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Half Term Fun Ideas: Top 3 Holiday Tips

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Hope you are all enjoying the Easter holidays, it has been very busy at work so sadly I wasn’t able to take any time off.

The kids will be off for another week, so in case you are running out of ideas, I thought I would put together a little list with suggestions of tried and tested activities.

1. Crafting

Crafting with Old Petals

Crafting with Old Petals

Little man loves crafting, whenever we are home, he starts drawing, painting and crafting. For Valentine’s Day, we created cards with old petals.

You could use a similar idea to make cards out of Easter egg boxes and wrapping. If your house is anything like mine, you will still have lots of Easter eggs to go through. They would also be used to make cupcakes.

2. Baking

Baking with Children

Baking with Children

I think baking is one of the best activities ever invented. Not only it keeps children busy and entertained, everyone can enjoy the lovely results afterwards.

Before you pick up the apron and chef’s hat, check out my Top 5 Tips for Baking with Kids.

Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes

Over the weekend, we made a lovely Butterfly Chocolate Cupcake, it was very easy to make and very tasty too. As you can add your own filling, it is a versatile recipe and you can adapt it to suit your tastebuds.

If you fancy something different, you could make some lovely sweets made of dried powdered milk, or perhaps some Banana and Chocolate Mini-Muffins using leftover Easter eggs.

The Fruity Flapjack Bites make a perfect afternoon snack, they are made of oats and raisins for a healthy snack.

3. Family Day Out

London Zoo

London Zoo

We enjoy staying home but sightseeing is also lovely.

The British Library offers several London exhibitions and there is always something interesting to go and see. You could also check their events, tours and permanent galleries for a fun afternoon!

We have recently been to the London Transport Museum and it was a lot of fun. Little man enjoyed driving the buses and trains, perfect for train-mad kids!

Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium

We have also been to London Zoo and we had a very enjoyable family day out.

The zoo is quite big, so I would suggest arriving early and taking a packed lunch and snacks with you, so you can make the most out of your day.

Our latest visit was to Sea Life London Aquarium where little man went face-to-face to a shark.

He was so excited and even fell off from the bench. It all happened so quickly that he thought the shark would cross over the glass and get him. It was an unforgettable day!

Whatever you are up to, enjoy the rest of your Easter holiday!

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Baking with Kids: Butterfly Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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Nick Jr Easter Pack

Nick Jr Easter Pack

We enjoy baking, it is always a lot of fun making cakes and eating afterwards!

I have previously shared my Top 5 Tips for Baking with Kids, baking is a great way to spend quality time with children.

Nick Jr sent us an Easter pack with a selection of items including a brand new Nick Jr colouring book, Nick Jr chef’s hat and silicone cupcake cases.

Crack the egg into a small bowl

Crack the egg into a small bowl

Little man was very excited when we received the pack and he couldn’t wait to be one of Dora’s Little Cooks.

We adapted the recipe below found at Nick Jr website to make our butterfly cupcakes.

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe (makes 8)

Pour egg into big bowl

Pour egg into big bowl

Ingredients:

  • 110g soft butter
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 80g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsp fromage frais
  • 8 raspberries.
Mixing the cupcake mixture

Mixing the cupcake mixture

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4

Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat it until it goes pale and feels lighter.

Put the flour in a sieve and shake it gently over the bowl until it has all fallen through.

Sift the cocoa and baking powder into the bowl in the same way.

Crack the egg into a small bowl. Make sure no bits of shell fall in. Pour into the big bowl.

Measure out a teaspoon of vanilla essence, then mix everything together.

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cupcakes

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cupcakes

Place the cases on a baking tray and spoon a little of the mixture into each one.

Bake the cake for around 15-20 minutes or until they have risen.

Place the cupcakes on a Dora serving plate, top with a blob of framage frais and a raspberry.

You could also use another fruit on the top such as a strawberry or cut the cupcake in half and sandwich with a little raspberry jam.

As the heart-shaped silicone cases were a bit bigger than the cases in the recipe, we doubled the recipe, so there was enough mix for 12 cases.

Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes

I always wanted to make butterfly cupcakes, so it was a perfect opportunity to try and make some.

Once the cakes are completely cool, use a small pointed knife to cut a circle around 2.5cm width out of the cake leaving a cavity in the centre.

Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes

Cut the round in half and set aside. Now fill the centre of the cake with your filling of choice, we used raspberry jam in the middle.

Return the two pieces of cake to sit on top like butterfly wings. We add a drizzle of chocolate buttercream.

Dust with icing sugar to serve and Enjoy!

You can make vanilla and chocolate mix into butterfly cupcakes. Next time, we will be trying vanilla cupcakes instead.

Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes

You can choose any filling for your cupcakes. Next time we will try some vanilla buttercream with a dash of raspberry jam on top.

The butterfly cupcakes are extremely easy to make and we all loved the final result: cute little cakes shaped like butterfly wings.

They certainly flew off the plate!

Thank you very much Nick Jr for our lovely Easter pack! 🙂

The Easter pack was provided free of charge, however I was under no obligation to write this post. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Tesco Loves Baby and Toddler Products

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Tesco Loves Baby Toiletries

Tesco Loves Baby Toiletries

Last year, I reviewed Tesco Baby Nappies and Toiletries, they were loved by little man and myself.

Tesco launched a new brand this year: Tesco Loves Baby, with a large collection of baby and toddler products.

I was sent a selection of Tesco Loves Baby to try on little man. I just love giving him a big cuddle when he gets out of the bath and smells lovely.

Tesco Loves Baby 2 in 1 Bubble Bath & Wash

Tesco Loves Baby 2 in 1 Bubble Bath & Wash

Tesco Loves Baby 2 in 1 Bubble Bath & Wash is suitable for newborn, baby and toddler. It has a soft and gentle formula that helps leave baby’s skin clean and soft, while making bathtime fun.

It has been specially developed by babycare experts, it is hypoallergenic, no tears, soap free formula. It is pH balanced, paraben free and clinically proven.

Not only Tesco Loves Baby 2 in 1 Bubble Bath & Wash is good for your child’s skin it smells so lovely, it has a fruity and fresh scent. Little man loves bubble bath, so he’s been having fun with the 2 in 1 bubble bath and wash.

Tesco Loves Baby Moisturising Bodywash

Tesco Loves Baby Moisturising Bodywash

Tesco Loves Baby Moisturising Bodywash has a soap-free, no tears formula, meaning it is gentle and soft on children’s skin.

It also has added moisturisers to help keep your kids’ delicate skin feeling soft and smooth. It is clinically proven and it has been approved by paediatricians and dermatologists.

Tesco Loves Baby Moisturising Bodywash has a very delicate scent, it has a baby smell. I know little man is not a baby anymore, but I love toiletries that smell of a newborn baby.

Tesco Loves Baby Detangle Conditioning Spray

Tesco Loves Baby Detangle Conditioning Spray

Tesco Loves Baby Detangle Conditioning Spray helps to make it easier to gently brush out stubborn knots and leave your children’s hair feeling smooth and soft.

Little man’s hair is growing quite fast, so it gets quite tangled and full of knots. Tesco Loves Baby Detangle Conditioning Spray is great to put on his wet hair and brush out knots and tangles.

Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Soft Wipes

Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Soft Wipes

Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Soft Wipes are available in scented and fragrance free packs. I was sent fragrance free wipes that help protect and soothe your children’s skin.

It contains cleansing milk with extracts of aloe vera and chamomile, which clean gently but effectively. They also help to prevent nappy rash, they are dermatologically tested and suitable for eczema prone skin.

Little man doesn’t wear nappies anymore, but Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Soft Wipes is perfect for meal times, play times, out and about, and for the whole family.

We always make sure we have a pack of wipes when we are out as little man tends to get quite messy when eating.

Tesco Loves Baby has a lovely selection of toiletries and wipes, available online and also in Tesco stores. The new range of baby and toddler products is just as good as the previous range. I quite like the new logo, the red heart looks lovely.

You can follow Tesco Baby Club on Twitter and Tesco on Facebook

The products were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Competition and Review: WIN 4 Kellogg’s New Lower Sugar Kids Cereals

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Kellogg’s New Lower Sugar Kids Cereals

Kellogg’s New Lower Sugar Kids Cereals

I am a true believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

I need to have breakfast as soon as I wake up and I always make sure little man has his breakfast too.

