Time to Attend Class

Last week I said that I'm not feeling healthy and I was doing my best to sort that out. That's still true today and I've even begun to think about attending some local exercise classes (if I can find any).

My weight last week: 11st 11.5lbs
My weight this week: 11st 11.6lbs

Steps last week: 42,753
Steps this week: 37,575

That's 0.1lbs on, and a lot less steps. I blame the weather.

With the awful weather, loads of nice food, and the comfort of home it's so easy to sit on my bottom and do nothing. I'm finding it hard to motivate myself to go on the treadmill, even though I used to enjoy it.

I'm wondering if I start attending a class or two, get myself out and DO something, then maybe I'll be more motivated to run too.

Like I said before my knees are an issue at the moment and losing weight will ease it, so that's the priority. 

I'm going to try a new technique to trick myself into thinking I'm having a larger meal - smaller plates. Whenever I put out dinner in an evening I give the kids less than me and the Hubby, obviously. The boys have smaller plates and it's easy to give them less, but BP is getting bigger now and wants to eat more. Perhaps what I ought to be doing is letting BP have the bigger plate and I have the smaller one.

I'll try it out and see how I go.

I know the usual trick is to put off losing weight until the new year, after all Christmas is almost upon us and those mince pies won't eat themselves right?

But if I wait then after Christmas I will weigh half a stone more than I do now, perhaps even more.

Instead I'm starting now, I won't deny myself the nice things but I'll be conscious of what I'm eating. Rather than just scoffing everything in sight I'll limit my intake.

How will you handle the weight loss through the Christmas period?

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Learning to Surf The Waves of Life

Life is unpredictable.

Each and every one of us lives our daily lives in ignorance of the very real fact that something could happen at any time to change our life forever.

Life is like the Sea. Beautiful & Serene. Savage & Unrelenting.

Life is like the sea - beautiful and serene in places, showing such sights you could cry, but it is also savage, an unrelenting beast that can attack at any moment.

What I Read 33

Although I've been quiet on social media the last few days I'm still here. I'm reading posts as much as I can, so let's get on with the blog love shall we?

Crummy Mummy, who writes at Confessions of a Crummy Mummy

A much needed break when you're a parent comes around about as often as Christmas. That's why, when we're planning for it we get all excited and can't sleep! In Things They Don't Tell You About Being A Parent Natalie talks about her mini break and how nice it is to reconnect. There are a few things in her list that made me laugh too. I totally agree with her.

Katy - who writes at Carry On Katy blog

When we're in our early teens the thought of being middle-aged is awful, we feel like it's a terrible stage of life and we don't ever want to get there. As we get older it doesn't bother us as much, but it's still one of those times that seems to have a stigma attached. Carry on Katy has a great post for you though, on just this subject: 5 Benefits of Being Middle-Aged. This post had me laughing, and nodding along. Go and have a read.

The Mulk, aka Agent Spitback.
As we watch our little babies grow, seeing them change into toddlers who want to play with EVERYTHING (including pots and pans), from toddlers into school children, we are usually proud of the little people they become. We love seeing their language expand, and watching them learn at school. But then they change and you're suddenly thrown into a world of tantrums, strops, and emotions. Your little baby is a tween - oh boy what to do?! I'm at this stage right now and it is so hard to put into words just how I feel. The Mulk, aka Agent Spitback wrote a post that I could totally relate to and I think if you're going through this right now you could relate to it to. Have a read of Don't Call Me Mum! You won't be disappointed.

Kate, who blogs at hello baby bug.

Taking your first tentative steps as a parent is a daunting prospect. How do you teach the little tykes to behave? How do you make sure they grow up to be wonderful people? Do you follow your parents' rules? Would you want your children to grow up like you did? This is an interesting question, one which Kate asks in her post. Her perspective is different and I can see her point of view. Why not pop over, give her post a read, and tell her what you think?

Nigel who writes at DIY Daddy.

