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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Miracle Morning

One of my goals for this year was to get back into reading. I've always loved reading but over the last few years(that should read decade) I had slowly but surely got out of the habit of reading.
In January I chose a few books from one of our local libraries and one of them was called The Miracle Morning. I posted on Instagram that I would e giving it a go and had quite a few messages from people saying that they had heard of The Miracle Morning and could I let them now how I found it.
So here it is...
I know it's now August but it's definitely not a book that you read once and then implement and I also wanted to be honest about the book and process which I knew wouldn't be possible after trying it for just a few weeks.

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The book is designed to help people build simple habits that will go on to create positive changes in life. Many experts have hailed it as a life changing read saying that it "contains the building blocks to get your life back on track or turn it around."
 I had a copy from the library which meant I couldn't make notes on it which I quickly realised wouldn't work. I ordered myself a copy from Amazon and picked up where I left off. 
The idea of The Miracle Morning is simple yet effective. It involves getting up earlier than usual(not ridiculously early though) and spending time alone to focus yourself on being the best version of you. 

I quickly set about making notes on suggestions in the book; things that would work for me, things that weren't practical etc 
The book tells you that The Miracle Morning consists of 6 life SAVERS 

  You have a period of Silence
A  You read or say Affirmations
V  You do Visualisations
E  . You Exercise
R  You do some Reading
S   You spend some time Scribing, journalling, writing etc

All of this is done in the time that you wake up earlier before getting ready to face the day ahead.

The books author, Hal Elrod suggests what you could do for each activity and how long to spend on it but I found myself getting so hung up on his suggestions that the first 3 days that I tried to implement it I just didn't feel that it was working for me. I looked at the SAVERS again and this time decided to reorganise them in a way that worked better for me and after a few mornings of doing it my way I felt this was something that definitely was making a difference to my days and my mental well being too.

"But don't you find getting up earlier hard?"
This is question that I get asked the most and the truth is sometimes yes. I learned rather quickly though that my usual bedtime of after 11pm wouldn't work with The Miracle Morning but actually wasn't working with my normal routine either so I decided that going to bed an hour earlier was worth it. If you establish a good bedtime routine then it definitely makes getting up earlier much easier.

"Aren't you tired all the time?"
This is the second most commonly asked question. There are days where it gets to about 1pm and I am shattered and just want to nap but equally before I started TMM and on the days that I don't do it I still can and do have days that I feel tired. Making small changes to my lifestyle has helped combat the tiredness and I also believe that TMM has made those changes possible.

"It won't work with my lifestyle/family!"
I'm not even going to lie, after first reading the book and trying it for 2 days this was me. "It doesn't work, I'm too busy, I don't have the time, It's inconvenient" every excuse you could think of I had. It was when I sat down and really thought about what I want from life and how I could achieve those things that I knew that I had to give this a proper go and if after that it didn't work then fair enough. There is a quote or saying that is always doing the rounds on Facebook about people making time for what they want and it's true. If you really want to do something you'll find a way.

I won't lie and say that it's always easy and I do give myself 2-4 days off of TMM a week depending on what my week looks like(ie, during the summer holidays it wasn't physically possible to be able to do it for 7 days a week because of our plans) and I won't say that as a result I have millions in the bank or have lost all the weight I want but what I will say is that this process is undeniably helping me make positive changes to my life and helping see that my goals are more within my reach than I ever dreamed.

If you've tried The Miracle Morning I'd love to know how you've found it and if you are going to give it a go because of this post then please keep me updated.

Emma xoxo

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Weekly Meal Plan 26/08/19

We are at Notting Hill Carnival

Out for the day

Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread

Jacket potatoes with various fillings

Vegetable curry and rice

Picnic at the farm

Sunday roast

What’s on your menu this week?

Emma xoxo

Friday, August 23, 2019

Chicken Arrabbiata Recipe

One of my favourite dishes at an Italian restaurant is Chicken Arrabbiata. A basic dish that tastes yummy and whilst I haven't perfected it this recipe comes a pretty close second.

You will need
Serves 4

400g chicken breasts
400g penne pasta
2 cartons of passata
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 onion finely chopped
1 chilli deseeded and finely chopped (you can leave the seeds in if you're feeling brave)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
4 tbs olive oil
Parsley chopped

Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat

Dice the chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook for 5 mins or until the chicken is cooked.

