Monday, 1 September 2014

Day 2 of 100 Days of Happiness - getting fit


I have always dabbled in fitness.  Nothing crazy but enough to keep me averagely fit and healthy.

Since having ET my fitness regime has definitely fallen by the wayside.  It is sometimes so SO difficult to conjure up the time or the energy to fit exercise in, especially when you are a new mum.

Over the past few weeks I have been making my very best efforts to get to the gym.

My main goal is to get good at running and to get rid of my horrible dimply thighs (something I cannot blame child rearing on!) and also find an outlet to clear my head of any negativity.

At the moment running makes me happy.  There are days when I find it tough and my motivation levels just are not there, but most of the time I am quite content to have a baby free hour and pound away on the treadmill.  What makes me even more happy is that the summer is nearly over here in Dubai which means I will be able to run outside again which is my definite preference to being cooped up in a gym.

I will try and keep you updated on my runs and fitness story and hopefully I won't fall off the gym wagon again any time soon.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

A love letter to my little boy at one year


So mummy is a little late with this letter!

This should have been published in May but life somehow got in the way.

You turned the grand old age of one back in your 'sort of' homeland, England in May.  You were a very lucky boy and had not one but 4 different birthday parties to celebrate this coming of age.

Your actual birthday was spent at the science museum in Manchester with Mummy and Daddy and Grandma and Grandad and we met your Uncle and his girlfriend for a lovely early dinner afterwards.

A lot has changed since my last letter to you.  You now crawl around the house like a man possessed! You still refuse to walk, preferring to cruise around the furniture.  You are an outgoing, friendly and happy little boy around those you know but can take a little bit of time to warm to strangers (finally you get one of Mummy's traits!!).

You are still the image of your Daddy with your big blue eyes and white blond hair and big beautiful kissable lips!!

You are obsessed with cars or anything with wheels - car was even the first proper word that you said.

The last 6 months have just flown by and I am so looking forward to spending the next 6 months watching you grow!

2014 - a blogging fail / Day 1 of 100 days of happiness


So 2014 has been a catastrophic blogging fail for me so far.

I have so many unpublished posts written and having gone back and reread the posts it struck me just how much of a negative a place I have been in.

I do not want to get into the in's and out's of the cause of this negativity just now, I hope one day to be able to put into words fully the struggle that I have gone through, however I am not quite there just yet.

My aim from now on is to be a much more positive person and to try and rid myself of the negativity that have gotten me down and to try to get back to being my old self.

I am going to attempt to complete the 100 days of happiness challenge in order to spur on my new positive outlook in life.  I know this has been done a gazillion times over, however I need to have this type of goal as I know my inherent lazy streak will take over and it will be 6 months before I write again.

So day 1 of the 100 days of happiness is in the form of my new manta (sort of stolen from the wonderful YouTuber Amanda Muse) and found on this lovely website.

A wonderful little caption that has truly helped me through some tough times, which when you are a stay at home mother to a sometimes rather headstrong toddler, are very frequent indeed!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

2014 - a little late


Happy New Year all!

Christmas and New Year for my house was brought in with a lot of vomit and snot.

Unfortunately my lovely Mr T had to work over Christmas (perils of his usually quite cushy job) so me and Mini T spent it at a friends house - which was nice but not really the Christmas that I had hoped would be my little boys first.

New Years Eve again was very uneventful - unfortunately in the gap between Christmas and New Year all three of us were struck down with gastric flu - it was the longest 72 hours of my life!! So 2014 was brought in with Mr T and I shivering on the couch drinking sports drinks desperately trying to rehydrate ourselves and not fall asleep before the ball drop.  Luckily we made it to midnight and saw the spectacular fireworks on the Palm before literally crashing into bed.

The upcoming weeks are set to be a bit of a stress fest as we are leaving our trendy apartment in Dubai Marina and moving to a house in the 'burbs.  It will be strange leaving our little flat, which was pretty much our first home as a married couple, however the little monster now comes first and a more child friendly environment is calling! 

Here's to an exciting 2014 and hopefully some more frequent blogging!!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Outfit of the day


Last week I went to Maya at Le Royal Meridian hotel in Dubai Marina with my darling husband for a very rare and long overdue date night  The restaurant is in an amazing setting on the beach and we enjoyed an AMAZING Mexican feast and to make the evening even more fantastic it was ladies night - free margaritas for mummy!!

Shirt - Forever 21 (on sale at the moment)
Trousers - H&M (bought to replace the pair that I refused to stop wearing whilst I was pregnant and eventually burst out of them - a low point indeed!!)
Necklace - Zara
Bags and dark circles underneath eyes - courtesy of my darling little boy who has been waking hourly at night - joy!

Friday, 22 November 2013

A love letter to my little boy at 6 months


My beautiful boy.  You are now 6 months old and you have completely turned my world upside down.  These last 6 months have been the hardest of my life so far, but oh so worth it when I walk into your room each morning and see you beaming back at me.  You are such a happy and smily boy - everyone comments on this.  You are becoming more and more like your Dad each day but I think my height and lazy streak are also starting to show in you now too!  Your favourite past times at the moment include going crazy in your Jumperoo, reading books with me, watching Baby Einstein on the television - and whilst I find him a little creepy - you adore Baby Lamb, you love the mobile in your cot that plays Humpty Dumpty, you like going for long walks and seem to love nothing better than rolling around on the big bed in your room and having your back tickled before bed time.  You my boy are the love of my life and although you can make me grumpy when you don't sleep at night, I would not change you for the world.  Happy 6 month birthday my handsome little boy - I cannot wait to see what you will be like in another 6 months time!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Update - Battle of the Body Oils


I previously blogged about the various body oils that I used throughout my pregnancy in order to try and evade the dreaded stretch marks.

Although, compared to some I have been very lucky.  I ended up with some marks on my bum and some very faint ones of the tops of my thighs.

I am very happy to report that these have almost faded now and if I am totally honest I haven't really been using anything in particular to help them on their way since having baby ET.

Full body moisturising is definitely not on my list of priorities at the moment -  I am lucky if I get chance to brush my hair most days!

I have popped on a bit of Bio Oil when I have had the time and also some Soap and Glory body butter so perhaps this tiny bit of care has helped my stretch marks on their way.

Overall,  I would say the oils probably did help to prevent stretch marks.  I did not get any marks on my tummy, which is where I used the oils the most, however I ended up with them on the areas where I naively didn't think I would get them so did not really bother applying the oils all that frequently!

So if you are pregnant and want to try and keep your skin in good condition I would recommend taking action early and using some sort of moisturiser.  I am not sure I would recommend any product in particular, I remember having a conversation with a lady who worked for Origins who advised me that any type of moisturiser would do the trick as the key to avoiding stretch marks is to keep the skin hydrated to help improve elasticity.

Bye for now!