Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Making a House a Home

Hello and Happy Tuesday! 

Thanks so much to all of you for linking up last week. I was blown away that so many of you had followed the linky over. Many of you messaged me to say there was an issue with the badges. My apologies, I have removed the original coding but I'm still struggling to get the coding to work, despite following 2 or 3 different tutorials.  For now, please save the images from below and link to www.confessionsofanewmummy.co.uk. Alternatively, please feel free to message me and I will send the badges over to you.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  


#TuesdayTwinkler

Moving on, there were a number of posts I really enjoyed reading this week. My #TuesdayTwinkler is Making a House a Home. I know a number of people who are trying to get into the habit of meal planning - myself included - and so her post sharing how she menu plans seemed a fitting post to share and it can be found here


This Week's Linky

Linking
* You can link up to one post per week, old or new.  Any additional posts will be deleted.  
* The linky will open at 6am Tuesday and close at 23.55 the next day (Wednesday).
*  Please add the Twinkly Tuesday badge to the bottom of your post. 
* By linking up, you are giving me permission to use the images from your blog if featured as a Tuesday Twinkler.

Commenting 
*  Please comment on at least two other posts, including the one directly before yours and as many others as you can - we're all busy but lets show other blogs some love!
* I will comment on as many posts as I possibly can but please do not be offended if I don't manage to visit your blog. Rest assured, I'll continue to choose a Tuesday Twinkler. 
* Don't forget to add #TwinklyTuesday to your comments so please know where you found them.

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Monday, 15 January 2018

A Guide to Choosing the Right Mobile Phone for Your Child

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The moment that every parent dreads is when their child asks them for a mobile phone. Eventually it will get to the point where you just can’t say no anymore and, when this time comes, you need to be prepared.
Choosing a Handset
If you want to get a handset for your child because they are going off to a new school, then there will be a lot of pressure for you to get them a new smartphone. This is something that you will want to avoid because if you do have a newer phone, this increases the chance of it being stolen and it also makes your child a target as well. There is also a high chance that they will have their phone confiscated as well if they use it in class.



When choosing your handset, it’s a good idea for you to get the cheapest and the oldest handset that you can. This is not going to appeal to thieves at all, and even though your child won’t like it, they are sometimes safer. They might not have access to the app store and this means that you don’t have to worry about your bill at the end of the month or even the content that they have access to. If you want to try and keep your child safe on the app store then consider downloading a safe app for children. This way they can access a ton of content without you having to worry. If you don’t want them to have the oldest handset around, consider passing down your handset so that they have a newer model without breaking the bank.


PAYG or Contract?
If you get your child a phone and they use it for the internet or even for social media then there is a high chance that they will be using up a lot of data. When you have a PAYG contract this could end up costing you because the charges can be high. If you get them a contract however, then you are tied in for a certain amount of time but the amount that you pay is significantly reduced. PAYG contracts are good because they can limit the amount of time that your child spends on their phone. One issue is however, if your child needs to contact you because they are having an emergency and they can’t get in touch with you because they don’t have any data or minutes. Ultimately, the phone that you choose will depend on your child, the reason why you are buying them a phone and even if they are ready in general. Only time will tell and you have to go off your own feelings as opposed to the feelings of the other parents.
After all, nobody knows your child better than you and it does help to have a sit-down conversation with your child about the phone as well so you can make sure that they are aware of their own boundaries.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Meal Planning Monday


Gosh, how late am I with this week's meal planning post?! In my defence, I have been hellishly busy with work this week. We've had a couple of incidents with which the Police had been involved and I have spent a large amount of time online, trawling through CCTV, creating image stills and trawling various websites. After working all day yesterday, I came home and spent the evening working, going to bed with a headache which by the time I woke up at 5am (after a restless night), had turned into a migraine. I actually said to D as I got into bed that I probably should have taken some painkillers. But never mind. This too shall pass.

So last week's meal plan was a success.  I planned for 5 days and left the weekends free as we don't have the stresses of work and rushing around.  I cooked everything listed and we both enjoyed the meals. The only one D wasn't quite so keen on was the fish and vegetable pesto.  

I obviously got into the spirit of cooking properly last week as on Sunday I even did a roast dinner. At the age of 35, I cooked my first roast dinner alone and with no help. I was quite proud of how it turned out! Slow cooked roast pork with cauliflower cheese, cabbage and carrots, not to forget roast potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding. We invited my in-laws over as the pork joint was so big and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Onto this week's menu, here's how its been looking:

Beef stroganoff with rice for D and leftover mashed potato for me (from Sunday's roast)
Haddock and chips
Pizza
Sloppy Joe's
Chicken korma with naan bread and rice

Again, I'm leaving the weekend free so we can be a bit more spontaneous!   


