Why I keep a food diary and weigh myself every day

Feeling comfortable in my own skin has always been something of a mission of mine. Last year I managed to lose two stone, and I started running. I even completed my first half marathon and am signed up to do it all again this year. Like many other men and women who have tried to lose weight, I’ve had some pretty unsuccessful experiences. Take 2016 for example. I started the year at a weight I was happy with, but the end of 2016, I’d put all that weight back on again. It’s something of a viscous cycle that felt like… [Read More]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2018

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate our wonderful mums and spoil them with love, affection and presents! I’ve put together a few ideas to help you find the perfect gift for your mum. Feasts Cookbook Set £39.50 Available online from Sous Chef, award-winning author Sabrina Ghayour’s latest cookbook is packed with recipes and menu suggestions for sumptuous Middle Eastern banquets. Paired with a selection of essential ingredients so mum can get stuck in right away! Included you’ll find: 1 x Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour   1 x Nigella Seeds   1 x Aleppo Pepper – Pul Biber 100g… [Read More]

Should weight loss adverts be banned until after the watershed?

TV advertising can often be a bit hit and miss. It’s like those car adverts with no sound. At first I thought it was a pretty clever idea. It definitely makes you stop and look up at the TV as you wonder why there’s no sound. I soon realised it’s most likely a clever advertising ploy in an attempt to grab your attention. Or how about all of those toy adverts on kids channels? Up until recently I never knew these existed! Yes, the joy of having twins who love to watch Cbeebies and nothing else, has meant we’ve managed… [Read More]

We’re all different and that’s ok

Teaching children about body image can be a pretty tricky subject. At the tender of six, it’s not something I tend to think about talking to our girls about. However, when M came out school one day, and passed comment about a teachers weight, it made me think twice. The lady in question was overweight, and I was a tad surprised to hear M say the lady was fat. When we got home, I talked to both of our girls about how every one is different. Some people are tall, some are short. Some have blue eyes, brown eyes or… [Read More]

Milk & More Review: Fresh milk and groceries delivered to your door

When I was growing up, I remember having milk delivered to the door by our local milk man. There’s something almost quaint about having those little glass bottles arriving as if by magic on your doorstep! Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve seen a decline in traditional milk floats delivering milk to our door. With more and more people doing their grocery shopping online and opting to have it delivered to their door, I can understand why milk floats have all but disappeared. However, they are making a come back! We recently trialled a milk delivery service by Milk & More…. [Read More]

Making Chocolate Cake with the VonShef Pink Stand Mixer from DOMU (Review)

Baking is something that I’ve always enjoyed. Whether it’s a cake or perhaps a loaf of bread. There’s something so enjoyable about making something from scratch, plus nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread in the morning! That’s why, when I was asked by DOMU if I’d like to review one of their stand mixers I jumped at the chance! I chose this pink VonShef Stand Mixer. I was weighing up which colour to go for. It was a toss up between white or pink, but as you can see pink won! This stand mixer is just £74.99 and… [Read More]

Nuts for Gifts: Video Special

Finding a special and unique gift for someone for an upcoming occasion can sometimes be a challenge. Most people go down the easy route such as personalised cards and gifts that you can create online and have delivered straight to your door. Other people like to get more hands on and actually make something creative themselves as a gift for someone. This is my preferred method! I love getting my fabric stash and sewing box out! I was recently contacted by the lovely people from Nuts for Gifts and asked if I’d like to work with them to promote knowledge of… [Read More]

Exercise For The Family: Balancing That Budget

It might seem impossible to some to be able to fit health and fitness into your life without having to invest constantly in it.  The figures would seem to suggest that, too, with the health and fitness industry getting between 40 and 50 billion of our hard-earned dollars each year! But you don’t have to buy into it to stay healthy. If you’re maintaining a strict family budget, you can ensure that a healthy life fits in it. Photo by dbreen Dispel the healthy eating myth There’s a myth around healthy eating. Not that it’s healthy, there’s definite evidence that… [Read More]

There’s more to microwaves than you think #SoMuchMore

How often do you use a microwave? I think I probably use mine pretty much every day. Whether that’s to heat up some beans or frozen peas, or to heat up a quick and healthy ready meal. Yes, quick and healthy microwave ready meals really do exist! Just yesterday I had salmon with brown rice and vegetables that was all cooked in the microwave. I think that when most people think about using microwaves, they assume you’re using it to cook an unhealthy ready meal, but that’s simply not the case. Microwaves have come a long way since they were… [Read More]

Healthy Food: Teaching Children That Patience Is Rewarded

Young children can be picky eaters, and the general types of food sold at most supermarkets are loaded with preservatives. These chemicals are designed to make sure the product lasts long enough from creation in the factory, the shipping dock and then in the store for at least a week. Consequently, many normal food items we buy are stuffed full of salts and sugars. This stimulates children and fills them with energy. Junk food is commonplace in most households because it’s cheap, easily accessible and ready-to-eat. The cycle repeats itself over and over. The challenge so many parents face is… [Read More]