I am estranged from my biological mother, have been for years now. I don't remember the last time I spoke to her and although I hear about her through my sisters I have no desire to speak to her. But would that be different if she was ill, if she was dying? I'm not sure how I would feel in that situation. Nigel over at DIY Daddy shared a very personal post about his father, Do I see my father before he dies? He asks the question and struggles with the answer, I beg you to go and read this post. It does have a happy ending.

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I am a huge Disney fan. I love old classic movies like Cinderella and Snow white, and the Pixar movies have me fixed every time. I cannot wait to go and see The Good Dinosaur! I enjoyed watching Frozen, just like thousands of little girls all over the world. I thought it was a brilliant, and different, interpretation of 'true love's kiss'. Not everyone liked Frozen though, and Alex was one of them. In her post Let It Go Walt she talks about how she disagrees with some reviews of the film and doesn't think it is 'boldly feminist'. It was interesting to read and although I disagreed I could see some of her points. Head over and give it a read, let her know what you think.


Stuck For Baby Gifts This Christmas? Fabulous Ideas To Inspire

Parents will always want to spoil their kids on Christmas day. It’s the day we get to bring magic to life with the promise of Santa Claus and presents. 

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While our older children will love getting involved, babies are too young to understand what’s going on. But that doesn’t mean they too can’t get involved with the festivities. Here’s a list of fabulous gift ideas that will help you buy for any baby that you know this Christmas.

How to Add a Custom Header to Blogger

So you've created your header using Canva or PicMonkey, or some other creative tool, but what now?

It's time to add that gorgeousness to Blogger.

How to add a custom header to Blogger

Thoughts on Blogfest '15

On Saturday I attended Mumsnet's Blogfest '15, it was my first blogging conference. I am still processing, my head is full and it's hard for me to put everything into order but I'm going to try and share what I learned.

A Mum is NOT just a Mum - Don't give up your dreams.

Listening to Meera Syal CBE, Bridget Christie, Polly Vernon, Catherine Mann, and Margaret Atwood (via link to Toronto at 4am!) was inspirational. Bryony Gordon hosted a fantastic talk in which the ladies discussed being a mum at the same time as trying to have a career. I heard how a supportive partner is handy, knowing your worth is important, but being able to express yourself is essential.

Planning and Action in Progress

This morning I did the food shopping and although I bought chocolate, it wasn't for me, and crisps (also not for me) I also bought fruit, Upbeat drinks, and planned my meals for the week.

Food to avoid: burgers and chips, fried chicken, cookies, and muffins are just a few of the things you ought to avoid when on a diet.

My weight last week was 11st 12.5lbs
My weight this week is 11st 11.5lbs

What I Read 32

It's time to share my favourite reads from this week, and I have to say my list is getting rather long. The posts I share may be from a few weeks ago but be sure that I enjoyed reading them.

What I Read 32 badge, gold circles with pink writing.

How To Make Your Navigation Menu Float

When you scroll through my blog you may have noticed that my Navigation Menu stays at the top. It floats over my blog rather than staying at the top of the page and disappearing when you scroll down. 

In this post I'm going to show you how to make your Navigation Menu float.

As always use the "Inspect Element" to try out changes before changing your HTML.

Where Has My Cheery Boy Gone?

For as long as I can remember LP has been the entertainer of the family. He's energetic and he always has a smile on his face.

Or at least that's how it was.

But now my cheery boy seems to have gone.

There's a teenager hiding inside that little man!

He's been replaced with a moody, sulky, 6 year old.

The Nonsense Show Review

I've spent lots of time over the years trying to encourage my boys to read. I think it's really important that they do and any book that interests them I buy hoping that it will capture their imagination. 

BP has never enjoyed reading, he'll start reading a book and then give up or "forget" about it. 

LP loves to read. He's got all kinds of books and the bookcase in his room is almost full. He'll try out anything, from The BFG to Mr Men books. I like him to read proper books like The BFG but I don't mind it when he chooses the simpler ones because it gives him a chance to just enjoy it.

