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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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