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Healthy Eating

Sparkly Mummy

Let’s join in with #FoodieFriday! 

What a fab Idea  Mummy In A Tutu and Sparkly Mummy 

Now who doesn’t love food! 

I was going to write a whole post on cake and chocolate but I thought with Christmas just around the corner I would write about something a bit practical and it could help you save a few ££££ to! 

So let’s Talk about 

Meal planning 

I have decided that doing a meal planner would be best for my family, Bear and Bell seem to eat constantly. I know this is a growth spurt and now the weather is getting colder I’m sure some of the time it’s out of boredom! 

The meal planner is working really well, even hubs is following it, which is great. 

And the best bit is it is saving some money, especially with Christmas around the corner.

But the downside to a meal planner is that the meals I plan I usually do not fancy that night but I do still follow it! 

How I do my meal planner?

I type it on the laptop, as it’s so much easier to read and plan. I also sit there with a pile of cook books and have a flick through trying to get inspiration for new ideas.

Do I write a shopping list?

Yes, I didn’t use to but I have to admit it is so much easier shopping. I do still add a few non listed items but they are for Christmas which I see on offer.


Would I recommend meal planning?

Yes I would it was really scary at first as I thought it would be really expensive but really it isn’t . I don’t buy the extra vauled products  as I feel they have a high salt content which isn’t good. I do sometimes buy chicken nuggets and chips but this is starting to be a rare treat. And we are still saving money.

Does meal planning help us eat more healthily as a family?
Yes it does! Everything at the moment is fresh, we are cutting down our meat intake and increasing our fish intake. The meals are freshly prepared and taste much nicer than pre done meals and the best bit is I know what is actually going into the meal!

So overall we are really enjoying the meal planning and eating much more healthily. The children are also trying new foods which they would usually turn their noses up at.


Do you have any healthy eating tips or tricks? I would love to hear form you!


Posted in back to school, Diary, Family, Kent Family, parent, School, Sleep, son

Who needs sleep part 2 ……

Oh my goodness, this week Bear, yes Bear has been trying to wake his sister up! You would think after holiday he would be getting up later BUT no anytime between half past four and half past five! Really even the milk man doesn’t deliver this early! 

Day one: Week one!

Bear wakes up at 4.30am, yes you read that right, 4.30am! He obviously is taken back to bed and the cat willow is looking at us very strangely as she wants to play.

Bear then decides to sign and talk to himself for a good 15 minutes before going back to sleep until 6am… thank goodness it’s Sunday tomorrow….

Day two

We spent the afternoon running around the garden yesterday to wear him out… bed was 7.30pm after a nice long bath, we have the Gro black out blind, a roller black out blind and  a particle black out blind… will I get a layin, nope he is up at 5.30! Seriously I can not wait for the teenage years to kick in…

Day three

5am and Bear is awake jumping on Bell’s bed and guess what she is now WIDE awake! I’m hoping once the clocks go forward Bear may sleep in!

Day four

Dispute going to bed at 7.15pm Bear was up well before 4.45am! I’ve taken him back to bed at least 3 times! I am going to pop to Neals yard tomorrow and ask them for some advice they may have a cream or bath oil which may help…

Day 5

I didn’t get to Neals yard instead I ended up in boots and brought some lavender bubble bath for children… it worked sort of bed at 7.30pm but up at 5.45… we really getting there slowly….

Day 6

Oh my goodness sleep is so over rated! Bear was up at 5am! 5am! We didn’t change anything we used the lavender bubble bath, the blinds and bed at 7.30… Bell decided it was fun to wake every 45 minutes last night…

Day 7

So who’s bright idea was it to cut out sugar when Bear doesn’t sleep? Yep mine, I am so glad I don’t mind early mornings but geeze 5am again! Time for a rethink on the bedtime routine!!!! Bell decided to wake up every 2 hours last night too!

Posted in Blog, Diary, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, Sleep

Who needs sleep anyway Diary Part 1 

Bear was always a good sleeper until around 18 months, then it would be a constant battle, he would be awake at 3am then gradually getting later we finally manged to get Bears to stay asleep until 6am sometimes half 6 if we were lucky! 

Now fast forward to age 3, we go back to waking at 5am, our bedtime routine never changed, apart from the time he went  to bed to earlier to later, to see if it would help him sleep longer. But that didn’t work.

We are now aged 5 and this morning it was 4.30am, yes you read that right 4.30am!!! 

We have tried everything since he was 3 years old. 

We have tried the reward chart, the groclock, black out blinds, getting him in bed with us until a decent hour, cutting out sweets and all junk food. Nothing seems to work! 

We are of on holiday soon, but when we are back we are seriously going to kick this waking at 4 30 habit. I am hoping that once on holiday he will actually sleep longer . We are also going to take our gro black out blind with us too, as we know how see through curtains seem to be on holiday! 

When we are back we are going to make sure both the blinds are always down at bedtime, we have a black out roller blind, a particle black out roller blind, the groclock is going on a shelf where Bear can not reach it as he does reset it, also ensuring the bedtime routine is always the same, even if it means we are not going out mixing with others for a while. I think sleep is more important than socialzing as Bear gets really emotional when he hasn’t had enough sleep and this starts at around 3pm! 

I am going to be cutting out rubbish food 100% no sweets, crisps anything unhealthy will be gone, even though we don’t eat that much unhealthy stuff. 

Sleep is a important part of growth and development for a child. 

It helps their emotions stay balanced (well as they can be for a child!) They sleep helps them to ensure they grow well and help their eductionl development. As they are getting enough sleep to concentrate during the day. 

I will be doing a who needs sleep diary weekly as soon as we are back of holiday…. 

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The world is changing…

The world is changing at a scary place. People seem to be loosing the compassion and kindness to others. The community spirt which once was is slowly fading if not already dying out. 

There was a saying I remember from college “it takes a village to raise a child”. This is very true. Back in the 1940’s (and probably before and after that date too) people would watch over people’s children whilst they nipped to the shops, helped each other without wanting anything in return. Helped if there was a problem and called the emergency services if need. 


Now let’s skip forward to 2016. Where smart phones seem to be out when somebody does something wrong so people can shame them via Facebook and other media outlets. Where people stand and film somebody being attacked or in a accident. What happened to talking to people or writing a polite description or just say “hi if you were her between 9 and 10am please contact me” 
What happened to reporting things to the police before you name and shame. There was a post regarding a local shopping center of a attempted abduction of a child. Before I shared (it was already shared by 100 ‘s of people) I sent a quick email and the shopping centre didn’t know anything about it and the lady blocked the account from them. Where do people get of with lies and shaming people for no reason?

Why do people think it’s fine to get away with shaming and accusing people? 

With so much technology there is now cyber bullying also known as trolling. This can happen to anybody you can be at work, school, blogger or just somebody minding your own businesses. If it happens to you do report it the police take this seriously. It can destroy families and lives. 

There is so much voilance in the world it is a daily occurnace. The good things people do are hardly mentioned. The bad things how ever are. With growing threat of terrorism around the world most countries are on high alert. 

I’m not saying there wasn’t terrorism back in the 1940’s or before that date. There were wars the biggest terriosim of all. 

I’m not saying the world will get worse, I’m not saying this world will get better. What I am saying is if everybody makes a little difference, going to speak to the mum who looks unhappy at a toddler group, helping somebody get a trolley or help get something down of the shelf, a simple smile, a simple please and thank you will slowly make the world become a better place and hopefully compassion and kindness will return.