Chilli with Dips – A Perfect Family Dinner is a paid collaboration with McCoy’s Muchos Tortilla Snacks. We love a family meal that brings everyone to the table and my simple chilli with dips served with crips or chips (as folks over the pond call them) is one of those meals. It is a real hands-on family favourite.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Cricut Maker Review and Unboxing is a collaborative post with Cricut. First off what is a Cricut Maker? It is a new swanky cutting machine from Cricut. In the past, I have had a Cricut Mini and Cricut Explore, so you can tell that I am a big fan of Cricut and cutting machines.
This Recycled Toilet Roll Easter Bunny Stamp will be a massive hit with the kids this Easter. We are big fans of reusing things from recycling container for crafting and this toilet roll easter bunny stamp is a great quick art activity to do with the kids. We love printing and toilet roll printing is an inexpensive and fun activity for children.
Magnetic Pin Bowl Tutorial is a paid collaboration with Bostik. I have been lusting after a magnetic pin bowl for my sewing for ages, but at around £15 for a pretty pink or blue polka dot one, they were out of my price range, especially when you can pick up a deep red car parts dish for less than £4!
2019 has become the year of the lurgy – yep it is only the February but we have just had our first ever bout of Norovirus and it wasn’t pretty. In fact, the only saving grace is that Noro is short and sweet if you do get it, other than that it is brutal. So it is essential to do anything to prevent the spread of Norovirus.
Me time, self care, self love or whatever you call it is so important. I am regularly reminded by my dear husband that you can not pour from an empty cup and that rituals that support our emotional, mental, and social health are key. These do not have to be expensive or convoluted, in fact, some of the most effective for me are simple, easy and inexpensive.
At the end of 2018, I attended a conference at Instagram about Teenagers and social media, specifically teenagers and Instagram. I am not going to lie, it has taken me all this time to try and process the thoughts that came out of the event and also from my experience of parenting one teen and one soon to be teen boy. Plus add that to the fact that I once was a teen and a pretty tearaway one at that (I hope my boys are better behaved than I was)!
I am a sucker for making art as a family and love things that we can display seasonally, just take a look at our family art christmas tree to see what I mean. This family fingerprint heart art canvas is so simple to make and is perfect for making together as a family. How to make a fingerprint heart canvas
Choosing the best dog for your family was produced in partnership with Legal & General Choosing the best dog to join our family was one of the hardest decisions we ever made. I am not going to lie, it filled me with dread. I was worried that we would make the wrong decision and I would be left to pick up the pieces and that it would really change the family dynamic. Having a pet is a big responsibility and It really scared me, but I also knew that as a family we would all benefit from having a dog.
One of the hardest things about being a mum for me has always been managing the guilt. You know… the ever-present mum guilt that comes as a side order with everything. Have to go away with work, you guessed it I feel guilty at not being with the boys, guilty at the having too much screen time, guilty at not making them eat more vegetables. You get the picture.
OK I am going to admit I am not a doner kebab person at all, in fact I don’t think I have ever had one – I have tried a little, but I was veggie for 14 years, but all the men of the house LOVE them. So i decided to have a go at making our own fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab. I had seen lots of recipes for slow cooker meatloafs made from beef mince, so knew that it would be pretty OK, what I wasn’t prepared for was just how much the family enjoyed it.
Food glorious food. I have a love/hate relationship with feeding my family. I adore cooking when I have time and the inclination but being responsible for providing a meal every night sucks the joy out of it. We have got a bit stuck in a rut when it comes to food and I have been sticking to tried and tested meals that I know everyone will eat. When I posted about this on Instagram so many people agreed with me and for me it is all about family meal planning.
Once a week we sit down as a family and talk about what we loved about that week’s menu and what we want the following week. It has started to become a real family affair as both the boys are now preparing and cooking at least one meal a week. I am a sucker when it comes to stationery, so I have gathered together some fabulous free meal planning printables to share with you.