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What’s In My Bathroom Cupboard?

We never had a bathroom cupboard or cabinet until we have the bathroom renovated in January of this year and now we have 2.

I, by I, I really mean the husband uses the mirrored cabinet for all his hair products gels, waxes, spray bottles but I won’t bore you with that.

In our cupboard we have:

Toilet paper – One of the essentials to be in the cabinet as you don’t want to be caught short while doing your business.

Sanitary care – A ladies essentials for once a month.  will say no more.

Toilet rim blocks – I think there is like 6 of them in there I buy a couple every time I see them on offer as I am really OCD about my toilet, like to make sure it is clean and smells fresh.

Antibacterial wipes – Another essential I love, to just wipe down all the surfaces and it leaves the room smelling all Citrusy and clean.

Bleach – I get through so many bottles as put it down the toilet every other day, I don’t buy expensive bleach just Aldi’s own brand as it does what I need it too and smells good.

Other cleaning products -We have got Flash bathroom,  Astonish bathroom and Mr Muscle.  I use these weekly when cleaning but I know I am running low so need to stock up on more soon.

Johnson’s Shampoo & Infacare bath foam – Obviously these aren’t mine, we keep Freddie’s products in here too

Frog hand mitt – Not been used yet but it’s cute

Shower Scrunchy – Spare one as they came in a pack of 3

Shower gel – Lime scented, Aldi’s own brand,  smells delicious

What’s in your cupboard?

I now Tag – Rachel from Coffeecakekids,  Simon & Charli from Whisky & milkshakes, Michaela from Adventuresofayorkshiremum, Rachael from Lukeosaurusandme and Alex from Bettertogetherhome

Tackling The Laundry With Persil Powergems | Review

I actually don’t mind washing, Is that wrong to say? Its’ the putting away and drying stage I hate the most and there never seems to be enough room in the house to get it dry.

Since becoming a first time mummy to Freddie, I thought I did alot of washing before when there was just me and my Husband but now my washing has literally exploded and more than doubled, not to mention the amount of clothes Freddie gets through in a day sometimes.  With a little help from Persil it makes the washing that little bit easier to cope.

I am not lying when I tell you I was genuinely excited to try out Persil’s all-new Powergems washing crystals.  As soon as you open the cap, you’re hit by the fresh scent of the green and white crystals. They smell so… clean and fresh.  We have never used persil before as my Hubby has sensitive skin, but will be sure to buy them again.

Persil Powergems are great and work wonders on Freddie’s and our tough to remove stains.  They leave the clothes smelling fresh with no visible stains in sight.  It also doesn’t leave any debris from the gems themselves on your clothes which I was a little worried about.

They are on the pricier side of what I would normally pay, starting at £5 for a 12-wash pack, £8 for a 19 wash pack and £11 for a 30 wash pack. We’ll be keeping an eye out to see if it’s ever on offer though.  I may only ever buy these when they are on offer.

  • I brought this product myself and loved it so much I wanted to share my experience with you.

Meal Planning Monday 25/9/17

I haven’t been very successful with keeping up with this linky, but I will post as and when I remember as I’m very busy trying to organise things for our wedding with less than 6 weeks to go now.

Beef, Cheese, Cuisine, Delicious, Dinner, Food, Fresh

This weeks meal plan is:

Chicken Tikka Stirfry with Egg Noodles

Chilli Burgers with Monterey Jack & smoked bacon loaded fries

Chicken En croute with homemade Potato Wedges

Cottage Pie with Vegetables

Chicken Tikka Curry with Rice

Lasanga, Chips & Garlic Bread

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan this week?

 

Education Quizzes Review

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We all want our kids to do well in School, Right? There is a lot of pressure on kids to do well and get good grades by both parents and teachers.  This blog post will give you that extra support and helpful links.

I was recently invited to take a look at Education Quizzes’ huge range of revision quizzes which span all age ranges and subjects.  Education Quizzes primary objective is to help children to be successful at school. Study of the school curriculums is made easy and enjoyable with our suites of KS1, KS2, 11- Plus, KS3 and GCSE quizzes and all the quizzes are all written purely by teachers.

