Reasons why you should love winter

Hey readers,

So it is currently pouring down and the wind is blasting my hair around. It has been like this for several days and it can get more down with all the greyness. So, I thought it would be good to write some positive reasons why Winter is actually not that bad and there are some positives to this miserable and grey season.

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Let’s start off with food – not any old food but comfort food. The yummy stuff full of carbs and gravy to warm up your belly followed by sponge pudding and custard.

A valid reason to stay indoors when it is so cold and wet. You can even be forgiven for wearing your pj’s on all day. You can dose about have a duvet day, keep warm and watch as much trash as humanly possible.

If you are feeling cold a perfect way to warm up is to have a hot bath and getting all warm with fleece PJ’s.

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Blankets and hot bottles rule when it is so cold and all you can hear is the wind whistling and battering the windows. I will be honest with one of my favourite things to do is to fall asleep with the sound of rain hitting my window. It is so soothing and it makes me feel grateful that I am a safe in my warm home.

That being said you can not enjoy a winter walk in woodland and then know that you can come home to get warm again.

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Loads of cuddles keeping you nice and warm, safe from any harm and lazying around is the best knowing that you can just relax at home with your loved ones.

Hot chocolate is the desired beverage – perfect to warm your cockles and feel all cozy inside.

What kind of things do you like about Winter?

Cheers for reading X


Spicy Paprika Potato Wedges 

Hey readers,

It is hard when your parent trying to find alternatives other then chips to encourage a child to try. Both my boys love potato wedges and they are really easy to make.


  • Spray light.
  • Sea salt.
  • 1 tbsp mild paprika
  • 6 Maris Piper potato (or any other suitable potato for roasting).


1) Preheat oven to 220c/ 200c fan/ gas mark 7.

2) Cut potatoes into wedge shapes. I cute them in half and the slice halves into three.


3) Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes.


4) Drain the potatoes and then steam dry by potatoes in a pan and lid on.


5) Place potatoes out onto the baking tray and make sure that all potatoes are spread out evenly.

6) Spray the potatoes with fry light and then sprinkle with paprika and sea salt.

7) Cook for 20-25 minutes in oven and periodically shake the potatoes on the tray.


8) Serve up on plate and enjoy 🙂


Cheers for reading X


Olive Oil and Garlic Roasted Chickpeas

Hey readers,

For a quick and tasty snack check out this: Roasted garlic and olive oil chickpeas.

The ingredients you will need:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 400g can of chickpeas
  • Couple of cloves of garlic


1) preheat the oven to 200C/400f.

2) Drain the chickpeas, place them on some kitchen roll and dap them dry.

3) chop the garlic up finely.

4) In a bowl drizzle olive oil over the chickpeas, add a pinch of salt and mix the garlic altogether.

5) place on to a tray and cook in the oven for 35 minutues.

6) Take theout the oven to cool down for five minutes and voil you have a yummy and crunchy snack.

Cheers for reading X

My top five comfort foods

Hey readers,

Parenting can be stressful right. I won’t lie but food makes my tummy and me feel so good. So I have been thinking about what are my favourite types of.comfort food that j turn to when I am feeling low or having a shitty day.

1) It’s a classic simple but perfect in tummies. Fried eggs, baked beans and chips. This is so comforting and I had this Frequenter at my nanny. Who with out a shadow of doubt made the best home made chips ever, God bless her soul!

2) Whem it is grim amd cold outside nothing beats a pie with some veg poured over with graveyard. So warm, so filling and full of stodge. Perfect antidote for winter.

3) One meal that is served regular in my home that everyone eats is spaghetti bolognese. It is lovely with pasta (like you know the real carry stuff, shocking ;))  with that think tomatoey measly goodness. This is filling and full of flavour that gets a pick yes from me!

4) Home made chicken soup from gbe left overs off a Sunday is spot onmeal after a long day of Monday. It is so warming and taste so good. It definately can ease the Monday blues with this classic comforting fish.

5)Finally the classic roast is a great to dish out on a Sunday. Especially I’d toy have been out on the morning walking or whatecer. To come home to relax and unwise with the family is a great wayto.enjpy family time.

Cheers for reading X

January blues

Hey readers,

Can you believe that it is the 6th January already, ugh! Looking out of my window it is wet and miserable and I currently feel a bit pants, I think it is the case of the January blues. I tell you why I frigging hate this month.

