Showing posts from April, 2016

April Favourites • 2016

I kniw I have missed a couple of monthly favourites posts out but I am back with a bang. I am now going to include Lil"s favourites too as she is now at the age where she knows exactly what she likes.

Imperial leather foamy banana shower cream
I have recently been seeing a lot of people mentioning and posting pictures of the sweet scented imperial leather shower creams and had to try them. They were on offer in boots at the time and chose the Foamy Banana scent. 
The smell is incredible, it really does smell like a packet of foam banana sweets. The lather is really good too and leaves the scent lingering too.
Jamberry nail wraps
Sadly I don't have a picture above but have recently done a post for Jamberry nails after doing the 7 day challenge. 
These have really impressed me, I am now on day 14 and they have inly just started to look a little worn. There are so many designs to pick from and are so easy to out on.
Cherry almond body butter
I go this body butter at Christmas in a…

Mummy + Me • April 2016

This my first Mummy and me post, I have wanted to write these for a while but have never gotton round to it. I have always wanted to document my little girls life from day one and filmed weekly pregnancy vlogs too.

We have been adverntuing out more with me having a car, then when getting back home Lil's love to wrap up in her dressing gown for some snuggles.

This month has been a testing month with extra expenses and illnesses going round.  Now its the end of the month and we are MEANT to be going away camping and watching racing but have a broken car and two out of the three of us is ill. Hopefully all will be well by then. 
The threenager has really come out in Lilly in the past couple of months with her sulking over silly things, but she has started listening at nursery better which makes me super happy and proud of her. 

The importance of a smear test

Last month I got my first 'invitation' to have the cervical cancer screening, or smear test as it is commonly known. I was a little surprised as I am on 24 but phoned up straight away to book an appointment. 

To me this is so inportant as it could potentially save your life. The test takes about 5 minutes, and even though it's unpleasent, in my eyes it's necessary.
I am now in tge waiting period for my letrer to say weather or not I am clear of abnormal cells. It can take up to 21 days for the letter after your appointment and you will hear either way. 
The nurse that I had was so calming she showed the equipment and explained exactly what she was going to do. She could tell I was nervous but she kept re-assuring me and just telling me to breath and relax.
I am so relieved that it is done and hope that everything is ok. But I just wanted to write this for everyone who has had the invite.
Come on ladies Take it! Book an appointment and have the test, it take 5 minutes …

Jamberry Nails • 7 day challenge

I have been lucky enough to try out some Jamberry nail wraps taking the 7 day challenge to see how they hold up and I am very pleased with them.

As you can see from the above pictures the Jamberry nail wrap is still perfect where as my nail vanish is starting to look messy. 
In the past seven days I have done the usual housework with extra spring cleaning, playing with my toddler and everything else that comes with having a child. 
It is so nice to have pretty, fresh nails for once and not have to worry about the nail varnish chipping.
The wraps come in various designs for different occasions or preferances. They are £15 a set and can be brought off of the jamberry website. The tools you need to use the wraps are minimal, all I used was a hair dryer and a nail file.
I am very happy with the result and hope they last for a while lomger too.

What I ate Wednesday

I haven't written a what I ate Wednesday in a long time but thought that I would as I am kind of nosey and like reading these type of posts myself.

For breakfast I had the Aldi special flakes with red berries, these are so tasty and not too                  unhealthy either. For lunch I had a cheese spread sandwich and a bottle of Evian, it was a quick lunch as we visited a friend at the park.

When I got home I was kind of peckish but am trying to cut down on my snacking so I ended up having a 'Red Cherry' Muller corner. Later on Liam made me a cuppa and warmed up a microwavable teddy for my tummy too.

We were meant to have a roast dinner which we were meant to have the night before too but I forgot the potatoes that night and forgot to put the oven the next night. we ended up having southern fried chicken breast with mash potato and I had sweetcorn too. then for pudding I had a jaffa cake cake bar. I hope you liked this post, it makes me aware of what I am eating at the …

Being a carer for my parents

Both my parents have mobility issues and are bithnow in wheelchairs. Since I can remember my Mum has been in a wheelchair due to have a very worn hip joint which she was born with. 
When I was in year 9 my Dad's back started to hurt and progressivly got worse to the point where he struggled to get out of bed.
I am now classed as a carer to my mum which is important for me, my mum is very stubborn and sometime I have to have a little nag to get her to do things.

I don't see my parents in any other way than just my parents, if that makes sense. My Mum is an amazing person who makss me proud every day. Due her lack of mobility she also has other health problems which she can control with tablets and lifestyle changes. 
My Dad is still constantly on the go with his veterans and the local carnival which he does every year using his mobility scooter as his base for his structure. He does feel it after he compeltes things but I think it gives him motivation to get up abd about.
I ha…

Sugar Apple Glazed Gammon | Recipe and Method

This is usually our Christmas gammon recipe but lately we have been having it more often. This is so tasty and yet so simple to make too. 

For a 750gm Gammon you will need
250ml Apple juice 4-5 Tbsp Soft brown sugar
1. Score the gammon as picutred above. 2. Mix the apple juice and sugaf well until the apple juice is thicker than normal. 3. Once mixed pour over the gammon and put into a preheated oven. 4. Cover the gammon every 15 to 20 minutes with the juice. 5. Cook for required time. 
We serve this with cheesy mash potato bake and vegetables
If you make this I would love to see how it turns out.

The Lush Tag

As you may knows I do love my Lush products when I need a nice pamper evening so thought I would complete the Lush tag on my blog, I have recently completed this on my Instagram but it has already changed lol.

