Thursday, November 26, 2015
Back in 2012 I started a project on Craftbotic called 'Blog Angels', where people signed up to be secretly paired up with another blogger and become their guardian angel for a month, helping them out and spreading the blogging love. Promoting, matching, keeping up with it all became a bit too much, especially as the participants sometimes numbered 200 people. That's a lot of emails folks. It also meant I couldn't do as much of what I liked doing myself, which is using small gestures to spread the love in the blogosphere.
Now in 2015 in steps Jemma from www.dorkface.co.uk to start a fantastic new group of women bloggers who can join up to be part of her #girlgang. If you search this hashtag on Twitter, you will see the explosion of enthusiasm for this project, which is based around creating a positive blogging community and celebrating yourself as a woman.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Since last year I have been telling myself, and occasionally other people that I intend to start vlogging. I have bounced between thinking it could be a great adventure or that vlogging is confined to a 'younger' audience and producer. Are there actually any 'thirty-something' vloggers out there?
There MUST be, and if you know of any, or are one, then tweet me a link or leave a comment below and I promise to come and check you out. My first every video is a little bit about me, three things about me in fact, that will hopefully let us get to know each other a little better. And if you want to join in and make your own #threeaboutme video or turn it into a blog or Instagram post, I'd love to get to know you a bit better too. Just remember to use the hash tag so I can find you easily.
Also if you are not related to me, or one of my existing besties and actually subscribe to my channel....I might love you forever. Just shhhhhhh.....don't tell my husband that I promised that.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Last Christmas I decided it was time that I tried out a new craft and settled on crocheting because they are absolutely mad about it in Germany. Dutifully, my husband provided me with a 'crochet a beanie' kit for beginners and sometime around January I started my hat. Then stopped. Then started again. Swore. Started again. Got annoyed. Enlisted the help of someone who knew how to crochet already. (Thanks Emi, you have the patience of an extra saintly Saint)
Saturday, November 14, 2015
When thinking about Christmas this year, my heart sank a bit, as I pictured my family sitting around the table waiting on a delicious roast only to realise that I wouldn't be eating my body weight in potatoes this year; chomping on a pile of honey-roasted carrots or submerging myself in boozy Christmas pudding. If you caught my posts on Monday and Wednesday , you will already know that I was told that I was pre-diabetic after having gestational diabetes during my pregnancy and that I am officially on a lower carbohydrate diet in a bid to stave off full blown Type 2 diabetes. To the most part, I have come to terms with this, but on special occasions, like Christmas, it is easy to feel like the odd one out. On one hand, I can cope with a couple of really good roasties and I am sure my mum can skip the honey on the vegetables this year without going to too much bother. Where I stumble a bit, is with dessert. Yes. It's once a year and it probably wouldn't be the end of the world if I stopped counting my carbs for a few hours, but having been keeping to my diet, I have realised how sugar affects my well-being and I am just not ready for a two day sugar 'hangover'.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Thank goodness for the internet. Without it, I don't know what I would have done when I received my diagnosis of gestational and then pre-diabetes. Although I was 'helped' by a nutritionist here in Germany, it didn't really go further than 'eat low GI foods', 'keep carbs under 40g per meal', 'exercise', and 'don't drink juice'. These are some of the best resources I have found which have really helped me understand more about the condition and how it can be managed.
Monday, November 9, 2015
This month is Diabetes Awareness Month in the US and for the rest of the world, Saturday marks the World Diabetes Awareness Day. Despite having relatives with diabetes, I am ashamed to say I hadn't given the diagnosis or consequences of diabetes much thought until I contracted gestational diabetes or diabetes during my pregnancy. A very strict carb-controlled diet followed, and as a result and very luckily my baby girl was born without any health problems.
Unfortunately, at my 12 week check-up after the birth, it turned out that I was one of the very few women who got to keep her glucose intolerance and I am now officially 'pre-diabetic', with annual tests for Type 2 Diabetes (which is an inevitability at some point now) and also a very strong warning that I must continue to control my carbohydrate intake, exercise regularly and sleep consistently. Anyone else who has a 6 month old baby, or has ever had a 6 month old baby, is probably wetting themselves laughing right now.