I haven’t felt like I’ve done anything different this week to last week but it’s a much better result this week. I haven’t had as much ice cream this week but when I have it, it’s always synned so it shouldn’t make a difference but it must have.
Date 26th February 2020 Weight – 27 st 4lb Result – 3lb loss Total Weight Loss – 3 st 11lb
As we slowly bid adieu to the heart-wrenching winters and welcome the pleasing spring, we also have to tend to an important task of decluttering our homes, backyard and the rest of our surrounding radius. This helps us move upwards and onwards into the new season with a fresh atmosphere that mirrors your clean and brisk houses. The task of decluttering can appear to be quite cumbersome but is actually really easy to get around if you conduct the process with proper planning and determination. All you need is some established strategies and a little help like that from skip hire and such to give your surroundings a refreshing makeover.
a skip keeps the tidying process organised
When you think of
the cleaning act it usually revolves around gathering stuff you need to get rid
of or compiling the items you need to donate. The task usually gets pushed into
the back seat because you just keep shifting the things from one room to
another, then into the garage or in a pile in your backyard. If you hire a skip
it will help you to discard all the unwanted garbage at one place in the skip
and save the trip to the dump yards. A few steps have been listed below that
might aid in getting your spring cleaning done in an orderly manner.
As mentioned above,
you will never get around cleaning everything if you just keep shoving the
garbage from one room to another. You have to take ample time and clear your
schedule for one or two days and focus only on getting the surrounding neat.
Organizing the space and trying to make the maximum out of your living area is
necessary to declutter effectively. You have to be realistic while making a
plan for decluttering and give enough time to each aspect as it can get overwhelming
to tackle everything at once. Prioritise the rooms and take the next task only
after completion of the one in hand.
each item thoroughly
The main task while
you get on with your decluttering is trying to figure out what item needs to be
thrown away, what needs to be donated and what needs to be put back in your
cupboards and cabinets. We have witnessed several tidying strategies like the Marie Kondo method where she helps you
to decide whether you should retain any object or not on the basis of whether
it sparks joy for you. Once you decide that you need to get rid of certain
objects they go straight into the skip and the skip hired will come back to
collect it once you are done.
and replace old items
Certain items in
your kitchen like utensils and pieces of equipment that are used on a daily
basis are bound to be worn and torn. The spring cleaning session is a good time
to get rid of these worn pans and dishes and get a fresh set to lighten up your
kitchen. Similarly, your tools in the garage and some of your bathroom wear
could also use an upgrade and give your house the much-needed makeover.
hires result in efficient cleaning
Making sure that you welcome spring with a refreshing outlook is manageable if you make a proper to-do list and go through with the process in an orderly fashion. Hiring skip bins can lead to an easy way to dispose of the unwanted garbage and also saves you several trips to the landfills and dumping grounds. You can also pile the toys, clothes and other such used items that you no longer use but are in a good condition and donate them to Goodwill or anyone who seems to be in dire need. This cleaning process will lead to making the transition from winters to spring pleasant and revitalizing.
The most attractive showpiece of glass might look ugly if it has
a price sticker attached to it. Not merely with the showpieces, but starting
from your new cooking utensils to that of the windshields, it becomes essential
to remove those unwanted labels.
No doubt, removing these labels from the glass products might be a difficult task, but if you follow proper guidelines and hidden tactics, you will be able to remove the stickers most reliably. Rather than purchasing expensive products for removing these things, there are higher chances that it might damage or put scratches on your glass product. However, with the help of DIY, you will be able to get peace of mind that your product is quite safe and protected from those harmful chemicals.
Why should you apply proper procedures when
removing stickers from the glass?
Starting from glassware to clothing to that of home décor, stickers and labels can be slapped on everywhere. Consequently, there comes a situation when you try to remove that sticker, but removing the adhesive, which is left behind, can turn out to be the most difficult task. By using the wrong solutions or sharp-edged tools for removing stickers, it can damage the glass where the sticker was stuck. Yeah! Getting rid of these labels is quite challenging as, if not done properly; it will leave residue on your new items of glass leaving them ugly, scratched, and spotted. This is why it is always recommended to apply proper procedures while removing stickers from glass so that the authenticity and elegance of the items will stay perfectly.
