Saturday, 31 December 2011

Can you unpack, unfold then refold your stroller in less than 60 seconds?

Oh and does it fit into a backpack?  It doesn't? Well then let you show you the Quicksmart Backpack Stroller

We took the Quicksmart stroller with us on our recent trip to Butlins as it is small and compact and takes up hardly any space in the boot of the car.

So compact it fits into its own backpack
As Little Man, at 14 months, is not a baby that would sit still on a chair to be fed, we also used the pram as a highchair (well you can't take everything with you on holiday!) and with its 5 point harness it was a secure alternative.  It meant that Little Man could be fed as easily there as at home.

Open wide....
The stroller is very lightweight and weighs just 11lbs and is very easy to fold up and down making it perfect for travel use.  It is ready to use in just 4 clicks and having read the instructions (handily printed on the back of the pram itself) it was ready to use very quickly - I found it easier to get used to unfolding than my everyday pram in fact.

Suitable from age 6 months the stroller is a great solution to taking your everyday, and normally bulky, pram on holiday and perfect for when your toddler insists on walking but tires easily but I wouldn't say from a comfort point of view it is suitable as an everyday pram as the seat cannot recline. The seat depth is good and the sun canopy is helpful but doesn't really provide much shade. It also has a handy built in foot rest.

Seat depth was good but the ability to recline would have been helpful

Built in sun canopy
So do you think you can unpack, unfold and then refold your stroller in less than 60 seconds? I can with the Quicksmart Backpack Stroller and here's the prove!


Dimensions: Folded 22.8 inches L x 13inches W x 12.2 inches H                                                             Open    30.5 inches L x 13 inches W x 40.6 inches HThe Quicksmart Backpack Stroller is available in the UK from Mookie 

Thursday, 29 December 2011

I have become rich through blogging!!

When someone had asked me what a blog was 2 years ago I don't know I could have given a correct answer.

When my long time friend Wendy told me she had started a blog and that I should have a go I have to admit I was more than a little sceptical and Wendy had to do all the setting up as I was clueless! I had come up with a sort of name 'Bloggamy' as in monogamy (meaning one marriage and in relation to my new blog it would be my one and only blog hence the name!) Needless to say it means something to me and obviously nothing to anyone else as when it was set up the name ended up being spelt wrong and Bloggomy was born.....



During the 13 months my blog has been up and running I cannot believe how my hobby has grown and become part of my life - it does not earn my money but I am proud of what it has become.

I am extremely proud to have been a finalist in this years MAD Blog Awards in the Best Baby Blog category and was thrilled to be able to attend the Award ceremony in London in September, and although I did not win  I did get to meet some very lovely people and in particular the lovely Claire from A Boy with Aspergers who I am happy to now call a friend as well as the effervescent Super Amazing Mum who I have had a ball with every time we have met! I hope I may be as lucky to be nominated next year....

The lovely Super Amazing Mum
In May I was lucky enough to have attended Cybermummy *note to self - never wear killer heels to walk down a cobbled road in London at night in the dark*

During 2011 I have lost 3 and a half stone (since May) and documented my journey here

So how am I rich through blogging? Well through the reaches of my blog I have met some inspiring, clever, funny and downright lovely people and for that I am richer. Ok so I am yet to be a millionaire but if these new online friends were £50 pound notes I would be well on my way to that.....

Thank you to every person I have met this year and for helping make my life richer through blogging.

This photo had to be revived! Ladies you know who you are!!
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So this was Christmas.....

Well it's over for another year and it will soon be time to take down the tree and pack away the decorations.

For me Christmas is about seeing the delight (hopefully!) on my childrens faces as they open their presents or hearing them comment "How did you know I would like that?!" - it makes the time spent trawling the High street and shopping online worth it.

Although this year was an uneventful time, in some ways that makes it more relaxing and after falling asleep on the sofa on Christmas Day afternoon and waking at 3PM having not even heated an oven let alone prepared dinner I certainly proved I was laid back this year!

Here is our day in pictures - my favourite way to remember anything (even though yet again Santa forgot I would have liked a camera hhhuuummmppphhh!)

Smaller Christmas hat next year please Mum!

Christmas 2011

stolen mince pie
A stolen mince pie tastes the best!



Enough said!

Little Man has a first mini tantrum and sulks on the floor - bless!


