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The Corona-Diary 22.03.20

So life as we know it has changed!

At the beginning when we first heard about Coronavirus, I listened or read about it and then happily carried on with the rest of our day. Taking the kids to school and baby groups without a care in the world.

Fast-Forward to last week and it all starts to get a bit real and people are panic buying toilet rolls!

#toiletrollgate

Good old social media at its best never fails to deliver the stupidity of the British public. It’s like an elongated Christmas when the shops shut for a whole day and everybody panics that they aren’t going to be able to buy milk and bread.

But toilet roll has baffled me since the coronavirus as far as we can see doesn’t give you the shits, but here we are fighting in shops, sitting in wait for the delivery vans to arrive so we can run in and buy as many multi-packs of bog roll leaving none for anybody else.

This then also extended to pasta, tinned tomatoes, bread and frozen foods. People filled their trollies without a thought to other people, people who live on a strict budget and the elderly.

Nappies, baby wipes and baby formula shortages left mums crying in the aisles of supermarkets and taking to Facebook to plead with people to see if they’d seen any stocked in local shops.

Unfortunately the greedy panic buyers then led the rest of us to follow suit for fear that we won’t be able to get essentials to feed our own families.

The TV is full of doom and gloom daily updates from Boris Johnson with impending school closures leading to all schools closing on Friday apart from children of key workers.

School Closures

This should have happened sooner in my opinion. We were told not to socialise and keep a distance of 2 metres from each other and yet we were expected to send our kids to school where they all sit closely together spreading their germs around like they do.

We took Isabelle out of school last week so her last day of school was Monday 9th March. She gets seasonal asthma and pretty much has a cough and cold for the duration of October to March every year so we weren’t prepared to take the risk.

This past week we’ve done some learning but we haven’t kept to a strict routine, but come Monday and we’ll be up doing our first PE lesion with Joe Wicks.

We’ve found a whole load of craft ideas, learning resources and apps that we can keep Isabelle entertained with over the coming weeks which I’ve written a separate post about. Lots of parents are setting up timetables which is great, but I think we’re going to give Isabelle tasks that she can do in her own order at her own pace so that she doesn’t feel too pressured.

It’s going to be a huge learning curve for all of us parents and kids. I get told how quiet Isabelle is at school and how she just gets on with her work. This couldn’t be further from the truth at home where she can’t sit still for any given time and the noise that comes out of her!

Key Workers

We all awaited news to see if we were on the Key Workers list. It arrived and the list is long!

It’s not just NHS workers that are needed during this time. The Key Worker title extends to a huge majority of the country as we all play a part in keeping the cogs of the UK turning.

Self-isolation

For all people showing active signs of a persistent cough and a temperature the original advice was to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. It was then changed to 7 and then back up to 14 days. The advice was that only the symptomatic should self-isolate and that also changed to all members within the household.

Vulnerable people were advised to stay indoors and only allow deliveries of food and essentials to be dropped at the front door without contact. There was much question over who was classed as vulnerable, but it was thought that the main groups were the over 70’s, people with health conditions and pregnant women.

Unfortunately people aren’t sticking to advice given as they’re not sure this ‘applies to them’.

In our household Chris is currently I’ll with sickness, a headache and a cough. He also has a temperature that has gone above the norm a few times. We have no idea if this is the Coronavirus but we aren’t taking any risks.

We’ve been keeping our distance from him and I’ve been cleaning behind him to try and ensure that the kids don’t get him germs. It’s horrible as I’m getting annoyed at him for touching things like the TV remote and the fridge.

As we don’t have a spare room he’s currently sleeping on the sofa to minimise the risk of Freddie and I getting it. It’s not ideal but it’s the only thing we can do for now.

He’s not a very good sick person at the best of times but he looks and sounds really poorly.

Social Distancing

So it seems that we should all stay at least 2 metres apart and this is supposed to be only essential contact for delivery of essentials or working.

We were told that it was okay to go outside for a brisk walk but to avoid other people and not congregate in groups or instigate any social meet-ups.

