🌳 I would love to live in the countryside, by vast woodlands & coastal paths. It’s the dream. However, I forget just how much beauty there is just outside my door.

This little woodland, for example, is full of life & only a 30 second walk from my house. I find it calming & I just love taking slow walks through here. Listening to the birds!

I’ve promised myself to get more steps in, and appreciate natures little pockets that I live near. After all, it can only make me appreciate the countryside whenever we do find our dream home.

Do you forget about the pockets of nature near you?

#mummyphotoaday ~ steps

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Making memories 🥳

This was Isla’s first family selfie using her birthday present. She loves taking photos and I can see her following in Daddy’s footsteps when she’s older. She’s very creative.

We’ve managed to spread out Isla’s birthday celebrations over an 8 day period. Perfect if you ask me. She’s loved it!

Anyone love taking photos? Of everything? All the time?

#mummyphotoaday ~ memory

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And she’s jumping into her birthday like…

💙💗 We had a super fun time at the trampoline park tonight, hot dogs and slushies. Cupcakes and sweets. Then to the park to burn off the sugar high and cool them down a little.

It was lovely to see them all playing and having fun… Isla loved it. I learn so much from her, how to let go and how to have fun. She’s my little ⭐️.

I cannot believe my baby is 10 tomorrow 😭 I want my baby girl back with her diddy feet.

What’s your favourite memory of the newborn stage?

#mummyphotoaday ~ learn 

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My favourite skies are deep with blue and white fluffy clouds scattered about too. I visualise patterns and shapes in the clouds just for fun… it’s amazing this planet that lives under the sun!

I’m doing my bit to look after the planet; walking where I can, compost, I don’t eat meat or fish, using less water and getting rid of single use plastic.

I want to keep seeing the beautiful views and making cloud patterns and shapes. Do you do that when the sky is full of white fluffy clouds?

#mummyphotoaday ~ skies & pattern

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With it being my little babies 10th birthday in one week, it’s making me reflect on all the fun adventures and activities we’ve had over the years.

This is one of my favourite photos from April 2015. Isla was not quite 4 here and Noah is 5. They’re soo tiny. I remember Noah trying to explain to Isla what they’d be doing back at the holiday cottage.

They’ve always been very active. In fact I think they were more active when they were younger! 😂

Do you go through photos of your little ones when approaching their birthdays? 💜

#mummyphotoaday ~ activities 

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Our Sunday looked a lot like this. A lovely dog walk in the woods and beautiful villages. Chocolate box cottages and wild animals everywhere.

We even saw low flying planes at the Shuttleworth Air Show. It was amazing.

3 generations out on our walk today; Nanna, me, my sister & Isla. There was also 3 generations of doggy!

We had a quick pub stop for a drink and back to Nanna’s for a yummy roast dinner.

I love walking. I wish I could walk and explore all day everyday. Fresh air and beautiful scenery!

How did you spend your Sunday?

#mummyphotoaday ~ fresh

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A creamy and dreamy Halloween SKIPPY® Peanut Butter Snack

A creamy and dreamy Halloween SKIPPY® Peanut Butter Snack

I just love getting creative and Halloween lends itself to a lot of chances for this. I made these yummy peanut butter and jam cupcakes using our household favourite SKIPPY® Peanut Butter. You can decorate them as spookily as you wish. VIEW the POST

Amazing vegan peanut butter and banana pancake recipe

Amazing vegan peanut butter and banana pancake recipe

We absolutely love American-style SKIPPY® Peanut Butter and jumped at the chance to try them in a new recipe for Pancake Day. We love trying new things and this recipe is vegan, we have extended Veganuary as we are enjoying using less dairy. This recipe uses no eggs and dairy free milk. This is my vegan peanut butter and banana pancake recipe.  VIEW the POST

An easy family fruit scone recipe with Tala

Tala recently challenged Isla to bake scones and she jumped for joy. She loves scones and she loves baking. We filmed her baking and talking about the ingredients, Isla chose a fruit scone recipe. She does make me laugh with her funny actions with the spatula and silly voices. I think she was in her element. She might have found her calling: Baking with Isla. Check out my IGTV for Isla’s baking video.

