Slimming World weigh in #73 – the one with the new shiny (finally)…

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After last week’s half expected gain I was determined this week that I was getting that new shiny and I went away from group feeling positive, even though I was 2lb heavier. I think that’s because I knew where it had come from though. I was on plan all week, except for a cinema trip on Saturday when I had popcorn – I did go for Metcalfe’s Skinny though! – and I also had a few of hubby’s Magic Stars. (By the way, we went to see Ghostbusters, and despite my doubts beforehand, I thought it was brilliant; a refreshing change from the male action movies!).

Though I’ve stuck to plan, I have struggled as my oven is broken. It doesn’t want to go any higher than 110c which makes it really difficult to cook anything in it unless I put it in 3 hours beforehand! I do have a new one coming but until then it is still hob, grill, microwave, and slow cooker, sigh.
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Owning a car and remembering tyre safety

Owning a car and remembering tyre safety

Recently we welcomed a new addition to our family – definitely not a sibling (!), nor a pet, but a car! I have been taking driving lessons since October last year and I am due to take my driving test very soon. It’s really difficult for me to get about living in the middle of nowhere and I have to rely on hubby when he gets home from work; also with Jacob starting school in September and school being a 3 mile drive, it really is an essential for me.

Once I’d booked my test I was eager to find a car (maybe a bit too eager) so I am all ready to go once I have passed, and have some freedom at last. Becoming a car owner was an exciting yet terrifying prospect for me, but nonetheless I was also very specific about what I wanted! I did take hubby with me as he has owned a car for 10+ years so knows what he is looking for, but I had the final word – of course. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in #72 – the one with the expected…

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After last week’s unexpected loss (as it was more than I usually tend to manage), I went away from group feeling confident for this week, although I knew I would be off plan for one meal as it was our wedding anniversary the day before weigh in. I was on it all week though and I was being naughty weighing myself at home to make sure I was on the right track, which was happening.

I couldn’t decide what to do for our anniversary, although it was an at home celebration after the boys had gone to bed as we didn’t have a babysitter. It ended up being a last minute decision in the supermarket, and we went with Spanish meats, cheese, and crackers! Plus posh crisps. Oh and red wine. Not forgetting the cheesecake… So yeah, it actually wasn’t looking good for weigh in the day after – oops. Read more

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A Garden Makeover and Growing Our Own

Garden makeover

When we moved into our new (to us) home last September we knew we had a lot of work to do, both in the house and with the land outside. We inherited a lot of land (including two gardens and another large grassed area), but unfortunately came a lot of junk too which we are still trying to clear – I imagine we will still be doing that this time next year! The main thing I wanted to sort out though was the back garden, as the back door is the one we use most so it is a focal point, and it’s where we relax and the boys play so it was important to me to get it looking nice and have a garden makeover.

It was a bit of a mess but we are slowly getting there. As I have never had my own garden to look after and make pretty, it took me a while to find my green fingers, but they have appeared and I am loving it now! I love going to the garden centre for plants, and we have started growing fruit and vegetables too. Though, that is only in containers and a mini greenhouse at the moment as we still have a little area to sort out for growing more veg.  Read more

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June Degustabox | Subscription box review

June Degustabox review

Ever since I heard of Degustabox some time last year, I have been dying to try one. I mean, who doesn’t love a surprise box of food delivered to their door, once a month, for a cost less than you would pay in the shops? In a Degustabox you will receive 10-15 products, some of which are new to the market so you will be one of the first to try them, and you may even find something new that you love!

I have to admit, I almost jumped for joy when I was asked if I would like to try the Degustabox for June! The offer of food tends to do that to me; anyway… When it arrived, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. The contents of the June Degustabox were:

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Slimming World weigh in #71 – the one with a new number…

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After my slight (expected) gain at last week’s weigh in I went away from group feeling determined that I was going to get into that next stone bracket this week. I had no plans so there was nothing to kick me off track; that was until I was hit with a couple of low days and picked at things I shouldn’t have been, and then we had an impromptu meal out and I ended up eating half of the boys’ desserts as they’d had enough half way through it…oops! I didn’t let it scupper me too much though and was right back on it after that, keeping my syns down too so I suppose it was sort of a flexi syn week. I could have done a few EESP days but I didn’t really fancy it this week, and just hoped for the best but expected a gain, yet again…
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Quick & easy pesto pasta | Recipe

Quick and easy pesto pasta - NSIWE

Pasta is a favourite dish in our house and I love it served in so many ways – you can find some more of my pasta recipes here. This pesto pasta is super quick & easy; you could say a bit lazy too as there is no need to whip up your own pesto either… But it makes it perfect for those days where you’re in a rush or you just can’t be bothered to stand over the stove for a long time!

You can of course add whatever veg you like, or even change the chicken for something else, but quite simply this dish uses just five basic ingredients. The pesto is the main flavour here though so you don’t want anything too overpowering. Read more

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Our favourite five – June | Farms, Parks, and Gardens

Our favourite five - June

So another month has passed in a blur – where does the time go?! It doesn’t even feel like summer, like it’s supposed to be – I think we have spent more time indoors than outdoors in the last month due to the horrendous weather. On the few sunny days we have had though, we have enjoyed ourselves outside doing some things featured in our favourite five for June 🙂 (Though I am a little late as I haven’t had any motivation recently, or I’ve been super tired – both have probably gone hand in hand actually!).

Open Farm Sunday

We never managed to make it to an Open Farm Sunday event last year as I hadn’t really seen it advertised but I saw that a local farm shop was holding one again this year so we stopped by after hubby came home from work. There was so much to do, with local produce food and drink stalls, farm machinery that the boys got to have a sit in, face painting, and a fire engine and uniforms for them to try on which they were so excited about! It was a great afternoon out, all for free too! Read more

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Slimming World weigh in #70 – the one with yet another…

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I was a bit annoyed after my weigh in last week and only coming away with a maintain as I was on plan all week and had nothing to show for it really. I went away from group feeling more determined to get a loss this week, but knowing I had a fundraising event coming up at the weekend, involving afternoon tea, I had already decided I was going to a few EESP days after that, up until weigh in. I don’t know how people manage a full week as I can only just manage a few days without yogurts, pasta, and bananas!

So, apart from Saturday, I was once again on plan all week and actually thought about food before I put it in my mouth – “Is it worth the syns?”. That is certainly an improvement on a few weeks ago anyway when I was shoving anything and everything into my mouth! It feels really good when you get to the end of the day knowing you have stayed on plan and haven’t faltered, even though you may have wanted to.
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I’m a DryNites ambassador!

DryNites ambassador

It seems like we have been potty or toilet training on & off for the last couple of years now. It felt like we started quite early with Jacob and it was only a few months ago that he decided to just go for it himself and get rid of his nappies during the day. He does still have the odd accident though and although he goes to the toilet right before bed, he will occasionally have an accident through the night too. This is completely normal though as at the age of four, 1 in 4 children do still wet the bed so he is not alone. In fact, bedwetting affects more than 900,000 children and young people in the UK.

I am delighted to announce that I have teamed up with Huggies to become a DryNites® ambassador! Throughout my ambassador role I will be taking you on a journey of ways to improve your child’s confidence at nighttime by using DryNites® pyjama pants, which will in turn hopefully improve your confidence too and help you lead your child to eventually have a dry nights sleep. Read more

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