Our Weekly Meal Plan 16th August 2019

Today I am back sharing with you another weekly meal plan. The weeks seem to be flying by and it sees like I am constantly writing these are the moment. Again this week we have gone with an easy sort of week when it comes to meals. The reason behind this is we are trying to get the nursery done for the new arrival. If you do not know what I am on about check out the post here.  So on to the meals which we have been consuming this week.

Monday- Creamy Bacon and Sausage Carbonara. This is a meal which we have not had in a long time I think it was February. I actually fancied this for a change which is rare as nausea has put me off a lot of food recently. The weather this week is also mean to be a little bit cooler. I am thinking this is going to be served with a garlic bread.

Tuesday- Pizza, we actually purchased a pizza from Asda to have to tonight. We going to be busy all day today with bits for the baby and a car seat fitting. So we wanted to get something which was going to be quick and take not a lot of effort. I love the pizza from Asda pizza bar.

Wednesday-  Chicken Katsu Curry, this is another of my favourites. We have one more of the kits to use up and it is taking up space in the cupboard. I have decided that we are going to make it so we can get rid of it. It also saves me money by not going to waggamamas when we are out on Tuesday. For sure this is a meal which I am looking forward to.

Thursday- Cod with Parsley sauce, new potatoes and mixed veg. This is a meal which I used to have sometimes when I still lived at home. It is something which I have not had in the longest time. I want to make sue that I am still eating fish in my diet and thought this would be a good way to get some veg in as well.

Friday- Diet Cola Chicken And Rice, this is a meal which I got out of the pinch of nom book. It is actually like a fakeaway it sounds like something which you may get from the Chinese I am thinking like stickey chicken. We are thinking about taking Jess to Manchester on Friday so it is likely this is going to be a meal which she joins us for as well.

Saturday- Gammon, Egg and Chips. This is not something we would normally have on a Saturday however, Jess will have been fed at a party. I am also at work which means that Joe will want an easy meal to have to prepare. This is also one of his favourites. This is something so simple yet very effective.

Sunday-  Spaghetti Bolognise, this is a classic in this house. We know that there will be clean plates all around when this is served. I feel like it is something which we have not had in a while however, this could just be me. Of course, this is a meal which Joe is going to cook. It is one of his signature dishes. This may end up been served with garlic bread as well.

Of course, like every meal plan, this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

 

Vax W86-DP-B Carpet Cleaner Review

Cleaning your carpets is not something which you think about doing often. I actually purchased a Vax Carpet Cleaner last year on Black Friday. I knew that when we moved into the house. The carpets were not the greatest in Jess’ room alongside the front room.  We actually have done the landing and Jess’ room and I could not believe the results. They had made a huge difference to the carpets so I thought I would take pictures of the front room. The picture above is the room before the carpet has been cleaned. Of course, I do not know if it had ever been done in the past.

The carpet cleaner which we have is the VAX W86-DP-B, I think we managed to get this for around £90. This was the cheapest which we managed to find. Currently, I think it is about £120-140 which I would still pay for it. However, of course, I love to save money where we can.

I think when we looked it was about £60 to hire a rug doctor which is similar to the carpet cleaner. However, when you hire a rug doctor, of course, you only have it for a limited period of time. Seen as we own our carpet cleaner. This does mean that we can clean the carpets as often as we need.  I am planning to do them every season or so maybe 3/4 times a year. So it will work out a lot cheaper hiring a rug doctor and hopefully, it will keep my carpets clean.

There is a lot of dirt which is hidden in your carpets, I could not believe the amount of dirt which I pulled out of the carpets. I found that this Vax carpet cleaner was not too heavy it weighs about 6kg which is about the same as a corded vacuum cleaner. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a hell of a lot heavier. This does have a 2.7L water tank which means you do not have to fill it as much as some of the others on the market. I did not want to have to do several trips to the tap to fill it up when trying to clean the table.

