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August favourites

Here are my August favorites, can't believe how fast this year is going!! Only 4 products/items this month but I hope you enjoy.

I am in love with this palette, so nice to use, I have only used it a couple of times, and I have a confession that this is my very first proper palette! I love all the different colours in here and also love the way that they blend together, So easy to give you eyes a fresh look. I also love the design of the packaging as its completely different to most who seem to keep things simple.

Here is my lovely new Yankee candle, in the scent Lovely Kiku. I brought this in there sale at just 90p (bargain) I lvoe the colour of this candle and the scant is quite subtle but really nice and floral, so perfect for a girly night.

This little sample from mac is the prep and prime, I have used this a couple of times when I have done my full make-up, it seems very smooth and gives the face a nice base to start off with. I have never used a primer before but I absolutel…

NOT a good week | Weign ins

A pretty awdeterminedorning for my weigh in. I am quite angry at myself as I know what I have done wrong.

Firstly I haven't been watching what I eat and have been have more 'treats'. Secondly I haven't done as much exercise but but now have a couple of shows recorded on sky for me.
I was debating weather to write this post or not but felt like I needed to be honest with myself and you.
Weight 143.6 Loss -001.8 Total loss 002.6
I am more determined to loae the weight I have gained this week. And also want to tone mt belly up.

Home decor

I am loving making our house more cosy as we go along. I really want to move to a nicer place but for now we have a roof over our head so I am going to grab things as we go. This ranges from small things to big things that we like in the family home.

Firstly is my new yankee candle, I absolutely love these and usually try and get them when they are on offer. My latest candle is in the scent of Lovely Kiku. We are eventually going to have a purple themed dining room and/or bedroom so the colour of this looks perfect as a display, depending on the size of candle.

This is my little personalised item that I am going to share. My other half loves to collect bottles so I thought I could use one to display my wooden roses. I think it looks quite shabby chic and love the way it sits on our shelving unit to fill the gap. So simple to do but looks pretty.

Lastly is a little bit of handy work from my other half. we have wanted to put our guitars on display for a while and have finally got round…

Saving for Christmas

There are so many ways you can save for Christmas.

The way we save for Christmas is our store cards for Tesco and Sainsburys mainly. We have the Christmas saver put onto our clubcard so we can save our vouchers through the year. I love this idea as we spend the vouchers willy nilly otherwise. We also try and keep vouchers that may either help or save money on the other essential items around Christmas time.
Our second way of coping with Christmas is buying through the year, so I am going to start getting ingredients for Christmas baking in every week now, I will also be looking for Christmas treats and presents so it spreads out the cost.
I really want to put money away in the butchers too and green grocers, I am unsure if our local stores do this so I will look into this. I love the idea of saving for Christmas as it means we can make it more of an occasion without it putting to much of a dent into our bank balance especially with our budget at the moment.
I hope this gives you some…

Our weekend.

So I'm also going to say about Friday, me and Lilly went to meet Grandma and Grandad in town we walled over to the beach and had a couple of cups of coffee too. One of the shops was next to the fish mongers, and Lilly wanted to take them back to the aquarium, bless her.
All Lilly wanted to do was push my mum around town In her wheelchair, giggling away, I suppose she has seem me push her around in her normal one.
Lilly is getting so good with her building blocks, left her too it and then looked over and she had managed to create these two structures, really proud of her.
Lastly me and Liam had a film night and treat night. I didnt end up tucking into my Lu bar on the end but had a few other bits and of course my hot chocolate woth marshmallows. We ended up watching Zombieland and part of The Full Monty.
Such a nice relaxed weekend.

Toddler exercise | Weigh in

This week has been super busy, With our day trips out and visiting family and friends. Most of my exercise this week has been walking.

My meals havn't been so healthy this week but i managed a good workout yesterday with my other half AND Lilly who was doing 'yoga' bless.
Weight: 141.8 Loss: 001.4 Total loss 004.4
I am quite surprised how much i have actully lost this week! Hopefully it continues in the same way! btw 2 inches off the waist :)

2nd Birthday Ideas

This year we actually have a plan and theme. We are hoping to have a family BBQ weather permitting with the theme of Minnie mouse.
This is the beautiful cake that Liam is going to attempt to replicate. He is a good cake maker so it shouldn't be too hard. It is a beautiful cake and will looking beautiful as a centre piece to the table. Hopefully she will be able to blow her candles out this year.
I rarely use pintrest but now have a board on there specifically for her party now with simple ideas to make it a brilliant party. There are also so many print outs available so will be able to decorate quite easily. I especially like the ketchup and mustard bottles as it is a brilliant idea for out BBQ.
We hope that this will be Lillys outfit for her party. We were very lucky to have won a competiton to win a custom dress of our choice. we chose a lilac one like the picture above. I hope this will be with us before her birthday, if not we do have a second outfit we could use.
Thanks XxX

2nd Birthday Presents

Here are the main things that we have brought Lilly for her birthday. We have a few smaller bits too.
Firstly is the Peppa Pig cook n play kitchen. This will be her main present, It is battery opperated with sounds and aslo includes utensils and some food. Lilly loves pretend cooking and watching me cook so Liam (Daddy) thought it was perfect for her.
Next is the large talking Upsy Daisy from In the night garden, a favourite of Lillys and her favourite character. She has phrases from the show and it also soft enough for her to cuddle in bed if she wished to. 
These are the Early learning centre wooden pot and pan set, as you can see it also comes with food and utensils. I thought this was too cute to miss, had it a few months now. She can also learn to cut up the fish as its velcro.
Lastly are the pretend and play cupcake set from Sainsburys. These were on offer for like £3 so couldn't resist. I love wooden toys for children as they, in my eyes, are more traditional. She can also…

