Unbelievable

Can you believe that on the same day that Asher learnt to crawl … Leo decided that it would also be the same day that he would choose to show us that he can open every single baby gate in the house!

We can’t believe it as they are all different kinds and he can open all of them.

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So this is going to be an interesting few weeks in our house. Any tips on how to make this easier for us, leave me a comment!

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Aerial Hoops

Never in a million years did I think that I would ever be doing something like Aerial Hooping; I mean a week ago, I didn’t even know what that even was.

I’ve been working out with That SquatBot and she decided that she wanted to put some random sessions of fun different activities on and this was the first one.

Heading on over to Stockport on Saturday afternoon after I had already walked 3.5 miles to the gym and done an hour workout, I wasn’t sure what to expect or whether I was actually going to enjoy myself.

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On walking in to Cloud Aerial Arts, Stockport we were met with a lovely room with some fabulous splatter art on the wall but it was very warm with the lovely weather we were having. I reckon that there were about 8 of us, most of us whom had never done this before and a couple of lovely ladies that had.

After a little warm up, the teacher had us straight into the hoops. Okay, so this sounds really easy – it isn’t. You have to throw your whole body weight at the hoop to get you leg over… I’ll leave that there. 

After finally being able to swing my leg into the hoop, the fun started as we got to learn little tricks. I loved just hanging around in the hoop whilst it span around but I have to say that my favourite move was doing a spin. Yes, I know – in the video clip, I fall off at the end but it was hilarious.

We also go to have a go on Silks, which I actually loved. Sounds really weird but when i went upside down in the silk, i just hadn’t realised that everyone else would be upside down too and this made me laugh out loud… it was stupidly so unexpected but so much fun.

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After 2 hours of Aerial Hooping we were all ready for a drink (which Squatbot so kindly provided) and to head home. It was a fantastic experience and was great to try something new and probably something that I just wouldn’t have picked to do myself normally.

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Waking up this morning though, wow have I felt it. I actually slept with an ice pack behind my knee last night as it was so sore but this morning that pain has pretty much gone and I am literally just aching everywhere, which shows what a good workout that it is on the body.

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Despite the cracking bruises that I am rocking today, I would definitely do it all over again tomorrow and the day after; although I’m not sure how much I am actually going to be able to move in my gym session tomorrow 😂

I heard that the next one of these events that SquatBot has lined up is a beginner’s strongman event and I am very much looking forward it.

Well done Squatbot on arranging these events, fabulous idea.

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Got to love a good TV show

As in most relationships I can guess that sometimes (often) you clash when you are deciding what to watch on television in the evening and we are no exception to that. We are also a couple who don’t ever seem to watch live television anymore as we are just too busy; On Demand and Netflix are great inventions for busy people as it is the only way that we get to watch tv!

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Currently when we are in our separate time when one or the other is out, I am watching Thirteen Reasons Why; which I didn’t think that Dan would like to watch but every time he sees me watching it, he says “I can’t believe that you’re watching that without me” Clearly I was wrong.

To be honest I thought it would just be a cheesy high school teen show but actually it’s about growing up, suicide, teenage indifferences and it is quite a dark show. Dan is currently watching Breaking Bad when I’m not in but he can keep that one to himself, as I’m not keen on that show.

We are huge Netflix fans, all those shows for a few pounds a month and there is always something to watch for everyone in the family on there and it’s very rare that we don’t find something that we agree on.

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There are some programmes that we love to watch together and recently we have seen some great series. We were huge fans of Dexter (I swear he is still alive) the serial killing blood splatter analysis who worked for the police.

Michael C.Hall portrayed the character so effectively, so it’s been great to see him recently in a new show on Netflix. If you like a good short drama then catch him in Safe which has recently been released on Netflix and is about his daughter going missing and their search for her (if you’re from Manchester, see what places you can spot as it was filmed here).

