Monthly Archives: March 2012

5 Things to Do This Easter Holiday – 2. Cress Egg Heads

Cress Heads

This is a great activity to do with children not only do they get to do some crafts but they get to grow something as well.  Cress grows in a matter of days and you don’t even need soil!

You Will Need:

  • Empty egg shells

  • Pens

  • Glue

  • Googly Eyes

  • Pipe Cleaners

  • Tissue Paper

  • Cotton Wool

  • Cress Seeds

  • Egg cup or bottom of an egg box

To Make:

  • Rinse out the egg shell

  • Decorate anyway you like. We just googly eyes on one and drew a face on the other but you can do whatever you like. If you use the bottom of an egg box you could paint that bright colours or paint them clothes

  • We use a pipe cleaner for its wiggly arms.

  • One your head is decorate you then need to plant the seeds.

  • Fill the head with damp cotton wool.

  • Sprinkle the cress seeds on top and cover with tissue paper.

  • Keep the cotton wool moist and they will start growing in a few days.

Two Days Growth

You could make a whole family!

Come back on Monday for activity 3 to do this Easter.

Kids One Stop Show Goes to the Harrogate Nursery Fair – New Products Alert!

We sent along our blogger Carol to the Harrogate Nursery Fair to sniff out new products for you. Today she is sharing her top picks of what’s available now and next week she will be sharing what’s launching this year.

Here are her top picks:


 New designs from Inch Blue 

ERGObaby Zebra

New Design from OiOi

MATchel from MaByland

PaddlePak by Trunki

Mini Micro Seat from Micro Scooter 

PurFlo Shleepy

Chillipeeps Teat 

Lollipop Play Table & Stall from Startrite Furniture

Come back on Thursday to see what is launching this year.

5 Things to Do This Easter Holiday – 1. Make Chocolate Nests

Chocolate Nests

The Easter break is almost here and the children will be off for two whole weeks! We have 5 activities to help keep your children busy and stop them being bored.

Today we are giving you the very simple recipe for Chocolate Nests, these are easy to make and very nice to eat.

They are also inexpensive to make, we used a supermarket basic chocolate bar at 35p and basic rice pops which was 75p for the whole bag.

You will need:

16 cake cases

100g Chocolate

75g Butter

1 tablespoon of golden syrup

75g rice krispies/pops

Mini eggs

To Make:

Melt the chocolate, butter and syrup in the bowl.


Once it has melted take it off the heat and give it a good stir

Add the rice pops and stir

Spoon into the case and decorate with the eggs. We used a selection from Aldi which included Strawberry & Popping candy filled eggs

Put in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set


You could add raisins or mini marshmallows to the mix.

They make great Easter gifts.

Come back on Saturday for activity number 2.

Meal Plan Monday – 26th March (Week 10)

The weather is really starting to get nice so it’s almost time to put the slow cooker away and start on the salads (almost)

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Pasta Bake

Tuesday – Turkey Stir-fry

Wednesday – Chicken and Bacon Salad

Thursday – Pork in 5spice with rice & veg

Friday – Homemade pizza and wedges

Saturday –Sausage & Mash

Sunday – Lasagne


Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans


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The BiBs Shortlist Announced

We recently told you we were sponsoring the Inspire Category in the Brilliance in Blogging awards.Inspire Shortlist

Today they announced the shortlist and here are the blogs in the Inspire Category.

1. A Boy with Asperger’s 
2. BabyCalm 
3. Crystal Jigsaw
4. Doing It All For Aleyna 
5. Downs Side Up 
6. HerMelness Speaks…
7. Typecast
8. Kate On Thin Ice
9. Little Green Blog 
10. LLM Calling 
11. Mummy Pink Wellies 
12. Mummy Whisperer 
13. Not Even a Bag of Sugar 
14. Red Ted Art 
15. The Iota Quota
16. The Real Supermum Blog 
17. Touch and Tickle 
18. Tricky Customer 
19. Walking with Angels 
20. Was This in the Plan

So what do you do next? Well we suggest you visit all of the blogs (in all of the categories) and then vote for your favourites here.

