How to practice Self-Care without feeling selfish

A young woman sits taking time out for herself reading a book and drinking a glass of wine

Sometimes the hardest thing – especially for us women – is to take time for ourselves, to practice self-care. There have been countless times I’ve wanted to just sit & breathe.  But there is always something to do, someone to help, somewhere to be.  If I took 5-minutes for myself, my inner-critic would rear her ugly head to […]

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Silencing your Inner Critic

Silencing Your Inner Critic

Say 3 good things about yourself… I’m a good friend.  Are you?  Are you really though?  I have a list of your epic friend-fails to hand if you want it!  I’m hardworking.  Seriously? I’ve met sloths more hardworking than you!   I have a big heart.  What so it fits in your fat body?  That’s […]

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WRITING TO UPLIFT: A GUEST POST BY ROSEY LEE

Writing to Uplift: A Guest Post by Rosey Lee

Today I’m joined by author Rosey Lee as she talks about why she writes to uplift & also discusses her new flash fiction series… I’ve always enjoyed that books offer an escape from the challenges and frustrations we experience in everyday life. I’ve spent hours engrossed in characters’ lives, and I feel comforted, energized, and […]

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5 ways to build up your self-worth

5 Ways to build self-worth. A contented woman stands happily in her kitchen drinking from a mug

Let’s be clear from the get go, your worth has zero to do with how you look, your bank balance or your material belongings.  Literally nothing to do with these things.  So if you’re here thinking that’s how you build self-worth, get ready to turn your attention elsewhere.   As I mentioned in the self-worth […]

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November Well-Being Focus: Self-Worth

Our Well-Being Focus area for the month is Self-Worth

And now the end is near and so we face our final curtain ‘self’ focus (I worked out I could literally have the entire post as a parody of My Way – but I’ll spare you that).  We really have come to our final chapter in the trilogy of ‘self’.  We’ve explored self-awareness, self-acceptance and […]

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Facing a fear: a lesson in self-acceptance.

high trees & sunshine

This year I faced one of my biggest fears… heights. We were on a family holiday & had booked the kids on to one of those tree-top aerial adventures.  My husband had been due to complete this with them, but rather inconveniently for me (maybe not so much for him) he’d hurt his ankle beforehand […]

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5 ways to maintain your wellness this Autumn.

Happy girl riding a bicycle at the park in the Autumn

Ahh Autumn! Get ready to snuggle up in a chunky knit & reacquaint yourself with the heating dial. It’s the time of year where we often start to take our foot off the accelerator.  As the nights draw in, so do we.  And whilst it can be great to turn the dial to slow for […]

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Food freedom & self-acceptance: A guest post by Charlotte Smith MBPsS

Concept of sweet food as hot air balloon lifting up freely into the sky - indicating food freedom

Today I’m welcoming fellow blogger Charlotte Smith MBPsS to Living.Pretty.Happy to share her experience & thoughts on a new approach to diet and it’s impact on self-acceptance…   What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are your first thoughts positive or negative?  Do you compare yourself to those you see in magazines or on […]

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How to make exploring UK Towns & Villages fun for kids!

A cobbled street in Rye, Sussex UK

My husband & I like exploring pretty towns & villages across the UK.  We love a wander, a stop for something to eat and a little browse of (& of course spending in) their independent stores.  That’s a nice day out for us.    Now if we mention this plan to the kids, everything other […]

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Recommended: Skin Protector SPF30 Primer by ARK Skincare

ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF30 Primer

There are two pieces of skincare advice I stand by… you should wear a broad spectrum** SPF everyday and makeup stays on better with primer.  Despite knowing & believing in these beauty rules I had yet to have any success in finding either a great SPF or makeup primer, and believe me I have tried […]

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October Well-being Focus: Self-Acceptance

This October we are focusing on self-acceptance

Crack out the pumpkins, it’s October – Time for a new well-being focus! Perhaps apt for what many agree is the spookiest month of the year, we’re focusing on an area of our well-being people often find the scariest. Having started the work to increase our self-awareness, we now need to take that understanding of ourselves, of […]

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Happy Days Out: Hever Castle

Hever Castle in Kent. Childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Surrounded my a moat & bridge

Visiting Hever Castle has been on my want-to-do list for a very long time now.  I have a love of history, especially the Tudor period, so a day spent at the childhood home of Anne Boleyn was always going to be a wish of mine.  However, when you’ve got kids it’s not necessarily somewhere you […]

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Self Awareness: A guest post by Simone Phillips

Self-awareness: A guest post by Simone Phillips

I’m so pleased to welcome Simone from parenting blog 11 Years of Nappies.  Her blog is inspiring, impactful & designed to give hope to other mum’s out there. What a brilliant ethos!  I’m grateful to her for joining us today to discuss self-awareness in greater depth, over to you Simone… Let’s start by defining self-awareness […]

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September Well-Being Focus: Awareness

Self-Awareness Well-being Focus. Flatlay Image of a pink journal showing the Living Pretty Happy Logo and the word September written on it. There are peach flowers, a crystal, pencils and other notebooks around it. The word AWARENESS is also displayed

And we’re back! Yes, the school summer holidays are at an end and normal service is resumed.  So with this in mind, it’s time to tell you all about our new well-being focus for this month. September is about awareness.

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