Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Our Favourite Family Weekly Vegetable Haul

 


I love nothing more than stocking up on some fresh vegetables on a weekly basis.

I do love to change it up each week, but we have some staples. such as avocados, basil and courgettes which I use in a multiples ways and basil is a key ingredients for  my famous homemade pesto which I make on a weekly basis. 

I find that I feel so much better since we started to eat a lot more vegetables, we have changed our eating style in my home, we do not eat as much meat as we used to which is great, plus its get's me making and eating new dishes that I would not of eaten before. 

Courgettes, my all time favouite, be it with pasta or using it as a pasta or my guilty pleaseure, making them in to fritters I find that courgettes are super versatile in dishes whilst most people think they are only best for summertime dishes I personally feel they are great all year round. 

I eat an Avocado at least 5 times a week, particuarlly for breakfast, well certainly on a Sunday when I havee bacon sarnie just to feel better abot eating a tonne of bacon! Another guilty pleasure by means of eating Avocados is, I know a little controversial but it is great in a chocholate mousse.

Romaine lettuce, I love a goodsalad, as a side dish or as a maine for lucnch,  thete are so manny different varaitites but I found wouuld that both Leanora and I love in the form of the Romaine, it's got a great bite and holds it wesight if appkying a dressing.

Caulliflower, I mean a champion in veg. I love to roast it with a some cumin and a splash of olvie oil, grated and used a rice, if I want something lighter and less carby or in the colder months as a soup, it is truly one of our vegetables.

Mushrooms, now most people are not fans, me I can happilly eat mushrooms all day, be it a chestnnut, shitakie or my favourite enoki in a lovely brothy ramen, but always on a pizza, sneaked in to my bolognese meticulously hidden from Leanora, or on a Friday night curled up on a sofa, served on top of a cream bed of polenta.

I hope you enjoyed thiis post and been inspprired to try some of my family favourite vegetable haul, I would love to hear what yours are.

To find out more of family favourites, you can do so  by following me over on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

Have a woonderful day.


Lindsey





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Monday, 12 September 2022

Last Minute Back To School Essentials



I thought I was organised and it was not until a few days in Leanora's return back to school I realised I had missed the mark and forgotten a few things off the list.

You would of thought I would of had a grip on things, I mean Leanora's been going to school for 5 years now, but her needs have changed at school, who am I kidding I just totally forgot, but that's ok, I've done a mad dash after work to my local Rymans and stocked up on the last minute back to essentials.


Notbeooks

I mean   how can I forget this, Leanoraa is a doodler during her breaktime and always guarantted, each day after school she cones home with mounts of paper, so to hep reduce this a notepad is perfect for her, not just for her drawings but a great place to keep all her notes too.


Sharpie

Every parents weapon of choice, am I right!! Leanora like most kids misplace, cardigans, jumpers, PE Kit even school bags and I have to say last year we easily went through more than 12 carigans and jumpers, not this year! I've become a graffitti artist and tagged her name inside if EVERYTHING with these sharpie pens.


Folders

As previously mentioned kids, come back with so much loose paper in their bags,so keeping all things tidy and in one place, especialy if your child is leaning and instrument or langugage yuo can neatly file away all the papers in one place. 



Gloves

I'm getting in early,  especially as Leanora has Raynards and I find all the good designs are out now and like last year I missed the mark and did not get the ones I originallly had intended on buying for her, silly I know but a good lined glove can goo quick, just like the school shoes I missed on buying Leanora for this term.


Resealable bags

Ok, may be this was more for me wanting to go Ikea to eat meatballs and a big slice or 2 of Dime cake, but I still managed to get some much needed iconoic ISTAD bags. They are perfect holding little snacks for Leanora and good for the home too, so everyeones a winner. 


Paint, Coloured Pens, Glue, Glitter & Coloured paper/card

There is alaways someething to create for school, be it a homework piece a costume to make and little gift card, Rymans have loads of great craft kits to get you started or if not what you need you can always g=create your own, as these ites are certainly an essential.


