It's hard losing weight when you are a Mummy because...

Monday, 19 September 2016

It is so hard losing weight when you're a mummy ain't it!

(Lewis and Clare Elise)

It soon all becomes about coffee and cake with other mum's and then when your Little One starts eating solids you end up tasting his / her food to check it tastes ok, and then when your Little One starts eating things like toast or sandwiches it's so easy to just to nibble on those cut off crusts isn't it? 


Nightmare! 


Back in May 2016, I wrote about how I was losing weight thanks to Weight Watchers, you can have a read here. I started on my weight loss after baby journey back in November 2015 just before my Birthday. (Crazy I know!)



My weight loss was going great. I went to my weekly Weight Watchers Meeting and inputted every little thing I ate into my APP. Then things went downhill and I shall share why! 

We moved house again... The first meeting that I went along to really suited me. The time of the day that the meeting was held was great, and it quickly became part of my weekly routine and I guess it also helped that I got on well with the Leader. I liked her as she really inspired me and always gave me support week in, week out. 

When we moved house I of course moved meetings. The new leader was lovely HOWEVER, the meeting just didn't suit me. It was on at an earlier time in the o day therefore, it messed with my afternoon schedule with Lewis and it meant that I couldn't stay for the weekly meeting. Therefore I never got any benefit from going along other than a quick weigh in. By the end of June, I had lost all motivation and care for Weight Watchers as I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere. I left the meeting and went on my merry way. In July I started doing some part time work to get me out and about again, this has been fab and really great for building my confidence again after baby. However, this added workload has meant that sometimes I've been left feeling really tired and therefore reaching for coffee and sugar as a pick me up which isn't good at all!

SO WHAT AM I DOING MOVING FORWARD?





A couple of weeks ago I stepped onto my old bathroom scales and weighed myself for the first time in weeks. What I saw made me feel very unhappy with myself as I've put weight back on. This really was a kick up the butt, and since then I've started to put things back into place to help me get to the weight that I want to be. I'm back feeling even more focused and determined!


SO... Here's the deal...


(Beets BLU Scales)

1. Beets BLU

I've got a new set of scales. It was definitely time to upgrade! I got my new set of scales from Amazon. They're by Beets Blu and are pretty nifty. They cleverly link up to an APP on your phone so that you can keep a track of your weight loss journey and monitor everything from body fat to hydration and with this APP you can clearly see your progress. I've only recently started to use these scales. HOWEVER... when I check in with you again soon sharing about my weight loss journey I'll make sure that I share more regards my experience with these smart scales. If you want to find out more check them out here


2. FITBIT

If you follow my Vlog you'll know that my FITBIT has been my best friend for years now. It helped me to lose weight before having Lewis and it's helped me to lose weight after having him. I love monitoring how active I am in the day on my FITBIT and have found that it really motivates me to get active. I've also hooked my phone up to two great APPS that you can use to earn points and get vouchers just by walking, these APPS are Bounts and Earthmiles. Check them out as they are pretty cool. ALSO... I think that I'll also join StepBet as that looks pretty cool. From what I understand you simply place a bet normally around $30 into the pot. The APP works out from your current FITBIT stats how many steps you should do a day and what you need to do to push yourself that bit more. If you then reach your step goals throughout the month you get winnings from the pot. I need to explore this APP some more but I think it seems a pretty cool idea. Dont you?

3. Weight Watchers

I've not totally fallen out of love with Weight Watchers and I've decided to use the APP to monitor my food throughout the day. This should help me to get a hold of my eating habits again.

4. Treat Myself


I've decided that I'm going to Treat Myself. I'm going to treat myself to some new clothes once I hit my Weight Loss Goal! This again will motivate me as I've not bought any new clothing for a long, long time! 

You can Follow My Weightloss Journey on here and on my Instagram





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The 2017 Desire Map Collection Launches... Thank you Danielle LaPorte

Thursday, 1 September 2016

I'm proper excited about this... As you know I LOVE PLANNERS!

I adore paper planners, don't get me wrong computers are great but sometimes it's just nice to sit on the sofa with a Planner on your knee and a pen in your hand and make notes and plan the week/month ahead. Don't you think?

I'm happy right now because as of today the 2017 Desire Map Planner Collection is available to purchase! It’s a really different, yet fabulous way to plan your day because it puts your soul on the agenda.
(Photo thanks to Danielle LaPorte)

The 2017 Desire Map Planner is so cool as it helps you puts your desires on the map, and helps you plan your days and weeks according to how you most want to feel so it's a little different to other planners out there on the market.

This planner is based around the popular book and workbook by Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map, this planner system incorporates your soul and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day.

The 2017 planner comes with two versions, the Daily and Weekly edition, for any type of planner person:

(Photo thanks to Danielle LaPorte)


The DAILY planner is fab for the highly scheduled, detailed thinkers, and awesome A-types who love keeping track of all the big and little things. This planner takes you through the year day by day, with unique soul prompts to limber up your mind before you write, scheduling space, #Truthbombs, a Stop Doing list (because saying no is revolutionary) and a super condensed list called 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done.
(Photo thanks to Danielle LaPorte)

The WEEKLY planner is for the big dreamers, Creatives, and entrepreneurs — the planner-types who want a bird’s eye view of their week. Sprinkled with prompts for positive declarations and #Truthbombs, the weekly spread also has space for your Core Desired Feelings, daily to-do’s, and a list of 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done. This planner also has an End of Week Check-in with unique Soul Prompts from Danielle and space for reflecting on life as you move through it week by week.

