Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats Meatless Mondays

I am addicted to overnight oats and the sheer amount of different variants you can do with them! They were a staple when I was losing weight a few years ago for my breakfast before I went running and now I take them to work with me when I am on early shift. They take minimal preparation and then you just put them in the fridge overnight – what is even better is you can make them up in advance for a few days worth of breakfasts!

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Autumn Crafts for Kids

Autumn Crafts for Kids

Autumn is a pretty perfect time for doing crafts as nature offers up plenty of items instead of going out and buying stuff which can be stupidly expensive just for it to be forgotten about or wrecked at a later date. There is something for everyone too! Whether you are super crafty and imaginative or can just about use a glue stick (more often than not that is the limit of my craftiness) there is something suitable for everyone! Read more

What’s on my Reading List?

What's on my Reading List?

If you know me personally then you will know I love love love to read! It pains me every so often I need to take books to the charity shops so I can buy more books, but I believe books need to be loved and shared with others. In fact once upon a time I had a bookshelf filled with just Terry Pratchett’s novels from the children’s series’ to the Discworld novels (my entire being cried when he passed) but when we moved 00Steve made me a bookshelf in our bedroom and now they are mixed with other books – some vertical and some horizontal and most definitely NOT in order. Part of me likes it like that visually but the rest of me is like “What have you done man?” So what have I got on my list to escape into? To become so encompassed that a part of me feels lost when the book is finished (due to this feeling I haven’t and won’t finish the Deathly Hallows) I often don’t like reading series of books due to feeling part of the story and when it is finished I get left with this empty morning type of feeling. Do you ever experience it?

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A Letter to my Grandad

A Letter to My Grandad - Blogtober

My Grandad was one of the main influences in my life growing up, he had achieved so much in his life but his family was always highest in his priorities. We lost him when I was 17 to pancreatic cancer which despite numerous scans and tests was found too late, sadly the same year we lost my Great Grandad too which was his father in law, another of the main influences in my life. If I lost my Dad in the same year I don’t know what I would have done.  Read more

Therapy Box

Therapy Box

This was put on my care plan that was written at the beginning of the year. But in all honesty I had no bloody idea what to put in and if it will actually be beneficial to me. Now I know what is in it (all tailored to me) but I still don’t know if I will get any use out of it but it is there if I need it. I guess that is the main thing really, so this post will cover what I have in and why. It may give you idea of what to put in yours if it is something you have been asked to do or feel that it maybe beneficial to you. Read more

Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie - Meatless Mondays

Yes you can have a vegetarian cottage pie and it is pretty tasty! I even had Rachel test it out on meat loving BagDaddy Steve! He said it wasn’t the same as meat but was nice all the same, and coming from him that meant a lot! We use lentils in place of the mince which gives it the same sort of mouth feel as mince and whether I do it as mince or lentils there is a good whack of veggies in there too. For instance 00Steve’s youngest brother is the pickiest eater I have ever fed (bar those with allergies but they can’t help that) but because I grate the veggies in he couldn’t just pick it out and he ate the lot, on more than one occasion! Read more

Behind the Scenes at Colitis to Ostomy

Behind the Scenes at Colitis to Ostomy

So I decided to do this blogtober prompt because if I am honest it felt like it would show a different side to what I do behind the laptop screen. Not that it necessarily will be interesting but I really do put an awful lot of time into my blogs and considering I work part time and have the kids too I don’t have a great deal of free time. Read on to find out what goes on behind the scenes here on my blog. Read more

Why I Feel Lucky to Blog

Why I Feel Lucky to Blog

So for today’s blogtober post I thought I would talk about why I feel lucky to blog since I have spoken about why I started my blog. Some people really do think bloggers have an easy ride and that all they do is expect stuff for free. This isn’t the case at all for many bloggers. I have asked for items to review but often these are items I genuinely want to try and aren’t overly expensive either. But receiving the odd item here and there isn’t what makes me feel lucky to blog at all… Read more