Monday, 20 March 2017

Weekly Meal Plan #7

First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to all the lovely people who are reading these weekly meal plans, taking inspiration, and also commenting on how delicious it all sounds. You're very kind, but please don't assume we have some superior cooking ability.  I was shocked by some of the comments that came out of our work with Prestige, sponsors of Secret Chef, recently.  So many people really feel that they can't cook, that it is completely beyond them, but I promise it is possible, and enjoyable.  Start with something simple like this chickpea curry and you'll be amazed what you can do.  Honest!  So, here's this week's meal plan...

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Our Unschooled Week #7

To be honest, I'm not sure what I'm going to tell you about this week.  We've had a bit of a week off, busy doing nothing.  No-one felt much like any formal learning, the girls were far too busy with the most important job of childhood: playing.  So of course, not nothing.  Long, involved games with complicated scenarios and complex characterisation, acting out life.  Busy, busy, busy.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

In a week's time it is your primary duty to make your mum feel like a million dollars, and if you have very young children, your wife deserves a fantastic day too.  Make sure flowers are involved and food, either out or at home, but with no contribution from Mum.  She should be too busy putting her feet up or having fun with the family to have to think about cooking, cleaning or washing up!  Oh, and she might like one of these gorgeous gifts too...

Friday, 17 March 2017

The 6 Realities of Home Education

Recently, I read somewhere that unschooling is like the best Saturday, the one you’ve looked forward to all week whilst stuck behind a school desk, every day. And it kind of is. Not every day is a party/trip to the woods/baking/soft play/big day out extravaganza, but a lot of them are. We have fun, lots of fun, do almost all of the things the girls ask to do, and are led by their interests and enthusiasms. But there are some downsides to having a laidback Saturday lifestyle, well maybe not ‘downsides’, but things to get used to.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Aardman Celebrity Dusty Ducks at WWT Arundel (WWT London Next!)

Wondering what our Silent Sunday photo was all about last week?  Well, the famous Aardman Studios designed Dusty Duck to celebrate WWT’s 70th anniversary last year, and asked 14 celebrities to design their own special Dusty.  Celebs from Autumnwatch, CBeebies, CBBC and more helped create their own special Dustys, from space to diver, pirate to superhero, and even Chris Packham's wonderful Ziggy Stardusty, as seen on Sunday.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Perfect Gift for Any My Little Pony Fan: My Little Pony Colouring Adventures #MyLittlePony

If you have a daughter, you will undoubtedly be familiar with the latest incarnation of the pastel-hued quadrupeds.  This fourth generation of ponies live in the fictional land of Equestria, and examine issues around friendship and daily life, all highly relatable to young children.  Our three girls adore them!  Did you know that as well as watching their friends on TV, your child could be receiving a lovely weekly My Little Pony colouring book, complete with special free gifts and treats?

Guide to Private Health Care

Residents of the UK can be rightly proud of the NHS. For almost 70 years the National Health Service has provided free, professional care to everyone from cradle to grave. So you may wonder why private health care is so popular.

Recipe: Cherry and Apricot Fruit Loaf

With the Christmas cake but a distant memory, there comes a time when only a fruit cake will do.  Rather than going for something heavy or complex, we love this simple throw it all together fruit loaf recipe.  This is my mum's recipe, tweaked and changed over the years, and possibly originating as a magazine scrap quite some time ago.  (The original calls for margarine, but we use butter.)  Ideal for morning coffee or jazz it up with an orange or apricot icing for the perfect afternoon tea.

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