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

Meal Planning Monday 12/11/18

Well this month is going rather quickly.  Christmas will be here before we know it and I haven’t even started my shopping yet.  I also need to go food shopping but didn’t have chance to go, so will go this week or cheat and do an online shop.

This week we have:

Pan fried pork with homemade wedges

Sausage casserole, veg & creamy mash

Cottage pie

Chicken Stir fry with egg noodles

Spaghetti Bolognese

Cream cheese stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon with homemade wedges & veg

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

Cheeky Wipes | Review

We have spent a lot of money on baby products over the years of having Freddie and I love nothing more than trying to save a few pennies here and there on products and not to mention helping and protecting the environment.

This is where Cheeky wipes arrived and came to the rescue.

This box contained 25 Rainbow microfibre wipes, 1 bottle of essential oil and bags to put clean and mucky wipes in before and after use.

They are great for meal times and for taking out and about with you in the handy bags that come with them.

Head over to the Cheeky wipes Website to order yours today.  You can choose your bundle but for this one I was sent for review it is priced at £29.95.

  • We received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday 05/11/18

Happy Bonfire Night!

We aren’t big on bonfire night but will take Freddie when he’s older to see if he likes them or not.  I seem to be struggling with new meal ideas to use recently and we are getting bored of the “same old food”

This week we have:

 Cheese stuffed baked chicken wrapped in bacon, homemade wedges and vegetables

Jacket potatoes with tuna mayo/cheese & beans and salad

Butter chicken curry with rice/chips

Burritos

Pizza and chips

Chilli and spicy fries

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

Top 3 Benefits of Entering the US Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery

The Diversity Visa (DV) Green Card Lottery was introduced by the United States government to enable people from diverse cultures to come, live and work in America. The chief aim of this system to diversify the population of the United States and make it a global nation in the true sense of the word.

The DV lottery is drawn once every year, through which 50,000 applicants from selected countries are granted the Green Card, the United States’ official permit to allow foreign nationals to live and work in the country on a permanent basis.

Here are the top three benefits of entering the US green card lottery.

Greater chances of qualifying Every year, scores of people from across the world apply for the US green card to be able to legally live and work in the country. However, only a small percentage of applicants are successful, simply because the applications far outnumber the visas issued each year.

While winning the DV lottery is only the first step in your green card issuance process, entering the lottery multiplies your chances of obtaining the green card, provided you fulfill the education and country-of-origin requirements.

Exclusive opportunity for applicants from select qualifying countries

The purpose of the DV lottery is to invite applications from natives of those countries that do not generally send many immigrants to the United States. If your country is eligible and you have high school education or the required work experience, you directly qualify to enter the lottery, surpassing tens of thousands of other applicants from non-eligible countries.

In this sense, the DV lottery is an exclusive offering created to increase the representation of certain countries in the United States.

Higher chances for families through double application with spouse

It’s a simple logic: when you and your spouse both enter the DV lottery and list the other as dependent, this doubles your chances of winning the green card lottery.

As multiple applications by a single person are not permitted (the system will automatically disqualify you and cancel your application), applying together with your spouse is a great way to maximize your chances of winning.

If one of you wins, the spouse and all unmarried children under 21 years of age also become eligible to receive a green card and live legally in the US.

Qualification Criteria to Enter the Green Card Diversity Visa Lottery

* You need to be a native of (born in) a qualifying country. The list of qualifying countries changes every year, so be sure to check if your country of birth qualifies for DV2020.

* If your native country is not eligible, you may still enter the lottery if either of your parents or your spouse was born in a qualifying country. This is subject to some conditions. Do check the eligibility criteria before applying.

* You need to have completed high school education OR possess relevant work experience in a qualifying occupation. Check the list of qualifying jobs to confirm if you meet this criterion.

Meal Planning Monday 29/10/18

Yet another busy weekend with the sister in law and brother in law coming up for the weekend, a visit to Hatton Country World with friends and the kids for a Halloween fun packed weekend and mine and hubby’s First Wedding Anniversary on Sunday.

Also not to mention I didn’t go shopping last week either and we lived off freezer food or ready meals.  This week we are back on track.

We are eating:

Homemade lasagna with homemade garlic bread

 Creamy chicken curry

Jacket Potatoes, cheese and beans

Bacon mac and cheese pasta bake ( From Katy Kicker blog)

Chicken stir fry with vegetables

Party tea at the mother in laws

Sunday Roast Lunch for our wedding anniversary at our wedding venue

What are you eating?

Cooking with MyCookBox | Review

Working full-time and not getting home till late we sometimes struggle and just think stuff it we will order a takeaway even though I have food in the house, but this is where Mycookbox came to the rescue and offered to send us a box to review.

My Cook box send you pre-measured ingredients and receipts to create delicious meals of your choice.  You can select the box for 2 or 4 people.

Monday Night –  Baked Sausages

we love sausages and mash as a meal but this one but a different twist onto it and was delicious.  Considering I don’t like peppers or courgettes I ate the lot which I think was due to the vegetables been coated in a sauce first.  A perfect winter meal.

