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ASOS WINTER WARDROBE WISHLIST

I haven't done a fashion wishlist for a VERRRY long time,  I thought I would bring you my ASOS top picks. ASOS is absolutely killing it at the moment & I am so overdue an order it's unreal, there's a variation of casual to cocktails with the gals outfits for you to feast your eyes on.





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I hope you've enjoyed this post, I am off to spend all the money I shouldn't be spending on a huge ASOS order.

8 PIECES OF LIFE ADMIN YOU NEED TO STOP PUTTING OFF.

Life admin, something that we continuously push back and ignore for ages, until we really have to deal with it. I am a serious pro at forgetting or ignoring that I have to do stuff that's actually super easy to do & not really time consuming at all. Instead, I spend my life focusing on stuff that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things, which is really bloody frustrating.
Today's a little public service reminder to you all to encourage you to book this or check that and live a better life whether that be financially or health wise by doing these little things that will take you 20 minutes tops.





-SMEAR TEST
If you were born before or in 1992, like me, you are eligible to have a smear test. Basically anybody over 25 is entitled to a smear test once a year and I feel like I don't even need to explain to you gals how important it is to not put this one off. 

-SIGHT TEST
I have literally been hounded by Specsavers to go and have my overdue eye check up for the last 3 months, so I am with you if you've been putting this one off for a while. It's really important for us four eye's fitties to get our eye's checked every 2 years, wearing the wrong prescription whether that be too weak or too strong is really bad for your little peepers. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the whole process of a check up and opticians are open everyday of the week these days, so there's no excuses.

-DENTIST
I feel like once we get to 18 years old many of us forget the dentist even exists, but our teeth are so important and I am so guilty of only ever going when I am in agony. Regular check ups every 6-12 months ensure that your pearly whites are perfect and can often prevent problems from occurring. 

-PHONE TARIFF CHECKER
Checking your phone tariff is important because who wants to pay empty pennies on a contract that they could be paying much less for. Check your usage and give your network a call, especially if you are using way less than you're entitled to. You could save yourself a pretty penny.

-ENERGY TARIFF CHECKER
Did you know that you are free to change your energy provider at any time? Yes, it simply doesn't pay to stay with the same energy provider, as odd as that sounds, surely loyalty pays, well it doesn't. Energy providers see long term customers as those who just pay without actually checking their tariff and they're right, many people are paying hundreds more than they should, especially our parents and grandparents. So even if you are living at home, get on compare the market and save yourself up to £500 a year!

-SELLING UNWANTED ITEMS ON GUMTREE/EBAY
I know a few people who make an absolute fortune selling their things on eBay. My fiance used to be the ultimate hoarder, holding onto things 'just incase', whereas I don't get emotionally attached to materialistic items apart from a few teensy baby things that remind me of how little my kids were. I love a clear out, I thrive from it and I have a great tip for mama's who have bin bags full of their kids clothes. I sort them into age size, and sell them on ebay, and by the time I have sold it all, I have enough to buy the kids all new clothes. It means you're not having to find that extra money to buy new clothes AND you're decluttering your life.


-CHECKING YOUR CREDIT SCORE
Checking your credit score and keeping it up to date is SO important for your present and future financial forecast. Since discovering I had so many errors on my credit report and knowing it wasn't whiter than white, I have started healthily rebuilding my credit rating and creating a brighter financial future for myself. Your credit report has to be immaculate to even be considered for buying your own home amongst many other things, so give yourself ten minutes to check everything is correct and you're doing everything you can to make it as attractive as possible.


-WORK OUT WHAT YOU CAN SAVE VS WHAT YOU SPEND
Me and Justin are AWFUL with money, I am the ultimate consumer and Justin is the ultimate pushover when it comes to me wasting money on absolute shit. I spend an absolute fortune on clothes for the kids, I worked out I spend about £150 a month on clothes for the kids and I definitely spoil them more than I should. We would really like to take Harper on a holiday before she starts school full time in September, so we sat down this week and worked out our incoming after tax and bills, we quickly realised that we are overspending so much, we worked out we could save £1,000 in 6 weeks if I stop spending just HALF of the disposable income that I waste, so for the first time in 25 years I am saving and it feels SO good. Sitting down and working out your finances relieves so much stress and really gives you a perspective of your spending habits.






DRUGSTORE BEAUTY HAUL - TRIED & TESTED

Welcome back to my blog and say hello to a drugstore beauty haul. I usually do these over on Insta Stories but I thought why not brag about my latest beauty faves over on my blog.
 These are all products I have been using over the past month or so, so all of them are well tried and tested and all feature a brief review too!
 I love a good drugstore find and these babe-in beauty buys do not disappoint. I can't promise you won't make a tiny dent in your bank balance but I can promise you need at least one of these products in your life!



NIP + FAB HYDRATE DRAGON'S BLOOD FIX PLUMPING SERUM
 I have been using this serum for over a month and it has completely transformed my skin. I saw a few people raving about it, so I had to try it out, and I am so glad I did. I use this serum in the morning and night, it makes my skin glow all day and it makes my base makeup look and feel better on my skin. I'm so glad I discovered this serum and it has now become a holy grail in my skincare routine. 

L'OREAL TRUE MATCH HIGHLIGHT LIQUID GLOW ILLUMINATOR
I am obsessed with the glow right now, glowy skin is in and I am hereeee for it. I am a sucker for a sick highlight and I have been LOVING this illuminator by L'Oreal. This is definitely a more subtle glow that you can use as a primer, mix with your foundation or use as a skin finish. I do all three with it. It has a golden tone and is a great day time illuminator that can be built up for a dazzling night time look.

LEE STAFFORD COCO LOCO SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER & HAIR MASK
I've been having an absolute nightmare with my hair at the moment. It has been so dry at the ends and so oily at the top, it has been driving me crazy, so I have been on the hunt for a new shampoo, conditioner & hair mask to try to bring my hair back to life. 

