Remembering fashion through the decades with Simply Be

One thing I’ve been thinking of doing recently is digging out old photographs, seeing how I’ve evolved over the years.

I don’t think my sense of style has changed much from being an 80’s teenager (black, black and more black) but I was definitely more influenced by fashion then.

It was also the “Diana years” and I remember returning to school after a summer holiday break and practically every girl had the flicked-back haircut and the eyeliner. It was either Diana haircuts or Bananarama haircuts, but always lots of eyeliner.

It got me thinking about who my mum and grandma’s influences would have been. I remember going to a birthday party at Harry Secombe’s house (I know, name dropper! I went to primary school with one of his daughters) and my grandma was adamant that she would collect me! She arrived to collect me dressed in her Sunday best – hat and frock coat – and I remember thinking how smart she looked. It’s only now that I think she was probably influenced by the late Queen Mother.

This is why I was so interested to take a look at this feature by Simply Be, celebrating 5 decades of fashion. It’s certainly made me think and wonder just how many of those fashions I wore, would love to know what memories these bring back for people reading this.

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Really interesting isn’t it? Thanks for reading Jx

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Want Noodles whilst dieting?

I’ve been trying to get my act together and achieve a healthier lifestyle since January 1st, some weeks have been easier than others due to the trials and tribulations of life but the one things I have missed are noodles!

Noodles contained within a mushroom chow mein, to be specific. The taste, the texture, the yumminess of them!

I found out about Slim Noodles via a twitter conversation and I jumped (albeit wobbly – being a #WobblesWednesday participant!) at the chance to try out a packet.

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As you will see from the pictures above, they are very low calorie and fat free, gluten free and carb free too.

Here’s what the website says:

What is the Slim foods range made from?
Slim Pasta®, Slim Noodles® and Slim Rice® are made from a water-soluble vegetable fibre called Moyu (konjac).

Will it taste good?
Slim Pasta®, Slim Noodles® and Slim Rice® are slightly chewy than normal pasta, noodles and rice and that is because it is made from fibre. It is also very absorbing, so if you add them to a sauce that is runny, it will absorb a lot more of the flavours. The down side of eating normal pasta, noodles and rice is that it is High in Calories, Carbohydrates and Sugar. You could either have pasta that contains 352 calories and 71.6g of carbohydrates (per 100g serving) or have Slim Pasta® that contains 7.7 Calories (Zero Net calories), 0g of Carbohydrates, of which Sugar is 0g. With any of the Slim foods range, you will feel full for up to 4 hours. You will get net zero calories and zero carbohydrates and zero sugar from the Slim foods range, and you will also lose weight from eating pasta, noodles and rice.

What is that odor you get when you open a bag of Slim foods?
The Slim foods range comes stored in a food grade calcium hydroxide water (lime water), and when opened, you will notice a starch like odor. This is perfectly normal, since it is made of a high quality and high viscose Moyu fibre. The starch odor disappears after 2-3 rinses under warm water.

What does ZERO Net Calories mean?
The calories per 100g in the Slim foods range is 7.7. However, these calories come from vegetable fibre, and it cannot be absorbed by the body. So although the food is made up of 7.7 calories, what your body absorbs is practically zero, hence ‘Zero Net calories’.

I am eating a Slim foods meal for the first time, how much should I eat?
Try not to eat until you start feeling full as the fibre in the Slim foods will expand to give you that extra feeling of fullness. The Slim foods range is very filling, so start with a very modest portion and see how you get on and increase the portions in your next meal until you are sure about the portion size. Try to remember that the Slim food range is not like your usual pasta, noodles and rice, you won’t need to eat as much as regular pasta, noodles and rice to feel satisfied (depending on your added sauce/ingredients).

So, what did they taste like and how did I cook them?

Firstly, as mentioned above, there is a starch-like odour when the packet is first opened, give the noodles a good 2-3 rinses in warm water and it does disappear.

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I microwaved them for one minute – as per the instructions above – and then added them to a runny satay-type sauce I’d prepared with peanut butter, but without oil. This gave the satay noodles effect without the considerable fat and calories then added in some no-skin chicken and peas. This was a side plate, not a dinner plate.

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The noodles are very chewy and very filling. I also found that the noodles absorbed the sauce quickly so next time I use them, I’ll make the sauce much runnier.

I felt full very quickly and it was good to be eating noodles again!

Click here to find out where you can buy Slim Pasta, Slim Noodles and Slim Rice. They are also available in multiple packs from Amazon.

