21 Dec 2016

Delicious Egg-free Christmas Tree Biscuits

The festive season is in full swing and most of us are stressing out already. There's that last minute present that you forgot to buy. Those cards you wrote last week have yet to make their way to the post box. And you are in charge of cooking Christmas dinner for all the family.

And breathe! Or take a few minutes to whip up these marvellous festive treats in the kitchen. You must think me mad to suggest another bake to add to the chaos.

Wrong. I am all about simplicity and ease, Christmas or not. So when I say these biscuits are easy to make, I do mean easy.

Delicious Egg-free Christmas Tree Biscuits

These are not your traditional gingerbread biscuits. Far from it, really. There is not an ounce of golden syrup or ginger in sight. Or an egg, come to think of it. Three basic no-fuss ingredients, a dash of milk and a splash of vanilla. That's all it takes.

Plus, there is something immensely therapeutic about crumbling flour, sugar and butter. Feel those shoulders relax as the tension eases out of tired muscles.

The whole experience should leave you de-stressed and with a batch of delicious Christmas Tree biscuits to impress everyone. Result!

Here's how you can whip up your own batch of Christmas Tree biscuits in next to no time.


100 gm granulated sugar 
150 gm butter   
250 gm plain flour  
1 to 2 tbspn milk. I used full fat milk.
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Ready-to-use writing icing in different colours
Rainbow edible sprinkles

You will also need a Christmas Tree cookie cutter .

Making the Biscuits:

Add the butter and sugar to the plain flour and rub together to a breadcrumb consistency. Add the vanilla extract and milk. Bring together to form a smooth dough. Rest the dough in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Dust the worktop with plain flour and roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin (2-3 mm thick). Spread a cling film on top of the dough as you roll out to stop it sticking to the rolling pin. Now cut the dough into Christmas tree shapes using a cookie cutter.

Bake the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with baking paper in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees (fan-assisted) for 15-18 minutes or till the edges start to brown. Once out of the oven, allow them to cool completely before decorating.

To bring your Christmas Trees to life, trace along the tree outlines using the ready-to-use icing. Add some details like the criss-cross lines I have drawn. Decorate with edible sprinkles before the icing sets firm.

Enjoy your delicious Christmas Tree biscuits. Serve them at your next festive party. Wrap them up as last-minute handmade presents to friends, family and neighbours. Or gift them as favours to your guests.

Being egg-free means they are suitable for vegetarians as well.

Looking for some more last-minute, fun and easy festive ideas? Check out my icicle craft post.

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It doesn't cost you anything extra to shop through my links. It just means I will earn a few pennies towards the upkeep of this website.

20 Dec 2016

Underneath A Magical Moon

Visiting The Waterside Arts Centre for a Christmas show is becoming something of a family tradition for us. We were back this year to watch tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal’s Underneath A Magical Moon - a contemporary reimagining of the classic tale of Peter Pan.

Underneath A Magical Moon at The Waterside Arts Centre

19 Dec 2016

String of Icicles: Craft in Minutes

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas! I won’t hold my breath for one though, seen as I live along the North Atlantic Drift.

Doesn’t mean I will not have my white Christmas. For where nature falters, my crafting skills turn come to the rescue. I have taken it upon myself to craft a string of icicles to give our home a wintry festive feel.

String of Icicles: Craft in Minutes

18 Dec 2016

Horrible Christmas at The Lowry

I have always enjoyed learning about history despite having the most insipid history texts and tests ever. I wish we had Horrible Histories growing up. Learning history would have been so much fun. I am glad Horrible Histories are around now. Bet my son enjoys learning history way more than I ever did.

Come to think of it, I am enjoying learning history now way more than I ever did. And a lot of it is thanks to Horrible Histories. We have enjoyed the TV shows and exhibitions. So when the opportunity to watch Horrible Histories live on stage presented itself, I was super excited.

Horrible Christmas at The Lowry

Off we went to The Lowry for the second time that week, to watch The Birmingham Stage Company and Derby Theatre perform Horrible Christmas.

