Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Please help A fellow Blogger

Hi everyone! hope you are well and that the sun is shining for you . I am writing today really to ask help which is something I don't do normally.
I have a very beautiful daughter who has been dancing or singing all her life. She has also spent the last 4 years at University training to be a nurse, and also getting married an caring for a 2 yr old.

We are also delighted she has been nominated in The National Entertainments Awards for Best Solo Female.
She needs votes and I am hoping I can reach out to my blogging friends for your votes. She really has a wonderful voice and you can find her on you tube if you would like t listen. There is not much time left as voting closes on the 5th of June.

This is the link to vote 

Look for the Poll BEST FEMALE SOLO (Poll 1 of 2) and select Natalie Lomax


Its very easy to do and will take seconds.
It would mean so much to her even if she does not win.

Thank you so much


Monday, 22 May 2017

English Tea Shop Iced Tea Review

I love a cup of tea! Any day any time and I am there. However with the warmer weather coming you may fancy a cool drink.  The new range by the English Tea Shop is an exquisite blend of iced tea, great for summer picnics or BBQ's . All organic but losing out none of your tea flavour but without added sugar or sweeteners.
I got to try two in the range.

Berry Boost

This is a really fruity tea with lovely notes of pomegranate and blueberry, added in hibiscus, rosehip and apple. Its packed with flavour and you almost feel it doing you good. Yummy in tall glasses sitting in the garden with family and friends. I have to say this was my favourite as I loved the fruity taste.

Cool Breeze

The summer needs this flavour !! Burst of cool peppermint mixed with waves of strawberry and hibiscus that will have your taste buds dancing.  So refreshing on a hot day , make sure you are stocked up as everyone will want some.

There is also Summer Haze a zingy lemon and Indian summer which is green tea and lemongrass.

If you would like to know more about the range and The English Tea Shop pop over to their web site at :

http://theenglishteashop.biz/


please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Aldi Old Hopkins White Rum Review

Well the weather maybe starting to warm up some in the UK so its time to dust off the BBQ and deck chairs and grab the open air while you can. No one can predict what kind of summer we will have but us Brits are used to that! So no matter what you can whisk up a fab cocktail to make any day seem right. Once again I got to try a lovely product from the fab range at Aldi. Not only are their items great the price is even better.



Minty Mojito

Ingredients
100ml Old Hopkins White Rum
50ml Lime juice, freshly squeezed, plus Lime wedges to serve
2tbsp White Sugar (Caster Sugar is best)
Bunch of mint leaves
Ice cubes, crushed
Soda Water, to top up
Method
Split and pour the rum, lime juice and sugar into 2 tall glasses.
Add around 5 mint leaves to each glass.
Fill each glass with crushed ice then stir ingredients until combined.
Top with soda water and garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

This was lovely so refreshing and clean tasting. Perfect for any time really but sitting on a summer afternoon with a glass or two would  be bliss . This is our attempt think it looks as good as it tastes, we did forget the lime wedge lol.



Watermelon Caipirinha

Ingredients
400g Cubed Fresh Watermelon
140ml Cocobay White Coconut Rum
Juice of 1 Lime
Juice of 1 Lemon
Ice cubes
Method
Put the watermelon cubes into a bowl and, with a wooden spoon, smash them into a pulp.
Add the rum, lime and lemon juice and mix well.
Pour into a jug and add ice to serve.

Loved this it was just like summer in a glass. Easy and simple to make and just so yummy you will need a second glass.  Sadly we  never got a picture as it did not last long lol we totally forgot to take one but this is how it looked.



There are lots more fab recipes over at the Aldi web site so go check out some more ideas



please note I was not paid for this review , only receiving a sample of the product 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Easy Money Crime

The easy money crime that's my story today! My daughter is not only a wife and a mum to a 2 yr old she is also a very hard working third year student nurse. She is due to finish University soon and start work as a community nurse. She has worked very hard to first lose a lot of weight then to under take her training. While training there is no money and its tough when you have to get to places and buy books and so on.

She totally needs her car which is vital as we live a long way from everything. This morning she got up to come and visit a friend and went to her car, put the baby in and got in herself. It took a few mins to know that something was wrong. In the night some low life had broken into her car and ripped out everything . They took the sound system and all the inside parts including the steering wheel !!!!
She was shocked and upset  and who could blame her. At a rough guess thousands of pounds.

The police came and said another car same as hers had been attacked as well. Its taken all day and cost her money to get it sorted for now .Why do it? Why target people who are hard working and give back to the community in every way just to make easy money. I guess that is it easy money!
I just hope one day they need a good nurse like my daughter and they can't find one. I will leave you with a few pictures of her car after . Need I say more than scum total scum.



