Meal Planning Mondays 15/10/18

Well the week before last and last week was a complete blur and I forgot my meal planning too. The week just flew by and my birthday just flashed before my eyes as I was just another year older.  We discovered we had rodent friends visiting from under the house into the electrical cupboard because our dog became very interested in there so we had to deal with that.

Then last week it was my husband’s birthday, I was in London at a client meeting but was home normal time so was OK and we celebrated the weekend with a meal out.

This week is a short week too at home for meals, will explain more next week.

This week’s meal plans are courtesy of Hello Fresh & My cook box.  Look out for my full review soon.

Hungarian chicken pasta

Cheats lamb moussaka

Butternut & goat’s cheese quesadillas

Creamy mushroom pasta

Be More Active In Your Child’s Life

We know that as a mom, you’ll be doing absolutely everything at the minute to be the best you can be for your children. You’ll go to work, do the cooking, the cleaning, the washing and the dressing. The list could go on, because moms really are like superheroes when it comes to the amount of tasks they are able to do. But with all of this in your schedule, it can sometimes be hard to actually be active in your child’s life. You’re so focused on making sure everything is in order, that you forget that actually being present with your toddler is the most important think, The younger children years are more confusing for your child than you might think. They’re moving their way through school, heading towards high school and their emotions will start growing and growing. So, we want to show you a few simple ways you can be more active in your children’s life, as well as do everything you’re used to doing!

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Engage In Play

This is actually a big one that a lot of parents forget to do, because they’re not exactly sure what to do. Think about how many times you’ve been rushing around the house doing what you do, and your child has been sat playing with their toys chatting away to themselves. This is the perfect time to stop what you’re doing, and sit down for half an hour to actually play with them. Get down on their level, and actually show interest with what they’re doing. You need to make sure they’ve got a good set of toys, and if they need something new, you should definitely check out grimms toys for a colourful addition. You can also make sure you’re creating games to play with them. Whether it be you initiating hide and seek, or seeing who can paint the best picture!

Treat Them Like A Mini Adult

If you want to try and keep their troublesome younger child years as easy as possible, you need to try and make sure you’re treating them like a mini adult as much as possible. As they get towards the ages of 8 or 9 years, they want to be more independent, and as parents we generally don’t like that happen. We prefer to keep them bubble wrapped, and do absolutely everything for them, even when they don’t want us to. So, within reason, just let them do as they would like to do. If they want to dress themselves, let them chose what they’re going to wear for the day and just make sure it looks ok within reason. You can guide them on what looks good, but you don’t have to tell them what to wear.

Help Them With Friendships

Friendships are a big part of everyone’s life, and they really start to flourish during their younger school years. It’s a vital part of their lives where they learn how to socialise, and what to do during social situations. It’s also one of their main play outlets, especially when they’re at school or if you have playdates with your friends children. Help them to become confident in social situations, and teach the importance of sharing and being kind etc. They will keep these values with them for the rest of their life!

Kiddyum Kids Meal | Review

Freddie is now over 14 months old and loves his food a lot and lets you know if he is still hungry by saying “more”.

I try and cook everything from fresh so when I cook something for us I will put some aside for Freddie but it is not always possible so it is nice to have a back up option in the house.

When working full time it is sometimes hard so I like to keep some ready meals in the freezer for him.  Weaning Freddie wasn’t hard as he eats pretty much everything you put in front of him which made it stress free.

I was sent 4 of Kiddyums ready meals made by Jayne  for review with Freddie.

My husband gave Freddie the Chicken curry one and said he ate half of it, and did enjoy it, but I didn’t manage to get any pictures. He said it smelt nice and looked yummy.

They can be ready in just 5 mins by microwaving them and following the instructions. You can purchase them from Sainsburys , Ocada and Co op.

I tried Freddie with the Fish and Veg Pie and again he ate half of it, he has been off his food a little recently has hes been poorly with a cough and cold.  It certainly looked tasty and had plenty of fish and veg in it with sauce too.

*We were sent the above products for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday 01/10/18

October, Well hello, nice to see you.  This month is going to be jam packed with birthdays and celebrations, starting with my birthday this Friday.

This week I will be cooking up:

Chicken tikka curry with boiled rice

Homemade Toad in the hole with Veg and gravy

Chicken enchiladas & homemade wedges

Lasagna & Garlic Bread

It’s My Birthday – Party Food

Cheese & Bacon Potato Skins with Beans and Salad

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

PoundToy Toys for £1 | Review

I had never heard of PoundToy before, but my sister  in law had worked with them and I was keen to get involved so was excited when they agreed to work with me.

There’s a huge selection to choose from,  not all at £1 but they have a large selection of goodies to choose from for all ages so you’ll be sure to find something you need.

I was given £50 to spend online, I picked gifts that I could give for Christmas or Birthday to family members.

There was plenty of branded and character related items such as playdoh and Graphix kits to choose, and the other non-branded stuff was perfect too. I went for a variety of things for Christmas and stocking fillers for my nephew and little boy plus stock items.

I struggled to work out what I wanted as there was so much to choose from, and with having nephews that are ages 4 – 11 and a little boy who’s 14 months so some was either too young or too old.

The website was really easy to navigate and the use of categories and filters made it easier to narrow down the search. I liked being able to go to the most popular department and then filtering by price from low to high. This worked well and helped me find the most toys for my money.

I would recommend using Pound Toys if you are looking for stocking fillers or presents for kid party’s, great value for money.

Meal Planning Monday 24/09/18

The nights are really drawing in now, and it’s dark before I know it.  When it’s cold and miserable I want nothing more than warm hearty meals like casseroles and stews and as all it seems to have done recently is rain it seemed like a perfect time to crack the slow cooker out and make some meals in it.  This is the last meal plan for the month of September too.

