Easy Nutella Banana Bread Mini Muffins

As we head towards Chritmas its easy to get caught up on all the sweet treats after school, we have started baking these yummy mini muffins, which are perfect for when the bananas have started going brown and the kids refuse to eat them anymore! This recipe is really easy and a bit of a cheat's way as it uses pre bought sponge mix!

What you need:
3 Bananas
2 eggs
Packet/Boxed Sponge Mix

Mash the bananas and stir in 2 beaten eggs. Add the cake mix and give it a good mix, then add a couple of spoons of Nutella and mix well before spooning into a mini muffin cake tray and baking in a preheated oven (gas 4) for around 15-20 minutes, until a skewer poked into the centre of the muffins comes out clean. Leave to cool before eating. These will store in an airtight tub for a couple of days, around a week in the fridge or you can freeze them for up to 4 months and take out as you need them.

Before freezing allow the muffins to cool completely and wrap each muffin tightly in cling film to lock in freshness wrap several times for the best protection. Put the wrapped muffins into a large freezer storage bag for an added layer of protection. Remove the muffins individually as needed, leaving the remaining muffins in the freezer, this means they are great for packed lunches too because you can remove a single muffin in the morning, and it should have thawed in the lunchbox by lunchtime, but maybe do a sample check first, we don't want little ones eating half frozen muffins do we!

Elf Escapades Win Wine Competition.

Do you have a cheeky Elf visiting this Christmas? If so pop over to our Facebook page for your chance to win a bottle of wine (your choice from red, rose or white). I will chose who I think has got the most cheekiest Elf as the winner, all you have to do is share a photo in the comments of your cheeky elf getting up to mischief!

Competition closes on Monday 31st Decemeber 2016. 
Entrants must have a valid UK address. 
Bulk, third party or any other entries using automated software will be disqualified. 
All entrants and entries are checked and verified. 1 lucky winner will be chosen by 3 Princesses and 1 Dude.
3 Princesses and 1 Dude will contact the lucky winners within 3 days of the competition closing. 
The winner will be contacted via Facebook. 
The winner must respond within 7 days If no response a new winner will be chosen. 
This prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative 
The Prize : Bottle of wine (winners choice of red, rose or white) up to the value of £10.

Breaking Barriers with Bathing Solutions

My mini monsters are very lucky to have 2 sets of Great Grandparents, this was a rarity when I was small, in fact both my Great Grandparents died whilst me and my siblings were very young. But it would seem as we head into a time when for one of the first times in history we are about to see the number of our senior generation surpass that of the youth, with those 65 and up making up 15.6% of the global population by 2050, that Great Grandparents are becoming a norm in a young child's life.

I don't remember much of both sets of Great Grandparents other than them being quite old looking and very frail, with walking frames, in care homes and they didn't really have a lot to with us, there were definitely not any lifelong memories made. I hope I don't sound disrespectful when I say that, it's just quite a stark contrast to the monsters Great Grandparents, their Great Grandad goes to football at weekends and is highly active. And my Nan, also in her 70's, has Ellie over to stay every week, I do think that Ellie being older is a factor in this as I wouldn't ever send the mini monsters that's for sure!  I've also found that since the mini monsters started school, a lot of the people in the playground are Great Grandparents, as Grandparents are still working, the Great Grandparents take role of child carer now too.

My Nan is always going on about how she is 'behind the time', and how she should learn how to do stuff, which may I add she isn't, she recently went out and took part in a computer course, which she completed, she was so so proud of herself for doing it! Even if some of her terminology was wrong, she still got that certificate at the end of it, and she could not wait to tell everyone about it. From her Grandchildren, to the random lady in the queue at the post office, she let everyone know the her age had not stopped her completing and gaining a new skill.

The fact of the matter is that with all of the amazing advances in healthcare and improved standards of life quality for older generations, mean we are all living longer. But it also had the lovely folk over at Bathing Solutions asking, 'Why does society often cast off its seniors as 'incapable' or 'unable' to learn new skills?' With it's new #BreakingBarriers campaign, Bathing Solutions encouraging our older generation to take action and learn new skills, whether that be learning a new language, learning pilates, or how to cook like Mary Berry there are lots of ideas on the Bathing Solutions website, you can also find more information about community courses in your local area.

#4 Top 5 Essentials For...Creative Play with School Aged Children with Thimble and Twig

Welcome back to part four of my Top 5 Essentials, guest blogging series, for details on how you can take part, head to the bottom of this post. In the meantime, I hand over to Jemma at Thimble and Twig.

Family Fun with Anki Overdrive

If you have children with quite a big age gap you will know that it is quite hard to find stuff to do as a family in which everyone enjoys themselves, so last weekend we had the chance to head over to London for the very cool Anki Overdrive Christmas event, it was a miracle that we were all as excited as each other! Jenson, 5, was excited to play a racing game. Ellie, 11, excited to try out some new tech before her friends!

Anki OVERDRIVE is described as a combination of "Scalextric, Lego and Mario Kart" making it the world's most intelligent battle-racing game. The level of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the game is unprecedented.

You build tracks, big or small, within seconds and each supercar is a self-aware robot driven by AI.  It's not just a racing game as cars battle each other and each has its own arsenal of weapons that you can control through an app on your mobile device (works with both iOS and Android). With the game being software-driven, players have access to continuous free software updates, as well as new pieces of kit on a regular basis! The brand new SuperTrucks were launched just last month (October 2016)

The magnetic track snaps together quickly. And because it's wireless and durable, you can build your battle track anywhere, your smart device and the Supercars connect automatically and then you are ready to race! With the starter kit (RRP £149.99) you can build up to 8 tracks and with extra kits for available the track of your dreams in not far away! Your smart device and the Supercars connect automatically  available as well as extra cars, the possibilities are endless!

The monsters had so much fun playing with Anki on Saturday and it is most definitely on our Christmas list! Click the Amazon links to get your Anki Overdrive in time for Christmas! Believe me you wont regret it! For more information head to over to the Anki website



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