Auntie Ro Ro

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So facebook reminded me that on this day (26th Feb) two years ago I announced that I was to become an Auntie for the first time!

I was so excited when I found out my twin sister was pregnant! I thought being an Auntie was going to be really good, I never realised just how awesome it was going to be and (unless you have your own children, which I dont) nothing prepares you for the love you feel towards that little person who isn’t even yours!

He makes me smile every time I see him and the way he smiles at me melts my heart ♡

We have lots of fun auntie and nephew times together (&fun with Uncle Tim too) here are some of my favourite pictures:
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I’m going to be an Auntie again this year! I can’t wait and I’m looking forward to Noahy being a lovely big brother, so cute.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

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A fun day out ☆

My older sister Charlotte turned 30 in January so me and my twin sister Sarah planned a day of fun as her present. We did this during the half term holidays when we didn’t have work.

We started off our day by driving to Colchester for breakfast! Sarah had found a nice looking place called Bills. It was delicious!!

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Me and Charlotte had the Bills breakfast. It came with white toast,  streaky bacon, fried eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and sausages that tasted like they had chorizo in, they were so yummy. I added a hash brown to mine and Charlotte added beans.

Sarah had avocado on toast which she really enjoyed too. 

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We shared a plate of buttermilk pancakes between us as they were the size of dinner plates and you got three in a serving. They were drizzled in maple syrup and adorned with fruit, easily the best pancakes I’ve had from a resturant.

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After breakfast we made our way to Aqua springs spa, this is right next to the leisure centre. It’s such a great place as it’s got all the features of your usual spas, a nice cafe to grab a drink or snack and treatments to add on if you want! The upside being that it costs only £14 and you can stay as long as you like.

It was so relaxing just chilling in the Hydrotherapy spas and jacuzzi. They also have a steam room, salt inhalation room, and 3 different saunas ranging from mild to volcanic in heat.

We booked in to have our nails painted so at 1.30 Sarah and Charlotte had theirs done and at 2 pm I had mine done.

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I love this colour, I just wish I could paint it on as neatly as they do!!

Once our nails had dried and we were feeling totally relaxed we got changed and made our way home.

Once we were back at Charlottes we prepared our homemade afternoon tea, our last treat of the day.

I made a lemon drizzle tray bake, here it is:
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It was super delicious (if I do say so myself haha) I’ve put a link to the recipe below.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1892633/lemon-drizzle-traybake

I brought some red velvet cupcakes and sweet and savoury scones to have with jam and clotted cream, yummy!

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Sarah made some sandwiches to go with all the cake, we had some cheese and some egg.

And of course tea!

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It was a really fun day, very relaxing with lots of yummy treats!

Happy 30th Birthday Charlotte!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Wedding update no 7!

Wedding update no 7!

I can’t believe how quickly the time is going and at the same time June still seems a long way away, but there’s only 110 days to go.

Rings

As I mentioned in my previous blog, me and Tim now both have wedding rings, Yay!
I was able to collect mine from the 18th Feb so we went in on Saturday to collect it.

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It’s so pretty, I love it ♡

Make up trial no 2

For the make up trial this time me and the lovely Demi (demidoll.wordpress.com) went into town to try out a few products.

It was quite a successful trip as I found the foundation and blusher/lip colour that I would like to use.

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The foundation is by YSL and it’s their Touche Eclat Foundation. It’s a full coverage foundation  that makes your skin look really flawless. Being someone who doesn’t usually wear foundation I found that this goes on really nicely and when applied it doesn’t feel heavy.

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I love the way it makes my skin look so flawless and gives you a nice glow. The lady on the counter colour matched me and gave me a 7 day sample to try.

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The blush I have chosen is also by YSL and it’s their Baby Doll Kiss and Blush, no 3. It’s a lovely pinky tone which looks lovely blended into my cheeks and is a great colour on my lips too. Two in one, perfect!

I can tell I’m going to get alot of use out of this beyond the wedding which is why I didn’t mind paying a bit more for it than I usually would.

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I also got a lovely eye shadow pallet. It’s by Revolution and has some lovely colours that I would like to use for the wedding and everyday too. This is a great brand as it’s much more affordable, this pallet was only £4! Bargin.

