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That park working out mom life

That park working out mom life

I know how difficult it can be to get time to work out with a toddler on your hands. It’s not as easy to just get up and go when you have little kiddie winkles to look after. Working out at home becomes difficult because you lack the time and quite frankly, the energy. I used this as an excuse for TOO long and it definitely didn’t get me to the place that I wanted to be. Although, I could argue that chasing a mischievous toddler around all day is enough exercise for me am I right? I won’t because clearly that isn’t working for me either. I’ve always loved to work out, the buzz I get from it and seeing my body improve is a real motivator for me but now having a little, mischievous, miss sassy pants running around my feet, I hit a bit of a work out wall. For someone who loves food, that is never good.

 

I’ve tried to get creative and incorporate exercise somehow in to my daily routine, so far, so good. One of my most recent favourites is our (almost) daily trips to the park. Of course I have to chase around after her the whole time which is most definitely a work out (and a half). But, I’ve added other exercises in too. Now luckily, the park we often go to is fairly secluded so I don’t feel like a complete banana head. When it is busy, I’ve learnt to just be at peace with making myself look silly and laugh through it. I sometimes get little E to join in too so that it looks like we’re just having a bit of fun.

 

First off, I do some star jumps. I do as many as my little old body will let me. I have no set amount, I just go with how much my body can handle and then push a little bit further each time and the same goes for lunges, I do repetitive ones on the same leg and then swap. I get little E to join in these with me and she loves them, it’s so cute. I end up laughing while I do them and from what I hear, that is the way to a six pack soooo.. Winner! Wouldn’t that be good? Laugh your way to a six pack, what a life.

 

When little E is on the seesaw, I take this as my moment to work out without it really looking like I’m working out. I incorporate squats into bouncing the seesaw up and down. It actually works wonders and  loves it so I feel like I’m getting a good work out. I do this for as long as my poor legs will let me or for as long as it takes for Esme to get bored which more often than not I stop because of the latter. My legs aren’t complaining of that I tell you now.

 

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Finally, this may just be my favourite, when little E goes on to the swing I push her and then run to the rails of the park and then run back to push her again. You may look like a complete loon to anyone that’s around but this one really gets my heart pumping and anything that does that is going to help me lose these extra lbs. Esme thinks that I’m chasing her when I’m running back towards her and chuckles her crazy, little head off. Which again gets the whole six pack work out going again (laughter).

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These aren’t any amazing ideas or anything new being brought to your attention I just wanted to make it known that actually, even with these toddlers running around we can get our exercise in somehow. I’m fed up of being fed up of my own body, I’m starting to own it and realise my actions will take longer than my ideal to show and that’s okay. When I get there it will be SO worth it, just gotta keep trying, keep going and that six pack will be calling my name before I know it.

 

Happy park working out babes.

 

Ohthatstacey

Xo

Snot so good

Snot so good

The dreaded flu/snot season has arrived. I love fall and all that comes with it EXCEPT snot infested days. Now, I know with a toddler, most days have some snot here and there but autumn/winter takes those snot days to a whole new level of snotness. If we were playing snot bingo right now, someone would have totally won and it’s only the first paragraph, stay with me. I can offer sanity in those snot filled days.

Your child gets sick, the whole household gets sick and then you get sick. Unless you’re extremely lucky and have an epic immune system, it’s a given. Prepare for it. The hardest thing in the world is not being able to lounge around all day when you’re poorly sick. With a crazy, mischievous toddler on your hands I have to laugh out loud if you think that’s going to happen. How do we survive? Fear not my little friendlings I have a little advice that has helped me and may just help you too.

Stock up on that good little thing we call medicine, flu tablets are a god send when we are under the weather, hot lemon water, vapour rub, tissues, tissues and more tissues. If they’re in stock, there’s no worries about it being socially acceptable going to the shop in your pjs with your hair like a pineapple to grab some, dribbling your germs along with you as you go. Stay in the comfort of your own home. Win win.

Now, of course as a parent when we’re sick our little world doesn’t just pause, we still have all our chores to do and crazy children to keep us on our tippy toes to control. Get those colouring books out, with tons of pictures, stickers, crayons, old magazines, glue sticks, let them go wilddddd. Just sit back, and relax. Watch them learn and enjoy their time all by themselves, it does them AND you a world of good.

