Thursday, 30 October 2014

A2 Milk {review}

Milk is one of the richest sources of calcium. Did you know that a 200ml glass of milk provides a child with 55% of there daily calcium recommendation and 35% for an adult? That makes milk a very important part of a daily diet!

I'm going to be honest, I am not a huge fan of milk. I don't really seem to tolerate it very well, so when I was asked if I would like to try A2 milk, I was very excited!

a2 milk review

A2 Milk is fresh cows milk that naturally contains a protein called a2, which makes it easier to digest. Normal cows milk s two proteins, a1 and a2. Both proteins digest quite differently. Some people find it harder to digest A1 protein and I think I might be one of those people. Although I haven't been medically diagnosed.

a2 milk @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

I honestly was really excited to try a2 milk! It doesn't really taste that much different, although Harry did notice a difference, he said "It tastes fresher". Harry is quite fussy when it comes to food and drink. Whether that was just because it was really, really cold, I don't know. I do know that my children drink a lot of milk and totally enjoyed the A2 milk! I didn't notice much difference in taste but I will say this though, I did tolerate it a lot better! I wasn't so uncomfortable or bloated after I'd drank some. I also had some in my tea and some on my cereal. I'm still not a huge fan of milk but I am glad I've found one I can tolerate better! And I must say, when I made mash potato using A2 milk, it seemed slightly more creamy, which in my opinion is a good thing!

A2 milk review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

I will definitely be buying A2 milk again, I really enjoyed it and my body really did notice the difference drinking A2 milk rather than normal cows milk. The kids enjoyed it, although Charlie and Ellie didn't notice any difference.

Priced at £1.99 for a four pint bottle, I'd say it was well worth it, especially as I wasn't uncomfortable after I'd drank some and really, you can't put a price on that! 

You can find out more about A2 milk on the website and you can also follow on twitter.

Sarah xXx

Please note: A2 milk does contain lactose. 

I was sent a coupon for A2 milk, for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own, honest, personal opinions. I was not paid to write this review.


I don't know what happened to my laptop, but this morning when I switched it on, nothing happened. I mean, the lights came on and the screen came on but nothing else. I managed to get the desktop to loud but nothing would connect - not my phone, not my memory card... not even wifi. It said it was connected but wouldn't work. Then I got this weird pop up thing and everything froze. I
 tried to do a system restore/recovery. That wouldn't work either. I had no choice but to format the whole thing. I lost a lot of files and some photos (although most are backed up - I learned my lesson!). However, I am SO thankful that a whole reformat worked! Thank goodness. So yes, I am thankful that my laptop does still work! Phew.

I'm really thankful for family. Last weekend,we went to the zoo with my brothers and sister. It was a really, really fantastic day! We loved looking at all the animals and learning all about them. The goats were hilarious, they kept nudging us with there horns because we wern't feeding them fast enough, haha.

I'm also very grateful that it's half term. As I haven't been very well, it's been nice to have a break. I am finally starting to get over this flu/tonsillitis thing I've had going on.
We've also had some really lovely weather lately. It's so mild and bright! Always a reason to be thankful, hehe.

Sarah xXx

Monday, 27 October 2014

The one where we go to the zoo in the Autumn!

On Saturday just gone, Ellie and I went to the zoo with my brothers and sister (and there families). The boys were at there dads (And went fishing). We really want to go back again, with the boys next time!

It was also all Halloween themed. Some of the staff were dressed up! They even had a haunted church area, with a grave yard and what not. It was quite spooky, especially when the scary man kept on jumping out on me. Boy, did I jump! Haha.

We had a wonderful time at Colchester zoo. It was really, really good fun! It is SO big, there is so much to see and do, it's certainly worth the money. And we seriously learned so much about how the animals live in the wold, what they eat and so much more! It was amazing.

I have SO many photos to share.

Colchester zoo @ Ups and downs, smiles and frowns.

The zebras and giraffes were Ellie's favourite. They are super cool and they looked pretty happy. They have a lot of space to roam around in! Ellie was all "Can we have a pet giraffe" Haha.

Having a munch for lunch!

