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: Lunch time HIIT run

I started running on my lunch breaks a couple of years ago and it didn’t last long. I gave up after 6 months or so as I found it boring. When I started it up again at the start of this year, I wanted to do it differently. So I decided to mix up a run with the concept of HIIT. My version of a HIIT run.

So HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training, which basically means it is a cardio exercise that is based around short periods of intense exercise. The theory is that you have a push of intense exercise, followed by a short period of a less intense exercise. As some of you may know I started the 90 Day Challenge with The Body Coach, this was the first time I had come across a HIIT workout. At the moment I do a HIIT workout on the trampoline, on a Wednesday evening and on Monday lunchtimes I have started doing a HIIT run on my lunch break. This is my concept of a HIIT run, this may not be the official way of doing it. It is working for me, I am happy with the outcome and thought I would share.

heart rate

Things to think about before

As I was doing HIIT workouts at home, I knew what my heart rate was when I pushed myself and when I didn’t. So, when I pushed myself my heart rate is anywhere around 170-180 bpm. When I wasn’t pushing myself as much it was about 140 bpm. This gave me my window of beats per minute for my run. I also had to think about the route I wanted to do, as I wanted to do about a 30 minute run. Oh, and you will definitely need a way of monitoring your heart rate – I am literally checking my watch every few minutes.

How I do my HIIT run

First of all I do a good few minutes of running to build up my heart rate and to warm up my body. On average I am doing a 3-4 minute run. When I feel warmed up and gasping for breath I know I have probably done 3/4 minutes. I check my heart rate and if its over 170 bpm I slow down to a walk or jog.

Whilst walking/jogging I monitor my heart rate and I do not let it get below 140 bpm in this low intensity period. So I walk until my heart rate has settled and then I push it again in to a run/sprint.

It doesn’t take long for your heart rate to dip down in low intensity periods and then back up again in high intensity periods. It amazes me. As you can see from the photo below, my heart rate dipped up and down throughout the half an hour run.

workout

That’s it really! Nothing too stressful. It’s not about the speed I run, as in I don’t have to run the fastest and it’s not about the distance I run, as in I don’t have to run the farthest. It is simply about doing a 30 minute workout and controlling my heart rate by pushing it in short intervals.

You could add The Body Coach methodology into the mix and do 40 seconds of running and 20 seconds of walking for 30 minutes. But I find that when our bodies are all different, we will all do this differently and some may not feel the effects. So I work on my own heart rate, it’s almost like a bespoke HIIT run made just for you! Oh and don’t forget your water…

Water

Check out my Instagram Stories for updates on my Mummy Fitness journey. I would love to hear more about the exercises you do, things that you find easy to maintain and plans you can stick too. Also little sneaky hacks to do some exercise around the kiddies busy schedules.

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1 Comment
  • Sarah Cooper
    February 6, 2020

    Very inspiring!

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