Thursday, 26 December 2013


For Christmas my Dad bought me and my sister Trinity tickets to see JLS. Obviously we had to have this early as the concert was on the Friday 20th of December in Leeds. I'm so lucky that I got to see one of their last concerts. Yes I'm 23 and no I'm not ashamed to admit that I love them. This was Trin's first proper concert also so she was really excited as she had thought she would never get to see them. 

Above is a video of Trin's reaction when my Dad told her she was going to see them. Sorry the sound isn't great but you can make out how shocked she was, and Mum Dad and Trin all cried *awww*. 

So I wanted to write this post so that Aston, Marvin, JB and Ortise could see how much they meant to their fans. I had see them before when I was in the audience of Lee Macks all star cast, and if I remember correctly JB's pants ripped during their performance. Unfortunately when I went to T4OTB in 2011 they didn't end up performing which sucked as I along with my cousins had waited since 5am to see them. I'm so glad I got to see them one last time. I know a lot of people think at 23 I shouldn't be all fan girling over JLS but come on guys Take That had fans like that before they got back together!! I hope that one day JLS will do a reunion tour with meet and greet packages please. 

I just want to say thank you JLS for all your music and beautifulness, also with helping me realise it doesn't matter how old you are you can still enjoy boy bands. You were never my guilty pleasure and I never hid my love for you, my only regret is that I never bought the meet and greets oh and didn't hang about after Lee Mack. I wish you all good luck in your new career paths always have fun and never lose the friendship you guys have. 

Thank you 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

New Years Giveaway

Some of us bloggers have got together to bring our readers a New Year's giveaway. We have all given something to the prize pot and one reader will win it all. What a great way to start the count down to new year even better start if you are the winner!! 

I think this is a great collection of prizes. Once you have filled out the rafflecoptor why not have a little look at the other lovely bloggers blogs and read their latest posts. Good Luck xxx

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Juggling life

I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately, but I'm back and trying to juggle my life. I know lots of mummies and daddies work and juggle a child but we are just finding the right way to do it.

This week I have started my new job as a rapid response cleaner in the hospital. I had a nightmare trying to find childcare a week before I started work, yeah I had the interview and was told you got the job you start next week. So I joined a few online websites and I found a lady and arranged to go to her's prior to needing her on Monday. I never made it to her house as bus drivers had no idea what bus stop I was on about, the outcome was me crying thinking why am I bothering and generally just annoyed about the situation. I put a rant on facebook and asked if anyone could help me out, I don't have any friends in Wakefield so at this point I was thinking I'm not going to be able to have this job. Luckily a girl I had not long met (through net mums) offered to watch him for me, I was so happy and really appreciate this girl helping me out. So metaphorically speaking that was one juggling ball done.

As you may know by now I am studying with the Open University to gain a degree in psychology and criminology, this year I have added introduction to law. So I have essay's due and reading and online activities to do. I struggle with social science so need to put more into that. This is my second juggling ball up in the air.

The third ball is the house, I still need to wash clothes, cook dinner (although I don't eat until I finish work at 8:30), and all the other house chores. 

My blog is my fourth ball, I enjoy blogging so I don't want to stop if it means that I can only manage one post a week then fine I will do that. In the new year I hope to be bringing you a lot more reviews, I'm actually just finishing off my testing stage on a certain product then a review will be up for you lovely lot. 

Now when I juggle I can only juggle with three balls but I have five to juggle with in my life that isn't added the extra's like Christmas. Jared is my final ball and the most important ball of all, with all the other balls I can put them off but not this one. I will miss bed time and bath time and he will be fast asleep when I get home so the day time is important to me I have from when he wakes up until 2:30 to play, sing and explore with my boy. I'm hoping in a few weeks everything will fall into place.

I would love to read your comments on your life commitments and you manage. 

Monday, 2 December 2013

25 things before I'm 25!!

I recently read 22 before 22 by the lovely Alyssia and it got me thinking. In one year and 5 months I will be 25. I haven't even started ticking of things on my list, apart from the start a family checkbox. I know I'm still young and have plenty of time left but I said that at 18 and 21 so now is the time to start doing. So here is my list. 

1. Write a novel  
I love writing and I really want to write a good novel who knows it may get day. 

2.Sky Dive  
I hate flying and not a fan of heights yet I feel the need to do this hopefully I can and I may even raise some money for charity while plunging towards the ground.

3.Fill a sketch book with my drawings
I used to draw all the time mostly Anime as I think it is a beautiful way to draw.

4.Go to America
If I haven't been by the time I'm 25 then I don't think I will ever get to go :(

5.Lose weight
This needs to be sooner then later I was a lovely size 8 before having my son then in the space of a month and the pill followed by the implant I went up to a 14/16 it is slowly going but I will get back in my size 8 jeans.

6.Move house
Our house is just that a house, I want us to have something that we love and want to put effort in when it comes to decorating. 

7.Buy a car
I sold my car so we could get a house to live in and pay of some debt before Jared-David was born and I would love to have a car again. 

8.Be near the end of my Degree
I work so hard on my assignments I juggle them through housework and my son and now a job, I just hope I get that Degree. 

9.Join a Gym or Sports group
I would settle for something like martial arts I would love to get back into running but I think them days are gone. 

10.Go to concerts
When  I was younger I never got to go and see people as it was too expensive but now I can (if I save) and I want to see at least 5.

OK sounds a little boring but I want to make cakes and biscuits that are so pretty no one wants to eat them. I can do it and I'm very good at it just not enough time. 

12.Get another dog
I love my Rosie roo bear so much and I want her to have a friend. 

13.Eat more foods
Of course I mean foods that I have never really tried not just more in quantity as that would ruin number 5.

14.Make a quilt
This is something I have always wanted to do but I'm useless when it comes to sewing etc but I will just try harder. 

Now America would be nice but I would like to go back to Germany and drive it not just get on a plane.

16.Watch box sets
I'm more of a box set girl then a film girl so I want to watch more box sets 

17.Write and illustrate a childs book 
I would be happy if to do this just for my own son but would be nice to get it published. 

