Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Slimming efforts!

Since I last wrote about the diet attempts it has been a bit of a mixed bag of results. I lost a couple of pounds the first week then either maintained or lost a little in the few weeks after that. This week however, after a rather indulgent weekend I put on one and a half pounds. Boo.
We did however have a lovely weekend so it was worth the extra weight!
One of my favourites at the moment is making the slimming world crustless quiche. It's really simple to make, is filling and lasts a couple of days in the fridge. To make the quiche I usually fry a few rashers of chopped up bacon, add this to 5 eggs, around 200ml of milk and a sprinkling of cheese that have been whisked together. Season well, pour into a pie dish and bake for around 20 minutes. Yum.
This is another favourite of ours for dinner topped chicken.
Definitely worth a try.

Save money for your little ones with KidStart

Being able to shop online is a blessing for many of us. Busy lives, demanding little ones or simply not being that fussed about browsing the shops, whatever the reason lots of us are now choosing to buy things online
 It's not easy to put money aside for children's savings with the current high cost of living so every little helps. KidStart is a completely free shopping club which allows people to save money for their children when making purchases online.
It's really easy to get set up and many online retailers have signed up to the scheme. Every time you buy something a percentage of what you spend gets put in your child's savings pot.
I thought it sounded to good to be true but its quite simple. KidStart get paid by online retailers for promoting offers and advertising and the money made from this is used to run the scheme and pay the money collected by members.
Take a look at the following link and get signed up..

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Fat Club

I have been going to Slimming World for the past eight months and have lost a stone in total in that time. Although I'm happy that I have hovered around that stone loss for a while I have had a serious lack of motivation lately to lose anymore.

Today I have been to weigh-in and I have put 1 1/2 pounds on this past week. This does not come as a big surprise given the nachos, the chocolate, the wine etc etc.

I am however looking for a bit of a boost to get the weight loss going again so have decided to look for this in one of my favourite past times...blogging!
 I got my hands on the latest copy of the Slimming World magazine today and that always helps when feeling a bit lacking in inspiration. It looks like the summer issue is packed full of recipes so I'm going to try and have a go at cooking lots of those.

The relationship that us women have with our bodies is a turbulent one to say the least. I am having a fat week this week. Not helped by PMT I feel irritable, bloated and generally a bit of a chubster. This is where the control factor comes into play for me. Because I have fallen off the SW plan bandwagon recently I feel like I have lost control over my diet and I don't like this feeling. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself but I'm terrible for thinking "well I'm having a bad day on the diet anyway so I might as well carry on pigging out!" There is no way I'm going to deny myself a couple of glasses of vino on a Saturday night or a nice meal out every now and again but I'm going to try and change my attitude and get back onto plan quicker after the treat!

Right I'm off to get some chicken out of the freezer for tomorrow's dinner.

I do love a bit of organisation!

Watch this space

Monday, 9 March 2015

London baby...

I have just spent a fab weekend in the big smoke with my lovely mother and sister in law. Hubby and children free, we enjoyed some therapeutic girly time, taking in a show, a spot of shopping of course and a lovely meal Saturday night.

After a peaceful journey on the train we ditched our bags at the hotel and headed to Muriel's kitchen on Leicester Square for lunch. The fella behind was obviously very happy about it being lunch time.

     Muchos nachos

    Lunch eaten we then did a bit of shopping (the m&m shop first for the little uns of course)

  Leicester Square selfie. Is this how the celebs do it?

        Sunshine = cider time. 

On the terrace at the Prnce Edward theatre pre-show.

If you haven't seen Miss Saigon I absolutely insist you quickly put it on your list of things to save some pennies to do. It was sensational. I sobbed like a child at the end because of the massive rush of emotions the performances had envoked and because I simply did not want it to end.

After a bit more shopping and a time out at the hotel we found a great Greek restaurant called The Little Greek Kitchen. Great service, great food, great atmosphere.

Some quality time with the mum and sis was just what the doctor ordered. Christmas pressies well used!

 It's nice to remember I'm not just a Mummy all the time, but it was even nicer to see my favourite faces with big grins on them, waiting for me at the train station when we got home.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Reality tv...

As I'm sure most of us have, I have been following the tragic news of the disappearance of Becky Watts in Bristol. Obviously my thoughts go out to her family and friends at this unimaginably difficult time. Today, I was reading the latest horrific headlines concerning her murder when a little face popped over my shoulder and started reading. I quickly closed the screen and blurted out that it was just a story Mummy was reading, not real.

Of course the tragedy is that the story could not be more real but the thought of our six year old son reading about it sends shivers down my spine. The constant stream of bad news that we see plastered all over the television and internet on a daily basis is enough to make any adult feel depressed and paranoid but how would a child react to it?

