Posted in Food

WW: Prawn Arrabbiata

Hello and welcome back for another foodie recipe! Today I bring you a slightly different Weight Watchers meal that comes to a grand total of 10 Smart Points per portion, including the rice it’s eaten with.

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Posted in Lifestyle

Blood Brothers 2017

Blood Brothers. Even just the thoughts of it can send waves of horror down the spine of anyone who had to study this play at GCSE. But not me! To me, Blood Brothers is one of the best shows ever to see on stage.

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Reign

During the last week, I have spent a lot of time in my flat, watching Netflix while blogging and applying for jobs. Once I had exhausted myself of the very few Christmas films currently on Netflix UK, I found myself looking for a new show to put on in the background, and this is where Reign came in.

 

Following the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, (although I’m not sure how accurately!) Reign opens with Mary living in a convent, being hidden away from the Protestant English who wish her dead, and awaiting the day when she can return to French Court to marry Prince Francis. What ensues is a brilliant combination of romance, action, adventure, and historical drama – enough to keep you wanting more and more every time an episode finishes!

 

Now, at the time of writing this post, I am only halfway through episode 3 of Season 1, so I may not be the best judge of later storylines or episodes, but I just had to tell you about this must see TV series before you miss the chance to see it!

 

Starring Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, and lots of other faces that you may or may not recognise, the cast transport you back in time with their portrayal of this era, surrounding you in the political and sexual intrigue of the life of Mary.

 

She doesn’t know who to trust, or who to turn to, as everywhere she looks more enemies seem to appear. It’s like a period drama met a crime novelist, and then, just for good measure, they threw in some saucy love scenes just to make sure you were fully enamoured with the show.

 

Needless to say, once I click play on the episodes I find I cannot move again until the end of an episode. The script is extremely well written, the costumes are amazing, and I just have so much love and praise for this new show! Especially the soundtrack, the soundtrack is incredible and I’ve now added the songs to a new Spotify playlist.

One thing I will be very grateful for though is the fact it has been a cloudy day so far. A lot of the scenes are filmed in darker rooms and so any light on my screen would just destroy the perfect setup I currently have.

 

 

Do you have any shows that I simply have to watch? Or have you given Reign a try? Let me know in the comments below!

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Guest Post: 7 Defining Health Benefits of Green Tea

The popularity of green tea has grown exponentially over the past few years. Along with the increased demand for healthier food choices, green tea has skyrocketed to the top of the all-time favorite food list. This phenomenon is clearly evident in the food industry, with cafes offering drinks that are specially concocted with green tea extracts, and even household snacks have modified their products to offer green tea flavored options.

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Disneyland Paris 2017: Part 2

Welcome back to my tales of Disneyland Paris 2017! Missed Part 1? Check it out here!

 

Jordanne and I had a great mini break away with her little guy to Disneyland Paris last week. Above is the link to what we got up to on our first day in the parks, and now welcome back for part 2!

 

We woke up early again, with a little over 6 hours sleep, and slowly got ready for another day in the parks. Breakfast was quick and hassle free, and there was even food that Leon would eat – even if just toast, but the fact was there was something for everyone, and the whole restaurant was very well managed.

 

Once again, we got ready to board the shuttle bus only to find it was chucking it down with rain. A quick trip into the hotel gift shop meant we were prepared with Disneyland Paris ponchos, and Jordanne and I bought ourselves some Minnie Mouse ears. This time we were a little more prepared, having taken time the night before to semi plan what rides we wanted to go on and what we could or couldn’t do. Heading slightly to the left, we walked towards the Studios, and soaked up Disney Studio 1’s magical behind the scenes atmosphere!

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Unsurprisingly, this park wasn’t as exciting for a young child who isn’t likely to sit through the different shows they put on. As we started through the park, we spotted people queuing to meet Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear (Leon’s favourite) so we joined the queue. When we got to the front, Leon got really shy and hid his face, but we still got our photo taken all the same, and agreed that really we wouldn’t try and meet any more characters – just another excuse to go back some time!