Bluereef aquarium and Fishermans museum

We had a great family day out at our local aquarium,  Bluereef, we also had a look around the fisherman's museum. Another exciting day to share with you!
Lilly was so unsure at first, especially of the big things such as this lobster. 
Lilly was a little calmer with these as they kind of have a face from underneath, they kept poking their heads up to say hi as we told her.
How strange but cute was this fish, came straight to the glass, looked straight at me and then slowly swam off. So many weird and wonderful sea creatures.
My favourite part has to be the tunnel with fish swimming straight above your head including rays and sharks. I could stand there all day long and watch them. Such a beautiful peaceful place
The pricing, in my opinion was a little steep costing £23 for three adults booking online, Lilly goes free till aged 4. It only took us 45 minutes to go around and we didnt rush. 
Lastly is a rare photo of the three of us on an old boat positioned in the fisherman's m…

Town and Country fair

Today Lilly's Nanny took us to the Town and Country fair as it killed a couple of hours on a boring Sunday after noon.
Lilly went on her first ride, which was a rattly old train, bless her. She was scared at first but after a couple of turns around she was fine, ringing the bell and waving at Nanny.
They had some unusual animals there such as this wollaby (Sorry about spelling) which was quite random but pretty nice to see. There were also so many goats and dogs around.
How cute is this goat?!? Lilly liked looking but didnt want to stroke them.
All she wanted to do was walk around all the chickens and rabbit cages, for about 15 minutes straight and saying hello to them.
Such a nice couple of hours, shame there wasnt more to see. 

A little bit naughty | Weigh ins

Oops, I was a little bit naughty.

I have been keeping up with exercising and eating healthy most of the time....but I have a lovely homemade treat which you may have seen by my last blog post! Treacle tart.
I have still managed to lose weight this week though, which i am so happy about. What probably helped was that I have really limited myself to a slice a day and still have some. 
Weight 143.4 Loss 000.8 Total loss 003.0

Treacle tart recipe

Treacle tart recipe :)

So today I was in the mood for something sweet, but lately I like to know what is in my food so decided to do some baking. I found a really easy recipe for treacle tart as I had all the ingredients in.
225g/8oz Plain flour 110g/4oz Marge or butter 1 medium egg (lightly Beaten) 450g/1lb Golden syrup 85g/30z breadcrumbs Pinch of Ginger
1. Mix flour and marge together to resemble bread crumbs 2. Mix the egg in with a knife and knead the dough. 3. Roll out dough to fit your tin and place in tin, fit to tin and cut around the edge with a knife to neaten up. 4. Add weight to base of dough (seeds) and bake for 10-15 mins on gas mark 5 5. Take weight out and bake until golden brown. 6. Mix the golden syrup into the bread crumbs and add ginger if you wish to. 8.Place in baked base and bake for a further 30 minutes.

Rural Past Times

We thought that we would take a trip to Rural past times this year, it was only a 10 minute drive away.  Here are a few snaps from today.
Lilly loved the little tikes car her cousin had out there.
These beautiful shire horses, so tall and look so strong, Lilly had never seen a horse up close before.
This is an amazing music stand which plays music and had some visible moving parts, such a beautiful example of the past.
Nanny brought her a lovely new hat from one of the handmade stands, and we found this beautiful bench carved out with owls.
Lilly met her 2nd cousin today, they had lots of fun playing together in the sand and the car, it was so adorable.
I think that it tired Lilly out as she went to sleep no trouble bless her. She has been spoilt and came home with the new hat, a shape sorter and an inflatable minnie mouse.
All in all a wonderful day :) 

Weekly weigh in

This week I have still tried to eat healthier and drink more water. This has not been easy for me as I don't drink a lot as it is. 
I do not use that sense me app anymore as it told me that I had slept for 41 hours in 1 day.  So I have changed to 'My Diet coach'

This helps you set targets such as drink more water and do sits ups which you earn point for to do up your avatar. I like the way it is simple to use, the one thing is you can't keep a track on your weight.
so this weeks weigh in
Weight 144.2 Loss 001.4 Total loss 002.2
Thats about 1.1lb per week :) Happy with that.

What we've been up to

We have been up to so much lately and thought I'd show you. Firstly was pirate day, this is a yearly tradition in our town and we currently hold the guiness world record for the amount of people dressed as pirates. There are lots of activities and more pirates about than the eye can see.
Next was a family fun day on our estate where lilly got her face painted, we held a snake and a frog and also stroked a tortoise and a lizzard. Lilly also sat in a fire engine so was a busy and fun day.
Lastly was Hastings carnival in which my Dad did a WW1 inspired float for the 100 year anniversary, so me and Lilly dress in army outfit. Was such a good day and we got lots of cheers.
All in all we have been so busy, but it's all fun at the end of the day

No more dummies!!!

No more dummy! We have now managed 4 days without a dummy. I am unbelievably proud of her and thought i would share how we did it.
On Saturday we found that she had bit through her dummy, so we threw it away and brought a new pack. That night I tried to give her one of the new dummies for bed but she did not want to know, so I explained to her that it was the only dummy we had and that she would have to sleep without it.
Ever since she has slept and napped without it. She has asked for it a few times but i have said that she is a big girl and has done so well without it.
Can't believe that we have managed to get rid of it without a huge fuss. Really happy and Proud.

My motivation arrived | Weigh ins

My motivation arrived

So this week i have kind of struggled but have been doing sit ups and toning exercises. I have also cut out treats at the moment and been eating healthier.
I also have an app downloaded which helps track exercises. It also has a pedometer and calorie tracker. Which I love, called Sense me
Weight 145.6 Loss 000.8