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Showing posts with label Kids. Show all posts

Saturday, 29 March 2014

But First Let Me Take A Selfie...





My daughter has just started to enjoy using her camera. She has had it for a few years now but just got the bug of taking pictures.

Going walking for miles in London around all the parks she really enjoyed snapping away at flowers, birds and trees. Then I noticed her stand back , arms stretched out in front of her taking selfies. Haha it really made me smile watching her, trying to get the perfect shots...

So I snapped away with my camera whilst she snapped away with her camera...

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Up cycled Jewellery Box, Button Jar And Basket...


Last week we received a lovely fun and crafty parcel from Bostik and Tots 100 as part of our monthly crafty challenge. With lots of crafty ideas springing to mind it was hard work deciding which one to go with first.

My daughter pick the egg to decorate first so I glues some felt on the sides and lid of an old ice-cream box, to make her a jewellery box. Some foam inside an old basket to place our shared nail varnish in. Then stuck buttons on to a pasta sauce bottle, to make a cool button jar.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

3 Years Old Today...



My blog is 3 today...

Celebrating with cakes...

And a look back on the last few years...

Wow how my hair has change, my waist has expanded and my kids grown...



Tuesday, 18 February 2014

It Is Never To Windy To Pose!?!...


After seeing my personal video they made everyone to celebrate 10 years on Facebook, I realised all photo are magical. 

I joined Facebook in 2009. My 2 youngest children were babies and my young (soon to be men) sons were young teenage. 

Every photo tells a story, every story we remember with pride. 

My oldest sons waiting to run a race...
The stony beech at Bognor Regis...
Three youngest children making a pop group...
New trainer...
New haircut...
My youngest son eating ice cream at a race track (looking like a toddler)...
On the rides at Butlins...
Birthday...
Proms...
Posing..

To mention just a few..

Today's photos tell the story of a cold day to windy to pose!! 

A day that no one wanted to go out in but ended up being a really cool day out to shopping with lots of treats...

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Run, Run, Run...


Getting our two eldest children interested in running was one of the best decisions we have made. The idea came around about 9 years ago when they were 8 and 10 years old. After just giving birth to my daughter and being busy with a toddler, we needed to find a fun pastime to tire the older boys out.


When the boys were at school my husband drove me and our tiny tots to Berry Hill Park In the middle of the park was a running track, my husband started sharing his childhood memories of his running club days and I knew we had to bring the lads up to see it.

A few days later my husband brought the boys up to the park on running club nights. The park was buzzing, full of children and adults of all ages shapes and sizes. All seemingly having fun running jumping and throwing for all they were worth. It was the place to be and if like me (at the time) you didn't run, it sure made you want to start. The boys loved it, so much so after a few years we decided to sell our house move schools all to be nearer to the club.


For years my sons enjoyed training nights and weekend racing. It developed a sense of pride, kept them fit made them realise the value of hard work and they made some great friends along the way.. Alas the club is now a shadow of it's former self as the club and trustees (who run the park) do not get on. As a result children are no longer welcome to train in the park. The club has essentially been split up with children and adults having to go to different venues around the County to train. It is no longer a hobby we can all do as a family. Such a shame.



My little ones are now 8 and 10 and its time to find them their hobbies. Something that keeps them fit, takes advantage of the great outdoors and is fun. Maybe it will be running again or cycling, or football. Who knows? Maybe even balancing a scooter on your head and seeing how long you can keep your tongue blobbed out?



Hopefully we do not need to move house though?!

As for me I am now training up for my 2nd London Marathon, looks like I caught the running bug!!


linking our outdoor fun up with

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Countdown To Halloween : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-Jsthoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...


By the time I sorted my Halloween pictures out last year it was over!!

So today I'm sharing some I still have on my phone of our fun we had last year...


Friday, 18 October 2013

Pumpkin Cookies And Toffee Apples...



Pumpkin Cookies

Time to make: 1 hour

Skill level: Beginner

We used

  • One batch cookies (see recipe below)
  • Pumpkin cookie cutter
  • Ready made sugarpaste, orange & black
  • White vegetable fat such as Trex
  • Small quantity of buttercream to act as 'glue'

How to make

  • Lightly grease your work surface with the fat and roll the kneaded orange sugarpaste to a thickness of approximately 3-4mm.
  • Using the same pumpkin-shaped cutter that cut the cookie shapes, cut a shape, lift carefully, moisten the back with buttercream and place on the cookie. 
  • Repeat with other cookies.
  • Use a finger moistened with water to smooth and round the edges.
  • Roll out the black sugarpaste in the same manner as step 1.
  • Use a craft knife or small kitchen knife to cut out pumpkin features and apply to half the cookies with a little buttercream.
TIP:

  • If desired, moisten the surface of the remaining iced cookies with water and sprinkle over orange edible glitter.

