Time For a change

time for a change
The sun has been shining over the weekend, and we went for a lovely walk Sunday morning. We came home and spent the afternoon in the garden planning tomatoes and strawberries.
The garden is slowly coming along with a path set in place and the gravel is down. BG1 had a lovely time dancing all over the gravel helping the hubby to compact it down. She truly is a little nutter. Sometimes I would go as far as she isn’t really human but some weird alien, but then I remember that I was just as weird at her age (and just as bad a dress sense).
So I haven’t been writing many posts of late, I have been busy with work and un motivated. Plus my laptop broke – yes the one I kept writing about that was a pile of rubbish. I have, with some persuasion from the hubby bought a new laptop. So I am now back online and able to write my posts faster.
My work life is also changing. I handed in my notice at work two weeks ago and now am working at a bar. It is a complete change from working in an office answering phones and emails helping people book a holiday. From now on I will be pulling pints, serving food and looking out over the beach.
It is a change of pace that was long overdue. Since going back to work after my maternity leave in September I have not been settled at work. It felt more of a chore and stressful as the weeks went on. I love my job and the people there but I no longer enjoyed it. It was time for a change.
A few weeks ago, I was offered a bar position that not only offered me more flexible hours and more money but the break and freedom I need. I wanted a more relaxed atmosphere and something that didn’t use up the very few brain cells I have left (mummy brain).
I have been doing the odd shift in between working at my current job until my last shift next week.
It is different, I had never pulled a pint in my life and the first one I did pull was not a disaster which was a nice surprise. But I am not alone, it is turning into a little family business, my uncle has leased the bar. My Mum, Little Sister, Aunt, Uncle and s few of my cousins all work with me.
I am hoping that this new job will lighten mood, work load and give me more time with my family.

I am looking forward to a happier work/life balance.

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15 facts about me

15 facts about me

Sometimes when you aren’t feeling up to writing a huge post or don’t have the time it’s nice to have a few posts to fall back on. I have been slightly slack with my blog lately so I have had to dig out one of those posts. This week I plan on catching up and being more present with my blogging. I have updated my editorial calendar over the weekend to help me get excited about blogging.

Todays post will give you a little more insight into who I am with 15 fun and random facts about me. Not surprisingly many of them involve food!

I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday. A butterfly on my shoulder – so cliché I know! I no longer like that tattoo.

Talking of tattoos, I have 2 others a set of goth wings on my back which after ten years I still adore. Also I have the start of a rose vine on my thigh, I started it for my 20th birthday and then a few days later found out I was pregnant. That was 8 years ago and I still don’t have it finished.

My husband thinks I am completely weird but I love country music. I would rather listen to Chris young, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rodgers and Tim McGraw over any other music genre.

My favourite movie of ALL time is Dirty Dancing.

I cannot stand mushrooms. They are just gross, the texture is just nasty and they ruin any meal in my opinion. So I went and married a mushroom lover!!

My favourite meal is Steak. It was a toss up between steak and pizza, but ultimately steak would win. 9 times out of 10 no of the ladies want to sit next to me at a restaurant because I love my steak rare. Chips dipped in steak juice is juice the best. Now I really want a steak!

I always fall down the stairs. Usually only a the last five or so, and on the odd occasion I have slid down the whole set. For some reason me and stairs don’t mix, I always slip on them. It is usually the ones at my parents house.

I love to sing. Alone most of the time, although my dad used to give me a tenner to sing karaoke at the pub when I was younger.

I love cake! Chocolate cake, coffee cake, fruit cake. If it’s cake I will most likely eat it with the exception of supermarket novelty birthday cakes. They are just yuk!

My favourite holiday is Christmas!

My favourite animals are Gorillas and lions. I tried but couldn’t choose between the two. I am a leo and that has always drawn me to the lion but Gorillas are so beautiful and interesting I could watch them for hours. Although when I was younger Dolphins would probably be in this list too.

My pic n mix would consist of fizzy bubblegum bottles, white mice, giant snakes, toffee bonbons and chocolate raisins.

