Thursday, 26 February 2015

Mother's Day Crafts

Mother's day is just around the corner, normally we buy a card and a nice little gift. However this month is really expensive for us our car needs to go to the garage and the tax is due, I have my works leaving night out plus Jared has three parties to go to and my sister has a birthday. So I got thinking about what we could do rather then a meal or shop bought gifts, we made some great things today for one Nanna. This week we will make more one for Nanny and one for great Grandma. As you may have noticed I love pinterest, which is what inspired our makes today. 

The first thing we made was a card. All of our makes today used cake cases the pack of 50 was bought for 50p and we used paints and coloured card and paper that we have in our craft box. The outside of the card we drew a flower stem with a cake case as the flower head with a photo of Jared glued inside the case. I then stuck some green card along the bottom which I cut to make it look like grass. We have lots of 3D stickers, Jared picked a few and stuck them on the card. The inside of the card we made hand-prints, letting Jared choose the colours. I cut around the hand-prints and stuck them on the inside along with a short poem that I found. It was simple to make and something that nanna can cherish forever along with the thousand pictures that he draws for her. 












The next thing we made was a little bit more tricky and Jared found these hard to make but for older children I think they would love to make them. I got one of the cake cases, made a fist with a circle with my thumb and finger. I placed the case over the circle then pushed it threw the hole and twisted the end these made cute little flower heads I held the twisted part together with tape although I now wish I had used loom bands as I'm sure it would of been quicker. I then made stems from green card by rolling them sticking them with tape and then taping the flower heads on. We used a toilet roll to make a vase for the flowers and did a bit of decoration on it (Jared got a bit excited and crushed the first vase so I made another). 


 

Nanna always makes beautiful cakes. So beautiful we never want to eat them but we know how tasty they are. We used some foam like clay to make nanna a cupcake that no one can eat. The clay is about £3 I bought it from Home Bargains a while ago. Like any young child Jared mixes the colours but we found a few bits that were the same colour and used that to make some white icing and then we made little red sprinkles to dot on top. I also made a bee from the clay as I'm a big kid and loving playing with it. 

 

The collection of things we made today didn't cost much and we had such good fun making them. Jared really loves it when we sit down and do some crafts and I love spending the time with him without peppa pig interrupting us. I will be adding more posts about the other crafts we make for the other grandparents. If you have any idea's then please leave us a comment we read all of them.




Monday, 23 February 2015

Pepperoni Bread Recipe

When it comes to cooking I struggle with the simple things. I'm not very good at frying sausages or cooking pasta in sauce, but give me a recipe where I have to make it all myself and I can do it no problem. Saturday night my boyfriend saw a picture of some pepperoni bread and told me how much he wanted some, I love to bake so he found me a recipe and the next day I got to it with the help of Jared. 

All my ingredients where bought at Aldi so this is a low cost recipe. I would normally make the bread completely form scratch but this time I bought a wholemeal bread mix where you just add water. I made the bread dough first which took about 15 minuets. 



 We took chunks of the dough then rolled it out and made them into rectangles. I never really use exact measurements I just think if it looks ok then it will be fine. So if you are making this then just make the rectangles however big or small you like. 

 

We coated one side of our bread with egg. Then we added some grated mozzarella cheese layer some pepperoni slices on top then topped it off with some grated cheddar cheese and Italian herbs. The tricky part is rolling the bread and keeping all the ingredients from getting pushed out. I rolled my bread both long ways and side ways, it doesn't really matter which way just whichever is easiest for you. Once they where all rolled up I sealed the side and the top by pinch the dough together to make sure none of the goodness fell out. 


I cooked my bread on gas mark 5 and took them out once they looked a nice brown colour. The bread I used feels hard when it comes out but once left in a room for about an hour it softens a little. My taste tester gave this the big thumbs up and while dinner was cooking he ate a full roll of this. 



Ingredients:
1 Packet of bread mix (I used Aldi's wholemeal) 
Grated mozzarella (as little or as much as wanted)
Grated cheddar cheese or cheese of your choice
2 packets of Aldi's pre sliced pepperoni 
Italian herbs 

Takes about 30-40 minuets to prepare if you have little hands helping it may take longer, a further 20 minuets to bake. I used gas mark 5 (170°C in a fan assisted oven). 

Monday, 16 February 2015

Formoline L112 plus a great giveaway

If you have always been a reader of mine then this post may be a bit like deja vu. In March last year I wrote a post about Formoline L112 which you can find here. I was contacting by the team to offer my readers a fab give-away. First I want to just tell you about Formoline L112 and if you have read about this before think about it as a recap.

