• Featured ImageHome Decor Inspiration With Prints With Feelings

    We are very lucky to be living in the house we live in. It was actually my family home since the tender age of 14 but since my parents decided to swap countries it’s now my very own family home, just in a different way. Now I can actually decide what goes where, and how to decorate each room. It’s daunting. It’s a family sized home and moving into this house from our previous dwelling, meant we didn’t have enough furniture to fill the rooms yet alone think of little details to make the house our home. But slowly we are getting there and the house is starting to feel like my own, and not just my parents house. Since all the rooms now have furniture, we are making our way round with finishing touches. I love the idea of filling the house with little things significant to my own family, be it pictures, prints or some positive inspiration.

    I came across a company called Prints With Feelings and instantly was drawn to the idea of different prints. They are passionate about unique, beautiful pieces with a little element of fun. Some prints can be personalised which I think is a lovely touch as a gift or to help personalise a bedroom for your children or yourselves. It’s certainly opened my eyes to some new ideas for gifts, especially for friends and family who seem to have everything. From prints to cards this website is bound to have something suitable.

    We were kindly sent two prints, a quotation and a personalised print each with frames.

    Firstly we have the “Don’t Forget” Print.

    This lovely print is currently sitting pride of place in my hallway right next to our front door. It’s such a fitting statement.

    “Don’t forget where you came from, but don’t lose sight of where you are going”

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    It can be interpreted in so many different ways but for me it’s a reminder of how lucky I am, but that I have not achieved everything I want to and so the journey continues.

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    It’s not too bright, it’s more pastel shades than anything else, but the plain black frame is simple and fits perfectly with our decor in the hall. Frames are available in black and white which would suit most peoples homes and there are alternative colour combinations.

    This print has a retail price £28.00 with a black frame. It can be bought as just a print for £14.00.

    Next we have a personalised print for Baby L.

    It’s simple and elegant and would make the perfect newborn or christening gift. In a stark white frame the blue really stands out and of course it states his name and date of birth. Prints With Feelings can also add a message on this print, whether that’s the meaning of the name or a simple message to commemorate the day, its a unique gift idea.

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    This personalised print has a retail price of £38.00 with a white frame but can be bought as just a print for £14.00.

    Overall I have been so impressed with these two prints that I am already lusting after more to add to our collection. I’m thinking this one would look great in the kitchen, what do you think?

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    Why not take a look at yourself on the website here. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

    *We were kindly sent two prints with frames for the purpose of this review, however all views and opinions are my own*



  • Featured ImageHow To Get Back Into An After School Routine As A Stepmum

    Now that the summer holidays are over, our little ones are in full swing of being back at school and so the usual dramas of the evening have been turned up a notch because of hunger pangs, aggravation and just sheer exhaustion from the moment school finishes. I sometimes feel us step mum’s struggle a little more to come to terms with this sudden change back to relentless routines. Maybe it’s because we don’t deal with it on a daily basis, or for me that’s certainly the case.  Little L is 9 years old and with a baby still in nappy’s school is a long way off but yet once a week I have the evening dramas of hunger pangs, aggravation and just sheer exhaustion as Little L comes to stay. It’s a tough old job being a step mum sometimes. Maybe because we don’t do things the exact same way as mum does, or because we don’t know that we should be armed with snacks and paracetamol from the moment the school bell rings (I’m painting a bad picture here, it’s not all that bad, and the paracetamol is for me) but it’s because of these reasons that we have to up our game a little more. For many reasons really, but mostly because we want to make sure our step children have an awesome time. So from one step mum to another, and to other mum’s out there anyway, here’s my tips for getting back into the after school routine…

    1. Questions – Arm yourself ready with lots of questions about their day. Some examples include how was your day? What did you learn today? Have you got any homework? What is the homework? Anything really, but keeping them talking keeps their mind off the fact they are probably starving, or tired or both.

    2. Involve – By this I mean choosing tea time treats, ingredients, setting the table, getting the baby read for tea. Again all part of the distraction while you hurriedly get the chosen food in the oven, on the stove, under the grill.

    3. Smile – Don’t show signs of being hungry or tired yourself, it will only make things worse.

    4. Plan – It’s always good to plan, even if it’s to plan ahead to have the house and kitchen in order before the children come home.

    5. FOOD – Because this seems to be the answer to all the dramas, a good tea time meal. With Little L I plan way in advance, it’s so he knows what to expect when he’s with us. Causing less drama in the first place. We plan the next meal, he gets involved in the preparation and getting Baby L organised, and then we sit down and they both enjoy their tea together.

    We were kindly given £20 Birds Eye vouchers to stock up on lots of food to help out with our after school routines. It was surprising how far £20 can go.

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    We’ve created a few things in our time, but to be honest Birds Eye is always a go to source for some good tasty teatime food. Be it the mashtags and fish bites, or chicken dippers and fish fingers we always manage to rustle up something delicious. And yes, we try and be a little creative in the process. So this I present to you is one of Little L’s personal favourites. The leaning tower of yumminess complete with Petit Pois river and white sauce fish (mayonnaise).

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    I always try and serve up a bowl of salad and an alternative option to the fish fingers which in this case was chicken dippers. But mostly all is demolished in about 10 minutes. Baby L gets involved and has this as his “treat” tea. I think he loves it because he gets to eat with his brother. Either way he is always happy on these nights and willing to try and eat way more than he would if it was just me.

