Preloved Finds April 2019

Trying to purchase less new things and more preloved is something which we are trying to do more this year.  Jess grows out of toys and clothes very quickly I do sell a lot of her clothes which are in good condition. Sometimes I do sell toys as well if I think that they are worth it. Usually, I sell on eBay then items which are not perfect end up in the charity shop. Usually when in there we look if there is anything else we could use . We have had toys and games for a fraction of their RRP.  EBay is somewhere were I get items which I think are going to be perfect for nursery. As we need clothes we do not mind getting a little bit ruined. Shopping preloved for us is to save items ending up in landfill and to save us some money.

If you have not seen what we have picked up in previous months you can see them here, January, February and March.  We visited one charity shop this month and then we also went to a market. We went to a baby dinosaur market which is where items which aimed at 0-10 years are sold.

This month there is more of the clothing element because Jess has enough toys for the moment. There is some which I have put away for the future because picked them up when we saw the bargains. The first item is a tshirt which I picked up for 50p. It is actually a Disney tshirt which has Tinkerbell on. This is one which we are going to using as this one for nursery. Due to the price the we do not mind if it does get ruined by some paint or other things which they use at nursery. This is a couple of sizes too big however, it does like it may have been shrunk previously. I can see Jess wearing this very soon.

Another item which I picked up from the same seller is this dress. It is actually from H&M and cost me £3 which is a little bit more than I usually would pay. I thought this is a beautiful dress which could be worn with tights or even plain leggings. This is one which would start off as something which she would wear at home. No doubt at some stage this will end up been a nursery dress as well. I think the simple monochrome and the checked just works it is something which I can see myself wearing.

The final item which I picked up from the same stall is this minion t shirt which of course, I am going to put away. We always say that Jess is a cheeky one so having a top which says santa I can explain on it is perfect.  This is something which is going to get a bit of wear from in December. I do not like spending a lot of money on seasonal pieces. This again is a couple of sizes to big because then this allows Jess some growing room because we do not want it to fit too early. Again this was 50p so I not too bothered if she does not get around to wearing it. I can always resell it to someone who it will be more suitable.

Dungaree’s are something which Jess loved in last summer. I also actually saw these on another stall and I knew I could not leave them. This is actually size 6-7 but they do look like they have been shrunk because they do not loo way to big for her. These are from F&F which we know is a good quality they tend to wash really well. Jess is going to get a lot of wear. I paid £2 for these even if we do not get a really hot summer she will be able to team these with tights on a weekend. I have paid £10 for a new pair of dungaree’s in Primark so it does show that you can pick up bargains preloved.

As I have mentioned on some of the previous preloved that Jess loves jigsaws. We managed to pick up this Little Miss Puzzle Multipack. The lady said they have never been used. There is actually 10 jigsaws in the box which is amazing. This means that it is going to keep her busy for a long time which is always a bonus. They range up to 100 pieces which is going to be hard for her but this is what we want. She has been going through jigsaws at a rate of knots recently. We only paid £5 this would have been a lot more expensive brand new. There is going to be hours of fun here for Jess. We pick jigsaws up as and when we see them because you never know when the weather is going to turn and she needs entertaining.

The final two items are something different to which we would not usually pick up. I saw them to be honest I thought they were adorable. They are these Eeyore and Tigger soft cuddly toys. These are not actually for Jess we have purchase them for. I know that in the future we are likely to make Jess a big sister so we purchased these ready. They were 50p each and I could not leave them for this price. We do not have any plans on expanding the family yet so we will be storing them for a while.

Have you purchased anything preloved this month? If so let me know what you got in the comments below.

Charlotte xxx

 

Meal Plan 3rd May

Wow, another month this does mean that I have been meal planning for 4 whole months. I hope you have enjoyed actually seeing the meals which we have been consuming over that period of time. There has been a wide range of them. Today I am going to be sharing another meal plan this is week is going to be a little bit different. The reason for this is Joe is actually away for a couple of night this week which means that I am going to be eating food on my own. Obviously, I do not want to be cooking as fancy meals so I am going to try and use a few things up which we have in the freezer.  So on with the meals which I am going to be consuming this week.

