Monday, 15 September 2014

Meal Plan - 15/09/14 - 21/09/14

Monday again!!!

So last week's meal plan didn't exactly go to plan. We had the majority of the meals set out however I made the mistake of doing a top up shop on an empty stomach and decided it would be the best idea at the time to buy a fakeaway for that night. I should know better than to go shopping on an empty stomach!

So this weeks meal plan is slightly different to incorporate a challenge I am doing with BritMums and Birdseye.

Meals for this week are:

Chicken Casserole
Fish, Mash and Peas
Chicken Nuggets, Mash and Spaghetti
Burgers, wedges and beans
Chargrilled Chicken, Chips and beans
Fish fingers, mash and sweetcorn

This week I am joining in with Meal Planning Monday

What's on your menu this week?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Kids really do grow up too quickly!

Fairy have recently launched a campaign called #PowerOfSoft

"Fairy Non Bio is proud to have seen millions of Mums through every 
baby grow, every toddlers favourite party dress 
and then, all to soon,that first school uniform. 
So we understand how quickly this time passes, 
and therefore the value of every precious cuddle."

It's really got me thinking of my kids, especially Cameron and how quick it has gone from him being a newborn baby to being 4 years old! I am a bit soft and sentimental at heart (despite my exterior) and it did really upset me to think that he is growing up fast.

Two weeks ago Cameron started school.

Whilst I was pleased he was starting out on his new venture in life, it made me sad that he was no longer a baby, a toddler, a pre-schooler.

He has become so independent, he doesn't need me as much as he used to, and again this saddens me.

Where did the helpless little baby I brought home from the hospital go?

But on the other hand I am so so proud of him. So far Cameron has taken everything in his stride, and even with his speech delay, he has just got on with it.

I did take a trip down memory lane when thinking about Cameron.

Baby - 1 Years Old

We got off to a rough start with Cameron being a small baby and also the dreaded colic and reflux. Although this did mean Mummy & Daddy got lots of cuddles.

The 3 hour on the dot feeds! It was like Cameron had an alarm set. The first time Cameron went 5 hours (one off occurrence) he screamed like we had starved him for days. I remember hearing Matt walking about with him saying 'It's not my fault you went 5 hours!'

Cam was weaned early and his first ever food (bar baby rice) was half a jar of baby Spaghetti Bolognese. He wolfed it down!

Cam developed an addiction to the TV at a very early age, it seemed to be the only thing that would take his mind off the reflux. He loved Waybuloo and In the Night Garden. We learnt not to turn it over or block his view or he would scream at us.

Cam was late sitting up and late crawling. He only started crawling because we had a new sparkly bathroom floor fitted and he wanted to go and see it.

1-2 Years old

Cam began his mischievous phase during the age of 1-2. His favourite activity was climbing on the sofa when we were not looking bouncing for a while and using it as a bridge to get him onto the dining table! He could climb before he could walk.

Cameron finally started walking at 18 months, 2 days before Christmas. But only indoors. Refused to walk outdoors until he was 22 months old.

Cameron was still not sleeping through the night at this point!

2-3 years old

Cameron started Pre-School. He got the funding because of his speech delay.

Cameron hummed everything instead of talking. (It was the main reason I started this blog)

We got rid of Cameron's bedtime bottle of milk.

Cam enjoyed long walks with my Mum's dogs across fields.

Still not sleeping through the night

Loved his numbers, alphabet, shapes and colours.

Loved playing with cars and trains

Turned into a Nick Jr Child, favourite programmes were Team Umizoomi and Super Why.

He had his first nativity, which he didn't really understand and just sat there playing with his nappy.

3-4 years old

Finally conquered toilet training!

Cameron's speech suddenly switched on when Lucas was born. Still not perfect but a lot better.

Stayed away from home for the first time.

Started sleeping though the night (about time)

Started to read and write.

Unfortunately spent most of the time in and out of hospital due to wheeze.

4 years old

Started school

Loves playing minecraft

Speech nearly perfect.

Loves sleeping over at Nanny's

Gorgeous, kind and a funny little boy!

No doubt the next 4 years will fly by for Lucas as well. He is already 8 months old. He has gone from a tiny 5lb 3oz baby, born 6 weeks early to a hefty 20lb chunky monkey who is the happiest baby I have ever known.

My advice to all the Mums out there:

The housework can wait, everything can wait. Enjoy those precious moments with your kids, as you can never get them back. Cuddle and kiss them often, tell them you love them, laugh with them and have lots of fun with them. Do not compare them with other children. Each child is an individual. And most important of all, ENJOY THEM


Note: This is a sponsored post in which I was compensated for writing. All views and opinions are my own.

Silent Sunday - 14/09/2014


Friday, 12 September 2014

Weekend Blog Hop - 12/09/2014

Happy Weekend!!!

If you're reading this on Saturday, don't forget it's #ArchiveDay on Twitter!
Tweet an old post and find loads of hidden gems to read.

Don't forget we've set up a Twitter account for the Blog Hop.
Do please go and follow @WeekendBlogHop. We will use the account to RT your links.

We're doing an Instagram Linky again this week. Do please ensure you follow both of your hosts.

And now, on with the shenanigans.

The Bloggers' Showcase this week is this post from The Dadventurer... because really, is there any parent who can't relate?

My Life As A Mummy

Note: The above badge is for the Bloggers' Showcase only. If you would like the Weekend Blog Hop Badge, you can find it at the bottom of this post.

Now for the #WeekendBlogHop

The rules are simple:
  • Link up your BLOG. Please do not link up individual posts! 
  • Comment on the most recent post of the two blogs ahead of you in the linky. If you have already commented on that post, pick the post published before that. 
  • You can comment on more if you like!
  • If you tweet your blog using #WeekendBlogHop and tag @mylifeasamummyx and @singlemahoy we will RT as many as possible.
  • Please follow at least the two people ahead of you in the Instagram linky.
Link up your BLOG here:

Link up your INSTAGRAM here:

Happy Weekend!

My Life As A Mummy

Monday, 8 September 2014

Meal Plan - 08/09/14 - 14/09/14

Back to the meal plans this week, haven't done one of these in a while.

I think I was fed up with going shopping, putting random items in, getting home and thinking 'I've got food, but no actual meals to make with it'

Being organised is also helping me recover from my recent breakdown due to my anxiety getting out of control.

I have managed to stick to my budget of £75 for this week, which includes Lucas's baby milk, nappies and wet wipes, so am quite pleased with myself.

I am also loving the fact that Autumn is just around the corner and the stews and casseroles will be making an appearance in my meals.

Main meals for this week are:

Beef Stew & Dumplings
Chicken Casserole 
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Lasagne, Chips & Peas
Roast Chicken, Stuffing, Roast Potatoes, Parsnips, Yorkshire Pudding, Peas, Carrots & Bread Sauce
Pizza, Chips and Beans
Fish, Mashed Potato and Mushy Peas

This week I am joining up with the lovely Jo from At Home with Mrs M with her fab Meal Planning Monday Linky

What's on your menu this week?