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The Second Run.. Couch to 5k

I’m not going to lie, I used every possible tactic to put the thought of my second run of the week out of my mind. Yes, couch to 5k, I would have rather stayed on the couch! When run day arrived (I had planned it into my diary so I couldn’t “forget”) I focused on the “I can”. Remembering the first run – the struggles, I also reminded myself I had been recovering from a horrible cold and cough. This time the run would be better, and if not better, well, showed persistence? Continue reading The Second Run.. Couch to 5k

The one where I start running..

I have put off starting the couch to 5k. I am really not a runner and the thought of it has just made me want to weep. Then, there’s the very real problem that I’ve had the most horrible cough for the last 3 weeks. I didn’t think that running with a cough would be the best idea! This morning I woke up early, and the sun was shining. My trainers were sat there looking sad. It seemed ludicrous that I had all the kit, but was still putting off getting going.

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The Autumn De-clutter

Back to school, new starts, and thoughts turn to Winter. I look around the house and every year have the same despair at just how much clutter we have gathered. Toys, books, and outgrown clothes. Too many of all of them. I try to keep clothes to hand down, but I guarantee my daughter won’t wear anything she has seen her brothers in! So I really should just clear it all out.

Today I have decided enough is enough, it is time to clear out again. I have the most hideous cold, so I can’t think to do much. Put things into piles of keep, sell, donate is about the extent of my capabilities today! But I’ve also decided to make a list of ways to help the great de-clutter.


Create a clear space.

I think sometimes for me, seeing the amount of “stuff” makes it hard for me to know where to begin! A friend of mine has a beautiful loft conversion, it is a wonderful, light and airy grown up space. She created it as a space for her to relax in, and she hasn’t worried about having pale coloured carpets or wall paper which the children may mark with their shoes. To me the idea of a lovely clean and tidy space is very appealing, but for now it is just a dream! So I’m planning to allocate one room to be completely clutter free.

Give everything a place..

Everyone needs their own space to store their belongings, and everything should have a place. If everyone knows where their own things go, I think that’s half the battle won. I have also accepted that the children will never throw anything of their own away. That’s my job, and it needs to be done regularly!

Think Storage

If you have a big family like me, you will inevitably have more things. Even if everyone has one pair of shoes that soon adds up, and inevitably more than one pair of shoes are needed. Especially if you factor in wellington boots and slippers too. So storage is essential! I like to re-purpose things to create storage, baskets and trunks are my personal favourites. Picnic baskets work well as toy storage – they’re light weight for little hands to open and close!

Stop it before it begins!

I have a habit of keeping things in case they are useful in future. The reality is with a few exceptions, I have lost the item by the time I need it again! So I plan to stop keeping things, and instead when they are no longer needed, pass them on to someone who does need them. I’m hoping that this will mean I minimise our clutter.

Getting the right clothes for Winter.

The changing of the seasons and I know my thoughts are turning to winter. I quite like Winter, especially the snow! I love getting out and about all year around. There’s a wonderful quote by Alfred Wainwright;

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

Which I totally agree with! It’s so important to get the right clothes to keep you warm in the Winter months, and a specialist outdoor clothing retailer such as Simply Hike is the place to start!

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Autumn in the Garden

Autumn, and it’s time to start thinking about all the jobs I need to get done in the garden before winter. There are of course lots of simple things, like putting the garden furniture and toys away. Remembering to secure the trellis so it doesn’t blow away in any high winds. I also want to plant some bulbs, actually I want to plant a lot of bulbs! It’s so lovely having lots of colour in the garden in Spring! Oh, and I need to restock the vegetable patch, although I’m not entirely sure what I should be planting over the winter months? So I’m going to need too research that!

But, there are also lots of jobs which need doing which aren’t quite so interesting. Things like cutting back shrubs, and giving the lawn some maintenance! I spent this weekend cutting back over grown hedges and shrubs. To be honest I’m not entirely sure that it looks any better than when I started! I’m seriously beginning to wonder if it’s time to get a gardener?

Autumn in the garden is wonderful for many reasons, even though there are many jobs. The colours, the smells – there is a definite scent to Autumn. A cross between bonfires and decomposing leaves? It’s not unpleasant, just wildly different to the smell of Spring. The children burn off energy after school, dashing around in wellies. It’s warm enough to be outside still in just a jumper. Plus, I burn off calories by tackling some of the jobs, and then it is soon time to slink indoors for apple crumble.




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Earth Conscious Natural Deodorant

I’ve wanted to try a Natural Deodorant for a while, but it’s something I haven’t got round too, until now! There are many reasons why I’ve looked at switching to natural deodorant. But, primarily due to the chemicals contained in many mainstream deodorants.

I came across Earth Conscious Natural Deodorant after seeing it recommended by an eco-blogger. I was fascinated by the idea that a deodorant could be packaged neatly in a cardboard tube, have no “nasties” and actually work!

Earth Consicous Deodorant amongst pink flowers

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Why is Dental Cleaning so Essential?

This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer

Tooth care should always start at home with brushing and flossing, but this is not to say that visits to the dentist are not equally important. Professional dental cleaning not only helps to keep your teeth looking great, it can also have a huge impact on your overall health. Your oral hygiene can have a direct impact on your health, with poor hygiene having been linked to a number of illnesses and diseases. A visit to the hygienist can keep tooth decay at bay while at the same time providing an opportunity for you to find out whether anything abnormal may be happening with your teeth and gums. In case they spot any issues, they will be able to refer you to the dentist right away for treatment before the problem worsens. Here are some key reasons that you should schedule a dental cleaning today:

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One of the most obvious reasons for dental cleaning is cosmetics. Brushing at home is often not adequate for removing the heavy stains and discoloration that result from things like drinking tea and coffee or smoking. The intense cleaning methods and specialised tools used in a professional clinic will be able to tackle stains and leave you with a whiter, healthier smile.

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Apples, apples everywhere..

Apple season is finally here, the first apples are ripe and ready to eat or cook! I confess, I love apples for many reasons. In honesty, mostly as the children will all eat them! Having an apple tree means we save on our fruit bill! This weekend I have set about picking, peeling and cooking apples to freeze. It is so lovely to be able to grab some cooked apple out of the freezer to make a quick pudding on a cold day!

7 apples

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