Bonfire party with Fentimans Ginger Beer and giveaway

For the last few years we have had a fireworks and bonfire party at our house. My Hubby loves fireworks displays and we go most years to the Fire Works Championships at Belvior Castle. We decided that while the children we young we would have fireworks at our house, saves all the muddy fields and the hour sat in the car waiting to get out of the car park after. We are lucky enough to have a large garden with plenty of space for the men folk to sort the fireworks out up at the top of the garden and keep all the children safe nearer the house.

We invite our nearest and dearest, cook up hot dogs for the children and a big chilli with jacket potatoes and cheese for the adults, then we have few drinks after the sparklers and fireworks have finished. I also this year made some very yummy cinder toffee and toffee apples. Not forgetting toasting the marshmallows… so many marshmallows.

Fentimans Ginger BeerIn recent month’s my Hubby has got the taste for rum, the perfect warming tipple for a cold November’s evening. So, when Fentimans sent us some ginger beer to help us celebrate our bonfire party, I knew that the rum and ginger beer would make the perfect combination for a warming drink for our fireworks party.

Bonfire Cocktail

When I think of bonfire night, I instantly think toffee apples and nice warm drinks. So my lovely bonfire cocktail is just that, toffee flavours and warms you up as your drink. It is very simple to make, with only a couple of elements.

Add ice into your glass, I used my gorgeous Moscow mule copper mugs. Then a measure of dark rum, be generous to give you that lovely warming feeling. Top it up with Fentimans ginger beer. I then added a shard of my toffee, which when dropped in gives sweet toffee flavour to the cocktail… yummy. Why not add a sparklier for the extra special bonfire party feel, just make sure you take it out before you drink it. The rum and Ginger Beer make the perfect bonfire cocktail.

Why not have a go at making your own Ginger Beer inspired cocktail?

The lovelies at Fentimans are giving you the chance to win your very own case of Ginger Beer. Just enter the Rafflecopter below.

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T&C’s – UK entrants only, you must be over 18 to enter. Prize will be sent to you direct by Fentimans.

*This post was made in collaboration with Fentimans. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Beginning my weight loss quest with Shake that Weight

Since having my second child 4 years ago, I have struggled to regain my pre-pregnancy weight. So now instead of having baby weight to shift, I am just fat. With my first born I had lost all of the baby weight and a but more within about 6 months.

Shake That Weight

This year I had planned to sort myself out and get healthier and fitter and shed a few pounds. However sometimes life throws things at you unexpectedly and this year has really been one of those years that I have struggled with on so many levels and my weight has suffered because of it.

Recently Shake that Weight got in touch with me to see if I would like try out their weight loss plan. Having a good read about them I found they offer two different diet plans for women and two different plans for men. Depending on your BMI depends on which diet they recommend for you. As my BMI is quite high I full in the ‘Total food replacement’ plan. Which I thought would be perfect for me, for a couple of weeks I wont have to think about what I am eating, it will be there ready and waiting.

Total food replacement

With that total food replacement plan, you have an allowance of 600 calories a day. These calories come from shakes, soups, noodles, ready meals, porridge and bars. (Now I hate porridge so that was one of the options out for me.) You are able to have up to 4 of these a day, combined with light exercise to help with what Shake that Weight say is rapid weight loss. There is also the option for a low calorie snack each day, which is available on the web site.

Looking at the options for food, I thought I would go for a shake everyday for breakfast, a chocolate flavoured bar each day (I mean a girls got to have her chocolate fix… right?) then a soup for lunch, followed by either a noodle dish, rice dish or a ready meal for dinner. I also ordered 6 packets of the wafers just encase I need them. In total it came to £88.91. The 2 week plan states it starts from £70.00 but depending on which products you opt for depends on the cost, so if you went for shakes, soups and noodle dishes would you get the lower costs, the little ready meals are £3.99 each plus the wafers, which were the items that increased my plan costs.

Health advice

You should always consulate your Doctor before taking part in this diet. Shake that Weight advise that you remain on plan for a maximum of 12 weeks. While undertaking this diet there are a few side effects to look out for, headaches, nausea, and tiredness during the first few days. Then as you continue on the plan as your body gets rid of ketones you can get sweet, fruity smelling breath. If you are worried please speak to your Doctor?

For more details you can download the brochure to have a read about all the advise and guidance.

Starting my plan

I set the date to start the plan a couple of week ago, we have just arrived back from a family weekend in Legoland and I knew wouldn’t be possible to stick to plan while away. So today I am starting my plan and I am preparing myself for an awful headache. When you cut right down on carbohydrates you can end up with headaches, which is something I suffer with anyway, but I also know it only lasts a couple of days and I shall make sure I keep hydrated taking on lots of water.

