Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Review: Charlotte's Web Rajput precious stone spinning ring

I'm not the type of person who wears lots of jewellery or has a big collection. So when I do buy jewellery, it's usually something quite unique. I've been given the opportunity to review a gorgeous ring from Charlotte's Web.
Charlotte's Web, founded by Charlotte Howarth is a bespoke jewellery collection like no other. Charlotte's signature collection includes spinning jewellery such as spinning rings, to bracelets and pendants.

I am the proud new wearer of the Rajput Precious Stone spinning ring and it is absolutely gorgeous. This stunning ring consists of "Turquoise and Pearl mixed metal spinner ring  featuring two rings of copper and brass and one central silver ring adorned with delicate gemstones, which revolve gently around chunky polished bands of solid silver." I chose this Charlotte's Web ring as i loved the copper and brass rings in the middle of the rings.
I have had so many lovely compliments when wearing this ring, the craftsmanship is brilliant allong with the design of the actual ring. Charlotte's Web jewellery is available from Mummy & Little Me website aswell as Charlotte's Web. The Rajput Precious Stone spinning ring is priced at £60. Other style rings are available.

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Budget Meals with Aldi: Chicken Stirfry

Stirfry is one of those meals that you can chuck anything into and it will taste good. It's also a great dish for both meat eaters and vegetarians by taking out the meat and maybe adding a vegetarian meat substitute. This is my super simple stir fry recipe that I've been making on a regular basis.

340g Oakhurst frozen ready cooked chicken pieces-  £1.69
Ready to work noodles - 49p
Let's Cook Mixed Pepper Stirfry - 89p
Soy sauce - 42p

Sear meat in frying pan or wok until fully cooked for 3-4 minutes.
Add mixed pepper stirfry contents and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Add ready to wok noodles to pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add a splash of soy sauce
Serve with some prawn crackers

I usually always add chicken to my stirfrys   but adding slices of beef would make a nice change. Aldi prawn crackers are better in my opinion to those you get at the Chinese takeaway.

What do you like to add to your stirfry's?

*Disclaimer: I was given Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients to prepare these meals. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Working + mum + wife = hard

You may have seen that I've been pretty quiet on the blog and social media recently because i have started working full time. Lately i have had no time for anything and feel like I'm juggling too many things at once.

I'd been wanting to get back into work full time for a number of reasons, mostly financial but mainly because it's important for Joey's development. I have been working full time for nearly a month now and I'm not going to lie, it's hard! Getting up so early, going to work for 8 hours and then getting home and having to be mum again is tiring. Don't get me wrong, I'm really happy that I'm working and I'm sure things will settle down soon but it's just bladdy hard sometimes.

Joey has been in nursery full time for nearly a month now and he seems to be enjoying it. Most of my determination to get a job was because Joey really needed to go to nursery to help his development. Time will tell whether we see any improvments in his speech etc and I'll be doing a separate post soon about how he's doing at the moment.

Hopefully it will get easier to juggle being at work, a mum and a wife.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Budget Meals with Aldi: Sausage Casserole

With the weather being so bitterly cold recently, a hearty casserole is the ideal meal on a cold winters night. A favourite in our house is sausage casserole and is so cheap to make but more importantly tasty too.

8 British pork sausages - £1.29
1 sausage casserole recipe mix 40p
1 medium sized onion
4 carrots
Salt and pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
In a large frying pan brown the sausages in some oil and transfer to a large casserole dish.
Peel, halve and finely chop the onion. Peel and cut the carrots into slices. Add the onions to the frying pan and brown.
Then add the onion and carrots to the casserole dish with the sausages.
Make up the sausage casserole recipe mix to packet instructions and then add to the casserole dish aswell.
Cover the dish and cook for 30 mins to 1 hour.
Serve with mashed potato or some crusty bread.

This is another one of my favourite meals and definitely something that can be left to cook in a slow cooker.

Stay tuned for the last installment on budget meals with Aldi soon. 

*Disclaimer: I was given Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients to prepare these meals. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Mummy & Little Me: Pink Lining NEW 2017 Print

The first baby changing bag that i bought was a Pink Lining yummy mummy bag with blue bows. I've always found the Pink Lining designs so beautiful but most of the designs are quite girly. This month however, Pink Lining has brought out a new nautical themed print!

On this week's Mummy & Little Me post i give you a peek of the new Pink Lining range . The Navy & cream boats print is brand new for 2017 and i think it's going to be a popular baby changing bag print this year.
If you haven't already checked out the new range of Pink Lining bags head over to the Mummy & Little blog.

Do you have a favourite Pink Lining design?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Guest Post: How to teach your child to do chores

Today i have a guest post from Danny over at My Parenting Journal about how to get your kids to do chores.

Chores constitute a great part of everyday’s life. These are the daily tasks that adults and children alike embark on to keep life on track and in good progress. In simple words, chores are the activities that people do to make their lives live-able. However, to children, these activities may be seen as a punishment thereby making them less desirable.

When your child seems to express resistance towards undertaking chores, it is necessary to correct him/her before it is too late. Chores can be used to impart unity and collective responsibility in children. Therefore, it is important to share with the child that these tasks are meant to make life smooth, comfortable, and efficiently running. Due to this, they need to be appreciated and taken positively as learning opportunities. Here are some proven tips that you can use to teach your child to do chores.

Set boundaries
Children seem to perform best when their parents have set boundaries for them and have clear expectations. When teaching your kids, you should set parameters that provide for successful completion and accomplishment of a specific chore. For instance, if you need your child to rake leaves in the backyard, you should set the timeline within which you want this task accomplished.

