Slimming World weigh in – the one with another NSV…

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During last week’s weigh in I was brave and decided I would go for a 3lb loss this week in order to hit target. I say brave, because I’ve never managed that much before; I think only twice. One being on my first week when I lost 3.5lb, and once after a holiday. But I was going for it this week so I could be at target for my 30th birthday next week. I planned to have more EESP meals, and maybe one or two EESP days. I managed both of these goals and had an SP breakfast and lunch almost every day, and a full day on Monday, the day before weigh in.

The rest of the week went well, I was under syns – or flexi synned – every day. Even when I made this bakewell tart for the #GBBOBloggers2016 challenge. I synned the whole thing (insert shocked face at the amount) and had the tiniest piece; I was that focused on my goal loss!  The nearer it got to weigh in though, I didn’t feel like I would reach it, and was already feeling disappointed.

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Bakewell tart with lemon pastry | Recipe

Bakewell tart with lemon pastry

As soon as I heard what the challenges were going to be for pastry week of GBBO, I was drooling. Danish pastries? Yes please! I was really tempted to try to make them but then I watched the show and, well… My mind was swiftly changed, ha! I think I’ll stick with ready bake ones, thanks… Anyway, I didn’t fancy fiddling about with filo either so I decided I would go with the technical (again!) of a bakewell tart. I made mini bakewell tarts a couple of months ago for my Macmillan Summer Lights fundraiser, but I’ve never made a big one before. It couldn’t be that hard, right?

I wanted to make it with a traditional almond topping rather than icing and feathering, like on the show. Rather than the usual plain pastry, I made flavoured pastry that I saw in one of my Lorraine Pascale cookbooks. Lemon and almond flavour, the perfect match for a bakewell tart. I was a bit dubious as this recipe used egg yolks, and the one and only time I have used egg yolks in pastry, it was really wet. But I thought I would give it another go. I also decided that I would make my own jam, for the first time ever! I think the frangipane was the easiest part…
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Stepping into autumn with JD Williams | Review

Stepping into autumn with JD Williams review - NSIWE

After dropping 4 dress sizes since last year, I have had to constantly replace my wardrobe. Throughout my journey it has always been from shopping in charity shops, or in the sales; so I’m not spending lots of money just to replace my clothes in another few months. Now I am almost at target and pretty much comfortable with the clothes size I currently am, I have actually started buying full priced clothes!

I do like to be season savvy though and have a few pieces that can take me from one season to another. When JD Williams asked me if I would like to choose a couple of items from their website, I couldn’t wait to get looking! I do love virtual shopping, but usually I will fill my basket and then abandon it when it gets into the £100’s – oops. JD Williams has lots of great value items of clothing and footwear though, so as easy as it would be to spend a lot, it is also just as easy to find something to suit a smaller budget. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I pull it back…

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After weigh in last week I went home ready for the week ahead and hoping to get ever closer to my target this week. It’s only two weeks until my birthday now, and I really really want to hit target by then! It was going okay, until the end of the week when I felt a bit stressed and like many people, I eat rubbish when emotional or under stress. I just don’t care about the sabotage when I’m actually doing it, but I have mentioned previously that I always feel the guilt afterwards. So I still don’t know why I do it. I guess I just have an emotional relationship with food.

Anyway, it got to Sunday and I realised I needed to do something to try and pull it back, as I was seriously heading for a gain. I have done EESP days before, but I’m not that keen on them so I thought I would try something different. Something that I have never done since I joined Slimming World; I had ZERO syns each day, from Sunday up until weigh in on Tuesday evening! To be honest, it was quite easy. With fruit for breakfast, and salad or omelette & beans for lunch, it meant I could use my B choice for bars to snack on, along with speedy fruit. A syn free yogurt in the evening curbed the sweet craving.

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Where to get help after a serious accident or injury

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Suffered from a serious accident or injury? Here’s what to do next.

