My Reasons To Be Cheeful

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

This week has wizzed by.... I'm pleased to say as I feel so tired and can't wait for the weekend...
I just want to relax and enjoy my family time....Work life and not much play can be exhausting...

I have been keeping up with my exercise...but not so much the food side...Ooops ...Tired mummy's needs energy in any form....and last night it was M&Ms....and an Cadbury Cream Egg...

My boys have really been enjoying our story bonding times.

It my hubby's birthday next week...So we have a cake to order..I will take boy's to the cake shop this Saturday to help me choose....

Linking up with Mummy from the heart...



The Attempt To A Healthier Lifestyle Continues


I was going ever so well...well sort of...on my quest to get fitter.....last week I managed two 30 min exercise routines which was fab.......As I had been building up to motivate myself for soooo long...but my boys were ill ...and the exercise routine went on hold.....

So I was glad to get back into the swing if things this week... I have already managed two cardio workouts so far this week... My diet however is still not as healthy as it could be.....Actually its no where near where it should be....but I'm trying!!!

I'm going to measure myself hips thighs ect Hoping I can slowly see changes as they eventually happen....But only if I lay off the cakes!!!!
So this weekend when I go shopping I wont be buying any naughty snacks....

I'm linking In with Kate's #WobblesWednesday..... Looking forward to reading everyone's achievements.

Wreck-it Ralph - Movie Review


From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes
“Wreck-It Ralph,” a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure.
 For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day.



Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails.... Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty,

And feisty misfit... Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time? 

“Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on February 8th 2013, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select cinemas.

We were lucky enough to attend an early screening of  wreck-it Ralph it was a fantastic movie which we all enjoyed. 
I would thoroughly recommend it to everyone... children and adults alike...a most enjoyable movie which will take you on Wreck-it Ralph's journey to become a good guy ...We all really loved the movie and cant wait to see it again. Excellent story line with amazing 3D graphics which will make this movie..yet another fantastic Disney 
"Must Watch"Movie...A Big Thumbs up from us x

For More Information.... On Wreck-It Ralph
Official YouTube trailer: http://youtu.be/P1Np5N98Gcw 



One Pot Recipe - Lamb Stew

Lamb Stew

What I love about Lamb Stew is that its a one pot dish. This is our family recipe that my grandmother used to make, My mums tells me that her mum would add almost any food stuff they had to hand.
I now make my mums recipe every winter the family.

Ingredients
All ingredients are approx feel free to add more or less adjusting liquids accordingly, There really is no right and wrong with this recipe.

350g of Lean Lamb cut into cubes
2 Onions
1 to 2 handfuls of red lentil
3 Handfuls of pre soaked and semi cooked Pearl Barley
2 heaped Tbs gravy granules per 1 Pint of hot water - Add 1 to 2 pints initially and top up when required.
2 carrot
4 Potatoes
Pre prepared Dumplings (Optional)
There is no need to add any salt to the dish due to the gravy... just a little pepper.
cooking time one and half hour.

Method
Pre-cook pearl barley for 15 minutes. Next add all ingredient to a deep saucepan (Except potatoes and Carrots) along with 1 pint of gravy. Bring to boil and and simmer on a low heat for an hour stirring occasionally, Continue to add water & gravy when required. After 45 minutes add the Carrots and potatoes, Continue to cook on a low heat. Serve with some bread rolls simple healthy meal...also perfect for freezing ahead.

#SilentSunday


Silent Sunday

Aqua Maris Junior

This is the time of year my little ones normally come down with a cold..Runny/stuffy noses...which irritates them and causes restless nights...So I was delighted to try Aqua Maris Junior
it came along just a the right time as my son is currently full of cold...what I like about Aqua Maris Junior is that its made with 100% natural ingredients and Contains isotonic natural seawater. and is recognised by experts for its benefits and is a gentle astringent helping to speed up the healing of the nasal tissue...relieving congestion it also contains over 80 essential minerals and trace elements which are particularly beneficial to nasal health.  
Aqua Maris has been clinically proven to improve nasal breathing after only two days.....As it removes excess fluid and mucus from the nasal passage making it easier to breathe.


