Family Meal Plan #NoFoodWaste -2

It's no secret that the world is currently going zero waste crazy right now (and quite rightly) and whilst our house and family are so (so so so) far from being plastic free and completely zero waste in our house, one way we have started to make a change is by cutting back on the amount of food we throw away. Hands up if you cook a Sunday roast and throw the leftovers rest get left to go off and eventually get thrown in the bin, whether that be Sunday night or later in the week when you realise that you put that leftover meat in the fridge but forgot to use it?? We have all done it. All of us...but by making one small change to the way you meal plan and shop,  your food waste, and consequently, your food bill can drop dramatically. Every week I'm going to share our meal plan that shows just how I am doing this.

Then once a month over on YouTube I will share a week of family meal ideas, and a grocery haul. And then over here on the blog I will share a meal plan each week and a recipe post that will show you how to get the most from your meal plan. And if you follow us over on Instagram, I occasionally share our food in stories (when I remember!) 




My Top 10 Christmas Picks from the Wish App (all under £10)

I'm probably a little late in the day for this Christmas picks from the wish app, BUT if you are quick and order now they could reach you in time for Christmas and if not, heck at under £10 you can put them away for next year! I know that wish can be a little bit hit and miss but I've never actually had a problem. Let me know if you have used the app and what your experience was.


The ONLY Gift Guide For Young Teen Girls (13-15) You Need This Christmas!

I’ve been looking around for gift ideas for Ellie for Christmas and...well can I be honest...it seems like LOTS of the ones I have seen are full of PR gifts and brand gifted items. Soooo...I thought I’d write my own teen girls gift guide and so I trawled loads of websites and found loads of things in a range of prices, all stuff I know Ellie, and any teen girl, would love. I’ve even put bits on here that Ellie actually owns and loves. What’s more I asked Ellie for opinions and she came over and marked all of the items out of 10 so you can be sure that girls will absolutely love your gift.

A No Food Waste Christmas. Pigs in Blankets Hot Dogs with Cranberry Salsa

One thing I am super keen to ensure this Christmas is that our food waste is cut right down. Last year UK Christmas shoppers spent, on estimate, a record £4.2bn on food and drink alone, and in 2015 it was estimated that around £64 million of that food is thrown out! I hate to think of all that food going to waste and so I have been developing some recipes that involve all those left over foods at the end of the main Christmas dinner.

On today's #nofoodwaste Christmas menu, I thought I would share a way to use up the last of those pigs in blankets, its actually a really simple, but yummy,  adaptation of a traditional hot dog, and by rustling up this quick and delicious cranberry salsa your guests will be left drooling whilst you still have all the time to spend actually with them instead of stuck in the kitchen cooking!!


Family Meal Plan #NoFoodWaste

It's no secret that the world is currently going zero waste crazy right now (and quite rightly) and whilst our house and family are so (so so so) far from being plastic free and completely zero waste in our house, one way we have started to make a change is by cutting back on the amount of food we throw away. Hands up if you cook a Sunday roast and throw the leftovers rest get left to go off and eventually get thrown in the bin, whether that be Sunday night or later in the week when you realise that you put that leftover meat in the fridge but forgot to use it?? We have all done it. All of us...but by making one small change to the way you meal plan and shop,  your food waste, and consequently, your food bill can drop dramatically. Every week I'm going to share our meal plan that shows just how I am doing this.

Then once a month over on YouTube I will share a week of family meal ideas, and a grocery haul. And then over here on the blog I will share a meal plan each week and a recipe post that will show you how to get the most from your meal plan. And if you follow us over on Instagram, I occasionally share our food in stories (when I remember!) 



Cooking With Kids. One For All EASY Dough Recipe.

This is currently one of the monsters favourite things to make. Its a super easy and very versatile recipe, which you can use to make bread, pizza dough, cookies, Nutella twists, bread rolls and so many more things! Its super easy recipe for kids to make too, and I just kind of take a step back and allow the kids to get on with it, just interjecting if they need me too!


WUKA Period Wear. Bring A Whole New Meaning To 'Period Pants'

If you had told me one year ago that I would soon be looking into more eco friendly and sustainable period products, I probably would have told you to give your head a wobble! A year ago, heck even just a few months ago, period pants meant one thing, period cups sounded grim, and nothing other than a tampon was ever gonna be used by me!

Roll on to summer 2018 and, I don't know what changed in me, whether it was the likes of Mrs Meldrum, Natasha Bailie and Lulalistic Hippyshake all talking openly about period cups and periods in general, opening my eyes and moving my thoughts away from all those stereotypical thoughts abut women who use moon cups or if it was the likes of the whole plastic free/less waste movement we have all seen this year. Anyways, my whole mindset changed and whilst period cups just didn't sit well with me, I just, I don't know, the whole contraption scared me (and still does slightly, although I am thinking about just jumping in and buying one!) so I started looking around for other alternatives to tampons and sanitary pads.

That is when I came across period pants, and no I don't mean those scruffy faded pants in the bottom of your undie drawer (don't lie ladies we all have at least one pair!). I mean the all new ultra absorbent, machine-washable underwear designed to be worn throughout your period, WITHOUT the need for disposable sanitary products.

