Regathering

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It’s unbelievable what a change of scenery can do for ones mental state. The last month or so hasn’t been that great for me. I’ve not felt myself at all, I’ve felt low and started to fall back into bad habits. Everything got on top of me, trying to do it all and do it all perfectly. Working, being class mum, being a good mammy being a good wife, friend I was juggling so much and something had to give…….Unfortunately it was mental state. Obviously made 100% worse but mammy guilt. It’s was trying to make pink crispy cakes for “Pink day” that broke the camels back. They came out purple, it was a puss poor effort on my part. That particular was rife with mammy guilt, feeling like the only memory Miss C would have of her mammy was her sat a a computer working or walking out the door on her. Plus not being that fantastic mammy that can not up 4 tier cake with different shades of pink in every layer. The mammy that can knock up an amazing dress up outfit from some sand and bottle tops in 5 minutes flat. I broke down!

Today though, today I’m so relaxed I could have fallen asleep at the lunch table. It’s half term so we’ve took a wee mini break. We haven’t gone far just an hour up the road to Ras Al Khaimah. We’re staying at the Double Tree by Holton resort and Spa Marjan Island .
It’s beautiful here RAK is an up and coming place for a mini break. With gorgeous hotel like this one popping up. We arrive and immediately at check we had be upgraded to two villa’s with an adjoining door. This fab as we brought A our nanny along with us. And before any of you start judging, why should we leave her at home isn’t she allowed some down time too? Lord only knows she needs it living with us lot. She’s not here to carry our bags, run around after our children and sit at another table while we all eat in front of her. She’s here because she’s part of the family. Anne and the kids have the beds in one villa and we have the other. Beautiful ground floor villas which are a stones throw away from the pool and play park for the kids. I feel refreshed, for the first time in a while I actually enjoyed playing “what’s the time Mr Wolf” & “hide n seek”. The staff are amazing with the children, nothing is too much trouble for them. At breakfast this morning LPV thought he had died and gone to heaven he was allowed pancakes AND frosties! Food is amazing and quite well priced. There was an entertainer guy absolutely murdering dire straits last night but you can live with that. The only other negative is the damage control I have to do at bootcamp on Wednesday ;)
Anyhow I’m off to the spa!

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Sunday photo

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It’s a lazy Sunday for the gals, the boys have gone to work and school. So we’re catching up on the Jen & Chris romance!

Happy Sunday! 

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We’re linking up with Onedad3girls

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Food glorious food

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I’ve always considered myself a bit of a foodie, not in the sense that I’m a connoisseur or anything but in the sense that I like , I eat a lot of it and without food I’d be a very unhappy lady!! Having Ireland in my blood and being married to a Cork man who loves his spuds, potatoes play a big role in our meal making, well to be honest carbs in general to be honest.  The kids love pasta, chips CHIPS! CHIPS! of course I don’t feed my children chips…..*coughs and twitches in seat* bread and I love it too. So you can imagine how distraught I was being told that I had to go on a card free diet and to add insult to injury I had to cut out sugar too!

I have sugar intolerance and insulin resistance which apparently I have had all my life but hasn’t seem to come to light until the gestational diabetes. Now I finally have an excuse for being fat!!  Obviously I’m gutted as I live for chocolate but I’m glad I’ve found out and I can change it, change the outcome so I hopefully won’t get full-blown diabetes one day. Its done me a favour, its given me the opportunity to kick myself up the arse and take a good look at my diet and the kids too. I was convinced I was eating healthy and although I don’t use jars and packet food and make everything from scratch, it was the snacks and meals being washed down with diet coke that we’re the problem. For the kids I’ve limited the chocolate treats and I’m encouraging fruit a lot more, I send carrots in LPV’s snack box to school and the carrots come home again but I’m trying.

I’ve flipped it around and made some huge changes, its hard and I’m still struggling, I do cheat too as even though I’m awesome I am only human. I’ve substituted my evening chocolate with this heavenly stuff, complete cut out all fizzy (unless I’m drunk), this was by far the hardest to do, I have No idea what they put it but the cold turkey was awful. Only being allowed one piece a fruit a day too is difficult, it’s not until you have to cut something out that you realise how much of that item you do actually eat.

Im trying to “clean eat” where possible too, however this proving problematic when it comes to finding items you need and the price of them in Dubai 10 pound for a small bag of almond flour is ridiculous and to be honest organic shops scare me. The biggest problem is me being a big farking disaster in the kitchen, Oh I can cook but I can’t bake and when clean eating if you want anything remotely treat like you have to make it yourself.

Take last night for instance..Here I am with my paleo cookie recipe, I have my coconut oil which the price of could buy you a small plot of land somewhere in the world, my coconut/almond flour, my cacao chunks and powder all ready for the Great middle eastern pale bake-off . I mixed them I baked them and The only way I can describe them is they looked smelt and tasted like the inside of a rabbit hutch!!

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One but only try  I will give them a whirl again, maybe they’ll be edible next time, I don’t think even the ants that have taken up residence in our house (bastards) would have even eaten them.

Tea and cookies at my place anyone?………No?………why ever not?