Let’s Talk Prosecco

Here at Mums In Real Life we love a good hack, and yesterday we were introduced to this one. How this has escaped us so far, we don’t know!

Have you ever opened a bottle of fizz only for it to go flat once back in the fridge? We have, but no longer!

Simply place a spoon into the neck of the bottle and pop the bottle back into the fridge. The bubbles will remain! Voila!

Do you have any handy hacks you can share? Please do let us know, we always love hearing from you X

Make Friday Count

Friday is one of those days we associate with fun – it’s Fri-yay, lets have that drink, eat that chocolate, in fact in our house we’ve renamed it to Treat Friday. We pop to the local news agent on the way home from school, have a chat with the ‘lovely lady’ who works there on a Friday afternoon (we really should ask her name) and leave with a chocolaty treat to have with a cuppa when we get home.

Anyway, rambling as usual. The point here is to remember to make Friday count when you’re training. Earn that glass of wine, lady.

Friday morning is the weekly ‘shed’ session with five lovely ladies and Craig. Today he decided to give it to us full barrels, and we did a Pack of Cards workout. Not heard of that? (probably a good thing). Let me tell you more…

First:

Firstly, get a pack of actual playing cards (hence the name). Assign a set of exercises to each suite, and choose an exercise to assign to it. So, for example:

  • Diamonds = (Jump) Squats, Jumping Jacks, Lunges
  • Hearts = Shoulder Press, Bicep Curls (with a weight), Tricep Dips
  • Spades = Chest Press, Push Ups, Mountain Climbers, Burpees
  • Clubs = Core (sit ups, alternate leg raises, crunches)

(You might want to write it down if your brain is as useless as mine)

Next:

Assign a number to each card – this will be your number of reps.

  • 2 = 2 reps
  • 3 = 3 reps
  • 4 = 4 reps
  • 5 = 5 reps
  • 6 = 6 reps
  • 7 = 7 reps
  • 8 = 8 reps
  • 9 = 9 reps
  • 10 = 10 reps
  • Jack = 11 reps
  • Queen = 12 reps
  • King = 13 reps
  • Ace = 14 reps (yes it hurts!)
  • Joker = 10 0f everything

Then shuffle up your cards and off you go! I’ll put them on an downloadable exercise card a bit later too.

Happy Friday lovely people.

Tahlia x

Make Friday Count!

Friday is one of those days we associate with fun – it’s Fri-yay, lets have that drink, eat that chocolate, in fact in our house we’ve renamed it to Treat Friday. We pop to the local news agent on the way home from school, have a chat with the ‘lovely lady’ who works there on a Friday afternoon (we really should ask her name) and leave with a chocolaty treat to have with a cuppa when we get home.

Anyway, rambling as usual. The point here is to remember to make Friday count when you’re training. Earn that glass of wine, lady.

Friday morning is the weekly ‘shed’ session with five lovely ladies and Craig. Today he decided to give it to us full barrels, and we did a Pack of Cards workout. Not heard of that? (probably a good thing). Let me tell you more…

First:

Firstly, get a pack of actual playing cards (hence the name). Assign a set of exercises to each suite, and choose an exercise to assign to it. So, for example:

  • Diamonds = (Jump) Squats, Jumping Jacks, Lunges
  • Hearts = Shoulder Press, Bicep Curls (with a weight), Tricep Dips
  • Spades = Chest Press, Push Ups, Mountain Climbers, Burpees
  • Clubs = Core (sit ups, alternate leg raises, crunches)

(You might want to write it down if your brain is as useless as mine)

Next:

Assign a number to each card – this will be your number of reps.

  • 2 = 2 reps
  • 3 = 3 reps
  • 4 = 4 reps
  • 5 = 5 reps
  • 6 = 6 reps
  • 7 = 7 reps
  • 8 = 8 reps
  • 9 = 9 reps
  • 10 = 10 reps
  • Jack = 11 reps
  • Queen = 12 reps
  • King = 13 reps
  • Ace = 14 reps (yes it hurts!)
  • Joker = 10 0f everything

Then shuffle up your cards and off you go! I’ll put them on an downloadable exercise card a bit later too.

Happy Friday lovely people.

Tahlia x

Celebrating Women Today

Happy International Womens’ Day to all you brilliant women and girls out there. No matter how old, or young – you are all amazing. Take a minute to tell yourselves that today.

It’s taken me nearly 40 years to realise the power of women, to truly understand and celebrate the strength we have together. The collaboration, the resilience, the emotional empathy, kindness and strength. Only now do I really understand the power of women, and so, today, I want you to appreciate and celebrate those amazing women and girls around you.

Those women who fix your crown, without telling anyone it was crooked – those who give you a smile in the playground, those who offer help and support and those who believe in you. Your girl tribe is the strongest network you will ever have. Appreciate them, celebrate them, support them.

Every day I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible people. These unsung and just brilliant, strong and resilient women. From teachers (and TAs), doctors, nurses and paramedics, MDs, VPs, baristas, cleaners, childminders, receptionists, colleagues, to the people we are lucky enough to call our friends and family. Here’s to you all. Here’s the the power of collaboration and resilience and empathy.

Here’s to a stronger, more equal and level society. One which places real value on girls and women. One which refuses stereotypes and media hype about ‘battling women’ and commentary on what the female PM is wearing today. Here’s to smashing the glass ceiling, shattering the barriers and teaching our girls that they can be whatever they want to be. Teaching our boys to become feminists for their sisters and future lives.

I’m going to take a minute to talk to my daughter about what International Women’s day means to us. Let’s nurture a generation on powerful girls, who build up the girls around them. As Carly said to me today “Shower your girls with love, and encourage them to do the same.”

Together we are strong, and we are awesome. Remember to tell yourself that today (and every day).

Tahlia x