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Warming Winter Foods – Blogtober 2022

Warming Winter food - winter stew
Image by ivabalk from Pixabay

Day 12 of Blogtober 2022 and I have to say, love warming Winter foods! It’s so much more comforting than Summer salads!

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Here are some of my favourites.

I think my absolute favourite, though, has to be cottage pie with lots of creamy cheesy mashed potato :o)

My Favourite Bloggers – Blogtober 2022

Day 11 already! I’m pleased that I’ve managed to post every day so far, but I’ve not been great at visiting the other bloggers who are taking part in Blogtober 2022. I hope to rectify that this week while I’m on holiday!

Today’s post is going to be quite short though!

Problem Choosing My Favourite Bloggers

I have a problem with today’s prompt – choosing my favourite bloggers – because I’ve not really followed any blogs in the last couple of years, except for Kim’s!

I used to take part in lots of linkies and would visit lots of different blogs but now I don’t even know if the blogs I used to visit are still there.

So, my favourite blogger is Kim from Life As Kim

I think the reason I’ve always followed Kim is that our girls are around the same age and our youngest, her Ellie and my Ella seem to go through stages of liking the same thing. For example, they both loved slime and unicorns and loom bands and LOL Dolls and everything else that tweens and teens get fixated on.

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

I’m sure after visiting all the other Blogtober blogs this week, I’ll find some new favourites :o)

What Are You Scared Of?

It’s day 10 of Blogtober 2022 and I’m now on holiday in Scarborough with my super wonderful hubby :o) which means I’m probably going to be even more erratic with posting for the next week than I have for the previous week!

What Are You Scared Of?

I like watching scary movies and reading scary books but I don’t like thinking about things that I’m really scared of because then it just brings me down.
The usual things like something happening to one of the children or to Ant scares me and then my mind goes off on its own and starts imagining all sorts of horrible things.

So instead of writing about things that really scare me, I’ve decided to pick some scary movies that I want to watch.

Scary Movies

Countdown movie - what are you scared of?

When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.

Slender man movie

In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn’t actually exist – until one of them mysteriously goes missing.

The unborn movie

Plagued by nightmares and visitations from tortured ghosts, Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) turns to a spiritual adviser named Sendak (Gary Oldman) for help. They discover a family curse that dates back to Nazi Germany: an evil spirit that can take over the body of anyone and is getting stronger with each possession, as it tries to gain full entrance to this world.

Rotten Tomatoes

Sunday Afternoon Movie – Blogtober 2022

It’s day 9 of Blogtober 2022 and I’m a little late doing my post today because we’ve been watching our Sunday afternoon movie and packing ready to go on holiday to Scarborough tomorrow. I can’t wait!
I’ll probably be late posting tomorrow as well due to all the driving, shopping, unpacking etc

Sunday Afternoon Movie

Ant and I started watching a movie on Sunday afternoons earlier this year. We both have busy weekdays and it was nice just to sit together, put a movie on while we have lunch then just relax for a bit.

We watched an old Miss Marple movie called Murder At The Gallop and a couple of other old movies then we started watching the Marvel movies in order when we went to Scarborough for our wedding anniversary at the end of April.

Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit Movies

When deciding what to watch after the Marvel movies, we both said that we’d tried numerous times to watch The Lord Of The Rings but we’d never seen any of them all the way through.

The Hobbit movies were on Amazon Prime and I’d bought Aiden The Lord Of The Rings box set for Christmas one year. I don’t think they’ve ever been watched until we watched them!

The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy

They’re longer than we’re used to watching, but I enjoyed them all. I worked on my Bucilla Advent Calendar kit that I’m making for our granddaughter while the movie was on.

