I am so annoyed with myself. My intention was to plan every week because I know it will reap it’s rewards both in lbs lost on the scale at Slimming World and £’s kept in my purse. If I had a purse. Which I do not. I am too disorganised.

Gah!

So long story short, half term happened and I didn’t meal plan. We ventured down to see the in laws. This involved an array of off plan meals and I put on weight and am now poor. So now that you are up to date, let’s head back to what I blimmin’ well know will work and get on with the plan! I foresee a lot of salad in my immediate future…

The Week Ahead in Food

Friday: Low syn Tuna salad followed by a gorgeous low syn lemon Jello dessert.

Saturday: Ham and egg salad with a large bowl of melon.

Sunday: Roast chicken with syn free stuffing and vegetables

Monday: Piri chicken breast with a dressed salad and a baked sweet potato.

Tuesday: Spaghetti bolognese and garlic dough balls. The Asda ones are 1 syn each.

Wednesday: Butternut squash stew with bulgar wheat (pictured) as part of my commitment to cutting down on the amount of meat we consume.

Thursday: Diet coke chicken with noodles and stir fried veg.

 

Breakfast will be a mix of porridge, fruit or bacon medallions and veg (courgettes, mushrooms, tomatoes). Lunches will be mainly salads and I will also make a big pot of syn free soup to have alongside and for snacking. I am determined to have a better week foodwise. I have to really!

On the upside, I am feeling positive about taking control of things again. I have started to understand that I need to make this a priority for not only my physical health but my mental health too. Does that sound odd?

 

Katykicker

 

I first found Vertbaudet over a decade ago when my first born was a baby. I was looking for simple, well designed clothing which would wash well. At the time I remember the high street being overrun with low cost clothing. Almost all of which was covered in cartoon characters. It was refreshing to find clothing which just let children be children. Over time though and as my son grew (and of course wanted to wear nothing but power ranger outfits), Vertbaudet fell off my radar.

Recently Vertbaudet contacted me. They asked if Moose would like to choose some items of clothing to road test. We were happy to oblige!

I thought it might be fun to let Moose choose his own clothes for a change. Here is what he chose;

Moose loved how cosy and warm this grey button up cardigan looked. The sizing was a little on the large size but that just means that he will get tons of wear out of it!

Moose really liked the dinosaur and M on the Navy style dark green jumper. I like that it has buttons on the shoulder to make it nice and easy to get on and off! It looks great with a navy undersweater. The undersweaters are sold as a pack of 3 making them great value for money. I really like earthy colours on Moose. They seem to suit him. 

The teddy style red press studded jacket was a no brainer. It has a great big M on it and pockets which fasten. Moose has more or less lived in this jacket since he received it. It has washed really well! Its quite light but warm too, perfect for the Spring weather.

Do you see a theme emerging here?

Moose really likes the M detail on the items of clothing he chose (as you can see) and I love this outfit on him. The trousers are a soft fleece with an adjustable waist. They are stretchy and looks so comfortable, I want them in my size!

I like how nautical this long sleeved t shirt looks. It looks smart without being stuffy and of course… the M detail.

I think sometimes we find brands that we trust and for me, Vertbaudet is definitely on the list. Now that I have found them I will be using them. There are some incredible bargains in their clearance section. It just goes to show that it is still possible to find kid friendly clothing which looks lovely and lasts without costing a small fortune!

disclosure: we received these items in exchange for an honest review. I have washed and rewashed everything you see here and I am happy to report that every single item is like new.

Why do I find meal planning so hard? You would think after 17 and a half years of being a parent I would have got past sifting through the fridge at 5pm in a panic and not knowing what to to cook for the people who reside with me.

No such luck

In a bid to inject some organisation into our week and hopefully leave time for more of the “other stuff” I am trying. Really trying, to get on top of this part.

If I can nail this stupidly small and seemingly easy part of our family week then, I don’t know, maybe everything else will somehow fall into place. Moody teenagers will suddenly transform into pleasant and cooperative young adults. The Husband will shake off the fatigue of his day/week/month/year and become attentive to something other than Clash of sodding Clans and the 4 year old. Maybe he will stop declaring he hates a food that just 2 days earlier was all he would let pass his lips. I will of course be able to spend those extra few moments of my day doing something fabulous.

