Saturday Night Dinner – Rustlers Burger Hack 5 Ways

As a busy mum of 4.5 and wife to a busy geek I’m always looking for ways to make delicious quick & easy meals for the family.

In the Spencer’s house it’s always time to feed someone.

I was asked by Britmums to see what meals we could come up with using the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger Twin Pack.

I headed to Tesco and piled my trolley with the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burgers and lots of things to go with them in order to feed all of us.

I have gone one better. Well actually 4 better as I’ve managed to create a meal fit for everyone in our family (well those with teeth)

  1. For Spencer’s ARC daddy. We have the Quarter Pounder Big One. I teamed the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger with the Rustlers Flamed Grilled Quarter Pounder. Adding crispy iceberg lettuce, and sliced plum tomatoes. I used the cheese sauce that comes with the quarter pounder burger Served with curly fries. This really is the daddy of burgers.
  2. For me who is still trying to eat healthy and low-fat I made Chicken Strip Salad. I heated the chicken burger without the bun in the microwave and cut it into stripes. Which I placed on a bed of spinach with plum tomatoes and cucumber. Served with sweet potato fries and low-fat sour cream dip and low-fat coleslaw.
  3. Now for the kids. First Jake who loves a CBO from one of the fast food restaurants. So I made Spencer’s CBO. I fried some red onion and bacon and added this to the chicken burger along with a slice of pre sliced cheese. To serve I added the mustard mayo that comes with the Chicken Burger. Serving with a stack of steak chips and onion rings.
  4. For Melody I made Hunters Chicken. Using Chicken burger, grilled bacon topped with BBQ sauce and sliced melted cheese. Serving with corn on the cob, curly fries and the mustard mayo on the side to dip.
  5. Now for the Teen. Cam who loves his breakfasts, often isn’t awake before lunch time. So for him I made Breakfast Chicken Burger. Adding bacon, fried egg and mushrooms and topping with Brown sauce. Serving with grilled tomatoes and spring onions. (Not that he will eat any veg. You can but try, and if it looks good they are more likely to eat it) I also served this with Orange Juice for even more of a breakfast style dinner.

5 meals all gone for at least 3 fussy eaters.

These burgers are so easy to make they just take 90 seconds in the microwave. And at £2.50 in Tescos at the moment they are a totally affordable way to make meals times that bit easier in a busy household.

Why not head out now and try the Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge

Nina x

This post is an entry for BritMums ‘Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge’, sponsored by Rustlers


10 things I love…… about being a mum!

Good Morning

(Or afternoon or evening depending on when your reading)

I thought I would start a brand new series here on the blog.

10 Things I love……

This edition after trying to find positives in an otherwise shitty day I looked at all the things I loved about being a Mum to the children who had in one way or another contributed to my shitty day.

So here is “10 things I Love……

About being a Mum

I have to start by saying, that when I was younger despite loving my boy girl twin dolls I said I never wanted children of my own.

It was only when I found the love of my life did I decide I wanted to be a proper family. Thant included having children.

I still some days wonder what it would be like if we hadn’t had kids. however, since the second set of twins have arrived I know I am a Mum. I feel they were given to us for a reason.

  1. Smelling my babies head while I’m feeding.
  2. Playing with styles with my little girls hair.
  3. Rare hugs from my big boy.
  4. My big girl’s hugs when I feel sad.
  5. Weekend Morning snuggles.
  6. My children holding my hand while we walk.
  7. Dance interludes.
  8. Hearing them play together.
  9. Watching them sleep
  10. Helping them grow.

I could go on and on.

What are your favorite things about being a Mum??

What 10 things I love…… would you like to see next??

10 thing I love……

on Netflix?

About the seaside?

About Lanzarote?

Being a member of the WI? (Woman’s Institute)

Or any others you can think of??

I’ll be scheduling this series in once a week each Thursday Morning.

Nina x

Relieving Anxiety – Routine Operation

As I’m sure most of you are aware In September 2017 I was diagnosed with gallstones. After 3 debilitating attack’s ending up with 3 visits to A&E my op to have my gallbladder removed is finally here.


Well it’s today in fact. (Monday 29th January)

Up until last week it was at the back of my mind that I needed this operation however now I’ve had all my bloods checked and some bank blood taken I’m petrified.

My anxiety is on fire and I needed to calm down.

So I’ve been trying a few things to help bring my anxiety down.

  • Swimming. I have been swimming again after my pregnancy & complications since Early January.
  • Meditation. A few nights I have listened to a pre op meditation on YouTube. Here are a couple of them.
  • Focusing on future plans, planning treats for when I’m healed. Like a hair appointment & a holiday.
  • Spending time with the people I love.
  • Restricting my diet as much as possible so that my gallbladder isn’t inflamed when they go in. Less possibility of it being hard to get out.
  • Remembering what my cesarían hysterectomy anaesthetist said which was to breath. Take deep breaths.