It is our responsibility as parents to protect our children from harm and this includes mentally as well as physically. Of course they are bound to hear us talking about bad news occasionally but I honestly believe that there is massive potential to scar them for life if we aren't cautious with the way we read/watch the latest stories.

I was 16 when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers in the USA and I will never forget my Mum's face or words when she picked me up from school...."there's going to be a war". I knew she would never say anything like that if she didn't mean it and that is what scared me. At home I sat with my family and watched the chaos unfold on the television. As a young adult it was important that I was able to watch and understand what was going on but the lasting impact my Mum's reaction has had on me makes me wonder what must go through a child's mind when they see such things.

I don't want my children to grow up frightened of everything. Never daring to step on an aeroplane for fear it may crash, being terrified if anyone coughs or sneezes next to them on the bus in case they have bird flu or any other fears that the moral panic inducing media companies create.

On the other hand I also don't want the boys growing up in an ignorant state of thinking that nothing bad happens in the world we live in. It comes down to age. Innocence is something we must cling to for dear life whilst we can with our children. Happiness is what childhoods should be about and I for one intend on making the most of the time with them when their biggest concern is which friends they should invite to their party or who they are going to marry when they are old (at ages 6 and 3 the oldest chose his best friend and the youngest his Grandpops).

They will have enough to worry about when they are older and have their own family.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015



This past half term I took a trip with the boys to Eureka, the national children's museum in Halifax.
Having been there before I knew it was a safe bet but last time we went our youngest was only tiny so this time it was a completely different experience.
It was space week at the museum and the most impressive thing for me was how enthusiastic and knowledgeable the staff were. Lets be honest, you often expect (and find) that the staff in some of these places are a bit uninterested but this was not the case at all.

We arrived at around 11am, left at around 4pm and still did not get round all of the wonderful exhibits. I see this as a good thing, as once you have paid to get in you all get a free annual pass so we are already thinking about returning.

On the ground floor of the museum we explored all things spacey, including dressing up as astronauts and going on a mission to mars. We also spent a lot of time in the play bank and supermarket and house. For our youngest this was like a dream come true. The boy loves to play with his kitchen and shop and thought the scan your own goods in the fake M & S were particularly exciting. You can write out your own money slips and send them in a tube from the supermarket to the bank, which lets be honest, sod the kids, I wanted to play with. There is also a pretend garage on the ground floor, complete with petrol station and car wash which was very popular.

Talking of popular, I have to say it was extremely busy which we expected it being half term. We were told that February half term is the museums busiest time because of the dodgy weather. Despite this however, we didn't have to queue because we had booked our tickets on line and once we got used to the noise levels inside, the size of the place meant the boys did not have to wait to play with anything.
Upstairs there is the 'All about me' section which included (as above) a giant nose to explore. Seriously, what more could a boy ask for? This was the section that I think we would start in next time because we had to rush it and there was just so much to look and do...for children and adults alike!
There are plenty of indoor and outdoor picnic areas (including on an old train carriage) and my experience of the cafe from our first visit prompted me to take our own food. There was nothing particularly wrong with the cafe it was just very busy and rather expensive.
There are play areas outside to the side of the museum and to the front and next time we visit it will hopefully be a bit warmer so we can make the most of those.
All in all, definitely worth a visit. I would say it is ideal for children aged between three and ten. For the three of us it cost around £35 which for a full day and given you get an annual pass also I thought was very reasonable.

Friday, 13 February 2015

The Twilight Zone...

This parenthood malarkey is a strange beast. When thinking about having children or expecting your first bundle of joy how could you possibly ever imagine what trials and tribulations you would be facing on a day to day basis?

Does anyone else sometimes feel like they have woken up in the twilight zone?

Today's highlights have been....

- Attempting to get ready for work whilst the usual toddler meltdown was in progress
- Explaining that the youngest child does not need to wake up in the night because I'm quite certain Maleficent doesn't come into his room
- Deciding to try a new nursery drop off tactic and epically failing
- Doing some work
- Asking a woman in a shop if she had anything that could help us create an Australian landscape in a shoebox
- Stopping a cat from eating a hamster
- Being asked the following by the oldest child: "Mummy can you email me with a I love you or something." That boy breaks my heart on a daily basis
- Crying with laughter whilst trying to wipe youngest child's bottom because he is such a character
- Sneaking a peak at the oldest boy writing his 'secret book' whilst in bed.
 - Listening to them chat away and sing to each other whilst in their bunk beds
- Tell them to stop calling each other stupid whilst in their bunk beds.
- Pouring myself a vodka and diet coke and reflecting on the strange events of the day.

How dull our lives must have been before June 2008.