18.Visit family more
Kind of hard atm without a car but I want to see my family down south more.

19.Get my blog self hosted 
I plan for this to happen after my birthday in April.

20.Own more shoes
I really don't think I have enough shoes. 

21.Go out on date's with the boyfriend
Lately we don't go out as much and I miss going for dinner with him. 

22.Go on more day trips
As a family we go out when we can but I want to take Jared to see loads of things like caves and fun museums.

23.Learn how to be more artistic with my nails
I like pretty nails but I'm shockingly bad at painting them. 

24.Learn a language
In school I hated french but I would like to learn a language that would benefit me German, Polish or even Chinese. 

25.Plan my life
What can I say I like to plan things I hope to be in talks about baby number 2 when I'm 25 but time will tell. 

If you have a list I would love to have a read just leave me a comment with a link :) xx

Thursday, 28 November 2013

My Idea Of A Perfect Christmas

Merry Christmas!! This post is my entry into the tots100/Argos 12 days of Christmas competition. I will be writing it in sort of story type way. I hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear your idea of a perfect Christmas.

It is around 6am and I am woken by a very excited boyfriend (Liam). I open my eyes and realise it's CHRISTMAS!! I get a rush of excitement. As I run over to the window I peer outside to see the ground covered in a white sheet of snow. Jared-David is happily still snoozing away unknowing that Santa has made a visit in the night. We silently creep downstairs trying not to wake the sleeping baby, we don't want a grumpy boy on Christmas day again that's for sure. 

In the kitchen I take out the pre-made pancake mix, bacon and of course golden syrup. While sipping on a coffee, the fuel for the busy day, I heat the pan and pour in some of the mixture. Once all the pancakes are made I fry some bacon. I hear the baby stirring, and Liam asking if he can wake him up. I reply with a stern No reminding him of the events of last year. We sit down with our pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and some juicy slices of bacon. Who would of thought that would be a great combination, not me! but counter to my views it is like eating a little bit of heaven. 

After being awake for over an hour I hear the baby shouting from his room "Mum, Hey, Mum" yes my one year old child really wakes up like this, while stood in his cot trying to peer round the door. I see Liam's face light up and he rushes to get Jared-David. While Jared-David eats his pancakes and drinks his orange juice not really noticing the stack of peasant's under and around the tree, I sort them into piles, it needs to be organised seems even OCD doesn't take a Christmas break. The phone rings and it is my mum telling me she will come and get us at about 12, Christmas dinner at my mums this year. Now we have all eaten it's on to unwrapping, which I love but at the same time I hate as it means not everything looks so pretty and Christmassy. We hand Jared-David his gifts that Santa has left, he also left a mess on in the kitchen of crumbs from his cookies we left out. The floor is now nicely decorated by colourful wrapping paper, if there ever was a red carpet for Santa I imagine it would look a lot like this. The main gifts are given first Jared-David's he rips of the paper with a little help from daddy while mummy take's a lot of pictures. You have to capture these little faces. Liam then open's his gift which is a shiny new games console, now for me. My gift isn't too big but also not too small as I peel the paper away from the box I see the converse logo appear, I get a little excited as I have wanted superhero converses for the past two years. The wait was over I opened the lid and looking back at me is a new pair of 'The Flash' superhero converses. I give my two boys kisses and cuddles before we snuggle down and watch a few Christmas cartoons. 

We are all dressed in our Christmas jumpers that Santa got us all, he has good taste, and wait for my mum to arrive. The fun is just getting started!! When we get to my mum's we are greeted by two very excited girls both talking as fast as they can telling us what they have got. Dad is laid on the sofa in his new T-shirt (he gets one every year) which normally has a cartoon character on and some humorous saying. The house is filled with the smell of turkey and beef. As I grab another cup of fuel Liam sorts of eveyone's gifts, still more to unwrap! 

We sit down for dinner at 3pm our plates filled with turkey, beef, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and an assortment of seasonal veg all swimming in a sea of gravy. The snow starts to fall again, out of the window it looks like a scene perfect for a Christmas card. In total I have taken 234 pictures, good job I got a photo album for Christmas. With our plates empty except from the odd sprout, I wrap Jared-David up and we explore the garden full of snow. A few snowballs are thrown, but the main mission is to build a snowman. The girls get lasts year hats and scarves to decorate the snowmen and woman, ahh the only carrots left are small, but they will do. After an hour in the snow we are all cold and retire back to the house to drink some hot chocolate and play family games, normally any board that we opened this morning. Dad reads the rules, and makes them up as he goes along. We all have our cracker hats on the tiresome jokes have been read out. As the day is ending we gather our gifts ready to go home, eyes are heavy and my fuel gage is nearing empty. A good nights sleep is needed ready for a busy boxing day which in itself will be like another Christmas day. 

So that is my ideal Christmas day I didn't want to go into too much detail and waffle on. I hope we get snow this year too. So merry Christmas everyone and I hope you all have a great day. I must say though writing this has only got me more excited and impatient xx 


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Waterstone's NaNoWriMo Challenge

November is NaNoWriMo which is national novel writing month. Great for writers and readers!! I'm one of the lucky eight bloggers to be picked to take part in Waterstone's Story Cube project. We all have a chapter to write to create a short story that I hope you will enjoy reading. Before reading my chapter I would suggest you read Chapter onetwothreefour and five. I hope you will enjoy my chapter. I hope it doesn't suck to bad!!

Chapter Six

There was a build up of questions. I needed answers and guessing from how secretive and crazy things had gotten, time wasn't on my side. 

I was across the road from the Wigwam. I wanted to go home, but knew the only way back was forward. How had I got tied up in this I was just a normal guy with a 9-5 job, now I felt more like pawn piece from a broad game. The word's that Emily spoke kept whizzing round my mind " Ed, you were chosen. The dice were rolled, and you were chosen" I hoped that I wasn't the answer to save the world!!