My mum was a teacher for geography and my dad was always great at maths so used to always help me with those subjects.  I never understood maths when I was in school and really struggled but now I work in an accounts payable team dealing with numbers and figures every day.  Who would of thought it?

I had a go at some of the GCSE maths questions, starting off with sequences and I remember struggling with these when I was younger and I have discovered I’m stil not great but did get 9 out of 10, so not too bad considering the amount of years that have passed me. Then I had a go at geography with the farms and farming quiz, didn’t do great with that one.  Think i’ll be practicing these myself.

One of the great things I found about Education Quizzes was how diverse their material is; if you have several children of all different age ranges, studying many different subjects, a subscription to Education Quizzes could be a real invaluable experience.

Education Quizzes have also recently released a Schools’ Subscription package. With this package, parents and teachers can all work together, and students can access the quizzes – both for use in lesson time and from home with their parents. The more students a school signs up with, the cheaper the subscription becomes – meaning parents and teachers alike could benefit from this resource from as little as £2 a month per child..

For anyone who is interested in nature there are links to daily blogs/articles at nature matters

Overall Education Quizzes could be a really useful resource for parents and teachers alike. You can sign up and subscribe as an individual for Education Quizzes here. I can definitely see how Education Quizzes could benefit a teacher in the classroom. It would be particularly useful for setting homework that is automatically marked (a great time-saver if used in moderation!) and for easy and consistent cover lessons.

The Subscription is a monthly fee of £9.95 and can be cancelled at any time.

Alternatively, if you are an educational establishment or you would like to share this info with your child’s school, information on Education Quizzes Schools’ all Packages can be found here.

  • This was a collaborative post with Education Quizzes. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

10 Things That Make Me Happy

I was tagged by Rachel from Coffeecakeskids to list ten things that make me happy. I really like this idea, but really struggle with what to write in these posts.  I am leaving the obviously things out that always make me happy which are my Finance Tom, My nephews Jack, Harry, Alex & Ben and my family and thinking of the other little things.

Here goes anyways.

  1. Sunshine

The weather has a massive impact on my mood if it’s sunny and warm, you’ll more than likely find me in the garden topping up my tan, lying on a sun lounger with a cold beverage in one hand.  I enjoy nothing more than wearing maxi dresses and flip-flops over jumpers and coats.  Even though been born in October I know I should have been a summer baby.

2. Flowers

As cheesy as this sounds, I love flowers and the OH always say why you buying things that are dead anyways.  No matter if it a bunch of flowers, a pot plant or flowers in the garden I love them as they brighten up any room or dull day and make me smile.  I feel I do get this from my mum as she always has flowers in her house and we buy each other the odd bunch now and again just because we want to.

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3. Holidays

Every year for as far back as I can remember is always going away whether it be abroad or in this country with my parents.  I love to get away and see different places and countries etc.  Some of the destinations I have been to are Spain, Amsterdam, Lanzarote, Cyprus, Turkey, Cornwall, Ibiza, and Wales, I’m sure there are others but can’t recall some of them as I was only little.

4. Camera/phone

These are both things I love and couldn’t live without because I take so many photos on them to treasure and then every so often uploads them all to my computer to make sure they are all backed up and safe and I don’t lose any of my memories.

5. Pyjamas

More so in the winter months, but I love nothing more than coming home from work and getting changed straight into my pyjamas, pulling my thick fluffy slippers and dressing gown on too and snuggling up on the Sofa.

6. My pets

This may sound silly to some people, but not to me.  I have 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs and a dog that I share my house with and I love nothing more than coming home and been greeted by my dog, Carly.  She is always happy to see us when we walk in from work and always manages to put a smile on my face even if I have had a rubbish day at work.  The same with my rabbits and guinea’s, I go in the garage and talk to them, fuss them and cuddle them, they are also always happy to see me, running up to the front of the cages squeaking and climbing up the front for fuss.

7. My Home

Again sounds like a silly one but me and my partner brought our first home nearly 3 year now and I love nothing more than going home to know that I have succeeded in life and purchased my first home and got on the property ladder, which wasn’t easy after years of saving up then trying to find a property.

