Self care ideas

We are all so busy in our lives and taking care of others, that we often forget we need to care for ourselves too. So following on from an earlier post talking about the importance of self care. Here are some self care ideas, see if you can try and fit just one of them into your day today! You deserve it ❤️

  • Take a walk
  • Read a book/magazine
  • Take a long bubble bath
  • Clean or reorganize a room
  • Go for a pedicure
  • Meditate
  • Turn your phone of and watch your favourite movie without any distractions
  • Paint
  • Tidy or declutter – I swear by this, it declutters the mind
  • Face mask
  • Have the courage to say NO to people
  • Put yourself first
  • Listen to positive affirmations (youtube)
  • Paint your nails
  • Write a bucket list
  • Write in your journal
  • Sit in a peaceful place outdoors
  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Play with a pet
  • Do yoga
  • Gardening – plant something new
  • Go for a spa day
  • Listen to your favourite music
  • Get a massage
  • Colour – I love my adult colouring book, it allows my thoughts to detangle. I find myself in a clearer head space afterwards. Try it! ☺️
  • Stay in your PJs all day
  • Listen to a positive/uplifting podcast
  • Light your favourite candles
  • Online shop – treat yourself!

Is there anything else that you do to take care of yourself? ☺️

Cheese & Tomato whirls


One of the easiest & quickest kids meal time recipe.

What you will need:

  • Tomato passata
  • Cheese
  • Puff pastry
  • You can also add any other ingredients you would like to, to your whirls, I have tried ham, pepperoni, onions and peppers.

What to do:

  • Roll your pastry out onto your kitchen side.
  • Spread the tomato passata all over the pastry, making sure you cover pastry but not loading to much sauce on.
  • sprinkle your cheese on top of the passata all over the pastry.
  • Start rolling! From one side to the next just start rolling the pastry up, keeping a tight and firm roll.
  • Cut your roll into pieces.
  • Place your whirls onto baking paper (avoid using tinfoil, they will stick to the foil and break apart).
  • Leave for 15-20 minutes on 190, keep checking your whirls.
  • Enjoy!

No spend weekend!

Hi guys!

First of all I just want to say thank you for taking a little time out of your day to pop over here and read my first blog post, I hope it gives you some ideas and helps you to plan a fun weekend with your children without breaking the bank 🙂

  • Nature walk – Great all rounder! Check out your local council for walks and trails near you. Children love being outdoors being able to explore and use their imagination, it tires them out without you having to do much, so what a bonus! ha.
  • Go on a bike ride – Great workout for the adults too!
  • Go to the park.
  • Go to the beach – Take a bucket and spade and you have hours of fun with the children making sandcastles.
  • Go to a museum – So many different museums around that only offer you to make small donation if possible. Just type in free museums in your area on to google and your good to go.
  • Bake cakes.
  • Gardening – The kids will love to help you plant flowers, dig up weeds and rake leaves.
  • Visit your local library.
  • Visit a pet shop – Manchester pets & aquatics is a firm favourite it’s like a mini zoo your children will love it!
  • Visit your local garden centre.
  • Wash your car – Kids will love helping you!
  • Movie nights.
  • Get creative – Painting, easy crafts, colouring.
  • Make mud pies- If you don’t mind getting messy!
  • Build a den – Indoors or outdoors.
  • play dress up.
  • Play dough.
  • Feed the ducks.
  • Fly a kite – Good old fashioned fun, gets the children outside and you will be surprised with how amazed your children will be when they are able to fly their  kite by themselves. (If you don’t already have a kite Argos do some great ones)
  • Read books.
  • Go on a leaf hunt – Collect leaves to make a picture with them when you get home.
  • Host a sleepover.
  • Chalk on your exterior walls or pavements – (rain or a bucket of water will wash the chalk away)
  • Festive car ride – At Christmas time we have a little tradition. We bath Luca, put his PJs on, take a blanket and go out for a night time drive. We drive around hunting for houses with Christmas lights & decorations up. It’s fun to make it into a little competition on who can see the most or first set of decorations. Such a simple activity that I’m sure your children will have special memories of as they grow up.

Let me know if you do any other free activities with your kids, I would love to try them out 🙂