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I have always struggled with my love of food and the forever battle to fit in my jeans. My enjoyment in life is sitting with friends whilst chatting over a scone and cup of tea! After having my second baby I needed to try and fit back in my old clothes but I did not want to go on a crazy diet.
The rrp for this book is £12.99 mine cost £8.99 off of ebay so well worth shopping around.
The book is accompanied by a free cd and dvd. The aim is that you will be hypnotised into feeling like you have had a gastric band fitted so your stomach feeling fuller quicker. You are then meant to act as if you have had it fitted so eating a lot less and feeling full.
The first step is to read the whole book. I actually found this quite easy to do. It is an interesting read and kept my interest. Not at any point was I tempted to skip pages. He gives examples from work he has done and of others. He includes details from conversations with doctors and medical facts. It is also in the book that he introduces the four rules to which he says you must follow in order for it to work. So never let yourself get hungry, eat what you want including cake! When you eat focus only upon your food so no reading, watching tv, put your knife and fork down after every mouthful, chew twenty times. The final rule is stop eating when you are full!
The second step is to watch the dvd. It is on this dvd that you learn the a Havening technique which is all to do with tapping your body. I watched this a few times to make sure that I could do it. I am sure it must work for some but to me it felt a bit strange.
The third step is to listen to track one on the cd. This track is meant to be like preparing to have your gastric band. To me it felt a bit pointless and I just wanted to get on with the actual hypnosis part.
The fourth step is to listen to the hypnosis cd. It is on this part of the cd that he hypnotises you into thinking that you have had the band fitted. It is important to have a quiet place to relax and listen to the cd. Paul McKenna's voice is very calming so much so that I would fall asleep listening to it.
Why this did not work for me is many reasons the main one being with a house of kiddies it is hard to find the time to lie down in a quiet room. Eating without distractions was also hard to do with young children especially when Mummy is their favourite word! The principles of the cd and book make complete sense and I can see how the four rules can help you loose weight. As a child I was always told off if I did not eat everything on my plate so I can see that this a habit to break. Although the cd and book did not work for me I can see how it could work but the person would need to be very determined and self disciplined.
The Early Learning baby links is a must for anyone with a baby. The set is made up of six plastic links all different colours and textures. The ones that I have just purchased are a different colour to the ones shown in the photo. They cost £4 a set and they had plenty of sets in my local store.
My baby is teething so loved chewing on them one by one and then I joined some of them together she loved shaking them as it made a great noisy. One of the great things about being six separate links is there are a number of ways to give them to your baby to play with e.g. Linked in a circle, in a line, separate or in pairs. More than one set would be a lot of fun, I am certainly going to buy another set.
The links have been very useful for attaching toys to her pram. Her favourite dolly was forever falling on the floor so i have tied a ribbon around the doll's neck and then hooked a link through it and attached it to the pram.
I would really recommend this product.
Slimming world offer a way of losing weight whilst Eating! No starving allowed! I have followed slimming world after every pregnancy. First time I lost four stone and this time I have so far lost 12Ib in 6weeks.
£4.95 a session (cheaper if an OAP or student) children can attend free if accompanied by a full paying adult. They have special offers like buy ten weeks and get two weeks free.
There is a joining fee of about £10 but there are always lots of offers in magazines for free membership.
For Slimming World to work you really do need to attend a class(although they do offer an internet membership). Classes are held weekly and on their website you can easily find a local class. Just turn up and you will find a friendly welcome. It is not like diet club on Little Britain. The consultant will talk through the plan and will weigh you. In the meetings members celebrate people's loses, goals, recipes, giggles and encourage each other if they are struggling. There is no witch hunt if a member has gained! At no point is a members weight read out this is kept private.
Classes can vary according to the consultant. Many do slimmer of the week, raffles and every time you lose a stone they have a bag which weighs that amount so you can feel what you have lost.
There are three main ways to follow the plan. . .
1. Extra easy . On this you can eat potato, meat etc but a third of the plate needs to be veg.there are certain vegetables that are better than others called superfree which is what you aim to have with each meal. It means you can have roast dinner or homemade burger and chips! You get one choice of milk or cheese.
2. Red day. You can eat as much lean meat as you like but will need to weigh out potato/ pasta as you are only allowed a certain amount.
