This year I am again taking part in the Blogtober link up. The first prompt is About Me, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you all a little bit more about myself.

Personal Life

I am Rebecca (or Becky, Bec, Becks, Becca, depending who you talk to) and I’m 32 (how the bloody hell did that happen?!) I live in Lincolnshire, not far from where I grew up. Although I moved away for a few years (I say ‘away’ – I moved less than an hour away!) – we moved back after we had Little. It’s true when they say it takes a village to raise a child. I have the best ‘village’ around me and cannot be more grateful for having my family close by.

Big and I met at University. It’s all a very unromantic story to be honest. He’s from Northern Ireland, but little old me persuaded him to stay in England. His Mum loves me for that!

We got married on a beautiful October day a few years a go and had Little, through IVF, 19 months a go. She is a very strong willed and feisty little thing. I should have known what her personality would be like when she decided to make her entrance in to the world 11 weeks early!

Professional Life

I am a part time teacher, although anyone who knows the profession knows that a teacher’s job is pretty full on!

Blogging is a hobby for me, although I know it is a career for many people. Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in developing that. For now though, I am happy to share my world with people as a hobby. I hope that one day I can look back with Little and share it all with her too.

I have recently ventured into the wonderful world of vlogging too. I’m not doing it regularly, but I’m enjoying learning new skills. I have been very lucky to meet some wonderful people through this hobby of mine. The online world gets slated at times but I love the connections you can make.

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I hope you enjoyed finding out a little bit more about the person behind the blog. Let me know if you want to find out more and sign up to email alerts if you want to read more from me this Blogtober!

 

Little Big Love

Becky xx

 

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Anyone else have this problem? You can’t put Ewan the Dream Sheep in the washing machine, so how do you keep the sodding thing clean?

After Little’s got very grubby, we have finally found 3 ways that we can rid a well used Ewan of his smell and germs!

Bicarbonate of Soda

I swear by cleaning with bicarbonate of soda at the moment. Any stubborn grease and a bit of bicarbonate and vinegar gets rid of it in no time.

When trying to figure out how to clean Ewan, the hubby googled how we could get the smell out of something that couldn’t be washed and, unsurprisingly, bicarbonate came up top of the list!

Put Ewan in a large zip lock bag, with a good sprinkling of bicarbonate. Shake it up to get all of him covered and then leave for an hour or two.

We found that it really helps neutralise the smell. Once you have given it a good shake and brush down, it is totally safe for little hands and mouths.

 

Laundry Detergent and Hot Water

The body of Ewan can’t be washed due to the wires for the lights being sewn in to each leg, meaning the battery pack can’t be removed. Little absolutely loves to chew and suck on the ears so the head is the most disgusting part of her Ewan. Luckily there are no wires in that part so the head can get a good dunking!

Put the head into hot, soapy water and give it a good scrub. Once finished give it a rinse with clean, warm water until it runs clear.

 

Milton Anti-Bacterial Surface Spray

The body can’t be washed due to the electrical components inside. Although the bicarbonate gets rid of the smell, I couldn’t help but think it needed a good scrub down.

Milton say their anti-bacterial spray provides fast and effective germ-killing action, and is clinically proven to kill a wide range of bacteria and fungi. It also leaves no surface residue and therefore is safe for use around a baby. So this meant we could get rid of the germs on the body, without completely soaking it through and ruining the electrical bits inside.

Just spray it on and give it a good scrub with a damp cloth.

Once it’s all fresh, leave Ewan to dry. Preferably in the sun, but by a radiator will do. And there you have it – a fresh and clean Ewan that is ready to be chewed and snuggled again!

 

I don’t know about anyone else but there is something really satisfying about making fudge! I usually use the slow cooker recipes but then I found this Nutella fudge recipe at Jane’s Patisserie and had to try it!

Big is obsessed with Nutella and Kinder Buenos, so it is the perfect combo for him. I stuck to the recipe from Jane, but I think I’ll try some different toppings on the next batch and a little less chocolate or Nutella as it’s very sweet.

A little word of warning – it is not for the health conscious!

What you’ll need

1x 397g can of Condensed Milk
300g Milk Chocolate, chopped
300g Nutella
25g Butter
125g Icing Sugar, sifted
Chopped up Kinder Bueno

What to do

1) Line a tin with greaseproof paper. I just picked a random casserole dish but Jane is more specific in her recipe.

2) Put the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, Nutella, and butter into a pan. Melt on a low heat, ensuring you stir often so that the chocolate doesn’t get stuck on the bottom and burn!

Tip: Don’t forget to put in the Nutella and have to add it afterwards like I did! The butter split so had to re-melt it – things never seem to run smoothly when I bake!

3) Once melted, pour into a large bowl. Sieve in the icing sugar and stir well. This bit will be a workout for your arms but it’s totally worth it! Pour into the tin and smooth over the mixture. Then take a minute to scrape the leftovers out of the pan and enjoy them!

4) Sprinkle the Kinder Bueno on top, and gently push the pieces into the fudge. Store in the fridge over night to set, or 4-5 hours if you can’t wait that long!

