365 Days of Fitness – Week 12

Day 77 Sun 1st May – I should run. I have been avoiding it. My spark of motivation is low. I am still losing weight from all the power walking. Salad every day for lunch also helps and avoiding snacking on crap snacks.

I am so tired. Lately every time I go to sleep I open my eyes again and its morning. I can’t stand it. These are the times depression sinks its claws in. I am easily swayed by it because I am so tired.

I end up snapping at Alex and crying. I want a break. We argue but then it seems to dawn on him what’s wrong. He hugs me and becomes all understanding.

He gives me the time I need to breathe. The time to re-collect myself again.

I go dye my hair red again as its been needing doing for weeks. This helps. A little care towards myself and it makes me feel better.


Day 78 Mon 2nd May – Pouring rain so no running. Something interesting to read though.


Day 79 Tue 3rd May -Another walk and writers block.


Day 80 Wed 4th May – Tortellini spinach and ricotta for dinner one of my favs.


Day 81 Thur 5th May -It’s ponies and the rave music tonight…Miss Peanut’s choice.


Day 82 Fri 6th May – I really need to start running again with our friday evenings out.


Day 83 Sat 7th May – My bestie Jess has got me doing the zombies run app again. Day 1 completed.


I haven’t felt like adding stuff day by day to this. It gets a little monotonous. It a good week. I eat to much and i am neglecting my salads. Miss Peanut is still loving school and is so excited to go. She’s going for 3 hours now 5 days a week. It’s the time I need apart.

I spend the time writing or just resting. I speak to friends over facebook chat. Sometimes I go for a walk or to them market to look at the second hand clothes. Other times I will sit in silence and drink tea.

You honestly don’t realise how much you miss the quietness until you don’t have it anymore. Just time to sit without a worry or a care and reflect.

It had improved my mood. Alex has noticed a change in me this week. He can see I am happier. I think it’s been good for all of us in different ways.

I don’t feel like I’m drowning anymore. I can breathe easily for a few hours a day.

I can also use my imagination much more widely when I am alone. There are no interruptions every five minutes. No cartoons on or me with my ear listening for what the kids up to.

I honestly think sending her to nursery has saved my sanity.

And she’s growing and expanding at an astounding rate now from the new stimulus. So many more words she is now saying in both Italian and English. She also doing things she hasn’t done before which I suspect she’s copying from the other kids. Her smiling face when I pick her up makes it worth it.

My friend Jess has also talked me into doing the zombies run app again. I am really lacking in motivation with my running. It’s blinking on zero at the moment. At least I am keeping up with the walking.

I do the first day of zombies run. I think it will keep me motivated.

I am pushing to do my own things now to. Things that make me happy and feel rewarding. It’s what I need and so far it’s going well.


Cosmo Restaurant – Norwich – UK Trip

Here’s my review from October about a great place to eat in Norwich in Norfolk!

While we were visiting family in the UK in October i was really wanting to try a new place i had heard about.

Someone i know posted it on facebook and said this certain restaurant was really good. The food looked amazing and the place looked quite glitzy.

Me being me, i told my family about it and persuaded one of my sisters and my mother to try it out with me. The place is in Norwich. I love this town it’s a great place for shopping and places to eat.


The restaurant is called Cosmo and it serves pan asian and world banquet dining. It is also all you can eat! My family like buffet places especially when there’s a big family clan meeting. Everyone can get fed without to much being spent. Also the benefit of places like this people can eat what ever they want. We have picky eaters in our family and also a few vegetarians.

So when we all meet up we really need somewhere with a lot of choice. That way at least everyone is happy!

When we got there we ended up standing in a line for ten minutes. We managed to beearly and people were already waiting. Nanny did complain a little. She’s the type who likes to go straight in. Me and my sister managed to convince her it was worth the wait though.

Slowly we all filtered in when the doors opened. We had to leave Miss Peanut’s buggy down stairs as the actually restaurant was upstairs. This wasn’t to bad as there was a hostess down stairs letting people up, so i knew it would be safe.

Weighed down with our shopping bags and toddler in tow we went up the escalators (there is also a lift.)

The place is HUGE. Seriously i have never seen an all you can eat place as big as this.

As we were guided to our eats by yet another hostess, I eyed the food stations hungrily. They were not kidding when they said they had worldwide food.

My eyed roved over the sushi bar. I also saw signs for curries, rice, noodles!

The drinks we discovered were re-fillable if you had soft drinks! So we had diet sodas while Nanny had an orange juice.

Deciding it was best to go up one at a time Nanny went first. We always do this so there’s someone at our table guarding our bags.