Monday- Leek and Potato Pie with Chips. This is something which we have had in the freezer for a while. Joe is actually away this evening so I wanted something just for me. I actually purchased this reduced it is a Pukka Pie. I wanted something super simple because it can hurt to stand and cook due to my injured knee. For sure this is something which I enjoyed. Should I be able to purchase another one reduced I would do this. I am sure this is something which Joe would like as well. You could make your own if you really wanted to do this.

Tuesday- Chicken Katsu Curry, this simple meal for us. We picked up a jar in Asda which was reduced I do not know why this was the case. Katsu curry is something which we love consuming. We served this with rice for sure if we can find the jar of sauce in Asda. If we can not we can always make our own Katsu. If you have not tried it for sure it is something which you need to do. I think this is one of my favourite meals which I have had in a long time. The first time I had this was in Waggamamas only about a year or so ago.

Wednesday- Slimming World Ready Meal, I have one of these in the freezer. Again I am on my own however, this is going to make a lot of room in our freezer. There is a lot of packaging on this meal I can not remember what the meal is. It has been in the freezer for a long time and I do want to be rid of this. I think I must have picked it up in Iceland I will report how good these are. I know there is a number of my followers already on slimming world which is amazing.

Thursday- Pork Black Bean Stir Fry,  we have some pork in the freezer and some stir fry sauce. We need a quick meal because Joe may be home late tonight. So we need something which we can do very quick this is going to be a fast but tasty meal. I am unsure what I am going to be adding into this meal. Stir Fry is something which I am looking forward to it is such an easy meal and one which we love. I do not think we have done one with Pork for a long time.

Friday- Buffalo Veggie Burger, this is something I found on Pinterest. Joe has been saying that he fancies a burger for a long time now. It is something which we do not have a lot for some reason. I do love having a fakeaway because it does stop us ordering a takeaway. We are trying to save money and having a fakeaway helps us do this. I think I am thinking I am going to serve this with some chips as well. For sure I think this is one of the meals which I am looking forward to the most this week.

Saturday- Penne Pizza Bake, this is another meal which we found on Pinterest. Pasta is a meal which Jess loves and of course, she does loves pizza as well. For sure, this is one I can not wait to see how it comes out. This could go one or two ways hopefully it is really nice and this is going to be something which I will share with you. Without Pinterest I am unsure where I would actually manage to get half of the inspiration which I do. I would not have thought of doing this myself.

Sunday- Meal out or BBQ, it is my brother’s birthday this week. So my parents, him and one of his friends are coming over. Depending on the weather to what we actually do. If it is warm we are going to do a BBQ like we managed to host at Easter. If we are not lucky enough to have some amazing weather. We will be actually having a meal out somewhere if we do not manage to have a BBQ. It will be nice to see my parents even though it only has been a couple of weeks it is always nice to see my folks.

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 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

 

 

 

May Goals 2019

April has been a month which I have enjoyed so much. We have managed to do so much and spend a lot of time with family. This is one of the bonus you have when Easter is later in the year, you can have nice weather and get to do more with the family. Today I am going to reflect on the goals which I set for the month of April. It has been such a busy month have I managed to achieve what I set out to at the start. As well as setting some goals to smash in the month of May.

Last Month

Personal- We have managed to finish the garden this was a project which we wanted to get done. I have actually shared the pictures however, it did manage to get a little bit damaged in the storm.  Hopefully, we will be able to get some bits sorted. I have managed to sort out my clothes draws. I did not get rid of a lot only three pieces however, I do now know what is in them which is what I wanted. Even Joe went through his and got rid of some stuff. Deep cleaning the house is something which got away from me and it is unlikely it will happen in May. As I have to rest because I have damaged my Knee so at some stage this will get done. We managed to host a couple of family events successfully. We had Mother’s Day Lunch and then a BBQ on Easter Sunday. I am sure these are not the only events we will be hosting this year.

