Top tips for slimmers on the web this summer

Top diet tips for slimmers on the web this summer

Thinking back, I must have been on some sort of “diet” – air quotes because I dislike the word, but anyway – for almost 10 years. I gained lots of weight when I met my (now) husband; you know, when you get settled into a comfortable relationship and therefore life, and the weight just creeps on. And before you know it, boom, you have gained 3 dress sizes in less than a year! I only really noticed this when I went away to University, and obviously with lots of boozy nights and takeaways happening, it just crept on, and on, and on, and before I knew it, I was another dress size heavier.

I had finished Uni, it was coming up to my summer wedding and that’s when I started searching for the latest quick fix diet and tips. (Before the summer is the time when 44% of women in a study conducted by Intel Security would click on a dieting promotional link). Now, I’m not that old ( 😉 ) so the Internet was well established then and I could find all of my information online. At the time I was quite naive about dieting and in all honesty I would have tried pretty much anything to get a quick weight loss. Of course, when you are searching for dieting information, you are then targeted with random promotional clickable ads to diet pills, wraps, etcetera, no matter what site you visit.  Read more

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Slimming World weigh in #65 – the one with the argh…

After last week and yet another small loss, although I knew why it was a small loss, I have to admit I was feeling a bit deflated. I feel like I’m not really getting anywhere at the moment though I know this is sometimes my fault, and in part it’s because of my PCOS. I’m kind of at that stage where I feel like giving up, but I am most definitely not going to. I have come really far in a short space of time – compared to previously anyway when I have tried to lose weight – so I know that this eating plan (I hate the word diet!) works for me and it’s something I can maintain long term.

Nonetheless, instead of moping, I stayed on plan for most of the week other than when I went to Birmingham on Friday with Jacob. In all honesty, I did pig out a little bit but on Sunday I was straight back on it. Previously I would have thought, “Oh well, the damage is done now so I may as well carry on”, but these days I prefer to do some damage limitation. That is definitely huge progress. Read more

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Urban Armor Gear iPad Mini case | Review

Urban Armor Gear iPad mini case review - NSIWE

Nowadays, most people I know own a tablet in some form or another. The kids & I all have Kindle Fire’s, but my husband has an iPad Mini. It is our second iPad in 5 years so they have turned out to be quite bulletproof. That is, until Jacob got hold of it last year in a temper and the screen cracked! After getting it fixed, was when I realised that we actually needed some hardcore protection for it, so hubby was rather excited when we were offered the chance to review this Urban Armor Gear iPad Mini folio case.

  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Impact resistant soft core
  • Water resistant grip material.
  • Easy access to touchscreen and ports
  • Smart cover and Frogskin Technology grip
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

Urban Armor Gear iPad mini case

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The importance of time

The importance of time

I’ve been thinking recently, how I’ve been guilty of not giving the boys enough of my precious time. Everyone knows that time is precious, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough of it to do everything we need to do – or, is it a case of want?

Time goes by too quickly. I have lists for lists of things I need to do, and by the time the day is out I feel like I haven’t even made a small dent in those lists even though it feels like I have been on the go all day long.

And then I think, did the boys feature on one of those lists? Apart from making sure they are fed at mealtimes – no. No, they didn’t. They feature jobs that I deem essential – emptying the dishwasher, doing the laundry, vacuuming. Mental lists feature pastimes that are nice to have – eating my lunch in one sitting, reading my book for five minutes, going to the toilet in peace!  Read more

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10 things I wish I’d known before becoming a parent

10 things I wish I'd known before becoming a parent

I have to admit that when I was pregnant the first time around, I didn’t attend any antenatal classes as even then I was suffering with anxiety and I was too frightened to, even more so than the thought of giving birth! I learned everything I thought I needed to know, from books, videos, and the Internet. Even just over 4 years ago, there was a lot of information available, and with the ever growing world wide web, there is more & more becoming available every day, every minute, even.

One thing I wish I had done more of though, is read more parenting blogs as I now know that you can find a wealth of “tried & tested” information from actual parents, rather than from professionals who possibly don’t even have children of their own. The parenting community is so helpful and someone will more than likely be able to offer you advice on practically anything. Babies Lounge is one such site that I wish I was able to discover! Though it does help to remember that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to children or parenting, and it may all be trial & error to begin with, heck, it still is with me winging it.

Other than the information I seeked out whilst pregnant, here are 10 things I wish I had known before becoming a parent:

  1. Trust your instincts! Mummy (or Daddy) instinct is the one thing that should be trusted, on all accounts. If you feel there is something wrong with your child, seek advice. Nothing is too trivial when it comes to your child.
  2. Don’t feel pressured into doing anything you don’t want to. If you want to formula feed, then do it. If you want to breastfeed, then do it. If you want to use disposable nappies, then do it. If you want to use reusable nappies, then do it. Etc, etc.
  3. Your baby may not want to sleep in their own bed. Ever. Mine still don’t, and they are not babies any more!

    Not in own bed!

