Thursday, 20 October 2016

How I keep fit as a mum!

I get a lot of questions about how I stay fit as a mum and how I lost my baby weight ready for my wedding. It's not easy and it definitely didn't 'fall off' me, I have worked hard and been determined but here's a few tips to help you!

How to keep fit as a mum

Eat clean/choose healthier choices
Nutrition is the main thing to focus on. Eating less processed foods and less things with added sugar in will help you lose the weight. Batch making and freezing healthy meals or snacks is great as you can grab things on the go but they are still healthy. Also upping your protein will help those snack attacks and sugar cravings.. I use a vanilla protein from MyProtein to add to smoothies or pancakes. Here's a fab site for some voucher codes if you want to try it! 

Get in the workouts
Exercise is obviously important too, weight loss is simply eating less calories than you burn. I found it hard to fit in the workouts having a newborn, but I either did them when she went down for a nap and gave Sienna some colouring or something to do or I did them at baby's 'happiest hour' around 3-4pm when she'd be happy led on the playmat or in her walker when she got older and Sienna would occupy her too. Circuits and HIITs are fab if you have a fussy baby because you can attend to them in the 'rest' time. I would do 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.. so I put her down for 30 seconds and then I'd pick her back up and cuddle her while I rested for 30 seconds and repeat until I finished the workout. She seemed happier with this and it meant I got my workout done. 15-20 minutes at maximum pace is perfect 4 times a week.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

How a Career in Social Work Is Much like Being a Parent

If you are a mom or dad who has put off getting that coveted master’s degree from a top-notch university, there is one occupation you might want to consider. While many people say that teachers and nurses make great parents, actually social workers do, too! Did you ever stop to think how a career in social work is much like being a parent? The two ‘jobs’ have much in common and once you see the list of what a good social worker should be, you’ll understand why your role as a parent can also be improved. Here are some of the main ways in which as social worker can be likened to a parent.

A Social Worker Is a Good Listener

If there is one thing a social worker is and a prerequisite for all that comes after, it would be a good listener. When studying for that masters in social work you will learn that you can do nothing for the other person, offer no help to your client if you can’t hear, or fail to hear, what he or she is saying to you. It isn’t always the words that come out of their mouths, it’s what they really mean by what they are saying.

A Social Worker Learns to Identify Needs

If you have heard what your client is saying then you can take what they’re saying in order to identify their needs. They will tell you what they need even if they don’t say it in so many words, so it’s up to you to weed through the chaff to get to the grain. That’s where you’ll find their needs. Studying for an MSW online or in a traditional on-campus setting helps you learn to identify needs. It’s a big part of the MSW curriculum.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Stay at home dads: Tips for getting back to work

It may be a sign of the times that women’s and men’s roles in the household are beginning to merge, as shown by a drastic increase in the percentage of stay-at-home dads (SAHDs). According to recent polls and studies, the number of work-at-home dads who stay home full-time and act as caregivers to their children has doubled since 1970. Naturally the global economic crisis has largely contributed to this situation—with many mothers taking on the role of providing financially for their family (especially in cases where the husband has lost his job or is in the process of switching careers). And while the debate continues as to whether it is socially acceptable for mothers to pursue a career instead of being relegated at home full time to take care of their children, this same stigma has now attached itself to stay-at-home dads, who are finding it much harder than women to re-enter the job market after spending several years as caregivers due to social stigmas and false preconceptions. 

Dads who are looking for ways to work from home and contribute economically while taking care of the kids face several challenges, such as the stigma associated with stay-at-home fathers who may be viewed simply as lazy or irresponsible, and the backlashes of critics who insist that it is a ‘woman’s role.’ Regardless of their fallacious arguments which are no longer relevant in today’s fast-evolving society and in this enduring global economic recession (which has prompted both sexes to work ever harder to take care of their family’s needs), it is a fact that financial worries and rising costs of living are making it necessary for both moms and dads with young children to each have jobs. 

Aria's 7 month update

I'm going to do a quick 7 month update on Aria as I just realised I hadn't done it and she's 8 months today, whoops! These few months have whizzed by what with the lead up to the wedding and honeymoon, I feel like I've blinked and she's gone from 6 months to 8! It's madness!


In this last month, Aria has learnt to crawl and pull herself up on anything and everything and now she casually let goes with one hand. She's actually let go with both hands a few times and stand up for a few seconds. It's crazy! I was hoping our second wouldn't be as advanced as Sienna but it seems she can't wait to be able to join in! We're pretty sure she'll be walking around the same time as Sienna (which was 9 months), if not before! Her hair is growing, she has a little fluff head going on, it's so adorable! She has also kind of learnt to clap.. she can seem to do it if she has something in her hands, I say can you clap and she ants them together but she can't figure how to bring her hands together with nothing in them. She has also learnt to really shriek which is lovely of course ;) She also dances to any music.. by dance I mean if she's stood up she will rock from side to side or if she's sat down she jumps up and down on her bum and flaps her hands around. She still seems to love music as much as she did when she was in my tummy! 


Sleep has been better! Woo! She now will generally only wake once in the night. She goes down about 6:30/7 and wakes around 12/1 and will then sleep through until 6/6:30 which isn't too bad. I mentioned in her 6 month update that she will only go down using white noise for sleep and this is still the case. I tried to stop her as people said she would get used to it and never be able to sleep without it but then she wouldn't sleep at all and everyone was grumpy so I gave in. I found Fade Away Sleep Sounds and have been using that. The main reason I switched to using this one is because as well as the baby sleep sounds to soothe, it also helps wean them off the sounds as the tracks gradually fade away at the end, so that baby can eventually fall to sleep on their own. It's made me feel so much better about using white noise again as it is designed to help her get to sleep on her own as well. I also love that they offer more 'grown up' sounds such as oceans, rivers and thunderstorms as I can't stand the noise of the hairdryer or vacuum! If you haven't tried white noise or the Fade Away Sleep Sounds, I highly recommend giving it a go. It's the only thing that will work for Aria!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Wedding planning: 3 days to go!

I thought I'd do another little update on the wedding now that it's only 3 days away..eek! I don't think it's really sunk in we are getting married so soon. I think because we've been planning it for over 2 years, it's always been so far away that it kind of feels like it will never happen!

Everything is nearly done.. all the big bits.. although my dress from Abbey Brides has just come back yesterday so I'm off to get it this morning! I just hope it fits as if it doesn't, there isn't much time to get it changed!

We also still need to do the favours and table plan.We are getting our table plan from Sarah at Peach Wolfe Paper Co. She has been amazing so far, I sent her a picture of our save the dates and she has designed them perfectly to match! I just need to put it all together.

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