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Wife to Tom, First time Mummy to Little Boy Freddie and Auntie to 4 Boys & 1 Girl.

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

The Importance of Self Love

People who are not aware about the idea of self love, tend to think of it as narcissistic. However, this is not the case. People talk about self love in a positive sense and in a sense of having strong self esteem. There is no denying the fact that self love is very important and it should be a part of every individual’s life.

Why is it important?

We all need to understand that everyone has flaws. But everyone is equally talented and special in their own way. They always have something unique to offer to this vast world and self love will happen when you recognize this. You have to understand that you have something unique to offer to the world and when you self love, you experience pride and confidence in every achievement of yours. It will help you believe that you are worthy of receiving love from others and it will help you build healthy relationships.

When you stop believing that you are worthy of love from others, you will not be able to attract loving partners in your life because you yourself do not give love to your mind and body. Self love can mean so much to you. It can also do so much to you. Paida Lajin offers a number of lessons through which you can self love and self heal. It will be able to determine how you can help others in this world and when you are in love with yourself, you will be able to love others with ease. You will also be able to forgive people and feel a strong connection with them.

Why is it an issue?

If there is lack of self love, you will accept people treating you in the manner they treat you without considering the fact that you do not deserve the same. You will not stand up for yourself and will accept abuse. Lack of self love can have a huge impact on your mind and body. It will tell the world that they have the right to treat you the way they want to and you will accept it. It just shows people that you believe that you are not worthy of love.

It is an important thing for you to self love and to believe in healthy relationships. If you want to start a healthy relationship, you need to work on self love and if you are unable to do so, you need to focus on self healing. You can use different steps to self heal without having to go to a professional or learning healing from a professional yourself. Paida Lajin Institute offers the best lessons on self healing and each lesson is very effective for people of all ages.

You need not be an expert in order to self heal. If there is lack of self love, you will have to use techniques to heal yourself and then you will be able to realize your worth.

5 Misconceptions about Adventure Travel Debunked

An adventure trip is considered as a totally different holiday concept as compared to a regular vacation. The meaning, however, may vary from person to person. For instance, the idea of adventure travel for you may be traveling to uninhabited mountainsides while it may be a trip full of adventurous activities such as wild water rafting, bungee jumping and paragliding for someone else. Whichever concept you believe in, the fact is that a holiday which sends your adrenaline rushing is the perfect idea of an adventure trip. There are some misconceptions attached with this travel concept which need to be debunked before you embark on the journey of thrill and excitement. Let us clarify these myths and misconceptions for you.

It is meant only for youngsters

The idea of kayaking alone in a remote river or hiking through the wilderness of high mountains might seem to be more appealing for the young and fearless people. However, this does not mean that older ones cannot dare to try one. As long as you are able to manage the physical aspect of adventure travel, you can overcome any challenge out there. These trips are more about mental strength and endurance and age makes you only stronger in these aspects. So as long as you do not have any serious health concerns, you can set on a trip that gets your excitement levels up.

It is always expensive

Another misconception about adventure travel is that it can dig a hole in your pocket but this is not true. In fact, you can save on holiday rentals if you choose to try something as cool as camping in the middle of the jungle or staying on-road in a travel truck. It all depends on the destination you choose and the type of adventure trip that you are embarking on. You can indulge in expensive sports like paragliding and deep sea diving if your budget permits. Some tour operators even come up with tailored plans that cover specific activities on the basis of your budget.

It is risky and dangerous

Adventure travel can be risky and dangerous to a certain extent but not necessarily so if you do the activities under the supervision of experts. The idea is to look for packages offered by reputed and trusted operators that prioritize your safety in every way. They make sure that you are accompanied by trained professionals with requisite skills and experience in their respective activities. Besides this, you can be sure about proper safety arrangements if something unfortunate happens. Even if you have to pay a little extra to ensure your safety, it is a small price to pay.

It requires you to be in a great shape

Of course, it is good to be fit if you are planning to go for a hiking or mountain climbing trip but you can go for less adventurous ones with minimal fitness levels. It really depends on how well you will be able to cope with the strenuous activities involved. There are activities that can be done even by those who with moderate fitness levels while some require you to be at the top of performance, endurance and fitness. The best approach is to explore the trip and know what to expect before opting to take it. Be

sure that you will be able to do the entire activities otherwise you may end up wasting your money or landing into some health issues.