Work–  I have not managed to do the changes on my site this month which I wanted to. Instead, I have been getting ahead on writing posts so this is something which may actually happen in May. Sorting out the SEO on my old posts is partly done I think I failed to realise how much time this was going to take. I still have around 360 posts to sort out so this is going to take a long time. I am sure that this is going to be one which I have running in the background for a few months.  Doing bits as and when I have some free time. As I write this I am 5 short of hitting my Facebook total of 200.  It is getting ever closer though. I know this is a platform a lot of people struggle with, I am glad I have managed to grow on some of my other social media this month considerably. I have made a couple of pitches to brands this month so we will see how this works out. It is soon going to be Father’s Day and this is something I am working on already.

Money- I have made the emails about rejoining scentsy this is something which may come off. I always this that it is important to have a number of income sources. It can never do you too much harm more so when you are self-employed. I have even been neglecting the surveys which I had been doing in March. There is no reason why this has happened as well. I could always do with some of the extra money. Of course, because I have not earnt a lot of money this month it does mean that I have not been putting anything away for Christmas yet. This is something which I am sure we will do this month. Truthfully we have not been purchasing a lot this month we have been more aware of what we need but I have been shopping around. Instead of going to pets at home for something we needed for the bunnies we used Fetch and it was cheaper.

Now on to the goals which I want to achieve in the month of May

Personal-

Clean the offices- They are both in a bit of a state there is so much stuff in them both. The floor in both of them really need a clean. This is something I am going to do when feeling better. Obviously, this is going to include a lot of bending which is not going to be great at the moment.

Start Couch to 5k- I was watching the London Marathon and it inspired me to want to up my running. 5K is something which I want to be able to run in under 30 minutes by the end of the year. I have stopped actually running on the treadmill a lot. I am hoping this will motivate me to start it again. In October I am thinking about doing a 5K at Yorkshire Wildlife Park so I want to get in for training for this.

Plan more days out- I had a number of days out planned up until Easter.  We have nothing planned now. I am one of these people who love to have days out planned and weekends ready for memories to be made. We want to be able to get some days out planned now for the next couple of months. I am actually unsure where we are going to end up going but no doubt we will end up having a lot of fun no matter where we end up.

More time for me- I again want to be able to work on my self care this month. I want to make sure that I do at least 30 minutes doing something for myself.

Work-

Increase my use of Pinterest– Pinterest is something which I was using a lot and in the past couple of months I have neglected. It is something which I want to get back on. I have gone from getting around 44k monthly unique views and this has now dropped to under 20k. This is something which I want to improve on. I used to so enjoy pinning things however, I know it is finding the time so this is why I am making it one of my goals this month.

Sort out my comments– Currently, I have about 17,000 comments which I need to sort. I seem to attract a lot of spam bots so I need to report them and not allow them on my site. I would love to get this down, of course, it is going to be a long job but for sure one, I will feel better about once it is done. The way I am going to tackle it is doing small amounts regularly. Even if I make a dent into it this month I will be very happy about that.

Keep scheduling tweets- I know this is something which a number of people do not like. As it does mean social media may not seem as social, however, I notice a massive drop in my page views if I do not do this. The weekends are a time when I seem to try and keep off twitter because I want to spend time with the family. These days can be sometimes the days where I get the most views. I need to make sure that I do this all of the time because it will help me in the long run.

Schedule some of the drafts– I think I have 10 blog posts which are completely written. Some are waiting for the pictures to be added some the SEO done. I want to get them out of the drafts and actually scheduled for you to be able to see them. I will be replacing them in my drafts for sure. At the moment I seem to have the bug and want to write so much. For sure this is something which I can not complain about at all.

Money-

Earn more money through my blog– April has been a month where I have not had a lot of opportunities. I know this is the same for a number of bloggers. I would love to increase the amount of money I earn this month compared to April. Hopefully, this is something which is very achievable this month. I know for sure I am going to be emailing a couple of contacts which I have to try and make this happen.

