A Mothers Ramblings: March 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014

Character Cra-z-loom Bracelet Bands #Review

When the Cra-z-loom craze was just starting in the States, several of the Youtubers that Top Ender follows were talking about the bands and the bracelets that they were creating, I knew that when Top Ender would get hold of one of the looms herself that we'd lose her to a life of making bracelets for herself and her friends. When we got a Character Cra-z-loom Bracelet Maker Top Ender is the sort of girl who loves to see what you need to do along with the instructions, so she got me to sit down with her to make the first bracelet so she'd be able to replicate what I'd done.

Character Cra-z-loom Bracelet Bands

The first bracelet that we made together was a simple single band bracelet, nice and easy and fairly quick to make. The only problem was, the bracelet was far too long for either Top Ender or I, so we reduced the length of the next bracelet.

Character Cra-z-loom Bracelet

After this second bracelet, Top Ender disappeared upstairs with a table and the bands and several bracelets later she came back downstairs. Top Ender has now started watching videos on Youtube to follow directions on how to make ever more complicated looking bracelets.

The set has an RRP of £14.99 and is a brilliant buy for girls who love crafting, especially this Easter.

We were sent the Character Cra-z-loom set to review.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Never Give Up

A couple of weeks ago, whilst I was at School helping Big Boy with his lunchtime Insulin, there was a little girl in the medical room who was going home due to an earache. The little girl was sobbing her heart out, and Big Boy was trying to calm her down, as he's a compassionate sort and can't stand to hear any child cry. Big Boy had a low blood sugar and so whilst we were waiting for his levels to rise I talked with both Big Boy and this little girl.

The School Playground

Today as I was leaving the School, after having given Big Boy his lunchtime Insulin, the young girl ran up to me on the playground. She let me know that she was back at School and that her earache had all gone now. I told her I'd been worried about her and was really pleased that she'd got better. The little girl had been smiling at me since running up to me, but suddenly she turned serious and looked me straight in the eye.

"Never give up." she stated
"Erm, okay I won't."

I looked to the lunchtime supervisor who had been standing next to me and she looked back just as amused/confused as I was at this little threatening sounding motivational message.

I kept thinking about what this little girl had told me for the rest of the afternoon. Why had she felt she needed to tell me to never give up? Had she been directed by some greater force (Yes, I mean God) to give me a message? Was it so obvious to her that I'm a continual quitter? Was she planning for a career as a motivational guru? Was she Rickrolling me?!

I decided in the end that it was a message to me from God. It made sense to me that a loving Heavenly Father would send me a message telling me not to give up especially after the whole "Do I or don't I give up the blog?" thing.

What do you think? If a four year old girl told you to never give up, would you pass it off as a child having heard it and repeating it or would you read a deeper message into it?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Super Loop Bands #Review

Sometimes when Top Ender gets into a new hobby I start to feel a little bit jealous. It's not because she isn't spending time with me, or because I want to be her, but she creates such fantastic pieces that I want to be able to create wonderful pieces too. When Top Ender was sent some Super Loop Bands by Interplay to review, I figured I wouldn't let Top Ender have all the fun, and decided that I wanted to create a bracelet too.

Interplay Super Loop Bands Review

So before I handed the box to Top Ender, I sat watching one of my TV shows and made a bracelet.

Interplay Super Loop Bands Review Bracelet One

It was so fun, that I made another one.

Interplay Super Loop Bands Review Bracelet Two

And another.

Interplay Super Loop Bands Review Bracelet Three

And another.

Interplay Super Loop Bands Review Bracelet Four

In fact before my TV show was even half way through I had created all the bracelets.

Interplay Super Loop Bands Review Bracelet Five

Luckily Top Ender didn't mind that I had completed them all and she was just pleased to have the bracelets to add to her jewellery collection. Well, apart from the one I was keeping for me that is! The bands were really easy to make, and unlike the loom bands, don't require a loom to make them on, you simply fold the loops and link them together.

