Homemade yoghurt with the Easiyo

October 10, 2016 admin 0

Yoghurt is a firm favourite in our house with both the adults and the children. We have it for breakfast with fruit, as a snack or as a pudding, basically any time, anywhere.  Yoghurt  was one of the first sweet treats that the boys got to taste when I was weaning them and they have loved it ever since, so when the opportunity arose to review an EasiYo yoghurt maker I jumped at the chance. […]

Educational fun with spaceships from happycalc

September 26, 2016 admin 0

When my eldest was little he was jigsaw mad. I remember he had a particular favourite, a 24 piece “In the Night Garden” one, that he learnt to complete by himself, which meant we would sit for ages building and re building this particular puzzle. The tiddler isn’t as keen, he doesn’t have the patience for puzzles but he does enjoy playing games especially if his big brother will help him. So when we were […]

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Mushroom growing with Grocycle

September 23, 2016 admin 1

I try and do new and engaging activities with the boys as often as I can. Activities that are fun but also have some sort of educational value, such as the Heinz tomato growing challenge. The boys and I had fun planting them and  checking on them daily but alas our desire, enthusiasm and willingness to grow food can only take us so far and once our tomatoes grew two inches they stopped and we […]

Proud wifey moment

September 18, 2016 admin 1

This week my husband has completed a mammoth of a challenge, a 328 mile cycle in 3.5 days to raise money for Children in Need. He started training  towards the back end of last year when he was already a keen cycling fan but you wouldn’t have been to far off in thinking that the “fat lad at the back” range was created with him in mind. He was larger than your average cyclist and although he […]

Num Noms take over Bella Italia

September 9, 2016 admin 3

A couple of weeks ago the boys and I were invited to a Num Noms event at Bella Italia. I had no idea what a num nom was but the event included pizza and ice cream so the boys (and I) were sold on the idea. It turns out that num noms are small squishy, stackable toys  that have surprise features, such as stamps and lip balms.     When we arrived at Bella Italia […]

How to have a fun day out without breaking the bank

September 4, 2016 admin 0

Everyone loves a good family day out but sometimes it feels impossible to enjoy the nicer things in life and visit the most talked about attractions when you have to pay for tickets for a whole family, in our case two adults and two children, especially during school holidays when you have so many days to fill. I am a big believer in accessing free events and attractions but every now and the we do […]

My syn free love affair with little’s

August 26, 2016 admin 3

I never used to drink coffee and then I had kids, one of which NEVER seemed to sleep and so my relationship with coffee started to develop. A few years later I became a teacher and then my relationship with coffee grew into a full blown love affair and now coffee is fast becoming my one true love.   It’s always there when I need it, it never judges me, and well, basically helps me […]

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Free family fun at Warrington with VPX

August 16, 2016 admin 2

Today we headed over to VPX, a community organised event in Warrington. I had only planned on popping in with the boys for an hour or two but we ended up staying for 6 hours and even watched everyone pack up and leave as we enjoyed our ice creams in the last of the sunshine. The day was full of activities for children of all ages to encourage them to try new sports  and with the […]

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An easy, enjoyable and cheap way to teach geography to children

August 11, 2016 admin 3

Geography is not my strong point and I hate to admit it but my sat nav is an absolute necessity when ever I leave our village, I have no sense of direction at all. So when my eldest son started showing an interest in learning about the world I knew I had to do something to encourage his thirst for knowledge without embarrassing my self too much.   I came up with the following idea […]

Has Toby Carvery got what it takes to impress my family?

August 4, 2016 admin 0

Having just returned from two weeks of all-inclusive food and drink it was fair to say we were all feeling our waist bands getting tighter and our energy levels a bit zapped. The food on holiday was lovely and I enjoyed salad and vegetables with every meal, along with cakes, chips and cocktails. The children however were a bit fussier, with the tiddler living on cucumber and ice cream as his staple pieces and the […]