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A week ago we celebrated Rosie’s birthday. She invited more than half of her class so our house shook in foundations 🙂 but there was was so much laughter and fun. I prepared few colors of icing and lots of different sprinkles. The mess was unbelievable but kids loved decorating their own cupcakes and they disappeared in no time.

Pinata and candy floss are already a must have on our parties and they were a big hit. Rosie was glowing from excitement and joy. It was a lovely day.

I love watching Rosie grow and change. She is so sweet and girly but she also has a big temper for such a small body. When I ask her who she wants to be when she grows up, she says she doesn’t want to grow up 🙂 . She loves reading and being crafty.

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Anabel’s pokemon party

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Eight years ago I was looking at those swollen, closed eyes in the incubator as if they were the eighth wonder of the world, totally unaware how incomplete my life had been without them. How many smiles, happy memories, hugs, silliness and games awaited me. I remember that I really wanted her to be a girl. When I called my dad with news after ultrasound, he said “Of course it’s a girl. I never even consider other options. ” 🙂 .

That little person has just turned eight and I am grateful I could share those years with her. She is a friendly, open and a very sensitive girl, who cries with me on cartoons and movies. In many ways she resembles my brother because she is crazy about pokemons, anime and computer games, but she also loves books and animals. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher, dancer and writer. Yes, all three at the same time 😉 .

It was Anabel’s birthday party yesterday. It was a pokemon party of course, to which she invite all girls from her class. It was two hours of a happy craziness with faces sticky from candy floss and covered with tattoos, with pinata, fortune cookies, popcorn on carpets and beds and games with prizes. I think it is safe to say that it was a success since I got a big grateful hug from a birthday girl at the end of the day.

8 lat temu patrzylam na te napuchniete, przymkniete  oczka w inkubatorze jak na osmy cud swiata zupelnie nieswiadoma jeszcze, jak niepelne moje zycie bylo bez nich. Ile usmiechow, radosnych wspomnien, przytulen, glupawek i zabaw mnie czekalo. Pamietam, ze bardzo chcialam, zeby byla dziewczynka. Gdy po badaniu zadzwonilam do mojego taty z newsem odpowiedzial “Oczywiscie, ze dziewczynka. Nawet ne bralem innej opcji pod uwage” 🙂 .

Ta malenka osobka wlasnie konczy osiem lat, ktorych mialam wielkie szczescie byc czescia. Wyrasta na towarzyska, otwarta i bardzo wrazliwa na innych dziewczynke, ktora placze ze mna na bajkach i filmach. Pod wieloma wzgledami przypomina mi mojego brata, poniewaz uwielbia pokemony, anime i gry komputerowe, ale takze kocha ksiazki i zwierzeta. W przyszlosci chce byc nauczycielka, tancerka i pisarka. Tak, wszystkimi naraz 😉 .

Wczoraj Anabel miala urodzinowe party, koniecznie pokemonowe, na ktore zaprosila wszystkie dziewczynki z klasy a najchetniej zaprosilaby i chlopcow. To byly dwie godziny wesolego szalenstwa z buziami klejacymi od waty cukrowej, pokrytymi tatuazami, z piniata,  ciasteczkami z wrozba, popcornem na lozkach i dywanach oraz zabawami z nagrodami. Wnioskuje, ze zakonczyly sie sukcesem poniewaz na koniec dostalam od solenizantki wdziecznego calusa pokrytego komplementami i podziekowaniami. 

