February 11th – Project As & When

February 11th

February 11th Owl at HomeSense

February 11th – Owl at HomeSense

This is my version of Project 365. I don’t do very well with Project 365 so I’m doing Project As & When…..a photo as and when I remember to take one!

5th February – Our new shower room is finished. I absolutely love it. It’s so much nicer in there and we’re no longer embarrassed when a visitor asks if they can use the toilet!

new bathroom

6th February – Ella loves the book we got from Vick’s

the rabbit who wanted to fall asleep and Vick's first defence

6th February – Ella

 

Ella

9th February – I took photos of a couple of books Ant needs for his collection so I wouldn’t forget what they are!

Conn Iggulden Wars of the roses Ravenspur

S.J Parris Conspiracy

10th February  – New book display at the charity shop where I volunteer

Blind date with a book book display

 

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover – Book Display

Don’t judge a book by its cover

It took a while to cover all the books for our, Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover, book display. I typed out the first couple of paragraphs from each book and attached them to front cover. The idea being that you had to read the paragraph to decide whether you wanted to read the rest of the book.

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Another book display from the charity shop where I volunteer, St Barnabas. Next week I’ll be showing you my Killer Thriller display. I love thrillers so enjoyed finding books for that display. I ended up buying another 3 books to add to my ‘to be read’ pile!

Carrot, Pepper And Pea Dhal – Slimming World Recipe

Slimming World carrot, pepper and pea dhal

Slimming World carrot, pepper and pea dhal

Carrot, Pepper & Pea Dhal

The super wonderful husband made carrot, pepper and pea dhal for our dinner last week. He served it with a big juicy steak and I really enjoyed it.

Serves 4
Syn Free

Ingredients

  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ground ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • ground cumin – 1 tsp
  • black mustard seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • turmeric – 1 tsp
  • mild or medium curry powder – 2 tbsp
  • split red lentils – 175g
  • carrots peeled and cubed – 3
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • frozen peas – 200g
  • salt
  • small handful finely chopped coriander
  • Lime wedges to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Spray a lidded saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onions ans stir-fry for 4-5 minutes
  2. Turn the heat to low and stir in the garlic and all the spices. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes then add the lentils and 800ml of water and bring to the boil over a high heat.
  3. Add the carrots, cover and turn the heat to low. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in the peppers then cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  4. Stir in the peas, bring back to the boil over a high heat and stir in the coriander. This is delicious served hot with rice and a squeeze of fresh lime juice

Slimming World carrot, pepper and pea dhal

Recipe taken from the Slimming World book Best Loved Extra Easy Recipes

 

February 8th – Weekly Weigh In – Lost 1.5lb

February 8th – 1.5lb loss

February 8th – I pledged to lose 3lb this week. I was still happy with 1.5lb loss, especially after the couple of weeks I stuck to plan and stayed the same.

I’m happy with any loss as long as I get a loss every week!

I’ve stuck to plan all day which is a big achievement for me. I got into the habit of having a cheat day on a Wednesday but it didn’t help my losses.
I found that if I don’t have a totally on plan day on a Wednesday, I went to have a rubbish week.

If I have a good Wednesday, I have a good week so I pledged to have a good day today and to lose 3lb next week.

I’ve got my cappuccino and Kit Kat to have for supper and that’ll be my syns used up.

fed up February 8th

 

Cold And Flu And Poorly Children #Vickstricks

Poorly Children

Don’t you just hate it when you have poorly children? Our girls have been suffering from colds that seem to have lasted for weeks rather than days just lately.
Thankfully they haven’t been bad enough to keep them from school but it’s still awful to see them suffering from runny noses and horrible headaches.

Vick’s Vapo Rub

When a cold does knock them off their feet, I get them to do the same things my mum got me to do when I was younger and got sick.
The first thing she’d get me to do is get the duvet and pillow from my bed and snuggle down on the sofa. The Vicks Vapo rub would be brought out and she’d rub it on my chest and for the rest of the day, there would be ‘that smell’. I love that smell. It transports me right back to those times and even though I was sick and feeling terrible, I felt totally loved and cared for by my mum and dad.

