Wednesday, 21 September 2016

What I Ate Wednesday No.83

I can't believe we are in the later half of September already - where is time going?!  It is funny how much the foods you crave/eat change along with the season.  

I hope you enjoy this weeks What I Ate post.

Breakfast

Oat So Simple porridge made with semi-skimmed milk topped with chopped dates, cinnamon and almond slithers.  Drink = tea.

Snack

I don't normally include snacks but I thought id include these Go Ahead raspberry and white chocolate cookies bites.  They are ok, not a huge amount of flavour but i do LOVE biscuits with my cuppa.


Lunch

Falafel flatbread - homemade sweet potato falafel a (using a recipe from the BBC website), in a wholewheat flatbread drizzled with tahini.  Drink = water.



Dinner

Wholewheat fusilli pasta with a tomato sauce with roasted Mediterranean vegetables, topped with cheese and a sprig of basil.  Drink = Orange and mango squash.


You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

What have you enjoyed eating today?

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Monday, 19 September 2016

5 Disney World Theme Park Bag Essentials





As I have visited Disney World in the past and I am currently packing to head there again in a few weeks time I thought I would share with you my top 5 Disney World park bag essentials.


So here goes...

1. Flip flops
If like me you choose comfy trainers as your footwear attire whilst walking around the parks then taking flip flops purely for water rides is a great way to avoid soggy feet.  They are light to throw in your back pack but slipping them on before the ride is a simple yet effective way to enjoy the water rides and keep those trainers and socks dry.




2. Water bottle (BPA free)
This will save you a lot of money and is more environmentally friendly then purchasing numerous bottles of water whilst at the park.  The Florida tap water is disliked by many for its strong chlorine taste.  So on my upcoming trip I am giving the 'Box Appetite - eau good!' water bottle a try.  I will let you know how I get on on my return!



3. My Disney Experience app 
Download the My Disney Experience app on your phone (screen shots below) before heading into the parks.  It has a map of each park, details of your dining reservations, ride wait times and shows your fast passes.  It also shows your PhotoPass photos if you have Memory Maker included in your park admission.





4. Portable Phone charger
Due to the above tip your phone may drain pretty quickly, especially if you have a fun packed day and then decide to stay till the evening for the firework show.  So it is worth bringing a lightweight portable phone charger with you such as those below which will give your phone a boost when needed.




5. Waterproof zip-lock bag
It happens to the best of us your drinks bottle decides to fall over and spill everywhere or you sit at the wrong spot of a water ride and your bag ends up soaked through.  This is where a zip lock bag or waterproof phone holder (below) comes in handy, to keep those valuables dry.



I hope you found these tips useful.  If you have any further for suggestions for essentials please drop me a line in the comments section below.  It is another 19 days till my next trip begins so there is still time for me to add any useful suggestions to my theme park bag!

If you would like to follow my trip you can find my social media links below.

Twitter: @kadslife
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Kads x

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

What I Ate Wednesday No.82

Happy Wednesday guys!  I hope you are having a great day.

Here is another What I Ate in a day run down for ya.

Breakfast

Crunchy nut cornflakes with semi-skimmed milk.  Drinks = tea and water.


Lunch

Pancakes & fruit - Chocolate protein pancakes (a body coach recipe I saw on Instagram) with strawberries, blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Drink = water.



Dinner

Sweet potato, veggie burger & veg - Baked sweet potato round with a vegetable burger (Waitrose), peas and broccoli.  Drink = water.


You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

What have you enjoyed eating today?

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Monday, 12 September 2016

New Purchases for Disney World Holiday 2016

So it is now under 30 days left until I got to Disney World, Florida this October.  So I am starting to get together the bits and bobs that I need.  In this post I am sharing a few recent purchases, mostly from the Next sale, that I have picked up with Disney World in mind.

Joules Beachbag
This Joules beach bag was a Next sale bargain, it is more spacious than i expected it to be and only cost £10!  I will use this for trips to the pool and the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks.


Denim Skirt
I also got a knee length mid denim skirt for £10.


Demin Shorts
These shorts with the cream frill were reduced to £13.


Water Bottle
Thats it for Next items, no onto this 'Box Appetite eau good!' water bottle which I got from TkMaxx.  The Florida water is known for tasting pretty nasty.  Its got a chemical-chlorine taste to this and I am hoping the charcoal will help it taste better as Irefuse to spend out on bottled water every day.  It cost £9.99.



Sun Protection & Insect Repellant
These are the products that I am taking; a Soltan protect & repel 50SPF sun lotion and a Soltan protect & moisturise 50SPF face cream.  As the Zika virus has reached Florida I researched what insect replant I needed to take and it advised to take one which contains 50% DEET, so I chose this Jungle Formula Maximum strength one which was Buy One Get One Half Price at Boots.




The packet in the back ground is a Finding Dory beach ball which came free when purchasing the Soltan products in Boots, my partner and I are taking it to play with in the pool at the resort (told you we are big kids!).

