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Halloween is all about candy, devilish cupcakes, and ghastly ghostly treats! But the Halloween party food table doesn’t have to be dominated by cheeky sweet treats, it can be healthy too! How about putting these adorable little fruity pumpkins on your table this year too!

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They are insanely easy to make and it is totally a job that you can leave in the hands of the kids. Even the little ones! All you need is a bag of clementines & some celery. You just need to cut up some thin pieces of celery {Mum or Dads job!} & pop them in the top of your clementines. It really is that simple and they’re so effective. They instantly look like mini pumpkins! I think they are adorable and they’ll certainly be going on our Halloween party food table this year!!

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Will you have anything healthy on your Halloween party table this year? 

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Halloweens coming on…and the goose is getting fat!

GAAAH! We love Halloween and we’re going to “try” to fit in lots of fun holiday themed recipes and crafts to share with you lovely lot. Starting with….

Spider Web Pizza!
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Now, my web didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped, but you can get the idea! Really fun idea to have for a spooky dinner treat or even on your party table on the night! 

Here’s how I did it.

I bought some pitta bread and cut each slice into circles. I then added the tomato sauce and finally for the web, I used stringy cheese {as its pretty awesome for working with!}. So just add 2 or 3 circles of stringy cheese and then the strings to make the web look more….web-like! Voila! I was going to add pepperoni spiders but the children weren’t letting me get that focused! But its a cute idea right? 

Pop in the oven for 10-15mins on 160 degrees and voila! Your pizza is ready! Yum! My kids loved the novelty factor of this and have asked could we make more tomorrow! Success. 

So go on, make your own Spider Web Pizza! I’d love to see your results!!

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5 Potty Training tips for boys
I have three sons, so I know all too well the difficulties of potty training our little men. So here are a few of my top tips for potty training little boys. 
 
Make sure, without a shadow of a doubt that your little guy is ready! Nothing can cause more stress {for you} and pressure on your child than trying to push them to do something that they are not ready for. My son wasn’t ready until he was 3 and a half! Where my daughter was potty trained 1 week after turning two. 
 
Introduce a potty to your LO before the training starts. I bought my son a potty for his 3rd birthday {he was so not as ready as his sister when he was two, so we delayed him a year}. Place one in your bathroom, living room, I pretty much had a potty in every room of the house, because you never know when those little bladders are going to time the next “wee wee”
 
If/when your LO is showing those fabulous signs that he’s ready, pick a time slot for when you don’t have much planned. I was housed for almost a week, potty training my youngest son! 

Let you LO choose their own “big boy pants” {my son loved this and of course chose Toy Story!} and make a big deal of them becoming a “Big boy”. Although to start off it may be easier to let them run about with their little chunky bums out! Just until they get the hang of it, cancel out the boy pants faffing to pull them down on time.


It’s a little harder for boys to go for a wee into a potty than a girl. As if they sit down and forget to “tuck” the pee-pee into the potty, well…you don’t need me to tell you what happens. So have you ever thought of investing in a training urinal for boys? I’d no clue these existed when potty training my boys! I wish I did though as they rock!!

They can be attached to the rim of your toilet, and even to your bathroom wall. Amazing huh! And much much easier for our little boys, don’t you think? I’ve seen these on eBay,  Amazon and I believe Tommee Tippee even sell one! 
 
Praise, Praise Praise! Make the biggest deal of him peeing into his potty that you can! It’ll make him feel A-MAZING! So much so he’ll be encouraged to do it again {and again…and again!} 

A few fun incentive/game ideas!


Target Practice – I did this with my sons, it’s such fun and the boys thought it was loads of fun. I’d pop 3 to 4 cheerios into the toilet bowl and when it was “pee-pee” time, they had to aim and hit a cheerio! They thought this was amazing and it really encouraged them to want to do it again. 


Piggy bank fun – We’d place a piggy bank in the bathroom and every time they used the potty or the big boy toilet, they’d get 10p and at the end of the week {after jingling their piggy bank excitedly} they could use their savings to go on some of their favorite amusement rides when we went shopping etc.


Changing colours technique – This is a super science-y one which I personally love and as did my son! I would add a few drops of blue food colouring into the toilet and once he would “pee”, the urine made the blue turn into green, this fascinated my LO! So we’d use different colours each time, next we’d try using red colouring and he would screech with joy when he watched it turn orange.


Well, I hope if you have some a little chap heading into his potty training days soon, that some or even one of my tips help!


How have your past/present potty training experience been like? Do you have any tips to add to the list? 

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I’m not a big “cooked from scratch” girl, even though I’d love to be. I get to cook something homemade maybe, once a week. However, in reality, I’m a pretty darn busy Mama bear and always doing something, answering to someone else, or seeing to other people’s needs. 

But, now the children are back to school, it’s just Belle & I at home, thus, giving me some  extra time slack to bake/cook a little more, which excites me. So this week I managed to bosh together a delicious batch of Butternut Squash fries. 

I’ve started making Miss Belle some lunchtime snacks, and this week I’m starting with Butternut squash. Now, butternut squash isn’t something I’ve ever tasted {or intend too! I’m fussy!} but it’s healthy, nutritious and perfect for any growing child. 

