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Showing posts with label #kentblogger. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Table Manners ......

Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to Hollywood Bowl in Maidstone to have a game and some food.

Rupert the star that he is, won the hearts of the staff whilst playing nicely with his balloon and enjoying throwing the balls down the alley,
but when it came to dinner time........

He showed them all just how superb his table manners were!

Nice one kid!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Fun Things To Do In Kent // Hollywood Bowl Maidstone

I haven't been bowling for god knows, so when I was invited to go along to Hollywood Bowl Maidstone with the boys I was more than up for it.

When I was invited Jon had just had his nose operation, so I had to hold it off for a week or two and then our weekends just became a bit too hectic, so I decide it would be a good idea just to go with Ru and Jon.

Rupert has never been bowling and I wasn't sure how he would deal with it.

Our lane was booked for 12pm on a Wednesday, I thought perfect it shouldn't be too busy and if he does have a massive melt down, there wont be much of an audience to witness it.

Ru was unsure to start with, but he loved his bowling shoes, and took a liking to one of the staff members straight away!

He did have a mini tantrum when he had to wait for his turn, but nothing a balloon handed to him from his new favourite person couldn't fix!

Ru was ace, he loved watching the ball roll down the alley and hit the skittles, he'd do a little happy dance when they fell over.
He even managed to get 2 strikes, I didn't even manage one!
Every time he got a strike a staff member would come over and give him a sticker!

I loved this and thought it was a great idea, I've never had that at any other bowling alley.
Ru loved it too as it meant his "star" would come over and give him a high five.

Ru was of course the winner and completely wiped the floor with us, I came second and poor old Jon with his bad back came last!

After our game was up we went off to the diner and had some lunch.
When we were told we would be having food as well we didn't really expect much.
Bowling alleys and food has never really wowed me before.

We were blown away, we all had burgers and they all came out looking amazing!
Presented on chopping boards with brioche buns there was nothing not to like about them.

Ru even dived head first into his burger!
(For a child who doesn't really eat that is a good sign!)

After we had finished eating we headed to the arcade part as no bowling trip is complete without a go at trying to win a teddy!
Jon came so close TWICE, but right at the last minute the teddy dropped!
I think I was more gutted than Ru was.

I never thought taking Ru bowling would be so fun, but its something we are going to be doing again!
He loved it, we loved it, the staff were AMAZING and Hollywood Bowl has to be one of the best bowling alleys I've ever been too!

With half term coming up its definitely something to put on your to do list!

Friday, 7 October 2016

In The Kitchen With Ru-Bear || Cake Pops!

I know on my last baking post I promised a twin bake off but getting a spare minute with the twins since they started school has been a bit tricky.
They'll come home hyper and be uncontrollable for half an hour then they'll crash.

So yesterday when the baking urge hit me I decided Ru could be my handy helper.

There was no need to even pop to the shops as I had everything I needed in the house already!
I used my no fail cupcake batter recipe.
Cake pops are pretty much round mini cupcakes!

What I used;
2 medium eggs, slightly whisked.
4oz butter,
4oz sugar,
4oz self raising flour.

To decorate;

Vivid toy group Cake pop moulds and sticks*

Pre heat the oven to 180*c
Mix together the butter and sugar,
then gradually add the slight whisked egg until nice and smooth.
Once smooth fold in the flour.

Pour the batter into the mould and place in the pre heated oven for 10 - 15 minutes.
As the cake pop moulds only have 4 sections I ended up having to do this 3x.
It wasn't much of an issue though as they cooked so quickly!

Whilst the Cake pops were cooling down, I started melting down the chocolate.
One of the best ways to melt chocolate is to place a bowl over boiling water and keep stirring until smooth.
By the time the chocolate was all melted the cakes had cooled and were ready to be decorated.

I pour the chocolate over and then Rupert took charge of the sprinkles!
We then placed them in the fridge for half an hour.

The end result was pretty amazing!
We'd never made cake pops before but they went down so well, they'll be definitely be top of our baking list!

Ru had first dibs and as you can tell by his face, they were pretty tasty!

You can find the Cake Pop kit over on amazon for £9.99
Baking chocolate from Divine Chocolate Website for £2.00

**I was gifted these products for free for the purpose of this post

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Pampers Club - Where Every Poo Is Rewarded!

Turn nappies into Rewards and Savings with Pampers

Let’s be honest – changing nappies isn’t exactly our favourite thing to do! But Pampers have come up with a great way to turn the moment when you spot that familiar #pooface into our favourite time of day!
They’ve recently launched an exciting new rewards app called Pampers Club – it’s free, easy to use and guess what…it rewards you every time you buy Pampers! Hooray!