Notice of marriage
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During Half term me and Tim had our notice of marriage appointment. This went really well and it was nice to get the booklet with suggested readings (one of ours was in there!) And the options of what you can say for your vows.

I’m looking forward to going through the booklet together and choosing our options.

Suits

Tim went and had his suit fitted on Saturday. This was pretty straightforward and something else to tick off the list. Tim’s tie and hankie are ready for collection too so hopefully at the weekend we can go and pick them up.

I think that’s all that’s new for now! The invites are almost ready, a little behind schedule but I’m almost there.

Next time I do a wedding update we’ll probably be in double figures instead of triple, scary! But exciting!!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

A three course Slimming World dinner ☆

So I recently blogged about our Valentine’s day meal that I made Slimming World friendly. It was really yummy and with a few select ingredients I didn’t feel like I was missing out either.

First course

Slimming World Tomato and basil soup.

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I brought the tomato and basil soup from the Iceland frozen Slimming World range. It’s really yummy, super easy and syn free.

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Second course

Slimming World lasagne with garlic bread.

I was really pleased at how well this came out.  Here’s what you’ll need:

(Serves 4)

X2 light Mozzarella balls
Light grated cheddar cheese
Tub of extra light philadelphia cheese
A splash of milk
Large plum tomatoes
X2 tins of chopped tomatoes
Garlic fry light
1 large white onion
1 red pepper
5 % lean mince
Basil
Salt & pepper
Lasagne sheets

Garlic bread
X2 wholemeal bread rolls
Butter
X2 Fresh garlic cloves
Parsley

Method

1. Soak lasagne sheets in boiling water.

2. Chop onions and fry in garlic frylight. Brown the mince.

3. Add the tins of chopped tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and herbs. Cook for 20 mins on a low heat.

4. Slice the large tomatoes and mozzarella.

5. Heat the philadelphia, milk, salt and pepper in a saucepan.

6. Once all components are cooked layer up the lasagne. First put some of the tomato and mince mix, then a layer of tomato slices, some mozzarella slices and the creamy sauce and top with pasta sheets.

7. Repeat.

8. Sprinkle with grated cheddar and bake in the oven until the cheese turns golden.
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Garlic bread

1. Toast the bread lightly in the oven.

2. Whilst the bread is toasting melt some butter and garlic together in the microwave.

3. Take the garlic butter mix and smear over the bread. The heat will make the bread absorb the butter. Make sure you put plenty on.

4. Sprinkle with seasoning and parsley.

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The philadelphia cheese can be counted as your HEX A allowance, the wholemeal roll for your HEX B allowance.

Dessert

GU chocolate soufflés

These are so delicious, a great treat and just enough to round off the meal nicely. They are exactly 15 syns which is your daily allowance.

I thought this was great because although it uses all your syns it’s a great dessert. The creamy philadelphia and mozzarella make the lasagne seem really indulgent, paired with the garlic bread and yummy chocolate dessert and you’ve got a delicious 3 course meal without going completely syn crazy.

So my top pointers:

☆Get the most out of your Healthy extras. Use them to make food and meals more indulgent! Make a meal you never would think you’d be able to eat on Slimming World.

☆Use your syns! Treat yourself, you won’t succeed by denying yourself what you want. If your having a special meal find a dessert that is 15 syns or less and enjoy it, if you go over a little bit it’s not going to be as bad as it could be and your still in control.

☆Sneak in lots of S foods. Recipes like lasagne and Bolognese are great for this, garlic, chilli, onion, tomatoes, pepper, mushrooms! S food-tastic!

I hope this has given you some inspiration! Happy eating.

Until next time,
Roseanne 🙂

Valentine’s day ♡

This year will be mine and Tims 5th Valentine’s spent together, I can’t believe that next year we’ll be celebrating as husband and wife!

We decided to go to one of our favourite places together, the zoo, but not before we’d exchanged presents.

I got these for Tim from Sainsburys. He loves pizza & pasta so I thought these were right up his street and useful too. I also cooked us a delicious 3 course meal.

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Tim got me some lovely flowers and he paid for our tickets to the zoo.