14 Dec 2016

Myths About Wood Windows - Busted!

Our home has wood windows with double-glazing. Surprised? I was too, when we were in the process of buying the house.

To be honest, I was unsure about having wood windows in our home. The simple reason being all our previous rental homes had UPVC windows. Like most people, I associated wood windows with high maintenance, period properties and single glazing. Having now lived in a comfortable, warm home for the last four years, I know I was wrong.

Here is the truth about modern wood windows, compiled by The Wood Window Alliance.

Did you know that wood windows can actually turn out more cost-efficient than PVC-U ones in the long run? Here is the truth about modern wood windows. Something to think about if you are considering updating your home.

13 Dec 2016

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang comes to The Lowry

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is at the Lowry and it is a truly scrumptious offering.

I must have seen Ian Fleming's 1968 film at least a dozen times. But this was my first time watching Chitty on stage and I was looking forward to it.

Right from the outset I knew I was in for a treat. The stage setting and visual effects were ingenious. I loved how projection was used to give a sense of movement around Chitty, the car. The special effects that made Chitty glide on water and fly in the air were delightful. Stand out for me was the scene at the beach where the Vulgarian ship is in hot pursuit and Chitty outsmarts it.

 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang comes to The Lowry

9 Dec 2016

Our Ladybird Christmas with Kitty-in-Boots

Remember when a few days ago I tweeted about J trying to make a Kitty-In-Boots snowglobe? The concept of crafting this snowglobe is not unlike the calm-down jar we made a while ago. You use glitter, glue, water and create a watertight seal. Only here the jar is upside down with a kitty inside it.

8 Dec 2016

Looking for Trusted Local Professionals? Hire Now With Bidvine

Have you had a chance to look at my Instagram recently? Take a look and you will know how much I love being behind the camera. Scroll through my feed and you will notice a distinct lack of family photos. I am not one for selfies, with or without sticks. Timers don’t give me the candid look I crave in my perfect family photo. Little wonder then, that J, M and I don’t have a single ‘in-the-moment’ photograph together.

I want to change that, and change it now. I am looking to hire a professional photographer in Manchester, someone who can capture the essence of what it means to be the three of us.

When I chanced upon Bidvine. It is a website that does the legwork of collecting quotes for you. All you do is create a job-request for what you want done. Answer a few questions, then get quotes from professionals in the area who match your criteria. You then compare and choose the best one for you.

6 Dec 2016

Mushroom Peas Masala with the Smart Steamer Lid

I enjoy eating good food, but I am not a fan of elaborate cooking methods. Unless someone else is doing the cooking. I prefer to cook delicious food with minimum fuss.

Mushroom Peas Masala with the Smart Steamer Lid

I have waxed lyrical about the virtues of The Smart Steamer Lid in a previous post. Suffice to say, it has revolutionised the way I cook.

It cooks food on the lowest heat setting. This means I don’t have to keep an eye on the food as it cooks. I can sit and drink a cup of tea instead, safe in the knowledge that my food is not going to stick and burn. Food stays tightly covered as it cooks, retaining all its flavours and nutrients.

5 Dec 2016

A Stationery Lover's Gift Guide to Christmas

If you love gorgeous stationery or know someone who does, you have come to the right place. Here are a few of my favourite writing supplies that are sure to make perfect presents for stationery addicts this Christmas. Or just indulge yourself and add them to your wishlist instead.
For no amount of keyboard tapping can replicate the feel of ink on a crisp sheet of paper.

A Stationery Lover's Gift Guide to Christmas

1 Dec 2016

Giving Back with ReverseAdvent

I am doing a #ReverseAdvent with the Co-op this year. I will add one non-perishable item of food to my Reverse Advent box every day from the 1st to the 24th of December.  I will then donate the box to our local Salvation Army.

Giving back with #ReverseAdvent

I am choosing to fill my box with food for a reason. My father used to say, “You can never satisfy a man’s hunger for money. But feed him well and he will be satiated at least for a time.”

