Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New Budget Buys Series

Hiya!. I hope you are all well and enjoying your week so far, I have started a new Series called "Budget Buys"
Hair, Beauty and even household items can be quite costly so I am always looking for ways to save pennies.
I'll be sharing my favourite budget items, brands, hacks, tips etc. and looking for new ones too.

For the Series I thought I would visit a few low cost shops and get some items to make a DIY Subscription Box. I love watching subscription box unboxings and reviews and also reading about them on blogs, forums etc but they can be quite expensive and many don't seem like great value if I'm honest so I thought it would be fun to do my own.
This time around I went to Poundland and picked up a variety of items.







Please let me know if you have any ideas, tips, suggestions or even any brands you would like me to try.

Thanks for watching xxx





Monday, 13 February 2017

Checking In!

Hi!! I have no words for my blomas 2016 epic fail so I'll just gloss over it and carry on as if it didn't even happen.

I thought I would come and do a quick "check in" post as its been a while since I posted last (shamelessly ignoring that my last post was part of the blogmas fail) I have been trying to organise myself better and it has been very busy the last few months. I feel as the boys get older the appointments, plans, trips etc just become much more and the time to do it all in gets shorter.
I seem to be behind with my daily schedules frequently and as fo my planned tasks... I'm always playing cach up.

I will be having a proper look into organising techniques, tips, hacks and tools and get my stuff in gear.

I am still trying to eat better, exercise more and shift this weight. I am walking a great deal and that's really been helping. I have stayed on my Pescatarian challenge although I don't actually see it as a challenge any more as it's been a long while and I am not finding it a struggle at all. In fact I actually eat more vegetarian and vegan meals as I don't have fish everyday.

My hair is striving and I am going to start another hair growth challenge soon as quite a few people have requested another one. I am contemplating putting my hair in a protective style as it is quite cold here with snowy days and lots of rain.
I wore my hair stretched for a couple of weeks and while it was nice having sleek styles and seeing more of my hairs length, it was quite a lot of manipulation - more than Im comfortable with and also quite time consuming for the school runs.

I have a fair amount of products and items that I have been kindly sent/given to review which I will bw doing very soon. I am very grateful for the opportunities given to me but I am trying to ensure that I keep close to having fun, informative and interesting content rather than just review after review which can come across as disingenuous at times.
I also wouldn't like to feel pressured to giving a certain review just because I was sent an item. I have reviewed items/products that I have purchased myself in the past just to share my experiences and offer suggestions for things I love, I think as long as I use the same criteria when reviewing these given items Ill be ok. I do realise I'm probably overthinking it all (whats new there ;) )




Well..... That's it for now. It's half term here and the boys are keeping my day nice and busy lol.

I hope you all had a great New Year and your year so far is going well.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Blogmas day 16 - Top 5 Favourite Christmas Scents







Helloooo!! I'm shamelessly ignoring the fact that a few days have gone past since my last post....

Today's Blogmas post is all about my fave Christmas Scents.

There are so many scents that scream Christmas to me - these also include scents that some "smart" person has just stuck the word Christmas in front to make a few ££s. I love the sweet scents and also the spicy ones.
There's also some scents that don't really fit into a category of their own.

My top 5  faves, In no particular order are;

Christmas Cookies (see what I mean lol) - I am drawn to the candles that have this scent, different brands have different names like Cookies for santa etc. The scent is sweet but spicy with a buttery undertone but with enough spice to cut through and keeps it from being sickly. Strong vanilla can give me migraines so I stay away from the candles, fragrances etc that add too much.

Mulled Spice - Something about mulled fruits just brings a Christmasey feeling and whether it's from a candle, drink or even a diy stove top room scent, I can't get enough of it.

Pine - Pine cones, Pine needles... just pine!! Such a crisp and earthy scent. It doesn't get more Christmastime than this rich memory inducing fragrance.

Orange and Clove - There's something about this combination that soothes my mind. It's warming but also refreshing. It's another stove top diy scent that I love to make. I will be trying to make sliced orange and clove pot pourri this year and maybe the whole oranges with cloves baked inside as decor.


Frankincense, Lavender and Rosemary - I know this an odd combination but Frankincense is definitely up there with the quintessential Christmas scent, (It's also one of my fave essential oils.) The Lavender adds a lovely floral zing and the rosemary pushes an earthy fragrance which cuts through the sweetness. I love to add this to oil burners and my humidifier.


I have to be honest and say that I love these scents so much that I actually enjoy them all year round. With the Christmas Cookie and Pine ones, I try and stock up with candles in theses scents at Christmas time so I can burn them during the year when they aren't largely available.


Which Christmas scents do you love? Or even don't like at all?
Catch up tomorrow xxx

Monday, 12 December 2016

Tourists in London



Hi everyone!! My laptop is still "dead" and I'm not sure if I can get it fixed or salvage all the footage on there so I haven't uploaded for a long time.

I managed to upload a little video of our fun being "Tourists" in London.








Hope you enjoy xxx

Blogmas!! {A little late!!} - Christmas Colours









No excuses!! I have dropped off yet again with my blogging,,, and many social media activities if I'm honest. I have been very busy lately! I think social media is just that,,,,social and I find if I have plenty of real life, day to day things I have no time for social time which includes socila media too.


All that being said, earlier in the year, I was hoping to participate in Blogmas this year but here we are at 12 December and not one Blogmas post yet!! I was gonna just call it a day and not bother as it's been so many days but why throw away all the days I can do from here on out for the days I have missed?

So I will do a Blogmas post today and keep it going (if I can).

Today's Blomas post will be about Christmas Colours.

