Whats been occurring with us?

Phew. Easter is over. Two weeks of entertaining my boys is thoroughly exhausting.
Today the littlest is back at nursery (phew) and I am surveying the devastation of toys scattered all over the house. To be honest I am seriously considering throwing the toys into the playroom and wedging the door shut. Trouble is said nursery attendee will notice and throw a fit if I so much as touch one of his lego/duplo mashups. So for today I will just ignore them and my aspirations of a show home, again.

We popped to the Peak District for two nights and stayed in a beautiful B&B, took in Alton Towers which the kids absolutely loved particularly Cbeebies land. Hubby was able to indulge in his love of crazy rollercoasters and the weather was stunning. Now the boys are a bit older and we are passed the buggy/nappy/highchair phase days out are so much smoother. My eldest who, as mentioned before is on the autism spectrum has had difficulties with visiting new places, it's totally out of his comfort zone. The more we do take him to new places the easier it is becoming, he loves to plan the journey and any adjustment to his routine can be tricky he coped so well and had a great time. In our experience of ASD pushing boundaries and comfort zones is the only way to make headway.

I'm still on the weight loss journey, around 8lbs to target which I am desperate to achieve before we step on that plane to the sunshine in July. I don't eat past 6pm which seems to really help any reflux or asthma symptoms I get if I eat too late. I'm so excited about our summer holiday, we didn't go abroad last year, I'm already dreaming of the Spanish sun on my skin, lazing by the pool and taking a total rest.

This week I am going through my to do list before the eldest goes back to school on Monday but for now I think I'll have a cuppa and continue enjoying the peace and quiet...X

Just some of the contraband enjoyed in the Peak District.


High Street Treats in South Bucks.

Where we live in Bucks we are lucky enough to be within walking distance of a gorgeous village, Chalfont St Peter has some really unique shops and places to eat. This Mother's Day why not consider supporting your local businesses and shop locally?

Just on my high street we have an array of fantastic unique gift shops as well as other local business who provide photography services, beauty treatments and much more.

I've managed to get some really lovely gifts in the past most recently a framed print of our beautiful village taken by a local photographer Paul Upward and framed by Cath at Emerald Framing in the village. I've also had some wonderful treatments at my local beauty salon Calme - facials are to die for - plus bought a really unique gift from Marie at Fired Works for a wedding anniversary gift a photo on glass it's stunning. If you head into see Adele at Adele Kelly boutique she will always help you pick out something to put you ahead of the fashion pack, as well as stocking some amazing gifts.

One of my new favourite places to eat is the Jolly Farmer with a Sunday roast that melts in your mouth and the most amazing gin and cocktail menu it really is a treat all round. For a coffee and a sweet treat try the Breadhouse - with a children's play area and board games you can spend a cosy couple of hours there.

There's something really comforting about seeing familiar faces as you wonder down your local high street, that sense of home you just don't get elsewhere. We've lived here for four years and I can honestly say I've never felt at home as I do here in this village. Take a wonder down your local high street, you never know what you may discover.


The sound of the week is S

No not for snake, or shoes or snow but SICK!!! Having moaned midweek about the need for wine and all the carry on slapstick behaviour at our house little did I know it was about to get worse, a lot worse.

Mr T came down with the bug of doom by Thursday morning swiftly followed by me on Thursday night and oh my god I have never known pain like it! Where was the gas and air when I needed it? They surely should supply that over the counter when you are doubled up in agony begging your hubby to get you another hot water bottle in between ninja turtle style movements to the bathroom.

So it passed through us both (sorry) and we are just about regaining some sense of normality.

A walk to the park this morning has blown some of the cobwebs away but I still feel a bit delicate.

I looked at myself in the mirror this morning. Not a good idea 48 hours post projectile vomit. I've no idea why but whenever I am under the weather my hair goes crazy, all brittle and wiry. Also my skin looks like I have been drained of any colour and I have teenage spots. Nice. This week I will be on the hunt for a hair and skin mask to try and rejuvenate skin and locks.  If anyone has any tips I'd gladly hear them. The mid brow furrow is even more furrowed and I've definitely gained more greys this week.

Onwards and upwards!


Pancake post

I recently discovered this recipe for low calorie, fat free pancakes while on my diet mission. You can bulk out the layers of pancakes with any fruit you like, I tend to use raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, cheaper if you buy from your local greengrocer rather than in the supermarket.

You need

100g Quark (fat free cheese tastes better that it looks and I cannot stand stuff like cottage cheese etc)
40g oats
2 tbsp stevia
1 egg
1 egg white

Chuck it all into a blender until smooth, if the oats clump together just add a dash of water to loosen.

Heat fry light in a frying pan and pour in your mixture. Cook in the usual way and add whatever fruit you like, I also add a dash off Choc shot which you can find in health food shops.

I'm using a calorie counting app at the moment and according to this the recipe breaks down at

quark 68 cals
oats 152
stevia 6
egg 70
egg white 17
choc shot 14
strawberries 100g 28
blueberries 50g 29

Try these this weekend if you have more time to spend on breakfast. You will love them!

It's only Wednesday, pass the wine

Yes you read that correctly. Pass the wine. It's been a rather chaotic start to the week here.
Monday morning was glorious sun was shining perfect washing on the line weather (at risk of sounding like an OAP) eldest child at school youngest happy with lego and after a very cautious weigh in - 2lbs off yay - I was ready to smash Monday.

Come Monday evening youngest is throwing up all over the place and such behaviour continued until 2am. Cue Benny Hill theme tune and a combination of Mr T holding the sick bowl and me running up and down the stairs flinging a selection of bedding, towels and PJ's into the washing machine, that's my cardio done for the day gym fans. Thank god for my much coveted Dettol laundry detergent I could kiss you!

So Tuesday I'm nil by mouth as I was due into hospital for the latest in my line of investigations into the very sudden reappearance of asthma. So as many of you can appreciate a mummy without coffee is like a toddler without Peppa Pig. OUT OF CONTROL.

Not due into hospital until midday I spent my morning frantically de-germing the house after query sick bug/food poisoning episode praying that I don't suddenly start spewing up all over the place. O is at school, H is installed in front of the tv and Mr T is working from home.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning and the procedure is done, feeling slightly groggy from anaesthesia and still in my PJ's catching up on emails, H continues his 48 hour hiatus from nursery - joy - the weather again is glorious and I am wondering what happened to Tuesday. Debating eating my bodyweight in contraband then realise there is no contraband in the house so will have to make do with a very diet friendly egg on toast or some such muck.

I wish...

Must consider ending this blog post now, H is desperate for me to complete a 100 stage lego helicopter which I'm not sure will look anything like the image on the box. Think I'll slap on a face mask in an attempt to deal with the post hospital bloated eyes and face and stand in the shower for ages.

Catch you again later when I regain what's left of my mind