#NumNomsFoodie Pancake Day Invitation To Play

Happy Pancake Day! It’s Shrove Tuesday today, and while we don’t tend to do much for lent, we’re always happy for an excuse to enjoy pancakes! Today we have an added incentive: NumNoms sent us a series 3 Lunch Box and encouraged us to take inspiration from the selection of Nums and Noms for our own pancake fillings. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

It did to us and as you’ll see, the kids loved it!

The NumNoms lunch box comes in two different styles (with different Nums and Noms in them) and the one we received contained 9 Nums – corn, blue raspberry, cherry, grape, banana, wildberry, orange, candycane, maple syrup – two orange erasers (which come as two halves that slot into each other to make one Num), a peach stampit (with fuzzy fur) and a mystery tub, which held a pumpkin – Paula Pumpkin.

I went on a little shopping trip, where I picked up orange, raspberry, blackberry, lemon, banana, mint leaves, maple syrup and some squirty cream. Use this recipe to make your own pancake mixture.

After giving the children the Lunch Box to explore…


… I took it away again, then returned a little later with a picnic lunch decorated with the Lunch Box NumNoms.
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Coping Skills: Age by Age Tips For Supporting Children

It is important for children to know how to cope with whatever life brings them, and we can start doing this in age-appropriate ways, starting from when they are old enough to vocalize their feelings.

You don’t need to be a helicopter parent, swooping in and rescuing your child every time the slightest thing goes wrong. They need to be able to learn some resilience even from a young age, so letting them fail from time to time and accepting that sometimes these things will happen. Studies show that developmentally inappropriate parental involvement can be associated with higher levels of child anxiety and depression

Here are some age by age coping skills that are valuable for children to learn.feelings charadesRead more: Coping Skills: Age by Age Tips For Supporting Children

Vintage Travel Guides Ravensburger Puzzle {Review}

I don’t know about the rest of you, but taking time to do things just for me don’t happen too often. And when it does, it might stretch to a cup of coffee in an actual cafe with real people around. Doing something just for me that lasts for a couple of evenings in a row? Very, very rare!

The moment I saw this puzzle, however, I knew I had to make time for it, because I simply love the vintage collection of travel books. Would I have a shelf of books on my bookshelf? No – because, dust trap! but I loved the puzzle so much because it has the feel of a bookshelf without the clutter. Ravensburger PuzzleRead more: Vintage Travel Guides Ravensburger Puzzle {Review}

The Healing Power of Plasters

I will always reach for ‘natural medicine’ long before I’ll reach for anything else, and I’ve come to believe that a good plaster is the most natural medicine of them all! I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but my little girl can overcome almost anything when given a plaster!

And I mean anything. Last year we had a day out at the zoo when she rolled off the play gym and fell a few feet to the ground. I didn’t see the fall, so I gave her a bit of comfort and we popped a plaster on and she was fine and smiling and quite herself for the rest of the day. That night however, after she went to bed she kept stirring and moaning and waking up crying in her sleep. It became so that I called our local non-emergency line and asked for their advice, upon which we ended up heading to the emergency room in the middle of the night! It turned out she’d broken two of the bones in her wrist! How guilty can a mama feel about an injury she couldn’t see? Very, I assure you! Frozen ElastoplastRead more: The Healing Power of Plasters

From Drinking Bottles To Nursing Slings: Making Up The Perfect Nursing Baskets

There’s a huge difference between having your first baby, and having your second, third or fourth. I’ve only done it twice, but this weekend I’m going to a blessingway for a friend due her fourth baby. It’s really tough coming up with baby gift ideas for someone who already has every baby accessory they could possibly require, especially when they’ve been through it a few times already, and they know the best baby sling for nursing from the worst, or they already have the highchair that’s been perfectly fine for the first three, or they have more baby grows than their new comer will ever wear. Then it’s really only once baby’s here and you know what this child’s quirks are going to be that you can contribute.

So, since baby number 4 is an unknown entity at this point, I decided the best gift for this mama-to-be-again, is a gift for her.

