Silent Sunday

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10 little Things That make Me Happy

I was tagged by lauren from Belle du Brighton to list 10 little things that make me happy. I think this is a great tag because we all need reminding of the little things sometimes. So I’m going to copy Lauren and take them from the top of my head and in no particular order

  • When my make up is organised. Actually anything that is organised makes me happy.
  • When you go to bed and remember you changed the sheets earlier that day.
  • When you transfer a child from the car to bed and they stay asleep.
  • When you cook a boiled egg and its exactly how you like it when you crack it open.
  • When one of the kids say they love me, totally unprompted.
  • When you’re looking in the cupboard and find a chocolate bar etc that you totally forgot about.
  • The smell of freshly cut grass.
  • Its very rare but when both little ones go sleep easily and you have no work to do so can totally relax.
  • A freshly filled fridge.
  • Taking my bra off in the evening.

I enjoyed this, it’s good to remember these little things every now and again.

I now tag anyone else that would like to join in. Please do let me know if you join in because I’d love to read them.

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A day at Dudley Zoo

We recently spent a day out at Dudley Zoo and it was a fantastic day out. We’ve been to a few zoo’s that are within and hour of us and this is by far our favourite. We will definitely be returning again in the summer holidays.

Here are some of my favourite photo’s from the day.

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When I was younger tag

So I saw this tag from Kim at Northumberland Mam and thought it was a lovely idea because I talk a lot of the children now and when they were younger but never of myself when I was little. So here goes….

1. Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)

Not that I’m aware of no but I was a second child so I expect it.

2. Do you know if you were named after anyone?

Yes my dad’s sister, my Aunty Sharon

3. And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?

Yes. My name is Sharon Lydia but they were going to call me Lydia Sharon.

4. What is your earliest memory?

Going into my Mum and Dad’s bedroom with my little toy kitchen trolley when I was 3 and waking my Dad up (by hitting him on the head) and asking if he wants breakfast.

5. Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?

They may have but I don’t remember it, I just remember being able to read to myself

6. When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be?

Yes a singer.

7. Did you have a favourite teacher at school?

Yes when I was at highschool I really liked our history teacher, Mr LongStaff. sadly he’s passed away now.

8. How did you get to school?

Walked to all of them. I lived in a village so they we all pretty close.

9. What games did playtime involve?

Skipping, hop scotch, british bulldog, kirby, tig, hide and seek, kiss chase. Can’t think of anymore. basically anything that you had to use your own imagination for or simple items.

10. Did you have a cubby house? 

No.

11. What was something you remember from an early family holiday?

This is a naughty one but when I was 14 we went to Greece and I was ale to buy cigarettes in the shop. Obviously my parents didn’t know.

12. What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday’s or Christmas?

When I was 3 I got a little kitchen that was on wheels like a little trolley and I adored it.

13. What childhood injuries do you remember?

When I was about 9/10 I was riding my bike down a hill and something like a stone got in the way, I went over the handlebars and scraped my chin along the floor. I still have a scar now.

14. What was your first pet? 

A cat named Kitty

15. Did your grandparents, or older relatives tell you stories of “when I was young ..?”

Yes I used to ask them all to tell me stories because I was fascinated. I loved History at school and still do now.

16. What was entertainment when you were young?

Simple things like playing out with friends, using my imagination.

17. Do you remember what it was it like when your family got a new fangled invention? (ie. telephone, TV, VCR, microwave, computer?)

Yes when my Dad and Step Mum got a Sega Megadrive, it was like the best thing ever! I spent many an hour on it and completed Sonic the Hedgehog.

18. Did your family have a TV? Was it b&w or colour? And how many channels did you get?

Yes we did. It was colour but we only had 4 channels to start.

19. Did your family move house when you were young? Do you remember it?

Yes I was born in Kent, moved to the midlands when I was 3 and then back to Kent when I was 14. I moved back to the Midlands when I was an adult.

20. Was your family involved in any natural disasters happening during your childhood (i.e. fire, flood, cyclone, earthquake, etc)?

I’m assuming no because I can’t think of anything.

21. Is there any particular music that when you hear it, sparks a childhood memory?

Yes anything from Erasure, Simply Red or Cliff Richard as they were my Mum’s favourites.

22. What is something that an older family member taught you to do?

My Step Mum taught me to Cross stitch and Knit

23. What are brands that you remember from when you were a kid?

The shop’s Woolworths and Safeway. And food brands, alot that are still around now but smaller and more expensive.

24. Did you used to collect anything? (ie. rocks, shells, stickers … etc.)

Yes I collected bookmarks and I still do.

