Friday, 31 July 2015

10 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Parent

First of all can I just say that, contrary to what the government and society may tell us (directly and through policy), being "just a mum" is a perfectly valid choice.  The sooner we question and rebel against the great myth we have been fed since the Industrial Revolution, and more explicitly in the past 70 years, that women should be in the workplace and making a contribution to the economy (thereby creating greater demand for consumer goods and more jobs, in ever revolving circles) the better as far as I'm concerned!  BUT if you are at home, mum or dad, and looking to make some money, there are lots of ways and means out there.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

A Feline of Distinction: The Gourmet Cat

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How do you feel about celebs?  Would you be starstruck by Swift, knocked for six by a Kardashian, or go weak at the knees for Harry Styles?  (Don't worry I haven't got all hip, I Googled them!)  While I might have an attack of the vapours if Robert Downey Jr suddenly appeared in front of me, I've always been one to take celebrity in my stride.  Years in West End theatre seeing or working with this person or that means that don't impress me much (thanks Shania), in fact the only person who truly stood out to me when I met him was the late, great Peter Cushing who was just such a gentleman and such a delight to talk to.  That impressed me.  But apart from RDJ, and maybe Brad Pitt, the only other chap who could make my knees weak is this guy:

Guest Post: Holding On to Attachment as Kids Grow

When we first began to think about home education, and before I started blogging, I read lots of HE blogs.  Some have stuck, some haven't.  One I love for its insight into what daily life is like for children who don't go to school is The Gallivanters.  Chronicling everyday adventures and the ups and downs of unschooled life, Katie's blog is sunny, funny and has you nodding your head in recognition at virtually every post.  So, as a bit of a fan, I am delighted to bring you a guest post from Katie Pybus today.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Recipe: Smokey Sweetcorn Lunch Muffins #vegetarian

These muffins taste delicious warm with melty middles from the oven, or you can bake in batches to freeze at the weekend and they’ll defrost in the children’s lunchbox by midday keeping everything else lovely and cool!  A great one to make with the children this summer, and ideal for picnics.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Cooking with Kids: Flatbread Pizza #LetsCookalong

Nature or nurture?  I sometimes wonder if there's a cooking gene as, having a chef dad and a foodie mum, our three love to cook.  From before their first birthday, each of them has been found wielding a spoon or spatula, getting to grips with knives, and sampling ingredients.  Cooking is such an essential life skill, and its departure from the school curriculum was a big mistake, especially in an age when many parents don't have the time, or even the skills and knowledge, to teach children themselves.  We are already facing a huge health crisis, with all of the top killers being related to poor eating habits, and with a food culture focussed on convenience this is only going to get worse.

Happy Birthday Nanny!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Summer Fun with Dear Zoo and Friends

We live in a very booky house, in fact we are slightly over-run by them!  Seeing us read all the time, and being read to from the earliest age, all three girls are really into books, from the odd one they grab during the day for 5 minutes rest, or asking to be read to, to using them to find out information, and having their beloved storytime every night.  They just love books.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Silent Sunday

4 Food Staples You Can Make Better And Cheaper At Home

Want to know how your monthly grocery bills would plummet and how you can save like a pro too?You can do so by preparing the tastiest of delights at home - right from homemade cheese to freshly made bread - all by using a humble oven. Yes, you heard us right there! A microwave oven can be a one-stop answer to your gourmet food solutions at home. Talking of ovens, do check with target.com to explore a large variety of ovens. And, while you are at it, do not forget to pay a visit to ChameleonJohn.com to find Target's coupons and promo codes. A place that guarantees you deepest discounts and the best bargains by maximizing your savings! Now, be ready for the accolades and praises from husband dearest, especially from MIL, as you would not only be serving the best of health and nutrition to your family, but while doing so you would be saving smartly on your oven purchase too!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Tatiana: 19 Months Old

Having missed Tatiana's 18 month point in June, I thought I'd write a quick update now.  Our gorgeous little strawberry-blonde is changing all the time and practising new skills every day.  She is fiercely independent, full of mischief, into everything, very sociable, and loves to make her sisters laugh.

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