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Living with and coping with anxiety can feel like, and mean something different to everyone, rearing its head at different moments in life – often feeling like a full force body swerve to the mind that you’re not expecting. It arrives often with no warning, without invite, and certainly isn’t a one that anyone chooses to have hanging around like a purple cloud of smog just slightly out of reach that you can’t quite put your finger on.
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I needed some proper R&R. My aching body was crying out for a long luxurious massage. My mental health was in a state of despair after weeks of struggling to power on through the trials and tribulations everyday life as a wife, mum and business owner with a varying strain of the God-awful Ozzie Flu gripping to my weary bones. My overnight sojourn to Rudding Park Hotel and Spa just 10 minutes outside of the spa town of Harrogate In Yorkshire could not have come at a more perfect time.
I love a spa. I love everything about it: the unashamed decadence of spending time doing very little other than unwinding, I love the treatments and most of all I love lounging about in a dressing gown. I would happily travel a few hours to a decent spa. But let’s face it, it’s better to spend as much time RELAXING as possible (rather than schlepping up and down a motorway) so when Ringwood Hall Hotel opened a luxe looking spa practically on my doorstep it was very much on my Girl About radar.
Ye Olde Bell must have been listening to my prayers, because it felt like I had literally won the golden ticket when they got in touch inviting me for a kid-free spa weekend. Jaded by pregnancy and the whirlwind of baby twins, I had literally been waiting for a weekend like this for a what seems a lifetime. Relaxation, pamper, food, wine and a good nights’ sleep. I couldn’t help but set high expectations for what Ye Olde Bell was going to offer me.
Nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, a mere 15 mins from my front door, is a hidden gem – My Little Farm Spa. Picture the scene: a crisp, bright morning; the winter sun shining its little hat off and me driving down a farm track surrounded by sheep mooching about in frost tipped fields. Glorious.
Girl About Travel
If – and it’s a big if – you’re not yet tied to school holidays, September is the month to get some summer sun in the Northern Hemisphere. If you are, click away now; if you’re not, you’re in for a treat. The seas are warmer than earlier in the year, the peak holiday crowds have gone home and you’re more likely to find a bargain hotel room or villa than in July or August.
We first travelled with Evelyn at 11 weeks old to Greece and since then we’ve been on numerous galavants up and down The Med. This summer we took her to Olu Deniz in Turkey for 11 nights. It was so different from last year. Evelyn’s no longer a baby and loved playing and splashing. We definitely have a water baby on our hands. I always find it handy to read what other people found useful on holiday so I thought I’d do a quick round up of the things that we have loved and couldn’t have done without.
Book a stay at one of these glamorous glamping sites and you’ll experience all the wellbeing benefits that come from camping, without actually having to camp. Get back to nature, enjoy the fresh air but only pretend your roughing it – comfy double beds, cosy wood burners, hot tubs and warm showers await, with our pick of the best glamping sites in the UK
GIRL ABOUT WELLBEING
“Never burn bridges. Today’s junior prick is tomorrow’s senior partner.” Although the film Working Girl has now delighted an audience spanning three decades, it appears the office is still rife with trust issues. For those of us trying to get onto the career ladder, the effort to establish mutual understanding and dependability is so important.
This September, it seems Oxfam are trying to make ‘second hand’ on trend. Ironically in the same month as London Fashion Week, they are asking people to say no to new clothes for 30 days and shop second hand, taking the pledge for Second Hand September. On their website, they state that every week, 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s unsustainable. It’s also ridiculously shocking.
It’s fair to say that the last few months have been the worst in my life. Not an ideal introduction for one of my first posts as the official ‘Girl about East London’, but I thought it was important to share with you so you understand a bit more about my ‘why’.
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Whilst on holiday in Turkey, menemen omelette was one of my favourite meals to have at lunch. I’ve recreated a healthy alternative with only 200 calories per serving and Evelyn loves it too! It’s a perfect lunch that you can make the night before and warm at work- or a quick, easy and delicious tea!
I had a bit of a late awakening when it came to halloumi. For years, all I knew about it was that it squeaked. Squeaking cheese? No, I’ll pass, thanks. However – there came an occasion, what, about a year ago, when I was feeling particularly bold and tried it at a BBQ. I believe the phrase is ‘game changer’…
Hands down the easiest chicken pie recipe you will ever find, and the whole family loves. Even my babies wolf it down!
MEET THE EDITOR – LYNDSEY
Wife to Mr T, mummy to Ted & Ferne and Founder & Editor of Girl About.
Our mission is to create a platform where women across the UK can represent their own city or region on a national level and tell their stories to a country-wide audience – lots of local blogs making up one giant platform of reviews, recommendations, recipes and real-life stories.
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