Ostriches and other animals.
The Rhinos were super cool!
 Ellie was fascinated with the Rhinos horns!

Rhinos at Colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns
Colchester zoo, giraffes eating. Zebras grazing.
Colchester zoo. Giraffes and zebras

The sea lion display was AMAZING! We watched the sea lions jump in the air and touch the orange balls. There was another se alion walking around the edge! They were very fascinating and we learned so much about how they live in the wold. Super cool! It was really good how the zoo keepers did the sealion display and the sea lions seemed to tame. They actually seemed to like showing off! Although, they didn't always want to co-operate. Haha. 

Ups and downs, smiles and frowns.
Ellie in the sea lion tunnel
Sealion display. Colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns
Sea lion roar at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns
Sea lion @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns.

Colchester zoo is also very pretty! There are so many flower displays, beautiful trees and the pond looks very beautiful indeed, especially at this time of year. Guys, Colchester zoo in the Autumn looks very beautiful.

Ups and downs, smiles and frowns.
Colchester zoo, ups and downs, smiles and frowns
 I wonder if there are any terrapins in the pond? I know there are lots of ducks and fishes.
Pond at colchester zoo.

The flamingos are stunning.
 We stopped off for some lunch! I took Ellie a packed lunch with me to save time and money! I did however, buy us some cheesy chips, which were reasonably priced! Yummy.
Ellie also got to play on the (one of the many) park for a while, I don't know why I didn't take photos though!

We also got to feed some very greedy goats! We brought a pot of food from the desk for them. They kept nudging us because we weren't giving them the food fast enough, lol!
Ellie thought they were scary at first but also kind of cute and funny once she got the hang of feeding them. Aww.

Ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Goat at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

I really, really loved the penguins. At one point one of them was following Ellie as she walked along the sode of the tank/pool. I think it wanted to play! I couldn't get a pic though, it was quite dark. We did however, go up to the surface and watch the penguins!

Penguins at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Colchester zoo penguins.

Penguins at colchester zoo!!

Ellie of course had to name each and every single penguin, haha! She was like "oh my goodness they are exactly like Pingu" Guess what she wanted to watch when we got home?! Haha.

Penguin @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

The Wallaby's were really cool, too! I LOVE these animals. I find them most fascinating.

Wallabys at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Wallby's at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

We also saw meercats, lions, a tiger, birds of all kinds, a bear, hyinana's but my favourite? The green Iguana's I love them and I really love the fact that you like walk around in there little hut thingy! The Rhino Iguanas were also really cool! I love reptiles.

The Iguanas were amazing!

parrots at colchester zooLizard @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Tiger at Colchester zoo

Tiger at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

I think, my absolute favourite though, has to be the monkeys and I know that Ellie really, really loved them, too because she kept asking if we could take them home with us LOL.

Monkeys at colchester zoo

colchester zoo
Monkey at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns
Monkey at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns
The orangutangs have recently got a new enclosure and it's pretty cool! Ellie was like "I could plat there hair, they're like hairy big monkey's" That made me chuckle. We really liked them!

Orangutangs at colchester zoo

Orangutangs at colchester zoo @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

We didn't get to see all of the animals, (probably 75%) it's exhausting but such good fun! I also have rotten cold and sore throat. We spent a good seven hours at the zoo though! And next time we go to the zoo we'll certainly check out the animals we didn't see. I also haven't been able to share ALL the photos I took, I have however, shared some on instagram and will be sharing more over the next few days. Be sure to follow me: Sassyserz
What's your favourite zoo animal? Let me know in the comments!

Sarah xXx

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Our weekly meal plan. #MealPlanningMonday

Meal planning Monday

Oh goodness. I've got flu or tonsilitus or something and the kids are off school for half term so blog posts might be few and far between this week. Please bare with me.

Anyway, this weeks meal plan.

Monday - BBQ chicken, chips and peas.

Tuesday - Home made lasagne.

Wednesday - Cheese and potato pie with sausages and beans.

Thursday - Beef burgers, fries and salad.

Friday - PIZZA DAY!

Saturday - Chicken curry with rice and naan bread.

Sunday - Sunday roast.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Sarah xXx