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  • Easter Egg Cheesecake

    By now we all know that I LOVE Easter – more than Christmas. The pastel colours, spring in the air – I just love it. Another thing that I absolutely love is this Easter egg cheesecake. It is a no bake cheesecake making it a family favourite. And you get to eat lots of chocolate so what isn’t there to love?

    what is a easter egg cheesecake?

    The first and ultimate question, what is a Easter Egg Cheesecake?

    Well other than very tasty…

    It is quite simply an Easter egg with a cheesecake filling.

    You do not need anything special to make it and requires no baking. A little melting but no baking!

    Best of all it is very simple and can be a fun activity to do with a child.

    INGREDIENTS

    These measurements are based of a medium sized egg (130g). For a large sized egg (200g) please double the amounts.

    1 Milk Chocolate Easter Egg

    Base (alter amounts depending on size of egg)

    8g Butter

    45g Digestive Biscuits

    Filling (alter amounts depending on size of egg)

    100g Cream/Soft Cheese

    17.5g White Caster Sugar

    50ml Double Cream

    how to make an easter egg cheesecake

    Prepare the Egg

    Carefully cut the egg in half.

    Easter eggs can sense fear and will crumble easily for anything. 

    You can use a sharp warm knife along the seam, gently and slowly cutting and melting the join. Or if you are a little impatient poke a hole in one side and gently pull it apart on that side until you reach the seam. Though this method means you don’t have a backup side just in case you break the egg later on. Am I speaking from experience? Maybe!

    How to prepare your Easter egg cheesecake base

    Crush your biscuits!

    I would recommend a bag and a rolling pin, it’s therapeutic. Though you can use a blender or food processor.

    You will be wanting a course crumb, before putting into a bowl.

    Melt the butter and mix into the biscuit crumbs until absorbed.

    Then it is time to place the base mixture into the egg.

    Don’t use a spoon as you will break the egg. Instead use your thumb and if able have a finger or thumb on the other side of the egg as you gently press the crumbs down.

    If you break the egg you can switch to the spare or use warm knife to slightly melt edges of the break and push it back in.

    Pop the egg into the fridge. As all that handling will make the egg a little bit melty. 

    How to prepare the filling for your Easter egg cheesecake

    Add the cream cheese, sugar and cream to a bowl and whisk until thick and stiff.

    Melt the extra part of the chocolate egg and add to the mixture.

    Mix it well.

    Carefully spoon the mixture into the egg.

    Decorate your Easter egg cheesecake

    Now I didn’t go crazy with decorating and just used some mini eggs that came with the Easter egg.

    Then allowed it to set in the fridge for a couple of hours.

    However if you are feeling adventurous you can melt a couple of different flavours and colours of chocolate and drizzle over the top of the egg before allowing it to set for a couple of hours.

    Once set you can enjoy, unless the kids/partner get to it first.

    Want to put this recipe on your blog? Buy the PLR recipe with photos here.

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  • How to get the Hallmark TV channel in the UK

    Nothing says it is Christmas more than a Hallmark Christmas movie. You know exactly the type I am talking about – man and woman meet, one of them is obsessed with work and doesn’t love Christmas, the other is obsessed with Christmas. They meet, have a crisis then reconcile and fall in love just in time for Christmas. Here is how to get access to the Hallmark TV channel in the UK to watch all of the wonderful Hallmark Christmas movies you want.

    Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies

    What is the Hallmark TV channel?

    The Hallmark TV channel is an American televeision channel owned by Hallmark Cards. The programming including television shows and movies is aimed at families, so you can watch lots of feel-good or romantic shows and movies.

    How to watch the Hallmark TV channel in the UK

    Watching the Hallmark TV channel in the UK isn’t a free service, and you will need an Amazon Prime subscription to access it.

    Amazon Prime costs either £79 per year or £5.99 per month and includes lots of perks including:

    The following are some of the benefits of Amazon Prime.