BENEFIT COSMETICS DEW THE HOOLA 
I have had the sample size for this product for a while and never used it until about a week ago and now I am obsessed. If you need a dramatic, snatched contour look no further than dew the hoola. I apply it on top of my base in the crucial contour areas and blend in with a beauty blender for an effortless dramatic contour.

L'OREAL PARADISE EXTATIC POMADE GEL
My ABH dipbrow pomade dried out recently and I was really annoyed about it, actually. I had about a quarter left and every time I tried to use it, it had dried out more, so I gave up and popped down to my local boots to find an alternative. I discovered the Paradise Extatic brow pomade by L'Oreal and thought I would give it a go. Well, my brows have never looked so good, I feel like this just gives a much more subtle finish and instead of giving you a full on brow,  it allows you to build up the colour from natural to dramatic for whatever suits your needs. I really love this pomade and I think it may have officially replaced ABH dipbrow in my makeup bag.

LOTTIE LONDON SLAY ALL DAY LIQUID MATTE LIPSTICK IN HEY BAE
I am a sucker for a liquid lipstick and it was one of my friends who suggested I try these liquid lipsticks out. I got the colour ''HEY BAE" which is a dark brown colour, my fave and perfect for Autumn. I have only worn this a few times and the only thing I will say is that you will need 2-3 layers of this to get a full cover lip. Other than that, the colours are great and when it dries it doesn't dry your lips out, which is a must for me.


SHOP THE HAUL

NIP + FAB SERUM
TRUE MATCH LIQUID ILLUMINATOR
COCO LOCO HAIR CARE COLLECTION
DEW THE HOOLA
PARADISE POMADE
LOTTIE LONDON HEY BAE LIQUID LIPSTICK


I hope you've enjoyed this little beauty review and try some of the products I have mentioned. Have you tried any of these? What do you think? Leave me a comment below or say hello on social media. 

BIG SCHOOL

So for some of us our little angels are starting their first days of infant school this week, and it is Harper's first week too. I honestly can't believe we have reached this point and milestone in her life, and a part of me is trying to pretend it isn't happening. I still see my teensy little toddler, who I forget is not a toddler, she's not a preschooler, she's a little girl, an infant, a schoolgirl. 
If you're like me you've already had a little cry, and on those monumental moments that you leave them to go into the big world of full time education for the first few times, you will cry too, I know I will. 


I am writing this to document how I feel about my first born babe going to big school so we can read this back when she's sixteen and laugh at how soppy I am. We can laugh at how I worried that she wouldn't eat the school meals because chicken nuggets are life, love, everything to her. We can laugh about how I worried she wouldn't find friends who adore her, as much as we do.We can laugh at how I worried that she would throw an epic tantrum.

In reality I know she won't have a care in the world and all my worrying will amount to nothing but a few tears shed on the short walk home. I know Harper will thrive, I know Harper will love school because she just loves to learn. She loves to discover, explore and challenge herself. As I read this back I will realise that I never had a single thing to worry about and embracing her next step is the best thing I can do for her, even in the moments when I want to just cradle her in my arms and never let go. 



I know she will add value to her class and bring happiness to everyone she meets. I know she will draw, paint and colour so many pictures of tigers that there won't be enough room on the fridge for them all to be displayed. I know she will jump in the muddiest puddles destroying her clothes. I know she will talk to and play with everyone and anyone.

In 12 years time, when we look back on this, I hope she can say we helped her to achieve everything she wanted. I hope that our choice to move to the city to give her the best education we can provide makes her happy and gives her the education she deserves. I hope that she has made mistakes, learned from them and then made some more. I hope that she has passion and big dreams of becoming whoever and whatever she wants to be.


HOW TO SPOT & ELIMINATE TOXIC FRIENDSHIPS FROM YOUR LIFE, FOREVER!




I LOVE my social life and my friends, there's no doubt about that, but I have been in some of the most toxic friendships you could ever imagine. As someone who is open minded, honest & loyal, I find it extremely easy to make friends and even though those qualities in me are what attracts them, that doesn't immediately mean that they offer me the same.

I feel like I do need a lot from my friendships, I have never had a strong family unit to fall back onto, apart from my little sister, and she is my best friend of all. I have always tried to surround myself with strong friendships to compensate for what I lacked in family. I lean on and depend on my friends maybe more than I should, I depend on them to be as loyal and as honest with me as I am with them, which almost always won't be the case.

Another thing I have learnt over the years, is that not every friendship is forever. We are constantly evolving, growing and experiencing new things. Some people are there for the roller coaster, some people are there for the plain sailing but very rarely are people there for the long haul. There are many people who have been in my life that I will try to hold onto, because for a moment they were there for me, in reality you've grown apart for whatever reason and the only way to move forward is to stop looking back on things, something I find really hard to do.

I am literally a friendship hoarder, I am that person who holds onto people like a Christmas card from 2005. I forget that people change, and I tell myself that I have to fix whatever went wrong between us, Justin is always saying to me why are you trying so hard to dig up something that died like half a decade ago? I can't explain why I do it, I just remember the fun and happiness that person brought to my life and forget all the things they did to me to hurt me and ultimately, made us drift apart.

I would say I have 6 friendships in my life right now that I feel I get what I deserve from. I would say I have another 4 or 5 friendships that are not toxic but they either have the potential to be or I just don't feel like they're mutually considerate to my needs from a friend.

I don't do toxic friendships anymore, in the past I have put up with it to save an argument or with my hoarding tendencies held onto them because although they were being a total dickhead now, for a moment they were one of my best friends. I just don't have the time for it anymore, I simply spend my precious time on people who love me, appreciate me and know me.

So, here are my top tips on how to spot & when to eliminate friendships that are toxic...

1. Bringing you down, to bring themselves up...

Someone who makes fun of you for laughs from everybody else.
Someone who insults you or your appearance for absolutely no reason at all.
Someone who tries to openly embarrass you in front of a group of people.
Someone who constantly brings up mistakes you have made.

