Monday, 28 November 2016

Weekly Meal Plan

We all have those days where everything we can think of just isn't what you want to eat. I have seen a few posts about meal planning and I always find them super helpful for inspiration. This is the aim of my post and hopefully the weekly meal plan will help inspire you.



Monday - Smokey Piri-Piri Chicken with cross cut chips and Corn on the cob.

Tuesday - Pork chops with mash potato and vegetables.

Wednesday - Creamy tomato pasta bake with a crispy cheesy top and cheesy garlic bread.

Thursday - Sausage and mash with baked beans.

Friday - Beef stew packed with veg and potatoes and some home-made wholemeal bread rolls.

Saturday - Lasagne with chips and salad.

Sunday - Toad in the hole made with Cumberland sausages mash, veg and gravy.

Recipe For Bread Rolls
I found this recipe many years ago and I love the bread I can't for the life of me remember where I found it, where it says bake for 25 minuets I would check before then possibly at 15-20.




















Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Red Vape E-Liquid Review

We were sent 2 e-liquids to review from the lovely people at Red Vape. In January 2016 Liam stopped smoking and switched to vaping instead since then he has tried a range of flavours from a range of different companies however he hasn't ever sampled any of Red Vapes products so the opportunity to review some of their liquids was an opportunity he wasn't going to pass on. There is also a discount code at the bottom for you to use on the website. The remainder of the post will be written by Liam.

Once Jade told me we had teamed up with Red Vape I couldn't wait to put my order in. In truth I had never really heard of the company before but after looking through the liquids on there website I was extremely impressed with the variety of liquids they had on offer. Many companies usually just focus on one flavour segment be it tobacco, fruit or custard/desserts. Personally I am not a huge fan of the tobacco flavoured liquids my usual go to flavours are fruit based liquids. I settled with Trinity Creme and Angel Berry. The description of both flavours were mouthwatering, Trinity Creme, a vanilla custard with caramel and a hint of nutmeg. The nutmeg is quite seasonal around this time of year as well. The Angel Berry is described as mixture of Raspberry, Dewberry and blueberries with an extract of granny smith apple this is all topped of with water mint to provide a subtle exhale flavour. 

The liquids arrived in a matter of days, like a kid on Christmas day morning I couldn't wait to open them up and start vaping them. The first thing that struck me was the packaging, for a liquid priced at a more than reasonable £9.99 the packaging was similar to that you would expect with many premium liquids sold for a higher price.

The bottle were again much better than you would expect for a liquid priced so low. Many companies will just use plastic bottle that you can squeeze to fill up your tanks, it is only when you get to the higher end of the price market that bottles become glass and you use the pipette to fill your tank. Red Vape offer a high quality high end product on a low budget. The glass bottles were modelled perfectly they were curved, sleek, stylish. They were also filled with some of the most vibrant colour I have ever come across in vaping, especially the Angel Berry.




Once I opened the liquids I smelt them before I vaped them. In my opinion if it smells good, it will taste good. The Trinity Creme smelt exactly as it was described, a vanilla custard. The Angel Berry smell was well and truly mouthwatering if it was a drink I would down a whole bottle (just don't ever drink e-liquid...trust me) I couldn't quite put my finger on what the smell reminded me of so I asked one of the lads I work with, within seconds he nailed it... The lollipops from Sherbet Dip Dabs.

So, the liquids passed the eye test and the smell test but would they pass the taste test? Of course they did.

I first tried the Trinity Creme, usually I avoid Custard based liquids, mainly because if you coil is slowly dying custard based liquids in my opinion become unbearable. I was extremely impressed with how smooth the liquid was. On the initial inhale your greeted by a sweet vanilla taste that slowly faded into a caramel undertone. The nutmeg then joined the party on the exhale and it left a nutmeg taste tingling on your tongue in-between vapes. As always when someone in the office has a new e-liquid everyone whether they are experienced or novice vapers needs to have a try and this occasion was no different, every single one of them enjoyed the taste this liquid presented at first and then left behind, it was a clean sweep for the guys at Red Vape.

