Monday, 20 October 2014

Electric Tobacconist - E-Cig Review

Shell Louise

I quit smoking about 5 years ago when I ended up in hospital with a blood clot which broke up and went to my lungs. I could hardly breathe and after the doctors had me sorted and I no longer thought I was going to die (!), I decided there and then that I'd never smoke again.
I couldn't imagine putting smoke into my lungs after they'd just had to work so very hard to keep me alive. I was lucky because the scare I got was a stronger emotion than any nicotine craving and I never wanted a cigarette after that.

Before I went into hospital, both Ant and I had tried to quit numerous times. He'd been smoking for about twice the length of time that I had and found it really difficult to quit.

He's tried patches but for him it wasn't about the nicotine, it was the physical act of smoking so while he was getting the nicotine from the patches, he still had a hankering to have that cig in his hand.

He made the decision to try e-cigs and bought one about a week before the Electronic Tobacconist got in touch.
Here's what he had to say about the Vapouriz Fuse Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit

"I've been very impressed with this e-cig. It's slightly bigger than my previous one but the battery is better which is the reason for the size difference.
The packaging is very high quality, you can see from the photos that it comes in a lovely tin.

The unique feature about it is being able to fill it from the bottom with no danger of damaging the heating element, which is really easy to change and cheap to buy. 
The refills are available in varying strengths with an excellent variety of flavours. The kit comes with one 10ml refill bottle of your choice.

Whilst the taste isn't exactly the same, it's close enough to be able to convince your brain you're smoking.
I was able to swap the chemical ridden, disgusting smelly tobacco overnight to the near odourless vapour of the Vapouriz with almost no hankering for the 'real' thing.

I've been using the Vapouriz for 3 weeks now and I'm on the lowest nicotine dose (6mg) refills. I can't see that I'd ever go back to smoking tobacco".

The kit costs £22.99 and comes in a variety of colours. The refills are available for 3 for £9.99 with 99p p&p. Ant said a refill lasts him about a week. We both think the product is worth the price, especially considering the price of tobacco nowadays and because of the health benefits.

How Much Nicotine Do You Intake?
Courtesy of: Electric Tobacconist

Please note: We were sent the product for review purposes but being able to keep the product didn't guarantee a favourable review. All opinions are our own and are honest.

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Frozen - Princess Anna Dress - Review

Shell Louise

Our beautiful princess :)

Is Frozen driving you mad yet?

It is me!

Ella adores it, Kaycee not so much, which was great when we got picked to review an Anna dress from Otley Run Fancy Dress because it meant for once we didn't have any arguing!

I have to admit, I do really love this dress, Ella looks adorable in it and absolutely loves it. She even wanted to wear to wear it to her cousin's wedding on Saturday but we felt it wasn't entirely appropriate!

She's hardly taken it off since she got it and she keeps dancing round singing Frozen songs :)

It's really well made and fits her great.

Please note: the headband Ella's wearing didn't come with the dress.

We were sent the dress to review but this didn't ensure a favourable review. All opinions are honest.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Dear Diary - Our week Ocotober 19th

Shell Louise

This week has been mainly about hair and a wedding !

I don't really bother about my hair. It's long with lots of split ends and it needs colouring but I just tend to tie it back out of the way and only let it back down again when I'm going to bed.

The girls, however, love headbands, hair clips and trying different styles and I have to admit, I'm not that good at doing hair!

We found some videos that had been shared on Facebook and one of the designs was a hair bow with the hair actually made to look like a bow. They made it look super easy but when I tried on Kaycee's and Ella's hair it was rubbish.
It wasn't easy at all and it just wouldn't work.

I then tried a different style, a braid that's like a fishtail but is done differently apparently (I have no idea how to do a fishtail so wouldn't know the difference!) and it still turned out rubbish.

We spent Wednesday night doing the curls (with the tongs Ant bought me when we were getting married nearly 10 years ago!) so we could try different styles and see which they liked best.
After discovering it was going to take hours to do the curls with the tongs we turned to You Tube and decided to do rag curls.
They worked brilliantly :)

Moving away from hair because quite frankly I've had enough of it, I lost 1.5lb at Slimming World on Wednesday :)
I don't think the scales are going to be quite so nice next week after the amount of wine and champagne I drank yesterday but if I can stay the same I'll be happy!

