Monday, July 27, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Happy Birthday Baby S!
July 2014 - 0 Months
Friday, July 24, 2015
It's FriYay and we have just arrived on holiday. Ten hours to do a four hour drive with a nearly one year old, three year old, excitable dog and a husband with flu in the terrential rain - was fun at times (no sarcasm). At one point we were stuck in traffic behind a car with a dog lookibg at us, weAnyway, we are here, I have already seen the sea and everyone is asleep! Happy day 19.
I don't know what it is I love so much about it, but I'm a huge fan of the seaside and I can't wait to live near to the sea one day. I love the nostalgic feel of the British coast and it just feels so relaxing looking out into open nothingness. The seaside anywhere just makes me feel totally at peace. I'm completely relaxed and unwound when I can hear waves crashing nearby. I even love the sea when it's stormy, as long as I am cosied up inside somewhere watching it in the warm and not stuck out on a boat somewhere!
|The beautiful views of the sea on our Welsh adventure in April - pure heaven!|
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Summer, summer, summer, time!
When we think of summer, we think of cool drinks, lazing by a pool, looking super chic in some 'Jackie O' style sunnies and of course - a tasty barbecue with friends and family. It's no secret that I love HomeSense, it's my grown up treasure hunt store and I seriously need a bigger house to fill with more goodies! HomeSense have an amazing holiday range in store at the moment, with all the summer essentials from beach towels, sunglasses, deck chairs, you name it, if you need it to chill out this summer, you will find it in the store. The HomeSense buyers scour the globe looking for unique items for you, your home and your travels. It's definitely worth checking out your local store for this summer. I love their bright and sunny collection of super soft beach towels and the (coolest ever) drink dispenser is just crying out to be filled with a delicious ice cold cocktail - mines a Woo-woo please! Check out some of my favourites below;
Baby S turns one on Sunday and we decided to make it special by having a family holiday. We decided to stay down in the West country near Exeter and literally can't wait for the day to come! Typical of us to go away the first week of the school holidays when our kids aren't school age, but I'm sure it will be fun.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
As you may have read in my first post, I am currently taking up the two week Slim Fast Challenge. I have just completed week 1 and thought I would do an update. I will be doing a full write up at the end too, along with a full review of the plan and products provided, but here is how my first week went.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
I don't know why, but I am really attached to my old baby items more than most people seem to be. I've been given clothes by people who have said things like, "I loved mine in that, it was her first dress", or "they were his first shoes". How can people part with these things so easily? I genuinely wish I could. I have a bag of 'never getting rid of, never selling, never to be worn by anyone else' clothes from my son and my daughters first things. I have framed their first shoes, kept their hospital bands, hoarded much more besides than what is probably normal, but I just have such an attachment to it all. I'm kind of the same with pictures too, I have thousands but it's as if deleting anything deletes a bit of them and so I just have a swamped and overflowing hard drive. Easier to store at least than the sacks of clothes!
Oh my. Barbecues are just the best kind of meal aren't they? We've been experimenting this week with some home made healthy kebabs and tonights tandoori chicken and veg were just amazing. Meat tastes so much better from a barbecue! My husband made a cucumber yoghurt dip and chickpea curry to go alongside it. So tasty, my husband is the best cook! Happy day 14 - all about the tasty tasty chicken.
Friday, July 17, 2015
I look back now at the pre baby years and laugh, laugh and kind of want to cry at the same time, a lot. I remember thinking I was so tired. I stayed in bed at the weekends sometimes until lunchtime. I deserved that rest, I had worked hard all week in the office and needed rest.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Losing it: With Slim-Fast!
After I gave birth to Baby S last July, I very quickly realised that I was going to require a lot more energy to cope and keep up with two lively children. I embarked on a weight loss mission which has left me nearly four stone (56 lbs) down so far, which is great. I have however slowed down and come to a bit of a stand still. I think the problem is that I have little time to prepare filling and healthy foods and have been instead resorting to quicker options a lot of the time or even skipping meals at times when baby is crying or her brother is having his eighth poop of the day. I'm in a bit of a menu rut and old habits are slowly creeping back. Quite honestly I have got a bit bored of eating the same old things. I really want to get back on track fully and I am going to have a two week break in which to reset myself, eat an entirely different diet and hopefully bump me past my standstill to a few pounds less than I am now.
I was offered to take part in the two week Slim-Fast challenge and in all honesty it could not have come at a better time. I am so tired at the moment and the idea of not having to think what to eat, other than grabbing a bottle, bar or mixing up a quick shake sounds so good right now! I am a firm believer in eating healthy and filling foods for a long term healthy lifestyle, but I think in the short term to refocus or to shape up for a special event, diets like the Slim-Fast plan are perfect.
Monday, July 13, 2015
I am lucky to be happily married to Mr. Waffle, but what if I wasn't? I have no idea where I would start. I am hopeless at talking to people and I think I would probably have to resign myself to a life alone surrounded by lots of cats! The only way I could realistically find love as a parent is online. I have a few single friends who say it is really daunting meeting new people, especially knowing that you have to drop the inevitable 'I've got kids' bombshell at some point. You have to think of your children too and who really has time (or energy) to visit bars or singles nights once the little ones are tucked up in bed? I know I wouldn't.
What could be better than meeting like minded people, in the same boat as you? I have teamed up with an amazing website, 'Mums Date Dads' - the leading UK dating website for parents, to bring you the perfect giveaway! Three readers (yes three of you!) can win a six month membership to the site, worth £90 each - amazing!
Sunday, July 12, 2015
I was recently asked to review a book from a series and author I have been following recently, called 'Whimsy Wood' by Sarah Hill. The books are illustrated adorably by Sarah Mauchline. The book I received was book number 7 in the series, 'Posie Pixie & The Pancake'. I would say these stories are aimed more at the 5+ age range, but all A's favourite books are, so I was pleased to get a copy in our hands and get stuck in. We love getting new books!
Friday, July 10, 2015
I used to obsessively watch Anthea Turner on her 'Perfect Housewife' programme in total awe. They should totally re-run that show. I watched her fold towels with no edges showing, clean and tidy everything in sight immaculately whilst also looking neat and tidy and smiling throughout. Who is this alien creature?! She really is a wonder woman.
I am far far from the world of Anthea and her perfect paws, but I'll gladly put my hands up and admit to being a hopeless housewife.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
I read a story recently about a couple that had been together since they were eight years old. They spent their lives together in love and died last month just hours apart from eachother whilst holding hands in their death beds. I know, a true love story. One I cannot shake out my head!
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
I thought I would start to share some of my favourite bargain buys as I come accross them. In my eyes things are only a bargain if I feel they genuinely work as well as a higher end product, but cost a smidge of the price!
I was amazed when I tried this new dry shampoo from poundland!
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Monday, July 06, 2015
Saturday, July 04, 2015
We all know how the old saying goes, 'Money doesn't make you happy'. Well I really don't believe that to be true nowadays. I do believe that you can have happy moments that cost nothing; children being born, playing in the park, seeing your baby smile for the first time - to name but a few. All these things are amazing, but money can make things better, it's undeniable. It's not necessarily as simple as 'money makes you happy', but more - not having money makes you miserable.