New Parent hack- baby bodysuit

We’ve all wondered what those little flaps are for on baby bodysuits. 


(Image from Pinterest)

Well they’re not just for show! They’re actually very useful when you need to undress your baby when their nappy has leaked. 

You know the scene, you’re trying to remove their clothing in the most awkward way but end up spreading the mess everywhere instead. That is about to change..

Using the flaps on the arms roll the bodysuit over baby’s arms and down her body, thus creating minimum mess and less washing for the parents. Simple!
 

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Start saving for Christmas by turning your junk into someone’s treasure

I’ve read before that the average person is sitting with over £1000 of things in their home that they no longer want/need, and the sad thing is; a lot of the old stuff that we accumulate goes into landfills instead of being recycled.

Take a look around your home/ shed/ loft, and see if you have anything that you’re only keeping incase you ever need it or it’s been long forgotten. These are the things that you can sell online on sites such as eBay/ Amazon and gumtree.

 It takes two minutes to take a picture, list it and wait until it sells and the process is so simple. Not only will you be saving the environment, you’ll be clearing out unwanted things from your home and turning it into spare cash for things that you do need. 

As long as the item is in the condition that you describe, has a clear picture and a catchy title then almost anything will sell at the right price. Check what similar items are going for to help you decide on pricing. 

Anything that you think would be hard to sell, take it to a recycle village or charity shop; depending on the condition. 

Remember, a clear home is a clear mind. It will be easier to organise your space if it’s not filled with things that you don’t want. 

Happy listing! 

Recommended fitness videos by Rebecca Louise on YouTube 

I came across some fab fitness videos on YouTube by Rebecca Louise.

 She has videos for targeting specific areas of your body and they are very easy to follow. There’s a great range of excellent work outs that you can do at home to your own fitness level, if you can’t get to a gym. 

I love her Victoria’s Secret work outs and her 7 best ab moves. 

Check them out Here (abs) and Here (Victoria’s secret bum work out)

There are tons of other videos so go check them out on her YouTube channel!

*I’m in no way affiliated with Rebecca Louise or her channel, I just love the exercise videos so thought I’d share*

Weekly meal plan- save time and unnecessary wastage

I haven’t uploaded one of my meal plans for a few weeks so thought I’d share last weeks, because it was so tasty!

Meal plans are an easy way to prepare your family meals in advance so you aren’t left thinking, “What’s for dinner today?” and ending up throwing together something bland and boring as a last minute attempt at a meal. Advanced planning equals tasty meals; all of the ingredients at hand and most importantly (to me)- an exciting menu for the week! Yipee!

*Please note this is not a diet plan and I am not a nutritionist, just a food lover!*

My meal plan for last week consisted of:

Day 1

Lunch- Skinny Tuna Melt (One slice 50/50 or brown bread, tuna, tomatoes and cheese)

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Dinner- (My Favourite) Oven baked jacket potato with creamy bacon and mushroom sauce- found here Cheap and easy meal idea- so tasty and quick you’ll want to eat it all of the time!

Day 2-

Lunch- Cheese savoury sandwich

Dinner- Homemade chicken parmesan with sweet potato oven baked fries and avocado

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Day 3-

Lunch- Fish cakes with lemon rice

Dinner- Creamy mustard chicken- Pinterest recipe by Seasons and suppers blog with mashed potato and carrots

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Day 4-

Lunch- Scambled egg on toast

Dinner- Homemade grilled chicken burger with oven baked sweet potato fries and coleslaw

Day 5-

Lunch- Grilled chicken with salad (Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, pepper and balsamic vinegar)

Dinner- Egg fried rice with Nandos style oven baked chicken thighs (Nando’s mango and lime sauce)

Day 6-

Lunch- Chicken Tikka skewers with salad

Dinner- Homemade KFC style chicken thighs (Oven baked) with sweet potato fries and coleslaw

Day 7-

Lunch- Traditional British Sunday dinner (Yorkshire puddings, herbed pork chops with carrots, parsnip, stuffing and gravy)

HERE is a link to Jamie Oliver’s Yorkshire puddings for anyone who wants to have a go!

Dinner- Scrambled eggs on toast

Hope you enjoyed the meal plan, sorry that I forgot to take pictures after day 3- I was too busy enjoying the food! x

 

Something different: Cat Cafe

Today I had a great first experience in going to a cat cafe called Catpawcino. 

It was fab and I definitely recommend it as something different to do. Cat cafes are becoming more popular in the UK now. I’m sure there’ll be one near you!

A cat cafe is like any other cafe apart from the fact there are resident cats there. It was very hygienic, with food being prepared in a cat free zone and they had hand sanitiser before entry. 

The difference that I felt with this cafe than any other was that it was very community orientated. Having cats there to play with and interact with made the people who were visiting interact more with each other aswell which gave it a friendly and relaxed vibe. 

I was also glad to see that the cats welfare was very highly thought of, with a room that they could go to if they wanted quiet time, lots of things to play with and climb up and a set of rules for customers to make sure that they were treat properly. 

It’s a great way for cat lovers and also people who don’t have an animal at home to go and spend some time doing something different.

I’ll definitely be going back! 

Here are a couple of the lovely cats that I saw today. 

De-clutter your home: ideas and inspiration

Is your home full of things that you don’t need, love or use? Do you want to de-clutter and keep it that way? 

We all make impulse purchases from time to time and they can take up a lot of space in our homes where we’d rather have things that we love. However, before you sort through it all and throw it out, think about how you can help the environment, who could use it and if you could make any money from it. 

