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Friday, 29 March 2019

The Dishes You Should Have Mastered By The Time You Turn 30


Cooking is often seen as a basic life skill and something that we all need to learn, and it's not just for the enjoyment of food. Being able fill your tummy and nourish yourself is part of being what I call a proper grownup! Not being able to cook will cause you to rely on takeouts and convenience foods, which are usually filled with all the bad stuff and aren't good for you.

Ideally by the time you're an adulting adult of 30 you will have mastered some of the basics of cooking and enjoy it. You may have even mastered a couple of signature dishes that are your go to when cooking for friends or family. But if you're reading this and thinking I'm not quite up to that level yet don't worry! As long as you can master these dishes you are off to a good start in the kitchen!


Flatlay of cooking ingredients on a wooden chopping board with a knife, set next to a pan and a tiled background


Wednesday, 27 March 2019

3 Budget Ideas To Get Your Little One Involved In The Garden



It’s March and following the equinox on the 20th, many people now say it is officially spring! The nights are lighter, the days brighter and air a little warmer. I’ve even started to hang washing out on the line so it must be warm!!

For many, and if budget allows, we start to think about holidays, school breaks and enjoying the outdoors. This year things will be low budget for us and we plan to have some time away in our little old bargain caravan!

We also plan to have a lot of time out in the garden and hope to spend some time entertaining friends and having a tipple or two! Every year we say we are going to make use of our garden and keep it weed free and well maintained but we never do! Now, with a four year old to entertain we’re finally acting like proper grownups and have made an early start. As mentioned in my Prepare Your Winter Garden For Spring post, we’ve cleaned and spruced, jet washed and scrubbed, weeded and cutback and planted seeds and bulbs. We still have some maintenance to do and, if I can get it cheap enough, I’d like some comfortable garden furniture but we are almost there.


Water pouring from a watering can over baby plants


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Getting Mother's Day Crafty With Stampin' Up


Mother's Day is just around the corner and if you're the crafty kind that's lots to craft and make. With cards, scrapbooks or a piece of artwork by the kids, there's lots to try.

But if you're wanting to try something new and take your crafting up a notch, stamping is an easy route to take. My mother in law is a big stamper and card maker and has a room full of supplies and although I've scrapbooked with her before, I've never made cards.

With a gifted bundle from Stampin' Up I've been able to get creative and make some cute little cards for Mother's Day.


Flatlay of stamps, pens, handmade cards


Friday, 22 March 2019

5 Things You Need To Battle The Chickenpox

Disclaimer - I'm just a mum trying her best and am in no shape or form a medical professional. If you're concerned about your child's health please seek professional medical advice.

It'll be no surprise to those of you that follow me on Instagram that my latest blog post is about chickenpox!!

Just over a week ago we spotted the first few spots on JJ as we started to get ready for his friend's birthday party. As the afternoon went on there were more and more and soon enough they were everywhere! We had a really scary experience with JJ a few months ago were his temperature was out of control and he was monitored through the night by a GP via the 111 service and was very nearly admitted to hospital. With this in mind I was keen to get things under control and keep him as well as possible.

Using advice from the NHS website and from those that had recently had it themselves or children had, we complied our essentials for battling chickenpox.


Flatlay showing porridge oats, calamine lotion, calpol, lego magazine and dvd and a pair of socks


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

How To Get Your Home Ready For Spring


Spring is here and it is at this time of year when we start to think about a big spring clean or making some home improvements.  

White jug filled with tulips with some laid along side it


Monday, 18 March 2019

March Giveaway!


It's a new month so it's time for a new giveaway! 

The team at Danilo have kindly gifted this month's prize, a Peppa Pig calendar from their My First Calendar range. 


Flatlay of children's calendar


Sunday, 17 March 2019

My First Calendar


Since starting school back in September, JJ has become a little obsessed with the days of the week. Is it P.E. today? Is it the weekend yet? What day is scooter day? But when is Friday? We seem to have the same conversations everyday about where we are in the week, and then there's the seasons! When is it summer? Is it warm enough for shorts? It goes on and on!

So, when I heard Danilo had created My First Calendar range to help little ones get to grips with the days of the week, months and seasons, I was extremely excited! Could this bring the end of the what day is it and what are we doing today questions?!!




Wednesday, 13 March 2019

RedKangaroo


Trampolining parks are quickly growing in popularity and are a great place for kids to burn off some energy! Having never had a trip to a trampoline park, we were excited when RedKangaroo invited us for a bounce at their Nottingham branch.


Outside of a warehouse type building with the signage 'red kangaroo'


Monday, 11 March 2019

Tidy Stuff - 5 Ways To Store Lego


Lego is a wonderful creative toy. Kids can spend hours and hours playing and building amazing things, but lets be honest......it can be a nightmare to store and clean.


Assortment of Lego


Friday, 8 March 2019

3 Tips for Personalising Your Home (So That It’s Not Just a Generic Living Space)


'Home is where the heart is', as the old saying goes, but with many of us shopping in the same places, more and more of us are living in homes with similar interiors and our homes are become a little bit generic, rather than personalised environments which bear our own unique mark.


Interior of two double white doors, against white ones with a pale netural floor


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

6 Facts About Fertility Everyone Should Know


Regular readers will know that this blog first started as diary of our fertility struggle and I've recently decided to do more posts on the subject. Fertility is something lots of people struggle with and I'm a strong believe in being open about our journey and to stop the subject being taboo.

If you’re currently trying for a baby, or would like to start a family at some point in the future, you’ll find the following infographic particularly helpful. It contains six facts about fertility that have been compiled by a fertility clinic in London and may help you improve your chances of conception.


Monday, 4 March 2019

Here's Why Indonesia Should Be Your 2019 Travel Destination


Are you still thinking of where to go for your big vacation this year? I'm sure that you've already got a few ideas whizzing around your head, but whittling it down to just the one could be proving difficult to do. 

Well, I could make things easier for you (or harder if you're indecisive!) and share a place that is proving to be really popular in 2019......Indonesia! It's the perfect spot to travel to if you want to experience the relaxation of a tropical beach getaway, but there are also lots of great activities and things to see and do! You certainly won't be bored!


Two wooden paddles boats on a super clear sea with rocky shore in the background


Friday, 1 March 2019

Living DNA - The Results!!


A few month's ago I reviewed the first part of the Living DNA ancestry testing. With the ability to breakdown ancestry to 80 worldwide regions, including 21 with the UK, Living DNA gives one of the most deep and accurate results around.


Image of a DNA strand