    Delivery

    • Unlimited One-Day Delivery to UK addresses on millions of eligible items is included at no extra cost. 
    • Unlimited Same-Day (Dvening Delivery) on eligible items to eligible postcodes at no extra cost.
    • Unlimited Priority Delivery to the Republic of Ireland on eligible items at no extra cost.
    • Amazon Day, where you can choose a weekly delivery day for the items you buy throughout the week.
    • Amazon Fresh is included, offering same-day and next-day Fresh delivery (in one and two-hour delivery windows with a minimum order of £15) at no extra cost. Choose from thousands of products including fresh grocery, local products, and selected Amazon favorites. Amazon Fresh is available in selected regions only.
    • Morrisons on Amazon, for same Day and next day delivery (two-hour delivery windows only, with a minimum order of £15) of many fresh and frozen groceries and household essentials. Prime members can purchase from a selection of thousands of items including Morrisons Market Street and Best of Morrisons selection.

    Videos and Photos

    • Prime Video offers unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes. 
    • You can add Prime Video Channels to your TV channel subscriptions for a low monthly subscription fee. 
    • Prime Photos, which offers secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.

    Music

    • Amazon Music Prime allows Amazon Prime customers to stream, store, manage, and listen to music anywhere from the cloud.

    Books

    • Kindle First gives Prime members early access to download a new book every month at no additional cost from the Kindle First picks. 
    • With Prime Reading, you can borrow books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalog. Read on your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android.

    Click here to get a free trial of Amazon Prime.

    Then once you have Amazon Prime you can then add on the Hallmark TV channel to your package for a free 7 day trial and then by paying £4.49 per month.

    You can add the Hallmark TV channel by clicking here to access your free 7 day trial, and then you will be charged £4.49 per month afterwards.

    Or you can follow these steps to get access to the Hallmark TV channel:

    Hallmark TV channel
    From the Amazon Desktop site click on the left hand menu and select ‘Prime Video’.
    Hallmark TV channel
    Then select ‘Prime Video Channels’
    Hallmark TV channel
     
    You will then see the available channels. After ‘Prime Video Channels’ select ‘See more’.
    Hallmark TV channel
    Scroll until you see ‘Hallmark TV’ and click on the image.
    Hallmark TV channel

    You can now start your free 7 day trial.

    The good news is that you can cancel it at any time, so if you just wanted to get your fill of Hallmark Christmas movies you can.

    How to cancel Hallmark TV channel

    If you are wondering how to cancel Amazon channels then we have you covered.

    cancel amazon channels
    On the Amazon desktop website click on ‘my account’ until this load.
    cancel amazon channels

    Scroll down until you see ‘Membership and subscriptions’ and click on ‘Prime Video Channels’. This is where you can cancel Amazon channels.

    You will then see a list of any Prime Video Channels you have signed up to, and you will be able to cancel them here.

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  • Win a Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

    You all know how much I love my Velvetiser (read is the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser worth the money?) and I would go as far as to say that I am obsessed with it.

    Obsessed.

    I have wanted to do a giveaway for one for AGES and I am so happy that this has finally happened. I have teamed up with a whole host of bloggers who have all contributed to this amazing prize. Not only do you get your own Velvetiser in COPPER, you also get lots and lots of hot chocolates to get you started – a massive prize!

    There are PLENTY of ways to enter, whether you are a tweeter, an Instagrammer or just love to read blogs. Just check out the Rafflecopter widget below and choose how to enter.

    The bloggers taking part

    This giveaway couldn’t happen without the bloggers below taking part and contributing towards the prize. Please take a moment to visit them and show your support.

    At Home With Alice | Two Hearts One Roof | Catch Up With Claire | Make Money Without a Job | Nine to Three Thirty | Hannah and the Twiglets | Rice Cakes and Raisins | Jennie Pennie | Ecoralive | thriftychap | Life With Jupiter & Dann | The Geordie Grandma | Christmas With Katie | Doing the ImPCOSible | Real Girls Wobble | Mamma Prada | The Heaton Family | A Life of Lovely | Me, Him, the Dog and a Baby! | Pounds and Sense | Positively Lifestyle | Robyn’s Photography Academy | Stressed Mum | Life in a Break Down | Renovation Bay-Bee | Reduced Grub | The Mini Millionaire | Thrifty Husband | Mrs Pinch | Good Life and Mind

    The prize

    This prize is a copper Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser with 2 x Everything + Milky Pouch + Classic Pouch + 500ml Chocolate Cream Liqueur.

