What you doing Mum?

Do your children constantly ask you the same question over and over?

Oliver, my 2 year old is learning new words daily and often surprises me with the range of vocabulary that he uses, you can have a proper little conversation with him.

He does make me laugh with some of the words that he uses, like the other morning when I tried to wake him he just covered himself back up with his blanket, pulled it up above his head and told me to go away

“Mum leave me alone, I want to sleep”

” It’s time to get up Oliver, Mummy has to got to work”

“Mum it’s too difficult for me to wake up, it’s not that easy you know! Give me 2 more minutes”

I had no idea how to answer this one as I wasn’t expecting a child of mine to do that until at least they hit their mid teens!

Oliver’s new words, as of today, is a question and one that he has constantly asked me all day long…….

What you doing Mum? ten seconds later …. What you doing Mum? Ten seconds later …..What you doing Mum?

No matter how many times I answered him he just kept asking me the same question over and over and again

What you doing Mum? I’m tidying up

What you doing Mum? I’m washing up

What you doing Mum? I’m sitting down

What you doing Mum? I’m watching TV

What you doing Mum? I’m talking to you Oliver. Haha No Mum, really, What you doing?

arrrghhhhh! He has made me want to scream, until he asked me the last question before he fell asleep

Ask me what I am doing Mum?

What are doing Oliver? I’m going to sleep Mummy, Love you!

He must have asked me the same question about 10 times in 5 minutes, I wonder what words and conversations tomorrow will bring!

 

Ditching Nappies

Since my last post on how we decided to tackle potty training, the little fella has come on leaps and bounds.

He has been completely dry, day and night, only having the odd accident when he has been asleep in the afternoon.

I am still putting him to sleep wearing a night time pull up but he will not wee in it. Instead he wakes me up in the middle of night with distressing noises and when I ask him if he is ok he tells me he needs a wee. The pull ups that he wears are ones that have pictures on the front that disappear once wet and because he likes to look at the picture he will not wee in them. The first thing he does once he is awake in the morning is too check his pull up to see if the picture is there and then he says ‘Ive not made the picture go mummy, it’s still here’
I think that he is probably ready to ditch the nappies completely and just stick to wearing his underpants :-)

Little man doesn’t even use a potty anymore, instead he will use the ‘Big boy toilet’ Oliver has a step that he uses to get up onto the toilet and off again, no one is aloud to help him, he is very independent and also VERY private! Once he is on the toilet he asks me to close the door and go away. I have to leave him in there until he is ready for me.

Oliver has grown up so much in the past month, I am so proud of him.

One day last week we traveled into London on the underground and once we was on the train he asked me for the toilet, I explained to him that he would have to hold it for a while until we get off of the train. He had to wait for 4 stops and then once we got off at green Park we had a very long walk to get out (which I never knew an exit from a station could be so long) I was expecting him to have had an accident, I just kept telling him that it was OK and he would be able to go to the toilet very soon. We made it to the toilets (which lucky for us were in the station near the ticket office) and he was still dry, he had held his wee for 10 minutes!

We have recently travelled 140 miles in the car, stopping twice, one in a motor way stop over and another in a lay by for him to have a wee because he asked us for the toilet. I am happy to say we arrived at our destination completely dry!

I believe I can 100% say that Oliver is now fully potty trained and goodbye to nappies. I never thought we would get here as 2 months ago he was having about 4 accidents a day and having to wear a nappy on the school run, but we have and I am very proud of him.

Are you potty training at the moment? How are you getting on?

Chocolate and Walnut Brownie

This is Chocolate heaven!

I love Chocolate in any kind of form; wether it be chocolate bars, chocolate cake, chocolate milkshake, I have even put chocolate into my gravy for my Sunday Roast. But I have never baked my own Chocolate Brownie, So I thought I would give it a go.

One mouthful of these brownies will make you go weak at the knees :-)

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Ingredients:

  • 260g Caster Sugar
  • 60g Flour
  • 250g Melted Butter
  • 80g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 100g Chocolate Chips
  • 100g Melted Chocolate
  • 50g Chopped Walnuts

Preheat the oven at 180/350

First put all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together

Add in the melted chocolate, then add the butter and combine well

Add the beaten eggs and mix together

Then add the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips

Pour into a square cake tin and bake in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes

The middle of the cake may well be a bit wobbly but that is fine, you want a slight crisp on the top but a nice gooey mixture in the middle.

