Monday, 17 October 2016

Weekly Meal Plan | Slimming World

Slimming World Style Weekly Meal Plan
Quite a while ago, I used to share my weekly meal plan with you all on this blog and it is something that I would like to start incorporating again. Don't get me wrong, chances are I will not be sharing my meal plan every single week, I eat quite a lot of basic simple meals so that could end up boring, but I plan on sharing it every now and again with you all. I love seeing other's people's meal plans, as well as seeing photos of what meals they have had, as it gives me meal inspirations of food I would like to make and also combinations that could work well together that I might not ordinarily have thought of. I am always noting recipes and meal ideas down from Instagram, I'm honestly obsessed!

Meal plans are something I like to do and I have recently fallen back into the habit of doing one every week as myself and the hubby have put ourselves on a strict budget and it is a good way of only buying the food that we actually need. I was thinking of sharing some budget meal ideas, makeup and other budget related posts on the blog so let me know if that is something you would be interested in. We spend far too much money on food due to not planning meals and writing out shopping lists so we have decided to scale this back which hopefully means we can add some money to our savings and get some work done on the house, you'll be pleased to know the garden work is now complete although I do now have to purchase some decorations to inject some personality into it and make it more 'us'. I don't know whether to wait until next Summer to buy these things for the garden as we won't be getting much use out of the garden at the moment but if they get reduced soon then I will be getting them now.

Anyway back to food, as I am following Slimming World again the majority of our meals are homemade (preferably quick and easy!) and I like to sit down and write down a meal plan for the week, usually surrounded by various recipe books and the latest Slimming World magazine. I know roughly what I have in the freezer and cupboards and I like to use these things up also to keep costs down. Obviously things like fresh fruit and veg have to be bought weekly but by taking the time to write down my meal plan it means I can then look through the cupboards and freezer to see what I already have in the house and that way I don't need to double up buying food that we already have in the house.

This week's meal plan is super simple but all are current favourite meals of mine (and the hubbys!). The weather is getting colder now so I wanted to have some comforting foods to see me through the week, I am also trying to get a good loss on the scales this week so keep your fingers crossed for me please.
  • Monday - Warburtons Thin pizza with salad 
  • Tuesday - Homemade Lentil & Vegetable Soup
  • Wednesday - Curry 
  • Thursday - Linda McCartney Red Onion & Rosemary Sausages with egg, chips & beans
  • Friday - Pizza Omelette 
  • Saturday - Takeaway which will be my cheat meal of the week 
  • Sunday - Not been decided as yet
I don't tend to plan out my breakfast and lunches week to week but I like to make sure I have plenty of variety in the house.  Breakfast this week will include overnight oats probably two or three times, yoghurt with fresh fruit and maybe even an Alpen Light bar one of the days.  Lunches are usually leftovers from the night before and let me tell you, I will be in heaven on Wednesday lunch time because I will be having a huge bowl of homemade lentil and vegetable soup which is one of my favourite lunches. Other days I will have Ryvita with Laughing Cow Light Cheese Triangles with pickled onions on top (don't ask, I love it!). I am trying to have a variety of meals as I was falling into a habit of eating a lot of the same meals on rotation for a few weeks so trying to break this before I get bored and start straying from the plan.  As I said above, I am always stalking Instagram looking for meal ideas and inspirations to keep things exciting in the kitchen, well as exciting as a fussy eater like me can have!

Talking of Instagram, if you are on there and don't mind food pics, then I'll be sharing photos of these meals and a lot more on my Slimming World Instagram page so make sure you are following to keep up to date. 

Do you plan your weekly meals? Have you done your plan for the week ahead?

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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Slimming World Journey | The Restart

Slimming World Journey
Guess who's back, back again? Not Slim Shady unfortunately, feel free to call me that if you like though (jokes!), but me... Carrie. I have rejoined Slimming World (SW as I like to call it.)  There is no surprise that I ended up walking back through the door of my local class as I just sort of gave up when I hit a glitch in the road last time and mostly it was because things weren't going my way in terms of weight loss. Looking back it was just a testing time and I totally could have turned things around if I had put in some work and found my strength and determination but I took the easy way out and gave up. SW wasn't working for me at that time but it was only because of my own laziness and lack of planning which made me reach for the snack tin over making healthy, nutritious meals. It wasn't SW's fault, it was mine. In a nutshell, SW was working but I wasn't.