My celebrity crush is Jared Padalecki.Yum! David Boreanaz, Charlie Hunnam and Joe Manganiello are also close on this list.

My favourite colour is purple. My wedding theme was purple, my kitchen was purple. Everything should be made in purple.

I hated reading books until I bought my first kindle five years ago, now reading is my favourite thing to do.

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My Return To Work After Maternity Leave

my return to work after maternity leave

 

As I sit here writing this it is my week off. BG2 was Ill in the night and was awake from 1am until 4am and I was up again at 7am to get the kids ready for school. Today I have two loads of washing to do and two loads to put away. BG2 needs a bath and the living room needs hoovering. Will it get done? Probably not. I’m tired and have sat down which has sealed its fate from the moment my bum hit the sofa – it’s staying there.

I returned to work at the end of September. I work part time for a holiday company, answering phones, writing emails and arranging UK stays for people. It’s a busy company and we have a lot to do when at our desks. My shifts are every other week so every second week I get an entire week off which is great but it goes far too quickly. The weekend at the beginning of my week off is spent with the kids and catching up on some house work. Once Monday hits and the school run takes over, it takes a day or two to actually return to normal and recover from the previous week at work. By which time we half way through the week and I spend the rest of the week dreading the time getting closer to returning to work. It’s a viscous cycle.

My week at work starts on a Saturday at 8am and I don’t return home until 5pm. Sunday is much the same except I return home at 4pm. Then during weekdays I awake at 7am get the kids ready for school, complete the school run and return home. I tidy the house a little, do some washing and play with BG2. Weather permitting we go for a walk before picking the kids up from school. As soon as the kids get home from school that’s when the rushing starts. I start to make dinner, get the kids in the shower and get myself ready for work.

The hubby returns home and I hastily eat what I have made for dinner before heading to work. In the evenings I work at 5pm and return home by 9.30pm Monday to Friday. Since returning from maternity leave I have decided to cut Tuesday out of my work schedule which was agreed with my manager.

By the end of my work week I am exhausted. Before I had BG2 I loved my job, I enjoyed working and it was easy. Maybe it was because the kids were older and less dependant on me as BG2 is now maybe its because we were living with my parents and had extra hands helping out.

After having BG1 I made the decision to be a stay at home mum and I loved my time with her and cooking and crafting. Once LM came along I knew it was time for me to return to work, I was more than ready to take that step.  Now having BG2 although I want need to keep working I just can’t get out of this foggy funk that has taken over when it is time to head to work.

Having three children is exhausting in its self and then having a busy job on top of that my weeks at work seem to be a haze, a flash moment that disappear.

Since returning back to work the past few month have disappeared and I feel like I have accomplished nothing. I have gotten nothing done. I haven’t baked which I used to do weekly or even cooked a proper homemade meal which I did daily. My blogging has reduced significantly – which is fine I think it was only a matter of time that blogging every day would burn out, blogging two or three times a week is more than enough.

Although some of you reading this may think ‘but she works evenings she has more than enough time to do all of these other things’. Partially you would be right I do have the time to do them however, have you ever had a dentist appointment at the end of the day and you have spent the whole day just anticipating that moment. That’s how I feel about working in the evenings, I anticipate it’s arrival all day everyday and seem to get nothing done.

I feel it is time for a change. I still want to work, I enjoy working. However I need something a little less brain crushing, remove myself from the computer and return to retail. I used to love working in a shop. I used to work in a lingerie shop and you would meet some lovely people. And at the end of the day you could go home and forget about work and focus on the kids.

So this post is a little more rambling than I thought it would be.

Since I returned to work I have felt a little lost and in a haze. It has not been easy going back to work. Maybe with time it will get better. I hope it gets better Maybe with time I will find a new job that fits my change in lifestyle.

How did you feel when you returned to work? Did you make the decision not to return to work? Did you change careers? Where you as exhausted as I am?

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I feel pretty.

