4 Kitchen & Food Essentials for the Busy Parent

4We all know how busy life as a parent can be. From preparing meals to watching our children and keeping them entertained, the rewards are huge, but so are the demands. That’s why anything that saves us time and makes life easier and better is always welcome. With that in mind, here are four kitchen and food essentials that every parent should have in their home; they can save you money and time, allowing you to spend your hours with your children doing the things you really love. 1. Wooden Cutting Boards Most children are fussy eaters at some point… [Read More]

Review: Afternoon Tea at Octavo’s Book Cafe & Wine Bar

Last Wednesday was my birthday. I really wanted to do something different from what I usually do so when I saw a Groupon offer back in October for Afternoon Tea in Octavo’s Book Cafe & Wine Bar, I thought it would be a lovely way to spend my birthday. Octavo’s Book Cafe & Wine Bar is in Cardiff Bay on West Bute Street. It’s situated in a former coaching inn, the oldest building (1939) in what used to be called Tiger Bay.  Octavo’s offers a wide range of books that are available to buy, alongside good food and drink such… [Read More]

The Busy Parents Guide to Surviving Christmas

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year, yet it can also be one of the most stressful times too. I love buying gifts for my family. The excitement of choosing the perfect gift for each recipient gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. However, the cost of the Christmas gives me an together completely different feeling! Here are some tips that will hopefully make the Christmas season a little less stressful. Save money throughout the year. This is possibly easier said than done, but small, regular amounts can soon add up. It’s also worth looking to your… [Read More]

How to Create Family Memories This Fall

The leaves are changing colors and you can smell the aroma of pumpkin spice in the air…what does that mean? Fall is here! Fall is, hands down, my most favorite time of the year.  I love everything about fall. The food, fashion and weather are things that just make my heart smile. Fall is especially fun if you have a family. Big or small, the fun you can have during this time of the year is totally different than the fun you have in the summer or winter.  Were going to look at how you can turn these fun fall… [Read More]

Personalised Birthday Parties with Swizzels Sweets Plus Competition!

Coming up with ideas for your children’s birthday party can be a struggle. Our twins will be seven years old next year, and over the last six years they’ve had a real variety of parties. For their first birthday, we had a small family gathering at our home. Subsequent birthdays have been more costly as they tend to involve hiring halls, bouncy castles and entertainers! Their sixth birthday, however, was a tad different. Our girls decided that they wanted a birthday party at home with some of their school friends. This was music to my ears! No bouncy castles, soft… [Read More]

Is Body Positivity Making Obesity the Norm?

I’ve recently seen an increase in the number of social media posts about body positivity. Women and men of all different shapes, sizes, ethnicities, ages etc, sharing images of themselves with captions about body positivity. Whilst I think this is great in some aspects, other aspects make me wonder if what this movement is actually doing is normalising obesity? I’m all for loving your body the way it is, and I’m no stranger to being overweight. I’ve lost two stone, taken up running, am more aware of what I eat and I’m now considered a healthy weight for my body… [Read More]

Know your calories; The key to your health goals!

Many people might describe their diet as “pretty healthy”. Some might even consider their diet to be very healthy but they are still not seeing the results that they want or deserve.  Others might just have a bad diet and don’t know where to start to turn things around.  Whatever stage you may be at, unless you understand your calories you are basically guessing at the healthiness of your diet. If you are in too great a calorific deficit/surplus the implications can be significant. Without going into the science of it, here a few things that can happen if your… [Read More]

10 Things That Make Me Happy

I was recently tagged in the 10 Things That Make Me Happy tag by Bound For Somewhere. You can read her post here. So without further ado, and in no particular order here are 10 things that make me happy. 1. My husband and children. Yes, it’s a cliche and it’s the ‘obvious answer’ that most likely everyone will say, but it’s true. Without these crazies, I’d actually be pretty unhappy. Hubby drives me crazy with his constant moving of things around and don’t even get me started on his snoring, but I do love him and he does make… [Read More]

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Sunday, 17th June is father’s day! Mark it in your diary! Father’s day is a special day for me. It’s a chance for my children and I to show their daddy just how much we love and appreciate him. He probably won’t get breakfast in bed though. I mean, for starters, he’s usually awake long before I am, and secondly, he doesn’t eat breakfast! That being said though, I like to make a fuss and spoil him! Whether that be with some lovely, carefully chosen gifts or perhaps a nice meal out at his favourite restaurant. Either way, as long… [Read More]

Make This Your Healthiest Summer Yet: Goals That Are Actually Achievable

Many of us take our health for granted. The trouble is that we never really know what’s around the corner, and often, it takes an unexpected scare to make us evaluate our lifestyles and introduce changes. If you’re guilty of underestimating the importance of good health, why not make it your mission to enjoy the healthiest summer ever? Here are some goals that are achievable for anyone. Improving your diet Are you overweight or do you tend to eat more fast food or ready meals than nutritious meals? If you don’t have the best diet, it’s never too late to… [Read More]