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talkRADIO is launching a brand new radio show, Badass Women’s Hour

I have just read this press release that was emailed over to me and I have to share – sounds exciting!

12 January 2017, London: talkRADIO is launching a brand new radio show, Badass Women’s Hour, which will be broadcast every Saturday night at 8pm starting this Saturday [14 January].

Presented by journalist Harriet Minter and co-hosted by entrepreneurs Natalie Campbell and Emma Sexton, Badass Women’s Hour will feature bold and inspiring women from fashion, music, design & business, reacting to the biggest talking points in a funny and entertaining way.

Harriet Minter is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in women and work. She founded and edited the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section and is now a columnist for the newspaper on women in technology. Natalie Campbell is the co-founder of A Very Good Company (AVGC), a global social innovation agency and Emma Sexton is the founder and creative director of design business Make Your Words Work and also the co-founder of Flock Global, a collaborative network for entrepreneurs.

Minter, Campbell and Sexton said: “We’re all firm friends, and feel it’s important to bring those real conversations that women have over dinner, drinks and in private out into the open in a more honest and badass way. The show will be funny, frank and fearless – just like we are, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Dennie Morris, Managing Editor for talkRADIO, said: “This show is a really exciting development for us and we’re really pleased to have Harriet, Natalie and Emma on board to bring their ideas and contacts to the station. In true talkRADIO style, the show will cover the topics that everyone’s talking about and will be a fantastic listen.”

 

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Week 1 Calorie Counting Diary – Test Week

Day 1 of the diet DONE so today we are onto day 2. I felt so proud of myself yesterday turning down wine and chocolate and cheese 😬 For January I’m aiming to shift half a stone which means I need to have willpower. Something I don’t have much of these days! For me, it’s important I lose the weight that I don’t want to carry because it plays on my mind and makes my mood very low. Today I plan on being active and going on a good long walk with my kids, hubby and pup. Packing fruit as snacks.

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Day two of my New Year diet and I’m enjoying calorie counting. I don’t feel like I’m depriving myself and I was still allowed to have a small glass of red wine whilst cooking dinner. We walked for 2.5hrs in the forest today and it was brilliant. I LOVE stomps in nature. Free, educational and so refreshing. 💕 My first run of the new year is happening tomorrow which I’m excited about. It will be an early one but it sets you up for the day.

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Day three and I have felt sick on and off today. I ran at 6am and picked on food a lot today but still within my calorie allowance and all healthy. My heart has been racing lots – like mini panic attacks. I think it’s because I haven’t been able to work for three weeks and I’m eager to get on with it. Kids are gradually going back to school this week so next week will be a normal week. I feel overwhelmed and I want to eat crap to help my anxiety and I can’t. I want wine. I can’t. No idea how to help the anxiety without chocolate and wine. That’s all I know. I’m trying to breathe and write a list but that’s not helping either.

Day 4 and today was a work day, mummy day, take the dog to the vet day, treat Matilda to a swim day and school run day! Woah. I used my calories on Warburtons thins and spinach/rocket. oh! And skinny popcorn! It was hard not snacking on chocolate and biscuits because that’s all I wanted as I’m super tired with kids not sleeping and felt a little anxious with juggling everything today. I did it though because that crap isn’t in the house anymore. I also met a client deadline today. My treat will be a glass of red wine whilst I carry on working tonight. I also consumed heaps of lemon water today and all I have done is visit the toilet every half an hour!

Day 5 and I’m 3lbs lighter. Yay!!! My mind is clearer and I’m feeling happier. I’m focused😎 and UNDER my calorie allowance today. Always good

Day 6 and I’m tired. Stupidly tired. Lost 3.5lbs in 6 days so I’m pleased but I’m craving crap so bad!! My kids haven’t been eating badly either this week so I gave them these sweet pots as a Friday treat. Their behavior has been so much better this week. I just want to drink a bottle of wine now in my pj’s … but I won’t! I’m heading out to see friends and I’m not drinking anything but sparkling water.

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Day 7 and I decided to have a fringe cut and buy new makeup in order to feel better about myself. I had chocolate today 🙈but doing a 10-mile run tomorrow so i forgive myself. That bottle of prosecco has really blown it for me this week.

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Day 8 and a 10 mile run, 1.5ltr of water and a Sunday roast for me! 💕 However I had a bottle of prosecco last night – awful I know! I think I will lower my calorie intake this week by a 50 and also up my 5k runs to three times this week as I didn’t run much last week. Aim for week two is to up my fruit intake.

Running mileage week 1 = 24k

Total Calories Consumed = 11,728 (allowance was 10,400)

Total Calories Burned = 2,007

So I’m trying to see week 1 as a test run – stupid prosecco! Stupid breakdown yesterday! So for the week ahead I’m allowing myself a total of (Monday to Sunday) 8,400 calories for the 7 days. In this time I’m hoping to burn 2000 calories from running.

Food this week should include;

Turkey breasts, chicken breasts, pasta, gammon, 5% mince, homemade bolognese and lots of fruit and veg.

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The 2017 Healthy Food Goal

I haven’t stopped going on an incredible journey for one day this year. It’s a bloody roller coaster juggling kids and your own business, a house and pets and bloody emotions. I see life like Rebecca Ferguson though; everything happens in order to make us a better person. It’s true! I’m tired but a better person.

I adore New Year. So does my husband. It’s like starting a new book. Yipeeeeee. Each month is a new chapter. My husband and I went for a bottle of wine tonight without children. My mum wanted the kids over for dinner so we took some much needed time out at the local pub to discuss our 2016, our new house and our family eating habits. This is where we set new goals. One of those goals was to get home and out all the naughty food into a bag with the girls and get them to lift it to see what would be entering their tummies. This is one of the best things we have done and oh my days the bag was like santas sack!