Check the bills- This is something which we did a couple of months ago however, this is something I like to do regularly. I know I can get a better deal using Sky for Spotify, I seem to remember I get 3 months free. This does mean that I can save £30. I am sure there are other elements which we can save on which is something which everyone wants to do. Usually, I check the bills when work has been quiet. I know we need to start building a buffer for August when we have to pay all of Jess’ fees as she does not get her childcare hours when it’s holidays.

Sell Some of Jess’ Summer Clothes-. There are some of her clothes which are going to be too small for her this summer. I want to sort them out so I can sell them and purchase her some bits which she may need for this summer. I like to be able to organise her wardrobe every season and sell things which are too small. Usually, I sell them on eBay and then reinvest the money on new clothes to us.

Get back into survey’s and apps- There is a number of ones which I am very close to the cashout amount. I have been neglecting them for a while and this is stupid of me. I hope to be able to cash out on some of them very soon and this means that I may be able to build our savings pot up a little bit more. If you use any can you tell me which ones you do because I am always finding more. I spend about an hour a day doing them .

What would you like to achieve this month? Let me know in the comments

 

Charlotte xx

Meal Inspiration Monday- Peri Peri Chicken Slow Cooker

The slow cooker is something which we have been slowly getting back into using. We have been more busy which has mean the use of the slow cooker has been ideal for us. Whether it is a day out and we are getting home a bit late to start preparing a whole meal. So today I am sharing a meal which we had a few weeks ago now. This was a Peri Peri Chicken made in the slow cooker. As you can see we even made the marinade from scratch too.

Ingredient serves – 4

625g boneless skinless chicken thigh cut into large chunks

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 tablespoon light muscovado sugar

2 teaspoons piri piri spice belnd

1 red onion finely chopped

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 red pepper deseeded and diced

1 yellow pepper deseeded and diced

400g can chopped tomatoes

150ml chicken stock

1 tablespoon cornflour

salt and pepper

Method

  1. Put the chicken into a large plastic food bag.
  2. Mix the oil, vinegar, tomato puree, sugar and piri piri together with a small amount of salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the mixture into the plastic bag with chicken.
  4. Then add onions, garlic and peppers. Seal the then shake the contents together to mix. Leave to marinate overnight in the fridge.
  5. Tip the tomatoes in a small saucepan.
  6. Mix the cornflour to a paste with a little bit of cold water. Add the paste into the small saucepan. Bring the mixture to boil and stir.
  7. Tip the mixtures in the large plastic food bag into the slow cooker. Pour over the hot tomato sauce then cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  8. Make sure the peri peri chicken is fully cooked before serving.
  9. You can serve the peri peri chicken with rice or anything you want.

Have ever made peri peri chicken in the slow cooker?

Charlotte xx

 

 

Baking- Breakfast Bars

As a busy mum breakfast is one of the meals which I can end up skipping. Sometimes there is so much to be done for example I want to head to the gym. Yet I need to drop Jess off at nursery and get back as quickly as I can in order to get some work done. I know that this is the case for a lot of people. I was finding myself grabbing things quickly which I could have with my morning coffee. Then around 10 o’clock I wanted another snack because I was not completely hungry.  A few months ago I was sent a recipe to make some breakfast bars. They are great to have a with a coffee at any time. They are so tasty even Joe was unable to stop himself consuming a number of them.

We are going to have to make some of these again one weekend because they do take an hour to bake. They are super easy to do I am sure anybody can make these breakfast bars. They would make a tasty treat after Easter instead of a chocolate bar. Of course, they are healthier and this is something which we are trying to do this year. So today I am going to share with you the recipe for these breakfast bars.

Ingredient – Makes 16

1 397ml can of condensed milk

250g rolled oats

75g shredded coconut

100g dried cranberries

125g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)

125g natural unsalted peanuts

100g dried apricots

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 130, then oil a 23 x 33 x 4cm baking tin.
  2. Warm the condensed milk in a large saucepan
  3. Mix all of the ingredient apart from the condensed milk. Make sure that it is very well.
  4. Add the warmed condensed milk and fold the ingredient with a spatula making sure it is evenly distributed.
  5. Spread the mixture into the tin and press down with the spatula. I will be honest I did it with my hands even thought it did become a little bit messy.
  6. Bake for one hour.
  7. After 15 minutes of cooling cut the breakfast bars into 4 pieces by 4. This will mean than you end up with 16 chunky breakfast bars.

