Meal planning – made and discovered

Until baby O is in a more solid daytime routine, I’m a little nervous to venture too far from home with all three boys, so this week we’ve kept things really local. It’s amazing what you forget about having a newborn – I’ve had to do a few bits of reading so I feel like I know what I’m doing! Sleep deprivation has been far easier to cope with third time around though – I always felt completely shattered with our first.

Win hasn’t been 100% and had a day off nursery. We’ve done lots of drawing, played lots of games and watched a couple of films. I’ll be honest – I haven’t made a thing this week other than breakfast, lunch and dinner. Keeping it real people.

  • I’ve decided to try out using online food shopping a couple of times month to save money, to make meal planning more efficient, and so that we always have a few staples like porridge oats, rice and eggs in our cupboards. Food shopping is something I enjoy a lot (is that weird?), but this will take some pressure off. I’m going to see how it goes and I’ve been trawling through my favourite cookbooks so that I know I’m buying things we will use, and so that I don’t forget anything. I wouldn’t be without these six books in our house: Hemsley Hemsley, Deliciously Ella, Deliciously Ella Every Day, A Modern Way to Eat, Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook and Clean & Lean Diet. I would never be able to choose which is my favourite! 20160407_134619
  • Plum + Sparrow – Handwoven baby moses baskets in the most wonderful designs and colours. Made in Africa, Fair Trade and absolutely (1)
  • Something we love in our house is Kapla building blocks. Win has been full of cold this week so these have been out lots. We bought them from ebay where they are far cheaper.kapla blocks
  • British Baby Box – The famous Finnish baby boxes are now sold in Britain by British Baby Box. It’s a concept I absolutely love – babies don’t need all the fancy gear! british_baby_box_col
  • A blog I’ve recently discovered is Mel Wiggins. She describes it as an earthy blog on thoughtful living. Here you will find me exploring aspects of parenting, making, activism and style. I’ve really enjoyed reading her insight on lots of topics. She shared this article entitled ‘A Dad Is Not A Helper. He’s A Parent’. I loved reading it because it is something that seriously grates on me.

Have a great weekend!

E xx



  1. 8th April 2016 / 10:27 am

    I love those baby boxes too, such a brilliant idea. And I like the look of your building blocks, my girls would love those!

    • Esther
      11th April 2016 / 9:04 pm

      I know! Aren’t they brilliant! xx

  2. 8th April 2016 / 1:34 pm

    How mint are those baskets? They’re gorgeous! I am still very much into the box idea too and love the simplicity of both!
    Hope win feels better soon. Xx
    Ps I love to food shop too and then admire it all in the fridge, it makes me feel joyful to have lovely things 😃

    • Esther
      11th April 2016 / 9:10 pm

      The baskets are blumming gorgeous! They do so many different colours and it’s like carrying your baby in an actual basket. I love them! I know exactly what you mean about having a full fridge – so satisfying xx

  3. 10th April 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I’m going to look out for those building blocks, we are always in need of days in entertainment when the weather is bad. I think I did all my shoppping online when the twins were born, it is nice to be able to plan your meals and then just order what you need but then bad if they don’t have what you need in stock! So much easier when there is a newborn in the house though 🙂 xx

    • Esther
      11th April 2016 / 9:11 pm

      I’m glad you liked online shopping – I’m feeling hopeful now. It forces me to write a list and plan! xx

  4. Cristina Waller
    17th October 2017 / 11:47 am

    As you mentioned ‘babies don’t need all the fancy gear” – that’s the truth of it. As a society, we forget about it and buy all unnecessary stuff. I think baby box is a simple and (what’s the most important!) healthy way to make a baby sleep safe and sound. I love the minimalistic, but beautifully designed set from Lovely Baby Box – I chose the possibility to personalize the set and just added some accessories which are really useful.

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