Best Boot Forward- Habits

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have seen some of my previous #BestBootForward posts. A group of us bloggers, all want to inspire you all to look for the best positive pieces of your lives.

Today we are discussing things that you take for granted and habits that you may need to pack in, or habits that you should be thankful you have. I am a firm believer that if something makes you happy, why quit? Obviously, you need to look after yourself. Your health is paramount but your happiness is equally as important. Finding the right balance is key. Love yourself, love what you do and love your life.

Today’s questions come from the lovely Chloe from Indigo Wilderness. If you want to read more, or better still JOIN IN, check out the #BestBootForward Community on Facebook.

What do you take for granted?

 I am a very appreciative person. I always try to appreciate even the smallest things in life. The health of my children, the wonderful relationship I have with my husband, my beautiful home, my abilities to be a very practical person. I do however believe I take my lifestyle for granted. I am lucky enough to not have to go out to work each day, my husband is the breadwinner and I am a part time ‘lady of leisure’. Yet we live a very frugal lifestyle. We try to spend as little as we can, buying reduced food and using as many reusable products as possible. We do this because we want to- not because we have to. I forget that there are people living in this world who do not have the choice to live frugally- they are forced to. Our frugal lifestyle is a hobby. If we wanted to pack it all in tomorrow, we could.

Could you change a habit to improve your life?

Smoking. 100%. Not many of my readers will know that I smoke. I tend to keep it quiet. However, if you know me from day to day life, it is likely that you know that I smoke. I have a strange relationship with smoking. I can go hours (or even days or weeks- especially in pregnancy) without a cigarette, quite happily. For me smoking is routine. I do the school run and the kids are not around- I pop the kettle on and go for a quick smoke. I go to feed the chickens- and have a smoke. Pop to the greenhouse- smoke. Spending lots of time outside means lots of opportunities to smoke.

I have recently been looking into switching from ciggies to vaping. I have friends who have completely made the switch from smoking to vaping and found the transition really easy! I really need to sit and read The Beginners Guide To Vaping, an in-depth guide to vaping. I need to get to grips with it all as there are so many options when it comes to choosing the right vaporizer. I feel a bit lost when friends talk about ejuices, coils, battery packs and mods. Mind=blown.

What good habits do you have or could you get into? I am really good at making plans for the day and sticking to them! I never used to be like this though. I used to be a push over, I would start the day with good intentions and plans would go out of the window when another option would pop up. Sometimes we just have to learn to say “no”. Something I would never do. I started to refuse to babysit kids, turn down popping out for coffee or even just turning the TV on and choosing the telly over getting stuff done.

I soon realised things had to change, especially once I became self-employed, deadlines had to be met and there was no putting off certain jobs. Yes, I still see my friends and have fun but I am much better now at managing my time and doing the things I want to do, not what others what me to do. I am worried this sounds selfish but my life has certainly improved over the last few months.

Could you ask yourself these questions and put your #BestBootForward? It’s amazing what you can achieve with a little positivity!


Why France Is Perfect For All The Family

With roughly 200 million international visitors per year, France is a leading destination for holiday-goers. In fact, in 2016 travel and tourism came to a value of 198.3 billion euros in the country!

So, France is clearly the destination of choice for people of all ages. And if you’re traveling as a family, it’s a great holiday spot for mums, dads and children. Here’s why…

France for Mums

If you’re a bit of a culture-vulture, France is home to plenty of museums and galleries, attractions, historic monuments and natural areas for mums to enjoy.

Visit the natural history museum, which is perfect for your entire family, climb the iconic Eiffel Tower or admire the exhibitions at the Louvre. For sun-worshippers, head to the Côte d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, for views of the stunning Mediterranean Sea and white sandy beaches. You can also do a bit of people spotting and catch the rich and famous in their lavish villas and luxurious yachts!

France for Dads

Skiing in the French Alps could be a great way to keep the whole family active on holiday. With plenty of resorts available to choose from, you can also try your hand at ice skating, sledging, snow shoeing and mushing.

Whether you’re experienced or a beginner on the slopes, you can find group or private lessons available, which even cater for children from four years old.

For a more relaxed day off-piste, the French Alps and Pyrenees are prime walking areas and there are indoor swimming pools available too. Or, you could sit in front of a roaring fire with a hot chocolate of course.

If you’re a dad who loves a bit of adventure, skiing is a great choice for a family holiday and has something for everyone!

France for Kids

A camping holiday in France could be the ideal way to keep your kids entertained on holiday. With luxurious mobile holiday homes available at Eurocamp’s holiday parcs, your children can get the best of kid’s clubs, water parks and activities like zip wires and waterslides right on your doorstep.

In the meantime, you can relax in the spas, the gyms or restaurants on-site, or explore some of the nearby shops. Plus, France’s most iconic landmarks and best restaurants are all conveniently close to your accommodation. So, you can get the most out of your holiday by seeing the best sights and staying in complete comfort, whilst keeping the kids happy!

If you’re looking for the perfect destination for your next family holiday, head to France. There’s something for everyone when you choose this country for your summer break and you’ll want to come back time and time again!