Nanny always tends to start with soup and was soon back with a bowl of chicken and sweetcorn soup. Leaving her and Miss Peanut who was now in a high chair me and my sister went to have a look.

I prowled the aisles checking out what was under each covering. Sushi was a must. Although they didn’t have the biggest selection i have ever seen i was happy to get some. So that was what i started with.

My sister instead went a little over board with her plate! I don’t like doing this as it can mix the flavours up to much. I liked to know what i am tasting so i can go get more if its good or leave it if i don’t like it.


(My sister’s heaving plate of food)

Miss Peanut had some omelette, chips and pasta. She can be a fussy eater sometimes so i started her off with things she knew. She seemed quite happy with what she had which was a relief.

Once i was done with my sushi i went for some noodles and ribs.

11167656_10153724509158594_9220175775249498985_nThe ribs were AMAZING! Really good that i had to go back for more. All of us were impressed with what we were sampling. Living in Italy i have become a bit of a food snob. I admit this freely. Italian’s love their food so if they aren’t happy about it you know.

I tend to find myself now being critical about what i eat. That being said i did stay away from the Italian selection they were offering. Nothing i have tasted in the UK can compare with the food in Italy. Not when you live there.

So i was happy to stick with ribs, sushi, curries and chinese. Things i don’t always get to eat back in Rome.

As you can see from my next pic i moved onto more ribs and chicken korma with rice. My portions were small. I was pacing myself.



I had no wish to feel sick if i gorged. This could have happened easily enough as i miss this types of food and it was a big treat for me. My sister was feeling defeated and slightly queasy by her third big plate. She complained about her small belly suddenly being so big.

It was funny watching her sit there moaning and groaning in pain. Even Nanny pointed out she shouldn’t have gone so wild. My sister admitted though things looked so good every time she passed she couldn’t help but add it to her plate.

Luckily for me i didn’t have this problem. Me and Miss Peanut even had dessert. desserts where really really good! There was a fairly food cake selection, also icecream as well. I had the coconut cake. It was so soft and moist. yum!

After that we decided to walk off our big lunch. Miss Peanut was happy to get out and stretch her legs. My sister staggered along pushing the pushchair still complaining.

12039299_10153724508868594_8682362803332972553_nA few weeks later we went back with my Brother, his girlfriend and her dad!

Shes a vegetarian but had plenty to choose from in fact its now her favorite place. (My other sister and niece are also veggie eaters so i know they can be fussy times.) I had to admit i was worried about her finding something she liked until we got in there. Thankfully it was not a problem.

Her Dad had never tasted sushi before and loved his first taste! It was funny everyone sitting there and then saying how amazing something tasted. Everyone would then go to try it for themselves.

Miss Peanut had a whale of a time and loved the food. She was happy with pizza, pasta but also tried noodles, baked beans. She is obsessed with baked beans now. I am happy i can find them in certain places here in Rome now!


The waitress we had both times adored her. She kept coming up to chat to us and make sure everything was alright. Miss Peanut liked all the attention. Even now she’s sitting on the computer desk while i type pointing at the pics of her. (Crazy child.)

12189068_10153744450683594_1177099404177032993_nI am really happy that its a family friendly place. There was always a highchair ready for my girl. The staff were helpful and friendly. She was happy with the food and entertained with everything going on around her. They looked after our pushchair at there reception area both times. I knew then i didn’t have to spend the time worrying about it.

It looks like you get alot more to choose from at dinnertime as well and there’s already tons at lunch times. So on another trip i would love to go for dinner there. I know they do mexican food to in the evenings or some i am told.

They did dinners for Christmas as well as a buffet!

I know my brother and his girlfriend have been back quiet a few times. So has my sister and Nanny. Just last week Nanny dragged Grandad in there and now he likes it to! I have a feeling we will be going when we go for an early visit near Easter!




Potty Training begins

So i have started the year with trying to get Miss Peanut potty trained.

To be honest i have waited this long because i have been dreading it. Just the thought of her without a nappy scared the hell out of me.

What if she didn’t understand? What if she freaked out? The endless questions of what the heck she would do bare bummed! I have heard the horror stories and wasn’t looking forwards to it.

We’ve had the actual pink potty for about five months.


She has seen it and not really been interested with it. Up until now i haven’t shown her what its for either. It’s just sat in a corner of the bathroom lonely and unused.

My friend Jenny gave me a few books last weekend. Two were potty books for kids.

Peanut immediately fell in love with one of them. She studied the cartoons and got me to read it to her a few million times. After that it hasn’t been far from her since she got it on saturday.