And there you have it. A moreish, chocolatey fudge that won’t last very long in our house!

If you can resist it, it would make a great present wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon. You could even save some money by making homemade gifts for the family by gifting it for Christmas (dare I use the c-word in September?!)

Confession time!

I have a confession to make. The first time I made this it was a total disaster! It had nothing at all to do with the recipe. No, it was due to the fact that Big bought me evaporated milk instead of condensed milk! I stupidly poured it in without realising until it was too late.

A little tip for you – evaporated milk will not set fudge!

Luckily the second time was a charm and it set perfectly. Little even enjoyed a nibble on some too!

Have you got an sweet treat recipes you love? Let me know your favourite in a comment below – I’m always on the look out to try making new things. 

Little Big Love

Rebecca xx

I recently shared a picture on Instagram of a flat lay I’d created and I found myself getting a few comments and messages about it. This post is a bit of a different topic for me but I thought I’d go through the steps of creating a flat lay for people who wanted to play around with making their own.

1. Collect a few things that you’d like to photograph.


I always have the main reason for the photo, in this case it’s the diary, and then choose a few other props to include to. At the minute I’m enjoying using flowers and plants (fake of course because I can’t keep real ones alive!) in my photos.

 

2. Lay out your background.


I tend to use wallpaper samples as a) they are free and b) you can easily pick and choose depending on the theme. This one is from B&Q and is the Fine Decor White Driftwood Wallpaper. Just roll it out and ensure it’s smooth then you’re ready to start putting together your flat lay.

 

3. Play around with your picture.


Move around your pictures contents until you’re happy with the way it looks. I always like to try it a few different ways as I’m really indecisive!

 

4. Crop your picture.


Crop out the background so your focus is the objects and you can’t see any of the background. I just use the cropping tool in my photo gallery on my phone. Play around until you’re happy.

 

5. Use an editing app to brighten your picture.


My favourite editing app of the moment is ColorStory. You can choose two good brightening filters – POP and LITE BRIGHT. You might want a different colour effect so the filter is really down to personal choice.

 

Once you’ve done all of that you should have a pretty flat lay that you can use for your Instagram, Blog or whatever project you’re working on.

 

 

Does anyone else love a good flat lay? Let me know your top tips if you do.

Little Big Love

Becky xx

So 2017 was supposed to be the year of me getting my shit together. We’re over half way through and I have to say I’m not so sure I’ve really got too far.

To be fair, I have managed to keep a child alive and well, so that is a pretty amazing achievement! We’ve also sorted out some major jobs in the garden, got rid of tons of crap (although there is still plenty to go!) and I’ve been adjusting to being a working mum, so when you put it like that I guess I’ve made some strides!

The big thing I’d like to achieve is getting the cleaning cracked – having a good schedule that I (and hubby) can stick to without it taking up too much time. Is it just me or do you struggle to fit it all in?

Don’t get me wrong, my house isn’t a pug sty (or pig sty – thanks autocorrect), but it does need a good scrub – especially the bathroom!

I’ve been all over Pinterest trying to find good cleaning schedules that fit around our daily life. The ones I’ve found are useful but have so much in them!

I’ve also been watching other people’s routines and tips on YouTube on some of my favourite Mum accounts. I don’t k ow what it is about watching other people clean and tidy their homes but I find it oddly entertaining! It’s not just me is it?

I found that by taking ideas from all of these I could make something that fits for us. This is just daily/weekly jobs here, the deep clean stuff, like scrubbing the skirting boards, vacuuming behind the sofa and all of those things that I’ve seen my mum do haven’t quite made it into my plan yet! But

Weekly Schedule

Monday: Steam clean floors and vacuum downstairs

Tuesday: Dust downstairs and give sink and hob a good scrub

Wednesday: Scrub down stairs loo

Thursday: Put away any laundry/general tidy of each room

Friday: Rest day – once hubby and I are home for work on a Friday we are both pooped so seemed a good day for a rest. You have a rest day at the gym so why not for cleaning too!

Saturday: Scrub en suite and main bathroom

Sunday: Vacuum and dust upstairs. Give inside windows a clean.

 

Daily Routine

Morning – rinse out the shower and spray with Method Daily Shower Spray, empty dishwasher, wipe down after breakfast, quick mop and vacuum of kitchen/dining area and stick on a wash (if a non work day.)

Evening – load dishwasher, wipe down kitchen, rinse out the bath, stick on a wash (on a work day), bleach the toilets, and then sit down and watch Love Island {or whatever new show I’m obsessed with}

Easy right?! I’m pretty certain we’ll stick to it for all a few weeks before we start to falter, but even if we move a few things round/have a few more rest days, using this as a guide we’ll be able to make sure that things don’t build up on us. We do have a handheld Dyson (although one of the older models so its not quite as good as the new ones!) and I love my Wilko antibacterial wipes so do tend to use these each day as needed, but setting out when the big hoover comes out and giving things a good scrub will really help!

I feel like I get some serious mum points planning this out! What are your cleaning routines? Let me know in the comments what works for you and if there is anything I’ve forgotten!

Little Big Love

Becky xx