A little Barny Adventure

Recently we were sent the new Barny bear flavours, Strawberry and Apple to try. We’ve been loving the Barny bear cakes for a few months usually eating the milk and chocolate flavours so I was interested to see what the kids thought of these new flavours.

Being half term we wanted to get out a few times as it’s been a tough few weeks with the flooding so we decided an adventure to the farm was in order. So Barny got packed for our picnic lunch!

Barny loved meeting the animals, as you can see…

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We of course didn’t allow the animals to try Barny though! Barnys too nice to share!!

My youngest has turned his nose up at the flavours. He did try them when he saw it and it looked like his usual favourite Barny but the moment he bit into it and discovered there was no chocolate he promptly handed it back. He is a VERY fussy two year old though!!!

My oldest however loved the new flavours. He’s a fruit eater anyway so it didn’t put him off and he is even more thrilled his baby brother doesn’t like them so it’s a snack he can enjoy without having to fight to keep it to himself or share it!!

The cakes are the ideal lunch box snack or after school bite to eat. Just be careful they don’t all disappear at once which I know would happen in our house given the chance!!!

This post is an entry for BritMums ‘Winter Little Adventures Challenge’ sponsored by Barny, individually wrapped bear-shaped sponges with a hidden filling. Find out more about Barny here.
Cakes received free for review.

#KidsGrowWild Challenge!

Last year we moved into a property with a garden thats pretty damn shady. It has some trees covering it which has its positives and its negatives. Its an advantage because it means the kids can run around without getting too hot but growing things can be a real challenge. We also don’t have any decent soil in the beds so when we got sent through the lovely kit from MoneySuperMarket.com containing a little watering can, gloves, and garden tools. The kids were so excited and were immediately nagging me to get out in the garden!

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It arrived on a day I had an NVQ training so the kids set off to the garden with Grandma who is far more green fingered than I am and had a field day putting compost into pots and then putting the seeds in. Even my youngest who’s 23 months was interested and had moving mud around and playing with it. My mums a forest schools teacher and the kids love being outdoors so they get to spend alot of time outside. I do find it hassle having a garden where you have to ‘go out’ to get there, but thats just life in a maisonette, at least we have a garden! They have a little house out there now and we go out and check on the plants progress! By the next day my son was nagging me, have they grown, have they grown!

However its been a couple of weeks now and they have started to sprout! LOOK!

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Youngest has taken great delight in playing with the watering can and ‘watering’ the plants in his own special way and eldest is getting skilled at making sure they are ‘damp’ and suitably moist and not dry! He loves seeing the way they change and grow and I think it has a great educational value to children to learn about the outdoors. Theres no denying children play less outside than they did 40 years ago, possibly even 20 years ago!

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge in connection with Moneysupermarket.com

Recipe : Pizza Omelette

Britmums are running a linky of main meals which you can use eggs for. So I thought I’d share my favourite. I can’t remember where I got this idea but its one I frequently adapt.

Ingredients:
1 egg per person plus 1/2 extra.
Mozzarella cheese (or any other grated cheese)
Your favourite veggies (for the one pictured I used mushrooms and peppers and also chopped tomatoes)

1. Before making your omelette turn on the grill so its warming up.
2. In one pan fry off your veggies in a small amount of oil.
2. Make an omelette up so that the eggs are cooked through.
3. Leaving your omlette in your frying pan now add your veggies. You can vary this for example sometimes I use chopped tomatoes as a base and sometimes not. The pictured omlette went:
egg
Chopped tomatoes
Fried mushrooms and peppers
Mozzarella
4. Once your veggies and cheese has been added slide the pan under your grill in order to melt the cheese.
5. Serve and enjoy, goes great with a side salad.

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Let me know if you try it?!

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Aiming for that goal!

Regular readers know I’m a bit of a challenge enthusiast. I’ve done London to Brighton on the bike 3 times for the BHF. I’ve run the 5K Adidas Womens challenge 3 times. A few weeks ago I walked 13 miles around London for Breast Cancer. Why do I do it? Because if I didn’t have these targets I wouldn’t exercise! I have to have a purpose. A reason to get off my back side and move!

Today Britmums held their twitter party #mums4good. I only caught the tail end of it and tweeted ‘if you want to get fit set yourself a goal like a 5km and get sponsored for charity. It will motivate you to train and complete’. Because for me thats how I raise money for charity and I get fit and occasionally if I’m lucky lose a bit of weight at the same time.

And on the day, when you do those events, if the going gets tough, as it often does when your faced with massive hills between London and Brighton, its the fact that people have paid money to a charity for you to complete this task that keeps you going and carries you through. Its the memory of those you’ve lost or that friends have lost. And it helps lift you up and remind you why you signed up to do something crazy in the first place.

