Friday, 12 January 2018

Get To Know Your Pasta With Jamie Oliver!

Pasta is so comforting and versatile that it's become a constant staple in many of our diets from childhood through to adulthood.

At the moment my daughter is being a bit fussy with her food and the only thing she'll really eat is macaroni cheese. Thankfully this is pretty simple and quick to make.

One of my husbands favourites is spagetti bolognaise, I usually use qourn mince however as I'm not a great lover of minced beef.

I have to admit I wasn't aware of just how many different types of pasta there is!

The different pasta shapes and their names tell a unique story of it's heritage.

Below is a beautifully crafted visual guide to pasta. It features a simple guide to the different types of pasta, tasting notes and cooking suggestions.

Did you know you can even get Jamie Olivers Italian delivered to your door!

Friday, 5 January 2018

New Year, New Wardrobe With Simply Be

Simply Be have been leading the way for plus sized fashion for years. They are not a one size fits all brand, they offer a beautiful range of high end style clothing for all sizes.

To promote their range I was offered the chance to do a little retail therapy with them and review the experience and the clothes.

I selected items from their going out tops, jeans and women’s pyjamas.

Simply Be have a huge range of clothing and really was a struggle to narrow the items down, but I chose this gorgeous Joe Browns Tibetan Traveller Blouse selling at £39. I have always loved Joe Browns Brand of clothing and it’s great to see them available on Simply Be.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Our Year In Photos - 2017

This year has been full of fun, we’ve been on three holidays one of which I won through a Facebook Competition to Budapest!

The kids have had lots of ‘Firsts’, first time on a boat (all be it a peddle boat), first fun run, they’ve held chickens, rode donkeys, met the Teletubies, watched Mr Tumble live, experienced snow for the first time and built a very tiny snowman!

They’ve enjoyed the hot summers at the farm and zoo, hand feeding sheep and goats, and paddling in the pool, exploring new woodlands, getting muddy and meeting lots of new creatures and people!

I can only hope next year will bring just as much fun and joy, they’ve already got their first airplane journey to look forward to for our first family holiday abroad!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Take Some Time Out For Yourself With CasinoEuro

Recently I had my wisdom tooth removed. Having never had a tooth removed before I didn’t really know what to expect but the experience was a lot different to how I had imagined it. It took 40 minutes of twisting and pulling and when I left my face was so swollen, of course when the anaesthetic wore off I was very sore.

I needed something to take my mind off the pain. I watched a film, I couldn’t concentrate enough to read a book. So I thought let’s try something new. I have previously gone to Bingo with my friends but I was definitely not going out looking the way I was!

So from the comfort of my own home I set up an account with CasinoEuro. CasinoEuro offers both slots and online table games. It’s the little me time that I needed. Signing up was easy and you even get a bonus on your first deposit.

There are so many games to choose from my favourites are Mystery Reels where I won £25.60 and Blackjack Single Deck where I won £55! Whilst playing I definitely felt an adrenaline rush especially when watching the slots spin and waiting for a win!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Pink Parcel Review

PinkParcel is a premium monthly subscription service which provides tampons and pads, alongside a beauty and pamper box which consists of a fab selection of products from makeup to speciality tea. 

Pink Parcels priority is making women feel their absolute best even when that time of the month rolls around. With essentials for now, for night and for later, as well as amazing treats, all you need to do is sit back and indulge.

I have actually seen a few promotions for this on Facebook before I was contacted to review it and I was curious about what it was.

There are so many subscription services available in this day and age but I haven’t seen one like this before.

Budgeting Your Christmas Food

This year is the first year that I will be cooking Christmas dinner! And I have to say I’m a little bit nervous.

Usually we would go to a family members house for dinner or last year my sister in law actually cooked us dinner and brought it down to us. This year however it’s all down to me. 
I have been researching different ways for preparing how to do Christmas dinner on a budget. Here are a few ideas!

 Co-Op Christmas dinner in a box – yes this is actually real. I saw it advertised yesterday. It costs only £12 and is ready in just 50 minutes! It includes a British turkey breast joint covered in smoked streaky bacon, pigs in blankets, stuffing balls, gravy and cranberry compote. All you need to add is the vegetables! It states it can serve 2.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Fun Things To Do Online

As the title suggests this post will cover a variety of fun things that you can do online, or boredom busters if you will. 

If ever I find myself with a few spare minutes you can usually find me online mostly on Facebook or reading the online news. But I have discovered there are so many more fun things that you can do online. 

Online forums
I’m forever on forums, whether it be Netmums or Money Saving Expert there is a forum for everything. Forums are a great place to interact and meet new people. I have to admit I do like to go on and just browse through the threads and see what other people are up to. I do go on them a lot though to seek advice about things in my life like mortgages, parenting etc. They’re a great place to get answers from people in the same situation as you quickly or for just a bit of support. 

Everybody is online these days and who can blame them. There is a such a variety of games online that you could easily immerse yourself for a good few hours. One of my favourite is Bingo, with a lot of these sites you can get free spins or a bonus on top of your deposit. I have often won a few pounds on the free spins alone. I also love Facebook games competing with friends and even just good old classic solitaire on the desktop computer.
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