This a sponsored post. All opinions remain my own.

Let’s make something abundantly clear, I was not the Spice Girls biggest fan. The idea of Geri et al turning up on my doorstep would not fill me with happy thoughts. They would probably only be there to have a word with me about the ceremonial burning of their debut CD on a small fire in 1997 anyway. The CD belonged to one of my sisters and frankly, they had it coming. There are only so many times you can expect someone to put up with Wannabe at top volume after all.

Grrl power

I did buy into girl power though. There was a very definite influx in the 1990s of strong female voices in music and as a teenager at the time I absolutely loved it. There was a mass of them to choose from too. I still adore many. Shirley Manson, the lead singer of Garbage is definitely who I would choose to share a bag of Walkers crisps with even now. Shirley embodied everything that teenage me wanted to be in life. Not only could she write beautifully, she looked fierce, spoke out for what she believed in and she didn’t care what you thought.

There was so much female forward music in the 1990’s though. Gwen Stefani to Missy Elliot, Lauren Hill to Courtney Love ..and of course, Alanis Morissette was God. I mean she literally was God. In the movie, Dogma.

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Superwomen

There were kind of a lot of Superhuman females on our screens in the 90’s too. This was the decade which brought us Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Charmed and of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Buffy Summers was a happy go lucky cheerleader who also happened to be the Slayer, protector of the Hellmouth and the World. Leader of the Scooby-Gang, with a tragic love life. She’s a big sister and orphan, and has the entire weight of the world on her shoulders. Buffy is one of the best examples of how a woman is not defined by the length of her skirt or the twirl of her hair. It’s her actions, day in and day out that prove her worth.

The Spice Girls are back!

Nowadays my sisters have their own families to annoy but it was nonetheless amusing to see The Spice Girls pop up on a Walkers crisps advert last night during the final of BGT. The Ad was pretty funny too! We loved the Mum.

The advert opens with a presenter reporting outside what appears to be a regular semi-detached house, announcing that the ‘number 1 Spice Girls Fan has won a VIP tour ticket’. As the girls appear on screen rushing towards the house, what was initially thought of as a regular home, turns out to be a shrine to Spice Girls. Memorabilia is scattered across the walls and the super fan eagerly awaits their arrival, Walkers crisps in hand.

Flash forward to inside the house, and following a friendly exchange of words, Baby Spice turns to the super fan, hand outstretched for a Walkers crisp, which is where it all begins. As the fan swerves her advances, viewers including Googlebox’s Malone family and Walkers aficionado Gary Lineker, watch on as the action unfolds. Determined not to give up his mouth-watering crisps, the final scene sees the girls’ car screech away from Dev, with the VIP ticket back in their hands.

WALKERS SPICE GIRLS

Luckily for Walkers fans, this means the title of “best ever fan” could still theirs.

Out of the many hilarious and over the top submissions that were entered into Walkers’ Best Ever Fan Challenge in the week leading up to the ad premier, one lucky fan will take the title thanks to Dev’s misstep.

Fans were asked to post a Spice Girls related snapshot from back in the day, or to create something new and share on their social channel of choice, tagging @Walkers_Crisps and hashtagging #BestEverFan. The prize? Four VIP tickets to the Spice Girls concert on Wednesday 15th June; an exclusive meet and greet with the girls, plus 5* accommodation and travel – it’s the ultimate prize for the best ever fan.

But fret not there are other exciting prizes for those that don’t win the golden package, including 2 pairs of standard tickets to the Spice Girls concert and a range of Spice Girls merchandise.

Were you a Spice Girls fan in the 1990’s? I would love to know which 90’s star you would share a bag of Walkers crisps with? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Well. It’s all gone horribly wrong. In the words of a favourite meme of mine; Not only have the wheels fallen off, I have burnt down the cart and used the insurance money to buy cupcakes.

I have been steadily gaining rather than losing lbs. Not due to the meals on my planner but the bloody snacking! Still, at least all of the Easter chocolate is now gone. Finally!

I am having another retinal bleed so blurry eyesight means a lot less chopping and prep and a LOT more grab and go. I am determined that I am going to push through though. In fact I need to.

The plan is to plan- and stick to it. What do you do when you feel your willpower slipping?

This week in food

Friday: My lovely Stepmum is cooking for me so MrG and the kids have pie and veg

Saturday: Nandos style butterfly chicken breast with mediterranean rice (frozen from aldi 1.5syns per portion) and salad.

Sunday: Roast Pork, honey glazed roasted parsnips and carrots with brussel sprouts and mash.

Monday: Lamb koftas with salad and flatbread

Tuesday: Sausages and chips and beans.

Wednesday: Salmon with baby sweetcorn, and green beans* and jersey royal potatoes*

Thursday: Chicken pesto pasta and pea shoot salad

*included in the Aldi super six this week. keeps the costs down

Breakfasts: Trying to keep the expenditure to a minimum because it’s half term and frankly I would rather spend the dosh on having some fun with the children. With that in mind breakfast will be mainly porridge and fruit (I have a stash of frozen sweet cherries so I can add those to my porridge)

Lunches: I am going to try to make lots of hard boiled eggs and salads this week. The weather looks well suited for it and they are easy enough to make a take on days out.

If you are interested in seeing some more Slimming World friendly meal ideas feel free to check out one of my other plans here

 

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Items within this post were gifted to me in exchange for inclusion. All opinions remain my own

 

Fathers day is just weeks away now and if you are anything like me you will (still) need ideas on what to buy that special man in your life.

Whether he is outdoorsy or a complete couch potato, carry on reading to find some great ideas on what to buy him.