    Terms and Conditions

    1. There is one top prize of the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser and 2 x Everything + Milky Pouch + Classic Pouch + 500ml Chocolate Cream Liqueur.
    2. There are no runner up prizes.
    3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
    4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 12.12.2021
    5. The same Rafflecopter widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
    6. Entrants must log in to the Rafflecopter widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
    7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget will earn five bonus entries into the prize draw.
    8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
    9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
    10. The winners’ names will be published in the Rafflecopter widget (unless the winner objects to this).
    11. The prizes will be dispatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details. 
    12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a http://www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
    13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

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  • Hotel Chocolat velvetiser – is it worth the price?

    I have been very lucky this year to receive the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser for Christmas (after finding a good deal during Black Friday) and I am not even exaggerating when I say that it has changed my life in the 3 days I have had it. I absolutely love it. As someone who loves hot chocolate and spends money regularly buying hot chocolates on the go, is the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser worth the price?

    Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

    What is the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser?

    The velvetiser is a stunning hot chocolate machine created by Hotel Chocolat to help you to make barista-grade hot chocolate easily. You add real grated chocolate flakes into your milk (including plant based milk like oat milk), turn on the velvetiser and in 2 and a half minutes you have a luxurious hot chocolate ready to drink.

    The velvetiser comes with two ceramic Podcups (worth £20).

    It is available in 3 colours:

    • Copper/rose gold
    • White
    • Charcoal

    There is also a limited edition version – Stellar White.

    How much is the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser?

    The Hotel Chocolat velvetiser is £99.95 direct from Hotel Chocolat.

    You might also find it on Amazon and eBay.

    How much is the hot chocolate?

    The velvetiser was created to use real chocolate to make your luxurious hot chocolate, which means that the hot chocolate directly from Hotel Chocolat can get expensive.

    You can expect to pay £8-£13 to restock your hot chocolate for the velvetiser if you are using the chocolate directly from Hotel Chocolat. 

    Thankfully there are a few ways to save money whilst still enjoying your beautiful hot chocolate.

    How to save money on the velvetiser hot chocolate

    The first thing to talk about is the serving size.

    The instructions will suggest you use a full sachet or 6 teaspoons of chocolate for your hot chocolates. You only add 225ml of milk, which means that I, and many others I have spoken to, find the hot chocolate way too rich and strong.

    I find that two teaspoons, or a third of a sachet, works really well for me.

    If this is the only change you make you will still be able to spread your hot chocolates out and get 3 times as many for the price.

    Keep an eye out on Amazon for any Subscribe and Save bonuses. There will often be a percentage saving to be made when you create a subscription (which you can cancel straight away).

    Another alternative is to use a different brand of hot chocolate flakes. For example, this one is just £6.95 at the time of writing instead of Hotel Chocolat’s equivalent for £9. Those savings soon add up.

    You can also grate up your own chocolate to use in the velvetiser. This is one of the most cost effective ways to make your own hot chocolate – you can buy supermarket own chocolate bars starting at 30p for 100g. That means you can make 250g for less than £1.

    You can also use normal hot chocolate powder in your velvetiser.

    Can you use powder hot chocolate in the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser?

    Yes!

    Whilst some of the magic of the velvetiser comes from melting chocolate into milk, frothing the milk also accounts for a lot of the delicious taste.

    You can use hot chocolate powder in your velvetiser, however I would recommend manually mixing it in with a spoon first, or running the velvetiser a couple of times to dissolve the powder.

    How to clean the velvetiser

    The velvetiser is so easy to clean – there is a non-stick coating on the inside so all you need to do is give it a rinse out after use, or run the velvetiser with water and a drop of washing up liquid.

    The whisk is dishwasher safe, as well as the cups that come with the velvetiser, making it easy to clean.

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    Is the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser worth the price?

    If you are a fan of rich and luxurious hot chocolates then the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser is definitely for you!

    I love mine – so much so that I build an entire hot chocolate station for it.

    Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

    For me, the velvetiser has been worth the price. Whilst I still get hot chocolates from Starbucks and Costa, I love making one at home to enjoy.

    I love customising my hot chocolates with flavoured hot chocolates, syrups (I love pumpkin spice) as well as adding marshmallows and sprinkles of course!

    Hotel Chocolate Velvetiser Alternatives

    If your budget doesn’t stretch to the Velvetiser then there are some amazing alternatives out there that are a fraction of the cost.

    Electric hand whisk

    A much cheaper alternative for less than a tenner, this electric hand whisk is battery powered and a firm favourite of Amazon customers. 

    Here’s what one of the reviews states:

    I wanted a small, portable milk frother/whisk for blending bulletproof coffee.
    This is ideal as it takes 2 batteries and is light weight, fits into my lunch box if I’m taking it to work and is easily cleaned.
    Stutters if the butter is cold, but assuming I’m using hot coffee straight out the pot, the butter melts fairly quickly anyway.
    It’s not mega powerful, but given that I’m blending coffee in a mug I don’t want it going everywhere, which it did the first time I used it as I filled the mug to the top before realising that left no room for the liquid to rise when using the blender. Now I put enough in the bottom of the mug, blend the butter and then top it up once it’s all blended and frothy.
    The material on the handle shows up the slightest greasy mark so even having warm hands can make it look unclean but when rinsing the whisk under the tap I wipe the handle over as well and then either stand it upright to air dry or use the tea towel (depending where I am).
    This little whisk does the job and is ideal for the price. Happy with it.

    Drew&Cole Barista Frothiere Milk Frother

    At just £39.99 it is easy to see why the Drew&Cole Barista Frothiere is a great alternative to the velvetiser. 

    • 2 detachable whisks: the frothing whisk creates the perfect texture for cappuccino foam or a home-made milkshake and the velvetiser whisks delicious, velvety smooth hot chocolates or lattes. They’re even detachable for easy cleaning.
    • 4 pre-programmed barista styles: each cycle is intelligently programmed for heating and whisking so you get a cuppa that’s just right – every time. Add your ingredients, choose a whisk attachment and select a barista style, that’s all there is to it!
    • Cold: enjoy home-made smooth frappes, delicious milkshakes or even espresso martinis at the touch of a button! Hot: take a perfect coffee break. Hot cappuccino froth, lattes, babyccinos and matcha lattes all at your fingertips.
    • Easy-touch controls: no fiddly dials or switches, select your barista style and enjoy.
    • Wash proof connector for easy cleaning: Barista Frothiere is a dream to clean.

    Here are some of the fantastic reviews on the Asda website:

    Bought this after my other expensive one died. Such a good price also love the metal instead of plastic jug. Easy to keep clean. Looks neat and tidy in the kitchen. Great for making lattes, hot chocolate or cold strawberry milk. Also great for quickly warming milk for my daughters bottle, of course I let it cool before she has it.

    Available from Amazon, John Lewis and direct from Dualit. (I personally like to get it from Amazon for their easy returns, using Amazon vouchers I have earned)
     

    Aldi – £19.99

    Aldi have the Ambiano Milk Heater & Frother available for just £19.99 – a massive saving, and you can order it online.

     

    Here are the details:

    • 360° Cordless jug
    • Non-stick coating for easy cleaning
    • Anti-leakage system
    • Heats milk up to 60-70°C (approx.)
    • Maximum level marking
    • Can be used to froth cold milk
    • STRIX 360° base
    • 3 Functions
    • Automatic switch off

    And it comes with a massive 3 year warranty.

    A review on the website states:

    It makes perfect foam for coffee and hot chocolate. It’s just the right drinking temperature for a cappuccino. I use barista style oat ‘milk’ and skimmed or semi-skimmed dairy. All work very well. I expect that soy milk would be good too.

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  • Win a Festive Hamper

    You know how much I love a giveaway!

    It is time for another fantastic giveaway for you – this time you can win a M&S hamper. Aren’t hampers such lovely gifts? I love creating them for loved ones.

