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Date Night Dinners
I’d say we eat with the kids most of the time. Then, occasionally, we put them to bed early having fed them turkey dinosaurs, secretly wishing we'd had them ourselves, and we cook one of these Date Night Dinners. Our kids eat most things, so most of these meals we ...
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I used to be one of those people that always had a cold. For years, from September to March, I was ill nearly all of the time. With a few summer colds thrown in. It was rarely anything worse than a bad cold or tonsillitis, but it was bloody annoying ...
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I’ve been so bad at meal planning lately, and for the most ridiculous reason ever! While you are reading this in January, I’m writing it in December (Happy New Year!), because I like to publish them a few weeks later, so I’ve got a chance to publish and link back ...
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Look I’ve changed the titles of my meal plans. Coming up with a catchy subtitle every week was beyond my creativity. So, from now on, it’s what we ate this week. I must also confess that while I didn’t post any meal plans over the Christmas period, I carried on ...
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I’d say we all eat tea (dinner?!) together 90% of the time. There are odd nights when Husband and I will have a takeaway or cook something special to have a home date night. On these occasions, the kids have either a turkey dinosaur tea or something out of the ...
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I love the occasional meat-free meal. Vegetables are fantastic. They have a brilliant texture and yummy flavour and I honestly think some meals taste better without meat. However, this week, there was none of that! It’s been a very meaty week. But, even on big meat weeks, I do my ...
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2017 has been my first full year blogging. For probably the first half of the year it was a little more random, with lots of crafts, updates and other bits and bobs. Around Summer time I decided to concentrate more on the foodie side of things. I love cooking and ...
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I joined the gym a few weeks ago, and I’ve been loving it. After a couple of weeks, I can already feel my muscles toning up and becoming firmer. But, I can also feel a good inch of fat on top of them. My sole reason for joining the gym ...
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Christmas love
Last year I wrote a list of my favourite things about Christmas. A few of those things may well appear on this list too. Then next year, I’ll do it again. I basically love writing about Christmas! Looking at last year’s list made me realise how uncrafty I’ve been this ...
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This week has been about been about saving money, using up leftovers and still finding the time to try new things. We have our favourites like everyone else, but in amongst trying to avoid having cottage pie every single Monday, I like to try at least one new meal a ...
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There’s lots of chicken on this week’s meal plan. Quite a few chips too. And lots of leftovers. Husbands really hurt his back after a fall down the stairs and I’ve been super busy, to the point of starting to feel quite stressed out. So, there’s only been one day ...
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I actually managed to properly cock up a meal this week. As you’ll know if you follow me on Facebook. Then I cocked up again. You’ll have to read until Tuesday if you want to know more! This week’s meal plan seems to have been a bit homely. Proper lovely ...
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When I started Bobsy updates, she was little and everything was exciting. Now, suddenly, she’s two. Her birthday is the same day as her dad’s, so it’s a hectic week getting everything in. But, we always have an extra lovely time. I can’t believe she’s two already. I know life ...
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When I was asked to if I wanted to review a toy that would help tidy up, I was…gleeful. I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up of hearing “I can’t tidy up, there’s too much mess!” and even more tired of saying “you shouldn’t have made the mess ...
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It’s been a shit week. 2 Weeks now actually of completely shittery. If you read my last happy list, you’ll know we’d just had a fantastic week off and a lovely trip to York. Well. Since getting back everything has gone a little wrong. I almost feel like I’m being ...
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I’ve never written meal plans. Whenever I write about how to save money or time, either for my blog or for others, I include meal planning. I believe in them. I just don’t do it. Then a few weeks ago I realised I was “popping to the shop” at least ...
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I think, one of the main things that put people off trying new foods is the cost. Food is expensive. So, a lot of us choose to stick with what we know. Making meals that we know how to budget for and we know everyone will enjoy. After all, who ...
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We’ve had an outstanding few weeks. We’ve all currently got colds, and I’ve got absolutely loads to catch up on. But, well worth it! We haven’t done anything huge, but generally, life’s been fantastic. Here’s what’s been making me happy! Money I’m not a big money lover. I mean, it’s ...
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I remember meeting an old work colleague and her daughter for lunch once when The Boy and her daughter were little. Probably about 18months. It was a horrible rainy day, but we didn’t want to go straight home after lunch. So, I suggested taking the kids to the library. Her ...
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I had a bit of a meltdown the other week. I came home from BlogOn feeling really inspired. I’d learned a lot and I also came away with the reassurance that I was doing a good job and that I could take my blog further if I wanted to. But, ...
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University games recently sent me a couple of their board games to have a go at and review, after I got a little try at BlogOn. You can read my full disclaimer here, but in all honesty, if they were rubbish, I’d tell you! We love a board game. Me and ...
