No Waste Tastes Great / A Video And A Selfie

It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great

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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

A video this week. (If you listen closely, right at the end, you may hear ‘Mom’ being shouted from another room!)

As you can see a rather packed fridge. But everything has a destination in mind. There’s no grocery shop, today, as we have plenty to keep us going over the weekend with a few store cupboard supplies thrown in.

There is waste however. Boo.


This is left over from what we had taken away, on holiday, the previous week. It just didn’t get used up.

On a more positive note, in the video you’ll hear me mention a recipe I rustled up last night.


It’s this one.

It was very good! A keeper, super simple to make, nutritious and tasty. And the Kids’ loved it.

(It’s likely I will share my variation on this Jamie Oliver dish in the near future).

You’ll notice my fridge is still brimming with plastic. It’s not a good look. This is most definitely something I am going to be addressing. In fact it’s my pledge for #ZeroWasteWeek.

I’ve signed up – have you?

Beware – if of a delicate nature please divert your eyes – there’s a selfie coming up.


How about you? How is your fridge looking this Friday? Any waste to declare?

Thanks as always to Kristen, The Frugal Girl, (the founder of Food Waste Friday and the inspiration behind No Waste Tastes Great)…Don’t forget to head on over to her’s to link up your Food Waste Friday post!


Summer Break Non-Negotiables

Our Summer’s are scheduled here at Chez Wright.

There are holiday’s to take, and days out to enjoy.

Many fun activities…


…Indoor and outdoor

But there are also the non-negotiables.

Just like Patti Stanger (my most-favourite matchmaker since Yente) there are 5 non-negotiables.

The first of these non-negotiables is Summer reading.

(Can you guess what the other 4 non-negotiables are?)

Fortunately this is backed up by the school also encouraging the Kids’ to keep up with their books.

This summer the Kids are tasked with reading 10 books each.

So, we hot-footed it to WH Smith (as part of the Kids’ Summer schedule) to pick up a new book each. First-born chose well, a Jacqueline Wilson trilogy – so that was 3 for the price of 1.


(One of my favourite childhood memories is browsing the books at WH Smith on a Saturday afternoon. A considerable amount of pocket money was spent on Judy Blume books).

Second-born deviated slightly.

But as he has many unread books on his bedroom bookshelf, I’ll let it go. This time.

There’s also a walk to the local library planned. That should cover any remaining short-fall in reading material for the rest of the summer.

But the Kids’ aren’t the only ones reading.

It’s a standing joke that my summer-reading preference always looks a little like this, come rain or shine.


This is an oldie but goodie. A great book, which I have read before. It stands the test of time.

I’ll be moving onto this book next.


And then when I finish with it, maybe I can up-cycle it into a shelf like this?


Or then again, I know a Big Sis who may just love it as a recycled Christmas gift.

Did I just mention the C word? Oh yes, I’m thinking about Christmas already. A simple Christmas takes some forethought.

What are you reading this summer? I’m looking for inspiration. What am I missing out there? I still have 8 books to get through to match the Kids target this summer.

Letting The Kids’ Schedule The Summer

School has been out for over a week now.

Typically I schedule the holidays as they begin, but this Summer we took a family trip as soon as the 6-week break began,

While away we discovered the most wonderful village, and sweet shop. You may have seen the photos over at Facebook?


(But more on that in a future post.)

It’s time to schedule the rest of the holiday. We have just over 5 weeks left. Plenty of time to fit in all the things the Kids’ want to do.

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Food Waste Friday / Leaving It Till The Last Minute

Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
I did something I shouldn’t do when writing this Food Waste Friday post.

I left it as the last job to do before I downed tools and headed off for a much needed break with the family. And I’m pretty sure asking the house-sitters to film the fridge is a favour too far.


Imagine Julia Roberts (from Pretty Woman’ as I type this:

It was a ‘big mistake’ ‘HUGE’.

There were plans to talk about generally reducing food waste and also a shout out for Zero Waste Week in the UK.

I’ll admit defeat. I’ve run out of time. This isn’t my style. I like to be organised. Things usually run to schedule.

Not today.

But that doesn’t mean Food Waste Friday shouldn’t run to schedule.

So here we are for a link up with sincere apologies for my lack of an actual Food Waste post. Although if we do track down Wifi I will video my holiday fridge and upload it to my YouTube channel on Friday. This was my last video while on holiday.
As always I’ll leave the last word to Kristen…

“How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your blog link into the comments section below. You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog! And if you don’t blog, you can still share about your food waste by leaving a comment without a link.

Those of you who participate in Food Waste Friday can now grab a fancy-schmancy button to perk up your posts. If you copy and paste the following code into your Food Waste Friday post, this little graphic will appear.”

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School’s Out For Summer

School’s finally out for us in the UK.


It’s time to kick back and get some much needed family-time.

So that’s what we are doing this week.

We do schedule the holidays to get the most out of them as possible.

Read this post – it explains why and how I started scheduling.

This year the schedule will start from next Monday. And I’ll be posting about what activities we have planned.

But for now, it’s time out for us this week. In real life fun and frolics, and very little virtual world.

See you back here for Food Waste Friday. Because even when I down digital tools temporairly I’m always around for Food Waste Friday.

Have a great week y’all!


No Waste Tastes Great / I Wasted A Watermelon

It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great as part of Food Waste Friday

Have you seen Dirty Dancing?

Of course you have.

Well, as you know Baby carries a watermelon. Unfortunately I wasted a watermelon. But more on that later…

Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

IMG_4805No video today. I had a comment, earlier this week, that I sound as though I’m doing the voice-over for the infamous M&S television adverts. This made me laugh, and a little self-conscious at the same time. But that’s not why I chose to photograph instead, there just isn’t a lot to say.

My Friday fridge is looking okay today. There’s salad which will easily go with the pre-cooked salmon. And the strawberries and blueberries will be topped with the Greek yogurt.

However, there is waste to confess.


Can you see the pool of juice at the bottom? The watermelon inside was inedible.

This was the very first time ‘I wasted a watermelon’. And just like Baby, I had to repeat to myself what I just said – ‘I wasted a watermelon?’ – in disbelief.

Not my finest hour.

In my defence I did make a souper save this week.


I made nail soup.

Pretty sure that butternut squash, beetroot, potatoes and onion will end up in my next batch.


After all #nowastetastesgreat

How about you? How is your fridge looking this Friday? Any waste to declare?

Thanks as always to Kristen, The Frugal Girl, (the founder of Food Waste Friday and the inspiration behind No Waste Tastes Great)…Don’t forget to head on over to her’s to link up your Food Waste Friday post!


How To Make Nail Soup

A bedtime story is the perfect way to end a day.


If my mind ever wanders, while sharing a story, I try to bring myself back to the present. I remind myself to be mindful. There may be dishes stacked up downstairs, waiting to be put away, but the Kids’ won’t want a story from Mom indefinitely.

There’ll always be more dishes to put away.

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