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Glamumous is getting a make-over!

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2007 at 11:49 am

Now that I have a Pagerank (of three, no less!), and have made several blogging friends who have inspired me, I’ve finally decided to give Glamumous a complete overhaul! So in the next few weeks or so, you’ll see many changes here on the Glamumous site, including a brand new makeover and a focus on all things “Glamumous”!

I hope you will like the new look and focus of this blog. I will blog about all these changes as they are happening, and as always appreciate any comments and suggestions you may have on this subject.

Happy Halloween!

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2007 at 9:28 pm


Tonight it’s Halloween, and how I wish my little ones would join in the celebrations!

My son has never wanted to dress up or go “trick or treating”, and now that he’s eleven he’s even more reluctant! Little Angel (bless her) is scared to death of anyone dressed up in a spooky costume! She won’t even go near the Halloween section in the supermarket as she’s frightened that the sinister display will somehow come to life…

Back when I was a kid, I used to plan my costume weeks in advance. I loved Halloween, more for the spirit of the evening than for the sweeties I’d bring home at the end of the night! My friends and I would sit round each other’s houses until our parents made us come home, telling each other spooky stories, trying to be the storyteller who could scare the others the most. This year, I’m resigned to watching (slightly) scary movies with my son, who luckily does seem to have inherited my passion for horror flicks!

Wishing all of you a very happy Halloween!

Free stationary and business cards!

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2007 at 9:27 pm

I’m always on the look-out for bargains, and this really is one of the best I’ve found in recent weeks!

Vistaprint, famed for their 250 free business cards offer, are now offering even more personalized stationary for free! You can choose from desk calendars, holiday cards, postcards and even more. You only need to pay for the postage!

As Christmas is only a couple of months away, this could be a great opportunity to bag a few free stocking fillers for your family and friends. Or you could choose the free business cards for yourself, and use these to help promote your blog!

My husband yesterday received the business cards he ordered to help promote his cell-phone shop, and he’s rather pleased with how good they look. What’s more, as we are now Vistaprint customers, we’ve been emailed even more great offers (free T-shirts, personalized rubber stamps and notecards) which are only available to customers who have completed an order.

Why not try Vistaprint for yourself? As all these offers are free, you really have nothing to lose!

Happy Birthday Little Sis!

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2007 at 7:32 pm


For your eighteenth birthday to my special Sis: I hope all of your wishes come true. May each hour and minute be filled with delight, And your birthday be perfect for you!

With love from all the family xxx

No more hospital (we hope!)

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Today Dad finally was discharged from hospital after all the problems which resulted from his operation. He’s seemed much better for the past couple of weeks, in fact, though the doctors didn’t want to let him leave until they were sure he’s be safe and well at home.

What a lovely birthday treat for my sister and I (as both our birthdays are coming in the next week)!

I’m so glad he’s home, and now I’ll be able to visit much more often as I won’t be struggling to find a sitter to visit in hospital any more 🙂

Blogger Buster – Helping you build a better blog

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2007 at 1:28 pm

My main blogging venture of late has been my other blog: Blogger Buster. This is where I discuss and tutorial-ize everything I’ve learned about blogging so far.

I’m so proud that I started this blog now! At first it began as an offshoot from Glamumous, since it was here that I first started blogging about blogging with Blogger. When I noticed that my posts about blogging were the most popular here, I quickly realized that I ought to create a blog about this specific subject, rather than clutter this one up with technical info. And it really paid off! These days I get loads of comments, emails and opportunities from Blogger Buster, which really fuels my desire and ambition to blog.

I’ve also developed a love of creating Blogger templates, and have now created quite a few original designs which you can download and use in your own blogger blogs. What’s more, a few people have asked if I’ll create custom designs for them too!

So if you need any helo with your Blogger blog, or are looking for Blogger templates, head on over to my Blogger Buster blog and you’ll be sure to find something to interest you!

Dad in hospital (again)

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2007 at 5:39 pm

As you may have read a few posts back, my Dad had to go to hospital for a lengthy operation on his spine.