Well we well and truly bolloxed this one up! First of all the National Trust announced that it was to close its houses etc but the outdoor areas would be accessible to all to allow us to get some much needed fresh air with the social distancing rules in practice. What they didn’t foresee was that everybody would head outside meaning that the outdoor areas were full of people!

Dartmoor carparks and roads were fuller than an August Bank Holiday with people getting their bit of ‘fresh air’. So it seems that we should try and stay at home where possible, only going out for essentials.

Again this seems to have fallen on deaf ears for most people, probably the same people who could build and live in their own bog roll fort living off the sacks of pasta they’ve stockpiled.

Currently we’re not on an official lockdown, but if people carry on like this it’s going to be inevitable.

This is a bit of a run-down on where we are currently but I thought it would be interesting to keep a bit of a diary to see how things progress.

Will we pick up on life as we left it?

Will things change for the better?

Who knows……….

Homeschooling Activities during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Home schooling through the Coronavirus

I know there’s huge debates going on with regards to whether the schools should be shut or kept open during this time, but given the current advice for non-essential contact to be avoided we’ve made the decision to keep Isabelle home from school.

Every parent knows that when you have to stay home with the kids due to illness etc, you start to get cabin fever pretty damn quick and crave getting out of the house more than anything.

Here are a few things that should keep them entertained and you from pulling your hair out. These range from educational recommendations to arts and crafts ideas for all ages.

Arts & Crafts

FREE Printable colouring pages from Crayola.

Lots of great Kids Science Experiments for all ages at Science Sparks.

Hidden Numbers Game.

There are loads of FREE Printables for all ages at Rainy Day Mum as well as loads of play and craft ideas.

Easter Pom Pom Painting.

DIY I-Spy Bottles

Homemade Playdoh – this is our Gingerbread Playdoh Recipe which is really easy and smells yummy.

The Artful Parent has loads of arts and craft projects to do with the kids.

Make a batch of Cloud Dough which is perfect to keep little ones entertained for ages.

Red Ted Art – loads of easy to make crafts and activities.

Online & Apps

BBC Learning has a whole load of stuff including revision tips and bite sized learning for all ages.

Scratch – you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others in the online community.

Toy Theater – Educational games for pre-school and primary aged children.

Khan Academy offer a range of free learning resources which kids can do at thy so own pace and level.

Future Learn has a whole range of courses which are free unless you want the certificates.

Duolingo– learn a new language for free. Online and app based.

Edinburgh Zoo have live cams on some of their animals which they might be interested to watch.

DK Find Out – loads of educational fun facts, videos and games.

Blockly is a great programme that can be downloaded or played online for computer science based fun.

Ted Ed – all sorts of educational fun videos.

National Geographic Kids has loads of educational fun games and resources.

Mystery Science – fun to watch and easy to complete step by step science experiments that can be completed with things you have at home.

Crash Course Kids – a fun selection of science based videos for kids.

Crest Awards – Challenging and thought provoking real-world STEM projects for young people of all ages.

iDEA – The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through our series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help you stand out from the crowd.

Tinkercad – Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

Oxford Owl – has loads of great Reading, English and Maths resources for primary aged kids.

Review: WUKA Wear Period Pants

Putting WUKA Wear to the test!

In this day and age we’re all finally realising that to maintain life as we know it, we have to make sustainable choices going forward. Living in a world where everything is instant and available it’s easy to fall into a disposable way of living.

However, it is hard to change some things when it’s all we’ve known. One of these things is our choice of sanitary products.

There have always been two options, sanitary towels and tampons.

Putting WUKA Wear Period Pants to the test. How do they stand up compared to conventional single use disposable sanitary products
WUKA Wear Period Pants

Did you know that a disposable menstrual pad is made up of 90% single use plastic and even tampons contain plastic too AND the average person wlll use around 11000 sanitary products in their life time. Thats a pretty shocking figure!

