Meal Planning Monday 10/12/18

Last week was stressful at work but I only had a 3 day week which was exactly what I needed, so I have been able to kind of catch up on things at home and spend quality time with my family.

This week is going to be a week of cooking whatever is in the freezer until I go food shopping.

Butter chicken curry with rice & naan

Jacket Potatoes with Tuna/mayo & Cheese/beans & Salad

Sausage Casserole with creamy mash, vegetables & gravy

Pizza & Chips

At my mums

Cheese & bacon quiche with salad

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What is on your plate this week?

 

The British Hamper Company | Review

We love nothing more than a Christmas Hamper, it is a perfect gift for so many friends and family, and also a lovely treat to yourself to kick off the festive season!

This year we received the “The happy Christmas Hamper”, which is currently priced at £89.99.

It arrived fast and well packaged. The hamper itself is a really high quality hamper box with beautiful detail and finished with a ribbon.

And, most importantly, it is full of wonderful brand name goodies!

The shortbread biscuits did not last long!

A successful hamper all round – bring on the Festive Season!

*we were sent this hamper free of charge for the purpose of this review, However all  thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday 03/12/18

HAPPY DECEMBER!!!

Our Christmas Decorations are up and I am really getting in the spirit of Christmas now.  I was out Saturday night at a bloggers Christmas Party in Town which was lovely and great to meet some other fellow bloggers who I’ve never met before.

As the weather as got colder all I want is hearty winter junk like foods

This week we are having:

Cottage pie, veg & gravy

Sausage Casserole

Chicken stir fry with egg noodles

Pizza & Chips

Lasagna and garlic bread

Chinese takeaway

Beef roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan this week? Leave your links below

Meal Planning Monday 26/11/18

Wow, It’s the last week of November, How has this happened?

This week should be a fairly quiet one at work as it is month end and most of my clients are on shut down, plus Tuesday i’m in Cheltenham for training.

I’ve started doing my shopping list differently now too as last week I forgot a couple of ingredients so couldn’t make those meals so I now write each meal and the ingredients I need to prevent me forgetting items.

This week we are eating:

Spaghetti Bolognese

Pizza & homemade chunky chips

Chicken chow mein and egg noodles

Tuna pasta bake

Hunters chicken with jacket potatoes

Lasagna & garlic bread

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate?

The Crucial Dos & Don’ts Of Spoiling Your Dog

Being a dog mum is a real privilege, and of course, sometimes we want to lavish attention and treats on them! However, it’s essential to do this in the right way because if we don’t, it can affect both their health and behaviour. To that end, read more about the do and don’ts of spoiling you pupper below.

Spoiling your dog on their birthday can be done in a safe way.

Adult Tan and White French Bulldog

Do give them plenty of time and attention.

All dogs need time and attention to be happy, and that means spending extra time with your pup, going for long walks, or playing can be a fantastic method of sowing them how much you care.

In fact, as dogs are primarily pack-animals, they will appreciate nothing more than some attention, which makes it one of the most healthy methods of spoiling your canine friend.

Don’t ever feed them human food.

White and Black English Bulldog Stands in Front of Crackers on Bowl at Daytime

One of the most common ways that people spoil their dogs is to give them a little of what they are eating. Sadly, this can be incredibly dangerous for the dog especially if the foodstuffs are ones that are toxic to them such as coffee, chocolate, or cheese. In fact, such items can not only bring on problems with their stomach but has also been known to cause more severe difficulties as well.

Also, it’s crucial to remember that most dog foods are carefully developed to contain just the right amount of nutrients to be healthy for your pupper. Therefore if they are always getting extra calories, it can be very easy for them to get overweight. Something that can lead to mobility issues and other health problem such as diabetes.

That is why treating your pooch to scraps from the table, or your plate is a major don’ts when it comes to spoiling them.

Do show your love with appropriate doggy gifts.

Now you know that you can’t feed your puppy human food you may be wondering what to give them instead. Luckily, there are all sorts of wonderful treats and gifts you can spoil them with.

Firstly, invest in some treats made especially for dogs, you can even get ones that are good for their teeth and coat. Also, don’t forget that investing in high-quality accessories like these leather dog leads is a fantastic idea as well. After all, they won’t only last for a long time, but make sure your pooch looks super stylish as well!

Finally, don’t forget that treating them to some fun toys can be a great way of spoiling your pupper as well. Why not try a Kong brand item that they have to chew to get the treats from or a launcher for when you play fetch?