Butternut Squash fries is a super easy recipe {even for a kitchen newbie, like myself!}. All you need is a fresh butternut squash, cut it in half, scoop out the inner seeds then cut them into “sticks”. Once that’s done, place some baking paper on a baking tray, lay on your sticks and drizzle with a little Olive oil and finally pop into the oven at 180 degrees until golden brown {20 mins or so} – easy peasy!Butternut squash friesButternut squash fries
Annabelle really enjoyed these and I reckon I’ll make them for her again soon! 

 
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I was lucky enough to be given £50 from MoneySupermarket.com to take part in the #HomeimprovementHero Challenge
 
My Home improvement Hero challenge took off pretty quickly and I knew The room I wanted to revamp was our bedroom. It’s forever being used as a laundry dumping ground and has not been “our room” for a long time, if ever! So we decided to change that! 
I mulled for days what my plans were for the budget makeover until I finally got started!
 

Here’s our room before I started.

So as you can see, it was very boring and plain! 
Where’s the romance that a couples bedroom SHOULD have!?
WELL…
Here’s what I did…

English Fire Crown Paint {B&Q} – £18.95
Poppy Canvas {Poundstretchers} – £9.99
Heart Tea light holder {B&M} – £2.99
Red Rug {B&M} – £5.99
Wooden heart wall hanging {Poundstretchers} – £1.99
Rose lights {B&M} – £4.99
Blank Canvas {B&M} – £1.99 {added the “love” myself}
 Potpourri decorative balls {in the fireplace, from B&M} – £2.99

= £49.88

All other pictures, bedding, wall art not listed above in the shots where already in our house. Just moved to our new gorgeous bedroom! I even stole the plant from our kitchen windowsill!

This Home improvement challenge was tough {with 3 kids at home to work around!} and I found it hard to get a hold on what we wanted. But I think we got there in the end. Doing this challenge, has not only dramatically changed the look of our room, but the feel of it too. I sleep more at ease at night knowing there isn’t a pile of laundry leering at me. It feels more like “our” room now, and we love it!! Thank you Moneysupermarket.com


This challenge was in conjunction with the #HomeImprovementHero Challenge with Moneysupermarket.com

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For a few weeks now I’ve been umming & aahing at the idea of changing Miss Belle from disposables & into cloth. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, let me tell you. As with 2 other children at home {My boys live with their Dad} I was concerned about how much extra work using cloth nappies would add on to my already busy day. 

Before diving into going from disposable to a cloth nappy I decided to do a little research, and I’ll be honest, I just got more confused! Pocket nappies, wraps, liners it was all becoming a very daunting prospect. I could see the idea of changing from disposables to cloth becoming more and more unlikely. 


But the idea kept coming back to niggle at me…


So eventually I caved. I went onto Baba+Boo and bought 1 pocket cloth nappy, and this arrived just this morning. So I’m calling this Day#1 of our journey!

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I was rather overwhelmed by the sheer amount of snaps on the nappy itself but I could see why they were there. I thought it was very handy not having to worry about what sizes to buy because technically one nappy fits all sorts of sizes. 

Initially, I really liked how soft the inside of the nappy itself was {we also got 2 micro-fleece liners with the nappy – very handy} and once I put the liner inside the little snugly pocket it was ready to go onto the wee woman!


So following the instructions on the packet and with a few giggles from Miss Belle as I attempted to put her into her first ever cloth nappy…I did it! She was all snapped up and I have to admit, looked very cute!

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I think by the photo you can see was very happy with her brand new, fluffy bum!
 
The instructions say that they’ll require changing every 2-3hrs {although some babies may widdle/poo more than other babies} – however in Miss Belles case as soon as that 3hr mark was hit, I could feel a bit of wetness {It wasn’t a leak as such…just a full liner}. We were out at the park at the time, so off home, we went. Once we got home we got her changed {with a wee roll around nappy less for a while}. Popped in her fresh second micro-fleece liner, snapped her back in and she’s currently all comfy and happy again. 
 
So all in all the first day has gone pretty well. I’m a bit annoyed that I didn’t buy more than the one nappy as I really don’t like the idea of putting her in a disposable! But hey ho! We have about a months supply left of disposables to use up, which gives me  a few weeks to buy some more pockets and liners! I fear these may become a bit of an addiction…like handbags or shoes! So many adorable designs to choose from! 
 
Let’s hope our disposable to cloth journey continues to be smooth sailing…

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I came across a fab DIY project from Come Together Kids – it’s a fabulous blog, you should definitely pop over for a nosy! 

So yes, Marshmallow flingers! Ha! how fabulous cool are these! With the summer just around the corner {good weather a slight possibility!} EVERY child should possess a marshmallow flinger They are great craic!

You’ll need:-

Plastic cups {although yogurt pots work too, any cup that’s good and sturdy!}
Balloons
Scissors
Weapon of choice! Marshmallows and/or pompoms!

What you need to do first is cut the base {about a 3rd up from the bottom} of your cup. 

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Now the fun part….time to test these puppies out! 

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The kids {and myself} had such craic with these that they’re a daily item that they play with! Love it. 

What are you still sitting there for? Go make yourselves a flinger!

D xx

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I’m a very artsy crafty person, or at least I like to think that I am! I love having a wee go at new things. So naturally I jumped at the chance to give making my own salt dough keepsake a go, to take a lovely DIY foot and/or hand impression of my beautiful 8-week old daughter.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it would work, but low & behold it did and I was well impressed!

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