This is no lie…fiancée reported that our nearly-four year old actually said this and had the video to prove it…
Nearly four year old: “Daddy, what colour is love?”
Daddy: “I’m not sure, what colour do you think it is?”
Nearly four year old: “Erm…I think it is all of the colours. All of the colours in the rainbow!”
It’s two and a half weeks from our wedding day…eeek!!! We’ve reached a stage where everything is hand and all the planning is done and dusted.
It’s countdown time. There are some nerves flying around – typical things: “will everything go to plan on the day?”, “will everyone enjoy it?” and of course most importantly “will there be enough cheese to go around from the cheese tower?”
Cheese anxiety aside, one of the most important issues which must affect any bride is health and wellbeing. No-one wants a horrible cold or virus on their wedding day. A bride (and groom!) wishes to feel at their best.
Earlier this year I reviewed a health supplement called Revive Active at a time when I really needed it. It was the New Year, a time when I feel sluggish and when lots of bugs and viruses fly around and I was reliably informed that this supplement was full of lots of healthy vitamins, minerals and other ingredients.
The supplement is delivered in handy daily sachets, which I took in a glass of apple juice before breakfast in the morning. I had seven days worth to take and was looking forward to seeing some results, especially given the benefits listed on their website, as below:
During my trial of the supplement I was really impressed by the benefits I felt: more clear-headed and more energy. I also noted that both my children had colds which I would normally catch just by glancing in their direction, but I didn’t.
It’s expensive: six months supply would set you back £49.95 per month, or £59.85 for one month.
However, I felt that it was worth it – for example if you’re recovering from some nasty bug or infection and are really struggling, if you suffer from heart problems, persistent tiredness or…have your wedding in the not too distant future!
So here I am again – avidly whisking up my supplement powder each morning. I do feel much better already, as wedding planning has taken it’s toll this year and I was feeling so tired.
I’m not the only one who loves this supplement – check out 52 year old Linda Barker’s recent interview on her use of Revive, and these testimonials.
Visit the Revive Active website for more information, to order directly and view stockists.
Disclosure: I received the Revive Active Supplement free of charge in return for writing this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Sunday tea time: I’m cooking salmon for the girls and decide to add noodles because they love them and think that they’re essentially ‘grown up spaghetti’, particularly when I add a bit of soy sauce and lemon.
I was musing on how to get them to eat a vegetable element to the meal, and had one of those rare moments in parenting: the “I’ve just had such a good idea that I’m going to be openly really smug about it” moment.
Small plastic pots, with chopped cucumber and celery, placed neatly to the side of the noodle dish. “Look! Your VERY OWN little pot filled with lovely things!”. They ate the lot. And that wouldn’t have happened if I had just plonked them in the dish (instead I would have got “Urghh! I don’t want that” or my littlest one would have simply flung them on the floor disinterestedly).
And I think that’s the key to vegetable eating in my girls – try and do something different and exciting. It’s not easy, but I’ve realised that I do more ‘vegetable magic’ than I thought.
Besides the vegetable pots which are the current hit (until they become passé – probably within the week), here are some of my current means of ensuring veg eating:
Anyone else any ideas? Mine are good for now but I’m sure the day will soon come when my little ones are wise to my tricks…
This week, I’m focussing on the emerging theme of ‘telling over your little sister’.
We’re eating tea, and the vegetable element involves sprouts. Bit of a curveball, didn’t think they’d eat them, but the following scenario commenced…
Nearly-4-year-old: “Mummy, I’ve eaten 2 sprouts already!”
Me: “That’s really good!” (to little sister) “..and have you eaten your sprouts, too?”
Nearly-4-year-old, not letting little sister answer: “No, she hasn’t. Actually, Mummy, you only gave her 2 sprouts and she hasn’t even eaten any of them!”
Me, attempting to get a word in: “Oh dear!”
Nearly-4-year-old: “I’ve eaten all of mine now, and there were 4!!”
Me: “Well done!”
Maybe I should try broccoli next time, and spinach the time after that…
This week, my 21 month old makes another appearance. Her speech is developing rapidly now and she will suddenly say something that makes me stop and think “you’re really growing up!”
It was really simple. We’d got into the car and fiancée had returned to the house to get his wallet.
21 month old, clear as day: “where’s Daddy gone?”
I thought this was brilliant. It showed that she was pondering something in her little mind and was able to articulate it. Well done, little one! (and poor me…two chatterboxes to contend with…)
Recently, my fiancée said to me “it feels a bit more normal now, doesn’t it?”.
This was following an afternoon where I had been out for a friend’s birthday, leaving him with the children. Now, a year or two ago this event would have been accompanied by a set of instructions. Sometimes, these would even be written down, forming a ‘schedule’.
It would look something like this:
…and so on. This weekend, we both realised that I had just gone out. With no, or very little, instructions.
Now they’re nearly 4 and nearly 2 they’re a lot more independent and can just get on with things. They had a fab time that afternoon – they went to the shop to pick up some items we’d ordered, watched a film and had a lovely tea. They were – the shock of it – even half ready for bed when I got in! They had freshly washed hair!
Not that I’ve been previously unconfident in my fiancée’s ability. I currently work part time so I’ve been the one who’s more familiar with the routine. When fiancée was suddenly plonked in the middle of it, it was daunting. Now, we don’t need so much of a routine to keep everyone happy. We can muddle along ok!
We’ve noticed other things that have become easier. The house is a lot tidier these days, with fewer toys strewn around our lovely lounge. It’s less of a flap to go out in the evenings when we have a babysitter, and I’m not on pins anymore, wondering if the baby has woken up and started screaming. They can communicate now – if they need something they can just ask the babysitter. (Interesting point here – I told this to my nearly-4 year old and she promptly appeared at the top of the stairs after we’d gone out, shouting to the babysitter “I NEED SOMETHING!”).
It feels like the beginning of a new stage and new adventures – with I’m sure many obstacles and issues along the way, but it feels good. My eldest girl starts pre-school in September which will be a big change for all of us, but she’s ready for it, and we feel ready for our new beginnings as a family.
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