Thursday, 29 January 2015

New Year. New Me. Getting Healthy and Stopping The 'Diets'.

I just started to read a post over at Pouting In Heels it's all about body image and it starts with a tale of a Mum and Daughter talking about chips, and I mean reading it made me stop and come over to a blank blog page and has made me write this post, the fastest post I have ever written (start to finish in less than 20 minutes) because its all honest, its from my heart and because I mean every word, I hit publish without even thinking about it, because that young girl, that Mum that Kate heard...could easily have been me

I don't want this to jut sit as a draft for me to never see again. I want it out there so that you all know, for you to stop me the next time you see/read/hear me complaining, moaning, feeling guilty. 

As you all know I was a Slimming World member for the most of last year, I stopped in October due to me being a bit ill and have since made an attempt to return that lasted 2 weeks and I was due to start back in January too BUT I am yet to return, It doesn't mean I am a failure, but there's one big thing stopping me...

This girl....

My beautiful, gorgeous, kind, loving 10 year old Ellie. The girl who has started obsessing with foods, fussing over foods, breathing in so she doesn't look 'fat, crying because a stupid boy at school called her ugly because of her glasses. 

So for now its time to stop counting the syns, stop checking calories, stop searching menu's for the best option, its time to stop feeling guilty for that piece of chocolate cake at pudding. Time to stop feeling ridiculously guilty because we went for hot chocolate. Its time to start enjoying life and stop panicking about what the scales will say on Monday.  It's time to stop with the 'I'm too fat for that dress'.

Dean will always come home from work and greet me with an 'Alright Beautiful' or a 'Hiya Gorgeous' and I will shout at him to stop being stupid, time to stop telling Dean 'don't call me beautiful, you know I'm not'. 

Don't get me wrong I don't intend to turn into Waynetta Slob but it's time to start caring for my body in a healthy way, thinking of myself in a positive way. Because if my husband and kids are telling me I am beautiful then I must be...right? It's time to start taking the time to take a pride in the way I look, instead of moaning about how I look, do something about it by taking 5 minutes in the morning to just put some makeup on. 

And not so that Ellie things you have to live a life wearing makeup, I mean I only wear a little foundation and mascara, but because I know when I have make up on I feel better about myself.

And if I feel better about myself I know I wont be moaning about myself. 

And if I'm not moaning at myself, fighting with myself, hating myself then Ellie wont be hearing it and she wont be thinking that the way someone looks is important. 

I have started Thinking Slimmer, which works on your mindset. There is no 'diet' its all about your mind, your thinking, your attitude. Ellie knows nothing about it, she doesn't need to know. All she needs to see is a healthy attitude towards food, and weight, and body image. 

So FU*K YOU demons, FU*K YOU! I'm not listening to you anymore...I'm not letting you rule my life...I'm not letting you ruin my 10 year old's child hood...I'm not letting you make me make my daughter hate herself. (does that even make sense?)...I'm not letting you tell me I'm not beautiful anymore...I'm not letting you tell me I'm fat anymore. I'M NOT, I'M NOT, I'M NOT!

Recipe. 4 Ingredient Chocolate Banana Bread.

After our Swiss Roll Failure at the beginning of the week I was dubious to do any more baking BUT its what the monsters wanted to do and also my Nan had bought us round about 25 banana's that she had picked up in Tesco last nights, so in the end it was a toss up between Banana Bread and Banoffe Pie, we went with Banana Bread (obvs!) with just 4 ingredients and 5 easy steps...who can resist!

Your 4 Ingredients:

3 bananas
2 eggs
Chocolate Spread 
Packet/Boxed Sponge Mix

And here are the 5 easy steps:

1. Mash the banana's...

2. Mix the banana and 2 eggs together...

3. Stir in the cake mix...

4. Stir in a couple of dollops of chocolate spread... 

5. Pour into a loaf tin and into a preheated oven (Gas 4) for 35-40 minutes...

And Voila...


BakedPotato Mummy

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

When Evie Went Swimming With Peppa Pig...

STOP THE TODDLER PRESS...Evie got to live the toddler dream and go swimming with Peppa blummin Pig!

Well OK, OK she didnt actually get to go BUT in her own personalised story book from Penwizard she did!

Not only do Penwizard create a story using your child's name but they turn your child into a Peppa Pig type character too!

As you can imagine...Evie's mind was well and truly blown, and the book has become the number one choice for bedtime story since we received it! And already looks like we have had it years due to the fact that she hasn't put it blummin down! SHE LOVES IT!