Vick's Vapo Rub helps poorly children

Lucozade

One of the best things about being ill back then was the treat that was Lucozade! We were never allowed it unless we were ill! Mum would buy a bottle just for me. My brothers and sister always wanted some but weren’t allowed, which made me feel even more special! (Wasn’t so good when they were sick and I wasn’t allowed any of theirs, though!)
Another thing I remember is being able to watch daytime TV. I loved all the soaps! Falcon Crest and Sons and Daughters were two of my favourites. I still remember the song to Sons and Daughters….’Sons and Daughters, love and laughter. Tears and sadness and happiness’!
There was another soap set in Scotland called Take The Highroad. It wasn’t as good but I still watched it!

Vick’s First Defence

I’ve been waiting for them to pass the virus onto me because that’s usually how it goes as soon as anyone gets a cold in this house!
Somehow I seem to have been immune, though. When I do get a cold, I usually really suffer. It starts in the usual way, pain at the back of my nose leading to a runny nose. Blocked ears, headache, sore throat. Then it goes to my chest which in turns gives me a horrible cough and I end up losing my voice.

It’s been over a year since I last had a cold and *touch wood* I won’t be getting one anytime soon. However, if I do, I now have a bottle of Vick’s First Defence in the medicine box. Vick’s kindly sent me a care package for the family that contained a bottle of Vick’s First Defence, some cute finger puppets that Ella loves and a bedtime book that we’re going to read tonight 🙂

Vick's First Defence, finger puppets and The rabbit who wants to sleep book

Aiden (16) started with a cold yesterday so I got him to use Vick’s First Defence. It’s not completely gone yet but he wasn’t feeling as bad as expected today. He’s gone to college which is great. He’s at 99.9% attendance so I’m happy the First Defence has helped him keep his attendance record.

Laughter is the best medicine

We’ve all heard the saying, laughter is the best medicine and I believe it’s true. Vicks have created some videos to help you cheer your little one up when they ill.
All kids love magic tricks so here are a couple anyone can easily do 🙂

You can find more #VicksTricks magic tricks on YouTube and for more help from the experts when your child is ill, see the infographics below 🙂

Vick's Sickness cycle

Vick's Sickness cycle

This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign

 

Dear Amy – Book Review Week 5

Dear Amy

I really liked the sound of Dear Amy when I read the blurb. I have to say, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. It did keep me reading so it wasn’t all bad but I think I was expecting too much.

It’s hard to really talk about it without giving away spoilers so this is going to be a short review!

The start of the book was good. It got me hooked. It made me want to read instead of the 100 other things I should have been doing! Towards the middle, though, I felt like it started going downhill a bit. Another reviewer on Goodreads, Liz Barnsley, said exactly what I was thinking:

there were one or two very generic plot devices used to prevent the characters getting somewhere too quickly. I roll my eyes these days every time a mobile phone has no signal (usually all of a sudden) or has run out of battery (hey it happens but EVERY time someone is in mortal danger or whatever? It seems so if you are a character in a psychological thriller) Thats fine too there are only so many ways of moving (or not) a plot forwards at the pace required but when you’ve read the same reason many many many times it becomes slightly dull.

It wasn’t badly written, it was just a bit, ‘meh’.

Dear Amy book

Goodreads challenge 5 books read


MamaMummyMum

Shower Room Makeover – Before And After

Shower Room Makeover

We’ve never really liked the pink fittings in the shower room. We’re saving up to have them changed but until then, we’ve decided to embrace the pink!

I’ve been searching Google and Pinterest for ideas on the best way to decorate a room with pink fittings.

I can’t say I’ve ever thought about decorating with grey. When the first coat had gone on the walls, I have to admit that I got a bit worried.
I asked Anthony if he thought we should go and buy the lighter grey that we’d seen at B&M but he said I should wait and see how it looked when the room was done.

He was totally right because I absolutely LOVE it!

Before

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Before

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Before

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Before

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

The room was done on quite a small budget. Most things were bought at B&M. The wall stickers were from Ebay and the wood for the shelves came from B&Q.

