2 Easy ways to clean a microwave.

Hey readers,

I know in my home the microwave gets used a lot and mainly for warming up coffee, the joys of parenthood. 

Anyways it can be quite hard if you don't know how to clean a microwave. So here are some easy ways to clean up your microwave whilst not making too much of an effort but still getting a good result at the end of the day.

 Plus these cleaning hacks are really quick as I myself haven't got all the time to clean and nor do I want to, so this is a great time-saving idea.



1. White distilled vinegar and boiled water. 

 This first method does not only get tough food to soften and wipe down easily but also helps to sterilise your microwave and get rid of bad smells. 

* You will need microwave bowl, 1/2 distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water.

* Add the vinegar and water into the bowl and place it into the microwave. 

* Heat on a high temperature for 2.5 minutes - or until you see the bowl boiling and the mixture giving off steam. 

* Best to live the mixture in the microwave for 15-20 minutes giving the bowl of the mixture to cool down. 

* Carefully take out the mixture and glass plate (you can clean this separately in the kitchen sink and return it to the microwave once dried). 

* Then get a clean, damp cloth to wipe over the microwave and with using the cleaning mixture means that you won't have to scrub to get the leftover remnants in the microwave making the job of cleaning the microwave a lot easier for you. 


2. Lemon.

Another cheap way to clean the microwave is to simply use a lemon (you don't have to spend an arm and a leg on expensive cleaning products as they tell you on Instagram).

* You will need a microwave bowl and put in 1/2 a cup of measuring water into the bowl. 

* Next slice the lemon, squeeze the juice into the water and place the two halves of lemon into the bowl. 

* Place the bowl in the centre of the microwave and put it on for 3 minutes. 

* Let that stand for a good five minutes to allow the solution to cool down. Plus this will give the food in the microwave time to soften down with the steam from the solution. 

* Take the microwave plate in the sink to clean.

* Then get a cloth and wipe down the insides of the microwave and also the door and outside area of the microwave.

* If there are some stubborn spots then what you can do is take the cloth dip it into the solution to help scrub and break down the stubborn food. 

* Replace the glass plate back into the microwave. 

This trick with cleaning with lemon does not only clean and smell amazing after but it is environmentally friendly too but so win-win all round. 

What do you think about these microwave cleaning hacks? Do you use them or do you have a good hack that I haven't shared? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Cheers for reading X 



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My eldest was super happy to take his friend to the cinema to watch Star Wars. 
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Age is a wonderful thing

Hey readers,

People knock being old, for fear mainly. However, age happens to everyone. So, let's celebrate it because it can be wonderful for many reasons and here is why.

With age, you become more confident because you have lived on this planet longer and you know what the crack is. 

You know most people put up a front and you learn to not give a s**t in some respects. 




You change and you learn to grow into a different person, with different needs. With age you slowly don't give a monkey's about peer pressure, you can wear what you want, listen to what you want and it doesn't matter who you know because you can do your own thing.

Now that I have become older I care less about materialistic things that were much more important when I was younger. Not because of money more the fact I put more meaning on to them.

You are wiser with age and have learnt more so you have that experience. Which comes in handy sometimes as we all know knowledge is power.

I think we age certainly with myself I am less likely to judge. I am much more understanding and flexible with my thinking, understanding that people are different.

Let's celebrate wrinkles as positive because they indicate that we have lived, experienced and still here to tell the tale.

 If we stopped worrying so much about looking younger then the messages would slowly stop with trying to get us to buy wrinkle cream and botox which incidentally doesn't work but make most people look awful and permanently in shock.

The fewer people buy into this stuff that is trying to sell some crap message about looking youthful the better. The less demand for a product the less likely a need to sell it. 

I like the fact I can get to see my children grow as I get older. I don't fear it or get sad but happy and feel blessed that they are alive. As so many parents don't get this opportunity.

What reasons do you have to why ageing is good?

Cheers for reading X
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Tiredness and autism

Hey readers,

Did I ever tell you that I like order? if you have previously read my blog then you will know I am a lover of control.

