Monday, 28 July 2014

Our Summer Bucket List For 2014

I've seen these Summer bucket list posts on lots of other lovely parenting blogs and although we don't officially have a summer holidays as Daisy doesn't go to school yet I thought it would be great to join in and give us motivation and inspiration to have some fun this Summer.

I also thought it would be a great way to incorporate the BritMums & BN Biscuits #Sweeet 42 Days of Summer challenge we are taking part in.

These are the things I'm hoping we will do over the next few weeks, I will check back in with a post in August to let you know how much of the bucket list we manage to achieve.

  1. Have a picnic
  2. Make frozen chalk
  3. Visit 2 local villages we have never visited before
  4. Make homemade ice lollies
  5. have fun in the paddling pool
  6. Go to the beach
  7. Fly a kite
  8. Eat a 99 Ice Cream
  9. Pick berries
  10. Visit A Farm

Have you made a bucket list this summer, feel free to leave me a link in the comments, I would love to have a look.

Have fun whatever you are planning this Summer.


Ange x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Fingers Burnt, Lessons Learnt

This week threw me a curve ball that fast that I'm still figuring out how to catch it or even if I want to.

I started this blog as a record of our family life, a place to come and look back at how the children have grown up, a place I could write my thoughts and feelings about things that have happened in our lives, a place to share the love of my hobbies.

Sadly this week I have come to realise that no matter how much you are naïve to the fact, people you know and may be close to are reading your blog, following your every move, reading about your thoughts, your worries and offering you no actual help, preferring to know what's going on in your life but keeping their distance at the same time.

I can't write and tell you what has opened my eyes to this but what I will say is that I'm glad it's happened, I have a choice now I know the facts.

I have no problem putting our family life out there, I want to share the activites we do, the places we go, the fun we have and how the kids are growing but now I've realised that I'm not comfortable sharing my personal thoughts, feelings and problems.

I feel a little sad that I'm having to make the decision to publish no more personal posts or life updates, it's not a decision I've made lightly, I've found it so therapeutic to be able to spill all my thoughts out into the ether but it's something that's had the joy sucked out of it.

I suppose I've learnt the hard way that you really must think carefully about how much of yourself and your life you put out there, someone is always watching and when you find out about it, it can bring up all sorts of emotions you weren't expecting.

Anyway normal service will be resumed very soon and as the saying goes 'fingers burnt, lessons learnt'.

I will end this post by saying if you read on a blog or even on Facebook that someone you know is struggling please offer them your help, advice or even just ask them if they are okay, we are all humans seeking a connection from those around us who are supposed to love and care for us.

Angela x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jacob At 10 Weeks Old

How on earth did we get to ten weeks already ??? although at the same time it seems like just yesterday that I was fed up of being pregnant.

Even though ten weeks is such a short space of time we couldn't imagine our lives without Jake in it.

I've noticed a few new things since my last post when Jake was eight weeks old  , I also think he may be teething see my post here .

SLEEPING

Jake has several little naps during the day but at night he usually sleeps from about nine until five in the morning which is fantastic, both Chris and I are getting big chunks of sleep now which feels amazing.

FEEDING

We are down to six, six ounce bottles now instead of eight although he does have the odd day when we make a few extra, I think those days are due to him having a growth spurt.

GROWTH

I've not had him weighed in the last couple of weeks but he seems to have piled on the pounds overnight, some of his 0-3 month clothes have been outgrown and he has those real podgy baby legs and chin now.


DEVELOPMENT

Jake is such a happy smiley little boy, he had discovered his hands and loves chomping away on them or grabbing for his favourite toy. He loves having a right out kick and wriggle on his play mat and had attempted to roll on his side a couple of times.



I will be back at twelve weeks for another update.

Please feel free to leave me a comment, or ask me a question if there is anything you would like to know.

Angela

Monday, 21 July 2014

A Family Day Out At Foodies Festival Tatton Park

Yesterday I was really excited to be visiting this years foodie festival at Tatton Park, I went last year and had a brilliant time and bought some lovely things so I was really looking forward to being able to take Chris and the kids with me this time.

I hate to write this but I was very disappointed with the show and came away wishing we had spent the day doing something else instead.

I think the overly warm weather and the huge crowds were mainly to blame but there were also a few things about the festival itself that I didn't enjoy.

Last year the festival was really well set out with all the places to eat on the around the outside and the foodie stalls around the inside, this year it was a huge jumbled mish mash of stalls which we found very difficult to navigate.

The sheer amount of people meant that the stalls offering samples were absolutely swamped and we couldn't get near them to look at what they were selling, last year I came away with bags full of products, this year I bought two items, not by choice, purely because I just could not reach the stalls.

