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Feeling Spicy

4 Mar

Hi folks,

Can not believe we are into March already. It’s been such a quick year already. My days seem to just fly over so fast, life moves so fast. Sometimes it feels a struggle to fit in family life, work & not to mention trying to cook from scratch every day.

I love homemade healthy food & when it’s quick & simple… even better! I don’t like plan food either… I like something with a little spice!

This week I’ve been creating some lovely, quick & easy meals, using my new fave ingredient!

On Monday I made a gorgeous Chilli in the Slow Cooker. The crushed chillies add just enough spice. Its the perfect staple to keep in your spices cupboard.

To make, I threw the following into the crock pot:
250g Lean Beef Mince
Chopped Celery
Diced Garlic
Diced Onion
Sliced Mixed Peppers
Chopped Mini Corns
Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
Tin of Kidney Beans
A good helping of Schwartz Chilli Flakes.

I left it to cook all day. I thickened with a little tomato purée before serving.

This Chilli was super yummy. Plus, it’s totally healthy as i didn’t use any added salts or oils. Perfect!

On Tuesday I made a delicious Moroccan inspired Lamb Stew.

I’ve thrown the following into the crock pot:
300g Diced Lamb
Diced Celery
Diced Onion
Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
Handful of Dried Apricots
Fresh Coriander
Mixed Peppers Sliced
1 Tin Chick Peas
Crushed Garlic
A good Sprinkle of Schwartz Crushed Chillies

Both meals were utterly delicious, healthy & so simply to make. Making your won sauces tastes so much fresher than using a premed jar of sauce. This little jar of spices has gone so far & i still have loads left! Well worth the money!
Tonight I’ve used the chillies as a seasoning. I sprinkled on a pork loin & grilled, then served alongside a baked potato & salad.
This little jar of spices is so versatile & a total must have for any ingredients cupboard.
It’s amazing how eating healthy really lifts your mood & makes you feel so much more positive. I’ve loved how easy these meals were to make.
I can’t to try more recipes!
Thanks so much as aways for reading & I hope you’ve found my review useful.
Love & Huggles,
Hayley xxx
Schwartz have sent me Crushed Chillies for review, but all views are my own

Making Memories

20 May

Hi folks,

I love the month of May. Spring is everywhere & everything looks so beautiful… the weather is on the turn to sunnier times & it’s also mine & the hubsters Birthday month.

We always try to do something nice for our birthdays as they’re only 4 days apart. But when you have little ones in tow… plans have to change & adapt. This year we had the most amazing little break in the Yorkshire Dales in a stunning Georgian Cottage.

So… first of all… let me tell you about this simply beautiful cottage. Green Cottage is an elegant Georgian Cottage set on the green of one of Yorkshire’s most picturesque villages. It’s an ideal base to explore the Dales in any season. And… it’s 100% Family-friendly… that includes doggies too. A dog bed & bowl can be provided if needed. Our Coco is such a little diva though & likes her own little comforts – so we took her fave bed & mini food & water bowl… most dog bowls are big enough for her to bathe in lol.

The space itself:

The house is fully detached and set over three floors. Don’t worry thoughif you have little ones, then baby gates can be provided. Seth is 3 & Ted is 6 month so we very much need baby gates on the stairsso this was fab for us. They were already installed too!

Lower Ground Floor

  • Kitchen diner (featuring an extendable table to seat up to 6 guests and fully equipped with Rangemaster cooker, dishwasher, fridge with freezer shelf and microwave along with plenty of good quality cooking and baking equipment, glasses, crockery etc). Honestly…the kitchen has EVERYTHING you could possibly need. Even down to the colourful plastic kids crockery from IKEA that we all know & love & can’t live without! We ate in both nights… did ‘snacky food & we had sparkles… obvs

  • Utility room (with washer-dryer, iron and ironing board and a drying space for muddy boots and outdoor gear)There’s great tray there to stand your dirty shoes in there’s a radiator right underneath the coat rail too – so if you’ve gotten a little damp – everything will dry off.

  • Bathroom (with spa whirlpool bath, and toasty underfloor heating). The bath is utterly divine! I had visions of having an uninterrupted bubble bath with a glass of sparkles… but of course that lasted all of 5 minutes until Seth came bounding in lol. But that’s Mama Life for you!

