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January 2016

Princes fruit juices

Princes 100% Pure Juice

We were sent some Princes fruit juices, 3 cartons to be exact and you’d think that the girls hadn’t ever had fruit juice with how happy they were when they saw them and with how fast they drank them!


Princes 100% Pure Juices

Ella had a friend staying for a sleepover, so, at dinner, the wine glasses came out to make serving the fruit juice, fancier!

Ella drinking Princes fruit juice
Yes, that is an undelivered Christmas present in the background!

The favourite flavour for the girls seemed to be the apple and raspberry. I preferred the apple flavour myself.

The juices contain 100% fruit, only naturally occurring sugars and no preservatives. They can be stored in the cupboard until they’re opened, after which, they need to be kept in the fridge and used within 3 days.

The juices are made from concentrate and provide one of your 5 a day.

At the time of writing, you can buy a litre of Princes pure juice at Morrisons for £1. A litre of Tropicana is £2.48 from Tesco, just for comparison 😉

We were sent some juice samples in return for an honest review

Photo a day – 23rd January to 29th January

 23rd January to 29th January

23rd January
I reckon Monday photos are going to be our meal planning ones for the week because I love planning ahead now 🙂

Meal Planning Monday Menu 23rd January

January 24th
I have no idea what she’s laughing at!
Ella laughing


January 25th
My nightly treat. I save my Slimming World syns for the day so I can indulge my chocolate cravings in the evening while we’re watching TV when the kids are in bed!

Banana, flake and weight watchers yogurt

January 26th
We went months without having lasagne but now the kids want it every week!

Slimming World Lasagne

Janaury 27th
I haven’t had hifi bars for ages so decided to try all the new flavours this week. The chocolate orange one is my favourite but the jam roly poly one is nice as well. The toffee apple popcorn is ok but I won’t be buying it again.

Slimming World HiFi bars

January 28th
My little poser 🙂

Ella posing

January 29th
I treated myself to this boxset using some Amazon vouchers I got for doing a blog post. I’d usually use vouchers for buying birthday or Christmas presents for other people but I decided I wanted to spend them all on myself for a change! :o)
Game of Thrones season 1-4 boxset
TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky


Word of the Week – Success

My word of the week this week is success


As you may, or may not know, I’ve been on Slimming World since August 2012.
On my 1 year anniversary, I got my 7 stone certificate and went on to get my 8 stone and my 8 and a half stone certificates a few months later.

Since then, I put a stone back on and I’ve been up and down this same stone since January 2014.

I was disappointed last week with a 3lb gain that I felt wasn’t at all deserved and decided to knuckle down and follow the plan 100%.
My consultant gave me some food log sheets to help me and I stuck to plan all week. I didn’t cheat at all and felt great about being back on track.


I weighed in on Wednesday and I’d lost 3lb, which put me back at my 7 and a half stone loss weight. I’m on track again this week and I feel as positive about my weight loss now as I did in that first year 🙂

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Aiden’s new coat

It’s not often Aiden gets things sent for him to review, unlike the girls who get lots of things! He was delighted with the new coat he was sent from Trespass and it came at just the right time, what with winter finally moving in!

New Coat

Aiden's new coat

He was sent the Edgewater Mens 3 in 1 Waterproof Jacket. It’s great for going over his school blazer. It keeps him warm and dry on the 3-mile bicycle trip to school and back he has to do every weekday.

Excellent Quality

The quality is excellent and I love how you can separate the fleece inner from the waterproof outer layer. The inner layer is zipped securely to the outer layer so it doesn’t move around. I’m told it’s very comfortable.

Aiden's new coat

It has lots of pockets, which he loves. Being able to take off the outer coat, leaving the fleece inner is great for when he’s just nipping out and doesn’t want a full coat on. You know what teenagers and coats are like; for some reason, they seem to resent having to wear them at all, no matter how cold they get!

Water Repellent

The zip is water repellent so the water can’t through.
The fabric is waterproof, windproof and breathable. All the seams have thermoplastic tape on them that seals the seams keeping you dryer and warmer.