2. Expecting you to do for them what they wouldn't do for you...

People who expect you to do something for them but wouldn't do the same for you are the most frustrating and it is so disheartening to strike up a friendship with someone who doesn't mutually invest themselves into your friendship. These ones I find the easiest to just float away from, they're the ones who are always too busy for you, and you're always the one initiating plans with them. All I can say for this one, is find people worth investing your time in and stop wasting your time on those who don't reciprocate.

3. Talking about you, not to you

Something I struggle to tolerate, is talking shit about me behind my back. Like I have said before, I am a very open & honest friend, I would like to think that if someone had a problem with me or what I have said, they would tell me. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. It's one of the things that I can't get over in a friendship is discovering that a friend has talked shit about me, but pretending like nothing is wrong to my face. That behaviour is shady and it's toxic. There's a difference between talking about something that is frustrating you with a friend, but there is a difference when you're talking shit about them just for the sake of talking shit.

4. Showing no interest in your life...

This is probably the most hurtful one for me, people who are your friend but don't show any interest in your life at all. I have people in my life that I party with and that's it. I wouldn't call them friends because they've never been to my house, they've never interacted with my two children or fiance. They show no interest in your careers, your goals and what you want in your future.

5. They discredit you...

I have had so many friendships with people who can't stand to see me achieve something, and try to compete with me. I still have one friendship now that relates to this, not always, but sometimes they will discredit something I have done that betters my life or makes me happy and that kind of behaviour is never okay.


So how do you eliminate toxic friendships?
It seems easier said than done, but really it's not.
Friendships are at so many different levels and from personal experience, I have lost people who in reality were acquaintances, and I have lost people who were a huge part of particular parts of my life, as you can imagine one of those kinds of friendships was easier to eliminate than the other.
The first thing I would do is weigh up whether I value this person enough to try to resolve it, you know are they really someone who adds enough value to your life for you to overlook some of the toxic qualities they possess?
The second thing I would do, if you haven't already cut them off like a split end, is arranging to meet and talk it out, face to face. Never, ever have this conversation over WhatsApp, because I don't believe you can really hear or analyse what they have to say. You can't read their tone or their consideration for how you feel. Their body language will say everything you need to know, even if they are disagreeing with what you are saying, you will be able to see if they're open to what you are saying or not committed to resolving the situation at all.
The third thing I would do, if you genuinely don't want to lose this person in your life, is to give them the opportunity to change their behaviour towards you and to consider your feelings more. If after a while they slip back into their old ways, then you know what you need to do. Almost everybody deserves a second chance, but very few deserve a third.


I hope you have found this post helpful or just a good read.
I always get lots of messages from you when I write a personal experience post and if you would like to do the same, just find me on social media. I would love to hear from you and I would love to hear your stories on your toxic friendships.
Also, if you like this kind of post, please let me know, I am feeling a little lost in my blog right now and not really sure what you guys want, so just send me a comment below or let me know on social media.



July Favourites & Life Updates...

Hello my loves, welcome back to my blog. I don't really know if I feel like a blogger at the moment because I literally never post anything and I am really struggling to find time to create awesome content for you guys and I don't want to put out just random shit that I won't 100% be happy with so there has been nothing, life has just been seriously hectic the last month or so.
I am due back to work this week however I did something a little crazy, I have given in my resignation. I feel like my time with the company has come to an end and it's time to move on in a different direction. This decision has been haunting me for about a month and I have been back and forth to try to resolve the issues with the management team, however I feel like the ship has sailed and there is no longer a place for me or my passion for the way that I work within the company. I've had a little cry and I've deliberated over the decision for a long time but I feel like my anxiety over the whole situation has calmed down since making the decision and I am totally at peace with it.
 I am really lucky because I have found lots of ongoing freelance work that I have taken on so I am actually going to be making more money from home than going to work for 16 hours a week,. 
I have been looking for jobs and I will be going back to work but I just want to be able to give my career more than 10% of my attention which is something I can't commit to right now.
Another amazing thing that I am now allowed to talk about is the fact my baby sister is pregnant with her second child and we are just so over the moon. She already has my 5 year old nephew, Oliver, and is now around 26 weeks with a little girl. I am going to be at the birth which is an absolute dream come true for me, because I have never been on the other side of it and I am so excited to be part of bringing my teensy niece into this world.
Harper turned 4 this month and has finished preschool, she will be starting 'big girl' school in September at our first choice school which we are absolutely delighted about. We are going to take her big school shopping in the next few weeks and she's so excited to pick her shoes and school bag. 
I have mixed emotions about the whole thing, I am just so sad that my little girl is going to actual school, 5 days a week, 6 hours a day, but at the same time I am so excited for her to have so many new experiences and make lots of new friends. 
Hudson is now 8 months old, crawling and climbing every single thing in my house. He is dragging my furniture around the house and destroying anything in his path, which is exhausting because I literally spend all day following him around. He is also now too big for his co-sleeping crib which makes my heart ache, but he literally stands up in it and tries to climb out which is extremely unsafe. So, he will be going into his big cot bed, in his own room, which is just off our room, next week and I will probably cry and feel a bit lost without him, but he's such an easy baby that I don't think he will have any trouble settling into his room. 
So yeah, lots and lots of big changes and new journeys happening in my household this month, it's been a month of mixed emotions but I have lots of favourite things this month that literally have made my summer, let alone my month, so enjoy!



LOVE ISLAND
If you weren't expecting this in my monthly faves, what's even the point? I have been absolutely hooked and obsessed with this series of Love Island & I don't care who knows it. I have been tweeting about it for the last 7 weeks and not much else to be honest. I would say this series has been the best yet for the personalities they have had in there. I have gone from hating Chris to loving him after seeing him shed a tear when holding Cash Hughes. I have gone from despising Jonny and Tyla, to literally hating them with every fibre of my being. It has been a rollercoaster of pure emotions, I have laughed, cried and screamed at my telly and now, it's over. I am literally lost without my 9pm Islander fix everyday, and I am wishing the year away for another series.

