Life is a roller coaster…

So here I am aged 43yrs feeling quite frankly like an old version of my teenage self complete with horrible hormones, mood swings and everything in between.

I am embarking on a new journey which is apparently called ‘the menopause’ thats the medical term for it, I could offer my own name for it but it probably wouldn’t be very polite!

Yes it’s finally happening my body is basically going full circle in its stages of life and after having a hysterectomy (5 years ago now) it has decided to grace me with the following joys


*hot sweats
*increased insomnia~who knew that was even possible!
*a full range of extensive hormones which could hands down rival my teenage daughters any day of the week!

I could go on but I won’t spoil it for you hehe.

Something that has definitely got worse (and yes I admit this has never been my strong point )
Is the ability to concentrate and indeed remember~well hardly anything at all.

For example~Thursday evening whilst I thought the gammon joint I was preparing for dinner was cooking nicely in the oven, you can imagine my surprise when I opened the oven to find myself looking at an empty roasting tin!

I kid you not my first response was ‘where on earth has the meat disappeared to’.

Realising that it couldn’t of simply vanished from the oven~I scanned the kitchen to find it sitting on top of the oven waiting to be cooked.

I wish I could say these things didn’t happen to me on a daily basis but sadly that would be lying.

Anyhow I’m off to try and get some adulting done~and if you haven’t already seen my top tip of trying to mend your ripped top 2 mins before you are meant to be leaving the house then do be aware that strong glue isn’t the answer!

Happy Saturday everyone .
❤ x

The Back to School Prize Giveaway

It’s nearly that  time of year again~you got it,its almost ‘back to school’ time.

September 2020 is on its way and if your anything like me,you’ve still got a few things to do to be totally ready for a new school year and a new start.

No matter how much time I know I have to prepare there always seems to be something I leave to the last minute.

I have teamed up with some fabulous bloggers and am really pleased to share this amazing ‘back to school’ giveaway with you all.

Its so good you would be crazy to miss it!

With everything from cool educational prints to socks and a lunch bag, this really is a giveaway not to be missed.

The Prizes

One lucky winner will win a fabulous Back to School Bundle which includes:

Set of 5 Vintage Chart Educational Prints 30×40 from Ink&Drop

The vintage charts are perfect to keep your kids inspired and you can win the full set! These include the Dinosaur Chart Educational Print, Farm Chart Education Print, Safari Chart Education Print, Woodland Chart Educational Print and Sea Chart Education Print.

Not only educational, they will look fantastic in your kids bedroom or playroom.

Rocket Lunch Bag & from SMASH

The Rocket Lunch Bag and Water Bottle from SMASH is a great hit with little wannabe astronauts.

The SMASH lunch bag has full insulation with antibacterial lining and has been certified fully food safe. It’s the perfect size for school lunches or day trips and can be easily wiped clean. The lunch bag also includes an insulated bottle compartment with a 500ml drink bottle, which is 100% BPA, lead and phthalate free.

Personalised Sports Bag from Treat Republic

This stylish canvas bag that doubles as a gym kit bag or a handy carry-on for the little ones, has a roomy main compartment in which their football kits and shoes can be stored into. There’s a small outside pocket that can store keys to lockers, their phones or pocket change.

Personalise it with their name and surname to make it their very own – and potentially to stop some friendly sibling rivalry too. A variety of colours are available.

Treat Republic have a full back to school range.

School Socks from the Sock Shop

The Sock Shop have a range of school socks and tights. With colours available in the staple black, white and grey, you can ensure that your kids look smart and stick to the dress code! All the items in the Sock Shop school socks range have been made to ensure that your children’s feet stay comfortable from registration to when the last bell rings.

Win 5 x School Socks from the Sock Shop including Bamboo Socks with comfort cuff and smooth toe seams (2 pairs), kids school plain cotton socks (2 pairs) and kids casual cotton socks (1 pair).

Stillness Pulse Point Oil from Londe Botanics

The scent of rosemary has been shown to aid short-term memory, while soothing lavender decreases cortisol levels. Londe Botanics has brought them together in their Stillness Pulse Point Oil.

