Thursday, 5 March 2015

Sweet Potato Mug Cake Recipe

I can't deny it, I love cake, especially mug cakes. These individual puddings are literally to die for. The problem is that they aren't so good when it comes to my diet. I mean my norma nutella or peanut butter ones can't be considered the healthiest.

Trouble for me is that I tend to crave something sweet and I don't know about you but once I have something on my mind I feel I need to have it, sooner rather than later preferably.

So I have been trawling the web and racking my brain, trying to come up with an alternative that squashes my cravings but leaves me feeling less guilty when I reach the bottom of the cup.

I introduce to you the sweet potato mug cake…

sweet potato mug cake

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Chad Valley PlaySmart Range Review

I am a huge fan of Chad Valley toys, I've had the pleasure of working with them in the past and most recently I reviewed some of their Design Boutiques range. So when I received a surprise delivery from them last month, I think I was more excited than the girls. Chad Valley have been going for 150 years now but they consistently come up with new and innovative products. this time they gave my girls and I the chance to have a play with their new PlaySmart range.

I was immediately impressed before opening the boxes because I am a huge believer of learning through play and these toys are designed to do just that. There are 19 toys in the range costing between £6.99 and £29.99, each one keeping in mind that learning should be fun.

We were sent : Family Fun Learning Games, Early Learning Pack, Jumbo Alphabet and Number Floor  Jigsaws and Magnetic Learning Play Desk (this quickly became our favourite).

chad valley playsmart range

Princess Play Tent Review

princess play tent
All of my girls are very girly girls, they love anything pink and if it has something to do with princesses then you are definitely onto a winner, so when we were recently asked by Big Game Hunters if we'd like to review their Princess Play Tent, I just couldn't refuse.

Big Game Hunters actually stock a range of tents and wigwams, there are ones to suit any child's personality but the princess tent was most certainly the right choice for my children.

I was surprised when it arrived just how small (although heavy) the box was. My initial thought was that the tent surely wasn't going to be big enough for all my girls to fit in there, how wrong I was!!

The box contained instructions, poles, screws, plastic attachments and the fabric covering itself, the packaging had been very deceiving indeed.

The Butterfly Club Book Review

One of the things that is nice about the fact that my eldest daughter loving reading as much as myself is the fact that I can share books with her that I used to read when I was younger. One of my favourite children's book authors was Jacqueline Wilson so I was pleased when Elise also decided that Jacqueline was her author of choice. Having recently reviewed the Jacqueline Wilson magazine, we were more than pleased when we were recently chosen to review her latest book, The Butterfly Club, can you believe that this is the 101st book that she's written!!

Tina is a triplet, but she's always been the odd one out. Her sisters Phil and Maddie are better at just about everything. Luckily, they look after Tina wherever they go - but when the girls start in Miss Lovejoy's class they're split up for the first time.

Tina is horrified when she's paired up with angry bully Selma. But when Miss Lovejoy asks them to help her create a butterfly garden in the school playground, Tina discovers that she doesn't always need her sisters - and that there's a lot more to Selma than first meets the eye.

The Butterfly Club is written from Tina's point of view. In typical Jacqueline style, the writing is simple yet humerous and meaningful.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Weekly Weigh In 03.03.015

Well I've made to March and I haven't given up on my weight loss goals just yet although I have to say I haven't really noticed a change in my body over the past 4 weeks, despite continued exercise and eating well (most of the time). I tend to dread the weekly weigh in as I'm always left thinking that my efforts are never quite enough.

This weeks results are in, I've lost 1/2 a lb, a loss is a loss and I suppose slow and steady wins the race!!

However I finally remembered to buy a tape measure so this week starts the weekly measuring :

waist - 25 inches
hips - 35 inches

These measurements match up to what I managed to get down to last Summer so not bad at all, I don't want these to go down by a lot more but it would also be great to see them not go up even if the scales decide to tell me I've put on weight.

This morning I finally finished a 31 day fitness challenge, I really enjoyed a couple of the circuit training days so I'm going to keep using these to mix in with other workouts I'm doing. What I'm trying to do now is increase the size of weights that I'm using when doing weight/resistance training, at the moment the most I'm using is 1.5kg in each hand.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Read With Me #9

Hello there readers. Welcome to this weeks Read With Me. I hope you've managed to find some time to read whether it be by yourself or with your children.

read with me
I can't believe we've reached March already. 3 months into the year and I've already got a third of the way through my goodreads challenge, go me!!

Last week I sped my way through a series of books that I have been meaning to read for quite some time.

If you are a fan of books like The Hunger Games and Divergent I urge to read Jennifer L Armentrout's Lux series.

This set of books goes along the lines of paranormal romance. We follow Daemon and Katy and many other well written characters as drama ensues.


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