8.  Tea

I’ve always been a tea drinker and I love nothing more than a perfect cup of tea when I get up in the morning with maybe a few cheeky biscuits to dunk in it aswell.   It can’t be milky or like “piss water” and can’t be too black like “builders tea” and the milk has to go in before the water.

9. Clothes

I love nothing more than a bit of shopping, I have to be in the mood for it though, I can’t just go shopping,  I have to really want something before I go and buy it, but then can also spend a fortune in one go if I see things I like.

10. A good TV Series

I’m not normally a TV person  but if I find a decent TV series to watch such as “Suits” which I was addicted too a few months ago, that makes me happy as it will give me something to watch during the day/ evening snuggled on the sofa with the fiance.  We have recently just started watching “Orange in the new black”

What are the things that make you happy?  Leave a comment below with yours.

 

Top tips to avoid Cold & Flu season!

KEEP THE COLD OUT THIS WINTER WITH COLDZYME MOUTH SPRAY 

  • Revolutionary mouth spray targets the cause of the cold, not just the symptoms
  • Can help reduce the duration of a cold when used prophylactically

As cold and flu season approaches, protect yourself this winter with the ground-breaking ColdZyme® Mouth Spray. The product is unique in that it fights the cause of the common cold – the cold virus. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is easy to use and begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier in the throat, where the cold virus takes hold and multiplies, protecting you from infection. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of illness if used prophylactically.

Whilst other over the counter remedies seek to alleviate the symptoms of the cold, ColdZyme® targets the virus itself to shorten the duration of the illness. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is used in the oral cavity and throat, and begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane. The barrier acts osmotically on the cold viruses, trapping them and preventing them from binding with human cells, helping the body to remove them naturally.

The effect of ColdZyme® has been investigated in COLDPREV – a blinded, placebo-controlled study under advice from a UK expert in respiratory disease, Professor Sebastian Johnston from Imperial College, London. This study was conducted on 46 volunteers who were all infected with the most common virus that causes the common cold. Half of the volunteers received ColdZyme® the other half received a placebo product. The study showed that ColdZyme® reduced the virus load among infected by more than 99% compared with the placebo. Moreover, it was shown among those catching a cold, the duration of the symptoms was also reduced (from 6.5 days to 3 days).

Leading media medic, Dr Dawn Harper, in conjunction with ColdZyme which fights the cause of the common cold, have compiled a few tips that I thought might be of interest for you?

Dr Harper’s Top Tips are:

  • Wash your hands regularly – contrary to popular belief, most coughs and colds are spread by hand contact not by coughs and sneezes, so simply keeping your hands clean will go a long way to protecting yourself.
  • Wash down surfaces and door handles – the viruses that cause colds can survive for several hours outside the human body.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables to keep your immune system in good shape. Vitamin C and zinc are vital for a healthy immune system. Zinc is found in red meat, beans and fortified cereals, whilst foods rich in vitamin C include fruits such as oranges and strawberries and vegetables such as peppers, kale and broccoli.
  • Make sure you get into a good sleep routine. When we sleep our immune system repairs itself, so chronic sleep deprivation can make you prone to infections.
  • Manage your stress levels. Try to prioritise and delegate where possible as stress can play havoc with your immune system.
  • Consider using anti-viral tissues and keep them in your bag or on your desk if those around you have a cold to minimise the spread of the virus and make sure that tissues are put straight in the bin.
  • Use ColdZyme, a revolutionary mouth spray which targets the cause of the common cold and is clinically documented to help reduce the duration of a cold

 

 Look out for this products in store that maybe useful for you, but always be sure to read the leaflets before use.

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ColdZyme® is suitable for use by adults and children from the ages of four and upwards. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of a cold, when used prophylactically. If you do not have any symptoms of a cold but are likely to be exposed to the cold virus, for example when someone near you has a cold, spray 2 puffs (1 dose) ColdZyme®  into the throat every two hours up to 6 times a day while you are exposed to the cold virus.

ColdZyme® is available from Boots, Lloyd’s Pharmacy and independent pharmacies nationwide, with an RRP of £15.99 for a 20ml bottle (effective treatment for three colds, or fifty five doses), and £9.99 for a 7ml bottle, for protection on the go.

