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Pork Mince Roasted Stuffed Mushrooms

In our household we love chicken and pork mince, however sometimes mealtimes can become predictable. And seeing as I love cooking and being in the kitchen there is always so many opportunities to become a little adventurous and create a quick and easy recipe that tastes pretty good too. These little morsels are great for a party but we like to eat them over dinner with some rice and simple steamed vegetables. You can make the filling and stuff the mushrooms ahead of time so all you have to do is stick them in the oven when you get home from work. I think that's why I love these stuffed mushrooms so much, it's a pretty versatile recipe too. Try replacing pork mince in place of lamb or beef and add some chopped scallions for a refreshing flavour. 

To make these pork mince roasted stuffed mushrooms you'll need:

300g Button Mushrooms
½ Medium Onion , finely diced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
300g Pork Mince
1 whole Egg Yolk
50g Cheddar Cheese, grated
Salt And Pepper


1. Preheat oven to 200 °C/395 °F. Line a baking tray with parchment. 

2. In a medium frying pan, cook onion in oil for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.Transfer to a bowl with raw pork mince, salt and pepper and combine well with your hands until well incorporated.

3. Remove the mushroom stumps by carefully twisting and pulling. Slice a paper-thin layer from the top of the mushroom heads to make them more stable when sitting upside down. 

4, Fill each mushroom cavity with about a tablespoon of pork mixture. I did find it easier rolling the filling into a ball and it should look like a little dome of meat sitting inside a mushroom. Place stuffed mushrooms on baking paper covered oven tray on the middle shelf of the oven. Roast for 14-20 minutes at 200 °C/395 °F.

5. Remove mushrooms from the oven and sprinkle some cheddar on the top and pop back into the oven for a further five minutes. Serve with rice and vegetables. 

Stuffed mushrooms are so easy to make, they’re great for parties, and the variations are endless. Just regular button mushrooms are perfect for stuffing. You can get as creative as you like with the filling, you could even put a Spanish twist on them with a little spice and tomatoes. If you like this recipe don't forget to pin. 

How To Give Your Kids The Best Chance Of Succeeding In School

Even though schools are massively important to a child’s development, the real work starts at home. Being a parent is a gift but it comes with responsibility. You want to be as involved as you can with your child’s school to give them the best chance of success possible. This article will talk about some things you can start doing that will help give them the boost they need. 

Firstly, if you are living abroad, one of the best things you can do is source a credible and reputable international school. Finding and visiting a respected international school in Thailand like Panyaden International School amongst others will give your child the right environment to thrive in. From there, you can take part in key aspects of your child’s school life to enhance the time they spend on campus. This way, their chances of success increase dramatically as you give your child the best start possible in life. 

Here are some top tips for helping your kids succeed at school: 

Get as involved as possible with teachers 

You want to be meeting and spending time with the teachers assigned to your children. You want to be on first name basis so they know they can contact you to talk about absolutely anything. As your partnership develops, you can also get to know others around the school environment. 

Attend events and conferences 

Teacher parent conferences can be a great way for you to keep at the forefront of your child’s education. There are normally a couple held every year and, if you struggle with the language, you can always invite a friend to translate or enquire about interpreters. 

Keep your child inspired about homework 

Whenever possible, help your little one realize the importance of extra-curricular activities and homework. You should give your child time to do their work without distractions of TV and mobile phones. Getting kids into a regular homework time can also be good for setting up a routine they can easily stick to. Remember, congratulate and encourage your child when they have completed things or receive good marks. Helping prep for tests, exams and being willing to help where possible will also make a big difference. 

Keep up the communication 

Always be open to talking about your kid’s school days. Get them to walk you through what’s happened, what they enjoyed, what they might be struggling with. This will have a great impact on what they achieve academically and boost their overall confidence. 

Generally, implementing these actions will help your child enjoy school and make them most out of their learning. Studies have shown these tips to be highly beneficial to how well kids do in their school lives also. 

