This Mum Runs Cardiff Social Running Group

As many of my readers know I ran the London Marathon this year. It was my first marathon and although I didn’t get the time I wanted, I absolutely loved every minute of it (aside from being sick at mile 16!). I started properly getting into running back in 2017. Encouraged by a friend of mine I slowly managed to increase my distance and although it wasn’t easy, I can now say that I can comfortably run longer distances. I wouldn’t say I’m a natural runner, but I’ve worked hard at it and now that I have this level of… [Read More]

My first grey hair

Growing old is something that is inevitable for all of us. There’s no avoiding it. No magic clock to turn back time. There is however, an abundance of anti-wrinkle creams and hair dyes available! The day before I ran the London Marathon I was standing in the bathroom of my Premier Inn hotel room staring into the mirror when something caught my eye. At first I thought it was just the lighting, but upon closer inspection I discovered my first grey hair! A long silvery strand of hair that resembled thread you’d find me using on my sewing machine! There… [Read More]

Chicken Pox Strikes Again!

Last year our twin girls, R and M, both had a very mild dose of chicken pox. My husband and I crossed our fingers that that was it. They’d been lucky by only having a mild dose and they’d never get it again. Hooray! Except it didn’t quite work out like that! Around three to four weeks ago, R, came out school feeling slightly under the weather. At first we put it down to a bug that was going around, gave her a dose of Nurofen and made sure she was drinking plenty. The following day, R emerged from her… [Read More]

Everything you need to know about reusable sanitary pads

In a bid to reduce our single use plastic, I’ve switched from disposable sanitary pads to reusable sanitary pads. These are better for the environment, more comfortable than disposables and they’re so easy to use. Before I made the switch I had lots of questions about reusable sanitary pads. Trying to find answers was tough. That’s why I thought I’d write my own little guide about my experience, in addition to how to use, store and wash your reusable pads. I’ve also put together a video which may also be of use. Types of reusable sanitary pads First up we’ll… [Read More]

My Favourite LUSH Products

I’m pretty new to using LUSH products. Over the last few years, I’ve been gifted the odd bath bomb, and I always buy my daughters a bath bomb or two each for Christmas and their birthday, but bath bombs were usually all that I bought. However, after a recent trip to LUSH in a bid to explore the world of shampoo and conditioner bars in order to reduce the amount of single use plastic we use as a family, I discovered that LUSH offer much more than just bath bombs. After asking a staff member for advice regarding shampoo and… [Read More]

Simple Swaps for a Zero Waste Life #GIFTED

Something my husband and I are keen to do this year is reduce the amount of single use plastic we use. You can read more about what we hope to achieve and how in our ‘A Zero Waste Journey‘ blog post. In this blog post I wanted to share with you some simple swaps that can help you reduce the amount of single use plastic you use. Food Wraps Every day for school my children have sandwiches which my husband and I would put into plastic sandwich bags. At the end of each week we’d go through 10 plastic sandwich… [Read More]

I Tried Reusable Sanitary Pads and they’re a Game Changer! #GIFTED

In an effort to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I’ve been keen to try reusable sanitary pads for some time. It’s estimated that the average woman will use and throw away in excess of 10,000 sanitary pads in her menstrual lifetime. The sad thing is that many of these sanitary products end up in our rivers because they’re being flushed down the toilet. Just a few weeks ago, the below tweet popped up on my timeline and I was shocked for a number of reasons. The main question I had to ask is how can any grown women think that… [Read More]

Ripple Living Zero Waste Shop in Cardiff

Following on from my blog post (which you can read here) last week about how we’re trying to embrace a more environmentally friendly, zero waste life, I thought I’d pay a visit to Cardiffs first ever zero waste not-for-profit shop, Ripple Living. Started by Sophie after watching Blue Planet II in 2017, she was deeply shocked to see the devastating harm humans were having on our planet. Ever since then, Sophie decided to start her own zero-waste journey by making small changes to help lighten her personal plastic footprint. Ripple Living is all about conscious consuming; from our food to… [Read More]

Review: DEXA SCAN: Body Fat, Muscle, and Bone Testing #AD

As someone who likes to exercise, it’s important to me that I’m able to look after my body properly. In doing so I can perform at my best, so when I was recently invited to have a DEXA scan I was keen to find out more. A DEXA Scan is used for basic body fat measurement. It’s a way to precisely measure body composition such as muscle, fat and bone. It’s often used by athletes to pick up muscle asymmetries between their left and right sides. This is important to me because when I was training for my first half… [Read More]

Weight Loss Duo: 4 Tips for Losing Weight with Your Partner

WWorking out with your partner is a good way to ensure you both follow through. No one wants to let a friend down, but working out with a loved one is more serious. For partners that find it difficult to stay motivated or get enough time together, being a weight loss duo means that you’re each other’s motivator and cheerleader.  Here are four tips to losing weight with your partner.  1. Get in the Mood with Cool Exercise Clothing When you look the part, it’s easier to get out to exercise. However, if you don’t feel dressed appropriately, it can… [Read More]