Baked Honey & Cinnamon Banana Bites | Cooking With Kids

The monsters, and myself, love pancakes we are always making them whether it's Shrove Tuesday or not! I also like to try new toppings on them, this is also a perfect bake for kids to do themselves too!

Happy Birthday Iggle Piggle! Cbeebies Land At Alton Towers

On Sunday we were lucky enough to be invited to Alton Towers/CBeebies Land for the special In the Night Garden party! 


First of all I must apologise...these photos have some up absolutely rubbish, there must have been a thin film of something on the lens and they have came out all blurry and well...just rubbish! 

We arrived at Alton Towers around 10.30 and headed straight for Cbeebies Land, we had a wander around Mr Tumbles sensory garden and then as the queues were already getting busy so we started queuing for the In The Night Garden boat ride, and to be honest it didn't matter that the queue was (apparently) 20 minutes long as their was plenty to keep the monsters busy as we waited! From Xylophones, to bead boards their was plenty to keep little minds busy and not thinking about the fact that they were waiting!!


Just as we got to the front of the line Beth from Twinderelmo text me...the party had started at 11..it was 11.20...WE WERE LATE! Can you believe it, we had been invited to this awesome event and I had made us late thinking it started at 12!

We needn't have worried as the lovely hosts were nothing but kind! As we entered the room there was so much going off! I don't  know what I was expecting but it wasn't this! 

In the center of the room there were child height tables with all sorts of crafts from decorating party hats, decorating stones for Makka Pakkas's garden, face painting, balloon modelling, colouring in...just loads and then their were the lovely entertainers who kept the kids smiley and happy with dancing, stories and games!
Meal time came and we feasted on hot-dogs, burgers, sarnies, salads and crisps! Yum! Party food to be proud of!

Elsie with a mouth full of hot-dog!

Then it was time for us to meet Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy....Evie ran straight up wrapping her little arms around Upsy Daisy!


And Jenson went straight for a high five with Iggle Piggle!


And Elsie, bless her, was more interested in her juice carton than having her photo taken!!! Babies hey!!



Then it was time for a sing song and birthday cake, it was yummy or erm well so I was told by Jenson and Jofoli the preschool bear who came with us for a trip!



 And then it was time to leave but not before a party bag each! They were filled with In The Night Garden goodies, books, DVD's, soft toys, stickers...


Iggle Piggle's day was made EVEN more special by the fact that a Guinness World Record had just been broken...

Earlier that day Iggle Piggle unveiled the worlds largest polar fleece blanket made by DreamTex and measuring 98.8m sq...that's large enough to cover around 56 children's bed's!

We had an absolutely ace time at the party and a great family day spent at CBeebies land and Alton Towers (which we explored more after the party, keep an eye on the bog for a mini day out post!!) We have already planned our next trip...will you be visiting this year?

Disclaimer: We recieved our tickets and invites complimentary, there was no obligation to share with you, but het we had a great time so thought you would like to here about it!



What We Wore Wednesday #2

What we wore this week...



Ellie wears:

Blouse: Next
Jeans: Next 
Bag: Primark
Hat: Topshop
Glasses: Specsavers Kids (in store now)

Jenson wears:

Batman Tshirt: Next
Jeans: Primark (in store now) 
Cardigan: Matalan

Evie wears:

White top: Next
Cardigan: Next
Leggings: H&M
Hat: Claires Accesories
Shoes: Doodles at Clarks

Elsie Wears:

Legging: F&F at Tesco
White vest: NExt
Cardigan: Vest
Shoes: Next

Evie wears:

Lace trim knit jumper: Ebay
Leggings: Next

Elsie wears:

Jumper: Next
Leggings: Next

Evie wears:

Top: Next
Leggings: Next

Elsie wears:

Rainy Day Peppa Pig top: Next



Evie wears:

Polka dot dress: Primark
Tights: Peacocks
Cardigan: F&F at Tesco
Shoes: Doodles at Clarks

Elsie wears:

Spotty Tunic: Next
Leggings: F&F at Tesco
Stroppy face: Models Own!!!!


Evie wears:

Sail boat dress: Next
Floral pumps: F&F at Tesco (In store now)

Elsie wears:

Sail boat jumpsuit: Next
Shoes: Converse


Both girls wear sets from Next 

 

Professor Scrubbingtons Review

We are always on the look out for things to make bath-time a bit easier, I mean the kids love playtime bath time..but wash time bath time, erm well not so keen! I like products that are easy to use, and child friendly! 


#ToddlerApprovedTuesday #31

I loved getting back to hoting lat week...could you tell? Did you see how quick I got  through the commenting!!! Also did you join the pinterest board yet? How about the facebook page? Come pop by we would love to see their too!


