Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lunch box ideas without using sandwiches


Recently my eldest son has been complaining about the lunches I have been giving him. To be honest, I don't blame him. I tend to give him the same things everyday as its quick and easy. I normally give him ham and cheese sandwiches, a yogurt, some grapes/raisins, a bag of crisps and an innocent smoothie. I never really know what is a good lunch box. I have tried asking him what he would like and what other children have in their boxes but he doesn't really give me much information. Of course my next step would be to go to the good old Internet for some help. Pinterest for me is the best place to go. Today I wanted to share some of the amazing ideas I have found and will be using. 

These ideas are aimed at ensuring I give my children the most energy and vitamins to get them through their busy school days. 

Cheese and Fruit
Image: Pinterest

This idea is super healthy and simple to do. The box contains one serving of whole wheat crackers, mild cheddar cheese (use cookie cutters to make fun shapes), sliced cucumber, grapes, baby carrots and strawberries. 

Pizza Rolls
Found on Simple As That

These pizza rolls are not super healthy but I know my son will love these. He is a pizza addict! For me, I love that I can make a huge batch and freeze them for when I need them. The recipe is linked above. 

Sausage pasta bake
From Meet the Dubiens

My children are complete pasta monsters. Whenever I ask them what they would like for tea, their answer is always pasta. This is quick and easy to make and my son does not mind eating cold pasta at all. 

Salad box
From Green lunches Green kids

This is a super healthy idea which may take some persuading to get my son to eat. If its green, he wont eat. I am still determined to get my children into salad though. 

Those a just a couple of little ideas I have come across. What to you pack in your children lunches?

Gem x

Outfit of the day: All about the Tartan.


Today I wanted to show you my favourite autumn/winter statement dress. I haven't added a link to where its from because I have owned this dress for a few years now. I purchased it from and still love wearing it.

Below are some similar dresses that are available in stores at the moment.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My autumn wardrobe wish list

Autumn Wardrobe


Its that time of year again when I have to sadly fold away my summer wardrobe and bring out my comfy knitwear, tights and boots. Some of my autumn clothes are not looking so fresh and became a little misshapen in the washing machine. Above are just a couple of items I have got my eyes on to buy for this year. Also they have the colours which I mainly love to wear which are tartan, mustard, plum, brown and grey. 

The mustard jumper

This jumper is from Toast costing £103. I probably won't be buying this particular jumper (price is too high for me) but I love the style and colour. I'm sure there will be some pretty good dupes on the high street. It will look great paired with jeans, leggings or over a dress. 

The long sleeved Plum Dress

This colour is such a perfect statement for autumn. I will definitely be looking out for this one. I love the 3/4 sleeves, perfect for the colder days. It will look great for both night and day paired with tights and knee high boots. I have seen these in new look but this particular one is from House of Frasier costing £79.

The knee high boots

Every winter I tend to treat myself to a new pair of boots and they always tend to be black. This year I want to step out of my comfort zone by wearing brown ones. I really like these Mod cloth ones costing a bargain price of £40/ $65.

The woolly hat, scarf and gloves

I know most people like to have all matching sets but I like to mix my accessories up a little. I am really loving tartan for this season. Tartan never goes out of fashion so it is well worth the investment. This beautiful scarf is from Selfridges costing £25. It looks so warm and cosy. Also very cosy is the woolly hat from my favourite store Fat Face. It cost a reasonable £16. The gloves are also from Fat Face  costing £20. I would never pay this for a pair of clothes but they are super cute and I love the flap over mitten feature. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. What is your autumn stable this year and what are your favourite colours to wear?

Gem xx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Bucket List

Image: Pinterest 


Yesterday I posted a very autumnal post about our lovely walk through the local woods. The pictures I took were some of my best shots I have ever taken and I am quite pleased with them. Of course I am giving full credit to autumn with its crispy brown and orange leaves, gorgeous sunlight and the cosy chill in the air. 

Today, as I am feeling inspired by yesterday's post,  I wanted to create an autumn themed bucket list. This is for myself to check off all of the things I cannot wait to do this season. 

