The pure despair of a child who requests an omelette for dinner but when it arrives realises she actually meant a pancake...
Tamzin Outhwaite, 44, has been a regular face on our TV screens since playing Mel in EastEnders back in the day. I admit I was super jealous - her character was married to Steve Owen played by Martin Kemp *swoon*. Tamzin has two daughters and I caught up with her to find out how she juggles that tricky work/life balance and what advice she has for mums.
It must be difficult when filming to juggle work and family life. What advice do you have for busy working mums?
My advice would be to not feel guilty; we all know we’re working hard for our kids as well as for ourselves. It’s important to enjoy the time you have with them as it’s very precious. For instance, when I have time off I will hang out with the kids and make sure we do lots of different things. I also really treasure our time together in the mornings before they head off to school.
How has your diet and exercise regime changed since becoming a mum?
I don’t worry about what everybody says as much. I just do what’s right for my body, so I don’t run as much as I did as I find it can affect my knees. I do much more yoga now (particularly hot yoga) and it feels like it works better for my body. My body has changed a lot over the years and I have been all different shapes and sizes. I was probably in the best shape ever on my 40th birthday!
How do you try and promote a healthy lifestyle to your children?
I try extremely hard to make sure we have good, healthy food in the house and marry up what they both like without having too much sugar. My fridge is quite healthy so I do allow a Friday treat because if it’s once a week it doesn’t feel so bad. When I grew up we didn’t have sweets, crisps or chocolate as they simply weren’t in the house- my lunch box was the one with the peeled carrots and cucumbers!
What three tips would you give to a new mum who wants to make healthier choices?
Don’t give yourself a hard time; we can all get very stressed as a new mum and I think when we stress ourselves out, our kids can pick up on it. Try and let it happen naturally, but if you have good food in the fridge and not too much rubbish around the house then it helps a lot.
How do you start your day?
My kids wake at 6am and that’s always a really lovely time with them. Often, I will put on some music and the three of us will dance around the kitchen as they really love music and dancing. Then we will have some porridge and Cherry Good juice for breakfast. I like Cherry Good Light but the kids will have Cherry Good Original as it’s a little sweeter.
What advice did your mum give you when it comes to looking after yourself that you will pass on to your own children?
My mum is very good at eating non-processed, fresh food. She also juices her vegetables, which I think is a lovely thing to do and she eats a lot of pulses. My mum also avoids eating white bread, white pasta or white rice. She’s extremely healthy and almost completely organic so I try and follow her example and adapt it to fit in with my lifestyle.
Big thanks to Cherry Good juice for organising this Q&A! cherrygood.com
Last year I reviewed a fantastic thriller, Falling, by debut author Emma Kavanagh. I was honoured to be part of the Blog Tour for Falling's paperback release in the Autumn and I've been invited back to host this post from Emma to celebrate the publication of her second novel, Hidden, which I'll be reviewing soon (super exciting!)
Mother and Author
Hidden by Emma Kavanagh is available in hardback, £12.99, published by Century books. Read an extract at http://www.deadgoodbooks.co.uk/index.php/extract-hidden-emma-kavanagh/
You can follow Emma on Twitter @EmmaLK and catch up with all the stops on her Blog Tour by visiting these blogs:
Today we journeyed up to London to watch Brother in Law R run the marathon raising money for The Brain Appeal. Two years ago R had a brain tumour (technically called an acoustic neuroma) removed successfully after 5hrs of surgery. Today he ran 26.3 miles in 4hours 25minutes and 30seconds. I am beyond proud of him and he is an inspiration.
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2 nights away in a posh hotel.
The baby won't sleep.
Anywhere in the room.
So baby screams.
Which means the 4yr old won't sleep.
At 3am pack bags, screaming baby and child into car (all in PJ's)
Vow never to stay in a hotel room with children again.
Sunday at the park with Mum/Nanna...
Following on from Sunday's pre accidental dip in the sea photos here are the photos taken during and after the incident.
Yeah... I know... Terrible Mother. In my defence it all happened so fast. She had to spend the rest of the afternoon dressed only in Husband's jumper in her Sister's buggy. She couldn't have been too traumatised as she then requested an ice cream.
These shots were taken 3minutes before Little E fell into the sea at Seaford beach yesterday. She was paddling in her wellies then suddenly she plonked on her bum and a wave enveloped her. I couldn't stop laughing! I'll share the 'after' photos on Wicked Wednesday.
Linking up to #mysundayphoto at onedad3girls.com
Easter Sunday was a very special day. Husband's Little Sister V got married to D in a beautiful church ceremony followed by a reception at Denbie's Vineyard in Dorking. We were all part of the special day - Husband was an Usher, the girls were Flower Girls and I was a Bridesmaid.
Little E thought she was marrying the groom, so much so she spent most of the wedding clinging to him like a limpet...
The day was the culmination of 18mths hard work and after a 6am alarm call to get us up and into wedding mode we had a fantastic day. I was in love with my hair and thought my girls looked stunning in their flower girl dresses. Here are a few family snaps of us all on the day - I can't believe we didn't get one of the 4 of us together!
And I made the cake! It was 6 tiers and my biggest challenge to date. Here's a picture, it's actually the back but you get the idea!
It had little lovebird penguins on top - the Bride is a huge penguin fan!
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.