Happy Valentine’s Day

IMG_3565.JPGI’m a big believer in taking great care of yourself, not just with what you eat and how you keep your body fit, but also allowing yourself time to do stuff that makes you truly happy and relaxed.

So for those of you who are feeling that today is just one big annoying money making exercise, or that it’s a bit unfair on those of us that are not in a happy relationship, then please please please do something lovely for yourself today anyway.

As my hubby has just come down with a very serious case of “man flu”,  I will be the one to make sure that we have an evening full of romance (at a distance of course – I really don’t want to catch man flu. It seems much worse than any common cold I’ve ever had).

So in the interest of taking good care of myself, after I have cooked us a delicious meal, I am going to tuck hubby up into bed with a hot lemon, remove all the brightly coloured plastic toy-tat from our bathroom, run myself a bubble bath, light candles, play a bit of George Michael and relax. For ages. Till I’m wrinkly from the hot water. I will then get into bed early to read my book. Amazing.

Hmm I might even shave my legs.

Nah. That seems a bit too much like a job on my to-do list.

I think I’ll wait till it’s a bit warmer for shaving.

Happy Valentining everyone x




Sparkly New Year, where are you?

I’m usually a big fan of January and February. In spite of the cold and dark, lingering Christmas belly, and terrifying lack of money, it still gives me that “new school year” feeling by encouraging me to (re)start doing the stuff I really enjoy.

I get the same at the end of the summer. I’ll walk into WHSmith and stare at the pencil cases hoping that a new batch of stationery will inspire an organised and creative new me. (Dear God, tell me I am not the only one who does this…?)

But it’s already February and I am gradually becoming impatient for some of the good bits of 2017 to appear. It all seems to have been a bit sad so far, not just for me, but also for some lovely and undeserving people around me. Not to mention the increasingly nobby political decisions being made around the world, seemingly just to make people’s lives much more awful than they need to be.

After a fairly shocking 2016 worldwide, this January I was (maybe naively) hoping for a bit more of the good stuff. I did not expect 2017 to already be feeling like 2016, but without the relentless cavalcade of celebrity deaths (although admittedly Renee from Allo Allo has hit me hard).

The saddest part of my year has been that our legend of a Grandad died in January, just over an hour before his 102nd birthday. He had always said that he wouldn’t spend a single night in a care home. The fact that he stuck to his guns and nipped off to the other side before they had a chance to tuck him in for his first night makes me feel strangely comforted. I miss you lots Grandad.

Of course, anyone who sees me knows the reality is that I’m not as entirely sad or overwhelmed as this blog suggests. I’m certainly not dragging myself around without a smile. I always have things to be happy about. It’s been a tough few weeks for me and a few of the important people in my life, but every day I am so grateful for my family, friends and wonderful life here by the sea. And at least Vicki Michelle is still with us.

Right-o, I’m off to buy some daffodils.

Come on Spring. Where are you?

My version of fast food – by Juliet Evans of My Family Home

One of the biggest issues of our busy lives is finding the time and energy to eat healthily. Eating nutritious food makes me feel so much better, giving me more energy and helping me feel more positive and happy. I’m sure I am not the only one to feel this way. So as a busy mum and someone who suffers from regular fatigue and general tiredness by dinner preparation time, I am always happy to receive lovely and easy recipes like the following from Juliet of My Family Home. If you would like to read more of Juliet’s recipes and various aspects of family life, why not follow her blog.

Tofu and Veggie stir Fry with Noodles

This has to be one of the easiest and quickest dishes to get on the table. My version of fast food; delicious, nutritious and one of my kids favourite meals. It’s win, win.

I prepare the veg first. Basically I don’t like too much variety in this dish and it really doesn’t need it. Keep it simple and the kids are far more likely to eat it!

Currently my fussy little wotsits love red peppers and broccoli but you can add any veg that you fancy; celery, baby corn, pak choi, carrot, the list goes on ..

I slice some broccoli florets and cut the pepper into fingers. I then whizz up in my processor some spring onion, root ginger and garlic and slice the tofu into chunks. I use this one, available from Waitrose or most health shops, it’s a really tasty firm tofu and works well in this dish. My kids love it, they call it ‘vegetarian chicken’ and will snack on it straight from the packet!

I pop some water on to cook some noodles (fine egg noodles, rice noodles or buckwheat – whatever takes your fancy) and chuck the veg into a wok with a couple of glugs of rapeseed or veg oil. Cook on a moderate heat with the onion garlic and ginger mix from your blender.

Don’t over cook the veg, a bit of crunch is great and nutritionally much better.  I dish up the noodles into a large bowl, place on table with the wok beside as my kids love to help themselves. Place soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and a squeeze of lime juice on the table for seasoning.

Note – sometimes I dish up the kids veg into a serving bowl and then add some heat (red chilli) into the wok, for the adults and sprinkle with some fresh coriander before serving. And, to make it a bit special for the kids I might add some veggie spring rolls, and fortune cookies on the side. (Just pick some up in your local Chinese supermarket).. they haven’t quite mastered the chopsticks yet but they do add a bit of fun..!


Jules x

Homemade soup to feed body and soul ..

Hello lovely readers,
I’m very lucky to live in a great place full of people who are really interested in what I have to say about MS and other life stuff such as nutrition and lifestyle choices which help me to live happily and healthily. A fellow blogger and friend asked me to write this recipe blog for her, so here it is. Juliet’s blog is a great resource for veggie recipes, family ideas and shopping tips. Go and take a look!! Lynne x

My Family Home

I am really lucky to have my friend and fellow blogger Lynne Jarrett guest posting for me today. Lynne, like myself is passionate about cooking, healthy eating and how it impacts on the body. This interest has, understandly, become even more important since her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis.

Lynne has good and bad days, she has learnt to listen to her body and to rest up when needed. She has undergone extensive treatment for the disease and, in combination with gentle exercise (She is a practising yoga teacher) is able to lead a relitively normal life, she lives with her husband and two young children on the south coast. I love her blog, her positive attitude to life and of course her cooking. This comfort soup is perfect for using up leftover veg from the fridge..


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And breathe…

IMG_0631I love Christmas. All of it (apart from the tightness of my trousers).

But I also love getting back to normal.

We’re nearly there. Phew.

Wishing you all a wonderful New Years Eve and a healthy, happy and love filled 2017.

Big up the salads

Love, Lynne x




“Come on love – do you need stabilisers…?”

…I hear an impatient workman in a bright yellow jacket say to me as I am cycling past him at my own pace, already knackered and struggling against the wind.

I probably wouldn’t have given it another thought if I hadn’t felt so frustrated with my serious lack of energy that day.

That throwaway comment has certainly reminded me how important it is to think before making a judgement.

You can’t always see when someone is having a tough day.