Monday, 10 December 2018

Humble Chicken Pot Pie




One of the many things I love about the cold is the cosy dishes I get to make, but eat! We are big fans for years of pie, but I’ve never made my own until now and this chicken pot pie is delicious, full of flavour and our new and hopefully your new favourite, plus it makes your home smell divine.

Monday’s are normally leftover day's, we make a roast chicken on a Sunday and then the chicken left over normally goes into a stir fry for dinner or used for our lunch in sandwiches, but this Monday we will be having it in a pie loaded with vegetables, fresh herbs and tender chicken bursting with flavour and truly scrumptious. 

This buttery rich humble pie is perfect for the family weeknight dinner and takes no time at all to make. 

INGREDIENTS
  • Leftover chicken shredded 
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 1 cup of petit pots
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 2 leeks chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 knob of salted butter
  • 50g of plain flour
  • 600ml of vegetable stock (or chicken)
  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 medium egg beaten
  • 1 sheet of chilled puff pastry



DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  2. In a large frying pan, add the olive oil, diced carrots, leeks, onion, garlic and half of your thyme and cook until soft, stirring often. Cook for about 10 minutes until golden.
  3. Next, add in the chicken, butter, flour and stock into the pan then stir until melted and all comes together then add the remaining herbs and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour your filling into your pie dish and take your pastry and place it over the pie. Take a sharp knife and trim the edges, make sure to leave about 1cm over the dish and press slightly so that it sticks, then pinch with your fingers or take a fork and push down around the sides.
  5. Egg wash your pastry and then bake in the oven until pie lid is golden, then serve with some steamed seasonal vegetables. 

Nothing too hard to make, a simple and delicious humble pie. 

Let me know if you make this pot pie and what you think in the comments below, don't forget you can tag me on Instagram as well as for more recipes you can find them over on Bloglovin!

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Kids Christmas Gift Guide

With the countdown on to Christmas (eek!) the pressure is on for us parents and gift givers to bestow the little ones with the perfect gift this Christmas. 

Wither your buying for your own little cheeky chops on someone else's it can be hard to find that perfect gift, so fret not mon frer I am here to help with a few the top choice Christmas gifts this Christmas and where to buy them from 

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1. Nintendo Switch
The game console of the moment for the kids is the Nintendo Switch. They come with some great game classics and can be bought on it's own or in a set with a game. 

Look out Super Mario and Hello Kitty, here we come for some gaming fun this Christmas. We, love that it can be played anywhere be it at home with family before your Christmas dinner, or if travelling to see family can be used in the car to keep the kids quite. 

2. Boxer - Interactive Robot
A perfective interactive robot for kids comes with 10 different playing games such as bot bowling and Go Kart. This super cute bot also expresses emotions from happiness to sadness, to grumpiness and tiredness like our little tots, suitable for kids aged 6+.

3. Barbie Complete Home Set
A girls must have, whilst it may be on the expensive side, it will certainly keep the little ones entertained and using there imagination making stories. Comes with loads of accessories for the home.

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4. LOL Surprise
With these super cute collectables still reigning upreme this year, this is high up on the Christmas gift list and will always be a pleasant surprise to unwrap before you find out who you've got and with over 15 layers of surprises.

5. Harry Potter, Howarts Hall - Lego
This is not just for the Harry Potter loves, for the Lego lovers too, spend hours creating the great hall of Hogwarts this Christmas with the whole family. 

The perfect gift to get your hands on this Christmas for the Avid Harry Potter fans, it looks nice and very sturdy one built. Let the Wizardry commence!

6. PAW Patrol Paw Patroller 
The perfect playlet for the toddlers, a firm Christmas favourite for the parents as well as kids. The ultimate rescue vehicle and it’s perfect for making sure that the Paw Patrol team can get to new exotic adventure locations fast. Can hold up to 3 Paw Patrol vehicles, but note they are sold separately.

