FOODIE FOOD: Amazing Low-Carb Crock Pot Recipes You Should Try Out Today {guest post by Nicole Lucas}

Nicole Lucas (guest author)

Nicole Lucas (guest author)

I am very pleased to welcome a new guest author here at JamJarGill: Nicole Lucas  from NoMealNoHealth, based in Seattle, USA,  mother to a 7-year-old little girl, her and her husband regularly have cook-offs in our kitchen for fun  and she loves to blog about healthy food/drink, tips & tricks that will help you bring happiness to your family.

She emailed me directly, recently, to submit a blog post on slow cook recipes, perfect timing as the evenings start to draw in.

All of my mummy friends swear by their slow cookers, I got one on my wedding list and have thus far mastered just one recipe (for slow cook pulled pork) but I have a long way to go and am always looking for inspiration so was delighted to receive and share this post. I also love how the recipes suggested are also low carb, proving that not all slow cooked yumminess has to be naughty casseroles too, though to a degree its nice to indulge in comfort food for winter I always believe in everything in moderation, so really nice to have some healthy alternatives too. 🙂

Hope this article inspires you too…

 

Amazing Low-Carb Crock Pot Recipes You Should Try Out Today

As compared to most other types of cookers, a crock-pot is a slow cooker that is popularly used in the kitchen for cooking methods such as simmering. In essence, it is renowned for being excellent in making preparations that require the maintenance of low cooking temperatures.

Most models in the market will let you simmer you favorite tastiest within the temperature range of between 190 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit (90’C – 100’C). However, modern design are designed such that the user is able to set the required temperature as well as other cooking conditions such as time/duration.

FOODIE FOOD: Amazing Low-Carb Crock Pot Recipes You Should Try Out Today {guest post by Nicole Lucas}

In addition to adjustable temperature, many slow cookers today have other automated features and functions such as auto-shut off and food ready alarm. Others come with presets for particular recipes, say chicken or turkey.

With the crock pot in your possession or kitchen, you are to some extent assured of fascinating your guests or family members with the best and most delicious preparations, especially if you understand the recipe for what you are preparing. Perhaps the recipe examples below will inspire you. But first things first, what are the benefits of slow cooking in a crock pot?

 The Major Benefits of the Crock Pot

FOODIE FOOD: Amazing Low-Carb Crock Pot Recipes You Should Try Out Today {guest post by Nicole Lucas}

There are many more delicious preparations you can do with a crock pot at home or even in a commercial kitchen. But what are some of the reasons to use this slow cooking appliance? Below are some of the many benefits of the crock pot cookers you might want to look at.

Benefit #1: Automated Functions and Cooking Convenience:

With a crock pot, you really don’t have to stay there and watch your food as it cooks or keep on stirring your preparations. In some sophisticated modern versions, you only need to place your ingredients as recommended and let the rest happen while you attend to other tasks.

Benefit #2: Energy-Saving Appliance:

As compared to most other alternatives, crock pots are highly energy efficient, meaning that it can significantly reduce your energy bills and save you money.

Benefit #3: HVAC-Friendly:

The other important benefit of crock-pots is that they don’t emit that much of heat as compared to most other kitchen cooktops. Especially during the warmer months o the year, such an appliance can bring menace to the kitchen as it heats up, which can cause your HVAC system to work more and incur your more in air conditioning costs. This is not the case with the crock-pot.

Benefit #4: Healthier Preparations:

Not only does it allow you to prepare low carb recipes, it also gives you healthier preparations of food in lower fat content. This is mostly because foods tend to cook in their own juices or fats in the case of fatty foods such as fish.

 Sometimes it is not even necessary to add any fat when cooking in these slow cookers. Low-heat cooking for lengthier periods also allows the food cooked in crock pots to retain much more mineral nutrients and vitamins, as opposed to high heat cooking where some essential food substances and enzymes are destroyed by the cooking heat.

