Slendertone Connect Results | 4 Weeks

Following on from my last post, I am here to show you my results from using the Slendertone Connect. I was given a 6 week program to get me started (I thought it was 4) so I am here to show you the results so far. I have been using the Slendertone every other day for 30 minutes, while cooking, cleaning and even getting the kids ready for bed. I think my routine at the gym has definitely been helping along side my use with the belt, unfortunately one week I didn't make it to the gym once as I was unwell but I was able to use my belt at home to keep going in some way at least. So here are my results as I am sure you are all wanting to see, can I just say one thing though.. Please be nice! We all start somewhere and that's the main thing, I am a Mum to 2 young children and my youngest being 17 months old so I am happy with my body regardless, its amazing!

So these top two photos are front and side before photos and the bottom ones are exactly 4 weeks later. I have another 2 weeks to go on my program so I think I will do another update at 6 weeks as well. My level that I am currently achieving with the belt is around the 75 mark, my goal is 70 so I am keeping above my target. I haven't been to the gym in over a week due to being unwell and looking after the children that are also unwell, so I am looking forward to getting back in the gym to help my progress. I cant wait to see how I progress with my gym and belt routine, I am thinking of maybe doing a update every 2-4 weeks to show you the progress of my journey, I am hoping to tone up more and get some definition on my belly. I have just under 4 months to the wedding so lets do this! 

I can definitely feel a difference, and when I poke my belly now I can feel muscle that has built up underneath, I am starting to get a line down the middle of my belly, I'm not sure if you can tell in the photo but the middle just under my sports bra I am starting to get a line. I am definitely more slimmer round the belly area as before I had a over hang but now I can pull my gym bottoms up properly without them hurting me, also my topper half has slimmed down and my bra doesn't feel as tight anymore. I have only lost 1lb but I put that down to being unwell and not eating so great recently, but from Monday I am back at the gym and getting back into it again. I have just changed the pads on my belt and was so pleased with the service, I ordered the pads online around mid day and they arrived the next morning in the post! I am looking forward to sharing the next lot of results at 6 weeks and sharing my fitness journey with you all along the way. 

Invitations | Wedding Series

Welcome back to another Wedding Wednesday, this week I am going to be talking about our wedding invitations, we sent these out once we had everything in place and knew the times for the ceremony etc. We got our invites from Noah's Nuptials and she was great to work with and made it so easy for us, we was lucky and got our invites when she was running a promotion so that helped save some money. I absolutely love how they turned out, they are exactly what I wanted and match my colours perfectly so it helps to tie in the theme.

So on the front we have glitter card with a baby blue ribbon and heart diamant√© detail, with our names and date of our wedding at the bottom. We have the silvery/grey border to help bring that colour in, it was a little darker than I had in mind but we still love them. 

Inside we have the pocket on the left which holds two cards, one for the RSVP and one is a poem about gifts, there was also options to have another card with the menu, one for directions etc. But we just kept it at two so it was nice and simple, on the right we have all the information, we opted for the more traditional way of wording. We did have all the names printed into the invitations but in our package we had a few spare so I just asked for dotted lines to be added so we could invite anyone else if our first choice people couldn't come, I know it sounds cheeky but our package is for 50 day people so we had to be really picky unfortunately. Our ceremony is booked for 1:30pm so we have put down for guests to arrive an hour before, just so it gives people a bit of time in case they get lost or stuck in traffic, they can also sit in one of the rooms with a lit fire and warm up with a drink before the ceremony begins.

Kidloland App & Giveaway

Since Isla started pre school we have been trying to help her with her learning at home, but she is so independent and strong minded that she wont let us, she just gets frustrated with us or acts silly and says the wrong answers even if she knows what the right answer is. I also don't like her spending to much time on the iPad, she has to earn her time on it by behaving well or doing chores, and she is allowed a 30 minute slot at a time. We have recently been trying out the Kidloland App and have to say it has become a firm favourite! Even much so that Isla will opt to play this in her free time on the iPad instead of watching the kinder egg openings on youtube! She does get time on the iPad just for educational games, but we also allow her to have free time and so she would normally watch youtube. But Kidloland has definitely taken over, the app is full of things for her to do from listening to nursery rhymes to playing occupational games where she can put fires out (she currently wants to be a firewoman as she grows up!) and I love she can act the job out already, I have to admit she seems great for the job! 

My Carry Potty | Ladybird

Isla has been potty trained for around a year now, and although she has been for some time we do have moments when we can get 'caught out' like when we visit the beach, go on country walks, certain shops that don't have toilets and also in the car while driving along the motorway to name a few. We was kindly sent a My Carry Potty to try out and have to say it is now a valuable item when packing for a day out, even if it is just kept in the boot of the car for longer journeys. We was sent the ladybird which is bright red in colour with a fun design on, making it more fun for Isla to use, she's even named it Lily! The potty has a nice sized handle which is perfect for Isla to carry her own potty, although after a while she does ask us carry it... typical! You can purchase the potty here for £24.99 which makes it a little more pricey than others on the market, but I love that you don't need to buy any bags or refills for it so in that aspect its actually cheaper. Its just all ready to go as soon as you open it making it quick and easy to use for your toddler, but we do have to open it for her as she cant do it, which to be honest is probably for the best! 

The potty is leak proof which is great until you find somewhere suitable to empty the contents, you open it by a twist lock type mechanism and once opened you can see the ingenious rubber seal lid. If you use wet wipes or tissue and cant dispose of them elsewhere you can simply pop them in the bottom of the potty but making sure they don't get in the way of the seal. This potty would be brilliant for the early days of potty training and I am so glad we have it now so we can use it with our second when the time comes. The seat is nice and big for little ones to sit on, without the potty feeling unstable, we have had Isla use this on the sand at the beach, on grass in a field and even in the boot of our car and it has been perfectly fine and stable for her. I also like that the front comes up quite high, which will also be perfect for little boys!