The carpet cleaner does actually have a rotating brush bar which allows a deep and thorough clean. This is something which I wanted because then it can remove as much dirt as possible. What is the point of having a carpet cleaner which is not removing dirt? There is also no worry about the dirty water been mixed with clean water because there are two tanks. This is a bonus because you can actually see how much dirt you have actually managed to get out. For sure this is something which I love. There is something so satisfying about this and I can not explain it.

Another bonus which I love is that it comes with a huge cord which means you can easily do a whole room. I think that it is longer than a standard vac cum cord this does mean you do not have to change plugs when cleaning the carpet. Something which would be a pain seen as you are using water to clean the carpet/  You can easily move the carpet cleaner around so if you have furniture which you can not move the carpet around it can always be clean. This was a huge bonus when we cleaned the front room as I did not want to move all the heavy furniture.

We do not know when the carpets in this house had actually been laid or if they had ever been cleaned. Jess’ room actually took 3 tanks full to completely come clean. However, the colour ultimately had changed massively, even my Mum commented when she came over.

Of course, we have a horrible brown colour carpet which looked like mud. I was unsure of the colour the carpet was going to be because we had not laid it. It has come a lot lighter than it was which is a huge bonus. We only needed to actually to fill the tank up a couple of times but of course, this depends how dirty and huge your carpet is. As I said Jess’ carpet is a lot smaller than the front room and this took 3 tanks to get the dirt out.

As you can see the water had gone from clean to like dirty almost chocolate milkshake. I knew there was going to be a lot of dirt in the front room. The reason this is because we do not have a no-shoes rule at all. I did actually use an Astonish Carpet Shampoo I think this was around £1. It did mean that it smelt amazing which is always a huge bonus. Who does not want rooms to smell clean? It did take about 18 hours to fully dry however, this may have been because the weather was not great. I would recommend doing this when the weather is nice and you can throw the windows open. The summer would be a great time to do this, I might even do our bedroom very soon.

The carpet is a little bit lighter now and I have noticed that is it more fluffy than it has been in the past. I wanted to clean it because Jess is always playing on the floor and I did not want it to be filthy. For sure I feel a lot better about the condition of the floor now. For sure this is going to be something which I will do again in the future. No doubt at the end of the summer. It will be interesting to see how much more dirt does come out of the carpet. I know this is going to be something which we use a lot when we have a small baby. I am so glad that we purchased this carpet cleaner.

For sure I would recommend cleaning your carpets, I find it amazing to see how much dirt does come out. I would not do it too often though because it can be a pain to dry. In the next couple of weeks, I hope to get my bedroom carpet done. There is a huge stain I want to remove from the previous owner. Hopefully, it will come out and look like a new carpet because this is not something we want to have to pay for at the moment.

Have you ever cleaned your own carpets, if so let me know in the comments what you used?

 

Charlotte xxx

 

Player 4 Loading

As you might have guessed from the title of this post. Our family is growing we are going to be a family of 4 instead of 3.
We had an inkling that our family might be expanding around the end of May. However, as some of you may remember I damaged my knee and was put on strong painkillers. We put me been late down to that. I had also had a bug which I picked up from Jess.
It only when June I late again we thought we should actually do a test. However, Joe was on exercise for a good portion of this month. He didn’t really want me to do the test alone. I think he wanted to be present when we found out. As a result of this we was  actually close to 12 weeks when we got confirmation of our newest arrival.
Currently I am 18 weeks pregnant with the new arrival due January 2020. Of course, this may be earlier if we have an elected c-section. As some of you may know I had an emergency c section with Jess. I am unsure if I want to attempt VBAC or have an elected c-section yet.
Of course, we are going to be sharing our journey as we become a family of 4. There is going to be the shopping which we are going to have to do. We don’t have everything from Jess however we do have a pram and the cot.
Jess will be 4 nearly 4 1/2 when she does become a big sister. For us we knew we would end up with a semi big age gap because of how life has been. I think she is excited at the prospect of becoming a big sister. This is something a number of her friends are already. I can’t wait for her to bond with the bump and the of course the baby when they arrive.
I will be doing updates and posts about the pregnancy as we go through. I am nervous but excited about what the future holds.
Charlotte xx

Our Weekly Meal Plan 9th August

Today I am going to be sharing with you another weekly meal plan. This week we seem to have a lot on we are making a few changes to the house this week. Of course this is because it is the first week of Joe’s holidays and there are so many bits which we hope to achieve. This has meant we have opted for some simple meals which do not take too much effort to cook. I know energy levels may be low by the time we get to tea time. So here are the meals which we have been consuming this week.

