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The Place That Never Existed | Road to Publication

The next book in our Blog Hop Tour is a new release called “The Place that Never Existed” by Jim…

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Oh My Blog! Mothers Day | Life of Spicers

Oh My Blog! Mothers Day | Life of Spicers
Oh My Blog! - Mothers Day with Life of Spicers. Oh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers answer a series of questions.

Oh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them!

This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and we’re hosting Angela from the Life of Spicers.

Introduce us to your mum. What’s her name? What does she do? Reveal her age if you dare!

My Mum is known as Kay, she’s retired now and would not be very happy if I shared her age so I will respect her privacy. When I was growing up, she referred to herself as a housewife so I shall do the same.

What’s the one thing your mum always used to say to you?

No one thing sticks out in my mind. She was always saying, “get your coat”.

Someone’s playing your mum in a film. Who is it and why?

I’m not sure, perhaps Angela Lansbury because she has a sweet nature.

She’s won the lottery. What’s the first thing your mum buys for herself?

Probably some new craft supplies.

What embarrassing story about you does she always tell when you meet new people?

She doesn’t. Sometimes the photos of me as a child might come out after a while.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?

We always go out for a meal on Mother’s Day, although sometimes we go out on the Saturday.

What’s her favourite TV show at the moment?

She likes Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away for some reason.

What’s the biggest or most important thing that your mum inspired you to do?

Be myself

Your round at the bar! What’s your mum drinking?

Probably a cup of tea knowing my Mum.

What’s the biggest different between you and your mum?

She worries about everything and I don’t so much.

Most important question of the lot. What is your mum’s stance on 50 Shades of Grey? Does she love it? Hate it? Not even know what it is?

Hahaha she doesn’t know what it is.

What’s your favourite memory of your mum?

She was always there when I was growing up.

What do you think your mum was like as a kid?

I think she was quite strong willed and independent.

Cast your mind back a bit; what was the thing you did as a child or teenager that made your mum the angriest she has ever been with you?

I had my first child at 18. I know she wasn’t very happy about that! She still supported me though.

Finally, what’s the BEST piece of advice your mum ever gave to you?

That I didn’t have to settle for something if it wasn’t right.

If you enjoyed this post, you can find out more from Angela over at her blog, The Life of Spicers, and her social media!

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Easy Cakes for Kids

Easy Cakes for Kids
Looking to keep the little ones occupied on a rainy day? Why not try these easy cakes for kids. They take no time to make and the kids can help to make them

Easy cakes for kids?  No problem…

As I am now on a normal sugar diet following no-sugar February! We wasted no time in baking cakes last week – and eating them!

The boys love to bake and it is a great way to pass the time when the weather is grim outside. As any regular reader will know, I am not a huge fan of weather that is rainy and grey.  With two active boys who are always full of energy it can be tricky to keep them occupied, happy and stop them fighting over toys.  So I am always on the look out for simple ways to entertain them and keep them occupied.

Easy cakes for kids

My mum used to make these little cakes when I was small.  They are incredibly easy to make and the boys can measure out all the ingredients.  They can do all the hard work too and be in charge of mixing!

Once done, the boys had a lot of fun decorating the cakes. We used Lindor melting chocolate, which just needs a quick blast in the microwave.  Then they can spoon it onto the top of the cakes, decorate with sprinkles and they are ready to be scoffed.

Don’t make my mistake though, we made these a little late in the day.  I had to convince the boys to wait to sample them as I wanted them to eat their dinner first.  Suffice to say they were not hugely impressed!

How to make Easy Cakes for kids

 

Easy Peasy Cakes


Servings 12 cakes

Ingredients

  • 6 oz self-raising flour
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 4 oz butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. Heat up oven to gas mark 8

  2. Melt Butter

  3. Add all ingredients into the bowl and mix until smooth

  4. Pour into 12 cake cases

  5. Bake in oven for 15 mins or until golden brown

So there we have it, really easy cakes that can be make in half an hour!