An Overview Of The Slendertone Connect

The Slendertone Connect is a sleek looking abdominal belt, it is unisex so can be used by women and men which I think is great as my partner has already been eyeing this up to use! It syncs to your phone via the app which is available on the Apple app store (iPhone 4s upwards/ iPad 4th generation upwards), the Android 4.4 or Google play. It uses bluetooth to connect and once paired it will automatically sync every time for you which is good, I love that you can control the belt with your phone and see your session in progress so you can see on the graph when the intensity will increase, also how much time you have done and how long you have left. 

The Slendertone uses advanced EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) and patented pad placement technology to recruit all abdominal muscles, including the rectus abdominis, the obliques and the hard to reach transversus abdominis. The belt will send signals to your nerves that will then make your muscles contract and that results in firmer and flatter looking abs. The belt can fit sizes 24" - 42" and it uses 3 gel pads that you can place where is suitable for your body size and shape. The gel pads last for 20-30 sessions and then they will need replacing, the pads come with a plastic so once you have finished using your belt you can simply pop the plastic back on the top to prevent everything sticking to them. The belt also comes with a handy little bag that you can store your belt in when its not in use or for travelling. You charge the belt up via a USB cable, I simply plug it into my apple plug and charge it that way, from a full charge the belt lasted 15 half hour sessions before asking me to charge it, that's pretty good going! 

What's In My Toddlers Bag | 17 Month Old

Now that Archie is 17 months old I finally accepted that he is now not a baby and needed to be upgraded to a toddler rucksack, which is the perfect bag as I can chuck it on my back and chase after him and his big sister. I picked him the Disney Cars rucksack off of Amazon as he absolutely loves cars and thought it was the perfect size and I loved that it had a front pocket and cup holder on the side as well. He was so excited when he see it and its something he can relate to and that he loves, he definitely knows that it is his bag. I think with Archie being my 2nd baby I kind of know what the essentials are and what is just unnecessary to lug around in a bag with me, so Ive kept the bag really simple, Ive packed it as if we was popping out to town round the shops, a friends house or soft play etc. 

Colours & Theme | Wedding Series

Welcome to my first Wedding Wednesday post, my aim is to get a post up about the wedding every / other week on a Wednesday. I thought I would start by sharing our colours and theme for the day, this was one of the first things we thought of after we booked our wedding early last year. If you want to read my first post about the wedding click here, but otherwise to just refresh, our wedding is on Saturday 25th February 2017, so its a winter wedding and that brought me to my theme which is... Winter Wonderland! Its not a over the top theme, we are just incorporating the theme slightly with light colours, snowflakes, crystals and sparkles!

The colours we have chosen for the day are whites, greys, silvers and hints of baby blue! I think they are the perfect colours for the time of year and I'm so happy with how its all coming together now, its always a bit worrying imagining it all in your head, I just hope it works out on the day! I have some products that I am trying to pull in the theme by using snowflakes, but I don't want to go to crazy. We also have a few other ideas to tie in the theme but I will share them on my decoration post! 

If you can think of any nice ways to tie in the winter wonderland theme then please throw them my way! I have been pinning like crazy over on Pinterest, but don't you find that you have this perfect Pinterest wedding... and then the one that you can actually afford. I cant believe we have less than 5 months to go now, its just going crazy fast! I have had snow before on my Birthday so who knows, we may get a bit of snow on the day? But otherwise you can get some sunny crisp days in February which would also be nice, I'm not to worried about the weather as no matter what it is going to be cold and our venue is all under the one roof. They say rain means good luck on your Wedding Day and as long as I get to marry my best friend that is all that matters.

Make My Day Bib | Monkey

Baby led weaning is messy to say the least, but now Archie is 17 months old he has got the knack of eating without making much mess and he can use a fork and spoon as well. But the biggest problem we still have is with food being dropped, sometimes it will fall off his cutlery or he just shoves so much in his mouth that some falls out and then drops down on to his clothes. We could easily change him up to 2 times a day where his outfit just gets ruined from food and drink. Over the years I have tried many bibs, ones that claim to catch the food but half of them the catcher is pressed so tight to the bib that it doesn't actually catch a single bit of food. We have been trying out the Make My Day Monkey bib the past few weeks and can say it gets a huge thumbs up from us! Not only do they come in 16 cute designs, the quality of them are to a high standard, the bib feels so soft to touch thanks to the food grade silicone material and its nice and flexible, you can also wash them so quick and easily in the sink and I found it also dried pretty quickly too, or even better its dishwasher safe! 

The bib as 4 adjustable size positions meaning this bib will last from 6 months to 3 years, so you'll get plenty of use out of it, and thanks to the anti stain it means its will still look as good as new after many uses. These bibs are BPA free, PVC free and phthalate free so nice and safe for your little ones too. I love that it can be rolled up and you can store cutlery in the catcher bit so its ready to go when on the go and will fit neatly into your nappy bag, you can also secure it once its been rolled up so if you need to move it in the bag it wont all come undone like others that I have tried. 

Crafting For World Teacher's Day 2016

On Wednesday 5th October it is World Teacher's Day and so Isla wanted to make some cards for her key worker at pre-school and also one for all the other teachers that work hard throughout the year. She gets on so well with all the workers at her nursery and thought it would be nice to show some appreciation for all that they do, they all work so hard with all the children and its only right that they get a day to be thought of.