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7 things week 17

Hello from a gloriously sunny East of England! How often do we get to say that and it stay like it for longer than 15 minutes! It’s been a really lovely sunny and warm week, I hope you have all had some sunshine too!

Here are my 7 things that made me happy this week

1. A bbq with friends. Sunday week we went to a friend’s who also have a miniature cockapoo the same colour as Poppy. Unfortunely he is not so much of a fan of the brush as Poppy is so he was looking a little on the short side after a good groom! They played like mad and we took them on two walks and had lovely food and drink in the sun. It was a great day.

2. My car got fixed! Ok so I may have accidentally reversed into the bin and it may have left a very small dent in the boot! But this week it got fixed and I’m so happy to have it looking awesome again.

3. Workouts! I seem to be in a stage where I can manage 4 days in a row before just not wanting to work out the next day and I’m really pleased about that! I feel like I’m making good progress and will hopefully feel great about myself on holiday in a couple of weeks time. This is a workout I did by myself yesterday, I did this whole set 4 times and was done in!

4. Walking. With this glorious weather comes walking and lots of it. I want to walk, I want to get out in the sunshine! Last week I walked 13 miles and this week I’ve walked just under that. This morning we went to Bluebell woods which is near us, We haven’t been since last year and unfortunately were too late to see the bluebells but it was really nice to get out and be some where different. Just going some where new means T managed the almost 3 mile loop easily.

5. The royal wedding! Who doesn’t love weddings? If you forget all the pomp and ceremony and remember they are just two people that love each other and are forced into displaying this to billions of people around the world in an open ceremony, then it is actually really lovely being able to watch a wedding we aren’t technically invited to! My favourite part was when she walked down the aisle and the music was still playing Harry looked at Megan and said ‘You look amazing’. Just beautiful and I just ended up feeling really happy for them.

6. My 2nd choir performance! We sang at a charity walk today and Scott,T and my best friend all came to watch. It was really hot but I think we all sang really well and I was proud to be part of it once again.

7. We have a bird nesting in our garden! This sweet little bird has made a nest in our tree so low down we can easily see! Of course if we pay too much attention to it that reminds Poppy that it’s there and it flies off so now we are in operation ‘ignore the bird’ while it sits on its eggs which we hope will hatch!

8. Doing fun things with T before she goes away for a week. May half term T goes away with her Dad to France for a week before coming back and going on holiday with us for a week. Because of this we are trying to fit as much in as we can at the moment with her so she’s had a pretty good weekend,and so have we. Friday she had a friend round for tea and it was so nice outside they played in the garden for the whole two hours. Saturday she went ice skating with my best friend then had a friend over for a sleep over. We decorated love rocks and hid them then they made bracelets and watched tv. Oh and we got an ice cream from the ice cream van because why not!

Ok so there is 8 this week but that must only be a good thing right!

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend.

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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Childhood · Children · May · Modern world · motherhood · Parenting · Uncategorized

What happened to age appropriate clothing?

Why are so many little girls clothes so inappropriate these days? I know it may sound cliche but in my day it was a t shirt and shorts and off you went. Today from age 5 upwards there are boob tube style tops everywhere.

Ok I may be biased because my daughter is not the right shape for this sort of clothing but even if she was I wouldn’t let her wear it!

Why can’t we let children be children and stop trying to turn them into mini adults?

How is it a good idea to put an 8 year old in wedge heeled shoes to go and play at the park? Even at a disco it would be risky, kids don’t know how to walk in heels and nor should they! They have their whole life to figure that out, why do they need wedges with tassels on age 8?!

Don’t even get me started on swimwear! Do little girls really want to be worrying about adjusting their bikini/ tankini because it rode up when the cannonballed into the pool? Or do they really want to sit still while you apply double the amount of suncream as they have twice the amount of skin on display? I doubt it!

There has to be a difference between dressing as an adult and dressing a child. In today’s society should we be putting our children’s skin on display for all to see in clothes that make them look much older than they are and take away their innocence?

Being a child is about being free, having no worries and just being able to go and play and have fun,let’s keep them that way for as long as possible!

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Midweek Update

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a good week so far, I feel like I have neglected my blog a little this week as time has just run away with me so here is a little update on what I’ve been upto.

