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Museum Selection – Tea Caddy and Tea Cup Review

When Museum selection asked me if I’d like to review their tea caddy and tea cup, I thought it sounded a great idea! Museum Selection is a website that works with many museums and galleries providing gifts for their gift shops. Their items therefore are steeped in nostalgia and relate back to days gone by.

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The tea caddy I was asked to review is beautiful, and would make a great gift. One thing I would say however is that a few people have indicated to me that they feel the shape is a little urn like, but I love the elephant design and detail.

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The tea itself is very nice. I always worry that tea in such an item would be cheap and tasteless, but this is a pleasant afternoon tea that went down lovely. It’s an easy to drink tea that most people would drink and find agreeable. I would personally make this tea in a teapot, rather than in the cup.

The tea cup is beautiful. It’s bone china and has been hand finished with 22ct gold. It’s so nice I don’t really want to drink out of it. The design has a 20s/30s style to me, and it looks so elegant. Again, a great idea for a gift for a tea lover. I feel extremely elegant sipping on some tea in my posh cup and saucer.

Elephant Afternoon Tea Caddy is £9.99, Tea Cup and Saucer £24.99 from Museum Selection.

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I was sent some afternoon tea in a tea caddy with a cup and saucer in order to undertake this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Week

Well, I know what you’re thinking. I missed last week! Doh! I was all a bit caught up in my birthday, work, and also a poorly girl, so apologies if anyone out there actually missed my little post. Anyway, back on form today. And yes, I know it’s now Sunday and I’ve totally not written this post on time either!

This last week hasn’t been that exciting, really. Being cooped up with a poorly toddler, as well as feeling poorly yourself, is no fun.

Me

My birthday was lovely and I did write a bit about it here. I went out for dinner with my partner the weekend before, which was a great evening, and much needed bit of time for us. On the day of my birthday I went to work, and when I got home I got into my PJs and had a takeaway with my sister. It was really nice, and just what I needed.

Weight wise, I stayed the same last week, which isn’t any surprise considering the meals out and the takeaway! So I was rather pleased about this, and didn’t feel too bad about it. I’ve lost half a pound this week, which is rather less than I was hoping, so I want to see a bigger loss next week as it is creeping slowly towards christmas and I would love to lose a stone before then. I am back to basics of tracking everything I eat and I really need to get active.

Motherhood

Bubs has been so lovely recently. She is picking up new words everyday and she has such a friendly temperament. Even when she was unwell, she was still smiling. She has just got her incisor teeth coming through top and bottom now as well; I don’t think she has many more teeth after that, thank goodness! She is loving nursery now, and we have managed to get over the tears at the front door which was awful to see, and having to leave her at nursery in tears made me feel awful! She seems to be really enjoying it. I’ve started to think about Christmas now, and what we are going to get her. As her birthday is in February we need to think about that too soon! I have seen lots of different Christmas traditions and I’m thinking whether or not to start with she this year. I’d love to know your Christmas ideas.

Books

Whilst looking after a poorly Bubs and myself, I managed to finish The Goldfinch. I loved this book, it was so good and totally got me hooked.

I am currently reading A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, which is interesting and quite strange to read! It’s written all in prose, and it’s almost a steam of consciousness thing. I quite like it though!

I have had a voucher for my birthday, so I am looking for some reading reccomendations, so let me know your favourites!

Tea

I have been drinking Yorkshire Tea this week, which is very nice. I have also been trying some tea I had for my birthday, which is called Slim Tea – I will let you know if it works!

Little Miracles Organic Soft Drinks Review

When I was contacted about Little Miracles, I was intrigued. A soft drink, with tea? As a self confessed tea addict I thought it would be a great idea to review these drinks on the blog.

Little Miracles are organic soft drinks, made using organic teas and ingredients. Penax Gingseng is used in its purest form, which the company say is its secret ingredient. They are free from articfical flavours, colours and sweeteners. The drinks are being advertised as having all natural ingredients that can give you a natural boost to your day.

