I have had mental health issues since I was young. I guess now I would be considered as having chronic depression and anxiety with a little PTSD thrown in for good measure. There have been times where I have had talking therapies and times I have been on medication. In fact most of my adult life I have been on medication for my mental health. I have never felt perfectly okay. Knowing that is a strange feeling and I want to share that with you in this post. Maybe it will help someone else to see they are okay with not being okay.

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One of the weird and wonderful things I had never heard of before I joined Slimming World but it became quite a staple in my diet and helped me lose so much weight I am sure. When I first started my blog back in autumn 2015 one of my first posts was about Quark and its uses and as it has always been popular so I thought I would write a new more detailed one! So here are a variety of Quark recipes from Pasta to desserts.

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As you all know I only have a boy and Ben is 12 now and to be honest far from little. Ben now wears men’s size medium or large clothes and is almost as tall as me (I am 5ft 9.5″). I am more than happy with just Ben however there is a little bit of me that would love a little girl just because girls clothes are so cute. I think I will settle with just looking at the girly clothes once in a while when I go shopping! My youngest niece is gorgeous as I am sure you will agree so I can buy her and my other niece who is slightly older girly things!

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I was quite excited when asked to review Simbrix as it is something a bit new and looked great fun. It is marked as aged 6+ so despite Ben having some difficulty with his fine motor skills (picking up and moving around small items) I thought it would be great fun for him. Here I share with you how we got on with it as of course I had to join in!

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I love Aldi but because there are some branded items I prefer I tend to not shop there as often as I should. This summer however I have decided I need to shop there more and save money on our food. I do lots of smaller shops throughout the week but need to start doing a couple of bigger shops instead. Not only will this save me money but it should also help me to eat healthier as there are less options for temptation. I do all the cooking so decided to make some swaps and see if Ben and Stuart noticed.

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So I recently shared with you a post of my holiday essentials and thought it would be nice to update you about the products, what we thought of them and any additional thoughts I wanted to share with you. Some of the items I hadn’t tried before so it seems only fair to let you know how we got on.

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I have been asked many times whether I am always honest in my posts and reviews and whether other bloggers are too. I guess it is hard to know who to trust and who not to, if someone is paid to write about something as I often am then does that change the content and truth in what you read? Hopefully in this post I can share with you what I do and my experiences of what others do without naming any names as that’s just not my nature!

 

The picture above is actually taken on wallpaper and obviously posed however the dust and marks on the laptop are all mine!
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When I was approached to work with the weight loss brand OurPath I had a good read of what they offer first to see if it was something I was happy to share. Feel free to have a read of what it is about on the website here and see my thoughts below. As you know if you are a regular reader of my blog I do not believe in quick fixes or things that are not sustainable like shakes and pills. OurPath surprised me in that I actually was excited with what I read and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. As I have followed Slimming World successfully I feel I am in a good position to compare the two plans.

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I thought I would share some of my favourite summer recipes with you. Please remember to check yourself that any ingredients you use are syn free or a healthy extra choice as these are always subject to change and you are responsible for your own weight loss.

If you are anything like me in the summer you want cooler food and things that can be eaten well outside maybe with a glass of wine (synned of course if you follow Slimming World!) orĀ for a BBQ with friends. Salads are great for the summer but we don’t want to feel that’s our only choice do we! Here are some summer recipes I have enjoyed that may help you with some ideas. Some you will need to click for the recipe as otherwise this post would be super long!

The other day I was chatting to a friend over coffee about how times have changed. I am only 37 and in my lifetime I can think of so many major changes to transport and travelling that kids today would find puzzling. I thought I would share some of them to give you a giggle and if you remember any others please do comment them in the comments section at the end of the post.

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