Getting Mum Fit – Ditch the Fad Diets

So as promised I’ve teamed up with Matt, my fabulous personal trainer, and brought you the very first post in my new series ‘Getting Mum Fit’.  

We thought the best place to start would be at the very beginning, at the easiest place, that takes very little effort to change. Your diet.  And by diet we don’t mean Atkins, we just mean the food that you put into your body.   And honestly, it’s been the best part of my journey so far.   So without further ado, I will hand over to Matt. 

Stop with the Fad Diets, You Need to Make These Simple Changes

We all want a quick fix.  And due to the instant access we are used to, we also want the results NOW.

So we get sucked into these crazy diets, cleanses, weight loss shakes and pills.  And some of them may work. But once you stop using them, the weight starts to pile back on.

The reason for this? We haven’t learned to make any changes to our lifestyle.

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Me & Mine – April ’18

Another late post for Me & Mine, can you tell I’m playing catch up?

April was quite the month for us.

We had an Easter egg hunt to kick off the month, I think everyone did by my Instagram that day.

Then a few days later we had a trip to Farmer Copley’s to feed the lambs and snuggle baby chicks for my birthday as I turned 30 at the beginning of April.  I had a few ways of celebrating including a few meals out, a spa day with friends and then Ant threw me a surprise meal too. I was very spoilt and actually turning 30 wasn’t so bad.

After all the celebrating at the start of the month we finally made it to the cinema to see The Greatest Showman, and I mean, what took us so long. It’s amazing!! Continue reading

Me & Mine – March 2018

As always I’m late posting our photo for the Me & Mine project. Honestly, I need to make a system for keeping up with blog stuff. I actually remembered to get the photo but then totally forgot to post it. Go figure.

Anyway, March was a busy month for us. We had so much snow. Like tons of it, which Luca loved because it meant snow days. I, on the other hand, managed to lose my house keys in it which wasn’t so much fun.

I went on a date with Ant to see Paloma Faith at First Direct Arena. She was absolutely amazing!

I also went on a photography retreat run by the ever so talented Sarah Mason, she’s here on Instagram and you should definitely go follow her. She took our wedding photos and is just fabulous and the retreat was A-MAZING. I’ll be writing all about it soon. Continue reading

Getting Mum Fit

As part of my to-do list for 2017, I decided I needed to look after myself more. I’ll be honest, it took me over half a year to actually make a start on this. But I did make a start. I found lots of online exercise plans and researched local classes to join, but I never actually did them.

Firstly, because I just never have time.  I’m a busy working mum and I always had something else to do rather than exercise.  Added to that Ant’s working hours meant even a night-time class was out of the question as I didn’t have childcare for Luca.

Secondly, I didn’t really know what I should be doing. As much as a trampolining class looks fun, what would it actually do for me? I know I love yoga but also knew I needed something a bit more intense than yoga to help me tone up.  After lots, and I mean lots, of deliberation I started to scour the internet for personal trainers. Someone who could tell me exactly what I needed to do and tailor my exercise to me. Someone who could help to motivate me and push me to progress. But then when I started to think about it, the thought of going to a gym to workout made me feel all sweaty and anxious.  Gyms just aren’t for me. Continue reading

Wonderful Chaos does DisneyLand

For Christmas, we decided to treat Luca to a trip to Disneyland. Luca is an only child and has more than enough toys so we opted for experiences this year over toys.

We gave Luca his “tickets” as a final present on Christmas day. I had my video camera rolling ready to catch his reaction, but what a disappointing reaction it was. I think he was just too overwhelmed by everything “Christmas”, and he didn’t really understand what was happening.  The closer it got to the holiday though, the more excited he got until eventually, it was time to go.

We had to get up at 3:30am to get to the airport in time for our flight. Luckily Luca was more than happy with his early start and the travelling and airport waiting was really painless. I thought he might sleep on the flight but he was wide awake the whole time, which meant none of us got a little nap on the way there. Continue reading

Me & Mine – February 2018

So I may have only just posted our photo from January but it’s time for our February one as well.

