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!!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. 

*This is a sponsored post

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 - http://eclecticenchantments.co.uk
Frankie - http://www.frankiebooblog.com
Jenna - http://whatjennathought.blogspot.co.uk/
Evelyn - http://www.anothergirlsparadise.com/
Lucy - http://theparentgame.blogspot.co.uk/

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 www.choconchoc.co.uk 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.