Little by little…

Healthy, wealthy and wise

I’m not sure I’m any of those things yet but I know I want to be.  But this morning I realised I am the lightest I’ve been since before January 2013, I know this because I’ve been using MyFitnessPal since then to track my weight. I also use it to track fitness and diet when I get into a health kick. I know I haven’t been this light since I was in my early preggo days with Layla in 2012. 

I have slowly started changing my eating habits and become more conscious of what I’m putting into my body. I say this after I ate my weight in chocolate yesterday, however! Why is it when we see weightloss success we start to reward ourselves with junk? To push our limits? To see how much shit we can actually consume and maintain this new number on the scale? But for some reason my weight continues to slowly go down. At the moment I think this has been due to an increased appetite in my 7 month old breastfed baby, Isabelle. 

Side note:  She is my little gingernut who came out red headed and blue eyed despite me being a blond at birth and my hubby a brunette, both of us have brown eyes. Layla got the memo. Izzy did not. And she does have hands, despite evidence to the contrary in the photo below. 

Back to being healthy. I’ve watched a few fantastic documentaries about diet and I was most fascinated with Katie Couric‘s Fed Up (Netflix). Did you know in the early 1980s there were NO, NONE, NADA reported cases of type 2 diabetes in children in the USA? It was only in adults. There’s now estimated 208k cases! Doesn’t that just blow your damn mind?! I think it should be compulsory to watch. Of course the bottomline is that massive amounts of sugar pumped into food to replace fat is the culprit and the government knows it and has allowed itself to be corrupted into turning its head in exchange for political funding. Lobbyists are monsters. Even Michele Obama’s health campaign for children was not immune. 

I hope I don’t sound like I’m up on a massive soapbox but it’s truly infuriating. Again, says the girl who ate a dizzying amount of chocolate lately. 

My small changes have been education, ground flax seed, chia seed, Oatly oat milk and exercise when I can. I ran Monday morning for 30 minutes and burned 300 calories! Can’t beat that! Especially if I do it first thing in the morning, I feel like a beast! I AM A BEAST! 

Side note: Porridge has never been creamier as when I use oat milk in my oatmeal! Seriously I’m part of the Oatly cult now. And none of this is sponsored though how I wish it was! Who doesn’t love a kickback for shouting about things you love.  Anyone else with me on the oat milk revolution?

So slow and steady. Little by little I am making changes to enrich my life. I envy the next generation who are already ahead of me on being healthy. Properly healthy and fit. 

So as I work on enriching my life and my children’s, I welcome and tips. What other stories should I be reading or docs I should be watching?

Have a fantastical day!! xx

^How cute are these prints on Etsy

Lauriebell Loves: Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix

I’m baaaaacckkk.  Or at least for now.  It’s been nearly one year since we moved from the UK to the USA and it’s been a roller coast ride.  We moved to NJ, work in NYC, Layla has started daycare and we are buying a house.  Next challenge: A DOG! I hope! As you can imagine, we are busy!  I am running through life from the moment I wake at 6:15 in the morning until 11pm when I (should) go to sleep at night.  So I don’t have much time to shop.  And as a mom I often put my needs last.  But I’m saying goodbye to those days with my new Stitch Fix subscription! I LOVE IT!!!

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Kid Friendly Tablet Accessories Giveaway with KiteReaders – FREE eBook when you enter!

Kitereaders Tablet Accessories Giveaway on Lauriebell's Bakery & Cafe blog including iGuy iPad Case, Two Hans Nook Stand, Marware UpSurge Speaker, Griffin Technology Cinema Seat, Gumdrop Kindle Fire Case, KiteReaders Stylus Pen, Fisher Price Kindle Fire Case, Crayola Color Studio iMarker, iPad Smart Cover and Kazoo MyPhones

Boy does Lauriebell have a treat for you!  We’ve teamed up with KiteReaders to bring you an awesome kids’ tablet accessories giveway.  If your children are anything like mine, they love technology especially tablets (and mine’s only 9 months!)  All you have to do is click below where is says “Enter Here” to reveal the Rafflecopter widget and follow the instructions to enter the competition.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!  Oh and did I mention you get a FREE eBook when you enter?!  Continue reading

Recipe Round-up: Tomatoes

Summer is peaking and tomatoes are bursting off their vines.  I love the smell of a ripe tomato that’s been sitting in the sun.  Just cut me a wedge, sprinkle with some sea salt or dip in a bit of homemade vinaigrette and I am happier than a puppy getting his belly rubbed.  Funny thing is that I hated raw tomatoes until I was nearly sixteen.  All that joy I was missing.  Luckily my taste buds grew up! Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the best tomato recipes out this week.  Some simple, some a bit more complex, all deliciou Continue reading

3 Simple ways a CRM can empower your small business

I am in hot pursuit of my dream!  You may know I’ve been self-studying how to run a small business so that I can make my dream of opening Lauriebell’s Bakery & Cafe a reality. You may not know that in a former/still-sorta-current-life I am a marketer. Lately, I’ve been speaking with several small business owners and hopefuls and it’s clear I have some knowledge to share. Continue reading