29 Nov 2016

Stay Warm This Winter on a Budget

Temperatures are dipping and the cold nights are drawing in as we head into December.

We all want to have a cosy home in winter but none of us want the cost that comes with it. You can start by looking to switch energy providers. There are lots of great deals available and some even offer cashback when you switch.

There are lots of additional little things that you can do around the home that can keep those bills down and help create a warm environment in an energy efficient way. 

Here are a few easy tips and tricks that can help you stay warm this winter on a budget.

21 Nov 2016

Grandma's visit to Thomas Land

It is not often that we get a visit from J’s Aaji (Grandma, Nana). That’s because she lives 3000 miles away in India!
But she is here now, albeit for a very short time. And the idea behind her visit is to spend time with her only grandson, play with him and bond with him.

In order to make the most of this bonding experience, we decided to take her to the one place that J loves more than most. Thomas Land!

Grandma's visit to Thomas Land

18 Nov 2016

Christmas Crafts for Kids (with free printable)

Who else thinks November is too soon to put up the Christmas decorations? I like to wait until the first week of December to get going. But that does not stop me making my decorations in November.

You heard me. Making your own Christmas decorations is easier than you think. (There's a free printable at the end of the post to help).

Christmas Crafts for Kids

15 Nov 2016

Make Your Own Star Christmas Tree Topper (with Free Printable)

Who needs shop-bought when you can make your own? Nothing beats the charm of handcrafted and handmade. Now you can make your own star-shaped Christmas tree topper with my step-by-step instructions video.

All you will need are a couple of pieces of card; one a golden A4 sheet, the other a green corrugated one. Add to that some sparkly gold and silver sequins and shiny diamante detail and you will have a bespoke tree topper that is sure to be the ‘star’ attraction of this festive season.

14 Nov 2016

OKIDO - Arts and Science Magazine for Kids

“Children can bring either a book or a magazine for the independent reading session,” read the note from school.
“Aai, what is a magazine?” was the logical question that followed.

My son is an avid reader but he has never read magazines. It has always been books – baby books, toddler books, pre-school books and now, as he likes to call them, chapter books.

OKIDO - Arts and Science Magazine for Kids

OKIDO – the arts and science magazine for kids, was his perfect introduction to children’s magazines. I like that OKIDO is based on the concept of learning through play. It is full of stories, activities and games that stimulate children to question and create. It is a fun way to inspire scientific curiosity in inquisitive young minds.

11 Nov 2016

Tired of Tackling Housework?

Hand up if you like doing housework.

Hmm, I thought so. There’s not many of us who enjoy doing household chores. There’s always one, like a friend of ours, who finds ironing clothes quite therapeutic. Most of us don’t. We just do it because nobody else would.

Hands up if you like doing housework. Hmm, I thought so. There’s not many of us who enjoy doing household chores. We just do them because nobody else would. What if help was on hand? Intrigued? Read on...

8 Nov 2016

Sky Blanket 2016: October Update

It's been nearly a year since I embarked on what has come to be the biggest crochet project of my life. The Sky Blanket was my re-introduction into the world of yarns, hooks and crochet after a hiatus of nearly three decades. I invested in crochet hooks and bought armloads of yarn to reflect the colour of the sky. 

Sky Blanket 2016: October Update

There have been hiccups along the way - a month of absolutely no crocheting and plenty of catching up as I tried to keep up with what was meant to be a row-a-day project. After 9 months of crocheting (now doesn't that make it feel especially gestational), and running out of almost all my stock of yarn, I think my Sky Blanket is done. I still have to tidy up a few frayed ends and crochet a neat edge to hide the higgledy-piggledy sides. But other than that, my Sky Blanket is done.

7 Nov 2016

4 Reasons to use Linoleum for Your New Kitchen Floor

M and I have been thinking about updating our kitchen for a while now. So far, I have narrowed down on the kind of backsplash I want. We are still debating the layout, the types of units we would like to have and the overall finish. As if our own plans were not enough, I have been busy pinning to my Home DIY Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration.

