Saturday, 25 July 2015

Review & Giveaway | Kiqplan Slim & Trim

Heya everyone,

Those of you who have been readers for a while know I've been on a healthy eating and fitness plan since January. I was recently ask to to review the “Slim & Trim Plan”

Kiqplan is your own online digital coach. The 12 weeks plan which was created by personal
trainers, dietitians and qualified fitness experts. include workouts, recipes, fitness tracking, food tracking all in one app.

For £19.99 you choice the fitness plan you want. I choose to review the Slim & Trim plan because it is designed  for women of all shapes and sizes. Let’s be honest I am not going to be Slim & Trim any time soon; but I would love to improve my fitness and tone up a little.

Kiqplan also have other plans which include; Beer Belly Blaster, Healthy Baby Bump, Goodbye Baby Bump, Your First 5 km,10 km Run Ready, Bikini Hot and Sun's out, Guns out. There is an app to suit everyone.

So how does Kiqplan work?

It’s not a secret that I am not the most tech savvy person, but I have found this so easy to use. I have many apps on my phone, but this is one that I actually use. I have found it so easy to use, yes if I’m honest I may not follow their diet plan to the T as I am on Slimming World, however there are some really handy tips which I have been using.

There are lots of yummy recipes which I will be adapting to fit in with my Slimming World plan. What I really love about the app is tips on thinking positvity, calming down and relaxing more, it's definitely full of useful information.

You can follow Kiqplan on their following social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

I have been given the opportunity to give one of you a Kiqplan Slim & Trim for you to try for yourself. All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is enter via the rafflecpoter form below.

It's as easy as that, good luck!

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

What Does Darcy | 18 Months Update!

One and a half years old, another six  months and Darcy will be two. Icaramba!!
She is wearing 18 - 24 months clothes, size 6 shoes and is 32 inches tall. I have not got her weighed for a little while.

Darcy has been super fun, extra silly and all around a joy to be around.  Every day I am amazed at how fast she learns new things.

Diet Darcy always clears her plate, people are always surprised by how well she eats. I always try and make sure she eats a healthy diet with not too much sugar. However, her Daddy treated her to a McDonalds milkshake the other day and she loved it, especially sucking on the straw.

Her new thing is anything spicy, which worried me as I wasn’t sure if her stomach could handle it, but I had nothing to worry about.

Sleep Well we have gone from two naps a day to one, and it tends to be rather late in the afternoon that she has it. Darcy is spending much more time in her cot and I have pushed her bedtime forward an hour, which is a step in the right direction.

To use everyone legs as a slide
Small Potatoes, especially the Conga episode we have watched it many times
Kicking her football
Brushing her hair, after Mummy has styled it!!
Splashing in her paddling pool
Giving high fives
Going for Walks
Emptying out Mummy’s handbag

Being in her pram for longer than 10 minutes
Being told No!

Milestones Darcy's vocabulary is growing, "football, please, cheese, bye bye, hat" and probably a couple of more words that I cannot think of. The other day her Grandma was blocking her way so she told her “ I go there!” She has most definitely turned into a chatterbox, I cannot wait till she starts talking properly.

Darcy understands when you are talking to her and follows certain commands like when you ask her to sit down or to help tidy up her mega blocks by putting them into their bag. When her Great Grandma asks her “Who’s a lovely girl?” she replied meeeeeee.

She has recently learnt that pigs snorts, and everytime she see Peppa Pig on the TV she snorts.  It’s actually rather cute.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Out & About | The Beach at Brent Cross

A little birdie told me that Brent Cross had a beach and Fun fair, so we rocked over armed with a bucket and spade to investigate.

The Beach at Brent Cross Situated just cross from the shopping centre, we were greeted by a friendly security guard, then laid like we were in Hawaii as we entered. Entry is £3 per person and the beach stays open each night till 10pm.

There is definitely a seaside feel, with an amusement park with fun rides for all ages, Punch and Judy shows, food stalls including old favourites fish and chips to Indian. There is a massive pool and sand area and of course a bar.


If you are planning on making a day of it, I suggest you bring along a picnic as the food is a little expensive if there are more than one of you. T had a duck roll which cost £4 and Darcy and I shared a rather delicious snow cone which was £2.

Ride prices range from 2 - 3 tokens for small ride and 4- 5 for the larger thrill seeker ones.

There was such a good vibe, lots of children running around the beach and making sand castles, love birds soaking up the sun on deck chairs and lots of friends catching up and having a laugh, and it even more special due to the recent hot weather we have had in London

Darcy definitely enjoyed the sand, throwing sand all over me and herself and T got rather competitive trying to win her a soft toy which he finally did!!.

I didn’t know till after we went, that Groupon has a deal on for the beach. £11.99 for entrance for 1 and 15 tokens which is not bad at all. Check out the deal here , be quick however as the deal has limited availability.

So if you are looking for something to do in the next coming weeks, I recommend going and having a look. We will definitely going back!!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Turtle Bay | Walthamstow

Hands up if you love Caribbean food?, in my personal opinion no one cooks it better than my Grandma oh and my Mum of course. A friend informed me that Turtle Bay had opened in Walthamstow, which is  part of the new cinema complex at the top of the High street and I knew I needed to go and check it out.

A short walk from Walthamstow station, you will find brightly coloured Turtle Bay. T and I have a little tradition that we take Darcy out for lunch once a month, catch up and have some family time.

Turtle Bay has such a great vibe, we went about 1pm and the restaurant was very busy. We sat down and had a cheeky Mojito Cocktail as they were 2 for 1, whilst we browse the menu listening to some soca and reggae in the background.

