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About admin

I am Emma, mum of 3 boys. I suffer for FND and I also have dyslexia and dyspraxia. I am also an ex NHS employee.

My Favorites

So I said ages ago I would do a favorites blog and I finally managed to actually sit down and write it! Lockdown has meant very little time for me to actually get much done for myself including writing ha ha!!! Anyway here we go…….

So these are not just this months favourites, these are my ultimate favourites!!!! Some are rather expensive and some are not. These are things we’ve bought, saved for or had bought for us over the years. I wouldn’t be without them now.

GHD Hairdryer and straighteners

I haven’t had many varieties of these over the years but this is by far the best combination I have used for my hair!

My natural hair state is fizz ha ha!!! However these are fabulous in helping to keep my hair under control!!!

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De’Longhi Coffee Machine

My husband got his discounted through work. He regurlarly comes home saying he’s invested /; bought something else and I regularly tell him he’s a plonkla for spending money on something we don’t need.

However I had to apologies to him after I told him he shouldn’t have come home with a coffee machine because this is just amazing!! Yes it’s big and bulky and takes over the very small work surface we have! It’s probably the same size as a microwave and I wouldn’t be without it now! Having freshly ground coffee is amazing and you can vary it’s strengths, lengths and style of coffee. It’s pricy but he got it heavily discounted and honestly I wouldn’t go back to instant coffee now that’s for sure!!!

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Cake Stand

I don’t know what it is about this but I have always wanted one and it makes me so happy!!! I got this one from Amazon and it makes my kitchen feel homely! The boys love it too as I am always filling it with homemade cakes and biscuits now ha ha!!!

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Lumea Prestige Hair Removal

So my husband bought this for me in the January sales 2020. It was expensive, especially as we didn’t know how good it would be. However I love it! We got it because, self care such as washing my hair and shaving can be a rather tiresome task for me. So in order for me to feel good and reduce the amount of time I shaved (plus to hopefully reduce that god awful shaving rash! Don’t judge men you know what I mean!). Anyway the verdict is I absolutely love it!!!!! It’s a big success. Hubby helps me and honestly I rarely shave now and my legs have never been smoother!!!

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Tommee Tippee Baby Monitor

This has been a life saver!!! We’ve had this right from when Alfie was born. It came with a mat sensor for when he was a baby to detect if he had stopped breathing in the night. Scared us at first but after the loss of our first son together we didn’t care how much we had to pay for this! As Alfie got older we took the sensor mat away but kept this part. Purely because we are on a separate floor to Alfie, if anything was to happen we can always hear him with this.

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Tropic Skincare

I only recently discovered Tropic skincare and I already love it! My skin feels so much better, there’s so much to choose from and if that wasn’t enough, there’s a fair few things I can use that don’t have the chemicals in that I am allergic too!!!

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Dehumidifier

If like us you have a bathroom that just seems to keep getting damp then you really need one of these!!!! Our en-suite seems to constantly have walls that are damp after we’ve had showers! So hubby sorted the walls and ceiling out, re painted them and got us one of these off a local selling page. We use it about twice a week and honestly you wouldn’t believe how quickly it fills with water from the air.

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Bath Caddy

Pure bliss!!!! I have wanted one of these for so long now! I finally got one this year with my birthday money and I couldn’t be happier! It’s a bit of a luxury investment but totally worth it! Pamper nights feel a bit more special now I have this. There’s a place for your ipad/kindle, phone, drink and lots more!!!

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Dry Shampoo

This may not be everyone’s favorite but after months of searching, I finally found one that is free of the chemicals I am allergic too! It’s a bonus that it smells nice too and more importantly it works as well as being allergy free for me!!!

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Simba Mattress

I have suffered with a terrible back since just before I was a teenager. A few years ago before my FND started my back started playing up, after realizing that the bed we had we had had for more than 10 years we knew it was time for another bed and mattress. The frame is from another company with storage underneath. It’s an ottoman frame. The mattress however is a Simba mattress and good god it’s like sleeping on a fluffy cloud!!!!! It’s the best bed ever and it’s so good we eventually want to get one for my in-laws spare room so we’ve got a comfy bed when we go and stay down there!!!! It actually comes in a box and takes 24 hours to inflate! It’s strange but it’s amazing and also very pricey but you can’t put a price on a good nights sleep!!!