I FEEL PRETTY

I think sometimes as mums we loose ourselves at times. We find that we get stuck in a rut of baby puke t shirts, the ‘mum’ jeans no make up and hair barely brushed. Sometimes there just isn’t time for all that nice pamper stuff we used to do before we had kids.

I take my hat off to all those mums that turn up at the school gate with picture perfect make up on, hair do done to perfection – not a strand out of place. Clean clothes without a puke stain or Weetabix mush ground into her jeans. And on time to take the kid to school. I’m not too sure how they do it.

I turn up at the gate walking like a zombie, pillow marks still on my cheek, no make up on, hair all over the place – probably un brushed. I find the most over sized t-shirt I can find (it will be puked on before we leave the house anyway) and put it on over my mum jeans. I often feel and look older than I am.

i feel pretty

It wasn’t always this way. There was  time when I first met my husband, before we had kids where I would have a full face of make up on everyday. In fact I would have make up on all day for work, come home shower and reapply my makeup before I met the hubby late that evening. I would go to bed with my make up on and wake early to fix the smudges before he woke up. I always found time to put make up on.

Now I have no time at all. I would love to have a reason to put make up on and dress up in my best clothes but those opportunities just don’t come around very often.

This weekend we headed to our local shopping centre and into the makeup boutique. It happened to be the first time I have been in there since it opened a year ago. I couldn’t believe the amount of nail varnish colours there were. I left the shop with some beautiful nail wraps. They were inexpensive at 99p, which was perfect as I only wanted to see what they were like before I spent a little more money on some.

I love having my nails done, but it doesn’t happen very often. Every year at new years eve I would make my new years resolution to stop biting my nails. After having my son  I finally stopped biting my nails, I finally had nails to be proud of and could actually paint. But these days my nails take a battering in other ways, house work, washing dishes and nail varnish doesn’t stick around that long.

So when I came across nail wraps I knew that I wanted to try them. They were easy to put on and I added a top coat just in case. Something just as simple as having funky nails makes feel prettier, sexier and more confident. I may not have time to do my make up but I feel less ‘mumsy’ and more me with beautiful nails.

nail wraps i feel pretty

I would love to find the time for putting make up on and getting back to the woman I was before kids, having funky nails is a start in that direction. I’m not saying I can get that old me back overnight, or if I even want that old me back all together. But if I could find a happy medium between being me and being a mum I would be happy.

Do you have time to put make up on in the morning? Have you found the old you again? What do you do to make you feel pretty every day? Let me know in the comments. 

i feel pretty

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My top 10 stylish changing bags – that are not ‘mumsy’

 changing bags

A changing bag.

An essential piece of equipment that every mother has. Let’s face it ladies when you have a baby we can kiss the handbag goodbye and say hello to the practical frumpy ugly changing bag. The handbag get’s pushed to the back of the cupboard for at least the first year of having a baby. Your purse get’s thrown into the changing bag along with the nappies, bottles wipes and everything else that gets crammed in their that is ‘essential’.

Your average changing bag is just plain old ‘naff’. Don’t get me wrong I am currently using the changing bag that came with my pushchair. It’s bright yellow with black leaves over it, it matches the material of the pram but it lacks in the stylish department. The fun and practical department it ticks all the boxes but that style it just doesn’t cut the mustard.

When you become a mum it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming ‘mumsy’. I have, and still am in the ‘mumsy’ stage of having kids. But their are ways we can still have style and be ‘mumsy’ at the same time. Why should we conform to the ‘mumsy’ changing bag as well, isn’t the fact we don’t have time to put make up on or can’t wear anything nice without it having puke stains on it. Thank you babies for that.