As I entered the Wigwam my bare fleet slapped against the cold tiled floor. What sort of bar was this? There was bizarre paintings on the wall, one painting stood out it was of a women who expressed no emotion.
 "I'd to go home to that" I thought aloud. I felt a hand rest on my shoulder "beautiful ain't they?" a man asked whilst passing me a menu. There is was again the 'Gibberish' writing of the old ways. Some sort of tribute bar, would make sense why there was weird classical music playing and of course the paintings. I approached the bar tender with caution. He worn an off white or maybe just dirty shirt with a tie that had a repeated pattern of what looked like propellers from an old style plane. Who was I to judge his clothing choices I was still wearing a smelly 'strangers' jacket and had no bare feet. 
"What's your poison?" asked the bar tender in a rough southern drawl. I explained quickly why I was here and who had sent me. He rolled up his sleeve and bared his wrist to show a tattoo. The same tattoo that had replaced the spot where my watch should be. 
"Sandra mind the bar, I got to attend to some business" Sandra gave a knowing nod. 

We walked to what looked like a storage cupboard. It was a storage cupboard, at least to the unknowing public. There was a tree drawn on the back wall, the bar tender took out a moon shaped key and inserted it into the wall. There was a click and a thin slice of light coming from behind a hidden door. I followed him through the hidden passage into a room. 
"Ed, thank god it's you"  Anna-belle flung herself at me, pulling me tight. How did she get here? Anna-Belle starting speaking in a rush all I could make out was parachuting sheep. I knew then that I was no closer to gaining any answers. "We knew they would be looking for you 'The Chosen One'. I sent some of my men know as the shadow's to get Anna-Belle. You are both needed" 
"Just wait a minuet, I don't know what is going on. I don't know who you are or what I have been chosen for. I just fix computer's and install computer programmes. It is time for some answers" I saw Anna-Belle wince she hate's when I shout. 

" Ok I can answer you this, my name is Brian. Brian Malloy" 

If you fancy a go at writing your own story with the help of the cubes you can head over here and use them online. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

PS4 Range at Gioteck

If your a gamer and still unsure if you want the new PS4 maybe this will help you decide. Now we all know every console has accessories you can buy to enhance your gaming performance or experience. You might have already heard of Gioteck if not then here is your chance to read about what they have to offer. 

They have recently announced their new PS4 accessories range. They offer a range of different headsets which cater for all kinds of gaming needs two specific types are the ones that take game sound from the TV and chat feed from the controller or, if you prefer, they offer headsets that take all sound directly from the controller. They currently stock the EX-06, EX-05, AX1, HS1 and EX-3R MH-1 and EX-03. All of these vary in price and all have great sound quality and look extremely sleek and stylish. 

From the descriptions my personnel favourite is the  new EX3-R, this is a chat only model as I personally prefer to have the game sound coming through my TV set rather that direct to my ear. It looks great and looks extremely comfortable with a very reasonable price tag of £19.99. If unlike me you enjoy playing call of duty with grenades and gunfire all around you making you feel like your in the centre of a war zone, then Gioteck will be able to cater to your fancy. 

All the other models I have mentioned all have the facility to have in game sounds direct to your headset however the EX-06 is the only wireless device, with this model you plug a USB device into your PS4 and connect the USB cables into you TV set then the game sound will be played via your headset, however if you want to hear in game chat or if you want to call your friend a "noob" then you will have to connect the headset to your controller with a simple wire, it is due to be released around about the 7th December (just in time for christmas) This model has an RRP of £69.99. 

The EX-05 is very similar however this model is wired only. As before the USB is plugged into one of the ports on the PS4 which is the connect to your controller or to the back of your TV or both if you want to hear chat and game sound (RRP £39.99). 

The AX1 (RRP £29.99) and HS1 (RRP £19.99) are both stereo headset models and arguably are the most simple and the best value for money. These don't require any connection to the PS4. The headpiece is connected via a cable direct to the controller which in turn plays all game and chat sound through the headphones. 

The MH-1 (RRP19.99) is one of the more popular models in production, it is perfect for the gamers who love to chat away to their friends while they blame "lag" for losing a game of FIFA. It has a headband and a boom mic which from my experience of using boom mic's product a very good sound quality.

 Last but not least is the EX-03, This futuristic design wouldn't look out of place on Starship Enterprise. If fits over the ear and sits perfectly in order to not cause discomfort (RRP14.99). 

So if your getting a PS4 which is tipped to be the best console then your going to need the best gear. Remember, To be the best you've got to own the best and you won't find better products and better prices than at Gioteck. Check out the products here and check out the connection diagrams here

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Preemie Awareness Day

Today is world premature Awareness day, where the whole world can focus on the problem of babies being born too early. I always knew babies could be early but I never really thought of it, when growing up everyone I knew who had babies just had them. Now I am older and a little bit more wiser I understand now just how serious the problem is. In 2012 I gave birth to my son Jared-David (18 months) this is our story of our preemie baby boy. 

I was 28 weeks pregnant and on the Monday I had a midwife appointment, I had a concern as my son's head felt really low down and it was more annoying then painful. As I told my midwife she wrote a few things down then said "It is nothing you will be fine, just go home and I will see you when I get back from my holiday" she didn't even examine me. I think maybe if she did then things might have been different. I didn't want to rush off to hospital as he was still kicking me and rolling about, I had thought to myself if he is still this low down in two days I will go to hospital. 

In the early hours (2/3am) of Thursday the 24th of May I woke up with bad pains across my belly, the pains felt like I just really needed a poo. I tried to get back to sleep but I was so uncomfortable and in pain. I finally woke Liam up and told him that I had been having these pains for about two hours he told me "Don't worry they will be them braxton things" I let him go back to sleep until 5am when I couldn't stand it anymore. I told Liam to go get some money out for a Taxi while I rang my mum who talked some sense into me going in an ambulance. The Ambulance got to my house at 6am and I got pain relief (I hugged the canister of gas and air all the way to the hospital). At this point I had no idea what was going on or that I was going to have my baby. I was petrified that I was going to lose my boy who I had felt kicking me and doing somersaults. We got to the hospital and to the maternity ward at about 6 (still hugging the gas and air). I was taken into a room, a trainee midwife was trying to find the babies heartbeat, I kept asking what was happening? is everything ok? is my baby dead? My question went unanswered and they told me my baby was coming and I needed to be taken to the labour room. The canister of gas and air was now all gone and I was sucking on nothing for about two minutes until I got into the labour room. My recollection of this is still fuzzy as I was away with the fairies a bit. Liam was sat in a corner and there was lots of Doctors, Midwives and Nurses in the room. There was what looked like a tortoise table in the room. At 6:20am my waters broke and at 6:24 my little boy was born. I still had no idea what was going. Liam has told me I kept saying sorry to the midwives for covering them in lets just say stuff. I heard a little cry and I knew my boy was ok he was alive and that was amazing. 

