Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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Sometimes I like to have...

I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

#Beauty is in the eye...

This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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This might seem a little...

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

Always. 
In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

Mummy Fitness: Finding the right activity for you

Fitness isn’t something I am really passionate about, it’s more that I know I have to keep fit and I want to feel more self confident. In order to do that I want to feel comfortable in my skin and I currently do not. I wouldn’t wear a Bikini anymore. I wouldn’t wear cropped tops. I struggle to feel nice in outfits unless they hide my tummy area. So, with a bid to try and do something about the parts I am not happy about I have picked up on my fitness. Finding the right activity for me has been a long journey though!

What is the right activity for you?

Finding something that suits you is quite a tough thing in itself. I found that running long distances or in a racing capacity didn’t make me happy at all. I dreaded running when I was trying to run for longer and longer. Why do something that makes you unhappy? So I stopped. But I stopped running altogether. Since having the kiddies my weight has fluctuated a lot and I am now the largest dress size I have ever been, due to my tummy area. So, I know I needed to do something.

Exercise

I thought long and hard about it; what do I love? I love convenience. I love fun. I love small goals. I really enjoy HIIT exercises as it breaks the 20 minute exercise into 40 seconds and 20 second slots. Which for me, feels quicker and allows me to countdown the exercise so I feel like I am accomplishing the smaller goals as I go.

I love the trampoline and when I discovered my local trampoline park do exercise classes I signed up quickly. It is a 45 minute exercise class and it goes by really quickly as it’s fun. I feel like a kid again bouncing along doing the exercises!

I have started doing my HIIT runs at lunchtime too, for me it is a great way of trying to get some exercise and giving me something to think about when I run. Otherwise I get bored and want to stop. So, I give myself a half an hour time frame and I monitor my heart rate so I push my heart rate to a high rate, then let it drop. It is a great way of incorporating the HIIT rules into a run, which I can do in my lunch breaks. It’s something I am actually enjoying, so that is a great win for me.

Trainers

Finding the right fitness fashion

Not only is it important to find the right activity, but it is important to find the right fashion to suit the fitness too. You need the right leggings for example: I have flexible ones for trampolining as they do not fall down – I can jump to my hearts content without a worry. I have leggings with pockets for when I go running, so I can run with my phone and I know it’s safe. I use it for taking photos along the runs or monitoring my path (if I am running somewhere new).

Finding the right trainers can be tricky. I wanted something that looked fashionable and had that comfort support for my feet whilst I was doing the high intensity training. FitFlop are my go to for comfortable footwear and I love the fact they do trainers. These Freya suede trainers have a chunky heel so they give me a little bit of height but that is really comfortable to run in too.

Freya

They are made using a Microwobbleboard (what a great word), which means it looks after the 3 main parts of your foot: toes, arch and heel. The sole is a medium firmness at the toes as this allows you to push off better, in the middle it is softer to maximise comfort and at the heel it is firm to reduce the impact. It is so clever.

FitFlop offers this Spring

FitFlop have some amazing offer codes for my readers and I thought I would share them all with you below:

20% off your first order – use the code NEWADDICT at the shopping cart on your first order.

10% off the Outlet items – use the code WINTER10 at the shopping cart on any outlet items. Valid until the end of February.

Spend £150 and save £30 (not including the sales) – use the code SAVE30 at the shopping card if you spend over £150, not including the sale items. Valid until the end of April.

What are your fitness fashion finds? I would love to know what works for you and if you have any top exercise tips for us parents! Please comment below or find me on social media: @mummyconstant.

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2 Comments
  • Sam Cornford
    February 9, 2020

    I haven’t run for a while and the very thought of running….. well blurggghhhh
    But when I did the couch to 5k last year, as I progressed and was able to run for longer periods of time I started enjoying it more and more. I really should start again, as I know I’ll love it. It’s just the motivation to get through those 1st couple weeks

  • Hayley F
    February 19, 2020

    Ooh i love these. I’m in a wheelchair but still want trainers to support my feet and have struggled to find some.

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