Slim Fast Challenge...


I was really pleased when Slim Fast picked me as one of the bloggers to take part in to take their #SlimFastChallenge.

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Making A Puppet Show : With Flora Butter..


We have been busy, busy over the last few days of the half term holidays. A unexpected visit from my son who is at uni, some fun days out and even a spot of gardening when the sun was out on Wednesday.

When we have been indoors we have not been short of things to do thanks to the boredom busting basket and family fun guide from Flora Buttery.


We had lots of fun making a puppet show. My daughter had lots of fun making a boy and a girl puppet. She named them after her 2 favourite teddy's, Alex (the lion) and Nelly (the elephant).

Credits : A Puppet Show : by Flora Butter.

We all have a pile of odd socks. Give them a new lease of life by making sock puppets.

Time : 10 minutes.

Age: 3+.


What you need :
  • Odd socks 
  • Buttons Glue 
  • Wool Cardboard or felt
What to do:
  1.  Find an old clean sock that’s long enough to go up your arm.
  2. Put your hand inside to make the basic mouth shape with your thumb and fingers.
  3. Sew on two buttons or glue on two circles for eyes.
  4. Now decide what other features to add; some wool hair, whiskers, eyelashes, a tongue? 
  5. Finally name your puppet and suggest the kids stage a puppet show.

We had lots of run playing with our sock puppets, fancy making some too?

About this post :

We kindly got sent this Flora’s Family Fun Guide hamper to have some recipe and crafty fun over the half term holidays. All thoughts are our own and I was not paid for this post...


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Traditional Pancakes : Flora Family Fun Guide...


Can you believe the first day of the February half term and it was pouring it down with rain yesterday! Typical! A perfect day to stay inside and try out some of the craft and recipe ideas from the Family Fun Guide that Flora kindle sent us. 

Flora’s Family Fun Guide is full of crafty ideas and easy, tasty recipes to try out. Written by parenting author, Tanith Carey, it’s designed for those days when you need a little bit of inspiration to stop restless kids from climbing the walls.

First up me and my daughter made some sock puppets and left the glue to dry (more on these another day). 

Then next a spot of cooking. My son came home from university over the weekend for a surprise visit and stayed for the night. It was perfect timing to try out the traditional pancake recipe before he went back home. He love pancakes, we all love pancakes.


Serves 8
Set up : 10 minutes 
Cooking time : 15-20 minutes

Ingredients
  • 115g (4 oz) plain flour 
  • 2 medium eggs
  •  300ml (½ pint) milk or milk and water 
  • Flora Buttery for frying
Any of your favourite toppings:
  • Caster sugar 
  • Lemon wedges
  • Strawberry jam
  • Nutella
  • Golden syrup
We timed all the ingredients by 2 to make a double quantity of pancake mix so we all got lots of pancakes each..


What to do: 
For the batter: 
  1. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add the eggs, mixing well. 
  2. Gradually stir in half the milk and beat thoroughly. 
  3. Stir in remaining milk and beat lightly.
  4.  Heat a little Flora in a medium-sized pan over a low heat until fairly hot. 
  5. Slide it around to grease the pan then pour the excess into a jug, ready for the next pancake.
  6. Pour a little batter into the pan; tip pan to spread batter and make very thin coating. 
  7. Cook until the underside is golden brown and the top is covered with bubbles. 
  8. Toss or turn over and cook until the other side is golden brown.
  9. Place the pancake on a plate, sprinkle with lemon juice and caster sugar, 2 teaspoons of jam or your favourite topping. 
  10. Roll loosely and again sprinkle with sugar.
  11. Cover and keep hot under a very low grill, or in a preheated oven 140°C/120°C fan/ gas mark 1, until all your pancakes are ready. 
  12. Add more melted Flora to the pan each time to prevent sticking. 
  13. Serve with lemon wedges.

Having all 4 children and me all hoping the pancakes would hurry up and cook, it was hard work to get a picture of them! They smelt and tasted so yummy. They tasted perfect. I we will be making this recipe today for Pancake day, yeah. We are all looking forward to breakfast...


