It’s time for me to construct the family weekly meal plan and as social media would lead me to believe, today is blue Monday.

First thing this morning the boiler was as dead as a dodo. PANIC. After a few minutes of both Mr Vista and I standing there, pressing buttons and scratching our heads we realised something vital… the washing powder box had the pressed the boiler switch on the wall to off.


We may be dummies but the point that I’m making is this: things aren’t always as bad as they first seem. When faced with certain peril, stop. Take a deep breath and like the kids of ‘Bear Hunt’ figure out a way to go through it. There is always a way – sometime it is as simple as turning the switch to on.

It’s blue Monday. It’s wet. The toddlerΒ has a snotty nose and we’re skint. But I will SMILE. We have a lot to be grateful for. Read more

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

It’s 2017.


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

The SEVEN Best Ingredients To Make Soup

There are MANY things that I love about our new home, but the way we have adapted to sitting around the table to eat our evening meals is by far one of my favourites.

In our old house we had a separate dining room with a plush, six seater John Lewis dining set. We barely used it, and instead opted for walking through the dining room and eating our food from a tray on our lap in front of the television.

This was bad habit that I didn’t like and decided that needed to change when we moved. A change that has been for the best for all of us… well most of the time.

You see – there is a problem with everyone sitting around the table at a set time to eat our meal together. There needs to be a MEAL ON THE TABLE. Read more

Overnight Oats – Slimming World Friendly Recipes

Oh how my slimming world plan has gone down the pan (again) over the past few weeks.

Another busy month, coupled with working away from home and copious amounts of snot (mainly from me and the small person) do not a clear mind make.

Truth be told – my weight loss has plateaued a little and after having three really spot on weeks and only losing a measly half a pound… yes, I know I said that every loss is great but COME ON… I’ve lost heart a little.

I’ve been reaching for all the the wrong foods and when I go back to class a week on Monday I know I will have done masses of damage. It happens to the best of us. The right thing to do is to get back on track immediately to protect your weight loss.

No dwelling, no guilt… Especially not for over a week. Oops…

One thing I find helps with this is a little secret weapon called Overnight Oats. A lady at work introduced the recipe to me before I’d even gone to my first Slimming World meeting. We tried it as a family and it became a fond work day breakfast favourite. Some jumbo oats, fresh fruit and fat free yogurt of any variety and you have got yourself an easy, tasty breakfast or snack that can be made WELL in advance. Overnight oats keep for 24 hours and are TASTY.

But don’t be fooled – your overnight oats needn’t be ‘over night’ all the time. They can be ready in as little as a few hours.

Overnight Oats - Slimming World Friendly Recipes written by katie haydock for life on vista street blog

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