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Gigantosaurus: The Game

A special treat for all those dino lovers! Launching next week is Gigantosaurus: The Game, based on the hit Disney animated series. It will be available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One or PS4 so everyone can join in with the dino fun. So who is up for a roarsome adventure?

Gigantosaurus: The Game will allow many little ones and their families into the wonderfully vibrant world of Gigantosaurus for some exciting exploring adventures like never before. This new adventure will allow up to 4 players to explore and race together across the vast, prehistoric world of Gigantosaurus in a one-of-a-kind dinosaur adventure that is part saving the world, part rally racing extravaganza.

The game presents an open world, the Savannah, a place that, as the narrator says, is beautiful, but dangers can arise. As the inquisitive Mazu, playful Tiny, timid Bill, and courageous Rocky embark on a quest, facing their individual fears and working together to solve a problem. Like the meteor that's blocked up Giganto's Volcano. The design is great, with many elements bringing the game to life. You can discover the wonderful world of Gigantosaurus on your own, or with other dinos friends where you can solve quests and puzzles in order to save the day. And the end of each story is the start of a super rally to the next zone. Will you be the most fearsome adventurer or the fastest Racer?

To mark our special dino adventure we hosted a small family dino partyyyy as my daughter enjoys a party. It was quite fun preparing for our family dinosaur party. The dinosaur tablescape was so much fun but I really wanted to keep it minimal design with four main elements. A table cover, a runner, centerpiece, and place settings, but seeing as there was only a few of us we had to try and be creative. We used our own table cloth but trying to find the best table runner that has dinos was really hard, so we used some dino some gift wrap - and we had a table runner. For our centrepiece we used some artificial plants that we already pinched from our kitchen decor and then strategically placed lots of dinosaurs along the tables. It was the perfect dino table. For the place setting we did try and keep it minimal with the use of some dino bowls, gold stripped straws, some napkins and some home made food labels.

One of the easiest ways to bring together a party theme, apart from decorations, is fun food! All of your food needed to be of a dino theme, of course. But to help make it easier for us all we tried to keep to buffet style food with Dino Claws, Dino Eggs, Homemade Dino Bones, Dino Poop and Dino-wiches. All washed down with some Volcano Punch. It was the perfect way to mark the release of Gigantosaurus: The Game.

Not forgetting the party games. We had some fun with lots of different dino masks, colouring and a dino hunt. It was a fun filled afternoon with good food, dino fun and there was even party bags, who doesn't love a party bag.

After we went back to playing Gigantosaurus. The missions of this first level included rescuing some scattered eggs all over the stage or collecting nuts, planting seeds to feed another dinosaur. Basically the same concept as Mario Kart, although the mechanics were not very clear if it was only about reaching the goal first or we also have to collect items. You can see the game has been especially designed for little ones as parts of the game are easy, however there are parts that need a little more logical thinking or problem solving all key for social and overall development.

All three of us enjoyed playing the first level together and we didn't really find any problems with going onto the next level. My daughter loved playing with Tiny because her favourite dinosaur is a Triceratops and I definitely loved Mazu, simply because I am Mazu. Meanwhile my husband switched between the Rocky and Bill due to their individual skills and characteristics.

Gigantosaurus: The Game is quite beautiful and with very striking colours for all the elements of the scenes and for the characters. Each dinosaur is well detailed and has its own personality and ability, however the game also featured certain lights in the sky and purple bubbles to let you know where you need to go or where you need to be. This game was fun, vibrant and exciting new experience for everyone in this household. This was the first game that our daughter really enjoyed and was completely engaged with, I am more than sure that fan of Gingantosaurus or Dinosaurs will love playing this - they will have one GIGANTIC Adventure. The game will launch on March 27, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC.

**We have been kindly gifted the game that was featured in this post, but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright **

Traditional Copper Anniversary Gift Ideas.

It seems hard to believe that seven years ago my husband and I stood at the altar and made our promises to one another. After seven years of wedded bliss and twelve years of being with together we really do know each other. However, getting inspiration for an anniversary gift is not always so easy. In fact there are so many selections of anniversary gifts that at times it can be hard to get something perfect gift for a loved one.

The traditional seven year wedding anniversary gift is copper and wool each having a different meaning. Copper is seen as a durable metal that according to Greek mythology, attracts love and protects against evil. Wool, on the other hand, symbolises warmth and comfort. My husband and I have decided to keep with tradition and get something copper for one another, and set some kind of budget for some healthy competition. So for those who are struggling for inspiring gift ideas for a seventh wedding anniversary, we have a couple of ideas that may help spark a little inspiration.

