IMG_1010It feels like a long time since I did my last food haul but I thought I would share with you the food I bought this week. I buy my food shopping from Tesco each week and spend between £40 and £60 depending on what I need to get in, I buy in bulk where possible and keep a list of what’s in my fridge and freezer so I know what to buy. I also like to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon chopping vegetables ready for the week ahead, and make sure everything is used up so that there’s no waste. I also tend to freeze vegetables if I’m not going to use them all – mushrooms is usually the best example of this. To start the meal plan off, this weekend we went for a belated birthday celebration for Gaz and went to Turtle Bay which is a lovely Caribbean restaurant in Leamington which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had sweetcorn fritters, spicy chicken wings and jerk chicken/steak which was delicious. We also had pudding and Gaz drank some beer while I just had diet coke. It was lovely and felt like a real treat and a good use of my syn allowance for the week as well. 

 

So, here’s what we have on the meal plan this week.

Sunday : Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake 
Monday : Leek, Bacon and Potato Bake 
Tuesday : Tuna Pasta Bake 
Wednesday : Nacho Feast
Thursday : Fanta Chicken Stir-fry 
Friday : Carbonara 

What’s on your meal plan?

FullSizeRender 2I tend to change my makeup each season and in the summer I’m very much a minimal makeup kind of girl, most days it’s just a bit of mascara and colour to my cheeks. I don’t like to clog my face too much to keep my skin in good condition, but I also find that  because I’m pale I do like to add a little colour to my face so I don’t look washed out all the time. With Summer just around the corner, the Maybelline Dream Sun Triple Bronzer in 02 Brunette is a perfect new addition to my makeup bag.

FullSizeRenderHaving never tried a bronzer from Maybelline this has been a great first impression. I have used this bronzer for a few weeks now and it’s a wonderful new addition to my collection of daily summer makeup. Surprisingly, this bronzer is perfect for any fellow fair skinned girls and gives a nice subtle bronze/peachy glow to the face. 

As a rule, I don’t tend to use bronzer all over the face as I prefer just applying it to the apple of my cheeks which I know may be the norm.I have to admit that when I first looked at the bronzer I could see that there were three different shades and I thought the darkest shade wouldn’t work on my skin tone but I was wrong and once I swirled the product with my brush, tapped off any excess product and applied it to my face as I would a blusher I was pleasantly surprised. 

IMG_7659As you can see, it works perfectly for us paler girls so if you think it won’t suit you, think again. I think that this bronzer is best applied with a stippling brush for a light coverage. Overall I would highly recommend this wonder bronzer, it’s extremely affordable at £5.99 in Superdrug and Boos and it will definitely feature in my makeup bag this summer. 

IMG_8715What is your favourite bronzer?

SW SP

For a month now I have been a couple of lbs away from my two stone award and I have to say that it’s driving me INSANE. I want that award but I know that putting pressure on myself just isn’t going to work so I thought I would try something different. I had heard a lot of good things about the Extra Easy SP plan. It’s a plan designed to use for a couple of days to speed your weight loss along. 

For those that don’t know, the SP plan is a plan designed to be used for a few days to boost your weight loss by eating as much Speed and Protein foods as possible. The meals you eat should consist of at least 50% Speed (most fruit and vegetables which you can find in your Food Optimising Book) and the rest are food labelled as Protein (a lot of lean meat, fish, eggs etc) and trying to reach for more Speed foods to snack on in between meals. You still have your syns and you can have two healthy extra b options. When I first heard about this plan I didn’t think I would ever want to do it as I love pasta too much and you can’t have them on this plan.

 

After thinking about it and getting increasingly wound up at myself I decided it was time to try it for a few days, just to see if I enjoyed it. Seen as you can have two healthy b choices I decided to have oats so I could make some baked oats and then I decided to have an Alpen Light bar as speed and a healthy extra. I also decided to get a lot of fresh berries in and loads of nice speedy vegetables. The meals I chose were turkey chilli with cauliflower rice, diet pepsi chicken with speedy stir fry and bolognese mince packed with speed food and served with courgetti. I was really impressed by all of the meals I made and really enjoyed eating the cauliflower rice so much so that I’m having it again this week with turkey chilli again. 

I have to say that I found the Extra Easy SP plan quite easy to stick to and funnily enough, for those few days I didn’t miss pasta, rice or potatoes which was an amazing feeling knowing I could do this plan quite easily. Having done the SP plan for a few days and looking into it a bit more, I can see that there are so many other meal options available and I can easily incorporate the meals I already have into the SP days. If you’re a Slimming World member, there is also a 7 day meal plan on their website. 