You can place your bets on how that will turn out.

We do definitely save money when we plan though. So there is that.

Our Dinners For The Week

Friday – Chicken Noodles with a homemade 2 syn Sweet and Sour style sauce

Saturday – Burgers with chips and slaw. I might make my chips with celeriac. I don’t know if that will taste a bit parsnippy though?

Sunday – roast chicken, mash, roast celeriac, carrots, sprouts.

Monday – pie for them. tandoori skewer and Slimming World aloo gobi for me. Nicer than it sounds.

Tuesday – rice, chicken, corn on cob, think Nandos without the price tag.

Wednesday – Sausages and mash. Did you know you can make your mash creamier by adding an egg? I am going to try it. If I end up with a scrambly egg mash, I will let you know.

Thursday – Spaghetti Bolognese. A smaller portion for me which I will bulk out with roasted red pepper and courgette.

 

Breakfast is usually porridge with fruit. Lunches I don’t tend to plan. It will be whatever I can grab that is Slimming World friendly or maybe if those other things fall into place then who knows. Maybe I will make a soup. We can but dream, right?

 

 

Katykicker

Valentines day is just around the corner and just in case the romance hasn’t died just yet, here are some great gift ideas. If like me you have been married for so long that the idea of having the energy to feel anything other than absolutely exhausted then you can head to my Valentines Self Care Tips. 

On to the gifts then!

Chocolate is a pretty safe bet when it comes to gift giving. Guylian is a firm favourite here and I love the heart shaped box (1990s grunge reference to me, romantic gesture to others). Priced at £5 this one is a no brainer.

 

Valentines gifts should be a little bit cheesy I think and I love these matching couples keyrings from TheBespokeWorks on Etsy. What’s even better is that you are helping to support an independent seller!

 

If like many people the object of your affection was a participant in Veganuary, maybe this would be a great gift to show your support. Lots of people who take part in Veganuary choose to stay vegan and a perfect gift for them might be this gift basket of goodies from The Goodness Project

Perfume has been a popular gift for hundreds of years for good reason. The Perfume Shop has a massive selection and are incredibly knowledgeable about how to select the perfect fragrance so don’t be afraid to ask!

As well as a massive range to choose from (I am a fan of a fancy looking bottle and musky/vanilla tones in case you were wondering) The Perfume Shop also offer a personalised engraving service to make your gift even more special!

Did you know that Aldi sell Fairtrade flowers? Also, they are a bargain in comparison to some other shops. I always find that they last ages – don’t be under any illusion that I married a romantic, I buy them for myself. Sigh.

Flowers are a staple of Valentines celebrations, she’ll love them and you will know that you have helped to support a great cause.

 

If you are wondering what a Living Arrow is then this post should bring you up to speed.

This week has been all about slimming world for me. I recently joined and you can read about it here. My children don’t appear to care that I am trying to improve our eating. They are still very much invested in eating all of the leftover Christmas chocolate. It’s a tough job…

The weather has turned really frosty this week so we have been mostly staying indoors. I am trying to plan things to do but it’s just far too cold out there right now.

Moose

Moose had his very best friend over to play after school. It was his first school friend playdate and I was a bit worried. Not because I thought they would be terrors but both boys are the youngest in their year and school completely wipes Moose out most days. I worried that if that was the case for J too, I might have 2 seriously tired 4 year olds on my hands and that could lead to disaster. It was absolutely fine though. Thankfully J’s Mum told me that J is just as difficult with food as Moose. That was a relief to be honest. They had so much fun playing together. I am definitely going to make it a regular thing!

 

Bess

I am cheating. Bess has been running around doing so much schoolwork and attending rehearsals for a show she is putting on this week at school that I have barely seen her! This photo is of her on her Birthday earlier in the month. It really does smack me in the feels sometimes just how quickly she is growing up – it seems to be accelerating? She chose the dress she is wearing and looks beautiful but far too grown up if you ask me.

 

Living Arrows