For sure this is something which we would make again. It cost a fraction of the price of what it would have in the supermarkets. I can not wait to make them again because those breakfast bars went down a huge treat in this house. Jess was not too keen due to the peanuts. However, you could make them without.

Have you ever made your own breakfast bars?

Charlotte xxx

 

Meal Plan 26th April

Another week has past and it’s close to the weekend again. I do not know about you but I feel like I need it after such a busy Easter weekend. This week again has been trying to use things out of the freezer, it is come to the end of the month. We have spent a lot of time and money on the garden which means that we are running a bit low on funds. I have managed to do our weekly shop again for around £25 and this includes the food for the BBQ which we had on Easter Sunday.  So I am going to get on and share the meals which we have been consuming this week.

Monday- Sausage, Pepper and Onions with pasta. This is actually another meal of course we found on pinterest. We had some sausages left over from the BBQ so I thought this was a good meal to use them up. For sure this is something which we would do in the future should we have any sausages.

Tuesday- Herby Chicken wrapped in Bacon with New Potatoes.  I was actually watching Katy Instagram live where she was doing a meal plan. She mentioned that she was going to make this meal.. She actually inspired me to make this meal. It is something which we have done similar of in the past. It sounds like it could be one which we do more as the weather becomes nicer. All you do is slice the chicken in half fill it with herby cheese and wrap bacon around it. For a change we are going to be serving this with new potatoes.

Wednesday- Meatballs and Pasta. I actually made the meatballs a while back and froze them. I think I did this because Joe was not home. There is enough for us both I seem to remember these are the ones which have been filled with mozzarella. We have a pasta sauce which will mean that it’s not dery . I may even purchase a garlic bread to go with it if we fancy it. I love making too much food and then end up freezing them they are great for the end of the month.

Thursday-  Chicken Pad Thai, this is one which we did not get around to consuming last week. I seem to remember one of the meals actually did us two meals. So we decided to move this one across and have it this week. I just need to remember to get the chicken out of the freezer. The other ingredients are actually all going to be still in date so we can still consume.

Friday- Chilli and Lime Cod Fillets, we actually ended out up going out on Good Friday. For a meal with my parents so this is another meal which we did not eat. So I thought that I would make it this week so that no food did go to waste. We do hlasagnaave a lot of fish in the freezer at the moment so they may be more fish meals in the weeks to come. I can not wait for this meal because it is going to be so nice.

Saturday- Pork Steaks with Mushrooms and rice. This is another meal which we actually skipped from a couple of weeks ago. I actually forgot to get them out of the freezer which means that we did not have them. We had sloppy joe’s instead because we had some spare mince. I think this is going to be a good meal and one which Jess is going to eat. It is something different and pork steaks are something we have not had in a long time.

Sunday- Lasagna is another meal which we have not had in what seems like a long time. Watch it now we will have this a couple of times before May is over now. I actually found some mince in the freezer so I came up with this meal. This is something which Jess loves so much so I can not see why she will not clear the plate. No doubt I will make more than we need for this so we can put some in the freezer. I may serve this with garlic bread or some salad.

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 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

 

 

Garden Finished Project 2019

As you may know if you have followed us for a while, we moved house in September last year. This means that we are still putting our stamp on the house. We are aiming to do a couple of rooms a year. This year one of the projects was the garden. I did share some of my plans a couple of months ago. I did stat that we would be doing the work when Joe had some time off work.

Plans

There is a couple of elements which we actually still want to do. This includes getting a chimanea so it is not that cold when we want to stay out later.  It will also help us keep a having a little bit more light which is always a bonus. I know we are going to be using the garden more. When the weather becomes nicer and this is only going to increase with the summer. We are also looking at getting a sand pit for Jess as well. I have my eye on one which is reduce which would fit so I think I just need to order it.

