Competition … Me time

Getting up and getting out of bed early has become the norm for me in the past few months and I love it. The day is so much longer, I get much more done and I’m feeling so much better than I have done in a long time and if you are local to me (Stockport area), I’d like to give you an opportunity to try something new and feel good about yourself…

I’ve teamed up with That Squatbot who who has been doing my personal training since March and we are doing a fantastic giveaway … but first take a look at the photos below.

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This was mid March this year … Asher was 5 months old and I’d decided that I needed to stop hanging around and pull my finger out and lose the extra baby weight. I was very unhappy with myself in this photo; it’s not a social media thing that I was feeling crap that I was pressured into losing weight, it was a me thing.

I was overweight, tired, run down and felling very lazy. At this point, Asher was pretty much sleeping through the night and routine was getting normal, so I had no excuse.

I was lucky that around this time, Squatbot got in touch with me and convinced me to work with her and see how I felt, so I took her up on her kind offer and never did I think what it would lead to!

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I walked in on my first session thinking I’d be doing just Cardio, how wrong was I and how right it turned out for me …

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So here I am in photo 2 last week, I am so happy with how my body is changing. I am nowhere near where I want to be but Squatbot has being working my ass off and I’m extremely happy with where I am at right now and Squatbot is continuing to work my backside off!

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My clothes are fitting much better and I have noticed that a lot more of my pre-Asher clothes are coming out of my wardrobe again, it’s like I’ve had a big shopping trip and treat myself to new clothes – which is amazing!

It’s not just about how my shape is changing but how better I feel in my head, getting up and working out has had a brilliant effect on my moods and it is totally true that exercising helps your mind.

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Since March I’ve been weight training, learning to lift properly and safely, losing weight, toning up and getting strong. Last week I Box squatted about 13 stone, I was amazed. 💕💕💕

My back pain has completely gone and I can lift my sons and even have Leo on my shoulders with absolutely no problems at all; I truly wish that I had discovered this type of training sooner and I can’t thank Squatbot enough for getting in touch with me.

So here’s what you can win …

***** 4 weeks Personal Training with Squatbot****

This breaks down into 3 sessions per week for a whole month … I promise that you will feel great about yourself … and don’t be scared, I promise that you will enjoy it.

You need to click this link to enter and remember you must be following myself and Squatbot on a social media platform to be able to win 💕

Terms and conditions available to see via the link that you enter on.

You can also get bonus entries by following the instructions on Raffle Copter! Good Luck xxx

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*** Winning sessions will be held in Heald Green Stockport***

How Not to … Build A Bear

One of the most memorable days of my boys’ lives so far I think … a visit to Build-A-Bear ... but not just any visit as today was “Pay Your Age Day” ….. an absolute bargain.

So the idea was that you could pick ANY soft toy in store and yes that includes all the film ones and only pay the price of how old your child is, in our case £3 and £1 (minimum was £1) … what a cracking offer.

I’d told Dan about this earlier in the week and said “come with me, we won’t be there long” … famous last words I might add.

It is 2.30pm and we have just got home, we left at 8am! 😂

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I thought getting there for 9am, it would be pretty quiet as a lot of people would have their children in school (I was very surprised to see children in school uniforms in the queue) … but how wrong was I! We hit the queue just before 9am and I reckon that we were about 100th in the queue .. so not too far back I thought… then the problems started.

We soon realised that the queue wasn’t moving very much at all. They were only letting a few people in the shop at a time which slowed things down. Obviously on top of that, the children spend time making decisions about which one that they want, then changing their mind (all part of being a toddler I might add) … then trying to convince Mum or Dad to let the soft toy have an outfit (more pennies) then having to give the bear a name on a computer and lastly actually getting the bears stuffed!

4 and a half hours … that is how long it took us in total from joining the queue to paying for the damn things! 😂… I have to say that this was not one of mummy’s best ideas. I take full responsibility for making us have a day out at Build-A-Bear.

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The problem was as well, that after about an hour queue, Leo had spied the shop and said “going to the bear shop?” … so we couldn’t leave could we? Not a chance as he would have been really upset. The shop was so close but so far….

The local Greggs did a roaring trade this morning because there were lots of people in the queue eating sausage rolls and doughnuts for breakfast! Then a quick thinking staff member in WH Smith cottoned on (she certainly deserves staff member of the month) as she came out with baskets full of drinks and chocolates for sale – made a fortune selling to people in the queue – great idea! We took our brekkie with us …

The thing that bothered me the most in the queue … rude people. I couldn’t believe how many people “saved a space” for their friend that turned up 2 hours later …. for the record, it’s damn rude and an obnoxious thing to do when people have been queuing for so long.