A gift from New York was a firm favourite
So with thanks to our wonderful friends for our gifts and with hope that 2012 is the best year ever.....
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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Silent Sunday - Christmas day edition!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Twas the night before Christmas...

It's only an hour and a half til Santa heads this way.  We have watched his progress throughout the day via Norad and now the children are all in bed asleep - phew!

I still have presents to wrap and things to do but for once this year I am sitting down and taking it easy this Christmas Eve.  I am going to do something I rarely have time to do and actually just enjoy us all being together as a family.

It is so easy to get caught up with the preparations, the wrapping and the having to 'get it perfect' that the actual fun part of the Christmas period can be forgotten in all the stress we put ourselves under.  So I shall blog,  I will not feel guilty for taking time to myself when the list to do is usually foremost in my mind.

So for those of you out there also taking a moment to yourself and reading this blog post, have a happy, fun and relaxing Christmas day.  Enjoy watching your family open the gifts you have lovingly bought, made and wrapped for them and don't forget to enjoy the moment.

Happy Christmas!!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A quick word on presents for babies....

...don't worry about a present for small children because:







....the box or wrapping paper will amuse them more!!

Happy Christmas!

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Method in my Christmas madness

I love getting surprises through the post - well who doesn't?!

This surprise came in a brown box requiring thank you but it needs all of the three in my opinion. It comes from my favourite brand of household products EVER and they even do a baby toiletries range and yes I do have some!

With Little Man deciding it would be so much fun to stay awake all night and gurgle happily at the tree lights I was bleary eyed this morning when the postman knocked on the door to say the least. The sight of my surprise box soon woke me up!  So what cheered up my rainy pre-Christmas morning?


Something as everyday as this but when it comes from Method I get all excited. They are my favourite choice for household cleaners and the fact that they are non-toxic and environmentally friendly is the cherry on the top of the cake for me.

My Method pressie
The present was a bottle of washing up liquid or dish soap as they call it, in a Christmas edition and with a cheeky Candy Cane fragrance and although it may seem like nothing to you, to me, as a regular user, it is a top up to my Method addiction!  The handy pump dispenser lid will make sure it lasts well into the New year.

So although this post was not asked for it is my thank you to Method for making my day a little brighter and my dishes brighter still - thank you!
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 33 weigh in

With all the Christmas preparations and my lovely weekend away at Butlins I forgot my weekly diet update.

With parties, drinks and treats tempting us all at every moment I thought is best to try and have a 'damage limitation' theory in regards to my Slimavite plan.


So my theory is that Christmas would not be Christmas without a few nice things to eat and drink and the more I try and abstain the more likely I will blow my hard work so far on the plan.  If I aim to maintain the weight I have lost so far and be a little more akin to the everything in moderation saying then that will be a better course than just thinking the usual dieters thoughts of 'I will start again after Christmas or as a New Year resolution"

I am trying to be honest with myself and actually ask the question "Do I really need that mince pie / dollop of cream / chocolate?" and in most cases the answer is no! I am enjoying  the odd festive feast (such as my meal at Turners last weekend) but staying focussed the rest of the time.

Last week I maintained my weight at 12st 13 lbs so I was hoping for the same this week but to my shock (and delight!) I weighed 12st 12 lbs so I actually managed to lose a pound with my damage limitation theory.

Will power rocks!

TOTAL weight loss in 33 weeks: 3 stone 6 lbs... onwards and downwards...


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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Silent Sunday


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Should it be a life for a life?

This post may offend some people, it is not meant to and I apologise if it does but I feel sick to my stomach.

Today I did something I have not done since I was 6 or 7 years old.  Driving back from dropping the children at school I found myself going "la la la la" at the top of my voice so I did not hear the radio announcer on the car radio.

What would cause a grown woman to act so childishly?  I had heard the headline about a man starting a jail sentence for killing his 3 month old baby and that was all I needed to hear before I felt physically sick.

I cannot imagine ever wishing to hurt a baby.  I cannot comprehend what would make someone go to harm a child of any age let alone a defenceless infant.  I could not bear to hear how or what had happened with the child and I could not find the volume control quick enough so I had no choice but to try and drown out the words filling my car with my own noise.

Having successfully managed to avoid the gruesome details, I had heard the sentence was 7 years and I began to ask myself what is a 'just' sentence for taking another persons life?  Or should it be a life for a life?  It seems it is rare these days that a life sentence in prison really does mean that and many are left serving much less time inside.

