Autumn inspired crafting.. Mr Owl

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I recently received the latest Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network box and was amazed to see a box jam packed full of fantastic goodies. There was all sorts of craft items in there along with two essentials sent from Bostik; a glu pen and glu dots.

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Due to work and family life commitments, I’m a bit behind on this post and it should have been up a lot earlier so I’ve sent my apologies to Tots100 and Bostik for the delay but nevertheless here is what I’ve made with some of the contents of the box.

My Autumn inspired crafting this week is Mr Owl. Made with tissue paper, felt, a polystyrene ball, a pair of googley eyes and the fabulous fabric leaves from the box.

First of all, I cut up the orange tissue paper into squares, I wanted to create a layered effect like feathers on the body of the owl so I used the glu pen to roughly stick down the squares of tissue paper.

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After sticking layers of tissue paper around all of the polystyrene ball, I let the glue dry and found some felt in the box to make Mr Owls head. I cut out a square of felt, folded the square in half and cut out half a heart shape for the eyes.

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I thought the best way to stick the heart onto the body of the owl was by using the glu dots.  I used three glu dots to the major sticking areas of the heart and then placed it on top of the polystyrene ball.

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I then cut a small heart out of a different coloured felt and stuck this on the same way. I then used a couple of the fabric leaves and placed them on the top of the owls head. Mr Owl needed a beak so I cut out a triangle of felt and glued it into place. Last up was the googley eyes. I used Bostik all purpose glue to stick on the eyes and voila, Mr Owl is complete.

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I think he is super cute and I love the leaf bunting I’ve made to help frame him for Autumn.

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Disclaimer: I was sent a box of goodies from Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network to make an Autumn inspired craft. All photographs and words are my own. 

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nibnibs – a review and giveaway

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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s inevitable that the topic of conversation turns to food. It’s typically a time to gather round the family for a catch up, relax with a drink or two and indulge. We have already started making a list of the foods we’d like to treat ourselves too and now, nibnibs are on the list too!

For those who know me, I’m not really a savoury nibbler but I am married to one. Shilts really likes his nibbles so he was delighted to find a selection of nibnibs on the dining room table for him to review. We were sent 4 tubs of mini nibs in the following flavours; cheddar and cheeky onion straws, cheddar cheese straws, cheddar spicy chilli straws and roasted salt and pepper jumbo peanuts.

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nibnibs are handmade savoury snacks produced in Yorkshire. All made from quality ingredients, nibnibs like to ensure that they minimise the food miles so are sourced as close to home as possible. Both hubby and Little Mr have been taste testing these for me over the last few weeks and we don’t have many left. I have eaten one or two for testing purposes only of course and they’re delicious but not too friendly on the waistline if you’re following a low calorie diet. I’d describe them as melt in the mouth cheese straws, full of flavour with a good crunch that taste really nice. Hubby’s personal favourite are the cheddar cheese straws and Little Mr isn’t fussy, he likes them all. Each tub (65g) full of savoury yumminess is foil sealed and the plastic lid helps keep the snacks fresh.

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These savoury snacks are very moreish hence why hubby has requested we find our local supplier of nibnibs in time for Christmas. You can find out more about nibnibs on their website and find out where you can get your hands on nibnibs for yourself.

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nibnibs have kindly given me a selection of nibnib savoury snacks to giveaway. All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends at 12pm on 12thNovember 2014 and the winner will be selected at random using rafflecopter. nibnibs will send the prize to the winner. Good luck!

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Yankee Candle Advent Calendar Giveaway

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Have I got a fantastic giveaway for you? I am so excited for Christmas this year, it’s only 8 weeks today until Christmas Eve so whilst it’s creeping up on us already, there’s plenty of time to get the presents sorted and make some plans to make Christmas magical for yourself and your family.

This year Little Mr is going to be so excited. He finds joy and amusement in pretty much everything these days so his little face over the Christmas period is going to be absolutely priceless. We’ve got a few things planned already for December and I cannot wait to see his reaction on Christmas morning when he sees a pile of presents with his name on. It’s all so very exciting.

When I return to work on Tuesday, my friend and I will be making our annual ‘days left at work’ countdown. We’ve been doing it for a few years now and it’s great to see the days being crossed off as the days are done. This year, I’ve bought Little Mr a jigsaw advent calendar as I don’t really want him to have chocolate every day as it send him a bit too hyper (and he doesn’t know about the chocolate advent calendars yet but I’m not sure how long I’ll keep that a secret!) so a nice jigsaw calendar will keep him intrigued.

The giveaway I’ve got for you today is brilliant. You can win your very own Yankee Candle Advent Calendar. Each day you’ll get a tealight candle to light in one of the six seasonal scents; Icicles, Angel’s Wings, Snowflake Cookie, Cranberry Ice, Christmas Cookie™ and Christmas Garland. All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter below and you’ll be in with a chance of winning this fantastic advent calendar worth £22.

