Tuesday, April 22

Cook with kids promise campaign by Persil - Homemade Chocolate and Banana bread swirls

Recently I was invited to an event with Persil, sadly Harry was poorly (yes again - it's a constant this year) meaning we couldn't attend.  However still keen to be involved we were sent the event information and the goodie bag we missed out on.  This included a Persil cooking apron and chefs hat for Emmy as well as a £15 Tesco voucher to buy some ingredients for Emmy and I to use together and some new and improved harder working washing up liquid - this is supposed to work harder than the old recipe and clean an average an extra 1400 plates.
Persil are trying to encourage children to get involved with the cooking and baking in the kitchen.  Let them get messy and help to make their own meals.
This is something we always do here, I find letting Emmy (and Harry) help with the dinner is the best way to get them to try new foods, this is especially good for Emmy as she is a very fussy and minimal eater.
You can sign up to the Persil cook with kids promise online, where if you do you are entered into a competition to win a cook with kids baking pack (weekly prize) and all promises are entered to win a £500 children's cooking party.
We used our voucher to buy the ingredients to recreate one of the online recipes adapting a little to suit us.
Chocolate and Banana bread swirls:
500g strong bread flour
1/2 pint hand warm water
1.5 sachets of dried yeasts (each packet 7g)
1 level teaspoon salt
15g caster sugar
chocolate spread
1 banana sliced
chocolate buttons or broken up Easter egg (if you've any left)
Never one to follow recipes we added all ingredients into a bowl (except for the bananas, chocolate spread and chocolate) and mixed.  When combined I let Emmy kneed it for around 5 minutes and then roll out into a large rectangle shape.
Emmy took charge of all of the baking (it probably needed kneading for longer but she got bored, and the rectangle wasn't a perfect shape but who cares!)
We then spread chocolate spread all over the dough and then topped with sliced bananas and chocolate buttons.
Next roll up into a sausage shape - as you would a Swiss roll, place onto a greased baking tray (or line with greaseproof paper) and cook for around 25/35 minutes.
I cooked ours for around 30 minutes, next time I will take out a little sooner as the outside was a little too hard.
Leave to cool and then slice to serve.
Emmy had great fun getting messy and we all enjoyed her efforts.
See how much fun they had at the Persil event - although looking at the food fight at the end, I'm kind of glad we missed it as it may have given Emmy some bad ideas.
Disclaimer:  I was sent a shopping voucher and a goodie bag in return for this post.

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Win £600 worth of bedroom furniture from Room4 Interiors

Do you have a room in a house you would like to redecorate and update? 
Mine would be my bedroom.  It has loads of wardrobe space however it isn't quite to my taste.  I would prefer less hanging space and more drawers as most of my clothes goes into the draws and 3 just aren't enough and I've never been keen on the white doors with mirrors on.
To celebrate the launch of their new modular bedroom furniture range, Room4 Interiors has launched an exciting competition which will enable one person to win £600 worth of furniture of their choice from the new modular range.

“We are excited about the launch of our new modular bedroom furniture range and felt that it would be a perfect fit to include it within our latest competition” stated company owner Jane Aldridge. “We wanted to offer one person the chance of winning £600 worth of our new modular furniture. In addition, the winner will also be able to pick and choose what they want from the range up to a value of £600”.

Modular bedroom furniture is a relatively new concept that enables the customer to tailor make their bedroom furniture choice to fit within their own specifications. Rather than being restricted by fixed components, modular furniture comprises of interchangeable components that let you alter the size, internal fittings, and even the colours of the panels and doors.
For your chance to win this great prize you need to head over to the website and answer a simple question: www.room4interiors.com/win600furniture1014.aspx. (or click the picture below to enter)
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This competition ends on 31st May.  Good luck if you enter and do let me know if you are lucky enough to win!
"Posted in collaboration with Room4 Interiors"
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Saturday, April 19

18 months...already? How the heck did that happen?

