We have turned from Shrek into the Fresh Prince with help from Weleda! 

The fourteen year old has finally stopped dodging soap!  It is all because of this little Weleda miracle.   

It might cost me a fortune, in comparison to the Aldi own brand shower gel that my husband has on the shopping list. I think I paid about £7 but at the moment I just don’t care.  We’ve gone from smelling Shrek like, all oniony to a citrus smelling beauty.

He says ‘it makes me feel bright awake and fresh’. That works for me! Lets hope he keeps up the good scrub and that darling eleven year old shortly follows in his footsteps!

I have noticed that’s it’s currently reduced to £5.00 in Holland & Barrett – Little note to self: best stock up!

*These are my own views. This is not a sponsored post*

#MorrisonsMum Hits Shop for Bank Holiday Supplies *

#MorrisonsMum Hits Shop for Bank Holiday Supplies 

I am feeling rather privileged to be a #MorrisonsMum.  As a #MorrisonsMum I had been given £80 worth of voucher to see if I could save money on my shopping for a bank holiday weekend.

Morrisons have just launched their new cheaper Morrison promotion which means that Morrisons have cut the prices on over a thousand of our most fave products.  These will not be temporary reductions they will be every day low prices on the things we buy every week. So we should notice the difference every time we shop at Morrisons.

There are many Morrisons Locals near me  but I wanted to experience the whole range so wanted to go to a larger store.  So after a little scout on their website and a chat on facebook with friends I decided to go to the Reading store which is 31 miles from home.  Hopefully they will be opening a big Morrisons  store in Wallingford, Oxfordshire soon. Check for your local store here.

We decided on a little family trip out so myself, him indoors and the two boys hopped in the car to see what we could find. My mother-in-law loves Morrisons and usually pops in on her way home from her caravan each weekend.  She is always telling me about the bargains and quality products so my expectations were high.

We entered the shop to what I can only describe as a vast array of vegetables.  I am a vegetarian so I was like a kid in a sweet shop.  My boys were amazed at all of the new vegetables that they have never even seen before.  Samphire, Mooli radishes and  globe artichokes are just not the usual products you get in our local ‘other’ supermarkets. Also the boys were bewitched by the spray/hydration system that kept the ‘wilty’ vegetables fresh.

We then moved through the store via the Pizza ‘Creation Station’ as Joe referred to it.  The lady made our pizza’s in front of our eyes and the boys told her what they would like on them.  There were also a large selection of Pizza’s already made up to choose from but as the boys are a bit particular about what is on their pizza this was perfect for us.

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Then I hit ‘my favorite’ part of the store the BAKERY! oh my word how many different types of bread can you possibly buy?  For me that’s easy,  all of them.  tiger bread, bagels, baguettes, sliced bread, burger rolls and not forgetting some doughnuts with sprinkles on. (12 for £2.96) and now I have eaten then I can tell you they were good.

We decide that we were having a barbecue for dinner and therefore we needed some meat, coleslaw and  obviously some beer.

We scouted the booze aisle, and him indoors choose some Bud and some berry cider.  Not really my preference but I has some wine.

Once we had collected the meat and some cheese, coleslaw etc it was time to hit the checkout. Had a little bet with ‘him indoors’ as to how much our hugely stacked trolley was going to come to.  He thought it was going to be at least £180 and I was even further over the top thinking it was going to be over £200.  I know I am a nightmare in a shop I have never been to before buying things I wouldn’t normally buy but to our surprise it came in at a fabulous £129.31.  Another little bonus was a petrol voucher for discounted petrol.  I can’t confirm how much it was off a litre as it was taken from my hand to top up his car.

So for tea our bank holiday barbecue worked out at £1.30 per person and lasted us two days of barbecue food fun.

I have also purchased a Pork shoulder and have decided that I will do pulled pork for the next bank holiday weekend and if your lucky I will share my American pulled pork recipe with you at a later date.  Yes, I am still vegetarian but the boys and ‘him indoors’ love it.

I must say that I am impressed with the quality particularly of the fruit and vegetables as they have lasted much longer than the usual vegetables purchased at the ‘other’ supermarkets closer to home.

