Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Struggling With My Postpartum Body


If you bounced back like Heidi Klum, then please move right along & more power to you- this ain't for you. 

I'm just a Mum who took a good, long hard look at the mirror today & what stared back was a big fat mess! Don't go there with me about 'Oh don't be so hard on yourself, you've had a baby' or 'Keep positive' bullshit! I get enough of that from Dr.Know It All & I also know better- so please don't go there! 


Yes of course I am proud of the fact that this body under went an extraordinary journey & I'm a proud Mummy to 3 gorgeous, healthy & happy children, but my goodness! You would think the guy upstairs would give me a break & help move things along? YES I KNOW IT TOOK 9 months to get here & Yes realistically it should take at least a year if not abit more to get things back to some type of normalcy, but I have to say this:- I HATE MY BODY!


It's not enough that my bat wings could carry me over the Atlantic, the flabby skin & fat that hangs over my belly reminds me of cobwebs on a haunted house! If I lived in the era of Noah & the floods, it would be good enough to set me afloat & all of my beloved family. 


Will this 'thing' formally known as my belly ever look normal? Was I supermodel size zero? Absolutely Not! & no I have no desire to get there. I just stood in the mirror & took a long hard look & Holy Moly! There was a lot going on! Did I ever mention that I'm seriously considering applying for a job at my local zoo to be the new resident Zebra?! I might aswell with all the stripes I have going on from head to toe aka, strechmarks! 


Anyway, I will spare you all the details of what else was hanging, floating, jigglzing & waddling! I will continue to eat sensibly, work out as often as I can & just keep being the best Mum & Partner I can be. 

But today, I just need to sit back & scream...


The End. 


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Recipe- Garlic, Lemon & Parsley Chicken Goujons (Slimming World Friendly)


Being a Mum to 3 children (4 if you include MR.B as he is a big kid himself haha!) Providing meals that are suited to everyone in the house can sometimes be a challenge. 

I'm very fortunate that as a family we all enjoy eating fresh veggies, salads & fruits. But sometimes as children they do request a more simple tea, like nuggets & chips. And if I'm honest I do secretly like the kiddie meals aswell. 

This is where recipes like these Garlic, Lemon & Parsely Chicken Goujons come in handy! We can still all eat healthier without the children even noticing the difference. Plus it tastes so much nicer than the processed stuff you buy in
 the supermarkets. 

Like all the recipes i post, it's quick & simple to make. With just 10 minutes preparation time & 25-30 minutes cooking time. 


Ingredients- Serves 
  • 4x Chicken Breasts, cut into strips
  • 6x Slices (use more if needed) Wholemeal Bread, processed to breadcrumbs
  • 3x Medium Eggs
  • 3x Tsp Garlic Granules
  • 2x Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4x Tsp Mustard Powder 
  • 1x Small Handful Fresh Parsely, finely chopped
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste 
  • Frylight
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees, line 2 large baking trays with greaseproof paper & spray with frylight. 
  2. Break the bread into small pieces, whizz in a food processor until you have done breadcrumbs, turn into a large plate/bowl. 
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together with the garlic granules, lemon juice, mustard powder, parsley, salt & pepper. 
  4. Dip each chicken piece into the egg mixture until coated, then lightly roll into the breadcrumbs to coat, then place them in a single layer on to the lined baking tray. Lightly spray with frylight.
  5. Place the trays of chicken into the middle of the oven & bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through & golden brown. 
I served mine with Slimming World Salt & Pepper Chunky Chips & a side of Baby Leaf Salad. (The little ones loved it with Spaghetti Hoops!) 


Monday, 24 April 2017

Recipe- Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Pasta


If your looking for a meal that satisfys your comfort food cravings than this is the recipe for you! It's a cheap & simple creamy pasta dish with chunks of ham & crunchy veg. 

What with it being the first day back at school for the children & having a week off from cooking whilst we were on holiday, I wanted to get a healthy meal into all of us (there wasn't much of that happening on holiday! Sshh!) But I was also in a 'I can't be bothered' kinda mood. So this was the perfect meal to turn to as it's super quick & easy to make & a meal that is loved by all. 

With just 10 minutes prep time & 20 minutes cooking time, you really can't go wrong. 

Ingredients- Serves 4
  • 300g Fusilli Pasta
  • 1x Head of Broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1x Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 3x Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 250g Ham, cut into chunks 
  • 300ml Pot Double Cream
  • 1x Tbsp English Mustard
  • 140g Mature Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1x Tbsp Olive Oil
  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil & cook the pasta following packet instructions, adding the broccoli florets to the pan for the final 5 minutes. Drain & set aside. 
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet on a medium-high heat & cook the onions until soften (about 5 mins) then stir in the garlic & cook for a further minute.
  3. Stir in the ham, cream & mustard, then bring to the boil. 
  4. Add the pasta & broccoli to the skillet along with the cheese, coating everything with the sauce. 
  5. Then serve straight out of the pan. 
See, how simple is that? Definitely a meal that I'll be going back to again & again as it was utterly delicious. 


Our Break Away To Devon


Last Monday, MR.B & I loaded up our car with luggage & squeezed 3 little people in & set off to Paignton in Devon. Even though it was only a 1hr 45min drive away, it was far from a quiet drive.
 Even with the children all going to the toilet before we left, we still needed to stop to change a baby poo explosion, needing to stop again for Gracie-Mae who was so desperate for a wee even though she had one half an hour beforehand & 'Are we there yet' started after 20 minutes of being on the road, right up until we got to the park! 


We stayed in a caravan at Waterside Holiday Park which was down the road from quite a few Beautiful beaches, situated in the park itself was part of the rail track for the Dartmouth Steam Train. It really was the perfect stay for our short break away.
We are now back at home safe & sound, back to reality of Work & School Life, back to just general shitty housekeeping YAY! I would LOVE to tell you that I enjoyed every single minute of our break away, but I would obviously be completely & utterly lying. But there was something about being away that just felt great! It was different, far from our usual day to day activities. 


Was it easy & relaxing? Definitely NOT! But somehow it seemed far easier than being at home. I would love to say I didn't lose my shit, not even once, but again of course I would be lying, but being away I somehow felt more positive about all the shit, I was far more laid back & just embraced the meltdowns of a teething baby & the squabbles of two overtired children at the end of the day.
 It's so easy to sugar coat life through happy, smiley pictures & to show what an absolutely fabulous time we are all having, but some moments of the days it was far from it. 


But I had more patience & found that I swore 'For Fuck Sake' under my breath a lot less. Was it worth it? Absolutely! We spent some quality time as a family, explored so many beautiful places & enjoyed different days out. And I've come home feeling bloody fantastic, (slightly frazzled) but fantastic. I can't wait to embark on our next adventure.