Meal Planning Monday

Hey lovelies!

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* 🙂

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The Reality of Working From Home – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

You know that saying ‘the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’? Well that’s definitely the case for me when it comes to working from home – it was one of those things that I dreamt of happening until it actually did and now I actually miss my office ha! For those of you thinking about going into working from home this might be helpful – and even if you aren’t it can be good to see that it’s not all a bed of roses!

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Meal Planning Monday

Morning!

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?

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One Pound Meals – Cookbook Review

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.

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The Ultimate List of Girl’s Night Movies!

I love a girly night in with my sisters or friends, chilling out and sharing a bottle *or three* of wine, some snacks and some stories between watching (or re-watching for the millionth time) our favourite girly movies. I’m planning a big movie night at the moment so asked a load of other bloggers what films they always love to watch 🙂 Enjoy – and don’t forget to leave suggestions too!

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The A-Z of Books I Love!

I was tagged by the wonderful Debbie from ‘My Chaotically Eclectic Life’ to share my A-Z of Books.

I am a massive reader (when I get the time) and love taking the time to sit and read and my husband is a keen reader too so we are really glad that this is something that we’ve passed on to Lily: you can see some of our favourite children’s books of the moment here. I don’t always read new books either; I have a few books that I’ve read countless times, it’s almost like spending time with old friends when I curl up with my much loved copies of The Borrowers, Harry Potter or Little Women.

I love to encourage other people to read and am forever recommending books to friends – sometimes I’ll be reading a book and it’s like a lightbulb goes off above my head and I know exactly who will enjoy it; so far I’ve never been wrong *although they might just not have wanted to tell me ha!*

I thought I’d join in with this tag to give you a little insight into my reading loves!

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The Reality of Being a Full Time Working Mum

I shared this post on Facebook the other day after a colleague of mine commented that I looked exhausted, I laughed it off “well I am a mum” but it made me think… I guess in reality I AM exhausted. Not that sleep-deprived exhaustion of the newborn days, when you are suddenly handed over this tiny living person who relies on you for everything, whose body clock is all jumbled up and who cries to be fed every couple of hours; but an exhaustion that has just become a completely ingrained part of me as a working mum. I asked a few friends, “Do you feel like this too?” and the answer was a resounding “Yes!”

We are bombarded with image on TV, in films or adverts, or even from Bloggers and on Pinterest  – those perfectly coiffed mums that have it all; who manage to jump on a conference call whilst their three kids eat dinner without so much as a murmured complaint about the food choice, and whose houses are always spotless and ‘visitor ready’. But that’s really not the reality of being a working mum – the reality is that, just like parenthood in general, it is really hard!

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