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About Kim

Wife to Tom, First time Mummy to Little Boy Freddie and Auntie to 4 Boys & 1 Girl.

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? 

United Odd Sock | Review

I’m not bothered about socks but my husband is a pain for socks and has real OCD, so this was going to trigger it off badly.

We were sent a real selection of socks for the whole family.

It arrived presented in a lovely white box wrapped in red tissue paper, presentation means alot.

I really love that they sent us a selection for the whole family, I think my favourites are the “Let the evening be gin” pair.

How cute are these dinasaur ones for Freddie.

The quality feels good and so far they have washed well.

  • We were sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday 03/09/18

Well today is the first day in my new old job, basically I used to work here before I left for maternity and then got made redundant whilst on maternity leave and now they are slowly asking for people back.  I have tried to be organised for the week ahead and did a huge food shop on Saturday afternoon spending over £90, the most I have spent in ages but that should see us through for a couple of weeks.

This week we are eating:

Lasagna with homemade garlic bread

Cheese & Bacon potato skins with rice & salad

Enchiladas with chips

Katsu chicken curry with Rice and poppadom

Shepherds pie with Veg and gravy

Omelette & Salad

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

Choosing The Right Nursery for your Child

Choosing a nursery for your precious little one can be so stressful, as a first time parent I never realised how hard it would be.

We were lucky as a brand new nursery opened just round the corner from our home and my cousin started working there so I knew he would be safe, it was a little more expensive than others but no money can put a price on the safety of your children.

Below is an infographic from Wandsworth Nursery and Preschool which will help you to make sure you make the right decision when choosing a nursery.

  • Collaborative Post

Staying healthy with MyJuicer

We all want that perfect bodies, but shouldn’t we just be happy with what we are given?  I’ve got friends who go crazy on healthy foods, diets and supplements or even fasting diets, I have never been that person.  I have tried several diets over the years but never stuck to them, even after having my little boy.  I’m never going to be thin or have a flat stomach, and that’s fine and I’m happy with the person I am, my body has grown a tiny human being and that’s enough for me.

MyJuicer is the online UK’s dedicated juicer and blender store where you can purchase and find competitive prices.  They aim to provide a pleasant experience when you shop on their online store, offering quality products with a top rated customer service. They are based within the United Kingdom, and distribute nationwide.  They also have a great team offering their customers the best juicers and health tips available online.

But how would you know which one to chose as don’t they all do the same thing?

Blender, Mixer, Juicer, Food Processor, Kitchen, Food

A little Fact for you

There Is No Perfect Diet for Everyone

People are all unique. Subtle differences in genetics, body type, physical activity and environment can affect which type of diet you should follow.

Some people do best on a low-carb diet, while others are better off on a vegetarian high-carb diet.

The fact is, what works for one person may not work for the next so don’t get disheartened.

To figure out what you should do, a little experimentation may be needed.

Try a few different things until you find something that you enjoy and think you can stick to. Different strokes for different folks

What are your tips or best programmes that have helped you?

*This is a Collaborative Post

Smol Washing capsule | Review

We I do all the washing in our house, (tom doesn’t even know how to switch it on let alone use it) and I lose track of how many loads I wash a week, there is never an easy way of saving money with washing powders and detergents as there are so many out there for us to choose from.

What if there was an easy way of purchasing washing products without lugging heavy boxes off the shelves and into the car and back out the other end?

How about a deliver to your door service?

Here’s how it works

Basically every customer get the free trial, the £1 is a contribution to P&P the product (9 capsules in a cute mini pack) is free.
After 7 days we send you an email to remind you that your plan will start in a few days. On the 10th day your first regular pack is dispatched – this costs £3.85 and you get 24 capsules.
Each capsule is 16p which works out at up to 50% less than the capsule brands in the supermarket.
After your first pack you will get regular deliveries depending on how you answered the question, so if you put your washing machine on 6 times a week you will get a pack every 4 weeks ( 28 days) but if you put your machine on 3 times a week your pack will come every 8 weeks (56 days).

Does that make sense?

They come in a handy little box which is secured with clips to prevent little hands getting into them.

All you do is just pop one capsule in each wash, nothing else required, leaves your clothes smelling fresh.

*Always keep washing detergents out of reach of children.

  •  We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thought and opinions are my own.