  4. All babies develop at different rates. Your friend’s baby may get a tooth at 3 months old, but don’t worry, it doesn’t mean yours never will! (Though it may feel like it at the time).
  5. Parenting and growing up is not a competition. I felt like I always had to keep up with everyone else, but now, I just enjoy watching them develop at their own pace rather than trying to rush things.
  6. You are likely to drift apart from friends as you now have a completely different lifestyle, but at the same time you will gain some who will be friends for life.
  7. You might never be able to laugh again without peeing yourself. (Pelvic floors, ladies – they’re important!).
  8. If you have gained weight whilst pregnant, it won’t all just disappear when baby arrives. Nine months (give or take) to gain it, maybe the same to lose it! (Or 4 years in my case…).
  9. Dropping the subject of poo into a daily conversation becomes a normality. Like, seriously.
    Example, over coffee with friends: “So, what have you been up to recently?”. “Oh, just following <insert name here> around with a bucket as they have finally discovered how to remove their nappy and decide to drop one out everywhere”. “Ah! Me too, me too. Chocolate cake, anyone?”.
  10. Following on from point 9, you will lose the right to pee or poo in peace. Even when the kids have gone to bed, you will go to the toilet and find a member of the Paw Patrol staking you out.

I could go on, but I will leave you with those to ponder over!

Is there anything you wish you had known before becoming a parent?

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Slimming World weigh in #64 – the one with a half…

weekly weigh in

I was feeling really great last week after walking away from group with a (very rare at the moment) loss of 1.5lb. I felt like I was right back on track, and I have been, mostly… There always seems to be one day a week where I can’t help myself but eat junk (usually at the weekend!), and this week it was Saturday when we had a few naughty munchies to eat whilst watching the Eurovision! We did have strawberries though, but I suppose the chocolate to dip them in didn’t help much… Anyway…

Other than that, I’ve been on plan all week, eating plenty of speed food, and enjoying more steak from Muscle Food, the company I mentioned in my update last week. I really would recommend giving them a try.
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Easy Paw Patrol biscuits | Kids recipe

Paw Patrol biscuits

Do you have a Paw Patrol fan in your house? We do, both boys are obsessed with it and must watch it at least once a day; if it’s not watching it, then it’s playing with their Paw Patrol toys. They also love biscuits. And they also love making a mess helping in the kitchen, so the other day we quickly made these Paw Patrol biscuits (animal footprint biscuits really, disguised as Paw Patrol, because that makes it more fun!).

There are only 3 ingredients and you don’t really need to do much, though an adult should melt the chocolate of course. For those that have a fear of mess in the kitchen (ahem), this is pretty mess free too (unless your 2 year old decides to dip his fingers in the chocolate and smear it on his face). We made 8 biscuits, but you can make as many as you like of course – they would be great for a Paw Patrol themed party! Read more

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The Crackin’ Egg Co. | Review

The Crackin' Egg Co. review

A post about eggs. I know, really random, right? But in our house, we love eggs, and we can easily go through a dozen or more a week! We loved scrambled or poached eggs with our brinner, a fried egg in a sandwich, and most of all hard boiled eggs with a salad or just for a quick snack to keep us going. With me doing Slimming World too, I can eat as many as I like so we do go through a lot.

It’s often at the last minute I think, “Ooh, I just fancy a boiled egg with my salad”, but then I haven’t pre-boiled any and I’m too hungry to wait any longer – which is where boiled eggs from The Crackin’ Egg Co. come in handy! Read more

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Slimming World weigh in #63 – the one where I’m back on track…

weekly weigh in

After my post holiday weigh in last week I was raring to go and ready for a loss this week. I’ve been pretty much on plan now since we came back from holiday and I found it quite easy to get right back into actually, more so than I thought I would. We did got to my brother-in-law’s for dinner on Saturday, and I might have eaten ate a whole pizza to myself – piglet! I was right back on plan on Sunday though and managed to get a lot of speed food in me to balance the naughty.

This week I have also had my first order from Muscle Food. I’m always seeing them pop up on my Facebook news feed and when I spotted the offer for their steak hamper I thought I would finally give them a go. I also ordered a couple of other bits to bump it up to minimum order value and I was really pleased with the amount we got! From what we have tried so far they seem really good quality and tasty too.

I think I’ve come to the realisation now that I have managed to change my eating habits to something I can maintain long term, and although I’m not quite at target yet, I have come to terms with the fact that if I want a treat, I can have it, as I know that in the right frame of mind I can just continue on as I was. I’ve always had issues with emotional eating, but that’s a whole other blog post.  Read more

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No bake choco-coconut energy balls | Recipe

Coconut energy balls

Thanks to A Strong Coffee and her recipe for walnut cake using coconut oil, I have recently discovered how amazing coconut oil is! I’ve had an unopened jar sat in my cupboard for months and the first time I used it was a couple of weeks ago when I made the walnut cake. It was really tasty and using natural coconut oil rather than butter, it was even better as it added flavour with natural goodness.

I have seen so many recipes using coconut oil to make energy bites, bars, etc. but at the weekend I thought I would have a little experiment in the kitchen and make my own. I just chucked in a few ingredients that I already had lying around in my cupboards, and turned out with these tasty no bake coconut energy balls that are packed with natural ingredients & goodness; the whole family love them too!

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