I remember as a child, a man that my Dad worked with called Frank who would often say that those who committed a crime against another person and took a life should lose their own life.  These criminals organs be donated to those on the organ donation waiting list and given to those who really needed them and not wasted on someone who took life so frivolously - although this is an extreme view I suppose it is another take on the life for a life suggestion.

Another memory from my younger years was overhearing my Mum say that Myra Hindley could never be released as every Mother in the world would want to find her.  I had no idea at the time who Myra Hindley was but with my knowledge now I can see that her crimes angered my Mother and that she to felt overwhelmed and unable to relate to someone who would hurt and kill a child.

I am so sad that my children will grow up in a world where such people exist and where these crimes are still committed on a too frequent basis and I have to say that I will never think 7 years is enough time to serve for killing a defenceless infant or anyone else.
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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 32 weigh in

For those of you that have been stuck in a well for the last few weeks it is only 17 days til Christmas -argh!

Needless to say, like many others at this time of year, my mind has not exactly been on dieting.  The Slimavite plan is easy to do but with all the treats, chocolates and Christmas lunches that we attend it is hard to stay focussed entirely but then life goes on whether we are losing weight or not.

I was happy to stay the same this week at 12 stone 13lbs and to be honest I think it is about not ruining the 3 odd stone I have already lost by over indulging whilst allowing myself to actually enjoy the festivities.  I know as soon as Christmas is over I will be back to it with gusto.

Between Christmas and New Year so many people start to think about a fresh start in the New Year and finally, for some, the start of losing some of the weight they have gained over the years or just the pounds that creep on from all the mince pies and trifle.  I will be amongst those I am sure and until then I will not binge as, lets face it it is just gaining weight that needs to then be lost all over again!

TOTAL weight loss in 32 weeks: 3 stone 5 lbs... onwards and downwards...


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Friday, 2 December 2011

Just in case you have some free time Santa....

This year for one reason or another it has been a terrible year.  I cannot wait until it is over and that hopefully the dawning of 2012 will bring better days.

So this year I thought I would write my own 'Dear Santa...' letter and rather like the one my children compile using the shop catalogues I have decided to put together my own Christmas list, you know just in case you have some free time Santa.


* Santa 3 weeks ago my ceramic hob on my cooker decided to crack, I had insurance on it so I thought I would use my convection microwave instead while I waited for it to be fixed.  I was quoted 10 days for a replacement hob so the microwaving began and just 1/2 day into it the damn thing decided, after 12 years of faultless service, to fall apart and stop working - Sooooo Santa I would love a new convection oven/microwave to replace my departed one or even just a standard microwave if you are busy...

* With my recent weight loss I would love to have more than a couple of items of clothing that fit, not designer brands just a couple of pairs of jeans, a jumper or two and definitely a new coat as mine went through my pregnancy with me and is now out of shape and looking very sorry for itself.  So Mr Claus a nice new coat would be perfect!

* A new car, well not new new but newer than my one that has now done 244000+ miles.  Ok so she is still going but every day the screeching fan belt and squeaking steering wheel grate that little bit more on my already tense psyche and so something I could actually rely on to not break down and get me further than the end of my County would be a real godsend - Mercedes not required just reliable and not a petrol guzzler unlike my current version - thank you!

* A bit more luck and a lot more laughter would go down well this Christmas - my friends must be bored of my woes by now, I know I am!

And finally as this list is a list just for me and my selfish whims perhaps a spa day or even a hair cut and colour would be a dream come true, so Santa I know you are busy but I have been a good girl all year,

Yours,

Me aged 38 and 1/2 years
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Try not to judge me to harshly but it had to be done....

Yesterday I did something totally selfish, something completely unlike me and alien.  It felt wrong, forbidden and somehow very sinful. It went against how I am and how I have been since having children.

So what could be so bad?  Well try not to judge me but I spent money on MYSELF!!  I know, I know how could I ! I bought myself a new bra as after having lost nearly 3 and a half stone mine are now all too big and it is a big like trying to hold up my poor breasts in a hammock!!

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Not only that but I bought it after spending 30 minutes, yes 30 MINUTES having a proper bra fitting which meant me conversing with another adult about a subject that did not involve babies, children, nappies or weaning.  Ok Little Man was asleep in his pram in the store with me but I was there for ME!