Monday- Chicken Nacho Kievs with Jacket Potatoes. We actually picked up the chicken kievs a few weeks ago when they were reduced and froze them. I thought that this week would be a good time to use them up. I am going to serve this with jacket potatoes as they are something which I have been loving recently.

Tuesday- Chill Pasta Bake, this is a meal from a pinch of nom. I do not think this is one which I have made yet. However, I fancied something different this week for sure, I know I will enjoy this meal. Mince is not something which I have had in a long time.

Wednesday- Salmon Herby Potatoes and Mixed Veg. Again this is a meal which we got reduced what can I say we love yellow stickers. Salmon is a meal which I adore anyway so this is going to be perfect. This is such a simple meal however it is one which is super simple which is great.

Thursday- Chicken and Leek Pie. This is something which I have made in the past and we loved. I am sure that by the end of this we are going to want such a hearty meal. I am unsure if we are actually going to be serving this with anything. In the past we have made it and then had enough for 4 people instead of having something to go with it. If I have not already shared the recipe I will.

Friday- Burger in a Bowl, this is something we never had. I can not remember the reason why we did not make. This is something which I have seen a range of people do recently, I think it is a slimming world meal. It is almost a big mac which I love however, we hate spending the price of them as recently they have become super expensive. Hopefully, this is a meal which we end up loving and we can make a few more times.

Saturday- Beef Burritos, this is another meal which we have not had in the longest time. Mexican food is one of my favourites. I am unsure if Jess has actually had any burritos in the past. I am sure this is going to go down well in this house I am going to be making these from scratch. I fond a recipe in an Asda magazine not very long ago.

Sunday- BBQ Pork Steaks, corn on the cob, mixed veg and jacket potatoes. This is a meal which we are going to basically use the freezer for. We purchased the pork steaks a long time ago and I want them used up. I am going to put a lot of veg with this meal because it is something which Jess will eat. To be honest I can not wait for this meal either.

Of course, like every meal plan, this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

 

 

 

Period Pains

Periods are something which affect a most women. For some women they barely feel their periods however, there is a lot of women who struggle every single month. Since having Jess period pain is something which I have struggled with more. This has seen me have to use a number of methods which have helped reduced the pain which I occur because of periods. Today I am going to share with you some of the tips to help reduce the amount of pain. Hopefully this will help some of you who may not have used some of these methods.

Keep Hydrated

This is something which I seem to neglect a lot. You need to be able to keep hydrated as of course, you are losing fluids. You need to make sure that you can drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water. I try and make sure that I always have water as close to me as possible. Of course, this is going to make sure that you are less bloated this is problem which can occur to me when it is time of the month.

Reduce Caffeine intake

If you reduce the amount of caffeine it can help reduce period pains. Of course, caffeine is in chocolate as well as tea and coffee. I have found this to be one which is a little bit effect for me. I do not completely cut it out but if I am in a lot of pain I do try and take less coffee. This could just be psychological however, it is something which does work for me.

Painkillers

You may want to have painkillers to hand this is something which I have to do. Make sure that you do not take too many of them because you need the safe amount. Tablets such as ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This will help reduce the pain because of course period pain is caused as a result of uterine contractions. In some cases you may want to visit the doctors to be able to get stronger painkillers such as Naproxen if you really suffer.

