Making your own Chocolate Egg Slabs

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These chocolate Easter Egg Slabs are an ideal activity for the children to do over the Easter weekend, only do they get to make and decorate them but they also get to eat them too.

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You will need:

  • Bars of chocolate to melt (we bought the cheap bars from Tesco)
  • Baking greaseproof paper
  • Sweets to decorate
  • Writing icing pens
  • Hundreds and thousands
  • Marshmallows or dried fruit
  • Popping candy

Instructions:

First lay out your greaseproof paper and draw an oval shape on it

Next melt the chocolate

Spoon the melted chocolate onto the greaseproof paper and using the back of the spoon move the chocolate around to make the shape of an egg, using the oval shape as a guide

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Now all you have to do is decorate it in any way you wish too. My boys used the icing pens to make patterns with and then added on marshmallows, dried banana, popping candy, strawberry candy, rainbow drops, hundreds and thousands and chocolate chips.20140419-111300.jpg

Once decorated leave to set on the side or in the fridge

Now they are ready to eat or give as an Easter gift

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If you make them let me know how you get on and how you decorated them

Happy Easter Everyone :-)

Outdoor fun: outdoor gyms and hunting for eggs

Family time is precious and it’s even better when we are visiting Nanny

For the past couple of days the boys and I have been staying at nanny’s house, nanny doesn’t live too close to us so when it’s half term we like to spend our time visiting her.

Our first day we went for a lovely walk in a local nature reserve

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The boys loved running around and making the most of the space by having races against each other

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After a long walk around the marshes we found an outdoor gym just next to the play area

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We all had a go on all of the equipment making sure that we read all the instructions first. Oliver loved the cross trainer, his little legs just about reached and he found it easier to go backwards than forwards but it didn’t stop him from trying it

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Even Nanny had a go on one

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This machine was quite good and you could really feel it working around your hips.

Outdoor gyms are a fabulous way of all the family keeping fit together whilst out in the open air.

Today we went to another local park but didn’t manage to stay long as the eldest didn’t feel very well but I still managed to grab a couple of photos of the boys playing pirates on the wooden ship

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Oliver like the spinning wheel, he has a thing for numbers and loves to point out ones that he recognises, he was spinning the wheel and telling me what number the triangle was landing on each time

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Joseph is a bit of a climber and will try and climb anything, he loves to show me too

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Once we returned back to Nanny’s house it was time for the boys to go out into the garden and search for the eggs that Nanny and I had hidden for them to find.

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They had a lovely time searching high and low for the eggs and web managed to find some that we hidden within the trees and shrubbery.

I loved watching them running around laughing and shouting out to each other that they had found one, big brother even helped the little one with pointing out some for him to pick up.

We have had a lovely couple of days outside in the fresh air, I’m linking this post up with Coombemill Countrykids

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Postman Pat Movie Release: Win a Postman Pat Goody Bag

In the village of Greendale lives everyone’s favourite friendly Postman and he is about to become famous!

Postman Pat: The Movie is an upcoming British computer-animated comedy film featuring Postman Pat, star of a long-running BBC children’s series. The Movie is set to land in Cinemas May 23rd, 2014

“Postman Pat: The Movie finds Pat, coming face-to-face with the temptations of money, status and a shiny new suit when he enters a national TV talent show competition, “you’re the one”, that threatens to tear him away from his hometown of Greendale and the friends he loves. What happens when kindness meets selfishness? When local fame meets global notoriety? A nice cup of tea is kicked aside by a frappacappucino? Pat is set to find out as he falls for the age old temptation of the grass being greener…”

“With Pat required to be away from Greendale whilst participating in the contest, various Patbot 3000 robots are deployed to take Pat’s postal duties. This soon turns out to be an evil plot to take over the world, which Pat must now stop”

Stephen Mangan voices Postman Pat himself, with Ronan Keating lending his voice as Pat’s singing voice, while David Tennant, Rupert Grint and Jim Broadbent add their voices to the cast.

To celebrate the release of the new Postman Pat Movie we have been given a Goody bag to giveaway to one of our readers.

The Goody bag includes:

  • 1 x Pat Doll
  • 1 x Jess Doll
  • 1 x Soundtrack
  • 1 x Set of figurines
  • 1 x poster

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To be in with a chance of winning the goody bag please enter on the rafflecopter below, Competition is only open to residents of the UK (sorry, due to postage) Ends 23/05/2014 (movie release day)

The prize will be posted out by the PR Company
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Good luck :-)

Proud Mummy Moment / London Mini marathon

13/04/204

It’s 6:00 am on Sunday morning and my eldest boy Jak is just getting dressed, he’s packing his bag and running around the house looking for his trainers. Dad is getting out the bikes, checking the tyres and making sure that they are ready for a journey.

I’m sitting down on the sofa and as I am watching my 11 year old boy preparing his bag and making sure he has the correct paperwork that he needs I look at him and don’t see a little boy anymore, I see a young man getting ready to live a dream.

You see, Jak has spent the last few months training and preparing himself to run in a race, a race that many young children across the country will be running as well. He has a passion for running (something he must get from his Dad) he loves the adrenaline that pumps through his veins when he is running, he enjoys the pain that it gives him when he is pushing himself to reach further distances.

He isn’t the greatest of runners but its the determination that he has for the sport, it’s not about winning but it’s about the competing for him.

He’s a bit of a Forest Gump, once he starts running he just keeps on going!

Jak has trained hard for this race, especially in the last few weeks. We spent last week away on holiday and he still went out for a run with his Dad just so that he wouldn’t be begin on his training.

Jak was running in the London Mini Marathon.

This was to be his first race and what a race to make a debut at in regards to his amateur sporting career. He has run in local parkrun events with other adults and children but just for fun. He has never run with children of his own age, they have either been much older or younger.

Jak had to meet a coach which was put on by the borough at 6:45, Dad was cycling him to the meet up point and then carrying on into London to met him and the rest of the team there.

As I waved my son off a tear came to my eye, he was heading off to achieve a goal that he has dreamt of for months.

The next time that morning I saw him was when he was running along the streets of London heading down Birdcage walk towards Buckingham Palace, nearing the end of the 3 mile race.

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My heart was beating fast, I shouted out
“Go Jak!”
Joseph was jumping up and down, with excitement cheering on his big brother

Jak looked over at us and waved, he was beaming with pride

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We headed over to the finish line, to meet him at the designated netting point for the borough, we waited a while and then I spotted him walking along looking slightly dazed eating an apple. I asked him if he was ok as when I noticed him running along I saw that he was running with his arm outwards, he did he was fine but was just taking it all in, he had a pain in his shoulder which was giving him a bit of grief but he was just so overwhelmed with the whole experience.

We collected him form the coach pick up point and I have him the biggest hug possible, I was so proud of him, my boy never seems to amaze me with his ability to just get on with things and enjoy the moment.

We took him for a cooked breakfast in Trafalgar Square, where we sat all talked about his experience, he quickly told us that it was an experience like no other and he would be getting back into training as soon as possible so he could attend the trials next year and hopefully get picked to represent the borough again so he can beat his time.

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One very proud Mummy signing out :-)

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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?