Ground Floor

  • Living room (sofas to comfortably seat 5, log burner, digital Smart TV with Freeview, BBC iPlayer etc as well as lots of books, maps and games) we took our amazon fire stick with us & connected it to the WiFi. So we were able to watch Disney Life, Netflix & Prime. Please note that the play pen in the living room is ours & not part of the cottage.

  • Snug / third bedroom (large day bed which can be made up into full size single bed, second TV, desk)

  • Shower room (walk in monsoon shower with extra large enclosure, heated towel rail) There is also a toilet. It’s fab as there is literally a toilet on each floor. Essential for toilet training! Seth is totally dry now, but we’re still only in our first month of toilet training… so a toilet on hand is utterly essential lol.

First floor

  • Master bedroom (king size bed with deep, comfortable mattress, large wardrobe and antique dressing table) oodles of spaceLoads of room for a travel cot. A travel cot can be provided too if you don’t want to take one.

  • Twin bedroom (two full size single beds with pocket sprung mattresses, chest of drawers and clothes rail) a waterproof mattress cover can be provided too! Perfect!Please note that the bed guard rail is ours & not part of the cottage.

  • WC with basin (‘Jack and Jill’ style access from both upstairs bedrooms, ideal for families, or can be set up as en-suite for either bedroom)

Outside

  • Enclosed garden to rear and side, paved and gravel with outside seating, and a charcoal BBQ
  • Bike store (lockable for up to 5 bikes, can also be used as a pram store)
  • Direct access to the village green – a large expanse of grass free for all to stroll, sit or play
  • Play area visible from back gate – swings, slide, football posts etc. We spent quite a lot of time in the little play area. Seth loves a park. There’s also plenty wide open space to run around or to picnic. But, if you take your fur babies… please ensure you scoop that poop! There’s nothing worse than dog poop making the place dirty!

As you can see from above & from my photos… everything is catered for.

The bedding was so comfy!!! Egyptian cotton bed linen on all beds, 13.5 tog thick duvets (hypoallergenic and feather / down) and plenty of soft and fluffy Egyptian cotton towels. As you can see… Ted had to try out the king size bed lol.

There’s a welcome pack with all the basics for your first couple of days (loo rolls, hand soap, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin bags, tea towels and kitchen cleaning supplies) as well as tea, coffee, milk, bread and a few local treats. This was soooo nice!!! It just means that you don’t have to pack a lot of shopping. And it also means that it’s all ready for you to get the kettle straight on when you arrive… coz let’s face it… we all need that first brew when we arrive somewhere! Especially when you’ve had to sing Baby Shark & Old McDonald Farm all the way there lol.

 

Also… when we arrived there was a lovely big box of toys left out for Seth to explore, as well as plenty children’s books. There were even a few laid out on his bed for him. That was such a lovely touch & Seth was super excited!

So as well as a travel cot, baby gates & toys… the owners can provide a highchair – which Ted thought was VERY comfy & there is also a baby monitor. Oh & I did mention the plastic IKEA crockery, but there’s also a MAM Baby Cup too. Just so many little things that have been added to make your break so much easier! This cottage is really like a home from home.

For our furbabies, there is a lovely fluffy blanket provided & the use of a hose pipe outside to wash down those dirty paws.

 

Okay… so you’ve heard all about the gorgeous cottage… but what did we do while we were there? We investigated Settle. What a stunning little town. Seth particularly enjoyed The House That Jack Built. He got some lovely new Melissa & Doug toys. There are so many gorgeous shops, tea rooms & places to eat, to investigate. There’s also the Watershed Mill. It is absolutely stunning… the scenery is simply breathtaking. We popped there for a little bite to eat over lunch time.

We spent a lot of time playing on the green outside of the cottage & in the little park. We were only there for 2 nights… next time we’ll be booking for a week.

The cottage has a lovely organised folder of leaflets & places to visit etc… so helpful for when you’re planning days out.

This beautiful cottage is simply worth every penny. If you book before August & quote: “IxxyPoco” you will be given an exclusive discount. You can book a year in advance. So use that code before it runs out. Simply head to Green Cottage on AirBnB & send a message to the owners quoting my blog.

Thanks as always for reading & I hope you’ve been inspired to book yourself a lovely break away ❤️

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Weaning Must-Have, Teething Troubles and School Styling

13 May

Hi folks,

Can you believe we’re at the weaning stage already with Ted!? It feels like only yesterday that he was born. And yet here we are… already at the foodie stage.

Weaning can be so stressful. Finding foods & textures that your little one will entertain. Then there’s the worry of finger foods… I get so anxious in case they choke!