25. Share your favourite childhood memory.

When I was younger and lived in the midlands, my Nan and Grandad (mum’s side) still lived in Kent. We visited each other but in between visits my Grandad and I would write letters to each other and I loved it. We used to call each other silly names.

 

I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I now tag anyone else that would like to join in 🙂 Please let me know if you do join in as I’d love to read them.

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Silent Sunday

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A day at Coombe Abbey

When the kids were off school the last two weeks we tried to have a few days out. One of those days was Coombe Abbey Country Park. It’s was such a beautiful day and we had a great time.

When we got there we found a nice spot in a big field to settle. We put our blanket down and some chairs up and played football, catch etc. Then we at lunch and played some more. After a while we decided to go on a big walk and we found a park half way round.

Later we had ice creams, walked more, played pooh sticks and then headed home.

Its a great day out and the only charge (apart from ice cream) was parking 🙂

Here are some photos I took.

It’s a great day out, I highly recommend.

 

 

 

 

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10 Simple Tips to Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back

Pregnancy is an exciting time and once your little bundle of joy arrives, as well as getting to grips with your changing hormones once again, you will not doubt turn your attention to getting back in shape.

For many women, they feel a lot of pressure to squeeze back into their pre-pregnancy sized jeans but don’t forget, you are a new mum and there are many challenges facing you – and getting back into shape is just one of them.

Here are 10 simple tips to help you get back into shape.

#1 Don’t Rush

Just like pregnancy, your body has gone through a series of changes during giving birth that it won’t do at any other time. It is important you give yourself time to heal physically before you start exercising.

However, a gentle stroll in the sunshine and fresh air with baby in the buggy or in a body sling is great for the body and your emotional spirit.

#2 Breastfeed

We all know that breastfeeding is good for baby but not many of us are aware of just how great it is for us too. Breastfeeding your baby day and night uses up 300 more calories than you would if you bottle fed. It is also the body’s way of helping you recover from birth too – take it!

#3 Go Cardio…

… although we are not suggesting you go for a 10-mile run in the days and weeks following birth – unless that is, of course, you were a runner before and during pregnancy. Cardio can be a walk into town, or a brisk walk in the country or a few circuits of the park. Get your heart rate pumping and go for it!

#4 Stomach crunches

As well as watching what you eat and keeping it as healthy as possible, when you have healed from birth, doing your stomach crunches is one way of helping you get the shape back to your tummy. Start small – 10 crunches a day is a great start – and slowly increase this number as your stomach muscles return.

#5 Find a routine

The same thing doesn’t work for everyone but there is one thing that is true – in order for any form of exercise to have an impact, it needs to be part of your daily routine. Clearly, spending the morning at the gym could prove to be difficult day after day and so your routine will need to adapt around baby. Small exercise sessions whilst baby is sleeping is an ideal way to get several smaller exercise sessions into your day.

#6 Ask for help

As a new mum, you will probably be inundated with offers for help and there is nothing to stop you from taking these offers from time to time. Your emotional health is just as important as squeezing back into your jeans so time spent at the gym once a week, or a swim or a run is a fantastic way of looking after mind and body.

#7 Eat healthy

Just like in pregnancy, your post-birth body needs a range of minerals and vitamins. This means eating well and eating healthily. Swap chips for new potatoes and make a bowl of fresh leaves for you lunch, with olives and feta to pep it up. Eat well and exercise well.

#8 Stay hydrated

It is believed that many of us don’t drink enough in a day and as a new mum breastfeeding a baby, you need to be conscious of how much water you are drinking. Make sure you stay hydrated day and night, keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.

#9 Rest & sleep

Getting enough rest with a bundle of joy demanding your attention all the time is a tough ask. But you need to make sure that you get enough rest. So, in between exercise sessions and everything else in your day, make sure you get a nap too!

#10 Be patient

Birth can be traumatic, both for your body and your mind. Placing pressure on yourself to be a perfect mum, as well as in control and back in your favourite jeans can mean you are being unfair to yourself.

Many women find the early weeks of motherhood a stressful time, no matter whether it is baby number one or 10.

The point is this – enjoy your time and your little bundle. Be active, eat well but don’t be too hard on yourself.

 

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A day at Bosworth Water Park

When we had that glorious hot weather one weekend in April we had a great day out to Bosworth Water Park. It’s a great day out because there is so much to do, it’s impossible to get bored.

They have…

  • A playground
  • Crazy golf
  • The blue lagoon beach
  • Pedalos
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Rides
  • Walks
  • Fishing
  • A cafe
  • A shop

You can camp there or just take a picnic blanket etc and set up somewhere on the green around the lake or beach. You can take advantage of their cafe or take a picnic/BBQ.

Here are some photo’s of our day.

It was a great day and I think we’ll be enjoying it lots this summer 🙂

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