Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Blue Frog Gym Towel Review

I'm going to be restarting the gym again in a month or two. I remember the days doing a mission impossible around the gym with my belongings. If your anything like me you have converted to proper gym trousers rather than clumpy jogging bottoms, which means no pockets. So you are filling up the trays on the machines and dropping everything on the floor.

The main items I carry is my locker key, a £1 for a drink ( unless I take one), my phone ( just in case of an emergency)  a hand towel, my lip balm and my iPod.


Blue Frog have come up with a fantastic idea of a towel with two zipped compartments which are split in two so your phone is safe from scratches, whilst the towel mops up sweat effectively.



The unique towels are made of fine, lightweight microfibre fabric ( 80% polyester and 20% polyamide) which offers fantastic drying results. The towels are very soft are light to carry.




So when you're working hard your towel will be busy keeping you sweat free and your valuables safe.  At the moment its only available in this colour ( Grey) but they are in progress of making other colours soon. I'm hoping for a hot pink. The towel has washed well and looks as good as new.



The towels are also great for anyone that has to keep medication close or on them all the time.

RRP is £7.99.


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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Almond & White Chocolate Chip Biscuits.

 

What you will need:

2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
8oz plain flour
6oz margarine
4oz caster sugar
3oz ground almonds
2oz white chocolate chips

Preheat oven on gas mark 4 .

Add the sugar, margarine and vanilla essence together in a bowl. Add the eggs and ground almonds to the mixture. Bit by bit add the flour till its all gone and its a dough mixture.  Mix in the chocolate chips with your hands.

Add a bit of flour to the side and roll out the dough with a rolling pin, cut out the shapes and pop on a tray with greaseproof paper. Cook on gas mark 4 for 15 minutes until golden.


 

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Depression Awareness Week And How I Survived My Depression.



Depression awareness week is from 26th April to 3rd May 2014. I've wanted to share my story for a long time, its something I struggle to look back on even now. As its Depression awareness week I wanted to tell you my story.

My story started fourteen years ago, it wasn't just one thing that set me off it was a bundle of experiences which tore me apart. Back then I didn't have the Internet and was too scared to tell anyone how I was feeling so I felt really alone. One night I accidentally dropped a plate on picking it up I cut my hand. The feeling from the cut was odd and really hard to explain, but my head suddenly felt clear. A few days later I actually smashed a glass, so I could keep a piece. That's when it all began, I started self harming four days of smashing that glass. my self harming lasted a very long six years. After reading some stories on self harming, I wasn't an excessive harmer, my scars are visible but they don't cover me completely. I only did it when I felt really stressed out and my head feeling so heavy it would explode.
 
I get asked why I did it and my only answer is my self harming wasn't for attention ( I covered it up very well) I didn't want to kill myself either. To me it was a release and a way of me feeling normal again. I didn't want to feel what I felt so I was able to remove the negatives in a extreme way.
 
I stopped when I was pregnant with my first child, something changed in me and I knew I wasn't alone anymore. I have something always to love. I say to my son all the time he is my utter hero, he saved me from myself and for that I can only ever repay him in love. For without him I don't know where I would be now. Motherhood has been hard struggle and after my son I did suffer with postnatal depression see my post HERE.
 
I've always felt up and down but realise now this is a part of life. Ive realised people cope with things in such different ways and its how we come out at the end. Being stuck in a spiderweb of your own thoughts can sometimes be hard to shake yourself out of.
 
I've found a new way of release, writing. I have so many things Ive written which I look back on or just delete. It great just to get it all down and off your chest, it does feel amazing. Every day I look at myself and feel so ashamed of what I did, but I can say I'm a SURVIVOR!!

 
 

 

Would love anyone to link up with any stories they want to share.



 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Rita Ora Rimmel Nail Polish Avaiable At Tesco



Ok I won't lie I don't think I've used a Rimmel polish for years. I just don't think any have really caught my eye before. Im a massive fan of nail polish so I was delighted to be given two colours to review. The colours I received was Do Not Disturb ( Purple ) & Oragasm (Orange).
 
 
 
 
 

First of all the design is great it really suits Rita Ora's unique and quirky style. The pop art stamp design has Rita Ora wearing the nail polish in the bottle which I think is pretty awesome. I like the bold colours the polishes come in, along with a few paler tones. I think there is a polish for everyone in this range.
 
 

I needed two coats of each polish for full covering and it did try pretty quick. The bottle boasts it dries within 60 seconds and it actually did. The brush is small but thick which is great for application. For a mere £3.69, I think they are great for the upcoming summer.
 
 


Midnight Rendezvous, Do Not Disturb and Breakfast in Bed.
 
 
 


Rita Rouge, Raw as Night, Don’t Be Shy and Oragasm.
 
 


White Hot Love, Pillow Talk and Lose your Lingerie.
 
