Tuesday, 8 May 2018

#CookBlogShare 2018 Week 19 - Plus 4 Delicious Dishes

What a lovely long weekend it has been. Got to love an extra day at home. I don't now about you but as soon as the sun comes out our barbecue comes out and this bank holiday did not disappoint! We had lots of food al fresco, went to a foodie festival and spent time in the garden. 

Over the weekend Doncaster hosted not only the finish line for the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire but also had their own food festival called Delicious Doncaster. The hubby and I love a good foodie festival, yes I am not the only foodie in the house! The market area was full of delicious street food stalls, local produce, locally made alcohol and even The Hairy Bikers! Yes the bikers were there doing demonstrations and taking in the atmosphere. Needless to say we came home with lots of foodie treats!

Monday, 30 April 2018

To Blog or Not to Blog? That is the Question!

On 2nd July 2013 I introduced myself to the blogging world. Little did I know that I would still be sat here nearly 5 years later. The title to this post may have you wondering what I am going to write. To blog or not to blog? That is the question on my mind.

Over the last few weeks the amount of times that I have sat and written has reduced dramatically. This is due to a number of factors the main one being my return to the world of the employed. I love being back at work, socialising with adults and have human contact. Staying at home with the laptop can be extremely isolating. But on the other hand the blogging community is one of the strongest, most loyal online communities that there is. I have some wonderful friends that I would not have if it were not for blogging. But, for my mental health and stability, I need to have actual people around me, not virtual people. Since I returned to work I have noticed an improvement in my mental health. Having a routine in my life and the feeling of need has brought the 'old' me back. I thrive at work and even want more hours (yes I am that crazy!). 

I have also found that juggling everything together is even harder than I expected. I was putting too much pressure on myself. I wanted to work full time, be the ideal housewife, the perfect mum and blogger all in one. But as we all know there are only so many hours in the day.

I need to sleep, I cannot do everything.

So, something has to give!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Weekly Meal Plan - #MealPlanningMonday 2018 Week 16

Hello and welcome to week 16 of #MealPlanningMonday!

This week is a week to go back to normality. The children have returned to school today, I am back to work and we have got our routine back. Following the Easter holidays I have gone back to part time hours at work, which I have to admit is kind of nice. I have got the house to myself this morning, I have been able to walk the children to school and have got some 'me' time back!

Last week we enjoyed a lovely, but busy, week away in Northumberland. We went out every single day, we spent quality time together as a family and time out from social media did me the world of good! I have even found that since coming home I have kept away from checking Facebook every few minutes. While we were away we visited lots of National Trust and English Heritage sites and found that having membership for both saved us a lot of money. Now that the twins are older we found that they were curious and keen to learn about the places that we visited and it was lovely. The weather may not have been great, we got wet in the rain, we got cold in the wind and splashed in the cold sea with the sun on our back and it was perfect!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

How Omega Fats Are Good For Your Diet - Guest Post

Picture courtesy of Pixabay

Omega-3 fatty acids have an incredible reputation when it comes to basic nutrition. But for sure there will be a lot of questions on your mind regarding them. Like what are Omega-3s? Is it important for my health? Will a deficiency cause problems? We will answer these question in time. But before that let us get down to the basics.
What are Omega-3 fatty acids?
We could get into the chemistry of it, but that is a whole other diverse topic. Here is what you need to know. Omega-3 fat is the good kind of fat. The kind that will benefit your health in an effective way. The polyunsaturated fatty acids are the holy grail of nutrients.
What you need to know
Most health organizations recommend 250 - 500 mg of these healthy fats per day. Those suffering from heart ailments and cancer must go up to 4000 mg per day. These essential fatty acids cannot be made by the human body and must be consumed through diet. There are three types of Omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. They each play a significant role in nutrition. Apart from these vital facts, read on to find its benefits on your health.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Holiday Weekly Meal Plan - #MealPlanningMonday 2018 Week 15

Hello and welcome to week 15 of #MealPlanningMonday!

This weeks meal plan is a bit different as this week we are on holiday! We are staying in Northumberland for the week with my parents. Holidays are the perfect time to spend quality time together as a family away from the day to day routine. To make life easier and the load in the car lighter we did an online order that was delivered to the cottage on our arrival. As we did the order before coming my mum and I were able to plan some meals. We will not be cooking everyday but taking it in turns to cook will certainly save us a lot of money that would have been spent on meals out.

This is what we have got planned for this weeks meals...

Friday, 6 April 2018

Spring Cleaning with Dr Beckmann

As we head into the final term of the academic year I always find that the children's white t-shirts and shirts start to get tired looking. But with just one term left I really do not want to be going out to buy new shirts for three children. So when I was asked if I would like to try some Dr Beckmann products I saw it as the ideal opportunity to not only save me buying more shirts but to also put the products to the test.
I received a package of:
  • Stain Devils Pre-Wash
  • Glowhite Ultra
  • Stain Devils Survival Kit

The Stain Devils Pre-Wash works on both old and new stains. Dr. Beckmann’s Pre-Wash Stain Devil contains a unique Triple Active Complex that’s tough on stains, yet gentle on fabrics. Removing a variety of everyday stains from grease to baby food, this powerful gel is suitable for all washable white and colours, even working at low temperatures, on short cycles. This household essential doesn’t contain bleach, yet works fast to remove stains in 10-15 minutes with the help of the unique soft brush applicator. This is a great way to target stains without treating the whole garment.