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7. Fingerling Dinosaur
Forget the monkeys, it is all about these little cute fingerlings baby dragons. Fingerlings have now brought out these along with super pretty unicorns, to the ferocious dinosaurs. and they all come in a variety of colours. 

8. Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise 
The greatest toy that all kids love is this mystical unicorn who can poop glittery poo once feed. There are over 20 to collect. Poopsie Unicorn comes with 4 Unicorn Food slime packets, 4 Unicorn Magic packets and 1 packet of Unicorn Sparkle as well as a sparkly potty.

9. Super Slime Studio
Slime is going nowhere and what better way to for the kids to get creative is than with this Slime studio creation which encourages stem learning and lets the kids have super slimy fun.

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Monday, 3 December 2018

Mushroom And Lentil Bolognese


Cosy and comforting, mushroom and lentils make for a simple supper the whole family will love! We've been cutting down on our meat intake and we have felt great and found we've had more energy, thanks to this hearty meal, with fresh herbs, loads of veggies and of course lashings of melty cheese and pasta. 

With the holidays finally here, we all tend to eat a lot more and indulge, and I'll be the first to admit that I indulge big time, so it is nice to have something healthier and with the cold weather a hearty meal with pasta is the way to go. I am a big fan of pasta, but I've noticed that as soon as I have been eating it of late, I've been left feeling bloated and very uncomfortable, so I decided to try gluten free pasta and oh my gosh, it has been totally life-changing, the bloat has gone and I feel great after eating it! I may have been a bit naughty and had seconds, ok maybe a cheeky third's, but I have to say gluten-free is the way for me and my family and for those that feel bloated after eating a starch pasta dish, I recommend trying gluten-free pasta. 


Leanora loves bolognese, so at first, I was a little worried about this dish but it was a hit and she did not even notice that it was jam-packed with vegetables, especially vegetables that she normally does not eat (mushrooms), she scoffed the whole lot and asked for another helping. This is the perfect cosy and hearty vegetable filled dish for the family, a smashing way to sneak in the 5 a day for the kids, plus it's a great way to get them to try new things such as lentils. 

Growing up and now in my adult life, I never tried lentils so was a little bit worried about cooking them, even myself liking them, most likely due to fear of the unknown, but that is what is great about stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a risk and trying new things as it can pay off and it sure did. 


I always thought you had to soak lentils, like some pulses you have to, but it is so easy to cook and popped it all into the same pot to cook out. I went for green lentils for this dish as I found that they have a more earthy stronger flavour and remain firm once cooked, therefore giving this dish a more meatier texture.


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh time
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • 100g of green lentils
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 tin of plum tomatoes
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • parmesan cheese
  • 400g of gluten-free pasta 



DIRECTIONS
  1. Peel the onion, carrot and garlic. Trim the celery and roughly chop all veg. Heat up the oil in a large frying pan. Add all the vegetables, along with the time and cook for 10-15 minutes until soft. 
  2. Blitz the mushrooms in a food processor or roughly chop into small pieces, add to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, stir and add the green lentils, tomato puree, plum tomatoes, and vegetable stock and pop on a lid and cook on a medium heat for 30 minutes until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. 
  3. When the lentils are almost done cook pasta as per instructions on the packet.
  4. Drain the pasta once cooked, saving a little of the water it was cooked in, into a cup.
  5. Stir in the bolognese into the pasta and a little of the hotter saved in the cup to help it to stop sticking together. Sprinkle in the parmesan and if you like roughly chop some parsley and serve it on top of your bolognese.

This bolognese can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Best Scented Candles For Autumn



There are certain things that I can not live without and one of those things is candles. I just love that when you walk into a room, the smell is just uplifting and cosy and makes you never want to leave.  Every mantle space, nook and cranny in my home you will find a candle, kept out of reach of Leanora of course.

I love finding new brands and scents and you do not have to spend a bomb on finding delicious good long-lasting scented candles, for decoration I head to Ikea I literally fill my bag with them, TK Maxx for the more unusual and Space NK or Selfridges for a bit of luxury. 