Keep it on the desk and apply to wrists, palms or pulse points as needed, gently inhaling the aromatics. Once it’s finished, the violet glass bottle also makes a pretty stem vase!

Blended from 100% British grown botanicals you can win a gift boxed and packaged in its own drawstring pouch (with a poetry quote), Londe’s Stillness Pulse Point Oil. Perfect for students starting the academic year in an uncertain and challenging time.

Colour and Learn Space Explorer Pencil Case from eatsleepdoodle

Kids can discover and colour the stars, planets and spacecraft in our solar system as they store their pens in eatsleepdoodle’s fun colour and learn space explorer pencil case!

Get learning the order of the planets ready for school and enjoy colouring the historic moon landing scene too, plus astronauts, rockets and meteors. Especially good news right now: you can wash it as often as you like and have fun recolouring with the enclosed set of 10 pens!

eatsleepdoodle space pencil case is a fun, educational and super practical back to school gift for young space explorers.

Usborne Books Periodic Table Jigsaw and Book

Everything in the Universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements which are displayed in the Periodic Table. Meet each element in Usborne Books entertaining book and 300-piece jigsaw set, and discover which are crucial to life, which are smelly, explosive or radioactive and lots more. With links to websites with videos and activities to find out more.

Rocket Bottle from Smash

Rocket Drinks bottle from Smash

This 450ml bottle from Smash features a cool Astronaut design. It’s perfect for little ones to take to school with them to keep rehydrated throughout the day. Made from high quality Tritan material, like all Smash products the bottle is 100% BPA Free and certified food safe.

Bamboo Tumbler from Tru Bamboo

This lovely bamboo tumbler from Tru Bamboo is made from Moso bamboo and the interior is made from 100% recyclable pure stainless steel. It’s also BPA free.

The tumbler is triple insulated so it not only retains heat for up to 12 hours it also keeps drinks cold for a whole day. Perfect for students going back to school.

2021 Dairy Diary to help parents stay organised!

The 2021 Dairy Diary is the perfect solution for busy parents to help keep the family organised. The Dairy Diary features stunning photography with two beautiful British Butterflies on the front cover. But what the Dairy Diary is really famous for is its recipes. There’s a new one every week.

In addition to the recipes, there is all sorts of interesting information on topics such as the Art of Calm, Quirky Museums and Gardening for Wildlife. Of course, there’s everything needed to keep organised – a useful notes pocket, dates stickers, reminders, addresses and even gift lists. All of this, and plenty of space to write appointments, thoughts and plans each day.

Quick After-Work Cookbook from Dairy Diary

Perfect for families on the go, these delicious midweek meals are easy to fit into your busy family life.

The Quick After-Work Cookbook features easy, speedy recipes that are delicious and the whole family will love.

Academic Diary, Gel Pens and Metallic Colouring Pencils

We also have an academic diary 2020-2021 with a section for deadlines and exams, 6 pack of Gel Pens in blue and black and a 10 pack of metallic colouring pencils.

Meet The Bloggers

We have over 40 fabulous blogs from amazing UK bloggers taking part in the Back to School Giveaway. These are:

My Balancing Act | Chilling with Lucas | SueFoster.info | Life with Jupiter Hadley | Five From The Swich | Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Soph Obsessed 
Spilling Life Tea| Miss L J Beauty |  Best Brunch or Breakfast | Gin and Cocktail Bars | Best things to do in York | Yorkshire Wonders |Family Travel with Ellie | Recipe for Home | Luxury Hotels and Spa Life | Twins, Tantrums & Cold Coffee

Home in the Pastures | Typical Mummy | Savvy Dad | We Made This Life | Mummy Matters | Savvy Squirrel | Mummy Vs Work | Our House Our Home

Simply Cash Hacks |Two Plus Dogs |Autumn’s Mummy | 4 Freckled Faces |Life Loving | Sophie’s Nursery |
Savvy in Love |The Somerset Foodie | Things to do in Kent | Lylia Rose | The Neary Diaries | LOVEPANDA.CO.UK | Mum Founded
Life with alden jax | Too Tired To |360 Mum | Lovedogs.uk | Easy Peasy Gardens | Money Money Money

