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It’s Friday again, which means it’s That Friday Linky time again!

Please have a quick read of the info below and join in!

As always we ask that you link up your favourite post of the week. Please don’t link up your entire blog, just one specific post that you’d like to share with us all.

Linky’s are a great way to find new blogs to read, discover new content and they’re also a great way to raise your blogs profile.

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Keeping Healthy and Losing Weight 

We all know that keeping physically healthy is great, not only for your body but also for the mind. Being active can reap benefits such as improved sleep, more energy, and reduced weight.

Whether you are actively fit, do some moderate exercise or looking to start out and lose some pounds, it is always beneficial to learn more about fitness and weight loss and there are some great tips and online pharmaceutical products out there.

Drinking Water 

We have all heard the 8 glasses a day, are we getting enough? Many are drinking fizzy drinks, sodas or alternatives, but we can ensure our body has enough water throughout the day. If water alone is too bland, sugar-free cordials or simply adding fresh fruit can add unique flavours and ensure you get enough during the day so your body does not dehydrate.

Knowing Portion Sizes

There is a big difference between whats called portion size and your serving size. An item of food for example is not the portion size, this is the amount of food you actually eat.

If you take a cereal bowl, the amount you pour in would be a serving size, but dependant on the diet this may not be the recommended portion size so it is always safer to check.

Having an active Metabolism 

The more you work out the better your metabolic rate is, and the more calories you burn. By doing some simple techniques such as getting down the gym and adding muscle mass, drinking enough water, eating a balanced healthy diet and getting enough sleep you will achieve this.

With modern technology all around us, it is sometimes hard to get away at night from the TV, the ‘just the one more episode’ which can mean we aren’t getting any shut-eye until later and later. Not getting the recommended sleep can affect your metabolism.

A healthy, well-balanced diet can really have some great results and as we age, our metabolism generally slows and the recommended calorie intake reduces, however, if your diet is good then you should not have a problem keeping within the limit.

Regular Exercise

As we start to work out, our body adjusts to the exercise, we get stronger, fitter and feel better. Finding a sport or activity you like can really help us work out more than we do.

There are many clubs to join such as hiking, team sports or even paintball and these can be a lot of fun and at the same time a lot of exercise !

Online Products 

There are a few options out there and people use trusted online pharmacy sites. Products such as Orlistat which has been proven to help patients lose weight in clinical trials is a great option to look at.

Browsing around and feeling safe in what you buy can really kick start any weight loss program you wish to start. Taking these steps can help in a healthy, balanced lifestyle and will improve health.

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Hello and welcome to the Brilliant Mum Feature. Once a week I will be featuring one mum in a bid to find out more about them and their lives.

If you’d like to take part in this series, simply fill in this form.

This week our brilliant mum feature is Tina who blogs at Mother Geek. Tina lives in Salford. She’s 34 years old and her hubby is 39. Tina and her husband got married in secret in 2010. Tina says, “Spare time isn’t something I get much of, between the kids, dogs, house and work, but I love squeezing in a coffee and cake in peace every once in a while, or collapsing into bed with my Kindle.”

Thanks for taking part Tina!

Have you always wanted to be a mum?

Noooo. I was convinced I’d never have kids until I married hubby. I guess the old metaphorical clock started ticking.

How did you feel when your children were born?

Both births were super fast and a little early, so I was kind of overwhelmed and shocked both times. My poor husband hadn’t even finished blowing up the birthing ball before our son arrived, and the Midwife didn’t even have the birthing kit in the room yet. 2nd time around, I knew baby was on her way, but the midwife was more interested in getting my cannula in than helping me. She was amazed I was indeed fully dilated when she finally checked as I was so calm. (on the outside at least).

What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?

My son, Sam is almost 7. He has Autism and doesn’t have many words. On Mother’s Day, he woke me up saying, “MUM MUM MUM” – I cried…. a lot! I also had to fight for him to get a suitable school provision. It took well over a year, but was worth it as he is now in an amazing school and doing really well.

What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?

Syd was a total drama queen as a toddler. She once threw a huge tantrum in the middle of Selfridges and was screaming, “Let me go, I want my daddy, HELP!” We were approached by 2 security guards who were worried I was abducting her. It was only when I said, “Do YOU want her?” That they realised I was in fact her mum. They still followed me back to the car though and asked me for my details and checked my phone for photos of us both together before they let me leave.

Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?

