Smitten Saturday

Glasgow Mummy

This week I am smitten with this:


I picked some up randomly in Asda at Christmas for our after dinner cheese board and OMG, I fell in love.  We finished the jar off a while back and tried a few others because I couldn’t get this one anywhere.

Today I was in Tesco and there is was, shouting at me from the shelf, I know it might be a little wrong but I have been salivating the whole way home thinking about having some wine and a cheese board later 🙂


Smitten Saturday

Glasgow Mummy

The Lovely Sarah over at Glasgow Mummy has started posting a Smitten Saturday to showcase things that she is loving right now and was looking for people to join her so I have.

This week I am smitten with this:

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I’ve always had really oily skin and have spent a ridiculous amount of money over the years on products to minimise my pores and prepare it for make up.  If I’m honest, I usually avoid Benefit because any time I’ve tried it in the past it’s been too dark for my mega pale skin tone.  I’m glad to say that I stopped off at their counter last October to try it and I’ve never looked back.

It’s magic in a tube!


Liebster Award Post


I was tagged by @Glasgow_Mummy from Glasgow Mummy to take part in a meme.

The rules for the meme are:

  • Share 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions that have been asked
  • Ask 11 questions
  • Tag 11 other bloggers to participate

11 facts

  1. I am a huge fan of Doctor Who 
  2. I love my own company and like nothing more than having some me time
  3. I spoke to Sting when I was 10 on Going Live
  4. I LOVE Ant and Dec and have done since I was 12 🙂
  5. I am scarily determined and when I want something I work really hard to get it
  6. My Mr B was in Cosmo
  7. I got a personalised birthday message from 2 very famous people thanks to Mr B and the power of Twitter
  8. I love social media and I think I’m slightly addicted to Twitter and Facebook
  9. I like doing housework and take lots of pride in my house and we’re currently going through Operation “Get this house into Gear”
  10. I started wearing make up out of necessity after I had Miss B and developed Rosacea
  11. My all time favourite film is Dirty Dancing
11 questions for me

1. Have you ever been pulled over by the traffic police?

No, and the thought of that fills me with fear. I’m too much of a goody two shoes 🙂

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Honestly, I love living in Scotland and would not want to be anywhere else

3. What is your favourite flavour of crisps?

Pickled Onion, each and every time

4. What’s the last movie you watched?


5. What is your favourite thing to wear?

My jammies, specifically my cow print

6. What does your last text message say?

“No problem toots”

7. What were you doing at 12 noon yesterday?


8. What is your most treasured memory?

Giving birth to Miss B

9. What do you think is the single best decision you’ve made in your life so far?

Saying yes to Mr B when he proposed

10. Do you have a pet?

No, we had 2 cats but I ended up highly allergic to them and even though it broke my heart, we had to re-home them

11. What is on your bedside table?

A lamp.

11 questions from me
  1. What is your prized possession?
  2. What one thing would you change about yourself and why?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. What is your favourite childhood memory?
  5. Have you ever seen a ghost?
  6. What is your favourite film of all time?
  7. Who is the most famous person you have ever met/spoken to?
  8. Have you ever been arrested?
  9. Where was your last holiday?
  10. If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
  11. What do you spent your time on that you really shouldn’t?
11 bloggers

1. Susan at
2. Blondie at Transatlantic Blonde
3. Dawn at The Moiderer
4. Mummy’s Knee
5. Laura at AWNTYM
6. Fiona at Coombe Mill
7. Elaine at Fun as a Gran
8. Heidi at Heidi Roberts
9. Dawn at The Dawn Report
10. Karen at The House of DIY
11. Bryony at Love Bryony

Your turn

Bowel Cancer Awareness

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month. I just watched Lorraine and Ben Richards was on talking about how he was diagnosed last year and Kate Garraway seems totally stunned that he had it.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care about your gender, age, religion, or lifestyle, it’s not picky.

This May will mark the fourth anniversary of when I lost my Grandpa to this horrible disease.  I was really oblivious about bowel cancer until that point as I had never been in contact with it before then and knew very little about it.

My Grandpa had been suffering from symptoms for years before he eventually was diagnosed in 2007 and by that point the tumour was the size of a grapefruit.  Due to his age and the size and location of the cancer, the consultants could only give him palliative care so he went through radiotherapy to try and help shrink the cancer but I can’t help but wonder if it had been found earlier would he have lived for a while longer.

He was diagnosed in October 2007 and we were told he would not live past that December.  We moved him out of his house and in with my Mum and tried to make  as comfortable as we could.  I had given birth to Miss B in the August that year so thankfully I was on maternity leave so able to spend a lot of time with him and I was there to take him to his appointments and to try and support my Mum as she was his main carer.

Miss Bs first Christmas came and while it was a happy milestone, it was also tinged with sadness.  I was so happy that he got to spend time with her and get to know her but also in the back of my mind I worried about what was coming. How was bowel cancer going to affect him? What were the realities of the disease?

We were very lucky that he survived through that Christmas but 2008 was a very hard year for him.  We had a stream of hospital visits, carers, GPs, emergency trips to A&E and a lot of pain and discomfort. He always felt that he needed the toilet, so spent a lot of his day in there. He was on so many different drugs, I have no idea how my Mum managed to keep a track of them all, but she did.  Our family all pulled together to make sure that he was as comfortable as he could be and supported each other as best we could.

He eventually passed away on 3rd May 2009 after a very hard battle with bowel cancer.  I saw him go through some truly awful effects of the disease and his final few weeks with us were really difficult, but he was surrounded with love and died peacefully in the end.

I can’t stress enough just how important it is to get checked out if you have any of the symptoms, it could be nothing but it might be something.  An early diagnosis can ensure that if a care plan is able to happen then plans can be put in place and give you a fighting chance.

There are a few key symptoms to look out for:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Anemia
  • Stomach pain

After watching Lorraine this morning I felt compelled to write something about bowel cancer. We really need to try and raise awareness of the disease and try to save lives with early diagnosis and intervention.