Showing posts with label Challenges. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Challenges. Show all posts

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday~Runday~Funday...


"You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great"

"For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "

You know when you really want to get fit?

But just can not get back into it?

Well that!!

I have had a really bad year for exercise so I have joined back up at my favourite gym. Oh my, how my body fat has gone up 4% over the last few year!! or the few months not running!?!

The Good

Getting back into fitness from Monday...


  • Monday- 45 minutes Zumba 1 hour yoga class
  • Tuesday- 45 minute spinning class
  • Wednesday- 1 hour gym
  • Thursday- 1 hour body pump weights class
  • Friday- (1 hour gym workout)~10 minutes ski machine, 10 minutes treadmill, 10 minutes rowing machine, 10 minutes treadmill, 10 minutes running machine, 10 minutes treadmill.
  • Saturday- 2 miles run, 45 minutes spinning.
  • Sunday- 2 miles run 45 minutes spinning.


Making me time...


Bike rides with mini me...

The Random


Trying to give up cakes and biscuits is hard work when you have a sweet tooth.

Well nobody is perfect!?!

Are they!?!


Craving meat after a hard workout.


Fun family walks...

The Fun


Strawberries being in season and know you can eat them without feeling guilty!!


making fruit smoothies...


Early morning runs..

Goals~

Getting body fat down from 25.91% to under 20%

Now how long would this take?

Getting back into fitness and a healthier lifestyle and sharing my post over at Tamar's blog hop on Monday~

Good Random Fun


Monday, 5 May 2014

IKEA Table Cloth Pattern : Tried And Tested!!


Since shows like The Great British Sewing Bee have been on TV, Ikea have seen sales of fabric and sewing accessories soar. Sewing and crafts are making a come back, I am very happy to hear this.

My mum has a sewing shop, so it has always been a big part of my family life. I have dabbled in sewing over the years, normally asking mum for help when it goes wrong or I get stuck. Lately I have been doing a little sewing for myself by up-cycling old clothes to make something unique. My sewing machine was over 20 years old though with lots of things broken, so it did not make sewing much fun.

It has all changed now since I took on a IKEA challenge. See how easy it is to make a table cloth from one of their patterns. How exciting....


I had never undertaken anything big before just fixing or finishing, at first then this seemed a daunting challenge. I need not have worried though, sewing machines have improved alot in 20 years. It was instantly a pleasure using the Ikea machine, the tide had turned, watch out mum!! I got to try out the patterns that Ikea stock, which anyone can pick up for free in store.

The patterns that they have include the following:
  • Curtains
  • Tablecloth
  • Table runner
  • Napkins
Along with one of their sewing machines, some accessories and a choice of fabric to start me off. I chose EVALENA material, I was excited to try out the table cloth pattern out.


First up I set up the sewing machine. It was so straight forward to set up and only took me a few minutes to figure out how to sew, most things were similar to my old machine, just in slightly different positions.

5 minutes later I had a shuttle full of cotton and a sewing machine ready to use to try out the table cloth pattern.


You will also need
  • A tape measure
  •  Iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine.

How much fabric will I need?
  • To make a cloth to fit a table for 4–6 people you will need 225 cm of fabric.
  •  Most metre fabrics are now sold in 150 cm widths.


  • Fold over 1 cm of fabric on each long side. 
  • Then fold again so that you have a double hem of 1 cm. 
  • Press with an iron so that the hem stays in place.

  • Set the sewing machine to a simple straight stitch with a stitch length of 3 mm. 
  • Sew the double hem in place.
  • Now do exactly the same on the short sides of the tablecloth.



I was very pleased with my table cloth. From setting my sewing machine up to making the table cloth it took under an hour. I really liked the material I picked, loving how professional the table cloth turned out! Thanks again to the easy follow pattern...

When my youngest son can home from school, I asked him "do you like my new table cloth?" He said "yes, where did you buy this from?"

"I made it"

"No way" he replied "it looks great"!!

Aww "thanks son"!!

I think the material is fabulous and I still have some left over.

Now what shall I make next?

I cannot wait to visit IKEA this week with my birthday money, I have so many things planned to make with the great choice of material they stock.

About this post-

I got sent a sewing machine, accessories and some material to take part in this challenge. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion. 


Monday, 9 December 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Chicken Tonight Review...


A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at  Chicken Tonight as they have recently expanded their range with a brand new selection of Tonight sauces. A few days later they sent me this wonderful hamper full of goodies to let us try out the Tonight range and have some fun too.


