Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Experimenting with Wedding Favour Ideas

The past few months have been so hectic, as well as running the website looking after the little one, hubby-to-be and papillons and trying to keep the house in some kind of state of tidiness, there has been allsorts to do recently with planning the wedding. We're nearly at the point where everything is sorted but one this left to decide is the wedding favours, I have decided to make biscuits or cookies of some sort and have been experimenting with different recipes.

One that I really enjoyed making were sugar cookies with glass heart centres.




These turned out so well and I was really pleased with them but I think I have decided I probably won't do these for the wedding as we've got lots of little ones coming and when broken the 'glass' sugar can actually be quite sharp and I have visions of there being an accident!

I did make a little video of how to make these biscuits, it's actually really simple and my son really enjoyed helping to make them too!




The full recipe and tutorial is also on the website.


I will keep on experimenting with different ideas and ways to present them.

Jill. x

Monday, 29 April 2013

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Little Amelie, always happy!

Amelie the Papillon dog wagging her tail. She does this constantly and is always happy, she's like a little ray of sunshine, always cheers me up!





Jill. x

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Monday, 8 April 2013

Handmade Lace Effect Flower Wedding Invitations

In an earlier blog post I wrote about my dream wedding stationary and there were so many gorgeous invitations that I would love to have had as my invitations. However due to doing a little cost cutting we decided to make our own and I am over the moon with how they turned out. They did take a long time though!

I'm trying to go with a lacey theme for our wedding as I prefer this to any glitz or sparkle so I was looking for invitations that were 'cut out'. I found some lovely laser cut invites but they were pricey so the best alternative I could find were use paper punches from Martha Stewart crafts. Available through some online UK craft websites, ebay and Amazon.

This is our final wedding invitation.



 
We bought some pre-folded gatefold/wardrobe cards from Hobbycraft and used Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch - Daisy Lace for the top and bottom. We added some hydrangea flowers, another Martha Stewart stamp with some stick on tiny pearls and then tied the 'doors' together with some silvery grey organza ribbon (also bought from hobby craft).
 
Here's a few pictures of what we used and how we made them.
 
 
Pre-Folded Gatefold Card
 
 


Using the paper punch we puched along the top and bottom of the card.
 
 

It took a few attempts to get it all to line up, which we practiced using normal printing or scrap paper to avoid wasting card.
 
 
 
 
 

The card after it was punched.

 
 



 
We added a silver insert stuck down with double sided tape. We then added a smaller white paper square on which our invite wording was printed.
 


Using the hydrangea punch we made some white and silver/grey petals.
 
 

The petals were assembled using double sided tape and finished with a small adhesive pearl.
 
 

We tied the gatefold doors together with some silver/grey organza ribbon. To attach the ribbon we pierced a small hole in the card, pushed the ribbon through and knotted it.
 
See Martha Stewart on Amazon for the range available in the UK.


I'm so pleased we've made something ourselves that is really personal and fits in perfectly with the style of our wedding.

I was planning on trying to make my own wedding cake but after a couple of failed attemps with the decoration side of things I have conceeded and have ordered one. I am still aiming to make a few more things for the wedding which (if successful, lol!) I will post here on my blog :)

Jill. x


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Easter Fun

Easter has been so much fun, for me as well as for my toddler! As well as our little Easter Egg hunt we've made a few things together. As he's getting older (now 2 and a half) he's really starting to enjoy baking with me as well as making things.

This week he's even joined in with a couple of things I've been making for posts on morethanmummies.com.

Making Easter Cookies

 
 
 
 
 
And helping make our Easter cress 'Egg Heads'
 


 
For tutorial please see http://www.morethanmummies.com/2013/03/easter-egg-heads-a-fun-craft-to-make-with-children/

He had great fun doing both things and has really enjoyed checking on the eggs every day to see if their hair has grown. I've never really been one for plants or growing things but seeing his enjoyment with the cress growing so quickly, I'll have to look into other things that we can grow.

