Thursday, 18 December 2014

5 Signs that Santa's Been!!!


I'm part of a Facebook group for local mums, we were sharing ways that we leave little clues Santa has been and gone for our kiddos. These were my favorite suggestions and sneaky ways to help our little ones believe in the magic of Christmas.

1. Eaten minced pies and half eaten carrots - This is quite a traditional one, we do this every year with our little lads and lass but a few new tips, cut the end of the carrot with a pastry cutter to make them look like reindeer teeth marks or maybe leave a chunk of carrot in the back/front garden

2. Santas snowy Footprint - Using a pair of wellies as a template shake talcum powder or shake n vac around the wellies to make it look like Santa has left a snowy print. 

3. Wrapping the door to Living room - Wrap the door to the leaving room with Christmas wrapping paper or tissue paper so that the kids have to burst through them to discover their presents. 

4. A letter from Santa - A letter from Santa thanking your child for the mince pie and carrot. I think its sweet to also include things Santa was proud of them for like starting big school, or potty training etc.. You could also use this opportunity to give them little targets for next year. 

5. A trail of Chocolate Coins - A trail of chocolate coins that have fallen out of Santa's pocket leading all the way to presents under the Christmas tree.

I will be doing a couple to these for the little lads to discover on Christmas day, do you have any others that you do?
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Sunday, 14 December 2014

The New Annie Movie Review


I was delighted to be invited to the premier of the New Annie Movie, I have always loved Annie as a little girl and was over the moon when Violet loved it too, I would have to admit she is a bigger fan than I was though knowing all of the songs and the script. So naturally I wanted to share the experience of the new Annie Movie with her and she was beyond excited! 

So for that reason I thought it would be rude not to hand over this review to Violet, she is 9yrs old and a fanatic of Annie therefore a true critic... 


So how was Annie?
It was REALLY REALLY good, it was a bit like the original but more modern with cool songs. 

Did you like the actress Quvenzhane Wallis who plays the new Annie?
Yes, she looked different to the original Annie, it's nice to have someone new, she was really funny and inspirational. 

Would you tell your friends about the new Annie Movie? 
Yes! I want to see it again at the cinema with my friends, they would love it! 

What was your favorite bit?
When Oliver Warbucks (she calls him Daddy Warbucks) spat out the mash potato at the homeless shelter and it was remixed on YouTube (chuckles) that was sooooo funny! 

Describe the new Annie Movie in three words. 
Fantastic, Funny, Emotional. 

Was there anything you disliked about the new Annie Movie?
There were a few times it made me cry, it was all okay in the end but it did make me sad even though I knew what was going to happen.

Tough one, which Annie movie was your favorite new or original?
(Long pause) I can't decide! I LOVE them both, I want to watch them both again and again and again! But I do prefer the songs to the new Annie movie, I want the soundtrack.

So there you have it the new Annie Movie was fantastic! I loved it as much as Violet did.  I laughed hard, it made me nostalgic and even cry at a few points too. Quvenzhane Wallis is a fantastic little actress, I loved her in Beast of the Southern Wild, her onscreen 'father daughter' relationship with   Jamie Foxx was heart warming and truly believable. I'm also a huge fan of Cameron Diaz she can do no wrong in my eyes even though she played the part of mean Miss Colleen Hannigan. 

Like I said I love the original Annie but I also loved the new Annie movie and I'm sure myself and Violet will watch the new Annie movie plenty more times once it's released on DVD. Even if you haven't seen the original Annie you will still love the new Annie Movie. Laughter, classic songs and a feel good story line, what's not to love? There is nothing better than a family movie you all truly enjoy. 


The new Annie Movie is out at the cinema on Boxing Day 2014 in the UK.

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Printrbook Review - Easily create a beautiful Instagram Photo Book + GIVEAWAY!!!


