22 weeks pregnant with hyperemesis gravidarum: Back to the hospital

I’m hopeful that this will be the last time I need hospital treatment for my pregnancy sickness but I’m quickly learning that HG is full of ups and downs and I’m just going to have to ride it out. Hopefully there will only be another 18 weeks to go and then I will be holding my beautiful daughter in my arms with this whole nightmare behind me.

Carrot and lentil hearts

These tasty, healthy snacks are the perfect alternative to toast, crackers or biscuits. Harry thinks he’s getting an unhealthy treat when I give him these. Sshhh don’t tell him the truth!

Hyperemesis Gravidarum: The pregnancy game changer

“Barely able to get my words out I told him how I hadn’t managed to eat and keep any food down for days. He looked at me puzzled and said, without a trace of empathy in his voice, “What are you so upset about? The baby will be fine and the sickness should pass by 20 weeks.” He wrote me a new prescription and sent me on my way. I was in pieces, at 13 weeks pregnant 20 weeks sounded like a lifetime away.”

13 Week pregnancy update

Another week another update. Some major highs and lows this week but our baby is growing well and healthy and that’s all we can ask for.

Beef burger and sweet potato fries

Who doesn’t love a nice burger? These homemade beef burgers and sweet potato fries are really quick and easy to make and are bound to be a hit with the whole family!

10 Weeks Pregnant

A little 10 week pregnancy update! Bloat or the start of a bump… what do you think?

We’ve got some news…

We’ve got some exciting news to share with you!  It’s still early days but most of you have started to put the clues together and figure me out!

Cauliflower bites

A healthy way to get more vegetable goodness into your child’s diet!

Sweet Potato Pancakes

This recipe makes approximately 12 sweet potato pancakes, depending on how big you make them.

Sweet potato and apple bites

These super soft, melt in the mouth sweet potato and apple bites are perfect for anyone starting out with baby led weaning!

Couscous fingers

Delicious and healthy, these couscous fingers are easy for baby to pick up and are sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Tortilla Pizza

Ready faster than a frozen pizza and healthier too! These are perfect for making with young children and are also great as a finger food for babies.

Lasagne

An old favourite of ours!  We love lasagne and it makes the perfect comfort food!  

Mince pie pinwheels

These mince pie pinwheels are perfect for getting in the festive spirit! They are a lovely treat for the grown ups and are really quick and easy to make!

Spaghetti carbonara

This child friendly, healthy spaghetti carbonara is absolutely delicious. It is made the classic way, without cream and went down a treat with our whole family.

Veggie Cheese Balls

These veggie cheese balls are great for using up leftover veg and make a great healthy snack! They are easy for baby to pick up and are the perfect finger food for anyone doing baby led weaning.

Selfish mummy – why I’m going to start putting myself first

So often, as mothers, we put everyone else’s needs before our own. It can leave us tired, worn down, ill and no good to anybody. So I’m making a conscious decision to be more selfish, make time for myself and put myself first (at least every once in a while!)

Potato and courgette fritters

A tasty treat for the whole family! These are so easy to make and are really tasty. They are easy to pick up and perfect for baby led weaning!

Avocado and tomato pasta sauce

This creamy pasta sauce is delicious and healthy. It can be made in under 5 minutes with no effort at all. Perfect for busy parents and hungry children!

Chilli chickpea and lentil soup

This soup is the perfect winter warmer for the whole family, it can be served chunky or smooth and is also nice served as a sauce with rice!

Why I love my bullet journal and how it helps to keep me organised

Many people have asked me about my meal plans and where I get my planner templates from.  Many people are surprised when I tell them that all I use is a notebook and pens.  I create my meal plans in my bullet journal, a notebook that I use as a planner, diary, to do list… everything!

Cheese, spinach and lentil slice

This healthy finger food is cheap to make and perfect for baby as it is easy to hold and eat.
Harry loved it and kept shouting for more! We will definitely be making them again.

Meal Plan: Hello December!

A simple meal plan this week, as always, I’ve linked the recipes that are on our website already for you if you want them!