    With Christmas right around the corner it is the perfect time to start thinking of maybe a little Christmas tea party to enjoy. I have teamed up with some UK bloggers to bring you this amazing giveaway.

    This prize is M&S Christmas Tea in Mayfair hamper.

    So hold onto your kettles! There are plenty of ways to enter, simply scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget below to see the options. You will also see the terms and conditions below as well as all of the blogs taking part – please do take a moment to visit them to show your support to them. 

    Bloggers Taking Part

    Here is a list of all of the bloggers taking part in this giveaway – please show your support by visiting them.

    Blog Bay Bee | Not got a Clue | Sit and Take in the View | Money Making Mummy | Brig Knows Best | Fully Money | Make a Little Money | Touch of Wellness | Diet Exercise Lose Weight | Online Life Calendar | The Finance Fettler | Doing the Impossible | Positively Eco | The Heaton Fam | Good Life and Mind | Weddings and Wishes | Feli Family | Schoolhouse Cinema

    She’s Changing Lanes | Make Money Online Creative | Photographyish | Sahara Vibes | Celtic Tigress | Forever Home | Eric Ales | Mum’s Guide to Life | Keene on Saving | Home and Garden Things | The Green Purpose | Make Money Blogging Now | Crafting Her Joy | Our Life Interrupted | Skylark Virtual Services | Home Town Furniture | The How to Heroes | Wow Gift Creations | Mudpies and Rainbows | The Parenting Insider | Thrifty Husband | Mrs Pinch

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    The Prize

    This prize is M&S Christmas Tea in Mayfair hamper.

    This includes:

    • 6 all butter mince pies (334g)
    • Classic Panettone (100g)
    • Clementine & cranberry Bucks Fizz (75cl) (Alcohol Content- 4%)
    • Luxury Gold tea tin (10 bags)
    • 8 Chocolate & orange cookies & cream biscuits (176g)
    • Classic recipe iced Christmas cake slices (240g)
    • Hand decorated fudge chocolate yule log (495g)
    • All butter shortbread trees (100g)
    • Grey wicker hamper

    Terms and conditions

    1. There is one top prize of the M&S Christmas Tea in Mayfair Hamper.
    2. There are no runner up prizes.
    3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
    4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 23.11.2021
    5. The same Rafflecopter widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
    6. Entrants must log in to the Rafflecopter widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
    7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget will earn five bonus entries into the prize draw.
    8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
    9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
    10. The winners’ names will be published in the Rafflecopter widget (unless the winner objects to this).
    11. The prizes will be dispatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details. In this giveaway’s case prizes will be dispatched from 15th December.
    12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a http://www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
    13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

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  • How To Get A Free Letter From Santa

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the season where amazing memories can be made. Remember back to when you were a child and the magic and wonder of Christmas. One of the annual traditions for many is writing to Father Christmas. Telling him if you’ve been a good girl or boy, you’ll leave a mince pie out on Christmas Eve and requesting the gifts you want. Let’s have a look at how to get a free letter from Santa.

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    A Letter Via Royal Mail

    Did you know that Royal Mail has some of Santa’s elves stationed with them during the festive season? By writing to him at the address below, by December 10th, you’ll get a reply sent to your address. Be sure to remember the full names of the kids and the address for Santa to send his reply to. Include more details and it can be quite a personalised reply! If you can’t wait for the reply or leave it too late, you can download and print off the card he will send via the Royal Mail website. They cannot 100% guarantee a reply will come, however most replies are received within 10 days.

    Obviously, the closer to Christmas, the busier the elves get, so get your letters in early! There is also the ability to get a reply in Welsh should you wish. Technically it isn’t 100% free because you have to put a stamp on your letter. However for the sake of a first or second class stamp, it’s a great way to get a free letter from Santa.

    At this time we’re not sure the exact date you can start sending letters, however it’s usually open from the end of October. The address you need is as follows.

    Santa/Father Christmas
    Santa’s Grotto
    Reindeerland
    XM4 5HQ 

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    For Visually Impaired Children

    Everyone is included at Christmas time and The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) ensure that braille, audio or large print letters can be received by children who need them. Smiling faces all round! You can complete an online form or write to them at the address on their website. There is no charge for this however the RNIB would love you to make a donation if you are able to.

