Thursday, 21 August 2014

How much energy do you use?

I have to be honest and say that I have absolutely no idea how much gas and electric we use never mind water. The gas and electric is paid as one payment each month and I just make sure the money is the bank!

We did notice a couple of months ago, when we were trying to sort out the change over after we had moved, that the electric seemed to be a lot higher than usual. We figured out it was because we had changed from a gas cooker to an electric one.
I haven't actually looked into it though to see if it's costing the same or more to run the electric cooker so that's now on my 'to do' list!

If you'd like to estimate how much energy your household uses? You can find out at Which?

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with Eco Movers

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Slimming World Woman of the Year

Shell Louise
Slimming World Woman of the year

I want to thank everyone from my Slimming World group for voting me Woman of the Year :D

I think everyone who's following my journey knows I've struggled with it this past year. I lost 7 stone in my first year and only 1 and a half stone my second year.

The fact that I haven't given up and put it all back on is down to my lovely consultant, Sue and all the members who support me every week.

This came at just the right time for me as I've had a big gain this week and was feeling quite down about it.
I got home from group and gave Ant the 2 packets of Reeses peanut butter cups (approx 30 syns for the 2 packets) I had intended to eat and not count the syns because I was feeling crappy and I've been totally on track today, even working out the syns for a portion of our homemade ice cream and sticking to that portion! It was 12 syns but oh my it was totally worth it!

I have the determination I had when I first joined 2 years ago and I want this next year to be as good as the first.
I'll be happy though, as long as I weigh less in a year than I do now, even it's only 1 and a half stone lower because it's 100 times better than being 10 stone heavier :D

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Excellent customer service :)

Shell Louise

Ella was really excited when she saw a picture of Paddington Bear on the jar of Robertson's marmalade the other week. It said there were badges to collect so she asked if I could go on the website and find out how to collect them.

I tried going to the website but couldn't find the promotion anywhere.

After checking for a while then searching Google and getting Ant to search Google, with no joy, I emailed Robertson's asking how we could collect the badges.

I didn't hear back from them but to be honest I'd totally forgotten about it.

Today the postman put a package through my door. I'm expecting some items for review so thought it was one of them but it turned out to be a letter from Hain Daniels Group informing me that the promotion had ended but they had a few of the badges left and had included 1 of each design for Ella :D

I wasn't expecting that at all and would like to thank Robertson's (@HainDaniels) for making a little girl very happy :D

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Millionaire Shortbread

Shell Louise

This is another of our summer bucket list ideas and one of our favourites to date because it's just so delicious!

We were going to write out the recipe and took all the photos but then I remembered that we've already done a recipe for it on the blog. You can find it here.

Kaycee loves to organise everything ahead of a cooking session!

Yummmmm Galaxy!

Kaycee made the shortbread...

while Ella helped with the caramel (for a very short time because she got fed up with how long it was taking!)

Note to self, get someone else to take photos so you never have to stop stirring the caramel. Tiny little dark brown specks where it started to burn is not good!

The eagle eyed bakers amongst you will spot that our shortbread isn't cooked properly. I didn't understand why until I realised we'd used the wrong sized tin so should have cooked it for longer than the recipe said. The kids didn't mind, they ate all up!

So. Many. Calories. But oh so delicious!

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Hilarys Blinds - #blindofthemonth Competition

Shell Louise

I've spent a nice quiet morning (the kids are away with family for a week) dreaming about creating a lovely summer bedroom. When we moved here a few months ago we decorated every room except our bedroom. It has pink walls and our curtains and bedspread are pink so we decided to concentrate on the other rooms and leave ours as it was.

Now I know we'll never be able to afford all the bedroom furniture from John Lewis (I'm writing this so Ant doesn't have another heart attack when he sees the prices!) but it's been nice to dream!

I've had enough of pink but I still wanted something calm and relaxing so I've gone for a soft lilac with a few bold purple accessories.
We have to have a blackout blind in our room otherwise I'm awake far too early but at the moment we have a boring white one.
Hilarys has a large selection of designs, including Monochrome Midnight. I don't usually go for stripes but I like this design. I've fallen in love with the Windsor shutters and the Diamonte Lilac cushion covers, also from Hilarys.

One of the things I love the most about decorating a room is shopping for all the accessories and most of the ones below are from The Range. I love that shop!

Hilary's Blinds - Blind of the month Summer bedroom competition

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Friday, 15 August 2014

We found the Gruffalo!

Shell Louise

As part of our Summer Bucket list, we wanted to go on a Gruffalo Trail.

We spent a really lovely afternoon at Sherwood Pines. It costs £4 for all day parking and you needn't spend any more money after that. There are lots of free play areas including a huge wooden climbing area.

There's an area for building shelters out of logs, a sand pit, wooden play houses and lots more. We didn't explore the whole place so I'm sure there was more to discover.

You can also 'Go Ape' at Sherwood Pines and Ella really wanted to take part but unfortunately she's too young.

We'll definitely be going back to Sherwood Pines :)

This post is very photo heavy.

Ella was a little sad that she couldn't Go Ape!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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