There are four flavours of Little Miracles:

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Green Tea, Gingseng and Pomegranate

White Tea, Gingseng and Cherry

Black Tea, Gingseng and Peach

Lemongrass Tea, Orange ansd Ginger (New Flavour)

The packaging of the drinks is bright and colourful, and the bottles are a screw cap which is easy to open.

The drinks are a still soft drink, and overall I have really enjoyed the drinks and their flavours. My least favourite flavour is the Lemongrass, Orange and Ginger – I wasn’t too keen on the ginger aftertaste. My favourite flavour is Black Tea, Gingseng and Peach, a lovely smooth flavour which I felt was refreshing. The addition of tea makes these comparable to iced tea drinks, and I do feel the different teas do add a flavour element. These drinks work best ice cold I feel, and would really be refreshing on a sunny day – luckily we have had a few of these lately and these drinks have quenched my thirst.

Did  I feel more energised after the drinks? I am not sure, but I tended to have the drinks with me at work, usually either mid morning or mid afternoon, so they may have helped to give me a boost. By drinking the drinks, I didn’t actually snack mid-morning or mid-afternoon, so maybe they did give me some extra energy. I think it is probably a subjective experience as to how you feel after drinking the drinks, but I enjoyed the taste and I think that probably matters a bit more than how they make you feel afterwards.

I’d be interested to see what other flavours may come out in the future. This is a drink I would occasionally buy in the shops, the price of £1.59 means it is slightly more expensive than say a bottle of Diet Coke (my usual bottle of choice) but it is a nice alternative to fizzy drinks and if you are watching your weight it can give you more options. I like the fact that it is an organic drink, using organic ingredients.

Little Miracles are available to buy in most major supermarkets for £1.59 per bottle.

I was sent a bottle of each flavour of Little Miracles in order to undertake this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

My Week on Wednesday

Wow, this week has gone fast! I am not sure where it’s gone really.

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I’m just getting back into the swing of things after our holiday. This last week at work has been one of catching up and getting back into it all. It’s been busy but at least the days have gone by quickly.

Last week, I was really pleased that I had got my degree. I received my degree certificate on Friday so that was a great excuse to have some bubbles! I know I keep going on about my degree but it is such a big deal to me. Now I have it, I feel I need to find something else to focus on!

This last weekend was very exciting for me. I was meeting my university friends as it has been 10 years since we all met when we started our nursing and midwifery diplomas! I went up to Nottingham for the first time in years, and it was lovely from the moment I sat down on the train. I managed to read, write poetry and just chill before getting to Nottingham and meeting my friends. We had a stroll down memory lane and revisited some iconic places, such as the university and the hospital where we were based. We also went to look at our old uni house, which looked just the same as when we left it 7 years ago!

I felt all sorts of emotions as I was there. I felt a real pang of reminiscence, and a little bit of me wanted to just come back and stay there. I will always have a soft spot for the East Midlands, and Derbyshire, and going back pulled at my heart strings a bit. But in a happy way.

We also stumbled across the BBC World War One exhibition which was on in the square. We even saw Larry Lamb talking about the war with a historian, which was really interesting, adding a bit of culture to proceedings!

We went to a lovely Thai place called Tarn Thai for dinner, which was really tasty, and then on to drinks at The Pitcher and Piano, an old haunt if ours. We haven’t met up for a year so there was lots of chat and catching up to do.

On Sunday we met up for breakfast and more catching up before it was time to get the train back. I had such a lovely weekend, I always feel more myself again when I come back, like I’ve found myself again by being with my friends. Yes I have friends in Bristol but not really close friends like my university friends. I am really hoping we can meet up before Christmas or afterwards, a year is just too long!

