Maternity Pay: Can you afford to have a baby?

Maternity Pay; Can you afford to have a baby?

“There’s never a ‘right time’ to have a baby, so just go for it!”

Is something I have heard all too often. I don’t disagree with these comments, but every time I find myself contemplating starting a family, all I hear in my mind is, “can you afford to have a baby, Franki?”

With the average age of a first time mum in the UK having increased to 29 years old (depending on where you look), I’m finding myself under increasing pressure to ‘conform’ now I’m approaching 30. I’m not married and I don’t own a house; both things being entirely mine and James’ choice. However there’s still an air of “am I failing?” for not being in the same position, as say my parents were, at my age.

Although at my age, my dad was married with a mortgage and 3 kids and I simply couldn’t imagine that being us right now..! 

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Our trip to Toronto

7 must visit spots in Toronto (1)

Back in February 2018, James and I finally made it to Canada!!

Here I wrote a quick run down on 7 of the best things we did whilst over there; activities, sights and most importantly, FOOD in Toronto!

I also managed to tick a couple of things off of my 30 Before 30 list so this trip was pretty special!

Head over to my original article 7 must visit spots in Toronto to see what we got up to and where you should be heading if you’re ever over that way.

5 more yoga poses for beginners

5 more yoga poses for beginners to try

I hope you enjoyed my last yoga blog! How did you find the poses?

I’m going to jump straight into the second instalment of this series with 5 more yoga poses for beginners to try!

Some of these are easy and the others are only a slight step up from the last 5, but who doesn’t like progress?!Continue reading “5 more yoga poses for beginners”

5 Yoga poses everyone can try!

Apprehensive about trying yoga? Don't be! Here are 5 great poses for people of all abilities

 

Yoga has a multitude of health benefits. Not only does it help you clear your mind of negative thoughts and learn how to control your body and mind through breathing, it also helps aid your flexibility, strength and overall fitness. Many believe yoga is just for the super bendy, but that’s just not the case. Everyone can practice yoga and reap its rewards, so today I’m going to share with you 5 easy yoga poses that anyone can try ?Continue reading “5 Yoga poses everyone can try!”

Why you should try yoga

why you should try yoga, even if you think you can't

If you have been following me on social media for a while, you’ll know that I have found a new found enjoyment for yoga.

Having weight trained for a few years, which don’t get me wrong I still love, I have found that incorporating yoga into my training week as being extremely beneficial. This is both in my physical wellbeing and in my mental health. Working  on my weaknesses whilst learning to compliment my strengths is empowering.Continue reading “Why you should try yoga”

Beauty on a Budget: The Primark Edit

Beauty on a budget: The Primark Edit

 

“Hi, I’m Franki and I’m a Primark Addict”

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It’s true. From fashion and beauty items to activewear and home goodies, Primark is my go to shop. I think my addiction started when I was around 14 and my dad kitted out a family of 5 for a summer holiday for little more than £100…

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Be your own inspiration for 2018

My tips on how to be your own inspiration for 2018

Ah, December 31st. The end of another year. The day on which your newsfeed will be flooded with reflections, photos of everyone’s year and the goals they have for the coming months.

These kinda posts can go one of these ways with you; they either inspire you to go out and make something happen for yourself, make you feel rubbish for not having as ‘great’ a year as someone else or just think, ‘meh’.Continue reading “Be your own inspiration for 2018”

The abortion debate: my take as a Pro-Choicer

The Abortion Debate: Is 2017 really the place for the 1967 UK Abortion Act?

Last month, I had an evening to myself (I’m as shocked as you) so I decided to peruse iPlayer for something to watch. I love a good documentary or anything based on true events, so when I saw Abortion on Trial pop up, I was instantly intrigued.

It’s a taboo subject. A subject that causes mass debate. Protests. Questionable behaviour from those that oppose the thought of a woman having a mind and controlling her own body. A subject that I know affects people close to me.Continue reading “The abortion debate: my take as a Pro-Choicer”

Braving the stage: 2 years on

Braving the stage

It’s that time of the week again, Throwback Thursday, so it seemed rather fitting when my Facebook memories reminded me of where I was just two years ago. I know many of you have heard this story, and perhaps even bored of me bringing it up, but braving the stage at The IFC really did have a lasting impact…Continue reading “Braving the stage: 2 years on”

35 thoughts I had on my first long haul flight

Okay so October 2017 saw my first long haul flight, ever. Yes, ever. I have managed to make it to 27yrs old without suffering jet lag and more importantly avoiding using a plane toilet ? (if you know me, you know my aversion to public loos). 

Well I had to get over both of these on our recent trip to New York, which you can read all about over on my work blog.

So in all my excitement, I thought I’d give you a run down on the thoughts I had on my first long haul flight…

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10 things that make you happy

Happiness Is

Sometimes when we just aren’t in a good place mentally, it can really impact everything we do. The decisions we make. The way we speak to a partner or colleague. Even the smallest thing like feeling bloated, waking up with a headache or a lower-than-expected-bank-balance can set us off on the wrong foot in the morning, and boy do I know that feeling.

How do we overcome this?

We know all too well that when someone tells you to “cheer up!” when you’re in a particularly bad mood, the urge to shout back, “Oh it’s that simple is it? Why didn’t I think of that before?!” is all too strong.Continue reading “10 things that make you happy”