Possible DIY stickers removing procedure without
causing any scratches
before you get fed up and give up on the ever getting rid of that sticker, label, or the adhesive left
behind, you can take a deep peek at the best ways to remove stickers perfectly
from the glass without even causing any scratches:
Method 1 – Using Hot
Water and Soap
The first step is soaking the glass object and the sticker in
the hot soapy water for about 10-30 minutes. During this time, the sticker had
already softened, hence making it easier for you to remove the sticker with
Soaking the glass object and sticker in hot soapy water helps in
dissolving the glue and breaking its connection with the glass. If you are
unable to dip glass objects in the hot water, you can try reducing the sticker
area by soaking the hot wet washcloth.
After soaking in the hot water for a good 30 minutes, the
sticker can be easily removed with the help of your fingers. If you are unable to do so, you may use a
knife. However, make sure, the knife is not sharp because it will run the risk
of scratching the surface. Consequently,
clean the glass properly with the help of microfiber cloth, as they are as
gentle on the glass.
Method 2 – Using
For this method, you will require a bucket filled with hot water and washing soda. The combination of baking soda and hot water will act as a dissolving agent. It will break the bond of the glue from the glass surface, hence making it come out easily.
For safety reasons, you can put on gloves while handling washing soda because some people develop skin allergies and irritation while working with it. You need to dip the object for a good 30 minutes or maybe even longer than that if you have stubborn stickers.
Washing soda is a stronger alkaline compared to baking soda. After soaking the object in the water for some time, take it out. You will be surprised to see stickers much easily sliding off the glass surface.
Method 3 – Using Heat
Heat up the glass surface for 2 to 3 minutes with the help of a blow dryer. The other way is, placing your object in the sunlight for several hours. Moreover, if you have a sticker on your car, you can park it in a sunny place for some time and then try to peel off the sticker. It will come out much easier.
The sticker can be easily peeled off with the help of your
fingers. However, you must be careful, as the surface of the object will be hot. You can also use a knife
(which is not sharp) to peel the sticker gently.
You may also use oil, soap, or other glue removing agents if you find part of the sticker is remaining. Apply the desired removing agent and let it sit there for some time before you remove the residue off with soapy water.
You may require repeating the process several times until the whole glue residue has successfully come off.
Which method is most recommended and why?
If you’re looking for the simplest way that won’t even require any special material, you’re suggested to remove the stickers and labels with the help of hot water and soap. Soap and hot water are one of the most effective tools for breaking down the bond of the sticker’s adhesive material. You don’t have to buy any expensive products to get rid of these labels. With the help of this method, you will be able to see your glass full of attractiveness and elegance. Don’t worry! The grace and sophistication of your glass will still be the same.
Don’t let the labels destroy your windows. Sticker removal procedure isn’t as simple as it looks. If you go through the previous information, you will be able to do it by yourself. You can save your hard-earned money and quality time by applying these easy steps. By adopting a relevant method for removing the labels, you will be able to preserve your expensive items from scratches in the most reliable manner.
Poor Ant has been left to finish the decorating on his own after I ended up in pain for a week with my hernia, after stretching to paint the walls on the first day we started decorating. We finished the hall downstairs and my Treasure Hunt Bookcase wall canvas is looking lovely 🙂
He’s painted the stair steps black and the bookshelves white and fixed the floorboards on the landing upstairs. He’s ow painting the woodwork upstairs and will then move on to painting the rest of the walls. The final job will be painting the floorboards on the landing.
The stair risers are still to do and I should be ok helping with that job because it doesn’t require any stretching at all! We’re going to paint the front of the risers white before painting each one a different colour ready for the book titles I’ve cut out of vinyl using my Cricut Maker.
Hopefully, we’ll get it finished this week and I can come back next week with the ‘After’ photos 🙂
Ant usually cooks all our meals from scratch but this week we’ve been busy decorating and the house has been turned upside down. Everything seems to have been dumped in the kitchen which means space and time have been limited. We always have syn free Chilli Con Carne with rice but after trying a Chilli Con Carne pasta bake at a recent Slimming World taster, I told Ant we had to make it at home!