The Nonsense Show Review | Morgan's Milieu: The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

How To Move Your Search Bar Into Your Navigation Menu

A couple of weeks ago I was asked about putting a search bar/button next to the Navigation Menu or Masthead Bar. It took me a while to work it out but in the end I did it so I'm going to share what I learned with you lovely people.

Before I start with my "how-to" I want to say that if you don't have a search bar somewhere on your blog you need to get one now. 

Far too often I'll be looking for a particular post on a blog and I'll have to search through loads of pages before I find what I'm looking for. This wastes my time and might dissuade me from returning to your blog. Please, please, please, have a search bar.

Lots of bloggers like to have their search bar in the sidebar and others like it to hover over the top of their page alongside the tabs. In this post I'm going to show you how to move your search bar from your sidebar and put it into your Navigation Mar at the top of your page (if you have one).

Stop Thinking and Start Doing

I skipped writing about my weight last week, I didn't weigh myself all week and pretty much ate whatever I wanted. I'd given up.

But over the past few days I've noticed a few things about my body and how I feel and I've realised that I can't let myself off. It's time to stop thinking about it and start doing.
Stop Thinking and Start Doing | Morgan's Milieu: My weight loss badge.
My weight today was 11st 12.5lbs. This is unacceptable.

What I Read 31

I want to take a moment to send my wishes to all involved in the incidents in Paris. I read about what happened and am appalled that so many people have been hurt or killed.

Before the atrocities I'd put together these posts that I read, I hope you enjoy them.

What I Read 31 | Morgan's Milieu: My What I Read Badge

What I Read 31 | Morgan's Milieu: Nicky, of notjustthe3ofus blog

Whether it's blogging or daily life some days are harder than others. One day you can get up full of beans and ready to take on the day, and the next is like someone has stolen your get-up-and-go. Nicky shared a post that I enjoyed; Ever Wondered Where Your Mojo Goes? In it she asks what you do to entice yours back again.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

A little while ago I was tagged by Izzie who blogs over at The World According to Izzie for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Thanks Izzie!
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award | Morgan's Milieu: Tagged by a blogging friend I now get to pass on the wonderful award.

Izzie asked ten questions that I have to answer and then I need to come up with ten questions for 7 bloggers I want to nominate.

I always love reading, and writing, these posts. It's a chance to get to know the blogger and an opportunity to share a little bit more about myself. 

SlinkyLinks Jewellery Review and Giveaway

I love jewellery, from big dangly earrings to cute little rings. It's just another way to express myself. Anything that sparkles will always catch my eye but I also like unique pieces of jewellery. The kind that someone would comment on not because of the sparkles but because it's different.

Cue SlinkyLinks jewellery

SlinkyLinks Jewellery Review and Giveaway | Morgan's Milieu: Pink Necklace and Earrings set from SlinkyLinks.
SlinkyLinks small circle, double-sided necklace and earrings set

SlinkyLinks jewellery is handmade from leather by one very talented lady, Melodie.

A Good Cleaning Day Can Brighten Your Outlook

Over the past couple of weeks I've been feeling a bit low, the dreary weather, the dark nights, it all got on top of me. Today I got up and decided to have a bit of a cleaning day, the hoovering desperately needed doing, not to mention the polishing, and the windows, and... well let's just say cleaning is not a priority!

All morning I've been putting shoes under the stairs, tidying toys away now the boys are at school, and the hoover got switched on. I pulled the polish out from under the sink and polished the window sills too. 

As I was hoovering the stairs, a job I hate doing because I have to use the nozzles, I began to feel brighter. A smile creeped onto my face as I watched the bits get sucked up into the hoover. 

It felt good to clean! 

This doesn't often happen, I see cleaning as time away from the blog, time I could be using to write. I do put the dishwasher on daily, tidy the kitchen and such, but general cleaning is only done when absolutely necessary. 

