Sunday, 15 December 2019

Schwartz Family Favourites - Spaghetti Bolognese | AD


Thomas’ favourite dinner in the world is Spaghetti Bolognese, and because we are both often busy, and getting in from work late or at different times, we are constantly looking for ways to speed up dinner, but maintain the taste and flavour.


The Schwartz Authentic Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce Mix makes the process of cooking super quick and easy for those nights when everything is going wrong, and you need a quick dinner that won’t take too much bother!

At only 85p a sachet here, it means you can keep the cost down too – an all-round winner. Despite the low price point, it is packed with flavour, and left a very happy Tom!

The other ingredients required are – 

-      450g Extra Lean Beef Mince – we went to our local butchers of course!
-      A tin of chopped tomatoes
-      A whole onion
-      And 275g of spaghetti – we opted for whole grain!
-      You can also add in Mushrooms, but the look I received when suggesting this warned me not to…
Method - 
1. Brown mince and onion for 4-5 minutes. Add mushrooms (if you are) and fry for 1-2 minutes.  Drain excess liquid. 
2. Stir in sachet contents and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, stirring.  
3. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.   Stir in cooked spaghetti.
4. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.  
Looking for a different way to serve? 
Schwartz suggest spooning the Bolognese mixture into halved red peppers. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 35 minutes or until the peppers are soft and the cheese golden. Serve with garlic bread.

A bonus of this is that you also get 2 of you 5-a-day, meaning that you are still getting your veg in whilst enjoying a tasty meal. This serves four, making it the perfect family meal, or if there’s only two of you like us, then you get leftovers for lunch the next day!

The joys of a spaghetti bolognese is that you can also leave it simmering whilst you finish up the other parts/ set the table/ argue over who's doing the washing up etc...



All in all, it took me 20-25 minutes from start to finish, and not very much attention! We added some garlic bread, and a sprinkle of parmesan and presto – a flavoursome dish that left empty plates, and saved the expensive bill from a restaurant!

What's your favourite go to meal?


This is a paid for collaboration with Schwartz, but all views and opinions are my own.



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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Tarte Makeup Kit

Back in the summer, I saw an amazing deal with Tarte that was £56 for a makeup kit of 7 full size products. I loved the makeup I received, and so when I saw the offer again a few weeks ago, I knew I had to place another order.


Park Ave Princess Bronzer

The shade is absolutely perfect, I have to be careful with bronzers as I'm quite pale they can often look muddy on my face, but the grey ashy tone of this means that I can use this to contour and add some shape in! It builds well, and has become an absolute staple of mine! The one thing I have to say is that this has a very strong scent, as soon as you open the product you are hit with it, it is almost chocolatey...

The packaging of this is lovely and very luxe, it's weighty yet practical due to the mirror inside. This retails for £25 which is around the average cost for a high end bronzer, but the packaging enables this to stand out from the crowd for me.


Clay Stick Foundation

Last time I took a risk and ordered a foundation having no idea of shades, and miraculously by just ordering the lightest shade and keeping my fingers crossed it worked out, so I thought I would do it again. I suffer with blemishes constantly, so always opt for a medium- full coverage, as I am self-conscious with this.

On first impressions, the product itself is quite small, and in my experience I tend to use stick foundations quicker, so we will have to see how this fares. The coverage feels light on the skin but builds nicely, it lasts all day, and after the last week or so of use, it's barely gone down at all, so the size is not an issue! The slightest shade is perfect for me, and this has been the only foundation that I've reached for since it arrived!

This retails for £31 which seems a lot in comparison to the other stick foundation that I have used that is £6 and I cannot fault it. I am going to repurchase the high street one, and we'll do a side by side comparison!



Aquaflash Foundation Brush

I own a few Tarte brushes already, so was more than happy to add another into the mix. I was worried that the handle would annoy me originally, but I barely notice it now. The brush head is packed with bristles, and unlike another foundation brush I have, this doesn't become too clogged with foundation. I also find that it doesn't soak up the product like some do, but instead blends it out really smoothly.

