Last Minute Ways To Get Involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Month

You may or may not know that October is breast cancer awareness month, with October coming to an end this weekend there isn't much time left to get involved, but the good news is that you can still help to make a difference! 
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Slimming World Weekly Weigh in & Food Diary #14

This week has been a bit of a mixed bag, I wanted to be good after my 2lb gain last week but I did have two meals out, and I'm not one of these people who can go out and happily eat a salad, I like three, or at the very least two, naughty courses! The rest of the week I have been good although I have had a few days with not enough speed and/or skipped meals. 

I was extremely shocked and happy to stand on the scales today and discover that I've lost 4 & 1/2 lbs this week! This is my biggest loss so far. Not only have I now got my Club 10 (I've lost 10% of my weight) I am also down into the next stone bracket and only have 1/2 lb until I get my stone & a half award. I am going away this weekend so I'm not holding out too much hope to get it next week but at least it is now in sight.

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Carry on reading for my food diary & photos.


Recent Events : #PartyAtTheAngel and #SWBXmas

I've recently attended two fabulous events, both arranged by fellow bloggers. The first event, #PartyAtTheAngel, organised by Ffion and Charlotte, was held at The Angel Hotel, Cardiff back in September. The second event, #SWBXmas, organised by Kerry, was held at Chapter, Cardiff a few weeks ago.

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Review : Autumn Menu at Victoria Park Brewers Fayre, Ebbw Vale

Yesterday I went along to the Gwent Brewers Fayre, based in Victoria Park, Ebbw Vale, to trial their new Autumn menu*. Based near the Festival Park site the restaurant is easy to get to both via car and public transport. It is the perfect spot to fill your stomach ready for a day of shopping and activities at the park site, or to re-fill your stomach after burning off all your energy shopping.

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What My Baby Wore #13

I have gone a bit crazy buying new clothing for Aria recently, which means that there are lots of pretty new clothes in this week's what my baby wore post. This girl is better dressed than me, and probably has more clothes than I do.

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Carry on reading to see what Aria has worn the past week and what clothing I have bought for her in the past week (including some amazing Christmas jumpers and a santa outfit!), as usual I have linked to the products below the photo where they are available. Bloggers, don't forget to link up at the end with any baby related clothing posts.


Slimming World Weekly Weigh In #13

You may have noticed that as the weeks of my Slimming World journey pass more and more off plan days are creeping in. This past week the off plan days have increased, I have been eating everything and anything without a care. I'm putting off doing my weekly shop because I just can't be-bothered to sit down and think of a meal plan. As a result I am turning to takeaways or processed food from the freezer. I have started work and am struggling to eat my meals around my shifts, I need to get into a routine of having big breakfasts or early lunches to get me through my shifts. Aria is doing well on her weaning so I want to start giving her more of our food instead of making her separate meals and I just don't know what we should be eating that will be suitable for her. I think all of this combined with the stress of trying to find a house is why I have fallen completely off the wagon. 

As a result of the above a 2lb gain didn't upset me. 

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Carry on reading to see what I've been eating, both on and off plan.

Roald Dahl and McDonald's Happy Readers Initiative

McDonald's have recently partnered with the National Literacy Trust, Penguin Random House Children’s UK and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate to help encourage family reading time in the UK with the McDonald’s Happy Readers initiative. McDonald's will be giving away millions of books containing excerpts from some of Roald Dahl’s most loved stories in their Happy Meals.

mcdonalds roald dahl happy meal contents


Christmas Gift Guide : The Kids

Seven Awesome Gift Ideas for Your Kids this Christmas.

Christmas is on the way and, undoubtedly, you’ll be looking for the perfect gift. Not sure what to choose? If you’re stuck for gifts to buy your kids or a child you know this Christmas, here are seven brilliant ideas that’ll look great under the tree and in a stocking, too!


Review : IngenuiTEA Teapot

I love loose tea but I rarely drink it, I always think it a hassle to make (and wash) a teapot full just for myself, I'm lazy so I need a lazy tea making device. The ingenuiTEA is the perfect lazy device to easily make loose tea for one or two people. 

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ingenuiTEA £16*  ||  Various Tea Samplers (prices vary)*  


What My Baby Wore #12

I've started to run out of clothes for Aria, when she was born people bought her lots of clothes, ranging up to size 3-6 months, she is now either too big for them or wearing them, her wardrobe is half empty and I don't like it! As a result I've bought quite a few bits for her this past week, my staff discount has also come in handy, I'm sure you'll be able to guess where I work just from reading this post! 

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Please link up at the end with any baby related outfit posts of your own, old or new. As usual, I have linked to the items below the individual pictures where they are available on-line. 