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorites around my house. I would love to know your favorites and which of mine do you like the look of the most?

Much Love

Emma

Meal Plan 7

Welcome back to Emma’s Bites!!!

Wow it’s been a while, I didn’t mean for it to be so long but lockdown has just been crazy and you never seem to get a moments peace to do anything other than be Mum, cook and clean!!! However I am determined to get back on track with my blogs now and inspiring you to meal plan and eat healthy so here we are!!! This is a review of this week and I also have an IGTV food haul to go with this blog over on my Instagram account which is; @mrs_shep_unplugged

Monday:

B – sweet omelette

L – soup and sandwich

D – leftover turkey from yesterday’s roast, chips and veg / salad


I won’t lie Monday’s are not very adventurous as this is food shop day ha ha! Tea was not inspiring but it was on plan. Monday’s is basically scraps lol!!!

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Tuesday:

B – poached egg on toast

L – chicken stir fry

D – homemade cheesy ham cakes


The cheesy ham cakes are an absolute must!!!! I found this recipe from @becs.bites on Instagram so go and have a look for it and try it.

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Wednesday:

B – midweek fry up

L – ploughman’s

D – homemade chicken Kiev chips and salad


Today was a great day for food!!! The kiev was so good and the ploughman’s was just what I needed today. So yummy.

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Thursday:

B – sweet omelette

L – chicken stir fry

D – homemade on plan McDonald’s!


I had been waiting for tonight’s dinner for a week and it did not disappoint! I even went a bit extra and got takeaway boxes and a toy for my son’s pretend happy meal. Healthy and fun, this did not disappoint and it’s a definite to try again!

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Friday:

B – toast

L – ‘pot noodle’

D – steak night with wedges salad and maybe homemade onion rings

You just can’t beat a steak night can you!!!

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Saturday:

B – toast

L – picky plate / omelette

D – puff pastry pizza

If you haven’t tried puff pastry as a pizza then you need too! We used the lighter puff pastry so it was less in syns.

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Sunday:

B – pancakes

L – picky plate / omelette

D – stuffed chicken with toast does and veg

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Pancakes is by far one of my favorite breakfasts to have on slimming world!!

What’s been your favorite meal this week at home? Or what do you like the look of from my week? I’ve had so many favorite meals this week!!!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and I can send you your very own pack to meal plan with.

Much love

Emma

Reflection. The build up. The heartbreak.

It’s been 6 years now and I still remember those feelings you get surrounding the day your baby dies.

It’s never usually about the day for me these days. It’s the build up.

Remembering those last few innocent weeks before your world came crashing down around you. Remembering a time where you were blissfully unaware that not everyone went into hospital and came out happy with a lovely baby to hold.

Did you know some people come out with a box instead?

I do. The only thing is, is that I knew I was coming home with a box instead of a baby. I had a few days to process that my baby in my belly was going to die in a few days time. I knew I was coming out of that hospital with a box.

I didn’t always know though and that’s what hurts.

I think if you speak to other parents of angel babies they will most likely tell you the same. It’s the build up that’s worse.

I often wonder if it’s a self preservation you know.

My son dying was the worst possible thing that could ever happen to me and the feelings surrounding that are completely indescribable. If I told you it felt like your heart was ripped from your chest, it still isn’t equivalent to what a parent whose baby died in their arms went through.

They say that your brain shields you from traumatic experiences in your life to protect you.

It’s probably why there are still things I don’t remember from the week surrounding the day I had Ethan.

However because it was one of the most traumatic experience of my life, each year sometimes some of those memoires come flooding back.

How can I explain this……

Ok, imagine you are driving along the motorway and as you drive along, you can see in the distance that you are going to crash. You can’t stop it, but you know it will hurt. That fight or flight kicks in, your heart races, you start sweating, maybe you start crying. You imagine the pain and what it’s like. You feel everything. Then it gets harder to breathe and panic sets in as the crash approachs, you keep getting nearer. You are getting more and more upset, the pain you are going to feel you can feel in apprehension, the fear, the loss of control. You can’t stop it from happening. Nothing you do will help this situation.

