Project As & When! January 21st

Photos from the week

Saturday, January 21st – As you may know, I’m not very good at Project 365. When I missed the second day of January, I knew it didn’t bode well for my project! I’m now doing Project As & When – photos as and when I remembered to take them during the week. :o)

Sunday 15th January

Ella’s new bedding

January 21st Ella's new bedding

Monday 16th January

I started a new book for my Goodreads challenge

January 16th The forgetting time book

Tuesday 17th January

Ella at bedtime :o)

January 21st Ella

Thursday 19th January

My new mug – I LOVE it!

My new hedgehog mug

Saturday 21st January

Watching Lemony Snickett on Netflix with Ella while Kaycee’s away for the weekend at her friend’s house.

Netflix Lemony Snickett

Essential Apps for the Everyday Student

Essential Apps for the Everyday Student

summer, communication, technology , education and teenage concept - group of students or teenagers with laptop and tablet pc computers at park or campus

Right after the joys of the Christmas holidays, students are quickly thrown back into class and back into the mind frame of learning in one fell swoop. The pressures of going back into learning gear can be challenging for anyone in University; luckily, there’s an app for that! I’ve listed the top apps that every student needs to succeed in the classroom and in real life.

1. Scribd

What’s more convenient than hitting up the library to scroll through endless books in search of your thesis topic? Doing the same thing from your phone, of course. Scribd is the pocket hub of information you need for any paper, project, or just for kicks. Audiobooks, news, magazines, documents and even sheet music can be found in this app, which also gives personalised recommendations based on the information you provide it with.

2. Self Control

Let’s face it; we’ve all fallen down the rabbit hole of social media feeds when we are at work or in class. Luckily, Self Control is there to keep you in check and focused! By entering your class times and study times, this app will temporarily block all notifications and will disable your usage of certain apps during the entered timeframe. Strict, but a definite productivity lifesaver!

3. Hungry House

Pizza in pizza box on table - essential apps for students Hungry Horse

When microwave meals and canned food has you craving something more, Hungry House will save the day. Search for meals based on cuisine type or restaurant, select your craving, and the hard part is done. This app will track your delivery from restaurant to your dorm and will remember your favourite go-to meals for next time.

4. DuoLingo

If you’ve opted in to take that Spanish class, or just are looking to expand your horizons with a new language, DuoLingo is your best mate. This app makes learning another language incredibly fun and engaging. Invite friends to download the app for friendly competition, create teams to learn a language with classmates, and browse through quick learning blocks that feel more like a game than education. Whether it is French, German, Italian, Dutch, or Swedish, DuoLingo has the database of information you need to get through each language lecture.

5. Mint

British money pound coins balanced in a precarious stack on a background of more money.

On campus, where money is a scarcity and often easily spent, Mint is an app that any University student can benefit from. Mint syncs your bank account information, informs you of your spending pitfalls and gives financial advice on how to stretch each pound. Think of it as a personal financial adviser, Mint will help you coast through your remaining University years without ending up penniless in the first semester.

This is a collaborative post

BBQ Pulled Pork – Slimming World

BBQ Pulled Pork

Slimming World Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Image © Slimming World

I love pulled pork, it’s one of my favourites. I was really happy that Slimming World has a syn free version 🙂

Serves 4
Syn free on Extra Easy


  • 1.5-2kg pork shoulder, all fat removed
  • 5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 500g passata
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp sweetener
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Mix the passata, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard powder, sweetener, garlic and seasoning in a saucepan. Heat and simmer for around 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  2. Sear all sides of the meat in a hot frying pan then transfer to the slow cooker. Pour over the sauce and cook on low for 8-12 hours.
  3. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and allow to rest on a chopping board for at least 15 minutes. Shred the meat using 2 forks and serve, drizzled with the sauce, with a selection of your favourite speed vegetables.


SAS Log – Weekly Weigh In


Again, I’ve stayed the same this week. I’ve logged everything, done everything I should have done and I still haven’t lost any more weight. I decided to pick up an SAS log from my Slimming World consultant.

It stands for Slimmers Against Sabotage and it’s a tool to help you see where you could be going wrong. I’ve been doing Slimming World for over 4 years now and I know how to food optimise but sometimes we all just need a little extra help.

Slimming World SAS Log

I’m going to give it my all again this week to get a loss. My head is still in the right place. I haven’t been picking at food. I’ve been stopping myself eating things without synning them and I’ve been weighing food that needs it.

Wish me luck. Again!



Vaping – Help with Quitting Smoking


Vaping kit and cigarettes

The super wonderful husband has been a non-smoker for 2 years, 3 months and 28 days (he’s got an app!). He’d tried many times to stop smoking, we even tried to do it together for the support but it was still too difficult.
The tide turned for him when he bought a vaping kit.

While we were trying to stop smoking together, I became ill one day and ended up in the hospital with a pulmonary embolism. I couldn’t breathe and had to stay in the hospital for 10 days.
It was an awful time but the one good thing to come out of it was the fact that I couldn’t face smoking ever again. I know it sounds silly but I felt like I couldn’t give my lungs extra work to do after all they’d gone through.

In June this year, it will be 8 years since I last smoked and I’ve never craved one since the day I went into the hospital.

Giving up wasn’t as easy for Anthony and he carried on smoking for a few years, occasionally trying to quit.


He bought himself an E-Cig in 2014. He’d tried nicotine patches but they didn’t help because he missed the physical aspect of smoking.
It worked brilliantly for him. He had nicotine in the liquids at first but he was soon buying liquids with smaller amounts of nicotine in them until gradually, he stopped getting the nicotine ones at all.

We were all very proud of him when he totally quit smoking. No tobacco and no E-Cigs for over 2 years 🙂

He has said many times that he never thought he’d be able to quit smoking and he surprised himself at how easy he found it, with the help of his vaping kit 🙂

Flavoured Liquids

I’m amazed at how many different flavours you can buy. My friend likes to try new flavours so I’ll be telling her about the selection you can get from Five Pawns. I don’t smoke, but even I like the sound of the citrusy blood orange mingled with vanilla flavoured one!


The Widow – Weekly Book Review Week 2

The Widow

I’m not sure what it was that caught my eye with The Widow but something made me read the blurb when I came across it in the charity shop. Maybe it was because of the line on the cover that said, ‘A loving husband or a heartless killer. She’d know, wouldn’t she?’

The Widow by Fiona Barton

This is taken from Goodreads:

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

4 Stars

I gave the book 4 stars on Goodreads. I would have given it 5 but I felt the ending lacked something. I’m not exactly sure what, I just know I felt a little deflated when it was done.
The story kept me wanting to read through all of the book but it’s been a few days since I finished and I’m struggling to remember why I liked it!

It did keep me guessing, wondering who the kidnapper could be and whether, in fact, they weren’t just a kidnapper but a murderer as well.
I wasn’t expecting it to be the person it turned out to be. It had taken me through multiple suspects and I was convinced it was going to be someone else.

The Widow is Fiona Barton’s first book and I’m looking forward to her next one, which is called, The Child.

Goodreads challenge

Sunday Photo – Ella’s New Bedding – Pug Mania!

New Bedding

Ella seems to have developed a love of all things Pug just lately. Jourdain and Netty (her brother and his fiancee) bought her this new bedding set for Christmas. Ella was absolutely delighted with it. The Pug pyjamas are a favourite as well!

Ella new bedding

She has a Pug picture on her laptop case and she also bought herself a Pug backpack to use for school.

I picked up some Christmas cards in the sales with Pugs on for use this year so I hope she doesn’t fall out of love with them before then!

I just know that one day soon she’s going to ask if we can get a real one!

Project 365 – Failed yet again!


I just can’t seem to remember to take a photo a day. I failed again I missed the 12th and the 13th this week so I’ve decided not to pressure myself. Instead of doing Project 365, I’m going to do ‘Project As & When’ – photos as and when I remember to take them!

7th January

Chi-Chi – I was supposed to be a family wedding today. I suffered from migraines most of last week and Saturday was no exception. Chi-Chi was supposed to be spending the day on her own until Granddad got back from the wedding but I looked after her instead 🙂

Project 365 failed - Chi-Chi day 7

8th January

I finally managed to pack away the rest of the Christmas stuff and the mantelpiece looks so boring now. It made me sad.
What I hadn’t noticed in the photo at first, though, because I was looking at the mantel, was the cleavage on show on Coronation Street. The super wonderful husband and a man on Instagram did notice, however, and commented as such! :oD

Corrie on the tv above the mantelpiece

9th January

The super wonderful husband took delivery of his brand new KitchenAid and was very, very pleased with his purchase 🙂

Red KitchenAid Artisan

10th January

Ella had this bed set on her Amazon wishlist for a while so her brother and his fiancee bought it her for Christmas. She is absolutely delighted with it!

Pug bedding

14th January

I started reading Gone Girl because I kept hearing how good it was but I have to say, I’m struggling to keep going. I’m about halfway through and it’s been a bit of a slog. I’m going to try and get to the end but I’m not holding out much hope!

Gone Girl


Book Displays – Movies From Books

Book Displays

I’ve been volunteering at my local charity shop, St Barnabas, in the book department, for a couple of years. I love working there and always look forward to my shift. I like finding new ways to do book displays and today I did a ‘movies from books’ display. I’m hoping to get time to do a proper poster for it over the weekend so it stands out a bit more 🙂

Book Displays






If you have any ideas for displays, I’d love to hear them 🙂 I’ve been searching Pinterest for ideas. There are some great ones but I still need lots more so I can change it every week!

Ella Selfies – Pencil Drawing Effect

Ella selfies

I’ve written a few times how I love finding Ella selfies on my phone. I found a few more tonight and I love the photo effects she’s used 🙂

Ella selfies