I think to think that I am considerable lucky. Not in the sense where I have won the lottery.. yet. However, I have won a tenner here and there and a few quid on scratch cards. I’m also lucky in terms of family, kids, health and life in general.

My cousins and I have discussed what we would do if we won a sum of money.. from travelling to Tuscany, to quitting our jobs, volunteering and donating to charity. I don’t think its ever going ot happen in our life time… or will it?

I saw this advert recently for the Paddy Power Bingo Website and had a chuckle to myself, it was a refreshing thought to see that it wasn’t your usual “lads” type of advert, that it was geared towards women too for a change (the feminist in me), and it was pretty funny!

Also, Paddy Power have produced this lovely info graphic that puts my cynical side of luck, to the side. This is a sight to be seen! So why not go on their web site and give luck a chance, you never know what might come your way.

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Diet Chef: Week 1

I was kindly allowed to become one of Diet Chef’s bloggers , and am happy to report that my hamper came last Monday evening which I opened immediately and started planning for the week ahead. I couldn’t believe the variety of food that was on offer and how delicious it looked, and the amount that was there!


I decided to familiarise myself with their on line guide which unlike other brands, they actually ENCOURAGE you to add other foods such as rice, fruit, vegetables, salads,dairy, cheese etc. They gave examples of sample menus and also for those days when you want to be a bit naughty and get a take away, ones to choose from which are lower in fats and calories. I liked that this guide was realistic and used common sense because the rule that I have always followed is “in moderation”. We have to have some foods and treat ourselves now and again otherwise eating becomes necessity rather than fun  and/or social.

People who know me, are aware that I love to exercise and have always loved to live an active lifestyle but with two children and having experienced Post Natal Depression twice, I turned to food and wine as my escape. Luckily though, I worked hard to get through this and I am ready to lose the weight and I know that in doing so with Diet Chef, my personal trainer Mark, that I will achieve. I just fell off the wagon a bit and needed some extra encouragement and help because lets face it, life with two children is hectic and stressful at times!

With diet Chef, they ask that you fill in your details of your current weight and calculate your BMI. They then tailor a plan around you and give you a daily calorie allowance which when the food is already prepared for you really isn’t difficult to follow at all. Of course, you need to add your things like rice, salad should you wish to.


So far, I have stopped eating so much bread and instead I’m enjoying the breakfasts which include muesli and porridge. Mid morning I may snack on popcorn or one of their vanilla or peanut protein bars, for lunch I have soup and for dinner, it may consist of a curry with some rice and a salad. That’s only a small taster of what they have on offer and I also snack on fruit and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.



I am inclined to call this an education on portion sizes rather than a “Diet”… I always think restrictions when I hear that word but in actual fact, I don’t feel hungry because there is no reason to. If you choose healthy options, you have more to eat and you feel and look better. Rocket Science? I don’t think so. I am using the “My fitness Pal” app and have ordered a “fitbit”, to help me along because as you can see in previous posts, its about getting as healthy as I can this year and to lose weight gained after having the children.

Now, for the weight loss reading… I started at 12 stone 10 and today I am 12 stone 6!!! Its a total loss of 4lbs. I am being realistic though and not thinking that I will achieve that weight loss each week but I will lose because I’m doing it right. Combining eating healthy and exercise really is the way forward! Stay tuned for next weeks update where I am aiming for at least a 2lb loss :)

Have you tried diet Chef? what was your weight loss?





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The Beach Factory UV Swimwear:A Review

We answered a tweet sent out from the Beach Factory on twitter, last month just before the schools broke up for the summer. It was ideal as we were leaving a few days later for Wales and as we knew that the weather was to be very sunny, it made sense to apply for the chance to review.

As you can see in this picture, their clothing is very well designed and really scores high on my cute radar. It was a lovely red and white striped swim suit and the boy seemed very comfortable in it too.


We were at the beach for the majority of the day and I felt confident that Thunderbutt was protected by the sun. We only had to apply a minimal amount of sun cream as most of his body was covered. That’s a big thing as in my line of work, we take calls from parents who haven’t properly protected their children and it has resulted in some pretty nasty sunstroke and sun burn. With Thunderbutt being so young, and his skin so sensitive, it’s very easy for the worst to happen.



With the holidays about to start down south and ours still continuing, I’d recommend taking a look at the Beach Factory website , where you can see their products which range from swimwear to hats and bags. The swimwear isn’t just for holiday though, with our recent run of great weather, you can be sure to be protected from the UV rays here in Britain too. I like that the boy was still protected even when the suit was wet. You certainly wouldn’t get that sort of protection in using a t shirt and I think a lot of parents make that error where if a child is covered it means protection but this isn’t true.

So I’m giving the Swimwear a massive big thumbs up for designing and producing a safe and lovely looking product!



