Friday, 16 November 2012

A splash of colour in your toast!

Now heres one way of spicing up some wholewheat bread! We added a few drops of food colouring to water and painted our toast before eating ... great fun :)

Katie 2 Shoes proudly shows off her spotty creation :)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

A Feast with a Gruffalo ....

Its amazing how one little bedtime story can have such an impact on a 2 year old kid! Katherine spends her days as a Gruffalo and therefore there was no question about what theme she wanted for her third birthday party. Thank goodness for eBay, I was able to get the usually highly overpriced gruffalo merchandise for something a little more affordable! Katie was thrilled to have Gogo fly out to join us but unfortunately the poor munchkin came down with chicken pox days before her big day! Nonetheless the show must go on, and the doc said she should no longer be contagious so we sent out a mail letting everyone know the situation and thankfully it all went ahead perfectly as planned

Here are some pics
The front page of the invitation :)

The party was held at Piglets play centre, here is the goodies table

My gruffalo cake, pity we didnt get a better pic, it was made of Rice Crispy treats, covered in fondant.. i had lots of fun making it :)

Its a great theme to have fun with :)
Roasted Fox Lollipops
Purple Prickle Grapes

Gruffalo Cake
Gruffalo crumble biscuit pops

Owl Ice-cream

A happy birthday girl

Gruffalo centrepieces which we conveniently made at a Gruffalo workshop!

Little Spot laughs at the dismembered Gruffalo cake ...

Party packs meticulously decorated by Gogo 

Included Scrambled Snake popcorn, Owl Ice Cream, Roasted Fox and Gruffalo Crumble

... And best of all I managed to sell these decorations off on eBay for more than i paid for them :-)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Halloween fun

Halloween in the UK is a big thing these days .. apparently it is now the third highest spending festival here and after having kids & getting caught up in all the fever and parties i can believe that! We met at Garsons the Sunday before for our usual pumpkin picking and carving ritual, and all had a blast. Of course, Katie is a little Halloween pumpkin so in our household its an extra special occasion. Unfortunately though this year, the poor mite ended up with a bad case of chicken pox on her big day... but still managed to rustle up some smiles and a couple of rounds of trick or treating (from a quarantinable distance of course). Sadly we missed out on the Halloween street festival and Piglets party .. but here are some pics nonetheless ...

Eerie shop window!

Katie pics out the VROTest pumpkin on the patch

The Spooky pumpkin carvers

Dont mess with these scary KOTBs

Our masterpieces

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Eerie shop displays

My cute little pumpkin

Our spooky home 

Not forgetting Katie Pumpkins birthday cake!!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Winkworth Arboretum in Autumn

Today we headed to Winkworth Arboretum with the Coopers and Venters to see the beautiful deciduous autumn trees. When we arrived the place was covered in a thick fog which made it feel eerie and special. To top it off the colours were quite spectacular...
Here are some pics

Monday, 8 October 2012

Peppa Pig World ... oinkl!

I once vowed never to let that ugly pig and her snorting family into my house, but here I am writing an appraising post about the Peppa Pig theme park... haha never say never!

Anyway, much the Katherine's glee, Arabella decided to celebrate her 3rd birthday party with us at Peppa Pig world in Hampshire last week. Despite the hour long trip to get there, and speeding fine i got on the way!! it was a magical day out for the kids! A lot of thought and imagination has gone into the amusement park and it really felt like we were in the cartoon itself when we were there. The girls- as you can see- were ecstatic- and loved every minute of it. Luckily it was sunny, but off season, so there were short queues, my only complaint was about the all seemingly shoddy restaurants. The best fun was probably at the muddy puddle water works land .. and boy did they get wet!!

Here are a few pics