Tuesday, 24 April 2012

It's been a while...

Oh hello again long time no blog

I do apologise it has been a while since my last blog, you must bare with me I am very new and also very lazy when it comes to blogging.

Well after piling on a few pounds after actually losing my baby weight I have decided to join Slimming World, it was either go on a diet or have another baby, I opted for the cheaper yet much harder option. I'm coming to the end of week three now and after a relatively good week on the scales last week, considering I had an extravagant circus themed hen weekend to attend, I am hoping to do even better this week. I have nothing standing in my way of reaching my 4lb goal, but somehow I don't think my goal will become a reality. I know I know you have to think positive when on a diet but it's very difficult to concentrate in meetings when everyone's head suddenly becomes a giant cake.

I have to say Slimming World has seemed to be one of the easier diets I have tried; it is based on a very simple healthy eating plan. Forget counting the calories or adding up your daily points all you need to do it stick to two simple lists of food that are essentially free and super free. This is all of your fruit and vegetables, pulses, rice, pasta, potatoes and meats. You can eat as much of these foods as you like as long as you make sure every meal is made up of a third super free, then you have your syns which is basically all the good stuff.

It has been quite difficult for me to get my head round the school of thinking that pasta and potatoes are no longer bad foods, with every other diet I have tried these foods have held I points values or been cut out all together. I don't know how it works but it definitely does, it must just be magic. I have to say I am a real food lover, I love eating out, I love cooking new meals for the family but most of all I love baking. I love all things sweet and chocolaty and I really enjoy baking with the kids, if I could I would live off cake. There is nothing more enjoyable to me than settling down on the sofa with a cup of tea and big slice of cake. Having to say no to cake is probably one of the most depressing things about being on a diet. So if any of you know any good, extremely low fat cake recipes you could pass on that would be great.
(After reading this paragraph back to myself I am now drooling, not a good start).

It is the dreaded weigh day tomorrow so I will keep you updated and in the mean time everybody think thin!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Egg Zone...

Hello all you little Easter chicks

It's that time of year again where the house gets taken over by chocolate eggs and the children, far too many for children to consume in one weekend. So I thought I would hunt down the best alternatives to the traditional chocolate egg and give the children a bit of variety and hopefully not too many rotten teeth.

I found some great ideas for things to do with the kids because it is nice to use the long weekend to spend time as a family and do things that maybe you don;t usually have time to do. There are also some great gift ideas that you can get the children in replacement for the egg.

Dipped Rice Krispie Treats
Whilst browsing Pinterest (my new obsession) I have found some great ideas and the dipped rice krispie treats are by far one of the most fun and simple to do. All you need is egg shaped moulds, which you can get from most supermarket around Easter time, rice krispies, mini marshmallows and butter. They are cheap and really simple to make, a perfect activity for the kids to join in with as they don't make too much mess and really fun to decorate.

For all the details and recipe click here.

Hopping Mad
If you are looking to stay clear of sweets and chocolate all together then supermarkets have got some great offers on.

Waitrose have got these really cute wind up Easter bunnies and chick's for only £3.75, they are a cute and fun alternative that kids will love. Sainsbury's have also got some really cute gift ideas, my friend bought my 18mth old daughter a fluffy chick that sits in your palm and tweets (for around £2), she absolutely loves it. It's not so fluffy anymore as she has been inseparable from it and so it is black and a bit sticky now. All the supermarkets are packed with Easter craft ideas so go down and take a look.

Going on an egg hunt
Why not use the Easter weekend to get out and about with the kids, and go on an egg hunt? If the weather isn't great don't let that spoil it, get your wellies and your rain coats on and get outdoors. I find that if it is raining (and you are fully prepared) then it all adds to the fun of the day.

The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury again this year and are hosting egg trails all over the country. They were lots of fun last year and I am looking forward to going again this year, the kids absolutely loved it, the anticipation of finding the next egg was just too much excitement for them. If you opt for a location that is marked with a rosette, as these offer extra activities such as face painting and lots of outdoor fun and games. To find your nearest trail click here.

If you're doing a trail why not make your own basket using a plastic plant pot and lots of glue and sparkly things. My kids love making anything that they can use like bags and hats, it gives them a sense of pride and achievement and I love to see their little faces light up when they carry it around so proud.

Well whatever you get up to this Easter weekend I hope you all have a good one xxx

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