Sunday, 7 February 2016

Family Playtime!

This weekend I got the pleasure of spending time with some of my lovely family. My son Matthew , his wife Karen and our  grandson Nathan. I was really looking forward to seeing him and we thought a good place was the soft play we have where we live.
I had never been to one before as they were not around when my children were little so I did not know what to expect. I was really surprised how bright and fun it looked, full of sunny colours and my fave bright pink chairs, what more can you ask for!
The whole place was spotless and clean and It seemed like a great place to let the kids have some fun.
Nathan is still little so we made sure we got there early so he had time to have fun before the older children arrived. It was full of slides and ball pits and trampolines , toys and lots to do.
Mummy and nanny had a nice cup of tea and watched while  Nathan and daddy tried out a few things. I would have loved to try some but was scared I would never get up again lol.
We had a quick walk around the local shop and then back to my house for lunch.
Nathan was a very good boy and I had a lovely day. It was really nice to spend time with them all . I thought I would share some pictures of the day, taken by my daughter in law Karen and my son Matthew. Have a great week everyone xx

Monday, 1 February 2016

Why I love Being a Mum!

Just this weekend there was a challenge on facebook to post pictures of why you loved being a mum. I am still trying to post mine lol due to some issue I am not clever enough to figure out yet!!
So I thought I would post on the blog as well.
I have two children who are now grown adults and also parents . I always knew I wanted to be a mum and soon as I married in 1979 I wanted to have a baby. It was not so easy for me and took 2 years before our son Matthew arrived in 1981. He was so perfect and I loved him so much. It was a steep learning curve being a mum, and for a stress head like me at times it was not easy.  I worry about everything lol.

The birth had been a little rough and to be honest I was so happy with him and did think I would not have any more. Then my friend was pregnant and I thought maybe I could have just one more baby !
So in 1986 my daughter Natalie arrived to complete the family. I loved her too from the start but it was a shock to the system having a young baby . Matthew was off to school and I had this little person who needed me 24-7 again! Once again my stress head was on but in my normal style I pushed on and as time went past it got easier again.

Do not let anyone tell you its easy being a parent because its not! There are days when you wish you lived alone  on an Island and days when you love them so much you think your heart will explode . I am so lucky mine have grown up into wonderful adults who make me proud everyday. They have great partners and beautiful children and even at their age I love them more than ever. xxxx

Friday, 29 January 2016

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Chicken-style Paella

 I am not a vegetarian but I could easier be. When I eat out or at home I tend to prefer a vegetarian meal. I am not a big meat eater so it fits in with my life with ease, I was asked to try Linda McCartney's Vegetarian Chicken-style Paella this week. I find it in the freezer section of my local store and I have to admit  it sounded very nice.
Seasoned vegetarian paella made with yellow rice, chicken-style pieces, green beans, broad beans, red pepper, tomato, peas, caramelised onion and mushroom. I was hooked lol.
It was so easy to cook and can be either stir fried or microwaved and both are so fast. They do say cook from frozen and 200g cooks by stir fry in around 6-7 mins. Microwave 3 mins stand for a minuet and then enjoy. Love the way you can cook so quick , if you are pushed for time or had a long day its so easy to make a wonderful meal fast. I thought it tasted yummy and had a great mix of vegetable and full of flavour. So vegetarian meal can be a bit bland but this one was far from that.
You do not have to be vegetarian to enjoy this type of meal at all, so go out and try this dish and others in the range today.

For more information go to : 

Please not  I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

Arla Best of Both (BOB) milk review

Like many at this time of year I am trying to lose weight. Its not easy but I am working at it for sure. I always use skimmed milk as its best for fat and calories, but I have to say its not always the best in taste. It can be a bit watery and thin and not great in coffee at all. So when I was asked to sample a new product I was excited. I found Arla's Best of Both or BOB milk in the chill area with ease. I got it home and tasted it neat so to speak and was very pleased by what I found. It was not thin and weak like skimmed but was more like a semi skimmed , even a full milk for me. I would not drink skimmed milk on its own but I would drink BOB as it tasted great. My husband is very fussy and it took me ages to get him onto skimmed. This he loved straight away!

Here are a few facts for you.


Introducing Yellow-Top Skimmed Milk That Tastes As Good As Semi-Skimmed

Arla, the UK’s largest dairy company, has unveiled a game-changing concept in the milk aisle: the first ever skimmed milk that tastes as good as semi-skimmed.

Arla Best of Both (BOB®) is the country’s first milk with a yellow lid and a 100% unique proposition. The innovative new skimmed milk is fat free, pasteurised, filtered and enriched with protein to deliver a taste and texture that is as good as semi-skimmed. In addition, with Arla’s unique PurFiltreTM process, it also lasts longer in the fridge.

