Our weekend away in Brighton

The summer holidays have arrived, and we’re excited to dive into the next six weeks. There’s a lot of time to enjoy all that the summer holidays have to offer. Luckily we had the added bonus of my brother and his family coming to visit the UK for three weeks. We decided that it would be a good idea to Brighton for the weekend. There are lots of things to see and do there, and it is perfect for families.

Brighton is a beautiful seaside town in the south of England and has a stunning coastline. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, bringing in people from all over the south and the midlands. Brighton has a vibrant and family-friendly town centre so we were lucky enough to find plenty of places to eat and visit. We set about packing our buckets and spades into the car to set-off for a fun-filled weekend away. Continue Reading

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Meal Planning for Kids

Some children will eat exactly what they are given without complaint. I envy their parents. My son, while not rejecting everything outright, does not always share my taste in food which means I need to meal plan with him in mind. It is not practical to have two separate meal plans each week but it is possible to choose dinners which can easily be adapted to suit both of us. Here’s how.

What Does Your Child Eat?

Write a list of all the foods you know your child will eat regularly, such as pasta, chicken, cheese, broccoli, potatoes, etc. This will be the basis for your weekly menu. If you have a really fussy eater focus on getting the best quality food into them that you can. Write down the foods they absolutely hate and will not eat. You may have to find a substitute for these if they are a critical ingredient in a dish the rest of your family likes.

I plan at least five evening meals a week that I know my child will eat without fuss. I am determined to broaden his palate but I can’t face more than two nights of protests and tantrums a week! On these nights I always include something I know he will eat, but which isn’t his favourite.

Kid Friendly Meal Plan

If you have never meal planned before you may find the process a little slow, but trust me that it does get quicker and soon you’ll wonder how you got by without it! I start my meal plan with my calendar near me so I can see what after school activities we have during the week. I then look to see what ingredients I have that need using up, and base my meal choices around that. A typical week could be: Continue Reading

Mkate wa Chila

Mkate Wa Chila
Yields 7
This traditional Zanzibar bread is made with rice and flavoured with coconut ¬ and it’s absolutely delicious. It does require the rice to be soaked overnight, but once that’s done the bread can be made in no time. Drizzled with a cardamom flavoured syrup it’s also a great way to finish a meal.
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
24 hr 10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
24 hr 10 min
262 calories
50 g
27 g
5 g
5 g
1 g
104 g
14 g
18 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrates 50g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 18g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 200g long grain white rice
  2. 90g coconut flour
  3. 125g sugar
  4. 1 tbsp yeast
  5. 2 tbsp plain flour
  6. ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 cup of warm water.
  1. 1. Place the rice in a bowl and cover it with cold water. Leave to soak overnight.
  2. 2. The following day, drain the rice and rinse it under fresh cold water two or three times. Drain well.
  3. 3. Mix the yeast with ½ teaspoon of the sugar and 1 tablespoon of the warm water. Leave it for 10¬15 minutes until a foam begins to appear on its surface ¬ this means the yeast has activated.
  4. 4. Place the soaked rice in a food blender and add the remaining ingredients, including the yeast mixture. Blend them until you have a doughy batter. Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased bowl, cover it in cling film, and leave it in a warm place to double in size.
  5. 5. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a little coconut oil, ghee or clarified butter. Add the mixture to the pan one ladleful at a time, and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 2¬3 minutes.
  6. 6. Flip over the bread and cook it for a further 1 minute. Remove it from the pan and place it on a plate, and then cover the plate with a tea towel.
  7. 7. Repeat the above steps until you have used up all of the mixture.
  8. 8. Optional - To make the cardamom syrup, simply boil together an equal quantity of sugar and water, and add a few split cardamom pods to the liquid. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, and then leave it to cool. When cold it can be drizzled over the bread
Personal Development and Lifestyle Blog

5 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude

I was recently sitting in a coffee shop on my own, enjoying my coffee and watching the world go by.