I want to educate the girls on what food does to your mentality. Honestly this to me is hugely important. This has been a huge part of my journey. Consuming bad food from loneliness and anxiety has made my mood incredibly low. Its terrible. Its not what i want for my children and if I’m going  through it then so are they. We eat the same food. We live in the same house.


All of this would be in our tummies if I didn’t put my foot down. I’m not stopping my Kids from having treats but I have no willpower myself and have to think about my kids moods. It’s easy to slip into a lower state, so I have to do something.

Join me and my family on our 2017 food journey. Who’s in? We start tomorrow but would love to get more people involved. 

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Buying Our Forever Home

We sold our house! We have bought another house! It’s really happening!

It’s a big deal to me. Since having post-natal depression years ago I found myself distant from my home. It’s only the past year that I have started enjoying being at home but it just doesn’t feel big enough. It’s a 3 bedroom terraced house. We don’t have any room for toys, we can’t move freely around the house and it has felt like a small house for a while now. The kids who share just bicker all the time. I just want peace.

We have been keen to move to a 4 bedroom detached for the past 3 years but thought it would never happen. It was okay. We have been working hard to save and make the move happen eventually but Dave woke up one morning and said he dreamt that we should be moving so that day he spoke to a friend who is a mortgage advisor and WOAH she made it happen. 

Everything is going through. I believe we are waiting for our buyers whom are first time buyers to sort their mortgage and survey but we are up to date with everything and so are the vendors that we are buying from.

This move is a big deal. We will only be 3 miles from our current area and the kids will still go to the same schools but we won’t be walking distance to friends for play, cuppa, wine,breakfast. It’s all about car journeys from when we move. Sleepovers too. 

I’m ready for the move. I mean mentally I think I need it. Last year I wanted to die (I’m not kidding. Depression really hit me!) and so we made the decision to change my way of life – my job. So next step is a house move. 

I hope we have made the right decision. I know the grass isn’t always greener but after ten years this move feels like it was meant to be.

I feel free writing this. Odd isn’t it? I feel like this will be another fresh start mentally. Another way of rebuilding me. 

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It’s Time To Move House

Well my house went on the market yesterday and we have had viewers…twice! With parents. We have heard nothing though after their second visit so does that mean they don’t want our house? It’s okay because there isn’t much around so we arent in a great rush BUT boy does it feel rubbish after so much cleaning and tidying!

My house is truly wonderful. Not huge or well decorated but it’s been my family home for 9 years and It’s a lovely neighbourhood. I feel sad to be selling but we really need the extra room. 

My house is in Dorset and it’s up for £255k which is a bargain. I have made so many amazing memories in this house and I’m sad about parting with it. 

We viewed the house when we were about to get married in 2007 and it felt like the biggest house a newly wedded couple would dream of.

We have outgrown our family home so it’s time to move on. A hard decision. 

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Wash My Car … Spotless


Okay so here is my confession from this week. I paid a company to come to my house and Hoover my car out. I have been meaning to do it for ages and the last time I did it there was still mess left under the seats and at the side of the seats. My car is abused every day with having a family of five inside. I tried banning eating in the car but food is bribery so that rule never worked.

I found Washmycar.co.uk mentioned in a Facebook selling site so I thought I would look. I would never get around to phoning them so this company was brilliant – just book online like when youre placing your food shopping delivery! Booked in minutes.

My car was spotless and it only took about 45 minutes. It was deodorised too which smells lovely.

I paid £18 for this but honestly I would do it again. My car was disgusting inside. I think perhaps every two months I will need this service. It was cleaned whilst I worked so it took no time out of my day.

Actually I think the next job will have to be to have all the seats cleaned professionally because they offer this service too! 

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When You Start Your Day With Costa


Not a bad way to start my working day. Although I told myself I would simply order a black coffee but when I saw what Kara from Chelseamamma was ordering I really couldn’t punish myself – Costa this is all your fault for being super attractive.

So all kids at school and a whole working day to nail the blogger outreach and PR for clients. I obviously needed fuel right?

My first Mince Pie of the year was amazing. The company was great too. Kara and I live minutes from each other but never get the chance to catch up these days. I have a feeling that a Wednesday  morning “meeting” could be the future for both of us self-employed mums. 

See you next week Costa! 

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Life On The South Coast

My blog has had a makeover! It’s clearly still work in progress but i’m excited by the fresh start.

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Since going freelance in my career almost a year ago I have been itching to make a fresh start on my blog. Thank you to Chelle of The Mumington Post, Amy of Everything Mummy, Kara of ChelseaMamma, Sophie of Mumology, Alex of Bump To Baby and Katie of Mummy, Daddy, Me for unknowingly encouraging me to pull my finger out and do what I reallllllly wanted to do for a long time!

If you follow me on social media then you will know that I adore the beach and I am very lucky to live minutes from a few here on the South Coast. The best time to visit for a resident like me is Autumn and Winter when you can wrap up like those catalogue models in woollen hats and scarves, big coats, jeans and boots and walk along the sand whilst your nose is red from the cold and the scenery is utterly beautiful. Kids giggling and running after the dog in the sand and the still air. That feeling of getting home to a hot drink, biscuits and a snuggle on the sofa after a cold walk is BLISS. You’re windswept, trying to warm up under a cosy blanket and all you have done is embrace the fresh air and the sound of the waves crashing. It will clear your mind. It’s free therapy.

I can’t wait to share with you more of my wonderful adventures …

With love,

Emma x