07/09 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop...

Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up your favourite post of the week. Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog.

Would be great if you would......

1.) Follow me clairejustineoxox in number 1 spot on Google friends connect.

2.) Follow Nekky from Reflexions in number 2 spot my co-host on Google friends connect.

3.) Link up to 3 of your favourite posts this week or just your main blog and please try to visit other great blogs and follow ones you like.
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Zaggora Hot Pant Review...

A few weeks ago my fitness teacher at the gym was telling us that she was really impressed at a friend she had not seen for a while that had lost lots of weight wearing some Zaggora hot pants. She was really keen to try them out and after what she was saying about them, so was I!! Since that day I've been dying to try them out...

Being a cheeky blogger I asked Zaggora if they needed any one to review a pair for them and I was over the moon when they said yes. I am was maybe training up for a marathon and really want to lose some weight, anything that gets me round the course a bit quicker! I realise now with only a few weeks left it would be hard work but thought that some of these would be a great place to start.

I got sent a pair of the  Zaggora 2.0  to put to the test..

About the Zaggora 2.0

Hotpants™ 2.0 are lighter, stronger and better than the original!

Specially designed with Celu-Lite technology fabric lining, HotPants™ enhance your natural body temperature to warm you up in the areas you want to target most (thighs, bum, and legs).

Tested at the Chelsea School at Brighton University, HotPants™ are proven to use your body heat to increase energy expenditure before and after exercise by raising your core body temperature by up to 18%. Since you’re heating up and your body is using more energy, you are burning more calories; calorie burn increases by 26% in the hour after exercise with HotPants™ too. As we all know, as you burn calories, you lose weight.

The lab tests also demonstrated that in just 30 minutes of exercise, women lost 4x more weight with HotPants™ than they did when doing the same exercise in standard workout clothes.

What I think of the hot pants

I was so excited in trying the hot pants that when they arrived I put them straight on. They did feel very strange at first a bit like what I would imagine a wet suit to feel like (although I have never tried one!!) being a size 10 I ordered a medium as I wasn't sure which size would be best as they come in all sizes from -extra Small to extra extra Large, so a great range for everyone and this size fitted perfect.

Having the hot pants on I went straight out in them to get used to the feel of them,they did make a slight rubbing noise at first which made my kids laugh with the sound they made.They even shouted to each other " mums got her Zaggoras on!!" which made us all chuckle. Then I took the kids up to the running track to try them out.I did a few laps on the track,bends stretches and knee flicks and they felt very comfortable and padded keeping everything tightly in place.

I was very surprised once I got home,(I didn't notice any difference at first only a sense that they made me work harder as they felt slightly heavier than my usual running pants) as when I pulled them off that's when you notice they have done their job.They make you sweat loads and under your shorts you will see just how much you have sweat. The great thing is they keep all the sweat inside so you don't notice until after, once showered my skin felt cleansed and soft where they had been just like I had taken a sauna.

Zaggora set you a 2 weeks challenge where they ask you to weigh and measure yourself then wear your Zaggora product every day for 30 minutes whilst your active e.g whilst your walking,running in the gym or anything that you can think off.I have tried the hot pants for 2 weeks now and it was a big shock today to find I had lost 4 pounds.I think it would be a lot easier for me to lose more weight wearing these once the kids go back and our healthier diet starts back again to as its the holidays we have been eating far to many chips and ice cream but that's what summer is for isn't it?

Thing's I would recommend having tried them

Wash them out in cold water when you've exercised in them- they become very warm and wet through on the inside with sweat. Always best to rinse them out so as not to collect germs....

Drink some water when exercising to replace fluid with all the sweat you will be losing its best to keep your body fluids topped up.

I would say anyone who does not exercise much and wears these for 30 minutes a day doing some form of exercise could lose weight.I would buy these as I do love the idea of the Zaggora hot pants and think over time I will lose more weight with them.I have tried a few leggings that claim to make you lose weight and these are by far the best.

