Operation Lose That Mum Tum: Healthy Eating

This post may not be of interest to some readers. It isn’t often I focus on child-based products on my blog, predominantly focusing on lifestyle, fashion and beauty products. However, as Jack grows, it is important for me to include him. 

Back in January, I posted about my get fit mission Operation: Lose That Mum Tum. How well have I done so far? Well, you can mark that down as a complete failure. I decided to eat healthily, go for plenty of walks, carry on with my Zumba classes and use my Wii Fit regularly.

How did I do with each one?

Eating healthily – Believe me, I’ve tried this one. However, I find that I just cave in to temptation way too easily. I also regularly skip breakfast which isn’t great as I then tend to fill myself up on junk.

Walking – I try to get out with Jack as much as possible but with the recent weather, it has been a bit harder to get out.

Zumba classes – Much as I loved these, I just couldn’t afford the class every week. Hopefully when I’m back to work and earning a bit more money, I can take these up again.

Wii Fit – I try to do this regularly but my balance board has recently starting acting up. I’m getting Steve to take a look at it and then I’ll be back to my hula-hooping hopefully!

With mine and Steve’s bad eating habits (I haven’t lost any of my baby weight!), I do worry about how it will affect Jack. At present, he is having baby food jars and the occasional homemade pot when we actually make something of worthy nutritional value to him. Knowing of my eagerness to finally shift some of my baby weight and also to clue myself up on nutritional values for children, the lovely people behind Cheerios and Copy-Kids kindly sent me a few things to test out.

I’m not going to patronise you and tell you what Cheerios(*) are, I’m sure you all know what they are. As I rarely eat breakfast, I find myself often bypassing the cereal aisle in the supermarket. However, knowing I had a box in the cupboard definitely persuaded me to have breakfast rather than skipping it like normal. It is important that I have all the energy I can get in order to keep up with Jack as he changes and gets more mobile everyday. I used to think I didn’t have time to have breakfast with a baby but in the mornings I now tend to stick on CBeebies for five minutes whilst I have a bowl of these. I was never a fan when I was younger but these were tasty and definitely gave me more energy to clear up after a little wrecking machine.

I heard about the Copy Kids DVD(*) on a blogging forum and registered my interest early, as it is important that Jack gets all the nutrition he needs, even if his dad and myself aren’t as careful.

I am quite lucky in the fact that Jack seems to enjoy his fruit and vegetable purees much more than the sweeter options, however I am keen to try him on soft pieces of fruit and vegetable over the next couple of months and wanted to know the best way to get children to enjoy them if they weren’t too sure.

I’m not too sure where my fear of Jack hating healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables really comes from. I do remember a TV show where a child wouldn’t eat any at all and his parents went to see a specialist, who told them to let him feel the food and explore it himself before expecting him to eat it. I will definitely be taking that idea into consideration when introducing Jack properly to finger foods. This was a great, informative DVD and a must-watch for any parent starting to wean their child or having trouble getting their child to eat their greens.

Hopefully over the next few weeks, I’ll start noticing a difference in my body shape and weight – I really need to go for it this time! I’ll be using My Fitness Pal as a guideline and it’d be great if I had your support on Twitter! I don’t want to lose too much, just my mum tum. I’ll also be introducing Jack to finger foods.

Would this be something you’d like to read updates on? I always bear in mind what you think.

Let me know in the comments.

Jack: Seven Months On


That’s right, my little boy has finally made his move and now I can’t take my eyes off him for fear of not being able to find him when I look down! He’s very direct in his crawling – if he sees something he wants, he’ll get it! 

He’s also sofa-surfing (although badly) and has now worked how to get out of his bouncer, even if he is strapped in! He hasn’t learnt yet that getting out of his bouncer usually leads to him falling but I’m sure he will grasp it in time.

I now can’t wait for him to start walking and talking – he is definitely growing up so fast!

Can it really be seven months since he was born?

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Cream – A Review

You may recall me posting way back in February about the fantastic Wahanda deal I had found. I was looking to repurchase my Elizabeth Arden lip protectant stick already when I found all five products plus a little bag for the bargain price of £22. Since the lip protectant stick itself is £19 in the shops, I didn’t hesitate in buying this little set for myself. I promised reviews of the products and although it is five months later, I have got a variety of products to use up before starting some of the other Elizabeth Arden products but they will be up in due course.