Here are four reasons why I am considering using linoleum for my updated kitchen floor.

One thing I do know. I want an easy-to-clean kitchen floor. We cook at home from scratch on a regular basis, and the kitchen floor bears the telltale signs of our culinary efforts more often than not. I cannot have a high maintenance kitchen floor. 

Linoleum is a material that ranks high on my list of possibles. Here are 4 good reasons why:

3 Nov 2016

Message in a Bottle - Discount Code and Review

“Aai, how did Kiki know where I live,” queried an incredulous J. We had just finished reading Message in a Bottle, the latest literary addition to our home library.

Message in a Bottle - Discount Code and Review

Let me tell you more about what prompted the question. Message in a Bottle is a personalised children’s book written by Tom Percival and illustrated by the incredibly talented Tuire Siiriainen.  I was part of the launch team for this book along with some fellow bloggers. We have seen the hard work that has gone into producing this inspiring tale of adventure.

2 Nov 2016

Help Your Kids Fight Cyberbullying

We live in an age where social media rules supreme and nothing in our lives is truly private any more. Peer pressure is a strange thing. Where grownups find it difficult to steer clear of oversharing on social media, it is even more daunting as a young person.

As more and more children are sharing their lives with their peers through technology, instances of cyberbullying are on the rise. Kids, parents, guardians and teachers, we all need to work together to tackle this growing menace. Here's what we can do...

As more and more children are sharing their lives with their peers through technology, instances of bullying via text messages, social media, and other digital platforms seem to be on the rise. This is known as cyberbullying, and unlike the bullies of old, this method of harassment is far more relentless. 

29 Oct 2016

Star Wars Fireworks at Drayton Manor

I think it comes as no coincidence that Diwali - the HinduFestival of Lights, and Bonfire Night - the celebration of the failure of a 400 year old terrorist plot, are celebrated around the same time each year. Both signify the victory of good over evil. Both are celebrated with lights and fireworks.

Drayton Manor's fireworks display this year was nothing short of magnificent. The theme was Star Wars. Lasers complemented the glittering orbs of gold and silver that sparkled in the skies last night. Whether you are celebrating Diwali, Halloween, Bonfire Night, all of these or none at all, if you enjoy spectacular visuals set to chart-stopping audios, do head over to Drayton to witness the magic for yourself.

We prefer not to buy fireworks at home and instead choose to go to one of the many public fireworks displays dotted around the country at this time of year. This year, as part of our role as blogger ambassadors, we went to Drayton Manor Theme Park and Thomas Land for their spectacular fireworks display.

26 Oct 2016

A Dahlicious Halloween at Tatton Park

How does a family that does not celebrate Halloween cope with the mayhem and madness that surrounds this spooky annual occurrence? By taking ourselves to someplace that does Halloween, of course!

Tatton Park, a beautiful National Trust property in the North West of the UK, has joined in with the year-long festivities to mark Roald Dahl 100. Dahl’s The Witches is the inspiration behind Tatton’s transformation for Halloween this season. We spent a day trying to spot the Dahl installations while trying to avoid the the witches that have cast a spell on Tatton!

Confused? Let me explain. We are celebrating Roald Dahl 100 this year. My son has been learning all about Dahl’s brilliant works at school and is absolutely taken by his fantabulous stories. We even speak Gobblefunk at home most days. Well, he does, and then translates it into plain English for my benefit.

24 Oct 2016

A Bejewelled Lamp for Diwali and Bonfire Night

Diwali and Bonfire Night. The former is the Hindu Festival of Lights. The latter, a celebration of the failure of a 400 year old terrorist plot in the UK.

Both in essence signify the victory of good over evil. Both are celebrated with lights and fireworks.

A hand-crafted bejewelled lamp to add some sparkle this Diwali. You can use it to shine bright on Bonfire Night as well.

The primary celebratory decoration for Diwali is lights. The words means rows of lamps and is traditionally celebrated by decorating the house and surroundings with row upon row of oil lamps.

