Sunday, 12 April 2015

What Darcy Does | 15 Month Update!

It’s been forever since I’ve written a Darcy update. I was doing this monthly until her last update which you can see here, then I lost my blogging mojo.  As you will see she has changed so much. She has grown up so much in the last few months. She has the most amazing toothy smile and masses of curly hair. She is now walking, talking and getting into everything.
Diet  Darcy is a eating and drinking machine, eats EVERYTHING apart from lettuce. She is also known to take food off people’s plate! Her favourite foods are strawberries, toast, yogurt and pasta.

Sleep  She is finally sleeping in her cot, however her napping is up and down depending who is looking after her that day. With me I’m lucky if she naps for any longer than 45 minutes but with my mum she naps for hours!


Bubble Guppies
Spinning round in circles till she’s dizzy
Days out at the park
Crawling backwards into a room
Rumbling in people’s handbags
Playing with her Mega Bloks
Taking food out of her mouth and trying to feed it to you….. YUCK
Going to movers and crawlers


Being in her buggy
Being told no
Having her hair styled
Being ignored

Milestones Darcy is starting to speak more and more. She can say between 8 to 10 words. When she walks into a room she says “Hiya” and when she leaves she says  “I go” or “Bye”. If you tell her no she normally replies “YES”.  She only says “MUM” when she’s angry. She has the cutest little voice, I can’t help but melt when I hear it.
She’s a clever little monkey, she knows how to open the stair gate if it’s not closed properly and how to start the washing machine.She is definitely keeping me on my toes but I'm loving every minute of it.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Slimming World Files | The lost weeks

Heya everyone,

Remember me?? yes i’m still around and more importantly i’m still doing Slimming World. If you haven’t noticed i’m rather disorganised, this makes my blog posts in general very irregular. However, that is something i’m working on so thank you for sticking with me!.

Week 8
Buzzing off last week achievements, I stayed right on plan. This was the only true good week I had for a while if i’m honest. I kept to what I knew and ended the week with 3lbs off.
Week 9
This was a very sociable week which included a few glasses of wine and a few meals out. I didn’t want a gain so I decided to have a few Syn free days to help mend the damaged. Which helped as I lost 1lb, a loss is better than a gain no matter how big or small it is right?

Week 10
This week I was struck down with a stomach bug. I couldn't face eating so spent the whole week living on Kit Kats and Pops crisps. Even though I was ill I dragged myself to weigh in. I knew I had a gain so I had two options. 1, not go in that week and make it for the following week or 2, go find out the damage and start a fresh the next week. Of course I choose 2. I ended the week with a 2 lb gain which I was really lucky to have considering.

Week 11
After that 2 lb gain I was determined to get my 2 stones award which meant a 5lb loss. A bit ambitious but it is do able on SP,which I did for most of the week. This time I didn't find it too difficult as I planned planned planned!!. I ended the week with a 4lb loss, 1lb off that pesky 2 stones!!

Week 12
I don’t know what happened to me this week. I think because I knew I needed 1lb off I didn't try as hard. I started the week really week but as the days went by I got more and more relaxed. I did however lose a lb so got my two stones award woop woop!

This week I am aiming for a 2lb loss so I can get my Club 10 Award. Reaching Club 10 means you are 10% lighter from when you started Slimming World. It also means you are a lot healthier too.

Here are some of things I have been eating





I have come to the conclusion that my small weight losses are due to two things. The first thing is because I had given up meat for Lent I was struggling for ideas of things to eat as apart from their chicken nuggets I hate the taste of Quorn, I’m also not a fan of tofu (Yuck). The second thing is I just lost my mojo. The 2 stone award was just at arms length for so many weeks and I just couldn't get it.

I’ve moaned about them in my previous post but I an really starting to enjoy the group sessions or as they call it Image Therapy. We have become like a little family and support each other no matter if we lose or gain. It’s also a great place for getting meal and snack ideas.

I’m also finding Instagram really helpful check out the hashtags #slimmingworlduk #slimmingworldsupport #slimmingworldfollowers if you fancy some meal ideas and inspirations. I also post a lot of my meals on there so if you’re not following me check me out @bumpandbeyondblog

Also check out the weight loss link with musinghousewife and Simslife to catch up with other people on their weight loss journeys.

I have decided to give myself 5  Non Scale Goals (NSG) for April;

  1. Fit into the dress I wore for my 30th Birthday Party
  2. Drink 7 glasses of water a day
  3. Try a new recipe every week
  4. Use my food diary daily
  5. Do 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

So there you have it, the missing files. Hopefully I can commit to blog weekly.

How has your weight loss journey been going? Do you have any tips to stay motivated? I’d love to hear them

Sim's Life

Thursday, 2 April 2015

What Darcy Does | Darcy's 1st Easter Basket

Heya everyone,

Today I thought I'd share with you what I have put in Darcy’s Easter basket this year. After browsing my beloved Pinterest for ideas. I decided to give it a go, I wanted her basket to be a mixture of practical and fun things. Hopefully her Easter basket will be another little tradition for her.

So let's go ahead and hop straight to it and take a look into her basket…

First of it has to be her Easter egg, YES it’s big but I'm a sucker for anything personalised. I got this egg from Thorntons. I hardly ever give her chocolate or sweets so I will be breaking it into pieces and putting it into the freezer, so she can have a bit here and there.

