Living in England

So born in Sutton Coldfield, I was born in to a happy home with my Mum and step-father in A little place called Streetly, life was good, lovely big home, big garden for me to play football in, great school life. It was kind of a village, but more built up. I wouldn’t quite call it village life. 
At the age of 9, my mum and step-father separated, so me and my mum moved. We went a mile and a half down the road to an area called Great Barr. It was OK, but more busy, and I didn’t like it as much as where I was bought up.

As the weeks, months, years went on, I made friends, understood that I could still school in Streetly (luckily) and still stay friends with the same kids. I’d ride my bike up to Streetly, catch the bus or walk, stay out until late at night, sit outside the butchers in the street just chatting until it was time to catch the bus home. 

All of this felt safe enough, I was mugged once of my phone and necklace my dad had bought me, but soon got over it and carried on. 
It was also safe for me at 15 to catch a train from Birmingham to Leicester alone, it still feels that way, as I’m seeing kids much younger travel from place to place alone. I often look at kids that age and wonder if I really looked that young back then…
Anyway, back on track..so I was then 15, me and my mum wasn’t getting along, and it became apparent I should move in with my Dad. I moved to a small town in South Birmingham called Shirley. This felt OK, again, much different to the previous two places I’d lived, but sure I’d adapt soon. 

I did, my dad still drove me 13 miles to school and back, he’d pick me up from my friends in the evening, and I even got a job cleaning a hotel…

Again, theres always a nobhead to ruin your great experiences and throw snowballs at you unexpectidely…as they were children, you cant really throw back just incase the snowball has a pebble in and you end up going down for murder…so “f*** off you little s***” seemed more appropriate.
Anyhow, again, circumstances arose, and I ended up moving to Leicestershire with my boyfriend. We lived way into the countryside in a lovely bungalow in Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough.  It was stunning out there, cottages everywhere, a lovely little pub, with cowhide seats and the smell of a burning log fire, even in the summer nights, I’d move back tomorrow if I had the chance.

 
A lot of Leicestershire is completed by gorgeous countryside and villages, ive lived in Blackfordby also, a bit too quiet for me, but again a beautiful location. 
Moving again, 2 hours down the road to a town called March in Cambridgeshire, at the age of 24, I could appreciate different places more than I used to. We lived right on the river Nene, I’d be sat in the living room watching the boats go by, and the cyclists going past on their little bikes with baskets on. All felt a bit strange, I felt this was completely different to living in the Midlands. I loved it here. 
Two years on, we moved again, yes…again! Just a 15 minute drive down the road to a tiny village called Manea. Now this was a gamechanger, it had one small, overpriced village shop and a little pub..I struggled to adapt. It was also oil ran instead of gas, which was all a bit odd too. We have a tank in our back garden that you could only describe as a round submarine with no windows. After two years of living here, I’m now comfortable. The village school is great, Ive made lots of great friends, and tge country views are to die for. Perfect for running! Manea kind of reminds me of one of those American films, where people go storm chasing and the land is completely flat for miles. 
I’l pop some links below to some of the areas I’ve lived in..some good, some bad… 

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Love, 
Hannah SC x

How I like to relax… 

My down time…
Usually appears around 7pm, i would have the children asleep by 6.30pm, then light a candle, pop on the Channel X playlist on Spotify, maybe kick back with a magazine and chill..

If I’m not listening to music, I’l be catching up on the Kardashians, i love my Kardashians! I like to make sure I don’t eat after 7pm too, if I do, it’s usually cheese to go with the odd glass of wine. Il have around 3 glasses a week, if I’m feeling awake enough by the end of the day, being up at 6am daily really isn’t my cup of tea! If I’m not drinking wine to chill out in the evening, I’m more of a squash girl, I hate hot drinks, so soft drinks are more my thing.

