. But, as I do know women who have suffered hair loss, try this natural hair care blog for some helpful advice. If you are just suffering normal post-pregnancy hair loss, just wait until the worst is over, and go for a cut. Even the simple act of going to see your stylist will raise your spirits - and help you feel like you are on your way back to your old self. 

And finally…

Please, ask for help if you need it. Whether it’s a helping hand with giving the kids a bath, a babysitter, or even someone to talk to, it can all help you your way through the baby blues. Postpartum depression is a very real threat, and having a good support network around you will help you keep your head above water. If you feel the slightest bit concerned about your wellbeing, talking is often the first step to resolving your problems.

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The Best Ways To Get Out And About With Your Baby

When you’ve just had a baby, you can be pretty tired and emotional. You may be disappointed in how your body is looking postpartum. There’s no need to worry about it, though. The changes to your body during pregnancy took nine months to happen. So you can rest assured you’ve got time to let your body recover.

Getting out and about with your baby helps the body regain its strength, tone and mobility. Plenty of fresh air helps you and the baby sleep well too which is important for you both. The trouble is, your baby comes with a lot of heavy baggage! Getting out and about is tricky when you take into account unwieldy prams and heavy car seats. But it’s worth it for all that exercise.

Your pushchair is the easiest way to transfer the little one around. Being on wheels you can even jog with it! Make sure you have a rain cover or buy now so you can cope with untimely showers, though. You can even push the pram around the shops and supermarket to pick up some bits for dinner.

Harnesses and body carriers are brilliant for helping you to regain some freedom. They allow you to be close to the baby too. If you like walking or hiking, then the harness allows you to carry the baby safely over the terrain. It leaves your arms free for balance, or just for doing your household chores! You could even walk the family dog without worrying about parking the pram somewhere first.

The car is very handy for travelling with a baby. Snap-in baby seats are quick and easy, albeit rather heavy with the baby inside! If you have a car, you can head down to the shopping mall, and then use a pram to navigate the shops. You can drive out to a country park or woodland so that you and the baby can enjoy the sounds and smells of nature. 

If you don’t have access to a car, why not try and use the buses? Most buses are wheelchair and pushchair accessible. There is space to park the pram on board without you having to take the baby out and fold it down. If you have a front carrying harness, the lower entrance means you don’t have to step up high with the extra weight of a baby on you. You can then travel around and enjoy the extra walking.

Harnesses and prams mean you can enjoy power walking while still caring for your baby. Walking is one of the best exercises you can do after pregnancy. Both methods help you to tone your legs and walking briskly will raise your heart rate to help you burn any pregnancy fat. Some babies love dancing with their mummy. The harness helps you do this more safely than holding them in your arms.

With so many ways to get out and about, you can have the freedom to get the shopping done, or enjoy a lovely walk whenever you feel like it. The change of scenery is good for you both, and all that fresh air should help you both sleep like babies. Night night!

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5 Awesome Tips To Make Losing Weight Easier

If you've piled on the pounds for one reason or another, you might have decided that the time has come to lose weight. While you know that losing weight will take hard work and lots of motivation, it would be great to make things easier for yourself. 

Believe it or not, when it comes to losing weight, there are plenty of ways you can make things easier. To help you do this, we thought we would share our five top tips for making losing weight easier. To find out more, keep reading, below:

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1. Follow a plan

Don’t make the mistake of deciding not to follow a program, you will find it much easier to lose weight if you have a plan to follow. There are so many different plans out there, from Atkins to slimming world, that there is sure to be something that works for you.

While finding the best weight loss aid for you can sometimes take some time, it is worth the effort. Once you have found a weight loss plan that works for you and fits with your lifestyle, you will find losing weight much easier.

2. Prepare your meals in advance

One of the main reasons many women struggle with losing weight is because, after a long day at work, they can’t be bothered to cook. Instead, they opt for a ready meal or takeaway - this won’t help the diet.

