Life Update

My regular followers may have noticed I haven't been seen for the past 3 months! Life got a little bit hectic and when you're spinning plates something has to fall and it always tends to be the blog as it's easiest! I mean I can't drop one of the kids lol. Things have settled and we are finally back into a good routine so I have some time to carry on with my blog!

I have spent most of the past 3 months homeschooling Mr D, after a 3 year battle with his school we came to the decision that that school wasn't the best place for him. He was just 9 short weeks away from completing year 6, but as it was at the time him being in school was damaging his mental health and making his anxiety so much worse, so we pulled him out.

Homeschooling didn't come easily if you throw in balancing life, a house, other kids and a boy whos educational confidence was rock bottom it was tough. I think me and him both were relieved when the summer holidays came around and we could call it a day! He is now enjoying his free time until he starts high school in September. We have chosen for him to go to the same school as Mr L, as he has made amazing progress since starting there 3 years ago, so we hope the same for Mr D. 

Mr L is going into year 10 and GCSE terrority, scary to think that we have to start thinking about colleges etc this year! I have no idea at all how we are going to jump that hurdle! There is going to be some big changes for him going back next month as his whole care team is changing and he's not happy about it. We will do as we alwys do and deal with issues as they arrive, we just need to teach him to do the same!

Scarily it was also time to make a high school choice for Miss S, we made the decision to move her to the local specialist high school. She has attended her current school since she was 4 years old and it's going to be a big transition if she gets a place. We think it will be a good change for her though and for the first time ever we will actually be able to take her to school ourselves as it is within walking distance of our new house. Its rated good by Ofsted to and it all seems positive, so fingers crossed.

Mr C has enrolled in the local scout group and loves it, he has even done his first camp away from home and stayed away for 2 nights. He starts in KS2 in September, my youngest child is going into juniors, he will be leaving before we know it too.

Mr RTR has a new job, he finally got tired of the ridiculous conditions he was made to work in and resigned. He went straight into a new job which he loves, its nights so I only see him 2 nights a week now, but he loves it, so that's what matters. As for me working in the conventional sense is not an option with 4 kids and 3 different schools, add in doctors visits, school phone calls and early collections my place is at home. We are fortunate that Mr RTR job pays enough for us to survive on one income, but I needed something for me apart from my blog, some real human interaction. Thanks to his new job I have been able to rejoin my local Slimming World! I have missed it so much, his old job meant I couldn't make the meeting time. He now starts at 10pm, so I can actually go. I am 3 weeks in and 9lbs down already, but I will update you on that separately and I will be sharing what I eat in a day vlogs and of course the weekly weigh-in posts.

I think I have covered all my 3-month absence, I am currently sat on a hospital camp bed, its out 8th night here and we go home tomorrow! I never thought I would miss the madhouse, but I can't wait to go home. I will update you on details of our stay soon.

Its good to be back, I hope you loyal readers have stuck around, do leave me a comment below and let me know your still here!
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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Stay Cool Cookware From Stellar

We have slowly built up a nice collection of Stellar kitchen items and I am definitely a convert. Every item I have tried has been amazing quality, check out our electric wok review and our rocktanium. I have just been sent 2 more items from the epic range and the stay cool cookware collection. A 20cm stay cool draining saucepan and a 24cm stay cool draining casserole pot. Both are going to prove very useful as a family of 6 who likes to cook. Both have some great features, from stay cool handles to built-in drainage, so no more digging out the sieve!!
The built-in drainage vents are amazing, no need for a separate sieve to drain excess water out. The lids have a silicone around them so you can actually touch the lid to hold it on while you drain it. There is 2 vents dependant on what you're draining too.
Both of the pans have handy internal measuring guide, which is another ingenious time saver. The measure lines are actually inside the pans so you can fill them straight up from the tap. I am all for time-saving hacks as a busy Mum, so these pans are ticking all the right boxes so far!
The stay cool collection features a unique handle design that actually stays cool and directs all of the heat into the pan base to ensure efficient cooking. When you combine this with the silicone edged glass lids it seals in all the goodness when you're cooking making your food extra tasty. I love the silicone lid, the silicone runs around the whole lid which means it makes no noise when you put the lid on and off.
I noticed that the water for my noodles heated up so much quicker than my old pans, I think the fact they are stainless steel makes them more efficient. As the pans are stainless steel they are suitable for use on all cooking surfaces including induction hobs. They are also dishwasher safe.
I have used the pans to make pasta, noodles, soup, risotto and even meatballs. The pans are still in immaculate condition and wash incredibly well. As you can see from the below picture, I used the pan to cook risotto. I cooked the chicken in here with olive oil, sweated the rice out and left it to simmer for 20 minutes, I even melted the cheese in here. Absolutely nothing fazes these pans, you can see nothing is stuff to it at all.
It would prolong the life of the pans if you use nylon or wooden utensils when cooking. Metal ones would obviously scratch the insides. The pans do however come with a lifetime guarantee, so you know that you're getting quality. The Stellar Stay Cool cookware is available from Amazon with prices starting from around £16.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
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