Silent Sunday – 24/08/14

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We love our guinea pigs!

guineagirlsOur two guinea-pigs, Lily and Lola, are getting plenty of cuddles at the moment as they have just returned from a stay at Grandma’s house where they’ve been since we moved a month ago. They are now settling well into their new hutch outside, although they may need to be brought inside in the winter if it gets really cold. Luckily our new garden has plenty of dandelion leaves which are their favourite and a nice safe conservatory with no wires to nibble where they can come in for a run around!

Guinea pigs are great pets for young children; so placid and easy to handle. My eldest loves all animals and always gives the guinea pigs and our two cats lots of attention. She would love a puppy but that’s not going to happen as my husband doesn’t like dogs and they are far too much of a commitment for us. Luckily Grandma and Grandad may get one at some point so hopefully she can enjoy playing with theirs! My 3 year old is not as natural or gentle with animals but enjoys an occasional play with the guineas – under close supervision.

I don’t want to be overrun with animals but next year I’d love to get some friendly chickens to add to our household, we’ll just have t0 see…

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One of our favourite days out… Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, Devon.

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Last week we had another lovely day out at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. It’s a place we have visited quite a few times over the past few years because it is simply so lovely! The girls had actually been here under a week before with Grandma and Grandad but it didn’t stop them enjoying another trip with friends.

The farm is located right alongside the South Devon Railway Station in Totnes in beautiful rolling countryside. The attraction itself is non-profit making and home to a great little selection of endangered species of farm animals along with guinea pigs and owls, the majority of which children can be hands-on with, whether it be feeding, stroking or cuddling. The staff, most of whom are volunteers, are friendly and knowledgeable and there is a little cafe for lunch and icecreams too – perfect!

So if you are local and haven’t given it a try before or are visiting South Devon on holiday, now is the ideal time. You can find out more here:

http://www.totnesrarebreeds.co.uk/

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Silent Sunday – 10/08/14

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Win Free Food with Higgidy!

 

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Look at all the free food we managed to pick up from Sainsbury’s today with vouchers won through Higgidy’s Catch a Quiche game! Some of the packets are larger than the ones we won but as they were on offer and we also received £1 off voucher from Higgidy in the post too it all ended up being lovely and free. Now just time to start munching….

Try your luck here:

http://catchaquiche.higgidy.co.uk/

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Review: Jokers’ Masquerade Bugs Bunny Outfit

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My girls absolutely love dressing up! Whether it’s for a party or just for fun at home. When playing together they are in almost constant role play: princesses, animals, full costumes or just accessories, fancy dress can keep them amused for hours! Most of the contents of the dressing up chest come from outfits bought for various parties and occasions as I like to get the best value I can from whatever we buy. Previously, I have always bought costumes from big supermarkets which usually have a small but sufficient range of outfits for children and have to admit until I was approached by Jokers’ Masquerade hadn’t thought to look online for them but I’m not quite sure why!

I have to admit that myself and my husband had a great time browsing the website. There is just such a great selection of both children’s fancy dress and adults costumes too, suitable for a range of occasions from theme parties, hen and stag do’s, halloween or just for fun! There is an amazing range available and the site is great for getting inspiration whether you are looking for an outfit or planning a theme party or night out yourself.

We decided to try this Bugs Bunny costume from the Looney Tunes fancy dress range. We didn’t need it for a specific occasion but I knew my girls would be happy to dress as a bunny for fun and it is definitely something which may come in useful for a party in the future or maybe even at Easter! The costume consists of an all-in-one bodysuit and a headpiece. The all-in-one part of the outfit was very practical for children; the material was nice and soft and quite thin which I think is a good thing for dressing up as kids get so hot in this kind of costume when they’re running around. You could always put a top and tights or leggings underneath if it was a bit cooler. The headpiece was a little trickier to keep on and straight but I guess that is typical of most children’s costumes – they are difficult to keep looking perfect!

Both the girls loved the look of the outfit and wanted to try it on straight away. The costume is a size small which says it suitable for age 3-4. There was plenty of room on my smallish 3.5 year old but the elasticated ankles meant it didn’t swamp her. The extra room also made the costume equally suitable for my 5 year old too so it is great value as will last a good couple of years growth. They both loved playing in the costumes, even deciding they needed real carrots for props!

If you are after a fancy dress outfit of any kind, I would definitely recommend taking a look at the website which you can find here:

http://www.joke.co.uk

What do your children like dressing up as? Feel free to leave comments below!

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Meal Planning Monday – 04/08/14

Back into the swing of it now after moving. Today I have been busy blending; firstly lots of veg for the pasta sauce tonight and then some reduced soup mix veg I picked up in Morrisons today to put with some butter beans for a soup for lunch tomorrow. The grocery shopping bill seems ever increasing at the moment so it’s a bit of a frugal menu this week – not including the meal out as we have some family visiting.

Main Course

 Dessert

 Monday

Spaghetti with home-made hidden veggies sauce and salad Fresh Melon and Grapes

 Tuesday

Jacket potato with tuna and sweetcorn Plum Crumble

 Wednesday

Quorn mince, pepper and onion fajitas with refried beans and salsa Strawberry Trifle

 Thursday

Meal Out

 Friday

Breaded fish/fish fingers with sweet potato mash, broccoli and carrots Tinned fruit with ice cream

 Saturday

Vegetable korma with rice  Ice lollies

 Sunday

Vegetarian roast – potatoes, carrots, swede, yorkshire pudding and peas Angel delight

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