Heat

Applying a heating pad, heat wrap, or hot water bottle this can work wonders for reducing period pains. This is because heat helps muscles relax. I can often be found with a hot water bottle on my stomach. Usually this is something which I have to do at night. Sometimes a hot shower can help. Make sure that you do not use too much heat because you do not want to boil. Sometimes I can find myself getting too warm in the night if I apply too much heat.

Exercise

This is something which most of us want to avoid when period pain hit. Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel better. I am not saying that you should go all out and do a hard session however, a light amount of exercise may be ideal. Something such as going for a brisk walk or a jog. Stretching can also help so much something like Yoga I can imagine is amazing for this. Light exercise may reduce period pains which means you do not need to curl in a ball as often. Of course, listening to your own body and not over doing it is important.

Massage

I am unsure if this is one which applies to people who do not get period pains in their back. I find there to be nothing better than a back massage. I usually demand Joe to give me one of those because it does seem to help reduce the pain. Massage does actually increase blood flow. Of course, you could use oils however, this is something which I usually opt against. Usually this is because I want a massage when we are going to bed.

Sleep

Of course, sleep is something which we all love and usually want more of. Going to bed at the same time and getting adequate sleep can help your overall health and mood. If you feel better about yourself a bit more human this is going to help you cope with the pain.  I try and sleep as much as possible when I am suffering because for me it doesn’t hurt as much when I am asleep.  If I am trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine I am drinking sleep is something for sure I should get more of.

Baths

Of course, these are going to help soothe muscle cramps. It is the hot water which helps soothe the muscles cramps. You can use your favourite bubble bath if this is going to help make you feel better. I like to use some Lush products in order to reduce my pain. Of course when you are struggling with pain self care is as important if not more so.

What do you do to help reduce period pains?

 

 

 

 

Meal Inspiration Monday- Lasagne

Today I am back sharing with you a meal inspiration Monday. I have not done one for a while because we have not been making new recipes. However, today I am going to be sharing with you the recipe which I usually use for Lasagne. I usually cook too much of it then I freeze it for times like when Joe is away. This is just something which works for us as the recipe does serve between 6-8 people. So here is the recipe I use for lasagne it does have a lot of hidden veg great for fussy.

Ingredient

450g lean minced beef

1 Onion Chopped Finely

1 Red Pepper finely chopped

150g button mushrooms sliced

1 Green Pepper finely chopped

3 tsp tomato puree

2 bay leaves

1 tsp dried thyme

2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp dried oregano

300g lasagne sheets

300g cottage cheese

150g mature cheddar grated

Salt and Pepper

Method
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the mince and cook until brown all over, then remove from the pan and set aside.

  3. Add the onions, peppers and mushrooms and fry over a medium heat until softened.

  4. Return the mince to the pan. Add the tomato purée and bay leaves and cook for a further five minutes.

  5. Add the tomatoes and dried herbs then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to simmer for at least 30 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  6. Grease a baking dish and line the bottom with lasagne sheets  .

  7. Remove the bay leaves from the mince mixture and spoon about one third of the mixture onto the lasagne sheets

  8. Place blobs of cottage cheese in total 1/3 on top of the mince.

  9. Repeat this layering process of lasagne sheets, mince and cottage cheese for more layers, finishing with a good sprinkling of cheddar all over the top.

  10. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is golden-brown and bubbling, Make sure it is cooked all the way through

  11. To serve, cut out squares of the lasagne and place onto plates. For sure lasagne is something which I could eat most of the time. It is great in the summer with a salad however, it is nice with a garlic bread on those cold wet nights.

How do you make your lasagne.

 

Charlotte xxx

Meal Plan 2nd August

First of all, how it is August this year seems to be flying by. For sure I know it is not going to slow down there are some exciting things coming up. Today I am going to be sharing with you the meals which I have been consuming this week. This is the last week of solo parenting which I am so glad about because it means that Joe can help me cook again. Again, of course, there are a few meals from the freezer. I find it easier and batch cooking, of course, saves money which is something which we all love. So today I am going to share the meals which I have been consuming.