Formoline L112 is a weight loss supplement which come in tablet form. I have taken this product myself and I did lose weight whilst taking these alongside a healthy diet, and managing my hypothyroidism. I also got the thumbs up from my Doctor about taking these alongside my meds which I would suggest anyone taking any form of prescription medicine. How Formoline L112 works is by reducing the overall calorie intake from foods. The product mainly targets fats (not sugar based foods or carbohydrates). This means that the product is most effective in people whose diet is rich in processed foods that contain large amounts of saturated fats and trans fats. With many weight loss supplements I have tried I always find my self dashing off to the toilet several times a day, however whilst I was using Formoline L112 I did not get this which made it one of the more  pleasant  supplements I have tried. 

In many cases of gaining excess weight it is down to us consuming more energy then our body uses, our body then stores this energy. With me it is stored in my belly and thighs and space must be tight as it even creeps into my chin. Formoline L112 reverses the above, this is by using natural fibre that binds with the fat reducing the overall intake of calories. The fibre is entirely inert, it passes safely through the body with the newly found fat friends before they are digested. 

Results can be as much as 7Kg's which is around 15lbs in a 4 week period. The product is great for that it can be used as part of a weight loss program or for occasional use for example if you are going away on a holiday and you are on a diet which requires you to count calories you can't possible count every calorie you consume while having fun in the sun so this is ideal to take even just for the two short weeks as like mentioned above it reduces your overall calorie intake. 

If you like the sound of Formoline L112 you can pop over to the website and read even more about this award winning product. Also enter the give-away below via the rafflecoptor to be with a chance of winning 1 of 5 Formoline L112 bundles. 







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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Tin foil curls

I can never get my hair to curl how I want it too. I have had loads of curling irons but none of them give me the look that I want. I accidentally came across a little tip, which I'm now going to share with you and show you how you how I did it. 

So this is my crazy frizzy out of control hair. I washed my hair the night before then I brushed it this morning. Then I cut up a lot of sheets of tin foil ready to wrap around my untamed mane.

I put my hair into sections at first so I could work layer by layer. In each layer I made smaller section about an inch wide. I wrapped the hair around two of my fingers then wrapped it in tin foil. This part was really tricky as my hair was flying all over and the tin foil wasn't big enough so my hair would slip through. This part is what takes the longest but once you get all those little details correct you are ready to start.




I only down a few on each side of my head as I had a toddler who kept running over and asking for cuddles because he isn't well. Of course next time I do this (there will most certainly be a next time) I'll have more time and I will hopefully have a good technique. Anyway once the hair is all foiled up it's time to get the straighteners on them.    
 This part was so easy each foil wrapped section of hair gets the hot irons pressed over. I went over them a few times just to make sure. After all this was my first attempt at this and I desperately wanted it to work. I would recommend covering your neck while doing this as I stupidly didn't think about the fact that the foil gets hot and burn you!! While using the straighteners hold on to the top of the foil (careful not to burn your fingers) use more of a press down release rather then how you would normally use your straighteners.  

After going over the sections a few times and feeling like a bit of a loony, I was ready to peel of the foil. This is the part I started to think what if my hair has burned off! What if I have done all of this just to end up with a short spiky totally not me hair style. Off it came my hair was still attached to my head. 


 This is the result, now please bare in mind I had a sick two year old to keep happy while doing this and I had designed (in my head) to have the curls pulled back into a ponytail. I'm so pleased with how they turned out and now I can decide on the thickness and tightness of the curls without having to own a whole array of curling irons. Now I had my curls I slapped on some war paint and fixed up my hair.










I hope that this is easy to follow, I don't normally do posts about hair or make-up so I have tried my best to include everything that I have done. I would love to hear what you think of this technique and if you plan on trying it or even if you have tried it let me know share your techniques and pictures.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Pinterest Picks

I have been spending some time thinking about how I need a hobby. The thing is I never stick to them, so with the help of pinterest (maybe that could be my hobby) I have chosen just little projects that I'm going to try. I can normally do anything if I concentrate long enough so below is a list of things I'm going to try and I will post about each project once I have either completed, given up or failed.


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Cheesecake stuffed chocolate cupcakes
I saw this picture and my stomach grumbled and my mouth watered, I can bake this can't be too hard I thought. I plan on making these this week as it is my mothers birthday on Sunday I'm sure these will go down a treat and then I can let you all know how easy or hard it is because lets face it we have all seen pictures of failed attempts to recreate a great looking pin.









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How adorable are these? I have look online and found the flowers I want they are cream/ivory roses as I think that will look better in my living room, my lamp I will be getting from Argos. I hope to be able to make this beautiful lamp for as little as possible.