How did Arla do it? We’re glad you asked. The simple yet brilliant process took three years to develop and sees naturally occurring milk protein carefully added back to skimmed milk to boost its flavour and texture. Free from artificial ingredients and additives, it’s this extra protein which makes Arla BOB taste so good.

Try BOB on its own for an extra tasty glass of milk, with tea for added texture to your favourite cuppa or poured over muesli for a delicious morning start.  BOB is available in Tesco, Asda, Ocado and Nisa stores nationwide from 11th January in 2-litre (rsp: £1.50) and 1-litre formats (rsp: £1

I will be switching over to Best of Both as it really does taste great.

You can find out lots of information at the Arla web site

please note I was not paid for this review only receiving  a sample of the product

Monday, 25 January 2016

Grace is one

I am a little late today as its been super busy what with one thing and another. I just had to share some pictures with you as I think they are so special. This weekend was our granddaughter Grace's first birthday. It is amazing how fast that year went and scary as well lol. She was born last January five weeks early and gave us all a big scare. Mummy and daddy were a bit shocked but delighted with their teeny tiny little girl. She was expected to have issues as she was so early but she was tough and didn't need any help at all. She weighed just 4 pounds 14 ozs and we had to buy dolly clothes for her lol.

Mummy and Grace

About a month later she was doing well but all of a sudden got really sick. My daughter and her partner rushed her to hospital , where the poor little thing was put through all kinds of tests. They decided she had a problem with milk so a soya based one was given and from then on she seem to get on well.
Over the year we have watched her grow into a funny, sweet ball of energy (just like her mummy lol) and such a pretty wee thing.
This weekend her parents had a small tea party for friends and I think she loved all the attention and kisses and play time with her cousin Nathan . So I will share some pictures of the day and I hope they make you smile.

Three fantastic pictures by Amanda Collins 

My cake

The birthday girl

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Slimming world or bust!

Slimming world or bust and I mean that in every sense of the word lol. I have had issues with my weight all my life and its been a constant battle. Ive been very thin and I am now very big so I have travelled a very long road over the years.
I was nice and slim and fit then I damaged my back and slowly slowly the weight sneaked up on me. Lack of mobility these days adds to the issue and not being able to go to all those classes hurts my mind and body.

So last week I went back to my slimming club Slimming World, and I have really tried hard this week. I thought I had lost but did not want to tempt fate by weighing at home. So when I went to class today I was delighted that I lost 3 pounds, which for me is huge.
I really enjoy a class as I like the treat of being weighed and it could stop me from having something I should not!
I guess I am not alone in the diet or fitness race which happens all over the world after Christmas but one race I want to win this year or next.
If like me you are working hard i would love to hear all about your journey

Friday, 8 January 2016

New year and a look back

Well Happy New Year!  I know I am a bit late but I have been having a wee blog holiday what with Christmas and all. Plus I have been sick a lot and lack of energy means lack of drive to fire up the brain to write.
Hope you all had a fab Christmas I know I did , getting to spend time with family and friends is always a joy.
I thought I would look over some stats and see what posts I wrote last year were the post popular. It was hard to pick as I had a few but this is them!

Silent Picture 3rd place

This was a picture of my grandsons smash cake that I made for his first photo shoot. I had never made one before so was a little nervous it would not "smash" lol. I loved the picture of the cake and the colours went so well with the photo set on the day. I love to make cakes and even more I enjoy seeing someone eat my cakes lol. For a picture I think 119 views was ok!

A wonderful first birthday 2nd place 

Last year was a great one for my husband and I not only did our first granddaughter get born in January , it was also our grandsons first birthday. As those who read my blog often you will know I love my grandchildren and I am super proud of them and my children and partners. Nathan's mummy put a lot of work into his birthday and i think both sets of nans, granddads, uncles and aunties did their part as well.
It was right in the start of summer so very warm but  think everyone had a great time. I find it hard to think he will be two this June as time as gone so fast. Plus in a couple of weeks it is our granddaughters first birthday already!

Cakes and Classes 1st place

I like to make cakes if I am feeling good. Well  should say I like to decorate cakes as that is my favourite part . I love to finish a cake and feel great about it and more than that I love to see peoples faces when they like it as well. I like to see them cake into t and enjoy eating although there is always that "hope it tastes good" moment lol.
I have been lucky enough to go to a few classes and always had a great time and learnt a lot. I also think I have mad some wonderful friends in the cake world which is great too.

These are just a few I have done over last year. I have a very important one to do later this year as my daughter is getting married lol

So I really enjoyed looking back at some of my posts and pictures , that is the joy of the blog and you can do that. I think I am going to have one day a week maybe Sunday and look back on the week and share pictures of events. Think it will be fun to do that and see the good and bad parts of the week.
Once again a very happy new year and hope this year s the best ever.