Friday, 28 April 2017

Lets talk anxiety! πŸ’­

Hey guys, so today I'm going to talk about what I personally feel are my biggest anxieties. Some of you may feel the same or have similar and if you do please, pretty please share you coping ways with me because sometimes it can be so overwhelming.
Situations that make me feel anxious are when/or if I pronounce someones name wrong or a word, especially in front of someone who knows how to pronounce it. I then become all hot and flustered, try to laugh it off, then when alone feel like a complete idiot for not knowing. Eventually this feeling goes away, usually the next day, but can come back to haunt me randomly in a couple of months or even years. My mind will be like "hey remember when you said this instead of that" πŸ™„ and I'm just like yup, not going to forget how to say it now!
This next one could be the most common one I'm not sure, but it's time keeping. I have to arrive early or it feels like the wold is going to end, no joke. I HATE being late. It makes me feel like it will go against me for the rest of my life, say if I arrived 5 minutes late to work or an appointment, even getting the kids out to school on time in the morning we have to leave at a certain time or it becomes all doom and gloom, rushing around panicking that the door will be closed before we get there. However that is never the case. We get there, the door isn't closed or I have 10 minutes to spare at work.
Now this next one I guess is sort of related to time keeping, it's not having a plan for the day. It can really throw me and I end up going into a 'funny mood' where I just don't know what to do with myself, because I have nothing to do or  I haven't done what I felt I should've done by a certain time. I can shut myself away from the world and just go blank, even if I really don't want to, it can't be helped.
Now I'm not diagnosed with anxiety, but I am diagnosed with cyclothymia which is a type of mood disorder that is similar to bipolar, but in no way as severe. I do wonder if that's why sometimes it feels so much more overwhelming than other times.
I know a lot of people don't like to talk about these things in person, but if you ever do, I'm here 😊 I find it easier to open up to someone I don't personally know and not in person.
Anyway, that's it for this post, I hope it may help at least one person knowing they are not alone in these situation/feelings.

take care xo


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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Growing up 'fussy'

Today I'm going to talk 'fussy' eating, more specifically when I was growing up because I was a NIGHTMARE. Although I'm still quite fussy now, I feel I have come a long way from good old smiley faces and nuggets....YUM, but say baked beans or spaghetti hoops were touching it would be an instant no-no. I just could not eat it if it touched my food πŸ˜‚ or peas/sweetcorn even tho there's no sauce to them.
Back in the good old days (sorry how old are you ChelseaπŸ™„) my typical dinner would consist of either the frozen potato variety e.g waffles, chips crinkle/straight/french. Then for the 'meaty' part either something like chicken nuggets, sausage or fish fingers.
NO VEG.

Yup, no vegetables would touch these lips, still not really today either. I'm happy to try, but 9/10 it's the texture I just can't stomach 😷 
My mum used to make me Heniz macaroni and cheese out the tin and I used to swallow it whole πŸ˜‚ 

Another regular dinner would be rashers of bacon with chips, which we actually used to be able to order in a certain pub for old fussy pants...then, one day, they stopped ☹️
I'm pretty sure the first time I tried pizza I was around the age of 11 and I'm sure I still did not like sauces like ketchup/bbq (which bbq I now LOVE...and pizza ovbs)
Although I'm still a fussy pants, my variety has defiantly widened. I love meals like lasagne or spag bowl, roast dinners (parsnips only) salmon, omelettes, enchiladas, wraps, tacos, the list goes on!
I'm also happy to say I can eat my food even if something I don't like has touched it!
I'm not a fan of lumps or crunchy cold textures, ew.

What was your favourite meal as a kid? Was you fussy or (if possible) worse?
Let me know 😊

take care xo

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Meal Plan Mondays 🍽 | Week 7 πŸ”

Welcome back after a week off meal Mondays, reason? Well it was easter/bank holiday weekend so all got a bit pushed to the side, blogging and eating πŸ™ˆ obviously lots of room for BBQ and chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate πŸ˜‹ 
But anyway we are back with last weeks dinners, so here's what we had.

 MONDAY - 
A long awaited curry take away, mmmm one of my favourites and so very worth it!

TUESDAY -
We actually had dinner cooked for us by Matts mum. As she has her new place all set up and recently got her new dining table she cooked us a super lovely turkey roast. It was sooooo tasty! Thanks Sue 😊

WEDNESDAY -
I cooked us good old Linda McCartney veggie sausages with cheesy mash.

THURSDAY -
We tried out quorn chicken in wraps, seasoned with ghost chilli and added wholegrain rice. The chicken was actually really nice, the texture was my main concern, but it was nice a soft...like real chicken!

