Thursday, 14 February 2019

Ways To Keep Your House Warm In Winter

Winters can be harsh, but we are lucky here in the UK because this year its been quite a mild one so far. Last year we had the Beast From The East and winter seemed to last forever. This year it seems that America has had a bad winter and is struggling with plunging temperatures. Sometimes our houses can get really cold and we have to keep the heating on to stay warm, but did you know to save on the heating bills there are other ways that you can keep warm instead? Over time, these tips could save you a lot of money!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Health And Wellbeing Wednesday Link Up

Welcome to the Health and Wellbeing Wednesday link up a blog post, If you have a post that you have written that covers any of the following subjects please join in the linky and comment on the blog before you. Also, comment on the two host blogs. This is Hosted by myself and Anita at The House That Never Rests as we are both stumbling through Slimming World and thought it would be great to have somewhere to share posts and read other stories to encourage each other.

How Have Brands Started To Support Our Teens?

It’s no secret that with immense pressure from consumers, brands now have an increased duty of care towards their audience. A duty of care that will see them make more informed decisions around their marketing materials, to remain as inclusive as possible, and present themselves as the go-to brand for a diverse range of people using online and offline methods.

Brands are also aware of the need to prepare for what comes next; teens will make up the consumer pool of the future, and so advertising to this group is vital. The teenage generation utilises different shopping techniques than their parents. Think social network influence such as Instagram, streaming platforms and reviews from platforms like YouTube, this is a generation that grew up with the internet.

But which brands are breaking the mould with their marketing activity to support teens?

Slimming World Eggs In Ham - Free Food February

I have written before about how I absolutely hate cooking from scratch and if there is a convenience food answer them I will take that. Being at Slimming World has encouraged me to cook from scratch and it is so much healthier than a dinner in a box. Okay, so I'm still not a great cook but this recipe is so easy that even I could do it without any hassle and it takes about 30 seconds to prepare. 

Matilda told me that she was bored with her breakfasts all the time and her cereals were getting too "samey". I remember from being a kid, and I had to eat the same cereal for years and nowadays I hate those cereals. My manager at work is following Slimming World too and suggested this to me. I do not make Tilly follow the slimming world diet but making healthy swaps is really good for her. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Slimming World Speed Foods List

We can all lose weight through Slimming World but you have to incorporate speed food to your diet to get a better weight loss. Speed food is even lower in calories than other fruit and veg and they are also full of the goodness you need in your diet. When I started Slimming World, I barely ate fruit and veg but now we eat it in a variety of different ways. I struggle to remember which foods are under the speed category when I go shopping, so I have made a list of them for you to bookmark on your phone and look up when you're out shopping. You can make some excellent speed meals like Chinese stir fry or add a salad to your jacket potato. Make casseroles with chicken, beef, lamb or pork and really bulk it out with vegetables. Remember you can get speed veg in a variety of ways, fresh, frozen or canned. And if you cook fruit, it releases sugar and therefore doesn't become a free speed food any more but instead is healthy B option. Make sure you have at least a 1/3 plate of vegetables with your meal.

Monday, 11 February 2019

How To Spend A Day In Istanbul From Your Holiday Resort

My name is Vicky and I have the travel bug! I love to go to different destinations and soak in the environment, the culture, the history and the local people. My problem is that I cannot stay still in one place and with my upcoming trip to Marmaris in Turkey, I am struggling at the thought of staying grounded at the hotel for 10 nights. Last year we went to Antalya for 11 days and we took a trip to Istanbul. It was a city that I had always wanted to go to and I am a huge believer in Tilly learning by travel. So on our holiday, we took a day out to get an internal flight from Antalya to Istanbul and we absolutely had a ball!

Northern Soul Clothes From 45REVS

Northern Soul is a music movement that started in the 1960s in the North of England, at a time of the Mod scene. The music is that is associated with Northern soul is the heavy, syncopated beat and fast tempo of mid-1960s Motown Records, which was usually combined with soulful vocals. The music is still popular these days. On sent us some clothes from the Northern Soul range to review and this is what we thought of them.

The Keep The Faith Fur Pom Pom Chunky Beanie was supposed to be for my Daughter-in-law Amber, but I wore it on a cold day and it quickly became my hat. It is made with 100% Soft-Spun Acrylic and it has a detachable fur pom-pom on the top. I don't wear it without the pom-pom because I think it adds the extra touch to the thickly woven hat. The colour is cream and it only comes in one size. It is so comfortable to wear and it certainly keeps me warm on the cold winter days. The chunky knit pattern reminds me of bobble hats that I had as a kid and removable pompom is handy for either washing the hat or wearing it as a different look. It also comes in black but I prefer the cream colour. The hat is £18 on 45REVS.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

My Slimming World Week - The One With Kerry Katona And The Fake Weightloss

Slimming world this week, well you surprised me! After last week and going to weigh in on Friday and then having to go again after the weekend to get back on track with my Monday group. I liked the Friday group but the Monday group is where my heart is. It's like a little social group, we get quite a bit of banter going.

So you could have knocked me down with a feather when I went to be weighed on Monday and I had lost another 2 and a half pounds. losing 2 and a half pounds in 3 days was awesome. I really didn't expect it at all, but it makes it worth going every week.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Thing To Do In London On a Budget And Win An Annual Kids Pass

Half term is looming and we are always looking for things to do in the half term, Being on a budget and planning days out can quite stressful. We want to best for our kids so I am here to help with some suggestions for cheap days out in London.

The Cinema

We use the Vue Cinema in Islington, it is one of the friendliest ones that we have been to and it is set in Islington High Street, a small walk from Angel tube station. It is surrounded by cafes and restaurants so you can eat out too if you want. There is also a supermarket nearby to buy snacks at a cheaper price than the cinema. The best thing about this cinema is that the tickets are only £5.99 and that is an amazing price for a cinema ticket in London. An alternative one that has cheap cinema tickets is Wood Green if you want to go to the north of London. Again tickets are £5.99.

A Stay In Radisson Blu limfjord. Aalborg

When we stayed in Aalborg recently for an overnight trip we booked the Radisson Blu limfjord Hotel, in the city centre. It was about £108 per night but that changes all the time with the English pound going up and down like a yo-yo. We stayed on a Saturday night for one night and we had a double room.

The hotel was easy to find when we got off the bus from the airport and it is in an area full of bars and restaurants, so it makes a perfect hotel for party goers. The bus going back to the airport stops right outside the hotel so it couldn't have been easier for us.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

How To Take Photos In The Portrait Mode On iPhone XR Max

Having a portrait mode on a camera is a relatively new thing, but it has taken selfies to a new level. The portrait mode is a mode on the phone that blurs out the background and it focuses on the person in the front of the image. When I first got sent the iPhone XR Max from to loan and review I didn't use the portrait mode to its full potential, after all when you are taking pictures, you're usually in a rush aren't you? So I just wanted to point and shoot.

But having time to sit and play with the phone afterwards I saw there was so much more than the phone offered in the portrait mode. I offered after photo editing but still keeping the portrait mode on the image. In fact, you can adjust the depth to make the background more blurred or you can adjust it to unblur the picture if you took the photo in portrait mode by accident.

How To Avoid Emails Going To Spam

Have you ever wondered why your emails are not being answered? Well, today I found out why. After receiving an email to apologise for the delay in reply, I was told that my email had gone to the spam folder of his emails. It is a bit annoying and I wondered why it had gone to the spam folder, but it can be for many reasons really. Here are a few to start with.

Ways To Keep Your House Warm In Winter

Winters can be harsh, but we are lucky here in the UK because this year its been quite a mild one so far. Last year we had the Beast From Th...