Spring Cleaning Week – 10 Chronic Illness Cleaning Hacks

Happy Friday everyone! We have made it through another week! Who has kids that are breaking up for the Easter holiday today? The boys are spending the first week with their Dad and the second with me, I can’t wait! Today as part of my Spring Cleaning Week I am sharing ten hacks to make cleaning easier for those with chronic illnesses. I hope you find my tips useful and if you have any more, please add them in the comments below so everyone reading this can see them as well.

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Blog Post Book Review – The Migraine Relief Plan

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The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver

The Blurb

An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity. Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful. The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.

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Where To Buy

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The Author – Stephanie Weaver

Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA.

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Stephanie has kindly offered one of my lovely readers a chance to win their own copy of this book. To win please complete this form. Email addresses will not be saved and will only be used if you win the giveaway to obtain a postal address. I will pop all names into a hat and select one on Sunday 24th Feb. Entries close at 12pm UK time that day.

Good luck in the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the review,

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this blog tour. I received the book in return for my honest opinions.

10 Halloween Paper Plate Craft Activities For Kids

So half term is upon us!  My boys were off last week but I think the majority of children have this week off.  I thought I would share some cheap and easy activities for you to do.  These are all activities you can do with a paper plate – I picked u[p a pack of 30 for just £1 so it really is something you can do even when you have little money.

1 – Spiderweb Threading

The boys loved getting a go with the hole punch for this one!  Punch holes around the outside of the plate and then cut out the middle.  Take some wool and thread it to make the spider web pattern in the middle of the plate.  I picked this awesome black/purple wool from Poundstretcher and you can also get wool in Poundland.

2 – Witches Hat

Kids can let loose and decorate their hats any way they would like – paint, glue, colours – let their creativity roam free!

witch hat

Photo by Cutesy Crafts

3 – Spider

I picked up these awesome googly eyes from Wilkos and they are perfect for Halloween crafts!  Add some pipe cleaner legs and you are all set!

4 – Night Scene

This is one for older kids.  They look fantastic displayed on a window for the light to shine through.  Cut out the skyline, add in some tissue paper and then a few shiny stars.  Ta da!


5 – Design A Pumpkin

The paper plate is a perfect shape for practising your pumpkin design on!  Leo did a fantastic drawing of a Fortnite character on his – probably a little bit to detailed for me to cut but he did an amazing job so it is now displayed on the kitchen door!


Picture by Clare’s Little Tots

6 – Halloween Mask

Another simple idea as kids can use whatever they have at home to create a super scary mask ready for Halloween.  Colour, paint or glue, the choices are up to you!


Photo by Housing A Forest

7 – Halloween Wreath

A great activity to do after an Autumn walk – collect leaves on the way and then make a pretty Autumnal wreath.


8 – Toilet Roll Bat with Paper Plate Wings

Another great thing for crafting with kids – the toilet roll tube.  Paint it black and cut out two wings from your paper plate.


Photo by Crafty Morning

9 – Paper Plate Ghosts

These are great to hang outside and see blowing in the wind!


Picture by Odd Socks and Lollipops

10 – Paper Plate Skulls

Another really simple make for those that aren’t crafty by nature!  Children can have some good practise with their cutting skills on this one too


Photo by Glued To My Craft

Hope these ideas will give you some inspiration and help you keep the little ones busy for a few hours!  Let me know what other kid craft ideas you would like to see in the comments below and I will do some more of these type posts in the future

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Recipe – Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole

#Blogtober Day 2

Good morning and happy Tuesday.  Today I am sharing a recipe with you for a sausage casserole.  One of the best things about the arrival of Autumn is the re-ermerging slow cooker!  I love mine and it is really easy and convenient to use.

Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole


What You Will Need

Pack of 8 Sausages (I used Lincolnshire)

Onion, diced

Leek, sliced

2 large carrots, sliced

One red or orange pepper

Worcestershire Sauce

Large handful of mushrooms, peeled and sliced (OSTOMATE TIP – chop your mushrooms really small to get the taste but not risk a blockage)

I used a Sausage Casserole packet mix for this recipe and 300ml water – easy and cheap, most supermarkets do these packet sauces on offer.


If I didn’t use this I would also use

A tin of chopped tomatoes

250ml water

Stock cube (I use beef, but you could use a vegetable one)

Gravy granules to thicken sauce if needed

A teaspoon of mixed herbs

How To Make It

I always like to brown the sausages first to give them some colour and add flavour.


I then threw everything in the slow cooker and popped it on high for 4 hours to cook.

About half an hour before it finished I got Ste to make me some dumplings and pop them in.  This is personal choice and you can leave these out!  I served the casserole with some fresh, crusty bread and butter and it was the perfect Autumnal tea!

I haven’t shared a recipe for a while but hope to do some more in the coming weeks.  This one is a firm favourite for me though, and the ultimate comfort food.  Enjoy!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

How To Make The Most Out Of The Summer With A Young Family

With the summer in full swing, we thought we’d take a look at some of the fun activities you could be getting up to with your family. If you’re bored, stressed, or simply don’t know know how to entertain the kids, this article should serve you well!

1. Make healthy summer treats

The last thing you want to do during the summer months is slave away over a hot stove, but if you want to treat the family to something special, there are lots of options to consider. You could make a delicious fruit dip with cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and orange, or try no-bake bars with granola and a Nutella drizzle. And instead of sugar-filled ice creams, make your own with fruit and natural yoghurt. That way, you’ll know exactly what your youngsters are eating!

2. Book a UK break

If your budget allows, then you may want to consider booking a summer break in one of our nation’s most beautiful destinations. Whether it’s Devon, Cornwall or Somerset, you can find a wide range of large holiday homes to rent for the weekend, and many can be adapted for disabled guests, too. The hardest part about booking a “staycation” is knowing where to go because the United Kingdom is home to some of the world’s most interesting and cultural places. Do your research and you’ll soon find a family-friendly holiday idea that’s within budget.

3. Bring out the paddling pool

With the warmer weather set to last for another couple of weeks, why not have fun with the kids and bring out your paddling pool? Having a good old splash can be great fun, and it means that you can relax with a book and a coffee while supervising your children in the garden. If that’s not an option, you could head to your local swimming pool (most council-run pools offer discounts for parents during the summer months), or spend a day on the beach. Remember to practice good beach safety and teach your children the dangers of swimming in the open sea.

4. Organise a barbecue

If you need an excuse to bring your friends and family together this summer, then consider the idea of organising your own barbecue. Whether you’re a BBQ pro and have the tools and the kit to create delicious steaks and skewers, or you’re more familiar with a disposable BBQ, there’s no excuse not to have fun in the sun and make the most of the summer months. Stock up on drinks, meats, salads and ice creams, and organise a summer afternoon to remember!

5. Remember to use sun cream

If you only take one thing from this article, let it be this! Sun cream is so important in the
summer months, even if you’re only spending an hour or two in your back garden. We’re in a  summer heat wave right now, with temperatures climbing over 30 degrees in some parts of the United Kingdom, so it’s essential that you look after your skin – and your children’s skin, which is more susceptible to burning. Remember to top up every hour or two you’re outside, and avoid the sun during its hottest hours of the day between 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. What are your plans for the summer? Whatever you’re planning on getting up to, have a great time and remember to make the most out of every day – especially while the weather’s nice!