It needs you to be an outdoor person

If you think that you need to be an outdoor person to the core to enjoy such a trip, then you may be taken by surprise. Even those who have always been into indoor activities find these experiences to be fun and thrilling. In fact, doing something that you may have never done before can make this trip an experience of the lifetime. You can learn something as wonderful as setting a camp right in the middle of nowhere or barbecue a fish that you have fished from the forest pond. And if you opt for an adventure sport like bungee jumping, it can be all the more amazing!

Now that the common myths and misconceptions about adventure travel have been debunked, you will be probably ready to embark on one. The best way to start planning is to explore some websites and check out the options that fit into your budget. When you do plan such tours, safety should be the most important thing to bear in mind. So it is best to choose a destination that seems safe and an operator who values your safety above everything else.

Meal Planning Monday 26/11/18

Wow, It’s the last week of November, How has this happened?

This week should be a fairly quiet one at work as it is month end and most of my clients are on shut down, plus Tuesday i’m in Cheltenham for training.

I’ve started doing my shopping list differently now too as last week I forgot a couple of ingredients so couldn’t make those meals so I now write each meal and the ingredients I need to prevent me forgetting items.

This week we are eating:

Spaghetti Bolognese

Pizza & homemade chunky chips

Chicken chow mein and egg noodles

Tuna pasta bake

Hunters chicken with jacket potatoes

Lasagna & garlic bread

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate?

The Crucial Dos & Don’ts Of Spoiling Your Dog

Being a dog mum is a real privilege, and of course, sometimes we want to lavish attention and treats on them! However, it’s essential to do this in the right way because if we don’t, it can affect both their health and behaviour. To that end, read more about the do and don’ts of spoiling you pupper below.

Spoiling your dog on their birthday can be done in a safe way.

Adult Tan and White French Bulldog

Do give them plenty of time and attention.

All dogs need time and attention to be happy, and that means spending extra time with your pup, going for long walks, or playing can be a fantastic method of sowing them how much you care.

In fact, as dogs are primarily pack-animals, they will appreciate nothing more than some attention, which makes it one of the most healthy methods of spoiling your canine friend.

Don’t ever feed them human food.

White and Black English Bulldog Stands in Front of Crackers on Bowl at Daytime

One of the most common ways that people spoil their dogs is to give them a little of what they are eating. Sadly, this can be incredibly dangerous for the dog especially if the foodstuffs are ones that are toxic to them such as coffee, chocolate, or cheese. In fact, such items can not only bring on problems with their stomach but has also been known to cause more severe difficulties as well.

Also, it’s crucial to remember that most dog foods are carefully developed to contain just the right amount of nutrients to be healthy for your pupper. Therefore if they are always getting extra calories, it can be very easy for them to get overweight. Something that can lead to mobility issues and other health problem such as diabetes.

That is why treating your pooch to scraps from the table, or your plate is a major don’ts when it comes to spoiling them.

Do show your love with appropriate doggy gifts.

Now you know that you can’t feed your puppy human food you may be wondering what to give them instead. Luckily, there are all sorts of wonderful treats and gifts you can spoil them with.

Firstly, invest in some treats made especially for dogs, you can even get ones that are good for their teeth and coat. Also, don’t forget that investing in high-quality accessories like these leather dog leads is a fantastic idea as well. After all, they won’t only last for a long time, but make sure your pooch looks super stylish as well!

Finally, don’t forget that treating them to some fun toys can be a great way of spoiling your pupper as well. Why not try a Kong brand item that they have to chew to get the treats from or a launcher for when you play fetch?

Don’t let them sleep on your bed.

I know that it is the most adorable thing to see your pooch curled up on the bed soundly sleeping, and it can be super tricky to stop them doing this, especially when they are whining!

However, it’s probably not the best choice for spoiling them in the long term. In fact, it can cause possessive or aggressive behaviour that is hard to stop, as well as prevent you from getting a decent night sleep. To that end investing in the comfiest bed, you can find is a much more suitable way of spoiling your dog.

Premature Greying; Not So Much Of A Silver Linin

They say life isn’t perfect, but your hair can definitely be. Every woman loves her hair and takes pride in its beauty. This is why it is almost physically painful to see strands of silver on them one fine morning. Premature greying of hair is common and it is not without cure. You don’t have to sit back and let your hair take the toll. There are plenty of perfect solutions to restore your hair to its former glory and prevent future greying.

Why Does Premature Greying Occur?

There are a lot of reasons ranging from genetics to habitual reasons that contribute to early greying of hair. If you are someone with darker tones in your natural hair, it will be more noticeable and annoying. Here are some of the reasons why greying occurs early.

