Monday, 24 July 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 24th July

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This week I am off work (mostly) with Zoe, my Childminder takes two weeks holiday in the summer, so I am off this week and then Paul is off next week (the reality of working parents who never get to spend holidays together). Its actually really rare for me to cook a full week of toddler friendly food, so wish me luck!

It is also delightfully the last week of a very expensive month so frugal is the theme.

Monday:

I am at work for part of the day, so will need easy things that can be prepared ahead of time.

Breakfast: Cereal and fruit for Zoe, coffee and toast for me.
Lunch: Homemade leek and potato soup with bread
Dinner: Tuna pasta bake

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Cereal and fruit for Zoe, coffee and toast for me.
Lunch: Leftover pasta bake
Dinner: Salmon pad thai

Wednesday:

We are spending the day in York visiting friends so will be eating out, as we are being frugal I will pack lots of snacks and maybe some sandwiches for lunch. We will eat breakfast before we go.

Thursday:

Breakfast: Cereal and fruit for Zoe, coffee and toast for me.
Lunch: Pitta pineapple pizzas.
Dinner: Butter chicken with rice

Friday:

Breakfast: Cereal and fruit for Zoe, coffee and toast for me.
Lunch: Cheese toasties with carrot and cucumber fingers
Dinner: Mini roast chicken dinner.

What is everyone else eating this week? Don't forget you can grab my free PRINTABLE MEAL PLANNER over on last week's Meal Plan Like a Boss post.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Blogger Pre-School Playdate @ Role Play in Hebburn

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Play dates and two year olds are a volatile combination.

I have this rose tinted idea of what I want a play date to be; sipping coffee and catching up with friend while our little darlings play nicely nearby. Being able to hold an adult conversation and hear all about your friends new job, or new house, or even just chat about last nights gripping BBC drama (The Replacement, anyone watch it?)

However, this is rarely the reality, you inevitably end up chasing your child around some warehouse style play place, which has a ridiculous number of possible escape routes or dangers. Or your child insists that you go down the slide with them every single time, or wants you to hang out in the ball pool and watch them jump in and out 24,000 times - "look mummy, I'm jumping".

Don't get me wrong I adore playing with my child, we often go to these places just the two of us, or to the park, but sometimes you really just want to catch up with friends and drink coffee that is still warm.

So, when the lovely Nyomi from Nomipalony organised a playdate for local bloggers with pre-school aged children, I was a bit skeptical. I mean, yeah, it would be lovely to get to know other local bloggers better, but is that even possible while chasing down a toddler? However, I was pleasantly surprised by Role Play in Hebburn, which was the venue chosen. I'd heard about a few different role play style places around the local area but never explored them.

Roleplay is total play date heaven. There is a cluster of cafe tables running down the middle of the room, with a series of stations around the outside, from a construction site, to a police station - a supermarket to a hairdressers. Each play session is 90 minutes long, and during that time I got to sit and drink a hot coffee, eat a sausage sandwich and chat to lots of lovely bloggers - all whilst Zoe played happily with other children, staying completely in view the entire time! She would pop up every few minutes for juice, or to show me something, or to have a dance to the disney hit playing in the background.

My only minor negative would be the quality of the coffee, you guys know me and my coffee snobbery though. The sausage sandwich however, was top notch.

We had a lovely time and Zoe slept most of the way home in the sling. We will be back soon for a visit.

It is £4 for a 90 minute session during term time, or £5 on weekends or holidays. The spaces are limited so its never super crowded, which is a bonus if you've ever been to a soft play during a rainy school holiday.

Check out their website for more info.

I visited Role Play back in March 2017, just was slightly delayed in posting this. I was given free entry but was not asked to do a review and all views are my own, obvs.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 9th July

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Despite taking an impromptu break from blogging, I have still been meal planning, mostly. I have weeks where I am ON IT and I feel great, then weeks when I am lazy and tired and wing it. My observations are that winging it is more expensive and often more fatty convenience food is consumed; you know how it is.

