Vlogging Challenge!

So the gorgeous Kirsty from Kirsty Dee Shares invited me to join in with her 7 day Vlogging Challenge. I’ve got to admit that my first thought was HELL NO! But after thinking about it more I decided that pushing myself out of my comfort zone would actually do me some good and so I threw in my hat.

And so this week I’ve uploaded a couple of videos to my YouTube channel – which you can find here , and surprisingly I’ve enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong I still hate seeing my face on screen and am paranoid about putting myself out there in this way but I’m also super proud of myself for joining in – it definitely helps that Kirsty and the others joining in are being super supportive 🙂

Here is today’s video; would love to know what you think!

What would you like to hear me talk about?

Alex

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The Reality of Being a Full Time Working Mum

I shared this post on Facebook the other day after a colleague of mine commented that I looked exhausted, I laughed it off “well I am a mum” but it made me think… I guess in reality I AM exhausted. Not that sleep-deprived exhaustion of the newborn days, when you are suddenly handed over this tiny living person who relies on you for everything, whose body clock is all jumbled up and who cries to be fed every couple of hours; but an exhaustion that has just become a completely ingrained part of me as a working mum. I asked a few friends, “Do you feel like this too?” and the answer was a resounding “Yes!”

We are bombarded with image on TV, in films or adverts, or even from Bloggers and on Pinterest  – those perfectly coiffed mums that have it all; who manage to jump on a conference call whilst their three kids eat dinner without so much as a murmured complaint about the food choice, and whose houses are always spotless and ‘visitor ready’. But that’s really not the reality of being a working mum – the reality is that, just like parenthood in general, it is really hard!

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It’s The Little Things 3/52

This is fast becoming one of my favourite posts to write each week – I love taking a moment to sit back and reflect on the past few days and feel gratitude for the little moments.

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This past week has been busy crazy and I’ve been on a roller-coaster of emotions. I went up to Glasgow for my Uncle’s funeral where I cried that I’d never again get to sit and hear a story from Uncle Pat, cried with happiness for a man whose life was spent serving and loving others and whose beautiful family are a testament to that, and I cried with hope that he is taking a seat in the heaven he so fervently believed in. And I laughed too; at stories shared by family and friends, at the jokes around the table once most of the guests had left, at the little cousin I’d never met before and who spent an hour telling me jokes. I smiled until my face ached, hugged and caught up with family I hadn’t seen for 17 years, spending an evening chatting and laughing with cousins I barely remembered but who I will definitely keep in touch with.

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Fitbit Charge 2 Review: And how I’m using it to get fit!

I mentioned the other day in my #TheGoldenBurpee post that I recently got the Fitbit Charge 2 as a present from Scott (my husband) and that I am planning to walk the West Highland Way for Macmillan Cancer Support this summer (it’s a 96 mile walk eek!). I am determined to get fitter this year and I really think that using the Fitbit will help me achieve my goals 🙂

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Now that my fractured foot is healed I am starting to do lots of long walks in preparation for the WHW, and whilst waiting for it to heal up over the last few weeks I set myself a minimum step count of 10k per day to increase my general fitness and motivate me to set myself better habits! Having my Fitbit with me every step of the way definitely keeps me on track and helps to motivate me to keep going when I’m struggling – even with my sore foot I found it really useful.

I love the fact that it monitors my heart rate with its PurePulse technology and lets me know when I am pushing myself enough to meet my targets, at the moment I am walking purely for distance but once my fitness level is better I will go back to jogging and so will be able to use the Fitbit’s monitoring tools to increase my speed and cardio health. Continue reading

It’s The Little Things 1/52

The beautiful Lauren at Dilan and Me sent me a message asking if I would like to join in with the new weekly linky that her and Jodie from Dear Little Daisy have started. The idea is that each week you spend some time appreciating all the little things during the week that have made you smile and I love it. I’m guilty of rushing through life without making the most of those little moments, but really it is those moments that keep us going and which we will one day look back on and wish we had taken the time to appreciate. And so here are the little things that made me smile this week…

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A Simpler Life… Drink More Water & Brita Fill and Go Review

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My skin for the past six or so months has been going completely nuts – I don’t know if its simply stress, or not having the healthiest of diets, all the alcohol consumed over the last few months of 2016, the pill – or perhaps a combination of all of the above! I’ve also been getting really bad headaches and when I visited my opticians I mentioned them to him – my prescription hadn’t changed since my last appointment so he suggested that they could be due to dehydration which is something I’d never considered!

I used to spend a fortune on various products that claimed to ‘cure’ any skin issue you can imagine but as I’m cutting back on spending in order to save money and live more intentionally I have decided to forego a trip to the beauty counters of House of Fraser and instead try what could be called ‘the oldest beauty trick in the book’ – drinking more water.

I’m a big fan of water…. when it’s in the sea, or the swimming pool, or a bubble bath or refreshing shower… but to drink? Not so much! I’ve never ever really enjoyed drinking water – the taste of tap water and the fact that its unfiltered has always put me off, particularly as we live in a hard water area so drinking the water always leaves a funny taste in my mouth.  Also I read up on all of the different chemicals and pesticides such as Chlorine, Fluoric acid, Aluminium Sulphate, and even hormones that can be found in unfiltered tap water – not to mention the fact that it travels through pipes that are lord knows how old and dirty.

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To help with that I bought myself a Brita Fill and Go and it honestly makes such a difference to the taste of the water – the best thing is that I don’t need to wait for a traditional fridge filter jug to filter the water and these bottles don’t take up a lot of room in the fridge either. I’ve been filling mine every morning and somehow managing to drink that my lunchtime at which point I refill it again and I do the same before dinner too! I’ve been doing that for about a week now and already feel a lot more hydrated (and so does my body if the amount i’m needing to go to the toilet is anything to go by! *TMI*!) Now my challenge to myself is to drink 4 of these bottles a day – each holds 600ml so that’s 2.4 litres in total!

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#TheGoldenBurpee – Week 2

Gosh this week has completely flown by and has been immensely stressful for me thanks to work related issues BUT I’m really pleased to say that whereas usually I would have used that as an excuse to slack off I’ve actually used it to my advantage…homework

I work from home and have done for about 8 months and I found that whilst it increased my work productivity it has also increased my stress levels and my working hours – whereas before I would do my hour commute (a mix of walking and bus) and arrive at the office at 9am, leaving at five to get home for 6pm, now I’m on my laptop by 8:15 and often still typing away atgone 6:30 without having taken a lunch break. Even on days where I finish late I’ll find myself ‘just checking’ emails after my little one has gone to bed and that invariably leads to more working hours. It’s something I find I’m becoming quite resentful of – and I have realised that this needs to change as its having a damaging affect on my health. Continue reading