Sunday, 25 January 2015

New Year, New me, week 3

Week 3, now this week was very challenging.... old habits crept in on the run up to the holiday. A few failed fasts again thanks to cake at a children's birthday party that I couldn't say no to. We also treated ourselves to a take away, and as my stomach has shrunk, I couldn't eat my main after my starter, and instead had it the next day, trying to fit 2 fasts into 4 days is tough. Life gets in the way. I also enjoyed myself on the few days I was away, and didn't watch what I was eating. Yes, fish and chips was on the menu, along with crisps, cakes and biscuits... we were on holiday after all. I also reduced my water intake as we were out and about, and long car journeys, a toilet stop wasn't always convenient.
So after stepping on the scales on my weigh day (Thursday) the morning after getting back, retaining water, and lack of sleep, I was pleased to see just a 1Ib gain.
Im not going to beat myself up. It still keeps me in my 1Ib a week goal... JUST... I need to be back on the ball now, and keep to my planned fast days.
As I am writing this im half way through week 4, and I am confident... week 4 will talk about the Jillian Michaels (From 30 day shred, and Britain's biggest Looser) seminar I went to on Thursday night, as well as the chance to try out a SlimPod. These sound very interesting, and will be introduced half way through week 4... so lots going on...
How is your new year weight loss resolutions going?? Are you going strong? Having a little blip? Given up? I would love to know.

Mr and Mrs T plus three#BloggingToJogging
Sim's Life

My Sunday Photo

This week again... im a rule breaker... just two this time...
My first time with a slow shutter speed for the night time shot... Moon in crescent and Venus. Took a lot of shots to realise I needed to rest the camera on something to keep it looking sharp!... yes im blonde!

And my favourite beach shot of S whilst in Saunderfoot, South/West Wales.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Our Bluestone Diary... day 3

Wednesday was our day 3, and our final day at Bluestone Wales. We were due to have a busy day, to fit in everything Bluestone had to offer. S had other ideas, the previous night, she was still buzzing around at 9pm, and then at 3 am she decided it was time to wake up. She did not want to leave the lodge. After some coaxing. we (plus Nana) were off to the blue lagoon for some swimming and splashing around. S was very excited.

The lagoon was very warm, S was nervous though, and the tiredness was kicking in. A few tantrums were had when the waves were switched on, and when it was time to leave.
After the swim on the way back to the lodge, we got the road train to the adventure centre.
S's face was a picture as we walked in... there was so much going on. Slot machines, crazy golf, soft play area, high ropes, climbing walls, bouncy castles. Lego walls... so much. Due to S's tiredness, we let her choose one thing before going back for dinner.

S chose crazy golf, this was free, and it was also empty, S attempted to hit the ball once, and then was more interested in looking around the course, and jumping over the rocks... until she fell over... it was then time to leave...

We headed to Saunderfoot with Grandad and Nana for some lunch, and it just had to be fish and chips. Then it was time to explore the beach, whilst they sampled the shops. I showed her that the end of the fishing net could be used like a pen... and she was off....

...then of course it was sand castle time....

As it was so cold, she gave up after making three, and wanted to fish in the pool of water. We didn't find anything but she had fun swishing it around.

 After fishing, it was time to collect shells.....

After the beach it was then time to head back to the site.... we just had to go in the tree house, and Nana even conquered her vertigo fears and passed over the creaky wobbly bridge..

S was having great fun exploring the other bridges... and of course I just had to have a go too...

We then headed to the lake, as we realised we hadn't seen it yet... and was hoping to watch the sun set, it was so calm and tranquil....

...but we had to head back to the lodge as the toilet was calling, but not before stopping at the wildlife habitat house...

After getting back to the lodge, the sun was starting to set, and I was able to catch the last glimpse of the sun on our last day... before starting to pack.

After packing, we were then able to see the sun and Venus overlooking the site too. A nice send off for a fab three days. Nana and Grandad stayed on until Day 5, and was woken to heavy frost. The photos looked great.
So as you can imagine, after a very filled fun packed day, S slept the whole way home.... 4 and a half hours.... meant I had a very peaceful drive back.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Thinking back...

