Pens Behind Ears – The Ordinary Moments

I remember when I was a child my Dad seemed to always have a pen or pencil behind his ear. I put it down to his manual work – always doing DIY and things in the garden, and being quite hands in his day jobs too. I thought it was something that working people did, walked around with a pen behind their ear for easy storage and access. He was hardly ever seen without a pen behind his ear when I was growing up.

Roll forward twenty five years and I haven’t been around anyone that keeps a pen behind their ear for such a long time although whenever we go to Ikea Hubby will absentmindedly pick up a pencil and put it behind his ear, forgetting about it until hours later.

This is something that Little Man has picked up on and loves to copy, sticking a pencil – or crayon – behind his ear whenever he is doing drawing or colouring. He keeps the crayon behind his ear for a couple of minutes, plays with it whilst it’s behind his ear and usually has the cheekiest look on his face – like he’s doing something so exciting and new. He’ll then take the crayon out again before trying to put it back.

Little Man is growing more and more like his Daddy each day and little things like this, mannerisms and things he says all just mimmic his Daddy more and more. It’s so lovely to see Little Man developing, growing and copying things that I remember copying myself as a child.

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Preparing for Pancake Day

Hubby and I love pancakes but due to our working patterns and how long pancakes take to make we don’t have them nearly as often as we should. We last had them on Christmas Eve as a pre-Christmas treat but with Shrove Tuesday next week it reminded me how lovely a relaxed weekend brunch of pancakes can be.

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When we plan to make pancakes, during school holidays or at weekends, we’ll often have them as a late breakfast or an early lunch. We’ll set up the table with everything we need and we make it into quite an occasion – not just time to eat together but to spend time together too.

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I bought a new crepe pan as well as some new plates and even a little bottle to put maple syrup in from Homesense and it has really completed our Shrove Tuesday table setting. The crepe pan makes pancake making so much easier than a normal frying pan – although I still haven’t mastered the art of flipping them yet!

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Hubby and I always have lemon and sugar on our pancakes and are trying to encourage the children to at least try this traditional flavour combination but they won’t even entertain the idea. Instead they have maple syrup or sickly sweet ice cream sauces in their pancakes – and Nutella when we have it.

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For me, pancakes have to be thin and covered in lots of lemon and sugar, rolled tightly and then sprinkled with more sugar and a last drizzle of lemon juice. You can only make one pancake at a time, leaving the rest in a pile on a plate in the centre of the table – perfect for sharing.

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Pancake Day is a favourite of ours – but pancakes aren’t just for Pancake Day. I’m sure now I’ve started making pancakes again that we’ll be enjoying them all year round.

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Disclosure: I was provided with vouchers to purchase the products used in this post however all opinions are my own.

Degustabox {January 2016}

It’s that time of the month again – the time when my Degustabox gets delivered, packed full of food and drink treats that the whole family love and for just £12.99 a month including delivery.

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Degustabox is a great way to discover new brands, find new products or ones you haven’t tried before and just have a nice foodie treat that requires no effort at all. Once you sign up you get an email and text message to tell you when your box will be arriving – even down to the exact hour and Degustabox is always delivered by a really good courier service too.

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Like always our January box arrived in great condition, well packaged and in the statement Degustabox box. It amazes me each month how much Degustabox manage to pack into their deliveries. This month’s box included:

  • Finn Crisp Original Crispbread – RRP £1.20
  • Coldpress Golden Delicious – RRP £1.40
  • Conscious Chocolate – RRP £3.00
  • Jordan’s Country Crisp – RRP £2.69
  • 2 x Amoy Taste of Asia – RRP £1.79 each
  • Tsingtao – RRP £2.00
  • Yushoi – RRP £2.00
  • Clarks Fruit Syrup – RRP £2.39
  • Slim Noodles – RRP £2.49
  • Fruit Bowl – RRP £2.00

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As you can see, this month’s box has a combined value of over £22 which is much more than the £12.99 subscription price and considering that also includes delivery I think that Degustabox is really great value! You can also cancel your subscription at any time making it a really versatile service and something definitely worth trying.

This month’s box has already given us some firm favourites as we have all loved the Amoy Taste of Asia range – such a nice sauce for a quick and easy dinner. The Yushoi Rice Sticks are also a great snacking alternative to crisps and something Hubby and I both really enjoyed.

