Half term activities with my under 5’s


Where to start? My eldest has been at nursery since she was 2, but this is her first half term. I used to do stretch funding (she used to go only 2 mornings a weeks but all year round rather than 3 morning term time). So I am trying to plan a few activities as she’s an antcy pants when it comes to lazy home days! 

  • Leaf and stone collecting at the local woods
  • Day at the beach (weather depending)
  • Trip to the park
  • Toilet roll monster crafts as it’s Halloween 

  • Cookie making


I’m always looking for activity ideas for my 2 kids so if you have any please please do comment with any ideas you have !

Much love 

Rhianna xx

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12 weeks of Christmas !

Well it’s now only 10 weeks until Christmas! If you havnt been keeping up with the series I’ll link them for you 

11 weeks

12 weeks
Ahh it’s getting close although you wouldn’t know it yet as the festivities haven’t quite started. In my small little home town our Christmas light switch on and Christmas markets don’t start until December. But it the next big town (only 15miles away) they turn there lights on on the 17th of November. I think we will take our kids for the first time this year. We have never done this before as they don’t turn on until 8pm which is to late for my little ones. 

What make it officially Christmas? 

Is it the coca cola advert? 

Is it the light switch on?

Is it the 1st of December? 

Is it the Christmas movies starting? 

Is it snow? (We don’t get any were I live just good old English rain )

What makes it officially Christmas to you? 


Stocking?  Do you have just them or them and a sack maybe waiting at the end of there beds?

Stocking filler ideas what won’t break the bank.

  • Christmas socks 
  • Tooth brush 
  • Tooth paste
  • Mini note book 
  • Novelty pen 
  • Fidget spinner
  • Wooden maraca
  • Character bath mit 
  • Sweets
  • An Orange 
  • Soft toy
  • Christmas stickers  
  • Toy cars
  • Small ponys
  • Costume jewlery 
  • Hair accessories 
  • Bouncy ball
  • Slippers 
  • Army figures 
  • Farm animals 
  • Plastic dinasore 

I’m my family we all have Bucilla stockings lovingly hand made firstly buy my great grandma and now the task has fallen to my grandmother. They take her around 3months to complete but they are worth every hour!
Do you use the same stockings every year or do you buy new each year ??

Much love 

rhianna xx 


P.s sorry for the short post this week, but unfortunately my kids have been poorly with this nasty cough ( my youngest is croup) ūüė≠ūüė™


    2nd birthday plans 

    Well it’s 5 weeks until my son’s 2nd birthday! Omg how time has flown.. so im  now preparing for this birthday. 

    We’ve decided not to give him any formal party this year. We’re just going to try out a new soft play area and have a special tea. 

    Now I should have learnt from last year but I didn’t and finding birthday paper in the small town we call home even in October is a total nightmare, today we weren’t to a local town which is considerably bigger but stil isn’t a city if you get my drift. There they have a paper chase which if any of you have been before you’ll know is a beautiful paper,craft,card shop but it is a little pricey. I found the most beautiful paper yhere with dinosaurs on which was ¬£3.45 for 3m …. ouch! 

    We are also copping out this year with gifts as he’s only 2 and I feel we can stil get away with minimal presents and still give him an amazing day in which he will never remember. So this year his bulk of gifts are clothes from us and 3 small toys. Although don’t feel like he’s missing out as my parents are getting him a monstrous vtech toot toot race way thingy, they already technically had his huge transporter gift from his great grandparents and the until have brought him another gift (I believe a toy airplane) and that is without aunt’s and uncles! I think he’ll do just fine !

    I make my kids a cake every year without fale but I’m unsure what to do my son this year? He’s mad about trains and cars (thankfully not Thomas yet tho ) so I am thinking maybe something along the lines of this? 

    But I’m really unsure?  Or maybe a bing bunny cake ? My only trouble with this is I did a bing make for my daughter second birthday. Any ideas ?? 

    The only thing that is for sure is that he is a cake fiend so I’ll probably go with chocolate… who doesn’t like chocolate cake!

    Anyway I hope your all having an amazing week? 

    What would you suggest for a monsters 2nd birthday? 

    Much love 

    rhianna xx 

    12 weeks of Christmas!

    Well it’s 11 weeks until Christmas, if you missed last week’s 12 weeks of Christmas
     
    Please feel free to check it out…. I hope everyone has atleast started there shopping, or are you a leave it until the last minute kinda person ?? 

    This week I’ve tried to share Christmas decoration ideas, which is a hard feet as everyone has there own taste and style so I am hoping I’ve covered everybody. 

    Also I’m sharing an easy fool proof ginger bread recipe for you all to try!

    paint your own decorations from b&m £3.99

    The disney store has an amazing tree decoration section averaging ¬£13 each 

    LED Christmas heart from Matalan £12

    Personalised tree decs from not on the hight street £12

    Garland from studio £9.99

    Wooden advent calendars I think are a must have. My daughter has a Christmas tree and my son a train.

    Christmas card holder from studio £9.99

    modern wreath from debenhams £16

    Santa please stop here sign from Debenhams £6 (4 for 3 deal)

    traditional garland from Tesco £10

    stag head over the door wreath hanger from not on the high street £14

    Christmas vintage style bunting from Amazon £5.99

    reindeer lantern from Amazon £3.99

    Ginger bread man recipe.

    350g plain flour  plus extra for rolling out

    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 

    2 tsp ground ginger 

    1 tsp ground cinnamon 

    125g butter

    175g light soft brown sugar

    1 egg

    4 tbsp golden syrup

    Method

    1. Place the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and into a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Add in the sugar.

    2. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

    3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

    4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men or any shape you wish. place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.

    5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate as you wish. 

    6. Eat and enjoy 

    I hope you have enjoyed this week’s addition to the 12 weeks of Christmas series.  

    Please Comment below with your favorite part of Christmas? Weather it’s the food, the family gatherings or the festive decorations I would love to hear from you.

    Much love 

    rhianna xx  

    12 weeks of Christmas!

    We it is officially 12 weeks until Christmas today!¬† Whoop who’s excited !! For this week I thought I would share Christmas eve box ideas as an autumn caramel apple empanadas recipe.

    Christmas eve boxes are one of the many new christmas crazes to have hit the UK in the past few year. So here are some of my favourite aswell as ideas of what to fill them with.

    Christmas eve boxes. 


     Instagram company rockman rocks

    Retailing at £30

    Ebay seller dotty vintage.
    Retailing between £3-£7

    Studio catalogue and online. Retailing at 19.99

     

    ebay company lazer craft shapes ltd
    Retailing at £13-£14

    I hope I have covered all price points, there are so many different designs and styles aswell as ones for individual children or ones big enough for the whole family.

    Christmas eve box filling ideas.

    • Reindeer food
    • Christmas pjs
    • Christmas book
    • Christmas game / activity
    • Christmas film
    • Sweets
    • Santa’s key
    • Small toy
    • Small soft toy
    • Hot chocolate cone
    • Candy cane
    • Chocolate coins

    The list is endless but hopefully this will get your imagination going and you can come up with some ideas perfect for your family.
    Caramel apple empanadas.


    These aren’t completely festive but they are defiantly autumn appropriate.

    *Disclaimer this isn’t my recipe but it was just to good to keep to my self!¬†caramel apple empanadas.**¬†

    Ingredients: 

    64g / 1/2 cup light brown sugar 

    2 tbsp butter 

    1 tbsp lemon juice 

    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    1 tsp cinnamon 

    1/4 tsp nutmeg 

    1 tbsp corn flour

    Dash of water 

    Premade short crust pastry at room temp

    Egg wash 

    Extra sugar for sprinkling.
    On a medium heat use a high sides skillet pan. Add the apples, sugar, butter, nutmeg,vanilla lemon and cinnamon. Cook for 5mins or until the butter and sugar have created a caramel sauce.

    Mix corn flour and a dash of water together in a sperate bowl. Add it to the Apple mixture, bring to the boil and cook for a further 3-4 mins. Until it is thick and yummy.

    Leave to cool completely.

    Use a 3 1\2 inch round cutter to cut disk shapes. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper.

    Place a small amount of mixture in the centre of your discs and fold in half like a pasty. Use a fork to crimp the edges together.

    Use a sharp lift to pierce a tiny slit in the top of each empanada to help release the steam.

    Egg wash and sprinkle with a light dusting of sugar.

    Bake at 180¬į for 18-20 mins

    Cook and enjoy. Serve with remaining caramel sauce or chantilly cream.

    My 3yr old helped fill, fold and egg wash ours so I am sure yours will look much prettyer.

    I hope you enjoy the first edition.

    Please let me know how I did. And what you would like to see throughout these 12 weeks xx

    Much love

    Rhianna xx

     

    Diary of a Little Peach

    12 weeks of Christmas series 

    Ive decided to do a 12 weeks of christmas series! I do apologise to anyone who is not Christmas crazy like me for swearing with the Xmas word ! But Christmas is THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….

    Especially for me as this year I will have a nearly 4yr old and a 2yr old. My daughter who is the eldest is really truly getting it this year and is already asking about father Christmas and Rudolph. Eeek it really should be a magical year this year. 

    So like I said I’ve decided to do a 12 weeks for Christmas series. Every week sharing hits, tips, trick, recipes and all this christmasy with you all. 

    If there’s anything specific you would like to see please comment and let me know.

    If you like this also check out the Christmas gift box so far.  

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx 

    Becoming a “dance mum”


    Just before the summer my daughter started ballet, there was only a few weeks left of term so she didn’t get her uniform but omg she loved it! After the summer break she started again last week. She was so excited she squealed when I told her, but this week was extra special she recieved her uniform. No only does she feel like a big girl her she is the first to have one of the new uniforms so her dance teacher has made her feel extra special. Explaining she was the first to get to try the new uniform but she had to do like a fashion show to show all the other children what the new uniform looks like ! You can just imagine how ecstatic she was to be almost “the chosen one”. 

    I don’t know if every dance studio is like this but the one my daughter attends, partners aren’t in the room so we don’t get to watch. Which is a shame but at the same time I’m not sure how much 3 yr / 4yr old would concentrate if all us mum’s where there cooing and clapping. 

    What a different the 6weeks holidays made. Before when she would finish I would ask her what she had learnt, I wouldn’t get a reply… well that made any sence. But now she is showing me her pointy toes and her naughty toes, her plie etc.

    I’m looking forward to Christmas as I am told they usually do a little show case ! Eeek excitement overload! 

    So the long and short of this is … It’s the start of a long journey of pink tutus and hair pins! 

    Does anyone else’s kids do dance?

    Much love 

    rhianna xx 

    A typical boy??

    What is a typical boy ?

    I never belived in “boys” and “girls” I have always belived that a child is who he or she is and there likes dislikes and behaviour was due to upbringing . 

    Oh how I was wrong both of my children have been brought up the same and I don’t treat them any differently because if there gender.  Granted I have been a lot more relaxed with my son (2nd child) but isn’t every one.?. And I don’t think I was that much of a freety  mum In the first place with my daughter I have always been very children will be children, they will eat dirt and they will fall over there’s no need to panic or fret theyll live sort of mum. 

    But never the less my daughter loves arts and crafts and has from a very young age she loves to sing and dance and sparkly things. 

    My son still eats paint and for the 5secs in which he stops, he flicks the paintbrush so paint splirts up the walls. He loves to dance but he loves nothing more than playing in the garden with his transporter or playing on his ride on.  

    His temperament is a lot different he is impatient and will go Tasmanian devil on you in the blink of an eye! Such a man thing no patience. He’s also very rough and tumble which you’d associate with a little boy. Yes forever banging something on something usually as he’s tried to climb on something he shouldn’t or jump of something he shouldn’t without looking first!

    I hope this is making sence and you can really see how different they are and it’s not just personalities you could literally pidgen hole my children! My daughter doesn’t like being dirty, my son thinks a bath is full of acid ! Type of thing. 

    Is anyone else’s children like this or is it just mind? 

    Please let me know your thoughts 

    Much love 

    Rhianna xxx

    Top 5 cleaning tips! 

    As you know I love sharing tips tricks and hacks and today is no different. Please share any tips or hacks you have I’m always looking for more ways to make life easyer. 

    1. Smelly drains

    Let me just start with by this in the pound shop! DO NOT SPEND £5.

    Zoflora has so many uses, you can dilute it 40-1 to make homemade antibac. Or you can use it neat which is what I do I use it to stop smelly sinks and to clean and disinfect my washing machine on its monthly self wash. I do however dilute it to clean my wheelly bins (I don’t like the smell of disinfectant)

    2. Foisty hovers

    If you hover up a handful of lenor unstoppables every time you empty your hover, as your hovering the beads heat up and give off the aroma of the beads.
    3. Burnt on food on a ceramic stove top.

    If you are like me and to often forget about a pan on the stove whilst sorting the children then Cream cleaner will be your new best friend. 

    Just squert it on and use the scrubby side of a sponge and it will just wipe away. 

    4. Mug and grime on the white edges of trainers. 

    Again Cream cleaner with a tooth brush and it’ll lift straight off..

    5. Stained clothes.

    I’m not going to say to much about this as I think I have written about this about a million times! Just get one and try it for yourself ! I’ll link a couple of the previous posts In which I’ve mentioned it. 


    Before it’s been washed you can literally watch the stains disappear. 

    my first blog post 

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this and there are a few you haven’t tried. 

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx

    Is the big bed a fail?

    My son a good sleeper but not the best at going to bed !

    Introducing a big bed has helped so much with him waking in the night as he’s not hitting limbs on the edge of the cot but with that also comes the freedom to get out and be mischievous. I have spoken about this in The big bed and To Big Bed Or Not to big bed. 

    I now feel is has been long enough that I can now give my honest opinion on the matter !

    Like I said before he’s not the easiest to get into bed but this defiantly as made things worse as he can now escape. I have tackled this by letting him stay up later until he’s tired and ready for bed! So I am stil putting him to bed awake but not as awake and I’m going to slowly put him up earlier and earlier until he’s going to bed like his sister ( which is when I say so!)

    As for waking in the night. I still haven’t had to tackle that one, which I am taking as a good sign. Before we converted the bed he was waking every night front thrashing about. But fingers crossed, touch wood this problemhas naturally resolved itself. 

    Oh i forgot to mention, I have decided not to use a bed guard as I feel the possibility of his falling a couple of inches scares me much less than him trying to climb over it and falling about half a meter. I used one with my daughter and she was absolutely fine but I don’t feel she would have ever attempted to climb it. My son on the other hand is a typical boy who tried to climb, throw or chew anything he can get his grubby little hands on. So I definaly feel I have chosen the lesser of two evils. 

    I hope this helps and one else out there with a little monkey like me. 

    Much love 

    Rhianna xx