Raised Up Area

Instead of focusing on the couple of bits which we still need to do to the garden.  I am now going to speak about the changes which we have made in the garden. First of all we managed to concrete the raised up area there was elements which were cracked.  This has made it a bit more level. We then have been able to purchase a table and chairs. This was very important for me because it has allowed me to work outside and also we can have meals out here when the weather is nice. We managed to pick up a great bargain we got 6 chairs and a large table for £120.

Of course we had to clean it as well because it was pretty filthy so of course, I got some pleasure using the jet wash. Due to the fact that the raised up area is so high we have had to get some decking panels this means that it is going to be hard for people to fall of and hurt themselves. Of course, I could see Jess become injuries when she was playing in the garden for some reason.

Pond

Talking about getting injuries while in the garden we have now had the pond removed. For sure this is something which I could see Jess falling in. There was a wide range of horrible things in it including bricks which would not have been pleasant.  This has been filled in and there is some paving stones there currently however,  I do think that this is where the sand pit is going to be going. This is going to mean that Jess does have something to play with which is always a bonus. The one I have found also has a lid which means that it should not get rain in it or blown around because of the wind.

Decking

We have also managed to wash the decking which was a job I loved. I do think I have a bit of an addiction to properly cleaning things in the spring time. We have actually painted it with some stain oil this is a bit darker than it has been previously. I am unsure how this is going to last because it does not look amazing and even but it is better than nothing. I could not believe how expensive the stain actually was but it does look a lot better than been very dirty. It is not as slippy as it used to be when it rained. I might have to do another coat of this on because I think there are gaps where it is missing.

Path

The side entrance to the garage is something else which we have changed there used to be just a large paving stone there. Then we has flat bits of grass where we had been walking however, I was no longer really happy with this anymore.  So we managed to get it so it was level and them built it up which allowed us to put the gravel down. On top of this we have managed to put some of the extra paving stones which we had 4 of. This is going to stop us walking on the grass. As you can see we have added some wooden trail this is to make sure that we do not have the gravel on the grass. It does also mean we can have the two different heights along the side of the garage.

Borders

We have dug all of the borders up there was a lot of herbs which had died in the garden and this is not something I wanted in the garden. I wanted to have pretty flowers which were going to add some colour to the garden because after all I wanted it to be a relaxing space. This meant digging it all up and stripping it back but for sure this was worth it.

Rockery

The rock area at the back of the garden we have not changed too much. We actually painted the planter which was there which was full of bricks. We have removed all if them filled it with soil and managed to plant some plants over there. This means that it is a lot more bright. We have lifted the rocks and made them more even and it looks a lot better than having random rocks. This is an area of the garden which I am so proud of. And it did not cost that much this section.

Back

We had a ton of brambles to remove which of course was not a great job to do. I think we have managed to get the majority of these removed now. They were all along the back and I did not want Jess to end up with balls been popped or hurting herself. Where they where in the garden we have now planted some pants. There was some random pieces of wood and trellis. These where things which were ugly and where starting to rot so I decided that we was going to remove this. It does look a lot better even if the fence is starting to break but this is not our fence.

Wendy House

Working our way around the garden we end up at the wendy house which I have painted. This has made it look a lot better. We managed to get some fence paint which was a one coat one. It is a little bit darker than it has been in the past however, it does look more new. I have managed to paint the white sections which some of them are rotten however, they can to be replaced. I am unsure how much longer the wendy house will last.

The floor on the front has been painted but for sure this rotting. However, the planks of wood go all the way through the wendy house so can not be replaced. I have also painted the bits which are near the window. They have been turned blue instead of white and I feel like they look a lot better than they did. Jess for sure loves it and it does mean that she is going to be able to play in it more.

Borders

The other side also had a lot of herbs however, they were dead as well. So we decided that we was going to dig them up completely. Again we have put some very nice plants there because I want some pretty colours there. It does look a lot better than the green and brown dead things which was there previously. As you know I am wanting to add colour to the garden do it is somewhere where I want to be.