How to Enter

You can enter by completing as many options below as you like. The more you complete the more entries you will have and the greater chance of winning the prize! All entries will be collected and one winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

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Terms and Conditions

UK entries only
The giveaway will run from 12am 16th August 2020 to 12pm 31st of August 2020.
The winners will be notified by email from rowena@mybalancingact.co.uk
The winner and runners up will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.
Prize open to over 18s only.
If any prizes are out of stock than a suitable replacement will be found.
Anyone who unfollows before the giveaway ends or doesn’t complete the required entry action will be disqualified.
The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value.
We may be using a parcel service for some of the prizes and their standard compensation will apply in the event of loss or damage.
Some items may be sent directly by the supplier and we do not have responsibility if these go missing.
In the unlikely event one of the companies withdraws a prize we cannot offer an alternative.
The winner’s name will be stated on some or all of our blogger’s websites and announced on twitter and other social media channels. By entering this prize draw you give your permission for this.

Here comes the sun…


One thing that is certain in these ever changing times is that I am most definitely not a morning person.
It takes a strong coffee (or 2)and a hot shower to wake me up.

However with life as busy as ever, juggling kids,work and home is always a delicate balance.

Whilst keeping on top of those things its also important for me to keep on top of my skincare routine.

Living with 2 teenagers means a constant queue for the bathroom which is why we love Palmolive naturals coconut shower cream,it keeps our skin,soft,smooth and smelling amazing in one go.                                       No matter what the day has in store be it work or play, after showering with palmolive naturals coconut shower cream we  can all feel beach ready and prepared for anything come rain or shine.

It is dermatologically tested and contains moisturising milk for super smooth feeling skin,a definite win with the teenagers~so I will be keeping our bathroom shelves well stocked,aswell as keeping a cheeky supply just for me!

Palmolive naturals coconut shower cream leaves skin feeling invigorated soft and smooth whilst smelling amazing,the delicate coconut scent is reminiscent of dreamy summer days,speaking of which with the summer holidays approaching I am dreaming of beach days, fun in the garden,swimming be it in the pool or the sea and lots of outdoor fun.

All of these things can take their toll on our skin and as I am aware I’m not getting any younger with each birthday~eek, I am ever conscious of looking after myself in many different ways including keeping my skin soft and subtle.

Palmolive naturals coconut shower cream comes in handy sized bottles making it perfect to pack for a day out or a holiday.

So after a dip in the paddling pool or a paddle in the sea you can cool off and remoisturise with confidence,leaving you clean,fresh and super smooth.

Being able to use this shower cream as a family is definitely another win for me and it has become a firm favourite on my shopping list.

*This product was gifted by Palmolive,but all views are my own*

Fathers day prize giveaway.

Somehow the days and weeks are flying by and we find ourselves in June already!

With fathers day fast approaching I am thrilled to have teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to participate in a wonderful fathers day prize giveaway.

The prizes are sure to make anyone’s day with gifts including  a £50 art voucher,a choice of silk tie, socks, host your own virtual murder mystery game,nautical tea lamp, bamboo cheese board, rc bumper cars,socks and a choice of gift set.

Also up grabs is the runner up prize~a cheese and snacks cool bag~with an assortment of cheeses to enjoy.

So don’t delay enter today and you could be treating your loved ones to some special prizes.

Good Luck everyone.❤x


The Father’s Day Prize Bundle Giveaway

This Father’s Day some of the top UK bloggers have united to offer one lucky winner a fabulous bundle of goodies for Father’s Day worth over £200. What’s more we also have a Cheese and Snacks Cool Bag from Bunches for a runners up prize.

The Prize Bundle

One lucky winner will win a fabulous Father’s Day Prize Bundle which includes:

£50 Gift Voucher Ink&Drop to spend on art prints or canvas

Ink & Drop art prints and canvas

Win £50 to spend on an amazing art print or canvas at Ink&Drop. Ink&Drop create high quality, beautiful art prints for your home or office. Styles ranging from street art, botanical art, customisable prints, to Scandinavian style minimal prints, they have something for every style of interior design.

