A re-vamp

After much thought I have decided to move my blog over to blogger….


I love WordPress but it is becoming increasingly inflexible in some things that I want to do as I expand my blog. So, with a new name, I can now be found at:


I do hope you will be join me there – all content from this blog has transferred, including my current live giveaway


I can also be followed on bloglovin’ – just click the bloglovin button in the sidebar of thew new site.



A moment to myself (and a giveaway for you)

When I was pregnant I was fortunate enough to be sent some grown up colouring books to review.


I was so pleased whenMichael O’mara books asked me to review the 2014 editions of these grown up colouring booksphoto 2(4) – Vintage Patterns and Pretty Patterns.


Having two children under two means that my time to myself is a little restricted, and when I do have a few moments on my own I don’t always want to get out a book to read or my sewing – things that I need more than ten minutes to concentrate on.


These colouring books are great, I can colour when Daniel is drawing, or when I have few minutes to myself. I find it relaxing and doesn’t require a huge amount of thought.


When I recently posted a pic of my colouring to Instagram, it got a lot of comments and positive reaction… it seems that grown up colouring books are a big hit. And I can see why.


There are plenty fo brilliant pages and patterns in here… below are a few excerpts from both books:


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I like some of the bolder patterns, like that shown in the last picture, but I have enjoyed these two so far from the Vintage Patterns book


There really is something for everyone here – there are repeating patterns, or pictures like that of the bird above. There are bold thick solid line drawings and softer lighter lines. What I love about these books from Michael O’Mara is that the paper is such good quality. When using felt pens they don’t bleed through – so you can use both sides – without having to choose which design you want to do.


I think of the two, the Vintage Patterns book is my favourite. They are both priced at £9.99 and are available here and here on Amazon.



Michael o’Mara Books have kindly given me one extra copy of each book – to be in with a chance of winning one of them, please visit the Rafflecopter here


The competition will run until June 15th, and is open to UK residents only. Two winners will be selected and they will be sent a copy of either Pretty Patterns or Vintage Patterns.


*** I was sent one copy of each of these books to review. All words and opinions are my own***

Re-visiting Meal Planning W/C 12 May

Prior to Emma’s arrival, I was meal planning for the week. Partly to save money and not buy things we didn’t need or eat, but also to try and push myself to try out different recipes.


Life with a newborn isn’t really conducive to planning, and sticking to meal plans, so its fallen by the wayside a little in the past 10 weeks or so. However, now that Emma has a routine, of sorts then I can plan a little more. I’m getting a bit fed up of relying on those meals I can cook without referencing a book.


So. replying mostly on my Busy Mums cookbooks and Nosh for Busy Mums, I have planned the following:


photo(3)Monday – Spaghetti with Courgette & Chilli

Tuesday – Sausage Stew

Wednesday – Beef & Mushroom Pie

Thursday – Take out

Friday – Fish Pie



Monday is a quick meal as I have a hospital appointment at 3pm, and the clinic always run really late, so I wanted to do something I could throw together really easily. Thursday is my husband’s birthday, so I will do Daniel something quick and easy and Damian and I will have a takeaway.


I really like the two cook books I am using this week. Both have loads of great recipes in that I have used a couple of times, and they are all pretty easy and quick to make. Do you have any favourite books you use when planning and preparing meals?