I didn't get to see my son for a couple of hours, I had a few problems and they wanted to make sure I was stable enough first. When I was ready we were taken round to see our little boy, I didn't know what to expect but as silly as it sounds I thought he would just be in a cot sleeping like most babies are when they have been born. What I saw scared me, he was in a room right near the nurses station so they could see him and get to him quickly if they needed. He was in an incubator called the giraffe, we were told he needed to be in this as it did everything and allowed them to monitor him without touching him. He had a tube down his throat and wires going through his belly button, machines bleeped constantly and numbers changed I just wanted to get away from it all. I couldn't stand there and watch my son possibly die!! I got better with dealing with the machines. Jared-David was in hospital for 12 weeks in that time he had had his heart massaged and several blood transfusions, he was on reliant on oxygen until the day before he came home. 

We always get asked how we managed with what was happening to our son. I don't know how we did we just did. The nurses helped and kept us informed on everything. We were also given a little diary that they had made so we and the nurses could fill in what progress Jared was making (It's an awesome keep sake and helped us a lot). We also had visitors which broke down the long 12 hours we would spend sitting next to his incubator. Some days I didn't go, I just couldn't face the constant beeping of machines and lack of privacy. I just wanted to hold my son without there being nurses looking at me and other parents, I wanted to read him a story without others hearing me. I could write for hours about our journey but I will leave it there. Please if any mum's or dad's are reading this going through what we did and just want someone to talk to about this situation then e-mail me ( I will always do my best to help you the best I can. 

 That is Jared-David when he was first born and him this morning. Have a good day everyone and if you can pop on to the bliss website and give a donation. 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Formoline L112

Have you heard about Formoline L112? No? Well I will tell you all about and how 10 of you lovely readers will win a pack of 48 Formoline L112 48 tablets. 

Formoline L112 is the number 1 selling slimming product in Germany. Results show a possible weight loss of 15lbs (7kg) in a 4 week period. Formoline also gives a feeling of fullness which means you consume fewer calories, which is great if your a picker like me. 

Formoline L112 is suitable if your a diabetic as there is no carbohydrate exchange value and it can also help lower cholesterol intake. Whether you want to use Formonline as part of a weight loss regime or even for occasional use when keeping count of your calories is a little bit more tricky, it will help with your overall intake of fat. 

By using a naturally derived fibre that binds with fats, Formoline L112 reduces the overall calorie intake from food by removing a significant proportion of dietary fats at source, in the stomach. Unlike some fat-binding supplements formoline doesn't require you to be close to a toilet all day long. It works specifically on fats (not sugar-based foods or carbohydrates) so is most effective when calories are derived from a diet rich in processed foods that contain large amounts of saturated fats and trans fats. 

Formline L112 costs £24.95 for 48 tablets and is available from pharmacies and health food shops nationwide or on 

So if you fancy a chance of winning a box then use the rafflecoptor below. There is also a code for £10 off just enter SLIM112 when ordering online the code will only work if purchasing Formoline. Good Luck   

The Winners have now be notified by e-mail Thank you all for entering x

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

I love my hair straighteners

You might remember a few posts ago back in October I told you about these Toni & Guy hair straighteners that I was sent. If you haven't read the post then you can do so by clicking here

Well I have had these for a while now and have got to grips with them. I still love them!!! They don't pull my hair or make it static which is great for me as my hair is very static prone. I don't use many hair products partly because my monthly budget doesn't allow it and also because I haven't found any that I think benefit me. I have had to use a medium heat on my hair as it was so dry and dead at the ends I thought if I used a higher setting it may burst into to flames lol. (I know that wouldn't happen). My hair was in desperate need of a cut and thanks to the world of You Tube my mum was able to do it, big risk though!! 

Here is my hair and naked face before I tended to it. 
As you can see my hair is rather wild, my face is pale (which I like) and I have big naked eyes. I stuck to my normal make up routine with my budget make up items that my sisters have ruined but I struggle on. I think the only named brand in my make up is my foundation *hangs head in shame*  With my wall paint on and the sky blue I thought today I shall make more of an effort with my mane. I sectioned my hair normally in to three layers as I find that works best for me, and got to work. Within 15-20 minutes it was done and I looked human well as human as I could be. 
This is me after a little less pale, my eyes not over dressed and my flowing locks or not locks more like straight spaghetti strands? maybe I could of came up with a better way to describe it but I'm a little off today. So if your reading and your daughter,sister,auntie girlfriend or wife has mentioned wanting some new hair straighteners then I would definitely recommend these. They are affordable, a good brand and I love them so that has to count for something right? And if they don't like them you can always blame me but I'm pretty sure that if you buys these no matter who they are for will love them.  

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Christmas Competition

How magical is Christmas? 

I love Christmas, the excitement leading up to it, Christmas eve. I just love it. 
One thing that I think makes Christmas that extra magical for kids is Santa and his Reindeer. You leave some cookies and beer/milk out for Santa and some nice crunchy carrots for his Reindeer's, and in the morning you wake up to a pile of colourful gifts and a bulging stocking. The cookies and carrots are gone!! 

Last year Santa left my little boy a letter. He was only 8 months old so he didn't really understand what was going on but we did and I got excited that he was left a letter from the bearded man himself. Have your children ever got one of these letters? If not then now is your chance. 

