A Mothers Ramblings: 2018

Monday, 18 June 2018

Packed Lunches W/C 18th June 2018

I did think that the Packed lunches were going to kill me, but the weekend before we started having lunches again, I made up a months worth of Sandwich Sushi and Wraps, so that I can easily pull them out of the freezer of a morning and have lunch ready in just a few seconds.

Top Ender and Dan Jon having a hug in the Morning School Run Photo

The other benefit of this, is that I only have to think of two lunches a week and this week one of those lunches makes a batch, so we'll be good next week for lunches on three days, leaving me to just think up one new lunch and then I'll come up with even more ideas for July.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Evening Meals W/C 16th June 2018

I actually cheated and made this meal plan when I made last weeks meal plan. I did it because I was trying to be smart and reduce the amount of time I spend meal planning and because I was planning on my friend having her baby this weekend... it didn't work! The baby came early, and even though all the meals this week (During Monday to Friday) are able to be made by Top Ender in case I was not here and looking after my friend or her daughter I've decided that this week I'll just sit back and relax and let Top Ender take the strain this week whilst I drink all the fruit tea I want!

Fruit Tea in the Garden

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Roundabout Date Night

As is usual in our household, there are times when we work together like a finely oiled machine. There are other times, when, well, when we don't.

One Tuesday evening as I was taking Top Ender to her Youth group, Flyfour gave me a call and let me know that he had a flat tyre, well actually it was a ripped tyre not a flat tyre and he was going to be late home. He didn't have a spare tyre and so was waiting for a Recovery Truck to come to rescue him. The worse news for him was he was just over a five-minute drive from home.

Flyfour's Ripped Tyre

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Doing Too Much?

Twice within four hours, isn't a coincidence is it?

Twice within four hours, is someone telling you something that you need to possibly take a second look at. A few months back, two people told me that I do too much and as it was within a four hour period, and it made me think.

Was I doing too much?

In fact, now that I thought about it, over the last few weeks before the two people infour hours there had been three or four comments made by different people about how much I do and if I do too much.

PippaD sitting on the sofa not doing very much at all

Monday, 11 June 2018

Packed Lunches W/C 11th June 2018

A few months back, (I just checked it was October 2016 that I last did it, so more than a few months ago!) I provided both Top Ender and Dan Jon with a packed lunch every day. I loved doing it for them, working out the number of carbs in a meal for Dan Jon, ensuring that they both got the different sandwiches or other carb based foods that they liked and you know sneaking in the occasional treat. When Dan Jon swapped to Hot Lunches at School I was so upset, but it was his choice and I'm a firm believer in letting the children have responsibility for themselves!

I did suggest to the children, however, that for the last part of the term they swap back to packed lunches so that they could make the most of the weather. At Dan Jon's Primary School, the children can eat their packed lunch on the School field during nice periods of weather and well, it was also a bit cheaper!

Everything is GREAT

Last week, was the first week and I bulk made a few lunches for the freezer for them and purchased a few weeks worth of "extras" like pudding pots, sweet treats, popcorn etc. Mainly this was just in case I wasn't here one morning, as I'm currently on standby for looking after one of my friend's daughter when my friend goes to the hospital to have her baby!

Anyway, here is what they are eating this week.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Baptism Talk - Candy Floss Edition

Sometimes I think I'm going a little bit crazy because I write a blogpost and swear that I've had it published, but I look over my published posts and it is missing. Which is what happened when a friend recently asked for a copy of my Candy Floss talk that I gave what seems like ages ago and I couldn't find this here post! Apparently, typing the title of the talk was enough for me, well until now! I based this talk on the object lesson Meck Mom talked about in her video back in 2016 and have it here in case you want to give something similar at a Baptism you are asked to speak at.

John the Baptist baptising Jesus Christ colouring page

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Evening Meals W/C 9th June 2018

Every week when I think about what we are eating the next week, what plans we have for various clubs and activities etc I am always shocked at how soon each week is coming round. I'm not sure if it is because we are busy, because we are happy or because of the speeding up of time but whatever the reason here is my meal plan for the coming week and you can imagine me with a shocked face!