Making the most of those cherished wedding day memories is always a great way to start when it comes to celebrating seven years of blissful happiness. This simple but striking Personalised Copper Photo Frame is a wonderful gift to celebrate a seventh anniversary and it can be personalised with any message of your choice. This frame is made from aluminium with a brushed copper finish that will really catch the light and stand out wherever you choose to display it.

How about this VonShef Boston Cocktail Maker Set? This shaker set is the epitome of luxury. For a little bit of money, you can own this rose tone cocktail shaker with matching rose-coloured accessories such as a muddler, a twisted bar spoon, Hawthorne strainer, bottle top pourer, and a double ended measuring jigger. If you're looking for perfect accessory for your cocktail maker set then these beautiful Riches & Lee Moscow Mule Copper Mugs is the perfect accessory for any bar and a great gift for every cocktail aficionado. 

Being completely obsessed with copper hues and warmer tones when it comes to my jewellery, what better way to celebrate seven years of marriage that with some dainty jewellery. The minimalist look is an undeniable classic. Regardless of your personal fashion preferences, there are always going to be situations in life where a more subtle and understated look is required. A personalised necklace is going to become one of my favourites and the fact that it's personalised makes it even more special. This gorgeous Lisa Angel necklace features a bar hanging vertically from a chain. It's a simple but striking design that is suitable for everyday wear. 

Not forgetting about my husband of course. These modern and stylish rose gold cufflinks make the perfect accessory and a great gift idea for a seventh anniversary gift. Not only are they functional, but cufflinks are also wonderfully ornamental and are often used to dress up shirts or add a unique touch to an outfit. From HARVEY MAKIN® featuring a classic rectangular shape with a diagonal etched design. Complete with signature gold foil embossed presentation gift box. These cufflinks are sure to make that important man in your life feel really special. Whether it’s a smart pair for the office, or something sentimental for a special event like a wedding, we’ve got personalised cufflinks to suit all tastes and occasions

Whether you're looking for a traditional anniversary gift or something more unusual we hope that this post will give you some inspiration. 

Meal Plan Monday: Week Nine - March 2nd

I have been sharing our weekly meal plans since beginning of the year and so far they have been so great and help me keep on track. Not only that when I share my slimming world meals over on Insta I always get people asking for recipes. This week has been really good meal plan wise and for majority of the time we stayed on track - we have been indulging in a few too many evening snacks so that's something we have to work on next week. A snack free week! Anyone else enjoy a little snack in the evening? My downfall is craving something sweet with a cup of tea.

Monday:: Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole

Our little lady has Rainbows on a Monday evening so we always need something that is quick and simple to eat before we go. Now that the colder weather seems to be going my husband and I are trying to be better and go walking as she is at Rainbows instead of heading home to sit in front of the box. So this week our plan for Monday is of course a slow cooker sausage casserole because it is super low in syn and low in calories. 

Tuesday:: Honey and Mustard Drumsticks, Quinoa and Feta Salad. 

I'm sure that you know by now that we are a big fan of these honey and mustard pork loins and so it made it's way into our meal plan for this week, but with a twist. We have swapped out pork loins and make succulent honey and mustard chicken drumsticks - it was a delicious spin on the recipe. We paired these drumsticks with Quinoa to keep the dish low calorie. 

Wednesday:: Spicy Fish, Slimming World Chips, Salad and Petit Pois. 

We all know that fish is a great source of protein and generally they are jam packed full of vitamins and nutrients making it a great option to add into our weekly meal plans. However, my husband isn't a great lover of fish and prefers to stick to meat. But I have been strict and said we are having it this week with a little spice. Our spicy fish does use some of your syns for a daily allowance, but they are worth them. We use around 30g of Chilli Heatwave Doritos with a teaspoon of onion powder, paprika and more chilli and crush together. We then sprinkle the seasoning on top of the fish and pop them in the over at 180oc for about 25 minutes. They come our hot, spicy and super crispy - it was a big hit with my husband. 

Thursday:: Turkey Keema, Boiled Rice and Steamed Veggies

Keema Curry is a South Asian dish that traditionally would use lamb mince, if you are happy to spend some syns, then you could stick to tradition and use ground lamb, but to keep this dish syn free, we love to use either turkey or pork mince. It’s a great dish for batch cooking and freezing up some portions and is gluten and dairy free. 

Friday:: Pizza Chicken, Crunchy Roasted Potatoes and a Green Leaf Salad. 

We LOVE a Friday night pizza parttty. But being on slimming world getting pizza is probably one of the worse takeaways we can tuck into so we have swapped out a calorie loaded base for a chicken breast. After searing the chicken breast we then pour over home made tomato sauce and top with some cheese. It honestly taste just like traditional pizza sauce.

