Friday, 18 July 2014

Catch up!

Hello Dear Reader,
Not sure where this week has gone with school assembly, sports day, teen breaking up for school. So we had a chilled night. We had three ready meals - which is an unusually occurrence of chicken korma and rice reduced on Wednesday! Where I had load of bargain's, I was there at 6.00 p.m. and had quite a lot of yellow reduced meat!

My friend came over so we lit the chimera, and caught up with all the last fortnights news! It was a lovely night! My daughter had a friend to sleep over, neither woke with all the thunder and lightening storms!

My son is tidying his room at 6.30 a.m.! Cause his friend is coming over today! Miracles do happen!
I'm having my hair cut this morning after two appalling attempts of cutting my fringe myself!
Have a nice day!
Em xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Turkey burgers and caramelised onions!

Hello Dear Reader,
I had a lovely day it was my daughters school assembly this morning where all parents, and grandparents could go to watch their performance which they wrote themselves to celebrate their year. Don't think there was a dry eye in the place! Proud!

For tea tonight I made Turkey burgers from 1 pack of turkey mince, grated onion, smoked paprika, dollop of tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Form into six burger shapes and place in oven. Turn once.

Also I made caramelised onion which I love...

1. Peel the 3 onions and cut them into thin wedges. Place them in a large pot with the 3 tbsp sugar, 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar, tsp of oil, 375ml of water, 1 teaspoon of salt and some ground black pepper.

2. Bring the onions to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 40-45 minutes or until the liquid has all but evaporated and the onions are very soft. During the final steps of cooking take care that the onions don’t catch and burn - give them a stir now and then.

3. Remove the pot from the heat and cool before storing the onions in the fridge in a covered container. Serve at room temperature or reheat in a small pan

Off to iron!

Em xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Girlie Spa weekend!

Hello Dear Reader,
How are you? I had a lovely weekend. Friday night we (me and 5 friends) went to The village in Cardiff to celebrate two birthday one 40th and the other I will leave out the age! We had nice clean rooms which had been recently decorated, 3 course evening meal (free bottle of bubbly!), breakfast and a spa treatment with use of the facilities for £69.50!

We had a really fab time and the standard of the meals were exceptional for the value we paid! Well worth a girly treat for a special occasion. You could pay extra for additional treatments. I had just the back massage which was in with the price. Well relaxed!

Em xx

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Stop procrastinating !

Hello Dear Reader,
I have just finished reading this book.Productivity: For The Perpetually Overwhelmed How To Take Action, Eliminate Being Lazy & Get Sh*t Done (How To Overcome Procrastination: Increase Productivity)

Thought it was very good, the first couple of chapters turns your productivity back on you ensuring you are excising first thing in the morning (cough!) and eating correctly! In order to have the right mindset! I will be trying these principles and let you know how I get on.
The book covers:-

*How To Take The First Step Towards Success
*Why Your Mornings Can Make Your Day!
*Exercise Your Way To Becoming An Irresistible Success Magnet
*How You Eat Impacts How You Procrastinate!
*The Art And Science Of Time Management
*Boost Your Brain, Sharpen Your Mind
*Small Workplace Changes That Can Impact Your Productivity
*Simplify! Decide What Really Matters And Get More Done
*Understanding What Procrastination Is

As I am juggling a demanding job in part time hours, I like in the book the recommend that multi - tasking is no longer effective and you should concentrate on one task for 25 minutes then have a five minute break. Choose only one big goal to achieve for the day that has the most impact if you achieve it.

Do you have a time management techniques? Do you procrastinate?

Em x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Manor Park Zoo!

Hello Dear Reader,
How are you? I've been busy we went away for the weekend to the caravan. Visited Manor Park Zoo in Tenby. Where we had a fab day the kids loved it. The animals are not in cages but natural enclosures and look happy! While it is expensive to get in, the kids can ride three wheel bikes around the whole of the park at no extra charges, there are not commercialised stalls or side shows begging you for more cash!

It is a very laid back park based around the animals and reminds me of the film 'We bought a zoo'. The restaurant is expensive, I would recommend bring a pack lunch, there are lots of picnic tables and bikes, toys to keep the kids occupied.
What you got to see was families enjoying themselves ...

Em x

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Extra money - De-cluttering!

Hello Dear Reader,
I've been on a mission this to de-clutter and create extra cash. My mission started on Saturday when I took a boot full of clothes, old shoes to the clothes for cash centre. They will pay cash for all your unwanted clothes, helping to reduce the staggering 1.5million tonnes of unwanted clothing that ends up in landfill sites in the UK alone. 

They will pay per kilo for your unused & unwanted clothes, hats, belts, bags, shoes, underwear, soft toys, mobile phones, CD's and DVDs and even scrap gold.

Old clothes are exported to poorer countries in Eastern Europe, Russia & Africa, where they are re-used

I earned £8.00

I sold an item on Ebay for £7.00

I sold kids storage containers for £10.00

Old mobile phone for £4.00 on mazumaMazuma Mobile Homepage

Total so far = £29.00

Em x

This weeks freebie & tagliatelle Carbonara!

Hello Dear reader,
Just returned home to find another free parcel. Febreeze sleep serenity bedding spray.

I will try it and let you know! I love receiving parcels! Off to make Harry Bikers Tagliatelle Carbonara for tea. I have adapted the recipe, it will take 10-12 minutes, serves 2 (2 kids + 1 adult).

75g dried tagliatelle pasta
1 back of bacon lardons
oil for spraying
200g small mushrooms sliced
4tbsp half fat creme fraiche
15g finely grated Parmesan cheese
fresh ground pepper

Half fill a large saucepan with cold water and bring to boil.
Add the pasta stir well and return to boil. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
Fry bacon and mushrooms in frying pan for 4 minutes.
Drain pasta in a colander and then tip back into saucepan.
Spoon over creme fraiche and add cheese, season and serve!

Em x