My suggestion for a not-first time mama’s babyshower or blessingway gift is a nursing basket. Particularly since it’s something everyone can contribute to. Read more: From Drinking Bottles To Nursing Slings: Making Up The Perfect Nursing Baskets

Owl Bat Bat Owl {Book Review}

Owl Bat Bat Owl is a really unique concept in books because, unlike what normally makes up a book, this one has no written story. The whole story unfolds in pictures, making it a story tellers dream! It’s the perfect book for children who don’t read but like to make up the story as they go along, and it’s a fantastic book for getting imaginations going.

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DIY Craft Kit Gift With Twinkl

You know those days when you wake up in the morning and mentally go through your day, only to suddenly remember the birthday party you’re meant to be at in two hours, so you stumble bleary-eyed over to the gift cupboard and realise that you now only have gifts left for babies, blessingways and older kids, so you log in to your online banking really hoping your client has paid you, but alas, she hasn’t… so you have less than two hours to come up with a present. What do you do? I’ve mentioned before what I do – I go to Twinkl, so that’s precisely what I did today.DIY Gift Set

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New Episodes & A New Line For Project MC2

Project Mc² is back on Netflix UK with new episodes, and an accompanying new product line based on the Netflix series.

If you aren’t familiar with Project Mc², it’s a series about a team of six super-smart girls who use their love of science and spy skills to undertake missions for a top-secret, all female organization called NOV8 – or innovate – to us less acronym savvy.

The six main characters are McKeyla McAlister (Mc2), Adrienne Attoms (A2), Camryn Coyle (C2), Bryden Bandweth (B2), Ember Evergreen (E2) and Devon D’Marco (D2), and each girl has an area of speciality. McKeyla is a spy, Adrienne is a culinary chemist, Camryn is a whizz with electronics, Bryden is the online guru of the group, Ember can grow pretty much anything and Devon is an artist extraordinaire who opens up to the group in this latest series.  Each girl ticks at least one of the STEM/STEAM boxes, many tick more, and while their interests are varied, they make a great time when they work together.
Project MC2

In the new episodes and old character returns, and the girls have to use their smarts to not only save him and save the day, but there’s romantic progress for McKeyla and Kyle Lewis too.

While the show throws out big words from time to time (mostly chemicals) there’s not a huge amount of education that happens just from watching it, and a lot just ‘works out’ for the characters, but it’s a series aimed at young girls, so you have to watch it with that filter. While I still find the girls a bit vapid-with-smarts, they’re much more interesting and much better role models for girls than many other traditional girl stereotypes I can think of.

There are some general themes that make it worth watching, if you were doing it for entertainment only, like the introduction to the concept of girls-who-love-STEM/STEAM, the value of teamwork, standing by your friends and standing up for yourself. There’s also the ‘girls can do this’ idea, which isn’t bad to start reinforcing from a young age.Read more: New Episodes & A New Line For Project MC2

6 Creative Baby Photo Shoot Ideas

One of the joys of having a newborn in the family is that you get to see that little angel grow up right before your very eyes. But many parents secretly wish that their baby won’t grow up too fast. Well, that angelic, innocent-looking face, precious smile, and pink chubby cheeks won’t last forever, but you can capture your baby’s cutest moments and immortalize them through photos.

You don’t need to be a skilled photographer or hire a professional photographer to take adorable pictures of your little munchkin. With the help of your family, a few props, and right newborn photography gear, you can do it on your own!6 Creative Baby Photo Shoot IdeasRead more: 6 Creative Baby Photo Shoot Ideas

Chicco Balance Bike Review From Kiddies Kingdom

We’ve had simply ridiculous weather of late. It’s gone from icy frost to days of cloud to almost warm and back to heating on in the space of two weeks. And today the sun came out again, and we could even go for a walk without coats! I think it’s a sign that spring is coming – and with it, excuses and opportunities to get outdoors. One of the best ways to get some exercise yourself when you have little children, is putting them on a bike – it ensures you can walk fast enough to get your heart rate up, and if your kids are anything like mine, enforce sprinting from time to time, which I’m told is also a good workout strategy!

Ameli received a new balance bike for Christmas. We thought her wooden one was getting a little small, and I wanted something that looked and felt like a ‘real’ bicycle, so we took Kiddies Kingdom up on their offer of a bike to review.

We were sent a Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike, which is also available in pink and yellow. (£27.95)

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