Hurry up Morrisons I need a shop closer to home!

*This post was written in collaboration with Britmums and Morrisons.  Please note that all opinions and comments are my own.

Kitchen themes! Going underground

Kitchen Themes – Going Underground

I have been thinking about changing our kitchen and giving it a  Kitchen theme of Going Underground.  We moved in and it was Yellow, so I painted it cream. That’s how it has been since we moved in last summer.

I am not an interior designer but my idea was……. close your eyes and imagine…..

  • Cream or White walls
  • Cream or White tiles glossy metro tiles
  • Red and Blue accessories – tea caddies and stuff
  • Tube station signs
  • Red/White and Blue Kitchen Blind

Simple hey?  Just like this.

Then we went to the @Idealhome Show yesterday and we found a tube map from 1WALL.COM who specialise in murals and door posters.  It seemed a bargain at £15 so we bought it.

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The Husband has installed our new mural this morning and I am not sure whether I am liking it.  Maybe it is a bit too much after being a room of creamy blandness for a while.   Maybe once I paint the chairs and table to match in red, white and blue gloss I will get used to it.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate it, I do like it but not sure if its just a little bit too busy and that just a few signs would have been a better idea.

On the plus side the boys can learn the tube map and also where and how they would need to travel to get to certain places or visit Uncle Stephen when they are bigger.

The mural was really easy to install being just two pieces of paper to match and align.  Top tip: use a plumb line and a tape measure to get your central line and your good to go.

There are so many murals available from www.1wall.com.  You could even have a Where’s Wally or One Direction Mural.  Can you image a whole wall of 1D?  Pop over and check them out. Let me know if your tempted 🙂

Warwick Castle in pictures

We took a family trip to Warwick Castle with our new Merlin Annual Passes and had an amazing day.  The sun was out and it was warm too this made so much of a change after all this rain we have had. The boys are into their armoury, so the amazing talk by Ben on swords, maces, Continue reading →

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2014 Fitness Update – Week 3

This is the 2014 fitness log – week 2

week beginning: 27/1/2014

Weight: 13st 3lb – 2lb weight loss this week

Age: 39 years and 31 weeks

Activity this week:

Wednesday 29th Jan – Session 7 – Warm up walk, followed by 5 minute run, 2 minute walk x 4 reps = 28 minutes

Oh my word a huge ramp up from last Wednesday but I gave it a go.
I was keen to get going as it was chilly.
Rep 1 was ok I was just thinking how was I going to go much further when Julie shouted out 10 seconds to go and I was done. Couldn’t catch my breath for a while but after a walk I was ready to go again.
Rep 2 was a bit harder so I think we slowed it down a bit but got to the end.
Rep 3 felt so much better though twinges under my ribs at the back so Julie suggested I try and suck in the tummy muscles as I was probably tensing as trying to concentrate on my breathing but actually this rep was ok.
Rep 4 felt easy compared to all the others, was this mentally I knew it was the last or it just took me that long to get into my stride.
Suzanne told me that no runner really enjoys the first mile.
2 miles covered and 20 minutes run and 8 minute walk.

Saturday 1st February – Session 8 – Warm up walk, followed by 5 minute run, 2 minute walk x 4 reps = 28 minutes. Well that was the plan.

The sun was out, no rain, bit chilly should have been brilliant. Today I felt like I hit the wall struggling to breath correctly meant that I was struggling even with a 3 minute run. Struggled through 2 reps then gave up and walked the rest of the route home ! Angry angry angry with myself no one else.

Now to sweep that one under the carpet and move along to the next adrenalin fix. Monday night I will be coming for you 24 minutes of running

Warner Bros – The Making of Harry Potter – Review

Today I took the boys and my sister to The Making of Harry Potter.  We love Harry Potter and really loved Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando.

We thought as my son’s birthday is on Halloween it would be a great place to visit.  We had so many recommendations and were very excited.

We arrived early for our 1.00pm tour and had a wander around the shop and purchased a couple of wands and mentally made a list of other purchases we wanted before we left.

We had a quick snack in the café before joining the queue to start the tour.