This is just what we need right now...so I'm looking forward to the benefits Aqua Maris Junior will provide.
what I was amazed was to learn that - Seawater’s healing powers reduce the risk of infection and can speed up healing and Using seawater as a form of therapy, also known as thalassotherapy...and it has been around for centuries and was used by the Ancient Egyptians.

Aqua Maris Junior is suitable for daily nasal hygiene as well as to help with congested nasal passages, to ease breathing and to help ensure a good night’s sleep, and can be used for children and babies from 6 months old.
My son used the spray will ease...and said it tickled as I dispensed it......As we were lucky enough to receive two bottles....I decided to have a try and I must say.... I'm very very impressed..I suffer with nasal congestion almost everyday and have used so many nasal sprays over the years....this by far has got to be the most amazing natural nasal product I have ever used so much so I will be ditching the hydrochloride based nasal sprays and opting for the
Aqua Maris....

Aqua Maris also come have a Adult range... Strong which unblocks stuffy noses and Daily for dry and irritated noses.

I was very impressed Aqua Maris.. As it seemed to clear out my nose and I found it easier to breathe...and if it did this after only a couple of uses...I cant wait to see how I get on after two days.

Aqua Maris products are available in independent pharmacies and health food stores.


I received Two bottles of Aqua Maris junior and two Bottles of Aqua Maris for Adults to review..All thought are that of my own and I have not been instructed in what I write.

Mini Adventures


I always find short trips with my children around London fun just as much fun as big days out.... There's always so much to see and do ....Endless conversations and memories in the making...
On Friday early evening My boys and nephew accompanied me and my sister as and we headed off to a PR event in London...

We had lots if fun on the tube and walking though the London streets...Talking about the shops and shop displays..Buses and hectic life of London streets. I love listening and answering the questions  WHY is ...... I was also educated by my eight year old son on the cars that were parked up he happily shared the names of the vehicles as we walked along......We Stopped off for a bite to eat and had some amazing bonding time together....

A fun mini adventure....On a very cold evening.

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Lego Building - A masterpiece in the making..


Books Over TV

The Works is asking a very important question...How reading with your children can differ from watching the TV...

We as a family absolutely love stories...There is nothing more I like then to sit with my boys with a book... its a great way to share and interact and enrich their minds..sharing stories.....which gets their imaginative minds ticking and anticipating what may happen next....sharing memories and precious moments...which gives my children a love for books...which to me is very important as a parent...We all know children benefit immensely from being read to.... Not only is it a wonderful bonding experience but children learn listening and communication skills.

Although my boys like to watch the TV...I find it can only provide them limited thinking in sharing and extending there imagination ..... and often they watch it without having think or react to whats flashing in front of them...although the TV has its place in our house....I find reading with my boys gives us a chance to step away from our hectic life and take time to share and interact with each other...It also gives us dedicated one on one time  ...Which I know my boys benefit from immensely...as they always want to me to read to them..which show that the enjoy the story time we spend together.
Courtesy of The Works we are currently reading Disney 365 Boys Stories for Boys...which is an amazing book....Its has a fantastic selection of Disney stories both old and new sharing many years of Disney's magical stories ...from Pinocchio,Dumbo,Cars,Nemo, Bambi, Winne the pooh, Toy Story's - Woody and Buzz ....Are just a few of the amazing selection of stories available....A story for every day of the year....the book is very well laid out perfect for a bedtime read ...and great for cosying up together on the sofa.

The Works is promoting Books over TV...check them out Here and their offers an amazing range of books which are at fabulous prices.



I received a free book from the Works..All thought and opinions are that of my own.

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart


It's been a very tiring week.... As my boys were ill last week running temps if 100c
Thank god they are both better now... Which left me feeling all the worse for wear having to take time off work...also...but I'm also on the mend... feeling much better.

We visited family over the weekend which was nice...especially for all the kids.