Of course weaning always feels less daunting when you have plenty of Nuby products on standby.

Stackable Bowls with Lids

These bowls are fantastic! In the pack you will get 4 bowls with lids & 2 spoons. The bowls are microwave safe & also dishwasher safe when used on the top shelf. They’re great for feeding on the go, as you can pop the lid back on to save any mess getting in your bag. They’re also perfect for food storage too!

Catch All Bib

The bib in this pic of Ted was actually Seth’s! So it’s already seen us through 1 weaning journey. Proof that Nuby products do stand the test of time!

This bib wipes down easily & also catches any foodie falls! It fastens with Velcro. This bib may be 3yrs old… but it’s still fantastic!

Titan Grip & Sip Cup

This little sippy cup is fab for getting your little one used to a cup from using bottles. The handles are great for little hands to be able to hold onto. It’s also non spill & it comes with a little lid too for keeping it clean & hygienic on the go.

Ted’s really enjoying trying to hold his own drink at the moment & this cup is great for that.

Wacky Teether

Any parent will tell you that teething is so upsetting & traumatic. Poor Ted has 2 teeth poking through on his bottom gum. He’s been so upset with himself. Luckily though, he’s gotten some relief with his Wacky Teether. It’s a lovely size for little hands to be able to grab on to.

With all of the different textures, it’s perfect for massaging sore gums. The crinkly fabric & bright colours will also keep them entertained too.

Ted loves his Wacky Teether!

Trendz Mini Backpack with Reins

Trendz Water Bottle

Seth has recently started Pre-School… he absolutely adores it! His Trendz Backpack has come in so handy. To avoid all that awful traffic, we walk to school. But with having the buggy too for Ted, I feel like I need several arms to be able to hold Seth’s hand & push the buggy.

With Seth being a ‘big boy’ he doesn’t always want to hold hands, so it’s great being able to attach the reins on to his bag & then keeping it on my wrist. It’s just a little reassurance that he’s not going to wander too far or jump into a road.

Inside the backpack – there is plenty room for spare clothes… we all know what it’s like during toilet training. There’s also a zip compartment inside as well as a big pocket.

The water bottle is a great size for school too & also has a push button that releases the drinking spout. Great for keeping it clean & hygienic. Its non-spill too!

It’s easy to wash – it’s dishwasher safe… Hoorah! And… it’s shatterproof! Durability is a must have when you have a rather boisterous 3 year old!

I do love Nuby products they just seem to make everything a little easier lol.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

I hope you’ve found my review helpful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Scorching Summer

3 Aug

Morning folks,

Wow… what a heatwave! I mean I know we’ve had some freak hail storms & some heavy down pours… but I think they’ve most definitely been needed. Our lawns have been so scorched from all this red hot weather. But, we have been out & about having so much fun in the sun – while staying safe of course… lots of sun block, hats & staying hydrated. And what better way than to use some of our new Nuby goodies!

As most of you know, Seth has started his football training with our fabulous local academy. He’s been staying on trend & hydrated with his new Super Slurp Blue Shark Cup The pop out spout is great for on the go slurping. It’s also bite proof which is great for any little ones still teething… we all know how bite happy they can be bless them. The bottle itself is super durable too made from crystal clear tritan from Eastman. So… don’t worry if it gets dropped or thrown in a tantrum.

One of our all time favourite cups is the classic 360° cup. From day one of Seth transitioning from bottles to cups, it’s been our favourite. He utterly adores his new Tritan Wonder No Spill 360° Cup with Car Design. It’s great for popping into your bag for on the go as it comes with a little lid to pop on the top. We don’t go anywhere without a trusty Nuby Cup… especially in this weather.

Here’s Seth enjoying a spot of still flavoured water at his Music Bugs Class. These cups are so easy to drink from for little ones, & they’re great for gearing them up to using a proper cup.

So… who says bath toys have to stay indoors? Not us! We’ve been playing with the new Robo Spinner Bath Toy in the garden. He’s been in the paddling pool & the water table. It’s so easy to clean too – so there’s no problem from going from pool to bath! And as with all Nuby products… he’s super durable & well made – so nasty sharp bits!

I hope you’re all having a fabulous Summer so far!

Love & Huggles & stay safe in this heat!

Hayley & Seth xxx

Resolutions, Health and Babies

8 Jan

Hi folks,

I just simply can’t believe that we’re already into 2018! Last year just went by so fast in a massive blur! I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas & New Year.

