Tigerlilly Quinn

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A little question and answer!

I asked the other day on my Instagram if any one had any burning questions they wanted me to answer and I loved hearing what you guys were curious about! I had so much fun filming this little video, so if you want to find out a little more about me..watch below! xx

p.s how cute is Mabli in this picture?? I can't get over it! haha!

Monday, 22 May 2017

What I eat in a day - Reduced sugar and salt with a busy lifestyle

As a working mum of two, my life is always a little bit busy. I feel like I'm constantly chasing my tail and I often find myself getting a quick fix of sugar or something quick and easy to make but not all that nutritious. I have to admit that on my busiest days the kids will have something beige from the freezer (their favourite haha) and I'm left vowing I will be more prepared the next day!

Tesco asked me to try out their reduced sugar and salt range so swap out some of our usual go to snacks and easy meals to make. I thought it would be interesting to show you in a 'what I eat in a day' sort of way. I always find these posts and videos so intriguing!

6am - The kids are both early risers so I usually get up around 6am and bring a cup of tea back to bed for me and Tom to drink as we slowly wake up. The rule is for the kids that they have to play in their room until we have drank our tea haha, it never actually works though and they usually pile into our bed after about five minutes asking to be read books ;)

We picked up the Tesco instant golden syrup porridge in our shop and they have been so useful for a quick and healthy breakfast. Wilf really enjoys them and they are super easy to make as you just add boiling water and leave to stand for a few minutes. I add fruits like blueberries and raspberries to sweeten. I also had mine with the Tesco reduced sugar orange juice.

After the school run is done and me and Mabli have had a morning of activities together I'll make lunch for us both. Mabli doesn't tend to eat much at lunch but she'll have a piece of bread and a little bit of this soup to dip her bread into. It's great to be able to eat something that is low in salt so I know its not an issue to share with the toddler too. I used the low in fat Tesco olive spread for the organic brown bread which helped increase our fibre intake.

Around 2pm I'll have a cup of tea and a biscuit..or two!

4pm School run done and we all have a little snack whilst we chill out for the couple of hours before Tom gets home from work. I make me and the kids some hummus on toast. Mabli in particular cannot get enough of hummus! We try and eat this with carrot sticks or celery too for a slightly healthier snack. As you can see the hummus is the low in fat version but tastes just the same!

6pm Tom's home and we all gather round to eat dinner together, we like to do this as much as possible as I feel like meal times are such an important time to be able to chat to the kids about their days and just reconnect a bit again. I'm cooking a bit of a family staple pasta, sauce and cheese. I don't usually go for pre grated but sometimes having things like this to hand is just so much easier.

We added the reduced salt garlic bread which also tasted exactly the same as the regular garlic bread in my opinion! I think these little swaps will make a big difference in our every day life as it all adds up quite quickly when you tally just how much salt, sugar and fat you are consuming each day.

Like I said I'm the mum who's running around unprepared most days so easy go-to dishes are a must and I think Tesco have nailed it with their healthier versions of some of our favourite meals. What do you think? Would you give them a try? You can find out more about the campaign here.

In collaboration with Tesco 

The big switch up - Do it together

On the whole I feel like Tom and I have the balance of work/childcare roles quite balance. It's not perfect by all means but its much more flexible than most I think. I feel very fortunate both that Tom is the sort of dad that wants things like this to be more equal and also that his work have been accommodating in regards to flexible working.

I'm not sure if you remember (or if you are new to my blog I'll just recap) but when our second child Mabli was born I decided to not take any more maternity leave than the mandatory two weeks. Instead Tom applied to be able to take my maturity leave and had six months off work so that I could work. Clearly this was made A LOT easier by the fact that I work from home. I can say with certainty that if I had an office job that meant long hours away from the home there would have been no way I would be returning after only two weeks.

He's also been able to cut down his working week to four days so that I can have an extra days childcare and work three days (I have childcare covered for 8 hours a week over two days). In reality its still a massive juggle because I'm packing in 40 hours work in about 16 hours so it means that I work weekends and evenings. Often it does feel less than perfect when Tom is able to go to his office job and complete his work in relative peace whilst I'm trying to fit it into naps or take photos whilst entertaining the baby. Add to this the general house admin which as I'm home I feel like the larger share is passed on to me and I do crave a more 50/50 split of our roles. I think that largely things like the cleaning, taking kids to school, making dinner, food and cloth shopping and all the other home tasks do tend to fall on the mum and it's hard not to feel resentful sometimes when it's all getting a bit much!

That being said I bet there are loads of things Tom does that I don't really notice him doing as well so it would be interesting to fully swap roles for the day and see how we both liked it!

On 9th May, Indesit will be launching their Big Family Switch Up campaign. The campaign will be challenging families to switch roles for 7 days with one goal of becoming a family who #DoItTogether. Indesit believe when we all work together with equal responsibilities, everything is made easier for the family and the results are always better.

