A Num Noms Halloween #SpookySenses

Halloween is just within touching distance and we have been getting our bake on in the kitchen, inspired by Num Noms. Just like the Num Noms these chocolate, strawberry and liquorice spooky spider cupcakes smell just delicious! OK so they may not be about to win any prices for the best looking cupcakes, but y mini monsters came up with this recipe, and implemented it all by themselves, and to them they are the bestest thing ever!!

Halloween Popcorn Mix for Kids Make and Bake Club

Its challenge week over on Kids Make and Bake Club and we have been challenged to come up with last minute Halloween ideas. The monsters decided they wanted to make a popcorn mix, they are currently obsessed with popcorn mixes, and this one is perfect for a Halloween movie night.

What you need:
Halloween potato snacks (we got ours from Poundland and Lidl, but have seen them in most supermarkets)
Halloween chocolates
Jelly worms

Start of your base with popcorn and some potato snacks, then add the other bits from there. Watch the monsters video to see how we did it...

It makes the perfect snack for a party or movie night.


Check out the other Kids Make and Bake Club members ideas here:

Georgia makes Halloween Slime

Thomas make Jack O Lantern Crumpets

We would love to see your Halloween makes and bakes, share them on Instagram and use the #KidsMakeandBakeClub hashtag so we can see your creations. Ohh and don't forget to subscribe to the Kids Make and Bake Club for new uploads every Monday at 6pm.

Top Tips For The Perfect Kids Halloween Party & Warner Brothers DVD Giveaway!

I can't believe we are just days away from Halloween! We are having our annual Halloween party over the weekend, and we are all super excited! I thought I would share my top tips for creating the perfect Halloween party for kids.

1. Embrace the treats!

It wouldn't be Halloween without a few treats, no one is saying you have to go all out and feed your kids sugar on spoons, but embrace it, let them have a few. If you really want to limit, make your own treats so that you know exactly what they are eating. Why not try some red sugar free jelly with grapes made into eyeballs using a small amount of icing? Or why not try this eyeball snot tail, super fun with fruit, fruit juice and sugar free jelly! Serve fruity amoothies with a twist, like these Jack-O-Lantern Smoothies from Eats Amazing. Alternatively why not just pour milk into a clear cup and draw a ghoulish face on the cup with a marker pen.

2.  Balance out the treats with fun savoury goodies!

We usually go with the usual party food nibbles but this year we are planning a couple of warm gruesome meals to eliminate waste. We are making sausage mummies ahead of time, (chipolatas wrapped in pre-bought croissant dough) and we also plan to make 'pumpkin peppers' filled with spaghetti bolognaise and oozing out the pumpkin's face! 

3. Make sure your decorations are age appropriate!

No one like to think of their kids being truly scared, so make sure your decor is fit for the age group. There are lots of fun party decorations out their. Try places like Wilkos, Home Bargains and Poundland for decorations that don't break the bank!

4. Make your own entertainment.

Party entertainment doesn't need to cost a bomb, make your own. Turn old tins into a tin can alley for a fun game, carve pumpkins, or why not try a messy play activity...if you are feeling brave! For a super simple game why not try this Halloween Straw Race featured on Adventures of Adam.

5. Swap trick or treating for a Halloween themed movie night. 

There are LOADS of Halloween movies suitable for kids,  or if you don't think your little ones will sit though a whole movie why not try some fun Halloween cartoons? If you head over to my Twitter right now, I have a flash competition all you have to do is RT THIS TWEET & FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER you will be in the running to win this Halloween bundle from Warner Brothers. The competition ends on November 10th 2016 at 11.59pm. (T&C's below)

-Competition closes on November 10th 2016 11.59pm (UK time).
- Entrants must have a valid UK address. Bulk, third party or any other entries using automated software will be disqualified.
-1 lucky winner will be chosen at random
-3 Princesses and 1 Dude will contact the lucky winners within 24 hours of the competition closing via Twitter.
-The winner must respond within 7 days If no response a new winner will be chosen.
-The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address
-There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner
-The promoter of this competition is Fetch Dynamic Ltd.

Encouraging A Tidy Bedroom With Minene Laundry Basket

I've spoken a couple of times about chores for children, and I have a whole video chatting about it on our YouTube channel coming soon (will replace with a link once it goes live!) the girls, 4 and 3 are now at an age where they can start helping to keep their room a little tidier, one way we have been encouraging this is with this funky new laundry basket from Minene.