Their posters are all designed in-house by their own designers and artists, with backgrounds in graphic design and fine art, so you can be sure the artwork on your walls will be as unique as the rest of your home.

Silk Tie from Fox and Chave

Your choice of silk tie from Fox and Chave up to the value of £35. There are so many wonderful designs available, inspired by the arts, history and nature. It’s the perfect gift for any deserving dad and with such a wide selection available there is something for all tastes and occasions.

Fox and Chave also have other wonderful gifts for Fathers Day. Use the discount code FATHERSDAY2020 at checkout to get 3 for 2 on their mens collection.

Port Nautical Tea Light Lamp from Shore and More

This Nautical Tea Light Lamp from Shore and More is a great gift for any sea loving father. At 25cms high the Port Lamp has a stunning copper effect and the warm red colour gives off a wonderful glow when lit by a tea light.

Shore and More have a wide variety of gifts, perfect for Father’s Day. From wooden model boats and nautical gifts, to Dragons and Fairies and 3D Puzzles.

Bamboo Cheese Board 10 piece set from Tru Bamboo 

This stunning cheeseboard from Tru Bamboo is made out of Moso bamboo and is the perfect centre piece for your table. Made from Eco-friendly bamboo with a completely removable drawer, which incorporates beautifully bamboo lacquered handled cheese knives and cheese fork. The set includes:

  • 1 x Extra Large Cheese Board
  • 4 x Specialist Cheese Knives and Fork
  • 4 x Porcelain Markers
  • 1 x Reusable Gold Pen

The perfect gift for any cheese loving Father!

Toy RC Speed Bumper Rage, The Essential One

Take your road rage to the (mini) streets with these RC Bumper Cars. Play head to head and battle it out with your dad. The set comes with two cars and two remotes for exciting 2-player action! Give your rival’s racer a bump and send him flying! The character ejects from the car with awesome sound effects. Your dad will love it!

Choice of Gift Set from Worry Less Design

Worry Less Design have the perfect selection of Gift Sets for any sports loving Dad or Grandad in your life. Choose from Gift Sets for bike, rugby, golf or cricket fans. The gift sets include a mug and secret message socks, the perfect gift for any impossible to buy for sports fans!

Bamboo Patterned Socks from the Sock Shop

This triple pack of men’s Gentle Grip Patterned Bamboo Socks from Sock Shop will help to put a little pep in your dad’s step and style in his shoes. Of course, the main reason for wearing Gentle Grip is their kindness and comfort. The famous HoneyComb Tops hold without restriction or pressure hotspots, using the trademark weave to hold to the contours of your legs in an almost-custom fit, and then stay in place.

Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial, so odour is also trampled down, and able to maintain its own steady temperature too.

Virtual Murder Mystery Game from www.crime-time.co.uk

Get the family together and host a virtual Murder Mystery Game for Father’s Day. We have a voucher for you to choose any one of over twenty games over on www.crime-time.co.uk. Simply choose the murder mystery game of your choice and the number of players. Arrange a time and invite your family and friends and let the game commence!

Runners Up Prize: Cheese and Snacks Cool Bag

A cool bag filled with an assortment of cheeses, including a tasty cheddar with mustard and ale, a classic Wensleydale with cranberries and a cheddar with caramelised onion.

These are perfectly paired with biscuits and chutney, the perfect gift for a loved one.

Meet the bloggers

The UK bloggers teaming up to bring this fabulous giveaway are all listed below. Make sure you check out their blogs for amazing advice and inspiration, covering all kinds of topics including parenting tips and advice, family travel, slimming tips, humour, money saving ideas, competitions, self-love, healthy living, well-being, fashion, beauty and recipes.