You may recall that my last SW journey ended at the beginning of August when I was really struggling to get back into a routine with it all, I spoke about it a bit more in this post, and instead of literally pulling my big girl pants up and finding my motivation, I chose to quit. At the time I mentioned I had downloaded the My Fitness Pal app and was planning on tracking my food intake this way, yeah that didn't last long. I think I lasted about a week, give or take, and then I was stuffing my face with all sorts of food naughtiness again. I have spoken previously about needing the support network and feeling like I have someone to answer to in terms of weight loss or I just don't stick at it. I needed my SW group, I needed the support network of the other members and more than anything I needed my SW Consultant. I felt like I was alone in my weight loss journey and that is why on 27th August 2016 (only a few weeks after quitting!), I walked back through those doors to my local Slimming World class and instantly felt like I had never left, in a good way. I chose to restart my journey altogether and give myself a complete restart, I had put some of the weight back on that I had previously lost and was only 5lbs away from my heaviest weight, which was my original SW starting weight earlier in the year. The previous journey has been wiped out and I have a new book and some new shiny stickers, SW reward you with shiny stickers that we like to call our bling when we reach weight loss milestones. We also get certificates. It rings of being back at school but I bloody well love it. I love shiny things so getting a new bit of bling for my SW book is marvellous and even better when you get a round of applause from your fellow members and feel like you have accomplished something. The class I go to is super supportive and I am so glad that I made the decision to go back to class.

So how am I getting on, I hear you ask. Well here are my weigh in results to date:-

Week 1 -5lbs
Week 2 -5lbs | Slimmer of the Week | 1/2 Stone Award
Week 3 -4lbs | Slimmer of the Week | 1 Stone Award
Week 4 -2lbs
Week 5 -0.5lb

My total loss to date is 16.5lbs which I am chuffed to bits about. I won't lie and say it has been super easy because it really hasn't, it has been hard work but I am fighting through the tough days and trying to survive the weekends which is when I seem to fall off the wagon quite dramatically.  Cheat meals seem to turn into cheat days and then cheat weekends with me but I won't give up and will continue fighting through.

Body wise, I haven't noticed a big difference as yet, I have a lot to lose (we'll save that for another post!) but hopefully I will notice some changes soon. I do think I seen my collar bone starting to peak through the other day though and I am sure my face has gotten a little thinner, just a little mind you but enough for me to notice.  Hopefully there will be more noticeable changes soon and they will spur me on to keep going.

I don't know what the future holds for my weight loss journey but I will do random updates every now and again on here. I was planning on sharing some recipes and what I ate style posts if that is something you want to see. I actually ummed and ahhed about sharing this post on the blog but I really want to do some more lifestyle related posts and SW is now part of my lifestyle so I hope it will be a journey you can follow along with me. I pinky promise I won't become one of those preachy weight loss people. If you blog about SW then let me know in the comments so I can follow your journey also, it's good to have a bit of support.

Finally I just wanted to mention that I have set up a separate Instagram Account here for all things Slimming World related, I wanted to keep it separate from my main Instagram page which is predominantly beauty as I know some people don't like to see food pics and vice versa. It was easier for me to keep the pages separate and it is really simple for me to switch between accounts, I just need to remember to actually switch accounts before posting any pictures!

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Dr PAW PAW Multipurpose Soothing Balm | Original & Tinted Peach Pink Balm

Dr PAW PAW Multipurpose Soothing Balm
I first started using Dr Paw Paw Multipurpose Balm early last year and you may recall that I spoke about it in this post at the time. I am still using it and loving it so thought it was about time that I told you all a bit more about it. Before I start I feel that I should point out that the balms featured in the above photos are newly purchased ones and that is why the security label is clearly visible on them, you know what us beauty bloggers are like with wanting to take photos of brand new products when doing review posts.

Dr PAW PAW Multipurpose Balm is made up of a variety of natural ingredients mixed together to create the multi use balm that thousands of us have come to use and love, paw paw is included in this mix which has been found to have natural healing qualities. The balm itself is fragrance free so perfect for those of you who can't stand overbearing scented products. It is a thick, non greasy balm which acts as a barrier to prevent skin drying out or chapping and is especially ideal for use in the cold and wet Winter weather which is fast approaching us. As a reference point, I like to apply this in places where I need additional moisture.