 There are more than just a few low-carb crock pot recipes, benefits of the crock pot, and additional reasons you should try this slow cooking appliance out. Now, straight to the mouth-watering recipe examples, you can try out.

Please do drop me a line at jamjargill@gmail.com if you too are interested in writing a guest post… I am always interested in collaborating with my blogging community 🙂 {N.B. due to twin pregnancy, now in 3rd trimester, I am unable to guarantee a fast turn around on publishing guest posts currently, but I promise I will publish as soon as I am able to, thank you in advance for your understanding}

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FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Emma Lawson

Emma Lawson

I am very pleased to welcome back  Emma Lawson, who was my first ever guest author here at JamJarGill.com, with her 2nd guest post on how to get your kids to recycle. A matter very close to my heart too – I believe it is so important to teach our children to be environmentally conscious and plan to do this with my boys (which I’m currently baking) as soon as possible. 

Emma lives in Australia and is a teacher, constantly improving her skills both as a teacher and as a parent. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life.

Hope this article inspires you too…

Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle, are getting increasingly familiar in today’s society, and in some countries even represent concepts that are already regulated by standards and guidelines. Separating garbage, raising awareness, reusing old things, reducing the amount of waste we produce and recycling plastic or paper must become part of our daily activities. For this to become true it is necessary that we promote this mentality in children so that they can grow with new and better habits and care for our environment.

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Recycle for Fun

Children learn best through fun and games. Therefore, explain the rules for recycling as if it were some kind of game where kids have to guess what kind of material goes to what color of a container. Moreover, you can give them a task to draw different recycling signs – blue for paper and cardboard, green for glass, yellow for plastic cans and cartons and orange for organic waste. You can make things even more interesting by having the kids draw various things that come to mind that you usually dispose off and stick the drawings to the containers for the specific recycling purpose. In order to make them really engaged with recycling, you can assign them the role of “recycling controller of the household” so that they will enthusiastically check whether everyone follows the rules of recycling correctly.

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Reuse for Creativity

Children can really benefit from the whole concept of reusing things that are no longer necessary in the household. This can significantly contribute to the development of creativity. As a parent, you can simply show your kids the way to recreate various stuff with things that you do not need anymore and they will use their own ideas later on to make toys, collages and many other things.  For example, a good start would be showing your kids how they can make a stuffed toy snake with the help of some old socks and rags that are completely unnecessary. Even though they love new toys children love to feel responsible for making something original and useful on their own even more.

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Save Money as a Reward

In order to teach kids successfully how to save money, offer them a concrete example that they could understand and easily associate with this notion. For example, take them to a regular and second-hand store and show them pairs of pants that look really similar but have the kids pay attention to the difference in price tags. When the kids themselves deduce that it is only logical to pick perfectly fine second-hand gear over those in regular store, take them for an ice cream or buy them a toy they wanted while explaining how this is possible because you saved up a lot that day by shopping in second-hand stores.

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Living with Nature: Ways to Teach Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle {guest post by Emma Lawson}

Reduce Waste as a Hero

If you explain the importance of caring for the environment to your kids carefully and how the reduction of waste can actually help the planet, they will be able to understand what you’re saying. Still, to make them completely interested in this, assign them the role of a hero who protects the environment. Children simply love to play hero and they will definitely be more interested in reducing waste with this idea in mind. Moreover, when you take the kids to farmer’s market to get some organic foods, tell them the reasons why organic food is so much better for the environment as well as human health. Create an image of all the people who sell their organic goods so that they appear as allies in the kids’ heroic fight for the environment. What’s more, you can ask some of your regular sellers to welcome the kids in a manner fit for a true hero.

Learning something new every day is what means to be a child. The main thing which you should bear in mind when trying to teach your kids to recycle is that recycling can help save our planet, and thus instigate its importance. True commitment to this goal and common spirit which sprouts from undertaking this endeavour can spur enthusiasm which will enable a successful learning process in regards to the preservation of the environment.