They have an RRP of £9.99 which is what I think a low price for something that is quite durable and will be able to be taken apart and reused in the future, if Top Ender decides she didn't like my colour patterns or designs.

We were sent the Super Loop bands to review.

Easter Haribo, Lent and Me #Review

There are lots of things that I need to organise before Easter this year. I'm needing to sort out the back garden, arrange the Easter Egg Hunt, organise who is coming to share our Easter meal with us (actually check that I've done it already), organise what we are going to be eating for our Easter meal, confirm that my husband will actually be here and not at work, finish decluttering the house and sort out what gifts everyone is getting, as we probably won't be doing eggs.

Luckily for me, Haribo sent me some Easter treats to review and seeing as I've managed to hide them from the children since they arrived (hahahaha) I've also got to eat them. Although I should point out that I didn't eat all of them in one go, several tasting sessions were held (and are still being held!) in order to find out that the Fizzy Farm Animals are my favourite. Cherries would have won, but they aren't in this review.

Haribo Easter Range 2014

It always makes me laugh that for Lent, I normally give up Chocolate and then celebrate having successfully completed my Lenten sacrifice by eating chocolate and so along with the plan of this year of not doing eggs for Easter, I also haven't given anything up this year instead I've added something to my life, by adding in a couple of extra projects that last the 40 days of Lent, there will be blog posts about them soon I promise.

So what about the Haribo I hear you ask. Well, as normal the Haribo are lovely and tasty and in small packets so you don't have to worry too much about the children (or adults) that you give them to over eating. The Easter themes are cute and the games included in the tub (or even the twister stick) are fun and everyone that is in our extended family could play them easily come Easter Sunday (which is when we normally have our fun).

The Haribo Easter ranges are available in the Supermarkets, in the past you've been able to buy different items in different shops, so you might have to go to a couple to find what you're looking for!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

I'm a TV Addict #Review

I'm a TV addict. I know, nothing you weren't already aware of from my tweets talking about various TV shows I'm watching or that I am a fan of. The problem that I have however is that my current set up of a subscription based Satellite service is rather expensive and so Daddy and I have been talking about how we can still get great TV shows, still get a range of TV channels and at the same time how we can save money on what we're paying out. I had an idea that youview, might be the answer and was looking into the service when I was asked if I'd review the service. I figured that I could review the youview service and work out if it was what I wanted to swap to all in one go and so signed up to be considered. I got lucky and was chosen.

When the box arrived, I decided that I would set the system up myself. Daddy wasn't around, being in Birmingham and so I didn't have any back up. I was a little nervous, but I read the instructions and worked out which wires went where and had the system up and running before I knew it.

youview installing

Egg Bolognese - Big Boy Giggles

Big Boy was discussing what was for dinner. He'd decided he didn't want what was on offer and so had taken himself to the fridge to work out what he did want.

"Egg Bolognese, one of those foil drinks and sausages please Mum" he said
"Egg Bolognese?" I asked, not quite sure what he was thinking
"Yeah!" he answered

I went to the fridge and looked inside.

There on one of the shelves stood the ingredients for my Bolognese, tomatoes, celery, onion, mushrooms and a few other bits and pieces. There was even mince and balanced on top two eggs.

I was now even more confused. Firstly how did Big Boy know what went in my Bolognese recipe. Did he want Bolognese with an egg on the side? Did he want the sauce without the mince and boiled eggs chopped up in the sauce?

"Big Boy" I called "How do you want the eggs served mate?"
"Hmmm. Like yesterday lunchtime, have we got any of those rolls you put the Bolognese in left?"

It was here that it clicked what he was after.

"Big Boy, Egg MAYONNAISE not Bolognese!"

One Egg Bolognese and sausage sandwich later and BB was quite happy.

Happy Big Boy from A Mother's Ramblings

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Trying To Be Healthy #Review

Anyone who has read my Twitter or Facebook, or even this here blog for longer than five minutes knows that I'm fat. It's okay, I get to say it because it's true. You however, don't get to call me fat.