  • Firstly, lets start with the fact that  you are now skint after the holidays after you have spend all your money on presents. Not to mention the amount of money you have forked out for them sodding rides, especially in my town they seem to overdosed the area in them. The one’s your little darlings can locate two miles away and because you have to go shopping with sodding the kids you can’t avoid them, ugh!
  • You are fat, because you have over indulged and put on another half a stone, of course it was fun at the time when I was stuffing my face with mince pies without a care in the world. Now I have to work my even bigger fat ass off because I can’t afford to buy bigger clothing because I am skint, init!
  • You have to deal with the mega sugar withdraws when your cold and skint.
  • It is back to normality and routine where lie-ins or lazying around are NOW not acceptable! Let’s not forget the dreaded the school run and silly o’clock, it is an absolute disgrace I tell ya!
  • The comedown from Christmas and the sense of magic has gone.
  • Everything feels bare and all the pretty lights have gone away. So now all I see is unattractive concrete.
  • It is cold, wet and generally boring because all the excitement of December has vanished.
  • Then there is them New Year’s resolutions that evaporate after the first week of  January casing you to go deeper into the blue mood.

Cheers for reading X

You Baby Me Mummy


​Hey readers,
My word of the week is 

Because it has been full of festivity and full of feasts. I have indulgenced in chocolate, cake, sweets and rich food. It has been lovely to let go and just relax the best I can.  
The boys loved having the special treat of having chocolate for breakfast on Christmas day, if you can’t do it at Christmas when can you do it.

The boys have loved playing with their new toys and we have piles of toys nd having them everywhere. I be honest I am not every good at things not in order but trying to let it pass as it is Christmas. 

So basically Christmas is all about disruption and letting the routines go out of the Weekend. But it has been nice to catch something decent on the telly for once. Loving outnumbered. Though, slightly weird seeing the children all grown up.

Happy new year to you all.

Cheers for reading X 

The Reading Residence

Lunch Time, Fun Time


Hey Readers,

I have joined in with #FloraLunchBox Challenge, whereby I will test out one of the Flora food lunch idea for my boys. I picked form the Flora Lunchbox Guide to tailor to my son’s needs. They eat Mediterranean  couscous, bread with flora spread on, tomatoes followed by apple and a yoghurt.




What I liked about Flora website is that it is easy to navigate,  with it’s clear sub category menu at the side.

I found the recipes simple and clear to follow the step-by-step instructions which also includes pictures perfect for the visual learner.

I love the recipe section as it gives a diverse range of chose but for me personally I prefer built you own lunch box as you can pick appropriately for your child’s preference. As some of the food I struggle to give to my children as they are young and they have problems digesting it such as a bagel or pitta bread. I mean they like the idea of the food and even chew it but they really struggle to eat it that they will give up.

I like the variety and the mix and match of lunch ideas and it helps to work around your child’s needs and preferences.

In an ideal world I would love my sons to eat all the vegetables and food but sometimes I don’t have the money to provide it sadly or they don’t like the food or texture. My son is five and only the past few months as he has a grow in his repertoire of food.  That saying I always put on the plate to try the food item.

My boys will eat  one or two fruit and vegetables but most of the time at the moment we would have to hide it in their meals as a way to help get the food into their diet. Such recipes that have been successful is spaghetti bolognese, lasagne etc.

I know as a parent that food and being creative to encourage my sons to eat can be difficult. I want my sons to eat healthy and have variety in their diet but sometimes life is not straightforward.

Food is important and it is a source of energy especially when children are at school all day long running around. It is sad to see that the results from a Flora  that have found only 1.6% of  children receive a packed lunch that meets nutritional standards set for school meal.

Though it does not surprise me what with with the cost of fruit and vegetables is so high in the supermarkets. Time and time again I see offers that are financially better for you but hardly any great deals for fruit and vegetables. Even on line looking at coupons  online to help reduce your shopping cost there are hardly any there suitable for healthy eating. I think is a big problem with how supermarkets profit from unhealthy food that they rather not work to helping it easier for families to eat better and help with reduction of the cost of fruit and vegetables. They would lose out and you question who really benefits from it in the grand scheme of it all.

In the research carried out by Flora half of primary school pupils take a packed lunch to school. Only 1 in 5 of those packed lunch contain any vegetables or salad. Within the lunch box food 52%-60% had too many sweet and savoury snacks which contained saturated fat, sugar and salt that had not the right amount of minerals and vitamins for a child’s diet.

The Lead researcher of the study carried out by Dr Charlotte Evans only found a small improvement from a decade ago with 1.1% passing the standard recommendation of school meals. The minority of children (17%) who eat vegetables and salad had not altered since 2006, it found.

That is why Flora  is good to include in a child’s meal as simple as spreading it on bread as Flora contains lower in saturated fat then butter and contains omega 3 and 6. Every tub contains plant oils, sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils. These essential fats contribute to the Flomaintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children. Flora also recently launched Flora Freedom. This is a 100% dairy free product, which is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society. Therefore there is something for everyone and it is great to put on bread or add to your cooking where cooking it with pasta or on the sweetcorn of your cob.





Cheers for reading X

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