Christmas Gift Guide- For Him & For Her

Christmas is coming. Like really quickly! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone! I started my Christmas shopping early this year for the kids but I’m still shopping for everyone else.

So here’s my gift guide, a selection of goodies that I’ve come across recently. It might just provide you with some inspiration!

Espensen Spirit

Espensen Spirit are a recently launched- Bristol based booze company. You’re interested, right? Well, they produce a range of vodkas, gins and whiskies with a twist. They’re available in 50cl, 20cl and 5cl bottles which in my opinion, makes them a perfect Christmas gift- for the over 18’s obviously. Prices start from £4 and you can get a 5cl miniature collection, which has a bottle of each flavour, for just £16.I’ll be sharing my miniature collection with the family on Christmas Day 🙂

The flavours available are;

  • Gin Genie – Blueberry Gin– “perfect for the dachshund/dog lover, Bowie fan or the gin enthusiast” 
  • Ruby Cuby – Rhubarb & Custard Vodka– “for those wanting a special celebratory festive drink, you can use it to create a Ruby Cubellini by adding it to Prosecco or Champagne!” 
  • PG Sips – Pink Grapefruit & Raspberry Vodka “ideal for your cat loving friend or relative – or anyone who fancies a deliciously fruity vodka tipple” 
  • Pump Up the Jam – Raspberry Gin – “this drink goes down equally well with gin lovers or those who just fall in love with the label – it features an 80’s B-boy and a homage to the artist Keith Haring. For anyone who wants to score cool points with their younger relatives, this is the one.”

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And here’s why Espensen think that they’re the ideal Christmas gift;

  • “First of all – they taste blooming delicious – made using fresh fruit and a seriously good base alcohol from Langley Distillery, and they contain absolutely no artificial colours or flavours
  • From a really special 50cl bottle of Ruby Cuby as a main present, to our 5cl miniature collection as a stocking filler or Secret Santa, or even a single sample – we have something for every budget
  • The branding is ‘silly but stylish’ and we describe it as post-punk pop art – there are SO many references to film, music and animals, that there is bound to be a drink that appeals to everyone – from David Bowie fans to cat lovers to art appreciators – we have a drink with their name on it
  • Espensen Spirit is all hand made in Bristol by Sam Espensen – she puts so much care in to them and has spent years developing and perfecting the recipes
  • Donations from every 50cl and 20cl bottles are made to various small charities based in the South West, including the homeless Caring in Bristol, Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, the Racehorse Rehoming Centre and a local cancer charity
  • Our beautiful Italian glass bottles are unbranded – so if you purchase a 50cl or a 20cl bottle for a special person in your life, they can re-use it as a vase,  or for oils or vinegars.” 

You can find out more about Espensen Spirit and their amazing alcohol creations here. Don’t forget to get yourself a little bottle of each. You have to taste them before you gift them, right?!

Amazon Echo

I love a gadget and this Amazon Echo looks amazing. You may have seen it advertised on TV– she’s called Alexa. Well it’s connected to Alexa voice service which can provide you with information, play music, sports scores, news, weather and more. If you have Prime you can also ask her to order products for you using Prime. Clever huh?!

It’s £149.99, available in black or white and you can find it here; Amazon Echo, Black

Bristol Papillion

Handcrafted jewellery by Rebecca Miller. Absolutely beautiful handcrafted jewellery might I add. Each piece is individually made by Rebecca using reclaimed silver, copper, semi precious stones and vintage finds- which means that no two pieces are the same- ideal Christmas gift indeed.

“Your jewellery should be a reflection of who you are – beautiful, inspiring and unique.”

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Rebecca very kindly sent me a piece so I could see how beautiful they are for myself. Now I’m not a massive fan of jewellery, the only thing I really wear is my charm bracelet, yet I’ve fallen in love with this piece. I was going to gift it to one of the ladies in my family for Christmas, but I love it so much I’m considering keeping it for myself!

You can find Rebecca’s gorgeous creations on her website here. You can use the code TENOFF for 10% off too!

Boxcitement

Boxcitement is a monthly subscription box full of surprise stationery and other goodies- a rather exciting box, hence the name! You can purchase them in monthly subscriptions or one off gifts and the longer you subscribe, the more you save.