1. Try a pumpkin spice latte

2. Watch an entire series on netflix wrapped in my duvet while drinking hot chocolate 

3.  Roast marshmallows on a bonfire

4. Make a den and fill it with fairy lights

5. Cover my house in fairy lights

6.  Finish an entire book

7. Watch a firework display (last year i missed all of them)

8. Take a foggy morning run

9. Visit a local farmers market

10. Take a walk along the coast

11. Dance on the beach

12. Make leaf collages with the children

13. Collect conkers and teach the children how to string them. 

14. Carve the best pumpkin on the street

15. Watch Hocus Pocus at least five times

16. Sip apple cider by the fire

17. Light a cinnamon candle

18. Rediscover toffee apples

19. Bake halloween inspired cupcakes

20. Cook an amazing beef stew

I could probably go on for ever with this bucket list but these are my favourite things to do at this time of year. I am really looking forward to ticking each one off my list. Do you have an autumn bucket list? Feel free to create your own and leave your links below. Would love to hear your own ideas. 

Gem xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A sunday walk through the woods: A free day out.


Today I woke up, looked out my window and smiled. Why? We finally had some blue sky!! The weather this week has been terrible so there was no way I was going to be staying in doors today. Unfortunately though my bank balance was looking a little empty so it was time to use our imaginations and attempt a fun day out for free. 

Nearby is a little woodland with a park at the end of the trail so we put on our boots to go for a little explore. 

Not many people use these woods so it's such a peaceful and beautiful place to take a Sunday stroll. Through the middle is a little stream which the boys loved to splash in and throw rocks into. There are also so many places to climb and hide.

To keep the children from getting too bored and moaning about walking, I came up with a little activity to do. I gave them a challenge to find as many different species of bug as they could. 

The boys didn't have any success. They only things they found were cobwebs, some flies and a little ladybug. All the bugs must have been hiding today. 

At the end of the trail is a lovely little park. Its kind of a big reward/ goal for the children for getting through a long walk. 

Overall, it was a lovely relaxing Sunday. The children had a lot of fresh air, exercise and fun without me spending a penny.  I hope your Sundays were relaxing too and all ready for the new week. 

Thank you for visiting. 

Gem, Alfie, Thomas. x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Taking a teddy on an adventure


Yesterday at school, Thomas won star of the week. His prize was to take home the classroom mascot for the weekend which is a little hedgehog named Ham. Ham comes with a scrap book in which the children have to record where they went on an adventure together. I think this is a great idea but a little stressful for us parents as it quite tricky to think of somewhere great to go. After much discussion, the children and I decided on our nearby aquarium in Plymouth, Devon. We took many photos around Plymouth Hoe, the Barbican and the aquarium which I wanted to share with you. Also there is a little video of our amazing day on the bottom of this post. 

Windy day
The Mayflower steps
The cutest ice cream van and coffee shack. 
Eating chips hoping the seagulls don't attack. 

Plymouth Aquarium

Thank you for visiting.

Gem, Alfie and Thomas. xx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Cheap Halloween craft ideas for the kids.


My favourite time of the year is nearly upon us, Halloween!!! As I am a single mum, I am struggling with money at the moment so I took to Pinterest for some cheap, fun decorating ideas to make with the children.  There are so many great ideas and I wanted to share with you some of the things we have selected to make. Most of these are all made from stuff you might find around the home so ideal for low budgets.

Food makes: 

Potato Stamp found on roaming rose.

These Dracula teeth cookies are amazing and seem so easy to make. You can either choose to bake your own cookies or use shop brought ones. The teeth are marshmallows, the fangs are almonds and the blood is simple red food colouring.

From Crafts Direct

Using toilet rolls:

From Princess Pinky 

All you need here is your old toilet roll holders and some glow sticks. These are great for freaking out the neighbours.

From Mollymoocrafts

These toilet rolls cat are such an easy and fun idea. Simply squish down the top to form the ears then paint, stick and add some pipe cleaners.

Party Treats 


Simply wrap some pipe cleaners around a lollipop stick and add some eyes. These are great to hand out to the local children when they come knocking at your door.


To make these fab party favours, use surgical gloves and fill with a variety of sweets. Finish off with a spider ring and close with a cute bow.

These are just a few Halloween craft ideas that we are definitely going to try out this year. I hope these helped too.

Gemma xx