Friday, 31 January 2014

A Special Candle

As you may have guessed by now I love anything and everything that can be personalized and made unique to me. I have a pen with my family on (even the dog), cups, T-shirts that I have designed, pillow cases. So when I saw that someone I know was making personalized candles I knew I had to get one. Sadly a few months ago my boyfriend lost his granddad who was an amazing man. I asked Correen (the lady who makes the candles) for one side to have a picture of David which is Liam's granddad, I then spent a while looking for a nice poem or quote to go on the other side. 

 These are some of the pictures of other candles that have been made they have be taken from the facebook page Cherised memory candle. I think these are fab little gifts, you don't have to have an in memory candle will valentines coming up this could make a great little gift for the one you love maybe have a nice picture of you together or if your married a picture of your wedding day. I also think these would make great little favours for a wedding, one for the bridesmaids, pageboys, best man. You can literally have a candle for any occasion this is why I love everything that can me made for you for what you want it for. 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The Monster Book Of Numbers Review

The people over at my little big town sent us some lovely books to read and review. One of the books we were sent was this lovely book on counting. 

We try and read to Jared as often as we can, but he normally gets bored and walks off. This book however he loves!! I think we have read it about 15 times everyday. The book uses monsters (which Jared loves and goes RAR at) to count. My favourite monster is the Quaffles they are bird like. The book is very bright and colourful but not too many contrasting colours are thrown on to a page which I like, the pages have one colour but in different shades I think this helps Jared concentrate on the book more. Although Jared still can't count thanks to the help of the book he now says Two and Four, which I guess is a good start to counting in a way. I know the monster book of numbers is just one in the collection and I think I will be buying some of the others. I would also like to add that the pages are thicker then normal and have a smooth feel to them and have not yet been ripped I'm not sure if its down to the paper or not but it's fab. Please keep checking back as we have two more books that we need to tell you about.  

All views are my own honest opinions and I have not been asked to give a good review in compensation for the books. 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Amish Chicken

I have another recipe for you lovely people. I may have mentioned this before but I'm not sure that I have but if I have then you know it must be great for me to tell you twice. This recipe I believe comes from the Amish community the first time I ever made this I was at my mums and offered to make dinner for us all they loved it so a few weeks later we went back over and I made it again and my Dad (who is super fussy) tried it for the first time and he liked it which is like. Now for my Dad to tell me that it was really nice and he would eat it again is like Gordon Ramsey coming up to you after trying your food and giving you a compliment. So here it is with guys. 

Amish Chicken

You will need Chicken you can either use full breasts of chop it up I have done it both ways it says use 6-8 pieces. 
1 Cup of flour 
2 Teaspoons of garlic powder
1 Tablespoon of salt
1 Teaspoon of pepper
2 Teaspoons of paprika 
1 and a half Cups of heavy whipping cream (I used Double cream)
1 and a half Cups of water

 Mix the flour and spices in a bowl then coat the chicken in the blended mix.
Place the coated chicken in a baking dish.
Mix the cream and water together then pour over the chicken. 
Bake in the oven on 350* for 1 hour and 30 mins. 

I served the chicken with Bow shaped pasta, unfortunately I do not have a picture of it after I had cooked it and dished it up partly because I have a silly phone and seem to have lost a few so had to grab these pictures of the ones that synced with my facebook. I'm really enjoying cooking and sharing great food with you guuys but keep reading as I have some great reviews coming up.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Fanta Chicken

A few months ago I tried a recipe involving Fanta. When I first saw the recipe I was unsure as I thought, like most people, why on earth would I put a fizzy drink in my food!! Surprisingly it was amazing and tasted just like sweet and sour chicken. The recipe is used by a lot of people that are using slimming world, I can't tell you the syns etc as I'm not very familiar with slimming world. So if you are craving a Chinese and wanting to watch the lbs or even if you are penny pinching, I would urge you to try this. 

You will need some chicken strips or chunks
An onion
330ml of Diet Fanta (Fanta zero)
3tbs of passata 
1 Veggie Oxo cube
1 tsp vinegar
Dried chilli flakes (amount depends on your requirement and taste) 
Peppers any colour 
Pineapple chunks (I don't like pineapple so left this out) 

Cook off the chicken and then add large chunks of the onion until they soften. 
Once the onion has soften add the 330ml of Fanta along with the 3tbs of passata and veggie oxo cube and vinegar. Then add in your chopped peppers and chilli flakes leave this to bubble for 20-30 mins, add pineapple chunks for the last few minuets before dishing up. 
I severed mine with rice but Liam had chips with his as he isn't a fan of rice. 

I hope you enjoy the recipe and keep and eye on my blog as I have recipes for diet coke chicken and jerk chicken coming soon. Can you tell I love chicken. 

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Face wash

Sorry I haven't posted much of late I have just been super busy!! 

Today I'm writing a review of 4 different face washes. For the past four months I have used four different face washes all for a month each to make the comparisons fair. I have never really suffered with spots but I started getting the odd one or two and my skin was different from how it normally is which is what prompted me to do this. 
Image from Google
 I first tried Clearasil after seeing the adverts and assuming that this is what most people who get spots use I thought I would give it a go. It doesn't really have a smell as such and the texture is smooth. Unfortunately this made my skin break out in even more spots, I even got a funny rash from using it but even though it made me look terrible I still carried on using it. I personally wouldn't recommend this to but this is just because I had a reaction to it and it also made my spot situation a lot worse. However I know some people who have used this and it works fine for them. The cost for this is around £3.58 and available in most chemists, supermarkets and beauty shops.
I would give this product 4 out 10. 

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While shopping in superdrug I saw this product on offer so thought it would be great to add to my list I was originally only going to use three products. I love this it has tiny little bits in that feel great when massaging into your skin. It has a slight smell but nothing over bearing just a fresh sort of smell (I'm useless at describing smells). This helped clear up some of the spots but like with the Clearasil it did bring a few little spots out. After using this it left my skin feeling so smooth and fresh. My boyfriend also uses this and this is his favourite out of all that I have tried. The cost of this product is a bit cheaper then the Clearasil it is around £3.00. 
I would give this product 8 out of 10.

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I was sent this product to try (this in no way affects my view on the product). I was surprised at this product it had a pleasant smell and the liquid was quiet thin compared to the previous ones. The first time I used this I was really pleased as my skin was left feeling so soft, but this did nothing for my spots. In fact when I was using this my spots were less like spots they seemed to become like little blisters but not painful and when they popped I was left with a red mark and then it scabbed up which as you can imagine left me feeling crappy and ugly. Again this product could be right for you but it just wasn't for me. You can pick this up for around £2.25. 
I would give this product 6 out of 10.

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The final product I tried was Superdrugs own facial wash. As you can probably guess from the picture it smells like tea tree which I love. This has beads in that give the was a grainy texture but feels good on the skin. This is my fav product it reduces my spots leaves my skin feeling amazing fresh and smooth. If I had a cut or a spot that had been picked (I know bad of me but it was an accident) it stung a little. You can but this from Superdrug for £1.99 atm but I think this is a special price and might go back up to £2.99. 
I would give this product 9 out of 10. 

Please remember that we all have different skin and what might or might not work for me might be different for you. I wanted to do this post as I have found it difficult to find what works best for me and that the big name brands aren't always the only options which I stupidly thought for a few years lol. I hope you have enjoyed reading this and that you will try some of the products mentioned. If you already have or are currently using any of these I would love to read your thoughts on them, so just leave me a comment.