Thursday, 11 February 2016

Baker ross craft Haul

£3.60 for 10pk

I love receiving my Baker Ross box!!! I'm not sure who is more excited when it comes me or munchkin! Not all craft has to be messy! There are times when I want to do craft things with munchkin but I could do without the mess, maybe I have family coming around and I have to be able to clean up quick! Baker Ross have just the right stuff!

Alot of the products are mess free and Munchkin LOVES the peel and stick activities that they offer.  The prices are really reasonable (I've popped the prices under the pics)

£3.49 for  4pk
I'm going to be placing an order with Baker Ross soon as we are going on holiday this year and there are a few things on their website that i think i could take on the aeroplane to keep munchkin entertained. If you would like me to do a blog post on that then just let me know.

£2.99 for 4pk
£3.60 for 10pk
The stampers are amazing value and really good quality! Most of the crafts I've posted on here are ones that children can get on with on their own (obv depending on age) The finger print one below is my fave as its a combination of peel and stick and finger painting. it comes with cute little finger print pads with lids so you can use them with other crafts. Click here to go to the link

£3.49 for 5pk

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Party for a toy!?!?

This is the 'turtle'!

One day I was playing with munchkin out on then patio and he was telling me that he had gone to his aunties house, I knew that he hadn't gone to his Aunties house so I asked him who his Auntie was and his reply was 'my turtle is my Auntie'. Ever since that day he refers to 'his turtle' ALL the time!

One morning he came up to me and said 'Mummy its my turtles 10th Birthday today'  my reply was 'Ahhhh lovely' (conversations regarding the 'turtle' are a norm in our house now).
I got home from work that day and picked him up from school.....the moment we walked through the door he rushed around the house then broke down in tears. Turns out he was expecting me to do a party for the turtle just like I do for him on his birthday. Not wanting to see him so upset I told him that we had arranged to have the party the next day as we would have more time.
The next day while at work I couldn't help but keep thinking of how much this party meant to him so when i finished work I went to Aldi to get some party nibbles. While waiting to pay I looked at everything on the conveyor belt and questioned as to if i was losing the plot....It kept going through my head 'you are buying food for a 10th Birthday party for a TOY!!' but hey! if it means munchkin being happy, I'm in!  I rushed home and set up the table, blew up some balloons and made a party hat for the turtle with 10 written on it!
It was safe to say that when Munchkin got home he was completely over the moon! We tucked into the food and had a lovely time!
I'm not completely sure what it is about this turtle but hes always referring to it 'oh yes my turtle likes that', 'my turtle went there', 'I did that when I went to my turtles house'.
He doesn't really bother with the toy itself bust constantly talks about it.

The turtle has recently had to come to work with me too! 
I figure that its just a funny stage that hes going through that will be fun to remind him of when he is older (sneaky Mummy!)

Monday, 23 November 2015

Yankee candle haul

I arrived home from work today and to my surprise Hubby's car was already on the drive! Before I got to our front door he was stood in the doorway and said 'come on you! we are going to check out the Yankee candle sale'
I had noticed on Facebook that our local garden centre were having a Yankee candle party. I didn't mention it to hubs because im not one for spending money on myself. He knows I love Yankee Candles and usually gets me one for my birthday or xmas etc but to my surprise he had seen it on facebook too and decided to treat me!
The had a deal on where if you spent £30 you get a free goodie bag and a 15% discount on what you buy.

My favourite Yankee candles are Back cherry, clean cotton, wedding day and black cherry blossom. Ive noticed that the scents that i usually go for are clean/fresh scents and berry scents so I'm trying to try out something some seasonal and foodie smells. The gingerbread, Cinnamon and spice ones are not for me but I loved the smell of the berry trifle, There was also another one that smelt like candy canes (it had a ginger bread house and candy cane on the front)
I got 3 large jars and they were....
Black plum blossom - one of my favs
snow in love - this is a nice seasonal one
fireside treats - YUM!  
The 3 of these Jars with the 15% discount came to £50 
I wasn't really bothered about the goody bag as I thought it may just be one or 2 tea lights and a wax tarts but when the lady handed me the bad and I felt the weight in the bag I started to get excited!
Here is what I got in my goody bag for free!!
1 x medium Jar - Lavender
1 x small jar - Black plum blossom (my fav)
1 x votive - Honey and spice
2 x wax tarts - french lavender & salted caramel

So its safe to say Im a very happy bunny with what we got and my house is going to smell yummy for a while!! I would love to know what your favourite scents are, pop them in the comments box!
speak soon 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

you tube blind bag craze!

right so I know I cant be the only parent that has noticed this but whats the fascination with kids watching the egg / blind bag opening videos! Munchkins is obsessed and would spend all day every day watching them if I let him.