Have disney films ready for on repeat. Don’t even be ashamed of this one. Disney films are AMAZING, kids love them, we love them, keeping them entertained for an hour and a half? Run with it. Even if you’ve watched it a thousand times this week already, if it makes them happy then you can be happy. Let’s be honest, who’s not happy when Disney is involved?

Get creative with minimum effort. Children are SO easy to please. They may not want to play with the ten bags of toys you have for them buuuut, dry pasta and rice in bottles? Oh now that can keep them entertained longer than should be real. Let them pour the rice or pasta into bottles it containers and watch them turn into a child rock band. It may not help that headache of yours but it’ll definitely help with the whole, put your feet up and get some rest thing that needs to be going on.

Books, books, books e v e r y w h e r e. Spread them all over the room and watch them go to town with taking to themselves, pointing at the pictures, maybe even pile them all on top of each other to knock them over. Even if your throat hurts or you’re losing your voice, you don’t have to talk, just get them looking through the pictures. I promise you it’ll keep them entertained, even if it’s just for a little while. Every little helps.

And once you’ve made it through the day, because you will no matter how long it feels.. Get that much needed pamper you deserve AND an early night. Need some ideas? Look at some of my previous blog posts on how to achieve the perfect pamper night at home. As parents we sometimes forget that we’re only human too, we need rest and pampering as much as the next person. Take care of yourself, your tomorrow you will thank you for it.

Happy battling the snotty days babes.

ohthatstacey

xo

My top alone time tips as a mama

My top alone time tips as a mama

I know, I know, you’ve probably read the title and are thinking, alone time as a mama? Does that even exist?

When I say alone time I don’t mean, a whole day or two to yourself. I mean maybe an evening when the kiddies have gone to their grandparents for the evening. Or even just when they have gone to bed. You know, that time when moms everywhere hope that is not a broken sleep night. And when that shuffle you heard upstairs is in fact just them having a dream not one stirring, about to wake up. We’ve all been there I’m sure.

Alone time even comes if you’re a lucky enough mama that your baby naps during the day. Even if it’s just an hour, that my friends is alone time and us parents have to take all of the alone time we can get. No matter how short. Alone time means me time and I’m not going to deny it. Sorry, not sorry.

I think as parents, every living minute we spend devoted to our children. Making the best, most happiest life we possibly can for them so every now and again, I feel like we have the right to be “selfish” and think about ourselves a little. Which actually isn’t selfish at all may I just add.

I do a lot of house chores when my little is awake, she enjoys helping me. So, I’m keeping her entertained, teaching her aaaand cleaning the house at the same time. Winner winner. Am I right or am I right? So, in my alone time I do things that make me happy because I sure as heck deserve it and so do YOU. I recommend giving this a try. I promise you won’t regret it. Take some time for you, no matter how small because you are important too.

Watching a favourite programme/movie of mine is one of my favourites. When do you ever get another chance to watch one uninterrupted? Never would be my answer so I take full advantage. There’s nothing quite like watching your fave movie with snacks you don’t have to share. AND without watching the same movie on repeat because your kiddie just can’t get enough of the movie trolls.

Paint my nails, fake tan, face mask. You catch my drift. If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you’ll know that I’m big into pampering. It’s so much better with some of your favourite music on, no crazy kids around and timeeeee. I know, I know. It’s hard to fit everything in but even if you do something different to pamper yourself each day you WILL for sure feel better about yourself.

N a p. Ohhh the holy grail of all choices. Some days, I forget everything else and just catch up on the all important z’s. There’s no shame in this for me and I enjoy every single minute. How do we expect to look after crazy little’s if we don’t properly look after ourselves?

Eat that gorgeously hot meal. How many times have you cooked yourself a meal and then had to shift your attention to your little? By the time you get back to your meal, it’s cold. And it just doesn’t taste the same once reheated. It’s no lie that I’m a MAHOOSIVE foodie so, food plays a massive part in my life. This is also one of my favourite things to do. (As you can tell, they are all my favourites because they are all as important as the other). Try it, you might just become a foodie too if you’re crazily not already.

So to all you child carers out there. Of course I’m not saying to put yourself above your child but definitely don’t put yourselves too far below. You work hard, crazy, long hours 24/7. No one can deny how hard it is and you deserve to do something/anything for you. Next time your lucky enough for your little to be sound asleep? Take some you time and don’t feel guilty. Your heart, mind and soul needs it, believe me.