Creating the Perfect Bed Time Routine with Miffy

My little lady loves books, every single night we always read a book together. I think that it's so important for children to get into a habit of sitting down to read a book before bed, it's a crucial part of our bed time routine. Reading time before bed can be a precious few moments of calm that the two of us can share. With busy day schedules it can often be difficult to find time for just us two, so getting cosy with a book is a great way for us to bond. Not only that, reading is also a great time to allow my daughter to unleash her creative imagination. Whether it's getting lost in the magical world of fairies and unicorns or trying to understanding characters and their behaviours. By reading with her every night is a great way for her to expand her knowledge and understanding.

So you can imagine we are a big fan of books, we even love going to the library. I do find when browsing through the children's sections of the library always evokes fond, nostalgic memories of childhood. Looking at the colorfully illustrated, eye-catching covers, the stories that filled imaginations quickly return to us like no time has passed at all. Children’s books are full of encouraging quotes and life lessons, many that we should carry with us throughout our lifetime and pass on to our children. I really love introducing my little lady to collections of books that I enjoyed as a child. We have previously brought a couple of full collections of Beatrix Potter and Julia Donaldson but there is one character that I have yet to introduce to the little lady and being a rabbit fan I can't believe I have waited until now to do so. Miffy the rabbit

Now these are a collection of Children's books that will make you feel nostalgic and I am sure you'll remember this white rabbit from your own childhood. Miffy is a small female rabbit in a series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. The first Miffy book was produced in 1955, and almost 30 others have followed so you won't be short of an adventure or two with Miffy. However, Miffy mania doesn't stop there. These books have even led to two separate television series as well as items such as clothes and toys featuring the character. Even a feature-length film, Miffy the Movie has been released too. So as you can imagine I was excited to introduce Miffy to my little lady. 

As I have said Bedtime routines are crucial for children. Regardless of age, regular schedules and bedtime rituals help us get the sleep we need and give us the ability to function at peak levels. When it comes to children, having a routine is especially important. Establishing and maintaining good sleep habits helps your child fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested and refreshed. We are very strict on bedtime routine in this household, but it doesn't mean we can't have a little fun. And with our friend Miffy I am sure we can make them even more special.

A few weeks ago it was my daughter's birthday and like most children they love a big fuss over their birthdays. They love cake, the enjoy presents and they are also pretty demanding too. Did you sing 'Happy Birthday' six times on demand? No, just me! But like I said they are pretty demanding anyway, but we allow them to get away with it when it's their birthday. My little lady's birthday weekend was full on and super tiring, but even so, a bath, book and bed was something that we made sure we did together. My daughter loved her birthday bubble bath and when I showed her some of the most adorable Miffy PJs she was really excited for bed time. With little Miffy sitting on the moon, the white pyjama top reads, 'Don't Stop Dreaming' and with sprinkles of glitter, my little lady loved wearing this sweet PJ set for bedtime. Finished with grey shorts that have bunny heads as an all-over print and an elasticated waistband for comfy wear. Not going to lie, if they did this set in an adult size I would have them for myself. They look so cute and comfy.

And to complete our birthday bedtime we read Miffy's Birthday. Written in large print, the rhyming sentences are still as wonderful to read as they were when they were first written. Dick Bruna's writing style is classic yet manages to slot into modern day with ease. The book includes brilliantly bright pictures so any child can pick out different objects and even begin to learn their colours as they turn the pages. We actually love Miffy and we plan on adding to our collection. Are you a fan of Miffy?

INNOVO® 12 Week Program - Does It Work?