3. Green day. As much potato as you like but you are restricted on meat and need to weigh out a certain amount. You get to have more cheese on a green day if you choose to.
You can eat cake! Everyday you have 15syns which can be used to have treats or things like gravy on dinners. It is therefore possible to go out for a meal or have that doughnut. The idea is that little and often will stop you from binging.
Slimming world is a way of eating lots of good food and lose weight. I would really recommend it.
Primark shops can be found in most major towns and cities. As soon as woolworths shut in my local shopping centre Primark took over the space. A popular store with teenagers it is always busy and by lunch often looks like a massive jumble sale with clothes, hangers etc all over the floor.
The store offers cheap clothes ideal for wearing once but the items do not last long but then what more can be expected if you are buying a tshirt for £1.50?! They often produce cheap copies of the lastest fashion items hence its popularity with youngsters.
Some of the many items that Primark sell are
Kid's and baby clothing,
At christmas it sells gift wrap, toys etc
Customer service is nowhere near the standard of M&S or John Lewis. The queues are often long and staff are not interested if you have found everything you need.
I often feel that Primark is like a wolf in sheeps clothing. It lures many people in to buy the amazingly cheap clothes placing them in an environmentally friendly paper bag. Yet it is hurting others by squeezing the profits of factory owners, who in turn cut corners in safety in order to produce the cheap clothing. Therefore leading to such awful disasters like that in Dhaka. Yes they have moved away from having children working in factories but still the 'Oliver Twist' workhouse conditions continue.
In conclusion Primark may offer low price fashion but it comes at a very high moral price. I think I would rather save my money and buy something that will last and will not leave me with that awful feeling of guilt.
A rare event happened last Saturday- I went out in the evening without my children! To celebrate such an event I decided to treat myself to some nail varnish. In the knowledge that I knew I would not be left alone by my children whilst I got ready I opted for Rimmel's 60seconds (being optimistic that I would find at least one minute in peace). I purchased the 8g bottle of nail varnish for £3.69 from superdrug and there was a huge choice in colours.
On the bottle it states that it has a 'one stroke Xpress brush'. The brush is slightly wider but I found that on my little finger it just was too much. I certainly had to do more than one stroke on the other nails so not really sure where the one stroke claim comes into it! . When I applied the nail varnish I found that the first layer was very uneven almost grainy so I needed to use a second coat. By using a second coat I did end up with a far better colour and finish.
I do believe that Rimmel have discovered the amazing skill of stopping time as my nails certainly did not dry in 60seconds. It was quicker than other varnishes I own but not as fast as they claimed.
With my brightly coloured painted nails I was careful to make sure they were dry before doing anything. Then whilst zipping my boots up I chipped a nail! The advantage of it drying reasonably fast meant I could cover up the chip so it didn't look too awful.
The polish was ok for a night out but it certainly couldn't be worn to work or to an important event. My reason for this is it chips too easily.
I am not a doctor! I am a mummy with a poorly tooth and awful sinusitis! Therefore this review about Otrivine is based purely on my own experience.
Recently I have had awful trouble with my sinuses. The pain and feeling of pressure in my face has sometimes been overwhelming. I have also been suffering with terrible toothache. The dentist carried out a root canal but the problem is the root actually touches the sinus. After repeatedly visiting the dentist she said she was certain it was my sinus she suggested trying Otrivine.
Otrivine Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray cost £5.50 in Asda and came in a small mainly purple cardboard box. It clearly states on the box that this is for 12 years and older and obviously that you must not share it with others.
As with all medicines it is important to read the instructions it clearly states to only use it up to three times a day and no more than seven consecutive days.
When I used the Otrivine nasal spray I started first by pouring boiling water into a bowl and adding some salt. I then breathed in the steam in order to help clear my nose. Then I leant my head slightly forward and placed the nasal spray into my nostril. With one finger holding down the other nostril I breathed in and as I did I sprayed the Otrivine. It was quite easy to spray and not as fiddly as I thought. I then placed my head back, it is at this point that I felt trickling down the back of my throat so have a drink to hand as it was an awful taste. I then did the same with the other side.
I was surprised that the spray didn't hurt, it did make me jump but there was no pain. The best part was that twenty minutes after use I felt some relief and my tooth also started to feel a lot better. I have used it a few times now and I think it is well worth the money.
My daughter has been really suffering with her teeth and we have had a few times of her being up at night crying with teething pain. Whilst reading about teething I came across the Amber necklace, I am so glad that I did.
The necklace is made of small smooth pieces of Baltic Amber. After each piece the strong thread of the necklace has been knotted so that in the rare event it snapped you would not end of up with Amber pieces everywhere. The necklace does up with a screw type fastener. I felt reassured by this as it looks like if the necklace , heaven forbid, should get caught on something it would snap open releasing the child.
The amber is a natural resin which contains healing oils. as the body warms up the pieces the amber releases the healing oils which are absorbed into the skin and therefore the bloodstream. It is said to provide natural pain relief which I honestly believe it does.
When ordering the amber necklace you have to select a size it is important to remember that you do not want it too tight but you also do not want it so loose that your child pulls on it. When ordering there were a number of colours to choose from such as honey, lemon and orange. The rarer colours are blue, green and white but as far as I know the colour does not make any difference to the healing powers. Some companies also let you choose the shape of the amber.
On receiving the necklace I was pleased with the appearance and I did pull at the necklace to test its durability as it was for my little baby. One of the few downsides to the necklace is more to do with the perception of others. I have had many comments from family, friends and strangers about her being too young for jewellery. I imagine this would be worse if she was a boy. Many people have not heard of amber necklaces for teething so even after explaining its benefits they often turn their nose up!
I truely believe that the amber works my evidence for this is since having the amber she has been a lot calmer even when her poor little cheeks are bright red and she is biting everything. Then we had two days of her screaming she wouldn't settle it was then that we realised the necklace had been taken off by granny!
As with everything this may not work for every child but it has for our daughter. You can buy amber anklets which do the same job but I avoided these as she loves playing with her feet and I felt she would pull it off. It is really important that the child does not chew on the beads as it is not a teething ring.
Finally the price, I paid £16 for my daughters, it came beautifully packaged and arrived quickly. Whilst researching the use of Amber before purchasing the necklace I saw a lot of warnings about not to be tempted by cheap necklaces as these can often be just plastic beads.
My only regret is that I did not know about his for my first child.
My baby is almost six months so today I decided that it was about time that I started to look slightly less like a rundown, exhausted mummy and more like a yummy mummy. Well after trying Rimmel's Crack Your Colour I have lost my enthusiasm.
The varnish was £3.99 in Superdrug. I did look in Boots as well but it was the same price. The bottle contains 8ml of varnish and the stripy lid design certainly made it eye catching on the shelf. There were a number of choices including red and blue. I opted for black as I felt it would create the best effect.
The bottle has basic instructions which are just not detailed enough. . .Apply one coat on top of any Rimmel nail polish. Is that a dry coat of nail varnish? Thick layer of varnish? Do you apply a top coat?
There are lots of tips online and people demonstrating how to use the varnish on youtube. With both my kiddies being fast asleep I decided it would be a great time for creating stunning nails. I filled my nails and then applied a base coat. I then chose a bright pink colour thought this would look great with the black Rimmel Crack varnish. After waiting for the pink to dry I applied the Crack varnish. It was such a mess! The bottle has quite a wide brush which aids with applying the varnish but I found that you had to really quickly brush it over the nail or else it looked awful. When the cracks appeared they were very thin and not many. It looked like I had just scrapped my nails it certainly did not look like I had spent ages doing my nails. After painting the crack varnish on three nails I am afraid I gave up.
I would not buy this again, it gave nowhere near the results I expected.
Kitten's Day Out is written by Heather Amery and is one of a number of stories based upon the adventures of two children called Poppy and Sam who live on Apple tree Farm.
Written for young readers Kitten's Day Out takes on the same structure of writing as other stories in the series. It starts off with exactly the same words as the other books 'This is Apple Tree Farm. This is Mrs Boot. . .' It then follows the excitement of Sam's kitten called Fluff who disappears. Where could she be? Suddenly they realise that maybe Fluff had got on the truck. So the adventure begins and with the help of Ted they go searching for the truck and Fluff.
The story is an easy read perfect for reading just before bedtime. The story is humorous especially when the sheep block the road. This part always makes my son laugh! I used to share this story with my son when he was very little and he would love looking at the colourful illustrations by Stephen Cartwright. Now that he has started to read the books are still of great interest but now because he can read parts On his own. The large font makes it easier to read and the fact it is a short story is a godsend at night when he wants two stories to be read.
The RRP is £3.99 for this storybook. I bought Kitten's Day Out as part of a set of twenty for £18. This story is well worth £3.99 but worth shopping around.
This is Apple Tree farm. This is Mrs Boot the farmer. She has two children, Poppy and Sam and a dog called Rusty. . . . . And so the adventure begins.
Heather Amery has created yet another wonderful story for young children. In The Runaway Tractor the children are having fun on the farm when they hear a funny noise. It is then that they spot Ted in the runaway tractor. The rest of the story revolves around what the children do to help rescue the runaway tractor.
The text is written in large font and spread across 15pages making it ideal for young children who are just learning the joys of books. At the top of the page Heather has written single sentences enabling children who are just starting to read the opportunity to take part. This has given my son such joy as he has just started to read and so read a real story made him beam.
The colourful illustrations by Stephen Cartwright make the story a real favourite in our house. The characters are so loveable and it is so nice to have a story that does not involve children being naughty. On each page there is a hidden duck on the page to find.
I love that the story is short but is still exciting for children. My son loves to have a couple os stories when he goes to bed and therefore I do not want them to be too long which makes The Runaway Tractor a perfect bedtime read.
Every story in the Usborne Farmyard Tales series starts the same. . . .This is Apple Tree Farm. This is Mrs Boot the farmer. She has two children, Poppy and Sam, and a dog called Rusty. Dolly and the Train starts in this same way giving young readers confidence straight away as they know the start of the story. It also enables little ones to join in with the words which my son loved to do. Giving a child the love of books is one of the best things you can do as a parent.
In Dolly and the Train the children Poppy and Sam go on a school trip on the steam train. All is good when suddenly the train stops! Oh no the train has broken down but do not worry it has stopped in a perfect place for a picnic. Buttercup the cow makes an appearance which always makes my son laugh. Then Dolly the horse turns up to help save the day.
Heather Amery's Dolly and the Train is perfect for sharing at bedtime, it is a happy short story which amuses and keeps the attention of small children. My son is almost six and he still loves to hear and read this story. The illustrations by Stephen Cartwright makes the book a very enjoyable read especially with the little hidden duck to find on each page.
Although this book is one of a series of twenty it is a stand alone story so you do not need to have read any of the others. You can purchase this book for around £3.99 but as always shop around for a good deal. My set cost £18 for all twenty books. They have been read many times and I am looking forward to sharing Dolly and the Train with my daughter.
Camping Out is my favourite book in the series of twenty Usborne Farmyard Tales by Heather Amery. The story centres around the fun and adventures of two children Poppy and Sam who live on Apple Tree farm. One day a car stops and a family ask to camp on the farm of course Mrs Boot says yes. After seeing the visitors put up their tent Poppy and Sam do what every child would want to do they want to put up their own tent. It is here that the fun begins but I don't want to spoil it for you.
The story Camping Out always makes my son laugh and reminds us of our many trips to the New Forest. Heather Amery yet again wrote a short story that will grip a young readers attention over and over again. In this story the Dad makes a rare appearance. I love the fact that it is Mrs Boot who is the farmer as you would expect the farmer to be male.
The story has been written with young children in mind and so the text is kept to the minimal and a large bold font is used. At the top of the page you will find a simple sentence and at the bottom there are more detailed sentences. This has been written like this so that young readers can read the top and parents the bottom part. If a child only reads the top sentences the story still makes sense therefore giving a new reader a real confidence boost. I would really recommend these books for parents with babies up to children who are starting to learn to read. The beautiful illustrations by Stephen Cartwright are so appealing to children of all ages and remember to look out for the hidden duck on each page.
The books rrp is £3.99 each but if you are considering buying more than one then look out for deals on sets as I bought the set of twenty books for £18. I have also noticed these in my local library if you were not sure about purchasing them.