Thursday Night –  BBQ Chicken Sarnie

Sadly I forgot to take a photo of this meal, was too hungry after a client meeting in London all day with work.  I’m not keen on BBQ things but this was lovely, really nice and will be cooking it again.

Monday Night – Hungarian Chicken Pasta

This didn’t take too long to make which is what I want after a long day at work, it smelt delicious and tasted good too, the only thing that ruined it was the peppers as neither me or my husband like them so next time I wouldn’t put them in it.

Overall thoughts

Lovely selection of meals but we would remove or add some of our own things and swap them for things we like.  I love the fact you can pick and choose your meals you want each time you order and there are lots to choose from.

Pricing

2 people – 3 meals costs £24.99 includes free delivery which is only £4.17 per serving

4 people – 3 meals cost £39.99 including free delivery which is only £3.33 per serving

You can also choose the vegetarian option when ordering.

We had 3 meals for 2 people and their was plenty for at least 3 people.

  • We were sent this box free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

FourFit Fitness Tracker | Review

I’m not a fitness freak at all, but I have been trying my hardest to get fitter by eating healthy and walking more, I used to walk to and from the train station every day even on my last day at work before I broke up for maternity leave, pretty good going I thought for myself.

When I was offered a Fourfit smart Bracelet I said yes as wanted to be able to monitor my movement again and hit some target I would set myself.

I have now worn it for a couple of weeks and love it, it’s got lots of features.

  • Heart Rate
  • Sleep tracking
  • Vibration Smart Alarm
  • Sedentary Reminder (reminds you to do activity if you have been sedentary for a while)
  • Calorie counter
  • Step tracking
  • Phone link enabled.
  • SMS, Facebook, Whats app, Email, Call alerts
  • New OLED larger screen
  • Bluetooth
  • Rapid charge
  • 5 day battery time
  • 5 colour choices

Extras are:

Works Independently:
No need to be always connected to Bluetooth – no need to drag your phone into the gym. Unlike other brands the FourFit Band will transfer all workout data once reconnected to the phone!

Rapid recharge:
Charge your battery up to 60% in 15 minutes

I think the only little negative about the the fourfit tracker I feel is the battery life doesn’t last long and only lasts about 2 days which if you go away could be inconvenient.

Priced at just £39.00 I think it is excellent value for money, looks good, slimline and light weight you don’t even know your wearing it.

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

Meal Planning Monday 22/10/18

What a weekend!!  I am so tired and am surviving back at work on less than 8 hours sleep since Friday Morning.

We surprised our friend for his 30th to join him and his wife in Dublin for the weekend – child free too, it was all organised by Laura and was so hard trying to keep it a surprise but it was an amazing weekend and all worth it.  We drank endless Gins, Cocktails and shots and had around 8 hours sleep the whole weekend but was amazing.

I think this week is going to be hard getting back in the swing of things at work.    Plus will be eating out the freezer as need to go food shopping at some point.

This weeks meals consist of:

Tuna pasta bake

Jacket Potato, cheese, beans and salad

Shepherd’s pie

Chicken, Chips & Beans

Lasagna & garlic bread

Chicken Stir fry with vegetables

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

Little Life Toddler Backpack with Rein | Review

Freddie is walking now on his own, refuses to be carried and sometimes fights when we put him in his pushchair or car seat because he wants to walk everywhere. This is where Little Life Toddler Backpack and Reins is becoming very useful! Freddie has got his Independence and can walk but we have also got control of him so he can’t run off and get into trouble.  

They are much cuter, much more fun and much more practical than traditional reins.  The backpack is a perfect size for us to put some toys in for him to carry or nappy’s and wipes to save taking his large changing bag.  

A little about the product 

  • Zipped top entry to main compartment 
  • Internal name and address label 
  • Adjustable shoulder straps with chest strap 
  • 1.5 litre main compartment 
  • Top grab handle 
  • Built-in Safety Rein with attachment point 
  • Supplied with the Parents Safety Rein 

The straps are easily adjustable and there is a front harness to stop it slipping off his shoulders. I thought he would fight having this done up, but it really doesn’t seem to bother him. 

The rein can just be put in the little pouch at the back, so if they want to run free they can. It’s a good length to give them a little bit of freedom – when I want him a bit closer to me, I just wrap the strap around my wrist a little more. There’s also a useful ‘tug handle’, which is useful if you don’t want to use the reins. It also clips together at the front so they can’t wriggle free easy.  

Our backpack costs £14.99, includes free delivery and can be purchased from here. Whilst this sounds quite expensive, when you see the quality of it and how useful it is for going out and about, it really is worth every penny! 

*We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Dream Bralette Lace | Review

The MAGIC Dream Bralette is made out of smooth seamless fabric, which gives you the most comfortable fit possible! The straps that run over the back and the luxury lace over the front of the bralette give a nice fashionable touch to this comfortable bralette. Who said comfortable couldn’t be cute?!

I received the Dream Bralette Bra in Blueberry.  This is available in 6 different colours and is priced at £21.00.  It feels high quality and is comfortable to wear.  There is no wire to break and stab you.  I would be sure to buy more in other colours.

  • I received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.