The Advent of Kindness – 24 days of random acts of kindness

The Advent of Kindness via http://www.clairekcreations.com

I’m no scrooge. I’m not going to deny my children their right to a tiny rubbish chocolate every day from the 1st to the 24th of December but this year I’m going to make it a little bit more meaningful. My goal one day is that it will be filled with fun activities we can…

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Three ideas to make Christmas less stressful

Three ideas to make Christmas less stressful via www.clairekcreations.com

Christmas is meant to be a joyful and exciting time of year right?   I LOVE Christmas but, as a mum, it can be, ok it usually is, pretty stressful! Over the years, I’ve come up with quite a few ways to make it less stressful and more enjoyable and I’m going to share three…

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Savoury ham cheese and corn muffins

Savoury ham cheese and corn muffins via www.clairekcreations.com

We have a grocery budget. It used to be that we had a ‘budget’ that we were meant to stick to but in reality, we’d put the groceries on the credit card and usually go over the allocated amount. About six months ago, we switched the groceries to their own debit account with its own…

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Best ever easy chicken nuggets

Best ever easy chicken nuggets via www.clairekcreations.com

Efficient is kinda my middle name. (I’ll get to the easy chicken nuggets I promise) I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve said to my husband that his way of doing something is inefficient. Yep I’m a real pleasure to live with sometimes. It’s probably why I didn’t go very well working in…

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How to keep the kids kitchen stuff under control

How to keep the kids kitchen stuff under control via www.clairekcreations.com

I’m going to share a little change I made in our kitchen that has made a BIG difference to my sanity levels (aka how to keep the kids kitchen stuff under control). A few months ago, I’d put the kids to bed and I was doing the big pickup… you know all the stuff that…

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Super quick wholefood vanilla cupcakes

Super quick wholefood vanilla cupcakes via www.clairekcreations.com

I’m a celebration cake kinda girl (read on for the recipe for super quick wholefood vanilla cupcakes). I love making Birthday cakes and even better if there’s a theme. Now I’m no pro, there aren’t any sculptured edible decorations (well apart from the monkey I made for my older son’s 1st Bday cake) but I…

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Why exercise for me has nothing to do with weight or fitness

I used to sweat it out at the gym. I was there at 5.30am waiting for them to open their doors so I could run on the treadmill before my 6am spin class so I had time to get home, shower, have breakfast and get to work. I had a heart rate monitor but I…

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Quick and easy salad dressings

Salad used to be a dirty word for me. It was the days of the iceberg lettuce, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber and red onion smothered in some sort of vinaigrette. You know – the type of salad you used to get on the side – probably still do at some – when you order…

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Shredded beef

Slow cooked shredded beef via www.clairekcreations.com

The slow cooker is my best friend. Alright so I might exaggerate slightly but you’ve probably heard me say before just how much I like it. How can you not like something that you can literally put two ingredients in, turn it on and walk away then come back to it 8 hours later and…

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Simple Substitutes

I’ve mentioned before why I’m not a huge fan of supermarkets. Tantruming kids (mine), waaay too much choice, clutter, buying things that weren’t on the list… want me to go on? I grocery shop once-a-month and pop in about once a week to pick up some milk with cash. My system is pretty good but…

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Pantry staples – tinned tomato

Maybe I was Italian in a past life? A last name like Kelly sure doesn’t indicate that but you never know. It would explain something at least. Just take a look at my stash of tinned tomatoes. If you had to ask me one item that I without fail will always have in my pantry,…

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Once a month shopping

Once a month shopping Have you seen the movie ‘The Minimalists’? It’s pretty awesome. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you’ll likely be like me the first time you watch it and think ‘oh no I couldn’t do that!’ and then over the following weeks start looking around your house…

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