I try to be healthy. I'm not pretending that I know everything, I'm not pretending that I'm perfect. Yes, we eat 50/50 bread, but at least it isn't white. I drink Skimmed Milk, I drink fizzy pop (but not as much as I used to and my children don't), I drink water or squash (mainly water and it's the same for the children) and I try to make sure we have at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and it's normally closer to ten. I don't drink Alcohol (it's a Mormon thing), I try to exercise as often as I can (even if it does make me look stupid) and for at least 90 minutes a day and I do it all with a smile on my face. Apart from in this one picture below where I look like I've had an "accident".

Pippa in the middle of a Squat

I'm trying to set a good example to my children, I'm trying to make sure that they know that being fat isn't good, that they shouldn't eat sweets often (we try to limit sweets to parties and when Big Boy is having a low blood sugar episode), that they need to eat healthily, that they need to exercise and in general all the things that my parents taught me that I didn't listen to.

Maybe they should have used a sledge hammer.

As part of our healthy living plan I like to get the children drinking things which are healthy, or rather things which are not unhealthy! We don't drink shop brought smoothies all that often (too much sugar), they don't drink carbonated drinks (I'm addicted so I don't want them to be) and if they drink fruit juices then it's diluted down, as BB has already had to have teeth removed (although I think that was Diabetes related). When some samples of Vita Coco Kids arrived, I thought that the kids were going to refuse to drink it.

Vita Coco Kids

They've had coconut water before and decided that it tasted rather foul (they said it tasted like babies vomit), so after a particularly long walk (well it was coming home from School the long way) I thought I'd risk giving it to them. After all they needed to be rehydrated and it does say on the packet that it's good at that!

The little sods angels drank it.

Top Ender and Big Boy drinking Vita Coco Kids

I mean seriously, how am I supposed to keep up with these two when they change their minds on what they do and don't like every two minutes?! 

If you'd like to know more about the drinks, then take a look at the website but my two say that you should at least try something new as you might find out that you like it and that it's available in Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Amazon now, it will be available at the end of March in Holland and Barrett and in Tesco and Yo Sushi from the end of April.

I was sent some juice to review. The straws were weird as they bent in two places.

Monday, 24 March 2014

If you're reading this anywhere other than on www.amothersramblings.com, then you'll be pleased to know that you're reading stolen content

If you're reading this anywhere other than on www.amothersramblings.com, then you'll be pleased to know that you're reading stolen content.

And it's not just my content that's stolen.


See that link to another Mom or Parenting article? Yeah, that's stolen content too.

See that link to a beauty article? Stolen!

The news section is fine though right? Actually no, that's stolen too.

So. What should you do?

Well if you've enjoyed reading my posts you can go to my blog, I write a lot of rubbish, but it's my rubbish and I get paid money for the adverts on my blog. The posts of mine you've read here? The idiots who've stolen my content get paid for the adverts you see here.

Invisible Spaghetti pose

Oh and did I mention if you read my blog on my website, you get to see even better pictures than this one of me and the children eating invisible spaghetti?

How Things Change

I've been thinking about giving up A Mother's Ramblings on and off for a couple of years now. It's not that I don't want to blog any more, but I've lost focus on what I blog about.

Originally I set up A Mother's Ramblings because I wanted to share the funny things that Top Ender got up to, I wanted to record the memories in some way and as I had been blogging since I was around 18 (the blog I had then is well hidden/deleted/password protected/destroyed) it seemed natural to me a couple of years later when Big Boy was born, that I should merge my then three blogs into one general lifestyle blog.

Instead of blogging about my married life, or my family life, or my trying to budget life I merged them into A Mother's Ramblings and so, no longer were the stories just about the funny things that we did, but it was about my family adventure.

