This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

#mummyphotoaday

This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

“We are very excited to...

🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

#mummyphotoaday

Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

#mummyphotoaday

I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

Dining decisions – Sticking to your diet goals when eating out

For anyone on a diet, a dinner invitation can cause some serious panic. Armed with too many menu options and tempting guilty pleasures, dining out can be one of the greatest tests for anyone trying to cut the calories.

Sticking to a diet doesn’t mean you need to be a social recluse or dread the weekly catch up with your mates. You can dine out successfully and enjoy your experience, simply by learning how to navigate any menu. Here are some tips that will help you eat smarter and stick to your diet goals while dining out.

  1. Get Snacking

Eating a light snack, or enjoying a protein bar before you go out, can help prevent you from overeating at the restaurant. It also can help you avoid your hungry tummy pushing you towards an unhealthy option.  

Choose to snack on something that’s healthy and filling, but won’t ruin your appetite before leaving for the restaurant. This could be veggies, guacamole or a handful of berries. With a satisfied belly you are more likely to stick to your diet goals, and save a few pennies on expensive entrees!

  1. Know the Menu

Thanks to websites such as Menulog, you can now look at a restaurants menu before you arrive. If you are picking the restaurant, this gives you an opportunity to choose a venue with plenty of healthy options available. If someone else has chosen the restaurant, it gives you an opportunity to find the healthiest option on the list.

Choosing your meal option beforehand, allows you to stick to your decision and not to become tempted by other items on the menu. Allowing you to enjoy a meal out, without sacrificing your hard work.

  1. Personalise your Meal

Most restaurants are more than happy to offer off-menu replacements for their dishes. This allows you to take control of your meal and calorie intakes. Restaurants can also offer low-fat cooking alternatives, including baking, roasting or grilling.

Don’t be afraid to also ask the chef to hold the butter, skip the sauce, and bypass the oil. If there is a great meal option available but with an unhealthy side, simply ask your server to swap that part of the meal for extra vegetables or a salad.

  1. Ditch the Drinks

Alcohol and other sugary drinks are diet-killers and filled with empty calories. Since alcohol can contribute significant amounts of calories, limiting your intake to 150 calories’ worth is a good idea. This amounts to approximately two glasses of wine, two whiskeys, or one can of beer. For a more thorough overview of calorie intake from alcohol, click here.

Ordering wine by the glass rather than bottle is a great way to monitor your alcohol intake. Setting these personal limits will allow you to enjoy your drink without the guilt, as you stick to your diet goals.

  1. Monitor your Portions

Restaurants can be known to serve mountains of food to their guests. Monitoring your portions when eating out is therefore key to maintaining your healthy habits. If the portions sizes are large, you can consider sharing a meal with a friend, or asking for a doggie bag to take home for a later time.  

Eating slowly and mindfully are great ways of ensuring that you eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Listen to your internal hunger signals, and stop when you have had enough.

  1. Keep the Good Stuff on the Side

Sauces and dressings can add a lot of extra fat and calories to a dish. For example, just two tablespoons of ranch salad dressing adds an extra 140 calories. Keeping dressings on the side and separate to your meal, makes it much easier to control the amount you eat.

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With a little planning and commitment to your goals, you can enjoy restaurant dining while successfully adhering to your weight loss plan.

Bio: Laura Costello is in her final year of a Bachelor of Law/International Relations at Latrobe University. She is passionate about the law, the power of social media, and the ability to translate her knowledge of both common and complex topics to readers across a variety of mediums, in a way that is easy to understand.

 

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1 Comment
  • Wise Ways
    April 23, 2018

    Loads of fab tips there thanks

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