VASELINE COCOA BUTTER MOISTURISER
I suffer with really dry, hard skin on my arms, especially when I fake tan and this moisturiser has literally saved my skin time and time again this summer. Me and my sister go through so much of this stuff it's unbelievable and not only is it a skin saviour it also smells amazing. I really recommend this moisturiser if you suffer with dry skin as it works wonders for me.

L'OREAL INFALLIBLE NUDIST MATTE LIP PAINTS
This matte lipstick has been my go to nude this month, it's not even just the beaut colour that has me hooked, it's the formulation. I have been through my fair share of matte lipsticks and 90% of them are an absolute bitch to remove because they dry to your lips, this L'Oreal lip paint does not dry up your lips at all and can be removed in one swift wipe. My fave shade and an absolute go to is BABE-IN.

MORPHE 35OM PALETTE
I have had this palette since Christmas, but never really appreciated it in all it's glory until this month. I have been really experimenting with my eye makeup the last few weeks and this palette has been my go to. It has such a good spectrum of colours and they're all matte, it's a really good everyday look palette, equally as easy to create daily looks as it is to create amazing glamourous looks too. Extremely blendable, pigmented and all at a really reasonable price!

SCHWARZKOPF GOT2B OIL-LICIOUS WITH ARGAN OIL DRY MIST
My go to hair for a night out at the moment has been brushed out curls and this dry oil mist spray has been a godsend! It takes all the frizz out of the curls and leaves you with beautiful shiny locks! It is completely weightless and has argan oil in it so won't leave your hair feeling heavy.

PRIMARK METALLIC LIP KIT
I am OBSESSED with metallic lipsticks, and this Primark lip kit does not disappoint. It's my first time purchasing anything from the Primark beauty range and I am totally in love with this copper metallic lipstick and lip liner. It lasts ages, it's so pigmented and it doesn't dry out like other leading brands. All these positives and it's only £3, what more could you want?


NIVEA DAILY ESSENTIALS REFRESHING TONER
So, I watched Imogen from Imogenation on Youtube a few weeks ago and she said that this toner has pretty much the same ingredients as MAC fix plus for an eighth of the price, so naturally I had to try it out. It honestly works wonders, go grab yourself a spray bottle & spray on your face after applying your makeup. It does everything a setting spray does, for a tiny fraction of the price. I have used this for 3 nights out now and it has genuinely kept my makeup on alllll night long. Buy it, try it & you won't be disappointed.


SHOP THE FAVES HERE...
L'OREAL INFALLIBLE NUDIST MATTE LIP PAINTS
NIVEA REFRESHING TONER
MORPHE 35OM PALETTE
SCHWARZKOPF OIL-LICIOUS DRY OIL MIST

7 THINGS I LEARNT WHEN I BECAME A MUM OF TWO...

Before I had my second child, having one child seemed like there was never time in the day to take care of anything else. When Harper got to around 2 years old the sudden realisation that she wasn't a baby, she wasn't solely dependent on us and the fact that I couldn't cradle her in my arms without a fight to get free from my loving grasp, was enough to make me yearn for another little bambino. I needed someone to need me and we desperately wanted to grace our little family with another perfect little human to complete us all. 
It was a struggle that I made no secret about, after 11 months of frustration and heartache, I finally fell pregnant with Hudson and we could not prepare for the happiness, joy and love he has brought to us and everybody who meets him. 
Today's post is 7 things I learnt when I became a mum of two...





#1 Nothing prepares you emotionally for seeing your first child interacting with their sibling.

This is the best part about having multiple children, watching how they bond, connect and become best friends. I was fearful that Harper's interest in Hudson would be dwindling due to her being 3 years his senior and the fact he is the opposite sex. I couldn't have been more wrong, Harper is absolutely infatuated with her brother and vice versa. Her mission in life right now, is to make sure Hudson is happy, that is all she cares about, I mean that and PJ masks.  

#2 Your washing pile will always and forever be, never ending.

Washing, washing and more washing, you do not even understand the level of washing you will do in your lifetime until you have multiple children. Don't get me wrong, with one child it is bad but with two, you think you're done but you never are.

#3 You love them exactly the same, but you connect with them in different ways.

The best thing I have taken from having two children, is that they are completely different in every single way but I love them equally and unconditionally. Your idea of perfection is suddenly split into two and the ability to love and learn their different traits is so endearing and makes my heart implode. Harper is so sassy and headstrong and Hudson is just my cuddly little bear who is so full of love and affection. 

#4 There is more time in the day than you thought.

One of my biggest worries having another baby was the time consumption and spreading myself between the two kids, would I be able to do it? Truth is, it is harder but the time is there. I feel like I manage my time a whole lot better with two children than I did with just one. I know what I need to do and yes, my life is a huge list of timings and structure but it's so worth it and when they are both finally asleep at the end of the day you feel a great sense of achievement!


#5 You can't remember life without the second child

Me and Justin always say how did we feel like we didn't have any free time when we only had Harper!? We thought we were so consumed, but really, we had it so easy. I can't remember not spreading my affection and love to them both, I can't remember waking up without Hudson smacking me on the head to wake up in the mornings from his cosleeper crib. 

#6 Invest in more storage

I cannot even explain how much space in a house 2 children take up, I feel like I need a 4 bedroom house just so all of Harper and Hudson's combined belongings can have their own place. You cannot live without storage if you have just one child, take the amount of shit your first child has accumulated and double it. There are toys in every single enclosed space in my house because Harper has everything and now Hudson is getting older he is accumulating more and more junk! My biggest tip when expecting your second child is to have a huge declutter of your house before the new baby's arrival. 

#7 Leaving the house is more of a military operation than it was before

Literally, I would say it takes around 25 minutes with carefully thought out structure to leave the house on time for anything. You have to imagine every worse case scenario is going to happen weather wise for two human beings, you have to ensure they are both appropriately dressed, and that everything in the changing bag is correct even if you are just doing the school run.