So anyway, this week is a bit of a short on in terms of cooking for me, as I am at a friends wedding then travelling down to Suffolk to visit family for the weekend...

Monday:

Breakfast: Porridge and fruit
Lunch: Soup with avocado toast.
Dinner: Homemade beef stew.

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Porridge and fruit
Lunch: Soup and avocado toast
Dinner: Teriyaki Salmon with wholegrain rice and quinoa

Wednesday:

I am at a wedding, so will be eating fancy food at Doxford Hall, I can't remember what I picked, probably chicken or beef.

Thursday:

I am travelling down south, so no doubt will pick up a McDonalds, which is road trip tradition right? We are setting off near bedtime to try and make it as painless as possible and to also avoid the newly potty trained toddler needing to stop every 30 minutes (she still wears pull ups at night)

Friday:

I am visiting family, so not in control of the meal planning, we usually do some cooking and baking though, which will be fun!

What is everyone else eating this week? Don't forget you can grab my free PRINTABLE MEAL PLANNER over on last week's Meal Plan Like a Boss post.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Oh hey, fancy seeing you here.

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Well well well, it's been a while huh?

I would usually start a post like this with an apology, an apology for lack of posts, or for being quiet, but you know what? I needed a break. I have been blogging for just shy of 8 years, and I was feeling like I was done, like I had nothing to say anymore. I took a step back, but couldn't quite bring myself to cancel my domain subscription.

I still LOVE blogs, I read a lot, but I still felt like my voice was feeling inauthentic, quiet, and lacking focus.

Did my break resolve those feelings? No, probably not. However, I did realise that I miss doing this. I miss sharing my life and my thoughts in this way, it is something I love doing so I decided to push back the self doubt and do this just for me. Don't worry I will try not to bore you with incessant naval gazing and pondering of the meaning of life. It'll be the usual yummy recipes, glimpses of life and family fun, and sharing family memories.

So, without further ado...

P.S How have you been?! What have you been up to? Tell me everything I missed!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 6th March

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The last 6 weeks have been a bit of a disaster food-wise. I just stopped planning, I got busy and let that be an excuse to not bother, to order take away, to just eat toast. I am not a very good adult sometimes. I honestly feel that typing it all out here helps me feel together and like I appear to know what I am doing sometimes. So while I know these posts aren't that interesting to most, they are more for me and my rubbish adult brain.

I also feel in a weird limbo between winter and spring, where I have no clue what I want to eat anymore. Cottage pie and stuff with gravy just doesn't interest me, but salads seem dull. I am on the look out for interesting food/meal ideas, so please share any tried and tested family favourites!

Monday:

Leftover roast chicken gnocchi with pesto and rocket.

Tuesday:

Quorn chilli con carne with brown rice and roasted kale

Wednesday:

Chicken and chickpea curry.

Thursday:

Prawn spaghetti carbonara

Friday:

It is our anniversary so we are off out for a meal.

My Aldi shop came to £43 this week.

What is everyone else eating this week? Don't forget you can grab my free PRINTABLE MEAL PLANNER over on last week's Meal Plan Like a Boss post.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Homemade Granola - It's a gamechanger.

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granola, healthy, recipe

I recently tried making homemade yoghurt, and ended up with a litre of delicious creamy yoghurt! So, while scrolling pinterest looking for ways to use up all of the yoghurt I decided to try and make some Granola. I love granola but never really buy it, as it tends to be expensive and I am distrustful of all of the nasties they add in and then label it 'healthy'. It is not that I am opposed to the odd sugary cereal, but don't try and lie to me and tell me its a health food!

I'd never really thought about making granola before and wasn't even 100% sure what goes into it, but as always social media came to my rescue, the lovely Iris from Whatever Gets you Through the Day shared her staple granola recipe with me on twitter which gave me a great starting point. I didn't have all of the ingredients she used and had no eggs to incorporate egg whites, which she told me really helped bind it together, but in my usual slap dash kitchen style I powered through.

