Making a Birthday cake for my boys has become a tradition, something that my Mum always did for my brother and I, and so something I wanted to do for my children. Each year I do something a little different but the one constant factor is chocolate! I have been using the same recipe for the sponge and buttercream for five years now and we all love it. The sponge is soft, light and wonderfully chocolatey and the buttercream is just addictive! I’m no pro when it comes to looks and decoration but my boys don’t care, they just like the fact that I made it and that it tastes good. I hope they will remember these cakes just like I remember mine.
Nottingham is an amazing place to live. So many different people and cultures means a wonderful variety of places to eat, with food from all over the world to try. In this post I’ve put together a list of our favourite places (and in our opinion, the best places) to eat. I will make sure I keep adding to it as we discover more places in the future.
When we’re heading off a long trip with our kids, snacks are an essential item! Unfortunately, convenient snacks for kids are often pretty unhealthy not to mention expensive. Keeping our small kids occupied in the back seat can be challenging at the best of times, without constant cries of “I’m hungry!” resonating around the car (which can drive anyone crazy!).
We found that they are loads of healthy snack ideas out there, but so many of them have the capacity to create a huge mess in the back of our car. If you’re looking at ways to save a money on snacks, keep the car relatively clean and keep your kids as healthy as possible, take a look at our yummy ideas.
Oh October, where have you gone? British Summer time has ended and Winter coat weather is here. My Instagram feed is filled with pumpkins and autumn colours and the highlight of our half-term was a family trip for breakfast to the new Pudding Pantry that has opened in Sherwood. Daddy had severe FOMO (fear of missing out) and decided last minute to come too and I’m so pleased, because it meant we got the photos below.
Another month has gone by and we’re now officially in Autumn. The boys have been busy at school with a bright jumper day, drama workshop, learning about the Fire of London and a library trip. They even got to wear shorts (and we know they love that!) again twice last week as the weather was so mild.
Bedtime in our house can be stressful, two boys that don’t want to go to bed, excuses and distractions to delay getting in bed, too busy watching TV or playing with Lego, messing about getting changed, trying to use our bed as a trampoline, twenty questions as you’re turning off the light, sometimes getting back out of bed to go to the toilet again or to come downstairs and ask us something else.
Recently I’ve been feeling sluggish, more tired than usual, irritable, struggling to get back into routine after our holiday and lacking in motivation to do the things I love, blogging, dance, swimming, reading. The pain in my knees that was basically non-existent has come creeping back to the point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I have been feeling like an old decrepit person who struggles to get up if they sit on the floor.
Fall is here, the first leaves are turning orange and yellow, the temperature has dropped a bit and it’s time for another seasonal maintenance for our body. An adjustment here and there, a bit of fine tuning and we are ready to great fall looking and feeling our best. So let’s see what it is that you can do to stay radiant and healthy throughout the fall months.
What do you do to keep your children occupied on holiday when you want some quiet time after lunch and they’re too old to nap? When it’s raining and you’re stuck inside for the day or when it’s the middle of the day and too hot to be in the sun? Do you take toys, colouring, books to read, watch TV or try to stop them jumping off the sofa and using the bed like a trampoline in my case?!