I am not the spontaneous type. I like planning and knowing what to expect. Which is ironic as my husband is the complete opposite and yes there are heated arguments at times.

 No one wins, I just go to bed and say f*ck it! I have little energy. Unless my autistic brain goes into overdrive when my husband will be treated to a full-on meltdown. joy!



I sometimes see parents and I know we shouldn't compare but I do believe that it is innate from our ancestors as a technique to help stay on top of survival. 

However, in this day and age, it is now used overboard, yes that does includes me too.
I see people have days packed with things to do with the family. 

Someone I know even when to a country park for 5 hours, me I couldn't do it. My autistic brain gets tired with so many stimuli I am exhausted and mentally and physically after an hour or two.

 Hats of to parents who can keep kids entertained but most mornings I can't get my body to move as I am so tired. It doesn't help that I am on medication that makes me very groggy.

I yet again feel rubbish about myself, yep it is a common theme where I batter myself with nasties because in my head I am not enough to be a parent.

I know this is ridiculousness but when you are in the moment and your anxiety is sky high your brain will trick you into believing it. 

It feels real and that takes up a hell of a lot of energy. I spend most of the time cursing and wishing I didn't have autism.

I try to do crafts with the boy, I can barely reach the first instruction without me failing. I am rubbish at instructions and if they are not basic and when I say basic I mean it. It is something about reading and processing the information that gets muddles up in my messy mind. 

Guess what here we go again I beat myself up because I can't do the simplest of things at times. My intentions are good but sometimes I just get fed up with myself that I wonder why do I bother because I love my son and what to do things for him.

So yeah it is another whingeing post but this is my life as an autistic parent (a parent with autism) and the struggles are very real. It may only be small but they soon stack up and it takes its toll on you. 

It can grind you down day in day out faced with challenges and how to overcome the challenges. So, you can understand why I get so worn out, it is hard work trying to navigate through a neurotypical world with autism. 

This is especially true for an adult with autism as people assume you have grown out of autism when you reach adulthood. By the way yes that is a true story and that comment has been said to me before

Cheers for reading X

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65 Instagram captions to fall in love with this Febuary.

Hey readers,

February is the month of love so what better way to show someone affection with words. Here I have picked 65 amount of February themed captions to help you with making that post extra special on Instagram.




Full quotes.

1. "He was Christmas morning, crimson fireworks, and birthday wishes." — Raquel Franco.

2. "I feel there is nothing more artistic than to love people." — Vincent van Gogh.

3. "We loved with a love that was more than love." — Edgar Allen Poe.

4. "Life's a journey, to find the people weird like you." — Atticus.

5.  "What is done in love, is done well." — Vincent van Gogh.

6.  "That's who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of." — John Green.

7. "Some people are worth melting for." — Olaf, Frozen.

8. "The real lover is the man that can thrill you by kissing your forehead." — Marilyn Monroe.

9. "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." — Winnie the Pooh.

10. "Where there is love, there is life." — Mahatma Gandhi.

11. "If you only have one smile in you, give it to the people you love." — Maya Angelou.

12. "You can't blame gravity for falling in love." — Albert Einstein.

Cute captions. 

13. I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend.

14. Cupid called, he wants his arrow back.

15. I love to love you.

16. You make my heart smile.

17. Pretty sure I love you more.

18. You're still the one.

19. You feel like home.

Single person captions. 

20. Happy Valentine's Day to me. I love you.

21. If you can stay in love for more than two years, you're on something.

 22. Happy Drink-Wine-and-Eat-Chocolate-Alone Day!

23. Thank u, next.

24. Reminder: All candy will be 50% off tomorrow.

25. Dear Cupid: Forget the guy, just send the candy.

26. Here's to my true love: Pizza.

27. Being single on Valentine's Day is so much better than dating someone who would buy you a drugstore teddy bear.

28. All of me...loves all of me.
Funny captions.

    29.  [Employee]'s favourite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch ... S/he calls it lunch.

