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Striped girls dress

With summer in full swing I do love a bit of nautical fashion, even more so since moving so near to the coast.  At the moment the hope of owning our own boat is a distant dream but something we are aiming to achieve in the future. With this in mind, it is important to look the part, no? I already own far too many Breton tops, six at the last count, but what about the smalls? Here are my favourite nautical picks for The Boy this year.   Little Marcel, striped jersey top with hood, £31.00 I love this beautiful striped jersey top, perfect for the cooler summer ...

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Clean and Lean: Sweet Chilli Turkey Balls

Spicy Turkey Balls

Now that we are back to daily workouts the increase in exercise is beginning to reflect equally in our appetites here at Casa B. I am now in the habit of making a large batch of turkey meatballs on a Sunday and Mr B and I will gradually work our way through them throughout the week, whenever we are in need of a clean, low-fat, high protein snack. Below is a batch I just made with a chilli twist. If you are not a chilli fan simply substitute the spring onion and sweet chilli sauce for some finely diced shallots and a few teaspoons of dried herbs. (Oregano, basil and thyme work ...

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #112

Hello folks and welcome to another Monday Parenting Pin it Party. This week the party is being hosted by the wonderful Helen from Kiddycharts/Mummy's Little Stars.  Do pop by to see who she has chosen to feature from last week's fantastic pins. If you are new to the party, welcome, and here is what to do: 1. Link up one, or more, of your own parenting/family posts. This can be anything you like but below are some examples: A family friendly recipe A child friendy craft Parenting tips or advice A post about a recent family experience A review of a child's ...

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Simple Shell Craft: How to Make a Fairy Tree

Fairy tree

On our recent holiday to Greece we would walk along the beach most afternoons.  Each day we would pass a tree that had been decorated with multiple strings of seashells and old wooden spoons which had been painted white and blue. Each day my Mum would point it out to the Boy and tell him it was a fairy tree. On our return home he then asked me, "Mummy, if we make our tree pretty will the fairies come and live in it too?" We decided to find out. All you will need for this craft are: Shells, with holes in. Beads String A tree First we tried a bead to the end ...

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Clean and Lean: Turkey Chile

Clean and Lean Turkey Chile. Perfect for those trying to eat clean, get fit or following the 5:2 diet plan.

The following recipe is perfect for fitness fanatics, those trying to eat clean and those following the 5:2 diet. It is really easy to prepare and also freezes really well so perfect for batch cooking for weekday meals. It is also really tasty! For more clean and lean or 5:2 recipe ideas why not follow me on pinterest? Follow jbmumofone's board Clean and Lean Diet Recipes on Pinterest. ...

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Sympathetic Decorating: It’s All About the Light

Tiffany Hummingbird Lampshade

"Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.” ― Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux My love affair with Tiffany lighting started many, many years ago, pre-motherhood, when I first purchased this lamp.   It has sat in the corner of our lounge ever since and, come winter, I often cannot wait for the evenings when I can curl up on the sofa under a blanket and spend an hour or two reading in the warmth of it's glow.  I love the colours, the dragonflies, the 'twirly' base.  It has almost become an ...

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Guilt Free Flapjack: The easiest recipe you will ever find!

Guilt Free Flapjack

As regular readers will now my belly-busting days are now back in full swing. Regular circuit training is now back on the agenda and I am trying to eat clean at least 5 days a week. What I have struggled with most is the concept of eating more, but smaller, meals throughout the day. This still doesn't totally gel with our routine but we are getting better at it. Increased exercise though automatically leads to increased appetite so I have been trying to come up with some clean-ish snacks. This is my favourite night-time treat with a cup of herbal tea. It is a bit of a hybrid recipe taken ...

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #114

Ice Science and Art For Kids

Bonjour bonjour. This week I am proud to be hosting another monday #pinitparty.  I do hope you will come join us this week and link up any family/parenting/craft/recipe posts you might want to share.  They don't even need to be recent.  maybe show some old classic posts some love. As host I get to choose two of my favourites from last week's entries to feature. The first completely appeals to the inner geek in me and cannot wait until my kids are old enough for games like this.  I have pinned to several boards for future reference.  Thank you Mini Monets and ...

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“It’s Murder On the Platforms…

FGW strike Reading July 2015

...but you better not kill the groove." Yep, it was chaos on the railway platforms in both Reading and Bristol Parkway today and yesterday.  I had, crazily, agreed to commute to and from Devon to cover a clinic in Reading both today and yesterday and the traffic chaos was evident each time.  Although the RMT strike had yet to begin on First Great Western (FGW) trains until 6:30pm yesterday my 3:30pm train was standing room only for virtually the entire 2.5 hour journey. This morning I headed for Reading via Bristol Parkway, this now being the only route available unless I ...

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Wasabi Tuna and Sesame Greens

Clean and Lean Wasabi Tuna and Sesame Greens

After a very over indulgent summer holiday Mr B and I are now on a mission to get back into shape and start eating more healthily. Regular BeachBody workouts are back on the schedule at Casa B and we are aiming to 'eat clean' 70-80% of the week.  As my fitness buddies keep telling me, abs are not made in the gym, they're made in the kitchen. We tried this recipe for the first time last week and it was AMAZING.  It also made the kitchen smell incredible.  It is a slightly adapted version of a recipe by James Duigan whose Clean and Lean Diet Cookbook I would thoroughly ...

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