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What’s the Deal With: Paw Patrol

It’s an innocent kids program but there are so many questions that come to mind when watching it.

Firstly, let’s not look at the new series which has just been released! Dinosaurs! seriously, so many questions there. How are the dinosaurs still alive? Do they go back in time when they visit the dinosaurs? Why are there more Turbots there? Where do the Turbots come from? Where does Taylor Turbot go to school, also how does she go to school? Why have we never heard about these Turbots before? Why aren’t the carnivorous dinosaurs a threat to the humans?

Yes, I really do sit there asking myself these questions.

Now to the really juicy bit. Mighty Pups! Could the writers not think of any other story line to make? Why not do an Alien story line, if the meteor hit. That’s surely the most logical. But superhero pups? And how did the meteor know what the pups strengths were, in order to emphasise them? Why do the pups paws glow, didn’t they see their own feet glowing when they got their “powers”.

Ok so now just to the main programme.

#1 dogs can talk – thats not particularly realistic really is it?

#2 only dogs can talk, all other animals are obsolete compared to dogs as they are unable to speak. Unless you are a master criminal CAT

#3 Where does Rider get all that money from, and all the equipment. He must be charging everyone for his services, and at a high premium too. Or perhaps there’s something else going on?

#4 Why aren’t all the children at school? We only see the younger children (Alex, and the twins) go to school, but Daring Danny X, Rider and Katy are all “working” rather than going to school. Aren’t they all like 10 or something?

#5 Where are the police/ fire services/ ambulance etc. Why do the Paw Patrol rule adventure bay?

#6 Why hasn’t Humdinger been jailed yet? He is a criminal and quite frankly not very nice, yet every time he breaks the rules he is let of with a “just yelp for help” in other words he is constantly forgiven, but why?

#7 How did Mayor Goodway get to be Mayor? She’s not particularly good at her job, and every time something goes wrong she has to call the paw patrol. Why? Can’t anyone in this town do something for themselves?

#8 How many bodies (pups and Rider) does it take to change a lightbulb? Every rescue that the paw patrol make seems to take up at least 3 bodies in total. When in reality it could just be done with 1 person, or occasionally 2. Why can’t Rider use a screw driver rather than making a pup do the handy work?

#9 Where are the parents? What has happened to Riders parents? Why don’t we ever see them? or hear about them? Actually come to think of it, where are any of the parents? Alex lives with his grandpa, why? and we never see or hear of any parents, just grandparents if we hear about any family members. do the writers have a problem with parents?

#10 How has Rider got a driving licence? Also how can the dogs drive? How has the town ended up being run by children who can do adult things?

#11 Why do the pups act so surprised when Rider calls them to the lookout when they are standing right next to him as he gets the phone call, or if they are the cause of the problem, or witnessed the problem? It just doesn’t make sense.

Please makers of Paw Patrol can you look into these problems and give us adults a solution or answer in one of your episodes? I feel like we all need this. But most of all, I just want to know WHERE ARE THE PARENTS and WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM!

What questions do you have about Paw Patrol? Are you confused like me?

Much love xx

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My New Mum Diet

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Today I have decided that I am going to have a big lifestyle change. While I am not necessarily going to go on a “diet” I am going to actively try and eat much healthier that I usually do.

Since the beginning of lock down my eating habits have become atrocious and I find myself reaching for the snack cupboard more than ever now, due to boredom. What’s worse, is that I see my daughter copying me, and that worries me as well. So enough is enough, and change is needed. I have gained 2 inches around my waist and this needs to be gone. What’s more, I feel more unfit than I have ever felt before, and so this is going to be changed as well.

I have a goal in mind, I want to be able to fit into a dress by the end of November so I can use it to go out dating again. Is it a doable goal? Definitely if I put my mind to it.

So here goes. I am documenting the beginning of my journey here for the world to see and I will post up my progress daily on social media, and weekly here.

What is my Game Plan?

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  1. Eat healthier
    • I need to start eating healthier and cut out snacking. Snacking is my biggest downfall, rather than eating a piece of fruit (like I encourage my little one to do) or a handful of nuts, I go for the unhealthier options of biscuits and chocolates. This is going to stop!
  2. Drink more water
    • I rarely drink my quota of water for the day. In fact if I even have 2 glasses of water I call that a good day. So I am going to work on making sure I have the recommended 8 glasses of water EVERYDAY to help me get fitter and healthier.
  3. Exercise more
    • Starting the gym or just exercising in my living room, and sticking to the routine. This is by far the biggest and hardest part of my plan, but with encouragement from everyone around me (And YOU!) I know that I can do this!

So these are the changes that I am planning on starting, and sticking to.

Lets see how it goes!

Have you started a health kick plan, or diet? What did you do? Did it work? What was your goal, and did you achieve it?