Part of the reason for that is I cannot stand cleaning up only to have the boys get out the lego box and tip all the lego out, 5 minutes after I've finished. Cleaning can feel pointless at times because I know that it won't be long before it will all need doing again. It's one of those jobs that is never really finished.  

Today though, even with the dark morning, cleaning up made me happy. Seeing a clean carpet, toys away, a lounge that someone could sit in without having to move something first, made me smile.

Don't get me wrong it's not all perfect, there's still a massive pile of washing to get through and my ironing pile is resembling Everest, but the rest of the house is looking good.

Although I hate cleaning sometimes it does brighten my mood, it's like therapy. 

A good cleaning day almost feels like you're cleaning out your mind. Does that make sense?

With the day-to-day humdrum of life your mind can get bogged down in details, bits of jobs left on 'floor', dust settles in the corners, and a good cleaning day almost feels like you're cleaning up your mind too.

Perhaps it's the mindlessness of it, maybe it's taking time away from other stuff and just getting on with it, either way I'm glad to be feeling brighter.

It's made me wonder about sorting out other rooms and getting rid of 'clutter' but I think I'll save it. Maybe I'll need it as the days get shorter!

How do you brighten your mood this time of year?

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Creating a Header Using Canva

As I said last week I'm going to help you create your own header using Canva this week. Now I'm not claiming to be an artist of any sort. In fact I'm fairly rubbish when it comes to that stuff, but Canva make it really easy to make something that looks great.

Creating a Blog Header using Canva is easy and it's free!

The first thing you need to do is go to Canva.com and choose the kind of document you want. You can choose one of the preset dimensions or you can customise your dimensions.

Capture Those Special Moments

Over the weekend I cleared out a large cabinet we have in our lounge, I pulled out all the wrapping paper we have in stock, I pulled out all of our photo albums.

LP in 2011, 2 years old.

As I sat there, surrounded by photo albums, art supplies, and wrapping paper, I couldn't help looking through those photo albums. We never get them out anymore and look through those special moments that we captured so long ago. 

What I Read October Roundup

October was a busy month and I've loved sharing lots of blog posts I enjoyed reading. Here's a round up of all the posts I shared during October.

Ladies Boots Wish List

Now that the awful weather is here the only way to cheer up is to buy new boots, right?

If you're anything like me you lust after all styles in all colours, and wish you had the same budget as Jennifer Anniston or Katy Perry.

Alas we don't and we have to put together wish lists in the hope that the Hubby or partner sees it and takes the hint.

Yes, I'm talking to you Hubby! 


From flats to high heeled, ankle to over-the-knee, there's a boot for all occasions. I love boots, they keep my feet warm and can look really stylish. I already own loads of pairs and have a tough time choosing which to wear on most days, but you can never have enough!

Casually browsing the internet (as you do) I found a few pairs of boots I'm lusting after this season.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Tan boots, from Office, for £98.

To start with there's these Eliza Slouch Knee Boots, £98 from Office. I love the brown, and the fact that they're flat means that I could wear them anywhere. The Hubby and I like walking (sometimes) and having a great boot to keep me looking stylish while not breaking my neck would be great. 

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Buckle boots, from Office for £85 (on sale), hurry - these will go fast!

Staying with brown for the moment I also love the Nifty Buckle Knee Boots, on sale for £85 also from Office. The buckle gives them that extra 'something' and I think they'll be easy to pair with a great outfit. Not quite flat, a 3cm heel, and a zip fastener means these boots will be comfortable and easy to wear.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Analise boots, £165 from Kurt Geiger, Ugg boots to lust over.

A few years ago the Hubby bought me some wonderful flat Ugg Boots (see, he can take a hint) that I still love. I wear them constantly when the weather turns. Ugg Boots are great and I found these Analise boots which look fabulous, don't you think? They're £165 and a dark brown colour, from Kurt Geiger. With a heel height of 8cm they might not be great for walking far but they'll certainly keep me stylish this season!

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Jones Bootmaker boots, for £130, an easy choice.