This sells for £23, which would normally put me off, I am more than happy with a £6 Real Techniques sponge, however due to how well this blends, and the quality of this, I would 100% recommend this to others, and be tempted to add to my collection!



Lights Camera Lashes

I have long eyelashes anyway, so I'm not too fussy with mascara, but this one is lovely! It adds to the natural length, but also builds volume well. It doesn't go clumpy, and also doesn't transfer as much as others I have do. 

I've heard good things about this mascara for years, and have always held off because I wasn't keen on the packaging. When paying for a high end brand, you expect luxe packaging, and I wasn't impressed. However when holding this, it doesn't feel cheap or tacky in any form, and it definitely stands out against its competitors.

This sells for £21, which is standard for a high end brand, would I buy it again? If I was looking for a high end mascara then I think I would, but I'd really appreciate a packaging change!


Creamy Matte Lip Paint - Namaste

Yes I own over 20 nude lipsticks, and yes I will continue to buy them... 

I prefer a matte lip as I find that they last longer and I never manage to top up during the day, but I hate the feeling when the super dry ones crumble, so I opted for the creamy matte range. The texture is similar to that of the Nyx Creamy Matte ones, but then it dries so lasts longer. I have found that when it first dries it can feel slightly too dry, but then this disappears. This is an easy to wear lipstick that will get you through a long day!

It retails for £17, which is a lot for what it is in my opinion. I think that there are many high street alternatives that do the job just as well.



There was one other product in the kit, but that was brought as a Christmas present so is locked away...

J x







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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Les Misérables @ The Mayflower

Les Misérables is one of my favourite films, but I have somehow managed to never sit in a theatre and watch the action unfold in front of me. Yesterday, this finally changed, and it certainly lived up to the rave reviews I had heard, and the hopes I held!


Knowing the songs already, I went in with expectations of my favourites, and also of my reaction at certain parts, but I was surprised. The performances by the cast were flawless, and I was blown away by the strength of the whole ensemble during the bigger songs, and was full of amazement. However, I equally adored the stillness and atmosphere of the quieter solos. A highlight of the evening for me was 'On My Own'. The control the cast had over the audience was enchanting, and the physical production was equally as wonderful.


My favourite scene was the battle at the barricade, with the haunting image coming through spotlights highlighting each death, and truly giving each character the rightful and deserved exposure even in their death.

The younger members of the cast were a true highlight, with the young boy playing Gavroche standing out with his confidence and the strength and control of his voice. Jean Valjean was everything I had imagined, with the instantaneous switching between the voice of power and his vulnerability.

This may have been the first stage performance of Les Mis that I have seen, but it certainly won't be the last!
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Saturday, 16 November 2019

It's been a while...


Nearly two years ago I sat down and wrote my first post in a while, I wasn't sure what the future of this blog was, if I wanted to continue it, if I wanted to delete it, and for the next two years it has sat at the back of my mind awaiting a decision.

A few weeks ago a colleague mentioned it, and I realised that I had started this blog back in 2014 for a reason, I was passionate about what I was writing about, I was passionate about having a hobby, and neither of these have changed.

So here we are, ThelifeofJKS in 2019, with a new logo, a new passion and drive for writing, and lots of new ideas!


A lot has happened since I fully 'blogged', I am a qualified English teacher, I left the school I started my career in, and now work close to home in a school that I always dreamed I'd work in. I live with one of my oldest friends whilst I save for a house with Tom, and of course nearly 8 years later, Tom is still putting up with me.

I still can't resist a new nude lipstick, and I love books as much as ever. The circle of people around me has become smaller and smaller, and I don't regret this. I had a lot of unhealthy relationships with people, and now the people I choose to spend my time with are the people I love and trust more than anything.

This website was always my outlet, my private space where I could just chat, and that's exactly what it will stay. The blogging game has changed a lot since 2014, and I'm not sure how well I fit now, but I guess we'll just have to see...



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