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The Best Budget Setting Powder You Need To Try!

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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?

Our Half Term Week

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We had the best half term together with plenty of fun an activities that has kept all three of us occupied. We went to the funfair, enjoyed afternoon tea, travelled to see family, played mini golf and even managed to squeeze in a trip to a science museum. Phew! Just writing that has made me tired, we really know how to keep ourselves occupied.


Our half term week started with the two of us as my husband was still pretty busy with work, but without sounding too bad that didn't stop our fun. We caught the bus and headed into town. My daughter got so excited for the bus, does any of your children love taking the bus? I prefer taking a car when we go out on adventure, but seeing as if my husband is at work and he is the better driver, we caught the bus. 



The funfair was in town over half term and my daughter didn't know, so it was a lovely little surprise for her. What child doesn't love loud noise, bright lights, rides, sugar and tatty toys? Any child's dream, right? So we went around the fair a couple of times and spend lots and managed to get one tatty teddy. Winning! Even though she isn't keen on rides there are a couple that she loves and this Lightening McQueen one was definitely a favourite, she went on it about five times. But we worked up an appetite and needed to go and eat.


My daughter's favourite place to go and eat is The Pretty Little Teashop which has been designed with a little girl's imagination in mind. It's pretty, it's pink and they make the best carrot cake you have ever tasted. We headed over to our favourite corner ordered two cups of tea, a cheese sandwich and a jacket potato. It is such a great place for afternoon tea and it has a really welcoming and friendly atmosphere - my daughter has even been promised a job when she turns sixteen because she helped the owners clear away her plates.



The next day was an afternoon spent at the park and we had a picnic on the bench and played crocodiles. It was a game that I made up when she was really little and always asks to play it when we come to this park. We were at the park for at least three hours despite it being a little chilly, we then went to shop got some snacks and headed home to have a Disney film marathon.




Our next adventure was with our friends where we arranged a play date at the beach, but being February it's not a grab your flip flops and beach hat kind of weather. It was cold, rainy and very windy. But it doesn't mean we could't get some chocolate churros and ice cream before soft play. I'm sure there is an unwritten law somewhere that says you cannot visit a beach without some sugary treat or ice cream. We all then headed to a local soft play area where we tried to wear out a 2 year old, 5 year old and keep a 10 year old busy for as long as possible. Whilst the little ones unleashed some crazy energy in the soft play area, my friend and I had a catch up over a cup of tea.


Towards the end of the week we made out way up to Northampton to spend some time with family. With three under five to occupy we made some plans over the weekend. Our first adventure was Mr Mulligans for a little mini golf - I detest mini golf. The adult in me know it's all good fun but the big-child in me know it's because I hate losing and my hand eye coordination is shocking. But never the party pooper, I played, I lost, I got grumpy!




The next day we went to a science museum! The Think Tank Science Museum was the perfect place to discovery, learn and play over half term with family. We were all looking forward to a day at the Think Tank Museum and both my husband and I geeked out and got as involved as much as the children. Through interactive exhibits and hands on play, we all had the ability to get involved with learning and discovering something new around every corner. 




We all had an amazing time at the Think Tank museum. There was so much to discover and around every corner was something extraordinary. Our highlights was the City of Birmingham Locomotive, it was pretty impressive and a lot bigger that I thought it would have been. The Smethwick Engine the world’s oldest working steam engine was also in action at the museum we all stared in amazement. As you can see we all had a fun filled half term week and did lots of activities with friends and family. It always times like these that we appreciate that we have so many amazing people in our life and fortunate enough to make some amazing memories.

What did you get up to during half term? 

Meal Plan Monday: Week Six - Feb 10th

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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?

Explore The Adventure: Think Tank Birmingham Science Museum

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My daughter loves going to museums as they are a great opportunity to show her new experiences and explore new things in an educational environment. The Think Tank Science Museum was the perfect place to discovery, learn and play over half term with family. We were all looking forward to a day at the Think Tank Museum and both my husband and I geeked out and got as involved as much as the children. Through interactive exhibits and hands on play, we all had the ability to get involved with learning and discovering something new around every corner. 


We set off for a fun filled day at the Think Tank in the hopes that it wouldn't be too busy being midweek during half term. Luckily we only waited fifteen minutes before getting into the museum and we were all given wristbands so we could come in and out as we pleased. At Think Tank there are three fun and exciting levels to explore so we knew that we had a challenge on our hands, but we were all ready and raring to go. The museum entrance is on Level Two: Our World so we started there but for this review I shall write about each floor in order just in case you came here looking for a sneak peek. 