Diet wise, things are back on track after the holiday. I lost 1.5lbs last week and even though I was away for the weekend, I have been really keeping in control of what I eat. Over the weekend I didn’t want to eat crappy train food or ‘waste’ myself on junk. I chose foods I wanted to eat, thought about what I ate, and also to some extent what I drank. I felt so much better for feeling in control and not caving in to sweet snacky foods. This week, I am eating at least one organic meal a day as I am celebrating organic month with Waitrose. This has given me such an excuse to eat more fruit and veg and given me just the boost I need – review will be on the blog within the day!

Books

I managed to finish the Poets Wife by Rebecca stonehill whilst away, and it is a lovely book. A family saga set in the time of the Spanish civil war and Franco era, it really engaged me. Review is here if you what to take a look and the book is published this friday!

I am now reading The Goldfinch and it is totally not what I expected, it’s reeled me in and I’m enjoying reading it!

Motherhood

Bubs is just growing every which way! She must be on a growth spurt as she is eating loads and drinking loads too. She is talking all the time, and new words are appearing every day! She said to me the other day, “Mummy look at this!” Which shocked me a bit – she is talking sentences! It’s so delightful to see her chatting away to her toys, singing and talking to me about things she loves. She is also doing a lot of pretend play, I got send a baby Oleg meerkat toy after buying my insurance and she loves it, rocking it to sleep and kissing it. This is a lovely time, she does have her moments and we are still figuring out how to manage her tantrums, but she isn’t ear piercing screaming as much at least!

Tea

I have just reviewed Little Miracles organic soft drinks which have organic tea in them, I thought they were pretty good. Review up this week.

My Week on Wednesday

Well after a little holiday, here I am, back on Wednesday. It’s been a lovely week and I am very relaxed and chilled – wonder how long that’ll last!

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We have been on holiday this last week to Menorca. It was really lovely, a beautiful place and it was great to look out on my balcony and see the sea. We had a lovely time together as a family, and spent plenty of time at the pool and Bubs loved to be in the pool – she was in her element and she quickly got the hang of her arm bands, floating in the pool and kicking her legs, managing to sort of doggy paddle around the pool! We went al inclusive and I must say it was a great idea, we didn’t have to worry about money or drinks and food, there was something each of us would eat every day and the quality of the food was good. I managed to read quite a few books and got a lot of sunshine, I am sure it has made a difference to me as I feel so rested and energised. Bubs was brilliant on the plane there and back, and managed to sleep part of the way each time, which was great. She was so lovely, she said “Hola!” to everyone she met and she made friends with a few children too, the first time I have seen her really interact like that with other children. So, yes we had a fab time.

 

I am really pleased that this week I got the official results of my degree, and I have achieved a 2:1. I am so pleased about this. It has taken me the best part of 13 years to actually get a degree,  after quitting university twice and then going to university to undertake my Nursing diploma, and in all it has taken me 4 years part time study to achieve this degree. It’s the closing of a chapter in my life, tying up loose ends and now I feel I can really move forward with my life and career.

Weight wise, being off work for two weeks has been difficult but in all, over the two weeks I gained 2.5lbs which isn’t too bad I don’t think, especially since I went on an all-inclusive holiday! I am straight back into weight watchers now, and I am glad, I was craving ‘normal’ food by the end. I have a few ideas for my lunch and am determined to get right back on track. There are a few of us on twitter who are on weight watchers and its nice to have a bit of back up!

Books

I have read so many books on holiday, and I feel really good about it! I really enjoyed reading ‘We are All completely Beside ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler which was such a good book. I really don’t want to say anything about it other than read it! I was really glad to see that it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. I also read A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke which was my Bahlsen Book Club read this month. It was a really good book, loads of twists and suspense, the perfect holiday book for me. I also read Before We Met which was a good book, but was a bit more predictable. I also read Mothers Ruined by Aimee Horton, who is also a blogger. It was such a funny book, totally relateable to me as a mum to a toddler. I was really laughing out loud.

