Race For Life – Race 1!

So I completed my first out of three runs on Sunday with Race For Life at London’s, Victoria Park. You can read more about the three different runs on my Running the Triple post.IMG_2681
It was boiling and I must admit, I was excited but nervous! I haven’t pushed my toe further than 5K since I broke it….

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Well I could tell…., the first 2 K were one of the most difficult I have ever run! It was totally all in the mind as I struggled to get ‘in the zone’!
I had to do some walking around 3K which is really unusual for me but gee’d up my a member of my running crew I managed to start running again. By 5K you come back round to the start and a huge cheer and wave from my gorgeous family and the rest of the supporters spurred me on and I managed to run through the next 5K without stopping.
I finished in 1 hr 11 mins which was longer than I hoped for but according to mapmyrun i did 10.48 K and my ave pace was 6.5 m/km which I’m dead happy with.

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Race for life events are brilliant and I love being a part of something so emotional and close to my heart however the 10K races do tend to be a bit quieter than the 5K’s that usually start 2 hours after so it could do with a bit more supporters and noise around the course to keep your motivation up. Saying that I ran with my good friend Regan and her family and that was super lovely.

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This weekend I’m really looking forward to my Run or Dye event in Kent so keep your eyes peeled 🙂

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Diggerland Review

Located in 4 sites across the UK you can visit Diggerland in Kent, Yorkshire, Devon & Durham. Its the only place where children and adults can ride and drive real diggers!

I must admit having reservations about going to Diggerland, I mean it really is a boys thing isn’t it?!?!

You’ll be pleased to know, it’s not. I loved it!

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Zachy is 4 1/2 and literally didn’t know what to do first. I thought it would be lots of diggers to ‘dig’ on but there are several rides to go on as well. Including Spindizzy, Skyshuttle and Groundshuttle with the latter being my favourite 🙂 (you were thrown around in this one)

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Additionally there are lots of diggers to dig in the ground, trucks, mini landrovers, go karts, mini tractors and a cute Diggerland train.

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Now here come the really scary bit. The kids are actually allowed to drive FULL SIZE dumper trucks, diggers, 4 x 4’s and JCB’s!!

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If that wasn’t enough there is a soft play, bouncy castle, and a nice climbbing frame/ slide etc to play on.

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Forgive me for the amount of pictures but it really is good to see all the different rides and trucks to drive. Zachy absolutely adored it with the key phrase of the day being ‘This is soooo awesome mummy, i want to stay here forever!’

You can visit Diggerland for parties and have the use of a private room with lunch. You can book additional ‘experiences’ (additional costs apply) including JCB experiences, formula JCB racing, dumper truck racing and monster digger experiences.

The get the most out of the day your little one needs to be over 90 cms high. Those under this height are free of charge.

Although it is quite dear in my opinion it’s no more so than other theme parks and with it being a smaller park and with not as long wait time for rides its a definite contender if you decide to visit a theme park as it will keep you busy all day without feeling rushed.

Zachy”s official rating: 9/10

Find out more and book your tickets here: http://www.diggerland.com/

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Top Hat The Musical Review

I had the pleasure of going to see the triple Olivier award winning show Top Hat at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley this week.

I adore musicals and this really doesn’t fail to impress with some truly amazing costumes (apparantly in excess of 200!), sets, dancing and singing.

Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. Played by Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch respectively, these two were paired beautifully and were superb.

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The script is witty and had me laughing out loud throughout the performance, watch out for the hilarious butler, Bates played by John Conroy and Alberto Beddini played by Sebastien Torkia who remind me strongly of Manwell from Fawlty Towers. The songs include Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, White Tie & Tails, Let’s Face the Music & Dance and Puttin’ on the Ritz and had me singing along all through the show!

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There were many times when I wanted to jump up and dance along. I really can’t tell you how magical the whole night was in words, I was really stunned at the quality of acting, stunning dancing and brilliant set changes.

This is not to be missed, wherever and whenever you have the chance to see it.

Alice in Wonderland Home Made Boys Costume

So I returned from holiday in the early hours of this morning and had a great time in Gran Canaria.

More on that later but more importantly (for Zachy) he had a birthday party to go to. Upon checking Facebook I realised it was an Alice in Wonderland fancy dress theme! I had been so pleased with myself that I had actually sorted a present for the beautiful birthday girl before holiday that I then ran around like a headless chicken looking through fancy dress boxes, checking to see if any fancy dress shops in the area were open and when I eventually calmed down googled the characters in the film.

