This week’s My Captured Moment is a shot taken on our recent holiday to Dubai, which you can read about here. We had an amazing time and I think this photo captures that. The boys had gone to the kids club for a couple of hours but Heidi wanted to stay with us, so her and Simon went for a little walk around the hotel, which is when he captured this. J x

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During the May half-term break we went on holiday to Dubai. Simon and I have been a couple of times in the past – 10 years ago, pre-kids and five years ago when Oscar was 11 months old. Both times we loved it. The hotels are luxurious, the shopping is amazing, the beaches are beautiful and at just over six hours, the flight isn’t too much of an ordeal. The only downside, and probably the reason we haven’t been in five years is that it can be quite expensive for flights and hotels. However, on this occasion Simon managed to…

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A couple of weeks ago I attended the launch event of the new Hairven salon in Beeston, Nottingham. I’ve been to the original Hairven in Gedling a few times and have always been impressed. However, I live near to Beeston, so was quite excited when I heard that Hairven had chosen Beeston to open their next salon. Being local, I’d seen the building being developed and it looked fab, so I couldn’t wait to see the finished salon. I certainly wasn’t disappointed! The Beeston salon is a lot larger than the Gedling one. However, like the Gedling salon, the contemporary,…

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After posting on Friday night about being a bit anxious about attending BlogCamp, I’m delighted to report that it was fab! As soon as I arrived and joined the queue for coffee I got chatting to the lovely Becky from Pinks Charming, we had a pastry and a little chat before it was time to go into the main room for the welcome. It was quite a surreal experience, as there were so many familiar faces, yet I’d never actually met anyone before! It’s amazing how close you can feel to someone as a result of reading their blog and…

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It’s been a while since I’ve linked up to this link-up, but It’s one of my favourite ones, so I’m really going to try and link up more often. The link-up is ran by the lovely Heledd over at Running in Lavender  and it’s a great way to capture a moment every week. My Captured Moment is from last week. Henry had started potty training (finally!) and his reward for doing so well was a sleepover in Oscar’s room. Obviously Heidi being Heidi, there is no way she wasn’t joining the fun, so they all slept in Oscar’s bed together. Thankfully…

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Tomorrow I’m going to be attending my first blogging conference. I’m attending Blogcamp, organised by Tots 100. It’s a free event (hurrah) and is taking place in Birmingham, which is only about an hour away from me. I was really excited when I managed to get a ticket as these events normally sell out super quick. I’m excited about the day, but also a little anxious. It’s my first event of this type, and I know that there will be quite a few ‘proper bloggers’ there and I’m paranoid that everyone will know each other! Also, with my recent marathon…

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Since January, when I started my marathon training, I’ve been trying hard to eat better and include more protein in my diet. As well as to benefit my training, I was keen to shed a few pounds too! Now the marathon is over, I’m keen to continue the new habits and keep my diet healthy with lots of protein rich foods, so I was really excited to be contacted by Exante to see if I fancied trying out a few of their products – I never say no to food! The brand have previously marketed themselves as a diet product.…

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Hopefully you’ve read Part 1 of my London Marathon experience. If not, it’s probably worth having a quick glance over before reading this post. So, I was finally there, all ready to go. I felt good, but deep down was a little anxious about whether my recent foot injury would actually hold up enough for me to get over that elusive finish line. I was surprised how quick the race got going and my offcial race stats say I crossed the start at 10.14am, 14 minutes after the race began, which is quite good, athough I perhaps shouldn’t be surprised…

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Spoiler alert!! I did it!!! It’s taken me a while to get around to writing this, mainly because I’ve experienced a whole array of emotions and I think I needed a little time to process the experience. A week ago today I still was sure if I’d be able to do it. Worried that it would be my longest run ever and anxious about injuries flaring up and forcing me to stop. I was determined, but also knew that not everyone who starts, finishes. I want to make sure I capture, what is one of the best weekends of my…

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It’s two days to go until I run the London Marathon and I’m getting anxious now, so I’ve decided to try and occupy my mind by writing a couple of blog posts. I’ve been off work today and mostly been at home, so my mind has had time to actually think about what I’m going to be doing on Sunday. It’s also had chance to get super paranoid and I actually convinced myself earlier that I have a sore throat (I don’t!). It’s amazing what an anxious mind can conjure up! I’ve just finished packing so thought I’d share what…

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Only one week to go! Before I get carried away, I just want to apologise for the lack of non-marathon related posts recently. Marathon training, working, and the general craziness of life with three children has meant that there really isn’t enough hours in the day to fit in everything that I’d like to. I’m not doing any running this week, so I’m hoping that I can catch up on adding some blog posts about what we’ve been up to. It will help keep my increasingly anxious mind occupied too! So, as I said, only one week to go until…

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