It’s a fine balance

Is it just me or does time go faster the older you get? Why is that?! So the summer is done and dusted and we’re back into term-time routine as if we only had a day off. Debating when to put the garden furniture away for the winter and whether I can get organised in time to do a car boot sale before it’s too cold are the hot topics of the moment. I’ve had to step up a gear to get our almost four year old’s birthday party arranged, and have luckily come up trumps at this late stage by booking the village hall (I love that we live somewhere we can do that!), ordering the Spiderman party supplies and creating a Spiderman invitation myself. We’ve even had a trip to the local bike shop and road tested the desired birthday present. Just the bouncy castle and food to sort out and job done. Oh and cake, but I think Spiderman cakes are pretty easy to come by. I won’t be dabbling with red icing, I don’t think I could take the disappointed look on my son’s face. Better not forget party games too. Thankfully I was reminded of pass the parcel etiquette at another four year old’s party at the weekend – everyone must have a turn, and there must be a treat in each layer! Good job or I’d have just wrapped a five-layered packet of felt tips. If you didn’t get a ‘go’ in my day I’m sure it was just tough luck! I don’t remember party bags either, I thought you just took a piece of cake home. Anyone else?!

As for dieting this week, well, I was most disgruntled to find an extra pound winking at me from my weigh-in printout on Monday morning. I had still been under my calorie goals everyday bar one last week when I was only 40 over so I had to fight the demoralisation that occurred as I skulked out of Boots. In the end I just had to put it down to the extreme five pound loss of the week before, lack of my usual steep hill walking and/or perhaps a six week diet plateaux. I’ve found it a bit harder going this week because of that result, I miss the motivation seeing the result provides. Watching The Great British Bake Off doesn’t really help much either, it’s a constant battle not to run to the kitchen cupboards! However I have finally had two people notice my weight loss which felt great, and all my trousers look silly on me now so I’m off to buy a size smaller tomorrow. I am keeping my fingers firmly crossed and away from the treat cupboard in the hope of a better result next Monday. My eldest asked me if I was on a ‘balancing diet’ the other day, said he’d seen it on Ben & Holly. That did give me a chuckle. My reasons for dieting remain unchanged, I want to get back to looking like me, I want be healthier, and I want my wedding rings back on (and my grandma’s eternity ring). As usual, the key is keeping it all in perspective – my husband just loves reminding me of the ‘P word’ – but he’s right, it’s only a pound. It’s also important to remember another P word – progress!

Whilst I remember – I came across this bit of info the other day and thought I must share this. It’s an interesting little piece on depression and nutrition.

My card therapy I’m sharing tonight was put together over a few days and I wasn’t entirely sure where I was going with it so I’m not totally happy with the finished product. However it’s all part of another P word a – process – and so I always feel like I learn something from each card. I do love making baby cards though, they are probably my favourite to do. Anyway here it is:

New Baby sig

The stamp is another LOTV ‘Bath Time‘, on a lovely pearlised scallop, matted 3d on another one, on an easel card all from Craftwork Cards.

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The ‘new baby’ letters were die-cut from a Memory Box Die that I have invested in! This die will be used many times in the future. What I really love is that the b and q are the same and the d and p, so I was able to complete ‘new baby’ (i.e. needing two b’s) with a single pass through my Grand Calibur. The downside is the lettering makes the card quite uneven with only three letters on the left, which I don’t like, but once it was glued there was no going back. In hindsight I think ‘hello baby’ may have looked better.

I would like to enter this card into the In The Pink Challenge #27 KISS (Keep It Sweet and Simple) and Bearly Mine Challenge #102 Anything Goes.

Hope everyone is having a good week and all your new school starters and back to schoolers are settling in!

Emma x

3 thoughts on “It’s a fine balance

  1. What a beautiful card, gorgeous image and colour and love your design..Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine challenges this week and hoping you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x

  2. Gorgeous card, love the image & the buttons are a great touch.
    Never even noticed the 3/4 letter balance (it’s a phrase you expect to see), until I read your next paragraph! The letters look lovely, so a good investment 🙂

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