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Where Does Time Go...

So I got up at nine this morning – yes I know a lie in for a lot of us now, when did that happen! I had all intentions of getting a good bit of work done on the website, a blog post and my social media posts done for the day by lunchtime.  Leaving me the afternoon to go grab the car after it passed it’s MOT (Woohoo!) and do something with the kids before spending the evening with friends.

10:43

It’s now 10:43 and what have I managed… 1 paragraph of a blog post and an hour and a half of scrolling through Insta #faceplant.  It cant just be me that this happens to can it? It’s like Easter hols, you lull yourself into taking it easy the first week as ‘we have two whole weeks’. Then all of a sudden it’s Friday of the second week and we’ve achieved not a lot!

Anyway back to the moan in hand LOL. So yes I’ve still not managed to post on social media and now I’ve pretty much missed the sweet spot for Insta, so will have to wait till this evening on them.  I did manage a couple of retweets, but need to get on this today.  Also now having to deal with an eldest child ‘Kevin’ moment as he cannot find his textiles homework due Monday (another #faceplant).  Panic over, homework found, questionnaire compiled… If you fancy completing I will share on my stories today!

12:00

Get distracted by making pancakes for the boys, as promised by me if Henry finished all his homework and packed his bag ready for Monday!

13:00

Finish making pancakes, go to pick up car from mechanic.

13:25

Sit down for take two of blog, still no more social media posts! Although whilst I was out I got another order for a Toy Storage bag going to India! Always love orders that go far afield. Get distracted by Insta Stories! If you haven’t seen @tobyandroo stories today you must check out, hi-la-rious….

13:40

This is just getting ridiculous and am actually having to re-read blog to remind myself what I was writing about in the first place. Oh to be young again, with good short term memory and boobs that don’t sit on your stomach when you sit down LOL. Okay so my boobs aren’t quite that bad but you get the drift.  Maybe I need to write down a to do list:

What I need to achieve...

  • Write blog
  • Post on Insta/Facebook
  • Post on Twitter
  • Print off orders for next week
  • Take pictures for next weeks social media
  • List new A6 notebooks on website

What I will actually achieve...

  • Stop eldest boys fighting over XBox – several times
  • Shout at everyone to go away as I’m trying to work – several times
  • Make a cup of juice for the smallest person – several times
  • Download as many episodes of Scooby Doo as possible to keep the small person amused, when lego has failed
  • Get distracted by Insta stories again
  • Realise I haven’t eaten since breakfast
  • Get distracted by The Commonwealth Games
  • Realise it’s nearly teatime
  • Give up
  • Pour wine…

Is it just me, or do you guys manage to achieve pretty much half of what you set out to do each day?

One thing I did come across whilst I was being distracted by social media, was this useful screen time form.  I always start the holidays with great intentions, but when I have so much on myself and 3 boys to deal with, I easily lose momentum.  So this form by Natural Beach Living is absolutely brilliant and I will definitely be adapting and using for my eldest two!

15:38

Well at least I’ve completed the blog post! I’ve tweeted once and messaged a possible new supplier in the meantime. Let’s see what else I can achieve before it’s wine o’clock.  Have a fab rest of weekend folks.

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16:03

Spend 10 mins deciding on focus keyword for SEO purposes and then rewrite half of blog to ensure SEO all good #aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh


Easy Easter Recipes

5 Easy Easter Recipes

It’s Easter so what better excuse to share some fab baking recipes!  These easy Easter recipes are perfect for getting the kids involved over the holidays.  Here are my top 5 for this Easter, let’s get baking.

Easter Chocolate Millionaire’s Shortbread

Prep Time: 30 mins

Bake Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 1hr

Buttery Chocolate Shortbread, Homemade Caramel, Milk Chocolate, and Micro Mini Eggs make the most delicious Easter Chocolate Millionaires Shortbread!

