When we become pregnant, our exercise needs change again. We may need to increase strength in particular parts of our bodies to make us labour fit. Or help manage unnecessary weight gain or work on aches and pains that we have never experienced before.
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
When we are young, our exercise routine may be influenced by factors such as wanting to look hot for Friday nights. Or perhaps maintaining or improving our fitness to be competitive or injury free in our regular sporting commitments.
Monday, 30 July 2012
Despite one of my facebook friends beginning her countdown to Christmas last week (?!?), I am in no way thinking about 2013 at this stage. Let’s get the summer holidays out of the way without my being admitted to the Briary Wing. In fact, let’s actually HAVE a summer before the nights start drawing in and the central heating goes on.
When the kids are off school for weeks on end, I have a two-pronged approach. Firstly, I plan activities, playdates and outings for July and August and put them on the calendar before the schools have even broken up. This year, for the first time, I asked Prima and Secundus’ grandparents if they would mind having them to stay for a few days and they said yes. Result! I was probably too busy trying to cope and not be overwhelmed by depression to ask before…
The other approach is to take each day at a time, as if I am a member of AA. Otherwise six weeks of diplomatic skills, cooking, cleaning, tidying, refereeing, encouraging independence, and generally being a walking entertainment service gets, as my stoic mother would put it, “a bit much”.
Friday, 27 July 2012
Today I am: glad to be through the first week of the summer “holidays”. Premenstrual and losing energy fast. Pleased to have caught up with my dear friend Cagey this morning. Hoping I can have a quiet weekend. Running out of food and not due an Asda delivery til Monday.
Reading: Fast Fabric Gifts by Sally Southern and knowing I am unlikely to make anything in it
Eating: Probably Heinz tomato soup for tea.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
My idea of a “trip out” is taking my kids to watch me at my Zumba lesson. No it ain’t
. But my dance
teacher was happy for me to take them along since I couldn’t get a babysitter
for 10.30am on the first day of the holidays, and I thought it would be an
excellent way for me to get my exercise and (kind of) “me time” whilst giving
them an opportunity to see a really full-on fitness class. Perhaps it would be
an introduction to the concept that I am a person, for example. Alton
Monday, 23 July 2012
Reviewer: Jane Legge, aged 34, from Caernarfon
Reviewing: The Essential Guide to Foods that Heal by Suzannah Oliver
Attitude to food, nutrition and health: I am becoming increasingly interested in nutrition and food, having recently been on a raw food diet. I would like to train as a nutritionist one day, to be able to help people with diet and health.
Hopes for this book – what do you want it to achieve for you? Provide me with information about the best foods I can eat for my health, and ideas for new ingredients to use in recipes. I have also been an intestinal candida sufferer in the past so was interested to find out more about this also.
First impressions of the book :
This book gives the impression of being a factual informative book, full of figures and information. The clear photographs on the cover give the book a school-book/learning sort of feel.
Friday, 20 July 2012
Make your own Olympic medals
There is nothing better than winning a medal, well perhaps winning a medal you have already made yourself. So we set about making your own set of Olympic medals.
- Silver foil
- Gold and bronze pain or crayon
- cardboard or milk bottle lids prepped with PVA glue or polymer clay
To make our medals we pained or colored them in or covered them in silver foil and then drew our chosen design on them. To get some inspiration we took a look at the past Olympic medal designs and discussed the symbols and their meanings. I then punched out a hole in the top and threaded the ribbon through.
We also made some out of Filmo and airdring clay. We rolled out the clay and then cut out a circle with a cookie cutter and made a hole at the top with a straw and drew on our designs. Dry or bake as per instructions and paint in the appropriate colour and allow to dry before threading your ribbon through.
Thursday, 19 July 2012
I smile at the other parents hot-footing it out of the school playground, including the dad of Prima’s good friend Future Actor, who approaches the gateway. “Hi” I say, sniffily, but brightly, so he doesn’t think I am hungover. To prove that I have hayfever I wipe my nose delicately on my handkerchief.
Not my handkerchief.
A pair of pants.
American readers please note, I am not talking trousers here.