For the tech lover

Powerful, quick and accurate. The Ring RTC1000 Rapid Digital Tyre Inflator inflates a 13″ tyre from flat to 35psi in under 2 mins. Flat design remains stable when inflating. Features include a quick-set dial, large backlit digital screen and a bright, integrated LED light. Powered directly from a vehicles 12V socket with the attached 3m power cable. Specially designed compartment on back of unit stores the 0.5m airline. Supplied with case, 3 piece adaptor set and spare valve caps.

Another fabulous gift for a Dad who loves cars (a DWLC)  has to be a dashcam. The NextBase 422GW Dash cam which is Alexa compatible is a top points scorer then, surely?

Voice call and message on the move using the world’s first 1440p Dash Cam with Alexa built-in. Use Alexa to play music, find parking, control smart home devices and talk directly to your Dash Cam. Emergency SOS will alert the emergency services to your location in the event of an accident. Intelligent Parking Mode records any bump or physical movement on the vehicle when left unattended.

A great choice for the safety conscious, tech loving Dad is the NEOS smart home camera. Really affordable at just £20, the Neos SmartCam is a clever little home camera that is compact in size and features live streaming in 1080p full HD, night vision, 8x digital zoom as well as motion and sound detection with in-app alerts and 2-way audio.

For the tea drinker

Dad needs his own mug for his cuppa and this beautifully illustrated ‘Wild at Heart’ mug made from fine bone china produced by Royal Worcester would make a lovely gift or perfect addition to your kitchen. This mug has a different image on the front and back and a third image on the inner rim.

The beautifully designed box contains four of their best-selling organic, vegan and fair trade chocolate bars.  Using only the best organic, Ecuadorian, fair trade cacao, Ombar’s Gift Box shows off the dark and rich tones of chocolate, in its purest form.  The box contains 1 x Coco Mylk bar, 1 x Coconut 60%, 1 x 72% Cacao and 1 x 90% Cacao bar! Perfect with a cuppa!

For Dads who aren’t big drinkers, Woodstars 1% may be the perfect choice. Harvested from the rainforests of Brazil where it grows wild, açai berry is first macerated in alcohol for twelve weeks to release all of its natural colour and flavours, then blended by Woodstar’s Master Liquoriste in the Cognac region of France with blackcurrants, berries, botanicals, and cocoa. A light-bodied drink with deep complexity and a deliciously dry finish, this is a perfect low-alcohol alternative – yet best enjoyed in a wine glass.

 

 

 

We were sent this toy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

STEM toys and blind bag collectable toys have been seriously on trend for the last year or 2 and their popularity certainly doesn’t seem to be waning. The Beaker Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor is a toy aimed at children aged 5+ which combines these two trends in a really cool and engaging way.

Moose absolutely loves simple experiments and anytime he is asked if he wants to choose a toy he will usually opt for a blind bag so I was interested to see whether the Beaker Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor would hold his interest.

What’s in the box?

beaker creatures whirling waves collectable

This 12-piece set includes:

  • 1 Reactor Pod with mystery Beaker Creature
  • 1 Limited-edition colour-change Beaker Creature
  • 5-Piece Whirling Wave Reactor
  • 2 Classification cards
  • 2 Mini-posters with amazing science facts
  • 1 Experiment guide

How does it work?

It’s actually quite a simple concept. Basically a bath bomb with a toy inside is placed inside a plastic pod and whirled around after water is added to the chamber to extract a surprise creature.

So simple in fact that Moose set the whole thing up all by himself.

Moose loved turning the handle to swirl the water around in order to excavate his creature. He was excited to find out which character he would reveal!

Extracting the character is just the first of the 5 experiment ideas on the instruction sheet included in this set. We will definitely give a couple of the others a try! You will need additional items for the other experiments but they are things you will have in your kitchen cupboards so no other major outlay is required.

After your creature has been revealed there is a character sheet so that you can identify him or her.

What did we think?

I thought that for the price point the Beaker Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor represents good value for money. Moose really enjoyed the extraction of his creature. He also played with it all (on the draining board to save mess) for ages afterwards. I like that there are other experiment ideas but I think it’s a shame that only 1 “pod” is included. It would have been nice to have 2 in the pack to be able to try a second time but you can buy  additional pods.

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We have teamed up with Learning Resources to offer 1 lucky reader the chance to win their very own Beaker Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor worth £16.

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Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.  The winner’s details will be sent to Playtime PR for Learning Resources, in order that they can arrange delivery.  Please allow 28 days for delivery.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Last week we had to head back to the opticians to pick up some specs for Moose. He was absolutely adamant that he definitely didn’t need to wear them but a short visit to the eye clinic at our local hospital and a diagnosis of a lazy eye with a prescription of +4 said different.

I was a bit worried that the choice wouldn’t be there and to be honest being left to stand around feeling utterly clueless for half an hour. No, I am not exaggerating. Before a very nice man came to tell me that the pairs I had finally plucked from the shelves were entirely unsuitable did not help with the anxiety.

It didn’t take long to find a pair to suit Moose. He is of course, adorable.

However, he has inherited my big head so that cancelled off a big percentage of the frames on display. He settled on a pair with a Transformers character on them along with some super cool Spiderman sunglasses.

Then we went to Tesco where he successfully managed to time his request for LEGO with a massive wave of Mum guilt over not noticing his lazy eye up until now. Not that I actually noticed it at all. Thank Dog for school nurses and their checks!

He has now had his frames for a week and he has been so much better than I thought at wearing them. I presumed it would be a hard sell but they must be really helping his vision because he rarely takes them off which is great!

Moose had also completed 10 days of being dry overnight so we are having a pretty good time at the moment parenting wise. Of course, the reward he wanted for this accomplishment was more LEGO so now we are just resigned to being poor forever. Can’t win em all though.

 

 

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