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Enter the Race for Life and Get Fit With Kiqplan

Written in partnership with the Kiqplan. My timeline has recently been inundated with friends running the Race for Life – a series of women-only events raising money for Cancer Research UK. I have been following their training with interest, as having attempted to learn to run a few years ago, I am in total awe of anyone who manages it, sticks with it and looks like they are actually enjoying it! I am still waiting for the legendary exercise endorphins to kick in, although as my feet have not felt the inside of a pair of trainers for well over a year, it is no surprise they are still giving me the silent treatment. At one point, I did reach a level where I could run for about 25-minutes without stopping. Then as soon as I hit that milestone, I seemed to lose enthusiasm for reaching the next one. Perhaps if I’d had the motivation of running a 5k or 10k to raise money for research into all 200 types of cancer, I might still …

Pregnancy after Miscarriage

Written in partnership with the The Portland Hospital. When I got pregnant just 3-months after my miscarriage, I was still dealing with lingering feelings of loss and sadness. I thought seeing the word ‘Pregnant’ appear on the pregnancy test would make me feel as happy and excited as it had with my first two pregnancies; but it was quite the opposite. From the moment I knew I was expecting another baby, I mostly felt scared and anxious. While friends and family all around me were happily announcing the news of their pregnancies, I kept my own hidden. I could not bear to have to break it to everyone all over again that another pregnancy had ended before it had even got started. I remember going in for an early pregnancy scan at my local hospital, waiting to learn my fate. Sitting beside me were women of all stages of pregnancy, some feeling kicks and others holding scan photos. I sat quietly. Waiting, obsessing and bargaining. Although an even earlier scan at 7-weeks had detected a …

In Case of Emergency

There is nothing more likely to cause instant tension in our house, than when the Greek God(zilla) decides to sit me down for a chat about our joint finances. The dynamic has certainly shifted between us since I left my full-time job to embark on a freelance, part-time, writing career at home, and we are both a lot more aware of how much we are spending these days. It’s taken some getting used to not having so much disposable cash to hand, so we are certainly spending more wisely now. I’ve made a few changes that have made a big difference. Menu planning has been key for me. It forms the basis of our shopping list each week and I very rarely veer away from it. I’ve also stopped having my hair cut and coloured in a fancy salon every 7-weeks, and invite my sister over to touch up my roots instead. My clothes are cheaper, my shoes are worn and my bags are last season. The saving we have also made on childcare costs …