It took me a matter of days to go through the full bottle of Trinity Creme so the Angel Berry was opened up. The flavour in this liquid was a little more subtle than the Trinity Creme but was just as good. On the inhale you had a mixture of all the different berries topped off with the sweet juicy apple kick at the end, the exhale was when the water mint kicked in, this helped add a little something different to the usual fruity liquids available on the market. Again, I let people from work have a taste. This liquid unlike Trinity Creme was met with mixed reviews, none of them particularly negative. They ranged from "Love it" to "It would be my emergency liquid" In my honest opinion I thought it was just lacking a little more fruity kick, if the water mint was replaced with a strawberry kick I think it would be a favourite amongst a lot of vapers.

It is worth noting that although I was testing these liquids in my RX-75 kit which allows me to vape thicker liquids with a higher VG at a high level of Watts, due to the 50/50 split you can use Red Vapes liquids in any set up you may have. These would be perfect little stocking fillers for a loved one who use an e-cig, they have so many different flavours so they really do cater for everybody. I know they are on my santa list.

Discount Code: JOURNEY15

To Sum up Red Vapes liquids in a few words it would be, affordable, professional, beautiful, mouthwatering and smooth.... essentially it is everything you could want from an e-liquid and a supplier.

Thanks for reading, as usual if you want to interact with me you can grab me on the below. 

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Disclaimer: We were sent this product for free as a review, this has in no way had any impact on the review and the review is based on my personal opinion of the product.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

A Babies First Christmas

When Jared-David was baby I seemed to find shopping for his first Christmas easy. Maybe this is because we went over the top with stuff! Stuff he didn't really need but companies make you think you do, I'm sure many of you will understand where I'm coming from. So now it is Eryn-Rose's first Christmas I was struggling on what to buy and I know I'm not the only parent to be stuck on what to buy a baby for Christmas.

Over the past couple of days I have started picking a few bits up. We have bought her a 3 toys and an activity play centre that she can sit in, we didn't want to buy too many and become over run with toys that she can't use yet. Below I have put together a few idea's of what you can buy for baby.
A Money Box - I got a Peppa Pig money tin for the poundshop, it can't be opened unless with a tin opener which I think is a great idea. I have also got my 4 year old one of these as he is very good at just finding money which he can then save for a day trip.

Spin Top - Whilst walking around the German Market at the weekend I spotted the beautiful princess spin top it was a bargain at £9. It's made from metal so will last and will also make a good collectable item.

Taggie - My son spotted the taggie and suggested to get one for his baby sister. He chose this design which is nice and girlie it was hand made by a local woman but I have seen these around in shops and online.

 Clothes - Something you can't go wrong with as you will always need clothes. I have bought these in a bigger size as I'm sure plenty of people will also get her clothes and I don't want her to have loads in the same size and not be able to wear them.

Blankets - All I seem to do is wash blankets that have either sick or poo on and the other day we had one blanket while all the others were drying. I have ordered Eryn-Rose a blanket with her name on just to make it that little bit more special.

Keepsakes - The carousel is something I spotted and fell in love with. This is a gift that she can keep forever, it plays music and the detail is amazing. I also bought her a Snow globe, this will be something that we can add to as a collection.

Baby Food - Ok sounds crazy but my mum came up with a genius idea (very rare for my mum). She is buying Eryn-Rose a selection of baby food, jars, rusks and baby rice and making her a little hamper. I have never seen any baby food hampers but what a great idea.

I hope that this helps you a little if you are struggling and if you have an idea's then I would love to hear them.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Halford's Pontefract & Car Seat's

On Monday I spent hours looking at car seats I chose them on what I would need so rear facing isofix car seat here were two that I really like and both were affordable. Still a lot but hey I wouldn't need to sell a kidney to get it. I looked through their websites to see if their car seats were compatible with my car, my car wasn't listed. Meaning that I would now have to go to a shop to see if these would actual fit then return home to look for the cheapest place to buy the seat from. 

I went to my local Halford's who had the seat that I really wanted. I had been stood at the car seats for roughly 15 mins while the staff hid away like frightened mice afraid to approach any potential customer. I asked a young lad if he could help me, apparently he couldn't so went in search of the one person they have trained to help me. The store wasn't particularly busy but there was a lot of staff who basically were stood doing nothing and left the tills unattended for a long time, if I wanted I could of robbed them and they probably wouldn't of noticed. I was told the guy was just doing a 'fit' and would be 10 minuets. Those were possibly the longest 10 minuets ever as I was stood around for at least 20. 

