Golden Turmeric/chino Drink

This drink is so smooth you will be day dreaming about drinking it all day long. It’s perfect for those cold nights and certainly warms up the bones.

What’s great is that it is totally caffeine free and made from plant based products.

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Ingredients:

200ml Coconut Milk

2 Medjool Dates, de pitted

2 tbsp Organic Oats

Handful of Cashew Nuts

1 tbsp Freshly Grated Turmeric

1 tsp Cacao Powder or Match Tea

This recipe is enough to make 1/2 mugs depending on the size

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz together until smooth and creamy. It’s as simple as that!

Transfer to a pan and heat it up. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Since recieving my diagnosis of cancer I have changed my diet. I try to have turmeric at least once a day. It is good for inflammation and is known for fighting diseases. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spics and a medicinal herb. The main compound being curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and a strong antioxidant.

 

Staying Positive Is The Only Way

Since my diagnosis I have had many people tell me to stay positive.

Thinking back to May, on that horrific day that we was given the news that I had a cancerous tumour in my Rectum, I have no idea how I managed. I didn’t cry at first, In fact I felt nothing. I remember the surgeon talking and us asking questions. I remember hearing and feeling my breaths. I remember thinking that I need to be strong and hold it together for the sake of my family and my children. Positive never really came into my thoughts.

The next few days were like a whirl wind. It felt like I was having an outer body experience. Like it wasn’t happening to me. Like I was watching it all unfold in front of me, but there was nothing I could do stop it from happening.

After the initial shock, the tears came. They flooded out and nothing was going to stop them. Yes I had my bad thoughts. Every time I looked at my children, watched them playing, listened to them giggling I felt my heart being ripped from me. I couldn’t breath and I had a pain in my chest. I know now what it feels like to have a broken heart. It ached so much.

Two weeks after the diagnosis treatment began. It was harsh. It was tiring. I wasn’t entirely happy with receiving this type of treatment as there is more of a chance that the cancer can come back and It causes more damage to the body, But I needed to do anything to keep me here longer with my family.

I’m a Mum and Mums are meant to be here for their children. Aren’t they?!

I tried to stay positive through the 5 and a half weeks of treatment but it was so hard. It’s not as easy as you think. Along with positivity comes negativity, and yes I had many negative days (and still do). As hard as I try, it’s not easy to push those bad thoughts out of my mind.

Everyone tells you to stay positive, to stay strong, to fight. But there are times when you are weak, or when you see a status on social media, or you watch something on television that makes you sad and then you begin to think of the circumstance that you are in. The disease that you have growing in your body. You begin to think about it mestastasising, moving around your body and the cells multiplying.

Every time you feel a new lump, a new pain or ache that wasn’t there before, feel sick or tired. Every time something new is happening to your body the negative thoughts automatically appear in your head.It’s not easy to get them back out of your head.

With so many bad things happening in this world, with so many bad reports I have heard about the treatment, with losing so many loved ones close to myself and the family to this horrible disease. It is so hard to stay positive. But I do because it is the only way.

Once my treatment was over and over the next couple of weeks, the skin where the radiotherapy was being aimed began to heal and I began to become stronger. The weight began to go back on and I was feeling good. So good that I returned to work on the first day of Term, which was on a Thursday. I managed one day before I was calling in sick the next day, feeling aches and pains and suffering from sweats. I had reflexology the day before and thought that what I was feeling was the toxins being released from my muscles. By that evening I was feeling much better. The next day was a different matter, I began to feel sharp pains in my abdomen. By the end of the weekend I was up A&E feeling terrible. After a few hours waiting around I was sent home and told to take some lacultose as they said I was constipated. I was told that my bloods were normal and that I just needed to try to go to the toilet.

The next couple of days the pains got worse and I couldn’t go to the toilet. I had lost all feeling to go. Instantly my positiveness disappeared. How could I stay positive with these pains. Even more my diagnosis, I didn’t experience pain like this. Sunday night, I was admitted in to hospital. This time they did all the tests as soon as they could not missing out anything. I spent the next 8 days in hospital suffering from internal inflammation, an infection and an absyss. The conclusion from all the tests were that i was suffering from the effects of post radiation. Hearing that It hadn’t spread was such a relief. Even though I had been told what the reason was why I was in such pain, it was so hard to be positive laying in a hospital bed.