Monday morning i was surprised when she bought me the book and her pink potty. The kid is two years and three months old! But as sharp as a tack when learning stuff.

I could tell she was telling me it was time. Potty training was going to have to start.

Swallowing my dread, we sat on the floor and looked at the book again together.

Then i showed her how to sit on it while fully dressed. I decided maybe that would be a start. She had fun doing that for a while. The she looked at both books again.


Then as kids do she got bored and moved onto playing. That was fine by me. I was happy to start in stages.

In the afternoon she was back at my side with the book.

I could not help but laugh. She was determined to get this done.

Nappy coming off this time she went straight to sit on her potty. She seemed content to just sit on it and watch tv. I found myself relaxing. How hard could this be?

I kept encouraging with saying ‘ lets peepee’ and ‘ are you going to poopoo’. She knows what both of these mean.

Every time she shadows me to the bathroom i tell her what i’m doing. So she’s picked that up quite quickly.

So after an hour she hadn’t done either. Going into the bathroom i pretend to have a peepee.

I realise my mistake straight away. Peanut decided she wanted to sit on the big toilet to. She wanted to be a big girl.

To avoid a temper tantrum i let her sit on it. I was kind of curious to see what she would do anyway.

We grinned at each other for a while. After ten minutes of her just sitting there and me holding her it started to get boring. My arms were hurting from holding her. I had visions of her falling down the hole. She wasn’t peeing or pooing.

So we decided to go back to the sitting room. When i say ‘we’ i mean me with a very grumpy toddler. I think she would have sat on the big toilet all night.

I know we are going to have to buy her one of those kiddie toilet seats on the weekend. At least that way my arms will be saved.

A few more times sitting on the potty she got bored again. Instead she thought chasing the cat around the flat bare bottomed was much more fun.


When it was time for the nappy back on she really didn’t want it. It took another ten minutes to convince her it was for the best.

This morning she’s back with the book and the potty.

It’s obvious this is not going to be forgotten or skipped. The child is determined.

So now i’m sitting here writing this with a bare bummed child dancing in the middle of the sitting room to music.

The pink potty is sitting beside her. The potty book is on the sofa.

Like yesterday we haven’t relieved ourselves yet. I keep glancing over waiting for a little accident and wondering if i should get the mop out ready. Quietly praying to the potty training gods to be merciful and let us conquer this quickly.

I’m hoping she will go straight for the potty when she needs to go. I doubt though that i’m going to be that lucky.

Other mum’s have told me it can take a few days, weeks or even months to get a toddler out of their nappies.

I’m just happy Miss Peanut seems keen to do it.

Hopefully by september she won’t need them. I know it’s a must for when she starts school in september.

I am keep keeping my fingers crossed.



Happy New year!

I know its 5 days since the new year started but hey Im now making the effort to blog.

If your reading this i hope you had an amazing Christmas and got everything you wanted. I also hope your New years eve was fantastic and fun. 🙂

Christmas we spent with friends. Miss Peanut had a blast she was so happy! She is now the proud owner of a ‘sunshine’ Care bear with a dvd which she loves from her Auntie Jess! She also had lots of Ben and Holly stuff from me and Alex and stickers.

We are in that phase where she is obsessed with stickers! We have them everywhere now! The tables, the cabinet the tv sits on, the tv itself! She stuck them even to me and the cat.

I got running stuff for Christmas, which is handy as i just started the ‘escape from the shire’ race. It’s of course a lord of the rings themed online race and is going to be set in stages across middle earth.

So the first one is 53 miles leaving the hobbits as the black riders chase you. The medal looks like the one ring and is very cool! Like the other long race i did (Road to Hogwarts) all the distances are recorded on the website then once i have completed the distance i receive my medal.

I am also supposed to be doing a 30 day running streak. That ermm has not gone to to well…i have only run once in four days due to a sick Alex and a little bit of laziness.

I know i really have to do better, but the cold and dark does not seem appealing right now. I will though motivate my butt out the door. I have to if i want the shiny shiny precious….i mean knew medal.

What i have been doing with my time is writing. As you can guess it’s not blog writing.

I have actually started to write stories. I do tend to get a little wrapped up in them.

My first story involves Paris, vampires, secret agents, a French arms dealer, techno mages and a bomb on the Eiffel tower. It’s romance, supernatural and lots of action. It’s quite a lot of fun coming up with the storyline and the interaction with my main characters.

So now you can see why i am a little distracted!