B&M

  • Grey Emulsion Paint – £10
  • White One Coat Gloss – 10.99
  • Off Cut Lino – £20
  • You Only Live Once Picture – £1.99
  • Crystal Towel Ring – £5.99
  • Crystal Toilet Roll Holder – £4.99
  • 4 Pce Bathroom Set (soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, cup, soap dish) – £5.99
  • Wallpaper – £2.50
  • Overdoor Hanger – 3.99
  • Bathmat – £3.99
  • Shower curtain – £5.99
  • 3 Pce stacking baskets x 2 – £2.99 for 3
  • Medicine caddy – £2.49
  • Reed diffuser – £1.00
  • Shower head – £5.99
  • Bin and toilet brush – £5.99
  • Glass heart clip jar – £1.99

Ebay

  • 10 Pce towel bale – £13.99
  • Flower hair girl wall sticker – £3.49
  • Fairy wall sticker – £5.49
  • Shower track hooks and gliders – £2.69

B&Q

  • Conti Board – £27.50
  • Fixings – £6.00
  • Fascia tape – £15.00

Approximate total cost – £175

Project As & When February 4th

February 4th

Yay! January has gone. It’s February 4th and I’m happy that it’s now the second month of the year. January was so dull and boring. The sun is shining today, so much so that it looks like a spring day. The only thing that proves it isn’t is when the door is opened and the cold air rushes in!

I didn’t take many photos this week as we’ve been really busy redecorating the downstairs shower room (before and after post coming soon).

29th January – I found these in Nanny’s garden when we were having a tidy up for her. I haven’t used the macro setting on my camera for months so I brought these home and had a play with the camera.

Project As & When February 4th

Project As & When February 4th

Project As & When February 4th

Project As & When February 4th

1st February – I do the weighing at my Slimming World group. It was a cold morning that called for a hot chocolate before weigh in began 🙂

Project As & When February 4th

Staying the 1st, I started a new book today. I managed to read 6 books in January so I’m 2 ahead of my challenge to read a book a week this year.

Project As & When February 4th

February 2nd – The super wonderful husband and I went to buy wood and fixings for the new shelf unit he’s built for me in the shower room.

Project As & When February 4th

 

 

I Don’t Remember The Title But It’s Blue – Book Display

I don’t remember the title

I don't remember the title but it's blue book display

I don’t remember the title but it’s blue book display

One of my earlier displays is one of my favourites. We got lots of comments for our display from the customers at St Barnabas. I volunteer at the charity shop two mornings a week in the book department.

I don't remember the title but it's blue book display

I don't remember the title but it's blue book display

I change the displays every Friday ready for the weekend. Today I’m changing it from Killer Thrillers to Children’s Bedtime Stories.
I’ve got the next few months displays planned so the book team can start saving any relevant books they come across when sorting through the donations 🙂

 

Deluxe Mac ‘N’ Cheese Slimming World Recipe

Deluxe Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Slimming World Deluxe Mac n Cheese

Deluxe Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Slimming World Best Love Extra Easy Recipe Book

Ant and I have been very busy this past week. We’re redecorating our downstairs shower room so things have been a bit hectic around here. Kaycee (11) offered to cook dinner for everyone yesterday because it was getting late and we were still busy.
She used the Slimming World Deluxe Mac ‘N’ Cheese recipe from the ‘Best Loved Extra Easy’ recipe book and served it with salad and sausages. You can get syn free sausages from Iceland but I had low-fat Tesco ones for 1 syn each.

It was delicious :o)

Here’s the recipe for anyone who wants to give it a go.

Serves 4
3 syns per serving

Ingredients

Dried macaroni – 400g
Low-calorie cooking spray
Leeks sliced – 2 small or 1 large
Courgettes sliced – 2
Mushrooms sliced – 125g

For the sauce

Cornflour – 2 level tbsp
Skimmed milk – 250ml
Fat-free natural fromage frais – 150g
Mustard powder – 1 tsp
Pinch of grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
40g reduced fat Cheddar-style cheese*

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / Gas 4
  2. Cook pasta according to packet instructions. When cooked, set aside until needed.
  3. Spray a large non-stick pan with low-calorie cooking spray and cook the leeks, courgettes and mushrooms over a low heat for 8-10 minutes or until softened.
  4. To make the sauce, blend the cornflour with a little of the milk and set aside. Bring the rest of the milk to the boil then stir in the cornflour mixture, stirring continuously. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  5. Mix the mustard powder and pinch of nutmeg into the fromage frais then add this mixture to the sauce, beating with a wooden spoon. Stir in most of the cheese.
  6. Drain the pasta and tip it into an oven proof dish. Add the vegetables and sauce** and mix well. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top and bake for 20-30 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Slimming World Mac 'n' Cheese with salad

*We used more cheese because there’s only me actually following Slimming World in our family. I counted the cheese on my portion as my healthy extra and everyone else got a cheesier dish :o)
**The original recipe says to pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle the cheese on then bake. We decided to mix it through the pasta and vegetables. We prefer it this way.