Monday, 27 February 2017

Rambling Mummy Loves

Half term week has been and gone and the first week back to school has been even more exhausting but is coming to a close. I've been on the go 24/7 this week playing catch up but last week I couldn't have coped without...

Munchkin 360 Miracle Cup

In my near 15 years of being a parent I've never come across a cup that says non spill and is ACTUALLY non spill. This cup is fantastic! It's usually out with us on every journey, holds a good amount of water and is reasonably priced too.
http://bit.ly/2kvljN1

Frustration

The one day the kids decided that they wanted to stay home they asked to play board games and this was a firm favourite. We played this for hours and even Sofia played a round or two. It doesn't veer to much from the original concept and will bring out the competitive streak in everyone.
http://bit.ly/2loXi9u

Silver Crest Waffle Maker


Purchased on Wednesday by my 12 year old (he's wanted one for ages), this has provided hours of entertainment...and mess!
We've had pretty much every combination in his recipe book so far but it's proving a frugal and family friendly activity that all the family can get involved in(even if that does mean gaining a stone in a day!)
http://bit.ly/2kOXQm0


What have been your go to products this week?

                                                                            M xx

Monday, 20 February 2017

Weekly Meal Planner

So, normality resumes this week, which to be honest is a little bitter sweet for me as I enjoy our adventures. None the less, with normality comes our ram packed weekly schedule so keeping us focused is this weeks meal planner.

Monday
Spaghetti bolognese and homemade garlic bread.

Tuesday 
Sausage, mash and beans

Wednesday 
Lamb kofte, could cous and roasted veg

Thursday
Chicken and leek pie, roasted new potatoes and veg

Friday
Steak, fried mushrooms, sweet potato chips and salad

Saturday
I'm out so dinner will be up to Dad. Something that cooks from frozen in the oven in about 20 minutes would be my guess!

Sunday
A lovely lamb Sunday roast.

What's on your menu this week?

                                                                   M xx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

DIY Cinema Treats on a Budget

Anyone who knows me knows that if there's a discount, bargain or promo code to be had then I'll find it and my sons birthday treat was no different.
After years of every kind of party you can imagine, my 8 year old decided that he wanted to take a few friends to the cinema.
Like many cinemas in recent years, our local independent cinema allows you to bring in your own food and drink providing it's not hot food or alcoholic beverages.
With that in mind I knew I wouldn't want to spend what cinemas charge for a handful of popcorn, a carton of juice and a packet of sweets so I made my own.

I purchased some plastic popcorn boxes, popcorn, 3 different bags of sweets, a bag of lollies and 2 boxes of juice cups.
An hour before we were due to meat everyone, I filled the boxes with popcorn, sweets and the lollies and covered with cling film.
The kids faces when we gave them the filled popcorn boxes were a treat and needless to say, they went down a storm.
All of this cost a fraction of what it would have cost if I had of bought treats there so this makes me one very happy mummy.

Popcorn boxes x10 from Poundland 2 for £1
Fizzy laces from Poundland £1 per pack 
Maom stripes from Poundland £1 per pack
Sherbet straws from Poundland £1 per pack
Swizzles lollies from Poundland £1 per pack
Popcorn x2 tubs from Iceland  £1.75 each
Box of juice cups x2 from Iceland £1 for a box of 12

Total spend £14.50

With the items I bought there was enough to have 14 full boxes and a drink each and then there 10 drinks left over, LOADS of sherbet straws, a few fizzy laces and a few maom stripes. The popcorn boxes are reusable so that's a one time outlay so my spend per box was roughly £1.10 this time which I am over the moon about.

What do you take to the cinema to help keep costs down but still feel like you're indulging?

                                                                          M xx

Monday, 13 February 2017

Weekly Meal Planner

So this week it's half term! As much as I'm looking forward to all the fun activities I have planned, I also want to stay on track with the family meals...and not spend a fortune of takeaway and meals out.
Here's this weeks plan.

Monday
Pizza, wedges and salad

Tuesday
Beef stew, dumplings and homemade bread

Wednesday
Ham, egg and chips

Thursday
Cottage pie, yorkshires and seasonal veg

Friday
Slow cooker chicken tikka masala, pilau rice and salad

Saturday
Bacon, onion and mushroom pasta in tomato and basil sauce

Sunday
Minted lamb chops, roast potatoes, vegetables and stuffing(my kids have stuffing with everything!)