12 Oct 2016

Delicious Homemade Yoghurt with EasiYo

“Mmm, this is delicious. Does it have real strawberries in it, Aai?” J quipped, as he sat tucking into a bowl of yoghurt after dinner one day.
“It does taste of them, doesn’t it?” I couldn’t help marvel at the refreshing taste and delightful texture of the otherwise humble offering in front of me.

How could a bowl of yoghurt induce such an impassioned conversation between a family of regular yoghurt eaters? 

EasiYo’s new bright and bold Red Yogurt Maker is the answer to my yoghurty problems. It is sleek and stylish, yet simple to use. Here is what you need to do to get delicious creamy yoghurt every time.

9 Oct 2016

The Tale of the Troublesome Toothache

Aargh! My tooth hurts! The dratted thing has been poked and prodded many times over the years. I even managed to see some humour in my agonising gnashers and penned a few verses as an ode to my crumbling teeth. (Read it here if funny poems are your thing or you just fancy a chuckle).

                   Aargh! My tooth hurts! I can’t bite, I can’t chew, I can’t even gargle as anything cold sets of my already jarred dental nerves into a defensive frenzy. Anyone who has suffered the torment of a toothache will know what I am talking about. For those of you blessed with that flawless set of pearly whites, stop being so smug, you.....

Just as I was being lulled into a sense of complacency about its existence, the pain has once again reared its ugly head. I can’t bite, I can’t chew, I can’t even gargle as anything cold jangles my already jarred dental nerves into a defensive frenzy.

4 Oct 2016

Fluffy Rice Every Time with The Smart Steamer Lid

I have a problem with cooking rice. It is undoubtedly one of the easiest things to cook and equally easy to get wrong.

Fluffy Masala Rice with The Smart Steamer Lid

We are a family of rice eaters. Think beautiful, fragrant, long-grain Basmati rice. We eat it with most things and on most days. Be it with a simple lentil dal or a spiced Indian curry, rice features heavily in our family’s diet.

2 Oct 2016

Sky Blanket 2016: September Update

Sky Blanket took a break last month, what with it being the summer holidays and all. But I am back with the crochet this month, so here's the September update in this mammoth year-long project.

Sky Blanket took a break last month, what with it being the summer holidays and all. But I am back with the crochet this month, so here's the September update in this mammoth year-long project.

30 Sep 2016

Celebrate Grandparents Day with Thomas Land, Drayton Manor Park

Have you made any plans to celebrate National Grandparents Day this Sunday? Why not have a fantastic day out as a family at Drayton Manor Park and Thomas Land, especially as Grandparents go free on the day when accompanied by a grandchild*.

28 Sep 2016

Chillfactor Frozen Milkshake Maker Review

My son no longer likes to drink milk. I now face a major parenting dilemma – how to make sure my child drinks the requisite amounts of fluids every day.

Now, J has never really been keen on drinking plain water. And he gets juices and squash only as an occasional treat. So milk was really our mainstay of hydration. The child who could not get enough of this healthy drink, has decided he has had enough of it.

Chillfactor Frozen Milkshake Maker Review

27 Sep 2016

A Christmas Blog On at MSI

Blog On was back for a second time this year, and it was Christmas themed. So off I went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, decked out in my bright red Christmas jumper and a sparkly Santa hat. Yes, all in September.

I thought I was going to be over-dressed and make a complete and utter fool of myself. But Blog On (and Laura, Tired Mummy of Two, by extension) never fail to deliver on a promise. We were promised a very Christmassy Blog On, and that is exactly what we got. From cheeky elves to mince pies and jingle bells to Christmas crackers, it was a great way to kick-start this year’s festive season.

A Christmas Blog On at MSI

19 Sep 2016

A Holiday of Firsts in The Lake District

The Lake District. It has been a home away from home for a long time now. M and I have some beautiful memories from our time spent wandering the fells.

We have long wanted to take our son for a visit and share this love with him. It was last summer (yes, it has taken me over a year to write this long over-due post) and J had been kitted out in a pair of handsome walking boots and waterproof jacket. He was all set for his first adventure in The Lake District.

