Saturday, 31 December 2011

So long 2011 onto 2012

I may exhibit middle class values or traits but you don't know is I keep my personal family issues at bay normally.

My family has issues that would indeed keep the EastEnders script writers going forever. I am the product of a broken & violent home yes.

Do I have mother and father issues yes.

Do I appear apathetic sometimes? yes and people just don't get me.

Do I give a monkeys ? Well actually I do as I am sensitive but for 2012 I am getting a back bone and being less sensitive.

Is it right to document my family woes? Not so sure on that one , yes you would be crying your eyes out but at what cost?

So for 2012 I will concentrate on me, my family (the three of us) and my blog.


Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Diet Chef Review



Dieting effectively is a huge challenge to do yourself - getting the right balance of nutrition without under- or overdoing calories counts can feel like a full-time job. That's why delivery diets seem like a great idea: nutritionist-planned, pre-set meals dropped at your door so that you all you have to worry about is eating them. But many of these diets are prohibitively expensive: that's where Diet Chef comes in. I had a friend who was trying the Dukan diet and what she was doing was going to work out more expensive than diet chef.
At £39 per week, the cost of Diet Chef is probably not too much more than what you're already spending on your weekly shop...if not less, if you opt for restaurant meals now and then.
The Pro's There 's a huge variety of meals - porridge and granola for breakfast, soups or milkshakes for lunch, and stews and pasta for dinner , plus a couple of snacks, like granola bars and oat crisps - and nothing needs to be refrigerated (it comes in vacuum-packed bags), so it's easy to stash meals in your work bag when you're on the go. If you do the diet for a month or more, you won't be eating the same thing every day by any means (unless you want to, of course as you can choose and alter what you have).
The downside I suppose the food is pretty basic but it is too give you a kick start and it does offer you tips and advice and recipes. You have to remember that no diet is just going to work with out you putting some effort into it. So if you sneak the odd piece of cheese here and there and the odd glass of wine you are basically not going to get anywhere.
The minuses? The food is not amazing -and I got pretty bored with it pretty fast. You do have to supplement the supplied meals with fresh fruits and veg and milk (or soy milk) which means that it is not quite as cheap as it sounds...and also means that you do have to make visits to the supermarket, which can be tempting and dangerous! I think the breakfast were the worse to be honest as they were very very boring and Breakfast is meant to set you up for the day.
The diet is very low in calories (1200 a day) so I felt hungry a lot of the time when I was doing Diet Chef...but you can pretty much eat as much fresh fruit and veg as you like, so it was possible to take the edge off with an apple or water . And, OK, it IS a diet. Being hungry should not have come as a surprise. Though surely this might take you off the straight and narrow path of dieting?.
The final important point: did I lose weight? Even with a couple of cheats (giving up cheese seemed to be impossible it kept whispering to me from the fridge), yes! In just a week I ended up about four pounds lighter.

Was I able keep it off once I finished my Diet Chef regime? Yes it had given me a kick start and left me with the thought I really would not be wanting to pay £39 a week for myself as factoring my family shopping into this it would be an expensive weekly shop.
( Disclosure I was sent a weeks supply for review)

Thursday, 22 December 2011

The Ultimate Christmas Meme .. honest I promise you...


I am Organised for Christmas the death of the High Street can belayed squarely at my door , yes go blame me... I Shopped online for everything. Even wining prizes for my Sister in law ,nieces and nephews ( I am tight?!)

The Christmas song circa 1975 is

The Wombles ...............



Hot chocolate, egg nog or mulled wine?
Mulled wine after I made my own my one culinary success .. Egg nog ? is that like Noggin the Nog? it is isn't it?

When do you put your decorations up?

I nudge nudge .. direct said Mr T to the task in hand last week, somewhere around the 12th. This has been his his tradition as his dad's birthday is on the 12 th of December! I work in a school it has been Christmas since early November . My sons Christmas tree had a part in my school play and I forgot to bring his tree back home = bad mum

They come down early too Mr T is supertiscous have never seen him move so quick on any other day of the year if getting Christmas decorations was an Olympic sport he would indeed win a gold medal bless him ( cough)


What are you having for Christmas dinner?

I'll not lie I can't cook I am off my Christmas dinner down the local pub Mr T is breathing a sigh of relief!




What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?

Watching BBC Sports Personality of the Year while drinking lots of Sherry except this year ( insert swear word ) Mr T has put the blooming football on as I am writing this whilst glaring at him.... Oh is it because no women have been nominated for it .. mmm probably...insert (swear word ... husband)

Have you ever gone carol singing?

Yes when I was a child and I was part of the school choir it was rather fun as I remember and harks back to a trouble free era !
When did you discover the truth about Santa?

