Thursday, 21 May 2015

What Darcy Does | 16 Months Update!

Another month, another monthly update. I am still in awe at how much Darcy has grown. I’ve been looking back at old pictures, what happened to the little person I brought home from the hospital?. She has a character.....feisty and so independent.

Diet Darcy seems to have developed expensive taste her current favourites are smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, and Grandma’s french jam. She also enjoys jacket potatoes beans and cheese, watermelon, blueberries and Great Nan Ann’s roast dinners.

Sleep I must had jinxed myself with my last update, Darcy has started waking up once or twice in the night and takes a while to settle.She either wants to play for at least an hour or cries until she gets into my bed. However, she is napping for 1 - 2 hours during the day. Any suggestions on how I can get her to sleep through the night again?

Dogs, especially chasing them around the park
The sound of people sneezing, it makes her laugh hysterically
Playing with her new bath toys
Being read to
Yo Gabba Gabba thanks to Aunty Cherilyn!

Being over tired
and being told "no!"

Milestones Darcy can show you where her nose, mouth and teeth are when asked. She also stringed her first sentence together “I go, car broom broom”. She can also now say “book” “baby” “eat” and “keys”.When she’s having fun she says “weeeeeeeee”
She is starting to sing along to her favourite TV shows, it may not be words but she knows when to make the right noises.
Darcy is very heavy footed, you can hear her from upstairs walking about however she has developed a new ninja skill of tip toeing around when she doesn’t want you to know she’s on the move.
She is starting to role play more, mainly pretending she is on the phone. When she plays with cars she says “broom brrrroooommmmm”.

Darcy is incredible company, she’s always entertaining us with her cheekiness so you can imagine there is never a dull moment and she gives the best hugs ever

Monday, 18 May 2015

Slimming World Files | Week 19

Heya everyone,

It’s that time of the week again, my weekly Slimming World update.

I was really good and took Darcy to Trent Park for a long walk, whilst T went for  jog. I ended up walking almost 3 miles. I was presently surprised, I could definitely feel a difference in my fitness. We also went out for lunch and I choose the safest thing on the menu jacket potato beans and cheese but I was really good and asked them to served the cheese on the side and also no butter.

I do in general need to watch my portion sizes, Slimming World is amazing but if you enjoy food and have a big appetite like me it’s easy to eat a lot of calories still.

This week I lost 1.5 lbs which I’m really pleased with.
I haven't taken many pictures of what I have been eating this week but here are a few of my favourite meals



How have you all got on this week? If you ever fancy a natter I'm over on twitter @bumpandbeyond_

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Out & About | Grand Design Live London 2015

Over the weekend I went along to the Excel Centre for the annual
Grand Design Live Show.

I have been a huge fan of the show for years now,
So when I was offered tickets of course I couldn't miss Grand Designs Live! I’m a sucker for for all things interior design and home renovating and i’m in the process of moving house so was keen for some much needed inspiration.

We decided to drive to the Excel Centre and was presently surprised with the amount of parking available and at £15 for the whole day it wasn't too expensive either. 

We got there around 2 pm and wasted now time looking about the different sections. It was rather busy with it being the weekend and Grand Design being such a popular show. It was hard to get a feel of the showrooms whilst consisting having people shoving leaflets in your face.

I was also excited to talk to the people at the British Gas stand about the one pound house, yes ONE POUND. If you not heard about it check out the link - it’s a really interesting watch. Hopefully more councils will jump on to the idea.

I hate to be predictable but one of the highlights of the day was the Market Street, with lots of gadgets and grimso and of course, food samples to nibble on. There was such a wide selection from cheeses, wine and world wide foods. I had my eye on the pick n mix until I saw the price £3.99 for 100g yikes!

Surprisingly I loved the Garden area. I spent most of my time lusting over all the hot tubs, there were some that were bigger than the ground floor of my house. There were also some amazing sheds which proved sheds are just not for tools.

What I loved

I feel in love with the Smeg range, I’m loving the pastel colours. I also love the quirky car bonnet fridge.I just need a bigger garden for it to go in.

I love the idea of magnet, sketch and blackboard paint from Kidicraft. You can use any paint over it, would be perfect in a kitchen, a childrens bedroom or a meeting room.

I really like these lighting from Jam Jar lights, especially the Kilner Jars, they are so quirky. I can imagine them hanging from a kitchen ceiling.

How cute are these tea cup sets from Bettimay, I feel in love with the pastel colours and floral design.

I loved these tiles which were painted with Paint by Conran paint

What I brought

This knife set from Joseph and Oakley for £10. I love the colour design and how everything is labelled.

