Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Strip Naked & Re-Dress With Happiness: A Review

When it comes to self help books there are so many to choose from it can be hard to find one that works for you. All self help books are striving to do the same which is to help their audience with their words. I have in the past tried a few different self help books but I just couldn't get into them and they ended up sitting on the book case gathering dust.

Before I tell you my thoughts on the book I just want to tell you a little bit about the author, Maria Hocking. Maria Hocking in her own words is a writer, life changer, inspirational speaker and motivational trainer. She thrives on helping people change their lives with her heart and her words. Maria is a married woman who enjoys a life living by the coast with her children you can read more about Maria on her website.

'This book will show you how to use your nakedness to find a higher level of happiness.
You will get naked. You will get hopelessly lost. There will be times in your life
when you find yourself severely challenged by your circumstances, times that will 
leave you questioning your life, your reality and your identity. During these times you may try desperately 
to hold on to the threads of who you are, when all you need to do is let go.'

The book has a great metaphor which really helps if like me you like to visualise your path. It's all about stripping down and layering yourself back up. As with all self help books there is an event in the author's life that has given them a push to change and over come obstacles in their life. For Maria there were 3 major challenges that she had faced in her life. She share's these challenges and the first one being the loss of her hair at such a young age of 24. Throughout the book there are 'changing room tips' some are longer than other's some of these tip's are more helpful than other's but this is not a dig at the book I'm simply applying what is useful for me in my life.

I enjoyed the book and I have gained some useful information after reading this but as I have mentioned above each person is different so not all will apply. There is a part that mention's not using medicine, for me this is something I can't change. I need my medication or I else I put myself at risk of serious ill health or death. But then I can also see that not all medicine is needed I often try to find an alternative if I can. For a part I felt somewhat jealous of Maria as she has the luxury of being able to live a lot more comfortably then I ever will be able to. I would love to be able to study and change my career but it's simple not possible when I have two small children and would need childcare to go back into education. I think that this point is something I find many self help books have and some can seem to make it easy to just stop everything and pursue your dreams. I found it best for me to highlight the parts in the book that applied to my life and I knew would be useful to change certain aspects of my life. I couldn't help think that maybe my mind wasn't fully ready to get completely naked but I know that I have the book there to turn back to for when I am ready to strip bare.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Squeeze Popper Giveaway

If you have seen them online, or read the reviews then you know what a Squeeze Popper is. If you haven't then you can read my review of them here.

Squeeze Popper's are a really cool toy that I'm sure every child will love. There are so many different designs to choose from such as the Unicorn, Poo Emoji, Dino etc so there really is one for everyone. You could win a selection of 3 Squeeze Popper's by entering the giveaway below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to UK residents only. There will be one winner who will be chosen at random via the rafflecoptor the winner will be notified via email within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended. The winner will be sent the prize directly by the company supplying and there is no cash alternative. Jade's Journey is not responsible for the prize. Any entries made by those under the age of 18 must have the permission of their parent or guardian.  

Healthy Shopping Price Difference

Something everyone has been talking about lately is the fact that Britain is getting fatter! The thing is all we are told is the risks of being overweight and that we should lose weight. At the moment I'm currently trying to work with my GP and shift the extra pounds, sorry stones that I'm carrying. As I'm currently borderline diabetic losing this weight is important for me, it is not easy for me at all as I have an under-active thyroid which makes it difficult for me to lose weight. The advice I have been given from my GP is, exercise and to change my diet.

As a family we have been making small changes and better decision's when it comes to food but I know we could do better, what is stopping me is the cost and time it takes to prepare food from scratch which I know is a lot healthier than using a jar of sauce. We tend to use sauces from jars for majority of our meals simply because of how easy it is, when I have time I do prepare food from scratch but I will admit that it's very rare that I do. When speaking to healthcare professionals I was told that it costs no more to cook food from scratch than it does to buy a jar of sauce, so I decided to look into that for myself using online shopping and showing not just the healthcare professionals but also you the difference.

For this shopping I took a typical week of what we would eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The shopping list doesn't contain snacks or drinks another thing to take note of is that the fresh vegetables may not last the full week depending what dates the products have on them when purchasing (we do judge our food on the way it looks and smells and not just the date given). Here is a list of what we would be eating:

Monday: Cereal, Ham Sandwich, Chicken Curry
Tuesday: Cereal, Sandwich, Pasta Bake
Wednesday: Toast, Bacon Sandwich, Sausage Casserole
Thursday: Cereal, Omelette, Cottage Pie
Friday: Cereal, Sandwich, Burger and chips
Saturday: Cereal, Sandwich, Pizza
Sunday, Cereal, Sandwich, Sunday Roast

So I made my shopping list and put everything in the virtual trolley and I was pleased with the total which was £66.99. I then did the shop again but this time making a few changes so we switched the sandwich's for crackers and soft cheese but chose the healthier options of low fat cheese and wholemeal crackers. Main meals would be staying the same we would just pick healthier ways to make them and make majority of them from scratch using healthy recipe's. For the burger we switched to turkey, for the mince I switched that for mince with 5% fat and the pizza would be made by following a slimming world recipe. I was a bit surprised at the total as I had been told by almost every person who is supporting me on this weight loss and healthy eating change that I would see my shopping bills decrease in price however that was not the case the total for the healthier shop was £79.67. That was an increase of just under £13 which may not sound a lot but when you have an extra £13 a week onto your food bill every week it soon adds up.


I think that it is important for people to eat healthier and making changes where they can but I understand why we as a country are becoming fatter, it's simply cheaper to eat the unhealthier options. The country is spending so much money on campaigns to highlight all the bad choices but what are they doing in the ways of reducing cost? The problem is that people don't want to make a change but simply that it is expensive!

We are trying our best and making affordable changes but more needs to be done when it comes to the cost's. I just want to point out that we are not a family that has takeaway's nor do we slob about and shovel junk food in our mouths. We go out every weekend for a long walk and on a Saturday we usually have a family treat night where we will eat pizza and watch a film with a unhealthy snack but most night's the kids have a yogurt and a piece of fruit for their pudding and snack's are limited.   

Thursday, 8 March 2018

What They're Reading: February

Where did February go? As you can see I'm running a little late with this post. This is the second month of us sharing what we are reading. We read lots of books but have decided to share our favourite of that month with you and hopefully you will then share these with your children. I have been busy with writing a child's book which maybe I will be able to share with you all once it is complete.

This month Jared wants to share The Dirty Great Dinosaur with you. He is scoring it a 4/5

The Dirty Great Dinosaur is such a great book to read. Little Hal is just playing around with his dog when a dinosaur shows up, and the dinosaur is hungry. There's a lot of diologue in the book which Jared really enjoyed when he read it as he could give the dinosaur a voice. The illustration isn't too glossy and perfect looking which I loved. If you have little one who likes dinoasud's then I would recommend buying this book, currently £5.99 on Amazon.

Eryn has chosen to share with you Noisy Farm.
I'm giving it a 3/5

The Noisy Farm is a sound board book which has 10 animals sounds. This is the reason I gave it a 3 because it has driven me crazy hearing these noisy animals. Each animal has a page and it gives you a bit of information on that animal. I think it's important for children to learn about animals as so many children don't get to see farm animals. The pictures are really good and have helped with Eryn being able to identify the animal and their sound. This book came from Mark's & Spencer's but I have seen similar on Amazon.