Not sure what we’re going to watch next. I’ve got a few to choose from on my various watchlists:

  • Venom – Prime
  • The Happy Time Murders – Prime
  • 6 Underground – Netflix
  • The Maze Runner – Disney+
  • Maze Runner The Death Cure – Disney+
  • Maze Runner The Scorch Trials – Disney+
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Disney+

If you have any suggestions for a good Sunday afternoon movie, please feel free to let me know in the comments :o)

October Goals – Blogtober 2022

Day 8 of Blogtober 2022 and I’m starting to get a little more organised! Today I’m sharing my October goals. Thankfully there’s not too much to do.

  • Deep clean the living room. It’s all looking a bit drab and could really do with redecorating but that probably won’t get done before Christmas!
  • Clear the patio off, again! – We have a covered patio and everything seems to get dumped out there to be dealt with later.
    KayCee and her friends helped clear it in time for the gender reveal party in the Summer but it’s getting messy again. We have a baby shower on the 5th of November so it has to be clean by then.
  • I need to get all the Christmas presents sorted and stored. I buy something every week and I usually put them all away when I get home but this year they’re all over the place and I’m going to end up losing them if I don’t get them organised soon!
  • Finish the Jefferey Deaver book I started last night. It’s the first book I’ve picked up in about 5 months and I want to make time this month to enjoy reading again.
Autumn - bench next to a pond. Trees with Autumn leaves - October goals

What We’re Watching – Blogtober 2022

A week into October already! I thought I’d share what we’re watching on Netflix, Prime and Disney+ for our Blogtober 2022 post today.


The Vampire Diaries on Netflix

I watch The Vampire Diaries with Ella. We like to watch a program in the evening while Ant’s out looking after his parents.
We’ve watched all of Buffy, Angel, Supernatural and a few seasons of Medium. Ella got a bit bored with Medium so I’m going to carry and rewatch the last few seasons.

Virgin River on Netflix

I love Virgin River but I go through stages of binge watching then leaving it for a few weeks before finishing the season!

Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix

I’ve only just started watching Dahmer but I’m already hooked. I’m hoping to get it watched before I go on holiday on Monday!

Amazon Prime

This Is Us on Amazon Prime

This is us is one of my favourite ever TV shows. I watch it with KayCee but we’ve not found time to watch it for ages what with her college, her job and now a baby on the way!

I can’t wait to watch the final season together.

The Walking Dead on Amazon Prime

I watched The Walking Dead from when it first aired but I started getting bored with it when the season with Negan had finished.
I took a break for a while but started watching it again a few months ago. I figured I’d watched so many seasons I should finish the rest now I know there’s actually a final season!

The Lord Of The Ring - The Rings Of Power on Amazon Prime

We haven’t actually started watching this but it’s our next one to watch once we’ve watched the last Lord Of The Rings movie on Sunday afternoon.
We’d tried a few times to watch LotR but something always happened and we never got to the end of it but we tried again and started by watching The Hobbit trilogy. We both really enjoyed it and we’re looking forward to The Rings Of Power.


Marvel movies on Disney+

Ant and I watched nearly all the Marvel movies went we went on holiday in April this year for our wedding anniversary. We’ve still got a couple more to watch as well as some of the series.

She Hulk on Disney+

The Hulk is one of my favourite characters so I was very pleased to see the new She Hulk program. It’s light and funny and just really enjoyable. We didn’t like that it was released weekly, though, so we’ve stopped watching until all the episodes are available.

Only Murders In The Building on Disney+

I’ve always liked Steve Martin which is why we started watching Only Murders In The Building. It’s another funny and easy to watch program.

Gratitude List – Blogtober 2022

Gratitude list

It’s day 6 of Blogtober 2022 and whilst I’m still not very organised, I have managed to get a post done each day!

Writing a gratitude list can help you focus on the things you actually have, not the things you don’t and thinking of positive things can help you stay positive for the rest of the day.

