26 Feb 2018

Little Wins This Week #7

Little Wins This Week is about remembering that little things add up to make a big difference. It is about counting small blessings, however insignificant they may seem. Little Wins is about being mindful, staying positive and making each day count.

I need to recount my little wins this week more than any other as it has been a week of few ups and many downs. So it is imperative that I focus on the few ups, the little wins I had this week.

Little Wins This Week is about remembering that little things add up to make a big difference. It is about counting small blessings, however insignificant they may seem. Little Wins is about being mindful, staying positive and making each day count.     I need to recount my little wins this week more than any other as it has been a week of few ups and many downs.

23 Feb 2018

Green Activities To Fit Into Your Every Day

We are nearly at breaking point when it comes to overt consumerism causing irreversible damage to our environment. Our planet can only take so much before it collapses under the weight of our materialistic needs.

All is not lost, yet. We can make a real difference and all it will take is for each one of us to make little changes to the way we live. Here are a few green ideas to fit into your everyday.

We can make a real difference to our environment if we only try. All it will take is for each one of us to make little changes in the way we live. Here are a few green ideas to fit into your everyday. Little changes that will add up to make a big difference.

21 Feb 2018

Methi Mutter Malai - Fenugreek Peas Curry in a Cream Sauce

Here is a recipe that is ubiquitous on the menus of most restaurants around the Indian subcontinent but nay impossible to find in your average ‘Indian’ takeaway here in the UK. It combines the fragrant bitterness of fenugreek (methi) leaves with the sweetness of green peas (mutter) and serves them up in a rich, creamy (malai) explosion of green and white.

Indian cooking made easy! Methi Mutter Malai - a vegetarain Indian curry recipe that combines the fragrant bitterness of fenugreek (methi) leaves with the sweetness of green peas (mutter) and serves them up in a rich, creamy (malai) explosion of green and white.

20 Feb 2018

New! Wild Animals by Schleich

What Lego is to brick building, Schleich is to play figurines. The name is synonymous with excellent quality and attention to detail. You can keep adding to your collection one figure at a time till you have an entire set to play with. And no matter how many you have, there is always room for another Schleich animal in the toy box.

What Lego is to brick building, Schleich is to play figurines. The name is synonymous with excellent quality and attention to detail. And no matter how many you have, there is always room for another Schleich animal in the toy box, for play-based learning.


19 Feb 2018

How We Fared at the Young Driver Firefly Session

“That’s beautiful!” enthused my then 3 year old son, looking at the machinery under our car’s bonnet. M was checking the oil level and J just happened to be there.

J is nearly seven and is just as fascinated by cars now as he was four years ago. He is morphing into a somewhat capable backseat driver, much to the chagrin of his parents.

Young Driver is a system of driving lessons for 10 to 17 year olds. They also offer Firefly - 20 minute driving sessions for 5 to 10 year olds. Check out how we got on driving at the Etihad Campus in Manchester.

You can imagine his delight when I told him about Young Driver – a system of driving lessons for 10 to 17 year olds. Now J is not old enough or tall enough to qualify for these, but Young Driver also offer car driving sessions for 5 to 10 year olds where children get to drive what are called ‘Firefly’ cars.

18 Feb 2018

Little Wins This Week #6

Laughter, chaos and a house full of happy children. I wish I could bottle the joy that pervaded the house and treasure it for posterity. The least I can do is document these delightful days in words and cherish their memory for eternity.

Laughter, chaos and a house full of happy children. I wish I could bottle the joy that pervaded the house and treasure it for posterity. The least I can do is document these delightful days in words and cherish their memory for eternity.

13 Feb 2018

Dove Stone Reservoir (Oldham, UK) - Winter Ramble

We live in a part of the country where snow invariably falls as rain. So imagine our surprise when we woke up to more than a light dusting of snow. A quick look at the weather forecast revealed a day of glorious sunshine. So we decided to wrap warm and head out on a winter ramble.

The idea was to go somewhere that promised lots of snow and spectacular vistas. M decided that the Dove Stone Reservoir in Saddleworth, on the northern fringes of the Peak District National Park, was a good location for our first family winter ramble.

Dove Stone Reservoir in Saddleworth, on the northern fringes of the Peak District National Park in North West England, was a good location for our first winter 'snowday' ramble.