 

Afterwards, we headed to the Toy Story Playland area to see what we could go on. The toy soldiers parachute drop was closed for maintenance, and Leon was too short for the RC Racer ride, so when we saw the queue for the Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin was only 5 minutes we jumped on it! It was great fun, just a nice calm roller coaster, but it felt great to be on rides again. Afterwards, we headed back to the Toon Studio section where we took a ride on the Cars Quatre Roues Rallye – sort of like the Mad Hatter’s Spinning Teacups but in cars! This was great fun, and Leon loved that we got to ride in one of the cars from Cars.

It dawned on us that we didn’t know what the times would be for the Ratatouille ride would be, so we went and picked up our FastPass tickets for it. Now we just needed to kill time until it was our turn for the ride. We began to head towards the Armageddon ride when we realised there was some sort of Star Wars thing going on (which I now know to be the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show) and Leon was super excited to see the Storm Troopers come close!

We went and posed beside the Monsters Inc statues and all was well until Leon fell and hit his head – the rain had made everything so slippery and he fell off one of the boxes he had climbed on to get a photo. At this point, we made the decision to grab some lunch back in the studio. Unsurprisingly, chips and a cookie helped the bump on Leon’s head, and so we headed back outside. There was still a lot of time left over before Ratatouille, so we went to the Armageddon ride. It wasn’t great, especially considering Leon didn’t quite understand what was going on considering the whole thing was explained in French. He was rather unimpressed by the special effects, even when the flames came down and we all got blasted with water!

Finally, it was time for Ratatouille! Having the FastPass tickets, we completely bypassed the queues and got into our rat-shaped car within minutes, rather than the 45 minute waiting time people were being quoted if just joining the normal queue! We rushed about the kitchen as a rat, smelling the kitchen smells, feeling the heat of the cooker we were underneath, it was brilliant!

On our way out, Jordanne took Leon on the Les Tapis Volants – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah ride. That was us done in the park! We tried to take a bit of time shopping, but there wasn’t much either of us wanted. The plan was to go back to the other park and let Leon go on the Buzz Lightyear ride again, however he had fallen asleep in the buggy again and the rain was streaming down, so we made the decision to head back to the hotel until he woke up.

 

We got back to the park around 6ish that evening, and headed straight to get our FastPasses for the Buzz Lightyear ride. With time to spare, we went to the Snow White ghost train – the Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains. Leon seemed to really enjoy it, and when we got off there were only 5 minutes until the FastPass tickets expired. Instead of rushing to use them, we simply headed into Sleeping Beauty’s Castle where I managed to buy Rachel and myself a Christmas decoration each. Afterwards, we once again joined the queue for the Buzz Lightyear ride, only a 15 minute waiting time, and Leon got to shoot at Zurg all over again.

 

We ended the day watching the Disney Illuminations show, and then took a quick dash through the shops afterwards to finish off buying everything. We got a late night shuttle bus to the hotel, packed the suitcase, and curled up in our bed for the last night.

 

Our journey home was pretty straightforward, and while there were some delays, it all went smoothly. After sorting the case at Jordanne’s again, I was in the car and back to my own little flat.

 

It was great to get away for a few days, but it was also good to be home again. Do you ever feel that way?

 

 

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Disneyland Paris 2017: Part 1

Whoops that took a while to get written up! HELLO! Did you know I went to Disneyland Paris with Jordanne from The Life of a Glasgow Girl? If not, then you mustn’t follow me on my other social medias because I really didn’t stop talking about it.

 

But anyway, here is the long promised look back at our time away. It may turn into just a photo log or something, but either way, hope you enjoy it!

 

Sunday 10th September I woke up bright and early – I was going back to the land where dreams come true! The last minute things were packed, I had a quick tidy round the flat, and made sure my nails were painted and suitable for Disneyland Paris. A quick drive round to Jordanne’s house later, and we were waiting for the taxi. Leon was super excited, and getting to the airport just seemed to take forever. But eventually we got there and joined the very long queue to check in our suitcase. By the time we got through the check in, dropped off the buggy, and made it through security, we only had about 10 minutes until our gate was shown. Sandwiches and snacks were bought, we made it to the gate, and soon we were on our way to the land of bread, cheese, wine, and frogs legs!

