Meal Plan Monday – 24th November 2014


Meal Plan Monday diary and pen

The boys may be getting excited about Christmas, but I’m trying to keep our meals more down to earth as the festive season gets ever closer.

Tennis and school are still taking up most of our time, and I’m looking for quick, cheap and balanced meals as usual. The weather has turned a little chillier this week and we will need to warm up when we get in from the cold November evenings.

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Meal Plan Monday – 27/10/2014


Meal Plan Monday diary and penHalf Term means a break for some people, but not for us – the half term tournaments mean that I’m busier than ever, driving to tournaments, practice sessions and trying to fit in some family fun as well. This means that healthy meals are even more important but also more difficult.

And so it’s time for another Meal Plan Monday!

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Don’t forget to put your clocks back

Woman in bed, and alarm clock

Don’t forget the clocks go back this weekend

For UK visitors, the clocks go back at 2am tomorrow morning. Yes, British Summer Time is over again for another year – back to dark evenings, lights on at 4pm, counting down until the nights start getting shorter again.

The question is, what will you do with your 60 extra minutes tomorrow?

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Meal Plan Monday – 20/10/2014


Meal Planning diary and pen

Time for Meal Plan Monday – this week I’m catching up after another tournament weekend. We’re also preparing for a busy half term next week, and all of this means I’m short on time.

Lyle’s usual tennis squads on Wednesday and Friday evenings call for quick and easy dinners. A tournament beginning next Monday means a traditional pre-match pasta dinner on Sunday night. [Read more…]

An Amazing Day Out at Wimbledon


For Lyle’s birthday treat this year, he and I spent a day at what we consider to be the greatest tennis tournament in the world – The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. You probably know it better as Wimbledon.

We hadn’t planned to visit Wimbledon this year, because we are hoping to go to the World Tour Finals at the O2 again. But when Lyle was lucky enough to be offered a pair of Centre Court tickets through the LTA members’ ballot, he asked to have the tickets as a birthday present. Of course, I was more than happy to accompany him! [Read more…]

In season in July


A bowl of Chicken Salad with seasonal vegetables and fruitCan you believe that we are half way through the year already? July is here, and my thoughts start to turn to the school holidays and long, lazy summer evenings. Salads can be great all year round, but salad vegetables really come into their own during the summer months. [Read more…]

A Beginner’s Spin class

People on bikes in a spin class

This isn’t my spin class – I was much redder in the face than they are!

Spinning classes really aren’t a very new thing at all, but I have always been worried about trying one out because I felt it would just be too difficult for me. This week I decided to bite the bullet and have a go at a Beginner’s Spin class at The Shrewsbury Club, where Lyle does his tennis training. After all, if I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to go back again, did I? [Read more…]

Ten top reasons why Tennis is great for kids


A group of kids on a tennis court with racquetsHave you been watching Wimbledon? Maybe you’re considering a few tennis lessons for your son or daughter, or they’ve been asking to go on that summer camp that your local club is running?

As you may know, I spend a lot of time at the tennis club with Lyle. He’s been playing since he was 5 years old, and I think it’s a fab sport for kids to get into. Here are 10 reasons why tennis is such a great sport for your child to play. [Read more…]

A day at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


William Shakespeare's Birthplace at Stratford upon Avon

Last week, Lyle and I spent a really fascinating day at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for one of their Home Educator workshops, ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’. We were not quite sure what to expect, but it proved to be a really informative and entertaining day out. Lyle learned a lot about a side of Tudor life that had never been covered when he was at school, and really got quite inspired at the same time. [Read more…]