So it's hot and you want to cool down. What is the perfect evening meal - light, yet filling? Your answer is tacos. Or my version of them, anyway. Ingredients (serves 5) 5 large wraps (wholemeal or plain) 500g beef mince 400g chopped tomatoes 2 garlic cloves, finely diced 1 large onion, diced 400g passata … Continue reading Taco Time
As I am sitting here in a fever-induced state of complete indifference on just about any issue currently facing me, I am also pondering on exactly what it is that keeps me from sitting back, relaxing and realising that - just sometimes - enough is actually good enough. I've always been an ambitious woman. Clever … Continue reading When enough is enough
Whether said in jest, in exasperation or out of the bottom of their hearts: I have heard the statement 'God, I wish half-term was over already so you lot can get back to school and give me some peace' a number of times over the last few years. A lot of the time, the sentence … Continue reading Is it ever okay to say you dislike spending time with your children?
I'm in the middle of writing a post on what has happened with our childcare recently, but wanted to add this post to the list of things, which make being back at work with a small baby reasonably easy. Every Sunday without fail is bulk-cooking Sunday for me. This is not weekday dinners, where I … Continue reading Bulk-cooking Sunday
You know when you're having one of those days when you really need to dish up something that's not another stir-fry, but you don't have time for a full bake? Well, Cheat's Lasagna might just be your life saver. It's essentially a layered stir-fry, but you'd never guess. (Serves 4-5) 250g minced beef 2tbsp olive … Continue reading Busy Mum’s Kitchen: Cheat Lasagna
The following meme appeared on my Facebook feed this morning and made me incredibly cross: 'Your baby doesn't need to be taught how to sleep. Your baby needs to be cuddled so when she is developmentally ready she will feel comfortable falling asleep on her own'. Incidentally, this came the morning after I have just … Continue reading Your Baby Doesn’t Need to be Taught How to Sleep? Umm… They Might.
Goodness, where has the time gone? It's been 3 weeks since my last blog post and so many things have happened in between that I'm wondering whether the theory about life resembling a toilet roll is actually true. Last post, I wrote about habits, especially bad ones to break. While not perfect, I have reduced … Continue reading Return to Work: 1 Day Countdown (Pt 2)
Habits. They say it takes 3 weeks to form new ones. I have 3 weeks before I return to work. 3 weeks, in which to make changes to make everyone's life a little easier in the few hours we will be able to spend together during term-time. Some habits will need breaking. Some need forming. … Continue reading Return to Work: 3 Week Countdown Pt 1
The boy has recently discovered a piece of independence and started crawling. Those who know me well enough will also know that I am a big stickler for childhood independence. After all, an independent child is also a confident one. So while I keep a close eye on where he goes and what he touches … Continue reading 5 Games to Encourage Crawling
We've all been there. The baby touching the radiator. The child running across the road. The teenager jumping out of the window for a dare (I've been told this happens. Really). Being a teacher, I deal with silly behaviour all the time. But whether it is at home with a crawling 6-month-old to look after, … Continue reading The One Word to Teach Them Early