Life Loving | We Made This Life  | 4 Freckled Faces | Five From The Swich | Life with Jupiter Hadley |  Too Tired To | Life in a Breakdown | Accidental Hipster Mum

The Willow Tree | Twins, Tantrums & Cold Coffee | Reality in Reverie | Boxnip | Miss L J Beauty | MTB LM | Prize Warriors

Mummy Matters |  Chilling with Lucas | Pack The PJs | Typical Mummy | A Rose Tinted World |   Otis and Us | Crazy Little Thing Called Love

My Balancing Act | Just Average Jen | Lily’s Little Learners | Scandi Mummy | You Have to Laugh |  Soph Obsessed | The Neary Diaries

Home in the Pastures | Sophie’s Nursery | Mummyandmex2 | Odd Hog | Spilling Life Tea | Two Plus Dogs | Mummy Vs Work

Savvy Squirrel | Hawkes at Home | My Three and Me | Best Brunch or Breakfast | Gin and Cocktail Bars | Best things to do in York | Nicola Says | Savvy in Somerset | My Savings Journal

Luke Sam Sowden | Wander & Luxe | Rhian Westbury | Savvy Dad | My Love of Home | Stressed Mum | The Thrifty Freckles

Charlotte Musha | Simple Happy Home | Yeah Lifestyle | Simply Cash Hacks | Create Joy Everyday | Cyprus Property Blog | Wotawoman Diary

Budgeting for Students | Paternal Damnation | Glitz & Glamour Makeup | What Simply Works | Autumn’s Mummy

How to Enter

You can enter by completing as many widget entry options below as you like. All entries will be collected and one winner and one runner up will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

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Terms and Conditions

UK entries only
The giveaway will run from 12am 2nd June 2020 to 12am 17th of June 2020.
The winners will be notified by email from rowena@mybalancingact.co.uk
The winner and runners up will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.
Prize open to over 18s only.
If any prizes are out of stock than a suitable replacement will be found.
If the runners up prize is out of stock then a suitable replacement will be found.
Anyone who unfollows before the giveaway ends or doesn’t complete the required entry action will be disqualified.
The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value.
We will be using a parcel service, such as ParcelForce, to send some of the Fathers’s Day Prizes, and their standard compensation will apply in the event of loss or damage.
Some items may be sent directly by the supplier and we do not have responsibility if these go missing.
In the unlikely event one of the companies withdraws a prize we cannot offer an alternative.
Although we will do our best, we cannot guarantee the prizes will arrive before 21st June 2020.
The Ink & Drop Voucher is for art prints or canvas only, frames are excluded, up to the value of £50.
The Fox and Chave Tie is up to the value of £35.
The winner’s name will be stated on some or all of our blogger’s websites and announced on twitter and other social media channels. By entering this prize draw you give your permission for this.

Today…

I was standing in the kitchen washing up, thinking about the day ahead, what food we will eat, what to wear etc, wondering if I would wear shorts as its hot but you know I hate my legs~the list could go on.

When perspective slapped me in the face ~hard!

Tomorrow we have to face a huge challenge saying farewell to our super nan~together but apart from eachother.

With that in mind~what does it matter how I look in shorts? What does it matter if I haven’t got it all together today, if the house is a mess or the ironing is piling up?

It doesn’t but those small things play on my mind and I wish they wouldn’t.

I want to see the bigger picture~appreciate the here and now.
Appreciate everyone who is in my life and cherish those who are no longer here but have shaped my life and filled my heart with love and memories that time can never steal.

I have no words to describe how I feel about tomorrow being so close but so far away from my loving family.

One thing is for sure though we will get through this together.

I found myself quoting Dads words to my boy the other day ‘there is nothing that can’t be sorted together’.

So now as I get my 2nd or is it 3rd coffee of the morning~I am planning to make the most of that ‘prospective slap’, get out in the fresh air, have a picnic with my the kids and make more memories. Seize the day and yes wear the damn shorts!!

Lots of love to everyone.❤ x

Dating

Hey Guys and Girls
Let’s talk about dating~or more to the point dating sites
as lets face it there’s enough of them to choose from.

My friend and I are doing some research (more to be revealed soon) and would love some input from you all.

We would like to know your do’s and don’ts when it comes to a dating profile
What makes them stand out in your opinion? What grabs your attention and makes you want to send a message and get to know someone?
❤x

Mother’s Day Giveaway

With Mothers day just around the corner,what better time to treat yourself or a special Mum/ Nan/Aunty in your life.