* I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of the review, However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Top Money Saving Tips

I have always been a money conscious person worrying about every penny I have and even more so when we brought our first house 2 years ago because of the big responsibilities of paying the mortgage, bills etc and making sure we got the best deals we could on everything we bought.

I always knew I wanted to buy my own house so saved for years as a young girl to have the money for a deposit,  and even before we were anywhere near buying a property I was buying stuff for the house, Cleaning products, plates, saucepans, cooking utensils, coffee, tea (things that wouldn’t go out of date) etc just to spread the cost over a longer period of time.  Some people called me mad for doing this but in the long run it saved us so much time and a larger expense all in one go.

Anyways here below are my top money saving tips that I believe work for me.

1) I tend to go food shopping on an evening as firstly it’s easier as I’m at work all day and secondly you get lots of reduced products and bargains, all fresh but the best before date is close so they reduce the product for quick sale, they reduce them quite a lot too so worth it.  Then I just put it all in the freezer to use at a later date.

2) I’m always searching, downloading and using coupons from the internet.  You can find 50p, £1.00, £1.50 or more off it’s just knowing where to look then you just print them and take them shopping with and save yourself some money off.

3) Branded products,  I used to always say “you can’t beat Heinz ketchup” I now don’t believe you can always tell the different in shop brands to named brand products.  Same as things like tea,  I absolutely love tea but I’ve brought Aldi’s own brand tea and drank PG tips, Tetley, Yorkshire tea, and decaf tea and I honestly personally can’t taste the difference except the price difference.  Others may disagree.

4) Do your research first I am always comparing prices online between supermarkets to see where the best price is, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrison’s & Tesco but I will only go if it is not to far out and worth it.  I do feel, in my opinion Sainsbury’s and Tesco are a little expensive and over price their items.

5) Store point cards, get them I know it’s a pain having lots of cards in your purse but it is so worth it,  Morrison’s “more” card offer points every time you spend and when you reach 5000 point you get a £5 off voucher to use on your shopping plus lots of other vouchers.  It doesn’t take long to collect the points up.

6) Instead of always buying bin bags, I know there not that expensive, So I use the free charity bags that come through the door, some weeks we get none, others we get 3/4 bags and because there is only 2 of us and we recycle everything we can, we don’t get through many, usually one a week maybe more.

7) Stamps, most of us will use these in everyday life, over the years I have seen and watched the prices creep up and up for a single stamp. I don’t mind, but I do think now 64p for a 1st class stamp and 55p for 2nd class is getting a little on the expensive side.  My tip to you is this, when you received a letter in the post check if it has been franked, scribbled on or defaced etc…?! if not great news carefully peel it off and reuse it.  Easy right?… NO, you need to be very careful not to tear or leave any previous paper on it and make sure it is stuck down properly, I can’t remember the last time I brought a stamp or a book of stamps for that matter.

Everyone may have their own saving ideas that work best for them, but these are mine.

* Remember, also don’t leave your change behind – every penny counts!

Would love to hear your money saving tips!

My First Year of Blogging

My blog is 1, where has the time gone!

Well where do I start?

I originally started up my blog as “KimzKardz” to try to help me with my handcrafted cards and wedding stationery and after speaking to friends and family to see if it was a good idea.  At the beginning I got a little help from a few business with sending me products etc but nothing that was life changing unfortunately. After thinking long and hard whether it had been the right decision I had a brain wave and decided a few months down the line to change the name to allow a more open aired name to shine through and move into Lifestyle Blogging, there I then created and came up with the name “Life of an Auntie”. Why I hear you ask yourself?!….Because I am an auntie to 4 beautiful boys who I have watched grow over the years and who I love very dearly, so thought it suited me perfectly.

Well what a year it has been so far it has had lots of lows but plenty of highs as well.  It has been a very mixed emotional year but it is defiantly on its way up now.  I have still got a long way to go to get more traffic and build up my blog more but I am working hard to get more established with lots of different companies etc.

12 months on and I’ve just brought my new domain, exciting times.  It is something that takes a lot of time and consideration to make sure your making the right decision.  I may then change it again when I start a family so it involves my family more rather than just my nephews so can combine everything together.

