#SilentSunday 25th September 2016
A trip to Haldon Forest.
Haldon has become one of our go-to places since Charlie came along.
We’ve always enjoyed a good walk, but it’s a massive bonus that Haldon has gone that extra mile to make things a lot more interesting for kids.
We get to the forest and as usual Charlie (the dog) waits until the poo bin is out of site before doing his business so there goes Daddy in the background back to the bin.
To pass a bit of time, Isabelle has to do the obligatory dab (of course) that she’s picked up from her brother.
Isabelle is of course stylishly dressed for the forest in a lacy top, cat shorts and ‘fancy wellies’.
Here’s our handsome little man who had chilled out slightly following the car journey. He’s not great in the car, and started off with car sickness and anxiety but he has got better. He was quite nervous and panty on the way there today so it’s nice that he enjoyed it so much making the most of every bit of squelchy muddy grotty bog water he could find.
This is Daddy and Isabelle exploring because the path is ‘Borrrrring’.
This is me all alone in the forest because nobody else is here!
Ahh that’s where she went!
Off wrestling and catching a crocodile!
Isabelle braving the make shift bridge that she found across the ‘gorge’.
I was a bit disappointed that the myth of the ‘tree people’ came to an end as she finally noticed that they aren’t in fact ‘flying people’ but people up on the Go Ape zip wires.
Daddy and Isabelle made cupcakes when we got home using baby blue icing paste. They were in fact dark blue and left us with bright blue tongues and lips.
Hope you’re having a great weekend x
Handmade Baby Leggings from Baby Brain Apparel
I was so excited when I spotted these leggings and knew that you guys would love to get your hands on a pair.
These are my favourite.
Each pair of leggings cuff can be folded up and down for a better fit as we all know how quickly babies grow.
Leggings are the perfect choice for crawling and toddling babies with the constant on and off of nappies, and make wriggling easier for your little one.
Choose from some great prints and colours, available for both boys and girls.
Add a splash of colour, and can be worn instead of tights. Great for when that lovely little dress isn’t quite long enough any more.
And last but not least Blue Seb the Superhero Leggings.
These are a bit special as they’re made from soft organic fleece cotton making them extra cosy for colder days.
We’ve currently only got these in size 12 – 18 months, but if you like the range then we will expand and get more sizes.
Do pop a comment below if you give these the thumbs up.
Win a collection of Warner Bros #IconicMoments DVD’s
On 5th September 2016 Warner Bros UK. launched the Iconic Moments Collection. A beautifully matching packaged set of 22 standout titles celebrating the breadth of their catalogue.
Each of the releases has fantastic new artwork built around one of the most memorable lines from the film.
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Empire of The Sun
Cool Hand Luke
The Wizard of Oz
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
North by Northwest
Gone With The Wind
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
The ‘Stand out’ one for me out of this list has got to be The Goonies! – “HEY YOU GUYSSSSSS”
If you haven’t watched this, then you’re missing out big time. It was originally released in 1985 (at which point even I was too young to have watched or remembered). I remember finding the old lady in it very scary but absolutely loved the film and have watched many times over.
I’ve watched all but two of these titles.
Gone with the Wind and North by Northwest which I will rectify at some point and report back to you.
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Kidloland – A Review
I’m a big believer that screens have a place in our children’s lives for educational and entertainment purposes (limited of course).
The TV or the iPad are a massive help when I’ve just got in from work, Isabelle has been at school all day and I need to get the dinner started. Likewise on a long journey they definitely have their place.
Having said that, I think it depends entirely what you’re allowing them to watch or play.
We have a few trusty ones that we use, but when we won a year’s subscription over at Petite Pudding Blog. we were really excited to give it a go.
Isabelle started school last September but has been really interested in word and number games for quite a while. I think we’re really lucky that she wants to learn and is like a sponge soaking up any opportunity at all.
The Kidloland App is slightly pricey at £29.95 for a year’s subscription but with over 550 Rhymes, Songs, Activities and Games for kids you get a lot for your money and once it’s downloaded you can use it anywhere as you don’t need wifi to access it.
There are loads of games and activities to choose from so I thought I would hand over to Isabelle to show you the ones that she loved the most.
And another clip as she had so much fun telling me what to do. “Cuttttttttt”.
So as you can see she had a lot of fun. If you do purchase the app I would recommend getting a set of kids earphones for out and about as all the games have music, and I’m sure like Isabelle have to have it up loud enough to sing along to.
