A half-term trip to Jamie’s Italian

The Nottingham restaurant is set in a beautiful old building which was actually a merchant's townhouse and has three floors including the cellar which houses the toilets which have been done up with period features.  We were sat at a round table for 8 people in a semi-private room off one of the main rooms.  This was great for the kids as it meant that when they had finished eating they could get up and walk around without bothering other people eating.  

Lentil Ragu – 3 Meal Ideas

This recipe serves two adults and two children as an accompaniment to pasta for one meal with at least three portions left over for other meals. I served this with brown rice spaghetti to make it a gluten-free vegan meal but you can use normal wheat pasta. I used nutritional yeast to give the sauce more flavour, if you don't have this and are not avoiding dairy or dairy intolerant you can stir in some parmesan cheese before serving.

Me & Mine Project {July 17}

What with all the change of routine and craziness during the week, this month has been full of quiet weekends, catching up on cleaning and washing. The first weekend we went to a house party, the second Saturday the boys went to their last football practice until September and last Saturday we went into town quickly for a pizza at Suede bar to celebrate to start of the summer holidays but apart from that we've been having lazy mornings and time at the park.

Me & Mine Project {June 17}

We started the month off with a trip to Legoland.  It was the last few days of half term and our first visit to Legoland.  The weather was perfect and the boys were super excited. We had a wonderful time.  Our main photo this month is from our second day going into the park and as you can see the weather was amazing.  It was great to spend some time away just the four of us and we had some brilliant quality family time.  The photo below is from the first day when we first went on the new Ninjago ride.  We bought this as a moment but I wish we'd waited until the second day as we went on again and I won and now have no evidence of that fact!! Anyway it was great fun and the boys are already planning our next trip!

5 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming a Parent

1. You will love more intensely than you ever thought possible   For me it didn't come straight away. The boys had to go to the neonatal unit for a few days.  I never got that rush of love as soon as they were born.  We had to get to know each other slowly.  Days were dark for the first three months and my mood was low, but after that 12 week mark a cloud seemed to lift and I started to go out to groups and meet other mums.  I got slowly more confident and actually started to enjoy being a mum.  Now even when they drive me absolutely crazy I just couldn't love them more.  They amaze me every day. Sometimes I still can't quite believe they're mine, I'm so proud to be their mum.