So many times on Slimming World Facebook groups and at groups I have attended I have heard people say that they really don’t know what to do with a butternut squash. So, I thought I would post a few tips and recipes that may help you out if that is you. It may just give you the confidence to go and buy one and experiment a little with it! As butternut squash is a speed food it is worth experimenting and seeing if you do enjoy it.

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As children get older then start to feel like they need a grown up bedroom don’t they with less cartoon characters and more grown up themes. They get taller, and tiny chairs and little beanbags just don’t work for them anymore, so here are some tips for you of how to make your child’s bedroom a bit more grown up without breaking the bank!

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So many of us use Facebook but we also spend so much time complaining about people on it. There are some things I am sure people do really just to be irritating on there yet I can’t drag myself away from it! I do delete and sometimes block people though, do you? Which status updates and such do you find most frustrating?

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I used to be the most unorganised person but I am improving gradually! I thought I would share with you 5 tips of how you can too become a little more organised. If you are like me and one of those people who will never be super organised but just need to be a bit less disorganised then hopefully these tips will help!

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Sometimes you just don’t have the time to mess around measuring endless ingredients out and using every utensil you own to cook a meal. I know I certainly don’t anyway! Isn’t it much better when you can have a few “go to” meals that you make without a recipe and that are easy to do whilst doing other things. I find now I am working from home I like meals that I don’t have to stand stirring for ages and I can leave and keep going back to in between replying to emails and typing up things like this! Busy parents too have much better things to do than gradually simmering before adding another ingredient then allowing to cool and meanwhile mixing up this that and the other don’t they! So I thought I would share with you my favourite easy to prepare meals that whilst you might need a recipe the first few times many of them you will soon be doing quickly without and they are just so easy to prepare!

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Growing your own food to save money, be more environmentally friendly or just for fun can apparently be really easy. I am really keen on the idea but all I have ever grown is tomatoes and herbs but I would love to try more things. I know many bloggers who grow their own food so asked their experiences and advice.

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As my regular readers and social media followers know I am struggling with my weight at the moment. It has gone up and up over the last 12 months and the Jen that was at her weight loss target and ran The Great North Run is no more. I have put a fair bit of weight back on and I am ashamed but I am determined now I am going to deal with this. I have put together a plan whilst chatting to my friend Toni on the phone today and I am going to get back to the Jen I was where I was happy with my figure and more body confident. It wont happen overnight but I think I have found a plan that will work.

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This is a recipe that we all love as a family. Whilst it may at times be a bit fiddly it is a dish that we enjoy all year round and perfect for a summer evening. It also works quite well with Quorn if like me you are vegetarian!

 

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I have recently seen a lot of bloggers share what is in their handbag so thought I would do the same! This though is a what’s in my handbag, Slimming World edition! All the handy things I have started carrying since starting Slimming World!

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Personally I believe many people like myself with food issues have essentially got a food addiction. Quitting eating unhealthy foods can be just as difficult as quitting smoking or drugs in some respects. Whilst the addiction isn’t necessarily the same as it is more a psychological addiction than a physiological addiction. It can still be just as hard to quit and make those changes to keep healthy and not turn back. I’m no expert but here are my tips which may help you to think about how to approach the decision to quit.

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