18 Sep 2016

Easy 3-Step Halloween Paper Pumpkin Craft

We are not particularly keen on Halloween in the C-house. It could be because I do not like the idea of departed souls roaming our streets at night. I’d rather they were all at peace wherever it is that departed souls are supposed to be.

Easy 3-Step Halloween Paper Pumpkin Craft

14 Sep 2016

Easy Eggless Biscuits (or Baked Shankarpale)

Ever since I attended a baking course last year, my baking has gone from strength to strength. Where I could only churn out the odd banana muffin, albeit with dollops of Nutella or handfuls of walnuts for added goodness, I can now confidently create chocolate cakes to a specific brief issued by my five year old.

Easy Eggless Biscuits (or Baked Shankarpale)

13 Sep 2016

Celebrating Roald Dahl Day

Today we celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. There have been lots of celebrations happening throughout the year in honour of Roald Dahl 100. We have been proud to be associated with and participated in some of these.

Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket: Celebrating Roald Dahl Day
Printable ticket at the end of blogpost

7 Sep 2016

Make Time for Chair Yoga

Years ago when I was a student at University, I was also a student of Yoga. I learned and I practised asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques) with diligent focus and integrity. So much so, that I even managed to train for a year to acquire a Yoga teacher training diploma.

Check out these easy Chair Yoga poses that you can do sat in a chair at your desk. No more excuses about not having the time to look after your health or take care of you. You owe it to yourself.

6 Sep 2016

We did The Big Friendly Read

This is the third year in a row that we have done the Summer Reading Challenge. I am really pleased to say that J has successfully completed this year’s challenge just as he did over the last two years. The difference this year was that he was reading most of the books independently. And that makes me one incredibly proud Mum.

We did The Big Friendly Read

4 Sep 2016

Seagull Splat - A Poo (New!) Game

The summer holidays are drawing to a close and they have been a bit of a mixed bag as far as the weather goes. We have had scorching heat with temperatures soaring higher than in Gran Canaria. And then there have been those distinctly dull and dreary days when it felt more like autumn than summer.

Seagull Splat - A Poo (New!) Game

19 Aug 2016

Are You A Bargain Hunter?

Are you a bargain hunter? I know I am. I can never pay full price knowing I can save a few pennies if I shop around or wait a little for the price to drop.

Are you a bargain hunter? I know I am. I can never pay full price knowing I can save money if I shop around or wait a little for the price to drop. Here are some of my tips and tricks to help you save a few pennies.

It can be time-consuming and perhaps just a little bit frustrating to hop from shop to shop, either online or on the high street, in the hunt for the best bargains. I have recently discovered a very handy website called Bargain Buys for Busy Mums. It lists all the bargains in one place, saving you having to look around all the retailers.

18 Aug 2016

Health and Safety Gone Mad?

Health and Safety rules are there for a reason, to keep everyone safe. Gone are the days when builders scaled scaffolding with no safety gear. Or when people lifted heavy loads with little regard to the damage it was doing to their backs.

There comes a point though, when H&S rules are taken so far that they start bordering on the realms of hilarity.

13 Aug 2016

The Gruffalo's Child at The Lowry

Our relaxed, unstructured existence this summer continued with a visit to The Lowry to watch a performance of The Gruffalo’s Child by Tall Stories.

 The Gruffalo's Child at The Lowry
Image copyright The Lowry/ Tall Stories Theatre

11 Aug 2016

Read and Play Dinosaur by Miles Kelly

What is it with humans and dinosaurs? Ever since Jurassic Park the film hit our screens all those years ago, we can’t seem to get enough of these fascinating creatures. Perhaps the fact that they are extinct and we have to rely entirely on fossils and speculative research to decipher what they were like that makes them so interesting. For nothing triggers imagination better than presumptive evidence.

We in the C-house are not immune to the charms of these great lizards. We have had our fair share of dinosaur-based play in the past and are always open to embark on new adventures with these marvellous beasts.

