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CHANGING MY MINDSET TO CHANGE MY LIFE

2020 has definitely been a testing year and a year of life lessons & I for one am determined to take as many positives from it as possible. I’ve always been a worrier and a people pleaser and have suffered … Continue reading

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OWNING A CAVACHON DOG & HOW IT’S CHANGED MY LIFE

Around 4 years ago my husband Tony & our children Isabelle & Max were constantly nagging me to agree to us getting a puppy, but I really wasn’t keen. Tony was brought up with dogs, but I wasn’t and, although … Continue reading

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HELLO SEPTEMBER 2020

Well it really is back to reality with a bump this month. Belle and Max are ready to go back to school, I’m back teaching in the studios & Tony is back in the office 3 days a week. He … Continue reading

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SKILLS I’VE LEARNT IN LOCKDOWN

On Thursday 19th March we were told schools & businesses were closing and we all had to go home. As a dance teacher and owner of a Theatre School I had to make the heart breaking decision to temporarily close … Continue reading

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POST LOCKDOWN BLUES

Life is slowly starting to get ‘back to normal’ or, the most said phrase of the moment ‘the new normal’ and instead of feeling happy about it, these last couple of weeks have left me feeling rather flat. When I … Continue reading

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RICK STEIN’S FISH

FALMOUTH, CORNWALL We were lucky enough to spend a few glorious days in Cornwall this Summer & even more lucky to be there when the beautiful weather appeared. One of the things on my wish list was to dine at … Continue reading

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ERIC’S RESTAURANT

HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE This year Tony & I celebrate our 17th Wedding Anniversary and our restaurant of choice was the fabulous Eric’s in Lindley, Huddersfield. We’ve dined here many times before and it never disappoints, this time was no exception. … Continue reading

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BACK TO CENTER PARCS – OUR HAPPY PLACE

We’ve been going to Center Parcs annually since Isabelle was a baby and we all love it. It’s always been a lovely break away for us along with our holidays abroad and it’s given us so many wonderful memories as … Continue reading

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A WEEKEND IN BEAUTIFUL CORNWALL

As lockdown restrictions began to lift, I was still in the thick of having to run my entire dance school online with no light at the end of the tunnel. There was a midway point where I definitely had Zoom … Continue reading

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SMALL CHANGES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER

Once I reached 40 I was determined to make some permanent changes in my life! Suddenly at 40 you feel like you should be a ‘real grown up’ and certain things you may have done or put up with in … Continue reading

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PERMANENT CHANGES I NEED TO MAKE FOR THE BETTER AFTER LOCKDOWN

It has certainly been a strange past few months for everyone! Covid has brought with it heartache, stress, worry, loneliness, financial hardship and many other repercussions that will materialize over the next few weeks and months. But people never fail … Continue reading

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HELLO JULY 2020

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH 1. Lots of evenings in our new Lay z spa 2. More freedom to see family & friends 3. Glorious weather after a very wet start to the month 4. Family time family time … Continue reading

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MY BEST LIFE ADVICE

I love podcasts whilst I’m driving and I’ve recently discovered Grazia Life Advice podcast which interviews women with something to say and asks them to pass on the best 6 pieces of advice they’ve had and the one worst piece. … Continue reading

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WHAT I’VE LEARNT IN LOCKDOWN 2020

I’m good at boosting people up when they’re low I’m a good listener Family time is beyond precious Some changes in lockdown have been for the better and I’ll be sticking to them Just how important it is not to … Continue reading

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HELLO JUNE 2020

Two months in lockdown and although it’s a horrendous time for so many people I am definitely taking a lot of positives from it too. Learning new skills, family time and a slower pace of life definitely has huge benefits … Continue reading

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MAKE EACH DAY COUNT

If the time during the Covid 19 lockdown is teaching me anything it is to ‘Live in the present and make each day count’. These are difficult and unprecedented times but there is also a lot of good to come … Continue reading

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WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD? AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS – WEEK 5

DAY 30 – MONDAY 20TH APRILAnother Monday and the start of another week in isolation! Today the kids school work re commenced much to their annoyance but I’m glad as it brings some structure back into their lives.Not a bad … Continue reading

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MY LIST OF EVERYTHING

MY CAN’T MISS PODCASTI’m loving podcasts at the moment and I’m currently enjoying Giovanna Fletchers ‘Happy Baby Happy Mum’, Ferne Cottons ‘Happy’ & Frankie Bridges ‘…….. MY CAN’T MISS TV PROGRAMMEI’m a bit of a TV geek and I have … Continue reading

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THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD TRY AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFE

THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD TRY AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFE With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s important to stay focused, positive and motivated. I’m doing this in many ways to make the most of … Continue reading

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MY GUILTY PLEASURES

MY GUILTY PLEASURESIn a world that is so fast paced and everyone is so busy its so important to take the brakes off now and again. Everyone needs time out to spend with friends and family but it’s also important … Continue reading

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MY BEST LIFE ADVICE

MY BEST LIFE ADVICE I love podcasts whilst I’m driving and I’ve recently discovered Grazia Life Advice podcast which interviews women with something to say and asks them to pass on the best 6 pieces of advice they’ve had and … Continue reading

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20 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020

20 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020 A New Year is always a time to reflect on the previous year & look forward to plans and goals for the coming year. Resolutions are like writing a book, what will the next … Continue reading

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ME AND MY BELLE’S NEW WEB SITE

Hello to everyone, I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas! I’ve not been able to blog much recently as I’ve had my website redesigned which I’m thrilled about. I’m just getting used to the new way of blogging on this … Continue reading

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19 THINGS I’VE LEARNT IN 2019

19 THINGS I’VE LEARNT IN 2019 Family time is the most important thing period! I’ve discovered a complete love of writing Being a parent gets easier and harder as they get older!  My passion for travel is just as strong as ever … Continue reading

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ISABELLE & MAX’S ANGEL TREE

It was a few weeks before Christmas 7 years ago when Isabelle thought she would like to do something that year for children who weren’t as lucky as her. She’d seen a Christmas Advert by the Salvation Army and it … Continue reading

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MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY

MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY I’m extremely lucky as my memories of Christmas as a child are all wonderful ones & my parents always made sure Christmas was a fun, & happy and all about family time. As I got into … Continue reading

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MY FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

MY FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS Like most families we love our traditions at this time of year. Sadly it’s the first year neither of my children believe in Santa, (although now we’re only a few days away from Christmas Max has … Continue reading

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MY NEW WEBSITE

Hello to my lovely followers and welcome to my new website for meandmybelle.com  For one of my birthday gifts my lovely husband Tony and kids Isabelle & Max arranged to have my website re designed and re branded so I … Continue reading

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MY PERFECT DAY

MY PERFECT DAY As much as I love dressing up & going out, as someone who leads a very busy life my perfect day would be a Sunday at home with my family.  Being the business owner of a Theatre … Continue reading

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20 STEPS TO A HAPPIER YOU

20 STEPS TO A HAPPIER YOU Before you can make anyone else happy you need to make sure you are. It’s important to look after your own needs so you have the energy for everyone else’s. 1. Take some time … Continue reading

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