What’s your story?

Last  night, hubby and I were watching the Graham Norton Show and we got talking about what our story would be if we were in the red chair. If you don’t watch Graham Norton, the idea is this. You sit on a red chair and tell a short story. If it’s engaging and entertaining, you are allowed to finish your story. If it’s utter drivel or you’re just plain dull, you get unceremoniously ejected.  So in the name of entertainment, I’ve decided to tell you my story. On a hot summer’s afternoon, I decided to take my dogs for a…

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Dear waistline, I miss you…

Back in early November, we bought a packet of mince pies and decided that it was time to start our Christmas eating. So, Christmas came and went and we had our trip to Bluestone booked for last week. So of course, Christmas eating continued until the end of the holiday. And then it was the weekend, who wants to eat healthily at the weekend?  But, today is Monday. Christmas is finally over and it’s time to reacquaint myself with my waistline. Yes, I know. That’s two months worth of Christmas. If I didn’t stop now I’d have to keep it up for the whole…

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Wow, what a day

Today has been another hectic yet fantastic day at Bluestone National Park. We started off the morning with messy play for both children. Of course, the idea was that they could get messy. All the children got messy, within reason. Only my two took it to this extreme.  The messy play was great, everything was edible and there were a variety of things to do including painting, non-Newtonian fluid (cornflower solution), glittery things, jelly, custard and water.  Libby took it all very seriously, as she tends to do.  Lia also had fun, causing both mess and chaos in her own…

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Happy New Year

This year has once again been a bit of a whirlwind. We’ve gained a cat and a baby and sadly lost a dog. I’ve made the big jump to being freelance and our girls are becoming the firmest of friends.  Libby has changed so much in the past 12 months, and of course Lia has grown to be unrecognisable from the rather large baby that appeared in May.  Libby also had her eye operation in June, so you may notice from looking back at old photos on the blog that her eyes are now dramatically better, certainly good enough to…

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Streaking into January

To say I’ve overindulged during the festive period would be an understatement. I don’t even dare stand on the scales because I’m worried about what I’m going to see.  I know that the natural solution would be to go on a diet, but I’m just no good at those. I usually enter myself into a race at around this time of year, not to race in now but one that doesn’t take place until the summer. It gives me something to aim for and keeps my fitness going through the rest of the winter. The problem is this year, I…

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NattyMat review

This has been a fascinating product to test, for the simple reason that NattyMat kindly provided me with two of their mats to review. Of course, hubby instantly claimed one of them, so we have a sort of his and hers review going on. Since the mats arrived yesterday, each of us has been swimming once on our own and we have also swam with the kids, so they have been well and truly put through their paces by us all. Firstly let me tell you about the product. It is designed for standing on when you are getting changed at…

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Things aren’t as bad as I thought…

Over the summer, I was doing really well at getting back my fitness levels after having Lia. I didn’t have much on work-wise so I had some time to sort myself out and get back to my normal weight. Unfortunately the last few weeks, things have gone downhill rather rapidly.  I am lucky enough to have a friend who drags me out for a run every week, whatever the weather. I also make every attempt to go swimming and fit in another run each week, but the last few weeks have been tough and I haven’t managed it. Sleep deprivation…

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