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HAVE A BREAK


I touched on this briefly on Instagram but wanted to also write about it on here.

I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed recently. It's kinda pathetic really as it's just general stuff that wouldn't ordinarily stress me out like not keeping on top of my e-mails, not having time to reply to messages, the sheer volume of work, solo parenting in the week, lack of sleep due to my diabetic child being poorly and running high/low blood sugars, the constant demands of being a mum, trying to run a home and just general life admin.


I think my biggest problem is I put too much pressure on myself.  I try to do everything and feel like a failure if I can't do it all. I make ridiculous to do lists with stupid time scales, Im just setting myself up to fail and then when things don't go to plan I crumble! Its a classic case of spinning too many plates......all of my plates are broken on the floor haha!

I always try and stay positive and upbeat online but Its hard to maintain a sunny disposition when  a thunder storm is brewing.  So the easiest thing for me to do was to detach myself, take a little break from the online world and get some headspace and boy do I feel better for it. I mean no-one wants to hear a Moaning Myrtle..............unless you're in the bathrooms at Hogwarts in Universal Studios Florida - honestly so good!


I spent this weekend surrounded by friends and family. Drank a lot of tea (*tea fixes everything), ate a lot of cake (*so does cake actually), went to the beach, and barely looked at my phone (I know this because my screen time on my phone told me so!) and was generally kinder to myself and its something Im going to continue to do. I think its so important to recognise when things are getting out of hand and its totally fine to not be fine. Accept the help, shorten the to do lists, give yourself more time and get to bed early.

So this is just a little reminder that life isn't always peachy. You're gonna hit bumps in the road but you've gotta pick yourself up outta that ditch and continue on your journey.




Failing that, just make a big pot of tea because tea makes everything better and whilst we are on the subject of tea can we just take a moment to appreciate the new BREW Tea & Coffee collection from Denby which was very kindly sent to me as a gift. I'm a firm believer that tea tastes better from a teapot and it makes me feel well extra when I drink it from a cup and saucer. This the Halo range but there is so much more to see on their online store and if you LOVE pottery and crockery you may also want to check out their sister company Burleigh Pottery - I've fallen in love with THIS jug (insert heart eye emoji).

Keep Smiling
xxx



WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

I never thought I'd ever be writing a blogpost about what I eat in a day but as so many of you have been asking me recently I thought I'd just get a very quick blogpost up.

So my mantra to food is "everything in moderation". I'll never deprive myself of anything and the way I get around this is to eat relatively good in the week and indulge ever so slightly at the weekend.  I meal plan every week as I like to know what i'm having each day. I find this saves money and avoids wastage. This is what I ate on Friday.......The start of the weekend {and the indulgences}




7:30am
Now I am a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and always start my day with a big hearty bowl of porridge. To this I add sultanas, almonds and semi skimmed milk and top it with a whole chopped banana and a dusting of cinnamon accompanied by a large mug of coffee (no sugar). Its my ultimate favourite breakfast.

I also take an Omega 3 supplement daily and wash this down with a glass of water.




10am
After breakfast I did a workout and I like to follow my workouts up with an energy ball. I always make the Deliciously Ella Cacao and Almond ones using the recipe from her website. Its just 5 ingredients and they taste amazeballs. So I had one of these and an orange.


12:30pm
I had my Tesco shop delivered that morning and had a fresh batch of hot cross buns delivered so I had one of those and then a low fat greek yoghurt with a small box of raisins tipped in.


3pm
I was starting to feel a bit peckish so had a Nature Valley Peanut Butter biscuit. These are absolutely divine. I always have these kicking around in my kitchen cupboard.



7:30pm
This was a late tea for me because I had friends over but I had made a sausage and bean casserole in the slow cooker which I then totally devoured and forgot to take a photo of! I will share the recipe and pictures another time. So instead here is what I ate on Saturday which is actually quite similar. Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans from The Organised Mum website with a side of tiger bread and broccoli. YUM!

I did remember to take a pic of the dessert I had on Friday however. Rocky road cheesecake which my friend Amy brought with her and MaltEaster Bunnies (which I ate 2 of) that my other friend Steph brought with her.


9:30pm
A big mug of Horlicks - I have one EVERY single night before bed and have done for about the past 7-8 years. I find it helps me sleep and its full of vitamins and minerals.

I hope you enjoyed this little peak into what I eat in a day. I'll try and get a midweek version up too just so you can see the difference {theres not much to be fair}

Keep Smiling
xxx

Talland Bay Hotel | Review


*This was a gifted stay for a review. Talland Bay Hotel is somewhere that both Dylan and I fell in love with when visiting for lunch in January. As always, all words, images and views are my own. 

