Sunday, 20 July 2014

Baking with Soreen!

I really love Soreen Malt Loaf. I have it toasted with butter, its just so yummy!

But until recently I had never thought about baking with it! Soreen have released this video to show just how easy it is to make Soreen Flapjacks! Yes, you heard that right, Soreen Flapjacks!

How yummy do they look?!

The written recipe is on the Soreen website.

I really wanted to make some Soreen Flapjacks after seeing this video, so thats exactly what we did! The kids loved getting involved too. I decided to omit the chocolate from ours, only because of how hot it has been over the last few days. They were truly yummy and so easy!

Chester said he loves how Soreen is just so squidgy, and Millie couldn't speak because her mouth was full of flapjack haha!

Next on our Soreen bake list is brownies! Using the Soreen Banana Loaf. So look out for how we got on making that very soon!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A fun day at Art in the Park!

Today, the kiddies and I have had an awesome day. I was recently made aware of an event being held in a local Country Park, Milton Creek. It was called Art in the Park and was suitable for children and free to get in.

It was raining when we got up this morning, but as I am not really a heat kind of girl, I was quite pleased about that. The kiddies popped on their wellington boots and rain coats and off we set.

I didn't really know what to expect, when we arrived I could see lots of marquees and stalls. We happily made our way around them.

We stopped at a stall so that the children could make a bug hotel and a bee hotel. To my surprise it was free! We had a little chat with the owners about what bugs might like to visit the hotel, Chester and Millie were very pleased, when we got home we painted the hotel's and they are now in the Childrens part of the garden!

Next we came across a clay stall, they were offering for the children to make an animal out of clay, again it was free! Chester and Millie saw that the Artist had made a dragon and they wanted to make one too. So with a little help they got creative and made a dragon each. They even got photographed for the local paper! We have now put the Dragons on the windowsill to dry and then we will paint them!

It stopped raining and started to heat up a bit so of course it was a must to stop for a slushie!

We watched a show not too dissimilar to Punch and Judy, which Chester and Millie both loved, then we wandered around looking at all the local art.

We soon came to a bouncy castle, which Chester and Millie happily played on for at least half an hour. Then Millie asked if she could get her face painted, I said yes as she normally doesn't want her face painted. She really really wanted a baby Panda (what a surprise) but the man said he couldn't do a Panda so after much persuasion she agreed on a butterfly!

Chester then got to make a smoothie using a push bike! He was amazed by the whole thing and chose to make a Strawberry and Kiwi smoothie, which was delicious.

By now we had been at Art in the Park for nearly 3 hours! So I agreed that the children could have a quick play in the playground before we headed home for a very late lunch.

We had the most fantastic day. I am so pleased that something so lovely was held so close to home! Well done to everyone that organised the event, it was a brilliant way to spend a Saturday and we will definitly be putting in our diary for next year!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Chester's first Sports Day!

As you all know, Chester is a really active boy, he doesn't sit still and loves to be running, jumping, bouncing around. All the time. He probably does it in his sleep too!

So he was pretty excited about his first Sports Day at School. Well, that was until he went on a School trip the day before and exhausted himself. He woke up very grumpy and told us he wasn't doing Sports Day. At all!

Luckily, but the time it came round to actually going out on the field he was fine. Phew! I however was very grumpy because I have left my camera on the sofa! Luckily my Sister had her camera with her, but the picture quality is just not the same (as you will see). So annoyed with myself!

Everyone got to do at least 2 races each. Chester's race's were football dribble and the relay race. So it was a long long wait in the hot hot sun until it got round to Chester's races. Luckily the children were under Gazebos. 

It was great watching everyone do the races though. Chester's class were so excited, it was a really fun afternoon for them and they all did really well. 

I love Chester's look of determination in the relay race, he really wanted to do his best for his team! I think next year they should consider him for the sprint, he really did try so hard! 

Chester is fairly new to football training, so the dribbling proved to be a bit hard for him, but again, he gave it his all and all of his team did a fantastic job and won the race! 

