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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Silhouette of Triumph - Wordless Wednesday

I know this is supposed to be wordless, but if I don't put some words here, my homepage looks a bit weird! I hope you like my picture, after you've linked up and left a comment, feel free to follow me on Instagram too!
Top Ender at the top of a hill

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Monday, 13 April 2015

What's Your Favourite Salad?

I love me a Salad.

The first Salad I remember taking a picture of

Take a look through my Instagram images and you'll see plenty of Salads scattered through the images of the children, selfies and pictures of my socks. I love socks as much as I love salad.

Daddy and I had been eating extra healthily last week. Daddy had been following the Atkins Diet after a work colleague had had some great success on it and I was just sticking with my usual combination of Diet Shakes, Salads and sensible evening meals. Anyway, as I prepared a salad for me to eat one day, Daddy looked at me as if I was crazy.

Whilst I was making my salad look pretty by adding various chopped vegetables and other items I wanted to include in my Salad, Daddy stood by watching and claimed I was ruining a perfectly good salad. It so wasn't true. A truly good salad, according to me, contains cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions, celery, radishes, peppers and probably a half dozen other different ingredients according to what is in the fridge and how I'm feeling.

I posted a couple of pictures of our meals one night, both looked good enough to eat (well that's the point!) and said to Daddy that I'd determine who's meal looked better based on the number of likes that each picture garnered.


I won.

My salads are always very traditional however, some form of green leaves, traditional salad vegetable accompaniments (occasionally I have added raisins, dried mango or other fruits and fresh pineapple) and I'm looking for ideas.

What are your favourite salads? What do you add to make them special, fun and most importantly tasty?
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Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Second Week Of April

So far this year, the second week of April has been my favourite week. Actually, thinking on it, I think that quite possibly the Second week of April could possibly be my most favourite week of all time. I hope that you had a great a week as my family and I did!

The family on Easter Sunday on Dunstable Downs

The Second Week Of April


The week started with Daddy being off work, thanks to him booking some well deserved holiday. And by holiday, I mean not going to work everyday, he wasn't off cooking duty, cleaning duty, dish duty or driving duty! It's been such a long time that it's just been the four of us having a giggle without anything else to be done in the house, or chores to do or places to go that it seemed rather a novelty. Although saying that we did go shopping on the Saturday and go and collect some new Guides clothing for Top Ender to wear to her first ever Guides trip... okay so maybe some chores were needed to be done!

For the first time in ages, Tops and I weren't doing the weekly supermarket shop with my Mum. My Mum didn't actually need very much and as she was going to come and visit with us on the Sunday, she figured that my fridge would be a suitable place for her shopping to live overnight. This did mean that I got to take Daddy, Top Ender and Big Boy supermarket shopping with me and reminded me why I like going with just my Mum and Top Ender. Also shopping first thing in the morning means bumping into hundreds of friends and the trip took about ten times longer than normal.

On  Saturday afternoon/evening I got to watch General Conference, which for those of you who aren't LDS it's basically a conference where members all over the world get to listen to talks by leaders within the Church about various spiritual matters. I do love Conference as normally if something has been weighing on my mind one of the talks will always either directly deal with what I have been thinking about or one of the speakers will say something which helps me understand. It's a bit like how in House that he'll be talking about something completely different to his case and suddenly his brain puts the two together and BAM! He has the solution.

Dr Gregory House. Gosh he's handsome.
Yes, yes I will do just about anything to ogle over this man!

Sunday was of course Easter Sunday, and after a few hours of just BB and I hanging out downstairs crafting and having a giggle together, I drove over to my Mum's home to bring her back to share Easter lunch with us. It's become a tradition now, that she comes to us, but I think that this year she was going to my Sister's home as I was really mean and made her stick to her diet and didn't let her have a lot of trimmings to our roast, by simply not cooking them!

After my Mum went home, the four of us went up Dunstable Downs to watch the sunset, just like the Children and I had done during the Summer Holidays. It was a beautiful sunset, slightly hampered by cloud but it was fun being together and doing something which the children had so enjoyed. When we got home, I tried to catch up with some more General Conference (it's on over two days) but ended up falling asleep... which was useful as first thing Monday morning Top Ender and I had planned to go out for a early morning walk/jog/run thing which you can read all about in my post from yesterday about Exercising Together.

Monday afternoon Daddy tried to kill me.

SERIOUSLY!

Okay, so he didn't really. Daddy planned a walk for the whole family to Barton Hills National Nature Reserve, which all sounded all fine and dandy until I saw that the climb was almost straight up. I may have cursed a few times at him, whilst huffing and puffing my way up the hill, but when I was finally at the top it was worth it. We're planning on coming back in a few months when, hopefully, I'll be several lbs lighter and I'll find the initial uphill bit a lot less strenuous!

Barton Hills National Nature Reserve

The rest of the week was filled with early morning walk/jog/runs with Top Ender and then the rest of the day spent as a family going on yet more walks. I guess that I shouldn't be surprised that I lost 3lb this week, although I wish it'd been a few lb more.

There was one more highlight of the week, and that was when Top Ender went on her first Guide trip wearing the clothes I mentioned right at the start of this post! Tops hasn't even been to a Guides meeting yet, but the group leader said we could! We were standing waiting for the coach and Top Ender was looking at the other girls and decided that she was going to have to be brave and say hello to someone... so she did! And by the time she came home she'd met everyone on the trip and was rather excited about the whole thing.

Top Ender in her Guides gear about to go on a Guides Trip

The Second Week Of April Had Me Decluttering


Well, mainly weight. Can you declutter yourself from too much weight? I think you can an this is my blog, so that's all that matters!