 

 

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Please do drop me a line at jamjargill@gmail.com if you too are interested in writing a guest post… I am always interested in collaborating with my blogging community 🙂 {N.B. due to twin pregnancy, now in 3rd trimester, I am unable to guarantee a fast turn around on publishing guest posts currently, but I promise I will publish as soon as I am able to, thank you in advance for your understanding}

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FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: A note to my readers….

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As I reach the end of the first 3rd of my 3rd trimester I am needing to listen to my body again and re-evaluate  my commitments.

I love to blog and I have blogging ideas coming out of my ears, honestly, but realistically as my body is taken over my twin boys and for my 3rd and 4th trimester I am going to stop committing to weekly posts during this time and just blog when I feel up to it. I will carry on eating meat free on a Monday – at least wherever possible, and when I get back on my feet get back to KonMari‘ing our house, and all the other lovely things which I have had and talked about in this blog. I hope that you guys understand and I promise I will see you on the other side as 2017 I hope to grow my blog more and more whilst off on maternity leave. 

In terms of guest posts I might ask for a pause on those as well during this time as I don’t want to commit to promises I can’t keep in general which is why I’m writing you all this brief note.

So wish us luck, please do check all historic material out if you find something of interest here and you land on this page. And I shall see you on the other side of the twin tidal wave in early 2017, if not before. 

Much love

Gill x

(twin Mama to be)

PS. Hope to see you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest whilst I’m not managing to regularly blog xxx 

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {1 year 16 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 16 weeks of Meatless Monday… Into my 27th week of pregnancy… a week filled with aching and lack of sleep, and lots of growing, oh the joys! I have also decided that this will be my last Meatless Monday post for a while, but please do check out #meatlessmondays to find lots of veggie inspiration from my backlog of posts, I also intend to carry on with eating meatless on a Monday for a very long time to come. 

This Monday I booked off work just to potter about, it really was lovely to have a 4 day week at work, and nice to have a bit of a lay in as we have been having morning parenting workshops (of one description or another) on Saturday mornings for several weeks,  I’m so exhausted now with this pregnancy, also meant I could up my game a bit on the food front 🙂

Here’s my  week in 4:
      1.  So one of the reasons why I booked the Monday off this week was to use my birthday voucher from my wonderful in-laws to get this Mama to be package from a local salon called the Cutting Company, it was utter bliss and pretty good value too – so might try and squeeze another one in before the boys arrive as it was £49.00, and Monday through Wednesday during the day you also get 20% off 😀
      2. Just a simple message, but a true one, you can never have too much love in my opinion
      3. Another week and another couple of opportunities to connect with twin mamas, from Milton Keynes Tamba group, I saw a post from one of the Mums-to-be who had been to the same workshop as us last week to introduce herself to the group, I replied and now have a WhatsApp group  with her and two other local twin mamas to be – which is so lovely. We also went to our twin specific NCT one-off session this week and learnt so much and hopefully will have another little group of connections out of that too. It’s the funny thing about the twin thing, because we’re a bit different its easier to connect with other twin mamas too – because regardless where you come from or who you are you just get each other because of the twin thing, it’s a really lovely community to begin to be a part of 🙂
      4. Saturday marked the end of our regular NCT course too and we celebrated by going out for a lovely lunch with all the other couples, so so glad we did NCT, we’ve learnt just so much and connected with such lovely people who I can genuinely imagine knowing for years 🙂 
Right onto food…

Breakfast:

As Saturday morning had been like another work day, I had had my usual cereal and juice, so I thought I would have one of my weekend continental breakfasts to treat myself on a day off, croissants, homemade jam and Darjeeling tea with milk and honey, along with a glass of one of my newly found favourite fresh juices, bliss and far prefered any day to a full English!  

