Top Reasons to Take a Long Family Holiday
The prospect of a family holiday fills a lot of parents with dread. Yes, they can sometimes be stressful and difficult to plan. But there are a lot of reasons to take one too.
Your Kids Won’t be Kids Forever
You might not like this fact, but your children don’t stay that age for very long. Before you know it, they’ll be growing up fast and they’ll be adults! When they get older, going away with their parents will become uncool, but while they’re young, they love it. So, you need to make the most of these times while you can.
You don’t want to regret not doing things when they’re older. It’s a cliche to say that you only regret the things you don’t do, not the things you do. But it certainly is true. Getting away with the family while your children are still young helps to create the great memories you’ll one day look back on fondly.
Renovating Your Bathroom the DIY Way
Is it time to give your bathroom a new look? Why not save yourself some money and do it the DIY way? Here’s how.
Use Shelves for Storage
Storage is always a problem in the bathroom. There never seems to be enough. Most people’s bathrooms aren’t big enough to dedicate a large amount of space to storage. And nobody likes sacrificing space. That’s why it’s a good idea to use the walls as storage. It’s practical, and you lose no floor space.
It’s so simple to make your own DIY shelves as well. You just need some quality wood that you can shape, varnish and paint how you like. Then you just attach them to the wall, and you can store whatever you want on them without losing any precious space from the room.
Tile the Countertops
The tops of your counters need to be both attractive and resilient to damage. That’s why a lot of people choose marble and granite surfaces. But they’re not the only materials that can look great and remain undamaged. People are now increasingly turning to tiles when decking out their countertops.
It’s also very easy for DIYers to tile the countertop by themselves. All you need to do is lay the tiles the same way you would if you were tiling the bathroom walls. It’s also a very cheap option. It’s certainly a lot cheaper than buying materials such as marble as this can be very expensive. So, if you’re on a budget, tiles might be the option for you.
Create A Beautiful Body After Your Pregnancy
Your poor body has been through the hardest workout of its life! Now your pregnancy is over, and you’ve had some time to recover, it’s time to reclaim your body for yourself. I’ve put together some of the best tips I’ve heard over the years to help you get back into shape and feel great again. And all of it can be done without needing a babysitter!
Your skin has probably suffered a lot over these last few months. Hormone changes may have caused a few outbreaks. You might also have suffered from a lot of dry skin. Very few of us escape the dreaded stretch marks. Using a product like Skinception can help you smooth out the lines and stripes if you wish to reduce them. If you are no longer nursing, you are free to use any products you like. However, some new moms prefer to use natural remedies for skin disorders at first.
My Top Tips For Coping With Kiddy Messes
Having kids is one of the messiest times you’ll ever experience. They have a natural talent for creating mayhem wherever they go. Your beautiful living room can be destroyed in under two minutes with just a single beaker of milk. And your kitchen floor will never be clean again once they're weaned.
Still, you wouldn’t have it any other way. We all love our kids, and the mess is something we quickly learn to live with. Yes, it’s embarrassing when they make a mess of other people’s houses when we visit. And yes, it’s embarrassing to be permanently wandering around in a mucky top. But that’s life as a parent. It just shows we are involved and engaged with our kids.
Vlogs,Coffee & Les Miserable…..#LittleLoves
Good morning! It’s Friday AGAIN and the end of another wet week! The leaves are starting to fall off the trees in our garden, so Autumn is most certainly on the way. I can’t help feeling we have been completely tricked out of summer. Most of the summer clothes have gone unworn and I’ve started packing them up.It’s been all indoor play this week, and no walks means the mum-chub is still there,it aint going anywhere fast!
Anyway…..we are all in this together as I know the weather has not been much better anywhere else! As always on a Friday I am linking up with Morgana and the girls, for #littleloves. Do check them out on Morgana’s page butwhymummywhy.
JOOLS PREGNANT PASTA
This week we have mainly been eating salads,fish and stirfrys (very boring!), so that I can try and shift the last of the dreaded “MUM CHUB”!
So in order to not miss Tasty Thursday, here is a re-post of one of our favourite Pasta dishes in this house. Hope you enjoy!
