Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Breville Blend Active Review


Ive had my Breville active for about 3-4 months now so thought id let you know how I'm getting on with it!

Firstly i randomly purchased it from Tesco i didn't read any reviews or anything it was just an impulse buy on offer at £19 usually RRP £30

It first caught my eye by how tiny and sleek it looked, also  i noticed that it had a screw on lid which meant you can use the same bottle you blend with just pop on the lid and away you go!
Which means less washing up!

The bottle is 600ml which is a great amount and the screw on lid has a wide spout for thick smoothies/ shakes.



Heres some more information on it:

  • +Personal blender with portable bottle
  • +Features 600ml BPA-free eastman tritan copolyester blender bottle
  • +One-touch blending action with angled stainless steel blades
  • +Includes additional 600ml bottle with lockable lid
  • +Easy-clean, detachable, dishwasher-safe blades and blending bottles

The blade itself looks tiny but it really does a great job and blending frozen fruit & ice cubes in seconds!

I am so happy that i purchased it, i use it weekly without a bother for quick on the go or in a rush smoothies and as a busy mum of two its great.

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Monday, 28 April 2014

veggie bites!


These fruit/veggie bites are packed with goodness & so super moist and yummy i made these quite a while ago so thought id share the recipe!
Be prepared there is a lot of ingredients but obviously you can sub different things for others or takes certain things out that suit you better!



First off and egg to a big bowl


Half cup caster sugar


1/4 cup desiccated coconut


1/2 cup almond flour & 1/2 cup ground flaxseed


blitz up 1/3 cup pis of mixed nuts


blitz 1 apple, 1 courgette & 1 carrot and add to the bowl


Add in 1 tsp baking powder, 1-2 tsp cinnamon & half tsp ginger


add in 1/4 cup cranberries or your choice of dried fruit


1/2 cup plain flour


Lastly add 1/2 cup almond milk or your choice of milk and 1-2 tsp vanilla essence & give it all a good mix!



pop them into cases, silicon muffin cases would be better not sure why i used these!
then into a preheated oven at 160c for 15-20mins.





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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Up-cycle!

Ive recently been going through Violets clothing she's out grown and I'm absolutely gutted at some of the gorgeous pieces that don't fit her anymore!

Ive been generally browsing on Pinterest for new sewing projects as I've finally bitten the bullet and pulled out my machine.

Ive come across lots of different projects on how to 'up-cycle' kids clothing and I've been doing just that!

I started with this very basic vest that she literally only worn a handful of times, its like new!
and of course now potty trained its just impossible to use!

So i basically cut the poppers of and gave it a quick sew and there you have it a top!

I can't believe i have never thought of 'up-cycling' before!
Even if she just wheres these clothes at home/ nursery or just playing in the garden I'm getting my moneys worth out of them which is all i really want!









Heres a couple of other items I've 'up cycled' to!

This skirt was a dress aged 12-18 months from Boden.
I just cut the tshirt part of the dress of and then sewn in some elastic around the waist!




These dungarees were long and had elasticated cuffs obviously too small in the leg at only aged 9-12 months! but she still fits perfectly in them otherwise so i cut the ends off and sewn on some cut bows made from the excess material!





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Thursday, 24 April 2014

All about Juicing

I get a ton of questions about juicing.. down to which one i use/ why and what to put in it without it tasting rancid!

Ive been using the Cookworks KP60PD for the last 3 years.
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9099407.htm?CMPID=GS001&_$ja=cgid:10847489825%7Ctsid:41370%7Ccid:147348545%7Clid:48710535065%7Cnw:g%7Ccrid:36600323465%7Crnd:2549472472790878049%7Cdvc:c%7Cadp:1o1


I brought it from Argos for around £30- £40 which is  a bargain price for a juicer!
I was just starting out on juicing so didn't want to spend a small fortune for it to be put in the back of the cupboard!

After using it for the last 3 years on and off, and as of latterly I've been using it daily, i haven't had a single problem with it!

It takes whole fruit which mean you can core an apple then add it straight through the juicer without chopping which makes it a bit quicker.

The only thing i would say that I'm not overly sure about is how efficient it is at extracting all the the juice from your produce, it does the job but you never truly know how much your getting out from each piece of fruit/ veg.

Heres more about the juicer:


  • 600 watts.
  • 2 variable speed settings for soft and hard fruits.
  • Takes whole or large pieces of fruit - no pre-cutting needed.
  • 0.8 litre juice capacity.
  • Removable 2 litre pulp container.
  • Removable stainless steel filter.
  • Removable stainless steel blades.
  • Safety locking handle and safety switch.
  • Easy to clean with dishwasher safe parts.
  • Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.
I would recommend it for someone starting out with juicing it definitely worth the money.





