Thursday, 8 October 2015

MACHINES Congleton... a gym like no other!

Since the start of the school year I have been taking some time just for me. I was planning to keep it a secret and just see where it took me but I am enjoying it so much I just had to share. If you are local to Congleton or Macclesfield it may benefit you too! So, what have I been doing for just one hour a week that is improving my mental well being AND my physical health at the same time?
I am attending a gym like no other, as it is more like a studio. There is no treadmills in rows nor the posers that like to show off in front of the mirror, neither is it so big that you are just a number. When you join you become a member of the family, somebody worthy or their time to train you correctly. Sounds corny doesn't it? But it works. The place is Machin-ES .

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Creating a Cardboard Dreamhouse

This month the girls were invited to design their ideal dream cardboard house. We were given a large strong cardboard house and the rest was dreamt up in the girls heads. Both girls are so different and couldn't decide on a "frog themed" house or a "princess fairy" house, so they did both. The fairest way to stop the squabbling was to give two sides to each girls.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Making Invent-a-scent perfume with Interplay and Giveaway

J is such a girly girl. When we were asked to pick a kit to review with Interplay it wasn't hard to find something she would like. The invent-a-scent Perfume kit sounded perfect. J received a bottle of "Princess perfume" at Christmas and has recently started wearing it lots.  This kit meant she could make her very own perfume to wear.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Couch to half marathon?

I have been very quiet on the blog the past few weeks. I am still here, I promise! I have been suffering from a bad chest infection that just does not seem to want to disappear. It started end of August and after three weeks of a mucus cough I headed to the drs after the pharmacist recommended it. The nurse saw me and is unsure if its asthma which could be fitness induced or an infection. She sent me away with antibiotics a peak flow checker and an inhaler. The antibiotics have now finished and the cough is still there. I felt better though and was told I could still do my walk/run programme but to listen to my body. The asthma check up is in October and I am holding out to then....

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Exploring the Food Hall at Selfridges

I love food. It is obvious when you see my instagram account. Not any food in particular, just good flavoursome food. It could be a good takeaway, or a nice piece of cake or even a home cooked meal. With this in mind I was invited along to Selfridges in Manchester's Trafford Centre to explore the food hall. I invited Grandma M along with me to explore as we often visit food festivals together, and thought this would be something very similar. I also left the girlies behind so I could enjoy the food without them wanting to steal mine.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Roald Dahl Day Crafty Twits challenge!

We all remember Roald Dahl as the author of amazingly funny books whilst growing up. They have survived the test of time and are still very much loved now too. We had the joy of introducing the girls aged 3 & 5 to one of his books this week. I always thought they would be too young to appreciate it as they are not full of colour short stories they are used too, instead a real chapter book. HOW WRONG WAS I? They loved it. Both sat either side of me chuckling away page after page of The Twits.

Friday, 11 September 2015

BFF Tag Jewellery Review by Interplay

Our latest assignment by Interplay as an ambassador was to put BFF tag jewellery to the test. Its recommended for ages 8+ but as J is close to 6 we supervised her closely. Packaged in a bright colourful box it comes with everything you will need apart from a pair of scissors, knife, something to roll the clay out with (like a rolling pin or cup) and an oven.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Abbotsbury Swannery and Children Farm

Whilst we were in Dorset on our holiday this summer we visited Abbotsbury Swannery and children's farm making use of the Tesco club card deals again. We went along with Nana too with the hope to catch them at feeding time. We arrived around lunchtime at the Swannery and realised the feeding time was not on until 4pm. To bide some time we decided to try out the children's farm too. A little walk (longer then it makes out) down a country lane and we arrive. S was in a foul mood this day due to the lack of sleep, however she perked right out of it went she got to feed a guinea pig. Just look at that cheeky smile as she tries to force feed it a carrot...

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Too fat to run.... the reboot...

Today is the start of September which means its officially the start of my "The Fat Girls Guide to Running" challenge with Too fat to Run. If you didn't see my introduction post I have committed the next six months to following challenges that are set in the clubhouse.  
This weeks challenge is the reboot. With only 4 working days left this week all we need to do is get out the front door for three of those days.
Challenge one is walk, jog or run for 10 minutes, then retrace your foot steps back however you wish to do it. Challenge two is the same but for 12 minutes before turning back, and the third is for 15 minutes. This is do-able. There is no emphasis on distance or speed, just to get out and do something.

Monday, 31 August 2015

A summer full of milestones!

This post is all about J and her new skills she has learnt this summer!

J has been taking part in swimming lessons for almost a year in the hope that she would be able to swim confidently with no arm bands for our big holiday this coming November. Usually 14 months would be plenty of time. Unfortunately her swim school changed instructors approximately six times in the 11 month period. This summer my aim was to try and get her booked in else where after complaining and just being told, "yeah we have had a high rate of staff turn over, but what can we do about it?"