Level 0: The Past

This whole floor has been dedicated to the industrial heritage of Birmingham with their engines and machines. This floor was definitely a floor for the Dads or those that love a trip down memory lane. The first thing that my daughter was for the City of Birmingham Locomotive, it was pretty impressive and a lot bigger up close than I though it was. Around the locomotive we discovered lots of interesting things that would have been found in these when it was fully working like lamps, sinks and even telephones. We also saw the Smethwick Engine the world’s oldest working steam engine was also in action at the museum and was pretty impressive. You only had to look up in amazement to see the magnificent spitfires and look around to see more trams, trains, steamrollers and other vehicles.







Level One: The Factory

On this level you had more than ample opportunity to delve into the manufacturing industry. It comes to no surprise as you're walking through this level that Birmingham is known as the workshop of the world. My husband really loved seeing the many classic cars and motorcycles that were on display at the museum. Honestly look at some of them!





Level Two: Our World

We started our trip to the museum on level two and there was so much to see and do. It was this floor that we got to discover the science and technology that we come across everyday. All of us had a go at picking up balls with the digger, building brick towers, learned about composting and what can be recycled and what cannot. My daughter loved seeing all the amazing wildlife displays like the giant deer, the polar bear, a triceratops head and the centre piece that was full of wildlife. 






There was also a place that was great for children to learn about their bodies, about importance of healthy eating and exercise. The children really loved playing the heart and watching it beat and they loved shouting down the ear and looking up noses. 



Level Three: The Future

The top floor focuses on the future and space. All three of us joined the queue to go and play with a life-sized robot where we all had a chance to program to do certain movements and say certain things. RoboThespian is a humanoid robot, one of those super clever ones that scare you a bit with how realistic they are. It was on this floor that we created our own unique alien and played around with robots that have been used in space. 



MiniBrum is a mini city for kids and full of interactive and exciting role play areas. It’s basically a children's play area within the museum. But it’s not your usual play area. It’s a mini city for kids and they can play, pretend and have fun. Our daughter absolutely loved it in there. There was so much to do, we could easily have just gone to Thinktank just for the play area.

Thinktank’s new 4K Planetarium and adventure through the solar system is an added extra when you visit where it uses the latest video technology to create a truly immersive experience. However, on the visit we decided not to get those tickets as we knew we would have our work cut out for us discovering all the extraordinary things on the three levels.

The Science Garden 

The highlight for us was definitely in the science garden. We have never been fortunate enough to see something as wonderfully creative as the science garden before. The Science Garden was an outdoor discovery park that explores the science behind energy, mechanics and mobility. We spent at least a hour getting our hand on the interactive outdoor play, even if we did get wet in the process. 



As soon as you head into the garden you come across the energise section of the gardens and this side was filled with lots of water play and getting involved. Our daughter loved putting her head inside a big dome as water ran on top with a push of button, we also had fun and got really wet balancing balls on top of water. 



Our daughter loved putting her head inside a huge dome which also had a big tap on top that would trickle water down the dome. We then headed towards the mechanise part of the science garden and it was filled of things to explore like a bike, or a huge hamster wheel to learn about the science behind wind energy. 

Food & Drink

At Think Tank there is a large indoor picnic area which is great as so many places are against you taking your own food, which we would definitely consider this next time. About an hour or so looking at some exciting trains and planes in the museum the little people were hungry so we stopped off at the Think Tank cafe. It was half term so the cafe was jam packed full of very hungry people and considering the museum is huge I would have expected that more seating would have been available. There was a small wait for food and there was a limited options available, so all the adults had the burgers and the little ones opted for chicken goujons. 

In a nutshell, we all had an amazing time at the Think Tank museum. There was so much to discover and around every corner was something extraordinary. Our highlights was the City of Birmingham Locomotive, it was pretty impressive and a lot bigger that I thought it would have been. The Smethwick Engine the world’s oldest working steam engine was also in action at the museum we all stared in amazement. My daughter loved all the amazing wildlife displays like the the polar bear, a triceratops head and the centre piece that was full of wildlife. Seeing the giant deer was a highlight for me, I couldn't quite believe it. Lastly the science garden was so cool and have never been fortunate enough to see something as wonderfully creative as this before. The Think Tank is a must do for all families as those memories will stay with you forever.

Meal Plan Monday: Week Seven - Feb 17th

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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?

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