Voting ends Monday April 30, 2012 at 17:00 GMT.

Good luck to all of the bloggers!

Meal Plan Monday – 19th March (week 9)

This week involves working through the freezer and using up those ‘bargain’ buys that we never seem to use or batches of leftovers that sit there for too long.

Am I the only one that does that?

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Chicken and Bacon Hotpot (made with left over roast chicken)

Tuesday – Homemade Fishcakes (already made)

Wednesday – Lamb Casserole made with neck of lamb we bought reduced off the meat counter

Thursday – Cottage Pie

Friday – Roast Cod in Bacon (again we bought the fish reduced on the counter)

Saturday – Pasta for BG, take a way for the adults

Sunday – Beef & Ale pie

Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans


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Guest Post: Happy Mother’s Day – to Me!

Today’s guest post comes from Actually Mummy which is written from the view point of a 7 year old school girl. 

Mother’s Day is one of the most important days of the year - third only to Christmas and my own birthday. School has been prepping me for this happy day for several weeks now. Each afternoon has seen me returning home with an additional line under my belt to the celebratory song which begins ‘My Mum’s ever so special…’. I have had a home-made card in my book-bag for a good few days; the strain of keeping it hidden through the daily bag searches that Mummy performs has been almost unbearable. I have spent several nights unable to fall asleep before 9pm and wide awake by 6am, such is the excitement and anticipation of this big day.

So an element of forgiveness for my pre-Mother’s Day antics must surely be allowable. Just as toddlers on Christmas night may be absolved of their sugar-fuelled, exhaustion-led misdemeanors, so I feel I am deserving of some leniency regarding my own lapses in conduct in the lead-up to the momentous occasion. I admit that I have been less than amiable in my dealings with the Bug this week, and my fuse has been generally rather short.

Last year all this culminated in a rather unsatisfactory shopping expedition with Daddy. Having taken the time to prepare a comprehensive list of necessary purchases I systematically dragged him round the shops. He obliged with cash or credit as we progressed, until we got to the flower-buying stage. It being late in the day the floral offerings were very sparse, and my preferred bunch were looking a bit ragged, and Daddy put his foot down. Cue dramatic meltdown. This sparked a strop from Daddy. The ensuing phone call to Mummy was a mixture of gasping sobs and valiant explanations, but the scene was set; all of Mummy’s best parenting tools were required to diffuse both of our tantrums!

The best gifts are those that can’t be bought.

Accordingly we made a rather generous fuss of her on her big day. Real coffee in bed, the opportunity to read me the next chapter in my book, a lovely breakfast, some cool gifts (I have a knack for picking out great jewellery) and the instruction not to stand up all day. Additional to the purchases were the home-made offerings which had her in tears, and the other entries on my list, less tangible but all the more poignant for that. Seemingly the thing that Mummy values above all else is a harmonious home, with happy people doing nice things together. And hugs. And shampain.

This post is dedicated to all mothers, and to those who have loved them.

Last Minute Craft Ideas for Mother’s Day

There is two days left until Mother’s Day, if you haven’t got anything yet don’t worry we have been surfing the net for last minute crafts ideas.

Over at Nurture Store they have been decorating Flower pots.

Activity Village has these fab tissue paper flowers to make, they also have a great collection of free printables. 

Make your mum a recipe holder with DLTK’s guides.

Danielle’s Place has a lovely selection including a great mirror.

Make a Pom Pom Flower desk tidy with Free Kids Crafts.

If they don’t take your fancy then check out Red Ted Art’s selection there is loads to choose from.

Come back and let us know if you have made anything.

Meal Plan Monday – 12th March (Week 8)

How lovely was the weather yesterday? We changed our meal and went for chicken salad instead as it was too hot for beef casserole.

I have checked the weather and it looks gloomy for the rest of the week.

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Turkey Stir fry

Tuesday – Lamb Stew

Wednesday – Pork Meatballs

Thursday – Fajita’s

Friday – Burgers and Wedges (Homemade)

Saturday – Sausage and Mash

Sunday – Roast Chicken


Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans


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