ScumRun Champions

I am delighted to announce that we were the top fundraisers for the 2014 ScumRun which was raising money for Tommy’s the Baby Charity.

Anyone who is a regular reader of my blog will know the reasons for us taking up the challenge, if not it is because our son who we lost 20 weeks into pregnancy would have been 10 on 3rd June this year.

I personally didn’t take part in the trip but I encouraged my husband to. He has long wanted to do a cross country car rally and seeing this year that Tommy’s were the beneficiary and with it being the year Casey should have turned 10 he just had to do it.

We set our initial target at £2004 – 2004 being the year he was born. In the early days of fundraising there were times when I felt this figure would never be achieved let alone smashed… THREE TIMES OVER!

With much support from local business, friends and family we raised a grand total of…

£6236.99

Delighted is an understatement!

Combining the amounts raised by the 100 teams, the ScumRun raised a whopping £100,858 – enough for them to open their fourth research centre which will focus on identifying why so many women suffer from an early miscarriage – something I experienced in the pregnancy after Casey before going on to have our daughters.

Whilst undertaking the race we were ranked in 3rd place for fundraising which meant the team took away an F1 Replica Car signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Lewis Hamilton. By the end of the fundraising we ranked 1st which meant we also took away a 1:2 scale F1 Helmet signed by Jenson Button.

We plan to auction the Helmet at some stage so if anyone is an F1 fan and interested then get in touch!

Cake for a cause

On Sunday, Sugar, Spice n All Stuff Iced at Sowerby Bridge hosted a fabulous afternoon tea on behalf of Casey’s Crew.

We managed to raise (so far) over £100 for Tommy’s the baby charity. but as the raffle is still open there is still much more to come!

It was a fabulous afternoon – the afternoon tea was completely amazing – so much choice! Plus the kids also got to decorate their own little cupcakes which kept them happy.

Additionally from Thursday (if you happen to be passing Sowerby Bridge) there will be Casey’s Crew & Tommy’s branded cupcakes on sale! Pop down and treat yourself!

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A roundup of 2013 & what to expect in 2014!

So 2014 is here… honestly 2013 I blinked and practically missed it! What a hectic but incredible year!

Firstly I completed my CAM Diploma in Marketing Communications – whilst thinking I may go slightly mad! We had a wonderful family holiday in Egypt, I got to travel to some amazing places for work (Chicago and Bangkok) and topped it off by creating an amazing new extension on the house that included a brand new kitchen (can you believe my husband almost made me keep the old one)! There’s a few pictures at the bottom of the post so you can have a nosey!

The downside to the latter half of 2013 is that my healthy eating and regular exercise took a massive hit – we had no kitchen for the best part of two months and my husband was also doing a lot of work himself on the house which meant I couldn’t get to my regular gym classes or do exercise at home as I had the kids to take care of and when we had free time it was to plan for the renovations or sleep. This was topped off with my husband getting made redundant at the beginning of December and us just thinking sod it let’s enjoy Christmas before we embark on the chaos of 2014!

We certainly enjoyed it – although my waistline certainly hasn’t and the last quarter of 2013 really ripped apart all my hard work that I had done with my diet (healthy eating) and ‘regular’ exercise.

As of now I weigh 64.8kg – at my lightest in 2013 (back in June) I was 60kg! I honestly cannot believe I have put almost 5kg (11lbs) on in that time!

Getting back into the swing of things has already started – I’ve already been to the gym 4 times this year and I start personal training tomorrow! Be sure to follow my blog to get some hints and tips if you are planning on beginning a fitness regime! The diet since the 2nd January is already much better (check MyFitnessPal), the amount of protein being consumed has increased whilst the fat and carbs has decreased (along with the alcohol)! So I am sure in no time at all things will be back to the way they were and more! I’m actually struggling with eating enough right now and trying to keep my macros and micros in check – if anyone has any input they can give on this it would be much appreciated!

Generally with a New Year come resolutions – I don’t tend to make them, I guess mine is the same each year… ‘try and be a better me’ that way I can focus on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. I feel that it is a much more positive way to think as it keeps you away from focusing on the negatives. If you have to set goals set smaller, more realistic ones that can be achieved slowly over time and gradually increase them.

My overall goal will be achieved through getting back into the swing of it eating and exercise wise and additionally I have signed up to complete a further CAM diploma – this time in Digital Marketing with a focus on Metrics and Analysis. I just love putting myself under pressure! BUT I’ve done it before and I can do it again and interestingly I came across a book called Spark that highlights the benefits of exercising whilst studying in order to retain information – it might explain why I got an A on my last and final assignment of my previous diploma!

The husband will also have a new job (yet to be confirmed where) but it is likely that he will need to undertake commuting which will be a big change for all of us – I expect we’ll get cranky with each other whilst we adjust, but we’ve been through much worse so this will be nothing in comparison!

2014 is also a significant year for us as it marks our son’s 10th birthday. I honestly can’t believe 10 years have passed since we lost him part way through my pregnancy so this year I want to do all I can to raise awareness as to babyloss along with raising funds for my chosen charity, Tommy’s! My husband will also be taking part in a ‘ScumRun‘ in May across Europe of which the beneficiary for the whole event is Tommy’s! So if you are a brand aimed at men who fancy providing some products to pop in some goodie bags or are interested in sponsoring the car please get in touch. Otherwise, if you are a reader of my blog and fancy sponsoring my husbands team it would be very much appreciated!! You can find the link here!

So here’s to 2014, I’m looking forward to taking you on!

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My Girls Birthday…. 8!

Today is my eldest daughter’s birthday… unbelievably she is now 8!

This time 8 years ago she was just a few hours old having been born at 5.45am, 7 weeks early and after a long labour (not as long as Jaime’s however!) weighing just 4lb 12oz which for a preemie was pretty good, although we were prepared for her early arrival. She was and still is our much wanted rainbow baby.

She is now at that age when she drives me completely bonkers, she fidgets, she can’t sit still, she doesn’t listen and mothers her younger sister but I can’t quite describe just how much I love her and how proud of her I am. She is a beautifully kind, creative, caring, artistic and talented individual and I adore watching the person she is growing into. I love that she adores things such as art and books with such a passion – her life plan is to become an artist, earn lots of money so she can buy herself a house, a car, a dog, travel and donate money to charity, especially Tommy’s! I wish I had such aspirations at her age!

All I want to say Stevie is Happy 8th Birthday, I love you more than you will ever understand x

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17th November is also World Prematurity Day . It is an international day to raise awareness of the 15 million babies born prematurely around the world each year.

June 3rd

There’s not really much I can say about this date aside from that it is my son’s birthday.  That should sound exciting aside from the fact that we lost him into my 20th week of pregnancy 9 years ago.

I won’t go into the details as this is not what this blog is about, but if you want to read the details and the reason for our loss along with the stories of our daughter’s births they can be found here.

All I have to say is if you have had pregnancy problems or suffered from babyloss there is help and advice out there if you know where to look. For me personally the best one’s have been Tommy’s the Baby Charity and Bliss, for babies born too small, too sick, too soon.

These charities are vital so if you can do anything to support them, be it through donation or spreading the word – please do so!

We miss you Casey x