Just breath.

Wish me luck.

Nina x

How to survive the dreaded Chicken Pox. 10 tips updated

Last week while Nanny Sue was struck with the flu

The Christmas Twins came down with chickenpox.

They really did have a good dose of it too.

While Miss M had a milder dose than Mr J.

We have had the pox here before when they were 4. Miss M getting it slightly worse than Mr J. However this time the spots were so much more angry looking. Full blown blisters.

Mr J bless him had it in he is mouth around his privates even on the sole of his foot.

As parents we often feel helpless when our kids are suffering. Here is a few things we did to help ease the suffering.

  1. Oat Bath – I had a vague recollection that oats were soothing in a bath. Someone on Instagram confirmed this to me. Put a few table spoons of oats in a sock or we used a Muslim cloth secured with a hair bobble. And run it under the hot tap while you are filling the bath. (Don’t have the bath too hot. The cooler te better actually)
  2. Calamine lotion. – although this can sometimes itch more than the spots once it’s dried.
  3. Dedicated chickenpox foam. The foam doesn’t itch like calamine lotion as it seems to soak in rather than dry on the skin. It’s supposed to form a barrier too and stop the Bactria from spreading any further.
  4. Antihistamine can help with itchy spots too.
  5. Ice pops. As I say Mr J had spots in his mouth. The ice pop helped get some fluids into him and cool his mouth.
  6. Plenty of fluids. As with any illness especially if they have gone off their food.
  7. If they are not “poorly” with it keep them busy. We did some school work in a morning while they were off so they didn’t have much to catch up on once the spots had cleared.
  8. Duvet day. In an afternoon We had plenty of snuggles and naps on the sofa while watching a film.
  9. Get some fresh air. We were cooped up a couple of days. In the end we went for a walk just around the block to get some air and sunlight.
  10. Easier said than done but try not to let them scratch or pick. The spots will get sore and may spread more around the body.

I hope this helps your little ones and you.

If all else fails get them in bed hide in the bathroom with a big glass of vino. 😉

“Since the big two have gone back to school and are healing quite nicely from their spots. The babies have now got it. Quite bad. 😦


I’m updating this to add a few more tips for babies.

  1. Give paracetamol & ibuprofen at staggered intervals throughout the day. Our Dr said Ibuprofen is fine for chicken pox

  2. Nappy free time. Where possible lay them on a puppy training pad and a blanket and let the aire get around their bottom. Spot normally develop in the warmest part of the body.

  3. Hydration. Give them a little filled boiled water in between feeds to keep them hydrated.

  4. If you are worried ask the dr. Our little boy started with conjunctivitis a bit like our big girl. He still has quite red eyes so we thought it best just to nip him to the Drs. We now have a Perscription for eye gel, and some antihistamine to try and relive the soreness of the spots.

  5. Try not to handle them too much. It’s hard to see your babies in pain and discomfort. However where possible try and let them lay in comfort as handling them could rub their spots. “

Nina x

Spa Membership V’s Public Swimming Pool.

A couple of years ago I became a member of the local spa, I only really use it for the pool. Towards the end of my pregnancy I let my membership lapse. After Christmas I decided to renew it.

A six month membership at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa is currently £225 for 6 months.

If I went to the local pool 3 times a week which I aim to do it would cost £343 for 6 months.

With the added bonus of being able to use the gym facilities and children being able to swim for free from 4pm – 6pm.

The spa pool as a member is open to me from 7am – 9pm 7 days a week.

The public pool has set times that you can swim due to school using it and lessons happening.

I love going swimming at the spa, when you arrive you are greeted by the delicious smell of essential oils, and the sound of relaxing music playing in the background.

I grab a towel. As a member I get to borrow their freshly laundered fluffy towels.

Head to the changing rooms that have under floor heating and again has relaxing music playing in the background.

Once changed I head to the pool take a pool side shower and head for my swim.

I never commit myself to timing lengths or counting lengths. I just swim. Sometimes I swim with no thoughts. Other days I swim and plan my perfect day or plan my week / day.

I went yesterday and after my swim I decided to have 10 mins in the outdoor hot tub.

While I was there a squirrel sat about 2 meters away from me eating.

It’s great at Clumber surrounded by trees with just enough gaps in them to let the sun beam down on sunny days.

There is also a sauna & steam room but I’m not really a fan of those.

On a weekend I often take a little more time when daddy has the kids and have a cuppa in the cafe bar after my swim. I Sit in one of the sofas in a snug area.

I’m totally the spa fan. It’s great for my wellbeing.

