It’s been Dementia Awareness Week here in the UK and as this is a disease that I have sadly seen affect loved ones I was really keen to get involved and help spread the word as well as have that difficult conversation with our eldest son about what Dementia is and how it can affect people.
There are approximately 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, and an estimated 36 million people worldwide, and it can set in much earlier than you may think. We were kindly sent a box of fun, creative things from Active Minds, who provide activity packages to help improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. Our little package was for the boys to get involved in and decorate their pot and plant their seeds – all things they love doing, generally getting messy!
Inside our package were some talking points designed for young children to help them understand what happens to our brain as we age and how a person might change.
To be totally honest Henry is still a little young to really have a concept of what I was trying to talk to him about, and frankly if it’s me up against glitter glue and stickers I know which would always win! But I do think it’s important for us to chat about these kind of things openly with our children, and even if they don’t take it in, perhaps in a year or so if we spoke about it again he might have some questions that I would be equipped to answer.
I found the talking points they gave (see above) helped me talk about the effects of Dementia at the right level for a child, and by making the conversation into an activity it held our child’s attention a little longer than normal!
Pop over to Active Minds if you would like to find out more about the support they can supply when dealing with dementia. Their mission is to improve the lives of people living with alzheimer’s by creating products that are engaging and have purpose to them: https://www.active-minds.org/uk/
You may have seen my New Year’s resolutions video recently where I resolved to have less stuff, so I am really getting into minimalism this year and I wanted to share my tips for how to be a minimalist! There’s a video up on my YouTube which I will link below, which contains 12 hacks to help you on your way to being a minimalist, but to get you started here are 5 quick and easy tips. Please let me know in the comments if you have any more ideas or hacks which you find help you be more minimalist and have. less. stuff.
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Know why you are doing it. To keep yourself on track. Whether that is because you want to save money, to live a less cluttered life or perhaps you’re looking to buy a house and need to downsize. Put it down on paper so you can return to it when you need some inspiration to keep it up.
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Use up all of your products before buying new ones. I am terrible at this one! I get to about a third less and I never use it again – I need to get better at this! Often they are expensive skincare items so I now make sure I am finishing things up before buying new products!
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Make sure you clean your car out every couple of days. You could work really hard at cleaning your home and space around you, but if you don’t extend this to your car – your office even, then the feeling of a less cluttered lifestyle can be put back every time you get in your car to go anywhere.
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Tackle the small stuff first. Gain momentum by doing the easy things first and getting a good feeling from having achieved that. Start with things like your handbag or condiments cupboard then move onto the hard stuff like the wardrobe and linen cupboard!
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Go and unsubscribe to all those emails you don’t want to be receiving, all those people you met once on holiday but don’t actually ever see, and all those people who have a negative energy. Getting rid of all the online noise will help you cut down on what activity you have to actually be dealing with online and leave you more time for the things you do want to see and the things you enjoy looking at.
Come and take a look at my 12 Minimalist hacks video over on my YouTube for more ways to live a less cluttered life. Thank you for watching! xx
If you’re feeling totally over indulged and like you want to get healthy this year but not quite sure where to start I thought I would share some of my top tips for a beginner’s guide of how to get started with healthy eating.
It’s easy to get bombarded with advice and not really know what is right to listen to, but here are some really easy tips to help you on your way to a healthier life.
The Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating:
My first tip is that eating healthy is not a diet, in my opinion these don’t work! The main thing to change to get healthy and fit is your lifestyle and thoughts towards it! It sounds so cliche but it’s just finding a different outlook on the food you choose. You can still be full and eat well, you need to fuel your body – it’s the most complex machine in your life and you need to treat it with the respect it deserves. Choose the options which will nourish your body, give you more energy and make you feel less bloated.
Secondly, fat is good for you – shocker!! Fats in the right form are good for your body and will help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. You will feel fuller for longer and have more energy if you include fat in your diet. Sugar is what you need to be cutting out from your food. Sugar is everywhere which makes it hard to get rid of it from your diet. A jar of pasta sauce can have 4 teaspoons of sugar in it, and a bottle of coke almost 20 teaspoons! If you are cutting sugar out entirely be prepared for withdrawal symptoms – it is an addiction after all. Headaches, bad moods, bad breath! But these should go after a few days so don’t give up!
Ditch the Cereal!! It’s full of sugar, and will leave you reaching for the biscuits come 10am! Try to stick to high protein foods for breakfast like fish, eggs, seeds. Swapping a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal for plain cereal could cut out 70g of sugar (up to 22 sugar cubes) from your diet throughout the week! I am thinking of doing a video on quick and easy breakfasts for on the go if you would like, let me know in the comments below!