Each season I change my scents and with Christmas only 4 weeks away, I look for more bolder, cosier, woodsier and festive scents to get me in the festive and winter mood. 

Arket, my new fave store where you can grab clothes for the family, coffee and cake as well as items for the home, sell a Geranium scented candle it is inviting and fills the room all whilst not being overpowering at the same time. I love burning this after a long day and putting my feet up on the sofa, helping me unwind and relax of an evening, brilliant for de-stressing in the bath to end your day.


H&M can never do any wrong in my eyes, whilst the more affordable priced candles scents do not last as long, they too are great for decorative purposes, they have a new still affordable but a little more pricer premium candle range and this cotton candle, which has a burn time of up to 50 hours is great for burning first thing of a morning, its light and fresh and you will most likely find this candle in my kitchen as that is pretty much were I spend most of my time in the morning and can easily go through quite a few of these. 




Just in time for Christmas, my mothers favourite candle brand Yankee Candle is hosting a competition where you could win a Yankee Candle Christmas set over on wowfreestuff head over to enter here

Have you tried any of these candles? Let me know your recommendations of your favourite candles. 


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Monday, 26 November 2018

Tips On Switching Off


The past few weeks have been a total madness, from changing a new job to starting one, to keeping up with my 4 year old 's social life and Christmas school play, from managing the house and everything in between and waking up in the middle of the night, thinking of what needs to be done tomorrow, it can be hard to switch off!

Last week, I did just that, I had to find that nice slow groove and slow down, for my own piece of mind and to recharge and take care of myself. Whilst I love what I do and enjoy being busy, I am  forever grateful, but at times we just need to take it easy, after all there is only one of me and one of you, this does not have to be taking time off, for days on end, even the smallest of things and setting time aside can help. 

Monday Cook-Off
I can normally get home at 10 - 11 pm of a night from work, whilst being out the house for 15 hours is not ideal, it happens and I come home grab a quick bite to eat, before hitting the bed, but last week I changed that I took a little time to get out earlier and get home and spend time with my family I even managed to cook and I loved it, I felt so much more relaxed, just because it is the first day of the week, does not mean I have to smash it from the get-go. 

Whilst this may not seem like self-care, it truly felt it. I felt more invigorated just spending time with family and cooking, even though the kitchen was left looking like a war zone, the mushroom and lentil bolognese was a hit, Leanora and I sat on the kitchen floor and ate it, giggling about our day whilst enjoying our meal surrounded by pasta on the walls. 

Read It
So you know I am a major fan of books, I actually have not read anything new for a little while, because I've been so busy. But I treated myself for my Birthday and started Michelle Obama's, Becoming and it is amazing, but I'll fill you in more later in the week when I finally bring out my latest book club reads. 

Armed with a book, on route to work and a little reading before bed, is just so relaxing. It is about finding that balance to break away from work and the constant go of life, to help you switch off, be it even watching a movie or a fave tv show, we are currently loving Dynasties documentary on a Sunday.

Midweek pamper
Nothing like switching off, then a little beauty self-care, that midweek pick me up and a little indulgence to help you feel better and relaxed is perfect. With Christmas fast approaching I wanted to save some money, so I bought some beauty bits from Feelunique and had an at home pampering session. 

After a long hot soak, a bath filled with essential bath oils, some candles burning, my new fave podcast on in the background and freshly polished nails., by the time I got into bed, tucked up with a book, I felt less stressed, re-energised and mentally renewed. My body and my find felt great immediately leading me to have better and non broken sleep. I totally recommend taking time out with a pamper night at least once a week as a must. 

Stretch it out
I have to confess I always try to find a million excuses to not go or work out at home, it is too cold, it's too dark, I've not slept enough, I got too much work to do, the gym is going to be busy I won't be able to get a slot avail;able for a class, you can see where I am going with this right!