Motherhood

Bubs is growing up, its so weird to see her chatting away, and she is saying more and more, and little sentences too. I can understand what she says although I doubt other people can at times! She is very clingy for me at the moment, and wants to be with me all the time. I feel sorry really for her Dad, although I am sure his time will come soon! She is getting really good at eating her meals now, she is eating much more and is also using her spoon and fork most of the time, which is great. She is also starting to drink really well from her ‘normal’ cup, although we still get occasional times when she decides to spit it all out or pour it all over herself!

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I was desperate for a cuppa on holiday, there was not a good cup of tea in sight! Now I’m back here, I am enjoying my cuppas again.

My Week on Wednesday

This week has been a bit pants, really. I have just felt very stressed and not really focussing on anything I want to do. On a positive note, I have started my leave from work and had my little sister to stay, so not all bad.

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I went to see my Dad on Saturday, for his 70th birthday. We had a little get together in the afternoon, and then went out for dinner in the evening. We went to The Harbour Inn in Lyme Regis, his favourite restuarant and Lyme Regis is also one of his favourite places. It was lovely to see him, and spend some time with him and other members of my family. The only issue I had was that my partner and Bubs had to leave early and go all the way back home to Bristol, as Bubs would not have made it through the evening dinner.

On Sunday, we drove back to Bristol with my little sister in tow. She has been staying the lat few days, and its been nice to see her and spend a bit of time with her. Now she’s 18, it can be really obvious the differences between her and other people her age; She bought a colouring book and a frozen CD on Monday, and she has really enjoyed using them. I guess it has just made me see how different her life will be from mine.

Today, we have been to Wild Place, a wildlife park in Bristol. It was a lovely relaxing time actually and I really enjoyed spending time with everyone there.

I am now on annual leave from work and don’t have to go back for a few weeks. It’s lovely to feel I don’t have to go back soon, and I get a proper break. I haven’t had two weeks off work for years! We are off to Menorca next week and I really can not wait. I do need to start packing though….

Bought some fab Primark bargains this week. I got these leggings for £3 and I couldn’t be happier with them! I also got a couple of summer dresses to take on holiday.

Weight wise, things have been a bit of a nightmare this week. Dinner out on saturday was tough, but I stuck to my guns and just had a steak with salad, no chips and no pudding. It was the drink though that really undid me; if I had stuck to diet coke I would have been fine. I know I need to enjoy myself, but I have really seen this week that, actually, alcohol is not the be all and end all. I love a glass of wine or two, but that’s where it is going to stop (not that I drink excessively anyway but last Saturday was rather silly!) I just have to see how I go on Friday and then as I have my holiday, I think I will need to just be sensible and when I get back really tackle it.

Food wise has also been an issue with my sister here. She loves going out for lunch, but she’ll only eat certain things. Like burgers, pizza or chicken nuggets. So trips to McDonalds and other fast food joints have been made. I have made healthy choices where I can, but what I have realised recently is that it costs so much more to choose the healthy version! What’s that about?! Having a salad would have been £4 more expensive than the burger we had yesterday. When you are on a budget, these things do matter and I have had to sometimes make a financial decision over a healthy one. That’s not fair in my mind. After all, a salad can’t cost more than a burger and chips to make?!

Books

I have finished We Were Liars and I enjoyed this book, although I wonder if I missed the point somewhere. I liked the ending but I don’t know if I would have called it a ‘shocking’ twist. I have now started a book called The Poet’s Wife which I am going to review next – it’s sounding good so far!

Motherhood

Bubs has had a lovely week, but we are still having issues with sleep. Things have improved somewhat, but we are still having days when she doesn’t nap, and therefore goes to sleep early, and also days when it is really tricky to get her to go to sleep. We have stopped using her winnie the pooh projector as although at one point, this did help her get to sleep, now it seems to wake her up!

