Working mums struggle!

 

I have been off work for 6 weeks, during the holidays, I found cleaning and general tasks a doddle, I got in to a really good routine and the house was always tidy. I made lovely meals for dinner.

Week 1 back in work and I am exhausted, the house is a mess again, the washing has piled up, I am struggling to get the dinner on the table for a reasonable time.

So how do you manage a work life balance? Being a working parent is hard work, when you get home from a long day at work, its hard enough sorting yourself out without worrying about home work, dinner, bath time, bedtime stories, uniforms on top of cooking, washing, cleaning and making lunches by this point its 10pm and the house is still not tidy tidy but you are now ready for bed.

 

 

 

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An autumn bucket list!

After a long and somewhat miserable summer, summer is coming to an end.

For many the thought of September is a little depressing, its the end of our not so great summer. September has so much to offer though and this is often forgotten.

summer is not actually over until the end of September, previous years have seen some really sunny days in September, so it might not be all doom and gloom.

When autumn does finally come, just think of all the fun you can have and the learning opportunities autumn brings.

What to do this autumn!

  1. Leaves

The leaves will be falling and the colours are just simply beautiful. Go leaf kicking, leaf picking. then make pictures with your leaves, use them for prints and for colleagues.

2. Conker picking

Conkers usually fall from the trees at the end of September and kids love them.

3. Pumpkins

Pumpkin picking is great fun near halloween and then you can take the pumpkins home and carve them. You can usually go to cafe at a pumpkin farm too, so you could make it in to day trip.

4.Wellies

Kids love splashing in puddles and putting their wellies on. Put their warm water proofs on and let them have fun and get dirty and wet.

5. Go for a walk

Walking is autumn is beautiful. Summer, is busy hot and smelly. The smell is autumn is so fresh.

6. Go for a bike ride

7. Lots of halloween fun

Theres lots of fun to have at halloween, crafts, dressing up, baking and if you allow your child trick or treating

8. Roast marshmallows

9. Diy door wreath

10. Make a game of raking leaves

You may as well get the children busy raking the leave up

11. Have an autumn photo shoot

12. Fly a kite

13. Have a film night

Early nights mean pyjamas earlier and snuggled up under a blanket is acceptable

14. Make hot chocolate – with marshmallows

15. Make autumn seated play dough

 

 

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Dear Child, do you Know?

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I can’t express how proud I am of you! I can’t express how scared I am for you! I can’t express how excited I am for you!

My dear child, you are starting year two!

I am so sorry I forgot to sit down and ask you how you are feeling. You are on a journey through school and with out realising the years of play have vanished before my eyes.

School is serious, school can be cruel, school can be fun. How did you become so clever? How did you become so brave? How did you become so funny?

Did you play with your friends today? Did you learn anything new? Did you have fun today? Please, oh please, I would like to know.

I listen to your stories and a little piece of my heart grows, a little piece of my happiness grows and a little piece of my love grows.

I watch as I leave you with the childminder each morning, I wonder how your day will be. Will anyone be mean to you? Will anyone be kind to you? Will anyone help you with your work?

You have learnt so much this year, now you can read, now you can write, and now you can tie you shoe laces. You don’t need mummy’s help anymore, you are doing  this alone.

You walk alone on this journey, you are brave, you are my soldier and you are my star. Will anyone else see what I see? Will the teacher know when you are sad but most of all will you know that I love you!

Love always

Mummy

x

 

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Why is reading so important?

 

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Reading is an enjoyable task for many, I myself love to sit down with a book, a mug of tea and escape for an hour inside a book. I find reading extremely relaxing but unfortunately due to the busy fast paced life we live in now a days I have somewhat lost myself and reading has become something from the past.

Reading is not only relaxing for adults but for children too, there are many times I have sat and read a book to the nursery children I work with and one or two  of them have sat at the back snoring away by the end.

Ok, so reading will help my child relax and go to sleep at night? Reading a book before bed each nights also puts children in a good routine. Not only are you allowing your child relax time but it is a way to bond with your child.

Yes, you can bond with children in many ways, a day trip, watching a movie, drawing or being creative. This is all great however, reading is an excellent learning tool.

A child who is read to before school age is exposed to thousands of more words than a child who is not read to. Just think, when we speak to our children, we most likely use the same boring words, how often do we actually have time to sit down and feed lots of word to our children as they play.

Words in books are often descriptive, not only are they being exposed to some fantastic language in books but they are also seeing the letters in print. They are learning great habits and respect for books from a young age.

So you can’t be bothered reading the words tonight, well don’t, talk about the pictures, get your child t use their imagination and make the story up by looking at the pictures.

So reading is significant for children!

 

 

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Should I get a dog when I have children?

Getting a dog is a big commitment and something that should not be considered lightly.

I got my dog Marley a year before my little boy was born. He arrived and I instantly fell in love with him. He was so tiny, adorable in fact and all he wanted was some love back. Looking in to them puppy dog eyes, I knew I had made the right decision getting a dog.  Remember this was before I had a child, so he was my only responsibility and I was able to devote all my time to this bundle of joy. He was my baby.

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Training him was a doddle, he soon picked it up and I was working full time so I was really lucky, time went on and he started to grow.

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Then my belly started to grow………

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Would having a baby change everything, we discussed the fact that a pet is hard work with a baby and we decided that Marley had to stay and we would see how he was with the baby.Image may contain: 2 people

Marley was so gentle with Olie, he however constantly fought for attention, as I played with Olie he would come for a snuggle or stroke as I sang to Olie, Marley learnt to join in and and howled along with us.