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Summer 2017 favourites

  1. Kettlebell                                                                                                                                         I bought a kettlebell months ago on a special offer in Lidl. Ever since, it’s been standing behind my computer desk, collecting dust. But when I read that the most effective exercises are the ones with weight I decided to give it a go. It was a love from the first try and now I workout with it every day.                                  There are hundreds of kettlebell workouts out there but the one I like especially is kettlebell tabata workout by bodyfitbyamy. You workout for 20sec and then get 10 sec active break. It works perfectly for me. It starts from easier exercises and finishes with bur-pees, push-ups and abs twists.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       https://youtu.be/aDF5vcIWbCQ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Kettlebell kupilam miesiace temu na wyprzedazy w Lidlu. Od tamtej pory lezal za biurkiem komputera zbierajac kurz.Ale kiedy przeczytalam, ze najbardziej efektywne cwiczenia to cwiczenia silowe, postanowilam sprobowac. A teraz martwie sie juz jak uda mi sie spedzic piec tygodni urlopu bez kettlebella 😦 .                                                                                                                                  Istnieja setki video z cwiczeniami z kettlebellem ale moje ulubione to kettlebell tabata workout bodyfitbyamy . Cwicznia sa podzielone na 20-sekundowe bloki z 10-sekundowymi przerwami. To idealne cwiczenie dla mnie. Zaczynamy od stosunkowo latwych cwiczen konczac na najbardziej wymagajacych.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://youtu.be/aDF5vcIWbCQ   
  2. Tone it up                                                                                                                                           tone-it-up-karena-katrina-week-in-the-life-karena-katrina-preview-1                                                                                                                                                     I Fitness again but recently it has been my passion so I will write about it. If you don’t know girls from ToneItUp than you do want to get to know them, believe me. Karena and Katrina are beautiful, natural, full of energy and smiles. Not only you want to work out with them but also make friends with them. And all those workouts on the beach. Views alone are a great motivation. Apart from workouts, they offer hundreds of recipes for healthy and light meals and if you have some free time, watch their vlogs with advices on fitness and healthy lifestyle.                                                                                                                                                                                           Znowu o fitnesie ale ostatnio ten temat mnie mocno kreci wiec troszke o tym bedzie. Jesli nie znacie dziewczyn z tone it up to uwierzcie, chcecie je poznac. Karena i Katrina sa piekne, naturalne, pelne pozytywnej energii i usmiechu. Nie tylko chce sie z nimi cwiczyc ale takze zaprzyjaznic. W dodatku te ich wszystkie workouty na plazy. Same widoki sa motywujace. Oprocz cwiczen maja mnostwo przepisow na zdrowe i lekkie posilki a jesli macie troszke czasu zobaczcie ich filmiki z poradami odnosnie fitnesu i zdrowego odzywiania.                                                                                                                                       
  3. Ranch salad                                                                                                                                        Chicken-Club-Pasta-Salad-Chicken-bacon-avocado-cheddar...-this-pasta-salad-is-loaded-with-the-yummiest-club-toppings                                                                                                                                                                                 This salad won everybody over on Misike’s birthday party 🙂 . It;s great for parties but also as a meal. Thanks to chicken and bacon it will satisfy even men. What gives it unusal flavour is the sauce made of eight diffirent ingredients. Yummy!                                    Ta salatka podbila serca i zoladki wszystkich na imprezie urodzinowej Misike 🙂 . Jest swietna na imprezy ale tez jako glowny posilek. Dzieki kurczakowi i bekonowi zadowoli nawet mezczyzn. To co nadaje jej nietypowego smaku jest sos, na ktory sklada sie az osiem skladnikow. Mniaam!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  4.  Daniela Andrade                                                                                                                                 What  a voice. And mood. I take it in and I don’t have enough.                                         Co za glos. I klimat. Chlone i chlone i wciaz nie mam dosc.

 

6. “My cousin Rachel”                                                                                                                                                                      pic                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVaPJxe0Qxs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love unfinished movies, untold. Movies that leave space for discussion. Was Rachel a victim or a murderer? I still don’t know. But I do know I would like to watch this movie again and not only for the story but for those costumes, interiors and landscapes. I strongly recommend it!                                                                                                                                             Uwielbiam filmy niedopowiedziane, ktore zostawiaja pole do dyskusji. Czy Rachel byla ofiara czy morderczynia? Nadal nie wiem. Wiem za to, ze chetnie ogladnelabym ten film jeszcze raz, nie tylko dla fabuly ale dla tych stroi, wnetrz i widokow. Zdecydowanie polecam!