Unfortunately a lot of these products are still being flushed down the toilet which has major implications. You can read more about the Cost of our Periods on the WUKA site.

Still a Taboo subject

As a women I would much prefer it if this natural process happened in a different way or not at all. At that ‘time of the month’ I feel irritable, hot and emotional and wish I could lock myself away from the world for at the first two days of it.

Having no periods during pregnancy and breastfeeding was a huge bonus for me.

Having said that I’m not one to wear it like a badge or use it to excuse attitudes or behaviours towards other people or work.

Are Reusable Products the way forward?

I’m not a newbie when it comes to reusable or washable products. I’ve used both washable nappies and wipes with no problems. It’s just a different process.

I’ve seen washable sanitary pads and admit that I shot these down as an option straight away. My mind went into overdrive with thoughts of:

  • How and where I would keep the used towels if I was out and about or at work
  • Where to keep the used towels for the duration of my period
  • Would I smell
  • Would they leak

I had similar thoughts with the menstruation cups with regards to leaking as well as the actual process of using one.

And then I heard of period pants……

How does WUKA Wear work?

WUKA stands for Wake Up Kick Ass which I think is a great phrase for all women.

WUKA pants are is made from a sustainable super absorbent hi-tech fabric which can hold approximately four tampons worth of liquid. These can be worn for 4 – 6 hours on a heavy day and up to 8 hours on a lighter day. making them perfect for overnight.

The fabric has anti-bacterial properties to eliminate unpleasant odours and are machine washable.

Even better, the underwear looks like a sporty pair of black briefs which are a little thicker that a usual pair making them a super comfortable option.

WUKA Wear is available in a variety of sizes and flows to suit your needs. There are also teenage sizes available as well as matching bralette. Pop them in your dark wash minus the softner and air dry.

Where can I buy WUKA Wear?

You can buy them direct from the WUKA Website but even better you can pick up a pair in your local Sainsbury’s whilst you’re doing your food shop which is definitely a step in the right direction.

WUKA Wear retails at £20 per pair online or exclusively to Sainsburys from 15th March 2020.

My Thoughts

I was sat well and truly on the fence with these, but having had three children and my periods getting heavier with each one I was willing to give these a go.

They look and feel like a sporty pair of black briefs similar to ones that I have in my drawer if not sightly thicker. I’ve tried them on with both skirts and jeans and there are no obvious differences between the WUKA Wear and my regular underwear.

I would have loved these for the days after having my babies instead of the huge maternity pads.

Like the initial outlay for washable nappies these seem like a big expense, but if you were to work out the cost of pads and tampons over time it wouldn’t take long to reach the same figure.

I’d like to give these a couple of tries before I give an overall opinion so keep up to date with me over on Instagram and I’ll also do a follow-up post.

Lisa x

*I was gifted a pair of WUKA Wear Period Pants for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small referral fee if you click on a link and make a purchase at no cost to you.

What us Parents need to know about Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 is a new illness that affects your lungs and airways with no current known treatment.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

A high temperature and a continuous cough.

Unfortunately these are similar symptoms to many illnesses including a common cold, sickness bugs and teething.

What should you do if you think your family may have the Coronavirus?

Currently the advice is to stay at home and self-isolate for seven days or fourteen if you e come into direct contact with a confirmed case. Following this period and provided your temperature (all of you) is back to normal, you are fine to return to normal life. However, the cough may persist for a longer period.

Do not go to your GP surgery or walk-in centre unless symptoms are extreme. If you’re worried, phone 111 where the most up to date information will be available.

Stay away from elderly relatives or people with long-standing conditions. This group are thought to be the most vulnerable and susceptible. Stay in contact but make alternative arrangements for care or assistance.

Stay hydrated and treat the temperature with Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

Use hand sanitiser where soap and water is not available.

Binning used tissues as soon as they’ve been used.

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve instead of your hands.

Avoid touching your eyes and mouth as much as possible.

The prevention of spread by not having visitors and staying away from people who are ill.

