Wednesday, 20 September 2017

15 Things That Happen When You're Having A Kickass SAHM Day



Not very often but sometimes, Stay-At-Home-Moms totally slay their day. Here is what happens when you’re a total stay-at-home #BossMom

1. You wake up to the sound of your actual alarm rather than the sound of one or all of your kids screaming/crying/being absolutely distraught that they lost a sock.

2. You have coffee pods, milk AND sugar in your kitchen & no one has to do a 7:10am dash to the local Budgens for emergency breakfast supplies.

3. You get to drink your perfectly made cup of coffee HOT, whilst watching Good Morning Britain, in relative peace; rather than the tepid concoction you normally gulp down in the middle of breaking up a cereal fight among the feral children.

4. All the kids are settled watching CBeebies/NickJr/Ryan’s Toy Reviews (see YouTube) giving you 20 whole minutes to get dressed. You’re so impressed with how the day is going, you even wing on some lippy #Winning

5. Everyone leaves the house ON TIME. No one is missing a sock/book bag/limb or £1 donation for the PTA fundraiser. You walk the school run (where it isn’t raining!) like an urber #bossmom and even get complimented on your lippy. Today is a good day.

6. After popping to the shop to pick up everything you normally forget, you get home & prepare dinner for the evening. You even enjoy ANOTHER hot cup of coffee.

7. You realise the house isn’t actually that messy (huh? Has the hubby finally learned to pick up his boxers off the bathroom floor?) so the housework takes precisely 15 minutes. Leaving more time for another HOT COFFEE & a sneaky catch up of The Great British Bake-Off.

8. The baby is being unusually happy playing solo with the toy kitchen/wooden blocks/random raisins he found under the couch – so you spend a whole hour online-window-shopping (adding stuff to multiple baskets despite never actually hitting the checkout button) for tat you absolutely do not need but definitely want. You’re feeling in such a good mood that you eventually treat yourself to a new mug from Matalan.

9. The baby takes a nap at 12:30pm (#winning) so you take a nap too (#doublewinning)

10. You wake feeling refreshed (that never happens) with plenty of time for a hot coffee before the school run pick up. The baby is still snoozing.

11. The School run is a breeze; Another compliment on the lippy (that is still in place) it isn’t raining, children come out of school happy rather than shit-moody with NO letters asking for a £1 donation to another PTA fundraiser. 

12. Your other half surprises you by coming home early. At 4:00pm

13. Everyone eats their dinner without a mini war breaking out/moaning about the veg/or throwing a hissy-fit over your choice of glass for the squash. 

14. Hubby takes over bath-book-bed. And pours you a large glass of wine. And runs you a bath, complete with a bath bomb/bubble bar combo (And some tea-lights)

15. Children are asleep by 18:45. You are now seriously #winning at Mum life. You continue watching Suits on Netflix but because you’re feeling super productive (& empowered) you invite the hubby upstairs for sexy time. This. Is. The. LIFE!

16. You wake up at 5:23am to the baby crying & the middle child whinging that she can't fall back to sleep, then realise all of the above was just a cruel dream sent from Lucifer himself. There is no milk. You do a 7:10am dash to the local Budgens to get emergency breakfast supplies, the school run is a shit-show & absolutely no one takes a nap at any point whatsoever during the day. Lifesuckers, I know (sigh).

Gemma Xx



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Mystery Blogger Award



Hello all, hope your having a great week so far!

A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of receiving a nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award, & I’m wholeheartedly honored to receive it. I was nominated by the lovely Katie Lou who writes over at A Mother's Love, please go check her out! She writes a great deal about Mental Health, some really empowering stuff! 



Created by Okoto Enigma, the Mystery Blogger Award, is this cool award for bloggers with innovative & intelligent posts. She writes that,

Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

A huge thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this ingenious award! With each nomination, it is required by the nominated blogger to answer a couple questions from their nominator.



The rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Put the award logo or image on your blog
  2. Thank the person who nominated you & link their blog in your post.
  3. Name the creator of the award & link their blog.
  4. List the rules.
  5. Answer your nominator’s questions.
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  7. Nominate 10-20 people.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 original questions of your choice.
  9. Share links to your best blog posts.
  10. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.



Right so here is 3 things about myself that you may not know:-
1) I've always wanted to learn how to surf but am overly paranoid that I'll get bitten & eaten by a shark- crazy I know! 
2) I get my best ideas right before going to bed. My mind never seems to be able to shut off! 
3) I have two speeds: busy, busy, busy OR lazy, lazy, lazy! 





How long have you been blogging?
Oh not for very long at all, I started my blog the beginning of February of this year, so that's what, 7 1/2 months now?!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oh gosh, there were numerous things I wanted to be, I'm pretty sure it changed on a daily basis! I know at one point I desperately wanted to be a Children's TV Presenter!!