Leaving My Career for My Baby

A lot of you won't know this, I'm a fully qualified Legal Cashier. I have worked in the accounts department in a local Solicitors since the last year of my admin course in college, I went there on work experience during my course and they kept me on part time, working on the days that I didn't have college. Once I finished college they offered me a full time role, eventually they put me through a diploma, I failed my exam first time around but scraped through the second time, I now have the option to use the letters ILCA DIP after my name if I so wish (I never use them!). A few weeks ago, after working there for almost 13 years, I decided to put my baby before my career and hand my notice in. I left my career for my baby.

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Stop Smoking with iCig

When I found out that I was pregnant with Aria I found it really easy to quit smoking, as soon as I saw the positive pregnancy test that was that. I have always been more of a social smoker than a full time smoker, no alcohol during pregnancy meant that quitting smoking was easy. Almost eight months later and I'm back in the habit, with alcohol comes dirty cigarettes. 

icig electronic cigarette starter kit review


Slimming World Weekly Weigh In #12

I started this week really well, I did a huge food shop and planned my evening meals and some of my lunches for the week, I also popped into Iceland to buy some of the Slimming World freezer food just in case. We used the sausages one day and they were lovely. As is becoming a habit I did trip up a little on the weekend, I simply can't say no to treats when I'm out and I see them, I enjoy cake too much! Despite the slip ups I did have quite a few low syn & zero syn days so I imagine that I did stay within my syn allowance over the week as a whole, which is how I managed to lose another 1.5lbs, bringing me to a total weight loss of 1 stone & 4lbs.

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Carry on reading to see what I've been eating this last week.


Baby Halloween Outfit Ideas

I've spent a little while searching for cute baby Halloween outfits for Aria's first Halloween, I decided that I wanted her to be a Pumpkin because I painted my bump as a 'bumpkin' last year. While searching I came across so many cute outfits, it has taken a lot of restraint not to buy them all and I am still very tempted to buy more!

Carry on reading to see what Aria will be wearing this Halloween and for some of the outfits that I still want to buy.

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What I Wore : Casual Rainy Day

Having a baby in a pushchair means that I can no longer reach for my umbrella when it rains, I could try but I am not good at steering that thing at the best of times, steering it while holding an umbrella would end in a crash. As a result I need a good rain coat.

target dry kendal waterproof cotton jacket review


What My Baby Wore #11

Another instalment of What My Baby Wore, I feel as though I'm making excuses every time I post this lately as I never seem to feature many outfits, this week the excuse is that we have sold our house and are frantically searching for a new house, it has been an emotional roller coaster with the joy of selling our house, the disappointment of the house that we want selling to someone else and the stress of finding another house.

Any way, more on that in another post, for now it is time to share what Aria wore!

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My Little Ducking Novelty Pilot Baby Hats

Aria is at the age where it is fully acceptable to dress in her cute but silly clothing, I love to take advantage of this and the fact that she can't yet refuse to wear what I want her to which is why I jumped at the chance to review a hat from My Little Ducking.

My Little Duckling Pilot Baby hat snowdust pink


Giveaway : Build! A Knight's Castle, Pop Out and Build a Castle Battle Scene

I have three copies of Build! A Knight's Castle up for grabs for three lucky winners. This book, published by Ivy Kids, is designed to encourage your child to think like an archeologist while having fun.

Build! A Knight's Castle: Pop Out and Build a Castle Battle Scene - giveaway competition

Carry on reading to find out more about the book and for a chance to win your own copy.


Slimming World Weekly Weigh in #11

I really didn't know what to expect at weigh in this morning, I've had a a mixed week with three very good days on plan and a few not so good days. I stuck to plan for the majority of Saturday but I drank, a lot, Saturday night. Sunday I didn't move far from the sofa other than to be sick or to eat my Pizza Hut takeaway and Monday we hadn't been shopping so I just ate whatever I had available, though I did make some sensible choices such as eating the filling out of a pie and leaving the crust!

The days in the run up to the not so good days were very good and yesterday I had a zero syn day in an attempt to cancel things out. Thankfully this worked! I weighed this morning to find that I had lost 2.5lbs, bringing me to a total of 1 stone 2.5lbs lost.

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Carry on reading to find out what I have been eating on the days that I managed to stick to plan.


Aria's Seven Month Update

I'm a little bit late with this update, which isn't a surprise as I'm a little bit late with everything at the moment! On the 26th September Aria turned seven months old, these months really are flying by.

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What My Baby Wore #10

Let me start this post by apologising for the fact that it is a day late, we've been super busy getting our house ready for viewings and time has just slipped away.

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Carry on reading to see some of my favourite outfits of Aria's from the past week, where available I have linked to the item. Bloggers, please link up any baby related fashion posts, old or new.


Review : The Gro Company Baby Sleep Bag

Keeping a blanket on a baby can be near enough impossible, with all the kicking and wriggling that they do blankets almost always fall off. As a result sleeping bags for babies are very popular, there are a lot of different brands selling baby sleeping bags and the choice can be a little overwhelming, so today I am going to be talking to you about the sleep bag from the Gro Company and explaining why this is the best baby sleep bag that we have tried.

review baby sleeping bag little deer gro bag from the gro company