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Ever tried to rush a bedtime story???

This ones for the parents 

Who are engaging in the challenge

To find a work / family  balance

…. If you ve ever tried to hurry along bedtimes for any reason

You might relate to my story X

Ps: I made it by the way 😉

Thanks for tuning in!

Pass it around your friends,

I loved to connect to new people going through similar xx


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Lunchbox challenge!!

lunch boxes are coming on!!!

Notes on this week

Variety is key.. mixed with the right dose of nutrition and taking into account my children’s own tastes seems to do the trick!

I’m enjoying the conversations about the food when the kids come home,

…. and I think it’s encouraging them to eat more at school … they enjoy that we are trying out new things and trying to improve lunches!

I’ve learned 2 lessons this week

1. The right equipment helps a lot!! Having lots of different size tubs and flask,  thermal lunch boxes, helps me be able to prepare a  keep a variety of food that will keep fresh or hot, whatever the case. I find baking paper best thing for wrapping foodstuffs.

2. I have 2 types of eaters in my house …. My eldest who is up for challenges on the taste buds … I tried him with lentil Dahl over the weekend and he said he’d love it for lunch.
I find it’s too easy to get monotonous with lunches … I’m going to make sure to meet his taste buds and make the most of his adventurous palette.

My other is less adventurous but likes hot food stuffs and smoothies and great for raw veg….. so I’m getting to know individual tastes a lot more, and am learning how to cater for all tastes whilst not making a work load for myself!!!


I’m trying dips for veg sticks to see how they go … Yogurt with cumin was a goer … Will try salsa and a hummus next week.


Doing non-bake flapjacks tomorrow so stay tuned!!

…. And Friday will try savoury pancake and custard for treat day 🙂

… Thanks to everyone for sharing, and again all ideas welcome!!!

Here’s a summary so far:

hot french tost


cheesy bites went down a treat

had to work on getting smoothie right

hot pasta with pesto

X Christine

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Today im blowing my trumpet!!!

Friends family followers and future viewers…
Im celebrating today!!
Its a few days into spring ( well according to the calendar….frosty sunshine is full of promises of snowdrops and daffodils)

We are celebrating health!!
There are 5 in our family…me (mum) my husband and three kiddies, we have just spent a full winter without any sickness, doctors visits, meds etc!

This time last year I was anxious about recurring tonsillitis in my eldest son, my own of lack of energy to deal with everyday stresses and additional financial stress.

I made a decision to make changes and steer us into a healthy zone by cleaning up meal plans, adding more nutrition and less processed food, and trial the nutritional wholefood supplement juiceplus.

We have been consuming fruit and veg wholefood capsules for 10 months and the kids are part of the childs health study which means theirs are FREE ( yep its true)

I experience increase energy, clarity, and great physical health, with clear skin strong hair and nails!!

Im a happy mama, without those anxieties about the effects of having kids on antibiotics, and being able to get on with my busy schedule in the home, and more recently as a distributor with the juiceplus company.

If you have any queries or need to find out more about how juiceplus may be able to address your road to better health contact me via family wholefood health

Thank you for reading,
Share with loved ones
Appreciate it xx

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Homemade chicken nuggets!! Get the kids involved! !

Homemade chicken nuggets!!! Get the kids involved!!

Chicken breast (free range) cut into bite size pieces
Oat cakes

Get prepared!!!!
This is a great activity for children to get involved in ….. my daughter considers chicken nuggets as her favourite dinner. This lets her see that we can make our own using preferred ingredients ( there is a lot of crap in the frozen foods section calling themselves chicken!!!!)

*For safety *…. prepare the following
A sink full of hot soapy water ready for all things that come in contact with the chicken.

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces
Beat a couple of eggs ( I had egg whites left over today so I used them) . pour beaten egg onto a plate.
Grind a few oatcakes ( about 6 for 3 large chicken breast fillets) and put crumbs on a plate


Get a  2nd plate and put a few scoops of flour onto it


Now you have 3 plates lined up ready to prepare the nuggets
Heat coconut oil in a shallow pan. You may need to add more oil as you go but start with 2 desert spoons of oil.

Then… the kids!!!!!
1. Pick up a chicken piece
2. Dip in the flour and move around until coated
3. Move chicken piece to the egg. Dip one side…then the other
4. Move it next to the oat crumb. Coat the piece of chicken.
5. Move to the pan of heated oil. (Use a tongs if you wish…depending on your childs ability)


Repeat until all chicken pieces are in the pan. Fry in the oil until crumbs are golden brown and meat is cooked through. ( cutting the chicken into smaller uniform pieces helps with this)


* guide the little ones over to handsoap and sink to wash hands thoroughly*
Move all plates utensils into sink of hot soapy water.

Plating up
Serve with homemade chips and coleslaw or salad.


Kids in the kitchen is something I would like to get happening more and more, it really makes the difference when they are eating something they helped prepare!!

PS: the kids loved the chicken but  disliked the coleslaw!!!! They would have eaten grated carrot…but don’t seem to like dressings. Adults loved it!