Slimming World weigh in #70 – the one with yet another…

weekly weigh in

I was a bit annoyed after my weigh in last week and only coming away with a maintain as I was on plan all week and had nothing to show for it really. I went away from group feeling more determined to get a loss this week, but knowing I had a fundraising event coming up at the weekend, involving afternoon tea, I had already decided I was going to a few EESP days after that, up until weigh in. I don’t know how people manage a full week as I can only just manage a few days without yogurts, pasta, and bananas!

So, apart from Saturday, I was once again on plan all week and actually thought about food before I put it in my mouth – “Is it worth the syns?”. That is certainly an improvement on a few weeks ago anyway when I was shoving anything and everything into my mouth! It feels really good when you get to the end of the day knowing you have stayed on plan and haven’t faltered, even though you may have wanted to.
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I’m a DryNites ambassador!

DryNites ambassador

It seems like we have been potty or toilet training on & off for the last couple of years now. It felt like we started quite early with Jacob and it was only a few months ago that he decided to just go for it himself and get rid of his nappies during the day. He does still have the odd accident though and although he goes to the toilet right before bed, he will occasionally have an accident through the night too. This is completely normal though as at the age of four, 1 in 4 children do still wet the bed so he is not alone. In fact, bedwetting affects more than 900,000 children and young people in the UK.

I am delighted to announce that I have teamed up with Huggies to become a DryNites® ambassador! Throughout my ambassador role I will be taking you on a journey of ways to improve your child’s confidence at nighttime by using DryNites® pyjama pants, which will in turn hopefully improve your confidence too and help you lead your child to eventually have a dry nights sleep. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in #69 – the one where I’m a bit gutted…

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After my small loss at last week’s weigh in and not quite reaching that next stone bracket yet again, I went away from group with my determined head on because I really wanted to break into it this week. I had my meals planned, we had no other plans elsewhere, and we didn’t have any impromptu meals out which could have steered me off track. I didn’t even go slightly over my syns this week, on any day! I can’t remember the last time that happened, to be honest…

Even at the weekend, my brother in law brought donuts and I resisted! I may have licked the chocolate topping from the knife that was used to cut the boys’ donuts in half, but I actually synned it too – yes, that determined! Read more

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The DOT Digital Oven Thermometer | Review

The DOT

We are definitely meat lovers in our house; don’t get me wrong, we do eat the odd veggie meal, but the majority of our meals involve cooking meat. I find my oven can be a bit temperamental with its temperature, and cooking times tend to vary so I can never depend on that alone to ensure meat is cooked. Obviously this is very important with meat such as poultry, and unless it is cut into like I used to do, then it’s hard to tell if it is properly cooked. That was, until I was introduced to The DOT Digital Oven Thermometer.

The DOT Digital Oven Thermometer is an easy to use cooking thermometer that displays both the current temperature and audible alarm. Simply set the desired temperature using the buttons, insert the probe into your food, the DOT will beep, and the display will flash when the temperature is reached.

The DOT review

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It’s okay to not feel okay | Depression

It's okay to not feel okay

I know some people like to keep to themselves, but I’m very open about my mental health issues and it helps me to talk about it sometimes, even though I haven’t blogged about it for a while. I just want people to know, it’s okay to not feel okay.

Recently, I’ve been feeling okay up until the last couple of weeks, when it got to the point that I couldn’t even face going out and I was inside for 3 days straight. I hate feeling like I’m going to burst into tears, or I actually do, all day every single day. Like I feel right now.

The feelings of nothing, emptiness, no worth, just nothing. Feeling like I just want to run away, somewhere I can just sleep the days away until I feel better, where I don’t have to cook, or clean, where I don’t have anyone else to take care of, in general, where I survive by sleeping. As right now I don’t feel like I’m doing a very good job of surviving.

I love my boys with everything I have, and I know siblings fight, and I know children whine, and I know they can’t understand how I feel, but on these days, everything just feels so much worse, and right now I just feeling like running out of that door and running away so I don’t have to listen to them as it makes my head spin and exacerbates all of those feelings inside. But of course I wouldn’t. It is just hard, so so hard.

I just like to know I am not alone, and I like you to know that you are not alone, and though it doesn’t feel like it to you, it is okay to feel like this. It’s not you, it’s purely a chemical imbalance.

We can fight it, day after day, after day. One day, something might click, and we might not feel like this ever again. Or, we might fight this until the day we die.

But…

It’s okay.

I will be okay.

You will be okay.

