Friday, 19 September 2014

Belvita Morning Victories and the Christie Family Morning Failures

When I got the opportunity to write about Morning successes I must say I did giggle to myself. You see the first day of term this year was an epic fail. I wasn't ever going to share this. But I am finally getting over the trauma somewhat, and now and feel ready to talk about it.

So I take you back to Friday the 5th of September at 8.20am, I must say, at 8.15 I was feeling pretty smug. Jack had gone off on the School bus on time, the house was tidy, lunches were made and we were ready to leave. We were just waiting for Emily to arrive (our neighbour who I drive to college)

I was pottering in the kitchen when Joe appeared in the doorway hunched over making an odd noise, I quickly realised he was choking; I ran to him and patted his back. Fortunately he stopped after a couple of seconds, but what felt much more like minutes.

He looked up at me panic in his eyes and said "Mummy I have swallowed it," he was a bit of a grey colour. "Swallowed what I said". It seems he had swallowed a pound coin, but now felt it was stuck in his throat; he said he could feel it lodged there. I gave him water but he still claimed it was there.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Calf Diet, Week 20, Birthday Week so lots of Treats.

This week I went to the Kitchen Garden Cafe for afternoon tea; I haven't eaten cakes for ages. Trust me I didn't get to eat them all as Joe was drooling over them, so ended up sharing.  However in the back of my mind I was thinking this was the way forward the more Jack and Joe ate the less I ate. As it has been my birthday I also enjoyed a lovely bottle of Champagne on Friday night, and a healthy slice of birthday cake. Eeek.

If I can have the odd week like this and still maintain my weight then I am happy. I still need to get to target but can't believe how much better I feel with the weight I have lost so far.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tea Time Routine with the After School Chefs Challenge

When I got the opportunity to write about my tea time routines with Brit Mums and Birds Eye #afterschoolchefs @ I decided to take the challenge, mainly as I was struggling getting back into a routine after a wonderful long summer.


I am so lucky to have a job where I am off with the Boys during holiday time. I watch my friends trying to organise childcare and holidays around their families, and thank my lucky stars I do not have to worry about childcare throughout the summer.

However long summer days completely ruin our routine, we are naturally a family that eats later, we like to sit together and chat about our day.  The other issue I have is the boys are quite fussy, and both have completely different tastes in food. So yes I am one of those Mums that cooks different meals for us all. The boys don't like many dishes with sauce on, they like plain food. When Jack was younger we used to insist he ate what we put in front of him, every mealtime was like a war zone. It became so stressful that I used to dread mealtimes.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Florida Wish List

We are planning a big trip to Orlando next year. It will be our 3rd time visiting, and I am so excited. The last two times we have visited we booked packages through Virgin Holidays, but this time have decided to book the holiday separately. It has taken so much research and there are so many different aspects to consider when booking a holiday separately. It is something I have done for the last few years, and if I am honest I really enjoy the challenge of getting great quality and a good deal. I love researching hotels, flight and putting it all together. Clearly this has a certain amount of pressure attached as if we don't like any aspect of a holiday there is only me to blame.

I have been researching for a year to book this Holiday and still there is so much to do, I have already shared some aspects, such as how we got a great deal on flights to Miami with British Airways. And the fantastic deal with the free Disney Dining Plan,booking the Saratoga Spring Hotel and Spa direct with Disney.

Today I thought I would share what I have left to plan and organise. My wish list for the rest of our visit. 
I still need to arrange:

1. Transfers to the Airport
2. A one-night stay at Miami Airport
3. One-way car hire from Miami to Downtown Disney
4. We have booked Disney for 8 nights
5. 2 or 3 nights at the Hard Rock Hotel
6. Universal Orlando Tickets
7. One-way car hire from Universal Orlando to Miami 
8. 2 or 3 nights in Miami 

When you look at that lot maybe it is easier booking a package. However when you consider the fact that we are going to save around £3000 booking separately rather than as a package, it makes all the research worth it doesn't it? That’s a colossal amount of money to save.

