Love The Little Things #48

I can’t believe we’re at week 48 already, it feels like this year has just flown by, but I am excited for the start of December and getting into all things Christmassey.

I’m going to apologise in advance for my little loves this week as they may be a more than one dubious links, I’m honestly not too sure what I’ve been doing with myself.

Read Oh dear, hardly anything. I have a lot of blog reading and commenting to catch up on but this week I have been so tired. There have been lots of early nights so missing out on my blog reading time.

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Wall Create Review and Giveaway

Since starting blogging I have made a huge effort to take more photos and barely a day goes by when I’m not snapping away either on my phone or with the “big” camera.

When I was contacted by Wall Create and asked to review one of their canvasses I jumped at the chance.  However, I haven’t chosen one of my own pictures for the canvas but one from our wedding.  We will be celebrating our 5th anniversary in a few weeks time and we still only have a few small photos from the wedding dotted around the house.

We sat together and looked back at the 200 pictures our photographer had put onto a CD for us and this was the one both wanted to see on our wall.

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I was really impressed by the quality of the canvas, and the image was lovely and clear.  The print is beautifully mounted on a wooden frame and it comes with the necessary fittings so it can be hung up straight away (although mine is still sitting on the dining room table waiting for hubby to do a little bit of DIY with a hammer and a nail!)

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The canvas is 30cm by 40cm and can be bought for under £20, what a bargain! And delivery is fast, my canvas arrived in just a few days.

If you’re thinking this would make a great Christmas present for someone, or  how great it would be to see one of your festive pics on the wall the lovely people have Wall Create are offering one of my readers a 30x40cm canvas.

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Disclaimer: I was sent my canvas free of charge for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Mummy, I Need A Wee!

This is how it starts:

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Pre motherhood you would never have believed you could be so excited to see a wee in your life, but it happens and it’s one of the weirdest proud mum moment you’ve encountered so far.

It’s a bit hit and miss in the early days of potty training but then they crack it and nappies become a thing of the past (during the day at least because cracking the dry night is a whole different kettle of fish).

Don’t get too smug though. You will start to miss those nappy days because soon you start to dread something much worse than a stinky nappy. You will start to fear those few words that always seem to come at the very worst moment…

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The most likely times you will hear this are:

When you are in the shower. Not straight away, toddlers are more clever that that, they wait until they know you have just shampooed your hair and then wander in to tell you the news.

When you’re in M&S changing rooms wearing only a pair of knickers and your bra.

Just as you are about to leave the house, and usually when you’re already running late. This is made much more fun in winter as you then have to take off the layers of clothing you have spent the past ten minutes putting on.

In the car when there is absolutely no where convenient to stop.

When you’re in the middle of the big supermarket shop. So you walk the full length of the shop, find somewhere to park your half full trolley, walk them to the toilets and then they don’t actually do anything when you get there.

On that lovely country walk where there’s not a toilet for miles around.

Oh, how you will start to miss the days when they just weed wherever they were.

Still, it could be worse. They could be stood in a very quiet bookshop and shout the words that make you want the ground to open and swallow you up.

“Mummy, I need a poo!”

When They Grow Up

I honestly believe I am so lucky to be in the job that I am.  Not necessarily because I have a passion for Maths (although I do really like it, GEEK!), and certainly not for the amount of paperwork and target setting that is involved.

The main reason I love my job for the vast majority of the time is that I get to work with an amazing group of people every day.  The kids.  Yes, sometimes they’re hard work, sometimes I may swear a little under my breath to keep me sane but they also make me laugh on a daily basis and fill me with a huge amount of pride that I have played a small role in helping them move on to become the people that they are today.

Sometimes you see them a few years later and they are so happy and excited to fill you in on what they’ve been up to and where they are now.  Some are parents, some are married, some have moved away and started a new life elsewhere and it’s always lovely to hear how they are doing.

But for some this doesn’t happen.

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Paleo Friendly(ish) Chicken Curry

I’m certainly not professing to be an expert on paleo cooking. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what it all means other than trying to eat as our ancestors would have done a very long time ago with as much natural produce as possible.

My hubby is a bit of a fitness freak (if we don’t mention the Guinness he’s rather partial to) and keeps encouraging us to eat more healthily and this is one of our favourite recipes. It’s really simple to make, although not strictly Paleo as there is a bit of dairy in there and we serve it with whole grain rice.

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Ingredients (serves 4)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion
150g of mushrooms, sliced
Red, green and yellow peppers, sliced
Fresh garlic (as much as you like)
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons of curry powder (I use medium strength)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoons of cumin
2 big (or 3 small) chicken breasts cut into chunks
240ml coconut milk
2 big tablespoons of Greek yoghurt

Don’t worry about being too strict with the ingredients. If you like mushrooms, put a few more mushrooms in. If you don’t like peppers, leave them out. And if you find anything else to throw in there that works well, please let me know so I can give it a try.

Method
1. Sauté onions, garlic, ginger, curry, cinnamon and cumin with the oil.
2. Add the chicken, peppers and mushrooms and cook for around 5 minutes, or until you think the chicken is almost cooked through.
3. Add the coconut milk and stir to coat before adding in the yoghurt
4. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes and then serve.

It really is so easy to make, but one of the tastiest home made curries I’ve ever had. A perfect mid-week dinner!

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A Day Off From Being Mum

Being a mum is a full time job, you’re on call 24/7. We know that, it’s what we signed up for but every once in a while it is nice to take a day off from all things mumsy and go and have a giggle with your mates.

Yesterday was one of those days and seven of us headed into Manchester for an afternoon of cocktails and Prosecco with a bit of food thrown in to soak up the booze.

A few too many of these were drunk.

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Balloon hats may have been worn (by the birthday girl celebrating her 40th!)

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And there may have been a bit of silliness with a very inappropriate pink balloon!

Of course, the kids and families crept into the conversation but we also talked about nail varnish and hair cuts and those other things that men generally just don’t get.

One of the lovely things about about getting a little bit older is that you have the benefit of drinking in the afternoon experience. Once it gets past a certain time (and you started on the Prosecco at 12:00pm) you know it’s not going to end well. The sensible ladies that we are decided to call it a day at 8pm and got our taxis home.

At the end of the day we are mums and nobody wants to be looking after a 3 year old with a hangover!

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Love The Little Things #47

Without exaggerating last weekend was probably my best one of the year so far. A bit of me-time, a bit of couple time and lots of family time. I enjoyed every minute and spent a whole heap of time with all my favourite people.

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Read Lots of lovely birthday messages from my family and friends. On Sunday we had a full family meal (there were fourteen of us in total) at Nutters restaurant and they had made special menus with Happy Birthday for the table which was a lovely surprise when we sat down.

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