Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Home made play dough - so easy !!!

Vanilla smelling home made play dough with glitter.... 
One Helper needed!!!

A bit of elbow greece

Adding colouring 
Get in there my baby




Making patterns using different toy




Wonderful colours
who said you had to cut out sticking is just as fun

Happy chappy - Fun full morning activity

super concentration

Mom I made a bang - el ( Michaela saying bangle )

How to make play dough


Some pics of how we made ours...

I tend to add my vanilla essence now ,
so it can boil out the liquid

Mix all the ingredients together in a sauce pan
Give it a good mix - no lumpy bits
This bit I let Michaela do

Stove not switched on...

Checking for lumps

As you heat it it will start to go lumpy - this is good keep mixing
Dont let it burn
Keep the heat low and do this slowly

It will clump together eventually
The slower you cook it the less likely it will start to make that crumbly feeling.
Leave some moisture in it - not so that its stick - you can add colour now if you like and
 if it is a bit sticky just reheat it slowly

dont let it burn

It will eventually all pull away from the side and stick together like this - very play dough like

Me  doing a play dough pinch test - not to sticky see ?

Plays and folds nicely... READY !!!!!!!

Add your colouring and kneed it in...
Remember if it is sticky after adding smellies or colours just reheat a bit till it evaporates out...
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Monday, 27 February 2012

My thoughts on parenting

Oh My Goodness - I'm going to upset some folk here on this one !!! 
(I apologise if I do upset but these are issues very close to my heart.)

Here goes brace yourself and turn away if you dont like appointed women - because her comes one... 

OK - No.1
Letting your child cry themselves to sleep - NOT GOOD !!!! Hold your child (baby) - thats what babies are made for - that's why they are so small !! If your child is heart broken - pick them up !!! OK now if they are just moaning crying there is a difference - thats not a pick up cry thats just a moan. But the hole crying themselves to sleep creates insecure people later on in life. And if you where heart broken wouldn't you want a little cuddle or reassurance ? I mean you need to really listen to your kid - pay attention. Sit outside there room and listen to the type of cry.

Different types of cries
             - Moaning, droning cries dont need much attention. These start as they get older.
             - Heart broken - crying till I throw up cries are worth your attention. PICK YOUR CHILD UP

Babies under 9 months don't know any different so a little cuddle and sing song soon soothes them and they are off to the land of nod in no time - they won't become anxious at bed time because they know someone will be there to reassure them... Both my children sleep through the night and bed time is a quick easy routine. Dont get me wrong, I am by no means saying run when ever they make a peep - I'm definitely not saying that - Listen to your child's moans or cries ?? Moans dont require attention but actual crying does...

My daughter was a little more anxious at bed time when she was little (this was because of stupid books telling us parents to ignore our natural instinct to sooth and pull away  and abandon our child ?? Why ??? Why did we even think this was right - because it was printed in a book?? by people who dont have their own children (apparent child guru's))- we tried the hole self soothing and it made her so up set at bed time it broke my heart and was bad for all of us. Instead we rocked her to bed read her a storey gave her a bottle (God forbid she drank herself to sleep (according to the baby books this is a HUGE no no ))and her dummies and what ever else she wanted as comfort. She is now 3 and we go to bed straight away every night at 7:30 with a storey and no fuss... My son needed a few nights of reassurance on our bed with a few cuddles and as soon as he was asleep he was put into his bed (sometimes even before he was asleep I would be put him back in his bed - as long as he was calm) He is 18months now and goes to bed with a bottle of milk and a storey and thats that... no fuss - no broken children demanding not to go to bed... just happy little chickens nice and snug in bed.