Monday

I had been having a problem with my brace where my wire arch that runs inbetween my two back teeth across the top of my mouth had started to dig in to the roof of my mouth. Now I have had this in for 18 months so I’m not sure what happened for it to suddenly start doing this but it meant I had to take time out of work to go to an emergency ortho appointment which was a pain. My orthodontist was off and so the one I saw initially tried to bend it down but my mouth was so sore from where the wire had dug in he couldn’t do it so he decided to drill the wire arch out!

I cannot tell you how nice it feels to not have a piece of wire sitting across the top of your mouth anymore! No more food getting stuck in it, it getting itchy and just generally feeling annoying! I remember the pain I was in when it first got fitted and how my tongue swelled up,I was swilling salt water for days and could hardly eat and now it’s finally out! It just feels kind of empty in my mouth now and I have to get used to this feeling instead.

Here is an example of the torture device I’ve had in my mouth for the last year and a half!

Monday night I did a HIIT workout with T before our burpee challenge then went to choir practise, we have another performance this weekend so we ran through a whole range of songs ready for that, it was really fun.

Tuesday

So after a walking Poppy a mile and a half before work, it was meant to be a quick walk but we bumped into another cockapoo called Piper and ended up walking a lot further than we meant to, and a busy day at work me and T went to see my friend Lisa to deliver her birthday present. She has recently acquired a tortoise called Sydney so we had a little hold of him before he went to bed too!

After getting home and T to bed I did an ab workout then crashed watching TV for an hour till bed time.

Wednesday

Burpee challenge completed this morning before school,we are up to 16 burpees while the other person completes weighted twists now, its tough!

Today has been equally as busy at work too, I’m in a stage at the moment where I just seem to keep creating work for myself but streamlining processes,and rocking boats, at the same time.

T has had her 2nd swimming lesson with the school, it seems like she had a great time and is really enjoying it.

This evening we walked Poppy, ate and are going to watch a film soon.

We may have walked Poppy to the chip shop to get chips to have with our chicken and veg but after eating really healthily all week and working out every day since Friday I think today is treat day!

Tomorrow will be a standard busy Thursday but with the added fun and games of getting one car dropped off for a couple of days which means Scott is my taxi for a little while! I’m looking forward to another good workout tomorrow evening though and also getting T one rehersal closer to her ballet show which is at the end of June.

I’d love to hear what you have been upto this week,

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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7 things that made me happy week 16

1. Church fete fun. Last Sunday was the annual church fete which we are invited to every year by our friends. The children are given a little score card and have to visit 6 game tents where they receive a stamp for each game they complete,once their card is full they get to visit the prize tent. There is always a lot to see, do and eat there with donkey rides and a climbing wall along with a hog roast and candy floss stall it’s no surprise we had a great few hours.

2. Watching Scott run his marathon. As you may have seen in my previous post I’m just a teeny bit proud of Scott for completing the Milton Keynes marathon in 3 hours 49minutes. Still proud today 😊

3. Frozen fruit! It may seem like a small thing but over the last couple of weeks I’ve started buying bags of frozen fruit, We love soft fruit but often with T at her Dads on the weekend and Scott working it either goes off too quickly or I end up eating it all! Frozen fruit I’ve decided is the way forward! This week we have frozen mango and pineapple and when we want some I just empty it into a bowl and a couple of hours later it’s ready to drizzle some fat free yoghurt on or just eat as is!

4. Reading. This week I have been reading The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. Now I’m not one for soppy films or books usually choosing to avoid them but this book has me hooked! I only started it last weekend and I’m already on chapter 15, if I have to stop reading and come back to it later I’m finding myself wondering what is going to happen next! I can’t wait to read a bit more when I’ve finished this post actually 😂 Nicholas Sparks you have converted me!

5. An unexpected evening! One evening this week we decided to take Poppy for a walk over to the field near where we live, only this particular evening a hot air balloon was setting up to take off from there! We had all never seen one so close so stayed and watched while it was set up and eventually took off! Poppy ran around in circles with another cockapoo and we were in awe of the balloon!