 

When we got to the hotel, the Vienna Dream Castle Hotel, Leon immediately seemed to love it – there were games, mini rides, and a ball pit for him to play in, all before he saw how much room there was to run around outside! Again, check in took forever, and eventually we had our room keys.

 

Our family room was a great size! There was a bunk bed that Leon fell in love with, that had a big curtain round it so he could make it into a cave, and a queen sized bed, never mind a decent sized TV, a desk, a mini fridge, storage shelving, and a wardrobe with a safe in it that you didn’t need to pay a deposit to use! The bathroom was a decent size for the 3 of us, and looked clean enough to me too. I was just so excited to get to the parks! Although, a few small things I would say about the hotel room are there was only one bin and it was in the bedroom, the pillows were a strange shape and size, and on the Monday we came back from the park to find our towels had been taken to be cleaned but we weren’t left any replacement ones – it was very strange!

That night, we ate dinner down in the bar. A plate of chips and a pizza between the 3 of us didn’t sound like much for the price of it, but when they were served we realised we were certainly getting value for money! It was delicious, and we actually struggled to eat it all. After this, we took a brief walk around the grounds, found the swimming pool, and let Leon have a go on some of the games in the lobby before we all went to bed. It was an earlyish night, but we were too excited about the following day!

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Day 1 in the Park

After a very tasty breakfast in the hotel, and a quick check that we had everything we needed, we were off on the shuttle bus to the parks! It was great to see the security teams being so understanding when Leon got a bit shy about walking through the metal detectors before his mum, and then when we tried to scan the tickets they were so helpful in getting the buggy through and into the actual park. After a few quick photo opportunities, we headed into Frontier Land and hopped aboard the Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing, a leisurely cruise through the Far West. Leon loved looking out the back of the boat at all the ducks in the water and the features we were meant to notice, while Jordanne and I used the time to try and figure out where we wanted to go next. When the boat docked, we made our way to Adventure Land, however we didn’t stay there long. A lot of the rides were either closed, inappropriate, or had too long a waiting time. The only ride open here was the Pirates of the Caribbean  ride, however the waiting time was too long so we moved through to the magical world of Fantasyland. On our way there, we joined the queue to meet Captain Hook and Smee! We waited about 10-15 minutes and had a woman push in front of us with her son as she tried to negotiate with the families further ahead, claiming she should get in front as she only had 1 child as opposed to the two or three with other families.  Needless to say, we were rather hacked off, and it wasn’t helped when the characters left! So we moved on to Fantasyland, not realising it was just a quick swap over. Lesson was learnt for a later stage.

Fantasyland was where we began to get on more rides, even though the waiting times were really beginning to get longer. We went to the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride first, and Leon and Jordanne loved it! It was my first time on this ride, and while I loved it, I really didn’t feel safe when we went up so high! It was brilliant looking out over the park though, so I really can’t complain. After this, we made it to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and made ourselves really dizzy. While we tried to figure out where to go next, Jordanne spotted the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland was signing autographs! So we queued again, got our photo taken, and stopped to regroup. We decided it was time to find lunch – it was 2 o’clock already! On the way through for food, Leon spotted the It’s A Small World ride, and since the waiting time was only 5 minutes, we diverted our hungry selves onto the ride. He loved looking at all the dolls and mannequins, and I think it’s safe to say that the song was stuck in our head for the rest of the day.

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Our hunt for food took us past the FastPass collection area for the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, so we picked up our tickets on our way to the Videopolis Theatre where there’s a cafe that we could get a quick lunch in. It was so so tasty! By the time we queued, ate, and left the cafe, it was time to go back to the Buzz Lightyear ride. Leon’s face when he saw the big Buzz, and realised we were shooting Zurg, was just so cute – he was over the moon! Excuse the pun… All I will say is this ride was great! Although both Leon and Jordanne scored higher than me… My aim clearly isn’t as good as I thought. Once off the ride, we found ourselves in the gift shop and I was face to face with some of their Christmas products. Imagine my delight! Until I realised they were charging about 23 euro for a pair of ears,  never mind the hat. Although, I do regret not buying an advent calendar for 5 euro.

