Wednesday, 19 October 2016

In The Kitchen // With The Twins

It's half term for us and so that meant I was able to get the twins into the kitchen to bake up some yummy cupcakes with the help of Vivid Toys Real Baking sets.

To help make up our yummy creations we used the
and the

Inside the Great Baking Set was everything we need to make cakes from measuring spoons to an amazing egg cracker!
The boys always cracking eggs ..... why I don't know, but when they saw the egg cracker they thought it was the best thing on earth!
They were dying to have a go.

I have to say it is pretty nifty.
Easy to use and no mess, unless your like Alex and get a bit too enthusiastic with the cracking and it goes all over the table and mummy!
Oscar cracked a perfect egg!

The cake recipe is used it once again my go to cupcake recipe
4oz of Sugar,
4oz of softened butter,
4oz of self raising flour
2 eggs.

Once the cakes were in the oven we got on with our chocolate decorations.
I melted the chocolate chips in a jug of hot water and then we filled in the chocolate moulds then placed them in the freezer for 5 minutes.
I should have brought more than one bag of chocolate chips, as it didn't stretch that far, but we managed to make enough to cover most of the cakes.

The chocolate pen was easy to use, and there is a great selection of moulds, from boyish ones to girly ones, to Halloween and Christmas ones!
I can see us making some chocolate sweets to give as gifts for Christmas.

Once the cakes and chocolate were done, the boys got to decorate them.
They didn't do too badly, some cakes did get eaten in the process and this was the end result!

Scrummy cakes and great fun!

**I was sent the products for the purpose of this post, in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Our Weekend // 14th - 16th October

Our weekend started the moment the boys finished school.

We packed up the van and headed off to Mimi's and Mergies.

The boys were having a sleep over and Jon and I were off to Wembley arena to watch Seasick Steve.
It has been 10 years since he appeared on the Jools Holland show and this was his first big arena show.
Jon has been a fan of Seasick since day one so he always try's to make the gigs when they're in London.
Jon introduced me to him way back when we first meet and I've been a fan ever since,
we have even discussed having one of his songs as our first song as our wedding.

We had a great night but I wasn't really a fan of getting back to my mums at 1pm.
Thankfully none of the kids woke up when we rolled in and we were able to sleep till 7am.
Mum told me over coffee that Rupert didn't actually go to bed till midnight but the twins and Noah went at a decent time and were no problem at all.

After a massive breakfast and a lovely hot bath (for me) we got dressed and headed off to the local garden centre to let the boys have a run around and let off some steam before we headed off to Jon's parents.
It was also an opportunity to have some time with my mum.
We sat on the bench and watched the boys all pretend to be ninjas.

Rupert was rocking his new getup from Cribstar a cool Instagram shop.
The tee reads - Not Your Basic Toddler and it suits him right down to the ground.
I also wore my Mother Of Dragons which is also from Cribster.

Once back from the garden centre we got ready to head off to Nana's and Gramps house for our last dinner in their house.
They are off to Norfolk at the end of the month.
It was also Helen's birthday last week, so it was also to celebrate that too.
Ru actually sang 'Happy Birthday To Nana' in his own little way with out any prompt.

Sunday was a chill out at home day.
The rain stopped us from bundling the boys out so we decided to stay home, watch films and do some baking.

We had a some bananas that were perfect for a Banana Loaf, I found a Jamie Oliver recipe that didn't have any added sugar in.
Perfect I thought, shouldn't leave the boys bouncing off the walls.

I also attempted to make some bread, but that completely failed.

Ru's had a cough for a few days and yesterday it became really chesty, so I've booked him a doctors appointment for this afternoon to get it check out.
Whilst on the phone I booked the twins and Ru all in for their flu nasal spray.

The boys have a real thing for hot chocolate at the moment, so I went all out and got some whipped cream and marshmallows yesterday and treated them to this for pudding.
Rupert just ate the marshmallows and left the rest.
Jon was treated to one once he'd come back from walking the dog.

The twins and Noah all went to bed at normal time and Ru was up till 11ish.
He didn't cause too much havoc, which meant we could actually enjoy some TV.

I'm going to call the Health Visitor today to try and get her to come round so I can re discuss Ru's sleeping and eating habits.

What did you get up to at the weekend?

This Mum's Life

Cake Toppers || Review and Giveaway

The guys over at CakeToppers contacted me, asking if I wanted to review some personalised cupcakes.

When cakes are offered the only answer is YES!

I got to choose a couple of pictures and then they did the rest of the work.
Delivery was speedy and they were nicely packaged.
No harm would come to the cakes if you had a clumsy postie!
I was sent one classic sponge and one chocolate sponge cupcake.

I was going to share a cake with Jon but he wasn't feeling too great and as soon as Rupert saw a cake with him on it, it was as good as gone!

The cakes were amazingly fluffy and the icing was delicious.
I managed to get a sneaky taste of the chocolate cake and for someone who prefers a classic sponge I would have quite happily gobbled up the chocolate one if Ru had let me.

These cakes are ideal for special occasions or a nice surprise for someone who needs cheering up!
Its not every day you get cakes in the post!

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