Re-cycle/up-cycle

  • Donate it to charity (charity furniture shops/clothing banks/ charity shops/ refuge centres, etc
  • Sell on eBay or Facebook 
  • Look on Pinterest for ideas on up cycling and creating something new out of something old.
  • Car boot sales/jumble sales/ garage sale 
  • Ask friends/family if they’d like to have it
  • Advertise on sites such as gumtree and in newspapers

Save it from the land fill wherever possible. 

Recycling centres are a great place to take any unwanted things.

Once you’ve decluttered; keep it that way. 

Whenever you’re deciding to make a purchase- first think; Do I love this? Will I still want to buy it if I came back in 2 weeks time? Do I need it? 

You’ll find that you develop a habit of only buying what you love, and those things will make your house a home. Most things that you pick up would have only been an impulse purchase. 

You can then use the money that you save and earn from the things you don’t want for things that will create memories for you and your loved ones; such as a holiday or a day out.

Have a great day x

Win a holiday with Walkers spell and go competition

If you haven’t already heard- Walkers crisps are running a competition with lastminute.com; where they are giving away 20,000 long and short haul holidays to people in the UK from London and Dublin airports.

All you have to do, is purchase walkers crisps that have a code printed on the back of the packet near the best before date. There are single and multipacks available with the code.

Follow the instructions on the packet and sign up to Spell and go HERE. Enter the code/s on your packets and you will be given computer generated letters. Collect these letters to spell out a destination on the list.

Once you’ve spelled out a destination, you can claim your prize! You will be given a 4 star hotel and flights package to that country for up to 4 people. You also have the option to choose a voucher instead with the value of up to £4000.

Bear in mind that you must keep all packets that you use as proof, otherwise you may not be able to claim your prize.

Also, I’ve found that it’s most difficult to find the letters C, K and D; which you need to have for most destinations. Some have been found, so it’s not impossible!

*HINT* visit the Walkers Facebook page and see if you can spot the letters in videos (look out for the A on the jeep). Once you find them upload a picture of it to your dashboard to get that letter.

You can also swap letters 5 times during the competition, either with friends or generated at random.

Good luck!

( I am in no way affiliated with anyone mentioned, just sharing the competition with others in the hope that someone will win their dream holiday)

Cheap and easy meal idea- so tasty and quick you’ll want to eat it all of the time!

We all love cheap and easy meals that are quick to make, don’t break the bank and taste divine! I’m sorry that I don’t have a picture to go with this meal,  I didn’t wait long enough to take one before eating it (oops)! Enjoy! x

What you will need:

Baking potatoes (I love red skinned ones at the mo- it makes all the difference)

Bacon (or leave this out for a vegetarian option)

mushrooms

single cream

paprika

garlic granules

olive oil

sea salt

How to make it (to feed 2):

pre-heat the oven to 200c/ Gas Mark 6

Prick holes in the skin of the potatoes and drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt on a baking tray. Bake for one hour.

10 minutes before the potatoes are cooked;

Fry some bacon and chopped mushrooms in a pan

Once browned, add approx. 150ml single cream, black pepper, paprika and garlic granules to taste.

Gently simmer and mix together

 

Budget meal plan for £40- no waste, save money and eat nice food!

I started doing meal plans a little while ago (See archives for more), as it saves a lot of time, money and no food is wasted.

This is my meal plan for this week, please bear in mind that it is not a diet, it’s just what my husband and I fancied eating for the week.

Day 1-

Lunch- Crusty loaf with brussels pate (49p for the pate from Aldi, tiger loaf £1 from Asda. Enough for more than one meal for two)

Dinner- Homemade grilled chicken burger with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Served with homemade chips (Top tip- grill the bun on each side for a few seconds to add a bit of crunch to your burger)

Day 2-

Lunch- Crusty loaf and pate. (if it’s used within 2 days it wont go to waste)

Dinner- Homemade creamy vegetable soup with crusty loaf and butter

Day 3-

Lunch- Ham, mustard, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise sandwich (tastes amazing!)

Dinner- Homemade Chicken parmesan with salad

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(Sourced via Pinterest, recipe here by Chef Savvy)

Day 4

Lunch- Ham, mustard, etc sandwich (to use up meat)

Dinner- Creamy mustard chicken thighs with mash potato and carrots (See Creamy mustard chicken- Pinterest recipe by Seasons and suppers blog for recipe)

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(Image from Seasons and Suppers)

Day 5

Lunch- Tuna and mayonnaise sandwich

Dinner- Nandos style chicken thighs with homemade chunky oven chips and coleslaw

Day 6

Lunch- Tuna salad (tuna, spinach, rocket, watercress, red onion, tomato, avocado, oregano)

Dinner- Mustard crusted pork chops with roast potatoes and buttered asparagus

Day 7-

Lunch- Jacket potato with tuna and mayonnaise

Dinner- Sunday dinner with pork chops, Yorkshire puddings, gravy, mashed potato, roast potatoes, carrots and asparagus (use up pork so none goes to waste and freeze what you don’t use for next week)

Our shopping bill came to £40 this week for two people, with extras for snacks shopping between Aldi and Asda.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheap and simple Naan bread pizza

  
The easiest way to make a homemade pizza is to use naan bread as your base.

You can add any topping that you like; to create a cheap, easy and tasty meal. 

I used tomato puree as a base, added tuna, red onion and grated cheese then popped it in the oven for 10-15 minutes. 

So easy and great for anyone to try. Even the kids could make it!