Proud & Co Silhouette Oven Gloves Review


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Now oven gloves aren't the most exciting thing to be talking about but we all use them every day. My oven gloves have been through a lot, they're old, stained, discoloured, and battered. They're the kind of gloves that don't really do the job they're meant for any more, when I'm using them I have to be pretty quick to put things down before I burn my hands. Not a great thing for oven gloves.

I've been meaning to buy new ones but every time I looked in Tesco they were the kind that are connected together and I hate them, they don't do the job any better than the ones I already have.

But then I spotted Proud & Co oven gloves, they're beautiful to look at and they're not connected together. I was pretty much won over straight away, even before I'd tried them out.

What I Read 49


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I can't believe I've done nearly 50 of these, I do love sharing the posts I've read and am so pleased that some of the posts I share get to people who haven't seen them yet.

I'm starting this week with a great post full of information written in an entertaining way. Brain power is something we'd all like to increase I'm sure (unless you're a genius!) but we often struggle to know how. I love the post 107 ways to Increase Brain Power, it has plenty of amusing photos.


My boys are gamers, it was pretty much a given they were going to be because of what their dad does for a job. They love their games, from kids shooters to racing games and building games, they're never happier than when they're sat in front of the TV engrossed in the latest game. Catie's boys are gamers too and I enjoyed reading her post Gamer Zone: Top Ten Favourite Games. In it she shares both her sons' favourite games, it's a post my boys enjoyed reading too. It's lovely for them to see they're not the only ones that like gaming!


Siblings have a special bond from the moment they are born, they instinctively know they are siblings and love one another. As they grow the older one takes care of the younger one, makes allowances for them and watches out for them. But when the younger one starts to grow up what happens? I loved Laura's post Besties Forever, in which her daughters have been going through just these changes lately. As usual this post brought tears to my eyes, it's a lovely post - especially if you have siblings.


There has been a big uproar about the Transgender laws in the US lately. Having a cousin who is transgender it makes me angry that this even happens these days. That's just why I loved Jeremy's post True Bathroom Fears in which he discusses his worries about his daughter, and it's got nothing to do with transgender people. Please do pop over and read.

Having a child who loves reading is no bad thing, or at least that's what Debbie thought. That is until her daughter decided she wanted to read George Orwell's Animal Farm. It's not the fact that she wanted to read it, but why, that scares Debbie - be sure to check out We've Created a Monster!. I have to say I loved this post, and I think Debbie's daughter is brilliant. Do pop over to and read the post and let Debbie know what you think.

Finally I'm sharing a post from Karen; I got my P45. I can't help myself when I read a post about how wonderful being a stay-at-home mum is I have to share it. I think it's brilliant that Karen is now looking forward to being a stay-at-home mum and I'm sure she will have a lovely time watching Robot grow, and being there for him whenever he needs her.

Post Comment Love 27th - 29th May


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Welcome to another week of Post Comment Love - I hope you've all had a brilliant week.

I'm feeling pretty good this week, after lovely chats with friends there's a glimmer of hope with my weight loss, and I'm actually looking forward to the kids being off school next week. LP is off today, Inset Day, so we'll be having some fun while BP is at school.

I've managed to get into a good routine with blogging too, I really hope it continues because it's done wonders for my organisation!

But as usual my super organisation has happened just before a school holiday. This always happens and by the time the kids are back at school I'll be back to my unorganised self. I'm clinging to the organised me for all it's worth, typing as fast as I can, in the hope that I can keep hold of it!!

Do you have anything fun planned for half term or is it routine as usual?

Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens meets My Doodles


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Every day 10 young people in the UK are diagnosed with Cancer. 


Cancer is the leading cause of death in children, teenagers, and young adults despite advances in technology and treatments.

That's quite shocking isn't it?

The word "cancer" is shocking enough but when it's to do with children it somehow has a whole new level of scary. 

A Glimmer of Hope


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More often that not I feel lazy and don't want to exercise or diet. The weight is piling on and I end up feeling worse about it all.

Today is different...

Not the weight thing, that's still the same. But I'm different. Or at least I feel different today. The sun is shining in my head, I feel more positive. Don't get me wrong, I'm still lazy and it's going to take a lot of effort to do some exercise but I'm going to do it.

These two things are going to feature heavily in my future.

This morning I woke up with this determination, a switch had been flicked inside and I suddenly feel like I can do this. I've done it before, I know exactly what I need to do, so why haven't I been doing it?

What Does Your Jewellery Mean to You?


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You say jewellery and I imagine sparkling diamonds, twinkling sapphires, and shining rubies. If it sparkles I'm automatically interested, and especially if it happens to be jewellery.

I have lots of jewellery but there are a few pieces that mean a lot more to me than others. The obvious one is my engagement and wedding rings, they're my prized possessions and I never take them off. I have a small diamond cross necklace, it's the first piece of jewellery the Hubby bought me, and my Thomas Sabo necklace and charms which the boys bought for me last year.