Monday – Herby Chicken Wrapped In Bacon with Jacket. This is a meal which I have made a few times now it is super simple however it is something which you can just stick in the oven. I am going to do a jacket potato with this and maybe some mixed veg. This is a recipe which got from Katy on one of her lives.

Tuesday- Lasagna and salad, this is one of the meals which I have in the freezer. I am going to be sharing the recipes for this medal in the coming weeks. I think it is one of the easiest ways to get veg into my diet. Again this means that I am not going to have to cook and with the lack of energy I have this is great. This will be served with garlic bread or salad depending on my mood.

Wednesday- Risotto, this is one which I have not had in a long time. This is another meal which I have had in the freezer and want to get it used up. It is that bad because I can not remember what flavour this. For sure is a meal which I am looking forward to this week. I do not know if this is a meal which I would make again.

Thursday-  Creamy Ham pasta bake, this is a meal which we had a few weeks ago. For sure there was plenty left which meant some went in the freezer. I am going to have some more of this week. It does mean that there is going to be more space for more meals or bargains.  I reckon this

Friday-  Takeaway, because Joe is back and I do not know what time he is going to be back. To be honest, it is going to be nice to have him back because I have missed him. I am thinking about having a Chinese for this meal. For sure

Saturday- Chicken Curry, we have a number of jars in the cupboard. I am unsure what we are actually going to be doing this weekend. I could easily stick this in the slow cooker or cook it when home. I have not had a curry in a long time so this could be fun.

Sunday- Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Jess has a 3-hour birthday party so I do not think she is going to want to eat. I fancy doing something in the slow cooker which is how we got to this meal.  Theses may be served as part of a meal or on their own, I have not decided yet.

Of course, like every meal plan, this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

 

Keeping Your Kids Safe At Home

 

It’s something that every parent finds themselves thinking about when they struggle to get to sleep: how safe are your children in your home? Statistically, the home is where something is most likely to happen, so you need to make sure that you are doing absolutely everything you can to keep your children as safe as possible there as you can. There is actually plenty involved in the process of trying to keep your children safe at home, and the more aware you are of these, the more likely it is that you can keep your kids as safe as you would hope. In this article, we are going to look at some of the most important aspects of this, so you can make sure that you are going to absolutely keep your children safe at home.

Install A Security System

If you want to try and keep your children as safe as possible, one of the ways in which you will need to do that is by installing a security system in the home. You might not feel that you really need this, but if you live somewhere where you are at particular risk from break-ins then it might be something that you want to consider doing. After all, having a security system installed will be a huge deterrent in the first place, especially if you have a home CCTV installation done and there are visible cameras on the property. For that reason, this is something that you will definitely find helps you to have peace of mind with regard to how safe your children are, and it is, therefore, the kind of thing you should think about doing.

Get Childproofing

The act of childproofing is something that is likely to be very important, as it ensures that your home is actually set up in such a way that your children are not going to be harmed accidentally in the ways that can often happen in the home. You can never take the risk absolutely zero, but you can bring it down to a very low number. Before you even ever bring your child home, you should make sure that you have childproofed the home as best as you can. Things, like locking low cupboard doors and keeping certain products out of reach, are hugely important here, as is avoiding any sharp objects and so on. Childproofing in this way is going to really make a huge difference.

Teach Them About Safety

To a certain extent, once your kids start getting older they need to take responsibility for their own safety. But they can only do this well if they are taught how to and what it means, so that is something that you are going to have to think about too. Doing whatever you can to teach your children about safety is definitely going to help, so make sure that you are doing so from as young an age as possible. That will definitely mean that they are going to be much safer in the home at all times.

How do you keep your home safe for your kids?

Charlotte x

Tricks For Keeping A Spotless House With Kids

When you become a new parent, you realise how difficult it is to do anything with children. You used only to have to grab your purse and hop in the car when you wanted to go out shopping, but when you have kids in tow, it takes hours to get everyone ready. Cleaning the house is another one of those things that gets much harder with little ones. However, that doesn’t mean that you should succumb to a life of mess. Here are five tricks for keeping a spotless house with kids. 