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Chocca Mocca Caramel Cake
If you’re looking for a cake that is super easy to make and really yummy then this is the cake for you.
What you need:
2 Teaspoons of instant coffee powder/granules
2 Tablespoons Cocoa
6oz/175g Butter (at room temp)
6oz Golden caster sugar
2 Tablespoons Golden syrup
8oz/200g Self-raising flour
4 Tablespoons Milk
100g Chocolate Caramel Bars (We used the Cadbury’s Caramel Buttons)
100g Chocolate Caramel Bars
2 Tablespoons Milk
4oz Icing Sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to around Gas Mark 4 (180c).
This recipe is based on using an 8 inch round tin. Butter and line the tin.
Mix the coffee, cocoa and two tablespoons of hot water to form a chocolately/coffee paste.
Put the butter, eggs, sugar, syrup, flour, milk and cocoa paste in a bowl and mix with a mixer (or by hand). Add in the caramel chocolate pieces.
Add the mixture to the tin and bake in the oven for about 50 – 60 minutes.
To check that it’s ready I use a skewer which I poke into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean it’s ready.
Once it’s ready leave it for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
Whilst it’s cooling, make the icing.
Put the caramel chocolate pieces into a pan and heat gently so that it melts, add in the butter and milk and stir until all melted (make sure you stir all the time). Remove from the heat and add in the sifted icing sugar.
Leave to cool whilst the cake is cooling.
Once the cake is cooled, spread over the icing and your good to go.
We decorated ours as it was for Daddy’s birthday which we took to the Donkey Sanctuary. We did have some spare caramel chocolate buttons, but these disappeared!!
#Serenz Allergy Relief Review
This is the sound to our life during allergy season.
I must confess that I don’t have much sympathy for Daddy’s plight with Hayfever, and get really annoyed with him with the constant sneezing and sniffing. Oh and don’t get me started on the moaning.
He’s just started a new job and has been to quite a few houses that have cats, which has only made things worse.
He’s tried tablets, sprays, eating local honey, homeopathic remedies, decongestants and probably a few other things that I can’t remember.
At my day job people drop like flies to hay fever so it causes quite a lot of disruption.
When we were asked to try #Serenz Allergy Relief I was really quite excited that we have a solution both to ease Daddy of this really annoying illness, but also to free the rest of us of this burden.
So how does #Serenz work?
#Serenz is a handheld device which you can keep easily in your bag which uses carbon dioxide to gently cleanse the nasal passages to relieve taller symptoms of nasal congestion, itchy, runny noses and sneezes.
When you first open the product you have to activate the device by using the blue key (which comes with it). Once this is done you can use the as and when you experience allergy symptoms.
It’s very simple to use by placing the nosepiece into the nose making sure there is a tight seal between your nose and the nosepiece so the gas does not escape.
You have to make sure that you either hold your breath or breathe through your nose during use which is 10 seconds per nostril, pushing the button during this time continuously.
What did we think?
The instructions were very clear and the product was very easy to use. When we read the instructions before using, we were slightly cautious as one of the precautions is that it is normal to experience a temporary nasal stinging or smarting sensation and/or watering eyes, but it did say that this was not harmful and would not last long. As most allergy sufferers would agree, it gets to the point where you would try anything to relieve the symptoms so on we went.
It’s a good size which would easily fit in your handbag and is very simple and easy to use. It can be a burden taking tablets every day so an alternative natural option is nice to have. Daddy did have stinging in his nose when used, and had some improvement of his symptoms which was on parr with taking one a day tablet equivalents with a definite reduction in nose blowing!
The #Serenz Allergy Relief is £19.90 to buy and can be bought at Weldrick’s Pharmacy Online and provides 40, 10 second cleanses which is the equivalent of 20 cleanses for each nostril.
For more information and updates you can visit the Serenz Website
• Please note that we were sent a #Serenze Allergy Relief free of charge for the purpose of this review.
Family Bucket List 2016 – The Donkey Sanctuary
It’s Daddy’s birthday tomorrow but I’ve got to work so we thought we’d have a day out today and have some fun.
The Donkey Sanctuary had their annual Summer Fair so we thought we’d head there for the day with a picnic.
It was completely heaving when we arrived.
There were loads of stalls, entertainment and activities to do as well as being able to see all the lovely donkeys.
We went with family so it was really nice being able to spend the day together.