 

When we eventually pulled Leon out of the shop, we headed back to catch any rides we had missed – starting with the Phantom Manor back in Frontierland. Imagine my surprise when this 3 and a half year old boy loved the haunted house and wasn’t at all scared! He even asked to go back in it again! We then went on “Le Carrousel de Lancelot” and Leon loved the horses too. By this stage, a lot of the rides had a minimum of a 35 minute waiting time, so we headed back to Discoveryland to find some more rides. Leon and Jordanne loved our experience on Orbitron. I wasn’t so keen on it, even though I stayed down low. It slopes slightly so you always feel you’re going to fall out. Afterwards, they went on it again and I sat watching the bags. It was nice to give my feet a rest!


Starting to get a little tired of the waiting times in Fantasyland, we decided to make our way to the Walt Disney Studios Park, however Jordanne and I got distracted by all the shops on the Main Street U.S.A. so while we shopped, Leon sat in the buggy and fell asleep. By the time he woke, we were done shopping and decided to head back to the hotel for dinner and some time in the swimming pool.

 

Swimming was a good laugh, especially with the slide for the kids. The pool was split in two – the small pool and the bigger one, but adults could easily stand in both parts of the pool. There are towels provided down in the pool reception area, and plenty of lockers for everyone to use. After our swim, we went down for dinner again, then let Leon play on some more of the rides in the lobby. At 2euro a go, they were kind of expensive for what they were, but it was good fun to see him trying everything. Afterwards, it was time for showers and bed. Let’s just say Leon had a different idea, so it was a rather late night! But it’s okay because we had an entire 2nd day to look forward to.

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​Come back on Friday to read all about Day 2 and our journey home!

Posted in Christmas, Lifestyle

Christmas Card Swap 2017

Hello everyone! Now I know the title of this post has probably put The Fear into a lot of you and for that I’m sorry! But it’s coming up to that time of year again. Heck, I’ve even had blogmas posts in my drafts since March! However we won’t go there yet.

Do you love receiving Christmas Cards? Does writing them fill you with the Christmas Spirit? Well, how would you like to get involved in my Christmas Card Swap?

My plans to spread some Christmas Cheer in 2017 is quite a large one, and a major part of it is this Christmas Card Swap. The plan? Simply fill in the form by clicking the link below to take part! I will then combine all the addresses to be sent to the correct groups of people and will email them to you. Of course, if you’d rather not have your address sent to others that’s perfectly fine! Let me know below and I’ll keep your address to myself. You are free then to send Christmas Cards to as many people as you wish from the list I send you. I, myself, will be sending a card to everyone taking part so you are going to receive at least one card!

This worked really well last year, with almost 30 people involved. Of course, if you took part last year and would like to be involved again this year then please do let me know by filling out the form! I won’t just assume that you’re continuing to take part.

Unfortunately sign up has now finished, and I will be in touch with all those involved as soon as possible

Sign up closes on Sunday 12th November 2017, and I will be in touch with the relevant addresses by Monday 20th November 2017!

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My Skincare Routine 

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend?

 

I’m currently running around Disneyland Paris with Leon and Jordanne, so I hope your Monday has started off as well as mine!

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WW Creamy “Chicken” Pasta

Have I mentioned I joined Weight Watchers? Just in case you didn’t get that! We had a joke in uni where a friend had spent a while in Geneva during her year out from uni, and the joke was really silly but any time she mentioned Geneva we pretended we didn’t know she had been there. Ah I miss the simplicity of first year university…

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Katie Rambles Again

Eugh. Who knew moving could take so much time and energy?

 

It’s Friday again! And tomorrow is my 22nd birthday! There’s so much to do in the next 24 hours, never mind the next 48 hours before we head off to Paris! So of course my laptop decides to malfunction and not let me work on the one post I want to publish – ah well!
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