These were the 7 things I have learnt since becoming a mum of two, don't get me wrong becoming a mum of two is the best thing that ever happened to me but I feel so complete and content that I don't think we will ever have anymore children and I am so at peace with that, that conversation is for another post! Thank you so much for reading let me know in the comments below if you have multiple children what your fave thing is about having them or if you're thinking about having a second, let me know & don't let this post put you off, haha! 


HEALTHY PITTA PIZZA RECIPE

I am back with a new recipe and today is more of a healthy eating tweak, than a recipe. We all love pizza but when we are healthy eating or on a diet, pizza has to be off the menu right? WRONG! Today I have a recipe for you that will curb alllll the pizza cravings and keep you in check with your calorie intake. The best thing about is recipe is that it is completely adaptable to your tastes, you can add whatever you like to it, so that you can achieve a close alternative to some of your all time favourites. It's so quick, so simple and so tasty, you can enjoy as a quick lunch, or add salad and syn free wedges to make it a feast, I hope you enjoy!







INGREDIENTS
Serves 2
2 Wholemeal pitta breads
1 tube of tomato puree
Asda barbecue chicken breast slices
125g light mozzarella cheese
75g 50% reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
1 large mushroom, sliced
1 onion, diced

*Slimming Worldies, your pitta will have to be synned accordingly should you not choose to use Asda wholemeal pitta bread which can be used as a HEXB, you will also have to syn your cheese accordingly too, this recipe is based on ingredients purchased from Asda. Most ready to eat cooked chicken breast is FREE on extra easy, including the one I have used in this recipe. You can adapt this recipe and it's measurements to your own, but this is just how I prefer to make mine.*

METHOD

1. Use the flattest side of your pitta to use as your base and spread the tomato puree evenly. 
2. Using the ingredients provided build your pizza however you like it, I usually start with a layer of mushroom, onion and chicken breast, then a layer of cheese, then another layer of mushroom, onion and chicken breast and then mozzarella on top.
3. Set your grill between medium to high and allow to heat up for 5 minutes before putting your pitta pizzas under.
4. Grill your pitta pizzas between a medium and high heat checking on it every 3-4 minutes, it usually takes around 8 minutes for mine to be perfect, but each to their own, you may want it grilled less or more.
5. Serve, I usually serve up with a generous side salad and syn free wedges.



I hope you enjoy this recipe and as always, please let me know if you try it out by tagging me in your pics on social media or even emailing me, you can find me on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook, all of my social media links are in the top of the sidebar, just click on your preferred platform and you will find me! 

TURTLE BAY REVIEW

A few weeks ago I was invited down to Turtle Bay in Norwich to try their new summer menu and initially I was skeptical about going due to being a total fussy eater and food phobe. I am one of those people who knows what they like and rarely stray from the status quo, however I saw this as a great opportunity to give carribean food a go, and I was not disappointed. I decided to take one of my best friends, Sarah, because she is the total opposite to me and is much more open to new foods than me, and I am so glad I did, because she got me trying stuff on the menu I wouldn't have looked twice at...

*Sarah was loving the cocktails*


THE SERVICE

When we arrived we were greeted so politely, our waitress, Evelyn, was absolutely amazing, we later found out that she is the head waitress and it made sense. She was so attentive and engaging with us throughout the whole night and we got on with her like a house on fire. She gave us lots of recommendations and really knew what she was talking about on each thing I asked about on the menu, which I think is a really good attribute to have in a restaurant. We were also met by the manager, Tom, who was so hospitable and again had plenty of recommendations for a first timer, which really put me at ease because I am a fussy eater.

THE FOOD

Sarah had been before and her family have caribbean roots so I couldn't think of a better person to take with me to introduce me to the food. She recommended something called Plantain which is basically cooked banana it was so delicious and I would recommend anyone wanting to try some authentic caribbean food, to try Plantain.

*Plantain is a traditional caribbean dish, better known as cooked bananas* 
For starters I had the duck rolls, which is slow roasted shredded duck with sweet onion, soy sauce & chilli, stuffed in toasted rolled flatbread, served with sour orange chutney. These were absolutely amazing, a great portion size for a starter and so full of flavour.

For main I had the two way chicken burger which is a spicy panko crumbed chicken fillet, topped with pull jerk chicken, crisp gem lettuce, fresh pineapple chow & herb mayo in sweet bun. I felt a bit weak going for a burger where there are so many amazing new foods to try, but even as a fussy eater this burger was incredible, bursting with different, but complementary flavours.
*Duck Rolls*


*two way panko chicken burger & cheesy jerk fries*




For the sides, I had cheesy jerk fries, which were basically sweet potato fries topped with cheese and jerk sauce, so yummy. We shared some Plantain which was my absolute favourite taste of the night, I love discovering new foods and tastes, honestly was delicious. We also shared a side of Trini Watermelon Chow Salad which was such a refreshing addition to the main.

For dessert I had the dark chocolate brownie which instantly attracted me when our waitress told us that it was gluten free AND vegan, so I had to give it a go. It was one of the tastiest brownies I have ever eaten, for some reason I was expecting it to be quite dry which I have found with other gluten free brownies, but this did not disappoint.

*Trini Watermelon Chow Salad*
*Dark chocolate brownie*

The menu is hugely diverse and has a great selection for vegan. vegetarian and gluten free customers, which I think is great because it can be very frustrating when eating out to find somewhere that offers you a great selection of foods with specialist dietary requirements.

THE DRINKS

If you know me, you know I can't resist a cocktail or 10. When I go out I am forever searching for a new cocktail to try and I have had my fair share of different cocktails in this city! Turtle Bay just took cocktails to a new level, I hadn't tried 99% of the cocktails on their menu of 25! I am literally just going to list off everything I drank...

Bay Bramble - White Rum with blackberry liqueur, fresh lemon & club soda.

Passion Rum Punch - Dark Rum, Passoa, fresh passion fruit, orange juice, lemon & bitters.

Reggae Rum Punch - Uncle Wray overproof rum, bitters, strawberry liqueur, pomegranate, fresh lime, orange & pineapple. 