A family adventure

Blogging has changed since those heady days. Now, it's about reviews and sponsored posts and I get it. I want to make money as much as the next person and so doing what is popular in the moment on my personal blog has meant that for the last few years, I haven't really been out of the Top 10 on the Tots100. It's meant that I've been read each day by people all across the world, it's meant that I've made friends, that I've sort of found a career and that the children and my husband and I have had experiences handed to us that never in a million years would I have been able to give them.

It hasn't all been a bed of roses though. Someone once complained that I was talking too much about my Gran who had died, they told me that I should have finished grieving and that I was depressing them. I was so wrapped up in what I thought blogging was about that I listened to them. I stopped mentioning my Gran and now I realise how stupid that was. And I have a message to the person who made me feel like that. I forgive you. You were probably having a bad day when you fired that email off and I should have told you to stop reading my blog if you didn't like it rather than change who I am to please you.

Then there have been the bed of roses bits, (although how comfortable would a bed of roses be? I'd rather have a bed with a mattress and duvet) the amazing bits, the friends phoning up in the middle of the night bits, the gifts that have arrived that have made my jaw drop, the people I've met, the friends I've made, the support I've received, the sheer awesome of all of you reading.

And it's to you now dear reader that I'd like to apologise to. Sometimes, I forget who I'm talking to. In my head you're a person like me, apart from you live inside my computer. You're slightly goofy, you like a good laugh, you love a good meal, you love your family and spending time with them, you have morals and haven't killed anybody (well yet), you have your own struggles and your own issues and you're dealing with them. You're making the best of what you've been given and getting on with life, hoping that you aren't screwing up your children too badly and praying that when they grow up and think back on their lives they will think happy thoughts.

Sometimes I think I come across as talking down to you. I'm sorry for that.

Sometimes I think I come across as I know better than you. I'm sorry, I really didn't mean it.

Sometimes I think I come across like a whining brat. I'm sorry, I need to work on that.

I'm sorry if I ever made you feel bad for whatever reason, it wasn't my intention and I do hope you'll forgive me.

What I really want to come across as, is Pippa.

Me on a really good hair day

Pippa who thinks a thousand things a minute and hopes that everyone can keep up.

Pippa who loves her family.

Pippa who cries when she sees Charity adverts on TV, or shows like DIY SOS.

Pippa who is slightly scared of the dark.

Pippa who can laugh for ten minutes solid at a stupid joke.

I want to be the Pippa that shows everyone that she loves them, because that's who I really am in real-not-on-the-internet-life.

And so I made a decision, I'm not closing A Mother's Ramblings, I'm going to go back to basics. I'm going to talk to you as if you are my best friend, as if I'm sending you an email or talking to you or just letting you know that I haven't forgotten about you.

I hope that you'll come with me on this journey, that you'll hold my hand and even though life changes that we'll still be friends as I'd really like that.

Thanks for reading.


PS Can I rely on you to kick me in the butt, if I start acting like a tool?!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Meal Plan W/C 22/03

I normally schedule myself some time on a Friday to go through the plans for the next week and work out what kind of meals we need. I base it on the weather, on our plans, who is in on the particular night, what we've not had for a while, what we've got in the freezer and more times than not what I fancy to eat myself, which if you follow me on Instagram, or Twitter or see my personal Facebook feed, then you'll know that it's a salad!

An award winning Salad. The award was most photographed salad.

This week is no different, I'm having Salad for lunch everyday and apart from Monday night when Daddy isn't here I'm preparing meals for the whole family every night.

Saturday - Curry

The steamer makes the best curries, and as they are Daddy's favourite meal we're eating them every Saturday night. It's nice because it's healthier and quicker than a takeaway (okay so maybe not quicker) and it's cheaper. Plus we had a chinese stir fry last week (my favourite) so we had to have a curry again this week!