She is eating much better and really has taken to the spoon/spork this week. She has been eating couscous and vegetables, veggie fajitas, quorn Bolognese and lentil pasta and seems to be really enjoying them! The chocolate obsession seems to be waning and we are back on the fruit yogurts again. I am enjoying sharing mealtimes with her at the moment.

She is talking so much, and saying new words all the time. So many little phrases and sentences are emerging, such as ‘look ___(at object such as stick/flower)’ ‘ I/Me Eat’ and she is also pointing at things and asking their name, or telling me their name. She has also started to sing ‘EIEIO’ and a little bit of baa baa black sheep, which is mixing it up a little from ABC and Twinkle Twinkle!

I can’t wait (and slightly dreading) taking her on holiday, it will be so lovely to be just us three together, and I am looking forward to seeing her in the pool.

Tea

This week I have been loving some Pukka Tea I was sent to review. Clean Green Tea and Morning Time – both are lovely and just what I need to help with my water intake and stop me having too much tea and milk.

Time for Tea!

I was recently sent some wonderful Pukka Tea by the Nutrition Centre to review. I love trying new tea, and love having herbal tea at work, as it keeps me focused and alert.

I was also sent this really useful information about different herbal teas and their benefits, and I thought my readers may find this interesting too! I have Clean Green Tea and also Morning Time to review which is a mix of roobios, honeybush and red ginseng. I’ve found it really interesting to read the benefits of this tea, and also some great suggestions for other teas to try.

I’m currently getting my kettle boiling and a review will be on the blog soon so keep your eyes peeled!

In the meantime, here is the article by The Nutrition Centre for you to enjoy:

Time for tea: The 7 best herbal teas

Drinking tea has been a British tradition for decades, from the traditional dark builders brew to ‘new-age’ herbal teas.
We all know a good cuppa makes you feel warm and relaxed inside, but there are also significant health benefits associated with certain types of tea. Here are a range of herbal teas and their benefits:

• Peppermint Tea – Peppermint tea has a lovely minty, refreshing taste and has many health benefits. Peppermint tea is a great natural treatment for stomach ailments such as bloating and gas, it also acts as an appetite suppressant and helps to boost your metabolism. On top of all this peppermint tea acts as a natural stress reliever and the menthol present in the tea acts as a muscle relaxant, helping relieve stress. Drunk before bed, it can help aid sleep and make you dream more vividly than normal! Try crushing fresh mint leaves into hot water and adding sugar for a lovely reviving drink.

• Camomile Tea – Camomile tea has a gentle, calming and sedative effect. Perfect for aiding sleep and relaxation, this tea is made from flowers and is great for people suffering from insomnia. It is also used to aid digestion post meals. Chamomile is recommended for cases of bronchitis and bad coughs or for a cold or fever, as it’s soothing effects help ease tickles. Try Clipper Organic Camomile tea for the best night’s sleep of your life.

• Ginger Tea – Ginger tea is a great digestive aid and is used to curb feelings of nausea, vomiting or upset stomachs due to motion sickness. Ginger tea can be created by simmering a piece of root ginger on the stove for 10-15 minutes and adding lemon and honey. The addition of lemon and honey is a powerful germ-fighting combination and can be used to help with the symptoms of the common cold. But if boiling root ginger seems a bit too much like hard work, give Pukka Three Ginger Tea a go to soothe belly ailments.

• Green Tea – Green tea has a slightly bitter taste, but is more delicate in flavour when compared to black tea. This tea contains about 25 milligrams of caffeine per cup and is jam-packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants are called catechins and can help protect against some types of tumours and cancers. Green tea is often dubbed the ‘wonder herb’ and has been used for centuries to help with brain function, weight loss and prevent diseases. Try Pukka herbal teas Clean Green Tea to give yourself a quick boost.

