Friday, 27 February 2015


Alarming numbers of 11-21 years olds are being exposed to images online showing people self-harming, with a significant proportion saying the images make them ‘feel like hurting themselves’, according to a poll commissioned by a consortium of leading UK youth charities.
The poll also reveals a worrying insight into the number of children and young people self-harming in the UK today. Over half of 11-14 year olds have self-harmed or know someone who has self-harmed and eight out of every ten 18-21 year olds say they have  self-harmed or know someone who has self-harmed.
ChildLine, YouthNet (the charity behind, selfharmUK and YoungMinds commissioned a poll of 2,000 children and young people between the ages of 11 and 21. The charities are releasing the findings ahead of Self-Harm Awareness Day (Sunday 1st March).
Helen Beattie, ChildLine services manager said: “Although self-harm is not a new problem, sharing images of self-harm on social media sites is a worrying new development, especially among such a young age group of children.  
“There are many reasons why young people might self-harm. It’s a way of dealing with overwhelming feelings that can feel very difficult to cope with and young people tell us that physical pain helps them cope with the emotional pain.”
During 2013-2014, counsellors at ChildLine received 24,308 contacts either on the telephone or online from children and young people across the UK about self-harm.
One young person who contacted a counsellor at the ChildLine base in London said: “I want to talk to someone about how I can stop cutting. When I cut myself it’s like everything stops. There's no fear, no troubles and no worries anymore. I feel guilty in case somebody sees. No-one knows what I am doing.”
Helen Beattie continued: “I would urge young people seeking advice or support on this issue to contact ChildLine, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 1111 or go to”
To mark Self-Harm Awareness Day (Sunday March 1st), the charities are running a week-long online awareness campaign.

You can follow the Self-Harm Awareness Day activity on Twitter via #selfharm or #selfharmawarenessday and find out more about the campaign on each of the charities websites.

For further Information

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory  has good information about self harm and many different types of distress as well as articles, news, and events.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Freebie Friday 27th February

Hello to all the lovelies who visit, I cannot believe I have been running Freebie Friday for a year now, I am so very glad I started it as I have made people smile when they get a bargain or a freebie, hopefully a good few of you have won from some amazing giveaways that are listed each week.

A big thank you to all who have read, applied posted a giveaway, told me about a freebie.
I think I know that the fact that when I have posted an exclusive freebie on a Friday, it appears in newsletter within an hour or so, means I am doing well.

This week I have hopefully found a good few you may not have seen on any freebie sites or extreme coupon pages. The John West one is a nice little find, a lunch for 50p!!

Have a great weekend!!

Jo xx


I have been busy searching and so have three spotlight goodies!! 

Free products, samples and vouchers
Be the Office Hero, if you workplace has 200 or more you can all get freebies
Receive great product samples free of charge to your office (min staff number 200) by clicking on the sign up, chocolate being delivered at the moment. Marc Jacobs perfumes. You could find yourself loved by the boss, but check with them first is my tip.

Free Personalised spoon for adult or child if you buy Kelloggs (See promotional packs)

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes (500g), Krave, Coco Pops, Rice Krispies (340g) Frosties (375g), Crunchy Nut (375g) and Special K (300g). 

L'Occitane have extended this nice freebie for their social fans

Sign up for your FREE collector's tin and two mini hand creams to pick up in-store.



Sweet Freedom freebies and samples

Lancôme Genifique serum or Visionnaire serum worth £8
At any Lancome Boots, department store or pharmacy, just ask for sample

Lancôme Teint Miracle samples

We know finding the perfect shade can be a challenge so let us help you. Find your nearest store and receive your free sample of our hero foundation, Teint Miracle

Miamoo 125 ml Spritz, a wipe and 25% off your first order.