Celebrate #SKIPPY4July with America’s SKIPPY® Peanut Butter

Celebrate #SKIPPY4July with America’s SKIPPY® Peanut Butter

To celebrate Independence Day in the UK, I couldn't think of a better way than to celebrate with the USA’s famous SKIPPY®Peanut Butter. We made an American themed lunch and incorporated it into our homeschooling. We have some good friends from America and we love discussing the different holidays celebrated in the USA and UK. We made our very own #SKIPPY4July. VIEW the POST

#recipe Fluffy chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

#recipe Fluffy chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

We love baking with peanut butter, Easter is usually a celebration for baking in our house. This year we have been baking everyday since March 23rd and so we are finding fun recipes that we haven't tried before. You may have seen our peanut butter and jam cupcake recipe, well this one is peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes. Yummy. VIEW the POST

Making Mum the perfect Gin cocktail for Mother’s Day #recipe

Making Mum the perfect Gin cocktail for Mother’s Day #recipe

I love this VonShef Boston Cocktail set, it's stylish in the brushed gold look and it comes with a recipe book that has some delicious cocktails in it. As Gin is my favourite tipple, I chose the Cucumber Cooler cocktail recipe and it is delicious. It's the perfect drink to rustle up on Mother's Day. VIEW the POST

Top 5 recipes that take under 30 minutes to cook

Top 5 recipes that take under 30 minutes to cook

Strapped for time? Don’t fancy slaving away in the kitchen for long? Check out these five delicious recipes which can be cooked in 30 minutes flat. And when we say 30 minutes, we mean 30 minutes from start to finish – or even less. That’s faster than ordering a takeaway! VIEW the POST

Vegan gravy for Christmas dinner

Vegan gravy for Christmas dinner

Vegan gravy for Christmas dinner - This is the most delicious vegan gravy, in fact gravy, I have ever eaten. You must try it! - onions, carrots, celery, dried porcini mushrooms, olive oil, bay leaves, rosemary, red wine / port, cranberry sauce, Plain flour, Marmite, Tomato puree, red wine vinegar, vegetable stock , Peel the onions, then roughly chop along with the carrots, celery and porcini. ; Place in a large pan over a medium heat with a splash of oil and the herbs. Fry for around 25 minutes, or until turning golden, stirring occasionally. ; Add the wine and cranberry sauce, and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes, or until sticky and caramelised. ; Stir in the flour, then add the Marmite, tomato purée and vinegar. ; Pour in the stock, then bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for around 10 minutes, or until thickened and reduced.; Pass ...

#Recipe – Peanut butter cupcakes with a surprise

#Recipe – Peanut butter cupcakes with a surprise

SKIPPY® sent us two tubs of their yummy Peanut Butter: Extra Crunchy and Creamy. We love Peanut Butter cupcakes, funnily enough I can't eat it out of the jar (unlike my husband). It is delicious in cupcakes and muffins. So, Hubby has been making Super Chunky toast, whilst I have been busy baking. This is my fun recipe with a surprise centre! Can you guess what is inside? VIEW the POST

Kebab sticks and vegetable burger

Kebab sticks and vegetable burger

Kebab sticks and vegetable burger - - Kebab Sticks: an onion (chopped into big chunks), pepper (chopping into big chunks), courgette (chopping into big chunks), mushrooms (quartered ), Vegetable burger: brioche bun, Halloumi, aubergine (about 1 cm thick), mushrooms (sliced), tomato, rocket, Kebab sticks: Cut the courgettes, peppers, mushrooms and onions in sizeable pieces ; Add to the kebab sticks and drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and cracked pepper and oregano ; Grill in the ultimate grill, on high, for a few minutes until golden brown; Vegetable burger: Slice the halloumi and aubergine into 1cm thick slices and drizzle with a little olive oil and season ; Slice the mushrooms; Grill the vegetables for a few minutes, on high, until golden brown; Grill the Halloumi, on high, for about 45 seconds; Grill the Brioche bun, on high, for about 20-30 seconds; Stack it up, adding tomato and ...

The indoor BBQ – Autumnal vegetarian burger #TurnOnYourCreativity #GrilledByBreville

The indoor BBQ – Autumnal vegetarian burger #TurnOnYourCreativity #GrilledByBreville

I love quick and simple food, that can be cooked in minutes and tastes delicious. In a busy, working, family it is essential.  So when I was asked to team up with Breville to create a tasty quick meal, I couldn't resist. I cannot turn down a challenge and this one was a lot of fun - I was asked to make a one minute video showing you how to recreate my little indoor BBQ. So I thought of my favourite vegetarian burger and hey presto. VIEW the POST

How to make an award winning Waffle tastic breakfast!

