Rules for Mums with Boys


Roman has been a ball of energy lately. I have a few posts that I've started, but haven't been able to get any photos for, because he wont sit still for longer than a millisecond! We took him swimming on the weekend to try and burn up some of the energy. So today, I don't have anything to show you that I've made, just something that I came across and thought was worth keeping in my mind.It's easy   << Continue Reading >>

Oliver + S Bucket Hat – Free Pattern and Review


This is the first Oliver + S pattern I have tried out and I love it! It is well written, easy to understand and makes a great finished product that is true to size. It's funny that I say true to size, I actually had to make the size 3 - 5 years, even though Roman is only 15 months. That is because his head measured up for the 3 - 5 years size. That boy has one big fat head! The health nurse tells   << Continue Reading >>

Strawberry Sauce for Free!


This syrup is great for using up strawberries that aren't quite up to eating standard. You know, those ones you bought and then forgot about? You can also collect the tops you cut off (leaves included) and make the sauce from them. My sister in law said this was the best thing she's ever eaten! Pretty delicious for food scraps. If you don't have the lemon juice handy, don't worry, you can leave it   << Continue Reading >>

T-Shirt Shopping Bag


I always have a reusable shopping bag in the bottom of my handbag. The one I've been using finally died, so I made up a new one from an old t-shirt.This is really simple and quick and a great way to give new life to an old t-shirt. The jersey makes the bag nice and stretchy so you can fit a lot into them too.T-shirt Shopping BagYou'll need:An old t-shirt (or a new one)Sewing SuppliesTurn T-shirt   << Continue Reading >>

Candy Cane Brownies


I love to put Candy Canes on the Christmas tree, but we seem to forget that they're there and I've always got some leftover after I take down the tree. Chocolate and mint go great together and this recipe is a delicious way to use up any leftover candy canes. The mixture is all made up in the saucepan, so you don't have too many dishes to clean up. Candy Cane Brownies 150g dark   << Continue Reading >>

Smoothie Time!


Roman and I have been getting right into smoothies lately and have been enjoying them for breakfast. We change it up everyday, depending what fruit is in the fridge.Smoothies are great for babies. They can learn how to use a straw, or a spoon, or a cup and have lots of fun making a mess when it ends up all over the highchair tray! At first Roman loved sipping them with the straw, but then figured   << Continue Reading >>

Lemon Curd


Lemon Curd is delicious on all sorts of things. Toast, waffles, crepes, sandwiched between 2 layers of cake...the list goes on. It's easy to make and this recipe is simpler than a lot of others as it doesn't use a double boiler. It keeps well in a sterilised jar and even freezes pretty well. I think it loses a little bit of it's silkiness, but nothing major. It also makes a lovely   << Continue Reading >>

Hooded Sweatshirt into a Zip Up – Tutorial


I have this hoodie that I'm quite attached to. It's nothing special, but I feel so nice and cosy inside it. The problem is, I don't really wear it because it's a bit tight around my hips. Well I solved that problem by cutting it up the middle and adding a zip! Now it's a zip up hoodie that I can wear un-zipped or zipped up (the zip adds a tiny bit extra to the width of the hoodie)This project only   << Continue Reading >>

DIY Sugar Scrub: Great for mechanics


My brother is a mechanic and all-round handy guy, so often has grubby hands. I made up a pot of this to give to him for Christmas. It's lovely and moisturising for hard working, dry hands. It's great to use after a day gardening, cleaning or even packing (I always find my hands get really dirty and dried out packing boxes). The sugar scrubs off all the muck, and the honey and olive oil do wonders   << Continue Reading >>



Gravlax is a salt and sugar cured salmon that looks and tastes lovely and posh but is super easy to make. All you need to do is cover the salmon with the salt cure and leave it for a few days to cure in the fridge, then you cut it up. I prefer the taste of Gravlax to smoked salmon and when I make a batch, I do a bit more than planned and we eat it for brunch with scrambled eggs. I find it less   << Continue Reading >>