Fighting with Myself


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This week I've seen no progress again, telling the truth there's been negative progress. Every time I step on the scales in a morning I dread seeing the numbers. I am exactly where I promised myself I wouldn't get back to.
fighting, doing yoga, it's the only way to lose weight

It's depressing.

I've slipped back into a terrible routine with food. I started sneaking snacks, eating more chocolate than I should and eating far too much food. It is all entirely my own fault.

I am the one in control.

I am the one who cooks the meals. 
I am the one who dishes up the meals.

Lasagne The Easy Way


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I always thought that making Lasagne was difficult. Chopping up vegetables, cooking pasta sheets, it's all stuff I don't particularly like spending my time doing.

Trying to cook Lasagne the easy way is a lot simpler, using jars of sauce rather than making your own. I don't do it very often but having lasagne occasionally doesn't hurt.

What You'll Need:

Olive oil
500g Mince
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
Oregano and/or basil
Lasagne pasta sheets (I use fresh)
Napolina Lasagne Red Sauce
Napolina Lasagne White Sauce
Grated Cheese (Mozzarella is our favourite)
Garlic bread or tomato/garlic flatbread (optional)
Ovenproof dish

What I Read 46


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Welcome back to another week of What I Read, I've read loads of great posts lately and today I've got another six for you.
Being organised is one of those things you're either brilliant at without trying, or you have to put extra effort into being organised. I'm very much the latter. I'm terrible at being organised but if I have lists to follow I do great. I need a list that helps me get organised! Lindsey is very organised and it seems to come naturally to her, in her post 10 things organised people do regularly she organises a list to help you out. If you're anything like me you'll be checking it out right now!

Katie, mummy in a tutu

When your little ones first start nursery time begins to fly by, suddenly they grow up and become independent. Your once clingy little toddler becomes a sociable, friendly little person. And you start to wish you could turn back time and enjoy the time before they started nursery. Katie has it sussed though, she's got an epic list sorted so that she can enjoy the time with her little one before she starts nursery. Check out Mummy & Alyssa's Pre-School Bucket List.

Talya, who writes at Motherhood Real Deal

Blogging is an awesome thing, writing and expressing opinions so that other people can read makes you feel great. When you start getting contacted by PR companies it makes you feel fantastic, but then they ask you to do something for free. They ask you to do them "a favour". Do you think you should work for free? I read an interesting post on the subject over on Talya's blog, Should bloggers be expected to write for free? Why not pop over and tell Talya what you think. 

When you become a parent it is assumed that you will know how to play with your child. You should know how to assume a character's persona, or play the part of a dinosaur. Some of us find it easier than others, and some of us simply can't do it. I'm one of those people, I can't 'be' a dinosaur, I don't know why. I loved Laura's post in which she admits to this, the great thing about her post is that she is looking for other ways to spend time with her son. Stop by and read Are You A Player?

I remember when LP was a baby/toddler and he was ready for his transition to a bed rather than a cot. We managed to make the transition before we had any acrobatics but over at Double The Monkey Business there has been some! Watching their little ones on the nanny-cam they've noticed some strange goings on in the kids bedroom. Be sure to read Exit Strategy.

Mrs Teepot

Mental health takes such a toll on a person's mind that it can be difficult to come out the other side, if you even do. It takes a lot of effort and battling depression or something similar can leave you exhausted. When someone is able to have those good times it means so much more. After a long time Mrs TeePot is finally able to experience true joy and happiness. I absolutely loved her post Jumping for Joy and feel truly happy for her.

Post Comment Love 29th April - 2nd May


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Welcome back for another week of Post Comment Love. Is it just me or are the week's flying by? I can't believe it's Friday again already, AND it's May on Sunday!

What's with all this snow?! It's nearly May and we're having more snow now than we did back in December. What's that all about? Once the flowers start blooming I think it's time for the weather to get warmer, NOT COLDER!!

We've had a pretty good week, despite the awful weather. I've managed to get lots of work done (blogging wise) and the boys are back into a good routine. My washing mountain is still a mountain but you can't have everything can you?

Brio SmartClean Electric Toothbrush Review


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I have bad teeth, they're sensitive and yellowed. When I was a teenager (and younger) I didn't brush properly or regularly and as a result I have bad teeth now.

In my adult years though I've taken more care of my teeth, using dental floss, brushing properly, etc. I've always tried to brush for two minutes and inspect my teeth every morning. I'd been advised that using an electric toothbrush would be better. 

I'd never tried one so when I was offered the chance to review the Brio SmartClean Electric Toothbrush I gladly accepted.

I decided the best way to review the toothbrush was to keep a diary, writing down my thoughts about the brush.

Spotlight Stationery Subscription Box Review


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Even in a world where technology reigns I'm still drawn to stationery; pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, I have an urge to buy them.

a row of coloured pencils
There is nothing like writing the first words in a brand new notebook with a brand new pen.

As it's National Stationery Week I thought I'd share a review with you that's all about, well, stationery.

Spotlight Stationery is run by people who are passionate about stationery, they source fantastic quality products and work from less well-know artisans and want to send it to you.

I was so excited when I received the Spotlight Stationery box in the post that I opened it immediately. 

On opening I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely packaging, it made it feel like a personal gift
rather than a box subscription. 

spotlight stationery subscription box

I pulled open the tissue paper to reveal a box of goodies and I almost clapped my hands with glee.

A Healthier Breakfast


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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so people say. You shouldn't skip breakfast. You should try and have a healthy breakfast. 

But when you're not very imaginative and don't want to spend hours preparing a healthy but filling breakfast what do you do?

This is something I've struggled with for years. I used to have one slice of toast but I was always hungry before lunch and it left me feeling a bit, well, a bit "meh". I tried having bagels for a while but they were too heavy. A boiled egg with a slice of toast was next and that was great for a while but boiling an egg takes time that I just don't have in a morning.

That is until I spied a brilliant breakfast idea over on Claire's blog I Wasn't Expecting That. Fruit, cereal (or granola), and yoghurt, it sounded delicious and I was determined to try it.

6 Outfits for Stylish Boys


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LP loves to look 'cool', he likes unique t-shirts or sweaters and has his own style. He'll often come downstairs in an outfit and ask me if he looks cool or not. He's learning what he likes and what he doesn't and deciding whether it's good enough to wear.
Penguin t-shirt

With that in mind I asked him to sit down with me and pick out a few outfits that he thinks would look good together.

boys style

The One With The Sex Video


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First of all if you're here expecting to see a sex video you're in the wrong place. There are no sex videos here!

BP is 11 years old, he turns 12 in August, and he is well and truly in the tween/teen strop stage. Whether it's me getting him up in a morning, telling him to do his homework, or asking him to do his chores the most common response I get is a grunt, or if I'm lucky a "it's so unfair!".

We have just given him an iPhone, we had an old iPhone 5S lying around (as you do) and decided that it was time for him to be upgraded from his Windows Phone. 

What I Read 45


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Things are finally settling down after a crazy few weeks. The boys are back at school and we're in a good routine, which means I can get back into my reading.

Catie who blogs over at Diary of an Imperfect Mum writes about her autistic son. In her post, Autism is... she talks about her son's presentation he gave at school, how he spoke about his Autism. Sometimes our children can make us so proud and I was really pleased to read Catie's post because I knew her boy had been practicing for a while.

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