I'm not sure what the children are going to have until I'm back from the supermarket, but I think maybe some grilled chicken and rice with some tender stem broccoli and 

Sunday - Roast

We didn't get our Chicken on Thursday night (it's a long story, but lets just say I was proved right shall we!) and so I'm putting a roast chicken on the menu today. We're eating our roast in the evening now, as with Big Boy being able to have his insulin on a multi-wave function (it gives a bit at the start of the meal and the rest spread out over a time we decide) we don't have to worry about highs several hours after the meal. Plus it's a munch and mingle at Church, so we wouldn't be back in time for a roast anyway!

Monday - Soup and Toasties

I still have soup in the freezer from my brilliant soup maker, I made some roasted pepper and mediterranean vegetables last week from leftovers and the small but I tasted was LUSH. So we'll have that with cheese toasties before Top Ender vanishes off to Brownies.

Tuesday - Veggie Pasta 

Big Boy has asked for a veggie pasta dish, but then asked if I could add fish. I'm going to have to think about this one! I think he has remembered a bento I did for him, where I turned an egg into a fish, but I'm not sure so we'll go through pictures of food I've made for him to work out what he wants.

Wednesday - Sardines on Toast

I'm taking a risk and making sardines on toast for the children for their meal tonight. There will also be other toast dishes (mushrooms on toast or tomatoes on toast or pizza toast!) so that they will eat, but I figure it's a good way to get them to try something new.

Thursday - Beef Fajitas

Daddy has today off again (I know he's making Thursdays off a habit) so we're going to have fajitas as a family. Hopefully the weather will dramatically improve over the week so that we can eat in the garden.

Friday - Breaded Chicken Breasts with Mash and vegetables

This will be served in two sittings, so that Daddy can eat when he gets home. Hopefully it won't be too late so I can eat with him, but I have a feeling it's going to be a late one.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Always The Way

It's always the way. Whenever I have plans for a day, I have to change them.

I was going on a bike ride, I was going to Sainsbury's, I was going to catch up on some sleep.

PippaD rides a bike

I was going to do some Charity work, I was going to prepare for Sunday, I was going to answer a few emails.

I was going to work out, I was going to eat Salad, I was going to watch TV.

PippaD makes a Salad. A mighty fine salad

I was going to do some housework, I was going to do some gardening, I was going to clean the car.

And then last night between hourly blood tests for Big Boy, Top Ender got sick.

So today I'm being a nursemaid. I'm washing bed sheets, I'm mopping a fevered brow and despite the risk of me getting sick, I'm loving every minute.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Popcorn Popping #Review

There's this really cute song that we sing at Church sometimes, it's called "Popcorn Popping" and it's about how the blossom on Apricot Tree's (or any other tree that blossoms for that matter) looks like Popcorn come spring. I love the song and even more I love real Popcorn treats, especially when it's the home popped kind instead of the more heavily processed bits you can buy these days. It was with great delight that when IWOOT asked if I'd like to review one of their Heat n' Eat Microwave Popcorn Makers that I eagerly accepted.

Normally we eat Popcorn as a family on a Sunday night whilst we're watching a film together, but I couldn't wait to try the Popcorn Maker out and so made some Cinnamon Popcorn for me to eat.

Popcorn Kernels Ready to be Popped

It was surprisingly simple to make, I just added the kernels to container (see above), put the lid on and put it in the microwave. Even though I'm normally panicking that I'm not going to allow all the kernels time to pop, it was only a few minutes later that I was eating cinnamon flavoured popcorn.

Freshly Popped Cinnamon Popcorn

The great thing about the popcorn maker is that it takes seconds to wash out, it didn't need any oil for the popcorn to be cooked in and the popcorn it made was all for me.

Freshly Popped Popcorn

And I did eat it. All by myself. Mwhahahahahahaha.

The popcorn maker is one of those cool gifts to get someone who has everything, and is something if I hadn't already got one I'd love one for Easter!

I was sent the Heat n' Eat Microwave Popcorn Maker to review.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Evening Meals W/C 15/3

Evening All! It's been a great day, we had great fun together as a family (Daddy and Top Ender went out and Big Boy and I were at home) we went to a Baptism, went shopping, watched some great TV, had a great meal together and my husband has been laughing his head off almost all evening but won't tell me why. Which is annoying.