Sam’s Autism makes him really aggressive at times. It breaks my heart when he hurts himself or his sister. Last Summer was particularly difficult for both of them. I had to phone social services and report Syd as at risk due to Sam’s aggression. We get a lot of support now though, so things have improved, thankfully.

My Mum also passed away 2 years back. Sam and I were with her in hospital when she unexpectedly stopped breathing. It broke my heart that Sam couldn’t tell me how he felt at the time or talk about what had happened.

What are your dreams and hopes for your children?

Happiness. I don’t care about exam results or career paths, I just want m,y children to be healthy, happy and on the right side of the law.

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Many of us take our health for granted. The trouble is that we never really know what’s around the corner, and often, it takes an unexpected scare to make us evaluate our lifestyles and introduce changes. If you’re guilty of underestimating the importance of good health, why not make it your mission to enjoy the healthiest summer ever? Here are some goals that are achievable for anyone.

Improving your diet

Are you overweight or do you tend to eat more fast food or ready meals than nutritious meals? If you don’t have the best diet, it’s never too late to make changes. Try and develop your home cooking skills by following simple, healthy recipes and prepare meals in advance if a lack of time is an excuse you use on a regular basis. Take a packed lunch to work with you and try and avoid grazing throughout the day. Drink 2 litres of water per day and hit your 5-a-day target. Swap frying for grilling, baking and steaming and opt for lean cuts of meat. It’s a good idea to moderate your intake of sugar, salt and processed foods. You don’t need to give up all the foods you love to be healthy. You can still treat yourself at the weekends. If you have limited skills in the kitchen, look for 15-minute recipes online. You may be surprised just how easy it is to rustle up a delicious, healthy meal.

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Getting to grips with a sleep routine

Most adults in the UK admit to experiencing sleep problems at some point in their lives. If you miss out on sleep on a regular basis, this can jeopardise your physical and mental health. Get into a routine, make sure you have a comfortable bed and a peaceful bedroom and allow yourself enough time to sleep. If you’re tired, don’t leave it until midnight when you’ve been snoozing on the sofa for hours to go up to bed. If you’ve got springs digging in your back or you suffer from back pain, it may be worth replacing an old mattress. Take a look at information and advice such as reviews of Nectar mattresses online and visit a showroom to try some different products out. If your body clock is in sync and you’ve got a comfortable, sumptuous bed to collapse into at the end of the day, this could make all the difference.

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Being more active

Be honest. How much exercise do you do? Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. If you’re not hitting this target, it’s time to get your body moving more. You don’t have to live in the gym or spend all your spare time jogging to reap the rewards of an active lifestyle. Take the dog for a long walk every day, play with the kids in the garden or cycle to work. Take the stairs instead of the lift and walk to the shops instead of taking the car. Simple changes can have a profound impact on your health and wellbeing. Using a step counter, working out with a friend or following a fitness regime could help you stay motivated.

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Are you keen to pay more attention to your health? If so, take these simple tips on board. Even minor changes can have a dramatic impact on how you feel.

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West Midland Safari Park is one of our favourite family days out.

It’s only a 90-120 minute drive from our home in Cardiff, and it’s an absolutely brilliant day out! The park opens at 10am, so we like to arrive a good twenty minutes beforehand so that we can be as close to the front of the queue as possible!

Once you’ve bought your tickets and animal you can drive into the drive-through safari area. First up you’ll find deer, and wild dogs, followed by Rhino’s, lions, tigers, zebras, elephant and my favourite, giraffes!

I love feeding the giraffes! They’re such gentle creatures!

Once through the safari drive-through you can park your car and enter the walk-through area. Here you’ll find penguins, sea lion show, reptile world, African village, creepy crawlies, and so much more!

I’ve written previously about our trips to West Midland Safari Park. You can read my post here, but for this post, I’m focusing on the new Ice Age Exhibit!

This exhibit lets you step back in time with the UK’s largest Ice Age exhibit, and walk amongst the magnificent creatures that roamed the Earth millions of years ago.

Explorers can go on a prehistoric journey of life on Earth after the dinosaurs became extinct. Wander through an enormous rumbling volcano and pass through a huge atmospheric ice cave.

We start in the Oligocene Epoch, when dinosaurs had just become extinct from Earth and many areas were now overrun with forests, grasses and plant life.