The Dr PAW PAW Multipurpose Original Balm (yellow tube) was the first balm I purchased and I instantly fell in love with it. It has many uses including skin protector, moisturiser, nappy cream and hair/beauty finisher as well as being ideal for use on sun burn and skin irritations. I use it mostly on my lips to prevent, and cure if i get, dry and/or chapped lips. I wear a lot of matte liquid lipsticks and so I like to make sure that I apply one of the balms to my lips every single night as part of my evening skincare routine. Since adopting this balm as part of my routine, I am pleased to say I have not had any dry/chapped lips at all which is a big statement for me as previously I have suffered from horrendous dry lips especially in Winter months. I have also now added the Tinted Peach Pink Balm to my collection and I love to use this for days when I am not wearing makeup or just don't want to apply a lipstick to make sure my lips stay hydrated and protected but also to add a hint of colour. The original balm is transparent so it is up to you whether you wish to have a hint of colour, it really is just a hint, from the Peach Pink Balm or whether you would rather just have a transparent shade. The Peach Pink Balm is perfect for the lips but is also amazing at adding a little something to the cheeks for those 'no makeup' makeup days!

Dry skin wise this is somewhat of a miracle worker. I get incredibly dry elbows for some reason, as well as knees and I have tried numerous moisturisers and products over the years, some have worked and some not so much but Dr PAW PAW balm works amazingly on these areas, just so long as I remember to include it as part of my routine.

Another great use I have found is on my cuticles and the dry skin at the sides of my nails. I have to admit that I normally get so annoyed with these and end up biting or picking them off, disgusting I know but it's a bad habit I can't seem to shake off. Luckily, I only now have this dry skin problem around nails when I don't look after this area, I like to massage in some hand cream or cuticle oil into them during the day to keep this area hydrated but I also make sure I apply Dr PAW PAW balm at least once a week to keep this area looking it's best. No more disgusting peeling skin around the nails for me.

As you can tell from this post, I have found so many uses for this multipurpose balm, I could go on and on, but in fact there is so much more it can actually be used for that I just haven't discovered as yet. Have you tried it? If not, you really need to consider purchasing it. It is a wonder product and one which I will not be without in my collection again.

Dr PAW PAW Multipurpose Soothing Balm is available direct from the Dr PAW PAW website or from Superdrug, Feel Unique and Look Fantastic priced at only £6.95 for 25ml.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

10-Minute Makeup

10 minute makeup
I don't know about you but I'd much rather have longer in bed in the mornings than get up and apply makeup for an hour or more each day. On the weekend I can spend anywhere up to an hour applying day time makeup as I like to take my time and use this time to try out new products but during the week I much prefer sleep over makeup application.  I wouldn't go to work makeup free though but I like to use no fuss products that I can apply quickly and that I know just work for me.

I have super speedy makeup application down to an art at the moment, I throw these products at my face, not literally, and within 10 minutes I look presentable enough for a day in the office. It has gotten to the point now though that if I was to suddenly go into work with a full face of makeup, most of my colleagues wouldn't recognise me. I tend to favour a 'no makeup' makeup look but I like to mix it up by having a bold lip but not all the time, I like to change my lip colour daily to keep things interesting but can still not wear any eyeshadow or mascara as my eye has not 100% healed since my eye infection.

All products mentioned in this post are applied in the morning and they last me until I get home from work so no need for any re-applying at lunch time well apart from the lips but that is more habit than anything. I like to apply some lip balm to my lips at lunch time after I have eaten to stop them from drying out.

Garnier BB Cream Original - Light | £9.99 | post
Even though we are moving away from Summer and the warmer weather (well, what we had of it!), I am still favouring a lightweight, easy to wear base so the Garnier BB cream is ticking all the boxes for me at the moment. This shade is pretty much a perfect match for me and has been my go to base for a couple of weeks now. It is quick to apply and is perfect for the 'no makeup' makeup look.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette | £6.00
I'm no makeup artist so have no idea why I actually bought a corrector palette. I don't use this properly at all but I do like to use a touch of the peach shade under my eyes before, and even instead of, concealer to try and help with discolouration. I have tried numerous undereye concealers in search of the one but the closest I have come is Soap & Glory Kiss Ass Concealer (post here) which I liked but I tended to put another concealer on top of. This palette is good especially if you want to colour correct but it works for my needs as well although I would definately prefer buying a single colour corrector shade once this has run out as that is all I am really needing. The correctors in this palette are creamy and so apply really easily and blend well.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Transparent | £3.99 | post
Is there anything I can say about this which hasn't already been said by millions, not an exaggeration, of people before me. It is the one powder that I have seen many bloggers and YouTubers rave about numerous times and it something that I will always have in my collection because I love it so much. It is the perfect setting powder with its mattifying powers and longetivity. It also costs very little so perfect for those of us on a budget.

