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wasting food

5 Ways To Stop Wasting Food: Essential Meal Planning

In my previous post I talked about those times we pop into a shop and come out with a basket full of stuff when all we needed was one thing. Well that kind of behaviour is one of the many reasons we end up wasting food and ALOT of it! So this post, as promised, is to offer advice about how we pull our horns in and stop chucking stuff into landfill like it’s going out of fashion, or should I say date!

Did you know?

If food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. and China. How crazy is that! No blaming anyone else now guys, it’s time to check your bins and make a change!

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Grocery shopping

Grocery shopping and the dangers of convenience stores!

So many things to buy!

I wonder how many of us have had that conversation with the checkout staff when grocery shopping that goes something like… ‘I only came in for a loaf of bread!’ yet you’ve managed to fill a basket, at the very least?!

I’m pretty confident that it would be most of us. I for one have done it soooo many times, although these days I’m thrilled to say that I’m far less negligent when it comes to buying groceries and am confident that I’ve more or less mastered how to avoid lining the pockets of these massive organisations, because let’s face it they’re rich enough!

If we want to watch the pennies then popping into a supermarket, or even the local shop, can be a seriously dangerous overspending trap. Unless of course you’re insanely disciplined, but I bet not many of you can admit to walking past the chocolate promotions when just popping in for some washing powder. I mean four Snickers bars for £1 is too much of a bargain to turn down, isn’t it?!

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Bad days and glad days. Day 2…

Oh dear, I really shouldn’t have left it a week before writing about Day 2, the glad days! Baby brain is in full swing and for about five minutes I’ve been clawing through my memory to try and recall what happened on the ‘glad day’. Ahhh that’s it, I didn’t have a breakdown, actually I didn’t even cry and it’s possible that I might have laughed… a few times perhaps!

Day 2:

Possibly brought on by the previous days stresses I woke up with a headache and it escalated by the time I got back from the school run into what felt like the onset of a migraine. I decided to embrace the fact that I might actually have to put my feet up for a change, made a drink and cosied up on the sofa with the boy. This is a very rare sight in our house as usually I don’t even enter the lounge during the day until my Daughter get’s home from school. I fed the little one and it wasn’t long before he was asleep so I thought I’d try popping him upstairs in his cot so that I could really relax and try to shift this feeling of nausea and like someone was working their way through my skull with an axe! After I’d wobbled up the stairs I successfully put him to bed and managed to walk out without him waking up. He stayed asleep there for… wait for it! Two hours! This is a first people! Usually, if I’m lucky enough for him to take a nap it will be whilst we’re driving somewhere (which doesn’t count for me!) or if at home it will be between 5 minutes and half an hour. Two hours was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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Motherhood. Bad days and glad days! Day 1.

This right here is an honesty post for parents who are or have been the main carers for a child, especially through the baby stages. I’m not going to gloss over the bad days of motherhood with rose tinted glasses and pretend that life with your new bundle of joy is all giggles and kisses. We all know too well this isn’t the case and trust me when I tell you that I’ve got no room for bullshit in my account of this journey today. Can you tell it’s been a rollercoaster kind of week for me already!

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Kaori’s Kitchen…

What’s Kaori’s Kitchen all about?

I always find that big events in my life make me re-assess everything else, in particular the things that I spend most of my time doing… generally work.

So, as most of you know I had my second baby last year and ever since I have been trying to think what I can do to be able to spend as much time with him and my Daughter as possible. Let’s face it the age old phrase ‘they grow up too quick’ is no cliche! As a parent I am well aware that time flies and before I know it my little bundle of fun will be trying on school uniforms and joining his Sister in leaving me for five days a week. I somehow ended up with two Summer babies so lose them to the education system when they are only just four! Too young!

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