Gratitude List

  • I’m thankful for my super wonderful husband. He’s got so much going on right now, he doesn’t get much time to recharge as he’s looking after everyone else. Our holiday next week can’t come soon enough.
  • KayCee’s doing a wonderful job of growing our precious granddaughter and I can’t wait to meet her ๐Ÿ™‚
  • My newfound love of exercise is helping me feel better inside and out. I love my Cubii elliptical trainer which is an early Christmas present from the super wonderful husband. I’m doing over an hour a day exercising and I love that I’m pushing myself rather than giving up as I would usually do.
  • I’m thankful for the friends I have at Slimming World. They’re all wonderfully supportive and I couldn’t do it without them.
  • Spending time with family.
family holding hands
Image by Anemone123 from Pixabay

My New Exercise Routine – Blogtober 2022

my exercise routine header

It’s day 5 of Blogtober 2022 and the prompt is Mental Health Awareness. I’ve started exercising and I believe it’s already making me feel healthier mentally as well as physically ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going to start by giving you a bit of background about my weight problem and my total lack of exercise until just under 4 weeks ago.
It might be a bit long so I give my apologies in advance!

Morbidly Obese

I’ve been morbidly obese for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen photos of myself at a ‘normal’ weight when I was 7 or 8, I think but I don’t remember ever being anything but fat. I feel like it has defined me for the whole of my life.

P.E. Lessons

I hated P.E. at school and would try to get out of it as much as I possibly could. I remember feeling so relieved when I went back to school after being off ill and my friend told me I’d missed the cross country P.E. lesson. The teacher never told us when cross-country was scheduled so I didn’t stay off because of it, I was just very lucky!
I was lucky again the next time they did it because again, I was off ill!

Any kind of exercise would result in aching limbs and being out of breath, obviously, but the fact that I was much more out of breath than my friends and it took me longer to get my breath back made me feel embarrassed and I began to see being out of breath as a bad thing.

If anything made my legs ache or got me out of breath I’d stop doing it and I’ve been like that since my school days. I’m 46 now!

Weight Loss

I’ve tried every diet going and the only one I’ve had success with is Slimming World. I joined in August 2012 weighing in at 31st 1lb and I lost 7 and a half stones in my first year.

I kept that off for a few years then started putting it back on when I started suffering from migraines. It took over a year to get my medication right and then not long after, Covid hit.
I put about 4 stones back on during the lockdowns.


I’ve struggled to get my head back in it and I’ve wasted so much time taking 1 step forward and then 3 steps back that I decided I had to take action this year and get serious about my weight loss again.

I’m still going to Slimming World, (it was my 10-year anniversary in August!) and I decided to follow the Fast Forward program for a week to help me get in control again. It’s a low-calorie, very strict diet and it always helps me kick start my weight loss when I get in a slump.


I knew I needed to do more than just sticking to plan so in July this year, I bought myself a Fitbit watch. I planned to do more walking because everyone says walking is one of the best ways to lose weight. However, I really struggle with walking because my knees get so painful. They often twist and leave me in agony and that’s just when I walk around Asda.

I thought the watch would help motivate me but I kept putting the walks off and trying not to think about the 70 quid I’d wasted on the watch!

Seated Elliptical Trainer

seated elliptical trainer

I was trying to think of ways I could get exercise at home when I remembered seeing an advert for a seated elliptical trainer. I went and ordered one from Amazon and it came the next day.

I have to say, I was a bit disappointed when it arrived because it moved around quite a lot and the pedals were a bit too high for me so I struggled to get my feet on them.
Now the total money wasted was up to 100 quid and again, I tried not to think about it!

At my next Slimming World group, I was telling my friend about it and she said her husband had one but it was too heavy for him to move and asked if I’d like to swap.

Much Better

seated elliptical trainer

The one I got in return was much better for me. I could get my feet on easily and after trying it a few times I found that I had no knee pain at all.

I checked out some of the exercise videos on the Fitbit app and found that I could follow along with a Spinning video and actually completed the whole 20 minutes!
This may not sound like a lot but it was a massive deal for me. My legs ached for the first few minutes but instead of stopping and giving up, I pushed harder and was so pleased to find that after a few minutes, the aching stopped.

