Recipe | Banana Mango Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are my go-to snack/meal right now. more often than not, it’s what I have for lunch, though they’re great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or a pre or post-workout snack. I love smoothies, and making it a little thicker, serving in a bowl with some yummy garnishes makes it even better! It’s a great way to boost your fruit/veg intake, and add a whole load of goodness into your diet. I’ve also been using these great superfood blends from Naomi’s Kitchen in my smoothie bowls recently. The blends cleverly mix the best superfoods and herbal adaptogens resulting in formulas with incredible benefits, helping to improve levels of health on a physical and emotional level. The Organic formulas are free from synthetic vitamins, minerals and fillers – instead, they are abundant in wild berries, reparative superfoods and nourishing adaptogens. I N G R E D I E N T S for one serving 1 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks 1 large frozen banana, chopped 1 cup coconut water 1 tbsp I AM Superfood blend 1/4 cup sliced strawberries 1/4 cup sliced kiwi 1/4 cup sliced cherries 1 tbsp sunflower seeds M E T H O D Place the mango chunks,…

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Finding pockets of quiet in the everyday

Lately, I’ve been making a conscious effort to slow down. To not rush through the days, but to take my time, to savour the little moments, to create pockets of quiet in amongst the busy-ness of life. Some days from the moment I wake up until the day ends, I feel like I’ve run 100mph without stopping, trying to keep up with the demands of a large family, a busy home, self-employment and homeschooling. By the time evening comes, I’m frazzled. Tired and worn out. Life seems to be built around being busy…we spend so much time complaining about how busy we are, how we don’t have time for this or that. Yet lately I’ve been thinking that being busy isn’t all it’s made out to be. When we’re busy we end up rushing through life and miss out on those little moments of joy. How much do we miss when we’re rushing through life at full speed? I’ve found myself slowing down. Stopping to smell the roses, so to speak.  I realised that I’d hidden away behind my business, caught in an unhappy relationship I kept busy all day long, so I wouldn’t have time to sit and be…

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Late summer plans – The Good Life Experience

You might have noticed that one of the things on our summer manifesto I shared yesterday was to end our summer off at The Good Life Experience. A weekend of discovery & discovery, food, music & books – it’s the perfect way to round off our summer! We went last year, and it was a fun weekend, although the timing last year as my marriage was crumbling meant I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would of, still it was a welcome escape from reality for a few days. We’re lucky as it is just up the road from us, set in the grounds of the Hawarden Farm Estate, a beautifully idyllic setting for a festival. ONe of the best things about the festival is once you are in al all the activities are free and open to everyone! The kids loved the vintage fairground last year and are so happy it will be there again! THere is also tree climbing, a circus school, campfire cooking sessions, sketchbook club, woodcraft, candle making, poetry and the world’s smallest nightclub and so much more – that’s not to mention any of the fabulous music you can listen to or the delicious…

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A family meal plan for August

Summer meal planning… to be honest, the last couple of weeks I’ve not stuck to religiously to my meal plan. We’ve BBQ’d whenever it’s been dry enough or had more ‘picky dinners’ out in the garden after a busy day out when I haven’t felt like cooking. And that’s OK – the beauty of meal planning is that you can totally rip the rule book up and mix meals around whenever you feel like it. I use it as a guide not as a list set in stone. I always keep the pantry stocked with plenty of basics {pasta, pesto, canned beans, grains, wraps, etc} as well as bits in the freezer {veggie/vegan sausages, fishless fingers, ready made burgers, some frozen veg} so there is always something quick to make if life gets in the way of meal plans! So, August. We’re away a few times, hence a shorter than normal list of meals. We’re visiting family a couple of days, so I haven’t meal planned for then, and we’re off to the Just So – I will be cooking three quick, easy meals there {campfire chili, quesadillas, sausages wraps}, then we’re away right at the very end of the…

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Review | Dancewear Central UK

My two middle kiddos are both gymnasts, sometimes it feels like we spend half of our lives at their gym! While they both have official club leotards, they love to collect leotards – Baya has so many! I guess it’s nice to have ones in different styles and colours, also saves me having to worry about washing them every five minutes. We were asked recently if we’d like to review some items from Dancewear Central UK and Miss Kiki was in need of a new leotard and pair of shorts, so she was very pleased. They have a fantastic range of children’s leotards, shorts, tutus, dance pants and so much more, and all at really reasonable prices as it can get expensive kiting kids out for dance/gym lessons. After much deliberating, we opted for this leotard and these shorts. They are both really good quality, they’ve been worn several times already and washed, and look as good as new. I’m really impressed with them, and we’ll definitely be buying more here in the future!

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