The HelloFresh boxes are full of tasty, healthy meals from across the world, we’ve had curries, koftas, kebabs, coconut rice and tabbouleh to name a few inspiring recipes.

I never normally make New Year’s resolutions but this year I promised myself that we will sit around the table together as a family more often, and turn off all digital distractions. We used to be so good at this but over the past year with a new baby, and a husband who’s often home late from work, our routine has seen a bit of a shift. So I was thrilled when HelloFresh contacted me to take part in their #DinnerTimeChallenge, as I knew this would be the perfect way to kickstart my ‘promise’.

According to new research commissioned by HelloFresh, 40% of adults eat their dinner alone and over half of us parents don’t eat dinner with our children. The research blames our busy lives, digital devices, fussy eaters and a lack of food inspiration as the main reasons.

Here are some of the other findings from the research – along with how we fit in to the results…

  • 73% of adults say they no longer sit together around the table at meal times

Dom and I try our best to eat together most nights but of course there are nights when he’s home from work late, which makes it difficult to for us to have food together.

  • 69% of adults eat watching TV or whilst looking at a tablet

If I’m honest there is normally one night a week where Dom and I will sit down and enjoy a bowl of pasta on the sofa while watching one of our favourite TV shows. I won’t apologise for this, it’s one of my guilty pleasures!

  • 1 in 5 households eat different foods for dinner

On the whole the girls eat what we eat, I don’t like making more than one meal but there are nights when I’ll make them an early dinner and then make Dom and myself something different later in the evening.

  • 52% of adults blame long work hours for not sitting down together

Without a doubt we fall into this category. Most nights Dom is not home until the girls are in bed so (on these nights) eating together is just not possible.

  • 50% of parents admit to feeding their children before them

Yes, I’ve already admitted to this one! *covers eyes in shame…

  • Over half of parents questioned (58%) said their children’s fussy eating causes arguments in the house

Kids are definitely much more fussy than us adults, and I’d be lying if I said my girls eat everything but on the whole they are happy to eat what I make. To be honest, as long as they’re willing to try the food I’m happy.

  • One in ten said that their children won’t stay seated at the table

This is not a problem in our house, the girls won’t get up until they’ve been told they can leave. Yes, we’re pretty strict on this in our house!

  • 60% of children are allowed to eat their evening meal in front of the TV or a tablet

Eating dinner in front of the TV may be my guilty pleasure but this is not something I allow the girls to do. Their food is always served at the table.

The HelloFresh boxes are full of tasty, healthy meals from across the world, we’ve had curries, koftas, kebabs, coconut rice and tabbouleh to name a few inspiring recipes.

As I’ve already mentioned we’ve been taking part in the HelloFresh #DinnerTimeChallenge, which is an initiative to encourage the nation to spend 30 days eating dinner together as a family – as much as possible.

“We know life gets in the way and sometimes there’s nothing you want more than to flop in front of the TV with your feet up. But the news that 73% of the population think that sitting down for dinner is a thing of the past is really sad! We know we’re biased, but at HelloFresh we live and breathe dinner time and we understand the physical and emotional benefits of sitting around a table, discussing the day; food can bring people, friends and families together, so this is why we are launching the #DinnerTimeChallenge – to try and get people to commit to eat together as much as they can for 30 days and see the benefits”

– says Patrick Drake, head chef and co-founder, HelloFresh

The HelloFresh boxes are full of tasty, healthy meals from across the world, we’ve had curries, koftas, kebabs, coconut rice and tabbouleh to name a few inspiring recipes.

As part of the challenge we’ve been receiving a weekly family box from HelloFresh. If you’ve been following my Insta Stories, on Instagram you may have seen some of my deliveries and prepared meals. HelloFresh create ‘cook from scratch’ meals that are delivered straight to your door, with easy-to-follow-recipe cards and pre-portioned fresh ingredients.

The first thing I’ve realised from receiving the HelloFresh boxes is how limited and uninspired my dinner offerings were. I enjoy cooking but week in, week out I tended to make the same old favourite meals. The HelloFresh boxes are full of tasty, healthy meals from across the world, we’ve had curries, koftas, kebabs, coconut rice and tabbouleh to name a few inspiring recipes.

