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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Spring garden inspiration | Wish list

Spring garden inspiration with Fishpools

April is here, spring is upon us, which means lots of long days spent in the garden are ahead. With Jacob being at school now, and Noah now going to nursery for three mornings a week, I will also have the garden all to myself for a few hours a week – heaven! Well, I will be sharing it with a dog now, also…

We moved into this house one and a half years ago, and have done quite a bit of work on the garden already; but, we still don’t have it near where we want it. I know we will get there eventually though, and I hope we can put some work into it this summer, so it is all ready for us to enjoy completely next year! Read more

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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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New Year Health on a Budget

New Year Health on a Budget

January; the most popular month of the year for people to decide they want to lose weight, or to get a bit fitter and healthier. I certainly know that was the case for me a couple of years ago when I decided to join Slimming World; but, my main focus at that time was just to lose weight.

During my weight loss journey I haven’t really exercised; with the exception of taking up running for a few weeks and then life got in the way, and I haven’t really done any since. This year though, I want to focus on getting fitter. I pretty much have the healthy eating down to a tee now; most of the time, anyway! We all want need to let go once in a while, right?

New Year Health on a Budget

MyVoucherCodes have produced this rather cute little video; it contains a whole bunch of handy tips for your new year health on a budget!

I’m pretty happy that I actually carry out most of these already; except for cold showers right now, I certainly don’t fancy one of those in the winter – brr! One thing I am planning on getting my (still wobbly) bum into gear and doing soon, is some exercise and toning up. Everybody watches YouTube so much these days, that it’s one of the first places I will be heading to look for some videos. Since losing weight though, my fitness gear no longer fits me (!) so I need to buy some more. I will probably be visiting Sports Direct for this as I have some trainers from there which have lasted me a while, so I know they sell affordable but quality items.

Another vow I have made to myself for this year – which I am yet to start – is to try a new healthy but delicious meal or recipe every week. My friend Zara from Mojo Blogs has recently been posting some gorgeous looking meals from Hello Fresh on her Instagram; I am so tempted to order some for myself! I have actually just ordered a free trial of recipe kits from Simply Cook; so I am looking forward to trying these and sharing them with you.

You can also take a look here for more information from MyVoucherCodes on your new year health on a budget.

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Slimming World weigh in – the first post target one…

weekly weigh in

I think last week’s weigh in had to be my favourite one ever; I reached target! It took a few days for it to sink in, but I didn’t really go overboard in celebration like I might have expected to… In actual fact, I was still on plan for most of the week. I did have a Subway for lunch on the day of weigh in, but it was the first thing I’d really had off plan.

I don’t usually eat heavily on a weigh in day, but I decided that I had my target range to ‘play’ with, so it didn’t matter so much. Of course, it doesn’t mean I should do it all of the time, which I won’t; I just won’t restrict myself so much on a weigh day any more!
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Lekto Woodfuels | Review

Lekto Woodfuels review

Now winter is well and truly here, I’m finding that I am needing the heating on pretty much all day. But as I mentioned in this post, we have a solid fuel boiler which means lots of wood and coal is needed for the next few months!

We do have lots of trees that need cutting down, that we can use; but then they need drying out and that takes a long time. We also have lots ‘lying around’ that my father in law left behind  (that’s a whole other story), but this involves chopping too, so it ends up being lots of hard work!

Purchasing from Lekto Woodfuels takes away all of that hard work; the wood fuel is delivered so you can put it on your fire or stove immediately.

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#IWouldMiss | The reality of living in the sticks!

We’ve been living in the countryside for over a year now. It did take me a while to be persuaded to move, as I’ve always been a town girl and lived the ‘easy’ life. The thought of a peaceful life and fresh air was an obvious attraction, but there were negatives I considered too. In the end, it was kind of fate and sad circumstances that swayed our decision to move to the countryside, but I’m glad I changed my mind now as it’s one of the best I have ever made. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I reach target…

weekly weigh in

Last week I had fairly mixed emotions after my weigh in. On the one hand. I was happy because I had another good loss of 2lb; on the other hand, I was a little frustrated because I only had that half a pound left to reach my target. I didn’t let it put me off though; if anything, it made me just that little bit more determined! I’ve had plenty of half pound losses before, so surely I could do it this week?

I was on plan for most of the week. In fact, I guess I was on it all week. With it being Children in Need last Friday, we usually have some nibbles to watch it with but I did plan ahead and made some low syn sausage rolls, some syn free hummus to have with veg sticks, some low syn mince pies, and some of those mini cheese squares that are half a syn each.
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3 Reasons Why You Should Shave Your Head

3 Reasons Why You Should Shave Your Head

Let’s be honest, it’s getting pretty cold outside. Freezing in fact, there’s even been snow in places! So, if you are thinking about making a hairstyle change before the year is out, a buzz cut or supercharged short crop may not have been the first pin on the Pinterest board you’re planning to show your hairdresser.

Firstly, rest assured that there’s some evidence to show we don’t really lose most of our heat through our heads. And of course, if you do have a tendency to feel the cold, braving a crop is a great way to ensure you appreciate the winter woollies you’ll be unwrapping in just a few short weeks when Christmas comes around. Read more

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Unique Planners by Pirongs – Life Planner | Review

Unique Planners by Pirongs review - Life Planner

November seems to be the month where I begin to fill in my diary for next year. Being the organiser of the family, I need a really big planner. Luckily for me, Unique Planners by Pirongs came to the rescue and gave me the opportunity to review one of their Life Planners.

Unique Planners by Pirongs don’t just do Life Planners though; they also do calendars, wedding planners, and cater for the academics amongst you too, as well as simple notebooks.

We make fantastic high quality diaries, planners, and note books that you can design yourself. You can even choose the colour of your wire binding and ribbon bookmarker, and so can create something that’s truly unique!

Our products make the perfect personalised gift for any stationery lover, and are a great self-indulgent treat which won’t go unnoticed amongst your friends and colleagues.

We have over 50 years of experience in planning and stationery design to offer, combined with the latest technology and printing techniques.

At Pirongs old meets new, and you get the best of both worlds.
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