It’s been a funny old month, we’ve celebrated friends birthdays, managed to get a date day together, visited a museum, dealt with the huge amounts of snow that fell, had lots of play dates and dog walks and Luca had a fab parents evening.

Overall it hasn’t been a bad old month, but it’s been a fast one. I didn’t get a proper photo of us all together this month, mostly because Ant has worked a lot of late shifts at work and we haven’t had days off together at the weekends much. Continue reading

To Do List 2018

So we are already two months into 2018, it’s gone crazy fast and I haven’t had a chance to sit down and work out what I want to achieve this year yet. This is something I’ve been doing for the past 4 years, I make myself a little list of things I want to do. So rather than have resolutions I’m destined to not fulfil and then beat myself up about, I instead think of all the things I’d really love to do. Then I can look back at the end of the year and appreciate all the stuff I achieved.  Anything left over that I still want to do rolls over to another year. It’s an awesome way to really try to tick off those things on your ‘bucket list’. For example in 2016 I fulfilled a lifetimes dream of learning to snowboard. So I’ve pulled together some things I want to do in 2018 but first I’m going to have a quick recap of 2017’s list and what I managed to tick off.

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Me & Mine – January 2018

Let’s pretend I’m not posting this a whole month late.  It’s been a very long time since I did a Me & Mine post. I absolutely love these posts but I either forget to take the photos (which is the whole point in the posts anyway!) or forget I’ve taken the photo and so never post it. I know, go figure.

Anyway, I’m really determined this year (I say this every year) to try and get more photos of us all together. Family is so precious and time rolls on so fast that you blink and miss it. Getting photos of us all together is so important for Luca to look back on in years to come and it is such a lovely way to celebrate a family growing and changing.

So here is my first post of the year. Me & Mine in January when we were having an absolute ball in Disneyland. 4 days of uninterrupted family time and it was absolute perfection.

It was quite simply THE BEST way to start a new year. Hopefully a new year full of all the things we are wishing and dreaming of, and hopefully we may welcome a new addition to the family this year too. Fingers crossed.

The easy way to care for your dogs teeth.

After a rocky start to his life, Ronnie is really happy now he lives here with us.  He seems to be anyway.  And since coming to live with us I’ve done everything I can to make his forever home the best one possible.  From awesome toys, long dog walks and super comfy beds to sleep on to his diet and health and everything in between.

I’ve made sure we are feeding him the best food we possibly can, to keep him fit and healthy.  He is up to date with all his vaccinations and he gets regular baths to get rid of all the mud he accumulates on his walks (who thought a white dog was a good idea?). Also, nobody wants to cuddle a smelly dog, despite how good looking they are.  We’ve also been doing our best to look after those huge pearly whites he has.

Ronnie is still quite young so his teeth are still beautifully white and healthy.  Which means he also has lovely breath, which is a bonus as he’s partial to a sneaky kiss every now and again. I’m sure he knows I hate it. Continue reading

A Stolen Future

It’s taken me a long time to write this post. I started it in September and have come back to it time and time again. I just couldn’t find the words or express anything properly but I’m finally at a point where I think it makes sense. It’s then taken me a while longer to publish it because it’s still very raw and has left me feeling a bit vulnerable but I wanted to post it as I truly think it needs to be spoken about so much more than it is. To help people understand what it is like and for people to feel like they aren’t alone.

It wasn’t long ago I posted about us deciding to try for another baby. We were really lucky that we fell pregnant quickly. I know so many people who have struggled to fall pregnant and have had the stress of months and even years of trying. We were over the moon knowing we had fallen on so quickly and were able to give Luca the sibling he has been asking us for.

We found out really early, mostly because I just knew. I was one day late for my period and decided I couldn’t wait to find out any longer. It was the day we took Luca to Nostell Priory with his friend in the holidays and I can remember the joy and elation both Ant and I felt all day. We wandered around those woods with ridiculous happy faces and our little secret. After a week or so of knowing we started to make lists of names, Pinterest boards for nursery design and plans for bump photos.

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