You take a deep breath. You whisper I love you. Close your eyes and brace yourself. Head swirling and all consumed in thoughts.

Hang on……what happened. Where’s the crash? It’s gone. It’s 6 months later. You know no idea how you got there. Can’t remember much. Over time things start coming back to you, memories and vague recollections.

It’s 6 years down the line now, almost to the day. Every time you drive down that motorway at that time of year, as you get closer to where it happened, those feelings you got that day repeat themselves over and over again.

That’s what it feels like at this time of year. I’m heading down the motorway waiting for it to happen. Those feelings I felt that year are more than a memory, I feel them.

It’s just the build though. On the day I shall remember him and be proud that I was the one that got to be his Mummy. I am one of the few people that got to meet him and hold him. I’m one of the lucky ones. I met an angel. I kissed an angel. I held an angel and I love an angel. I get to call him my son.

Meal Plan – 6

Hey there, sorry it’s been a while. 

I don’t know about you but I just can’t seem to get into a decent routine at the moment. I’ve no idea what week of lockdown we are on now either! However I do know that I have a weekly meal plan for you and this was what we had this week.

Would love to know what meals you have has this week and which one you would like from my plan. I also have a surprise for you at the end of my blog so keep reading! 

Monday

Breakfast was a usual favourite of packed eggs on toast, followed by fruit for lunch and leftover chicken from our roast the day before served with homemade chips and veg.


Tuesday 

Another favourite of mine for breakfast, pancakes! If you have seen my breakfast favourites go check them out. You can find it under the Emma’s Bites section, you just might have to scroll back a bit. Lunch was the same as yesterday and then for dinner we had something it different. Homemade sausage rolls! Whilst we don’t eat out a great deal I do miss the odd thing, so using some of Linda McCartneys veggie sausages and a pac of puff pastry, voila. Sausage rolls! Tell me what are you missing food wise at the moment?


Wednesday 

Today went to pot a bit. I was expecting a food delivery which didn’t come until evening, and the meal I had planned for today was on the shop! Argh! Anyway, I pulled it back and made something so easy and tasty that even my toddler enjoyed it! Wow! I started the day with………rice pudding for breakfast! I know I know. However, it’s like having porridge! I had to with fruit and a dollop if chocolate spread and it was delicious! Lunch was thrown together with whatever I could manage to find which to be honest wasn’t much! Now for dinner…….it’s not life changing lol but I made pizza from the only bits I had in. Puff pastry, cheese, tomato purée, ham ( yes I looked for pineapple and no I didn’t find any in the house! ) and seasoning. That’s it! 


Tell me what lockdown meal have you had that was all you had in?

Thursday 

Today was nothing exciting I am afraid. Left over rice pudding ( which by the way I got the recipe from Slimming Eats ), fruit for lunch and tea was leftover curry from the freezer served with rice that took minutes to cook. 

Friday

One thing I do love about cooking is making fakeaway nights! All my inspiration for these comes from @becs.bites over on Instagram, her page is amazing if you don’t already follow. So I started the day by having a breakfast hash.then I will be straight with you, I have absolutely no idea what I had for lunch or if I ate it lol 😆however I do know was interesting,I am usually always lacking in ideas for lunch. Tea however was a Greek fakeaway night! Loved doing this for something a bit different. 

Saturday 

Back to the poached eggs on toast for breakfast, leftover Greek food for lunch followed by a Chinese fakeaway! I must admit this is one of the ones that takes me the longest but we all enjoy it and there are so many dishes I can make on plan with slimming world.


Sunday 

I had oat muffins for breakfast which basically makes me fee, like I’m having cake for breakfast and what’s not to love about that! Followed by leftover Chinese for lunch and a good ole favourite of sausage, mash and veg for tea. 

Which rounds up the week! 

I’ve got more lovely meals to enjoy next week. I bloody love food can you tell lol 😂.

Oh I almost forgot! My surprise! 

As of today if you sign up and follow my blog, I will send you my newly designed and created meal plans. I have a set meal plan list for you, a meal plan lost where you can pick and choose from meals you know you want to have that week, shopping list, forward thinking sheet where you Han check your cupboard and freezer and help you save money by starting from there to meal plan (also comes with a what to prep section) and finally a none meal plan list which is a todays jobs list. This has various sections to help you plan each day and get through each day as productively as possible without (hopefully) forgetting something!

