Monday, 10 October 2016

Meal Planning Monday - 10th October

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A delicious roasted cauliflower frittata I made last week

I have been following weight watchers for 1 weeks now, and its been just over 3 weeks since I weighed myself and decided to start eating better. In those 3 weeks I have lost 13lbs - which I am pretty chuffed with. It feels good to be in control again but still eat the things that I enjoy, and include the occasional treat.

With Christmas fast approaching, as well as Zoe's second birthday I am in full on frugal mode - So we are trying to cut costs where possible. So, lots of leftovers and less eating out.

Monday
Breakfast: Porridge with skimmed milk and banana
Lunch: tin of Soup
Dinner: Chicken Risotto

Tuesday
Breakfast: Coffee and fruit
Lunch: Left over risotto
Dinner: Tuna Pasta Bake

Wednesday
Breakfast: Porridge with skimmed milk and banana
Lunch: leftover pasta bake
Dinner: Salmon egg fried rice

Thursday
Breakfast: Coffee & fruit
Lunch: leftover fried rice
Dinner: Bangers and mash (need to work out the sp in the sausages)

Friday
Breakfast: Porridge with skimmed milk and banana
Lunch: Not sure what our plans are - possibly a picnic when out and about.
Dinner: Homemade Cottage Pie with turnip and carrot

Thursday, 6 October 2016

A Wild Rumpus Rave at Alnwick Playhouse.

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When it comes to toddler activities, it is rare to find something that parents enjoy as much as the toddler (if not more), which is why I am absolutely in love with what Chalk are doing in the North East right now. Baby raves and themed events which are reasonably priced and SUPER FUN! I have been to a few of their events now from a Bowie themed space rave to a 1950s back to the future inspired under the sea dance; complete with a live band. These are not your average kid events and it is rare to find things that the entire family will enjoy.

The most recent event was in partnership with Alnwick Playhouse, which is a fantastic venue. The Playhouse has a fantastic arts programme for families with children under 10 called Creative Cocoon. They run all sorts of events and groups for families including regular creative toddler groups, art workshops based around childrens books and interactive performances and seasonal events (the Christmas events look amazing! Dr Seuss Winter Wonderland anyone?) The events they run are so welcoming and inclusive, with a slightly different approach to most regular baby & toddler groups. I wish I lived a bit closer as they'd never be rid of me!

We went along for a full day, which started with crafting outlandish outfits, creating masks and unleashing our inner Wild Things! There was storytelling, music making and wonderment. which culminated in us cracking out our picnic lunch to watch the rumpus unfold with a screening of Where The Wild Things Are. Zoe loved the crafts and colouring in the giant colouring wall, although getting her to sit for a movie was a challenge, so we ducked out into the wonderful Alnwick Playhouse Cafe for a coffee and delicious homemade scone (smoked cheese and roasted vegetable, incredible).

The afternoon session was a Wild Rumpus themed rave. We Stomped, danced and drummed along to the live DJ featuring music from the film (Karen O and The Kids). There was also bubble machine, hula hooping, inflatables and projections. It was absolute bedlam but in the best possible way. Zoe danced her socks off and promptly fell asleep 40 minutes into the rave (thank goodness for slings). If you are local to the North East and fancy checking out future Chalk events, give them a like on facebook and subscribe to their events.

Here are a few photos of the day;

A bit different than your average toddler group or trip to the seventh circle of hell softplay. Have you been to any different or unusual kids events recently? I am always on the look out for new things to do.

Disclaimer: I was invited along to this event, however, all thoughts and views are my own

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

A Lifestyle Change - Definitely not a diet.

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As I mentioned in my recent Life Lately blog post, we've had a fairly hectic four months, with Paul working away and me working more it has been difficult to include a bit of self care in to daily life. I did so well through pregnancy and Zoe's first year to lose a fair amount of weight, I was comfortably in a size 16 and felt pretty damn good about it. Then the complacency set in, I started being lazy, I stopped exercising and my weight has started to creep back up. I can no longer button my size 16 jeans and I am feeling pretty crumby about it, if I am honest.

We've had a bit of a wake up call health wise recently and have decided as a family that we need to make a change, we need to change our lifestyle a little. Move more, eat less and just enjoy food again. With this in mind I decided to join Weight Watchers. I know a lot of people associate it with a fad diet but for me it is actually a really healthy way of regaining some control and to know how much I should be eating. I will be posting about my food and progress over on instagram as well as incorporating it into my meal plans. I will try not to be a complete diet bore, but I feel like it is important for us as a family to be healthier.

I will also be taking up running again, which I am actually really excited about. I'm also digging out my Fitbit to try and just increase my activity daily and we have lots of family activities planned at weekends. I am really feeling positive about this right now, so I am hopeful we can make some real changes to our lifestyle; less sitting in front of the telly, more stomping around the countryside.

So, wish me luck! If you are also aiming to get healthy feel free to follow me on Instagram or Facebook and we can do it together! The picture above is me on day one, so watch this space for progress.

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