Birthday weekend in Brighton


This weekend was my birthday and also the last weekend of half term. We have been busy for most of the holidays and on Friday Mike surprised me with a trip to Brighton. I have always wanted to explore Brighton, having only been once for a quick trip I really wanted to explore the lanes and sea 

front a bit more. We stayed in the premier inn in Worthing, which is outside of Brighton but still on the sea front with its own pier and has a amusements and little fair ground on the sea front. The reason we choose to stay outside Brighton is from previous experiences is that if you stay away on a weekend in a place like Brighton which has an active nightlife you get a lot of groups whom can be enjoying themselves until the early hours of the morning which doesn't mix well with young children. We checked into our hotel on the friday and headed into Brighton to do some shopping. We parked in the Churchill car park and found ourselves in a shopping centre we didn't know was there which had some great shops in we dont have local to us and had a browse around inside and also outside before they closed.

We spent the evening site seeing and then dinner at our hotel. The premier inn in Worthing is a newer one and over looks the sea. If you can request for a sea view as its a really nice view to wake up to. Breakfast is also nice in the restaurant and the staff are friendly and has a nice family vibe to the hotel. Across the road to the right Is a great family park and within walking distance is the pier and small fair ground. The Saturday morning we spent throwing stones in the sea and playing in the arcade on the pier. It was so much quieter than Brighton pier. We then headed to Brighton for the day. It was really busy but we managed to get parked ok and walked along the sea front and down the pier. It's a typical British pier with doughnut and ice cream stands, candy floss and huge amusements which were so busy Oakley had a melt down as crowds seems to make him feel uncomfortable. At the bottom of the pier is a fair ground, which I actually think I would like to visit on a night out as there are some adult rides which look like fun! We bought Lilly a wrist band for £10 and most of the rides she needed a adult to go on with her and I didn't have to pay which I thought was great as most places adults have to pay too. Her favourite is the horse and carriage, which over looks the sea. We also went on a dragon ride and Lilly was petrified as it started to bounce up and down and from side to side and she really didn't like it. There were buttons on the front which I kept pressing and I didn't know which ones made it bounce and which ones stopped it - was funny for me!     

We stopped for some very British chips on the pier and headed to the lanes. We were lost in and around the lanes for a while but it was lovely to explore the shops but also difficult with a pushchair. We found a doughnut shop called dum dum doughnuts and oh my they were the nicest doughnuts I have tired! I Went for the Eton mess which was sooo good! I Vlogged our trip if you would like a watch you can on my channel or at the bottom of this post :)     


Siblings in March


Its been a lovely month for these two these past few weeks. We had a lovely half term together and with Lilly now being at school, half term is a really precious time. They seem to bond so much and

Minion party decor


My little boy turned two and we had a little tea party at home with some friends and i always like to do a party table for my children's birthdays suited to a theme of whatever they are loving at the time.

World Book Day | 2017


World book day comes around every year and this is Lillys first one in School. I would love to be that mum that could sew and create an amazing costume but i don't think i could (maybe next year).

#DadsWhoPlayBarbie


Lilly's dad is a typical mans man. He likes football and boy things but he is also a farther to a little girl who he loves have fun with. Lilly has always loved playing with her Barbies, anything where she

Love bugs | Valentines crafts


Valentines Day is only around the corner and its a great excuse for some crafting. Valentines day falls  in half term for us which means lots of crafts will be made and last weekend we made some cute little

Siblings in January


This year i want to take part in more links. Last year i started the me and mine project and i think i posted one sibling but never kept up with it however this year i am determined to have 12 photos for

Oat cookie recipe | Baking with kids





Oat cookies are a big hit in this house. Theres something about baked oats mixed into a cookie which works so well. I make these all the time as a treat and i usually bake them with my daughter but as

How I'm loosing weight


Its the first week in January and like most I ate way to much in December and i am wanting to loose weight and get fit this year. I have said it before and i have lost weight before but never stuck to a fitness plan. This year i really want to work on myself. I obviously want to loose weight but also i want to be healthy overall. When i eat rubbish i feel rubbish, my skin breaks out, my nails break and my hair goes dull. Not only that but i generally have no energy and get lazy which makes me want to eat more crap. I have put on a lot of weight over the last few months and I'm really not happy with myself. This time last year i was the slimmest i had been since children and now i am gaining it quickly. Here are some thing i am starting this week to hopefully end the year happy an healthy. I want to feel comfortable in the summer and be able to wear nice clothes next christmas.

WORKOUTS

I have recently signed up to Results with Lucy. I did her workouts in between pregnancies on and off and looking back i really enjoyed them. I like the fact that the videos are done by a personal trainer and they are adding new ones all the time. I also like the fact i can work out with them and not have to follow a app or pictures in a book. I really need to visually see the trainer working out so i can follow, make sure I'm doing it correctly and feel like I'm having a PT session in my own living room (sometimes in my pjs) Results with lucy has several plans, i would recommend starting with the on demand and just looking at some of the recipes and workouts before you commit to buying a plan a sit may not be for you. Although the on demand doesn't offer a plan or menu you can put one together yourself. I may start doing a workout update to share what I'm doing.

FOOD
Although results with Lucy offer recipes, i also have her book the lean in 15 books and about a million other recipe books I'm going back to slimming world. I just can't rave about it enough. Although i have fallen off the wagon its nothing to do with the plan but my mindset. Slimming world is amazing if you like food but want to loose weight. I like comfort food, i like potatoes and takeaways and i need s bit of chocolate in my life or else i just fall off the wagon. Slimming world allows you to still enjoy good food and have treats with syns and loose weight. I believe slimming world can be as healthy or unhealthy as you make it and this time i really want to work in more salads and fruit and snack on though rather than biscuits and crisps. I will be posting videos on what i eat on my YOUTUBE channel and also on my slimming world instagram @theslimmersdiary if your looking for inspiration.

FITBIT
My partner bought me a fit bit a few months ago and i loved it, then it ran out of charge and i stopped using it ha! but i have put it back on as i do think its great for helping keep track of steps and workouts and also hitting daily goals. Mine lets me know when i need to get up and move if i haven't for a while and how many steps i need to do to hit my 10k goal each day. Its also great for tracking calories burned in a workout an your heart rate. It a great thing for motivation but i find the rubber strap a big irritating.

WATER
I do not drink enough water. In fact i have a slight addiction to pepsi max which really isn't doing me any favours. I really want to drink more water as i don't really mind it and i know how helpful it is with weight loss and also clearer skin. Water is really the most important thing when starting a weightless plan as it keeps everything moving and increases weight loss.

Thats what i plan on doing and I'm hoping to hit my target weight this year, but we will see. Are you planning on getting fit this year or loosing weight? 

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