Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Wedding Singer - New Theatre, Cardiff. A perfect Mummies night out

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There's nothing I like more than meeting up with friends for a night out. I love going to the New Theatre in Cardiff but I had never been to see a musical so when I was invited* to see The Wedding Singer, a romantic comedy, with a group of local mummy bloggers, I jumped at the chance. I had not seen the film The Wedding Singer but I had heard of it and love 80s music so it was a perfect opportunity for a mummies night out.
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Slimming World Tomatoey Potatoes - Recipe

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Slimming World Tomatoey Potatoes - Recipe


This is a family favourite, it makes boring boiled potatoes delicious and is great served with a green vegetable like broccoli and cold meats. It is also Syn free on Slimming world.
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Monday, 27 February 2017

Our Weekly Journal 27 Feb 2017

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Much to Bear's delight he found he had pockets in his jeans.

We didn't get out much this week. It was half term in Cardiff and it didn't stop raining so outdoor venues were off the cards and anything indoors had raised their prices and they would have been full, so as we can wait and go another time we gave the popular places a miss.
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 9

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#MySundayPhoto Number 9


This week I have been really rubbish at taking photos but we did pop out on Friday as the sun was shining and the views were good. We like to go to a place between Cardiff and Newport, called Pound Hill where we can look over the Bristol Channel to Brean Down in Somerset. It was still a little misty but Somerset can be seen.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Slimming World Weigh In #7

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Slimming World Weigh In #7


Seven weeks already and did I hit my one stone target? Well, I was very good all week except for Friday and talk about breaking a diet! I knew it was going to be difficult as I was meeting friends I hadn't seen for ages and it wasn't the food, I was very good with the food except for a few chips. No, it was the wine, the prosecco and the gin. It was one of those nights.
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Slimming World Pork Kebab with Tzatziki - Recipe

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Slimming World Pork Kebab with Tzatziki


I love tzatziki. I make it quite often, it always reminds me of Greece. Traditionally it is used as a dip, eaten with crudités, bread or grilled meat. In Athens next to the meat market there was, maybe still is, the best souvlaki place. Wooden sticks with cubes of meat, lamb or goat I guessed, dipped into lemon and oregano and served with chunks of rustic bread that I have never found outside Greece. This is my homage to that.

The kebabs can be cooked under a grill or on a barbecue.

Serves 4

Prep Time 20 minutes plus marinating time Cooking Time 8-10 minutes

Ingredients

800g Pork, we use medallions as they are trimmed of all fat. Either loin or fillet.
Juice of 1 lemon
Oregano fresh or dried
250g 0% fat Greek Strained Yoghurt. Fage is my favourite as it is thick and made in Greece
Half a cucumber
Clove of garlic
Optional Fresh raw vegetables to dip. Spring onions, carrots, tomatoes, peppers.

Method


Ensure the pork is trimmed of all fat and cut into one inch cubes. Marinate in fresh lemon juice and oregano for at least an hour, turn often to ensure all is soaked. The quantities are not important. If using fresh oregano chop or crush to release the flavours.  The pork can be prepared in advance and left to marinate in the fridge overnight.

Thread onto skewers. Metal ones help the heat to get to the middle but wooden are fine. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently, until the meat is cooked.

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Prepare the tzatziki


Grate the cucumber and squeeze out as much water as possible.
Finely grate or crush the garlic.
Mix all the ingredients together. Some add mint or dill but I like it plain.


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Use a large clove of garlic; grate the cucumber; Squeeze all the liquid out; mix together
Serve with crudités of your choice and Slimming World chips.



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This is such an easy recipe and vegetables could be alternated on the skewer with the meat. The meat can also be put into a wholemeal roll (Healthy Extra b) with the tzatziki and still be Syn free.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Our Weekly Journal 20th Feb 2017

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It's been a very strange week. We have hardly stepped outside the door for a few reasons. The weather was cold and wet and although this is never an excuse to keep us in Bear has had a horrible cold. I have been feeling under the weather with a dizzy spell on Monday that actually made me sick. I had labrynthitis many, many years ago and occasionally when I catch a virus it makes me dizzy too. I have never been sick with it though. 
We did get to the shops and Bear was better on Wednesday so we went to Tots, only for him to be poorly again on Thursday.
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 8


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#MySundayPhoto Number 8


This week we have been stuck indoors a lot. Bear has been full of cold so I have been looking at things we can do that do not involve;

a) water
b) paint
c) me running around chasing him

We had been posting playing cards through a hole in the side of the nappy box and Bear put it on his head. He couldn't see so I roughly cut a big hole in it. 