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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Twinkly Tuesday : 09/01/2018


Hello and welcome to the first Twinkly Tuesday link up of 2018. As well as being the first of 2018, it is also my first week as the new host of Twinkly Tuesday. Twinkly Tuesday is the linky where you can share your favourite posts, old or new!  

As you may know, I have taken over from Lisa. Lisa has done an amazing job in setting up and running the linky for several years and I know many of you have linked up. She has been incredibly helpful to me whilst I take over and I do hope you'll continue to take part and will forgive me for any teething problems. The badges in particular have given me a little trouble so please do let me know if you have any difficulties with them. I'm really looking forward to reading your posts and finding some new favourite blogs to read. 

With a new start, now is the ideal time to make a few small changes to the 'rules', so do please take a moment to read the information below to see what's what. 


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Linking
* You can link up to one post per week, old or new.  Any additional posts will be deleted.  
* The linky will open at 6am Tuesday and close at 23.55 the next day (Wednesday).
*  Please add the Twinkly Tuesday badge to the bottom of your post. 
* By linking up, you are giving me permission to use the images from your blog if featured as a Tuesday Twinkler.

Commenting 
*  Please comment on at least two other posts, including the one directly before yours and as many others as you can - we're all busy but lets show other blogs some love!
* I will comment on as many posts as I possibly can but please do not be offended if I don't manage to visit your blog. Rest assured, I'll continue to choose a Tuesday Twinkler. 
* Don't forget to add #TwinklyTuesday to your comments so please know where you found them.

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

My Word for 2018


For the first time last year, I took a somewhat different approach and instead of making a New Year's resolution, I went with a word for the year. Something to focus my mind on.  The word I went with was 'Health'.  

I went into 2017 hoping to be able to improve my health after my PCOS diagnosis in 2016 but unfortunately, whilst I was able to focus on my health, it was for all the wrong reasons and I didn't see any real changes.  I had ear infections, numerous coughs and colds, the worry and concern surrounding the lump on my jaw and diagnosis of TMD, further problems with the PCOS and IBS and a number of other niggling concerns that need to be addressed in the coming weeks.

So for 2018, I've chosen a new word for the year which covers many areas in my life, including my health. My word for 2018 is 

Improve

Myself. My physical health. My mental health. 

This year I turn 36 and for as long as I can remember I have made - and failed - the same resolutions. Something has to be done about it. I need to be more proactive about it but at the same time, less hard on myself if things don't go as planned. 

I want to improve my energy levels.  I usually get about 6 hours sleep a night, if I'm lucky but even if I do get longer, I'm still shattered. I feel sluggish, lacking in energy and could happily crawl back into bed if given half the chance. Some weekends I can be dozing on the sofa before 10am, which is crazy. Some nights, after the school run etc, when we sit for a cuddle on the sofa, I find myself dozing off. If I'm not doing something whilst watching TV in the evening, I will often fall asleep.  

The old saying, 'you can't pour from an empty cup', is so true. Self care always feels like something I have to squeeze in between everything else, I've been making more of an effort recently but there's always room for improvement. From having a long soak in the bath to having my brows threaded. 

I want to improve my diet and weight by eating healthier and moving more. Its so much easier to just grab whatever is to hand but by doing that, I'm ignoring my food intolerances and this is just contributing to everything else. I need to improve both my motivation, organisation and knowledge to address this. The food side is where I need to really concentrate and I think, if I could find the time to complete it, a short nutrition course would be helpful. There's just so many things I'm supposed to avoid because they contain one of my triggers and then there's other foods I'm meant to avoid (anything high in sugar, fat or carbs, from what I can gather) because they are known to trigger issues on the PCOS side of things. I find it all very confusing but I need to get my head round it and soon (note to self - perhaps request an appointment with a Dietician through the the Doctors?).



I've got my journal and its following the same format as last year. Each day is set out in the same format with motivational quotes stuck in here and there, whilst using stickers makes it easy for me identify the different sections: 

Food and drink - writing down exactly what I have had to eat and drink.
How I'm feeling - any symptoms, my mood
Monthly cycle - Tracking it as best I can
Gratitude - Things I'm feeling grateful for that day (more on that below!)
Steps, distance and active minutes - data taken from my Gear Fit 2.

Years ago, I would keep a journal, of sorts. Remembering to update it as and when but it would often fall by the wayside. This is the second year I've made writing in it part of my daily routine. Last year there were a few weeks where I failed but on the whole I managed to keep to it.


The gratitude section is to help me focus on the positive things in my day, I've read that it helps to lift the mood and attract further positive things into one's life.   

Have you chosen a word for the year? Do you think it can help to focus your mind?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on choosing a word for the year. 


As well as a word for 2018, I'm also setting myself a handful of goals. I'm keeping them simple and will share them soon.  

Regardless of what's achieved, here's hoping for a wonderful 2018. 
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