Hydrate! As soon as you get up drink some warm water, with ginger and lemon if you need to flavour it, but make sure you are giving your body water to rehydrate after 10 or so hours without a drink. I aim to drink around 2 liters a day but sadly my bladder isn’t quite what it was before children so I have to really slow down the intake by around 8pm otherwise I am up all. night. long. Swap fizzy drinks for water, or even sparkling water and your body will thank you for it.
Finally, be mindful when you eat – this helps you listen to your body when it’s telling you that it’s full. Enjoy every mouthful. Sit at the table to help aid digestion and make sure the tv and phone is off and don’t rush your food. It is a great way of winding down after the day. Talking to your children, your partner, and catching up on what everyone has been doing throughout the day.
I hope you found this guide interesting and informative if you are a total beginner at healthy eating, and I hope I can inspire you throughout this month if you’re looking for new ideas to add to your current healthy eating meals.
Please check out my video if you would like more info and ideas and subscribe to my channel if you would like to see more videos like this!
What tips could you share for healthy eating? I’d love to know more x
Are you wondering when will your toddler give up the nap?
Sorry to tell you but it would appear that the answer would be whenever they feel they want to throw a massive curveball into your life and go and mess up everything you’ve ever known! **strops** Henry decided that at 2 years and 5 months he no longer needed his nap and would hence forth give up the nap! Except he wasn’t really ready to do so and from about 4pm was, well you all know how that one goes.
Fast forward a few months and I have a totally different perspective which I wanted to share with you in case your toddler is beginning to show the signs of giving up the nap.
Yes, it’s not ideal AT ALL. But always look on the bright side of life and all that…so here are some positives which have come from it which will hopefully cushion the blow a little…If not, well there’s always gin.
No more having to cut your day in half to race back for the nap – mid play date, mid lunch etc – personally I think this is the best upside it always used to be so annoying on days out meeting up with friends.
No more MEGA tired/stroppy toddler because they are late for their nap.
Earlier nights/longer evenings as you can bring bedtime forward a little. (ideal if it coincides with the clocks changing!)
You’re no longer that mum who can’t meet at that time which suits everyone else because you have to work around the nap.
Unless you get out before the nap you tend not to manage to leave the house at all, especially in the winter when it’s dark by about half 3, leaving you all going stir crazy – now you’re free to come and go as you please! As long as it doesn’t involve doing the food shop with a toddler; I’m pretty sure there’s nothing more stressful than attempting shopping whilst having to chase a toddler (who now refuses to sit in the trolley/pram) around the supermarket (the faster you run, the faster they run!)
They are older now, so despite losing that golden hour in the day to get all your shit done the chances are they will be much more content spending some time doing an educational puzzle watching Peppa Pig, so really you can still have some time to get bits done around the house/have a shower/catch up on important work Instagram stalk the Kardashian’s.
Most of our friends who’s toddlers are in childcare tend to continue their nap a lot longer I’ve found. And in fact Henry still naps at nursery (mugging me off much, Hen??) but that night he tends to take about 2 hours – yes 2 hours, just talking to his toys and reciting the Gruffalo before he falls asleep and is therefore worse off in the morning because he is knackered!
It certainly is the end of an era, a golden one at that…but DON’T FEAR IT!! You just gotta roll with these punches sister. God speed.
So I’ve called this post the accidental health kick as I really wasn’t focusing on losing weight or dieting 7 weeks after having a baby, instead I wanted to get as much healthy goodness inside of me to give baby George the best start through my breast milk. But it turns out the more I’m learning about healthy eats the more I’m loving all the amazing benefits and tastes and turns out it’s doing pretty well and shifting the baby weight! (I eventually stopped weighing myself at my midwife appointments as it was just too depressing but I know it was north of 3 stone at the last check!)
I have only been eating healthily for the last week or so (the first 5 weeks were pretty much chocolate and pizza)…so obviously it’s really early days! But I thought I’d include it in my blog to give anyone looking for some inspiration. I don’t want to call it a diet because it’s not that, it’s more that I’m being a bit more conscious about what I’m putting in my body and enjoying the health benefits.
I’ve always enjoyed the taste of healthy food and I am by no way giving up my treats at the weekend (it’s a lonnnng week with a toddler and a newborn!!) but there are so many great books out at the moment from ladies such as the Hemsley sisters and Madeleine Shaw which are inspiring so many people, myself included, so hopefully all this will help me in my quest for a health kick and in turn get me slightly more summer ready or at least out of maternity clothes!!
I’d love to hear any recipes or ideas you have if you’re also eating healthily!
A devine lunch at Caracoli, Alresford.
Check out my first grocery haul video inspired by Get The Glow on YouTube now!