Our Christmas was simply amazing… lots of laughter, sparkles & food! Maybe a little too much food actually. I’ve gone back to basics today in a bid to lose 2 stone. I think coz my mind is the zone of healthy eating… I’m actually already feeling better. Mind over matter so they say. Healthy eating always makes me feel so much happier too.

In between Christmas & New Year, I had a few tests at Hospital. Luckily everything came back tip top 🙂 So I’ve literally skipped into 2018 with a clean bill of health. I’m hoping that maybe this could be the year that we add a new addition to our family. But I guess we’ll have to wait & see.

Until then though… we’ve added 2 new little darlings to our family… Tuna & Mayo 🙂 Seth’s new Goldfish.

Like most folk… I’ve started the new year with some new year resolutions. Now, I don’t like setting outrageous & unattainable resolutions… nor do I like the ‘New Year New Me’ saying… so here are my ‘realistic’ resolutions:

  1. Do more things for myself… what I mean by that is, that since Seth has been born I just don’t do anything as a treat just for me. I used to go out a lot & I used to have my nails done each month. All of that kinda faded away as I just put everything & everyone first. So, on Saturday I went to get my nails done all on my own. It was so lovely. I even made an appointment to have them done in 3wks time! Go me! I have to say that my separation anxiety has added to it too. Going out on my own just never feels right. But I think I’m slowly getting better with that.
  2. Be healthier. I’d love to lose 2 stone. I just really need to be the healthiest Mammy to Seth that I can be. I owe it to him to be the best version of myself that I possibly can.
  3. Be Positive. It’s no secret that I’m a positive thinker… and I plan on continuing that. Having a positive approach to life really does help to get you through the tough times.

I’m so excited to see what this year will bring. Last year we moved home & we didn’t anticipate that – but it was the best thing we ever did. I just love our home so much. Seth has more space to play. We’ve started to make plans for a little decorating. Nothing too in your face… just a nice freshen up with mostly neutral colours. I want to add a roller blind to the guest bedroom & new curtains. Then in the spare room, we want to re-paint & add a new curtain pole & curtains etc… Seth’s Room doesn’t need a spruce up since we did when we moved in. The same as our room… we did all the sprucing up & finishing touches as we moved in. We shall get there I’m sure.

My lovely frosty view this morning.

I’m hoping this year will also be the year that I pass my driving test. The first step will be to get my theory test booked in. I’ve started my manoeuvres… well… pulling up on the left & parallel parking. Eeeeck… I just can’t wait until I’ve actually passed.

I can’t believe that Seth turns two this year too. I just do not know where the time is going. Soon enough we’ll be putting the tree up for next Christmas lol.

Well I shall leave this post here as I’ve a mountain of laundry to do… fun times lol.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Nuby Goodies Make the Perfect Stocking Fillers 

15 Nov

Hi folks,

We’ve another gorgeous bundle of Nuby goodies to review. 

In our bundle we received:

It’s no secret that we simply adore our Nuby products. I don’t think we’d get through a day without them. The only cups Seth will use are from Nuby. Whilst out & about I always have a Nuby cup in my bag… whether it’s a 360° Cup or a Snack n’ Sip Cup… they’re fab! I’ve not had any pesky leaks either!


Seth is 20 month old now & very much getting used to using his cutlery. The Toddler Training Cutlery is fab! The handles are lovely & grippy & are shaped perfectly for chubby little hands & fingers to grab on to. For all they are metal, the ends aren’t sharp & pointy. So they’re just that wee bit safer. Unlike some plastic cutlery, these forks don’t bend with them being metal. Which in itself makes practicing with cutlery so much easier.


We’re all about making ‘munch-times’ – ‘fun-times’… & what could be more fun than snaffling your snacks from a Monkey Mat. The monkey mat is a suregrip product, so your little one won’t be able to lift it & launch it. Now that’s always good to know! Seth loves a plate with ‘sections’. I love this mat for lunch times. A cheese toastie, breadsticks & strawberries fit so perfectly… but I’m sure you’ll find your own winning combo’s.

The Snack n’ Sip Cup is fab for keeping some fruity snacks in. On top of the cup there is a 4.5oz snack keeper. We’ve been popping strawberries in ours. If you fill your cup with cold water, that’ll help to keep your strawberries nice & cool. It’s great for out & about… means you don’t need to carry a separate drink & snack pot! It’s 2in1!!! I’m all for making things more simple!

