• Parenthood

    Mess free painting with toddlers.

    I first made these ‘mess free paintings’ when Rosie was about 9 months old. It was a rainy afternoon and I was looking for something that would keep Rosie occupied, could be used as a gift for Father’s Day and used things that we had in the house so that I didn’t have to brave the supermarket. The great thing about them is they are completely customisable and dont take much time (or effort) at all – they would make a fab homemade Christmas present! You will need: Paper or Card Paints Glitter, Glitter Glue, Sequins etc Scissors Large Ziploc/Click and Seal bag Photo frame Sellotape To begin, trim your…

  • Food

    The BEST Salted Caramel Brownies Recipe.

    When I think about the perfect brownie, it needs to be gooey but still hold its shape when cut in to chunks. It needs to be rich and decadent but not overly sickly. I have been using this recipe, based on this recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery for the past 10 years, and I dread to think how many brownies I have made (and eaten) in that time! Ingredients 200g dark chocolate (I tend to use the cheapest supermarket brand as they tend to have a high cocoa content. 150g salted butter 300g caster sugar (In a pinch I have used granulated which worked fine) 130g plain flour 3 eggs…

  • Monthly Favourites

    November Favourites.

    In the month where we all stayed home, unable to visit family, friends or non essential shops there were a few items that made my life at home that bit easier. The temperature has dropped and we aren’t spending as much time outside as we did in the first lockdown – this month has been all about keeping cosy at home. Rose and Bee Textiles Liberty Fitted Face Covering. (Yorkshire Meadow).   I first discovered Caroline’s shop via her Instagram on one of my late night scrolling sessions when I was up with Rosie. I added a few things to my mental wishlist but finally took the plunge and ordered some…

  • Christmas

    Christmas: December 1st Box.

    On the lead up to Christmas, Instagram is full of parents proudly sharing the contents of their children’s Christmas Eve boxes. Now that Rosie is getting old enough to be really aware of Christmas, I was really excited to make her one of her own. All being well and dependant on current regulations, we will be staying with my parents on Christmas Eve. With this in mind and with Rosie still only being 2, we decided that instead of a Christmas Eve Box, we will start our tradition as a December Box. On the morning of the 1st of December, Rosie will come down to a box filled with goodies…

  • Parenthood

    Play: Update your puzzles with this quick step.

    A while back I saw on Rebecca from northyorkshiremama (https://bit.ly/2IDPsH) share that she had put some photographs behind the pieces of one of her little boy’s peg puzzles. As they are a similar age, I made a mental note to try it for Rosie but then life got in the way and I completely forgot.  I was having a browse in our local charity shop and spotted the Melissa and Doug Latches Board, in perfect condition for £2. I had been looking at similar busy boards previously but thought they may have been too grown up for Rosie, especially as they advertise being suitable for 3+. With it being such…