Millie then got to take part in a toddler sprint, which was super cute! 

Has your child had their sports day? Do they enjoy it?

Little Dish Celebrate 1st Birthdays!

With Prince George turning 1 next week (hasn't that gone quickly?!) Little Dish have put together a video celebrating first birthdays, they asked their fans for clips of special moments from their little ones’ first year and put a selection together to make this lovely video!

They also sent me this super cute mug! Thank you Little Dish!

I have so many memories of Chester and Millie's first year. Its an amazing time, they learn and grow so much. Baby stage is most definitely up there for me, so many milestones reached!

Millie was cruising just before her first birthday, Chester was not. He was lazy!

We visited a farm when Chester was around 6 months old, a cow licked his pushchair! The look on his face was hilarious!

What are your favourite memories of your childs first year?!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Worlds Apart Toddler sleep guide

Millie is 30 months old now, or just over 2 1/2. She has always been good at sleeping through the night, but since moving her from her cot to her bed at around 20 months old she has become a nightmare at bedtimes.

Getting her to sleep is a major problem. She will try every trick in the book to get out of going to bed. Its so frustrating as we know she is tired!

Worlds Apart have made this interesting infographic about toddler sleep.....

Reading this, I am comforted to know that its not just us going through this!

Worlds Apart sent us a Peppa Pig GoGlow to see if that would help.

I have to say that Millie has responded really well to the GoGlow. Its a nightlight AND a torch. When it is in nightlight mode (this happens by putting it onto the rechargeable base) it is quite bright, but dimmer than the main light. Millie has loved seeing Peppa and George glow up for her at bed time. I think it has distracted her and made her think twice about getting out of bed. I wouldn't say that it has made her go to sleep any quicker, and maybe thats my fault as she still has afternoon naps (although these are not in her bed, they are in the car on the way to picking her brother up from School!) but it has made her less likely to stand at her door and call out to us constantly for a couple of hours! She now happily sits on her bed and 'reads' stories to her dollies and teddies, which is super cute to hear over the monitor!

Do you have a problem with your toddlers sleep too? If so this Toddler Sleep Guide by Mandy Gurney will make for an interesting read. It has certainly given me some ideas!

Ready for Bed? - Worlds Apart

Let me know how you get on!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The mini me and I

A lot of people say that Millie looks like me. She gets called mini Sammie all the time. I can sometimes see the similarities, but I mainly see her as her own individual person.

Yesterday we went to a family BBQ to celebrate my (second) cousins 18th. It was a fab evening and my Mum managed to capture this lovely picture of Millie and I ....

I think in this picture I can see the similarities. I very rarely like any photo with me in them, but I love this one. I think it was captured perfectly. 

What do you think, do we look alike?! 

Friday, 11 July 2014

A Merit for Chester!

You may remember me saying a little while ago that Chester had managed to get his first two certificates from School. They receive certificates when they get 5 dockets and they get dockets for things like good behaviour, good manners or good work.

Well in Chester's class, reception, they only started this scheme after Easter. So after lots of confusion over the amount of certificates needed, we were told that rather than needing 25 certificates for the ultimate achievement, a class merit badge, you needed to get 5 certificates. 

Today Chester came home with this big smile on his face, and this lovely red class merit badge! 

When Chester started at his School last September I never thought he would get anything like this, he has come on so much, I can not praise the School team enough for how they have managed to tame my wild child!

They focus on the positives and that works really well with Chester. He has come to realise he will not get anywhere by behaving badly. 

I am so proud of him. He has come so far since he started, not just with his learning, but with his discipline as well. He has so much respect for his teachers. I think his main teacher especially has been fantastic at understanding how Chester's mind works. She has made his first year at School a great experience and prepared him well for year 1. 

Summer holidays are now less than 2 weeks away, and whilst I can't wait to have my little boy back for a few weeks, I have got a feeling he is going to miss his School routine!