Happy taking you time babes ♡

ohthatstacey

xo

How to find time to exercise when you’re a parent ♡

How to find time to exercise when you’re a parent ♡

Hiiii everyone, hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend!

Working out has always been something I’m passionate about, I love how good I feel after I’ve done it and I LOVE seeing the results. Since becoming a mom I’ve struggled a little to keep it up, be it lack of motivation, sleep deprivation so too tired to try and the hardest is trying to find the time. In the past couple of months I have incorporated exercise into my life in certain ways that has been a real hit with this whole mom life malarkey so, I thought I would share.

If you’ve got one or six children, if you’re a single parent or have a partner, if your children are growing up or if they’re all under four, it’s hard to get yourself to the gym. It’s hard to not only find the time but it’s hard to find the motivation. If you’re doing it, good on you. I’m sending you a major high five right now because THAT is an achievement for sure! And you probably shouldn’t read on because you might cringe at the fact that I don’t make going to the gym a priority.

If you’re a home bird, like the comfort of working out where no one can see and figuring out what’s good for you then this is the post for you!

First of all, you need to get into the mindset that you WANT to work out. So many times I’ve gone on an exercise binge and failed after a few weeks because I want that change but I don’t want to work for it. Fit bods don’t come easy my friend, you want it you’ve got to work for it. Hence the reason it’s called w o r k  out. It takes work. But, it can be fun.

I run. Occasionally. Most of the time it’s in the morning when no one is around so that I can’t be seen. I’m not a die-hard runner that runs every single morning. Maybe twice a week is my game. Maybe that’ll make an impact on fewer results but it works for me. So if you can only go for a run once or twice a week, try it. It’s actually quite therapeutic when you get into it. You don’t even have to run hard. I run, then walk, then run and so on. Get yourself into a routine that works for you because ultimately, this is all about you.

I workout when I’m brushing my teeth. This is by far the easiest time to do any type of exercise. I’m not doing a bunch of hardcore cardio. I squat and I do lunges. A mixture of the two every time I brush my teeth, I don’t forget to do it because it’s now embedded into my routine. You do the amount that works for you and take it as slowly as you want until you build yourself up to do more. Not having the time here isn’t an excuse because you have to brush your teeth morning and night, incorporating exercise into this part of your routine is actually really easy. Give it a go.

While I’m waiting for my moisturiser to dry, I do arm weights and sit-ups. If you’re like me and are the moisturiser queen, you’ll smother yourself in it from head to toe. So while waiting for it to dry I do as many sit-ups as my body will allow, it changes on a day to day basis. I alternate between standard sit-ups and across body crunches. I only manage a few arm weights because my arms are literally the weakest part of my body, I’m working on that though and I’m already seeing a difference. It’s amazing and exciting! It works for me, give it a go and it might work for you too.

Youtube workouts are the bomb. I love them because you can do them in the comfort of your living room. Some are 30 minutes long, some are 10 minutes long. Whatever time you have spare, get one on. Some are easier and some are total hardcore. Start off easy and work your way up. There are lots of different videos that focus on different parts of the body so if you’re wanting to work on a certain area like that perfect, peachy bum for example and want a little guidance, I absolutely recommend searching the tube. I try and do them three times a week. It’s normally a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday. I either do them in the morning while little miss is eating breakfast or in the evening once she has gone to bed. Again, you can incorporate this how ever it works for you. If you’re interested in what sort of ones I do, comment below and I’ll let you know or send me a message on any of my social media sites 🙂

I take my little one swimming every week on a Saturday. If you can go with your partner or a relative or friend then this is the perfect time to get some exercise in. Again, this is all on you so you can do as many or as little swimming as you want. Of course play with your little one(s) in the pool, I don’t at all mean to just leave them so you can exercise but do a length here and there. I normally manage to do about 10-12 each time which isn’t a lot but it’s still exercise and I can feel it working on my body. The faster you get, the more you’ll be able to do.

Walking with little ones is the easiest exercise. On a sunny day or even a miserable one, get outdoors. It’ll make you feel better and make them behave a little better too. Everyone needs fresh air and there are lots of pretty walks around near us so I find this one super easy.

