Thursday, 2 July 2015

The Making of Harry Potter #sweetsandtreats

Last week we were invited to the Warner Bros Studio Tour : The Making of Harry Potter to preview their upcoming event Sweets and Treats, where you will see the actual prop makers from the Harry Potter series of films creating both real sweet treats and replicas. From Monday 20th July to Sunday 6th September visitors will discover how the prop department moulded jelly snakes, decorated sugar skulls and piped ice cream sundaes during production.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

iCandy Strawberry 2 - Review Part 2

A few months ago I wrote a review on the iCandy Strawberry 2 (read here) and talked all about how we had got on with it in carrycot mode. I loved it so much that I was genuinely sad to make the move from carrycot to seat unit a few weeks later. I have now been using the seat unit for around 3 to 4 months now with Elsie and wanted to share how we have got on with the pushchair with the seat unit and whether we still feel the iCandy love as much as we did back in March.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

My Britmums Live Experience

I have been home from Britmums a whole week now and wanted to talk about my experience of Britmums. This year was a lot different than others, I went to Britmums Live confident with my blog and not looking specifically to learn any new blogging skills, but to spend time with other blogger's and to spend time alone without the kids and decide on whether or not I am happy with the direction I am going with my blog. Basically I went to enjoy myself with no huge expectations with finding some kind of inspiration being my only hope for the weekend.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Review & Competition: Upbeat Protein Drinks

Today I have a great competition prize up for grabs from Upbeat. Upbeat is a delicious dairy protein drink. With half the sugar of most fruit smoothies it is high in protein and low in fat with no more than 150 calories in each bottle. It comes in four different flavours; Strawberry, Blueberry & Raspberry, Mango & Passionfruit and Chocolate & Orange.

Great for those dieting or enjoying a healthy eating lifestyle who fancy a smoothie/shake without the high sugar content. A guilt free treat that slowly releases energy, my favourite flavour out of the four was definitely Blueberry & Raspberry with Strawberry close behind whereas Gracie loved the new Chocolate Orange flavour which I wasn't so keen on. They are very smooth tasting more like a fruity milkshake than a smoothie. It is a great way to help increase protein in your diet especially for fussy eaters. 

Upbeat is currently available to buy in the chilled aisle in Tesco and will hopefully be available in more stores soon!

Upbeat kindly sent me the goodies above (vouchers for the drinks so I could choose my own flavours) and they want to give a selection of goodies to one of you lucky readers too! To enter all you need to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. Don't forget if you are commenting using the anonymous selection to add your name with your comment so I know it is you!

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Open to UK only. The competition will end 18/07/2015 at 12am. All entrants must complete the mandatory entry on the rafflecopter form. Those who don't will have all entries removed. The blog owner will choose the winner through the rafflecopter form (which uses The winner will be notified by email and displayed on the widget. One winner will receive a  selection of Upbeat goodies (may vary slightly from items pictured). No alternative prize will be offered.  Allow up to 28 days for delivery.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Weigh In Week 11

This week has been an eye opener for me. I was right last week it was almost my time of the month which is why I was bloated and put on weight despite eating so well. Being a female really does suck sometimes! Anyway, for the past 3/4 weeks I have yo-yo'd gaining and losing the same 3lb and it has been driving me crazy. Enough is enough. 

I have been too embarrassed to talk about how much I actually weigh choosing to only talk loss/gain and not reveal my actual weight. In reality I know that weight doesn't matter, it is how you feel in yourself and I think I need to remember this more often. The problem is I am not happy with the way I look and the way I feel and so I need to be honest with myself and get on with it. So from today I am starting afresh with my attitude to my weight loss. I have come to the realisation that talking about exercise also isn't good enough. 

So this morning I did my usual weekly weigh in and was pleased to see I had lost 3lbs. This takes me back to the lowest I have been since starting my healthy living earlier this year. I am currently at 12 stone and 8lbs and after weighing myself this morning, I had a small bowl of porridge and started day 1 of the 30 day shred before an afternoon of walking and running around the park with the kids. 

I am ready to start working out regularly and determined to smash past 12 stone 8lb and carry on towards my goal of 10 stone.

Weight Lost: 3lbs
Total loss: 15lbs

Current Weight: 12 Stone 8lbs

2 Stone 8lbs to go!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Lactofree #sayyestodairy

I have two children with allergies to dairy, there seems to have been a huge rise in the amount of people who have developed allergies and intolerance to dairy products. Some people recognise the signs and self diagnose avoiding all dairy products in an effort to keep the nasty side effects at bay. What they don't realise is many of these people may just have an intolerance of lactose, the natural sugar found in milk which can cause digestive problems. Lactofree make it possible for people with lactose intolerance to get the delicious taste of real dairy minus the lactose and as it is made from real cows milk, it comes with all the nutritional benefits.

I was sent a hamper of products including the new chocolate flavour lactofree milk to experiment with and make some home made milkshakes.

My first attempt wasn't great. I thought that a chocolate milkshake with raspberries and almond flakes would be lovely, I whizzed it up in my Breville Blend-Active along with some chocolate chips for added chocolate flavour ( I am not lactose intolerant which is why I added the chocolate chips, there are lactose free chocolates available to substitute). When it was ready I added it into my cute jam jar glass with some marshmallows on top to dress it up a little. The smell was really overpowering and the raspberries gave it a bitter after-taste in fact I had a few sips and couldn't drink any more.

I did think it was unfair to judge the lactofree chocolate dairy drink after one bad milkshake experience though and wanted to give it another chance. This time I decided to source my own ingredients to make an indulgent chocolate milkshake. 

This time around, I decided to make my own Malteasers thick shake. As soon as I thought of the idea I was excited to try it. Now I was going to use our usual dairy free ice cream but had some Carte Dor to use up and I simply popped two big scoops of ice cream in the Breville Active Blend along with about quarter of a carton of chocolate lactofree and around 18 Malteasers. It took under a minute to blend perfectly. It looked and smelled amazing and tasted even better than I imagined! 

I was so impressed that I would definitely make the Malteaser shake again. It would be perfect for a family movie night! I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty the chocolate lactofree is. It is so creamy and tastes just like your average chocolate flavoured milk. I also used dairy products (ice cream, malteasers) but you can use your imagination and find lactose free ingredients if creating your own completely lactofree shake.

If you think you may be lactose intolerant, lactofree have a short quiz that may help on their website along with lots of advice on symptoms so would definitely be worth a read.

I was sent a carton of lactofree along with a few ingredients for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.

Friday, 19 June 2015

My Vintage Finds #1

We have recently had a small area of our city revamped and turned into the perfect spot for small businesses to open up, a creative village for independent shopping, music and arts. It is a lovely place to visit and I have had regular lunch dates there with my little man. A few days ago I took all the kids there for some lunch and a spot of shopping when I came across a vintage clothing shop. The lady that owns the shop had found some old 80's clothing, many still with tags. I picked up a few pieces and just had to show off what I found.