Monday, 26 June 2017

Everdine - Review & Discount for you!

Although I pride myself on my excellent organisation skills, I cannot for the life of me make a meal plan. I've scoured Pinterest, read countless blog posts and yet I can't get my head around it. Luckily for me, I married a chef so on his two days off a week I know I'm in for a culinary treat, but those other days? man, it's tough. I've always preferred baking to actual cooking, so when it comes to picking what to have at tea time, I tend to stick to my trust favourites week in, week out. 
When I was invited to try out Everdine - a company that curates delicious meals delivered to your door - I couldn't wait to give it a go. There seems to be a few 'meal in a box' subscriptions out there, whether they send you a box of ingredients or quickly-frozen meals, like Everdine does. Everdine prides itself on creating clean and wholesome gourmet meals, and the dishes I ordered definitely fit that bill. 
The Everdine experience for me went really well. From Lentil & Quinoa Moussaka to Sea Bream Thai Green Curry, the dishes really do push the boat out and it felt like I was eating something fancier than a microwaved meal at home. The flavour combinations worked really well together, and they've definitely sparked up the little chef within me. The sheer speed of cooking a meal in the microwave as opposed to the time it would have taken me to prepare and cook each meal is in itself a worthwhile factor for a busy mam like myself. I also liked that the meals themselves were packaged in a way to ensure minimum waste and impact on the environment, as this is something I'm quite conscious of. 
I did feel that as someone who has to watch what I spend on a food shop, that over £55 for eight meals did seem quite expensive. Of course, the ingredients used in the meals were of the highest quality, and the meals really were delicious. I think however if you were expected to be out of action for a few weeks, either after an operation or perhaps moving home, then this would really help out and be a lot healthier than a week of takeaways, especially when pizza for two people can cost over £20 from some places!
If you'd like to try out Everdine, I have an exclusive offer which will give you £25 off your first order.  You can get the discount by clicking here.
*Disclaimer: I was invited to try out Everdine in a collaboration with Tornado. Content written by myself.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Little Loves - Burgers, Manics and All Things Go!

Quite a few bloggers that I follow take part in Little Loves, a little way to share some of the great things that have happened that day/week/month. It follows a set of prompts that help you to share what you've loved. I always enjoy reading these posts, and I'm a sucker for starting a new blog series and never finishing them, so hijacking somebody else's seems like a natural progression from me. 


Read

I haven't made a lot of progress in my book this week, but I'm currently reading 'I'll Eat When I'm Dead' by Barbara Bourland on my kindle, and I'm pretty sure that if I actually dedicate some time to reading then I'll actually get somewhere with this. 

Watched

I haven't started any new series recently, but I'm up to date with Pretty Little Liars and cannot wait for the final ever episode next week! I'm in a dedicated WhatsApp group with some other PLL fans and its safe to say that no theory has been left undiscussed. We're all hoping for a corker ending, so fingers crossed it doesn't disappoint after 7 years of keeping us on edge! 

Heard

I saw Manic Street Preachers as part of Bristol's Harbourside festival, and they were so good. They're the band Joe and I have seen the most now, and it never disappoints. We've been eyeing up some other gigs in the future as our last three gigs have been the Manics so it might be time to mix things up a bit now! 

Made

Maybe nothing in the traditional sense, but I'm pretty glad I made the decision to order this amazing Marla Singer burger from Spuntino before we went to the gig. It was a massive burger, with pulled pork, homemade BBQ sauce and american cheese in a lovely toasted brioche bun. It's a combination that's been done to death but I very much enjoyed it. 

and lastly...

I've had a pretty exciting week as I was offered an interview that sounds really promising, and we viewed a house this morning. I went with Joe's mam as he had to zip off to work, but I'm hoping we can view it together next week after I send in our application forms tomorrow. As well as all of this, I was officially made a Women's Officer for my local Labour Party, and had an official email welcoming into the fray. I'm really looking forward to what the future holds for Labour!



Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

Monday, 19 June 2017

Don't Mess With Me - It's Down To My Starsign

Sometimes I think I was destined to be a bit untidy. I've always loved the idea of a spotless, pristine home, but when you have two wild kiddos, sometimes things slide a little. Plus I've never been much of a domestic goddess at any stage of my life. I remember I once managed to bribe my Dad into swapping bedrooms with me, as logically if I had a bigger bedroom then surely I would have more space to put my things and my room would be tidier. Naturally, we swapped and I just ended up with more space to create a mess. 'Floor-drobes' is the phrase my Dad became quickly accustomed to.  
Now that I'm a wife and mother, I think I thought I would instantly love ironing and doing mundane chores like that, but alas, it's evaded me. Luckily for me, a link has been found between tidiness and our horoscopes. Check it out below!


I'm a Libra and although I'd say that my organisation skills are lacking a bit more than suggested here, I'd definitely agree that I'm more interested in having an aesthetically pleasing space, than an efficient one. I would say I'm quite creative in small doses - hence my bullet journal! - and my starsign definitely backs this up. We're currently in the process of decluttering the house, and this means that my bookshelves are being jiggled about and it's absolutely turning my creative side on it's head! I keep trying to dot my little trinkets about, but Joe feels like there's no place on the bookshelves for them. Luckily, if we need any extra storage space (yes, I know we're decluttering, but still!) then we could always get some next day office furniture to make use of the space. 

What do you think of the infographic? Does it match your tidying style? 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

King of Old Cool!

Growing up, my Dad really was my best friend. When my parents separated when I was a nipper, I stayed with my Dad and it seemed like the most obvious, most natural thing in the world to do. My Nana used to tell me that when I was a baby I would cry endlessly if anyone babysat me, but stop as soon as my Dad walked through the door. Through thick and thin, we stuck together and despite all the wonky pigtails he gave me, I'm still incredibly close with my Dad. 
Now, they say that straight women end up with a man like their father, and on the surface that couldn't be further from the truth for me. My Dad owns his own fabrication business and works with sheet metal every day, he's a biker and spends most of his weekends at various bike rallies and he's a man of simple tastes. Joe on the other hand, is a chef - which requires a delicate hand to ensure all the dishes look amazing. He's a big lover of music, coffee and keeping fit. I mean really, there's nothing crossing over between those two! Of course, deep down they are both kind hearted, warm, bend-over-backwards to help kind of guys, and the greatest dads. They both love me and the boys, and I'm pretty lucky that one's my dad, and the other is the father of my incredible kiddos. 



My Dad has always believed that life should be lived to the max. Unfortunately, his own father, my Grandad, died when my Dad was only 22 so I believe this is something my Dad has hung on to since then. You never know what tomorrow might bring, so make today worthy of your time. This advice is something I try to remind myself of every day, and when the boys are old enough to understand, it's something I'll pass on to them as well. 

*Disclaimer: This post a collaboration with Wadworth. Content written by myself.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide

I love Joe. He's a great dad to the boys, and a great wife husband to me. If I'm being honest, I don't often give him the credit he deserves, but with Father's Day coming up, there's no excuse to not spoil him. I used to love getting my own dad a special gift for Father's day when I was a nipper, and I know Dylan is already excited to pick something out too. Although if I let Dylan have his way, Joe would end up with a fidget spinner or a Pokemon-related toy. 

Maybe calling Joe a gamer is a bit too strong, but he currently has an Xbox One and always says how he never has time to play on his games. As they tend to be a bit more on the gruesome and gory side, he can't exactly play them when the kids are awake. In comes Nintendo Switch! I think everyone has fond memories of playing some sort of Nintendo device, and the Switch is the latest best seller. Joe really wants to play on the new Legend of Zelda game, and I know Dylan really wants to play the Super Mario games too! As it's more family friendly, Joe would get more use time out of this, and maybe the dad in your life will too!
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