"Are you a robot?" I asked

"No, a knight"

Isn't a toddlers imagination amazing?




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Photalife

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Thoughts On Saturday - FLOTUS Melania Trump

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Thoughts On Saturday - FLOTUS Melania Trump

POTUS and FLOTUS are acronyms that until recently I had not heard of. We have heard a bit too much about POTUS (President Of The United States) but what about FLOTUS? First Lady Of The United States. My interest was aroused when I read on social media that White House tours have not restarted after the inauguration of President Trump. It was explained that this is due to the First Lady, Melania Trump, not appointing the household staff.
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Friday, 17 February 2017

5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Posting Cards

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5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Posting Cards


5 minute games are just that. Less than 5 minutes to make and lots of fun. Ideal for those days when it's too cold or wet to go out. Bear absolutely loved this. Posting playing cards through a hole in a box.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Not So Messy Play

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This is my second 5 Minute Games for Toddlers this week and it is Not So Messy Play.
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Slimming World #6 Weigh In

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Slimming World #6 Weigh In


This week I have been very good. I went to the theatre on Saturday and we had lunch out first. As there was International Rugby in Cardiff the menus were fast food and mostly burgers. I chose grilled chicken in a bun and had extra salad instead of chips. I was a little bit naughty in that I took my own wholemeal bread roll and swapped it for the Brioche roll provided. I wouldn't recommend doing this but it was very busy and I wasn't depriving the restaurant of any revenue. I think I probably had very few Syns and only drank soda water with lemon.
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Slimming World Pizza Chicken - Recipe


Slimming World Pizza Chicken


OK so it's not pizza, it's chicken breast with pizza topping but is so easy and very delicious. We will definitely be having this again. We served it wth roast vegetables and cous cous.

Serves 2

Prep Time 15 mins Cooking Time 20 mins
Syn Free


Ingredients


2 Free Range Chicken Breasts
1 small red onion thinly sliced,
1/2 red pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
Tomato puree
Half tsp dried oregano
Fresh chopped Basil or Oregano to garnish
Fry Light

Method

Pre heat oven to 200C/180C fan

Butterfly each chicken breast by placing your hand flat on top of the chicken and slicing each horizontally almost completely through. It is easiest to start from the thicker end. Open out the breast and lay flat. Cover with cling film and bash with a rolling pin to make the thickness even.

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Butterfly chicken, cut and pressed open.

Cover a baking tray with non-stick baking paper and spray with Fry Light.

Place the chicken breasts on the paper and spread tomato puree on top. Sprinkle with the dried oregano.

Cover the chicken with the sliced vegetables and bake for 20 mins or until chicken is cooked.

Sprinkle with the chopped fresh herbs to serve

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This was really delicious and although not really a pizza the flavours are just so good. Feel free to change the topping to suit your taste. This recipe was adapted from Slimming World's new Free and Easy book.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

5 Minute Games for Toddlers - Paint Stamping

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I thought I'd share a few more games for toddlers that only take a few minutes to set up and give anything from minutes to hours of pleasure. It is a little messy, it's paint stamping.
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Monday, 13 February 2017

Our Weekly Journal 13th Feb 2017

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Bear loved the Noahs Ark toy at Tots and paired all the animals. He picked up two giraffes and said "Mummy" "Daddy" then touched then together and made kissing noises. 

We only had Bear for two days last week because his Grandad came to visit from West Wales for a few days. Bear was so excited but he just slept and slept. We were not sure if he had a bug but seemed OK otherwise. Bear didn't nap with us so we had lots of time for drawing and stories. The weather was freezing so we only went out to Tots and shopping.

