#LivingArrows – Sky High 3/52 (2017)

Welcome to this weeks #LivingArrows, a weekly post in which I share a photo of each of my little ones. It’s been a busy week with one thing and another when isn’t it a busy week? I haven’t had an awful lot of time to take photos, I did however manage to find these two shots to share with you. Whilst checking my J’s school Tumblr pictures I found this beauty. It seems that the kids have created a large canvas on which to pose for some ‘aerial’ shots. I love this picture, it reminds me of a similar image from Winnie The Pooh. It seems very apt that J should be floating away on balloons, he often has his head in the clouds! Sky High E has spent most of her time this week playing in her new ‘super duper pink’ bedroom. I have also spent most of my afternoons sat on her pink, glittery carpet playing the role of random characters from Peppa Pig. Here is a picture of us two girlies having a cuddle, E for some reason has decided to stick out her tongue which makes her look as if she has a fat lip, I can assure you… View Post

#MySundayPhoto – Going Goth

As you may know from reading my previous posts I have been having a dabble with the World of SnapChat. I’m not 100% certain what I’m doing but with a little help from friends I am starting to get the basic idea. Whilst playing around with the filters I came across the ‘Black Swan’ filter and decided to give it a go. I really liked the result, especially as it gave me such fantastic cheek bones and made me look far prettier than I could ever be in real life. Jeez I may have to start working on my makeup and who knows with a few shovel loads of eyeshadow I could get close, as if! It’s been a dark Sunday, the weather has been dismal to say the least. The clouds rolled over early this afternoon, the rain poured and the sky seemed so grey. It was all a bit gothic in an arty-farty kind of way. It made sharing this photo seem rather apt really… my very own arty-farty, filter dabbling, gothy snap! Happy Sunday Peeps, I hope that you have had a good one! Thanks for reading and as always I look forward to catching up with your #MySundayPhoto pictures either through your own… View Post

The Pocket Money Plan

Like most kids, our son J goes through phases of obsessing over particular things whether it be a certain toy, a tv series or most recently, money. J has numerous money boxes which have been given to him over the years. He divides his money between his various tins and pots all of which he looks after in his bedroom. A little while ago we noticed that J became rather taken with emptying his money boxes, counting his coins and then more worryingly hiding small piles of coins and notes here and there around his room. When asked why he did this, J explained that he was worried his money may get stolen. We enquired as to who might steal it from him and to be honest he wasn’t really sure. I reassured J that whilst Paul and I may sometimes dip into his money-box to pay the window cleaner when we are caught short, we always put far more than we borrowed back into his box thus resulting in him acquiring interest. J seemed rather pleased by the idea of acquiring interest and has since encouraged me to borrow from him whenever I fancy I wonder why…  I have asked J very kindly to refrain from… View Post

Rachel’s Nutty Flip Recipe

Over the past few months I have hosted a couple of coffee mornings for a small group of ladies in a similar parental position to myself. We each share similar concerns regarding our children and as a group we meet up each month or so to chew the fat. Originally we met in the building attached to the school but since funding magically evaporated we decided to continue our meetings in the comfort of our own homes. I usually tend to bake some goodies to share with the girls and one of these ‘bakes’ has become rather popular with one particular lady. As requested by K, I will share my adaptation of the Bero recipe for Flapjack or as I like to call it ‘Nutty Flip’. You Will Need: 4 oz Butter 2.5 Tablespoons Golden Syrup 4 oz Granulated Sugar 2 oz Self Raising Flour 3 oz Cornflakes (crushed) 2 oz Oats Instructions: Heat the oven to gas mark 5 (190 degrees celsius). Melt the butter and syrup in a pan Add the flour, sugar and the oats to a large mixing bowl and stir together. Pour the cornflakes into a plastic bag, now get your biggest, heaviest and most beastly rolling pin out and… View Post

#LittleLoves – Maleficent, Magic And A Touch Of Pink

Welcome to another week of #LittleLoves, a post in which I share a few of the many things that I have particularly enjoyed or have taken a shine to throughout the past seven days. This week has been pretty hum-drum, we’ve not done anything particularly outstanding yet there has still been plenty to love. Read I haven’t done a great deal of reading other than the usual checking of emails. I have however received some rather lovely emails from a number of companies that have all asked me to carry out reviews on particular items on their behalf. I will be sharing some of these with you in the near future and am very much looking forward to getting back to reviewing random goodies throughout 2017. Watched Paul and I finally found some time to sit down and enjoy a movie together, it’s been bloody hectic with all the decorating, carpeting, furniture shifting and such like so it was really nice to finally sit down and to spend time together. We watched Disney’s ‘Maleficent‘, a dark, non-animated, twist upon the all-time classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’. I am a massive fan of Disney and love all of their films including this one. It had a certain gothic, arty charm which… View Post

Ditching The Diet

It’s been one week since I started Slimming World and whilst I am not the type to quit, last night made me think otherwise when after seven days of damned hard work I stood on those scales and found I lost nada, nothing, not a single sodding pound. I quit Slimming World! I know that it works for many of you out there as it has done for myself in the past. This time around I really went for it, over the past seven days I have spent a fortune on ‘speed/ free foods’, eaten like a rabbit, wondered what the hell I was going to make for each meal of the day and generally felt miserable. I began with good intentions, I then found myself feeling light-headed and rather dazed by the whole dieting fad. I have followed the plan and have learnt a few things from it, I have certainly made some changes in terms in my diet which I will continue to carry out over time in hope that I might lose a pound or twenty-seven. After having a social media melt down aka a whine on Facebook I have been told by all and sundry including my sons Teacher not to give up. I am not… View Post