 


The Rita Ora for Rimmel collection is available in store and online at www.tesco.com/beauty

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Freak Out & Disco Inferno Models Own Nail Polishes Giveaway

I have a fabulous competition for you, two gorgeous models own polish. A little thank you for supporting me and coming back to read my blog.

All you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter below for your chance to win... Please do not just press enter and do the tasks. I check every entry and have to disqualify people when I come around to check the entries when picking a winner.

Freak Out & Disco Inferno are part of Mirrorball collection, their first ever collection of nail frostings - a glide-on glitter that will revitalise your entire polish collection. Wear alone or over your favourite colour polish to give a frosting finish, taking nails from boring to BLING!
 
 
 

a Rafflecopter giveaway




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The prize consists of two models own polishes pictured.

Brummie mummy is hosting the giveaway and is responsible for sending the prize to the winner. The prize will be sent 2nd class recorded.

Rafflecoper picks the winner and all steps of entry are checked.

The competition closes on the 17/05/2014. The winner will be notified within 48 hours and the prize will be sent out 7 days of the address being sent to me.  The winner has 28 days from the date of contact from brummie mummy to respond with their address details, after which a new winner will be picked.

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Friday, 25 April 2014

The World's Wackist Baby Inventions

 
 
Forget the humble dummy, or boring buggy, because Sudocrem have compiled a list of the world’s wackiest products on the market for children. With a little help from their Facebook community, the nations favourite nappy rash experts have scoured the web, and clawed through catalogues, to find some truly off-the-wall items.
 
At the bottom of the top five finds, as voted for by Sudocrem’s Facebook users, came the Baby Mop. A baby onesie with added mop heads meaning little ones can now do their share of the cleaning, without even having to stand.
 
 
 
 
Fourth in the list was the Daddle. A saddle that can be easily attached to Dad’s back creating a great new mode of transport for little ones. The products website does warn, however, “knee pads are a must, so don't forget them.”
 
 
 
 
 
The Buff Baby Dumbbell Rattle was voted third and apparently, “turns junior into a bench-pressin' body-builder!” Whether this is a good thing or not is unclear, but at under five pounds it might just be worth finding out.
 
 
 
 
Just missing out on the top spot was the Baby Snot Sucker or ‘Baby Nose-Clear Nasal Aspirator’, as it’s actually called. A clear tube-like instrument which can be inserted into a child’s nose allowing its lucky parent to easily remove any unwanted blockages.
 
 
 
 
Top of the list, and voted for as the wackiest product for children available, was the Baby Butt Fan. Made by Infant Breeze, the hand sized fan aims to tackle a problem that 79% of UK babies suffer with*, nappy rash. Previous users say, “The Baby Butt Fan is a great alternative to the more common gifts like a shirt or onesie. A sure conversation starter and very memorable!”
 
 
“We all had great fun looking through the wacky and wonderful things that are now available for kids,” said Sudocrem Senior Product Manager Nick Lang, “It’s definitely given us all some interesting ideas for future birthday presents!  “We advise parents to Clean, Dry and Apply Sudocrem Care & Protect at every nappy change and it looks like number one in the list, The Baby Butt Fan, might just assist with this.”
 
 
 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Skribbies Trainers - Customise Your Own Shoes

 


Last Wednesday we was Invited to a special blogger event with Skribbies this is my second event I've ever been too and Raiden had so much fun. The event was in the bullring in Birmingham, so very close to home.
 
 

So what are Skribbies??

Skribbies are the new super cool trainers, that you can let your children design and create. Each pair comes with a pair of trainers, a pack of six washable pens, monster stickers and a wristband that you can use to wipe the washable pens off. The trainers are the same design but come in three colours, blue, pink and black. So the kids draw, wipe then design again, hours of fun.
 

 

We was given a pair while we was at the event and Raiden loves them, he decided to draw fruit on them while he was there but has done many designs since being at home. Even his sister has enjoyed drawing pictures on them. I love how they are designed to use creative skills and imagination to express themselves though colouring. Trainers are reasonable priced at £39.99.
 
 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

April 2014 - Beauty Empties



This is the first time I've done this and I'm such a hoarder when it comes to beauty products i have millions, from gifts, review items, buys & wins. I'm trying to use them up before I buy anymore. So this months empties are..
 
D&G The One - This is my favourite perfume ever, its so light and refreshing. Features a combination of fruity and floral elements with an oriental scent. It is a wonderful mix of Bergamot, Peach, Mandarin Orange and Lychee top notes, Lily, Plum, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley heart notes and base notes of Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk and Amber. 
RRP -£45.00 
 
Soap & Glory Hand Food - Another one of my favourite hand creams, it absorbs really quick, doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy and smells great. RRP -£5.00
 
Rich Shampoo - I received this is a goody bag from the wedding show and the smell is lovely. Its a really thick shampoo but leaves your hair shiny and glossy. RRP -£5.00
 
Yves Rocher Nail Polish Remover - This is amazing nail polish remover, even with glitters it gets it off pretty quick, very expensive at £6.60, but its in the sale with 45% now. Only flaw is the remover smells very strong.
 