Free Organo Gold Coffee

Free Fat Burning Coffee

Early warning!!! PG TIPS Free sample (red berry fusion or Pure Green 2nd March

Free pack of Clipper Pure Green or Green Tea with Lemon

Worth A Go As So Many

20 Smashbox goodies  at many stores today only (Fri)
FREE FULL SIZED BROW MUST-HAVES?  Print the event page or show it on your smartphone to the Smashbox Crew at  participating stores. 20 Brow Tech To Go at selected Smashbox counters across the UK and Ireland TOMORROW. Click here for a full list of stores

8,000 Ferry Tickets to Scottish Islands

5,000 free  Ren  Instant Firming Beauty Shot

100 Magnums of Zonin Prosecco Ends 1st march

1500 Ella's Kitchen snacks each week 
1000 Venus Snaps Daily Draw Ends 3rd March

Money Off Shopping

Colgate Pro Relief Toothpastes for £1.39 or £1.40)
(On offer at £1.89 at Morrisons £1.90 at Tesco)
50p off here

£5 off Just Eat takeaway
 Use the code: LUCKY5

John West Steam Pots meals for 50p
(Asda £1.50 always, Tesco on offer £1.50)
£1 off here

Ben and Jerrys for £1 
(Morrisons on offer £2)
£1 off coupon here

50p off Shloer on special two for £3 in Asda

Two packs of Debbie and Andrews sausages £3.50 (Asda)

Butterkist for 24p
 1st purchase of 74p at Tesco, then add promo code here for 50p off, then back to Tesco for 24p popcorn

Um Bongo (1 ltr)  for 14p if you have not already filled your cupboards!! 
On Offer at Tesco this month for 64p with a 50p off coupon here

Comfort Creations for 50p
 Tesco on offer for £1. 50p

£1 off here

Waitrose Free Meal Bundle with a £40 spend
Follow this link and add the four products to your trolley.
Place an order worth £40 or more, for delivery before Friday 6th March.
Final delivery date: Thursday 5th March.
Add the voucher code VOU9040750 as you check out.
We’ll deduct the cost for the first 500 customers to redeem it.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Freebie Friday 20th February

Today Only
Tag a friend in the comments section (on the Facebook page) and we will send them a free sample of our amazing Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser so they can experience this super,free radical fighting, natural cleanser. 

Tag a friend; when they private message us on Facebook with a UK postal address and postcode, we will send them the sample of our lovely, super kale cleanser.

Entires close at 6pm GMT today (20/02/15). UK only


Free Birds Eye  ‘Stir Your Senses’ meals

This is a purchase first but you get your money back

Birds Eye is launching ‘Stir Your Senses’, a new range of stir-cooked, authentic meals inspired by cuisines from around the world, and will be running a ‘try me free’ offer on 1.6m packs.
Stocked by Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose.


Free Little Dish meal for bigger kids

Free Just Milk Answer 250ml

Free Living Etc magazine, no obligation for anymore

Free BBC Good Food magazine No obligation

Free Chanel lipstick sample you have to sign up to the newsletter

10 day sample of Estée Lauder foundation at counters

Free Expose Moisturiser and another possible RT for freebie

Free Nature's Harvest Dog Food samples 

Free Kids Weekend Box

Sun Perks

West Cornwall pasty
Two Free tickets to see Project Almanac
£1 Entry to Tots Play

O2 Priority

£1 Photobook at Snapfish 
Free Kids craftbox
Free Tails Dog food
Free Skin for ipod or phone
£10 off a £20 Spend at Body Shop
Free Claudia Carroll book

Worth A Go AS So Many

20,000 Heinz Tomato Seeds

Free SuperKalimagic for first few to tweet

100 advanced copies of Amy Snow

40 Mam Anti Colic bottles and 1 big prize

200 Personalised cards from PaperShaker

100 advanced copies of A Place Called Winter Patrick Gale

250 FREE copies of The Beastly Pirates.

One free Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut
First 1,000 people at each UK Krispy Kreme shops Tuesday, February 24, 2015

100 Chinese banquets for 4 Answer Sheep/Goat

Money off and Clever combining

£5 off a £40 spend in Aldi (coupon in the Mirror Thursday 26th)

Claim a FREE 11x8” hard custom cover photo book with Snapfish, worth £24.99! £3.99 p/p
30p Off Uncle Bens Rice Time and currently 99p at Morrisons

40p off Tesco Finest custard and cream

89p off Cawston Kids juice on special in Asda 2 for £3

Crabbie's Fruits for £3 for 4 bottles at Asda
£1 off here

50p for Comfort Creations at Tesco on offer for 50p
50p off here

9 BAR Multipack  FOR 45P On offer 95p in tesco
 50p off coupon here 

Shave Kit for £3 or £1 for 3 blades

Um Bongo (1 ltr)  for 14p if you have not already filled your cupboards!! 
On Offer at Tesco this month for 64p with a 50p off coupon here

10,000 £1 coupons for you to spend on Birds Eye Cod or Haddock in Batter
Collect at any Harry Ramsdens

£1 off a £1 spend + free delivery on books at Tesco

Tastecard 2 For 1 ends today (Fri)

An InLinkz Link-up

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Herby Stuffed Chicken

We love stuffed chicken dishes and I often make them in summer using fresh herbs from the garden. I rarely buy the herbs in winter from the supermarket as I find them too expensive. So when I was asked to take part in the #Knorr #ProductOfTheYear challenge using the winners I spotted a Gardens Herbs Flavour Pot.

