These two made the most out of the limited amount of snow this morning. They scraped what they could off of my car and had the tiniest snow fight. Then walked the school run with icy cold fingers and soggy socks!

I then had a #quiet dog walk, lapping up the weather. I do love the snow. The route I chose was not the best as half of it was sloshy mud and poor Snoopy kept limping as the ice was clumping to his paws.

I stopped for a break on the dog walk, at a tea shop and had tea with a friend. I’ve never done that before. I’m not sure if the dogs enjoyed it but even they got a treat which was nice.

After school was slightly less calm; poor Noah had a terrific accident at lunch and collided with the playground. He has a swollen knee, grazed hip and elbow and a swollen mound on his forehead. He went to bed feeling rather sorry for himself. Bless him.

It terrifies me when the kids run on concrete. I wish I could bubble wrap them up sometimes!

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These two made the most...

It’s Wednesday again. I’m not sure how. But it is. I love this shot of the kitchen in our #home. We’re renovating a 1960’s house that had, from what I can gather, original kitchen, bedroom carpets, the oven looked original when we moved in too. You can see the before and after images on my blog, under the our home category.

I love that we’ve made the kitchen space brighter. Painting the doors have made a huge difference. We need to get the tiles off the wall, get a new worktop and splashback for our lovely oven. It currently has an old orange extractor fan and it looks horrendous. I’ll show you the awful sight in my stories!

We’re starting work on the utility room soon too, our new floor tiles have been ordered from @harveymaria. They are beautiful and I’m 100% sure they’ll do the original 70’s style tiles justice! Can’t wait to see it all.

Do I go for white walls or colour?

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It’s Wednesday again. I’m not...

The kiddies requested a Maccie D’s style breakfast for dinner 🥞 - so I made American style pancakes, with sausage and maple syrup.

They had 6 pancakes each and demolished the lot. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I wish they ate all meals with such conviction but peas and parsnips clearly don’t float their boat!

Not the best photography! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had no time to take them as the kiddies couldn’t wait any longer.

Who else has pancakes only for their meal on Shrove Tuesday? I have to have pancakes. Happy to have a savoury one as long as I get a sweet one too! 🥞

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The kiddies requested a Maccie...

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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We had a lovely day...

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 🤣

Has anyone else had a busy Saturday? #mummyphotoaday

It’s been a day of...

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

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

Mummy Fitness: Finding the right activity for you

Fitness isn’t something I am really passionate about, it’s more that I know I have to keep fit and I want to feel more self confident. In order to do that I want to feel comfortable in my skin and I currently do not. I wouldn’t wear a Bikini anymore. I wouldn’t wear cropped tops. I struggle to feel nice in outfits unless they hide my tummy area. So, with a bid to try and do something about the parts I am not happy about I have picked up on my fitness. Finding the right activity for me has been a long journey though!

What is the right activity for you?

Finding something that suits you is quite a tough thing in itself. I found that running long distances or in a racing capacity didn’t make me happy at all. I dreaded running when I was trying to run for longer and longer. Why do something that makes you unhappy? So I stopped. But I stopped running altogether. Since having the kiddies my weight has fluctuated a lot and I am now the largest dress size I have ever been, due to my tummy area. So, I know I needed to do something.

Exercise

I thought long and hard about it; what do I love? I love convenience. I love fun. I love small goals. I really enjoy HIIT exercises as it breaks the 20 minute exercise into 40 seconds and 20 second slots. Which for me, feels quicker and allows me to countdown the exercise so I feel like I am accomplishing the smaller goals as I go.

I love the trampoline and when I discovered my local trampoline park do exercise classes I signed up quickly. It is a 45 minute exercise class and it goes by really quickly as it’s fun. I feel like a kid again bouncing along doing the exercises!

I have started doing my HIIT runs at lunchtime too, for me it is a great way of trying to get some exercise and giving me something to think about when I run. Otherwise I get bored and want to stop. So, I give myself a half an hour time frame and I monitor my heart rate so I push my heart rate to a high rate, then let it drop. It is a great way of incorporating the HIIT rules into a run, which I can do in my lunch breaks. It’s something I am actually enjoying, so that is a great win for me.

Trainers

Finding the right fitness fashion

Not only is it important to find the right activity, but it is important to find the right fashion to suit the fitness too. You need the right leggings for example: I have flexible ones for trampolining as they do not fall down – I can jump to my hearts content without a worry. I have leggings with pockets for when I go running, so I can run with my phone and I know it’s safe. I use it for taking photos along the runs or monitoring my path (if I am running somewhere new).

Finding the right trainers can be tricky. I wanted something that looked fashionable and had that comfort support for my feet whilst I was doing the high intensity training. FitFlop are my go to for comfortable footwear and I love the fact they do trainers. These Freya suede trainers have a chunky heel so they give me a little bit of height but that is really comfortable to run in too.

Freya

They are made using a Microwobbleboard (what a great word), which means it looks after the 3 main parts of your foot: toes, arch and heel. The sole is a medium firmness at the toes as this allows you to push off better, in the middle it is softer to maximise comfort and at the heel it is firm to reduce the impact. It is so clever.

FitFlop offers this Spring

FitFlop have some amazing offer codes for my readers and I thought I would share them all with you below:

20% off your first order – use the code NEWADDICT at the shopping cart on your first order.

10% off the Outlet items – use the code WINTER10 at the shopping cart on any outlet items. Valid until the end of February.

Spend £150 and save £30 (not including the sales) – use the code SAVE30 at the shopping card if you spend over £150, not including the sale items. Valid until the end of April.

What are your fitness fashion finds? I would love to know what works for you and if you have any top exercise tips for us parents! Please comment below or find me on social media: @mummyconstant.

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2 Comments
  • Sam Cornford
    February 9, 2020

    I haven’t run for a while and the very thought of running….. well blurggghhhh
    But when I did the couch to 5k last year, as I progressed and was able to run for longer periods of time I started enjoying it more and more. I really should start again, as I know I’ll love it. It’s just the motivation to get through those 1st couple weeks

  • Hayley F
    February 19, 2020

    Ooh i love these. I’m in a wheelchair but still want trainers to support my feet and have struggled to find some.

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