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7 THINGS I LEARNT WHEN I BECAME A MUM OF TWO...

Before I had my second child, having one child seemed like there was never time in the day to take care of anything else. When Harper got to around 2 years old the sudden realisation that she wasn't a baby, she wasn't solely dependent on us and the fact that I couldn't cradle her in my arms without a fight to get free from my loving grasp, was enough to make me yearn for another little bambino. I needed someone to need me and we desperately wanted to grace our little family with another perfect little human to complete us all. 
It was a struggle that I made no secret about, after 11 months of frustration and heartache, I finally fell pregnant with Hudson and we could not prepare for the happiness, joy and love he has brought to us and everybody who meets him. 
Today's post is 7 things I learnt when I became a mum of two...





#1 Nothing prepares you emotionally for seeing your first child interacting with their sibling.

This is the best part about having multiple children, watching how they bond, connect and become best friends. I was fearful that Harper's interest in Hudson would be dwindling due to her being 3 years his senior and the fact he is the opposite sex. I couldn't have been more wrong, Harper is absolutely infatuated with her brother and vice versa. Her mission in life right now, is to make sure Hudson is happy, that is all she cares about, I mean that and PJ masks.  

#2 Your washing pile will always and forever be, never ending.

Washing, washing and more washing, you do not even understand the level of washing you will do in your lifetime until you have multiple children. Don't get me wrong, with one child it is bad but with two, you think you're done but you never are.

#3 You love them exactly the same, but you connect with them in different ways.

The best thing I have taken from having two children, is that they are completely different in every single way but I love them equally and unconditionally. Your idea of perfection is suddenly split into two and the ability to love and learn their different traits is so endearing and makes my heart implode. Harper is so sassy and headstrong and Hudson is just my cuddly little bear who is so full of love and affection. 

#4 There is more time in the day than you thought.

One of my biggest worries having another baby was the time consumption and spreading myself between the two kids, would I be able to do it? Truth is, it is harder but the time is there. I feel like I manage my time a whole lot better with two children than I did with just one. I know what I need to do and yes, my life is a huge list of timings and structure but it's so worth it and when they are both finally asleep at the end of the day you feel a great sense of achievement!


#5 You can't remember life without the second child

Me and Justin always say how did we feel like we didn't have any free time when we only had Harper!? We thought we were so consumed, but really, we had it so easy. I can't remember not spreading my affection and love to them both, I can't remember waking up without Hudson smacking me on the head to wake up in the mornings from his cosleeper crib. 

#6 Invest in more storage

I cannot even explain how much space in a house 2 children take up, I feel like I need a 4 bedroom house just so all of Harper and Hudson's combined belongings can have their own place. You cannot live without storage if you have just one child, take the amount of shit your first child has accumulated and double it. There are toys in every single enclosed space in my house because Harper has everything and now Hudson is getting older he is accumulating more and more junk! My biggest tip when expecting your second child is to have a huge declutter of your house before the new baby's arrival. 

#7 Leaving the house is more of a military operation than it was before

Literally, I would say it takes around 25 minutes with carefully thought out structure to leave the house on time for anything. You have to imagine every worse case scenario is going to happen weather wise for two human beings, you have to ensure they are both appropriately dressed, and that everything in the changing bag is correct even if you are just doing the school run.



These were the 7 things I have learnt since becoming a mum of two, don't get me wrong becoming a mum of two is the best thing that ever happened to me but I feel so complete and content that I don't think we will ever have anymore children and I am so at peace with that, that conversation is for another post! Thank you so much for reading let me know in the comments below if you have multiple children what your fave thing is about having them or if you're thinking about having a second, let me know & don't let this post put you off, haha! 


HEALTHY PITTA PIZZA RECIPE

I am back with a new recipe and today is more of a healthy eating tweak, than a recipe. We all love pizza but when we are healthy eating or on a diet, pizza has to be off the menu right? WRONG! Today I have a recipe for you that will curb alllll the pizza cravings and keep you in check with your calorie intake. The best thing about is recipe is that it is completely adaptable to your tastes, you can add whatever you like to it, so that you can achieve a close alternative to some of your all time favourites. It's so quick, so simple and so tasty, you can enjoy as a quick lunch, or add salad and syn free wedges to make it a feast, I hope you enjoy!







INGREDIENTS
Serves 2
2 Wholemeal pitta breads
1 tube of tomato puree
Asda barbecue chicken breast slices
125g light mozzarella cheese
75g 50% reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
1 large mushroom, sliced
1 onion, diced

*Slimming Worldies, your pitta will have to be synned accordingly should you not choose to use Asda wholemeal pitta bread which can be used as a HEXB, you will also have to syn your cheese accordingly too, this recipe is based on ingredients purchased from Asda. Most ready to eat cooked chicken breast is FREE on extra easy, including the one I have used in this recipe. You can adapt this recipe and it's measurements to your own, but this is just how I prefer to make mine.*

METHOD

1. Use the flattest side of your pitta to use as your base and spread the tomato puree evenly. 
2. Using the ingredients provided build your pizza however you like it, I usually start with a layer of mushroom, onion and chicken breast, then a layer of cheese, then another layer of mushroom, onion and chicken breast and then mozzarella on top.
3. Set your grill between medium to high and allow to heat up for 5 minutes before putting your pitta pizzas under.
4. Grill your pitta pizzas between a medium and high heat checking on it every 3-4 minutes, it usually takes around 8 minutes for mine to be perfect, but each to their own, you may want it grilled less or more.
5. Serve, I usually serve up with a generous side salad and syn free wedges.