We all know that chasing around our children feels like it burns a thousand calories a day so don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get to work out. You don’t have to do every single one of these every week, switch and change if you want to. The important thing to remember is that this is your body, your life, work at your own speed, do whatever is best for you. Having children doesn’t stop you from being able to have a little you time and to work on yourself. It’s good to think about ourselves every now and again. Enjoy that cake, chocolate or pack of biscuits to yourself and be guilt free. You sure as hell deserve it.

Ohthatstacey

xo

My six top tips to get a…

My six top tips to get a…

…good nights sleep when you’re a mom ♡

Hiiii everyone, hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

If you follow me on any of my social media sites you will know that I’m totally crushing on having pamper nights, I’m all for them (every night of the week would be preferable). After a pamper night I sleep like a baby, it’s the best! All mamas deserve a good nights sleep, if they can get one and they absolutely deserve a pamper night so now’s the time to give yourselves one, no excuses! You won’t regret it, promise. I know you must be desperate to hear of any tips to get a better night sleep, I always am. Sleep is an important part of my life (I’m grouchy as heck without it) so if it is for you to, read on 🙂

Tip number one: This is possibly the easiest step so no excuses for this one. Pick a night or go uber cool and be spontaneous! One night a week is my game and it’s usually a Saturday night because I’m such a party animal but if once every fortnight or once a month orrrr even more than once a week works best for you, go for it. Give the kids a treat if it’ll get them to stay in bed, let them watch a movie, get a babysitter, let them have a sleepover at their grandparents, whatever works. Just one, make sure you do it and two, make sure you have everything you need for that night and the results will be A flipping *.

Tip Number two: On the chosen night, run a nice hot, bubbly bath and set the mooood. By that I mean, light some candles, get some music playing. I’m a bit of a sucker for soppyness so love songs are my jam for this kind of situation, Boyce Avenue are pretty much my fave too orrrrrr some relaxing, spa music, a mix of all three and you’re on to a winner. Whatever suits you and you think will help you relax, get it playing. Turn the lights off and just have the glow of the candles in the room or dim the lights if you can, it really helps. (A little bit of light will be needed for my next tip).

Tip number three: Put down the damn phone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a phone addict as much as the next person but sometimes we need a second to breathe away from the rest of the world espesh social media. Put it in another room if it’ll be too much of a temptation. Have a book handy, probably one you’ve been wanting to read for yonks and haven’t made the time to. Now is the time my friend, close yourself off from the outside world and throw yourself into your book. My current read is ‘The unmumsy mum’ by Sarah Turner and I flipping love it. It’s got so much humour in it and as you all already know, I L O V E humour!! I have a few other books in the lineup for future pamper nights and I’m already excited about that, my life is clearly so hardcore ha ha.

Tip number four: Get a facemask on that luscious face of yours. I am a face mask whore, I LOVE them! Temple spa have a beaaaauutiful range and I absolutely recommend giving them a try, they always leave my skin feeling lush as heck! Oh and while you’re at it, stick a hair mask on too. Double whammy for the pampering, give me a yaya! Soft hair and smooth skin is a win-win to feeling good, when you feel good, you’ll sleep good. Plus, there’s something reaaaal relaxing about a face mask in the bath.

Tip number five: Once you’ve finished soaking in the bath and got yourself all dry, smother yourself in moisturiser, I do this every night because I’m a little bit obsessed but moisturised skin issss the bees knees. ESPECIALLY if you’ve just shaved. I always moisturise, and let it dry while brushing my teeth and doing my evening squats. Then walaaa, softy softy. Oh my. Ladies, you know. Soft hair, soft face, soft skin = a soft nights sleep, is that a thing? If not, it is now.

And finally, tip number six: Get some fresh (maybe even new if you’re a pj lover like me) Pjs on, fresh Bed linen and dive in. We all know how good it is to jump into a fresh new bed, it’s like heaven. So it’s no surprise that this will help you to get a good nights sleep. Now snuggle in, read a bit more of that book and shut those eyes, relax, play a little more music and off to snooze land you will go. Hopefully, all that relaxation will give you the good nights sleep you deserve.

Now, I know of course pamper nights are important if you’re a mom or not and these tips will help you regardless. As a mom we often forget about taking good care of ourselves, focusing solely on our babies which by no means is a bad thing. But sometimes we need that little bit of time for ourselves so make sure you make that time. Even if it’s just a quick rush through ten minutes before bed, do it. Don’t go to bed stressed, end your day right.

