Child friendly chilli recipe

This chilli recipe is incredibly easy to make and kids love it. You can use mild chilli powder to keep it child friendly, or add a hotter powder or chilli flakes or fresh chilli if you want it more spicy. The texture is so soft it’s beautiful with rice but also good with chips, wedges or a baked potato. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then the slow cooker takes care of the rest. Perfect for busy parents!…

Why I hate team building days

“We’re going to cross this field with two buckets and one plank, whilst carrying a pound of mint humbugs. If we do this, we’ll be a better team!” No, what you’ll be is a group of snarky people. What you’ll have is a group of people ruining the clothes their hard earned money has paid for, snapping at each other for minor infractions, and resenting the day you were ever born. We don’t do this sort of malarkey to build…

Strip Naked and Redress with Happiness: How to survive and thrive through personal challenge

There are times in your life when you have to evaluate where you are and your view of yourself and the world. This often happens to mothers in those early years of parenting. Our bodies change, we sacrifice time and our own needs, our priorities shift. It doesn’t just happen to us when we become mothers – illness, a personal or family crisis, simply feeling stuck in a rut can cause us to feel overwhelmed, dissatisfied, confused, rudderless, even lost.…

10 tips on how to survive solo parenting

Before anything else, I’m going to label this with a chuffing big caveat THIS IS NOT ABOUT SINGLE PARENTING, this is about parenting on your own when there’s usually two of you. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to raise a child on your own so I’m not going to do anyone the disservice of pretending to know how you do it. What I’m going to be wittering on about here, is when you have a young baby…

Car servicing and care – 6 aspects everyone should know

Poorly serviced cars – or ones that are not serviced at all – are more likely to have problems on the road. This does not merely cause an inconvenience if you happen to break down, but it can lead to your car not being safe to drive. Why run the risk of putting yourself and your family in danger by not taking sufficient care of your vehicle. What are the car servicing and care basics that all motorists should know?…

Easy Strawberry and White Chocolate Muffin Recipe

If you found my banana choc chip muffins easy, then you’ll love these. These were inspired by a handful of strawberries that I had about to go off in the fridge. As you all know, I hate food waste and always looking for leftovers Ingredients: 230g plain flour 100g granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 100 g white chocolate chips 1 egg 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 tablespoons milk 1 cup of strawberries, chopped into small pieces…

10 things to do in a car while your child sleeps

We’re in a weird place at the moment with Small Boy’s sleeping. I can’t get him to nap in the afternoon with me at all, despite him grudgingly napping in his bed for his dad or with his friends at nursery. The only way I can get him to sleep is popping him in the car seat and going for a drive. I was reluctant to do this at first as I didn’t want to gloss over the “I won’t…

Flossie and the work grenade

Flossie – name of a new, super cool band? No, although if anyone wants to adopt it as a band name I’m copywriting it here. What I’m actually referring to is the “Flossie” trap, a situation which many people find themselves in both in their work and home environments. It’s when you’re the reliable go to person that always says yes and does any task thrown at you. You never let people down. It sounds like a good thing right?…

Blueberry Pancakes – a great family breakfast recipe

Tired of toast and cereal for breakfast? These quick and easy blueberry pancakes are a great breakfast recipe, although you can service with syrup and whipped cream for a tasty desert too. I love these as it’ a great way of getting fruit into children and using up fruit that’s about to go past it’s best. Ingredients 2 cups self raising flour 2 cups milk 1 egg 1/2 cup sugar (or a tablespoon of Stevia) 1 cup blueberries   Method…