As you know, my two girlies, are very much growing up quickly... S turns 3, in less then 2 weeks. Where has the time gone? Originally, in the "plans" Daddy M and I had decided when I reached around the big 3-0 mark, we would start trying for our family. Which would make it in the next 18 months. If that was the case, we would have been a lot more financially secured to get the very best for our children. Obviously, our family started a little earlier then planned, and J is now 5. Money was extremely tight with the wedding planning in full swing, and deposits paid, when we found out we were expecting. We bought a lot of items second hand, and was given a lot of hand me downs too. She had everything she needed, and it was lovely. However walking around the mother and baby shops, do really get you dreaming for the VERY best, and stylish items on the wish list.
Now I don't have any more babies to buy for, as my physio and doctors have recommended I don't get pregnant again, if I want to keep my mobility. Thank you SPD. (Hip Girdle Pain). But I can still dream for the perfect nursery, cant I?
I have always loved Silver cross. They have styles to suit everyone. From the traditional coach built prams, which sound so perfect for newborns, and you can just imagine the royalty pushing the babies around in the parks, but also do the contemporary styles too, which suit me perfectly, as I am no royalty. They suit everyone. So in my hunt for my ideal nursery products. I just had to browse through their selections.
For the nursery room, I would pick the silver cross Dorchester collection. This is the exact same models I fell in love with when looking for J. I just adore the dark wood, and it would go perfect with pale walls. Its not for everyone, but I do love this. If we was starting our family now, the nursery would have these.
Silver Cross Dorchester Collection
Our girls nursery was mismatched, it served its purpose, but wasn't as luxurious as the Silver cross Dorchester, I would have loved.
J's nursery when living in Wigan
Silver cross also do lots of gorgeous pushchairs and prams too, you can see some here. I love the colours on the Linear Freeway pram and pushchair. And just love that its parent facing as well as outward facing if you wish. It just looks so cosy, and I could imagine pushing a little J or S round in this.
The girls actually had navy pushchairs, not by choice, but just through coincidence. I hated J's pushchair with a passion, so with S's I was much more selective. I chose the one handlebar across rather then separate handles, just like this silver cross, as it made steering easier, lighter, and meant I could do it one handed, so had a hand free for J walking along side. A cosy foot muff was essential too.
J's pushchair... I hated it!
S's pushchair, much more practical
I did actually love S's pushchair, as it went through thick knee high mud when it needed, but it certainly wasn't a gorgeous colour, neither would it lie 100% flat for a new born, or have the foot muff on parent facing. 
If you were to have another baby, would you choose your nursery furniture different? Or your pushchairs? What would you choose?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Our Bluestone Diary... Day 2

Tuesday is our 2nd day on the holiday resort, our first morning. We all slept well, and the beds were really comfortable. We got up at our own pace, and had eggs for breakfast, and out the door to the adventure centre for 9am. Why so early, when we are o holiday? So I could get a few hours of relaxation. Little S was booked in for the crèche, a space themed, unaccompanied 3 hours of fun, and excitement, all for £24. The crèche we booked was for up to age 3. The room was very spacious, and lots of toys were still available that weren't space themed. S was straight in with Georgina, who made her feel very welcome, whilst Vicky dealt with the paper work.

The room was well equipped, and planned activities were set up, and ready. There was 4 children booked into her session, and they all had great fun.

For the younger crèche members, cots were available. Snacks were given too, which included celery, cucumber, and sandwiches.

As I left, S gave a tiny wave, and didn't look back... I had no worries....  Nana and I then headed for the Spa.
With living at opposite ends of the country, I don't usually have quality time with my mum, so I gave her, her mothers day gift from us early.... two hours in the thermal rooms in the spa. Pure relaxation. As we entered, we were given our own fluffy robe, flip flops. and towels.

The changing rooms were very nice looking too... deep pinks and greys. Looked perfect for adult time.

