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A Dream Room for Kids

I feel a little sorry for Agent M sometimes. He’s 9 years old and yet his bedroom still has the same jungle animal wallpaper that I put up when he was a new born. Granted he has some WWE pictures and his own artwork up too but it’s not a great ‘big boy’ room.

There are many ideas online but one site in particular - Homify, has loads of inspiration and ideas for the perfect kids room.

There are design inspirations for every room in your house as well as different styles to suit your décor however I focused on the kid’s rooms and was overwhelmed with ideas.

Some of my favourites weren’t necessarily practical for the size of Agent M’s room, (His is a little box room), But it didn’t stop me dreaming.

What kid wouldn’t love a climbing wall in their room?
Or a tree house they can sleep in every night?

Fulham: Modern Nursery/kid’s room by Tiger Play
Eclectic Nursery/kid’s room by Мастерская дизайна Welcome Studio
I created an account with them and started to collect together all my favourites into an “Idea book” just for Agent M so I can go back to it again and again.

With so much inspiration I tried to think practically. What would suit him as he gets older and his tastes change? What would work for him age 9 might not be “cool” for a 14-year-old.

Modern Nursery/kid’s room by Lopez interiores
Modern Nursery/kid’s room by Andreia Marques Designer de Interiores
I like the idea of keeping the walls white and using colour in the furniture as I feel it really pops.

Modern Nursery/kid’s room by MOBIMIO—Räume für Kinder
Modern Nursery/kid’s room by MOBIMIO—Räume für Kinder
And since he has such a small room it was great to find so many ideas on how to really utilise such a small space.

Minimalist Nursery/kid’s room by ММ-design
Modern Nursery/kid’s room by Sofás Camas Cruces
Children’s Bedroom: Modern Nursery/kid’s room by TG Studio
Minimalist Nursery/kid’s room by DA-Design
Minimalist Nursery/kid’s room by D&T Architects
Looking through all the ideas they have I started to think about little extras, like a desk for him to do homework and open displays for his favourite Lego models.

Priyanka & Yashbir: Modern Nursery/kid’s room by Cozy Nest Interiors
SHARED SPACE:  Nursery/kid’s room by Hopskoch
Modern Nursery/kid’s room by MOBIMIO—Räume für Kinder
There are many storage ideas too. I love that he can have everything organised into its own box or cupboard and it still looks so neat and tidy.

Modern Nursery/kid’s room by Мастерская дизайна ЭГО
Modern Nursery/kid’s room by Paker Mimarlık
With so much inspiration I feel confident that I will be able to create a room for Agent M that he will be proud of and want to invite friends into.

**This post was sponsored and written in collaboration with Homify. All opinions are my own**

We're Going Off The Grid

A week or so ago i was contacted about helping to promote a challenge set by the charity ShelterBox to Go Off The Grid for 24 hours.

ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and supplies to families that have been effected by natural disasters and conflict across the globe. They hand deliver boxes filled with the tools they need to survive such as tents, cooking equipment, solar lighting etc and help them rebuild their lives.

It has provided help and hope following some of the world’s most devastating disasters: Haiti’s earthquake in 2010, Japan’s Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the floods that wreaked havoc in Malawi and Malaysia in 2015, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, and the two massive earthquakes that shook Nepal in 2015.
Diane and Yokimi in Fiji by their ShelterBox tent

It has also been there to help rebuild lives during conflict. It has brought shelter to the homeless in Syria and its neighbouring countries since 2012, provided refuge for families fleeing terror in Niger and Cameroon, and respite on the Greek islands for thousands of weary families on the refugee trail.
After having a look through their website and reading up on what they do, i decided that the best way i can help to promote the challenge is to take part myself.

ShelterBox is funded only by public donations – it receives no EU or UK Government funding - and has a large number of inspirational trained volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to assess and deploy aid around the world. It is also the only official Project Partner of Rotary International, whose 1.2 million members raise funds for ShelterBox and often provide local support on the ground during a disaster.

