Last week on twitter some people were mentioning Xmas shopping. I have not started my shopping yet, and as we have booked a hot break in Egypt, I think we will not be buying that many presents this year. Also, I have not decided yet on what to do about my two girls and presnts on the actual day? We will be sunbathing by the sea, and there will probably not be many signs of Xmas there.
On the other hand I know Isabelle is very excited about Xmas and has already asked me will she be getting any presents or how will Santa know where to leave the presents as we will not be home? Any tips what to do?
Anyway, if you have a little boy I am sure he loves cars and toy cars, and I am very pleased to say that for the latest competition I have teamed up with the well-known brand in car industry called BMW. Hands up who has a BMW at home? Anyway, BMW are giving away this absolutely gorgeous toy car. Here is a little info about the toy:
BMW Genuine baby racer II motorsport Kids Ride-on/Push Toy Car
sports steering wheel
metallic effect on front and rear sections
rubber tyres that minimise noise
Suitable for ages: 1½ to 3 years
Dimensions: (L xa W xa H): 73 xa 32. 5 xa 40 cm
Wheelbase: 44 cm
Weight: 6. 4 kg
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I cannot believe it has been almost 6 months since we have moved into our lovely new house. Thanks to this I have started shopping much more at Morrisons as not only it is the closest supermarket, but also love their NUTMEG clothing range. Two weeks ago I was invited to check out their Xmas and Spring/Summer 2015 collections. As my mum is helping with looking after Olivia very often I was tempted to leave her home again, but as there were activities for little ones, I decided to take her with me.
Unfortunately Olivia is not used to coming along, so she was very clingy, and was kind off hanging on me, but after a little while she managed to relax a bit more and admire the lovely fashion pieces too. After having our glitter tattoos and face-painting done, we went straight for the jewelry!
Below are some of my top picks. What do you think? All available from Morrisons stores! Did you know that their kids clothing comes free from rough itchy back neck labels and that you can dress your baby in no time with front fastening on all dresses? How clever is that? By the way the party dress below is just £10 ( 0-24 months), and the gorgeous coat for £12 for the same age group! Affordable luxury!
Until last year we did not celebrate Halloween that much, as the area where we used to live was not that open to children going trick or treating. Every year I had some treats in cupboard which daddy at the end “had to” eat as nobody turned up by our doorstep.
Coming from the Czech Republic where only recently Halloween has started being celebrated means I have no history of going trick or treating as a girl. Luckily we have a few English friends who love celebrating it and also moving to our new house means we are in a very family oriented area where Halloween will be a big thing.
Last year our friend who lives in this area took us along trick or treating and for Isabelle it was the best experience ever. I loved how some communities get together on such occasions, and also many adults play along and dress up.
This year we will be on holiday in Turkey, returning on Halloween so not sure if after the long flight I will be up for it. On the other hand I know that Isabelle will want to go as it was so much fun last time, and what wouldn’t I do for my children?
Now, let’s look at Halloween from a little bit different angle, the “treats” angle. Supermarkets are already loaded with so many treats, and most of them are just junk which I as many other parents do not really want to offer. I think everything should be in moderation, so of course I will not say completely no to some of the sweets for the girls, but I love the fact ORGANIX have come up with some very lovely recipes to also offer some healthy options.
How about these very cool banana ghosts?
Or some spooky homemade pizza?
Organix No Junk Halloween Sweet Pumpkin Muffins
In a bid to help parents and children join in with the fun of Halloween, but ditch the junk, Organix has come up with some truly awful treats that are actually good for you. These No Junk spooky muffins will please the crowds at any Halloween party. They look fabulous on the table and are great fun to make.
Makes 12 muffins
From 12 months
Muffins • 250mls butternut squash / pumpkin puree (approx. ½ butternut) – try and choose a sweet variety of pumpkin/squash • 150g butter (or coconut oil) • 4 eggs • 6 tbsps / 90mls maple syrup • ½ tsp vanilla extract • 2 tsps mixed spice • 300g self-raising flour (you could use a gluten free option if you prefer)
Decoration options • Greek yoghurt / cream cheese • Extra butternut squash puree • Some blackberries blended or mashed into a puree • Maple syrup – a little to sweeten • Fresh fruit such as blackberries, blueberries, kiwi • Dried fruit such as raisins, prunes, goji berries • Seeds such as poppy and pumpkin seeds
1. Start by making a butternut squash/pumpkin puree. Peel the squash and cut into chunks, then steam until soft (approximately 20mins), either using a steamer or by placing in a colander over a pan of simmering water and covering (you could boil instead, if you prefer, but steaming retains more of the nutrients)
2. In a bowl, blend the squash to a smooth puree, adding some water if required – a hand blender will give the smoothest texture, but a food processor or blender can also be used
3. Stir the butter (or coconut oil) into the warm puree to gently melt it, or if the puree is cold, gently warm together in a pan over a low heat until just melted. Then allow to cool. If you are using a pre-made puree from the freezer you will need approximately 250mls of puree. Allow to defrost overnight, then gently warm through with the butter/oil.
4. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / gas 4
5. Whisk the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, mixed spice and cooled puree (with butter) together in a large bowl with a hand whisk
6. Sieve in the flour and lightly stir using a metal spoon. Don’t over stir the mixture, to avoid knocking out too much air
7. Spoon the mixture into muffin cases in a muffin tin so the cases are about 3/4 full, allowing room for the cakes to rise
8. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes until golden. You can stick a knife in the centre of a muffin to check they are cooked through; it should come out clean. Allow the muffins to cool completely before decorating on a cooling rack.
Get your children involved with the decorating and let their imaginations go wild. Try to keep the extra ingredients as natural and healthy as possible, whilst making them look as fun as you like.
Here are a few ideas to start you off:
1. Pumpkin face – mix Greek yogurt or cream cheese, a drizzle of maple syrup, a pinch of mixed spice and a dollop of squash puree together, to create an orange frosting. Spread on a muffin and decorate with a little kiwi for the pumpkin stem, and raisins for eyes and teeth
2. Spider – mix Greek yogurt or cream cheese with a drizzle of maple syrup. Spread this white frosting on a muffin and use a blackberry to create a spider body, with sliced blueberries for legs. Or you can use some raisins and blueberries to create the body, and draw on the legs with a cocktail stick dipped in blackberry juice
3. Dracula – mix Greek yogurt or cream cheese, a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of blackberry puree to create a reddish / purple frosting. Spread onto a muffin, then sprinkle poppy seeds at the top to create a Dracula widows peak hairline, (use a cocktail stick to help guide the seeds). Use raisins and cut up goji berries as eyes, a goji berry mouth and white frosting for Dracula fangs!
4. Witch hat – white frosting, with cut up dried prune for a black hat N.B As these muffins won’t stay fresh as long as cakes made with caster sugar, it’s best to bake, decorate and eat them on the day you make them. They can be kept them in an air tight container (without the decorations) in a cool place for up to 3 days, or you can freeze them and defrost in a couple of hours, then decorate before serving.
Decorate just before serving. Children will love creating spooky Halloween faces with yoghurt, healthy icing, dried fruit and seeds, and these will be a spooky show stopper on a Halloween party table.
ORGANIX No Junk Challenge is a campaign with a long term commitment to help families reclaim healthy eating by saying ‘no’ to junk and say ‘yes’ to healthy, natural and simple food for the family and you can find out more about it at www.organix.com/nojunk.