It is important to focus on yourself sometimes, even for a short time. Getting a good nights sleep is even more important to help us feel refreshed to be able to take on the next day. I know babies can wake us up in the night and that unavoidably affects our sleep BUT I do believe that if we’re relaxed enough, even an interrupted sleep can be better than if we’re not taking time for ourselves.

Remember, you’re not just a mom, you’re Maria, Lauren, Jade or whatever your name is. You are a person, you are your own person. You are you. And you absolutely deserve some y o u time. Enjoy it ♡

ohthatstacey

xo

Twenty facts about me ♡

IMG_3835Hi everyoneeee! Hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend.

I realise, I haven’t ever really, given you a lot of details about me and what better way to learn about someone than to give you some random facts? I’ve came up with a list of twenty, which was actually more difficult than I thought and quite fun. Try and come up with twenty about yourself, see how you do and comment below if you’d like to share. If you can’t think of twenty, any amount would be good. I’d love to get to know people a bit more 🙂

So here goes..
T w e n t y facts about me
♡ I sneeze EVERY time I chew chewing gum. Does anyone else experience this? Please tell me you do. I legit have NEVER chewed a piece of chewingum without sneezing. What is that all about?
♡ I absolutely hate confrontation and will avoid it in every possible way I can — Even if it’s absolutely needed. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this one. It drives my husband crackers because he’s possibly the only person that I confront about anything.. oops! Haha.
♡ I was born six weeks early. I was fairly poorly, my parents were told to prepare for the worst and here I am, total fighter, yo 💁 Anyone else born early? We can be preemie friends!
♡ My most favourite thing to do in the morning is dance in my underwear while singing into my hairbrush/deodrant can/shampoo bottle (you catch my drift). For reals. It makes my day. I’ve wrote about this in several blog posts so it’s not exactly new news. It for real, makes any day better. You should try it more.
♡ I L O V E meeting new people and hearing their life stories. Which is why I would LOVE you to comment below with any random facts you have to share 🙂
♡ I want S I X children, I grew up in a big family and think it’s the best thing everrrr. Suppose it doesn’t help that I’m broody, CONSTANTLY. I’m only 24 and I think I have quite a bit of time to fulfil that dream.
♡ I love chocolate but I want the perfect bod, it’s a never ending struggle! I’ve recently started at slimming world again, it’s the perfect balance and I’m hoping I’ll get that six pack I dream of, with hard work of course.
♡ I am completely tone deaf but loooove to sing at the top of my voice in the car, yep I’m THAT person at the traffic lights. I once drove next to someone dancing quite embarrassingly on the motorway without realising the car full of people were all watching me… oops! Britains got talent, come at me!
♡ Humour is my most favourite thing and it’s what I’m drawn to most in a person. What is better than laughing the whole day through? I have so many hilariously crazy people in my life and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. If you can make me laugh, let’s be friends!
♡ I had my whole life planned out when I was 18 and I am currently living the complete opposite of that plan. Yep. Enough said.
♡ I have always and will always want to own a yellow beetle (car). One day. One day my car dream will come true! Anyone else?
♡ I desperately want to travel the world, starting with a safari in Africa! Who doesn’t though really?
♡ I have only ever had two serious boyfriends, I married my second.
♡ I’m an absolute sucker for romance and I married the least romantic person in the world.. go figure!
♡ I’m a teeny weeny bit of a daydreamer. I can’t help it! I don’t even know what I dream about half the time, a better world though for sure! And driving around in that dream yellow beetle of mine.
♡ I want that perfect, American smile more than anything else. YES PLEASE.
♡ I’m actually super competitive but don’t realise how bad until I’m playing a game that I’m losing. Another secret is that if I’m losing a game I pretend I don’t care and laugh it off but inside I’m dyingggg and figuring out ways to kick everyone’s ass who’s playing haha.
♡ I’m a total Netflix junkie. Evenings snuggled in my pjs and series on repeat. Yes please.
♡ I love love looooove baking and just wish I had more time to do it, my hips are grateful that I don’t. (When I bake, I eaaaat).
♡ I have a slight obsession with pyjamas, I’m forever getting new pairs and probably have far too many but they make me happy. I think I have about 30 pjs, oops. All for comfort though!

So there you go, you know a little bit more about me and my crazy life now. Let me get to know a little bit more about you?

ohthatstacey

xo