If there are any other Disney World, Florida related posts that you would like to see please let me know in the comments below and I will see what I can do.  I aim to please!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

What I got for my Birthday 2016

Hi everyone

I love seeing blog posts and YouTube videos of what people got for their Birthday.  As I recently turned another year older I decide to share some of the main gifts I received from my family and friends the same as I have done in previous years.

DKNY Bag & Purse




This was a TOTAL surprise from my partner.  He picked it himself and even got the matching purse to go with it.  I was shocked to receive it and I absolutely love it.  I have taken it out a couple times so far although I admit am worried of damaging it or putting it down on the dirty floor anywhere. 

M&S Beauty Box








My parents got me this beauty box which has miniatures of Philip Kingsley, M&S, Rodial, Nails Inc, Percy & Reed, Leighton Denny, Ren and Nuxe.  It will be ideal for trying some new products out and seeing what works for me.  The Philip Kingsley Citrus Sunshine Swimcap, Ultrasun face SPF 30 and M&S Sun Smart SPF 30 sun lotion will come with me to Florida to be put to the test there.  With today being 1st September it really feels like our British 'Summer' is on it's way out!


Pandora Charm


I got this gorgeous heart shaped rose gold pandora charm for my bracelet.  This ups the total of my charms to...TWO! hehe!

Radley Umbrella 


My friend got me this coral pink Radley umbrella which I really like.  If you can't tell from the pic it is coral and black.  I have often looked at these umbrellas but never actually bought/owned one so I was pleased to receive this.  I have a couple Radley bags which will match with it perfectly.

Cook Happy Cook Healthy


I have followed Fearne Cotton on social media for a long time and I had seen her baking refined sugar free cakes etc and was interested in seeing the recipes.  So when she announced she was writing a cookbook I just knew it would be right up my street.  I put it on my Birthday day present wish list so I had to wait until August to see if I would receive it or not.  Much to my delight my partner had got it for me.  I read it front to back on my Birthday whilst my sister curled my hair before a evening out. 

So far I have rustled up the lemon cashew balls using the ingredients below. 



It was a simple recipe and they tasted delicious!  I took some with me on a picnic.  I can't wait to try out some more recipes.

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Lemon Cashew Balls
















Victoria's Secret Fragrance

I was given these fragrance crayons which are from Victoria's Secrets, they all smell really nice and it not something I had seen in shops before, at the time of purchase apparently they were only available in the duty free.  They seem ideal to pop in your handbag when out and about.



I also had some vouchers and money which always comes in handy.


Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my Birthday presents this year.  

If you are interested, you can see some of the gifts I had last year here..

Kads x

Saturday, 20 August 2016

What I Ate Wednesday No.81

Breakfast

Crunchy Nut & tea - Crunchy nut cornflakes with ice cold semi-skimmed milk which went down a treat.  Drink = Tea with milk.



Lunch

French toast - 2 pieces of wholewheat bread made into French toast with cinnamon.  Topped with sliced strawberries & a dusting of icing sugar.  Drink = water.



Dinner

Pasta with garlic bread - Wholewheat pasta with smooth tomato and basil Ragu sauce, plum tomatoes, grated cheese and basil leaves.  Plus a slice of garlic bread.  Drink = water.



You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

What have you enjoyed eating today?

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

5 Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas

Hi everyone 

I thought I would share with you what I have been having in my lunch box for work lately.  So if you are stuck for lunch box ideas or want to start getting some ideas ready for the return to school, then keep reading.  This post could also come in handy if you have a child that has recently announced they are going vegetarian as it may give you some ideas of what to include in their lunch box since I am a vegetarian myself.

I almost always include a banana in my lunches as I find them so filling and energising.  I tend to have them mid morning to keep me going until lunch time rolls around.

The Nakd bars are 1 of your 5 a day and so delicious but I do like to switch up flavours, luckily there are LOADS to choose from.

When I have a 'sandwich' I tend to go for just 1 piece of bread to a) stop me feeling lethargic and bloated afterwards due to too much bread and b) I find it is enough to satisfy the sandwich craving without needing a second piece of bread and extra calories.

No.1 - 1 piece of wholemeal farmhouse bread filled with sliced cheddar cheese, pot of plum tomatoes with some fresh basil leaves, a Mango layer Liberte greek yogurt, a banana and a Berry Cheeky Nakd bar.



No.2 - A pack of 4 Jacobs multigrain crackers (these are ideal for lunch boxes as they come in individual packs of 4 crackers).  I top the crackers with 2 Laughing Cow light cheese triangles.  I also had 2 satsumas, a Arla low fat and sugar vanilla yogurt, a banana and a Cocoa Delight Nakd bar.



No.3 - A cinnamon and raisin pretzel with a little pot of peanut butter to dip it into, green grapes, Banana Bread Nakd bar, box of SunMaid raisins and a Activia raspberry yogurt.



No.4 - 1 piece of bread with half fat cheddar cheese inside, plum tomatoes, a banana, Cocoa Delight Nakd bar and a Liberte 0% fat mango yogurt.



No.5 - Cracked black pepper crackers with laughing cow light triangle cheese to go on top, a raspberry Yeo Valley yogurt, banana and Nakd toffee treats.


If you have a lunch box ideas post please share the link below as I would love to take a look for some more ideas.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x