Tuesday, 2 September 2014

I'm a striking mum!



Isn't it amazing how things sometimes come along at exactly the right time? I was sitting thinking that I needed to make some time to review my goals and plan some next steps and then I read Kate's post about Striking Mums .

This project is exactly what I need right now and so, here I am writing my first post and planning how to continue.

My goals:

  1. To get a new job - Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that in May I returned to to world of employment after a number of years of being self-employed. The job I got is providing supply cover at a Pre-School, so there are no guaranteed hours each week. My goal now is to get a job with guaranteed hours and a regular income.
  2. To stop wasting time - I'm terrible for letting the day slip away pretending to be busy, so I want to discipline myself into doing productive work every day. I need to get back into the habit of making a 'Must Do' list for the day that I can cross off as I achieve things (I like crossing things off).
  3. To not be a slave to my computer -  The default for my computer is going to be "off" rather than "on". Having spent seven years as a self-employed writer/blogger I'm used to sitting in front of my computer and it always being on. To help me be less tied to my laptop I'm going to switch it off and put it away rather than keeping it on my desk and I'm going to ban my iPad from my bedroom so I don't automatically reach for it. I'd rather access my email/social media for an hour a day than continue to let it suck time away from me.
So there you are...

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums

Monday, 1 September 2014

Meal Planning Monday - 1st September 2014


We've been away on our holibobs for a couple of weeks, where we actually managed to eat quite healithily (shock), but now we're back to normal work and school routines. Although when I say normal, this week features Hubby's birthday and our wedding anniversary, so there will be a bit of pushing the boat out.

Here then are my plans for the week...


  • Monday - Chicken curry and naan breads
  • Tuesday - Pasta and pesto sauce
  • Wednesday - Slow cooked chicken stew
  • Thursday - Veggie stirfry and noodles
  • Friday - Steak, chips and peas
  • Saturday - Homemade pizza
  • Sunday - Roast dinner
I'm looking forward to some lovely clean, fresh flavours this week

Reasons to be cheerful - 1st September 2014 - #R2BC

Ojos World

1. Holibobs: We had a wonderful 2 weeks away, although next year I think we'll avoid doing a two-centre holiday with the locations 300-odd miles apart and a stopover at home in the middle to go to a convention.

2. Spending time together: It's honestly very rare for the three of us to be in the same place at the same time, so it was great to spend days together walking, chatting and reading.

3. Steps to saving is paying off: I wrote here about joining Jo at Ojosworld in counting my steps every day and saving up for some lovely rewards. Well, after just two weeks (when I didn't really do that much walking), I managed to save enough to get myself a magazine subscription I've been hankering after for a while. More walking, more saving and I'll treat myself again.

4. Ready for new challenges: I've come back from hols ready to take on another term of Scouting and to look for new and exciting work opportunities. Having recently got back into a job after being self-employed for many years I'm looking forward to finding something more permanent in the coming months.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Steps to saving

Jo over at Ojo's World is using her pedometer to save money for her next holiday. I think she's on to something here and so I'm going to join her and save some money too (although I don't know what I'm going to spend it on yet.

The idea is simple:


  • Wear a pedometer each day to record the number of steps you take.


  • Reward yourself to the following scale

5000 steps  = £1
7500 steps  = £2
10000 steps = £3


  • Save the money and use it for something amazing

I'll let you know how I get on and when I decide what I'm going to spend the money on.

Monday, 18 August 2014

The one with the tuna burgers recipe

When I did  #mealplanningmonday last week a few people commented on the tuna burgers, so I thought I'd share the recipe and my take on it.

The original recipe can be found here on netmums.

As there are only three of us, I adapted the recipe to just use one tin of tuna, so I do one egg and 50g of breadcrumbs. I also make mini burgers, so I get six or seven out of the mix. I just prefer it that way, you could do two or three big ones.

I've used any type of curry paste I happen to have in the fridge and I've also used tomato paste and chilli flakes.

The method is simple:


  • Collect ingredients
  • Bung in bowl and mix together
  • Form into cakes and put on a plate in the fridge for a bit (I think this helps them to stay together when cooking)
  • Shallow fry until golden brown and cooked through
  • Serve with noodles or veggies or salad

Friday, 15 August 2014

Reasons to be cheerful - 15th August 2014 - #R2BC

Ojos World

I'm not entirely sure where this week has gone, but here are my reasons to be cheerful.

I bought a new washing line... Yay. My old rotary line rusted through a couple of weeks ago, so I've been drying laundry in my office. The new one is up and working now thank goodness.

Lunch date with Boyzilla... We go to a fast food restaurant once each school holiday and Tuesday was it.



This just makes me smile... I bought a case for my iPad mini


it just makes me smile every time I look at it.

I cleaned out my fridge... mostly because #vlogchallenge required me to do this:




I saw my name in print...




I started writing professionally in 2004, so you'd think I'd have grown out of being excited to see my byline, but it still gives me a buzz. I guess I just never thought I'd actually fulfil a childhood dream.