Sunday, 28 August 2016

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Santa Maria!

This weekend is the UK last public holiday until Christmas, so it is always nice to celebrate another special day with yummy food. On the 16th September it is Mexican Independence Day, I am sure it is filled with lots of music and fun and great food.
Sadly we can't all be in Mexico so Santa Maria can help us to celebrate with its wonderful , authentic Mexican foods. Tasty taco to yummy fajitas, Santa maria have some easy and fast recipes so you can really get into the fiesta mood.

The first one to try is the  Fajitas. Really simple and easy to make perfect for family or for when you have friends round.Lovely mix of chilli, garlic, coriander and oregano, the Santa Maria Fajita seasoning mix really gives you the Mexican feel fast. You can use meat,fish or even just veg!

The other thing we got to try was the Santa Maria's pulled pork dinner kit.
Everything you need to make the most yummy pork centre piece dish. No cooking for hours and hours the dish can be ready in 90 minutes . Tasty mix of red onion and smoky chipotle BBQ sauce.

And last but not least was Tasty Tacos
A mix containing chilli, cumin and oregano and made to mix well with mince. Gives a really nice flavour not too hot but with a nice kick. There so many recipes you can truly make the dish your own.
We really love Santa Maria and I know we would be enjoying Mexican Independence day with one of all of these yummy things.
If you check out the Santa Maria web site you can find a whole range of products and ideas.

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

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

My cake Journey

I should start by saying I do not like to cook much and to end up loving cake decorating so much is fairly funny! Four years ago I started out with a cupcake course. We learnt how to bake and decorate cupcakes and I thought that maybe it was fun after all. I should point out I am serial learner! I love to learn new things and so off I went to college to do a year course which went on to a two year course. At first I thought I had made a huge mistake and had no natural ability at all, but I learnt and I listened and over the years I got better. Its a hobby I love and I hope any friends or family that  I make for knows how much love has gone into that cake. Is never too late to learn and you never stop learning. So  I thought I would share a few cake memories with you.
Happy cake decorating

Monday, 1 August 2016

True Love at Its Best

There has been an event in for my family in the last week.  Our youngest child , our daughter Natalie got married! It was a day that came at a very long road of over a year, planning and making and doing that had everyone busy.

It was a true love story in every sense as Natalie and Ian met when they were teenagers. He was the brother of a friend so they all hung out as friends. As they grew up their lives went in different directions although still friends.
Then a few years ago circumstances brought them together and love grew from that . Also from that love a beautiful little girl who melts the heart of anyone who sees her.
So on the 23rd July the pair became husband and wife after a week of making and doing.
They had picked a stunning venue New Hall Vine Yard with all the vines and and open fields. The barn was just that an empty barn, and we had the job of turning it into a beautiful room.

At first it seemed it would never happen but lucky we had lots of help from kind friends and family and slowly it started to look like a proper venue. By the time it was finished even I was amazed at how stunning it looked.

 I think the dance floor summed up the day.

Everything worked from the weather to photography by Amanda Collins photography . So stunning they made my daughter cry. I would like to say a huge thanks all our family and friends who could come it was wonderful to see so many. Some people travel far to attend and that is so great they could do that for them.
Thanks to all our dear helpers , Matthew, Les , Joy, Tony , Sandra , Sam , colin , Ben and wife, Richard  and Gail and Val for helping with Grace, Colin and pri .Thank you too on the day to Lynne and George for your help with getting the children to the church. If I missed anyone please forgive me we love you all.
Last before I share pictures of the day  I want to wish the New Mr and Mrs Lomax a very long and happy life together. May you always be as happy as this day. Love you more than words can say xxx

Thank you so much Lucy and New Hall Vine Yard and Amanda Collins Photography 

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Body Confidence Program

I am and have always been fighting with my weight. I have been very slim and big as I am now. I used to be able to lose weight with ease but as I have got older and had more medical issues its got harder and harder.
I was recently asked if I would like to take part in a lifestyle healthy eating plan by
Ru-tee at The Body Confidence Program. I went to the web site and was impressed by Ru-tee's experience in this area. After years of issues with her own body she developed her plan , not a diet but more a way of life. It is an 8 week online lifestyle transformation program based on optimising the body's natural circadian rhythm through diet and making small changes to how you live your life. Benefits are weight lose, increased energy , and confidence and promises 16 inch reduction.

So my journey began on saturday last week and I had all my solders in a line ready to go. I started with a 30 min phone call with Ru-tee who went over all the facts for us. The web site is well laid out and has all the meals and menus ready for you to see. There is also a handy print out shopping list which was great.  I will not lie in saying not the best week for me as my daughter is getting married on the 23rd and you can imagine the stress levels are high lol.
I went shopping and got everything I needed and so far its going good. I have had times when I felt unwell but Ru-tee has explained that will happen till your body gets rid of all the nasties.
I have taken some pictures of the meal which have been very nice so far.  So come back and check out how I am doing and wish me luck

Friday, 15 July 2016

Graze Freakshake Challenge

Well the weather has warmed up a little in the last few days so I was ready to make a nice healthy drink to enjoy. So when I had the chance to try the Graze Freakshake Challenge I thought way not.