Only one personal criticism I would say that would make me think twice about buying these are, as a runner there is no where to put your key when you are out running. I run when everyone is at work/school so I have to take a key out with me and this along with comfort is the main thing I consider when buying new workout pants.I can appreciate that a pocket may let the sweat out but just a simple key ring on the outside? Just an idea!!

Have you tried the Zaggora hot pants?

About this review-

I was sent a pair of Zaggora hot pants for the purpose of this review and have not been paid for this post,all thoughts are my own honest option....

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Nick’s Family Fish Pie...

Serves 4-6

You will need

  • 400g Skinned salmon fillet
  • 400g Thick skinned cod fillet
  • 200g Fresh scallops, roes removed (optional)
  • 200g Shelled raw king prawns
  • 100g Frozen peas, defrosted and drained
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the cheesy white sauce

  • 90g Graham’s organic butter butter
  • 45g Flour
  • 600ml Graham’s organic whole milk
  • 100ml Graham’s organic double Cream (optional, but if not using add same amount of additional milk)
  • 50g Freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 50g Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or more cheddar)
  • 1-3 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ a lemon
  • 350g Warm mashed potato
  • Butter
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC/fan180ºC/gas 6.
  • Cut the salmon and cod into large chunks and remove the tough little muscle that sometimes adheres to one side of the scallop (if using).
  • If the scallops are huge, cut in half around the middle.
  • Toss the fish with a splash of lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Tip into the bottom of an oven-proof dish that will take the fish leaving enough room for a topping of mashed potato.
  • Sprinkle over the defrosted, drained peas.
  • Next make the white sauce.
  • Melt the butter in a medium heavy saucepan, add the flour and using a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon stir over the heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • When you have a smooth bubbling paste that is beginning to turn a sandy brown and starts to smell toasty, switch to a wire whisk and begin to add the milk.
  • Leaving the pan on the heat whisk in the milk in 2 or 3 goes, whisking well to beat out the lumps.
  • Make sure it is well blended.
  • Return to the heat and slowly bring to the boil, whisking all the time.
  • Once thickened, stir in the grated Cheddar, Parmesan and Dijon mustard, lemon zest and juice to taste.
  • Taste and season.
  • Pour over the fish and peas to cover and stir gently.
  • Spoon the warmed mashed potato in dollops all over the surface then use the back of the spoon to spread out the potato and join the dollops together.
  • Brush the surface with melted butter and fluff up the surface with the back of a fork – this looks good and gives nice crunchy bits.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbling, let it rest for 5 minutes before serving with your favourite greens or salad.

Recipe and photo credit by - Grahams The family Dairy

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Enjoying Blackpool Tower changing Colour : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week.

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Styling The School Run With Lands' End...

The lovely people at Lands' End have asked me if I would like to join in a fun bloggers project they are working on to find our peoples style on the school run.I also got to choose something from their Autumn/winter dress collection as part of the challenge.

As a stay at home mum of 4, time is usually of the essence first thing in the morning, so a quick shower and on goes the Lycra ready for a session in the gym or a run. Going to school ready for sport then allows me time to get home to start the chores .Once all the jobs at home are complete,time permitting I love to have some me time getting dressed up with a touch of style. Then heading quickly out to collect the children.

I picked this red dress from their range. I was over the moon with the style,colour and high quality of material used in this dress.I always think that each season it's best to have a few quality pieces of clothing that you can mix and match with things you already have in your wardrobe, I realised straight away this dress would be just the right item.

I think this is a perfect style saver dress and I will be wearing it lots this season.I have tried this dress with a variety of accessories,for example long sleeve t-shirts, blouses jumpers different shoes boots etc each time creating a whole new look.

My daughter said to me mummy you look beautiful in this dress....bless I can always guarantee her to make me feel special!!!

About this post- I received a dress of my choice to show off my school run style,also this is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own honest opinion ...

