8 tips for Veganuary success

When I posted about taking part in Veganuary, lots of people commented on social media to see if I had any tips. Unfortunately, I am totally winging it so I had nothing. Instead, I turned to fellow bloggers and experienced vegans to share their wisdom. Here are 8 top tips for Veganuary from those in the know. 1. Find a Veganuary milk alternative that you enjoy I haven’t been using ordinary milk since I completely went off it during my second pregnancy. Finding an alternative that you like can be a bit of a nightmare. I love hemp milk including…

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Taking part in Veganuary

As 2018 draws to a close, most of us are craving salad and exercise after over-indulging at Christmas. Veganuary is a popular challenge at this time of year, with people around the world giving up meat and animal products for the month of January. Reasons for taking part vary from concern for animals and the environment, through to the health benefits to the individual. Why I’m taking part in Veganuary I’ve looked at Veganuary for the past few years and wondered whether to take part. But it has always seemed a bit too difficult. I cook for the whole family…

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Pik-Nik cheese sticks and dealing with mum guilt

Parenting is an eternal battle between doing your best and the guilt of feeling that it’s not enough. That doesn’t stop in the summer holidays, if anything it just gets worse. This week’s dilemma was whether to send Libby to holiday club when I didn’t need childcare. In the end, I handed the decision to her and asked her if she wanted to go. The answer was a resounding “yes, and can I have a packed lunch?” Packed lunches with Pik-Nik cheese sticks Libby’s school is incredible in many ways, not least because the food they provide is so good.…

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Cupboard contents ginger cake with Opies ginger

This is a collaborative post.  We had a bit of a rude awakening last week in terms of our finances. Every few months, we review how much we’re earning and spending and where it’s going. It’s so easy to just let direct debits roll and end up paying for things you don’t really need. And we were aware that we were generally more skint than we should be. So where on earth was it all going? The ‘just popping to the shop’ disaster Well it turns out, our money wasn’t going on direct debits we’d forgotten to cancel. It wasn’t…

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A family dinner and the new menu at Cosy Club

Before I tell you about our dinner, I have to declare a slight bias. When Cosy Club asked if we’d like to review their new menu, it was a few days after I’d eaten at their Manchester branch. We’d been there as a big group on my sister’s hen do and the food was incredible. So, I had already decided to take the family to the Worcester branch soon. And it was definitely the right decision. Starters at Cosy Club There aren’t many places where I would consider having a pre-starter. Let’s face it, I’m more of a dessert person.…

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An indoor picnic with Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes

This is a collaborative post.  Lia has been desperate for a picnic all week, but the weather and work have conspired against us. So yesterday, I was determined to do something about it. Despite the rain, I made up an indoor picnic. Complete with picnic basket and picnic blanket. I also made a fabulous potato salad with Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes and natural yoghurt instead of mayonnaise. Potato salad recipe When I was younger, I disliked mayonnaise. These days, I quite like it on some things but still much prefer natural yoghurt in potato salad. It makes a healthy,…

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Kids eat free in school holidays at Bodega

It always seems like a massive error to feed children for free. Mine aren’t the type to pick delicately at few mouthfuls. Sometimes, they eat as much as we do, so feeding them is expensive. But regardless of my disapproval, Bodega in Worcester, Birmingham, Leicester and Derby are giving children a free meal for every adult spending £10 on food. The South American restaurant serves delicious food and rather good cocktails too. We checked out the menu at the Worcester branch. The children’s menu The kids menu was really sweet. Based on the same sort of dishes as are on…

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