Having already rooted through the dressing up box I knew what I had on offer and once the King of Hearts popped up on my screen I was on a roll 😉

So the next time your little boy needs an alice in wonderland dress up – here it is 🙂

Use a captain hook or equivalent red pirate top then cut 2 pieces of (ideally) red card out in the shape of a heart, (we had to use pink and paint it red) and attach to a wooden spoon, blue peter styly with sticky tape:

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Get two pieces of yellow card and staple together, measure around the top of said little boys head and staple again, cut out a pointy top to make a crown.

Grab your eyeliner and draw on a twirly moustache and wallah:

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One King Of Hearts 🙂

Phew!!

Bothered / Not Bothered??

So a lot of you lovely bloggers have been posting about your recent movements in the TOTS 100 charts and i take my hat off to you and lets be honest if i were you would be well chuffed too BUT are we all too obsessed with what constitutes others thoughts on a good blog and what number we actually rank at?

I jumped on the bandwagon and had a look at mine tonight. I’m quite pleased with the inroads I’ve made moving up the charts as i have been investing time in my blog alongside working 4 days a week, selling Avon, running a family and having no time for myself, but is it enough and should we actually care?
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I know I started my blog as a way of meeting, virtually and physically, new people, learning new things, discovering new products, trying new foods and getting good ideas for my kids and me but even i find myself getting bothered about rankings.
Surely we should just be doing this for ourselves and hoping others enjoy reading what we have written. Is this just a naive view or because i’m just a loser and I’m not ranked in the Top 100 and desperately want to be part of the cool club?!

There are lots of posts about how we compete in motherhood and how we should give ourselves a break and not worry about what everyone else thinks but then we put ourselves through it in other ways..!

Let me make myself clear here I’m not picking on Tots 100 it’s just that’s what has inspired my post, I’m talking about blogger leader boards in general and it’s not that I can’t say that I don’t care anymore because lets be honest its a natural human reaction so perhaps we just need to get our heads down and get on with it!

What do you think? Good or bad??

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What you waiting for? I’m running the Triple with run or dye!

I know I’m getting a little run obsessed but I now have 3 runs that I’m hoping to do in 3 weeks. If there is anytime a good kick up the backside was needed this should do it 🙂

This week went well and I managed to get my average pace down to 6.23 min/km, my lowest ever believe it or not! It was hard and I really had to power through but I was determined to give you all some good news!

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So back to my triple, I’m running a 10K in London’s Victoria Park on 27th June, a 5K in Kent on 5th July and a further 10K on 12th July in Croydon’s Lloyd Park. I’m raising money for Cancer Research as it has touched my friends and relatives too much.

My aim is to beat my 1 hour times for the 10K  but the one I’m looking forward to the most is the fun 5K in Kent. Its a Run or Dye event. What this entails is a fun 5K that you can walk/run or even crawl and whilst going round you get ‘painted’  with safe, plant based powdered dye! What a laugh!

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Click on the link above to find your nearest event. It promises to be a fantastic day and even your kids can take part, even better under 6’s are free!

At the end as you cross the line you are in the middle of a colour storm and get the opportunity to have a dance to some awesome DJ’s.

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I’m so looking forward to a ‘fun’ run rather than the serious of the other two 10K either side so if you fancy getting involved, check out the video below and then use this discount code : KISDISCOUNT  to get you £3 off your entry so what you waiting for?! Run or Dye!

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Wedding Countdown; Outfits and Duties!

My cousins wedding is next week and Z has the super important job of being a page boy.

He is very excited and cant wait to put on his special suit with his cousin. I’m filled with nerves and hope that he will do what he has to throughout the day, so we have been having regular chats for the last 3 months about his duties of walking down the aisle in front of Steph and making sure he poses nicely for pictures when he is needed!

One huge relief is knowing that his outfit is taken care of unlike the rest of the family! Little miss Flo I think is just about sorted, that hasn’t been any easy process, although she isn’t an offical flower girl I do want her to look beautiful and fit in next to her cousins for pics so she may as well be! A dress was purchased, discarded due to being too small, two further dresses ordered which had to be returned only for us to go back to the original dress as it now she seems to of lost some weight with her walking and running around – phew! This is her dress for the day which was a bargain at only £15 from a local seller who was having a liquidation sale last year.