A Home Made Nando's with Chicken, Wedges, Coleslaw and Potato Salad

Friday, 8 June 2018

June's Holiday In A Day

When we started doing the Holiday's in a day, the idea was that other than for Flyfour and I, it would be a surprise, where we were going and what we were doing. The children loved this and were happy for the surprises as long as they knew that we would follow a certain routine (Activity 1, Lunch, Activity 2, Activity 3, Supper) so they would know what to expect, without knowing what exactly we were doing.

Then of course came the idea, that they wanted to plan something. We managed to get them to agree to plan a trip with one adult, so Top Ender picked Flyfour and Dan Jon got left with me to help organise a Holiday in a day trip. Dan Jon and I got to go first and we decided our trip would be in June and so quickly started planning together. Dan Jon wanted to do a sort of treasure hunt, which luckily doubled up with something I had been thinking of doing and so, everything came together quite quickly.

Family Fun in Oxford

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Brilliant Friend

As with most of the children in the world right now, Dan Jon loves playing on his computer with his friends. Some of them live on the other side of the world, some of them used to live locally and have since moved away, some are the children of other bloggers whom he has met at blogging events we've been to and some, well some are children he sees almost every day at School!

One Saturday afternoon, Dan Jon was playing online with a friend who lives about a ten-minute walk away and they were having a great giggle together.

I had been out for most of the day, and popped in to check the family was all still alive before popping back out again to take my Mum home and do a quick top up shop of everything I had forgotten the day before (mainly salad, for some reason I forgot to buy any salad and it was on my list like four times!).

Dan Jon playing on the Consoles

Monday, 4 June 2018

Dan Jon's Fidget Spinner Phone

There are lots of reasons I love my husband, I listed some of them just the other week when I told you all that I was a Lucky Lady, but there is another reason. It's because sometimes, Flyfour finds things which are just AMAZING and perfect for our family.

Dan Jon's birthday was one of those times.

Dan Jon Jr being all cute

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Evening Meals W/C 2nd June 2018

So the meal plan this week has the children back on Packed lunches, with the exception of Top Ender having a Curry on a Tuesday and Dan Jon having Fish and Chips on a Friday.

I can't say I'm unhappy about this, I love making packed lunches for the children!

A Pasta Packed Lunch

Friday, 1 June 2018

Leighton Buzzard Children's Trail

I grew up in Leighton-Linslade. I know the High Street as well as I know, well as well as I know anywhere I guess and so when I heard about the Children's trail, I knew that eventually, we'd get round to doing it, I just didn't know it would take so long!

The plan was that Top Ender and Dan Jon would follow the map to work out where each clue was and that Flyfour and I would just be the back up as we went quite late on a Saturday night and the pubs were full of people.

The route starts at the Leighton Buzzard library and finishes...well just up the road from the Leighton Buzzard Library, which is handy when you park at the Library end of town.

Top Ender On the Leighton Buzzard Children's Trail

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

May's Holiday In A Day

Our May Family Day saw us heading to Grand Designs Live show, at the ExCel London. We had my Mum with us (because what's a family day without extra family?!) and because we were showing off a little we decided to pack a lot in...

We drove to Westfield Stratford City and walked through an almost deserted shopping centre, although the boys did see some men washing their socks in the toilet and the "children" sat in a boat outside the toilets.

The children being silly on a boat ride

And this was all before hopping on a tube to Greenwich (home of the O2 arena) and walking towards the Emirates Air-Line London where of course Top Ender and Dan Jon had sworn they would never set foot again...

Monday, 28 May 2018

April's Holiday In A Day

Each month, we are trying to spend one day together as a family. It can be as simple as Orienteering, a whole day out at the seaside, an act of service as a family or as complicated as organising a whole itinerary of a day for us to follow! April, saw us visiting the "We the Curious", a science centre in Bristol.

Outside We The Curious Bristol

The whole place was AMAZING. Everyone else had been before (back when it was called @Bristol), but this was my first time and I couldn't get over how interactive it was, how accessible it was and how everyone young or old learnt something or was able to join in with the fun.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

The Primary Gravitational Pull

When I was first called to be the Primary President, a friend from another Stake who had held the calling a few times in her life asked if I knew about the secret. A confused look from me confirmed that I had no clue what she was on about, And so she explained a well-known phenomenon witnessed amongst those with this precious calling that I will share with you.