Useful links about crying - Links to why not to let your child cry...Crying changes a babies brain


No.2
Discipline your child ! Dont beat them but teach them rules and boundaries ! Dont let them trash other peoples stuff or hurt others then say - tut tut - thats not nice. They need firm guide lines and consequences.
Time out is excellent (good for reflections) Time out technique - Place a child in a quiet area for 1 minute of every year that they are . So a 3 year old goes in time out for 3 minutes. Before sending the child tell them why they are going and once the time is up explain again why they went into time out or ask them why they went there and ask for an apology and hug and a kiss and then its over till the next time.
I cant handle the hole wishy washy approach some people have when it comes to discipline - how will the child know how to restrain himself or be disciplined later in life if they where always allowed to run a muck ?? MMMMHHHH makes me crazy - seeing BRAT (which is what they become ) taking the piss, being rude, obstinate children that no one would want around them and hence land up with no friends (or becoming little anti social gang members ) (ok i might be pushing it - but it starts some where ?)

No.3
Pay attention to your children. Especially when they are talking to you or babbling at you... Get off your phone, computer - switch the TV off !!! PAY ATTENTION !!! Just because you are in the same room doesnt mean you are paying attention or spending time with them ... GIVE THEM ALL YOUR ATTENTION ! STOP PLAYING ANGRY BIRDS!

No.4
Not all children are created equal - some are easy to raise others are a challenge - it is up to you as a parent to take it which ever way it comes and make the most and the best of it. I'm a firm believer in there is no such thing as bad children only bad parenting techniques. There are however lots of bad parents out there that raise and do shocking things to kids (but thats just a hole other can of worms that gets me up tight )

No.5
Love your KID! Tell them all the time you love them - no they wont just know you do because you are their parents - you actually have to tell them...


No.6
Teach them !! They are your responsibility - start them off on small things... show them things . Its not just the schools job to teach YOUR child.

No.7
Give them jobs to do. Teach them how to work as a family and a team. (no they are not your slaves) Teach them to take their plates to the kitchen. Pick up their shoes etc... little little things... You are not their slave either... It makes a child feel involved when they help out ! But ultimately it is all your job but make them help out... from 2  my daughter would take her plate to the kitchen, passes me all the stuff out the dish washer , helps me with the washing - puts her shoes away etc... OK not flawless every time but most times... and she loves it still. Now my son is 18 months and they both race to help me unload the dish washer or the washing machine... Lovely jubbly !!! child labour here I come (just kidding - obviously !!) But come on - its not rocket science - let them feel involved and needed...

No.7
There are children that are brought up and then are children that are dragged up ! I'm definitely going to try my hardest to bring my children up not drag them up ...

No.8
Be prepared ... In my mommy tool kit i always have , Superglue (for fixing everything - especially toys), Permanent marker (for marking and over righting most things).
Baby Bel cheese, Mini cheddars &  Yoghurt ( quick fixes from most moaning children)

More of my offensive opinions to follow - I'll up date this as i go along... 



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Snow falls and softly blankets my life...

Snow falls and softly blankets my life...

As snow falls again tonight, it is the first time since the week before my daughter was born that I am in London with thick snow on the ground. I look at the snow tonight with my almost 3 year old daughter and watch the magic she feels by seeing this amazing white icing type snow falling from the sky.

It looks like sparklies on the floor mommy ... Please open the door and the windows mom - let it come in side - so innocent and so sweet! As she stands by the window looking up at the snow dancing around the light like little tiny dandelions - she blinks and says - Mommy the snow is getting in my eyes (windows and doors closed and we are inside ). How magical snow must seem to little ones. Snow balls and snow men, sparkly and twinkly white magic...


Michaela Week 1 - Her first little Yawn (not scream)
I now think back to the last time I saw snow like this - it was the week before my life changed for good. This first time in over 50 years that london came to a stand still. February 2009 - it snowed so hard people in london abandoned their cars and walked home. London was shut down for the day and chaos ensuided with the traffic, trains and busses for the rest of the week. All in the while my belly was getting riper for the birth of my Michaela... I remember being nervous that even if we made it to the hospital there would be no one their to help us deliver our first little bundle of joy... But my little monkey decided to stay in a week longer than expected, how considerate of her...

http://www.sutton-court.co.uk/events/SnowShots2009.html

Chiswick Feb 2009
I remember sitting at home waiting for the contractions to get closer , I remember shopping at Sainsburies while in labour and buying the whole shop in case we needed it and not using a single thing we bought except 1 bottle of water. I remember having birthing sound track and loads of idea's and plans - I remember having a birthing plan ( what a load of bolocks ) . I remember having all these preconceived ideas about children how my child would be and what they would be and how we would raise our child.

