Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Colours and patterns with Elmer

Recently Elmer the elephant turned 25 and as we are big fans I printed out some elephant shapes for the boys to decorate with tissue paper squares. We have done this before and it's always enjoyed and is a great way of naturally introducing colours to toddlers.
For Seb I also cut out some felt squares and we used them to make patterns on Elmer when Alex napped. 
We started with simple 2 ,colour patterns and then got more creative with them as you can see. I was surprised to see how easy he found making more complex patterns. I love how he even made a pattern down the trunk :)
Recognising and creating patterns is a good base for future maths so it is a skill worth practising through play, there are loads of ways to easily introduce the idea.

Monday, 28 July 2014

This week

Well as it is Monday I guess it should be titled last week coming nevermind.
We've been enjoying the weather and had a pretty awesome week especially as it started with a baby rave and my weekly fruit box delivery! 
Wednesday was Phil's day off, we popped into town in the morning and spent the rest of the day out in the garden with the paddling pool and sprinkler on. Then after dinner we went to the pub where the boys had a great time on the play area and eating ice cream. 
Thursday was quiet, we stayed home as I had parcels coming so we spent the morning painting. 
I had loads of parcels come this week, new bras, boring essential toiletries, some foodie bits and new teas from Holland and Barrett and some fab kitchen bits. I love these lidded glass dishes.
On Friday the boys went out with Phil's parents and I spent literally the whole day cleaning the house. I find it so much easier to do when the boys aren't here!

On Sunday we walked down to our local wharf where there was a canal boat festival going on and with that there were lots of craft and charity stalls and a couple of kids rides too. There were also some owls there and Seb got to stroke a baby one(so sweet!). There is a really nice pub on the wharf with some nice outdoor play equipment so i expect we'll be going down again on another sunny day. We walked home down some back roads and found a new(to us) park so popped in there before heading up to our normal park for a bit.
What have you been up to? 

Friday, 25 July 2014

This weeks meal plan

This week we mainly stuck to our plan apart from one night which I am pretty happy with. We had another fruit box delivered this week plus I won an Iceland voucher on twitter so I popped there for a few bits. It's not somewhere I usually shopcto be honest but there are some bargains to be had. We stocked up on pizzas for lazy nights as they were only 89p. Our food shop is being delivered from Tesco today, because I am using the local man for fruit and butchers for meat our shopping g is only £35 this week including delivery!

Next week we are eating

Pulled Pork in buns with wedges and sweet corn
Sweet potato and coconut soup with savoury muffins
Fajitas and wedges
Mac n cheese
Slow cooked spag bol
Jacket potatoes
Bacon sandwiches!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Indian spice muffins

Savoury muffins are a favourite here, i love that can you can put pretty much anything in them and they are perfect picnic food. 
I like to try new flavours so when I saw the new Pilgrims Choice Indian Spice cheese in the supermarket I got some right away thinking it would make lovely tasting muffins. 
I made them with my little helper and we ate them for lunch. Even Phil who can be really fussy enjoyed them. This recipe made 6 good sized muffins.

125g, plain flour
120ml milk
2tsp baking powder
80g Indian Spice Cheese, grated
1tbsp sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
pinch of salt
2tbsp oil
20g mozzarella, grated

Preheat your oven to 180°
Combine your dry ingredients(keep back a small amount of the cheese) in a large bowl and stir lightly.
 Then in a seperate bowl combine your wet ingredients before adding them into the dry ones. Lightly mix together so the dry mix is wet but the batter is still lumpy.
Spoon the batter into a greased muffin tray or muffin cases and then sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Baby Rave North

Yesterday Alex and I headed to The Orangery in Wakefield for our first ever baby rave. These raves are run by Baby Rave North  across Yorkshire. 

Having been a party girl in my time the idea of a rave for babies really appealed to me so I was really excited to be going along, but I wasn't sure what to expect.

We arrived to a friendly greeting, I was given a wristband and Alex a glowstick bracelet and some lei to wear.
Inside was the rave room. A darkened room with music, a sensory lights, soft play and sit on toys. There were also some awesome giant balloons which me and Alex both loved. 
Outside was the chill out zone, lots of seating, blankets on the grass and a cafe serving refreshments. There was also some pretty amazing giant swings which are actually an art installation, these were a huge hit with the mums and babies, Alex loved these and spent ages swinging gently.
There was also a couple of local businesses there, one selling cupcakes, another children's wear and also a photography company.
The first part of the rave was spent playing and exploring, we spent most of this time out in the sunshine on the swings, then we were invited to sit inside and join in with some singing and dancing. Alex loved this part, clapping along and using his shaker. 
Towards the end we were invited outside to listen to some live music which was a lovely touch in the setting that we had especially as it was such a gorgeous day too. 

On the way out I stopped to buy a couple of bibs from one of the stalls. I was pretty excited to see that Slugs and Snails were also out on display. 

I really enjoyed the baby rave, it was something different to do and it had a really nice relaxed atmosphere. I loved that the rave was suitable right from very small babies and that older siblings were also welcome. I will definitely take Alex along again.

For more information and upcoming dates check out the Baby Rave North website, Facebook or Twitter.

**We were invited along to the rave by Baby Rave North to blog about our experience but all opinions are my own**