Category: lifestyle

Excuse the mess…

Excuse the mess…

Since Florence was born our house appears to have become the site of a mothercare explosion. There is rarely a day that goes by that my living room floor is not covered in toys, nappies, muslins & baby clothes. Our bedroom is the same, as […]

This time last year

This time last year

Today is quite a big milestone for me. This day, an entire year ago marked the beginning of a whirlwind series of events that changed my life. There were times there when it seemed all of my immediate hopes for the future had been pulled […]

Weekly Meal Plan #1

Weekly Meal Plan #1

I wrote last week about how we’ve reduced our food bill by over 50% and since I’ve had a few requests for an example of our meal plans. Meal planning has really helped us cut the amount we spend on food over the last few months and also means we no longer have that annoying conversation about what we fancy for tea each evening! One of the things I will say is that it’s essential to have a good stock of the basics – herbs, spices, cereal, milk, pasta etc – in the cupboards so you can always grab

Monday: Sausages, mashed potatoes, brocolli & carrots with gravy.

Tuesday: Beef burgers in tiger rolls, homemade mini potato wedges & baked beans.

Wednesday: Chicken Tikka Masala*, long grain rice & brocolli

Thursday: Breaded chicken breasts, mashed potatoes & baked beans

Friday: Spaghetti Bolognese* with garlic bread

Saturday: Couscous stuffed red peppers, chicken breast & salad

Sunday: Birthday Burgers

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I am thinking of doing a couple of recipe posts for easy weekday & freezer meals – if you’d like to see any of the above meals in a recipe, let me know.

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6 ways we’ve saved money on our weekly food bill

6 ways we’ve saved money on our weekly food bill

Now that I’m on maternity leave and about to take a bit of a cut on my income we have had to really cut down our outgoings ahead of our little one’s arrival and a big part of our budgeting consisted of reducing our food […]

Bunnies for Babies – Fundraising for Kicks Count at Easter

Bunnies for Babies – Fundraising for Kicks Count at Easter

A few weeks ago, Kicks Count launched their Bunnies for Babies campaign to encourage followers to help raise money and awareness for their amazing work over Easter by taking on a virtual run or walk. It’s exactly a year ago today that I completed the […]

5 Tips for the Pregnant Bridesmaid

5 Tips for the Pregnant Bridesmaid

As you may or may not have seen on social media, I was a bridesmaid at my Uncle & new Aunty’s wedding at the weekend. It was so lovely to get glammed up and spend the day celebrating as a family and I was honoured to have been invited to be such a big part of their special day.  This weekend I also reached 30 weeks pregnant, a massive milestone that I have been
counting down to for ages, just 10 weeks to go! Being SO pregnant though, has it’s challenges when you need to be on top form and look fabulous all day long, and so here are my top tips on making it through the day with ease.

C H O O S E  A  D R E S S  T H A T  C A N  G R O W  A S  Y O U R  B U M P  D O E S  | Chances are, you’ll be choosing your bridesmaids dresses fairly early on in the wedding planning process. In fact we didn’t even  know I was pregnant when we headed to try on every dress on the shop and pose for the bride to be. Luckily as it turned out, we’d chosen a beautiful maxi style dress which could be easily altered and expanded around my growing bump with a little help from a very talented seamstress. If you already know you are pregnant, ask the bridal shop their advice on the best style for you and the rest of the bridal party. pregnant bridesmaid 2

H A V E  A  B A C K   U P  D R E S S | With the rate my tummy grew in the last month or so, it was touch and go as to whether I would fit into the dress on the big day. Trust me, even though it had only been two weeks since the last fitting, we had a little trouble doing up the zip! And so, while it would have meant I wouldn’t have fit in with the other bridesmaids, I made sure I had a back up dress which I knew would fit and be comfortable on the day just in case. While my bridesmaid dress did fit nicely (phew!) for the ceremony etc, by desert my tummy had expanded so much that I got quite uncomfortable and decided to change into my back up dress for the rest of the day. As I said before, comfort is key and if your bride is anything like ours, she will just want you to be able to enjoy the day ratehr than struggle being uncomfortable.

C O M F Y  S H O E S | Carrying on the comfort is key theme, an extra pair of flat and comfy shoes are essential for every pregnant bridesmaid. I bought some sandals from New Look which I changed into  in the evening so I could dance without achey feet!

T A K E  S N A C K S | Weddings can be long! We left for the venue to get ready at 8.30am and the wedding breakfast wasn’t until around 3pm and that’s a long time to go without food when you’re growing a human! Especially as I tend to get a bit faint if I don’t eat little and often. I packed some mini croissants and a bunch of bananas and kept them in my bag in the dressing room to keep me going and I think it’s safe to say I wasn’t the only person grateful for them! My sister gladly tucked in throughout the day too.

I T ‘ S  O K A Y  T O  L E A V E  E A R L Y | We ended up going home just after 10pm and while at first I was worried it might offend the newly wedded couple, was actually absolutely the right thing adn honestly, there was so much champagne flowing I am not sure too many people noticed! I was exhausted and having been on the go all day long I literally fell into bed and was asleep within 10 minutes of being back at the house. I still go to enjoy the day without over doing it.pregnant bridesmaid 3

I really loved being a bridesmaid and having a bump made it even more of a magical experience.

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Last Minute Valentines Gift Guide For Her

Last Minute Valentines Gift Guide For Her

With Valentines day just a matter of days away, I’ve put together this last minute gift guide for those of you who are still looking for a little bit of inspiration when it comes to finding the perfect present for the lady in your life. […]

6 Ways to Survive the February Blues

6 Ways to Survive the February Blues

February is a funny old month, one which seems to arrive with no warning and knock you off your feet when you’re least expecting it. I suppose it’s the weather, the gloom, the passing of Christmas and the novelty of the new year wearing off […]