I hope these essentials you have foud helpful or if you have anythhing you have found essential for you child return back to school, I would love to hear and please share below.


Lindsey


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Thursday, 1 September 2022

Homemade Pesto

Pesto is our go to hero condiment, all throughout the year and I can not believe I use to buy this super easy, super tasty and all round awesome sauce when it is so easy to make. 

Every week without fail I have to make a batch of this glorious green sauce, those days not wanting to be in the kitchen and make a grand dinner after a long day at work and want something fresh, tasty and super easy to make, bomb, pop this bad boy at of the fridge, boil up some pasta combine the two great gods together and a sprinkle, well who am I kidding a lovely and very generous sprinkle of parmesan and the family dish just comes together in the most perfect way. 

This pesto works great in salads and sarnies too.


To start making this heavenly sauce, you got to toast up a cup full pine nuts until nice and brown, then toss into my blender.

I like to add 1 cup of olive oil.

Followed by  2 cup fulls of basil.

4 cloves of garlic

Juice of half a lemon

1 cup of grated parmesan, do not buy already grated parmesan the taste is completely different.

A pinch of salt and pepper, then give it all a whizz in your blender.

If you find that it is too thick a splash of water will loosen things up for you.

There is nothing more delicious than enjoying this, with family and friends and you know what the pesto's yet to come. 

Lindsey


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Saturday, 27 August 2022

10 Things You Can Do This Weekend Under £20

With the end of the month here and may be all spent out from the summer holiday activities with the kids, I have some fun and cheap things you can do this weekend under £20.00

1. Museum

There so many cool exhibitions on at the moment, our favourite new one was at 180 The Strand, incredibly beautiful immersive experience which you can see here via our TikTok

2. Buy a Book

We've been reading up a storm along with also making sure Leanora is keeping on top of all her maths work, so she doesn't fall behind and she has a head start before the new school year starts, plus you know me I love a new thriller action. 

3. Pamper Night

After a long week, Leanora and I love going to our local Boots or even TK Maxx, buying new nail polish and few fancy face masks and hand gloves, on a Saturday and curl up on the sofa armed with a massive bowl of pasta and having a chilled girly night in whilst watching a family movie .

4. Bowling

Bring on game day, we are super competitive and I wouldn't have it any other way, well maybe not at this moment in time as I am suffering with Sciatica so Leranora and friends have the upper hand but bare with me, in a few weeks this Mummas going to take them all down. We love a game day and our favourite game to play is bowling

5. Go To The Beach

The weekends are the cheapest times to get tickets to go have a splash at the seaside, even if not for the sea, it is always great to get out of the hometown and see some new sights, for some fresh and chippys and bot of rock. 

6. Catch A Movie

Cineworld and Vue have a great family offer, from 10am they show family friends movies and cartoon's from as little as £2.50.

7. Food Market

If you know me, you know I love food and if there is a market on you better believe you will find me there bells ringing and all. I love to keep costs low and what better way to give yourself a limit and see what you can get for £20. Start of with maybe some fresh pastries and coffees, go for a walk around town before you head back in for lunch and see what delicious treats you can get. 

8. Go To The Lido

This summer we spent loads of time sunning and swimming at our local Lido in Tooting, there are so many in and around London, so if you can not get to the beach why not book yourself in for a swim at your local Lido. 

9. Cook for friends and family

Instead of dining our, why not get some friends and family and over for a little afresco dining if you have outside space, or dine if not and rustle up one of my favourite and affordable cheap eats, such as my Provolone Chicken Rollatini  followed by Lemon and Pictahio cake

10. Go To The Theatre

Official London Theatre have some great offers, where kids can currently go for free as well as some other great affordable theatre tickets that you can bag for under £20.000 why not head on over and catch a little matinee.

Make sure to come back and see what else I will be adding to the list. I am also planning on creating a list of cheaper things to do plus a whole load of free thing for you and the family. 

Don't forget you can follow us on Instagram and TikTok too. 


