2 Weeks Slim Fast Challenge Results...


 Two weeks ago I started a fun Slim-Fast Challenge, after realizing I had put on a Stone in weight since Christmas. I had not been doing much exercise, yet I was still eating the same amount of food. This challenge was just what I needed. Giving me a push in the right direction, hopefully getting healthy again.


This past Saturday I hopped out of bed, grabbed a cup of coffee and a slice of toast and made my way to ParkRun. This was my first 5km running event in months. ( I fell over whilst running and it is taking months to heal. ) Afterwards I got home, whizzing up my recovery breakfast. A yummy caramel Slim-Fast Shake. Just as I was drinking it, I remembered then shouted  "eek today is weigh in day." So a quick dash to the scales of truth!!


 I nervously reached for the scales. Have I lost weight? stayed the same? or worse still put some weight on?

First things first I looked in my book to check my starting weight 146.80 lb then I stepped on the scales..


Watching the figures changing took forever. Then it stopped, flashing my new weight. I got off the scales, did a run/dance around the house and then told everyone my new weight- 140.4 lb. I have lost 6.4lb in 2 weeks. I then finished my Shake!!!!


This is how I lost just over 6 lb in 2 weeks:
  • Following the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 challenge.
  • Joining a new gym and trying out different exercise classes.
  • Started running again, mostly about a mile and half with my longest run for months being Saturdays 5km Parkrun.

Whoop woo I am on a roll and loving it!!

With me doing more exercise than before, I have more calories available than I first thought. This was a unexpected bonus! Here is a typical days food intake.

 Toast or a Weetabix for Breakfast one day. Slim-Fast Bar the next day.

 Omelette or Slim-Fast Smoothie for lunch. Again alternating.

Days I had burned lot of calories at the gym or exercise classes, I added another meal one of the above meals in  so I was not to hungry.

A balanced evening meal. Such as Chicken Salad or Spaghetti Bolognese.

Also mixing a couple of treats, like a Slim-Fast choc bar, or a Slim-Fast bag of snacks or Fruit.


The last few weeks have been about trying to get the balance right. Thinking about adding healthier food into my diet. Replacing a meal with a milkshake or meal replacement bar and eating lower calorie treats. I have gradually tried to integrate the Slim-Fast products into my usual diet. Doing it in a controlled way, rather than making sweeping changes, I knew I wouldn't stick too.

I have been trying to be healthy throughout the week, although I have saved my special treats e.g wine, nibbles for the weekend.

Haha, nobody's perfect!?!


I still have a long way to go to get to where I want to be. The good news is I am now on the road to the right destination!!

About this post-
  • I got sent some Slim Fast products to take part in the Slim Fast Challenge. All thought are my own and I was not paid for this post...
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Apricot Online Review..


It has been another busy, busy week here. Thursday again already! Nearly the weekend. I'm not sure where my time goes? I have lots of jobs around the house that need starting or finishing. Sometimes I think I am busy doing nothing!?! I am bit of a time waster though. 2 hours yesterday shopping for plastic boxes to put all the shoes and trainers in. Did we really need them!?! Grr I think I need a time management course. Are you good with time management?
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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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Lovely In Lace : Kaliko Dress Review...

Photo Credits: Kaliko
Whoop whoo, today is my Birthday. A day to leave the housework and get dressed up. Wear a bit of make up. Any excuse to wear a pretty dress, spend the day shopping, have a buffet lunch and eat lots of cakes :) Not forgetting to mention, how excited I am, having a visit from my eldest son, once he has done an exam at University.

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Lego Simpsons Mini Figures Series 2...


My son has been saving up his money for the last few months. In readiness to buy the new Lego Simpsons Series 2 mini figures. He bought all the Series 1 figures over a 6 month spell last year.
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Frankie & Benny’s New Kids Menu: Review...

Off the kids menu : The ice cream candy shop...

Last week we were kindly invited to Frankie & Benny’s to try out the recently launched new kids menu. Being big fans of the Italian-American restaurant chain we were very pleased to be asked.