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Here are some pictures of the zoo:

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Marli (Tims adopted Warthog) even came out to see us this time.

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Lunch stop! It was nice to warm up.

More animals…

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After a few hours we made our way home to cook our yummy dinner. Tim’s always really supportive and he even suggested we made our Valentine’s meal Slimming World friendly to help me stay on track (only 2 weeks until my next dress fitting). Ill be doing a blog post all about the meal with recipes and top tips. Here’s what we had:

First course

Tomato and basil soup.

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Second course

Lasagne and garlic bread.

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Third course

GU chocolate soufflés.

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Once we’d finished we snuggled down on the sofa to watch LOTR: The return of the king.

Happy Valentines day ♡

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Sunday Funday!

On Sunday me, Tim, Sarah and Noah went to Colchester swimming pool.

I used to love going there as a treat when I was younger as it is so much fun.
It has a couple of different pools, slides, flumes, a waterfall, jacuzzis and rapids.

Time to get ready!

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We had such a fun time! Noah loved it now that he’s a bit bigger. He loved the slide and we took him on the rapids too.

After swimming we needed to refuel so we stopped off at the Cafe in the Leisure Centre.
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Tim got a cheesey jacket potato and Noah had some yummy milk.

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We drove back to Ipswich after we had chilled out for a bit at the cafe and we got back just in time for dinner!

We all went together to The Mermaid for a carvery (Tim had a burger).

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Afterwards we went home to put Noah to bed and finish making some more wedding invites.

It was a lovely day and a great way to spend Sunday before going back to work.

I hope you all had an awesome weekend.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Harry Potter book night

Me and Tims mum organised a Harry Potter book night at the library where she works.

It was yesterday and ran from 6.00-7.30pm.

Here are some pictures of the night:

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Hanging letters and Hedwig.

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The Quidditch Pitch.

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Harry Potter books and games.
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The Sorting Ceremony.

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We has lots of activities going on. We had a potions ingredients hunt, make your own wands, create your own spell and potion work sheets, colouring pages, Honeydukes sweet shop, a quiz and much more!

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Honeydukes: Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, Chocolate frogs, cupcakes and Butterbeer.

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Chocolate frogs.

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Harry Potter photo booth.

…and of course we were in costumes!

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We had a great night and the kids really enjoyed themselves, it was worth it to see another generation of fans enjoying the wizarding world of Harry Potter as much as I do.

The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Wedding update no 6.

Wedding update no 6

My first dress fitting

Yesterday I had my first dress fitting. I invited Tims mum along and my twin sister Sarah came with my nephew too.

It was lovely to put my dress on again and try it with my shoes ♡

It wasn’t a very long fitting but it was nice all the same.

My next fitting is at the end of Feb so not long to go! I’m really looking forward to that one as they will start pinning it and making it fit my shape.

I’ll have to make sure I have a really good February Slimming World wise. I’ve set a target of 6lbs to lose by my next fitting, fingers crossed.

A wedding car

I’ve finally found a wedding car to take us to Wantisden  Valley! It’s exactly what I imagined, fits six passengers so me, dad, mum, and my three bridesmaids can all go together, and it’s an excellent price too! Bargin.

It’s a 1937 25/30 Rolls Royce Landaulette.

I’m so glad to have this sorted as this has been one of the most stressful things to find so far!!

Rings

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I managed to find a wedding ring that I like on Saturday. We ended up going back to F Hinds (where Tim got his from) as they have a good selection of wishbone rings.

The one I got is a wishbone ring with diamonds set in the front. It’s lovely and sparkly and works well with my engagement ring. I can’t wait to pick it up on the 18th Feb!

Hair

I’ve been looking into hairstyles for a little while but was undecided about whether to have my hair up or down. I think I’m going to have it up after trying on my dress yesterday and asking Tim what he prefers. I’m looking forward to hopefully sorting out a hair trial soon.

Here are some styles that I like:
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Photo ideas

I’ve been having a look on Pinterest and various other places to get some inspiration for some wedding photos.

Here are a few ideas that I like:

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Tonight we have our flower consultation so I’m looking forward to that.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