I’ve been trying to step up my fitness levels. As a mum running around after 3 children with various drop offs, pick ups and then fitting into as many working from home hours as possible it feels like there hasn’t really been any time to step up the fitness and firm up the mum tum I have left over from 3 pregnancies and 3 emergency cesarean sections. When you’re 2 year old wobbles and shouts wobble wobble wobble at you, well it’s funny but also it’s time now to be thinking about myself as well as the kids.

Knowing this Myleene’s PR team contacted me and asked if i would give My Body By Myleene a go. It wasn’t sold to me a a diet/fitness dvd but as a simple routine a mum can fit into a busy lifestyle when she is ready to. You commit to a 12 week programme and the workouts range from 15 minutes to 30 with a plan to incorporate these workouts into 4 days a week (or more if you choose). I loved the idea of short fast workouts at the beginning of my day and committing to a schedule also felt easy to pop into my routine. The fact is we all know if it can’t fit around family life then we won’t do it or we will let it slip. Anything a mum does just for her has to slip easily into an already manic schedule.

So I did the first workout 3 weeks ago now. Guttingly I then has strep throat and was wiped out for over 2 weeks while sorting my health back out and ready to start again. So this week I am committing to starting week 1 again.

The first workout was a bit of a boxercise style, it almost felt like a dance routine doing this DVD (there are 3 sections in total and a sandbell in the box – isn’t it fab when you aren’t sold all the extras seperately!). I loved that it felt simple to do and gradually built up over the 30 minutes. The DVD felt down to Earth with the chat aimed at mamas rather than fitness enthusiasts. I loved this as so often fitness DVDS can feel a bit bland but you do feel like this is more on a level with the viewer.

I am really looking for ward to updating you with my stats and how I am feeling over the next 12 weeks! Wish me luck!

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I was sent MyBody by Myleene in exchange for this review however all views are my own.

With all 3 children we found a pattern of sleep. Co-sleeping has worked on and off for us over the years but as our littlest and last baby is about to turn 2 we are often asking searching for clues on how to encourage your child to sleep in their own bed.

There seem to be quite a few tips that hold familiar ground with many parents so I thought we would share them here.

Decorate their room.

As our kids get older a themed nursery is obviously outdated. Why not try a neutral colouring and then add in artwork. We have a beau teal magnolia on the walls, a black blind and then each of the boys have their favourite superheroes on the wall. Currently it Dr Who, Yellow Submarine and Spider-Man – we just couldn’t get away with all of that in a themed room!

Look at a big focal piece. 

lI love looking at these children’s themed beds. Themed beds mean each of the boys get something unique to them. I also thought about a lovely cabin bed so they could have a den as they get older too. You want to spend on a decent bed (believe me we did the cheaper route and they don’t last with all the toddler running around). I love this double decker bus as it’s not a character piece and is so unique!

 

Don’t forget a night light! 

This may sound simple but a new bedroom and new things mean your child may be a bit out of sorts. A night light shows them there is nothing to be afraid of and so will give them an element of calm.

If you want your child to be comfortable in their room then they need access when they want it. It’s really important that they grown their sense of ownership. Both my boys have some part of the day in their room with independent play. I come when they call me but let them know that their room is a place for them. It should be a sanctuary just like my bedroom feels.

Your bedtime routine may take a bit longer if you’ve recently made room changes too. Instead of going to another room before or after bedtime start a routine in their room. Undress in there for bath time, dress in there for bed, get dressed for the day on their room. All easy ways that they know that this is their room and they should feel comfortable in there.

Lastly it’s really important to be consistent with your bedtime message. PJs, story and bed is usually the regular routine every parent shares but we’ve also be this lovely lavender added foot roller ball from Mummy Loves (mummylovesorganics.com) to encourage natural sleep with natural products and also the promise of it scaring any night imps away!

If you’ve got any tips on settling children in their own room I would love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Our boys are huge fans of PJ Masks and it has played a big part in any role play they do recently. We have a few of the character toys and dress up clothes so we will thrilled when we were offered a chance to review evil villain Romeo’s Lab.

Romeo’s Lab arrived and it was minimal set up so was ready to play with out of the box. The boys quickly found their heroes out and set to play our their favourite episodes!

I do love that these figures are tailored to little hands so they are easy to grab and move about but durable enough that they don’t snap as some sets do. Romeo’s lab is robust and has already had some crashing about. We love that the set can be packed away with the figures inside it for easy use and it means we don’t lose any of the set.

 

It comes with a few added pieces – a grab claw, to grab those pesky PJ Masks, a computer that is interactive and warns Romeo that the PJ Masks are approaching, a computer that Romeo stands at to concoct his villainous plans. There a a few other bits as well – watch the video to see!

Romeo and his Robot are also included which I think makes the whole set great value for money.

Romeo’s Lab Playset is priced at £49.99, available at Argos and is aimed at ages 3-6 years (my boys are 2 and nearly 4 but their 8 year old sister had a play too!)

You can win  1 x PJ Masks Collectable figures 5 pack by watching the video above and name one of the accessories included in the playlet!

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Watch out PJ Masks! Romeo is ready to rule the night with the Romeo’s Lab Playset! Romeo’s lab can really roll and opens to reveal a secret lair with two levels of play! The playset features a light and sound control panel, working crane, laser launcher, and rolling lab charger! Romeo can use the control panel to plot his mad-scientist schemes and then shoot his laser launcher when the PJ Masks come to stop him! The playset also comes with one Romeo figure, one Romeo’s Robot figure and three bonus tools! When it’s time to move on to the next villainous adventure, kids can transform the playset into Romeo’s mobile lab and take the mischief on the go!