Sleep alone where possible.

Do not go out – even for a walk. Shopping can be delivered but get friends, relatives or neighbours to drop it to the door and leave.

Try to keep 2 metres (3 steps) distance from each other .

Personal waste such as used tissues and cleaning wipes should be doubled bags and kept in the house for 72 hours before putting in the outside bin.

Any parent reading this, like myself will eye roll at the chances of getting toddlers and kids to be co-operative with any of this.

So how can we prepare ourselves?

Tricky, but keeping an eye out for any of these symptoms and following the above is all we can do.

Panic buying is unnecessary but it’s always a good idea to stock up on a few more cupboard bits like tinned tomatoes, soups, rice and pasta so that you can make meals without the need for going to the shops.

If you haven’t already got a thermometer then it’s a good idea to get one as a high temperature is something to look out for. A normal temperature for babies and children is 36.4c or around that. Anything over 38c is above normal and the same for adults. If you’re not sure how to take a temperature correctly then have a look at the NHS guidelines.

Make sure you have Childrens Paracetamol and Ibuprofen as well as adult versions to try and relieve any symptoms.

It’s thought that there are no benefits to wearing face masks but that’s a personal choice.

Stay hydrated but no sharing of cups or water bottles

Ride it out and fingers crossed that the number of cases drop.

Breastfeeding

Like many, I’m still breastfeeding. The advice currently is that breastfeeding should continue but to avoid coughing or sneezing over your child as well as all hand washing and hygiene precautions. If expressing milk, ensuring that all pump parts and bottles are sterilised is advised.

Childcare

With the impending closure of schools and nurseries our options for childcare are dwindling. Many of us rely on parents to provide childcare which might leave you feeling ‘lucky’ but should we be potentially exposing our parents to our ‘germ-breeding offspring’ when they may be considered at higher risk.

Clearly the impact of not going to work is going to have a huge impact on everything from hospitals to the local shops, but it has to be done.

I read a post on Gransnet where lots of Grans were discussing whether or not they should withdraw their babysitting services with the general consensus being that they should for their own health. Have a read here.

Financial Implications

The next few weeks are going to be tough times not just the impact of self-isolation but there are financial implications for so many of us who will have to take seven days or more off work. If finances are a concern to you it might be worth having a look at the Governments Financial Provisions for employed, self-employed and those receiving benefits.

All information is current as of publishing but will be updated daily.

Stay safe x

Review: Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Revealing the Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Huge Mama points for anything Unicorn or Blind Bag so the points for ticking both of these boxes are huge!

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories

What are Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns?

The Uni-Verse Unicorn Surprises start off as a cloud which dissolves in water to reveal four blind bags containing:

  • A Unicorn
  • A matching Unicorn Toot or Tear Friend
  • A collectors card
  • Two Unicorn Accessories

The Uni-verse Surprise Unicorns single packs retail at £9.99 from all great toy retailers and are suitable from age 5 upwards.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

What do they do?

Each Unicorn Surprise starts off as a puffy cloud with an emoji style expression that you have to dunk in warm water where the cloud turns into a gloopy slime to reveal four blind bags. The colour of the water changes dependent on the land they came from.

There are forty Unicorns to collect and they come with a variety of accessories which are interchangeable amongst your collection.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

What did we get?

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Glammin Cameryn – Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Glammin Cameryn from Glam-A-Ganza land and she came with a little tear shaped friend, a set of wings and a nail polish.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Dilly Dotty Dolly – Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Dilly Dolly Dotty from Funtasyland who has the shiniest bright pink hair. She came with a little Cloud friend, a hairbow and a handbag which she holds in her mouth.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Moo Moo Molly – Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Moo Moo Molly from Pet Party Peak who has crazy hair and comes with a cloud friend, a bell and a milk carton.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Sunburst Sydney – Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

Sunburst Sydney from Mist-terious Land and she came with a yellow cloud friend, a bottle of sun lotion and a sunshine accessory.