I’m sure all of you know the brand name Elizabeth Arden but if you don’t, here is a little background information.


Elizabeth Arden was started by Florence Nightingale Graham over a century ago, opening her first Red Door salon on 5th Avenue in 1910. Her belief was that ‘beauty should not be a veneer of makeup, but an intelligent cooperation between science and nature in order to develop a woman’s finest natural assets‘. By the 1930s, the brand had opened salons in the majority of the world’s fashion capitals, swiftly becoming the brand we all know and love.

The Packaging: We all instantly know when a skincare product is of the Elizabeth Arden brand – the white background, red logo and black writing is synonymous with the company, Although nothing spectacular, the packaging is instantly identifiable and wouldn’t look out of place on display on a dressing table or hidden away in a bathroom cabinet. The plastic tube has a squeeze-dispense mechanism – my favourite way of releasing a product, as you can easily control just how much you are getting – and a flip top lid which easily snaps back into place, even with hands covered in product!

The Product: I dispensed a fair-sized amount into my palm, roughly the size of a 10 pence piece – and massaged it into my hands. Of course, as it is a hand cream, you would not expect to see any product on my hand above, although it does leave a nice, subtle sheen – I’m not sure if that is very obvious in the above picture.

The product itself felt creamy and luxurious and I could feel it sinking into my skin almost right away. I let the product do its work for a few more minutes and was amazed at the results – although my hands have never been exactly dry, I do suffer very occasionally with some dryness around the knuckles. This product kept them feeling refreshed and moisturised for hours.

Would I repurchase? Without a doubt, yes. Just not right now as I have a mountain of hand creams to use before I shell out for this! Although Elizabeth Arden products sometimes come with a hefty price tag, the quality of their products cannot be denied.

Where can I buy it? 
Ebay – £6.99 // Cheap Smells – £17.95  // Amazon – £19.90 // Boots – £24 // Debenhams – £25

Have you ever tried any Elizabeth Arden products? What were your thoughts?


That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures

1. Funkin’ Mixers – strawberry Woowoo’s that tasted amazing!// 2. Drinking them a bit too fast, maybe?// 3 & 4. Obligatory poses with fake glasses// 5. Jack posing with his Auntie Laura

I have got so bad at taking pictures for this post every week – I either have tons of them or not many at all! I promise to do better. Honest.

This week has been hectic – I’ve been sorting out going back to work, attending blog events, getting a little tipsy as you can probably see…

I haven’t got much planned for this week which is a blessing in disguise really. After the madness of the past week, and the amount of housework I did yesterday morning, I think this week calls for some downtime and that I deserve to kick up my feet and relax with a good book. I’m planning to read 3 or 4 this week, including the two other books in the Fifty Shades series. What books are you reading right now? Add me on GoodReads here – I love being nosy and seeing what others are reading!

What have you all got planned for the week ahead? Anything exciting?


Project Ten Pan

Yes, that’s right! Little old me is finally doing a Project 10 Pan after 18 months of blogging! Why am I doing it now? Simply put, I have far too much makeup and skincare and I really need to make a dent in my already overflowing supplies before tricking myself into buying more!
What rules have I set myself?
-I am not allowed to use any other product until I have finished each one – by this, I mean I can only use the one mascara, one blush, one lipstick. No other lippies, no other mascaras, no other blush and so on.
-I will be setting aside the money I would normally spend on new makeup & skincare each month and place it in a savings account – it may not be too much but its worth a shot!
So what products have I chosen?
Sorry for the state of some of the products below – I’ve had some for a while, getting battered in my handbag!


17 Maximum Volume mascara
Avon Care Sheer lip gloss with Jojoba Oil
Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse Off Formula
Neal’s Yard Remedies Power Berry Daily Moisture
Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream
Rimmel London Colour Rush Duo eyeshadow
Wet N Wild Gloss & Shine lipstick
MeMeMe Seventh Heaven facebase
T&B Collection ‘Blush Up’ blush
Vaseline Lip Therapy {Original}

I hope to make quite a dent in my collection by finishing these up! Wish me luck!

Have you recently or are you doing a Project 10 pan?

I’d love to read about it!