Meal Inspiration Monday- Bacon and Leek Riscotto

If you have read my meal plans you will know that bacon and leek risotto is something which I made recently. The reason behind this was the fact that I had some leek to use up and wanted something warm. I was searching online for something to make and this is when I came across a bacon and leek risotto recipe. I for some reason thought that it was going to be super hard to make. This could not have been further from the truth. This is a meal which you could make after work if you wished.

Ingredient -Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil

6 rashers back bacon finely chopped

2 leeks halves then finely sliced

250g risotto rice

750ml Hot chicken stock

175g frozen peas

3tbsp soft cheese

Utensils- Frying pan, Knife, Wooden spoon, Ovenproof dish with lid,

Method

1.Heat oven to 200C/180C fan

2. Add bacon to frying pan and fry for 2 mins. 

3. Add leeks and fry for a further 4-5 mins until soft

4. Tip Rice in and cook for a further 1 minute

5. Pour hot chicken stock

6. Transfer into overproof dish and cover

7. Place in oven for 20 minutes stirring half way through

8. When rice is just tender and all liquid is absorbed, remove from oven and stir in peas. Place back in oven for 2 mins more

9. Remove from oven and stir in the cheese.

This is so simple and takes under 40 minutes to make a tasty and filling bacon and leek risotto. I think that this was an easy way of using some leftover which would have otherwise got thrown away.

Have you ever made a risotto from scratch?

Charlotte xxx

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 rashers smoked back bacon, roughly chopped
  • leeks, halved lengthways and finely sliced
  • 250g risotto rice
  • 700ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 175g frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp soft cheese
  • zest 1 lemon

Preloved Finds January 2018

Charity shops are places which amaze me there are sometimes no better places I love visiting more. The majority of them are so reasonably priced you manage to pick up some amazing bargins. Sometimes I get some books which I want to read other times things for Jess. You really never know what you are going to find. This year I am on a conscious effort to try and get things preloved if I can. I do not want to add to the ever growing pollution problem and also it can help me save some important dollar.

I decided that every month I am going to try and share with you some of the items that month which I have picked up preloved. These may be from the charity shop, Facebook , eBay or even other places. I am always interested to see what people have been picking up preloved and this is something which I thought I would start doing as well.

Jigsaws

The items which I am going to share with you are ones which we actually picked up in December. I have been meaning to share them for the longest time but just have not got around to it. The first items which I am going to share is a Peppa Pig jigsaw this was one which had 3 different puzzles within it. Jigsaws are something which Jess loves to do however, they can be very pricey. Usually, they are around the £6 mark instead this we actually paid 50p for this. This is something which Jess has had so much fun with and she can complete this one without any help. We since have donated this back to the charity shop as it became so easy for Jess. She is always happy to pass on toys to new boys and girls as she know she is likely to get another new toy.

We also managed to pick up another jigsaw which was Sofia the First. This is something which she has never seen the show. This is a 35 piece which means that it is harder than some of the other ones which she owns. I have a feeling that the swirl area is going to make this one a bit harder. Of course, this is something which we want because you never want them to be too easy. I have had to give her a little bit of help when we have done this jigsaw so I think this is going to be one which we are going to have it for a while, to be honest. Again this one was the bargain price of 50p which is crazy cheap for a Disney jigsaw.

Another game Jigsaw type of game which we picked up was this match it game. This is something which of course, Jess is going to grow into rather than actually be able to play now as such. You match the word to the picture so if you see eyes you have to find the eye word. This is going to help her learn so much we have played this a couple of times and found the ones which she knows. I also ask Jess to point to the part of her body as well. This game was only 50p as well so it is one which we know that we are going to have so much fun with. For sure it is one which we will be keeping for a long time because it will help her to learn.

Books

Books are something which Jess adores. Sometimes on a weekend she loves to go upstairs and have a CD on while she plays. I have found Disney books which come with CD perfect. They read the story and you can read along with them if this is something which you wish to do. I managed to pick a range of them up from the Charity shop a few months ago. So when we went in and they had Peter Pan, Little Mermaid and Tangled. I knew Jess did not have these and they are something which would be a great addition. These books are £1 each but of course, they have the CD which makes them a bit more expensive. As they are Disney I know that they are going to be in our home for a very long time.



Orchard toys are a company which we adore we have had so many of their games. Which have provided us with hours of fun over the last year or so. So when I spotted a couple in the charity shop I knew I had to pick them up. The first one which we snatched up was Old McDonald Lotto. You have to get all of the animals on your card like normal lotto. However, it does allow your child to learn their animals and this is something which Jess has loved to do.

