My May Goals

Gosh I actually can’t believe that we are in May already! This year seems to be flying by – we are practically half way through now which is quite scary actually…

I love the start of a new month; it feels like a fresh beginning, especially when the weather is finally starting to warm up a little (emphasis on the word little as despite the blue skies it’s freezing here today!) I thought I’d embrace that feeling of a new start and take a few moments out of my day to set myself some little goals for the month ahead ūüôā

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Meal Planning Monday // When Life Gets in The Way…

My plan this week was to have another #mealplanningmonday post to share with you (and to do so every Monday) but sometimes life just… gets in the way…

Sadly my great uncle passed away and so tomorrow I fly up to Scotland to go to his funeral and to take care of my Nan – my flight is early morning and I’m not back until Saturday which means I’ll spend most of this week in my favourite place (unfortunately not for a positive reason).

The week after I’m back up there twice – once for a meeting and the other time to see Still Game live and so the next two weeks will be really hectic and busy for me.

As such I’m not going to have the time to plan out all of our meals, shop to a budget or cook nice fresh food for my family – Scott will be in charge of the cooking for the next few days so tonight I’ll stock up the fridge with some super easy basics for the two of them to eat (also he’s having his friends up one evening so that night they will probably order in takeaway *there goes the minimal spending budget ha!*

And so here’s the ‘very loose and likely to change’ meal plan for this week…

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A Simpler Life… Drink More Water & Brita Fill and Go Review

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My skin for the past six or so months has been going completely nuts – I don’t know if its simply stress, or not having the healthiest of diets, all the alcohol consumed over the last few months of 2016, the pill – or perhaps a combination of all of the above! I’ve also been getting really bad headaches and when I visited my opticians I mentioned them to him – my prescription hadn’t changed since my last appointment so he suggested that they could be due to dehydration which is something I’d never considered!

I used to spend a fortune on various products that claimed to ‘cure’ any skin issue you can imagine but as I’m cutting back on spending in order to save money and live more intentionally I have decided to forego a trip to the beauty counters of House of Fraser and instead try what could be called ‘the oldest beauty trick in the book’ – drinking more water.

I’m a big fan of water…. when it’s in the sea, or the swimming pool, or a bubble bath or refreshing shower… but to drink? Not so much! I’ve never ever really enjoyed drinking water – the taste of tap water and the fact that its unfiltered has always put me off, particularly as we live in a¬†hard water area so drinking the water always leaves a funny taste in my mouth. ¬†Also I read up on¬†all of the different¬†chemicals and pesticides such as Chlorine, Fluoric acid, Aluminium Sulphate, and even¬†hormones that can be found in unfiltered tap water – not to mention the fact that it travels through pipes that are lord knows how old and dirty.

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To help with that I bought myself a Brita Fill and Go¬†and it honestly makes such a difference to the taste of the water – the best thing is that I don’t need to wait for a traditional fridge filter jug to filter the water and these bottles don’t take up a lot of room in the fridge either. I’ve been filling mine every morning and somehow managing to drink that my lunchtime at which point I refill it again and I do the same before dinner too! I’ve been doing that for about a week now and already feel a lot more hydrated (and so does my body if the amount i’m needing to go to the toilet is anything to go by! *TMI*!) Now my challenge to myself is to drink 4 of these bottles a day – each holds 600ml so that’s 2.4 litres in total!

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When you had to google burpee… #TheGoldenBurpee

Matty at Buggies and Barbells¬†has created a new weekly blog linkup called #TheGoldenBurpee to help people smash their 2017 fitness goals. Now my fitness goal seemed pretty straightforward when I wrote it out ‘Get Fit’. But then I had to google to find out what a ‘burpee’ was and suddenly I was sinking before I’d even learnt to doggy paddle let alone swim!

There’s something about the World of fitness that, in all honesty, terrifies me. It wasn’t always that way – I was a gymnast, dancer, horse-rider and swimmer until a couple of years into secondary school when I *stupidly?!* decided drinking lambrini at the Southbank and sitting in a mates room listening to Greenday for hours on end was a much better way to spend my free time. Of course I put on weight, and then being the anxious person that I was I decided to live off of apples and swim miles every evening for the best part of a year when I was 16; leading to dangerously high weight loss and issues with eating that it took me many years to recover from.

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Everyday Essentials in our family life

I thought I’d share with you some of the essentials in our everyday family life – they aren’t glamorous, or particularly exciting (unless you get a thrill out of Swiss Army Knives *pretty sure my hubby does*) but they are the things that help our home run that little bit smoother and make our days a little easier, a little happier and a little more fun! One thing I haven’t included is my organiser as I haven’t got one this year yet boohoo!

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