A New Better You #ANBY Week 2 and 3: Time To Myself and My Fears!

#ANBY

I did not get chance to post last week so here are two posts in one. Firstly, here is what I like to do when I have time to myself:

  • A glass of wine and a bubble bath when the kids in bed
  • A chance to cook in the kitchen without Thomas running round
  • Watch ‘Love Actually’ – it’s my favourite girlie film!
  • Watch cooking programmes
  • Bake a cake without having to supervise a toddler at same time
  • Meet up with my friends and have a proper catch up
  • Have a lie in!
  • Go clothes shopping on my own
  • Go for a walk without having to push the pushchair

 

My Fears!

  • That I will not ever recover completely from having PND
  • That my dreams for next year will not happen and I will be still be a part time working mum instead of a full time professional blogger and social media consultant, working from home around Thomas and Daniel
  • Spiders!!
  • Heights!!

For more #ANBY inspiration please see A New Addition

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Wicked Wednesdays – 19th November 2014

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Poor attempts at taking a selfie with Thomas and Daniel!

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Families Exploring The Great Outdoors Has Dropped By a Third

Britax B Motion 3 in Countryside
The UK’s families are a nation of home nesters as new research reveals that 60 per cent of parents prefer to spend quality time with their children at home rather than going out together. The Family Time report*, commissioned by child mobility experts, Britax, explores family lifestyles and adventures in the UK and shows that families are spending 33 per cent less time outdoors than they did in their own childhoods.
Whilst 65 per cent of the 2,000 parents surveyed agree that family time outside is fun, almost one in five (18%) families labelled it as ‘stressful’ with a further 41 per cent worrying about their children’s safety when they are outdoors.
With the dark evenings and winter gales now in full swing, the unpredictable British weather is a key factor for families staying at home for over 50 per cent of parents (54%). Other challenges to family outdoor freedom include:
·         High costs: 63 per cent say the cost of family days out limit quality time together out of the home
·         Time: 35 per cent say the time it takes to prepare and leave the house with children is a deterrent
·         Equipment: Almost a quarter (25%) cite the amount of equipment needed (pushchairs, changing bags, bottles etc) as a de-motivator to heading outside
·         Housework: Balancing household chores and family life is a major factor for 27 per cent of parents
·         Tantrums: 22 per cent say the fear of their children throwing tantrums in public tends to keep them inside for family time
Despite the deterrents, 61 per cent of parents still recognise that getting out with their children is important in terms of building memories with their family,  with activities like family holidays (47%), days out with the family (15%) and playing outdoors with friends (25%) topping the list of the best memories from their own childhoods.
Family life specialist Dr Pat Spungin comments: Whilst spending quality time at home together is still incredibly valuable for any family, powerful life long memories can be made by discovering new things together outdoors.
 
“But it’s not always easy. This research shows how families feel the odds are really against them when it comes to getting outdoors, but there are some really simple steps that parents can take to make the process much simpler and more stress free. Whilst excursions and theme parks can be expensive, don’t underestimate the value of simply taking a walk out in the park with the children. You’ll all get some fresh air and will have lots of fun in the process.”
 
Dr Pat Spungin has created a series of expert tips at http://babyonboard.britax.co.uk/en designed to help minimise the stress of getting out together as a family.
 
More children, more challenges…
 
The Family Time report shows a direct correlation in the number of children in a family and the amount of time spent together outside. Whilst 40 per cent of families with one child say they try to go out to the park together each weekend, this decreases to 33 per cent for families with three children.  Over half (56%) of parents with three children said they rarely try something new at the weekends and prefer to stay at home.
The probability of watching TV together as a family also increases with the number of children in the family. Only one out of five (20%) families with one child watch TV all together at the weekends versus 30 per cent for a two child family and 38 per cent for three children – almost double the amount of one child families.
The report found that families in East Anglia dedicate the most amount of time outdoors together, followed by Wales and the North West. Northern Ireland was revealed as the region that spends the least amount of time outdoors as a family.**
“We believe that becoming a parent is really about becoming yourself and that every family has the right to live their life to the full” comments Amy Voller, Brand Director EMEA from Britax. “We understand how challenging this can be for modern families however so are committed to making travelling and exploring with children as easy, safe and as stress free as possible. That’s why we will always go far beyond what’s required and won’t stop until we’ve achieved the safest travel solutions for outdoor family adventures.”

*Britax used market research company Atomik Research who surveyed 2,000 British parents with children aged 0 – 12 years from a nationally representative sample, in October 2014.

**LEAGUE TABLE: Most time spent together outside of the house as a family – Regional Breakdown
1.        East Anglia
2.        Wales
3.        North West
4.        East Midlands
5.        South West
6.        Scotland
7.        South East
8.        North East
9.        West Midlands
10.     London
11.     Yorkshire
12.     Northern Ireland
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My Week That Was (W/E 15th November 2014)

On Sunday, we went shopping and discovered that Daniel’s first tooth was starting to come through!
On Monday, Daniel got very excited over mega blocks!

On Tuesday, I had a busy day at work and forgot to take a photo

On Wednesday I made slow cooker beef goulash for the first time. It was delicious!
On Thursday, Thomas enjoyed licking the spatula after helping me make some cakes for our local NCT Nearly New Sale
On Friday, I went to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill on the 25th floor of The Cube in Birmingham. I had the most amazing Christmas dinner ever!

