31 Jul 2015

Change, Cycling and Ride100

A few years ago my husband went for a routine check up at audiology. During his check up they took his blood pressure, and then asked him to wait around so they could take it again as it was quite high. He sat and waited. They did it again. No change. Right there then after being told he needed a doctors appointment, will need to consider medication and stern warnings he decided to make a change. A big one. 
He changed his diet - nothing drastic just eating better, making better choices, cutting down on bread and cheese and all the other yummy things like biscuits. He started walking and jogging. And working out at home. Since then he has lost 5 stone. 
He looks like a different man. And he's worked hard. 

In the course of him eating better he got back on a bicycle after not riding for years. And something lit the passion inside him and he's now a man with a hobby. He's a cyclist. This journey has not been easy and at times it's hard to push yourself to go out after a long day working. But he does. It so great to see a passion in him, something he really enjoys. 

This weekend he's getting on his bike and cycling in the Ride100 London to Surrey. 100 miles taking in the delights of the Olympic park, Boxhill, Wimbledon and Buckingham palace. It will be a tough task I'm sure but I have faith he will do great (even if he is very nervous about it!)
He's rasing money for AsthmaUK as on top of it all he's suffered with asthma. So please if you can donate his just giving page is here with some more words from my husband. https://www.justgiving.com/Kevin-G-Edwards/ if not just show him some support. Follow him @kilogolfecho on Twitter and @kreeeytivitee on Instagram. http://instagram.com/kreeeytivitee


17 Jul 2015

Reception // survived

Yup. We did it. First full school year completed. We made it to the end. Through the first day nerves, and parents evening, nativity plays and Carol concerts, open classrooms and learning together sessions, half terms and mufti days, after school clubs and breakfast clubs, sports day and school fairs, book bags and reading journals. We did it. A few tears along the way. But overall an outstanding report for the boy. He's done well and is growing at such a pace it alarms me. 

And me. Well I think I deserve a gold star (or at least a glass of wine) for being that mummy on duty. And there is a few things I've learned myself along he way. 

1// you will go through more polo shirts than you though possible. Some of the stains on t-shirt are not shifting for anything. By the end of the year they now look grubby and are ready for the bin. 

2// breakfast club is not so much a bad thing. M has enjoyed this so much this year, school for breakfast with a choice of cereals and breads. Winning. 

3// he will forget something almost on every pick up. Whether that's his water bottle, book bag or jumper. 9 times out 10 he will come home missing something. 

4// his book bag will be full of important notes and pictures and "work" and trying to empty them to bin without him seeing is a task in itself. 

5// he will eat everything in sight within about 5 minutes of being home given half a chance. (This is why I have to top up the fruit bowl mid week)

6// if I don't get given a slip saying that he has hurt himself you will be surprised. My clumpy and energetic boy who cannot walk straight. 

7// the school gates are not that scary and you can strike up conversation with other parents. 

8// remembering all you need to remember (permissions slips, and PE kits, and water bottles, and mufti day donations) is tricky and you need to be able to fire a quick text to confirm your suspicions. 

9// even though he is more that capable to get dressed himself. Some Mornings it is quicker and less of a stress by getting him dressed yourself. 

10// watching you grow learn and develop is process. And seeing your interests spark and light up. watching you write and draw now without prompting makes me so happy. 

Oh and finally. You will be buying more that one pair of shoes in the year. #fact 

Yay to M and making his first year a success. Grow and bloom big boy. ��

8 Jul 2015

Unexpected news.

Taken a day off work today. Need to get things together. We have to move due to landlord wanting to sell the flat. I have done an insane amount of crying these past few days. But still trying to be positive. My phone has been ringing, I've spoken to so many agents, so many scribbled notes on paper. Things I need to remember.  I'm not so worried about the move or the packing. I just want to know we have somewhere to live. So this is why I have been quiet. I have retreated. I'm sad and emotional. And slightly bruised around the edges. It will all be ok. It will all be ok.

Trying to be focused and positive is something which can be hard for me. I'm putting my energy in. Then something swooshes down and I'm a mess again. I just want this to be sorted. I don't want to be in limbo. I want to know it will be ok. I feel awful for the kids though I know in my calm state they are fine and will be fine. We have amazing family and friends who are all pushing us on. Helping us out. Does not change that at some parts of the day I just want to sob. 

But right now through tear stained sore eyes I have the day off. I have my phone, a pen and time to do more calling and sh*t done. 

25 Jun 2015

ProjectLife // how I am keeping it simple.

I love my ProjectLife/Yearly albums - I really do. I love creating them, curating them and making them part of my life. It makes me super happy. I don't like all the time they can take up. Last year I look the quick way out and creating just a simple photo album. This year I wanted to go back to a ProjectLife weekly style album. And I have take steps to make it work for me. I talk more about the hows and why in my video below and give you a guided tour of the album so far!!

Here's some of links to what I use.

The ProjectLife App - Its really easy to use, and the print quality is good. Plus I can lay in bed on a sunday evening and work on my layouts.

Photobox App - Again, I can upload direct from my phone and print at the end of each month.

I use projectlife albums and page protectors which you can from Hey Little Magpie here in the UK. I have no new stash and am making do with what I have. (Though I will need to get some new pens and adhesive soon!) but I did pick up a few bargain pieces at TK Maxx.

Hope you like the video - any questions, anything you want to see more off just hit me up in the comments box!!