The secret is, that as soon as you are set apart in this calling all children will be attracted to you.

I, of course, laughed when she told me this, but she insisted that this was serious and if I remember correctly she said something along the lines of:

"It's like someone turns on your child gravitational pull."

Saturday, 26 May 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 26 May 2018

Aww, the magical time of year where the children realise that it's nearly the Summer Holidays. That this half term will be the last of the School year for them. That in just a few weeks, Dan Jon will be a Year Six, Top Ender will be a Year Ten and me? Well, I'll be me doing what I need to do and panicking that Dan Jon will be in year six and Top Ender will be in year ten and I'm not ready for my Baby to be about to leave Primary School.

Top Ender and Dan Jon ready for School

Well, enough melancholy, on with the food. Oh, and this week we're going to have Sandwiches for lunch (probably ham, occasionally cheese) and it'll be accompanied by some snack like Crisps, or Crackers and some fruit or veg... it's going to be great!

Monday, 21 May 2018

I'm A Lucky Lady

Flyfour is one of those ridiculously romantic husbands, that according to my friends mean I'm a lucky lady because men like that actually only exist in romance novels, rom-com films, or catfish profiles on the internet. I have been accused several times of making him up and yet, they all seem to want to steal him off of me because of his romantic gestures.

Whenever we (my friends and I) get together for lunch or we meet up for a not coffee coffee, (well they have coffee, I have a Hot Chocolate or maybe some Fruit Tea) one of them will inevitably bring up something that they have read on Facebook, or seen pictured on Instagram or even something that was mentioned in our WhatsApp group and then they, mostly politely, request that I give them the details.

All the details.

PippaD and Flyfour having fun

Saturday, 19 May 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 19th May 2018

Last week came and went so quickly! Sometimes I love that life seems to speed by as it makes me think I have things under control if I've done most of the jobs I need to do by the time I've sat down to make the meal plan for the following week.

This week, despite being really productive, I'm also at a bit of a loss but I'm not here to bore you with my existential crisis, I'm here to bore you with what we're eating this week!

Dan Jon taking some time out to smell the flowers on a neighbours tree

Friday, 18 May 2018

I Let My Children Play With Knives

I let my children play with knives.

Well I say play, I mean use but trust me Baby Boy thinks this is a game and at almost three I am pretty sure that this isn't something that should be taken lightly. The thing is though when you are teaching children to cook and to do things for themselves they want to do things for themselves and you have to let them. How are they going to learn if they never get any hands on experience?

So when Baby Boy was making dinner with me last night I let him grate the cheese with the sharp metal grater.

I let him use the Knife to cut up the  pizza spiral in to circles.

Baby Boy with a sharp knife

And I let him hold the tray up for me to take a picture without worrying that it would fall to the floor, leaving us starving.

Baby Boy showing off his Pizza spirals

It's important that Baby Boy learns that not only do I trust him, but that the things in the kitchen whilst dangerous are also tools that he has to learn to master. It would be no good wrapping him up in cotton wool to prevent accidents as one day the wrapping will have to come off.

So I let my children play with knives... Do You?

Funerals and Celebrations of Life

I went to a funeral recently. It sounds horribly crass of me to say that it was the nicest funeral I've ever been too, but it honestly was a beautiful service, full of love and life and although I didn't know the man who died as well as some who were there, I found solace in the words that were spoken and I believe his other friends and his family did too.

I think what made it different, was it wasn't a morbid mourning, it was a tender adulation in celebration of life.

And it made me think.

It made me think about what I want for my funeral, or rather what I want for the Celebration of my Earthly life.

A Sunset over Dunstable Downs

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Miracle Morning

A few weeks before my birthday, I was doing my usual Pinterest pinning and reading of blog posts searching for ideas for my not bullet journal, bullet journal (I'll tell you about that another day). When I found a few references to something which caught my interest. The references were about living a Level Ten Life and at first glance, I was pretty certain, that this was something I wanted to learn more about.

So I started searching and I found a book called "Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod and knowing my love of self-help and motivational books (the latter is what I think this is classified as) I decided to order it for my birthday. And then I tried to forget about it so that I wouldn't be tempted to open it before my birthday. And I was so successful at forgetting about it, I didn't pick it up until the 8th of May, almost a full week after my birthday!