Laura Ashley Room Mist Imperial Bloom - I got this in a set at Christmas, its extremely flowery and great for spraying around the house for a scent. Mini set was £10.00 from Boots.
 
Nails Inc Express Nail Polish Remover Pot - Great little pot you dip your nail in and twist it and watch the nail polish fade away. It isn't great for glitters etc as it rips the foam inside of the pot. It is scented Vanilla so its pretty nice when your nail comes back out the pot. Its definitely a good quality polish remover, just pricey.
RRP- £7.95  
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easy Bake Chocolate Concrete



Ingredients
 
6oz plain flour
5oz sugar
5oz margarine
4oz cocoa powder

 
Method
 
Mix all the dry ingredients into one bowl.

Gently melt the margarine in a saucepan then pour into dry ingredients mix in then use your fingers to rub together mix until it goes crumbly.                                            

Pour into a tin lined with greaseproof paper or spread a little butter around the edges and push down with your hands until level solid.

Bake for about 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and mark out slice with a knife. Sprinkle the top with a little sugar.

Then add pink custard.I cheated and used a tin and added pink food colouring.
 
 
 
 
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Monday, 21 April 2014

Week One Of The Hoildays.



Last week we was very busy, trying to keep the little ones busy.

Monday we had a walk down to the park, we have a lovely park about 15-20 minutes away, which is a great walk down plus a good plan when we get there.

Tuesday Raiden needed an eye test so I took him up then after we went to our local nature centre. Its pretty small but great for little ones to have a look around. You can see plenty of animals and there is a lot to do. Including den building and having your face painted.







Wednesday the other half took Lexie for a bike ride in the trailer, while me and Raiden was invited to a special blog event with skribbles and we had an amazing time ( more on that in another post). Later on grandad took us to the park which Raiden enjoyed and didn't want to come home.

Thursday was baking day where we made some vanilla and almond cupcakes. The kids played with there toys and computer games.

Friday was chill out day, DVDs, colouring and yummy treats.


Next week we are hoping its lovely and sunny again so we can do even more.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Magic Belles CD Review.



Lexie has been a member of magic belles for around six months now. She adores the little letters she gets every month, she knows they are hers from the Magic belles special stamp on the front. Inside you can get a number of things from stickers, badges, colouring sheets, postcards, games and sheets to read. Its really good considering its free to join.

So Magic Belles are six tiny jingly fairies, who’s mission is to bring music and sparkle to girls’ lives, and to celebrate life’s special wonders. Go and sign up and check the website out HERE  on the website kids can also play games, colour in and read stories.

We received a Magic belles CD to review, Lexie loves music and it really is something I need to induce more again. on the CD is 7 tracks

Magic Symphony
Dreams Come True
The Rainbow Song
Bake It, Shake It
The Pom-Pom Dance
How Does Your Garden Grow
Twinkle Twinkle



The music is intended for girls aged 3-7. The cd is very fun and catchy and Lexie does now ask for the fairy cd to be put on. The music itself is only available online at the moment, and the tracks have been released on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Spotify.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Rocky Road Slices # RecipeOf TheWeek




135g butter
2-3 tsps of maple syrup
200g milk chocolate
200g chocolate chip cookies
100g  mini marshmallows

Marshmallows for decoration.

Makes about 12 slices

Put the cookies in a freezer bag & use roiling pin to crush until they are in small pieces.

Melt butter, maple syrup and chocolate in a saucepan on a low heat. Add in cookies and marshmallows and stir until they are covered in chocolate.

Pour mixture into a square tin, lined with greaseproof paper.

Place in fridge and leave to set for about 2/3 hours. When ready cut into slices and serve.
Link up your recipe of the week

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Nails Inc Bling It On Glitterball - Baker Street




I brought this in January with a voucher I had for Christmas priced £9.99.
 
 
Baker Street is a stunning colour I love the shocking blue colour. This limited edition collection includes a nail polish, a multicolour glitter pot, an application tray and a dusting brush covered in the multicoloured glitter.
 
 
 

 

The glitter pot is multi coloured big glitter and has a beautiful effect.




Tutu Thursday

 
 
 
Sarah's World & Jelly Rose Yate have a tutu Thursday post and all you have to do is dress your little one in a tutu and post it.


Today Lexie is wearing a mermaid tutu dress that she received for her birthday last Sunday. It was from eBay and priced at £13.99, it came with a cute headband too.