So Marley is great with Olie and Olie now 6 loves him but it is hard work. Marley craves attention more than Olie, he barks all the time at any little noise. He jumps up at guests and then there is the fact that he needs walking and my 6 year old is somewhat lazy.

I wouldn’t change having Marley as he is part of the family but would I get another dog? Most probably not. The commitment is just too much and hard work.

So if you are considering a dog, think long and hard about the time you need to put in to a pet.

 

 

 

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Another Weightless Month!

Me, My Mum and my Aunt get together once a week to weigh ourselves, we put £15 a month in a pot and then have a short break once a year.

However, I have not been doing so great in the weight loss department due to eating as much gluten as possible ready for my blood test.

As mentioned in food is my enemy if you wanna have a read why I struggle so much.

Food is my enemy

Eating bread and stodgy foods has sent me on a self destruct journey but today I looked in the mirror and thought enough is enough. So I have put together a 5 day meal plan now my blood test is done there is no excuses to get me started.

  • Monday

Breakfast

Overnight Oats

Lunch

Tuna crunch, with peppers, onion and beetroot. I love this with a salad or with some ryvitas.

Dinner

Gammon in the slow cooker. This is great to shove in before you leave for work. I serve with cabbage and carrots and swede. If you want some carbs, you could serve with boiled potatoes.

 

  • Tuesday

Breakfast

Mixed fruit bowl with yogurt. I  use melon, tangerines, grapes and strawberries.

Lunch

Carrot and coriander Soup!

With ryvitas or a bagel

Dinner

Fresh salmon, frozen or fresh vegetables of your choice and new potatoes.

 

  • Wednesday

Breakfast

Over night oats again

Lunch

Carrot and coriander soup with ryvitas or bagel

Dinner

Joe Wicks chicken and chorizo

  • Thursday

Breakfast

Fruit bowl and yogurt

Lunch

Last of the carrot and coriander soup with ryvitas and bagel

Dinner

 

Slimming World Chilli

  • Friday

Breakfast

2 x boiled eggs (Make the night before) and 2x toast

Lunch

Jacket potato (Make the night before)

Filling of your choice- Left over chilli, beans and a little cheese, Coleslaw, tuna crunch.

Dinner

Fish, chips and peas

 

 

 

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Fish, chips and peas

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Fish is great for losing weight but sometimes we want a traditional fish and chips and to me this is the next best thing.

Ingredients

Cod (However many it is to serve)

Wholemeal bread (I used 2 pieces of bread  for 4 pieces of cod)

1 Egg

Method

Break the bread in to 4 and put in to a blender or food processor to make breadcrumbs. This is best with bread that is a few days old rather than fresh.

Crack the egg in a bowl and mix with a dash of milk

Transfer the breadcrumbs on to a plate

Dip the cod in to the egg and then the bread crumbs and place on a baking tray.

Bake in the oven on gas mark 5 for 20 mins or until golden and fish is cooked throughly.

Serve with homemade oven chips and peas.

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Slimming World Chilli

This is a great chilli, it is low fat, healthy, easy and when you make it from scratch you know what is going in there.

It looks like there is a lot of ingredients but most are in your cupboard anyway.

I found it really easy to make as you throw everything in a pan and let it cook, I have even done this in the slow cooker. A bonus is that it tastes good and the family can enjoy too.  If I have left overs I freeze the remaining of the chilli for lunch or dinner at a later date.

ingredients

  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 1 1/2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 heaped tsp ground coriander
  • 1 heaped tsp paprika
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g mixed beans or pulses in water
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

method

  1. Spray a deep non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the mince and fry for 8-10 minutes or until browned, stirring often. Drain off any fat in the pan, transfer the beef to a bowl and keep warm.
  2. Spray the pan with a little more low calorie cooking spray, add the onions and fry for 5 minutes, adding a little water if they start to stick.
  3. Add 300ml of water and all the remaining ingredients apart from the coriander and seasoning. Stir well and bring to a simmer.
  4. Return the mince to the pan and gently boil for 20 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the coriander and season to taste.
  5. Serve with your favourite veg, rice and a swirl of fat free natural yogurt if you want to cool things down.

 

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Joe Wicks chicken and chorizo

Ingredients

  1. ½ tbsp coconut oil
  2. 75g chorizo, finely diced
  3. ½ red onion, diced
  4. 1 x 240g skinless chicken breast fillet, cut into 1cm slices
  5. salt and pepper
  6. 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  7. 3 big fistfuls of baby spinach leaves
  8. 1 ball of mozzarella, torn into chunks
  9. 20g pine nuts

Method

Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the chorizo and fry for a minute. Add the onion and fry for another minute.

Increase the heat to maximum and add the chicken, along with a generous pinch of both salt and pepper. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes, by which time the chicken should be almost completely cooked through.

Throw in the cherry tomatoes and cook for a minute or until they just begin to collapse. Toss in the spinach and stir through until fully wilted.

Use a wooden spoon to make little pockets in the chicken and vegetable mixture, then drop in small chunks of the mozzarella. Turn off the heat and let the mozzarella melt before spooning the whole delicious lot onto a plate and scattering over the pine nuts.

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Carrot and coriander Soup!

This is easy to make and only takes a few minutes to reheat.

Ingredients

5 x Carrots

1 onion

1/2 tea spoon ground coriander

Pinch of Salt and pepper

Fish corriander

750 ml Veg stock

butter or margarine

Blender

Method

Roughly chop the carrots and onion, soften them in a pan with butter. Add the ground coriander and add the stock and salt and pepper.

Bring to the boil and then let simmer for until the carrots have softened.

When the veg has softened, either hand blend the mix or put in to a blender and blend until smooth.

Chop the fresh coriander when you are ready to serve.

 

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