What is your favourite pancake toppings?

About this post :

We kindly got sent this Flora’s Family Fun Guide hamper to have some recipe and crafty fun over the half term holidays. All thoughts are our own and I was not paid for this post...

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Mix Up Your Run...


A few weeks ago I applied to be a part of the new Asics #MixUpYourRun campaign with The Running bug. On Friday I was over the moon on when I received the email to say I had been one of the lucky ones to be selected.It was like the icing on the cake when I got the email saying I was part of the campaign. What a lovely surprise I got on Tuesday when I opened my parcel.....

After only doing the occasional run throughout December I knew I had to get back training in the New Year. I have had flu and colds and then yet more colds. I still managed to have a great January. Building back up gently I ran 29 days out of the 31. Well pleased. Only a mile or two a day and it got me back into running again without over training or risking injury.

Now after getting out running everyday I need to mix up my training, longer slow runs, faster shorter runs and finally starting back up at the running club for proper organised training sessions.


There is a special feeling about getting new running gear, or any new clothes, shoes. I always want to wear them straight away and go out.  In the case of running gear at least it is healthy!


In my parcel :
  • A lovely pink running jacket. (I just love pink running clothes!)
  • A fitted blue short sleeved running t shirt.
  • Knee length running leggings.
  • Running socks.
  • Onyx hot pink and black trainers (Run Natural trainers with the lower heel drop, giving the runner a more natural running style and feel).
  • Gel-Glorify trainer for longer runs, built for road running, cushioned with extra protection. (these trainers are exclusive to Intersport)


As I said my parcel arrived Tuesday afternoon and I could not wait until my youngest son and new training partner came home from school so I could test out my new gear. We have upped our mileage to 2 a day now. Ideal then to try my light trainers, so I could keep up with him. On Wednesday I opted for the cushioned trainers and upped my mileage to 3. The last few days I have been mixing up my training with gym work and I am looking forward now to building up my running miles. So far so good in my new trainers. I have bedded them in nicely with short runs, now I need to go longer. Both pairs feel comfy, well cushioned and bouncy, I will be giving them further tests over the next few weeks.

About the MixUpYourRun Campaign:

The message of the campaign is centred around our Mix Up Your Run philosophy. The key behind this philosophy is in order to get the best out of your training you have to mix up the types of run; Run Long, Run Tough, Run Fast and Run Natural

To keep a eye on how I am mixing up my training and all of the other runners in the Mix Up Your Run campaign use any of the following hashtags on twitter.  #MixUpYourRun  #Asics @ASICSeurope .

I really appreciate any encouraging tweets too.!!!

I will update here soon on how my training is going and how I am finding my new Asics running gear..

About this post-

I have been sent the above running clothes and trainers for review and to be a part of the #MixUpYourRun campaign. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.

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Bop It Beats! From Hasbro Gaming : Review ...


Bop it!
Spin it!
Scratch it! 
Flip it!
Reverse it!

My daughter and I have been having lots of fun testing out the new Bop It Beats game this week, from Hasbro Gaming. How cool is this DJ style turntable? The principle is the same as the original games, with a whole new makeover and musical twist.
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Sunday~Runday~Funday...


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

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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.
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Leerdammer Cheese Toastie Challenge...


Over the weekend we have been having lots of fun making up some of our favourite cheese toasties.We all love toasted sandwiches in our house, whether it is made in the special sandwich bags that you pop in a toaster or made in a toastie machine, we enjoy them all.
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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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.
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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....
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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!!

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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 have not got to use the car :) In bad weather my husband always uses the train to get to work....

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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!!

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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...

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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.
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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.

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Britain loves Beetroot : Beetroot And Raspberries Chocolate Muffins ...


A couple of months ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Baxters, informing me that they are launching a Britain loves Beetroot campaign. They were looking for bloggers to take part in a making their own beetroot recipe as part of a fun challenge.  We love beetroot in our house, (only yesterday my son had it with his fish and chips) so I was looking forward to taking part.
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