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Blackpool : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?

This week we've been away to Blackpool so I've not been very creative this week.....just been eating lots of chips and ice-cream.Trying to take a great picture of a seagulls but didn't really succeed so I'm leaving you with a few pictures from my phone this week...

They were trying out the lights which they switched on Friday but we missed as this was our last day.

Shall we dance? loved people watching in the Blackpool Tower ballroom and all the strops when a partner makes a wrong move.Would have love to whisk my husband along the floor only I don't have a clue how to dance...

My 2 little clowns in the Tower Circus...

I walked the Blackpool tower walk of faith was scared though!!

View from the top of Blackpool tower...

1.) Link up your Crafty,Recipe,Diy,Fashion,Creative writing,Photo,Family,Tutorials,Favourite,Helpful,Make-up,Outfit or anything creative post's below...

2.) Link as many posts up as you like....

3.) Please visit a few posts and leave comments....

4.) Would be great if you could grab the Creative Monday button or a text link and place it somewhere on your blog to help spread the word...

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Yvonne Bishop-Weston Power Salad...

Serves: 1-2 depending on appetite!
Preparation time: 10 minutes

You’ll need

For the dressing

  • 50g natural organic yogurt or soya yogurt
  • 4g (1 teaspoon) fresh dill - finely chopped
  • 10g (1 teaspoon) horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For the salad

  • 2 Omega-3 eggs hard boiled or poached
  • 80g cooked beetroot - chopped
  • 60g yellow pepper - chopped
  • 40g (2 tablespoons) sprouted beans and lentils (supermarket mix)
  • 2 handfuls (40g) of mixed leaves - washed and drained
  • 6 walnut halves
  • Rock salt to taste

Serve with: 1 slice of rye toast topped with half a small avocado black pepper and lemon juice or with houmous or tahini

What to do

  1. Mix the dressing ingredients together.
  2. Boil the eggs (we like the yolks to be a little soft and ever so slightly runny but you should cook them to your taste).
  3. Place the leaves on a plate. Mix the beetroot, peppers and sprouted beans and place on the leaves. Cut the egg into halves and place on the beetroot mix with the walnuts
  4. Top with the dressing and serve immediately.
  5. Toast the rye bread and add the topping of your choice

About this post - this is a free guest post by-  Love Beetroot

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Blackberry And Apple Chutney...

This tasty chutney can be prepared well in advance, and is a perfect compliment to gammon, turkey and beef, as well as pork or game pies.

Makes 2 x 450g/1lb jars

You will need
  • 450g / 1lb Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
  • 225g / 8oz eating apples, peeled, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 225g / 8oz red onions, peeled and sliced
  • 25g ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp peppercorns
  • 225g/8oz granulated sugar
  • 150ml / ¼ pint cider vinegar
  • 350g /12oz blackberries
  • Place all the ingredients except the blackberries in a large heavy-based saucepan. 
  • Gently heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples and onions are tender, the mixture has thickened and no watery juice remains.
  • Add the blackberries, then cook for a further 10 minutes until they have softened but still hold their shape.
  • Spoon the hot chutney into sterilised jars and seal. 
  • Store, unopened in a cool dark place for up to six months. 
  • Chill once opened. 
  • Serve with sliced cold meats.
Recipe and photo credit by - Seasonal Berries

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Fun At Blackpool...

This week we managed to get a few days away to Blackpool before the school holidays finish .We spent a few days here when we got married and always try to visit around this time for our anniversary,this is one place we all love to visit every year.
This year it was our 16th wedding anniversary and celebrated we had a lovely family meal out, I had a curry,few glasses of wine and of course my favourite chocolate fudge cake for pudding...

So proud my daughter put her fear of animals behind her and tried the donkey ride out...

Can't come to blackpool without visiting the  Big disco ball...

And the sculpture which leaves a shadow of a broken heart

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