Quality time with your other half is so important. After you have a child its so easy to neglect your marriage and just put all your energy and focus on your child and whilst this is obviously brilliant you can often forget that you had a life before kids. I really do believe that when you become a mother you lose a little bit of yourself after having a baby and it can take a while to feel like YOU again. I often wonder if dads feel the same? I imagine they do.

Now obviously I'm 7 years into this motherhood thing as my baby is 7 so I definitely feel like "me" again but we were thrown a curveball when Fletch was 2 because he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes which brings a whole world of complications along with it. Whilst all my other mummy friends were enjoying nights away with their husbands or having weekend trips away we were kinda stuck. Asking someone to look after a diabetic child is a BIG ask and a lot of people just don't want to take on that responsibility, which I totally get, its scary, what if something goes wrong? To this day only 4 people in our lives know exactly how to look after Fletcher with regards to his diabetes and one of those is my incredible mum.

So when Talland Bay Hotel got in contact with me to ask if Dylan and I would like to stay at the hotel  overnight with dinner and breakfast in exchange for a review of the experience I was extremely grateful to be offered the chance but my immediate thought was Fletcher. Thankfully my mum agreed to look after Fletch for the night and as the hotel is local we could always go home if need be, luckily we didn't need to and had the most incredible time.

So lets get onto the review shall we..... Talland Bay Hotel is somewhere that we stumbled upon by accident back in January and it was a very pleasant accident. We had planned to visit the cafe in the bay for lunch but it was closed for winter so we decided to stop at the hotel for lunch instead and i'm so glad we did. I was so impressed with the quality of the food and the decor of the hotel so you can imagine my sheer delight when they asked if we wanted to stay overnight.


The Hotel
Talland Bay Hotel is a privately owned coastal retreat overlooking the bay tucked away in a tranquil corner of South East Cornwall.  The house dates back to the 16th century and is eclectically styled. Every corner is full of all sorts of quirky art and sculptures, there really is so much to see within the hotel itself and Dylan and I found ourselves pointing out little things every time we saw something. What I really love about the hotel is that it is also dog friendly offering a Wallace & Gromit break for your four legged friend, they even get a sausage for breakfast! Unfortunately we couldn't bring Maisy along with us as she is not very good with unfamiliar surroundings and so she stayed at home with my mum but how amazing would it be to be able to bring your dog along with you and not have to worry about putting them in kennels.

The hotel has been awarded:
Restaurant of the Year - Silver (Cornwall Tourism Awards 18/19)
Small Hotel of the Year - Gold (Cornwall Tourism Awards 18/19)
Gold award for Hotel - Taste of the West
Gold award for Restaurant - Taste of the West 



The Room 
After a very smooth check-in we were escorted to our room. We stayed in room 27 which was absolutely stunning. Centre stage was the humungous sleigh bed (which was incredibly soft and squishy let me tell ya), the bathroom came complete with The White Company toiletries which got me very excited, a selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolate. A separate dressing/make up area and most importantly THAT view of the sea. It was impeccable!

After making ourselves comfortable in the room and making a not so quick phonecall home to check on Fletch (we had some diabetes related issues would you believe and my sister had to change his Dexcom sensor) we then took a nice stroll down to the beach, collected some seaglass, walked over the rocks, jumped over a stream and climbed up a big hill (this is starting to sound like the children's book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt"). We had a reservation for dinner at 7pm so made sure we were back at the hotel with plenty of time to chill before getting ready for dinner.


The Restaurant
WOW is the first word that comes to mind. It really is no surprise that they won the Silver Award for Restaurant of the Year 2018/2019 . The food was exquisite. We started off at the bar where we were presented with some delicious canap├ęs to whet the appetite. We ordered a couple of gins from the extensive gin menu. They have over 100 different gins to choose from including their very own gin which both Dylan and I had a glass of and I can confirm it is very refreshing. We then made our way to our table. We opted for the 3 course meal which also came with palette cleansers in between. It was honestly one of the best meals I have ever had and some of the dishes were so cleverly thought out.  Like the pre-dessert for example which was a Pana Cotta with a mango yolk and a side of Victoria sponge and was presented in an egg shell - egg and soldiers anyone? All of the staff were so friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, always making sure our glasses were full with water and asking whether we needed anything more.


Breakfast
After having an amazing nights sleep in the squishy bed of dreams we headed down to the terrace for breakfast where there was a vast selection of pastries, cereal, fruit and juices at the buffet and then also a separate cooked menu. Ordinarily when I'm at home I would just have a big bowl of porridge but this was a special occasion and so I opted for the buttermilk pancakes with mascarpone which were AH-MAZ-ING, i'll definitely be trying to recreate them at home.    

All in all we had the most wonderful stay at Talland Bay Hotel. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, the food is superb, the rooms are impeccable and the location is so peaceful and beautiful. We literally couldn't fault it and can't wait to return soon.

Keep Smiling
xxx

  


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