I began to think about life and how easy it is for us to focus on all the things we are lacking. Too often we overlook all of the wonderful things we have in our life while striving to achieve more of the things we think we are missing.

Regularly practising gratitude is a great way to refocus your attention onto all the reasons you have in your life to be grateful.

Here are 5 easy ways to practice gratitude that work for me:

Go for a walk

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How do you get your children excited for Eid

Eid is always a very special time for families, and it can be a fun and exciting time for children if you get them involved. I want my son to look forward to Eid in the same way that the grown-ups do, so we try to make it as fun as possible!

You can give gifts if you want, that’s definitely one way to get the kids excited, but it’s the experiences and memories you create which will really make them look forward to it each year. These are my tips for getting your children excited for Eid:

Put up special decorations

Give your kids a role in decorating the house in preparation for Eid, so they feel part of the events. This will also help them see a physical difference in the house in the run up to Eid, making it a bit more special to them. We hang balloons and lights, and make banners together that say ‘Eid Mubarak’ to put up around the house. Continue Reading

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Ramadan reading for kids

Firstly I would like to apologise for not updating this blog recently. We have been deep into fasting for Ramadan, around eighteen hours a day, and all our energy has been centred on that. It is important that we keep our bodies healthy and nourished, while being able to balance our daily lives. As we focus on our body it is important to keep the mind in check, not just for you, but for the whole family.

During the month of Ramadan we leave a large portion of the day free without food. There is a big hole that is not filled with cooking three or four times a day, so we are often left with large chunks of time. As we need to be careful not to overexert ourselves during the day, reading provides the perfect way to keep both our bodies and minds engaged, without losing sight of also giving back to those in needs.

It is important to keep children distracted during Ramadan as the hunger can sometimes get the better of them. I have found that using this time to teach a series of lessons can be rewarding for both parent and child. Continue Reading

5 Easy and Delicious Breakfasts to Kick Start Your Day

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but that doesn’t make it the easiest. Some people really struggle to eat well in the morning either because they don’t have a lot of time, or because they don’t have much appetite. I used to be one of these people but over recent months I have become a complete convert to the benefits of quick, healthy breakfasts. Here are five of my favourites which I think you’ll love too.

  1. Bircher muesli

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Green Living
A Guide To Easy Green Living at Home

For centuries, humans have behaved as though we are in control of nature.

We have made huge technological advances but at the same time, we have been extremely destructive.

For a long time, we refused to stop and acknowledge the price we have paid for this advancement. Now, we can no longer ignore it.

Many of us are starting to wake up to the impact our lifestyles and choices have on the planet. We realise that changes need to be made.

We want to be part of the solution and no longer want to contribute to the destruction of our environment. Continue Reading

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How to stop taking things for granted and feel blessed

We’ve all been there.

At some point we stop living in the present and stop feeling grateful. Somewhere along the way we lose a sense of what we have around us. We start taking for granted our friends and family, we don’t enjoy our work and everything becomes a chore.

We become so focused on the future and the person that we could be, that we neglect to realise that we are living our real life right now. Having this mind set can cause us to mistreat people or not live authentically to ourselves. Failing to see what is all around us causes us to lose sight of what really matters.

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How do you motivate yourself on “off” days

We all have those days where we just don’t feel motivated to do anything. Eating cookies and binge watching Scandal is often a desired prescription for many. But what if we decided to brush off the cookie crumbs, jump out of our comfort zone and find motivation in unlikely places? I’ve listed four ways to beat the blues and discover something new.

Go for a walk

Nothing motivates you to exercise more than slipping into your shiny new Lululemons, right? You promise yourself you’ll go to the gym because that’s what ‘proper adults’ do.  Then as your heading out the door you realise you don’t have a gym membership and your now just a person in stylish work out gear. But don’t fret! There’s a park nearby! Fire-up the tunes and walk like your life depended on it.  Being out in the fresh air beats the sweaty gym any day of the week.  The outdoors provides plenty of possibilities to get a little bit lost and discover a new neighbourhood. Feeling those endorphins pumping is all the motivation we need. Continue Reading