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Thursday, 19 October 2017

What I Eat In A Day & Review | Healthy Eating*

Breakfast: French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Poached Eggs

Sausage and eggs are my favourite breakfast on the weekend but sometimes if Lily is asleep I might be able to have it in the week but it's harder if Lily gets hungry so I wouldn't risk it normally. It's a very protein filled breakfast but with this sausages you get some vegetables hidden in there and they taste amazing. I love veggie sausages anyway. It keeps you full and ready for the day.

Lunch: Vegetable Masala with Cauliflower Rice

As a new mum I'm finding it really hard to eat properly in the day and it be healthy, it's so easy to just grab crisps or something snacks. I've recently tried this ready meal, normally they are unhealthy but this one if 3 of your 5 a day which is really good to get the nutrients in your body. Its really important to look after yourself as well as your newborn. Even in general it's important to look after yourself and your body. I've never had cauliflower rice before but I was pleasantly surprised, it was really quite nice and with the curry it gave it a really nice kick to the flavour.

Dinner: Mushroom & Spinach Kievs with Salad

It's easier to cook meals in the evening when Scott is home as I can take time to really focus on it. I love cooking and being in the kitchen. A quick meal for when I want to get other stuff done is this Mushroom and Spinach Kiev's with creamy cheese filling with a side salad. I do like kievs but the garlic butter normally deters me as I don't like a greasy buttery filling, these however have a creamy rich filling which is much more suited to me. These were by far my favourite products of the Goodlife range. Amazing rich cheese flavour with a crispy outside, goes perfect with a side salad maybe even some fries if you feeling cheeky.

Goodlife are stocked in sainsbury's and a perfect way to get children to eat more vegetables without losing good taste. They also have Falafels with Cumin and Coriander. I've tried these as well and they are extremely tasty as well. I had these in a pita with some bell peppers and salad. It's a perfect lunch and you can take it on the go as well.

Snacks: Throughout the day I had a banana and chocolate fingers. Also about 3 cups of coffee!

What's your favourite healthy snack that's easy to make? Let me know in the comments below.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Two Marvellous Months

Another month gone, I know people say time goes fast but this is purely expeditious. I didn't even realise how big she was getting until I looked back at pictures from when she was born and compared. People still see her and think she looks so little and my brain just goes she was a lot littler, just wanting her to stop growing.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Tips While On A Budget*

Money, money, money. The solution to a lot of problems but a problem in it self when you don't have a lot. As most of you are aware I'm on a budget now as I'm on maternity leave. Maternity leave isn't great money wise but amazing that I get time off with my lovely Lily. I've started picking up little bits to still enjoy life and scrimp while having less money coming in.

//01 Free days out
One of the main problems since being on less money is feeling like you can't do anything, go to the cinema, go out for dinner or even getting a coffee with a friend can be a stretch sometimes. You can make small adjustments to be able to do this. There are offers all the time for cheap meals like wowcher and o2 priority. You can go to majority of museums for free and it's an interesting fun day out. Instead of going to costa and paying upwards of £6 for a coffee and cake have friends round, have a drink and catch up at home, maybe even a movie night with a bottle of cheap wine from Aldi.

//02 Freebies and offers
Always keep an eye out online, there are always offers and samples up for grabs as well as competitions on companies instagram and twitter. The famous Freebie Friday hashtag which has so much up for grabs just by retweeting something. There is so much free stuff as well so have a look around online.

//03 Store cards
Store cards are something you don't really need to think about, they do pile up in your purse and become a pain to carry around but if you have them for your go to stores they can really help you out. Boots is a good example, if you are part of the parenting club then you get extra points when buying anything baby related which I do, ALOT. I've totalled up £10 of points just from when Lily was born.

//04 Bulk buy
Buying in bulk can save a lot of money, I've been buying massive 3kg of pasta and rice to stock up in the cupboard rather than buying little and often. If you have a costco membership as well they are perfect for buying in the masses but you can also find big quantities of products on amazon like coffee and sweets.

What are your tips for scrimping and savings? Let me know in the comments below.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Aspirations In The New Chapter Of Life

Life changes, sometimes very suddenly, sometimes by surprise, sometimes you don't even realise a major shift has happened in your everyday. Recently for me the big life change was expected but also unexpected in ways. Being a mum, you don't realise how much it can affect you and almost rewire your brain. 

Now when I watch TV and I see a girl in heartbreak I just think that could be Lily and it genuinely upsets me that one night in the distant future she could be absolutely shattered by a boy. Everything I do now is for her and our family. I want to improve our lives, I want to lose weight and be healthy for me but also so I can run around and play with her. But most importantly live as long as possible and always be there. A shoulder to cry on, a dance partner or even just a cuddle buddy if she's not feeling well. 

Having Lily has made some already strong aspirations become more in the forefront of my mind as well. I really want to be able to focus on my blog and grow it. If I can grow it to the point where I can almost have even half an income from it, I can reduce my hours at work, work more from home and spend a lot more time with Lily. I want to be there for her always, unfortunately bills and rent need to be paid which means come April time I will be back at work and handing her to someone to spend the day with. 

I really want to go back to school as such. I have been looking at open university but as I have a passion for blogging I feel literature or marketing would be a good road for me to go down. I love learning, I miss school and college and coursework. I'm such a nerd but I just think you can never learn enough. It's important to always expand your mind. Not just get a job and then become stagnant in life. 

So my main aspiration as the moment in a round up is look into going back to uni part time or from home, get fit and lose weight and just be happier in life.


Monday, 18 September 2017

4 Big Ways to Get Your Life in Order Before Your Baby Arrives*

When you have a baby on the way, you have a lot to think about. I know from experience that it's a time full of excitement but also fear. It's a frightening thing to do if you've never done it before! No one really feels like they're completely ready for a baby to arrive, but you can still try to prepare before you become a parent. Feeling like you have your life in order can be really helpful, even if you're not completely confident that everything is the way it should be. There are a few things you can do to organise your life before the big day comes and everything changes forever. Here are my top big considerations for the arrival of a baby.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Summary #21

Not only are Sundays my favourite day in the week, we are approaching my favourite season which makes them just that little bit better. Baking, relaxing, reading, pampering, duvet days with Netflix. The day is just full of potential. I also love Sundays to prepare me for the week ahead, whether thats pre preparing some dinners or just writing a to do list. 
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