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Simply Perfect Vanilla Shortbread Bunnies

Prep Time: 15 mins

Bake Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

If you’re like me and look for quick and easy recipes, then these cookies are for you! They don’t require any chilling time, are easy to roll out, and bake in 15 minutes.

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Mini Creme Egg Cheesecake

Prep Time: 25 mins

Bake Time: No Bake

Total Time: 25 mins

No Bake Mini Creme Egg Cheesecake Recipe – delicious light and creamy no bake Easter dessert. The perfect cake for your Easter celebration!

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Mini Egg Cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins

Bake Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Mini Eggs are my weakness and cookies a close second, so to find this mini egg cookie recipe is my idea of heaven!

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Easter Nests

Prep Time: 25 mins

Bake Time: No Bake

Total Time: 25 mins

These cornflake cakes are a favourite of Henry’s, simply decorate with mini eggs and you have the perfect Easter Nests.

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Hope you all have fun baking these this week.  Would love to see your photo’s, just tag me over on Instagram with #howfelicityfinds and happy baking!

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gifts for mum

Fancy a nice hot cuppa?

So excited to share some of the new products that I’ve launched over the last few weeks and give you a little sneak peek at some of the products that are coming soon… So sit back with a nice hot cuppa and enjoy.

Mumma, I love you!

gifts for mum

'MUMMA' Mugs

£9.95
  • Enjoy a hot cuppa, you deserve!
MUMMA TOTE BAG MONO

'MUMMA' Tote Bags

£19.95
  • Carry your stuff in style...
mumma boom phone case

'MUMMA' Phone Case

£14.95
  • Because every mum is a superhero!

Too cool for school!

However it’s not just for the mummas, it’s for the kids too…  Great gift ideas in a choice of bright pastels or cool monochrome, that won’t break the bank.  Choose from awesome designs of POW!, BOOM!, SPLAT! or ZAP! or personalise with a name for something really special.

Just so much to choose from…

superhero phone cases

But what next?! More awesomeness in the form of notebooks, somewhere super to jot down your amazing ideas or doodles, or just a simple to do list! I cannot wait to share with you guys as soon as the samples arrive.  But here’s a little sneak peek of the artwork, would love to hear your thoughts…

A5 Notebook Outside Cover Pow Pastel
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Spring Clean

Spring Clean for Easter

Since the end of November last year I now work 4 days a week at my new day job.  Boy does that extra day make all the difference, especially around the house.  I did very 'gently' remind the OH that he may need to help a little bit more around the house now that I only work one less day than he does.  However of course I did not take into account the fact that I work on my business in the evenings and on my 'days off'.  I need a spring clean...

Now the organised peeps out there (Miss Tidy Owl I am looking at you!) would I'm sure have some great tips - please feel free to share! LOL I need all the help I can get.  I am trying, I've bought the diaries, I've bought the planners and I've even got the over sized white board.  However no matter how hard I try I just can't seem to get into a rhythm.

Initially I think I felt it was the extra day and I'd never be able to balance it all.  But the more I look at the bigger picture then I think I actually just need re-organise how I work things.  Working in a School means the added bonus of getting all the school holidays off.  And I even get a few more weeks than the boys do here and there, so I need to use this to my advantage.

Spring Clean for Easter

  • Have a good clearout of all the toys - Samuel is 7 this year and much as he still plays with his lego etc. there are a lot of toys he no longer plays with, they just take up room! The two eldest only need gadgets and books, nice and easy.  So I need to have a mass clear out, which will also enable me to keep their rooms/the playroom tidier in the weeks I'm at work.
  • Plan social media - Despite the lighter mornings and evenings enabling pictures to be taken daily, time does not actually allow with ease.  What with sorting the morning schedule and school run, to then evenings of teas, homework and bedtime; it doesn't leave much time to plan a fabulous flatlay.  Prompts help brilliantly, especially to keep your feed fresh.  However I think even more so I need to actually batch up my imagery weekly where possible. So I'll use the holidays to plan and look for new prompts, as well as research new keywords (very important for Insta).  Then try and ensure that I set aside a morning once a week to take the following weeks images.
  • Plan blog posts - this is something I've really struggled to keep up with since Christmas and I miss it.  I absolutely love writing for you guys.  Finding new small businesses for us all to discover, planning my kids bedrooms, sharing craft ideas.  I'd love to write more, but in my head it just seems that it's a bigger job than it is.  However once I know what I am writing about it seems so much easier.  So I need to embrace this and plan weekly blog posts in advance.
  • Stock take business supplies - I regularly find myself running low on stock.  A certain sized envelope or business cards; storage bags or canvases.  I need to do a mini inventory each holidays, to list what stock I have.  Not only will this ensure I don't run out of anything.  But also that I can ensure I can plan my orders, combining where possible to keep shipping costs down!