Do you like some of the meal plans we have shared this week?

BIRCHBOX - March 2020: Idols

It's a great start to the month with this little beautifully presented box showing women from all walks of life. Feel inspired, and empowered with these treats from Birchbox with their 'Idols' box to celebrate International Women' Day. With five curated pamper products inside to help you feel the best version of yourself because we all deserve it. All subscribers could choose their very own Forgive Me Suzie Liquid Eyeshadow in either Love Letter, Fairy Dust or Dancing Queen this month. But you also get a Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner from The Beauty Crop and a Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum in every single box. 

This month it's time for us to embrace US. So who wants to know what's inside the box? If you're new to Birchbox they are one of the main leaders in the beauty box subscription game. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples and travel sized samples and these will be with makeup, skin care, body care or hair care. It's a great way to discover new products that you wouldn't normally come across if it wasn't for this little beauty subscription. So without further ado let's take a closer look. 

Forgive Me Suzie. Liquid Eyeshadow in Fairy Dust. RRP | £8

Meanwhile I tend to stick to powder when it comes to choosing eyeshadows, I am always happy to step outside my comfort zone and try different products. This long lasting metallic eye shadow really makes it easier to create a statement in one swoop. We all know that many of us women are always pressed for time whether that is heading our for the school run, work, going to a big meeting or a  catching up with a friend. I received the shade Fairy Dust and I really like wearing this with my everyday makeup, it really suited my complexion but you could build this up for a night time look if you wanted to. 

The Beauty Crop. Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner. RRP | £14

Being a beauty blogger, you could say I have used my fair share of eyeliners. I have had some amazing products that I will always go back to and others that I will always avoid and never recommend. Yes this one has a deep black formula that will help define my eyes the way I want without smudging. But it falls short on it's staying power which is a shame. 

Balance Me. Vitamin C Repair Serum. RRP | £32

Vitamin C is great for your skin and it is something that we all should be using more in our skincare routine. I discovered a Vitamin C Essence about two years ago and it has been so good for my skin and it is something that I just cannot be without. So I was more than happy to have this little gem in my box this month. This Vitamin C Repair Serum from Balance Me has been formulated to battle the beginning signs of ageing, yes I need some of this now I'm in my thirties. It has really helped with pigmentation and the hydraulic acid has been sooo good with hydrating my skin and leave me with a healthy glow. 

Daily Concepts. Dual Texture Body Scrubber. RRP | £6.95 

The innovative texture with micro scrubbers technology which is pretty perfect for a daily soft wash or for an exfoliating wash. I also think that it's pretty cool that they have a label with an indicator that fades to let you know when you need to replaced your mini scrubber. I am so glad that this one was in my Birchbox this month as my skin is breaking out and no matter what I try my makeup ends up slipping off my face after a few hours. I use my facial cleanser along with my exfoliating scrub and I have noticed a difference in my skin. I have consistently used this for a few days in a row it has helped that skin on the top be removed, leaving newer, healthier skin showing. The rough side exfoliates, the soft side helps rinse. 

Luxliss. Argan & Marula Conditioner. RRP | £20

Every now and then we have to make time for a little deep conditioning. Deep conditioners or hair masks are an essential part of a healthy hair care routine, whether you're natural or not, and no matter your curl type. And yet, so many people don't know how to properly deep condition their hair, or neglect the practice altogether! However, with this Luxliss. Argan & Marula Conditioner you can treat your hair to a little extra nourishment in one simple step. After one use it has left my hair feeling silky smooth, nourished and super healthy.

In a nutshell, this is a pretty great box and what better way to celebrate 'us women' than with a pamper session, a killer eyeliner for a handbag or some serum to brighten our skin. I really enjoyed the products that Birchbox has this month and I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store for April.

So what did you think? Are you a Birchbox fan? If not, you should at least try a couple of boxes. A monthly Birchbox subscription, with no long-term commitment, costs just £10 (+ £2.95 P&P) per month. 

Don't forget to check out our previous Birchbox boxes...

Meal Plan Monday: Week Eight - Feb 24th

Heyyy! It's time for another meal plan Monday! As you know it was half term last week for us and it was fun filled with a trip to the beach, the funfair, a little soft play and a family visit - so it was pretty much a write-off for weight loss. I didn't eat very well last week and I slipped right off that Slimming World wagon. Treat day became TREAT WEEK! But I'm back with a brand new meal plan full of nutritional, calorie controlled meals for the week.

So now that you know how our meal plan wen didn't go last week, let me tell you all about our plans for this week. In addition to all these tasty recipe we will be trying to eat more fruit and veg during the day to make sure we hit our fruit and veggie targets. But let's get back to the meal plan. 