The other game which I purchased for Jess is Round and Round. This is a game which you have to go around the board picking passengers up on your bus before actually getting back to the bus garage. I know this is another game which we are going to end up having hours of fun with. Jess is already super competitive at it so I can see the arguments when she does not win. I think I paid a maximum of £3 for both of these games . For sure they are going to be loved fwhile the cold weather is still here.

What preloved bargains have you picked up recently?

Charlotte xxx

Meal Plan 25th January #4

Today I am back with another meal plan this is something which I have been loving. Since meal planning we have found that we are saving money because we are not buying things which we are not going to use. I have also found it so useful because it keeps me eating actual meals when Joe is away. Only 2-3 weeks left of solo parenting. I am going to be sharing with you the meals which I am going to be consuming this week.

Monday- Leftover Pizza, last night my parents came over and we had a takeaway pizza. We ordered a little bit too much so there is going to be enough for me to be able to eat this as my tea. There should be enough to feed me and if not I have enough to make sandwiches if I need to be able to. This means that food is not going to go to waste which is huge for me.

Tuesday- Bacon and Leek Pasta, I still had some of the leek and bacon left over from last week. I decided that I was going to make something so simple a leek and bacon pasta was perfect. It is a simple meal to make and it can be done quickly. I sometimes need quick meals after nursery runs because otherwise I can be eating way too late. This was so cheap for me to make because all I needed to purchase was soft cheese. I seem to remember that this recipe I am using serves two so this will also do me a lunch in the week as well.

Wednesday – Chicken and Chorizo Paella, this is something which we have had in the freezer for a little while. I am going to use this up because of the fact, I still need freezer space. This is a meal which I know I am going to enjoy because it is packed with flavour. Chicken and Chorizo are two of my favourite meat flavours together. This is going to be a simple yet very effective meal.

Thursday- Veggie Quesadillas as you may know I am looking to have at least two meals a week which are veggie. This is a meal which I found on pinterest this is one of my favourite cuisines Mexican food. Quesadillas are something which I would be likely to order if I was out in a restaurant. Again this meal managed to not to break the bank as all I needed to purchase was wraps and some mixed beans. Hopefully this is something which I love because it looks like it is such an simple meal to make. I know it is something which Joe will adore as well.

Friday- Pesto Chicken ,Mash and Veg, the chicken is something which I already have in my freezer. I am still trying to make room for food in the freezer for other food which I plan on making. I am going to serve this with mash and veg because I still have some potatoes leftover. This is a semi healthy meal which is something I am trying to do this year.

Saturday- Meal Out– this is another meal which we are eating out. We are going out to see my brother so this means that we are going to be eating out. I am unsure where we are going to be eating. It is nice to eat out because it makes a change from having to cook. This can become a huge chore while you are solo parenting.

Sunday- Sloppy Pasta, this is a meal which I am making for a couple of reasons. I have have some tomatoes which really need to be used up and of course this is an perfect way to do this. Pasta is a meal as you may have read previously it is one of Jess’ favourite meals. I know this will end up getting eaten and if there is leftovers I can always have it for lunch.

This week I think due to he fact that I had the majority of the items in which I needed. The weekly shop cost me less than a £10 and this did include some cleaning products so as you can see it was a very cheap week.

Of course, this meal plan is actually is part of the meal plan linky which is run by the lovely Katy.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what meals I am going to be having this week. What meals would you make if you was me?

Charlotte xxx

50 Fantastic Ideas for Engaging Dads Review

We all know the feeling there is so much that we want to do this year with our children. We want to create memories with them which are going to last a life time. This time of year can be tight for money but you still want to have some amazing times. I know this is personally something which me and my family want to do. As you know Joe works away a lot which makes family time even more special . Jess loves spending time doing things with her Dad.

Just before Christmas, I was contacted to see if I would like to review a new book. Full of ideas for Dad’s to do with their children, of course, I said yes because we are always looking for ideas of new things to do with Jess. 50 fantastic ideas for engaging dads is it sounds it is a book which has 50 ideas of what do to with your children. All of the activities which are in the book are very engaging meaning that you have to be hands-on.

