Moving to the big city of London can be very daunting, lonely and incredibly stressful. Here are some tips to make the move easier so you can get settled into your new life.



1) Find people to help you pack
Packing up can get tedious when moving house so find as much help as you can.

2) Get a removal company
Make sure you get various quotes from removals companies to take the stress out of navigating your belongings around the busy streets of London. Removals London will know where they are going and they will make life much easier for you.

3) Get a great location 
Look for a house or flat that's close to travel links such as the tube or a bus stop. Find an area with local shops that also has a bit of greenery for escapism too.


4) Make sure you have a job
The cost of living in London can be much higher than the rest of the UK so make sure you have a stable job to meet your mortgage or rent requirements.


5) Make new friends
London is a big place which can feel very lonely. Try and join clubs or arrange to go out to places with existing friends/work colleagues in order to meet new people.

6) Know your way around
Try and practice your commute before you actually have to make it. Know alternative tube lines, bus lines etc. Download apps on your phone to show you times and routes.


7) Get into a routine
Try and get into a daily routine as soon as possible so you can enjoy your new life. 

8) Don't forget to still be a tourist 
There are so many wonderful places to see and visit in London. Try and do one at least once a week.

*This is a collaborative post*



Elvi was a brand that I had not heard of until I was contacted by them to see if I'd like to be sent some clothes from their collection. 

Elvi ooze style and luxury whilst ensuring their designs look gorgeous on all shapes and sizes. They believe all women should feel special, fashionable and above all included. 

As soon as I browsed their website I knew they were unique. Their pieces looked exquisite.

I chose 3 different dresses. All 3 were long and they were all different.

The first one is a throw-over in a colour I adore which is copper. It's a perfect colour for both winter and spring. I wore it with nothing underneath so it looks more like a dress but it could be worn with clothing underneath for a more daytime/casual look. It's currently on sale so grab it while you can.




Next up is my favourite dress of the 3 I was sent. I think given the right accessories it could be worn to a summer wedding. The floral print is just beautiful. It unfortunately isn't online anymore. 




Last up is a bohemian style dress. I think I should have worn it with a belt around the waist line but I couldn't find any of my belts to fit me. It would look perfect with a pair of boho style slouch boots.





The have some fab new styles for the new season. My favourites pieces are below (all pictures taken from the Elvi website):



This longline funnel neck jumper is ideal for transitioning from winter to spring and worn with leggings or trousers and ankle boots.


I love the detailing of this denim dress. It's so unique. I've not seen one like it on the high street.



The colour of this shirt is divine and just makes me think of spring when I look at it.


This dress is great for pairing with ankle boots for a smarter look or trainers for a sporty day look.

Have you heard of Elvi? What's your favourite from the pieces I've chosen?

*I was sent 3 dresses from Elvi in exchange for this blog post*







For many centuries, humans only ate real foods. There were no additives, chemicals or preservatives that many processed food contain. No one could ever claim that processed foods are good for you and although they might be convenient, the fewer of them you consume the better your health will be. There are so many reasons why real foods are better for you, and here are just a few of them.

Vitamins and Nutrients

Unprocessed foods are high in vitamins and nutrients. Eating a varied diet will give you everything you need, with some real food having more things in than others. Nuts are especially good and just one Brazil nut a day can provide all the selenium you need. Just avoid the roasted and salted varieties to get the most benefit. Fish, lean meat, fruit and vegetables should all be part of you diet.

The variety of meals you can make with real foods is endless, and you can add extra flavour with herbs and spices, which all have their own health benefits. Erbology is a site that will inspire you to try some of these such as sea buckthorn, black seed, milk thistle or rose water.  It also explains how each one can contribute to your health.

Sugar

If you want to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease or obesity, avoid processed sugars. The natural sugar found in fruits, for example, is less concentrated and mixed with fibre so will do you much less harm. In fact, it can be as bad to have too little sugar as too much, making the sugar from real foods ideal. This will help to keep your glucose levels as they should be, making it easier for you to stay alert and energetic.  


Fibre

Fibre is a crucial part of our diets and some real foods are packed with it. Fibre helps to keep you feeling more satisfied, so you are less likely to overeat.  It is also good for your digestive system and metabolic rate. It occurs naturally in whole grains, avocados, and blackberries, which are all high in fibre, as well as in many other foods. This is a much better way to get the amount you need rather than eating processed food with extra fibre added.

Healthy Fats

Everyone needs some fats in their body, but having the right sort is important. Naturally occurring fats are fine. Things such as olive oil are good for the health of your heart and coconut oil has been shown to help with burning body fat weight loss.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon, herring and sardines. Nuts, seeds, and avocados also have good fatty acids in them.