And as soon as I was halfway through it (I spent a couple of hours reading it at Church whilst Tops was at Youth) I knew that this was something I was going to give a try.

So on the 9th May 2018, I got up early and was in my living room ready for my new morning routine by 5:47am.

PippaD Ready for her first Miracle Morning on Day 1

Now, as you may have noticed, this blog post is just one week after that first early get up. Surely I haven't learnt anything in a week from this process?

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


Today my baby turns ten... that's Double Digits Baby!

So I thought I'd share a few pictures of some of our recent adventures whilst sharing tales of this boy who steals my heart every day. Seriously, every morning when I go to wake him up and every evening when I go to tuck him in, He is all snuggly and warm and he tries to steal my heart so I'll hug him a little longer. It only works 100% of the time!

Dan Jon is always up for a giggle, a bit like me I suppose. So when we saw this display of Gnomes in Asda, we knew Dan Jon had to pose in front of it. I guess Asda will say it's a complete coincidence that their cheeky gnomes look just like my little lad eh?! I guess they just saw someone who was as handsome as DJ and knew that they had to capture his likeness.

Dan Jon and his Doubles!

Monday, 14 May 2018

When My Mum Met Kevin McCloud

On Bank Holiday Monday, we were having another Family Fun Day, or as the children have started to call them "A Holiday in a Day", which I think is more to do with how much we squeeze into one day rather than the fact it's a relaxing day out with the family!

One of the activities we had planned was to go to Grand Designs Live and we had invited my Mum along. We had managed to get some free tickets and all was good, apart from well, we prefer the Ideal Home Show as there just seems to be more to see and do.

Okay, I mean there is more free food samples at the Ideal Home Show. Don't judge me you know you love free samples as much as I do!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

The Baptism Talk - Bow Edition

For the last few weeks, a young lady has been going to Church and has become friendly with Top Ender and several of the other young women. This young lady is rather fabulous, which is obvious even to me as I've not had much to do with her seeing as how I'm in Primary, but I've spoken to her a few times on Tuesday nights at Mutual and this young lady ALWAYS has a bow in her hair. It's like her trademark.

When Top Ender was asked to give a talk at the Baptism, on the subject of Baptism she knew she had to use these bows as the starting point and came up with the following talk, that I thought I'd share with you (and in the process saving so I might be able to use it myself in the future!) on this Sabbath day. The rest of this blog post is written by Top Ender!

Bows in a Gift bag, an object lesson in the form of a LDS Baptism talk on Baptism

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Family Meal Plan W/C 12th May 2018

I'm currently sitting in my living room awaiting a delivery of some fitness equipment and pondering that if I make a cake now and eat it before the aforementioned fitness equipment arrives, will it count calorie wise?

Sponge cake just like you used to get at School with dripping icing and plenty of Sprinkles

I don't think it will...

This week is Dan Jon's birthday on Tuesday and so he's had more input into what we eat this week and has picked a few of his favourite meals, but has also been quite kind and thrown in a couple of meals that his Daddy and Sister would love.

Luckily for me, I sort of don't care what we eat as long as we do eat!

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Sometimes I Think He Isn't Really Dead

Compared to some, I've not really had that much experience with grief and loss. I mean, yes my grandparents have died and so have a few other relatives, and a few friends but it wasn't the same as when my Dad died. The others who died were old. They had lived a long life. They had been ill and them dying was an expected end to the illness.

My Dad was young. My Dad hadn't lived a long life. He hadn't been ill and his death wasn't expected.

I keep thinking that I've seen him. Driving a car out of Tesco's Petrol station. Crossing the road as I've driven past a Pedestrian Crossing. Sitting in the audience of the Snooker match Flyfour is watching. Walking past the Cafe I'm sitting in.

And that's when the thoughts start.

PippaD looking all PippaD like

Saturday, 5 May 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 5th May 2018

I may have told an accidental lie to Flyfour this week, that as most of the food we are eating this week is from our own storage that the shopping bill would be lower... however it's wasn't true. The shopping bill was roughly the same as always because we purchased a few "extra" supplies to stock up the snack and drinks cupboard! This whole not buying things for the month (apart from the weekly food shop and Petrol) is killing my snack cravings!