7. L’Oréal Face masks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      loreal-paris-pure-clay-masksjpg

I have used face masks for years now, though very irregularly. Until now, I have bought single use masks on my visits to pharmacy. But since I read about new L’Oréal face masks, they have become a crucial part of my beauty routine. I use them 2-3 times a week and I love them for a beautiful smell and a feeling of freshness that they leave on my face for long after.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Maseczek uzywamy od kilku lat, choc bardzo nieregularnie. Do tej pory po prostu kupowalam jednorazowki przy okazji wizyty w aptece (w Irlandii drogerie sa polaczone z aptekami) . Jednak kiedy przeczytalam o nowych maseczkach  L’Oréal, staly sie nieodlaczna czescia mojej pielegnacyjnej rutyny. Uzywam ich dwa-trzy razy w tygodniu i uwielbiam za zapach oraz poczucie rzeskosci na twarzy, jakie po sobie pozostawiaja. 

8.” How I met your mother” and “The 100”

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What these two series have in common? Practically nothing. And maybe that’s why we watch them both. I find first extremely funny and I can’t believe we watched it all already. If you enjoyed “Friends”, you will definitely like “How I met your mother”.

“The 100” on the other hand keeps me on my toes. The story is full of twists and dangers.  It’s a bit to violent for my taste but, I suppose, it has to be. After all, it’s a story of survivors on post apocalyptic Earth, trying to make it their home again. It’s because of that series, we have almost never gone to bed before midnight this summer. You just need to know what’s going to happen next 🙂 .

Co te dwa seriale maja ze soba wspolnego? Prawie nic. I moze wlasnie dlatego ogladamy je rownolegle. Pierwszy z nich jest niezwykle zabawny i nie moge wprost uwierzyc, ze ogladnelismy go juz w calosci. Jesli lubiliscie “Przyjaciol”, polubicie “Jak poznalem wasza matke”.

“The 100” natomiast trzyma przez caly czas w napieciu. Historia jest pelna zwrotow akcji i niebezpieczenstw. Jak dla mnie jest troszke zbyt brutalna ale chyba musi byc. W koncu opowiada o grupie ludzi, ktora przetrwala apokalipse i probuje uczynic Ziemie ponownie swoim domem. To przez ten serialtego lata prawie nigdy nie kladlismy sie spac przed polnoca. Po prostu musimy wiedziec, co sie wydarzy w kolejnym odcinku 🙂 . 

9. RMF Classic

Though, depending on the mood, I listen to various kinds of music, most of the time I am strongly drawn to classical music and jazz. While in Poland I discovered RMf classic radio, where they play film music all the time. Back here, in Ireland, I downloaded radio’s app and I listen to it every day. For me, it’s the best radio.

Choc , zaleznie od nastroju, slucham roznych rodzajow muzyki, stanowczo najbardziej ciagnie mnie w strone muzyki klasycznej i jazzu. Podczas pobytu w Polsce, natrafilam na radio Rmf Classic, gdzie praktycznie caly czas leci muzyka filmowa. Juz tu, w Irlandii, sciagnelam aplikacje i slucham go codziennie. Dla mnie absolutnie najlepsze radio.

 

Sunny postcards

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While booking tickets for this summer’s holidays in Poland and Hungary, I was thinking of all those barbecues, garden parties, joyful meetings with friends and family, splashes in my parents’ swimming pool and generally slow, lazy moments that were awaiting us. As it happens, most of those plans shattered  when just before we got there we learned that my mom was about to have a very serious surgery. We didn’t get to spend much time together and the time we had was often fearful and difficult but we still collected lots of happy memories. And I’m just happy that everything went well and we can make up for that time.