The Minene laundry basket (£32) comes in 6 different designs, from a cute pale pink to a funky monochrome chevron. As the girls bedroom is currently deep plum and grey (it used to be our bedroom an we haven't gotten round to decorating!) the grey chevron was the perfect choice for us.  Made from cotton the basket has built in handles for easy transport and is lightweight, durable and practical. This is the perfect accessory to brighten up any room and has the added bonus that it folds flat when not in use...not that there is ever an empty wash basket in this house! 

Now my girls love to get themselves changed about a thousand times a day so when I popped this in their room they got straight to work filling it with the random clothes they found dotted around the bedroom, hiding in toy boxes, squashed in between books on the book shelf, tucked into the end of the bed...you know the usual hiding places!

The laundry hamper fits in perfectly in their bedroom and looks great too. We have had it for a week now and as of yet, I haven't found any clothes in places they shouldn't be! It really has encouraged the girls to keep their room tidy...although it wouldn't be a child's room with a teddy or 2 on the floor right!

We were sent this product in return for an honest review.

We were sent this item in return for this review. All opinions are my own.

Keeping Active This Winter

As the colder weather heads in there is no doubt that trips out will become less, getting out in the garden becomes harder and walks to the beach become less and less. We have been finding fun ways in which we can stay active at home.

The monsters absolute favourite way to stay active in the house is to push the coffee table right back and switch on some of their favourite songs for a dance off! Not only are they staying active they are having fun and actually they always manage to bond a little too (they haven't yet realised that a dance off should have a winner!). 

Living actively means it is important for me to make sure that the monsters are getting enough vitamins and goodness so that they can go on and on and on...(a bit like a Duracell Bunny!!). One way I ensure this is by making sure the fridge has plenty of Frubes youghurt's inside!

The main health benefits of yoghurt include Calcium, Protein and Vitamin D which are especially important for bone health. Frubes not only contain 50% of a child's recommended daily intake of Vitamin D they are gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and with no added colours, artificial flavours or sweeteners, you can rest assured that you are choosing a snack that kids will enjoy as well as being a healthy choice.  

Once you have had fun with your own dance off, grab your own Frube, and head over to www.angrybirds.frubes.co.uk you can download Angry Birds masks and play the super fun Frubes Birds Vs Pigs Dance Off game. Frubes have teamed up with the Angry Birds Movie and right now by purchasing special packs of Frubes you can be in the running to win the chance for you and your family to flock to the Bahamas for a fun-filled island holiday. The competition also includes a weekly draw to win a whole host of Angry Birds Movie merchandise, with a grand prize of a family holiday for four to spend six nights in the Bahamas! But be quick you only have until October 31st 2016 to enter!

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #FrubesMoves Linky Challenge, sponsored by Frubes

Chad Valley Remote Control Excavator Review. #ChadValleyPlayPanel

If you saw my last post you will know we are very excited to announce that we are on the brand new Chad Valley Play Panel, if you missed it, go check it out, there is a giveaway for a £75 Argos gift card that you don't want to miss! This month our play package included this awesome Remote Control Excavator (RRP £29.99, currently £23.99).

Giveaway. Win A £75 Argos Gift Card

Things are about to get exciting over here! We are pleased to announce we have been invited to be a part of the Chad Valley Play Panel. Chad Valley toys were a part of my own childhood and have I always loved their products and the way they enable my little monsters to use their imaginations in play. Play is very important to children and I love how Chad Valley manage to keep the magic of toys alive after over 150 years in business. To celebrate the start of the play panel Argos are giving one lucky winner a £75 gift card.

Did you know there are more than 400 toys available from the Chad Valley range at Argos, from games to crafts, indoor toys to outdoor toys, the choice is HUGE!  Over the next few months I will be sharing some of the items in the range both here and on our YouTube channel, so keep an eye out for them. (There will also be another gift card up for grabs on my YouTube channel so make sure you subscribe and hit the bell next to the subscribe button so that you receive channel notifications and be first to know when I upload!)

To be in with a chance of winning enter via the Gleam widget below. Good Luck!