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I don’t know what you want to call it.. stupidity? A moment of madness? Whatever it is, I wish I hadn’t done it.What am I talking about? I stopped taking my anti depressants because I thought that I was doing “ok”. I thought that I finally sorted things out with the healthy eating, exercise and all that sort of thing. However, I didn’t and recently I have paid the price but worst of all, so have my kids and husband. Don’t get me wrong when I was exercising, I felt on top of the world but due to holidays and schedule clashes, I haven’t done much in the past 2 weeks.

It wasn’t until last night, reading a post by the amazingly strong and in my eyes, courageous woman , Vicky AKA @SingleMAhoy and her post which she had written a long time ago but only decided to post it, which can be read here where she talks about often forgetting to take her pills and then thinking that you’re ok and really, it’s a downward spiral from there.. I usually follow that pattern. I also can empathise with the everything annoys you , little things . Again, it’s from someone whistling, chewing loudly (or so I think), Thunderpants doing handstands and saying that she will disturb the family down stairs when really its the noise which irritates the fuck out of me. In fact, everything irritates me. So much so that I am wanting to claw at my face to make things stop. I break out in sweat, I itch and I just can’t concentrate on much at all.  I cry, I shout, I throw things and I just can’t understand why I can’t be “norma;”. But what is normal? Really, can someone please tell me?

What is it like to find enjoyment again in simple things, to not feel so exhausted all the time because of the stress? Let me tell you… I have done Tough Mudder recently and that never even touched on the exhaustion that I feel on a daily basis due to the anxiety. Ok, so we went through a period where the boy wasn’t sleeping and it is hell and it is hard but it’s not where all of the tiredness is coming from. I wonder if I will be able to feel content again.

I have started back on the tablets again as of today and I really hope that they stop my mind from realing and I stop feeling like there is a ping-pong ball in my head , dotting from one side of my head to the other.. or is it more like a game of squash that’s going on?  I just want it to slow down, to stop and for me to be calm. I don’t remember the last time I felt calm. We went on holiday recently and there was an incident which happened and although we were all on edge, it increased my anxiety even more. I thought I could ride it out and that once I returned home that I could really just decide what to do.

You see, I am not depressed. At least I don’t feel that way , but it could lead to that if I don’t buck up my ideas and sort this out. I am very self-aware and I just needed a kick up the arse to get things in motion. I think that post was meant to be sent out last night because despite the tears that it brought, you can bet your ass, some were tears of utter relief.I just couldn’t believe that some of the things described were so similar.

So here I am, the doctor wants to see me again in two weeks.. I’m not sure that the ones he has put me on are really right but I’ll give them a try. I guess part of this whole thing for me is that I have a personal issue with being on antidepressants. I would never treat anyone the way that I treat myself so I can’t understand why I add a personal stigma. I need to get on with it and just accept that I need them. However, as someone who studied counselling, I think fixing things with a tablet rather than working through it, isn’t the answer. My other part of me thinks, well if it helps is it really doing any harm? This is the inner conflict that I have and it drives me crazy.

I don’t know what the answer is, if there is one in the first place but I know that I am pro active and for now, the pills are what I need.

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Fine Bedding, You say? Why Not!


New look and feel for the Fine Bedding Company


Ahh, the wonderful world of twitter and the offers to review fantastic items!  This one came in the form of  two pillows and a duvet from The Fine Bedding Company    I am a fan of sleep (mainly due to being deprived of it), and I have to say, I LOVE my king size bed , as do others.  So much so that two other friends of ours, also purchased the same frame as us. Honestly.

When it comes down to duvets, duvet covers, pillows and the like, I take it all very seriously. I match it with my walls and I buy the best of covers and I spend a lot of time on making my bedroom as comfy as possible. It’s a sanctuary , a place where I go to read, where my babies (one nearly 7!)slept in their cots, and well “other things”, happen. Its comfortable and just lovely!

Fine Bedding-100

So I guess you can say, bedding and accessories are my thing! I have tried different duvets from places such as Marks and Spencers, Asda, Debenhams etc but never found one that was warm enough, but small enough to fit in the washing machine. This is of major importance as I am a clean freak when it comes to washing our duvet and covers as well as pillows and although I have washed previous duvets in the past, this one doesn’t come out with what feels like “clumps” inside. That’s why I would recommend The Fine Bedding Company because it ticks all of my boxes. Its light, breathable and yet still very warm. The pillows that we were provided with are fluffy and as easy to wash and keep shape. I have to wash our bedding a lot as my husband works with machinery and oil which means that despite showering nightly, he doesn’t always get the oil out of his hair(yuck, I know but occupational hazard).

If you’re looking for comfortable bedding that is machine washable, airy, and great value for money, I’d recommend going to their site and purchasing from their range. Yes, it might be slightly more expensive but it’s certainly value for money and you klnow that its going to last.


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