    A Free Personalised Video

    Thirdly, how about getting your kids a free personalised video from the big guy in the red suit? Head over to Portable North Pole (PNP) and you can create a video for your children to watch. Add their names and other details to make it personalised with that extra sprinkle of Christmas magic. You can also get the PNP app on your phone. 

    Track Santa On The Big Night

    Christmas Eve is the big night itself. Will he visit? Will he be delayed? Where has he already been in the world? You can track Father Christmas with a little help from Norad. Kids of all ages will love seeing him journey and it might just convince them to close their eyes and go to sleep, knowing he’s on his way. This is a great way to ensure he is planning a visit after you’ve received from free letter from Santa.

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    As you can see, there are so many ways to get a free letter from Santa or quirky alternatives. In conclusion, you can use these services to help keep the magic alive this festive season. We believe.

     

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  • How to make a DIY Peloton Bike

    Like many people, a third lockdown has seen me really struggling to get my daily exercise in. I just couldn’t face another walk around the village in the grey, rain soaked days, especially to combat the Christmas weight gain. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing I decided to order a Peloton bike. At almost £2,000 this wasn’t a small purchase, so imagine my surprise to find out that the bike I ordered on 4th February wouldn’t be delivered until April! I desperately needed something else in the mean time, which is how I came up with my diy Peloton bike.

    DIY Peloton

    What is a Peloton bike?

    Peloton are the brand name who have brought us exercise bikes and a treadmill with on-demand classes. 

    Why I decided to make a diy Peloton bike

    I am really missing going to the gym, and the home workouts that we have had to endure during three lockdowns just aren’t doing it for me.

    I wasn’t motivated to exercise. I struggled to get out for a daily walk. I couldn’t face yet ANOTHER ‘walk with me’ YouTube video.

    I needed to do something. I needed some fitness equipment. I couldn’t wait until the gyms were open again to work on my fitness and lose weight.

    That’s why I ordered the Peloton bike after chatting to a lot of Peloton owners and deciding that it was the right thing for me to do.

    That was, until I found out that the order I placed on 4th February would not be delivered until April.

    I looked at buying a second hand Peloton bike, but that came with its own issues. 

    First of all, the warranty wasn’t transferrable, and secondly, they were selling for more than a brand new Peloton!

    I needed a new plan.

    I was in a fortunate position of having saved money due to not paying for our gym membership whilst in lockdown, meaning that I had a few hundred pounds to play with. 

    I started looking into a DIY Peloton, or Peloton alternatives. An idea was planted.

    Seeing how well exercise equipment sold second hand on places like Facebook Marketplace I decided that I had nothing to lose.

    What you need to make a diy Peloton bike

    DIY Peloton

    Surprisingly you don’t need too much to make your own Peloton bike, as part of my very own home gym.

    Equipment wise you will need:

    • A bike
    • A cadence sensor
    • A tablet holder (optional)
    • The Peloton app

     

    Choosing your bike is probably where you are going to spend the most time researching what will suit your needs. 

    We needed to factor a lot of things into the bike we would buy.

    We needed something that could be delivered quickly – a lot of places selling exercise equipment had limited stock with limited availability. Trying to buy fitness equipment in a lockdown is no easy feat.

    We also needed to be wary of the weight limit. You all know my husband and I aren’t exactly skinny! 

    We also wanted to get something that offered us bang for our buck.

    Although a Peloton is a spin bike, in the end we went for this 2 in 1 bike with a cross-trainer.

    It arrived quickly and took a couple of hours to put together.

    After using it for a few weeks now I can confirm that it is very sturdy and works well for our needs.

     

    A cadence sensor will measure your RPM and connect to your phone or tablet using bluetooth.

    I ordered this one from Amazon and it has hooked up with the Peloton app really well.

    With this one you can choose to stick it to a couple of areas on the bike, or clip onto your shoes.

    A tablet holder is completely optional when it comes to making a diy Peloton bike. If the bike you choose already comes with an area to hold a phone or tablet then you might not even need one. 