Monday:: Five-Spice Cucumber & Pork Stir Fry with Boiled Rice, Green Beans and Peas

When most people think of cucumbers, they tend to think of uncooked preparations like salads and pickles. So I know what you may be thinking about cucumbers in a stir fry, but they are pretty great stir-fry ingredient The fragrant five spice blend—made from cumin, star anise, cinnamon, peppercorns, and cloves gives diced pork and crunchy veggies such a distinctive flavour. We will definitely make this dish again. 

Tuesday:: PANCAKES

Okay so we are back on plan but doesn't mean that pancakes are not on the cards! Whether you plan to stick to your syns or allow yourself a day off to fully indulge is entirely up to you. There are so many different versions to be found. But instead of american style pancakes we were craving some crepes. They are super delicious and really light. You could go for any toppings you like for these, such as syrup, ice cream, yoghurt, sugar or a even some dusting some cinnamon. You could even go savoury with these crepes like my husband who had some chicken and mushrooms. While my daughter and I had lemon, sugar and some fresh raspberries and blueberries. 

Wednesday: Paprika & Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks, Roasted Chickpeas and a Green Leaf Salad from Slimming Eats. 

This week we are trying to go through all our frozen meat and we found some drumsticks that we needed to use. These paprika, tangy balsamic vinegar and a little honey creates the perfect marinade for these drumsticks. We paired these with some cumin chickpeas and a chunky cut salad.

Thursday:: Honey and Mustard Pork Loins, Sweetcorn Mashed Potatoes and Salad. 

Oh these honey and mustard pork loins are soooo blooming tasty and are so quick to make. Literally a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard and 100ml of stock. The sweet and spicy loins are great with salads, but this week we decided to pair our loins with sweetcorn mash and some green beans, broccoli and peas. I really love this meal as it can be made in less than 20 minutes - perfect dish for us busy mamas. 

Friday:: Salt & Pepper Chicken Thighs, Slimming World Chips and Salad.

Fridays always mean FAKEWAWAY! We love finding recipes that are low syn or syn free but taste like a takeaway and these thighs are just that. We made these when we started our slimming world journey, but it's been a little while since we've had them. These salt and pepper chicken thighs that are only 308 calories in each portion making these slimming friendly so good. We had these with some slimming world chips and of course a green leaf salad. 

Joules Waterproof Floral Navy Jacket

Spring is arguably one of the best times of years. It's when you can finally break out dresses, sandals, and accessories. We are all ready to welcome the spring time. We can hear the birds singing, we spotted a few daffodils blooming on the school run this morning and even caught the glimpse of the sun. Spring is on it's way and we cannot wait to see more pretty blooms, go on adventures and most of all we are looking forward swapping our winter coats for a jacket and sunnies. 

But it can be tricky picking the perfect spring jacket because whatever you decide needs to be thick enough to keep you warm in the morning, but it has to also be lightweight so you're not sweating when the sun is finally out and about. A good jacket is what everyone needs for this transitional time when we are waving goodbye to winter but still waiting for springtime sunshine. 

One of my favourite picks for the little lady is the Joules Waterproof Floral Navy Printed Coat which comes in a range of colours and other styles, but we decided to stick with the florals – a bright, jolly statement. This jacket is classic, practical and smart so there is a lot of versatility. It fastens with both zip and buttons and the fabric is both breathable and waterproof. It is also warm with a polar fleece lining meaning is great for those crisp mornings, light showers without feeling too heavy. 

This Joules Weatherproof Floral Navy Printed Coat comes in a beautifully packaged box and you can get this coat in many different styles and pattern. We chose these gorgeous navy and floral one for our daughter as she has a slight obsession with everything floral at the moment. We have always loved Joules and their funky bold designs, you cannot really fault their amazing quality and practicality when choosing waterproof coats for the school runs.

The Best Budget Setting Powder You Need To Try!

A setting powder may not be the most exciting part of your makeup bag, but it sure is essential. Whether you count on it to mattify your makeup or set it, this is the absolute ultimate finish touch. But trying to find the best setting powder can be a complete minefield. 

You all should know me well enough by now that I love a bargain buy, which is why I wanted to tell you about a beauty brand that has some great dupes of some high end products. The brand is W7 Cosmetics, who have seriously upped their game lately and released some amazing products that have really impressed me. Some of their eye shadow palettes are gorgeous and can give some of the high end palettes a run for their money. However I'm super impressed with their concealers and their setting powders. With my skin being so oily at the moment because of the time of year, powder is my best friend right now.

Honestly, there is nothing worse that a cakey powder which is why I want to share this amazing setting powder with you all. Their Sheer Loose Powder is something that I have been using for some time and nothing seemed to compare to this one. 