It’s time I had a nice new changing bag that checks a few more boxes other than fun and functional. I have searched and these are MY top 10 stylish changing bags that don’t scream ‘mumsy’.

top 10 non mumsy changing bags

10 stylish changing bags

  1. Storsak Sofia changing bag – £250 – John Lewis

2. Summer infant midnight Moroccan changing bag – £34.99 – Mothercare

3. Babymoov style maternity bag – £49.99 _Mothercare

4. Mamas and Papas Parker changing bag – £99 – Mothercare

5. Pink Lining Notting hill tote busy bee £75 – Amazon

6. Storsak Elizabeth changing bag – £199.95 – John Lewis

7. Nova Harley Luxury changing bag Brisbane – £177.99 – Amazon

8. Lassig Green Label Urban Bag – £99.95 – Kiddicare

9. Isoki changing bag – £59.95 – Kiddicare

10. Babymoov glitter bag – £84.99 – House of Fraser

 

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Birthday Date Night – cocktails and all.

birthday cocktails

It’s been a week since my birthday. A whole week? Where did that time go, seriously it has taken me this long to write this post? It’s just been sat there half written for days, but it is now finally finished.

I’m a whole year older!

On my birthday the hubby and I finally got out for our date night. It had been a good 6 months since our last night out together. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. To say the least we deserved a night to ourselves.

spoilt lady

I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to the door they day before my birthday.

Before the evening even started I was presented with a stunning eternity ring by the hubby. It was perfect, delicate yet unusual and so me.

preparation ritual

Firstly I set about finding something to wear on my date. I created an outfit wish list a couple of days before so I knew what kind of things I wanted. I tried on five dresses before settling on a blue butterfly tea dress. The beach gets cold quite quickly in the evenings so I paired it with some black leggings. Then came the dilemma of what to put on my feet. I dug through all the bags and boxes right to the bottom of my wardrobe and pulled out some grey tweed pumps – that I have only worn once in the past three years. With my outfit sorted I proceeded with my make up.

 

birthday date night - make up

 

It doesn’t take me hours to do my make up, maybe an hour at the absolute max – the hubby may disagree though. Tonight was around forty minutes. I set all the items I would need on the bed next to me and had the mirror propped in my crossed legs. I don’t have units in my bathroom or a lovely dressing table I can sit at so this has to do. I turn on the music and prepare my face.

More often than not the kids will make an appearance to dance along to my music or ask “why do you need mascara mummy?” in which I reply “Not everyone is blessed with long beautiful eyelashes like your little man.”

I keep my make up light as we are going to the beach and the wind will cause havoc anyway, I wouldn’t want panda eyes. I even manage to take a few selfies. I hate taking selfies but I was excited about the evening so I gave it a go. They turned out better than I expected.

 

date night - selfie

 

party in the kitchen

Growing up in my house when my parents would be getting ready for a night out, the music would be turned up and we would be dancing and singing in the kitchen. Moments that even now my sisters and I enjoy looking back on. It only feels right that I make this ritual a part of my own families. While in the kitchen straightening my hair LM & BG1 were dancing to tunes I had put on. Me and hubby joined in once my hair was done.

date nigh - couple selfies

lets get the date started

Nanny arrived to babysit the kids and we were dropped off at the beach at about quarter to seven. I don’t know about you but we like to get the evenings started early.

We headed into the bar on the waterfront for our evening meal. With it being the summer holidays and this being a popular bar we expected it to busy. It wasn’t, we arrived early enough to sit at a good table and got served quickly.

The hubby pulled out a chair and I sat in the one next to it. He glared at me, a smile pulling at his  lips.

“I pulled a chair out for you, but okay. There goes my trying to be romantic.”

I laughed, bless he tried and it went straight over my head. I don’t ever remember him pulling a chair out for me before, I wasn’t expecting it. If I had, I would gladly have taken it. Next time he should make his intensions more clear.

I ordered brie wedges and chutney for starters knowing the hubby ordered squid rings so I could steal his too and have the best of both.

Once our main meals arrived the hubby shook his head when the camera appeared to capture the food placed in the front of me. Yet no body else bats an eyelid at my actions because it has become socially acceptable – if not expected – to take pictures of our food and upload them to social media. Or in my case share them here on my blog.

 

date night - food

We didn’t hang around too long once we had finished our meals. We were too stuffed for dessert so decided to wait until later to decide what we would have.