Planters

There also was two huge planter which had actually been rotting so this was a job to empty them and then get some new ones. We actually purchased the 46L ones from B&Q. They are plastic so this means that they should not rot. We have actually had to fill them up with some compost because there was so many rocks and horrid things. Of course we have decided to put a lots of plants. They do bring a lot of colour which I love hopefully this is going to be last for a while. They did not cost a lot of money to do either which is always a bonus.

Rabbits

Of course, the main addition to the garden as you may know is the rabbits and their hutch. Rabbits are something which we have been speaking about getting for a while now. I think it is important for Jess to understand the importance of looking after others. I also believe that there is a great bond to be had with animals they help when you do not feel great. We have been looking at them for a while and rescued the pair which we have from Pets at Home they are 8 months old. They are two boys who I think are brothers they have been named Tracker and Marshall. Can you tell who named them they have been known to steal my phone and upload pictures of themselves on Instagram.

What DIY projects do you have on doing this year?

Charlotte xxx

 

Meal Inspiration Monday- Smoked Haddock Curry

Smoked Haddock is something which Joe and I love. We tend to pick up a lot of the fish which we consume get reduced. This does mean that we are able to add a lot more fish to our diet. This is something which we do actually love. I wanted to get some of it used from the freezer and I knew we had some smoked haddock in. I searched Pinterest and actually found a recipe for Smoked Haddock Curry. This would be great even in the summer months because it is a lot lighter than an normal curry. For sure this is one which I would make again and I know a couple of my friends are dying to try it as well.

Ingredient – Serves 4

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 large chopped onion

3 chopped garlic cloves

1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

1 chilli finely chopped

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 sweet potato peeled and chopped into 1cm cubes

2 teaspoons fish sauce

400ml coconut milk

250ml white wine

500g skinless smoked haddock cut into large chunks

A handful of spinach

Method

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan then add the onion and garlic. Fry these for a couple of moments over a medium heat.
  2. Add the chilli, coriander seeds, turmeric and continue to fry for another 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the sweet potato, fish sauce, white wine and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Continue for 12-15 minutes until the sweet potato becomes soft.
  4. Add the haddock to the pan, stir carefully and cook for 4–5 minutes, then add the spinach and season.
  5. Serve with rice or nan bread.

The smoked haddock curry is that simple to make. With all of the prep which you may need to do you can have this done in under 30 minutes. This does mean that you can have it during the week after work. For sure this is a meal which you would be looking forward to coming home to cook.

Have you ever had a smoked haddock curry?

Charlotte xx

Glasses Repair Kit- Snapit Review and Giveaway

Recently I was give the opportunity to try out a glasses repair kit called Snapit. As someone who wears prescription glasses all the time even sunglasses’s. I know how easy glasses can become broken even more so when you have a bouncy three year old. Put the fact that Joe also wears glasses this increase the risk of there been a broken pair of glasses.

I need something which allows me to repair glasses fast. I now don’t have a spare pair and it can take days to get them fixed. You can not always wear sunglasses because everyone knows Yorkshire is not always sunny.  So Snapit is ideal for me. I have had similar kits before in the past they have usually contained small screws which I have ended up losing. This usually means that my glasses are not properly fixed. Over the years I have had to have them fixed a lot and a lot of DIY jobs. I have been wearing glasses since I was 4 which is nearly 20 years now.

Snapit are different they have 1.5cm long screws with a snappable end. This means  you do not have to hunt for small screwdrivers. Usually the only way you can get one small enough is if you get them in a Christmas cracker.  Usually you have to hunt through the random draw in the kitchen where all the junk is stored to find them well you do if your anything like us.

The snapit is so simple after a couple of seconds your glasses will be as good as new. All you need to do is insert the screw into the part which is missing. Screw in with the provided screwdriver, tighten the screw and snap off the end.The screws can easily be inserted from the top or bottom this means it is even easier to use right. Then the job is done which is always a bonus because it take longer to get to go out and get them fixed. I like that these are so small you could have the packet in your junk draw. Ready in case your glasses do break because you never plan on this happening.