I was really surprised at how delicious it was, and filling too. Even Zoe enjoyed it and called it 'pudding' - it felt like a lovely decadent sunday brunch with a large dollop of homemade coconut yoghurt and a sprinkling of chia seeds on the top. I made enough to keep in an air tight jar, and we had it for breakfast for well over a week.

Recipe

Ingredients
Porridge Oats

Roughly chopped nuts (we used walnuts and almonds)
Seeds (we used sunflower and chia seeds) Dried fruit (we used raisins, as any toddler parent always has a few packets to hand)
Honey
Olive oil
Pinch of ground cassia or cinnamon

So I didn't measure anything precisely here, it is one of those recipes where you don't need to be super precise. It is all about your own preferences, mine was around 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of nuts and seeds, and 1/4 cup of dried fruit - in basic ratios.

Method
1. Put all of the dry ingredients (MINUS THE DRIED FRUIT) into a bowl and stir to combine, then add a couple of tablespoons of oil and a good squirt of honey and mix. You want the mixture to clump together but not be wet, so keep adding a bit of honey and stirring until all of the crumbs are clumped together and are damp but not sticky.

2. Spread all of the clumpy mixture onto a greased baking tray and bake at 160C for 20-30 minutes, until golden. When it first comes out of the oven the clumps will still be soft, so allow them to cool before moving them from the tray - they harden and become crunchy as they cool.

3. Once they are cooled, stir in the dried fruit and pop in an airtight container - ready for a yummy breakfast!

I am looking forward to trying some new flavour combinations - I have been assured that whole hazlenuts make a wonderful addition and I reckon dried banana would be loved by Zoe. Have you ever made granola? I'd love to hear any flavour combinations you enjoy.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

#Bloggersonthebus with Stagecoach.

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We are regular public transport users, we are fortunate enough to live in a city with fantastic transport links, which is lucky seeing as we don't drive or have a car. I was recently invited to a blog event to hear all about the Stagecoach Bus app, which not only allows you to see up to date and real-time bus information, but you can also purchase day tickets online. We use the bus a lot and being able to purchase tickets online via my phone is a real game changer - no more scraping pennies from the back of the sofa, or having to withdraw £10 and feel the wrath of the bus driver with limited change.

At the blog event itself we had great fun chatting to fellow North East bloggers and making our own mobile phone cases - Mine started as a bit of a disaster but the quick application of a lot of glitter saved it. Also, FYI if you are looking for some interesting and delicious cocktails head to Jalou by Central Station - I was really impressed with the varied selection, there was one inparticular that tasted exactly like a Solero ice cream - highly recommend.

After the fun we had at the Blogger event (child free, luxury!) me and Helena from Babyfoote decided to go on a Stagecoach Bus adventure with our kids. Using the app we decided to head into the city centre for a playdate at the Laing Art Gallery. Zoe really enjoyed her trip on the bus, although trying to explain that you can't press the bell until we are ready to get off got a bit tiresome. We did entertain our fellow passengers with several renditions of The Wheels on the Bus though, which I hope brightened someones day.

I will definitely continue to use the Stagecoach App in future, the real time bus updates are really helpful, especially for someone like me who lives in an area which is serviced by a lot of different bus companies and the metro train service, it helped me to see how long I'd have to wait and decide the quickest route.

Are you a public transport user? I think the bus gets a bad rep sometimes for being unreliable or outdated (needing change) but I feel with this app, things are improving and becoming much more user friendly! The bus I was on even had decent wifi and a USB charging port!

Friday, 3 February 2017

Making Your Own Yoghurt with Easiyo.

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Homemade yoghurt? What is this wizardry?!

Before I was contacted by Easiyo to try out their 1kg Yoghurt Maker I had never even thought about the prospect of making my own yoghurt, I hadn't even put much thought into how yoghurt was made. We are however a yoghurt loving household - it is easily one of Zoe's top 5 favourite foods. (in case you're curious it goes; 1. Cucumber, 2. Banana, 3. Cereal, 4. Yoghurt, 5. Kinder eggs.)