 

date night beach

Hand in hand along the beach

 

date night - hand holding

 

Making our way down to the sand . We began to walk the length of the beach hand in hand edging closer to the sea. I didn’t want to get too close, I envisioned the hubby hauling me off my feet and chucking me in the water. He didn’t though.

 

date night - feet

I tried to persuade the hubby to collect seashells with me and create a heart with them in the sand. He just laughed at me “Why do I have to collect the seashells?” he asked “Because I would get sandy hands if I did it!” Obviously. Instead we drew hearts with our feet.

 

date night - hearts in the sand

We walked a little further and headed up and over the pebble ridge to the other side to see the horses. However they were too far away so we made the decision to head back to the arcades.

 

date night - scene

Walking just the two of us you notice things that you wouldn’t necessarily notice with the kids around. I also had a childish head on and took pictures of everything including:

 

date night - gold statue

Who needs a silver surfer – when you can have a gold surfer!

 

date night cattle grid

 

date night - happy cafe

We passed the happy café – it used to be a toilet block, now it’s a volunteer café for student chefs.

Being the big kids that we are we hurried into the arcade. It didn’t take long to spend all the cash we had. They even had finding Dory grabbing machines. ooooohhhhhh I really wanted one – for the kids of course. The hubby tried to win me one without much success.

 

date night - arcade

birthday cocktails

All day I had in my head that I wanted needed a cocktail. It’s been years since I had one. I decided it was time we started a birthday tradition – The birthday cocktail. Making it absolutely necessary that on my birthday I was presented with a cocktail – sparklers preferred but not essential. So we stopped off at the only bar that served cocktails at the beach.

The hubby ordered two blue lagoons – one of my favourites – for a jaw dropping £12. Where was wetherspoons when you need one.

 

date night cocktail

The wind was blowing and it was getting chilly but that doesn’t stop us from taking our drinks outside to where the waves were crashing upon the rocks.

 

date night tree

While the view was beautiful and the night was perfect, the drinks sucked. I was kind of bummed they tasted like alcohol and water. Not like the blue lagoon I know and love. We should have listened to the warning signs – when the bar staff have to check how to make a drink from a list, it can’t be good.

dessert run

 

date night me

After the disappointment of the drinks we had one last stop – DESSERT. A date isn’t complete without something sweet. Where did we go? I hear you ask. TESCO! Yes that’s right, we walked to Tesco for dessert. By the time we got there the slight buzz of alcohol appeared and I got a little bit hyper – like a two year old on smarties. It made shopping way more fun.

We picked up ice-cream and squirty cream. We already had chocolate galaxy birthday cake to go with it.

Now it may only be half past nine but we were ready to go home. After all it was getting dark, that counts right? It’s normal for mummy and daddy to end the night by half past nine? We waited in the car park for our ride.

When we arrived home from our date BG1 was still up. Once we shuttled her off to bed, we spent the rest of the evening cuddled on the sofa laughing along with cougar town.

We didn’t even eat our dessert, we ended up eating it the night after.

I had an amazing birthday and loved my date night with the hubby.

 

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A Poet I am not!

a poet i am not

I enjoy writing, as do many others. Some enjoy writing daily journals and keepsakes, others write recipes. I love to write short stories for my own enjoyment. I write what I read, and I love a good romance, cliché right? But I do, I am a bit sappy at heart.

Poetry has never been something I have thought about reading. It was always something we did in school. Don’t get me wrong, I used to love poetry in school and could easily come up with a few poems for my English class.

I have been enjoying the rhyming posts of Dawn over at Rhyming with wine and am just baffled by how she does it. Her Posts are mind blowing and clever, and a little bit silly (in the good way of course). My favourite of her posts being *pokes wobbly bits and sighs* Continue reading

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One Month Of Blogging

One Month

 

Where has this month gone? One minute I was taking the first plunge into the world of blogging. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere it’s a month later. I have had a great time in my first month. Since pushing the publish button for the first time, I have pressed it a further 58 times since then.

I still know I have a long way to go and so much more to learn. I have barely scratched the surface in the blogging universe. I still feel lost and haven’t found my blogging flow just yet.

