Win a 2018 Wall Planner – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Exciting times 2018 is here. What has the new year got in store for you? Have you made any resolutions? I love the new year. I find it’s a time for a fresh start and new ideas and also for hope. It’s a time for decluttering and organising. My favourite season, Spring, is just around the corner and the nights are slowly, very slowly getting lighter. Bring it on!

This is the second Wall Planner we’ve released for 2018. My lovely husband (aka leothexplorer) has created this kitchen wall planner to keep your 2018 on track. I really have benefited from being able to see our whole year at a glance. I know know exactly what we are doing each day. It has kept me from double booking and getting confused (this can easily happen!!). I love having something cheery to look at.

We are running a giveaway, you could win this inspiring planner to help make your super busy life more organised. For your chance to win please click on the link below.

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Closing date will be midnight on Saturday 13th January 2018.

We are selling these A2 Wall Planners in our Etsy shop, if you use the code BLOG2018 you can get a massive 25% off. These would make a family planner, a great blogging organiser even a meal planner.

Sarah x

Kitchen chores suitable for little ones

Hi thanks for stopping by. Who loves chores??? I know our kitchen fluctuates between super messy and near tidiness many times a day! Today I’m posting this Guest Post from Sophia over at Tidy London, Here she gives a bunch of ideas of how to get your children involved in the battle to keep the kitchen clean!

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“When it comes to chores, nobody loves doing them. But if we don’t do them regularly, we risk ending up with a really messy home. The best solution, then,is to make our chores fun so that they are more pleasant to perform. Moreover, we should indulge our children in the process.

You probably remember the time when you were a kid and your parents made you vacuum the living room or clean the refrigerator. Even though you didn’t like performing those activities, they have certainly taught you several things like how to be more responsible, for example. Also, thanks to your parents, you know how to properly clean your spaces in order to live in a healthier environment. That’s why you should pass that knowledge to your children. The best way to do it is to give them regular tasks, i.e. let them do chores.

You should bear in mind that, just like you, your children weren’t born with the knowledge how to properly sort out laundry or how to sweep the floor. That’s why you should always monitor and guide them while they are cleaning. Patience is a crucial part of the whole process; remember that if you start pushing your child, you risk making them cry, and no parent wants to make their child cry, right? You should be helping them throughout the process of cleaning too, of course.

But what kind of chores are suitable for your child? Depending on their age, we have come up with several ideas. However, remember that even if your child’s age makes them suitable for a certain chore, you shouldn’t necessarily appoint those activities for them.

The easiest way to teach your child that chores are necessary is to appoint daily cleaning chores to your child first, and work your way up to weekly and, later on, monthly cleaning chores as they grow up. Rather than simply appointing sweeping and dusting in the living room, you should consider appointing kitchen cleaning chores to your kids – most of them are daily and they are the fastest and efficient way to teach your child that cleaning is important. If you use your imagination and make the chores seem like a game, your children and even you, will eventually start loving the whole process of doing chores. Moreover, depending on their age, children must be allowed to choose among a certain number of chores. 3-4 year-olds should be appointed one chore, 5-6 year-olds – two, etc. What’s more, 2-year-olds should help you set the table, 3 to 5 year-olds should place dirty dishes on the counter and unload dishwasher. 6 to 9 year-olds should be suitable to clean kitchen appliances, etc.

You see that kitchen chores get harder as the child gets older. That’s why you shouldn’t ask your child to clean the inside of the refrigerator if they are only three years old, for example. A good idea to make chores fun is to make chore carts and let your child pick one, two or three of them, depending on their age. Cleaning the table after a meal is a habit, but your 2-3 year-olds might not have adopted it yet. Wiping appliances and washing dishes are good ideas for chore cards, too.

All in all, remember that you should teach your children the importance of chores. The way to teach them is to appoint daily chores to them, and since most of those are in the kitchen, don’t hesitate, and ask your child to wash the dishes instead of you every once in a while.”