There is a range of activities some which we are going to have to wait till the weather becomes warmer. However, there are plenty of the activities that Jess has done already. Even though the book does say for Dad’s we all know Mum’s can do it as well. The reason it is aimed at Dad’s is because they can find it harder to think of ways to engage with their children. When it comes to a fun and educational side of play. There are some activities in the book which I would never have thought about doing. Such as discount shopper allowing your child to go into bargain stores with a budget and allowing them to purchase items. Another one is a door colour challenge find doors which are the colour you say.

The activities tell you what you are going to need don’t worry if you don’t have them all. We have improvised with some elements and still had as much fun. The book also tells you what the children get out of it apart from spending quality time with their parents. One part which I think is the great is the way that it tells you how to develop it to make it even harder. We all know that children can get bored when something becomes too easy for them. It has progressions some of them we are going to be using as Jess is finding some of the activities easy now.

We have been doing the read me a story activity most evenings before bed. This is something which has been part of our routine for a while now and we find it seems to settle Jess before drifting off to sleep. She also will speak about the book in the morning and sometimes for days after. We will let Jess point to things within the book for example where is the frog . This is helping her learn the different animals and also be interactive with the story. For sure, this is something which we can keep up because books is something we have a lot of .

Block tower is another one which we have been enjoying this is something which we can do as a family. We use megablocks which is something that Jess has owned for a while and we have a race to see how can build the highest tower. Then we will ask her to count how many bricks there is again enhancing her learning. This is something I love doing in fun ways where it is possible. Another way we have done this is that you can only use a certain colour to build your tower this incorporates Jess learning her colours. Of course this is also teaching her hand eye cordination fan which is vital for when she starts writing.

The final one which I am going to share with you is the den building. Of course, we have not been able to go outside and do this one yet as it may be a bit too cold and windy. However, we have been using our home to do it we have blankets often around in our house so we have been throwing them over the sofa and footstool. Jess usually demands that I crawl around and she giggles her head off. I think this is one of her favourites from the book because it is one she demands even after nursery. Daddy I am sure will get roped in to play when he is back as well.

I know that we are going to have so much fun doing more of the activities. Another thing which I love about this book is the fact that the ideas in this are not that expensive. A lot of the things which are required you will usually have if you have children. For sure this is a book which is going to get a lot of love in our house. It would be a great present for some who has a toddler as well.

The book is available on Amazon, for £9.99 and can be found here. 

What activities do you like doing which engage with your children?

Charlotte xx

This post contains a PR sample however, all views are my own.

Meal Inspiration Monday – Beef In Black Bean Sauce

Chinese food is one which is my weakness I love it for sure. However, having takeaways can be very expensive let alone the amount of salt that can go into the meals. At the moment I am trying to eat a little bit more healthier and save money. So we made our own homemade Chinese last week I shared the special chow mein and today it is the turn of the beef in black bean sauce. This is something which we order more times than not when we order a Chinese takeaway. We found that when we made it there was more flavour than when we have had it from the takeaway and for sure more sauce.

Ingredient serves 4

1tbsp cornflour

2tbsp rice win

120g sachet black been sauce

100ml cold water

400 rump or sirloin steak

1 medium onion

2 tbsp sunflower oil

2 peppers cut into 3cm strips

2 garlic cloves very thinly sliced

20g ginger finely sliced

Salt

Pepper

Utensils- small bowl, spoon, frying pan

Method

  1. Mixed the cornflour with the rice wine in a small bowl until smooth. Following this stir in the black bean sauce and water and put to one side.
  2. Trim all the fat from the beef and cut into 5cm wide strips then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Fry the beef until browned. This will take around 6 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan.
  4. Stir fry the onion and peppers for another 4 minutes. Or until they are softened and lightly coloured. Add the garlic and ginger for another minute.
  5. Return the meat to the pan and pour over the sauce and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes. Or until the beef is hot and glossy.

What meal do you order from the takeaway and wish you could make it home for a fraction of the price.

Charlotte xxx

Moving House: Do I need removals? *

Moving house is one of the most stressful things which you can do. As many of you may know this is something which we did last summer. We combined two houses into one and created our first family home which was amazing. There was a lot of stress involved due to things keeping going wrong. One element which saved us a lot of stress was having a removal company.

Due to the nature of our move we moved 50 miles from my house and around 25 from where we had been living. On top of this we had some things at Joe’s parents another 70 miles from the new house. This meant that we could not do everything alone. The stress was already high because this is what you find when you are purchasing a house.