I didn't take my camera in to the thermal rooms, as I was there to spend time with my mum, and relax. There was two steam rooms, with ocean breeze infused into the room somehow.... my favourite room. Also a lemon grass (not100%) in the steam room. Two saunas, with one hotter then the other, a dry salt room, which the stone seats are super comfy, and I could of just fell asleep. And an ice room.... brrr..... They also had some fantastic showers, that I do want one day. Huge head and 6 jets at the sides. We also went into the hydro-pool. Very warm pool, in the rain, is a very strange feeling. We had various bubbles going on in the pool in a circuit. We came out feeling very relaxed, and just wanting a snooze. Instead we headed back to pick S up, eager to find out how she did. They did some cutting and sticking, and made a space picture. S also iced her own biscuit, and played with moon dust. She loved it. Her smile says it all....

So, the morning was a success.... both mummy, Nanna and S was happy and refreshed.... look at my skin.... WOW!!
After lunch we headed into Tenby. The rain has been falling all day, so we weren't hopeful for the beach. We stopped off to say we have seen it, and will hopefully return tomorrow, as the wind was bitter, and strong.
Instead we headed to town, and browsed the little shops, and of course a quid or two in the amusements. We love the 2p machines. Unfortunately, Bluestone only had the 10p slot machines, and they don't last as long, so not as much fun, but Tenby had plenty in the amusements.

After our afternoon out, it was back to the house for dinner, bath and bed...

Unfortunately S didn't get the memo for bed, and instead still running riot at almost 9pm and watching bridal programmes with Nanna, pussy cats with Grandad, and a dieting show with mummy....

Tomorrow is our last day here, as home calls for me to be there with J. We are hoping to return to the beach if its dry, as well as trying out the Blue Lagoon, and the indoor play area.... IF S gets some sleep.....

Our Bluestone Diary...Day 1

So... yesterday, we made the journey to Bluestone, in Wales. When i say we, I mean half of the M family. Little S and I. Daddy and J stayed at home as J had school. The journey was supposed to have taken just over 4 hours. However the car sat nav, had other ideas. It took me well over an hour, to do a journey that usually takes 40 minutes, and through horrendous country roads, which meant a lot of reversing... WHY??? I must admit, I didn't even check the sat nav, and just followed it.
It took me through the south of the Snowdonia park, STUNNING views.... just a shame I was driving, as I couldn't take any pictures. The pot holes were ridiculous though, and there was one in particular that I had to pull over on a grass verge for just to check the car.... Eek!!
As it took us through these country roads, there were no services. Two hours into the journey I really needed the loo. Thankfully S is just potty trained, so there was a potty in the car.... and yep... I did use it on the side of the road.... it was that quiet, only the sheep got a peek!
S slept about an hour of the journey, but when she was awake, she was good as gold with her dinosaur, and Rudolf teddy. Phew!!
We emerged at the west cost of Wales, and it was a welcoming site.
It was about another two hour drive to Bluestone, and was well signposted for the last 2 miles or so. Check in is from 4.30, and we arrived on site around 4.20... perfect timing. We followed the signs to check in, and joined the queue in the car....
It was well set up, and I appreciated that I didn't have to get a giddy S out the car... just yet.
We got checked in, and given a map to our lodge. We chose a bungalow style, as I've bought my parents and one of their clients (carers, for disabled adults), and the WOW factor certainly hit us as we walked in. We have two front doors, and two separate lodges, but its joined by adjoining doors in the middle, so we can be sociable, and mingle without going in and out of the front doors, or we can close them, which was perfect for trying to get S to sleep.
I will do a different blog for the review of the lodge, as it deserves it in its own right. We unpacked whilst my parents were still en-route. Once arrived, we found our way t the "village" and got some last minute bits, ie eggs for dippy eggs this morning. And grabbed a takeaway dinner. Look at the size of the fish fingers.... these are children's meal portions. I'm glad I only chose a child's meal, as this was still plenty for me.

Todays plan is the spa, and S is booked in to the crèche, she keeps pestering to go to nursery, so this is the next best thing, and give myself and my mum some quality relaxation time. This afternoon, hopefully the beach, to collect some shells for J.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

My Sunday Photo

Again, this week I'm breaking the rules, as I cant choose just 1 photo... I have chose 3 this week. My favourite photo of J, lovely memory of S, as first time sledging, and a gorgeous landscape photo, as I try to learn new photography skills. Albeit this is just a point and shoot.