Why not give it a go.  Let me know how you get on in the comments.

To see other ideas to keep kids occupied, visit our activities page here.

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Nutty Putty | Review

Nutty Putty | Review
Nutty Putty -

This week we have been getting creative with ‘nutty putty’ and the boys have had a blast!

My two absolutely adore play-do  Although they have one fundamental issue with it – you always have to put it away at the end of the day.  You can’t keep your creations, or they turn into a dried-out, crumbly mess.

So, when Wicked Uncle asked us to review some products, we chose Nutty Putty – the mouldable, squishable, silicon-based toy – and discovered it is the answer to our problems.  For those who are unaware of this product, once you have made your creations, you can bake them in the oven and keep them forever.

This product won the 2015 Independent Toy Award and, having reviewed it, I can understand why.

The Wicked Uncle Website

The most fun part of the experience was browsing the Wicked Uncle website. It was simple and straightforward to use – and they deliver to BFPO addresses too which is a major plus!

The website has so many fun options for present ideas I could have looked at it all day.

One of the things I liked about the website is being able to gift wrap and send presents direct to others.  This will come in handy for anyone looking for a pressie for someone who lives in a different city.  Fun ideas sent direct.

Perfect!

What Do you get in the Nutty Putty Box?

“Think it, Make it … even bake it!”

So, what do you get for your money?  Well the answer is… a lot.  When you open the box you will find:

  • 5 different Nutty Putty colours plus a bonus black colour
  • 2 tools
  • 4 shape cutters
  • 1 baking sheet
  •  a roller
  • 1 play mat (with project instructions)

So as you can see, plenty to keep little hands busy on a rainy day!

I am creative but I have to admit when it comes to making things like this I am sometimes stuck for ideas.  So I loved that this came with ideas and instructions.  This meant we could make: a lollipop tree, a snail, a butterfly, a penguin, a lion and a car – to name just a few.  The instructions were easy and simple to follow, and the kids had a great time creating, baking and then playing with Nutty Putty.

I loved that the kids were deep in concentration when making their designs.  With Nutty Putty, they could explore their creativity and when they were playing with this I could see the clear benefits of the product as it helps to develop their fine motor skills.  I also notice on the box that this product conforms to EYFS standards and National Curriculum Key Stage Targets.

Nutty Putty

What is Nutty Putty?

Here is the good bit! Nutty Putty is made of unique silicone.  So what does this mean?  Well it is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, non-drying and non-messy!  Music to a parent’s ears!

So really this product is a huge win-win for us.  The kids loved it and keep grabbing the box to make new things whenever we have a spare moment.  They have also played endlessly with their creations, which turn rubbery and waterproof once baked in the oven.  I enjoyed helping them with the activity and loved to see their minds whirl with ideas when using their imagination.

 

If you fancy your chances at winning some Nutty Putty, then pop over to the Wicked Uncle Twitter Account or Facebook Account to take part in their latest giveaway! 

Disclaimer: We were gifted these products in return for providing a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Mummy Miller | #parentingscoop

Mummy Miller | #parentingscoop
On the blog today we have Mummy Miller joining us for #parentingscoop, where she talks us through her parenting journey so far.

Welcome back to #parentingscoop and welcome to Mummy Miller!

It is so lovely to have all these amazing bloggers pop in for a chat and tell us about their parenting experiences.  I am loving hearing everyones stories and I have many more bloggers lined up over the next few weeks for a chat.

This week we have the lovely Louise, blogger over at Mummy Miller.  She has an absolutely adorable little boy Oliver, who is guaranteed to make you smile !

Oliver

So, let me pass you over to Louise, so she can tell you her story…

Bio – Louise at Mummy Miller

Hi I’m Louise, I’m a 26 year old mummy to Oliver who’s just turning 1.  I met my husband when we were at school, and we got together when we were 15. We have been together ever since, which is over 10 years now!  We got married two years ago and immediately wanted to start a family.

