Monday, 24 November 2014

Meal Planning Monday. #MealPlanningMonday







Monday - Sausage, egg and chips with spaghetti hoops.


Tuesday - Home made lasagne with garlic bread.

Wednesday - Chicken pasta bake

Thursday - Sausage stew (slow cooker! Kids favourite!)

Friday - Pizza day.

Saturday - Chicken Tikka with pilau rice and naan bread.

Sunday  Sunday roast or cottage pie.

Sarah xXx

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

It's a kind'a caturday Sunday photo.

Caturday @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns.
Our kitty!
Lotti was playing with the tassels on my coat which I had hung over the door to dry.

Friday, 21 November 2014

October & November book reviews #50Books2014.

I know, I've been slacking when it comes to reading and #50books2014 but honestly, I have been SO busy! The past month or so has been chaos. I've had one illness after another, tonsillitis, chest infections, as well as dealing with my everyday struggle with IIH) and now a sinus infection. The little's have also been poorly and currently H & C have tummy bugs so I haven't had as much time as I would like when it comes to blogging. I am certain everyone understands though.
Anyway, I have a spare ten minutes so I thought I would hop online and share my October book reviews, as well as my November book reviews. I haven't read anywhere near as much as I would like but such is life.

The child bride by Cathy Glass. A book review.
 "Cathy Glass, international bestselling author, tells the shocking story of Zeena, a young Asian girl desperate to escape from her family.


When 14 -year-old Zeena begs to be taken into care with a non-Asian family, she is clearly petrified. But of what?


Placed in the home of experienced foster carer Cathy and her family, Zeena gradually settles into her new life, but misses her little brothers and sisters terribly. Prevented from having any contact with them by her family who insist she has brought shame and dishonour on the whole community, Zeena tries to see them at school. But when her father and uncle find out, they bundle her into a car and threaten to set fire to her if she makes anymore trouble. Zeena is too frightened to press charges against them despite being offered police protection in a safe house.


Eventually, Cathy discovers the devastating truth from Zeena, and with devastation she believes there is little she can do to help her."


First of all I read Cathy Glass' latest book 'The child Bride'

I read this book within two days! Honestly, I couldn't put it down! It's very sad and absolutely heartbreaking but a good ending. It's sad to know just how many child brides there really are in the world and how different certain religions/cultures are to our own. I really felt for Zeena, it was hard to believe she was just a child. Throughout the book, I really got a sense of how she had no choice but to grow up fast. Thank goodness for Cathy is all I can say! I love Cathy's books. I've said it before & I'll say it again - The world needs more people like Cathy. I give this book FIVE stars. It's beautifully written, too.


Brothers Beyond Blood by Don Kafrissen . A book review

Brothers Beyond Blood by Don Kafrissen

"Can two young men who meet in a concentration camp become friends? But what if one of them is a prisoner and the other is his guard? Separately, they were doomed, but if they can find a way to work together, they just might be able to survive.

This book takes place in the final days of Hitler’s regime and chronicles the relationship of two young men, boys actually, who are thrown together by their experiences in a Nazi concentration camp.

This is a must for adult and young adult readers who are ready to face the realities of World War Two. It’s available as a Kindle download and in paper form.

I know a lot of people think I'm weird because I like learning about 'The Holocaust'. Honestly, this book is one of the best holocaust books I've read. I already know a lot about the Holocaust but I still learned quite a bit from this story. It was so, so sad. I like hearing about after the war! Five stars from me because it's beautifully written and took a lot of courage to write. I like that we hear the story from both "brothers".

Sarah xXx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Ozeri Rev Digital Bathroom Scale With Electro-Mechanical Weight Dial {review}

Ozeri Rev Digital Bathroom Scale review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns.

Now, as many of my regular readers will know. I am trying to loose weight! Being able to weigh yourself (not too often!) is a very important part of loosing weight. I don't like to weigh myself very often but it is important to keep track of my weight so when I was asked if I would like to review these Ozeri Digital Bathroom Scale I of course jumped at the chance!

Ozeri Rev Digital Bathroom Scale review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns.

The scale came packaged in cardboard box and then in there very own box. They were well protected from damaged in transit!

The Ozeri Rev Digital Bathroom Scale with Electro-Mechanical Weight Dialare are a professional quality digital scale which measures your weight in lbs or kgs. The scales measure up to 180kgs (400lbs). There is a handy button on the back of the scales, which changes the LCD weight (display) between pounds and kilograms.What I really, really like about these scales is, they have an electro-mechanical weight dial and I find them to be very accurate! The dial is 14cm and it lights up in blue, making it very visible to see from all angles. The scales also automatically turn on when you step on them and automatically turn off when they are not being used, to save power! 

Ozeri Rev Digital Bathroom Scale review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns.


I love the look of these scales, they look very stylish indeed. They are made from like a thick frosted glass (the picture don't do the scale any justice in my opinion) and the chrome around the dial is a really nice added touch in my opinion. They are truly stunning scales. The scales also have stoppers on the back to stop them from sliding across the floor! 


Ozeri Rev Digital Bathroom Scale stoppers @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns.

The scales also have an alarm, you can set an alarm to remind you to weigh yourself at the same time everyday (although, personally, I don't like to weigh myself that often!!). The alarm is very easy to turn off and on! To turn it on you just press the "24hr alarm button" and to turn the alarm off, you just press the same button again. It's very simple to use.


Ozeri Rev Digital Bathroom with Scale Electro-Mechanical Weight Dial review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

These scales use 3x AAA batteries for long lasting performance, which are also included!
For the price of £29.99 (currently £19.99 at the time of writing this review), I would say they are well worth the money and I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for an accurate, easy to read, good quality bathroom scale! 

Sarah xXx

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I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own, personal, honest opinion. I was not paid for this review!

Meal Planning Monday #MealPlanningMonday



Monday - Chicken dippers with fries and baked beans

Tuesday - Spaghetti bolgnase

Wednesday - Chilli chicken wraps with salad.

Thursday - Cheese and potato pie with sausages and veggies.

Friday - Chicken korma with pilau rice and naan bread

Saturday - Fish, boiled potatoes and salad or peas.

Sunday - Shepherds pie.

(My meal plan looks a bit different to that as I am trying to loose weight!)

Sarah xXx