I was so excited to be offered the chance to review an Instagram Photo Book from Printrbook. I adore Instagram, its my favorite social media outlet and I post a photo almost every day. I love to take photos of those beautifully ordinary moments that I want to remember forever.  I've always wanted to print some of my instagram photos but have been put off in the past at the thought of trawling through 1250 photos (yes 1250, its not a typo, I told you I love it!) but Printrbook assured me it will only take 3 quick easy steps so I've given them ago.

Beaux loves flicking through the photos on my iPhone  - the apple not falling far from the tree and all that! it's a great way for us to talk about our mini adventures and things we've seen that day, so as a little Christmas present I decided to make him this Printrbook Instagram Photo Book for him. It will also be great to stick in his little keep sake box for when he's older too. 

Step 1 - Choose your favorite photos

Let me begin by telling you that I initially created this photo book on my iPhone (it's that simple) but redone on my computer so I could have clearer screen shots for you, aren't I nice! All you have to do is through Printrbook is login into your Instagram account and simply select the photos you would like included, you can choose from a 25 or 50 paged book which will be printed in date order. Printrbook will keep a track of how many photos you have already selected. Once you have chosen which photos you would like you are prompted to choose if you would like the date or the caption (or both) displayed in your Printrbook Photo Book. I chose to keep the date but not the caption, I wanted Beaux to make his own story when flicking through.



Step 2 - Choosing a Cover and Title

Once you have selected your photos Printrbook will automatically choose a cover photo for you or you can choose your own favorite (or a selection of your favorites 4 or 9), this was the hardest part for me as I love so many of the photos of Beaux but I chose one that sums him up at this age, one of  him running off alone to explore with the title "twinkle twinkle" as this is the first nursery rhyme he ever sang. You can also choose to write a message on the inside page at this point.



Step 3 - Preview and Pay

That's it!! Simply review, make any tweaks you are not happy with and pay, this 50 paged photo book cost £12.99 shipping worldwide is FREE.

I was so pleased when my Printrbook Instagram Photo Book arrived. It is lovely and captures Beaux beautifully as an energetic little toddler explorer. The quality is perfect and looks just as it appears on my Instagram feed. I was worried that sometimes when I use filters, when printed the quality would be grainy or not translate as well but it really does look wonderful, i'm so pleased with it and looking forward to Beaux unwrapping it on Christmas day. Printrbook is definitely a great way to print Instagram photos and I will be using them again.

Your chance to win your own Printrbook!!! I am hosting a giveaway over on Instagram for your chance to win your very own Printrbook Instagram Photobook, go enter! (ends midnight 14/12/14) Good luck








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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Weekend Break in Bath

Weekend in Bath
Last weekend we had a little break in Bath, Bath is one our our favorite towns in the UK it's just so stunning. For me it is the perfect mix of quaint cobbled streets, independent stores and little cafe hideaways in the town centre. Then on the outskirts are beautiful countryside with striking views.

Before heading off to visit family we attempted a bit of shopping but with the Bath Christmas Market up and running it was ridiculously busy. Not the place to be with a pushchair and a over excited five year old. I did manage to have a little peak at some of the stalls (from a distance) and could see they were full of gorgeousness. In hindsight we should have let the little lads have a bit of Grandpa time while myself and The Mister browsed the Christmas stalls alone, still it was lovely seeing all decorations, smelling mulled wine in the distance all the while being surrounded by the beautiful Abbey, it is now definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

After a couple of Christmas presents bought and two new dresses for me in the Black Friday sale (I'm a firm believer of the 'one for you, two for me' shopping method) we headed off to visit family, this was a lot less stressful! Walks through fields to say hello to the neighbors sheep, splashing in small streams, going to the villages Christmas fair then later eating, drinking and snuggling up by the fire. It was a little bit of what we all needed and to be honest I wasn't looking forward to returning to home and routine! I am a bit over it all, the school runs, the swimming lessons, the home work, the 'strict' bedtime routines etc... I have already switched to the Christmas holiday mode, now pass me some mulled cider, After Eight mints and switch on those fairy lights!





