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Listening To My Instincts

Do you ever have those moments in your life where you feel a little lost? Stuck at a cross roads, not sure which direction to take?

I've felt very much like this for the last few months, longer if I'm totally honest. I really didn't have a clue where i was heading, that's why I stepped away from blogging for a little while. 

I've felt; and still feel like everyone else has a goal, a sense of purpose. Where I was quite aimlessly drifting along.  

After listening to a very motivational speech today I realised I don't need a plan; I don't have to focus on an end goal. That I need to listen to my gut instincts more; something that I used to rely massively on in my youth. For whatever reason I've stopped listening to my inner voice and my instincts have become a little rusty and unused. 

So today is a turning point. I am listening to my instincts. I am grab the opportunities that life offers me, I'm going to grab the opportunities presented to me  and not waste a moment of the life I have. 

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Weigh In Wednesday & Meal Review

With my new Slimming World group I now have a new weigh in day; I'm finding getting weighed on Wednesdays works really well. If I have a little slip up during the weekend it allows me chance to recover and get back on plan before weigh in day.

As my regular followers will be aware I upload all my meals to my Instagram account, but for those who don't follow bellow is a quick photo of what I ate during the week.

I had a gain of 0.5 pounds, this was expected.  I have stuck to plan all week. However; I have now incorporated a lot of weight lifting in my training plan. I have lost inches in the few short weeks that I've been training hard. I'm really hoping that I will notice a difference on the scales at next weigh in.

Slimming World Meal
This weeks meals

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Tiny Dancer

Little Miss now attends ballet lessons once a week; her nursery also provide dance as part of the curriculum. This is fantastic for my little hyperactive daughter, giving her a chance to burn off a lot of energy.

Yesterday she had her first dance recital at the school. I couldn't be more proud of my outgoing girl.

Babay Ballet
Busting some moves centre stage

Baby ballet
Tiny dancer

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Free Crochet Hearts Patten

Anyone want a free pattern?!?!?

Today I'm sharing this really quick and easy pattern for a crochet heart, prefect for using up those odd bits of yarn you have lying around.
Free crochet heart pattern

Its time to grab your hooks people! Its quick, its easy and can be finished in under 15 minutes (my kind of project), Please don't feel you have to stick to this pattern - it's only a guide.

So if you fancy having a go grab yourself some double knitting yarn and a 4 mm crochet hook.

**This pattern uses UK crochet terms**

Start by making a slip knot and then work 6 chain stitches (if you want a smaller hole in the centre of your heart then chain 4).

Use a slip stitch to join your chain into a foundation ring (joining into the first stitch made).

Round 1:

  • Chain 6 (this will count as your first double treble)
  • Work 3 double treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring.
  • Work 4 treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring.
  • Work 1 double treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring.
Free crochet Heart Pattern

  • Work 4 treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring.
  • Work 4 double treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring, chain 2.
  • Slip stitch through the centre of the foundation ring.
Free Crochet Heart Pattern

Round 2:

  • Work 2 double crochet and 1 half treble crochet into the first chain space from round 1.
  • Into the second chain space work 2 treble stitches.
  • Work 2 treble crochet into the next 2 chain spaces
Crochet Heart Pattern

  • Work 1 treble crochet into each of the next 4 chain spaces.
  • Work 1 treble stitch into the top of the next stitch (the very base of the heart).
Free crochet heart pattern

  • Work 1 treble crochet into each of the next 4 chain spaces.
  • Work 2 treble crochet into the next 2 chain spaces.
  • Work 1 half treble and 2 double crochet into the last chain space.
  • Slip stitch through the centre circle of the heart, this will give the heart a nice cleavage.
free crochet heart pattern

  • Tie off.

Hope I've not confused anyone too much. If you decide to crochet this pattern heart Id love to see a photograph of your finished heart.

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Weigh In Day

Now the move has finally finished and we have all settled into our new routines; I decided to start again with Slimming World. After a lot of deliberating I decided to go join a Slimming World group rather than continuing at home.

This week after weigh in I was elated to be told that I'd had a whopping 3.5 points d weight loss!

Below is a picture collage of the meals I ate during the week.

Continue to visit my page for regular Slimming world recipes, weigh in up dates and tips. 

Slimming World meal ideas

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8 Rainy Day Activities for Children

How do you keep your pre-schooler entertained when its a rainy day?
I am very lucky that Little Miss loves arts and crafts. So those days then the British weather is too miserable to venture outside I simply reach for the Rainy Day Activity Box (also known as the craft box) and give her free reign. Recently I've wanted to try something a little different rather than repeating the same activities over and over; I came across some wonderful Rainy day activities which we are going to try.
Rainy Day Activites

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Family Travel: 5 Essential Tips when travelling with young children

Being a military family we travel a lot; more so than your average family. Having just moved back to the UK  after living in Cyprus for the last 18 months we have learnt through trial and error. Our longest time travelling is a seven hour flight; that's excluding traveling to and from the airport.

So here are a few things that I've found make traveling with young children a little easier.

1. Give them a cabin bag of their own 

We use a Trunki, little Miss loves it. She gets to ride around the airport while waiting to be called for boarding, but I also keep everything that she will need for the flight in there rather than trying to cram both her belonging and mine into my handbag.

2. Comfortable clothes 

I know this seems like a no brainer. If we are traveling quite late in the evening then I will get Little Miss changed into her pyjamas during the flight. It means I don't have to disturb her once we reach out destination to get her changed.

3. Take a tablet 

I've found that not all in flight movies are suitable for a 3 year old; she got grumpy very quickly. I fill my ipad full of her favourite television programs rather than films; there is a better chance of her sitting down to watch 60 minutes of 10 minute TV episodes than there is her watching a whole movie. Its also wise investing in a child friendly tablet case. We have a hard wearing rubber casing, which has handle making it ease for Little Miss to hold.

4. In flight activities

I fill Little Misses Trunki with various travel sizes reading books, colouring books, stickers and colouring pencils. to fight boredom I change the activity round every half and hour or so.

5. Snacks

I've found that if I give Little Miss her favourite snack at take off and landing it help or give her something which she considers a treat (in her case a soft drink), if you are traveling with infants I've found that offering them their milk at this time really helps.

Do you have any top tips or anything that you would add to this list?

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