There was a lot of logistical planning which went into moving house. It was almost like a military operation but a lot more organised. It including having to hire a van from a company to be able to get the things from his parent’s house. We had a storage unit which we was using to put purchases in alongside things we had already moved. This meant that we did not have to purchase as much when we moved. There was only a period of around 2 weeks after the move before Joe deployed again.

One day while we were in the storage unit we realised how full it had become. We had planned to do the removals ourselves to save money. We knew it was going to be a number of trips between the unit and the new house. Of course, this was going to cost us a lot of time and also money in fuel

The reason that we had decided that we were going to do it ourselves because removal costs would be high. This could not have been further from the truth. I was pleasantly surprised we managed to do it in all in one trip with a huge van and a smaller van. Of course, there were smaller elements which had to go in our car mainly fragile pieces I was worried about. It took the removal men around 3 hours to empty the storage unit. It was a huge 100sq ft unit, and there was two of them. I seem to remember Joe had to help them to get it done quicker as well.

We paid around the £300 mark for this service, which I did not think was too bad. This was due to the distance as well for them it was almost a whole day job. For sure it would have taken us longer and we would have had to sort out childcare. I am sure that we saved money because we would have to have hired a van and also pay fuel. This did save us having a huge argument as well which is not doubt something which would have happened.

When I checked at the price of the removal van against what the average is I realised we got an amazing deal. I hate speaking on the phone so I wish I had known about get a mover. This would have meant I did not have to make calls because they get quotes of local removal companies. They then email you the quotes because we all know when you are moving house you do not have a lot of time. There is always something else which needs to be done.

I am so glad that we spent the extra money and got the removal men which we did. It saved us a lot more stress which is always a bonus everything was put in our garage so we could sort it as and when we needed it rather than rushing. For sure if we were to move house again no matter how far away from our current home I would be looking at get a mover in order to get quotes. Anything which makes life less stressful is always a bonus to me.

Have you moved house did you use removal men or did you do it yourself?

Charlotte xx

This post is a sponsored post by get a mover

Meal Plan 18th January #3

Today I am back with another weekly meal plan this is something I am enjoying. I have had a few people in my personal life ask me how the meal plan is going. This week it a bit different because it is just for one person as Jess eats at nursery. This weekend she has a party as well and we may have a day out with a meal out. Without further ado I am going to share with you the meals which I am going to be having this week.

Monday- Tomato Soup this is a meal which I have taken out of the freezer this is a meal I made last time Joe was away. It going to be a case of taking it out of the freezer and saving with bread. This was such an easy meal to make and freezer great for busy days. It also saved food going off which is a huge thing for me. I hate wasting food.

Tuesday- Bacon and Leek Risotto, this is another meal which I am making so that food does not get wasted. We had some leeks left over from when we make the chilli. I am going to use them to make this meal is something different risotto is not something I have had for a while. Again I found this recipe on Pinterest it is such a useful tool.

Wednesday- Fish, Jacket Potato and Veg, when looking in the freezer I realised I had some seasoned fish. I thought I would give myself a night of simple tea even though this a tasty meal. It should not be that hard as it is just putting food in the oven. I am looking forward to this meal as I have not had fish in a while and it is something I enjoy.

Thursday- Meatballs and Spaghetti, this is a complete use up meal. I have some mozzarella to use and also some pasta sauce. I thought this meal would be a good way to combine the two. It is going to be a challenge making meatballs for this first time. This is a dish which I am likely to order in a restaurant so I thought why not treat myself and make it at home.

Friday- Lamb Passanda Burger,  this is another meal which I have already prepared and is in the freezer. Friday nights at the moment I want something quick after a hard week working and at the gym. This will be served with chips which may be frozen or homemade depending on how many potatoes we have left. This is a twist on a normal burger and one I loved when I have made it in the past.

Saturday- Broccoli Pasta Bake, I have some broccoli from another recipe I made which needs using up. So I turned to pinterest to see what I could make this sounded really tasty. I know it is a Saturday and that means I usually have to feed Jess. However, she is at a party so there is a huge chance that she will just want something small.

Sunday- Mini Toad in the hole, there is a chance that we are going out for the day and will not need food. However, if this is not the case I plan on making mini toad in the hole with sweet potato mash. To me this is a really comforting meal and on a Sunday usually that is what I fancy going to make it. I have everything I need in in case I do actually make it and of course this is going to be served with gravy.

This is part of a linky with Katy Kicker. I am loving seeing what other people have been making.