Lindsey 

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Sunday, 31 July 2022

How Extend Your Weekend On A Sunday


Have you ever woken up and thought, WOW where did the weekend go, it's literally flown by with a blink of an eye?! Yep my too gurl, and guess what I gotta great way on extending your weekend, all beginning on a Sunday!

Watch a feel good show, nothing quite lifts your spirits then watching something that will put a smile on your face and keep you giggling, I am currently loving Dollface which was introduced to me by my friend Jamie and he said this show will be right up my alley a feel good, girl boss show about a girl who gets dumped by here boyfriend, she then has an imaginary cat friend who guides her through her journey and encourages her to build back her female friendships which she left behind. You can watch Dollface on Disney +. 

Currently reading The Guest List and it is incredible in so many ways and has become my weekend companion, so much so I've only a few chapters left, of this whodunit thriller. I find reading really helps my mind and especially when it is something you enjoy and I find that it is the perfect way to extend your weekend, by knowing you have completed something that you have enjoyed.

Leanora and I have been currently eating a lot of vegetarian and vegan meals and making loads of pesto and using it many different ways, with pasta, sandwiches and even in our salads, don't worry, i'll be sharing our super easy recipe soon I always find making something with Leanora fun and that is what Sundays should be fun, creating something with your loved ones or friends, will never give you those Sunday blues. 

Plan something fun for the evening, such as an exercise class, a spot of yoga or pliates or even go swimming, it will take your mind off thinking about Monday and will give you something to look forward too.

Lastly, don't get too hung up about Monday, just enjoy your Sunday YOUR way!!

Don’t forget to follow me over on Instagram or by using the #LondonMumma tag to show me what you get this weekend and for some fun inspo on extending your weekend you can check us out on TikTok


Lindsey




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Thursday, 30 June 2022

Our Favourite Kid-Approved Online Shoe Den

Shining a light on this amazing online, cool kids shoe store simply couldn’t wait, I just had to share it with you.

I find, finding trainers or sneakers as to which Leanora now likes to call them since watching Sneakella on Disney + along with school shoes can be a stress in its self, I’ll be jumping from one website, to another and another! You get my meaning but after looking through The Kids Shoe Den I found that they have a vast collection of footwear and brands on offer, such as Lelli Kelly, an always trusted school brand Clarks and Geox on this super easy to navigate site, as well as selling footwear for children of all ages at all stages in their lives. From crawlers and cruisers to school leavers and a bonus they ship Nationwide, so all us parenst are winners in the world. 


The website is designed for the easiest, so muggings here can navigate around easily and what I love is the kitsch little items on offer, such as the cute Llama socks, backpacks to sunnies and lots of other accessories to kit the kiddos out this summer and seasons beyond.

For me I can never get Leanora's footsize right, don't you find that our littles are growing at a rapid rate at the moment, I just need Leanora to slow down. But if in doubt of your super speedy growers footsize you can acutally purchase a foot gauge which has been a god send, I mean even I've tried it out, but we won't go into my foot size, all I am happy about is that my mothers is bigger than mine lol! Soz mum. 

However, with us in a new season and always thinking ahead I love the fact that I can plan ahead for the new school term with Kids Shoe Den as well as stock up on new summer favourites along with being fully prepared and get some new school shoes and wellies to put down for Leanora.

Do you have any great adventures happening this weekend, let us know in the comments below or tag us over on Instagram.

Don't forget you can keep upto date with what we are doing over on Instagram and some of our latest videos on TikTok and shop all our looks via LTK, plus keep up to date on what’s new on the blog via Bloglovin!


Have a great day all!!


Lindsey


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Monday, 18 April 2022

4 Things To Do For A Productive Monday


Yes, most of us hate Monday's but I've learnt to embrace them, each week is a new week, which comes with new opportunities and I like to be ahead of the game and get productive for my Monday and use my Sunday's wisely. 

GET YOUR CLOTHES READY THE NIGHT BEFORE!

I like to be ahead of the game, giving me more time on a Monday morning to actually get ready at a leisurely pace, instead of running around like a mad woman and leaving the house in a sweaty mess.