Our Thoughts

Isabelle was very excited to be unboxing the Uni-verse Unicorn Surprises and was really pleased that she managed to get ones from different lands. She was very impressed with the added slime factor as part of the unboxing. As with all blind bags Isabelle likes to have a look at the checklist and has a good feel to see if she can guess which one it is.

Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Unboxing. Clouds that dissolve into gooey slime to reveal four blind bags containing unicorn and accessories
Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns

We were both surprised at how quickly the clouds dissolved to slime. We had a towel on hand to dry off but the slime was quite greasy so a proper hand wash was needed. Isabelle was really pleased with the unicorns that she got and would like to add to her collection.

*We were sent a selection of Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorns for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Simple Pancake Batter Recipe

Simple Pancake Batter Recipe 

It won’t be long before Pancake Day.

My kids love to have pancakes and are requested quite often, especially as a Birthday breakfast.

Here is the most simple Pancake batter recipe that I’ve been using for years which can’t really go wrong.

My simple Pancake Batter Recipe is easy to make for the perfect pancakes
Simple Pancake Batter Recipe

What you need:

  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg (large)
  • 300mls of Milk
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Butter for frying.

How to:

Crack the egg into a bowl and add milk and whisk. Gradually sift in the flour stirring as you go along. Add in a pinch of salt and mix.

I always at this point put the batter mixture in the fridge for about half an hour which I was told to do by my mum but not sure why.

Melt butter in a frying pan and put on hob until hot.

Depending on size of pan add just enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan.

Flip or use a flipper (fish slice) until golden on both sides.

To make a batch I have the oven on low and keep adding them to the oven until the whole batch is cooked and then serve.

Toppings

You can’t beat just sugar and lemon in my opinion but of course the possibilities are endless. Here are a few to get you going, but please feel free to add suggestions in the comments.

  • Maple Syrup
  • Golden Syrup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam
  • Cream of any sort
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Ice cream
  • Nutella
  • Honey
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cinnamon

If you fancy something more than the simple pancake batter recipe then make sure you have a look at our Pancake Kebab Recipe or why not give American Pancakes a go topped with Maple Syrup and Bacon.

For more Pancake Recipes and Breakfast ideas pop over to my Breakfast Recipes board on Pinterest.

 

February Half-Term Fun for Families in Exeter

Family Fun in Exeter and surrounding areas

Is January over already? On the other hand, Christmas feels like it was ages ago and now we’re on the verge of the first of many school holidays.

The weather has been absolutely appalling and I always think that February half-term is so hit and miss that you have to have several options dependent whether its raining or dry. Here are some suggestions, many of which we’ve tried and tested ourselves.

February Half-Term Family Fun in Exeter and surrounding areas

Exeter City Community Trust

Formerly known as Football in the Community we couldn’t recommend these sessions enough. Ryan started playing football as part of a team when he was seven years old and from the edge of the pitch we lived and breathed football for many years. The all day sessions are for boys and girls and now also include a Multi-sport option which is a great introduction to new sports. Suitable for ages 5 – 14 running from 10am – 3pm in both Exeter

Exeter Cathedral

On Saturday 15th February you can take part in the Owl Trail. Pick up a map at the Welcome Desk and once you’ve found all the Owls go back to collect your prize. There are also some drop-in craft sessions from Wednesday 18th – Friday 21st which are great for if you’re in and around town and the kids are bored.

Haven Banks Education Centre

If you have adventurous kids then maybe a bit of kayaking, raft building or archery available at the Haven Banks Education Centre is up their street. Places are available for both 5 – 8 and 8 – 14 year ages groups running throughout the half-term week.

World of Country Life

There’s loads of things to do at the World of Country Life. Take a stroll back in time with the museum section. Isabelle was particularly intrigued by the televisions through the ages, the nursery section and the clothes. Freddie really enjoyed the animal section and we all loved the outdoor play areas with the huge bouncy thing.