If you were fans of the Lethal Weapon films in the nineties then you will either love or hate the Lethal Weapon series that is currently on at 9pm on a Friday evening. We love it, the characters and storylines are really well thought out and it’s actually quite funny in a lot of places. I’ve become a big fan of Clayne Crawford who plays Detective Martin Riggs in the programme and I’m quite sad that apparently he’s not coming back for a third series but he is being replaced by Seann William Scott (you might know him as Stifler from the American Pie films) so it’s not all bad as he’s quite funny.

Then there is Sons of Anarchy, if you haven’t seen this yet – you don’t know what you are missing. A group of bikers that have their own way of living that are involved in so many crimes that you cannot keep track of them all. As you watch more episodes, they delve into the lives of the characters and you end up warming to them. To be honest, it took me a couple of episodes to actually get into it but once I did we had some serious binge sessions where before we knew it, it was 1.30am in the morning and we had hammered 3 or 4 episodes at once. As you work your way through the series, you can see that more money was being thrown at it as the special effects, stunts and storylines got a lot bigger.

I always found it highly amusing that Katey Sagal (who you might remember as Peggy Bundy from Married with Children) plays quite a prominent character in the programme but I wanted her to rock up as Peggy, just for a laugh. Seriously though, she is a great actress and the rest of the cast work amazingly well together. I’m very pleased to hear that there are going to be spin offs from this show over the next couple of years, I’m looking forward to them very much.

So that’s my little round up of what we like to watch and I would love to hear your recommendations as we always on the lookout for new shows.

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Tidy Tot Review

We’ve been checking out the Tidy Tot recently, what an interesting product to be trying out.

We all hate the mess don’t we? The mess that is created when weaning a baby. Asher is currently in that stage, so this product couldn’t have come at a better time for us.

Arriving in a small package from our lovely post lady, we couldn’t wait to give it a go.

I love the green colour (I’m obsessed with Green, so this worked well for me), so bright and cheerful for Asher too!

The Tidy Tot was very easy to put together, it just kind of flipped open ready to insert onto Asher’s highchair, attaching by small suction cups to make sure that it didn’t move about – what a great idea rather than it being able to spin around.

Once the Tray is attached to the high tray the bib is then put on the baby, it was a lovely size bib with long sleeves and a Velcro attachment that attached to the tray meaning that absolutely no escapee food would be able to get onto any clothes, a miracle! Not only that, food doesn’t disappear down the side of the highchair and get squashed between baby’s legs or against the highchair anymore, meaning more food is eaten!

I love the design on the bib with the clouds and rainbows, so pretty and Asher kept trying to play with the clouds whilst he was waiting for his food, very cute 💕.

As you can see in the photo below, the tray is huge. It’s great for Asher to be able to have all this room as he likes to play around with the cutlery and dishes and having all this extra room means that if he flips the bowl over at any point, the food isn’t going to get all over the carpet as the tray just catches it. Fabulous idea.

The tray and the bib does have to be cleaned after every use but I’ve found that I’m changing Asher’s clothes less as his food doesn’t end up all over him – it’s much easier wiping down the tray and putting the bib in the wash than cleaning Asher every time that he eats something. I think it would be a good idea to purchase a spare bib as that would mean that one could be in the wash whilst you use the spare one – we will certainly be buying a spare one.

The bibs are made of a very soft fabric and are fully waterproof and wipeable, I’m not actually sure how that works but it does.

Asher is loving his new found freedom of being able to mess around with spoons full of food without daddy stressing over the mess, he’s not a fan of the messy weaning process but this is making it a little easier on him 😀.

I would definitely recommend purchasing the Tidy Tot if you want a little bit of help in keeping everything a little bit cleaner during the weaning process or when you are having messy play time! The Tidy Tot also comes with a handy little bag that it all folds back into for you to take on your travels and a perfectly easy storage solution.

I’m sure that Asher will make good use out of all this extra space as he makes his way through all the amazing foods just waiting for him to explore.

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Baby Mule Changing Bag Review

We’ve recently been testing out the Babymule Original Baby Changing Bag and here’s our thoughts.

Originally we had just taken to using the changing bag that we had with Leo but it was looking a little tired so it was great to get our hands on a brand new fresh design that was sent for me to review.

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Firstly, it looks great (opinion of both my mummy and daddy). I can’t see that Dan would be that comfortable carrying around a girlie changing bag of my choice but he was very happy with this one. A smart rucksack type looking bag that we tested out in black with little hints of red. (More colours available here) , there are some gorgeous colours available, my personal favourite being the teal colour, beautiful!

The best thing that I loved about this bag was that you could wear it as a rucksack (perfect for walking with) or it adapts to a messenger type bag or you can hang from your pram with special clips included. To have the adaptability in a changing bag like this is fantastic to ensure that it works on all your family adventures.

Below you can see Dan rocking the bag as a rucksack and hanging from the pram as I pushed it around the zoo. It is extremely Versatile and I love the fact that you aren’t restricted to the messenger bag like a lot of baby changing bags on the market. We often don’t have the pram with us or don’t want it hanging from the pram and this is the perfect choice for us. Neither of us had any issues when wearing the bag, the padded straps actually made it rather comfortable to wear. I actually find wearing the bag as rucksack the best for me as it means that I have two free hands for my little ones and it’s out of the way and not hanging by my side; also works well like this if you are also wearing baby!

Changing from messenger to backpack is extremely simple and you aren’t left with any loose straps hanging around as they all pack back into the bag ensuring it stays looking sleek. I love this because I cannot cope with unnecessary bits hanging off bags and like everything to be neat and tidy when out and about.

The bag has two main compartments for all those things apart from the kitchen sink that we take out with us and they are very spacious. We found the bag had plenty of room (22 litres) for all Asher’s baby things (nappies, milk, numerous outfits, wipes etc), also coping with what we needed to take out for our three old toddler Leo too and plenty of left over room for toys for both of them and of mummy’s purse and phone!

Pockets, pockets and more pockets! I love them all! Lots of pockets for lots of essential things that we pick up on our adventures and travels like stones and sticks and acorns!

I found that there is a really handy zip compartment on the side of the bag that is just big enough to pop in my phone, keys, a bit of cash and my inhaler – everything that I need to hand without having to dig through the main sections in the bag under the mountains of bits that come with our little ones – trust me, this is a blessing in disguise when you have two young ones with you!

Below you can see a couple more well designed compartments attached to the bag itself…

First up is the small insulated changing pouch which we found is an ideal size to store about 5 nappies in and a full size pack of wipes alongside a neatly folded onesie, perfect for those times when you need a quick change and need everything to hand quickly. In the back of it also fits a decent sized (56cm x 34cm) changing mat which for an added bonus for little bums is padded so makes it that little it comfier for them.

The best bit … drum roll please … a lined wet bag! Yes, somewhere to finally put messy/wet clothing/muslins/bins separately instead of being thrown in with the rest of the stuff or having to remember (which I always forget) to put in a separate carrier bag! The photo above I took before I used it when it looked all lovely and new straight out of the bag but I can genuinely say that it has been used on plenty of occasions now to store unsavoury soiled clothing and the odd bits of rubbish when we haven’t been able to find a bin straight away.

What can I say, it’s a great piece of baby kit and at around £89 to purchase, it’s not the cheapest of bags or the most expensive but it is definitely worth the purchase as it looks great, has plenty of storage and is machine washable (one of my favourite things in baby products 😀).

I think that Babymule have hit a niche market here with their design, the fact that it has appealability to dads as well as keeping mum happy that she can get everything from her handbag in too allows couples to choose this bag together and ensure that both are happy to carry it around.

The changing bag has become a good looking add on to all our days out whether that be a trip to the shops, the zoo or the park!