Once cooled down cut into chunks and enjoy with a nice hot Hot Chocolate

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Thank you for reading this post, if you try the recipe please let me know how you got on :-)

 

Easter Chick Cupcakes

These cupcakes are easy to make and are ideal for giving out as little treats at Easter time.

My eldest son and I made these little Easter chick cupcakes yesterday, he has been practising on his cake decorating skills, I think he done really well.

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Ingredients:

150g Self Raising Flour

150g Caster Sugar

150g Softened Butter

3 beaten eggs

1 tbsp Milk

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

Yellow ready to roll Icing

Red/Orange ready to roll Icing

Black ready to roll Icing

Butter cream

This recipe will make about 12 cupcakes

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven at 180
  • Combine the butter and caster sugar until nice and smooth
  • Add in the eggs and mix together adding a little of the flour to stop it form curdling
  • Stir in the milk and vanilla essence
  • Finally fold in the flour
  • Spoon out the mixture evenly between the cup cases (we always silicone cases)
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes

Wait until the cupcakes are cooled down, now you can decorate them

  • Roll out the yellow icing until nice and thin, cut out circular discs (we used the rim of a mug which was just the right size to cover the top of the cupcake
  • Using a small amount of butter cream, place the yellow circular discs on the to the cupcake
  • Cut out shapes for the wings and stick them in place using a little water
  • Make little balls for the eyes out of the black icing and stick them in place
  • Cut out little triangles for the chicks beaks and stick them in place

20140327-164423.jpgNow they are ready to eat, yummy!

I am linking up this Easter Cupcake post with @incredibusy @redtedart @domesticgoddesq @bluebearwood &@missielizzie for their fabulous #GetYourCraftOn challenge, which is now in it’s 3rd month

This month’s theme is Chicks and Eggs.

Hope you like this post, if you try out the recipe please share with me how you got on :-)

 

 

Memorable Mothers Day Wish

The makers of JOHNSON’S® Baby are asking mums to share their ‘Memorable Mother’s Day Wishes’ on their  Facebook page, and are offering them the chance to download a special note that they can share with their family ahead of the big day. The JOHNSON’S® Baby brand knows that mums cherish special moments with their children, and the ‘Memorable Mother’s Day Wish’ will help them to create a new memory they will remember for years to come.

A spokesperson for the JOHNSON’S® Baby brand said: “Mum’s are known for their selfless nature, so it’s no surprise that they are not looking for pricey presents to make them happy on Mother’s Day. What they really want is to create another moment that they can treasure forever, one that only a child can give. By making the effort to spend time together, or by getting the kids to make mum a card, it’s really easy to not only put a big smile on her face, but also show her just how much she means to everyone.”

The new survey, which has been commissioned by the brand to help make ‘Memorable Mother’s Day Wishes’ come true, has produced a list of the top 10 things that will make mums happy this Mother’s Day.

 

What Mums usually get

Their Memorable Mother’s Day Wishes

1. A Bunch of flowers

1. Having lunch together as a family

2. A hug from their children

2. A hug from the children

3. A box of chocolates

3. More time together as a family

4. Having lunch together as a family

4. A bunch of flowers

5. A handmade card

5. A handmade card

6.More time together as a family

6. Voucher for my favourite shop

7.Relaxing bath products

7. A bottle of my favourite perfume

8. A bottle of my favourite perfume

8. Making me breakfast in bed

9. A book

9. Homemade gift

10. Making me Breakfast in bed

10. A book

As the leading baby skincare brand[i], the makers of JOHNSON’S® Baby knows that precious moments with your children are the best part in any parent’s life. They’re fun, they’re special and they’re worth sharing. The JOHNSON’S® Baby brand encourages all mums to celebrate and enjoy the Big Little Moments which make being a mum special – from their first smile to playing during bath time.

As a Mum of three boys, the eldest being 11 years old, I always encourage them to make me their own cards and that they don’t have to spend money on me. Last year my eldest baked me a cake in the shape of a heart and he decorated it himself, he brought it to me in the morning along with a cold cup of coffee, but this is the type mothers day gift that I will never forget. I also like to visit my own Mum on mothers day and spend time with her as a family.

Here is my Mothers Day wish

 

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Mums who would also prefer family time over chocolates this year can download and share their own ‘Memorable Mother’s Day Wish’ by visiting the JOHNSON’S® Baby Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/JohnsonsBabyUkIre.

 I am sharing this post as part of my mothers day wish :-)