Back to School, Healthy Eating and Dinosaurs | My Weekly Favourites

Back to School, Healthy Eating and Dinosaurs | My Weekly Favourites

It’s taken me a little longer than usual to get back into putting finger to keyboard after Christmas. Although having seen mess that is the latest WordPress update, which I’m pretty sure Satan had a hand in designing, I must admit to having been a bit put off doing so. But what better place to start than with a weekly roundup?

I do love writing these posts. There’s nothing like picking out those little, or indeed memorable moments, that make the week go that much quicker.


At the weekend we headed to Dinotropolis in Bluewater with friends and their children. We’d been meaning to go since it opened in November, but time, or lack thereof, kept getting in the way. So off we went on Sunday with a very excited 7 year old in tow who was absolutely thrilled to be seeing his bestie and the odd dinosaur of course. I won’t lie, it wasn’t my favourite place. It’s a brilliant play area, perfect for dinosaur fans. It’s just ridiculously expensive (you have to pay for adults as well as kids and the little dude was £15 for an hour and a half’s play) and there’s a real lack of seating for parents. That said, the little dude loved it and is already asking to go again. And we did of course enjoy meeting up with our friends, so it was a lovely day out overall.

Back to School

Monday was of course the day the kids went back to school and college after what seems like a decade. We had a lovely time over the school holidays, but my word they were long. Both of them were so ready to get stuck back in. The teen missed her college friends and couldn’t wait to get back to her photography course. While the little dude just couldn’t wait to get back to his daily routine. Here’s hoping they’ll always been so keen.

The Immortalists

I’m aware I’m late to the party on this one. But The Immortalists was such a captivating book, I couldn’t help but mention it here. It transports you back in time, pulling you into the story as you quickly find yourself tangled up in the lives of each of the Gold children. If you haven’t read it already, you definitely need to add it to your ‘to be read’ list. It’s unmissable. Here’s what it says on the back cover:

It’s 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they’re about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.

Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the ‘knowledge’ given to them that day – but it will shape the course of their lives forever.

Healthy Eating

After the indulgence of Christmas I was looking forward to getting back to healthier eating in the New Year. Now when I say indulgence of Christmas, I actually mean I haven’t ‘dieted’ since July after losing 4 stone. And while I’ve put on a few pounds since the summer, it’s nowhere near as much as it would have been in previous years. I’m much happier where I am now and I think I’ve got the balance pretty much spot on for me. But I do still have a way to go in terms of weight loss.

So I decided to just cut back a bit from New Year’s Day onwards. Crazy I know, but we didn’t have a big family meal planned and I was itching for a fresh start. One week on and I’d lost 6.5lb. As you can imagine, I was so happy to see that number. And rather surprised considering I’d eaten dessert every night, enjoyed 2 Costas (with cake) and a McDonald’s. So while I may be on a ‘diet’, it’s my kind of diet and I never feel deprived. And I think that’s the way to go. Who wants to be miserable while crying over a bowl full of lettuce after all?

What have you enjoyed this week?

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  1. January 13, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    omg i need to add this book to my kindle, you have not let me down yet! Iso need to get back to the healthy easting but am struggling with the sugar come down I always get after Christmas. My two used to love dinosaurs when they were little xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 14, 2019 / 8:05 pm

      It’s a brilliant book. I’m reading another amazing one called The Binding at the moment which is another one you need to add to your list 😉 I’m still attempting my version of a ‘diet’. I’m aiming for slow and steady wins the race – says the woman who’s been to Nandos and had a kebab this week! I think all kids seem to do the dinosaur phase these days – I’m glad my daughter wasn’t into them, I’m not sure I would’ve coped a second time around! x

  2. January 14, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    I’m a bit the same, not dieting but trying to eat healthily. I had far too much chocolate and junk food over Christmas and I’m struggling to get into my trousers.

    What age is Dinotropolis suitable for? Wondering if my two would enjoy although it sounds quite expensive.

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 15, 2019 / 11:08 am

      I was the same with my trousers, just that little bit too tight, much better again now though.

      There’s no age or height limits at Dinotropolis, so anyone can go in. There were older children and adults in there with their kids and siblings, tiny ones in the baby area etc. If they like dinosaurs, it’s brilliant. The cheapest option is £12 which is just the play area, plus £5 for each adult. We paid an extra £3 for the dinosaur challenge thing which is basically a tiny room with lasers they have to crawl under to reach a button then go back again which anyone could have done without paying for it, so I don’t think that’s worth it. You can pay even more and get a meal there too but the kids still only have 1 1/2 hours in the play area and for eating, so I didn’t think that was worth it as it cut down on playing time. But then they didn’t seem to call anyone out of the play area after the 1 1/2 hours so not sure how they monitor how long people have been in there for. It’s a nice play area and kids love it but it’s expensive and you need to prebook.

  3. January 17, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    I need to read this book, it sounds right up my street. It sounds like you have a good attitude to your eating and you know what works for you. I need to do this, as I just don’t think about it and just eat everything.

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 18, 2019 / 1:42 pm

      Ha ha I’m guilty of that too, but even if I cut back for one meal a day, or make an effort to add more veg to my plate I’m happy. A little of what you fancy does you good after all! It’s a brilliant book. Another amazing one I finished this week is The Binder – another must read 😉

  4. January 18, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    I’m the same, I don’t diet but I changed the way I eat and exercised last year for the better. It’s a lifestyle not a diet for me. It’s not a fad. Healthy eating, in moderation and a treat at the weekends. That said I loved eating chocolate and treats everyday over Christmas. Although my body didn’t. I hope the return to school has gone ok and that everyone is settled back into a routine
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    • Mum Reinvented
      January 18, 2019 / 1:40 pm

      The kids are loving being back at school and college again – little one even has a playdate tonight. I do love spending time with them but find myself enjoying the routine being back at school brings – plus it helps when it’s quieter to get my work done. I’m the same, my body didn’t thank me for the extra treats, I start feeling sluggish and my clothes get tighter which is a much better indicator than the number on the scales. I am always in awe of your early morning workouts – I can only dream of being so motivated! x

  5. January 19, 2019 / 3:14 pm

    The Immortalists sounds fab – not one I’ve heard of before. Will look into it (from the library of course!) x

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