I'm giving away 1 Letter from Santa, If you win I will need to contact you for some information to pass on to the Jolly Santa himself so make sure you let me know how to contact you. Good Luck all xx
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Thursday, 7 November 2013


Are your men joining in with Movember?? There are plenty of Moustache styles to aim for maybe you could set a goal for your Mr. I love the horseshoe 

Although us women aren't too keen on growing a moustache we can still support the cause. You can buy a T-shirt, there are so many moustache designs out there. I have moustache print pants and I will also be doing my nails with little moustaches at the tips. 

The T-shirt you see pictured is available from a website called Tshirtstoreonline it is for sale at £30.00. But if that is pushing your budget (what with Christmas coming) then I know Primark has a good range of T-shirts, underwear and even duvet sets. 

In case you are reading this and thinking "What on earth is she rambling about?" I will explain.
Movember is an event that has taken place every November since 1999 where men grow a moustache to raise awareness of Prostate cancer. It started in Australia and is now reconsigned in several countries over the world. In 2004 the Movember Foundation charity has used Movember to raise funds for men's health issues. In 2007 they launched campaigns in Spain the UK and the USA. Everyone has a man in their life and I know most the men I know aren't to keen to go see a doctor about anything so I think Movember is a really great way to get men to think about their health issues no matter what they may be.  

Sunday, 3 November 2013


We don't go many places during the colder months. Mainly because it is cold and that can't be nice for Jared sitting in his pushchair, I don't seem to feel the cold that much. During this half term Liam had some days off work and his Mum had time off (she works in a school) so we all went out for the day. 

Ponderosa is in Heckmondwike I had heard of it but never thought to visit. The centre was set up in 1991 to help bridge the gap between disabled and able bodied people. There is a farm, a kids indoor play and plenty of outdoor play areas also. 

As it was raining when we arrived we went to soft play first. Jared loved it and so did Liam and the other adults. The best thing about having a toddler is being able to go into the play areas with them hehe. Jared wasn't a fan of the pool pit he got a bit upset in there but he loved the slides and of course the flower dome that you can see him sat in. After the kids and big kids had had their fun we had our lunch before looking around. 

For 50p you can buy a bag of food to feed some of the animals. I tried to feed the Llamas I was petrified they were going to spit at me. Instead they spat at someone who came with us. At this point I stopped feeding them and saved it for the reindeer and noisy donkey, it "eh-ored" which made me happy as I hadn't really heard them do that. We also got to see a baby Marmoset which was so cute, one of the workers was telling us how he was there when the baby was born. 

Liam wasn't a huge fan of the reptile room although the snakes were behind glass. He did however like the huge tortoise they had called Alfie. 

They also have horses, Birds of prey and even Otters which are super cute I now want a pet Otter. We had a really good day even though the weather was hit and miss at times. If Jared was a bit bigger I would of let him go on a pony ride. If you live in the area I would recommend it for a visit we had a great time and it wasn't expensive. 

Friday, 1 November 2013

The Cadbury Hamper Winner

WOW!! I honestly wasn't expecting so many people to enter, I was a bit upset at the start as some people had just gone onto google and took some images off there!! I was ready to just pull the plug on the whole thing when I was getting duplicate pictures one even saying that their child who has a disability had spent hours on it. That made me so angry. Any way most of you lovely people had spent time and effort on your pumpkins. Here are a few of them, wish I could show you them all but there are just too many. 


It was really hard picking a winner but someone has to win. Myself, Liam, Trinity and Molly wrote down a list of three pumpkins and we all had this one pumpkin on our list. So here is the Winner (Drumroll) 

Paul Baker and his Daughter with their False Widow Spider

Thank You all so much for sending in your pictures they were fab I wish I could give you all something but sadly I can't. I will do a special Easter competition. 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Barcelona Blogger Challenge

I came across this challenge and thought, I'm going to have a go at this. I haven't been on Holiday since 2004!! It's been a really tough two years for me. So If I was to win the trip to Barcelona here is what I would spend my days doing and where I would go, of course I would take Liam with me because we have never been away together and it would be nice to just be a couple rather then a mum and dad all the time. 

Day One
I'm not one for lounging in the sun and drinking all day. Still a trip away is a time for relaxing I would like to walk around find a nice local restaurant where I could try some new foods. I have read there is a nice little shopping centre called Maremagnum. It has been created out of the old docks so it would be nice to see how much of the original features have been kept also a bit of gift shopping can be done here. I also read about a flea market "Els Encants Velles" it is the biggest of it's kind in Barcelona and I love a good bargain. I think a must when visiting any country is transport so I would look around in advance for scooter hire or tour buses that go by here. 

Day Two 
Time to explore and see what Barcelona has to offer (who knows I may never leave). With all places that attract tourists there are many tours. I normally like to know a bit about the place I am visiting so a tour is perfect, they give you great recommendations too. Although there are loads in the city, I would like to go beyond the city see the surrounding towns/villages. I found a little tour that takes you to the Pyrenees Mountains after looking at pictures, this is a must!! Our world is beautiful we take it for granted, we spend ages looking at pictures and thinking that looks nice. So after looking at pictures and thinking that looks nice I would have to go and see for myself. After the day of hiking around and filling my camera with thousands of pictures I would like a nice relaxing evening, catch a show in one of the bars. 

Day Three
I asked Liam what he would like to do if we were to visit Barcelona. I was surprised to hear him say that he would like to go scuba diving. I'm not a huge fan but I guess I could do this for an hour or two and I did make him hike in the Pyrenees mountains. Like I said I think a holiday should be spent seeing and doing not just catching a tan but a few hours on the beach won't hurt. Liam also said one thing we lack on our list to do so far is have a dance and a drink. So off to a bar for Tapas, Sangeria and Flamenco dancing, again I have looked online to see what I could find and Tablao Cordobes has all of this, Taxi!!

Day Four
It's the last day we need to get a few more things done time has gone to fast. I want to gain something from this trip so I will go and have a belly dancing lesson (I have more then enough belly to dance with) and Liam can spend his morning on a segway tour. I reckon he would love this it's not to boring (meaning he doesn't have to walk) and he can see a bit more of the beauty the city has to offer. We never get much time together to be a couple or to just enjoy spending time together. I'm always stressed with Uni work, house work and looking after a child all day and Liam is stuck in an office all day. Time for some de stressing before we head back to rainy England. Hammam and massage should do the job nicely after reading about this I'm about ready to board a plane. 

