What it would be to be old…..

My Granny Heron

It’s really interesting when you get older and you look at things that as a child you didn’t question. I mean, I remember my Granny Heron used to live in sheltered housing. As children we went their loads and spent lots of time with the other people who lived there. Granny Heron loved it cause it was company for her and she was always having social times with people.

When she eventually went into a home, as long as she was mobile she dealt with life in the same way and only recently did I think back to her in sheltered housing and think for those people it really was a nice place to live cause they could keep themselves to themselves when they wanted to but there was always someone on hand in similar circumstances to each other.

My nana still lives on her own at 89 and is struggling and I wonder that when she and granddad were still fit enough, rather than moving into a flat just the two of them, I think they should have bought a brand new McCarthy & Stone property. At the end of the day these are developments that are totally suited to people in their retirement. I think that over time they will become nice communities where people support each other. I’ve even noticed recently that they are being developed on smaller sites close to good amenities which means that as a retired person you have the best of both worlds, they are not massive developments but they are in great locations. As they say it’s all about the location.

On a night out some moons ago, me and my friends were chatting about just this and when it comes to our turn to look at what to do in retirement, the plan is to all club together and buy a large property to house us all, with staff and drink gin. That sounds like a fabulous plan ;)

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What I love about Edinburgh- Travelodge Competition

travelodge logoI’ve been brought up in and around Edinburgh all my life, it’s such a wonderful and interesting place. There is so much history and beautiful architecture, it’s fabulous to still be a stones throw away whilst I bring up my children. Best bit is that next Summer we’ll get a train that will connect us with the city with faster links. That was the one thing that I found hard whilst I was growing up in Balerno, it took 45 minutes to get into town on the bus which was a pain.

If you do get the chance to visit, here are some exciting things to do as a family:

  • National Museum for Scotland – This is free
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Royal Botanical Gardens

    To name but a few. If you are staying over, you could try this Travelodge They are good value for money and some very central so you can walk everywhere in the city, which is another reason I love the city. Here’s you chance to win a night’s stay in Travelodge.

    The competition is for a reader to win a night’s stay at Travelodge:

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  • Meal Planning Monday – 3rd November 2014

    Meal Planning Monday

    Nothing much to report this week, busy in evenings so dinners will be pretty much when we can fit them in. I also made it back to metafit this week so thinking about the health kick that needs to follow. But yeah, just in the thinking phase right now ;)

    This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

    chilli chicken wraps We’ve been sent some chilli chocolate sauce to review so we are having this with chicken, wraps & lettuce

    Ragu – This is a staple that we make monthly and then have once a week

    Meatloaf & onion gravy – So tasty but the gravy is made with beef dripping so we won’t have it too often

    Chicken fajitas – Really simple dinner, not much prep and totally fast food

    And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.


    Trust and loyalty – Key traits in life and business

    my boys

    Teaching your children good traits that will serve them well in the future is important. Sometimes life gets in the way and of course there is inherent things about our makeup that are a given, but when you think about the main things you want your children to take forward in their lives as values, what would you say are the most important?

    I firmly believe that it is trust and loyalty. If you are trusting of others, you will gain other people’s trust as long as you treat them with the respect they deserve. In teaching your children to be loyal, you are not only teaching them to be loyal to people, you are helping them build on trust too, hoping that one day this will help them to form loving and meaningful relationships with others.

    As a child I learnt this myself, through friendships, growing up and sometimes getting it wrong. But you know what, I know what it means now and I value it more than ever now that I have children. As the older sibling, sometimes you are expected to deal with the fact that you understand and a younger one gets what they want. I am trying so hard not to do this with my two just now, but it is so difficult sometimes as I’m not sure how much Bubbles understands at 2.5 years old. I’m sure he plays on this ;)

    So if these are things that we expect and instill in our families as they grow, then surely this is what we should respect of other things, like companies. That’s why RBS have developed their Hello / Goodbye campaign where they are saying goodbye to the best offers only being available to new customers and hello to loyal customers who can enjoy the same offers.

    Here is the very funny video that has been developed This video had me in stitches, but it’s so true isn’t it?

    Like anything, be it friendships, love, our supermarket that we like, the company we bank with, loyalty and trust is something that sometimes you take for granted until you unearth something that perhaps doesn’t seem quite fair, or everyone not being treated as an equal. My Granny used to say treat everyone the way you would like to be treated and you know, that should be not just a value we hold true to ourselves, but in all of our life – including the companies we decide to do business with.

