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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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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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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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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