I seem to have a thing for brown boots this season because I love these Hush Puppies Gussie Moorland Knee High Boots available for £130 from Jones Bootmaker. Jones is great, there's a huge selection of Ladies Boots to choose from. A 6cm heel on these boots means I could (maybe) walk in them without breaking my neck, a zip fastener makes them easy to pull on and off, and the tie thing across the front looks great.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Irregular Choice boots, £175, a little pricey but they're so great!

I love Irregular Choice shoes (not that I own any), they're stylish and just a little bit 'out there'. I'm not sure I have the confidence to wear some of their wilder shoes but I do love the Longer Lashes boots. I love the slouchy look of them and again they have those fabulous buckles. At £175 they're a little more pricey than the other boots so far, but aren't they stylish?!

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Christian Louboutin Napaleona boots, they're very price but a girl can dream right?
Now every shoe/boot lover knows that a wish list would not be complete without Louboutins. This is truly a wish because I don't ever expect to actually own a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes or boots. I absolutely LOVE these Napaleona Calf Sport, I mean... just LOOK AT THEM!!! They're fabulous. Spiky bits, a chain around the back, a grippy heel - heaven. Did I mention they're Christian Louboutins? Oh my how I would squeal if I got these for Christmas! But at £1,045 (yes I did just type that right) I can only dream. Seeing as we're dreaming though, how about that bag too. It would be a match made in heaven. Me, the boots, and the bag...

*daydreams of walking on a red carpet sporting the boots, and bag, looking rather stylish. Shakes head. Is back to reality, almost.*


Now that I'm back to reality I'm off to write that Christmas list to Santa. It's okay if it's all boots right?

What would you ask Santa for if there was no budget?


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Christmas Gift Inspiration

Now that Halloween is out of the way we can officially talk about Christmas and with that in mind I thought I'd put together a gift inspiration post.


Whether it's pretty jewellery, nice-smelling perfume, or fashion, that your lady is into there's loads of ideas. 

For a start a piece of jewellery that could last for years is this Thomas Sabo Bracelet. Buy extra charms to go with it, or buy one each time you do something special together, creating special memories. She'll cherish it forever.

I'm Attending Blogfest '15!

Okay so I've had the badge saying I'm attending Blogfest '15 in my sidebar for the past month but now it feels real. 

You see this morning I bought my train ticket!

I hope that's not me having missed my train!

The Hubby had been nagging me to do it for ages and I'd been putting it off and generally forgetting about it. 

Customisation Tips for A Blogger Blog - Choosing Your Colours

A few weeks ago I was chatting to someone on Facebook and they happened to mention how difficult it was to find any useful customisation tips for a Blogger blog.

The majority of blogs offer lots of advice to users of WordPress but for blogger... not so much.

I have been using Blogger since I started blogging back in 2011 and I love it. I am able to make my blog look how I want and at the same time Google take care of all the complicated things like hosting and ensuring I don't get hacked.

Health and Weight Loss 35

So things haven't been going so well with the health or the weight loss.

Health and Weight Loss 35 | Morgan's Milieu: The weight is piling on, but I'm determined, at least this week, to keep it in check.

My weight a few days ago was 11st 9.3 lbs, I haven't weighed myself since partly due to the fact that the scales need new batteries and partly because I'm scared to. My weight keeps creeping up and I know 12st is just around the corner. I CANNOT allow myself to hit that weight again, it was so hard to lose it in the first place!

My steps last week were pitiful too at just 25,847 for the week. I'm so disappointed in myself.

I figure my slump in progress is slightly to do with the weather change. I don't want to eat salads because it's so cold, and I do want to stock up on comfort food. Soups, bread, bread, and more bread.

However, when I went shopping this morning I was really good and bought things for family meals this week. I planned what we'd be eating for the rest of the week and stuck to it. I've even set reminders so I don't forget about things and have take-away instead. Because that's what I do...

When I don't feel like cooking it is far too easy to give up and say "let's have take away" to which the boys (that's all three of them) give a loud cheer!