    I do also have a rug that I have had for years to put the bike onto. I wouldn’t have gone out and bought a rug for the bike, but now that I have been using the bike with a rug I 100% recommend having a rug underneath it! This is the rainbow rug that we have.

    Then you will also need the Peloton app, and you can get a 30 day free trial.

    How much did it cost?

    DIY peloton bike

    The Peloton we ordered came in at £1,895 which included shoes, weights and headphones.

    Our DIY Peloton bike came in at a fraction of that cost.

    The 2 in 1 bike cost us £349.99.

    The cadence sensor was £29.99 from Amazon.

    The tablet holder was £14.99.

    The Peloton app gives you a 30 day free trial. 

    How a DIY Peloton bike works

    Turning your exercise bike into a DIY Peloton bike is actually incredibly simple!

    All you need to do is sign up for and download the Peloton app, then connect your cadence sensor to the bike or your shoes. 

    Set up takes minutes.

    DIY Peloton Bike

    Then load up the Peloton app, choose a ride and get going.

    Your trainer will tell you what your cadence should be, however the resistance on your bike may not match the resistance mentioned on the Peloton app.

    DIY Peloton bike

    This is a really big difference that I need to mention – if you are making your own Peloton bike and not using the actual Peloton then you won’t get too many in depth results after a ride. This was one of my first rides (and working out how to use the cadence sensor) so please be gentle on my first attempt – but you don’t receive the detailed analysis you get with the Peloton bike, including your output.

    Are those results worth paying almost £2,000 for a bike? Only you can answer that.

    My verdict on the DIY Peloton bike

    Wow!

    My plan was to use a DIY Peloton bike until my actual Peloton arrives, and now I am even debating cancelling the bike.

    Getting a bike was definitely what I needed to do. I find myself hopping on when I’ve felt that I have been sitting down too much during the day, or when I have some time to kill such as cooking dinner.

    When I don’t feel like a ride then I find that the Peloton instructors really motivate me to push through and finish a ride.

    You might be wondering if you actually need the Peloton app at all? Can’t you just…ride the bike?

    I thought I would compare my results between doing a Peloton ride and just doing a ride by myself.

    I felt a lot more motivated through the Peloton ride, I felt as though I was getting some social interaction and I put in a lot more effort than when I was left to it myself and would barely pedal to just pass the time.

    Overall I am in love with my DIY Peloton. Whilst I am still on the fence about cancelling my actual Peloton order, it has provided a perfect stop-gap when I have needed a different form of exercise. After doing a Peloton ride I get off the bike completely drenched in sweat and I love it! My fitness and endurance have already improved too.

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  • What To Do On Good Friday 2020?

    The Easter weekend will be here before we know it. There are loads of traditionally Easter things to get up to over the weekend, as well as family traditions too. What are you plans? Who will you be seeing on Easter Sunday? What are you doing on Easter Monday and what date is Good Friday 2020?

    Why Good Friday 2020?

    The reason we’re talking about Good Friday 2020 is because it’s the first public holiday of the year since New Year’s Day. As the Easter weekend changes dates year on year, it’s not always easy to know when it will fall. Good Friday 2020 will be on April 10th. With it being a public holiday, this means the majority of people will get a day off. Not everyone does get public holidays off work though, so whilst we type this, we salute those of you who will be working on Good Friday.

    Traditions

    Good Friday traditionally commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Maybe the most solemn day of the Christian calendar, religious observances include prayer and fasting. There are different traditions around the world which take place on Good Friday and here in the United Kingdom, it’s a public holiday. Hot cross buns are a massive tradition, as are Easter egg hunts over the Easter weekend. What are you family Good Friday traditions?

    Long Weekend

    One of the massive plus points of Good Friday is that it always leads into a four day weekend. With Easter Monday also a public holiday, a lot of people get a full four days off work. With a four day week leading into the four day weekend and a four day week afterwards, it’s a good fortnight in the working world! Not other public holidays guarantee to give you that amount of time off work. Sometimes if Christmas Day falls on a Thursday, you’d then have Boxing Day off work on the Friday which leads into the weekend. There are other variations too, if Christmas Day fell on a Saturday for instance, you’d get the following Monday and Tuesday off as public holidays because Christmas Day and Boxing Day were on the weekend.