I hope you enjoy this recipe and as always, please let me know if you try it out by tagging me in your pics on social media or even emailing me, you can find me on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook, all of my social media links are in the top of the sidebar, just click on your preferred platform and you will find me! 

TURTLE BAY REVIEW

A few weeks ago I was invited down to Turtle Bay in Norwich to try their new summer menu and initially I was skeptical about going due to being a total fussy eater and food phobe. I am one of those people who knows what they like and rarely stray from the status quo, however I saw this as a great opportunity to give carribean food a go, and I was not disappointed. I decided to take one of my best friends, Sarah, because she is the total opposite to me and is much more open to new foods than me, and I am so glad I did, because she got me trying stuff on the menu I wouldn't have looked twice at...

*Sarah was loving the cocktails*


THE SERVICE

When we arrived we were greeted so politely, our waitress, Evelyn, was absolutely amazing, we later found out that she is the head waitress and it made sense. She was so attentive and engaging with us throughout the whole night and we got on with her like a house on fire. She gave us lots of recommendations and really knew what she was talking about on each thing I asked about on the menu, which I think is a really good attribute to have in a restaurant. We were also met by the manager, Tom, who was so hospitable and again had plenty of recommendations for a first timer, which really put me at ease because I am a fussy eater.

THE FOOD

Sarah had been before and her family have caribbean roots so I couldn't think of a better person to take with me to introduce me to the food. She recommended something called Plantain which is basically cooked banana it was so delicious and I would recommend anyone wanting to try some authentic caribbean food, to try Plantain.

*Plantain is a traditional caribbean dish, better known as cooked bananas* 
For starters I had the duck rolls, which is slow roasted shredded duck with sweet onion, soy sauce & chilli, stuffed in toasted rolled flatbread, served with sour orange chutney. These were absolutely amazing, a great portion size for a starter and so full of flavour.

For main I had the two way chicken burger which is a spicy panko crumbed chicken fillet, topped with pull jerk chicken, crisp gem lettuce, fresh pineapple chow & herb mayo in sweet bun. I felt a bit weak going for a burger where there are so many amazing new foods to try, but even as a fussy eater this burger was incredible, bursting with different, but complementary flavours.
*Duck Rolls*


*two way panko chicken burger & cheesy jerk fries*




For the sides, I had cheesy jerk fries, which were basically sweet potato fries topped with cheese and jerk sauce, so yummy. We shared some Plantain which was my absolute favourite taste of the night, I love discovering new foods and tastes, honestly was delicious. We also shared a side of Trini Watermelon Chow Salad which was such a refreshing addition to the main.

For dessert I had the dark chocolate brownie which instantly attracted me when our waitress told us that it was gluten free AND vegan, so I had to give it a go. It was one of the tastiest brownies I have ever eaten, for some reason I was expecting it to be quite dry which I have found with other gluten free brownies, but this did not disappoint.

*Trini Watermelon Chow Salad*
*Dark chocolate brownie*

The menu is hugely diverse and has a great selection for vegan. vegetarian and gluten free customers, which I think is great because it can be very frustrating when eating out to find somewhere that offers you a great selection of foods with specialist dietary requirements.

THE DRINKS

If you know me, you know I can't resist a cocktail or 10. When I go out I am forever searching for a new cocktail to try and I have had my fair share of different cocktails in this city! Turtle Bay just took cocktails to a new level, I hadn't tried 99% of the cocktails on their menu of 25! I am literally just going to list off everything I drank...

Bay Bramble - White Rum with blackberry liqueur, fresh lemon & club soda.

Passion Rum Punch - Dark Rum, Passoa, fresh passion fruit, orange juice, lemon & bitters.

Reggae Rum Punch - Uncle Wray overproof rum, bitters, strawberry liqueur, pomegranate, fresh lime, orange & pineapple. 





*Rum Sharing Board*


We also got to try the Rum Sharing Boards, and as inexperienced rum drinkers we let the restaurant manager, Tom, help us decide on 4 different  kinds, by this point I was pretty drunk, considering I had 2 each of the 3 cocktails I listed, but I do remember we had a really amazing rum called Koko Kanu Coconut Rum, teamed with a can of Ting, which is essentially Lilt. 

OVERALL...

Overall, Turtle Bay just became one of my favourite restaurants in Norwich, I was so glad they invited me down because as a fussy eater, it's somewhere I would have usually avoided due to fear of not liking anything. I couldn't have been more wrong, there are so many amazing and diverse dishes on the menu that you could go 10 times and taste brand new flavours every single time. The staff are incredibly friendly and I really can't thank them enough for being so helpful and so accommodating to us. The cocktails are incredible and I can't wait to take all my friends down for their 2-4-1 deal. Their happy hour runs all day until 7pm and then starts again at 9:30pm, on all 25 of their delicious cocktails.
I would really recommend Turtle Bay to anyone who is looking for something a little different and an upbeat atmosphere.




*Our meal and drinks were free of charge as an incentive to review Turtle Bay's new summer menu.