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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Weight Watchers Feel Good Food Cafe

weight watchers pop up

Weight Watchers are on the road this summer to show how eating our favourite foods and being healthy needn't impact on our wellbeing and happiness. You can find the Feel Good Cafe at:

Windrush Square, Brixton: 4th - 6th June
Queen Victoria Statue, Manchester: 11th-14th June
Dortmund Square, Leeds: 19th - 21st June
Victoria Square Birmingham: 24th-27th June

Weight watchers have put together 10 top tips to help you feel good this summer:

1. Be inspired: ‘It may be an old photo or a quote but put this in a place such as on the fridge or on your phone where it will always inspire you and remind you of your goal.

2. Get support: Do it with a friend. Buddy up with a fellow member or, for extra Leader advice, our experts are on hand 24/7 with the new Weight Watchers Expert Chat at weightwatchers.co.uk

3. Track: Our mix-and-match menu plan makes it easy to stay in control, but you still need to track. When you say ‘I’ll take a treat from my weekly allowance,’ make sure you do!

4. Sip smart: Our body weight is two-thirds fluid, which means staying hydrated is key to staying healthy. Aim to drink 6–8 glasses (1.2 litres) of fluid per day - a great choice is water

5. Get fruity: Fruit is not just essential for health, it’s also a great hunger- busting back-up if it’s a bit too early for lunch. With zero ProPoints values, there’s no reason not to munch!

6. Be kit wise: An expensive price tag doesn’t necessarily make a pair of trainers the best ones out there. Do your research and ask a shop assistant for a proper fitting to ensure a correct fit

7. Jot it down: Don’t have time to exercise? Then make time. Putting a regular slot in your journal to follow the fitness part of the plan will help you break through the time barrier

8. Measure up: Jot down your waist, hip and leg measurements each week. Inches lost and your changing body shape will also spur you on

9. Treat yourself: Banning foods will only make you want them more so treat yourself on your days off. Banish the kids, turn off your phone and savour it.

10. Celebrate your wins: For each goal, whether it be an extra set of squats or losing a few pounds, share your great news with family or friends so they can keep you motivated.

I certainly need to take on some of these tips and not just for summer. How about you? Unfortunately I can't make it to a Feel Good Cafe but will be trying some Weight Watchers goodies and keep you updated.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Beach Book Review And Giveaway

The Beach Book

With summer on it's way, I have been sent a copy of The Beach Book to review. Whilst you could argue that there is nothing in the book that you couldn't find on Pinterest, it collates all these imaginative ideas for things to do on the beach, so the reader has them all to hand.

Of course a lot of these ideas don't need to be limited to the beach. Making a sundial, stone, faces and stone balancing are all ideas which could be transferred into the back garden.

balancing stones

On a recent trip to Devon we had a great time playing on the sand dunes and looking in rock pools. I was a little disappointed that the book didn't include a key to common things that you might find on a British beach.

The book has given me some ideas of things that I would like to do with the boys. One thing I would like to do before I am 40 is to go crabbing. The book seems to say it is pretty simple. There is also a great extension to a sandcastle. Make it into a ball run! My boys would love that.

sand ball run

If you are off to the seaside this summer and worried about how you will keep the children amused then this book is for you. There are loads of ideas, and there is something that should engage any child. The book costs £9.99 and can pre-ordered from Amazon with it's release date being 4th June. If you would like to win a copy, please complete the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Meal Planning week 2 #MealPlanningMonday

Well last week went well and we are getting the freezer items down. This turned out to be a good thing as our fridge freezer died this week. I have found this week harder to plan as the boys are off school so ended up buying more than I was hoping too. My shopping bill was also higher than I hoped as there was an offer on cleaning products. I have therefore stockpiled washing powder. Three boys = a lot of dirty clothes!

So here is my plan for this week:

Saturday: Feta and courgette critters with beans. Tea: meat and potato pie, banoffie pancakes.
Sunday: BBQ - sausages and chicken skewers
Monday:Picnic lunch. Curry and naan
Tuesday: Lasagne
Wednesday:Homemade burgers
Thursday:Freezer surprise and rice - I think it is hunters chicken.
Friday:Chicken noodle

Linked to Meal Planning Monday with At Home with Mrs M

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Foodie Gift Ideas For Fathers Day

We have been lucky to try lots of new products and Hampers, so I thought I would share the best with you if you are stuck for ideas for Father's Day.

