We decided to go to Samphire Hoe which is not all that far from us and perfect for blowing away the cobwebs. It's quite an amazing place really. It's reclaimed land created when they were digging the Eurotunnel. It consists of a seawall and nature reserve. We love going there in summer and usually tie it in with a beach visit. Saturday however was way too cold for the beach!
It really was a lovely afternoon out. Sometimes you just need a bit of fresh air.
Sunday came quicker than expected.
The morning was spend pottering around the house while Simon and Dylan were cutting back some bushes in the garden. Emily went out as well, to help with our beehive inspection. Simon and her have been keeping bees for nearly a year now and I'm so proud of how knowledgeable she is about it all.
In the afternoon we we went to Simon's brother as it was his birthday. It was nice to catch up with everyone and have some cake. Cake is always nice though isn't it. Even when you're on a diet.
I didn't end up taking any photos but I did take one of our dinner which was amazing!
Pulled pork made in the slow cooker.
Definitely a recipe that will be repeated many if times in this household.
It's Sunday evening now. I'm snuggled under a blanket on the sofa. I'm already in pyjamas and the kids are about to go to bed. I can't believe the worst day of the week is just a sleep away.
Hurry up again Friday!
I've made up a meal plan for this following week so do keep an eye on my Instagram page @daisyspratley should you be interested, I'll share it over the weekend.
I found that going back to basics and writing down everything I eat has really helped me stay on track this week.
Ive been using the food diary sheets that came in my welcome pack and knowing exactly what I've been eating, wether it was naughty or nice, has meant I've never gone over my daily syn allowance. Last time I did Slimming World I didn't do this and it's surprising how much you'll forget. Syns quickly add up and not keeping an eye on them can really hinder your weightloss.
I have had treats ofcourse. Anyone who knows me, knows I've got a huge sweet tooth.
This week my favourites have been the Rocky Road Hifi bars, some banana fritters I made and Options Strawberry hot chocolate. The hot chocolate has been an evening thing, it really satisfied my chocolate craving and at only two syns there really wasn't much to complain about!
I was really happy when someone suggested we'd go to wagamama for lunch.
I ended up having the Katsu curry and it was so good! The kids both had their usual wagamama dish which is the cod cubes and Simon decided on the vegetarian Katsu curry which really surprised us all, he's not normally one for choosing the vegetarian option!
After a quick dash around a few more shops we returned home and my little niece came with us. She wanted to spend some time with Emily which was so sweet of her.
The girls ended up baking the most delicious cookies.
The rest of the day just went by in a blur.
We were busy with everything and nothing at the same time and before we knew it it was time to go to bed.
Sunday started slowly, like Sunday's should, with coffee and breakfast.
I decided to blitz the kids bedrooms. This had been a job long overdue and something I just wanted to get over and done with. After Christmas with its new supply of games, trinkets and "clutter" there was no better time really. I ended up with four (FOUR!) bags for the skip.
Even though their rooms are still fuller than an egg they somehow seem a lot more organised. Emily is the artist/creative brain of our family and she's forever creating new artwork and I'm sure I can run an art supply shop from her room alone! Needless to say all this creating does make a lot of mess and thousands of pieces of scrap paper.
Sunday was also the day of getting ready for school again.
Uniforms were ironed and bookbags were made ready. We decided to forgo the Sunday roast and settled on a delicious stir fry, slimming world friendly ofcourse, and the homemade crispy chicken pieces went down a treat.
The evening came quickly and Simon and I started watching a series on Netflix. It's one I've seen mentioned on Gogglebox quite a lot so we decided to give it a go.
Have you watched it?
We've seen two episodes so far and I'm really into it.
Can't wait to watch some more.
So that was our weekend in a nutshell.
I'm counting down to Friday already