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]

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]

How to care for your body in the new year

A new year often means people set themselves a few new years resolutions. Some people will be successful in sticking to these, whereas others won’t. I’ve been at both ends of this experience. For many years I vowed to lose weight at the start of a new year. I told myself that I’d ditch the takeaways, cook healthy food from scratch and I’d exercise. Most years I’d start well, but by February I usually found myself going back to my old ways and failing. 2017 however was the year that I actually to stuck my new years resolution of loosing… [Read More]

The top 3 benefits of quitting a bad habit

Habits are sticky behaviors that can be incredibly hard to shake off. Sadly, most people pick up bad habits that end up consuming their lifestyles. Such habits not only jeopardize our wellbeing but also prevent us from pursuing our ambitions. Ultimately, bad habits sap your energy and reduce your self-esteem considerably. Top psychologists concur that your habits affect how happy and successful you are. You don’t just start behaving in a certain way: there’s some science behind habit. Initially, your brain is triggered by a cue, then you gradually develop deep cravings. This triggers a response in an attempt to… [Read More]

Fitness Feature: Pump FX Class

In a bid to avoid injury during training for the London Marathon next April, I have started to incorporate strength training into my fitness routine. As well as running four times a week, doing daily yoga, which my kids love to join in with, and barre class once a week, I have also added in a Pump FX class. For a while I have been looking at joining a gym, but for the price, I just don’t think I’d use it as much as I should. However, I recently discovered a funky little gym studio not far from where I… [Read More]

Cardiff Half Marathon 2018

Last year I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon for the first time. Despite being injured during training, I recovered pretty well and completed it in 2 hours 29 minutes and 3 seconds. My original target was 2 hours 15 minutes, but after injury, I changed my target to 2 hours 30 minutes, and I was very pleased to have achieved that. I decided to take part in the Cardiff Half Marathon again this year in the hopes of getting a better time. Unfortunately during training, I was injured again. This year my injury was worse than last year. As such… [Read More]

The reality of raising an indoor generation

Growing up, I’d spend the majority of my childhood outdoors. I’d either be in the park with my friends, or playing in my back garden until bedtime. Sadly, children nowadays spend less time outdoors than ever before. The only time you’d find me indoors was to eat lunch and dinner, and to sleep. There’s a lot to be said about our current generation of teenagers. While they’re more health conscious than ever before, we have to ask the question, at what cost does this come? Reality TV shows lay bare a generation of ‘beautiful’ people who appear to have it… [Read More]

Pregnant women average just 5 hours of sleep each night

When I was pregnant with our twins, I always thought of myself as very lucky. I never experienced any morning sickness or other symptoms you’d typically associated with pregnancy. Many people assumed that because I was pregnant with twins, that I’d have all of the symptoms under the sun, including a heavy dose of morning sickness, but nope, nothing! During the later months of pregnancy, I did however, start to suffer with my sleep. I’ve always been the kind of person who is usually asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow, but the last few months of pregnant… [Read More]

Cardiff Half Marathon/London Marathon Training

I haven’t been able to run properly for around 5 to 6 weeks now. Unfortunately a few weeks back, I injured my leg and have been trying to my best (despite the odd ‘test’ run) to rest. Being injured is very frustrating, even more so when you’re training for an event. On October 7th, I’ll be running the Cardiff Half Marathon. I did it last year for the first time, and completed it in 2 hours 29 minutes and 3 seconds. I even got injured in training last year as well! This year, my goal is to complete the Cardiff… [Read More]

How much life insurance do parents need?

It seems like for most of us our disposable income is constantly being squeezed. As a result, our regular outgoings, such as utility bills, TV subscriptions and food shopping need to be monitored and where possible savings made. But what about our life insurance cover? As a parent, I appreciate how important life insurance is in order to protect the financial future of our loved ones. But how do we ensure our life insurance is as comprehensive and cost-effective as possible? We asked the award-winning broker Reassured to help identify how much life insurance to take out and importantly how… [Read More]