I also decluttered my socks, buying new socks is the same thing as decluttering right? No? Oh.

OH! WAIT! Oh no, that wasn't it either.



Well, that's it from me for another week! I hope you had a great week and that April is treating you as lovingly as it's treating me!
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Exercising Together

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen that Top Ender and I have been going out each morning and having a bit of a walk/jog/run as a sort of reboot of me trying to lose weight. There was a comment placed on one of the images this week that made me really proud. It was made by Laura and she expressed how awesome she thought it was that Top Ender and I are exercising together early each morning.

Top Ender and PippaD about to exercise

Initially I had roped Top Ender into coming with me for selfish reasons. I had wanted a workout buddy and who better than my sport hating sarcastic comment making daughter? We could make fun of the other joggers, early morning walkers and cyclists who were in far better shape than either of us in order to keep ourselves going and both secretly knowing that we were actually jealous of the other joggers, walkers and cyclists. And you know, time together being Mum and Daughter and having a lot of fun together.

I also thought that it might be useful for Top Ender to start learning that exercise is actually fun and not the worst thing to ever happen to her! Top Ender is a little like me. Okay, a lot like me. When I was around Top Ender's age I pretty much hated anything in PE other than Netball and Rounders. Then one day a teacher told me that I was perfect for long distance running and with my love of maps and short bursts of running I'd probably enjoy Orienteering too.

An Orienteering marker

I was hooked. I loved Orienteering (still do!) and I loved Cross Country, mainly because I loved running in the muddy puddles. I don't know why I didn't keep it up, if I had I probably wouldn't be as overweight as I am now, that however is a different story. As Tops is so similar to me I thought that she might enjoy the running too, although I think I have to give it more than a week before she can decide that!

Top Ender and I can only go if Daddy is at home, and with him having to commute to Birmingham each week this means we'll only be going on Weekends, although Big Boy has agreed that as long as he can take his Scooter he'll tag along with us a couple of times a week. This makes me very happy as I wasn't looking forward to exercising on my own.

So, look out for lots more selfies of Top Ender and I as we hopefully get fitter and faster!
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Monday, 6 April 2015

The First Week of April

I know that half of this past week was technically March, but just nod and agree with me. I like having four week months (like February) as they fit nicely into my head calendar, and of course I can then work out how long it is before I need to perform certain tasks. Like changing the filter on the fridge water dispenser or recharging the wind up torch or even replacing the batteries in BB's pump and monitor. Enough with the boring stuff, here's what the start of the month held for me!

A Rainbow that could be seen from the back garden


The First Week Of April


The week started off as being the start of the Easter Break from School. Of course we also had our usual Saturday trip to the Supermarket, going to Church on the Sunday (although Top Ender was ill so she stayed in bed) and all the normal other weekend activities that we've come to expect. Top Ender watching a film with her Daddy, the occasional baking activity and a later bedtime for everyone... well me at least.

On the Monday we spent most of our day in bed. Hehehehee, Top Ender and Big Boy were technically under the weather and so they were recuperating and I think to be honest I was feeling sick because I'd not had as much sleep as I'd needed over the weekend.

Tuesday morning had us all up and ready as we went to visit with my Mum and to do the walk that my Mum and I have made part of our weekly routine. The trip seemed to be an exercise in fleecing my Mum by the children, although Big Boy did get to ride an electric dog. It's quite surreal and you can see a video on my instagram feed that just has me giggling every time I watch it.

Big Boy riding an electric Dog

We had seen a sign that we knew my Mum had to have, as Dotty is one spoilt cat. The game of hiding the sign behind my Mum whilst the rest of us had a good giggle, was fun although hiding it on the Kitchen cupboards at my Mums house and not having her find it for a few hours was more fun!

A gift for my Mum a sign that says A Spoiled Cat Lives Here

The rest of the week wasn't really all that noteworthy, other than Top Ender made several rounds of herself and BB over the week. Tops knows how to cook, but before this week the "perfectly" browned toast had escaped her. Now that she's got to know our toaster so well, it's probably time to get a new one!

April Fools Day came, with me trying to pull one over on the children by installing an app on their tablets that made it look like the screen was cracked. I thought that they might hide the broken screen from me, or make wild claims about how it was like that when they picked it up, but BB told me straight away that his screen had gone funny and Top Ender gave me a Paddington Bear stare as I think she'd watched the same youtube video as me to get the idea. Daddy however managed to make the children laugh more with his dead body outline in the living room.

Either the outline of a Dead Body or someone doing Saturday Night Fever

BB took one look at it and said "It's not real, that's not real Police Tape!" and burst out laughing. Why can't we prank the children!

The Friday had Daddy having the day off, and we were busy doing things together and just having fun, simple things like the Children were given £2 to spend in the 99p shop and had free reign to just wander around the store to pick what they wanted. I think that Daddy and I must have spent more than the children, but Sssh, we don't have to tell the Children that. The whole day was pretty fantastic, just because we were together as a family unit and having fun together even if it was doing chores and just pottering about.

The First Week Of April Has Had Me Decluttering


Did we agree that emails counted? We didn't? Oh. Well, in that case all I've been decluttering this past week has been my bags. And by decluttering my bags I mean I've been taking all the receipts and chewing gum wrappers out of my bags and trying hard not to put more back in!

The First Week Of April Has Had Me Crafting


I've been personalising some books for the children to use and beautifying some of the books I use too. I haven't taken any pictures yet, I'll have to do that and put them on Instagram at least because some of the designs have been super cute.

So what did the first week of April hold for you?
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