This loose powder provides the perfect finishing touch to your makeup base. This powder is enriched with silk and vitamin E as well as UVA and UVB sunscreens that helps control shine all day long and smoothens out your skin’s texture. This is in the shade Natural Beige but it comes in four different colours. At it's low price point, this setting powder is your best bet to keep your foundation in place and shine at bay. It's only £5! FIVE pounds GIRLS and in some places you can grab it for about £3-£4, an absolute bargain. 

It is literally the best thing ever! Even though the shade is a little darker than my natural skin tone it's very subtle and looks amazing for my skin colour! It lasts on my face the whole day and I don't even have to top it up! It's perfect for special occasions or even every day! Plus it's cheap and affordable and GREATTT QUALITY! 

Have you ever used any products from w7 before?

Meal Plan Monday: Week Six - Feb 10th

So here we are week three of the meal plan. Now I am going to be completely honest and say last week was a bit of a write off as it was Valentine's on Friday and so there was cake, cake and more cake! Not only did I have cake, but we broke our no bread rule and indulged in a little picnic in the car. But you know what, I still managed to lose this week. 

As we were busying preparing for a weekend of birthday fun, I couldn't really sit down and meal plan like a pro so we are kind of free balling it with the plan this week, however we are determined to keep on plan this week and start our no bread rule again and stick to it, until our holiday at least.

Monday:: Sausage Pasta Bake with Broccoli.

As we had a busy morning I wanted to make something that I could whip up and put in the oven so sausage pasta bake it was. Yes the sausages have syns, but they were totally worth the 2 syns each in the delicious cheesy sauce which is so simple and easy to make. You need 100g plain quark, 100ml chicken stock, a tsp mustard powder and a tsp dried parsley whisk and then add to the pasta. So simple but jam packed full of flavour. 

Tuesday :: Turkey Koftas, Wholewheat Pasta and Salad. 

Oh these turkey koftas are always a good recipe, and these koftas are so delicious. What makes these turkey koftas even better is that a single portion of these are around 230 calories, and they go perfectly with a salad and potatoes or pasta and salad. Last week my husband and I were really craving pasta salad, so we decided that this would be the perfect partner for our turkey koftas. However this time instead of making mini ones, we decided to make them slightly larger and they were so good even if they did look a little odd, well according to my husband anyway. 

Wednesday :: Chilli Cheese Nachos from Pinch of Nom

Since starting slimming world one thing I have been craving is Mexican and especially nachos! Oh how I miss loaded nachos, however I don't miss the loaded calories. With Pinch of Nom their website is packed full of amazing tasting recipes that will sure to help with those cravings and I stumbled across this recipe for Chilli Cheesy Nachos. This recipe really has everything you need – gooey cheese, crispy “nacho” potato wedges, and spicy chilli minced beef. However we are not a fan of mince beef so we always use pork or turkey mince. If you're a fan of Nachos then you must must try this recipe it doesn't disappoint. 

Thursday:: Singapore Noodles

This recipe is ridiculously easy. Seriously – it’s 4 steps long & that’s it. It is low syn and less that 300 calories making it the perfect fakeaway. As always we like to add a noodles to this dish, however you could add rice, potatoes or keep to lots of speed veggies. I really do like this one as it can be cooked within 20 minutes and taste so good every time. 

Friday:: Spanish Omelette, Paprika Chips and Green Leafy Salad. 

My favourite egg dish is without a doubt an omelette because they really are so versatile and you can keep it simple and wholesome or be as dramatic and over the top as you dare. I prefer simplicity when it comes my omelettes but have to be jam packed full of goodness like this ham, tomato and mushroom omelette. The free foods are eggs, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach and I have used Frylight 1 cal cooking spray to cook the omelette on both sides. I have used reduced cheddar cheese and I will be using as part of my Healthy Extra A, however if you wanted to save your Healthy Extra A then you will have to syn accordingly.

So there is our meal plan for our weekday meals, what do you think? Will you consider any of the recipes that I included?

Meal Plan Monday: Week Seven - Feb 17th

Oh dear, I'm a little slow at getting these meal plans posted! We have had so much going on this month it is a little crazy. We are well and truly in half term mode though with lots of plans ahead. 

So the meal plan for this week went really well. We both managed to stay on plan, however I did indulge in some bread this week. I literally have no will power. But still even though we indulged in a few naughty treats I still managed to shift 2lbs, so I'm winning!

Monday:: Salsa Chicken, Savoury Rice, Salad and Peas.

