Saturday, 28 March 2015

Project 365 - Mar 21 - 27

Shell Louise

March 21st - I think the tv was a distraction from the book!

March 22nd - Kaycee's been inspired by the great British sewing bee and made this apron by herself, without a pattern! She still has to hem it and has asked me to show her how to use the sewing machine some time over the Easter holidays :)

March 23rd - Day 6 of my meal replacement plan and drinking 4 litres of water a day was quite hard!

March 24th - For some reason Ella wanted to sing Christmas songs at bedtime!

March 25th - A week on the New You plan saw me lose 11lb :)

March 26th - I've had some review items from Joseph Joseph this week and I LOVE them. Review posts up soon :)

March 27th - Kaycee :)

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Swimshop review

Shell Louise

The girls love swimming costumes. It doesn't matter what time of year it is or even what the weather's doing outside, they put their swimsuits on and to them, it's summer!

They came in the other day asking if they could have a water fight but if they could, could they use warm water because they didn't like using cold!
I told them that water fights are brilliant in the summer; using cold water to cool down on a hot day is what water fights are all about. Using warm water on a cold day is not so good because being wet and out in the cold wind would soon chill them to the bone!

They went ahead and had a water fight then had to come in for a warm shower because somehow I'd been right and they were freezing, despite using warm water. Who knew?!

When a package arrived through the post from Swim Shop I had 2 very excited girls. New swimsuits are really exciting, apparently!

Kaycee loves her new goggles. She'd been borrowing her teacher's goggles when she went swimming with school she was really happy that she wouldn't have to anymore :)

The prices at Swim Shop are really excellent. Girls swimsuits start from just £3.79!

I know where we'll be shopping for swimsuits from now on :)

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The New You Diet Review - Weight loss result

Shell Louise

I've been on a very low calorie, meal replacement diet this week, sent from the lovely people at 

You can read my first post with the details about day 1, here and days 2, 3 and 4 here


Breakfast - Chocolate hazelnut bar, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water

9am - 600ml flavoured water

Lunch - Mushroom soup, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water

Afternoon - 600ml flavoured water

Dinner - Country cottage pie, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water - The cottage pie and the vegetable chili are my favourite meals. They both feel like I'm having a proper meal which helps when the family is sitting down to one!

Supper - Mint chocolate shake and 600ml flavoured water - I warmed the shake up and it was just like a hot chocolate treat at bedtime :)

I woke earlier than usual for a Sunday morning and for some reason, I seem to have lots of energy. Instead of slobbing on the sofa for the day in my pjs, watching tv with the kids, I have the urge to get showered and get out in the garden.
It's only 5 past 9 and this is unheard of for me!
I've already had 600ml of water and I've just sent Kaycee to refill my bottle for me :) The water flavouring has really helped me reach my water goals. I'm not sure I'd find it so easy to drink 4 litres of plain of water a day.
I plan on keeping up my water intake after this week now I know I can do it.

2.30pm - I actually did spend the morning in the garden :) I took down an old fence that was rotten and sorted out loads of rubbish. Still lots more to do but I feel great because I went and made a start after putting it off on a daily basis!

The afternoon didn't go as well. I started to feel hungry around 4pm so I drank more water. I didn't want to have my next packet until everyone else had their dinner which was going to be around 6pm. Being hungry put me in a grumpy mood!


Breakfast - Chocolate trufa bar, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water

Mid morning - 600ml flavoured water

Lunch - Chicken soup, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water

Afternoon - 600ml flavoured water

Dinner - Spicy noodle nosh, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water

Supper - Beautiful banana shake and 600ml flavoured water -


It's been another good day :) I've been on plan 100% and went over my 4 litres of water. I did wake with a headache this morning but I get them quite often and don't think it's anything to do with the plan. I think it's down to my pillow as my neck hurts when I get the headaches after sleeping. I must hurry and get a new one!


Breakfast - Chocolate cream cookie bar, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water - I saved the chocolate cream cookie bar for last as I thought it was going to be the nicest but I should have saved the hazelnut one till last! It was ok and had a crumbly cookie base with the creamy bit on top but I prefer the chewy bars. It still left a slight after taste though.