So that is my idea of a great trip with Liam, not to everyone's liking but we all like different things. I may not have picked 100s of things to do, why? Simply because I don't want to rush my visit. I want to save some for another visit and just enjoy my time rather then rushing it all. I have spent some time looking at what I would like to do, of course there would still be some time in there for me to visit some more shops and pick up some great souvenirs.      

Monday, 28 October 2013

Personalised Bib give away

Hello all parents and aunts uncles etc etc. I have a little give away for you.

A company called Original Orange Octopus is letting me host this give away for you to win a personalised Bib. I don't know about you but last year I found it really hard on what to get my little boy for Christmas. Actually I just find it hard full stop to buy prezzie's for baby's!! I think a personalised bib is a fab idea. 
This is what you could win but Bib will be white.

All you need to do is use the rafflecopter select the way you wish to enter and then someone will get picked at Random. Good Luck Guys!!! 

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Friday, 25 October 2013

Versatile Blogger Award

I got a tweet the other day Debs who blogs at superbusymum saying she has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much. I know I'm not a high end blogger but I never thought anyone would ever read my blog except the boyfriend my cousin and a friend or two. So for me to get these awards to feedback from other bloggers and even companies, is great and it is helping me become a more confident person. It's hard finding your place in the world specially when you have spent practically every year of your life moving and starting the whole process of friend making etc again. 

I now need to tell you 7 random facts about myself so here goes

1. I once wrote a series of children's books and I was offered a publishing deal but I didn't have £200 to cover some legal bits so couldn't carry on with it.

2. I nearly ran for England's under 16's.

3. I have been to 2 primary schools and 5 high schools, that's the RAF life for you.

4. I have a hate towards technology even though I like it. I hate how it has changed us all in to zombies and kids are afraid to climb trees and get dirty "Hey kids!! It's awesome outside"

5. I managed to break my finger while swimming.

6. I'm extremely stubborn and will argue my point even if I know I'm wrong, unfortunately this runs in my family and I hate it. 

7. I have 100% positive feedback on my eBay account I don't know how I would feel if it were any less thanks to my OCD and perfectionism. 

So there are my random facts and I now need to nominate 7 lovely bloggers who I think deserve this award.

The rules of the award are as follows:
  • You must put the Versatile Blogger Award pic on your blog.
  • Make sure you thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post.
  • Write 7 random facts about yourself and nominate 7 other bloggers.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The petition against Thorpe Park

I have just read about a student nurse who wants an attraction at Thorpe Park to be closed. I'm sorry but what is going wrong in the world!! I don't know maybe it is me. I see a lot now a days where we can't do this or shouldn't do that in case in upsets someone or causes offence. 

I have depression which is a form of mental illness and mental illness is a common thing now but do we really need to go as far as shutting things down and banning certain costumes?? Also where does it stop?? Do we stop making/watching horror films with psychotic characters, stop soaps from having mentally unstable characters. And of course their are experience days now where you can have these sort of experiences. 

Why do people feel the need to ruin some harmless fun for people? I think we are all aware that people who suffer with mental illnesses don't all run around waving axe's trying to cut you open so they can wear your skin. We all need to lighten up, live a little and just laugh. I do not think this Asylum Maze attraction is stigmatising mental illness at all, and to be honest some days I do feel like running around waving an axe around shouting but we all have days like that. I think Miss Sutton seems to forget that attractions are based on the films we see and we are not all stupid to think that mentally ill people act in this way. My message to this women is simple "live a little it's ok to smile and laugh some even say it is fun"

What do you think about this?

Friday, 18 October 2013

Look what I got

Hello my lovelies, I have been a bit quiet this week. This is due to Liam having some time off and we have had hospital with Jared also, but I'm back. 

I was recently contacted and asked if I would be interested in doing a product review. I was so excited because this is the first request I have had that wasn't for obscured adult items. So this post I will be telling you what I got. Eek I love it. 

 These are what I was sent. I have always wanted Toni & Guy hair straighteners  I use their hair care products so now my set is complete. They arrived pretty quickly and just in time for my interview. 

My first impression of these were "OMG they are beautiful" I'm sure you girls and guys have products/items where you feel the same. Before I tested these beauties out, I red through the booklet that comes with it. The booklet gives you little tips about making the best use out of these and how to get your hair looking great. What I love most about these is the LCD display, it shows you what heat they are at. I prefer this to the dodgy dial you normally get, if your anything like me you normally nudge the dial and end up either burning your hair or not having enough heat. Talking of heat these babies go up 230C compared to my old ones this is alot higher which I hope is going to help keep my curly locks straight!!

I have had a quick dabble with them and I'm very impressed with how they work. They don't pull my hair like my old ones did. They don't have a funny smell when heating up like I have found a few do. I just love them. If you like the sound of these you can purchase them from chemistdirect. I will be doing a review of how I get on with these in about a month and let you know if my feelings towards them have changed and how my hair handles them. 

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Oh My Pumpkin Pie

I was on a cooking mission the other day. To be honest I went a bit crazy, home-made bread rolls and stew for dinner followed by pumpkin pie. I have always wanted to try pumpkin pie as I have seen it on so many american shows. 

I bought a can of pumpkin ready done from an american grocery store based online. It cost £2.35 for 425g of Libby's solid pumpkin.

I made the pastry for the pie first. A simple recipe for shortcrust pastry it said 9oz of pastry is needed but I would advise to use more and make the base and casing a little thicker as I found it to be too thin for my liking. 
So how you make the filling is pretty simple, it tells you on the side of the can also. You empty the full can into a bowl mix in a teaspoon of cinnamon, half a teaspoon of ginger and just a quarter of a teaspoon of ground cloves. Throw 6oz's of sugar in and half a pint of evaporated milk. You will see while mixing that the mixture isn't so orange anymore.
 While mixing the filling place your pastry in the oven for 15 mins around gas mark 7 is fine. Once that's all done pour the mixture into your pastry, reduce the heat to gas mark5/6 (depends if you have a dodgy oven like I do) and leave it for 40-50 minuets.
Unfortunately my camera died on me after this picture so I don't have a picture of what it looked like afterwards. To make sure it is fully cooked use a knife and place in the middle of the mixture if it comes out clean your good to go. When I had a bowl of pie I had it with squirty cream. Although I found it nice it could of done with being more sweeter and having more pastry. I'm planning on making it again at some point but it will have to have some tweaks I think. 