After having a sample I couldn’t walk away without a bottle Toffee Vodka from Toffoc. The sale person gave me a few ideas how to use it including pour it on ice cream, adding to coffee or smoothies and making a bread and butter pudding.

Then there was my bargain of the day, my ugly looking Aloe Vera plant for £1 from

Unfortunately I didn't see any celebrities or get to see any of the demonstrations, however I had a really enjoyable day out.

Have you been to Grand Design Live? Did you enjoy it?

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Slimming World Files | Week 18

Heya Everyone

Week 18 already, I can’t believe it. This is the longest I have stuck to a diet. I'm not going to pretend that it has been easy but sometimes things that challenge are good for you in the long run. When I feel myself drifting off plan, I remind myself why I joined Slimming World and all the exciting things I can do once I reach my goal.

So, this week I lost 4lbs!! Which I am really chuffed with. Apart from one day which was my mum’s birthday I kept on plan and really watched what I ate. In total I have now lost 2 stones 3 lbs and I’m starting to see the difference in my clothes.

This week I would like to lose 2lbs and reduce the amount of fizzy drinks I’m drinking. I seen to have developed a little addiction to Cherry Pepsi Max

Here are some of my favorite meals from last week 





How have your weight loss journeys been treating you? What are your favourite recipes? I would love to hear them

Friday, 8 May 2015

Current Favourite Scent | Police To Be The Queen

Excuse the scratch on the bottle!
Heya Everyone,

I put my hands up and admit, i’m a bit of a perfume junkie, I have a lot of perfumes. From cheap and cheerful to high end.

I actually came across To Be The Queen whilst looking for a Mothers Day present but was drawn to the bottle on the Testers shelf. I love the design of the bottle I especially liked the gold on white, it looks great on my dressing table.

I love vanilla and fruity scents. The smell of this perfume is feminine and sweet, but not overly sweet. It has the perfect blend of Vanilla, Pineapple, Jasmine and Musk. it's not overwhelming and settles down really well, leaving a light, flirty scent which lasts for hours. This is such a cheap price for such an amazing perfume. If you are a fan of Angel by Thierry Mugler you will definitely love this perfume.

This has become one of my favorite perfumes, so much so that I have almost finished it and will definitely be buying another bottle!

What is your current favorite perfume? I love discovering new scents, so please let me know what yours is in the comments below!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Wish List Wednesday | Summer Dresses for Darcy

Wish List Wednesday | Summer Dresses for Darcy

1// 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //

Heya everyone,

As I type this it is wet and grey outside, however we are now officially in May,Britsh Summer Time is around the corner. I can’t help but look at summer dresses for Darcy. And with the warmer months approaching it’s great to bring some colour in to our lives.

Next is personally one of my favourite places to shop for Darcy and i’m loving the tropical print on this dress. I love ......

I love the colour yellow on Darcy!, I find that Gap clothes wash up so well. So this one will last us through the summer months for sure.

I can't get over how cheap this dress is, only £2.99. What a bargain!, cheap and cute like most things from H&M

Monsoon really do have some lovely bits in at the moment, I have to admit that I don't shop there often. As I find that their pieces are rather formal for my taste but I love this dress.

You can't beat a bit of nautical, I'm loving this Zara dress. Zara is a rather dangerous shop for me as I always end up buying more than I plan when I visit. 

Ted Baker always does beautiful floral patterns, this dress is perfect for a wedding we have been invited too in the summer.

Realising it now, my wish list has a rather tropical feel, maybe I need a holiday to Hawaii??

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Slimming World Files | Off The Wagon

Heya Everyone the title of the blog states I have been off the wagon for the past 2 weeks. As you all know I have lost over 2 stones so far. I was rather strict on myself. I was making myself obsessed with syns. All I wanted to see was the result on those scales however I was only getting 1 lb here and 2 lbs there. I know a loss is a loss but I found it disheartening with all the hard work I was putting it. So I decided to have a day off and it turned into 2 weeks.
However I need to remember it’s not a diet I'm on -  I'm in the middle of a lifestyle change. So I went to class and faced the music, a 5 lbs gain which is not that bad. I was expecting at least 7lbs. I’m going back to basics, writing everything down, no cheat days, no going over my syns allowance.

Last month I set myself 5 Non Scale Goals which were:

  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
I was pleased as punch to fit back into my dress I just need somewhere glam to wear it. I did however fail with the other four. I have set myself my goals for the month of May:
  1. Lose 10 lbs
  2. Get my 2.5 Stone Award
  3. Achieve Bronze Body Magic
  4. Eat more speed foods
  5. Stay on plan and keep my head in the game

So I’m back on the wagon. What do you do to keep yourself motivated whilst on a diet?

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