Friday 10 May 2013

#SpecialK30 How You’ve Changed !

Special K have had a makeover and, for the first time in 30 years, have changed their recipe. All variants of the cereal now include barley in addition to the regular wheat and rice, and it is also made with wholegrain, making it a healthier option. You may remember me telling you a couple of months ago about Kelloggs reducing the sugar in their range of kids' cereals too, so I'm really pleased to see our breakfast staples getting an overhaul.

We received a box of the new recipe Special K to try out and I have to say, I was impressed. The flakes are seriously crunchy and have a light, wheaty flavour. I think of Special K as a cereal that you choose because you want to lose weight, rather than on taste alone, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the kids loved it too, even eating handfuls straight out of the box as a snack. That's got to be healthier than sweets or crisps !

The cereal itself isn't the only thing to have been given a makeover though. Do you remember this advert from the eighties? 

These days, the hobnobs in Brussels would probably make them say "if you can pinch more than 2.5cm" but that just doesn't have the same ring to it ! 

OK, this is the moment you've all been waiting for. You want to see how much I've changed in thirty years too, right? Well, here I am now.

And here I am back at the start of the eighties ! On the right, I'm being a "pretty in pink" bridesmaid (I bet nobody makes their own bridesmaids' dresses these days!) and in the picture on the left, I was in the first year of secondary school with a very dodgy fringe and even dodgier pink anorak, especially as it was matched with a stripy red sweatshirt. But fashion was very different back then - these were the days of batwing jumpers, fingerless gloves (even indoors with the heating on full blast), ra-ra and puffball skirts, stonewashed denim jackets worn with stonewashed denim jeans, pink pixie boots, ski pants (with the stirrup things at the bottom - why ?!) and mismatched fluorescent socks. On TV, we were all watching Saturday Superstore and Neighbours/Home & Away TWICE a day (when you think about it, the eighties really was the decade of the totally superfluous and pointless, wasn't it?!). We (well, I, anyway) were lusting over Nik Kershaw, Don Johnson in Miami Vice and Bruce Willis (with hair !) in Moonlighting. Yes, things have certainly changed !

Personally speaking, I think I can still pull off the eighties look though. What do you think ?! Yes, OK, I know, Special K isn't the only thing that shouldn't go back to the way it was thirty years ago !

Disclosure : This is an entry for the BritMums/Special K “How I’ve changed Linky challenge”. The flurorescent orange and yellow nail varnish, dodgy makeup, dozens of skinny bracelets and eye-watering tie-dye T-shirt are all my own (well, mainly my daughter's, rest assured !!).

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  1. Fab photos, Cheryl! Loved reading your 80s memories. You were a cute kid, and you are a beautiful woman now.

    1. LOL Even with an 80's makeover?!! Thank you, you're very kind ! xx

    2. Yes, the 80s makeover is fab! I couldn't find my photo from 1983, so posted a photo of myself from 1987 (I think).

  2. Love the 80s look Cheryl, good luck with the comp xx

  3. you have not changed facial wise overly much, could pick you out in a line up from your 80's photo.

  4. You brought back memories of those batwing jumpers and fingerless gloves. I loved my crimson ra ra skirt. Great pics. Commenting for BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  5. Jane Middleton1 June 2013 at 22:15

    I just wish they reduced the sugar they add to these cereals, then it would be even healthier option


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