Agent M is keen to help raise money for them too so we decided to take part ahead of the planned date 16th/17th July and share with you all ideas and tips to go 24 hours without electricity.

With a special pardon to use my camera (for the purposes of promoting the challenge and documenting ideas), we will be going off the grid on the 1st of July so there will be plenty of time for you to sign up for your sponsor pack and use some of our tips for your family to survive technology free for 24 hours.

I have set up a JustGiving page and would be eternally grateful to you all if you would be willing to sponsor us and help reach our target of £75.00
JustGiving - Sponsor me now!
Be sure to pop back at the weekend when I'll be sharing our experience with you all. 

Wish us luck :)

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Make It Monday #18

Hey lovely's ... welcome to my linky!

This linky is for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts.

Its been a few weeks since i've hosted the linky as i've not been able to really give it the time and promotion its needed. But i've been brainstorming and i'm gonna give it another go. Here's hoping it get some more people linking up. I'd hate to abandon my wee linky baby.

If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

Once it becomes a bit more established, i will start to have a featured make each week but since its early days i thought i would take it one step at a time.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
  • When commenting use the tag #MIMLinky so that they know where you found them.
  • Add the "Make it Mondays" badge to your linked post so that others can find the linky and join in. 
Feel free to tweet your post(s) along with the hashtag #MIMlinky and mention @justacraftymama so i can retweet for you.

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Sticky Chinese Style Pork Chops

Its been almost 12 weeks since i started Slimming World and I'm starting to get bored of my usual salad and plain chicken go to. There are so many other meals i could be making, so with a cupboard full of spices i decided to get experimenting.

So here i give you Sticky Pork Chops ... and they are only 2.5 syns per portion.

You'll need
4 pork chop medallions (all fat cut off) - 2 per serving
1 tbs Chinese 5 spice
1 tbs paprika
150 ml boiling water
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 tbs honey
Salt and Pepper to taste

To Make
In a hot pan, spray a little fry-light and brown off the pork chops.

While they are cooking, mix the spices, garlic, salt, pepper, honey and vinegar in bowl with the hot water. Make sure they are all combined.

Once the pork is cooked, add the spice mix and allow to simmer on a low heat. Flip the pork chops every now and again to make sure both sides get coated.

It will start to thicken up into a lovely sauce.

After about 5/10 minutes it will take on a syrupy consistency and its ready to serve.

I had mine with a chicken skewer and some Spring onion rice but it will go great with many combinations ... Pasta, potatoes, salad, rice etc.

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Easy Apple Crumble

While i was getting my new heating put in, i decided to take Agent M and Shabba up to my grandparents house. It was so busy and noisy that we couldn't get anything done and poor Shabba was losing his mind over all the strange people coming into our home.

While i was up there my Gran asked for help pealing and chopping up some desert apples. She was making a crumble which intrigued me. I hadn't made an apple crumble since i was at school and that was decades ago now.

I watched her closely and later on in the week i decided to make my own.

Easy Apple Crumble

It turned out well i think :)

You'll Need
2 large cooking apples
3 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp water
2oz butter
2oz caster sugar
4oz plain flour

To Make
Preheat the oven to 180C

Start by peeling and chopping the apples, disposing of the skin and core.

Add the apple chunks, granulated sugar and water to a pan and simmer on a low heat till the apples have softened and it resembles apple sauce.
Easy Apple Crumble Cooking Apples

In a large bowl, add the butter, caster sugar and flour. Rub the ingredients together between your fingers and keep going till the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
Easy Apple Crumble Breadcrumbs

Spoon the apple mix into ovenproof dishes and sprinkle the flour mix over the top to create a crust.
Easy Apple Crumble Filling

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

You can make 2 family sized portions or 8 individual portions with this recipe.
You can also make the crumbles and freeze prior to cooking. Just make sure the apple mix cools down completely before you freeze.

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