Crealy

Crealy are hosting a Super Slam Wrestling week from 15th – 21st February. If you are planning a visit note that not all rides are open but at £12 per ticket this is still going to be a great day out.

IBounce Trampoline Park

Let the kids burn off some serious energy. There are different sessions available including Toddler Sessions and Disco Sessions. Always book in advance to avoid disappointment.

IPlay Soft Play

Attached to iBounce, this dinosaur themed Soft Play Park is another way to burn off excess child energy, and a great option for cold and wet days.

The Bear Trail

The Bear Trail re-opens for 2020 on Saturday 15th February and is even better if it’s been raining. There’s mud and wet mud and more mud! Make your way round the course by climbing, swinging and balancing. It’s a great way to leave being an adult at the gate!

Killerton

Killerton House and Gardens is one of our firm favourites. This half-term is all about coming out of Winter and into Spring with a Tree Tales Half-term Garden Trail. Running throughout the holiday from 10am – 4pm and no need to book.

Devon Railway Centre

For all train enthusiasts the Devon Railway Centre is home to a whole host of indoor and outdoor fun to keep everyone entertained all day. Ride on the Miniature Steam Trains, play in the Play Shed and make your way round the Model Village.

Bicton

We’ve spent many a weekend at Bicton over the years and have never got bored of it. There’s loads for the kids to do with both indoor and outdoor Play Areas, a Nature Trail and Railway. Don’t forget to pop into the Orangery for a cup of tea and cake.

Wildwood Escot

There’s loads to do at Wildwood Escot including Animal Talks (I personally recommend the wolves), visit the Saxon Village and take part in the Save the Species quiz trail around the park. For half-term week there are lots of additional activities including Marshmallow Toasting, Jewellery Making and Penny Stamping.

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is FREE to visit and dog friendly too. Take a walk around the Sanctuary and meet the lovely donkeys, and find out about the great work they do all over the world. Don’t forget to take part in the Donkey Tomp Trumps Trail!

Whatever you do this half-term have lots of fun x

Meal Planning Monday

A bit of a fail

So last week I shopped at Sainsbury’s and spent more than we usually do but it didn’t last the whole week and Chris had to go and do a top up shop so that we had enough fruit and lunchbox stuff. All the evening meals were sorted there just wasn’t enough for both breakfasts and lunches.

I think I got the meal planning done and then looking at the total, wasn’t realistic with the other bits that we needed. Between Isabelle and Ryan our fridge and cupboards get raided daily!

We’re back to Aldi this week to which my purse let out a sigh of relief.

Monday

Cottage Pie and Veg – this is a family favourite which we haven’t had for a few weeks.

Tuesday

Curry and Rice – we have both meat and veg that could be used for this so I’ll leave it to Chris to decide what type of curry he wants to make.

Wednesday

Pasta Carbonara with Garlic Bread – A quick and easy mid-week meal that I can quickly put together.

Thursday

Chicken Tray Bake with New Potatoes – Using chicken thighs this is not only tasty but goes a long way when you’re feeding quite a few of you. I’ll share the recipe for what we do at some point when I can get Chris to write is down.

Friday

Stir-fry – I’m not sure what meat or flavours for this yet but we have quite a few options in the cupboard but maybe sweet and sour or hoisin with noodles and bean sprouts.

Saturday

Mushroom and Spinach bakes with New potatoes and salad – these were from the freezer section in Aldi so we thought we would give them a go. As the kids hate mushrooms they will probably have some fish instead.

Sunday

Roast Dinner – again we’re undecided on the meat and haven’t bought it as we didn’t have the space. I’m thinking lamb with mint sauce and all the usual suspects.

In need of inspiration

This was really hard to put together. I have zero inspiration and had a total mind blank for ideas. I think I’m going to have to do some recipe research. Freddie throws a lot of his food around at the moment and Isabelle has become extremely picky and critical of almost every meal we give her.

I’d love to know what your family favourites are.

Lisa x

Meal Plan Monday 20.01.20

Shopping Around

As we’re currently online food shopping I thought I would shop around and use up any offers that are around to save a bit of money.