As I near 40 I am now doing that typical mid life thing of wishing I had looked after my body and skin a lot more. I have been looking into cruelty free skincare during the last month or so and have recently been invited to test some lovely new products that are on the market.

My priority for any skin/body regime is that it is quick and easy to do, grabbing 5 minutes to do before the school run and then maybe a bit longer on the weekend. Here are the products I have tested…

MY KIND ORGANICS VITAMINS

I have found that after having children I need to give my natural vitamin levels a little boost. Significantly B12 and Vitamin D have been the ones that have an affect on my moods and how I am generally feeling. Taking supplements on a regular basis has helped everything from fatigue to carpal tunnel. I would recommend having your levels tested if you can. if you have little ones at nursery you’ll find that you will also get some knock on sniffles too so Vitamin C is a must to make sure you’re at your best. We all know being ill as a mum really sucks!

URBAN VEDA 

For bath or shower the Urban Veda range has been a lovely addition to bath time. I love this range of ayurvedic skincare. The smells are really reminiscence of a spa and my favourite is the turmeric body wash. Each bottles has enough for a full body scrub to leave skin feeling smooth and detoxed. I really enjoyed this range and will be buying some more of them. The gift sized bottles will make a great gift too!

ANGELA LANGFORD’S A LITTLE LIFT

Before I pop on the day’s make up/suncream I have been using this face serum to lift my skin a little. It is easy to apply and is nice and light. I find that it is a good base for the day. One to two pumps of product is enough to make my skin feel great. I also use her Rest and Regenerate too just before bed. I have found her products to last and they just feel so lovely to use.

I will be getting some more once the bottle runs out and would think it would make a great gift in a hamper for a mum to be as well. It made me feel pampered and the packaging looks lovely too! I love the pump as much as you need style packaging too.

Here is my skin after using for a week – I look less tired and brighter around the eyes.

SUU BALM

This balm has been great for when I have itchy skin and I have even used it on the kids when they have itchy skin their desperate to scratch after a bump to avoid scarring. It is a great little tube that pops into my handbag.

NEEK LIPSTICK

This lip is now a constant in my bag. My lips tend to dry out quite a bit – could be the weather, could be the chattering – and I have found this NEEK Kiss Me Kiss Me one to be brilliant and giving a delicate colour whilst also nourishing my dry lips. The lipstick is vegan and they’ve even got some fabulous packaging thats made from recycled packaging – a true ethical based brand!

 

As a set daily routine I have found that these products work well together for me. I love the scent of each, their ease of use and the fact it gives me a little bit of luxury and wellness on a daily basis. I would love to hear how you look after yourself so head over to facebook and share with me!

I have been on a bit of a self care roll lately but I have noticed that the common misconception about self care is that it is all about spending a day in a spa but it is often way more than spending money and more about doing essential things that YOU need.

Self care is very individual and for me it is all about my day to say functioning. I have started having a list of non negotiable that I do everyday. Part of this for me is making sure my mind feels on track from when I wake up to at least when I collect the kids from school.

So I thought I would share my essential self care non negotiable list. This is my contract with myself and may not be for you, then again it may help you too.

Daily Lists

I write a daily list of what I need to get done and what I would like to get done. I write during the last half hour of my working day so that I don’t wake up feeling stressed out before I start the day. I use the Inspire Now Journal for this as it prompts you to pick 1 thing you must do today, while also goal setting for the day (task list), reminders and a reward. It asks you to think about your wellness and development. I like the fact it also sets up a daily morning and evening ritual – my morning is to start incorporating an online yoga course before I start work.

Reward Yourself

When I say rewards I don’t mean having to spend money, eat food or a glass of wine at the end of the day. I think about something I really want to do. At the moment it is read uninterrupted for 30 minutes. I am hoping to gradually increase the time and on some days this will be a walk along the beach, lunch with friends. I have found this is good to help me feel balanced and I am sleeping better for it too.

My other reward is if I finish all my work on time is a long hot bath with a favourite scent. I am addicted to Olverum at the moment and the smell is a really relaxant. Having a quiet bath while our home is completely silent is bliss to me. I have the travel set so I can take it with me if I go away.

Take care of your mind

Over the last year I have signed up to a life coaching diploma and off the back of that have signed up to a few other courses relating to this (including a couple more A level tuition options). It has not only helped me see where I need to work on but given me some career development too. It has made me feel more than just a mum as well as given me the confidence to explore a new career as I am heading towards 40.

Take care of your body

This is also important. As a mum I have found myself heading for a nightly glass of wine but am trying to switch that out for alternative ways to relax. Healthy eating, exercise and self care is super important for your body. Drinking water and using a good skincare routine is vital to me looking and feeling well. I am also using this fab HiGlow stick to give me a bit of summer colour – the sunshine glow makes me feel fab and perks me right up!

 

I don’t sit around in PJs now as that lowers my motivation and instead I’m often up before the kids setting up packed lunches, getting their clothes ready and then ensuring I am dressed and look presentable for the school run. This is important to me. I have to take care of myself and how I look, what I wear is part of this. If I stay in my PJs it isn’t shutting motivated and productive to my mind.

Talk to people

Having a supportive network is integral to my daily functioning. I work from home and this is often lonely. Gav calls or texts me during his lunch break everyday and it is great to have friends to support me from their home working too. If you are having a down day being lonely at work has such an impact so even a few seconds of adult conversation is bloody brilliant.

Let me know how you focus on your self care, what helps you?