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Journey of Me: we all want to #LiveWell with Co-operative Food

When I started with Live Young Bootcamp back in July I’m not sure I envisaged the changes that were ahead of me. And it’s not just weight loss, as I try to always mention when I write about this journey. Yes, I am over the moon with the physical results and every week I am thrilled to see the inches continue to- slowly- disappear. 14.5 inches in total, if you were wondering. And while I would be lying if I said that didn’t feel amazing, I’d also be doing the whole thing a disservice if I didn’t mention how the other stuff far outweighs the shrinking of my body fat. Something is now happening to the whole family. We all want to #livewell with Co-operative Food.

we all want to live well_ ghostwritermummy.co.ukI’m teaming up with Co-operative Food and following along with Jo’s 21 day food challenge in a bid to end fussy eating in my house. Eek. Thats quite a challenge.

Elsie has her own dietitian, thanks to her cow’s milk protein allergy (cpma), and it’s the same lovely dietitian who we saw when The School Boy was under consultant care too. She really is amazing, and really knows her stuff too. Back in March I told her about our family mealtimes and she gave me loads of really good strategies  to try. At this point I was preparing and cooking up to five different meals every dinner time. The two little ones would have one thing, The Big One another thing, and Ghostwrirterdadddy and I separate meals too. And then i’d make another meal for The School Boy when he refused to eat the first meal he asked for. It was a nightmare! And we were weeks away from weaning Elsie too, so it was only going to get worse! So we adopted a plan. (more…)

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Create your ultimate super hero!

We’re a little bit super hero mad in our house at the moment. The kids have always loved dressing up (at the weekend we counted no less than five Spiderman costumes! Who knew?) and super heroes are their favourite by far. So imagine the excitement when we realised we could create our own! You can too. Create your ultimate super hero with a fun name, look, powers and more!

And while you’re at it, check out some of the amazing new videos from Warner Bros, including favorites such as Scooby Doo & Batman Unlimited. There will be many more updates over the next year, so don’t forget to subscribe to their channels!

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The School Boy particularly loves Scooby Doo at the moment, which- of course- means that The Preschooler does too!

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Are all students really penniless?

I was your typical penniless student. On the day after I graduated with a 2:1 in English Literature and Creative Writing, my flatmate and I had to copper up to buy the jobs papers. We literally lived from grant cheque to grant cheque, and yes I know how lucky we were to even get a grant! My younger sisters didn’t have this luxury and I know that if my own kids get to higher education, they won’t either. But even having a government aided grant didn’t stop up from being penniless. So if you’d have asked me 15 years ago, are all students really penniless I would have said absolutely YES. The thing is, I was probably really stupid with my money. I say probably. I was. But I get the impression that students are a little different these days…

Are all students really penniless?_ghostwritermummy.co.uk

Internet

There wasn’t really the internet when i was a student, not like it is now anyway. When i finished my A-Levels, the school I studied at had ONE computer that was hooked up online, and there was a two week waiting list to get on it. Seriously. These days though, we have the internet quite literally at our finger tips. Our smart phones, our tablets. Wifi on the bus. 4G signals almost in every corner of the country. And with all this access, there is also online banking and apps that are designed to help us manage our money better. Being savvy is a lot easier these days I think. (more…)

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Top three tips for giving a gift with a difference

Birthday season is upon us. Gosh, we were rich in the summer. Or so it seems now! Yesterday we celebrated Ghostwritedaddy’s birthday, next week The Big One turns 11, the week after Elsie will be ONE, then just 12 days before Christmas The School Boy will be six. And then we have Christmas, followed by The Preschooler in February. By which point, we are flat broke and ready for a rest! But the main problem with having so many birthday so close together and so close to Christmas? Deciding what on earth to buy! Because in the midst of all the birthdays we are also shopping for Christmas, and not just for our own kids either. It’s so hard writing so many lists of gift ideas. No wonder Ghostwriterdaddy and I don’t do gifts for each other- we just don’t have time to think about it. But don’t worry, we do gifts at New Year instead. So tell me, how do you give a gift with a difference?

Every year we try to think a little differently. Of course, the kids will always have a list of things they want but usually this list is relatively small, considering. The School Boy only wants Lego this year, and The Preschooler wants a ballerina dolly. They don’t generally ask for much, but they like things to open. So we try to anticipate what they might like… it’s not easy! Here are my top three tips for giving a gift with a difference…

Top three tips for giving a gift with a difference_ghostwritermummy.co.uk (more…)

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