So what is a “Switched Up Family”? It’s a family where everyone contributes to the household chores, switching roles and tasks whenever needed. Indesit believe that working together, things work out best! And Indesit “life-proof” appliances are designed to be part of your team, everyday, in your daily routine.

You can see a bit more about what the campaign is about here. The video is the first main episode in the series and you can watch the remaining episodes each week on the homepage.

Like I said I do think that Tom and I have and are working towards a more equal split in terms of things like this but it's definitely not perfect for sure. I'd love to really swap roles for the day and see how we each found our new positions! They are asking you guys if you do try to switch up your roles to share any pics using the hashtag #DoItTogether I'd love to see your pics if you do!

You can find more info here and the link to the survey carried out here.

In collaboration with Indesit

First time without the baby and a weekend away with Instagram friends - Watergate Bay

This time a few weeks ago I set of for a seaside adventure with three Instagramers (Porthjess, Monologue and Kymgrimshaw). I don't consider myself a massively confident person, I'm certainly an introvert and although I need to catch up with friends to feel sane I also massively crave time alone to recharge. I'm not good in large groups and although I love to travel I am a real home body at heart. All those things combined probably suggest that a weekend away with a group of women I didn't know very well would be a daunting experience. In actual fact it couldn't have been a nicer weekend with a nicer group of women. I'm left feeling so recharged and full of creative ideas that I can't wait to put into place.

I'm making out that I was nervous about this trip, in a way I was, it was the first time I was going to leave Mabli over night (for two nights) but when I realised who it was I would be going with I breathed a sigh of relief. Having chatted to these ladies online for (in some cases) years and met up with a couple of them already I just knew that it was a dynamic that would work well. All three of these women are inspiring to me in different ways and it was so so refreshing to be around people with no egos, who were eager to learn from each other, tell stories, listen and laugh together.

We were guests at Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. A place which, when I mentioned on Instagram was met with so many comments from people about how this place had touched their heart in some way. In fact I don't think I've ever had so many messages from people about this place and stories about their time there. Having now spent a full weekend, I can see why it holds so many moments for so many and I'm already planning a trip back with the family.

I think it will be tricky for me to feature everything in this post but I'll try!
This picture is from the swim club chill out area. You can access it at all times as a guest but it's situated by the pool and spa area so the idea is that you head here to relax after a trip to either of those. I actually took my laptop and grabbed a coffee one morning and worked with the top picture as my view. Stunning!

My favourite place to eat was the The Living Space, we ate lunch their twice and it was brilliant. The atmosphere in particular was just to friendly and as you are allowed dogs in the hotel there were SO many cute pups to spot. I had a grilled cheese there and also a halloumi burger (separate occasions, ha!) I found both so filling I couldn't fit in pudding but they looked fantastic and it's yet another reason to return! Second favourite was definitely Zacry's were we had breakfast both mornings and then dinner on our last night there. Apparently everyone comes away dreaming about the waffles and I have to admit I miss them, they were SO good.

I think one of my favourite spots in the hotel was the pool, it definitely has the wow factor with its infinity pool and just felt so calm and beautiful. With a view out onto the blustery beach and ocean it was impossible to not feel blissed out. It also somehow managed to feel completely welcoming to families to with kids splashing around quietly at the bottom whilst we bobbed around at the deeper end chatting about anything and everything and feeling like we were old friends. Mona, Kym and I then braved it through the rain and wind a short distance from the pool to the hot tub, my vlog footage of that makes me laugh so much as we were literally yelling ahh against the wind before jumping in the gorgeous hot water of the tub.

I loved seeing details like this, sandy welly boots and buckets and spades by the front door! Another thing that was so lovely to see were all the dogs (and I'm not even a dog person) I could have sat and 'dog watched' all day long. I feel like Watergate Bay gets just the right balance between luxury with a chilled out vibe.

One of the reasons I really want to return with Tom and the kids is just how set up they are for families. Their childcare is ran by fully qualified staff and you can hire them to watch your kids in the evening whilst you enjoy a uninterrupted meal or drop them off at the kids clubs in the day whilst you take a dip in the pool, bliss!

This was my room which was actually a family suite.

How cute are those bunkbeds?

Lunch at the Living Space

One of the most impressive aspects of the hotel is their infinity pool. I took these pictures at 7.30am before I filled myself up with waffles so it looks quite dark but I think you can still tell how stunning it is.

Talking about waffles...

We went for tapas night at The Beach Hut on our first evening which involved a five course tasting menu and delicious cocktails. I think I preferred the food at The Living Space but the cocktails were amazing, I could have easily got through a lot of those ha! I actually came back on our last day for a cup of tea and view of the sea, such a beautiful spot.

I made a little vlog of my time away, apologies in advance as its mainly me moaning about expressing ha! I do feature the hotel too though and there is quite a funny bit of me, Mona and Kym running to the hot tub in the rain so it's worth a watch ;)

Thanks to Watergate Bay for inviting us here, I'll be back for sure!

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