Next up is the Pleistocene Epoch, where the Earth was beginning to cool. We then move onto the Holocene Epoch where temperatures on Earth continue to plummet, resulting in a drop in sea and rainfall levels. Huge ice sheets and glaciers formed, covering extensive areas in both hemispheres of the Earth, therefore marking the start of the Ice Age.

The whole walk through experience really was superb. As well as being able to look at the various creatures, there were also fossils along the way and a huge volcano to walk through.

Our girls, and I really did enjoy the Ice Age exhibit.

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Last week I shared a blog post with you about how I’ve accepted a charity place for the London Marathon with WellChild, the national charity for sick children.

My fundraising target is £1,600. This is a huge amount of money to raise, so I’ve decided to give myself the best chance, I’d start fundraising right away!

In order to confirm my acceptance of my charity place, I was asked to kickoff my fundraising with a £100 donation. I did this pretty much the same day I received the email offering me the charity place.

With my £100 donation confirmed, I’m left with £1,500 to raise.

I started off by going through our personal belongings and selling things online via a local Facebook selling group. In addition to this I made some dreamcatchers, and sold some of them as well.

I’ve also been overwhelmed by the generosity of others who have also kindly donated to my online fundraising page.

So, here’s how the fundraising is looking so far:

£100 – My donation to confirm my place

£31 – Online donations

£111.50 – Selling unwanted items and homemade dreamcatchers

This brings the total to £242.50, so I now have £1,357.50 to go!

We’re getting there slowly!

I’ve also decided that I’d like to try and organise one event a month.

My first event in May is a family magic show in my local community. By selling tickets, having a raffle in which Tesco have very kindly donated prizes, and by selling refreshments, I’m hoping to raise some more money.

Raffle prizes – some of which have been donated by Tesco

In June, our girls school have an inset day so I’m hoping to utilise this by inviting other parents over to my house for a coffee morning. There’ll be homemade cakes, and games and activities for children.

My thoughts for July is a summer garden party, and in August a pub quiz or children’s craft session.

The biggest event will be a children’s Christmas party, and I already have the most wonderful Santa lined up!

Having said all of this though, these events are incredibly hard work to organise. After paying entertainers, and buying food and drink etc, this doesn’t leave much for the charity. That’s why it’s so important to me that people continue to donate to my fundraising page online.

If you can donate any amount, even just £1, I’d be very grateful. You can find my page online here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmilyHiggins3 

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As someone who enjoys to run outdoors, I thought I would share with you my favourite places to run in Cardiff.

I feel very lucky to live in a city that has lots of parks and scenic areas. Within close proximity to my house are so many beautiful places to run. Here are my favourites.

Cefn Onn

Cefn One Park in Thornhill Cardiff is full of beautiful trees, streams, ponds and woodland. From my house to Cefn Onn it’s a 5k run, so to Cefn Onn and home again, that’s a beautiful 10k.

The route up is very varied in terms of elevation. The main road, Thornhill Road, gets pretty steep, but as you go down onto Excalibur Drive, you have a lovely downhill section to relax and enjoy before another uphill section. From then on it’s pretty flat, and Cefn Onn really is very beautiful to run through at any time of year.

Lisvane

Lisvane is a very new route for me, and I haven’t done it that often because the route I’ve plotted, which actually takes you up past Cefn Onn, is very hilly.

I really enjoy this route, mainly because it’s pretty quiet, and there are beautiful views of the countryside, but you do need to be careful at times as the pavement disappears in some sections meaning you’re running on the road. I also like this route because I can admire the wonderfully huge and expensive houses I pass!

Llanishen

Llanishen is another favourite of mine, and actually heads into my Lisvane route, but quite often, I’ll run around Llanishen park, pictured below. Next to this park is another field with a path around it that I like to run around too. It’s around a 6k run from my house and back again.

Roath Park

Roath Park is my number one favourite route. From my house and back it’s 10k, but when I’m training for a half marathon I add on Fairoak road and some other roads, mainly through Llanishen to make it up to 15k and 20k.

There are a few hills on the way, but obviously once you’ve run up them, you get to enjoy running down them! I always stop at the way point of this route which is right in front of the lighthouse on the lake so that I can take a picture and admire the view .

It’s also fun trying to run around the swans and geese that can often take over the paths!

Caedelyn Park

Close to my home I usually use Caedelyn Park for interval training. I can run laps around it starting slow, then speed up for two to three minutes, before having a minute to recover and then repeat again.

Caedelyn Park is around 1.3 kilometres per lap, so four laps would give you a 5k run, but I get bored doing laps so don’t do this unless I’m feeling particularly lazy and want to run close to home!

