I used to be a regular attender at the local sports centre. Frequently doing classes, using the gym or going for a swim. I will be honest I wouldn’t say I loved it, it was more a necessity than choice, it stopped me looking like the size of a house!! You see I’ve always battled with my weight, at school I ballooned to a dress size 22. Being this size and my dodgy haircut put me at the forefront for a lot of teasing.
Once I’d got through college I decided enough was enough, the weight had to go! Eating healthily (90% of the time) and exercise kept me at a comfortable size 12-14. Which is ok as I’m 5’10” so can carry it.
I gained just under 2 stone whilst I was pregnant…….and I’m still holding onto over a stone of it 3 years later! Nowadays getting to the gym or a class is nearly impossible and the only swimming I do is at Little C’s swimming lesson (not much lol). I do try and jog in the nicer weather but just can’t face it in the winter, far too cold and dark.
I jumped at the chance when I was offered the opportunity to review the Ozeri 4×3 motion digital pedometer.
I immediately loved the bright yellow colour. It was easy to set up as it came with comprehensive user instructions. During set up you are required to enter your weight and stride length, the pedometer can then give you accurate calories burned.
Other pedometers I’ve used in the past have needed to be kept a certain way up, causing inaccuracies in step count if turned the wrong way. This is because they would traditionally count your steps using a pendulum. The 4×3 motion digital pedometer has a built in tri-axis sensor, meaning it can detect 3D motion so it doesn’t matter which way up it is. This is a great feature as it means it can just be placed in your pocket or bag.
The manufacturer does recommend that it is kept secure and not swinging loose to maintain accuracy. It’s supplied with a lanyard to enable you to wear it round your neck. I would have also liked a clip so I could have securely attached it to my pocket.
It automatically resets each day and has a 7 day historical data which is easily accessible. I did find that after the 7 days was up it reset itself and I had to reset the calendar and everything again, this only takes seconds to do but may become irritating after a while.
Research shows that walking 10,000 steps or more per day can significantly increase your health. Since using the pedometer I have become very aware of how many steps I’m taking and continuously try to beat the amount I did the day before. As the saying in weight loss goes ‘if you’re moving you’re losing’!!
I have very kindly been sent the Ozeri Duo Ultra Pepper and Salt Grinder to review. It’s RRP is £29.99 but can be found on amazon for £9.95. I’ve never had an all in one grinder and normally just buy the pre filled disposable ones so was quite excited to try it.
It arrived well packaged and is pleasing to the eye. The black and brushed steel gives a contemporary feel and would look good on most dining tables.
The usage instructions were clear and easy to follow. It was surprisingly simple to fill. There is a removable lid that acts as a funnel. I didn’t have any leakage of pepper into the salt compartment or vice versa. Ready for use at the table in minutes and there is an adjustable grinder so you can choose your own personal preference of grain.
We have been using it for a couple of weeks now. It is a really nice product and looks nice on the table. I do have a couple of little issues. The left right twist action is very sensitive it’s very easy to accidentally put the wrong seasoning on your dinner. I also find that bits of salt and pepper stick to the bottom of the grinder (this is normal and happens on most grinders) but because it’s a duo you can get little bits of salt or pepper on your dinner when you don’t want it there. I’m not a salt lover so never add it to my dinner, it’s annoying when salt falls on by accident.
Little C is also a black pepper fan. He likes to grind his own. It’s very risky letting him use this because it is so easy to accidentally twist it the wrong way.
All this said I really do like the grinder it’s nice to hold and use. Because of the salt issues we have decided to use it as a pepper grinder only. Black peppercorns in one side and white peppercorns in the other.
Disclaimer:- I was sent this product free of charge. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
Was meant to meet a friend for a drink at lunchtime but after an a bad day yesterday I felt like a lazy day. Well as lazy as you can have with a 2 1/2 year old that is!!
So the burning question of the day was…… What shall I do to keep Little C amused?
I know we can bake 🙂
Then I remembered I was given a little Jamie Oliver gingerbread man baking set as a present. Ideal I had the tools I just needed the ingredients. A short bus ride and stopping to look at every Christmas tree he could find in shop windows (here was me thinking dogs and lamp posts were bad!) we had the ingredients.
It was really fun, Little C enjoyed making the gingerbread men and I was surprised at how long his concentration lasted. We had a good hour at it. I used the recipe from the bbc good food website.
The only alteration was the addition of more ginger, we all like things very gingery in our household which is just as well as Little C took the lid off and half the jar got mixed in. Our little gingerbread fellas have some kick!!
The cutters ware easy for little C to use himself and the rolling pin was just the right size. However we did have more mixture on the floor than in the bowl!!
Today really made me smile, I feel very thankful for what I have especially mine & my family’s health. It also reminded me that sometimes the awful days I have are far outweighed by reasons to smile.