Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Beauty Tuesday - Therapist Training

Those of you who follow me on Twitter might already have seen me mention (and I have a feeling I've mentioned it here somewhere within a post before as well!) that I'm currently doing some training in different beauty therapies.

As I said a while back in this post - my son has Duchenne and as he gets older I will need to be around more for hospital appointments and probably one day to actually care for him. I currently work as a Legal Executive as a small family law firm. Unfortunately that's not going to work very well alongside frequent hospital appointments or providing home care for my son. Generally I'll need to be home at lot during the day Monday to Friday and that is really the time when I would need to be the office.

So I made the decision a while ago to look into other career options. I settled on beauty therapy because I enjoy that sort of thing anyway, its not too expensive to do the training, and it would work well around my son - I can fit my clients in around hospital visits or do mainly evening and weekends when my husband is home.

Unfortunately I've received a fair bit of stick from family and friends for my choice - most seem to have the opinion that I'm "too intelligent" for this - personally I find that a bit insulting to all the beauty therapists out there, but it does seem to be the sterotype in people's heads that beauty therapists are young bimbos (they're not, FYI). To be honest its left me pretty upset as its not  been an easy decision to make and a bit of support would have been nice, especially considering I'm doing this for the benefit of my family. We simply can't afford for me not to work either.

Anyway, all their negativity aside, I'm excited and I'm enjoying it. I got my NVQ in Indian Head Massage back in July, I'm currently doing an NVQ in Make Up (hoping to do bridal make up particularly), and tonight I'm off to do a certificate in Gel Polish application. When my Make Up course ends, a fortnight later I start a course in Facials. So I'm pretty busy!

In the long run I'd like to do a proper 'full' make up artist course - working on photography make up, special effects and all sorts. I'm not sure, given my circumstances, where I'd go from there with it but I'd love to give it a go. I'm struggling though to find courses that are not full-time. I need an evening or weekend course really as I can't set aside 5 - 12 weeks Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. So I'm hoping the collective knowledge of my readers will help me out - I'm based in the South East and would appreciate if anyone has any recommendations?!

Have you retrained or changed career? If so, why and are you glad you took the leap?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Recipe Review Monday - Family Favourite, Grandma's BBQ Chicken

I'm going to do a couple of little mini-series on Recipe Review Monday - they'll run alongside each other so some weeks will be Family Favourites and other weeks will be 30 Minute Dinners. I'll probably throw some random recipe reviews in the mix as well but if Family Favourites and 30 Minute Dinners appeal to you, look out for my Recipe Review Monday posts for the next few weeks.

This particular recipe is one that's been passed on to me by my husband's Grandma (hence the name!). She's apparently been cooking it for years and its still much requested when we all go round their house for dinner. It's not the quickest dinner in the world and its not the prettiest to look at but I promise you, it is absolutely delicious.

I believe it originally came from an old Delia Smith special edition recipe book that was produced for Red Nose Day but I'm not sure how true this version is to the original - you know how it is, recipes can get tweaked a little over the years.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Favourites #1 - TV Series, Our Girl

This is a first for me - I've not reviewed any TV here but I've come across a programme the last few weeks that I've become completely engrossed by so I just had to write about it! Sadly it ends tomorrow night but I believe you can still catch up on all the episodes on BBC iPlayer. The programme I'm talking about is, of course, the fabulous Our Girl.

I know a lot of people saw the original one hour one-off last year, which I'll admit I missed and although I saw the adverts I never really thought much about it but whilst channel hopping during the first episode I came across it and within a few minutes I was hooked.

The show is all about Molly Dawes (Lacey Turner) who enlists as an Army Medic. This series has seen her sent out on her first tour of duty to Afghanistan.

This is an absolutely fantastic series- so well written and acted. The soundtrack is stunning too. I think it does a great job of showing the difficulties that I'm sure many women face in what is a very male-dominated world. Molly is cheeky, brave and quickly proves herself to her Captain and fellow soldiers. It is definitely worth a watch if you haven't already.

Now before I go on, I have to just mention the utter perfection and eye candy that is Ben Aldridge who plays Captain James in this series.

Having spoken to all the women I know who are watching this series, I don't think there is one of us who has not professed to be head over heels in love with this man - he is simply bloody gorgeous. I believe one friend even said he makes her "ovaries ache". Look at him - he would produce the most beautiful curly-haired babies, wouldn't he?!
Now I'm going to add a jump in here so if you've watched the series so far, click and read on, if you're not up to date or haven't watched it yet I suggest you stop here unless you're after spoilers!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Family Friday - Kids Clothing, Advice Needed

This post is going to be short but wordy (a distint lack of pictures I'm afraid). I just need some advice from my fellow Mums - maybe you're having the same problem as me, maybe I'm stuck in a rut but  I am really struggling to find decent kids winter clothes this year!

My son (9) is still fitting into much of his clothes from last year (being on steroids has its upside I guess, he grows very slow so is cheap to clothe as they last him aaaaages!) but I'd like to find him a few new bits and Dennis (2 and a half) has had an enormous growth spurt and she now needs size 3-4 (I kid you not, this girl is huge!).

I've hunted all my usual places - Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco, (kids outgrow their clothes too fast to spend a fortune), H&M, and even Next and I'm struggling to find much I like. I've picked up the odd pair of leggings for Dennis and I did get her a gorgeous grey coat in M&S here but otherwise I cannot find much at all. And what I can find seems to be all casual stuff.

Please help me - am I missing something or is all the kids clothing this year actually rank?!! (PS I don't usually bother with Primark as I find their kids stuff always washes poorly so I'd rather pay a little more in a supermarket or high street and find it stays nice for longer). Someone point me to a good kids clothing shop pleeeeeassse before I lose the will to live - kids and shopping are not a good mix, please put me out of my misery!