Lunch:

Dunker as usual, then soup and a bagel and an apple a day to keep the doctor away. The final image is off the tea and lovely biscuits which I had after my mama-to-be pamper at the beauty salon 🙂 before driving home. 

Dinner:

I made another cheats veg lasagna (yes using jarred sauces and fridge fresh lasagna sheets) as I was off and had the time to cook, and another glass of that lovely juice 🙂 My final image is of the carrots I bought in Morrisons this week (not just random I did put some in the lasagna) which were branded Morrisons wonky veg, which I had heard about on Jimmy’s and Jamie’s Food Fight but was very impressed to see for myself on Morrisons online. Couldn’t agree more with having more wonky veg and less perfection in supermarkets. I’ll let you click the links if you want to read more all about it: Huffington Post Article on Wonky Veg in the UK

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official Board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {1 year 15 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 15 weeks of Meatless Monday… Into my 26th week of pregnancy… massive drop in energy levels this week but soldiering through…

Here’s my  week in 4:
      1.  We now started our NCT prenatal classes and honestly I cannot recommend them highly enough, so informative, such lovely couples, local and on the same baby timeline as you. Definitely worth the £120 the cost without a doubt, and at times which fit around working hours when you’re still in work. Word to the wise though – they get booked up surprisingly in advance so book as early as you can – like when you are around 15 wks to make sure you get on the best one for your due date. Find out more on their website NCT Antenatal.
      2. This was a quote I saw this week which just spoke to me, always good to aim for the older you get 🙂
      3. The reality of becoming a Mum is really starting to sink in now, we also went to our TAMBA
        Practical Preparing for Parenthood Survival Class this Saturday too and it did make me realise how little I had allowed my head to go to when the boys are here, I think that’s just self-preservation, but still what I do know is I will try my best and make every decision with so much love and I think that is all any of us can do. (NB. also worth doing this class if you are expecting multiples, it is very very good indeed)
      4. OK so it’s just after 9pm on Sunday night as I am writing this and I haven’t exactly put any washing away yet this weekend, however I have booked Monday off work to catch up and also have booked in my Birthday Maternity pamper package, from my wonderful in-laws, as a treat in the afternoon. Washing is always a battle for me, even more so when the house is completely upside-down due to having the decorators in, and full nesting mode going on, but hopefully by the end of this week he would have finished the hall, landing and stairs and be on to the Nursery – fingers crossed 🙂 
Right onto food…

Breakfast:

Fruit toast with homemade jam and fresh tropical juice from the milk man…

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 15 weeks}: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 15 weeks}: Breakfast

Lunch:

Usual meze, vimto, dairylea dunker, piece of my wonderful birthday cake, an apple, 2 clementines and a yogurt…

Dinner:

Crinklys to keep me going whilst my soup and bagel cooked – just a bit of simple comfort food as had no energy to cook… and dark chocolate and milk for pudding 🙂 

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official Board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {1 year 14 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 14 weeks of Meatless Monday… Into my 25th week of pregnancy… this week has been my birthday week and so I have lots of lovely things to pick from to share my week in 4 🙂 

Here’s my  week in 4:
      1.  My husband and I have a lovely tradition on birthdays and anniversaries to leave our card and sometimes a small gift on our bedside table to wake up to in the morning. It still makes me feel like a kid on Christmas morning every time he does it, I feel so special – this was the beautiful card he got me and I found the morning of my birthday, and he even got me a bottle of my favourite perfume too Chanel Mademoiselle which I love love love but only wear when he buys it for me as its so pricey, so it was a really lovely surprise <3
      2. We then went out for a lovely evening meal on my birthday too, this was on the Thursday so not meatless, but absolutely delicious and at a local pub I’d been wanting to try out for ages; The Plough at Simpson, this photo was of our pudding but the whole meal was awesome and the service fab too – and the price reasonable, so whole thing comes highly recommended. 
      3. I got two stunning bouquets of flowers from friends and family at my birthday party on Saturday and then my lovely friend Laura very kindly arranged them for me when she was over on Sunday. I just love Sunflowers! They always put a smile on my face and these autumnal colours just make me feel all lovely and snuggly and like autumn is coming
      4. I saw a cake very similar to this on Instagram or Pinterest months ago and very cheekily reposted with the caption “please someone make me this for my birthday!”, my wonderful friend Kitty almost instantaneously volunteered, she ran out of time herself in the end and got one of her talented friends to make it and it was just the most perfect cake! It was so beautiful and so delicious too – I was truly spoilt on my birthday and count myself exceedingly lucky to be surrounded by so much love and happiness!  
Right onto food…