My new favourite candle by a mile has to be my new one from Imperial Candles… Not only does it smell beautiful, has two wicks and look gorgeous on my bedside table, but it also has a hidden piece of jewellery inside too which I can’t wait to see. Honestly, believe me when I say,  it smells AMAZING! 100 times better than my usual Yankee Candles too. 
A lot of people like to say a nice, home pamper session is their way of relaxing, I’d say that’s effort, and I’d much rather just lay, and do nothing! My cat always keeps me relaxed too, I love my Kitty cat 

So yeah, go relax, let tomorrow be tomorrow and just enjoy a quiet Now!

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Losing Lb’s and Loving Life 

 

So before asking you guys for your favourite fitness tips, I’m going to enlighten you in the past week of my changing life…
So I recently started having a crazy week of feeling motivated again after falling off the fitness wagon. I’ve made a few changes in my diet, my excersize regime and my life in general. I woke up on Monday (now Thursday) thinking, I’m feeling amazing today, time to change my lifestyle. And since then, I’ve lost 5lbs, yes..5lbs in just 4 days! No special pills taken, no detoxing teas, just a healthy diet and excersize.
I’ve started running for 1 hour each night, and eating a regular 5 meals per day, 2 of which are Ultraslim Chocolate Shakes from Tesco, with snacks like apples and cheesestrings in between.

Out of Slimfast, Atkins and Cambridge diet Shakes, Ultraslim are by far my favourites, and no, this isn’t a sponsored post..I’m just telling you what I love about the foods in my diet. If you have a sweet tooth, and don’t like the bland taste of regular Shakes, these sweet Shakes are for you. I have mine with Rude Health Organic Gluten free Almond Milk…The best!!

And that’s it, that’s how I’ve shed 5lbs in my first 4 days..

Now all I need to know is, how on earth do I make my butt perky without the squats, I want YOUR tips on some different butt workouts…
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Love,

HSC x

New Love for Max Factor!

I was recently asked to help out with the #BEMOREYOU campaign for Max Factor. I was asked to try a different look on myself using their products to see what I thought..Now as most people know, I’m really not one to dramatically change my look, especially when it comes to makeup. I like to keep my make up nude, Nude eyes, Nude lips, and a dewey, Nude skin tone nude everything! 

So with the campaign, I decided to try more of a pink shade blush, I used Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve Pink, available from Boots at £8.99. I never use Pink blushes, but this really bought out my cheeks, and gave a lovely blushing, summer look. 

Im not a fan of bold coloured lips, again I like to keep things Nude, so to mix things up a little differently, I applied Max Factor Pink Brandy 825 lipstick, £6.99. On top of this I added Max Factor Colour Elixir Lustrous Sand, £7.99.
As I’m always whacking on the fake tan, I decided to give it a miss, and go natural and use a foundation to match my natural skin tone, Max Factor kindly matched me up with Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation Natural 50, £9.99. 
And the best thing is. It’s all 3 for 2 at Boots! So to have a good make up collection doesn’t have to break the bank. As I dont usually use Max Factor, I know how expensive professional make up collections can be, but now I’ve tried something new, I may struggle to part with my money for more expensive products knowing these are just on my high Street. 
To view the full campaign, visit my Instagram page Hannah Smith Chilton 
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Eating clean & sticking to it

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Yesterday, I had my health check on joining Alpine Health Club, it was honestly, the most detailed health check I’ve ever had. I had sticky things stuck everywhere to check my fat/water/muscle I had blood pressure and lung checks, the results were scary..

My lungs and heart are both working perfectly, but I was extremely dehydrated, and had very little water in my system, and this worried me as I thought I’d been drinking enough water…I hadn’t..and this was the reason why my eyes felt so dry, I’ve been tired and just feeling generally sluggish.

So last night before bed, I drank 850ml of water, and woke up feeling refreshed and ready for my day. I started the day with some Alpen Granola and a cup of Pukka Cleanse Detox Tea.

