Sunday, 29 March 2015

Shared Parental Leave

Baby in Blue Cardigan
Shared Parental Leave is a new initiative being launched by the government in April this year. Following the birth of a baby, it allows parents a lot more flexibility to care for their new offspring together. This is something I wholeheartedly agree with. In principle. I think the idea that parents can be equally involved in the care of their child is long overdue and will go some way towards reflecting the 21st century position in this country; where it's near impossible for the average family to survive on one income and it's by no means unheard of for the woman to earn more than the man.


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Win £50 Cash with Cheesestrings!!

Two things I love, one is competitions, the other is putting things in my son's lunchbox that I know he will eat. It's getting more and more complicated to organise packed lunches for school these days. There are different rules about what is considered healthy enough. Some schools will only allow products with a certain percentage of fat and sugar, others will only allow certain types of products, for example no sweets or chocolate. Now, this part I agree with. There are plenty of healthier choices, but what matters most to me is that my son eats. I worry about him getting hungry and I get really fed up sending him to school with a good lunch, then unpacking most of it when he comes home again!


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Really Easy Toastie Twist!

Cheese and other stuff on toast
Fed up with unimaginative cheese on toast? Here's a way you can jazz it up, with very little cost or effort! This lunchtime recipe is super-simple to make and can be adapted to use up all kinds of left overs you may have languishing, unloved, in your fridge. It's a straight forward twist on classic Cheese on Toast. All you need to start you off is grated cheese and tomato puree, the rest is up to you! Here is how I made mine, but you can add or remove ingredients to suit your taste and budget. You can also use french bread, or pitta bread, which makes it more like a pizza.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Mothers Day Competition

I am wondering if I ought to apologise for the amount of pictures that this post is likely to contain, but I'm hoping you will love them as much as me. I was talking recently to some very good friends of mine, Lucy, from London Bird Lucy and Mellissa, from The Diary of a Jewellery Lover about the tricky business of buying gifts for Mother's Day. There are so many generic 'Mummy' type gifts, mass-produced in our stores these days, much like I illustrated in my Valentine's Day post recently, that it's hard to find something truly unique and special. So, we decided to get together and figure out a lovely giveaway, with a prize that is sure to please any Mum.
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