Ok New years resolutions:

  1. Blog more (i have been lazy and need to blog at least once a week again)
  2. Work on my stories and hopefully get them published on Amazon!
  3. Run more (My motivation is waning in the winter i need to get out there.)
  4. Enjoy my weekends more and go out(We need to spend more family time, in winter we just seem to stay in and i would like us to get out more)
  5. Do a few races. (I am not bothered if there online or real life races but i would like to do more)
  6. Cook more (I dont experiment enough anymore, everyone survive my cooking so i can start this again mawwhaaa)
I am sure i will think of some more at some point! We shall see.
I will be 39 years old this year! A very scary thought, especially as i still feel like i am twenty something! It’s funny how things sometimes seem to pass you by in a blink of an eye isn’t it?
Suddenly you start thinking of all the things you still want to do and haven’t done yet!


Trip to the UK!

Well it’s that time of the year again and me and Miss Peanut will be heading over to the UK to visit family! 5 Whole weeks this time 🙂

I honestly cannot wait to get there! She’s so big now and will have so much fun. Grandma already has a stock of treats and favorite foods for her and everyone is itching to give her hugs and cuddles.

New on the trip she gets her own plane seat this time!! eeek!!

I am not sure if this is going to be a good or bad thing! Hopefully she will sleep on the trip like she has all the other times.

I have visions of her running up and down the plane isle though! lol

I am going armed with things to keep her amused, like her colouring book, crayons, snacks and cartoons on my kindle. She’s much more of a hand full now shes a toddler and 2 years old!

I have seen two races in Norfolk and Suffolk which look like fun but i don’t honestly know if i will do them. If its pay on the day then it will be tempting. But i shall see!

I will be continuing with my running and there’s even the chance i will get to go to a gym and do some classes! 🙂 I even have a few online races to do while i am there.

For now I’m busy making lists of things i need to take hoping i won’t forget anything. While at the same time making sure Miss Peanut does not stick all her toys in the suit cases!

I will blog a bit while I’m there when i can.

Miss Peanut is packing her Mickey Mouse bag she got for her birthday 🙂



365 Days of Happy – Days 331 to 365! Challenge complete!

Last of my 365 days of Happy photos!

Day 331 reading a very good book! (i also went on to read the next two in the series to)


Day 332 starting to feel better after having a nasty virus hate being ill 😦


Day 333 another new book for my collection! (love all the second hand books i can find here in the UK)


Day 334 added to my new lipstick collection 😉


Day 335 new dress for Miss Peanut and its so cute!!


Day 336 a trip to the ruined castle at castle acre


Day 337 lovely day spent in the playground


Day 338 last bacon sandwich before we head back to Italy Tomorrow!!! eekk!


Day 339 Peppa pig crayons bought at Stansted airport & kept Miss Peanut quiet


Day 340 Miss Peanut happy to be in the supermarket with Daddy and me 🙂


Day 341 Miss Peanut happy to be back in her park


Day 342 back to healthy eating!


Day 343 Miss Peanut enjoying an evening in the park something we do now it’s summer & hot in the day but cooler in the evenings


Day 344 Pizza for dinner after my run


Day 345 signed up for a virtual selfie running challenge for july!


Day 346 couldn’t help but get one of these today they remind me of our trips to the mountains


Day 347 i love my new running top!


Day 348 finally got some time to play with the mini laptop i bought second hand on our UK trip


Day 349 We loved this cartoon in the UK and as they don’t have it on any of the Italy channels i bought them on dvd and arrvied today


Day 350 Miss Peanut ready to shop with her trolley which arrived today


Day 351 not the best photo but happy with my increased milage today


Day 352 Always love it when Hubby brings home an after dinner treat!


Day 353 having a go at writing my own fantasy story


Day 354 fun in the park! love how parents leave out old toys for the kids to play with in the playground


Day 355 my first 5km run in a loooong time! it felt good 😀


Day 356 new takeaway mexcian place just opened cannot wait to try this


Day 357 new top 🙂


Day 358 started writing a new story


Day 359 so happy for nap time today!!


Day 360 new at the supermarket and i just had to try them!!!!


Day 361 a morning walking around Villa Torlonia


Day 362 finally back in my size 12/10 shorts!! woohoo!


Day 363 Found this at the second hand toy shop not bad for 9 euros and she loves it 🙂


Day 364 my first photo of the july 30 day running selfie challenge and had to be with a drink 🙂


Day 365 Last photo of this year long challenge and its me and Peanut in the park and the best photo of all 😀


My one year challenge of taking a photo of something that makes me happy once a day is finally complete! I cannot actually believe i have made it through all 365 days!!

And along for the ride have been some lovely friends and twitter ladies who have also completed this year long challenge 🙂 @cilentoangel  and @welshieinitaly

Im really quite proud of all of us that we reached the end of this journey togeather!

