Gousto food delivery

I quite often tell the story of when Bee went off to university for the first time, and had to share a flat with seven other students. In that entire flat of eight apparently grown up people, Bee was the only one who knew how to use a washing machine.

Isn’t that shocking??

On the one hand I was proud, but on the other, kind of embarrassed on their behalf. How had these young adults grown up without being taught how to do basic tasks around the house? It quickly became clear that what they lacked in washing machine skills, they most definitely did NOT make up for in the kitchen.

Teaching children how to do things for themselves like cooking, cleaning, catching trains and generally taking care of themselves, is surely what parenting is all about? Yes, you have to look after them a bit, and make sure they don’t walk into roads and stuff, but ultimately your goal is to equip them with the skills to function as an independent adult, not shelter them from all responsibility. If your child goes off to university never having used a washing machine, then something has gone wrong.

It’s one of the reasons I really like trying out recipe box schemes like Gousto.

Gousto is the compromise between simply handing your child a hardback Delia Smith and a Tesco Clubcard, and driving yourself mad trying to cook delicious yet wholesome meals for a whole family EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Instead you get to cook from scratch, but without the hassle of having to decide what to make or go shopping for ingredients. View Post

We’ve been in our new house for about seven weeks now. It feels like WAY longer, which I’m taking as a good sign because that must mean it feels like home right?

One of the things that I’ve been meaning to do since we moved in is to put up a picture on the plain white chimney breast wall in our living room. We had a family photo shoot done before we moved with Life is Crawsome, so I had been thinking that one of those photos would be nice. But then I was a bit nervous about having a giant ME smiling down while I watched TV, so I decided a mirror might be a better option.

It was brilliant timing actually, as Exclusive Mirrors had been a touch previously asking if I fancied taking a look at one of their mirrors, so I said ‘yes please thank you very much’ and picked the Claremont round gold mirror.

‘This Claremont round gold mirror is oh so stylish with its uniquely designed frame,’ the website told me. ‘The stunning mirror is finished in a luxurious gold and comes complete with wow factor frame. Perfectly suited to either a contemporary or traditional setting the mirror is extremely versatile.  Customers have the option with this Claremont round gold mirror to feature it either on its own or alongside other stylish furniture and accessories to create a fabulous appearance.’

Luckily the quality of the mirror is not reflected by the quality of the description writing.

(See what I did there? REFLECTED? I’m so good at this.)

Here it is, with me in it obviously:

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Isn’t it beautiful?

It’s just over a metre in diameter and so fills the chimney breast perfectly. I loved the fact that it looked like a huge flower. I painted the wall this lovely turquoise colour especially to really make it stand out and I love how the colour comes through each of the petals. View Post

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Heinz No Added Sugar Spaghetti Hoops review

I’ve always had this morbid fantasy about what’s going to happen when I die.

(Bear with me…)

In my mind I picture a scene a bit like this one in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. I imagine that once I’ve answered a series of questions to confirm it’s me, that I’ll be given a huge book full of statistics on everything I’ve ever done – number of hours spent asleep – 233,601; number of sandwiches from school packed lunches that I’ve thrown away at 3.30pm – 3,296 – that sort of thing. Some of it might be in graph form, because whoever is in charge will appreciate that I like a good graph.

Under the category ‘Family Teas > 1995 – 2010 > Tinned’ I expect there to be a fairly substantial entry for spaghetti hoops. Or, as it has always been known here, ‘ghetty’. (A bit like the images but without the hefty legal bills.)

With Alphabetti Spaghetti limited to special occasions only, number one in the chart would definitely be Heinz Spaghetti Hoops.

Heinz No Added Sugar Spaghetti Hoops review

There is just something wonderful isn’t there about the way you can gather them up on your fork? I remember quite vividly as a child the thrill of lining them up neatly on every other prong, so as not to crowd them, and seeing how many I could fit on before an adult said ‘stop messing about with your hoops and just eat your tea.’

Both of my children have always loved Heinz Spaghetti Hoops. A tin of Heinz Hoops is a staple in our cupboard – a sure-fire way to please everyone when they were small.

I ask Belle what she likes most about Heinz Hoops. View Post

When travelling to a new country or city, whether we plan ahead or not, we always consider some things when looking for a hotel. We all travel differently, and we all have different preferences when it comes to choosing our type of accommodation. To some, staying at dormitory-type hostels is the perfect choice while some prefer a more private and comfortable option for a hotel room.

One of the most visited places in the Philippines is Cebu City. And because this small island in the southern part of the country is flocked with thousands of tourists every now and then, there are also hundreds of hotels built in order to sustain the need of catering these tourists.

Here are five things that you need to look for in a hotel when visiting Cebu City.

  1. Select the affordable ones.

There are so many affordable hotels in Cebu, Philippines. One must only need to look the right place to book for the most affordable hotel rooms in this island. There are a lot of options out there that in fact, you don’t really need to book ahead to get the best deal. However, please take note though that during Sinulog festival every third Sunday of January, hotel rates will go up that is why it is advisable to book ahead if you visit Cebu City for the Sinulog festival.

  1. Choose the ones near the bus stops and terminals.

Almost every destination in Cebu City and other parts of the island are pretty much accessible via public transportation. Which is why, when you are on the lookout for the best hotel in Cebu City, choose the ones located near the bus stops and terminals. This is a good option if you do not want to walk for several meters just to get a cab. This will also save you time in your commute around the island.

  1. Choose hotels that offer complimentary breakfast.

A complimentary breakfast may be a standard offer in many hotels in several parts of the country but there are also some hotels where it is not included. In order to save money and time, it would be best to research first if the hotel you are considering checking in to offers a complimentary breakfast.

  1. Determine if the hotel is near the destinations you are looking to visit.

This is one crucial thing that you must not overlook. Knowing the distance from the hotel to your destination is important so that you won’t have to waste time and effort just to get there. This will also save you from getting lost and being scammed.

  1. Make sure that it suits the level of comfort that you need.

You may choose the most affordable hotel there is but it doesn’t suit your preferences. Look for hotels that could offer what you need. After all, it is where you will rest while you are on a trip. Do your research prior to booking and read some reviews of other travellers.

Who is your local hero?

Take a minute to think about it, because there always IS one. It might be that mum at school who is forever organising fundraising activities for the local playgroup at the same time as being a foster parent, or that guy a couple of streets away who you know spends his weekends collecting donations for refugees.

Perhaps it’s someone who came to the rescue in your hour of need. It might even be a whole group of heroes – a local community group who use their spare time to make a difference in the lives of others. Or maybe you work for a local charity and you have one volunteer who always goes above and beyond.

Whoever they are, they could be in for a treat. Pork Farms wants to throw them a party! Hoorah! 

To give you a flavour of things, here’s what happened at some of last year’s pop up parties:

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