Sticky Popcorn

Friday, 4 May 2018

The Very Not Good Day

During the Easter Break, I had a Doctors appointment planned. It was just because of an earache (which I've had since before Christmas) but I didn't really want to take the children with me because

Doctors Surgery + Children + Germs = Me being a Sick Nurse.

So I asked if they would mind staying at home and looking after each other, which of course they readily agreed to as unsupervised time is a rare treat for them. After my very short Dr's appointment, I decided to pop into a local supermarket and pick up some lettuce to jazz up some wraps for lunch and some doughnuts too, because who doesn't like doughnuts?

Doughnuts - YUM!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

One Year Older And Wiser Too

It's my Birthday today.

Despite what I may have said in the past, at Midnight my age ticked over to 39. Mentally I feel no different to I did yesterday. I don't feel any wiser, but then again I don't feel my synapses degrading with each second ticking by. Physically I feel a little more tired than I did yesterday, but that's more to do with the fact I had a disturbed nights sleep and the lack of sunshine than anything to do with my age!

And yet, there has been a change within me.

PippaD ready for something

Monday, 30 April 2018

The Travel Brochures

Many many many years ago, Flyfour and I were planning an adventure. We were going to take a holiday of a lifetime and planned to drive all over America and do all those tourist things that other people seem to do and love. We were going to travel down Route 66, we were going to see the Grand Canyon, we were going to eat Pizza in New York City and get Gumbo in New Orleans. Hyped up with the excitement of planning a holiday, Flyfour signed up to get information about a few of the States that we wanted to visit.

Flyfour and PippaD enjoying time together

Within a few weeks, heavy thumps on the doormat let us know that the information had arrived. Flyfour and I poured over maps, making lists of places we wanted to see, or at least drive past a sign so we could take stupid selfies of us at Towns with funny names.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 28th April 2018

This coming week sees mine and my Mums birthdays, so there are a few celebration meals being thrown in! My Mum and I have decided that we are going to see if we can stretch our birthdays out to at least Dan Jon's birthday in the middle of the month...

PippaD and her Giant Birthday Candle

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

How Can We Have A Cohesive Engaged Society? #SponsoredPost

Sometimes, when I think about society as a whole, there is one conversation that sticks out particularly in my mind. I was about 15 and sat talking with my Grandfather, in his garden in the middle of the Summer holidays. My sister and I went to stay with our Grandparents each summer, to enjoy the "break" from normal life and unbeknownst to me at the time, absorbing all the wisdom that our Grandparents were bestowing on us one conversation at a time.

PippaD, her Sister and Granddad

The reason the conversation sticks out was because my Grandfather was talking about where he felt society was going wrong and how it was up to me (and the rest of my generation) to change it. His generation had laid the foundation, but it was up to us to build upon it and make life great for future generations and he believed that a lot of this was down to the small choices to make society "better". Better as individuals, better as citizens and better at being engaged in order to make society better as a whole.

It is probably something to do with that conversation that the children and I try to be the best that we can and why the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme appeals to me and as soon as Tops and Dan Jon are old enough I will be signing them up In actual fact, I've already emailed a few of my Mum friends who have children who are old enough to take part, that's how great I feel this programme is!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 21st April 2018

Is it just me or is this year flying by? I swear, in a couple of weeks it'll be my birthday, but it was only Christmas a week or two ago! Still, at least with my birthday coming up, I'll be able to look forward to a nice Chinese and who knows maybe I'll finish one of my WIP (Works in Progress) as I currently have two knitted cardigans on the go, one baby vest, one crochet experiment and three cross stitch samplers!

I like to keep myself busy.

Knitting is fun!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 14th April 2018

The Meal Plan this week is based on the weather turning nicer... as has been promised by the weatherman, my husband and various newspapers that are also predicting the end of the world!

Drinks in the Garden mean something very different when you're a Mormon

As it happens today (Saturday) has been rather lovely and we've already eaten a picnic lunch in the garden, so if the rest of the week does turn out to be wet, we won't care!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

What We're Eating This Week W/C 7th April 2018

Lots of food and lots of family fun is planned this week, hopefully, they will both mix and we'll end up happy, fed and ready for what life throws at us!