Disclaimer: I was sent a packet of Slim Noodles to test. My words and views are my own.

Ecover sending out a “Message In Our Bottle”

Recycling is something we participate in actively in the Bluecrisps household. Plastics, tins, foil, paper, cardboard are all sorted and left out each week for the council workers to collect. Glass goes to the bottle banks. Plastic food wrapping and carrier bags are taken to the container in the supermarket and we attempt to re-use and up-cycle as much as possible. But however hard we try, we’re all responsible. Our materialistic chuck-it-away-and-get-another-one lifestyle isn’t helping the planet.

It’s frustrating when we walk past other houses on rubbish/recycling collection day and you can see the cardboard, the tins, the glass and the paper through their flimsy bin bags. Walk past the area near the local secondary school and the plastic bottles and rubbish are discarded carelessly, even though there are bins nearby and no doubt recycling facilities within school.

Our planet is so beautiful and we all need to preserve and nurture it for future generations. Any initiative that a household name commits to can only be a benefit, which is why I’m supporting wholeheartedly the Message In Our Bottle campaign with Ecover.

The information contained in the image below speaks for itself.

Cleaning the seas, one bottle at a time

Cleaning the seas, one bottle at a time. Visit The-Splash for more information and to read our pledge.

I’ll be supporting Ecover’s aim to “clean the seas, one bottle at a time”, please join me, for all our sakes.

#WobblesWednesday – Stacking up the dominoes …

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It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Kate at nakedmum.co.uk, sharing how my last week has gone with the other ladies on our journeys to a healthier lifestyle.

The picture above sums up my week really, there’s a domino for my autistic daughter, my high functioning autistic son, my husband, my family member who has been diagnosed with something serious, money etc etc. It goes on, one flick of the finger and it would all topple. But I won’t let it.
Life is all about taking the rough with the smooth, the highs and the lows.

But, unlike previously, I haven’t sought solace in a chocolate bar and I’ve lost a lb this week. Despite a meal out for my daughter for her birthday, despite the birthday cake which is still in the fridge.

Onwards and downwards is the mantra now. I’m looking forward to receiving and starting with the Slimpod CDs when they arrive later on this week and seeing how everyone else has got on.

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A little bit of pampering?!?

I don’t do much in the way of pampering myself, a quick brush of my hair in front of the mirror, five minutes spent on make-up and that’s it before we dash off for the school run.

I do lay the foundations about half an hour beforehand though, with my newly-found regime of day cream and night serum. Which is making a difference definitely.

The only other pamper I allow myself is my nails, my hands look better with painted nails, they make me feel better too. If only I could enjoy the process a bit more…

Our local nail bar is run by little people, all wearing face masks, as they use the nail filing equipment. They beaver away in silence, indicating by a tap of the nail file when it is the next person’s turn to sit in the chair. Your hands are turned and contorted as the equipment whirs away, a tap of the hand with a nail file indicates when they have finished with one hand and it’s time for the other. The only conversation is when you are told to wash your hands (to remove the filing remnants) and to choose a nail colour. The whole robotic, impersonal process takes about half an hour. It’s almost as if they have been programmed.

But they are efficient, the finished nail finish lasts at least 2-3 weeks, depending on how quickly your nails grow and they are cheap. £18 for infills as opposed to £42 in the salon nearby, where you get a hand massage and chitchat about holidays/children/the weather at the same time.

In these times of economic cutbacks, I know which I would prefer but ultimately I chose the cheapest.

Nails look good though, and yes, they are purple. I’m predictable!

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#WobblesWednesday – Little (?) Miss Forgetful

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Oh blimey, I think my lack of sleep is catching up with me. I forgot to weigh myself this morning, genuinely. I remembered on the school run and that was obviously too late. Similarly, I forgot to get guinea pig food yesterday as the little squeakers will remind me shortly. Added to list for later.

I don’t think the week has gone too badly, I seem newly motivated after last week’s blip and hopefully that will reflect in next week’s figures.

I’m also waiting for my Thinking Slimmer CDs to arrive and establishing a routine whereby I listen to them daily. I’ve heard very positive feedback about them from Jane and Shell and hopefully they’ll be a useful tool.

If I can remember them (!), my top tips for the week would be:

Make sure there’s healthy options in the fridges and cupboards. Chopped up carrots, peppers, oat cakes etc.

Feeling peck ish? Have a cup of coffee/glass of sugar-free squash and then decide.

Linking up with Kate at nakedmum.co.uk, and looking forward to reading how everyone else has done.

Now, I’m off to write some lists….

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