I'm so crazy about salsa, however those salsa jars that you can get in the supermarket are loaded with extra sugars and salts and so we thought that I would have a go at making my own and you know what it wasn't too bad. This tasty salsa can be made in just 5 minutes with tomatoes, onion, garlic, lime, coriander and white wine vinegar. We decided to use a tin of chopped tomatoes too as we were layering the salsa on top of chicken to pop on the oven. After about 40 minutes the chicken was flavoursome and so succulent. We paired the salsa chicken with a salad, rice and lots of peas. 

Tuesday:: Salt and Pepper Chicken Breasts and Green Leafy Salad from Pinch of Nom

This salt and pepper chicken is always a good recipe to make if you're feeling you need a takeaway. It tastes exactly the same as salt and pepper chicken you can get from the a Chinese takeaway with an exception of being less calorific. This seasoning goes so well with chicken thighs, however we are all out of chicken thighs this week so we tried it with some chicken breast and they turned out just as nice. We made enough seasoning to last us a couple of weeks so we can add this to loaded chips which are also amazing. But be sure to taste as you cook as this salt and pepper chicken can pack a punch. 

Wednesday: Bacon and Mushroom Crustless Quiche, Crinkle Cut Chips and Salad from Slimming World.

These slimming world crust less quiches are sooooo good. I think what we love about these crustless quiches are they are so easy to make and you can really use any ingredients you have in the fridge that make a tasty meal. It’s perfect for a lunch at home, or for pack-up or picnic when you’re out and about. We have made this recipes a number of times since starting slimming world and each and every time is just as tasty as the one before. Who knew that cottage cheese would have so many tasty uses, eh? 

Thursday: Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake with Salad.

If I’m stuck for time, then Italian is always invited in my house. It’s quick, simple and easily jazzed up with some store cupboard essentials without cutting back on flavour. This one tastes so good with chicken and bacon cooked in the creamiest sauce then added on top of some cooked pasta, if could also add some grated cheese onto the top and put in the oven for ten minutes or until brown and crispy. We normally use the cheese in the dish as part of our Healthy Extra A but you could syn accordingly.

Friday: Chicken Kebabs and Pitta with Wedges and Salad.

It is fakeaway night and what better way to do this than with a cheeky chicken kebab, wedges and salad. These Chicken Kebab pittas are an easy meal choice for anyone counting calories or following a diet plan. It’s a great slimming substitute for that late night takeaway. If you do choose to use this recipe its very important to ensure that the chicken has enough time to marinade so it soaks into the meat. You can add this chicken onto a skewers or just put onto a baking tray. This is particularly good if you're cooking for two to three people.

So there is our meal plan for our weekday meals, what do you think? Will you consider any of the recipes that I included?

In a World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind.

I'm sure that you have seen the incredibly sad news that has been circulating within the media over the last couple of days, it's been heartbreaking to read. As a modern society we have some many opportunities to show kindness and be supportive. Yet here we are. I didn't know much about Caroline Flack, but one thing I know for certain is that the British tabloids are toxic. I'm disgusted and appalled at the media and their treatment of this woman. Whatever the situation and whatever the outcome would have been, a woman took her own life.

In a forward thinking society it seems as if it's completely acceptable and a public right to tear someone down, to humiliate and attack them in the media because of the life they choose. It's not acceptable, it's not ok and it's certainly not our public right. There are people that think attacking others on social media somehow makes them powerful. That bombarding people with derogatory comments, spiteful insults, or inconsiderate memes is harmless. 

Being in the public eye does not mean you are immune to feelings or suffering. At the end of the day are all human. We casually destroy people with our judgement, criticism and thoughtless but vicious words. Social media has awakened something awful that seems to growing with hatred each day. Our words have consequences. So please before you write any words, just think for a moment before publishing. We are all just trying to get by and we need to be far more understanding rather than prejudging a situation that most of us probably wouldn't understand. 

That same media that tore her apart professionally and personally are the same as those now writing the articles of her passing. It's appalling. How many more wake up calls does it take for the world of the media to realise what they are doing is wrong. What ever the situation was or whatever the outcome would have been, a woman took her own life. Whether she was guilty or not. The media already made their decision. They ruined her life, to the point where she felt she has no one and no other option but to take her own life.

As a blogger, I have experienced hateful comments about me, my content and my life choices. I have had comments published about me that have really affected my mental health. But thankfully for me I was surrounded by great friends and supportive family that were there for me. It's so heartbreaking that Caroline had no one to reach out to, or those that she did, thought she was burden. No one should ever feel that taking their own life is the only option they have. 

