Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Guinness World Record Challenges - Review!

As a family we do like to play board games over Christmas. We of course have to play Monopoly and a few others but this year we have another to add to the mix. 

Guinness World Record Challenges puts players knowledge about Guinness World Records to the test and challenges opponents to demonstrate some nifty record breaking skills using everyday household items!

The game is for 2 to 5 players and is recommended for ages 8 and over.

Inside the box you get a game board, 600 Guinness World Records questions, 20 challenges, a booklet of guidelines for challenges, a notebook, a ping-pong ball, 5 counters and a dice.

There are several items which are not included but they are easily found around the house. Things like 10 pairs of socks, a mobile phone with a timer on, coins, paper clips, tea spoons, a bottle of water, glasses and A4 paper.

The aim of the game is to cross the finish line with 3 challenge cards in your possession to be the winner! 

You roll the dice and from one of the question cards answer the question that coincides with the number you have just rolled. If you get it right you move!

 If you roll the dice and it lands on one of the colours you go to that square and this is where the fun really starts! The challenge cards! You then have to choose between picking up a challenge card or challenging another player who already has that colour card to achieve a better score!

If you beat the minimum shown on the card or beat the record set by another player you keep the challenge card, then you are one step closer to winning!

The challenges are a lot of fun. There is everything from bottle flipping, star jumping, coin throwing or stacking, building towers with cards or sticking spoons to your face!

This is a really fun game. It is easy to get to grips with the rules and it is great for a bit of a giggle. It would make a fab game to play after Christmas dinner with all of the family!

It can take around 45 minutes to an hour to play which is a fantastic length of time. It's not the type of game where you get half way through and get bored. It is fun all the way through!

Guinness World Record Challenges is available at toy retailers online and department stores. I have seen it on sale for around £15.00.

We were sent this game free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Our weekly meal plan. 17th - 23rd Dec! #MealPlanningMonday

Last weeks meal plan went well. I cleared the freezer enough to fill it with Christmas party food. Hooray! We now have lots of mini sausage rolls, chicken bits, Indian an Chinese snacky things and so much more to keep us fed after Christmas. I don't have to worry about Christmas dinner as we are going out for that!

I had such a craving for a roast dinner yesterday but didn't have the get up and go to make one so my fella did. It was so good not cooking. I wasn't too keen on doing the washing up though.

This week is all about easy meals. I have a lot to do and I have no time for faffing around in the kitchen.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Ham, fried eggs and potato waffles.
Tuesday - Some sort of casserole cooked in the slow cooker with mash.
Wednesday - Tomato soup & ham sandwiches to dip in. 
ThursdayLasagne and garlic bread.
Friday - Sausage sandwiches.
Saturday - A Chinese takeaway.
Sunday - A meal out.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

A photo every day for a year! Week 50 of #Project365

Just over two weeks until the end of the year and just over a week until Christmas! Eek! How did this year go so quickly?This past week has flown over too. I was feeling a bit panicky and overwhelmed at the start of it with the stresses of Christmas but I am over it now. I am a lot calmer and I feel organised! Phew!

Now for a photo every day!

342/365 - 8th December
We had a party tea. We didn't have a reason we just love party food.

343/365 - 9th December
I love a lazy Sunday. Finished it off with some blog reading and watching Dynasties.

344/365 - 10th December
Tea and toasted tea cakes. The best way to start a Monday.

345/365 - 11th December
The Christmas bauble which my youngest made at school.

346/365 - 12th December
Ellie dressed up for her school disco. She had a brilliant time.

347/365 - 13th December
My fella had to try his Christmas jumper on just to make sure it still fitted. He had to wear it to work yesterday.

348/365 - 14th December
My teen had a migraine so spent all morning in bed and came downstairs and spent most of the afternoon dozing on the sofa.

Beating the Christmas bloat with BioCare!

I know over Christmas I eat a lot. Large roast dinners, desserts, Christmas sandwiches, Festive Bakes from Greggs, chocolates, mince pies and of course lots of celebrating with alcohol. I eat more than I probably should but Christmas is all about indulgence. It's allowed.