So onto basic juicing recipes!

When it comes to juicing you can pretty much throw in what you have sat in your fruit bowl/ fridge!
 I love the combination of Apples, carrots , spinach, celery , kale and a slice of lemon & ginger just gives it the kick it needs especially in the morning!

Green Juice recipe:
cucumber
kale
spinach
green apple
lemon/ ginger

Sweet juice recipe:
apple
pear
carrot
spinach
orange
lemon/giner

Earthy juice recipe:
Beet root
celery
carrot
cucumber
apple
kale
spinach
lemon/ginger

I dont necessarily go by a specific amount of each fruit/ veg just because it usually depends what i have in and how much i need to fill up my average glass!

Don't forget when using anything with a peel i.e. oranges to peel them before hand!
Apples/ pears etc can go in whole.


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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

All About the Children's Routine

Since having Alister we've always had some sort of 'routine' we personally felt Alister needed some sort of structure in his life, although we're not at all strict or restrained by a routine we still think it has helped us all in some way.

I posted a video back in August about the children's routine and I will leave it below but I want to give you a brief description of what our typical routine is during a normal day.

7am wake up time! Although Alister is usually first to get up around 6/6.30 , sometimes we are all up before 7 though! 

Breakfast time is no later then 8am on a weekend and by 7.30am on a week day due to school run! 

So typically from Monday to Friday Alister is at school and has been since last September which has juggled things around a bit because he's not home till 3pm 

I pack him up a packed lunch and head out the door by 8.15am no later!! He starts school at 8.35am.

Me and Violet usually head back home if we're not venturing out for the day, violet typically ask for a snack is she's peckish, usually no later then 10 is the norm! 

Between 9-11 it's usually quality me & violet time, whether that's reading book , crafts, puzzles or just putting a dvd on that's our time!

Before lunch I tend to do some sort of house work, either whizz round with the Hoover, dust, steam mop just a little chore to fit in the day! 

We have lunch around 12-1pm depending on how hungry Violet is sometimes it's a little earlier.

After lunch and everything is cleared away 1-2.30 sometimes Violet might have a mini power nap usually on me which I really don't mind! Gives me a chance to edit/ blog or just have some 'alone' time!

If she doesn't we might head out for a little walk around the farm, sit in the garden or just general play time.

We leave the house just after 2.30pm to get Alister he finishes school at 3pm but as I have to drive to school I have to make sure I get a parking space! 
Sometimes this gives Violet a chance also to have a power nap if she hasn't had one earlier.

Once were home between 3-4ish it's usually quiet time for Alister he's usually tired from school, most often he will sit and play with his Lego, or we're sit down and read his school books. 

Depending on how quick dinner is I usually start it around 4pm sometimes later, Graham comes in from work no later then 5.30pm so I like to have dinner on the table before then.

As a family we sit and eat dinner again no later then 5.30pm

From 5.30-6.30 it's play time with daddy! I love this time as it gives me a chance to clean up and get bath stuff ready and gives him a chance to catch up with the kids and enjoy them before bed! 

Bath and in pjs by 6.30-7pm , since the time change where we've lost an hour it has rather mucked the kids up! There usuall bed time was always 7-7.15pm but more frequently it's been 8pm.

Luckily as of lately we have reined it in a bit and they've been asleep by 7.30pm which is absolutely fine!

They both sleep through the night, once they are both asleep it's quality mummy & daddy time!

Thats pretty much our basic routine heres a link to the video i made back in August.


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Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Sunday 20th April 2014

Heres a few pictures from our Easter party on Sunday. We had such a fun day even if the weather was miserable!
There were 9 kids in total, we had an egg hunt around the garden in the rain!










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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Just wanted to share a few photos of my two gorgeous children!
This week we welcomed our 22 baby chicks into the garden, the kids absolutely love them as do i!
They can't wait to open the chicken house every morning to let them out!

I hope you all have a great Easter, were having a Easter party today although the weather has begun to rain, wellies on for the egg hunt i think!!






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Thursday, 17 April 2014

How time flies!

Me & Graham have reached our 4th Wedding Anniversary today!

Cant believe how quickly time goes feels like yesterday i was rushing around trying to get ready with a 10 month old! The fact that Alister will be 5 next month still blows my mind!

We had an amazing unforgettable day, the perfect spring wedding i couldn't of dreamed of!

We had a beautiful church service, followed by a Marquee reception in the middle of a rural countryside, we also had a huge bouncy castle for the kids & Sumo suits for the bigs kids!!
So much fun bouncing around in my huge dress!

To think me and Graham randomly met on Match.com just your average dating site, i was on a free month trial and met the love of my life, husband and father to our two beautiful children!

Ok now I'm just getting soppy!!

Here are a few pictures from our magical day :)







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