*Rum Sharing Board*


We also got to try the Rum Sharing Boards, and as inexperienced rum drinkers we let the restaurant manager, Tom, help us decide on 4 different  kinds, by this point I was pretty drunk, considering I had 2 each of the 3 cocktails I listed, but I do remember we had a really amazing rum called Koko Kanu Coconut Rum, teamed with a can of Ting, which is essentially Lilt. 

OVERALL...

Overall, Turtle Bay just became one of my favourite restaurants in Norwich, I was so glad they invited me down because as a fussy eater, it's somewhere I would have usually avoided due to fear of not liking anything. I couldn't have been more wrong, there are so many amazing and diverse dishes on the menu that you could go 10 times and taste brand new flavours every single time. The staff are incredibly friendly and I really can't thank them enough for being so helpful and so accommodating to us. The cocktails are incredible and I can't wait to take all my friends down for their 2-4-1 deal. Their happy hour runs all day until 7pm and then starts again at 9:30pm, on all 25 of their delicious cocktails.
I would really recommend Turtle Bay to anyone who is looking for something a little different and an upbeat atmosphere.




*Our meal and drinks were free of charge as an incentive to review Turtle Bay's new summer menu.

BLOOMING WONDERFUL FROM BLOSSOMING GIFTS

Last week I was approached by the lovely people over at Blossoming Gifts and asked if I would review one of their home delivered bouquets, and of course I said yes! 
There is nothing I love more than a fresh bouquet of flowers in my home and my absolute favourites are white lilies.



Blossoming Gifts have an amazing range of bouquets across their easy to use website and I absolutely loved the simplistic look of the white roses & lilies bouquet (£28), which you can find right here.
My bouquet arrived the very next day in a huge box, they were really well packaged and unlike some other home delivery bouquets I have received, there were no damages to the flowers thanks to the really well designed packaging.
I wasn't sure on what size to expect, but I would say these are a medium bouquet and a really even, well picked selection. The bouquet came with the roses fully open, but the white lilies weren't, it took a couple of days to get them going, but once they were in full bloom, they were incredibly fragrant and absolutely stunning. 
Blossoming gifts promise 7 days freshness, and I could definitely agree with that on the lilies, but the roses were fully bloomed from the moment the bouquet arrived so have subsequently wilted slightly
premature to 7 days, nevertheless, they are still beautiful.


If you're looking for an affordable, last minute present, Blossoming Gifts are just what you are looking for, with a huge selection of bouquets, and if you need something a little extra there are wines, personalised gifts, balloons, hampers and much more. Blossoming Gifts deliver 7 days a week and you can get next day delivery until 6:30pm. 
As a thank you for reading, Blossoming Gifts are offering all of my readers a 33% discount with the code BGIFTS33 so you guys can get your hands on some of these beautiful bouquets for a fraction of the price. 


5 MATTE LIPSTICKS YOU NEED FOR UNDER £10

Matte lips have been a stand out beauty trend for almost 2 years now and the demand for the matte lip finish has only increased in popularity over time. The beauty industry took note, and now every single beauty brand known to mankind is offering us the perfect matte lipstick in array of colours from ice blue to pillarbox red. Matte lipsticks are a firm favourite with me, if it's matte and it's in a nude or brown shade, I will pay anything for it. I have been around the block with matte lipsticks and I can tell you some are definitely better than others. Today, I have collected up my absolute favourite lip creams and lipsticks that you can get your mitts on for under £10, enjoy!




MY APRIL LIFE UPDATES & FAVOURITES

Happy May you bunch of babes, welcome back to my blog, I had my birthday on May 1st and it was an amazing bank holiday weekend just spending some much needed quality time with my little humans, my fiance and the rest of our family. I have eaten too much good food, and drank too many good cocktails in the last month and although I worked out for almost every other day in April, I have still managed to maintain a double chin thanks to Halloumi and McDonalds Monopoly.
In April Hudson turned 5 months and we have started giving him his first tastes of food, and of course he absolutely loves it but it just makes me so anxious that he is growing up so fast, as I have made no secret, Hudson is going to be our last child, we are really complete as a family of four, so it does make it a little harder every time he is too big for something or taking on these incredible milestones.
Talking of milestones, in April we found out which school Harper is going to in September and we feel incredibly lucky and pleased that we got our first choice school. A few of her closest friends at preschool will be joining her there too, so we're really excited for the next step in her life. Even if it makes me shed a tear when I think about being away from her and letting go of the reigns a little bit for her to start a chapter of her life without me holding her hand, I know she will thrive at school and love every second of it. 
This month we also booked our family staycation for mid June and we're really excited for it, we have been going to the same place for a few years whilst I have been pregnant and the kids have been so little, a holiday in the sun just hasn't been for us. The place we go to is just so amazing for Harper, it's all about her and she gets to go swimming every morning which she adores and there's always so much to do for her age group. May is probably going to be a boring month of saving and knuckling down, so there won't be essays to read, there may not even be a may faves, so I hope you enjoy my April faves which, as always, are a complete random mixture of things I have been loving this month.




6 WAYS TO GROW YOUR TWITTER ENGAGEMENT & FOLLOWING

If you know me or you're a follower on Twitter you will know I am an absolute Twitter addict, I bloody love it. If i'm not challenging somebodies opinion, I am sharing Kris Jenner meme's or tweeting about cheese. Twitter is the best social media platform for bloggers in every sense, in my opinion. It is all about getting your voice heard and directing them to your amazing blog content, and today I am going to give you my 6 best tips on growing that engagement and your following. 


10 THINGS MORE IMPORTANT THAN INSTAGRAM




So unless you've been living under the social media equivalent of a rock, which is basically no internet access, you will know that the blogosphere exploded this weekend at the heightened infuriation of many bloggers towards those who use instagram bots and the purchasing of Instagram followers. Social blade charts and exposure of the culprits were, and continue to be plastered all over Twitter for all the blogosphere to see. Now do not get it twisted by the title of this post, that I don't take this situation very seriously and that I do not share a similar disgust for this dishonest and frankly fraudulent behaviour of many well known and well liked members of our community because believe me, I think bots, fake followers and even Instagram pods, SUCK. However, what also sucks is how much people are investing their time into trying to expose people and sometimes getting it terribly wrong, there's one thing debating on the subject and then there's another falsely accusing hard working bloggers, another case of swings and roundabouts right?!
Today's post is a little light hearted but gentle reminder that there are at the very least 10 more important things than Instagram, I hope you enjoy. 