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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Hot Chocolate Cocktail Recipe


Oh yes you heard me right, a Hot Chocolate Cocktail recipe! Now that it's freezing outside I automatically go into wrap up warm, blanket, sofa, movie and hot chocolate mode and hurrying up December so I can get into the full Christmas spirit. I've also been seeing Irish Cream liquor up and down the shopping aisle which I loooove! It screams Christmas time to me as weirdly enough I never have it at any time of the year. So what could possibly be better than a hot chocolate and Irish cream liquor cocktail? Err nothing! Except maybe a side of cream and marshmallows!

Here's my super simple hot chocolate cocktail the ingredients is for one large mug of hot chocolate.

Ingredients
A mug of Semi Skimmed Milk
2tbs of Nutella
2tbs of Irish Cream Liquor
Squirty Cream & Marshmallows (optional but if you are going to have this hot chocolate cocktail you may as well go all out!) 
Coco powder for dusting

Method
Gently heat the milk in a pan, as the milk begins to simmer whisk in the Nutella until dissolved. Then add the Irish cream liquor. Cool for a minute and pour into your favorite mug. Top with cream and marshmallows and dust with coco powder. Grab a spoon, light some candles and go get cosy of the sofa. Enjoy! 
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Monday, 24 November 2014

Playtex 24H Soft Challenge


I was invited to take part in the 'Playtex 24H Soft Challenge'. The idea was to wear a pair of Playtex 24H Soft tights for 24hrs (or from morning to night) and document how you get on with them. I was excited to give it ago as I love to wear dresses with thick tights in the autumn/winter but still haven't found my perfect pair of tights. They are either too tight and create muffin tops, become baggy throughout the day, are too long or are not long enough (a long crotch is so NOT a good look for anyone!)

That morning when I first tried on the tights I loved how incredible soft they were. They were tight and very supportive around my thighs, bum and hips (no muffin tops) but comfortable. They were quite long so I had to wear pulled up quite high on my stomach, the waist band has a scalloped edge which was really comfortable, although I did wonder if it would roll down throughout the day or become uncomfortable but for now they felt very comfortable, warm and slimming.  I set off for a busy day Christmas shopping, they still felt comfortable, the waistband didn't roll down as I feared and I didn't once have to pull them up to prevent Nora Batty ankles. So far so good!

Once we were all shopped out we headed home, usually by then I normally couldn't wait to get out of my tights but I didn't feel the need in the Playtex 24h soft tights. I did however have to swap my dress for a more comfy jumper dress. I carried on my day, playing with the little lads, sitting watching TV and cooking, all the while feeling perfectly comfortable although truth be told I would normally have changed into lounging trousers but for the purpose of this challenge I didn't. 



I finally took the tights off at 9pm to change into my PJs for the night, I can honestly say the 24hr soft tights are very comfortable. I never once had to yank them up, they felt supportive the entire time I was wearing them without being restrictive and yes they felt soft and warm. I can't imagine when I would ever need to wear a pair of tights for 24 hours straight but the Playtex 24H Soft tights can definitely see me from day to night whilst out and about but I will always choose to change into lounging trousers when I get home no matter how comfortable the tights are, that's just me.


In the Playtex hosiery range they also have tights 1 Size Down (suppose to make you drop a dress size after a week of wearing them) and the Expert in Silhouette (for flattering tums, lifting bums and slimming thighs- wow!) I will be saving these bad boys for the work Christmas Party my sister has kindly invited me to, I can't wait! I will let you know how I get on.
Playtex 24H Soft Tights 40D - Available at Next £7-12





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Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

Christmas advent calendar gift ideas

This year I wanted to try a different type of Christmas Advent Calendar, an Advent Calendar where I can choose the gifts the little lads receive each day on the count down to Christmas!