Perhaps we can go on this journey together xx

Much love xx

Don’t forget you can find me on my sister sites:

The Mum Style

The World of Mum

and on social media

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My Baby Started School

How did this happen? She was just a little bundle a few months ago and now she 3 and going to nursery at school!

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for me, she’s been loving it! Watching my little one go into this new school on her own, not being able to go in and find her peg with her, or make sure she’s set up for the day. I HATE YOU COVID-19!!! I shed a tear or two just watching her walk all by herself. She just looked soo small, and yet grown up in her uniform.

The biggest question I was asking myself though, was WHAT WILL I DO WITH THIS NEW FOUND FREEDOM?!

I decided to make use of the free time I have and work on my posts, so that I can relax in the evenings rather than work all day long. It worked amazingly and still does. Furthermore the few hours I have to myself are the perfect time for me to rejuvenate and do something for me. I dedicate 2 days a week to myself and the rest to housework or my blog. This way I am able to continue to feel me.

I do worry about the effects that Covid-19 will have on our little ones as they go to school. They can’t go in with their parents, they are forced to wash their hands constantly, and goodness knows what actually goes on behind closed doors. Isabelle constantly comes home happy and contented so I guess at least that is a good thing. But you still can’t help but wonder.

After School Activities

When Isabelle returns home from school we have gotten ourselves into a little routine. She comes back home and her lunch will be waiting for her. This isn’t always a lunch of sandwich style meals, but sometimes an evening meal instead. She returns home absolutely starving so it’s always best to feed her straight away for a happy afternoon of activities.

After we finish our lunch she will get changed out of her uniform and our activities for the day begin. This changes every day, sometimes its visiting family members (whilst we can) and sometimes its arts and crafts, and playing. It also tends to be a lot of baking, as when I get bored this is my go to.

Our days go by so quickly and she changes so much day to day. I want to cherish every moment and document everything we do together.

Do they ever slow down in their development? Why do they have to grow so quick? Where has my little baby gone?

One day her enthusiasm for school may change, and I will struggle to get her out of the house to go to school. At the minute she’s pushing me to leave the house (sometimes up to an hour early) as she loves it so much. I also love the fact that every day she has a new best friend. At least I know she’s not going to be like mummy, but instead surrounded by friends who absolutely adore her!

Much love to you all xx

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Brownie Mousse Sundae

I am a chocoholic and this dish definitely satisfies my chocolate cravings.

I had attempted to make mousse before when I was younger but couldn’t get the recipe quite right, but then I realised that I was making life difficult for myself and that to make a mousse you really don’t need too much skills or knowledge.

This is such a tasty pudding that you will be asking for more.

Ingredients

For the Mousse

  • 170g dark chocolate
  • 240ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To Assemble

  • 200g chocolate brownies
  • 100g salted caramel sauce
  • 100ml cream whipped
  • 80g pecan nuts toasted

How to Make

  1. place the chocolate in a bowl, set over a pan of simmering water.
  2. Add 80ml of the cream, stir over a med heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temp
  3. In a bowl beat the remaining cream until thickened.
  4. Add icing sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
  5. Gradually fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mix
  6. Allow to chil in fridge for at least 1hr
  7. cut brownies into small cubes and divide amongst 2 or 3 glasses.
  8. transfer mouse into a piping bag and pipe it on top of the brownies until glasses are half full.
  9. spoon over most of the salted caramel sauce, reserve some for drizzling on top. sprinkle over toasted pecan nuts
  10. top with whipped cream.

Me and my daughter had so much fun making this, ending up wearing more of the chocolate than what was in the bowl. It was a wonderful chocolatey mess, and it’s the making it that is the best bit for me, especially when my little one helps x

I would love to see pics of your chocolate mousse and find out how you got on.

To make the sundae a bit more like a traditional sundae you could add a spoon of icecream, this just adds to the yummy dessert something special.

Enjoy! Xx

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Creamy Leek and Kale Lasagne

A lasagne has been a family favourite for decades in my household, but I was beginning to get a little tired of having the same lasagne everytime. I decided to try and change it up a little, and this is the kind of lasagne that I created.

Ingredients

  • 300g Kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 leeks thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • juice of half lemon
  • 150g mascarpone
  • 200g ricotta
  • 150ml veg stock
  • 4 tbsp basil pesto
  • lasagne sheets
  • parmesan, grated

How I made it

  1. preheat oven to 200c/180c fan/ gas mark 6. Grease baking dish with olive oil
  2. bring pan of salted water to boil. add kale. cook for 4-5 mins then drain. pat dry with kitchen paper
  3. heat olive oil in pan over medium heat. add leeks and season generously. cook for 8-10 mins
  4. add garlic and thyme and cook for 2 mins. add kale, lemon juice, mascarpone and ricotta (leave 4 tbsp for later. mix to combine well
  5. add veg stock to loosen into a thick sauce. remove from heat
  6. spread 1/4 of sauce into bottom of dish. dollop 1 tablespoon of pesto, then layer with lasagne sheets. do this until all sauce has been used. end with lasagne sheets.
  7. mix the last bits of ricotta with a splash of stock, spread over the top layer. add grated parmesan.
  8. bake for 20 mins until golden and bubbling.