Andrew James has added a fabulous volcano waffle maker into his fabulous baking range. It literally makes the largest volcano shaped waffles, which are yummy! We love to break them up and cover them in fruit, syrup and cream. Delicious for breakfast and the maker is award winning, so why not tell the kids you’re making an award winning breakfast? 

Easy waffle batter mix

Easy waffle batter mix

This is a fabulous batter mix recipe, perfect for waffle makers or those making waffles a different way. It is yummy! VIEW the POST

#recipe Royal Crown cookies

#recipe Royal Crown cookies

What with the Royal Wedding last weekend, it totally inspired us to get baking. Isla and I made these cute Royal crown cookies whilst we watched the Royal Wedding footage. I based the cookies on our Monster Inc recipe as they are really tasty and great for decorating. I hope you like them...  VIEW the POST

Cooking vegetarian with HelloFresh recipes this Spring

As many of you know I am not very creative in the kitchen. If you said to me can you cook “cottage pie“, I would be able to do it. If you said to me “can you cook dinner tonight”, I would panic. I wouldn’t be able to think about what recipe to choose, what goes well with each other. That’s where HelloFresh comes in and their extensive range of recipes. 

A Num Noms kind of Chocolate Cake #Nationalchocolatecakeday

A Num Noms kind of Chocolate Cake #Nationalchocolatecakeday

What better way to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day (27th January) than to bake our very own chocolate cake. Inspired by Isla's love of Num  Noms. We received a hamper of goodies to decorate our cakes and a Series 4 deluxe pack of Num Noms. Isla was very, very excited. Below is Isla's creation (one vegetarian and one not):  VIEW the POST

“Have a Mary Berry Christmas” gift ideas and banana loaf recipe

“Have a Mary Berry Christmas” gift ideas and banana loaf recipe

I couldn't help but sing have a Mary Berry Christmas to myself when I started writing this review. I have really missed Mary Berry in Great British Bake Off this year, so seeing this new range cheered me up. I Just Love It have a personalised Mary Berry collection with everything from mugs to bread bins. Everything for the bake off/baking fan this Christmas. VIEW the POST

Creating that Autumnal theme in the kitchen with Wayfair #Recipes

Wayfair challenged me to spruce up my kitchen ready for Autumn. I love a challenge and especially ones like this where you get to make a real difference to a room. Trending colours for Autumn are orange and teal, two of my favourite colours and that inspired the products I chose. Great products at great prices. Don’t forget to check out my family friendly recipes below too…

#Recipe – Rye hot cross bun loaf

#Recipe – Rye hot cross bun loaf

Did you know that the government recommends we eat 30g of fibre a day? One way to do this easily is to up the intake of Whole Grain. I am a big fan of overindulging at breakfast time, when I do eat breakfast that is. When I came across this hot cross bun loaf, I just couldn't resist it. It's a great family friendly breakfast recipe too. It is really yummy with margarine at breakfast, or a nice dollop of Jam. Don't forget the cup of tea too! VIEW the POST

Cooking with the kiddies and fun recipes in Ella’s Kitchen recipe book

Cooking with the kiddies and fun recipes in Ella’s Kitchen recipe book

I love cooking with the kiddies and when we were sent the new Ella's Kitchen Easy Family Cookbook, we had to try out some fun recipes. Ella's Kitchen challenged us to make our favourite recipe from the book and the kiddies found it so much fun. The orange cookbook is one of 4 in the range and they are brilliant for kids and people like me, who have no idea what to cook for dinner! VIEW the POST

A Spring time vegetarian stew #CookinginStyle

I was asked by belling.co.uk to think of a recipe that reflects my own unique cooking style. I love cooking recipes where it can be thrown into a stew pot or wok and left to simmer over hours, developing a tasty sauce that is perfect for dipping a tiger loaf into. So it didn’t take me long to think about my new favourite vegetarian stew recipe, which you can put a Spring twist on too now that the weather is warming up a little. 

Dr Oetker sugar and spice Easter nest biscuits #recipe

Dr Oetker sugar and spice Easter nest biscuits #recipe

This is a brilliant recipe for adding a little spice and fruit to your Easter baking. I like the recipe as it's a subtle drop of spice and yummy currants, the decoration is fun for the children and you can have these finished off within the hour. Isla enjoyed decorating the biscuits and eating the chocolate icing too, who wouldn't? Dr Oetker have many Easter recipes online if you want to try some Easter baking with the children this weekend. VIEW the POST