• Liquorice Tea – liquorice tea is one of the most underappreciated teas with so many of its health benefits generally unknown to most tea drinkers. Mainly digestive, liquorice tea works as a mild laxative and helps relive constipation, it also helps protect the stomach lining. It has anti-inflammatory properties which ease the pain of arthritis and significantly eases pre-menstrual tension as well as being a substitute for St Johns Wort which is used to treat low blood pressure. Try Teapigs Hush Liquorice tea for a little lift.

• Rooibos Tea – This tea is high in vitamin C, as well as other minerals. An easy drinking tea with a light flavour, it is largely grown in South America and has been touted for its antioxidant properties. The antioxidants are claimed to help ward off disease and the signs of aging. It has also been shown to help common skin concerns such as eczema. Give Clipper Organic Rooibos tea a go and reap the benefits.

• Black Tea – Black tea is the most common variety of tea and accounts for about 75 percent of global tea consumption! Black tea has a slightly bitter taste and contains the most caffeine (about 40mg per cup). It has a high concentration of the antioxidant compounds called theaflavins and thearubigins which have been linked to lower levels of cholesterol. Try East India Company’s black tea and ditch the coffee for that caffeine boost!

Clare Galpin is the MD at Nutrition Centre, an online health supplements brand who’ve recently celebrated 40 years in the industry!

I was sent some Pukka Tea by The Nutrition Centre in order to undertake a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

My Week on Wednesday. On Friday. Ahem

 

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Well, this week seems to have flown past. I also can barely remember what I have done this week! As you may have realised, today is Friday, not Wednesday. Everything has taken twice as long to do this week for some reason (mainly Bubs related – see below!)

Me

I have started a new job this month, well, it’s a secondment but its in a role I haven’t done before. I am quite excited by this, there are a lot of changes happening at the moment and it’s been good to get involved in something new, and to challenge my brain a bit.

My sister has moved in with us as a temporary measure.  She has moved from London for various reasons, and I am glad I could help her out with my spare room. It is nice to have her around, actually. Having someone else in the house though is a big change and trying to get used to her, and all her stuff, is a little trying at times! It’s been a first good week though, and I am looking forward to having a few girly nights in with her (and hopefully a few nights out!). oh, and hopefully she will babysit for me too!

I am still going strong with my weight watchers, and whilst I have lost weight this week, it is still only a small loss (half a pound). I don’t mind as long as the numbers don’t go up, but I really would like to see a few more knocked off the scales soonish! I haven’t started any activity yet but it is high on my list of things to get sorted as soon as possible. I need to move!

Books

I have read a great book this week, We Were Liars. It is a book about a family, and the main narrator of the book is Cady, who is one of the grandchildren, whom everyone calls the Liars. After an accident occurs, Cady tries to put the pieces together as to what happened to her in Summer Fifteen. A great read and one that kept me thinking and wondering until the end! I feel like I need to read it again now though!

I also finished reading The Stolen Girl – and I have written a review here. I really enjoyed this book, another one with tension and wondering what has happened until the end!

Motherhood

Bubs is amazing me every day with her words. She is using two word sentences and it seems like new words are added to her vocabulary on a daily basis. With new words, and new learning, comes new frustrations, and new challenges for us.

This week, it has all been about naps. Not napping, or napping and then not wanting to sleep in the evening. We had two days with no naps, and then 5pm bedtimes. We have had days with two hour naps, and then 9pm bedtimes. I feel completely tired, and knackered. I don’t get any time in the evening to blog, or to do anything I want to really.

One good thing, is that the last few days she has started to eat better, we have had a few weeks now with her being ultra fussy with food. Yesterday she just picked up her spoon and ate all her dinner! She has had a good day today with food aswell,

Tonight, I am lucky. She has gone to sleep before 8.30pm – so we’re making progress. I am just sticking to the routine, being consistent, not bringing her downstairs at all, and it seems to be working. Hence why I can write my wednesday post on a friday night!

Tea

I have some lovely Pukka Tea to try and review on the blog soon, and I also have another tea-related drink coming soon. Watch this space!