A picture of some Salad (which is better than a picture of Daddy laughing)

Anyway, here are our evening meal plans for this week.

Saturday - Chinese stir fry

We were going to have an Indian every Saturday night, but I really fancied a Chinese tonight so I went with a Turkey stir-fry. Luckily Daddy was on board with this and cooked it for me too, which was also grand!

Sunday - BBQ

Last week, when the Missionaries were round for the Sunday Roast we commented how bad it was that we were stuck indoors on a lovely day eating a heavy roast. We decided that what we wanted to do was cook something nice, filing but also good for the whole family.With the weather being unseasonably warm I decided that a BBQ would be good.

I just can't believe how many decisions I made this week!

Monday - Pasta salad

Top Ender thought a nice pasta salad would be great for a Meatless Monday meal, and so after agreeing with her and thinking about it, I added it in!

I just hope that BB doesn't claim I'm feeding him unhealthy salad again.

Tuesday - Sausage Lattice

Tops was with me when I was sorting the meal plan out this week and she asked for a Sausage Pie. I said to her that whilst this was a great idea, it was a bit heavy for what could possibly be a warm week. We agreed though that we'd use the idea and come up with something, which was how I came up with a Sausage Lattice.

Wednesday - Baked Sloppy Joes

A baked sloppy Joe is always a favourite in this household, and so we've added it for Wednesday night. I've made plans for a small one for Top Ender and Big Boy to have as Daddy will be coming home late and I'll plan something different for him as I'll be having Salad earlier in the night.

Thursday - Chicken and Salad (and Rice)

It's one of my FAVOURITE nights for dinner. Daddy has today off (he's taking the car to the garage which I know I could do but he has decided it's something he needs to do, but on the plus side it means we get a day together!) and so we're going to have a meal that he and I often ate with my family. Chicken and Salad and Rice.

Who knows we might even invite some guests.

Friday - Pizza

The children are going to eat earlier than Daddy and I, they are having Pizza mainly so that BBs blood sugars can be nice and stable before he goes to bed. Daddy and I will be eating either pizza later or maybe some other form of home made fakeaway.

So what are you having this week and what is your favourite fakeaway?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Pop Chef! #Review

You know how sometimes I make fun lunches for my children? Well, I've sort of stopped that. It's nothing that they have done, it's just I was starting to spend more and more time in the Kitchen cutting out pieces of food and it was getting a little... well it was getting repetitive and to be honest I don't think the children cared if I spent two seconds using a sandwich cutter or twenty minutes creating their favourite cartoon character.

It was as I was thinking about stopping completely that I was asked if I'd like to review a new product called Pop Chef. I looked at the product online and thought it looked fun and more importantly it looked like something the children would enjoy using too, no more complicated that a Cookie cutter and so I said yes, as maybe a new product would give me back my love of making something cute for the children and also get the children interested in joining in too.

Pop Chef

I have made plenty for the children with the tool, but the best thing I made was actually my lunch. Yup, I've been playing with the tools and making my lunch look pretty because why shouldn't I have a pretty lunch?!

Salad made to look special using Pop Chef

I actually really love the Pop Chef. It's so simple to use, you just slice up what you want to cut (fruit, bread. veggies, icing, cheese or meats etc) and then using the Pop Chef shape you want push it through the slice. You can do this several times, as the cut out and the bit you've cut from just push further up the tube until you've cut what you require.

Cucumber with Star cut out using Pop Chef

Then you get to place them across your salad, (as I've done) or put them on biscuits, or on/in sandwiches or whatever else it is you're making and you're done.

Cucumber Sun cut out using Pop ChefButterfly Sun cut out using Pop Chef

A simple and effective way of making any food item look fabulous and more tempting to children to eat. It's also been great for the children. Big Boy has created hundreds of different food combinations, in different shapes for himself to try and Top Ender made some great biscuits for some of our Neighbours.