Schwartz Chilli Con Carne Pasta Bake Recipe
With limited time, we decided to use a Schwartz Hot Chilli Con Carne recipe mix. It’s not syn free but the whole packet is only 5.5 syns and is shared between 4 of us so I just counted it as 2 syns per portion. We’ve been trying to cut down the amount of red meat we eat so we substituted it with Tesco meat-free mince. Also, I’m not a fan of kidney beans so we added a tin of baked beans instead! It was delicious topped with one of my healthy extra portions of cheddar cheese.
When Photowall got in touch and asked if I’d like to review one of their products, I got all excited thinking about having a wall mural, but then I realised that we didn’t have any walls suitable for a mural because just about every wall in our house has either bookshelves on it or bookcases against it!
I decided that instead of a wall mural, I’d check out the canvas prints and went straight to the fantasy section – I LOVE fairies! I was totally spoilt for choice but as soon as I saw the Treasure Hunt Bookcase canvas I fell in love with it.
After checking the size of canvas I’d need for the wall I had in mind, I made the order and waited for it to arrive. With it coming from Sweden, I thought it would take a while to get here but it arrived really quickly.
I hadn’t read all the information on the website (I’m always doing that!) so I didn’t realise it wasn’t going to be framed when it arrived.
It wasn’t a problem, though, as it came with instructions, everything was good quality and it was easy to put together, according to the husband! (I’m sure if I had to do it on my own I could have!)
The only problem I had now was the state of the walls in the hall. They were in desperate need of repainting and we’d been putting it off for months because it was such a big job!
Let The Decorating Commence!
Seeing my new canvas in all its glory made me eager to get it on the wall so we went shopping and bought emulsion and gloss and set to work.
The reason it’s such a big job is that there’s a bookcase at the bottom of the stairs, 4 long bookshelves on the wall in the middle of the stairs (we have stairs that have a mini landing then more stairs) and more bookcases on the landing at the top of the stairs. There are also lots of pictures on the walls.
We expected it to take 2-3 days like it usually does when we decorate but here we are, nearly a week later and Ant has ended up doing the majority of the decorating on his own because I pulled my hernia the day we started and haven’t been able to do anything since.
My Treasure Hunt Bookcase Canvas Cheered Me Up!
I’ve been pretty down all week due to the pain and also the frustration of not being able to help Ant. He finished the hall yesterday apart from repainting the bookcase and last night he hung the canvas. Every time I walk through to the kitchen or bathroom I see it hanging there and it makes me smile 🙂
There’s so much detail. Every time I look at it I notice something new.
More Decorating On The Way
A few years ago we decorated the stairs. I loved it when it was first done but now it’s starting to look a little grubby so we decided that we’d redo them while we were decorating. Because of all the books and my lovely new treasure hunt bookcase canvas, we thought it would be a good idea to keep the book theme so we’re going to paint the stair steps black and the risers are going to be book spines, something like these on Pinterest.
We’ve each chosen our favourite books and I’m going to use the Cricut to cut the book titles out of vinyl. I can’t wait!
I’ll be back with pictures when the rest of the decorating is done 🙂
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Please note: I received the wall canvas from Photowall in return for this review, however, all opinions are my own.
Well, despite being on plan all week again, I had a feeling this morning that I was going to be disappointed today.
I wasn’t wrong. I have no idea why I gained but I’m not letting it get to me. I have to lose this weight because the hernia pain is happening more often. I’ve been in pain since Monday and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
I’ve brought home an S.A.S. log (slimmers against sabotage) as they always help when I think I’ve had a good week but the scales don’t agree!
Date 12 February 2020 Weight – 27 st 8 lb Result – gained 3 lb Total Weight Loss – 49 lb
As a new year approaches, people will usually find their wardrobes full of clothes. Some of these garments are their favourites. Others are hardly worn items that they may need to dispose of because these take up too much space in our closets.
Letting go of the clothes that you have owned for
years can be difficult. However, you must throw away items you no longer use if
you want to have enough space or, better yet, to have a more organized
Do you want to organize your closet, but you don’t
know where to start? Don’t worry. These six useful tips should help you
declutter your wardrobe.