Have a good week.  

Much love 

Emma 

Lockdown update

So it’s been a whole month since I left the house for something other than a walk on the back field.

There’s a few things that I’ve……..well I guess you could call it learnt. 

Anyway, this is my thoughts and fluff and stuff on a page for you to read if you want about my isolation so far.

My husbands job is actually more important than I realised.

I love Alfie to bits, he’s far to much like me. The difficulties we face with him are hard and I really need to get to the bottom of things sooner rather than later. 

I’m worried about my FND, not driving or walking around or going out as much could mean my brain will forget everything. It can happen so quickly and I have worked so so hard. I had got worse anyway over winter and now this has happened I do fear for my health and what it means for my FND. 

I have learnt that I need space and time alone. I’m very much a family person, but being isolated in a house with your family and only one reception room and a kitchen that barely fits two adults in. Alone time is basically none existent. Someone always finds you. Even the cat. I love them all but shit a girl needs space sometimes.

Being on lockdown has made me realise that we didn’t go to many places but I miss the fact that it was our choice not to go anywhere. I also really miss not being able to just nip out for bread, milk or ________ ( insert anything you miss here that you can’t just nip out for). 

I can be the parent I wanted to be. I wanted to be this Mum who always had fun things to do and ideas and creative things. My problem was that I never quite knew what to do or where to find ideas and resources. Thanks to lockdown it feels like more people are actually sharing ideas of things to do with their children. Activities and fun things to try, websites to access or anything like that. People are sharing them. Maybe it was just me but before lockdown it felt like I wasn’t privy to this knowledge or I needed a special password to be able to know these things of places to find information on stuff to do with children. Now it seems this knowledge is accessible and I love it. People sharing ideas and tagging people. It’s brilliant and it has made me feel like a better Mum.

It’s made me realise that people really can’t follow simple instructions. 

I wish we lived somewhere closer to more places to walk with more outdoor space. 

It’s the small things that count. Having that brew in peace whilst it’s still hot. A FaceTime with someone you miss or a film night faith family. These small things can make all the difference.

When your husband says he’s painting the kitchen ceiling, he will probably end up painting the whole kitchen.

Lockdown birthdays are ok but it never quite feels like your it was your birthday.

Finally I think after this, I thinK it might make me realise about the kind of person I want to be and how to live my life.

It’s also made me realise who I can rely on and who’s a real friend.

Other people you have never met can really wind your back up. 

If you don’t come out of this without learning a new hobby or a stone lighter you’ve not made it worth while. Or some crap like that. Well excuse me! Some of us have just been trying to juggle about 16 balls all at once! 

Feeling under pressure to create memories. 

Let’s set this straight. 

My back garden is not big enough for a tent to camp out. 

Sharing a bed or bedroom or living room floor with my son is not my idea of fun. 

Last time I shared a bed with him I got bruised to buggery. He fidgets like no tomorrow. 

I already feel like I can’t do the same as everyone else. I can’t run around in soft play or play tig in a park or do anything else that requires a) a lot of stamina or b) me to be on foot a lot. Thus so, creating memories I’ll be honest just makes me feel like more pressure. I’m just winging it and if Alfie looks back on this whole thing and thinks I have something fun I’ll take it as a bonus. I will not however be striving to create everything I see on social media that other people are doing. 

(This being said I will still sometimes feel a little bit shit that we didn’t camp in the back garden or anything else that’s labelled as fun) x

Easy Curry Reciepe

Hey! Welcome back to Emma’s Bites.

Today I have an easy curry recipe for you, it does have meat in it but any of the meat and vegetables can be easily swapped for something else.

Ingredients

Chicken – I used a pack of diced chicken

White onion

Spinach

Tinned tomatoes

Vegetable stock cube

Cinnamon

Paprika

Turmeric

Mustard

Ginger

Garlic

Coriander

Cumin

Chili flakes

Salt

Pepper

How to make it

Chop your onion and stick it in your frying pan with some olive oil or fry light.

