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Dear Children I love you,

I really really do.

I will stand by you through anything,

like really sticky glue.


I’ll clean your bums and noses,

and give you  manicures.

I’ll fix your broken dolls and toys,

my whole life is yours.


I’ll tidy your very messy rooms,

and wash your dirty clothes.

I’ll find that elusive marble,

and wash your smelly toes.


There is only one thing I want from you,

it really isn’t a lot.

It happens only once a week,

but you don’t seem to give a jot!


Weekends are for sleep you see,

it really clears my head.

To be able to lie in for a while,

and curl up in my warm bed.


So please don’t think that 5am,

 is in anyway okay.

You can’t come in our room,

to bounce on the bed and play.


No singing, giggling or shouting,

not even a tiny peep.

It’s the weekend, for crying out loud,


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In these horrible cold days we have, I like to kid myself that soon, it will be spring.  I take a moment of sunshine and hold onto it tight savouring the feeling that at some point, it will be light in the mornings and the air won’t bite and I can finally start my spring clean!!  There aren’t alot of these moments, but I have taken each one and ran with it even though we are still in the vice like grip of winter. 

YES folks, I have started my spring clean! A little decluttering here, a little organising there, things are starting to take shape and the house is shrugging off the cobwebs of winter and by March, I will have it all done and can sit back with the satisfaction that I haven’t run ragged trying to do it all in one week. Do I sound smug? You bet, because if I actually pull it off, it will be the FIRST time ever that I have actually done what I have said I will do!

Of course if you were to come to my house at this present moment, you would think I was clearly off my rocker because you can absolutely not tell that I have been doing anything at all.  Except three bin bags of old but still useful toys have been given to charity and the spice and cutlery draws are absolutely pristine! (I draw the line at putting my spices in alphabetical order…)

As we have 7 weeks left until Spring is officially here, here are some of my tips for a slow and relaxed spring clean that won’t get in the way of your regular clean!

  • Make a list of what you need to do in the house.
  • Declutter first so that you are not cleaning around stuff that you don’t want. Take individual rooms and make two piles of whatever you are decluttering (clothes, toys, etc).  One for the bin and one for charity and actually take it!  This should take the first two weeks around your own normal commitments.
  • Set yourself three 20 minute tasks per week and tick off the list once completed. 

This can include: 

  • Clearing out the food/kitchen cupboards or a couple of draws in the sideboard.
  • Cleaning out the crumb tray in the toaster, wiping the kettle and cleaning the microwave.
  • Clearing out the medicine cupboard and the upstairs hallway landing cupboard! 
  • Cleaning the porch or cupboard under the stairs.

Remember to dispose of old medicines safely and recycle bottles/plastics etc. where you can.

  • Take an hour out to sort out any paperwork. Put your important documents into one pile to file away and anything else (junk mail, old magazines, newspapers, the usual glut of paper that presents itself with children in the house) into another for recycling. REMEMBER to file the important documents away!
  • Leave the *gets dirty quickly* things until the last two weeks, such as vacuuming the skirting boards and ceiling corners, vacuuming under the sofas and inbetween the cushion-y things, washing the bedding and towels and cleaning the windows (on the inside).  I do the bedding and towels regularly but always time it so that I need to do it around the middle of March.

All of the above will hopefully allow me to have everything done by the time the blossoms are here so that I can sit back and enjoy the changing of the seasons with a glass of something fruity and a good book!  For now…I’m cold and I’m off to get a coffee to warm up!

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Yesterday was a busy day for me.  I had the in-laws coming around for tea and cake (like, TOTALLY shop bought) and I had a lot of washing and ironing to do (just call me the last minute homemaker!) On top of this my youngest is sick (we had a throw up festival) and I decided that I was going to completely overhaul and sort out my daughter’s room as well.

I had put out some lamb the night before and the last thing that I really wanted to do was to cook a huge meal and stand over it, stirring and making sure it didn’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn or anything SO I brought out my trusty three litre slow cooker and here is what I finally decided upon!


I had previously bought half a leg of lamb from the butchers, chopped into medium sized casserole pieces INCLUDING the bone.  You can either leave that out and make a soup stock later or cook it in the casserole like I do for added flavour.  I split the half leg of lamb into two as there are two adults and two children, aged 5 and under who don’t eat huge portions. I recommend using fresh ginger and garlic but the *lazy* or ground varieties will work just as well if you can’t get to the shops.


Half a leg of lamb (to serve 4 adults), fat off, chopped into medium sized casserole chunks

1 onion, diced

300g green beans chopped about 1 inch long

2 tbsp cooking oil

1 tin chopped tomatoes

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1/2 tsp turmeric

salt and pepper to taste

Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker and put it on high.  Serve with white fluffy rice and greek yogurt. You can use beef if you don’t like lamb and you can also try the same thing with diced chicken breast as well.


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