Maybelline Master Contour Stick - Light | £6.99 | post
I wanted to love this, I really did but I just don't. I don't dislike it but it is not what I expected it to be. The contour shade is really nice going on to the skin, it doesn't look like a streak of dirt or orange like on your face but is a really good natural looking contour shade. The problem I have is that once I blend this into the skin, be it by beauty blender or brush, you just cannot see it on me.  I am pale skinned so tend to stay on the light handed side of things when applying products especially bronzers, but no matter how heavy handed I am with this stick it just doesn't show on me once blended in. I love the idea of this but I think once this has been used up, I will just get an all in one bronzer stick. I hardly use the highlighter side and due to this the two sides are merging into each other, well the highlight side is taking over the bronzing side causing a lot of hassle for me to use.

MUA Luxe Highlight Kit - Pearl Gold | £5.00 | post
I am all {heart eyed emoji} over this two part highlight kit, I absolutely love it. It takes no time at all to apply, is ridiculously pigmented and leaves the most gorgeous highlight on your face. The fact it is so cheap is another big plus point for me, you know how I love my budget beauty.

MUA Blush - Pink Shimmer Kisses | £3.00
This MUA blusher contains four separate colours which can be used alone or altogether, I definately favour them altogether. A quick sweep of my brush through the four of them and onto my cheek gives me the best shade, it's almost like a candy pink shimmer but don't worry as the shimmer isn't very intense so doesn't clash with any highlighter you might be wearing with it.

Freedom Duo Brow Powder - Medium Brown | £3.00
I don't think I have spoken about this Freedom Duo Brow Powder on the blog before. I really like this powder. I tend to use a mixture of the two shades to create a colour close to my own natural brow colour. I like to use this under WunderBrow to create my perfect eyebrow look. I have used it many times on its own and also with other brow gels on top and I am always impressed with it.  It is easy to work with and I would definately repurchase this.

WunderBrow - Brunette | £19.95 | post
Ever since I first bought this, I have been obsessed with it. I have had so many compliments on my brows lately. The hair like fibres add a little something to my brows but still leave them looking natural, you can apply this as thickly as you want but I like to look more on the natural side so use it lightly. This is a great time saver in the mornings for those of you who have to spend a long time perfecting your brows ordinarily. A lot of the time I cheat and do my eyebrows the night before so that I can miss that step altogether in the morning. WunderBrow is waterproof so will last for days and is only removed when you want to remove it and at which stage you would need to use an oil based cleanser, soap and water will not even make this budge in the slightest.

NYX Liquid Suede - Soft Spoken | £6.50 | post
The NYX matte liquid lipsticks are really hyped up at the moment but for very good reason. I bought two of the Liquid Suede ones and and they really are as good as everyone says, I am so impressed with them. They are really pigmented and long lasting. This applies almost like a gloss and dries completely matte, it is very comfortable to wear on the lips once dried and there is no discomfort at all. Soft Spoken is the perfect mauve nude shade for me to wear to work and for running errands at the weekend. A complete all rounder. 

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

MUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit | Pearl Gold

MUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit, Pearl GoldMUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit, Pearl Gold
I seem to have developed a highlight addiction over the last few months, it feels like every week I spot another one that I need want to add to my collection. It's getting a bit out of hand now and I need to reign it in.

One highlighter that I have been absolutely loving in recent months is the MUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit which is a complete bargain at only £5.00, perfect for those of us on a budget.  I used to be a huge fan of MUA and then I sort of fell away from them when other brands came into play and caught my eye but I really feel like they have upped their game this year, they have so many amazing products out at the moment. Quite a few of them I have purchased so keep your eyes peeled for them appearing on the blog very soon.
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