Tip 1: Sort Out All the
Stuff in Your Wardrobe
Before deciding on throwing anything away, take
everything out of your wardrobe. After that, start organizing clothes according
to their types: pants, tops, dresses, and etc. Similar items are easier to
compare when they’re grouped together.
When segregating clothes, keep only the items you
love and frequently use. People usually don’t wear at least half of the clothes in
their wardrobe, so don’t feel bad if you dispose of many clothes. After all,
what good will an item bring you if it won’t be used for years to come?
Tip 2: Try to Wear the
Clothes in Your “Maybe” Pile
Sometimes, you don’t know if you truly want to keep
an item or throw it away. The best way to resolve this problem is to try out
the clothing you’re unsure of. Check yourself in front of a mirror, and
determine how the item makes you look and feel.
If an item looks nice and is comfortable to wear,
keep it. On the other hand, unflattering clothes must be taken out of the
closet and be disposed of properly.
Tip 3: Follow the
Many have a lot of second thoughts when it comes to
getting rid of clothes. People tend to keep everything in their closet because
they think that these may come in handy someday. However, the truth is that
they’ll probably never wear those clothes again.
Unless the items are seasonal and very important,
follow the six-month-clutter rule. Make a commitment to discard clothes you
haven’t worn in the past six months. This way, you can easily have more space
for new clothes.
Tip 4: Sell Your Preloved
Many people want to sell their hardly worn clothes but don’t have enough time to put up a garage sale. To solve this problem, set up an online shop to sell all your preloved items.
Online selling is very convenient and highly
lucrative. When you sell your preloved clothes, you’re also earning back a
portion of your past shopping expenses.
Tip 5: Host a Clothing
A clothing swap is a fun and creative way to replace
some of the gently used clothes at home. It involves meeting up with friends
and swapping preloved clothes for the secondhand items they’d love to take
Organizing a clothing swap is easy. You just
have to contact your friends and ask them to bring some preloved items they’re
willing to exchange for another. If there are clothes left unclaimed, you can
give them away to people who are in need of basic clothing.
Tip 6: Donate to a Local
Donating preloved clothes to local charities is
probably one of the most rewarding ways to declutter your wardrobe. Selecting
the best local charity to donate to can be a little challenging since many
organizations accept wardrobe donations.
When the time comes to make a decision, pick the one you feel strongly about. You must also ensure that the type of clothing you’ll be donating fits the charity you’ve chosen. Don’t give away impractical items like costumes and gowns if your chosen charity is looking for basic clothes.
We decided to have our curried veggie burger without the burger bun and served it with Slimming World chips and a side salad. Not everyone enjoyed it (KayCee and Ella!) but that was ok because it meant there was some leftover for my lunch the next day!
This recipe is great for vegans. You can learn more about the benefits of not eating meat in essays on vegan diet. I hope that over time, more people will begin to devote time to a healthy diet. This will prevent many diseases.
Curried Veggie Burger with Chips
Serves 4 1.5 syns per serving
1 small onion
½ red pepper
1-2 tsp mild curry powder
2 x 400g can of butter beans, drained
110g sweetcorn kernels, drained
60g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 medium egg, beaten (or vegan egg substitute)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
900g Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes
2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C Fan/Gas Mark 9.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Peel and coarsely grate the carrot
Deseed and finely chop the pepper
Place onion, carrot and peppers in a pan with the curry powder and 150ml water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain well.
Mash the beans with a fork or blend in a food processor until smooth.
Stir in the sweetcorn, vegetables, breadcrumbs, egg and seasoning. Shape into 8 burgers, cover and chill until required.
Peel the potatoes and cut into 1cm thick chips.
Place in a pan of lightly salted boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside for 10 minutes to dry.
Return the chips to the pan, cover and shake to ”rough up” the edges – this helps make them crisp.
Spray a baking tray with Frylight, add the chips, spray again and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden.
Arrange the burgers on a foil-lined grill rack, spray with low-calorie cooking spray and place under a medium/hot grill for approximately 5 minutes on each side until golden.
Share the chips and burgers between 4 plates. Sprinkle with coriander to serve.