Vanilla cookies

  • 225g/8oz flour
  • 5ml/1tbsp baking powder
  • 100g/4oz butter
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 5ml/1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten

Oven temp: 190C/Gas Mark 5

Makes 20-24

How to make

  • Rub butter into sifted flour and baking powder.
  • Add sugar then mix to a dough with vanilla and egg.
  • Roll out fairly thinly on a lightly floured surface.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet allowing space for spreading.
  • Bake until golden brown and cool on a wire rack before decorating.

Toffee Apples

Time to make: 40 mins

Skill level: Beginner

We used

  • 6 x small apples (Russet apples are best but any will do)
  • 300g sugar and small saucepan
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Slips of kraft paper
  • Slips of white card and a hole punch
  • Jewellery cord, natural
  • Cellophane wrap in orange & clear
  • Assorted ribbons in shades of orange, brown and purple
  • Alphabet rubber stamps
  • Pigment ink pad, brown

How to make

  • Prepare a sheet of kitchen foil by oiling it lightly with vegetable oil. Push a lollipop stick into each apple.
  • Melt the sugar in the pan and allow to boil gently until it turns a caramel colour. 
  • Do not overcook as it will taste bitter. 
  • Remove from heat.
  • Take each apple in turn and holding it by the stick, dip each apple in the sugar until it is well coated.
  •  TAKE CARE AS THE MELTED SUGAR MIXTURE IS EXTREMELY HOT. 
  • You might need to spoon the mixture over the last apple as the level in the pan drops. 
  • Place each apple on the oiled foil sheet and allow to cool.
  • Place each cooled apple in the centre of a 30cm square ofcellophane sheet and draw up and around the apple securing where the apple and stick meet with a knot of ribbon.
  • Attach a stamped label to each stick with the cord if desired.
 Recipe and photo credit to Hobbycraft


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Halloween Chocolate Pots...


Kids will love these simple chocolate pots with spooky tombstone cookies for Halloween

Ingredients

  • 200ml double cream
  • 130g dark plain chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
  • 70g milk chocolate
  • 2 tbsp liquid glucose
  • 2 egg yolks 
  • 20g butter
  • 100g Rachel’s GREEK STYLE natural yogurt
To Decorate

  • 50g Oreo cookies crushed

Serves: 6 

Preparation time: 30 minutes 

 Cooking time: 10 - 15 minutes

Method for the Chocolate Pots

  • Heat the cream, do not allow it to boil.
  • Break the chocolate into a bowl and pour over the hot cream. 
  • Stir the chocolate until it melts and there is a smooth consistency.
  • Add the liquid glucose, egg yolks and butter, and beat lightly to combine the ingredients into the chocolate mixture.
  • Fold in the yogurt.
  • Pour the mixture into the glasses and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.
Biscuits

  • 50g Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 180g unsalted butter, softened
  • 112g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Couple of drops vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
To Decorate

  • 100g dark chocolate, melted

Method for the Cookies

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. 
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Begin by crushing the Oreo cookies and then put them to one side.
  • In a large bowl or using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the caster sugar until light and creamy.
  • Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract. 
  • Add the flour and baking powder and blend until a soft dough is formed.
  • Add the crushed Oreo cookies to the mixture and combine fully until you have a speckled looking dough.
  • Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour (this will make it easier to roll out).
  • On a floured surface roll out the dough to ½ cm thickness. 
  • With a sharp knife, cut out tombstone shapes and place the cookies apart on the tray.
  • Bake the cookies until the edges are slightly browned for approximately 10 minutes. 
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before handling.
  • Using a small piping bag with a small plain nozzle, fill with the melted chocolate and pipe the letters RIP.
  • Leave once again for the chocolate to set.
  • Place a RIP cookie in the centre of each glass and then sprinkle crushed Oreo cookie crumb around the biscuit to look like soil and stones.
  • Serve immediately.



Recipe and photo credit by Rachel’s the organic dairy


What It Feels Like When Your Child Leaves Home...



