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