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My Reads for January and February 2017

As you may know by following my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook I love a good book!

Here are my top four reads for January and February 2017

Girl Online  by  Zoe Sugg

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Why I choose this book?

I choose  this book as its about a Girl who Blogs. I thought it may be funny and a good read especially where I am so new to blogging. I also think it maybe a  light hearted read, just what I need after the hectic Christmas holidays!

This is her first book she has ever written, who knows after reading this I may have to track down a few more of her books.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Why did I choose this book?

I have already read “Gone Girl” by this brilliant author so I thought I would give this a go.

This is a book about siblings and how Libby try’s to undercover the truth.

This seems like a Wonderful, atmospheric book with full of suspense loaded in.

Baby Doll  By Hollie Overton

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Why did I choose this book?

To be honest I didn’t. Hubs went to Tesco to buy the paper and he came back with this. It would be a book I would choose though. Its a Psychological thriller and I really enjoy these types of books.

Pretty girls by Karen Slaughter

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Why did I choose this book?

This book was advertised in the local supermarket, the cover was eye catching and being described as Razor-Sharp plotting and detail. Really caught my eye.

This is also by a author who is The Sunday Times Number 1 Best selling Author.

What type of books do you like to read?

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Eating Fruit and Veg

They have changed it again! How many Fruit and Veg should we be eating a day?

In 2014 we should all of been eating at least 5 a day. Now in 2016 less than 3 years later it has now gone up to 7 a day.

I hear you say 7 a day! I don’t even manage that myself let alone the children! We manage at least 4-5 a day.

We have started to encrease the amount of Fruit and Veg we eat as a family, and not just one colour of Fruit and veg the mix of diffrent colours gives diffrent benefits to you and your child.

A potion size for a adult and child is actually the same size as your hand scrunched up into a ball. That is how much veg, fruit,pasta, ,meat etc you should actually be eating and some people say eating up to 5 times a day too!

This week we have actually managed to eat 7-8 a day! Go me, and the children and the hubs!

Bear has eaten mostly fruit products and to be honest I don’t mind they have been lot’s of diffrent colours. Bell has eaten fruit and veg.

We have mixed the fruit and veg into diffrent way’s we eat them. There are many way’s to get fruit and veg into the diet.

Hidden Vegetables

Hubs doesn’t like corguette so I gratit into a stew. cassorole or a spag bol. This can also be used for other veg such as mushrooms, onions, leeks, peppers and tomatoes (maybe use a blender to chop the tomatoes up or it could get messy!)

Smoothies

There are so many type’s of smoothies in the shops now a day’s with a mix of fruit and veg in. Bear doesn’t like beetroot but he will drink a smoothie with beetroot in! You can also make your own from fresh fruit and veg so simple but can get expensive unless you are like me and try and catch the reduced section!

Making Kebabs

This is our favourite of all time! Great for picnic’s and for having friends around. It can be cheap or expensive depending on what fruits you choose.

Frozen or Fresh

There are so many choices of fruit and veg. You can buy frozen, fresh,tinned and Jarred. There is certainly no right or wrong choices to this. I would say check the salt and sugar level’s in the item as it can be very high!

Fruit juices

Great for children and adults alike. But as I have said check the salt and sugar levels.

Watching I can Cook On Cbeebies or other cookery programs for children.

We have had to buy the I can cook cook book as Bell and Bear love the program and the ideas are so healthy and yummy! There is also a great choice of cook books for parent’s but don’t forget many chef’s have started to produce cook books suitable for family life.

 

Toddler groups

Many toddler groups still have juice and biscuits. I am trying to find toddler groups in my area which do Fruit or healthier snacks instead as it will help to encourage eating fruit or a healthier snack.

I sound like the perfect parent! I am seriously not no parent is perfect!

Sunday’s have seemed to turn into sweet and popcorn day and the fruit and veg also tend to be halfed! (whoops!) We also have endless supply of ketcup and BBQ sauce in the fridge too! (and its not reduced sugar!!!!)

I am very anti adding salt into any cooking, I also try and make any cake’s we have from scratch as i know exactly what is going into it.

I have been watching lot’s of programs on what actually happen’s to our food and it is very much a eye openner. I am seriously consdiering changing our families diet to either vegan or Vegetariam but for this to work Bear needs to start eating more Veg!

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating a space without …..

 

I feel sad that Bear and Bell have to share a bedroom, I would so love them to have their own personal space where they can chill-out and have their own me time. Living in a flat is so hard at time’s, especially day’s when I know Bear want’s his own space and his own time now his getting bigger.

It is also hard to think about making a lovely bedroom for a boy and girl which won’t look odd, which they won’t grow out of and especially they both will like. I choose originally half pink and half blue bedroom which was nice but Bell and Bear drew on the walls! Hubby was in charge! Now they have  white lining painted wall’s, beautiful Bunting and some of their stunning art work! It work’s really well.

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When Bear was born I was very adamant that he wouldn’t have clothes, bedroom or bedding with character’s on such as Pepper Pig or Thomas the tank engine. I feel quite proud that he hardly had anything like that. Please do not get me wrong he had a few bit’s of Thomas the Tank clothing but that was about it. Same with Bell, she has a few Pepper Pig bits of clothing and Shoes but nothing over the top.

Please also do not get me wrong the Nightie and Pajamas draw is full of character’s such as Elsa from Frozen, Pepper pig, Spider-man and Toy story.

I don’t know why I don’t really like character clothing on children. It does look cute, but for me personally growing up their wasn’t a wide range of clothing like that, so I never had that type of clothing.

If Bell and Bear ask for something with Pepper Pig or Spider man I certainly will not say no, as it is their personal choice and I fully encourage their development of personal choice and independence.

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We LOVE Books!

Who doesn’t love a good book?

I love the fact Bear and Bell are becoming right little book worms! Do you think we have too many book’s?

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I love reading too, I can read two-three book’s a month. I read anything from Romance to Crime. Anything has started to take my fancy.

Bear and Bell could ope itn a book shop with the amount of books they have.

We are now starting to get into Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the BFG are my all time Favorites, and I remember watching the films when I was younger. Once I got older the books became even better!

I am so pleased my love of reading has rubbed of on Bell and Bear. I think it’s because I 90% of the time have something to read in my hand bag whether it’s a magazine or a book there is always something to read in the bag.

I prefer a book to a Kindle as much as I think the Kindle is a fab idea and so handy if you are travelling a lot, for me a good book with pages, a small glass of wine, some chocolate and a quite space is always a winner for me over a night out.

Now back to Bell and Bear!

We are currently reading some old school classic’s. By old school classic’s these are books I also read when I was younger.

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We have set up a little corner in the living room especially for reading, it is in a little crany we have no idea what to do with!

After meeting with Bear’s new year 1 teacher and getting some leaflets its 100% important to read daily and for 10-15 minutes with your child, We already do this but for a bit longer!

To have space for children to write and practice writing and role play for writing.

Speak about everything and anything! I am currently reading our loud what I am writing.

So we Love reading do you? What is your favorite book?