Monday, 29 February 2016

The Only Way Is Up?? ....



So some of you may of noticed the blog taking a total nose dive, I honestly don't know where to start and I'm not sure if this post will be published at all, but I needed to write it down and get it all out. 

The thing is I'm not good, I'm really struggling I have been for a while. I honestly feel like I've hit rock bottom. These two years have felt like Groundhog Day and I've been re-living the same day over and over. I get up feed and dress the kids, come home do the housework, pick the kids up, feed and bath, dress, stories, read. Tidy up again. I got to the point where I was dropping the kids off at school then going back to bed until it was time to pick them up again. I became irritated and snappy and felt there was no ME left at all. I've been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks when I'm on my own or have to go out by myself, which are really worrying. 

The previous writing was written six months ago and I'm glad to report that I'm feeling so much better my family urged me to seek help and I'm now on a course of tablets that are making me feel a lot better. I also started working again, only 20 hours a week but i feel a part of me is coming back and I've also since lost 19lbs in weight. Which was something that I was stuck with as well. 

I'm really trying hard to be regular poster again now and get back up to speed with the blog side of things, I hope you all stick around. 

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Strada Kids Menu At The Mailbox



In half term we got invited to Strada at the Mailbox in Birmingham, to test out the new menu and for the kids to make pizzas with the Strada chef and children designing and making their own. 

 The restaurant group has listened to their customers and understands how important it is for parents to provide a quality, delicious and affordable meal for the whole family. Strada’s Head Chef, a parent himself, set out to greatly improve the new kids menu; now serving up dishes like baked fresh market fish, made-from-scratch veggie risotto and higher welfare British steak. Also including starters such as veggie sticks with tomato sauce and the side option of green salad with every kids’ main, plus juice or milk to drink. 



 The day started off with the kids making there own pizzas, a selection of toppings was available for them to use to design. Lexie and Raiden both had loads of fun and both choose totally different toppings. 






 Lexie's Pizza - She went for a bit of a meat feast with ham, pepperoni and one random carrot.




 Raiden's Pizza - Raiden was slightly more creative with his full of colour, ham, mushrooms, cucumber, carrot, pepperoni and cherry tomatoes. 




 Our starters was delicious and the kids has the vegetable sticks with a homemade tomato sauce and I had the bruschetta. 




 I felt a bit left out so I ordered the Margarita pizza it was delicious, full of flavour and the portion size was huge.




 The kids both decided on the Chargrilled 6oz British steak with fries.



We had a fab time, hanks for the invite Strada.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Look In My Letterbox




Wins 

Organix Cereal Bundle - This is being added in to a hamper for a family member. 




Buys 

Gaga perfume - This was at a discount price for a honest review. It's a unisex perfume and nothing like her other one. 



Birthday Card - Lexie's Birthday Card for her birthday in April. 



Pill Box ( rather random) but I'm forgetting to take my meds & vitamins, so this hopefully will get me to remember. 




Freebies 

Garnier Ultimate blends from Bzzagent



Package from my Sister. She is working on a cruise ship for the next six months and this package is all the way from St Lucia. 










Alice Megan

Monday, 22 February 2016

Pop In A Box February

monthly funko pop vinyls






This months Pop In A Box was another good one, every month seems to get better and better. The first Funko was The Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin King, which is the glow in the dark version. I have quite a few The Nightmare Before Christmas pop vinyls so this is great to add to the collection.

The next Funko was the Breaking Bad Crystal Ship, this is my first Breaking Bad pop vinyl and it's pretty cool. It was Jessie included and it's the 3rd ride I've got from Pop In A Box now, which is so cool.



Sunday, 14 February 2016

Look In My Letterbox




Wins 

£30 love to shop vouchers, this was a replacement from a prize that never turned up last year.



Buys 

Pop In A Box February - So pleased with this months.



Funko Simpsons Pops - These are super rare now as they are retired. They are for Raiden's birthday at the end of the month.  

Funko Pin Badge - Picked this up from a Funko pop auction for £2.20.



Mario Birthday Card - From eBay



Yellow Cover For The Samsung Tablet I won last year. £10 from eBay



Freebies 

LA Roche - Posay Samples



Miscellaneous 

I'm finally a blood donor, it's been something that I've wanted to do years now. Blood donation card and keyring.






Alice Megan

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Raspberry Pitchfork - Valentine’s Day Cocktail


Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and NOW is the time to concoct the perfect tipple to help charm your way to Valentine’s Day success. Think sweet but strong, not ‘dull and done it before’ with this refreshing take on a Vodka based cocktail from Heartsease Farm.


Out with boring old Prosecco and Champagne (yawn). Instead, arouse your Lady Valentine’s senses with the sharp tones of Framboise, Vodka & Heartsease Farm Traditional Lemonade. Held together with the reassuring sweetness of Raspberries.
Don’t be left disappointed this Valentine’s day. Seize the day! Impress your date with this sweet, yet punchy, Valentine’s Day tipple that is sure to get romance blossoming. 

Muddled raspberries
30 ml Vodka
10 ml of Framboise liqueur
A drop of Absinthe
90 ml Heartsease farm traditional lemonade
15 ml of lemon juice
Finished off with a slice of lemon


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Hedgehog Cupcakes



Ingredients for the cakes

110g (4oz) butter or margarine
110g (4oz) caster sugar
2 medium size eggs
110g (4oz) self-raising flour - sieved
2 tsp of lemon flavouring 


Icing sugar
Butter
Mixed Cadburys buttons
Cherries
Bear paw shapes 
Raisins for eyes 

Preheat the oven at gas mark 4. Mix the butter, sugar and lemon flavouring  until fluffy. Add the two eggs and add the flour bit by bit until its a smooth batter. We added some crushed up mixed buttons to the batter. 