6. Holiday shopping! Who doesn’t love buying summer clothes for their holiday?! When this time of year rolls around we all start to get excited because we know our week away can’t be far off! Here is the little haul T came away with!

7. Tiana’s riding. This week I had asked if they could use the poles in their lesson as T really enjoys doing that, so out the poles came and all 4 girls had such a great lesson riding over them. T just looked happy and confident this week,like she really knew what she was doing and was happy doing it.


There are my 7, I hope you have all had a great week and are still enjoying some nice weather!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

April · body confidence · challenge · Children · exercise · feeling proud · fitness · goals · healthy parenting · Parenting · positive thinking · Uncategorized

April workouts complete!

So April is over and this means it’s time for a new challenge to keep me and T going with our fitness! During April we challenged ourselves to complete one more squat every day of the month starting on 30. It’s been tough but we have done it!

With only one rest day, because my legs wouldn’t physically squat any more, we have finished the month on 60 which I am pretty proud of considering I was exhausted after 30 full squats at the start of the month! It just shows with consistent work you can improve and get better at a certain excercise and the sense of achievement it’s given me is amazing. No one would have minded if I gave up but me, I wanted to show T we could see this through to the end and I did and I’m proud of that.

We have also been using our kettle bells to complete 25 minute ab workouts using a DVD I have and have managed to squeeze in a whopping 17 workouts this month! This is our best month yet and I think T has really found the excercises achievable and enjoyable at the same time.

With April being a particularly wet month the amount of walking I did suffered as a result and I only managed 37 miles. Next month I intend to walk more and am hoping the weather helps me with this! May last year I managed 76 miles!! (I think this was in part because I was only focusing on me, I would walk on an evening instead of working out with T so I’m happy to sacrifice some miles this year.)

So next month we have decided to start our workout jar again. This is a jar full of easy and hard exercises, we randomly pick out 4 or more at a time and make a HIIT workout from them completing them for 30 seconds at a time then repeating 3 or 4 times. This month we have new excercises, some which we have taken from the kettle bell DVD and some which we have seen others do and found online.

I’m excited to get started on these new workouts with T and am feeling even more motivation with about 1 month until our family holiday.

I hope you have a fit and healthy month and thanks for reading!

Lou x

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7 things that made me happy week 14!

 

Hi everyone, well it seems this week has flown by and it has been overall a great one with lots to feel happy about. Here are my 7 things that have made me happy this week;

  1. A great Saturday night spend at a friends house eating pizza while the kids played outside. This was such a nice evening, we managed a fair amount of actual conversation before the kids got bored and wanted us to play with them and it really was great to catch up. 20180421_191821108984665.jpg

2. Cooking healthy food. This week even more so I have really focused on healthy eating in our house. With Scott training for a marathon and just a month until we go away on holiday we could all do with cutting out the sweet treats and focusing on healthier living. This week I tried a recipe from a great blog tweedandthebeard of prawn, veggie and egg rice with chilli flakes and soy sauce. It was so quick and easy to make and I managed to prep lots for the freezer too and with the most expensive ingredient being the prawns this is a real budget friendly meal! I have also introduced Rye bread into our diet because I had heard it has great health benefits such as extra fibre and doesn’t bloat you like regular bread can. I have found it a taste that has grown on me and after making Scott toasted Rye bread with quark, chopped banana and cinnamon I think he has come around to it too. The sunshine also re-ignited my love for salads and I have made us a couple this week with eggs for extra protein.

 

3. Spa day! For Christmas my best friend and I decided to buy each other a spa day voucher and this week we got to use it! With it being at a local gym we started the day off with a 30 minute workout before using the sauna and Jacuzzi before our treatments of a mini back massage and facial. Afterwards we picked T up from school and went to watch her ride before having a film evening in together. It was so nice for us to spend the day together and T really enjoyed the time too.