I hope you enjoyed this what meals have you been consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

The Blog Tag- January Edition

Today I am going to do something which I have not done for a long period of time. That is a tag these used to something bloggers would do so much, recently this is something which seems to have changed. However, the lovely Lisa tagged me in the blog tag. Which is something which she has created. Basically, it is for you to get to know me a little bit better and also talk about topical thing each month. Seen as it is January the theme this month is the brand new year and what we want to achieve.

Happy new year! How did you welcome the year in?

We had a homemade Chinese and watch a bit of telly. I really wanted to go to bed around 10pm after the last leg. I managed to stay up to watch the fireworks which I was disappointed with and headed to bed around 12.20 when Jess woke up. She is scared of fireworks and people around us were letting them off.

Did you make any new years resolutions? Share them!

I actually instead set goals instead of resolutions and I am doing well at achieving the ones I set for January you can read them here. (Shameless plug).

Are you feeling motivated now the new year has been and gone?

I am I love a fresh start and a new diary to fill up. I love been able to look back at all the things which I have achieved this year. So January to me is one of those months filled with motivation. Even this year if I am solo parenting for the majority of it. I guess it does mean I can spend more time on my blog.

Name one thing you want to smash this year in terms of blog goals?

I really want to add 500 to every social media platform this year. I do have another one as well it is to smash pinterestThis that it may be a struggle to do it but I am sure if I engage with others and keep up the hard work it might come off. I am hopefully going to Blogon this May as well so this will be a great chance to network with fellow bloggers.

What do you want to achieve in every day life?

I actually want to make sure that I am happier this year there were period of last year which were not the greatest for me. I am mindful of this and I want to take more time for myself less time spent on Instagram and more time reading and going for walks things that are going to boost my mental health state.

What are you not looking forward to this year?

I do not think there is anything that I am not looking forward to. So I am going to say the one which most people will guess and that is solo parenting for long periods. I know it is part and parcel of military family live but it is annoying when plans and everything change at the drop of a hat. I am unsure how much solo parenting I have this year to come as well so I can not prepare for it.

Share with us some of your inspirations. They could be bloggers/influencers, books or even just quotes.

It is actually a quote which is on my office wall from Captain America and it is “It does not matter who hurt you or broke you down what matters is who made you smile again”.

What is your go to working music or background noise?

Usually it is a wide mix of music which I can sing to. For some reason I have found that I am way more productive if I can be singing my head off that if I am working in silence. This is only when I am doing house work or blogging though. I used to have to work in silence when at uni.

Talking about positivity what is one thing you will change for positive thinking this year?

I want to focus on the positives of my life this year rather than focusing on something which is negative. I have so many things which I should be happy about I need to start seeing this and focusing on this. It is a lot harder than it actually sounds.

Share a positive thing that happened today.

I managed to go to the gym and do things which I have not been able to do before. I can see progress already and this is keeping me motivated to go back which is always a bonus.

If you do this tag leave the link below I am for sure going to check it out.

Charlotte xxx

Meal Inspiration Monday- Special Chow Mein

This time of year many people are trying to cut down on the amount of takeaway which they consume. Usually, there are a couple of reasons why this may be the case it is because they are either trying to save money after a expensive period of time. Or the other reason is that they are trying to eat a little bit healthier. If I told you I had a recipe which would save you money on your regular special chow mein, it is healthier and still packed with as much flavour would you believe me.

Special chow mein was part of the homemade Chinese which we had on new years eve. Since then I have vowed if it is possible that I would make this every time instead of ordering a takeaway. I found that it was not flooded with water or sauce like they can be when you order them from the takeaway. I am going to share with you the recipe which I used to create this special chow mein dish.

Ingredients – Serves 4

100g dried medium egg noodles

1 1/2 tsp sunflower oil

1 medium red onion

2 peppers

2 medium thinly sliced carrots

2 tsp cornflour

1 tbsp light soft brown sugar

3 tbsp dark soy sauce

2 tbsp rice wine (mirin)

100ml cold water

150g cooked and peeled prawns

75g frozen peas

20g chunk fresh root ginger

3 garlic cloves thinly sliced

100g bean sprouts

Utensils

Medium saucepans, wok, sieve and wood spoon.

