Quick Fat Free Soup

Need a soup fix with healthy contents for guilt free feeding? Well I did so I made this... 

All you need is a pan of boiling water and add 1 leak finely chopped, 1 onion finely chopped, 5 peeled potatoes chopped into small chunks, veg stock, a tin of mixed pulses, spinich! Once it's all soft and bubbling in the pan mash it up with your potato masher, add a sprinkling of black pepper and it's done! Oh the smell is divine!


Why I Run and How I Got Started

Running isn't something that I'm amazing at, and most times running feels like a chore! However, running helps with depression. The great feeling afterwards, feeling fitter and feeling like you have accomplished another goal makes running that "thing" that once you have done it, you want to do it again!

My body has started to tone up and it's helping with my weight loss. I'm now 13lbs lighter since summer. With my decision after the summer break to drop a lot of extra things in my life, running has become a part of my STAY FOCUSED way of thinking.

In February myself and the lovely PooleMamma started our weight loss regime walking for an hour at 12min per km a few times a week on an evening once the little people were tucked up in bed, naturally we became quicker and started jogging our way around for about 45 minutes. With no set target we carried this on for a long time. I became determined, as I started to feel fitter to try and hit my pre-children running target of 5K in 33 minutes and with this focus, it really has helped me to run better. I have yet to reach this target BUT at the end of September 2014 I decided to run 10k. With no set time to finish by, just the aim to run my first EVER 10k, I did it and cried like a crazy lady afterwards. It was such an emotional time. I felt amazing!

I love a 10k run because I have never had the pressure of a PB (personal best) but my 5k runs do! My 5k runs train me to become a quicker runner to improve my fitness and my 10k runs are focused on distance without passing out.

I now run on my own. I love running with someone though. Although I prefer not to talk whilst I run (i'm not fit enough to run and talk yet!) and I prefer to listen to my music to block out the sound of my awful loud breathing, running with someone keeps me going when the going gets tough.

I aim to run 10km each week in the hope to tone up and burn off extra calories so those glasses of red wine don't feel so bad!

My inspiration? My wonderful friend and work colleague Katy Godbeer

The determination, hard work and the positive attitude really is infectious!

Now when friends tell me that they would like to run but can't, I tell them to follow the couch to 5k app and just start off slowly. There's nothing wrong with running a couple of times a week short distance, it's the fact that you're getting out and doing it! Believe me, it will get easier! It didn't happen over night with me. 

Sunday Run On The Beach

Some Sundays are crazy busy with birthday parties and some Sundays are made for family down time. Today is perfect.

Starting the day with a 5k run along the beach promenade whilst Nevie rode her bike and Myla rode her scooter. The first 3km was successful but the last bit was hard as Myla was tired and thirsty.

Whilst daddy and Matilda played on the beach at the finishing line, it felt just too far away for a thirsty Myla. She did well and we completed our run in under 40 minutes. This is no PB but a happy run with my children.

We had a beautiful view and plenty of fresh air! Oh they all enjoyed icecream! (Not for me)

We came home to the smell of a cooked Gammon joint, some play time and I had a warm soak in the bath. 

Roast dinner served up for a lovely Sunday lunch followed by a film snuggled on the sofa.

The only thing left to do is to get our roller skates on for a family roller skate disco which is just up the road. Oh this will be funny! I think it's been about 15 years since I got my skates on. 

I feel so blessed today though. 

I feel happy.


Meal Planning Monday

Meal planning Monday ... Errrr Wednesday! I'm a little late with this post.


Monday - pizza, chips and treat night due to Slimming World weigh in (this means bread!!) 

Kids: cheesy pasta with meat balls on top

Grown ups: roast chicken, steamed veg and rice

Wednesday - jacket potatoes and baked beans for all!

Kids: bacon, soft cheese and sweet corn pasta with boiled potatoes

Grown ups: fish with steamed veg and boiled potatoes

Friday - jacket potatoes with beans and sausages on top for all!

Saturday - hot dog night!

Sunday - roast dinner


Halloween Printed Paper for Crafting

As you may (or may not) know I have worked in the PR industry for a little over 10 years now and it was the best industry I could have chosen to be a part of. I wasn't crafty to start with BUT that didn't stop me from believing and doing!

For me, crafting is pretty much like reading a book. You're taken on a journey of escapism and you can tell a story with your work.

As part of my journey of blogging I will be adding more craft to the mix. I talk about being mummy a lot but there is more to me than meets the eye. I craft. I love to wear make-up, wear heels, read books, go running and eat healthily and I also adore my job as a PR. I don't feel like I talk about all these other things enough.

So here is a little post on craft.

docrafts.com offers free pretty patterned papers that can be downloaded from their website onto your computer and printed off at home ready to use. There are heaps to chose from just look!

Yes you have to use coloured ink BUT it's worth it and it's a great way to get the kids crafting at home, offering papers for crafting at parties and not forgetting us grown ups, I love them to add to my collection to use for when scrapbooking my family photographs. I get plenty of photo opportunities with having three little girls who love dressing up!

Here is a link to their Halloween download.


"Why doesn't anyone want me back to their house to play?"

Last night my eldest daughter, whom is in Year 1 at First school burst into tears after hearing me tell my middle daughter that she has been invited to a friends house after school for dinner next week.