When you’re clear on how you want to feel, decisions come to you more easily, you’ll know when to say “No” and when to say “Hell, YES!” I blooming love this planner as it really helps you to focus on how you want to feel and where you want to be in life!

You can buy yours today and start planning the life you’ve always wanted.

GET YOURS NOW


(Photo thanks to Danielle LaPorte)


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Sparkly Sunday: Bags

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Let's talk BAGS shall we and not the type of bags that sit under your eyes most of the time if you're a Mummy! 
Nope, I wanna talk about handbags, shoulder bags, and funky bags.

It's been a little while since I posted a Sparkly Sunday... However, it's Good News, as I'm hoping to get slowly back up to speed and bring you a lot more Sparkly Sunday Posts, So keep an eye out on the blog Oh, and make sure you check back on the 31st August 2016 as I've got something quite exciting to share with you...

1. SPRAYGROUND


(photo thanks to Sprayground)

OMG! As soon as I spotted these bags I fell in love. Sprayground is popular with Celebs and Fashionista's all over the World and now their super funky bags are available to buy here in the UK. This little beauty is Kitten Money and is priced at just £45.60.


(Photo thanks to Simply Be) 
I'm really loving this colourful floral bag it's perfect for now or to add a pop of colour to any outfit in the Autumn months ahead. The bag is a total bargain at the moment as it's in the sale for just £15.00!

3. Bright Sequin Unicorn Bag
(Photo thanks to Claires.co.uk)

This cool little quirky bag is in Claire's sale right now so I'm guessing once it's gone it's gone. However, I thought I would share this super funky sparkly bag as it's priced at just£7.00.


(Photo thanks to Rock My Vintage)
I love this. If you teamed this bag up with a Little Black Dress over the Winter months it would definitely add a little bit of sunshine to your day for sure and it would brighten up your outfit. It also only costs £10.00.

(Photo thanks to Simply Be)
I think this would make the perfect everyday bag. It adds a splash of colour to any outfit and it helps us to get away from the bog standard black everyday bag for work. It costs 

£37.00


I hope you've enjoyed this week's Sparkly Sunday. Let me know which bag's your favourite! 

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Growing My Hair...

Monday, 22 August 2016

I'm not gonna lie this growing your hair business is tough!

There's been plenty of times over this last year where I've been on the verge of just walking into a hairdresser's and asking them to cut it all off!!! However, I've been super patient and I've nearly got my hair into the style and shape that I want... a MESSY BOB


(Clare Elise Messy Bob 2016)


My Hair Story...

When I was a young and at school, my hair was cut into the perfect bob shape. Mum took me to a lovely hairdresser in Sheffield to get my hair cut every month and yeah, it was the PERFECT BOB! By that I mean that it was a bob and a very untrendy bob! Now don't get me wrong it looked nice, HOWEVER, it wasn't all that fashionable, although to be honest most of us growing up in the Eighties / Nineties probably ended up with a similar haircut as it seemed to be the "In Thing!".


Anyway, enough about that! 


During my college days whilst I studied music, I started to really experiment with my hair. I grew it long, I dyed it dark purple, dark red and black and I even started to plait red hair extensions into my hair which I bought from a little store in the Nottingham Victoria Market place. I totally loved the idea of red and black hair but at that time I just wasn't brave enough to take the plunge...! 


(Clare Elise & Subject2Status Band photo shoot)

Then in 2002... it happened... I booked an appointment at Toni & Guy in Nottingham after a breakup with a boy! I walked into the hairdressers that day with messy, long dark hair and asked them to cut it all off and dye it red and black... this was the result and I blooming LOVED IT!   


(Photo thanks to Robin Hosgood)

Anyone who follows me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will know that my hair has stayed short and messy and has been red and black since then. However, last year I decided enough was enough it was time for a change and as soon as we arrived back in the UK I started to grow my hair.


In September 2015 my hair looked like this... 


(Clare Elise hair 2015)


Still short however a lot flatter in shape and style and ready for growing....

By February 2016... my hair was ready for a cut and colour. So I stepped into Rush Hairdressers. This was the end result... a lot darker than before however really funky hair and still red and black.

(Clare Elise hair Feb 2016)


Hair Styling....


When I had short and messy hair like this...

(Clare Elise 2015)
Styling my hair was super easy. I simply did a quick blow dry in the Morning and followed that with a little bit of styling putty to add definition and add shape and style to my hair! TBH it was the perfect hair cut.. especially for after having Lewis as it was easy and quick to do.

As my hair grew it became a little more difficult to get the right feel to the look... I decided to leave my hair for five months without any proper cutting or colouring... I did have a little trim during that time but that was it. I did this so that I could start to get the layers to grow down and so that I could get the fullness to my hair back after breastfeeding as whilst breastfeeding my hair went a little thin. 

During this time I discovered got2b by Schwarzkopf. I now have two products on my beauty shopping list that are must haves! They are Schwarzkopf got2b Powder'ful and Schwarzkopf got2b Made 4 Mess. These two products are awesome! I simply spray Schwarzkopf got2b Made 4 Mess through my hair whilst it's wet and then blow dry and once blow dried I simply sprinkle a little got2be Powder'ful onto my hands and massage that onto the roots of my hair. DONE. Messy Perfection! 

(Clare Elise got2b)

If you follow me on social media you'll know that recently on Instagram I posted about my new hair! It's nearly a year since I started growing it and now my hair is like this... 

(Clare Elise hair Aug 2016)

It's a perfectly messy, red and black and it's in a gorgeous bob shape. I love it! 
(Thanks, to Rush hair salon / Schwarzkopf got2b styling range for helping me get my hair sorted.) 

(Schwarzkopf got2b)


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