Overall, I was really surprised with this plan and would definitely give it a go again. Have you tried the Extra Easy SP plan? Would you recommend it?

London Imperial War MuseumIt’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to London, so when Gaz asked if we could go for a day out this year for his birthday I looked at the trains and jumped at the chance – hello £12 return!

We decided we’d make a day of it and thought that by booking a day out in May, we’d get good weather. So on Saturday we got up and were happy to see that the sun was shining and we jumped on a train at 7:48am and headed down to London. We arrived in Euston which has changed quite a bit since I was last there and then went straight to the underground and headed to Elephant & Castle so that we could go to the Imperial War Museum. I’d never been before but Gaz had when he was younger so he was really looking forward to it. It was really interesting to walk around and we spent quite a bit of time walking around looking at the galleries and exhibitions. They also had some planes and tanks on display which of course Gaz enjoyed looking at and reading about in more depth. 

London HMS BelfastOnce we had finished at the Imperial War Museum we decided to head to London Bridge and have a walk around as it was such a nice day. We were going to have a walk along the bridge to find somewhere for lunch but Gaz saw that the HMS Belfast was there and he asked if we could go on to have a look around, so we did. We had to pay £16 but it was well worth it, you could go all over the ship and take a look at all of the rooms which was fantastic – you could see the boiler room, the laundry, the butcher and potato store and so much more. We were able to go up to the decks, see the captain and admiral cabins and look out towards London Bridge for some great views – the photos really didn’t do it justice but it was well worth the money we spent visiting and I would definitely recommend going if you haven’t been already.

We then went for lunch at Cote Brasserie which wasn’t far away from the ship, and then headed to London Bridge itself which we walked over but couldn’t take too many photos as it was really busy with tourists walking over it with their selfie sticks. We then decided to take a walk on that side of the river and walk back over the bridge we originally walked over which was nice as it was such a lovely, sunny day.

Once we had our walk, we decided to head towards central London and went to the Covent Garden tube station where we walked up ALL OF THE STAIRS to get to the top. I must remember not go to that station, I always forget the ridiculous staircase. We spent our last couple of hours walking around Covent Garden, having a look in shops, having a drink in a cafe and enjoying the sunshine. Once we had finished it was time to head home and we arrived back to Coventry at 7:30pm so we’d been out for 12 hours in the end. 

I had my FitBit on that day and as you can see, I did a lot of Body Magic. 

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We had a great day out and enjoyed a little bit of sight seeing we did and I’m looking forward to spending the weekend there later on this year with one of my best friends as we go away for a girls weekend.

Have you been to London? What do you like to do there?

summer

Soon we’ll be well into summer and I can’t wait. Even though I never tan, I really can’t wait for some sunshine as it always makes me feel that much happier. Here are 7 things I’m looking forward to…

  1. British Summer Berries – I know, I know, that’s quite sad but I adore British summer fruits. I love nothing more than having a punnet of strawberries or raspberries for pudding. They’re also nice in a glass of fizz, just saying!
  2. Sandals & Dresses  I have been in my sandals for the past couple of days but I can’t wait to wear them permanently as I live in them over the hotter months which reminds me, I need to get a couple more pairs soon. I also can’t wait to get my summer dresses on. I didn’t get a lot of use out of them last year so I’m hoping this year is different.
  3. Sitting in my garden – I tend to neglect using my garden to it’s full advantage but this summer I plan on spending a lot more time outside and enjoying the weather. My boyfriend and I said that it would be nice to have tea outside some nights and maybe even a disposable BBQ.
  4. Pimm’s – Honestly, this is my favourite summertime drink and I love having a few glasses with a meal or just sitting in the sun. It’s so refreshing and I can’t wait to have some soon!
  5. Ice Cream – Yes, I’m on Slimming World but I can still have ice cream. I love when I go home during the summer and we go to Largs as they do the best ice cream. I also love cones although I usually go for vanilla ice cream and maybe sometimes toffee or raspberry as well. They are probably my favourite flavours!
  6. Days Out – I’ve got a few things planned over the coming months – a trip to London this coming weekend and another one in August, a spa day and a BBQ for one of my best friends 30th birthday. I love having days out, whether it’s locally to Leamington or Stratford Upon Avon or further away, my boyfriend and I are hoping to make the most of our weekends this summer, enjoy the weather and go for days away!
  7. New York – Although we’re not going until September (yaaaaaay!) I can’t wait to get my teeth into planning my holiday to New York – what we’re going to do, where we might go. I genuinely can’t wait although it feels surreal to be going this year and it feels more surreal to know that I’ll be turning 30 when I’m there. 

What are you looking forward to this summer?