September: focus, failure and dusting off our pencil cases

Eeek!! I can’t believe it’s September already! Soon enough the c-word (Christmas) will start circulating, whispered quietly at first by those who seem to spend the whole year counting down the days till its return and then mumbled grumpily by the rest of the population as they realise that Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody and an inexplicable […]

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Smart Women Week, travelling solo and the importance of a writing niche

A couple of weeks ago, I attended an event in London as part of Red magazine’s Smart Women Week. This was the first time I’d been on a solo trip since our little one came to live with us (I’m an adoptive mum) and although my time in London was brief, it felt so liberating […]

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Why ‘change’ doesn’t have to mean becoming someone else

“Nothing changes if nothing changes” “Old ways don’t open new doors” “Things won’t change unless you change” Quotes make change seem so easy, don’t they? A few choice words read at the right time can have even the most cynical amongst us believing that we can turn ourselves from Deirdre Barlow into Kim Kardashian overnight. […]

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Why I’m no longer comparing myself to other people

I’ve read a few pieces on other people’s blogs recently about this topic and, as I have a terrible habit of comparing myself to others, I’ve been working hard to take on board any advice that’s been offered as an antidote. Having said that, I can’t help but feel that this is easier said than done and I’m […]

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Why I decided to start a blog (and why you should too!)

I’m frequently asked by my non-blogging readers (yes, I’m as surprised as you are that there are people out there without blogs who are actually reading my stuff!!) why and how I got into blogging and so I thought I’d write a little post about it to fill you all in. ***** I’ve always enjoyed […]

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August: afternoon tea, self-imposed rest and a (long overdue) photo pledge

I’ve always found August to be a strange month. As many of us pack our suitcases and happily head off on our summer holidays, normal life for those left behind becomes suddenly suspended. Towns, I find, are often deserted; activities you might normally take part in – gym classes, baby groups etc. – are now either […]

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6 female Instagrammers to follow this weekend

It’s been ages since I did a top five post (yes, I realise that this is a top six, but whittling this list down to five was just too much of a struggle!) and as I’m always on the look out for new and inspiring people to follow on Instagram, I thought that it would be helpful for […]

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Should we be competitive with our friends?

Monday is World Friendship Day (also known as International Day of Friendship) and I’ve spent a great deal of time over the last couple of weeks trying to decide exactly what it is that I want to say about friendship to mark the occasion. I have at least five unfinished, or barely started, posts on […]

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The Mystery Blogger Award

An embarrassingly long time ago, Lindsay at Seeds in the Wasteland very kindly nominated My Bellyful for The Mystery Blogger Award, but because I’m so incredibly disorganised I’ve only just found the time to write a response!! My tardiness, however, should not detract from the fact that I’m chuffed to bits to have been nominated, […]

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Summer goals

Here it is, readers! A post I promised to write in my latest Monthly Musing and one that – quite miraculously – I haven’t immediately forgotten about!! And I’ve written it within a week – go me! If you’ve read July’s Monthly Musing (and if you haven’t, then why the heck not?!), then you’ll know that […]

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July: blogging goals, friendship break-ups and a (little) summer whinge

Summer is not my favourite season – there, I said it. I know it goes against the summer-related excitement that I spoke about last month, but once we’re a few weeks in my enthusiasm for everything summery inevitably starts to waver. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the days are longer, lighter and warmer; […]

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What I learnt during my (brief) stint as a travel blogger

I recently decided to try my hand at a spot of travel writing and I have to say it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be! That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. Sharing moments from our first family holiday on My Bellyful was a special experience for me and writing about our […]

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Rock & St George’s Cove: cream teas, Cornish mizzle & post holiday blues

The last two days of our Cornish holiday were spent gorging on scones in Rock and lazing in the sunshine at St George’s Cove. I wish I’d taken a photo of the cream tea we had in Rock (another stunning fishing village in North Cornwall) because it brightened what was turning out to be a […]

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Tintagel: a photographer’s dream

Tintagel is such an extraordinarily beautiful place that I thought I’d take a break from the usual written content that I’ve been posting about Cornwall over the past week and instead showcase a handful of images taken yesterday afternoon on our visit to the castle. Here’s a little info about Tintagel from English Heritage. If […]

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Polzeath & Port Isaac: crab sandwiches, creamy ice-cream & true British grit

You know you’re on holiday in the UK when you’re eating ice-cream on the beach with your coat on and still wishing you’d worn more clothes! I just love the spirit of British holiday goers in summertime – you’ve booked a week on the coast and no matter what the weather (in this case heavy […]

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