1. Bordeaux and Artisan Cheese hamper.

Cheese and red wine are two of my favourite things and this hamper from Serenata did not disappoint. Worth noting that it doesn't come in a hamper though just a cardboard box. Still a lovely gift to receive.

2. Father's Day Tea

fathers's Day Tea

My husband really enjoyed this Father's Day ceylon leaf tea from British Tea Lovers. I liked the cute little strawberry strainers. If you sign up for their newsletter you can get 10% off and then you can use the discount code: DAD163 to get an extra 10% off!

3. Sip and Learn

sip and learn wine tasting

Sip and Learn is a wine tasting box that can be bought as a subscription or as a one off box. We tried a white box selection and enjoyed the wine as well as learning about it too.

4. Send Me Cakes

Send Me Cakes

Possibly the best cakes I have ever eaten. Every single slice of cake was moist and the selection meant that any cake lover you be happy.

5. Spice Kitchen

Spice Kitchen UK

If your Dad enjoys a bit of spice in his food then Spice Kitchen UK have a range of gifts to choose from. I loved the smell of my freshly ground spices and they taste great too.

Which would your Dad like the best?

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Heroes of the City Review and Giveaway!

You may remember that back in January 2014 we reviewed the Heroes of the City app. I can report back that it is still a favourite with middle man. He often puts it on his ipad on a long car journey. My husband has also often been seen to be looking in his rear view mirror for a police car when middle man has had the volume turned up too loud. Heroes of the City is a cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town and is aimed at children 3-6. Middle man is 5 and really enjoys it.

Heroes of the City now have a You Tube Channel too! Here your little one can watch the movies, play pictionary type guessing games and watch crafty demonstrations. It is a great way of introducing them to the series and any Heroes of the City fans will like these added extras. Make sure you have spare toilet rolls and a glue gun for the craft demos they will want to do!

To celebrate, Heroes of the City have offered me a prize bundle to giveaway to one of my readers.

heroes of the city bundle

Just complete the rafflecopter entry below. Good Luck!

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Are You A Hoarder?

Have a watch of this video. Does it ring true?

It certainly does with me. As you may know, I am a self confessed hoarder with a hoarder husband and three hoarding children. I am trying my best to change things.

Clearabee are an on-demand rubbish removal company and they have conducted research through Populus which has revealed that 8 out of 10 families hang on to items considered as junk. This represents 6% of the floor space in a modern 3 bed-roomed house.

Old clothes, books and magazines, and toys were most frequently cited as examples of junk stashed away by families. I am guilty on all counts here. Especially when it comes to the children's clothes.

So where do we hide them? Well the survey says everywhere! Lofts are the most likely place and I would have to agree. But sheds, garages and under stairs cupboards are all filled with junk too.

Rob Linton who is the operations director at Clearbee states that " In a nation where space is at a premium, it is staggering that almost one in three families are storing enough useless junk to fill an entire room. The cost in terms of lost property space is not fat off £10,000 per family."

I know for one that getting rid of the junk can be really hard. I attach emotions to objects which is why I struggle letting go. However, as I am continuing with my decluttering I am feeling so much happier. And guess what, I haven't missed any on the junk so far.

Not everyone can do the process themselves though and firms like Clearabee can help. In a matter of hours they can remove the junk and ensure it is recycled and disposed of properly.

Are you a hoarder? Do you have lots of wasted space due to keeping junk? Have you decluttered and feel better for it?

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Hot Wheels Fashion And A Trackset Giveaway!

My boys are big fans of Hot Wheels. They have a number of large sets, a wall track and lots of smaller track that they like to combine together and race. They enjoy building their tracks and raceing their cars. Well now if you have a Hot Wheels fan you will be pleased to know that Hot Wheels branded t-shirts are now available from Zara.

Hot wheels t shirts

Middle man was excited to receive his t-shirt and got the Super Speed Blastway out to have a play.

We then decided to head to the park with Hot Wheels on hand. He played at racing them down the slide.

racing cars down slide

And was rather pleased everytime they went down! Apparently the purple car won a lot.

I like the t-shirt and it isn't a colour I would usually pick for him (mainly as I worry about him getting messy!) He came home from school today asking to put it on so it must mean he likes it too.

Hot Wheels have kindly offered a Super Speed Blastway set for me to give away to one of my readers. It is currently my boys favourite set and I have to say I enjoy it too! You can buy it from Amazon here but for your chance to win, just complete the Gleam entry below. Good Luck!

Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway

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