Friday, 27 November 2015

Starting To Feel Festive

Now that November is drawing to a close I think that it is totally acceptable to start getting excited about the most wonderful time of year that is Christmas. Oh yes the big man is red is busy checking his list and finding out who is naughty or nice, the elves are busy wrapping up the presents and children up and down the country are counting down the sleeps.

Yep that is right 'the holidays are coming' yes I totally stole that line of the coke advert, talking of which the iconic coca cola advert has been on TV so it totally is acceptable to start talking about Christmas now, right ?

A Family Movie Night

Saturday night's are family night's in are household, we always watch a film have some yummy snacks and enjoy spending some quality time together after a busy week of work and school. My youngest two get tired and want to go bed by 7pm, so we normally have are family night in late afternoon so they can enjoy a film after dinner. Sometimes when they are in bed we will watch the T.V or a film with Chloe the eldest.

It is such a easy and inexpensive way to spend some quality time together as a family, and we know that we have it to look forward to each weekend. I think the children look forward to the snacks and treats more then the movie or spending time with us to be honest, but me and the other half love to just sit and relax and spend time together as a family unit.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Lunch At Blackfriars Newcastle

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and to celebrate the other half treated me to lunch out and a shopping trip. It was just the two of us and it made a nice change going out without little people in tow, we could relax, chat and enjoy eating a hot meal in peace which was utter bliss. 

We decided to visit Blackfriars in Newcastle city centre for lunch, tucked away between the gate complex and china town sits Blackfriars, an award winning restaurant located in a 13th century former medieval friary that now serves lots of local produce. 

As soon as we stepped through the doors we were impressed as we were very quickly and politely greeted and seated by the friendly waiting staff. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in keeping with the medieval background with bare stone walls, wooden carved chairs and lots of candles dotted around the room. You could tell that lots of attention to detail has gone into the feel of the place with unique carved stone salt and pepper pots on the tables and place mats showing where the local food they serve is produced. 

Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue

I have been with my other half for just over four years now and in that time we have had two children and are very much a family, but we have never gotten around to getting married yet. When we met at work back in August 2011 I think that we both knew that we were made for each other. He was the first 'boyfriend' to meet my eldest daughter, we were living together within five months and a year after we met I fell pregnant with are first child together, who was closely followed by another baby together a year later.

I think we both know that we are meant to be together and we are really happy as a family but I would love for us to get married, mostly so we could all have the same surname. Marriage is something that we have been talking about a lot over the last year or so, we have both agreed that it is something that we want to do and we kind of know what kind of wedding we both want. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Win A Bratz Snowkissed Doll

This Saturday the 28th November 2015 the Bratz Snowkissed photobooth will be arriving at Gateshead Intu Metrocentre for one day only. Visiting the photobooth is free and their is no need to book, simply turn up and have fun with your family or friends dressing up with the props and getting your photo taken in the Bratz snowkissed winter themed photobooth, which will be filled with props such as fur hats, skis and festive accessories. Everyone who gets a photo taken in the booth will be given a copy of their photograph to take home with them. 

Once you have visited the booth make sure to then log onto Facebook and visit and tag yourself in your photo to be entered into a prize draw where you could win some amazing Bratz products, including a hamper full of snowkissed goodies. 

A Tasty Taco Treat For Tea

Having three children and a partner that works full time shifts I am always looking for quick and easy meals to make for tea each night, as I simply don't have the time to spend ages cooking in the kitchen. I like my children to have a home cooked meal each day and they all enjoy a variety of meals from around the world. One of are all time favourite cuisine is Mexican food, we often go for Mexican meals and fajitas, enchiladas and Chill's are regular dishes on are midweek menu. 

So when we were recently sent some Old El Paso stand 'n' stuff soft taco kits in mouthwatering smokey BBQ flavour I knew that they would be a big hit in are household and could not wait to try them out. We have tried tacos before but never these soft smokey BBQ ones and I was eager to see what they would taste like. Each pack comes with 8 Stand 'n' Stuff soft flour tortillas, a sachet of BBQ seasoning and some Taco salsa. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Trying Something New

Regular readers will know that I have been trying to lose weight since my youngest child was born last year. I have lost two stone so far but still have quiet a bit of weight to lose, and I am struggling losing the weight. I have found losing weight is slow and every few weeks I seem to give up and start putting weight back on. I have also been in a bit of a slump now it is Winter I have just wanted to stay indoors nice and cosy eating hot buttered toast instead of getting active and eating fruit. I can feel myself starting to put weight back on and it is not a nice feeling at all.

So I have decided to shake things up diet wise and try something new for the next two weeks in the hope of kick starting my weight loss mission and helping me get back into the right frame of mind to lose weight, ready for the Christmas party season and the new year.

For the next two weeks I will be giving the Exante meal replacement diet a try. I have been sent two weeks worth of meals so I don't need to plan meals or think about what I am eating as I have been provided with 14 breakfasts, 14 lunch's and 14 evening meals. I will be sharing with you how the diet is going, what I think of the meals and how much weight I have lost.