4. Tiana received an honours award at school! Throughout the year 10 honours awards are given in each class at school. The school call you up and tell you that your child has been selected for one and the assembly is the following week, you are not to mention anything to your child as all the parents of the children receiving awards enter the assembly together while the children are singing. If the child spots their parents they know they are getting an award. The excitement nearly kills us when this happens and we all say bye to T, have a nice day, see you later, the usual, then walk round to the school reception where we wait to go in. The awards are given for all different subjects and this one was for concentration. The children one by one are called to the front of the hall where they are given a sticker and a certificate and a hand shake from the head teacher. Their teacher then proceeds to read out a paragraph explaining the reasons they have been given this award. It really was a great assembly and T was so happy to be up there, very proud parent day!20180427_0939241674965484.jpg

5. A long overdue catch up with a friend. Sometimes life just takes over, its no ones fault, people are busy, things like moving house, stress at work and changing jobs mean there is little time for socialising and so it happens that months pass before you see each other again. T actually really started to miss Kali and Kaleb, my friends two children and so it was really great to see them again. We were lucky to become Guideparents to Kaleb last year and so we know that he will always be a part of our lives, more so if T had her way as she wanted to take him home!20180428_1139271043211323.jpg

6. Cheese and Prosecco evening! This evening at my friends house had been planned for a little while and turned out to be a lot of fun. We were treated to ham, olives, peppers, tomatoes and so many different types of cheeses! After a fair few glasses we ended up giggling the evening away. An extra workout and a 2 mile walk today and I’m feeling the cheese may be a small way to being being burned off!

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7. Flowers. Scott surprised T and I with flowers this week and these are mine. I think they look so pretty in one of the jugs we used on our wedding day.

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I hope you have had a great week, thank you for reading,

Lou x

April · body confidence · Childhood · Children · healthy parenting · Mums · Parenting · Uncategorized

What size is the right size for a child?

My little girl has always been slightly bigger than other children her age. She got a little tummy as a toddler and it’s never really left her. Throughout her 8 years I have struggled at times to clothe her. Jeans don’t fit and dresses have to be just the right cut or they accentuate her tummy.

Now mostly I just buy one size up and it’s all good but occasionally some things cause more of a problem than others.

Yesterday was a bad day. So the sun came out and for the first year of her school life I hadn’t already pre bought her summer dress. So I popped to the local shops and got her two of those summer playsuits that are now the fashion.

Perfect I thought, I had got the next size up and she would be happy to be like all her friends.

If only things were that simple.

Neither of the playsuits fitted so we went back to the shops in a mad rush after school on the way to ballet- which as it turns out doesn’t start back until next week so was all shut up with us being the only ones in the car park. Two more playsuits purchased in different sizes and we get home to try them on, one fits one doesn’t.

The problem is she can’t get it on and off herself, and if she can’t do that she is going to have to cross her legs all day at school because I’m pretty sure the teachers have better things to be doing than becoming a personal toilet attendant to my child all in the name of fashion.

So with only one playsuit that fits I ask Scott to pick up a couple of school dresses on the way home as these will be easier for her to manage. Scott dutifully arrives home with said dresses only for her to try them on and really if I’m honest the next size up would be better. But after tears, hers and mine, and scouring the internet for dresses in the next size we have decided to just let her wear them. They aren’t skin tight and she is comfortable in them they just aren’t the most flattering but hey it’s only school and as long as she’s happy.

The reason I was so upset, after T had gone to bed, was I try everything to make sure she has a healthy diet, We excercise, she rides her bike and has active hobbies but her shape doesn’t seem to change much. She’s getting taller, this we can tell from the side of our shed where we have measured her height for the last 3 years, but not losing her little belly.

Mostly I can be fine about it, she knows if something doesnt look right and we usually work her wardrobe choices to suit her shape but when she was struggling to get these bloomin playsuits on and off yesterday and getting more and more upset by the second I just felt like I had failed her. It may sound silly but all her friends are wearing these and the fact she was getting close to not being able to have one because of her shape was making both of us really sad.

The thing is my child is healthy, she is happy and enjoys excercise so why should she be made to feel so sad because children’s clothes in her age just don’t fit her? Who says a girl age 8 should be this size? You can’t say that for an adult so why is it ok for a child?

I feel like there is a gap in the market for this area, not every child is the same height and shape and she is already in size 4 shoe, some shops don’t even do children’s designs past size 3, try explaining that to an 8 year old! The clothes in sizes that fit her just seem to jump from cute and little girl to teenager with no middle ground.

