Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The one where I panic, anticipate and say goodbye to 2017…

2017 was the year that made me tear up the rule book, knock down the imaginary ladder and let my heart love like it has never loved before.
I had never really believed in ‘how life can change in * a year etc’

Since getting married, everything has been structured. Holidays have been planned way in advance and life goals have been firmly set out. I took a huge leap into the unknown a few years ago and took a brand-new job, which then led to moving to a new house to a new county and a new way of life.

It was stressful, restless, incredible, fulfilling, testing and jam-packed. We continued to travel at pace… hello Vietnam, Malaysia, NYC & Bali. I even ran a full marathon. But, let’s face it – I wasn’t ever truly settled.  

When we arrived back from Bali in April this year, I found out I was pregnant – my sense of self and worth balanced out for the first time in my entire life. I knew that this was what we both had been waiting for… the next chapter.
I’m so grateful for our trip to Bali, and I still believe that all those trips prior to the final big one – made the journey complete.

Pregnancy has been a complete whirlwind, I have changed in so many ways and have finally learned to love and appreciate every part of my body – just the way it is. It’s pretty incredible growing a human being.

2018 is set to bring joy, and with a due date looming, I’m told that babies have a way of coming when they want to, so I’m not tying myself down to my due date. The question is will baby arrive before 2017 is out, or be ‘as predicted’ a very early 2018 arrival. I guess, only fate will lead us there.

As we hit 37 weeks last weekend, the reality of giving birth hit me like a ton of bricks, can I really do this? I’m certain that my strongest trait is determination – so it’s time I put that to the test.

As for, blogging, social media and everything in between, it’s time to turn it off now. I think the final weeks (or days) with my husband will be completely wholesomely valuable without the distraction of a phone or laptop screen.

Next time I appear online… we might just have an announcement.

Thank you as always for supporting this blog and taking time to read my words. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The baby name…

I always imagined from a young age choosing a baby name would be a creative challenge for me. Growing up adoring Jacqueline Wilson books made me set on choosing unusual children names too. Star and Dolphin are still on the reserve list, just saying.
But, twenty-something years later finding myself with a growing bump and a husband who is just as much a part of this as me (yes, biology kids), was it really that easy choosing a name?

As with all aspects of marriage, I found the baby name process to be a war of words. Insulting each other’s choice of names lasted for about five minutes, as it soon became apparent that we were walking a fine line between hurting one and other feelings or coming up with the most magical word ever.

Well… we got to choose two names, as we haven’t found out the sex of the baby. I’m certain the other name will be put into reserve for a future offspring/pet/goldfish. But, the two names we have chosen are like the best kept secret in the universe.
Because, however many people ask – my lips are sealed. I have carried around the secret for nearly as long as the bump!

When I spotted the girls baby name on a ‘most popular’ 2018 baby name list, I panicked just a little. What if suddenly there is a boom of ‘****’ – but then I remembered that however popular the name might seem or be predicted to become, it’s the name we chose for our precious little one.

As the ninth month of pregnancy lasts clearly a million days (AHEM years), I am counting down the days until maybe we might meet our baby. I’ve also factored in the pain and every account of labour I have read. Because, right now I’ve got the marathon bean in me – the last leg is by far the hardest, most gruelling, unruly, torturous, and unpleasant. But the one that provides the finish line.

Yes… in sight. 


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Adventure with Lizi’s Granola

What is it about those memories of simple childhood, doing the supermarket shop with my Mum in the mid-90s. All the excitement always belonged to the cereal aisle, I would gaze in awe at all of the brightly coloured packaging and vivid graphics. Of course, being a 90s child meant I lived through the free gift culture – yes Trolls and Animal Hospital every single time. The anticipation myself and my brother felt when the cereal packet was opened and we poured out the first bowl… waiting for the toy to drop.

If I’m being totally honest, my love of cereal has stayed with me since those early days, but admittedly now it’s the flavour and ingredients that sway my purchase. Wholesome granola was one of the first foods I began eating when I was looking for a healthier lifestyle. 

I’ve been a fan of Lizi’s Granola for years, the granolas were my staple especially when eating wholesome breakfasts ahead of marathon training. Combining the balance of nuts and flavour (Mango Macadamia being my favourite).
When I saw the release of Lizi’s Adventurers I was so excited, because a) I love Lizi’s b) I’m a big kid at heart 3) I’m going to have a little mouth of my own to feed soon – and just how important is it that nutrition and health are a part of everyday life. 

So, I guess you could say this is a little nod to my own childhood, because I absolutely adore the story behind these granola’s and the design of the packaging. Encouraging children to use the energy from their bowl of breakfast granola in their own adventures.

I tried the strawberry flavoured granola which is a mix of toasted oat clusters, ground almonds, coconut and strawberry pieces. The flavour was super strawberry with the wholesome taste of oats and goodness. The best part was that the milk tasted just like milkshake afterwards!

I hope my love of cereal is passed down to my little one (because breakfast is the most important meal of the day) and maybe we might see a reoccurrence of anticipation and excitement at the supermarket in years to come.   

Lizi's granola was gifted to me as part of a prize.
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