SYN FREE KFC FAKEAWAY

I have tried and tested the spice combination for this recipe a million times and last night I finally got it right and it was delicious! Obviously it isn't 100% KFC but it's pretty goddamn close and is a great way to clear up those fried chicken cravings that are hard to resist. I have tried a million and one recipes on Pinterest and none of them worked out for me, so this recipe is a combination of so many that I have tried by adding, changing and taking away some of the ingredients.


DUPES SHOULD BE CELEBRATED NOT HATED...




Over the last few weeks I have seen so much negativity about dupes and a particular brand that is famous for creating them. I don't usually address social media drama on my blog but I feel like I want to express my gratitude and give brands like MakeUp Revolution the recognition they truly deserve. After this is posted I await the tirade of indirect tweets and yawn emoji's that follow writing a post like this and I just don't really understand why myself, Make Up Revolution or anyone who believes in their brand should take so much shit for it.
Social media and the beauty blogging community has become a place of judgement and snobbery in my honest opinion, although I must admit that is a very small minority of the community, people like Devoted to Pink, Annie Writes Beauty, Laura HadleyChapters Of KatTea Party Beauty & many more are all beauty bloggers continuing to do it the way it should be done, celebrating and writing passionately about their love of beauty products. More recently I have seen 'beauty bloggers' using their platform to vilify brands and that kind of negativity in an absolute ocean of beauty brands is unnecessary and undignified, if you ask me.




QUICK & EASY SYN FREE CHICKEN CHOW MEIN

I have been meaning to post this recipe for about 4 days now but life and good weather has just got in the way a bit & although lots of you have been asking for it to go up, I have just been enjoying my kids company so much this week and having so much fun with them that the blog has been slightly neglected. But here I am it's Friday, and I have finally had the chance to sit at my laptop because the weather is back to the dull overcast we experience 98% of the time in England.  Before I started Slimming World, it went without saying in our house that Friday is takeaway night, and I was eating probably 3 takeouts or eating out 3 times a week, which was inevitably not doing wonders for my waistline, so when I started Slimming World finding and creating fakeaway recipes was top of the agenda, and this is the first one I think I have totally mastered and hopefully this quick and easy recipe will curb your take out cravings, for this weekend at least.



SUPER SYN FREE MILD CHICKEN CURRY

Welcome back to another Slimming World friendly recipe!
Today's recipe is one that I have had to perfect over a few attempts to get it just right & I think I have cracked it. I love curry and it's one of my favourite takeaways, so making a syn free alternative was a must for me and I am so pleased with how this one has turned out, it even contains 3 SPEED VEG.
Let me know in the comments below if you want to request a recipe & make sure you let me know if you've tried one of my recipes so far. I have had such an amazing response to them so far so thank you so much for all of your support!



FEBRUARY FAVOURITES & LIFE UPDATES




Yay, I remembered to do my favourites this month, this never ever happens. I feel like I am more than ever on top of my blog at the moment, and although I have seen a lot of people saying over the last week that they feel like they've fallen out of love with it and feel like they don't fit in, I couldn't feel more opposite to that.
I thought I would include a life update in here today just because I haven't really done a chatty post in quite a long time, I hope you don't mind and if you do just want to see the Feb faves, I won't be offended, just scroll down right where you need to be.


THE TREND YOU NEED TO BE FOLLOWING THIS SPRING




Oooh I just love a new trend, and the embroidery trend is one of my all time favourite trends to hit the high street. Embroidery is on everything right now with every high street fashion retailer taking it to the next level. Today's post is a roundup of my favourite pieces from New Look and Boohoo, basically my embroidery wishlist. There's something for everyone in this post with pieces in sizes 8 - 32, any woman, any size can work this trend like an absolute queen, enjoy.



SUPER SYN FREE GARLIC, SALT & PEPPER CHICKEN

I have been on the Slimming World plan for about 6 weeks now and today I am sharing with you my favourite ever discovery, and favourite recipe of all time. It is absolutely delicious and if you're craving that chinese takeaway this will 100% curb them with a super syn free dish that is perfect for the whole family. 


HIGH STREET BEAUTY HOLY GRAILS

I bloody love discovering a holy grail beauty product from a drugstore because I feel like even finding a holy grail product full stop is difficult, and usually they are high end holy that have ingredients that make the product so expensive, they break the bank. So, when you find a holy grail on the high street it's like the feeling you get when you find a tenner in a clutch bag you haven't used for 6 months. 
Today I am sharing with you my high street holy grails that I always have in my make up collection that I can always rely on when I need a guaranteed flawless finish or long lashes that will last all day. 


5 WAYS TO HEAL A BROKEN HEART

If you haven't ever suffered from a broken heart, you're the lucky ones. I had my heart broken when I was about 17 years old and it was more painful than childbirth, at least the pain of childbirth is inevitably over in 24 hours. 
Having my heart broken felt like I was being kicked in the stomach repeatedly every day for about a year, every month that passed the kicks became weaker, but even now 8 years later, when I see or hear their name it makes me feel physically sick, it has scarred me for life. 
I spent the first 3 months just crying and listening to songs that could relate to my pain and although the lows are the lowest, the positives of having your heart broken can outweigh the bad as time passes.

Here are my five ways to heal a broken heart & how I used them in my own experience...


