Friday, 30 May 2014

I wish I had more time

I'm not made for this restricted life.  I need time that stretches to meet my imagination on the other side of magic.  I need time that sees months spent in every country of the world, nights watching stars on rooftops and butterflies escape cocoons.

I'm not made for this limited life.  I need to dress models in Milan, write articles for Cosmopolitan and lead cases at the old bailey.  I need time that sees angel babies resurrected, missed moments rewound and played again whilst treasure is captured at the end of rainbows.

I'm not made for this unacquainted life.  I need to hunt for food beneath the earth, dine with queens and know my worth, swim with octopus and Sea dragons.  I need time that sees man living amidst the clouds, energy created by thoughts and nations united as one.

I'm not made for this loveless life.  I need to play with my children, hunt for flowers in enchanted woods and plan a journey to the moon.  I need time that sees numbers counted up to infinity, letters turned into words and experiences brought to life as poetry on paper towels.




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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Fun with Mega Bloks (a review)

I am one of those mothers that believe having a lego set is a right of passage for any child.  I must admit that the cost of lego has risen a bit since my daughter was young so I had purchased little man a cheap set of building blocks.  Let me tell you, you certainly do get what you pay for and within weeks they were broken up and bin worthy.  So when I was given the chance to review Mega Bloks I jumped at it.

Little man couldn't wait to get his open when they arrived in their eco friendly packaging and to be honest he wasn't the only one looking forward to some MegaPlay so I sent him and his sister armed with my camera phone off to play.



One of the things I like most about Mega bloks is the fantastic colours that they come in which are great for teaching little ones as you build.  My little man already knows his but it is still a brilliant tool to reinforce his learning.



With the British weather being terrible recently we haven't yet had a chance for some MegaOutdoorPlay but will certainly make some time once it clears up. 

Little man honestly loves his Mega Bloks and would take them everywhere with him if he could.  Head over to their facebook page and check out all the options they have for indoor and outdoor fun.

Little man is into building towers at the moment and Mega Bloks are great for helping develop children's fine motor skills, what do your little ones like building?



We were sent a big building bag of classic Mega Bloks for the purpose of this review

Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Truth

I can't always publish my truth, my truth is at times silence filled with a single voice.  A voice that reasons against reason, that wills me to un-think my thoughts and fights for me to stay inside myself.

I can't always publish my truth, my truth would see tears fall from the eyes of my children whilst I stand and stare unable to catch them, unable through lack of desire to move, to think, to be.

I can't always publish my truth, my truth is ugliness beautified.  Rust made to shine like gold in glass. Pretty painted onto pain to mask what was and delay what will be.

I can't always publish my truth, my truth is anger invisibly indenting the walls.  Frustration hidden in bruises that tickle my skin as if to remind me of the unforgotten, the story told a million times, wishing for an end that wasn't the same as last read.

I can't always publish my truth, my truth is walking a road in someone else's dream whilst walking in reality.  Nightmares dancing behind waterfalls, living whilst dying, afraid to feel fear.

I can't always publish my truth, my truth is deconstructed insanity.  Boxed and bowed as gifts to the unsuspecting, the innocent.  Walking fully clothed on a nudest beach, standing out whilst trying to fit in, only to stand out again.

I can't always publish my truth.


Monday, 19 May 2014

Country Kids - Thank You Sunshine

I've been so busy recently that outdoor fun has been few and far between, little man has either been on play weekends with his sister and her dad, at nursery whilst I'm at work or he's been tagging along with me to conferences or meetings.  So today with the sunshine appearing far too regularly not to be taken advantage of we decided to take a journey and visit Crystal palace park and farm.

My front garden is overgrown with beautiful flowering weeds at the moment so little man stopped to pick one before we left, one down, hundreds to go!

Usually when we go to the park little man runs for the swings, but not today, today he wanted to play in the sand, or rather dig for treasure.  


He seems to be a little obsessed with going on a treasure hunt recently, alongside his other obsessions which are:
1. Travel to the moon to have kinder surprise whilst visiting the aliens.
2. Going on holiday and driving a boat.
3. The story of Goldilocks and the three bears.

I have tried to pretend to go to the moon with him but he's insisting that we must REALLY go to the moon, any idea's are welcome.

We had lots of fun in the park then walked through enjoying the scenery and feeding the geese before going up to the farm and saying hello to the many animals in this small city farm









We even got to buy more plants for our garden so when we got home we continued the outdoor fun mowing the lawn and planting our new plants.  I love how little man is so into gardening, he really puts me to shame.





And guess what...

I haven't killed the tomato plants yet!




Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Spicy Zucchini & Tomato Hot Salad

I've been in the kitchen again, well technically I spend half my life in the kitchen preparing food for my little family and today was just another one of them days, but I thought I'd make something new for dinner.

This is a quick meal to prepare and has a lovely zing to leave your taste buds tingling.

You will need:

1 Zuccchini
1 Chili pepper
4 Spring onions
1 Onion
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 tin of tomatoes (less if like me you have children that can't stand them)
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
olive oil


Method:


1.Peel and chop the onions, garlic and chilli and place in a bowl.

2.Grate the Zucchini and add to the bowl.

3. Add the black pepper and salt and mix all the ingredients together.

4. Heat some olive oil in a pan and once heated add the mixture.

5. Mix for a couple of minutes then add the tomato and 
leave to simmer for 5 minutes.














6. I served with avocado slices and homemade bread.




I had written this post for the Betta Living Vegetarian Recipe Competition, but me being me.  I have missed the deadline by a few hours eeeeek!!