Bear is fascinated with pretending to crash, he loves to pretend to fall off his bike and then we have to go and pick him up and kiss it better. He also had a bad knee, just a little red mark but it must have hurt because he mentioned it lots. He wanted a plaster so I put one on. It must have fallen off, he found it and stuck it on his knee over his jeans. Haha made us laugh. 

I love his imagination.


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We have had lots of story telling, drawing and writing with chalk. It was too cold to use the pavement chalks outside so I opened up an old box and he was happy to draw on that. He saw that the chalk had got onto his hands then rubbed the drawing and kept looking at his hands.


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Bear loved his red pen, looks like Humpty and Jack and Jill had a serious accident!


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Drawing with chalk on cardboard. Then a quick rub and it's all over his hands.

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Such dirty wheels, a wet wipe is perfect for a little bit of bike maintenance
There was a little snow at the weekend where Bear lives. He saw it for the first time and by all accounts kept saying "wow!" I am so glad he has seen snow, it is really quite magical and even as adults it makes us stand and look through the window.

Did you have snow? 

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 7

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#MySundayPhoto Number 7 is of Bear playing with a Noah's Ark and the animals at Tots Club. He took the animals out and noticed there were more than one of each so put them into pairs.
He picked up two giraffes and said;

"Mummy"    "Daddy"

Then he put the giraffes together and made kissing noises. So wonderful.

I'm loving the terrible twos.

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Photalife
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Thoughts on Saturday - Gary Lineker and Shannon Matthews


Thoughts on Saturday - Gary Lineker and Shannon Matthews

It is almost impossible to avoid Trump and Brexit. I could fill a book with my thoughts on that but to save us all from that I won't. I will admit it has been hard to find anything else. The NHS has dominated the news too but I wrote about that a few weeks ago.
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Slimming World Weigh In #5 and Best Recipe Of The Week

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Slimming World Weigh In #5 and Best Recipe Of The Week


I was supposed to be going out with friends on Friday for a meal but due to the bad weather we had to cancel last minute. My first thought was to order a takeaway. We didn't. We cooked chicken noodles, so instead of lots of Syns the whole meal was about 2.5 Syns.
My Slimming World best recipe of the week is a delicious creamy mushroom sauce that is syn free.

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Our Weekly Journal 6th Feb 2017

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Our Weekly Journal 6th Feb 2017


I rarely get to bath Bear, only if he's had a mishap with paints or we've been to the beach. He just loves it. All except having his hair washed. This week he put a handful of water on his head

"Hair washed" He smiled "no water Nanny"

He looked hopeful but I still had to wash and rinse his hair. He hates it so much. Afterwards I wrap him in a warm towel and I carry him in my arms like a baby. He loves this bit and enjoys sitting wrapped in a towel until he's nice and dry.
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Sunday, 5 February 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 6

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#MySundayPhoto Number 6 is of Bears feet. I love babies feet. As a Granny I rarely get to bath Bear. He loves water and stays in until his skin is wrinkled.

The only sad side is he hates having his hair washed. We've have tried everything, and so has he. He got a handful of water and rubbed it on his head. 

"Hair washed" he beamed "no water, Nanny"

I still had to wash it and he was sad. 

A warm towel and a huge cwtch and we were friends again. Gosh I love his feet.


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Photalife
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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Thoughts on Saturday - Katie Pybus, McCann and Shiner


Thoughts on Saturday - Katie Pybus, McCann and Shiner

Katie Pybus

Mum home schools her kids - by letting them play computer games 7 hours a day 
Katie Pybus insists her three children.......who have never learnt the alphabet.....

Amongst all the doom and gloom of Trump and Brexit this was a headline on social media that caught my eye. Apparently a mother home schooled her children by letting them play video games all day. My first thought on looking at the picture underneath the headline was that they looked happy enough and secondly, I bet they can read.

I delved a little further.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Slimming World Weigh In #4 and Best Recipe Of The Week

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Slimming World Weigh In #4 and Best Recipe Of The Week


I have reached week four and been experimenting with some different meals. We have been making our favourite meals by adapting them and have tried some new ones too.
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