Once at home, it was time for me to get my mind into the positive state that it needs to be to carry on. I had lost so much weight that the first thing was to gain some pounds and become stronger. I couldn’t manage to move around too much as I quickly became tired. My muscles and bones ached. They hadn’t been used in a while because of all the rest I have had, so using them now results in me aching in the evening.

Every day I feel stronger

Every day I become that little more positive

Every day is a struggle with my mind and body

The next thing for me is surgery. I have my operation date all set, so I now need to get into the right mindset for it. I will be losing my sphincter muscle therefore I will be fitted with a colostomy bag, which for me will be permanent. I am feeling quite positive about the surgery. I just want to begin to feel normal again, enjoy life without the worries at the back of my mind.

I have to stay positive because it is the only way to carry on, because I have to.

 

 

Misheard Song Lyrics

When I was younger, my Dad used to take my big brother and I away to Butlins for 2 weeks during the summer holidays. We used to love going away to the holiday site, I have many happy memories of our annual get away. I remember making friends at the kids clubs, spending my daily allowance in the arcade on Super Mario, visiting the on site fairground and riding on the rides all day long, playing pool and table tennis with my Dad during the day and of an evening watching the entertainment in the main club house. One thing that I remember the most about one of those holidays was listening to a singer on stage, he was singing ‘I can see clearly now’ by Johnny Nash.

I remember singing along to the words and thinking how it was all about a relationship break up. It wasn’t until a few years later that I realised that I had misheard the lyrics and was singing the wrong words

I sang ‘I can see Deirdre now Lorraine has gone’ instead of ‘I can see clearly now the rain has gone’ and ‘I think I can make it now, Lorraine has gone’ instead of ‘I think I can make it now, the pain has gone’

Misheard lyrics happen when you misunderstand the lyrics in the song unintentionally.

My son used to be adamant that Adele was singing about padelling

‘Paddle from the other side. I must have called a thousand times, to tell you ooh sorry for everything that I’ve done.’ Instead of

‘Hello from the other side. I must have called a thousand times, to tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done’

‘Paddle from the outside. At least I can say that I’ve tried. To tell you I’m sorry for harbinant’ (I have no idea what that word is) Instead of

Hello from the outside. At least I can say that I’ve tried. To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart’

Another song that he sings the wrong lyrics to is 7 Years. He is hilarious as he believes he is singing the correct lyrics and puts his heart and soul into singing the song. Now, he doesn’t know the whole song but the verse that he sings a lot is

‘Once I was 7 years old, my mumma told me got to the shop and buy macaroni’

I’m sure when he was 7  he was meant to make some friends or he will be lonely. He even sings it with an american twang

Oh and the latest one is the Justin Timberlake song ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’

‘Cause I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops, ooh
I can’t take my eyes off of the buffet, moving up on the sofa

Instead of

‘Cause I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops, ooh
I can’t take my eyes up off it, moving so phenomenally

There was a time when the eldest used to sing twinkle twinkle little star and he couldn’t pronounce his s and the blend tw. So he sang ‘Dinkle dinkle liddle dar, ow I wonda what you are’ So cute! I must add that now he is 14 he can pronounce and sing it properly 🙂

 

I guess we’ve all got lyrics that we have misheard, what is yours?

Remote Control GUP-K Review

Do you have a little Octonaut fan in the house?

Take a look at this mean, green chomping machine

This Remote Control GUP-K is ideal for children who want to take their adventures that little bit further. The GUP-K is inspired by the alligator and it is the ultimate swamp utilty vehicle. With its big wide, powerful, sharp jaws that open and close as it races along, it is the perfect toy to take your child’s imagination to its limits.

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Use the remote control for the swamp chomp action and cut a path through the fallen trees and swamp debris of the forest, allowing the crew to safety. The GUP-K also features a water cannon to put out any of those swamp fires that may be in your way and two detachable swamp speeders which are ideal for missions that need to be reached quickly across the water.

On the television show the Octonauts missions take place in water, the GUP-K is not intended for water play but it can be used outdoors. We took the GUP-K into the garden for an adventure. As the GUP was chomping its way through the fallen trees and overgrown swamp

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It came across Kwazi who had come into danger with the fast growing weeds, it was time for Barnacles to steer the GUP-K through the foliage and save his friend

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I love how my son’s imagination was ignited and come alive with the toy.

The GUP-K is hard-wearing and sustainable. The large wheels are durable and perfect for outdoor as well as indoor play. The wheels can manoeuvre over most terrain. What makes it special is the GUP can be used by its remote control, as the GUP-K glides along its big powerful jaws chomp up and down.

