Catching Up

Sorry…AGAIN!

It’s been a shamefully long time since I last wrote (AGAIN!). Unfortunately, I have come to realise that I am unable to just write for the sake of getting a blog post out (respect to you if you are one of those people- you clearly have more imagination than I!). The inspiration for my writing only comes when it’s ready- the more I try to force the issue, the less I am able to write!

Today is one of those days where my laptop called me. So, here I am, answering that call! Today’s post is a roundup of what I’ve been up to (both in my personal life and behind the scenes for the blog) since I last wrote.

Shake It Slim

With Easter now upon us, for a chocolate lover like me, trying to lose weight at this time of year is like trying to ask a drinker to abstain over the Christmas period- it’s unlikely to happen.

My weight is still very much a sensitive issue for me. I, quite simply, haven’t been trying; so there’s really no surprise that I am not losing weight (more on that subject soon).

When I saw that Forza were looking for people to review their Shake it Slim starter pack, I jumped at the chance to see if it would give me a shove in the right direction.

IMG_0202They were kind enough to send me 14 sachets of their shake mixes, along with a really cool shake bottle. Now I’m late (for those that know me, this will come as no surprise!) to the whole shakes/juicing party, but I happen to think that this bottle is a very clever invention. The little ball (that I wondered at first whether it was a cat toy or not) inside, along with the filter at the top, helps to eliminate any lumps that form when you add the powder mixture to the water.

The bottle is made from a strong, good quality plastic and does its job well. The shakes themselves are surprisingly delicious and filling. When embarking on this trial, I was expecting deprivation and hunger all round, however I was pleasantly surprised. Even on my hungriest days, the shakes kept me going until dinner time.

Unfortunately for me, owing to numerous other factors, my weight loss wasn’t anywhere near what it could have been. I think if I were to start the plan afresh, and strictly adhered to it, I believe the weight loss results would have been much more positive than the -3lb I managed to achieve.

Comic Con

On the 19th March, MCM Con came to the NEC in Birmingham and I was lucky enough to go along for the first time.

I will be the first to admit that comic books and the whole Manga/roleplay/gaming world is new to me. My life largely revolves around Disney Princesses and Cbeebies, not Fallout, Marvel and DC! That being said, I have always had a soft spot for the Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Comic Con, was I going to look and feel completely out of place? Would I have any idea who anyone was? Is it a closed community affair? In truth, I had a great day out!

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I had to get this photo- my brother is a big Captain Scarlet fan!

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Deadpool…

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This little guy was so cool! He was one of my favourite characters from the whole day! Hulk Smash!

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Zelda had to feature somewhere…

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Some of the coolest shoes I’ve ever seen!

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I felt a little more at home around this stuff!

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The teacher in me wanted to buy these soooo badly!

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I have a big fear of gas masks…I think I was very brave obtaining this shot!

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Awww Bumblebee! What a hot car!

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“Stupid boy…”

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“You remind me of the babe”

IMG_0211 IMG_0214 IMG_0218 IMG_0219 IMG_0220 IMG_0222 IMG_0224 IMG_0230 IMG_0232 IMG_0233 IMG_0237 IMG_0238 IMG_0239 IMG_0240 IMG_0241 IMG_0244 IMG_0248The thing I found most endearing about the show was that entire families had made the effort to dress up and had put so much time and effort into their outfits. Everyone was friendly and very approachable. There were two things that I thought weren’t as good as they could have been; 1) the size of the event- I’m not sure you could stretch it out over an entire weekend, a couple of hours was more than enough; and 2) the price of the food and drink was nothing short of daylight robbery! Other than that, it was a lovely, family friendly day out.

Simply- Washing Tablets

My skin very often likes to react to seemingly nothing at all. I have overdramatic skin! The medical term often associated with reactions like this is Contact Dermatitis. When a substance comes into contact with sensitive skin such as mine, it can cause redness, swelling, hives, itching and/or burning.

Washing detergents are particularly reactive with my skin, resulting in me having to be very selective about what I wash my clothes in. When I saw Simply and the concept behind it, I was interested to see whether my skin would agree. I was sent a pack of Simply Pure and Simply Sensitive. Both packs wash the clothes thoroughly and my washing came out smelling fresh and clean. The best part, however, was the complete lack of reaction with my skin! I do love it when a product does exactly what it says it’s going to do.

IMG_0256Of the two varieties I tried, my favourite was the Pure as it had a stronger scent that lasted longer. However, I would definitely use both varieties again.

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