 

The HelloFresh boxes are full of tasty, healthy meals from across the world, we’ve had curries, koftas, kebabs, coconut rice and tabbouleh to name a few inspiring recipes.
The HelloFresh boxes are full of tasty, healthy meals from across the world, we’ve had curries, koftas, kebabs, coconut rice and tabbouleh to name a few inspiring recipes.

We’re now a few weeks into the challenge and we’ve managed to eat together as a family at every given opportunity. There has been nights where Dom has been late home due to work commitments but even on these nights, we’ve made an effort to eat together as a couple at the dinner table – and not in front of the television.

The main benefits I’ve noticed…

  1. As a family we’ve eaten more healthy meals, made from scratch with less food being wasted.
  2. We’ve spoken more about our days and had conversations that we might not have had without this is special time.
  3. The girls have helped to make some the meals, which has encouraged them to try new favours and textures.
  4. For the whole challenge I’ve only made one meal per night, which saves time, money and stress!
  5. I now have lots of new mealtime ideas and inspirations to add to my repertoire.

Why don’t you try the #DinnerTimeChallenge? I’d love to hear how you get on.

Disclaimer: This is a collaborated post. I’m being sent the HelloFresh boxes to promote their #DinnerTimeChallenge.

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my red lip lust list from MAC, Clarins, Nars, YSL

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing like a good red lipstick for adding instant style to any look. If I’m feeling like I need a confidence boost I always grab a red lipliner and lipstick to create a bright red lip.

It’s true what they say, there really is a red lipstick for every woman. For years I looked but couldn’t find a ‘red’ that I felt comfortable in wearing, they all made me feel like I was wearing my mother’s lipstick – like a child playing dress-up. But then I found one I liked and since then I haven’t looked back and am now happy to wear most shades.

my red lip lust list from MAC, Clarins, Nars, YSL

With that in mind I thought I’d share my current Red Lip Lust List, a list of the red lipsticks I’ve got my eye on…

my red lip lust list from MAC, Clarins, Nars, YSL

  1. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick – in Love Bite (£23)
  2. MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick – in So Good (£21.50)
  3. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Matte Lipstick – in Red Clash (£26)
  4. Tom Ford Lip Colour – in Flamingo (£39)
  5. Clarins Joli Rouge – in Cherry (£20)
  6. NARS Cosmetic Audacious Lipstick – in Lana (£24)
  7. MAC Lipstick – in Lady Danger (£15.50)

If I’m honest this list could have gone on and on, there are so many great new lipsticks on the market, just take a look here. Do you have a favourite red lipstick? I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

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We were recently sent a beautiful Sheepskin Pram Liner to review by the lovely people at The Little Green Sheep.

We were recently sent a beautiful Sheepskin Pram Liner to review by the lovely people at The Little Green Sheep.

Here’s what they say…

“Made from the finest quality sheepskin fleece, The Little Green Sheep’s much loved collection is the perfect solution for keeping your little lamb cosy whilst out and about. Designed to keep little ones warm in the winter and cool in the summer, the temperature regulating whole sheepskin fleece is the perfect accessory all year round – making any buggy a truly comfortable and luxurious ride. The ingenious sheepskin also has a natural self-cleaning ability, which is activated when aired outside.

True to The Little Green Sheep’s signature style, the sustainably produced pram liners are baby-safe tanned and made without any harmful chemicals or substances.”

What did Iris and I think?

I must admit I’ve been thinking about getting a sheepskin liner to put in our buggy for a while now. This particular liner is suitable for most pushchairs with a 3 or 5 point harness – it certainly fits well in our Bugaboo Bee3 (as you can from the pictures). It was very easy to fit, I simply placed the liner onto the chair and pushed the ‘buggy belts’ through the appropriate holes in the liner – and that was it, job done.

For me it’s so important to know that these liners have been produced sustainably and are made with no harmful chemicals or heavy materials. And I love the fact that it will keep Iris warm during these cold winter months as well as keeping her cool in the summer heatwaves (here’s hoping).

