Sunday, 12 May 2013

The #SpecialK30 Challenge

Special K is 30 years old this year, and they have challenged bloggers to look at how they've changed in the last 30 years since 1983, so this is my entry for the Britmums/Special K "How I've changed Linky Challenge"


That's me, with my brother and sister, aged about 10 or 11. My sister is the serious and sensible one and I'm the one who looks like I'm a foot too tall for my trousers! White socks were all you could get back then and hair had to be brushed until it was as close to an afro as humanly possible. I don't need to tell you that brown was all the rage and a patterned carpet hid the crumbs.....

1983 was a big year for me. It was the year I started Secondary School. School wasn't my favourite place that year, it's very hard being 11. I turned 12 in the November and I remember having a party for some friends at my house, but we were all very grown up and didn't play games. My Grandparents took me out to a 'restaurant' for my tea at the weekend, and it was an incredibly special occasion because it was the first time I'd ever been out for a meal. Looking back, what I thought was a posh hotel in the countryside was in fact just a large pub in the outskirts of Derby, but I still grin whenever I get the opportunity to go past.

I was about 25 when I first tried Special K, and I've eaten it ever since. My little boys think it's Mummy's special breakfast and it's called 'K', and they also love it. I was genuinely intrigued by the new recipe because I hate it when gimmicky things devalue something you like, but I didn't need to worry. It is really tasty. 


New 3 Grain Recipe Special K is made with wholegrain flakes of rice, wheat and barley, so it now contains more fibre plus all the other wholegrain goodness you'd expect. The taste is different, you can clearly taste the wheat and barley, and it has a more bran-type taste. It's very nice, and has had the thumbs up from me and my lot.


So this is me now, with two of my sons, my oldest child at 19, and my youngest at 3. The way I've changed most over the last 30 years is that I am no longer someone's child, but I'm very definitely someone's Mum! (And I don't possess any white socks....)






I was sent a box of Special K to try in order to take part in this challenge.

20 comments:

  1. Ah, lovely post. You haven't changed a bit! Love the photo of you with the boys at the end too.

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    1. I don't know whether it's a good or bad thing you say I haven't changed!
      I like that photo too - it was the first we took this afternoon and it was perfect :)

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  2. LOL! I think we had the same sofa, and yes I remember everything being brown and gold!

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    1. I'm sure it was so you couldn't see the dirt! :D

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  3. Well. I was born then so there's been some considerable changes in the last 30years lol ;) x nice to look back xxx think we might have had that carpet... The carpet of the 80's. ha! Xxx

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    1. Hahaha....I guess you've changed more than I have since 1983 then!

      That carpet's definitely not something I miss. I think my Dad still had the same one when I moved out in 1991! :D

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  4. i thought the same you've not changed!!! i wasnt even born in 1983 :p do love special k though, ate so much of it when i was pregnant with rafiq

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    1. I went for pickled beetroot and Brussels sprouts myself :D

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  5. Loving the brown. What a gorgeous picture of the three of you. Both pics, I mean!

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    1. Hahaha you sure? The brown really was a feature. It's no wonder that the kids think we're ancient-life was in sepia!

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  6. that is so funny they call it "K" because that is what I used to think it was called when I was little. You are lucky they see it as mum's cereal because my kids eat all mine up before I get a look in. Great post xxx

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    1. Thank you! Sadly it doesn't stop them eating it, although they don't always know where I've put it!
      It's cool you called it 'K' too - I thought it was just my little ones! :)

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  7. lovely perm! or is it natural curly?

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    1. It's blinking natural, as you well know! :D

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  8. Fab photos, still very much you!

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you! A slimmer, less grey and less stressed me! :D

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  9. Wow you have not changed one bit, and there you were saying that I had aged well.
    Great post, really enjoyed the read.
    I wish I had gone into as much detail as you - with hindsight I think I rushed the post concentrating on finding and uploading the photos, but not giving any attention to the text, plus I don't think I remember as much as you do.
    Great post, and yes I remember the mad carpet and wallpaper. We must be similar ages as I went to secondary school in 1984.
    Liska xx

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    1. I did think that when I read your post - I was the first year of GCSE's, I think you were the last of O Levels? It's very kind you say I've not changed! I did'nt really have a choice about the writing, I only have 2 photo's of me under 17, and in the other I was only 8... :D

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  10. Liked this post and had to laugh at the first one and how you write about it. Commenting for BritMums and thanking you for taking part

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    1. Glad you like it! Thank you for taking the time to comment, and thank you for having me :)

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