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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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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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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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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Love and…

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
‘Are you all right?’ Alison leans forward, a hand reaching out to touch Tim’s knee. ‘I’m fine. Really.’ ‘You’re very pale.’ ‘It’s the heat.’ He rearranges himself on the blanket, ‘I’m not very good with the heat.’ ‘You’ve always been okay with it before.’ ‘Well, it’s not normally this hot,…

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Goodbye 2017. Hello to a whole new chapter…

I haven’t written on Bellyful of Art for a long time…an embarrassingly long time. 2017 brought with it more challenges than I ever could’ve imagined, and I struggled for a while to see where or how I could find a place for blogging in the clutter of endless paperwork and complex emotions that had become […]

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Rules To Live By, Part 3

It’s been a while since I posted the first two installments of this Tiny Tale, so if you need to refresh your memory, please follow the links: Rules To Live By, Part 1; Rules To Live By, Part 2. My father died shortly before my first child was born. Despite my grief, I found comfort in the […]

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