Slimfast Meal Plan & Iceland Shopping Haul

I’ve been following the Slimfast plan for exactly a month today, and have lost just over 10lbs in that time. I have been eating a shake or meal replacement bar for both breakfast and dinner, enjoying three 100 calorie snacks throughout the day and preparing a 600 calorie or less meal for tea. I’ve found making the meals from scratch hard, both time and calorie counting wise, and so have decided to mix it up with some oven ready meals from Iceland.

I am going to attempt to share my meal plan and the calories here each week, it will be handy for me to look back on and I hope my readers will also find it beneficial. We all know that I’m not the most organised so the weekly plans may or may not happen, but for now, here is week one of my Slimfast meal plan.

Monday – Carrot fries (150g, 177 kcal), slow cooked pulled gammon (150g, 157 kcal) & egg (1 egg, 78 kcal) – total calories 412

Tuesday – Egg (1 egg, 78 kcal), ham (100g, 112 kcal)  & beans (1/3 tin, 121 kcal) on toast (2 slices 50/50 bread, 204kcal) – total calories 515

Wednesday – Baby potatoes with herbs & butter (150g, 123 kcal), breaded cod fillet (253 kcal), lettuce (2 cups, 13 kcal), cucumber (100g, 16 kcal), tomato (50g, 9 kcal), healthier choice salad cream (2 tbsp, 40 kcal) – total calories 454

Thursday – Slimming World Burger (159 kcal), brioche roll (154 kcal), cheese slice (56 kcal), tomato (50g, 9 kcal), lettuce (1 cup, 7 kcal) & sweet potato chips (100g, 184 kcal) – total calories 569

Friday – Chicken (100g sliced chicken breast, 120 kcal), egg fried rice (200g, 298 kcal) & pitta bread (161 kcal) – total calories – 579

Saturday – Sausage (2 thick Richmond sauces, 250 kcal), tinned tomatoes (1/2 tin, 37 kcal), wholemeal pasta (100g cooked, 148 kcal), fresh basil (2 tbsp, 1 kcal) – total calories 436

Sunday – Pizza (1/3 pizza, 317 kcal) & garlic bread (3 pieces, 222 kcal) – total calories 539

Please note that calories and servings are approximate. 

Slimming World burger with cheese and sweet potato fries as part of slimfast weekly meal plan

I am so surprised at just how much I can eat. All of these meals are quick, convenient, delicious, and, most importantly, under 600 calories.

I tend to shop around for my Slimfast products, Superdrug currently have a 3 for 2 Slimfast offer, ChemistDirect are usually very reasonably priced and I’ve also set up some subscribe & save items on Amazon.

See my Iceland shopping haul here  :

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Homeware Haul : September/October 2016

I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous homeware pieces pop up lately and I haven’t been able to resist purchasing a few bits here and there. A lot of shops really seem to have uppped their homeware game lately, even shops that I wouldn’t usually consider visiting for homeware such as New Look are stocking gorgeous little pieces at the moment.

UK Homeware Haul September and October 2016 including a glitter wall unicorn from Home Bargains

As  I’ve bought quite a few new bits I thought I would film a little homeware haul for you guys. I’ve been shopping in Primark, New Look and Home Bargains, we’ve even bought a new bed from IKEA!

Most of these items unfortunately aren’t available on line, but the most amazing one is! The Unicorn Head can be purchased from Home Bargains for the bargain price of £6.99 here.

What My Baby Wore #20

I’ve bought some new clothes for Aria which means that I have cute new outfits to share, which is a nice change as she seems to be wearing all the same clothes lately. I bought a few Christmas bits and also some pieces that I couldn’t resist in H&M, they have a massive baby clothing sale on at the moment so I bought plenty for the next size up too, all featured in this post.

#WhatMyBabyWore with a slice of my life wales baby fashion blog linky

baby girl sat by christmas tree wearing red check dress and red headband
Red tartan dress, tartan bib and tights from Asda
Red heaband from eBay

baby denim pinafore dress from H&M
Mint green jumper and denim pinafore dress from H&M
Pink & grey star bib from Tesco

pink baby cat tee
Pink cat tee from H&M
Heart bib and floral leggings from Asda

As mentioned above H&M have quite a big sale on at the moment, I bought quite a few new clothing items in the next size up and also one or two pieces that will fit her now. I have linked to the items that I can find on their website but the prices that I paid are completely different to the website which is very strange, some cheaper, some more expensive!

H&M baby clothing sale two jumper dresses
Not on website

baby cardigans pink with gold sequins and red christmas baby cardigan from H&M

baby patterned dress with peter pan collar and bambi leggings

H&M 3 pack of soft baby headbands


 


A Slice of My Life Wales


 

H&M Launch Largest UK Store In cardiff

I was recently invited along to attend the launch of H&M’s new store in Cardiff, with 25% off all products, a free embroidery service, mocktails and a performance from singer/songwriter Ella Eyre it promised to be a good evening.

H&M Cardiff launch event giant balloon

H&M Cardiff launch event cupcake

The new Cardiff store is the largest H&M in the UK to date, the new flagship store offers all H&M concepts for women, men, teenagers and children as well as homeware and an exclusive beauty department.

Mocktail bar at H&M Cardiff launch event
I was most excited to see the kids and homeware ranges and they didn’t disappoint. There were so many beautiful clothes in stock for the older children, though there didn’t seem to be that much for the under one year olds.

Kids clothing at H&Mbaby clothing at H&M Cardiff

free embroidery service at H&M cardiff launch event
As a launch event special H&M were offering a free embroidery service on any goods bought in store, so long as your total transaction came to over £15. I had hoped to buy a Christmas bib for Aria and have ‘Aria’s first Christmas 2015’ sewn onto it but unfortunately there weren’t any bibs, or in fact any baby clothing, with a Christmas theme. Instead I decided to buy Aria a beautiful stocking and have her name sewn onto this.

H&M St david's cardiff
I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the special Welsh dragon shopping bags, I think these are fab.

H&M Cardiff Launch event goody bag
We were given a goody bag containing a canvas bag, a notebook, pen, make-up bag and a H&M gift card.

H&M haul christmas stocking cat sparkly christmas jumper pink and white stripy party hats
I bought a few bits while I was there, I had to spend £15 so that I could have the embroidery, this was the perfect excuse to buy myself yet another Christmas cat sweater, this one is so awfully tacky it is amazing! With Aria’s first birthday fast approaching I couldn’t resist picking up these cute party hats.

Have you been to the new H&M store in St David’s, Cardiff? If so, what was your favourite department? Mine was most definitely homeware. 

Baby Clothes Sale Purchases Summer 2015
Summer sales are everywhere at the moment, I’m no longer getting excited about picking up bargains for myself in the sale, instead I am choosing to buy all of the reduced baby clothes. Aria’s 0-3 month clothing is getting a little snug on her (about time I guess!) so I used the sale as an opportunity to stock up on 3-6 month in readiness.
faded collage of baby girl clothing with baby girl clothing sale bargains written over

After seeing Helen’s impressive sale buys I knew exactly where to look for the majority of mine, the Bluezoo range at Debenhams. I have linked to the items where they are still available. 
Mint green & pink leggings on one hanger, pink and green dress on another hanger
The two pack of leggings – £2 – Asda
Two pack of dresses – £4 – Asda
Orange sleepsuit with cupcake, teacup and teapot pattern, white sleepsuit with red doodles all over and a red bib
Two baby dresses one aqua with ice cream and lollipop pattern one white on top with bright flowers and leaves on the bottom
Jasper Conran babies dress white with blue flowers and a yellow band - pack of three t-shirts one with mouse holding balloons one floral and one plain cream
The dress is J by Jasper Conran and was bought for us as it was spotted in the sale, I’m not sure of cost.
pink baby t-shirt with six cupcakes and sweeter than a cupcake text - pink vest under white pinafore with blue, pink and red flower pattern
Have you picked up any bargains in the sales this year?