I love this photo from half term. It’s whooshed past so quickly. I can’t quite believe it’s gone already. The 6 week countdown to the Easter Holidays has begun.

We always fill our weeks with lots of things to do, it just means they zoom by. The kids go from one #activity to the next. They have after school clubs, boxing, football, swimming, drama and cubs after school. Friday is the only day they do not have anything booked in. It’s so manic.

Before I know it Saturday is here again and I’ve not done anything significant. I guess I’ll have to make my Saturdays full of significant things 😂. Who else thinks the week go by too quickly at the moment?

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We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me! #familytime is just perfect. 
We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

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When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

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Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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Lose your baby weight at home

Having babies adds pounds but, as we all know, gaining weight when you are pregnant is the “healthy” thing to do. In fact, professionals recommend that women eat 300 more calories a day when pregnant to gain sufficient weight. Of course, after we have the baby, the weight stays on and we find ourselves struggling to lose pounds and feel normal again.

You can renew your gym membership and work out with a friend. But let’s be honest, once you have a baby, finding time to hit the gym is going to be harder than before you were a mother. If this isn’t your first baby, then your time is probably more compromised. That’s okay though, because there are several things you can do right in your house or flat that can aid in your attempt to skim off a few pounds.

As much as we care about fitness, we care about yours and your baby’s health. Please remember to consult your doctor before you attempt any drastic weight loss measures, especially if you are breastfeeding.

Eat Healthy

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This is something everyone should be doing all over the world if their goal is to be healthy. That said, it is even of most urgency that you make sure the food you put into your body is healthy because your little one will be feeding off of you. If you eat unhealthy foods, the milk you produce will be unhealthy for the baby.

Get Your Hands Dirty

The best way to eat healthy is to cook for yourself. That way, you know what goes into your meal and where it came from. We realize not everyone has time to cook, if that’s the case, choose only healthy foods like organic frozen meals or takeout from a local health food restaurant.

Start a Garden

If you are someone who has the time to create their own meals, you can raise you healthy meter a few inches higher if you grow your own greens and vegetables. The fact that some people don’t have the yard to plant a garden hasn’t escaped us. If you are one of those people, you should check out these Aerogarden reviews.

Growing your own vegetables ensure that the produce you cook is free of pesticides and other toxic substances. The most important thing is to eat your veggies, get enough healthy proteins, and add some dairy if you can for the extra calcium.

Exercise with Baby

Now that you have a permanent companion, at least until their first day of kindergarten, take advantage of this cute work-out buddy and do some activities together that will burn calories. Or when baby is napping you could integrate a HIT session into your work-out, like Herbalife advise.

Strap Them In

If you just wrap your baby to your chest while you move around the house to use the vacuum cleaner or sweep up a bit, then you are adding weight to your movements and that will help you burn more calories, not to mention all the extra snuggle time your baby gets with you. You can make a game out of it and talk to your baby while you work.

Dance with Them

Another way you can spend some quality time with our baby is to dance with him for a little bit every day. Just a little bit will help you add some needed exercise to your schedule.

Dancing is just one of the activities you can do around your house with your baby strapped to you. Be aware that you shouldn’t do anything that will jostle or shake your baby too much. Once your child grows older and can hold her head up by herself, then you can be a little more adventurous.

Go For a Walk

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Walking is a nice and easy way to burn those calories without putting too much pressure on your body. It’s also another great activity you and baby can do together. After dancing, take the baby out for a walk. Pushing a stroller and getting yourself out of the house and into the fresh air is a great way to start shedding those extra pounds.

Get Your Rest

Sleeping might seem like the opposite thing you need to be doing if losing weight is your end goal. But, we are here to tell you that getting a good night’s sleep is just as important to weight loss as eating healthy and getting exercise. When you sleep well, your body metabolizes calories and fat loss is boosted. Resting will also help avoid the feeling of wanting to snack.

Stay Hydrated

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Drinking enough water is another weight loss tip on this list that applies to everyone, not just women who just had a baby. Yet, when you are a new mother you are also realizing how dependent this little gift is on you and it’s normal to want to do everything in your power to keep them healthy from the start.

When you are breastfeeding, it is in your best interest and the best interest of your child that you drink enough water. The standard goal is eight 8 oz. glasses a day, which is four pints. When we say pints though, we mean water, not from the pub. Water is a life force that we need, and getting enough has been proven to boost weight loss time and time again.

Conclusion

These tips are just a few out of the long list of ways to help you lose your baby weight right in the comforts your own home. Plus, each of them offers quality time with your new child and whichever you choose, spending time with your baby is the ultimate goal after all.

 

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