#raisesomedough For Comic Relief with HomeSense

Comic Relief

#raisesomedough for Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March 2017

HomeSense has partnered with renowned fashion and portrait photographer Rankin to create exclusive aprons for Red Nose Day 2017. The apron features a selection of unique, quirky and quintessentially British animal portraits including Rankin’s own dog.

Red Nose Day and HomeSense are official partners for the third time. Iconic photographer, Rankin, has photographed a host of celebrities wearing the apron. The Hairy Bikers, Si King, and Dave Myers are fronting the campaign. The bikers will be supported by a whole host of celebrities including, Nadine Coyle, Pearl Lowe, Nadiya Hussain, Jodie Kidd, Susanna Reid, Kimberley Wyatt, Lesley Joseph & Linda Robson, Una Healy, The Hemsley Sisters, Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella), Fay Ripley, Vogue Williams and Tim Lovejoy.

Aprons

The adult apron, priced at £12.99, will be available to buy in HomeSense and TK Maxx stores from 13th February and online at tkmaxx.com and rednoseday.com. With at least £5 from every adult apron sale going to Comic Relief, the money will help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.

The HomeSense Red Nose Day range, created by Rankin, also features a new children’s apron encouraging the whole family to join in the bake sale action by getting creative in the kitchen. Further products in the collection include a tea towel, also designed by Rankin, as well as a leather journal and a colouring-in notebook.

A spokesperson for HomeSense said: “Rankin has really risen to the challenge with this year’s apron design, encouraging adults and children to get in the kitchen and make their bakes matter.

The quirky and unique design featuring an image of man’s best friend (Rankin’s own dog) and a range of other animals, will encourage people to grab an apron, get messy in the kitchen and support the good work that Comic Relief does to help transform people’s lives here in the UK where we have customers and stores and across Africa.”

Rankin

“When I was asked to create this year’s Red Nose Day exclusive collection for
HomeSense I agreed without hesitation. It is a fantastic cause and I knew it would be a lot of
fun. What you’re seeing is some of the best talent in the animal business and, although I’m
never one for nepotism, my own dog got on the team sheet. I wanted to make these images
as cute and fun as possible and I hope I have included something for everyone which
encourages both adults and children to get in the kitchen and raise some dough for Comic
Relief.”

Michele Settle, Director, UK Campaigns & Brands at Comic Relief

“Baking is one of the most popular Red Nose Day fundraising activities across the UK and this exclusive apron by
Rankin enables you to look stylish in the kitchen and raise money too. So make your bake
matter for Red Nose Day 2017.”

Details and Prices:
All profits from the sale of the aprons and the tea towel will be donated to Comic Relief to
help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK
and around the world. The apron is available to buy from Red Nose Day official partners
HomeSense and TK Maxx stores throughout the UK from 13th February and online at
tkmaxx.com and rednoseday.com.

HomeSense and Comic Relief

The Weight Of Silence – Book Review

The Weight Of Silence

The Weight Of Silence – I must be getting used to books being written from a different character’s perspective. The book was great which surprised me. I have struggled with this writing style in the past. A few times I had to go back to the start of the chapter and check but it didn’t detract from the enjoyment.
It kept me guessing all the way through and the ending didn’t disappoint me.

Ben was my favourite character. He was such a good brother and the relationship between himself and Calli was really lovely.
I was sorry that Petra moved away because I loved their relationship as well. I suppose it was natural the family would want to make a fresh start, though.

My, ‘to be read’ list has just got even bigger because I found out Heather Gudenkauf has written other books!

The Weight Of Silence

The Weight Of Silence


MamaMummyMum

Sunday Photo – Removing a Brick Path For Nanny

Brick Path

Nanny moved into her house about 4 years ago. I helped with the garden by laying a brick path. The path was great for her when she first moved in but now she’s not as steady on her feet, she’s decided to have a garden makeover. It doesn’t include the path so we dug it up.

Bricks for raised bed

Bricks for raised bed

It took weeks to put down and only a few hours to dig up!

We’ve bought the bricks home and Ant’s going to use them to make my new raised bed 🙂 We were going to make it out of gravel board. Now we have the bricks, we’ll be saving around £100 from the cost of our garden makeover! The raised bed is going to look much nicer made from bricks and I can’t wait to plant it up.

March 11th – Project As & When – Book Week

March 11th

March 11th – Today we spent the afternoon digging up bricks at Nanny’s so I’m a bit late with my photo post today.

Last Sunday I finished The Weight of Silence and started on Girl Unknown. I’m ahead on my reading challenge and I’ve enjoyed nearly all the books I’ve read so far 🙂

The Weight Of Silence

Girl Unknown

Kaycee and Ella are hosting a book club next weekend so they’ve been busy reading also 🙂

March 11th Ella reading

The spade is where I left it after starting the garden a couple of weeks ago. I really need to get out there and get some more done!

Digging in the garden

I did get out in the garden to take some photos, though 🙂

garden gnome

daffodils in the spring sunshine

frogspawn

Goldfish

Garden gnome

 

 

Read It With A Box Of Tissues – Book Display

Box of Tissues

Read it with a box of tissues is a book display that showcases true life stories. I used to be a fan of those kind of books but since having children, I can’t read them anymore. Most of them are about the author having an awful childhood and they make me too sad.
I just don’t understand, after having three gorgeous babies and watching them grow into wonderful children, how anyone could ever mistreat their child.