Working full-time as well can sometimes make it difficult for me to keep on top of all the posts I have to write up which is why I don’t post very regularly in a week it’s all over the place, but I’m hoping now that I know what I’m doing and where I’m going the next year will see lots of improvements.

My aim for the next 12 months is:

  • Get more views to my page
  • Work with more wide range of companies
  • Attend more blog events
  • Meet more bloggers
  • Post more in a week
  • Try and do more collaborative & Guest post
  • Get involved in more linkies

I love writing about products and sharing my thoughts and opinions and without you guys reading my posts and getting involved in competitions I wouldn’t have been able to continue, So thank you for all your support it means a lot.

What made you start blogging?  Leave me a link to your blog in the comments box would love to have a browse and make some new friends. 

A – Z Of Kim Palmer

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I haven’t done this sort of post before and I thought it would be a great way to share things about the person behind the blog that you probably wouldn’t find out otherwise. It’s basically an A-Z of all things me…

A is for Animals

As many of you will already know I have always had a mad love for animals and have grown up with a variety of different pets, Hamster, Fish, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and now our Dog.  You can read more about my Pets Here.

B is for Bridesmaids

The begining of the year me and My fiance finally set a date to tie the knot and get married.  Then was the task of trying to decide who I wanted as Bridesmaids, after a long while of thinking I decided on, one of my best friends Zoe to be my maid of Honour, and a further 3 bridesmaids who were my other best friend Alexandra, My sister in Law Rachel & my Cousin Natalie.  They were all so excited when I presented then with a little box with a little note in, a personalised glass and a bottle of prosecco to ask them, they didn’t have a clue.

C is for Card Making

For a number of years now I have been making handcrafted cards for all occasions.  I make Baby Cards, Birthday Cards, Wedding Day cards and many more check out my cards and designs Here

D is for Dog

Most of our friends and family knows that last year me and my fiance rehomed a dog from a family friend who could no longer look after her.  Her name is Carly and she is a 4 year old Rottweiler and is just beautiful and the biggest softest you will ever meet.  All she ever wants is fuss and attention.

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E is for Engaged

3 years ago me and my fiance got engaged and it was the happiest day of my life.  It was our anniversary and we had gone away for the weekend.  It was a complete shock but was amazing.  You can read all about it here.

F is for Fiancee

2 years ago I was very surprised by my boyfriend when he popped the question whilst we were away for a weekend for our anniversary.  We have been together 7 years and next year 2017 we are getting married.  Ekkkk so excited.

G is for Garden

I have always loved gardening too, and since moving into our own house nearly 2 years ago our garden was plain, over grown and needed TLC so we have started adding some colour.  Top photo is before, Bottom is after.

H is for Hospital

A few years ago I took myself to A&E after going over on my ankle whilst playing football in the park with my nephew, I found out I had a hairline fracture and was put in Plaster.  My ankle has never been the same since.

I is for Inked

Another word for tattoos… Yes I have 2 one on my lower back and another on my foot.  My lower back didn’t hurt but my foot did, quite bad.

J is for Jobs

I have had quite an array of jobs over the years including: A Paper round, Argos, Boots, Iceland, vet pratices and so many more… but am sticking within Admin now.

K is for Kimberley

I was christened with the name Kimberley but I much prefer to be called Kim, some of my friends and family call me Kim, Kimmie & Kimbo or even Kimbee but that’s fine by me as long as it’s not Kimberley.

L is for Little

As most people will know I am a bit of a short arse, just reaching 4ft 11″ tall.  I don’t mind my height all the time but sometimes can be a struggle.

M is for Marriage

YES next year July 17  me and my Fiance Tom of 7 years will be tieing the knot.  I am super excited and can’t wait but have got so much to organise and decide on.

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N is for Never Ending Story

The Never Ending Story was one of my childhood favourite films to watch of all times.  My Grandma introducted it to me and I’ve watched it hundreds of time and will never get bored of watching it.