Read and Play Dinosaur by Miles Kelly

9 Aug 2016

Back to School Crafts: Book Bag Charm

It seems like yesterday that I was fretting about J in his first year of school. We are less than a month away from the start of the new school year and I really don’t want this summer to end. For we are having too much fun, doing nothing and then something.

Try as I might, images of yet-to-be-bought new school shoes and uniforms keep popping into my head. I refuse to be one of those super-organised parents who finish shopping for the new school year even before their kids break up for the summer. I know; I miss out on all the juicy bargains on school things that always seem to be about in the beginning of June. But that’s me. The shopping and name tagging will be in the last week of August, just days before the start of school.

8 Aug 2016

Circus Fun at Dunham Massey

The deer park at Dunham Massey holds some beautiful parenthood memories for me. The park was the inspiration behind my award-winning blog post a couple of years ago. It was where J first toddled across a fallen tree trunk and where he honed his skills on a balance bike. It is where he has fed ducks on the lake, spotted bunny rabbits in the undergrowth and come within inches of touching wild deer. Little wonder then that we keep going back to Dunham Massey to seek more adventure and add to our pool of family memories.

                   Circus Fun at Dunham Massey

4 Aug 2016

Num Noms Party at Bella Italia

Remember the Num Noms? Those cute little scented collectibles that I talked about? Well, they are back and now there’s more of them. And they are in party mode.  So we headed over to our local Bella Italia (one of our favourite family-friendly restaurants, btw) to party with them.

Num Noms Party at Bella Italia

3 Aug 2016

Homemade Ice Cream with Savisto

It may not feel like it but we are half way through another very British summer. The weather is cold, wet and windy but school is out and that can only mean one thing. Ice cream! Lots and lots of lovely ice cream.

We love sweet treats in the C-house. And we all love ice cream. The delicious soft creaminess of an indulgent scoop on a hot day is what summer holidays are all about.

Homemade Ice Cream with Savisto

2 Aug 2016

Selecting a Good Kitchen Backsplash

I was recently at a friend's newly refurbished home, and the one thing that stood out for me was the beautiful backsplash (or splashback) she has used in her kitchen. I have been pondering over a new kitchen for a while now, and a trendy backsplash is something I would love to incorporate in my vision.

Kitchen backsplashes are not just pretty, they have another very important benefit – keeping food off of your walls! This was their original intended purpose, but over the years they have developed into more of a design statement. 

Backsplashes come in all sorts of options. Here, I give you the more commonly used and popular ones.

1 Aug 2016

Sky Blanket 2016: July Update

This month started out with a rainbow. We needed it, after the miserable month we had in June. I take it as a sign of better things to come, a more vibrant, a brighter future. Fingers crossed.

Sky Blanket 2016: July Update

28 Jul 2016

Summer at The Waterside Arts Centre

It is the first day of the summer holidays and J and I have embarked on a fun-filled day. We have a relaxed morning at home before heading out to the local library to register for the Summer Reading Challenge. Next stop, The Waterside Arts Centre in Sale to watch a performance of The House at the Edge of the Universe.

                   Summer at The Waterside Arts Centre

21 Jul 2016

Now You Are Five

Remember that deliciously decadent drinking chocolate cake I baked the other day? It was a birthday cake for my son who turned five.

The party is over, the cake has been eaten, the presents unwrapped and thank you notes written. I can now sit back and breathe. And find the time to write what it means to be a mother to a five year old little boy.

Now You Are Five: What it means to be a mother to a five year old little boy

This one's for you, J. You are, and always will be my cherished little baby boy.

19 Jul 2016

My New Shoes from Brantano

Can a girl really have too many shoes? The answer is a definite, "No!" There is always a new colour, a new style or a new pattern that necessitates expanding one's shoe collection. 

So it should come as no surprise that when Brantano requested to work with me, I accepted with glee. I had to chose a pair of shoes from their current season's range. Not an easy task, given that they have a wide range of brands to choose from and a great mix of colours and styles.

My New Shoes from Brantano

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