What better way to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day (27th January) than to bake our very own chocolate cake. Inspired by Isla’s love of Num Noms. We received a hamper of goodies to decorate our cakes and a Series 4 deluxe pack of Num Noms. Isla was very, very excited. Below is Isla’s creation (one vegetarian and one not):
Educational games are extremely popular with parents right now; kids get to enjoy playtime, while their parents rest assured that they are still learning something useful. But even though most of these fun, educational games involve computers and technology, that doesn’t mean that classic children’s games have nothing valuable to teach your children. Granted, some games should be avoided for the sake of keeping peace within the family – Monopoly comes to mind – but there are other classic games that still teach your children timeless lessons.
I like to set myself tasks, sometimes they are tiny things and sometimes very large tasks. The Summer Holidays are great as there is no rushing around on the school runs. This usually means I can get more done, as I am around the home a bit more than term time. With that in mind, I have a mini bucket list of things to do in the Summer Holidays around our family home. Some of these tasks would be a fun thing to do with the kiddies too.
I have been looking at houses for what feels like years now, trying to find the right house for our family. They are either too small, or too dark, too new or not enough “toy space”. One thing I have been focussed on though is the garden. I want the right garden, no negotiations. It has to be a big garden. It has to have space for the children to play, the grown ups to relax and the furbabies to run around. Quite a large list and quite impossible with our budget.
With a little girls fifth birthday coming up in a few weeks, I thought it would be fitting to find out what fabulous toys Chad Valley have to offer. There are quite literally tonnes of fabulous toys on the Argos website under the Chad Valley filter. So much choice. my instinct reaction was to delve straight into the role playing area though. She has a curved wooden kitchen and a poorly pet healthy and grooming kit, both great value and hours of fun!
Do you enjoy family walks? Are you going on a weekend break where you might be outdoors? It could even be on the walk to school or a trip to the shops! You will almost certainly need a go to jacket for the children. This British weather can never be a guarantee and we always carry weatherproof jackets in the car. Berghaus recently launched a new range of jackets for children aged 3-13 and they sent Noah & Isla matching jackets to review, you can find their range of kids clothing on the Blacks website.
It may not be something that you have given much thought to in the past, but if you are looking to get married, you should make sure that you choose your wedding rings carefully. I loved shopping for our wedding rings, they were perfect for us! There are some excellent ideas for wedding rings on Pinterest.com that you may wish to consider, although not all of them would be practical. You will want to take into account the wear and tear of everyday life that the ring will go through, and choose a ring that is going to be practical.
At House of Fraser there are a wonderful collection of eight beautiful dresses from Disney, its called The Boutique Collection. They are great for little girls dress up and party wear. I love the dresses, they are so beautiful and would be perfect for Isla’s birthday in May.
The children love the Robin’s Winter Song book, it is a great story detailing the changes into Winter and from. From the perspective of a little Robin. It’s nice because at the end of the book the children always comment on how the Robin is happy now and not afraid. It’s a very uplifting story. We’ve been reading it a lot lately with all this talk of snow.
If you have ever tried to enlist the services of a Sydney plumber when the weather is bad you will know that it’s not always the easiest task. Inclement weather tends to bring about more than its fair share of bursts and blockages which can adversely affect the plumbing of any home. This means that it can be difficult to find a plumber who is available to help.