Sunday, 29 March 2015
Number 3 in my new busy bag series (check out this post HERE to find out all about busy bags!) is a simple home made activity perfect for restaurants or when you have more than 1 child to keep busy!
Saturday, 28 March 2015
As you all know by now we love books, we have books available for the monsters all the time, saying that we also need to watch a certain 1 year old is is obsessed with ripping paper! She will purposely sit on a book and then rips the pages as quickly as she can...because she knows we are a-coming! So although we have paper backs out, its also a good idea to have a few board books too!!
Friday, 27 March 2015
Back in January, exactly 8 weeks ago, I was browsing through some blogs and came across a post entitled 'What A Woman Talking About Chips Taught Me About Body Image' over at Pouting In Heels it stirred something inside of me and prompted me to STOP and think about the lifestyle I was living...
A completely healthy lifestyle in terms of what I was eating but in fact it was starting to destroy my confidence and it was having an adverse effect on Ellie, she wasn't eating, she had become OBSESSED with how she looked, fussed with what she was eating and was actually hardly eating anything at all. There was even one point where she sat on the stairs in tears in tears because a pair of jeans didn't fit her. Now, let me explain said jeans didn't fit her because they were simply too small..an age 8 pair of jeans on an age 10, who wears age 11, body. she had simply outgrown them...but she didn't see this.
She saw she was ''too fat'' as she stood there trying to pinch some skin from her stomach as she shouted at me telling me it was because she was fat. She wouldn't listen to me when I was trying to explain she had just outgrown them.
Roll on 8 weeks...not a massive amount of time I know BUT in that time a lot has changed so Kate here is a note to you..
Thank you Kate, thank you, thank you for saving me from a life of counting 'syns'. From a life of checking calories and fat content. From a life of asking....'Do I look OK?''. From a life of pulling myself down. A life where I kept telling myself I wasn't good enough.
A life where what I looked like, what I weighed and how I felt RULED over everything...
Thank you Kate for saving my daughter from a future that followed the same as mine had done, from saving her from thoughts that could easily have turned into an eating disorder had I continued the path I had chosen.
I know some may read this and think I am being dramatic, which maybe I am. But wouldn't you be if your daughters well being was at risk?
I now don't care what I eat, and I am definitely no longer shouting about it. I don't count calories, syn's, fat content...anything. If I want it I eat it...I use my common sense to live a healthy lifestyle. I go running once a week, I exercise once a week, I walk EVERY day.
Last night I had warm fudge cake and ice cream...Wednesday night I had the same and a glass of wine...there was no guilt, no counting took place and I enjoyed the food I was eating, actually tasting it, I enjoyed every sip of wine that I took.
And Ellie? She is now eating properly. She now rarely complains about what is on her plate, what is in her lunchbox. She hasn't complained about been 'fat' I haven't heard the word ugly come from her mouth. I haven't heard her obsessing over the fact that all of her friends have 'boyfriends' including one 10 year old who apparently has a 14 year old boyfriend....which to be honest I have told Ellie is BS! this 'friend' is trying to make herself look good I am sure of it! I mean what parent would let their 10 year old have a 14 yer old boyfriend...just who?
So to you Kate, who probably just thought you was writing a post that would get people thinking, not realising it would change a life, maybe 2 life's if you count Ellie too, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I don't have any words that can tell you just how thankful I am.
The Demons are gone and its with thanks to you,
Lots of love,
We love books, this is a fact! So when ever we get the opportunity to review books we always say yes! So when Little Tiger Press got in touch and asked us to review some books for them of course we said yes!
I have spent the day searching Pinterest and my fave foodie blogs for some Easter baking inspiration! It's been hard to narrow it down to just 5, but here they are...Oh and be sure to pop back in a few days when hopefully I will have tried some of the recipes out!!
Thursday, 26 March 2015
So in January I wrote a list containing 12 goals I hoped to fulfill this year (you can read it HERE!) Anyways I thought I would do a check in and update on how it is going...
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
I missed last week sorry, so to make up for it I have an oldie for you...
In this pic Ellie is about Evie's age, maybe a little older, and is from when we lived in Leicestershire. We used to live just around the corner from her Nan and Grandad and she would regularly go to their house for tea and they would bring her back just before bedtime...this one was one summer night when she was just too tired to walk and insisted on her Grandad bringing her back in a box. In a wheel barrow....
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
I'M BACK!! So sorry I missed last week's link up, we ended up with no internet (DISASTER!) and o it was near impossible to get a whole post done on my mobile so I made the decision to cancel it but luckily the lovely Leandra was able to host on her own and didn't mind that I wasn't able to...shes a superstar!
I have read everyone's link ups unfortunately I wasn't able to comment as I was on my phone and well been a week behind now in blogging I just dont have the time to go back and comment now so I do apologise!
My 2 faves from last week came from Jenny at Monkey and Mouse this list of 20 Things To Do With Lollipop Sticks is RIGHT up my street!!
And this Farm Yard Tuff Spot from Clares Little Tots...oh my I have no words! It is ace! And I will definitely be copying in a few weeks when we have been to the farm as a follow up activity!
Now on with the show...
We would absolutely love it if you would join us, linking will open every Tuesday through to Thursdays and give us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter (make sure you follow me (@3princess_1dude and Leandra @larabeeuk) and every week we will each pick our fave two for a #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Showcase!
1. Link as many posts as you like (well with in reason!) BUT please remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up
2. Pop by and comment on two or three other posts, more would be great if you can!
3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Becky and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk) and also share relevant links on our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Pinterest board. Even if you don't have a blog, please do join in by using the hashtag for your toddler approved tweets & Instagram posts, they will still be counted for the showcase!
Leandra is sharing her Growing Sunflowers post and video.
Now its your turn, remember to grab your badge (back up there ^^^^) and link up below! Ohh and remember not to be a linky dumper and pop by and show some linky love to some great bloggers!