I felt really bad about being on holiday while he was still recovering in hospital, though I did my best to keep in touch everyday and by the time we arrived home, Dad was discharged, safe and sound at home.

Or so we thought…

Only a week after being discharged, Dad was back in hospital again. He had an infection in the wound from his operation and had become severely ill again. Later today, Hubby Dearest will be looking after the kids so I can go visit him on the ward. I do hope he’s feeling a bit better today.

Discovering the beach…

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2007 at 3:13 pm


Discovering the beach…
Originally uploaded by AmandaFaz.

Its now our second day on holiday and what a lovely day it’s been so far! This is what being on holiday is all about: the kids all playing happily on the sand; sun shining; everyone’s smiling and happy. Hubby dearest has cooked all our meals so far, even a wonderful english breakfast for when i (finally) woke up! I’m really glad we decided to come here now, even though the timing wasn’t so good with dad being in the hospital and all. Lets hope the rest of the week is as enjoyable,:)

Tasty Tuesdays: Quick Kiddie Carbonara

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Continuing my Tasty Tuesdays series of quick, simple dishes, I’d like to present you with a really easy recipe my kids love to eat: Quick Kiddie Carbonara. Okay, so it isn’t strictly carbonara since it doesn’t involve making any tricky sauces, but it’s fast, fun and good for them. So why not give it a try?

Here’s what you’ll need to serve four hungry people (halve these amounts of you’re only cooking for two):

  • A packet of spaghetti (or your preferred pasta)
  • Four rashers of lean bacon (we use turkey bacon instead) chopped into bite sized pieces.
  • A cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • A knob of butter (or a drizzle of olive oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

And here’s how to make it:

  1. Boil your pasta as directed (the time will change depending on the type of pasta used)
  2. Fry the bacon in just a little oil until they are cooked. You could grill them, but be sure not to make them too crispy!
  3. When the pasta is cooked, rinse with hot water from the kettle, drain and transfer to a big bowl.
  4. Add a knob of butter (or a drizzle of olive oil), the mayonnaise and chopped bacon rashers. Mix well. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. You could always omit this step for the kids, and season only the grown-ups portions instead!
  5. Share between four bowls and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Enjoy!

You could make varieties of this using different ingredients instead of the bacon. We’ve tried and tested canned tuna and cooked chicken breast, which are also heartily enjoyed in this recipe. The kids love to help me cook this as it’s simple enough for them to do a lot of the preparation themselves!

Next week, I’ll be posting a recipe for us parents to enjoy. In the meantime, why not have a look at previous Tasty Tuesday recipes for more simple recipe ideas?

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Things to help you feel better on a rainy day

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2007 at 5:27 pm


Here in Sheffield we’ve had the worst rainfall in many years. We’ve been issued severe flood warnings, rivers have burst their banks, traffic is at a standstill, and several people have been hospitalised due to the floods.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! Safe at home we’ve been devising a list of things to do on a rainy day, to help you and your little ones feel much more cheerful amidst the rainclouds!

Here’s what we’ve come up with so far:

  • Find an old shoe box and fill it with bits and pieces from around the house (scraps of paper, magazine cuttings, unused fabric, feathers, stickers, etc.). Let the kids decorate the box with all the bits and pieces you’ve found. This can become your “rainy day box”!
  • Get dressed up in all your waterproofs and wellingtons, then have fun splashing around in puddles!
  • Venture into the back garden to find snails. The kids can have great fun seeing how many snails they can find, comparing the shells etc.
  • Find some pictures or postcards of warm sunny locations and make a collage.
  • Then, the kids could get dressed up in summery clothes and pretend they are on holiday instead!
  • Create a rain-themed karaoke with any “rainy day” songs you can find (eg: “singing in the rain”, “When it’s raining it’s raining”, “Sunshine on a rainy day”). Or just sing nursery rhymes about the rain instead (Mama Lisa has some great ones here)

We’ve stuck this list to the inside of our “rainy day box” with room to add more as we think of them. Then next time it rains, we can be sure the kids won’t be bored!

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