I explained to the 'expert' about the car seats I had seen and which one I would like blaa blaa. He took one look at my car as just told me "No it won't fit". I kind of thought this would be the answer as the isofix seats are bigger then her current car seat which is about half a centimetre from touching my seat. He told me how his brother had a bigger version of the car but mine was the compact version and they are not designed to have back seat passengers on a regular basis, he went on about this for a while. I then asked what seat would fit my car and his answer was that I was best to keep her in the one she is in until at the eye line level but then she would need to go into a forward facing. 

If anyone happens to have a BMW 3 Series 3 door compact and has an isofix car seat that is rear facing then I would love to know what seat you use and the price. I have a maximum of £200 for a car seat that will last until she is 4 and is isofix. 

Also Halford's I really think you need to have a chat with the staff at the Pontefract branch as from what I could see only two members of your staff actually do any work, one being the car seat 'expert' and the other sporting a beard and I think he had a ponytail. 

 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Where To See Santa

Every year I take Jared-David to see Santa and every year it is becoming more difficult to find a Santa who isn't fully booked. Since when did they decide you need to book to see him anyway?! When I was a little girl I stood in line and waited my mum paid £2 I got a picture and a toy and I was over the moon. As times have changed I thought I would make a list for the people of West Yorkshire so they could see where Santa will be and dates, times and prices. 


Ackworth Garden Centre - Opens on the 12th November at 2pm and will be there until 2:30pm Christmas Eve there are a full list of dates and times in the link. Prices are not stated on the website, it does get busy so you could be waiting for a while. 

Pontefract at Voctoria Garden Centre - They offer a few options when it comes to meeting Santa, Breakfast with Santa and Tea with Santa as well as the Grotto. You can book online for any of the events in the past they have had limited available Grotto slots to purchase in-store. The Grotto opens on the 20th of November and the cost is £7.50 per child with a maximum of 2 accompanying adults, the prices includes the visit and a gift for the child. 

Carr Gate Garden Centre - Opens on the 12th of November it's book on the day only in store for the opening 12pm until 6pm. They recommend booking online for all other days, this is £8 per child and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The Grotto is open for weekends only during November then it's open daily from the 3rd December until the 23rd December. I have had a look online and people have already started booking the days so I would get in quick if you are planning on visiting here. 

Wakefield at Hampsons Plantworld - The grand opening is 19th and 20th of November where Santa will arrive by Horse and cart at 10:30am there will be free mince pies and mulled wine also as well as other fun for the family. They will be open 11-4 every weekend so that is from the 19th of November until the 24th of December. The cost is £7.50 per child and each child receives a gift when I spoke to Santa he told me that even the babies get gifts which is great. 

Bradford at Tong garden centre - Opens on the 12th November you must book online the charge is £12.50 and adults have to pay £2.50 which they then get back to spend in the garden centre. I personally think this one is a bit too expensive and I do not agree with the adult having to pay. The child gets to see Santa and will get a gift. 

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - Runs from on the following weekends, 26/27 Nov, 3/4 Dec there are another two weekends but these are fully booked. This isn't just a visit to Santa it's a super special visit where you get to ride the train which I think makes it more magical. It is £17 per adult and child over the age of 3 toddlers 6mnths-36mnths are £8.50 under 6months go free. I think the price is fantastic considering it's a day out to meet Santa rather than just 10 minuet visit. 

MIddleton Railway - This is very similar to the above but is a cheaper option. These run on the following dates and can be either pre booked or purchased on the day but I would advise pre booking, 3/4 Dec 10/11 Dec 17/18 Dec and the 23/24 Dec. Booking is essential for the 24th of December. The cost of this is £8.75 per Adult £11.75 per child aged 3-12 and £7.75 for under 3's, children under 12 can travel for free if they do not require a gift from Santa. 

Totties  garden centre in Holmfirth - There are selected dates that Santa will be visiting so please do check the website and you need to call to book your slot. It is £5 per child and each child will get given a little gift. If you just want to have a look at the Grotto you can have a look for free from the 3rd of December. They also give 10% of to the Forget Me Knot Trust. 

National Coal Mining Museum  - This is amazing I'm so excited about this one. Santa arrives at the museum on 26th of November and is there every weekend until the 23rd of December. I'm sure under 5s normally can't go under ground but they can to visit Santa. Booking is essential and you will need to call them to book, the number is on the website. This is a really good priced visit Adults £5 Child £6.50, each child will get a certificate and a gift. They have a lot of Christmas events coming as well so I would definitely have a look on their website.  