This recipe has been taken from
My Jamie Oliver: 30 Minute Meals.So Jamie Oliver calls this “Pregnant Jool’s Pasta”. Seems that this is the pasta that his wife often craved when she was pregnant.I was intrigued by his use of sausages in the sauce and how it would work. He really stresses that good quality sausages are imperative on getting this recipe right. This dish didn’t last long in our house, and tasted just as delicious the next day when reheated.
•Preparation Time: 10 minutes
•Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
4 spring onions
1 stick of celery
1-2 fresh red chillies
1 x 6-pack of good-quality sausages (approx. 400g)
1 heaped tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dried oregano
500g dried penne
4 cloves of garlic
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
A few sprigs of Greek basil, or regular basil
1. Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn your oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Fill and boil the kettle. Put a large frying pan on a high heat. Put the standard blade attachment into the food processor.
2. Trim the spring onions, carrot and celery. Roughly chop all the vegetables, then blitz in the food processor with the chillies (stalks removed). Add the sausages, a heaped teaspoon of fennel seeds and one teaspoon of oregano. Keep pulsing until well mixed, then spoon this mixture into the hot frying pan with a lug of olive oil, breaking it up and stirring as you go. Keep checking on it and stirring while you get on with other jobs.
3. Put a large deep saucepan on a low heat and fill with boiled water. Fill and re-boil the kettle. Top up the saucepan with more boiled water if needed. Season well, then add the penne and cook according to packet instructions, with the lid askew. Drain the pasta, reserving about a wine glass worth of the cooking water.
4. Crush the cloves of garlic into the sausage mixture and stir in the balsamic vinegar and tinned tomatoes. Add a little of the starchy cooking water from the pasta to loosen if needed.
5. Tip the pasta into the pan of sauce and give it a gentle stir, adding enough of the cooking water to bring it to a silky consistency. Taste, correct the seasoning, then tip into a large serving bowl and take straight to the table with the rest of the Parmesan for grating over. Scatter over a few basil leaves.
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Simple DIY Jobs That Could Help To Maintain Your Child’s Happiness
We all want our children to feel as happy as possible at home. There are many different ways in which you can make that happen. Today, I’m going to focus on a few cool DIY ideas. You don’t have to be an expert. So long as you’ve got some basic tools, the tasks should be simple. Just don’t make the mistake of limiting yourself to the suggestions on this page. Involve your child in the process. Ask them if there is anything they would like.
Great Ideas On How To Improve Your Garden Before Summer Ends!
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m determined to enjoy the rest of summer while we’ve still got it. Okay, it may no longer feel like summer with the wind and rain howling outside your window. But I think we’ve still got a couple sunny days left before autumn takes over. When they come, I plan on getting out in my garden and making some improvements that I’ll be able to enjoy next year. Here are some of the concepts I’ve been considering.
4 Month Sleep Regression ~ I Hate You
Being a second time mum, things like sleep regressions and change shouldn't come at such a surprise, but it bloody does!I still feel sometimes I haven't a clue what I'm doing and really, yet again I'm winging it!
I was blessed with a full night sleeping newborn,and the following months as he developed into a baby were fairly good when it came to sleep…..actually we were spoiled! Harry was sleeping from 8pm until 5am and then again until 8am! Pretty good for a breastfed baby.
The last two weeks, night time has been literally turned upside down. He is sleeping from 7:00pm until 12:00 and then it's every 2hrs, awake, looking for a feed for comfort.This should be called HELL!
Skipping The Queue: My Thoughts On Paying For Private Medical Treatment
When we lived in the UK, I was fortunate enough to be able to make use of the free healthcare system. Love it or loathe it, the NHS is a brilliant concept. It makes it easy for citizens to get access to the medical help they need.
As I'm a qualified emergency nurse, I've experienced life with the NHS from both sides of the system. Sometimes my Irish friends will ask me what the NHS is like in England. I'd often respond with "challenging"!
While the health service is a good idea, in theory, in practice a lot of work needs to get done. That and a bigger cash injection to pay for more staff. I've also got asked what my thoughts are on private medical treatment. Here's my take on the subject:
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