Friday, 27 September 2013

Health and Fitness Friday

I'm back linking up with Jen from A Daily Dose of Davis today.

I've been finding it hard to get focused this last week. 
I feel like I'm chasing my tail.
I've not been blogging like I have been and it has to change.

Last time I was here I was talking about becoming a morning person.
I was thinking about how I needed to change my pattern of staying up late and feeling crap.
I can finally say that I am now one of those crazy people that get up at 5am to do stuff.
I've not quite managed to do anything other than computer work but at least I'm up.
Because I'm up so early it means I'm in bed early.
Like 9pm early.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes Caroline healthy, wealthy and wise.
I'm not sure that I'm going to get wealthy or wise but I'm felling alot healthier.

It's been a while since I did any kind of a workout.
Summer kicked my ass and not in a good way.
I found it very hard to do anything with the kids.
But we're back to school and a new routine and I'm finally getting used to it.
I'm starting back horse riding this month.
I've been doing it for nearly 20 years now but babies and life have gotten in the way the last few years.
I love it!
It's a great workout that doesn't reel like a workout to me.
It's my realise.
My way to escape.
I'm also looking for a good ab workout.
I need to strengthen my core to help me with my back ache.
So if you know any good workouts to help me out, let me know.

I'm buying a slow cooker.
It's been ordered and I hoping it'll be here any day.
It's really going to help me on the nights that we have stuff going on late or at the weekends when we're just too busy having fun.
I'll just stick it on and not have to worry about it for the rest of the day.
Only problem is what will I cook.
I need recipes to try out.
Do you have a fool proof recipe that I can tryout.
I'm a first timer and need help.
I'm also hoping it'll help with my diet and get me eating good food again.

And that's it.
Kind if a mix of everything today but next week hopefully I'll have more to add to the do section.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Tooth Fairy Prep: Top Tooth Fairy Ideas

Someone in our house has a loose tooth.
Stop! What!
How is it possible that I even have a kid old enough to be loosing teeth.
Where has the time gone?

I am NOT going to get caught out.
I'm getting prepared for this big event.
I'm putting together a list of my favourite Tooth Fairy ideas to help you get ready too.
I'm so nice. Ha!

I really like the idea of glittered money.
Who doesn't love a bit of glitter.
I'm just not sure if this tooth fairy can afford €5 for every tooth.
Maybe just the first one so I can get my sparkle on.

My friend Jen over at A Daily Dose of Davis has this cute shop, The Polka Dot Posie where she sells printables and a whole host of very cute things. 
She made this FREE Tooth Fairy receipt one for boys and one for girls.

I made up my own little receipts for when the time comes.

Hands up who loves cupcakes!
I don't really need an excuse to make cupcakes.
I love these toppers that I found here.
They're just what I need to make this occasion extra special.
Because we're on a budget I might try make some of my own toppers.

I love the idea of tooth pillows.
No digging around under the pillow for a tooth.
I'll be making one for Jasmin myself.
Keep an eye out for a tutorial.

Are you like me and forget everything.
I have to write down every little detail of what my children do so I can look back on it later.
I couldn't find anything I liked so I made this myself.
I can write the date that each tooth was lost.

I really cant wait for Jasmin to loose her first tooth.
She is going to be so excited.
I can't wait to put all my little magical finds into practice.
I'll keep you updated on the process. 

Thanks for Reading.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

A New School Year and New Worries

My small girl is back at school with a week and a half now.
I couldn't be happier. 
I'm finally getting back into some sort of a routine and feeling less crazy by the day.
I love watching her walk into school.
She looks so grown up and has matured so much from last year.

Last year, her teacher was amazing.
She made everything so simple to understand.
Had simple homework plans.
It made everything so easy...
For me that is, Ha!

My daughter takes to new things like a duck to water.
She is unfazed by the new school year.
By a new teacher and classroom.
I, on the other hand, am very worried about making sure she does well.

Take Monday.
First night of homework.
I was in such a panic to make sure that we started off the year on the right foot, that I messed it up.
I got so confused that I ended up getting Jasmin to do the wrong homework.
"Mom of the year" right here people.
I thought the days of feeling pressured about doing good in school were long behind me.
I was wrong!
Thankfully, Jasmin didn't even notice how worked up I was.
I'm just hoping that I learn the new teachers ways and can stop the worrying soon.
 I don't need any more grey hairs.


Am I the only Mom that feels like this?
Am I mad to feel "peer pressure" to make my daughter do well?
Please tell me I'm not crazy!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Cow and Gate Fruit Pouches Review

When I was asked to review Cow and Gates Fruit pouches, I jumped at the chance.
We have been big fans of their products since my daughter was a baby.
She nearly 6 now.

I certainly wasn't expecting the fabulous box of goodies that they sent us.

Made of 100% fruit and full of vitamins these are a great first food for babies. 
One pouch contains 1 portion of fruit for a 1 year old and 1/3 of a small child's daily vitamin C requirement.
Every apple, pear and banana that go into these pouches is hand picked.
The bananas are even hand peeled.
Now that is what I call attention to detail.

There are six new flavours:
apple, strawberry & banana
apple & banana
fruit mix
apple & pear

My kids loved all of them.
It took everything I had to stop them from eating the whole lot in one go.

These little pouches are great for busy Moms. 
They don't burst in your changing bag when my son thinks it's a bouncy castle like pots do.
Nobody has time to be cleaning fruit out of changing bags.
You can give them to your kid to enjoy it on their own. So they are great for in the car on the way home from school when

the kids are getting hungry.

Although they are designed with kids of a weaning age in mind, they make a great lunchbox snack.
My daughter takes one to school every day for lunch.
I was very happy with the products and these two gave it a thumbs up.

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