    So there you have it, my tips for a successful tea time routine as a step mum.

    This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Linky Challenge, sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook page.

    Do you have any tips to help out with the after school routine?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

    *This is an entry to the #Afterschoolchefs Linky challenge and we were kindly sent £20 worth of Birdseye vouchers to spend*



  • Featured ImageSweetcorn and Cheese Scones

    Since Baby L has become really fussy about his food, I have been looking into alternative ways of getting vegetables and meat into his diet. Since he refuse point blank to spoon fed anything, and just dismisses anything that looks remotely healthy off his tray I have been introducing these things in a different way. Scones has been quite an easy way to do this, as it’s a bread like texture and you can spread a little butter over them, the resemble on his favourite foods, toast. You may have read my crafty way of putting vegetables into tomato pasta sauces here, this is just another alternative way of doing it.

    So today’s recipe is sweetcorn and cheese scones. Baby L didn’t discard it like he does normal vegetables and meat and so this went down a treat with him. Even for adults these are a great alternative to dunking in some vegetable soup.

    Ingredients…

    2 Sweetcorn cobs, husked (Or a cup full from a tin if you don’t have the cobs)

    350g Self-raising flour

    1tsp Baking powder

    1 tsp sea salt

    50g cold butter cut into cubes

    150g grated cheese (I used mild cheddar cheese)

    175ml Milk, plus extra for brushing

    Should make about 10 scones

    Method…

    Cut the kernels off the cobs, or open your tin if you went down that road, and place in a pan. Add enough water to duct cover and simmer for 5 minutes then drain.

    Pre-heat oven to 200c

    Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Rub the cubes of butter into the flour mix until it resembles fine crumbs.

    Add the grated cheese and corn. Slowly add the milk and gently fold to make a slightly stick dough.

    Knead the mix on a floured surface until just smooth. Divide into 10 balls. Shape each roughly with your hands. place on an oiled baking sheet and brush with a little milk.

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    Scatter some grated cheese over the top and bake for 10-15 minutes or till the scones have risen, are golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

    Enjoy.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum



  • Featured ImageDaily Routines – Meet Emily and Ruby

    Welcome to my blog feature where we are sharing daily routines from all types of Mums and Dads. If you have only just come across this feature you can read all about it here. I would love for you to get involved.

    Today we have Emily and her daughter Ruby.

    Tell me a bit about yourself and your family…

    My name is Emily. I am 29 and have been married to my husband, Jon for seven years. We have a not-so-baby girl called Ruby who is 17 months old. As a family, we’re all very chilled out and tend to go with the flow (including Ruby!) so none of our routines are there because we’ve enforced them, it’s just evolved into what works for us.

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    Are you a Stay at home parent, or working parent?

    I am a stay at home parent who works from home! I wear many hats but mostly I am a freelance book editor who specialises in the craft industry and I also pastor a church (phew!).

    Describe your daily routine…

    5am - If I’ve got a deadline or lots to do, this is when I wake up and get working, before the rest of the house has stirred!

    7am -Everyone else wakes up. Ruby and I lounge in our PJs whilst Daddy gets ready for work. We all watch BBC Breakfast and catch up on current events!

    8am -Breakfast time – Weetabix!

    8.30am -Get up, tidy up. This often includes bath time when we haven’t bothered the night before. Get dressed and try to arrange the house in some semblance of order!

    10am- Go out. Normally into town, often we meet Nana or a friend for coffee. We run all of our errands. On Thursdays we go to Baby Ballet.

    12pm -Lunch time – normally jam sandwiches.

    1pm -Ruby falls asleep for her afternoon nap. She will usually go to sleep at some point between 1 and 2 and sleep for 90-120 minutes. If I’m out I stop for a coffee and carry on working on my laptop. If I’ve managed to walk home by this point then I work at home.

    3pm -Play time. If we’re at home I hope that Ruby entertains herself, but if the weather’s nice we often stop at the swings on the way home.

    5pm -Tea time. We’re terrible at cooking so Ruby normally eats a microwave kid’s meal or if she’s lucky, the leftovers from the meal we ate last night.

    5.30pm -Daddy gets home. Ruby plays with him while I run around trying to get things done. We often just collapse in a heap at this point.

    7pm -I drag myself to the kitchen and try to cook something that looks like an adult meal.

    8pm -Ruby goes to bed. This takes about half an hour to get her to go to sleep at which point I can leave the room and enjoy what’s left of the evening. We normally watch TV mindlessly.

    10pm -We go to bed and do it all again tomorrow!

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    In three words describe your day…

    Busy, fun and….. coffee-filled (is that four?)

    Could you tell me a highlight of your day…

    Highlight of my day is most definitely nap time! I love spending time with Ruby but her afternoon nap is when I get things done (like you know, earning money!), when I get a hot latte and when I get to develop my personal projects like my blog, my business, my church commitments…. It’s amazing how you can focus when you only have 90 minutes! But the feeling of accomplishment afterwards is immense!

    You can find me at….

    www.emilydavieswrites.com

    @emilydavies85

    www.facebook.com/EmilyDaviesEditing

    www.instagram.com/emilydavies85

    Thanks for sharing your routine with us Emily. I always try my best to wake up at 5am to get a head start on the day it’s a great way of getting organised or work done.

    If you would like to be involved please do get in touch.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum