Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Mum's making time for self care! How do you squeeze in some "me time?"

Hey Mama,

So if you want to be the best Mum you can possibly be, you have GOT to look after yourself and looking after yourself means having having time for you. Time to just chill and recharge, get some perspective away from kids cartoons and snot bubbles and maybe just do something we want to do instead of constantly serving our little angels. Deep down I know you know this but do you actually do it?

"When?! There's no time, I don't even have time for sleep!" I hear you cry... that no doubt is very true. As mothers, our main resource shortage (other than naps) is time. So I'm going to suggest NET time, a phrase I learnt from Life Coach, Tony Robbins. NET time = No Extra Time time. By planning your activities ahead can you get in some time for you? Arrange activities that both you and your child can benefit from.

That book you've been dying to read with your favourite piece of chocolate... take it into the waiting room during your child's ballet/sports class! Wish you had time for the gym... have you tried a mummy and me style class? eg Mummyfit UK etc. Take them to museum you've never been to and learn something new together. That's just a few ideas for your NET time, basically get creative and try not to get stuck in a rut of the same old places... your little one may love it but softplay for the tenth weekend in a row will turn mummy's brain to mush!

Obviously, where you can, delegate. Book a babysitter for a couple of hours and go and watch a movie that doesn't contain the word "selfie" , arrange a sleepover and have a date night, get a massage - whatever lights you up. It's only an hour away!!

For me, when I'm planning NET time, the easiest thing I can do that both Theo and I enjoy is go shopping. When Peter has meetings in neighbouring cities, we catch a lift with him and go to new shopping centres. Theo loves being in the pram and people watching and I like pretty things. I vlogged one of our shopping trips to the Trafford Centre, Manchester over on my Youtube channel. Go take a look, you may even spot Peter on there!

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Easy Peasy, Tasty Family Meal for Dinner Tonight! || Follow along for a Fresh, Delicious Home-made meal that even I can cook!

Hey Mama,

I don't know about you but sometimes, I'm so sick to death of the same old meals every night but I just don't have time to get creative with dinner. For a long time, Peter and I have used Hello Fresh boxes which we love but  they can get costly if you have them every night of the week so I mix it up with some slow cooker recipes and a few "Just throw everything in a pan" recipes.

The recipe I'd like to share with you today is the latter, a good old just throw it all in job and better yet, it's in instagram story format so quick and easy to follow too! You can find it here 

Ingredients for 2 adults are:
1 Onion
1 Punnet button mushrooms
1 Broccoli head
1 Shredded carrot
Concentrated chicken stock
1 Pack raw King prawns
Cajun seasoning
2 Medium eggs
1 Rice pouch
Soy Sauce
Peanuts
Paprika (optional)
Chillies (optional

Once you've made this once you'll keep lots of the ingredients in your cupboard and it's so easy to do you'll make it time and time again. Just follow the instructions on my Instagram and don't forget to follow as I'll be sharing lots more meal ideas over there soon including my slow cooker favourites!

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Making Mum Friends to Combat Loneliness || You need to spend time with people that "get it"

Hey Mama,

So you now have a human being with you at all times! A human being that you love more than you've ever loved anyone! Amazing!! You'll never be lonely again right?! WRONG.

According to the Huffington Post, a whopping 90% of us feel lonely after having a baby! And what's worse is... we don't even confide in our partners about it. Maybe you have plenty of good "non mummy" friends but they just don't understand your new life. So let's confide in eachother. If you're feeling a bit  lonely, comment and tell me all about yourself, I'd love to get to know more about you and connect the ladies in my group that need someone to talk to that just "gets it".
You can tell me how many kids you have, if you'd like any more, even send me photo's if you'd like.

Here's my spud to get the ball rolling....

His name is Theo and he is 18 months old. He loves cars, kitchens and  his big sis. I also have a stepdaughter named Sofia. She is 9 years old and just gone into year 5 at school. She loves tennis, nutella and her little brother.  I am married to my husband Peter who I will tell you all about soon but until then..

How about you? Reply and let me know about you and your brood here!

Another good place to find other like minded mummies is my group over on Facebook for just that -
New Mums, Old Mums, Fat Mums, Thin Mums

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Are you a "good enough" Mum? || What makes a good Mother and Parent?

Hey Mama,

It's that age old question we ask ourselves relentlessly, whether we know it or not.... am I good enough?