Meal Planning

We usually shop at Aldi or Lidl’s so I would say that whilst online shopping has its advantages our shopping bill has increased. Our first shop was with Tesco and this shop was with Sainsbury’s which is definitely more expensive. Luckily I found an £18 off offer which made it around the same as last weeks. Having said that, I didn’t need to get washing powder or cleaning products so I would say that Sainsbury’s is definitely more expensive.

Anyway, here’s what we’re eating this week.

Monday

Halloumi and Mushroom Burgers and chips – based on my favourite Nando’s meal. We cook the mushrooms (large) with garlic, Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes and oil drizzled over. Fry the halloumi and then put in a brioche bun with mayonnaise, chilli jam and rocket. It’s one if my favourite meals and sometimes (ok most times) we have two burgers each, but we miss out the chips. Our kids have a weird dislike to mushrooms so they’re having chicken fillet burgers with mayonnaise and lettuce.

Tuesday

Chilli and Rice – I’m back at work today so am taking full advantage of Chris cooking. He’s going to make a chilli with rice, tortilla chips and soured cream.

Wednesday

Prawn and Chorizo Pasta – I’m anticipating that Freddie’s going to be clingy today so a super quick dinner is the best option.

Thursday

Roast Chicken – Again it’s a work day for me so Chris can cook us a move roastie to come home to.

Friday

Spanish Chicken with New Potatoes – this is a good dish to make a big tray of which is good as my mum comes over on a Friday. I prep everything during the day so that there’s minimal kitchen time for me and it’s a one pot so less washing up.

Saturday

Ham, Egg and Chips – Using the last piece of Christmas Ham and making my own chips sprinkled with paprika, this always goes down with everyone for minimal effort.

Sunday

Baked sweet potato skins – filled with spicy mixed beans and smothered in manchego cheese this sounds delicious. I found the recipe on the Tesco Website which will be our first time trying it. Ryan’s not a fan of sweet potatoes so he’ll have a normal jacket potato.

And that’s it for this week.

Lisa x

Katykicker

Meal Plan Monday – 13.01.20

What’s on the menu this week?

So far so good. I’m really liking having a list of seven meals and knowing that I have all the ingredients for them . I keep a list of the meals on my phone and we decide in the morning what we’re going to eat that day. It’s also good to get the family involved in picking what meals they want for the following week.

Online Shopping

Chris usually does the food shopping but as he’s working so much at the moment I thought that we’d do a bit of online shopping so that he doesn’t have to use his spare time this way. As we don’t normally do it I made a few mistakes like ordering just one banana and the jacket potatoes we received were the biggest ones I’ve ever seen.

I don’t think I did too well on buying lunchtime stuff so I had to do a quick tip up but it’s not the end of the world.

Monday

Spaghetti Bolognaise – A family favourite. We always do a big pot so that there’s some leftover to freeze. I think Freddie would eat pasta every day of the week if we let him.

Tuesday

Takeaway curry – we totally failed on the meal plan front and opted for a takeaway curry. What can I say other than ‘that’s life’.

Wednesday

Filled Pasta and Sauce – A staple meal for us is pasta.

Thursday

Sausage and Mash with Onion Gravy – I slice about four red onions and cook them slowly in red wine. I cooked the sausages in the oven for about half an hour before popping everything in the slow cooker and adding some beef stock. I left it on low for a couple of hours and thickened with a bit of flour and added a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Scrummy with buttery mash and broccoli.

Friday

Steak and Chips – we had some lovely bits of steak in the freezer so today is the day. We have it with chips, mushrooms and salad.

Saturday

Chilli and Lime Taco Kit with Chicken – this is a boxed kit that we got from Aldi. They never seem to be enough for us so I bulk them out with additional veg and extra wraps.

Sunday

Pizza – we’re having a pizza and movie night as Aladdin is on Sky which Isabelle is very excited about.

And that’s it.

What are you eating this week?

Lisa x