Owning a car is a costly business. Insurance, road tax, MOT, servicing, repairs, petrol, it all adds up. We only have one car at our house and because I use it for work and the school runs, I am the one that drives it almost every day. When it comes to keeping the car clean and tidy, I'm not the best but in terms of routine maintenance I try my (with help from my partner) hardest to make sure that I keep on top of keeping the car at its best.
Everyone loves to indulge every now and again. However discovering the different way to prepare and eat can change your family's relationship with food. Here you will find out some ingenious ways to create healthy alternatives for foods your family already loves.
What an amazing month these two have had. My two little travellers! This month they've spent sixteen days away from home visiting Matteo's parents in Italy and his Sister in Germany. They've had a wonderful time and their Italian has come on loads. It's been tough on us being away from them for so long but knowing that they were happy and safe meant we were less worried about them. Also knowing that they have always each other makes it easier.
For a long long time I struggled with the fact that I had a caesarean birth, I felt my body had failed, that a woman's body is made for giving birth naturally and that I couldn't. I blamed myself for not having enough knowledge around the decisions I made during labour and not knowing how to help myself to progress. I don't know exactly when it happened but around the time I got my new job in summer last year I had a revelation of acceptance.
We finally had our first proper bit of Spring weather yesterday. I love when the clocks change and we get that extra bit of light in the evenings. It gives me more energy and motivation to keep on top of jobs in the house. Since my boys have been away for Easter I have done a big Spring clean of the house and I was able to make a start on the garden yesterday. It has got me thinking about making the house look really nice and what kind of new homeware pieces I would love to buy. I've picked ten things that I absolutely love.
I can't believe we are a quarter of the way through the year but what with the crazy weather we had at the end of Winter, I'm really ready for it to get a bit warmer now. As I write this Ethan and Oliver are enjoying some Spring sunshine in Germany and have been wearing their beloved shorts and t-shirts at the park the last two days. March was another busy month for us and went by way too fast. I think I can safely say the highlight for all of us was our trip to Bridlington for Mother's Day weekend.
Get our family photo albums out of my Mum's wardrobe and you'll see plenty of photos of my brother and I as children on holiday on a British beach, digging holes, making sandcastles and burying each other, sometimes in wooly jumpers, sometimes in swimming costumes or shorts. I remember the donkey rides, tea from a flask and the fact that packed lunch sandwiches always tasted so much nicer than if they had just been made.
I've no idea how March finished so quickly. It only seems like five minutes since I was writing our last Me & Mine post at the end of February. We had just finished half-term and the boys had gone back to school and now they are already on their Easter holiday.
As soon as springtime rolls around and everyone gets happy about the sunshine and warm days, a large group of people also have a daunting feeling creeping up on them: the allergies are coming. Every sniffle becomes a sign that the days of puffy eyes and clogged noses are getting closer, and we are arming ourselves for the season. For some, it will only be a month or so, while for others, it will last from the first days of spring, all the way until fall. But before you start stuffing yourself with medicine, try these simple natural remedies that will help you get through the allergies with fewer symptoms, or none at all.
Spring is officially here now but what with all this cold weather and snow in recent weeks I'm still craving comfort food. I want warm dinners with meat and two veg and to light a candle on a cold evening and then snuggle up on the sofa feeling full and content! This cottage pie is so good, you'll be going back for second helpings.