Yesterday I took a walk in the park. A 5k walk to raise money to beat cancer!
When I woke it it was piddling down with rain. My heart sank. I was looking forward to the walk but imagine how awful it was going to be doing it dripping soaking wet! I didn’t even know if it would be feasible to take an umbrella?
The rain continued while I got ready and we all climbed in the car. It continued all the way to the park. Then as we arrived it stopped! 

I’ve not done the Race for Life before, I didn’t really know what to expect. I arrived in my pink t-shirt with my number attached to my front and my name banner on my back. I also had my ‘beautiful’ fake tattoos applied.

First came the warm up. We were entertained on the stage by singers, radio DJs from Heart fm and a zumba lady. People got up to tell us of their stories of cancer, good and bad. We listened, we danced, we got in the mood. There was also pink smoke but I didn’t get a photo as I was having a last minute…well, you don’t really need to know….

Then it was time to queue up ready for the off! The runners first followed by the walkers. There were lots of both.

The race was started by the Little Man’s school friend aged five. He was diagnosed with cancer at two years and has had a kidney removed. He is now in remission.

 Then the walk began and I can honestly say I really enjoyed it. I did ache a little, funnily enough it was my right hip and my left ankle that hurt the most so I kind of balanced out. Thankfully my feet did not hurt at all, although they were throbbing a little by bedtime.

It was the best feeling ever crossing that finish line!
If you are thinking of doing the Race for Life, or are doing it but have never done it before, here are a few things I’ve learnt from my experience.
  • It’s ok to do it alone, whether a runner or a walker there are lots of others doing it alone too.
  • It’s ok to take an umbrella, probably not if you are running, but there were lots of walkers carrying them although it didn’t rain again. 
  • Remember your water, it’s very thirsty work.
  • You can wear headphones with your music on, but the atmosphere is great and I feel you’d be missing out on a lot.
  • A lot of walkers had little bags, phones and basically anything that you would take on a walk in the park. I felt a little empty handed but I’d just come to walk.
  • You don’t have to take anyone with you but it’s really nice to see a friendly face as you approach the finish line.
  • Finally, the obvious things…make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing and trainers. I heard so many people complaining on the way around that they were too hot or their trainers were rubbing their feet. 

Thank you to everyone who donated for my walk.
I’m so proud to be a member of the #Pink Army

 
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Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. This week Boo made macaroons. I know the Little Man made macaroons for kids in the kitchen before but Boo was really keen so how could I say no to her.

Last week we were joined by J from the Free From Farmhouse who made some delicious looking Cinnamon Rolls. I was so tempted by them that I went and made some myself, I didn’t even wait for the kids to come home from school, naughty mummy!

This is the last week of the month but you still have plenty of time to join in. Come and share what you have been doing with your kids in the kitchen. All posts are pinned onto my Pinterest Board which is a great place to go for inspiration, and I will tweet them and give you a mention here the following week. I’ve also started to 1+ the posts on Google plus which I am trying to use more.

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Macaroons

Boo wanted to make these because she had seen them in a cookery book. When she’s not watching Masterchef or the Great British Bake Off re-runs, she’s looking through my cookery books! So I said she could make them but she had to do it all herself.
We came across a little problem straight away because the recipe was for making two batches of macaroons in two different colours, but we only wanted to make one. So she had to do some maths to work out the recipe. It’s a little different to my previous recipe but I think it worked a lot better, the mixture was thicker and the final macaroons much more crunchier.
Boo working out her recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 100g ground almonds
  • drop of food colouring
  • Filling: whipped double cream

Method

Put the egg whites and caster sugar into a mixer and whisk until thick and foamy and stands in soft peaks.
whisk in the food colouring
mix the ground almonds and sifted icing sugar together
Add half of almonds and icing sugar to egg mixture and continue whisking
Add the rest of the almond mixture and continue whisking until stiff.
Put the mixture into a piping bag with a 2cm plain nozzle
Cover two baking trays with baking paper
pipe on mixture in 5cm circles leaving plenty of space between them.
Leave to settle for about 15 mins
Bake at 170C/gas mark 3 for 12 to  15 minutes
When cooled remove from tray and sandwich with the cream.

So now it’s over to you, get in the kitchen with your kids and come and share what you’ve cooked,

I’d also be mighty grateful if you included my badge in your post so others can see it and come along and join in. (although adding the badge is not compulsory to joining in)



This is what I will be wearing on my back on Sunday when I do the Race for Life.
It’s the names of all the people I know that have been affected by Cancer.

Purple names are my family members that have been taken
Green names are friends or relatives of friends that have been taken
Pink names are the ones that I’m really doing this for, these are the fighters and survivors.

My dream is that we find a cure for cancer.

The youngest person in pink is the Little Man’s school friend, aged four years, currently in remission.

I can’t heal these people, I can’t make the cancer go away.

