My 25 Minute Natural Home Birth

First post of 2018 and I wanted to start it with my natural birth story. When I asked some of you last year if you wanted to know about my home birth, so many of you said that you did. And so here it is! It's a bit of a long post, so make sure you get comfy!

This pregnancy was unlike all my other 3 pregnancies as I usually tend to feel much better towards the end. However this time around, I was super emotional and exhausted for the entire pregnancy. I hardly had any physical strength left, and I wasn't mentally prepared to face the labour, AT ALL.

I had been experiencing practice contractions (which are called Braxton Hicks) since the beginning of my second trimester, which by the time I had 3 weeks left of my pregnancy, had turned into contractions, but they weren't regular or painful, just intense. So nothing to write home about so to speak.

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What it's really like being a lady boss with kids and without the hype

I wanted to share what it's like being a #girlboss or #ladyboss, as that's a term that's been going around a lot lately and it sounds pretty cool to be one. And don't get me wrong it totally is; but I also wanted to share the unglorified version of what it's like to run your own blog/business, with limited resources and a young family to look after, for any of you out there who want an honest sneak peek into what it entails, and what kind of person you need to be if this is something you want to pursue for yourself.

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Middle Eastern Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe (Vegan Friendly!)

I thought it would be fun to make Middle Eastern stuffed bell peppers vegan and waaay less complicated (think about how long it would take you to core a tomato or courgette vs a bell pepper), so bell peppers it was! I love this recipe. So much. For so many reasons. This stuffed bell peppers recipe is one of those vegan recipes that is really tasty and really filling. It's just so warming, especially now that it's getting colder here in London (if you're looking for more winter recipes why not try my green lentils and coconut curry recipe here). And really it cooks itself, all you have to do is mix a bunch of ingredients, in one bowl, stuff the peppers with them and then shove them all into the oven. 

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Chocolate Fudge Energy Balls Recipe

One of my biggest issues transitioning to a healthier lifestyle was my sugar consumption. I mean, saying I had a sweet tooth was an understatement. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who had a worse sugar addiction than I did! I was totally rockin’ the ‘my teeth are hangin’ on for dear life’ look by the time I was five. Serious dedication I tell you.

This is where these chocolate fudge energy balls come in, and I'm super proud of them!. This recipe was actually my first ever attempt at making a healthy sweet treat. And every time I make them I just remember the excitement of me starting this blog and recipe creating for the first time.

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Top 9 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar simply put, is a vinegar made from fermented apples. Now you can find all sorts of varieties of this vinegar in supermarket shelves, but the kind that you really want is organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized. There’s a big reason for this.You see, all the clear, sparkly looking varieties have all been heated, filtered and heavily processed, meaning that all the phytochemicals, minerals and enzymes have been zapped out of the vinegar.

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po-ten-cy review

I arranged to meet Zoe, the super talented girl boss (who's an absolute babe) behind PO-TEN-CY, after reaching out on Instagram and she agreed to bring along some samples of her yummy food (I love my life) to try out. We got talking and getting to know each other, and I thought I would let you hear straight from her, since I think its important to bridge the gap between our food and where/who it comes from.

"Following a lifelong love of food having been born into a family of restaurateurs, my interest in holistic nutrition began when my son was born. I quickly noticed that what I was eating had a profound effect on my son’s digestion whilst we were breastfeeding. Food (and plenty of love) soon became my main focus on giving him the best start in life.

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Super Easy Tahini Cashew Granola Recipe

This tahini cashew granola is crunchy, savoury & sweet which makes it so moreish. It goes perfectly with yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt my fave!) or with milk, sprinkled on porridge and smoothie bowls, or as a standalone *I deserve some RESPEK* snack. It definitely deserves a spot in your kitchen pantry coz this should be a household staple!

And oh my garsh, let’s not even talk about the smell of the kitchen when this batch of granola comes out of the oven. It’s just insane. And if you eat it while it’s still warm, you will just die and go to heaven. Set your house in order.

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Homemade Shea Body Butter Recipe

What started out as a last resort solution to try and cure my 2 older children’s eczema, ended up being the best treatment. You see, I had gone to see our family’s general practitioner several times about it, and was prescribed medicinal lotions to treat them each time. It helped with their dry skin a bit, but they still continued itching bless them. This mama bear was NOT happy.

So I made my first batch of this homemade shea body butter since I heard about its moisturising properties, and as soon as I applied it on their skin, their symptoms vanished - OVERNIGHT. No word of a lie. I could not believe it! Ditching the store bought body moisturisers was a no brainer.

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3 Fast And Effective Sore Throat And Tonsillitis Remedies

There is nothing more annoying than getting that tickly itch at the back of your throat to keep you up all night, only for it to develop into a full-on sore throat the next morning.

I had tonsilitis over the summer (tragic), and Lawd knows it wasn’t because of the cold. I figured it was because I was exerting my body and wasn’t resting enough, and I know that because I can count on one hand how many times I’ve had tonsillitis in my life. It was my body’s way of telling me if you don’t slow down, Imma shut you down woman!  

Ultimately the best remedy is to prevent illness in the first place

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Green Lentils and Coconut Curry Recipe

I have come to like the stillness of winter, where all the summer agendas and Christmas festivities are over. As an introvert, I cherish the quiet, me time. It's when I'm most creative. Plus, nothing beats coming home from a frosty walk (that sounds too romantic doesn't it? More like back home from work or the school run) and settling in with a nice hot cuppa or a warm bowl of comfort food. Let's just stop here for a min with the comfort food! Give me ALL the pies, crumbles, soups, stews and curries. Yas. Lord. So in honour of winter, I decided to make one of my favourite comfort foods; green lentils and coconut curry.

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Rude Health Almond Drink Review

I could not think of a better product to kick off my reviews than this drink which is a staple in my house.

Ladies I present to you...Rude Health Almond Drink.

I can't recommend this drink enough! This is coming from someone who is lactose-intolerant (which I just found out in 2016), so having a milk alternative that I don't have to make myself everyday/week is such a breath of fresh air. I NEED it to live. The End.

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5 Reasons That Make Eating Healthy Seem Hard

I had a friend of mine that offered to help babysit my children for the summer, fo freee! *fist pump* We’d always end up hangin’ out in our kitchen for lunch, and whenever I offered her a choice of drinks I noticed that she would only take water.

One day I decided to asked her why, and she began to explain that she was trying to clear her skin as she was having trouble with acne. So I advised her to try and cut out certain foods from her diet

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