Wednesday, 27 April 2016

My Pregnancy Update

I've just realised that I've not very long left of this pregnancy, and I haven't made a post about it in a while.
I wanted to do a nice simple post so I've decided to write 20 facts about my pregnancy so far! 

1. I am 31 weeks pregnant tomorrow! 
2. I am having my 3rd girl
3. I didn't have any morning sickness
4. I haven't had any heartburn 
5. I have rather bad sciatic pain in my left leg
6. I have had 4 scans 
7. This pregnancy started off a twin pregnancy and is now a singleton
8. I feel like a whale
9. I am still working. I have another 4 weeks left of work
10. I have an anterior placenta
11. I haven't heard baby's heartbeat at all during this pregnancy 
12. I am classed as a low risk pregnancy
13. I plan on having a water birtg
14. I plan on having my partner and my mum as my birthing partners. This is the first time my mum has ever been at a birth other than her pregnancies
15. My craving has been McDonald's cheese burgers
16. Baby doesn't currently have a name 
17. I still don't 100% believe this baby is a girl
18. I have had 4 midwife appointments and seen a total of 7 midwives during them
19. I can't say I ever got the "pregnancy glow"
20. I am going to miss being pregnant! 

Anyone else currently pregnant or have children? Would love to hear 3 facts about your pregnancies?


Friday, 22 April 2016

The Essentials in my Fridge

These are the essentials I have in my fridge to feed my growing family of 4 (soon to be 5)!

Milk.

Full fat and semi skimmed. There's usually 2 x 6 pints of milk on the go at one time. This will last around a week!

Cheese.

Usually cheddar however could be any hard cheese, this is ALWAYS in my fridge!
I usually also keep a tub of cheese spread and a tub or two of soft cheese. 

Yogurts.

Currently, there are 12 petit filous, 4 muller lights and 6 chocolate mouses. I don't expect these to last long either.


Fruit.

The fruit kept in my fridge is usually grapes, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. 
We also have a fruit bowl that has a constant stock of bananas, apples, pears and oranges!
I have 2 little fruit monsters!

Eggs.

I have to admit we either demolish a dozen eggs or I don't use them. They're very hit and miss. But I always have them in!
Boiled eggs, dippy eggs, scrambled eggs and fried eggs all go down a treat! Don't forget omelettes either!

Although these aren't in my fridge, a few pantry essentials we have include tinned meatballs, tinned tuna, tinned sweetcorn, bread, porridge and dried pasta.

Would love to know what you deem essentials for your fridge? :D

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

3 Family recipes to make with pasta!

Mince is one of the favourite meats in this house for dinner!

This is a list and quick recipes of our top 3 pastarecipes that are 3 year old and 9 month old friendly and bursting with vegetables!


1. Lasagne


Ingredients:
250g beef mince
250g mushrooms (sliced)
284ml double cream
1 large egg
175g cheddar (grated)
9-12 pasta lasagne sheets
300g jar roasted vegetable sauce

Method:

Fry the mince until browned in a large pan.

Add the mushrooms and vegetable sauce to the pan and stir.
Use a high heat until sauce bubbles and then lower down to simmer for 25-30 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 180'C/ Gas mark 4

While the mince is simmering, whisk the egg, cream and apx 125g of the cheese to make the white sauce.

Preboil water in a kettle.
Part cook the lasagne sheets for 5 minutes.

Layer the mince, lasagne sheets and white sauce over 2 - 3 layers (dependent on size of dish).

Pour remaining cheese sauce over the top of the lasagne and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Spread evenly.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until bubbling.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes and then serve!


2. Tuna Pasta Bake


Ingredients:
2 tins of Tuna (drained)
1 tin of Sweetcorn (drained)
400g dried pasta
1 tuna pasta bake sachet
milk (as instructed in sachet)
50g cheese (grated)
1 packet ready salted crisps (crushed)

Method:

Boil water and put pasta to cook in a large pan.

While pasta is cooking, mix tuna, sweetcorn and packet sachet (made up as instructed) and mix together.

Once pasta is cooked drain the pasta then mix the pasta and the sauce together in the pan and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Pour into an oven proof dish and sprinkle cheese and crushed crisps on top and bake for a further 15 minutes.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes and serve.
Goes lovely with a side of mixed vegetables!

Maybe get a bit adventurous and add peas, broccoli, cauliflower or other vegetables into the tuna and sweetcorn mix!

3. Three Cheese Pasta


Ingredients:
400g dried pasta
1 tub of soft cheese
100g cheddar cheese (grated)
50g red Leicester (grated)
Dash of milk

Method:

Boil water and put pasta to cook in large pan.

While pasta is cooking, mix all other ingredients together in a pan and cook until sauce is a thick consistency. If too thick, add more milk and cook through.

Drain off pasta and mix cheese sauce into large pan.

Cook for another 5 minutes to heat and mix completely through and voila!

Maybe add some ham into the mix if you're feeling adventurous!
Chopped peppers, mixed vegetables, mushrooms, chicken chunks, pepperoni... the list goes on!
This is the simplest pasta we make! and it goes down a treat!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

5 Family places to visit in the UK

After doing lots of research on the best places to take the family, I decided that these were the top 5!
A range of different price ranges from £14 - £50+ for an adult ticket (correct prices as of 18/04/2016) there's something for everyone on this list!

1. Legoland Windsor

Location: Windsor
Price: Adult - £50.40, Child - £46.20


2. National Space Centre

Location: Leicester
Price: Adult - £14, Child - £11, Children under 5 - Free


3. Harry Potter World

Location: Leavesden
Price: Adult - £35, Child - £27, Children 4 and under - Free


4. BeWILDerwood

Location: Norfolk
Price: Adult - £15.50, Child - £13.50, Child under 92cm - Free


5. Diggerland

Location: Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire
Price: Adult - £19.95, Child under 90cm - Free

Monday, 18 April 2016

Real Nappy Week 2016

 Seeing as it's real nappy week this week, I thought I would make a post about the pro's and con's of cloth nappies and disposable nappies.

Most of the posts I see are very one sided so I thought I would do a post that showed both sides of the story.

I have used both cloth and disposable for both of my girls and will also for my 3rd.

I found this article which I thought you would all love to read!


Source: https://www.fix.com/blog




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