Monthly Archives: December 2018

Meal Planning Monday 31/12/2018

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!

This is the last meal planning Monday of 2018, where has this year gone?

It been a great year but now it’s on to 2019 and see what that has in store for us.

This year we have two holidays abroad plus two weddings so i’m aiming to try and be semi healthy and get my arse into shape ready to put my bikini and party shoes on.

This week consists of:

Eating & Drinking

Eating & Drinking

Jacket potato’s, cheese/Beans & Salad

Lasanga & Garlic Bread

Chicken wrapped in bacon completed in puff pastry

Hope you all have a great New Year!!

Caring For a Dog With Cancer

Sometimes it can be hard to remember that we are, essentially, sharing our homes with wolves. Our dogs become such a part of our families, they in grain themselves so indelibly in our hearts that we come to see them as just like us… And in many respects, they are. Sure, they may be physiologically different to us in a huge number of ways. Sure, they may have evolved differently with different social structures and biological imperatives. In many ways, however, their needs and desires are not so very different to our own. Both human and canine alike need to be well fed, watered, sheltered and loved to stay happy and healthy.

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Thus, when a dog is diagnosed with cancer, your obligation to them is the same as it is to any other loved one in this situation… Give them all the love and care you can. As much as we may wish to bury our heads in the sand, the simple truth is that 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer at some point. It’s up to us to know what to do to give them the care they need. Whether you’re caring for a beloved pet that has been diagnosed with cancer or you are providing palliative care for a rescue dog with cancer, here are some vital tips that can assure them a better quality of life while boosting their chances of recovery…

It’s all about diet

Whether you’re giving your dog delicious treats to keep them as happy and healthy as possible or using diet to boost their chances of recovery, it’s important to remember the words of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine;

“Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food!”

If you’re looking after a dog with cancer, you’ll need to think hard about the foods you give them. The sad truth is that there are many tinned dog food brands that have been linked to cancer causing aflatoxins. On the other hand there are numerous diets that have been found to reduce cancer risk and even aid recovery. Some favor the ketogenic diet for dogs which is closer to the kinds of diets their ancestors would have enjoyed and is free of sugar which is essentially food for cancer cells.

If, on the other hand, you are a vegan dog lover and prefer to raise your dog on a plant-based diet, there’s good news. Vegan diets for dogs have also been found to have cancer inhibiting properties.

Get to know your dog’s pain for effective pain management

As unpleasant as it may be, you’re going to need to earn a PhD in pain to become effective in managing it. Observe behavioral changes, especially after surgery or treatment. Try to watch out for areas in which pain occurs and at what time of day.

This will help you to better manage their pain medication schedule.

Take steps to lessen their anxiety and sadness

This is going to be a difficult time for your pet as they pay visits with increasing frequency to your vet and canine oncologist. You can’t get around the need to go, but you can take steps to lessen their anxiety and sadness. As hard as it may be, you have to keep a brave face on around them. They are as adept at reading our behavior as they are at reading ours. Make an extra special effort to calm and soothe them in advance of a visit to the vets and avail yourself of calming sprays and balms which can help to keep them mellow.

With the right care and a whole lot of love you can keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible, even when they are facing something as awful as cancer!

What I thought of Dublin

Back in October we arranged a surprise trip to Dublin for a weekend for our Friends 30th Birthday, his wife organised it all and we had a great time – Kid free too.

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Here is what I thought?

I have never been to Dublin but the others had but it was a city I wanted to visit.  We had an early flight and surprised our friend at the airport, and he was shocked and a little confused when we walked over to him.

We arrived in the town centre around lunchtime and headed straight to find food, then the pub crawl started.  There was a few places I wanted to visit whilst I was there to tick off my list.

Temple Bar

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This was one bar I really wanted to visit and we did, and I’m so glad we did, it was packed but was so worth it, there was a live band singing Irish songs and lots of people dancing. Me and Laura got shamrocks  glitter tattoos on our cheeks.  The atmosphere was amazing.

Dublin Castle

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I’m not a cultural person but when we went to Dublin I wanted to visit the castle so on the Saturday Morning, we got up and did exactly that, the sun was shining but was chilly still.  The gardens and surrounding grounds were beautiful.

Jameson’s Distillery

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I don’t like whiskey but wanted to go on a tour to the factory as my husband wanted to see it to, as he had already experienced the Guinness factory.  You know what the drinks were really nice.  We were gutted we couldn’t get on the tours as they were booked up.

Have you been to Dublin?  I would recommend a visit if you can.

Our Christmas Decorations | 2018

We’ve always loved Christmas in our house but since having our little boy it has felt so much more magical and exciting.  Each year I try and buy a new tree decoration to hang on the tree of places we have visited.

This year we have lots of new additions to the Cooper household.

Our first new addition is the big guy himself, I bought him last year in the sale at Homebase but never got round to putting him up, but found the perfect spot for him this year on the porch roof.

This is by far my most favourite new addition, In the 4 years we have lived here this is only the second year we have had a wreath on the door, but this one is now for life and I love it. You can purchase these from here

The front of the house has always looked bare so last year we have some white icicle lights but when we put them up some of them didn’t work, so this year we bought some new ones from B&M here

The lantern my husband saw and liked it and we found the perfect spot for it and you can purchase it from here.  

And of course our Christmas Tree.  Again this was a new one I bought last year from the homebase sale, we had one we were gifted but had seen better days.