Darcy enjoys reading books and is building up quite an impressive collection. I think it's important that Darcy has books. I ordered these two from The People Book club, they also have great offers on.

After getting Darcy the Mega Bloks First Builders set for Christmas I thought it would be a great idea to add to her collection when I can. I found these on the whim if I’m honest from Ebay.

Whilst in Home Bargains I came across these cheap and cheerful bunny ears, I doubt Darcy will wear them for any longer than a minute but she will look cute wearing them for sure. I also got her some bath crayons as she is starting to enjoy drawing. And this way I know for sure she won’t be drawing on the walls.

So there you go…  Darcy’s first Easter Basket!

What is the Easter bunny bringing your house this year?

Monday, 2 March 2015

The Slimming World Files | Week Seven

Heya Everyone

Wow week seven! I have to give myself a pat on the back as I never stick to diets for this long. It just proves that now is the right time for me to start making changes to my life.

I was determined after my last weigh in that I was going to stick to plan and lose 2lbs to get my stone and a half award. I changed the way I ate for a few days, normally I have syn free days and use all my syns for my evening snacks. This week I started to use some of my syns on my meals instead. “Apparently” if you eat the same foods all the time your body gets used to them and your weight loss slows down. Well that’s what my group leader told me. I also started drinking more water and green tea.

I bought myself a food diary off eBay. I know I could have just brought a normal notebook but I'm extra like that. I like the fact that everything is neat and tidy and how it prompts you to drink water and eat fruit and veg.

So weigh in time … Well I did it!! I got my stone and a half award with a loss of 3lbs. I also got a lovely surprise and was both Slimmer of the week and month which I was not expecting at all.





Let me know your loss or what foods you have been loving this week

Sim's Life

Friday, 27 February 2015

February Favourites

February Favourites

Heya everyone,

It’s the end of February and almost March can you believe it?  Hope you all had a great month. I thought I would share with you what i’ve been loving the past 28 days.

  • Better Call Saul - Imagine my excitement when I found out there was going to be a spin off of Breaking Bad. Saul was one of my favourite characters on Breaking Bad. The show is set six years before he meets Walter White. It has the right mix of humour and drama with typical Breaking Bad cliffhangers. It’s actually one of a few spin off shows that actually work, I’m definitely hooked. If you are a fan of Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black or Fargo, Better Call Saul is definitely for you!

  • Rose & Co Petal Lip Salve - I actually got this in my secret santa box. I’ve been suffering with chapped lips for a while now and nothing i’ve tried has helped until I used this bad boy. Even though it’s main ingredient is Petroleum it’s not thick or sticky. The lip salve can also been used on cuticles, lashes, brows and rough patches, definitely a must have for your handbag
  • Lush Granny Takes A Dip - Like most people, I am a massive fan of Lush Products. I picked up this up whilst replacing my beloved Dark Angel. I was drawn by it’s bright colours.i It creates beautiful rings and swirls of colour as it fizzes in the bath which is one of the main reasons I love this bath bomb. It contains Lemon Oil, Black Pepper Oil and Ginger Oil which left my skin soft and slightly scented; Loved it!
  • Twinings Green Tea - As most of you will know I'm an avid tea drinker. I haven’t always been a herbal tea lover however since starting my healthier life journey I’ve been looking for teas that don’t require milk. They are only 4 calories each and definitely help my sweet tooth. I have tried most from the Sweet Green Tea collection however my favourites are the Gingerbread, Fudge Melt and Cherry Blackwell. A big thumbs up from me

So those were a few of my February favorite, I’d love to hear what yours were!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wish List Wednesday | H& M Kids

H & M Wish List

Spring is round the corner, which means Darcy is due for a wardrobe update. I’ve been a fan of H & M Kids clothing for a while now, not only are they fashionable, reasonable priced they wash really well. H & M is proof that High Street doesn’t mean cheap and tacky.

Here are a few things Darcy is I am currently lusting over, and some things I have already picked up already.

Do you shop at H & M? what is your favourite item from the wish list?

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Slimming World Files | Week Six

Heya everyone

Look; I've kept my word and posted on a Monday, so keep those rotten tomatoes to yourselves for now!!

I’m feeling really good this week. I kept completely on plan for the first time ages and kept my daily syns to no more than 10.
I’ve started trying to walk for 30 minutes three times a week a few weeks ago and started to feel a difference in my stamina so much I'm thinking of upping it to one hour three times a week. I've been using Map my walk app which I find really useful.

I’ve decided to give up meat for lent, so far so good. It’s going to be a interesting 40 days but I’m looking forward to experimenting with new recipes

Slimming World have brought out their own frozen ready meals exclusively to Icelands which are all syn free. I've tried the Hot Smoked Salmon Farfalle which was lovely. I added some black pepper as I'm a sucker for seasoning. I also love that they have the recipe on the back of the packaging so you can make it yourself next time.

So the bit you’ve been waiting for… How much did I lose in week 6? Well... I lost 2.5 lbs this week which been my total weight loss to one stone five pounds! I’m really pleased with this and I'm only 2 pounds away from my stone and a half award. I’ve realised it’s not about the big losses anymore. A loss is a loss and a step in the right direction!

As usual here are a few of my favourite meals of the week, I’m posting more often on Instagram so check me out





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