New play things from Zuri and Jane and Stuka Puka

All natural wooden toys are some of my very most favourite things ( completely contradictory to my other very most favourite thing being bright rainbows of course). and because our house is all open plan downstairs  I like to keep the colours quite calming so the toys on display have to look beautiful as well as having great play value and I recently found a new UK base online shop called Zuri and Jane that stocks lots of gorgeous things that fit the criteria!

Amazing wooden Montessori puzzles from Stuka Puka.

Shelves Oliver Furniture at Diddle Tinkers.

Family Meal Planning

One of my new years resolutions was to try and get more organised ( freeing up time to be more ‘present’) and a big time sucker in this family comes down to meals and their planning or lack of ( think having to run to the supermarket on the way home desperately trying to find something for dinner for seven of us taking all fickleness into account)!

Every few days I do an online shopping order and when I ask “What would you like for dinner?” am met with the usual rounds of “I don’t know” ‘whatever’ or  worse “I don’t care” ( and this includes my husband) although when it comes down to it they all have many opinions once the meal is served and it turns out it wasn’t what they wanted or expected!

So for January we have started this weekly prompt to help us meal plan quicker ( me) and them to understand what might be coming up and reduce complaints!It has actually worked pretty well so far…when I say it is vegetarian etc and they start to groan I say ‘Well it is meat free Monday” as if it is the law so it’s not really my fault and they just accept it!

MEAT FREE MONDAY – With two vegetarians in the house I am well aware of the affect that over animal produce is having on the environment and am keen to take part in the movement ( if I had a chef who cooked meals for me I would definitely turn vegetarian myself but unfortunately my plant based cooking skills leave alot to be desired).

TACO TUESDAY – Ok so this is actually Travel Tuesday but I prefer the sound of Taco tuesday.  So this means international food night, we might do a Greek, Chinese, Japanese or Indian theme etc. and try and go for a full three courses!

WHATEVER WEDNESDAY – Wednesday my oldest two have dinner with their grandparents so I can feed the kids a little earlier and hopefully do bedtime a little quicker) so whatever means easy wash up options such as beans on toast, cheesy pasta, scrambled egg, bagels ( or it has been known a bowl of cereal)!

THIN THURSDAY – read healthy thursday but I couldn’t handle the lack of alliteration. Jacket potatoes, fish, plenty of vegetables and fruit after dinner.

FUN FRIDAY – So the kids unsurprising favourite day of the week, it could be burgers or hot dogs, fish fingers and scampi, mash or chips.

SPAGHETTI SATURDAY  Not solely spaghetti but more of an Italian theme going on a Saturday. All of them love all things Italian so Saturday we go all out with garlic bread, spaghetti dishes or cooking a pizza together ( with gelato for after of course)!

SUPER SUNDAY – Think roast, casserole and dumplings and big hearty meals or if it’s been a particularly stressful week then the even more super idea of eating out and having no washing up after wards!

Print Natalie Christensen and Jim Eyre at Minimalzine, Letterboard Letterfolk, Ikea kitchen handles We are Konoc, weather chart Annual Store

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Guides 2019

Baby Gift Guide Top Row left to right: Learn to Stitch Rex London, Forest Trees Raduga Grez, Maileg Circus Sisters Guild

Middle Row left to right: Olliella See Ya suitcase Scout and Co, Weather station Annual Store,

Bottom Row left to right: Popcorn machine Scandiborn, Miniland doll Cissy Wears, Silk and play frame Sarahs Silks.

Kids Gift Guide Top Row left to right: Grapat nins and toys Conscious Craft, Percussion instruments Grasp and Gather, Tri-climb BabiPur

Middle Row left to right: Wobbel board, Ekobo stool.

Bottom Row left to right: Sunshine banner Happy Sunday Studio, Rainbow playmat Too Many PJs, Gluckskafer toys Sorens House.

Womens Gift Guide Top Row left to right: Big Luggy This Modern Life, Hay Sonos One,  CH25 So Furniture

Middle Row left to right, Diary Cissy Wears, Future Planner Archies Boutique

Bottom Row left to right: Jim Eyre and Nathalie Santa Fe print Minimalzine. Blafre water bottle Bon Tot, Crates Molly Meg