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For Christmas I made teacup candles for family members and I really enjoyed making them. I picked up a gorgeous tea set in a charity shop cost me less then £5 for 10 cups and saucers. I'm now going to be on the look out for these cute egg cups are car boot sales and in charity shops. I get the wax off ebay as I tried a hobby craft kit and the wax was awful and left dents and white marks on the candle once it had set. Maybe in a few months I will have an etsy shop.







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I have a small obsession with mugs, every chance I get to order a personalised mug I'm there. It's not just these chalkboard mugs I'm going to try and make. I have seen a few sharpie mugs with different styles on. 










The four above are the ones I want to try first. I'm hoping I can recreate them and share my results with you along with the cost. As these are going to be my hobbies I want to do them on as cheap a budget as possible. If you like some of ideas that I pin then follow me on pinterest





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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Deep

On Saturday we ventured over to Hull, to go to the Deep. I had never been before so wasn't sure what to expect and considering the ticket price was nearly half the price of the sea life centres. I had heard a few things about the places from friends and family who had been, some described it as fantastic and others said the money would be better spent on going to an aquatic shop. We paid online got in the car and off we went on the hour long drive. Although it seemed to take a lot longer getting there. When we arrived the car park was full so we had to park in the business car park which isn't too far. To park you do have to pay £2 which gives you 4 hours worth of parking which annoyed me as we had already paid to go for the day, I'm not sure why places are charging you to visit and to park I personally think it is crazy and rude. We then had to join a queue which I was also a bit annoyed about as like I had stated we had already paid, I think they would benefit from having a separate queue for people who had purchased their tickets online. So after waiting for 20 minutes we got to go in well at least walk up the never ending staircase. Yes we could of used the life but there were so many people waiting it was actually quicker to go up the stairs and burn a few calories. 

We then had to join another queue to get our tickets checked so we could enter the attraction. A little fish tank was right in front of us and I started to doubt the trip. We walked in to a dark area that was about space I think we didn't look as Jared was scared of and wanted to see fish. We then had a walk down a corridor with loads of educational games and quizzes about planets, which I'm not sure has much to do with fish however there were lots of skeletons of sharks and big fish on the wall. Finally we saw some sea creatures. Jelly fish!! Jared was most excited about jelly fish and sharks so now he wasn't bored he seemed to be enjoying himself. After all the educational and boring parts we got to the fish in tanks, big fish, little fish, green, yellow, blue fish. I was kind of hoping they had a touch pool I remember as a child going to similar places and you got to put your hands in with the fish that wouldn't eat your hand off. I never really touched one but the excitement that I could was good enough for me. 

Jared and Daddy looking at the fish 
This was the first big tank you see, surrounding the tank was lots of little kiddies staring into the tank and excitedly point and telling mummy and daddy what fish they could see. I found this really relaxing, and now understand why people have big tanks in their front rooms. We later got to see this tank from another point where we climbed a ladder and popper our head in like we were deep diving in a submarine. It was a bit tricky climbing and holding on to a two year old but it was great to look into the tank this way. We followed the walk ways towards the big tanks and along the way we saw some star fish, nemo and his brother also called nemo, and flogs (frogs). I love frogs, there were also a few tarantulas but I refuse to go near them.   
In the words of Jared "mummy some green flogs"
From this are there are several paths you can take one towards the penguins which were away on holiday, one to the cafe and one to a big dark room full of blue glowing tanks. This room was full of various fish and jelly fish. I must admit I now have a new found love for jelly fish, while sat gazing into the tank I couldn't hear the surrounding noises. I got completely lost in my own little world watching these see through blobs floating around. 
 

If ever I have enough money to do so I will have a jelly fish tank wall in my home. It would be great for them days where everything is grating on you. Unfortunately while I was transfixed with the jelly fish and Jared was talking to a lobster we missed the tank dive so I can't tell you much about that other than they do a tank dive. 

Jared's lobster friend.

We did get to see sharks not many maybe about 3 small ones. Towards the end there is a little play area for the children which we avoided because we are mean parents, and because we didn't want to fight to get him out of the play area as he had been so well behaved going around. There is a tiny walkway where you walk under the tank but it is a small area and people pushed to get closer to the glass so we couldn't really enjoy this part and proceeded to the tank lift. Now at the end there are two options you can take the scenic stairs or the scenic lift. We chose the lift and waited for 10 minuets. The lift is a pretty good idea as you ride up through the main tank it stops about half way up so you can admire the view. Again sort of giving you a submarine like feel. 


Overall it was a good day out but not somewhere we could go to all the time as it is a fair drive away although we now don't need to pay entry for the rest of the year, this is because they offer you free entry for the rest of the year if you fill out a form. This most certainly makes up for having to pay for parking and standing in queues.