Put yourself in some horrible shoes for a moment and ask yourself what you would need to do in the unfortunate case of a serious accident or injury? Don’t worry, I wasn’t sure either! We never want to think about the worst case scenario, however as parents it’s so important to make sure we know what to do if the unthinkable happens. So here’s what you would need to do next…

You’re not alone, find some support

There is an old saying, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ and sometimes it can take a conversation with someone to feel better. Many of us don’t like to ask for help, but it’s important to remember that it’s not admitting failure, it’s a tool to help you adapt to the new circumstances around you and it can be helpful for your family as well as yourself.

There are hundreds of support groups, why not join an online forum where you can chat to people in the same situation as you? The important thing is to not try and cope with everything on your own.

Find out what you’re entitled to

If you’re suddenly unable to work or have to change your lifestyle due to a serious accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation – a serious accident or injury will impact not only your life, but your family’s too. Companies like First4SeriousInjury specialise in these types of cases and can help you work out the next steps in getting the compensation you and your family deserve.

Ask about help

There are so many organisations that can help you and support your family. Sometimes it’s a matter of if you don’t ask you don’t get so much sure to find out what you’re entitled to (entitledto.co.uk), whether that’s, benefits, support workers, carers – there’s so much out there to help make your life a little easier. There’s no harm in asking!

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Apple crumble sweet Yorkshire puddings | Recipe

Apple crumble sweet Yorkshire puddings

I must admit I was quite excited when I heard there was going to be a newly introduced batter week in the GBBO; even more so when I saw what the challenges were going to be! I did actually consider doing them all, believe it or not. In the end though I just went with the signature as churros were pointless because we don’t own a deep fat fryer, and the pancakes just looked too technical for me to bother with.

I wanted to be a bit different though, so I went for sweet Yorkshire puddings. It’s getting to autumn now and it’s such a great season for crumbles for pudding! So I went with a lovely sweet apple & blackberry filling with a sprinkle of crumble topping for a bit of crunch. They are absolutely delicious served with a drizzle of custard! (Though admittedly, I didn’t make my own, it was Bird’s!).
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The emotions of starting school

Starting school

Today is the last day of Jacob’s first full week since starting school. Last week on his first week, he started later and finished early so he only did a few hours a day. He was tired then so I knew this week was really going to affect him with regards to mood and tiredness. Needless to say, he has been sleeping for almost 12 hours a night, when previously he was lucky to get nine!

He was excited yet a little bit dubious going into his class on his first day, but since then he has been absolutely fine and ran in every morning, almost without even saying goodbye! He’s been coming home at the end of the day telling us about what he’s been doing, who he’s been playing with, what he’s had for his lunch. I thought he had settled in really well. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in – the one with the reset target…

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My loss of 2lb last week really spurred me on this week knowing that I was closer than ever to target. Now I have officially reset it, like I mentioned I was going to do in my last post, I don’t feel as much pressure on myself (from myself!). I would really like to be at target for my 30th birthday though – three weeks today!

The last week has been mostly on plan. We did have a planned pizza takeaway at the weekend but I only had one slice. I mostly had chicken and salad, though I probably did use over my daily syn allowance on chips! I enjoyed it though, so it’s okay 🙂
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August Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

August Degustabox review

I am absolutely loving receiving a Degustabox through my letterbox every month. Well, obviously not through my letterbox, because it wouldn’t actually fit. So yeah, my door actually. I love the element of surprise, though I do hope that I will like everything that’s in it because, well, I adore food. Who doesn’t?

In the Degustabox:

  • 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 August Degustabox?

August Degustbox contents

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Chocolate, cherry & almond heart wreath | Recipe

Chocolate, cherry & almond wreath recipe

Bread week. I may have mentioned before, but I hate bread week. Me and bread making just do not mix. Nevertheless, I joined in anyway as I want to try and do every week this year! During the show on Wednesday, I decided I must be crazy as I was actually considering doing the technical for the third week in a row. But then chocolate bread won me over so I went with the signature.

I’ve never really made bread from my own recipe so I went searching my old friend Mr Google and came across Paul Hollywood’s chocolate and cherry loaf. I was just going to do this exact recipe, but then I was struck with the idea of adding almonds, and making the loaf into a shape instead. So it’s kind of a showstopper too I suppose, though it doesn’t really look like a showstopper! Here is my chocolate, cherry & almond heart wreath.
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