Anything else...

Another biggy I want to try and pin down this year is my finances.  Despite being very organised with others money, I am a complete failure with my own.  So this month I have signed up to Quickbooks in the hope that I can give myself a financial spring clean too!  No it's not an #ad, just heard good things.

So it's two weeks till Easter and time to spring clean.  I need to stop trying to do everything, every week and instead recognise what can be done in batches in the holidays, leaving the weekdays free to get on with business!

Let's do this,

Fay x


Boys Bedroom

My Boys Bedroom - Shopping List

Those of you who follow me, know that concerning Fred’s room (specifically his bed) we’ve been back and forth.  However we have finally made a decision together on his ‘Boys Bedroom’ and so it’s time to get a shopping list going.  And time for me to get saving, making and up-cycling!

Bed

We have finally both settled for the Stora Loft Bed for his room.  I am still undecided as to whether I may paint it dark, that can wait.   It’s a really good size, and gives him some great floor space too.

Ikea £239

Sofa

For a long time the boys have had a sofa bed and a sofa in the playroom, and actually they only tend to use one.  So i’ll re-cycle the sofa bed and it can sit underneath Fred’s bed to chill on.  To give it a freshen up and tie it in with the  room, i’ll buy a brand new cover in grey.

Ikea £60

Artwork

Of course I think there needs to be a bit of a gallery wall, so far these are definites…

DoodleMoo

£12

Etsy

£10

Etsy

£26

Bold Print Studio £20

Soft Furnishings

I saw these cushions a while back on Pinterest, and struggled to find their ‘owners’.  I’m still not entirely sure how to order, but have tracked them down I think.  We’ll see…

Awesome Store £TBC

Paint

And so to paint colours…  Now this is the bit that is best left unmentioned to his majesty (i.e hubby) as we all know his aversion to dark walls.  But this time I’m standing my ground, even if I have to paint myself!

B&Q £12

So it’s time to get on it. So lovely to work with my boy every step of the way and know that he is as much as part of the design process as I am.  He’s really excited and has some great input.  Keep a watch out for the next installment.

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Family Recipes Mince and Doughballs

Family Recipes Mince and Doughballs

When I was growing up, family recipes mince and doughballs (otherwise know as dumplings or doughboys), were a staple of the Scottish diet.  I may not always have agreed with the vegetable choice (who does as a child) to go with, but it still remains one of my fondest meals!

Family Recipes Mince and Doughballs

Family Recipes Mince and Doughballs

Prep: 5 mins      Cook: 15mins

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons self-raising flour
  • 5 tablespoons suet
  • 1 pinch salt
  • water

Method

  1. Chop and sweat onions till transparent (use mixture of oil and butter to ensure no burning).
  2. Tip in beef mince (5%) and brown for several minutes – substitute with pork or turkey if required.
  3. Add appropriate stock cube or stock pot and get to a simmer.
  4. Add a couple of drops of Worcester Sauce – only a couple!
  5. Mix flour and suet together with a pinch of salt. Add drops of water until mixture is thick.
  6. Cover hands in flour and roll pieces of mixture into balls.
  7. Place the dough balls on top of your mince (or any dish with a simmering gravy or stock) and place the lid on your pot for 15 minutes or until puffy.