There comes a moment in time in every parents life that they have to prepare themselves to watch their children leave home. A day you will never forget, a time you know you have to let go. Slowly it dawns on you, that you do not know when you will see them again.

 I realised that day was fast approaching a month before my eldest sons 18th birthday, of all places in a spinning class!! The good thing was in the dark with only the light from the disco balls I could wipe the tears away. I managed to escape at the end of the class before anyone noticed.  Luckily for me once my son planned his future, leaving school at 18, taking a year out before deciding which university he wanted to go to I had another year to prepare myself for the big day.

Was it really that long ago he was born? His first steps, his first words all seem like yesterday. A primary school teacher coming up to me asking if he could come and live with her as he was such a good boy. He applied himself at school and in sports and without me realising was growing up into a man.

After getting into all 5 university's he chose, I was really pleased he picked one fairly close to home.
The weeks leading up to the big move were a roller coaster of emotion, firstly he asked me to come shopping for things to take with him. Shopping? With his mum? Amazing!! After weeks of saving things, a pan here a quilt there, he was as organised as he could be. Occasionally he would mention the day he would leave, but soon realised not to do so in public as it is embarrassing when your mum is crying in the street..

By the time it came to moving day I was prepared for him to go, after visiting the university where he will be staying for the next few years I knew he was going to be happy. Loughbrough is amazing, sports facilities galore, a holiday camp for the educated! It was though the hardest day of all, turning around and leaving him there alone.....

I was surprised when I got home checking his room, taking most of his clothes, his shoes and his trainers leaving a shell of a room with just his running medals on the shelves. I miss his big booming voice, always being there for a chat, making his dinner for him, making sure he is OK after his run, knowing he is safe after a night out and Sunday dinners is not the same without the 10 minutes mashed to perfection creamy potatoes!!

The first few days he sent me picture messages, his room, eveything but the toilet!!  his 1st meal, it had to be a pot noodle. 2nd meal an impressive chilli. The pictures started slowing down then after five days he sent a picture of his blistered hands he burnt on the cooker. I was ready to fetch him home!  Hopefully he will be back for visits once he is in a routine. We will have him home for Christmas Easter and Summer holidays. I am ready to wash his clothes and dad is ready to catch up on all the athletic news.

This week I have found out we are having a visit, freshers fortnight will be over and he has an race coming up. So out comes the baking and I am going to make his favourite cakes- millionaires shortbread, just like my grandma use to make me!!

Sometimes when you have four children you can perhaps go a few hours or even a day (once they are teenagers!) without saying two words to them. They are always about though, somewhere close. When they leave home you do not know where they are, when you will see them again or if they are safe. You hope some of things you have imparted have sunk in. The absence you feel, like you have lost a body part, you can longer speak to them when you want. A part of you is incomplete. Another part of you though is full of pride. I have raised a man.. I have often wondered my purpose in life, reflecting on it now a mother is who I am first and foremost. There may be brain surgeons,astronauts, and scientists but on the 7th June 1994 I got the best job ever MUM..

By the time my 4th child leaves Iwill be a nervous wreck!!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Dream, Dream, Dream : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

 
Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-Jsthoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...
 

 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Victoria Embankment Nottingham : How Does Your Garden Grow?...











 
 
This week I'm sharing a beautiful park in Nottingham we stumbled upon a few weeks back when it they held a Arm forces day. My husband often talked about talking me on a run around the embankment, as he knew I would love it, he was so right.
 
 Especially when we found this amazing flower garden. Whilst every where was packed with visitors we had a lovely stroll around the peaceful gardens.
 
Can you believe 3 weeks of the summer holidays have gone already? Still lots of time to find some more beautiful garden though. How does your garden grow?
 
Linking up with the lovely Mammasaurus for-
 
 

Mammasaurus - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Fun In Grandma And Grandads Garden...


My mum and dad have a cool large garden and the children can always find plenty of fun things to see and do when we go to visit.


The apples are growing nicely now so soon they will enjoy picking some, eating them and throwing the bad ones at each other that have fell of the tree.




High jump is a favourite out door game with 2 chairs and a stick off the Pampas grass...



Eek nearly made the Jump...


Always an adventure into the top of the garden...


They love to eat the plums, not long now until they ripen


Lots of pretty flower to see...


And somewhere nice to sit and chill

Linking up our out door fun with...

 
Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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