Dairy Free Banana Muffin Recipe …

This is dairy free banana muffin recipe is used several times a month, especially when there are bananas left at the end of the week. They take a few minutes to whip up and make ideal snacks. You can use either butter or a dairy free alternative, I use Vitalite very successfully, the recipe works perfectly with either option.   It is also a great recipe for kids to make because there isn’t anything more complicated than a fork and wooden spoon needed.   Print Dairy Free Banana Muffins Course Snack Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total […]

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The last first days of school …

I never expected to be able to do this again. I thought I had already done my last first days of school when Ells was little. Days I loathed because I always felt like someone else was benefiting from the best of her, and I was left with an over tired, over stimulated beast when she got home. It wasn’t fun for me, and I wanted them over with. Silly and probably utterly selfish, but when you’re a single mother having to play all the roles, I needed her to be as independent as possible for my own sanity and […]

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Getting in the frame …

One of the things I noticed most after my dad passed away was the fact that we had so few photographs of him with us. Yes we had them from when we were younger, but as we got older and had our own children, there were significantly less images of my dad with us. I was most upset at the thought of not having one of him holding our baby boy, because we had one of him holding Ells. During that time of grief, we all realised the importance of getting in the frame with our kids.   I have […]

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Dairy Free Fruit Loaf …

Recently I bought a bread machine, in the hope that I could make fresh bread for my brood. The one thing I really wanted to try out was a decent dairy free fruit loaf as that’s my family’s favourite breakfast at the moment. Unfortunately our youngest can’t have the shop bought stuff as every fruit loaf I pick up contains milk, the joys of being dairy intolerant. The only way I was going to get us a loaf we could all enjoy was to play around with existing recipes until we found one that worked. I also wanted to add […]

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Our family plans going forward …

family plans going forward

It feels like forever since I was last able to have a few minutes to get on here. I wanted to share a little about our family plans going forward. We made some big decisions about me leaving work to stay home and care for the kids, especially as our youngest is struggling at the moment. He was diagnosed formally this month with Aspergers, aside from that his behaviour has become a lot mroe challenging of late, which has forced us to reevaluate how we help him in the future. Especially as he starts school in September, which he is […]

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Postnatal Depression, the first time around …

Postnatal Depression

I can honestly say pregnancy was more difficult than labour for me. Pelvic girdle pain, hyper emesis, weight loss, anxiety and not once feeling that ‘pregnancy glow’ kind of made the whole thing suck. I was 22 when I was pregnant with Ells, young, naïve and utterly unprepared for motherhood. The end of the relationship with her bio dad a few weeks before birth made things all the more emotionally exhausting. I was terrified and on my own. It’s little wonder I ended up with postnatal depression. My Mum was my birthing partner, and at that point in my life […]

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A Letter to My Birthday Girl …

My beautiful Birthday Girl, Ells, I cannot believe you are 14 years old. Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday when the midwife placed you in my arms, all 7lbs 6oz of you. Your eyes were deep blue, skin a little jaundiced but perfect and unmistakeably mine. You were forward even then, rolling over from birth and eager to take in all the sights. You had everyone who laid on eyes on you wrapped around your tiny little finger, and I am pretty sure you knew it too. It was a rough beginning. An absent father, and […]

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The Me & Mine Project {April 2017} …

This is us, and my first post joining The Me & Mine Project, I hope you enjoy having a read!   April has been a busy month, with Easter, bonnet making, two weeks of school holidays, a bedroom makeover and a birthday or four – I’m quite amazed we have made it to the end of it one piece. Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to… Me … Getting stuck into my new job and reading up on all the NHS policies has had me pretty busy to be honest! I felt a revival in passion for writing, […]

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School places and the waiting game …

School Places

There have been loads of posts about littles and school places, and in the most part everyone had had the school they wanted. We are still playing the waiting game. We were delayed in submitting our application for schools at the request of the PreSchool Forum, they are early years help for children who will need extra help transitioning to a more formal school setting. The delay means we are still waiting for the second round of allocations to happen at the beginning of May. I’m not going to lie, I am not the most patient person and this waiting […]

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{Family Day} Easter Monday 2017 …

Easter Monday is always a last minute ‘what are we going to do?’ ordeal, but this year I wanted to get ahead of the game and actually plan something. We live a stone’s throw away from a few National Trust sites, and we have probably been to one in the 7-8 years of living in the area. With a family of 7 we have always put it down to being too expensive, and never bothered to even look at the membership options. My sister on the other hand has had a membership for her family of 6 for a while […]

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