Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Turning the Attic into a Room fit for a Pre-Teen

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The attic in our new house had been converted, so we set about turning it into a bedroom for Bradley.

He was super excited. His own little den at the top of the house, away from whinging little brothers and nagging parents. 

We had to turn it from an 'attic' into a cosy bedroom fit for a pre-teen. 
He's 11 so we wanted something grown up, that he wouldn't grow out of in a couple of years.

I couldn't wait to get started. We had the walls re-plastered and central heating installed and was left with a blank canvas; a interior design fans dream!! 
There is something about an attic room that makes them appealing, special, particularly for children; their own secret space!

We painted the walls and ceilings bright white, to make the space look bigger, painted the wooden beams, skirting and cupboard doors black and wallpapered the feature wall with a London theme. 

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Organising furniture into a small, quirky shaped space is pretty tricky. It's not a huge space, but for what he'll be using it for; sleeping and playing on his computer, it's perfect.
The eaves have been turned into storage space, leaving the room space clear.

I've come up with the following wish list, perfect for a pre-teens attic bedroom:

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A high quality blind for your roof window is essential. 
They come in lots of different colours, designs and functions, I particularly like the black out, pleated blinds.
VELUX offer manual, remote controlled, electrical and solar powered blinds, so there's something for every budget and room function.
We chose a black pleated blind for Bradley's room. It simply slides up and down so it's super easy for him to use day and night.


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Gaming Chair
A gaming chair is a great idea for an attic room, with low ceilings.
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Pull Down Desk
A wall mounted desk that pulls down when homework calls, is a great space-saving idea and can be popped back up when finished.



How would you design an attic bedroom?



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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Getting Eggs into my Toddlers Diet

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I'm pretty lucky that, with us doing Baby Led Weaning, Taylor has been a great eater and eats pretty much anything. But I have noticed that he's not a huge fan of eggs. I've tried him with scrambled eggs and hard boiled eggs lately but it always ends up left on the side of his plate. Possibly the texture?

Eggs are super nutritious. They're a natural source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and egg yolks contain omega-3 fatty acids which are very beneficial and contribute to the maintenance of normal brain and heart function. 
After reading the benefits of Egg Nutrition, I definitely want to try getting more egg into Taylor's diet.

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So, I've been looking into some yummy recipes...

I've decided to try some savoury egg muffins. It's super simple and something that Taylor can help me make when he gets a little bigger, and I can mix up the recipe with different toppings each and every time. It's also a great way to sneak a few extra veggies into meals. 

Egg muffins can be made for breakfast, lunch or added to a main meal for dinner, or even just for a little healthy snack on the go. They don't take too long to make and can also be batch made and frozen.


WHAT WE NEED:

Muffin Tin

British Lion Eggs - The British Lion is the UK's most successful food safety mark with nearly 90% of UK eggs now produced within the Lion scheme

Toppings - grated cheese, cooked meats, veggies etc 

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To start, grease or spray your muffin tin. 

Half fill the tin sections with your toppings; I've gone with  cheese, cooked chicken breast and shredded carrot.

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Then, I beat the eggs in a measuring jug. I used 4 eggs for this 6 section tin. 
You may want to season the eggs but I left it unseasoned, and added it to the toppings. 

Try not to fill the sections right to the top as the muffins will rise during cooking.


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Pop the tin into a pre heated oven at 200c [180 for fan assisted] for approximately 20-25 minutes. I left mine in a little longer until the tops started going a golden brown colour.

Check the egg has set and allow to cool before serving.
Serve straight away or pop them in the fridge / freezer for a later date. They can be warmed up in the microwave when you need them.

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Voila! Yummy, fast egg muffins. I was so pleased, Taylor LOVED them! And Daddy thought they were yummy too!! I'll definitely be making these more often, they're a fantastic way to get egg into my families diet!

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 Do you have any quick, yummy recipes using eggs?




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Friday, 18 September 2015

Clean 9 Programme : The RESULTS : Days 7-9



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So, I'm reviewing the Clean 9 Programme*. Read my Introduction Post to read what it's all about and what I hope to get out of it.

Since having Taylor and hitting my 30's, my body has completely changed and I've been finding it hard to keep the weight off. I totally took my metabolism and slim frame for granted in my 20's!