Pan fry for a few minutes until softened. Once this is done you can add a tea spoon (at least I think that’s what I did– bet you lot love my exact foodie blog measurements don’t you ha ha!!!) of each seasoning – apart from the salt and pepper, to your onion.

Fry off for a few more minutes. Next you need to add your chicken and brown it off. When your chicken is brown, add the spinach (however much you fancy), 200 ml of stock, tinned tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Leave to cook on a medium to low heat for about 20 minutes.

If you are having rice, making chips or naan breads etc then now is the time to do so.

When everything is cooked just serve and enjoy!!!

Tag me over on Instagram if you re-create this. @mrs_shep_unplugged

Much love

Emma xx

Quick lunch idea

Hello and welcome back! How are you all? Today’s foodie blog is a quick lunch idea. Pizza!

All you need for this is

Bread

Cheese (grated)

Tomato Puree

Seasoning (you can use pizza seasoning or mixed herbs or none!)

Any topping you like.

First of all you need to lightly toast the bread.

While that’s being done get your toppings ready if you are having any. I used red pepper, red onion and ham which and I pan fried them all as I prefer my toppings cooked through and when you grill these at the end you won’t be doing so long enough for these to cook. So this is just preference.

When your bread has been lightly toasted, spread some of your tomato puree on.

Now it is construction time!

If you are seasoning now is the time to do so. Then add the toppings, followed by your choice of cheese.

Finally pop it under the grill on a medium heat until the cheese has melted.

All in all it should take around 10 minutes really. Which is great as it’s a quick lunch and very tasty.

Please tag me on Instagram @mrs_shep_unplugged if you have a go at this.

Much love and stay safe

Emma x

Lockdown with children

So it’s been a few weeks now here in the UK where we have been on lockdown and honestly still don’t think I am used to it yet.

I’ve comfort eaten, I’ve had a birthday on lockdown and cried about all sorts.


Anyway, while I am not expert and you will never seen me as a pintrest type of Mum on any of my platforms or even crafting every day creating masterpieces or grabbing the paints to decorate immactulate window displays. However I do have some experience of being ‘stuck’ inside the house. Although people are saying safe inside rather than stuck, whick is fine but I do sometimes feel like I am stuck or even trapped some days and I honestly beleive that if that’s how you feel then it’s ok to feel like that.


If Brenda (this is a completely made up person by the way) wants to get up at the crack of a sparrow fart and clean the house, do a work out, make everyone a healthy breakfast with smiling faces on and be ready to teach all said children at 9am sharp with a strict schedule then that’s fine. If that’s what your after though then my friend this week’s blog is not for you!!!!
So my aim of this blog is to try and give you a few tips when being inside with children. I’m not saying it will change you life but hopefully it might help a little bit.


Baking
I can already feel the dread and tension as you read that word lol. Don’t panic though. If I can cook with a wild child you can do it too.
The easiest and quickest way to baking with children is quote simply to use a packet mix. We have been big fans of Betty Crocker for a long time now since I developed FND. It’s easy enough to follow and I can stand long enough to make them and it’s short enough to hold Alfie’s attention.


If you can’t get hold of a packet mix you can still bake with them. The trick for this is to get everything ready in the kitchen for them before they come in. That way your not measuring stuff and getting things out of the cupboard while they are in the kitchen, because lets face it they will get bored and give up. Then that’s when raised voices start, tears happen and feeling like your not a great parent because your cooking segment didn’t turn out like Mr & Mrs Perfect down the road. So get everything out and ready and measured before hand. Also stick to simple things, your not getting ready for the next British Bake Off with your child no matter how much they love it! Unless they are at Mary Berry’s standard at age 4 stick to flapjacks, rice crispy cakes and simple cakes/cupcakes.


Cinema
Now I know what your thinking, they are all closed, but what’s stopping you creating this at home? William has a tv in his bedroom (if you don’t know this already William is my 15 year old step son who stays with us every other weekend), so at the moment he isn’t coming over to stay because of the pandemic as it is safer for me this way (decided by Ste and William’s Mum). So while he isn’t here we are making the most of having another room to spend time in with a tv. It’s not got much in it and he’s got a pull out bed. So a few weekends ago I decided to create a cinema experience. I made some cinema tickets, made some popcorn, got some other snacks which was a mixture of healthy and treats. We had hot drinks. Now I don’t know about your house but in ours it takes us ages to pick a film, so I chose a film we hadn’t seen so it’s just like it is in the cinema. No option of which film to see! Honestly it was really good and we all loved it. We also had a no phones policy like at the cinema. If you don’t have another TV in the house then just use the living room, close the curtains, take tickets from people at the door, have snacks out etc.