I started my blog when I was pregnant, fell out of love with it and restarted and rebranded when Oliver was about three months old as a way to document his life, milestones, our experiences and adventures.

Tell us about you when you are not in ‘mummy mode’

During nap time or after bedtime you will often find me in the kitchen, baking.  It’s my favourite thing to do.  I would love to do it professionally but my nursing comes first.  Perhaps when I retire from nursing!

Other than baking I love relaxing and watching TV or Netflix with a glass of gin in my hand!

Tell us about your pregnancy / pregnancies

I was very lucky that I got pregnant very quickly and I had a very straightforward pregnancy.  I had a lot of sickness in the early weeks, it was horrible and hit me at any time.  Luckily by about 11 weeks it passed.  The rest of my pregnancy I enjoyed, I loved being pregnant and can’t wait to do it again!

Where did you give birth? Did you have any complications?

I gave birth at our local hospital, the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.  I went into labour on a Thursday evening, on the Friday afternoon the hospital finally said I should come in.  On our journey we got stuck in traffic for about an hour and it made me so stressed as I was in a lot of pain when I was sat down, I was so worried I was going . I had planned on a water birth but when I got there they said my BP was slightly too high so it was out of the question.  I felt exhausted, the gas and air made me really sick and I ended up asking for an epidural which is the one thing I had said I didn’t want!

The epidural really slowed my labour down. I ended up starting to push at about 4.30, after about an hour of pushing the doctor was called in to examine me as baby was stuck.  I remember when I was pushing, I told the midwife this baby is not coming out on its own!  When the doctor examined me he said the babies arm was above his head which is why he wasn’t coming out on his own!

I ended up having to have an episiotomy and forceps and then Oliver was born at 6:10am.

Louise from Mummy Miller and her family. Sitting on the hospital bed shortly after giving birth.

What were the first few weeks like with a newborn?

Easier than I had expected.  Oliver was a very good little baby and my husband was amazing whilst he was on paternity leave.  I barely had to lift a finger! I was out and about the day after we got home from hospital as I couldn’t stand being stuck inside.  The worst part was definitely the night feeds, I was up every 1-2 hours overnight feeding and I felt exhausted by the morning.  Once my husband went back to work I struggled to get out the house before 1pm! I was lucky that I had lots of friends come and visit and my mum also took time off work to help me out.

Do you have any advice for new parents?

Work together and it makes it much easier.  For example if Oliver needed a nappy change, the other person would make sure everything was there that you needed to change him or at bath time, one of us runs the bath whilst the other one gets him undressed, someone baths him and the other person gets the towel ready.  If you work together things are easier and you don’t feel like you’re alone.

What is your favourite thing about being a parent?

I find it so rewarding.  Every time he smiles it makes me so happy and I’m so proud when he achieves something new.  You know that the time and effort you have put into being a parent has made this little person who they are and that’s got to be the best part.

What is your funniest parenting story

When Oliver was 5 months old I was out in Sainsbury’s with my mum when we both heard the grunting that precedes a poo.  We carried on shopping and didn’t think any more because there wasn’t a smell.  When I went to put him in his car seat I spotted the evidence of a poo explosion, I took his clothes off and it was EVERYWHERE, I ended up having to change him beside the car and he was wriggling around so much, it took at least 10 minutes to clear it up. Another mum walked past and said oh no we have all been there!  I had half of a spare change of clothes so he ended up having to travel home in just a vest (luckily it was the summer!)

Louise from Mummy Miller and her son Oliver

Thanks you so much for joining us Louise! It sounds like you had a dream pregnancy!  

I have certainly been there too with the poo explosions, they are the worst! 

You can find Mummy Miller being social here, pop over and say hi:

If you would like to take part in #parentingscoop then leave me a comment below, or email doublethemonkeybusiness@gmail.com.  We would love to have you on the blog.

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