This week I will be cooking:

Sausage casserole and cheesy mash

Spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread

Chicken in red wine sauce with rice

Cottage pie, veg & gravy

Beef stew with dumplings

Burgers & Chips

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

Whats on your plate this week?

 

 

 

 

Everything for your home at Lionshome

Are you looking for new furniture to create a new room in your house or just update/replace your old stuff that you have fallen out of love with?

Look no further than Lionshome You can buy everything you can ever think of for every room in your house even the kitchen sink.  It helps you find all your items under one roof and directs you to the place to buy them and takes the stress out of shopping.

Lionshome website is really easy to negotiate around giving you clickable links for every room or item you are looking for.

My favourite products on the website and where I would put them

Arrrggghhh, this is actually more difficult than I thought as there is so much nice stuff, I want it all in my home.

Lounge

I would love this Table Mexican Pine corona Range unit, it would perfectly in the recess to put our television on and hide all the boxes and electrical in to prevent our little boy from thinking everything is a toy he can play with. It’s currently in the sale for £64.99 too, Bargain.

vidaXL Console Table Mexican Pine Corona Range 80x43x78 cm[2/5]

If our lounge was big enough I would love  this Stylish Coffee Table With Swivel panels – AVEIRO Walnut and White  as we currently have to use the fire place  or the gas meter boxing in as a table.

Garden

We only have a small garden and would love a bigger one next time around so there is plenty of space and room for Freddie and Carly the dog to run around

I would love some decent and comfy garden furniture this vidaXL Outdoor Lounge Set 15 Pieces Poly Rattan Whitewould be perfect but priced at £568.99 I think it is a little out our budget.

vidaXL Outdoor Lounge Set 15 Pieces Poly Rattan White[2/4]

A hot tub has always been a favourite of mine and would love a nice decking area to be able to have one so we could go out on an evening once Freddie is in bed with an alcoholic beverage and relax and unwind after a week at work.

Blue Hot Tub – Whirlpool Spa Bath – Outdoor – LAGOON Priced at £3999.00

 

Bedrooms

We have a 3 bed semi detached house but since having our little boy the spare room is full of boxes waiting to go in the loft of all his old toys and clothes.

How relaxing would this Leegt Custom Photo Mural 3D Wallpaper Forest White Pigeon Flower Vine Ceiling art be? You could put it in most rooms and it would be sure to take you away to a far away place.

 I love signs and this Let Him Sleep For When He Wakes He Will Move Mountains- Handmade Small Sign / Plaque  would look perfect in our little boys room over his cot bed

Would love Freddie to have a little corner in his room where he can relax and read his books or play with his toys and this Indoor/outdoor bean bag from Little Bertha would be a perfect addition and priced at £19.95 makes it even easier.  

What did we think of the Lionshome website?

The website is really easy to navigate, when you scroll down it directs you to different sections which you may be interested in, then on the left hand side once you have clicked into it will give you another list of the items available in that section

*This post is in Collaboration with Lionshome

Meal Planning Monday 17/09/18

Where are these weeks going? It’s scary how fast they are disappearing.   The weather has had it’s ups and downs too, we even resorted to putting the heating on over the weekend because it was cold and damp.

This week we are having:

Tuna pasta bake

Chicken in white wine sauce with rice

Lamb chops with veg and gravy

Pan Fried Pork with homemade wedges

Toad in the hole with creamy mash and gravy

Loaded baked potato casserole

Roast beef with all the trimmings

What is on your plate this week?

What’s In My Bathroom Cupboard?

We never had a bathroom cupboard or cabinet until we have the bathroom renovated in January of this year and now we have 2.

I, by I, I really mean the husband uses the mirrored cabinet for all his hair products gels, waxes, spray bottles but I won’t bore you with that.

In our cupboard we have:

Toilet paper – One of the essentials to be in the cabinet as you don’t want to be caught short while doing your business.

Sanitary care – A ladies essentials for once a month.  will say no more.

Toilet rim blocks – I think there is like 6 of them in there I buy a couple every time I see them on offer as I am really OCD about my toilet, like to make sure it is clean and smells fresh.

Antibacterial wipes – Another essential I love, to just wipe down all the surfaces and it leaves the room smelling all Citrusy and clean.

Bleach – I get through so many bottles as put it down the toilet every other day, I don’t buy expensive bleach just Aldi’s own brand as it does what I need it too and smells good.

Other cleaning products -We have got Flash bathroom,  Astonish bathroom and Mr Muscle.  I use these weekly when cleaning but I know I am running low so need to stock up on more soon.

Johnson’s Shampoo & Infacare bath foam – Obviously these aren’t mine, we keep Freddie’s products in here too

Frog hand mitt – Not been used yet but it’s cute

Shower Scrunchy – Spare one as they came in a pack of 3

Shower gel – Lime scented, Aldi’s own brand,  smells delicious

What’s in your cupboard?

I now Tag – Rachel from Coffeecakekids,  Simon & Charli from Whisky & milkshakes, Michaela from Adventuresofayorkshiremum, Rachael from Lukeosaurusandme and Alex from Bettertogetherhome

Meal Planning Monday 10/09/18

Wow, what a week last week was I thought it went so quickly.  The first week in my new old job went fine and I’m back for another full on week.  We had a mixed weekend as Freddie has been unsettled and we aren’t sure if he is having night terrors as he is waking up screaming and not settling well.

I do need to go food shopping again so this week we are living out the freezer and having:

Chili beef Burritos and salad

Jacket Potatoes, Tuna Mayo and rice

Chicken & Bacon puffs with Chips

Sausages, cheesy mash, veg and gravy

Chicken & Bacon Tagliatelle with cheese sauce

Lasagna & Chips

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

Whats on your plate this week?