FRIDAY -
We had a naught XXL Papa Johns pizza, all the meats of course with pizza garlic sticks πŸ™ˆ

SATURDAY - 
Date night! We headed up the Mop & Brooms for din dins, but sadly my burger was dry..AFπŸ’” BUT my sweet potato chips were yum.

SUNDAY -
Still longing for that tasty burger, I cooked Linda McCartney (again) mozzarella burgers with homemade potato/sweet potato fries. It satisfied my burger hunger.

I'm planning on being really sort of meat free with week with only veggie options or fish, fingers crossed I can stick to it!
How has your week been? Did you get lots of choc for easter?
Let me know 😊

Don't forget to check out the vlog.
 take care xo

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Dinosaur Golf ⛳️ | Easter Holiday Fun

So the two weeks are up! Poof gone, over, just like that ☹️
Not going to lie it's great to be back in routine and able to get down the gym (after two weeks off!) but I miss my little best friends already.
Good thing Harley still has half days Monday - Wednesday until September when he starts reception...STOP.
Anyway I think the kids would agree that we all had a super fun packed half term, and this post is about what we got up to on the last day.
If you haven't already guessed we visited Dinosaur Safari mini golf.
It's located just off the A1 and was £28 for a family ticket. My mum was supposed to come, but unfortunately got sick and couldn't make it. So it ended up being just me, Ella and Harley.




We left around 1:30pm, which actually turned out the be perfect as it wasn't that busy at all. It took us roughly and hour to get round the 18 hole course.
This was only the kids second time here, but Harley especially had got the hang of it...well sort of.

If Matt had come he probably would have been all competitive, but me and the kids aren't like that πŸ˜‰


As you can probably tell by our score card.
Here's a little taster of the course in the vlog too.


All I can say is roll on May half term when we are off on a SUPER DUPER exciting adventure, which the kids know nothing about! It's going to be awwwwwsome!

Do you enjoy mini golf? What's the best one you've been to? Let me know 😊

take care xo
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

13 Reasons Why | Lets Talk TV

Welcome back, I hope you had a great easter weekend 😊
Today I thought we'd talk about my latest TV obsession and quite possibly everyone else's!

13 Reasons Why ▶️

I'm about to start episode 7 so if you haven't got as far as me, STOP READING NOW!!
I can't promise there won't be any spoilers from this point.

Now first things first, I can't be the only one who assumes Clays tape is so obviously the last one and I mean why is he even on there?!
Is it because Hannah knew Clay would react and out the others? Like when he took the picture of Tyler and sent it out as Tyler did to Hannah and Courtney. Or is it because even tho he loved her, he never noticed her cries for help?
And what is the deal with Justin and Jessica and this party? I know I will get there eventually, but it has been mentioned a few times now and the curiosity grows within me.
I'm getting the impression after ep 6 that Alex is going to join Clay in his little crusade, but what is the deal with the 'yes sir' towards his father? Anyone else pick up on that?

Seriously tho this whole TV show is so moving, I'd love to know how they plan on making a second series, if they do that is.
Are you watching it? What are your theories on all that's happened so far? I'd love to hear some of them!

take care xo
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

12.04.2017 | What I Ate Wednesday

As it's the second week into the easter holidays I'm letting myself have cheeky little lie-ins, so breakfast was a little later than usual at 8:30am.
I had Tesco honey and almond granola with unsweetened almond milk, four strawberries cut into four, a coffee and my little jam jar glass of water.



1:00pm I FINALLY sat down to lunch after heading out with the kids to get some nice fresh rolls for our lunch. I had a toasted panini with chicken and light mayo,  red/green grapes, mango Muller light greek style yogurt, my Women's Best BBCA Amino strawberry and kiwi drink and water.
Fun fact, I prefer yogurts with a plastic spoon πŸ˜‚



Snack time 4:20pm I had a coffee and Kelloggs special K Belgian chocolate cereal bar.


7:30pm we sat down to dinner which was Linda McCartney mozzarella burgers in a wholemeal bun with light burger cheese and homemade potato chips.


For pudding I had a birthday cake Fab ice lolly, they don't taste much different to the original, but are still super yummy.


This blog was live from today, if you'd like to see a vlog added let me know and I will do it a day or two in advance 😊 
What if your favourite meal of the day?

take care xo
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Monday, 10 April 2017

MEAL PLAN MONDAYS 🍽 | WEEK 6 🐷

Hey meal plan Monday goers, let me start by saying hi, if your new welcome! But this week was bad, well I felt like a piggy ONIK OINK.