Christmas Competition!

There’s only a month to go until Christmas, and what better way to get in the festive spirit than to win our gorgeous baby/toddler Christmas dinner kit!

Salmon fishcakes

These healthy fishcakes make a great finger food for babies. They are solid enough to pick up and nice and soft in the middle. Harry loves them served with peas and tomatoes. Our Dinovember dinosaurs loved them too!

Carrot and courgette savoury muffins

Perfect for packed lunches, these handy muffins are easy to make, delicious and a great way to get more vegetables into your child’s diet! The recipe is easy to adapt and can be used with whatever vegetables you like so is great for using up leftovers too!

Meal Plan

I’ve gone back to basics with this week’s meal plan. I planned it in my bullet journal, which I hadn’t done for a few weeks and really enjoyed sitting down with a cup of tea to and putting pen to paper. I have linked any recipes that have already been published on our website in the post and will be adding more throughout the week.

Curried Chickpea Patties

These quick and easy patties are perfect for anyone doing baby led weaning. They are easy to pick up and nice and soft to eat. They can also be made in batches and frozen for a quick snack or meal in a hurry.

Overnight oats

If your babies are anything like Harry, they demand breakfast as soon as they wake up and scream until they get it. These oats are fantastic to make in a hurry the night before and are ready to serve in seconds, leaving you to make yourself a cup of tea and wake up for the day ahead!

Money Saving Tips and Meal Plan

Nothing could have prepared us for the challenge of becoming parents. Financially, things are tight. I have chosen to go back to work part time so I can spend as much time with Harry as possible but the drop in income and extra little mouth to feed has meant we have had to really reevaluate how we spend our money.
Here are our top money saving tips for cooking healthy food for the family and our money saving meals for next week!

Chilli Con Carne

This quick and easy to make chilli is a perfect family meal that baby can enjoy too!

Banana oat cookies

These biscuits are perfect for baby, they are easy to make and healthy. If you leave the chocolate chips out they are a perfect, tasty sugar free snack for the whole family!

Tuna and sweetcorn croquettes

Healthy and easy to make. These are the perfect food for baby. Easy to pick up yet soft inside, these tasty treats have been one of Harry’s favourite foods since he was 6 months old!

Our new kitchen update and vlog tour – DIY Kitchens

For those of you who follow our meal plans and blog you will know that we are in the middle of completely remodelling our kitchen. We have a long way to go before it is finished but I am so pleased with how it looks so far! So here’s a quick tour and update of how it is looking so far!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a while now, a healthy, baby friendly ‘fast food’ that I can batch cook and pop in the freezer for busy days.  I finally got round to doing it today and am so happy with how they turned out!  They are soft inside and crispy outside like shop bought chicken nuggets and taste delicious! I will definitely be making my own instead of buying ready made again. I love knowing what’s in my food and these are perfect for young children as they have no hidden nasties, just good, healthy ingredients! 

Halloween meal plan and a few snaps from our weekend!

This week has been crazy!  We have been living without a kitchen during the week and our new kitchen is finally going in as I type!  It has meant our house in chaos, lots of quick microwave and slow cooker meals and spending as much time out of the house as possible!

Meal plan – Cooking without a kitchen

Gosh, what a day! Harry has been poorly this week and it all came to a head today when the out of hours doctor admitted Harry to hospital with a bad chest, low oxygen levels and possible dehydration. He has hardly eaten or drunk for the past few days, he’s had a terrible cough, high temperature, crackly chest and has just been very lethargic and not his usual cheeky self.  At times he has wheezed and his breathing has been laboured. It’s so hard as a parent to see your child crying in pain and not knowing how to help them.

Chinese noodles

Quick and easy meal, perfect for using up bits in the cupboard!
This recipe made enough for a hungry toddler and mummy for lunch.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is one of our favourite ‘batch cooking’ meals. It is healthy, tasty and so easy to make. Never again will you need to buy meatballs from the shop! These are tastier and much cheaper. I would definitely recommend making your own meatballs if you don’t already!