1. What's your favourite product?
I think my favourite product to date is the magnaminty face mask, it smells amazing and did wonders for my skin too.
2. What's your favourite ballistic?
This has to be either the experimenter or intergalactic, depends on what mood I'm in but I love both for the colours and vibrancy.
3. What's your favourite bubble bar?
Sadly I have never used a bubble bar as of yet.
4. What's your favourite bath melt?
My favourite bath melt is the only one that I have used actually lol. My Mummy friend gave me a floating island to try, my skin felt amazing after. 
5. What's your favourite soap?
I absoloutly love Layer Cake, the smell is amazing it's just not the most pleasing to look at. 
6.What's your favourite shower gel?
I thi…

Creating My Dream Blogging Space

I have been blogging for two years now and sadly do not have the room to have a separate blogging space bit still imagine what my space would look like, and often get office envy reading other bloggers posts.
I love the idea of just being able to sit down at a desk and write with no distractions around me, like my own little hide away in a loft, with me, my camera, my computer and a cup of tea.
I would love to have fresh light colours such as a cream or white for the desk as in my opinion it looks a lot cleaner and can brighten the space up. It would also have to have plenty of storage for chargers, note books and the hundreds of pens, pencils and crayons I have acquired since having Lil's. 
The desk pictured below is one that I would certainly consider, this is from Argos and looks quite modern with a good amount of storage too. I also love the natural look of the desk, its not too modern and seems very practical, which I think it important.

I've imagined my office to be bri…

Homemade Pizza • Recipe and Method

I have been wanting to try a recipe.out for a while now that I found through a youtuber. This recipe is for pizza dough and is so easy to make.
This recipe should be made at least an hour before you need it. 

250ml warm water 7g dried active yeast 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt 2 tbsp oil 350g strong white bread flour Tomato puree Cheese Toppings 
1. Mix the yeast, sugar, salt and oil into a bowl with the walm water. 2. Add my flour and mix together. 3. Knead the dough for about 6-8 minutes. 4. Place dough into cling film and place in the fridge. 5. After an hour the dough should have pretty much doubled in size. 6. Pre-heat over to 190°c / gas mark  7. Split into required size or keep whole but roll out the dough. 8. Pre-heat over to 190°c / gas mark 5. 9. Place some tomato puree onto the base then spread, leaving a few cm's for crust. 10. Add desired topping and cover with cheese. 11. Bake in oven for 15-20 mins. 
We served ours with galic sauce for the crust.

We were …

Water bead sensory play

We have mentioned these before when Lilly was just over 2 years old but I still had a packet in the drawers. 
These are so easy to use, you get a small pack of the colour in tiny form, you then let them soak in the amount of water stated for the time stated, then they're ready to go.
The texture is very slimy and slippery but bounce very well which Lilly loves. We play with them in the bath to keep the mess to a minimum otherwise I'll be finding them in a years time. They do brake eventually but Lilly gets a good 30 - 45 minutes per pack before we call it time.

I get two different colour packs off of eBay for just 99p and they are usually delivered within a few days.
eBay shop
These are brilliant for learning colours or could even use them for a themed sensory play such as maybe the beach with shells and other related bit too.

These are brilliant even for Lilly's age, she gets a lot of fun of them and they keep her out of mischief for a while at least. 

A Trip to Fairlight Country Park

It is coming to the end of the Easter school break so want to make the most of the last few days with her, especially now I have a car to take her places. 
Yesterday I decided to take Lil's on a trip to Fairlight Country Park which isn't to far from us luckily. 
The Country park is a beautiful place which so many little trails that we can take. The first trail we took goes straight past the Fairlight coastguard station with the radar. The trail then goes off towards the cliffs, the view from up there is just beautiful. On a good clear day you can actually see over to Dieppe, France.
We then took the long walk back up the hill to the carpark where we took the second trail up. This trail took us though to the old quarry, this looks like something out of a movie as it is so surreal. The trail took us down some man made and some natural steps down in the the main part, once down the steps we were surrounded by the rocks from the quarry. 
We then headed back as Lilly needed the to…

Cheesy Mash Potato Bake | Recipe and Method

On Easter we had something a little different, we love potato bake in pur house but wabted to try something different. This is the recipe that I found and have slightly altered to our preferance.
This serves 4 

1 garlic clove, crushed 1 onion, finely chopped 4 potatoes 100ml milk 8 tbsp cheddar cheese, grated salt and pepper
1. Crush the garlic and finely chop the onion, fry until softened but not brown. 2. Preheat oven 190°c/Gas mark 5 3. Boil and mash the potatoes with half the milk. Added 6 spoons of cheese and season with salt and pepper. 4. Mix in the onions and garlic theb ass the remaining milk. 5. Put the mash into a greased baking tray and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. 6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes and serve.
We served ours with a glazed gammon.

Birthday Basket for Liam

This time last weej was Liam's 25th birthday, he is incredibly hard to buy for and never knows what he wants at all, so this year I thought that I would do a basket of loads of things that he likes and needs too. 
Liam love anything tk do with cars and loves cleaning his cars too so that was my main idea with a couple of added bits to bulk it out.

First I went to Halfords to look at all the car cleaning bits, they had a 3 for 2 offer on the whole range. I firstly grabbed the Auto Glym leather cleaner, he has bee going on about this for a while so that was a must, I then looked at the microfibre clothes for him and also so cockpit cleaber too, this is in the scent of New car smell which is one of his go to air freshener scents. Lastly Lilly saw the smily face air freshener which she wanted to get for him.

Next is the other bits I brought, firstly was a t-shirt which has the stig on and says 'Sone say I'm the best Dad in the world'. I thought that this would give him a …