Saturday, 10 October 2015

Grandchildren , Family and Happy Smiles

Grandchildren, family and happy smiles really does say it all for me. My children are grown up now and they are truly the thing I am most proud of. Both of them have turned into wonderful adults and both now have wonderful partners and family. It only seems a second ago when I thought I would not have children. Those dark days of so wanting a baby seem light years ago. We got married in 1979 and wanted a baby straight away, but fate had other ideas! In fact our son Matthew did not come along till 1981 and he truly was so wanted and loved.
His sister Natalie was born in 1986 and our family was complete. We had lots of fun days and lots of happy smiles over the years.
Then the circle began again and in 2014 our grandson Nathan was born. He was so tiny and perfect and it was a strange feeling seeing your first grandchild. I could see his dad at that age and it only seemed like a second ago.

Matthew, Karen and Natthan
This past year has flown and he has now grown into a proper little boy with a cheeky grin. I hope I get lots of years to see him grow up . He has two wonderful , caring parents so I think he will get a great start in life.

Just a week after Nathan was born our daughter Natalie told us the news she was also having a baby!
We were in shock as we had only just got our first grandchild. As time went on we were delighted to find out she was having a girl. How lucky were we a grandson and a granddaughter in one year lol.
Our granddaughter Grace was born in Jan 2015 five weeks early . She was tiny only 4lbs 11 oz but totally perfect in every way. I was lucky as I was there at the delivery so I got to see her born. It was very special.
She has grown so much even with her rocky start and fast coming up on her first birthday. She is a very happy little baby and like Nathan has a cheeky grin. Her mum and dad Natalie and Ian are such good parents and she is very lucky to have them. Her mum is a vocalist and its is so funny when she sings as Grace loves it . The name is also very special as my mum who died many years ago was called Grace.

I hope you are getting lots of Grandchildren, Family and Happy Smiles this weekend, and you enjoyed seeing my pictures .

Monday, 5 October 2015

My Five Seconds of Fame

I was thinking about what to write about today and I got held up due to a little un planned baby sitting, My daughter has a big exam on the 30th and its not easy to study with a 7 month old , so she came to see nanny for a couple of hours. You totally forget how much work they are at that age and the fact that you cant do anything at all. So doing a blog post got left till tonight.
I have been lucky in the past to meet a few famous people. My children used to act and went part time to a very famous London stage school. It was alway exciting and some more than others if you know what I mean!
Then I was watching This Morning ( our famous daytime entertainment show) and they asked for people for a make over. As a larger lady I am not used to thinking about how great or not I look, you tend to just wear what covers you up best! I used to be lovely and slim but years of poor health have put paid to that sadly. I have no thought at all that they would pick me, so the telephone call telling me they had was a shock.
Once I reached the studio the fear took hold and I was so nervous. I was with two other ladies who unlike me were slim so that did not help at all. The worst thing was they had sent out a young lady to buy clothes and she had done the normal stick the large lady in the tent trip. All the things were huge and baggy and with me only being 5ft 1 I looked like a person in a circus tent. The most funny/embarrassing part was them trying to squeeze me in a pair of control pants !!! OMG I pulled those things so hard my arms killed for days and I could not get my tea up to my mouth. My daughter was no help and was laughing so much she had to lie down on the floor!!
They then gave me a pair of 5 inch heels which I could not walk in and raced me into the studio. At the last second they took my glasses away so I could not see anything. Lucky for me I got on the right spot and the next few seconds with the hosts fern and phil went past in a flash.

I loved my hair and make up but not the clothes so much . However, we did laugh until we cried and all in all it was a fab day. Lets put it this way I am not volunteering for anymore make overs lol.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

National Taco Day

Normally on Sunday like most people in the UK we would have a roast dinner. We love our roast potatoes and meat with all the trimmings but at times its nice to have a change.
This Sunday is happened to be National Taco Day and I was asked to try out either a vegetarian or meat taco . We choose the meat version as my hubbie is not like me in prefer vegetarian. This is the meat version
You can't beat this classic spicy taco dish in crispy shell from Santa Maria . Fill it with mincemeat and add your favourite toppings. It's great finger food!

Beef Taco

400g minced beef
1 tbsp oil
1 Sachet of Santa Maria Taco Seasoning
100ml of water

To serve

Santa Maria Taco Shells
green salad
Santa Maria salsa and Santa Maria soured cream

Fry the mince and add the Taco Seasoning Mix and water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 mins.
Heat the Taco Shells in the oven for 2-3 mins.
Fill the warm Taco Shells with the mince, salad, cheese and Salsa, and a dollop of Guacamole Style Topping and Soured Cream Topping.

This is how ours came out

My husband made a lovely salad to go with it and I have to say it was yummy in fact the best meal this week. Its such an easy and simple thing to make . You can find lots more information plus the recipe for the veg version on the web site at

Please pop over and try and let me know what you thought about it!

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

Monday, 28 September 2015

Fairground fun!