11 Feb 2018

Win! Rubik's 2x2 Cube

Following on from the Rubik’s Pet Puzzles for little ones and the more traditional Rubik’s 3x3 cube, I now bring you the brilliant Rubik’s 2x2 cube. It has got fewer rows and columns, well, 1 less all around as compared to the 3x3. It has a sleek and smooth design. The new mechanics make it easy and fast to manoeuvre. Gone are the old sticky labels. Instead, you have sonic plastic coloured tiles, meaning there is no scope for cheating!

Little Wins This Week #5

I started blogging about my Little Wins This Week in the hope that it will help me shift focus from the misery and dissatisfaction to the things that really matter. I hoped it would help realign my thoughts when I am emotionally labile, stressed, upset and unable to focus on the happy.

And you know what. It is working.

As I sit here now trying to write about my Little Wins This Week, I am making an effort to pick out the positives from the tangled mess of negativity in my head. And it is working.

9 Feb 2018

How to Win at Housekeeping

It’s never easy managing a household on a budget, no matter what size. There are always new challenges that keep cropping up as well as the usual old nuisances like leaky pipes and draughty windows that are a source of bother.

Not everything about housekeeping needs to be stressful and a drain on your finances.

Here are simple things you can do and changes you can make to win at housekeeping.


8 Feb 2018

Mid-Week Meal Plan #4

My mid-week meal plans seem to work best on weekdays. Take last week, for instance. I resolutely stuck to the meal plan through the week leading up to Saturday. The weekend was another story. We went out, met up with friends and ended up eating delicious pizza on Saturday and dosas on Sunday.

I am making a Mid-Week Meal Plan #4 that takes me through the rest of this week and to the middle of half-term. I am choosing a menu that involves minimal fresh ingredients, relying more on my store cupboard stock. That way, there is less chance of food waste should we decide to eat out or do a take-away instead.

7 Feb 2018

Eccentric and Crazy Ways to Heat Your Home

Most of us worry about the expense of keeping our homes warm especially over winter. The days are getting longer and the sunshine is a bit warmer, but we’re not out of the woods just yet.

Here are some eccentric, crazy and outright dangerous ways to heat up homes. It is all very well to read and marvel at their ingenuity, but bear in mind the potential costs and hazards involved with some of them.

6 Feb 2018

How I Hacked the BritMums Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge

I have said it before and I will say it again. I am all about eating delicious food without the trauma associated with intensive cooking. Shortcuts are absolutely allowed if it means I can serve a healthy, balanced but scrumptious family meal in minutes. So when BritMums challenged us to the Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge, it sounded just the sort of thing for me. If I can serve the perfect weekend family meal without spending all day in the kitchen, it has to count as a win.

I am all about eating delicious food without the trauma associated with intensive cooking. Shortcuts are absolutely allowed if it means I can serve a healthy, balanced but scrumptious family meal in minutes. So when BritMums challenged us to the Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge, it sounded just the sort of thing for me. Here is how I hacked the Rustlers Burger Challenge.

4 Feb 2018

Little Wins This Week #4

Little Wins This Week is about remembering that little things add up to make a big difference. It is about counting small blessings, however insignificant they may seem. Little Wins is about being mindful, staying positive and making each day count.

I have decided to blog about my Little Wins as I believe putting it down in words will consolidate the good. I will do this every week on a Sunday, recounting all the little things that mattered to me that week. The focus will be on staying upbeat and looking for that silver lining even to the darkest of clouds.

I seem to have found my blog niche, something I have struggled with ever since Rambling Through Parenthood launched nearly five years ago. I am delighted to announce that I am a Family Lifestyle blog that covers family pursuits and interests, both indoors and outdoors.


Please feel free to write about your Little Wins and tag me so I can come along and have a read.

1 Feb 2018

Indian Cooking Made Easy - Simple Recipes to Make at Home

Who here loves eating a good Indian curry but is filled with dread at the prospect of cooking one from scratch? Me. And I am of Indian origin!

Some people are born to cook delicious food. Others develop the skill out of passion. And then there are those like me who learn to cook out of necessity than for the love of the process.

If you fancy eating some authentic Indian food, made from scratch but without the fuss, join me on this culinary journey where I will be sharing my simplified recipes. If I can cook a half-decent curry, so can you!

Mid-Week Meal Plan #3

It has been a crazy old week, with ill-health and leftovers being the order of the day.

This is what Mid-Week Meal Plan #3 looks like. I may not stick to it fastidiously, but it will help me plan my grocery shop. And it will most certainly help with the ultimate aim of cooking more, wasting less and saving money in the process.


The mid-week plan started off well. As expected, the stir-fried curly kale went down a treat with everyone going back for seconds. There were no leftovers.

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