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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Summer Haiku

Dreaming about summer already… Winter left behind  as blue skies bring summer sun that warms skin, gently I don’t write a lot of poetry, but when I do I really enjoy it. I particularly love the challenge of writing a haiku though I’m conscious that my limited skills in this style of poetry are reflected […]

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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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The Shelter Boy

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
‘Mr Abbott? Are you okay?’ My eyes open. A boy is watching me; I’m coughing. ‘Yes, yes. Sorry, David, I’m fine.’ I prise my face from the concrete wall and sit up straight, ‘Must have dozed off for a minute there.’ The boy is staring, his eyes fearful. I smile.…

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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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