Saturday, 31 January 2015

Slimming World weigh in number two

If you read about my first week with Slimming World then you'll know that I had a fairly good loss of 3.5lbs which I was over the moon with. This week I was hoping to lose another 3.5lbs in order to get my half stone award. I think after a good loss in my first week I was a little more relaxed and not so strict, and I think it impacted me a bit so I'm right back to strict now. The thing I am worst with is picking at the kids food - so crumbs, leftovers, stealing a morsel from their plate before I give them it... But every little thing counts, doesn't it?!

This week at group was taster week and there was some yummy food brought in. Someone made some bhaji like things, I think they were made from packet mash and rice - they were really nice and a great alternative! I made some chocolate jelly sweets and some 'fizzy' grapes, both 2 syns for the whole lot; they went down well too. We also found out about the new Slimming World meals coming out next month - I'm going to be stocking up on syn free sausages!

So, prior to my weigh in I was a little nervous as I'm always paranoid that I've gained, so any loss will please me really - though some more than others obviously! I stepped on the scales and I had lost... 1.5lbs! So not quite the 3.5lbs I was hoping for but I will make it next week as I really want that shiny! (PMA and all that...).

My stats for this week (I still haven't set a final target):
  • starting weight - 13st 4.5lbs
  • previous weight - 13st 1lb
  • current weight - 12st 13.5lb
  • loss this week - 1.5lbs
  • loss so far - 5lbs
  • Club 10 target weight - 11st 13.5lbs
So one stone until I reach my Club 10!

How did you do this week?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Cussons Mum & Me #voiceofmums

Bath times are a favourite in our house - well, who doesn't love a bath? Both boys were not too keen on baths at first and would scream the place down, but now they both absolutely love bath time. J would stay in there all night if he could, even after the water has gone cold - he often stays in there playing once the water has disappeared down the plug hole!

If you watch my #voiceofmums video below then you will hear my first memory of baby bath time. This was the day after J was born, in the hospital. The midwife brought the mobile bath to my bed and showed us the 'correct' way to bath a newborn. I must admit J looked a bit confused at what was happening, and it was a bit much for us to take in too after not a lot of sleep. When we got home we just went with the flow really. As N was born at home, his first bath was in the big bath with his brother. I think he was a bit confused too but with J being there he soon got used to it.

I just love watching the boys play together in the bath (they have two drawers full of toys!) but my favourite bath time moment has to be washing their hair - it's just so soft rubbing the shampoo or baby wash in and then I love the smell afterwards - I'm forever sniffing their hair! N's favourite thing about bath time is his whale mirror; babies just love looking at themselves don't they? He also loves to chew on the flannel! J is a little monkey as his favourite bath time moment seems to be when he has tipped water over the edge of the bath! That's the thing he spends most of the time doing - transferring water from jugs to cups and so on.

We have no end of bubble bath as a bath isn't a proper one without bubbles, is it? And there has to be lots of them. For the boys I tend to get gentle products as N has quite sensitive skin - one of our favourites is the Cussons Ultra Mild Head to Toe wash which is great as it's also kind to eyes just in case of accidents - especially as J thrusts himself about when having hair washed as he doesn't like it too much! There are so many more products to check out in the Cussons Mum & Me range too.

What are your favourite memories & moments of baby bath time?

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Recipe - Baked plaice with tomato & basil (#SlimmingWorld friendly)

Since I've seen all of the types of fish I can eat on Slimming World without counting the calories, I've decided to become a little more experimental with it! In our house we have 'Fish Friday' and it usually consists of scampi, cod/haddock, or mackerel. I've always loved the reduced shelf in the supermarket and now I've started raiding the fish section every week to see what I can find for the following week. One of my recent finds was plaice fillets, to which I added just a couple of simple ingredients which brought the flavour out just a little bit more. And it's completely Slimming World friendly too!

Ingredients (serves 2)
  • 2 fillets of plaice (de-boned)
  • lemon juice
  • sea salt
  • 3 baby tomatoes, halved
  • basil leaves

  • baking tray
  • tin foil

  • Preheat oven to gas 5/375F/190C.
  • Place the fillets onto a baking tray.
  • Squeeze a little lemon juice and sprinkle a little salt onto each fillet.
  • Place 4 tomato halves onto each fillet.
  • Carefully tear the basil leaves and arrange on the fillets.
  • Cover the tray loosely with foil, then bake for around 20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with other vegetables, and enjoy!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Preparing for sharing a bedroom

So we've finally made the decision to move the boys into the same bedroom. We knew it would have to happen at some point but have been holding off. We only live in a small 2 bed flat and currently we have the bigger bedroom. If we were to move N into J's room it just wouldn't work so we're going to be swapping our rooms around too (though we won't be decorating - maybe just a lick of paint - as we hope to move this year anyway! Not that our bedroom has been decorated since we moved in two and a half years ago anyway, it's still a state...but I digress!). J's bed and N's cot, plus all of their toys, will fit better in what is currently our room anyway.

The worry we have is how to go about it. We've decided to do it later this week as hubby has the day off so we can move furniture around, so I have a few days to prepare myself for possibly longer sleepless nights! Bed times at the moment consist of N (nearly one) going to bed with his bottle at 6.30pm so we have half an hour alone with J (nearly three) before he goes at 7pm. The thing is, J still has us in with him until he goes to sleep, and sometimes he is a noisy soul before giving in so I'm worried about him waking N up at bed time!

The other thing is that they both still occasionally wake up in the night. If N wakes up then we can get to him quick before he wakes J up as his cot is right next to our bed, and half the time he then ends up in our bed. If J wakes up then one of us goes into him and usually ends up falling asleep in his bed. On the very odd occasion he will also come in our bed. But when J does wake up, he stands at his gate shouting for us, sometimes he will be crying. I'm worried that when they're in the same room if he does this, it will definitely wake N up. But on the other hand I'm hoping that they will maybe sleep better being in the same bedroom.

Then again, it might all just go to pot!

Have you been in a similar situation? How did you go about it and deal with it?
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