Excuse me I didn't pay £2000 from my car crash money not to see him in his home country so of course he exists .. silly.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?


With my hands! No really I let my child loose and then go rearrange it when he's not looking .. ( only a little bit ) I have decorations he made in reception etc which we use as well . The ones we bought whilst holidaying in Florida in the middle of August and of course the extra baubles when we forgot where we put the decorations one year.

Thanks to http://thefivefsblog.blogspot.com/ for tagging me and keeping me sane whilst Mr T put the football on instead of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Disclosure ( Written under the influence of Christmas Sherry ... always drink responsibly whilst blogging )

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christmas Carol.. Rollie as the Ghost from Christmas past

Even Rollie has to get into the Christmas spirit and Rollie's favourite Christmas book has to be Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Which is rather apt as I spent all my childhood summers down in Broadstairs as that was where my Grandparents lived . And as you know Charles Dickens did stay at Bleak House and Broadsroars just celebrate the Dickens festival.





So here We have Rollie as  'The Ghost from Christmas Past'

 Merry Christmas you daft but miserable cat !

Friday, 16 December 2011

Right up my Quality Street


The new limited edition bar combines four Quality Street The Purple Ones with their smooth milk chocolate, signature creamy caramel centre and whole hazelnut. This expansion of a Quality Street favourite will come as a special treat for the many fans of The Purple One.
My Purple Bar, with an RRP of 65p, benefits from vibrant packaging which pays tribute to the heritage of the brand. Although the Quality Street brand, launched in 1936, reaches the grand age of 75 in 2011, it shows no sign of slowing down.  Over the last year the total brand value has risen by 14% to be worth a massive £98m. With the launch of the limited edition My Purple Bar, the brands success is set to continue.


This is where I am meant to show you my various pictures of 'My Purple Bar' in various poses I am sorry to say I didn't take any. Remember how I said i coaxed J with some chocolate when I took a picture of him in the Ski Jacket post. Well the chocolate I used was "My Purple Bar' I have a very very nice picture of the wrapper.


And J did say it was nice which when in  teenager speaks = that was absolutely mouth watering and totally gorgeous!.

Lytess Corrective Shapewear


I have been wearing Lytess a smarter brand of shapewear. Lytess takes shapewear into the realm of science with their embedded microencapsulated ingredients that are released as you wear their pieces. It’s intelligent shapewear for the modern woman, complete with that je ne sais quoi of French luxury.

Lytess is what is known as corrective shapewear this was part of my mission to looking leaner, each line provides different long-term benefits for your body. Each piece of Lytess shapewear slims without being constrictive. They contain millions of microcapsules that release on contact with your firming ingredients such as Copaiba, Elemi resin, Rodhysterol, Caffeine to mobilize fats and Shea Butter and Sweet Almond to moisturize the skin, thanks to a revolutionary French Technology of Microencapsulated Cosmetics. As the garment is worn, the ingredients are gradually and evenly released onto the skin.

The Lytess mirco-massage line moistens and softens your skin while providing deep tissue nutrition and helping get rid of fat in your system. The specially woven fabric responds to your natural body movements and helps massage and tone your skin. When worn on a regular basis, this line of shapewear will help treat cellulite and improve your skin.

Lytess corrective shapewear uses caffeine and shea butter to help you slim down. The caffeine helps mobilize fats, and the shea butter moistens your skin and helps it absorb the caffeine. When worn six days a week, test models lost as much as four inches off their waist size!




And to be honest it out me in the correct mind set to get fit with acticities such as walking , scooting ! and even running. It has certainly helped me the only down side is now that I have lost a little weight around my hips and thighs etc due to wearing these and excersing , the ones that i wear are starting to slip down !


And even though they are £49.99 it has given me a starter to a healthy lifestyle and a new way of life. This approach may not work for everyone but it has for me and I am pleased with it.
( I was given two pairs of these for purposes of review )

Thursday, 15 December 2011

I am Not a Celebrity and don't get me in there !

Kateonthinice has cast a handpicked dozen onto a desert island and escape is forbidden until we have completed 11 questions.


1. What one thing about being a parent makes you scream 'Get me out of here!'?

The inability of my teen to able to put their dirty clothes in the laundry basket.
2. What skills, if any, do you have that would be useful in the jungle?

Well it wouldn't be cooking cakes now would it? seriously have you seen my attempts  .. No go checkout my 'cooking' posts then.
3. How are you likely to annoy people if you were stuck with them for three weeks?

I would worry them to death thus making my self the winner!
4. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?

Errm that would have to one of my cakes then !
5. What luxury item would you take into the jungle with you?