A couple of weeks ago you may remember that I was introduced into the wonderful world of INNOVO®, and now that I am a good few weeks into the program I thought that I would write another post to keep you up to date with my progress. For those who need a refresher, don't forget to go and check my first post introducing INNOVO® it's definitely something that you may want to find out about if you suffer from bladder weakness. As I am sure you are aware we are in the throes on a summer heatwave, which is amazing. But be that as it may it's also the dreaded hay fever season meaning sneezing, coughing and inevitably leaks. As so many suffer from hay fever it does also mean that they prone to weakness and the worry of leaks occurring is kicked up a notch or two, making me feel very grateful for INNOVO® and their amazing program. I am are gearing up towards the end of my twelve week program and I can tell you already that it's something that changed my life, as cringe as that may sound, but it really has. 


So what is INNOVO®?

INNOVO® is a non-invasive way to strengthen your pelvic floor, that doesn’t involve inserting anything, and so is ideal for anyone who feels a bit squeamish about that sort of thing. Instead, you strap yourself into a pair of conductive pads, and then you can just sit down and have a flick through a magazine or catch up on Netflix. INNOVO® does all the for you, so you don’t have to worry about doing it right, or making stupid faces at your desk.

The great thing about Innovotherapy is that it doesn’t rely on you mastering the art of the Kegel, and it doesn’t involve you having to insert anything anywhere. I think the invasive nature of some pelvic floor treatments can put a lot of people off, but with this I can assure you that it won'y. The Innovo pack contains a two-part garment that you wear around your upper thighs and control using a hand held controller. Innovotherapy sends targeted impulses via a set of conductive pads, which activates all the muscles in your pelvic floor. You get 180 perfect contractions in every session without having to even think about it.

INNOVO® – How Does it Feel?

And now that you know what it's all about I now wanted to go into a little detail about the system itself and talk about what I liked about INNOVO® and what I didn't. Before starting with the Innovotherapy I needed to charge the controller for 5 hours and read all the information from cover to cover armed with a cup of tea of course. By reading the booklet and watching the video it made the whole process seem a lot less daunting and shows you exactly how to fit the pads and how to wear the garments on each leg, ensuring that I get the most from the Innovotherapy. Now I must admit the feeling is an odd one. It’s really hard to describe the sensation, you almost can feel your pelvic floor lifting without you having to do anything. It was in no way uncomfortable, just odd. You can control the intensity of the 180 impulses which are sent from the pads over the length of the session. I started with an intensity in the 30’s for the first week & then gradually increased it into the 50’s. There’s no rush in increasing or pushing the numbers up quickly as everyone would require a different intensity to feel the pulses. For the best results, you need to feel the sensation move from the bum to the pelvic floor. You can go higher to 75, but I found that intensity a little uncomfortable at first, so it's best to just build up to a higher intensity. That feeling gets stronger after using INNOVO® for a few weeks.

Does INNOVO® Work?

When it comes to bladder weakness it is something that many of us find embarrassing, and many choose to ignore the problem and then the problem worsens over time. But it really shouldn't be the case especially with great programs such as INNOVO® around. We all know how important pelvic floor exercises are, but let's face it we are all busy people and I know that I am not the only one who forgets. When I first had my daughter I would always do them as I was feeding her or reading to her, but now she's become her own little independent person, I forget. But these little leaks keep on happening. It was something that stopped me from living a full life, not being able to join my daughter with activities for the fear I will leak. So I have to say that when I came across INNOVO® it was something that really intrigued me. And gearing up towards the end of the program I can say confidently that it's work for me. I've got my confidence back, I'm happier! I feel like doing lots of new things because I am not constantly thinking to myself what if I leak, what if , what if, what if. If you have this condition don't put up with it anymore, try INNOVO® it will be the best investment you make. I must admit I did notice a difference at around seven weeks, in the midst of hayfever season too. So as you can imagine that was something that I was dreading but with a little help from the wonder product INNOVO® this has made a world of difference to me and my life. I can confidently get up onto a trampoline with my daughter and not worry. 