To make losing weight easier, prepare all your meals for the week in advance. Each weekend, spend a few hours preparing meals for the week, you can then freeze them and eat them as and when you want to.

3. Always have healthy snacks on hand

If you are one of those people who gets hungry a lot, make sure that you always have healthy snacks on you. In the fridge, in your handbag, at work, at the gym, it doesn’t matter, you must always have healthy snacks to hand.

That way when hunger attacks, you have something that you can eat. Things like nuts, fresh fruit, and veggie sticks, are all ideal on-the-go snacks.

4. Don’t keep junk in the house

If there is junk food in your house, you will eat it. You might not think that you will, but trust us on this, at some point you will feel the need to binge, and will eat all the junk food.

To prevent this from happening, try to keep as little junk food in the house as possible. If there is no junk food within you reach, you will find it much easier to resist. If you have children in the house or live with people who eat lots of junk food, ask them to lock it away.

5. Always eat breakfast

Far too many people miss breakfast, especially when they are on a diet. However, missing breakfast is the worst thing you can do, as you will be hungry before lunch and end up eating more snacks.

Have some cereal, poached eggs and bacon on toast, overnight oats, or anything else that you fancy. Just make sure that whatever you have for breakfast that it’s healthy - low-fat yogurt and fruit is ideal. 

If you don't like to eat breakfast before work, take breakfast with you. A banana, fruit salad, or a pot of instant porridge are all ideal.

While losing weight can be hard - ignoring those cravings is never easy, you can make losing weight easier. To make your weight loss journey easier, follow the five tips in this guide.

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Reverse Bucket List || 50 Things Before 30

I've seen many reverse bucket lists on a variety of blogs over the last few years and while I seem to always click through to read everyone else's I never thought I would be publishing my own as I just couldn't think of fifty things I had done. In comparison to others lives, I've had a pretty basic and unexciting life. Each time I came across another blog post I would try to think about the amazing things I've accomplished and be met with a blank that is until I decided to strip it right back - I knew I had an amazing life and I was damn going to think of reasons as to what made it amazing.

Now that I've accomplished my list of fifty it's completely changed my outlook. I no longer read other blog posts and envy the fun-filled lives that I'm reading about. I no longer wish I'd done things differently and I feel like I'm constantly giving myself an inner high-five for recognising the good things that I've accomplished.

So here goes:

 Dyed my hair wild and crazy colours (when it wasn't in style).
✓ Had my nipple, nose, belly and ears pierced (before they were in style).
✓ Abseiled down a small cliff wall (while desperately needing a wee may I add).
✓ Found a true love in archery.
✓ Donated blood a lot (until I was told I can't anymore).
✓ Offered to be a donor for someone who needed bone marrow.
✓ Lost a parent. Lived through the grief and came out the other end a-ok.
✓ Lost a sibling. Came to recognise that everything happens for a reason.
✓ Researched my ancestry and found some pretty amazing stuff.
✓ Got married. Stayed married (11+ years and counting).
✓ Being called mummy by three separate little humans.
✓ Spend a whole day sleeping. It wasn't nearly as great as I seem to imagine it will be every Monday morning.
✓ Ate cake for a whole day. It was amazing and I didn't regret it at all.
✓ Flown in an aeroplane and didn't crash.
✓ Travelled abroad. It made me realise how much I love my own country.
✓ Moved to another country and lived alone.
✓ Saved a life.
✓ Gave evidence in court against a family member for the greater good - and survived.
✓ Got my degree after leaving school with no qualifications (not through choice but outside reasons)
✓ Build a website.
✓ Learnt to meditate and to introduce mediation to my three sons lives also.
✓ Trained as a practising herbalist.
✓ Studied towards my yoga teaching certification while struggling with a pain disorder and never gave up.
I've climbed an inactive volcano.
 I was sterilised.
✓ Slept homeless. Came to realise you need to take ownership of your own shit because other's can't always be relied on regardless of your age.
✓ Stopped smoking without any help. Other than my kids to drive me forward.
✓ Stopped drinking completely. Would never go back.
✓ Survived my lowest point. Realised I'm here for a reason.
✓ Watched every episode of Lost. Episode 1 I had no children. By the end of the series, I had three children. Nuff said really.
✓ Slept under the stars. I've never felt so calm.
✓ Slept out in snow all night. Why? Just because I like a challenge.
✓ Went camping without complaining and actually loved it.
✓ Got tattooed. Regretted my tattoos.
✓ Learnt a foreign language through choice.
✓ Helped raise money for children's charities independently.
✓ Donated to medical research.
✓ Started my own business.
✓ Beat debilitating health.
✓ Found inner peace.
✓ Tested my genetics. The best thing I've ever done for my health.
✓ Sponsored both children and animals.
✓ Travelled to an island in a fishing boat for the day (Isle of May). The water was choppy, the life jackets were dubious, I am hugely fearful of open water and can't swim.
✓ Beat infertility.
✓ Randomly paid for items while shopping when someone hasn't had enough money. Children and elderly tug on my heart strings.
✓ Been bitten by a spider. Three times. Still fucking hate the wee basterdos.
✓ I was adopted by true angels.
✓ Seen plenty of ghosts and learnt not to be scared of them.
✓ Found comfort with being myself.
✓ Gained and lost a lot of body weight.
And breaking the rules a bit here but the most important one for me was number 51...