I found this adorable Christmas Advent Calendar in Homesense for only £12.99 it's so well made that I'm hoping it lasts for years and years becoming one of our Christmas traditions. Now I have the Advent Calendar what Christmas gifts to fill it with? I've decided to do a mix of sweetie treats, small toys and Christmas activities/days out. 

Sweet - On some days I will fill the little pockets with Christmas themed sweets - chocolate coins, candy canes and chocolate covered raisins (reindeer poop! Tiger will find this hilarious!)

Gifts - You could shop around for small pocket sized toys or you could just shop at Hawkins Baazar, they have a 'Pocket Money' section which is full of small cheap toys. I've chosen a few of my favorites below, prices vary from 35p - £3.  If you don't fancy small toys how about little Christmas tree decorations your little ones can hang on the tree, special baubles that are different from all the rest.

Christmas Activities/Days Out - This is a great way to get organised with Christmas Activities or Days Out throughout December. I will slip a homemade Christmas activity card and chocolate coin in the pockets "Make a Gingerbread house or Visit Santa" then fill the day around it and on the 24th make a card saying "Check under your bed" you can then pop the Christmas Eve Present/Box there for them to find. I think this is a lovely way to build up to the main event!






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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Christmas Gift List and Amazing GIVEAWAY with The Dandy Kid

1. Tootsa Macginty Napali Knit Cardigan £41.00 / 2. Julia Staite Woodland Winterland Soft Toy £12.00 / 3. Tootsa Macginty Tibet Cotton Slub Raglan £23.00 / 4. Helen Dardik Nesting Dolls into the Wood £19.50 / 5. Sew Heart Felt Finlay Fox Slippers £24.95 / 6. Helen Dardik ABC Poster £16.00

Christmas is coming! whoop! whoop! and I have put together a lovely Christmas gift idea list for your little lads or lasses from The Dandy Kid which was more difficult than you would expect, there is just so much loveliness to choose from, I want it ALL! Seriously how beautiful is the Tootsa Macginty Cardigan?!

The Dandy Kid is a super cool and quirky independent store, who source stunning children clothing, accessories and toys from independent brands and designers from around the globe. You won't see much of it on the high street which I feel makes beautifully unique Christmas gifts.

Because its Christmas Little Likely Lads have collaborated with The Dandy Kids to Give Away £50 to Spend at The Dandy Kid online store to buy whatever you like!! For a chance to win, in the comments below Tell me what you would spend the £50 if you were to win? and follow @littlelikelylad and @TheDandyKid on twitter! You can also have an additional three entries see Rafflecopter below.

To enter the giveaway make sure:-
  • You are a UK and republic of Ireland resident.
  • You must be 16 or over.
  • You MUST enter the 3 mandatory fields - each worth 1 entry on the Rafflecopter below.
  • The giveaway closes on 01/12/14 at 12am
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

3 Ways to update your tired old JUMPERS


I am always looking for ways to update my old jumpers. The jumper in the photo I love, I bought it last autumn and have worn it to death so its not my 'go to' when choosing what to wear, to be honest I'm a little bit bored of it, its turned into my 'lounge around the house' jumper. So I've decided to give it a new lease of life. If you are the same as me here are 3 Ways to Update your Tired Old Jumpers.

Layer It - I recently bought a denim shirt to layer under my jumper and faux fur gilet but found that it makes me look all bulky and adds pounds on. I was beginning to think this look wasn't for me until I saw this post on Mama VIB, so I quickly hot footed it to River Island and purchased one for myself. The Denim collar shirt bib is a god send! I am wearing mine under everything! t-shirts, dresses and now jumpers. Instant fashion update without the bulk.

Make a Statement of it - This is a simple one, add your biggest loudest statement necklace to instantly take your jumper from 'back of the wardrobe' to 'drinks out with friends'. Every time you change your statement necklace it's like wearing a new top. Try clashing the colour of your statement necklace with the jumper, trust me it looks fab!! 