Every Mother worth her salt has felt overwhelmed, guilty and to put it simply, rubbish as a mother. I don't care who you are, what your situation, how brilliant everyone may tell you you are, there have been times where you have felt less than the mother your child deserves.
I'm here to tell you that's OK and I'll explain why in the live video I did over on my Facebook Page.
If you really want an example of a time I tried my hardest and STILL didn't feel good enough, here goes...

My son Theo is now a toddler but in the early days of weaning, he was a VERY fussy eater, in fact all he would eat was cauliflower cheese! (side note who else loves cauliflower cheese?) After a while I stopped cooking anything from scratch for him that was any different because he would refuse point blank. A month or so in, I noticed that most of my friends children, did not seem to have the same problem - I'd thought his fussiness was "normal" before then and suddenly... the mum guilt took over. I decided to cook him an all organic, from scratch baby style meal and......he ate every bite! I felt like the worst Mother ever, I'd given up trying too early and the poor lad had been living on milk and cauliflower cheese!

I vowed to be a better mum and with that in mind I did the biggest supermarket sweep down the organic aisle you've ever seen! Armed myself with some Annabel Karmel recipes* and spent a full Sunday meal prepping for the week for my little spud. I was going to be the BEST MUM EVER.
Day 1... the spud refused his meal. Day 2.... refused again. Day 3.... you get where this is headed! Basically the full week he refused his dinner and was so stressed from me trying to get him to try it he even refused his cauliflower cheese!!! Theo was now on a diet of grapes, Farley's rusks* and toast.
The moral of the story girls.... you can half arse things, you can try your absolute best, you can't do either of them all of the time. It's a balance. Every mummy has her own style, every little one has their own personality. All you can do is what feels right in the moment. Research what you can but mostly follow your instincts. As long as you have good intentions the rest will follow... and I bet our mum's mums fed their babies a lot worse than cauliflower cheese!

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Luxury in Leeds: The Ivy has arrived in our very own Victoria Quarter, all the gossip from the Preview Evening

This week I was thrilled to receive an invite for myself and a guest, to The Ivy Victoria Quarter preview evening in Leeds. Normally my husband Peter and I love a good restaurant (and maybe a glass of fizz). We don't get as many date nights as we used to with running round after the kids, so when we do we make sure to book somewhere AMAZING and really treat ourselves. The Ivy of course, fits the bill perfectly.
Mum and dad date night sorted! However, our babysitter fell through and so it was not to be. Enter my good friend and fellow mummy, Helen.

Myself (Left)) and Helen (Right) ready for fun!

I could say I missed Pete but I'm afraid I would be lying, the free flowing "Ivy Royale" quickly put paid to any mum/wife guilt I was feeling and Helen and I were soon attempting our best #mumsontheloose impression.

The dangerously moreish IVY ROYALE.
Heaven in a glass!

The Ivy Victoria Quarter hosted a pre-opening preview party of grand proportion. Attended by a host of VIP guests, including TV presenter Gabby Logan (looking every bit as gorgeous as on the telly), and members of the Emmerdale cast.


Celebrities, journalists, local business owners and residents alike headed, with us 2 mamas, to the new eatery, located in the renowned Victoria Quarter arcade, to experience a first-look at the brasserie and its beautiful interiors.

 Leeds' Lord Mayor, Councillor Graham Latty attended the party.

ITV news presenter Gaynor Barnes, and her friend, Fiona Movely

Gabby Logan (centre),  Bhasker Patel (left), Amy Walsh (second left), 

Fiona Wade (second right) and Rebecca Sarker (right) at the launch.

Although we didn't get to sample the extensive menu, we did mop up the fizz with some exquisite canapes, giving us a hint that the food would not disappoint!



We were particularly impressed with the decor and atmosphere of the venue. With a style unique to The Ivy restaurants, it provided a real escapism whilst still feeling comfortable and welcoming.


The First Floor Bar area

The Ground Floor Bar area

All in all I would highly recommend making your reservations now (tables from Tuesday 25th September) for this classic restaurant opening it's doors in the heart of our very own city centre. I will visit  very soon for the full dining experience... I might even let Peter come this time!!





The Ivy Victoria Quarter will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, 25 September. Open seven days-a-week, from dawn until dusk, the 200-cover restaurant will offer visitors a selection of all-encompassing menus, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks and dinner, as well as a host of specially-crafted cocktails.

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