Its Monday so the day to share some happy times with you. In my town the last weekend of September we have an evening carnival. They shut the whole high street down and there are lots of entertainments and excitement. The fair comes to town and even if I can't ride the rides anymore the colour is so wonderful. I have some stunning pictures to share today and I hope you will not mind as they were taken by either my son ,daughter and daughter in law. They were so great I just had to share. I think they speak for themselves so I shall leave them for you to enjoy.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Love Your Mouth Campaign

I had just arrived back from the dentist the other day, to get an e mail about the Love your Mouth campaign. It seemed like excellent timing to me and I thought I would share the information with you.

Why Love Your Mouth?

A new survey commissioned by GSK, as part of its Love Your Mouth campaign ( has revealed that thousands of people could be putting their oral health at risk by not brushing their teeth in the evening because they are too tired.
The survey found that 45% of people questioned say they have gone to bed without brushing their teeth, which could increase their chances of cavities, gum disease and even tooth loss.
The survey also found that even though 91% of survey respondents say they are aware that poor oral care can lead to a decline in the health of teeth and gums, almost 1 in 5 people surveyed brush their teeth with just water and without using toothpaste!
Based on these new findings, it’s unsurprising that 67%1 of respondents said they have experienced tooth decay or cavities and 29%1 of those people confessed they have six or more fillings.

I have great teeth and very few fillings which for someone of my age that is really good. However, I do have gum issues which I am constantly worried about. I am lucky and have an excellent dentist who nags me about keeping on top of the issue. I started by going to the web site and taking the challenge.

Its really quick and easy and it will tell you what products you should try to help with your gum and teeth health.
Mine was two products Corsodyl Daily mouth wash and Corsodyl toothpaste.

I have to be honest in that I normally hate mouthwash and try not to use it. However, for this blog I have and was surprised that I really did not mind it at all. Not too strong so pleasant to use, a nice fresh taste and better still no after taste which is good. My mouth did feel fresh and clean and no build up on my teeth which is nice as well. I will keep using it and we shall see if I have any improvements once it is all gone. 

The second was a toothpaste, which helps with bleeding gums. It is a very strange colour but a tiny bit goes a long way. It took a little to get used to it as it does have Sodium bicarbonate in it but its fine once you get used to the taste. Used with the mouthwash I am hoping it will have with keeping my teeth and gums healthy. I should add it can only be used by adults or children over 12 years of age.
Once again I will have to do another post later to tell you if it has helped. I think being aware and being pro active is the best part. So why not join me and visit the site and find out what you need. Plus there is lots of information as well on these products and more.

Please note I was not paid for this review and all views are my own. I only received a sample of the product to try.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Bright Heart Voile Quilt and Make It Coats

As you will know if you read the blog often ( and thank you if you do) you will know I am very very lucky to be an Ambassador for Coats. I have just completed my second project for them in super quick time lol. I found this fab quilt on the Make It Coats web site called Bright Heart Voile using fabric designed by Amy Butler for FreeSpirit. I really called to me because of the super bright colour and shapes. I was looking for a quilt to make for my father in law who is going to host a coffee morning, for the cancer charity Macmillan . As their theme colour is green I thought this would fit the bill. It took a little while to arrive and get going due to a nasty virus and having no energy but in the end I got there

This fabric is so bright and colourful and so so soft. It was a little harder to handle but worth it because it was so pretty and cosy. As normal I like to sit down and plan what I want to do and then to lay out the fabric for cutting. Like any quilt its best to take your time and make sure you cut it all neat to start. I like to use a rotary cutter and a self healing mat as it was one of the first items of quilting I every got. Its also very handy with this pattern if you have a large cutting/measuring square to use. It makes the job much much easier.

I also found a piece of tailors chalk or wax great for marking as you have to mark from corner to corner on each square. I did try pen but it did not show up but the tailors wax was great. You can buy this at any store that stocks cottons or sewing items.

I make sure I had neat edges as it makes it much better when you cut out your blocks.

Its a very simple pattern just cut two square in two fabrics. Place right side together and sew 1/4 inch from the white line on both sides of the line. Then you cut down the centre and you have two new squares like magic lol. The pattern will explain in detail . It was a nice easy quilt and would be ideal for a beginner.
I was delighted with the finished quilt and I really hope it goes to raise lots of money for the charity as it is one close to my heart. My own mother died of Cancer and the Macmillan nurses helped so much to make those last few months a bit better for her.

When the coffee morning has happened and I find out the winner I will do another post to share with you.
My daughter is still working on the fab jumper which is the other jollyjillys project, as this is all knitted its taking a bit longer.

Please go over to the 
web site for for details of fabrics used and pattern which is free.
Here is a link to the pattern

Please note I was not paid for this post and all views are my own. I only received a sample of the product to use

Monday, 21 September 2015

Magic Past

I hope you will let me share a bit of a past magic moment. I know I will hear loads of you shouting at me but I hate summer! I hate being hot and feeling worn out in seconds because of the heat. I much prefer to be cosy with a nice warm sweater and a hot cup of tea lol. So magic for me is the wonder and beautiful snow and the winter months. This is a picture at my house and I love my tree and garden  and no matter how cold it is I will enjoy it.  Have a lovely Happy week