Tuck it In - Again so simple yet can change the feel and look of your jumper instantly. You don't have to wear high waisted jeans or to tuck the whole jumper in. Just tucking in the front and leave the back out also looks great (better when a jumper is really over sized or for when you are having a 'does my bum look big in this day') 



Give them ago and let me know what you think. Is there anything you do to update old tired jumpers? 
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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Nativity 3, Dude Where's My Donkey?!

Nativity 3 Dude wheres my donkey
Nativity 3, Dude Where's My Donkey - In Cinemas 14th November 2014 (Please note Tiger and Myself are not characters in the film! hehe!)
I was delighted to be invited to the Premier of Nativity 3, Dude where's my Donkey, for me as soon as Halloween is over I am happy to go straight into the Christmas spirit, I never feel like it's too early, I love the build up to the big day, so going to see Nativity 3 is perfect for me. Tiger is just as keen as I am to get the ball rolling on Christmas festivities and has already started putting together his Christmas wish list!

I haven't taken Tiger to London for a really long while so thought it would be nice to leave Beaux at home with The Mister and make a day of it with just Tiger. We jumped on a train the morning of the premier and headed straight to Hamleys, Tiger was left jaw dropped at the FIVE huge floors dedicated just to toys, he was rushing around looking playing and mentally writing his Christmas wish list. Once Tiger managed to persuade a purchase from me, we went for a late lunch at Pizza Express, I feel ashamed to say it's been a while since Tiger has had my full undivided attention and it was lovely. After lunch I came away with a good understanding and appreciation of why Spider Man and Venom could never be friends! Interesting stuff!

We then headed to see Nativity 3 wrapped up in our Christmas Jumper for the Save the Children Christmas Jumper 2014 campaign. The event was amazing it felt like we walked straight into Christmas, decorating reindeer shaped cookies, selfies with an elfie and Christmas themed balloon animals, it was great fun! We then eagerly found our seats to watch Nativity 3.
We haven't seen Nativity 1 or 2 so I was unsure of what to expect. The film began with a quick look back at what happened in the previous films, although it wasn't needed as the film is very easy to follow and aimed at young children but with laughs thrown in for us adults. Lots of catchy songs throughout which I thought might lose Tiger but I looked over at him to see him happily bopping away to them. Nativity 3 had the feel good festive vibe you would hope for a Christmas film and Tiger chuckled all the way through. We both really enjoyed it, it was a lovely way to end our day. Nativity 3, Dude Where's my Donkey is a must to get you into the Christmas spirit.


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Monday, 3 November 2014

#NYNYStyleProject November Prompts + GiveAway!!!


November already! October just flew by, I didn't manage to take part in many of the NYNYStyleProject (New Year New Style Project) last month, we had sickness bugs and colds on and off pretty much the entire month! I was mainly dressed in jeans and t-shirts which were swiped in kiddie snot (a mothers life is so glam!) which I didn't feel was very #NYNYStyleProject chic! However the beauty of the NYNYStyleProject is that you can feel free to dip in and out as you please. Below are a few of my interpritation of the prompts I did follow in October.


Unfortunately November has started off a bit similar and I feel like I need to give myself a little pick me up, the way I dress plays a huge part in the way I'm feeling about myself. The Mister knows this about me and treated me to a mega shopping spree at the weekend so I'm now kitted out in some lovely new autumn/winter pieces which I'm sure I will be showing off throughout November's NYNYStyleProject and surprise surprise my mood is feeling lifted! Funny what a new pretty pair of boots can do.

Novembers NYNYStyleProject is rather special we are collaborating with Alice's Wonders and are hosting a giveaway of the below stunning Statement Necklace!! This statement necklace would look fab over a simple chunky knit. All you have to do for a chance to win this stunner is take part in the NYNYStyleProject every time you post a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #nynystyleproject you will be entered into a draw, you must also follow @aliceswondersuk on Instagram. The Give Away ends on the 30.11.14 Good Luck!