Lately ive noticed how BIG the world of toy reviews has become! Munchkin will watch a shopkin basket opening video while they open up to 40 shopkin baskets and reveal each shopkin.
I love the way he uses the word duplicate because hes heard it being said on these videos.
Hes now into Mashems! due to seeing these youtube videos.
Munchkin is really showing an interested in wanting to do his own unboxing, blind bag videos so we let him record himself and then watch it back on the camers/laptop.

Please tell me that I'm not the only one who's child is completely addicted to these types of videos!

Family Years plans! bucket list

The day after we got married I got to thinking and suggested to Hubby that we make a brain storm type of thing with things we would like to do, places we would like to go and things that we would like to do. Then next year we can check back to out list and see how many of the things we can tick off.
Its not neccessarily a 'to do' list but more of a wishlist. Anything that isnt ticked off simply gets put onto the following year or removed from the list totally depending on how we feel and our circumstances!

Here are some of the things that are on our year plans list (or year bucket list if you like)

  •  Family holiday to Disney world
  • Go on more Beach days out together
  • Take munchkin swimmin more often
  • Go back to our wedding venue for a meal or afternoon tea
  • More picnics together
  • Family photo shoot/canvas
  • Take R onto a steam train in Breacon
  • Buy a DSLR camera
  • Go on a boat ride as a family
  • Laugh more!
  • Fly kites
  • Spend more time with friends and their children on days out
  • Look towards buying a house
  • New Car
  • More fun things as a family
  • Go out in the pouring rain and giggle together as a family
  • Andy promotion
  • New Laptop
  • Visit more places within Wales
  • Organise the house more (more storage)
  • Create a better blog and more content
  • Go back to Butlins
  • Collect conkers
  • Do more messy play with Munchkin
  • Create Mummy son time.
  • Do date nights in, once every 2 weeks
  • say 'I love you' at least once every day
  • Take more photos
  • Go to Bristol Zoo
  • Go for long family Walks
  • Do more home baking 
  • Try for another Baby
  • Make a family scrapbook
Go and create your list! its good to look back on!
speak soon 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Honeymoon booked!! eeekkkk!

Yey!!!! we have finally booked our Honeymoon!
We asked for money for a wedding gift from our guests. some people find this cheeky but we didnt want gifts that we wouldnt use and alot of our guests had already said to us they would rather give us money then search for endless hours for a gift that we may not even need.
We put a nice poem in our wedding invites that explained we were asking for money to go on honeymoon if they wish to give something but their presence was more important than anything to us.

After the we got married and opened our cards we were so overwhelmed with the generosity of our guests. We sat down and talked about where we would like to go on honeymoon. We decided to have munchkin before we got married so leaving him at home while we went on honeymoon was NOT an option. We are a family and knew that we wanted to honeymoon as a family.....and where would the perfect place to go as a family be?!.......

So we finally booked it for next year as it would allow us to save the extra we needed
next year is my 30th, Andys 40th and munchkins 5th so we thought it would be the perfect celebration holiday!
We have booked a Disney hotel as we wanted all the extras like dining, transport etc

I am sooooo excited as ive only been once for 1 week a few years before I had munchkin. Andy had never been! He thought Butlins was exciting so I know hes gonna love Disney!

Munchkin always talks about Disneyworld and how he would love to go.....we have decided to keep it a secret from him until on the plane or at the airport.
So im welcoming any comments on good tips and tricks for what to do at disneyworld and also good places to eat.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Yummy chocolate flapjack recipe

Chocolate flapjacks

These are an absolute favourite in my house, My boys cant get enough of it!

You will need....
150g butter
75g light brown soft sugar
3 rounded tbsp of golden syrup
250g porridge oats (I use smart price)
300g milk chocolate (I buy mine from home bargins 89p)

Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan)
Grease and line a tin with parchment paper
Put the brown sugar, butter and golden syrup into a pan and gently heat until melted

Add in your porridge oats and mix together.

Turn out the oats into your lined pan, level and press the mixture evenlyand firmly with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 20-25 mins or until golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and cool for 10-15 mins

While your cooked flapjack is cooling melt your chocolate. I use 300g as my boys like thicker chocolate than the ones you buy in the shop but you dont have to use that much if you dont want to.

Pour the melted chocolate over and allow it to set.

Before the chocolate has turned into complete solid (soft but not runny) cut your flapjack into cubes or slices and place back into the fridge to set completely.

Then serve and watch them magically disappear!!