    It’s a guaranteed long weekend, with the Easter weekend flanked by Good Friday and Easter Monday. This means that if you get those four days off work, you could actually use a few of your paid holidays from your job, in order to have a couple of weeks off work! By taking eight days off (the Monday to Thursday before Good Friday and the Tuesday to Friday after Easter Monday) you’d actually get 16 days off work. That could be ideal for a fortnight away with the family or even a holiday abroad. Having 16 days off work by only taking eight of your annual leave days, means you have more left over for other occasions throughout the year.

    Good Friday Ideas

    Spend time together as a family on Good Friday. Search online for some community events in your local town. Eat plenty of Easter eggs! Shop the Easter weekend sales. Book a last minute city break. Enjoy your annual family holiday. Go camping. Go hiking. Relax in front of a box-set. Volunteer your time for a good cause. There are loads of things you could do on Good Friday.

    Enjoy Your Good Friday

    Public holidays mean different things to different people. From church services to DIY projects, working in retail to aeroplane journeys, what will you be doing for Good Friday 2020?

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  • The Best Large Easter Eggs

    Easter is nearly upon us and it’s time to start finding the best deals on the best large Easter eggs. Where can you find the best deals? How can you get the most chocolate for your pound? What is the best large Easter egg and how much do we need to pay for it in order to gift it to a loved one or devour it ourselves? Let’s take a look, with our mouths watering!

    The Candidates

    If we look at the Tesco website for our comparison and to attain details on large eggs, we can see that the normal price for large eggs is £4. Whilst that is pretty much across the board with a few exceptions, the differences come in the weights of chocolate you actually get. The heaviest £4 option is the Cadbury Double Decker Chocolate Egg weighing 287G. The lightest £4 option is the Galaxy Milk Chocolate Egg & Enchanted Milk Chocolate Eggs weighing 234G. That’s a 53G difference for the same price. The Cadbury ones have the same eggs instead with the difference being the two bars of chocolate you get. This is the same for the Nestle ones, the difference being the choice between the tubes of Smarties or two Kit Kat Chunkies, for example. When you look at what you actually get, is it worth £4? Two bars of chocolate which you could get as part of a one pound multipack and a hollow milk chocolate egg, probably containing less chocolate than a normal £1 bar.

    Don’t Pay For Packaging

    So what are we paying for? The novelty of having chocolate formed into the shape of an egg. Colourful and striking packaging. So we’re paying for plastic and cardboard. We may even cover the egg box in wrapping paper so it’s more exciting, but because its in a large box, we’ll be using more paper to wrap it. The cost per 100G of chocolate sky rockets and we’re only paying for the privilege of collapsing a box and putting it into our kerbside recycling boxes.

    Don’t Be A Mug

    One of the other questions it to ask whether you, or the person you’re buying the Easter egg for, needs a mug. The large Easter eggs range include a Creme Egg & Mug option as well as a Mini Eggs with Mug. Lets take the Creme Egg one as an example. You get a mug with a hollow milk chocolate egg and one bag of mini milk chocolate eggs with a soft fondant centre, for £4. Breaking it down, the bag of mini Creme Eggs is probably £1, the hollow egg 50p. So you’re paying £2.50 for a branded mug. Is it worth the cost?

    Wait For Offers

    These £4 large Easter eggs often are slashed in price by 50% in the run up to Christmas. For £2, a large Easter egg is a good buy. For £4, close to a fiver, it’s a lot of money for what you get. Keep your eye out for when the supermarkets drop the prices as part of their weekly promotions before Easter. If you can wait until after Easter, they’ll be discounting the large Easter eggs left on their shelves too.

    Are Two Mediums Better Value?

    Maybe two medium eggs are better value than buying one large? The mediums usually retail for £1.50 and are around 130G each. So buying 2 on a half price offer means you’d get £260G for £1.50. Maybe you could start buying a bar of chocolate instead of a gimmick egg. You’ll spend less and get more! Whilst also saving on packaging. Do the maths, figure out the most chocolate for your money and enjoy those large Easter eggs!

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