I am pleased to be involved in this fabulous giveaway which has some wonderful prizes.
The days go by so fast and sometimes it would be nice to pause, slow down and have much needed time to relax and recharge.

With that in mind who can resist a lovely bundle of treats which can help you relax, organise your life, enjoy and share your favourite tipple with loved ones,all whilst being effortlessly stylish and enjoying some yummy chocolates too.

Also up for grabs is a beautiful mothers day tea and treats hamper as a runner up prize~so what are you waiting for?

Enter today and you could be the proud winner of this gorgeous giveaway, to share or treat yourself~the choice is yours.


Good~Luck.❤x

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The Mother’s Day Prize Bundle Giveaway

This Mother’s Day some of the top UK parent bloggers have united to offer one lucky winner a fabulous bundle of goodies for Mother’s Day worth in total £200. What’s more we also have a Mother’s Day hamper for a runners up prize.

The Prize Bundle

One lucky winner will win a fabulous Mother’s Day Prize Bundle which includes:

Deco Gingko Leaf Habotai Silk Wrap from Fox & Chave

Deco Gingko Leaf Habotai Silk Wrap

This beautiful silk wrap from Fox & Chave is made from luminescent habotai silk, making it the perfect luxurious gift for any mum. It’s very versatile as well as stylish.

Evolve Beauty Organic Skincare Bestsellers Gift Set

Evolve Organic Beauty skincare gift set

The Gift Set from Evolve Beauty is made up of their organic skincare bestsellers. It will leave your skin feeling deeply moisturised, plump and smooth. Contains 10ml Hyaluronic Serum 200, 30ml Daily Renew Facial Cream and 30ml Radiant Glow Mask.

Dotty About Paper Sweet Sherbet Dream Notebook and Desk Planner

Dotty About Paper Stationery

Stay organised with this elegant weekly desk planner and A5 Notebook. The planner is perfect for busy mums to keep track of their schedules. The notebook has 192 pages of quality lined paper and is the perfect size to fit in your handbag.

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles Country Garden

Wentworth Jigsaw puzzle Country Garden

This British-made premium quality traditional wooden jigsaw comes with a drawstring cloth bag and a high-quality box making it the perfect gift.

Sleep Mask by Sleep Master®

The perfect gift for any busy tired mum – a relaxing nights sleep! Sleep Master is an all-in-one sleep mask that combines light elimination and sound reduction. The soft and cool breathable fabric creates a relaxing effect inducing a refreshing deep sleep.

The AirDry Wine Glass Drying Rack

The AIRDRY™ Wine Glass Drying Rack holds up to 4 wine glasses. The rack suspends each piece of stemware well above the counter to give them plenty of air circulation, meaning glasses dry naturally with a crystal clear surface, spot and streak free finish.

A box of Chocolates!

Because who doesn’t love a box of chocolates!

The Runners Up Prize

There’s also a Runners Up prize of a Mother’s Day Tea and Treats Hamper from hamper.com.

Meet the bloggers

The parent bloggers teaming up to bring this fabulous giveaway are all listed below. Make sure you check out their blogs for amazing advice and inspiration, covering all kinds of topics including parenting tips and advice, family travel, slimming tips, humour, money saving ideas, competitions, self-love, healthy living, well-being, fashion, beauty and recipes.

My Balancing Act | Just Average Jen | AnkleBiters Adventures | Lylia Rose | Life with Lianne | Soph Obsessed

Typical Mummy | You Have to Laugh | Happy Family Hub | Our Transitional Life | Otis and Us | The Neary Diaries | Autumn’s Mummy

Two Hearts One Roof | The Life Of Spicers | A Rose Tinted World | Big Family Organised Chaos | Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs | Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Side Street Style | Chilling with Lucas

The Parent Game | Pack The PJs | Welsh Mum Of One | At Home With Kayla | Mummy Matters | Slimming Violet | Dolly Dowsie

Mum on a Budget | Boxnip | Miss L J Beauty | MTB LM | Twins, Tantrums & Cold Coffee | Prize Warriors

