Friday, 9 October 2015

My lack of exercise routine

It’s difficult keeping fit; I do not want to commit myself to a gym membership, as I tend to have an enthusiastic start that tails off after about a fortnight… I was gifted membership once on my blog but it was very short lived!  You had the regular energetic mum’s with their tight fitting Lycra and comprehensive knowledge of all the equipment then you had ME, who stood out like a sore thumb looking completely out of her depth!  I never had the strength to lift weights, I was always compared to Olive Oyl so not known for my strength of determination most likely in need of being rescued my Popeye.

Sadly the swimming pool is quite far away or I would put in a few lengths and get active that way.  But if you factor in the journey time it eats up too much of the day when I have chores to do and blog posts to write, well that and long drawn out lunches with the ladies!

Whatever I do would need to be quite flexible as my sticking power is not particularly great and I do seem pushed for time.  I decided it would be a good idea to host a fundraiser for the school so I am committing much of my time and energy to collecting prizes and drumming up interest in the event. 

I like to try new things of course and one day I might find the exercise routine that suits me best and works around my schedule.  Until then I really should slow down on eating cake, but its difficult when your hubbie is so good at baking.  

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I know I cannot put it off forever so I have been looking through my options and one possibility would be to hire a treadmill here then I would not have the financial burden of buying the equipment outright.  If it did not work out I have only lost the time I have rented it whilst still not having to work out with the Lyrca ladies, if I stumble head first off the treadmill they do not have to see it… (True story I did fall off the bike in Spin class!).

I think if your training for a marathon or something it might be useful to hire in some extra equipment for a short space of time to train and build up your stamina.  But I don’t see myself running a marathon any time soon…

Right I am off to put the kettle in all that thinking and writing about exercise has quite exhausted me.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

How to spend your extra hour?

The clocks go back on the 25th of October, so technically you get a whole extra hour to do as you please!  It’s such a lovely BONUS finding a free extra hour when usually you are so pressed for time.  Although that does not quite work so well when you have children, because in all likelihood they will still wake up at the crack of dawn and then you will reluctantly turn the clock back another hour and feel even more knackered!  Even though technically you have not lost an extra hour sleep you still feel slightly cheated!!!  Their 6am wake up call turns into a 5am start…

But on the off-chance you can arrange a sleepover for your children at the grandparents on the night of the 24th then the following infographic from Tempur is quite handy.

Having felt inspired with these 20 things I could do I think I will ring my mum and sneakily not mention the clock change so I can take a nap!  Although some of the suggestions are nice to do together as a family.  We love playing board games; Ticket to Ride is our new favourite so the extra hour would let us fit in another game.  Eldest is getting quite skilled now and managing to complete all his routes!

I like the idea of ringing an old friend, I would agree with the fact on average, women say 833 words per hour, compared to men who only say 291 words.  I feel I do ALL the chatting and I would love if hubbie got more engaged in conversation with me, lately I think I have mainly been talking to myself and going on the amount of words I speak an hour I might as well be.  I think men must shrug and nod more in agreement but not much else.  So an hour chatting to an old friend would be a lovely luxury for me.

Apparently if you own a pet your 30% less likely to have a heart attack, so consider spending your extra hour taking them for an really long walk or throwing the ball.  They will be pleased with the attention and you could be improving your health in the process.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Creating an intimate living room

I was thrilled when my new floor lamp arrived to review from Lighting Majestic.  It’s added some much needed style and sophistication to our living room.  This house has bigger rooms so we are desperate for more accessories and furnishings to make the rooms appear inviting.  It’s part of our overall focus creating a more intimate living room.  We have laminate flooring and there can be quite an echo without much in the way of furniture to muffle the sound, but slowly and surely we are transforming the room.

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With winter on the way the right choice of lightening can really help lift the room, making it feel welcoming.  The nights are drawing in we want to spend more time tucked up comfortably in the living room.

I really love the detailing on the lamp itself; it’s a very contemporary design.  

The quality is very good, we did have an initial hiccup with a damaged shade but the company resolved that and issued a replacement so we are pleased with our experience overall. 

If you have been looking for a new floor lamp you really cannot go wrong at this price, especially as it is reduced from £120 at the moment to £96 (with free delivery on products over £50!).  I used to buy all my lighting products from a local shop, but the prices online are much more affordable.  When you are dealing with a project on the scale we are you really have to make savings when you can.

I am also lighting more candles, I love the scent and the flickering flame, I think it’s a delaying tactic to try and leave putting on the heating until the last possible moment.   We also have lots of blankets usually draped on the back of the sofa to snuggle into if it gets particularly cold.

As we have a large room it can be more of a challenge making it a homely space, with a lot of space to fill and quite a high ceiling, we had our work cut out.  I liked one suggestion I found online to place tall potted plants around the room; I may well attempt this suggestion because I really need to do something to make the room flow.  But my main priority is to get a couple of big chairs by the window as a little separate section in the room itself, as its wasted space currently.