Its unusually quiet here this morning, and its the first chance I've had to steel a few minutes to write in a couple of weeks. A LOT has been going on, much of which is very exciting! Its wonderful to see that spring is almost upon us, indeed here in Ireland it's in full swing! The daffodils have opened and are brightening up the roadsides and even the most modest of gardens at the moment.
This past few months I have been sowing a few seeds of my own, some of which are coming into full bloom now, some later in the year. One being the new website! I've been working away on this new one, and though I really loved the old one, made by two fantastically talented sisters, Kate and Elizabeth, sadly the site had to evolve. As a complete wordpress novice, I needed something easier to use and change whenever I felt the whim. The result of which, you're seeing here, I hope you like it!
I will, over the next weeks, be adding to the recipes and in time I hope to have a rich selection of easy, practical and tasty recipes for you to enjoy. To have a peruse now, take a look here. If you're not terribly adventurous in the kitchen, may I recommend my 'kitchen sink' brown bread, its terifically easy to make, and hard to mess up, it tastes wonderful and is the perfect base for innumerable combinations. Really its an essential staple and I always have a loaf on the go.
The other 'seed', is something I'm really excited to share with you, and that's the Artful Eating book which will be out later this year. For the past few months, while growing our little little one, I've also been growing this book, which I cannot wait to share with you! It will be filled with recipes, stories, practical tools and strategies to help you achieve a balanced life where you can enjoy food and your body. So many of you have asked me if a book was in the pipeline and I'm delighted that very soon you'll be able to enjoy it!
I usually like to include something practical and helpful in here, so I have an extremely helpful post I'd like you to check out today, its called: Discover how to reprogram your mind to eat less and enjoy food more. Really the title is the essence of what Artful Eating is all about!
I couldn't end this post without mentioning our darling little girl, Claudia, here with her doting Father!
I've spent the past few weeks getting to grips with being a new mom and finding a way to balance working with my incredible clients, being a breastfeeding mother and managing to maintain my sanity! Simply put, this has only been possible with both support and preparation. If you haven't already, do check out my advice on the invaluable benefits of preparation here. I also have the privilege of working from home, which makes life so much easier, and I have the support of a husband who works from home too, so we are a great tag team!
But I now understand, more than ever, the importance of carving out time for oneself, and creating helpful daily rituals which support our mental and physical wellbeing. If you follow me on social media, you already know that this month I am encouraging you to do the '21 day gratitude challenge', check it out here. There is so much scientific research to support the incredible benefits of gratitude, so I encourage you to join us, you'll be so glad you did!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, it was St Patricks day yesterday, a national day which celebrates all things Irish, we enjoyed good food and wonderful company with family visiting from London and the Netherlands. Lots of singing, dancing and reminiscing!
Do get in touch and let me know what you think of the new site, I'd love to hear from you!