Thursday, 26 May 2016

I'm Going To #BML16

It's only a month until #BML16 - BritMums - and I can not wait! I went last year and I was so so nervous, I still am this year but I am feeling a little more confident. I am feeling a lot more settled in my blog after blogging for 17 months and feel like I know a few more people.

I saw there was a #BML16 linky and I thought I would join in as it is a brilliant place to get to know others that are going, so that it's not so daunting on the day. But I am still a little bit nervous so please come and say hi if you see me sat in a corner on my own!

My name
Kirsty Constable

My blog
Something Crunchy Mummy
 
Find me on social media at
 
How I look
Shoulder length blonde hair, it might be straight or curly on the day, blue eyes and 5ft 2.5ins (that 0.5 inches is everything at my height)
 
Is this my first blogging event?
No but this is only my second. My first event was at last years BritMums and I loved it, even if a little bit nervous for the whole most of the weekend.


I will be wearing….
Not too sure yet, it all depends on the weather. Most probably jeans with a nice top or maxi skirt/dress, might treat myself to a new outfit!
 
What I hope to gain from #BML16
Technical blogging information, this is something I know zero about so I am hoping to learn a little bit more. Also I am looking forward to the Instagram session as I love it and I am really excited about meeting some lovely bloggers that I have been talking to on social media.
 
My tips for a great conference
Be yourself and try not to be nervous, I know that is easier said than done but everyone is there for the same reason and everyone is so lovely. I felt so at ease by the end of the conference last year. Also go to the sessions you want to go to and research the sessions before you go, I think this way you will make the most out of the conference.

See you there!!

 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Beautiful Greetings Cards By Jessica Lea Illustrations

I am a huge fan of greetings cards. I send cards for almost anything and everything, to congratulate friends, thank people or just to tell them how much they mean to me. I think they are so personal and when I receive a card I am over the moon, someone has taken the time to find and write me a card, that is something special. I also tend to keep every card I or the boys have received, you never know when you fancy having a reflection session.

When I was contacted by Jessica Lea Illustrations and asked if I would like to review some of her greetings card I had to say yes. They arrived a week later and they are charming water colour illustrations for every day life, just the kind of cards I love.



They are printed on durable card and are great quality. The illustrations are fantastic and even though they are very simple, they have a big impact. These are the kind of cards that I would use to send a little note to a friend or family member, or even get the boys to write one out. I know that whoever I send these to will love them and will have them up in their house, on the fridge or mantel piece, for a good long while as they are so eye catching and beautiful.

Jessica has an Etsy shop which you can find here, she also does lots of other wonderful things on her shop from her illustrations so please go and take a look.

* These greetings cards were sent to me in return for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.*
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Pushing My Body

Since I started running just over a year ago I have surprised myself on a regular basis on what my body can do. When I started to run I could hardly run around the block without getting a stitch and I would walk, run, walk, run. Now I am running a 10k race without stopping, I even ran a half marathon without stopping. Yes I slowed down but I kept on going. My body has learnt to run and it had learnt how to take it.

I thought I had got to a pace in which I was going to stay at with running, I had my pace, but that was until I joined the local running group. One of the leaders told me that you can increase your pace with training and you don't get to your peak running pace until 5 years after you start, if you are continuing to run. This gave me motivation to get faster, to train hard and push my body. And it is feeling it.

Then on Thursday I went to my first CrossFit session that is run by one of the running group leaders. I was nervous and a little bit unsure on what to expect. I had googled CrossFit and I wasn't sure if I was looking at the right things but went there thinking it'll be fun to do something new. The CrossFit 'Box' is on an industrial estate and is stripped back with no mirrors, very simplistic, all about the workout.

The session was explained to me and it literally went over my head and I was just hoping I would pick it up as we went along, and I did. It was a really tough session and it pushed my body to limits that I haven't pushed it to before but it felt good. I have never been a push up person and I honestly thought I couldn't do a push up but on Thursday night I did over 125!! 

