Month: May 2015

Baked Oat Muffins ~ Slimming World Friendly 

  I have been wanting to try something different with my HexB rather than using it on cereal or bread and have seen a few variants of baked oat muffins online and thought I would try my own.

Now strictly these are not free on slimming world as I did add blueberries before cooking and if you are 100% slimming world this would need to be synned. 

Ingredients 

35g plain porridge oats (HexB)
50mls skimmed milk (From your HexA)
1 egg
50g Frozen Blueberries – 1 syn cooked
2tbsp sweetner
1tsp vanilla extract

  
Mix ingredients together in a bowl, place into silicone cases and cook at 180c for 20-25 mins. You need to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Once cooled, pop out of the cases and enjoy! 

Claire xx 

Weight loss Wednesday ~ monthly update 

  Okay, so I have had a better month than last month that’s for sure but still a disappointing one in my eyes. It seems to be taking me so much longer this time to get properly back into the healthy eating mindset. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve changed a lot of the bad habits I’d picked up again when I was stressed and eating for comfort after the last IVF and I’m back tracking my food and following Slimming World again so at least I feel a little more in control. 

  
I just need to keep going, slow and steady wins the race and all that! I’m hoping for a better month this month. My aim is to drop 5lbs to get into the next stone bracket. So fingers crossed. 

This month it is a loss though and a loss is a loss so I need to be happy with that.  

Claire xx  

Words that comfort ~ Infertility Quotes

Sometimes I browse through Pinterest looking for quotes that mean something to me. 

Over the last few years these have mostly been related to infertility. I post some of them on my Instagram account but I don’t want to come across as needy, attention seeking or negative. 

But as this is my own little space of the Internet and I can share the ups and downs of living with infertility, I wanted to share some here. 

  
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I find them cathartic, they help me sum up what’s in my head when my own words can’t. They may appear negative at times but then infertility emotions can be quite negative despite you trying your hardest to stop them.

I do have a lot of positive ones saved too though, ones I turn to when I need a pick me up, a reminder to be positive, to stay hopeful. 

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Quotes may not be for everyone but for me I really do find that no matter what my emotions I can either find a quote that helps me make sense of it or one that helps me regroup, pick myself up and start again. 

Do you have any quotes that help you? 

Claire xx 

Rejuvenating old plant pots

  

We had a lot of old plant pots, the typical cheapish plastic ones in green and terracotta that I really wanted to update. There was nothing wrong with them and instead of going out buying new ones I decided to spray paint them. 

There are a few YouTube tutorials but to be honest it’s really easy. I washed all the pots down with sugar soap and allowed them to dry, then I set up an area in the garden with a dust sheet and some bricks to set the pots on. Before spraying I sanded the pots slightly as it is meant to help the spray paint to bond better. 

It is important to choose a spray paint that states it covers plastic, quite a few I found where only shiny black or white and I didn’t want that. After browsing the shelves in B&Q I came across this range, which is a multi purpose spray that covers plastic. 

 

I went for Matt black and Matt Midnight rendezvous. At £9.85 a tin it isn’t cheap but from the two cans I managed to cover 6 of the size pots above, 1 slightly larger one and 3 smaller ones, so overall I really thought they were value for money and far cheaper than replacing all the existing pots with new ones. 

After preparing the pots it was just a case of spraying them, I found it easier to turn them upside down first so that you could do the lip then to right side up to finish. You do need to be very careful not to touch the paint so my advice is to not fully do the inside of the pots so you still have an unpainted part to be able to move them to dry. They were touch dry within 40 mins. 

I love the finished result and I’m really happy that I decided to go ahead with them. 

  
I can’t wait to see what they look like when we get plants in them. 

Have you any garden makeover plans? 

Claire xx 

It’s the small things ~ April edition

  

It’s the small things that have been making me smile in April. 

  
Totally relaxed puppy feet.

  
A little bit of Disney. 

  
Easter spent with the family. 

  
Last minute frantic egg painting 

  
For the family championship egg rolling challenge. 

  
Mango prosecco Bellini’s. 

  
Posh burgers and gorgeous hand cooked chips. 

  
Walks near the Wallace Monument. 

  
6 mile bank holiday Monday walks to castles. 

  
Learning to embrace the natural curls. 

  
Picking up my crochet hook again after a long time. 

  
Sunshine doggy selfies. 

  
Chambord Royales enjoyed on a Friday night.

 
IVF notes received so we can move on. 

 

Crochet cushions started. 

 

 Quiet coffee enjoyed. 

  
8.5hrs of fence painting but the smile it put on my face the next day admiring it was worth it. 

  
Admiring the hard work. 

  
Walking in the sunshine to clear my head. 

  

Pub beer gardens enjoyed. 

  

Sunflowers and herbs planted.  

  
Spring walks after work. 

  
Attempts at being girlie. 

  
Running from the April Showers. 

  
Channelling my inner child and trying to practice mindfulness (or at least occupying myself so I don’t dwell on things) 

  
What a difference a week makes. Last week it was wine in the beer garden, this week coffee to heat me up after getting soaked in the rain.