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We even managed to attend a weeding. It was wonderful; beautiful couple, magnificent palace, delicious food, funny moments. We’ll remember it for a long time.

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Hungary would be unbearable without air conditioning and ice-cream as the temperatures reached even 41°C. Luckily, we spent most days in water, only taking breaks to have langos or meet with some of our favorite people.

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Sweet spring

Spring is always filled with birthdays, celebrations and holy communions and that means lots of sweet creations 😉 . What I love about cake decorating is that is almost always different. You get to experiment and learn all the time.

This spring I made my first first holy communion cakes. They were challenging but gave me so much joy too.

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Even though it has been a while since last “Frozen” was released, Frozen themed cakes are still popular. Just this spring I was asked for two. One of them was fairly simple with few snowflakes and toy figurines on it but the other one was supposed to be Frozen castle and I was super happy with. I enjoyed every minute building and decorating it and it came out just as I had planned.

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When I was asked for a Spiderman cake, I did not know what I was getting myself into. I am just not good at sculpting with fondant. I only tried few times but every attempt was painful and results disappointing. I planned to make a Spiderman figurine in a half- standing half-bending position, but I just could not make it work so I settled for this

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After this cake I also made a promise to myself to buy a black edible marker next time I am in a shop that sells them. It would be so much easier to make that web on Spiderman with it than with a toothpick.

The last cake was made for a two year old boy, just like my Misike. Funny story about it is that I mixed up order dates and made that cake one week too early so I had to make same cake again. It was supposed to be lego duplo train themed. I hope Kubus was satisfied 😀 .

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June

June is crazy this year. It started with rain, as usual. Kids had time of their life playing with gigantic paddles and I let them jump until their gummy boots were full of water and we had  to squeeze water from socks and trousers before entering home.

All short sleeves and sandals were packed already waiting impatiently for July and our holidays in Poland and Hungary where they definitely will be of some use. But the weather played a trick on us and we had few amazing days when temperature reached 29°C. We even got burned, which is nearly impossible in Ireland 😀 .

On days like those, Ireland is perfect place to live being surrounded with seas and the ocean because beach is never far away 😉 .

Czerwiec w tym roku szalony. Rozpoczal sie jak zwykle deszczowo. Dzieciaki zwariowaly bo mega kaluze i pozwalalam im skakac, ze az przed wejsciem do domu musielismy wode z kaloszy wylewac i skarpety wykrecac. Pralka pelna. 

Wszystkie krotkie rekawki i sandaly spakowalam juz do walizek bo zaraz lipiec i wakacje w Polsce i na Wegrzech wiec tam sie chociaz przydadza. A tu pogoda splatala nam milego psikusa i przez kilka dni temperatura dochodzila do 29°C.  Spalilismy sie nawet, o co w Irlandii nie latwo 😀 . 

W takie dni jak te, Irlandia jest swietnym miejscem do mieszkania bo otaczaja ja morza i ocean wiec plaza jest zawsze gdzies w poblizu 😀 .

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Mom’s workout

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After third pregnancy, especially intensive one ( I put on 21kg), our bodies never look the same. Even if, thanks to diet or supergenes, we’ll go back to our pr-pregnancy weight, we don’t look like we used to. Cellulite and slack skin become a problem. And even though, there are more and more products that are suppose to do the job for us, tone up what we want toned up, burn the belly fat, smooth up the skin, nothing can substitute regular exercises.

From middle of February I’ve been exercising with Chodakowska. I don’t understand the criticism towards her. I support everyone who motivates people to work on themselves. Besides, her optimism, warmth and friendly attitude are very motivating.