I have been trying out plenty of linky’s – I love linking up with other blogs and having a good read of others content – to see which ones work best for me (is 36 enough!). If I’m not writing a post for my blog, then I am reading someone else’s posts. If I’m not reading other’s posts, i’m tweaking and twiddling with my own blog settings.

Blogging is addictive, it consumes you like a tidal wave. (A bit like chocolate.) I have been sucked in by the community of blogging, the structure. The time that is taken up by blogging alone seems epic.

Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get.

 

I have read many blogs since having children and always wanted to start my own.  A month ago I finally pressed that publish button for the first time. It took me a while to actually press the button.

I had thought about writing a blog back when BG1 was around a year old. But my confidence held me back. I don’t feel as though I could write something worth anybody else reading. I have wrote a few short stories and enjoy writing in my spare time, but only I have ever read them. I am probably my worst critic. I hold myself back, with I am not good enough, as most new bloggers comparing themselves with others that have blogged or been writing for years.

This is me all over, so I spent the years reading and finding new blogs that took my interest not just ‘mummy’ blogs. I would mostly read crafting blogs, author/writing blogs.

Then while in and out of hospital I took to the internet to find other mums in the same situation as I was at the time, with a poorly premature baby. I struggled to find much, apart from a few forums on netmums.

However on my search I came across the blogs ‘what the red head said’ , ‘mummymishaps’ and ‘life with pink princesses’. I was in awe of these blogs. These are the main blogs that really inspired me. The ones that gave me the push that I needed to write my own blog. To not sit around and think of what if’s just do!

I was nervous and spoke with my husband for a while before really pushing forward. I read as much content as I could on how to start a blog. Did it help? probably not, there is so much beyond what reading can prepare you for.

People may think writing a blog is easy. Just write about your day, interest and a recipe or two and your done. Blogging is far from easy, it takes time, commitment and has a steep learning curve.

Not only do you want to write good content that you can be proud of, you want to take good photos to go with that content. It’s learning coding, analytics to make your blog perform better, getting to know your audience. Managing your social media twitter, facebook, pinterest, stumbleupon and more. Seeing more people following your twitter is certainly a thrill – I know!

You mind becomes filled with posts you want to write, everything you do becomes how can I fit this on my blog status.

I am on this learning curve. I want to put my heart and sole into blogging. I am known for starting things (mainly nail art courses, beauty courses, holistic therapy) and forgetting about it a short way down the road. I don’t want blogging to be one of those. I have enjoyed every second creating the content for my blog.

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I may not be the best writer, or provide emotional content to it’s best potential. But I am learning, and trying. Dipping my feet in various subjects of blogging and see what hits home, what I feel passionate about. Because ultimately that is what blogging is, it’s passion. Passion you feel about what you do, passion for your children, passion for your creations. Even the smallest of things you need to be passionate about.

I have learnt you can’t write about every little detail in your life, you don’t want to know that every day at 7.00am I have a cup of coffee with two sugars before feeding the cat her breakfast. Or maybe you do? Either way I am learning what makes good content.

I am constantly learning new ways in all things blogging whether it be coding, new pluggin’s or twitter! It’s a long journey to take when you decide to create your own blog. A journey that I am more than happy I finally built the courage to take.

Putting away the fears of not being good enough, not being understood and just getting on with it. Pushing the fear and lack of confidence aside to make room for fun, hard work, and rewards. Because even though it is hard work and a long process it is so rewarding. That first comment that’s not your mum, your first 100 twitter followers, that like on facebook that isn’t on your friend list. It’s exciting.

 

 

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Over the next two months I want to learn more, and really start to build my blog. I am setting a few goals for over these months to work on, or towards. I don’t want to rush any process, I want to learn the most I can, but I also want to learn it in the time I have. In about two and half months I return to work from maternity leave, I want to know that I will have my schedule, my process in place so I can fit my blog into my working life easily.

