Getting ready for Fathers Day with Snapfish

When Snapfish offered me the chance to spend £40 on their photo and gift ordering website I jumped at the chance. We love photos in our house we have them in almost every room and I love taking photos of the kids, so its always nice to get a chance to look at some new ways to squeeze a few more photo’s into our house!

What better opportunity to also get a little something for Jamie for Fathers day : ) (If you are also going to do this, the last date for fathers day gifts is 15th June) I had a good look around the Snapfish website and was very tempted to get a photo canvas done, except Jamie got me one for Mothers day so I wanted to be a bit more original. In the end I decided to go for one larger present for him which is a personalised photo travel mug (I’ll share the pic of this after Fathers day) as well as an array of smaller gifts which are for all of us to enjoy. These were some photo key-rings and an assortment of photo fridge magnets.

The ordering process was really quick and easy and I did the whole thing from my iPad, whilst cooking dinner and looking after a baby and a toddler (Yes, I am wonder woman! )  a couple of days later all of our wonderful photo gifts arrived. The print and quality on all of the products is really good and clear, but I must say I am particularly impressed with the photo magnets as the pictures and colours are just so vivid, I’m already planning on ordering some more!IMG_1433

With most of the products on offer you have the opportunity to add text and personalise things. I kept most of my pictures plain but I did choose to add text to the travel mug and one of the photo magnets to make them seam more “gifty”. On the additional magnets I plan on making I’m going to do a picture of each of the kids and some text that says “Jake’s Art” and use them to hold the kids artwork to our fridge.

All in all I’m really pleased with my Snapfish haul, and want to say a big thank you to Snapfish for giving me the opportunity to get some great products. The service is definitely one I plan on using again.

 

Note: Snapfish provided me with a £40 gift voucher in order to write this review, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Pea and Ham Soup

Pea and Ham Soup

As I’m still doing weight watchers I’m making a lot more food from scratch as its really shocking how much sugar and salt is added to store bought foods. This seams to be especially true of soup’s. This is one of my favourite recipes, it’s really quick and also works out very cheap too.

Ingredients:

1 onion

Half a bag of frozen peas

1 medium potato

1 thick slick of premium ham

1 clove of garlic

1 jug of chicken stock

Method:

Chop and lightly fry the onion, potato and garlic until the onion goes soft. Then add the chicken stock and peas. Chop half of you ham and add that in.Bring to the boil for about 15 mins. Add salt and pepper. Blend with a hand blender. Dice the rest of your ham and use as a garnish when you serve the soup.

I estimate that this dish cost me max £1.50 to make and it easily makes four portions ! 

The whole thing took me less then half an hour to make and I just love knowing the whole thing is completely healthy and fresh with no hidden nasty bits! 

I’m officially a home made soup convert! 

Establishing my new beauty regime

Since having a second child and going through all the sleepless nights again, as well as turning 30 this year (I can’t believe I’m so old!) it’s fair to say I’ve not been looking my best. This however is no ones fault but my own (maybe a little bit is the kids fault) as up until a few weeks ago my beauty regime has consisted of putting minimal makeup on in a morning and not taking it off in an evening, and washing my face in the shower with body wash. With the odd bit of moisturiser used every now and again : ) 

This lack of routine or regard for my skin hasn’t really caused me much of a problem but now I’m getting older and age / lack of sleep is catching up with me, it’s time I took better care of my skin and face. I’ve done a lot of research over the last few weeks mostly on Pinterest and Youtube and I’ve invested in some new products so I now have an actual beauty regime which is as follows: 

  • First thing in the morning I moisturise my face with day cream
  • I then put some eye repair cream under my eyes
  • I also use primer if I’m intending to have a full make up day
  • Through out the day I’m trying to drink more water as well as using lip balm regularly on my dry lips
  • Every evening I take my make up off with makeup remover
  • Wash my face with a gentle face wash
  • Moisturise my face with night cream
  • Put eye repair cream under my eyes
  • Also after I shower I now use body butter to moisturise everywhere

I’ve been doing this routine for a few weeks now and am starting to see a difference in how my skin looks and feels so I’m going to try my best to stick with it. I’ve also found new ways of doing my make up but will go into that further in a separate post. 

I love Spring

The winter is finally over and the weather is gradually starting to improve so I thought I would share a little list of all the things I am looking forward to and enjoy about spring time : ) 

1) Long days playing in the garden

2) flowers coming into bloom, especially blossom

3) Eating outside

4) The smell of cut grass

5) Going out without loads of coats and jumpers to look after

6) Opening the windows and having fresh air in the house

7) Drying my washing outside 

8) Wearing sunglasses

9) Driving with the windows down

10) Eating fresh salads with new potatoes.

Bring on the sunshine! 

My weight watchers journey: 12 weeks in

just under three months ago I declared I had joined weight watchers as I was determined to lose some weight. I was optimistic but had no idea if I could stick to the plan or if it would work for me. I’m very glad to say that so far the plan is working really well for me and I am actually quite enjoying it. Here is my progress report:

Week 1: no loss

Week 2: no loss

Week 3: 2 1/2 lbs lost

Week 4: 2 lbs lost

Week 5: 3lbs lost

Week 6: 1/2 lb lost

Week 7: 3 lbs lost

Week 8: 1/2 lb lost

Week 9: 2 lbs lost

Week 10: 3 lbs lost

Week 11: 1/2 lb on

Week 12: 2 lbs lost

This is a grand total of 18 lbs lost in 12 weeks. I hadn’t set myself any specific targets but this is more then I expected I could lose and in a shorter amount of time. I am really really please especially as now that I am used to the points system and my body has adjusted to the portion sizes and food types I don’t really feel like I’m on a diet. I won’t say it’s easy all the time as I still have my moments when I struggle but the sucess I’ve had so far just makes me want to keep going as I am finally starting to believe that I can be a slim woman again, which I wasn’t actually sure was possible!