Jill. x

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Mini Easter Egg Hunt

I was planning to do an Easter egg hunt in the garden for my little boy and a couple of his little friends this Easter, but unfortunately his friends were away on holiday this week and I wasn't sure his attention span would be quite up to looking for eggs outside on his own. Instead I did a little mini Easter hunt indoors with eggs hidden in his toys.

While dad was giving him an extra long bath, I placed his toys around the living room and hid 10 little eggs and 2 small chocolate rabbits amongst them. Some inside toys and some underneath them.



When he was nearly dressed after his bath I shouted upstairs that there were some funny noises coming from the living room and once he was dressed he should go and have a look. I told him that I'd been in there earlier and made everything very tidy and put any toys away.

He was so excited. (Or should I say eggs-cited!)

When he opened the door to the living room, he saw his toys spread around the room and a piece of paper in the middle of the room.

A letter from the Easter Bunny!


 
 
This letter was a last minute idea so it's not as good as if I'd have more time to think about and prepare it.
 
He has a brilliant time looking through his toys to find all the eggs, and we kept encouraing him to count them as we went along and also tell us what colour of egg he had found. He was so pleased when he had found them all.
 
Egg in the toy Aeroplane

Egg in the Car Transporter
 
Egg in the Play Kitchen
 
Egg in the Fire Engine
Egg in the Bus

Chocolate Rabbit in the Duplo House
I was a little worried that if I used chocolate eggs he would want to eat them as we went a long but he really wasn't bothered. When they'd all been found he was allowed to have one and the rest will be saved for other days.
 
It seemed to be a great introduction to Easter egg hunting for toddlers! And you can do it whatever the weather.
 
If you wanted to do some thing similar but didn't want to use chocolate you could used plastic eggs and when they've found them all, exchange them for a little toy.
 
Jill. x
 



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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Reward Chart

I've decided to try a reward chart for my little boy. It's with the aim of encouraging him with his potty training which, so far, has been less than successful. We add a star to his chart every time he does a wee on the potty or every time he tells us he needs to use the potty. He's been so reluctant to try so I thought this little incentive may just help. He also gets a star for other things like tidying his toys away by himself or without being asked, for good behaviour or for helping mummy and daddy do things like sort the washing or do some dusting. (He loves dusting and sweeping up!)

When he gets 10 stars he gets a little treat, like going to the soft play centre or a new little toy, some stickers or watching a favourite DVD with daddy or mummy. To be honest I'm also goint to use it as an excuse to give him a few little things that I've already bought but haven't wanted to give him for no reason, we've a long wait until birthday and Christmas!

There's nothing really over the top, one is a mixing bowl with a little whisk and spoon and when he gets it we can make some cakes together and another is a plant pot with a grow your own pumpkin! And one I'm really looking forward to giving him is a small pack of Postmas Pat stickers as it's his favourite cartoon at the moment. :)

So far the charts been working well, he gets excited now when he's earned a star but knows that we have to get stars all the way to the end of line before he gets a reward. It's also helped with his counting!


I made the chart myself and kept it really plain so he could personalise it himself.

 
 
 
He got his first star for colouring in his chart himself!
 
 
 
It's got 100 spaces in total so we'll see how far we get!

 Jill. x

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Rafael as a Puppy!

Just been looking through some old photos of when I got my first dog Rafael. He's now nearly six and as a puppy he was so cute!
 
 



Happy Mother's Day

For Mother's Day I was surprised with these lovely pink heart shaped pancakes, in bed! :)


Thank you boys!

Jill. x

Friday, 8 March 2013

Papillon Bath Time!

Our Papillons love having a bath, although you wouldn't think so from these pictures!
 

 
 
Jill x
 

Monday, 4 March 2013

The Fast Diet - Intermittent Fasting

In a bid to lose a few extra pounds before my wedding in June I've embarked on the popular Fast Diet also known as the 5:2 diet. If you haven't heard of it the diet involves fasting on 2 non-consective days and then eating normally for the rest of the week.



On the fasting days you can only eat (and drink) 500 calories for a woman and 600 calories for a man. But on the other days of the week you can just eat as you normally would.

