Thursday, 28 May 2015

Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

I love a good crumble, it is a pudding that reminds me of childhood days spent at my grandparents house. Up until recently I'd never made one myself, either eating shop bought or ones made by my lovely nana. I think in my head I imagined it to be complicated to create a really good one.

This changed when my friend kindly gave me a few freshly grown sticks of rhubarb and of course my first thought was to make a good crumble. Searching the web for recipes, there are so many alternative ways of not only cooking the rhubarb itself but also on how to create a good crumble mix.

rhubarb crumble

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Animagic Tickle Tum Tilly Review

 To my kids I am sometimes known as a mean mum because as of yet I haven't allowed them to have any pets. Between the cost of them and the 5th child husband, I just don't have the money spare. So when I was offered the chance to review Animagic's Tickle Tum Tilly (£14.99), I thought it might make a good substitute to the real thing and of course the fact that I didn't actually have to feed her appealed ;)

Father's Day Gift Guide

I always struggle to buy gifts on Father's day because my husbands birthday always ends up around the same time and he is difficult enough to buy for in the first place. So this year I thought I'd put together a little gift guide to help those who may have the same problems as I do.

For the gamer :

The newest Call of Duty might be on their list of wants.

For the beard grower (seems to be the latest trend which my hubby has latched onto) :

Dear Barber Beard Oil rrp £9.99 for a 30 ml bottle. This contains both almond and coconut oils and is said to nourish, soften and smooth out any beard, this may just be the perfect father's day gift for him.

dear barber beard oil

The Summer of Broken Stories Book Review and Giveaway

The Summer of Broken Stories is the latest novel from writer James Wilson and I was lucky enough to be given a copy to read and review from Alma books.

England 1950s. While out playing in the woods ten year old Mark meets a man living in an old railway carriage. Despite his wild appearance, the stranger who introduces himself as Aubrey Hillyard is captivating - an irreverent outsider who is shunned by Mark's fellow villagers and a writer to boot. Aubrey encourages Mark to tell stories about his own make believe world, an in return he informs the boy about a novel he is writing - a work of ominous science fiction.

As the meddling villagers plot to drive Aubrey out, Mark finds himself caught between two worlds - yet convinced that he must help Aubrey prevail at any cost. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Food Is Not The Enemy

Ok so a short but sweet update from me this week. I've come to realise over the past few weeks that food isn't the enemy, yes it can be fattening and far too tempting at times but the real enemy when it comes to my body, my weight and my appearance is me.

I am my own worst enemy. We are all in charge of ourselves and what we eat and drink and how we let that affect ourselves.

I mentioned recently that I've been weighing myself less, well I actually jumped on the scales yesterday and in 4 weeks I've put on one lb, this I'm more than happy with, I'm actually hoping that gain is down to my period being on the way, yes I said the word period!!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Read With Me #21

Hello you lovely lot. Welcome to this weeks Read With Me. Hope you've had a chance to either read something yourself or perhaps read a great book with your kids?

read with me
I got my reading mojo back last week and got stuck into a good few books.

My favourite was a set of two books written by Amanda Maxlyn.

What's Left of Me and What's Left of Us tells the story of Aundrea and Parker. There relationship is by no means straight forward.

When Aundrea meets Parker she is battling cancer, something that she doesn't want him to know however what develops between them, neither could have imagined.

I love their relationship but I also enjoyed the story that was portrayed alongside their coupling.

Sunday, 24 May 2015


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