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Polar express and decorating the house

Welcome December. It’s cold outside, there are lights everywhere and the first of December marked the start of decorations in my house. Traditionally I like it up by the fifth and down by the fifth of January aswell. We need some outside lights but we have lots of tidbits and ornaments and bunting all over the house! My electricity bill will be sky high!

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We did a photo shoot this morning in Christmas gear with Wyatt’s little girlfriend Sienna 🙂 the pictures came out perfect!

The polar express is an experience where the kids replay the story of the polar express on a train with the singing chefs, conductors elves and Santa Claus comes on to give a little gift. It was lovely if not freezing.

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Xoxo

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Kielder Winter Wonderland

Nestled away in the edge of the Northumbrian countryside is the beautiful reservoir of kielder. However it’s more than just a man made body of water, it’s beautiful, the forests surrounding have the kind of forests you’re not scared of, the floor is carpeted with green moss and shrubs so soft you could lay down on the rugged terrain with ease. The trees are so tall and sturdy they shelter the forest floor. The peaks and troughs of the earth at kielder are just magical, making it the perfect setting for the Christmas wonderland. The area we went to was called Leaplish waterside park. It’s got amazing cabins to stay in that’s definitely on our list of things to do. There was a cabin style pub overlooking the water, all rustic and comforting.

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It was a lovely day there was coming into the park and seeing the guides giving us a wishing star each telling the children about frames all around the place that you could use your star to make a wish in. They were lovely light up necklaces. Then there was meeting mrs Christmas, she gave you your map and welcomed you. Then the snowy owl barn which was full of birds of prey. There was snow tubing and ice skating even for tots like Landon. But it wasn’t very slippy it wasn’t ice. Then there was a big outdoor adventure park, meeting the elves and making a toy and meeting a singing hate getting the children to join in, my husband got asked to dress like a star and sing! Then they went to a cabin and met Santa Claus himself where he knew a little about each child and presented them with a gift. We then went to the restaurant overlooking the lake and had a wonderful carvery. And afterward was a Christmas panto!

Overall a fantastic experience with the kids! And a wonderful day out

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Messy play! :) children in need special

Just a quick post, things are crazy crazy with life at the minute. Death and illness and the kids have been under the weather and I’ve got uni work and horses and housework and activities! My god mummy needs a break! Spa day being dreamt up.

Here’s a few posts from the kids’ activities this week. We now do music with mummy, jolly babies, squiggles and giggles and private swimming lessons. As well as lots of play dates , lunch dates, shopping dates and soft play dates.

These few pics were from squiggles and giggles children in need teddy bears picnic and a lunch date with ruby rose afterwards 🙂

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Jolly babies!

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We also got tattoos this week! And I got one on my ribs of the outline of African map to celebrate my always close to heart home.

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Baking adventures

I’m writing this, a mother without children for a few hours as I sit in a salon. Unheard of? How many of us have sat with roots like god knows what down to the fact that were simply too busy with children to have time for ourselves. Well I’ve taken a stand as dad’s got a week off work I’m having a mum day getting my hair done. I deserve it. Two under two after all is no walk in the park. Sometimes I get asked how I’m not a massive big whale after two children in close succession, 15 month interval and a whopping 6 and a half stone later. That’s 91 pounds for you non Brits. Well it’s the two demonic hyperactive children. Granted the baby isn’t a problem it’s the toddler chasing. I could make it into the Olympics for toddler chasing and I reckon I might even place well.

The last few weeks I’ve been meaning to bake bake bake. And experiment. Well I’ve only had time to make a few things.
A slightly slanty botched chocolate cake with chocolate fingers all around the base and some Italian garlic focaccia from scratch! Now that didn’t fail that got eaten within seconds. And it’s not that the cake was bad, I’m a perfectionist and the cake may have tasted divine but it wasn’t up to my decor standards.

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Halloween messy play!

We have attended a few Halloween parties and I have loved seeing Landon have so much fun even though he doesn’t understand the process and why we celebrate it.

The first was a block party with a disco where he was mike from monsters university.

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Then we went to a sensory play Halloween party at our fave squiggles n giggles. Where even wyatt could take part in the messy fun.

Here’s a few pics of the set up which was all Halloween sensory fun ideas.

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This is what we got up to 🙂

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Then we had another disco party which was so crazy!! So many kids and my phone ran out of battery but I got a picture before we left where Landon was Spider-Man and Wyatt was a skeleton.

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mummy being silly pretending to be Spider-Man

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Xoxo

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MY BLOG BABY SALE!!

