Monday, 23 May 2016

Meal Planning Monday 23/5

Happy Monday Meal Planners! I hope May is treating you well.

After our pretty lazy meal plan last week I am back to doing some cooking this week instead of throwing things at the oven. As well as our evening meals I am making a couple of soups this week as I picked up some bargain sweet potatoes and butternut squash in Lidl and i am sure we will do some baking too. We went to the farm shop on Friday to buy our quiche and came home with some of their lovely sausages so they have made it onto our meal plan this week cooked with some BBQ sauce from our latest Degustabox.

Monday Slow cooked spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread

Tuesday Chicken, Bacon and Leek pasta

Wednesday Tomato soup with cheese bread

Thursday Fajitas with sweet potato fries

Friday BBQ sausages with sweet potato mash and sweetcorn

Saturday Pizza and garlic bread

Sunday Slow cooked gammon, pineapple and wedges

As usual I am linking up with Meal Planning Monday over on At Home With Mrs M. Why not join in and check out what others are eating?

If you are looking for family meal inspiration why not check out my previous meal planning posts?

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Fathers Day Crafts from Baker Ross

As you may know we are Baker Ross bloggera and recipe email regular deliveries full of crafty items. Our most recent delivery included some fabulous Fathers Day crafts and we have been busy getting stuck into them.

The boys were instantly drawn to these Stand Up Wooden Boats (£2.75 for 6), we painted the wooden shapes with poster paint and once dry stood them up using the wooden stands. I love how they turned out.

The Tie Bookmark Kits (£2.99 for 4) is one of my favourite types of craft kit for when I am feeling a bit short on time. The foam is all precut and sticky backed so just needs to be peeled from the backing and stuck down. They are so simple to make that both boys(3 and 5) were able to complete them independently.

This Fathers Day Keyring Kit (£2.99 for 4) is aimed at slightly older children as it is a little fiddly, you thread the beads and charm onto the elastic before knotting. Sebastian was able to thread the beads whereas as I ended up making Alexandera for him. The result is some lovely keyrings (or bag danglers).

These Cat Coasters (£3.96 for 6) are a fun gift item for cat lovers and they came with instructions on how to make them. They are made of felt and have sticky backs so no glue is required, always a bonus!

I saved the boys favourite until last! They were super keen to make thse Wind up dinosaur racers (£3.99 for 3) and once they were made we spent ages racing them, they absolutely loved these and I can see dad's loving them too.

Will you be making any crafts for Father's Day?

Family Fever
**I received these products for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Win £15 to spend on chocolate at Morse Toad

It's Fathers Day next month and let's be honest it can be hard to find the perfect gift for dad.  Well today I am solving your dilemma and introducing you to Morse Toad and one lucky reader can win a £15 gift voucher. Who doesn't love chocolate?

In a world where everything is digitalised , it always feels a bit special to get something physical in the post and Morse Toad cleverly combines the two and allows you to send a message in the post made from delicious belgian chocolate along with a wallet sized photo card with personalised message to keep forever. They have a great Fathers Day range at the moment aswell as messages for all manner of occasions or simply just to say hello.

Either choose one of the great messages available at Morse Toad or write your own message (up to 44 characters), upload a photo from your phone or social media, include a personalised message to go on the back and that's it. Your chosen recipient will receive a lovely treat in the post, the box even fits through the letterbox so no need to worry about treks to the post offi&ce.

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Five things to do with outgrown clothes

Barney is now at the stage where he has outgrown quite a lot of clothes and as he is to be our last baby I have been thinking about what I want to do with them. I pretty much kept everything when the older boys were babies which has stood us in good stead as Barney has worn some clothes that both of his brothers wore plus his cousins before that. Here are five things you can do with outgrown baby clothes.

Sell them online If they are in good condition, branded items can sell really well. Of course there is eBay or but there are also Facebook groups both local, (great for selling bundles) or groups for specific brands or types of clothes. Remember to read the rules of the group before selling anything.

Sell them in person Another way to make a littke extra money. If you fancy selling face to face without the hassle of posting, why not try a car boot sale or an NCT nearly new sale.

Keep them If you are considering another baby in the future, why not buy some vacuum bags and keep your favourite items. I have loved seeing Barney wearing the clothes his brothers wore, it brings back so many memories. Even if you aren't considering another baby you might want to keep some particular favourites, my mum still has 2 baby dresses worn by my sister and me, I would have loved to have used them if I had ever had a daughter.

Make them into a memory keepsake Turn your favourite clothes into a keepsake. Memory quilts are lovely as are memory animals. If like me you having zero sewing ability, there are lots of amazing sellers out there,  one of my fellow November 2010 mummies makes amazing memory animals.

Donate them There are endless places to donate unwanted clothes., charity shops are the most obvious one but there are also women's shelters and some food banks take clothes in too.

What do you do with outgrown clothes?

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Painting with toys in the tuff spot

It's the time of year when our tuff spot comes out of it's winter hibernation in the shed and starts being used again.
I am currently trying to work my way through some of our craft stuff, I have so much that my huge cupboard and Trofast unit are bursting at the seams. So as I work through it I will no doubt be using the contents for some tuff spot fun over the coming weeks.

We woke up on Tuesday to a gorgeous sunny day so we decided to spend the morning in the garden and I set up a super easy tuff spot that anyone can do. We gathered a whole load of toys, some bright poster paints and a roll of newsprint paper that I was recently sent from Baker Ross.

I cut the paper to size and used masking tape to secure it in the tuff spot, the boys added their chosen toys and finally I squirted the paint into the edges and the boys set to work using their toys to paint with. I also made sure they had a tub of water to rinse off the toys in between colours.

They spent a whole hour painting and printing with the various toys. I think part of the fun was using their toys in a different way. Favourite toys for printing were sticklebricks, duplo and wooden blocks, the toy animals were walked through the paint and their footprints across the paper.  As I expected both boys loved running the vehicles through the paint and over the paper, we have done this before and I am sure will again.