He usually has cereal as it is easy and convenient. I was excited when I found out about some changes to Kellogg’s children’s cereal portfolio.

Kelloggs Honey Loops

Kelloggs Honey Loops

Kellogg’s knows it can be hard to find the right balance of what your little ones need, and the taste they love, so they are adding four new lower sugar products to their range which will offer mums greater choice at breakfast time.

Kelloggs Honey Pops

Kelloggs Honey Pops

Coco Pops Croc Prints, Rice Krispies Multigrain Strawberry, Honey Loops and Honey Pops are familiar brands but have healthier recipes- so you can still feel good about giving them to your kids.

Fact: They are lower in sugar, lower in salt, made with wholegrain, high in fibre and a source of Vitamin D (25 per cent Recommended Daily Amount). They’ll start to appear in store from this month.

Kelloggs Coco Pops Croc Prints

Kelloggs Coco Pops Croc Prints

This quartet of new cereals are also healthy enough that they meet the strict criteria to be advertised to children.

They are part of Kellogg’s on-going strategy to launch new products which offer parents a greater choice of breakfast cereals when they do their food shop.

Kelloggs Rice Krispies Multigrain Strawberry

Kelloggs Rice Krispies Multigrain Strawberry

Kellogg’s thinks they have listened to what mums have been saying about wanting lower sugar cereals which offer good nutrition, that kid’s will actually eat, so they are really proud of what they have achieved.

What did we think of Kellogg’s new cereals?

The whole family has been involved in trying them and we loved them all.

Kellogg’s Honey Loops (RRP £2.69) are tasty mixed wholegrain cereal loops with honey. It’s mummy’s favourite.

Kellogg’s Honey Pops (RRP £2.69) are delicious sugar and honey coated crunchy multi grain cereal. It is daddy’s favourite.

Kellogg’ s Coco Pops Croc Prints (RRP £2.69) are yummy chocolate flavoured wheat, wholewheat and rice cereal shapes. It is little man’s favourite.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Strawberry (RRP £2.69) are funky multi-grain shapes in strawberry flavour.

Kellogg’s has provided a selection of their new cereals for one of my readers.

The prize consists of: 1x Kellogg’s Honey Pops, 1x Kellogg’s Honey Loops, 1x Kellogg’ s Coco Pops Croc Prints and 1x Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Strawberry.

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Where There is a Stain, There is a Way with Vanish Oxi Action!

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Vanish Oxi Action with Oxi Powerlift

Vanish Oxi Action with Oxi Powerlift

When I heard about Vanish Oxi Action, I was looking forward to trying it on as we had lots of stained clothes at home – thanks to little man that loves getting messy!

I first tried it on my little boy’s clothes and, when I realised how good it was, I started adding one scoop of Vanish stain removal to each wash and treating stained area on our clothes.

Vanish on Paint and Marker Pen Stains

Vanish on Paint and Marker Pen Stains

Vanish Oxi Action Powder contains Oxi Powerlift which removes all types of stains, from the ones you can clearly see to the tougher ones that may be hidden.

Vanish Oxi Action with Oxi Powerlift removes even tough dried in stains, ensuring that you are left with stain free laundry 1st time every time.

Vanish Oxi Action Powder is safe to use on both coloured and white clothing.

Marker Pen Stain Top

Marker Pen Stain Top

Children usually get very dirty and messy at nursery. They have fun, but their clothes usually end up stained with paint and marker pens.

I tried Vanish on two of little man’s stained tops.

One had a green paint stain and the other one a pink marker pen stain that, no matter how many times I washed them, the stains never went away.

The best way to get paint and marker pen out of clothes is to pre-treat the stained area with Vanish, rub with the back of the scoop and leave it for a few minutes.

Green Paint Stain

Green Paint Stain

Paint and marker pen are usually hard to get rid of, so if it is not clean, you can also soak in Vanish for an hour or so and wash it as normal. Your children’s clothes will get out of the wash like new!

The green paint stain was completely gone, I noticed Vanish also got rid of little white stains on the top.

The pink marker pen stain is nearly all gone, there is still a little stain, so I will repeat the same process again in the next wash.

I have also noticed that both tops are brighter, especially the one with the pink stain.

Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Although Vanish Oxi Action can be used on white clothes, there is a range especially designed for white clothes.

Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder works to remove stains and keep your whites as white as possible.

The special formula contains Oxi Powerlift agents which penetrate and lift the stain first time, and also whitening ingredients to help retain a brilliant whiteness in your washing.

Dried Food Stain on Collar

Dried Food Stain on Collar

My little boy is a messy eater. He usually eats all his meal, but end up quite messy.

Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder was great to removed dried food stain on little man’s white top.

The best way to get rid of stubborn baby food stains on collar of tops is to pre-treat the stained area with Vanish.

Then rub the area with the back of the scoop until the stains are gone. In a few minutes, you will have new clothes!

Vanish Stain Removal on White Shirt

Vanish Stain Removal on White Shirt

After trying it on little man’s clothes, I started treated my stained clothes too.

Forgot a white shirt at the back of the wardrobe?

The best way to get rid of yellow wardrobe stains on white clothes is by pre-treating the area with Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder.

Once you have made the mixture using 1/4 scoop of Vanish to 3/4 water, use the back of the scoop to scrub the area, then wash it as normal. You will end up with a sparkling white shirt in no time!

"Wardrobe" Yellow Stains on White Shirt

“Wardrobe” Yellow Stains on White Shirt

I’m convinced that it is whiter than before. You can see in the picture that my white shirt is definitely brighter now.

I tried both Vanish Oxi and Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder and had great results!

If you have other types of stains you would like to get rid of, you could check out how to remove coffee stains and also carpet stain removal tips.

Now hubby said that I should get rid of the stain in his chef whites. I will be using Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder on them next weekend.

Check out Vanish Tip Exchange on Facebook to submit your stain questions and tips.

The products were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Kids Fashion – For the Everyday or Just for the Special Occasion

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Kids fashion is a big issue nowadays and recently it has been a hot topic of debate, as London has just played host to the first ever Global Kids Fashion Week. The event showcased an array of well-known designers who have branched out into childrenswear, as well as up-and-coming names producing trendy pieces for kids. With single items costing hundreds of pounds, many parents will view kid’s fashion as something to be reserved for special occasions.

However, with celebs launching kid’s clothing lines and ever-younger fashion bloggers rising to fame, children’s fashion seems more important than ever. So, should we be clothing our kids in designer threads on an everyday basis and stressing the importance of clothing, or should this be saved for special events only?

Fashionable childrenswear seems to be everywhere and easily accessible for all, suggesting that parents should be more conscious of dressing their children well on an everyday basis. As well as in the shops, it’s possible to get designer kids clothes online, making buying easier than ever. Many famous designers are now producing collections aimed at children, encouraging parents to put just as much effort and money into styling their little ones as they do themselves.

Armani Junior, Paul Smith Junior and Stella McCartney Kids are all examples of big names who have realized the potential of the childrenswear clothing market. The items produced are not only party frocks and smart suits and are instead intended to be worn on a casual, everyday basis by kids. Included in the collection by Tommy Hilfiger, for example, are loose-fitting cargo shorts, polo shirts and branded tees – all perfect pieces for a child’s weekend wardrobe.

Kids Fashion: Designer Clothes


Celebrities too have got in on the act and have demonstrated how stylish kids can look every day. Gwen Stefani debuted her Harajuku Mini Collection last year, whilst celeb sisters Ashlee and Jessica Simpson created a clothes line aimed at pre-teens, the Jessica Simpson Girls Collection, in 2011.

However, celeb mums such as these are almost constantly in the public eye and are photographed as much when they are out and about with their kids, as when they are on the red carpet. Everyday life for a celeb child then, differs greatly from that of our own!

So, perhaps trendy childrenswear should be reserved for those select special occasions? Many designers produce beautiful kid’s pieces which are almost too attractive (and too pricey!) to wear every day. Missoni’s kids collection, for example, features gorgeous frocks in trademark bright colours and zig-zag and stripe patterns, though retailing at between one and two hundred pounds, some would argue that these items are best saved for special occasions.

However, kids fashion is not all about money: clothing choices are also a way of expressing ourselves and demonstrating our individuality. So, although some parents would save designer kids clothes for special occasions, this does not mean that care and attention to their children’s attire should not be taken on every day.

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