Anyway after all the drama she went in today in a playsuit that fitted and she managed to take it off herself twice during the day 😊

April · body confidence · challenge · Children · Cockapoo · dogs · exercise · Family · fitness · goals · health · healthy parenting · Uncategorized

Training Update!

At the start of this month T and I decided to start a squat challenge. We started on 30 and have added one more every day since.

It’s been tough for me, T is a little trooper, but we are still going! 48 squats today and I’m feeling proud we have stuck at it!

Scott has been doing the same but with press ups. He has also been feeling it but is determined to keep going too!

I’ve walked 26.1 miles so far this month! This is not counting my daily steps but is just every time I go for a walk with Poppy and record it on my phone.

T and I have continued with our kettle bell workouts too completing 10 so far this month mainly focusing on abs.

The nicer weather is definitely a boost to excercise. With lighter evenings I’m finding it less of a struggle to feel motivated and am finding myself doing workouts on sunny days when I’m on own just because I have time.

The main thing is T is still really enjoying excercising with us and now the weather is starting to warm up hopefully we will all be able to take more walks and get more excercise in as a family. Scott and T managed a run round the lake on Monday which was a great start!

I’m already on to the fruit salads and more colourful lunch boxes and have lots of ideas for healthy meal prep which I will share soon. As Scott continues training for his marathon in a couple of weeks we need to make sure he has plenty of protein in his diet so prep will be key!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

April · Books · Children · fun activities · Reading · Uncategorized

Community library

So a few weeks ago T and me started a little community library in the shed next to our house as part of our 40 Random Acts of Kindness. It was a hit with our neighbours and got us talking to people we hadn’t spoken to before and with more books being left all the time it has been fun to check inside every now and then and see what is there.

I’ve recently finished reading “I am Malala” a story about the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban and was flown to Birmingham to save her life where she now lives with her family.

It was a book I would never have thought to take out from the library even though I have read a lot of autobiographies. This story captivated me from the beginning and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about her life and the story behind the shooting.

I’ve just been donated some new books from a friend to add to the library and wanted to share with you what I’ve been given.

Has anyone read any of these before?

Do you have any reccomendations?

Just from looking through I’m thinking of starting with “Chasing the Dream” first as it’s something completely different to the war torn Pakistan setting in the previous book I was reading.

This book is set in 1920 in the North of England where a woman meets a man whose dream it is to play for Newcastle United. All goes well until his drinking habits and womanizing through everything into a downward spiral.

I will hopefully get time to start this on my lunch break tomorrow so will give a mini review after a few chapters.

I would love to hear what you are reading at the moment and when you read it?

Are you a before bed reader? Or a lunch time reader? Is there a particular spot you like to read in at home? Do you wait until everyone is out before you get your book out or can you read amongst noise?

April · Children · exercise · family time · feeling proud · fitness · hobbies · Husband · love on the rocks · Running · Uncategorized

Sunny Saturday

Today was our last day by the coast and the sun finally came out! It started off early as Scott ran the Clacton park run along the seafront. It’s a run which is 3 laps up and down hills next to the beach and handily enough starts and finishes next to our favourite cafe!

We saw him and around 150 others start and watched lap one and two before getting a table in the cafe by the window where T and my Nan could watch from the warm and I could see him pass by the window as he approached the finish!

I flew out of the door and ran after him as he closed in on a young lad before passing him to take 2nd place!

I was so happy for him I ran down to the finish line and gave him a big hug 😁

We all had breakfast in the cafe before walking along the beach looking for rocks we could use to decorate and make into love rocks.

We decorated a couple of rocks and left them at the local park after lunch and saw both of them get collected by different little children which was lovely.

After the drive home and the standard half an hour of unpacking/organising/washing clothes/cooking dinner I washed and cleaned out my car in the sunshine as it was like a skip on wheels after having us all off for a week!

Mission accomplished we settled down for an evening of Saturday night TV and Easter egg chocolate!

We have had a great few days with my Nan who I am so close to,finished off by giving her an early birthday present of a Pandora charm for her bracelet which she was thrilled with. We are taking my Nan on holiday with us this year so are now on countdown until we can see her again and spend a whole week together in what will be her first week abroad in years 🤗