Featured Craft | DIY Trick or Treat Bags

We love Halloween in our house, it's our most favourite seasonal event (after Christmas of course!) and as we love all things crafty we also love to make our own Halloween bits and bobs too. Last year we made paper pumpkins for the fireplace and window ledges and we made the cutest Halloween Mummy Bunting for the playroom. This year we have made a trick or treat tin can alley game and we have also made these cute trick or treat bags...

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Featured Recipe | Crumble Topped Apple and Blackberry Loaf | Cooking With Kids

Over the summer the mini monsters have really got back into cooking, and we have had fun finding ways to adapt some of our favourite cooking with kids recipes.  Last year we made a cheese and apple loaf  and it went down a treat, we have made it a few times since. We had a collection of blackberries hanging around after the kids went foraging and I was going to make a standard crumble but then thought a nice apple and blackberry loaf topped with a crunchy crumble would go down a treat...

Crumble Topped Apple and Blackberry Loaf

How To Start A Painted Rock Community PLUS Painted Rock Ideas To Get You Started

At the end of summer I noticed a group that kept popping up on my Facebook, it was a group about making someone smile by hiding a painted/decorated rock and I really wanted to be a part of it-except this group was the other side of the country- I didn't let this beat me though, I collected some rocks and me and the kids set about decorating them, then with hope in our hearts we set of and hid them, we got home and opened a Facebook page, Skegness Rocks, and I added my friends, whilst my anxiety nagged in my head that they would all think I was completely of my rocker I pushed these thoughts out of my head, and then, something I truly never believed would happen, happened, and they started adding their friends, and within 7 days we had a thousand members.  And not only were they adding friends they were getting involved too, and in that week the community had racked up over 100 stones, scattered around our little seaside town.

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Luvabella Review

Imagine my delight when we were asked by Spinmaster to review the brand new, and just released, Luvabella doll! /you haven't heard of Luvabella? Where have you been! She is set to be the NUMBER ONE selling toy for Christmas 2017 and, let me tell you this doll has caused some controversy since a video of the prototype went viral on Facebook at the beginning of the year! Why? Well, with her true-to-life facial expressions and personality! Not only does she move, talk and play just like a real baby. Through touch and play she affectionately responds to your love from the moment she opens her eyes and giggles, even learning new skills, just like a real baby! So what did we think? How did we get on? And, more to the point is Luvabella worth her £99.99 price tag? Read on to find out...

£75 Argos Gift Card Giveaway | Chad Valley Play Panel

This time last year I excitedly told you about becoming part of the Chad Valley Play Panel. Well, I am thrilled to announce that for the second year running Chad Valley asked us (or at least the mini monsters) to join the panel again! AND to kick everything off and celebrate in style Argos, the home of over 400 Chad Valley toys, have given us one £75 Argos gift card to giveaway to one lucky winner.

9 Tips For Saving Money In The Run Up To Christmas

Hands up who over spent over the summer? Now hands up who has seen the 13 weekends until Christmas memes on Facebook and panicked a little more than they should have! I asked some money saving bloggers for tips on how you can save money in the final months of the year in the run up to Christmas.

5 Ideas For...Cooking With Kids

I love nothing more than getting in the kitchen with my kids, they love to cook, make and bake everything from cakes to snacks, to lunch time treats and helping me cook tea, I am a big advocate of getting the kids involved and teaching them the skills they need. My Mum and sister think I'm nuts putting Elsie in charge of a chopping knife and graters. But she has been cooking with me since she was 18 months old and is more than confident to use them in a controlled and supervised environment. Any how, I digress, when Worktop Express got in touch and asked me to share the kids favourite recipes I knew that this sort of round up post would be just perfect for anyone wanting to start cooking with kids...