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Fresh Air Activities Your Kids Will Love

Shell Louise

Getting some fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways to keep healthy and it’s also one of the least expensive family activities you can do. There’s no better way to bond as a family than having fun in the great outdoors and there are plenty of pastimes available not too far from your doorstep.
Benefits of being outdoors
Fresh air, new sights and simply getting off that couch and away from the television are just some of the benefits of outdoor activities. Children especially spend a great deal of time either staring at a computer screen or trapped in their classrooms throughout the day. Exercise and sport help kids to strengthen muscles, increase their social skills and can become a regular part of their lives. Activities don’t have to be too taxing and can include cycling through local parks, hiking in nearby rural areas and even playing a few rounds of crazy golf.
Low cost outdoors activities
Here’s where the bonus comes in: outside family fun costs very little to enjoy while providing excellent health benefits. If you want your children to explore further than the local neighbourhood then get hold of some cheap walking boots from Tesco and visit the surrounding countryside. Hire or buy bikes and travel even further to local points of interest that you've always wanted to explore. Weekends stuck in the house can fly by easily and children will always remember those family days out as some of the best times of their formative years.
Learn at least one sport
Sports are a great way to get children active and learning a new one is a start towards developing a skill that can last a lifetime. Golf, tennis, badminton and swimming are all excellent social sports which the family can enjoy via local clubs and sport centres. If you want to ramp up the excitement then why not try skiing at a nearby dry ski-slope. Learning to ski together can open up a world of exciting ski holidays abroad and this is definitely a something the kids will thank you for.
Take that weekend trip
It’s great to get out the house a few times a week for some exercise but why not go one step further with a weekend camping trip. All of the equipment including tents can be hired from local stores and this is a great way to explore some amazing parts of the country. Your trip can also include activities such as fishing, cycling and hiking. A camping trip is not only a much-needed break from familiar surroundings but is also one of the best bonding times that a family can undertake.

You don’t need to wait for the weekends, as weekday evenings are the ideal time for a few hours of cycling, swimming and sports. There is so much to do, so get out there. 

This post is in collaboration with Tesco

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Weekly weigh in - 1.5lb lost

Shell Louise

Finally it's headed back in the right direction! It's not as much as I was hoping for but I think I have to be realistic now and stop thinking I can go back to losing big amounts like I did in the first year.

I set a Christmas goal today and that's to be back down to 22 stone 8lb (the weight I was when I got my 8.5 stone award) by the last weigh in before Christmas. That's 10 weigh ins to lose 13lb.
I can do it!

We Will Do It! Support Linky on The Purple Pumpkin Blog

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Slimming World Chocolate Marshmallow Treats

Shell Louise

We're having an early Christmas taster session at Slimming World tomorrow. I was going to make little Grinch fruit kabobs.....

but after eating so much fruit this week I couldn't face anymore! I wanted something that felt a bit naughty but didn't have too many syns so I dipped some marshmallows in chocolate and decorated with white chocolate stars.

The bar of chocolate I used was 27 syns for the 100g bar. I used half a tub of chocolate stars, which worked out at 5.5 syns and each marshmallow (200g bag  Tesco Marshmallows) was 1 syn. I used 42 marshmallows so the syn value for the whole lot was 74.5.
This made them a little over 1.5 syns each so I rounded up to 2 syns to be on the safe side!

My problem now is that they're in the fridge, ready for morning but they're calling to me!
I've been totally on track this week so I can't give in and ruin it all the day before weigh in, that would just be daft so I'm going to be strong and resist! :D

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Dear Diary Our Week - October 12th

Shell Louise

Last week we bought Halloween costumes, this week we've had to buy clothes for the wedding we're going to next Saturday.
It's Ant's niece's wedding in Yorkshire and the girls are really excited about going. I've got to get up early so I can curl their hair with one of those ringlet curling tongs!

I nipped to Asda today with Ant and we bought Kaycee a new dress, shoes, tights and cardigan. Ella had shoes, cardigan and tights but no new dress because she's already got one.
I bought some new shoes for myself and Ant bought me a gorgeous new white orchid :)
I've got a lovely pink one that my father in law bought me for my birthday a few years ago and I love it. It flowers for months at a time and the flowers are just so pretty.

We've been checking out different types of self catering accommodation in Wales and Scotland this week as we're planning our holiday for next year in October.
We've been looking at Haven, Hoseason's and some private rentals. We haven't found the perfect place yet but we've got plenty of time to keep searching.
Ant wants to stay by a lake so he can take the kids canoeing and I'd like to go somewhere with woods and lots of wildlife so I can take loads of photos.

We seem to have been inundated with review products this week. The girls have got loom bands, headbands, dress up clothes and noisy toys to review and Ant's been sent an e-cig to try because he's giving up smoking so look out for all those sometime this week!

How's your week been?

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Friday, 10 October 2014

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 8

Shell Louise

This week I'm grateful for:

1) Christmas bargains. The Santa ones remind me of the kind of decorations we had when I was younger, I just had to get them!
2) A relaxing weekend ahead
3) Being able to turn off the alarm this morning (I have a feeling I've put this before and maybe more than once because it really does make me happy when I can switch it from auto to off!)
4) Maintaining my weight this week instead of gaining
5) Feeling in control of my eating again
6) The support from family and friends with my weight loss journey
7) Warm gloves and a fluffy scarf
8) The chill in the air that tells me Christmas is getting closer
9) Comforting casseroles
10) Charity shop bargains. We're collecting the Kathy Reichs, Temperance Brennan series of books and I found another four at the charity shop today. They only cost £5 for the four :) We don't have the first one yet though so I can't start reading them :(

I'm joining in with This Enchanted Pixie and her 52 weeks of gratitude linky :)

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