Now don't get me wrong I didn't gorge on my 30 minutes of 'freedom to be me' and go and buy two whole items of essential lingerie.  I just took it easy and weaned myself into the whole selfish me moment with the one bra, but it felt good and to be honest after the event my boobs look great to.

Although I cannot see me starting a career in the 'Me time' arena it did feel satisfying and liberating in some small way to know I can do it if I want to. Who knows I may even one day make it to get my hair cut (it has been 5 months and I can't really see properly through what was my fringe) or even more extravagant my nails done !
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Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 31 weigh in

This time of year is so hard for those wanting to lose weight with all those chocolate treats at the tills to the half price biscuits in the supermarkets 

Last night saw the children's school Christmas fair which even had a chocolate tombola let alone cakes for sale.  How can you refuse to buy a treat that your child had lovingly made?!  Luckily I am quite strong when it comes to will power but everyone has their limits!!

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I think, for me, the secret is moderation and motivation.  If I stop myself having anything sweet I will want to gorge myself when it all gets too much - big problem!  Motivation is within yourself so I am in control of that and the fact that this week I tried on and got in a pair of SIZE 14 (!) jeans is motivation all on it's own and I do not want to ruin what I have achieved. I WANT to get down to 11 stone.

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This week I weighed 12 st 13 lbs so I have lost the 1lb I gained last week.  Although I am not having huge weight losses at the moment that is a combination of allowing myself little treats in the run up to Christmas and also I haven't been walking into town as Little Man has been ill.  I am still motivated as it felt good to be able to add another item from my wardrobe that I can now get into - yah!

TOTAL weight loss in 31 weeks: 3 stone 5 lbs... onwards and downwards

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Monday, 28 November 2011

Listography - Top 5 cartoon characters from your youth

The lovely Kate has a Listography theme this week that takes me back to days spent in front of just 3 channels (NB to my children - Yes when I was young we ONLY had 3 channels, even Channel 4 didn't happen til I was a teen)

Kate would like to know your 5 favourite cartoon characters from your youth.  There were so many I watched in the time school finished til tea was ready on the table but here's my top 5 in no particular order:

Murun Buchstansangur (approx 1994)


Can you remember this cartoon gem?  It was a most unusual animation, often shown as a gap filler inbetween programs. I don't know why but the name has stuck in my head since I was young and I have fond memories of the title music.

Batfink




His wings were like a shied of steel!! With his sidekick karate, Batfink was made before I was born but was shown in the 80's again and I loved it.  He heard all sorts of things with his Super Sonic radar ears - Classic!

Topcat




Another strap line that stays in my head and comes up when I see Topcat is the words "Hey TC" which was said in a drooled american style by Topcat's friend Benny.  The best set of alley cats in the world.

Willow The Wisp




One of the most strangest cartoon I can remember and came on at 5.35pm on BBC1 and I don't remember it making much sense but I loved the voice of Kenneth Williams (from the Carry On films) who did the voiceover.  His narration made it a favourite teatime watch.

Scooby Doo



This was my favourite and I use the strapline myself even now..."And I would have got away with it it if hadn't had been for those meddling (or sometimes pesky was used) kids"

I loved the bats in the opening credits and as I got older realised that they only ever had one set of clothes that they wore every day.  I never liked Scrappy Doo or the cousin that showed up in some episodes and absolutely hate the recent remakes of the films with actors in them - pah you will never be as good as the original!

Tell us your favourite cartoon characters and link up over on Kates blog here
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Friday, 25 November 2011

Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 30 weigh in

I had to double take that title when I wrote it - 30 weeks!  It certainly doesn't seem very long to lose over 3 stone in but that's exactly what has happened since I started the Slimavite plan.

2 weeks ago I officially had lost all the weight I gained in my pregnancy with Little Man but I want to lose another 2 stone to return to the weight I was when I got married 6 years ago.  My goal is to get back into my wedding dress - not to use it again but merely because I adore it...

This week my weight showed on the scales as 13 stone exactly so this week I gained 1 lb which I am happy with as I had a fantastic meal out courtesy of Next and I thoroughly enjoyed every last mouthful including pudding, not a bit of guilt do I feel as life doesn't stop because I want to lose weight.

