• Motherhood,  Thankful

    My baby turns TWO

    Logan is two. My baby is two. It’s a funny feeling to think about how fast the last two years have gone but at the same time how it’s hard to imagine life without Logan. It amazes me how much our children learn in such a small amount of time in comparison to us. It blows my mind to think of how far Logan has come in two years and how much more grown up he seems to be every day. He’s independent, loving, stroppy, brave, curious and cheeky. He loves to climb, be chased, play with cars and animals. He walks around the house in my shoes. He can’t…

  • Motherhood

    Pregnancy 2.0

    Baby Imbrey number 2, due 5th May 2019. Pregnancy this time round has not been the same as it was with Logan – not in the way that everyone tells you how each pregnancy is so different but more that it’s not felt as exciting having gone through it all before. It’s felt more like – here we go again! – is it awful to say that I got fed up of pregnancy really early on this time round? It doesn’t feel like an adventure or something I want to follow apps on or read articles about…it’s exhausting and dragging on and is just delaying me from meeting my baby!…

  • That's thrifty!

    Three reasons why chocolate spread is the best!

    Some people might think that chocolate spread is just for kids, others might say it’s just for breakfast time or for pancake day. I say chocolate spread is delicious, versatile, for all ages and all days; it’s the best and here’s three reasons why. Icing – In the past when I’ve whipped up some brownies or a sandwich cake I’ve suddenly discovered that I don’t have enough icing sugar or butter or cocoa powder to make an icing/filling…nightmare! I soon learnt that this is no issue and definitely no reason to need to go out and spend more money – dig out the chocolate spread from the cupboard. It’s easy…

  • That's thrifty!

    Spring cleaning the baking cupboard

    It’s the first of March – Spring is upon us! I found this beautiful flower at the back of my garden, I have no idea what it is but it made me happy that flowers are back. The place I’ve started with for my spring cleaning is, believe it or not, my baking cupboard – I couldn’t believe how many bags of ground almond I had stashed away! Mess and disorganisation annoy me and for this reason the cupboard really needed sorting but what’s great about clearing out your baking cupboard is that you get to eat the outcome *yum* I’m seven months pregnant and running around after an almost…

  • It worked for me,  Motherhood

    One weekend, two toddler milestones!

    Let me tell you the story of a twenty-two month old and the two big toddler milestones that he breezed through in just one weekend. One proud and relieved mama right here. Boast post *alert* The Nap – It was a Friday afternoon and it had been a long week. Logan had had his lunch and it was time to make our way upstairs for his nap, which equals me having some peace and quiet eating my lunch alone and indulging in some ‘One Born Every Minute’. After an hour and a half of hearing chattering, clunks and bangs through the baby monitor and three attempts at trying to tuck…

  • That's thrifty!

    Three student meals you should welcome back into your life

    Just because something is cheap and basic, doesn’t mean that it can’t be good! When you’re living on a shoestring and pinching the pennies wherever you can, the kinds of recipes that are targeted at students can come in really handy. It’s funny how they target them at students – I was never poor as a student. What with the student loan and working part time in a restaurant and generally being careful and clever with my money, being a student was probably one of the wealthiest times I’ve had – it’s all been downhill since! Below are three basic, cheap but delicious meals that I’ve been making lately to…

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  • Don't buy - DIY!

    Two Easy Upcycling Projects

    One of the things I love to do when I have the time and resources is to upcycle. Our house is filled with treasures found in charity shops or rescued from being thrown out. I love creating personal furniture and decor. Grab your face mask, sander, chalk paint and a vision for beauty and unique and you’ve got yourself a project! I’ve worked on large items of furniture such as sideboards and dressers, medium-sized items such as bedside tables and smaller things like glamming up used tin cans and jam jars. There are two easy upcycling projects I wanted to share with you. One, an old piano stool – bringing…

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  • About me,  I recommend...

    Meanwhile in Portugal…

    On this cold February Monday I’m reminded of (and slightly envious of) the fact that five months ago my parents moved to Portugal ☀️ They moved to start a new work, ministering to ministers, providing the facilities for overworked, underpaid, tired and weary full time church workers a free holiday in the sunshine! Their charity which, through people’s generous donations, allows them to do this is called 6:31 Refreshment Ministries. The name and concept is based on a verse from the bible – Mark 6:31 – where Jesus urges his disciples to ‘come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while’. There is a need for us…

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  • About me

    That time I turned 30

    Turning 30. Third decade. Big step, society tells you. It’s scary, society tells you. I really didn’t care about turning thirty but then I started to care about the fact that I didn’t care…people make out that it’s super scary and a big deal! That was fifteen months ago. Now I’m just a ‘thirty-something’ getting on with each day as it comes. It’s always fun to look back though… I didn’t really want to do anything big or ‘special’ but in the end I had a fair few celebrations, which was really nice. My mum was staying the week before my birthday so it was great to have a temporary…

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