The four of us having some Family Fun

Saturday, 31 March 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 31st March 2018

I can't believe that it is almost April already! It means it is nearly my birthday! It means it is a little over 50 days until the children have half term! It means a little over 100 days until the Summer Holidays starts!

Top Ender and Dan Jon Jr shooting each other

Saturday, 24 March 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 24th March 2018

Waking up Friday morning, I half-remembered a conversation I'd been having with Flyfour the night before about what meals he would like this week, the only thing I remember him asking for was Nachos for Saturday night and the rest was up to me. Which is fine, because I had a few ideas based on things we've loved or fancied recently!

So here is what we are eating this week!

Taco's and Burrito's everyone loves them right?

Saturday, 17 March 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 17th March 2018

I know, you've all thought that I've starved the family over the last few weeks. Not only have no meal plans been published, but I havent posted a single cup of Hot Chocolate to Instagram nor any Salads. It's not true though! Really I've just cut back on the Hot Chocolate, I've forgotten to hit publish on the meal plans and it really isn't the weather for Salads in my humble opinion.

No, this is the weather for comfort food!

Piles of Steamed Veg, Casseroles and very yummy things that probably make our insides all happy with love added to every bite!

Friday, 16 March 2018

The February Family Resolution

On the surface, the February Family Resolution was a bit.. boring. It was, however, probably the most successful Family Resolution I could have imagined!

The idea for February was that we be well rested, this involved working out how much sleep we each needed, what we needed in order to go to sleep, and looking to see what helped motivate us to get up and going in the morning.

A Nice inviting Bed with fresh bed linen

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Problem with being Smiley

The problems with being smiley aren't really that many. People may think you are more outgoing than you are, People may think you are crazy (try walking down a London street smiling at strangers, you'll see what I mean), People may... well, people may think you're me.

And then there is the real problem. Well, the real problem for me. You see, every morning when I walk Dan Jon Jr to School, we pass several people. Some are walking children to School, some parents are walking home from dropping their children at School, some are walking to other Schools, some are walking their dogs, some are just out for a morning constitutional and some are just neighbours who wave from their windows at the various families who walk past.

Dan Jon Jr ready for the School Run

Dan Jon and I discuss various things that are of interest to us, we practice spellings and answer random math questions. We discuss what is happening after School, what we're having for our evening meal, what we are reading, what we thought of breakfast or a million other things, which on a five-minute journey is seriously impressive.

Friday, 23 February 2018

I Hate Those Stories

I hate those stories that start "A friend of a friend said this happened" or something along those lines.

Standing in the School Playground this morning, slowly freezing whilst we waited for the bell to signal it was time for the children to exit the Playground and make their way to their Classrooms, a group of Mums standing near by was suddenly brought to life when another Mum burst into the middle of them.

Top Ender and Dan Jon ready for School

"Oh. My. G--!" She screached. "You will never guess what a friend of mine reposted a friend of her's on Facebook."

I thought I had discreetly rolled my eyes, but my own little circle of Parent Friends caught the so called discrete gesture and all immediatly hushed down to also listen to this other conversation being relayed a few feet away.

Monday, 5 February 2018

The January Family Resolution

This year, I set 12 different resolutions for my family, one for each month of the year for things that my family and I thought we needed to work on as a family. Things we wanted to do as a family. Of course they had input into these resolutions, as I asked them what they felt we needed to work on, how we wanted to refine ourselves and what we thought we needed to work on and then I translated them into English (rather than our family slang) wrote these family resolutions down and published them back in December, so that we'd be able to share our progress with you and of course, be able to look back on it in years to come and see when and how we started certain positive habits.

The resolution for January was that we would put the family first.

Family Fun in the Snow

Saturday, 3 February 2018

What We Are Eating This Week W/C 3rd February 2018

I think that the meals that we have picked this week have actually been picked already in the last few weeks since I changed the way the Meal plans were organised, but that is all part of the learning curve, right? Right?

Oh well, here is what I have planned for this week.

Beans on Toast

Saturday, 27 January 2018

What We Are Eating This Week W/C 27 January 2018

I'm loving the simplicity of having a few meals to pick from with the same basic ingredients. It has meant that I've been able to stick with a budget of just £50 to buy the weekly shop and apart from a few pence here and there I've mostly stuck to it, so I'm so proud of myself!