I don't know where it came from but there are definite colours or a colour scheme that are though as Christmas Colours like; Gold, Red and Green or Silver, White and Blue etc.

The combination I used for our tree last year was Silver, White and Blue. I tried to get pink baubles but the only ones I saw were far too expensive.

I like using Gold but I do find it can be too much if used a lot. No offence but it just looks ..... is gaudy a bad word?? hmmm let's just stick with too much lol.

Of course I love to use pink for every decor scheme so match it with white and silver to give a Christmas feel
I plan to do some decor pieces in this colour scheme for my room.

I will be putting up some decoration bits up around the home but will have to put them out of our kitten's reach. I like to put bits on the landing window sills but they have become his favourite place to cotch so will probably have to rethink. I'm still deciding whether or not to stick to one colour scheme for every room or have different colour schemes..... I'll let you know what I decide.

Ok, short and sweet post today. What are your fave Christmas Colours? Which colour scheme do you like to use? *see* you tomorrow xxx


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Fun With Baking {Betty Crocker} - Our Package and trying the Cookie Mix












I was very happy to receive our package for the Betty Crocker Fun With Baking campaign.

The boys too were very excited and couldn't wait to get baking. Half Term was coming up the next week and the package came at just the right time.
Although I bake from scratch, I used to have so much fun using packet/box mixes and I knew that the boys would find it really fun to make goodies using a mix. It would also be quick and simple.

The package arrived and my youngest was so happy, dancing and whooping. The other two in age were also happy and the three of them unpacked the box with great interest (the older two were busy doing other stuff - teenagers lol)


The box contained:
• 1x Vanilla Icing
• 1x Velvety Vanilla Cake Mix
• 1x Chocolate Chip Cookies Pouch
• 1x Chocolate Fudge Brownies
• 5x Betty Crocker ‘Baking with Kids’ Recipe Cards
• 1x Campaign Guide (12-page)

For us to use and:

• 20x Activity Flyers
(to entertain the kids during the half-term holiday)
• 20x vouchers for £1 off all Betty Crocker products

For me to give away.

The boys decided that they want to bake the cookies first.

I thought I'd add some mini marshmallows and we got baking.



















I followed the instructions and placed all the ingredients into our mixing bowl. I let the boys take it in turns to mix.










Next came the forming of the cookies - I chose the ball method and we flattened them slightly with the back of a fork.






















I put them in the oven for slightly less than the suggested time as I wanted them to be soft and goey.

The results were indeed soft and goey and quite delicious if we say so ourselves ;)








The boys were very proud of their efforts and enjoyed tasting them, as did the two teenagers who unsurprisingly were no longer too busy - hmmmm


All in all it was a great baking time and the Brownies have been voted to be the next try out. I'll be sure to post when we bake them.





*** Please note that we were fortunate to receive the Betty Crocker package as part of a campaign. As always, my thoughts and opinions are honest and genuine (Not sure what protocol is but thought I'd add this in to keep all in the know xxx)

#FunToMakeUK  #TheInsidersUK

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Pescatarian Challenge





Hi there, I hope you are all well.

As you may know, I started a healthy lifestyle journey a little while after my healthy hair journey and have been doing quite well, I always look to push myself a bit harder and as I have mentioned a few (ok many) times, I love challenges to motivate and inspire me along my way.
For a long while I have been wanting to include more fish into my diet and I went through a time of only eating fish during the day and no meat.
I felt like I wanted to up it and remove all meats and poultry for 30 days so Pescatarian it was.

This was in July and I started my challenge in August. It was much easier than I thought and I got through August feeling great. I had a couple gatherings to attend including a BBQ (arggghhhh lol) but got by without too much longing for the yummy meat dishes.

The most difficult part of my challenge wasn't actually eliminating the meat/poultry or the cravings, it was purchasing ready made foods that were suitable for pescatarians and with no dairy added. I often just chose Vegetarian items but I noticed that these were often laden with cheese, milk and/or cream. I have often had to look for vegan foods to be "safe".

During August, my husband watched with interest as I did the challenge and the boys were very happy to taste my dishes. As August drew to a close, I thought about doing another 30 days and a friend who was going to join me at the start said she really wanted to try so I told her I'd go another month to keep her company The Hubster often spoke about how nice my meals looked and decided he wanted to try it also.
Now that was a big thing!! Hubby enjoys meat and loves chicken..... and that's an underestimation lol.
While I was happy for him to join me, I knew it would mean more work as I could just make do with whatever I had but for him I would have to prepare meals properly, that would mean two different meals and maybe three if his would contain dairy. I can have my meals with out fish at all, but I knew he wouldn't want that.

The second month for me was even easier and I have to admit I didn't miss meat and didn't crave chicken on a day to day basis. I missed certain dishes but I was fine. Hubby on the other hand found it very difficult bless him.

I tried to be creative with the meals but he really missed meat and chicken... A .... LOT!! He said I made it look easy LMBO!!! He found having me prepare his meals at home and sometimes his lunch was great but he found it hard to purchase food while out.

I am proud of his efforts and he did last the month.. hoorrahhhh!!! Now that he is able to eat meat and poultry, he has found that he chooses not to most days and that chicken tasted different to him.

I on the other hand have chosen to go another 30 days/month. I actually cannot believe I have gone 67 days being Pescatarian!!

I realise that I haven't posted about this whole thing on here till now...(oversight and busyness) But I plan on doing many more posts on my Pescatarian challenge with meals etc.

I would love to hear from any of you who have chosen to be Pescatarian or even Vegetarian (ooohh or Vegan) and your thoughts. Also if you have any meal ideas.