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Where do the contents come from? In their own words;

“Ah well, that’s what makes our boxes so special. Our Boxscientists are constantly coming up with new ideas and designs and working with a select team of suppliers, makers and printers who create our inventions just for Boxcitement. Numbers are limited and they can only be purchased through us – how exclusive is that!”

These boxes really are gorgeous and make the perfect gift for the ladies. You can find out more here.

MotherlyLove

MotherlyLove was founded by Jan, a loving mother, grandmother and midwife of 40 years. She’s also a registered aromatherapist and has created some beautiful oils for mothers and mothers-to-be.

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I’ve been testing the Footloose massaging oil as now I’ve gone back to work, being on my feet all of the time means they ache constantly! It smells lovely and leaves my feet feeling super soft.

Prices start from £7.50 and they have some lovely gift sets available which would be perfect for any Mother or Mother-to-be. You can find the full range here.

Text-A-Potato

If you’re doing a Secret Santa this year, this might just be the perfect gift! Okay so, Text-A-Potato, you’re thinking WTF?! So in their own words;

“STUCK FOR A GIFT IDEA? POTATO. BAD BREAKUP? POTATO. PROPOSAL? POTATO

SOMEONE’S LEAVING THE OFFICE? POTATO. WANT TO CREEP YOUR FRIENDS OUT? POTATO

IT’S ANONYMOUS AND TOTALLY HILARIOUS”

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You can literally send a potato to anyone, no matter what the occasion. I was sent the Christmas edition as an example and it’s freaking hilarious. Prices for the Santa potatoes start at £7.99 and there’s limited stock so order yours quick from here.

EasiYo Yoghurt Maker

These EasiYo Yoghurt makers are amazing. We have the large red one in our house and it’s so handy for us having two kids who absolutely love yoghurt. However, for those who don’t have kids or just don’t have the need for 1kg of yoghurt each time, you can also get a mini maker which makes 500g.

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EasiYo Manual Yoghurt Maker (Homemade Yogurt in 8 Hours) Makes 1Kg

They’re super easy to use and the EasiYo flavour range is huge! I reviewed the large red EasiYo maker a few weeks ago which you can read here.

You can also check out the full EasiYo range here.

Fitbit Flex

This is the perfect gift for those loved ones you just know are going to start banging on about the ‘diet starting in the new year’, like they do every year. I can say that because I’m totally guilty of this myself and I really want one of these to get kickstarted in January! The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker basically records your daily activity and sleep. It records your steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and allows you to track your goals using online tools and mobile apps.

OcuShield

Ocushield is a screen protector which blocks harmful blue light which is emitted from the digital devices we use everyday. This is a rather sensible gift for anyone. Whilst also protecting your screen, by blocking these harmful blue light rays, this can result in protecting your vision and eyes and helping you get a better night’s sleep if you use your devices in bed before sleep.

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Apparently the Welsh Rugby Team use these on their iphones; this might just be a great gift for my other half then sayings as he’s welsh, rugby obsessed and always glued to his phone!

To find out more on OcuShield, visit their website here.

I hope this has given you a few ideas!

Mother Hermit xx

*I was sent some of these items to review for this post. This post also contains affiliate links. All views and opinions are 100% that of my own*

 

Santa’s watching…

Ah the magic of Christmas. It’s back with me full force now I have kids, especially as my daughter will be three in January and now has a bit more understanding of what’s happening and who the famous Santa Claus is. I’m not going to lie; I’ve been taking full advantage.

Earlier this year, around Summertime, my daughter was still heading to bed every night with a bottle with at least an ounce of milk in, routine more than anything as it was getting to the point where she’d take it to bed and fall asleep without drinking it. Obviously, this resulted in her bedsheets smelling rather foul in the morning and that would add another load of washing to my already ridiculous washing pile. I attempted to convince her that she was a big girl now and no longer needed to take the bottle to bed, but she wasn’t having any of it and the tantrums she was throwing before bedtime just weren’t worth it; so, she kept the bottle.

She also had her dummy, pacifier, plug, whatever you want to call it, that thing that shuts her up for five minutes, every single day. This one got on my nerves, the older she was getting I just couldn’t stand to see it in her mouth all the time. The dribble and not being able to understand what she was saying, which then resulted in frustrated tantrums from both of us, was just far too much to handle. I love seeing babies with dummies in, they look super cute and I love the comfort they provide, but heading on 2.5 years old it just starts to get in the way of things.

This is where the fat man stepped in. Not my other half, Father Christmas, aka Santa Claus or Santy to us North Easter’s.

