Zimpli Kids SnoBall Play…

We haven’t had any snow in Eastbourne this year, it doesn’t look too hopeful either buuut it’s ok Zimpli Kids has come to the rescue with SnoBall Play. Amber was very excited for snow so we thought we’d head to the beach, as it’s our favourite place and then the children could make as much mess and noise as they wished!

We mixed it up gradually as we heard you didn’t need to use as much water as the box states if you want snowballs that stay together and I was curious to see the different stages while it was mixed.

Amber’s face in this picture says it all, she was thrilled when it started looking exactly like snow. But not cold, which was a major bonus according to Amber.

Jasper has never experienced real snow yet, but loved feeling this stuff. The packet states for over 3 years so we just kept a close eye on him. Plus it also states that the product is non toxic.

So this is where it got really fun, I mean look at that cheeky face!

Jasper literally has no clue what is going on, but I’m loving this series of photos, you can see how it stays formed in the air then explodes when it hits, just like real snow!

We were all covered in it by the end, but it was easily brushed off, no damage at all. Before we left I added more water to some left over, it just dissolved away, so no harm done to the beautiful beach and not as much mess as I feared it could be.

The happiness in Amber’s face here is amazing, we definately need some more! When Jasper understands more, or for playing with Amber’s friends.

Amber reckoned that SnoBall Play was better than real snow as it’s not cold and it feels lovely (the words of a nearly 5 year old)

We were gifted this from Zimpli Kids but all opinions are our own!

Mother’s Day…

It’s not until you’re older, sometimes not until you have your own that you realise the lengths you go to, to provide the best for your children, I’d do anything to protect them, to nurture them and to make sure they turn out to be the best possible little humans… You realise all your own Mum has done for you and everything she still does… Grateful for my Mumma, my Granny and for my babies!
Happy Mother’s Day, let’s throw it back to the 90s and this cheese face my sister still pulls…

I wasn’t really expecting anything this year, other than the crafts they do at nursery, so it meant a lot when my mum helped Amber with a few bits. And how amazing is Amber’s writing getting now?!

We had a little afternoon tea with my mum and grandparents. I had bought a mini bundt tin and wanted to experiment with those and marbelling, I was pretty happy with how these turned out…

If you wanted to make some, these were made using a tin from Lidl and my fail safe vanilla cupcake recipe here with half the batter pink.

Iced Biscuits…

Again this blog has been neglected, with one sickness after another I feel like I’ve not had any down time. I’ve not got a clue how I’ll start working again, time to get organised once more!

I feel like Amber needed some mummy and daughter time, with Jasper being sick she’s not had as much attention as normal. So I thought we’d make some simple biscuits, with Valentine’s these make cute gifts.

Simple biscuits…

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 275g plain flour

For the icing:

  • Pre rolled icing or icing sugar
  • Food colouring
  • Optional; sprinkles, metallic paint, letter cutters

  • Cream the butter and sugar
  • Add the egg and vanilla essence
  • Then the flour gradually
  • Roll out onto a floured surface to about 1cm thick
  • Cut out biscuits and put onto greaseproof baking paper
  • Bake for 8-10 mins at 170 (fan assisted oven) until golden
  • Cool on wire rack
  • Once cooled ice using your chosen method; I used pre rolled icing, adding a small amount of colour to give a marbled effect. I then added painted letters. Amber went with icing sugar, sprinkles and cut out letters.

This kept Amber occupied all afternoon, though there was quite a mess!

Wrapped up and ready to gift…