Our Favourite Five – August

Who would have thunk it? The end of August is in sight. Wow, man that went fast. Not the sunniest of summers I’ll grant you, but fun none the less. And with the end of August comes the time to look at this month’s family favourites. So I’m joining in fellow Surrey mummy Suburban Mum‘s link up Our Favourite Five.

The Joules’ Sale

I love a good sale and I looove a sale in my favourite stores. This month has seen the summer sale at Joules and boy oh boy do they throw a good sale. I got a couple of t-shirts for me and the boy then I saw the handbag I’d been drooling over for months. Half price. I would never have the money to spend on a full price leather handbag in Joules, but do you know what? July was a super busy month for me and so I decided to treat myself. And I love it. It’s just the right size AND it has a pocket especially for my iPad. When I drop Oscar at preschool and head to Dylan’s to write, it’s with my iPad and it’s wonderful to have a handbag that carries it perfectly. And it’s slightly prophetic that I got it this month, because by the end of August we’d started potty training Oscar. This means I no longer take the change bag out with me and need a handbag more than I have done in over three years. Hows that for timing? Joules are still selling the same design of handbag, only in tan for Autumn. Unfortunately the sale is now over!

Joules Padstow Handbag in Coral. My treat to myself

Joules Padstow Handbag in Coral. My treat to myself.

 

The Great British Bake Off

Seriously. How could this not be in here? My reality TV faves nearly all revolve around food (except for Strictly!) and a bit of Bezza, the Silver Fox and Mel ‘n’ Sue every week is getting me through the miserable weather at the moment. Who wouldn’t love a bread lion made by a prisoner governor? My man of the moment is Stay at Home Dad Ian, but I also think Nadiya is one to watch! What I’d give to work on GBBO. Just think of all the goodies you’d get to try!!

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BBC’s The Great British Bake Off.

 

See Me Go Potty

As I mentioned above, and in my recent post, Oscar decided we were going to start potty training this month. He seemed to get the hang of the logistics quickly, as long as he had no trousers on. But we were really struggling to get him to understand the concept when dressed. Thankfully a fellow Autism Mama suggested the See Me Go Potty App. It’s a social story app that breaks down the process, using an avatar that you design to look just like your child. Written specially for children on the spectrum, this app would work amazingly for any child who’s about to potty train. Oscar played with it constantly for the first day and by the second day understood the concept of pulling his trousers up and down! Amazing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect. It uses some Americanisms, meaning we have changed our potty training lexicon a little (they’re not trousers, they’re pants), but if that’s what it takes for him to feel comfortable about the situation, I couldn’t care less. There is a situation for wee (or pee as it is in our house now), for poo and one for not getting to the potty in time. He’s taken to telling me when he needs to go by saying “uh oh, accident”, rather than “go potty please”, but hey it works and we’re so proud of him. Best 1.49 I could have spent and if you’re about to potty train I highly recommend it! Available in iOS and Android!

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Oscar’s See Me Go Potty Avatar. Looks just like him! Apart from the shoes – what’s with the shoes?!

Bravissimo PJ Tops

Long time readers will know that good support in the bust department is important to me. I’ve talked about my trips to Bravissimo before, but this month I’ve taken a step beyond bras into their fitted pyjama tops. I’m going away next month, sharing a bedroom with my pal Bethany, and much as we are friends I didn’t want to embarrass myself with the “What I call Breast Clap” 😉 I decided to invest in a Bravissimo vest fitted with a non wired integral bra and boy oh boy was it comfy. I slept in it then as we were staying in the next day I didn’t take it off. I usually find spending a whole day in my pjs uncomfortable (and some what unwieldy!), but in my Bravissimo top I was comfortable all day. Comfortable enough to even do some baking! So comfortable in fact that I went online and bought another one in the sale! Don’t get me wrong, I can still wear t-shirts and vest to sleep in, but if we’ve got people staying over or we’re staying somewhere else, these vests are fantastic. Definitely something for the larger busted among us to check out (particularly those of us who have had children 😉 )

Wearing my new Bravissimo pj top is a truly uplifting experience!

Wearing my new Bravissimo pj top is a truly uplifting experience!