I'm honestly in shock.
Lost for words!
My baby, my little baby has changed.
He has grown up.
I'm sad.
No longer a baby but a toddler.
A cheeky one at that!
From this innocent helpless bundle
Baby boy, Boy October 2012, www.emmysmummy.com
To this cheeky daredevil.
18 months already!!!
18 month old, www.emmysmummy.com, toddler adventures
He now has many new words. His vocabulary includes:
  • Dada
  • Mumma
  • Wow - this is his favourite at the moment.
  • Dog
  • Bicbic (biscuit)
  • Dodo (dummy)
  • Bed
  • Bath
  • More
  • Now
  • Ish (Fish)
  • Webix (weetabix)
  • Tebby (Teddy)
  • Bics (bricks)
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Jack (his cousin)
  • That
  • This
  • Bar (Barney)
  • Peppa
  • Nite Nite
  • Nanna
  • Bob
And a few others which seem to change meaning daily...usually some sort of grunt followed by pointing.
If he wants something or wants to go somewhere he now grabs our hands and pulls us there.
His favourite programme is In the Night Garden and on a few occasions now, if he wants to watch it, he grabs an ITNG toy and the TV remote and hands them to us. It's just so cute that we can't refuse him.
He now sleeps solidly for 11/12 hours, most nights.
Climbs the ladder to the slide and slides down, often head  first.
He can now climb down the stairs safely as well as up.
He loves his:
Iggle Piggle singing cuddly
Toot toot drivers set
Big sister
He adores stories and can often be found sitting on Emmy's chair or a potty with a book in his hand.  He can use a fork and spoon - although prefers his hands and he can build a tower with 5 building brick.
He continues to amaze me daily.
My baby is now a toddler - how did that happen?

Project 365 - Photo round up Week 16

The second week of the Easter holidays has flown by sadly and it's been another poorly week for the kids sadly, they just can't shift this nasty cough and cold.
We still managed some fun though.
Project 365, week 16, the week that was captured, WOW toys, HP, Warner Bros
Day 103:
We attended a Blogging event at the V&A museum of childhood with HP.  Emmy had made an Easter Bunny mask and ears (sorry for the bad picture, I was carrying a wriggling Harry and using my phone camera at the same time).
Day 104:
Do you wanna build a snowman?
Playing with Crazy soap in the bath.
Day 105:
Freedom.  We went for a long dog walk and Harry was enjoying walking and roaming the fields.
Day 106:
We attended an event at Warner House with Warner Bros - Emmy was rather taken with this HUGE Scooby and wanted him to come home with us.
Day 107:
A cheating photo today as it's a screenshot.  I was extremely pleased and proud to break into the top 50 of the tots100.  Thank you for your continued support, it means so much to me.
Day 108:
The kids are poorly so we cracked out their Easter presents early, who wouldn't cheer up for WOW toys.
Day 109:
The kids are still ill today so we all piled onto the sofa for cuddles and a nap after a night of coughing and being sick.
TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

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Win a family ticket to the London pet show & a Zoflora goodie bag

Zoflora are thrilled to be sponsoring World of Cats at the London Pet Show for the fourth year running and to celebrate they have given me a fabulous prize which one of you lucky readers can win.

Zoflora is actually a product which makes me want to clean!  It's a concentrated disinfectant which not only smells wonderful but is pet friendly too!
I have been given the chance to giveaway this wonderful prize: A family ticket to the London Pet Show (worth £54) which takes place at Earls Court One on 17th & 18th May as well as a lovely goodie bag packed with Zoflora, Addis and Sarah products.
 Your goodie bag will include:
  • 3 Zoflora fragrances (to be determined by Zoflora)
  • 1 Zoflora canvas bag
  • 1 pen
  • 1 Addis Superdry Plus Mop
  • 1 spill kit 
  • Sarah Smith Ecowipes
  • Family ticket for the London Pet Show (2 adults and 2 children) to be used on either Saturday 17th May or Sunday 18th May (Travel not included).
If you would like to win this lovely prize and attend the London Pet Show, then please fill in the Rafflecopter form below answering this question:  Which pet item can you clean with Zoflora (You can find the answers here - there is more than one correct answer).
This giveaway will end on 1st May
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