My faves from last week included Hello Archie Blue book review, the Lullaby and Kisses Sweet poem book just looks beautiful, it has been added to our books and toy we want list! 

Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Alyssa Nassner
Photo courtesy of HelloArchie.blue (click photo for link)

I also loved the visit to Helmsley Castle over at Becoming A Stay At Home Mum. I love a castle to explore abnd this one is just a couple of hours drive away...perfect to take Betty (The caravan!) away for a weekend!

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Photo courtesy of Becoming A Stay At Home Mum. (link above)


Now on with the show...

We would absolutely love it if you would join us, linking will open every Tuesday through to Thursdays and give us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter (make sure you follow me (@3princess_1dude and Leandra @larabeeuk) and every week we will each pick our fave two for a #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Showcase!

Rules:

1. Link as many posts as you like (well with in reason!) BUT  please remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up. No badge, no comment, no share, and your posts will be deleted.

2. Pop by and comment on two or three other posts, more would be great if you can!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Leandra and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk).  Even if you don't have a blog, please do join in by using the hashtag for your toddler approved tweets & Instagram posts, they will still be counted for the showcase! 

We have changed the way we share your posts, it takes so much time to pin and tweet and comment etc, so heres what is going to happen:

We are opening up the Toddler Approved Tuesday Pinterest board to you guys too. Just send myself or Leandra an email with your Pinterest name and we will add you, there is no limit on how many you add, it doesn't just have to be the post you link up with. 

We will now only be RT'ing posts Tweeted to us, and our showcased posts will also be RT'd too.

We also have a fab new Facebook group for the Toddler Approved Tuesday community. Pop over and join us, share your posts, share any photos from inspiration you have gotten from a Toddler Approved Tuesday link up. Lets make it a real active place to be!

Remember The Badge!

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday

This week I am sharing our Little Life Safety Harness Review and video and also sneaking in a new feature Fun Time Friday, maybe you could get some ideas for how to set out your day to day activities?

 

Leandra is linking up with a rather ace looking Shaving Foam Number Smash!  



Check them all out using the linky below, remember to pop by and add your own links ohh remember the badge and to pop by and show some linky love!






Remember we had a little change with the way we share? Well to make sure we follow you we decided to start a Toddler Approved Tuesday Social Follow! Add your PINTEREST link below...






5 Ideas For...Odd Socks!

I don't know about you but we have a whole load of odd socks, in fact we have a carrier bag full so I can attempt at pairing them back up but the fact is many of the partner socks have simply disappeared, never to be seen again! So it got me thinking what could I do with them? That of course bought me to write this post, 5 Ideas For...Odd Socks!



The Ordinary Moments #3 Balancing Act

I love this link up from Katie at Mummy Daddy Me, its made me be more aware of the everyday the thinks that occur regularly, that I think are nothing, but in fact are the thing I don't want to forget. Like walking in the woods or feeding the ducks.  This week I am sharing the monsters love for walking along the grates up a pathway down from our house...

 

 We walk that way to town and to school and every day without fail the monsters HAVE to walk along the grates, the train track as they call it, they carefully walk along so that the train (themselves) don't fall from the track! 

It used to be Ellie's favourite thing to do but she is, as she is so many things now, slowly growing out of it, then it was on to Jenson who gave it the name of the train track. And of course everything Jenson does Evie does too! And then little Elsie who just has to do as her big brother and sisters do. It's nothing special, quite an ordinary moment, but non the less a memory I want to remember. Watching her as she waddles and toddles along behind them, not quite the balancer that her elders are!







Swede and Potato Rosti Fish Pie

I have mentioned before that instead of buying fresh meat and fish all the time I buy frozen, because a) It saves money (its always a lot cheaper to buy frozen than fresh) and b) it saves waste, the amount of chicken, mince and fish I have thrown away because I forgot about it in the fridge, is ridiculous. This fish pie is a great way to get veg into the mouths of babes, not that we have any problem with that but for those of you with fussy eaters, the topping is a Rosti of swede and potato and you could always hide veg throughout the pie instead of on the side too!



Little Life Safety Harness Review

Elsie is now 18 months old, she is wanting more and more to get out of the pram and walk. And whilst this is all well and good when we are exploring Castles and country parks, on the school run...well lets just say it isn't very relaxing as she legs it after cats, runs into people's garden's and runs into EVERY shop you walk past! We needed reins...



What We Wore Wednesday #1

I have recently been looking at back at old blog features I loved, one of my faves was our In Our Wardrobe post's last summer, so I thought I would start them again! We have found a great spot outside on the top of the driveway and I think its perfect for taking our outfit of the day photos...what do you think! Oh and OK I realise I may be missing a couple of days...I kind of forgot!!


