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Travel, Wellbeing

36 hours in Alicante, Spain. Aer Lingus

June 5, 2017

If you spend more than five minutes on my blog you will know that travel is a huge part of what makes me tick, that along with my family life, prosecco,  coffee, fake tan and box sets.

When you break down my happy places into little parts they will, when put back together, resemble a puzzle packed with stories about experiences which have shaped my life and my career.

So, when the chance to add to my travelling experiences came along I was delighted to be spending some time in Alicante Spain. Continue Reading…

Wellbeing

Spotlight of the month – Ian McKeown

May 2, 2017

I have been hunting Ian and his expertise down since the blog started over two years ago!

Ian and I played hockey for the same University and when I met my husband a few years after Uni it turned out he also knew Ian from playing Ulster U21 hockey together. Continue Reading…

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What I learned from my 15 day detox – free recipe ebook

April 18, 2017

Photographs by Jayne Lindsay photography at Pineapple studios Belfast

This detox was set as a challenge (my husband’s idea, not mine) for personal reasons not related to weight or to body image.

If you want to see before and after shots of me then see my postpartum posts here and here.

Basically I wanted to feel better and to give my body a chance to cleanse after what feels like a year of drinking wine whenever I want, consuming a bag of fruit gums or sports mixture every other day. Or at least that’s what it felt like.

I just wanted a change and with most things in my life, I tend to go all in or not at all.

I wanted discipline and I wanted to see how it felt waking up on a Monday morning not having had even one glass of red wine the night before while watching Luther .
Side note – have you watched Luther? It is the scariest darkest programme I have possibly ever watched. The main character is played by Idris Elba who is just gorgeous. Perhaps that is what keeps me watching rather than the intense storyline that I tell my husband keeps me addicted!?! (I have a boxset blogpost here if you are like us and watch them from start to finish then have NOTHING left to give but a gapping black hole where your box set once lay). Continue Reading…

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Claire Davies Kelly – 12 marathons in 12 months

April 7, 2017

Welcome to the “Five minutes with…” feature on my blog. A showcase for raw talented folks in the fitness and wellness industry.

Claire started out as a follower of my wellbeing instagram account which I later merged into my business one to keep everything a bit more streamline. Her ability to run marathons fascinated and impressed me!

Furthermore, like me, Claire has three young boys so we instantly bonded and haven’t looked back!

Claire lives in Scotland but the beautiful world of social media keeps us in touch regularly, if even just to send each other pictures of our Friday night wine and box set in front of the tele, or, to cheer each other in our fitness journeys.

Enjoy the inspiration and fun Claire oozes with her practical and honest approach to life. Continue Reading…

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My mental wellbeing + FREE gym passes

February 22, 2017

My postpartum body is a topic I didn’t think would become such a part of my blog but the lovely thing about this space is that I don’t have to adhere to sponsorship deals in order to get the “right content” or to say a certain brand a million times over.

I can follow my audience and showcase my own journey so you in turn get to know me, a little bit about my family and my business.  Continue Reading…

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Expert of the month -Hayley Peoples

February 4, 2017

It’s been a while since we had an expert of the month feature on the blog so it is great to be back with smiley and motivatiional personal trainer Hayley People.

I first met Hayley when she worked with one of my best friends Holly (who I have mentioned on the blog before ) in a clothing store in Belfast.

As far as I could see Hayley was always in great shape. It has been refreshing and insightful to read her story about becoming a personal trainer and changing her lifestyle. She works with clients on the PT front and also teaches reformer pilates which I have yet to go to but know I will LOVE!

Anyone Belfast based fancy doing it drop me an e mail and we can book in together. Continue Reading…

Featured, Wellbeing

How to make exercise work for you. 9 steps.

January 28, 2017

The picture above I am on one of the new pieces of equipment in my gym, David Lloyd Belfast. Wearing a Better bodies outfit.

It comes as no surprise to my regular blog readers that my life revolves around a few simple things- God, my family, my friends, travel and without a doubt exercise!

You can read about my health and sickness journey here.

One of the main influencers for the name of my blog was my Darling Granny Edna who passed away a year ago this week. She was, unlike myself, not a gym addict but she lived well.

By that I mean she didn’t drink alcohol ( at least not during my lifetime.), she picked salads over carbs (not that she would have seen it that way. Her love for heinz salad cream over scallions, cucumber, iceberg lettuce and garden tomatoes ran deep) and she drank lemon and hot water every morning along with her porridge which was steeped from the night before (she was on the bircher overnight oats before any of the rest of us!).

Perhaps living consciously with regards to my health is in my genes, who knows? Either way I love it and I’m passionate about sharing my journey with you.

Now, let’s talk you!

I am so aware that social media has bombarded you with “new year new you” slogans and “get fit quick” diet plans or exercise routines.

I’m sure I am not the first to break it to you – There is no quick fix. Continue Reading…

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Guest post- Dietician Mary Jane McCluggage

October 25, 2016

Having professionals on the blog is so special. I love hearing about new products, learning techniques and gleaning information from those I am fortunate enough to meet through this little space in the blogosphere.

I had the pleasure of bumping into Mary Jane at the North coast over the Summer.  She talked with such passion and knowledge that she didn’t stand a chance of escaping my offer for her to feature on Darling Edna! (Sorry Mary Jane)

Before I hand it over to Mary Jane, I want you to know that I am SO excited for what she is going to bring to your table. Advice, gentle guidance and clear cut facts that you can take away today and live by.

Enjoy.

Mary Jane Continue Reading…

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Why the scales don’t count. {My postpartum conclusion}

October 16, 2016

I can see the eye rolls as this post airs.

Finding itself disappearing into the plethora of “postpartum blogposts ” and “weight doesn’t matter” memoirs.

Nonetheless, I have my own audience and ultimately I am speaking to you my dear friend.

Women who have stuck with me through this journey of self discovery, who have engaged with me and sent e mails or texts about their own struggles.

Those of you who stop me in the shops to say you started a kettle bell class after seeing my video, or made the decision to commit to two instead of three nights a week pilates classes when you realised it’s just not possible to do it”all”.

I love being surrounded and inspired by women like you, in my repertoire, who consistently let go of the need for the “perfect body” as defined by our air brushed society.

Seeing self worth as a better guide than any scales or numbers on a machine – you my darling are who this is for. Continue Reading…

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Weekly wellbeing 12.10.2016

October 12, 2016

Aly’s elephant print from the new abstract collection can be found and bought here. It is special edition and comes in two sizes.

Well this is a turn of events.

My weekend wellbeing turned into weekend winners to now not even airing on a Sunday, and is now called weekly wellbeing!

But that’s just how life is over here right now.

I have been thinking a bit about this blog and it’s purpose over the past while. Often reminding myself that business, as with most things in life is seasonal. So, my busy period with art will pass no doubt when I establish working with my assistant/ helper Stephanie in the studio. Non hurried Time in my kitchen will once again reappear and rest won’t take as much of a priority when the baby grows a little bigger (ok, it probably will never take less of a priority, but you know what I mean.). Continue Reading…