A Healthier Choice for Pets from Scrumbles

Over the years it has really been drummed into us from TV adverts,  shows, doctors to have a healthier lifestyle, eat the right things, eat the right amount and make sure we get our five a day fruit and veg.

I have studied alot into animals care and nurtrients and there are so many different types of food for our pets it is hard to know which one to choose. Our dog Carly is currently fed on Earls from Aldi and she loves it, it contains meaty chunks and vegetables and provides her with all the energy and nutrients she needs.

Scrumbles recently got in touch to introduce us to their new range of ethical pet food and it got me thinking about what we feed Carly, the amount we feed her and whether she actually gets all the nutrients she needs.

Scrumbles is a completely natural pet food with no nasties in it – they contain all the essential amino acids and are packed with a blend of fresh and dried chicken but without added sugar or salt and they are lentil, pea and potato free too. All of the recipes contain good digestible grains, brown rice and oats which give a nutritious source of dietary fibre to maintain intestinal health and it means they are gluten free too. Plus, Scrumbles have a whole range of pet food for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs.

I would of took a picture of Carly enjoying it but she loves her food so much its gone within minutes.

A 2KG bag of dog food costs £11.49.  I would like to see this food in more flavours too.

Carly really likes her new food from Scrumbles and I’m sure she would agree if she could speak herself!  The empty bowl says it all really.

The Anatomy Of A Perfect Wedding

They call it the big day. But when you think about it, “big” simply isn’t a “big” enough word. The prospect of a modern wedding is more than just “big”… It’s titanic! It’s a Herculean undertaking that’s similar in scope and organisation to a military operation. Let’s be honest, planning a wedding in the 21st century is an extremely stressful endeavour. It requires a lot of research, inspiration, phone calls, discussions, haggling, compromises, revisions, last minute changes and (of course) expenditure. This can lead to a lot of sleepless nights, stress, worry, upset, heated arguments and a range of other factors that can conspire to transform you into a bridezilla. But if you take a moment to look at the anatomy of a perfect wedding, you’ll see that everything else is just window

Food and drink

Of course, it’s important to feed your guests, but the food you choose for your wedding fare has a special significance. It should represent your shared tastes and the very idiosyncratic palate that you have created together for a couple. It should speak to the countless meals you’ve enjoyed together over the years and perhaps even the cuisines of destinations you’ve visited together.

Music

As the bard once write, “If music be the food of love, play on”. Your music should be more than something to get your tipsy dad up and dancing with his tie around his head (although it should certainly do that, too). It should be an audial roadmap of your relationship. Don’t just book any old DJ, use an experienced disc spinner like Benny Smyth DJ. A good DJ will talk to you about your relationship and try and cobble together a soundtrack to your love, interspersed with floor fillers to get each and every generation up and dancing.

Friends and family

Many newly married couples are pleasantly surprised to find that married life is much the same as life before the big day and yet somehow better. But that shouldn’t detract from the momentousness of the occasion nor the importance of sharing it with the people who matter the most to you in the whole world. No wedding is complete without the closest friends and family who will get to witness your declaration of love for one another in the eyes of the law.

Two people who love each other

This can be extremely difficult to digest in a climate where we’re so encouraged to put the minutiae before the momentous. We’re encouraged to agonize over colours and textures of bridesmaids’ dresses, the relative virtues of different cake flavours, the perfect shoes and which entrees to include for gluten free guests… But don’t let your absorption in the little things detract your attention from the fact that you love each other so much that you’re ready to spend the rest of your lives together. When things get stressful, when arguments start and when tempers flare, remember that most important fact and everything else will fall into place.

When you look at the anatomy of a perfect wedding, it really doesn’t matter how much you spend.

Meal Planning Mondays 20/08/18

Last week was a bit of a write of as our little boy was poorly, still don’t know what was wrong with him but he just kept crying so we decided to take him to Heartlands to get checked over.  So the meals we planned we kind of stuck too, but with both of us shattered I didn’t feel much like cooking.

This is my last working week here at Reed Exhibitions as I’m on holiday next week so me and Hubby can spend some time together before starting my new job beginning of september.

This weeks meals are:

Ginster Pasties & Salad

Omlette & Chips

Sausages, Homemade roast potatoes, Veg & Gravy

Chicken & Bacon tagliatelle in cheese sauce

Stirfry

Cheese & bacon potato skins with salad & beans

Roasted Lemon Salmon, New potatoes and green beans

Whats on your plate this week?

PS There will be no meal plan next week