Apparently over the next 9 days I'll look better, feel better, feel lighter and more energised. Let's see shall we...

We're now onto Days 7-9, did you read how I got on on Days 1 - 2, and Days 3-6?


Days 7 - 9

Day 7
Starting to get a little tough now. Had a bad night with Taylor so I'm really tired and grumpy. But I'm starting to miss food. I'm not overly hungry, I just want some substantial food rather than a shake. Not long now though. 
Supplements and shakes for breakfast and lunch, with the gel for breakfast. I'm not feeling hungry in between meals which is great, I hope it's training my body to stop snacking between meals.

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I go for a walk around town and when I get home I keep feeling a little dizzy. I'm not sure if this is due to the tiredness and bad nights sleep I had. I'm not drinking enough water either, I just can't keep drinking it, I feel bloated and it's beginning to get tedious. I'm not giving up though, I've come this far and followed the plan perfectly, I'm not about to mess it up now!
I have grilled chicken, rice and peas and carrots for dinner. It was lovely. My portion sizes are definitely getting smaller, and I'm feeling full afterwards. 

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I was in a habit of having a little snack, usually of the chocolate variety, after dinner. And I'm hoping I'm training my body out of that habit!!
I've been feeling really tired today and I dont manage any exercise which I feel gutted about. 
I get an early night and hope I'm feeling better tomorrow.

Day 8 
I wake up feeling a lot better, a lot more energy today!
The detox is becoming part of life now, gel, supplements and shake for breakfast and I'm ready to get on with the day.
I have a pair of black skinny jeans from River Island that I havent been able to get into since BEFORE I was pregnant, and I tried them on this morning and they fit comfortably!! Yay! That's got to be a sign that it's working!
I feel good all day, although I keep having some random dizzy spells. Just for a few seconds. I dont know if this is due to lack of food, or maybe sugar withdrawal? 
I put in a good work out and felt good for it. 
I have my fibre drink with some squash today. 
Dinner was tricky, I LOVE a good gravy dinner, I probably cook a meat, potatoes and veg dinner a few times a week and I'm REALLY missing them!! So I cook Slimming World sausages, mashed potato and lots of steamed veg. And I have a small amount of gravy. It was lush! But I feel a bit guilty about it afterwards. I feel really full afterwards too, I could hardly move.
I upped my water intake today too, hopefully another good day tomorrow.


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Day 9
Yay! I've reached the final day! I drink my last glass of Aloe Vera gel and feel smug that I've done so well and stuck to the plan for 9 whole days. Breakfast and Lunch have become routine by now. The book does say you can introduce a 300 cal meal at lunchtime today, to get you ready for the FIT Programme, but as I'm not doing that, I stick to my usual shake. I get another good workout in and feel good. For dinner I have a Slimming World pasta dish and go to bed feeling good and looking forward to weighing in in the morning.

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THE RESULTS:

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That's 4.8 lbs not 48!! ;)

So, My thoughts...
I enjoyed the detox, it made me feel good and I had lots of energy. I was kind of hoping for a little more weight loss but I'm happy with the inches off. I pretty much hit all my goals so I can't complain.
I originally thought it was FAR too much money for something like this, BUT if you think about it, it's pretty much all your meal replacements for 9 days!
I'm going away for the weekend so I'll potentially un-do all the hard work!! ;) But, I'm hoping it's changed my mindset when it comes to snacking and eating better.
I learnt that I DO have willpower, and I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking to the plan.
Clare checked in with me every single day to see how I was getting on, how I was feeling and was there for any tips and advice I needed.


DO IT IF...
*You have £100 spare.
*You want to detox and cleanse your body.
*You have a special occasion coming up and want to lose a few pounds or inches. 
*You want to re-train your mindset and eating habits.


You can purchase the Clean 9 Pack from Clare's page, for £108.95, HERE.





Have you tried the C9? 
How did you get on? 

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Clean 9 Programme : The Review : Days 3-6

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So, I'm reviewing the Clean 9 Programme*. Read my Introduction Post to read what it's all about and what I hope to get out of it.



Since having Taylor and hitting my 30's, my body has completely changed and I've been finding it hard to keep the weight off. I totally took my metabolism and slim frame for granted in my 20's!



