Thinking about summer; sunshine, ice creams and tan lines come to mind. These are the good memories. The not so good ones include over-crowding sweaty bodies on the tube, humid nights, dehydration and sunburnt skin. In London, it is seriously hard to stay as fresh as a daisy in summer but thanks to a few good products out there, it is definitely possible.
Now that it’s October the weather is much cooler and I don’t have to worry about sweaty bodies unless I’m heading to the gym. After a good workout, I am usually red-faced and dripping with sweat. I don’t mind – to me, it means I’ve actually done something. I always make sure I carry with me the essentials; deodorant for the underarms, a flannel to wipe of all that sweat and a bottle of water to rehydrate. As I live around the corner from the gym, I don’t bother to use their showers so it’s just a matter of quickly freshening myself up then heading home to get on with my mummy duties.
When the folks at Canesten asked if I wanted to try out their new intimate health products, I was very happy to. One of the things I lacked from my gym bag essentials was feminine hygiene wipes . These wipes aren’t just great for when it’s that time of the month, it’s actually a great item to have in your bag at all the times because then you can freshen up whenever you feel like it i.e. leaving straight from work to a party or in my case, after a sweaty workout. I received a Canesfresh travel-sized wipes pack, a mousse feminine wash and feminine wash gel. I was also given a lovely Polaroid instant camera to document my fun days out. Continue reading
“It’s all about the confidence”
– Gok Wan
…Clearly, this cat is super water confident!🙂
I love swimming even though I can’t really swim, it’s never stopped me from going in the water and trying to. I have always told myself that when I have children, they will learn to swim. This was an essential goal for me. For the fear of them drowning and just wanting to equip them with the best skills in life, I feel like swimming is one of those things everyone should know how to do.
I took LO to many months of swimming classes with Water Babies from when he was 6 months old until he was about over a year old. They taught him survival skills like holding his breath underwater which was great. Children under three actually don’t have the physical strength yet to physically swim but they can be taught how to get themselves out of trouble should they fall in water. It’s also said the sooner to start the better when it comes to water survival skills as it’s easier to teach when their gag reflex is still strong (from birth to approx. 6 months). However, I couldn’t afford to keep us going there and stopped our swimming altogether. Sad to say, I think he’s probably forgotten all of his swimming survival skills now but I know for sure he hasn’t lost his confidence in the water, regardless of whether he can swim or not.
LO (11 months) after months of learning water survival skills
FOMO (abbrv.) = Fear Of Missing Out
GOMO (abbrv.) = Going Out More Often
So many abbreviations to remember!
YOLO… GOMO… FOMO… MOFO…🙂 But GOMO (Going Out More Often) is a new one that I really like.
Last month was the summer holidays and that’s when most people are out and about with their kids and just enjoying life but it’s not really a time to go out for me. Since I started my fitness journey, I have had loads more energy and have come across so many health events last month and for the months ahead on my Eventbrite app.
If you’ve never used Eventbrite before or don’t know what it is, it’s an online events planning platform and app (available on iphones and androids) – a bit like Wahanda, now known as Treatwell, but is for anything related to events. You can find everything from gigs to Knitting workshop to health retreats and business expos. You can even host your own events and post it online which can be seen on their website and app.
In August, I came across HealthFest London 2016 on Eventbrite which was a real eye-opener for me. At HealthFest I was able to get my body fat percentage measured as well as my BMI calculated, my blood glucose level and blood pressure checked and more. It was the start of my GOMO quest. Continue reading
In August I joined in on a yoga challenge called #TheHeartofPractice – it was hosted by yogi instagrammer, Kerri Verna (@beachyogagirl). Kerri uploaded a post with 23 yoga poses that she had set for the challenge and each day participants would need to carry out that pose, a variation of it or if it was too challenging then something similar would be fine.
Fortunately I was able to carry out all of the poses with some variations of poses along the way. It was fun but also really challenging especially where I am only a beginner. Luckily, I still have some flexibility left in me and can perform a few of the advanced poses which I practiced more when I was younger. Here are the photos for each day of the yoga challenge.
Yoga challenge set by Kerri Verna @beachyogagirl
You can learn how to safely do these moves on the YogaJournal website.
It’s now under two weeks away until the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning! I love baking but since changing my diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle I have pretty much given up on scoffing cakes and pastries. Don’t get me wrong I will still indulge every now and then but it would be a very small treat as I am cutting down on sugars and carbs. This is because I have had gestational diabetes in both pregnancies meaning that my chances of getting Type II diabetes later on is very high.
Last week I was invited to attend an exclusive baking masterclass held by the Macmillan Cancer Support. I was so excited to attend but unfortunately, when it came to the actual day of the masterclass my childcare fell through and I wasn’t able to find anyone else at the last minute and had to forfeit my attendance. Continue reading
This post was first featured on MeetOtherMums.com
Photo Credit: Baby London
It was announced in August that a London hospital decided to pilot a scheme that has been a part of the Finnish maternity scheme for over eighty years. I first came across the post on the Baby London website and thought it was such an interesting topic. Upon digging deeper into the article, I came to realise that the Finnish have been supplying new mums with a ‘baby box’ that is filled with mum and baby products. The baby box is used as a sleeping place for the newborn replacing the need for a cot, crib or moses basket.
Apparently, the baby box has been proven to be a really safe place for newborns to sleep as they cannot roll in the box. It’s something that the Finnish have been doing for over 80 years so it’s a big surprise that the UK has only decided to start implementing something like this now. The baby box is also filled with many things a new mum may need from nappies to baby bodysuits to money-off coupons and vouchers for all things baby.
If the pilot is announced as a success, we may see this new maternity scheme rolled out across the UK.
Read the full story here on MeetOtherMums.com
Okay, so I didn’t take this photo but really wanted to share this quote from my new mindfulness app, Calm:
Photo Credit: Calm App #DailyCalm