Queue time was about 30 minutes before we reached the start of the tour.  Although we could see the Anglia, the trolleys that Ron and Harry used on platform 9 3/4 to carry their bags and the cupboard under the stairs it seemed to be missing something.   For me, that was the Harry Potter music.

The tour itself was amazing with insights into how props were created, beasts were animated, troll snot was made and used and much much more.  Animatronics, green screens, CGI, sets, costumes I do think this is fabulous place not just for Harry Potter fans but anyone with any interest in engineering, film making, costume making and acting.  The boys weren’t keen to fly the on the broomstick in the green screen room, but we did sit in the Anglia and on the night bus, had a walk in Diagon Alley and we even saw the Death Eaters appear, they were actually quite scary.

We did have trouble getting past the fact that it was a studio tour and not a theme park like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. I think we had spoilt it for ourselves by going to Orlando first.  I bet if they combined the two to make a Harry Potter Theme Park it would be totally amazing.  Leo was looking forward to a ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff he couldn’t get the concept that there were no rides there.

http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/

Birthday Parties – Something different?

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

This year the boys wanted something other than the usual football/bouncy castle leisure centre birthday party.  So I trawled the net for other more appealing options and found a fantastic alternative.

In July my eldest had been away with school for a week in Wales and whilst they were away he did rock climbing, canoeing, abseiling and the like.  He came back full stories of the activites he had taken part in. So from here I started my hunt to see what options were available for his birthday party.

My brother recommended contacted Youlbury, which I knew as a Scout camp. I found their page and contacted Kathy for ideas of prices.  I was expecting to pay a fortune!  £££££ and was pleasantly surprised that actually it wasn’t.

The pack arrived by email and hesitantly I scrolled through the information to find the prices and was very pleasantly surprised. £9 for one activity of 1.5 hours or £15 for two which equated to 3 hours – yes 3 hours of activities and most of them are qualified instructor led!

Joe’s was the first party we held at Youlbury this took place in July and it was hot, hot, hot.  The boys who were all 11  and attempted the aerial trekking and archery.

Arial trekking was so high I was dizzy just looking up, they had to scale the climbing wall to the top and then complete the aerial course and then come down  the other side.  The boys had two instructors and my brother also helped out.  then they attempted the archery. Whilst the boys did archery my sister and brother built a fire and cooked their sausages.

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Leo’s was the  most recent party, which took place on Monday 28th October (yep the day of the potential 2012 storm which was supposed to rival 1987). Luckily, for me they didn’t cancel and we arrived with 8 boys aged 7 and 8 in tow.

The boys were very excited and attempted the archery using bows that looked massive in comparison to them.  They were led for both activities by Beth who had just passed her Level 2 assessment the day before enabling her to lead even more activities.   She controlled the boys so well I was very impressed. Safety talks and instructions were all listened to before the activity started.  Leo loved it and a couple of the boys managed to hit the bullseye!

 After a quick break for a wee, sandwich and a drink the boys were strapped into their harnesses for the crate stacking.

Beth advised that due to the weather if the crates were blowing over she would have to stop the activity.  Luckily the weather was sort of in our favour, the wind piped down but we did have a heavy shower but the boys did not fret and fuss they just cracked on and really enjoyed the adventure.  We did have one child who got upset and was adamant he  did not want to do the crate stacking activity.  All the boys had been strapped into their harnesses and as Beth was leading the safety briefing he decided that actually he may want to try so we strapped him up and  off he went.  It was decided that as they boys were small and as it was windy that 10 crates high would be adequate for them to attempt.  The child that was not so keen wanted to be the  second pair to attempt the stacks and he  loved it,  and wanted to do it again and again.  Such a turnaround!

Such a fab day yet again, even the weather didn’t put a downer on it and all the boys want to go back again.

We arrived at the camp at 9.30 and left just after 1pm. Definitely value for money.

In fact I am  thinking of having my 40th there and trying to encourage my work place to do a team building event there as it is great!

Here are the details of Youlbury Scout Camp.

Website:  http://www.scoutactivitycentres.org.uk/locations/youlbury/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youlbury-Scout-Activity-Centre/109254055802828

Youlbury Email:  Katharine.Jolley@scouts.org.uk