Celebrity Mum is a REAL Winner!

The Celebrity Mum of the Year for 2009 has been announced and I am over the moon that it is Kym Marsh!

I'm over the moon because here is a 'real' woman who had 2 kids then pursued her dream of being a pop star which she achieved and now she is also an actress and presenter. Well done her! She shows that just because you have children, doesn't mean that your life stops or that you have less ambition than you did as a single girl.

Plus like many of our UK celebrity mums, she doesn't have an entourage of nannies, personal chefs and helpers like the US 'Moms', she takes her own kids to school and when she cannot collect them she relies on 'Grandma' like so many of us UK working women!

Kym is an inspiration. A down to earth mum who juggles a busy life and looks great too! Well done Kym!

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It's like 'porn' for mums!

To be honest with you, I wasn't sure if my title for this post would attract some 'undesirable' attention to my blog, so if you are a perv, then log off now! However if you are a busy mum, stay tuned!

I used the words I did in the title because I'm talking about something I get excited about - being organised! I have a good friend who wanders the aisles of Rymans looking longingly at the clean, hard-backed covers of the journals, the thick leaded pencils and the soft, tactile personal organisers in all their colours! I can totally relate - I love getting new stationery and feel more in control when my activities and the schedules of my two children are managed in one place, so I was excited to get a new diary for 2010 from Mums Office (www.mumsoffice.co.uk)

This pink handbag sized planner has room for not only my own schedule but also space to insert up to 4 other people, so I have labelled the columns for husband and my 2 children and am going to use the last column to plan meals for the week. It's nice to have a separate space to do that! However if you have 4 kids then you will need all the columns for them - it's hard enough juggling two, so hats off to you if you are managing more than that - you should be an Executive PA!

Here is the handbag sized pink diary- it matches my pink phone and just fits into my faux Chanel quilted shoulder-bag! (Chanel price, in the £000's. My price, £1.96 from Primarni! Bargain!)

What I loved:
I thought the pages specially for inputting 'Children's Details' were excellent. You could store their doctors and dentists details here along with their National Health No, plus all their school term dates - this would be a Godsend for women with children at different schools, in case their term dates differed. Opposite the Children's Details page was a page for their 'Class Contacts' so you can keep track of their friends' numbers and address. I have manually created this sort of thing in the past so it was nice to have a proper page printed out for this purpose. If I was to suggest a small addendum, I'd have loved space to also put on their little friend's birthday date for easier card sending and their parents name (I sometimes forget the Mum's name if they are just someone I speak to at the school gate rather than a more close friend, so it would be nice to have somewhere to remember this rather than just saying "Chloe's mum!)
I also liked the 'Travel Plans' page which I have already filled out with the trips we're taking in 2010. There will be a few as I have 2 weddings to go to so these will involve weekend breaks - plus a hen do that I have been invited to for one of them (another weekend!) and the Gift Record part was inspired! Great idea to have space to put what you bought for everyone to ensure you don't duplicate next year! I usually have a separate notebook for this reason so it was nice to have it with my actual diary.

What I didn't like:
It's hard to do and keep the diary to a convenient 'handbag' size but I would have loved more space for my activities rather than a 'Week to View' space. I tend to use my daily space for recording appointments but also reminding myself to post a card or even use for a shopping list. There wasn't space to put a shopping list in there so this could be perhaps an idea for an addition for a future diary!
The only other thing I didn't like is that with this diary I'd have to write out all the 'basic' information' about children's details and their friends plus my contacts address and phone numbers, over again in next year's diary. If the Mums Diary was in a format that could be inserted into a personal organiser where I'd keep my existing address book information and other items, I'd not be duplicating activity by re-writing all this into a Mums Diary next time round!

Overall this diary is brilliant and great value for money at £14.00 At this price it would make a very nice Christmas present for a busy mum!

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Health Kick.... I wanted to 'Kick' the Masseuse!

I was on a cruise ship last week, having a fortnight's holiday in the Caribbean - it was awesome. Picture the scene, I'd been having a 3 course dinner every night, cocktails and sodas all day, afternoon tea (with cake!) most days and when the kids had an ice-cream, well - it'd be rude if I didn't join them too! You get the picture - I really had a 'no holds barred' holiday and enjoyed myself!