I am going to let you all know how I get on with my 2 week plan, wish me luck.

*Thank you Shake that Weight for sending me out the products to try.*

 

5 top tips for staying safe when you do DIY

We are coming to that time of year when people are starting to get their home Christmas ready. It could be you are re-decorating the living room ready to put your amazing Christmas tree up, painting the outdoor woodwork or laying new flooring.

I am very accident prone and often find myself with some kind of injury from DIY. Have you ever been hurt while doing your DIY projects at home? Slater & Gordon are there to help if you have. Whatever you are doing within your home make sure you stay safe. Have a look at my 5 top tips for staying safe when you do DIY at home ready for Christmas.

Protective Clothing

Always make sure you are wearing safety googles, so many people attend A&E with eye issues relating to DIY, so grab some googles and keep your eyes them safe. If you are also using spray paint or sanding down wooden furniture use a dust mask as well.

Ventilation

DIY generally comes with various different fumes, from glues, wallpaper pastes, paints, aerosol sprays, so make sure you are working in a well ventilated space. Open those windows, if it means popping an extra layer or clothing on that’s ok, just keep the fresh air coming in.

Ladders

If like me you get a bit nervous when climbing a ladder, just make sure someone is there to hold the ladder to keep it steady. Do not lean to one side as ladders have a habit of leaning with you and therefore accidents are likely to happen.

Tools

DIY comes with a variety of different tools, so make sure you keep track of them. Put them back into a safe place and while you are using them return then into the box or a safe place so you don’t stand on them or put them so they could fail off a high place onto you.

Take your time

There is no need to rush your DIY, so make sure you take your time. Slow and steady wins the race. Always plan out your DIY job and make sure you allow plenty of time to complete it. If you rush you will be more likely have an accident, if you find you are unable to complete something then always ask for help or get a professional in to help.

Good luck with your next DIY project and make sure you stay safe.

*This post was made in collaboration with Slater and Gordon. As always thoughts are opinions are my own.*

How to entertain children at your wedding with Wicked Uncle

When it comes to having children at your wedding, it is always something to consider. Should we invite them, should we only have nieces and nephews, do we just have our own children or invite them all?

When I got married our son was 15 months old and safe to say he was a nightmare throughout the the ceremony. My Aunty was kind enough to take him outside so people to hear our vowels. We had a few children at our wedding and I had made little party bags for each of them, we also had a couple of outdoor games in the garden for them and the adults to play with.

This year we have been to three weddings, our children were invited to two of them. The first wedding was for our good friends Nicky and Emma we didn’t have any issues with taking then children, as my God children were also invited, and the eldest just happens to be one of my son’s best friends so we knew the children would be entertained with each other. We took along their iPads, books and some toys for the little ones.

The second wedding was for my childhood best friend Vanessa, now she had lots of children invited, and went all out to ensure they were really well catered for. A marque with a couple of girls from the local nursery on hand to help with the children. The marque was packed full of craft items, drinks, out door games, so many things to keep the children entertained while the adults were able to enjoy the day.

The third they were not invited to and my Hubby was best man, which meant that we could both really enjoy the day without having to worry about them. It was a stunning lakeside wedding, so if they had of been there I would have spend the day panicking about them going into the lake.

How to entertain children at your wedding..

There are lots of different ways, like my friend, having a set area just for the children is a fabulous idea, but often venues do not have the space for this. So I love the idea of giving children a small bottle of bubbles to keep them entertained while wedding photos are being taken, along with some larger garden games.  For me as a parent it’s keeping the children entertained during the wedding breakfast and speeches, which can last a couple of hours is that hardest part. I find even though I take a range of items with me, they seem to get bored of their own toys and games, so having a gift or a package at the table that is personalised to each child’s age and their likes works a treat. Each child has something new and exciting to play with.

Wicked Uncle offer a wide variety of toys and gifts that would be perfect table toys to keep children entertained during your wedding breakfast and speeches, it also means they get to take something nice home with them and gives their parents time to enjoy their meal and the speeches.

Have a look at my top picks from Wicked Uncle.

Wicked Uncle offer so many cool ideas for keeping the little darlings entertained, they offer different items for different age ranges, crafty items, games, quiz boxes, little torches, things to build, note books and crayons. Whatever you are looking for you will find with at Wicked Uncle.

Have you thought about how to entertain children at your wedding?

*This post was made in collaboration with Wicked Uncle. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*