The Siblings Project {July 18}

 One minute they're best friends, the next they're arguing, pushing and shoving or throwing the other's toys and telling tales on each other. I guess that's just normal for all close siblings that are in each other's pockets almost 24 hours a day. Sometimes it's still difficult for them to share not only things like toys or clothes but also us and our attention. They shout about who was talking first, telling me a story or asking a question, mostly while I'm trying my best to concentrate on driving!

Snapshots & Scenes from June 18

 June was a really lovely month for us. I felt like we spent a lot of time outside and it has been good for the boys to be out in the garden instead of being on the tablet or watching tv. We've eaten outside, read books outside, played tennis, badminton and frisbee.  I think the highlight of the month for me was Ethan losing his first tooth. It felt like such a milestone and he already has the big one growing behind.

5 Date Night Prep Tips – Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

Oh my god, a date! With a total hottie! You’re probably excited, pleased, and just a little terrified of the whole thing. While this is only a date, it’s still a little stressful to get back in the game, particularly if you’ve been single for a while. Or hey, maybe you’re in a long-term relationship and simply want to have a really fun evening with your sweetheart to celebrate all the good stuff you’ve got going on. Either way, what you need right now is to indulge yourself in some relaxing pampering. To help you out, we’ve got some tips ready that will make your date’s jaw drop from how hot you are. Ready to look gorgeous? Read on!

Me & Mine Project {June 18}

June has gone by in a blur of school runs, swimming lessons, karate, football practice, work. We've had some fantastic weather and are in the middle of a heat wave at the moment.  I love the warm weather but on the other hand, if you've followed my Instagram or Facebook page, you'll know that we've been having a tough time getting the boys to settle down to sleep at night.

Maintaining a Garden in a Busy Family Home

I love our garden especially in summer but it takes so much to keep up with all the maintenance. With busy family life I find it hard to keep on top of all the housework never mind keeping the garden tidy too.  Our back garden is quite big and on four levels because we live on a hill and the front garden has a large planted area too.  The old man that lived here before us was an avid gardener and put a lot of work into making the garden a wonderful place but he was retired and lived alone.  There were a few years when I did the bear minimum as with the boys being so little and needing all my attention and then a couple of years when I spent all my free time studying, there was no time for me to do more than cut the grass and do a bit of weeding.

The Best Spaghetti & Meatballs with Spice-N-Tice

I'm really passionate about home cooking and making nutritious meals from scratch but being a super busy working Mum, I also a massive fan of a shortcut if it's done with good quality ingredients and no artificial stuff.  I want to know where things come from and I want my boys to learn about good food.  I  want them to be enthusiastic about food and learn that real cooking doesn't have to take all day and that anyone can do it.  You may know by now that I love comfort food and I think spaghetti and meatballs along with lasagna are Italy's ultimate comfort foods. This recipe is a family favourite that I have reinvented using Spice N Tice's Italian Meatball Marinara Seasoning Kit.