So that’s a good start to the day.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
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Perhaps for the first time I am finally able to respect the fact that men don’t always want to talk about what’s gone on when they’ve had a bad day, and that our well-meaning questions and voicing concern don’t help them process it.
We can take our cues from the restlessness at night, the lack of appetite, the sudden depletion in the wine rack: we all know the signs if only we would attend to them. Men will talk when they are ready. We have to accept that they may not want to talk to us.
Monday, 16 July 2012
The first thing I loved when I happened upon Clean Mama’s Etsy shop were her gorgeous printables. Not only are they designed in fun fonts and colours, they are a lovely mix of practical and eye-catching, which makes me more likely to actually print them out and use them in my housekeeping regime.
The second thing I love is that Clean Mama agrees with Mumtopia that “it's tough being a mom”. No pretence that forgetting birthday presents or medical appointments doesn’t happen, no expectation of keeping it all running tickety-boo all the time (and without writing anything down). Among the many useful printables Becky of Clean Mama has designed, including those designed for budgeting, working at home and cleaning schedules, the kit that shouted out “buy me!” is the ALL NEW Busy Mama Kit, which is “for all the busy mamas out there in need of a few great lists to keep it 'all' together.”
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Bach Rescue Balm. £4.26 from amazon. A product which doubles up as both a moisturiser for lips prone to dryness and chapping AND can be applied to the temples to soothe and relax. An easy way to get the calming results of the world-famous Bach flower rescue remedy, without having to take drops or mix with water.
Magic Eraser. £1.03 from Suntekstore.This is an unassuming piece of Melamine foam which can be cut into any size for cleaning. It is amazing at removing stains without detergent or any cleaning products. Really good if you have pale-coloured walls or kitchen cupboards, and children who think that the container of hand-soap is just there to decorate the bathroom basin. I was very surprised that it actually does make dirt disappear.
Monday, 9 July 2012
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: Going to my weekly Zumba class at Creative Dance Studio, hoping there’ll be some photos from our Summer Show to look at. Looking forward to having Soni round for coffee after weeks of not seeing her. Loving my carpet sweeper – same results as a hoover, no electricity. Enjoying a moment to myself and getting my head and house back together after the busy weekend.
Capable. Hopeful. Loved. A little worried about whether Prima will be fretting about her new class and teacher when she talks about it with her friends today.
Thursday, 5 July 2012
Just a quick note to let you know that The Confident Mom is offering Mumtopia readers a discount on her fabulous Weekly Household Planner for the month of July. The planner will be only $5 for the month of July using discount code: XMASJULY and can be bought online here.
For more about the positive difference this planner has made in my daily life, take a look at at Fly Lady? Pah.
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Wednesday, 4 July 2012
If you had asked me a couple of months ago what Good Cause I would chose for this blog to support, I wouldn’t have had any difficulty – I would have picked the NSPCC. This is an organisation close to my heart, insisting as it does that child abuse must stop. Full stop. Neither does it pretend that parenting is an easy journey.
However, Mumtopia’s chosen fundraiser is one you will have probably never heard of. It’s not an international presence like Amnesty International, it doesn’t work on a global scale like Oxfam. In comparison with these organisations, it is small and unassuming, but determined, and its aim is life-changing.
Finding Fraser’s Feet has been set up to raise £60,000 for a life-changing operation for Fraser Russell, a five year-old boy in my son’s class at school. Fraser has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, a condition which affects muscle control and movement. For him this means the tight muscle tone in his legs causes him problems with walking, balance and posture and he relies on support all day everyday. In school he is unable to sit on the floor properly due to muscle tightness so he has a little chair in the classroom which obviously makes him stand out from the rest of the class. His physical limitations also mean he is unable to ride a bike or swim. Fraser is a very determined little boy, and fights against his disability trying everything his friends do – unfortunately he just can’t do them like they can.
Monday, 2 July 2012
Guest post by Lorie Marrero, Creator of The Clutter Diet
Today I was thinking about how many traditional reference books we no longer use because of the web. I am not saying you SHOULD get rid of these if you like them, but I am merely asking some questions to get you thinking.
- How much shelf space are these thick books taking up?
- How much use are they getting?
- Are they even up-to-date with the information they offer?
- Could you use the voluminous shelf space they currently occupy for something more relevant that you need handy?