However there really is too much of a good thing and towards the end of the holiday I got to the stage where I was sick of eating! I craved vegetables and water, yoghurts and bananas, so I pledged to get back on track when I got home. Whilst I was there I decided to go to the onboard spa for a massage. I'd had a bit of a stiff shoulder and back for a while and thought that it would just 'sort itself out' when I had a rest, but it didn't so I went off to the spa for a hot stone massage to have some 'proper' relaxation. At the time it was ok, but as the day wore on afterwards, my right arm which the masseuse had concentrated on became more and more painful and at the end of the night, I was in absolute agony, in tears, and enquiring about seeing the Ship's Doctor.

I was convinced that the masseuse had dome something to me - torn a muscle maybe, or caused some internal bruising. She was imploring me throughout the massage "WHY have you left it so long before coming to get a massage?" (My answer - "I don't know, when you have 2 small kids you just get on with it don't you?") Then she was saying (and I quote) "Oy Yoy Yoy, you are so stiff, Meesus Hill" (she was from Eastern Europe) and made me promise to get more hot stone massages when I get home - I agreed! So when I was in bed 16 hours later, in the worst agony with my arm (well - not quite as bad as childbirth but bad enough), in tears and unable to get comfortable, I was sending mental hate messages to the masseuse - absolutely convinced that she had 'done' something to me. I mean, it's not normal to go for a relaxing massage and come out in searing agony and having to wear a sling on your arm for 3 days afterwards.

The first job I did when I got home (after putting the washing on of course!), was to call up a Physiotherapist I know and get an appointment, to have her tell me what had happened, (and if I could sue the masseuse for GBH or something!) I had the appointment this week and was surprised to find out that this masseuse who I'd been cursing all week had actually done me a massive favour! Apparently I'd had low level niggles for a while and I'm either VERY active (going running or just running round after my children) or VERY sedentiary (working on my computer or just collapsing each night after the kids are in bed due to sheer exhaustion). This pattern along with poor posture, the fact that I'm always lifting heavy items (ie: my son who weighs a ton!) and not having a proper chair to sit on whilst working (preferring the laptop on my knee on the sofa because there have to be some benefits to working from home don't there?!) have all compounded in my body 'compensating' for these bad habits by building muscle tightly around the shoulder joint to keep me functional. When the masseuse gave me such an in-depth massage, she relaxed all these knotted muscles, thus bringing all the pain to the fore-front so I could feel the results of my actions all in one go! Nice huh?!

Anyway, I want to thank the masseuse as whilst I was damming her for the best part of a week, she actually did me a huge favour. Had I not been in so much pain, I wouldn't have sought out physio help and my posture, lower back and shoulder would have just got worse and therefore harder to fix in later years! I have exercises to do twice a day and will need about 4 physio sessions but both my immediate acute pain is being treated along with the underlying problem. Who'd have thought that motherhood should come with a 'Health & Safety' warning?! They don't give you a 'heavy lifting manual' in parent-craft class but maybe they should?!

Anyway in the spirit of generally getting my health and well-being back on track now I am home, I have made some changes. I have just tried the new Nescafe Green Coffee (yes - just like Green Tea but in coffee format!) and it's actually not bad! I think it tastes just like the 'real' coffee but it has more health giving benefits (anti-oxidants and all that). I have to say, I like a good cup of tea - it must be the Yorkshire lass in me. But Green Tea -whilst I know it is good for you- in my opinion, just 'messes up' a nice cuppa. But this coffee is great! Apparently my cleaner told me today that green tea and green coffee speed up your metabolism leading to weight loss benefits too so I hope that is true, and at least the coffee tastes ok.

The other thing I've been doing is taking the new Femibion 'Energetic Mum' supplements. I was actually taking these before my holiday and they seemed to be helping me with my active life - I didn't feel as 'drained' at the end of the day as I had done previously, so these have been quite good too! I did think they were quite expensive at about £10 per pot, but if you get them when Boots does a 3 for 2 offer, they are not so bad!

So armed with my coffee, supplements, bottle of water, pilates DVD and 'carb curfew' (this is something I learned about on holiday!) I'm on with my health kick and hopefully soon I'll be 'kicking arse' when I get into my Christmas LBD, rather than wanting to kick that poor masseuse!

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An extra special early Xmas gift for all the hardworking mums out there!

The holiday’s are almost upon us and here is a gift for all the mums out there to have them take a little time out to pamper themselves!!

Enjoy & pass it on…


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