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I have accessorised her dress with some gorgeous sparkly shoes from Next which are just too gorgeous!

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I’ve been looking for some gorgeous hair bands in silver but still haven’t found any so she may just end up with silver bobbles instead!

I’ve managed to acquire a lovely dress from TK Maxx and think I may be able to squeeze into some kitten heels without it being too much agony on my toe! I will be taking my gorgeous dressy sandals that have been my lifesaver since the arrival of better weather and wanting to have some kind of heel that didn’t kill my broken toe.

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Now it’s just a matter of getting nails done, eyebrows threaded, self tan applied and the trip up to Leeds next Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather gods are kind to us!

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The running returns…

As many of you know I became a keen runner after having my second child Flo at the end of 2013 and managed my first ever 10k just a year ago; the Nike night run and ran a second one, Race for life in the summer.

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Disaster struck in September 2014 when upon visiting my Auntie and consuming a couple of vino’s I fell down a large step and landed badly on my foot. It turned out I had fractured my big toe and ended up wearing a boot for 8 weeks which some of you may remember from Blogfest!

After an arduous process of doing no exercise apart from abs & squats in January and numerous Physio appointments my toe health has become much better and although I still have pain and may have to start cortisone injections I have started exercising and running again.

The problem with being a parent is finding the time to exercise and lets be honest by the time the other half gets home at 7.30 pm Ive already been in for two hours, played with the kids, got through the bedtime routine, cooked the dinner and tidied up, there is no way I want to go out again to exercise!

So what to do? Well I joined fit4less gym which is opposite my work and have started a workout designed for me by the helpful trainer there in my lunch hour.

My first run was 3 k to the gym where i did my workout and then 3k back home. I couldn’t walk for about 4 days without looking like John Wayne!

Second run was a straight 4k, I was pleased but disappointed my average km/minute was so high seen as I used to run at 6 km/minute.

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Sunday I ran my best yet, 5k, no stopping and got my average back down to 6.30 km/minute. 🙂

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So whats next? I want to improve my pace and have a 10k booked for June and another in July. I’m continuing with my healthy eating (or trying to!) so you can read more about it here : slow & steady.  I’ll keep you posted!

 

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Slow & Steady or Fast & Furious??

So I ‘ve finally come to a conclusion on my weight loss journey, it’s better to stick with slow and steady over a short quick fix!

Yes I know I can hear you all telling me that I should of known better and we’ve all known that for years but you can’t blame a girl for trying! Last week I did the chemical diet and lost 7lbs in four days. It felt pretty amazeballs let me tell you but it was hard work. PLUS it pretty much all goes back on within a week. Boo.

So it’s back to sticking with slow and steady as I mentioned and continuing with the 5 : 2. I’ve been following this mainly since January 2014 off and on after I had my last child and in total have lost 20 lbs.I still have a way to go as I would like to lose another 20 lbs to get into the healthy BMI range.
I’ve started exercising again too so you can find out how thats going in The running returns…

This week I’m sharing a dinner option for you :

Easy Crispy Chicken from The Hairy Dieters at only 299 calories

Ingredients :

150g White Bread (about 4 slices)
4 tsp Dried Oregano or Mixed Herbs
2 tsp Sea Salt
25g Parmesan Cheese
4 tbsp Low Fat Yogurt
1-2 tbsp Plain Flour
4 Boneless Chicken Breasts, (about 160g each)
Ground Black Pepper

Method :

  • Preheat the oven to 220ºC.
  • Place the bread on a large baking tray lined with parchment and toast until pale golden brown. (I actually bunged mine in the toaster for a blast)
  • Remove crusts and tear bread into large pieces, put in a food processor and blitz into crumbs.
  • Tip these into a large bowl with herbs, salt, pepper and Parmesan.
  • Place the flour in one bowl and the yoghurt in another.
  • I then banged my chicken with a rolling pin to flatten it a little although it doesn’t tell you to do this.
  • Take each breast and dip into the flour, then yoghurt, then the crumbs and push lightly so you have a thick coating.
  • Repeat with all breasts.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a tray lined with grease proof paper, for extra crispiness spray with fry light and then bake in the oven for 20 to 30 mins.

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Some of the tastiest healthy chicken I’ve had. I may go lighter on the salt next time but have a go and let me know what you think.

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