* Genetics: Sometimes genetic makeup can contribute to early greying. If your parents or grandparents have had to undergo early greying, chances are you will have to as well. There are serums you can use and coloring is an option as well.

* Stress: Stress is an emotion that takes your body to panic mode. This can cause it to ignore aspects of beauty and concentrate on saving your life. Hence it is necessary to relax more.

* Autoimmune diseases: Diseases like alopecia and vitiligo can cause your body cells to attack itself, resulting in the destruction of hair cells.

* Thyroid disease: Hormonal imbalance can cause hair loss and greying as well.

* Smoking: Studies have found that greying occurs early in smokers as compared to non-smokers.

* Vitamin B12 deficiency: This is one of the common causes of grey hair and can be treated and cured.

Cures For Greying Hair

Greying hair can be cured permanently in certain cases restoring your hair health. If the cause is genetics, coloring may be the only option. However, in other cases, there are plenty of ways to restore your hair’s natural color.

An innovative solution to grey hair is by using a regenerative serum such as what you can find here on www.svhairregeneres.com. Using serums can improve your overall hair health in terms of volume, shine, and texture as well. Serums are used to increase hair strength, giving you a flawless look.

In case of thyroid disease caused grey hair, treatment can restore the hormonal imbalance and restore the natural hair color. For autoimmune diseases, there are various treatments available to cure the hair fall as well as greying processes. For lifestyle based greying, you can change your diet to include more protein foods and also foods such as Indian gooseberry, milk, brown rice, and almonds to improve hair health.

Preventing Grey Hair

Often hair is described as a sign of overall health. Changing your lifestyle, diet and using suitable products can improve the way your hair looks and feels, giving you a glow. Using the right products can even restore grey hairs into their original color without using chemical-based coloring.

Proteins and carbohydrates form the main sources of minerals and vitamins are required to have healthy hair. Including this into your diet can keep greying at bay.

5 Most Dangerous Parasites That Live Inside Human Body

Parasites are the small organisms that can enter your body via different routes and cause a multitude of diseases. Your body becomes a host for them as they feed on your blood and nutrients, going unnoticed even as they thrive on your skin or within the digestive system. While some parasites are harmless, others can be relatively dangerous. It becomes crucial to identify them and be vigilant so that you can take preventive and protective measures against them. Here are some parasites that you should watch out for.

Whipworm (Trichuris Trichiura)

Whipworm is so called because it closely resembles a cow whip and can reach a length of two inches. Humans get infected with this parasite through dirt mixed in human feces which are loaded with the worm’s eggs. Young children are more likely to be infected as they crawl around and put their fingers in their mouth. Whipworms can cause severe weight loss, anemia, diarrhea and rectal prolapse.

Elephantiasis (Lymphatic filariasis)

The disease called Elephantiasis is caused by parasitic worms that are transferred via mosquitoes. They can live in the host’s body for years, during which they can produce millions of larvae that reside in the blood stream. The worms target the lymphatic system and cause the limbs to swell up. The disease is widely prevalent in Africa, where it has inflicted thousands of people.

Guinea Worm (Dracunculiasis)

Another dangerous parasite that affects humans is Guinea worms, which enter the body through water contaminated with fleas that carry the worm’s larvae. The worm latches to the intestinal walls in the initial stages and gradually enters the tissues. The worst thing about the disease is that it has no apparent symptoms. Subsequently, they can result in blisters on the feet through which the worm comes out and multiplies by laying eggs (if female).

Liver Fluke (Fasciola and Clonorchis sinensis)

Liver fluke is a parasite that looks like flatworms and make its way into the human body through infected water, vegetables or fish. They travel through the intestines and get attached to the bile ducts of the liver. Gradually, they can cause liver infection, jaundice and severe stomach ache. They reproduce at a rapid pace and can even live inside the human body for as long as two or three decades.

Hookworms (Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus)

Hookworms are usually contracted by walking barefoot outdoors as they live in mud mixed with human feces. They travel long distance, from the foot to the lungs and finally to the trachea. Further, they can reach the digestive system as the host swallows them with the food. They suck blood from the intestinal walls, leading to inflammation, infection and anemia.

Being watchful about the symptoms of parasites is your best bet. You can check out https://microbeformulas.com/blogs/microbe-formulas/12-parasite-die-off-symptoms-and-how-to-fight-them to get a better idea about the symptoms to look out for. Once you notice anything amiss, it is best to consult a doctor who will give you proper diagnosis and treatment. At the same time, it is advisable to take preventive measures to avoid getting them in the first place.