Cucumber with Heart cut out using Pop Chef

The set has an RRP of £9.99 and is great fun.

We were sent Pop Chef to review. I think it's a fab, and have been making shaped slices of cheese to annoy Daddy with.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Mumbucks Creating Order #Review

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I'd like to try out a reward system for children that is based around currency. The idea is that the Mumbucks are earned for good behaviour (which you pick either as a family or as the supreme leader of your household), saved for special treats (the children have decided McDonalds, video games and theme parks count here) or traded for extra time on the consoles or TV time etc. I thought this sounded like a great idea and agreed to a review and giveaway!

We don't really have a problem with misbehaviour in our household, but I thought that this system would be fun and an added encouragement to the children to carry out the small amount of chores that they are currently tasked with.

Mumbucks Packet

As soon as Big Boy saw the packet, he was asking questions about what it was and after reading the packet and the leaflet he was eager to get this system in place in our home. We waited until Daddy was home though, so that we could all work together to agree what the rewards would be and what our expectations were in order to earn the Mumbucks.

We were discussing small things like taking things up that were on the stairs, when Big Boy excused himself. We thought he had gone to the toilet, but when he reappeared a few minutes later he declared that he had been and taken everything that was on the stairs up to the relevant bedrooms and whilst he was there had made our beds for us, so could he please have his Mumbucks now.

The reward system is working well, Top Ender is saving her Mumbucks up to swap for a special treat in the future (or possibly cash) and Big Boy is saving his to trade for extra time on the consoles on School nights. Our family is working even better than ever, and we're loving that!

If you'd like to win a pack of Mumbucks for your family, simply follow the instructions in the widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have any other tips, for a well running family, let me know in the comments too!

We were given a pack to review.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Meal Plans W/C 8/3

The meals for this week seem to have been planned for ages, although I think its just because I've been thinking a lot about food recently!

Saturday - Curry

I've decided to make Saturday our curry night. The curry that Daddy made in the steamer last Saturday was so lovely that it needs to be repeated, many many times.

Chicken Korma and Rice

Sunday - Roast

We have the missionaries over for dinner today, one of the great things about this is they eat just about anything and another is that they are always so pleased to be invited! We're looking forward to getting to know these two young men and also to share some learning with them.

Meatless Monday - Quiche

The children love quiche, so a wedge of quiche and new potatoes and some form of veg will be a great meal. I'll have salad instead of potato.

Tuesday - Chicken Breast Burgers

I was thinking about having pizza tonight and getting the children to make it, but in the end I decided that a chicken breast burger was the best idea. We're having it with home made wedges and either a home made coleslaw or corn on the cob.

Wednesday - Salmon and something

We had Salmon last week and everyone was happy (mainly because we all love Salmon) so we're having it again tonight. I'm not sure how I'm serving it or even what with so until Wednesday I'll wing it!

Thursday - Pesto Pasta

The children are asking for Gnocchi yet again, but I think a different type of pasta is needed!

Friday - Pippa's Paella

My steamer hasn't replaced my lovely Morphy Richards Intellichef Multicooker, and just to prove it tonight we have my version of Paella made in it. I think I'm looking forward to this meal most!

Morpy Richards Intellichef Multicooker Paella

I think that this is a good week of food, what about you? Are you having anything good that I need to add to my plan next week or are you borrowing from my plan?

Friday, 7 March 2014

Not Brave, Just Normal

Earlier this week the photo prompt for the Fat Mum Slim photoaday was "My Name is..." and I shared this photograph and message.


Well, because that picture is of me. It and the words below it (My #name is Pippa Dawn, I go by PippaD. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a friend and hopefully an inspiration. #FMSPhotoaday) sums me up. I'm all bingo wings and large thighs and a huge belly, because yes that is what I see when I look at that photo.