Here’s how it works:
For every £1 you spend on Pampers nappies or wipes, you’ll receive 10 Pampers Club points with the app!
You can register then all you need to do is buy your Pampers as you usually would, both in-store and online, then take a photo of your receipt using the app, and start watching your points grow!

To get you started, you’ll receive 500 bonus points after scanning your first receipt!

You can choose to exchange your points for different types of rewards and savings, and guess what – there are things for both you and baby!
Rewards include everything from Pampers coupons and toys, to a 3 month subscription to Mother and Baby magazine! 
So now when you see that #pooface, you know that stocking up on Pampers means more points, for more rewards!

**Sponsored Post

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Bepanthen Bedtime Challenge

As us mums/dads/carers know, making sure your baby gets a good night sleep is a must.
One it stops them from being complete utter terrors the next day and two you get to have you well earned rest.
Without those precious little bundles of cuteness sleeping, we end up like the walking dead and no matter how trendy zombies are it is not a good look!

Nappy rash is right up there at the top when trying to tick off your bedtime check list.
If the little one has a sore bottom, you know that the little one won't be having a good nights sleep!

Would you sleep well with a sore bum?
No, I don't think I would either.

Babies and routines go hand in hand.
Babies love routine and getting the night time routine spot on can really have you skipping out of your little ones room full of joy.

Ru and sleep have a bit of a love hate relationship at the moment.
I am currently sporting the zombie look and it really isn't doing me any favours!

He used to sleep amazingly, then something switched and he now is completely anti-sleep.
Sometimes I give in battling against him and let him pass out in the lounge, so I can at least chill out a little.
On other days....when I'm feeling stronger willed I will stick to the normal routine and sometimes it works and sometimes it fails completely.
I do think this is all down to his development issues and my concerns over him having ASD.

My routine that works for Ru every now and then but worked liked magic on all the other boys (and still does) is:

6pm Bath with bedtime bath bubbles,
6.45pm warm milk
7pm Story, bed, kisses and hugs.

Also after bath time, I rub in a calming lotion on their chests,
Bepanthen nappy rash cream on their clean bottoms;
as applying a barrier cream to their bottoms helps prevent nappy rash from occurring, specially when a nappy is going to be on for such a long period of time.
Lavender bags placed inside their pillow cases (my secret weapon!!)

No screen time after 6, as too much screen time as we all know doesn't help a child calm down.

A great night sleep doesn't always happy but when it does you know the next day is going to be a great one!

Ru does on occasion suffer from nappy rash, but since using Bepanthen after his bath and again in the morning, we haven't had an issue!

“This post is an entry for #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge, sponsored by Bepanthen. Learn more at”.


Last week I was invited along to a Fusion Mother and Baby confidence swimming lesson, unfortunately we were unable to make the lesson, but I wanted to share with you the tips that I would have learnt if I had been able to attend.

At Fusion Lifestyle, registered charity and leisure provider, we understand that for most mums ensuring their kids are confident and happy in the water is a top priority. If you or your child have a fear of water this is not always the easiest thing to tackle. Fusion teaches over 46,000 children to swim every year and, with the highest quality teachers, we pride ourselves on having one of the safest and most credible swimming programmes in the country.

We’ve compiled a list of top ten tips for parents on do’s and don'ts's to improve your child’s confidence in the water.

1. Be prepared
Before your first trip to the pool there are some handy essentials we’d recommend having ready.

• Towels for you both – a hooded towel for them to help keep them warm after getting out the pool can be handy
• Swimming nappies – these come in both reusable and disposable varieties, so you can pick what suits your family
• An insulated bodysuit /costume for them – babies can get cold in the pool which can affect their mood, so insulated bodysuits can be a good idea
• A snack as swimming can make them hungry and can be a good reward mechanism

2. Getting their faces wet
Even confident babies can find the thought of getting their faces wet, or putting them underwater, unappealing. If your child dislikes getting their face splashed, then before you go to the swimming pool or on holiday start with simple things in the bath. If they’re a baby, gently trickle water down their face while you bathe them.
Or, if they are slightly older, encourage a water-blowing contest and get your child to blow bubbles on the surface of the water and make it fun. If they don’t like getting water in their eyes then goggles are the perfect tip to help them keep their eyes dry and gives you the chance to remove anything that makes the experience bad for your kids.