Well done ladies! 😀


Great Yarmouth Sealife Centre UK – Review

Last year we took Miss Peanut to the SeaLife Centre in Hunstanston. Although she couldn’t walk at the time she really enjoyed the experience. The Whole place had been rebuilt after a huge storm last May destroyed the place.

So this May we decided to take Miss Peanut to the SeaLife Centre in Great Yarmouth which we had been told was a much bigger place.

It was a little confusing on the drive there as we didn’t sea any signs for the place and in the end had to ask for directions. We ended up parking along the sea front near the pleasure beach area and walking along past all the shops and rides.

The SeaLife Centre was one of the buildings we found as we followed the stretch of beach and shops. This was my first time to Great Yarmouth so i wasn’t to sure what to expect.

A queue was already forming and it was quite busy as it was half term and all the kids were off school. It cost us around £40 – £50 to get inside as she didn’t have a coupon this time. (which we did for the other place).

Our hands were all stamped and as we were ushered inside we had to sit on a bench and have our photos taken. The women explained we could buy the photos at the end if we wanted them.

Miss Peanut who of course is walking walked straight up to the huge first tank of fish not quite sure what to make of them.



She seem fascinated as they swam round and round and she liked the soft lighting of the room. As we moved into the next area which was a tunnel it became very dark and she actually got quite scared and wanted to be carried.

Even Grandad commented that the corridors here were much darker than the other SeaLife centre we had visited.

The next area was even darker as the creatures in the tanks were glowing as they were jellyfish and under special lighting. They were absolutely beautiful to look at as they moved slowly about.




The next room had a door leading outside to the penguin pen and we decided to give Miss Peanut a break from all the darkness.

The pengiuns were so cute and one kept coming close to the glass and tapping on it with its beak right next to us. I was a little disappointed at how much the glass was scratched and thought they could have done a better job to clean it as i couldn’t get the best photo’s.



After watching the pengiun’s frolick around in the water for a while we decided to head back inside and see some more fish.

I had to laugh at one of the tank displays as it had a toilet inside and a rubber duck!


It was getting busier with more kids and parents as we headed to the next area. Here they were showing off some of the friendly sealife creatures. I was asked to put my hand in a swallow pool and a large shrimp swam over onto my fingers.

I was told it would clean all the bacteria of my hand if i stayed still. It felt very strange, my fingers were tingling in a strange way. It was slightly ticklish almost bordering on painful. The shrimp was quite intent and it took all my will power not to snatch my hand back.


My fingers still tingled even after we had left the pool and were still walking around.

Miss Peanut was still getting upset about the dark corridors and we took turns carrying her when needed as we had left the stroller in the car.

Alot of the tanks were smeared with little hand prints or just dirty which we all found a little disappointing when trying to see the different fish.




The main tank of the place was in the middle of the building and again i was a little disappointed. It didn’t seem as good as the other place but maybe that was because the other SeaLife Centre had been rebuilt. I also don’t think they had as many fish, sharks etc inside.




Miss Peanut didn’t seem very impressed and even needed a hug from Grandma while we watched the fish.

She was more than happy when we moved and even got down and walked holding my hand.

Again Grandad commented on the chocolately smudge marks on alot of the tanks. But i did point out we had come at half term so the kids were bound to leave lots of marks!

We enjoyed seeing the different types of star fish and Miss Peanut would stop at each tank and gaze up at them and touch the glass.





I liked a little flat fish who had very human features when it settled on the glass infront of me. It was strange but cute in a way.


The reptile area i really liked as the tanks were more open and you could see the creatures more clearly.




Grandad even spotted one of the turtles in distress on its back! When we found one of the SeaLife people we told them what we had seen and hoped they would help.

As we rounded another area we realised we had come to the end. We had been told by others that the place was much larger than the other one but in truth i felt it was smaller.

We were offered the photos of ourselves from the begining at a price but we decided not to both with them. We emerged into the gift shop and resutrant but decided to head outside.

In the end for lunch we found a lovely fish and chips place next to the beach.

All in all i think we were all disappointed with our trip to Great Yarmouth Sealife centre. I guess we had been spoilt with the visit to the one in Hunstanton and expected much more than we saw.

We all agreed in the end if Miss Peanut wanted to go to a Sealife centre in the future than we would stick to the one in Hunstanton.

But i would like to visit Great Yarmouth again as i really enjoyed the beach, pleasure beach rides and shops. Miss Peanut enjoyed walking around the town and i even found a wonderful second handbook stall in the market!


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