Slimming World weigh in #78 – the one where it’s still going down…

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If you read last week’s weigh in you will know that I won Woman of the Year in group, which made me incredibly over the moon and therefore motivated for a good week! I stayed on plan all week but I do think I need to start meal planning again; it really does help with staying on plan as I don’t struggle for new meal ideas and I can plan meals and shopping well in advance.

We attended a fun day at Jacob’s nursery on Saturday afternoon and I knew there was going to be a cake stall there, which is usually a deal breaker for me! I am going to be completely honest and admit I did have a scone, but I synned it, wrote it down in my diary, and managed to remain within my syns for the rest of the day. High five for me!

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Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward | Book Review

Random Acts of Unkindness review

I was recently sent a copy of Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward to review. I am a fan of crime thrillers but I don’t read them as often as I used to, so I was really looking forward to this one.

A gripping crime thriller with an ending you will never guess… how far would you go to find your child?
DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions.
Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that Jan finds dead on her search for Aiden, and whose own son, Thomas, was also missing, may have the answers.
Jan uses Bessy’s information and her own skills and instinct to track down the missing boys. But is it too late for Aiden?
Set in the North West of England, with the notorious Saddleworth Moor as a backdrop, Random Acts of Unkindness is a story about motherhood, love and loss and how families of missing people suffer the consequences of major crimes involving their loved ones.
Random Acts of Unkindness is the first in the DS Jan Pearce series of novels.
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…On being group Woman of the Year

On being group Woman of the Year

If you have read my latest weigh in update then you will most probably know that I was in shock to have received the Woman of the Year award in my Slimming World group! It is such an accomplished award to achieve, as rather than just going by weight loss like Slimmer of the Year, this is a nominated award. Though of course, all awards received mean you have accomplished something great.

My consultant told me the evening before the ‘awards’ that I was nominated, and she asked if I would say a few words in group. A year ago, I would have said “No way!” but I am so much more confident in group now rather than just hiding away, so of course, I did. I also still have my size 20 ‘fat jeans’ from seven years ago, so I took those in too. Read more

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A Costcutter summer | Review

A Costcutter summer review

Who doesn’t love a summer of picnics and barbecues? Well, when we have a warm summer, that is! I know we do, and now we have a garden it’s great to just get the barbecue out and be able to eat outside. The boys & I love having a garden picnic too and we have a beautiful view for it now to appreciate it more.

Our household was lucky to be chosen to receive a hamper of Costcutter own brand food & drink items to enjoy for a Costcutter summer of eating! We haven’t really had chance to go on many picnics this summer but we have had a couple of barbecues, and we have been enjoying the food selection in different instances over the last few weeks. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in #77 – the one with an extra special shiny…

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I was extra happy with last week’s weigh in and a 2lb loss, and went away from group feeling ever more eager to lose this week to be edging closer to reaching target. I didn’t have any plans for the week that would have sent me off track, but we did have a meal out. Although I did go for a healthier option than I would have usually gone for, I was still a bit naughty. The rest of the week was better, but I think next week I might do a couple of EESP days before weigh in, as I haven’t done any for a while.

We didn’t have our Woman of the Year in group when it should have been as my consultant had a family emergency, so we made our nominations last week. The evening before weigh in, my consultant told me I had been nominated. I couldn’t believe it!
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The Mummy Tag | Nobody Said It Was Easy

The Mummy Tag - NSIWE

Recently I was tagged by Louise at Birds & Lilies to complete The Mummy Tag, basically so I can share more about my life as a Mummy in one post! (I say recently, it was more like a few months ago – better late than never though, right?!).

1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?

Well, I would say a bit of both. Since Jacob was born I haven’t worked outside of home as I have been at home with just him at first, and then Noah came along. But nowadays, I am making money from my blog too, so I am registered self employed and all that jazz. I would like to start branching out a little more into freelance work and social media management when J starts school in September, and I would also love to self-publish a book too! Read more

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Oh Happy Day card kit | Review

Oh Happy Day card kit review

Before my mother-in-law fell ill and passed away a few years ago, she was a keen card maker. Prior to Jacob making his entrance to the world, I often sat down to help her when we visited. By doing this, I managed to build up my own collection of handmade cards! Back then I found card making to be such a relaxing pastime, and also the gift of a handmade card and the thought, imagination and individuality that goes into each one is so appreciated.

When I was contacted to see if I would like to review the Oh Happy Day card kit from Stampin’ Up!, I thought it would be a great opportunity to reminisce about those times with my mother-in-law and also get my creative head on. The different thing about this kit is that it has all the items to make a stack of pre-determined cards, so although it is still creative and handmade, it is something that can be done a little quicker under instruction rather than free thinking.

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Tips and Techniques to Help New Mums Feel Fitter

Postnatal Exercise Tips and Techniques To Help New Mums Feel Fitter

With many celebrities seemingly ‘snapping’ back into shape just weeks after giving birth, some new mums can feel under pressure to lose their baby weight fast. If you would like to feel fitter, shed a few pounds or to firm up, it’s important not to rush into a faddy diet and to only take on what you feel comfortable with. Many medical professionals recommend waiting until after your six week postnatal check up before re-starting exercise. This period may need to be longer if you’ve undergone a caesarean or had any other complications.

If you do feel ready to bring in some fitness, finding the right type of exercise and commitment level for you will make things easier to stick to but there are some activities you’ll need to avoid, at least at first. To avoid infection you should avoid swimming at least until any postnatal bleeding has stopped. High intensity exercise such as HIIT training is also not recommended, this is in part because your joints and muscles will remain a little looser for a little time after birth. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in #76 – the one with the lowest again…

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After my unwanted gain at weigh in last week, I went away from group feeling a little deflated but determined to lose this week. I didn’t want to go back down the road of gaining or maintaining week in, week out like I had been doing up until a few weeks ago; especially with my target so close to sight!

I didn’t have any social plans for this week so there was nothing to stop me from going off plan – except myself! And so I may have taken steps to potentially sabotaging myself, and had a Chinese takeaway a couple of days after weigh in.

I’m getting to that point where I’m not even enjoying it any more and regret immediately after – so I don’t know why I keep doing it! Especially when I can create something similar myself for a LOT less syns. I think it’s just purely because I can’t be bothered. We all get like that from time to time though, don’t we?

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Our favourite five – July | Anniversaries, sunshine, and spa trips

Our favourite five - July

I can’t believe it’s that time again where we are looking back on our favourite five for the month. July was a fairly quiet month for us; it was our wedding anniversary at the beginning of the month but other than that, we have just been enjoying being outside in the summer sun (well, when we have had it, anyway!).

I’m not sure how August is going to pan out; most likely last minute school preparation for Jacob as he has his final days at nursery towards the ends of the month. I can’t believe it’s school time for him already, it’s going to be so quiet for 5 days a week! He is very excited though. 🙂

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