We chose swimming with Peppa (because obvs Evie loves swimming so much, see pic below!!)... 

but there are lots of other Peppa stories to chose from or if you don't fancy a Peppa book how about Ben and Holly? In The Night Garden? Or just a 'normal story?' The paper backed character books cost just £14.99 (prices start from)

All you have to do is pop over to the penwizard website, add your child's (or the recipients) details, chose gender, hair colour/length and style, eye colour, glasses and thats it, penwizard will create your book and all you have to do is wait for your super amazing book to arrive! We ordered our book on Thursday, it arrived on Monday morning, thats a super fast delivery for something personalised...well I think so anyway!

I will definitely be going back for birthday and Christmas presents for the other monsters and for family and friends, because it is a gift that will last them and be something really special to them.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book free in return of an honest review. all opinion are mine (and Evie's) own!

#ParentIdeaSwap Monthly Twitter Party!

A couple of weeks ago the lovely Leandra at LarabeeUK got in touch and asked me to be a part of her new Twitter linky and of course I said yes!

The ideas is to hold a themed monthly twitter party where you can tweet blog post links, photo's or just a let us know your top parenting ideas around that month's subject.  We all know how busy people are and so a monthly linky will also run to allow you to continue linking your posts for that subject, in case you can't make the actual Twitter party.  Both Leandra and I will choose our favourites and will both create a monthly showcase post along with a special Pinterest board. 

You don't have to include the badge in your blog post if you don't want to but spreading the word and re-tweeting would be really appreciated!

The link will be up on both our blogs on the first Monday of each month.

The first theme will be 'children's snacks' from babies to toddlers to schoolchildren to family snacks, tweet your blog post, pictures or just your favourite snack ideas, using the #parentideaswap and we'll re-tweet and post all linkable entries to the #parentideaswap pinterest board.

The twitter party will be held 8-9pm on the first Monday of every month, starting on Monday 2 February.

A few future themes we have in the pipeline are:
1. Children's snacks2. Busy bag ideas3. 10 minute crafts & activities4. Organising your play/craft things

Let us know if you have any other ideas we can add to the list.

So...Who's in? You? 

Leave a comment below or tweet us @3princess_1dude and @larabeeuk 

Bedtime Routine's With #AldiSpecialBuys

We have a solid bedtime routine of pj's, find blankets/teddy's/snuggles then a story (and a bottle for Elsie), then bed. We rarely have any problems and they all go down with out any fuss.

We are always on the look out for new book's, and things to make bedtime a pleasant experience and you know we love a bargain so when we heard about the latest #AldiSpecialBuys Baby and Toddler Event we wanted to let you all know about it too. With story book's at just 99p its the perfect excuse to go shopping!

Storytime with our new book and Elsie having a snuggle with her new blanket! And look at Jenson' face, he loved the tale of Underpants Wonderpants!

As we sat and snuggled up on the sofa we gave Elsie her new blanket, Myself and the hubs hoped that tonight would be that night that we could take her smelly old blanket and give it a much needed wash! 

So far so good, we finished of the story, she finished off her bottle, still new blanket in hand...

She had a wander around....

And snuggled into her new soft cellular blanket...

And wandered over to Daddy and made her usual noise to tell us she wanted to go up to bed...

Bedtime Daddy?

And that is when she realised...

Hang on...not without my beloved new one can wait until tomorrow!

ahhhhh...that's better...I love you blanket!!

Thanks was worth a try, especially at just £2.49!! 

On Thursday (29th January 2015) they will be kicking off the first Aldi Special Buys Baby and Toddler Event for 2015.

Whether your looking for baby clothing essentials, safety items or gifts for a new baby they have it!

From the bargain Mamia Comfort Baby Monitor for just £19.99...

The ridiculously cute Hungry Caterpillar Gift Set's...

Clothing essential including socks (£2.49) and tights (£1.99), bodysuits (from £2.99), sleepsuits (from £2.99), fleecy jackets (£4.99) and character tops (£3.99 for a 2 pack!), including Hello Kitty and Mr Men...


New baby essentials like hooded towel (£3.49), muslin cloths (£3.29), fleece blankets (£2.79)...

Baby Fleece Blanket

And of course, how about an essential cellular blanket for just £2.49....

 And a selection of storybooks for just 99p!

But you have to hurry stocks are limited and once they are gone...they are gone!

Disclaimer: We were compensated for this post.
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