Our favourite restaurant of theirs is in the Meadowhall Shopping Centre. This time though we went to the one in Nottingham. We met my Husband from work and off we went, all with bellies rumbling.
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Jake Shoes : Children Converse Review...


 I have always been a fan of Converse. Ever since watching Grease with Danny Zuko (John Travolta) wearing a pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars. Way back in 1978.
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Kona Waterproof Jacket Review...


Hi everyone, hope you are having a lovely week? Time always seems to fly when the kids are off school!!

The weather has been great here the last few days. The sun has been shining and it has been really warm. About time! Although I am sure it will not last.
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Most Popular Fragrance In Nottingham..

According to some research undertaken by Fragrance Direct, the most popular fragrance in Nottingham is Daisy By Marc Jacobs...


When it comes to buying perfume I am a little old fashioned. Whenever I have perfume as a gift off my Hubby or family I always say I want the same brand. I have stuck with Cacharel's Lou Lou for over 25 years. I still love it after all this time.


When it comes to picking a different bottle of perfume it is hard to choose. Do you go for a bottle which stands out more than the others? One that has been inspired by someone famous, just because you like them? Or keep smelling the testers until they all blend in to one in the same. As I say I end up with the same one as I cannot decide.


Last week Fragrance Direct emailed me about some research about the top selling perfume in Nottingham. They found that Daisy by Marc Jacobs is the most popular fragrance in the City. I must admit I have had my eye on this perfume for a while now, dropping hints at Christmas that my husband failed to pick up on.

If I could have picked any bottle of perfume to review it would have been Daisy. So I was very excited to get the chance to test it out. Once my perfume arrived, I tried it out straight away. My eldest son said, "what perfume you wearing mum? that smells nice"!! So I replied "I do don't I"!?!

Not only is the design amazing, the daisy on the top is adorable, it smell great too. A sweet and refreshing floral smell pops straight to mind. A lovely fragrance that reminds me of warm summer nights out.


How sweet is this bottle!?! It catches my eye, every time I walk by it. It is now proudly placed on my dressing table in my bedroom, spraying a little every day to smell lovely.


About the Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml:
  • Daisy is the first of Marc Jacobs iconic fragrances for women, a fresh and floral fragrance which is youthful and sweet and perfect for summer. 
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy is light and easy to wear and features a cool combination which includes Strawberry, Violet Leaf and Blood Grapefruit top notes, heart notes of Gardenia, Jasmine and Violet and base notes of Musk, Vanilla and White Woods. 
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette Spray comes in a glass bottle decorated with daisies, a very ornamental perfume which looks and smells fantastic. A must for young women.
  • £43.99 in Fragrance Direct RRP £52.00 SAVE £8.01


About this post:

I was gifted this perfume from Fragrance Direct to review . All thoughts are my own opinion and I was not paid for this post.

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Denim Style-Up Challenge With New Look...


Last week New Look kindly invite me to a fun Denim Style-Up fashion challenge.
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Citrus Zinger Water Bottle Review...


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Trion:Z Acti-Loop Review...


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Asics 33-DFA Review...

Over the last few weeks I have been taking part in a #MixUpYourRun campaign on my blog Clairejustineoxox, for Asics. Here is a review on the Asics 33-DFA I wrote for The Running Bug.


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Flora Family Fun Guide...


Thanks to Flora for sending us a Family Fun Guide last week. When we were not going out on our adventures we stayed inside making yummy treats. That was the snacks sorted for the next days outing. Our Flora boredom busting basket was full of crafty ideas and lovely ingredients.

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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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Shoe Zone £30.00 Challenge...


If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may know how much I love shoes?  My daughter loves her shoes too, not yet to my level, but give her time! She loves her handbags too. Last week Shoe Zone invited me to a fun shoe challenge. A challenge and shoes "yes please" ...


The challenge:
  • "We would absolutely love to set you the challenge of taking a £30 voucher and buying shoes from Shoe Zone for one or more of your outfit posts, for you or the kids"

Our £30.00 voucher arrived on Saturday morning and although they had some great shoes online, as we were going shopping we decided to see if anything caught our eyes in store. Off we went to our local Shoe Zone with our voucher. We were thinking of what we would buy, and what colours.