What is your all time favourite song? 
Hmmm, this is a hard one! I think it would have to be... 'I Will Wait' - by Mumford & Sons. Absolutely beautiful song.

Tea or Coffee?
Coffee! No contest! I literally would not be able to function without it!

When is your favourite time of year & why?
Christmas, hands down! Most definitely the best time of the year for me! It's not just Christmas Day that I love, it's the whole build up to the day. All the festivities that go on, the great food & drink. Being surrounded by family & friends. Couldn't think of anything better, personally!



An Open Letter To The Person Who Got Me Through Depression - this is my favourite post so far, as without this guy, my rock, my love, I would be nothing! This was a letter I had originally written down in private, for mine & MR.B's eyes only. I'm still not 100% sure why I did post it for the world to see, but I sure am glad I did! I got such a lovely, positive response from this post, just reminding me that I'm not on my own, & the fact others could completely relate to what I was saying, well that makes blogging all the worth while! 



  • What made you start your blog, & what makes you stay?
  • If you had to write about one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
  • Where do you draw your inspiration from?
  • Where’s your favorite place to write? (Mine is Costa ☕️ & outside on warm summer nights 🌴)
  • If you could be anywhere in the world, doing anything, with anyone, where would you be, what would you be doing, & who would you be doing it with?

*Would you like to have a chance to be nominated? Leave a blog comment with your blog URL for consideration. The winners will be announced on:- Monday 25th September 2017. 


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Aircraft Marshalling Game- Geometry For Kids



Aircraft Marshalling Game

Give your child a chance to feel like an important member of the ground personnel that helps guide air traffic at our airports & learn a whole host of skills while he's at it! All you need are some simple materials & a chart of aircraft marshall signals to practice directions, geometry, and following directions.

What You Need:
Paper towel cardboard tubes
Orange construction paper
Scissors
Glue
Printout of aircraft marshaling signals diagram



What You Do:
1. First, your child gets to make orange wands for aircraft marshalling! Have him cover two cardboard paper towel tubes with orange construction paper. Trim the paper with scissors as needed, & then glue it to the cardboard tubes.
2. While you're waiting for the glue to dry, your child & his friends can review the aircraft marshalling signals below. These are the real signals used by aircraft marshallers at airports!
3. When the wands are ready, your child & his friends can practice the marshalling signals. When they feel they have memorized them, they can play a game.
4. One game idea is for one child to be the marshaller & the other child the airplane. The airplane should follow the marshalling directions given by the child with the orange wands.
5. If you've got more than two kids to keep busy, you can use the wands for a version of Simon Says. The aircraft marshaller with orange wands is “Simon.” Simon gives his directions as marshalling signals, & the other children must follow. For more complexity, Simon can add verbal directions also such as “180 degrees” or “90 degrees” as he directs others to turn right or left. This game reinforces direction & geometry lessons!






*Disclaimer- This is a guest post. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Recipe- Garlic, Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce



Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce? This real food recipe only requires 7 simple ingredients: chicken, pasta, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, butter. SO good.

And may I introduce you to what may be my new favorite way to eat chicken? It’s that beauty right up there, the one coated in the buttery garden-fresh tomato sauce featuring a few leaves of summertime basil & the aroma of freshly minced garlic. Yes, THAT is how I eat chicken.

One of my biggest pet peeves is food waste, I know I've mentioned this in a previous recipe post, but it really does get up my goat! MR.B is the worst for it & it drives me insane! This dish was made using leftover ingredients from my fridge & cupboard. I wasn't really too sure what I was doing when I was making this, I kinda just made it up as I went along, & it didn't turn out too shabby! 

It's super quick & easy to make just like the rest of the recipes I post, I mean, who has time nowadays to be spending hours in the kitchen? I certainly don't! 
This meal took just 10 mins prep time & about 20-25 mins cooking time. 

Ingredients- Serves 4

  • 1x lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • ¼x Cup Olive Oil
  • 5-6x Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • 3x Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1x Handful Fresh Basil, loosely packed, cut into ribbons
  • ¼x Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 8 ounces Spaghetti Pasta

Method

  1. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap & pound each piece to an even thickness, about one inch or so in the thickest parts (this just helps it cook faster & more evenly). Remove the plastic & sprinkle each piece of chicken generously with sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
  2. Prep the tomatoes, garlic, & basil & set aside. Make the pasta according to package directions.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet until a drop of water sizzles across the top. Add the chicken & pan-fry for several minutes on each side - the goal here is to get the chicken cooked AND get a nice browning on the outside. When the chicken is done, set aside.
  4. Give the oil a few minutes to cool, add the tomatoes, & return to heat (if you add the tomatoes to the hot oil it will be a splatter-fest). Simmer to cook the tomatoes down into a chunky-sauce-like-mixture. Add the garlic & butter & stir to combine until the butter is melted. Add the chicken back in to soak in the sauce for a few minutes.
  5. Just before serving, stir in the basil. Top servings of pasta with the chicken and the sauce.