- 52 Tips for a Fantastic Year - Book
- Marie Forleo - YouTube Channel
- How To Win Friends And Influence People - Book
- The Psychology of Self Motivation - Ted Talk
- How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over - Ted Talk
- The Power Of Belief - Mindset & Success - Ted Talk (very good especially for parents & teachers)
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Saying goodbye to summer and the light evenings is not easy but there are so many things to look forward too. The drawing in of the nights for me means cosy evenings, hearty food, great fashion, halloween and not to mention the run up to christmas, sorry, I said the C word, but it is November now! and FYI I started my christmas shopping in September, smug.
If one thing symbolises Autumn for me, it's the trusty old pumpkin, I love them for adding a seasonal touch to my home, pumpkin recipes and of course, carving!
I thought i'd share a little pumpkin recipe in this post because it tasted yummy and even better made my house smell like Christm.... I'm not going to say it again, i'll use the word festive!
Pumpkin Spice Loaf
I found a recipe online and adapted it a little, the loaf tastes lovely but it has a very moist texture. If you aren't keen on that you could reduce the wet ingredients and add a bit more flour!
- 210g pumpkin puree (I got Libby's in a can from Waitrose, Tesco have it too)
- 2 eggs
- 100ml vegetable oil
- 75ml of water
- 300g caster sugar
- 225g plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 level teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 level teaspoon of ginger
- 1 level teaspoon of nutmeg
Thursday, 15 October 2015
My take on these meals usually involve taking a shortcut or two to save time! I thought I would start sharing some 'recipes' here for anyone else that it may help and for a bit of inspiration for myself when I am feeling indecisive!
First start off with a roasting dish/pie tin of some kind! This one i've acquired(borrowed/stolen) from a neighbour who kindly made some blackberry pie with Tizzy!
Then you need a pack of mince relative to the size your your family (see I told you it was haphazard), some frozen veg, some microwavable mash (frozen or the other veriety) sometimes I use carrot & suede mash to make it a bit healthier, some gravy granuals and a small bit of cheese!
I brown the mince off in a pan and at the same time boil or microwave the veg, when they are ready I pop them in the dish together and cover lightly with the gravy, when the mash has been microwaved i place it on top (usually after i've added some butter/milk to the mash) and put some grated cheese on top. Pop it in the oven for 15-20 mins and viola you have a 'homemade' cottage pie, just add what you want to the side.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Its always a strange time when the kiddies go back, full of both relief and sadness. I feel so lucky to have got to spend so much time with Miss Tizabelle this holiday, but boy are we both ready for a bit of routine! I always struggle to keep on top of what needs to be done when she is off school (as you may have noticed, my target of blogging twice a month seems to have gone out of the window haha!). I think its because she's such a busy child I feel she needs to be occupied a lot of the time, and just running a house is a full time job, never mind the rest! So I sure am looking forward to getting back on top of things.... where did I put that never ending to do list?
Tiz is struggling a little with the back to school adjustment, she's very clingy and holding on tight to my legs as I drop her off, which is never easy, but I think its a phase that will pass. Don't you find they know exactly what to say to pull at your heart strings, I think they sense our need to be needed and loved as mothers and play on it bit, the little rascals! Does anyone else's little one struggle with the transition back to school?
Finding myself a bit rusty on the old routine, getting stuff ready the night before & the school run, oh my! This school year I am determined to get the morning ritual down, isn't the day much better when your prepared and not rushing around like a fool!
Aside from the the little school meltdowns, autumn is my favourite time of year! Cold evenings, blankets, fires, hot drinks, fairy lights & comfort foods! Hoping to do some autumn inspired posts so keep a look out for those.
Here is a poem to bring a tear to your eye of your baby has just gone to school.
First Day of School
I wonder what you're doing right now
and if everyone is treating you kind.
I hope there is a special person,
a nice friend that you can find.
I wonder if the teacher know just
how special you are to me.
And if the brightness of your heart
is something she can see.
I wonder if you are thinking about
me and if you need a hug.
I already miss the sound of your voice
and how you give my leg a tug.
I wonder if you could possibly understand
how hard it is for me to let you grow.
On this day know that my heart breaks,
for this is the first step in letting my baby go.
Zzzz hard work begins.....
Monday, 3 August 2015
Working from home obviously offers many people some great advantages, especially parents, but I don't think people often realise the challenges that come along with it. In this post I am going to go through what I find difficult and what I use to help myself. I'll recycle some of the advice I have been given along the way.
They key problem for most has to be motivation and structure! Some people can find it quite hard to sit down and work, or get anything productive done. I would say, if you are someone that struggles with motivation the best thing I have found (in my short home working time) are to make a to do list and pre structure your day. So sit down first thing and write down a list of all the things you want to achieve in that day (or set out a few days) and them tick them off as you complete. The best thing about this is the actual list writing itself feels so productive, it sets you off on a good tone to start the day, start as you mean to go on and all that.. but just don't forget to actually get the stuff on the list done, as a great procrastinator I fully understand the difficulty in this! There are also some helpful apps and websites to help you structure your day and set 'to do' lists and targets, so have a look around for them!
If you've got cabin fever, go away from home! Just get out. Go to a coffee shop or a library to get a few hours work done, sometimes a change of scenery is what is needed! Setting a specific work area at home is also very helpful, it doesn't have to be a separate room, just an area where you know that when you sit there it is time to work!
Another problem home workers find is that they are quite isolated and don't get to interact with others very much, the best solution for this is networking. Not only is it a chance to get out there and spread the word about your business and build up potential clients/customers, but its also a great way to meet like minded people and build a support network. Networking doesn't have to be expensive, have a look on Eventbrite.co.uk to see whats happening in your area!
Now, working from home with children is a different beast entirely! You may not be lonely but might just be driven to brink of insanity and back! Just remember the advantages, no expensive childcare and getting to be flexible enough to spent the time with your little ones. I read a fact on twitter that home businesses lose 4 hours of working time a day in the school holidays, and that does not surprise me one bit! The best advice i can give is not to worry to much, prioritise what needs to be done and set a flexible working schedule. I find that the morning is the best time to sit down and focus, it is the time when Tirion is most happy to entertain herself for a few hours and after that i can set another hour of structured stuff for her to do; colouring, craft sets or workbooks etc, even watching her favourite film.
Another possibility is to team up with other home working mummy, maybe there are childcare sharing opportunities to be had, or working together and letting the children play IF they get on well (we all know how it is).
Although there is a lot to manage when working from home, I have absolutely loved spending the Holidays with Tirion, it is the first time i have been able to! I've also loved being able to be flexible around the home, it allows me to keep on top of the housework, now i can pop a wash on or have a quick clean up in the day. Oh the excitement!