 I was asked to share some of my fun meal creations and names each one as a themed night for each day of the working week.


Monday- Student Tonight

I name this meal with thoughts of my oldest son in mind who is off to University on Thursday. He love a good home cooked meal so what better meal to start? Along with the Cottage pie Tonight sauce, I  added mince beef to the sauce and cooked it, then added pre cooked and mashed potatoes, grated cheese and served with cooked vegetables. This is an easy to follow recipe that he can also try when he is away from home. After I added the creamy mash potatoes and grated cheese, popped it in the oven for 10 minutes to let the cheese brown. Yum everyone loved this meal.



Tuesday- Chilling Tonight

For a nice relaxing Tuesday night we all shared a spicy Mexican Chile con Carne. For a fun and very tasty mid week meal I cooked the Chile con Carne  Tonight sauce up with mince beef, served it up with cooked rice and sprinkled cheese on top. My children love this meal as they know I always add tortilla chips as side. Sides also included tortillas and cheese done in the microwave for a few seconds and me and my husband had a nice glass of wine. Perfect meal and not a bit wasted!!


Wednesday- Dads Tonight

My husband love sausages so I named Wednesdays meal, dads Tonight. I made the children's dad this, as he loves sausages. This is a easy recipe as you just have to fry the sausages and transfer into an oven proof bowl with the sauce then leave it, to let the oven cook it. Once cooked I left him to watch his favourite dvd whilst I caught up in blog land.



Thursday - Mums Tonight

Yes this one was one for me, one of my favourite meals as I love curries.  This Tonights sauce is Mild Curry. Another easy recipe where as once you have fried the chicken you can leave it to cook in the oven. So using some free time,  I had a nice soak in the bath with lots of lovely bubble waiting for the curry to cook.

Friday- Movie Tonight

Friday night is mostly always a meal and a movie. We all enjoy Fridays and what better than getting ready for the weekend with good food, a movie and a nice cold drink?  What better day to try out Spicy BBQ Tonight and bring look forward to the weekend.

About the new and improved Tonight range

The Tonight range includes six delicious new flavours, making it easy to conjure up a show stopping hearty meal in a matter of minutes. The new sauces are inspired by Britain’s favourite recipes - all you need to do is add meat and serve with your preferred accompaniment.

Each of the sauces will offer Brits a family meal favourite - with all of the flavour and none of the fuss.

Now includes-

Beef and Ale Casserole
Spicy BBQ
Chile con Carne
Mild Curry
Cottage Pie
Sausage Casserole

It is available in all major supermarkets now, RRP £1.99.

About this review- I was sent this hamper to make some fun meals, I was not paid for this post and all thoughts on the meals and Tonight sauces are my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

I Heart Cake, Hearty Slice Challenge...


Last week I was invited to take part in a fun baking challenge from find me a gift, to review one of these lovely Heart Cake Mould. Also I get to enter my cake creation into the draw, which one blogger will win a bundle of kitchen goodies worth £100.

I loved using the cake mould it is very sweet, I love how each piece cuts into hearts. When you have finished making your cakes you cut your slices in to large heart shapes which is great for yourself or to share with your loved ones.

The mould is very good quality, microwave, oven, freezer and dish washer safe and very easy to get your cake out of, all in one piece.

I made a strawberries and cream marble sponge cake and it tasted amazing, so much so it did not last 2 minutes, everyone loved it.


Serves 6 large hearts

Ingredients

  • 250g Margarine
  • 250g Caster sugar
  • 350g Self raising flour
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Medium eggs
  • 180ml Skimmed milk
  • 2 Table spoons cocoa powder

Topping

  • 200ml Double cream
  • 400g strawberries, washed hulled and half, few quartered
  • 1 Teaspoon cocoa powder

You will need

  • I heart cake mould

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 180c ( 170c fan )
  • Place the margarine, vanilla extract, and caster sugar in a bowl and whisk with and electric whisk until smooth.
  • Add a egg and a little sieved flour one at a time, then mix flour and milk together until light and fluffy.
  • Share the mixture into 2 bowls, add the cocoa powder to one bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon.
  • Spoon mixture into mould one spoonful then another to separate the colours.
  • Bake in over for 55-60 minutes
  • Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes then turn out to cool completely.
  • When cool place back in mould.
  • Whisk the double cream till double in size.
  • Place on to the cake top.
  • Place the chopped strawberries on top of the cream.
  • Sieve a little cocoa powder over the cake.