I do understand why people read these books, though. They help bring awareness to the public so these things aren’t kept secret.
I suspect telling their story also helps the author move forward with their life.

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Pizza Topped Chicken – Slimming World Recipe

Pizza Topped Chicken

I love chicken and I love pizza so for me, this is a perfect combination!

Slimming World Pizza Topped Chicken

Serves 1

Syn free if using the cheese as a healthy extra. If not, add 6 syns.

Ingredients

  • Half a small onion, finely chopped
  • Finely chopped red pepper (half of a small one)
  • Small clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp stock
  • 2 vine tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • Tinned tomatoes – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato puree – 1 tbsp
  • Mixed Italian herbs – 1 tsp
  • Chicken breast
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 30g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Cherry tomato – halved

Method

  1. Place the onion, pepper and garlic in a small saucepan with the stock and simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Add the vine tomatoes, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and mixed Italian herbs.
  3. Slice the chicken breast in half, making sure you don’t cut all the way through then open up like a butterfly.
  4. Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and lightly fry the chicken on both sides to brown .
  5. Place the chicken on a non-stick baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes 220ºC/200°C Fan/Gas 7
  6. When the chicken is cooked, place the tomato mixture on the chicken, sprinkle on the cheese and add the cherry tomato. Put back in the oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with Slimming World chips and a speedy salad.

 

Pizza topped chicken Slimming World recipe

Pizza Topped Chicken Recipe From Slimming World

Gained 1.5lb at my Weekly Weigh In

Gained 1.5lb

gained 1.5lb

gained 1.5lb

Just a quickie tonight because it’s late. I forgot to post earlier because I’ve been busy working on my old recipe posts. I’ve been updating the SEO and the images. I’m in the process of making better images so they stand out better on Pinterest.

I was expecting a gain at my Slimming World class this week because I’ve not been great at sticking to plan! I’m going to be better this week 🙂

The greatest loser award was given out today and we were all really happy to see Nicky win it with an 8 stone 5.5lb loss :oD

 

 

Mother’s Day and Spring are on the way

Mother’s Day

My girls were a little disappointed today. Ant told them that I want garden centre vouchers for Mother’s Day this year and they like to buy me lots of little presents. Things like chocolate, a new mug, teddies that say ‘World’s Best Mum’, you get the gist.

As you may know, this is the year of the garden. We have a mammoth task ahead of us. It’s not going to be cheap to get the garden the way we want it so I don’t want to be spending money unnecessarily. I’d much rather they buy me a tenners worth of alpine plants!

We did get presents for my mum, Ant’s mum and Aiden’s step mum from HomeSense. We’re not usually this organised! We tend to leave everything to the day before and go to Asda trying to find some nice flowers or something.

HomeSense

This shell box is so pretty

Mother's Day at HomeSense Shell box

I love owls. I’d never be able to light this candle, though, it’s just too nice!

Mother's Day at HomeSense Owl Candle

Scented candles are always a great choice for me. I just love having a gorgeously smelly candle burning away.

Mother's Day at HomeSense Scented Candle

 

Mother's Day at HomeSense scented candle

Chocolates. Need I say anything else?!

Mother's Day at HomeSense Chocolates

Bayliss and Harding would also be a good choice. I usually get some for Christmas and unlike lots of people who complain when they get toiletries for a gift, I don’t because I like them 🙂

Mother's Day at HomeSense Toiletries

Spring at HomeSense

Any of these would be the best choice for me right now, though. Garden tools, plants or ornaments are on my list because I will have a nice garden this year!

Mother's Day at HomeSense Garden Tools

 

Mother's Day at HomeSense Rose Growing Kit

 

Mother's Day at HomeSense Bird House

 

Mother's Day at HomeSense Garden Furniture

 

Mother's Day at HomeSense Flower growing kit

If all else fails and you don’t have a clue what to get your mum, there’s always the gift card option 🙂

Mother's Day at HomeSense Gift Card

Mother's Day at HomeSense

 

I received a gift card in return for this post. All opinions are my own.

After Anna – Book Review Week 9

After Anna – Book Review

I was putting After Anna on the shelf at the charity shop when something made me read the blurb on the back. I put it back on my trolley and bought it at the end of my shift.

It was a bit slow at first and took me a few days to get through the first half. The second half, however, took me a few hours on a quiet Sunday afternoon to finish.
It played to my emotions and I found myself getting really angry on Julia’s behalf!

After Anna

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned…

A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.

I thought I’d worked it out quite early on but I was wrong! I did work it out about 300 pages in and was shocked when I realised who had abducted Anna.

I’d recommend it and I would recommend it for lovers of this genre. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Goodreads reading challenge book 9 After Anna


MamaMummyMum
 

Chi-Chi the Shih Tzu – Sunday Photo

Chi-Chi the Shih tzu

We all fell in love with Chi-Chi the Shih Tzu from the day Nanny brought her home. She gets so excited when we go round to visit. I don’t even get the chance to sit down properly before she’s trying to jump on my lap for a belly rub!

Chi-Chi the Shih Tzu

She loves Ella to hand feed her her dinner which usually consists of various chopped up meats. She sometimes has a sprinkle of cheese with it as well! Chi-Chi will leave her food all afternoon, not bothering with it all until Ella arrives!

If you stop rubbing her belly when she’s lying on your lap, she’ll keep pawing at your hand until you start rubbing again 🙂