Expanding My Knowledge


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When I was a teenager and going through a lot after my parents' divorce I decided to go to college to study Psychology GCSE. I'd always been interested in how the mind works and had no clue what I wanted to do for a job so I took a year to decide.

I loved studying Psychology, I have an inquisitive mind and love to learn about why people do the things they do. The psychology GCSE just opened up that world to me and I was hooked. Unfortunately I couldn't continue with my studies and life took over.

Years later when I started writing my novel I used some of my knowledge of psychology, but to be honest I didn't study to an advanced level so my knowledge was somewhat limited. Trying to write a crime novel, when having no understanding of how a criminal's mind works is very hard. I tried to go to the dark places in my head, I learned about sinful characters, and in the process learned a lot about myself. 

What I Read 48


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It's Sunday again and that means I've got six more brilliant blog posts for you to read.

As parents we spend all of our time trying to protect our children. Protect them from the people, from injuries, and from disease. But sometimes the choices are taken out of our hands and we learn that something is wrong with our child. It must be tough hearing that there's something wrong with your child, being told which specific thing they have. But what about those people that don't get a diagnosis? The children that aren't told what they could do to help their situation, or are told that the doctors just don't know. When I read On how life is one big uncertainty. Which isn't always ok... my heart went out to the writer. I didn't realise this was a thing until I read the post and I think @Asalexgrowsup is doing a brilliant job by raising awareness.

Being a SAHM is tough, you're at home, with the kids, on your own all day. You're the one they turn to when they hurt themselves, need feeding, want to play, and sometimes that gets you down, wears you out, or even puts you in a bad mood (on particularly trying days). Your partner is the one that has to come home to said bad mood and deal with the aftermath of that trying day. He/she is the one that bears the brunt of your anger. In Dear Husband: I'm Sorry, Becky writes a letter to her husband in which she apologises for all the times she'd been angry, upset, annoyed. It's a beautiful letter and one I think we can all relate to. 

If you're a working mum, who's partner stays at home and looks after the children occasionally I think you might like 10 Signs that it's Daddy Day. Dawn's poem about "Daddy Day" was brilliant. And before you think it, no it's not a Daddy bashing post, it's actually a really lovely poem. So go on, pop over and read. 

As I said, being a SAHM is difficult sometimes and there are days when you just want to throttle the little tykes. You don't of course (your not that mum) but if you're looking for tips on How to Avoid Throttling Your Child then @PoopRainbowMama has got just the post for you. She lists the best ways to avoid throttling your little one with some humour thrown in there too. A great read.

If you read my blog regularly you'll know that I'm trying (nor not) to lose weight. It's a constant battle that I'm really tiring of. Another thing I'm tiring of is celebrities and the media and their body shaming antics. So it seems is Charlie and she wrote a great post: Why Body-Shamers Can Kiss My (Squidgy) Butt! In it she talks about her own body issues and the hope that she can help her daughter beat the body issues before they start.

Finally, someone who always manages to write inspiring posts in one form or another is Vicki, aka Honest Mum. From posts about being yourself to how to be your own publicist Vicki is always offering her readers a way to feel motivated or inspired. She's like a blogging celebrity and I marvel at her ability to write such amazing posts. Ones like 10 Tips on being Successful in Business and in Life, in which Vicki gives tips (obvs!) and advice for anyone trying to be successful, whatever form that takes for you. I loved this post because Vicki has drawn on her own experiences to offer her tips, she's "been there done that".  

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Post Comment Love 20th - 22nd May


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Welcome back to another week of Post Comment Love, I hope you've had a brilliant week.

It's been another busy week, I didn't manage to do any blogging on Monday because I spent the morning at the hospital with the Hubby. We didn't get there on Friday so went Monday morning instead, and ended up being there all morning. The good news is that the Hubby's foot is just badly bruised and should get better on its own.

I feel like I've been rushed off my feet again, but of course I haven't. I think sometimes you just get like that don't you?

Other than lots of blogging I don't have much else to report so let's get on with the linking shall we?

Healthier Meals but no Weight Loss


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After last week's slight loss I'd been feeling brighter again, it's always nice when that happens because you feel like you're not wasting your time. 

There's no more loss this week, but like I've been saying for weeks I'm being careful about the things I'm eating. I'm reducing my portion sizes (which means I'm hungry all the time!) and am cooking fresh meals more often. 

In the last few weeks I've been cooking things in a bag, and I think they're a lot healthier than having fried chicken or chips. I do cook the occasional treat though, usually in the form of pasta bake or spaghetti bolognese. 

The Hubby and I have started enjoying fresh salsa with Ciabatta bread for lunch too. It's super tasty and I can't believe that we're eating it most of the time. I think it's healthy, at least healthier than popping to our local KFC!

I'm really not sure what difference, if any, this kind of monitoring our food will make but I certainly feel better about the food I'm eating. And today I'm trying out my new slow cooker. I've seen so many people say they're brilliant so I took the plunge and bought one. Our dinner is cooking right now, beef and tomato casserole - I wonder how it will come out?

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