HOWEVER. You know what? That's fine with me. I mean obviously I wish I didn't have bingo wings, large thighs or a huge belly but look at the important part of that picture. Look at me smile. Look at me throw my arms in the air with what looks like carefree abandonment.

When this photo was taken I was with my family, at a place I love. I think you can see that in the photograph in my stance and smile. When this picture was taken I wasn't thinking, "That'll be a great photo to share with the world" (seriously, I'm in my swimming costume do you think I'd normally share a photo of me in my swimming costume?!), I was most likely thinking "Hey Husband look at me, I'm going for a swim in the sea!".

The thing that has got me though, is in the last week I've had DM's, PM's, emails and text messages from friends, families and people who read this blog telling me how brave I am to put this photo up. I'm not brave. It's a picture of me. Yes, I'm overweight, but if I waited until I was skinny or met the standards of beauty that society seem to set these days then there would never be a photograph of me taken.

And enough is enough.

I am me. I am overweight. I am funny. I am loved. I am Pippa.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures #Review

Pac-Man was always something I was aware of growing up, I think that the original game was released the year after I was born, and the arcade around the corner from my grandparents house had a machine that I would play on occasionally when I was older. Just before Christmas, we noticed there were Pac-Man toys available and despite Big Boy buying one that he insisted he sleep with (and subsequently in the middle of the night we hear the disembodied famous Waka Waka drifting across the hall) we didn't think much of it. Until we realised that there might be a resurgence of Pac-Man fever (do you remember that song?) with a new cartoon and home console game!

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures #Review

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Main Meal Plans (W/C 01/03)

I've got a new toy to play with this week, I've just taken delivery of a Morphy Richards intellisteam compact, (look out for my review and giveaway in the next couple of weeks) and so I'm planning a lot of steamed meals this week... it's a throw back to when I was first married!

Morphy Richards intellisteam compact

Saturday - Chicken Tikka Masala with Zesty Cardamon Rice

I read the suggested meals in the booklet accompanying the Morphy Richards Intellisteam Compact out to Daddy and he decided that this is what he would like the best out of all the suggestions. Luckily for him I agreed!

Don't tell the children though, as they're having chicken and noodles as I figured it was easier than getting them to eat curry twice in one week!

Sunday - Sausage Roast

It's going to be a much welcomed return to the sausage roast. I'm looking forward to the gluten free Yorkshire Puddings (I need to get that recipe up on the blog soon) and I must remember to get Daddy to make this a little late as my good news tomorrow may take some time!

Monday - Cauliflower and Pasta Cheese

Top Ender and Big Boy love Macaroni Cheese, just not my version. So I thought I'd really annoy them by throwing in some cauliflower too this time. I'll post a recipe later this week.

Tuesday - Spicy Prawns with minted pea coucous

Daddy brought me some Prawns from M&S the other day, technically they were his but I got to them first! They made me really happy so I decided to have them again today with coucous as Daddy can't eat it and he isn't here tonight! The only down side to this, is this afternoon BB and I are back at the hospital with an bit of further training to do with BB's insulin pump so we might be eating later than normal and the temptation to give into a takeaway will be higher!

Wednesday - Gnocci

Top Ender decided today that we needed to have Gnocci for dinner this week, apparently BB and Tops have been talking about our last couple of times having had it and have decided they don't like a tomato bake but do like it with butter and herbs. I have to admit that they are right, it did taste better with just the butter and the herbs. I thought I'd serve it with an Alfredo or carbonara sauce, but I'll let the children decide.

Thursday - Salmon with Broccoli Rice

I've been craving broccoli rice for a few days, it's been on my mind since I dreamt about it (I have no idea why either) and I thought it would go well with the Salmon, which we're having because I was talking to myself about the benefits I've got from blogging and my family eating more fish was one of them.

Friday - Gluten Free Bread Crumbed Chicken 

Daddy found some gluten free crumbed Chicken in M&S the other day and so we decided to have it tonight, when he gets home from work. I'm teaming it with green beans, creamy mashed potato and carrots.