Nina x

Pictured is MGM – Clumber Park Hotel & New Leaf Spa

Travels with Twins – Forest Holiday’s

This past week we were given the opportunity to spend a couple of days at one of the Forest Holiday Parks in Norfolk. Thorpe Forest is close to the little town of Thetford where we stopped off at the 24 Hour Tesco’s for BBQ food – Yes I said BBQ I think it may be a record for us for the first BBQ of the year!


There is a shop on site and they do sell BBQ packs however it being January there isn’t as much choice.

The kids were very excited to be going to the log cabin especially when we told them they could go in the Hot Tub!

We pulled up to the cabin and had a look around.

This particular cabin had three bedrooms but there are cabins up to 4 bedrooms.

There is no need to take bedding and towels as they are provided.

The best thing about staying in these woodland retreats at this time of year is the log fires. It great to have a walk in the forest then come back to a roaring log fire.

There are logs for sale on site, however they can be expensive.

If you don’t want to light the fire the heating is quite adequate to keep you warm.

The first thing we do when we arrive as usual is flick the kettle on, the kids unpack and put their swimming costumes on.

Once we’ve had a soak in the hot tub, we take a shower and start preparing food for our BBQ.  No need to lay the table as it was already set out for us on our arrival.

This kind of getaway really allows time for us to reset. I turned off my phone. The kids spent time playing catch and looking for wildlife. There was a deer that came to visit in the morning but my dad’s dog chased it off.  There was also a squirrel that came right up on the balcony jumped onto the lid of the hot tub then scooted along the fence and up the tree.

In the evening Hubby went in the hot tub with the kids again while I sat and read my magazine with a cuppa, and some snacks.

The woodland Cabins really are very cosy at this time of year with lamps and low lighting and lovely autumn colours.

About 10pm we gave the babies one last feed and put them in bed. We tried to get the big two to sleep and you would think with all the fresh air from the forest they would have been tired but they were just too excited.

The next morning we woke to the kids asking if they could go in the hot tub again!

Once the babies had been fed the kids and I had a little soak while my dad prepared late breakfast.

It was almost lunchtime by the time we had all come in and had showers.

Time doesn’t really matter when you are on a break like this. there are no set rules, no worries, Its great.

When you are ready to take off your jammers and get dressed you can head over to the bar /Cafe for a meal, or just a drink. There are activities that the kids and yourself can get involved in from geocaching to pottery painting which is what we did.

We only had one night at Thorpe forest but has totally wet our appetite for another forest holiday. We would normally spend our holidays in Lanzarote however now with two kids and two babies in tow I’m not sure that we will be going as often so little breaks in the UK will probably be amongst our adventures this year.


Nina x

Word Of The Month – January

Last year I set my self some goals to be healthier, declutter and make my blogging my job. An income stream. Then I found out I was pregnant. With not one but two more babies and everything went on hold. This year I’ve not set any New Years resolutions or recalled planned my goals out. Instead, I will plan my goals monthly. Taking each month as it comes. I can’t really plan much due to waiting for my gallstone op. I know it’s not going to put me out for a long time but I am going to need time to rest afterward.

Anyway, that said I have decided to give each month a title. What I will focus on each month.

January – Fit

January is all about becoming fit for my operation. Trying to get my body and mind ready so that complications are limited and recovery is quicker.

Here is what I plan to do to get fit for my op.

  • Swimming 3 times a week. I have joined the spa and my aim is to attend at least 3 times a week. I don’t pressure myself into lap times or amount of laps. I just swim. It keeps me moving and helps to clear my mind.
  • Hitting my 10,000 steps. I’m sure I already do this but sometimes I don’t put my watch on until halfway through the morning. By this time I’ve already hit a lot of my steps.
  • 30 mins workout. I want to try and get into a habit of doing a 30 min workout at least 3 times a week. Movement is so important for your body and mind. When you work your heart and lungs by exercising it strengthens them Helping your organs be as fit as they can when you go to surgery.
  • Yoga. Yoga helps me focus. It helps me to breath and it stretches my body.
  • Mindfulness. I really need to prepare my mind as well as my body. Mindfulness can really help me remember to breathe, to live more in the moment and to focus on what’s important.
  • Vitamins. I’m not sure I get enough of what I need from my diet, so taking a multivitamin with added vitamin D is important. At this time of the year especially there is not much vitamin D to be had from the light we get from the sun here in the UK.
  • Diet. The reason for the operation is my gallstones. So I’ve had no choice but to cut out a lot of fat and grease from my diet. Not unless I want to end up in severe pain and then ultimately in a&e as I just can’t cope with the pain.

This is my plan however with a set of school-age twins and a set of baby twins I’m aware that this may seem like a lot. However, if I want to be fit and ready for my op I think I need to at least try.

What word would you give to January? Have you made any goals or resolutions? Leave in the comments how else you think I could get ready for my op!

I’ll update at the beginning of February how I get on and what my word of the month will be for February.

Nina x