The Snapit Kit comes with 5 screws of varying lengths & thickness this means that it is compatible with over 99% of glasses and sunglasses. This is a huge bonus for us because we have several pairs so no matter which one should become broken we can get them fixed. They are all kept together in a small container which is ideal because this means it is harder to lose in the junk draw.

Snapit kit is available to purchase on Amazon, It’s really affordable. They are lower than the amount you would spend on a meal deal for your lunch. Considering the cost of new frames, this fab little glasses repair kit is a great buy and worth having. I am actually giving away some snapit kit to a lucky winner this means your going to be sorted should you have a glasses emergency.

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Do you have something to hand should your glasses break?

 

Charlotte xxx

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Meal Plan 19th April

Today we are going to be sharing the meals which we are going to be consuming this Easter Weekend. Of course, this week is not a normal one. We are actually having to feed Jess 4 times this week.This is double the amount of meals we normally have to do due to Easter.  There is also a day when she is not going to be at Nursery because we are in York for an event. I would like to think that there is a wide range of different meals this week. Hopefully some of them will give you inspiration for some meals which you want to consuming yourself in the future.

Monday- Chicken Parmigianna and Jacket Potato. I saw someone unfortunately I can not remember who it was in Katy’s Linky have this meal. I had some chicken which needed to be used up and also some mozzarella. i thought that this was a great way to use both up. This is a meal which is a little bit different to something which we would normally make which is always a bonus. I do like to keep things fresh when it comes to meal planning.

Tuesday- Bacon and Sausage Casserole. This again is a meal which has come around due to us having things in the freezer which I wanted to use up. We had some bacon and sausage alongside some parsnip and swede. So I decided to have a google and see what kind of meals I could make using these items. This is how I came up with the bacon and sausage casserole. I am looking forward to this meal because it is something different and not something which we would have normally thought about making.  I think this is one of the reasons I love pinterest so much.

Wednesday- Prawn Curry, recently I purchase a large number of prawns reduced and froze them. I am going to get one of the packets out and make then into a prawn curry. This is such a simple meal we are going to be doing this as we will have been in York all day. Jess and I for an event which means that when we get home we want something quick because she does have nursery the next day after all. I will be serving this with rice and of course, I am not going to make it too hot as it is also for Jess.

Thursday- Chicken Pad Thai,I think this is one of my favourite meals at the moment. You may remember we made a simple shrimp pad thai. I fancied making something along this lines I had some more chicken to use. So this is where the idea of a Chicken Pad Thai came from. We also had all of the ingredient nearly in for this meal so I thought it would be a good meal. Of course, this is the last meal of the week where we do not have Jess. This is why we have chosen a meal which Jess may not actually eat.

Friday- Chilli and Lime Cod Fillets, this is a meal which Joe and I will consume. Jess is going to have some fish fingers and chips. This is going to be a split meal which is not something we would normally do. However, we wanted to have a traditional good Friday Meal of fish. We had the Cod in the freezer from when we had purchased i the reduced section. I am unsure if we will have these with wedges or chips. This is hopefully going to be a healthier option instead of having traditional fish and chips.

Saturday- Takeaway, we are actually going out on Saturday.  I have a feeling that we could end up home late so we want something simple to be able to have. This is our monthly takeaway treat because we are trying to cut down on the number which we consume. I could not tell you which takeaway we are going to consume yet as we have not decided. I am unsure which one I fancy at the moment. In all honesty this could end up with us having a slow cooker meal instead.

Sunday- BBQ, fingers crossed. If the weather is as nice as it is meant to be this is what we are thinking about doing. I am unsure if we will actually end up having one or not. We are thinking about having my parents over and doing an Easter egg hunt for Jess. I am unsure if this is something which we will end up doing or not. I guess I should have a meal on standby in case the weather does turn and become horrible again.

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 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