Lots if fun in the snow.... But I must admit I'm glad it cleared now....(I walk to work) and wasn't looking forward to doing a Bambi....

I'm also supporting the IF campaign ....Thanks to Mummy from the Heart ....who highlighted it in her blog post yeserday, As we are so blessed (food wise) I also wanted to share this amazing cause with others..... so please also show your support....Enough Food For Everyone

I'm really looking forward to the weekend...have a good one too

Enough Food For Everyone


"The world produces enough food for everyone, yet hunger kills over 200 children every hour."
Today is the launch of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign. 
This is being launched nationally by a collective of about 100 charities and NGO's. All the big regulars that you might support are part of this - Unicef, Oxfam, Save the Children, ActionAid, Tearfund, ONE.
*If we as a nation join together we can make a difference.....and get our voices heard...and get world leaders to act....
*IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use the available agricultural land to grow food for people, not biofuels for cars.
*IF governments keep their promises on aid, invest to stop children dying from malnutrition 

and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers.

*IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so that millions of people 
can free themselves from hunger.
*IF we force governments and investors to be honest and open about the deals they make in 
the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food. 

Sign now to add your voice to pressure the government to listen and respond at the G8.
Visit the Enough Food IF site and see what it is all about or check out Save the Children's digital bloggers kit and get tweeting (#IF), blogging, sharing, liking, pinning - whatever it is that you do to get people engaged and responding to this new campaign. 

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO IN.....
30 seconds – sign the petition: www.savethechildren.org.uk/enoughfoodif
2 minutes - follow on social media & share the campaign link with your friends using the hashtags #if and #tellamillion
@savechildrenuk
www.facebook.com/savechildrenuk  
http://tellamillion.tumblr.com/
Please take a minute or two of your time to act.....Every voice and every person can make a difference...

Yellow Mellon - Review & Competition

My boys Loving their Yellow Mellon Clothing.

As a mother of two boys who are constantly growing I'm always on the look out for quality clothing at amazingly affordable prices....
I was more then delighted to receive some amazing samples of boys clothing to review from
Yellow Mellon and was absolutely amazed at the quality and value for money ...So much so that I have now opened an account with Yellow Mellon....  So I can shop for my boys clothing needs in the future....(I have already spied some amazing T-shirts that my boys would love)

Now is your chance to WIN an amazing £10 Voucher to spend at Yellow Mellon.....
See end of post....

My Eldest son loved the warm cosy Freaky Boys Wool Blend Cardigan - Dark-Grey it fitted him perfectly and looked amazing on....
Teamed with the Denim Series Elasticated Hem Chino Denim - Navy Blue He looked - Awesome...In his words....The chinos were very stylish. and trendy...
My Youngest son...Loved this Denim Button Up Sleeve Shirt which has a nice quality denim feel ...I loved the fact that you can fold up the sleeves and turn it into a short sleeve shirt.


Check out Yellow Mellon for some amazing children's clothing ...They also stock some amazing ladies clothing too.....Use this discount code AMYMD2 to receive 20% when you purchase via the Yellow Mellon website.


All you need to do be be in a chance on Winning £10 Yellow Mellon Voucher is to Like
Yellowmellonuk-Facebook page and/or follow
@yellowmellonu12 on Twitter - Leave a comment below and let me know which one you have liked/followed ....
(Ensuring you leave your twitter name/or facebook name that you have used to enter)

Its that simple.....Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 6th February from the comments left below...Good Luck




(We received some clothing samples from Yellow mellon to review...All thoughts are that of our own and I have not been Instructed in what I write.)

Money Smarter

As a parent I want to educate my children as much as possible on money spending and saving...So when I was given the opportunity to review Money Smarter  - A Family Guide.... I was keen to see what it could offer to my family....

And I wasn't disappointed..... A very easy use guide on how parents can be more Money Smarter and educate their children at the same time.... with each chapter dedicated to simple and effective ways of personal money management, From budgeting saving and dealing with debt...The book aims to be a money smarter tool which is used on a week by week basis for the whole family to enable confident money management and handle future finances.

