Meal Planning Monday – 10th November 2014

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The weeks are flying by and winter is definitely here, heating is on in the house and gloves are needed on the school run! So out come the comforting dinners – I’m really hoping to try and use the slow cooker more – I only ever use it for casseroles but I’m going to a few other easy meals this week.

Monday – Something super easy tonight as I’m feeling a bit cold and tired, really hoping I’m not coming down with anything. So it’ll be macaroni and cheese with lots of veggies.

Tuesday – Jacket potatoes cooked in the slow cooker – not sure how they’ll turn out and if there’s any difference than in the oven but we’ll see.

Wednesday – Casserole tonight, maybe a sausage and bean kind.

Thursday – Leftovers or pasta bake kind of dinner – yes cooked in the sow cooker, first time for everything!

Friday – Homemade pizza night.

Saturday – Toad in the hole and mash.

Sunday – A roast with extra Yorkshire puddings (my favourite part).

And dont forget to head over to athomewithmrsm to read what everyone else is having this week, I definitely need some inspiration for next week’s menu!

Michelle x

 

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Chloe at five years old

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Yes, Chloe is now 5 years old and a proper little ‘grown up’ person. She is still on the smaller side for her age but is quite tall, weighs about 33lbs, is happily just in size 3-4y clothes and about a shoe size 9. She is however a right little chatter box and fidget bum, who is constantly running around, climbing on things etc – she barely sits (or stands) still for a minute.

She absolutely loves school, and is up before her alarm every single morning – she’d go on a weekend if she could. She enjoys her reading book homework too and is learning new things everyday, the speed of which is picks up and goes through letters and now words is fantastic. The one down side to school is the ruin of her shoes due to her running around, playing sports at lunchtime, climbing on the adventure playground etc so I’ll be buying her some black trainers next – why they dont make girls shoes more like the cool tough ‘boys’ shoes I dont know!

Chloe 17/08/14

She had a lovely birthday and got lots of lovely present, especially lots of Sylvanian Family bits for her new Doll’s House (she picked them over normal doll house people) and it brings back lots of lovely memories of when I had them as a kid. She is also learning to share a bit more with Izzy – it’s tough as Izzy of course what’s everything, now but she’s learnt to compromise a bit more. And everytime Chloe gets some pocket money, she says the same thing ‘I’ll save it up so that we can use it to go back to Cbeebies land again’ yep she loved it there!

Cbeebies Land

She loves Where’s Wally books but she secretly cheats and finds him on all the pages first before then asking us to do it with her and then she of course ‘spots’ them first on every page before us – cheeky! She also loves playing Angry Birds on the iPad and will soon tell me if I’m doing it wrong should I have the chance of having a go myself!

Halloween was fun this year, she loved dressing up and making paper pumpkin lanterns together, the school Halloween party wasnt such a big hit but getting to stay up late and give out chocolate to trick or treaters was ‘cool’.

Halloween 2014

I’m not really sure what else to put in here but thought it was about time I wrote these things down and started doing one every year for them both. So think I will come back and add more as I think of it. But quite simply, Chloe you are amazing! (Even when you get a grump face on!)

Mummy x

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We’re back…

Well we’ve not actually been away away as in a lovely holiday (I wish) but we’ve been away from the blog, things have been so busy that I just needed to step away and enjoy family life and sort things out.

There have been some good times; Chloe starting school, Izzy’s birthday and last weekend was Chloe’s birthday – she’s now 5, the time has just flown by! And some sad times, our beloved Dillon dog is no longer with us, he had nearly 16 full and happy years and we were so lucky and blessed to have him in our lives.

So life is certainly different, getting Chloe up and ready for school, going to pick her up and not having Dillon around to look after. The house feels a lot emptier but life is busier than ever, parent evenings, homework, parties to go to, etc. It just kind of feels like a whole new chapter has started and I’m just not ready for it yet. I think being organised is the key so back to meal planning, budgeting and routines to get back on track, especially with the craziness that is Christmas up ahead.

But on the other side I’m immensely proud of my girls, they are simply amazing and I love watching them grown into their own personalities more each day. So I think I’ll leave it there and go make some to do lists and get started on this whole being more organised thing.

Michelle xx

 

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Meal Planning Monday – 15th September 2014

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Okay so I’ve fallen off the meal planning wagon for the past few weeks but we had a lot going on – Chloe is now at big girl school – eeps. We have another busy week this week and it’s both OH’s and Izzy’s birthdays at the weekend so I’m not going to plan for those days. A nice easy week but I’m planning on making Izzy a little rainbow cake so that’ll be interesting! Chloe is having school dinners this week so no pack lunches to make 😦 but I’m glad as the weather has gone chilly so it’s nice knowing she’ll have something hot and filling!

Monday – Pies and roast potatoes etc – perfect for this rainy day.

Tuesday – I’m thinking cheesy pasta bake and garlic bread.

Wednesday – Sausage casserole and mash.

Thursday – Leftovers.

Friday – Homemade pizza night.

Saturday – Birthday treat.

Sunday – Birthday treat.

And dont forget to head over to athomewithmrsm to read what everyone else is having this week – I definitely need to have a good look and get some inspiration for next week, I fancy trying something new!

