Being a bookworm myself, I’m glad the boys are just as into books as I am. Unlike their daddy, who has been reading the same book for a number of years! They’re always asking to go to the library, and I make sure they have at least one book read to them at bed time. Although, Jacob has started reading for himself most of the time now, which I’m super proud of. Recently the boys were very kindly sent a copy of Brian the Lion Goes into Space.
Brian the lion is tired of hanging out with his pride – all they do is sleep all day long. While they snooze, Brian gazes at the stars, dreaming of going into space. He can’t believe it when his loved ones, tired of his moaning, present him with a DIY rocket so that he can fulfil his dream. Zoom – he’s off! After looping the loop, Brian soon lands on a moon near Saturn and meets small green gnomes who make him rainbow-coloured food and speak in a strange language, and their dragon Norris. Though things are exciting for a while, Brian is soon missing home, even the boring bits. What will Brian do? Will he stay in his new space home or return to his pride? Featuring one of craft expert Tracey Radford’s adorable animal creations, Brian the Lion Goes into Space is a sweet tale, with a wonderful moral message, that will be loved by young children.
A lot of us are on diet and exercise plans, sticking to them like glue, making sure we never skip leg day, and always have a smoothie in the morning. But that can take a lot of time and energy to keep up with, and thus a lot of people become disillusioned with it; it simply takes too much time, and they need that time for other responsibilities in their life! Honestly, we can’t blame anyone for dropping a regime like this.
In combating this, a lot of health gurus and fitness influencers will tell you to try and make time, because your health is more important than anything else! But in reality, schedules don’t work this way, and you can’t prolong your lunch break at work from 20 minutes to an hour simply because you need to get your lunges in! Read more
The back-to-school season is by far the saddest thing that happens during the year. Not only because it marks the official end of the summer holidays — if you’ve missed it, the summer has also ended since September, 23rd – but for a lot of families, it’s also the end of outdoor activities. It’s as if there were some implicit rule that stated that once the kids are back to school, you can’t have a fun time in the garden anymore. Don’t deny it! There’s a natural sense of cold and sadness that grabs you when the school term starts again. Immediately, the mind assumes it’s already time for winter, and your mood is affected. Read more
Other than week one, I have joined in every single week of the Bake Off so far – it’s a miracle! Even though both kids are now at school full time, I still don’t manage to get around to doing my bake until a weekend. I must remedy that though, as it’s so hard to photograph with them around. “Please Mummy, can I have some now?”. NO! I haven’t finished yet…
Anyway, for dessert week, I thought I would have a go at a roulade. But not a meringue based one, as my oven is so temperamental and I just know it would end up burning, then I’d get frustrated, throw it away, and well; just not join in. So I decided on a cake based one instead. The only roulade I’ve ever made before is a Slimming World one and I’ve never really had a problem, so I was confident about this bake…
I shouldn’t have been! The recipe I was using as a base said to roll up the roulade with some baking paper when it came out of the oven; I presume this is so it already has its shape when you come to roll. But, mine didn’t want to cooperate and started cracking, so I ended up with a ‘trilade’ instead 🙄. And the cake burned slightly underneath. (But was fine on top – see,temperamental oven!). On the whole though, it still tasted nice!
Being an October baby, autumn (or fall) has always been my favourite season. Just some of the things I love about the season; the snuggly jumpers, scarves and ankle boots come out, it’s dark enough in the evenings to put on the twinkly lights and candles, and it’s the weather for drinking loaded mugs of hot chocolate by the fire. Also, I probably shouldn’t mention this word yet, but… it’s the countdown to Christmas! Read more