MEAL PREP

Weekends, I like to get organised and buy only what I need for the coming week, which seems like a good option right! I know, I am right, this way I keep spending to a minimum and its a great way to help budget and eat really well for the coming week instead of over buying and over spending and sticking to what I have in the fridge. 


A LITTLE SELFCARE

Sunday's are meant to be for you, to kick back recharge and get your ducks in a row! Now, am I right we all probably have a vast amount of skin and haircare so lets put it to good use and take care of our skin and hair and relax with a little pamper session, deep condition your hair all in the luxury of your own home. 


GET UP EARLY

I hate to be late, being late can really set me off for a bad day, so I like to get up early, stretch and workout along with creating a todo list for the day. I find getting up a little bit early really sets me up for the day ahead, plus the sun is rising earlier so I like to make the most of it. 


Don’t forget to follow me over on Instagram or by using the #LondonMumma tag to show me what you get up to or keep up to date on what’s new on the blog via Bloglovin!


Lindsey



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Saturday, 16 April 2022

What To Make And Bake This Easter

 

There is nothing more than I love, than a little family time, especially in April as this is when I have a little time off from work, which I get to spend with Leanora and family and friends, plus its Easter. Easter is time when the daffodils  bloom, spring has finally come plus, we get to eat all the chocolate we want and not regret it. 



Lemon and Pistachio Cake
Nothing quite screams spring more than lemons, it fresh and tasty and combine that with pistachio nuts in to a cake and its like spring has sprung and tickle your taste buds with this beautiful cake to share with family and friends.




Easter Egg Hunt
Who doesn't love a good Easter egg hunt, for those with families or even if you don't, get some friends round a for a fun game of hunting for some eggs and other little treats. What I love about this game you can personalise it your needs, great creative and create some fun colorful bunting and other decorations and personalise it with the players names this is something that you can get everyone involved in.



Easter Meringue Delight
With left over mini eggs and a whole load of fresh eggs and cream, this is a sure fire crowd please, this super light Easter meringue delight, perfect treat after all the Easter egg hunting. 


Lamb Shawarma
No Easter is complete without a tasty lamb dish, we are huge shawarma fans and we've used a lovely leg of lamb which is enough to feed the whole family and tasty left over lunch the following day. Super easy to make just click on here for the recipe.


Let me know if you make these tasty recipes or have your own Easter egg hunt in the comments below or by tagging me over on Instagram and using the #LondonMummaEats tag or save over on Pinterest to try for a later date. 


For more tasty dishes, you can follow me over on Bloglovin to never miss a dish.


Lindsey

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Where To Eat This Spring

 

Guys, we have tried and tested some great restaurants all thanks to Square Meal sourcing some fabulous eateries this Spring in the UK.

With the Square Meal website which is easy to use and navigate around, which you can find here https://www.squaremeal.co.uk/ you are able to find the likes of Gallio, which you can read all about this wonderful new Mediterranean restaurant here based in the heart of Canary Wharf, London A Mediterranean delight  and many more in the area.

The sun is finally shining and the daffodils are blooming in the UK and all I want to do is dine alfresco, be it here in London or little further afield for a little weekend getaway to the beach, such a Brighton with Leanora! 

When it comes to dining out and where to go and always wanting to try something new, Square Meal are able to help me source just what I am looking for via their easy to use search fields, which enable me to narrow down just what I am after, be it a roof terrace restaurant with a buzzy family vibe, a chilled beer garden to even a nice quaint little eatery with a water view dining experience, which is perfect for a day date to see you in to the glorious evening giving you the perfect sunset back drop. 

Since the early 1990s when Square Meal was first launched, they have come leaps and bounds and offer so many alternative places to have new dining experiences, along with helping those who even may be looking for a venue for a birthday party or christening, they even can help source your wedding venue to recipes, so if you are not wanting to dine out and want to cook a slap up meal they are there to help assist you with this and so much  more. 