I must admit that the beginnings weren’t easy. I wasn’t able to do us many repetitions as her and two days later my muscles  were still sore. But I kept telling myself that it would pass and that if I stopped then, I would go back to the starting point, and it wasn’t a happy point. Now I wait for workout time with joy. I workout at least 3 times a week but usually 6 times a week. Recently, to the 40 min long workout I have added 15 min arm workout with weights by Rebecca Louise. I have complexes about my arms so I decided to dig out those weights I got months ago from my brother and start working on those biceps 🙂 . Besides, I love Rebecca’s videos because they take place in sunny places with beautiful views, with palms or the sea in the background. So for those few minutes I feel like I’m in one of those wonderful places while behind my window it’s raining, or it has just stopped or it’s about to 😀 .

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I realize that for mom’s the biggest obstacle is  finding enough time for workout during the day. Besides, before a child reaches second birthday, he is usually very active and disobedient. When I first lay down for pull ups, Misike tried to sit or jump on me or pull me up. Now, though, when he is 2, it’s much easier so just hang on there, you’ll get there 🙂 .

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I started working out because I don’t accept that at the age 33 I should wear over size clothes and only ever wear dresses that will hide my imperfections. I also believe that it is somewhat woman’s duty to be beautiful. Let’s not lie to ourselves that only because we got married and gave birth to children, our husbands will wear pink glasses and notice only our internal beauty, no matter how much they assures as about that. Men are visualizers. Besides, we want to feel good in our skins too.

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Beside visual effects like flat belly, toned up body, lifted buttocks, regular workout releases endorphin which puts us in a better mood, it releases energy that we, moms, need so badly, increases libido and boosts up our self- confidence (I already put on shorter and tighter dresses 😉 ).  Great advantage is also, that it doesn’t have to cost us a penny. Of course, if you have possibility and a group workout motivates you, you should invest in it but if your motivation to change is strong enough, you can workout from home. Besides, workout don’t have fixed frames, you can work at the time that suits you and start from only 10 min a day, increasing time and intensity with progress.

So if you’re thinking about working out, forget those excuses and make a first step. I know that beginnings are not easy, exercises seem long and tough, but it’s only because our muscles are lazy and not used to such effort. But remember that with every week exercises will seem easier. Soon you will notice that you’re able to do more repetitions than a week earlier and that will give you a big kick of motivation. What’s more, after those 3-4 first weeks of forcing yourself to workout, it will become a habit to you and after few more they’ll be the favorite part of your day. Really!

And at the end of that road there’s a better, healthier, stronger version of yourself 🙂 .

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Po trzeciej ciazy, zwlaszcza takiej intensywnej (ja przytylam 21 kg), nasze ciala nigdy nie dochodza do siebie. Nawet jesli dzieki diecie lub supergenom wrocimy do przedciazowej wagi, nie wygladamy tak jak przed ciaza. Cellulit i zwiotczala skora pozostaja problemem. I choc na rynku co roz furore robia kolejne produkty majace za nas dokonac cudu, ujedrnic wszystko co chcemy ujedrnic, zwalczyc oponke, napiac i wygladzic skore, to jednak nic nie zastapi regularnych cwiczen.

Od polowy lutego cwicze “Skalpel” z Chodakowska. Nie rozumiem skad wobec niej tyle krytyki. Ja jestem za kazdym, kto motywuje ludzi do pracy nad soba. Poza tym jej optymizm, cieplo i kolezenski stosunek sa wielka zacheta.

Przyznam szczerze, ze poczatki byly trudne. Nie bylam w stanie zrobic tylu powtorzen co ona a dwa dni po cwiczeniach nadal mialam zakwasy w lydkach. Wiedzialam jednak, ze to minie i ze jesli ich zaprzestane, wroce do punktu zero a to nie byl szczesliwy punkt.  Teraz czekam na czas cwiczen z radoscia. Cwicze co najmniej 3 razy w tygodniu a czesto nawet 6. Od niedawna do 40-minutowego workoutu dodalam takze 15 min cwiczen na ramiona z hantlami Rebecci Louise. Mam kompleksy na punkcie moich ramion, dlatego odkurzylam hantle, ktore dostalam miesiace temu od brata a ktore do tej pory lezaly odlogiem i postanowilam napiac w koncu te bicepsy 🙂 . Poza tym uwielbiam video Rebecci bo zawsze maja miejsce w slonecznym miejscu, w pieknym otoczeniu, z palmami w tle. Wiec przez te kilkanascie minut mam wrazenie, ze jestem w ktoryms z tych pieknych miejsc, podczas gdy za oknem pada albo wlasnie przestalo padac lub zaraz zacznie 😀 .