My initial thought when I received the Easiyo Yoghurt Maker was that it would probably be a bit of a faff, Paul's first comment on seeing the box was "How are we going to get through 1kg of yoghurt?!" ... Well we were both proven very wrong. The making process itself takes under 5 minutes - you simply add the Easiyo sachet to tepid water, shake, then pop it in the pink surround with some boiling water. Then just 8-12 hours later you have delicious thick and creamy yoghurt! I made mine in the evening while clearing up after dinner, and popped it on a shelf out of the way. So so simple.

In terms of us using 1kg of yoghurt, we definitely didn't need to worry. Each made up pot of yoghurt will keep in the fridge for two weeks, however our first batch was gone in just 3 days!

My one concern is the cost of the sachets, at £2.50 (ish) for a 1kg sachet. However, big 450g pots of Onken or similar are around £1.50, so they do work out slightly cheaper. I also have it on good authority that you can get some multipack deals at Lakeland, so we will be keeping an eye out for those.

In my concern over having a lot of yoghurt to eat, I tried a couple of new recipes. The first was a bit of a disaster. I had seen yoghurt drops on Pinterest and thought they looked great! I was assured by various blog posts that once frozen they retain their shape... This is not true and in fact they melt very quickly. Not sure what I did wrong there, but won't be trying them again anytime soon.

The second recipe was much more successful, homemade granola! I will be posting this recipe soon as honestly it is so delicious! Will definitely be making it again often.

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Have you ever tried making your own yoghurt?

Monday, 30 January 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 30th January (longest month ever!)

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This week was a bit of a fail. After my exciting weekend galavanting in Leeds I had zero time or energy to shop or plan properly, so my plan was slapdash and ill thought out. We ended up having chinese take-away on Thursday and lots of quick meals like pasta or sandwiches. I felt out of control and irritable the whole week because of it, I stopped keeping on top of the dishes and by Saturday I was fed up.

This is what a week off plan does to me, I hear lots of rumblings about how meal planners are a load of rubbish or a waste of time, but for me they make the difference between a good week and a bad one.

So this week I am determined to get back to it and actually enjoy it!

The one complication for me this week is that I am doing a course this week at a conference centre, so won't be able to take leftovers as I won't have reheating ability. Most annoying

Monday:

I baked a small ham on Sunday so planing to use up the leftovers either in an egg fried rice or if we are feeling particularly tired - some sort of epic toasted sandwich.

Tuesday:

Paul is working late, so I'll be eating solo, so I thought I'd try my take on these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes I saw on Pinterest the other day. Sounds like the perfect meal for one to me. Oh and are you following me on Pinterest? I have a dedicated Meal Planning Inspiration Board! Jus Sayin.

Wednesday:

Cottage Pie, once again Paul has the day off so will make one of his awesome cottage pies. It is a total winter staple meal for us and there is nothing better than leftovers the next day.

Thursday:

Leftover Cottage Pie (with added veggies) - Since I can't take leftover's for lunch, we'll be keeping them for tonight's dinner. I usually boil up some extra veggies to make it feel like a slightly different meal.

Friday:

I'm planning on adding some chicken thighs to the sweet potato and chickpea curry I usually make, served with brown rice. I usually make a HUGE panful of this so it should last a few days for lunches, or I may freeze some for another week.

I went to Sainsburys this week as we had the offer of a lift (a rare treat for a non driver), so spent slightly more than usual; £47.

What is everyone else eating this week? Don't forget you can grab my free PRINTABLE MEAL PLANNER over on last week's Meal Plan Like a Boss post.

I am also hosting a regular linky for any bloggers who'd like to share their meal plans, I find it so helpful to have them in one place to gain inspiration and build a community.

Although I am having technical difficulties with InLinkz this week, please bare with me while I try to find a linky tool that actually works well...

(Feel free to leave your links in a comment and I'll add it in for you when I get it set up, sorry this is not ideal)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sunday Moment - 29th January

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I didn't do a Sunday Moment last week, as I was travelling back from my weekend in Leeds. I spent the weekend with the most amazing bunch of women, but I wanted to save that for another post, so keep an eye out for that one.

1. This week me and Paul went to look at a potential evening wedding venue, and the registry office we want to get married in. We absolutely loved both, so come payday we will be paying deposits and setting dates! I don't want to say anything just yet as its not booked but watch this space! We stopped at Flatcap Joes for a celebratory coffee after, a little hint the venue is under 10 minutes walk to Flatcaps.

2. Is it just me has January been 78 days long so far?! Seriously, longest month ever. I sat down on Tuesday night thinking "wow this has been a long week" and it was only Tuesday. It's a hard month with everyone being skint or frugal, and the cold damp weather. I'll be glad to see the back of January. And high five for a couple of 4 weekend months ahead!

3. I am definitely having a "my baby is all grown up" moment right now. Zoe is fully talking now and sometimes when I look at her I get a glimpse of the child she is becoming. Her baby features are fading and I am equal parts sad that she isn't a baby anymore and immensely proud of the kid she is becoming. She needs to stop growing so quickly though, she is so so tall. I got these Gap dungarees in the sale a few weeks ago in size 3y thinking she'd have room to grow and they are so short on the leg! The trouble is she is tall but slim, so sleeves and legs are short but everything is baggy. Need to start stocking up on the next size clothes. Recommendations for longer/slimmer fitting clothes brands appreciated.

4. PLEASE tell me I am not the only mother who starts breaking out in a cold sweat over these types of activities. We DO NOT do this at home, mainly because we rent our house and its wall to wall cream carpets but... I was so on edge. My lovely friend Alyssa invited me over and set up this activity for the kids. Zoe had an absolute blast but I was so on edge and hovering with the baby wipes. I am suddenly very thankful for our childminder who does this with Zoe all the time.

5. I just have to tell you about my new favourite item of clothing. In fact I am wearing it as I type this post! This Mother Like No Other jumper was my little january sale treat to myself and I am SO GLAD I bought it. I sometimes worry with some of the Mama Merch stuff that its made for slim people and wouldn't suit me, but this is so snuggly and a really nice comfy fit. I am an 18-20 (UK) and sized up to the XXL which was perfect for me as I prefer a baggy fit.

6. I had a playdate with a wonderful friend and her little boy yesterday, someone who since maternity leave we had lost touch a little, so it was wonderful to catch up. I set up all the happyland sets before they arrived but obviously it all got trashed within minutes, but everyone had fun. I'm making it a bit of a personal challenge to try and reconnect with the people I love who I've lost touch with a little this past year, with work and toddlerhood. Friends are so important.

How was your week? Anything to report?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Pack Pony and Proud

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A response to the Daily Fail on wearing my toddler in a sling.
I absolutely loathe to give the Daily Mail any sort of attention, but I felt really strongly about something this week and wanted to word vomit about it. The aforementioned publication published a delightful observation piece about women who wear their older children in slings, citing all sorts of experts in their usual one sided view.
So, the term Pack Pony Mum seems to be a clever journalist trying to make a catchy alliterative version of pack horse, which is just a charming way to describe any woman/human. They seem to want to paint women who wear their toddlers and pre-school aged children as martyrs who are so desperate to keep their children as babies and stunt their development, that they force them into slings and smugly carry them around all day long. Or even worse, that we see slings as a replacement for our kids walking!?
I am here to tell you the reality of wearing a toddler.

Baby Wearing my toddler in a connecta Wearing my toddler in a ring sling Wearing my Toddler on my Back in a Connecta
A sling is not an alternative to walking, a sling is an alternative to a buggy, but in my opinion much less of a hassle. I have worn Zoe in a sling since she was 10 days old and I am a big advocate of babywearing, not only for the bonding/attachment type benefits but also for the convenience. I don't drive and rely a lot on public transport, anyone who has waited an age for a bus to find there are already two buggies on board will agree it is a pain in the backside and if you have to make an appointment or be somewhere at a set time it is impossible. I also enjoy having use of my hands while out and about, if Zoe was sleeping in the sling I could drink a coffee, check my phone, read a book, browse the sale rail at Marks and Spencer. I felt free and not tied down to a heavy buggy getting in everyone's way.

Now Zoe is 2 years old, I wear her less, but slings are still integral to our day. I always carry my trusty Didymos Houndstooth Ringsling in my handbag. It folds up nice and small and I can whip it out whenever Zoe gets tired or asks for a carry. She is a strong walker and loves running around and exploring wherever we go but she is still only 2, and her little legs need a rest once in a while.
My favourite thing about using a sling now she is older and talking more and more is the conversations we can have and the observations she makes. We can point out the birds and aeroplanes we see, and talk about the colours/shapes/numbers we encounter. I can easily hear her if she tells me she needs a wee or she wants a drink etc... And I just find the whole experience of going out for the day with a 2 year old much less stressful.

So, that is my experience of being a Pack Pony Mum, and despite the Daily Fail and Loose Women trying to paint me to be some sort of helicopter parent stunting my childs development by forcing her into a sling. This really couldn't be farther from my truth.
Also, to clear up a couple of other frequently asked questions;

1. Does it not hurt your back? - a well fitting ergonomic sling can be incredibly comfortable and and as a heavier toddler Zoe tends to only be in for short periods, and I find it easier on my back than pushing a heavy buggy or lifting a buggy on and off buses.

2. Is she clingy or attached to me permanently? - I am a believer in attachment parenting which contrary to popular belief does not mean your kids are clingy and attached to you permanently, it is about building strong confident bonds which promote feelings of security, which actually can make children more confident and independent. I have definitely noticed this with Zoe.

3. She doesn't like it or want to be carried... - This is my least favourite comment we get, like I am forcing my child to be carried against her will into a tiny fabric prison. Please rest assured there is absolutely no way to put a reluctant toddler in a sling - its like trying to fight an octopus. She is in the sling because she is tired or because she asked to be.


Accurate depiction of attempting to force a toddler into a sling

Do you wear your toddler or pre-school aged child or are you in agreement with the Daily Mail? I'd love to hear your sling stories and any funny comments you get whilst out and about...











Monday, 23 January 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 23rd January

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What a week! We did pretty well sticking to last week's Meal Plan, instead of risotto we had an egg fried rice but apart from that we were on plan all week. I spent the weekend in Leeds meeting up with some of my best friends in the world at the HUGE Punky Moms meet up - over 50 rad women in one space, it was intense and amazing. Although as a result of not getting back until late afternoon Sunday, I haven't done my food shop yet.

But here is my plan based on what we have, and what I plan to buy afterwork tomorrow;

Monday:

Sausage Sandwiches, something easy as I'll be doing the food shop and catching up on housework and washing etc...

Tuesday:

Prawn pesto spaghetti - a firm favourite quick mid-week meal, last week I added some lightly roasted kale and capers to mine and I died and went to heaven - my satisfied corpse is typing this.

Wednesday:

Cottage Pie - it was really great last week, and we always make enough for lunch the next day too. There is something lovely about having homemade meals for lunch the next day.

Thursday:

Garlic chicken thighs with boiled potatoes and salad. I am on the lookout for more interesting chicken recipes, if anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

Friday:

Home-baked ham with jacket potatoes and homemade coleslaw - since we had ham and Christmas and loves it we decided to make it a more regular thing, why should we save something so delicious for once a year?

I am aiming for £35 on shopping this week, so I will update this once I've been to Aldi.

What is everyone else eating this week? Don't forget you can grab my free PRINTABLE MEAL PLANNER over on last week's Meal Plan Like a Boss post.

I am also hosting a regular linky for any bloggers who'd like to share their meal plans, I find it so helpful to have them in one place to gain inspiration and build a community. Huge thank you to the wonderful Amy from Crap Dieter who dropped their link last week, those porridge squares looked amazing!