My daughter came home from nursery one day asking some questions about said fat man; they must have mentioned it within the session. So, I showed her some pictures and generally explained the jist of it in toddler lingo- “If you’re a good girl he’ll bring you some presents!” Well her face lit up like a Christmas tree and I had a lightbulb moment; the classic threat of ‘Santa’s watching’.

The next day I decided to go for it and told my daughter that Santa had been on the phone and said that she’s getting such a big girl that she no longer needs milk in a bottle to take to bed and should start having milk in her cup with her supper. At first she didn’t seem too convinced, so I explained to her that Santa is always watching and that he would know if she was being a bit naughty and not listening to him. Harsh maybe but my word it worked! After the usual bath routine, we headed up the stairs, read her story and that was it; no kick off’s, didn’t ask for it more than once and ever since then she’s always asked for a small cup of milk with her supper. Done. Bottle gone.

The next day I decided to push my luck slightly and try to get rid of the dummy! As we sat down to breakfast I told her that Santa had been on the phone again and told me how proud he was of her for ditching the bottle but he’d been watching and thought that she was such a big girl, she no longer needed her dummy during the day. This one she pulled a bit of a face at and looked a little worried, but she then handed me her dummy with an “okay Mammy” and seemed to forget about it. This one is obviously a bit more difficult for her as she’s used to having it whenever she feels upset or tired, but I’m pleased to say that she’s come so far and with the help of my rather crafty ‘Santa’s watching’ threats, she now only has her dummy for bed time.

So, if you’re trying to get your little one out of some bad habits, give it a go, you just might be surprised at how well it works.

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This post was first featured on MeetOtherMums.com

Asda Little Angels Christmas Nappies

Oh how I LOVE Christmas! Everything about it makes me feel all giddy and excited; from the songs, the television adverts, the food (obviously) and of course, the tacky Christmas jumpers! This year is an amazing one for us because Violet is coming up three in January so she understands more of what’s happening and she’s getting so excited and it’s Billy’s first Christmas!

And thanks to Asda’s Little Angels nappies, Billy is getting into the Christmas spirit early!

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I know he’s far too young to have any idea what’s going on but I love that I can dress him up all festive, even if just for photo purposes! The theme this year is ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ and they’re super cute! Even the back is decorated; as modelled by Billy 🙂

Billy modelling Asda Little Angel Christmas Nappy

This Christmas range is only available in the Little Angels Supreme protection nappies in sizes 4+, 5+ and 6+ and whilst they have this gorgeous festive design this doesn’t affect their quality at all. I swear by the Asda Little Angels range and have used them for both of my kids. They’re the only nappies I’ve tried where I’ve never come across a problem, whether it be rubbing, hanging loose or bursting during the middle of the night!

They provide superior comfort with up to 12 hours dryness- which means they might actually sleep through when Santa comes! Wishful thinking, I know.

They also have super stretchy sides and secure back elastic which means there’s less chance of leaks and poop-splosions creeping up their vest and they fit around Billy’s chubby little legs without gripping too much and rubbing. These nappies even come with a handy colour coded waistband which helps us parents identify when it’s time to move to the next size up.

The Little Angels Christmas nappies are priced at £3.50 a pack and you can pick them up online or in your local store now!

Have you tried Little Angels nappies before? What do you think of this years Christmas design?

Mother Hermit xx

I was sent this pack of nappies for the purpose of this review. All views, opinions and photographs are that of my own.

 

 

More Laughing and Learning with LeapFrog Toys- A Review

LeapFrog Toys

A couple of months ago I wrote a review of two LeapFrog toys; Count and Colours Band and Melody the Musical Turtle. These toys are still going strong and are played with every single day in our house, by both kids. So when I was asked if I’d like to test out and review some more- it was an obvious yes!

LeapFrog Toys

Again, I was sent a toy to suit each of my children as Billy is coming up nine months and Violet is two. Although they do like to share and play with all of the LeapFrog toys, so age range isn’t a problem. Here are the two we have tried out this time;

LeapFrog Fridge Numbers Magnetic Set

LeapFrog Fridge Numbers Magnetic Set

This is the one we received for Violet. It’s aimed at 2+ years and is super cute! You’ll notice Scout the little dog who was on the toy Billy was sent last time, Scouts Count and Colours Band. He’s a very popular character within the LeapFrog range.