Competition closes on Monday 31st October 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 at random by the Gleam application. 3 Princesses and 1 Dude will contact the lucky winners within 3 days of the competition closing. The winner will be emailed to the email address given at the time of entering. 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 : £75 Argos Voucher

Product Review. Tatamiz Character Play Mats

We were recently asked to review the Tatamiz range of character play mats. We were given the option of choosing our design and it was a tough choice between Paw Patrol and Frozen, but eventually the choice was made (IE: the girls won!) and our Frozen Puzzle Play Mat was on its way.

Recipe. Angry Birds Popcorn Mix

Tonight we are having an Angry Birds movie night, and I wanted to make some Angry Birds inspired movie snacks. The first snack I made was this popcorn mix inspired by the Angry Birds. Come back in a couple of days to find more snack ideas.

Review. Messy Goes To OKIDO Talking Messy Monster

There isn't much that keeps this house quite, so when the weekend comes just 5 minutes of peace where I can grab a coffee and a 5 minute breather from the madness of 4 monsters running around! This 5 minutes comes at exactly 11.50, when the monsters favourite little monster comes on TV. Messy Goes To OKIDO...

Disclaimer: we were sent this product in return for this review.

Saving Money with SodaStream Power

It's no secret that we love to save money, we, as a nation love to grab a bargain. Did you know that with just some simple supermarket swaps, switching up your fizzy drinks or even trying out that wonky veg that everyone is talking about, there are some easy money saving tips that can save your family a whopping £3,700 per year. Sue Hayward, Money and Consumer Expert, said: “If you're looking to save on the family finances, getting value for money is likely to be high on your list. There's lots of small and easy changes families can make to save themselves some serious cash over the course of a year. Savvy moves and simple supermarket swaps, like cutting out expensive fizzy drinks and using a SodaStream for fresh sparkling water on tap will make your money go a whole lot further.”

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links, I've done the searching so you don't have too! Just click through to buy, it doesn't cost you any extra but I receive a small amount of commission in return for sharing Amazons links*

A Tough Decision To Make #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

Sorry to any reader who isn't a blogger, apologies to any bloggers who don't even know of #ToddlerApprovedTuesday, this post isn't really for you. I don't mind if you click away..honest I don't.

Because this post is mostly an apology  to anyone who links up regular to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday. Its an apology to Clare, my wonderful co-host, who manages to host week after week. She also manages to comment, week after week, and then there is me. I have become very flippant about posting, I rarely get time to comment (but trust me I do read every post linked up, usually on my phone, in bed on a weekend night, when to be honest I either can't comment or when I'm just to tired to comment.) 

You see I don't think my heart is in it right now.

I think its time to make a decision, about the future of #ToddlerApprovedTuesday over here at 3 Princesses and 1 Dude.

I need to take a break, and maybe never return.

I want to get back time to link up with other linkies, I want time to read blogs, I want time to comment on blogs, and I'm afraid the upkeep of a linky interferes with that.

So for now it is farewell. And thank you to anyone who has ever linked up with us and shared the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday love!

5 Ideas For...Family Halloween Movies

Its almost time! Its almost my most favourite time of year (second to Christmas of course!) Halloween is on its way and as our most favourite thing to do is have a family movie night I thought I would share some family favourite Halloween movies.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links, I've done the searching so you don't have too! Just click through to buy, it doesn't cost you any extra but I receive a small amount of commission in return for sharing Amazons links*

The prices listed are correct as of 08/10/2016, I am not responsible for any fluctuation in price. If you do spot an incorrect price, ket me know in the comments below and I will correct as soon I can!

1.  Casper £3.00

2. Monster House £2.22

3. Hocus Pocus £3.49

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas £3.00

5. Coraline £6.75

Even more family friendly scary movies...





Taking Little Steps Towards A #brightFuture

Did you know that after the birth of their  first child  83% of British parents,  wanted to change some aspect of their life for the better. And that 9 out of 10 parents and 8 out of 10 children agree that if everyone does small things to improve the environment, “together we can make the world a better place”. Today I am teaming up with BritMums and Unilever to talk to you about the little steps we take to create  better environment for our future.

This was actually more difficult than I thought, as these things are all second habit to the family now. So I sat and I thought...what are the things I used to moan about...what are the things that mattered enough for me to go on and on an on about. Mainly these things focus on saving water and reducing our electricity usage.