Saturday, 6 May 2017

As You Get Older

As you get older you do wonder where the time went. One second you are thinking about what you want to be when you grow up, then you are thinking of the idea of marriage and children. Then before you  know it time has slipped past and some of the dreams you had may never happen. I think I can safely say I am not going to be Mrs Donny Osmond or sing country in white fringe in Nashville lol.
Still I have much to be grateful for! I am still married to my only and first boyfriend and have been for 38 years. Love is not so silly and romantic as it was at 20 but we are still happy and together.


  It would be nice to have the time and money to be able to do more but we have a good quality of life.
We have two wonderful children who were are very proud of and blessed to have them everyday.
Our son Matthew is the oldest and I remember when I thought I would not ever have a baby, but two years after getting married along he came. He was such a joy and such a happy contented baby, who grew into a wonderful man.




Our daughter Natalie was the next to arrive and come into the world and never stopped moving lol. Full of energy and love of life . She is just going to qualify as a nurse and we are very proud of that.


Both have wonderful partners in Karen and Ian and its such a joy to see them so happy. Added into the mix is our super grandchildren Grace and Nathan and in July our second grandson will arrive.




So while I may not have done all the things I dreamt about I do feel like I have had a wonderful life so far. Yes these days there are trying times health wise but I have much to be grateful for.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Old Lady Hair... Life and Times of the 50+

You always hear people (mainly men) complain about how long woman take to get ready. Well it is a major operation let me tell you. When you are young its about the make-up, your hair and what great outfit that will make you look hot.
I will always remember my friend Debbie and I trying to get her into her jeans !! We had to hook a coat hanger through the zipper and I had to pull it up lol. She could barely move but boy did she look hot and at the age that was all that counts.

As life moves on you become a mum and style and cool goes out of that door. Just getting out without being covered in baby sick or poop is enough. You don't care if you are running out to by milk in your PJ's long as you get the milk. If you do go out baby free you find you lost you ability to apply make-up and also spend the next 2 hrs worrying about the baby !!!!

Let me tell you it gets no easier as you get older. You spend more time worrying or covering up things that should not be there than you ever did as a teenager.
I have no idea why but at a certain point the body thinks "Hey lets lose hair on the head and  move it to a better place"! The dreaded OLD LADY HAIR appears. You get up one morning and look in the mirror and what do you see ............... A dirty big black hair on your chin !!!! My goodness you panic worried have you been walking around for days with that evil thing!!!!! Rush for the tweezers and bang its gone and you can breath again. Until the next time and oh no there is another.
I swear they talk to each other and plan a map of where they will grow next.
Getting ready is a full on experience far more than when I was young. The battle to get rid of the Old lady hair is one that requires time!! You find the devils and deal with them, is that it ? Oh no! I am also allergic to tweezers so then I have to deal with the red marks left by tweezers. So its cover up time more so than I ever did as a teenager lol.

So if anyone out there has found a really good Old lady hair remover let me know lol. And if you would like to apply for the job of my wing person to spot them if I don't, I pay well in cake !!!

Stay strong in the fight my friends 


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Crochet Love

I am a person who always had multi craft interests. I come from a very clever and creative mother, who like me could turn her hand to most things. My mum worked in what people from London called the  Rag Trade. Basically she helped to make the clothes that people bought from shops. However at times she was much more and used to work for a fashion designer and made stage clothes for a famous singer in the 1960's. So my creative side came from a very talented lady.

While my mum was alive to be honest I did not sew because it was so much easier to get her to make things lol. She was faster and better than me and it was not until she passed away far to young at 64 that I had to sew for myself. Over the years I made the children clothes and then I moved onto patchwork and that became a passion. My mum was also an excellent knitter and while I could knit I found it too slow.

Just recently my daughter started to crochet and found she was a natural. I watched all the things she made but even though I knew the basics that was it. As my mobility is limited these days it was perfect as I did not have to keep moving and it helped to ease the creative side of me.
I looked on you tube for teach yourself type video's and came across a person called "Wooly Wonders Crochet" and i started to follow along to her makes. Soon I was making granny squares and even a jumper. She was nice and slow and I could follow along with ease. She has so many videos i have many projects to work through.

My best thing I loved making was a poncho for my daughter which was a big make for me. I think it turned out well


I don't think I will ever be as good as my daughter but I am dead happy I learnt a new skill in my late 50's. Its never too late to learn.