I remember wanting to use cloth nappies ( blah blah - all good intentions) I remember reading all these baby books and saying the baby will fit into our lives and not us into the babies life ( oh how the mighty have fallen !! ). I remember thinking my child will be like this and I will be like that and this is how it we will do things - all by the book. I remember thinking we have this all so well prepared planned out !!! I've done my home work - bring it on !!! Until the day my beautiful little girl (who I thought was going to be a boy ) was born. I expected a blonde haired chubby little boy and instead we received a wonderful petite little black haired , doll like baby girl. hhhhmmmm???? And now ??? All the books and plans just went out the window!!!
Michaela's first photo - few seconds old...





Michaela was born with the cord around her neck 5 times ( I remember hearing the midwife unravel her cord really fast before she passed her to me) and weighed all of 3kg ( nice weight for a girl).

That was the day everything changed in my life - I went from having to only think of myself - to being souly committed to caring for someone else no matter what the cost... She changed my whole world - she didn't fit into our lives - we had to fit into hers, we never used cloth nappies, and the book went out the window on week 2.







Very happy tired mom - Michaela a few hours hold - still in hospital 
I remember realising she was not going to be the personality or child I wanted her to be but she was going to be the wonderful personality that she was born to be ... Little Miss independent and deciceful from the first week. I remember the midwife placing her in the cot next to my bed after I had her and thinking " Oh my baby is so far away - and how abnormal it must be for to be away from me ..." 
Daddy and his little girl .... Michaela's first encounter with Dad! Love at first sight these two!!
She was only minutes old...

So much for them being in her own bed (as the good books said) - I promptly took her out of the cot and put her in my bed and thats where she stayed for the next 9 months... It was that moment from taking her out that poky cot to putting her into my bed next to me that I decided and realised i would give my life for this little creature and we would fit our whole world around this little being and not her around us ...

Its true what they say - you really cant prepare yourself for child , you just have to experience them and what an experience parent hood is !!! 

So now when I look at snow I always think how my children have fallen into my life and have changed it and covered it with so much beautiful joy & pain - but my love for snow and the magical feeling it evokes in me - doesn't come near the love and excitement I feel towards my children. Just like snow they are beautiful but they have their painful slippery spots but ultimately they are a work of God and my little miracles ... You see I was told I wouldn't have children by my doctors so they truly are my little magical miracles !


Our snow man 

Our little Michaela - so big now - not so little any more...

Michaela very happy with her snow man - she checked on him every day till he went "home".
To live with the polar bear and penguins apparently? 


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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Michaela Pink Princess castle party






Party invites for our princess and pirates party (pirates only because dad was piggy backing on the party and lots of little boys where coming to the party ...)


Michaela's 3rd birthday cake



5 Layers of cake ! 

3 Kg of icing, 1 Kg of butter, 1 Kg of cream cheese

7 hours of icing and perfecting the cake till 1:30am!
Next year I'm buying a cake (not) ( I say that every time )

Iced pink wafers - I used royal icing left over from my crown cookies...



Made these over a 2 week period every other night...

Tissue paper flowers - or pomps as my daughter calls them

Toilet door sign
Butterfly cut outs to decorate toilet






Royal water and pink drinks complete with pink candy stripe straws... 


Crowns and tiara biscuits and butterflies ( butterflies didnt quite get as much detail - i just ran out of time)


Cupcakes for the boys and Dave seeing as it was his birthday too ... 




Cutie little princess and our little pirate ...

How cute are these Kids !

No party is complete without snow white... Hair as dark as ebony, skin as white as snow lips as red as blood....

Princess and the Queen (Drama Queen)
My beautiful (Bell) baby girl and me
3 years ago this little angel popped into my tummy - we almost lost her a few times ...
So she is super special ...
She has changed my life like nothing else has and I wouldnt change her for the world
Thank you my baby...
Mommy Loves you Lots like Jelly Tots!
Let me know what you think of our little party... 
I do plan kids parties and events - ping me for more details.




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