Sunday, 7 February 2016

Win with Horlicks!

It's the time of year when Winter just seems to be dragging on and we are looking forward to the lighter nights and warmer weather arriving.

Rainy afternoons seem to be a regular thing here at the moment and I love to snuggle up on the sofa with a hot drink and a book or Netflix. The ideal drink for those grey afternoons is Horlicks Light Chocolate, which the perfect comfort drink plus it contains 55% less fat than Horlicks Traditional, perfect if you have managed to stick to the new year diet(well done you!)
Horlicks giveaway

I have teamed up with Horlicks who are kindly offering one of my readers the chance to win a limited edition Horlicks Bundle consisting of a Horlicks mug, tin and coaster set as well as a 500g tub of Horlicks Chocolate Light. Ideal to see you through the last(and seemingly longest) bit of Winter. 
Win limited edition horlicks bundle

Win horlicks light chocolate

Simply fill in the rafflcopter below, good luck! Open to UK residents only (other terms and conditions can be seen below).



a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Open to UK residents only.

2. Entrants must be over 18.

3. All entries will be checked.

4. Please make sure i have a way to contact you if you win.

5. Prize will be sent by the PR.

6. No cash alternative

7. If I am unable to contact the winner or they do not respond within 7 days a new winner may be drawn.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

From a Mother to Another

Jojo Maman Bebe recently contacted me to ask if I could help to spread the word about their amazing From a Mother to Another campaign.
With a third of the UK's clothing ending up in landfill, Jojo Maman Bebe want to make use of them to help vulnerable families in the UK via the Trussell Trust’s food banks, and Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

From February 2nd to March 5th Jojo Maman Bebe are asking us to donate good quality outgrown clothes to one of their 72 stores across the country.

HOW TO HELP

• Make up 2 or more complete outfits from your child’s little worn, nearly new or outgrown clothes in sizes 0-6 years.

• Launder and check that the clothes make a perfect outfit you would be proud to dress your own child in.

• Place in a clear plastic bag and label with size/sex/season. E.g. 0-3mths/unisex/summer.

• Deliver to a JoJo store between 2nd February and 5th March 2016.
From a mother to another famta

From a mother to another famta

WHAT WILL JOJO DO NEXT

• We double check all donations and where necessary will add extra items. We will then pack into gorgeous gift bags to deliver to our partner charities for distribution.

• We cover the cost for sorting staff and all delivery costs to our charity partners.

• We cover all the shipping costs, import tax and onward distribution to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

It really couldn't be easier to donate and you could make a real difference to a child as well as reduce waste. Jojo Maman Bebe are offering a £5 thank you gift voucher when two or more unwanted or outgrown good quality outfits are donated to store. (One voucher per customer. Valid with a £35 minimum
spend).

If you aren't able to donate you can still help to spread the word on Twitter using #mothertoanother 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Banana and Blueberry Flapjacks

I picked up a punnet of blueberries at the weekend but when I opened them I found that half were going soft so I figured I would bake with them. I had run out of flour so muffins were out, so I made flapjacks instead. I don't make flapjacks often but I really should, these were lovely and easy to make!
Banana and blueberry flapjacks



40g butter
60g sugar
1tbsp golden syrup
2 mashed bananas
200g oats
A couple of handfuls of blueberries

Preheat the oven to 200° and line a baking tin with greaseproof paper. Melt the butter in a pan then add in the sugar and the golden syrup and stir together.  Peel and mash the bananas and then add them into the butter mixture. Add the oats and blueberries and combine.Spoon the mix into the lined baking tin and flatten down with the back of the spoon. Bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes until golden on top. Leave to cool and cut into fingers or squares.
If you like these you might also like banana honey flapjacks

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Chinese New Year Thumbprint Lanterns

Last month I received an oriental newspaper used as part of the packaging when I ordered something on ebay. I figured i needed to make use of it and much to Phils amusement insisted we kept it(luckily he is used to it, his mum used to manage a nursery).
Chinese New Year thumbprint lanterns

Of course I had Chinese New Year in mind, I knew it would be ideal for some crafting with the boys. Some googling led me to this gorgeous lantern skylines craft which seemed the perfect use for the newspaper I had. Instead of using a cork or similar  for the prints I decided we would use thumbprints instead and go for traditional gold and red paint colours. I am really pleased with how these turned out, i think they look really cute.
Chinese new year thumbprint lanterns

Chinese new year thumbprint lanterns

It is as simple as it seems, cut the newspaper up and stick to some paper to make the skyline. We recently made something similar with coloured paper shapes so the boys knew what to do. Seb loved looking at the writing and while I am not sure of the exact language in print it made for interesting conversation, about different languages and kinds of writing. Once our skylines were set we added our thumbprint lanterns with the paints.

Once dry I simply added the lantern detailing with a black Sharpie.
Chinese new year thumbprint lanterns

We have already made some chinese dragons and this weekend I am planning on making this Chinese New Year lapbook from Twinkl with Seb.


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Chinese Dragon Paintings

Next week is Chinese New Year and it is one of the celebrations we always enjoy learning about. So far we have found China on our globe and read a book about the story of the Chinese Zodiac. I am planning on making a themed lapbook with Seb and we will of course have a Chinese meal on the day itself.

Then of course there are the crafts! We always end up making lanterns and the boys still have last years efforts hanging in their rooms so i wanted to do something different this year.  I browsed pintrest for some new ideas and decided we would make some dragon print paintings. It is a gentle way to introduce symmetry plus it is entertaining for all ages(I joined in myself).

Chinese dragon paintings

The idea is simple and one we all did at school when painting butterflies. Simply fold your paper in half, paint away on one side, fold in half so that you end up with a symmetrical print. We used lots of bright colours but I think it would be stunning just using red and gold too, perhaps with older children who are more delicate in their painting style. I enjoy watching the boys paint, Alex is still in the stage of mixing all the colours together on the paper and usually making a brown splodge and lots of paint on himself, Seb is more precise and clean.
Chinese dragon paintings

Chinese dragon paintings

Once dry we added googly eyes, feathers, sequins and streamers to complete our dragons and put them up on display along with our thumbprint lantern skylines ready for the new year celebrations next week.
Chinese dragon printing