Method

  1. Half fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to the boil add the noodles for 3 minutes or until tender. Once this has been done drain in a sieve under running water until cold and toss with 1/2 teaspoon of sunflower oil. Then set aside until later.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a large wok. Fry the chicken and the onion over high heat for 2-3 minutes or until they lightly brown.
  3. Add the pepper and carrots and fry for a further 2 minutes more.
  4. While this is frying mix the cornflour and sugar together in a bowl, gradually stir in the soy sauce, mirin and water and put to one side.
  5. Add the cooked noodles, prawns, peas, ginger and garlic to the pan. Add some grinds of black pepper and stir-fry together for 2-3 minutes. Or until the noodles, prawns and peas are hot.
  6. Give the soy mixture a good stir and pour into the pan. Add the bean sprouts and toss everything together for 1-2 minutes or until everything is pipping hot.

As you can see this is a very easy meal to make and take you less time to cook than it would for the Chinese you order from to deliver. I found that it was so full of flavour and a meal which for sure will be on our radar to make again it was that tasty.

Have you every made special chow mein or is it a dish you order from the Chinese.

Charlotte xxx

Fitbit Alta HR Review

I know that it January and this is a month which a lot of people start to change their lives. Some manage to make it long term and see huge benefits others go back to their old ways. I have been motivated to go back to the gym after having a membership for 3 months. I have also dug out my Fitbit Alta HR which is something which I neglected for the past few months.

It became neglected it because I was sick of it moaning at me for not doing enough steps. I did not care if I was doing the recommended 10,000 steps a day because I was busy. Even though I was unhappy with how I looked I was focusing on eating better. I used my Fitbit constantly from around April to September when we moved house.

If you do not know what a Fitbit is it is an activity tracker it does not matter on your activity level. It adds everything you do up from walking around the house to running on a treadmill at the gym. If you are anything like me you like knowing how many steps you have done. I really at the moment hate it if I do not hit my 10k steps. I have been averaging around 15k a day. My phone tracks steps however, there will be times where I am not carrying it. So it makes it look like I have not done that much exercise. I also like to know how much I have done and find my phone not that accurate.

This is not a problem which I have with my fitbit because it is always strapped to my wrist. So if I go somewhere it comes with me too and can track my steps. I have noticed because of the fact that it is so small I sometimes forget that it is on. It is a very sleek piece of kit almost smaller than having a watch. It does have a build in clock which also removes the need to have a watch on as well.

You can also see how many calories you have burnt off that day which coild be very useful. I know you can use apps like myfitness pal to see how much food you have consumed and this would be an indicator if you are doing enough exercise to burn the calories you have had. Calorie counting is not something which I am actively doing however, I am enjoying seeing how many I have burnt. It also sometimes motivated me into having another piece of chocolate if I have worked hard enough that day.

Due to me having Fitbit Alta HR it does mean that it is always checking my heart rate. This is something which I find amazing looking at how it changes depending on what I am doing. Of course, this may not interest that many people and it may only me because of my sports science background. I love to be able to see my heart rate when I am out on one of my fitness walks because then it means that I can see if I am working hard enough. If this is something which would not really interest you then you would be better with a normal fitbit alta which are slightly cheaper.

I find the feature which I love the most apart from been able to see how many steps I have done. And comparing it to previous days when I think I have done the same amount of activity. Is the sleep tracker this is something which I love because I like to see if I actually had a good sleep when I think it was poor. It shows you the amount of time which you have spent in different stages of sleep. Sometimes it will even tell you that you have been awake and this is something which you can not remember. Another part for me which I enjoy is looking when I actually fell asleep compared to when I think I did.

I have never found the battery life to be an issue for me personally. I find that it lasts around a week with a full charge. Usually, what I will do is make sure that one evening a week I do not sleep with it and allow it to charge over night. Of course, if you do not want to lose out on a night of tracked sleep you can always charge in short burst when have time during the week.

The only problem which I have had in the 10 months of using my fitbit is the strap has broken. It has come away from the actually unit this is something which you can keep reconnecting. However, if you actually contact Fitbit themselves they will send you a replacement strap which is a huge bonus. I did not want to have to fork out for a new strap after having mine for less than a year. It also arrived free of charge and pretty fast which I also call a bonus.

Personally, the Fitbit Alta HR is a piece of technology which I would recommend. More so if you are looking at becoming a little bit more healthy in 2019. It helps motivate me because sometimes when I am in the zone for too long I will not move for hours and this reminds me to move. I have set it to remind me between 8-8 to move 250 steps an hour.

Currrently Argos, have the fitbit alta HR on offer for £79.99 which is cheaper than I think even I paid for mine. I would recommend taking up this offer if you are thinking about getting a fitbit because personally I do not think they will come any cheaper for a while.

Do you have a fitbit if so are you in love with yours?

Charlotte xxx