The US Office

Yes, I’ve seen the whole 9 Seasons of the US version of comedy show The Office before, but I came to it quite late (2012 actually), while I was on maternity leave. At the beginning of the month Ben and I were talking about something or other and referenced the Office Olympics episode of Season 2. It made us giggle, so we decided to watch it on Netflix. And the next one and the next. And then somewhere along the way Ben realised he hadn’t seen any of Season 3-5. Well we had to rectify that, a few episodes a night. Every night! We’re loving it all over again and have just reached season 7, which is the season I first found while tiny baby Oscar napped. I loved the banter back when I didn’t have an office of my own and I still love it now that that I don’t miss it as much. I adore Jim and Pam, Dwight makes us guffaw and despite Michael being a complete tool most of the time, his desire to love and be happy are obvious. I think that’s what makes his character different to Ricky Gervais’s odious (and brilliantly played) David Brent.

The Office Olympics episode. Flonkerton anyone?

The Office Olympics episode. Flonkerton anyone?

 

The cast of the US version of The Office. We're hooked all over again.

The cast of the US version of The Office. We’re hooked all over again.

 

What did your family enjoy in August? I’d love to know.

I was not paid to endorse any of these brands. I paid for my bag, vest and Oscar’s app myself. I just like sharing the things I love.

 

 

Slimming World Update – Week 72

Hi guys

Hows you? I’m good. Surrounded by the colours and sounds and general excitement of the festive season and pretty much loving it! I’ve spent the last few days writing Christmas cards. I tried not sending cards one one year and just donated to charity instead. Don’t get me wrong, I fully appreciate the sentiment behind it, but it made me feel awful. So I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m a card writer and I get great cards every year, carefully chosen from charities that mean something to me. This year’s are Thomas the Tank Engine themed (for the boy) and come from the National Autistic Society. They’re just gorgeous! Anyway I did have an Excel spreadsheet as a Christmas card list that I’ve been using and regularly updating for years. Until this year. We bought a new PC in the summer and I forgot to transfer the list onto the new hard drive. Sat down to write the cards this week and I realised I’ve lost my ‘go to’ list! So at least one night this week has been just spent updating my contacts. I think I have them all now, but if you were expecting a card from me and you don’t get one, I might have just missed you off the list. Either that or I don’t really like you 😉

Christmas has also been making it presence felt in our house this week in the form of new pyjamas. If you follow me on any social media, you may already know this; to say I was excited was an understatement. Regular readers will know just how much I love shopping these days, how one of my goals this year was to ‘conquer Fat Face’ (which I think I can safely say I’ve done several times over 😉 ). However, something I really wanted from them, but had never been able to fit into before, was their Christmas pyjamas. They do such beautifully festive ones every year. So this year I decided to treat myself and ordered their Folkloric pyjama bottoms and tshirt. And I LOVE them. If it wasn’t a tradition to wear new pyjamas on Christmas Eve I’d be wearing them already! They’re just so pretty and Christmassy.

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But the best thing about them is the difference I can see in my shape when I wear them. You may think I’m barmy, but I sometimes find it really hard to ‘see’ what I look like. In my mind I’ve been so big for so long that despite what the scales say or what I see in the mirror, I find it hard to know what I actually look like. That’s why I do comparison photos and why they blow my mind so very much. This one is quite hard for me to share. The first picture I have never shared as I hated it then and I hate it now. But I’ve got so few full length photos of myself that it’s the best one to use here, I think. This was taken in the Maldives in 2009. Its a few years ago for sure, but I was a similar size to this when I started SW (actually I was probably a bit bigger 🙁 ) Basically a Size 26 to a 16.

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Wowsers!

Enough said really.

This past week hasn’t always seen me make the wisest of food choices – nothing mad, just not the best and I’m not really sure why. So I was thrilled with a maintain last night, staying at 6 Stone 7lb (91lb) lost. And actually, this close to Christmas and the challenges it can bring, I think that’s sometimes all you can do. Protect the progress you’ve made. I have thought about it long and hard and I think expecting 7lbs loss in 3 weeks with all the parties and what not I have over the next few weeks is unrealistic and probably just setting myself up for disappointment (and lets be honest, feeling a failure is no gift to give myself this Christmas). That’s why I’m modifying my Christmas goal. And before you say, I’m not stopping or giving up or admitting defeat. I’m taking responsibility for my choices and being realistic. I would like a lose a couple more lbs by the last weigh in, but as long as I don’t gain from this point until Christmas I’ll be happy.

Oh and update on the Fat Face shirt – I went in to my local branch to try it on again and they’d taken them all off the shop floor as they’ll be going in the sale after Christmas. I decided to chance my arm and wait until then and hope they have my size. I do love a bargain!

Have a great week.

xxxx