Apparently over the next 9 days I'll look better, feel better, feel lighter and more energised. Let's see shall we...

We're now onto Days 3 - 6, did you read how I got on on Days 1 - 2?


Days 3 - 6

It starts getting a little easier on Day 3. It starts with a weigh in. I've lost 2.5 lbs and 4 inches all over. I feel a little disappointed with the weight loss to begin with, as I see people lose a lot more. But I try to put into prospective, I've lost what I usually lose in a week, in 2 days. I'm feeling good, I'm not really missing food and I have lots of energy. And I'm pretty happy with a 4 inch all over loss!!

As well as the usual supplements [2x Garcinia Plus Softgels & 1x Therm Tablet], you can now have a shake for breakfast and lunch and a 600cal meal at dinner time. And, you only need to take 120ml of Aloe Vera gel at breakfast. 
You should also gently increase the intensity of your exercise too.



Day 3

Although I was a little disappointed with my weigh in, I'm shocked at how good I feel. Considering I havent eaten anything in 2 days and was expecting to feel awful by now, I have lots of energy and feeling good. Aloe Vera Gel is getting a lot easier to swallow now, managing to down in one, although I have been adding a splash of juice to help!
I'm feeling full after shake so no need to worry about snacking in between meals. 
I spend a few hours walking around town & to supermarket, pushing the pushchair and start to feel a little weak & dizzy. Must be lack of food. My water in take is still high, making sure I have at least 7-8 glasses each day.
After lunch [shake & supplements], I feel much better.
Mid afternoon I have a handful of red grapes and my fibre sachet and do a 25 min workout with my workout DVD. I'm currently doing Charlotte Crosby's DVD which I love.
I'm so excited for my first meal in 3 days, I have a small grilled loin steak, rice and lots of steamed veg. Yum.


Day 4

Woke up feeling good. Actually really enjoying detoxing and knowing I'm doing my body some good!
Think I've got this downing gel thing down to an art ;)
Enjoying the shakes - you can add fruit from the free fruits list to shake the flavour up a little but I havent, I'm enjoying them as they are, they're very sweet. I'm finding that I'm feeling full afterwards too.
Lunch time is shake & supplements & I feel really quite full after the shake, I almost can't finish it. 
I do a 30 min workout in the afternoon whilst drinking the fibre drink. Feeling good and looking forward to my meal tonight. 
Had a yummy stir fry this eve, it's amazing how much more you appreciate food!! It tasted so nice and I was happily full afterwards.
It was tough as being Saturday night, we often have a takeaway and then snacks. We were happy with the stir fry but then James & Bradley had yummy snacks and I kept having moments where I'd want to grab something but then it dawned on me that I couldn't. I wasn't hungry though, just habit I guess. I reach for a satsuma to help with the sweet cravings. Feeling good and proud of myself for sticking to the plan! :)


Day 5

Had a lovely sleep last night, nice early night and James let me have a lie in this morning too. Woke up feeling good! 
Take my supplements, gel and shake for breakfast, feel full with lots of energy.
I no longer feel hungry, I'm completely comfortable on this detox. 
More supplements and shake for lunch.
It's a busy family Sunday and I don't get time to exercise today, which I feel super guilty about, but I'll make sure I work harder tomorrow. I cook a roast for the family for dinner, so I have some turkey, lots of steamed veg some mashed potato [with no butter/milk] which is super yummy! 

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Day 6 

Weigh in day today. I only lost 0.5 lbs, which is 3 lbs altogether so far. I feel a little disheartened as I'm being so good. I lost another 2 inches all over though, which is 6 inches so far so I'm pretty happy with that, especially as 2 inches is off my waist so I guess that's something. They do say your weight may fluctuate at this time though. Maybe I'm not drinking enough water. Need to make a conscious effort to drink lots more water from now. Let's see how the next few days go.
I'm still not missing food, taking my supplements and shake at lunch is becoming habit now. 
I do a longer workout today to make up for the lack of exercise yesterday. I even had Taylor up dancing to the workout DVD :)
Dinner was a Slimming World meal, which I enjoyed. Looking forward to the last few days now...


6 down, 3 days to go!