 

Here is my goals for the next two months:
  • Build my social media following. Twitter is slowly growing and even though I had not used twitter for personal use it is my stronger platform in terms of blog use. Facebook needs working on as do pinterest, stumbleupon and the others.
  • Make my blog appealing and user friendly.
  • Gain more followers, get my email list built.
  • Learn to use my DSLR properly. Take my camera, even if it’s just my compact and get using it regularly.
  • Interact more with other bloggers. This will be the step I will find most difficult. In the back of my mind I will always be criticising myself, is that a silly comment, what shall I write in my comment, is it good enough.
  • Get organised. Make an editorial calendar.

 

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My Happy List #1

The happy list

I have not been blogging for very long, however I have been reading blogs for a little while now. I see many bloggers posting a happy list. Whether it is weekly, monthly, yearly, whether they post about things they generally love, things that have made them smile. A happy list is a place of positivity. When your feeling blue or under the whether you can make a happy list to cheer yourself up, to remind you of the happy times you have been through.

I love reading these posts, and that’s why I have decided to start writing one. I am undecided at this time whether I will be posting a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly happy lists, we will see how it goes.

Let’s begin, with the things that make me most happy, the things throughout the week that have made me smile and the things I am grateful for and have loved.

My happy list.

  • Reaching 250 Twitter followers! I started using twitter shortly after staring my blog. Like my blog I didn’t have a clue how twitter worked so I am amazed I managed to get that many. I am more than happy with that.
  • BG2 grabbing my face and slobbering over it. I’m sure she is trying to eat my nose, but I’m going to pretend that she just has to kiss me that badly!
  • BG2’s face when trying peach and mango puree for the first time. She has only just began with new flavours, she is still unsure about this one.
  • Chocolate! This one may end up in every happy list I make. I don’t need to explain it, it speaks for itself.
  • LM’s cuddles. At the most random of moments, the most unexpected of times he will wrap his tiny arms around me, give me a kiss and simply say ‘I love you mummy’. I never take this for granted. One day he will have a surge of teenage hormones and won’t want to be seen with me.
  • To have the kids sleep in my bed. LM was poorly last week and spent most of the evenings in my bed. This is my favourite time to stroke their head, and watch them sleep so peacefully. With them snuggled up close to you.
  • BG1’s Randomness. She can be anywhere or be doing anything. She will stop, give you a look and then do her very unusual, very unique dance. You can’t help but laugh at.
  • My phone calls with my Friend. My friend moved away quite some time ago, we now only get to see each other a couple of times a year. We have a great bond and some unusual things have happened to us. We try to talk on the phone every couple of months to catch up. She called this week, we were only on the phone for an hour and half this time though. We can easily spend four or five hours on the phone, I think our record is around six and half hours.

 

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.

It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

~ Ashley Montagu

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I did not forget today

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You will all be glad to know I remembered it’s non-uniform today for BG1. Naturally, the theme for today is red, white, and blue so she is wearing her new red patterned dress. Although I struggled to get the motivation to get out of bed on time, we still managed to run on time. BG1 also decided to inform me that she needed to take some food for a picnic today just before we left the house. Thankfully I have a stash of chocolate fingers in the cupboards left over from half term.

At my shopping trip Wednesday, I did indeed find some union jack themed plates and cups for a Queen’s birthday tea.

LM and me are making a trip to Asda to get supplies for the tea party Saturday. Strawberries, Grapes (the kids don’t like blueberries) and cream teas are a must. We also need a new supply of sticky notes as LM has found mine and is enjoying sticking them on everything.

Tonight the hubby is laying the base for the patio ready for tomorrow; therefore I am baking some sugar cookies in the shape of crown’s for the kids to decorate Tomorrow. However if the rain comes , like the weather people have said then he won’t be able to get the patio done Saturday and we will have a grumpy daddy on our hands.

We may also have a grumpy mummy if her laptop carry’s on being so slow. Time for a new one I think. Maybe if I’m lucky the hubby will get me a new one. it’s taking me a life time to load anything.

Roll on the weekend, I know its going to be a messy one this weekend. But it’s now time to feed the baby and walk to Asda, I do hope the rain stays away until we get back.