 Turned down plastic surgery (tummy tuck) because I realised living and being a mum was far more important than a flat stomach. Why would I put my life at risk when I had three utterly amazing little babies who couldn't give a hoot about mummies loose belly skin? If they didn't care then why should I. 

While it's not as out of the box as some other bloggers I definitely think the reverse bucket list has therapeutic qualities regardless of how big or small your accomplishments are. Would I recommend this list to others? HELLS YES!

So I challenge you all to come up with your own 50 (or more) reverse bucket list and see how it changes your life. Post your comments and links below. I'd love to read your posts.

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7 Secrets to Flawless Skin

Have you ever walked past another woman and just thought, “Wow!” Not because of anything other than how flawless her skin looks. You’re not the only one. I’ve walked past many women and been totally envious of how perfect their skin looks. Without makeup too! The fact is, it’s not actually that hard to get flawless skin. Don’t believe me? Here are 7 secrets that should do the trick.


1. H2O
This is one trick you’ve probably heard plenty of times, but how many of you actually put it into practice? One of the best secrets for flawless skin is to make sure you drink plenty of water. It hydrates your skin and can stop you from getting breakouts. Drink at least 8 glasses of H2O every single day.

2. Gentle Cleansing
Too many of us use abrasive chemicals or makeup wipes to clean our skin. This is actually doing more damage than good. If you want picture-perfect skin, then you need to gently cleanse away any of the day’s dirt. Look for a foaming cleanser for some of the best results.

3. Double Cleanse
Here’s a secret that I learnt from Korean beauty expert, Charlotte Cho. You should actually double cleanse your skin if you want it to look flawless. Use an oil cleanser and soft towelette first. Then you want to use your cleansing foam. Make sure you’re being gentle with your skin! 

4. Exfoliate
Make sure you gently exfoliate your skin to get rid of any dry or dead patches. You can use an exfoliant at home on a weekly basis. Microdermabrasion clinics are a good idea if you want something a bit more in-depth than a regular cleanse and exfoliate. This kind of treatment isn’t a regular thing, but it’s good for a one off skin clean.


5. Masks
Face masks are a great way to give your skin a much-needed boost. You only need to apply a face mask a maximum of twice a week, depending on how tired your face is looking. You can even make these at home yourself if you want to save some cash. Or, take a trip to your local beauty salon for a treat. 

6. Clean Eating
Here’s another secret that involves what you put in your body, not on it. Making sure you eat healthily is a surefire way to look after your skin. Eating clean means avoiding as much processed food and sugars as possible. Stick with home cooked meals and avoid those sugary treats. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make. 