Tip

Leave these beauties alone, don’t keep checking them by taking the lid off your pot as this will make these flatten. Can be served with anything that has a stock or gravy like mince and tatties.

It’s also a great recipes to get the kids involved in, as they love the making of dumplings.  They don’t have to be neat, so it makes no difference if they are all the same size or not, get the kids involved!

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Easy Fridge Cake Recipe

Easy Fridge Cake Recipe - Baking with my boys

Can someone tell me where weekends actually go?! Whether I pack in loads or just take it easy, it always seems to fly by and before I know it, it’s Monday again.  What I really want to do is one weekend just lock all the doors, switch off the phones, stay in my pj’s with the boys and literally chill ALL weekend.

Anyway whilst I try and figure out how to pull that weekend off, I’ve literally started this evening running…

18:00 – Home from work

19:00 – Tea cooked for boys. Boys all showered. Ironing put away ( well 2 baskets worth – we each have a basket each!)

19:30 – Fridge cake made with Samuel & Fred (forgot to take during photos for Insta #sillymummy), then Samuel put to bed with drink.

20:00 – Homework done with Henry, Another drink for Samuel.

21:00 – Tea cooked for Matt & I, Henry & Freddie to bed.

21:30 – Time to get to work…

Just call me Superwoman LOL #whorunstheworld #girls

Anyhoo who fancies checking out my easy Fridge Cake recipe?

Ingredients

Easy Fridge Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 250g Digestive Biscuits
  • 300g Milk Chocolate
  • 100g Unsalted Butter
  • 150g Golden Syrup

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Method

  1. Line a 20cm shallow, square-shaped tin with cling film (leaving extra hanging over the sides).

  2. Put the digestives into a sealable freezer bag, then happily bash the biscuits into pieces using a rolling pin (perfect job for a little one).

  3. Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove the bowl from the heat and immediately stir in the broken biscuits, and any extra ingredients you fancy adding – see below for ideas.

  5. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Press down with a wooden spoon to level.

  6. Once cooled, put the tin in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set.

  7. Turn out the cake by turning upside down onto board/plate.  Peel off the cling film and cut the cake into squares and enjoy!

Ingredients Ideas:  Mini Marshmallows, honeycomb, choc chips (for true chocoholics), Hazelnuts…

Easy Fridge Cake Recipe
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P.S Check out some of my previous recipes for even more ideas including Chocolate Biscotti and my personal favourite Chocolate Cornflake Cake.


Beds for Boys

Time to pick a new bed...

So Fred was really happy with the mood board I showed him, and was actually really excited by some of the bits I’d found.  He was especially excited about the Egg Chair (that’s gonna take a while to locate) and the gaming artwork/prints.  However we had a bit of a spanner thrown into the works…

So one of the biggest decisions is Fred’s new Bed! He currently has two single beds in his room.  However one of these is going to Grandma’s new flat when she moves next week.  So do we stick with the single divan he has (it was expensive and is only a few years old); or do we buy him the double bed he really wants?  Okay so if it was just me then i’d give him a double bed in a flash as it’ll last him for much longer.  But trying to persuade the OH of the need for a new bed is another thing altogether.

Beds for Boys

So I spoke to Fred and he immediately showed me a couple of ideas that he wanted.  I have to say I loved them…

However there are a couple of issues with this style of bed for Fred’s room:

  • While it is a space saver, the layout of Fred’s room would mean a double bed version would take up a large part of his room.
  • He is no way allowed his XBox in his room (that’s what the playroom is for) so there is really no need for the seating/gaming area underneath.
  • He already has a desk and storage too so it’s not needed for that either.

So I think it’s time to choose a double bed.  But what style?

Now normally I’d go for wood every time, it’s timeless.  Especially in this black tone I think it has a clean, modern look.  But I really do like the style of this metal bed. It’s perfect for a young lads bedroom.  So I’m torn, what do you think guys?

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