So last week, I made sure to get in at least two works in the morning, if I can not attend a class, I got up 30 minutes earlier, rolled out my mat and stretched it out. I felt leaner after yoga and stronger after a 30-minute pilates session and you can instantly feel the benefits in your mind, body, and soul. I learned the importance after a work out on taking care of one's self, I felt ready for my day and able to tackle whatever comes my way and charged with life and positivity and anything negative I may have been thinking or holding on to, simply went away. 

It is about doing small things to help you switch off, feel rested and energised to be able to manage your days and weeks. Instead of doing all of this on a Sunday to prep me for the week, it's about doing a little each day. 

What would you do with your week or day to help you switch off?


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Friday, 23 November 2018

The Best Winter Coats To Buy Now



Ok, so it is fair to say I have an obsession with coats, but who can blame me, what is not to love about being snug especially as it has been predicted that it will snow in the next coming weeks and now that the Black Friday sale is upon us, do we need an excuse to snap a new one up?!

The coat I am wearing I purchased a few weeks ago from H&M and I have had it on rotation with a few others. In my opinion, the stores slaying with the best coats are H&M, & Other Stories, Mango and the much loved Topshop. 

With winter firmly here, you are going to need a coat for any occasion, be it the amazing faux fur from Topshop which has gone down in the sale this week and has been spotted all over Instagram to other amazing show stoppers from the toasty teddy to the heavy trench and the most coveted print of the season leopard and a rust coloured coat for winter. Here is a selection of stylish and functional coats for all budgets to see you through winter.



H&M (20% off everything and free delivery)


MANGO (currently 30% off with code BLACK18)


& OTHER STORIES (20% off everything with FRIDAYNOIR)



TOPSHOP (upto 50% off)



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Thursday, 22 November 2018

What To Buy This Black Friday


I have to admit, I have been holding out on my Christmas shopping to grab some bargains and big savings for the Black Friday Sale and it is finally here upon us and I am super excited. Something about knowing that I've made a saving just make me happy, especially as we are in the festive period and there is so much to see and do throughout this next few months, plus Winter Wonderland officially opens today so I know Leanora will be wanting to go on a weekly basis. 

I always start with the electronics as this is where most of my money goes, plus is this not where the Black Friday sales started with? Do you remember the carnage caused at Asda where a massive stampede happened all to swipe a TV! Yup, I do and I do not intend on venturing to any store, that is why it is key to have your list and wishlist items saved and enjoy the sales from the comfort of your own home (or office desk!). Leanora for Christmas wants a Nintendo Switch so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for that I also know that Amazon are having huge sales on there video games too, unto 40% off. For me, I am planning finally to start blogging next year, so I've been looking at ring lights, along with toying with the idea of upgrading my MacBook and there is no better time to bag one in one of the biggest sales. 


Electricals



I am currently in the process of redecorating the house, I've got all the big things, such as a bed and sofa, but it's just the smaller things to bring it all together, such as cushions, lamps and other bits to help decorate the home and make it more festive for Christmas. I've also been eyeing up a new little chair of the bedroom and footstool as well as new coffee machine. The idea is to think about what you want, otherwise, if I did not I'll just simply splash the cash and most likely end up with items that I do not want and do not fit with my home or style, so a little forward planning is essential. 


Home



Ok, so we all need a little treat and what better time to spoil yourself in a justifiable way when saving money. I've been eyeing up these amazing Veja trainers for Leanora and myself and with the temperature drop, some new oversize knits and cardigans for us too, along with some new denim, you can never have too many pairs of jeans right! Arket have some great pieces in and adding items daily to the sale, a brand that I love for the whole family and home along with another fave Boden who is offering 30% of with code N3N1.


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Honestly if you have a few beauty products that you use time and time again, this is the time to stock up on some foundation, mascara and even skincare products that you just can not live without ladies, plus it is a great time to get some bits in for the men in your life for Christmas. 