There were mixed reviews about this dish, my little one decided it was “yucky” before even trying it but everyone else seemed to enjoy it as an alternative to the standard type.

Let me know what you think! Will you be trying this as well??

Enjoy xx

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Chicken, Bacon and Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo

Pasta is such a simple dish to make, you can literally throw anything you like into it and it makes it something special.

I love to pack my pasta dishes full of veg and goodness, but sometimes I let us have a naughty binge with our pasta.

The Chicken Alfredo is my twist on a classic carbonara and is super delicious. Served with a side salad or a slice of garlic bread it is a wonderful treat for all.

Ingredients

  • 320g fettuccine or tagliatelle
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 6 streaky bacon rashers chopped
  • 4 chicken fillets
  • salt and black pepper
  • knob of butter
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 200g mushrooms sliced thickly
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 220ml cream
  • 200ml whole milk
  • handful parsley
  • 100g spinach chopped
  1. Put the pasta on to cook according to package instructions
  2. heat olive oil in large pan over med heat, cook bacon until crisp and golden
  3. season chicken with salt and pepper add to pan which bacon was cooked in. cook for 3-4 mins each side until golden and just cooked through. transfer to plate with bacon, cover with foil to keep warm
  4. melt butter in same pan, add onion, cook for 3-4 mins until soft. add mushrooms and cook for 6-8 mins until golden. Add garlic and cook for around 30secs
  5. add cream and milk, summer for 8-10mins or until begins to thicken. add in chicken and bacon. season to taste.
  6. add cooked pasta, fresh parsley and spinach, stir to combine. warm through for 1-2mins.
  7. serve with parmesan

This is a really quick and simple dish that tastes amazing. My little girl didnt think so though! She much preferred the garlic bread, but you win some you lose some. X

Let me know what you think about this recipe and if you’re going to give it a try x

Enjoy! Xx

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Hello and Welcome


Hello and welcome to my small part of the web. My name is Emma and I am a full time single mummy, who loves to write and do all things crafty.

Background

When I was made single, I realised that money was going to be tight and a lot of things were going to be different. Much different.

We fell in love when we were just 14years old, and as we grew into the adults we are today, we grew apart. It took me a long time to realise that while my values in life remained the same (family first, work last) his values had changed. He became obsessed with being the “perfect man” who “can provide for his family.” I wasn’t allowed to earn more than him, he HAD to be the one who earnt more. He became obsessed with work, even down to leaving me on my own to go to France for a week or 2, with 6 weeks to go before I gave birth.

What’s even worse is that he couldn’t even see why that was a problem.

Then when my little one was born I had this immense pressure on me to go back to work. Money was running out, and he realised that he wasn’t going to be able to solely keep the family a float. I went back to work and that’s when we broke down completely.

We hadn’t been in a great place for a few years. And were very good at hiding it. But it was starting to get to me, and I was suffering with postnatal depression and anxiety, which didn’t help the situation.

I realised I just didn’t love this work zombie of a man that I was with anymore. He never wanted to speak to me. He would just sit on his phone or watching TV and not even acknowledge that I am there. I couldn’t cope with the rejection and the lack of a relationship which we had. And when it was my birthday and he wouldn’t even have the time off of work I walked.

In just one act he showed me he wasn’t there for me. In just one act he reassured me that things were never going to change. We just weren’t compatible anymore. I told him it was the only thing I wanted for my birthday. For him to be home with me and our daughter, and instead I was greeted with a day just like any other. Me and my daughter, and a day full of chores.

I know you give things up when you become a mum. It’s part of life. But giving up your birthday seems a bit extreme to me.

Moving Forward

Anyway. Here I am now. Many an argument later, single and much happier than I have ever been. Feeling more like me. Everyone has commented and I seem to have my glow back. Yes, I have lost out on my teenage years, but that doesn’t bother me.

I decided during this #Lockdown that I had had enough of my job. Working in retail you don’t get rewarded or applauded for your efforts at keeping the nation fed. Instead you get spat at, shouted at and called all names under the sun, just for doing your job. Enough is Enough!!!

So one evening I was sat with my little girl beside me after having made our Ice Cream together, and decided that I was going to share my recipes with EVERYONE! and so The Mum Diet was born.

