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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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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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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Padstow: Cornish pasties, Padstow beer and all the fudge

Today is National Fudge Day and not only did I promise to write a fudge-related post in my latest Monthly Musing, I also said I would write about our holiday to Cornwall (which we’re now on) and so here it is, my first travel/food/life post. I’m so incredibly pleased that I’ve managed to prise the […]

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June: seasonal conundrums, holiday excitement and fudge…lots of fudge!

Yes, June, YES! I know summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, but once I begin writing the word June instead of May, I struggle not to get excited! Here in the UK, we’ve been treated to some glorious weather over the past few weeks and although I’m not stupid enough to expect that to continue […]

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Facebook makes me feel like a teenager again (and not in a good way)

It’s not just me, is it? Every time I login to my account (because, for my own sanity, I no longer have the app on my phone), I immediately feel as if I’m fifteen again. The fact that a large proportion of my Facebook friends are people I went to school with (many of whom I […]

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Why I’ll never be a fashion blogger (*weep*)

This post is in no way disparaging about fashion bloggers – let me say that before we go any further. In fact, I’d really love to be able to include fashion content on My Bellyful, but, sadly for me, I have absolutely no fashion sense WHATSOEVER (note that the capital letters highlight exactly how useless […]

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Mental health and me

Before I start this (and I feel like I begin most pieces with some sort of caveat), let me say that this is a big one. A seminal post that needs to be written as much as it needs to be read and as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, I can’t help but feel that […]

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