 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Cocktails With Aldi



Got to admit I love the orchard Aldi cider, it really refreshing. I do sneak one or two bottles in with the shopping now and again. I was thrilled to receive a gorgeous hamper last week with loads of goodies for me and the other half ( for a change). Included was a cocktail shaker, glasses and everything included to try out a cocktail or two for ourselves. Aldi has created some cocktails especially to enjoy with your favourite Easter indulgences.
 
 
 

Earl grey cup cocktail would go well with a yummy hot cross bun.

60ml Oliver Cromwell dry gin
35ml strong cold earl grey tea
20ml lemon juice
12.5ml oz sugar syrup
1/2 free range egg white
Ice cubes
Twist lemon peel to garnish



1. Place the gin, earl grey tea, lemon juice, egg white & sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake well.

2. Strain the liquid in to a tea cup and garnish with a lemon twist.


Blackforest martini goes well with choceur marzipan eggs.

45ml amaretto liqueur
15ml Jim beam Kentucky bourbon whiskey
20ml double cream
20ml morello cherry juice
Ice cubes
Finely chopped almonds, to rim glass ( optional)
Morello cherry, grated dark chocolate to garnish

1. ( optional) put finely chopped almonds onto a saucer. Pour 45ml amaretto into a shallow bowl.
Dip the rim of the martini glass into the amaretto and then the chopped almonds. Pour the amaretto into the cocktail shaker, the rest of the ingredients & ice then shake well.

2. Stain into your martini glass and garnish with a black cherry and grated dark chocolate.


Rabbits milk goes very well with white chocolate bunny.
 
30ml old Hopkins dark rum
30ml cocobay white rum and coconut
100ml cold full cream milk
50ml double cream
Ice cubes
 
Grated with white chocolate and coco powder to garnish

1. Place everything expect garnish in the the cocktail shaker and shake well.

2.stain into glass and grate white chocolate over and dust coco powder.
 
 
 

This cocktail was really creamy and worked very well together.

If cocktails aren't your thing, maybe a bottle of Philippe model cremant de Jura ( £6.99, 75cl)  if your dishing up fish this Easter.

Give your lamb some love with a French Pinot noir ( £4.49, 75cl) the grapes In this it have been carefully selected from across France to produce this delicious wine.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Princess DIY Birthday Cake




Lexie turned three the weekend and is crazy on Disney princesses so I decided to make her a huge cake. The basics are pretty simple two 7inch tin cakes for the base, and two Swiss rolls for the pillars.

For the cake you will need.

125g/4oz butter or margarine, softened x2
125g/4oz caster sugar x2
2 medium eggs x2
125g/4oz self raising flour x2
Vanilla essence for one cake and I used cocoa powder for the other.
Strawberry jam for the middle of the cake.

For the frosting I used.

Gel pink food colouring
Whole tub of margarine
3/4 of a box of icing sugar.

Swiss rolls
Rolled icing
Flower decorations
Ice cream cones (4)
Green piping icing.
Sprinkles
Maple syrup
Cocktail sticks
Mini Marshmallows
White Buttons

After making the two cakes and leaving them to cool overnight. I cut the top of one and sandwiched them together with a little buttercream and jam. I covered the whole lot with the pink icing, smoothing it out.

Next I cut one of the Swiss rolls in half and used the rolled icing to cover it, when covered I attached it to the back of the cake with a cocktail stick. I did this again with the other half. The next Swiss roll I cut it to three as it has to be a little bit smaller for the front. I iced these again and attached with cocktail sticks.

Next I covered the cones with maple syrup and sprinkled them with edible glitter, attaching the icing flowers and buttons with buttercream icing around for decoration. At the top of the cone is a little ball of rolled icing. On the base of the cake I put mini marshmallows around the top of the cake.

Using left over icing, I cut out a door and windows. Up the pillars at the front, I drew green effects to look like a plant going up them attaching flowers to the end. With the left over flowers I used them to decorate the bottom.
 
 


 

The princesses was out of the new kinder egg, which make great cake toppers.

Asda's Baby & Toddler Event is back - 17th April online and 21st April in store.




Asda is bringing you big savings this spring, with offers on everyday essentials as well as fun and engaging toys for your little ones. The Asda's baby & toddler event is back so its time to stock up.

We was thrilled to be sent the Little Tikes cash register, it was Lexie's birthday the weekend so this was an added bonus. We love Little Tikes range its really good value for money and prices start from a £1.

Lexie is just at that age where she is starting to use her imagination and you can hear her talking and playing with figures and toys. The cash register has loads of lovely features including a real moving conveyor belt and receipt. 



The till doubles up as a real working calculator, also the buttons beep when pressed. It includes a key that opens the till and a ringing sound once opened. There is scales for weighing, a credit card that you scan and a handheld scanner to pretend to scan your items. 



Included is a basket, a few food items and pretend money for play too.


 Lexie loved the cash register and her and her brother made a real life shop too.




The cash register is £12 at the moment.