The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday 21st November 2014 so that I can send the product onto the winner for the start of December. Good luck!

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Hello 2 stone loss award..

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Last week I was pretty gutted about only losing 0.5lb after a good week. Sometimes you can have a brilliant week food wise, make the right choices and stick to the plan and expect to see your efforts rewarded on the scales but it doesn’t always show. This was me last week.

This week, I’ve stuck to the plan and made sensible choices. I’ve mixed up my breakfasts to help ‘movement’ and tried to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. At weigh in tonight I lost 2lb which was what I wanted as it took my total weightloss to 28.5lb. That’s 2 stone and half a lb in 12 weeks. I’m delighted with that.

I still have a long way to go. I’ve still got a lot of weight to shift but I feel like I’m slowly chipping away at it. It’ll soon be Christmas and then the New Year and that’s another 8 or 9 weigh-ins to go that I can lose more weight. I want my 3 stone loss award by Christmas so I’m now on a mission to stick to the plan and get to where I want to be. I still have a wardrobe full of lovely clothes that are too small for me. This is motivation. I want to say goodbye to the fat lady clothes and hello to the trendier clothes with a smaller label.

It’s not all about the numbers. Aside from the cold that our whole family seemed to have had last week, I’m feeling so much healthier. I’m feeling slimmer (although I might not look it just yet) and that makes me feel a bit more confident. I wish I could explain to you how being a bigger person feels but I’m not sure I can put it in to words. I’ve felt worthless and ugly, I’ve become ‘used’ to people not talking to me because they don’t want to be seen talking to the ‘fat’ person. It’s normal for me to hide away at home as it’s easier. I don’t have to go out of my comfort zone and get embarrassed because of my size.

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One HUGE step for me was going to the Slimming World group on my own 12 weeks ago. I knew no-one. Tonight as I got awarded Slimmer of the Week and Slimmer of the Month, I was pretty chuffed with myself. My fellow group members congratulated me and had asked me earlier in the meeting how I had got on. It’s hard being the newbie in a group of friends who have known each other for years but tonight I felt like I was warming to them.

I just want to put it out there that I am so grateful for all the support that everyone is giving me; whether its online or in the meeting. It’s really lonely at times but having someone like a Facebook post or reply to a tweet reassures me that someone out there does care.

She believed she could so she did.

This is me. I believe I can get there. It might take me a year, it might take me two but I’ll get there.

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One working Mama’s kitchen Christmas wishlist

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As regular readers will know, over the Summer holidays we were able to redecorate the kitchen and finish off the jobs that we were hoping to finish two years ago but never actually got round to doing. We have fresh white walls and a nice white ceiling with coloured small appliances to give it that pop of colour.

A few weeks ago I headed over to the NEC to the Grand Designs Live show and was overwhelmed with inspiration and ideas to spruce up my kitchen. I saw a lot of genius ideas to help me save time in the kitchen and as many working parents know, time to spend cooking in the kitchen can be quite rare of a weekday when the school run turns into dinner time, bedtime and then time to crash on the sofa at the end of a busy day. So with Christmas just around the corner, I’ve put together one working Mama’s kitchen Christmas wishlist with some ideas on how I want to complete my kitchen.

  • First on my list is a new electronic can opener. I just cannot get on with tins that don’t have ring pulls and I end up making a right mess of the can so these easy to use can openers are a life saver.
  • We use measuring spoons a lot in our kitchen and the ones we currently use have had that much use, the writing that tells us the quantity has rubbed off.
  • One of the gadgets we cannot live without is our microwave. We can cook up quick scrambled eggs, a packet of savoury rice, cook a small portion of steam fresh vegetables without having to get out the pots and pans, it really does save us some time. We’ve had our current microwave for over 10 years now and we’ve noticed a couple of faults on it recently so we need to replace it as soon as we can.
  • I eat a lot of salads and like to make sure the leaves are washed and dry  to eat so a salad spinner would be brilliant.
  • We love garlic in our house but I don’t like garlicky fingers. The easy to use garlic peeler is genius so I’m surprised we don’t already own one.
  • I’ve been making quite a few soups of late to compliment my diet so a new 3-in-1 blender would be fantastic. I love how I can quickly turn some cooked veg into delicious soups with a blender. Saves money and time worrying about what to have for lunch.
  • I spend a good ten minutes chopping veg for our meals and always spill a couple of cubes of veg when throwing it into the saucepan, I love these flexible chopping boards which allow you to chop and then pour all the veg into the pan in one easy step.
  • Finally on my Christmas wishlist is an egg timer. I love cold boiled eggs in my salad but I am rubbish at remembering how long they’ve been cooking. This egg timer turns a different colour to tell you how your eggs are cooked, brilliant!

Do you love time saving gadgets? What essentials do you use in your kitchen?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are my own. 

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