Frozen Fruit Refreshing Berry Mocktails

Frozen Fruit Refreshing Berry Mocktails

When it comes to fruit and vegetables, the message is simple: the more the better. Think you’ve eaten enough…well, there’s always room for more. This is especially relevant with the announcement that we should eat ten fruit and veg a day for a longer life, not five

Both of my girls are pretty good when it comes to fruit; Aly is often found eating a piece but Mia needs a little more encouragement. Whilst playing out in the garden on a sunny Sunday they both asked for a drink and I had an idea that I thought they would both love yet still be a healthy solution: mocktails. 

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Me, The Kids, And Exercise

Me, The Kids, And Exercise

The time I spend with my kids is the highlight of my week. And, not to brag, but I’m pretty sure they feel the same way! From pie week to woodland walks, there is nothing we don’t like to try during family time. So, as an experiment, I thought it would be a good idea to sneak in more exercise and see how it works. As a parent, I have to take their health as seriously as possible, which means I want them to exercise more. I have to admit that I’m not a dad that has my kids running laps around the local track. Still, I do want them to get out and about more, so I’ve come up with a few sneaky tricks.

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The Key To A Car Which Keeps You And The Kids Happy

The Key To A Car Which Keeps You And The Kids Happy

When you’re faced with the choice of which car you should buy for your family next, you have to think about so much more than practicality, pricing and your own desires; you have to consider what the rest of the family want and need out of a car. As wonderful as it would be to invest in a brand new Ferrari, the truth of the matter is that a sports car is probably not an ideal option for a family. You have to think about what the kids need as well as what the parents need, unfortunately.

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Make The Future Bright For Your Kids

Make The Future Bright For Your Kids

After you have children, your world revolves around your little one. In fact, your number one aim is to make sure they have the best childhood. Therefore, you and your wife will try and bring them much joy and happiness over the years. But as well as worrying about the present, you need to turn your attention to the future. After all, you want to ensure your kids have the best possible start to adulthood. And you want them to be happy and financially secure, even when you are not around. To ensure this does occur, there are some things you can do now. In fact, here are some tips to ensure your kids have the best future possible.

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Packing It Up: The Family's Guide To Moving Home

Packing It Up: The Family's Guide To Moving Home

Whether you are taking the next step on the property ladder, or simply moving to a place where the rent is cheaper and the rooms are bigger - it's likely that at some point in your life, you'll need to pack your bags and move. When you've got a family, it can be a lot more difficult than say, if you were single, or didn't have kids. Funnily enough, having a family is a big reason for a move - kids grow up and might need more space.

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Saving for University

Saving for University

I was never the most attentive student at school, don’t get me wrong I was fairly smart and passed all my exams I just didn’t put in much effort. I could do the work and seemed to thrive when it came to exams, the issue was I knew this so didn’t try my hardest.

Luckily for me, my girls enjoy school and enjoy learning. Even though they are still in primary school the topic of what they’d like to do has cropped up a few times, with Mia wanting to become a teacher and Aly...well anything to do with computers.

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A Woodland Walk

You can tell when the weather improves and Spring is on its way by the fact that the girls want to go on a walk in the local woods. Last weekend with the weather warming up a little bit the girls asked if we could have a walk in the woods. It was a little muddy but there were lots of signs of Spring plus it gave me the chance to grab some photographs. As a bonus the girls also let me take a few photos of them...this doesn't normally happen.

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As anyone will know the trick to a good woodland walk is having the right sort of stick to assist you. This was Aly's first aim when we ended the woods, some were too weak, some too small but in the end, she found the perfect one.

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Mia, on the other hand, was more than happy just to relax and enjoy the fresh air. There was also some tree climbing to take part in and somehow neither of them fell off which was a nice surprise.

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Below is a collection of photos I captured of them, I'm not very good with words so I'll allow my photos to do the talking.

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It’s Pie Week!!

There are certain times of the year that I remember…the girls birthday’s, the start of the F1 season and pie week. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves, the classic pie should never be forgotten; it's a thing to enjoy and treasure. I’ll admit something…there was a time when my girls were younger that I may have neglected the pie. I’m ashamed of myself.

Fast forward and Aly who’s 9 has developed a real love of having pie for dinner and this means we get to enjoy it lots and it’s our special meal. Of course, there are many beautiful pies you can savour like a warming steak pie but our personal favourite is a chicken pie.

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To celebrate pie week what better meal to have than a chicken pie, some roast potatoes and a selection of vegetables. We’re a busy family with work and after school clubs and working the dinner that we prepared was all frozen. The #PowerOfFrozen is all about tasty food that is high quality and also convenient. It allows us as parents to be able to feed our girls quickly.

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A good pie needs perfect pastry and lots of filing. Too often you get more sauce than actual meat and that’s just wrong. The Iceland pies are bursting with flavour and meat and you won’t be able to tell that they haven’t been made using Nan’s secret recipe. There’s no making of the pastry, no pre-cooking the meat, simply place on a baking tray and 30 minutes later you have an amazing tasting pie.

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There are only 2 pie lovers in this house (shocking I know) and Aly was so impressed with them, she asked if we could have them again tomorrow. Lucky we bought a 4 pack of Iceland’s chicken pies so that we can spread it out across 2 meals! They are full of goodness and I’m safe in the knowledge that if Aly has one of these after swimming that she’s getting a good meal inside of her.

Pie week is something to celebrate, so what is your pie of choice?

This post is in collaboration with Iceland Foods.