7. Sun Protection
If you want wrinkles by the time you’re 30, ignore this tip. However, if you want to reserve that flawless looking skin as long as possible then protect yourself in the sun. This means wearing sunscreen and makeup that has an SPF in it. There’s nothing very flawless about sun spots and wrinkles. Even if you think that tan looks good now! 

Did you know all of these 7 secrets to flawless skin? I’m willing to bet you knew a couple. Use them all together and you’ll be one of the women that people say “Wow” about.

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A Guide To Planning The Perfect Beach Wedding

If you have always fantasised about getting married on a beach, then you are in the right place. We have put together a guide to everything you need to know about planning the perfect beach wedding.

Saying your vows while stood on a sandy beach with the sound of crashing waves echoing around you is incredibly romantic. That’s why beach weddings are so popular, the idea of being able to get married on the beach appeals to many couples.

Beach weddings can be amazing, as long as they are well planned, that is. The main problem with outdoor weddings is the weather, if it's bad, the wedding can be a disaster. However, as long as you are organized and have a contingency plan in place, everything will be fine.

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To ensure that your beach wedding goes to plan, have a read of this.

Choose your date carefully

Okay, so this might sound obvious, but you would be surprised at how many brides pick a date in season for their wedding. You see, during the summer, almost every beach is filled with people, so getting married would be a nightmare. There’s nothing romantic about saying your vows on an overly crowded beach, is there?

While it’s important to pick a date when the beach won’t be busy, it’s also important to choose a date when you have the best chance of sun. Unless you can hire a private beach for the day - yes, these do exist, it’s best to opt for a date at the end of spring or start of summer.

Consider a destination wedding

If you want a beach wedding with guaranteed sunshine, consider a destination wedding. Instead of having to worry about the weather, getting married overseas will ensure that the weather is good.

Plus, by organising a destination wedding at a resort or hotel, you might be able to use their private beach for your ceremony. This means that you wouldn’t have to worry about other people interrupting you, as there would be no one else on there.

Think about your decorations

While the beach is a beautiful destination on its own, adding a few decorations will help to make your day more special.

Perhaps you could hire an arch for the ceremony to take place under? Maybe you could decorate the rows of seats with ribbons and flowers? Or, maybe you could have the aisle lined with candles

Just because you are getting married on the beach, that doesn’t mean that you can’t decorate it. The more special you make it look, the more romantic your wedding will be.

Have a contingency plan in place

If the worst should happen and the heavens open on your special day, it’s important to have a contingency plan in place. Of course, the problem with this is that you don’t want to have to pay for a venue that you might not need.

The best way to go about this is to hire a marquee for your reception and have it put up just above the beach. Then if the weather is bad, you could always hold your ceremony in the marquee, instead of on the beach.

Planning a beach wedding is perfect if you love being outdoors, just make sure that you have a contingency plan in place. As long as you are well prepared and know what it is you want, your wedding should be a success.

What beach would you choose to say 'I do' at? Leave your comments below.

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Empties Update || The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Empties post ahoy. This is a bit of a mixed bag as you can see, but it's always nice to do a clear out. So here goes guys...

Salcura Body Hydrator || This moisturiser contains omega 3, 6, 7 and 9. It's free from nasties, hydrates all skin types and doesn't cause any problems. I'll probably not repurchase this one as I currently need an extra helping of hydration and this is more of a lotion than a cream.

Salcura Zeoderm Cream || Salcura's one of our favourite brands in the Silver household because my little [and big man] men have sensitive skin types. This cream takes away the itch that comes with skin rashes, eczema or hubsters skin issue and leaves the applied area cool, soothed and hydrated. There's also no sting which makes this an excellent after sun product too.

Clearzal Foot Food Nutritional Creme || I. Love. This. Cream. It's lavender scented and is amazing for my face and acne breakouts due to the small percentage of urea in it which helps to get rid of any skin build up that would lead to cysts. I can't fault this other than the price - it's expensive at £10 a tube but so worth it, I promise.