Healthy Flapjack for Little People

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I absolutely love this recipe for flapjack. I don’t even know where it came from, I think my mum got it from somewhere. So I’ve been making these flapjacks for about 4 years and my little munchkins still love them and consider them a real biscuit! The best thing is they are absolutely healthy, they have NO sugar and lots of yummy banana. So I have no need to feel bad if I give in to requests for more biscuits.

I have to be honest, they don’t satisfy my craving for a biscuit! I find that a chocolate coated malted milk (or 5) hits the spot! As long as my little munchkins are loving these banana flapjacks, we will keep on making them!

Here’s what you need…

50g Raisins (or currents, or sultanas, whatever takes your fancy)

65g Butter

2 Bananas

1 Egg

115g Oats

60g Plain Flour

1/2 tsp baking flour

First things first. Mashing the bananas…good fun for budding bakers….

I then melted the butter on the stove and added it to the mashed banana along with the egg. Zori gave it a good mix.

Munashe weighed the oats and added them to the mix, followed by the flour and baking powder.

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Zori weighed out some sultanas and gave it a final mix. I put grease proof paper on a baking tray and using two teaspoons I created the biscuit shape. They then went in the oven for about 20 minutes at 180c. Yum Yum!

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I’m loving Munashe and Zori’s biscuit faces! Do you have any yummy biscuit recipes your little ones love to make? Please comment below 🙂

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30 Days Wild – Day 24 – Campfire and Chocolate

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_25I love a good campfire. Our little Munchkins missed out on a campfire when we stayed in a Tree House for our anniversary weekend at the beginning of June. To introduce them to the whole campfire experience we set up a fire pit at the bottom of the garden. I love their enthusiasm! The whole of life being one exciting adventure.

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After setting down some ground rules…

We lit the fire. Thankfully there are no causalities to report 🙂

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I used to enjoy barbequed banana and chocolate as I was growing up. Our little munchkins enjoy both so we thought it would make a delightful treat. Zori has a very delightful smile if she sees yummy foods like chocolate, or biscuits or even spicy sausages. We call it her food smile. You can see it here as she puts chocolate in the banana (she did have a cheeky lick before putting in into the bananas!)

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You should never leave a bag of marsh mallows with a four year old! We were so focused on other things and then I looked over at Munashe and his expression looked as if he’d had a bit too much of the sweet stuff. He claims he only ate three!
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Back to the banana’s and chocolate. A whole lot of guess work was going on here. They tasted yummy but could have done with some dollops of cream! To be honest our little munchkins devoured the melted chocolate and didn’t touch the bananas!

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Excitement was had but after all that naughty sugar will the munchkins sleep?

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30 Days Wild – Day 23 – Making Ice Cream and Eating Ice Cream

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_23Mango and Banana Ice Cream

I’m always on the look out for healthy, but tasty recipes I think our little munchkins would enjoy. My mum, who is the queen of health, (I’m not sure if she still drinks her broccoli water?) saved this recipe from the Telegraph Weekend for me. So thanks to Ella Woodward (who featured in The Telegraph) she has a fab website full of yummy healthy stuff here we are making ice cream. Well… not technically ice cream – not a drop of cream in sight (shame!) This ice cream is surprisingly creamy.

With Munashe off at nursery Zori got stuck in and helped chop up the fruit. I even learnt how to dice a mango – thanks to Dani Spies on YouTube.

The recipe is really simple. Cut up four bananas and one mango. Put in the freezer for at least four hours.
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take out out of the freezer and leave to defrost slightly for 15 minutes. Put the fruit into a food processor and whizz up.

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Put into bowls and eat! Simple.image

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Not sure how wild today’s events were! We did cut the fruit up outside and eat the ice cream outside in the sun! Really we should have found some wild strawberries. I used to love these as a kid. We had some growing out of a wall in our back garden, there were so few of them but they were so flavoursome.

wild or not wild?

Sarah 🙂

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