Thursday, 28 April 2011

And so the diet begins..... The Slimavite way

I don't know what happens to my body when I get pregnant.  As soon as I see a blue line on a pregnancy test kit my body instantly puts on half a stone like a sort of 'this is just the start of what's to come'  demonstration.

When I feel pregnant with my first child when I was 18 I went from being a healthy size 8/10 to a size 18 after I had given birth - I gained 5 and a half stone over those 9 months and whilst I admit I do not watch every mouthful when pregnant, I was still shocked at how quickly it had happened. Ryan had weighed 8lb 8ozs and so I couldn't say it was all baby!

It took me a few years to pluck up the courage to look at myself properly and lose that weight but I did and returned to a bigger but happier 9 and a half stone and a size 10.

I gained another 5 and a half stone with my next pregnancy - chocolate and curry cravings saw to that but again I lost the weight, and so when I had my 3rd child I started a 'fat club' (our name for our weekly meeting). I remember sitting there on the day I had been given the ok following my 6 week check-up - Baby noisily breastfeed whilst I listened to what I had to do to lose what seemed to me like half a person extra I had gained!!

That time it took just 9 months to lose 4 and a half stone - I was so pleased with myself!

Then I turned 30 - arrrgghhh! I started gaining weight for what seemed like no reason.  I had been a vegetarian for years prior to this and recently started eating meat again. I asked the doctor if that would cause it, he smirked, NO! So since then I have steadily gained weight and with my recent pregnancy with Tala I am now 5 and a half stone heavier than I was when I got married 5 years ago and on Monday I weighed 16 stone 4 lbs.

It hurts me to write that like you couldn't imagine.  I feel sluggish, fat (yes I used the F word!) and unhappy.

So today I start a new diet with the help of a trial from a company called Slimavite.  I have not used a meal replacement product before so I am in new territory but I need help to shift this body blubber.

Chocolate shake
So I prepare to be a much smaller, happier (I know that sounds shallow but it does really affect my feelings about myself to a huge degree) and healthier me. I will let you know how I get on.....

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Movie meme - Week 10 (Horror)

I am amazed that Hannah at Metal Mummy has managed to leave the genre of horror til week 10 knowing what a fan she is.... Horror is also my favourite but when I saw the theme my mind was racing.....

Horror is a wide ranging genre from the 'slasher' movies to scary, edge of your seat movies, tongue in cheek horrors and then the downright can't stop thinking about it and played with my mind horror.  I have decided to go with a film I go back and watch over and over and never tire of it tongue in cheek humour with zombies galore... Shaun of the Dead.

To start with this Simon Pegg classic is filled with fantastic British actors such as Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Matt Lucas... the list is long.  It is a micky take of Dawn of the Dead but I actually prefer this version.

The plot of the film is this. Shaun (Simon Pegg) decides to turn his monotinus life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire zombie community that has returned from the dead to eat the living - in a nutshell. The one-liners in this film are non-stop and I am in stiches even after having watched it more times than I can remember and one scene sticks out in my mind where they encounter the zombies for the first time in their garden and decide to attack them with LP's. Goes something like this....

[looking through Shaun's LPs for suitable records to throw at two approaching zombies]
ED: 'Purple Rain'?
Shaun: No.
Ed: 'Sign o' the Times'?
Shaun: Definitely not.
Ed: The 'Batman' soundtrack?
Shaun: Throw it.
Ed: 'Dire Straits'?
Shaun: Throw it.
Ed: Ooh, 'Stone Roses'.
Shaun: Um, No.
Ed: 'Second Coming'.
Shaun: I like it!
Ed: Ahhh! 'Sade'.
Shaun: Yeah, but that's Liz's!
Ed: Yeah, but she did dump you.
Shaun: Oh! 

I am struggling to sum up everything I love about this film so I would have to just say go buy it - don't rent it or wait for TV Buy it! You will love it!

Here's a clip til you can get to the shops....

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Talk about laugh.... nearly wet myself !!

I happened to be looking through the stats on my blog tonight and decided to look at where the traffic sources originate from - as in Google, Ask or another website.

Someone had been on and viewed a review I did for the Tidy Trays highchair cover but when I looked at the words they had used to search for on their search engine it was.....Fit and Tidy Babes!!!

Well my review must have had those words in so up it came on their results - how gutted must they have been!!  I laughed at the thought of some teenager surfing the web for good looking girls and getting that - thanks stats you gave me a good laugh x

Movie meme (Week 9) Favourite actress

Hannah at Metal Mummy has set the theme for this week as your favourite actress. HHmmmm now let me think, as far as actresses go certainly no modern day acting ability springs to mind.

I was going to choose Bette Davis as she is an absolutely stand out actress but as I choose one of her films in the black & white week I am going to move to someone I think was a very clever and totally underrated actress - this week my favourite actress is the epic, iconic Marilyn Monroe.

I am sure many people associate Marilyn with the drug fuelled, sleeping tablet addicted blonde that died in some would say suspicious cirsumstances in 1962, but for me Marilyn was a clever and savvy woman who took her choosen professional so seriously that she studied acting for years off her own back and not at the request of her studio bosses.  I don't believe in the beginning her roles were anything to shout about at all but for me that chnaged when she played Miss Caswell in 'All about Eve' with you guessed it Bette Davis.

She was far from anything except a bit part but she seemed to bring the screen to life with her timid and sweet natured acting - far from the actress she is remembered as.

I fantastic 'must see' film of hers is Don't Bother to Knock where Marilyn plays a disturbed babysitter in charge of 2 children in a hotel where she meets a pilot (played by Richard Widmark) who soon discovers from her strange behaviour that she would be the last person suitable to look after children. Marilyns portrayal was edgey and realistic and showed a new side to the blonde bombshell the studios showed the world.

Here's a taster of Don't Bother to Knock

For those of you that prefer the bubbly blonde version of Marilyn you simply can't beat Gentleman prefer Blondes or better still the classic Some Like it Hot where she plays Sugar Kane a drinking, going nowhere musician that dreams of better things...check them all out or catch up on the ones you haven't seen and see for yourself the many different sides to her acting.

Guardian - Q & A's : Knob or not?

I have been tagged for this by Carol over at Carol Finds Her Wings - and basically I have to answer a list of questions as featured in the Guardian so I can then either be sent smiling into the 'yeah you seem like a nice person, I'd go for a pint with you' group or be sent hanging my head in shame in to the 'Christ what a knob - listen to yourself!' group....pressure is on.

                                                   Image: graur razvan ionut /

**Which living person do you must admire and why?
I would have to say I most admire Janet Street Porter as she is not afraid to say what she really thinks, laughs at herself and is so clever and funny into the bargain - try reading her book 'Life's too F**king Short' and you will see exactly what I mean.

**When were you happiest?
I am happiest when the sun is shining, the kids are not arguing and I have no pressing things to be done - so needless to say few and far between but great when it happens!

**What was your most embarrassing moment?
It was very recently to be honest but i didn't even know about it at the time.... It was when I was in labour with Little Man and the Gas and Air was talking for me (that's my excuse!) I told my husband and the midwife that I was coming back in the next life as a ...woman! because we know how to have babies and also a few other strange ramblings - so glad we didn't film the birth after all or they would be caught on camera for ever. I had the midwife laughing at me according to my husband - hhhmmm not sure that was the desired effect at that point.

**What is your most treasured possessions?
My photo's are top of this (you can never replace a photograph after all) secondly would be my memories in my head for the same reasons.....

**Where would you like to live?
If it was a 'choose anywhere' place it would be Barbados - so exotic.

**What's your favourite smell?
Has to be the smell of a newborn - don't know why but didn't bath Little Man for the first 3 days so the smell wouldn't be washed off.....

**Who would play you in the film of your life?
As it is unlikely to ever be made, should it be, I would like Angelina Jolie to play me as it would be fantastic to look like her (trying to be me) even if it was just for a film.

**What is your favourite book?
Love books by Kathy Reich and Jonathon Nasaw but no favourite as they are all great.

**What is your most unappealing habit?
Arrgghh no!! Do I have to? Well I have IBS so my bottom likes to talk - enough said!

**What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Oh definitely Morticia from the Adamms Family - gothic, sexy and cool....

**What is your earliest memory?
From when I was about 4, riding on the scooters on my first day at playgroup.

**What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Looking at actor's biceps!

**What do you owe your parents?
Everything but mostly an apology for being a nightmare for getting lost and causing stress to my parents in shopping centres when I was small - sorry xx

**To whom would you most like to say sorry to and why?
To my husband as I know how impossible I am to live with - no I am not, yes I am, and for always changing my mind ....

**What or who is the greatest love of my life?
Rock music is the what and my family are my who.

**What does love feel like?
All consuming, have to be together, can't live with but can't be without - that's love.

**What was the best kiss of your life?
My first proper kiss aged 11 years in the alley (my first boyfriend and my first broken heart!)

**Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
'To be honest' 'at the end of the day' 'Really?' 

**Whats the worst job you have ever done?
Anything that involves cold calling people - never ever again and I am never rude to those that do it to me - been there, done that and know how it hurts when people are rude.

**Whats the closet you've come to death?
I haven't but do believe in near death experiences - random link there I know....

**What do you consider your greatest achievement?
With 4 children my sanity is an achievement as times.....

**When did you last cry and why?
Friday as I am tired at the moment and my son's behaviour was very extreme that day - not the best combination.

**How do you relax?
Simply put - I don't but the closest I get is through blogging.

**What is the most important lesson life had taught you?
Tomorrow is another day...make the most of every one and take it as a chance to forgot the rubbish one that happened before it!!! 

So there you have it - knob or pint - the choice is yours!!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Mumra Playlists - week 9 (a music meme)

I caught this great meme on Mumra and although I sadly missed the previous weeks it jumped out at me this week.  The theme for week 9 is ......

This song reminds me of you.......

As I read the title a song that's very special to me came into my head.  It was the song that my husband and I had playing after we had exchanged wedding vows and had just been officially 'declared Man and Wife'.  The song is Head over Feet by Alanis Morrisette.

Every time I hear this song I am filled with raw emotion and it brings tears to my eyes. The words sum up exactly how I am as a person and how our relationship was at that time.  I also love the quirky, angsty Alanis Morrisette and The Jagged Little Pill album is a great listen even today.

April 22nd will be our 5th wedding anniversary - Happy Anniversary
I love you xx

Reasons to be cheerful - 1,2,3

I sadly have had to miss an event today that I won tickets to, the Fina Diving Championships in Sheffield as I have no-one to watch Little Man and his brother - sad for me as this would have been a great event to see.

Sometimes it's something that gets you down that gets you thinking about all the things you have that are - Reasons to be Cheerful......

1) Today is the first day of the Easter school holidays for us - hurray!! No lift shares, no having to cajole the kids out of bed and into the bathroom, no making packed lunches and most importantly time to spend together with the smallest 3 children - Come on sunshine!

2) I have been having a few 'dark days' recently and thankfully they seem to have passed - another hurray!!
I hate being down and usually it is without real reason so here's to lighter, happier days.

3)  I am due to call and catch up with my eldest son today - 3rd hurray!! I do miss him (he is away at college) and we don't get to talk everyday.  A small telephone conversation keeps me up to date and makes me smile..

So these are my reasons to be cheerful, ok so no big holiday plans, events or surprises but it's the small things that count.

Image courtesy of

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Movie meme (week 8) World Movies

Hannah has made the theme for this weeks Movie meme World Movies.  And I thought other weeks have been hard!!

I do not tend to watch movies with subtitles as I find that I miss the action as I read the sub-title, so I have gone with a film that I have seen in it's original format, and in my opinion is better than the folllow up American non-subtitled remake.

Ju-On (The Grudge)

The storyline is this. In Japan it is said that when someone dies in extreme rage or sorrow, the emotion remains and can 'taint' that place. Death then becomes a part of that place and kills everything it touches.

This original version is sub-titled but to be honest you forget about them very quickly as the film itself is very easy to follow and the actors are very convincing,  It is in places a 'hold your breath' horror that the 2004 american sequel comes close to but doesn't quite capture, perhaps that because Sarah Michelle Geller was too well known as 'Buffy' for us to believe her acting - I don't know?!

The Japanese version is enough to make you jump and go hide and it is the realisation that evil does exist that makes the movie for me and a lot of the scenes are darkly eerie. As Holly-wood horrors tend to be built on the characters within them this film makes you look at films in a different way as with Ju-On the whole film is based on the ambiance of fear rather than it being seen through a character. It resists the usual Hollywood gore in every scene style and instead builds on the tension within the film and is filmed in a way that gives you a sense of terror without the blood.

Here's a taster:

Worth renting just don't say I didn't warn you......

Monday, 11 April 2011

So what's in your fridge?

I am a fridge over stocker and I hold my hands up to it! I love to have loads of flavours and tastes to hand and so my fridge is choc full of the weird and wonderful.  My neighbour once described it as 'posh' food i.e no chicken nuggets or cold pizza in mine - judge for yourselves as to whether it's posh.  To me it's delicious, tasty and normal grub.

So here goes - arrrgghh!

Main part of fridge
Bearing in mind I do my main food shop on a Wednesday, the main shelves of my fridge hold:

Jar of Branston Pickle
Bottle of 'lighter than light' Mayonnaise
Bottle of Levi Roots Sauce  (Love you Levi!)
Tub (nearly empty) of Margarine
Some plum tomatoes
No Added Sugar ready to eat jelly
Edam cheese
Provamel Soya Desserts
Steak pie (Jamie's!! Hate all things like this - ex vegetarian longing to be so again)

A Butternut squash
2 lots of asparagus (my favourite!)
Sweet potato

Now here's the fridge door - best sit down!

Condiment Queen doesn't cover it!
Ok starting at the bottom:
Milk (skimmed - me)
Milk (full fat - Jamie/Jared)
Apple Juice
Rice Milk
2 cartons of Cracker fruit juice
Packet of Lloyd Grossman pasta sauce
Tommy K (as pre-teen calls it - Tomato Ketchup to you and me)
Brown sauce
Sweet Chilli sauce
Relish (tomato and JalapeƱo)
Cheese Spread
yoghurt drinks
yet more relish (piri piri and curry this time)
Salad cream
Lime Pickle
Cheese 'ends'
Rice Dream chocolate milk carton
and finally Philadelphia

So not much 'real food' but loads of sauces seems to jump out to me. As I usually cook from scratch there are no ready meals or 'junk' so to speak - just ask my kids - they moan about it constantly! So nothing in my eyes that is out of the ordinary....

So dare you open your fridge to the world?? x

I've been nominated for a MAD Blog award 2011

Wow! Thanks so much for the nominations for the MAD Awards 2011. I am so proud to see my blog up there with some of the fantastic blogs I read.

MAD Blog Awards 2011
I am absolutely thrilled (and to be honest shocked) to be nominated in three catergories which are Best MAD Baby BlogBlogger of the Year, and Best MAD Blog Post of the Year!

What can I say - to be shortlisted for any but especially Best MAD Baby Blog would be such as honour.

My blog began as a way of having a 'cyber' diary so to speak of Little Mans life as I began it just after he was born, but it has evolved and grown in different directions from reviews (which I love) to rants (well we all have them!) to a place where I can share photo's and events of my life with my family, friends and all you other lovelies.

So thanks to anyone who nominated me x

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Makes me mad!! A pet hate of mine....

A feel like a quick rant if it's ok with you!! Here goes....

Dear Multi-million turnover supermarket,

Following a visit to a store today, how come I have to take your uncomfortable, don't feel safe or look safe for a baby, supermarket trolleys to your 'Customer Service' (note the hyphens) to ask for it to be cleaned BEFORE I put my baby in it??

'Customer Service' staff then hands ME the cleaning spray and a cloth for ME to clean (no I am not too good to clean but shouldn't they be apologising and trying to help out the customers?) and then once I have cleaned it there is no apology or even the suggestion that it will be raised to a higher member of staff - Little Man is 6 months old so germs are still a reality but much small babies use these same trolleys to. What happened to 'Customer Service'?

No not the dreaded plastic nappy changing unit!

Dear Multi-million turnover fast food outlet/restaurant

Why is it that you always fail to get your cleaners to actually CLEAN the pull down out of the wall, my baby hates it, looks really uncomfortable plastic baby changing unit??  In a huge majority of cases these units always look grubby, dirty and would probably be cleaner to use the floor to change a child on!!  I lose count of the times I have had to ask a member of staff to come and clean the unit BEFORE I change a nappy on it, and that I still then put my own small portable changing mat on it?

Am I asking too much or is it just that my standards are too high - would love your thoughts.....

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Movie meme (Week 7) The 80's

Thank you Hannah! I have just spent the last 45 minutes re-living my teens as I sought inspiration for this weeks Movie meme.

The first film that screams 80's at me is The Goonies - 'Hey you guys!!' but upon further perusal it has to a film that I feel in love with as an 11 year old girl.  The soundtrack, the moves and especially the  lead role actor Adolfo Quinones (I was 11 for pity's sake)

Breakdance The Movie (1984)

Now this film really touched me, my naive dream as a pre-teen was that I wanted to be a dancer on a cruise ship (stop laughing!) and so a movie with such raw and talented dancers in was like a dream come true.  The soundtrack was awesome and to this day my favourite song is still 'Aint Nobody by Chaka Khan'

I wrote this post with Pre-teen watching and in her words  'The 80's are cool, love those Converses, and I so want to see that film now' When I look back at it - yes the actors were dancers not actors and this shows in a forgiveable way once they start the moves.  The budget was obviously very low but again the whole feel of the movie was somehow new and uncut with an edgy feel to it.  I spent my days trying to 'lock' like the dancers and trying to convince my Mum that I needed a pair of high top Converses (scary as Pre-teen is on my case for the very same thing at the moment!!)

The best dance scene in the movie for me is the dance Turbo does with the broom.....

The dance battles were as Pre-teen would say 'sic' and it really started a whole movement towards Hip Hop, Locking and Popping and had us all spinning like marooned turtles on our backs on the floor of our Dads garage on top of a cardboard box.  So many happy memories and no swearing, sex or weapons that I can remember - come back 1984 you were a great movie year for me!