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Gift Of Giving With Flowers Of Colombia


T'is the season of gift giving, it can be tricky to get someone something special, especially if you have kids and do not know what to get for there teacher this Christmas, but if you are stuck for ideas I defiantly recommend a lovely bunch of flowers from Flowers of Colombia, you can never go wrong with beautiful blooms.  

I am all about giving and putting money back in to society so that it thrives and by supporting and buying a beautiful bunch of blooms which last up to 4 weeks you do just that, by not only putting a smile on to your kids teachers faces, you are doing something for a community so that they are able to work and thrive.

Flowers of Columbia sourced from a beautiful fertile savannah above Colombia's capital city of Bogota, lies a vast 7,335 hectares and for every hectare, it provides 14 jobs and 65% of those jobs are given to women, to help them get out of poverty and provide for their family as well as bringing them into a community filled with social programs which is run by ASOCOLFLORES the trade association that represents all Colombian flower producers.

ASOCOLFLORES are big advocates of sustainable flowers to strengthen Colombia floriculture and generate well-being and inspiring experiences for all and has been doing so since 1973, now celebrating its 45th anniversary it is doing amazing work and has been able to generate 130,000 jobs, which enables them to export 228,00 tons and more than 10 million of beautiful boxed blooms each year. In addition to the great work that they do, Flowers of Columbia have also been able to decrease their energy consumption by 61% in 5 years. 

I was never one to think about the environment before, but with so much awareness of the impact that it can cause I am racing in to support it, by brightening up the teachers as well as my home. 

To see more from Flowers of Columbia and how it inspires our heart through music, check this #FlowerTributeTour video.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

10 Best Home Decor Pieces On H&M


So I actually have an obsession with homeware, maybe borderline obsessive, but it's not a bad thing?! I can literally spend my weekends trailing from homeware to homeware store, then heading to IKEA to fuel up on meatballs and hot dogs, then head back to it.

You do not need to splurge, you don't even need a big budget to spend on key pieces, you just need to know where to go and know what you want to make your home look dreamy! Ever stuck for ideas I fuel up on Pinterest for some decor inspiration. 

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I like to take my time on getting the perfect items, for Pete's sake it took me 3 years to find my mirror for the living room, but the moment I saw it no matter how long it took I knew it was the one and Constance had to be mine.

I just discovered H&M new collection and I am in love, literally, I want everything and what is great not only does it look expensive, it is super affordable and I've found 10 firm favourites, which I'll be picking up to decorate my home?


Vase
I adore these, not only are they super cute and stylish, priced at £2.99 a vase your shelf will have never looked better. Great for putting dried little flowers in to decorate, perfect to stand alone also. 


Candles
I am a sucker for candles, I literally buy candles every day, so these new scented candles are perfect for me and those that love them 



Bedding
Nothing completes a bedroom than with some fresh new bedding, and since I love spending time in bed, particularly on a Sunday this elegant bedding is perfect, to Netflix and chill. 
Mirror
Now that I have found my one perfect mirror, I've gone a little mirror crazy, they are perfect for those that have homes with not much light and give it a more of bigger feel. 


Storage basket
If you are lover plants as much as I do, you know that you will need something to stylishly store it in and this woven collapsible basket is perfect, great for storing blankets and toys too, if you do have any plants.

Glass Dome
If you have pretty things you want to have put on display what better way then to have them shown as your pride an joy encased in this glass dome



Slippers, 
Nothing screams comfort and style than a pair of slippers.


Rug
Find the perfect spot in your home to place this beautiful rug and make it the centre of attention in your desired room. 


Blanket
With Autumn here, and the nights getting darker quicker, you are staying in a little bit more, so why not curl up on the sofa, with a good book and this blanket to keep you warm.


Glass Storage
We all have jewellery and watches and will need somewhere to store them, and these glass trays are ideal and cost £12.99.

So what do you think, what are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Pumpkin Spice Rolls



I am not really a dessert person, but every now and again I do like a sweet treat, I am currently eating one as I write about it! Nothing feels better than a little indulgence, especially one that has the warming taste of pumpkin, besides just look at these pumpkin spice rolls, they are the ultimate Autumnal treat.

