Make Eat Get Read Go – January 2019

It’s funny what things become routine amongst chaotic weeks. Until L started school I never totally appreciated how much of a chunk of the week is taken up with school and the associated running around. Add in life admin, swimming/ballet lessons, work commitments plus grown up things like yoga & fitness classes and spare time becomes increasingly precious.

Make – rice cake animals

Banana and peanut butter rice cake bear

Thursday after school has become one of our more chilled afternoon. It’s one of the rare days we’re not rushing around.

L has a long bubbly soak in the bath followed by obligatory lounging in onesie then a “rice cake surprise” – her name not mine. Essentially a rice cake as an animal. Christmas saw reindeers (pretzels for antlers, glace cherry for nose) and now we’re on to rabbits, bears and monkeys.

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Eat – Church Farm Tea Rooms, Anslow, Staffordshire

Goat at Church Farm Tea Room Anslow

It’s rare to find a place that lets little ones get fresh air, come in contact with some well cared for animals, has friendly staff, serves cracking homemade cake and a kids menu that isn’t just beige food. Church Farm Tea Rooms in Anslow ticks these boxes. Amazing for somewhere that has only been open a few months. The busy tearoom is testament to its success.
Unsurprisingly I can be quite hard to please when it comes to cakes. The Bakewell Tart I ate there that afternoon was one of the best I’ve ever had. There was a perfect jam to frangipane ratio along with enviably thin, crisp pastry. 

Get – Selfish Mother Love Sweatshirt

Red Selfish Mother LOVE Scoop neck Sweatshirt

You can’t be a parent and be on Instagram if you don’t have a Selfish Mother sweater. I bought my first Selfish Mother sweater last year and it’s become a well loved member of my wardrobe that I felt I had to get another one, this time from the pre-loved goldmine that it eBay.

This one is a size up from my usual and arguably could be a tad bit too big for me, but it’s so cosy, perfect for pulling on for the school run and never needs ironing. Big bonus!

Read Listen – Being Freelance podcast

being freelance podcast logo

The Being Freelance Podcast by Steve Folland is a relatively new one for me.

The episode with the lovely fellow old-school blogger Kat Molesworth made me feel good and well worth a listen if you’re a freelancer too.

Go – Rock hunting

Painted Love #derbyshirerocks

Stick with me, this isn’t just any type of rock hunting. It’s painted rock hunting.

I’m not sure how wide spread it is in the UK, but #DerbyshireRocks is popular here with families. Essentially you find painted rocks, then rehide them for other people to find. If you want you can paint rocks for other people to hide. I kind of low-tech geocaching.

Popular hiding spots are popular countryside tourist spots and National Trust places. Most of our weekends are now spent having adventures finding painted rocks. You’ll be surprised how far a 4 year old can walk when they think they may find treasure.

February has some exciting work opportunities and half term full of adventures. What do you have planned?

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