We started the session with a warm up then some exercises, one including jumping up to a bar and then pulling my knees up to my chest. When I was asked to jump up to the bar I thought I wouldn't be able to do it and that if I tried I would make a right idiot out of myself but I tried, and did it. After this we did some snatch exercises which killed my legs and then it was onto the tough bit, a 300m run and 25 push ups - 5 times for 25 minutes. So we had to get the run and push ups into that 5 minutes and the remainder of the 5 minutes was rest until you start again. The first one was tough because as I said I thought I didn't do push ups. The second was worse and then the third I thought I would never get through, my arms felt like jelly and they burnt. The time to recover was getting less but by the time I had done 4 and 5 it felt good. It was so incredibly tough and I felt like my body was falling apart but I was pushing myself in a good way and I loved it. I was getting a feeling of accomplishment so that kept me going, I didn't want to fail.

Now the day after I couldn't lift my arms above my head and my core muscles in my stomach ached every time I got up from a chair, but what my body did that night amazes me. Now only 2 years ago I did no exercise, I would walk to the supermarket which was 10 minutes away and then I sometimes drove it. And now I am doing things I never thought I could do.

It's addictive as you want to do more and see what more you body can do, so I will continue and I will push and I am hoping to get the best out of my body that I can. I don't know if we will have any more children so I am going to work on myself now, and the time I get running and at these classes is about me and I feel like I am getting a little of myself back. 

I owe a huge thank you to my husband for that as he comes in from work and I walk straight out the door to work out and he doesn't mind. And even if he does mind he doesn't let me know, so he is amazing for letting me get some of myself back and for letting me see what my body can do. 

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

What Made Me Happy This Week #11

This week got off to an amazing start with Finley getting a big milestone in a little ones life, check out below, and then the rest of the week has been brilliant but it has flown by. I can't believe its the weekend again already, that's not a bad thing.

- Finley rode his bike without stablisers for the first time. On Saturday we took Finley up to a common near my Nan's house where we knew it would be perfect to start him on his no stabilisers journey. He was so excited and he thought he was going to just get riding which I was a little worried about, but he did! We took off the stabilisers and my husband ran along holding him and let go, and he just carried on! I couldn't believe it and it filled my heart with so much mummy love and I was so proud. And to see him face light up every time he was riding and when he stopped was lovely, brilliant start!


 - A 8 mile run. On Sunday I completed an 8 mile run with my running group and it was great! Running with a group on such a long run was really motivational and I loved it.

- Family BBQ. Mr C's brother invited us over on Sunday evening for a BBQ and it was lovely to see the boys play with their little cousin. We loved having a catch up with food and wine with Mr C's brother and our sister-in-law.


- Family. On Saturday I spent the day with my Mum, Nan, Brother and the boys and it was really lovely. I am so lucky that they are my best friends as well as my family.


- The boys had the dentist. The boys visited the dentist on Tuesday and they were amazing, they both sat in the chair (Noah on me) and opened they mouth ready for their teeth to be counted.

 
- Finley's new bed. It was another big step for Finley when his new single mid sleeper bed arrived, he has been loving it and having so much fun in the den underneath. 


- CrossFit. I went to my first CrossFit class on Thursday evening and loved it, it was so hard and I felt the effects on Friday but it was brilliant. I am really enjoying pushing my fitness at the moment and seeing how much my body can actually do.

- A day out at Cattle Country.  We had a brilliant day out on Thursday and you can read about it here.

- Park and Picnic. The sun was still shining, a little bit, on Tuesday so we headed to the bakery and got some food for a picnic in the park. It was great to get out the house on what would have normally have been our cleaning at home day.

 

Just Another Linky #56

Welcome to week 56 of Just Another Linky with myself and Beth at Life As Mum. This is the place to link up any post, old or new, that you are really proud of and would like to show up. We have a great selection of link up's each week so all topics and subjects are welcome.

The winners of our 1 year competition to win a £10 next voucher was Mark Palmer and Abigail Edkins, well done to both and we have emailed you.

My week has been nice with some catch up's with friends and a lovely day out with the boys on Thursday. I am looking forward to this weekend as I am having afternoon tea with some lovely girlfriends and then we have no plans on Sunday which will be lovely!

Now onto this weeks linky, lets get going!

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My favourite post last week was by Mess & Merlot with Why Body-Shamers Can Kiss My (Squishy) Butt .


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Friday, 20 May 2016

Our Day At Cattle Country Adventure Park

With Finley starting school in September I am trying to make the most of the Thursdays we have where both boys are off preschool in term time as this is when attractions and days out aren't as busy. With the weather being a little unpredictable when I saw the weather was supposed to be good on Thursday I made plans with one of my friends to go to Cattle Country Adventure Park. I haven't been there in years, since I was about 14, so I cant remember what it was like but after some great reviews I wanted to get a visit in before the summer holidays.