You can purchase the Clean 9 Pack from Clare's page, for £108.95, HERE.






Have you tried the C9? 
How did you get on? 
Any tips?

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Clean 9 Programme : The Review : Day 1 & 2

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So, I'm reviewing the Clean 9 Programme. Read my Introduction Post to read what it's all about and what I hope to get out of it.

Since having Taylor and hitting my 30's, my body has completely changed and I've been finding it hard to keep the weight off. I totally took my metabolism and slim frame for granted in my 20's!

Apparently over the next 9 days I'll look better, feel better, feel lighter and more energised. Let's see shall we...


Before you start:

I weighed and measured myself, entered them into my booklet and chose 3 realistic goals I'd like to achieve in the next 9 days. 

Day 1 and 2:

The first 2 days are designed to reset the mind and body. No food is allowed, although there is a list of Free Foods [certain fruits and vegetables] allowed in moderation to curb any hunger. These first 2 days are deemed to be the toughest, especially if you're used to eating a lot, snacking regularly, not used to drinking much water or you drink a lot of tea, coffee or fizzy stuff!

Exercise during these 2 days should be 'low and moderate impact' such as gentle stretching exercises, walking or low-key yoga. This is to help stimulate metabolism and help you stay calm.

They say you may feel tired, with less energy during this time due to the very low calorie intake.


Day one:


Okay here we go... Breakfast. Step away from the Frosties, it's all about aloe Vera gel & some supplements this morning!! The gel is tough. It takes me 2 glasses of water, lots of gagging & a few tears to get the 120ml down me. I start to wonder if I'm going to manage this today let alone for 9 days!! 


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I slowly eat a satsuma throughout the morning, then share some apple and pear slices with Taylor while he has lunch. I go for a brisk walk with Taylor in the pushchair to the supermarket to pick up some almond milk, water & red grapes.
Lunch is more supplements and gel, but I get to drink a shake too. I hold my nose with the gel this time and try to down it quickly, I manage to do the 120ml in 3 mouthfuls and lots of water this time. Still minging, but a lot better than breakfast! I half the shake and bulk it up with water, that way I can have some later too. It's actually quite nice, but anything will taste good after the gel ;)
Another good walk with the pushchair, I start to feel a little headachey so I have some fruit and the fibre sachet. 
I'm almost dreading dinner. More gel. Eugh. Almost pinch a chicken nugget from the kids dinner, and the disappointment when I remember I can't have it sucks!! :) I have the other half of the shake, the gel, more supplements and I steam some green beans, broccoli and sugar snap peas. I still feel hungry but I'm not feeling too bad. Managed to drink 8 glasses of water, which I usually struggle with day to day, but has been pretty easy today.
Clare checks in with me a few times during the day which is lovely. It's nice to know she's there for tips and advice if needed.

By bedtime I'm feeling a little headachey and my tummy feels empty but I'm okay. I'm proud that I got through the first day, but I'm not looking forward to tomorrow. Day 2 is going to be tough!!






Day two:

Craving some cereal this morning, but settle for my supplements and gel. ;) Gel makes me gag first thing in the morning, really hoping I get used to it, as I'm struggling.  I wonder how on earth my OH swigs this from the bottle like it's nothing!!
Ive been up since 4.30 as Taylor had a bad night teething, so I'm dreading how I feel by the end of today!
Clare checks in with me to see how I'm feeling again. I have a read through the support page, I'm already thinking about what I can have as my meal tomorrow! :)


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We go swimming and I make sure I get a few widths in as my exercise. I have a little moment afterwards when I feel a bit sick and weak but it passes and I have half of my shake, my supplements, gel and a few red grapes whilst Taylor and James have lunch. I have my fibre sachet during the afternoon and a satsuma, few hunger pangs but nothing like I thought Id feel.
Cooking a yummy roast dinner for the family was tough, but I'm still feeling good. I have some steamed veg and the rest of my shake and actually feel full up! 
Really shocked to be feeling so good, after being up so early I'd usually be flagging by late afternoon and I really thought I'd be struggling by the end of today with no food, but still have loads of energy by bedtime! Shocked! But feeling good!





Results after 2 days:



Day 3 is weighing and measuring day.
I've lost 2.5 lbs and 4 inches all over.