So to take part in the linky;

1. Blog your meal plan and link it using the linky tool below.

2. Feel free to grab a button too, if you fancy.

3. Click on a few other blogs, and give it some love - its nice to share and be nice.

Nelly's Cupcakes

Monday, 16 January 2017

Linky: Meal Plan Like a Boss (FREE PRINTABLE)

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I was about 80% on plan this week, but I had a damn good reason. On Tuesday I had a dentist appointment to have a tooth extracted. It went much better than I expected but I still didn't fancy cooking a lasagne after and ended up eating chips (soft and bland). BUT the way I see it is I can roll that meal over to next week.

This week I am only planning Monday - Friday as I am going away for the weekend to Leeds with my best friends, to meet my internet best friends. I am so excited! The need to be frugal is even bigger if I am to have any gin money.

Monday: Leftover corned beef and potato pie with boiled potatoes and carrots.

Tuesday: Cottage Pie.

Wednesday: Risotto - either prawn or salmon, I haven't decided yet.

Thursday: Chicken enchiladas.

Friday: Homemade pizzas

Breakfast this week at work will be porridge or fruit, and lunch will either be leftovers of the above or soup/avocado toast/things brought from home.

I find writing down my meal plan in blog form super helpful, and if I blog it I am much more likely to stick to it. However, I also write it down and stick it up in my kitchen so that others in the house can see it (and try to remember to take things out of the freezer in time). I have had all sorts of cool planners and calendars for this over the years but none have been 100% my style so I decided to make my own! I designed it in black and white as I don't tend to have colour ink in my printer plus monochrome is cool right? Anyway, I decided to make it available as a FREE PRINTABLE for you guys to use too, if you like.

Download; Meal Plan Like a Boss Printable.

I have also decided to add a little linky to my weekly meal plan, so that other meal planning bloggers can link in one place, mainly as a source of inspiration and to get ideas from everyone else, but also to help build a little community of meal plan bosses. I regularly get comments from a hardcore few (hey Kim *waves) but I would love to see a few more and check out their plans too! So if you are a blogger who meal plans, let linking! (I will try to share as many as I can through social media and use the hashtag #mealplanlikeaboss - also how would people feel about the occasional twitter chat exchanging tips?)




Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday Moment - 15th January

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1. My week started with a trip to the dentist, not the best way to start a week. I have had tooth issues for the last couple of months which has involved a trip to the emergency dental hospital 4 days before Christmas and popping a lot of pain killers. Finally, I had my bad tooth extracted on Tuesday. I was pretty scared and nervous about it but my new dentist is a total hero who took that bad tooth out like it was no big deal and then hummed along to pearl jam with me while I sat in shock that it was all over so quickly. He also gave me some new cleaning treatment which left my teeth pearly and white. So basically I now love my dentist and I'm booked in for regular check ups along with Zoe.

2. If you read my blog, you'll know I am big into meal planning. I designed a really cool (well I think so) meal planner this week for myself, having struggled to find one I liked. After I got a few compliments on it I decided to make it available as a free download, so check out the blog tomorrow if you want to grab a freebie.

3. Zoe is BIG into drawing right now. We got her the IKEA easel for her birthday and she loves it. We don't keep it out all the time, but every morning without fail she asks for her "pens" or "chalks". It is so wonderful to see as I was exactly the same as a kid and love to share this creativity with her. I really want to expand some of the creative things we do together, so if anyone has any ideas or links to share, please do!

4. I made a slammin sweet potato and chickpea curry this week with brown rice and roasted kale. It was so delicious and I felt so healthy even when I went back for seconds. I also started Reading Lauren Graham's new book Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between which I am already half way through and loving. If you're a Lorelai fan, you'll love it too.

5. LOOK AT THESE BOOTS! These were one of those purchases where I wish they did them in my size too, so me and Zoe could twin. I picked them up in the M&S sale for £9.99 and cannot wait to see her in them. I was thinking about doing a little toddler style post soon so watch this space for more boots spam.

6. During the same shopping trip where I bought the aforementioned boots, I tried on this dress. I was a complete idiot and didn't buy it! WHY??!!??! I plan to dash back in store next week and pray there is one left. Wish me luck.

How did your week go?

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