Breakfast:

Apricot wheats with organic milk and fresh tropical juice from the milk man…

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 14 weeks}: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 14 weeks}: Breakfast

Lunch:

Usual meze, vimto, dairylea dunker, piece of my Dad’s birthday cake made by my lovely Mum, an apple and a yogurt…

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 14 weeks}: Lunch

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 14 weeks}: Lunch

 

Dinner:

Two of my favourite potato cakes from IKEA with some side salad…

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 14 weeks}: Dinner

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 14 weeks}: Dinner

 

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official Board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Maternity Essentials

I know there is more than a whole ton of advice out there, but I thought I would just do a little post on some items which really helped me in my pregnancy with dealing with the symptoms and just making me feel a bit more human in the hope that it helps others too :). I have gone into clothes a lot in my style my bump posts, so will leave them off this list, but suffice to say comfort, comfort, comfort should be your rule, layering too is great as your temperature is often changeable.

OK here’s my selection:

 

  1. I bought these Anti Sickness Bands when I was in my 1st trimester because I was flying to the states, but they genuinely helped before during and after the flight and are completely drug free 🙂 
  2. Again these Flight Socks were bought for flying, but are really good to keep your circulation going on any journey or if you are standing up for longer than usual, which in turn prevents the dreaded cramp, so definitely worth the investment.
  3. Dairylea Dunkers have been my essential mid morning snack since early pregnancy, but this is also to represent the concept of eating little and often and exactly what you fancy (within reason), this style of eating has really helped my nausea throughout.
  4. Hydration is one of the most essential things to keep on top of whilst pregnant as your body needs more liquid in order to produce and pump round the extra blood for your baby/babies, a pretty water bottle always helps – this Aladdin Aveo Water Bottle – 0.6 L, White Lotus is my fave one I have found to date, and it’s really practical too with a handy wrist strap and is a good size and fits in your car drinks holder too without wobbling :).
  5. Tums Antacid are a definite handbag essential, I am never anywhere without them especially towards the end of the 2nd and into my 3rd trimester I have such horrific acid indigestion, coming back up my throat and this just neutralises it almost instantly, my favourite is the multi fruit flavours as they are definitely the most palatable option.  
  6. Bra Strap Extender! – Revelation! These obviously only will work for some based on how you grow and change but for me I have gone up a chest size so far without going up a cup size and maternity bras are expensive, so these are a God send as mean that I can still use a lot of my pre-pregnancy bras and are so cheap too – like £3 for a pack of 3, well worth getting even if you can only use them for a couple of months. Do remember if you continue to wear your own bras though and they are unwired, stop when they start sticking in you in any way, especially if you plan on breastfeeding/ attempting to as this can damage your milk ducts. 
  7. As my bump gets bigger I have more and more strain and pain in my shoulders whilst sitting, the weight of one of these Shoulder Wheat Bags seems to make so much different as it keeps my shoulders from rising up, it’s all natural and you can put them in the freezer to cool or in the microwave to heat for a couple of minutes as needed too, they come in some really pretty designs (like this one) too. 🙂 
  8. I made a bit of a fad purchase with an oversized pregnancy pillow when I first got pregnant and after using it for one night I quickly realised I didn’t need anything anywhere near that big and quickly took it down the charity shop (thinking someone could make it into a pet bed if nothing else 😉 ), I then did some online research and came across this DreamGenii Maternity Support Pillow, which is 5 * rated on Mothercare and oh my goodness it is amazing! It genuinely is night and day, using it or not! It’s like you can suddenly sleep again, and it isn’t massive and comes with a handy carry case so is easy to take with you if you go away at all, I also took it to the massage appointment I had the other week as it helped me lay down and also the gong bath I went to – I can’t recommend it highly enough as a maternity essential item, so so worth the investment!   
  9. Putting your feet up becomes more and more essential, especially whilst working, the more pregnant you become, it improves circulation and prevents cramps and water retention, I have one of these Footrests at work, which has really helped me but I was actually pleasantly surprised by their price on Amazon and so have today ordered one for myself at home too.   
  10. You don’t have to be a yogi to love a Yoga Bolster – they are fab for stretching yourself out in all sorts of ways, pregnant or not, but when you are pregnant and not really supposed to lay flat on your back laying with your bottom at the bottom of the bolster with it going vertically up your spine is one of my fave stretches and just feels amazing on your aching shoulders.