Evie wears:

Cardi: F&F at Tesco
Long sleeve 'Hello' top: Next
Leopard leggings: Baby Gap
Shoes: Doodles from Clarks

Elsie wears:

Skinny jeans: Zara
Long sleeve top: Next
Leopard blazer: Matalan
Leopard hi tops: Next
Headband: local facebook seller


Evie Wears:

Zebra collar top: F&F at Tesco
Leggings: Next (in store now)
Shoes: Doodles at Clarks
Headband: The Button Box

Elsie wears: 

Denim pinafore: Next (in store now)
Tights: George at Asda
Ruffle front top: Zara
Shoes: Clarks


Evie wears:

Cardigan: H&M
Dress: Next
Shoes: Doodles at Clarks (in store now)

Elsie wears:

Leopard jumper: Next
Fluffy gilet (hooded with ears!): Next
Black leggings: F&F at Tesco
Hi tops: Next


Evie wears:

Pink vest: Next
White Cardigan: f&f at Tesco
Ditsy Trousers: Next 
Shoes: Doodles at Clarks (in store now)
Frosen handbag: Primark (in store now)

Elsie wears:

Pink Cardi: Primark
Ditsy top: Next
Pink leggings: Next
Shoes: Clarks

Jenson wears:

Jeans: Next
Zip up hoodie: F&F at Tesco (in store now)
Shoes: Primark (in store now)



Evie wears:

Pink heart jumper: Next
Jeggings: Next 
Boots: Mothercare

Elsie wears:

Navy heart jumper: Next
Pale pink leggings: Next (In store now?)
Navy sequin ugg style boots: Next


Evie wears: 

Mustard and White stripe top: H&M
Denim pinafore dress: Next
Mustard stripe tights: Next
Red doc marten style boots: Next

Elsie wears:

Floral tunic: Next
Mustard leggings: Next
Brown bow boots: Next


Evie wears:

Dress: Next (In store now)
Leggings: Next (In store now)
Shoes: Doodles at clarks 

Elsie wears:

Cat peplum top: Next
Grey leggings: Next
Shoes: Next

Jenson wears:

Jumper: F&f
Jeans: Next
Wellies: Peacocks


 

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday Week 30

Hey guys! I'm back its been a refreshing 2 weeks which has given me some breathing space to come up with lots of new ideas and get me back to loving blogging, not just liking blogging. So here I am back and raring to go, I cant wait to see what you have to share this week, there has been a little shake up of rules etc so please be sure to read them before you link up! (nothing major, don't worry!)


I don't have any show cases this week, just 2 great big thank you's for Ray and Jenny for stepping in and hosting for me the last fortnight. I can't thank you both enough. 


You can visit Ray (Rachael) at Lukeosaurus and Me.



And visit Jenny over at Monkey and Mouse.  


Now on with the show...

We would absolutely love it if you would join us, linking will open every Tuesday through to Thursdays and give us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter (make sure you follow me (@3princess_1dude and Leandra @larabeeuk) and every week we will each pick our fave two for a #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Showcase!

Rules:

1. Link as many posts as you like (well with in reason!) BUT  please remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up. No badge, no comment, no share, and your posts will be deleted.

2. Pop by and comment on two or three other posts, more would be great if you can!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Leandra and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk).  Even if you don't have a blog, please do join in by using the hashtag for your toddler approved tweets & Instagram posts, they will still be counted for the showcase! 

We have changed the way we share your posts, it takes so much time to pin and tweet and comment etc, so heres what is going to happen:

We are opening up the Toddler Approved Tuesday Pinterest board to you guys too. Just send myself or Leandra an email with your Pinterest name and we will add you, there is no limit on how many you add, it doesn't just have to be the post you link up with. 

We will now only be RT'ing posts Tweeted to us, and our showcased posts will also be RT'd too.

We also have a fab new Facebook group for the Toddler Approved Tuesday community. Pop over and join us, share your posts, share any photos from inspiration you have gotten from a Toddler Approved Tuesday link up. Lets make it a real active place to be!

AND finally

The Badge:

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday

This week I am sharing our Fruity Chocolate Toast, and I'm also sneaking in a second link to our Ben Elf Fancy Dress. Find them both linked up below...

 

Leandra is sharing Holiday Rainy Day Kit, a great idea and I cant wait to see her post!


So now it's you turn, remember to grab the badge and comment on some great posts. 

   
   

Off To London...With A Preschooler and Binky Bear!

Ever since me and Ellie went to London in February Jenson has gone on and on and on about going! So as a birthday treat we have planned a hotel just for me and Jenson (Oh and Binky Bear) to go and enjoy a one night stay in July...