De-cluttering with eBay

It's hard to remember a time before eBay - the online auction and shopping giant. In 2017 it's hard to think of something you can't buy in a click and if you know what you're doing, it's easy to bag some bargains.

It's also surprisingly easy to sell items, especially with the nifty eBay app that can be downloaded from both iTunes and Google Play. You can do everything using your smartphone - snap photos of your item, write a description, set your limits and get notifications when people bid, ask questions and pay for items - reminding you to get it posted as soon as possible!

I haven't sold on eBay in a while but do like to regularly clear out the kid's stuff. I sell off the old bits that no longer fit or are no longer played with and then use the money to pay for clothes and toys the next stage up.

Love, laughter, laundry

I guess if any quote is going to summarise my home it would be this one.

Our home is certainly filled with love, it is full of laughter and the laundry that comes with having a family of four is a never-ending cycle of dirty clothes, wet clothes, drying clothes and clothes that need to be put away but never will be.

Mexican Meat Feast

Summer may be well and truly over but I'm not yet ready to embrace an autumn dinner menu of slow-cooker meals, casseroles and potatoes. With that in mind I was happy to have the opportunity to take part in Britmum's #HealthyRedMeat Challenge this weekend and am pleased to share our family favourite recipe for steak fajitas!

I have a real pet-hate for food horror stories and any fad diet or trend that recommends cutting out any particular food group. I'm certainly no dietitian but approach planning meals for my kids with a balanced approach, attempting to ensure a healthy diet where everything is OK in moderation.

A letter to Lily - Starting School

It's 10 minutes past 8 on Wednesday 6th September 2017. Tomorrow you start school.

They have a staggered start, which basically means that you won't spend a full day at school for another week.

On your first day you will arrive just after 1pm, hang up your coat and your new school bag and walk into your classroom. You'll only be there a couple of hours and then a couple of hours again on Friday.

Tonight as we read your night time book (we're reading Heidi Grows Up at the moment) and said your prayers we spoke about school. You said you were excited but nervous and I explained how perfectly natural it is to feel that way. That I feel the same.

Hearing myself parent

If you've read a few of my posts you may notice that I regularly over-analyse things and often feel the sharp pangs of Mum-guilt. I (obviously) want to be a great Mum but am well-aware of my failings and the times I fall short.

Like the times I shout at my kids to be quiet (I know it's hypocritical. I know it's counter-productive. But argh! Just be quiet!).

I know that my kids are doing well, despite my lack of confidence I think I 'usually' do OK at this Mummyhood thing. And yet, it is still disconcerting to hear myself parroted back through the pretend play and mannerisms of my children.