But no, I'm not going to do that this week and even if it means throwing some food away I'm going to keep a check on my portion sizes. They've been creeping up of late and it's time I stopped it.

In the run up to Christmas it is so easy to give up and think "I'll start again in the new year" but I can't do it. If I don't watch myself by the time Christmas comes around I'll be back to 14st and that isn't an option.

I really appreciate all your support over the past few weeks and I think writing about my struggles definitely helps me.

Now all I need to do is stick to it!

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Roald Dahl's House of Twits App Now Available

I have talked before about how much LP loves to read. His love of books has only grown the past few years and now that he can read he is always looking for new stories. When new apps come along for his iPad that relate to stories that's even better and that's why we couldn't wait to try out Roald Dahl's House of Twits app.

Roald Dahl's House of Twits App Now Available | Morgan's Milieu: Find Roald Dahl's House of Twits on the App Store and Google Play Store.

We have just finished reading Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and LP has just watched the old movie The BFG. The Roald Dahl books capture LP's imagination and he's whisked off to the faraway lands to enjoy amazing adventures.

What I Read 30

As I've said before my list of brilliant posts grows every week. I love sharing my favourite posts with you all and hope you've found some new blogs to read. In What I Read 30 (I can't believe I've done 30 of these!) I'm sharing posts from some great writers.

What I Read 30 | Morgan's Milieu: Parenting, and breast cancer awareness. When was the last time you checked yourself?

Okay so we all admit that this parenting malarkey can be tough right? From the second the bundle of joy pops out (or is laboriously pushed out!) they're constantly on your mind and more often than not, creating havoc. Kirsten hit a new parenting low after a particularly trying time recently and I think we can all relate to this one. Head over and give her your much needed support.

What I Read 30 | Morgan's Milieu: Finding that motherhood sweet spot is a pain but Kaye thinks she's found it.

With all the obstacles us parents face the simple life can seem like a mirage. We strive to find that sweet spot and hope that it sticks this time. Inevitably it doesn't and we're left scrambling once again. Kaye thinks she has found the perfect equation of motherhood and shares it with us. I wonder if she's right and if so how long it will last?

What I Read 30 | Morgan's Milieu: Want to know why mums really blog? Check out Talya's post.

Why do mums blog? There are so many of us out there that I sometimes wonder why we all do it. It's certainly not an easy thing to do and even if it's just a hobby, finding the time for it can be... well, tough. When I came across Talya's post it made me both laugh and nod along and I think you'll enjoy reading. Check out The 10 REAL reasons why mums blog.

What I Read 30 | Morgan's Milieu: Sarah describes why her little one is nicknamed Dangermouse.

With an adventurer in the house in the form of LP I know I'm in for a world of broken limbs, scraped knees and bumps on the head. From the moment LP was born I knew he'd be a thrill-seeker and I accept that but at the same time he scares the life out of me! He's had a nickname for a long time, a rendition of The Terminator. Sarah has her own little thrill-seeker too and she's nicknamed her Dangermouse. Why not pop over and read about her adventures.

What I Read 30 | Morgan's Milieu: Catie lists reasons why children are experts at torture in her wonderfully funny post.

Taking care of children can sometimes feel like you're locked in a cell waiting for the inevitable. Some days are hard, in fact they can often feel like you're slowly being tortured. Catie wrote a brilliant post on just this subject listing the ways in which children torture their parents. It was a great read and I suggest you head over there right now! 

What I Read 30 | Morgan's Milieu: Breast Cancer Awareness isn't all about going bra-less for the day. Don't forget to Touch, Look, Check.

How many of you check your breasts regularly? I'm guessing not many, I know I don't. I also know that I should and that finding something early can ensure you're still around to see your children grow. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I loved a post by @GrohlMrs. Why I will NOT be getting my tatas out for Breast Cancer was a brilliantly written post about the reasons behind many Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns. Please head over there and read. And while I've got you, be sure to Touch, Look, Check.

I'd love you to head over the these blogs and show some love!
Happy reading.

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