The Not So Good Parts

Like with everything, there are some not so good parts. The pads take a little getting used to placing on the correct spots and making sure you click the leads in far enough to actually work, however after a few sessions there were no issues. It does feel a little strange when on, contracting your pelvic floor so you don't have to. It's reassured me that what I was doing before for my pelvic floor was in fact the correct muscle. I sat back and watched Netflix (Suits; last season if you're curious) and didn't have to think about it. Each session I could get the machine to go a little higher which meant my muscles were getting stronger. I'm now 12 weeks down the line, I can run, bounce, sneeze and cough with no issues at all. For me the highest level that I can stand would be at maximum 75 and any higher is just too much for me right now. Although I'm a lot better at positioning this now than I was at first, I still have to have a few goes sometimes before I am happy that they are correctly positioned. I am not sure the gel pads will last much beyond the end of the trial if I am honest. During the course of the treatment I have tried so many different positions when using the INNOVO® and found that standing definitely works best for me. Firstly, I find I can tolerate a much higher input when standing, whereas when sitting my max is probably 70. Something else to note would be the sizing of the bands, the ranges are limited especially for those who are in between sizes. Thankfully losing a little bit of weight soon sorted the size of the bands out and fitted like a glove rather than a Michelin man. So winning all round.

But despite the not so good parts of the wonder product INNOVO® has made a world of difference to my and my life. I can confidently get up onto a trampoline with my daughter and not worry. I can be a big kid with her, living the moment and this means everything to me. 

Reasons to Reach for The Skies with Reliable Scenic Tours


Reach for the Skies

Whether you are a high-flying company CEO or a hard-working engineer, taking to the skies in a luxurious helicopter built for out-of-this-world scenic tours could possibly give your life a whole new meaning. Indeed, civil engineers who need to look at drawings all day will appreciate just how important it is to have a plan view of tasks that need to be undertaken. The same could be said for intrepid travellers who would like to take a look at some of the tourist attractions they have on their “to do” list from way up in the sky. By booking a heli-tour from one of the leading providers of eye-popping travel experiences, business bosses and ambitious accountants alike should be able to finally live the dream. Movie fans who cannot get that “Apocalypse Now” helicopter scene out of their head are certain to be in seventh-heaven whilst being taken across the skies overlooking places they have always wanted to see with a bird’s-eye view. 

Status Symbol

In this modern age of social media enthusiasts posting, tweeting and liking, there is no wonder that bookers of heli-tours over the skies of Sydney, Australia cannot wait to upload a video of them looking down at some of the breath-taking sights in this part of the world. Anyone that has had the good fortune to visit the Sydney Harbour area with such sights as the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Bondi Beach and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are sure to find the thought of videoing these attractions in a tour helicopter a dream come true. By searching online for Hunter Valley helicopter tours, for example, dreamers with aspirations of posting a status update that will have their Facebook friends green with envy will be able to achieve this goal. Of course, it is not just about showing off when enjoying one of these once-in-a-lifetime excursions, many heli-tour trippers are looking for ways to give their other half the sort of gift they will cherish for many years to come. Apart from going on one of these life-changing tours along the east coast of New South Wales, Australia, there are a number of other unusual travel experiences to consider. Indeed, posting a video of ourselves taking part in tours to be treasured is easily achievable in this exciting age. 

Living the Dream

It is all very well getting out of bed in the morning in order to pay the bills, but if we do not try out some of the more exceptional tours available to experience these days, we may need to take stock of our life. Business owners or freelance workers with plans to take the plunge with a heli-tour overlooking the turquoise waters of the sea will appreciate the meaning of “Living the dream”. 

There are many good reasons to go that extra mile in making the most of our lives including the following points:

1. Adventure could raise tolerance for uncertainty

2. Intrepid travel lets you safely experience alternate lives

3. Adventure travel may help boost confidence

4. Going on exhilarating tours fosters reflectiveness

5. Unique travel tours could help to build character

Making enough money for creature comforts is one thing, but if we have got some disposable income, spending this hard-earned cash on a rewarding trip of a lifetime could turn out to be money well spent indeed. And who knows, it could be the beginning of a much more fulfilling life. 

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