For our starters we decided to share a Beef Patty and some ribs, to quote T “the patty was to die for man”. In all honestly it was rather nice with the right amount of spice and the ribs were soft and just fell of the bone.

For our mains I opted to get Darcy a cheese burger from the childrens menu which she shared with T as it was massive, T choose the jerk salmon and I went for one of my favourite dishes my grandma makes brown chicken stew.
My brown chicken stew was delicious, it also came with fried dumplings which I love love love!. T enjoyed his salmon and I have to say the sweet potato fries which came with his dish were the best I’ve ever tasted, even Darcy kept reaching over the table to help herself to them.

I love the fact that they have a open kitchen, it's fun to see the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and all the yummy food being cooked.
I was so impressed with the food that I called my mum and asked her if she wanted anything from the take away menu. She choose a Chicken Roti Wrap and T couldn’t leave without another patty. You also get 10% off if you order off the click & collect menu.

Turtle Bay is very child friendly, plenty of room to park buggies, step free access and a roomy changing room. The staff we’re great with Darcy, I was also really impressed with their children activity pack.
I can’t say anything bad about the place, the food was well cooked and the staff were friendly and attentive.  Our only regret was that we didn’t stay and have dessert as there were a few that caught our eye on the menu. I cannot wait till my next visit to Turtle Bay.

Turtle Bay
The Scene, Cleveland Place
E17 7FD

Sunday, 28 June 2015

How To Work Off Your Wimbledon Favourites | Infographic


Heya Everyone,

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that the 2015 Wimbledon Tennis Championship starts tomorrow. And you know what that means, the sound of balls bounces, women shrieking and of course strawberries and cream! But do you know how much tennis you would have to play to burn them off?
The guys over at Central London Apartments have made this useful infographic including some of my favourite summer foods and drinks. Personally I say you have three options, eat and enjoy, eat and work those calories off or do what I would do and find lower calories alternative. Since joining Slimming World I have found there is a way to have my favourite things in a healthier way, plus I don't deprive myself of the odd treat here and there.

If you are looking for accommodation with a more homely feel for your London stay for Wimbledon 2015 or any other time during the way, you can get 10% off selected London Apartments. Just use my code BB10.

Do you watch Wimbledon? what is your favourite summer food?

Friday, 26 June 2015

Haul | Zara Kids Sale

Heya Everyone,

You all know my love for Zara and boy do they do a good sale!!. I find Zara a little more "high end" high street compared to the likes of H&M, Mothercare and Next which is where I normally shop. However I managed to bag most of these for half the price Bargain!!

I don't know about you but I find the sizing a little small, so it might be worth checking out their measurements on the site before you order.

Jumpsuit (sold out) \\ Trousers (sold out)
Top// Dress 
Jumpsuit (sold out)
Shorts // Sandals (sold out)
As you can see this is a rather colourful collection of items. I love seeing Darcy in colour as they really suit her.

I fell in love with this watermelon jumpsuit, I love the fact that Zara use organic cotton in their clothing, it means they wash really well and no noticeablw shrinkage. I was also drawn to these harem pants as they a little different to what I normally dress Darcy in.

Yes another watermelon jumpsuit, but I love the colour, I will be teaming this up with a demin jacket and a pair of jelly sandals.

I may have gone a bit OTT with the yellow, the top has a overlay of lace and the dress will be perfect for a playdate.

Last up, I got Darcy a few shorts in a couple of different colours and how beautiful are these fringe sandals. I've been looking for a pair of smart sandals for her for a while now.  I got these sandals in a size 6 so Darcy can grown into them over the summer.

I'm hoping to start doing "Darcy Outfit of the Day" posts soon (providing she keeps still enough for me to take a couple of decent pictures)

What is your favourite item from the haul? would you like to see more of these posts?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

What I’m Wearing To BritMums Live 2015 | Lady Voluptuous Pink Flamingo Phoebe Dress

Heya everyone,

Before I start this post, lets all take a moment and appreciate how beautiful this dress is! Lady Voluptuous was brought to my attention thanks to Debz of Wannabe Princess. Yes I know she has this dress too, but I'm sure we won't be wearing it at the same time.

I know there will be lots of pictures taken during the two days and I wanted to wear something that I would be comfortable in. I took these pictures on a typical English summer day aka hot and muggy, however, this dress is so light weight even with the fitted petticoat that I didn't feel hot and sticky at all.

The dress has a fitted waist band which brings me in at the waist which I love as i'm rather apple shape. I'm wearing a size 22/24 the dress is true to size, however, if you are on the busty side I would suggest you size up to save your modesty....those of you who have some to save!

Lady Voluptuous is the brain child of blogger Georgina Horne of the blog Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. Lady Voluptuous was created in collaboration with Lady V London.
Lady Voluptuous sizes range from a 16 to 30/32, however if you are not plus size check out their sister site Lady V London.

I'm so in love with the flamingo print, I was drawn to it straight away. It's so bright, quirky and girlie. The Phoebe comes in 5 other prints ,I'm already eyeing up the Pink Rose Floral on Cream for a wedding I'm attending in a few months time.

They also have other dress styles and have recently included skirts to the line.

On the day I will be teaming my outfit with my trusty old pumps from Primark, as I know I'm going to be on my feet all day and I'm all about comfort! I've treated myself to a new bag from Fiorelli which I ordered from Next. It's so roomy that I've been using it as a changing bag. 

Are you going to BritMums Live? What will you be wearing?

* This dress was kindly gifted to me, however all opinions are my own

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