I have used the mixed herbs variety and not even noticed the Garden Herbs version. Reading the ingredients, it has bay, parsley, chives and tarragon and I knew it would give a lovely taste to the dish.

Its relatively simple to create the dish, just pick a chicken thigh or breast, this time I used thighs.

Stuff and wrap haha. It turns a bland cheaper poultry portion into quite a posh affair!

Chicken boneless thigh or breast 1 per person
1 smoked back bacon rasher per person
A yummy handful of grated Mozarella
1/2 Knorr Garden Herbs Flavour Pots per 4 pieces of chicken
Slice of tomato for garnish

To make, slice open the chicken, spread each with plenty of the gorgeous smelling herbs. Rampack with Mozarella, close the chicken over.
Take a rasher of bacon and wrap over the chickem, making sure the cut side is covered.
Top with a tomato slice if using.

Secure with cocktail sticks to hold together, you can chill for a while and remove the sticks or leave in and cook straight away.

I like my chicken well done so I cooked for about 35/ 40 minutes.

I served with a green salad and Dauphinoise potatoes.

The Knorr Garden herb flavour Pots really shone through and we all enjoyed the flavour!

I received the Knorr Herb Garden Flavour Pots for the Knorr Challenge

See the Chicken, lentil and Sweet Potato curry for more use of the Knorr Flavour pots

Monday, 16 February 2015

Chicken Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

Knorr Flavour Pots have just collected first prize in the Sauce and Seasoning category for this year’s Product of the Year awards. Knorr Flavour Pots allow you to easily  infuse your cooking with the flavour of fresh herbs and spices but with the handy convenience of dried. The range features nine different tantalising flavours, including Mixed Herbs, Three Peppercorn, Curry, Garlic, Mixed Chillies, Garden Herbs, Ginger  Lemongrass, Paprika, and Mexican.

To celebrate this  they asked me to take part in the #ProductOfTheYear #Knorr Flavour Pot challenge!

To help me  Knorr provided me with a range of delicious ingredients, a selection of fresh vegetables and of course the Flavour pots. They are simple to use, just adding one in to a dish is quick, mess free and with the garlic ones I love not having garlic smelling fingers.
The pot with lemongrass is especially useful if you have ever struggled with chopping the stringy fresh product.

I spied coconut, lentils and sweet potato and knew I had the makings of a curry. But I wanted to give it a Thai feel,  using the Knorr Ginger and Lemongrass, the garlic  and Mixed Chillies would hopefully achieve this.

The end dish is warming, delicately sweet, with a lovely spice to it, the coconut cools down any real heat, feel free to make it a vegetarian meal, just add more lentils and different vegetables.

Recipe Ingredients

1 tablespoon Sunflower or vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 Ginger and Lemongrass Flavour Pot
 150g  green lentils
1 large sweet potato chopped
500 g chicken boneless thigh fillets and halved
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
1 Knorr Mixed Chillies Flavour Pots
2 tomatoes, chopped

1 tin of coconut milk.
Coriander to serve.

Recipe Method:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan and cook onion until soft. 

Add lentils, sweet potato and cook in 1/2 pt of water until potato is nearly soft. 

While the lentil mix is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan and cook chicken in
batches over medium heat until browned. 

Remove from pan, then add
turmeric, cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and
stir over heat until aromatic, adding a little more oil if necessary. 

Add tomatoes, Knorr Flavour Pots and coconut milk and simmer until tomatoes
are thick and pulpy. 

Stir into lentil mixture, add chicken pieces, then
cover and cook over low heat for about 10 -20 minutes or until chicken is

Stir chopped coriander through just before serving.

Disclosure Knorr provided  me with the ingredients to make this dish.

I also made a herby stuffed chicken dish with another of the Knorr Flavour Pots