30. I need a six-month holiday, twice a year.

       31. We tried to be normal once. Worst two minutes of our lives!

32. There are 16-year-olds competing at the Olympics and some of us still push on "pull" doors.

33. Namast'ay in bed.

34. That awkward moment when you're wearing Nike's and you can't do it.

35. I'm just a girl, standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a cupcake.

36. What if we told you ... you can eat without posting it on Instagram?

37. We know the voices in our heads aren't real, but sometimes their ideas are just too good to ignore.

38. We don't know what's tighter: Our jeans or our company culture.

39. Friday ... Our second-favorite F word. 

40. We don't care what people think of us. Unless they're our customers. We definitely care what customers think of us.

41. All you need is love ... and investors. All you need is love and investors.

42. Hi, we're [company name]. We build amazing apps and eat amazing apps.
Clever captions.

43. Patience -- what you have when there are too many witnesses.

    44. Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's the Clarendon filter.

    45. "Life is short." False -- it's the longest thing you do.
          
     46. Happy Sunday! There may be no excuse
 for laziness, but [I'm/we're] still looking.


47. Rejection is just redirection.

48. Better an "oops" than a "what if."

49. You have stolen a pizza our hearts.

       50. The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.

          51. Seven billion smiles and these are our favourites.

52. Stop working hard and start working smart.

       53. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When [company name] gives you [type of product], you make money.

        54. Imposter complex is just a byproduct of success.

55. Life is simple. It's just not easy.

         56. The best times begin at the end of your comfort zone.

57. When nothing goes right, go left.
  Sassy captions.

         58. What's a queen without her king? Historically speaking, more powerful.

               59. We're an acquired taste. If you don't like us, acquire some taste. 

    60. Well-behaved people don't make it into history books.

61. Be sunshine mixed with a little hurricane 

        62. We got 99 problems, but an awesome marketing team ain't one.

        63. Sometimes you just need to do a thing called "what you want."

     64. You can't do epic stuff with lame people. And we got the best in the biz. 

      65. It's not called being bossy, it's called having leadership skills.

Cheers for reading X 


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How to have a smooth school morning run.

Hey readers,

Now we are back at school some of us *ahem* struggle with the morning run. It seems chaotic and rushed so here are some ways that have helped me to have a smooth school morning run without the stress.




Preparation do in the evening. 

So. where shall we start? well, I think the first important thing to incorporate into your school routine is preparing the night before to reduce the stress. 

This will help give you the confidence that everything is under control. Making sure that the schoolbags have been emptied of the millions of letters, getting the bag ready, having all the school uniform gathered and placed neatly for the morning. 

Therefore once it is morning all you have to worry about is getting your darlings motivated to get dressed.

Lunch.

If you have a child who takes lunch to school preparing it the night before can help save some time in the morning. As parents, we need to do the minimal as it is important to make sure we have a HOT tea, crucial!

Reward Chart. 

If you are struggling to get your child motivated one way to help in the short term is a reward chart. Plan out each section - get up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth etc and give star when that routine is done, once the child collects x amount of stickers.

They will be rewarded for their good behaviour. This can help ease your child into a productive routine and hopefully with time they know what to expect and it is a much calmer affair.

10 minutes early.

If you have children like that are what you would call speedy when they walk to school (ironic as any other time you would think they were Bolt).

Then leaving 10 minutes early to get trot school can be a solution to getting in on time. It also means you don't have to stress and can take your time without rushing and shouting, "hurry up"!

Being aware of what is happening. 

A thing that I have in the past struggled with is forgetting to check if there is something important happening at the school. Making sure you have a diary to put important information such as needing to bring in money or food for a special occasion.

 Therefore you can feel in control and know what is happening beforehand. Make sure that you read the newsletters or any letter from the school bag the night before.

Breakfast.

I make sure that the cereal boxes are out, bowls and spoons the night before can really save some time in the morning. 

Doing the baths again the night before is another you can do to reduce the amount you have to prepare in the morning.

Anxiety. 

My eldest suffers quite with anxiety because of having autism. What can help settle him and reduce any conflict is talk to him the night before about anything that is bothering him and if you can try to come up with a solution.

Hope this helps and is there anything that helps you reduce the stress of the morning routine?

Cheers for reading X

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