We already shop in Shoe Zone so we knew roughly what kind of shoes they stock. I think Shoe Zone is a lovely shop for buying school or work shoes. They sell a large range of black comfy shoes perfect for wearing all day, all at great prices. We buy lots of my daughter school shoes already from them. My daughter knows with the budget I give her for school shoes she can get 2 pairs from Shoe Zone.  Just before Christmas she went in for a pair of school shoes and also came out with knee length boots too.


On this occasion we were looking for something nice to wear for days out in Spring. Flat comfy and a nice light colour. These pink ballet style shoes caught my eye straight away. Flat, comfy, nice width, lovely stylings and a bargain price of £7.99.

 My daughter was off browsing the bags, this adorable owl bag jumped out at her. (Cute animals are always a winner with my daughter). With a 20% extra sale on the bag, it was only £7.99. Then back to the shoes. The black suede style shoes were her go too pair, "these mum"? Only £6.99! Also with an extra 20% Off. So only £5.59!! After we both picked our preferences there was enough money left for the cream ballet shoes for me too, what a great result! 


All in all we are very happy with how many lovely things we got from Shoe Zone for a total of £29.56.


What do you think to the shoes and bag. Let me know..

About this post~

I was gifted a £30.00 from Shoe Zone to pick some shoes to review. All thoughts are my own opinion 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...


As part of the #MixUpYourRun campaign I have been testing out the my new ASICS GEL-GLORIFY trainers that are exclusive to Inter Sport. My favourite colour for running trainers are pink so you can imagine how much I am loving these!?!

 I have put a lot more thought into my training just lately. With having a lot of time off over Christmas I needed a more structured plan for the New Year.  So I was already trying to mix up my training when I received these trainers. The campaign then, reiterated my beliefs that change is good. My mind is convinced, I just need to work on the body!

This week I have been mixing up my runs by doing lots of short runs, a bit of speed work on the track and a few exercise classes at the gym. I can really tell how hard I have worked this week as by the weekend I could not walk!! (No pain no gain, my old gym teacher used to say). I was glad of a rest day on Saturday.

Today I decided to crank up the miles. I set my sights on doing a 5 mile run ( the longest I have done in months is 3, so a challenge ). Laced up  my Ascis Gel Glorify and headed for the door. With a plan to do 3 miles on my own then pop back home to pick up my son for the last 2.

The trainers felt great, with a good transition from heel to toe. I often have a problem where I land too heavily on my heel. Whilst I was slipping in to this every so often, the trainers helped promote a more productive natural foot strike. The shoes feel nice and wide with a good lacing system, so they feel neither too loose or too tight. Snug as a bug in a rug. (note to self avoid too many cliches.)

 I find the Asics Gel Glorify a little smaller around the toe box than the Asics 33-DFA and both pairs come just slightly smaller than my usual brand. If I was to run a marathon in them I think half a size larger would be perfect. My feet do swell on longer runs. For the training I am doing for the foreseeable future they are fine.

 I am looking forward to recovering well and getting a good week of running in this next week. Maybe a visit to the running club for a group session is in order? If the snow and frost keep away that is.


About the Asics Gel Glorify-
  • There for you on those long-distance runs.
  • Go further than ever before in the GEL-GLORIFY. 
  • Every landing is a little easier on you with GEL cushioning in the front and back, as well as a plush FluidRide midsole that feels springy underfoot.
  • It’s the go-to running shoe for runners looking to smash the longer distances. 
  • Take on 10ks, half-marathons and marathons with soft and comfortable materials that support you all the way. 
  • Run long distances in comfort thanks to GEL cushioning and a Solyte midsole. 
  • Land gently and push off smoothly with a FluidRide midsole that has great bounce-backFeel comfortable with a soft, foot-hugging upper.

I am so looking forward to building my mileage back up and these will be my goto trainers for long runs. So far I have been mixing runs between wearing my Asics 33-DFA and these Gel Glorify.

Getting out everyday with my son, who has built his mileage streak up from 1 mile a day in January to 2 miles a day in February.

Asics 33-DFA
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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