So much more can be done to prevent this from happening again. Ultimately there should definitely be stricter laws around safeguarding those people in the public eye. To protect their mental health and their human rights are ensure that they are being respected. Changes need to be made for those people taking their own lives because of the media twisting their stories. Just because someone is famous doesn't mean that they should be treated any different than any other normal person. But laws alone aren't going to be enough, we have to make changes too. Our 'cancel culture' is appalling and brutal. Before we write things about others we really need to take the time to sit and think about the consequences of our words. Words are harmful, word can destroy someone. So in a world where we can be anything, always, always be kind. 

*In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email or In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at*

Soft Pink Glam Makeup

With Valentines just around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about date night. Once you have children, those days of impulsive date nights that are stretch late into the wee hours of the next morning are long gone. Our date nights normally consist of ordering a takeaway, or eating our way through a box of chocolates whilst binging on Netflix. However this year we have decided to step it up a notch and actually go on a date, as parents these are very rare

So with the fact there is a date on the cards, trying to figure out the perfect hairstyle and makeup is essential. On on hand, I don't want to look like I have spent hours on end prepping every curl, every wave to perfection. But on the other hand I don't want to look like I have just rolled out of bed looking like I've not seen a brush or set of tweezers in years. So I thought that today I would share an easy Valentine's makeup look with you. Whatever your usual style, whether you want to shake it up completely, or wish to remain true to your roots, a simple and easy look for Valentine's that's created in next to no time means you can spend more time ordering the Strawberry Daiquiris. Am I right?

The Base.

The Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is a great place to start a primer and moisturiser all rolled into one. A rich and creamy formula that never leaves my skin feeling greasy once applied. It is the perfect way to prep my skin for flawless makeup. For a good coverage Revlon Colorstay Foundation is a great dupe for Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation, for less than half the price. Revlon Colorstay has been designed for us combination and oily girls, finally! It's always so hard to get a foundation that is a great all rounder that has lasting power. To brighten my eyes and hides those tired mama dark circles I like to use Veil Illuminating Complexion Fix for illuminating and soothing my circles but it also hydrates and leaves my skin feeling brighter. Then I like to finish my base with a setting powder BareSkin Perfection Veil Powder in light for my pale complexion which is so easy to apply and give me a gorgeous matte finish. 

Define with Colour. 

Defining with colour is always my favourite part with my makeup routine as it can enhance my complexion and skin tone. One of my favourite ways is with a contour palette. Now I am no contour queen by any means but I love how a contoured face can define your best features, creating the appearance of high cheekbones and a slimmer nose and chin. This Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in Ultra Fair is a great little trio for a contour or a little bronze. For those with a pale complexion the bronzer in this set is light enough and super pigmented adding warmth to my face. The blush in this set is great for everyday wear but seeing as it's a special occasion I cannot simply go out without my favourite blush. The limited edition of this Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Baked Blush in Rose Pink. is a gorgeous pigmented pink and perfect for my skin tone. For date night we need to add more glow and I love the Memi Powder Radiance Highlighter in Lemon Drops because the glow is insane with iridescent pearl pigments and light reflecting particles leaving an instant luminous glow with a warm tone. Then I like to gently swipe this Laura Gellar Illumitating Stick in Ballerina on top on my cheeks for an enhanced glow, it's very creamy and goes on nicely without being too thick. Just a little goes a long way.

Soft and Pretty Eyes

In the mood for a soft and pretty beauty look? Look no further than pink eye makeup. Pink eyeshadow will provide a playful yet sophisticated vibe that won’t go unnoticed. Revolution Reloaded Fundamental Palette. 15 shade eye shadow palettes that are bound to pack a punch at an affordable price. Warm burnt shades for lovers of orange, pinks and neutrals, in a variety of matte and shimmer shades. I cannot believe the price of this palette and the fact that you can create so many different looks all from one palette really amazes me. And if you want to pull out all the stops adding this effortless crème eyeshadow with Show Glow Glitter Fix Stick in Flickering Pink which is absolutely gorgeous. There is nothing more feminine than a stunning cat eye! This look works to enhance the shape of your gorgeous peepers while serving up some serious sass for an unforgettable look my favourite is Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner it’s smudge free and the skinny felt tip end helps make my winged eyeliner work like a dream. One of the easiest ways to upgrade your makeup is to focus on your lashes and for voluminous lashes to add an extra glam Maybelline Lash Sensational can do wonders for lashes.

Beautiful Brows.

I really love using Soap & Glory Archery™ Brow Tint and Precision Pencil in Brownie Points to get precise brows as you can use the pen to outline and the pencil to fill in. This colour is perfect colour for me. Personally I really love the pen side as it delivered natural brows in secondsI am able to fill in my sparse eyebrows and build them up gradually so they appear natural. I love using L'Oréal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit as it has a tinted wax, setting powder, a mini pair of tweezers and a double ended brush.