I don't want this post to just be full of negatives there were a few little positives too, I sampled some nice drinks, spotted a soap actor and bought my favourite cheese, we also got some delicious free crisps from Walkers.

Here are some photo's from the day.




 



 


I would visit again next year although I would probably leave the kids at home and go a little later in the day.

Did you go to this years festival ? did you have a totally different experience than me ?

Angela x

Review: Recipes With Soreen

The lovely people at Soreen got in touch with me to ask if I would like to create some recipes using their products as they now come in a variety of flavours including original, banana and cinnamon and raisin.

They sent me a yellow box of loveliness and left the rest up to me.


I had a great idea for the banana loaf but needed some inspiration for the original loaf so I had a look on the Soreen website and found a recipe for some tasty looking flapjacks.

Below is a video from their website so you can make some too, they were delicious and didn't last very long in our house.



 
 



Banana Bread And Butter Pudding

I adapted a classic bread and butter pudding as it's one of the easiest puddings to make and never fails to hit the spot, I also knew that it would be easy for little hands to help me make.

Recipe
  • 25g/1oz Butter
  • 2 Soreen Banana Loaves
  • 50g/2oz Sultanas
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 350ml/12fl oz Whole Milk
  • 50ml/2fl oz Double Cream
  • 2 free-range Eggs
  • 25g/1oz Granulated Sugar
Method
 
Grease a rectangular pie dish with butter.
                                 
Slice the Soreen Banana Loaf.
Arrange a layer of bread, buttered-side up, in the bottom of the dish, then add a layer of sultanas. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon, then repeat the layers of bread and sultanas, sprinkling with cinnamon, until you have used up all of the bread.
Gently warm the milk and cream in a pan over a low heat be careful not to let it boil.
Break the eggs into a bowl, add the sugar and lightly whisk.
Add the warm milk and cream mixture to the bowl and stir it all together.
                                  
Pour the custard over the bread layers and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon.
Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.
 
Bake for 30-40 minutes until the custard has set.
Indulge in a big hearty bowl !                 
 
                                                
                                                 Easy for little hands to help with

                                                                    
                                                                         Before

 
After
 
 
Beware of little hands running away with a slice !
 
 
I may have also indulged in one or two slices the traditional way.
 
 
Do you like Soreen ? have you tried any of the new flavours ? let me know in the comments below I love hearing from you.
 
Angela x
 
 
* I was sent a box of Soreen products for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own and are 100% honest*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Webster's Week In Review 14th-20th July 2014

This week has been so hot weather wise, yes I am one of those people who complain they are too hot, I really don't like it al all, the heat makes me grumpy and I find myself fantasising about winter.

When you have little ones you can't really spend too much time outside in the hot sun so we have found ourselves stuck in most of the week which along with the weather has made us all a bit grumpy, so that's the theme for the week !

I will stop moaning now and share with you some of the things we have been up to.

 
Daisy tried to teach Jake how clap, not sure he got the hang of it though.

                                                  
              Big cups of coffee & these delicious rice cakes from Aldi have helped with the 5am starts !

 
Daisy had fun with some bath crayons.


 Daddy cooled this toddler down with the hose pipe, she loved it and got him back with it too.


Not only did my biggest boy mow the lawn he also entertained his sister for a while with the bubbles

 
                   Daisy decided to plan some meals, maybe she's fed up of the tea's I make ?

 
                    Jacob spent most of the week doing this, wish I could swap places with him


Today we went to the Foodies Festival at Tatton Park, I'm writing a blog post later this week about it, here's Daisy looking cool in her free sungigs.

I feel like this week has just flown by, where is the time going at all ? I'm hoping for a much cooler week ahead.

We are also going to making some big changes from this week but I will blog more about that later in the week.

Hope you have all had a lovely week and have found a way to keep cool if you did let me know in the comments below.

Angela x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Fun With Bathtime Buddies Bath Crayons

Last week I spotted that Bathtime Buddies were running a creative competition over on their Facebook page, they wanted to see your little ones scribbles using their Bath Crayons, they had fifty packs to giveaway for free and we were lucky enough to receive some.

The winner as judged by H&A will receive a week's grocery shopping, although they have now run out of crayon samples you can buy some from Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco or Wilko and enter your little ones creations as the competition is running until the 24th July.

Here's a few pictures of the fun Daisy had with the crayons, I think she was really happy to be let loose with crayons on the wall and although she's just at the stage of being able to draw lines and kind of circles I think she still created her own little masterpiece !






I was very impressed at how easy the crayons washed off my tiles afterwards, I had visions of living with multi-coloured walls.

Why not grab some Bath Crayons this weekend and do a last minute entry into the competition.

Angela x

*We received the crayons for free to take part in the competition, all opinions are my own and 100% honest*