Don’t let them sleep on your bed.

I know that it is the most adorable thing to see your pooch curled up on the bed soundly sleeping, and it can be super tricky to stop them doing this, especially when they are whining!

However, it’s probably not the best choice for spoiling them in the long term. In fact, it can cause possessive or aggressive behaviour that is hard to stop, as well as prevent you from getting a decent night sleep. To that end investing in the comfiest bed, you can find is a much more suitable way of spoiling your dog.

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For All The Family | 2018

I started collating this post back in August, I know no one wants to hear the “C” word in summer but I wanted to get organised this year as with a little one I wanted to spread the cost and spend more time with my family.  Our little boy will be able to enjoy Christmas a little better this year but we still don’ t know what to buy for him.

For the Kids

Personalised Blue Polka Dot Piggy Bank

Firstly I’m going to start off with a gorgeous piggy money box, which you can personalize with a name and personal message from Personally Presented. I can’t wait for Freddie to start filling this up with pennies he gets given.

So Free Chocolate selection

We don’t have any allergies in our family if you do know anyone with an intolerance these would be a perfect alternative as stocking fillers or presents.  Prices start from £1.99 to £4.95.

GEL-A-PEEL ACCESSORY KIT

Your girls will love this, making their own accessory jewellery.  Sadly we don’t have any girls in the family but one of my best friends has a little girl so I am gifting this for her birthday in December.

 

Crate Creatures

Crate Creatures Surprise- Blizz

There are four of these to collect in total, each creature has 45+ unique sounds.  They are available to purchase from Smyths Toys at £39.99

Rolling Ice Cream Grill

I have seen these and have always wanted one to try out and now I have and can’t wait to use it and make some Ice cream.  It’s priced at £29.99  which I feel is a good value and can be purchased from The present Finder.

Itty’s Bitty’s from Hallmark

We love Itty Bittys in our home. They are a super cute way to give a gift, of someone’s favourite character, and don’t cost a fortune. These little ones are ideal as a stocking fillers too and adorable!

For Him

Home Brewtique

Any beer lovers out there? How about a home brewing kit? I’m giving this my dad for Christmas to make.

Specialist Brewing Equipment – £35

Milk Stout – £22

12 x Swing Top bottles – £30

Gillette Razor Mach 3

A bit of a boring present but if your partners likes to look trim then this is a perfect little stocking filler for them.

Anti-snoring ring

My husband snores but thinks he doesn’t then I’m the same and he once recorded me just to prove it so I am hoping these rings do the trick and help us both.  It is priced at £29.99 which I feel is a little expensive but if it does the trick it may be worth it for a better nights sleep.

Simoniz Car Cleaning Kit

If the man in your life is as obsessed with keeping their car clean as my husband then this handy car cleaning kit will be perfect for them.

Cufflinks from Dobell

Cufflinks - Green Spirit LevelMulticoloured Striped Cufflinks by Dobell

My husband has to wear a suit to work everyday so likes to have a selection of accessories for it including cufflinks so these are a perfect gift for any man wearing a suit to work.  Starting price is £9.99

Reserved For Daddy Personalised Cushion

We have our own seats at home on the sofas, I don’t know why but it works so it’s fine.  This is ideal for my husband from our little boy as whenever I sit in his seat I get asked to move.  It is priced at £14.99 and can be personalized.

For Her

For all the wine lovers out there, how about a bottle of wine?

Botonique Blush

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If you’re after a sober Christmas, or just fancy a soft drink with a difference, the non–alcoholic wine from Botonique is one to try for sure.

If wine is not on her gift list then flowers are surely to put a smile on her face this Christmas with this bouquet below

Solid Silver Star Pendant in Personalised Box

I love jewellery so when I received this I immediately fell in love with it.  It is engraved with my son’s name “Freddie” on it and is perfect for any female as a gift with any wording on.  It is priced at £34.99

Christmas Fudge” Bouquet  from Appleyard London.

The beautiful vibrant colours in this Christmas bouquet is perfect for any women in your life.  Priced at £49.99 I think it makes it more pretty to give to a loved one.

Wax warmer Subscription

What about a Wax warmer Subscription from Wax & Melt with melts delivered through your door every month? Sounds like a perfect gift to me.  You pick your own melts every month.  I love nothing more than to lit a candle when I get home from work as it makes the cold evenings more cosy.

