Some thoughts on being a one {wo}man show

It’s been six months since I took the decision to throw my husband out, six months of being a single parent to four kids. Life has settled back down to a {new} normal, a much better normal. I’ve had lots of messages over the last few months from people asking how I’m coping on my own, how life is etc.. I should precede this post with a little background. Several friends have said to me “Oh well you did everything anyway, so you’ll be fine”. And that’s pretty true. Over the last fourteen years, more often than not it’s felt as though I was a single parent anyway. I did all the housework, the child rearing, the homeschooling, all the nitty gritty things that need doing every single day when you have a family. Add in me being self-employed for the past five years and it paints a pretty good picture. Of course, there was sometimes another adult physically present in the house, but that’s not the same as having someone who wants to be there, who helps out, who is equal. Motherhood is the hardest job you’ll ever have but without a doubt the most rewarding. I’d never change…

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A family meal plan for May

The monthly meal plan I made last month was a huge success. Having a whole month mapped out ahead, instead of just a week made a big difference. It’s one less job to have to think about each week, and it really did mean we ate a bigger variety of meals with far less repetition. You can read a little on last month’s post about my meal planning process if you want to. I spent a couple of hours one afternoon last week when my kiddos were watching a nature documentary to sit and flick through a few cookbooks. I love browsing them for some inspiration – often, even if I don’t make exact recipes from the books, I find looking gives me ideas or basics to build our own meals around. The kids eat a vegetarian diet at home {though two out of my four will eat meat occasionally if we’re out}, and obviously, I adapt things to suit me as I’m vegan. Though a lot of what I make is suitable for all of us – for example, this month’s Macaroni Cheese will be made with a vegan sauce. This month, I’ll be handing over the reins to the girls…

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And that was April – This Homeschooling Life #21

April seems to have flown by {I’m sure I say that every month}, but with two weeks of the month taken up with the Easter Holidays I felt a bit like we didn’t do anything… yet when I sat down to write this, I realised how much we did do! While we don’t stick to school holidays, with one child now at school it makes more sense to follow her breaks a little more. Plus my middle two had a few all day gym camps through the holidays, so our normal routine was totally out of the window. That said, we’ve had a great month. We’ve ticked off all the things I wanted to do, fitted in lots of social meets, playdates, days out, crafts, baking… you name it, it seems we did it! We’ve been to Liverpool three times this month, once to meet friends – with whom we explored the World Museum and The Walker Art Gallery, once to visit the Ellesworth Kelly exhibit at the Tate {LOVED this} and once for a trip to the International Slavery Museum with friends. We also had a trip to a local castle {Chirk – on the premise of doing the Easter Egg…

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Spring cleaning our diet

I’ll be the first to admit that the last six months there have been a few too many chocolate bars, and more nights where oven chips featured than I’d care for. I’m cutting myself some slack – for it’s been a turbulent few months, and we’ve made it through the other side, and at times, ensuring we ate our 5 a day wasn’t the most important thing, and throwing something into the oven straight from the freezer was all I could manage. However, the time has come to spring clean our diets. I went vegan just after Christmas, and Lola went Vegetarian at the same time. I’ve been consciously sorting out our diets the last few weeks, making little changes here and there, adding in more fruit and veg, cutting out the treats {or at least cutting down on the treats}. Meal planning really helps with dinner – if I know what we’re having, I can have it sorted earlier in the day and don’t resort to pizza and chips every night. Spring cleaning your diet and that of your kids doesn’t have to be difficult, with a few simple swaps you’ll be eating healthier in no time: Add whole fruits…

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Recipe | Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Base

Pizza. So good right? It’s one thing I’ve occasionally missed since going vegan and giving up bread. Not massively, but once in a while I crave that tasty, comfort of a good slice of pizza. I’ve seen cauliflower bases floating around for a while, and always dismissed them. But lately, I’ve been eating cauliflower couscous in place of grains so the idea of using it for a pizza base didn’t seem so crazy anymore! I tried it out last week, and honeslty? It was delicious! Don’t expect a dough-y pizza base, it was more knife and fork food than finger food but it really tasted amazingly good, it’s low calorie, super healthy and incredibly filling. I’ll be making this again for sure! I N G R E D I E N T S 1 small cauliflower {mine weighed around 500g} 2 vegan eggs {I use THIS – but chia or flaxseed eggs would work too} 3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes 1 tbsp coconut flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp basil 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp black pepper. M E T H O D 1| Heat your oven to 220C 2| Chop the cauliflower into small pieces, blitz…

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