Bathtimes have been extra fun with our new Bathtime net! It’s been great for working on Seth’s hand eye coordination. He loves trying to find the sea creatures to catch. It’s also great for flicking water up at Mammy & Daddy too to give them a good soaking lol. Again, with a brand like Nuby, you never have to worry about sharp edges. This bathtime toy is so well made.

As always – we love trying & testing our Nuby products. The colours & designs are always spot on. Seth just loves all of his Nuby products. Whilst out & about – we quite often have people approaching us asking where we’ve bought his drinking cups etc…

I’ve added all of the shopping links you’ll need for browsing & purchasing these gorgeous products. Nuby make such lovely individual items that would be fab for any little stocking fillers. It’s also that time of year when you’re looking for the perfect present for your little ones little buddies. Something fun, nice & practical… yet not too expensive. Well, look no further than the Nuby website! And… it’s free delivery on all orders over £15!!! Now you can’t say fairer than that!

Happy browsing & happy shopping!

I hope you’ve found this review useful & I’ve given you some good stocking filler filler inspiration.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Quarantine Nightmares

22 Aug

Hi folks, 

Wowzers… what a looooong 2 weeks it’s been. Let’s start on a happy-ish note though…

So… 2 weeks ago me & the hubster had our first night away alone in 17 month. I had a major melt down the morning we had to leave… I was literally sobbing uncontrollably & had an awful anxiety attack. I’ve never hidden the fact that I suffer really badly with separation anxiety. Seth however doesn’t lol… but I guess that’s a good thing. It’s just really because I’m never not with Seth. I don’t even really have nights out or catch ups with friends on my own anymore. Something that my hubster has said I need to start doing. So… I’ve promised to start taking baby steps in that direction of having some ‘me’ time. Anxiety is an awful thing though… it makes you feel like you’re suffocating at that moment in time when it strikes. But… I’m getting there. 

So… we went to Chester for a family wedding which was absolutely gorgeous AND… I managed to slim into my beautiful size 14 dress for the occasion!!! 


The sparkles were flowing… the food was delicious… the venue was stunning & love was very much in the air. All in all it was a lovely weekend & I’m so glad that I went. It was a major achievement for me.

When we got home on Sunday I was literally just so excited to see Seth. But, Sunday evening I could just tell that he wasn’t right… my Mammy senses were tingling & telling me something wasn’t right. So… at 5am Monday morning it was a trip to A&E with a high temperature. It was confirmed he had a viral infection: Hand, Foot & Mouth. Then… Monday late morning… he got worse… so back we went for more medical advice. As well as the Hand, Foot & Mouth Seth had Impetigo. Both these things I’d only read about in parenting books. So he was given a weeks course of antibiotics & serum for his nose. Along with special creams for his baby Eczema that had become infected by the Impetigo. What an utter nightmare & completely heartbreaking. Also… the hubster was working away all that week in Berlin. Me & Seth literally spent the whole week watching Disney & snuggling. He was so poorly. It’s awful when you can’t wave a magic wand to make them better. 

After a week of quarantine Seth was starting to get back to his usual cheeky mischievous little self… when he took a downturn again. So off I went to see my GP to be told he now had tonsillitis 😦 I mean come on… can we please get a break!? So it’s back onto antibiotics. I am happy to say he’s doing much better now & will be finished the antibiotics Friday.  Coco has been watching over him closely.

You’re never going to believe this though… even after bleaching the house from top to bottom to kill the germs… even after using boiling water & dettol to clean all of Seth’s toys… the hubster has only gone & gotten tonsillitis & Hand, Foot & Mouth too!!! I think I may instal a decontamination shower in our lobby as people enter & leave. 

Looking on the bright side though… I guess it’s not like we’ve missed any good weather with being stuck indoors lol, because quite frankly the weather has been utterly appalling. I mean… have we even had a summer yet? 

We have had a spot good news – my hubster has been made course leader at the private university he works at – so I am an incredibly proud little wifey 🙂 


To be honest… I haven’t much more to add to my little catch up. Apart from that me & Seth are totally obsessed with Moana… it’s our new favourite Disney. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve watched it while he’s been poorly. 

Hopefully I shall be catching up soon with a way more fun & exciting blog post! 

I’ve some lovely reviews coming up about fantastic products from FrezyDerm UK, Crabtree & Evelyn, Nuby & Personal Planner.

Thanks so much as always for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx