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Chocolate Chip Cookes - Recipe

I think we have found the perfect recipes for chocolate chip cookie, these are so soft and taste amazing. and you can also store dough for another day which we have done. 
This recipe is a simple on and the dough is so easy to make, Lilly managed to pretty much do these with minimal help. The recipe can make up to 30 cookies and bake in just 8-10 minutes.

225g    Plain Flour 150g    Baking Butter, softened (Marge) 80g      Light Brown Sugar 80g      Granulated Sugar 200g    Chocolate Chips 1          Large Egg 2tsp     Vanilla Extract 1/2tps  Bicarbonate of Soda 1/4tsp  Salt
1. Preheat the oven to 190oC/Gas mark 5 and line trays with baking paper. 2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then add 1 large egg and the vanilla extract. 3. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt and add to the wet mix. 4. Add the chocolate chips and mix well. 5. Use a tablespoon to sccop the dough onto your prepared tray and leave space between. 6. Bake for about 8-10 minu…

Pirate Day 2019 - Our World Recore Attempt

On the 14th of July this year, me and Lilly took part in a World record attempt in our local town. Every year our town celebrates pirate day since getting a World record for the largest gathering of pirates, a huge ammount of 14,231 people dressed as pirates. 
This year our town tried to create the worlds biggest human image of a boat, a pirate ship in our case, sadly our attempt was not successful due to there being a last minuite tide change which meant there was not enough room for everyone.

Even though we didn't get a second World record for our town we still enjoyed the day with family. My Dad made this wonderful boat around his mobility chair which so many people enjoyed. We had sword fights with each other whiilst waiting too. It is very bizzare to see so many people dressed up though and the experience is surreal.

There was lots more than just the attemt happening, there was live music or dancing on a stage at one end of town along with some pirate themed stalls, face pai…

Meet Oreo - Our new Kitten

We're either mad or just becoming crazy cat people but we have another kitten! Meet Oreo, our little 8 week old addition to the family. 
It has been a crazy few days since we have got him adn we're still a little unsure of what Jack thinks yet. They have sniffed at each other, had a fews growls and a couple of swipes but all in all they seem ok.
I think this will be the last kitten that we get whilst we have other cats, but are very excited about how both Jack and Oreo grow up together. 
Please read my other post about getting Jack, its has details of what you should be aware of before getting a kitten/cat.
Link Getting a Kitten

Create Your Own Trunki - Trunki Customiser - Review (Gifted)

We have beeen very lucky to have been able to create and design a Trunki for Lilly via the Trunki customiser.  Fom the main case itself to the hub caps, there are 10 different aspects which you can customise on the Trunki case which leads to over 1 billion possible combinations that you and your child can create.
Lils started the process of designing her own Trunki and went through a few designs before settling with a purple and blue design, whilst you make changes the pictures changes to so you can see how it will look once it is made. These retail at £44.99 and acan take up to 10 days to be created.
Once your order is placed you will get a confirmation email with a link to be able to see how the Truni will look when it arrives.

We got an email and text the day before delivery and when it arrived the packaging dissapoint, the box itself can be created into a Trunki house including a doormat. 
Once out of the box Lilly couldn't wait to pack it up and take it out for a spin. We pa…

Simple Sausage Pasta - Recipe

We have recently discovered sausage pasta, a handy and quick meal which be me and Lilly love. The base recipe was found on BBC Good foods but I have customised it a little to suit us as a family,I hope you enjoy if you make it.
This will serve 2-3 people
You Will Need:
- 4-6 sausages, cut into chunky pieces - 400g Tin of chopped tomatoes - 300g of Short pasta (fusilli or farfalle) - 1 Large onion, chopped - 1 Courgette, sliced - 2 Garlic cloves, crushed or grated - 2 Medium closed cup mushrooms (I cut small to make it a hidden vegetable) - 1/4 tsp chilli powder, mild - 1/2 tps Oregano - 1/2 tps Garlic powder  - Pinch of Salt
Method: Start to brown off you sausage pieces in a large frying pan with a little oil.Cook the pasta how the packaging saysOnce they have started to brown nicely, add the onions, courgette, garlic and mushrooms and soften.Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and stir in well, then add the herbs and spices and mix wellSimmer for around 5 minuites until all is cooked thr…

Rare Breeds Cantre - Family Day Out

We recently took a trip to the Rare Breeds Centre in Kent, which is a 100 acre farm with so much to do, from pig racing to animal encounters there is something to keep the children entertained all day. 
We arrived around 10am and were instantly greeted with the sight of animals, near the car park were a couple of fields with some sheep in and at the entrance to the farm there were a couple of goats. Firstly we took a look into Creepy Crawly World, a room full of insects and reptiles, from trantulas to snakes to lizards, Lil's loved looking at them all but was glad that they were behind glass.
We then decided to go to the petting area first which Lils absoloutly love, there were bunny rabbits, guinea pigs and a goat out for the children to say hello to, there are also a few animals in pens around the edge including pigs, more goats, a horse and a donkey.

We then joined queue for the tractor/trailor ride, the ride itself takes around 15-20 minutes so be prepared to wait a little bi…

Free Printable Summer Worksheet + Competition |

I can't believe we are almost into the summer holidays in the UK already, to keep on top of you childs education through the summer, why not try some worksheets, check out there website for some fantastic summer themed sheets for both maths and English. I have one myself to share for you all. 

Waterslide Division Sheet
Stay cool with some division practice from! This waterslide themed worksheet is just one of many fun maths resourcesyou can check out.

Sadly as I went to print the sheet my printer stopped working so we have worked on the sheet on the computer. We will be printing when we get a new printer!

Lastly for anyone who read this from America are giving you a wonderful chance for you to win $500 for college anda further $1000 for there school or local libary. For more information click the link below.

She lost more teeth

No one told me her loosing baby teeth would be so emotional, she has now lost four and is a pro at this now but it still makes my heart ache a little. Every sign of a wobbly tooth now and she's  on the apples trying to make it fall out and it is the cutest reaction when it actually happens. 
I remember the first one like it was yesterday, the excitment and fear in Lils eyes, wondering if it was going to hurt and if the tooth fairy would actually come. When it finally happened Lilly was estatic, she washed it carefully with the plug in, put it in our sepcial envelope for the tooth fairy and waited for bedtime. She woke pretty early the next morning to a retreived baby tooth and in its place, a £2 coin and a first tooth certificate.
It's one of the big milestones for her age range and one that is so significant to both the child and the parent and one that I will never forget.

Bodiam Castle - Our Day Out

Back in February we visited the beautiful Bodiam Castle, which means that we ticked one of our things off the to do list for this year. Bodiam Castle was built in the 14th century, it is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public for a tour in its grounds.
The outside of the castle looked very intact but cross the moat via the bridge and enter the door, you'll see a completely different situation. most of the inside is ruins now with doorways leading to nowhere all around you. The towers are still together as are some of the areas in the grounds, we enjoyed trying to work out what the rooms could have been.

One of the towers at the front was open, we decided that we would take a look, this meant climbing a very narrow spiral staircase with step that reached up to Lils knee's, it was hard work but well worth the view from the top. The second area to climb was at the back of the castle which looked over the village of Bodium, the views were stunning.

On the groun…

Hughie's Supercar Sunday

On Sunday me and Lilly took a trip to a very cool local event known as Hughie's Supercar Sunday, this is an event that is in memory of a little boy call Hughie who was just 3 years of age when he gained his wings due to a rare brain condition. He was a big supercar fan so every year since his family have put on an amazing event to raise money for charity, this year being the Chestnut Tree House charity.

With over100 supercars parked up there was a lot to see, and Lilly was very lucky to be able to sit in three different types of Super cars, a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a Maclaren. A few of the cars revved there engines to show off them. 
There was a cake sale and other fundraising bits to the back of the event for the Chestnut tree house along with many collection buckets. The family also brung there VW FireTruck which has been converted for children to play in and around. I have just read that this event has raised £5,408.12 for the charity, which is amaing.

The event was a wond…

Cheese and Potato Bake | Recipe and Method

Today I am sharing a lovely family meal which we all seem to enjoy in this house, it is also pretty simple to make and goes great with quite a few things.
We personally serve this with gammon but it goes well with sausages and grill steaks. Me and Lils usually have sweetcorn or broccoli too. 

115g Grated Cheese 1 egg 30g Butter 150ml Double Cream 675g Medium/Large potatoes 1 large onion Salt and pepper
How to
1. Preheat oven to 180°c/Gas Mark 4.  2. Peel potatoes and slice thinly.  3. Slice onions and soften in butter.  4. Grease a baking dish or we use a loaf tin.  5. Place a layer of potato slices as a base, then add salt and pepper. 6. Next add some of the onions and some of the grated cheese. Save some cheese for the top.  7. Repeat until most/all the potatoes are used.  8. Beat your egg into the cream then pour over the potato layers.  9. Sprinkle with cheese and cook for 1 hour and a half. If it starts to brown quickly cover the top with foil.  10. Serve and enjoy. 

Gelli Baff and others Review

We were lucky enough to have been sent some very fun items for Lil's to review, the Zimpli Kids Gelli Baff, Slime Baff and Snoball Play. These are all a bit of messy play which Lilly absoloutly loves. 
The products themselves are a very reasonable price with prices as low as £2.50 for the smaller boxes and £3 for the Gelli Baff itself. 

Gelli Baff review

Not long after the Christmas holidays started I put an afternoon aside for Lilly to have a Gelli Baff, I did this before her actually shower night so she could wash off after.

This product is skin safe, which is perfect for Lilly with her excema, which didn't even attempt to flare, it is also environmentally safe too and is also a UK made product.

When making it up you just follow the easy instructions, just 4 cms of water will create a lot of the gelli goo, it is also scented with my other half commenting how it smelt like Jelly. Please take care when you child gets into the bath as it can be slippery. 
Once we got Lilly in t…

Plans for 2019

Hello 2019, and Happy New year to everyone! It seems very strange to think that it is the start of a fresh new year.

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking of things that we as a family would like to do in 2019, I think it is so important to make memories with our children as I have so many wonderful ones from my childhood.
Lilly is now 6, she seems older sometimes, but this year I want to include her in so much more. This was the first year that we have let her stay up to see the New Year in, she made it and we all toasted and watched the fireworks in telly.
My 2019 plans for us are nothing too special but they are things that will stick with us, so here we go.
1. First Cinema trip - Lilly has not yet had a cinema experience so one day in the next couple of months I want to take her down on one of the kids mornings that the Odeon do.
2. Visit the History and Science museums in London - I think this would be right up Lils Street, especially the space part in the science museum.