A lovely little read for bedtime for young children. The storybook starts the same as the other nineteen stories in the series written by Heather Amery. 'This is Apple Tree farm. This is Mrs Boot the Farmer. She has two children, called Poppy and Sam, and a dog called Rusty.'
Rusty's Train Ride is about the children's visit to see the steam train. Mrs Hill's puppy goes missing on the station and Rusty the children's dog jumps on the moving train! Everyone panics. What will happen to Rusty? Where is the puppy? You will need to read the book as it is a lovely ending.
My son loves these stories as they are specially written for young readers which means he can read many of the words so boosting his confidence. As a mummy I love all the books in the series as they are well written and are a complete story. Rusty's Train Ride is a lovely story to snuggle up and read just before bed.
The illustrations by Stephen Cartwright are beautifully presented. The drawings are bright but there is a softness to the page which makes them pleasing to the eye. Look out for the little yellow duck hidden in the pictures there is one per page for little ones to find which is great fun.
When purchasing this book it is worth looking around for deals. I bought the whole set of twenty books for £18 so less than £1 a storybook.
A beautiful book with a well thought out story for little ones.
Usborne Farmyard Tales are a lovely colourful set of books for young readers about Mrs Boot the farmer, her two children Poppy and Sam. Their faithful dog Rusty is always with them on Apple Tree Farm.
Barn on Fire is one of the books out of a series of twenty stories. Each book starts the same 'This is Apple Tree Farm. This is Mrs Boot the farmer. She has two children called Poppy and Sam, and a dog called Rusty'. I really like that the stories start the same because when my son was little he liked that he could say the start of the story making him feel grown up and a part of reading the book.
Barn on Fire is basically about Sam smelling smoke and discovering the barn is on fire. They dial for the fire engine which is where my only criticism would be as they do not mention the number to call. The fire engine arrives but all is not as you would expect! I love that Heather Amery the author uses humour and that there is always a happy ending.
My son has just started to read (very proud Mummy) at the top of each page there is one sentence then at the bottom of the page there is extra details. By reading just the top sentences the story makes sense so my son can read a whole book by himself!
The storybooks are very well illustrated with smily characters and detailed bright pictures. I love that the story is action packed but short. My son always wants lots of stories at bedtime so it is great to have a nice story to read that is quick but well written.
When reading Barn on Fire look out for the duck! On every page there is a duck hidden somewhere on the page. This is great to keep their attention and for looking in more detail at the pictures.
You really would not regret buying this book. Look out for deals as I got the whole set for £18 which means less than £1 a book.
Happy duck hunting -x-
I hate to drink CocaCola. . .I love a good cuppa. However I do love to have a bottle of coke in the house sometimes for guests but mainly to help with cleaning.
I always look for when Coca Cola is on offer such as two for £2 which often happens in many of the supermarkets.
Here are some of the few ways that I use coke
Cleaning burnt pans
Last week I was using a saucepan to steam some veg as I was distracted I did not realise that it had run dry until the smoke alarm alerted me. I was upset at the thought of throwing away my very burnt pan so I filled it with CocaCola and left it over night. The next day with a bit of a scrub the pan came up like new.
My son is always dropping food down his front and it can sometimes leave greasy marks. If you pour a little coke on the mark then pop it in the washing machine with your normal powder/cycle you will find that the mark has either gone or faded a great deal.
I have only cooked one recipe with CocaCola and was gammon. Place the gammon in CocaCola& then coat it with mustard & brown sugar & studded it with cloves. It gives it a lovely sweet sticky coating.
Cleaning windows and windscreen
In the winter the car winscreen gets really mucky. Pour coke ovr it and it helps to clean off all the stubborn marks. Make sure you wipe it afterwards with a damp cloth because you do not want a stick windscreen. It is also great for wiping over your windows but again wipe it over with a damp cloth.
Cleaning the toilet
If you pour coke down the toilet then leave for a few hours then flush it will come up lovely and clean.
The toothfairy soaks her coins over night before leaving them under pillows so that they are very shiny special coins.
Flat CocaCola helps if you have an upset tummy.
Fun explosive game
If you take a mento wrap it in a piece of tissue and drop into coke bottle. Move out the way quickly. The tissue will dissolve and as the coke reacts with the mento a huge fountain/explosion of coke will happen! Great for showing kiddies on a spare day in the holidays.