When setting boundaries, it is necessary to clearly state how you need the task to be accomplished and also let your child know what your expectations on getting the job done are. For example, after raking leaves in the backyard, where should they be taken? Providing your child with complete details on how you want the task done goes a long way in tracking the progress made by your child. Consequently, this allows you to be in a position to correct him/her perfectly in case they go wrong.

Listen to your child’s opinion
Parents require having an attentive ear to their children’s opinions. In line with this, as you are teaching your child how to do a chore, it is necessary that you listen to any opinions they may have as far as accomplishing the task is concerned. Your child may have a different strategy of doing a particular task. You should base your choice and instructions on the opinions of your child. The main aim is having your child do a certain task and the strategies/approached used should not matter much.

Set a good example for your child to follow as far as handling a specific task is concerned. It is advisable that you do a chore alongside your child for a few times before letting them do it on their own. This provides them with an opportunity to watch and learn about how the task should be accomplished.

Do not force your child into doing any chore
If your child does not want to handle a task voluntarily, do not force him/her into doing it. Forcing the child may result in rebellion especially if they really hate doing that task. Instead, you should watch your child’s reaction to identify the tasks that he/she likes doing most as well as those that they really hate.

If your child does not seem interested in doing a specific chore, you should let him/her know that there will repercussions for his/her behavior or if they do a shoddy job. As much as you do not want to force your child into doing something he/she does not want, it is important that they do not undermine your authority. Emphasize on them doing the designated task and ensure that you do not appear to force them to do the task.

Reward good effort
Children are greatly encouraged when they are rewarded for doing a chore in the best way they can. This goes a long way in motivating the child to handle the chore in a better and well-planned manner the next time they are doing the chore. You can use this opportunity to give your child an allowance as an encouragement and appreciation for good work.

When rewarding your child, it is advisable that you only give appropriate rewards. For instance, if you opt to reward your child monetarily, you should ensure that the gift is appropriate for your child’s age. Otherwise, you can just use rewards such as play dates, dinner dates, and toys to reward your child for a commendable job.

Consider your child’s age:
When delegating chores to your child, you should only assign them chores and tasks that are appropriate for their ages. For young children (2-4 years), you can assign light chores such as dusting, gathering dirty laundry and filling the food bowl of the family’s pet. For children within 4-7 years, tasks like making beds, watering plants, sweeping and folding towels are appropriate.

For children over 7 years, you can assign them to a couple of chores around the house including sweeping, raking leaves, vacuuming, setting dinner table, and taking out trash among other chores. Generally, it is necessary to ensure that you delegate your child a chore that does not pose any healthy and safety hazard to them.

Track progress
It can be quite frustrating to both you and the child if you are unable to monitor the progress that your child has made towards accomplishing a specific chore. This is why it is required that you maintain a chore chart that highlights the chores done by your child within a specific timeline and how well the child has been accomplishing the chores over time. You can opt to outline the chores on a weekly or monthly basis depending on the frequency that seems to work best for you.

At the end of every tracking timeline, you and your child should look at the progress made and identify areas that need to be improved on. This makes it possible to know how well your child is responding to the chores you assign him/her. 
Teach your child to have fun in doing a specific chore.

Your child should have a mentality that the chore assigned to them is fun and exciting to accomplish. This will motivate him/her to handle the chore in the best way possible and adopt a responsible mindset. It is worth noting that this positive outlook on chores can greatly help your child in becoming responsible and hardworking in all aspects of life including schoolwork.

Studies have shown that children who start doing chores at an early age grow up responsibly and are able to direct their energy and abilities towards doing activities with meaningful gain. It also goes without saying that a hardworking child who is able to handle different chores is very useful and helpful around the house and at home. Your children can save you the trouble of hiring a nanny or a house-help as the children can help you do most of the chores in the house.

Do you ecourage your children to do chores???

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Budget Meals with Aldi: Smolked Salmon Pasta

One of my favourite foods is pasta, so being able to put together a pasta meal for under £5 is my idea of heaven. My second budget meal using all Aldi ingredients is Smoked Salmon Pasta.

- 400g Penne Pasta (or other shape) 50p
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil £1.39
- 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed 85p
- 5 Spring Onions, trimmed and thinly sliced 43p
- 300ml Reduced Fat Crème Fraîche 89p
- 110g pack Salmon Flakes £1.50
- 100g Frozen Garden Peas 95p
- 1 tbsp Freshly Parsley, chopped 89p
- Salt

Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and add the pasta.

Stir and cook at a rolling boil for around 8 minutes until al dente.

Heat the oil in a small saucepan and sauté the garlic for 30 seconds.

Cook garden peas for time specified and drain.

Add the spring onions and continue cooking until softened. Stir in the crème fraîche and peas and then the salmon flakes, heating very gently.

Drain the cooked pasta, return to the pan and add the sauce. Stir gently to mix through.

Sprinkle with parsley and some Parmesan cheese.
Typically when i go to Italian restaurants i will order a creamy pasta dish. This smoled salmon pasta was so good, i added 2 packs of salmon flakes as i really love salmon. Instead of peas next time i might add asparagus to make it a bit different. Not only is this meal afforable and feeds a family of 4, it's quick to make aswell. Now that i work full time, it's important that i can make my own meals in around 30 minutes. So if like me you love your pasta AND want a quick meal then this one is for you. 

Keep your eyes out for two more budget meal recipes next week on the blog.

*Disclaimer: I was given Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients to prepare these meals. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.