The Chameleon Bottle will be launching on Kickstarter in November.  What a good invention, a colour changing bottle that tells you when your water is getting warm and needs changing.  The starting price for these is £22, which I feel is good value seeing as it is reusable and helps prevent waste.

Olverum Bath Oil 

Olverum Bath Oil 125ml - Enough for 25 baths

We don’t have a bath but if we did I would buy this and use this as I’ve heard so many good things about this.  Priced at £32.00 for 125 ml or  £58.00 for 250 ml .

Design Your Own Fragrance – The Floral Collection

Do you love perfume? Would you love to design your own scent? Well now you can with this set.  It is available in: The Fresh Collection, The Exotic Collection, The Floral Collection, The Natural Collection and the Ultimate Collection. Priced at £49.00

Festive Boozeballs – 6 fillable baubles

Nutcracker Bouquet from Bunches

Image of Nutcracker

Another beautiful bouquet, another supplier.  I have had several bouquets of flower from this company and you can’t fault them, beautiful in every way.  Order yours today.

Pets

We share our home with 2 rabbits and a dog and I always buy them Christmas presents.  Find gift ideas below for all pets

Hexbug Remote Control Cat Mouse Toy

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Your cat will love this, we don’t have a cat but I would love to re home one but don’t think our dog would.

Pooch & Mutt Christmas Dinner Dog Treats

Our dog will go mad when she smells these in her treat draw at home.  The tube is a perfect size to take out with you on walkies or put in a stocking ready to open on Christmas day.  They are priced at £2.99 per 125g tube.

To Share

The Happy Christmas Hamper

Who doesn’t love a good hamper, then you’ll love this one from The British Hamper Company filled full of lots of yummy goodies to share and priced at £89 is great value for money.

Monty Bojangles 

Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar – £10.00

Winter Wonderland Truffle Assortment– £8.00

These make great gifts for yourself or for others in your family or friends and they are delicious.  I will be sure to buy these in the future.

Cards

Unique handmade Christmas cards from Kio cards there are lots of designs to choose from but I chose the below 5 to send out to friends and family.  They are priced at between £1.25 – £2.50 each.

  • We were sent all of these products for inclusion in this gift guide.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday 12/11/18

Well this month is going rather quickly.  Christmas will be here before we know it and I haven’t even started my shopping yet.  I also need to go food shopping but didn’t have chance to go, so will go this week or cheat and do an online shop.

This week we have:

Pan fried pork with homemade wedges

Sausage casserole, veg & creamy mash

Cottage pie

Chicken Stir fry with egg noodles

Spaghetti Bolognese

Cream cheese stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon with homemade wedges & veg

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

Cheeky Wipes | Review

We have spent a lot of money on baby products over the years of having Freddie and I love nothing more than trying to save a few pennies here and there on products and not to mention helping and protecting the environment.

This is where Cheeky wipes arrived and came to the rescue.

This box contained 25 Rainbow microfibre wipes, 1 bottle of essential oil and bags to put clean and mucky wipes in before and after use.

They are great for meal times and for taking out and about with you in the handy bags that come with them.

Head over to the Cheeky wipes Website to order yours today.  You can choose your bundle but for this one I was sent for review it is priced at £29.95.

  • We received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday 05/11/18

Happy Bonfire Night!

We aren’t big on bonfire night but will take Freddie when he’s older to see if he likes them or not.  I seem to be struggling with new meal ideas to use recently and we are getting bored of the “same old food”

This week we have:

 Cheese stuffed baked chicken wrapped in bacon, homemade wedges and vegetables

Jacket potatoes with tuna mayo/cheese & beans and salad

Butter chicken curry with rice/chips

Burritos

Pizza and chips

Chilli and spicy fries

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

Meal Planning Monday 29/10/18

Yet another busy weekend with the sister in law and brother in law coming up for the weekend, a visit to Hatton Country World with friends and the kids for a Halloween fun packed weekend and mine and hubby’s First Wedding Anniversary on Sunday.

Also not to mention I didn’t go shopping last week either and we lived off freezer food or ready meals.  This week we are back on track.

We are eating:

Homemade lasagna with homemade garlic bread

 Creamy chicken curry

Jacket Potatoes, cheese and beans

Bacon mac and cheese pasta bake ( From Katy Kicker blog)

Chicken stir fry with vegetables

Party tea at the mother in laws

Sunday Roast Lunch for our wedding anniversary at our wedding venue

What are you eating?