Dreaming of a book-cake cafe | Lottoland Review

Dreaming of a book-cake cafe Lottoland review

It’s been years since I’ve played the National Lottery here in the UK, and even then I was just an occasional player. The most I ever won was £10, but it’s still a thrill when you do get those winning numbers! My in-laws played every week for years, and not long before he passed away, my father-in-law was quite lucky and managed to bag a five figure sum! The Husband and I were reminiscing recently and said how we should start playing again; you never know when you could actually win big. Read more

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6 Simple Tips For Cooking On A Budget

6 simple tips for cooking on a budget

When it comes to cooking, a 3-pronged approach works great: cook often, cook good food, and cook within your budget. The first two are quite easy but the budget is definitely the hard part. What can make a budget more manageable is adopting habits that are not only easy to stick with but also sustainable.

Here are 6 essential habits to help you cook within your budget. Do you practice any of these already?

1. Adopt Meal Planning

It is essential to plan your meals and snacks. You will often hear about why it is so important to have a mindful plan for your groceries and meals, and the reason is that it is incredibly simple but with a huge payoff. If you have a plan, you will be able to create more focused shopping lists, cook smarter, and even have an easier time sticking to your budget. Read more

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Five tips to quit smoking

Five tips to quit smoking

Personally, I’ve never been a smoker, but I know many people who have been, or are still are. I would say around a third have quit smoking, or at least tried, at one point or another. The Husband is an ex-smoker – he’s been off the cigarettes for almost seven years now, I think!

Everyone has different reasons for wanting to quit, and his was a no brainer really – if we wanted a referral for fertility treatment, they had to go. We walked out of the doctors, and his pack of cigarettes went straight in the bin. I won’t say it was straightforward from there, because it wasn’t, and he did have a few blips. So not from my personal experience, but I do know how hard it can be to quit.

Here are five tips to help with giving up the cigarettes:

  1. have a strong support network
    – make sure there are always people around you who know what you are doing, in order to remind you why you are doing it. Leading on to…
  2. think of your end goal
    – what are you quitting smoking for? The same reasons as The Husband, mentioned above? To live a longer life for your children? Never lose sight of your end goal.
  3. chewing gum
    – replace the cigarettes with something else; something else not addictive, of course! The Husband replaced his with chewing gum, or mints.
  4. electronic cigarette from Simply E Liquid
     many people I know have replaced their tobacco cigarettes with e-cigs. You can get all sorts of flavours!
  5. fidget spinner
    – if it’s the issue that you need something to do with your hands, then how about a fidget spinner? You can bag yourself one by clicking on the image below!

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Spicetastic chicken & potato curry | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Chicken and potato curry

I love a good curry, and my slow cooker chicken curry seems to be mighty popular amongst Slimming World followers! I’m guessing, because it’s quick and easy, and you can just put it on and forget about it. I do like to cook a curry on the stove sometimes though; the smells that fill my kitchen from the spices are just delightful.

This particular chicken & potato curry recipe involves grinding of spice seeds; you could just stick them in a mini hand blender, but doing it by hand with a pestle & mortar equals extra body magic! Kind of 😉 Also, this recipe is completely guilt free as it contains zero syns.

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April Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

Review - April Degustabox

As always, I was looking forward to the arrival of my latest Degustabox. The April box seemed to have a health theme running through it; which of course isn’t a bad thing when you are a Slimming World member anyway!

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

So what was inside the April Degustabox?

Inside April Degustabox

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Our April | Trains, crafts, and pre-school

Our April - trains, crafts, pre school

It’s a miracle – I’m actually writing our April favourites at the beginning of the following month, instead of the end! Now Noah has started pre-school, I have three mornings a week to get more work done – not that it’s actually happened, mind…

The first week of April was pretty jam packed. Half term had started and The Husband had a week off, so we had a few days out. He was back to work for the second week of half term so it was just me and the boys. We didn’t really go out anywhere (hello anxiety, and disliking taking them out on my own the majority of the time) but we had some fun outside and did some crafts. Then it was back to school for Jacob, and N’s first day of pre-school!

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Recipes and Readly | Review

Review - Recipes and Readly

A few years ago, I used to be really big on reading magazines. Gossip and food related magazines were my go-to’s, but I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a magazine that wasn’t my regular Slimming World one; other than buying comics for the boys! I pick up the occasional supermarket magazine, but that’s mostly for the recipes; I end up ripping them out and storing them in a folder as whole magazines just take up too much space, don’t they? With Readly though, you have practically the whole magazine world, in your hands.

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Doing the Bacofoil Baco-Shake!

How many times have you roasted vegetables in the oven and they’ve stuck to the tray? Cooked chips and you lose half of most of them because they’ve stuck down? Baked fish fingers and the coating gets left behind when you try to remove them? I often have this problem and it’s a little bit annoying because I love my food, so obviously I want every single last morsel off that tray! Not to mention the fact that those bits that stick, are hard to remove when washing too and you need to give the tray a good scrub! Well, I may have the perfect answer for you – by doing the Bacofoil Baco-Shake! Read more

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Totally tropical coconut smoothie | Recipe

Totally tropical coconut smoothie

In one of my recent Degustabox parcels, I received a carton of coconut milk alternative to milk. I don’t normally buy this, so other than using it in coffee, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. As the boys are a fan of smoothies, it gave me an idea. Add some pineapple and mango, blitz it up in a blender, and make a totally tropical coconut smoothie! The lime juice gives it a little extra kick, and the chia seeds add extra natural goodness.
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Baking with Cadbury Creme Eggs | #CremeEggHuntingSeason

Baking with Cadbury Creme Eggs #CremeEggHuntingSeason

One of my favourite things about Easter is Creme Eggs. Pretty much every time I go to the shop, I must buy at least one. I’ve decided that this year I’m going to stock up before they disappear from the shelves again! After all, #CremeEggHuntingSeason isn’t around for long, and they will be soon be hard to find…

It was only last year that I discovered baking with them, with these Scotch Brownie Creme Eggs. This year, I was armed with the task of recreating some different Creme Egg recipes and sharing them with my readers. I never realised all of the different things you could do with Creme Eggs! Read more

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