Monday, 15 September 2014

I am a Striking Mum, Education

When I saw that the lovely Kate from Kate on Thin Ice was approaching the subject of education on this weeks Striking Mums, I could not wait to get involved.

Education is so many different things to so many people. To me, it is my daily life. I teach Level 3 hairdressing at an outstanding college in Lancashire. Something I am very proud of. It is a vocation that has so many stresses on so many levels, but reaps so many rewards. This is the time of year when you roll back to the beginning and start from scratch with a new group of students.

Now us Hairdressers are a lively bunch, so can you imagine what the student version is like, they are crazy. But do you know what? That craziness keeps me young, on my toes and always learning.  They are super Internet savvy and worldly wise. For this reason I have to try to be one step ahead. There is nothing worse than a teacher that is behind with the times and uninspiring.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

My Sunday Photo, My Puppy


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Hotel Casa Fuster Barcelona

When we were in Barcelona we were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Hotel Cast Fuster. I spent ages researching to get just the right Hotel. We wanted 5* as we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary, and were leaving the boys in the safe hands of Grandma and Granddad. We wanted a great location near to Las Ramblas, modern rooms, and a roof terrace to sunbathe with a plunge pool, ha ha I don't want much do I?

I felt Casta Fuster ticked all those boxes so we booked with ebookers, through Quidco and got 10% cash-back. This is a great way to book hotels as Quidco gives cash-back on most hotel booking sites, so not only do you get a great rate but you also get money back in your bank.

 The hotel is located on Paseo de Gracia, which is directly above las Ramblas, it is a modernist building built in 1908 by the Modernist architect, Lluis Domènech i Montaner. The hotel is surrounded by, boutiques, high-end stores, lovely restaurants and bars. We checked in at 8pm at night, the hotel reception were extremely friendly and offered us lots of advise about where to eat and the surrounding area. The bellboy also gave us lots of hints and tips as he escorted us to our room. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Importance of Having a Great Team Around You, When Dealing With Diabetes

One night this week I took part in the Diabetes UK twitter chat. The topic for discussion was the Make The Grade campaign which looks at how schools support children with type 1 diabetes. Most of the tweets I read were positive, and then I read one Dads tweet that just horrified me.

The Dad lives in Manchester and has a 6-year-old son, who was diagnosed 3 years ago.  Whilst his son can test his own sugar, he cannot inject by himself yet. His teachers are willing to take training to administer his lunchtime injections, but the chair of governors have intervened and stopped this happening. I just can’t get over this; as a result Mum and Dad have to leave work daily at lunchtime to administer their child's injection. The Dad told me“we are lucky to have understanding employers.” I haven't been able to stop thinking about this family ever since. Of course I don’t know the all the facts, but if they are a simple as the Dad explained the School Governors should hang their heads in shame.

As a result I wanted to celebrate the wonderful people we have around us. Who have made type 1 diabetes an every day occurrence? Like breathing. Or walking. The Christie family heroes are the wonderful East Lancashire Children's Diabetes Team. I tell you now, things like that would not happen on their watch. And Jacks Primary and High School (You know who you are)

These amazing people have made everyday life so easy;

Dr. G. Inspires Jack to cope daily but also is able to push him in the right direction if his sugar is not 100%. Jack knows there are no flies on Dr. G he is able to tell if Jack has sneaked in a cheeky Cream Egg on the 15th of March at 3pm. As a result Jack really does consider what he eats. Dr.G also gives him credit for his achievements and encourages him to manage his condition. A true inspiration to Jack.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Calf Diet Week 19

I am actually really relieved to see this today as I thought I had put on more. This week will not be great as it is my birthday and I have bought a nice bottle of Verve Clicquot for tomorrow night, and Chris and the boys are taking me out for lunch on Saturday. However next week I really have to knuckle down and work harder.I am half a pound off loosing a stone and only 3lb. off target, a little push and I can do that easy.x