Reality in Reverie | Rachel Bustin | Life in a Breakdown | Boring Mother | The Willow Tree | Accidental Hipster Mum

My Beautiful Mess | Five From The Swich | We Made This Life | Menna Rachel | Life Loving | Mighty Mama Bear | Too Tired To

Life with Jupiter Hadley | Missing Sleep | 4 Freckled Faces | I Live to Cruise | Healthy Vix

How to enter

You can enter by completing as many widget entry options below as you like. All entries will be collected and one winner and one runner up will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

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  • UK entries only.
  • The giveaway will run from 12am 2nd March 2020 to 12am 16th of March.
  • The winners will be notified by email from rowena@mybalancingact.co.uk.
  • The winner and runners up will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
  • This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.
  • Prize open to over 18s only.
  • If the runners up hamper be out of stock then a suitable replacement will be found.
  • Anyone who unfollows before the giveaway ends or doesn’t complete the required entry action will be disqualified.
  • The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value.
  • We will be using a parcel service, such as ParcelForce, to send the Mother’s Day Prize Bundle, and their standard compensation will apply in the event of loss or damage.
  • Some items may be sent directly by the supplier and we are not responsible in the unlikely event these go missing.

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Cooking up a storm…

With the weather gloomy and rainy outside. We have decided to bring a touch of spanish flavour into our kitchen with a different take on our favourite Paella dish.

This recipe is quick and simple to follow,with vibrant tastes,colours and textures,including the versatile spice Turmeric.

You will need..

1 tbsp olive oil.

2 chicken breasts cut into chunks.

2 small onions finely sliced.

140g cooking chorizo sliced.

1tsp paprika.

1tsp turmeric.

300g paella rice.

850mls hot chicken or vegetable stock.

200g frozen peas.

Method…

1.Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan over a high heat.

2.Add the chicken (diced)brown all over but don’t cook completely.

Once browned transfer to a plate.

3.Lower the heat and add the onions,cook until softened~approximately 10 minutes.

4.Add the garlic stirring for one minute before adding the chorizo~fry until its oils are released.

5.Stir in paprika and turmeric, aswell as the paella rice. Coat the rice in the oil and spices then add the stock.

6.Bring to the boil, add the chicken and simmer for 20 minutes.
Stir occasionally.

7.Add the frozen peas,simmer for 5 minutes ensuring that the rice is cooked and the chicken is tender.

8.Serve and enjoy.

schwartzturmeric can be used to add a twist to many recipes including both sweet and savoury.

Find it at your local Tesco store.

Why not try it in in your pancake mix, on homemade chips or even spice up your roast potatoes with a hearty sprinkle .

Who knows where this could take your taste buds~adding flavour and colour to entice even the fussiest eater.

Get the kids involved and you too could cook up a storm in the kitchen. (Just make sure they help with the washing up afterwards!).

This is always a definite hit in our house
bringing a taste of sunshine, holiday’s and good memories.

*Shwartz have sent me this ‘Turmeric’
for review,but all views are my own*

Here we go again?

Love them or hate them~dating sites are everywhere.

I’m no stranger to them but for the time being I’m giving them all a swerve.

Although its got me thinking about the funny side of them~after all that is how ‘Crazy little thing called love’ came about almost 3years ago.

From the funny conversation starters
‘I’ve lost my number can I have yours?’

To the fairly obvious ‘What are you doing on here?’ Erm I am single,so I guess I am on here for the same reason as you?!

Not forgetting the classic~’why are you single?’ Now that’s a question only the brave would want an honest answer to haha.

To the first dates~turning up late with nail glue stuck in my teeth and a broken shoe.

Not eating as I can never eat on a first date (no matter how hungry I am.)

Either not being able to string two words together or suffering from verbal diarrhoea (not sure which is worse to be honest!)

Then there is that awkward moment when you turn up to find that your date looks nothing like their profile picture #awkward.

Who would of thought that finding love could have so many challenges, at least there has been lots of giggles along the way.

Speaking of which I love this application form!
❤x