Indoor Picnic.
This doesn’t have to be fancy, just grab a blanket or a large towel if you don’t have a blanket. Stick it on the floor and give them their lunch in lunch boxes or in a few bowls. Basically just something a bit different. You don’t even need to have special picnic food, just whatever you were going to give them anyway.
This leads me on to another topic…….


Teddy Bears Picnic
Now this idea was something I got from @peppawithana over on Instagram. Grab a blanket or a towel (get your little one to help set this up), get them to pick some teddies and a book. Get a book about teddies or even the book teddy bears picnic if you have it. Set up some plastic plates and cups, if you have pretend food, plates and cups great. Get a little juice for your little one, a hot brew for you if you want and maybe a few biscuits. You can even make a sign “teddy bears picnic”. Then all that’s left to do is to let them serve pretend food and drinks to the teddies and read the book(s) they chose.


Cardboard
I don’t care if this makes me a bad person, I do not like crafts!! However I can manage to make stuff from cardboard sometimes. If your brave let them paint it, if not maybe they can colour it or stick stickers on. Either way, those extra parcels that are coming to your door, save the boxes and maybe make a castle, a pirates treasure box or something else.


Books
I think I may have mention this before but Alfie is like the Tasmanian devil (do you remember the tv show?), so getting him to sit can be rather challenging! However he does love books and even more so bringing these books to life.
So basically we pick a book and using items around the house (& Alfie’s large selection of teddies) we find things to bring the story to life and in a way I guess act it out. So far we have use the following books; Dear Zoo, Gruffalo, Room on the broom and The Tiger who came to tea. For Room on the broom we made a wand from cardboard and a straw, we don’t have a witch but Alfie does have a dragon.


Music/Songs
Ok I’m cheating for this and putting two ideas here!!!
First idea is quite simply put some music on and let them dance!!
My other suggestion is (and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this), a while ago I collected certain items from eBay that represented a nursery rhyme and they are all kept in a bag. (If you don’t have them then you could print them off, cut them up and put them in an envelope). Then let your little one pull an item out of the bag and then you all sing that song. Now I realise this may not be for everyone, it’s not my husbands cup of tea to do this activity, however Alfie loves it and it keeps him occupied.


My last idea for you isn’t really an idea it’s just some advise.


TV and iPad.

Don’t feel guilty. Your not a bad person. You haven’t failed. Some days you just need a break and guess what, so do they! You can’t have idea’s all the time, not everyone can keep being on the go all the time, so chill!! Some days you just need to do nothing, it’s called re-charging. If you children won’t sit for tv thats fine, give them an ipad, if they won’t sit for that, let them play with their toys, let them get them all out. When it comes to tidying up later, get a tidy up song on on youtube and see who can tidy up the quickest with a promise of a prize for the winner at the end (biscuit maybe?).


I hope these idea’s are helpful to you. If you try any I would love you to let me know below or tag me in a photo over on instagram @Mrs_Shep_Unplugged.
Also if you hav any tips I would love for you to share them with me and if you want some more ideas please comment below and I’ll do another round up of ideas.
Much love
Emma

What Mother’s Day means to me…..

I remember growing up when it was just myself and my Mum. Seeing how hard she worked to provide for us, look after me and play both parenting roles. I just remember just wanting to always show her how grateful I was for everything she ever did for me. I still feel like that now. 

Then I had children of my own and the realisation of how hard being a parent was kicked in I wanted to spoil her more in Mother’s Day. Showing her how amazing she is for all that she does for me and my boys. 

Being a Mum your not just a Mum.

You are the mediator, the cook, the cleaner, the organiser, the friend, the boss, the educator, the party planner, events organiser, the singer, the dancer, the soother, the nurse, the doctor, the maid. You are the glue. 