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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Cute Toddler Halloween Costume

cute toddler halloween costume
Cat Onesie H&M Sale £3 (find similar here)
We love Halloween, the perfect excuse for me to dress the littlest lad in super cute Halloween costumes. Last year I dressed him in a cute pumpkin costume (it's an unwritten rule that all babies in our family dress as a pumpkin and have photo taken in a laundry basket!) this year he's a seriously spooky (not at all spooky) black cat.

This black cat onesie was a bargain I found in the sales at H&M after Halloween for just a few pounds. Beaux actually wears it all year round, its usually something I bundle him in after a swimming lesson or even for the school run on those days when I'm running really late, well its either that or his PJs! At least with the onesie I can get away with pretending its intentional.

A black cat halloween costume is not hugely creative and maybe not massively inspiring but it's fuss free with minimal face paint and incredible adorable. Beaux love his cat onesie and runs around meowing (loudly!) it's all just far too cute! 

cat onesie

toddler cat costume

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Friday, 24 October 2014

No Sew DIY Mummy Costume

No Sew DIY Mummy Costume

Halloween is Tigers favorite holiday and each year he goes to great lengths to decide what he wants to dress up as, this year his choice was a mummy 'a mummy with bloody bandages'. So I went on the hunt for a costume but I could only find cheap plastic ones which still cost a small fortune. So decided to knock one up myself, I jumped straight onto Pinterst and searched for DIY Mummy costumes and loads of amazing handmade high quality mummy costumes came up from which seemed to be made by super mummy's who were all dab hands at using a sewing machine or sewing by hand  - errr these were not for me! My sewing skills stretch to sewing on a button and this could still take me a while, therefore I did not relish the thought of sewing on loads of bandages! and wrapping them around him didn't seem too 'wee friendly'. My mum the resourceful domestic goddess that she is thought of using iron on WonderWeb hemming tape instead.

DIY Mummy Costume

How to make a No Sew DIY Mummy Costume

I found an old white long sleeved t-shirt and a pair of Violets old legging (any old trousers or jogging bottoms would also be fine) then headed to the 99p Store where I bought...

6x Rolls of 3 meter Bandages (they came in a pack of 3 so I only bought 2 packs)
2x Rolls of WonderWeb - this also came in a pack of 3
1x Tube of Fake Blood (optional)
1x Tube of White Face Paint (optional)
All this cost just £4.95 which is at least half the price of most childrens halloween costumes.

I simply roughly cut the banadages and WonderWeb into stripes and roughly ironed them onto the t-shirt and leggings. I made sure it wasn't perfect as I wanted some stripes of banadages to be handing down to look like they had been unraveling. Remember to save a piece to tie around the head.

Once I had covered most of the area I dabbed a wet tea bag to give the impression of an old aging mummy costume. I then dotted round some fake blood and that was it. It look me about 30 minutes to make and Tiger was so impressed with his 'mummy costume with blood stained bandages' he couldn't wait to try it on.

On the day of the Halloween party we used a little white face paint and bit of guy liner (Tiger is not a huge fan of face painting) and sprayed a bit of white hair spray in his hair. I then tied the piece of blood stained bandage I saved from earlier around his head and chin to finish off the look and tah dah, the cutest, scariest, 'wee friendliest', DIY, no sew, mummy costume you will ever see.

DIY Mummy Costume


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Warming Banana and Cherry Loaf Recipe

Banana and cherry loaf recipe

Banana loaves are my favorite way to use up over ripened bananas and I love experimenting with them. So far I have made a banana and walnut loaf, banana white chocolate and almond (that was delish but very sweet) but my all time favorite has to be banana and cherry loaf. I've got my recipe down to a tee, it's moist and has never gone that horrible 'purpley colour' that I've seen at some cake fairs and tastes amazing with a hot cup of tea. 