I feel a little disappointed with the weight loss to begin with, as I see people lose a lot more. But I try to put into prospective, I've lost what I usually lose in a week, in 2 days. I'm feeling good, I'm not really missing food and I have lots of energy. And I'm pretty happy with a 4 inch all over loss!! Let's see what happens on the next measuring day.


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2 down, 7 days to go!


You can purchase the Clean 9 Pack from Clare's page, for £108.95, HERE.






Have you tried the C9? 
How did you get on? 
Any tips?


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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Clean 9 Programme : An Introduction

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Since having Taylor and hitting my 30's, my body has completely changed and I've been finding it hard to keep the weight off. I totally took my metabolism and slim frame for granted in my 20's!!

The Clean 9 Programme* is essentially a 'detox, cleansing, weight loss system' by Forever Living. You've probably heard of it; someone you know has probably done it, or is selling it.

I've been sent a C9 to review by one of Forever's Business Owners, Clare Dix and I'm excited to see what the fuss is about.

So, what is the Clean 9 all about?


'The Clean 9 is designed to kick-start and cleanse your body, it
provides the perfect starting point for transforming your diet and
fitness habits. Based around Forever’s bestselling Aloe Vera Gel
drink, this nutritionally-balanced programme will allow you to see
real results in just nine days.
Following on from a C9, is our F.I.T 1 programme. This 30-day regime
allows you to continue towards your weight management goals, in a
sustainable, healthy way. It contains the exact portions of
supplements, shakes and bars required, with easy-to-follow
step-by-step guidance to help you through. To enable you to maintain
and build on the progress you made with the C9 and change your habits
for the long-term.'

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The kit contains:

2 bottles of Forever Aloe Vera Gel:
'Pure stabilised aloe vera gel which is as close to the natural plant juice as possible, containing over 200 different compounds. This rich source of nutrients provides the perfect supplement to a balanced diet. Drink to promote a healthy lifestyle and well-being.' 

1 pouch of Forever Lite Ultra Shake Mix:
'This versatile product can be used as a meal replacement shake if you’re watching your calorie intake.'

18 Forever Therm tablets:
'This carefully created formula contains a special combination of vitamins, including B6 and B12, which contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue; the vitamin C will also contribute to a normal energy-yielding metabolism.'

54 Forever Gardenia Plus softgels:
'Also known as malabar tamarind or brindle berry, Garcinia Cambogia is a tree native to Southeast Asia. The fruit has been prized for centuries for culinary and beneficial purposes in Southern India and Thailand and is used today as a weight management supplement.'

9 Forever Fibre sticks:
'Fibre is a vital part of any healthy balanced diet. This water-soluble fibre supplement provides a proprietary blend of 5g of soluble fibre that can be readily mixed with any beverage to help increase your daily intake.'

...Plus a tape measure for taking measurements, a shaker for the shakes and an information booklet.

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The information booklet tells you a little more about the programme and takes you through the 9 days, step by step, in a really easy to follow way. Each day has a separate page to record everything you've done. As well as this, you get full support from the Business Owner you purchased from. I received an email with lots of tips from Clare, I was added to a support page on Facebook full of people also taking part in the programme and she even offered to give me a call or Skype me to talk me through the programme, if I wished.


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Before you start, the book asks you to write down the three goals which you're hoping to get out of the programme...

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I'm ready and raring to go and hoping to reach these goals by the end of the 9 days. I finish just in time for a long-anticipated weekend away with some of my Mummy friends, so I'm hoping I can show off some results! 

I've always wondered whether it really works. Are the Business Owners telling the truth when they tell you how amazing it is, or are they just trying to get you to buy?

I'm a bit dubious about how they describe the pack as a 'starting point, designed to kick-start weight loss. Is this their way of getting out of it if you don't lose any weight?

I'm about to find out. I'll be documenting my 9 days and giving my full honest opinion. I'll be posting my full review here only blog, and check my Twitter and Instagram accounts for daily updates! 

Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to a good detox and feeling a little healthier after the cleanse! I can't wait to share my results with you


You can purchase the Clean 9 Pack from Clare's page, for £108.95, HERE.



Have you tried the C9? 
How did you get on? 
Any tips?


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