The Scrummy Mummy

Because every mummy is scrummy

Meal Planning Monday

I’ve not really been planning my meals recently but to get back into the swing of things when the girls go back to school I am restarting this week.

I’m also trying to use up everything in the freezer as I want to start doing a batch prep at the weekend so that I can have everything ready for the week.

Monday

Tonight we had cod, chips and peas

Tuesday

We are having a day trip to Poole so we are going to grab something on the way hope as we don’t get back till late

Wednesday

Chilli, Rice and Salad

This will use up the jar of chilli I have had sitting in the cupboard for ages

Thursday

Gizmodad is working away so the girls and I are going to have pizza

Friday

Roast Chicken

Saturday

Sausages, mash and peas with onion gravy

Sunday

I’m not sure yet as we do our shopping on a Sunday

I’m really hoping we stick to our menu

Homemade Pizza (well nearly)

The girls have been nagging me silly to make pizza for tea for a while now so I thought we’d give it a go. 

When I was young my mum made homemade pizza a lot for tea but she would make everything from scratch, I cheated and brought a pizza mix but we still had to make the base. 

It was the first time the girls have made dough and loved kneading it. We used oil on the table for kneading the dough and found it was much less messy than using flour that my mum used to use.

We decide on going for a cheese and tomato topping with a few bits of ham and pineapple.

 

I have to say it was rather yummy

Miss C’s Dream Uniform

Miss C has two addictions when it comes to clothes, Spiderman and pyjamas. 

I’m not sure where her fascination with either occurred but I could hazard a guess as to why she likes pjs who doesn’t? When you’ve had a busy day and want to be warm and cosy what is better than putting your pjs on and getting nice and cosy. 

Most days when we are getting ready for school Miss C will quiet often ask why does she have to wear a uniform and why can’t she wear her Spiderman pjs. These would suit her just fine to go to school.

This is an entry for

The Debenhams Back to School competition on http://www.mellowmummy.co.uk

Sheridan Outlet – Freeport Braintree

We were invited along to the grand opening of a Sheridan Outlet store in Essex. Sheridan are a luxury bedding company check them out here. URL.

We all spend our pregnant days preparing for the arrival of our babies, but we don’t do very much about the arrival of our post baby selves!

I really enjoyed choosing linen for my babies; Moses baskets, Cots and now Big Boys Beds! Lovely fluffy sheets with cute patterns ready to snuggle up your new born, watching these turn to Spiderman leaping across the sheets for Master G (5yrs).  Bold repeating patterns for Master O (2yrs).

So my boys had lovely fresh new linen when they came into the world and me? Well the last bed linen I bought was from a supermarket and not very luxurious at all. The last time I actually bought quality bed linen was when my husband and I were building out little one bed love nest … 7 years ago!

Why don’t we treat ourselves to nice new bed linen for our post baby selves? I don’t know about you but I LOVE going to bed. And this is made all the better by soft high quality bed sheets. When a new baby comes sleep is at a premium and as so we should be doing it in style…. in good bedding!

Use up your old sheets for immediately after the birth as we all know that can be a bit messy, not to mention the stains breast milk can create! Then treat yourself to a luxurious set from these guys. 

Tip from a not so scrummy mummy here… get a patterned one and then the milk stains, leaking boobs, bottles, dribbling babies (and dads), don’t show quite so badly as on that lovely white bed spread you have!

Thanks to Sheridan (and some speedy arrivals to the opening) myself and my mother in law were given some vouchers to spend. I absolutely love my new bedding… it has left me realising how it’s the little things like this, those little treats as a mummy (sad that I think bedding is a treat I know), things for you to enjoy in your own space are wonderful.  

We also received a goody bag which contained an enormous beach towel. It’s beautifully soft, even when air dried and not tumbled. It brings a bit of colour to my bathroom and is a great size for wrapping my LO’s up and keeping them warm after swimming in our garden (paddling pool). We loved it so much my mother in law when out and bought an entire new set of towels from the Sheridan outlet too!