My next challenge, that I signed up to 2 days after the Moonwalk is to do CRUK Shine in September. A whole 26 miles of power walking. Double what I did for the moonwalk. But do you know what I can’t wait! It gives me something to aim for. A reason to go out walking even when its boiling hot and its the last thing I feel like doing. Even when I’m alone and have no one to walk with, although sometimes thats heaven!

You don’t have to set yourself a big goal. Even just walking a 5K like the Race for Life is a target to have. A reason to be motivated and to raise money at the same time. See if it helps get you motivated!

Oh and my tweet won me a ticket to Britmums Live so I shall see some of you there! Yay!

Its carnival time!

So like a year ago almost I volunteered to host a britmums carnival and the time has finally come! So now I have around 25, possibly more, awesome posts to share with you!

Ella at notes from home is sharing her tips on how best to present your house if you want to sell it!

Actually Mummy shows off a fantastic stew which is low on Weight Watchers points!

Helen is having a rant about the sock pixie!

Mummy Vs Work has a letter to David Cameron that makes interesting reading!

RedTedArt DS1eans to Skirt!

Kate on Thin Ice is being positive and for charity too!

The Nursery:

Hollybobbs has made an important decision in relation to the birth of her baby.

The Mummy Adventure shows us life as a 9 month old in photos.

The Princess Poets Life Adventures shares a short post about her little ones milestone first birthday.

DS1ennifers Little World has shared her love of books for little ones, something I am extremely passionate about myself.

A Mummy Too has shared a post about how she found it hard to leave her breastfed baby when she still had the choice to and the realities of being a working parent.

My Mummy Life is experiencing the early stages of Temper Tantrums!

The children’s room!

The Frugal Family have had their first heartbreak!

Blog By Baby shares her experiences of raising an autistic child.

LLM Calling shares Ten Top Tips for Sleepovers … I’m going to need this in a few years!

Mum of Three World is having a proud mummy moment

Yummy Mummy Flabby Tummy asks weather we have gone a step too far in being PC?

Parents Space!

Slummy Single Mummy has her first world problems in a week of tweets!

A Matter Of Choice looks back on the love of her life.

The Good Life Bloggers discuss Keeping children entertained on long car journeys.

Mummy from the heart shares a thought provoking post on how our children view us differently to how we view ourselves!

Dorky Mum has a fascinating insight into her recent epiphany about parenting.

Play Activities talks about the pace of life we have as parents.

In a Bun Dance has made a hysterical breakthrough in the world of family communications!

Live Otherwise shares the rules of parenting that she has discovered!


Blogging addict :: Not any more!

So Britmums asked “Can blogging/social media become an addiction? How can you maintain a healthy balance?” 

Now I can safely say that once upon a time ago I was a blogging addict. If I didnt get my fix of blogging either through reading other blogs or writing my own I got withdrawal symptons! No joke! I couldn’t bare for my greader not to show as empty!

Then I had a baby.

Being a single mum of one child who was at nursery *aka blog time* was one thing but being a single mum of two children, one of whom is frequently attached to the boob kind of made the whole blogging thing hard.

When I went into hospital to have him I left my phone at home and only very sporadically updated that week on my Mums phone. Then I went through a phase where even twitter wasn’t appealing. I just didn’t want to be sharing my life with the world. The thought of blogging just didn’t appeal and I had zero motivation!

Gradually as blog post ideas came into my head I’d note them down and occasionally write one but I was writing just a handful of posts a month in comparison to previously where at times I had blogged daily.

Then we reached November and NaBloPoMo month. Its day 21 and I am still going. I’m not enjoying it. “So why are you doing it woman?” because I’m a stubborn cow and if I tell myself I’m going to do something I damn well do it! The first week or so I was doing great guns knocking off posts and scheduling them. Then the last week or so its been a last minute dash in the evening to get something out. Evenings where I am tired and exhausted and really don’t want to blog but I am because I’m stubborn. I will reach the end of NaBloPoMo but will then probably have a break.

There was a time where if my blog wasn’t hitting a steady amount of stats a month I would worry, if I didn’t get all the latest invites, opportunities, if I didn’t keep up with the goings on and dramas on twitter that I’d worry. Now? Last time I checked my stats I couldn’t tell you, to the point that I actually don’t even have them set up on my new blog! I don’t care! If people want to read my blog they will, if they don’t then they don’t its fine by me. I turn down the majority of event invites now because I don’t have the time between school runs to get to London and back. I turn down review opportunities too because I don’t have the time to write them up properly, unless its something really beneficial to my family.

I have now found the balance. I am back to where I started at. I blog when I want to and not because I feel I should be or I’ll lose readers. Yes there was a time when I thought that! I’ve learnt its not the end of the world if you don’t blog for a day. Your blog won’t die just because you’ve taken a break. There are other priorities in life and other things to take my time up now.

Next time your little one naps try and resist reading blogs! Do something else! Step away from your usual habits, it will take a while but it’ll feel great!