I was planning on doing the exact same meals next two months (February and March), but I think that I'll switch it up for March and have a few other meals, especially as I've noticed what meals the family has liked the most and which meals have fallen a bit flat. Dan Jon thinks it's brilliant the way that I'm also making sure that if there is an extra portion of ANYTHING, that it's being incorporated into something else or made into my lunch... although I am regretting using up a spicy sauce last week instead of BBQ for our Chicken Burgers as the Couscous I made up in the leftover sauce has rather a kick to it!

Saturday - Toad in the Hole

We're having a day out together, but I'm planning on us being home early enough that we'll be able to have Toad in the Hole for our evening meal. The real reason for this is I hate making it and if Flyfour is home, he'll make it!

Sunday - Roast Chicken

We'll have a Roast with Trimmings (everyone loves the Gluten Free Yorkshire Puddings that Flyfour makes) and hopefully with extra Roasties because we all love Roasties!

Winner Winner! A Roast Chicken Dinner!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

January Rudolph Club

I must admit that this month has gone rather fast and so I'm not quite sure that I've managed to actually do anything for Christmas 2018 other than acknowledge that it will happen and that at some point in 2017, I thought it would be useful to document my progress each month.

Actually, that isn't true. I started working with my Swagbucks account again, and will hopefully with just doing the bare minimum for the next few months (until the end of September/start of October) to have a couple of hundred pounds to spend on Christmas bits and pieces either as cash (via Paypal) or in the form of Amazon vouchers. I've already cashed out £25 in Amazon vouchers since the start of the month as I wanted to buy a gift for a friend.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Dan Jon's Pre-Residential Jitters

Last week Dan Jon Jr went on his first ever School Residential, well actually that isn't true. There had been a Camp for the entire year last Summer, but it was one night and well, I was actually there as a helper as I'm a School Governor at the Primary School Dan Jon goes to as we figured it would be easier for me to do the over-night testing, rather than having two of the staff members do it (safeguarding means there would have to be two).

This residential was going to be Dan Jon's first trip without Flyfour or I.

Dan Jon Jr excited for his School Residential

I was actually quite calm about it. I know the staff that were going on the trip fairly well and when another staff member was added to the roster, any worries that I hadn't even admitted to myself had entirely vanished as I've known that member of staff for ten years and know that Dan Jon has a soft spot for this teacher too.

Everything was fine.

Until the night before he left.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies explained for the curious and the nervous!

Hello! Pippa here! If you are like me and keep hearing about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies but having no clue what they really are, then this is the blog post for you. Here is Flyfour's not so quick, hopefully, easy to digest guide to Bitcoin, and other Cryptocurrencies, which should be enough for you to make your mind up if this is for you and if you could make any money!

Bitcoin logo

Over to you Flyfour!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 20th January 2018

When I wrote this meal plan, I was really excited about going shopping for it, because according to my costings I was going to end up having a whole threepence change from my Fifty pounds to pay for the shopping! I have a copper pot that I keep on the side, which already has a few pence in it, (well more like a couple of quid) so I was hoping to add them to it and use the pot at the end of the year to buy something ... I just don't know what yet, but knowing me it will either be Flowers or Book!

My favourite Sweetpeas

Do you save up your loose change? What do you do with it? What would you buy with it if you did save up?!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 13th January 2018

I've always thought, that when I do the weekly shop, that I'm quite good at sticking to a budget. I've realised in the last couple of weeks, that prior to the change of the way that I do the Food Shop I was terrible at sticking to a budget! This is changing now, as not only am I sticking to only a few different meals, but I'm trying to stick to a strict £50 a week... and I'm mostly doing it. I mean going over by a few pence each week isn't too bad, is it?!

Look, I think considering I'm knocking about half off the budget each week that I'm doing great!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 6th January 2018

This is the first week that I've picked the meals from my rotating meals list. I just picked one from each of the categories, and then worked out where they should go based on what we are up to and how we like to eat during the week.

Flyfour also did me a huge favour and he programmed up something in our Home Automation to mean that we now have a database where I can ask one of our devices what is for dinner and it will tell me, without me having to look it up on my calendar, or in my diary or even on my blog! I'm so excited because, who doesn't like technology that is useful and fun?!

Plenty of Technology in the Garden