To me, Mother’s Day is everything. Mother’s Day is the one day where I hope to be spoilt. Not in expensive material gifts. Breakfast made, my daily jobs taken over, cuddles, my choice in what’s on t.v, family time, a nice meal chosen and cooked for me, a bunch of flowers and chocolates. Maybe even a trip out for walk or something.

To me Mother’s Day is everything. It’s the one day where your children and Spode can show their appreciation all that you do for the family and the children. 

Much love 

Emma xx

Emma’s Bites. Meal Plan and recipe. Week 5

Welcome back!!!

It’s been a funny ole week this week with this virus going around hasn’t it? Hope you are all keeping safe and well.

We have had a few good meals this week and I can’t wait to share with you.

Monday 9th March

Breakfast was the usual poached eggs on toast followed by soup and mini broughies for lunch.

Now tea time was so bloody good Ste and I both had seconds!!!

We had chicken and mushroom tagliatelle. The recipe for this is at the end of the blog!!! If you try it make sure you tag me on Instagram or Facebook.

Tuesday 10th March

Simple food day yet I flippin loved it!!!

Sweet omlette for breakfast (if you have a sweet tooth this is just perfect for breakfast!)

Chicken and bacon sandwich for lunch with fruit on the side. I really love sandwiches and every now and then I really miss them. So I swap my favourite poached eggs on toast for something else so I can have this!)

For tea we had grilled chicken with couscous and roasted veg. Ste wasn’t a fan due to lack of flavors but me and Alfie loved it!!

Wednesday 11th March

I had a cheeky midweek fry up to start my day off today which included homemade syn free hashbrowns!

Lunch was something that impressed me if I do say so myself which was pizza on toast! With three slices for a healthy b on the kingsmill crustless this was an absolute must to have again!

 Alfie has his swimming lessons on a Wednesday so it always has to be a quick tea. So for today we had quorn nuggets (seriously these are yummy), chips (homemade) and a bit of salad.

Thursday 12th March

Weigh in day!! I didn’t do great but I didn’t do terrible. Maintain this week which was actually better than what I expected so I’ll take that.

My absolute favourite on the go breakfast is white choc and raspberry muffins. Found the recipe from someone else on Instagram and it’s delicious!!! The rest of the day went downhill as I had a really bad FND flare up and ended up with a packet of pasta that hubby made me. Not what I had planned but it was fine. Tea was a very yummy burger chips and salad. Something we don’t have often but still very nice. Tell me what your favourite type of burger is? What do you like to pop on your burger? Veggie burger? Beef burger? Tell me.

Moving on to weekend…….

Friday 13th March

Eggs Benedict for breakfast. Recipe from @becs.bites on Instagram so go check her out. This was really tasty and only 1 syn. Couscous and roasted veg for lunch followed by a curry for tea!! I will share this recipe on my blog this time next week.

Saturday 14th March

Another breakfast favourite which was breakfast hash. Then lunch was very uninspiring with another pasta packet again for lunch.Follwed by stuffed pasta for tea which you can find on a previous weeks blog!

Finally the end of the week. Sunday 15th March.

This morning I decided to start the day with a bit of a fry up.

Lunch was leftovers while tea was much the same and whilst it was nice it was a wing it job as we didn’t know what else to have. So we had gnocchi bake with cheesy garlic bread.

I would love to know what meals you enjoyed this week.

So let’s get cracking on this chicken and mushroom tagliatelle eh?

For this you will need;

Diced chicken

Tagliatelle

Mushrooms

White Onion

Fat free soft cheese

Chicken stock – about ½ pint

Start off by frying the chicken off so it’s browned. Once browned set it to one side.

Then add to the pan your onion and chopped mushrooms with a little bit of your chicken stock.

Also you need to get your pasta cooking now, probably should have mentioned that!!!

After that mix the tub of soft cheese into the stock and add to the pan of mushrooms and add the chicken back in.

Cook for a further 8-10 minutes. Once that’s done and the pasta is done mix the pasta in with the sauce and serve, adding a garnish of fresh parsley if you are feeling fancy!!!

We had second helpings of this and it was honestly really really tasty. If you do try it make sure you tag me on Instagram!!!!