    Yoga Bolster Position

    Yoga Bolster Position

  11.  This final one is well worth knowing about and to be honest I wish I had known about it earlier, whilst you can’t use heat rub or ibuprofen gel whilst pregnant as a muscle relaxant on aching muscles you can use Vicks and as it is herbal and it works wonders! I’ve put some between my shoulder blades as I have been going to sleep the past couple of nights and it really has made a big difference with relaxing them.

Vicks

Hope this list helps you too 🙂 Please do comment below if you have anything else which I missed which has helped you. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy xx

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {1 year 13 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 13 weeks of Meatless Monday… Into my 24th week of pregnancy…

Here’s my  week in 4:
      1.  Let the waddling commence! I am now, according to the Babycenter App, now at the point where our babies are pretty much fully developed, but still tiny, so from now to the end of the pregnancy it’s all about growing and man alive am I feeling that this week! Kicking and stretching and waddling galore, it is a challenge to take at times, but I know that it will all be worth it in the end and that is, as I know I keep saying but am going to say again, a complete privilege that I can do this and it really is amazing if I stop even for a second and think about what my body is actually doing whilst I attempt to get on with normal life – growing two frigging human beings! 12 more weeks to go!
      2.  On Tuesday I went with some of my fave girls for a girls date night to see the new Bridget Jones which came out this week in the UK, it was definitely a bit of a giggle if a bit silly at times, but worth a watch I would say 🙂 and they’re thrown in McDreamy for good measure 🙂 (much better addition that Hugh in my opinion) – oh and I couldn’t help but shed a little tear when her baby was born.

        3. I’ve now, as you may have seen, published two style my bump posts, I’m really enjoying putting them together, though it does take a bit of time to find similar items to what I wear as I generally buy all my clothes 2nd hand, but these sandals I fell for and they were on offer and my current ones, which I have lived in for 3 summers and had had it so I decided to treat myself 🙂 

        4. The week ended with a very special day indeed – my lovely Dad’s 70th Birthday – we’re about to go for lunch to celebrate but here is what I posted on Facebook…

Right onto food…

Breakfast:

Honey on toast and a glass of pineapple and lime juice.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 13 weeks}: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 13 weeks}: Breakfast

Lunch:

Jacket potato with cheese and chive (a bit of a faff to put together in the morning to be fair but yummy at lunch time), some slices of cantaloupe melon, a jam jar of salad, an apple, dairylea dunker, a yogurt and a pack of mini Maryland cookies, oh and a bottle of orange and mango squash to drink in my new drinks bottle.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 13 weeks}: Lunch

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 13 weeks}: Lunch

I thought it was high time I treated myself to a decent water bottle this week, whilst I love my owl jam jar I got a few months ago unfortunately it isn’t very practical for going out and about, there is no seal for if you want to put it in a bag and it doesn’t fit in a car drinks holder, I will still keep it for using round the house as I do love it but here is the one I decided to get for day-to-day, out and about and have to say after week of using it I’m loving it 🙂 Get your own on Amazon using the link below:


 

 

 

Dinner:

We were out at Prezzo for my gorgeous Anna’s birthday celebrations, so I went for my favourite dish of mushroom and asparagus pasta with a side salad for dinner 🙂 followed by a delicious birthday cake for dessert (but unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of that).