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#MorrisonsMum

Last week we were sent £80 of vouchers to try out our local Morrisons store for bank holiday goodies, we used the money to do our weekly shop.

We went to the one in Gray’s Essex, it’s not our closest but it’s a little bigger than the one in Dagenham and I also wanted to have a look at their clothing range for kids.

We loved the fact that there was so much to choose from in the Grays’s store, the girls enjoyed choosing the fruit they were gong to have for that week. I also found that there was a lot of bits on offer which I can never leave on the shelves. 

We filled our shopping trolley with goodies including bits to make a nice roast dinner, we found that the meat prices were great and we picked up a lovely joint which we had for dinner. 

For our bank holiday meal we had a yummy roast dinner that worked out pretty reasonable. 

Our favourite item we got was a sack of good old fashioned spuds 12kg for £3.50 and they are still going strong even when we’ve been using them everyday, they are yummy boiled, roasted, chipped and mashed so i’m very happy with them as i’m pretty fussy with my spuds!

We normally shop at Aldi as we aren’t too worried about brands but it is nice to eat some branded stuff like penguins! 

Since doing our shop at Morrisons last weekend we have done our weekly shop there again this week. 

I think i’m becoming a MorrisonsMum

Popband Review

I was intrigued by these new no dent hair bands by Popband. They are a fairly simple design made of a smooth elastic that grip hair surprisingly well. A few of our testers gave them a go.

 

Positives: 

- hold hair well without snagging

- more attractive than a normal hairband when keeping a spare on your wrist

- good variety of colours

- love the limited edition ones with Swarovski decorations

Negatives

- stretch out quite quickly and although still work well as a hairband they look awful around the wrist

 - the knotted elastic is a bit awkward sticking out of your pony tail and can look a bit daft if you don’t position it sensibly

- really easy for my boys to pull out of my hair

On the whole we liked them, especially the ones with the Swarovski decorations

The one in the photo is £15 and available to purchase here.

MaByLand – Maxi Elite Change Bag

After having my second baby I was on the look out for a larger changing bag that could cope with baby stuff PLUS toilet training toddler stuff. Not only that – I wanted it to be small enough to fit neatly under my buggy so as not to interfere with the use of my buggy board – not much to ask hey? 

Along came Mabyland with the recommendation of their luxury collection:

After having a good read I decided to try the maxi elite in chocolate brown

The exterior wipes clean their is an extremely clever outside pocket which contains a fabulous size changing mat providing quick easy access to out and about changing facilities! There is an external pocket that is perfectly sized to hold nappies and wipes meaning no fumbling around in the inside if you need to change a bum! 

The inside has all the standard changing bag pockets and insulated bottle pockets but ALSO clear plastic wet bags and a huge amount of storage space for all the spare clothes, snacks, kitchen sink etc that you have to lug around on a day out. 

The unisex colour was great for hubby too and the bag would be ideal for a long day out or a weekend away. 

The only down side is that it did encourage me to take even more ‘just in case’ stuff out with me but my motto is ‘always be prepared’. I think it is it a great bag for a great price for those mums who like to make sure they have all they need. 

Dream Baby Grooming Kit

Every new parent is nervous when it comes to cutting those tiny little nails or brushing that delicate baby hair.

 Dreambaby have developed a lovely little grooming kit for the precious newborns out there (well their nervous parents really!). Included in the kit is a super pair of nail clippers which are easy to hold thanks to the plastic handles (no more slipping in those sweaty nervous fingers) and they are super sharp which means nail cutting is quick and simple.

 The kit also contains nail files, a comb, scissors a brush and a toothbrush – everything you need to take care of your little one,  it all comes in a neat little plastic case for the reasonable price of £9.99.

We loved the kit, the nail clippers were the best thing that we used, really easy to use on a wiggly baby.