Looking for a way to be happier, healthier, more relaxed and more productive?Β 

I’m taking part in the ’21 Day Gratitude Challenge’ and I think you should do too! 

According to HappierHuman.com, practising gratitude can help to improve your career, make you healthier, reduce materialism and even improve your energy levels. 

And apparently, many blogs tell me anyway, that scientific research has shown that it takes 21 days to form a habit. So for 21 days, I am going to share (over on my Mummy Kate Facebook Page) 1 thing that I am truly grateful for that day. 

I’d love to hear some of the things that you are grateful for – please do share! What have you got to lose?!

Kate πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

Rocking Motherhood

I’ve been tagged by Becki over at The Mum From Brum in White Camellias #rockingmotherhood tag. 

This is a challenge where you are supposed to list 10 reasons why you are #rockingmotherhood which is surprisingly difficult…us mum’s can be really hard on ourselves! 
Me, ‘Rocking Motherhood’?

I can’t say I’m quite sure,

Sometimes you watch the iPad, 

And eat raisins off the floor.

I let you stay up late,

And fall asleep on my tummy,

I don’t always wipe your nose,

When it’s really runny.

The house is often messy,

The washing soon piles up,

We always seem to be running late,

And I sometimes forget your cup.

I don’t take you to swimming lessons,

Not every meal is homemade,

I even borrowed some formula once,

As yours had been mislaid…

Being a Mummy is hard,

I don’t always know what to do,

I constantly find myself on Google,

As I just don’t have a clue.

Sometimes late at night, 

When you just don’t want to sleep,

I secretly wish I could run away,

But I just break down and weep.

I often feel quite lonely,

Like I’m the only one who can’t cope,

But when I see your cheeky smile,

It gives me strength and hope.

You’re this perfect little baby,

How could I be so lucky?

I think, ‘I must have done something right’,

As I watch you “quack” to your duckie.

Every day you smile and laugh,

I couldn’t ask for more,

My little pea, my Jessie doll,

Who I absolutely adore.

I’m most definitely not perfect,

But I know this much is true, 

You’re happy and you’re healthy,

And guess what? I am too. 

I failed πŸ‘ŽπŸ» But it wasn’t my fault…!

This week I was trying to cut out all the naughty snacks I usually consume on a daily basis. As the title suggests – I failed πŸ™ˆ

 I am, however, rather pleased with myself as I massively reduced the amount of biscuits and cakes I would normally eat πŸ’ͺ🏻 and I’m pretty sure that’s the reason my tummy is nice and flat, rather than bloated as usual, today! πŸ˜€

D A Y  1

I took a ‘raw fruit’ bar to work to eat at break time… it was disgusting. Don’t waste your money 🀒 

By lunch I was desperate for a chocolate biscuit. Got home and tried this cute little pack of nuts and seeds, but they just were not hacking it πŸ˜•

D A Y  2

Matt went to the corner shop for milk and came back with THIS! You’ve got to be kidding me… of course I couldn’t resist πŸ™„

I am therefore placing all responsibility on Matt for my failing on day 2 😑

D A Y  3

Been in a right grump all day. I’m sure chocolate would have fixed this issue. 

I managed to stay strong though! Go Kate!! My bruscetta snack was pretty yummy πŸ˜‹ 

D A Y  4

Definitely found it much easier today! I didn’t even consider a sweet treat after my tea πŸ‘πŸ» Have I broken my habit?!

D A Y  5

No, I have not broken my habit. Mint Matchmakers in the staff room have broken me…

D A Y  6

No chocolate for me today! On a Saturday too! 

I was more than happy with my banana πŸ‘πŸ»

D A Y  7

I have made it! 

Well, I did have a spoon of Nutella in my porridge again today πŸ™Š Buuut it’s Sunday! 
I really hope I can keep to my ‘reduced biscuit’ eating habits. 

Did you know…?

*Sugar can eat away at your brain power, in particular your memory. Maybe I don’t still have baby brain, but I have sugar brain! πŸ™„

*You are less likely to get Alzheimer’s and dementia. My Nan is suffering with this at the moment πŸ˜”

*Increased sugar intake has links to depression and anxiety 😲 Maybe it might help with my anxiety over making more than 1 plan/arrangement/outing in the same Whatsapp chain…

*Too much sugar can make your skin dull and wrinkled πŸ‘΅πŸ»

*Sugar can make you sluggish and tired; kicking the habit can give you more energy … perhaps I’ll be able to kick my other habit of an afternoon nap 😴

*Diets high in sugar can lower your immune system πŸ€’πŸ€§πŸ˜·

To read more about the benefits of reducing the amount of sugar you eat, check out this article from My Fitness Pal.
If you were trying to reduce your sugar intake too, please do let me know how you got on! 

Kate πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

What’s for tea this week?Β 

We’ve got a new Aldi over the road and I think I may be a little bit obsessed with it. It only opened on Thursday and I’ve already been 3 times πŸ™ˆ

So obviously I had to do my weekly shop there this week; it came to just under Β£40. 

M O N D A Y – Pesto chicken stuffed with  mozzarella 

I saw this recipe over on one of Emily Norris’ vlogs so I’m stealing it from there! 

Flatten the chicken breasts with a rolling pin, spread with pesto and place some mozzarella on top. Roll up and hold in place with cocktail sticks. Place in the oven for 30 mins/until cooked through. 

Cut potatoes into little squares and cook in the oven, when ready toss in with the salad. 

T U E S D A Y – Salmon with cous cous 

I love this ready cooked salmon from Aldi. I put it in the oven with the bread for 10 minutes to warm it through. Serve with the cous cous and a bit of salad! 


W E D N E S D A Y – Jacket potatoes with tuna, sweet corn and cottage cheese

Cheap and cheerful! 

T H U R S D A Y – Vegetable curry 

I’m using this sauce from Aldi which looks yummy and basically just cooking it with a load of veg! Serve with rice and natural yoghurt. 

Friday we are both out (not together though!!) and Saturday is going to be a treat night – pizza! 

For breakfasts we have crumpets as a treat, porridge, blueberries and yoghurt. 

If you’ve read my previous blog post, you will know that this week I have planned to give up biscuits, cake, chocolate etc. So I’ve had to think about my snacks! 

I love the look of these little seed/nut packs. They were 49p each and I’ll take them to work with me! 

What is on your menu this week? 

Kate xxx

The Me and Mine Project | March 2017

I stumbled across ‘The Me and Mine Project’ and absolutely love the idea behind it, whereby you make the effort at least once a month to get a photo of your whole family.
 It’s so easy to take photos of your children on their own, but as Jessie grows up (and me too!), I want her to be able to look back at photographs of her Mum and Dad too. 
So this is my first ‘me and mine’! On Jessie’s 1st birthday πŸ’›
The Me and Mine Project