12 weeks of Christmas series 

Ive decided to do a 12 weeks of christmas series! I do apologise to anyone who is not Christmas crazy like me for swearing with the Xmas word ! But Christmas is THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….

Especially for me as this year I will have a nearly 4yr old and a 2yr old. My daughter who is the eldest is really truly getting it this year and is already asking about father Christmas and Rudolph. Eeek it really should be a magical year this year. 

So like I said I’ve decided to do a 12 weeks for Christmas series. Every week sharing hits, tips, trick, recipes and all this christmasy with you all. 

If there’s anything specific you would like to see please comment and let me know.

If you like this also check out the Christmas gift box so far.  

Much love 

Rhianna xx 

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The social calender of a 3yr old !!

Oh my, what has life come to when my toddler has a better social life than I do?

 

I was checking my diary today when it dawned on me that my daughter has a busier schedule than most adults. If this is what little miss socialise is like a 3 nearly 4, by the time she’s 16 she’ll have to give up on sleep all together!

Monday : Swimming lessons 

Tuesday : Nursery 

Wednesday : Nursery followed by Ballet 

Thursday : Nursery 

Friday :

Saturday : both children are there grandparents 

Sunday : 

This is her usual weeks schedule. Except this week she has a play date friday. A party Saturday so is seeing her grandparents Sunday! 

Wtf I must admit I am extremely jealous my weeks looks more like this ;

Monday – Sunday:  cleaning, cooking , running around after kids, pooy nappies, cooking , cleaning and maybe some sleep if I’m really lucky !
Do I have a little miss socialite in the making or do all kids have a Crazy schedule like this? 

Please share your children’s schedule with me. I hope your all having a lovely weekend xx

Much love 

Rhianna xxx

5 tips to help mum’s stay organised!





1. Meal plan!

No only does it save money it also keeps everyone in the know as to what’s for dinner! I have a lost dedicated to Meal planning if you want to know more. 

2. Have an organiser/ planner or calender!

Keep all important dates in there and remember to refure to it. Each week as I’m writing my meal plan on my memo board I also check my organiser and write any appointments, birthdays etc there for the whole family to see. 

3. Konmari folding method.

I’ve recently got on the bandwagon with konmari folding and well omg I can now buy more cloths!! ( I know this defeats the object) but honestly I have so much more space and I can see everything especially in the children’s draws as they share a chest of draws, so there limited on space plus there Ikea chest of draws are really deep so having there cloths piled became a bit like a game of jenga. 

4. Online shopping. 

Doing your food shopping online means you can take your time picking your groceries and doing your Meal plan. You also aren’t tempted to stray off your list. I also find having a running total at the edge of my screen also makes me rethink some of my impulse/ treat buys. It will be delivered on a day of your choice and even better no tantuming bored todlers tagging along. 

5. Getting ready ahead of time.

I find getting the children’s clothes out the night before and there bags ready seems to save an incredible amount of time, especially as my 3 going on 13 yr old likes to pick her own cloths but takes too long deciding. I also always have a spare change bag ready for emergencies which is always packed with essentials for both children.
Please share your favourite organising tips! I’m always looking for more.

I’m working on a change bag essentials post atm so stay tuned!

Much love 

Rhianna xx

Meal planning 

As a mother of two under 4 with a partner that works long hour’s I feel like a single mother at times. So I battle this with lists for lists! Honestly i have a list for everything. But one of my big ones and i feel questionably one of the most important is my meal plan. 

The Benifits of meal planning !

1. It save hours in the supermarket.

Knowing exactly what you have to get and not wavering from that list means shopping is a quick, stress free and saves money when shopping with two little ones. 

2. Minimises waste. 

Checking what food you have left from last week is essential to minimising waste. Plan meals around that’s left first, for example if you have veg left then you need a meal that includes what vegetables you have left over or if you have some chicken etc.

3. Knowing what’s on for dinner.

I personally only plan dinner as my children eat cereal for breakfast most days. So knowing what’s for dinner helps me decide what’s for lunch. My son would live off pasta of he was allowed so there for if we’re having pasta for dinner then pasta is off the menu for lunch. 

4. Pick meals that use some of the same ingredients.

This on sounds strange in the title as I can’t find another that to world it so I’ll use an example.

( I’ve used same colours for same ingredients so it will reduce the money spent and the left over waste) 

All the black items are either one time use so there doesn’t tend to be waste, items I regularly by or items I would tend to have in the cupboard such as rice or pasta. 

Being organised and on top of everything makes life 10x easyer. Most of you are mum’s so I don’t need to explain how time saving is imperative. 

