SHE LOVES HERSELF – WINNETTES

Kirsty from Winnettes Parenting & Baking blog braves the SLH body confidence Q’s this week with a healthy dollop of balance and a slick of lippy, read on then go drool over her blog for some perfect half term baking inspo!

Name 3 parts of your body that you love and tell us why they’re so fabulous?

I love my hair.  It is really thick and I like the length at the moment, although I am not against having it cut.  I have had loads of highlights put in which I really really like.  Fortunately I am lucky that I also really like my natural colour and so far…. There aren’t many greys.

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Lean in 15 (years!)

Happy 2017 lovely readers – I hope you’ve had a fantastic Christmas and New Year filled with family, fun, food and festivities!!

NOW DROP AND GIVE ME 20!

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Because I saw you sneak that third slice of pudding with custard AND double cream and now you must be punished OK? At least that’s how I used to see New Years Day. One seriously big dose of guilt and self-loathing after weeks of eating and drinking with abandon, sometimes (but not always) served with a side of optimistic enthusiasm for the new me. The ‘definitely being good from today’ mentality that year after year guaranteed the same outcome – TOTAL FAILURE! Yup, whatever half-cocked new foodie hogwash was topping the Amazon book charts, it was in my basket quicker than you could say alkaline acai bowl. Sometimes, if I was feeling really enthusiastic I’d even treat myself to the celebrity endorsed fitness DVD de rigeur to ensure optimum success. Six-pack sorted.

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Be Real Body Image Pledge with Dove

As readers of my weekly series ‘She Loves Herself’ will know, each guest ends their post by completing the statement: ‘I pledge to love myself a little more today by…’ 

From “drinking more water” to “appreciating just how much my body can do” these pledges are something we should all try to make (and stick to) for ourselves everyday. I’ve written here and here previously about my own thoughts on the pressure to strive for physical ‘perfection’ and it’s fair to say that even today body confidence doesn’t come naturally to me – I’m still a work in progress. 

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She Loves Herself – Mum Muddling Through

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In 10 months of blogging I’ve been lucky enough to discover a whole bunch of awesome blogs and bloggers who have made me feel completely welcome in this strange new world of online shenanigans. I quickly discovered the world of linkies, an opportunity to share and discover blog posts and so once I’d figured out how they actually worked I decided to dip my toe in with #coolmumclub, which is co-hosted by Sarah at Mum Muddling Through. Ironically, while wandering around St Pancras this Saturday (en-route to Blogfest) Sarah was also the first of my online blogger buddies that I met in actual real life.  It’s just as well she recognised me really, what with her being an international woman of mystery and all I’d struggle to recognise her from her profile pic. This week she’s very kindly offered to take part in the series and talks about the different stages of womanhood and how these have directly influenced the relationship with her body and her view on body confidence in increasingly positive ways.

Name 3 parts of your body that you love and tell us why they’re so fabulous?

Now this is hard, isn’t it? If you asked me to name my three worst parts it’d be easy, but what I love about this series is how it’s challenging us to embrace positivity about our bodies so here goes nothin’.

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She Loves Herself – Five Little Doves

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Those of you who know of Laura through her blog Five Little Doves, know she’s not afraid to talk openly on the issues of stillbirth, miscarriage or chronic illness. Through her writing she raises awareness on these subjects in such an honest and deeply touching way. While body image isn’t a subject that features much it’s something that has had a huge impact on Laura in the past. It’s so great to have her take part in the series to share her own experience with body issues and how having children gave her the determination to confront them.

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Name 3 parts of your body that you love and tell us why they’re so fabulous?

Love is a difficult one, I struggle massively with body confidence and knew that this would be a challenge. I would say my eyes, mainly because they allow me to see my beautiful children and although I have more than a few laughter lines these days, they remind me of the fun we have had together. Am I allowed to say my womb? I am grateful every single day that it allowed me to carry five children, more than most are ever blessed with, and my heart as although it has been broken, it still loves unconditionally.

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*VLOG* Boots No.7 Advent Calendar – Reveal

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Thinking of treating yourself to the Boots No.7 Bright Lights Big City Beauty Advent Calendar but not sure if it’s worth it? In this vlog I’ll show you exactly what you’re gonna get for your £39, trust me you will not be disappointed! Image result for no7 advent calendar 2016

There’s a lot of noise being made about this beauty booty and rightly so. I’m pretty traditional when it comes to makeup and I can honestly say there is not one dud product or ‘filler’ item among this little lot. If like me you’re keen to try the Protect & Perfect range but don’t want to fork out only to find it doesn’t suit your skin *sad, oily face emoji* you’ll be glad to hear there are 5 products to try from this range (actually the main reason I decided to buy it). In addition to that there are many full sized (or at least very generously sized) goodies and some useful tools of the trade too. Click the video or link below to see everything in the order it was intended to be opened (if not necessarily the date, sorry- not-sorry!) and scroll down for photos and  full list of products included. Then run. As fast as you can, wherever you are, to the nearest Boots store and grab one before they all go!

Boots No.7 Beauty Advent Calendar 2016 Reveal

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She Loves Herself – Rock & Roses Mama

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Another fabulous, feel-good guest post this time from Rock & Roses Mama herself, Rebecca. With her positive vibes, exercise bike and lippy she’s rockin the skin she’s in!

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Name 3 parts of your body that you love and tell us why they’re so fabulous

This has changed over time and is not the same parts that I would have previously boasted pre pregnancy but here goes!

1. My hair… I have always had a complicated relationship with my hair, (the ‘It’s complicated’ Facebook status should be inserted here) and until recently have just worn it up in a bun! I was “blessed” with overtly curly and thick hair that has fought against me for a long time, but I have finally found a shampoo I love, the length is what I’ve been waiting for, I’ve mastered the home dyeing process and I have an amazing hairdresser! Gorgeous locks! 2. My back… odd one I know but bear with me! I have always been very muscular for a woman since my teen years and have finally embraced that my muscular back looks pretty hot in backless dresses. 3. My lips… I have been blessed with shapely lips and find they are perfect for those dark days when only a bright lipstick can save your face!

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