Add mixture in to cake cakes and cook for 12-15 minutes.

Once cool add the butter and icing sugar together until you have a paste, add melted milk chordate buttons . Add the icing to the cakes and decorate with mixed buttons, bear paw feet and cherries for a nose. 



Saturday, 6 February 2016

Look In My Letterbox



I've only had a few parcels this week, the postman actually asked me if I was ok! Haha. I've switched over companies at work so I've had to wait two weeks to get paid, so I've been skint. 

Wins 

Laneige BB Cushion Foundation



Son Journal




Buys 

Pauls boutique bag - Bargain in the sale for £19. Love the colour.



Lexie's Ice cream shoes from Claire's Creations On Facebook. Me and Lexie now have matching shoes, I got mine for Christmas.



Freebies 

Cadbury mixed buttons from Mumsnet






Alice Megan

Friday, 5 February 2016

Galaxy Quick Reads




I've been really slacking reading lately, I absolutely love to read and really need to make time for it again. I've set myself a target of two books a month, hoping it will give me a kickstart back to reading again. 

I was thrilled when Galaxy Quick Reads got in touch with their new , short books that can be purchased for just £1 each. They are written by renowned authors, and aim to help adults rediscover the pleasure of reading. The six 2016 Galaxy Quick Reads titles are launching at the beginning in February and are out now to buy. These are great titles and can be popped in to a handbag and read on bus journeys and I've been enjoying reading on my break at work.



Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves

When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don't happen.

But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from far-away Shetland and is asked to look into the case by his ex-wife, Sarah. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death? Sarah refuses to believe it - but needs proof.

Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She'd seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder . . .

A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond

Evie loves running her beach cafe in Cornwall but with a baby on the way, she's been told to put her feet up. Let someone else take over? Not likely. 
Helen's come to Cornwall to escape the stress of city living. She hopes a seaside life will be the answer to all her dreams. When she sees a job advertised at the cafe it sounds perfect. 
But the two women clash and sparks fly. . . and then events take a dramatic turn. Can the pair of them put aside their differences in a crisis?

The 2016 titles and authors are:

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (with Christina Lamb)
  • A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond
  • The Anniversary edited by Veronica Henry 
  • The Double Clue: Poirot Short Stories by Agatha Christie (Edited by Sophie Hannah & John Curran)
  • Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves
  • On The Rock by Andy McNab

Thursday, 4 February 2016

My Top Three Favourite TV Shows



I'm a sucker for a good TV show, I'm have a bit more of a wider variety with them than my films. Normally I watch only Horror films with a few Thrillers and Comedies every now and again. 

Panasonic  has launched their next generation 4K Ultra HD TV


Product features

  • 4k Ultra HD picture is 4 times the resolution of HD
  • 200 Hz processing rate
  • Smart: BBC iPlayer & YouTube
  • Tuner: Freeview HD
  • Connectivity: HDMI 2.0 x 3

First of all I'm going to start with Supernatural, I've watched it from the start and it will remain my favourite show ever. I loved the first couple of seasons, then it slightly went a bit up and down for a while with the whole Apocalypse is seemed to drag a bit though it. The first seasons focused more on the supernatural side with old urban myths. Now it focus more on the two main characters Sam & Dean. 




Breaking Bad - The whole concept of this is slightly mental isn't it a chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal lung cancer teams up with his former student to cook and sell crystal meth. I really didn't think I would enjoy this show as much as I did. 




American Horror Story - AHS is a series of anthology horror series. All the series link up in some sort of way. It started with Murder house. The second season AsylumThe third season was Coven. Fourth season was freak show then the last season was Hotel. I love how all the characters have mainly remained the same just played different characters in all the seasons. The last season Hotel got quite a lot of stick, but I loved Lady Gaga playing the Countess. 




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Monday, 1 February 2016

Rosewood Pet Small Pet Naturals Range



Some of you that follow my Instagram, you would of seen Kristoff our white haired hamster. Kristoff was such a great hamster, he had such character and he loved to be fussed. He had become part of the family the nearly two years we had him. 




Rosewood pets sent some lovely of their natural range treats , but  Krisoff started to decline and didn't get a chance to try them out. He stopped eating and moving and sadly passed a few days later. We was all a little heartbroken after he passed away and decided to get another furry addition a few weeks after. 



We decided to get a little dwarf hamster and we named him Coco. He was only 8 weeks old and still a little baby. He is still getting used to us, and over the weeks we have included some of the naturals treats a few at a time. 



The small Carrot Cottage is something that we put in his cage straight away. The base is made from thick, edible card coated in side and out with meadow hay. The top is coated in dry carrot. So it can be a hide and seek den or a bed. Coco loves to fill it up with ripped newspaper. 



Rosewood Naturals Rodent Playground is a great assortment to keep teeth healthy. The playground is great for a treat and to gnaw, it includes treat cookies and edible willow ball. The product is 100% natural ingredients. Keeps pets entertained and stimulated.









Critter Cocktail. In the wild Hamster, Rats, Gerbils and Mice will hunt for insects and other protein rich foods which are an important part of their diet. Included in the lack is dried and nutritious shrimps, mealworms and silkworms. Coco seems to enjoy them and it's not something I would of thought about giving a small pet before. 



Shrimp Cookies are baked wholemeal cookies, loaded with seeds, nuts & shrimps. 



Small Treat n Gnaw Logs.
 Two edible peanut flavoured small wooden logs, packed with seeds, peanut and apple. Perfect to keeping small animals entertained and busy. They have  a handy clip to attach the logs from he cage.