I also like to bulk cook when I can and have meals in the freezer, a dear friend of mine said one day (she didn’t mean it maliciously she just doesn’t have children so is ignorant to how much time you don’t have). 

She said “why are you freezing meals, you don’t don’t work or anything so you must have time to cook fresh everynight” I chuckled as she as only 10 weeks pregnant at the time. “I’m going to cook fresh for my baby every night, no freezer meals for us”

She is in for a short sharp shock when her baby arrives!

Anyway I’m rambling now. Have an amazing bank holiday weekend everyone!!!

Much love 

Rhianna xx

Keeping one step ahead 

Keeping on top of the house work and every day tasks can be a challenge with two kids under 4. Most days I used to feel like I was drowing under a sea of chorse and toys. I have found a few things that help me on a day to day basis keep my home running relatively smoothly.

1. Loading washing machine the night before.

This one may seem silly but I just never seems to be finished with the laundry so I find on a good day I can get 3 loads washed and dried in a day (with British weather you can’t take sun for granted ) I do have a tumble but I don’t like using it. So I just find loading the machine the night before and then when I turn the kettle on in the morning the machine goes straight on aswell. Presto 39 minutes later clean washing ready for pegging out on the line. 

2. The power hour 

This honestly has saved my life. My The Power Hour piece will explain more about this cleaning technique. 

3. Stay focused 

Playing music whilst cleaning really keeps me focused mainly as I boogy away whilst I’m doing it. 

4. Limit and contain the mess 

Having two under 4 tends to mean that as I’m cleaning there following behind leaving a trail of destruction, so I find limiting them to one small box of toys at a time does not only mean less to clean up but also teaches the kids to put away before getting more toys out. I also keep the toys in one room so I don’t end up with a house full of toys. 

5. Decluttering 

Clutter can creep up on us all. And whenit does it makes cleaning much harder. So twice a week I pick to places to declutter. I’m not talking entire rooms I’m talking small places which only take a few minutes such as kids wardrobe, side board or under the stairs. I just find this keep the clutter at bay without feeling that dreaded “oh god I’ve got to go through the bedrooms today etc “.

I hope you find this useful 

Much love 

Rhianna xx

Weaning tips 

Weaning is a magic time for most mum’s and babies, watching them explore and enjoy new foods so here is just a few tips and tricks I found really really helpful with my two. 

 

Baby food trays, lidded icecube tray will work just as well. I got mine 3yrs ago from a 99p shop! Bargain. But unfortunately I stupidly didn’t save them so had to buy more for my son which I got on line they were quite a bit more expensive but honestly they are worth there weight in gold. There perfect for when your just starting out as there only a small portion and as there appitie grows, you can just use more and more cubes without any waste. With my daughter I used then until she was about 8months as I would empty out the trays into freezer bags and reuse them. I would do trays and trays of different veggies, potato and different main meals and just mix and match them all needed so she would have say for instance Sheppard pie (2x cubes) carrots (1 cube) broccoli (1 cube ) and so on and so forth. 
If you eat it they eat it. Obviously this is within reason but as soon as you can get your child eating the same as the rest of the family and at the same time the better for everyone. They will enjoy the interaction as well as the praise of the whole family. 
– Be patient. There will be meals times that are testing where they refuse to eat or are just screaming to the point you want to pull your hair out. But just stay calm let them interact with the food and how it feels and it’s such a new experience.

– Don’t let them be hungry. I know this sounds mad but when it comes to first foods. A hungry baby won’t eat as all they want is there milk, give them some milk about half an hour or so before any they will be a lot more willing to try.  
Don’t panic. Solid food are completely new and forgien to babies. At first they will probably hold the food in the mouth and spit a majority of it back out. Remember there still tasting it and that’s the most important thing.
All babies are different and will take to solids in there own time. As I found out with my two. 

Much love 

rhianna xx  

The power hour 

Ice recently got into doing a power hour of cleaning ! I know it’s a bit behind and people have been doing it for what seems like forever! But honestly I’ve never needed it really before, but now it’s the summer my kids live outside and so unfortunately my housework has really suffered as a result. Power hour has saved my life… well my house from destruction. 

Today’s list (excuses the scruffy handwriting, i wasn’t planning on taking a picture of it )

I find the best results happen when I write a check list of jobs and tick them off as I go. I only use this for day to day jobs such as hovering or cleaning the bathroom and the odd weekly job. I then clean like a mad woman for 1 hour and the results are truly amazing!!

An hour goes surprisingly slow so it’s good to write more jobs than you think you can do. I start with the jobs I least enjoy or the ones that are a necessity that way if you don’t finish it all you aren’t left with jobs that still need doing. 
Does anyone else use this method??

Much love 

Rhianna xx