SUPER SYN FREE SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

Yet again, I have been off the radar, being a mum & look after my two sick kids, both have terrible colds which they have since inflicted on me, one of the many joys of having children. Anyway, I have been trying to stick to plan as much as possible, but when I feel as crappy as I do right now all I want to do is comfort eat and feel sorry for myself, does anybody else do that when they're ill?
Today's post is a really easy syn free Spaghetti Bolognese dish and it's just delicious, so flavourful and I actually do something a little different to most others when I cook my bolognese to lock in the flavour. Please let me know if you have tried any of my recipes, I have had such amazing feedback so far from you all and I am so grateful and pleased that you all love the recipes, so here's another one, enjoy!




INGREDIENTS TO SERVE 4
low calorie cooking spray
500g of lean beef mince (under 5% fat)
1 large onion, diced.
200g of mushrooms (I like to use half a 400g punnet)
1 tbsp of mixed herbs
3 garlic cloves, finely diced
2 pinches of salt
Half a pint of boiling water
1 chicken or beef stock cube
A tin of chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp of tomato puree
1 tbsp of worcester sauce

METHOD

1. Fry off the mince until browned for about 10 minutes in the low calorie cooking spray, then add one third of your finely diced garlic cloves, your sliced mushrooms and your whole diced onions, allow all to soften and cook for about 5 minutes.

2. Add your beef or chicken stock cube to the half a pint of boiling water and allow to dissolve by stirring repeatedly.

3. Stir a tin of chopped tomatoes and the 3 tbsp of tomato puree into the mince on a low heat, pour in the other 2 thirds of the diced garlic cloves, the boiling chicken/beef stock, worcester sauce and 1 tbsp of mixed herbs. Turn the heat back up high and stir until the sauce is evenly mixed.

4. Allow the sauce to reduce and thicken by keeping on a high heat, add the two pinches of salt half way through, stirring regularly to ensure it doesn't burn at the bottom. Fold the mince through the sauce and stir from the edges into the middle of the pan. This will take about 20 - 25 minutes, have patience, it will thicken and reduce. 

5. Once the sauce has thickened I then do something a little different and I find it really helps to absorb all the flavours. Pour your bolognese into a roasting tray or lasagne dish, do not spread it thinly across the tray, try to keep it as compact and thick as possible. I usually only take up half the dish. 

6. Place in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. 

7. Whilst your bolognese is in the oven, boil your spaghetti on a medium to high heat for 15 minutes.

8. After 15 minutes take your bolognese out of the oven and serve on Spaghetti, I like to save my healthy extra A for the 60g of parmesan I can sprinkle all over the bolognese.


100% SYN FREE ON SLIMMING WORLD

3 SPEED FOODS (TOMATO, ONION & MUSHROOMS)

FREEZABLE FOR MEAL PREP


I hope you enjoy making this recipe, remember to find me on social media and let me know if you liked this or any of my other recipes!


SUPER SYN FREE MEATBALL PASTA BAKE

So I am now into week 2 of my Slimming World journey and I am really enjoying it, I lost 7lbs in a week! I love cooking from scratch and after the success of my last recipe post, I thought I should share a syn free recipe every single Thursday with you all.
I just love comfort food, especially in the Winter and pasta bake is probably the best comfort food ever. So today's post is a meatball pasta bake that is completely syn free providing you use the cheese as your Healthy Extra A. Of course you can make this without the cheese or you can syn it should you need to, either way its much healthier than your average jar junk pasta bake.



WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG?


Welcome back to my blog! Since I had Hudson in November, I have been really into my make up and getting excited about shiny new products on the market. I have been all about creating that flawless finish, and achieving that on the high street. Usually I am a high end, luxury make up gal and I really DID once fully stand by that high street just couldn't compete, until now, with the likes of Makeup Revolution and L'Oreal stepping up their high street game in the last two years. Of course, I still have lots of high end faves in my make up collection but most haven't made it into my everyday make up bag. So today's post is a look at what's inside my everyday make up bag, and some short reviews on each product that I have been using and loving.




ONE PRODUCT FOR ONE AMAZING ACNE CURE...

So it's Saturday afternoon and in between doing my weekly haul of blog pictures I took a break to have a scroll through my Facebook timeline. As I as scrolling through the endless shared meme's, statuses scorning ex boyfriends and photo's of people's Friday night out, I made an amazing beauty discovery courtesy of my beautiful friend, Chiara and with her consent, I decided to put this blog post together and share with you all her AMAZING transformation thanks to just ONE product. 



I've known Chiara for about 3 years now and I know how much of a struggle her skin has been for her. Suffering with acne since she left school she has tried everything, sudocrem, 3 changes in contraceptive, creams, gels, she has been been prescribed lotions, potions, even oral medication that would make her vomit by her GP. After all of this lots of tears, and spending every other week at the doctors, the acne had taken it's toll, Chiara felt like she would never escape her skin problems.




SAVE VS SPLURGE: BLOGGER ESSENTIALS






So as bloggers we all want the latest gadgets and the best tech to make sure our blog is constantly on point. But is the money you're spending really necessary? Today's post is all about discovering what products you should be investing your cash in, and which products you can pick up for pennies.







SUPER SYN FREE DIET COKE CHICKEN & EGG FRIED RICE

So I recently restarted Slimming World and this time around I am absolutely loving it! Being on maternity leave has turned me into a bit of a couch potato. After losing 3 stone during pregnancy, I soon piled back on a stone and a half, thanks to Christmas, cheese and chocolate oranges. 
So this week I have jumped back on the wagon and I find it really motivating to share my journey and recipes, so here I am with my super syn free diet coke chicken & egg fried rice recipe, which is COMPLETELY syn free on Extra Easy, enjoy



8 WAYS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN 2017

Happy New Year you lovely bunch, I hope your 2017 is treating you well so far. 
I love the New Year because everyone is just so pumped and so ambitious, my social media feeds are just full of people's motivations and their goals for the year ahead, I love it.
Today's post is a little 'how to' on ways to enhance your chances of success this year and all of the hints and tips I have added are really simple. 
Not only will my tips give you that little boost you might need to even just successfully get you through the day, they're all super healthy ways to boost your mentality and lifestyle, so grab yourself a cuppa and get stuck in.