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The remote control is an ideal size for little hands, with easy to use controls. The controller moves the GUP-K forward and backwards. It also has the ability to attach to other GUP controllers. On the reverse mode it also turns so the GUP doesn’t just go in one direction

The two swamp speeders can be removed from the GUP and used separately. They have little wheels so they can also be used on the floor to race across to any creatures that are exposed to harm

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The small holes on Barnacles body mean that he can be attached to the swamp speeder and at the GUP controls

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In case of a swamp fire, the water cannon can be used along with the water dart to save the swamp from any danger of quickly being engulfed by flames (or Mummy as she is passing by)

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What’s included in the box

  • GUP-K
  • Barnacles Figure
  • Remote Control
  • Water Cannon and dart
  • 2 Swamp Speeders
  • Baby Aligator

Batteries are not included. It requires 4 AA for the vehicle and 2AAA for the remote control

The vehicle and all of the accessories are strong and durable, they managed to withstand quite a bashing from my boys.

My boys really enjoyed playing with the new Octonauts remote control GUP-K, they introduced it to the  transforming polar vehicle and played along together using their imagination and making up stories. The toy allowed them to explore the world of the Octonauts

The RC GUP-K is available from Argos priced at £39.99. An ideal gift for christmas or birthday.

We was sent the vehuicle for the purpose of this review.

 

 

 

 

 

An Epic Day At Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder

Are you looking for something to get your children out of the house and away from technology?

Let the children loose ready for an adventure on the ultimate obstacle course

Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder is a 1 mile obstacle fun mud run especially designed for children aged between 7 and 12. Mini Mudder gives children a chance to work as a team, get muddy, experience the thrill of adventure and explore their adventurous side. Each Mudder course features 8-10 obstacles that will encourage children to work and support each other.

What makes a Mini Mudder

  • Not scared of getting wet and covered in mud
  • Tough and Strong as some of those obstacles are hard work
  • Working together and helping others
  • Up for an Adventure. Mini Mudder promises to be epic
  • Agility is needed on some of the obstacles
  • Not be a whinger as only babies whine
  • Speed – running between the obstacles
  • Adventurous and ready to explore
  • Challenging – Looking at how to attempt the obstacles
  • Up for anything – Not afraid of getting stuck in

The Mini Mudder course consists of 8-10 obstacles along with lots of mud and water

  • Get tangled in Tumble Weed
  • Sprint up Mini Everest
  • Scale Mount Mud
  • Brave the Tunnel of Terror
  • Teamwork at Got Your Back
  • Conquer the Crazy Climb
  • Plunge into Mud Miles deep pit of thick sludge
  • Let the monkey in you come alive at Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out
  • Slip through the cracks at Secret Agent Squeeze

Each Mini Mudder event is held alongside Tough Mudder. Each challenge starts on the hour every hour from 9 – 4. We was lucky enough to be invited along to the South London event held at Holmbush Estate.

Dad and the eldest boy have participated in local mud events in previous years so they were looking forward to seeing if lived up to its name sake and if it really was as tough as it offered to be. The youngest two have only ever looked on in awe from the sidelines at such events.

When I told the boys about the Mini Mudder challenge they were ecstatic and couldn’t wait for the adventure to begin. My boys are very competitive, so they found it hard to understand that the event wasn’t a race and that it was just for fun.

We arrived at about 11 and was surprised to see how bloody busy the place was, hundreds and hundreds of mud searching, adrenaline pumping adults all around gearing themselves up for the Tough Mudder Run. The atmosphere was great, everyone was in good spirits including the boys.

After a quick look around we made our way to the mini mudder arena, which wasn’t far from the finishing line to Tough Mudder. Whilst the younger ones were getting ready for their little adventure, Dad and older brother were making their way to the Tough Mudder start line.

Each Mini Mudder wave starts on the hour just after a little fun warm up with the mudder organisers. They are all then walked towards the start line and then let loose on the course.

The boys along with all the other children that took part were quick to get as muddy as they could. I mean who wouldn’t! Children allowed to get in as much mess as they can with their adults consent, that doesn’t happen that often.

It was lovely to see my boys helping each other over the obstacles and giving each other a helping hand when needed. They normally fight and squabble, but for one hour in that day they actually got along. I even witnessed them holding hands at one point. For once there was no sibling rivalry only support and friendship. There was no stopping them, they whizzed around the course in record time, taking on the obstacles like a giant in a playground. They showed determination and took on the challenges set with ease.

 

A fun day was had by all at Tough and Mini Mudder, Mummy was a little tired watching her boys get very muddy but it was worth it seeing the smiles of achievement on their faces. Each adult and child that competed the course received a headband as a keepsake. The children were rewarded with a Fruit Shoot drink at the end, it was much needed as well.

There were showers to clean yourself up and wash away as much mud as possible but we heard that they were quite cold so decided on changing in one of the toilets into clean clothes and just wiping away the mud with some baby wipes.

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They truly did conquer and all that was left to do was wash all of the mud out of their clothes (which took a good soaking in the bath for a couple of days)

If taking part I would advice you to take along spare clothes and shoes, baby wipes, black bag to place dirty clothes in, a towel in case you use the showers and cover you car seats with plastic.

To find out when the next Mini Mudder is available check out their website

We was invited along to participate in the event for the purpose of this post.

INTRODUCING EASIYO, THE EASY WAY TO MAKE YOUR OWN FRESH YOGURT AT HOME

EasiYo’s new bright and bold Red Yogurt Maker is the perfect way to make delicious, fresh yogurt in your own home for all the family.

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The new maker – featuring the first redesign in the brand’s 23 year history – is sleek and stylish, yet simple. With no moving parts or electronics, it’s easy to clean and is the perfect size to fit compactly on a kitchen shelf. Durable and secure, the maker features an easy grip handle, non-slip feet and smooth surfaces. The redesign also sees the old polystyrene insulation replaced with a layer containing New Zealand wool – which helps to keep the yogurt at the right temperature during the fermentation process.

When a Kiwi dad invented EasiYo in the early nineties, the aim was to allow families to make the best quality, tastiest yogurt in the world – in their own home. It is now the number one yogurt maker brand in New Zealand with half of all households having an EasiYo Maker in their kitchen. In the UK, over 600,000 yogurt makers have been sold since the brand was launched in here in 1999.

Because EasiYo is made fresh in the home, there are no artificial colours or flavours and no stabilisers delivering all the benefits of homemade goodness*. EasiYo is also gluten free and vegetarian.

Creating your own fresh yogurt, either alone or with your family couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is mix an EasiYo Yogurt sachet with water, put it in the EasiYo Yogurt Maker and in 8-12 hours or overnight you’ve created 1kg of delicious yogurt.

There are over 30 flavours to choose from, including Natural, Greek Style, Banana, Apricot, Strawberry, Lemon & Ginger Bits and Forest Fruits.

EasiYo is stocked all over the UK at retailers including QVC, Lakeland, Holland and Barrett, Wilko’s, The Range, Hobby Craft and a large number of independent stores.

The EasiYo Red Yogurt Maker is priced at RRP £17.99 and each EasiYo yogurt sachet is priced from RRP £2 (per 1kg serving).

Visit EasiYo for full stockists, information and recipe ideas at www.easiyo.com.

Mumofthreemusketeers are now proud to present that we are Easiyo Ambassadors

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Homemade Nutty Cacao chocolate, perfect for gifting

I think I may have found a recipe for the tastiest dark chocolate that has ever passed my lips. It has everything you need, dark, smooth, nutty, sweet and rich.

Chocolate doesn’t need to be a guilty pleasure with this recipe as there is no sugar added into it, yes that is correct No added sugar.

Can I tempt you in trying some?

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It is so simple to make and can be adapted to your taste by adding nuts, orange zest, Himalayan salt, dried fruit or ginger. It’s up to you!

Recipe

  • 4 heaped tbsp Raw Organic Cacao Powder
  • 4 tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup or Honey
  • 1 Tsp of vanilla extract or 1 pod
  • A selection of nuts, chopped

Method

Melt the coconut oil in a pan, add in the honey and vanilla essence. Stir together.

Once melted and combined add in the cacao powder. I used heaped tbsp not levelled. You can add more in if you feel that is too runny. To check if it is of the right consistency dip in a spoon and coat it with the mixture, leave to aside to set. This shouldn’t take too long. If the chocolate hardens it is ready. If not add more cacao and honey to thicken.

When ready pour into your desired moulds and add in any extras that you may want. At this point I added in the chopped nuts. I used almonds, brazil, macadamia and peanuts.

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I used a silicone mould as they are easy to pop out when set.

Place into the freezer to set. This should take about 10 minutes.

Once set they can be individually wrapped in cling film and stored in the fridge.

Wrap them up in cute little cellophane bags and give them away as gifts

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Let me know if you try them 🙂

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