Category: Family Life

What to expect at your child’s first nasal flu vaccine

What to expect at your child’s first nasal flu vaccine

I don’t usually post this sort of thing but it was something I googled quite a lot in the lead up to Florence’s first nasal Flu Vaccine and frankly I was none the wiser by the time the appointment came around. Florence is quite wary […]

Staying Organised as a Busy Family with BoxClever {#AD – Gifted for Review)

Staying Organised as a Busy Family with BoxClever {#AD – Gifted for Review)

Life with a young family is unsurprisingly busy and keeping on top of all the playgroups and appointments and work bits can be a bit of a challenge, especially when baby brain comes into play. I have been using my phone diary for a while […]

31 Dinner Ideas for Families – A Monthly Meal plan

31 Dinner Ideas for Families – A Monthly Meal plan

Our budget is really tight this month what with Christmas just happening and S going from weekly to monthly pay in his new job so I’ve been really focussed on trying to make sure we are as efficient with our money over the next month as possible and finding ways to make what we do have go that little bit further. My main concerns were making sure the bills were all paid and that we could put food on the table. With the bills taken care of, my attention turned to the grocery shop and making a plan to see us through the month.

I always find that shopping for two weeks at a time tends to work out more cost effective in the long run. I’ve taken it a little further this month though, and stretched it out to make a whole months worth of meals.

I actually really enjoyed the planning process. We all sat round one evening and offered up suggestions for things we might like and it’s given me so much more inspiration for dinner ideas. Plus, having over 30 different dinners already listed and allotted to certain days has taken away the whole having to decide what we’re going to have each night and turning to the same old thing because it’s easy and you know it’ll get eaten.

Usually, my weeks shopping bill for 5-7 of us comes in at around £120. This time, it came in at just under £300. For a whole month worth of meals.

If you’re looking to do something similar or just after some different dinner ideas for your family I’ve popped our meals for the month in a list below!

Wednesday: Roast Chicken, roast potatoes and vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots).

Thursday: Chicken Fajitas (using leftover chicken) with rice. Plain chicken, veg & ricefor the children.

Friday: Scrambled Eggs on toast

Saturday: Picky Picnic Tea – sausage / cheese rolls, chicken nuggets, sweet potato wedges, crudités

Sunday: Birthday Dinner out using taste card 2 for 1

Monday: Chilli Con Carne with rice, garlic bread / Oven baked cod with rice and veg

Tuesday: Beef / Chicken burgers, homemade ‘slimming world’ chips & salad

Wednesday: Ham, Egg & Chips with baked beans, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms / V without the Ham

Thursday: Pizza night!

Friday: Cottage Pie / Fish Pie, carrots, peas & brocolli

Saturday: Tuna Pasta Bake

Sunday: Roast Chicken

Monday: Spaghetti / Vegetable Bolognese (My Recipe here)

Tuesday: Leek & Potato Soup & Crusty Rolls

Wednesday: Chicken / Cheese & onion Pie & Mash with vegetables and gravy

Thursday: Chicken Paella

Friday: Burritos

Saturday: Salmon, tinned Potatoes & Veg

Sunday: Roast Beef

Monday: Chicken Curry

Tuesday: Beef Stew & Dumplings

Wednesday: chicken and broccoli pasta bake

Thursday: Jacket Potatoes with Cheese & Beans

Friday: Fish, Chips, Peas and grilled tomatoes

Saturday: Tacos & homemade wedges with salad

Sunday: Peri peri chicken, sweet potato mash & homemade coleslaw

Monday: Sausage & Mash

Tuesday: Breakfast for tea – a Full English!

Wednesday: Chicken Kiev’s, boiled potatoes, peas & brocolli

Thursday: Easy Cheesy Pasta

Friday: Vegetable Stirfry

I’ll be sharing some recipes for some of these easy family meals over the next month and will come back and add links to them as I go. 

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Our Activity Advent – 33 things to do as a family during Advent

Our Activity Advent – 33 things to do as a family during Advent

I was talking on instagram stories he other day about out family advent calendar for this year and I how instead of just toys & chocolate we were going to be filling it with activities to do in the lead up to Christmas. I really […]

Hallowe’en memories & passing the magic on to my children

Hallowe’en memories & passing the magic on to my children

Hallowe’en. It is the marmite holiday of our time and people seem to either love it or hate it. Personally I love it as for me, it signifies the start of my favourite time of year. These magical few months It’s always been a big […]

5 Room on the Broom Inspired Snack Ideas

5 Room on the Broom Inspired Snack Ideas

We are huge fans of Julia Donaldson tales here and Florence’s absolute favourite book is Room on the Broom. As we enter the season of magic and with Hallowe’en coming up I’m busy planning a host of spooky toddler friendly activities to keep Florence & William entertained  throughout the next few weeks.

Today I’m sharing some really fun Room on the Broom inspired snack ideas which I think would be perfect additions to your Hallowe’en feast! What’s more they are mostly healthy and eaten together make up 3 of your toddler’s 5 – a  – day.

As well as cute snacks they could each be combined as a meal or even be served up as party food – if you’re planning a Hallowee’en do I’ve no doubt these will go down a treat with your younger guests!

Each of the five super simple treats represent a different character in the film — aside from the witch herself so if anyone has any ideas on how to serve witch & chips I’d be really excited to hear them! And of course, not forgetting the all important broom!

The witch’s broom stick

This is pretty much as simple as it gets.  I just used a cheese string and peeled back sections about a third of the way down to make a broom end.

The Cat

Peel & Half a satsuma, draw on some green eyes within writing icing, add a pink mini marshmallow for a nose and some little yellow cheese triangles for ears. I totally forgot them, but you could add whiskers too!

The Dog

Oh, this was my favourite one to make! Probably because out of all of them it’s the one I considered more of a treat. I placed giant chocolate buttons on a scotch pancake to make the dog’s spots. Blueberry eyes & a marshmallow nose. 

The Bird

This could not be more simple – take a slice of cucumber, place a blueberry on top for the eye and a little triangle of cheese for the beak.

and the Frog

For the frog, Half & core an apple and place flat side down on a plate. Using cream cheese stick two cucumber half slices on top for eyes, blueberries for pupils & a ham tongue. Easy peasy.

Not only were these really fun and surprising quick to make, Florence absolutely loved them too. We read the Room on the Broom story while she ate and then made a broomstick from a wrapping paper tube. I love theming her food to coincide with our play and am really looking forward to a month of spooky snacks!

 

 

#AD GIFTED | How we organise our toys and a Bits by Bee review

#AD GIFTED | How we organise our toys and a Bits by Bee review

With Christmas coming up and space in our house limited I’ve been having a bit of a toy overhaul over the last couple of weeks, taking a look at how to effectively store them as well as selling, donating and bagging some up to put […]

Family fun at Kent Life Hops n Harvest Festival

Family fun at Kent Life Hops n Harvest Festival

After a particularly miserable week plagued with illness here I was determined that this weekend would be filled with memory making and quality family time to end a rather lovely summer. The first weekend of September was always marked off in our calendar before we […]