I can help to raise money to find a way of helping them though and that is what I will be doing on Sunday. So if you can spare even just a little then please, please sponsor me on my Justgiving page.
Or you can text JSBA71 and £5 to 70070

Thank you xx

This week we took a trip to Digbeth, Birmingham and I took this photo outside The Old Crown, the Oldest pub in Birmingham.
It claims to date back to 1363 but most of the current building was constructed between 1450 and 1500. It really is a lovely old building, in walking distance from the City Centre. It also has a very lovely beer garden!

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Sunday Snap

I keep looking at the pretty pink orb on my wrist but it doesn’t tell me the time. Maybe I’m too old school, maybe I miss wearing my watch….I know, most people tell the time with their mobiles now but I like my watch! So, if there was one thing I would change about the Fitbug Orb, it would be to have the time on it!

So if it doesn’t tell the time what does it do?

Well actually, it does quite a lot and I’m already really quite attached to mine.

The Fitbug Orb

The Orb arrives in a little box along with a wristband, a belt clip and a lanyard, a battery and a little booklet.
It’s available in three colours, pink, black and white. Mine is pink.

A Fitbug Orb is a fitness, sleep and activity tracker that you wear about your body and connect to your mobile phone or tablet. You can also connect it to your laptop or computer.

The Orb itself is a a round slightly domed device that works by battery which can be easily replaced. Replacements cost around 95 pence each. The Orb then fits into a holder, either the wristband or the clip. You can then choose where to wear it, either on your wrist, clipped to your belt, attached to your underwear or around your neck. The Orb uses a 3 axis accelerometer to accurately measure your every step and move.

Activity Tracking

The Fitbug Orb tracks your steps both normal and aerobic. Depending on the information you give it it will give you a target to reach each day. If you don’t make the target it lets you know how you can improve your performance. It also tells you the distance you have walked and how many calories you have burnt.
As well as tracking your steps you can also add any other activities you do such as household tasks or swimming.

Diet Tracking

The Fitbug Orb tracks everything you tell it you have eaten, it will add up the calories for you and calculate how many calories you’ve consumed to how many you have burnt. Then it will suggest how you can improve your diet and eat more healthily.

Sleep Tracking

By wearing the Orb in bed it will track how long you sleep and how often you are disturbed. It will make suggestions on how much sleep you need and how you can improve your sleep by giving you goals such as going to bed earlier. 

Goals

You can fill in your goals, for example how much weight you want to lose, or how many inches. The Fitbug will keep track of these for you and encourage you on your way.
A Screenshot of the Dashboard as seen on the PC. It shows different on my mobile phone but the account can be viewed online by logging in. You can also view other pages for nutrition, activity, goals and sleep.
Before buying a Fitbug Orb it is advised that you check it is compatible with your phone or tablet. You do not view any of the information on the Orb itself, it is all transferred by Bluetooth to your phone or tablet, or you can purchase a dongle and have the information sent straight to your PC or Laptop.

Cost

The Fitbug Orb costs just £49.99 which is cheaper than a lot of similar products on the market.You can purchase several accessories from as little as little as £1.95. In fact I think everything is reasonable priced, even a spare wristband only costs £6.99
The Orb is run on battery so there is no charging involved. The battery should last four months and you can buy replacements for just 95p. I think it’s a lot more convenient not worrying about charging the device. 

My Opinion

I am familiar with using pedometers or step trackers and at first I believed the Fitbug Orb to be just another step tracker. I am really pleased with all the features that come with it and it’s really useful. I have been using it to improve my activity while I prepare to do the Race for Life, but I will continue to use it afterwards as I would really like to get fitter and lose some weight. Walking is the perfect exercise for me so I intend to increase my steps taken each day and improve on the number of aerobic steps taken. I’ve found that a brisk fifteen minute walk will add to your aerobic step count.
I will also continue adding to the food diary as the more food you add the easier it becomes to fill it in each day.
I have found monitoring my sleep interesting. I knew that I wasn’t getting enough sleep and that I woke a lot in the night. Just having the Orb has made me more conscious of getting to bed earlier and improving my sleep patterns.
My phone is a Sony Xperia SP which is android 4.4 It was 4.3 but I had it upgraded. It is not listed as a phone that will work with the Orb and I think I’m lucky that it does, it’s probably because of the upgrade. It does work though, although sometimes I have to refresh it a few times before the days statistics will show, but I really believe this is a phone issue rather than an issue with the Orb. Once updated I can view everything on my online account. I may consider getting the dongle and have it go straight to the computer until I am able to purchase a new phone.
The wristband is really comfortable to wear. I thought being rubber it may be uncomfortable, particularly as I have sensory issues. I have never been able to wear a watch in bed but I have wore the  wristband. The belt clip is my favourite though because I don’t have to take it off to do the washing up or whenever I need to put my hands in water. 
Overall I’m really pleased with the Orb and the only thing I would change is as I said in the beginning…I’d have it tell me the time! 
You can sponsor me for the Race For Life on my Just Giving Page here or by texting JSBA71 and £5 to 70070
Thank you x

Disclosure: I was sent a Fitbug Orb to help me train for my Race for Life, I offered to write this review, I was not asked. All thoughts and opinions are my own.