Marion Centre in Leeds - Opens on the 19th Nov. There are a lot of dates on the website so take a look. Now there are a few options you can see Santa for FREE but the child won't get a gift, £3 for a gift, £5 for a photo, or £7 for a gift and photo. All the money raised will go to their chosen charity which is candlelighters. 

There are so many more that I could add to the list such as Eureka in Halifax, but the list would just go on and on. If you have any recommendations then please feel free to leave them in the comments or if you have an experience of any of the above then I would love to hear them. 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Win 1 of 3 Copies of: Teletubbies Tubby Snowball DVD

The Teletubbies have recently returned to our screens which means any of us who have babies or toddlers will get to know to Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po very well over the coming years. I have the opportunity for 3 of you to win a copy of the DVD, this would be great to put away for Christmas and this will also be included in one of my gift guides. You can purchase the DVD from Amazon for £6.00.


The DVD contains six new and exciting episodes all set in Teletubbyland where it's cold and snowing. They find big snowballs and dance with snowmen as well as watch children make a caterpillar out of snow.

Episodes

  • Snowball 
  • Packing 
  • Number Four 
  • Flying 
  • Taps 
  • Party 
There are also some special features
  • "Behind the Scenes For Grown Ups: Building The Set" Featurette 
  • " We Wish You A Merry Chirstmas" 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Uk entries only, winners will be notified by email and have 28 days from the date shown on the email to claim the prize. If the prize hasn't been claimed after 28 days then another winner will be selected. Winners are selected at random via rafflecoptor. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. The giveaway runs from 11/11/2016 until 04/12/2016. The prize will be sent directly from the supplier Jade's long Journey is not responsible for any missing prizes and there is no cash alternative.    

Monday, 7 November 2016

Lekto Wood Fuels

If you have a real fire in your home you will know that this time of the year you will need a good stock pile of your preferred fuel to keep your home warm and cosy. We recently received some products to try out from Lekto Wood Fuels. We received some bark briquettes, birch briquettes and some natural fire lighters.
The first product we tried were the fire lighters. We have tried a few fire lighters from various places and we found that these were really good in comparison. The fire lighters are made from wood shavings and state a burn time of between 10-12 mins which I would say is about right from when we were using them. We popped about 2-3 in when lighting bigger amounts of wood. I have not tried these with coal but I imagine that they would be able to ignite them with how long they burn for I'd maybe use 4 and a bit of kindling. You can order these on their website but not on their own so you would need to select one of the options, for example you can get 100 fire lighters and half a crate of kiln dried brich firewood for £169.00
The Bark briquettes were something we were eager to try. The burn time is up to 8 hours which is pretty accurate. These are best used for when you want a nice steady warmth rather then a raging hot fire, ideal for overnight or for when you are just popping out to the shops. To use these we placed them on the fire when there was a few low flames but mostly embers. On a morning we would place other wood on top of what was left give the bark briquette a poke around which then helped with getting a roaring fire.

The Bark briquettes are compressed together under high pressure and are made from conifer bark. They roughly weigh 1kg and come packaged in 12kg pack. The packaging was to really good quality which would allow for out door storage whilst still in the packaging. There are several amounts you can purchase these in, bags of 20, 42 and 84.  
The Birch briquettes look very similar to what you can purchase almost everywhere and to a degree they are similar. They are similar in terms of shape and texture but they differ in size and burning time. When comparing these to a similar product these were albeit a few millimetres bigger than the ones I can purchase from my local shop, I'm not sure those few millimetres contributed to the longer burning time and it was more to do with the quality. Most of the time we chop wooden logs up and through them on but sometimes you just don't have time to stand and chop wood so these are perfect for that occasion. If you are wanting a quick and hot output I would suggest using these, our hot water is powered by the heat produced from the fire so as you can imagine we welcomed these. These briquettes produced very little ash but as it states on their website you can use the ash as fertilizer so it's a win win really. I would also like to point out that these do expands so when placing them in your stove please do not overload and be cautious. We used these alongside chopped wood to keep the fire going for longer periods of time.

You can purchase these in bags of 24, 48 and 96. They come in 10kg pack and again are well packaged so can be stored our doors or in a shed. We did store both briquettes in our coal shed in the garden and they were fine. These briquettes are made from pure birch sawdust.  

