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February 2017

Weight Loss Journey – Post Half-Term

I had visions that the last two weeks would have gone pear-shaped. School holidays and the pervious week I was poorly, this meant no exercising or watching what I was eating. Some how I lost weight and now weigh a pleasing 73.6kg.

So where does that leave me? I suppose the constant watch of the OH helped and no money to refill the snack cupboard stopped me. The best part was my scummy teas from tea tourist (look for my reviews on the blog) which kept me going. I was hungry most days during the holidays, which is where the tea came in handy. 

First day back after the half term holidays and I visited Costa Coffee for hot chocolate (next time I’ll ask for a skinny) and to use the free Wi-Fi and this afternoon I’m eating Crisps. I restarted exercising and was surprised how easy it was only did 14 minutes as didn’t want to push it, aiming for 16 minutes tomorrow and try to push 18 by the end of the week. 

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Where Did My Week Go

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This week I decided to see where I spent my day. Before I seemed to get nothing done and feel like I should have done loads. Also I want to see if I really do far too much around the house whilst OH goes to work. So simply put I think I do about 95% childcare 95% food preparation 95% household tasks.

Started on Monday morning, OH works Mon and Tue 9:00 till 15:00 with one hour lunch, Wed 10:30 till 14:30 with one hour lunch Thur 13:00 till 16:00 and Fri 9:00 till 12:00, on top of that he should also do 6 hours of preparation per week. Soon he is starting the last module for his degree, never going to use it but both agree its good for him to finish it and for the girls to see their daddy in a funny hat! So what did I do?

7:10 alarm woke us up got out at 7:16
7:16 wake girls up, make cups of tea for two, make breakfast for and the girls, drink tea whilst checking news and doing comps, make OH his lunch, get girls and myself washed and dressed for school, strip my bed and put a load of washing on, then walk to school and get some shopping on way home.
9:10 phone rings – need to sort a delivery for OH out, basic household jobs
9:30 exercise, flake out, shower
10:15 sort dry washing out and hang wet washing, wash up
11:00 write blog post, check competitions and catch-up on twitter and facebook
12:00 lunch
12:30 more comps and a little news
13:00 vacuume bedrooms, landing and stairs, put another load of washing on, empty recycle bins and put dustbins out for collection, another load of washing-up, make bed again
14:00 back to twitter/Facebook/instagram and writing blog posts
15:00 school run
15:30 organise girls post school – snack, change of clothing, check bookbags
17:00 cook tea for two (me and Bob) sandwich for Squidge and eat tea, do homework with both girls
18:30 organise milk (supper)
19:30 attempt bedtime
20:30 me time

Monday – clean bedrooms, landing and stairs
Tuesday – clean kitchen and hallway
Wednesday – day off (catch up day)
Thursday – clean fish x 2 and clean lounge
Friday – bathrooms we have 3
Plus most days 2 loads of washing, washing up, cooking tea, homework

This is like most days including days off from school, the only different there is no rush to get up and get to school, but I still need to “entertain” them all day long. Even at bedtime OH doesn’t help.

OH’s day

7:30 get up breakfast washed and dressed
8:10 goes to work
9:00 – 15:00 work with one hour for lunch
15:30 home, drinks tea I’ve made, plays/looks at news on his phone
18:00 eats tea I’ve cooked for him
20:30 – 22:00 work preparation (including texting friends, reading more news, checking personal emails)
22:00 plays on phone
23:00+ goes to bed

Most days are like this, even his short work days, weekends he stays in bed until nearly 10:00 by which time the girls are bored and we can not go anywhere.

So this is where my days go, don’t feel so bad as it looks like I have really done loads.

Tea Tourist Monthly Subscription – Review

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Decembers box selection

Well here is another Teatourist monthly box review. I won the November launch box and reviewed that (Tea Tourist Review), but for some reason I believed I have won three month subcription, I hadn’t it was just one box. Anyway I contacted a little confused and they were really nice and had a leftover box and let me have Decembers box. So as a thank you to Tea Tourist im reviewing another box for them.

Tea no.1. Marzipan Rooibos by Hoogly tea

A nice simple rooibos tea with mazipan. Not much more to add. Normally tea tourist do loose leaf but this is already in bags not the paper bags. Now i have to worn you, when you open the packet the marzipan hits you, very nice warm feeling comes over you, and as you drink the marzipan stays with you.

Tea no.2 Gingerbread Chai by TUGBOAT

This is another rooibos tea, a lot different with ginger and cinnamon, I’m not a fan of ginger so I added honey like it suggests. The honey adds a nice twist which really compliments the tea.

Tea no.3 Shiraore Green by mono cha

This is a twig and leaf tea, smells really fresh and as its says on the instuction card “grassy” I’ll agree with that. Tea tourist recommend drinking with cake or just on its own. It is really nice and smooth to drink which is relaxing

Tea no.4 Citrus Ginger by LULIN TEAS

Another ginger team again I added the honey. It has plenty of different citus flavours orange and lemon zest as well as lemongrass. Personally not liking this one, but the honey makes it bareable to drink.

Tea no.5 Winter Spice by chash Tea

This tea smells like winter with all the different flavours and ingredients in the tea. There is apple, rosehip, lime blossom, elderberries, sage leaf and a few others. With tgis been a December (Christmas) box “drink with mince pies or add a cheeky tipple”

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Tea no.6 Scotch Acorns by Nothing But Tea

Plenty of different ingredients in this tea, even a little whisky and plenty of nuts. The smell when you open the packet is sweet and heavenly, the tea itself looks good enough to eat without making it into tea to drink. Recommended as an after dinner drink and with the whisky I can see why.

This month sees a mixed bag of new teas I love and some that I hate. Yes I did use hate when talking about tea, but I really don’t like ginger. For me ginger spoils things.

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