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I am certainly not alone in saying this, but I live for the weekends! Who doesn’t!its a time to chill catch up with friends, spend time with family, eat great food and do what ever you want in your time, no worries about work for the next 48 hours, just pure bliss and indulgence.

When it comes to the weekends, it’s always important to do something different and have fun doing it and there is so much on this weekend to see, do and try and simply wander around.

Borough MarketI love this place, it’s a great place to walk around, it’s some great food and drink some amazing wine, plus my favourite is people watching. No matter the weather, this in door market is a great place to get lost and wander around on a Saturday and try some new and tasty dishes and snap up a few tasty delicacies.

Lunar ParadeIt’s Chinese New Year and I’ve made some great dishes in order to celebrate, such as my super easy prawn dumplings or some tasty sweet sticky chicken wings! This Sunday from 10am there will be a parade celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year and I’ll certainly be heading down to watch in all its glory then end our celebrations with a hearty lunch in China Town.

Books
Looking for a new adventure, non-fictional read, head to your closest book shop and peruse the thousands of books waiting to be read. I can not stress the importance of reading books not just for yourself but especially for your kids, nieces and nephews too! I have a few books in mind for me for February’s book review and few educational ones for Leanora also.

TrainersThis kid of mine, she is having a growth spurt and in need of some new trainers, so we will be heading into town to get her feet measured and get some new kicks for her and whilst at it I’ll treat myself too.

Cirque Du Soleil
I was invited to the opening of the latest Cirque Du Soleil, Luzia show and honestly its breath taking. The costumes, the story and music is always beautiful and powerful and is great watch, family friendly too, it’s money worth spent and a great way to start the weekend.

What do you have planned for this weekend?

Lindsey


Us driven career women, can find it hard to balance a work and dating relationship, especially when we are focused and ambitious and want our careers to thrive and that’s an amazing thing, but us career minded women can forget to step away from the career woman and become a fun loving dating woman.



It’s so easy to get wrapped up in your career, especially when you are doing something that you are very passionate about, trust me I’m there, but you also have to unwind and let yourself go and find that perfect equilibrium.



Our potential suitors can at times find it a little tricky, intimidating easily! But trust me there is nothing sexier in a man or woman who is strong, focused and knows what they want in their personal life as well as there career, sure we all need a little guidance and become over obsessed with our career and have tunnel vision, but don’t forget to be proud of what you have achieved as there is so much more from your career to dating and meeting new people.



This year I’ve decided to make a few resolutions to keep me on track and well balanced out and to remember it’s not all work, work, it will be there tomorrow and go out have fun, unwind and meet new people and find that perfect one, doesn’t matter your age there are so many platforms that you can sign up to such as silver-dating.com, also via an abundance of apps and to senior dating site there are a lot of choice from you to pick from to have an awesome work and dating life balance.



You need a second life
Step away from that laptop, yep close it! There is so much more than that screen, get out and explore the world, whilst you may have your dream job already or possibly working towards that promotion you need to have that dream life too.



Unwind
No matter what you do at work today, it will always be there to come back to tomorrow. Spend that quality time investing in you and your relationship and spend that time to unwind with someone you care about.



Prioritise
We’ve got this far and you are doing an amazing job, but prioritise time for you, work and your relationships outside the office, you don’t want to burn yourself out if you have to when it comes to work ask for help!



Health is wealth
In order to be the best productive you, you need to take care of you, no point turning up to work frazzled over worked and stressed out, to rocking up on that date and your head is elsewhere. Be kind to yourself, your mind body and soul! Come lunch take some time to step out of the office, take a walk, grab some food, or if you can get in a work out in your lunch break , or simply take sometime out to meditate to help clear your mind! No excuses you can ever. Do it after work and take some needed time for you.



Get social
Don’t forget to fit in your friendships, arrange some dinner and drink events to meet and catch up with old friends, I am sure enough that you’ll meet new friends and potential new suitors when your out.



Overall to have that perfect balance is to make sure you are happy and healthy, once there everything will fall into place and you will achieve that perfect all round balance.



For more dating and lifestyle tips, don’t forget you can follow me on Bloglovin and Instagram for all the latest updates.



Lindsey



Disclaimer: this post was a paid collaboration, but all words are my own



Prawn dumplings are my jam, I eat them by the truck load and could happily do so every day. With the Chinese New year not far away, I thought why not make some myself, I was a little worried, but I took the plunge and made them and I did not realise how easy they were to make. Made with fresh raw prawns, tasty bamboo shoots and diced up water chestnuts and a dash of rice wine, these can be made for your Friday night dish instead of a take out, or over the weekend in time to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The best things about the dumplings,they are so easy to make and you can customise the recipe to your liking, not a fan of prawns, why not go for a veggie option or even a chicken version, if you are wanting some with meat. This weekend I think I will be making a selection of veggie and protein filled dumplings with Leanora, her small hands are ideal too. 



You will never make a small batch of these dumplings, but don't worry they are ideal for freezing too, so when ever you fancy one you'll have some stored in the freezer, added bonus is that you can steam from frozen, or even fry straight on to the skillet. 

If you fancy another takeout dish to make at home, perfectly accompanies with these dumplings are my Chinese sticky chicken wings. I am also in the process of refining a new recipes which will be out in time for the Chinese New Year, another takeout treat in the form of noodles, so be sure to come back Friday, to complete your Friday night at home takeaway.

If you make these prawn dumplings or sweet sticky wings, be sure to tag me on Instagram, so I can see your photos. 

Lindsey

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The easiest way to stick to a budget and a plan, is meal prepping. Every Sunday I think about what we are going to eat and stick to it. Meal prep is a big and in thing and I absolutely love it, I know I’m guaranteed to eat fresh healthy food and something a little naughty at the end of the week, plus any left overs you can take to work for lunch, so need to think about spending that extra cash and struggling on what to eat come noon!



Left over chicken from your Sunday roast, turn the left over chicken in to a tasty pie. Make individual ones or a mammoth one to share with family and friends, perfect for those cold nights.



Come on, who doesn’t love a good pizza! This beauty takes no time to make, friendly on the pocket meat free and if you are mushroom love this is for you.



Wanting to go meat free and trick the kids, then this tasty spag bowl is perfect. I wanted Leanora and I to eat a little less meat and when I thought of this dish, I was hesitant and thought I’d get caught out, but no! She loves it and is none the wiser.



With these cold days and nights we are having we want something winter warming and this soup is simply heavenly, enjoyed curled up on the sofa with a good book, plus perfect to pack up for lunch.



Come Friday night, we love a takeaway, but we are all about saving money and why not make your own Chinese at home and make a batch of these sweet sticky wings! Trust me that they will last no time in the house, I always end up making to batches.

Do you enjoy meal prepping? What have you got lines up for the next few days?

Lindsey



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