Sunday, 28 May 2017

Wall Art | New York Skyline

I needed to do something with one of the walls in Ross's room. At one stage the babas had coloured on the wall behind his bed - which they generally didn't tend to do, but one day with markers in their tiny hands they'd obviously decided to get creative on that white blank space. As well as that the picture frames I'd hung there fell off anytime we lifted up the mattress to get at the under bed storage. I needed a solution and decided to either repaint or put up some really cool inspiring art or photos that didn't fall off!

So David came up with a suggestion... Put up a massive sticker of the New York skyline, with inspiring quotes written on the buildings and pictures of Ross and his brothers hidden among the sky scrapers.

As amazing as it sounded I wasn't sure... I didn't want to take away from the tranquil feel in his bedroom. But sure yeah, let's try it.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Macaroni Cheese with Crab

I adore comfort food; hearty Bœuf Bourguignon, warming sweet potato soup with buttery slices of baguette for dipping, hot apple crumble with a scoop of melting vanilla ice-cream on top, and of course, the ultimate comfort food, Macaroni & Cheese. I used to make this recipe all the time, it was Ross's favourite meal at one stage. I remember throwing in some bacon pieces and peas to make it a bit more 'balanced' - Ha!



Monday, 17 April 2017

Eggcellent Easter

Like most Sundays these days Easter started early; with two bowls of porridge, a bowl of Rice Krispies and an hour later sausages with ketchup. Three boys, constant preparer of food, that's me!


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Pigs in Blankets

Sausages are a Sunday post-match staple in our house. Ross and the boys are starving after the game, I've been cleaning, and the easiest, and tastiest (for them!) thing to do is to pop a packet of sausages under the grill and serve in a fresh crusty baguette slathered with butter and oodles of ketchup. But sometimes, to dress them up a bit, I make these...


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Let them be mindful

At the beginning of 2015 I wrote an article titled 'Mindful Mama' for Parent Trap, the parenting section on TV3's Xposé website. 

I'd heard that mindfulness along with daily meditation had proven benefits for productivity, mood and physical health. I was sold, and decided to give it a try. 

After testing it out as one of my 2015 New Year's resolutions I wrote about how beneficial it was, especially for me - a busy Mum. I knew that by nature I was the complete opposite of mindful, always rushing, with thoughts and ideas constantly whirring around my head. I really wanted to stop inflicting that sense of urgency on my children. I also felt I wasn't as present for my boys as I could be. Everyday distractions were getting in the way - filling the dishwasher, wiping up spills, laundry, my phone - I knew I was missing out on precious time with them, and I was aware that while the days felt long the years were short at this cherished stage in their young lives. 

After putting what I'd learned into practice I realised that practicing mindfulness - which had slowing down and focusing at it's core - was absolutely perfect for someone like me, who often runs from task to task without really achieving very much at the end of my busy day.

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