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 13 weeks}: Dinner

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 13 weeks}: Dinner

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official Board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Style that Bump (part 2)

This is my 2nd in the series of posts about styling my bump, you can check them all out by clicking #stylethatbump

1st Outfit

This dress is so pretty and comfy and was handed to me at a clothes swapping party I went to the other week. Wonderful concept! I am a massive fan of layering, always have vests and leggings you can wear underneath and then a pretty layer of some description for the top, this is a bit of a theme throughout this post to be fair. This dress isn’t official maternity, but this is an empire line which is generally safe territory and really enhances your bump too, in the best way 🙂

JamJarGill: Style That Bump: Part 2: 1st Outfit

JamJarGill: Style That Bump: Part 2: 1st Outfit

Where I got it from:

Navy Maternity Vest Top: New Look (bought 2nd hand on eBay),  Navy Floral Dress: from the clothes swapping party I went to a few weeks ago, Cropped Grey Maternity Leggings: eBay,  Sandals: Clarks

Get the Look (similar items): 

  1. Maternity Button Through Tea Dress (ASOS)
  2. Maternity Navy Longline Ribbed Vest Top (Dorothy Perkins)
  3. Cropped Very Comfortable Maternity Cotton Leggings 3/4 Length (eBay)
  4. Black Flat Leather Sandals (Cloggs)

 

 2nd Outfit

This tunic is also not actually maternity but was an absolute find at a random vintage fair years ago, it was great before maternity, during and after, I just love the design of it. 

JamJarGill: Style That Bump: Part 2: 2nd Outfit

JamJarGill: Style That Bump: Part 2: 2nd Outfit

Where I got it from:

Grey Boyfriend Cardigan: Tescos, Navy Maternity Vest Top: New Look (bought 2nd hand on eBay) , Ethnic Tunic Top: Warehouse (bought 2nd hand from a vintage fair), Long Grey Maternity Leggings: eBay, Sandals: Clarks

Get the Look (similar items): 

  1. Grey Cotton Boyfriend Cardigan (Fashion World)
  2. Maternity Navy Longline Ribbed Vest Top (Dorothy Perkins)
  3. 70s Afghan Maternity Dress, Blue Gypsy Maternity Dress, Ethnic Maternity Dress, 1970s Psychedelic Hippie Maternity Dress, Small – Large (Etsy)
  4. Comfortable and warm winter maternity pregnancy long leggings with BELLY BAND (eBay)
  5. Black Flat Leather Sandals (Cloggs)

 

3rd Outfit:

Again this dress was an absolute find on eBay – years ago now, but due to it being empire line it still works.

JamJarGill: Style That Bump: Part 2: 3rd Outfit

JamJarGill: Style That Bump: Part 2: 3rd Outfit

Where I got it from:

Grey Boyfriend Cardigan: Tescos, Cream T-Shirt: Primark, Retro Print Dress: eBay, Long Grey Maternity Leggings: eBay, Sandals: Clarks

Get the Look (similar items): 

  1. Grey Cotton Boyfriend Cardigan (Fashion World)
  2. Principles by Ben de Lisi Yellow retro print dress (Debenhams)
  3. Maternity Cream Ribbed 1/2 Sleeve Top (New Look)
  4. Comfortable and warm winter maternity pregnancy long leggings with BELLY BAND (eBay)
  5. Black Flat Leather Sandals (Cloggs)

