Vitamin Sea ✌🏻🌊

 

At the beginning of this week I was taken to Wales along with my toddler boss (Indi-Rose) and the furry one (Roxy the Springer) by the grandparents, to enjoy some well earned beach time. The husband didn’t come this time as he’d used up all his leave and I’d carried lots over following a rather hectic year at work.

After packing far too much for 2 nights for me, a dog and a toddler, we squished into Nanny and Grandad’s car and were off. The drive to Wales from Stafford is so beautiful and my Dad’s satnav definitely took us the most scenic route. 🐑

drive to wales

We stayed at my parents’ friends’ lovely caravan at Greenacres, Porthmadog and I think Indi-Rose literally thinks it is the BEST PLACE EVER. Right on the beach, pooch friendly, swimming pool and all the arcade and park fun an almost 3 year old could possibly need.

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As soon as we got there we hit the beach to give the pooch a run a get a dose of that amazing ‘vitamin sea’. I really wish that we lived nearer to the beach, there’s nothing like taking in that breeze and looking out to that beautiful sparkly expanse of water. I find it very therapeutic and that it always blows away the cobwebs.

Nanny and Grandad on the beach

As we had two nights with a toddler at a complex that has kids entertainment on site we thought we could sit and have a drink or two whilst Indi-Rose ran around the dance floor with other small people. No such luck, this child is OBSESSED with the arcades and the ‘party room’ is right next to the flashing lights, 2p machines and dreaded mechanical horses that she loves so much.

So Nanny, Grandad and I ended up taking turns running around the arcades after the little monkey in shifts. Very relaxing – NOT! Red wine and cheese and biscuits back at the caravan, was very much deserved and enjoyed afterwards. We were all shattered.

Rox with ball at Criccieth

The next day after a quick swim with Indi-Rose we took a drive out to Criccieth, so camera in tow (and toddler in need of a snooze, so asleep in the car with Grandad) I enjoyed some quality time with the pooch practising snapping away on the beautiful beach and near the castle.

Criccieth

Such a gorgeous part of the world even with April showers. With just two nights away we had another night taking shifts running round after Indi before leaving our lovely caravan (much to Indi-Rose’s disappointment, she definitely thought we lived there now) the next morning.

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Beautiful Betws-y-Coed

We left early enough to take a slow drive back and do some exploring on the way home, so decided to stop at Betws-y-Coed – I’d never been and I will definitely be going back. Like something straight out of Lord of The Rings (personal fav.) it felt totally magical and I could’ve stayed for hours. A gorgeous little train station, complete with art gallery and craft village.

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Edith the Rhino – an ace community art project…

A lovely couple of days with  Nanny and Grandad, enjoying quality time with my two baby girls made for a happy Mama. Gave me time to reflect on how lucky I am and It’s a shame to have to come back to reality…

Roll on the next one! Good vibes only… ✌️

Fruit o’clock 🍓

My 2 year old daughter is my hero! She genuinely 100% loves fruit and veg. She would happily munch on a banana, an apple or some raisins over crisps and rubbish. I often wonder how she could possibly be my daughter…

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Indi-Rose pinching fruit from the new Royal Doulton x Ellen DeGeneres collection

I mean I like it now. But not as much as I like gin & crisps with loads of dip and cheese…mmmm I love cheese!

I recently ran my first ever half marathon, fitting in all those runs around work, mummying and everything else was hard. But I did it and it felt good. 💪

Half marathon

 

(That’s my uncle Keith who is 60 and also ran the Stafford Half Marathon – faster than me!! Ace)

I used my training as an excuse to eat whatever the hell I fancied, burning calories meant eating more and hence the scales managed to go up and not down – boohoo! However the half marathon is now done, hours of long runs are over so it’s time to start eating more healthily. Summer is coming and so are holidays – so it’s time for a re-think.

You may have seen my overnight oats post from a couple of weeks ago? I do really enjoy them for a healthy breakfast but its’ time to up the anti on the fruit front a few days a week so I have invested in a smoothie maker. AKA fruit o’clock…🍓

I’m making my recipes up as I go along at the  minute – but I’m really enjoying my creations of various fruits and almond milk.

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I work in an office with a canteen and lovely restaurant and tea room with amazing afternoon tea on site. With all those temptations near by it’s essential that I get my prep on as much as possible. Mason jars are such a cool way to prepare more than one lunch at a time. Take a look at my breakfast and lunch all ready for a hard day’s graft, just the other day.

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I’m still going to be carrying on running, I find that I’m more focussed, positive and find it really sorts me out when I need to un-jumble my brain from all the mummy/work/ life stuff. BUT shorter distances (I just signed up to a 10k race in May) so I can try to balance my healthiness with food AND exercise, not just one or the other.   I’m feeling more positive already!

Good vibes only! ✌️

 

 

You can do ANYTHING (but not everything) 🤯🤯🧘🧘🧘🧘🧘✨

Sometimes day to day life can seriously mess with your inner peace. ✌️

A rushed morning, an silly argument with the hubby, a toddler tantrum, a forgotten work pass, a spilt drink, workload piling up and that horrible feeling of irritability that just will not subside. Until finally the slightest inconvenience tips you over the edge – oh hello mode meltdown, goodbye motivation and sometimes even a full on strop!

I find on days like this I need to consciously remove myself from the way I am feeling. I love a good yoga session (not that I get chance to do it much these days) and I especially enjoy the shavasana (the relaxing bit at the end). Whenever the request is to take myself to where I find most relaxing, it is always a beach & my breath becomes the waves – perfection right there 🐚

As often as I can, I try and remember the amazing feeling of relaxation that I feel when being transported off to my happy place in those sessions. I find it doesn’t take much – just a little bit of mindfulness can go a long way.

You don’t need long at all, in fact just 60 little seconds will do. Next time you’re feeling like it’s all to much (or is about to be) why not try this:

Might sound a bit wanky – but it’s all about being present with yourself, looking from the outside in. You are not your emotions and you can do ANYTHING, but not everything.

Good vibes only xxx ✌️