We have to be okay.

We are survivors.

Right until the end.

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Happily by Sophie Tanner | Book review

Happily by Sophie Tanner

I have to admit I was quite curious about the main subject of this book, Happily by Sophie Tanner – self marriage – as I had never heard of such a thing previously and I must admit I thought it was a bit odd…

How far will you go for your Happily Ever After?

Chloe Usher’s had enough of being asked why she’s ‘still single’; people can’t seem to understand why she’s not freaking out about the slippery slope to spinsterhood. But, as far as Chloe’s concerned, life is sweet; she’s happy, she loves her job, her friends and her flat share next to Brighton beach. One summer evening, after being told that she will never know what love is until she has children, she decides to say ‘actually, I do!’ and announces to her friends that she’s going to marry herself. She’s not quite prepared for the huge reaction to her news on social media and finds herself thrust firmly into the public eye; suddenly she’s a spokesperson for every crazy cat lady out there. With the warm support of her colourful extended family, Chloe attempts to justify her self wedding and the events that unfold take her on a bumpy journey of self-discovery – making exciting new connections and settling old ghosts.

This is a cheeky, original and light-heartedly subversive tale that challenges the notion of ‘settling down’.

 

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Slimming World weigh in 68 – the one with the relief…

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After my weigh in last week and being oh so close to the next stone bracket, I went away from group feeling more determined than I have been recently; I think I’ve finally managed to get my head back in the game after not being with it for so long after the Christmas period (yes, it’s taken that long!). I’ve also started back with meal planning which I find really helps, as well as overcooking and freezing for those nights when we are out a bit late or I just cannot be bothered to cook.

I managed to stay on plan all week, other than when we had an impromptu visit to Pizza Hut on Friday evening. The boys and hubby had pizza, but I went for the salad main course and filled my plate with lots of speed! I may have had a little bit of pasta too, but I figured it was much better than pizza… So, it was going well until I glanced at the dessert menu and saw the words ‘salted caramel’ – I just cannot resist those words! So I ended up with a HUGE ice cream milkshake. Oops. After that I kept my syns on the low side just to try and pull it back a bit and still get a loss.

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Messy Apron from Messy Me | Review

Messy Apron review - NSIWE

Both of my boys love getting crafty – they especially love getting messy with paint but they always get their clothes dirty and sometimes paint is difficult to get off! Jacob didn’t used to like doing so, but for a while now he has worn an apron whilst doing messy crafts at nursery so when we were asked if we would like to review a product from Messy Me, I knew that it would have to be the Messy Apron.

A stylish and practical apron for children, aged 3-5 years (approx.)

  • Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth using mild soapy detergent if needed 
  • Also suitable for occasional machine washing at 30ºC 
  • Dimensions – Length 46cm, Width 33cm. 
  • Ideal as a gift or for your own messy little ones.

This particular apron comes in 5 designs but I decided to go for the red stars design as it is not gender specific, though all of the designs are lovely! Jacob was really excited to get it on and get crafting! Read more

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A Birmingham surprise trip | One on one time with Jacob

One on One time - Birmingham and Thinktank

A few weekends ago I was supposed to be attending a blog conference in Birmingham, but unfortunate circumstances meant I no longer had a ticket – or it seems, I didn’t have one in the first place (long story!). However, I had already booked a non refundable train and hotel, so no matter what, I was going to Birmingham anyway, even if it was just for an evening alone and a peaceful shopping trip! In the end, I decided to take Jacob and have some one on one time. I had been promising to take him on a train for ages, so I thought it was actually the perfect opportunity and we would go and have some fun. I didn’t actually tell him what we were doing, just that I had a few surprises for him so it made it more exciting.

I told him that Daddy was driving us to wherever we were going – which was kind of true – as he drove us to the train station and Jacob was really excited then! He did get a little hyperactive, but I think that was just the excitement. I had a feeling it was going to feel like a helluva long journey with a 4 year old so I went well prepared with food… Read more

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Win! Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars | Competition

Win Disney Infinity Star Wars

It’s only in the last year or so that the boys have become interested in watching Disney movies and programmes, and they also love to play games; so the Disney Games website is a great way for them to pass the time. They especially love Big Hero 6, Mickey Mouse, and Frozen (not just for girls!). Of course, with the most recent Star Wars movie they are becoming interested in that too – so many characters to keep up with nowadays!

Disney Games

If you have Disney fans in your house, I’m delighted to be able to offer you the chance to win one of two prizes in this great competition – Read more

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