I quickly realised that people were enjoying my recipes and I was enjoying cooking again. (It gets a little boring cooking for one and a half every night). So I thought I would try another Niche, on a separate site, with the same branding. Fashion and Beauty have always been a passion for me. And so The Mum Style was born.

After having both these blogs doing really well, having a great following on social media, I realised that they just simply weren’t bringing in any money, to help me to escape from the world of retail. So then I decided that instead of writing with an intent to earn money, I would just write a kind of diary, about my day to day life with my baby girl. (Don’t worry the other 2 websites are still being updated weekly too, as I said I LOVE WRITING!)

And so here we are. A fresh blog, a fresh start, and a fresh idea.

Let’s make something GREAT together xx

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Lasagne

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Lasagne is the single most favourite meal in my household. Seconds? “Yes Please!” they all shout. This is one of those meals where I have to make it big or hear the moans that there isn’t enough for all.

It is a rather simple recipe really. You just need to know how to make a white sauce, and bolognaise. Once you have them down, you are well on your way to making the perfect lasagne.

For more information on how to make a bolognaise please see my earlier post Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Ingredients:

For the Bolognaise:

  • Minced meat (or vegetarian alternatives)
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 onion (i used red)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pepper (I used a yellow pepper)
  • handful of mushrooms (or as many as you like)
  • tinned tomatoes
  • 1x veg oxo cube
  • 1x beef oxo cube
  • mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Tomato puree

For the White Sauce

  • 1x knob of butter
  • 2 tbsp Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Milk

To Make Up

  • Lasagne Sheets
  • Grated Cheese

How to Make

  1. Preheat Oven to 200c/ 180c fan
  2. Make the Bolognaise as per my post (Spaghetti Bolognaise)
  3. Fry onions, and garlic together, add peppers and meat. Once Meat is almost cooked add mushrooms. Once softened make red sauce by adding tomatoes, stock and herbs. Finish with adding in courgettes, carrots and puree.
  4. To make the white sauce. Melt butter over medium heat, whisk in flour, small amounts at time until smooth.
  5. Gradually whisk in Milk, and bring to boil. Simmer until thickened. Take straight off heat.
  6. Make up the lasagne. Put 1/3 of meat mix into an oven proof dish. Add a layer of lasagne sheets, then top with 1/3 of white sauce.
  7. Repeat the above until all meat and sauce mixtures have been used.
  8. Top Lasagne with grated cheese, place in oven for around 30mins, or until golden on top.

Serve this up with a side salad or garlic bread for the perfect meal. Healthy and simple.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe. If you wish for more information on how to make it then please feel free to contact me anytime.

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we do.

Much love x

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Tuna Pasta Bake

This is a dish that can be used as a packed lunch. I used to have Tuna Pasta Bake for lunch hundreds of times at school. It’s a sure fire way to make sure that little ones are getting a healthy meal, and is perfect for those busy days when school is over. On an evening when you have football, dance, piano, karate, anything that your children might do, giving them a meal at lunch means that they can have a lighter option for their dinner.

Nobody likes to have a hungry child.

As stated above, this is a recipe which I used when I was a child. My mum used to make it, and then she taught me.

That’s what cooking is about though, right? Finding a recipe which everyone likes and passing your version of it down generation after generation. You add in “secret ingredients” or you mix everything in a particular way to get the taste/texture etc, you desire.

Cooking is all about experimenting and that is what I do with my food everyday. I make sure to teach my little one (who’s only 3) the basics of cooking every time I make something, and as she gets older she will do more. Cooking is a fundamental skill which we all need in order to survive. It brings us joy, flavour, colour, and taste. It makes our lives brighter and better. More importantly, it keeps us alive.

So here is my recipe for a wonderful Tuna Pasta Bake.

Ingredients

  • Pasta (usually a cup of pasta per mouth, plus one for luck)
  • 2 tins of tuna
  • 1 small tin of sweetcorn
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 100ml milk (or more if needed)
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • Cheese to serve
  • 1 packet of plain crisps crushed (optional)

you can also add peppers or mushrooms if you desire which makes a slightly different dish, just as delicious.

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180c
  2. Put the pasta on to boil as per packet instructions.
  3. Melt the butter over a low heat, and add the flour in gradually. Heat through for around 3 mins.
  4. Gradually whisk in the milk and simmer (but continuously stirring so the milk doesn’t burn) until a thick sauce has developed.
  5. Add in the tomato puree and heat through until completely mixed in.
  6. Add in Tuna and Sweetcorn until heated.
  7. Drain Pasta and mix into the sauce.
  8. Pour pasta into an oven proof dish. Top with Cheese and crushed crisps, place in oven for around 20 mins, or until golden and bubbling.
  9. Serve up with a salad.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. This is a super scrummy dish that I think is perfect for lunch, instead of always having sandwiches in different varieties.

Much Love xx

Emma x