Saturday, 24 January 2015

A snow day

The snow came over night and when the girls woke up they were excited to play out in the snow.  What better way to spend time before school [and after school] thank having fun in the snow.  My eldest really enjoyed snowball fights.  Not sure where she got the idea from but it was top of her list. 

She had so much fun throwing snowballs and I just love all her facial expressions

taking aimAbout to throw snowballtarget hit

This day I love a snow day

Project 365 : week 4


sleepy JSpotty dog was rushed into the emergency vets, so when the girls woke up she wasn't at home.  There were lots of tears and everyone felt it all day.  J seemed to really miss her too and just wanted to cuddle


Spotty dog and his coneI picked spotty dog up from the vets today.  At first she was unsure of the cone of shame, until she discovered she could use it to hide food.  


Valentines messy playEldest and I had great fun with messy play.  We used shampoo and our dough smelt fantastic and was lovely and soft.  My eldest wanted to use Love heart cutters so it made for a wonderful Valentines Day play.


throwing snow ballsThe day the snow came.  What better way to start the day than a snow fight.  Whilst I appreciate this is not the best photo, I just love my daughters expression as she is about to throw a snow ball


sleepy spotty dogSpotty dog is recovering slowly.  She likes to have a lot of rest at the moment, as the smallest amount of energy seems to tire her out.


cheeky monkeyI just love this little monkey.  She jumped on my knee and started throwing my nose. [the game toddlers play where you pretend to steal a nose and throw it away]


music in the roundWe had a day out listening to music with Music in the round and their show Crazy creatures.  My eldest got really engrossed and loved the whole show, my youngest is too restless and would not sit still.

A day of messy play

With my eldest at school, it was a day of indoor play for my youngest today.  

I wanted to do something fun with her but also something to help her learning and understanding.  We started by some messy play to help with colours.  My youngest knows all her colours but occasionally gets green and blue mixed up.  I used some shower gel and created lots of bubble with it, I then mixed in corn flour until we got a nice slimy mixture.

She had lots of fun mixing the slime

She loved the texture and that she could pull and stretch it.

She had lots of fun playing with the slime, but soon wanted to wash her hands.  This got me thinking of our next game.  I took the glue gun numbers I had made and placed them in the kitchen sink.

I filled the kitchen sink with water and added some food colouring.  We talked about the colour of the water and then went fishing.

We started fishing out the numbers and my youngest is starting to get very good at recognising the numbers.  Which I think is impressive for 2.

It was a lovely way to spend the day, playing and learning all at the same time

This day I love a day of messy play

Friday, 23 January 2015

Before Spotty dog got poorly

This time last week Spotty dog was fine.  We had no idea of the drama that was to unfold

spotty dog watching

We had had a lovely walk exploring the woods and splashing in muddy puddles.  There was nothing different from any other day.

youngest walking

In my mind I keep replaying Friday to see if there is something I missed, something she did that perhaps caused the incident.  I can think of nothing.  This week has been all about getting her better and trying to keep her comfy.  I am hoping she gets better soon so we can all go out and play again.  The youngest has missed going exploring today 

happy youngest

Fingers crossed spotty dog is better soon

This day I love before Spotty dog got poorly

Linked Week 15

Welcome to week 15 of Linked. 

For those new to Linked, Linked is a weekly directory of Linky.  Come and add your Linky below or any Linky or blog hop you know about.  I will comment on all that are added and share on my twitter page.  It would be great if you could add my badge, so that more people know about Linked creating a more in depth directory.  As always if I can join in with the Linky I will.

This day I love - Linked

Linked also works in a reverse order, this means the latest to be added is first in the list.  If your Linky ends just as Linked starts feel free to add both your previous and current Linky to the list.  If you have a monthly Linky feel free to add it every week.

Look forward to your Linky and blog hops again this week and thanks for joining Linked!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Breaking the habit

A recent press release from James Villas got me thinking.  It polled 1000 people and it showed that 80% of people expect to give up on their New Years Resolutions, with 5% not expecting to last beyond 24 hours.  This week is set to be the week that most of us give up on our resolutions, with last weekend the highest drop out rate.

This got me thinking, what are the hardest resolutions to keep

The top ten are:

1. Lose weight 31.3%
2. Give up smoking 12.9%
3. Eat less chocolate 9.0%
4. Drink less alcohol 8.5%
5. Exercise more 7.2%
6. Eat healthier 3.9%
7. Be nicer to other 1.9%
8. Improve finances 1.7%
9. Stop biting nails 1.4%
10. Be happy 1.0%

Some of these resolutions will be harder to keep than others and require a lot more will power.  The general thinking is that is takes 21 days to break a habit.  It becomes easier to break a habit if it is broken down into more manageable sections.  Making little changes and doing things in steps can make resolutions easier to keep.

Eating healthy, loosing weight and exercise are in the top of all resolutions made, and as shown can be the hardest to keep.  By making some changes these can be easier to keep.  Eating healthier can be as simply as grilling foods instead of frying, or using a steam oven instead of a conventional oven.  
steam oven
By cooking in these alternative ways are also a great way to loose weight.  Looking at portion control/size, eating one less biscuit a day or even making alternative choices swapping sweet potatoes for potatoes  are also ways to help.

Keeping resolutions can be made easier therefore by making the resolution more manageable.  It also helps to have support, perhaps looking at friends  or family to help or even join a group.

What are your resolutions and how are you getting on?

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