I do have a few other favourite routes, but they’re not scenic ones! One through Birchgrove is pretty flat, which is why I like it and it’s a 5k route. The other is a small little park near my home, which like Caedelyn is good for interval training.

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It’s Friday again, which means it’s That Friday Linky time again!

Please have a quick read of the info below and join in!

As always we ask that you link up your favourite post of the week. Please don’t link up your entire blog, just one specific post that you’d like to share with us all.

Linky’s are a great way to find new blogs to read, discover new content and they’re also a great way to raise your blogs profile.

Myself and my husband, Nigel, who blogs at DIY Daddy are your hosts. If you’d like us to retweet your linked up posts, please tweet us @Twinmumanddad and @NigeHiggins4. Don’t forget to use the hashtag, #ThatFridayLinky

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Hello and welcome to the Brilliant Mum Feature. Once a week I will be featuring one mum in a bid to find out more about them and their lives.

If you’d like to take part in this series, simply fill in this form.

This week our brilliant mum feature is Chloe who blogs at Life with the Busbys. Chloe is a 28 year old mum of 4, living in London with her husband, Lee. Currently Chloe is a stay at home mum, but she’s a qualified primary school teacher. Her youngest, Darcie, is 3 months old, and Chloe has recently started her own YouTube channel and is loving it! Chloe says she loves days out with the kids, being creative and making things, playing in the garden and having BBQs.

Thanks for taking part Chloe!

Have you always wanted to be a mum?

Yes! I never thought I’d have 4 kids though!

How did you feel when your children were born?

Amazing! I had 4 water births and felt on top of the world. Luckily I had no complications and recovery was very quick, I was home the same day with my last 3 children.

What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?

Everything, my children make me so proud! Even though I have 4 I’m equally excited when they crawl/walk/get their first teeth etc.

What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?

Funny moments happen every day when you’ve got 4! Recently my 4 year old picked up my soaked breast pad and wiped it on his cheek saying ooh that’s so warm!

Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?

It’s tricky when they won’t go to bed and are full of beans!

What are your dreams and hopes for your children?

I just hope they turn out to be kind, good people. I hope they will do anything for anyone but at the same time stick up for themselves! I hope they follow their dreams and do whatever they wish! Whatever makes them happy!

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If you are looking for a tutor for your child, then you are going to want to ensure that you pick the right one. After all, they are responsible for helping to improve the academic skills that your child has and help them through tests too.

But for some parents this could be easier said than done. How do you make sure that you have picked the right tutor for your child? James Goldsmith at 11plustutorsinessex.co.uk offers 5 top tips to help you along the way.

1 – Ask for recommendations

No matter the age of your child, if they are attending school then chances are that there are plenty of parents who have children the same age who are facing the same struggles. Why not ask around if they have any recommendations for a tutor? You may be surprised by just how many people can recommend you an avenue to explore.

2 – Check out tutoring agencies

Some tutors may work alone, whilst some may work through an agency. In order to ensure that you have as much choice as possible, it is a good idea to look through both of these avenues. One consideration to keep in mind is that a tutor who works through an agency will often have been checked and managed, which gives you peace of mind in the quality that you will receive.

3 – Get them to meet your child

It is incredibly important that any tutor that you hire is able to work with your child. This means that is a good idea to arrange a meet up for the two of them. Not only will this ensure that your child feels comfortable with who they are going to be working with, but also that you get a feel whether or not they are going to work well together. Something that is incredibly important to bear in mind.

4 – Ensure that your child wants to be tutored

Tutors are in demand, particularly in areas that sit Eleven Plus exams. This means that their time is limited. It is important to ensure that your child is going to be a willing student. Not only as a child who is unwilling to learn could be difficult to teach, but also because they will not get the most of out your investment into their education, which isn’t fair on you as a parent.

5 – Think of it as an investment

We all like to get a bargain, but when it comes to the future of our children, a bargain isn’t always the type of thing that you are going to want to aim for. Tutors, particularly those in higher education can be expensive, up to as much as £40 per hour. However, when you pay out for the time of this tutor, you are also investing into the future of your child too. Something that is incredibly valuable.

As you can see, it isn’t impossible to find the perfect tutor. Whether your child is struggling and needs additional help, or requires more of a challenge. Finding the perfect tutor is a sure fire way to ensure that they are the best that they can be.

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