Exercise After Birth

It is tough after having a baby, there are all the sleepless nights, worry and then feeling rubbish about the post birth body we are left with. Too make it all worse, it seems like all the other new mothers out there are rapidly losing their baby weight, have no sleep deprivation and even have enough spare time to apply makeup in the morning.

I was so happy after getting married, everything was just perfect, we had a new house, both had good jobs and we were planning a family. Fast forward a year and things are very different. My baby who is now 4 months old, just seems to hate going to sleep. On top of this, the night feeds are making me feel exhausted.

The worst thing of all though was my body, it just wasn’t the same. Now I was never a skinny Minnie, but I was at least confident in myself and wore clothes that would be flattering on my curvy figure. The thought of having this baby fat hanging down on my midriff was depressing, but I didn’t know how to shift it without injuring myself, because my body was not as strong as it used to be.

I wanted a gentle exercise regime that I could keep up with while looking after my baby, so that I could ease back into fitness gradually. I eventually found a 12-week program that would strengthen my core and undercarriage and also introduce low impact cardio training to lose the fat. There is a really good and thorough review that I found helpful, MuTu System Review, which gives a good insight into the mummy exercises.

This was the best thing I could have ever invested in, not only did the weight start falling off, but I felt better, more confident and physically stronger. The best thing was, I could split up some of the exercises to do 5 minutes here or there whenever I found a spare moment. Amazing when my baby is keeping me so busy each and every day.

I like to give my child fresh air and my friend told me that the fresh air does wonders to help aid sleep. I don’t know about that, but it was a good excuse to make sure I went for a nice long walk every day. Pushing the buggy does make it a little less lonely walking and gives me someone to talk to, even though I don’t get much response back.


Since I started the new exercise program I have made amazing progress and after several weeks I have nearly lost all the baby weight. My stomach is still more flabby and fat than it was before pregnancy, but it has noticeably shrunk, which is just awesome. I’m hoping that over the next few weeks it goes flatter, then I will be able to relax again and perhaps start planning the next baba.

Reducing Wedding Stress by Inspecting Your Roof

When preparing for the big wedding day it is easy to forget about the important day to day maintenance jobs. It is easy to do, as we found out the hard way when we had neglected a broken tile on our roof, that turned in to a huge leak, causing expensive damage and a costly repair job.

It is not often that we pay attention to our roof, especially when there are no problems with leaks or mould inside the house. We may just occasionally glance at the roof when coming or going from home. However, it is vitally important to regularly inspect your roof for any broken tiles or potential issues that could cause a greater problem if left alone.


The main advantage is cost; a small repair now will cost considerably less than a large repair later on. If a cracked tile is left because it is not causing any problems today could cost ten or twenty times the repair cost if water starts to get inside or other tiles nearby slip or break. For homeowners, a well maintained roof is important when it comes to selling your home and can keep the value on your house.

Inspecting your roof doesn’t need to be done that often, just twice a year. The best times to take a peek at it are in the spring and autumn. The inspection should be started in the loft by looking for warning signs that the roof has issues. The following things need to be looked for:

  • Sagging from the roof
  • Water marks indicating water damage or a leak
  • Dark patches and lines
  • Holes, which can be clearly identified by seeing the outside light through the roof

Once the inside is done it is time to venture outside and up on the roof. Please ensure you use an appropriate ladder that is long enough to reach to the roof and always have someone support the ladder while you climb up. There are a few things to look out for on the external side of the roof, including:

  • Look for signs of damage to the flashing and lead work (typically found around the chimney breast)
  • Check for damaged or missing tiles or shingle.
  • In the case of a shingle roof, look for patches that are curling off or blistering.
  • Check for rot and algae on the tiles, which is characterised as dark or green stains
  • Check for loose debris around vents and chimneys
  • Check the guttering is not cracked, broken or blocked
  • Look out for signs of rot and mould

This may seem like a lot to inspect, but really it isn’t and should only take you an hour at most to check both the loft space and climb up on the external roof. We hope this helps to identify any small problems before they start to burn a hole in your pocket. If you are local to the Derbyshire area, our recommended roofers derby was the company that recently repaired our roof. They offer competitive prices and did a great job on our roof taking a lot of the stress away allowing us to concentrate on finalising our wedding arrangements.

Including Your Dog at Your Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and it is only natural that you may want to include your family pet in the celebrations. This can be in a number of ways, from taking on the all-important role of being the ring bearer to just being present as a special guest. It is important that your dog does not get forgotten in the midst of the chaos and events of the day. We will cover some of the ways you can ensure your dog is happy, yet doesn’t become a burden and demand too much attention.

dog ring bearerIt is advisable to provide a resting area for your pet, that provides a quiet place for him to relax, yet still be close to everything that is going on. This is important because it still includes your dog without forcing him to become overwhelmed by everything happening and all the other guests. The easiest way to provide a resting area is to bring a comfortable bed to lie down on. It is not always practical to bring the existing bed from home, however, there are dog travel beds that will do the job just right and are compact and easy to transport to the wedding. The Ruffwear dog beds are our favourite and being specially designed for travel, include all the features and comfort you would expect from a premium brand.

dog weddingYou will need to provide the basics, which include food and water. It is especially important that your pet has access to clean water at all times and if it is a sunny day this is essential. You should also buy your dog a new toy or bring his favourite toy from home. Chuckit Uk supply a wide range of durable dog toys and there is sure to be something that will appeal to your dog. With these toys being almost indestructible will allow your dog to be left alone with the toy in those times when everyone is too busy to entertain him.

bride groom and dogFinally, if you are lucky with the weather and it is a hot day then it is highly advisable to use a swamp cooler for dogs. This will provide lasting coolness from the heat and help keep your dog from overheating or getting too uncomfortable in the sun. This is especially useful of your dog has a thick coat or is short coated. Believe it or not some breeds of short coated dog are more prone to overheating in hotter temperatures.

Above all else, you can have the perfect wedding and include your dog if you wish to do so. By providing a few simple basics for your dog, he can have an enjoyable day too and be included in your very special day.