Their opening times are 10am - 3pm on weekdays so we left home about 9.30am as it is a 35 minute drive away, we would be there just after they had opened. As soon as we got out of the car all three children were so excited to be there, they were running and jumping all over the place. We paid and the admission is really reasonable with it costing me £13 for both the boys and myself, as Noah was free.


We were handed a map at the entrance and a guide to tell us what was going on that day. As soon as we left the shop where we had paid the kids spotted the Little Calves play area and they were off! The sun was shining so my friend and I found a bench to sit on while watching them play. They had the whole park to themselves, apart from some people that were sat in the corner having a picnic. In this part of the park there was some play equipment which is perfect for all the three children with it not being too big, and also on the side was a watering hole. This had to be the highlight of this part of the park, they didn't get too wet here, yet!


Finley just couldn't wait to see what else there was and he was off, followed by the two younger ones to the trampolines. There are three trampolines in a row and they are HUGE, big enough for adults to go on too. Next to these were some climbing webs which Finley was climbing while the two little ones had a bounce on the trampoline. Then they spotted The Kids' Berkeley Castle and off they all ran to go and explore the castle. The castle is a wooden play area with steps and bridges and lots of little areas for the kids to explore. While they did this I grabbed the zip wire and had a go, until they saw me and wanted a go. After all having a go on here they were off again.




Next stop was the animal encounters where there is also a little wooden park. In this part of the park there were lots of guinea pigs which were all very friendly and were all lined up for some food. We grabbed some grass and fed them while Finley was off again exploring the wooden park which also had a big tyre swing that after feeding the guinea pigs the three children jumped onto and had a go. This didn't last long as Finley spotted somewhere else to go.





Next was an indoor soft play area which meant my friend and I got to have a little sit down while they charged about. As we were about to leave I realised we had lost Finley's bag, so after a mad dash to have a look and lots of panicking we found it on the digger that they had been on just before. There really is so much stuff for the kids to do and they really don't know what they want to do next.

They decided after a quick wee stop that they wanted to try out some bumper cars, they didn't actually do any bumping they just went round and round in circles until their time was up! It was pretty funny to watch.

From here it was over to see the animals in a barn where there were pigs, rabbits, more guinea pigs, cows, rabbits and some donkeys. The cows were very noisy which the children loved and tried to copy their mooing!

They then made their way over to the jumping pillows which were huge and they all had a blast on these, running from one to the other, getting their soaks covered in sand and very very dirty! I was beginning to get hungry so we managed to get them away from here after a sock change to go to the cafe.


I had a picnic with us so I only got a tea from the cafe but my friend had a panini that looked really nice and was very reasonably priced. They kindly let us sit inside and eat our picnic as it was getting a little chilly outside with the sun going in. Lunch went well with all children eating it all, a rarity with my two. 

Just over from the cafe was a slide play barn which Finley was desperate to go in. In there they had lots of different slide and lots of things to climb. There was one slide in particular that the boys wanted to go down and that was a big yellow one. To go down you needed some mats and I can understand why as it was pretty fast! After Finley had gone down once by himself he wanted to go down with me after that and Noah didn't want to go on it again, Noah isn't a thrill seeker at all. The kids had fun climbing and going down various slides, which I had to join them in as they did need a little help with some of the climbing. They had a blast. In this barn they have a very steep slide which I managed to keep the kids away from as I was scared of it so I don't think they would have liked it at all.



From here it was back to the castle and then back to the Little Calves play area where they got back into the water, and they got absolutely soaked. The giggles that were coming from them was lovely but I don't think much of the water got onto the water play station, it went all over themselves. Once they had finished we changed them, they had one more jump on the trampolines and then we started to make our way back to the car. You exit via the shop so the boys got to choose a present each, which ended up as two each, which a straw cup and a squishy frog. My friend had also got them an ice cream so we had three very happy children making our way back to the car.

Two happy mummy's
I can't believe that I had never been there before and I will definitely be returning. It is great value for money and there really is so much to do for the children. As it was a weekday it wasn't busy at all which was brilliant for us. I would totally recommend you go here is you are in the area.

* I wasn't asked to review Cattle Country I just wanted to share my views as it was such a brilliant day out.*

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