Saturday, 21 January 2017

Thoughts on a third baby

I feel like the thought of a third baby has been around in my head for a while now. Aria was only 2 weeks old when I started asking Warren (daily) if he'd change his mind about third. His answer was an adamant no back then and he wouldn't talk anymore about it but now he will have an honest conversation about it. Mainly throwing lots of questions at me. 

Should we have a third baby? Can we afford a third baby? Would we regret a third baby? Where would a third baby sleep? How would I cope with 3 kids?

When I think about all of these questions in a practical way, it kind of puts me off having a third. It would be tight with money as we would need to move house & both get bigger cars. It's Warren's main worry about having another too.. we even sat down and worked out all the costings of moving house, getting new cars and everything. We used a car finance calculator and even getting them on finance would be tight monthly with everything else we pay. 

should we have a third baby

I also do worry how I'd cope. I get so ill during pregnancy and I'd have to get Sienna to school 5 days a week and look after an energetic, curious toddler all day. They say it's only 9 months of your life but when you're so ill, those days go so slowly. I feel like I've spent the last year or two being either so ill during pregnancy or so sleep deprived & exhausted with a newborn. I'd like to just enjoy a few years with my girls feeling like 'myself'.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

How to Eat Your Favourite Foods And Lose Weight

For some, weight loss and fitness is easy. You simply cut out all those favourite foods that are considered bad for you like chocolate and that Friday night takeaway and instead follow the latest diet trend like Lean in 15 or the French Woman’s Diet. But the problem with these specific diets is that not only are they horrifically expensive, for busy people, like new mums and shift workers, there simply isn’t enough time to be making yourself teriyaki salmon from scratch every night as well as dinner for the rest of the family. Plus, being a parent can be stressful – you need a piece of chocolate or a slice of pizza every so often as a pick-me-up. 
So what if I told you that weight loss doesn’t need to be a struggle – you can still eat all your favourite foods while knocking off those extra pounds. All you need is a few simple recipes and some helpful tips! 

First off, one of the best ways to lose weight is by counting your calories. Too many people fail a diet because they restrict themselves too much, a bit of what you fancy is necessary, just make sure you mix it in with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and other low fat and low sugar favourites. Apps like My Fitness Pal makes counting your calories super easy and it will work out where to cap your daily calorie intake based on your weight loss goals. You can even add in simple exercise like a walk to the park with the kids which will give you extra calories for the day. 
The weekend can often be the greatest struggle when it comes to a diet, after-all, we all have a takeaway night to look forward too. You don’t need to miss out though, it’s true, you might not be able to eat an extra-large cheesy pizza but that doesn’t mean takeaways are completely off the cards – you just need to be careful what you order. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Our national trust bucket list & GIVEAWAY!

Our girls love being outside and exploring, and Sienna being 4, loves learning about places and the story behind them. We are often looking for places with lots of history out in the open and so the National Trust properties are perfect. We have quite a few within a few hours or so from us, some are already on our UK family bucket list but there are some I have only just heard of or been recommended so I thought I'd do a specific 'national trust bucket list'. I also know of a giveaway where you could win a 12 months National trust membership, so read on for that!

Not only do the girls love it but we do too. The fresh air, the space the girls have to run around and just the feeling of being out & exploring.. I'm not one to be bored, I can't sit still either! I also love to use these places as an opportunity to get some family photos although it always takes about 500 shots, haha!

Our national trust bucket list;

Coleton Aglow
Corfe castle
Kingston Lacy

I'm sure there's more but this will keep us busy for a few more weekends ;) I will definitely have to get a National trust membership now, I haven't bothered before as I wasn't sure how much we'd use it but now that I have researched at what's around, I can't wait to visit them all!

Monday, 16 January 2017

living arrows 3/52 - the body book

This year, I've decided to join the Living Arrows linky over on Donna's blog. She says "Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and every Monday we share a moment from our week and invite others to do the same as part of this linky".

I take so many photo of the girls but I never really blog about them so I thought taking part in a linky would give me more inspiration to do so. I'll be sharing a photo or two of the girls, capturing a moment of childhood. I'm going to try and get 'candid' photos, not them just sat down next to each other trying to smile at the camera. I'm going to try and take them at different places too so it's more interesting and can act as a memory of what we did through this year.

These photos are from the other morning. Sienna is so into books and Aria has just started taking an interest too which I'm so glad about as I think books are so important for kids and help them learn. Sienna got this book all about the body for Christmas and she's become obsessed with it. She is always reading it & looking at it and wanting to learn more.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Longleat festival of lights

On Saturday, we headed to Longleat to their festival of light. We went a few years ago (see our Longleat at Christmas vlog here) when we only had Sienna and absolutely loved it so we wanted to go back now we have two little girls to enjoy it! This year, it was featuring the enchanting characters of Beatrix Potter so we couldn't wait to see it! 

We got there for when it opened at 3pm although the lantern switch on isn't until 4. We spent a bit of time looking around and we also went in and had the 'Artic experience' when we first got there.

I didn't really know what the 'Arctic experience' was to begin with but it was pretty cool. It was 2 minutes long and it was described as 'augmented reality', so we stood in one spot and it super imposed us into the Artic world with whales, penguins and polar bears all around it. They also took pictures throughout and could purchase them or get them emailed for free if you wanted. If you want to see a bit more of the experience, have a look at my Longleat festival of light vlog

We did have a look around the jungle express and saw the penguins which I show more in the video too, but for this post I wanted to focus more on the lights as they aren't there all year round and they really were the best part of the afternoon!

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