Gosh I actually can’t believe that we are in May already! This year seems to be flying by – we are practically half way through now which is quite scary actually…
I love the start of a new month; it feels like a fresh beginning, especially when the weather is finally starting to warm up a little (emphasis on the word little as despite the blue skies it’s freezing here today!) I thought I’d embrace that feeling of a new start and take a few moments out of my day to set myself some little goals for the month ahead 🙂
Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend – it always goes way too quickly doesn’t it?
The hubby has kick-started back into his training regime after an injury a couple of months ago and so the whole family is on a high-protein, reduced carb diet to make it easier! This means we are using lots of recipes from Lean in 15 and also adapting other favourite recipes to fit.
I’m still trying to eat within a budget (not particularly easy when you are following the principles of the Lean in 15 diet to be honest) so we shall see how that goes!
Sounds random right? I guess once you’re married you’ve left the ‘dating’ stage of your relationship behind, but I’m thinking more along the lines of going out on a proper ‘date’ the way you would have when you first met.
Scott and I got together when I was 17, our first date was to Greenwich – we went to the cinema to watch Pan’s Labyrinth, walked through the park drinking milkshakes and for dinner to a little Italian restaurant. After that first date we were always going out – bowling, to parties, gigs, weekends away, meals, cinema etc – of course we stayed in together too *how do you think we got Lily ;)*
I remember the excitement of getting ready to go on our dates – picking out an outfit, curling my hair, applying the glittery eye shadow that was super on-trend back in the days *this was pre the existence of contouring*, calling my friends to discuss every minute detail of my outfit and our plans and all of that nice buzzy feeling waiting for him to knock on the door.
It’s been ten years, one wedding and one beautiful daughter later and whilst we do go out it’s not labelled as a ‘date’ but I’m starting to think it should be. And so I’ve planned out a list of ways to ‘date’ my husband – it doesn’t have to be expensive nights out but I’d like to get dressed up intentionally to go out together. One of the most wonderful nights we had recently was for our anniversary last year when Scott took me to Opium Bar in Soho – we had cocktails, dim sum and I’d got dressed up (even wearing heels) for the occasion. It was exciting and fun and we both had such a good time – it’s been 7 months since then and we’ve not really done anything similar and I think it’s important that we make more time for ‘us’ as a couple not just as a family or individuals.
It was my hubby’s birthday yesterday so this week’s meal plan is a bit late as we were busy celebrating!
This week is going to be super busy, plus we are all back to work/school *eurgh* and so I’m not going to be wanting to spend much time in the kitchen (tbh I never ever want to spend much time in the kitchen anyway ha!) so this week’s recipes are simple and quick family meals. Also between birthday celebrations and Easter half term we’ve spent a fair bit so I’m sticking to a super thrifty budget this week, and as before any new recipes are marked with an asterisk* 🙂
I’m travelling back from Aberdeen today (well technically Glasgow as I arrived here last night!) and plan to pop into the supermarket on my way home to do our big shop for this week. I’m looking for easy meals that I can throw together without a fuss and some lighter dishes to make the most of the weather whilst the sunshine lasts. Anyone else struggle to eat heavy meals when the weather is nice?
I love cookbooks and have quite a collection (not that I use them all to be honest!) and I think Scott might have rolled his eyes when I bought this one home – pretty sure he expected it to sit and gather dust with the others in our kitchen.
I’d actually come across Miguel some time before on Instagram and loved his easy, budget friendly takes on meals but its quite hard to remember things that I see on instagram – I much prefer a written recipe that I can follow easily.
This weekend (between throwing up and feeling pants thanks to some kind of virus) I started sorting through our kitchen cupboards and drawer *yep you heard that right we have a single drawer in our kitchen which really annoys me* and I quickly came to realise that we have way too much stuff! Admittedly a lot of the random stuff we owned was given to us as wedding presents five years ago; despite us having a gift list we received quite a lot of random ‘things’ and household pieces, yep even two toasters, but a lot of it wasn’t to our taste or anything that we would actually use. I always felt guilty about getting rid of items that were given to us as gifts but actually it was really freeing to start to de-clutter the kitchen.