When you purchase the changing bag itself it includes the following;

1 x Babymule Original changing bag in Black

1 x Separate insulated changing pouch with short carry handle. Holds 5-8 nappies or 3 cloth nappies and wipes. Also doubles as a cool bag for carrying toddlers snacks

1 x padded change mat 56centimeter x 34 centimeter

1 x lined wet bag in a handy zippered purse

1 x Neoprene bottle insulator with carry strap.

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I’m still going

So I carried on with the training that I started with That Squatbot back in March.

Take a look here for how I got started and what I originally thought and here for an update at week 4.

I’m now just about completing cycle 2 and I can honestly truly say that I am still loving it and I am so very surprised at that. Not because it’s exercise but because it’s a different type of exercise that I’d never done before.

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I like being a bit of a loner (or like my own company if it sounds better that way) 😂! So for me to agree to work with a personal trainer took some persuading to myself, but it’s honestly one of the best decisions that I’ve made. I often like to just put my headphones on and go to the gym or on the running machine and not speak to another soul in the gym and then leave, but working out with That Squatbot has been so much more different than I anticipated.

She has been giving me so much encouragement, providing me with lots of advice of what better things to eat, how to perfect different exercise techniques and has generally become a friend!

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We train at a gym in Heald Green and the other trainers and visitors are all so friendly. I was a little apprehensive in the beginning as I thought it felt like a real serious gym goers gym with all these weird and wonderful machines but after a couple of sessions, it didn’t feel like that anymore.

And oh my I missed it … true sign of an addiction… Dan had his tonsils out a couple of weeks ago but then unfortunately ended up having a further emergency operation which meant between the kids, work and looking after a poorly husband, I couldn’t get to my own gym or to see Squatbot and I began to crave it. Not just for the physical side of it but for the mental health side of it. I needed to let some steam off and the gym has become my place to this! (Ask That Squatbot about our boxing sessions 😂 #sorrynotsorry)

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Thankfully Dan is nearly back to normal now and my mum came over to help this week during half term so I managed to get there a couple of times and I’m now booked in for a full new cycle with That Squatbot and I cannot wait.

I haven’t weighed or measured myself for a couple of weeks as I lost my good earring habits whilst Dan has been ill but I’m getting back into it again. But all my maternity clothes are now away (yay!) and a lot of my clothes are starting to fit better – my aim was the 9 months on, 9 months off cycle and Asher has just recently hit 7 months old so I am totally on track and I cannot wait to hit my target if things go to plan!

The 9 month on/9 month off theory I think is a very sensible train of thought after having a baby. In those first few months, you don’t have time for yourself, you really don’t; not unless you have a lot of help around you to give you that free time and we don’t and with having two boys at home now, it was even harder this time than it was after Millie & Leo but I’m getting there.

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It’s not just about weight loss though for me, I’m not interested in the scales anymore (which is a bad habit that I have gotten rid of) it is about toning, my clothes fitting much better, my mental health and getting stronger. I feel so much stronger in what really is just a short space of time. I love not struggling to pick my children up anymore – and often both of them together because my arms weren’t strong enough and my back pain from pregnancy was still causing me issues. Weight Training has really helped me develop a stronger core, improve my posture and improved my back pain and I am genuinely so glad that I started this new challenge.

That Squatbot has also managed to convince me to aim for a further challenge and enter a competition in November with her! Eek, I agreed and I’m sure it will be fun but I’ll need to be working hard for this with her. This one isn’t about winning anything for me, this is about challenging myself to do something like this and I’ve never competed like this for anything before. Training for this alongside training for the Yorkshire Three Peaks that I am taking part in, in September this year for Millie’s Trust should hopefully see me hit my 9 month target!

As a Mum in her thirties, I often feel like I’m a bit lost. I was feeling like I was just working and being a mum and wife and I had nothing for myself, nothing to do for me, nothing to call mine. Now I do and it’s not only benefited me but it’s benefitted my family as I am a much better place mentally and even having to get up in the mornings for my early sessions (I love early mornings) has meant that my day is longer and I get more done, I’ve created those extra hours that I so badly needed.

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