Here are just a few decorations that are new this year: My favourite two are the one from Dublin and the “Drink Me” baubles.  They are from various places including Clintons, Asda, The Gift Experience & Dublin

What is your tradition at Christmas?

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Find a penny, pick it up…

Over the last 4 year, with 2018 been my 5th year, I have been picking money up off the floor.  I started recording what I found back in 2014 just out of curiosity.

Am I a tramp for doing this?  I don’t think I am, but each person has there own opinion and that is fine.

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Whether it’s pennies, small change or even the odd occasion of a note I find, I pick it up, I don’t even hesitate and put it straight in my pocket.  I  don’t class this as stealing, as it is not like it is  at a cash machine etc but just change that someone has either dropped or discarded.

Stats

2014 -£45.24 – This was my biggest find so far

2015 – £5.74

2016  – £9.11

2017 – £20.14

2018 – £12.22 – So far, will up date at the end of December

I know it isn’t a lot of money over the 12 months, but it doesn’t matter to me and takes no effort to pick it up.

what do I do with it at the end of each year?

It gets put into another pot ready to go into our savings accounts, as my moto is “Every penny counts” and helps towards something we may want to buy in the future.

Would love for you to leave your opinions on this and if this is something you would or wouldn’t do and why.  

 

Meal Planning Monday 10/12/18

Last week was stressful at work but I only had a 3 day week which was exactly what I needed, so I have been able to kind of catch up on things at home and spend quality time with my family.

This week is going to be a week of cooking whatever is in the freezer until I go food shopping.

Butter chicken curry with rice & naan

Jacket Potatoes with Tuna/mayo & Cheese/beans & Salad

Sausage Casserole with creamy mash, vegetables & gravy

Pizza & Chips

At my mums

Cheese & bacon quiche with salad

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What is on your plate this week?

 

10 Coats And Jackets That Every Woman Should Have In Her Closet

Gone are the days when jackets and coats were only worn during winters and autumn season. So why wait till the leaves to fall, ladies? Every season deserves a good pair of parkas or jackets that make you look snazzy and glamorous.

So, we have shortlisted below the 10 must-have coats and jackets for every season.

1. Denim Jackets

These jackets are made of denim and are popular casual apparel from a long time. Denim jackets are such an appealing piece of clothing that makes you look cool and stylish in every manner possible. Also, remember denim never goes out of fashion.

2. Trench Coats

These long and classy coats go with anything and everything from your wardrobe. Being lightweight and waterproof gives you an extra advantage of keeping it stylish even when it’s pouring outside. Pair them with any piece of clothing along with ankle length boots for a party or just a plain casual evening date.

3. Fur Coats

Who isn’t in love with furs? These stylish and fluffy fur coats are a must to feel glamorous and warm. Available in all forms of bold and plain colors, animal prints or belted ones, this is one such statement-making jacket that is a must-have for every fashion-loving woman. Check out the range of amazing fur coat collection at furcentre.com.

4. Duster Coats

Duster coats are long, light, and fluffy and no-button outwears that goes with all the seasons. You can literally match it with any of your outfits and it truly needs to be a staple in your closet

5. Leather Jackets

Want to look edgy yet keeping it casual? Think no more and go for a leather jacket, sister! This piece of style can never fail you to look effortlessly chic and gorgeous. Go for any color- black, brown, red or gray and wear it buttoned, zipped or belted. Nothing can actually go wrong with a leather jacket.

6. Puffer Jackets

Puffer jackets are one of those stunning winter wears that are water resistant, warm and stylish.

7. Printed Jackets

Prints have taken over every piece of clothing we know. Same goes with jackets. Be it animal prints or blossoming floral prints, these jackets can surely add the hint of vogue in your closet.

8. Woolen Jackets

Beat this winter with a pair of stylish-looking woolen jackets this year. If you are a minimalist and still want to look modish and elegant, then woolen jackets are what you are looking for.

9. Bomber Jackets

Bomber jackets have evolved their ways and are not just worn while riding a bike. Pair them with pencil skirts, denim jeans, maxis or shorts to give a bold yet chic statement.

10. Quilted Jackets

Feel cozy yet voguish with a pair of quilted jackets. Though these jackets are puffy looking, they never make you look huge. Being ultra light-weight, these jackets go with denim jeans, leggings, boots and even sarees and suits.

The British Hamper Company | Review

We love nothing more than a Christmas Hamper, it is a perfect gift for so many friends and family, and also a lovely treat to yourself to kick off the festive season!

This year we received the “The happy Christmas Hamper”, which is currently priced at £89.99.

It arrived fast and well packaged. The hamper itself is a really high quality hamper box with beautiful detail and finished with a ribbon.

And, most importantly, it is full of wonderful brand name goodies!

The shortbread biscuits did not last long!

A successful hamper all round – bring on the Festive Season!

*we were sent this hamper free of charge for the purpose of this review, However all  thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday 03/12/18

HAPPY DECEMBER!!!

Our Christmas Decorations are up and I am really getting in the spirit of Christmas now.  I was out Saturday night at a bloggers Christmas Party in Town which was lovely and great to meet some other fellow bloggers who I’ve never met before.

As the weather as got colder all I want is hearty winter junk like foods

This week we are having:

Cottage pie, veg & gravy

Sausage Casserole

Chicken stir fry with egg noodles

Pizza & Chips

Lasagna and garlic bread

Chinese takeaway

Beef roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan this week? Leave your links below