3. Encourage your child
Children develop at different rates, in terms of size, strength, co-ordination, emotional and intellectual maturity and just about everything else.
Encourage your child to keep going and celebrate their time in the water this will give them the confidence they need to keep going. If they are learning to swim then encourage them to compete against themselves, and to measure themselves against only their own best efforts. If they do win and beat everyone else, it’s a bonus!

4. If they are nervous help them get familiar with the water
For babies and toddlers, early swimming experiences can be hit or miss, with some children downright refusing to get in the water.
The key is not to push it. If you are on holiday, it’s likely you’ll have the opportunity to try again without stressing or rushing your child. Take baby steps (literally) with your little one and gradually get them closer to the water, from sitting on the side to dipping toes in, without taking them out of their comfort zone.

5. Do be supportive – rain or shine!
Whether your child takes one day or one year to build their confidence, keep showing love and support. One of your most important roles as a swimming parent is to provide emotional support during the tough times, of which there will be many. Let your child know that they are still loved, no matter how much they struggle with swimming.

6. Don’t pressure your child
Remember that swimming is your child’s hobby. If your child has their own reasons and own goals for participating, they will be far more motivated to excel and therefore far more successful.
It is normal and healthy to want your child to excel and be as successful as possible, but parents cannot make this happen by pressuring them with expectations. Instead, you can encourage them and offer them unconditional support and guidance.

7. Don’t dangle carrots
Try to avoid extrinsic motivation (bribery!).
It’s important to be careful of the message you send out – swimmers should swim for themselves and for the positives the sport brings. When your child does well, try to praise them for what they did well, not the outcome that they achieved.

8. Make it fun
If you are helping your child practice swimming make it fun using games.
Animal Games can be a lot of fun and can help you child to gain much needed confidence as well as having fun in the water. As long as your child associates water with having fun you are on the right track.

9. Don’t push for Olympic or Paralympic glory
Maybe your child will become an Olympian, but for most this isn’t the case.
Encourage your child to be the best they can be and to enjoy swimming, but make sure both your and their expectations are not too set too high. It’s great to have goals and dreams, but the most important thing is that they are happy. If they are happy the good performances will come naturally.

10. Do respect the coach
Trust the coach or teacher to do their job.
If you have any questions about something your child’s coach is doing or saying in the sessions, it is usually ok to ask. However, their attention will be on the swimmers they are coaching during session times, so try and grab a word with them before or after the lesson. Remember that a huge number of coaching staff are giving their time voluntarily and are keen to get the best out of every one of their swimmers!

You can find more info on the swimming classes here.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Our Weekend

On Saturday morning we decided to get out of the house and go on an adventure.
We knew the rains were coming so we made sure the boys were all kitted out in raincoats and wellies, then we set off for White Horse Wood Country Park near Maidstone.

We saw a fair few cows, that Rupert wanted to go over and talk to, and we discovered the Castle ruins of Thurnham Castle.

The boys were a little disappointed that it wasn't a fully standing castle but me and Jon found it very interesting.

We got pretty wet, so once home we had a nice lunch of cheese and ham toasties with yummy hot chocolate.

In the evening myself and Noah went off to a wedding reception.
Noah scrubs up so well!

Lesson of the night -
5 glasses of wine is a big NO-NO!

Sunday we went off to my mums for a Sunday lunch.
I haven't seen my mum in a few weeks so it was nice to see her, plus she'd dug out some of her clothes that she knew I liked and let me have them!

We had a lovely beef stew and then for afters a yummy sticky toffee pudding, whilst the boys had rather healthy coconut milk lollies.

After we'd come back from the shops we bathed the boys and got them into their new jimjams and then we made the journey home.
We got home at a decent time, so we didn't have to rush around like crazy to get them to bed on time.
We all chilled out and watched some TV before sending them off to bed!

Once the twins and Noah were in bed, Jon and I had some chips and his homemade ketchup for supper.
Rupert didn't fall asleep till 11pm!!!

What did you get up to at the weekend?

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

#WickedWednesday || Why Can't I Have An Ice Lolly For Dinner

When Rupert doesn't get a lolly for dinner, this is what happens.

This full blown tantrum included, head banging, biting, punching, plenty of screaming.
It went on for at least half an hour.
All the boys finished their dinner and left the table and Ru was still in full swing.

He eventually stopped with the aid of a baby bell.

I guess a baby bell is slightly better than a lolly for dinner.

Isn't he gorgeous :|