Dining out for me is all about the experience and that it has to offer as well memories that you get to create with family and friends. Leanora and I recently went to Circolo Popolare and the atmosphere, was electrifying, we went for an early lunch and the place was heaving, it was lively the staff were amazing and the venue, I mean wow absolutely stunning you must go it is absolutely spectacular and the food was out of this world good. Circolo Popolare, brings you true classic Sicillian dishes from Italy right to your table in the heart of London and it is not too badly priced also. I have also been meaning to try out it's other sister restaurants also located in London, but they do have others too around the world from Madrid to Paris and other countries. 

This is what I love about Square Meal, they are able to bring so many new and great places together all in one place for you to try  and explore new dishes from all over the world right here in the UK. and with it being bank holiday and few extra days off work, I truly recommend checking them out to see what they have on offer. 

Do you have any great foodie adventures happening this weekend, let us know in the comments below or tag us over on Instagram.

Don't forget you can keep upto date with what we are doing over on Instagram and some of our latest videos on TikTok and shop all our looks via LTK.

Happy weekend all!

Lindsey

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Thursday, 7 April 2022

4 Must See Family Movies This Weekend

I am always looking for a way to end screen time and the sneakiest and I must say smartest way, is by introducing movie night! Leanora loves it and I do too, not only it brakes her away from the screen, this is a time for us to make life long memories share stories and watch movies together and we've got 4 must see family movies this weekend. So grab the popcorn and all those household famous treats and don't forget the kids and snuggle up for movie night.

Turning Red

We are big Disney fans and the latest installment from them is Turning Red, we watch this family favourite near enough every day. Turning Red features Mei, a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian student who, due to a hereditary curse, transforms into then fluffiest red panda and with friends in tow trys to battle this curse, when brought on by her teenage emotions. 


Onward

A Pixar animation following two brothers on a laugh out loud on an epic journey to see if magic truly exsists.


Sing 2

My favourite all time feel good sing a long movie Sing 2. If you are loved the first film the second is going to totally blow your mind, so do some vocal sing as you will be rocking the house with this amazing movie. 


The Croods 2

Its all about the Croods vs the Bettermans in this second installment whilst looking for a new home for the Croods, they feel looked down upon by the Bettermans, but are the Bettermans hiding a secret in the beautifully captivating home?

For more grate family movies click here or looking for something to do this weekend click here

Don't forget you can keep upto date with what we are doing over on Instagram and some of our latest videos on TikTok.


Lindsey


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Friday, 18 March 2022

4 Things To Do This Glorious Sunny Weekend

 

Did someone say the sun is out and in London, you know what that means we are all going to be out out, safely mind you!

This weekend Leanora and I are going to make the most of it and we thought, lets not be selfish and share with you lovely lot 4 things to do this glorious sunny weekend. 

Globalls - Brighton

Who doesn't love a day at the seaside, incorporate that with a bit of golf and your on to cracking day. This weekend we are actually off to Brighton for the day and I can not wait, I saw on Heysareta Instagram a few weeks back this totally insnae looking indoor golf course, which totally lit up in neon lights, the them was wildfile and I have to hit her up and find out about the awesome place! The tickets are extremely affordable for a round, I think even maybe cheaper than when we play in London, which is making me think I'm on to a winner, which then = ME WINNING....Finally?!?!? Probabnly not but it truly looks awesome and I can not wait for a round with Leanora. 

Goboat

With London filled with promise of beaming sunshine, why not make the most of it and pack a lunch a little juice for the kids, a sneaky vino for you and higher a boat for a few hours and bask in the sunshine up and dowe the rivers of London, plus you get to be the captain as you get to steer the boat, plus not only is it family friendly you can bring your pet pooches too. 

Seven Dials Market

We are major foodies and I know you guys are too, so grab a few people the more the merrier and head on down to Covent Garden for a leisurely stroll to build up that appetite, before settling in to the bustling food and drink market of Seven Dials, we have yet to been but school pickup is soon, so by the time you've read this we shall be there and I'll be making a bee line to Yum Bun first as I've heard good things, before we make our way around the market to try out the rest of it's goodies on offer.

