Losing The Baby Weight!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Everything is Awesome: A Review of The Lego Movie

There were 2 films released in the cinemas around the time B was born which I missed out on seeing.
One was the second Hobbit instalment, the other was The Lego Movie.

When price tracking website Suppose.com contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing the latter, I jumped at the chance!
The feedback from friends at the time was really good, therefore I went into this with high expectations of the movie.

The animated film follows a Lego mini-figure called Emmet, an unlikely hero who gets mistaken as the "Special" destined to fulfil a foretold prophecy by defeating resident "bad guy" Lord Business.
Emmet is a generic construction worker: Easily forgettable and only capable of following instructions.  His adventures take him on a journey of discovery, both of himself and the world around him.

As is often the case with family films, it can be watched at many levels, making the story attractive to adults and children alike.  On one hand it is light hearted and fun, on the other it discusses the deeper issues of fate and free will.
The storyline itself is quite predictable however the script is full of action movie cliches, clever one liners, an annoyingly catchy song, and a friendly mocking of Lego fans old and young.
I personally loved the elements of nostalgia that crept up every now and again.

Hubby is a huge Lego fan - Don't get me started on the micro-organised boxes of Lego in the cupboard!
He definitely falls into the "only capable of following instructions" category when constructing Lego, which did make me chuckle!
The ending (which I won't spoil for you here) also struck a familiar chord..
Unfortunately hubby is working away this week however I am really looking forward to watching it again with him when he gets back to see his reaction!

Disclaimer: We were sent one copy of the The Lego Movie DVD for the purposes of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

My Promises to My Children

In a busy household with multiple children, it is easy to lose sight of the little things that really matter.
In between the endless, cooking, washing, cleaning and ferrying I confess I am guilty of taking advantage of the quieter moments, when I only have one child to look after, by sitting down with my laptop and a cup of coffee to recover.

A few minutes of Mummy "time out" are important but so is one to one time with each of my children.
I have therefore written a promise below of 3 small things I will endeavour to do with each of them every day.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Taking Control - My Weight Loss Journey

Since the end of April I have lost 3 stone (over 40lbs).
I feel soooo much better for it.
Obviously I feel healthier but I am also a lot happier.
I feel I have claimed a bit of me back again.
I feel I have taken control of my life.

With me and food it really is about who is controlling who.
Since C was born I lost that control and was just treading water to survive.
Every day revolved around her and I had no time for myself.
I ate whatever I could, whenever I could.

Terrified of walking the same path again

I have been very relaxed about B.
He is my second child. 
He was not born prematurely.
I am more confident and have had no concerns about him at all.
But today something knocked me sideways.
A friend with a baby of the same age is saying Mama, and has apparently been saying Dada for a while.
Another friend with a baby of the same age has been saying Dada for a couple of months too.
As with C at this age, I am yet to hear a consonant from B, yet alone a recognisable word in context.
Like C, there is no babble, no chatter in his cot in the mornings.
No ba ba ba, ya ya ya.
I hadn't really thought about it until today.
He is 10 months old next week.

 C and B at approx. 10 months old                                          

Monday, 15 September 2014

Zoobs Vegetable Snacks - A Review

When we were asked to review Zoobs I was slightly apprehensive that there might be very little to say.  I mean a crisp is a crisp right?  Well, that is not entirely the case.

Zoobs are not made from potatoes or corn, but from other vegetables.  In fact vegetables, including peas, beans, chick peas, onion, tomato and carrot, make up over 50% of the ingredients and this makes Zoobs a clever way of getting vegetables into veggie-phobic children.