I felt so sorry for the Arndale security staff as there weren’t enough of them for the amount of people that turned up and to be honest, Build-A-Bear should have had their own security on the door and the queue.

Turns out that many of the stores actually announced that they were closing and many stopped people from joining the queue anymore, this was for safety reasons

I’m not sure if they are even opening again today because of this, but I bet a lot of parents aren’t happy that they’d promised to take their children after school and now it looks like they might not be able to.

But … look at Leo’s face when we eventually got into the shop when he saw all the bears that he could choose from,big smile equals very happy.

To be honest, we got really lucky with both our boys today. They were both really well behaved, Leo only had a 5 minute moment and Asher had a cry as we were waiting to stuff the bears and then he fell asleep (so totally missed the whole stuffing of the bear, placing a heart and making a wish 😂) … and Leo didn’t like the noise that the machine made, so hid behind us when the bears were coming alive!

Check out the ones we got though … they should have cost us £54 in total and today they only cost us £4 …. yes that is correct, £4 for the both of them including Chewbacca! There were hardly any of those left in the shop, good spot by Dan!

It was a really good promotion of Build-A-Bear but I think some heads might be rolling at head office because of the chaos in stores throughout the country before.

Here are my tips Build-A-Bear for your next event;

1. Registration online so you get a ticket number and an allocation time.

2. Offer pre-made bears (yes, I know that the magic is in the stuffing and adding a heart but for most under 3s, they don’t get it or quickly lose interest)

3. You needed more staff stuffing the bears, you needed temporary machines. The staff at the store that we were in took about 5- 10 minutes to stuff each bear and sew them up, that means on average about 20/25 bears an hour were being completed. This was just not fast enough for how many people were coming through the doors and how many people were outside queuing.

4.You could have done with a ticket system for toilet visits. Remember, there were sooo many young children with their parents and people were scared to leave in case they lost their place. The nearest toilets to the store we at were a 15 minute journey there and back if you were quick.

5. Water could have been offered to the queues, a really simple cheap solution to keeping your crowds a little bit happier.

So, rumour has it that the promotion is linked to the launch of “Count Your Candles” in the UK where you will be able to pay the price of the age of your child in their birthday month for a bear. Check the American version out here … I’m not sure of the terms and conditions coming with the offer but it might be worth registering on their website for especially if you can get a cheap gift for their birthday, I think it’s a great idea.

So, would I do it again?

Would I queue again for that long? You know what, yes I would!

I bet that you thought that I was going to say no then, didn’t you!

The reason that I’ve said Yes is because what memories it created today and all you need to do is look at this photo of Leo smiling …

And also look at this one of daddy and Leo, they had both definitely had enough by this point though …

And Asher checking his purchase out too …

I’m not sure what Daddy would say though, I think he was slowly being driven insane throughout this adventure … although I am also sure that when he looks back and remembers this day, he will be laughing … and I have warned him that we will more than likely be queuing again at some point in their lives for something that they want so much … all part of parenting xxx

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This weekend Millie’s Daddy Dan is doing a sky dive in her memory.

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Nearly there again

You know when something is driving you completely crazy and you just cannot get it out of your mind? I’m feeling a little like that at the moment and the emotions my head are going through are absolutely heartbreaking.

Asher is 8 months old

Millie passed away at 9 months.

This is totally messing with me at the moment. I keep spontaneously bursting into tears at random reminders.

I struggled a lot when Leo was the same age but this time I have realised that I am struggling even more and I think that it might be because Asher looks so much more like Millie than Leo ever did.

Sometimes I look at him and it’s like having Millie sat in front of me, it’s the strangest feeling ever.

Millie was 286 days old when she passed away… we just need to get passed that many days and I know I will start to feel a little better. I know exactly what date Asher’s 287th day will be; I know, I sound like a crazy lady but I worked it out when he was born and then haven’t really thought about it until he turned 8 months old a couple of weeks ago.

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I know it sounds ridiculous but it’s like a barrier for me, a wall that I need to break us through.

I think I’m doing okay and then something starts to niggle at me and I can’t work it out. Then bang, there it is – the answer that has taken me a while to figure out and this is what has happened over the last few days, it’s hit me like a brick wall.

I’ve gotten through these feelings and mixed up emotions once before with Leo – this time, I can see that there will be a positive outcome at the end and I’m glad that this time I can see past that date.

I’d love to know your feelings about how you dealt with this with your children, how you got passed that milestone with your younger children when an older child had passed away, maybe I won’t feel as nuts as I do reading about your journeys xxx

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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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Suitable from age 6 months to 2 years.