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It’s time to get real and lose weight!

 

Lose weight

I need to! It’s time.

It’s time for me to start shifting this weight. I look in the mirror and am disgusted with what I see. I’m at least 2 stone over my comfortable weight and probably 4 stone over my should be weight. But I am struggling. While I was pregnant with BG2, I lost a stone and was at my comfortable weight of 12st just days after giving birth. I felt great and looked as great as I could after giving birth. My double chin had gone and the muffin top had reduced.

However, it didn’t last long. During my pregnancy, I had gone off chocolate, just the thought of eating it made me sick. It was the same when I was pregnant with BG1 too. Usually I am a chocoholic so it was natural that I would lose weight. However, after giving birth and returning home 10 days later that craving came back with avenges.

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I am not proud to say it; I am pretty disgusted with myself. I had started to eat a large bar of chocolate everyday sometime two. By large I mean the £1 bars you get in the shop for like 114g bars. This was most days probably 5 out of the 7 days in a week. I knew what I was doing, I could have stopped myself but I didn’t. So in less than 4 months after giving birth I had piled on 2st. Pretty sure I have this backwards! Aren’t you supposed to put the weight on while pregnant?

I have slowly been trying to quite the sugar however that craving is still there. I find myself buying chocolate and eating it (in one go) just for the sake of it. Of course, once that sugar surge hits my body I just want more of it.

I don’t want a really strict diet; I still want to be able to eat my big evening meals. However, I need to get into good habits, reaching for the fruit bowl instead of the chocolate isle.

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Now the warmer weather has arrived now is the time. The salads are becoming a more favourable option and the chocolate just melts anyway.

So I am posting this here, holding myself accountable in the hope it gives me the boost I need to shift the weight.

2stone is my goal. I will post updates on how well or not so well, I am doing. I don’t always weigh myself but this is more about trying to eat less chocolate and more healthily than losing the weight.

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Un-organised mummy award

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I had one of those mornings this morning. The morning of rushing around, and being a total un-organised mummy. Therefore I have officially declared myself the un-organised mummy award winner of the day.

After yesterday’s morning went so smoothly, I was organised, affiant and calm, I was optimistic for this morning. That is until my 6.30 alarm went off and I knew I was going to be running behind. Usually I wake up at 6am, to prepare BG2’s bottle. I set an alarm to remind me that this is the latest time I can feed her so we can all be ready on time.

That did not happen this morning. I slept past my alarm and didn’t get to feed BG2 until 7am this is usually when I get the other two kids up for school. Today they got up at 7.30. Now usually on a Thursday or Friday this is okay, as LM doesn’t have school so I don’t have a packed lunch to make and I don’t usually have housework to do.

Today though I had a huge pile of washing that needed to hang out, and with BG2 now starting weaning she needed her breakfast. So this morning was a rush to say the least. I even changed my outfit twice because I wasn’t happy with it. However, after all the mad rush we left the house on time to meet my sister in law and her boys like we do every morning.

One of my Nephews is in reception and also has the ‘Queen’ visiting today same as Little Man however he was dressed in smart non-uniform. I had not been told it was non-uniform nor had I seen the notices (which I tend to miss often as I have a pram I don’t go through the nurseries front entrance where the notice boards are).

Great I thought another day LM would look the odd one out, most of the time there is a theme day like superhero’s LM does not want to dress up and is usually the only one.

We got to school and I realised LM has a change of clothes in his bag. We changed him into his minion t-shirt (not very smart for a Queens garden party, but hey!).  He didn’t look so out of place. That was until he decided he wanted to wear his school uniform, so we got changed back into his uniform, typical LM loves his uniform.

To make things worse and to prove how un-organised I was this morning and how much I deserve the un-organised mummy award we also forgot LM’s crown to wear to the party.

I’m sure the school staff will make him a simple crown but that is far from the point. When it comes to making things for the kids and special theme days, I am usually not so un-organised.

Note to self: BG1 has a non-uniform day Friday to celebrate Queen’s birthday!

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