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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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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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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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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Our March | Birthdays, Mother’s Day and biscuits

Our March 2017

Since May last year I have been joining in with Suburban Mum’s Our Favourite Five link up, but she recently decided to call it quits; thanks for hosting for all that time, Maria! I really enjoyed joining in though as it’s lovely to look back on what I sometimes feel has been a bad month, and see that we did have good times; so I’ve decided to carry on with monthly posts, in pretty much the same format, but just a slightly different title!

Anyway, March is always a busy month for us with Noah’s birthday at the beginning, and Jacob’s near the end; so it was certainly eventful, what with throwing Jacob a Paw Patrol themed party too! As per usual, there is always some kind of food involved in our favourites too…

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Tree change for the elderly

Tree change for the elderly

Today, more and more baby boomers are opting for a tree change. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what a tree change refers to then here’s some useful info for you. Popular among elderly Australians, tree change is a term that describes the shift from an urban life to living in a more country/rural setting. Generally, people who opt for tree change sell off everything they own in the city before going to live in the bush. However, contrary to popular belief, tree change doesn’t mean moving to the middle of nowhere. Instead, it means living just outside of the city to avoid the hustle and bustle of city life. Read more

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Our favourite five – February | Food, flowers, and a farm

Our favourite five February

Once again, I’m back to being late with our favourite five – oops! I didn’t manage to get it written up by the end of the month, and March has been super busy so I’ve barely even turned the laptop on! I’m here now though, better late than never, right?

So, what were our favourite five for February? (That’s a lot of f‘s!)

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Protecting yourself from data transfer hacks

Protecting yourself from data transfer hacks

If you have visited my blog recently, you may have unexpectedly stumbled upon a disturbing blog post; it wasn’t my doing, Stacey in the Sticks had been hacked! I wasn’t alone in this; many fellow bloggers suffered the same fate, with very similar posts. I won’t lie, it was very scary and panic inducing. I thought I had lost a whole post that had taken me a while to prepare and write; but any post written would have had the same effect.

To know that somebody had immersed themselves into my world, potentially stolen my data, and imposed their beliefs on my blog and my readers; it was horrible. By imposing their beliefs, this is what I mean (apologies for the unsavoury language, but I wanted a clear picture of exactly what happened):

Hacked blog post
Credit to Zara at www.mojoblogs.co.uk for the screenshot

Not nice, right? When you have taken years of hard work to build up your brand, and then this happens. I cannot stress enough how much it stressed me out. Luckily enough, this was a simple fix to get my original post back. There are obviously many other ways and means that hackers work, and this is just in the minority; though it’s the first time I’ve ever been a victim of hacking. It did get me wondering though, am I protecting myself enough?

There are many ways in which you protect yourself from data transfer hacks and Data Label have put together this handy guide with some steps you can take to make sure your data is kept secure. Admittedly I don’t do all of these already, but I did immediately change all of my passwords again; something which I do regularly anyway. I make sure I back up my blog every month too using BackupGuard, and continually save drafts as I am writing; luckily I was able to retrieve my blog post this way! If you think you may have been hacked, you can also use a tool such as Kaspersky to run a virus & malware check.

Taking these steps may not completely stop data transfer hacks, but they will go a way to helping you retrieve your data if you are ever unlucky enough for it to happen.

Have you ever been a victim of hacking in any way?

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Musings of a Slimming World target member | #1

Musings of a Slimming World target member #1

It’s been a few months now since I reached target; just over three of them, in fact. It does actually feel like it’s been longer to be honest. I haven’t shared an update since becoming a target member so I thought it was about time I got my thoughts down on paper; well, virtual paper! I was going to say, I can’t remember the last time I went to weigh in dreading getting on the scales, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. The truth is, I’ve been really struggling for most of the year already, and it’s almost March! Read more

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Our favourite five – January | Bags, bake club, and a book signing

Our favourite five - January

Now I’ve got back into the swing of things with blogging again, I’m going to try and be a bit more timely with our favourite five updates! January has gone by in a bit of a blur if I’m honest; though we didn’t really have a lot on, but time seems to go by so quick these days.

Jacob started back at school; Barney really found his place in our home; I had a little trip away at the end of the month with my book blog partner in crime, to a multi author book signing in Birmingham; and when I came home I had a new neighbour in the form of my brother-in-law!
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