If you haven’t tried Degustabox yet you can save £6.00 on your first delivery by using code HJH7EE on the Degustabox website. I love that Degustabox gives you a whole box of surprises each month and there’s such great variety too – cooking ingredients, snacks, drinks and treats.

Degustabox has a subscription price of £12.99

Disclosure: We were sent the above box for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Perfect Holidays and Family Time #MarkWarnerMum

If you’d asked me before children what my perfect holiday would be – it would be simple. It would be somewhere in the sun, where we didn’t have to cook, where we could relax and lay on the beach together.

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It would be somewhere we could go exploring, adventuring and seeing all the country had to offer. It would be somewhere we could be a bit crazy, try something new – jump out of a plane or climb a mountain whilst experience as much of the country’s culture and history as possible.

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It would be somewhere different, somewhere fun and somewhere interesting – with things to learn. Somewhere we could experience as much as possible, pack as much into the holiday as we could and have down time by the pool too. It would be a holiday we would never forget.

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Now that we have children our perfect holiday is so different in so many ways – but pretty similar too. It would be somewhere in the sun, where we don’t have to cook, where we could relax and lay on the beach together.

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It would be somewhere that we could explore, go on an adventure and see the country. Somewhere we could try something new, eat new food and do new things – learn to sail together, go on a family bike ride or build sandcastles on foreign sands for the first time.

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It would be somewhere new, somewhere fun and somewhere we could have quality time as a family. Somewhere we could play together, swim together and make memories together.

Siblings {October 2014}

It would be somewhere the children could stay up late, experience a kids club and make new friends. It would be their first time on a plane and their first time abroad. It would be somewhere they would remember forever – and look back at the photographs fondly too.

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For us, the perfect holiday would be somewhere we could watch our children having fun, enjoying themselves and experiencing new things. It would be somewhere the children could spend quality time together and somewhere that Hubby and I could have time together too. Brunch whilst the children are in the kids club, enjoying activities together and then having cocktails on the veranda in the evening.

Me & You {September 2014}

It would be somewhere we could be a family. Somewhere we could spend quality time together, where we could eat together, laugh together and just be together. It would be a holiday to introduce the children to how amazing holidays can be, how beautiful the world is and how great it is to spend time with those closest to you.

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Our perfect holiday may have changed since having children but it’s still the same really too. Our perfect holiday is somewhere we can be together, having fun, relaxing and making memories.

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Disclosure: This is my entry into the Mark Warner Holidays’ Family Ambassador search for 2016 in the Fab Photographer category. Find out more here.

Review: Valentines and Mothers Day Crafts with Baker Ross

We love doing crafts in the afternoons now – they’re the perfect way to wind down after LP has come home from school and Little Man is at an age where he can really get involved too. We always love doing seasonal crafts and have had fun creating things with Valentines Day and Mothers Day in mind.

We love Baker Ross as many of their crafts come in kits that contain everything you need to create something beautiful. LP and Little Man loved making lanterns and only needed minimal adult help to put the finished lantern together at the end.

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They loved pushing through all the shapes in the side of the lanterns and really enjoyed sticking tissue paper down too. A really great craft for their ages and lovely finished lanterns too.

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Another activity the children loved was decorating wooden hanging hearts. They first drew around their heart on a foam sheet which I cut out for them before we stuck one to each side of the heart. They then decorated their heart in stickers.

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LP loved this activity but Little Man struggled to stick his stickers on as they were quite little – next time I’ll get bigger stickers just for him.

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One thing the children were a bit little for was the bead flower shapes but this is something I loved as a child and decided to have a go at myself. Putting beads onto the special frame was quite relaxing and it still feels like magic when you iron the beads and they all stick together, creating a piece of colourful artwork that can be kept and displayed or even used as a coaster. LP has insisted on keeping her new flower next to her bed.

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The last craft that we did, and easily the children’s favourite, was making wall art from some Baker Ross frames. We simply got LP and Little Man to make hand prints with paint and they now have their very own personalised canvas style prints in their rooms. I love them and think we’ll recreate them every year or so.

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baker Ross really do have crafts that are perfect for any time of year and we have loved getting into the spirit of Valentines, Mothers Day and spring with the help of Baker Ross.

Disclosure: We were sent the above products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.