Iris looked very cosy in her newly ‘accessorised’ buggy yesterday in the park, and I’m extremely impressed with the quality of this pram liner. It does not slip or move around and fits well into the buggy. We’ll defiantly be keeping this new addition to our Bugaboo pushchair.

We were recently sent a beautiful Sheepskin Pram Liner to review by the lovely people at The Little Green Sheep. We were recently sent a beautiful Sheepskin Pram Liner to review by the lovely people at The Little Green Sheep.

As you can see you were sent an ivory sheepskin liner but they are also available in charcoal and a natural colour. And these retail at £49.95.

Disclaimer: I was sent this Sheepskin Pram Liner by The Little Green Sheep to review.

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metallic dream blanket by aden+anais

As you can tell Iris is very impressed with this new dream blanket from aden+anais, and I must admit, so am I.

Made from four layers of 100% cotton muslin, this ‘dream blanket’ is ideal for cuddling, using as a play mat, draping over at nap-time or for travelling – the possibilities are endless. And if I’m honest it’s a blanket I can see myself ‘borrowing’ from time to time too.

Why is Muslin such a great fabric for babies?

Muslin is a finely-woven, amazingly breathable fabric. The open weave and lightweight of the fabric allows air to flow through easily, reducing the risk of overheating and keeps your baby comfortable and safe, at all times. Muslin is also incredibly durable, giving it the ability to withstand countless washes – it even gets softer with age!

The New Metallic Collection

This beautiful new metallic collection from aden+anais comes in four different colour ways; blue and silver, pink and gold, white and silver, and white and gold. And is available in ‘musy squares’ (£20.99 for a pack of 3), ‘dream blankets‘ (£58) and ‘swaddle blankets‘ (£38.95 for a pack of 3).

All aden+anais products are an investment piece, they wash so well and can be used in so many ways. I already have quite a few of their swaddle blankets and use them all the time, with all three girls – not just my baby girl.

metallic dream blanket by aden+anais

metallic dream blanket by aden+anais

Disclaimer: I was sent this gorgeous blanket to review but all thoughts, images and copy are my own. 

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Specially formulated to help you unwind, this Detox range contains a blend of nine essential oils including Sweet Orange, Lime and Rosemary. Each oil has been selected for its’ unique properties and blended to create a Thai-style spa ambience in your bathroom.

If you’re looking for a pampering body range that won’t break the bank and have you feeling utterly relaxed – I think I may have found the perfect range.

The first thing I need to mention about the SenSpa range is that it has been created by the Award winning Spa of the same name based in the New Forest. To be honest, they had me at… Spa! In my mind any range created by an award winning Spa must be good, right? Well, let me tell you these particular trio of products (within a much bigger collection) are simply, well… gorgeous!

Specially formulated to help you unwind, this Detox range contains a blend of nine essential oils including Sweet Orange, Lime and Rosemary. Each oil has been selected for its’ unique properties and blended to create a Thai-style spa ambience in your  bathroom.

Specially formulated to help you unwind, this Detox range contains a blend of nine essential oils including Sweet Orange, Lime and Rosemary. Each oil has been selected for its’ unique properties and blended to create a Thai-style spa ambience in your bathroom.

I’ve been trying the Detox Body Wash (£5.95, 200ml), the Detox Muscle Soak (£5.95, 200ml) and the Detox Body Scrub (£6.95, 200ml), and have been more than impressed with all three.  They all feel and smell luxurious and left my skin soft, smooth and smelling of the exclusive SenSpa signature scent. To be honest this range is so good and such great value, that any of their products would make brilliant gift – for any occasion.

The whole SenSpa range is exclusive to Waitrose, Ocado and SenSpa.co.uk. I think I may have found my new favourite superstore beauty brand!

Specially formulated to help you unwind, this Detox range contains a blend of nine essential oils including Sweet Orange, Lime and Rosemary. Each oil has been selected for its’ unique properties and blended to create a Thai-style spa ambience in your bathroom.

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