I really loved the chapter....Needs and Wants....which looks at necessities and luxuries and variable Items, That we might be able to do without... which is something I often reflect on in my family life.

Each chapter has an dedicated activity which is suitable for under 10 yr olds or over 10 yr olds to encourage children involvement to gain an understanding of money and finances.

The Book also comes with an accompanying CD with has lots of entertaining games and activities for children of all age real experience in all areas of personal finances

I really like this practical guide as I can see that it would provide food for thought amongst my children and get them thinking in practical ways about money though activities and games.
I look forward to using this guide with my children and look forward to educating my children on becoming money smarter for now and the future.


For more Information check out BlackBullion - Money Smarter a family-Guide


Low Fat Brownies



This recipe is perfect as a treat for all the family its lower in fat then most brownie recipes and tastes delicious.

  • Ingredients 
  • 85g dark chocolate , 70%  cocoa solids, chopped into  small pieces *
  • 85g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp coffee granules
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk 
  • (Or alternatively use 2 tbsp  fat free milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 100g Low Fat mayonnaise
Method

Pre-heat oven to gas mark 4 or 180c....Break chocolate into small pieces and gently melt chocolate in an heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water.
Mix together all of the dry ingredient Flour,Sugar,cocoa powder,coffee granules and bicarb.

Then add the Egg,Mayonnaise then the melted chocolate,vanilla extract and butter milk
combine together until fully Incorporated.
Grease and line square cake tin approx 19cm and bake for 30 minutes until skewer/ knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle.

Allow to cool and cut into approx 12 squares...then a guilt free treat enjoy
* I used milk chocolate just as a preference but dark chocolate is much better for you.

#SilentSunday



                                                     
                                                       Silent Sunday

Snow Fun

We have been waiting for it to snow in London since last week.....So when the snow finally came... we were very excited....Despite both my boy's being off from school this week with high temperatures and heavy colds..... They found some energy to head off out side and enjoy the snow (while it lasts) we had a mini snowball fight and enjoyed making footprints in the snow...great fun and fond memories that I hope they will look back on in years to come.

Making Foot prints and Throwing Snowballs

Lots of Snow Fun



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My Reasons To Be Cheerful

Wow the week has flown by....its been a hectic one...which is about to get more hectic with the start of after school clubs next week!!!!!

My sons are both off school at the moment with heavy colds and high temperatures...I had to take the day off work yesterday to look after them...I hate seeing them poorly so hoping the pick up soon

I'm trying to motivate myself into living a healthier lifestyle...I'm well know to be a big cake lover..I just want to cut back a little and eat healthier alternatives....I'm trying very hard at the moment...

I'm really looking forward to the weekend to have some family time...Hubbys not working so it will be nice to all be together and head out "somewhere" "anywhere" catch a movie and have lunch together.
Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Whatever The Weather


It might be cold and damp out side but my boys love to be on the outdoors even though I would prefer to be inside.. Especially on a cold damp day's....But never the less on the weekend we headed off to out local park and took the basket ball and football with us... The floor was quite wet as it had been raining... But as you know as kids don't normally care if they get muddy or dirty as long as they are having fun ...which they did .... I joined in but was quickly puffed out from running around.... that's when you show your age when you cant keep up with the kids... All have same is was nice to have a play around even though our hands got wet and muddy...I went prepared with some baby wipes to clean our hands.....and after all the running and hoops we had a nice lunch together...a simple yet fun day in the cold....It was nice to go home though!!!!! I was frozen and wet and craving a cuppa.....at least we had a giggle and the boys had a good time. x


So whatever the weather venture out...its worth it


Getting Healthy.....Still Trying

As I continue my journey on becoming more health conscious and fitter...I face endless food trappings...It was my sons Birthday last week so I indulged in a few slices of cream cake which was lush...
I must admit I have found it very hard to become motivated back into living a healthier lifestyle I have so many excuses including loving bad foods..."Cake" and being a busy working mum...
So I decided to have a go and my all time favorite workout to see if it could motivate and inspire me on my journey .....I did do the workout but followed the moderator as I haven't done this workout in a while.


I really enjoyed the workout and and hope its spared me into the right direction.....Time will Tell

MAGIX Page & Layout Designer


Magix page Layout Designer is a professional way to present and create and design, logos, business cards,flyers and posters for business and advertising materials .... in a few simple steps.....from you PC or laptop.

Select from a wide range of templates on offer and customize it....with an amazing range royalty free templates fantastic design formats and amazing Image/Text Editing tools and online updates and services....you will be able to achieve impressive professional results quickly and easily.
Magix page & Layout designer is suitable for Windows and Windows XP.



Magix Page Layout Designer offers
A large selection of customizable, royalty-free templates
Templates for any purpose - Business cards, business presentations, advertising materials
Create newsletters -  PDFs and lots more.Create a logo's e.g. Company logos for advertising materials
Direct links to Facebook and Flickr
single program for all tasks and save yourself time and money.

I love the easy use of this software and the vast selection of tools and designs it offers as well as using the available images you can also upload your own.....I'm off to design my very own business cards...now


For more information Visit Magix page Layout Designer


I received a downloadable copy of Magix page Layout Designer to review..All thought and view are that of my own.

Um Bongo



This was my all time favorite juice drink as a child...I have fond memories of going shopping with my mum and coming home with a carton of Um Bongo...So when heard that the 1980s juice drink is set to see a revival in 2013...I couldn't wait to taste the Original Tropical flavour once again...And  now introducing the new Orang-Utan flavour which is a very tasty refreshing orange juice drink.
My boys loved the juices and couldn't get enough...so I can tell this will be on our shopping list in the future..
Do you remember trying to sing along to the Um Bongo lyrics .....


Way down deep in the middle of the Congo, a hippo took an apricot, a
guava and a mango.
 He stuck it with the others, and he danced a dainty tango.

The rhino said, "I know, we'll call it Um Bongo", Um Bongo, Um Bongo,

They drink it in the Congo.

The python picked the passion fruit, the marmoset the mandarin.
The parrot painted packets, that the whole caboodle landed in. 

So when it comes to sun and fun and goodness in the jungle, They all

prefer the sunny funny one they call Um Bongo!




Why not check out the Um Bongo Facebook page for more information on the revival.




Orange and Tropical flavoured Um Bongo arrive on the shelves of around 700 Tesco stores, priced at £1.29.  And from March, there will be a new no added sugar variant in 5 x 200ml, perfect for kids lunchboxes. 
The original Um Bongo juice drinks are available in 200ml multipacks from Asda and Ocado.


I received two cartons of Um Bongo to sample...All thoughts and views are that of my own.

Dressing up and Kidspace Fun


Zak recently won a Marvel Superhero competition with Rubies which is one of the UKs largest fancy dress and costume manufacturers and distributors ...His prize was an amazing Superhero costume .... And a party at our local Kidspace.


We had an amazing time all the kids loved the indoor adventure and had so much fun climbing and clambering though the ever winding tunnels and enclosures....
  I must admit I had a turn on the slide...it was great fun..no wonder the kids loved it.

The children were also privileged enough to have unlimited goes on the go karts/climbing wall and skyline.

After the adventures of climbing and exploring we were then called to our party room.
where we were entertained by a kidspace entertainer ....the kids laughed and giggled at the magic tricks and jokes.....  an absolutely amazing time.


We enjoyed pizza and a wonderful selection of party foods...including every child's favourite ice cream.

 Being entertained...and enjoying fun party snacks

What a fab time we had all had...But it wasn't over..All of the children received a kidspace party bag AND courtesy of Rubies some fantastic competition prize's including an amazing superhero costume from Rubies.... the kids were delighted and couldn't wait to dress up.

Thank you so much Rubies from Zak and all his friends who had an amazing unforgettable time and adore their costumes x :).



This is a personal post as a thank you to Rubies....All views are that of my own and I have not been Instructed in what I write.