While looking at different machines I found one that had Bluetooth and could connect to my Fitbit watch so the super wonderful husband bought one for me as an early Christmas present ๐Ÿ™‚
We gave the one from my friend at Slimming World to another Slimming World friend!

Daily Exercise Routine

Whenever I’d heard people talking about enjoying exercise and how it made you feel good afterwards, I totally dismissed them. I couldn’t believe I’d ever feel that way about exercise.

I surprised myself so much by actually enjoying it! Far from hating being out of breath, I now have to ask my family to stop talking to me when I’m exercising so my heart rate doesn’t go down!

After every session, I’ve found myself looking forward to the next one. I can now see how exercise can be a huge benefit to people with mental health issues. I’m nearly a month in and I feel so good after each session.
I’ve been going to bed earlier so I have more energy to exercise the next morning.

First Session

This was my first attempt and I was really pleased with myself! I was still getting used to my Fitbit so I didn’t change the exercise type.

Fitbit exercise results
Fitbit exercise results
Fitbit exercise results

Today’s Session

This is my result for today. I now set my Fitbit to Spinning when I’m doing 20 seconds slow then 40 seconds as fast as I can. I did this for around an hour until I hit my step goal for the day then carried on at a steady speed until my playlist finished which is 72 minutes long!

Fitbit exercise results
Fitbit exercise results
Fitbit exercise results

I hope to be able to get my heart rate up enough to go into the cardio range and eventually peak range when I get more mobile. I’ve only managed a top rate of 135 so far.

Today at Slimming World my weight was 27st 9.5lb which means I only need to lose 1.5lbs to get my 3 and a half stone award back ๐Ÿ™‚ It might take me a while because although I’m totally on track with my eating, starting a new exercise routine can slow down the result on the scale. I found a good article that explains why it happens so I’m not worrying about the scale results at the moment.

I got my Bronze Body Magic award at Slimming World today and everyone gave me a huge cheer!

Autumn Decor Loves – Blogtober 2022

I’m not one of those people who change their decor with the seasons but if I did, I’d probably get it all from B&M or Home Bargains! They’re my favourite shops ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of my favourite autumn decor items for today’s Blogtober prompt.

Autumn Decor from B&M

hedgehog ornament from B&M - Autumn decor
Hedgehog ornament
White vase with berries
Bleached flowers in amber vase
Autumn hoop
Wood effect candle holder
Woodland bear candle holder
Woodland rabbit candle stick
Stag ornament

Autumn Bucket List – Blogtober 2022

Autumn bucket list

Day 3 of Blogtober and it’s Autumn Bucket List time. I have to admit, though, that I’m still not organised enough to not be rushing this post at half 7 in the evening, trying to get it live today!

It’s been one of those days where it feels like I haven’t stopped but I also haven’t really made much progress with anything!

Autumn Bucket List

  • Get as many Blogtober posts written and scheduled as I can so I’m not rushing!
  • Stick to my new workout routine – I’ll be posting more about it later this month.
  • Go on holiday with just the super wonderful husband ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Organise baby shower games and prizes for KayCee’s baby shower at the beginning of November. I’ve not yet posted about becoming a Nanna to a baby girl due on November 22nd. I’m so very excited! KayCee’s only got 7 weeks to go. Time is flying by so fast for me but not for her!
  • Finish my Christmas shopping. I’ve left it a bit late this year, I’ve usually got loads of presents bought by now.
  • Finish the Bucilla Advent Calendar I’m making for KayCee’s baby.
  • Start and finish the Bucilla stocking kit I’ve bought for the baby! You can see the ones I’ve previously made here and here.
  • Find time to work on the cross-stitch wall hanger I’m also making for the baby! I’ll be sharing more details and photos of my crafts in a later post.

I can’t think of anymore right now but that feels like enough to be going on with!

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