Sugar has always been my downfall, I crave sugar, I have a sweet tooth rather than savoury…I’m one of those that would rather have ice cream for dinner rather than an actual meal. This needs to stop, and reading ‘Sarah Wilson I quit sugar for life’ has been such a good example on how I can actually quit sugar. The positivity from Sarah appears as a natural trait, I can’t wait to read more and carry on with a sugarless diet.

My advise on keeping to your diet, or healthy new lifestyle would be, keep a diary, a detailed diary of how your days been, how much you’ve craved your bad foods, why you didn’t choose to eat them, why you feel good or bad, and learn from your own diary. Think of where you would like to be in 12 months time, how fit and strong you want to be, and most of all, what mood you want to be in. Food is one of the main causes of what mood you are in..eat bad, feel bad..

So eat well, feel well and change your bad habits. I am!

Changing My Ways

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So over the weekend, I have been having a good think, maybe over thinking, but I have definitely come to a conclusion, and I hope that it’s the right one. When it comes to diets, I have to wait for the time to come to me, I can’t just say, “right, today I’m going to eat so well, and become a goddess!”, that just doesn’t work for me. So I wait, and all of a sudden wake up without a fat persons appetite. Today’s that day, for some reason, I woke up with a major craving for cucumber, so thought I’d mix it in to my water for the day.

Cucumbers amazing, it’s a superfood which explains a lot. It is rich in fiber, which will keep you feeling full. It’s an antioxidant, it works wonders for your skin, and helps your brain function normally too. So here we go, I’m gonna try this…

Oh my God…

I usually hate fruit infused water, as I think it’s like having a soft drink without the sugar…yuk. But this is completely different, super refreshing and tasty., and obviously I know mentally that it’s not a sugary fruit, so I’m not expecting the sugary taste. My new fave drink…

So I’m sure this can only help my weightloss journey. I’m not planning on losing weight on the scales, as I want to build muscle too, to be strong and fit, and it’s hard for some people to understand this when they ask how much weight you are losing..when they look at you in disappointment because you say you’ve lost 2lbs in your first week, don’t be disheartened, you know you feel better and stronger and that is all that matters.

Mentally, over the past 12 months, I have wanted to see every positive aspect of life, and drown out any negative energy. This means eliminating negative people from your life, luckily I’ve been able to do this without offending too many people. You may find Facebook to be the most negative place possible, constant upsetting posts pushed in your face daily from people passionate about things that you aren’t or don’t want to see. My solution, the ‘unfollow’ button, they don’t need to know your not following them and you don’t need to press that harsh ‘unfriend’ button, tadaa..problem solved.

Now you’re just left with the actual humans..the ones that moan, the ones that judge you out loud and make sure you know about it.
My solution…let it go in one ear, and out the other! There’s billions of people in this world, you are just one, everyone is different, we all have a dream and need to follow it regardless of what others think or say.

So that’s my positive note for the day, I have many changes to make starting from today…so go get drinking those cucumbers, and be positive!

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Mums That Design

So after being in our home for nearly two years, now is the time to start making a house a home. The joys of having children, mean that your time is often taken up elsewhere, and things you could do easily before are no longer so simple. So Friday, while my eldest was at school for the day, Danny, me and little Hunter headed to B&Q. 


  At the minute, I am obsessed with grey, silver and pastel shades, so I thought my luck would be in as this is all the rage right now. I thought wrong. I was so undecided, we couldn’t pick a wallpaper, we couldn’t choose a paint shade. So here I am, looking through Ideal Home magazine looking for more inspiration. 


 Again, instead of looking for paint shades, I’ve become distracted by a few bargains. A deck chair, which would suit my garden perfectly, £20, IKEA. A beautiful large, scented candle, £6.99, H&M. Just little things like that, make me want to head straight
to the stores.


So if you do find your children are holding you back from being stylish, think again, wait until it’s their bedtime, or even let them help, sit back, and inspire yourself with a magazine, shop your favourites online, and let the shopping do itself.


It’s just the decorations you need to get the daddy’s to do.