What's on your menu this week?

                                                              M xx

Friday, 3 February 2017

Rambling Mummy Loves

As you you will probably notice this weeks Rambling Mummy Loves post is different to usual. I've decided to keep the weekly post but instead of reviewing 3 products, I will be rambling about the things I couldn't live without this past week.

Silicone 360 shockproof Iphone case
I have had loads of orders for my personalised keepsakes this week so I have spent a hell of a lot of time painting. In the process, my phone has taken a battering. Fortunately I invested in a silicone 360 shockproof case and it has been amazing. It's wipe clean surface means I have been able to clean all of the paint of it with ease and the shockproof aspect has really been useful for the amount of times I've knocked it off the table! 



Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
I'm really trying hard to make an effort with my skin and it's really starting to pay off. Other than drinking litres of water a day I've started using my Nivea wash as part of my daily face care routine and it has made a huge difference. My skin is softer, brighter and has considerably less blemishes.


Ultra Fine Black Sharpie
This has literally been my best friend this week. From my bullet journal to shopping list, personalised keepsakes to signing the kids diaries, this pen has been practically attached. It doesn't smudge, doesn't bleed and writes on pretty much anything. Who doesn't love a Sharpie?

What have been your must haves this week?

M xx

Monday, 30 January 2017

Weekly Meal Planner

Being a big family, hiccups are expected but our weekend was absolutely horrendous. Despite everything going wrong, the one thing that didn't was our meals. Helping to keep us on track is this weeks meal planner.

Monday
Beef nachos 

Tuesday
Pork casserole

Wednesday
Pizza, garlic bread and salad 

Thursday
Spaghetti bolognese

Friday
Steak and chips

Saturday
Cottage pie and mixed veg

Sunday
Roast chicken dinner

What's on your menu this week?

                                          M xx

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Ikea Kids Kitchen Makeover

If you are the parent, carer, guardian or other of a small person then there is a 50/50 chance that you are the owner of an IKEA Duktig kitchen.
Every playgroup that I have visited with Sofia or play date she has had she has spent most of the time there ignoring all forms of company and playing with the toy kitchen so for us it was a no brainier that we would get her one for Christmas.
Despite the IKEA kitchen being value for money, sturdy and popular, I just knew that the standard kitchen was never going to do. With that in mind I set about gathering some ideas and armed with my mood board off I went to B&Q. Find out how I transformed Sofia's bog standard IKEA play kitchen into a kitchen prettier than mine!
                                 
I started off my removing all of the items from the box that I wanted to spray gold(handles, feet, cooker, washing up bowl, hanging hooks and pole. I laid them out on cardboard and gave them each an even coat of gold spray paint. Once dry this had to be repeated a couple of times to get an even finish.

Next I removed the oven, microwave and cupboard doors from the packaging and sanded each one down on both sides. Not a full on sanding but enough to take the sheen off the wood and give the paint a better base. Once done, we covered the edges of the windows on the microwave and oven doors with masking tape to avoid paint ending up on the Perspex. Now the bit I was dreading, paint one side of each door and leave to dry, repeat another 2 times and then do the same for the other sides so that both sides of each door have had 3 coats and you are happy with the finish. Don't forget the edges too!

I found covering the 'work surface' quite therapeutic. We opted for a wood effect sticky back vinyl. I measured how much roughly I would need(don't forget to allow for the overlap) and laid the work surface down. Slowly peel back a little of the backing paper and align with the wooden work surface. Once happy, slowly start to smooth the vinyl over the wood using a clean tea towel until the top is completely covered. Now turn the work surface over and where the holes for the washing up bowl and cooker are, you should see the sticky side of the vinyl. Carefully cut a 'x' through the exposed vinyl, towards the edges and then fold over so it adheres to the underside of the work surface. Once completed, it should look a little something like this...

Now the easy part, following the instructions in the box put the kitchen together!

I had a piece of foam board which I covered with a white washed exposed brickwork wallpaper sample and then attached that to the back of the kitchen using tacks. To finish of the look I purchased 3 battery operated push on lights and using the adhesive pads they come with, attached them to the underside of the microwave and hey presto....a kitchen fit for a princess!

All of the links to or info on products I used are below.
If you have up cycled a children's IKEA kitchen, I'd love to see it!

M xx