Mid morning - 600ml flavoured water

Lunch - Mushroom soup, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water

Afternoon - 600ml flavoured water

Dinner - Vegetable chili, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water

Supper - Creamy chocolate shake and 600ml flavoured water 


My final day is done :D

I've found the whole week much easier than I thought it was going to be. I thought I'd be craving food by day 3 but I was totally fine.
If I could afford this plan every week, I'd be extremely tempted to stick with it. From what I've seen from the people on the Facebook group, if you stick to the plan 100%, you can average around a stone a month weight loss.
I have 12 stone to lose and it would be wonderful to be able to get to my target by this time next year but the cost of the plan on top of the groceries I still have to buy for the rest of the family isn't feasible for me at the moment.
If I were single I'd definitely switch from grocery shopping to New You shopping!

The Facebook group you can join when you're on the plan really helped keep me on track this week. Everyone is extremely supportive and I think they'd all agree that being a member of the group is one of the most important factors to being successful.
There's always someone there to give you whatever you need, be that encouragement, sympathy, a pat on the back or a even a kick up the bum!


START WEIGHT - 23 stone 11.5lb

WEIGHT TODAY - 23 stone 0.5lb


I'm really happy with my loss but it's annoying that just 1 more pound would have seen me back in the 22 stone category! Never mind, there's always next week :)

I'd like to say thank you to the New You team and everyone in the group who helped me this week. If things change, you'll be seeing me again ;)

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Wicked Uncle Review

Shell Louise

The girls got really excited when we received a parcel the other day from Wicked Uncle.

I hadn't told them that I'd ordered an Ant farm and an Aqua Dragons set. We bought aqua dragons for their nephews for Christmas (their nephews are the same ages as the girls!) and the girls really wanted some.

I got the ant farm because Ella loves finding bugs and things in the garden so I figured she'd love seeing the tunnels they make.

We had to wait a couple of days to do the aqua dragons because we had to buy some bottled water but they got straight on with the ant farm.
Ella dug a hole in my lawn trying to find ants before I realised where she was digging!

The girls got it all set up and kept checking to see if they could see the aqua dragons. It took about 3 days until you could see them without a magnifying glass.

Wicked Uncle made the choosing and ordering process very easy. You can choose by age or gender or just see all the toys for girls or boys in one go.
They offer gift wrapping and can send a handwritten card for birthdays, Christmas and Christenings,  along with your gift, straight to the recipient :)

I liked the range of products they stock, it took me ages to finally decide on the ant farm and aqua dragons!

Disclosure: We were sent a voucher to use on the site in return for an honest review.

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

The New You Diet Review - Mid Week Update

Shell Louise

I've been on a very low calorie, meal replacement diet this week, sent from the lovely people at 

You can read my first post with the details about day 1, here


Day 2 Breakfast - 600ml flavoured water. Mug of black coffee with 2 tablet sweeteners and 1 muesli bar.

I have to say I didn't enjoy the muesli bar. Much like the lemon bar on day 1, it left a funny taste in my mouth and I had to use the flavoured water to take it away.
It did do the job of stopping me from feeling hungry until lunchtime though.
I had the bar around 7.30am and didn't start to feel hungry until just after 12.

Mid-morning - 600ml flavoured water and a black coffee

Lunch - Chicken soup, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water - As with the mushroom soup it tasted nice and wasn't at all powdery. I ate around 12.30 and started to feel slightly hungry just before 4pm.

Mid afternoon - 600ml flavoured water

Dinner - Pasta broccoli followed by a hazelnut shake, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water - I'm glad I only got 1 pasta broccoli because I didn't enjoy it. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't the nicest either. The hazelnut shake, however, was delicious :)

Supper - Chocolate cream wafer and 600ml flavoured water - I love love love the wafers! They were a real treat and hit the spot nicely.

Water intake - Around 4 litres using the water flavouring and black coffee.

I had to cook dinner for Ant, the kids and my father in law today as he comes to us every other Thursday for dinner. I found it really hard not being able to sit and eat with them. I wasn't hungry at all but seeing big mounds of bacon and mushroom pasta was very hard to resist!

Apart from having to cook for everyone, the other downside is having to make lots of trips to the toilet! I'm not used to drinking so much water and I've lost count of the amount of times I've had to go!


I don't have any more snacks now so it's just the 4 packs each day left (you're advised to have 2-3 snacks a week).

Breakfast - 600ml flavoured water, black coffee with sweetener and a mint chocolate shake - The shake was lovely and I don't feel hungry at all.
I've got a shift at the charity shop this morning so I'm taking another 600ml of flavoured water with me and I'll be having a coffee while I'm there. That'll be just over a litre and a half I'll have had by lunchtime :)

Lunch - Chicken soup, 600ml flavoured water and a black coffee.

Mid afternoon - 600ml flavoured water

Dinner - Chicken noodle curry and 600 ml flavoured water - I was told when the order was placed that this was more like a chicken noodle soup which was fine with me. It tasted lovely :)

Supper - Chocolate hazelnut bar and 600ml flavoured water. Again, the bar had a nice flavour but left an after taste. I think it's probably just my taste buds though because everyone in the New You Secret Slimmers Facebook group seem to love them :)

I went over my 4 litres of water again today :)

I didn't find it as hard tonight making a pork stew for everyone. I didn't crave any even though there's quite a lot left.
I've gone over my 4 litres of water today, only by about 200ml but it surprised me that I went over the target so early in the evening.

I'm sure I'm going to the toilet more today than I did yesterday; it gets quite annoying having to go again when I only went half an hour ago!


Breakfast - Chocolate trufa bar, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water - I've decided to have the bars for my breakfast now instead of saving them for the evening because even though they taste nice while I'm eating them, I keep being left with an after taste that I'm not keen on.

Mid morning - 600ml flavoured water

Lunch - Strawberry shake, black coffee and 600ml flavoured water - I love the strawberry shake. It smelled lovely while I was mixing it and tasted even nicer!

Mid afternoon - Black coffee and 1200ml flavoured water

Dinner - Vegetable chili and 600ml flavoured water - The vegetable chili was really nice and it felt like I was having a proper meal, it had a bit more substance to it than the previous products I've had.

Supper - Warm vanilla shake with added coffee and 600ml flavoured water - I saw that someone in the Facebook group had made a kind of latte using the vanilla shake and I thought I'd try it instead of having the plain shake. It was gorgeous!
There seems to be quite a few different ways people have found to use the products, such as mixing to a dough and baking instead of adding the full amount of water, which I'm sure helps to keep it interesting.

I went over my 4 litres of water again today :)

I've been totally fine again, I haven't had the urge to eat and I haven't been hungry but I do have to be careful not to eat without thinking! A couple of times I've gone to taste something while cooking for the family then realised I can't and had to shout Ant to come and check instead!
It's amazing how many times I automatically pick at foods in between meals without realising it. It's almost like my hands are on autopilot when I'm doing anything with food, some of it always goes in my mouth, whether I'm hungry or not.

I know I'll be conscious of this in the future now so if nothing else, this week has been good for bringing it to my attention!

3 days left to go and I'm excited to see the results on Wednesday :)

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Project 365 - March 14th to 20th

Shell Louise

March 14th - Kaycee

March 16th - I've been asked to try out the New You plan for a week

March 17th - Kaycee's parent evening

March 18th - Watching the ants she collected for the Ant World we received. Review to follow :)

March 19th - Ella's had a thing for nursery rhymes this week. She's read from this book every night!

March 20th - Ella

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Mother's Day at Rufford Abbey

Shell Louise

We took a picnic to Rufford Abbey on Sunday for Mother's Day but we had to eat it in the car because it was so cold. The girls didn't bother about the cold at all, they loved the play areas and the large open spaces with hills to roll down and mud to get covered in!
They got red cheeks and cold fingers but hot chocolate with lashings of squirty cream soon warmed them up :)

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