With Autumn firmly here and the leaves turning beautiful shades of brown and red I am always searching for a little snack that is a little bit naughty and comforting, to enjoy no matter the time of day. 

This recipe is super easy and takes no time at all to make and whip up, similar to my pumpkin spice biscuits. With the kids half term fast approaching these would be great to make with them or for them and taken out for any of your days out planned, or if no kids, then they will totally score you brownie points with your colleagues at work.


Once your rolls are cooked, the house smells truly divine, like a little bakery nestled in your abode, plus these will have you feeling like a true domestic goddess, well to your kids and friends anyways, that is if you plan on sharing these. 

What is great about these pastry rolls, they are perfect for breakfast, or a treat throughout the day and can be eaten cold or warm, so great to pack in a lunch box and gobbled at your desk. 

These pastry rolls are rich but not overly sweet and the warm pumpkin spices, make you just want to curl up with a cuppa and leave you feeling super cosy.


Ingredients
2 pack of ready made puff pastry
50g of butter (room temperature)
50g muscavado sugar
2 tbsp of pumpkin spice mix (or cinnamon)
1 egg (beaten)

Directions
1. preheat your oven to 180°c  and grease your 8inch round 2tin lightly. 

2. Mix together your softened butter, sugar and spice mix until all comes together.

3. lightly dust your surface with flour then roll out your ready made puff pastry, then spread over your pumpkin spice filling all over the pastry leaving a 1cm gap at the edges.

4. Roll your puff pastry gently into a roll, then cut into sections about 2cm thick and place into your tin until filled, leave a little space between each as they will expand when cooking. 

5. Take the beaten egg and give them a light brush and place in the oven for 2-30 mins, or until golden brown on the top, then leave to cool for 15-20 minutes, if not devour immediately, great served hot with a cuppa.

A simple dish to share with loved ones, they know how you roll.

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Friday, 12 October 2018

This Month's Netflix Original's To Watch This Weekend


It's Fri-Yyay and for the London Mumma household, that means a night to Netflix and Chill! If you are planning on taking it easy and chilling at home this weekend or even have a sleepover, we have got some great movies and shows to kick back too. 

Friday's are great, as that is when the latest shows and movies get added on. We have been loving Netflix originals for a little while now and the recent few that we have been watching have not disappointed. 

So I suggest for a cosy night in grab some funfetti popcorn and some Chinese wings to chow down on, cosy blanket and relax.

13 Reasons
The girls in the office have been banging on about this show for ages, how amazing it was and how it highlighted mental health and felt since they have watched the show, that they or people they know have been able to speak more openly about what they are feeling. 

Angry Birds
Since going to Chessington, Leanora and myself cannot get enough of these funny little guys. A great fun filled movie about green piggies trying to steal the bird's eggs for the king to eat. A great family movie.

Travels With My Father
This brilliant documentary starring Jack Whitehall and his father is utterly hilarious. The first season starts with Jack's father accompanying Jack around Asia on Jack's gap year, but Jacks father an uptight hilarious foul mouth 70-year-old man, has a few choice words for Jack. This season sees the tables turned where Jack's father takes the reigns and Jack accompanies his father on a tour around Europe, expect freakish dolls, that become apart of the family, a lot of lol, and nudity.

Somewhere Between
Now if you are looking for an amazing nail-biting binge, then Somewhere Between is your show, it literally just came out this week and I watched it in mere hours, I even woke up last night at 11am to watch an episode, only to watch the whole series until 4:20am this morning, downside, I had to be up at 5:30 am. Clearly, that shows you it is that good a must watch this weekend.

Next Gen
This is our family movie tonight, an animation about a little girl, who has recently lost her father, growing up as a young teen with no friends can be tough, that is until she finds herself in a lab where she should not be and awakes a robot, who follows her home. About love and friendship and support and I can not wait to curl up and watch this later. 

What are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below. 


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