MONDAY - 
Was a chip shop dinner day, the usual sausage in batter with a huge portion of chips smothered in salt and onion vinegar. 

TUESDAY -
Quorn southern fried chicken burgers and Asda seasoned french fires. This is what I originally planned to cook on Monday but, Matt came home late which then makes me feel like 'meh, cannot be bothered to cook' so OBVIOUSLY we has it Tuesday. 

WEDNESDAY -
Was a sunny day so of course we had some good old 'pub grub.' We started with chicken in a basket which contained, popcorn chicken, chicken goujons, chicken wings and garlic bread. For main I had hunters chicken with chips, that gave be bad indigestion (I sound like my mum) nothing against the place, they were just too thickly cut for me. Matt had lasagne with chips on the side.

THURSDAY -
Again I just could not be bothered to cook, so Matt grabbed a Tesco counter pizza with garlic bread.

FRIDAY -
...Yup you guessed it, AGAIN did not cook. This time we had McDonalds 🐷

SATURDAY - 
I did actually make the effort to cook, we ha chicken in a bag, Italian seasoning, with firecracker rice.

SUNDAY -
Probably the hottest day of the year (so far, and probably end of) we had the first BBQ of the year at our friends house. The usual, sausages, burgers and chicken. It was TASTY. 


I've started home workouts after a week off the gym, and seeing as I can't get down there till next week when the kids are back to school, home ones will have to do! ESPECIALLY after a week like that!

take care xo
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

WENDOVER WOODS 🌳 | THROWBACK THURSDAY

Today I'm throwing it back to the time we had a woodland adventure at Wendover Woods and how funny that it just so happens to be a year ago today that I uploaded that vlog!
It's actually on my mind because we are revisiting there next week 😊
It is such a beautiful place and this time my camera can join us πŸ˜‰ fingers crossed this beautiful weather we have been having holds out for us, if not, pleaseeeee just don't rain!

What's the best woodland place you have been to? Let me know!
take care xo
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

CASSIOBURY PARK 🌲🚁 | EASTER HOLIDAY FUN

It's the start of the easter holidays here for us, so as it was nice and sunny we visited a park/woodland area we haven't been to for a VERY long time. It's called Cassiobury Park in Watford. 
(my town of work hehe)
As we haven't been here in a while I didn't really know what to expect/bring, but next time we will be more prepared e.g scooters, ball and knowing now where all the nice places for pictures are. 
Still, I did manage to get some nice pics and the kids did enjoy themselves which is all that really matters.
We did see 3 helicopters land whilst eating lunch πŸ˜ƒ which was pretty exciting, or awesome as Ella and Harley put it. You can see all that in the Daily Vlog here...


And here are some of the snaps I got 😊






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And my YouTube channel where we daily vlog.


What do you like to do in the easter holidays? 
Do you go anywhere exciting?
Let me know 😊

take care xo






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Monday, 3 April 2017

MEAL PLAN MONDAYS 🍽 | WEEK 5 🍀

Welcome back to meal plan Monday folks, as I'm wiring this right now, I want chinese take away, terrible!
But anywho here's what we indulged in last week.

MONDAY -
Quorn breaded chicken burgers, OMG these were so so so yummy! We had these with homemade chips, Matt also had beans on the side. YUCK. 

TUESDAY - 
Salmon in sweet chilli sauce with pilau rice. This is what I call an easy dinner.

WEDNESDAY -
As I've been doing 7pm-12am shifts at work I really could just not be bothered to cook haha, so we ordered in PaPa Johns. We had all the meats XXL with some cheeky desserts for afters. (cookies and brownies to be exact πŸ˜‹) Our store is under new management, now I don't know if that makes any difference but the pizza was AMAZING, although they did forget our dips, that was paid for 😩 oh well!

THURSDAY -
Good old quorn meatballs in garlic and herb passata with spaghetti.

FRIDAY -
We dined out as it was a date night. We all went to Top Golf, it was my first time and I was.... shit. Yeah basically I was absolutely rubbish, but the food was delish. I had a cajun chicken burger with sweet potato fries. Matt had some other burger with normal fries.

SATURDAY -
Again, we sort of dined out, we had a belated birthday meal for Nick, which was Nandos!!! We did try to get a table but it was a 45min wait, so we got take away. I had chicken thighs med as always with peri peri chips and garlic bread. I didn't even ask the boys what they had lol.

SUNDAY -
Another sweet chilli salmon with rice night, but the rice was firecracker instead. πŸ˜‰

What did you have for dinner? Did you cook all week or get in some cheeky take aways?
Also, since finishing this post I have decided to cook, yay. Check back next week to see what we had.

take care xo
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