Nuts for Gifts: Video Special

Finding a special and unique gift for someone for an upcoming occasion can sometimes be a challenge. Most people go down the easy route such as personalised cards and gifts that you can create online and have delivered straight to your door. Other people like to get more hands on and actually make something creative themselves as a gift for someone. This is my preferred method! I love getting my fabric stash and sewing box out! I was recently contacted by the lovely people from Nuts for Gifts and asked if I’d like to work with them to promote knowledge of… [Read More]

Exercise For The Family: Balancing That Budget

It might seem impossible to some to be able to fit health and fitness into your life without having to invest constantly in it.  The figures would seem to suggest that, too, with the health and fitness industry getting between 40 and 50 billion of our hard-earned dollars each year! But you don’t have to buy into it to stay healthy. If you’re maintaining a strict family budget, you can ensure that a healthy life fits in it. Photo by dbreen Dispel the healthy eating myth There’s a myth around healthy eating. Not that it’s healthy, there’s definite evidence that… [Read More]

There’s more to microwaves than you think #SoMuchMore

How often do you use a microwave? I think I probably use mine pretty much every day. Whether that’s to heat up some beans or frozen peas, or to heat up a quick and healthy ready meal. Yes, quick and healthy microwave ready meals really do exist! Just yesterday I had salmon with brown rice and vegetables that was all cooked in the microwave. I think that when most people think about using microwaves, they assume you’re using it to cook an unhealthy ready meal, but that’s simply not the case. Microwaves have come a long way since they were… [Read More]

Healthy Food: Teaching Children That Patience Is Rewarded

Young children can be picky eaters, and the general types of food sold at most supermarkets are loaded with preservatives. These chemicals are designed to make sure the product lasts long enough from creation in the factory, the shipping dock and then in the store for at least a week. Consequently, many normal food items we buy are stuffed full of salts and sugars. This stimulates children and fills them with energy. Junk food is commonplace in most households because it’s cheap, easily accessible and ready-to-eat. The cycle repeats itself over and over. The challenge so many parents face is… [Read More]

Do you make your children clear their plate?

Children helping to make food

There is something that I’ve never really understood. Parents who make their children eat everything that is on their plates. I just don’t get it. When I a kid, my parents did this to me. I had to everything on my plate. If I didn’t it was brought back up for breakfast the next day. In fact, one time, I remember being made to sit in the garden until I’d finished every last scrap on my plate. I used to quite like this one though because it meant I could throw what I didn’t want to eat into the hedge… [Read More]

Celebrate Father’s Day with Hotel Chocolat Plus Competition!

This year Hotel Chocolat is asking ‘what do dads really want for Father’s Day?’ If you ask me, the answer is pretty simple. Like us women, we all love chocolate, but it’s often thought to be a gift that only men buy for women. Let’s change that! Hotel Chocolat have a lovely range of Father’s day gifts and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to choose two early Father’s Day gifts from Hotel Chocolat so that I could gift them to my husband. I chose The Father’s Day Sleekster, The Father’s Day H Box and a little… [Read More]

EVERDINE Meals Review & Video

I really enjoy food, but when you’re trying to lose weight, having a love of food doesn’t make things easy. When I was given the chance to review Everdine I was pretty excited about. Everdine offer clean and wholesome gourmet meals that are cooked and frozen before being courier delivered to your front door. I’ve heard of similar boxes before, but for me the real selling point with Everdine is that I don’t actually need to cook lots of ingredients myself. All I need to do is pop the meals in the microwave straight from frozen and most are ready… [Read More]

So, You’ve Lost the weight – What Now? 

Slimming down and finally reaching your weight loss goals can be strange. You’ve got there even though there was always that thought in the back of your mind telling you that you never would. So, what do you when do when the impossible happens and you achieve what you always wanted to regarding your weight? Well, here are some ideas. Refresh Your Style and Wardrobe For many women, this is the best thing about burning fat and getting in shape. When your goals are eventually reached, you can refresh your wardrobe with clothes that match your newly slimmed down body…. [Read More]

Get The Kids Excited About Cooking

Image Source Starting kids on a path of healthy eating helps to guarantee their habits stick as they enter adulthood. It’s one way that we, as parents, can give our children a great start in life. Encouraging them to get involved with food, cooking, and flavours teaches them good habits, gives them knowledge about nutrition, but also gives them skills that they can take into adulthood. But how do you get kids who might be a bit fussy or uninterested more involved with what they eat? It sounds like an impossible task, doesn’t it? Well, fear not. Here are a… [Read More]

5 Money Saving Tips for Busy Parents

Do you ever find yourself rushing around like a headless chicken trying to complete multiple tasks at the same time? Me too! One of my biggest bugbears is the weekly food shop. One week, I’ll have plenty of time to sit down and go through exactly what we need and more importantly what we don’t need. Other weeks, I’ll be so rushed off my feet that I just end up re-ordering the previous weeks food shop only to find when it arrives that I’ve already got a full bottle of shampoo sitting in the bathroom, enough chicken to feed an… [Read More]