For The Love Of BLOG – #20

Hello and welcome back to another #fortheloveofBLOG or just a big fat WELCOME if you are new here πŸ™‚

Last week I was hosting on my own but this week my gorgeous lady, Claire from The Pramshed is back! Yay! We missed you πŸ™‚

Another working week has rolled round and it’s Saturday once again. The week’s are just flying by or so it seems to me anyway!

How has your week been? Any good news to share about your blogs or any good news in general? Leave me a message in the comments box below!

My week has been busy. I’ve been to the gym a few times despite having sore knees. I visited the doctor on Wednesday about them because I was worried I had done myself some serious damage! Mortified doesn’t quite sum it up when he informed me that actually my quad muscles (thighs to you and I) are just exceptionally weak and so my knees are taking all the brunt force of my running. Oh God. I’ve been advised to stop running and build up my muscle strength in other ways and then to try the couch to 5k. I suppose everyone has to start somewhere but I can’t pretend it wasn’t a bit disheartening. So if any of you gym bunnies have any advice for me on how to build up the strength in my legs then let me have it – I need all the help I can get!

Blogging wise I’ve been a busy bee. Last week saw the Huffington Post feature my post on women and ambition – Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word. Bitch Is and off the back of that post I’ve landed a series of interviews with a number of high profile, high achieving females, which as a wannabe journalist is so exciting for me!

My first interview is with the award winning Emma Conway, better know as The Brummy Mummy of 2. If you have ever read Emma’s blog or watched her YouTube channel then you will know how warm, open and funny she comes across. I’m pleased to report that she is actually like that in real life too! Emma had some really interesting things to say about her blog which may surprise you, as well as her career and the sacrifices she has made with her ambitions as a Mum of two.

I had a second post featured on the Huff Post Lifestyle section this week called Think Your Appearance At Work Doesn’t Matter? Think Again! It is a slightly more controversial read if you do pop across and have a nosey – just warning you!

Did any of you take part in the Tribal Chat Awards on Twitter? They are run by Katie from Mummy In A Tutu and voted for by the general twitterati and other bloggers. I was so honoured to win the award for Most Helpful Blogger! I seriously didn’t expect to win anything so a huge thank you if you voted for me!

Campaigns this week have begun with Jord Watches, Aldi Mamia range, Simply Health and a brilliant little subscription box company called Bright Play Box so I’m excited to get going with these reviews! In general I am really enjoying just writing my own content on the blog and so I have made the decision to only work with brands that really interest me and that I think you guys will love too. That will probably mean less actual work for now but it’s something I’m ok with.

I’ve been having a recap of my blogging goals from July – December and I really need to get cracking! That’s the great thing about writing down your goals like that and sharing them – it really motivates you to push yourself and reminds you where you need to get to. Have you written a similar post or list of goals? How are you getting on with yours?

Linky Stuff

This week my favourite post was A Simpler Life…Escaping The Rat Race by Andrea who writes atΒ Topsy Turvy Tribe. I really related to the frustration with having so much ‘stuff’ and the need to declutter it all and live a simpler, more meaningful life. I find it so inspirational that Andrea and her family just packed up their lives and followed their dreams and this is a great blog to read if you aren’t already. Please do head on over and show her some love.

Andrea, here is your badge. Thank you for sharing your post with us.


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For everyone else here is the badge for this week’s linky – please make sure you add it to your posts and we will love you forever πŸ™‚

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  1. September 24, 2016 / 08:03

    Finally got around to writing another post!! Been a weird few weeks of change but all good and I’m getting excited about he next few !! Christmas and the big firs birthday!!

  2. September 24, 2016 / 09:10

    Wow you’ve done such a lot! That’s so cool about the interviews well done. πŸ™‚

  3. September 26, 2016 / 09:16

    You are doing soooo well with your blog! Super-excited for you…There will be folks interviewing YOU before you know it. So lovely to see you yesterday. It always helps settle my nerves when I see a friendly face and someone who can tell me the reason I can’t seem to get you all in shot in my selfie photo is because I need to turn the camera around on my phone to face us!!!
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    • Fi
      September 28, 2016 / 13:00

      Ah thanks πŸ™‚ So lovely to see you at BlogOn – what a giggle we had. Looking forward to seeing you and your tubigrips again soon x
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  4. September 29, 2016 / 21:15

    Sorry to hear you’ve been suffering with bad knees. I have had issues with mine because of tight quads. For years I thought I had joint issues until my Personal Trainer informed me otherwise. With decent warm-up and cool-down stretching the issue went away. Some runner friends had similar problems. Seems it’s quite a common lack of understanding!

    If you’ve been advised not to run, you could try the bike and rowing machine. Make sure you warm-up on the bike gently for 5 – 10 mins before any exercise. Then do a session on the bike, or move to the rowing machine. They will both build the strength in your quads, hamstrings and glutes. Then at the end do some stretching – holding lower body stretches for 30 seconds because of the muscle size.

    Be careful if you use the rowing machine because you could hurt your lower back. You need to rock from the pelvis and push using your legs (rather than pulling with your arms). It’s worth the time and practice though as it’s a great workout. If you have 5 mins then watch this technique video from Concept 2 (who make the rowing machines in most gyms):

    (p.s. I’m not a fitness professional but have done a lot of rowing and cycling over the years so just speaking from experience…)

    Hope some of it helps!
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