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It’s been a terrific few weeks. The Boy has settled back into school, Bobsy is at the childminders, we’ve all settled into a routine nicely. I actually can’t think of anything not good that’s happened for a while which is lovely. Here’s what’s making me happy right now. Bobsy The ...
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make time to cook - egg timer
One thing I know I struggle with is fitting everything in. I’m lucky enough to work from home now. But, I haven’t always. I used to drop The Boy off at a childminder for 8 am. Leaving ours at 7:15 so he could walk, go to work, pick him up ...
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I've basically gone from hating to eat to food blogger with lots of steps in between! Although, I don’t think I am a food blogger really. I refer to Bobsy’s Mum as a “food and lifestyle blog” because I post more recipes than anything else. But, food blogger sounds like ...
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happy list 14 logo
Well, we got back from our holiday, which was wonderful, and went straight back into work. The last week or so has been a little crazy. Husband's working six days some weeks and I’ve been doing a lot more than I’m used to. But, it’s all working out, and we’re ...
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Bobsy on the beach
I’m aware that I say this every time I write one of these, and it must be slightly annoying, but it's also the point of writing them – she’s changed and grown up so much! The last two months have been great. Daddy’s been around a lot more than she’s ...
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In a few weeks’ time, I’m going to my first ever blogging conference, BlogOn, in Manchester. While I’m looking forward to the conference, meeting people, getting lots of cool stuff and learning a lot, I’m also thinking, because it’s Christmas themed, afterward, I can start doing Christmas things. It’s like ...
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When we got married, I was literally nine months pregnant. I hasten to add, not that it matters, that we’d booked the wedding and other bits, before finding out I was pregnant. This meant, that we were keen to save as much money as possible. Although to be fair, even ...
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Is it 13? I can’t remember, and I don’t think it matters enough to check. I might start calling them things like “my happy list #574” so new readers think I’m really happy. We’ve had a pretty great week. Jobs have changed slightly, which means we can afford a little ...
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cooking fail
The Background I have a habit, as I’m sure many of us do, of only sharing what we want people to see. Because I share a lot of recipes and love food, I only share ones that taste great. I don't share a cooking fail. I also edit the photo’s ...
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The summer holidays are hard. I’ve found myself struggling to fit in work, blogging, taking the kids out and doing all of the housework. Husband keeps trying to help me, but I feel like because I’m at home, I should do it all myself. I’m in the mindset of a ...
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what year one taught me
I can’t believe that The Boy has finished year one already. It seems about 3 weeks ago that he was leaving the childminders to start school but apparently, that was now two years ago. It’s crazy! The Boy has learnt an awful lot, his reading, spelling and math’s are incredible ...
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bobsys 20 month update
I didn’t write a 19-month Bobsy update. This was in part because we were busy moving and I was neglecting my poor blog horribly. But, it was also because she doesn’t really change as much in a month anymore. It’s funny, in the first few days, the changes come fast, ...
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picnic happy
As I write this, I’m feeling a bit, blah and not that happy. Not sad as such, just a little bit like I don’t know what to do with myself. The kids are out for the day, Husband is at work and I’m sat here on my own. I’ve done ...
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moving house with kids
Number one. Don’t. Haha. No, really. Don’t. As anyone that knows me or listens to me moan on social media will know, we’ve been moving house for the last few weeks. I’ve moved about 10 times in the last 11 years. It’s something I do quite a lot. So, I ...
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You may remember 10 Things I Hate About Winter. I hate winter. But, despite being one of those awful people that complain when it's too hot I love Summer. I love not having to put a jacket on and the evenings being lighter. I'm not quite as keen on boiling feet ...
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mother daughter jewellery review
I’m going to be totally honest here, when Kaya Jewellery got in touch and asked me if I’d like to review one of their mother-daughter jewellery sets, my first thought was “oh no, it’ll be really naff!”. I’m so massively not into big necklaces with “mum” on and things like ...
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Popcorn is absolutely huge right now, isn’t it? The crisp aisle of supermarkets and shops has given up a good section to different brands and flavours of popcorn and even cinemas have started offering more options when it comes to popcorn flavour. I can certainly see why. Popcorn is hugely ...
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happy list 10
Well, that was a busy few weeks. You may remember in my last happy list I mentioned we were moving house? Well, since then, we haven’t stopped! I’ve also had a horrible cold the last week (starting on moving day, obviously!) and had to clean our old flat. I’ve hit ...
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Do you have favourite family meals that you always come back to? Those recipes that you've perfected over time that the whole family love eating? I know we do. We try to experiment as much as possible and try new things. I think eating the same five meals all the ...
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