My Week on Wednesday

Well, this week seems to have crept up on me a lot quicker! Still not much going on with the blog, apologies about that. I am trying to work out what I want to write about. When Inspiration hits, I will be blogging away. I think August, a time of holidays and general slowness at work, and well, everywhere, I just feel its harder to start anything new. I like September, I like the feel of autumn and that ‘starting again’ feeling you get, which probably harks back to school days. Anyway, I blather on. Here’s what happened this week:

Me

I had a lovely weekend, when my partner was off work, and we managed to sort the house out and clean everything, put everything away, and get a few jobs done. We cleared the spare bedroom for my sister’s arrival (which will be this weekend), and also ready for his Sister who was staying overnight. We had a lovely evening, with a chinese takeaway and watching a film. Oh, and some red wine. Sunday, we all went for an adventure drive and found a pub to have a Sunday Roast. It was such a nice feeling to know my house was lovely and clean, things sorted and put away, it really helped me to relax and enjoy time with my family.

My phone is almost broken, and currently only works if its plugged in, and then that’s only if you’re lucky. Not taking a phone with me wherever I am, has been liberating. I am not checking my phone all the time, writing status updates, or even taking photos. My memories all all in my head. I like not having a phone, so much I am wondering if I really want to get another one – or maybe just buy a very basic phone with no social media. We can get snowed under by it, blogs are one thing but trying to keep up to date across twitter, facebook, etc etc – it takes over your life. I am glad that I have had this opportunity to change the way I had been doing things. I enjoy it all much more now I am not constantly on there.

Books

Slow week, and it’s just seemed to go crazy fast. I have felt really tired this last week so reading has taken a little back burner. I am about half way through The Stolen Girl by Renita D’Silva and it’s still good. The tension and suspense are reeling me in. I want to know answers but yet I don’t as it would mean the book would finish!

I also managed to pick up ‘How to be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran for a bargain 50p at work, in a charity book sale. I love it when you see a book you have been looking for, half hidden amongst the piles of other books. It’s so exciting! I am hoping I can start reading this book when I am on holiday (I have a lot of high hopes about reading loads of books this holiday – you never know!)

Motherhood

Bubs has turned 18 months old this week. It’s pretty crazy if I think about it too much. I can’t believe a year and a half has gone by with her with us. She is just so amazing, and talking so much. She says ‘All gone!” “it’s gone”, “more please” “sleep” and just so many other little words. I can’t believe that soon she will be talking like you and me, it just feels so strange. She is also very accurately telling me when she needs her nappy changing – I am not ready to start potty training just yet, and I doubt she is, but it seems to be lurking on the horizon.

Bubs’ temper has calmed a little this week, she is screaming less and more now when she is just very excited. She will sit in the trolley now with some prompting from us, and seems to enjoy having a treat (a bag of dried fruit wriggly worms) once we have finished. She is also eating much better, and using her spoon and fork more. I have found she eats better if I sort of not make a big deal of dinner or of what she has on her plate, I put it down and just let her get on with working out what it is. She also enjoys eating things she thinks is mine, so I have used this a few times when she has refused to eat. She is obsessed with chocolate, no idea why as we hardly have any in the house, and don’t tend to eat it if we do in front of her, but there has been time over the last few weeks where she has demanded chocolate!

I have also started giving Bubs warm milk before bed. She used to just have cold cow’s milk, but warming it up seems to go down much better. She likes to read a story and then will go up to bed. She is taking less time to fall asleep then she was, and that’s good as we used to have lots of screaming and shouting before she finally went to sleep. So here’s hoping that continues.

Tea

Found my Gromit mug which I was very pleased about. No new adventures in tea this week.

 

 

My Week on Wednesday

My we

Well, this week has been a busy one. Things are changing a bit, but good change.