Right Guard Invisible Deodorant || The only deodorant that works for me. I love that it's invisible and regardless of how much you spray there's never any chalky fallout or white marks.

L'Oreal Men Expert Black Charcoal Wash || I've tried a few charcoal based face products recently and was really excited about this as it was aimed at men - typically I've found men's product to be more heavy duty and with my face issues I needed the additional help. However, when it came to using the product I was so disappointed as it was very soapy and didn't help my skin whatsoever. Hubster however, has fallen in love with it as it stops breakouts and gets his beard clean.

Living Nature Summer Bronze Powder || This is a wonderful bronzer which I doubled as eye shadow. Being super light I didn't find this to be too dark or too yellow based which is rare - I will be repurchasing this again for sure. You can read the original review here.

Amazonia Preciosa Face Clay || A simple clay powder that you mix to create a face mask. The reason this is hitting the empties pile is the packaging broke and it suddenly started smelling very talk like - this isn't a product issue but maybe due to being stored in the hot bathroom with the broken lid. You can read the original review here.

Cyrine Aromatherapy Sensual Ylang-Ylang Moisturiser || I love the Cyrine brand because they create the most wonderfully scented and skin issue suitable creams using aromatherapy, the only problem I've found is that if they're not kept in the fridge or used up quickly the oils and cream separates, not this may just be an issue of temperature or a lack of emollient. It doesn't detract from the moisturiser however, but you do need to give it a quick stir prior to use.

REN Skincare T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid || This fluid is so soothing and aims to even your complexion, it's especially great for combination skin types but I've never repurchased as I've always been drawn in by other brands.

Chit Chat Shimmer Stick || I purchased this from Poundland as a spur of the moment purchase. No idea why other than my inner magpie was attracted to the gold glitter and I figured it would possibly work as an eyeliner at Xmas. Well, I let my son draw on my face thinking it would hardly offer any glitter coverage - I was so wrong. I looked like the gold dude from Austin Powers *sniggers* it was hilarious, I couldn't get rid of the glitter for weeks.

Model Co Nude Illusion Lip Liner || I had high hopes for this nude toned lip liner, but it fell flat on its face. It dragged too much and wasn't nude in the slightest, it actually reminded me of the old 80's lip liners. I'll not be repurchasing that's for sure.

L'Oreal Top Coat Refill Balm || I've had this for a while, it was originally used to cover the L'Oreal tinted gloss. I purchased the refill as I actually preferred the balm which has a gorgeous scent to it, this, however, has gone unused for over a year so is hitting the empties pile. I doubt I'd rebuy this now though.

CB I Hate Perfume Burning Leaves || I've never been one to shy away from unusual brands or earthy scents and I had heard so many positive reviews about the CB I Hate Perfume brand that I had to try Burning Leaves. Burning Leaves is described as 'The smoke of burning maple leaves, plain and simple' now I love burning smells, I love leaves, I love earthy tones but this resulted in the most grotesque-screw-up-face-ever at first sniff. I've since tried again to get on with this scent because I believe we could be BFF's but nope, my olfactory system is just saying nope, nope and NOPE.

Eucerin Dermo Purifier Adjunctive Hydrating Cream || SPF 30 UVB & UVA protection

Eucerin Dermo Purifier Active Night Care || Reduces blemishes in 3 weeks, oil free

Eucerin Factor 50 Suncream || This has been a winner for my family over the last few weeks and seems to be the only brand of factor 50 that doesn't result in skin rashes or sunburn.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Perfume || I previously reviewed this over on this post if you want to check it out.

Mango Lip Balm || This came as a three pack for Christmas, it's not typically something I'd purchase but my lips were super dry and needed something quick. It's pink tinted and does have a false mango taste, as a quick wash of colour it's OK, but it's not hydrating in the slightest.

What empties have you collected lately?

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