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Zdaje sobie sprawe z tego, ze dla mam najwieksza przeszkoda jest wygenerowanie takiej ilosci czasu na cwiczenia w ciagu dnia. Poza tym przed trzecim rokiem zycia dziecka, problemem jet to, ze malenstwo jest bardzo ruchliwe a zupelnie nie reaguje jeszcze na zakazy ani nakazy. Na poczatku gdy kladlam sie do brzuszkow, Misike probowal siadac na mnie, wskakiwac czy ciagnac za rece. Teraz jednak, gdy skonczyl dwa latka jest o wiele latwiej. Potrafi zajac sie soba i zabawa lub probuje cwiczyc razem ze mna. Tutaj tez wielka pomoca bywaja starsze siostry, ktore zabawia go zabawa w chowanego lub ganianego by mama mogla popracowac nad soba.

Nie zgadzam sie bowiem by w wieku 33 lat nosic rozmiary plus size i zakladac jedynie marszczone sukienki, ktore maja ukryc niedoskonalosci. Uwazam takze, ze niejako obowiazkiem kobiety jest byc piekna. Nie oklamujmy sie, ze tylko dlatego, ze wyszlysmy za maz i urodzilysmy dzieci, maz bedzie nosil rozowe okulary i zauwazal jedynie nasze wewnetrzne piekno, chocby nie wiem jak nas o tym przekonywal. Mezczyzni sa wzrokowcami. My takze przeciez chcemy czuc sie dobrze we wlasnej skorze.

Zreszta oprocz widocznych efektow, plaskiego brzucha, stonowanego ciala, podniesionych posladkow i wciecia w talii, regularne cwiczenia wyzwalaja endorfiny przez co wplywaja na nasze lepsze samopoczucie, wyzwalaja tak nam mamom potrzebna energie, zwiekszaja libido i dodaja pewnosci siebie (zakladam coraz krotsze i bardziej dopasowane sukienki 😉 ). Ogromnym atutem jest tez to, ze nie musza kosztowac nas ani zlotowki. Oczywiscie, jesli mamy taka mozliwosc i zajecia grupowe dodaja nam motywacji, powinnysmy w nie inwestowac, ale jesli nasze pragnienie zmiany jest wystarczajaco silne, mozemy cwiczyc w domu. Poza tym cwiczenia nie maja sztywno okreslonych ram, mozesz cwiczyc w porze, ktora ci odpowiada i zaczac od zaledwie 10 min dziennie, zwiekszajac czas i intensywnosc w miare postepu.

Wiec jesli myslisz o cwiczeniach, zapomnij o wymowkach i zrob pierwszy krok. Wiem, ze na poczatku nie jest latwo, cwiczenia wydaja sie ciezkie i dlugie ale tylko dlatego, ze nasze miesnie sa rozleniwione, nie przyzwyczajone do takiego wysilku. Pamietaj jednak, ze z kazdym tygodniem cwiczenia beda wydawaly sie latwiejsze. Zauwazysz, ze jestes w stanie zrobic wiecej powtorzen niz przed tygodniem co da ci wielkiego kopa motywacji. Co wiecej po tych 3-4 tygodniach zmuszania sie do cwiczen stana sie one dla ciebie normalnoscia, przyzwyczajeniem a po kilku kolejnych beda ulubiona czescia twojego dnia. Naprawde. 

A na koncu drogi czeka lepsza, zdrowsza, silniejsza wersja samej siebie 😀 .