And then, around the same time as this option became apparent to me, I also saw that WUKA were looking for influencers to review. I mean it just had to be fate right?

So how did I get on? Read on too find out....



Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry/Soup. 1 Recipe, 2 Meals. #NoWasteFood

Something I have been quite mindful off recently has been food waste. It is no secret that the world is currently going zero waste crazy right now (and quite rightly) and were as we are so (so so so) far from being plastic free and completely zero waste in our house, one way we can start to make a change is by cutting back on the amount of food we throw away. Hands up if you see a recipe you like, and lets say it calls for 3 sweet potatoes, you add sweet potatoes to your shopping list, and when in the supermarket you buy a bag of sweet potatoes. Use 3 of them for this recipe you have seen and the rest get left to go off and get thrown in the bin? We have all done it. All of us...but by making one small change to the way you meal plan and shop your food waste, and consequently, your food bill can drop dramatically. Every week I'm going to show you how 1 recipe can give you 2, sometimes 3, meals!

This week I am starting with a really simple veggie slow cooker recipe that fed my family of 6 two meals.




10 Things That Make Me Happy

A few weeks ago the lovely Tash at Bound For Somewhere tagged me in the 10 Things That Make Me Happy tag, its taken a while for me to get this started, I've been having a lot of anxiety related problems lately and I need some positivity right about now, so I thought it would be a good time to get a pen and paper and make a note of some of the things that have made me happy each day. I've been doing this for about a week now  and thought I would share some of the list with you here...



5 Ways To Make Your House Smell Good

There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning to a house full of bad smells, last nights cooking, a pan you left to wash the next morning, toilet smells (because who knows why kids and husbands cant flush the toilet at night?!) so how can you get your house smelling nice quickly and easily? Here are 5 ways you can make your house smell clean and fresh...


Last Minute Fathers Day DIY Gift Idea

Hands up...who forgot Fathers Day? It's just 4 days away and well...I am skinted! No money to really push the boat out (no personalised messaged watch this year Dean!) but that is fine, because keepsake homemade gifts are what parents really love right? Why pay for something when you can make it for less than a coffee! We saw this in a local chocolate gift shop for £15, I looked online and saw them going for as much as £40 (for 10 chocolate coins and 5 Lindt chocolates!!) This one cost us absolubtly nothing, we had everything in the house already, but even if you have to go out I am confident that you can do this for less than £5.



Last Minute DIY Fathers Day Gift FOR LESS THAN £5!

So Fathers Day is just a few days away, and I wont lie as per usual I have left the gift buying to the last minute, I haven't got a whole lotta money so a grand gesture of a watch or weekend away isn't valid, and to be honest, I'm a big fan of homemade keepsake gifts for special days, so being skint I headed into town for some inspiration for some cheap easy DIY gift ideas!


5 Ways To Get A Bit Of 'Me Time' Right Now!

From the outside being a stay at home Mum must mean you get loads of time to luxuriate in a bit of me time...but if you are anything like me you will always say 'I have no time for me time' and the fact of the matter is, in between school runs, preparing 100 meals a day, working from home, after school clubs, housework and the keeping 4 kids and a husband (as well as yourself) alive, means that actually all you do get is a measly 10 minutes here or there. But lets face it, those 10 minutes are in fact spent doing something, usually scrolling through Facebook, reading a blog post that sounded interesting on Twitter as you wasted 5 minutes before the school run. Those 10 minutes sat in the car before the school gates open. What if I told you that you could spend those 10 minutes doing something for you? 10 minutes of 'no time' turned into something for you. 10 luxurious minutes...all...for...you! Right Now!

6 Fun Gifts To Celebrate National Best Friends Day

I just found out that its best friend day on June 6th (well in the US anyways!) and it got me thinking about the fun gifts you used to give your bestie when you were young and at school, the mood rings that split in half and sent your fingers green, the DIY friendship bracelets made from thread from your Mum's sewing box, the random letters you would write to each other at night (the kids with mobiles who text nowadays...they don't know what they are missing!) the random mix tapes you would make for each other at a weekend.

Celebrating National Sibling Day with Baby Born

Recently Baby Born got in touch and asked if we would help them spread some sibling love this #NationalSiblingDay. My guys love to play dolls, in fact its what my girls do most. (Jenson used to love playing dolls but hes recently started to outgrow this, sob!) in fact when ever we go in any kind of toy shop they try and get the latest doll, or accessory. 



Geomag Panels and Mechanics | Review & Giveaway

My kids love building lego, in fact,  lately the toys they love to play with most is almost always STEM based, so when I got an email with the chance to review Geomag (something that had come up on birthday and Christmas lists before!) I knew the kids would be so so pleased if I said yes! When our package arrived and we unpacked the Geomag Panels 464 set (192 pieces) and the Geomags Mechanics set (86 pieces) the kids couldn't wait to get in the boxes and nagged me all week until we got a chance at the weekend to open them!

We were sent this item free for the purpose of this review, all words, photos and thoughts are my own.