Me

This last week has disappeared really. With my partner on nights, the days and nights blur into one a bit. I have felt it a bit odd being on my own every evening, and it has felt a bit stressful dealing with Bubs’ nighttime routine, and waking up routine, all on my own. I went to see my Mum at the weekend, which was a nice change from the routine, and gave me a bit of a break. I was feeling quite low and emotional on Saturday. I helped my Mum to do her shopping at Tesco’s, and then she suggested we have a drink at the cafe. I was feeling OK by this point, but then I felt even worse when someone had a go at me for ‘taking their high chair’, when in fact I had taken it from an empty table. I went and got them another high chair, but this woman was so rude. I don’t think people realise how deep these things can go into someone; yes it was about a highchair, but having someone basically shout at me in a cafe, well, it nearly had me in tears. I held it together, and I was able to have a nice afternoon, but it still hurts me to think this happened, and if I am not careful my anxiety will replay this scene over and over again and I will pick myself apart.

Weight wise, I stayed the same last Friday, which was to be expected with a few dinners out. In fact I was rather pleased I’d stayed the same and not put any on! I think it shows how far I’ve come in that I’ve had a few nice meals out, and managed to make wise choices, which has meant I haven’t put weight on. This week has been less about meals out, and more about making meals at home. I love cooking and trying new things. I have started to make soups to take with me to work, to fill me up at lunch, and I started with butternut squash, which is a soup I have done before. I roasted the butternut squash and made a soup with red pepper, carrot, onion, garlic and a bit of chilli and stock. It tasted OK but was a little watery and plain, I am not sure why this was, but it was pleasant enough to eat for lunch. I can’t believe what a difference it has made to lunchtimes however, I feel much more full up and really has helped me keep my propoints until dinner. I have just made another soup, a spicy roasted vegetable one, which I have worked out as 2 propoints per serving. I am really looking forward to trying this one for lunch tomorrow!

Things will be changing a bit here soon. My sister will be coming to live with us for a bit, and I must say I am very happy about it. It will be lovely to have her around, and to have some company over the evenings when Dan works nights.

Books

I am currently reading The Stolen Girl by Renita D’Silva and it is a really gripping read. I just need to know what will happen next! I have been a bit slower with reading this week but I am hoping I can make a bit more time for it over this weekend! I have a few more lovely books lined up to review, which I am planning to read whilst I sun myself in Menorca. I have also had some interesting book-related news today which may turn into something exciting, so watch this space! What have you been reading over the summer, give me some of your recommendations.

Motherhood

Bubs is just being so…grown up. It is so unnerving at times! She is speaking more and more, and saying a lot of little phrases such as “it’s there!” “get up” and so on. She says “mumma” a lot as if she is asking me a question, and at the moment she is really enjoying reading her books.

She has started to make an ear piercing scream when she doesn’t get her way, when she wants attention, or if she is just happy and excited. It is a scream as if someone is being murdered. Out and about, it is very stressful as people just look at you as if you can stop her doing it! WE have managed to sort one thing out – she will stay in the buggy or the trolley now (she was trying to get out before) but she still makes this shrill scream. Distraction works and talking to her, but there are times when she just screams over and over again, not because she’s unhappy, it’s quite the opposite. I try my best to ignore her, or to distract her, but at night it is very draining. Any suggestions, please send on a postcard!

She is starting Nursery tomorrow, for a morning session. She went for an hour on her own on Monday, and had a good time, but was a bit clingy afterwards. I am sure she will have a fabulous time, and really enjoy herself. It is a little weird knowing a stranger will be looking after her, changing her nappy and feeding her. But She needs nursery, she needs to learn and develop and she needs the energy that I really can’t muster all the time. Let’s see what happens!

Tea

I am excited as I have some tea I am going to review, soon here on the blog. I love trying new teas so this will be lovely. This week I have just been drinking my PG Tips. I was rather excited to buy a PG Tips Mug from Tesco’s at the weekend. A perfect cup for my travel to work I think!