Banana and cherry loaf recipe

Ingredients
3oz 85g Caster Sugar
3oz 85g Softened unsalted Butter
3oz 85g Self Raising Flour
2 Medium sized Eggs
2 Medium sized ripened Bananas
A large handful of glacier cherries 
1tsp Vanilla Essence

Method

Preheat oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and grease loaf tin with butter.
Cream together the butter and caster sugar until smooth. Whisk the eggs and gradually mix into creamed butter (slowly so not to curdle) add the sieved self raising flour in gradually. I like to make figure of eights when mixing, I can't remember exactly why now, it's just how my mum taught me. I think it has something to do with letting air in? (don't quote me on this)
I like to mash the bananas in a seperate bowl first and I prefer mine smooth with no lumps. Next add the bananas and Vanilla essence into the cake mix and stir. The cake mix should be smooth and fall from a spoon when held upside down. If it's too thick add a little milk.
Spoon the cake mix into the greased loaf tin and stud with cherries for a more even spread.
Pop into the oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the skewer comes out clean.


Leave the Banana and Cherry Loaf to cool in the loaf time for a few minutes then transfer to a wired rack. I personally like to serve my Banana and Cherry Loaf while still warm with a hot cup of tea. Yum! This is so lovely, warming and comforting on a chilly day. 


Banana and cherry loaf recipe


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

What to do on Board the Oasis of The Sea - Royal Caribbean Cruises


Last week I was lucky enough to be invited by Royal Caribbean Cruises to experience a day on-board the worlds larges cruise ship the Oasis of the Sea. Cruising as a family isn't something we have considered, my initial thoughts of cruises was that it catered for older retired people and therefore not suitable for busy noisy young families. Would there be enough entertainment on-board for young children as well as myself and The Mister?  So on my visit I scoped out what there really was to do.

Entertainment for The Kids - Well it didn't take long to see that Royal Caribbean Cruises do cater for families. While we were having lunch we were visited by Alex the lion from Madagascar, if Beaux and Tiger had been with me they would have been besides themselves with excitement, what a welcome! In fact all of us mums were maybe a little too excited to see the characters and have our photos taken with them.


After lunch we visited the Kids Club, first impressions was that it was bright, colourful, all very new and clean. I imagined Tiger excitedly heading straight to the kids very cool arcade and Beaux checking out what there was to climb on in the toddlers room or get stuck into creating a master piece. The Kids club on-board is separated into age appropriate rooms with activities to match. We were invited to have a mini science lesson, which is one of the many activities on offer at Kids Club, we were given a few ingredients to make an exploding volcano, Tiger would have gone crazy for this and we may even give this a go at home if I can take the mess! The staff (all fully trained teachers) who you can tell are excited, enthusiastic and love their job, told us they try to encourage all children to take part in the set activities which they change daily as well as having free time to chill out with a movie or play computer games. 
As well as indoor activities there is a splash world (H2O Zone) and shallow pool for those sunnier days. 



Entertainment for The Adults - When choosing a holiday for myself and The Mister good food and drinks, relaxation and activites is on the top of our 'must have' list. We 'ate out' at restaurants for both lunch and dinner on our day visit and the entire meal from starter to dessert was mouth wateringly A-mazing, such high quality! I would even go to say that the steak I had was 'THE' best I have ever tried. The portions were huge and I felt like I needed to be rolled out, I was happily filled to the brim! The waiters were always there, friendly and I felt like nothing was too much trouble.

There were loads of trendy looking bars, my favorite being a bar which is located in the centre of the ship and goes up and down through each level like a huge glassed lift. I hear there is also a nightclub on-board but unfortunately we didn't get a chance to shake a tail feather there.

For those of you who like to keep fit we were shown their on-board gym, there were lots of new equipment, my favorite was the treadmill which overlooked the sea. Although the gym looked pretty impressive I much prefer the Spa! We were treated to a hand and arm massage which was lovely my only complaint was it wasn't a full one (some people aye?!) Imagine a full body massage followed by a spot of shopping, my idea of heaven! 