So we all spend ridiculous amounts of money on things our infants wear once, twice, maybe three times if they’re lucky. We are all guilty of it, most of Wyatt’s got worn once and a lot have still got tags on! You think I would learn my lesson after already having one baby. So this week will be a sale every day until I’ve exhausted all categories, the first one being designer clothes. Monday will be NEXT (UK brand, mid price range) I have a ton of that, I also have baby supplies (pushchair brand new, highchair rarely used, car seat, breast pumps etc). I live in the North East of England and if you live within 15 miles of me i will deliver for a small fuel surcharge, and if you live elsewhere in the UK, it’s only £3.00 for any item to be delivered. My items are all in great condition. If you have any queries please contact me at : danielledickinson@live.com

RALPH LAUREN 3 MONTH COLLECTION

ALL shorties, rompers are £5.00 (RRP:£50.00)

All Longer suits and items are £10.00 (RRP: £55.00-£65.00)

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Ralph Lauren 6 month collection

Shortalls £5.00 (RRP £55.00)

Longer items £10.00 (RRP £55.00 -£65.00)

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HUGO BOSS ITEMS

Unworn beautiful leather baby shoes size 1 (RRP:£65.00) asking for £30.00

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Boxed velour sleepsuit (RRP £80.00) EXCELLENT CONDITION, asking £30.00

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Unboxed romper aged 6months in soft cotton, generous sizing (RRP:£45.00) Asking £10.00

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BOXED RALPH LAUREN GOODS

Unworn baby shoes size 17, (RRP:£50.00) Asking £25.00

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Gift Set missing a hat, will locate hat and include it in the sale, used (RRP:£55.00) Asking £20.00

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Gap Romper not designer but included anyway as its well known (RRP:£19.99) Asking £6.00

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Armani Junior Romper, polo material, gorgeous, bought for £65.00 Asking £22.00

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Armani Junior Romper, soft cotton bought for £50.00 Asking £15.00

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Happy Shopping! Please contact me for payment (Paypal) details on my email danielledickinson@live.com

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Keep an eye out for tommorows NEXT BUNDLES! NEWBORN AND 0-3

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Healthy toddler snacking options:part one

My oldest little boy is 18 months now and he must be having a mad growth spurt because it feels like he is never ending on the snacking! And I’m desperately trying my hardest to keep chocolate and refined sugars away from him. He’s hyper at the best of times without any need to fuel him with more sugar.

What astounds me when doing the food shopping how openly kids chocolate and kids biscuits and crisps and sugary nonsense is just plastered in front of your face for the cheapest prices. Yet to find the organic options, the grazing and goodness snacks is no easy feat. Luckily for me I know my supermarket back to front so I do know where to find the treasures but it must be so easy for a cash and time strapped mum to think four chocolate bars for a pound great there we go, food shop accomplished. And then of course to think four bags of raisins the kids won’t be all that impressed with, may be hard to find in the store and take up more time and cost the same price hmmmm. I know it will be an easy turn to for a lot of mums. And that’s not a judgement buy your child and feed your child what you like, god knows we love a macdonalds but if you can and if you want to there are healthy snacks available to buy!

I have concentrated my shopping today on grazing foods perfect for the toddler that are healthier than the refined sugar quick fixes. Hopefully the snacks with less additives will provide a longer lasting sense of fulfilment too. The second part of my post will be snacks you can make at home and some tried and tested recipes for if you have a little more time on your hands.

This is what I found today:

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These are “kiddilicious” and were four for 2 pound which isn’t great for the size but present a 100% natural, one of the five a day options my son loves these.

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These are the “goodies” range by organix who are of course very well established and again four for £2.00 wasn’t bad considering the variety of choice was large and the pack sizes were a little more generous. I really rate this brand

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For the more savvy of budgets there is a lot of choice from asda’s chosen for kids range! I bought some squeezy yoghurt pouches, which have guaranteed to have no artificial flavours or colors. Obviously natural sugars occur. I also got some fruit covered with yoghurt snacks and a jelly pouch which is probably the most naughty out of everything. And some normal yoghurt raisins.

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Whitworth’s do a brand called frootz which is the same guaranteed lots of fruit and no nonsense additives these are fruit buttons which look like chocolate buttons to trick the children with! Even better and a brand called yoyo’s bear with a fruit winder type product that is actually again super good for you.

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We also love cereal bars, go ahead fruit slices, cereal on its own, trail mixes, nuts (not allergic of course it’s a problem for kids who are or have a history in the family, don’t risk it if you can’t be certain, we tested peanuts with a stolen snicker bar at ten months! This was not fun I was panicked and wouldn’t leave my poor walking child alone until I knew he wasn’t allergic).

Any ideas let me know what works for you guys! Xoxo