Don't forget to check out the Halloween competition, please make sure they are your own designs as I have had a few people use google images and pass it off as their own. This upsets me slightly as I'm using my own money to buy this prize because I value my readers also I feel insulted that you think I would be silly enough to be fooled by these. 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Blog Your Heart Out Award

There I was going through my e-mails and I noticed I had a new comment on my blog post. To my surprise I have been nominated for the blog your heart out award, by miss mad about nails. The award has a few rules which are as follows. Answer the next 5 Questions and then choose 5 bloggers who you think deserve more recognition and followers then they have. 

Here are the questions and my answers. 

What/who encouraged you to start blogging?
My cousin was blogging and she mentioned that she thought I should start blogging. I was a bit unsure but with her help my blog was up and running by the end of the week. I thank her for that as I love blogging and feel better in myself for doing so. 

How did you choose what topic(s) to blog about?
I didn't have a clue, I knew I wanted to be heard and I knew I wanted to help other people which is why my first few post are very personal, I wanted people to know about me before they read anything else so they could see my son myself and my whole life change. I love sharing my experiences with people. I'm too honest for my own good sometimes though. 

What is something most people don't know about you?
That I'm a bit of a loner lol. I have moved around for years and I have friends the closest is about an hour and a half away. So where I live I actually I only know my mum, my sisters and Liam. 

What three words describe your style?
Primark, comfortable and changing. 

What do you like to do when your not blogging?
Normally when I'm not blogging I am doing my uni work. I like to take Jared-David and Rosie to the park, shopping and just taking five minuets to relax. Although I never can find that five minuets. 

I would like to nominate the following five bloggers-

Erika -
Frankie -
Jenna -
Evelyn -
Lucy -

It took me a while to choose as I read a lot of blogs and so many are great but I came up with these five. Thank you for my nomination Megan. 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Chocolate Review

If you love chocolate or even if you are planning on buying someone chocolate then you need to read this. 

I was lucky enough to be sent some chocolate from a company called choc-on-choc. I came across this company from another website while browsing for some Chocolates to get people this Christmas. WOW was my first thought the pictures of the chocolate were great, I never thought chocolate could look so beautiful. When I found these I instantly showed my mum and of course Liam hinting that I wanted this!! I contacted the company and told that I loved the detail on their products and would love to share with my blog readers. So here we are. 

I was sent this box of which is a selection of truffles. The flavours are Strawberry champagne, Triple choc brownie and Sea salt caramel. I'm not normally a huge fan of champagne or alcohol type chocolates because it's normally to strong, but these I could eat all day. I think the chocolate to champagne ratio is spot on. They were all very nice and I had the whole panel try them. Trinity had Sea salt caramel and I halved one with Liam as Molly had the other one. Liam had two of the brownie flavour I had the last one and me and my Mum had the Strawberry champagne ones. Yes sadly they are all gone but I will be ordering more. 

This is the second item I was sent. How beautiful is that?! I haven't eaten it yet and I can't bring myself to eat yet. I'm no art expert but surely this is some sort of food art. The detail is fantastic. 

Here is a closer look at the detail put into this chocolate. Please take a look at the work they do. You can find them on facebook just click here. On their website you will find a huge selection there is something for everyone. Dinosaurs for little boys, Flowers and truffles for your little girl. Many can be personalised by adding a name which I love as I can never find Jared-David wrote on anything. If you are planning a wedding are stuck on what favours to buy then pop on their website and have a look at the wedding favours they have to offer. 
Now your probably thinking that for such pretty looking chocolates it's going to cost a fortune, well you are wrong. The box of Truffles I was sent sell on their website for £8 that is less then a £1 for one compared to other retailers who's names I don't think I need to mention this is a great and fare price. The Snow scene with penguins is £12 which when I first saw the price I thought it was wrong as I expected it to be more. I also love the little boxes they come in, I have a strange obsession of keeping little boxes like this I never end up using them I just can never bring myself to throw it out. Anyway so that is choc-on-choc chocolates, I love them and I hope you do and will if you buy them.

Don't forget to add check back later tonight for the Halloween competition I will be running. 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Peking Duck

I'm going all out this month with cooking and baking I will be sharing my recipes with you and letting you know just how or not so tasty they are after I have tried them. 

This is my first challenge Peking Duck, while I was in Manchester taking Jared to a modelling shoot I popped into a Chinese supermarket. It was only across the road so would of been rude not to. I bought a Duck for under £5!!! I don't know about you but I only ever eat duck at a Chinese buffet as it is so expensive in shops. I didn't know how I was going to cook it but I knew I wanted it to taste like it does in the Chinese buffets. So here is how I cooked it.....

I combined in a bowl, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of ground white pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves. I mixed them together then took a teaspoon of the mixed spices and placed this inside the duck. I then added 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce to the rest of the spice mixture and rubbed this all over the duck making sure it was very well covered. I left it in the fridge over night so all the flavours could sink into the meat. I felt very chef like doing all this and the combination of spices smelt lovely.
After leaving the duck overnight to marinate it was almost ready to start cooking. I cut some spring onions up and placed them inside the duck. Then into the oven it went (gas mark 5/ 190C) I left the duck for about an hour then removed it to coat it in a mix of  2 tablespoons of light soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of honey. The duck was returned to the oven for another 2 hours. 

This is my duck once it was ready. 
I served the duck in wraps with egg fried rice. To my surprise it was actually really nice, I thought that I would over cook the duck and make it dry. The duck was nearly perfect. I didn't realise until I was shredding the duck how little meat you get on them. You can see the size of ours in the above picture and there was enough there for Liam and me to have two duck wraps each. Unfortunately I don't have any more pictures as my battery went on my phone after taking this one. 