Entertainment for Us All - There is so much to see and do, each level has a different look and feel with different activities on each of them. I think it would take a couple of days to look around it all and properly check out and see all the activities on offer. I'd imagine that with my family  it would feel like each visit to a different level was a another mini day out. Without the hassle of packing kids into the car or the 'are we there yet's.

On our day visit we watched a show, I was amazed a how professional the production was, it really was the standards of a west end show, I know Violet would particularly love watching a show like that with me.


There was so much more I wanted to see - The ice rink, flow rider and of course a browse in their on-board shops! We were on-board the Oasis of the Sea all day and we didn't have time to see it all which I think in itself shows how massive the ship really is and how much variety of entertainment there is. Having never considered a Royal Caribbean Cruise before its definitely something we will seriously discuss when choosing our next family holiday.



For even more photos and videos of our Day on-board the Oasis of the Sea click 'read more'

Below - Rosie from Mummy & Boo braving it on the Zip Wire, I chickened out at the last minute! 





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Monday, 13 October 2014

Choker Necklace

Choker Necklace

So I've been seeing that all the cool kids are wearing choker necklaces. This is a fashion I remember so clearly the first time around! Wow I feel so old right now.

I have always loved statement jewellery even in 90's as a teen. I remember I had a collection of black and burgundy velvet chokers but my favorite were the black plastic stretchy ones which I thought were uber cool because they looked like you had a tattoo around your neck. I wore them with my hair scraped back into a low bun and side parting, black platform shoes, belly top and dark eye makeup (when my mum wasn't looking of course!)  Actually the trend now doesn't seem all that dissimilar.

Choker gold necklace

I'm still not sure I will be rushing out to buy them this time around, the one in the photo is actually a stretchy headband and quite frankly a bit itchy and uncomfortable but I didn't want to dismiss this look before giving it my best shot. 

What do you think of choker necklaces, do you also remember them back in the 90's?

Gold choker necklace

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Boys COOL Character Clothing

Boys Cool character clothing

I admit it, i'm a mean mummy and don't usually buy the little lads character clothing, if they have any it's usually bought for them as gifts or I keep it to a minimum with pants, socks or PJs. Tiger hasn't in the past requested them until now that is. He has a massive thing for super heroes especially Batman and The Mister has demanded that the little lads be little boys and enjoy the odd character t-shirt or bed spread. The thought of huge stick on transfers and bright cheaply made character trainers is quite frankly making me feel itchy so I've been on the hunt for COOL boys character clothing/accessories and luckily enough there are some lovely bits out there. Here are my top five




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Monday, 6 October 2014

Oh Baby London


All in One Oh Baby London, Hat Tesco, Shoes H&M
I'm a huge fan of Zulily for grabbing great deals on good quality clothing for both myself and the little lads, this is where I came across Oh Baby London. I'm a little ashamed to admit I have never heard of Oh Baby London before but was drawn to the super cool space invaders design so I bought it in a cute all in one for Beaux and drop crotch joggers for Tiger. Tigers joggers are a bit too big so he's yet to wear them, but Beaux has already worn his oh baby London all in one loads. I find all in ones great for when we've been lounging around the house then decide to pop out. They are a full outfit wrapped up into one super cute all in one (as it's name might suggest, sometimes I do like to state the obvious!) as it's still mild Beaux didn't need a coat just a little bobble hat and we were off to collect some 'con conks' (conkers to you and me).



The Oh Baby London all in one is so well made, it has a fine layer of jersey inside which has kept so soft and snuggly even after washing, the print is just so cool too. I have been so impressed that I want to check out their website directly and they have beautiful quirky cool clothes for both little lads and lasses.  I think I've found myself a new brand to obsess over for the little lads


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