A Chef

6. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?

Been in a car doing 120 miles an hour at the Richard Petty race track in the USA I was a passenger I was scared witless.
7. Who would you miss most if you went into the jungle with a bunch of strangers?

I am am meant to say my family aren't I ?
I think I 'd miss talking with Jane Willis and  @Mummybarrow
8. What celebrity, alive or dead, would you like to have with you in the jungle?

OOOh tough one can I take two please Tom Selleck and Alan Titchmarsh... pwoar.............
9. What would scare you about being in the jungle?
Henry the hoover and sliced cheese sandwiches  it's along story.

10. After leaving the jungle, you go to a luxury hotel. What would be the first thing you did on reaching your hotel?

Can I just ask am I still with Tom Selleck and Alan Titchmarsh at this point please?.......
11. Why is the person who tagged you a star?


Well  they saved me from 5 minutes of boredom didn't they?


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Mookie Blue pro Glider Scooter ideal for Gross Motor Skills

Young children as young as 3,4 or 5 need lots of opportunities for physical activity both for their good health and for skill building and lets be honest who ever heard of a still toddler / young child? At this age , children are busy developing gross motor skills- learning to use the large muscles in their legs, arms and trunk to run throw, catch and kick. they are also working on fine motor skills, although these develop a bit later than gross motor skills. And with the large absence of ' big' play equipment in many of our schools nowadays it is up to us parents to help develop these skills.







The Mookie Blue Pro Glider Scooter has two wheels at the front to increase stability. This practical design is perfect for helping children to develop balance and co-ordination skills before moving on to a 2 wheeler. The unique tilt action steering facilitates easy turning and amazing tricks! The strong deck and PVC wheels also give extra durability. The multi-hinged foldable handle bar system and neck enables this scooter to take up the smallest space possible when folded. It’s also lightweight making it ideal for easy transportation

Features:
  • 3 wheels for stability
  • Flexible neck for easy turning
  • Unique and elegant design
  • Strong deck for a safe ride
  • Maximum rider weight: 20kg
For ages 3+ years

This is a brilliant product that will help with a child's motor skills and balance just before starting school.

Disclosure ( I was sent this scooter for the purposes of review)

Saturday, 10 December 2011

SimplyPiste Protest Ski Jacket

So J is off skiing near Mont Blanc next in Courmayeur Italy he will need a good quality Ski Jacket I didn't want to hire them through the school mainly for the fact they can end up going skiing next year so of course I wouldn't want to end paying more in hire costs over two years so I am buying my own equipment. So I just J does some proper skiing and I am not paying £750 to build really expensive Snowmen and Snowladies!.


I coxed J with some Chocolate and he was happy to have his picture taken. I am detecting an evil smirk are you?


I was utterly delighted that I got sent this Ski Jacket for J fashionable and Funky and he will be sure to be seen on the Ski slopes.

Cool looking snowboarding jacket for boys from Protest in an apple green check that has a removable hood, snow skirt, adjustable cuffs and lift pass pocket. This padded jacket is waterproof and breathable and will give great protection against the cold and wet or snowy weather on the ski slopes. With plenty of pockets for ski accessories the Thompson Jacket is a great choice for boys who love snowboarding and don't want the weather to get in the way!

Features

  • Snow skirt
  • Velcro cuff
  • Zip off hood
  • Lift pass holder
  • YKK zipper

Specification

  • Fabric: 100% Polyester Twill
  • Lining: 100% Nylon 210T
  • Padding: 100% Polyamide thermax 100/45 gms
  • Geotech 5000 series: MP 5.000 G/M2/24hrs, Waterproof 5.000 MM H20
Colour: Green 




£62.50 is the cost J had age 14 and he is 13 and has plenty of growing room and room for all the Ski layers he will need.


With fast and friendly service Standard delivery £2.99 is 2-4 days or Express delivery £4.99 is 1-2 days.


I would certainly look to this company for some of other items he will need.


Disclosure ( I was sent this Ski Jacket for review well J was ,the chocolate bar I gave him)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Move over Nigella Lawson there's a new domestic godess in town?

Move over Nigella lawson  with your heaving bosoms pouting at the camera and generally getting the male population very worked up and for even making sprouts seem sexy.

I  can do sexy  alas no pictures of me pouting at the camera , lovingly stroking the spoon..



And what you don't see off camera is the fact that Nigella kitchen really does look like this when attempting to cook Christmas biscuits!.



 I used Pro cook Star cookie cutters. And this is the first time I have cooked biscuits and they have not burnt want one ?


12 days of Christmas!

Its the beginning of Advent and of course the silly Season. You might heard this before but it is always worth a another giggle at !!


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