TOTAL weight loss in 30 weeks: 3 stone 4 lbs.  Without the offer of another fantastic meal on the cards this forthcoming week it is onwards and downwards....
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Next Bloggers Event 22nd November 2011

Yesterday was up with the larks for us as were lucky enough to be invited the Bloggers Event at Next Head Office in Leicester.

I was kindly chauffeured by Wendy and son Freddy and with both boys snoring in the back of the car the journey down was very smooth and we arrived on schedule at Nexts impressive Head Office.

Within the offices was Nexts 'Mock Shop' where we were going to be lucky enough to preview the Spring Summer collection for 2012.  The range was all laid out to touch, feel and give our feedback on and I was really pleased that the staff from Next were actually allowing us to give our thoughts on their range.

The girls range was full of lovely yellows and blues with a delightful Peppa Pig jumper that especially caught my (and Little Mans!) eye but I was sad that there was not a boys version.  I loved the fact that Next are launching a unisex baby range with fantastic bright colours and lovely designs.

So here's a sneak peak of what will be in stores later this year for Spring Summer 2012...



I would like to have seen the same bright colours spread into the older boys range but I am told there is some new idea's in the footing so I am keeping my eyes peeled for designs to coincide with the Olympics and other British events happening along with a tribal type design which definitely tempts my quirky fashion tastebuds!!

With a photographer on site, Little Man was also photographed in his chosen Next outfit (A £30 giftcard was supplied for this purpose in advance) and I love the photos....



My photographic expertise is severely lacking in comparison (ok I was using my Blackberry) and my apologies to the photographer for Little Man drawing on his white canvas background during his photo shoot!!!


At this point I would like to say thanks to Chantelle from Next (Little Man seemed to have a soft spot for her) who looked after Little Man whilst I perused the collection and tirelessly followed him whilst he crawled round the mock shop and used the clothes stands as an assault course - he is really crawling at some pace now....

As if these events were not enough, lunch was a fantastic 3 course meal, with childrens entertainment supplied by Jo Jingles.... Little Man happily joined in the percussion with his maraca's


The meal was superb and it was nice to see that Next really did think about the event and make sure we wanted for nothing. I felt very spoiled and thoroughly enjoyed the entire event.  To top it off Little Man received a fantastic Next rucksack with some lovely colouring items and I received a goodie bag and voucher.  I am officially spoiled!

Before we knew it, it was time to leave and say goodbye to our fellow bloggers who it is always a pleasure to catch up with, and set off back home. Freddy and Little Man had enjoyed a busy day and their verdict??  Exhausting but so much fun.....


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Friday, 18 November 2011

Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 29 weigh in

I didn't do my Slimavite diary update last week as, to be honest, I didn't feel like blogging after the ups and downs of the last few weeks.

I can now update that last week I stayed the same at 13 st 0 lbs even after all my emotional eating.

This week has been a bit brighter and so I was able to actually remember I was on the Slimavite Plan!!  My mind has understandably been elsewhere and so when I got on the scales this week I was happy that I had managed to lose 1 lb  and the newest weight is now 12 stone 13lbs.  Another 1lb lost and it is always a fantastic moment when you see a new number next to the stone.  Seeing 12 stone start my weight for this week is a boost in itself.

I am hoping for the same next week and with thoughts turning to Christmas (isn't every shop just full of it right now!?) I will be looking to perhaps add a recipe or two to my blog updates up til Christmas so I have a new focus and am less likely to feel like indulging in that tin of sweets that's supposed to be for Christmas ;)

TOTAL Weight loss in 29 weeks - 3 st 5 lbs so as every week, onwards and downwards....
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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Listography - Top 5 Random things I like

Listography is doing something that I do best - being random!  Kate has simply asked for the Top5 random things I like and that's a good enough suggestion for me.

1) I like to roll Blu-Tack between my fingers until it gets so soft it literally drips... It's true heat it between the fingers for long enough and that is what happens - try it!

2) I like thunder and lightening - and yes I do still count between the bangs and flashes to see how many miles away it is..

3) I like the smell of cigarettes when just lit - not enough to start myself after giving up when pregnant with Tala but I certainly inhale the aroma and then remind myself I don't smoke because I hate the smell of it on your clothes.

4) I like washing clothes! I get a great sense of satisfaction to see it all clean and swaying in the breeze on the washing line - now that verging on weird never mind random!

5) I like to think that everything happens for a reason and although it may not make sense now it will at some point in my life hopefully.

