Top Tips For Sleeping In A Heatwave

As we brace ourselves here in the UK for a hot days, we are getting the paddling pool prepared, water squirters are at the ready, drinks are in the freezer, sun cream is applied….let the fun commence!!

We don’t often experience heatwaves here, but when we do it can really change our sleeping patterns. We for one had an uncomfortable game of musical beds last night, our youngest really struggled to settle in the heat.

So during all of these moments of fun, it’s worth considering prepping the home for this evenings sleep!

As featured in an article on the BBC, here are some top tips for sleeping better in a heatwave as suggested by Prof Kevin Morgan, former director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University, and Lisa Artis of the Sleep Council.

Tip 1

During the daytime, draw all of your blinds and close the curtains to keep the sun out. Keep the hot air out of your home by closing the windows on the sunny side of your house. Once the sun has gone down, open all of the windows to let in a breeze.

Tip 2

During this weather it’s often tempting to wave goodbye to any routines you may have. It’s advisable not to change your little ones bedtime hour too much as this can really disrupt sleep.

Tip 3

Stay hydrated! Drink loads of water, but not too much just before bedtime.

Tip 4

Replace your duvet cover with thin sheets as they will absorb the heat. Keep your duvet handy though in case you wake up cold!

Tip 5

Use a fan!! If you don’t have one, fill up a water bottle with icy cold water.

I hope you find these tips useful!! Read the full article here for further suggestions: http:// https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49072212

Have fun in the sun, everyone!

Carly

Lip-Smacking Lockdown Lemonade

So, during these worrying of times, we’re back with a lip-smacking bang to keep the kids thirst kept at bay. This really is a treat in our house, not for the every day but a recipe the children love to make on sunny days.

Inspired by Allegra McEvedy who has written a cookbook inspired by the stories of Enid Blyton, why not give the kids a lesson on the art of making Lemonade? It really is so simple and I can promise the results are totally worth it! My kids delight in reading out and copying down the ingredients and method, the measuring and weighing and the jolly good shaking!!! Most of all, they love the outcome and it certainly quenched our thirst during these warm days in the Uk. Let’s get going!

Ingredients;

3 lemons

2 limes

100g caster sugar

Method;

Start off by quartering the fruits and then let the kids squeeze out the juices into a jug. You should end up with about 150-200ml of juice. Place the skins to one side.

Next up, place the juice into a jar, add the sugar and 250ml water. Place the lid on top and get the kids to give it all a good old shake until the sugar dissolves.

Add 1 litre of cold water and the squeezed out lemon and lime skins. Give it all a jolly good stir!! Add ice and Enjoy!!!

Quick Pesto Sauce

If like me, mealtimes at the moment are a bit of a rush, why not give this green pesto a try? Knocked up in less than 5 minutes, it’s the perfect solution for a quick tea time meal. Stir into some pasta or spread on top of chicken fillets, voila!!

Ingredients;

50g Fresh basil leaves

30g Parmesan (more or less, as required)

60g Pine nuts

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

Method;

Put everything (except for the Parmesan) into the blender and blitz for a few seconds.

Add the finely grated Parmesan, season to taste and add more olive oil or lemon juice to loosen, if required.

Smashed Falafel Tortilla

Stuck in a rut at lunch time? Try this healthy chickpea recipe. Taking only 5 minutes to prepare and plate up, this lovely lunch packs the punches in the taste department.

Ingredients for the smashed Falafel;

Half a tin of chickpeas

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp Chilli powder

Ingredients for the Coriander Sauce;

1 crushed garlic clove

2 handfuls of fresh Coriander, chopped with stems on

3 tbsp Olive oil

Sprinkle of Sesame seeds

Ingredients to serve;

Mini Tortilla wrap (s)

Natural yogurt

Finely sliced red onion

Method;

In a bowl, smash up the chickpeas with a potato masher and add the remaining ingredients. Place to one side.

Next up, bring together all of the Coriander sauce ingredients and mix well.

Lightly grill how ever many tortillas you want, and place onto plates when ready. Spread a generous amount of yogurt onto one side of the Tortilla and top with rocket and salad leaves. Spoon over some of the smashed chickpeas and drizzle the Coriander sauce on top and enjoy!

Adaptation of a recipe by @IvyHossack

Crust Topped Cod Fillets

If you are looking for a light and healthy yet tasty fish recipe, you’ve landed in the right place.

This delicious dish is unbelievably easy to prep and only takes 12 minutes to bake. Want to know more? Let’s go!

Ingredients:

2-3 Cod Fillets

2 slices of stale bread (crusts off)

2 cloves of garlic

Small handful of cornflakes (optional)

10 – 12 black pitted olives

2 sprigs of rosemary (off the stem)

1 tbsp Oregano

Salt & Pepper

1 egg white

Method:

Preheat the oven to 220•C (fan) and lay the fillets onto an oven proof tray. To make the crust, place the bread, cornflakes, garlic, 4 olives and herbs into a mixure and blitz. Season to your taste.

Next up, coat the top of the fillets with the egg white and crumble the crust on top. Spray lightly with cooking oil.

Sprinkle the remaining olives and some fresh herbs around the fillets and bake in the oven for 12 minutes.

Serve with side of choice – we had mash & peas!

Bon appetite!

Let’s Talk Prosecco

Here at Mums In Real Life we love a good hack, and yesterday we were introduced to this one. How this has escaped us so far, we don’t know!

Have you ever opened a bottle of fizz only for it to go flat once back in the fridge? We have, but no longer!

Simply place a spoon into the neck of the bottle and pop the bottle back into the fridge. The bubbles will remain! Voila!

Do you have any handy hacks you can share? Please do let us know, we always love hearing from you X

Holiday Packing Hack

With the Summer Holidays looming, our minds have drifted to thoughts of sunny places; gorgeous sunsets, warm azure seas and that chilled out feel of sand between our toes….

But before we get there, we need to pack, right?!? We don’t mind admitting, we’re already slightly dreading the thought of packing!! So, with that in mind we’ve come up with a few handy packing hacks to take the stress out of your (and our) summer holiday packing.

Our Top 5 Packing Tips

  1. Roll, don’t fold! Not only will you get more in your case, but your clothes won’t crease either. No ironing when you arrive – bonus!
  2. Use your shoes to store bottles (packed in a plastic bag). Another space-saving hack and also helps avoid the suncream in suitcase scenario (trust me, it doesn’t come out of clothes easily!!)
  3. Decant toiletries into smaller bottles to save taking a back breaking-ly heavy suitcase. We do love a good mooch in foreign pharmacie to find suncreams, potions and lotions
  4. Put your liquids into a clear plastic bag before you get to the airport. Save yourself the agony of lugging suitcases, children and rummaging round a giant handbag to find liquids and gels. You’ll pass through security cool, and feeling really rather smug.
  5. Compartmentalise! We’ve discovered these fabulous packing cubes to help organise your suitcase. Thing we love the most about them is that you compartmentalise them when you pack, and lift them into a wardrobe or drawer when you arrive. Ta-dah! The cute cactus version we bought is featured in the link below.
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Happy holidays, lovely people. X