The key to a content life.
Getting comfy and cosy.
You really don't have to be a martyr to be a good Mum.
Read my interview with Gaby Logan.
Meh to Mondays hey, nobody likes them, am I right?..and after a wonderful weekend away to celebrate Mother's Day, this post-weekend slump has hit me harder than usual. Weep.
Giovanna Fletcher is a Sunday Times bestselling author, vlogger, wife to Tom Fletcher and mum to two boys Buzz and Buddy.
It was my birthday yesterday-whoop, whoop, whoop (insert all the cake, balloons and champagne emojis) and I'm now 36!!
It's a pleasure to welcome this guest post by Victoria Fox, the immensely talented author of new novel, 'The Santiago Sisters'.
Firstly, big thanks to Eurostar for inviting us to the magical town of Avignon in the South of France- and to the Avignon Tourist Board for their advice and generosity too-merci beaucoup!
I write prolifically (a skill I honed as a busy screenwriter over the many years in the TV and film industry)- and as friends often tell me, I tend to appear to be EVERYWHERE online simultaneously (what can I say, I'm good at scheduling folks)...
It's that time again: #Brilliantblogposts and this week I'm sharing two posts I hope you'll enjoy, a break away with the family at Raithwaite Estate by the Yorkshire coast and one of my most recent post which has just gone live on How to be passionate but NOT obsessed with work. I receive a lot of emails about seeking balance so I hope this helps!
Can we take a minute to talk money.
Healthy living can be a bit of a vague term can't it? It's just so subjective. For some, being healthy means only eating organic, seasonal produce and hitting the gym five times a week. For others, a bit of exercise and a balanced diet is enough to lead a happy life.
We all dream of escaping the rat race, go travelling and leading a nomadic lifestyle. Here, in the latest guest post as part of my Who's The Daddy series, Samuel Stonehill of Moving Time Lapse shares his own experience of seeking out true happiness, travelling the world, creating films that matter while offering his young son Esteban an unconventional yet rewarding education.
This weekend was not just exciting for the Royals as my family had epic celebrations of their own to toast.
The weekend was one relaxing affair, we stayed at my folks' house, the home I grew up in on Saturday night so Peter and I could enjoy a rare date night, and all woke up to buttery warm bagels and the best babysitters in town. Bliss.
As you get older and perhaps a little wiser (or in my Dad's case, sillier, much, much sillier-it can go both ways) you start to realise what really matters in life. I think having kids can do that to you, that whirlwind of new love for the kid you made merged with the mammoth overwhelming weight of responsibility (no more spontaneity in life is pretty sobering) and puts everything that came before, and after it, into sharp perspective. You don't need to have a kid for this I should add. Yay for being wiser without having to actually use your cervix! Life experience, travel, pets, nurturing plants, charity work, whatever it is that takes you out of yourself, can be enlightening, It got me thinking about all the tiny touching moments that make up the bigger picture, the intricately woven happy-making little things I reflect on right before I go to sleep or if I'm away from my kids, missing them madly, or my zone out to more joyous times when I find the children fighting over toys/films/my affection and I need a happy place pronto.
How do you do it? Do you find you're asked that a lot too? As in how do you work and raise a young family? Are you a superwoman or something?!
Isn't summer time simply the best (when they kids aren't making us feel like we're going slowly insane that is)- so far we've had some gorgeous Vitamin D fuelled days in the garden and out and about in glorious Yorkshire to make us happy. Why not get yourself a lovely glass or jug (ha) of Pimms and enjoy some of my favourite photos taken so far this summer-carefree, fun days pf the kids enjoying the rays:
Isn't March turning out to be luminously glorious in the UK? My family's certainly relishing in this window of unexpected sunshine, fully enjoying a more outdoorsy way of life after being cooped up for what feels like forever this winter, set free to roam around, a renewed spring (and a jump) in our step. Yay!