"I want to go! I want to go" she wailed. I was taken aback by this.

When I explained why she couldn't she just sat on her bed and cried " Why doesn't anyone want me back to their house to play? All my friends go to each other's houses after school. What's wrong with me? I'm not a horrible person. I'm kind. Why do my friends not want me to play at their houses? Nobody must like me any more!"

My goodness my heart shattered. I wanted to cry for her. I sat and explained that Myla is in Reception and so her new friends want to get to know her. That it's all new to Myla, and that she did the same in Reception.

A childs mind takes in a lot. At the age of 5 Nevie began to get sensitive and discover emotions. She doesn't like anyone being horrible to each other, she cries at films and now she has become sensitive with friends. A new milestone for me.

Her upset keeps playing on my mind.


Love The Little Things

I have decided to start taking part in some Linkys because I miss the blogging community. I have always felt happiest when blogging and I began to slip away from my blogging roots. So, I have given up all those other things that were blocking my head space so I can focus on the things i'm good at; blogging, family and my in-house PR job.

Okay so here goes. I am taking part in the But Why Mummy Why linky this week.


I never get the chance to read but this week I have managed to read blogs and Twitter. It's really nice getting involved with the community again.

I have also spent many days after work reading books with my children which is really nice. It was Book Fair at school this week and my middle daughter was so excited about buying The Lost Puppy.


Lewis. Oh I love watching Lewis and it's been a while since I have. I finally got to start catching up on Eastenders. Getting to watch TV in my house isn't easy but then they ruined it with the rape story and I am NOT a fan of those story lines so decided to stick the Lewis box set back on. The new series is on tonight and I have chosen to stay in, with new Lewis and my laptop!


Love charity shops!


A great talk at my first visit to our local church. It was a talk that I think was made for my first visit there! About life's worries, anxiety, appreciation. The talk was by a friend of mine that has been going to the church for a while, after being asked by a friend about 15 times! She was an amazing speaker. I heard words that I think were meant for me.


Hmmmm I managed to make a To Do list at work and then totally sunk in my chair when I realised how deep i'm swimming doing part time hours. I considered at that point about working 5 days a week in school hours, but then freaked out about Matilda being put in nursery another two days, the even bigger childcare bill and then cover for half terms and holidays So then that evening I MADE myself a glass of wine.

And Lastly...

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” 
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Rachel Stevens launches new charity campaign for Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser

Rachel Stevens, celebrity mum of two and new ambassador of Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser, launched the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation charity campaign in central London today, by donating the first blanket to the cause.

The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation aims to promote the dangers of bacteria on blankets and highlight the shortage of baby blankets available to infants born to disadvantaged families.

Dettol and Rachel are encouraging mums across the UK to “keep the memories, not the bacteria” by donating a blanket via Freepost and sharing their special recollections and photographs of their babies’ blanket on social media. Once collected, the baby blankets will be hygienically washed with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser before being re-distributed by Dettol to families in need.

Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser has also pledged to donate £1 for every blanket collected to
children’s medical research charity, Sparks, to raise much needed funds for UK families with children who are affected by serious illness or disability.

Every minute of every day, approximately 50 babies are born into poverty and will experience conditions lacking basic essentials including hygienically clean blankets. Poor hygiene conditions can contribute to illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration.

Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol - on washed blankets donated by volunteer mums - show that baby ‘blankies’ carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40°C wash with a third of the washed blankets harbouring coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces. Dettol is hoping to raise awareness of this research as well as donate much needed funds to support children’s health.

Rachel commented: “The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation really resonated with me as a mum. I
remember bringing my girls home for the first time in theirs and what a special time that was. Many babies across the world will never get the chance to experience the comfort of a warm, clean
blanket. That’s the reason why I’m supporting the campaign, asking mums to donate blankets to
those in need so that those babies don’t miss out.”

Zillah Bingley, Chief Executive at Sparks, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this exciting campaign.

By working together with Dettol we can make sure more children are born healthy and stay healthy.

One in 30 babies in the UK is born with a condition which may affect them for life. Yet, each year less than £10 per child is spent on research into children’s health. Sparks funds pioneering research to change this. Our medical breakthroughs improve the health of thousands of children but this is only possible thanks to the generous support of individuals and families across the UK.”

Blanket donations will be collected until the end of December. Memories can be shared with
@DettolBlanket #sharethememories or on Dettol’s Mission for Health Facebook page. For full details on how to donate please visit www.dettol.co.uk/donate


Win Tickets To Crafts For Christmas At NEC

Working in the Craft Industry comes great perks, and for me it's being involved with craft shows, especially the festive themed ones! I love working these shows.

I have got 10 tickets to give away which admits 2 adults into the Crafts For Christmas show (and Hobbycrafts and Art Materials Live) 6-9th November at the NEC in Birmingham.

I'm afraid I can't cover the cost of travel BUT you will win tickets to get in and shop :-)

The popular Crafts for Christmas show offers visitors a more relaxed way of Christmas shopping! Here you can focus on enjoying the shopping experience - avoiding the hassle of the high street - and finding something a bit different for your family and friends from over 200 exhibitors.