Friday, 26 May 2017

My Summer Key Pieces

When it comes to summer there are a few key pieces that are must haves for my wardrobe.
I like to wear light weight and breathable clothing during these months as the last thing I want is to be a hot sweaty mess. I've never been keen on clothing that clings to me and during the summer its a good idea to keep away from black clothing most days as well. 

So what are my must have key items?

Maxi Skirts and Dresses
I could live in maxi dresses and skirts during the summer. They are my go to when the weather is nice as I can keep cool without having to show my legs and there are so many different styles out there so you will be able find ones that suit you. 

Flip Flops
Perfect for looking stylish and keeping your feet cool. They are easy to slip on and off and don't have to be just worn at the beach.

Whether for sunbathing or swimming a comfortable costume or bikini is something that I feel is a must especially as a Mum as I want to be comfortable and fun with my son in the pool. 

Vest tops
Ideal as they can be worn with shorts and skirts or thrown on over your swimwear. They can be dressed up and down too so definitely a staple. 

You don't just have to wear maxi dresses either there are many styles of summer dresses that are great for keeping cool in the heat. I love a good wrap dress as it suits my body shape.

There are many different styles of shorts and skirts. I look for light weight materials.

Beach Bag 
A must for carrying all your beach essentials such as sun cream, towels, toys for the keys etc. 

I really need to purchase a pair of prescription sun glasses. They are a must when the sun is shining. 

Ideal for covering up when on the beach or by the pool

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Post-Pregnancy Fitness Tips

After having my son in 2014, my healthy eating and fitness waned. As someone who has struggled with their weight there’s always things I wish I’d gone back and done differently.  I doubt I am the only mum who feels this way; pregnancy can certainly do strange things to the body.
It’s easy to fall into bad habits when you’re pregnant and very hard to break them afterward, trust me I am speaking for experience. Looking after your health and fitness post pregnancy can be difficult; having the energy to exercise just isn’t always possible.
So many women today turn to surgical options to help them get back into shape but before you consider that why not try the traditional way? An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, costs can vary but many women will gladly pay the money to feel like themselves again.  

So how do you stay fit and healthy post pregnancy without resorting to surgery? Well, it’s not all about exercise thankfully; your diet is just as important. I’ve done my research and outlined what I think are some of the best post-pregnancy health and fitness tips. So if you’re a new mum why not give some of these tips a try?
Take It Slow
Pregnancy really takes its toll on your body so whatever you do don’t rush to get back into shape. No matter how you feel you can’t go running or to the gym a few weeks after you’ve given birth. Take at least six weeks to recover fully and get your strength back and start small and in time work yourself back into a routine.
Take Walks
Exercise classes and sports are not really an option post pregnancy at least straight away but don’t worry there’s plenty of ways to lose weight without such strenuous activity. One of the best ways to stay fit and healthy post pregnancy is to take regular walks. The best thing about this is you can do it with your baby; just a short walk down to a friend’s house or the corner shop can really help with your fitness.
Make It Social
One of the best fitness tips for new mums is to find something you enjoy doing and do it with a friend. If you join a new mums group you can make improving your fitness a goal that you can share together. Whether it’s just walking together with your babies or taking a light yoga class you’ll have more success staying healthy if you work with someone.
Diet But Not Right Away
A diet is a great way to lose your baby weight and get back into shape but don’t do it straight away. A common mistake many new mums make is that they go on a diet too soon, give yourself at least six weeks before dieting again but if you feel like you need longer then don’t be afraid to wait. If you diet too soon you’ll just make your recovery harder, so feel free to plan a diet but don’t start it till you’re ready.
Try Swimming
Swimming is a popular way to take care of your health and fitness post-pregnancy, many mums also find swimming relaxing and you can even take your baby with you when they’re old enough. Remember to wait until you’re ready and able before you take to the swimming pool and take it slow.
Be Realistic
Don’t set unrealistic body goals for yourself post-pregnancy, looking after your health and fitness is important but you need to be realistic about it. You’re not going to get back into that swimsuit straight away, being realistic about your body goals will help keep you positive and happy.   

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Living Arrows- 21/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” by Kahlil Gibran

 We love relaxed Sunday's at home just playing games which is why this weeks living arrows photos are of Blake playing with his favourite Orchard toys game. It may also be because I forgot to take photos this week of him doing anything else. oops! 

Blake is really loving matching games at the moment though (with a bit of help). This week we also decided to do a craft project and made an owl bunting I wish I had taken photos of us doing this together as he was actually taking an interest which is rare with Blake as he much prefers to be on the go running around. 

Living Arrows

Friday, 19 May 2017

Super Geek Hero's Review and Giveaway

A fun and brand new series called Super Geek Hero's has been launched. Blake loves to watch cartoons every now and again and so I was excited for him to see the new show. 

The Super Geek Heroes  are a unique group of super-kids... with the tagline having fun in turn with a mission to learn! Their seven friendly "super-powers" are derived from the three prime and four specific development areas of the "Early Years Foundation Stage"

The development areas and resulting characters  are:
·      Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Suzi Smiles
·      Understanding the World - Peter Planet
·      Communication & Language - Vicky Voice
·      Literacy - Jake Jotter
·      Numeracy - Mille Maths
·      Physical Development - Ant Active
·      Creative Arts & Design - Ronnie Rock

You can watch Super Geek Heroes over on YouTube ( don't forget to subscribe). The great thing for me is that the series is based around learning. Blake loves the bright and colourful characters. I love that their is a whole page dedicated to helping us parents to understand and explain the idea of the series. 

I love that the show is fun and engaging and although Blake is only 2 he was still drawn to watching it. I love that each episode focuses on a different aspect of learning. 

Super Geek Heroes are giving one of my followers a chance to win a free 6 month subscription to KidsCast app. On this app you can download and view Super Geek Heroes on the go or cast to your TV  meaning your child/ren can watch it wherever you are! 

For your chance to win  just answer the question in the rafflecopter below and also see how u can gain more entries. 

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wanting to change but not sure how

I'm overweight, actually scrap that I am obese and something needs to be done. Something needs to change my diet needs to be better and I need to start exercising again. The trouble is since I fell pregnant with Blake in 2014 my healthy eating and exercising has gone to pot. 

I have tried but seem to give in after a few days when the chocolate cravings come and I end up pigging out, as for exercise again I have tried however since having a C-section I have found that doing an exercise DVD at home would cause me pain around my stomach area. 

At my heaviest 

My weight has always been up and down most of my life at my heaviest I was a size 24 and at my slimmest a size 12/14. I'm now a size 18/20 which is the size I've been mostly at. However I'm not happy, I don't like what I see in the mirror and I want to be a lot more healthier and be able to run around after my son and have a lot more energy. 

But what do you do when you feel you are stuck and really don't know how to get out of the bad habits that you have formed. I'm uncomfortable in what I wear and totally self conscious that people are looking at me.  

At my slimmest 

When I was at my heaviest I wasn't happy and just like now I feel that I was getting into bad habits. I eventually realised enough was enough and in 2013 I embarked on my slimming world journey where from January 2013 -March 2014 I lost 6 stone 2lb . I was the happiest and healthiest then, I had so much more energy and was happier in how I looked especially in what I wore and confidence seemed to excel too. 

I then fell pregnant and found the best way to prevent morning sickness was to not get even slightly hungry so was constantly eating the wrong things. I decided that while I was pregnant I was just going to eat what I wanted and then get back to slimming world after my 6 week check once baby was here.

It didn't work that way I have tried going back to slimming world 3 times since having Blake and not been able to stick at it like I had done previously the motivation just isn't there. So now I'm at a point where I want to change but am unsure how.