Kissable Lips

A lipstick is an essential for date night, most stick with traditional with a red lippy as the rich hues give your pout a sultry and sexy look. But when it comes to lips I prefer a subtle shade like this Ted Baker Lipstick in Nude or Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Girlfriend. The lightweight formula glides on a thin coat of color that intensifies as it sets to a matte, transfer-free finish with amazing staying power. This shade 'Girlfriend' is the prettiest nude I've yet to find and it doesn't wash me out at all, so for all you ladies looking for that perfect, subtle nude shade, go and try it out.

What do you think of my soft and pretty look for date night? Have you tried any of the products that I've included in the look?

Meal Plan Monday: Week Five - Feb 3rd

It was such a busy and draining week for this house hold last week, but we somehow managed to stick to our meal plan without face planting into pizza or chinese. So last weeks menu was really good and went down pretty well with the husband and my daughter. So let's see what is in our plan for this week. 

So now that you know how our meal plan went last week, let me tell you all about our plans for next week. In addition to all these tasty recipe we will be trying to eat more fruit and veg during the day to make sure we hit our fruit and veggie targets. We will now be heading into our third week without bread and I have to say it has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. I can normally eat, sleep and breath bread but this month we decided to set ourselves a little 'no bread' challenge. 

Monday :: Chilli & Tomato Basa Fillet with Savoury Rice and Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables. 

So this is my own little recipe that I put together, so if you fancy spicing up your fish then you should really try this one. A healthy dish full of colour, flavour and sunshine. Fish or seafood is the type of food that is by far from boring, you can cook fish in some many different ways and add what ever flavours that you want. This is a versatile dish. Fish cooked in a fresh coriander, chilli flakes and tomatoes is such a great combination to help enhance the delicate natural taste of the basa fillets. Roasted vegetables are easy to throw in the oven. These veggies are very versatile—toss them with pasta, top a pizza, stir into soup, stuff a sandwich or wrap, or toss with vinaigrette for a salad. I thought that that the Chilli and Tomato Basa Fillet on a bed of roasted vegetable is the perfect partnering.

Tuesday :: Chargrilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa Salad and Savoury Rice. 

Nothing says 'I am healthy' than avocado and I have to say it has been a while since we had some in the household. Avocado are a bloggers friends and so good for you, but in terms of slimming world they are not see as the thing you use your syns for. Now when it comes to using your syns a lot of people save them up and use them for naughty treats like chocolate, sweets or ice cream. However, I need to shed at least another stone and half to even be considered healthy so I would rather make better choice when it comes to my syns. Don't be fooled there are times where I will have the odd packet of haribo or curly wurlys, but I like to make a better choice. Healthy coriander lime chargrilled chicken with fresh avocado salsa makes this such a delicious low-carb meal that is so simple and easy to make.  The chicken marinade is jam packed full of flavour and could be changed according to your taste buds, but this chicken will soon become a family favourite. 

Wednesday:: Chilli Pasta Bake with Broccoli from Pinch of Nom

Half way through the week, comfort food is the only way to see us through and what better way to do that than with a Chilli Pasta Bake. This is not the first time I have made this dish, it is a good one. Its jam packed full of speed and packs a punch, but what I like about this recipe is you can really add any veg you like and turn up the heat if you dare. This Chilli Pasta Bake recipe is Syn free if you use half of one of your Health Extra A allowances. You could also double up the cheese and use one whole HEA if you wanted it extra cheesy. I was wayyy to eager to try this that I managed to take a photo whilst the chilli was still hot, it was soooo good.

Thursday :: Pizza Chicken with Homemade Sauce, Crinkle Cut Chip and Leafy Green Salad.

We went for something that was simple and easy tonight as we have had an awful week this week. I hope that things look up for us soon, but in the name of needing something a little naughty but not off the Slimming World wagon. All the good things that come with a pizza, the sauce, that melted cheese, but instead of bread pizza base, a delicious tender seasoned chicken breast. How have I not eaten this before, it tastes just like a pizza without all the bread. If you are a pizza lover and want to be a little more conscious with the calories then you should try this.

Friday :: Chicken Curry, Boiled Rice and Steamed Vegetables

Fridays we like to fakeaway! Our favourite way to do that is of course with a good ole chicken curry, with rice and veggies. This Chinese Chicken Curry recipe is ridiculously easy. Seriously – it’s 4 steps long & that’s it. It is low syn and less that 300 calories making it the perfect fakeaway. As always we like to add a rice to our curries, however you could add noodles, chips or keep to lots of speed veggies. 

So there is our meal plan for our weekday meals, what do you think? Will you consider any of the recipes that I included?

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