Michelle x

 

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Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday

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A quick summer holiday catch up

Busy busy busy! There’s been softplay, DIY around the house and garden, family BBQs, taking the poorly doggy to the vets, days out, shopping and lots of other fun things going on. But I cant believe we’re almost done with the summer holidays – not that it’s been hugely summery but still. Chloe starts school in 20 sleeps! I think we have everything, shoes, socks, uniform, lunchbox, water bottles, name labels – still have yet to iron them onto everything, that will be a fun evening!

At the minute the big girl has a bit of a cough and we think she also might have asthma so we’ve been to the Drs and have an inhaler and peak flow meter to use for the next month. I had asthma when I was a bit older than her but luckily I grew out of it so hopefully we can manage it and she will too.

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks, I’m knuckling down now as I have to get back into organised mode for school starting and for planning Izzy and then Chloe’s birthdays in the coming months and dare I say it Christmas – eeps! So on the upside I’ll be posting more frequently and getting back into finishing all the half-finished reviews I’ve got saved.

Michelle x

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Silent Sunday

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Meal Planning Monday – 4th August 2014

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We kind of stuck to the meal plan last week, this week however we’re going to nail it. I need to get into a routine now for when school starts in September. So here we go!

Monday – Leftover rissotto from yesterday and maybe freezer bits for the kiddies.

Tuesday – Enchiladas with potato wedges and salad.

Wednesday – Jackets and beans with garlic bread and salad.

Thursday – Quite fancy a Quorn Korma.

Friday – Homemade pizza night.

Saturday – Sausages, eggs, mushrooms, beans etc.

Sunday – A roast or toad in the hole with mash, depending how hot it might be.

I really fancied making a chocolate coffee cake over the weekend but I resisted but now I’m thinking that was a mistake and I shouldnt deny myself………….. so I think I might do that. And maybe make some ‘healthy’ banana muffins too to balance it out! Anyway dont forget to head over to athomewithmrsm to read what everyone else is having this week.

Michelle x

 

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Silent Sunday

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The limited edition cloth nappy craze

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Okay so there’s a super big buzz about limited edition nappies at the minute. It used to be that a limited edition print meant that it was available till stocks lasted which was pretty much a year. So you could pick one up at some point or if you waited it out till the next ones were being launched and then you could snap up the old ones on a clear out offer. Now there are the uber limited editions which are sold out in minutes, and the majority of people wanting it miss out or have to buy off Ebay/nappy forums for double, triple the price and in some cases a lot more than that!

It happened last year with the Tots Bots Royal Flush nappy, a gorgeous nappy – sadly it didnt take my fancy so I didnt go for it and am glad I missed the drama surrounding it! Next thing you know they sell out in minutes and they start popping up Ebay and selling forums and some even sold for over £100! Yes a nappy that was £18ish went for that much even some used ones.

 

And now it’s the turn of Bumgenius to bring out a super limited run of limiteds, first Audrey earlier in the year and now Chaplin which again sold out in minutes, with most stockists only having 10 or so to sell. It’s all gone crazy again! And that’s also not including that the Jules limited edition print from last year has now been discontinued and is a HTF (hard to find) print and again used ones are selling for £70 in good condition.

Now I have no problem if you want it, buy it and then dont like or use it for a bit and then decide to sell it and maybe make a bit of extra back on it. There’s not many times you’ll resell a nappy on and make money on it. And ofc they will only go for as much as someone is willing to pay for it but I do find it hard when people are just buying to sell and make some money. I just feel in the lovely fluffy cloth nappy community I’d like to think we were above that but I guess not.

Now I love prints, and if I see something and like it I’d buy it whether it was limited or not. And I get that there are other people who really dont care about the colour or print on their babies bum and just go with whatever is on offer or just white ones for ease etc – that’s cool for them, each to their own. And of course on the other end of the scale there are some that love a brand so much they want to collect all the colours and prints that are released and even in some cases keep them new in the packet like a collectors item – again that’s cool. I respect the dedication and if it makes someone happy then so be it. But it’s frustrating to miss out on something just because someone else wants to make an easy £50.

I hope the manufacturers sit up and listen to the many frustrated mamas I’ve seen posting on various forums and groups. If they’d made more then they would have sold more and everyone would be happy rather than 95% of their customer base feeling left out and annoyed. I get that limited editions should be just that limited, not around for long, but a few hundred going in minutes means a lot of unhappy customers. Having enough stock for a good month of sales based on previous releases would make most people happy I’m sure. I know you’ll never stop the people who want to make money selling them on but it would be less common place if there were more to start with and people had a chance.

That’s just my take, I’m not unhappy with the mamas that choose to buy them for lots of money or the ones that change their mind and end up selling and make a bit extra. But the people who have three or more to sell, all new and unused and are asking a premium price is frustrating to see – especially as it was meant to be a one per person limit! I’m really annoyed at the companies that chose to do it this way, yes you’ve got a lot of hype and buzz around it but mostly for the wrong reason.

On the plus side I guess I saved myself spending £18 on a nappy I dont really need, as there’s no way I’d pay more then the rrp, even if it was cute! But anyway I hope this cloud passes and doesnt crop up again, it’s not nice to have so much tension in fluffy groups and forums that were once a happy place of support and understating that we’re all a little bit crazy in a nice fluffy way!

Michelle x

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