Monthly Archives: June 2013

Stay wonky 2

It is there to remind me I need to switch off the electronics and join in. It also echo’s things that we find important as a family, such as speaking out and being honorable. But even better, it says it is OK to stay wonky and this is something I have and always will be!
It looks perfect next to my family carving from South Africa and the brilliant drawing of Maxi and Mini baking, which Suzie drew.

Sponsored Video: New TOTAL Greek Yoghurt Advert 2013 and my ultimate rocky road recipe 1

  1. Line a 12 by 10 inch tin with cling film or lightly grease a silicone baking tin with butter.
  2. Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a bowl over just simmering water. Do not stir very often.
  3. Meanwhile crush the digestive biscuits and chop apricots if you are using them.
  4. Once the chocolate has melted allow to cool for approx 10 minutes, then add the yogurt and stir.
  5. Then add the biscuits, dried fruit and half the marshmallows.
  6. Put the mixture in the tin and the remaining marshmallows on top.
  7. Place in the fridge for at least two hours before slicing

How to throw a party to remember 1

How to throw a party to remember
When it comes to throwing birthday parties for your kids, the tried and tested formula of cake and pass the parcel is usually a winner. However, when you’re throwing a party for adults you sometimes have to think a little outside the box. Whether you’re throwing a dinner party, an engagement party or just a get-together, making sure your adult guests have fun is all part of creating a memorable evening. Here are some top tips for throwing a party to remember.
Having some great entertainment can truly make your party. If you’re opting for a themed party then try and make your entertainment fit in with that. For instance, a Hawaiian-themed party might have some limbo-playing whereas a 1950s-themed party might involve a jukebox and a dance competition! If you’re hosting something a little more refined, such as a dinner party, cocktail making could be a fun activity or you could arrange for a magician to come and wow your guests between courses. For something a little different, you could even arrange for everyone to have Tarot card readings. The popularity of online mediums means it could be the perfect opportunity for your guests to have their own reading in person.
Decoration is key to creating the right atmosphere for your party. This is especially important if your party is themed but it also depends on the occasion. If you’re hosting an engagement party, you might wish to adorn your venue with pictures of the happy couple. You could try a similar approach for a milestone birthday party – photos of the birthday boy/girl as a baby will definitively make an interesting talking point!
Little Extras
Take some time to think about the little details of your party. For instance, coming up with some interesting invitations can be a good place to start – if you’re throwing an amazing party you want to make sure everyone turns up! Handmade invitations can add a personal touch or you could even get the kids involved to make some. Make sure you have prepared a good selection of canapés and drinks in case your guests get peckish. If you’re hosting a party for a particularly special occasion you might want to give each of your guests a little gift to take away with them as a memento.
Planning the perfect party takes a lot of forward-planning but as long as you concentrate on creating a fun environment for your guests, you shouldn’t go far wrong!

Half term week 4

Teaching the boys hangman
The log flume at Thorpe Park
Making the most of the sun – Maxi
Sunshine means water – Mini
The men in my life in the Crash Pad at Thorpe Park
Cakes by the minimads
Washing machine flooded our kitchen (insurance assessor coming on Thursday)
An adventure playground to ourselves on inset day
My monkey
What you don’t see is that it was Maxi’s first week at Cub camp, he learned to canoe, BBQ, make a wooden catapult gun, planted seeds, made a cresshead, walked a lot and went to a theme park. He had the best time ever. Mini and I missed him a lot, but we made the most of our time with reading, playing, football, baking and one to one time. Oh and not being woken by Maxi the early riser at 5.30 am!

Fun things to do in Spain with your kids

Fun things to do in Spain with your kids

Image by Tallis Keeton

Enjoy the beauty of Spain while taking your entire family on an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime. There are many different attractions found throughout the country that children and adults are sure to enjoy. Have tons of fun while making your way through Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, seeing different areas of Spain that you may have never experienced otherwise. Before booking your flights to Spain, plan out your holiday by deciding which fun, kid-friendly attractions you will be visiting during your time here. Don’t forget to check out some of these hot spots that are sure to leave your family with long-lasting memories of their time in Spain.

Toy Museum of Catalonia – Start off your holiday to Spain in Barcelona. Just minutes away, visitors will find the town of Catalonia. Take the kids to the Toy Museum of Catalonia where you can browse through a wide collection of dolls, tricycles, puppets and other unique toys. With over 4,000 objects to see and explore at the Toy Museum of Catalonia, children are sure to have fun for hours as they learn about the different types of toys and their previous owners such as Salvador Dali and Joan Miro.

Tibidabo – Tibidabo in Barcelona is a small amusement park for children and adults that can easily be accessed by boarding the Tramvia Blue trolley. Take a spin on amusement park rides for all ages; watch a movie at the four-dimensional movie theatre, stop into the one of a kind Robot Museum and much more. Amusement park admission prices are based on the height of your child during the time of your visit.

Safari Park at Aldea del Fresno – If enjoying a holiday in Madrid, Spain with the children, there’s no better place to go for a fun-filled day than the Safari Park at Aldea del Fresno. Get up close and personal with wildlife right from the comfort of your own car as you make your way around this drive-through safari park. Giraffes, rhinos and elephants are just some of what you may see just inches away from your car as you spend your day at the Safari Park at Aldea del Fresno.

Madrid Zoo and Aquarium – Another one of the most popular attractions that can be found in Madrid for children and adults to enjoy is the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium. Take a stroll around the zoo where you will find many different exhibits that are home to animals such as baby pandas, tigers, bears, elephants, monkeys and more. With over 5,000 different species of wildlife and ocean life to see and explore during your visit here, you are sure to spend hours having a fun-filled time. The Madrid Zoo and Aquarium is also conveniently located near the Warner Bros. Theme Park which offers many family-friendly and thrill rides for all ages to enjoy.

Terra Miticia – A family holiday in Valencia would not be complete without a stop at Terra Miticia, a large-scale theme park with rides, shows and attractions for guests of all ages. Small children will enjoy riding on replicas of larger, popular rides that can be found at the theme park. You may even choose to ride on the Magnus; Colossus which is the largest wooden roller coaster in all of Europe. Water rides, thrill rides and family rides are all themed around different areas of the world including Greece, Egypt and Oceania.

If a holiday in Spain sounds like the perfect getaway for your family, it’s time to start looking for flight deals today. By booking your holiday in advance, you will save time and money on your dream travel experience. There are many low cost airlines like Ryanair, Easyjet etc. that fly to Spain.