Columbia Road Flower Market

We have no intention of staying in the house this weekend, well a little on Sunday to tidy up the garden before we head over to East London to visit Columbia Road Flower Market for some new beauties for our garden. This is a weekly trade every Sunday from 8am to 2pm, closest tubes are Bethnal Green or Hoxton overground. It is always bustling and you spot a face or two you know, we simply love the atmosphere and alol the beautiful flowers on offer you simply hate to leave any

If you can not make it this weekend, don't worry half term is fat approaching why not check out the above then. 

Do you have any great adventures happening this weekend, let us know in the comments below or tag us over on Instagram.

Happy weekend all!


Lindsey



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How To Add A Pop Of Colour To Your Workwear

I am a firm believer that what you put out there in to the universe, is what you get right back and in this case I am putting out all the colour a dash of pink at a time, in hopes for Spring to finally arrive here in London......My prayers have been answered!

I personally prefer a neutral pallet when it comes to work, but I like to be adventurous when Spring is on the horizon and let everyone know it is fast approaching. I am not talking about bang in your face head to toe colour, I'll save that for brunch on the weekends, but a dash here or there during the week slotted in nicely in to my workwear is perfect, plus I like to give the directors heart attack not knowing how bright I'll be on the day!

Now adding colour to your workwear wardrobe doesn't have to be intense, there are my causal days where i'll go for a long sleeve striped breton top to work, which I'll wear with tailored trousers and a blazer, be it fitted or oversized and soon to be by the grace of god a light linen version! But to inject a pop of colour into it I'll opt for one a cerulean blue stripe or nice punchy red whilst still keeping it chic for work. you can not got wrong.

I have linked plenty of happy hues for you to peruse and shop above and below, so take advantage kick back and relax, enjoy the glorious sunshine, maybe with a vino in hand .

I hope you guys found this post helpful for your workwear needs, let me know your thoughts on the comments below or tag me in your spring workwear attire over on Instagram.

Happy shopping!

Lindsey 

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Thursday, 17 March 2022

What A Mum Wants

If you love being spoiled or spoiling others, then Mother's Day is certainly the day to splurge and indulge on some really great and unique gifts to purchase for your mother and grandmother too!

This Mother's day will certainly be a unique one and one to remember, especially now all restrictions have ceased, we are able to spend it with our superhero mums and make it all about them, (do you hear that Leanora lol!)  and actually get to spend quality time with them in the flesh and indulge there every whim and yes mum I will be spoiling ya rotten with some amazing gifts for her

Another one of my favourite things to do on Mothers Day, is that I have a little tradition with my friends and I get all us mummas together just us as women, friends and mothers, for a much needed girly date night and just have an opportunity to spend some quality time with each other. I mean motherhood would of been a lot more lonely if I did not have these ladies, to share stories with, parenting fails, laughs and loves and so much more. 



My mother and my mumma friends are all so different! For instance my mother is a gardening queen who loves to eat chocolate, I have a friend who loves all things makeup and beauty, another who adores  perfume and another who is Vegan and all have worked hard and are amazing so little gifts are a simple but meaningful way to tell them I care. 

Boots have everything and more than I need to tell and show these women that I care, it is not about spending a fortune by any means, that is not what gifting is about, but it's the little sentimental gifts to let these women of all types of personalities know, that you got this and you are doing and will always do an amazing job and that I appreciate you. 


I personally love finding the best brands at the best prices possible and I can do all of that on the Boots website or store, they have an array of items on available on the Mother's Day gifts Collection, plus I can always browse for me to, I mean I deserve a treat too I like to pampered and spoiled, even if it is a new nail polish or my new favourite thing which is a luxury bathbomb I can find all that I need here. 

So this mothers day, Boots is certainly the brand the keeps giving for all us mummas. 

Happy Mother's Day to you all. 

Lindsey

This post is in conjunction with Boots UK but all thoughts are my own 


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