Aiden's new coat
Aiden's new coat

This jacket gets a big thumbs up from Aiden and me 🙂

Please note: We were provided with the jacket in return for an honest opinion.

Looking for the ideal family car

Ant had a Nissan Micra when we first met. Although it was a little small sometimes, (going on holiday was a bit of a nightmare) it was a brilliant family car. It was very reliable and affordable and suited us perfectly.

Close up of car steering wheel and wing mirror - family car
Image by Dan at


Family Car

Ant had nipped home from work one day. He’d parked out the front of the house instead of in the car park around the back. Shortly after getting out of the car, we heard a smashing, crunching sound. Someone had crashed into the back of our poor little Nissan.
It was a write-off and since then we haven’t had a car we like nearly as much as we did the Micra.
We had an automatic Citroen for a while. The fuel and road tax costs were awful so we sold that and got a Citroen C5 from Ant’s friend.

The costs are much better but Ant hates driving it because you can’t see the front or back of the car when you’re trying to park. He’s worried the tow bar will hit the car behind when he reverses into a parking space. We want to sell it and buy something better but what to buy? That is the question!

New Car

He’s always liked estates. I’ve always liked the idea of a people carrier, however, I don’t drive, so I think the final choice must be left up to him!

He looked at a VW Touareg lease but even though it’s a lovely looking vehicle, he thinks it’s probably a little big for us.

I like the look of the VW golf estate or the Honda Civic.

Buying a new car is a big decision. We’re going to take our time, but on the other hand, I don’t know how much longer Ant can put up with our Citroen!

This is a collaborative post.

Weekly weigh in January 27th

January 27th – Well, preliminary indications seem to suggest that I’ve lost 1lb this week. I haven’t weighed at Slimming World yet, just at home. Both sets of scales usually tally. I’m not expecting any more than a pound when I officially weigh in at 10 am.

I’m so fed up and disillusioned and angry right now, I’m actually crying.

I went back to basics this week, I weighed every little thing that needed to be weighed. I counted every syn, I wrote everything down on the SAS log my consultant gave me last week and I’ve tried my absolute best to lose weight.
When I stuck to it like this in my first year, I’d lose 4-5lb easily. Now, I can stick to it and put 3lb on, like last week.

I know a pound is a loss and it’s in the right direction and it’s equivalent to 2 packs of butter or whatever it is and everything else people say (including me) when someone is upset at their result but today all that just annoys me more.

Slimming World has stopped working for me. I know it sounds stupid but I have no other explanation and I just feel like saying sod it and never going back.

weekly weigh in Slimming World January 27th


Well don’t I feel silly?!

I weighed at Slimming World and for the first time in a long time, my scales gave me a different result than the one I got officially at group.

I lost 3lb which is at least what I was expecting when I first weighed this morning.
I’ve decided not to weigh at home anymore. I’m writing everything down again this week so I can be sure I’m staying on track.

I’ve left the post above because someone else may be feeling the same way I did, about it not working and how down it can get you when you’ve tried so hard. It might just help someone not to give in, like I was going to.

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Stovied chicken and potatoes

It’s a simple, one-pot dish, made on the stove-top (maybe that’s where the name came from), and the must-have ingredients are potatoes, onions, salt and pepper. But, one of the special things about this yummy dinner is that there isn’t just one set of ingredients, […]

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Meal Planning Monday January 25th

Last week nearly went to plan. We did have everything I was planning on, but we had to swap some of the days around. Changing the plan is usual for us though as something always seems to crop up that I’m not planning on!

This week we’re planning to have:

Monday – Beef Stew
Tuesday – Lasagne
Wednesday – Diet Coke Pork
Thursday – Spaghetti Bolognese
Friday – The Full Breakfast!
Saturday – Welsh Onion Cake, Cauliflower Cheese and Sausages
Sunday – Szechuan Pork with Noodles

Meal planning Monday menu

I’m joining in with the linky from At Home With Mrs M

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