Sunday, 6 November 2016

A Book Review: Taboo By Thomas Piggott

I normally stick to certain genre's  when it comes to reading however I was asked if I would like to review Taboo. Taboo isn't in my normal genre's as it is a story of true events, something which I normally avoid as I find myself drawn into what I read and I worry that it will affect me in some way. Maybe it is a good thing to have what you read affect you?

So Taboo is written by Thomas Piggott, this is his first book. As the title suggests it is around a subject that many feel they can barely speak about let alone be able to write about, sexual abuse. I don't want to say too much of what goes on in the story as I would much prefer you to purchase the book and read for yourself.


The story is set during the 70's in the midland's. It tells the story of how an innocent child is befriended (groomed) by a man who wasn't a total stranger and used days out as an opportunity to commit such brutal acts of abuse. Thomas writes in brief about these trips to the cinema, I respect that Thomas has spent many years trying to push these nightmares out of his head however I believe more could of been shared about how he had changed as a child and the fact that nobody seemed to pick up on it or if they did they didn't say anything.



I believe many people sadly can relate to Thomas's story, the subject no one wants to speak about but there is always someone you know who has been through something similar. In recent years it has become clear to me that this is something that happens far more then it should and usually by someone we know love and trust. This can make it hard for anyone to speak out. Hopefully people will read stories like these and speak out to prevent more of this happening. To say I enjoyed the book would be the wrong words to use I just can't think of how to say that I enjoyed reading the book but I didn't enjoy reading about the pain that another person went through or the abuse that they have suffered. You can purchase the book on amazon as either a ebook or a paperback version.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

A Trip To The Ballet: A Child's Review

Since the arrival of Eryn-Rose Jared-David and I haven't spent much time together, so when Jared-David was  invited to be a #fdMiniCritic as part of first direct's Mini Critic campaign we couldn't say no. Jared-David was very excited about becoming a critic and being able to share it with you all.
With my posts it's normally my experience and opinion that is shared however this review will be different as Jared-David will be telling you all about what he saw and what he thought. As he is only four we thought it would be best to write everything down (the video was a disaster, nose picking and fidgeting).



Me: So Jared are you excited to watch the Ballet
Jared-David: Ummm yeah but what is it?
Me: Well Ballet is a type of dance and the one we are going to watch is of the story of Goldilocks and the three bears
Jared-David: Oooo my bear will like this and I will too I think

We caught the bus to Leeds and found our way to the Nothern Ballet. Jared-David told me several times how he liked the spinning doors and that they were very fun. Before the performance we spent some time in the foyer where Jared-David and his bear (David) took part in some arts and crafts. Of course when he made his bear head band his bear also needed one. Jared-David said this was so that his bear looked different and could be found if we lost him. After about an hour they opened the doors and called people to take their seats.
Jared-David: Wow mummy there are a lot of seats in here and they have instruments (pointing at the orchestra)
I explained to him what the orchestra was and that they would be playing some music.



After the performance I asked Jared-David a few questions and here is his review of the Ballet.
Me: Could you understand what was happening in the performance?
Jared-David: Yes, Goldilocks was a bit cheeky and went into the bears house.
Me: Can you tell me who your favourite character was?
Jared-David: Goldilocks because she is cheeky and I'm a bit cheeky sometimes (giggles)
Me: What did you think to watching this, would you like to watch this again
Jared-David: umm I like it and I was good when watching it there was no talking though
Me: That's because the story is told through dancing
Jared-David: Ahh I like the dancing it looks good
Me: What was your favourite bit
Jared-David: No mummy I always ask you what's your favourite part so what is your favourite part?
Me: I liked it when the sneaky fox came into the woods
Jared-David: My favourite part was when Goldilocks broke the chair it was funny


Jared-David went on tell me how the music sounded fun but he wouldn't be able to dance to that music it would be too tricky for him. I asked him if he would like to go again and he said he would go again and he would watch Goldilocks again because he really liked that, he said he would give it 4 thumbs up out of 5. He has told all his family and friends about how much he had at the Ballet and told his Dad that he wanted to go again with him too so he could see the dancing and the awesome costumes. We got to have a look at the behind the scenes stuff (lighting and moving props), he found this very interesting and enjoyed seeing how it all worked.