4th Outfit (for yoga class)

I love this style for yoga – funky backed sports bras, deliberately viewable in racer back tops with funky leggings, you feel so fresh and modern, but they’re so practical too. All of these items aren’t actually maternity but are so comfy and stretchy over my bump 🙂

JamJarGill: Style That Bump: Part 2: 4th Outfit

JamJarGill: Style That Bump: Part 2: 4th Outfit

 

Where I got it from:

Grey Boyfriend Cardigan: Tescos, Vivid Pink Racer Back Yoga Top: TK Maxx, Grey and Pink Sports Bra/Crop Top: TK Maxx, Funky Yoga Print 3/4 Leggings: eBay, Flip Flops: Target

Get the Look (similar items): 

 

  1. Grey Cotton Boyfriend Cardigan (Fashion World)
  2. OULA TANK (Fabletic)
  3. DASH BRA (Fabletic)
  4. SALAR CROP Leggings (Fabletic)
  5. Birkenstock MADRID Ladies Birko-Flor Black (Shuperb)

And that is it! Hope you have found this second insight into my maternity wardrobe both interesting and inspiring. Would, as ever, love to know what you think and if you have any tips yourself about maternity fashion…Until next time, happy thrifting and celebrate that gorgeous bump of yours every day that you have it, it is a privilege that you can 🙂 

 

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {1 year 12 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 12 weeks of Meatless Monday… Into my 23rd week of pregnancy… I definitely felt the after effects of overdoing it last week this Monday managing to give myself one of my tension headaches and seize up my back too once back from Cambridge trip – definitely not the one, pregnancy has definitely been a big, and ongoing, lesson on listening to my body and continuing to do so as it constantly changes. This week my mission has been to take it easy and slim down my plans and I feel better for it, just got to continue to do so… This all started with calming down my food plans too, hence a pretty simple array of food this week for each meal. I also was off sick on Monday morning but feeling much better by the afternoon and then just went with what I fancied food wise…

With this in mind I have had a bit more of a reflective week so my week in 4 is made up mainly of quotes which I have seen and liked…

Here’s my  week in 4:
      1.  I saw this quote in my news feed this week and just thought, “what a good way to look at things”, similar to what you are told in a yoga meditation, my favourite of which is when rather than trying to stop your head thinking, which is neon-impossible, just view your thoughts like clouds, don’t try to stop them just let them float by. It’s a visualisation which helps me anyway 🙂 hope it helps you too.
      2. I love barefoot five and avidly follow them on Facebook (well worth a follow)- they posted this quote this week and I thought that it really is just spot on, I love thoughts like this as it just cuts it all down to the basic fundamentals of life and it is just so true 🙂
      3. I reconnected with a close friend this week, which was such a lovely thing, it’s amazing what a high certain people bring to your life – it’s like food for your soul – and something I never take for granted. 
      4. My final one is a bit of a milestone as it is a link to my first ever guest post gig on another blog, in this case Travelling Foodies the creative space of the lovely Stella Ryuk. I am now up to 6 guests posts on my own blog (you can check them out from my collaborations page) and always up for getting more. I also intend to do more guest posts on other people’s blogs, so please contact me if you are either interested in writing a guest post here at JamJarGill or if you have an opportunity for me to write a post for your blog or website.
Right onto food…

Breakfast:

Juice and fresh honey toast (something simple which I always crave when feeling a bit off) along with my prenatal vitamins. 

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 12 weeks}: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 12 weeks}: Breakfast

Lunch:

For lunch I am still happily working my way through my leftover veggie lasagna from year 1 week 9, and I just paired this with my usual Dairylea Dunkers, Mini Maryland Cookies, squash to drink and a plum and an apple.  

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 12 weeks}: Lunch

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 12 weeks}: Lunch

 

Dinner:

Again just kept it simple and went for toast soldiers and a mug of my favourite soup and a yogurt for desert. 

 

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official Board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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