Whole 30 and Me: Getting week 1 ready

Whole30wk1It’s getting closer! On Tuesday I start my first ever Whole 30 and I must say….I’m excited!

I’m nervous that I am going to slip up some where and, despite trying hard not to, I’ll put all of my hard work at jeopardy so, like all good Girl Guides, I’m going to be prepared.

I’ve scheduled a shopping trip in on Monday night and I’ve written my shopping list ready.

To help focus my mind I’ve made a menu for the first 4 days –


Everything on my menu is food I love and I’ve tried to make sure that each dish is flavourful and colourful. I’m very excited about my Jerk chicken meal as I love the flavours and sweet potato is one of my faves. The grilled pineapple will just add a bit of crunch, colour and zing to the dish.

Another dish I’m looking forward to is my beetroot salad – I love the crunch you get from romaine lettuce so will opt for this with all of my favourite salad veggies including sugar-snap peas to form a filling backdrop for my freshly sliced beetroot and roughly chopped walnuts drizzled lightly with balsamic vinegar – I would normally wolf this down with some goats cheese but I know I’ll still love this Whole 30 version just as much!

Mr T is totally on board and, whilst he isn’t going full Whole 30, he is going to eat the same evening meals as me and won’t be eating bread for the duration – bonus!

Can you spot any issues with my first 4 days?

Any and all help for this 30-firstie would be very much appreciated!

Check in next Friday for pictures, recipes and review of how my first 4 days have gone

Mrs T Xx


Whole 30 and Me!


It is Bank Holiday Monday, I am sat here watching Avengers Assemble having just polished of a beef chow mein and I’m about to put together an eating plan for my first week of Whole 30.

‘What is Whole 30?’ you might ask- well I am by no means an expert as this is all new to me too and I am hoping to learn more as I go along. If, as they say,  you would like to hear the answer straight from the horse’s mouth then click here and visit the official website.

However, here is my layman’s Whole 30 run down as far as I have gleaned-

It isn’t a diet or calorie counting eating plan or even a detox, what it is is a break. A break from processed, additive and sugar filled foods and a chance to figure out what types of food your body loves and what it does not. Basically, you eat WHOLE foods for 30 days- no sugar, no legumes or wheat, no alcohol, dairy products or added fats- JUST GOOD FOOD!

You are encouraged to eat 3 meals a day consisting of foods which will fuel you enough to sustain activity without snacking until the next meal. By all accounts, following the plan leaves you feeling full of energy, less sluggish or bloated and more in control of your food choices.

I am going to start on Tuesday 2nd June as I have prior engagements this coming weekend which will get in the way of my food plan but I have already begun preparing by researching recipes and ideas.

I am sure that many of the things I have come across will be delicious and I’m certain Mr T will love them too but I am a little stuck with breakfast. I’m not keen on eating lots of eggs a day and most breakfast ideas contain them but I know I need to eat more than just fruit so any and all ideas would be welcomed.

I will check-in here every weekend with reviews of meal ideas I have discovered or tried along with an honest overview of my week- highs, lows, tantrums- the LOT!

Here’s hoping I will make it to day 30 having enjoyed the challenge- I’ll certainly try hard to anyway!

Have you tried Whole 30?

Do you have any tips for a first-timer?

Until Sunday

Mrs T Xx

My Empire (or office- whichever!)  

2 months ago we moved into a new house, our dream house!  


Whilst we lost a bedroom we gained space everywhere else and……a garden!!!!!! Our beautiful old home had a tiny yard with an access lane at the end of it- totes private!!!!!! Not that I’m bragging (well maybe a little) but the new garden also comes with out building and a stable- Daddy still hasn’t bought me a pony *weep* and it is in one of these buildings that I am getting an office!!!!!!!

I can’t wait!! It’s going to have a sofa and TV in there so I can snuggle up with the laptop and plan school stuff and a desktop so I can create my clip art and teacherspayteachers products comfortably- it is going to be my very own Britas Empire (anyone else remember that show or is it just me?!) 

So to the fun stuff- colour schemes, accessories, organisation, Pinterest and Ikea visits!!!!! 

I’m kinda tied to a colour scheme that includes red as the sofabed is red- yawn- and Mr T wants some blue and white in there so some of the stuff from our old office room can be used in there… I hears ya but come on!!!!! I was thinking coral, mint, cream, rose and GOLD!!!!!!! WORK WITH ME PEOPLE!!!!! I’m just not sure my dream Kate Spade office accessories will match- such a first world problem!!!!!! 

Anyways- here is the colour scheme I’ve opted for-   


Gold will still totally work right? Please, please, please say yes!!!! Mr T doesn’t get why I need the teal and mustard in there too but then he doesn’t get why I spend £25 getting my nails done every 3 weeks either and tbh I’m sick of explaining ‘because’! 

I also fully intend on some cute wall art and inspirational quotes- gotta love an inspirational quote haven’t you Andrea?! I’ve got some on the way from The Night Owl which are all teacher’fied- loving it! I’m also putting my teenage CD player in there (it’s so old school that it still has a double tape deck that works! Woohoo!) and all my books- this is my office, I have to defend it!!! 

I’m totally going to try hard to keep all of my school work to the office too- I’ve tried this before but it has always spilled over into the living room- I’m hoping that as it’s a totally different building then I will manage to contain it! 

How do you organise your school work at home? 

Do you have any home office tips I should try hard to follow?

I can’t wait to get started…now to find the door key…oops!!! 

Mrs T Xx


I am a terrible blogger…. or am I?

I made the promise that I would blog at least once a month and I have failed miserably….or have I?!

As I mentioned in a post a few months ago, I have been testing out the world of virtual teaching to branch out and take control of my CPD. I have not only established an amazing online support network but have also created a teacher blog- yay me!

Yes I know I haven’t blogged over here once a month but I have been being an awesome teacher blogger over on my year2tastic blog where I have been posting at least ONCE A WEEK!!!!!! Please don’t hate me!

Anyways…things keep popping into my mind and I want to blog about them however they totally don’t belong over on year2tastic so where oh where could I blog about them???!! Ah ha!!!! Duh- my beloved first blog of course!

So I yet again humbly ask for your forgiveness and point out the title of my blog to back me up- confessions of a try-hard!

Here is to me keeping my promise and visiting here with ace content far more often than I have been….in the mean time feel free to visit my teacher blog at year2tastic  

Catch you soon friends

Mrs T Xx