Meal Planning Monday: W/C 2/1/2017

It’s 2017.

Seriously.

Is it just me or when you think “what year is it?” just for a split second you think it’s the 90s? I’m not sure where the last twelve months went, nor am I exactly sure how I wound up being a 30 something working mum when I’m still 17 in my head – but what I do know is that our family life needs more organisation.

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How To Make Your Own Christmas Day Stock FOR FREE

If you are in the habit of having a roast every Sunday like we are, then it would be SO easy to make your own stock to use on Christmas day. Not only would it cut down your waste and cost you nothing but a little longerΒ on the hob, but it’ll be tastier by miles –Β How To Make Your Own Christmas Day Stock.

If you are on a low-fat diet plan (or Slimming World like me) you should remember this has more fat in it than making gravy from hot water and stock cubes. Read more

10 Thrifty Style Accounts To Follow On Instagram

One of these days I’ll get around to giving Little Miss Vista a fashion show of all the gorgeous pieces for my wardrobe I’ve thrifted over the past few months. The last thrifty fashion post I shared (you can read it here) was really well received and I LOVED producing it… but sadly I just don’t get the time to shop, style and shoot as much as I used to.

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When it comes to thrifting items of clothing, I only have three rules:

1. It’s over a fiver it has to be *really* special.
2. No holes, no bobbles, no stains.
3. If I don’t have anything I can wear it with already in my wardrobe – put it back. Read more

The Best Hotels For Manchester Christmas Markets

I took my mum for her first visit to the Manchester Christmas Markets at the beginning of November – just in time for the very first weekend. For those in the same boat wondering where on earth to stay lastΒ minute, I give you: The Best Hotels For Manchester Christmas Markets …

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Mums Day Out at Manchester Christmas Markets

2016, eh?

What. A. Year.

Shock celebrity deaths, Brexit and President Trump to name but a few events… but one of the most significant to me? My family moving into a lovely and very happily welcomed new home. But this happy event was over shadowed by a close family member under going treatment for cancer.

The good news is that he is well on the mend. The bad news is that I feel like it may take a little while longer for the emotional scars to heal in our immediate family. But this is something we can work on together – safe in the knowledge that we are all together.

2016 also marked the year that my Mum turned 60.

We celebrated the day with cherry scones and pink lemonade at Bents, but this was about as far as the celebrations went. Not just the logistics of working around a sick family member, a toddler and a house move… but it just seemed as though none of us were in the party spirit. Read more