It may not seem like we are doing a lot but reducing the amount of water that goes to waste at home helps go towards protect wildlife that lives in rivers and wetlands, while cutting the energy needed for treating and pumping water for domestic use. *excerpt taken from http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/why-we-need-to-save-water.htmlSaving electricity reduces energy costs, and it also reduces how much carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. Energy efficiency is widely hailed as a key component of slowing global warming. *excerpt taken from https://www.reference.com/science/important-save-electricity-c47863e754111801*

1. Showers instead of baths. 

We use less water by taking showers instead of baths. We also try and shower the smaller monsters at the same time. 

2. Laundry on a lower temperature, and quicker wash and always a full machine. 

Most of our washing goes on a 30 minute low temperature (I think its 30c) wash, saving both  water and electricity.

3. Taps off when brushing teeth.

Taps off when brushing teeth, this sounds like such an easy one to implement, but let me tell you its harder than it sounds. Breaking a 20+ year habit is a tough cookie, which is why I moan and moan at the kids when they leave it on despite the cries of ''well you don't Mummy''...remember that saying from your childhood, Do as I say not as I do?...you know the one you promised your parents you would never ever use!

4. Turning lights off. 

As my Dad used to say ''Its ______(replace blank with address) not Blackpool illuminations!'' I think this is why I have a huge detest of lights being left on in rooms no one is in!

These are just a few of the many things we can do to help towards a brighter future for our children, along with buying products from the Unilver brand. Unilever’s brightFuture initiative focuses on small changes that can make big differences and how we can build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably. Since the launch of the Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever has helped 482 million people to improve their health and hygiene, including through hand washing, improving self-esteem and oral hygiene.

By buying everyday Unilever products you are enabling them to continue the good work they do. Like, the work undertaken by Domestos that has committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020.   Persil has backed a global initiative ‘Learning for Tomorrow’ partnering with UNICEF to help give children in some of the world’s toughest areas the opportunity of a quality education. And, finally one that is more relevent to our children now more than ever before,  the Dove Self-Esteem Project has worked closely with leading psychologists, academics and experts to create materials and resources that help young people develop a positive relationship with their appearance. The project has now reached over 19 million young lives.

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. What Little steps are you taking towards a #brightFuture?

This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever

Dracula, Escape the Castle #AD

Hosted by renowned TV presenter, Brendan Moar (“The Renovators”), the series, based on the escape room trend, features brave contestants from around the world, as they race against time to escape Dracula’s infamous castle in Transylvania, before the ‘Lord of Darkness’ traps them forever! Dracula, Escape the Castle will run consecutively on Insight TV (Sky channel 564) every Sunday at 9pm for ten episodes.

Dracula, Escape the Castle is an original, bloodcurdling gameshow which sees two duos trapped within an authentic Romanian castle, with only one night to escape ‘Dracula’. The contestants vary from lovers and family members, to best friends and colleagues. Locked inside the castle walls by charismatic host, Brendan Moar, duos must escape by completing various mental and physical challenges.

In each episode, the two couples face three stages of being locked in room, with the ultimate goal of escaping in the fastest time. The fastest couple to escape the first two rooms, gain a 30 second time advantage in the final stage. This final is a frantic race to ignite a giant bat silhouette on the castle courtyard.

Dracula is a game of skill, courage and trust: skill to escape the rooms; courage to find clues; and trust in your fellow teammate. To survive, contestants will have to utilise their skills and face their worst fears!

Find out more:  http://l12.eu/insighttvdracula-953-au/@userCode:


Make It. Jam Jar Lanterns with #BostikBloggers

It will soon be Bonfire night, one of my favourite nights of the year! Every year we go to the display and every year one of the monsters kicks off, they want a toy, they want to go on the heaving with 50 kids bouncy castle, they want more food, they want another drink, they are cold, they are tired, they are scared of the dark (they aren't, they sleep every night with no lights on!) so this year we have made plans to take the car, park up in the closest car park and have a Bonfire Night picnic in the boot of the car (we have a 7 seater and can remove the back seats thus making space for little bums to sit and eat, and watch said fireworks peacefully! To make it a little bit of a nicer space, you know, the boot of a car isn't exactly luxurious, we have made these jam jar lanterns for the monsters to take. You can even remove the pipe cleaner handles when you are done and decorate windows and fireplaces with them for the rest of Autumn.

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More Num Noms Inspired Recipes For Kids #WackyBakers

You may remember way back at the beginning of summer we shared 3 Num Noms inspired snacks for kids. Well the Num Noms are back with some all new characters in series 2 We have been busy in the kitchen coming up with three more recipes, perfect for Num Noms lovers!

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