Food

Food Diary: What Do I Eat in a Week on Slimming World?

When I lost 7 and a half stone on Slimming World, people always asked what I ate. I’ve always believed that a sustainable food lifestyle needs to consist of a lot of food (seriously, who wants to feel hungry?) and you should never, ever feel deprived. Want to see what a typical week on-plan looks like? I’ll update it at the end of the week and let you know what …

Happiness

A Mindful Read

Have you read the ‘Sane New World’ and ‘Frazzled’ books by Ruby Wax? She talks about mindfulness in such a practical way. It started my whole journey down this route. She included this poem by Portia Nelson in ‘Sane New World’. I heard her read this in her audiobook as I was just arriving at work one sunny morning and it struck a chord with me. Autobiography in Five Short …

Home Organisation

DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own Earring Organiser

I have a shameful number of earrings. I wanted to use them (or a rotating selection of them) as a display rather than keep them in a box. I looked for earring organisers online, and none seemed to fit well with my dressing room decor. Never one to be beaten with either crafting or organising, I headed to my local DIY and hardware store and came away with lots of …

Productivity

Free Printable: Brain Dump Planner

Do you ever get those days where stuff keeps getting thrown at you? Maybe you’re trying to juggle too many things at once and there’s just too much stuff to keep track of. Maybe it’s just an average day but with all of the bits and pieces floating around in your head, you find yourself forgetting stuff. Maybe you’re about to plan something exciting and you don’t know where to …

Happiness Home Organisation Mind

In a Slump? It’s Just the Broken Window Effect

It’s been your typical bank holiday in the UK. A bonus day off, a little light daytime drinking, and a whole lot of relaxing. It also means an additional day of my child and husband creating chaos, and me, quite frankly, not being all that bothered to do anything useful. I have piles of laundry that have come out of nowhere, dried-on toothpaste on the sinks, clumps of cat-floof on …

Food

Apple and Cinnamon (Non) Overnight Oats

After many sad and failed attempts at overnight oats, the penny finally dropped. Since then, I’m an overnight oats addict. I make a batch of them to last me through the week; they’re the perfect desk-breakfast. However… when I’m not prepared, I use my lazy non-overnight version. Want to make some too? Perfect for those mornings when you’ve not quite got your a*se in gear but still want something fancy. …

Mind

Decision Fatigue: You May Even Have it Right Now

If you’re reading this in the afternoon or later, I’d bet you have decision fatigue. Especially if you’re reading this while you’re meant to be doing something important. Lets check: when was the last time you experienced any or all of the following: Irritable or angry Fuzzy or vague thinking Lacking in confidence Impulse decisions Bad spending choices Decision avoidance Depending on the time of day, your job, and the …

Happiness Mind

Mindfulness Moment: Embrace Your Commute

I genuinely look forward to my drive to work. The more traffic, the better. I like to arrive feeling calm and relaxed before the chaos hits me. I’m a big believer in your mood affecting the way people respond to you, so I know that if I arrive at work feeling calm, happy and creative, I’m off to a good start. I’m aware that I’m a little odd in this …

Happiness

Free Printable: Daily Self-Care Planner

It’s far too easy to lose sight of what you need. Rather unhelpfully, the busier we get, the less time we take to look after ourselves… and this is when we most need it. It’s very easy to say that you need to take time to incorporate self-care into your routine, but what happens when you just get too busy? One of the answers is to just stop. Stop and …

Food Productivity

Free Printable: Up Your Meal Planning Game

It’s no secret that I’m a planner. I LOVE planning. I LOVE my planner. I obsess over it and fantasise over whether to plan digitally, on paper, with washi tape, MildLiners, or just spend hours on Pinterest coveting the creations of others. Please bear in that in mind when I say sometimes I don’t have time to plan. Add to this my love of meal planning and finding new recipes …