If you give this recipe a go let me know how it turns out for you.







Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Morning Stories

Weekday mornings in our house vary, from rushing the teen off so I can have five minutes peace before little man wakes up, to jumping up an hour before my alarm thinking that I'm late for work.  

I'd like to say that we are the perfect family and have wonderful sit down breakfasts with coffee and conversation and that we never miss a single one, but apart from little man who asks for porridge the moment his eyes sense daylight, we are not great breakfast eaters.  

Many a time has the teen been seen running out the door with her jacket hanging off one arm and a clementine threatening to drop out of the other me shouting after her, "Is that all you're having?"  I just about manage a cup of hot lemon water myself before rushing off for meetings,  dropping off the children before work or fulfilling promises of a trip to the park for little man.  Therefore when got the opportunity to review belVita breakfast biscuits I jumped at the chance.  What better way to encourage the teen and I to have breakfast than to provide it in a portion sized packet that we can grab before we go, along with our fruit of course!

I would love to tell you we were able to get breakfast in before leaving home every day but unfortunately we still had days like this...
Little man still in his pjs as we rush to get princess to school on time



and this...


Trying to finish eat while setting up for lessons














But of course there were the less stressful days where I did manage breakfast at home.  I had 3 flavours to try; milk & cereals, fruit & fibre and yogurt crunch .  I loved all except the yogurt crunch and princess felt the same, little man liked them all.  I loved the milk & cereals pack so much that I went out and brought another!


belVita recommend having fruit and a low fat dairy with their biscuits as part of a balanced breakfast

I even had time for a selfie that morning!


I was given 3 packets of belvita breakfast biscuits and a Costa voucher for the purposes of this review, all opinions are my own.

This post is an entry for #MorningStories Linky Challenge sponsored by BelVita Breakfast. Learn more at www.facebook.com/belVitaUK

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Bank Holiday Fun and Chocolate Fondant Recipe

Last Thursday I was sat in my room planning world domination when my two year old called from downstairs "Mum the post!"  Not being very excited by the prospect of another bill I took my time and walked down the stairs opening the mail with a deep sigh.  To my relief instead of the usual, 'you owe me loads of money because you have no choice but to heat your house with my extortionately priced gas letters,' it was this...



I had been chosen to be a Morrisons mum, at least for bank holiday anyway.  To be fair if I had bothered to look at the envelop properly I would have noticed the BritMums logo on the front or the BritMums address on the back!  Morrisons have reduced everyday prices across the store so you'll notice the difference with every shop, and "although they are cutting prices they are not cutting corners."  You will notice the reductions by the yellow stickers in store and online at morrisons.com


I was very excited at the prospect of shopping without having to take my purse out of my handbag and with Morrisons being my usual shopping destination it wouldn't be a hassle either.  We were given a choice of 4 shopping days.  I had hoped to shop the Friday but felt so drained after work that I opted for the Saturday instead.  My weekend was Jam packed.  I went to celebrate my nieces birthday on the Saturday so only got into Morrisons at around 6pm.  Everyone who shops at this time knows that you might miss out on the very thing you wanted because stocks are low but I was lucky enough to find everything I wanted for my bank holiday meal. 

There were signs EVERYWHERE saying 'I'm Cheaper' and the much loved quality that I find with Morrisons products was as evident as ever.  I was even pleasantly surprised to find the 'I'm Cheaper' signs on the items that matter to me as the mother of a toddler, like night time pull-ups.


I was a little disappointed that the majority of lowered prices I saw were on ready meals and fizzy drinks, none of which I buy, but there were the odd fresh items that had prices lowered and of course there were the usual Morrisons deals across the store. 









 On Sunday I had been invited to a garden party in Hatfield so no cooking for me but lots of family fun!



So on Monday after such a busy couple of days I decided that a quiet meal with the children was just what I needed.




Tuna Steak, asparagus, red pepper butter beans and homemade sweet pickle dressing (all ingredients from Morrisons)


   

I'm a dessert person so my favourite had to be the chocolate fondant.  The recipe is as follows (Makes 4-6 puddings depending on size of ramekin):

2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
120g caster sugar 
120g Morrisons dark cooking chocolate (broken into squares)
120g butter (cut into squares)
2tbs coco powder
1 tbs of plain flour
Icing sugar to dust and strawberries optional


  1. I brought 4 Morrisons brown ramekins that had been reduced from £1 each to 50p each, these were greased (with some of the butter) and dusted with the coco powder.
  2. I then put the butter and the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and placed the bowl above simmering water stirring occasionally.
  3. Whilst the chocolate and butter mixture was melting I put the eggs and yolks into a bowl with the sugar and beat with an electric mixer until the mixture was pale and moose like (this takes 3-4 minutes).

  4. I removed the melted chocolate and butter mixture and allowed it to cool for a minute before folding it into the egg and sugar mixture slowly, being careful not to remove too much of the air.
  5. I then folded in the sifted flour until mixed through.
  6. I spooned the mixture into the ramekins and placed them in the fridge (they should be left in the fridge for at least an hour I left mine in for about 4 hours whilst I popped out.)
  7. Remove your ramekins from the fridge and set your oven to gas mark six.  Place a baking tray in the oven, once the baking tray is hot place the ramekins onto the tray and leave in the oven for 12-14 minutes
  8. Once finished dust with icing sugar and serve. (Price per serving approximately <£2)

Now it's your turn to create something special.  Head over to your new cheaper Morrisons and see how much cheaper your shop is.
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