Got a list of 5 random things you would like to share? Link up over at Kate Takes 5 and get random.
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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

I am struggling to believe in the point of having beliefs.

I am struggling.  In the last 4 months 3 close and loved friends have died - to be honest it has thrown me totally. They are people I have known for years, laughed with, cried with, celebrated with and feel have made my life richer for knowing.

I am left questioning how I can believe there is a reason or justification for this.  How do others when faced with the same or similar situation still believe there is a 'higher purpose' or 'God' - does this make me a bad person? Does this lack of faith that has been with me since my Mum and Dad sadly passed away make me terrible or is it just how everyone feels at a time like this?

As both my parents died before I was in my mid twentys, I have spent all of my adult life without a close family unit ( I have 3 siblings but due to circumstances in the past only really speak to 1) and my friends are my 'family'.  I value my friendships and although at times I may not speak every fortnight or every week, I do feel I can call them at any time, as they could with me, and speak as though we had spoken just the day before.  This is in my eyes priceless and what friendship is about.

God or belief does not come into my friendships or any of my day to day encounters and I like it this way - I do not have the desire required to believe in them and respect those that do especially if they in return respect my non-beliefs.

Death has left me angry, frustrated, helpless and devastated and I feel useless to help knit together the gap left by my loss - this feels selfish but in my raw state it is my honest feeling. I do not feel they have gone to a better place and I wish I could.  Right now I am struggling.
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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Look Mum no hands!

Not only had 'The Boy' borrowed my remote control (what is the fixation with babies to have YOUR keys, mobile phone or remote control?!) but he has pulled all the nappy sacks out and then to top it all decided he was going to try it all hands free!!


The hand movement is so fast is blurs but the intention is clear.  I sense a new song in my head.... "There may be trouble ahead"...

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Silent Sunday

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 27 weigh in

Little Man is officially 13 months old (where has my baby gone so fast!) and officially when I jumped on the scales this morning and saw them light up in red digits 13 stone 0 lbs I can say I have lost ALL the weight I gained whilst pregnant with him.  I started my pregnancy at 13 stone and that's where I am now - yippee!

My goal though is to reach my target weight of 11 stone which is what I weighed when I got married in 2006 and I think a healthy weight for my 5ft,  4 1/2 inch height and far from wanting to look like a 'lollypop' - I was happy at that weight and felt it suited me.  I want to reach that goal by the end of January - There I have said it now so I have to do it!

The other fantastic thing is that my BMI (Body Mass Index has dropped from obese to overweight - still not great but one hell of an improvement.....another benefit to the Slimavite plan.

TOTAL weight loss in 27 weeks - 3 stone 4 lbs.... 


My BMI

Start BMI = 37.9
Start BMI

Latest BMI = 30.3
Latest BMI

Target BMI = 29.1
Target BMI

Key

<18- underweight
18-25- normal
26-30- overweight
>30- obese
Onwards and downwards....


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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Silent Sunday

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 26 weigh in

Last week saw me being able to boast "I have lost over 3 stone on the Slimavite plan" and that felt great I can tell you!

I have to admit before starting the Slimavite shakes I was sceptical whether or not they would be affective, but now 26 weeks later and 3 stone lighter I have to say I can't be so sceptical any more.  Although I have lost weight before after my previous pregnancies this was through having to go each week and get weighed as part of a slimmers club which I didn't really enjoy.  The Slimavite Plan is something I can do at home and better still weigh myself at home!

The plan lets me feel in control and that has been a big plus for me.

Today I jumped on the scales and those digital numbers came up with 13 stone 1 lb, so that's another 2 lb loss for me this week and all a great step towards my goal weight of 11 stone.  I am well over halfway to that goal now.

Total weight loss in 26 weeks: 3 stone 3 lbs... onwards and downwards....

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Are you ready for Disney Universe?

Tomorrow sees the launch of Disney Universe - where you can play games and solve challenges in 6 different Disney Worlds in a action packed adventure video game.

Suitable for 1 - 4 players you can mix different characters into different Disney Worlds and dress as one of more than 40 characters from your Disney favourites such as Jack Sparrow or the loveable Sulley from Monsters Inc.

Play as one of Disneys favourite characters
My middle children (aged 10 and 12) LOVED IT! They had great fun playing as other characters and being able to unlock new outfits to be able to play as more characters.

They found the Aladdin world quite demanding and their favourite world was Alice in Wonderland and they were glued to the game (which we trialled on Xbox 360) for hours.  It is also available from tomorrow on PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and as a digital download for your PC.  RRP is approx £32.99


My eldest son said it reminded his of Little Big Planet in its format which is a game he really enjoys.

The game is aimed at players aged 7 - 12 and I really liked the fact that you could multi play as up to 4 characters at a time giving the children the ability to help each other play and solve the puzzles rather than just play against each other as is normal with a lot of games

Are you up to the Disney Universe challenge - we were!

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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 25 weigh in

So week 25 is here (I started the Slimavite plan in May) and I am yet to find that allusive pound or two that will allow me to say I have lost 3 stone since I started using the Slimavite shakes and Bite Plan.


When I was just 1lb away last week I made sure I tried hard this week and made the extra effort to walk to the shops not take the car.  The weather has been lovely and Little Man really enjoys going out on the pram.

This week when I weighed in I weighed 13st 3lbs - Yah! That's a 2 lb loss for me this week.

TOTAL weight loss in 25 weeks - 3 stones 1 lb as always onwards and downwards.....


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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Silent Sunday

Friday, 14 October 2011

Flashback Friday

I popped over to Cafe Bebe Flashback Friday today and it started my mind going back over the last year.

With Halloween (my favourite celebration) coming up, I was thinking back to last year when Little Man would have been just a few weeks old, but certainly not too young for dressing up.

I love all things fiendish, horror and Halloween so I was spoilt for choice in the shops when it came to baby grows and costumes.  So much so that Little Man had several for just the one day, although I will happily dress him in a outfit with a pumpkin or bat on any time of the year.

So for my Flashback friday I am turning the clock back 1 year to October 2010 .....

I love these. They live in his memory box now
Not quite focussing yet but taking in the world
Halloween outfit 1 !!
Halloween outfit 2 had cute wings under the arms...

and lastly outfit 3 ...
As my blog was yet to start last October it is nice to have the chance to add these photo's in. Bloggomy began a few weeks after these photo's were taken and was started as a way of recording Little Mans journey as he grows.  So much changes in just 365 short days!

Do you have a Flashback Friday?  Head over to Cafe Bebe and share yours.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Slimavite Diet Diary - Week 24 weigh in

Just to recap on my journey so far.  I have been following the Slimavite Bite Plan for 24 weeks and up to last week I had lost a total of 2st and 12 lbs from a starting weight of 16 stone 4lbs.

I feel better for losing the weight I put on during my pregnancy and I am getting back into my pre-Little Man clothes which is great for my motivation.

The other great thing is that people are noticing!!  I have had some lovely comments and that is a boost.  I want to get down to 11 stone which is where I was weight wise 5 years ago. Once I hit 30 the weight seemed to creep on and on and then my pregnancy was the cherry on the cake so to speak.

I was before my pregnancy 13 stone and 1 lb and I am so close to being back to that now but would like to go the 2 stone further.

This week I weighed in at 13st and 5lbs - a 1lb weight loss this week but that allusive 3 stone loss is avoiding me by just 1 lb now.  I will get there for next weeks weigh in.

Total weight loss in 24 weeks: 2 stone  13lbs

Onwards and downwards......


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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The Boy has a pet name!

I am one of these Mothers that calls my children just about everything except their names.  No not to confuse but merely as a term of endearment.

It has been no different with Little Man.  Starting off when he was born as 'Mr Snuggles' as he loved to have a blanket against his face and snuggle it.  This name stayed also when he started to wake so he could some into Mum Mums and Dad Dads bed and snuggle between us.


Other names have been 'Little Man' 'The Bubbers' 'The Baby' 'Handsome' and currently it is 'The Boy'.  I am not sure why he didn't beome a 'Tiny Ball of Coconut fluffer' like his brother and sister - it just didn't seem to fit him somehow.  The rest of the family also call him the same names and know exactly what I mean when I refer to them.  I also find myself referring to myself as 'Mum Mums'

As he grows I am sure his pet names will change.  It is not cool to be called 'The Bubbers' when starting school or more so at 12 in front of your friends!

For now 'Handsome' 'The Boy' shall be just that - that is until I find something else....

I am interested - did you call your children pet names or am I the only strange Mother to do this??

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