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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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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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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