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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Why I (sometimes) use free images on my blog

Not that this is a confession or anything, but… You may have noticed that since returning from my blogging break at the beginning of the year, some of the images now featured on My Bellyful are credited to other people. I realise that using free images isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I thought I’d […]

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Should our lives be Insta-perfect? (And is that healthy?)

Before I start, let me just say that this is not a rant about Instagram or the people who use it. I have an IG account as do many of my friends. It’s a great platform not just for photo sharing but for meeting new and inspiring people (the filters aren’t half bad either!!). I […]

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An ode to…running (and the crazy people who do it!)

So, this weekend my wonderful husband and my not-so-little brother will be lining up with around 40 thousand other lycra-clad individuals who think running 26.2 miles in 20-degree heat is a good way to spend a Sunday. Yes, that’s right, they’re running the London Marathon!! From a personal point of view, I find running to […]

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’m so thrilled to have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Fiona of Sunshine, Raindrops and Tea in the Garden and Anika of What She Did Next – thank-you ladies, this really does mean a lot to me! If you haven’t visited either of these blogs before, then I urge you to do so […]

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Bellyful of Art is changing…

Hey everyone! I have some really exciting news… So at the start of the year I mentioned that Bellyful of Art would be expanding its remit to include more life-orientated content and since January I have been getting a great response to the new posts that now feature on the blog. At the time, however, […]

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April: over-indulgence, unpredictability and the London Marathon

Oh dear, this is only the second instalment of my new monthly segment and already I’m running behind schedule! I’m blaming this lateness solely on the chocolate-induced stupor that has seen me nestled amongst crumpled foil and empty egg boxes since the Easter bank holiday weekend. Attempting to write whilst stuffing my face has been […]

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How to find blogging inspiration

Towards the end of last year I was on the hunt for blogging inspiration. Having neglected Bellyful of Art throughout the majority of 2017, I was desperate to reignite my creative spark, but was at a loss as to how to go about it. Fortunately, I wasn’t stuck in a rut for too long (ten […]

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5 things to think about on International Women’s Day

1. Women’s suffrage should be taught at school to girls AND boys Perhaps this subject is now on the curriculum (and I apologise to teachers everywhere if that’s the case), but I certainly don’t remember discussing women’s suffrage when I was at school, or at least not in any great depth. In my opinion, this […]

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March: hot cross buns, IWD and the end of winter

I’m so pleased that this new monthly segment has started in March (yes, it would’ve made much more sense to start in January, but sadly good ideas aren’t always convenient or timely!). March, for me, marks a new beginning: we’ve struggled through the dark evenings and freezing temperatures proffered by January and February; we’ve fretted […]

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Train travel: A Daydreamer’s Haven

Let me start by saying this: I rarely travel on trains. Some might say that this makes me supremely under-qualified to write a precis on why train travel is a daydreamer’s haven, but I beg to differ. In fact, my general lack of travel by public transport of any means is perhaps the reason why […]

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Good on Paper interview: Craig Parkinson

It’s been ages since I posted any kind of writing update and if you’ve read Goodbye 2017. Hello to a whole new chapter… then you’ll understand why this update is so short! Though 2017 may not have been my most productive year in writing terms, I was given the wonderful opportunity last summer to interview […]

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The problem with (and joys of)…being an introvert

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” – Audrey Hepburn It would be fair to say that I have always been somewhat withdrawn. The questions: “You’re very quiet, are you all right?” and “You […]

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