Happy Star Wars Day :)

May the 4th be with you – Happy Star Wars day :)

Star Wars May the 4th be with you

In honour of Star Wars, we had a Star Wars themed dinner tonight! The kids love a themed dinner and we had fun making the cupcakes and Wookie cookies!

Here’s what was on the menu:

Jabba the Hot Dogs
Han Burgers
Cross and Blackwell 4 Kids Star Wars pasta shapes
Bantha Milk
Yoda Soda
Wookie Cookies
Star Wars cupcakes

Star Wars dinner

Jabba the hot dogs

Han burgers



Crosse and Blackwell 4 Kids pasta shapes

Yoda soda and bantha milk

Wookie cookies

Star wars cupcakes


We played the Star Wars theme while we ate :)

Thanks to Crosse and Blackwell for sending us the Star Wars 4 Kids pasta shapes to help us celebrate Star Wars day :)

Ella’s macro photos


Ella and Kaycee both love taking photos but whereas Kaycee takes her time to find a good shot, Ella snaps away to her hearts content! Yesterday, Ella and I went out with the camera set to macro and I got … Continue reading

May Bucket List


My tadpoles are growing nicely :)

It’s May.

It’s nearly summer and I still haven’t got any part of the garden done! I really do have to stop putting it off now.

Let’s see how I did with the rest of my April bucket list…

Finish updating the blog!

Well. I didn’t finish the updates I still had to do. Instead, I picked a new theme that didn’t need a certain sized feature image!
I do still have about 1000 posts to edit and put into categories, though!

Get the new flooring down in the kitchen (well, Ant will be putting it down but I’ll be helping move everything out before he can start!)

Nope, didn’t happen. It took nearly all month to get the first part of the stairs done. We wouldn’t have coped with the upheaval of the kitchen at the same time.

Finish the stairs (Ant will be doing that as well!). I really can’t wait to see how it’s going to look :)

The first half of the stairs are finished and I LOVE them

Start reading the Harry Potter series again. We watched all the movies over the Easter weekend and it’s made me want to read all the books again. I’d just started another book for April though so I have to finish this one first.

I did intend to start book one but when it came down to it, I looked at the whole bookcase full of unread books that I want to read and I decided I should be spending my reading time reading new books first. I’ve read 4 books in April and I’ve only got 1 book to complete the reading challenge I set for myself for the year, on Goodreads!


My bucket list for May:

  1. Seriously work on the garden.
  2. Get all my blog posts into categories
  3. Get the flooring down in the kitchen
  4. Help Kaycee and Ella get their blog, Flourish & Blossom set up so they can start blogging regularly. They’ve had blogs in the past but never really kept up with them. They’ve both shown an interest in photography so I think they’re going to focus on that :)

Photo Challenge April 23rd to 30th

Anniversary card and flower wall art

April 23rd – Ella’s been pond dipping again April 24th – It was my wonderful boy’s 16th birthday April 25th – I kept finding these little blobs of toothpaste around the bathroom and had no idea where they were coming … Continue reading

Ella’s been pond dipping, again!

I wrote last week how I love the fact that Ella can go pond dipping in the safety of our garden. She loves finding different bugs and getting Ant to find out what they are for her :)

Fishing net and jar

bug in a jar

tadpole in the jar

bugs in a jar

tadpoles in the pond

tadpoles in the pond


Slimming World Welsh Onion Cake

Serves 4

Syn Free on EE


  • 225g green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 500g onions, thinly sliced
  • 900g Maris Piper potatoes, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary


  1. Preheat your oven to 190°C/170°C Fan/Gas 5
  2. Blanch the shredded cabbage in boiling water for 5 minutes then drain well and set aside
  3. Spray a pan with low cal cooking spray and add the onions, a bit of salt and a sprig of rosemary
  4. Cover and cook over a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often. Discard the rosemary and set aside
  5. Spray the potato slices with low cal cooking spray and season. Line the bottom of an oven proof frying pan with the potato slices, overlapping them, in a circle. Add the cabbage in a layer over the potatoes then layer the onions over the cabbage. Top with a final layer of potatoes.
  6. Place the pan on the hob over a medium heat for five minutes to colour the bottom then transfer to the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Place a plate on top of the frying pan and turn out the onion cake. Remove the leaves from the rosemary sprig and garnish.

Weekly weigh in – April 17th

Weekly weigh in

After the disappointment of last week, I was delighted to have lost 4.5lb when I weighed in this morning. When I got home last week, I got right back on track. I increased my speed food portions and decreased my … Continue reading

Updated Stairs Project – Before and After

I took ‘before’ photos of my stairs last July because I didn’t like the carpet and wanted to do something fun instead. I scoured Pinterest found and some wonderful ways to decorate stairs. We decided to paint the steps and wallpaper the risers.

We finally bought the wallpaper and paint last month and Ant’s done the first set of stairs. We still have the middle landing and the stairs round the corner to do but so far, I LOVE it!

It’s taken a few weeks to get these first ones done because obviously, we still have to get upstairs so Ant’s been doing alternate steps and putting masking tape on the ones we can step on.
As expected, people (not naming names but not just the kids and not me!) forgot a few times resulting in footprints in the wet paint that had to dry before they could be sanded and repainted!


Carpeted stairs



painted and wallpapered stairs

painted and wallpapered stairs


I think it’s so much nicer than the carpet and I don’t have to lug a hoover up each step when they need cleaning, I can now sweep them with a brush and dustpan and give them a wipe with a damp cloth :)

Meal planning Monday April 25th

Weekly menu

The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that I’ve only got six meals planned for this week. The reason being, it’s our 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday and I want us to cook something special but I’m not sure what, yet!

I thought we were going to have the weekend to ourselves as the kids were going to Derbyshire as my sister is having a 30th birthday party on our anniversary but Ella wants to stay home now because it’s her friend’s birthday party and she doesn’t want to miss it. She doesn’t mind missing her aunt’s birthday, though!

I was thinking we could maybe get a takeaway as we very rarely have them but I’m still undecided.