If you would like to make this then please make sure you cook for the recommended time stated on the packaging of you purchased duck.  

Monday, 30 September 2013

Your having a laugh

I thought I would cheer myself up by looking at funny news stories over the past few weeks, while I was reading some and having a giggle. I thought I would make a post about what is going on in our wonderful world. So if you have the Monday blues take five and have a read of these. 

A fun loving biker asks mourners to pay tribute wearing fancy dress (Metro online) 
I loved this story, Mr Gary Pattison who died five days after a collision had left some instructions for his friends and family to follow. He asked that people wear fancy dress and that any of his savings were to go behind the bar. When he left his instructions at the end he quoted the warner brothers "In the words of Warner Brothers, "That's all folks!" Enjoy and do me proud". I just thought this was a nice story if you go on the Metro website you can see pictures and read the full story. 

Did any of you see the story about the creepy clown in Northampton?? Well he is now selling merchandise to raise money so he can travel around the country. I know he is creepy looking but I think it's funny, life can be too serious so it's nice to see that some people can still have fun and make people laugh (even with a scary clown face) lets all buy a T-shirt and hope he comes to a town near you. (Full story on the mirror website) 

Does anyone else think that wearing animal print while visiting zoo's is inappropriate? or causes the animals to become confused? I think this is a silly story and that Chessington is being a bit silly. They have banned certain animal print clothing to prevent the animals reacting to the visitors. Now surely they are going to notice a person in bright pink, yellow, blue and all other colours which could also cause them to react. If you look at past animal attacks the people have been wearing normal clothes, and weren't dressed as a tiger prancing about. Another health and safety thing gone crazy. I wonder if I wore a white dress with black spots if dalmatians would get excited to see me and throw advances my way? just a thought. (Story on the sky news website) 

I'm sure there is a need for this App but apparently the people in Iceland seem to think so. There is an app that makes sure they don't date their own family. Because immigration is low over in Iceland when they trace their family history most find out that they are related to each other. I'm still not convinced that there is a need for this App though, I mean is it wrong 10th cousins to marry? In my eyes no not really as they aren't really family are they I guess I would have to read into it more but I think this odd and funny because the news is basically saying it is the most inbred country in the world. (BBC news website)

I guess this is sort of funny but one of them that you shouldn't laugh at. This man is gardening next thing has an axe yes an AXE!! in his head. Crazy. It gets crazier, he slows the bleeding down and off he trots to the bus stop!! Now if I was a bus driver I think I would ring an ambulance for the man seeing as he has a bandage wrapped around his head. Anyway Sheldon (Axe man) gets on the bus to the hospital. He had missed his brain but it was close please please please read this story it is such a funny one and the guy is so lucky aswell. 

If you have read some funny things then leave me a link or tell me in the comments. I read every comment and love hearing from you. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

3 Fab Books

I never liked reading. I used to hate it, thought it was to geeky and people would make fun of me if I picked up a book. Over the past few years I have read lots of books. I have my favourite authors like all book lovers do. I tend to stick with the same type of books but I would like to read other genres too. About a month ago I was at a car-boot sale and found a book called Broken by Karin Slaughter. 

I started reading this and instantly hated one of the main characters (Sara). I found her selfish and just not a very nice person. The story was actually ok and it wasn't until I was about three quarters of the way through that I realised it was a second book in a series of three. This annoyed me because I have this weird OCD thing where everything has to be in order or else I find it difficult to concentrate etc. So I bought the other two books. Here is my thought on the books and what they are about without ruining it for you.

Genesis is the first one. In this book you meet the characters Will who I couldn't help but love, Sara I still hate her, Amanda and Faith. They are the main people obviously as with any book you have your strangler characters (by this I mean everyone else). I really enjoyed this one. A girl is hit by a car but her injuries show that she has been abused for at least week. A cave/dungeon torture chamber is found and leads to the GBI trying to find the bad guy or women. As clues are found so are more dead bodies. The GBI aren't really liked by the police which also causes a bit of trouble. I don't know if this actually happens in the real world but if it did I would be disgusted, if a crime is committed it shouldn't matter who is and who was investigating as long as the criminal is found.

Broken is the one you want to read next, this is where the lovely Will goes to Sara's home town after a prisoner killed himself in his cell. The local police again aren't happy with the GBI showing up and taking over and not just because of their pride getting the better of them. You meet Lena in this book and this is the women Sara blames for everything in her life ending the way it did. I can't explain how much I actually hate Sara if she was real I really wouldn't expect her to have many friends. I hope I'm not the only one who feels like this towards her? You can see in this book that there is a progressing story within this series of books and that the crimes are more of a sideline.

Ahhh the last one Fallen, I have just finished this one and I love Will and feel so sorry for him. I don't know what to say about this one without giving too much away. So I will just say Amanda, Faith and Will are pushed for time. There are secrets everywhere and when you find out what's going on you might have a similar reaction to mine which was "I should of seen that, how did I not see that". Of course the crime is just one of the stories in this book you have the on going story of Faith Will and Sara too. 

I just want to say as much as I enjoyed the books a few things annoyed me, I would like to hear if any of you feel the same or maybe you disliked something else. I have read a few book series in my time now what annoyed me with this series is how Karin wrote the background of the characters in every book I thought this was unnecessary and I found my self skipping parts so I didn't have to bore myself with the same information about Will or Sara. I was also a bit cheesed off that diabetes and dyslexia were treated like some sort of disability that affects your life so much. Don't get me wrong I understand with diabetes it is a serious thing and you do need to keep an eye on your levels etc just thought it could of been handle a bit better in the book. Now the dyslexia mentioned in the book annoyed me, it was wrote about like it was some disease that meant you couldn't live a normal life. I think it annoyed me more that it gets referred to and implies that the character is disabled. I have a sister and a friend who are dyslexic, they live fine and it is no where near as bad as it is made out to be. 

If you have read these books I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings about the story the characters and Karin herself. I do read all comments and respond to comments if I can (some times I don't know what to say back) but I read them all and appreciate you commenting.    MRPCompetition