When it comes to movies, I’m pretty split with what I enjoy. It either has to be something really spectacular; a masterpiece, the top 200 of IMDB sort of film. OR, it has to be super awful. Something with such bad effects you laugh your wine out your nose and spend the whole movie picking all the holes in the plot. Either way, this leads to movies I could watch over and over again, introducing friends to something special either way. So I give you, my top 3 awful movies, and my top 3 awfully good movies.

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Well, there are a few *cough* 4 *cough* posts missing from my Blogtober so far. To be fair, half of them are written, with one nearly ready to go (it just requires a bit more of a proof read since it was written in a Beechams-medicated-flu-blur, so could be all slurred, glitter and rainbows nonsense). I’ll catch up by Monday with a “Days 3-6 post” and get everything linked up. So shall we carry on at day 7 like this didn’t all happen? The theme of today’s post; Why Did I Start Blogging?

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I’m writing this day 2 post with my body having succumbed to (another) round of Mum-flu. This last week my partner has had the man-flu, and somehow I managed to avoid coming down with it, but as of yesterday afternoon Mum-flu began. I’m going with the flow today, and having a pyjama day with chocolate and all the carbs I damn well want (#Leanin15 can wait… mama needs chocolate…. and hash browns… and ginger wine). Little Mister seems fine which is the main thing, fingers crossed he avoids the parental plague.

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This month is not October. Oh no, you are mistaken. It is actually Blogtober. Being one to always love a challenge, I’ve decided to take on the Blogtober challenge set by Mandi at Hex Mum Plus 1. For me I’ve enjoyed the blogging journey so far, and am starting to feel a little less overwhelmed at the vertical learning curve of self-hosting a site. I’m hoping to learn so much this month and that this shall kick-start my organising skills back into gear (haha). These should be in addition to my normal content (that’s the plan, anyway), and the rota of the month is outlined below.

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I’m writing this today while both of us have a pyjama day. It seems that both of us have come down with a cold (*sadface*), so double the tissues all round this week. Because of this, I was expecting to be up all night with the Bubs crying (rightly so), but luckily he managed to sleep through after having some saline spray at 10 o’clock. In spite of being under the weather, he’s still super active and even managed to roll onto his tummy in the crib last evening after Daddy got him bathed for bed. Thank goodness for his Nana chair (a fisher price rocking chair from my Mum); no matter how miserable things get, the Nana chair never fails to get things back to calm and smiley again. On the upside, just as I’m finishing writing this the Little Man has done his first back-to-front-to-back roll and repeated it a few times! Eeeeep, need to keep an eye on him now before he tries to leg it!

 

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It’s been over 4 months since little mister has arrived (somehow!). This leads me to something I’ve been dreading, something that I’ve been putting off for a few months now… the post-pregnancy diet. I’ve never been one to stick to a diet; the initial enthusiasm quickly wanes once my wine and chocolate have been taken away and end in a mega-binge that usually leaves me bigger and less athletic than before. Past exercise regimes have suffered a similar fate, with couch to 5k ending after 4 weeks because “it looked a bit rainy out”, badminton ending as “we’d be better off investing in equipment to work out from home” and the exercise bike at home ending as it had too many coats hanging off it. My weight has always yo-yo’d, but in recent years has been much harder to lose. Having hit my pre-pregnancy weight months ago to then gain even more weight since, I felt compelled to make the change. This time I have a very good incentive to get fitter (my little mister, and my future wedding), and maternity leave is a great time to form these new habits, away from the allure of office cakes and vending machines.

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Time has slipped away at a crazy pace this week, and I’ve not been able to update as quickly as I’d of liked! We have been on holiday to my home-land (sunny sunny Kernow), and the week before has all been rather hectic. Some of this chaos came from packing. Firstly, packing whilst you’re crippled up with hay fever sucks! Sneezing between every other item going into a bag makes it really hard to keep track of what’s going down. Secondly, packing whilst entertaining a little one is really hard work. Playing is waayyyyyyy more fun than packing,  And thirdly, little people need so much stuff! We’re only off for a week but it looks like we’ve left home…

 

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I am the bacon winner.

Since being on maternity leave, I’ve (occasionally!) found myself with some free time in the day. After intense bouts of mummy-ing (if that is a verb?), my brain can’t really take anything more complicated than a cuppa and something easy/repetitive. If that tea break is at 4pm, I satisfy that repetitive loop by watching Dance Moms (fight, dance, BIG FIGHT, repeat). BUT, if that tea break is in the morning, I comp. My little mister also loves anything with a tv screen, so sitting him on my lap in front of my 2 monitor PC rig will usually keep him happy and smiling whilst I enter away!

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Little Mister enjoying a TV dinner…

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It’s been a busy weekend this one, and since Little Mister’s arrival it just feels like we’ve been going non-stop. Early on Saturday we viewed a wedding venue that we both loved (not sure if bubba liked it, he waited an hour before crying to leave), then in the afternoon we went to a lovely birthday party. Sunday we popped to Mothercare to spend our voucher, and was very fortuitous with the sales (next year’s summer clothes are sorted! 3 pairs of shorts for £6, £2 t-shirts. So many bargains!). We also picked up a reduced Lamaze highchair toy; as Lamaze have recently unveiled a new logo I had a hunch all of their toys would be coming down in price. Afterwards, we went to the most magical place on earth… Toys R Us! In these times of Amazon Prime next day delivery, I just couldn’t justify picking anything up there and then. The only toy related thing on my radar to still get is a Vtech baby walker, but they were a full £6 cheaper online. I did come away with a Mario Lunchbox for myself, and a new found appreciation of how many toys there are in the Toot Toot range.

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