Things to do over Christmas with a toddler

There are loads of post out there about things to do with kids over Christmas, all of which I can’t wait to do when Jake is older, but at 18 months he is still a little young to do or fully appreciate a lot of the activities. So I’ve come up with a list of things to do with a toddler over Christmas, things that are a bit shorter or simpler to hopefully hold a toddlers attention but still add a bit of Christmas joy in the build up to Christmas.

1) Make a hand or foot print Christmas cards
2) Make a sensory tub with tinsel and hidden toys
3) Go and look at garden centre Christmas lights
4) Dance to Christmas songs
5) Do finger painting, then cut into strips and use to make a garland decoration
6) Colour in some Christmas pictures
7) Go for a walk collecting leaves, pine cones, holly etc
8) Do messy play with shaving foam “snow”
9) Sing nursery rhymes but change the words to be Christmassy
10) Play what’s in the box with Christmas items

I’m aiming to do all of these things with Jake this year, he may not realise or appreciate the Christmas connection with each activity, but I will and I know it will be something special I will remember doing with him.

Review: BakerDays.com Personalised Cake

A couple of weeks ago I was introduced to BakerDays.com who asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their cakes. The unique selling point of BakerDays.com is that all of their cakes come delivered to you through the normal post i.e literally through your letterbox. In the style of Jerry Maguire they had me at the mention of “cake” so I of course jumped at the chance to be offered one of their cakes to try – who wouldn’t’!?!?

After the excitement of free cake died down I took a look at the BakerDays website which can be found HERE and was really impressed with the offering that they have. Being able to deliver straight to you house is not their only great selling point.WP_20141202_001

The thing I was most impressed with was the variety of both cakes and designs that they had available. You can choose a number of different types of cake from standard vanilla or chocolate to gluten or dairy free, and the amount of designs that are available is quite astonishing, far exceeding anything you could possibly find on the high street! Such as graduation cakes, new jobs, baby showers, holy communion, driving test cakes and many many more. To literally add the icing on the cake (hehe) the cakes can also be personalised with your own message or even photo!WP_20141202_004

As the Christmas season is upon us I chose to have a chocolate cake decorated in a personalised Christmas design. When our box landed on our doorstep needless to say I was very excited to see what was inside (plus a little bit worried about finding a smashed up cake) When we opened the box I was again suitably impressed, not only did we receive the cake in absolutely perfect condition. But it came packaged in a lovely cake tin along side a card and envelope we could write on and a Christmas cracker. Everything was perfect, I can really see how these would make a great gift to send to a loved one as a brilliant alternative to getting a bunch of flowers delivered somewhere. WP_20141202_005

Despite the cake arriving at 9am we managed to wait until lunch to sample it. The cake itself was lovely and moist inside and the icing was fresh and soft, again I would say it was of a higher quality then you could find on the high street and we thoroughly enjoyed eating it : )

So a big thank you goes out to the lovely people at BakerDays.com for letting me sample and enjoy one of their cakes. I’m hoping to do a competition with Bakerdays to allow a reader to win their own cake also, but just have some details to firm up fist, so watch this space…….

 

Note: For the purpose of this review BakerDays.com provided me with a letterbox cake free of change. All opinions expressed are my own

My December goals

Firstly, how on earth is it December already!?!? I don’t feel at all prepared for winter, Christmas or baby No2! I just don’t know how all of this crept up on me, so I have quite a few goals for December, despite me saying in November I need to start slowing down due to being rather pregnant. It’s just not going to happen! So let’s crack on…..

1) finish decorating Jakes big boy room.

We managed to go to ikea and assemble Jakes new furniture in November so just have the finishing touches to do before he can move in!

2) Move Jake and all his clothes and toys into his new bedroom.

This makes me both excited and nervous. I can’t believe how quickly he is growing up, but am also conscious that we may be rushing the process slightly as we need the nursery freed up for baby no 2.

3) Get all the baby things out of the garage and set up ready for baby no 2.

We haven’t even started any of this yet, and it is actually starting to play on my mind, I must be starting the nesting phase of pregnancy!

4) Finish buying everything I need for Christmas

Despite me telling all members of our family that I will be buying presents early so as to not be waddling round the shops when heavily pregnant some people still haven’t to,d me what they would like for Christmas! I’m going to give it a few more days, then they all get vouchers!!!

5) Get the baby bag packed!

OMG I can’t believe that baby no2 is close enough that I need to pack my hospital bag!!

6) Try to pre write some blogs for when baby arrives.

I’m starting to get a good momentum up with my blogging now and don’t want to lose it all when baby comes. However realistically I know that blogging will be on the very bottom of my list of priorities for some time after the new baby arrives so I’m hoping to be as prepared as possible.

I think that’s enough to goals for December especially as we’re almost a week in already!

Review: The Grolight Night Light

I have long been a big fan of the Grobag so when I was contacted by the company to try out and review their new night light I was quite intrigued. My initial reaction was about to be, letting them know that we don’t use a night light for Jake, the reason being there are no suitable plug sockets in his room where a normal nightlight could be fitted, so we instead leave the landing light on all night. However on closer reading of the description of the Grolight night light it appears this is actually the night light of my dreams, that I haven’t even been looking for. It must be fate….WP_20141128_004

The thing about the GroLight night light which is so amazing (I don’t know if this is common for night lights these days, but it pretty amazing and unique to me!) is that it actually fits into the celling light in your child’s room. The fitting basically fits in-between the bayonet fitting from the celling and the light bulb. And through some sort of electrical magic it means that when you turn the light on in your child’s room the light first lights up in a soft “night lightly glow” as opposed to being the full strength of your normal light bulb. If you do want the normal light to come on you flick the light switch twice in quick succession ie. on, off, on and your normal light is turned on.

It truly is quite amazing. This has been the perfect solution for us as it means we don’t have to place a night light in Jake’s room at a plug socket in an unsuitable place and we also don’t need to leave the landing light on all night either. The night light is always set up and ready to go so its quick and easy to use. I couldn’t recommend it any more highly. WP_20141128_007

Its so lovely when something literally turns up at your door that you weren’t really looking for, but turns out to be exactly what you needed the whole time!

If you would like to find out more about the Grolight night light or purchase one for yourself you can have a look at their website HERE

 

Note: The lovely people from Grobag provided me with the Grolight night light free of change for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Easy cinnamon swirl buns

Easy cinnamon swirl buns

I really enjoy baking but it is not something I have any real experience of and I would place myself firmly in the ‘beginner’ category. I stumbled across this recipe a few years ago when their was a bake off at work. I wanted to do something that looked impressive but was still within my very limited skill set. After googling something along the lines of ” easy but impressive baking recipes” I found this recipe for cinnamon swirl buns. It is simple and quick and very very easy but with great visual and taste results, and has been a firm favourite with us ever since.

Ingredients.

1 sheet of shop bought puff pastry
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 large handful of sultanas
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup of icing sugar
Hand full of cherries

Method.

1. Lay out the puff pastry
2. With a pastry brush. Brush on the almond extract all over the pastry sheet
3. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon over the pastry sheet
4. Spread the sultanas over the pastry sheet.
5. Roll the pastry sheet alone the long side into one large sausage shape
6. Cut the pastry sausage into discs about 1 1/2 cm thick
7. Place on grease proof paper on a baking tray and bake for 20 mins
8. Allow to cool
9. Mix the icing sugar with water and drizzle over the buns.
10. Garnish with a cherry

DONE!

It really is that simple and they taste great!

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