The boys had a go at welly wanging and Isabelle had a go at a human fruit machine. I so should have recorded it as there were hands sticking out of holes holding up fruit and when the bell rang, if they were holding up the same you won.
Isabelle won a knitted donkey on the tombola which she loved, and she then made a bear on a stall which was similar to Build a Bear.
We had a huge picnic and then Isabelle presented her birthday cake that she took ages to make yesterday. It was a Choca Mocha Cake (recipe to follow).
The place was packed and there were dogs everywhere. We didn’t think to bring Charlie with us, so we know for next time we visit.
After eating and listening to music we went for a walk around to see all the donkeys.
So what do you call a cross between a donkey and a horse?
A honkey or a dorse.
Well it’s a mule actually. I didn’t even know that this was a thing until we saw two horses, and the keeper in the pen told us they were in fact mules. They don’t look very donkey like, more horsey.
All in all it was a lovely day and we’d definitely go again.
Lisa – www.babynotincluded.co.uk
And that is another tick off the Family Bucket list 2016.
Family Bucket List 2016 – Open Air Cinema
Urgh I feel totally jaded today.
We went to watch The Jungle Book at the Open Air Cinema hosted by Exeter Phoenix.
We don’t normally do activities later in the evenings (especially a school night) with Isabelle as we know that we’d pay for it the following day due to her lack of sleep.
However, as it’s the school holidays (so technically only a school night for Mummy and Daddy) we thought it would be a nice thing to do.
We packed some snacks, a blanket and some warm clothes and off we set.
The gates opened at 7.30pm with the film starting at 9pm.
When we arrived at 8pm there was quite a lot of people already there and the screen was being put up. There were food and drink stalls at the back, and then the rows of chairs in front with the blanket area at the front.
We chose to sit of the floor with a blanket as we thought it would be much nicer to be able to huddle together when it got colder later on in the evening
We set ourselves up and Isabelle arranged the snacks and eagerly tucked in.
It was a nice atmosphere with some people coming as they were, and other people bringing along cushions, blankets, huge overflowing picnic baskets and looking like they were setting up camp for a week. We even saw a family walk across with each child carrying a beanbag to sit on.
There was a bar there so Daddy and I could have a drink. I had half a pint of Fanny’s Bramble cider (Tee Hee) which was lovely. I loved the fact that there was food on sale, and even a Deliveroo pick up point. Looking around there were people with Dominoe’s Pizze, Macdonalds, gorgeously packed up picnics and there was even a couple behind us who had proper plates, glasses, knives and forks and napkins.
I was worried that Isabelle would get bored before the film started, but I think all the hustle and bustle of the people around us made the time fly.
The film didn’t start until 9.25pm and it was just starting to turn a bit chilly. However, snuggled up on our blanket we were absolutely fine.
The film was AMAZING!
We really enjoyed it, and it was a lovely experience for Isabelle.
We had a lovely walk home led by Isabelle by torch light and finally made it home for 11.40!
We would definitely do this again, and at £5.00 a head it was a total bargain.
It would have been even better if my alarm hadn’t gone off at 5.30am this morning!!
Oh and *tick* – Another one off the list.
Simple Mackerel Pate
Cooking a chicken as a roast, making a pasta dish the next day and a stirfry for the following day is quite a usual occurance and is great for us as working parents.
I have to confess that Daddy is the main meal maker in our family and has a far better eye for making a meal from anything and everything, including whipping up a meal on the day before shopping day from the randoms left if the fridge/cupboard.
I will share some of these recipes with you as well as our firm family favourites.
One of my fave meals at the moment is mackerel salad. It’s really easy and quick to make. We usually buy the peppered mackerel fillets and grill them to make them extra crispy. We make a salad with lettuce leaves, rocket, red peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and beetroot and top it off with a side helping of potato salad (will share the recipe at some point).
Anyway, I always save some of the mackerel fillets to make Mackerel Pate for me and Belle the following day.
So to make the pate, you have to add mackerel fillets (we normally save 2 – 3) and put in the whizzer (aka blender), whiz it through for about 30 seconds, add a good squeeze of lemon and then about 3 good tablespoons of mayonnaise.
If you don’t have a whizzer you can mash up the fillets with a fork which makes it slightly chunkier, but Isabelle prefers the smoother version.
Put into a bowl and then make a pile of toast.
Easy lunch for you and your little!