    I’m working with BritMums and RBS on this project and have been compensated. All opinions are my own.

    Angel Delight Moments Challenge

    Bubblegum Angel Delight

    I love a challenge and as a child growing up on Angel Delight I was really excited to get involved and share some ideas of how we make desserts fun in our house. When we had Angel Delight I only ever recall having butterscotch, I am sure there were more flavours, but that’s what we always had. Well now Angel Delight have developed some new flavours, one of which is Bubblegum Angel Delight. My boys are too young for Bubblegum but I can vouch for the fact that this really does taste like Bubblegum. They ate enough for 4 servings in one sitting, so I have to take from that, that they liked it.

    I then challenged my two to come up with some ideas to make it even better! We talked about things going on just now, like Halloween and Fireworks Night and also had a look round our local supermarket for some inspiration. So this is what we came up with:

    Bubbles wanted ‘sparkles’ so we decided on a Fireworks theme for his. We made the Angel Delight and placed it in individual dishes and popped some popping candy on top to give them a bit of popping fun and serve with sparklers

    Fireworks Sparkly Angel Delight

    Then Buddy saw some fun jelly teeth and wanted to make a face, so we went with the pink and white theme from the Angel Delight and the teeth and came up with this.

    Angel Delight Funny Face

    Do you remember Angel Delight as a child? What was your favourite flavour? If Angel Delight were to make your ultimate flavour, what would it be? I wonder if they could make a salted caramel one for us adults to indulge ;)
    We loved the Bubblegum flavour and the boys will definitely be trying more from now on, it’s a great way to get them to have milky desserts and as it’s made with natural flavourings and suitable for vegetarians, I do think it is one of the better desserts for them.

    Disclaimer: We were sent some product for us to try. This post is an entry for the #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge.

    Meal Planning Monday – 26th October 2014

    Meal Planning Monday

    We’ve had a few quiet weeks again, things are just so busy with working full time and getting used to everyone having different routines. But we are getting there. We’ve got a blog due out every day this week, so that’s quite exciting.

    This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

    Baked potatoes with chilli I love this dinner, it’s so simple and I pop the potatoes in as soon as I get home and they are ready for us, perfectly cooked by the time the boys are in bed

    Ragu – This is a staple that we make monthly and then have once a week

    Chillipapas Vindaloo Chicken Curry – I’ve read a lot about these guys, but last weekend was the first time I had come across them. So looking forward to this dinner. I’ll post some pics of it.

    Cod wrapped in parma ham – Love this and really easy to make in the oven with roastie potatoes

    Pasta with chilli and pancetta – Grim has been off this week and he made a meal plan and this was a dish that we didn’t get round to last week. It looks really nice and I am so looking forward to this

    Meatloaf – G made a massive meatloaf last week and we cut it into portions and put them in the freezer for week night meals. Such a cheap dish and really easy to make

    And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.


    Review: Heinz Tomato Ketchup 50% less Sugars

    Tomato Ketchup 50% less Sugars
    I’m sure most households that have children have Tomato ketchup on tap. I tried to make my own and disguise it in the heinz bottle, but even that didn’t work. My children love the taste of it so much and whether it’s ragu or chicken roast dinner, they always want it on there. The only thing I stop them doing it with is tomato soup, but you’ll understand why ;)

    I am not a massive fan of tomato ketchup, I used to like it as a child, but I guess my taste changed. When we got this through I explained to the boys that this was a new one that Heinz had sent us specially to try and they looked at it with suspicion. I said to them, it’s ok what we’ll do is a taste test, I’ll put both the original Heinz Tomato Ketchup and the Heinz Tomato Ketchup 50% less Sugars the plate and you can try both and tell me which one you prefer. Both of them wolfed all of the tomato ketchup down and when I asked them which one they preferred, they both went for the new one. The new one is also a hit with me, with 50% less sugar and 25% less salt, I actually enjoyed it too!

    Buddy eating his Tomato KetchupWe are converts and I don’t think any parent could disagree if they are getting their children to eat less sugar and salt without lots of chemicals or added sweeteners.

    Here is their new videos if you’d like to take a look

    Disclaimer: We were sent a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup 50% less sugars for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.