Real Foods – The Healthy Option

There are so many health benefits from eating real foods that many people just do not realise. They contain antioxidants, which will help to reduce the risk of disease as well as keeping your skin looking younger and healthier. They are also good for your dental health and generally will keep you in better condition.

*This is a collaborative post*



Welcome back to the Be in the Picture weekly roundup. Once again there were lots of wonderful pictures shared on instagram and I struggled to pick just a few favourites. I could have featured so many. If you missed the last roundup you can catch up with it here, Be in the Picture 7.


For those of you that haven't heard of #beinthepicture, it is an instagram hashtag that myself and Alana from Baby Holiday created. It is designed to encourage you to get in-front of the camera as opposed to behind it. I used to always be the one taking the pictures and I was never in them myself. 

You can use the hashtag on any pictures that feature you whether that be fashion, parenting, travel, with your partner etc. You name it, we want to see it.


This week I've decided to feature some ladies on their own who were rocking life and work.


First up is, Zenaida Bocian who sends some great advice for anyone struggling who says to push through your obstacles and you can make yourself proud. She had lots of images I could use too so I'm sure you'll be seeing her on the roundup again soon.



Next up is Emily and Indiana who managed to deal with something that had set her anxiety and PND off with a smile on her face. Keep going lovely mama, you got this. 




Lamb and Bear is the ultimate mum boss. She runs her own business making clothing and accessories herself. This is her with her gorgeous latest design. 




Next is Laura Sidestreet who was talking about her positivity for a new month and how she's looking forward to spring.




My favourite image from my own feed was one where I discuss the fitness goals I smashed in January which was an amazing achievement. That also brings me to tell you about another Instagram hashtag community I have started which I will also feature on my blog. #freetochangeforme is all about pictures of you achieving or attempting to get through your goals for the year whether that be fitness, cleaning, journaling, meal planning. I want to see them all so please join in.






You may remember me talking about goals a few images back and how I think it’s ok to set them. Well here we are almost at the end of January and let me tell you what I’ve smashed already this year. Hard work and dedication pays off in more than ways than one. First up I’ve dropped a dress size after my Xmas binge. Smashed it ✅ I’ve taken a minute off my 1k run time. Smashed it ✅ Lifting heavier weights. Smashed it 🥰#✅ But most importantly I’ve stopped my antidepressants and I 100% credit that to my new lifestyle. Exercise has given me a new state of mind. It’s made me strong, fearless, powerful and above all happy. The endorphins it releases are amazing. All credit goes to my awesome personal trainer @elliotwill_pt at @creazionefitness . I may be scared of him, he may sometimes be scared of me but I am 100% feeling better than ever 💪🏻💪🏻 #freetochangeforme #lbloggers #beinthepicture #welshbloggers #fitfam #fitnessmotivation #positivevibes #fbloggers #wiwt #ootd #asseenonme #stylediary #fashionover30 #mumsthatslay #mumdresscode #mumsthatshop #sharewithnext #nextofficialbrands #moodliftmarathon
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Make sure you join in with #beinthepicture over on instagram and also follow it to see everyone's pictures.


If you're looking for ways to revamp your garden then why not try one of the new garden trends that have been predicted to be big in 2019. Trends such as crazy paving, wild flowers, metals and bright colours have all been suggested to be making their way into a garden near you this year. 


We are desperate to change our garden and we've been searching the internet for inspiration. At the moment it lacks character and it is uninviting. We may hire someone who specialises in gardening services to come up with a make over for us. We hardly spent any time  in the garden last year (even though we had a wonderful summer) because we never felt comfortable in it. Our garden is chaotic and is not the relaxing, enjoyable space that it should be.

The trends that have stood our for me that I think could work for us are the following:

Crazy Paving:
Different textured paving and stepping stones are predicted to be a big hit with people using irregular shapes and sizes as opposed to symmetrical ones. We already have patio in our garden but we're considering more at the back area so we'll be looking at various garden quotes. I'd like some stepping stones between the two areas to join them up.


Wild Flowers:
I've always been a big fan of wild/loose flowers. I think they look beautiful. I also think they create a rustic look. I'll fully admit I'm useless at gardening and maintaining any flowers/plants we own so this year I think we'll look for a gardener help us with the upkeep.


Bold Colours:
This trend excites me as I think bold colours in a garden can give it that Indian summer feel. I'll be placing yellows, oranges and reds in our garden to create warmth. This will also be reflected in the colour of flowers we choose to plant too.


Do you have any of the above trends in your garden? What would you suggest to do to a garden to give it a new look?


*This is a collaborative post*

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