  1. Have A Cleaning Routine

When you know where you’re headed and what you’re doing, you’ll be able to clean your house much quicker. You also eliminate the risk of you forgetting to tackle a certain chore or two. For this reason, you should write a list of every household chore that you ever do. With that, you can then designate tasks for specific days. This will allow you to knock things out in small bites.  I know a lot of people do team TOMM when it comes to cleaning. 

 

  1. Share Out The Chores

Make sure that you don’t take on too many responsibilities for yourself. Even if you’re the only adult in the house, you can delegate chores to your children. The little ones could tidy their toys away, while the older ones wash up, for example. You might also want to consider hiring a cleaner or gardener to lend a hand. Trying to do it all will only make it harder to do anything. 

 

  1. Automate What You Can

There are some chores you simply don’t need a living, breathing human to do. From vacuuming to washing up, you can rely on technology to do these jobs instead. Although dishwashers and other appliances can cost a pretty penny, you can’t put a price on convenience. If you simply don’t have the time to get everything done, then stop trying to and automate the tasks instead. 

 

4. Keep Cleaning Supplies Close

When you have a few moments to spare, there is no reason why you can’t use them to get some cleaning done. You could clean the toilet while your kids are in the bath, for instance, or dust the kitchen while you cook dinner. To make this much easier, you should assemble cleaning stations all over the house. Just a caddy with a rag, sponge, cleaner, and wipes should do the trick. 

 

  1. Clear Out Any Clutter

The more cluttered your home is, the harder you’ll find it to keep it clean. With that in mind, you should take a few days to clear out all of the unwanted junk from your home. Pick a room to start in and then slowly work your way around the entire house. Any belongings that are broken should be thrown away, but the stuff in good condition could be donated to charity or sold online. 

 

Although it might seem too good to be true, it is possible to keep your house spotless, even with kids running around. Hopefully, with the advice above, you’ll find this much easier to do from now on. This is something which I am trying however, of course, this is not always possible.

What do you do to keep a clean and spotless home with children?

Charlotte xx

 

 

Meal Plan 26th July

Today I am going to be sharing with you the meals which I have been consuming this week. I have actually been on my own week which that’s some of the meal may be repeated. I have taken a couple of meals out of the freezer which is something which I do when Joe is away. I am still not able to cook a lot at the moment and the heat is not making this any easier for me. Anyway, I am going to be sharing the meals which I have been consuming.

Monday- Tomato and sweet onion pasta, this is a meal which should be super simple to make. This is a Tesco recipe which I am sure I will it another time if this is a meal which I like this. There is a chance I will make too much and end up freezing some.

Tuesday- Garlic bread flatbread and salad. Normally I would have had something like a pizza however with the heat this is not something which I want. Of course, the flatbread is thin for sure this is a meal which is going to be good.

Wednesday-  Chicken wraps, these are something which I have been loving for a few weeks now. I am going to use breaded chicken because then they are like a fake McDonald’s wrap. This is something which I do love however, I do not love the price. I am also going to stick some salad in this to make it a bit healthier.

Thursday- Jacket potato and salad. We have a lot of potatoes which need using up and a jacket potato sounds nice I have also some sandwich fill in which I can use as a filling. I am going to serve this with salad again because it meant to be able 30 degrees. Of course, this means that I am not going to want to cook at all.

Friday- I am at work and Jess will be at my parents so we are going to have more for lunch. I am unsure what my parents are going to have in. So I am unsure what we will be consuming for this meal. It might be nice to have a meal cooked for me again.

Saturday-  Again I am at work and staying with my parents. I am unsure of what we are going to for tea. I know we have spoken about having like a buffet if the weather is still warm however it might have changed. For sure it is going to be a good meal

Sunday- Chicken nuggets and chips. I am unsure what time well we be getting home so I want a super simple meal to cook. There is a chance that we will end up getting food with them rather than me having to cook.

Of course, like every meal plan, this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx