THE LONG ROAD TO MY FIRST HALF MARATHON (and why I started running in the first place), PART 2

Tomorrow I am due to run my first half marathon. I cannot say I am set, as it implies “prepared”… which is something I feel far from. But I thought I should post this now and hopefully, sometime 18 hours or less from now, I will have good news to report. THE POWER OF VISUALISATION […]

MISS MARZIPAN IN PASTRY SCHOOL (“Whaaa…?”, I hear you think)

Hello lovely people! I have so much to share, very little time left before bed, and I don’t really know where to start, so this is just a short and sweet* sneak preview of my recent pastry school adventures. Still on maternity leave and trying to complete personal graphic design projects, spend as much quality time with the children as […]

THE COMPLETE BLESSINGWAY ROUND-UP (with LOTS of FREE printables, great blessingway/baby shower activities + links to all recipes & tutorials)

So, Baby Cupcake is due to make an appearance in the world in less than 4 weeks (yes, less than 28 days!). After having had complications from the very start (plus a diagnosed high risk pregnancy condition) and spending months literally counting down the days to full-term, I finally find myself on its doorstep. And now […]

PROJECT PINTEREST (2 editions in 1!)

It’s that time of year… and it’s all happening! Actually, it has been since Halloween! Of course, I have created more work for myself by starting a crafting circle (which meets in my home), celebrating Thanksgiving (sort of) which I have never done before and is not traditional in this part of the world and agreeing […]

PROJECT PINTEREST, WEEK 5 (The Healthy, Wholesome & Hearty Edition)

If you’ve been following this blog, you may be aware that I am currently taking part in the Chopra Center 21-Day Meditation Challenge™, Creating Abundance. One of the weird spin-off effects from doing this is that it seems I inevitably drift off at some point and start fantasizing about food and, more specifically, healthy food! I don’t know […]

THE CHOPRA CENTER 21-DAY MEDITATION CHALLENGE (Creating Abundance- my experiences)

Whilst browsing around on Oprah.com a couple of weeks ago, I came across an invitation from Deepak Chopra: Please join me on November 5 for a three-week, daily guided meditation journey to an authentic abundance consciousness. If you wish to attract more goodness into your life in the form of comfort and ease, peace, joy, love—anything you desire—I […]

PROJECT PINTEREST, WEEK 4 (The “Just breathe” Edition)

Well, it might not seem like I am up to an awful lot (particularly given that I am on temporary sick leave and apparently have lots of time on my hands), however it is precisely due to the SCH diagnosis that I have an obligation to myself and my baby to take it rather easy. […]

DIY PREPARATION FOR THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE (yoga, Hypnobabies and more!)

In 2010, after what seemed like forever, I was pregnant, happy… you might even say “glowing” (although during the first few weeks that glow may have had a decidedly greenish tinge at times). I was more than prepared to delve further into the world of pregnancy-related research. Already well and truly hooked on BabyCenter, I […]

MY FIRST ETSY PURCHASE (AKA just in the nick of time!)

Keeping this Halloween post short and sweet… My first Etsy purchase arrived two days ago (yes, I am an Etsy baby)! It’s something I have strangely coveted since seeing it on Pinterest this time last year, hence putting its purchase on my Project Pinterest to-do list. I was already starting to get “clucky” back then […]