So so yummy, I can not wait to make another

You can also find every ones entry on Twitter by using the hastag #HeartySlice

How sweet is this mould? perfect for anytime of the year, sharing your hearts...

Heart mould £14.99 from find me a gift

About this review-

I got sent a cake mould to review and make a cake to enter into the competition. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion .

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Crispy Crunch Fruit Sundae : Easy Way Towards Your 5 A Day...

 
Over the weekend we have had fun making our own recipes, as we were invited to take part in the Jordans Recipe Challenge. Our idea will be posted over at their website for two weeks, so we wanted to come up with something fun, easy to make, tasty and healthy!!
 
We toyed with the ideas of flapjacks, cookies and fruit crumble but still needed to find something a little bit healthier. My children said "can we add lots of fruit" and I opened the fridge to find natural yogurt so that is how we came up with our recipe. They loved making these and had lots of fun layering up the ingredients. 
 
To start we made mine so we could set out a method of how to make them up. Then the kids mixed and matched all their favourite things, layer by layer, so they all had their customised recipes. The best part was eating them, they never left a thing and loved them as an afternoon treat instead of chocolate.
 
Chef Edd Kimber (winner of Great British Bake Off 2010) will choose a winner and two runners up and the winning recipe will be published in the Jordans Cereals newsletter.
 
We want to share our fun, fruity and healthy breakfast, brunch, snack or supper time treat, we have called it -
 
Crispy Crunch Fruit Sundae
 





Ingredients

Jordans country choc crisp

Jordans fruit and nut muesli

Jordans super fruity granola

500g Natural yogurt

300g Strawberries chopped

2 Bananas sliced

300g tinned cubed pineapple drained or fresh

Honey (optional)

Method

Chop all your fruit into bowls and get everything ready to spoon in.

Layer up, starting a few tablespoons full at a time with cereals,yogurt, fruit and repeat 3 times spoon a little yogurt at top the add a little bit of each fruit and cereal on top.

Squeeze a little honey on top for flavour

Try using different fruits, flavoured yogurts, one or more cereal and topping for a completely different treat.

We are hoping to try blueberries, Kiwi and raspberries this weekend



 
Big thumbs up all around and LOTS of "mum when can we have another!!"
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Room For Improvement Challenge...



Last week I was kindly asked by Money Supermarket if I would like to take part in a fun home improvement challenge sharing how I can get creative and improve any room of choice in my house on a budget of just £50.00.

With 4 children in the house all the rooms could do with a lick of paint (pesky fingerprints). Which one can I choose to improve? Sticking to the target spend..

After changing my mind a few times I picked out the family bathroom. I chose this room as its fairly plain, and a bit lot boring. I decided this room definitely needed a make over to make it more fun and colourful.


The only drawback to doing the challenge this week? school half term holidays!! Can I get the kids involved or will they be a massive hindrance? Time will tell..

 We spent the first 2 days of the holidays going around the shops and planning the colour scheme.( eating, drinking are NOT part of the budget!!)  I loved the look of Teal and Black accessories and the children agreed too.

To start I took down the silver shelve and painted it outside in black gloss. Then started painting the walls, a couple of coats needed to fully change colour. While waiting for everything to dry, we set about making our own piece of 'art'.


My youngest 2 were more than happy placing there hands in the paint then transferring to canvas (wash them immedialty please!!) and I tried a little writing to finish it off.

After everything was in place and the black accessories and bath mats were down I went around the shops looking for a few finishing touches. What does every one think?!

I am very pleased just shows what you can do with a little imagination..



What I bought

Paint ~ £15.99 B&Q

Gloss Black ~ £6.99 B&M

Heart ~ £2.00 Wilkinsons

Soap dish ~ £1.50 Wilkinsons

Tooth brush holder ~ £1.50 Wilkinsons

Pump soap holder ~ £2.00 Wilkinsons

Paint brushes ~£1.00 Poundland

Paint roller ~ £1.00 Poundland

Toilet roll holder ~ £3-99 £1.99 B and M

Bathroom mat set ~ £3.99 B and M

White canvas ~ £1.99 Home bargains

Woven basket ~ 0.99p B and M

Klip it bin ~ £1.99 Band M

3 glass vases £6.99 £3.49 Dunelm Mill

Splish splash sign £1.49 Dunelm Mill

3 tea light holders £2.49 £1.24 Dunelm Mill

£49.15

And all for just under £50.00


Not only have Money Supermarket sent me £50.00 challenge money to spend, everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win £500 of B&Q vouchers, I can only imagine how cool my house would look with this much money!!