O is for October

For those of you that know me you know how super crazy October is with Birthdays, The months starts off with mine, my fiance’s, My sister in law Rachels, herfamilys.  Fair to say it is a very expensive month all round but none stop partying and celebrating partner Graham’s, and our nephew.  Then not forgetting more friends and .  The best people were born in October!

P is for Pets

All my life I have loved animals and have had all sorted of differents pets, you can read all about them here

Q is for Quiz

Pub quizzes?  Love them even if we never win.  We’ve been to quite a few over the years with friends, they are great but have never won anything.

R is for Rabbits

As a child I always wanted a pet rabbit along with many other pets.  Then one day a friend has a little black Rabbit who had been found as a stray at 3/4 weeks old with a poorly eye has he had been brought in my a cat they think.  I then offered to rehome him and get him back to good health.  I started with 1, then got a friend for Christmas, called Smudge, she sadly had to be put to sleep, I then rehome another female bunny called Pumkin, who a week after having her gave birth to little Autumn.  Then Sadly Pumpkin died so Ive got just 2 rabbits left.

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S is for Suits

Suits is a TV series me and my partner have been watching and has us hooked…If you haven’t heard of it or watched it, find it and watch it now you won’t be disappointed.

T is for Turkey

Last year me and my fiance went on holiday with one of my best friends and her Boyfriend to Turkey.  It was absolutley scorching hot hitting highs of 40 degrees most days but was an amazing holiday.

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U is for University

I always thought I wanted to go to university after leaving school to study but I never did, I don’t regret it but think I would of liked to now.

V is for Veterinary

When I was younger I always had the dream of becoming a veterinary nurse, so I went to college to train and gained experienced in a vet practice, but sadly decided it was not the right job for me.  It was such a difficult job to deal with.

W is for Wales

As I was growing up my Grandparents had a house in Twywn, Wales, so every holiday I used to go over with my Mum, Dad and sister and all my cousins.  I used to love going Rock pooling and walking along the beach and spent hours in the arcades playing on the 2p machines.

X is for X-Rays

This ties in with my hospital post a litte, as I’ve never had x rays before until I had a fracture in my right ankle then when I was diganosed with a knee issue to try and find out what was the problem.

Y is for Yankee Candles

I am in love with any candles but especially Yankee Candles, the fragrance etc is just amazing but they are very expensive so I tend to only treat myself when theres a sale on somewhere.

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This was just a small collection of mine.
Z is for Zoo

A few weeks back I was given the opportunity to go to Twycross zoo for a Blog review and have hands on experience feeding their 3 male giraffes that are fairly new, It was an incrediable experience and they are such amazing creatures.  You can read all about my time at Twycross Zoo Here.

Have you posted an A-Z post? I’d love to see it!

Universities, Cars & Bad Education #LittleLoves

Howdy, Happy Friday everyone. OMG How are we already at the end of another month? It’s really scaring me how quick this year is flying by.  We are now under the 12 month mark till our wedding day.

Watched

A comedy TV series called “bad education”;  It is hilarious and has got the comedian Jack Whitehall as the main actor.  It’s a must watch and can be found on Netflix.

Here is a sneak peek at the Movie.

Wore

It’s mad to think that last week I was lying outside in maxi dresses and bikinis now I’m wrapped up in Jeans and jumpers due to heavy rain and cold, miserable weather.  Oh well – the joys of british weather.

Read

Haven’t read anything this week.  I plan to read my Kindle more next week, and especially next weekend as we’re off to Wales to gate-crash Tom’s parents holiday.

Heard

As most of you may know, I was made redundant a few weeks ago. I finally have a few weeks’ temporary work at Birmingham University. It’s not great, but it will do for now. I also heard that I had been selected for an interview at an estate agent in Knowle.

Made

Maybe I cheated a little bit, but I made these.  I have to say for the price of them they aren’t great but they are edible.

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And Finally….

My car went in for it’s MOT on Wednesday and IT PASSED!  I have only done 2,500 miles in 12 months because I don’t tend to drive many places so I don’t clock up the miles.  I’ve had the car 8 years and it came with 18,000 miles at 6 months old and it now it’s got 50,000 miles so not bad at all.

How’s your week been? Love to hear what you’ve been up to.

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