I am not a fan of diets and have never really followed one strictly before. I think I eat fairly healthily and I am not overweight so this appealled to me as something I can integrate in to my lifestyle with the aim of shifting just a few extra pounds.

The diet claims to have other benefits too including helping reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, two illnesses being prominent in my family. I lost my Father to cancer when he was just 59 and I lost my Mother to heart failure when she was just 65. Which gives me extra incentive to lead a healthy lifestyle. Having lost both my parents by the time I was 25 I would love to be around as long as possible for my son and anything that could help me acheive this is worth a try.

I've only been doing the 5:2 for a couple of weeks and so far I have to admit I am finding it a struggle. I get so hungry! The book does say it will get easier and I am really hoping this is the case as I would love to intergrate intermittent fasting into my life as a life style change and long term goal.

I will be writing a review of the book and the diet for morethanmummies.com once I've completed a couple more weeks and seen what results I get!

If you are interested in the diet check out the book. The Fast Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. Available on Amazon:

Jill. x

Friday, 15 February 2013

Trip To Bolton Market

This week has flown by! Since the start of the new year I've been trying to do different things as well as eat healthily, so on Tuesday I decided to have a little trip to Bolton Market to have a nosey and buy some fresh food for dinner. I usually just go to Tesco, as it's our nearest supermarket so this was something different. I'd never visited the market before despite having been to Bolton on quite a few occasions recently.

I took my 2 year old who thought it was quite fun seeing all the different stalls and pointing out things he recognised, mainly bananas and sausages, two of his favourite things in life!

We ended up buying some eggs, white ones which I hadn't seen before, some sea bream which the fishmonger filleted for me and some fresh fruit and vegetables.



It's definitely somewhere I will be visiting more often to buy fresh fish and fruit and veg! I'm not a meat eater but if I was I would probably get meat from there too, especially after all the recent horse meat scandal in the supermarket!

I've posted a recipe that I made with the Sea Bream on morethanmummies.com www.morethanmummies.com/2013/02/baked-sea-bream-stuffed-with-garlic-onion-and-red-pepper/


 


I am really turned off by the supermarkets at the moment, not only with scandals that we don't know whats going in our food but I was really dissapointed this week as I'd got some pasta to have a nice family meal on wednesday (13th) and when I got the packet out of the fridge it was moldy and horrible, even though it hadn't been opened and had been refrigerated since I brought it home. It was dated feb 14th. Promptly returned and replaced but it's put me off filled pasta for a while.



Yuk!!

Jill. x


Saturday, 9 February 2013

Today is our 'Demiversary'

Today is my and my partner's 'Demiversary' or half year anniversary from our first date. I think the only reason we've kept celebrating it is because it's something to do after Christmas and neither of us are that keen on all the fuss about Valentine's day! Or more to the point the fact that you can hardly get a table in a restaurant and if you can it's packed and you're likely to be faced with and overpriced fixed menu.

So this way we get to do our little romantic celebration a few days early and all the restaurants are really quiet as people wait for February 14th. We also have a rule that we don't have to buy any gifts or cards but if we do we keep it under £10. Something thoughtful or fun. I've found him a great little pressie this year that I think he'll really appreciate but unfortunatley it hasn't arrived yet :( It may end up being a Valentine's gift after all.

I'll tell you what it is and if he likes it when it arrives.

Jill. x

Friday, 8 February 2013

New Camera, Now I Need to Learn How to Use It!


Just before Christmas I treated myself to a new camera. I'm not usually the one to choose new gadgets, but my little camera that I've had for about 10 years was on it's last legs so I thought it was time to get a new one.

As well as taking photos of family etc, I also wanted a camera that would be able to take good photos that I could use for the website. That's the aim anyway once I learn to use it properly. The camera I opted for was a Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR camera, and the main reason was beacause I got a good deal on it! And although pricey for a photography novice, it wasn't as expensive as some.

It has taken until this week to get a memory card and actually have a play with it. I haven't figured it all out yet and I think it will take some time and learning to get to grips with it but I have taken a few very quick snaps of my dogs to test it out, and so far so good!






Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Jill. x