On Saturday, I took a very quick picture of my Rocky Road on display at the NCT Nearly New Sale

As ever, I am linking to The Boy & Me’s Project 365 and Make Do and Push! My Week That Was Captured

* blog media library is playing up so only links this week. No badges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Wednesdays: 12th November 2014

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Peppa Pig has got a lot to answer for!

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My Week That Was (W/E 8th November 2014)

On Sunday, I made a spooky carrot soup

On Monday, Thomas was exhausted after a morning at nursery

On Tuesday, we ate this small chocolate cake at work at it was one of my colleague's birthday

On Wednesday, Thomas watched the fireworks in his own strange way!

On Thursday, we went to a group called 'Mucky Pups'. Thomas had lots of fun painting the fireworks he had seen the night before

On Friday I forgot to take a picture but we had lots of fun with friends

On Saturday, Daniel turned 10 months old

 

 

 

A New Better You Week 1 #ANBY: Goals

My good friend Hannah of A New Addition has got a linky called 'A New Better You'. She has recently relaunched it and is encouraging us to change our lives for the better in small steps that anyone can handle and fit in around life/work/kids/blogging. As I am currently suffering with PND and realising that I need to enjoy the little things, just to get through the day sometimes. This linky has really struck a chord with me and I hope to take part in it every week.

For the first week of the linky, Hannah has asked us to write down our goals for the future. I have big plans for 2015 and I will share them with you in the new year once I get a few things sorted. Therefore, the goals below (in no particular order!) are from now until the end of the year:

  • Enjoy spending time with Stuart and the boys
  • Try and keep on top of the housework
  • Make a blogging schedule and stick to it!
  • Relax more
  • Keep going to yoga
  • Lay the foundations for next year's plans
  • Get more organised
  • Realise that I cannot do everything
  • Get some counselling/advice for my PND and beat it!
  • Do my accounts
  • Get everything for Christmas sorted early
  • Use my slow cooker more
  • Start meal planning again
  • Realise that I cannot doing everything as a part time professional blogger, part time employee and mummy. Just to do the best that I can and have fun!

Thank you to Hannah for starting this fabulous linky. I cannot wait to see what our mission is next week! Don't forget to use #ANBY on Twitter :-)

 

 

Wicked Wednesdays: 5th November 2014

It's all too much for some…

 

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot With Hotter Shoes! (and a Giveaway!)

Hotter - Jewel Shoes

I am sure I have told you before about my love for Hotter Shoes? Well, I discovered them last year after being told by a physiotherapist that I needed better and more comfort shoes due to a problem I have with my knees. I spent most of my teenage years wearing shoes without any arch support (or really any support at all!) and am now suffering the consequences. During my pregnancy with Daniel my knee pain got so bad I could barely walk at times. I have not been able to kneel properly since being pregnant with Thomas. I tried my first pair of Hotter Shoes (a pair of trainers) in the summer last year and have not purchased shoes from anywhere else since.

The Hotter Bus!

Recently, I was invited to a #shoesietuesday event at Hotter in Solihull with some fellow bloggers including Emma, Erica, Zoe and Joy. We were welcomed by Melanie and team and were greeted with large glasses of Prosecco and lovely nibbles. Melanie told us a brief history about the company (did you know they started out making slippers?) and how they make their shoes in their UK factory using The Comfort Concept. After this, they us loose in the store to find a new pair of shoes for ourselves. As stated in a previous post, I love my Rumba shoes and have started wearing them regularly with dresses and leggings. I love this look as it looks like you have made an effort without actually doing anything at all. However, the Rumba shoes are more my going out/party shoes. I cannot really wear them day to day. I wanted a pair of shoes that would go with this look in the day.

With the help of the fabulous Hotter staff and after trying on a few pairs of shoes, I eventually settled on these Jewel shoes. For years, I have wanted to wear ballerina type shoes but due to the lack of support they normally offer, I have avoided them. The Jewel shoes have hidden arch support within the shoe so I can wear them and still feel supported. Here is the video that was filmed by Hotter on the night of my initial impressions of my new shoes.

I have been wearing the Jewel shoes for about a month now. They are very comfy. There has been a little bit of rubbing as I am still breaking them in, however once they are broken in they will be fine and I will be wearing them all the time. I have even brought some knee high tights so I can wear the shoes as the weather gets colder.

I am now pleased to offer a discount code and a giveaway from Hotter for my lovely readers:

10% off plus free delivery using the following code PLATEN

The terms and conditions are:
10% off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to 10% off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products) plus FREE delivery. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers.

Competition: Win a Delamore Handbag or a £20 Hotter Voucher

Delamore Handbag

I am pleased to offer my readers an exclusive competition to win either a Delamore Handbag or a £20 Hotter Gift Voucher. The competition will close at midnight on 11th November 2014. Please enter via the rafflecopter widget below Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was given a pair of Jewel shoes for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. My love of Hotter shoes is real! I was not required to write a positive review

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My Week That Was (W/E 1st November 2014)

On Sunday, we had Thomas' 3rd birthday party. I made him a Ben the Elf and Gaston the ladybird cake (from Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom)

On Monday, I went back to work after 11 months of maternity leave. Here is the obligatory first time going to nursery together picture.
On Tuesday, I tested out my new crockpot food warmer at work. You can read my review here

On Wednesday, (Thomas' birthday) Daniel had his first chocolate button. He was very pleased as you can see!

On Thursday, Thomas was SuperMan!

On Friday, Thomas was SpiderMan and decorated Halloween cupcakes

On Saturday, Daniel said 'Da-Da' as his first work. Daddy was very happy!

 

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The Week That Was Captured

 

 

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