Chop the garlic, onion and chilli and add to the pan. Fry for another minute, stirring everything together.

Pour the passata in as well as the chopped parsley, stir well and simmer gently uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

In the meanwhile cook the pasta following the instructions on the packet. Once cooked, drain and tip the pasta back into the same saucepan.

Add the chicken in sauce to the pasta and stir everything together.

Serve straightaway. (Serve with chopped parsley and parmesan if you like)

If you try this recipe I'd love to see your finished products. Feel free to tag me on Instagram I'd also love to see your take on my favourite recipe.

Emma xoxo

Monday, August 19, 2019

Weekly Meal Plan 19/08/19

Pork chops, roast potatoes and vegetables

Chilli con carne and rice

Spicy chicken arrabbbiate

Homemade wrap pizzas

Beef nachos

Saturday and Sunday
Away for the weekend

What's on your menu this week?

Emma xoxo

Friday, August 16, 2019

Dinosaur World Live

On Thursday 14th August we headed to the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre to watch Dinosaur World Live
For the last few years families have had to opportunity to get their hands on free theatre tickets for their children for some great shows so we took advantage of that and got our tickets.
The show was held in the brand new Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre located in the heart of Wembley Park and just a few minutes walk from the station.

We were greeted at the entrance by some really fun and friendly members of staff who showed us to the box office to collect our tickets. The equally lovely staff at the box office gave us our tickets along with a nice surprise of free seat upgrades.

The foyer was styled in a very urban and cool way with a dinosaur egg and foliage in the centre which makes for a great photo opportunity. The concession stand had loads of dinosaur related merchandise and programmes available to buy opposite a very well stocked bar serving hot and cold drinks.
After purchasing our dino heads on sticks and programme we made sure we visited the toilet(which were very snazzy may I add) before taking our seats. 

The staff were super efficient at seating all guests and offered booster seats where necessary. We had an amazing view from our seats in row D and shortly after being seated we were taking in the scenery of the stage; crates strategically placed with warning signs of what may reside inside then a lady appeared on stage and introduced herself as Miranda. She talked about her parents being palaeontologists, growing up on an island off South America and how they studied dinosaurs. Miranda continued by telling us that they brought some species back to the UK to educate us about these dinosaurs.
As the story continues Miranda introduces us to six different dinosaurs one at a time and asks for volunteers from the audience to feed, pet and cuddle the dinosaurs. Every so often Miranda would say "Dino fact" and then provide us with some factual information about dinosaurs so not only was it a fun show but also educational.
Towards the end Titus the T-Rex was 'released' on stage and with smoke, lights and fantastic sound effects had everyone on the edge of their seats with excitement. Once Titus is safely led away the show ends with us being able to witness a baby dinosaur hatching from its egg and mother and baby singing to each other which had the whole audience cooing.

Once the show was finished there was the opportunity to meet one of the dinosaurs on stage and two of the dinosaurs were in the foyer waiting to meet the audience and have a cuddle.

The show is aimed at families of children aged 3 and up and as an interactive show there are lots of opportunities for audience participation which all of the kids(including the adults) loved. Now although I've talked about dinosaurs I will take this opportunity to point out that as fantastic as the show was the dinosaurs are in fact the most amazing looking puppets that are life size(I assume as I've never met a dinosaur in person)and as for the puppeteers well what can I say, blown away by their performances.

I was pleasantly surprised with just how much my two children enjoyed it and took away from it. I myself wasn't sure exactly what to expect but I left the theatre in awe of what a great show we had just watched. Along the the fab setting and awesome staff I can safely say that we loved our afternoon out and would definitely recommend Dinosaur World Live as a show and Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre as a venue.

**Dinosaur World Live will be on at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre until 1st September so there's still time to get some tickets. Don't forget if you book them through kids theatre week you will get one free child ticket per adult ticket purchased and a second child can go for half price.

Emma xoxo

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Meal Plan 12/08/19

Chicken skewers, cous cous and salad

Shepherds pie, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings

Wings, chips, corn on the cob and salad

Beef nachos 

Jacket potatoes with various fillings

Eating out

Roast pork with all the trimmings 

For more meal plans head over to Katy Kicker's blog for lots of ideas and inspiration.

What’s on your menu this week?

Emma xoxo