With the lead up to Christmas starting earlier and earlier, the temptation is there sooner which then puts a lot of stress on our digestive system with lots of carbohydrates, fats, sugars and proteins to break down. As one of many side effects our stomach can begin to feel bloated and uncomfortable.

To help battle some of that bloating, I’ve been speaking with Beth Morris, the BioCare Clinical Nutritionist who has kindly shared her top tips for looking after your digestive system
without missing out on the festive fun!

What happens in the body when we bloat?
Beth says, “Essentially bloating is the sensation of increased pressure in the abdominal area which can cause discomfort and pain, excess gas with burping, and heartburn. If we don’t have adequate stomach acid or enzymes to digest our food, we can then have ‘maldigestion’ where undigested proteins can get stuck in the colon, leading to unpleasant bloating and gas.”

Are some foods worse than others for bloating?
“Gut health is absolutely vital for our general health. Our ability to digest food and absorb nutrients from the food we consume is reliant on our digestive health. Certain foods can negatively impact our gut health, such as those that are high in gluten, dairy, trans fats and added sugars, which can be abundant in the ‘luxurious’ foods we indulge into at Christmas time. Deserts, baked goods and chocolates as well and processed/cured meats and pastries are all commonly eaten in excess and are the usual culprits to digestive symptoms such as bloating.”

How can we relieve discomfort from bloating?
“Relax and enjoy - it is only once a year after all. The Christmas stress may raise your cortisol and cause you to crash and burn and so you may be more susceptible to lowered immunity and a ‘stressed stomach’. When we feel stressed, the digestive system can become depleted in enzymes and stomach acid, which both help to break down carbohydrates and proteins. So make time to relax every day and ensure you get some good quality sleep (so watch the coffee and the alcohol).” I’d also suggest taking a supplement to take the load of your digestive system and increase your digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes help us break down sugars, carbohydrates,proteins and fats in foods. Look for a supplement that contains a broad spectrum of these enzymes to aid digestion and relieve symptoms such as acid reflux and bloating. BioCare’s Polyzyme Forte (Enzyme Complex) is a staple for me this time of year.”

Three top tips for giving your digestive system a helping hand this Christmas.

1. Try not to over indulge this Christmas, introducing some self-control and balance in your diet. For example, if you know you have a family dinner in the evening, arm yourself with a breakfast high in good quality protein, healthy fats and loaded with antioxidants. A healthy ‘fry up’ is an easy and hearty breakfast choice, including poached eggs, wilted spinach, grilled tomatoes, homemade baked beans and sliced avocado. This is a wonderful way to replenish your body. Remember to save your main indulgence for the big day, Christmas Day itself, and enjoy every single mouthful.

2. Instead of waiting until the New Year, try to gently detox your body throughout the Christmas period. This can reduce your chances of weight gain and feeling generally fatigued and run down. Green vegetables and fruits really are your friend as they are packed full of nutrients and support the detoxification process of rich food and alcohol from your body. Smoothies including kale, spinach, broccoli, and apples can be a great way to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. As it is winter time, you can also put green vegetables into a soup for lunch or dinner, adding in herbs such as coriander, which is highly detoxifying and full of plant chemicals.

3. Although it is tempting to curl up on the sofa after eating Christmas dinner, a good way to get your digestion moving is to put on your hat and scarf and go for a walk. Gentle exercise can stimulate the digestion and support healthy passage of stools.

Three top tips for giving your digestive system the best start to 2019!

1. Stress can deplete us of essential nutrients and have a large impact on our digestive system, so it would be important to focus on taking time every day to relax as the stressful winter comes to a close. Things like mindfulness practices such as meditation, yoga, knitting etc., good sleep hygiene and spending quality time with family and friends in the outdoors can really help boost your mood.

2. Taking a good quality probiotic supplement may help regulate digestion and get you back on track. It’s an effective way to keep your gut bacteria levels topped up. I suggest BioCare’s Everyday BioAcidophilus

3. After over eating through the Christmas period, it’s important to get our eating habits back on track. Portion control and resisting the urge to eat and snack to excess are easy ways to support the pancreas as well as leaving a gap between your evening meal and bedtime. This can disrupt sleeping patterns and the gut’s ability to repair at night.

This all makes so much sense. There is still a way to enjoy all the treats that Christmas bring while looking after your body too.