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The Best Books for Tween Boys | World Book Day 2017 #DoSomethingBooky

Thursday, 23 February 2017

 
I have mentioned many times before how important I believe it is to instil a love of reading in my children, and I have to admit I have found it much harder to do with the boys than the girls. Finding books that tween boys will enjoy can be tough task but I think we have finally cracked it with H (who is 11) as he has been building up quite a collection of stories he really enjoys, with titles by the amazing and hilarious David Walliams featuring heavily! I asked H to share some of his favourites:
 
  • Horrible Histories Blood-curdling Box of Books (Terry Deary, Peter Hepplewhite)
  • Mr Stink (David Walliams)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection (Jeff Kinney)
  • Tom Gates Collection (L. Pichon)
  • The World of Norm (Jonathan Meres)
  • Gangsta Granny (David Walliams)
  • Tiger Wars (Steve Backshall)
 
With World Book Day coming up next week (Thursday 2nd March 2017) we have looked to his collection for costume inspiration, and with the help of Party Delights wide selection of fancy dress H has decided to dress up as Walliams' Gangsta Granny. The Burglar Granny costume comprises a dress with Velcro fastening, swag bag, and eye mask and is currently £13.99, with a grey wig available to purchase separately to finish off the look priced at £3.99. How to tell your son is a rugby player - he will always take the opportunity to join in with fancy dress, especially if it's drag. As my friend Alice said, we can only imagine what he's going to be like once he gets to Uni...
 
 
His other top choice was Mr Twit from Roald Dahl's The Twits, but due to his sister's reluctance to dress up as Mrs Twit he opted for Gangsta Granny and I think he pulls the ensemble off very well. I love his sense of humour and how keen he always is to join in the fun and have a laugh, I know I am biased but he really is such a lovely kid.
 
After her refusal to be Mrs Twit, E eventually decided that she would like to be Roald Dahl's Matilda which I thought to be very fitting considering she shares the character's love of reading. Her costume comprises the blue dress, newt, and book prop, and Party Delights also have tights available separately to complete the costume.
 
Will your children #DoSomethingBooky for World Book Day?
 
The children received complimentary costumes for review purposes. All words are our own.


Meal Plan Monday | 200217

Monday, 20 February 2017

 
Meal Plan 200217
Monday 20th
February
Gammon and chips
Tuesday 21st
February
Baked potatoes with salad
Wednesday 22nd
February
H is performing at the school dance festival this evening so it will be a case of whatever we grab after it finishes, it's going to be a late one
Thursday 23rd
February
Sausages and mash
Friday 24th
February
Spaghetti Bolognese
Saturday 25th
February
Chicken fajitas
Sunday 26th
February
No idea, as the Mister and H are off to Twickenham to watch ENG vs ITA which I am not remotely jealous of...
 

Meal Plan Monday | 130217

Monday, 13 February 2017

 
Meal Plan 130217
Monday 13th
February
Burgers and Chips for the Mister and kids
Tuesday 14th
February
Macaroni Cheese with broccoli (no romantic meal for two here on Valentine's Day...)
Wednesday 15th
February
Chicken Salad
Thursday 16th
February
Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread
Friday 17th
February
Chicken Curry
Saturday 18th
February
Homemade chilli with baked potatoes
Sunday 19th
February
Roast to welcome J home from skiing in Andorra
 

#FITin30 Update | Am I Fit Yet?

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 
Fit as in fitness not as in hot, by the way, to clarify...
 
I have been doing my #FITin30 workouts at home as promised, and I have to say - it's good. I am enjoying them. They are doing exactly what they say on the tin. Or booklet. I should also point out that I do go to the gym and use weights as well as using the #FITin30 program so my progress should not really be measured against anyone solely using the at-home exercises, also - I have been doing this for two years. My fitness levels are not equal to someone just starting out who wants to start this program before perhaps progressing to a gym, or joining in with local fitness classes. With that said, #FITin30 is a perfect stand-alone fitness program too.
 
As I said in my introduction to the home workout plan - "The #FITin30 plan comprises 3 sets of exercises and a stretch routine, and you're added to a private Facebook group for support, advice and information with other members who are using the plan", and that is exactly what you get. You can adjust the on/off timings between sets to suit your level of fitness, so I personally would do either 40/20 or 50/10 depending on how energetic I am feeling, but 30/30 is a good place to start off I think.
 
I can honestly say that I am enjoying the plan. I like the simplicity, I like that it is quick (so you an easily squeeze it into a window of free time - no excuses!), and that I can adjust it time-wise to suit my needs with shorter rest periods etc.. I like that I can also challenge myself further by incorporating weights if I feel the desire to. The #FITin30 program is good all-rounder and suitable, in my opinion, for everyone. It's not the same as attending Project 6 Pack because you don't have the group dynamic and it rests solely on you motivating yourself, but the exercises and the idea behind it are the same, and just as good as attending the classes if you are willing to kick your own ass.
 
Nutrition and a good, balanced diet is a huge part of any healthy lifestyle, even more so than the exercise. You can't out-train a bad diet, as they say. You can't work out for half an hour, then go home and stuff your face with junk and wonder why you're not seeing results. You cannot cheat the grind - what you put in, you will get out. You have to be motivated. You have to earn it. You have to want it.
 
Do you want it? Visit Laura's LP Training Body Confidence Coach page and see what the #FITin30 workout program is all about, and what it can do for you.
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