Recipe | Vegan Choc Chip Oat Cookies

A couple of rainy days at the beginning of last week gave us the perfect excuse to stay home and enjoy some quieter days. Tuesday I was informed, was Baya’s Build-a-Bear’s birthday {and Beastie joined in with it being Pando’s birthday too}. I promised them a tea party celebration lunch – and no birthday tea party is complete without cookies – especially when it’s wet and cold outside! I whipped up these cookies in the morning and had to resist the temptation to eat them all fresh out of the oven. Nothing like a warm cookie! They’re quick and easy to make, relatively healthy {as far as cookies go} vegan, gluten free AND refined sugar-free – but most importantly, they taste SO good. Everyone said they were the best cookies we’ve ever made! I N G R E D I E N T S 170g dairy free spread 100g coconut sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 200g gf oat flour 75g gf rolled oats 100g dairy free choc chips M E T H O D First, to make the oat flour, measure out your oats, pop in your blender and blitz into a powder. Then, cream the spread and coconut sugar…

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One swimsuit, five ways

The time has come again for us to start planning our summer holiday suitcase and the idea of a ‘capsule wardrobe’ is about everywhere at the moment. I love fashion, but life with four children can make it especially difficult to really spend time on perfecting my own personal style. Pieces that can be styled up in a range of different ways are therefore at the top of my shopping list, especially when it comes to holiday wear. I’ve spoken before about my own struggles with my post-baby body. The scars and wobbly bits are something that I continue to cherish, not least because they’re a mark of the four most important people in my life. But even so, no matter how comfortable you are with your post-baby body, swimwear shopping can be a struggle. Heck, it can be a struggle even for those without kids. This year I’m going simple. A plain black swimsuit like this classic black number from Tu will never go out of fashion and even features hidden support for the tummy area. What’s more, a style like this can be worn in a number of different ways, from pool to dinner and everything in-between.

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4 Popular Things You Can Grow in a Greenhouse

One of the most fulfilling things you can do in your own garden is to make a greenhouse. Not only does it add beauty to your garden, but you also get to propagate new plants. It will also help you have a sustainable lifestyle since you get to plant your own vegetables and harvest it from there. It would depend on your set up on what suitable plants grow best in your greenhouse, but there are also available for every kind and climate. Depending on your preference, you can either grow cool season or warm season vegetables, ornamentals, or tropicals such as cacti. Here are 4 popular things you can grow in a greenhouse. Leafy Green Vegetables Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and lettuce are few of the easiest vegetables to grow organically in a greenhouse. Having them would be a great benefit as you can easily access healthy food right from your garden. They are easy to grow as you do not really need to spend a lot of time and attention. It would also be perfect to have leafy green vegetables in your greenhouse so you will have easier access for making a salad. Tomatoes Tomatoes…

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Review | Petit-Fernand Name Labels and a giveaway

Even without kids in school, name labels are a must. My middle two go to gymnastics, and with various trips they take with brownies/guides, having named items really helps save things from going missing. Not to mention avoiding the “it’s mine” arguments at home! Also, my kids are like me and LOVE stickers – even more so when they are personalised! So when Petit-Fernand asked if we wanted to review some of their personalised name labels, we jumped at the chance. We opted for the personalised sticky school name tags – getting twenty labels for each of us {even I got some!} What I love most about these labels is that you can customise them – from the background colour/pattern to the text font and colour, and even choosing your own image! Twenty, two-line labels cost just £6, delivery is free and they ship worldwide. They arrived bound in a lovely booklet – keeping them safe and secure until you need them. We’re all excited to have our own customised labels – now to find things to stick them all too! These name tags are perfect as school labels or for trips away, certainly make losing clothes a harder task.…

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When silence isn’t golden

I’m sat in my living room, there is the buzzing of a fly somewhere, the faint sound of the radio coming from the kitchen and the occasional car whizzing past outside. All I can hear is silence. In a house occupied by five people, silence is rare. 5 days a week it is ringing with laughter, arguments, chatter, always someone shouting ‘MUUUUUUM’, different music in different parts of the house, the sound of toys being played with, a life being lived, memories being made. So on the days when the kids are all out, and it’s just me, the silence is sometimes a little overwhelming. To be fair, I treasure those few hours a week I get to myself. Most weeks they are just hte right amount – enough for me to fit in some work, maybe sneak in a tattoo, or a coffee out. Enjoy some peaceful yoga, or a half hour read in the garden. Not enough that I start to wander teh house, wondering what on earth to do with myself. Then there is the occasional day when the silence is defenaing. When I’d give anything to have a house full of squabbling, noise, constant questions… anything…

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