The Graze company make a range of fab products for you to pick from. These are then boxed and posted out . They have over 100 tasty snacks ( with lots of health benefits) to choose from.

So the Graze Freakshake Challenge  is a great way of using some of their products in a different way.
So lets start with the recipe


1.5 cups coconut water
1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 4 tbsps of water
1 tablespoon shredded coconut
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ mango (frozen)
¼ cucumber
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lemon
4-5 ice cubes
Toppings: coconut yogurt, graze mango coconut granola protein topper, passion fruit spread and fresh fruit

Blend all ingredients into your blender until smooth. 
Pour into a cup or bowl. 
Top with fresh fruit & graze snacks. 

I made mine with my husband and all I can say it was so easy and simple and tasted so yummy!
I have a confession !!! I forgot to wait to take a picture of our shake as it was gone before  I thought it was so nice lol. So here is a picture of what it did look like

 We made ours as per the list but I am sure you could try other fruits to ring the changes or if you did not like mango.
I will be making it again for sure.
If you would like lots more information regarding Graze pop over to their web site at

New Super Everyday Tea by Tetley Review

I am a big tea lover! I have to start my day with at least 2 cups and I am very fussy as to my brand. I do not like strong tea ( or builders tea as we Brits call it) but I still like a good tea flavour.
One of my favorite good brands is Tetley which has been a fixed thing in my house since I was a child.
So when they introduced a new tea I was excited. I got to try three:-

Tetley Super Tea Boost

This is a lovely tasting tea with a nice flavour and great to drink. It has added vitamin B6 to help with tiredness and fatigue. Let me tell you I need it so much at the moment lol

Tetley Super Tea Immune

Tetley have been rather clever by blending vitamin C into their classic tea. This is to help your immune system. As with the other tea very nice smooth drink and as someone with health issue it sounds good to me. Tastes good too!

Tetley Super Tea Alert
Once again the lovely smooth Tetley tea but with added caffeine to help with concentration and alertness .
All of the teas are great and as my daughter gets married in one week!!!!  I can tell you I need them all to keep me going.
So pop over the the Tetley web site for lots of information about all their lovely teas.

These new Super Everyday Tetley Teas will be available from late July in Sainsbury’s and early August in Morrisons RRP of £1.59 for 20 bags.

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

Friday, 8 July 2016

Mandy's Heaven Fashion

I make no secret of the fact I am a plus size lady, I really wish I  was not but I am. Clothes are a nightmare , the fit the colour the size it goes on and on! I am always looking for a nice range that works with my size and makes me feel good. Awhile back I was looking through web sites and come across a company called Mandy's Heaven. Let them tell you are little about the company.


Mandy’s Heaven is more than a typical shop with high quality Italian and French fashion. It’s a boutique experience for all shapes, sizes and ages. We have everything from ladies plus size knitwear to dresses for mature women.


I dreamed of creating a place where the shopping experience was a pleasant adventure with a personal touch. My wish was for my customers to enjoy looking through the ladies plus size clothes and clothes for mature women in a cosy atmosphere; perhaps with a cake, coffee or a glass of Prosecco in hand. I wanted to make it the best shopping experience out there!

The living room of my 400 year old thatched cottage quickly became the space where my dream could finally come true. Mandy’s Heaven started with only three rails of clothes... a small inventory but a lot of passion. Soon my friends flocked to my shop excited by the opportunity to experience this entirely new way of shopping. They brought their friends who brought their friends and within months, my little Mandy’s Heaven range had spread to three whole rooms.

I didn’t have a business plan, only my passion and vision of creating the ultimate personal shopping experience. Now we offer a constantly changing range of ladies plus size clothes, clothes for mature women, jewellery and fashion accessories including more than 400 different lines.


We believe that keeping it small is the way to offer the best customer service and personal touch possible.

My husband John looks after the business side including the inventory, packing and shipping. Jay, my son (the brains behind our website), looks after marketing, customer service and is the technical guru.

We have just finished building a log cabin in our garden that acts as our office, it’s all hands to the pumps 24/7.

We all work closely together to create the ultimate shopping heaven.

 I loved the name and when I started to look I loved the fashion. Totally yummy tops and dresses, shoes and bags I was in my heaven. A lot of the items did not go up to my size but a few bits were a free size and I took a chance and ordered.  I was delighted with them and ended up with at least three fab tops to wear.

I was delighted with the quality and customer service ( a rare thing these days) and wanted to order more. So I was delighted when they added a plus size range.  I recently contacted them to ask if they could please add more to the range, and they got back to me straight away to say it was something they were working on so good news all round.
Even more exciting they asked me to try one of the range .  I choose their wine red  zip top. It is a super batwing top that is in a nice weight jersey so super easy to wear. You can dress it up for day and evening wear, and its fab to wear. Love the rich ruby colour and  can see it being perfect for any season as you can wear alone or add another layer under for cooler weather. Would look great with jeans or smart trousers for work. Or even with a skirt.  This is a picture of me in it I think it looks pretty good!

£28 and excellent quality 

The best thing is Mandy's have given me a discount code to share with you for 20% off !!
So you must go over to

and use the code jollyjillys20

and check out their range of beautiful clothes for ladies of all size.
 Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product.