Fingers crossed**

About this post ~ I was sent the challenge money to take part in this competition, I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts on what to do and buy are my own...

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge Day 7 And #Runstreak Day 20 !!

Last day of the Ben And Jerry's #captureeuphoria challenge and we have had so much fun in the snow. After educating my kids never to make snowballs or snow angels in yellow snow we have lots of fun pictures to share. For me this one is priceless my 2 youngest having lots of fun sledging !! The smiles on there faces says it all....


Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge Day 6 ...


Today's #captureeuphoria picture is fresh snow, don't you just love to be the first one to walk through snow no one else has stood on? with plenty more heading this way I'm sure we will get fed up of it very soon. I'm hoping the snow don't get to deep so I can still get out to run and hopefully this time next week it has disappeared for another year!!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Four : Runstreak Day 17...


Let it snow, let it snow, Let it snow !!!

Well we don't have a choice in the matter, now the snow has returned. Had some shopping delivered by our local supermarket so we havent got to use the car, and in bad weather my husband alwas uses the train to get to work. Tonight I made some hot cocoa covered it with whipped cream and marshmallows then watched the snow from inside where it is nice and warm. Today I didn't brave running in the snow now its turned to ice ( its like a ice rink outside now ). Took forever trying to walk to school in it so I decided to go to the gym and use the treadmill. I am not usually a treadmill fan as I usually get so bored out my head with it, today I had no choice and I surprised myself how much I liked it. So much so I ran 6 miles on it!!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Three : Runstreak Day 16...



Today's fun picture for the Capture Euphoria with Ben & Jerry’s bloggers challenge is a picture of me after my run this morning. -6 degrees when I set off for to run with a friend and when I arrive home my hair and eyelashes were frozen. Only manged 6 miles with how cold it was, then later managed another 4 hope this counts for my mid week long run for Marathon training!!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Two / 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...

As part of the fun Capture Euphoria with Ben & Jerry’s bloggers challenge I  am participating in this week, today's picture is one I'm sharing of my daughters teddy bear picnic. As well as how sweet the teddy's are, what is making me very happy is she has managed to keep her room tidy for 2 days now !!

She now has lots of room to dance, jump and make picnic for all her teddy's, guess who is first in line for ice cream ?



Monday, 14 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day One...


This week I'm taking part in a fun bloggers competition to Capture Euphoria with Ben & Jerry’s. Over the course of the week I will be posting my best euphoric pictures taken on Instagram and posting it on my blog each day. At the end of the contest Ben & Jerry’s will be choosing one lucky blogger who has been asked to take part in the competition as a winner (with the most Euphoric photos) to win a top prize.

Here is todays Euphoria picture-


There has been many of wonderful pictures today of the snow, and lots of wonderful sights of the heavy snow on my run this morning when I didn't have my phone on me to take some pictures. Today the kids hoped the snow had fell to deep so they could have a snow day off school, as this didn't happen they went mad on the way home from school, snowball fighting with each other....

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Banana And Avocado Smoothie ...

Still smoothie-ing my way through the year, making healthier and not so healthy smoothies. Also #Runstreak-ing my way through the year ( running everyday ) for as longs as I can.

Every year on New Years Day me my husband and 2 sons all made a little fun challenge and see who can run everyday the longest as of yet  my husband stopped due to being really ill, my 2nd youngest had a day off, so its in between me and my oldest son (18) now!! bring it on as I'm still in the challenge and feeling fresh!! ha ha.

Today I'm sharing a banana and avocado smoothie, as I love avocados and banana are so good for you and filling.

Yesterday I managed to run 5 miles and today I got a just over 6 miles run in.

Serves 1


Ingredients

  • 1 Large banana
  • 1 Small avocado
  • 1 Medium pear
  • 1 tbsp Nutella
  • 120 ml Semi skimmed milk
  • Handful of ice cubes

Method

  • Peel the pear and remove the pips, peel banana, take the stone out the avocado and peel.
  • Chop all the fruit into chunks and place in a smoothie maker.
  • Add the milk and ice cubes.
  • Mix for 30 seconds then smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Serve straight away.

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