“With magnetic play that sticks to the fridge or any other magnetic surface, little ones can help themselves to endless servings of numbers, colours and food groups.”

Violet absolutely loves playing with this one as she’s obsessed with all things numbers at the moment. She also loves that it sticks onto the fridge and freezer so when I’m cooking dinner she usually brings it in, sticks it onto the freezer and has a bit of a play and dance. It comes with ten blocks, each with a number between 1 and 10 and another ten blocks with different foods on, each amounting to a different number between 1 and 10. You can see Violet playing with the ‘four broccoli’ block below which is her favourite because she loves broccoli!

You can place each block into the middle and press it so Scout can tell you what it is and if you press the music button he’ll start singing a song. He even has some little phrases and jokes to tell!

As usual I totally love this one as it’s helping Violet with her numbers massively. She’s fantastic at counting but still unsure which number is which when they are written down. With the help of this toy she is starting to recognise them as Scout tells her which one she has put in and she counts along with the picture blocks.

Violet playing with the LeapFrog Fridge Number toy

Count and Crawl Kitty

Count and Crawl LeapFrog Kitty

This is the one we received for Billy. It’s aimed at 9+ months, helps little ones explore numbers and includes lots of phrases and songs.

“Kids 9 months and up can press Kitty’s colourful keys to hear fun and frisky phrases about numbers 1-20, explore mew-sical notes from high to low and create their own tunes. Younger babies will love sitting and batting Kitty’s yarn to hear special counting and learning songs, such as “Tummy, Whiskers, Tongue and Paws”.”

As Billy is now on the move, he loves to push this one along whilst pressing the buttons and spinning the yarn ball on the front. Violet likes pushing this one so Billy then has to crawl to get it, which he finds hilarious!

You can change the settings between music and numbers too. When it’s set to music the kitty will play different tunes depending on which buttons are pressed. When it’s set to numbers it tells little one which number they have pressed and sings a counting song. Billy likes to have a little boogie no matter which setting it’s on and it’s not just for babies already on the move as they can sit and press the buttons just the same but it’s a great toy to help start the crawling!

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Like the other two we have, these toys will grow with both of my kids which is perfect. There’s nothing worse than your little one getting bored of a toy pretty quickly and I really don’t think they will with these! They’re perfect for Christmas too so make sure you check out the full LeapFrog range. I’ve just bought LeapFrog LeapTV for Violet’s birthday in January and I can’t wait to have a go! You’ll have to wait until after her birthday for that review though 🙂

Do your little ones like LeapFrog toys? Which one is their favourite?

Mother Hermit xx

I was very kindly sent these toys in exchange for this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

Baking with the Toddler- Easy Vanilla Cupcakes

Finished Cupcakes

Yesterday we didn’t make our usual playgroup as both kids have been full of cold. We decided to have a day at home as the weather was terrible and I had loads of parcels due to arrive. The toddler kept asking for cupcakes, which we didn’t have. So I thought it was the ideal opportunity to try out some baking with her.

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Violet usually gets pretty bored with baking. She just likes to eat the creations when they’re finished. So I was very surprised at how excited she was to make some cupcakes and she was straight in with her apron on asking what she could mix.

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She was obviously in the mood to get her bake on as she did the lot!

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We decided to divide the ingredients into six large cupcakes rather than make the 12 small as the recipe makes.

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When it came to doing the icing she had no patience left at all. Which meant that we ended up with a sloppy sort of buttercream, but it tasted good and it was Violet in colour so I let her get on with it. They’re her cakes after all.

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I managed to throw some sprinkles on the top of the cupcakes before the eating commenced too!

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The Cupcake Recipe

  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Self Raising Flour (Which we didn’t have so used Plain Flour with a teaspoon of baking powder)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Cupcake Icing

  • 200g Butter
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • Food Colouring
  • Sprinkles for the top if you fancy

The Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180c/ gas mark 4
  • Soften the butter by giving it a good mix. Then add the sugar and mix it all together.
  • Beat the eggs in a separate bowl then add to the sugar and butter and mix it together.
  • Sift in the flour and again mix.
  • Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract and mix everything together.
  • Spoon the mixture between the cupcake cases.
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.

For the icing you just need to mix the butter and icing sugar together and add a drop of food colouring. If you have more time (and patience) than us, you will have a stiff mixture that you can then pipe onto the top. Or you could settle for a sloppy mix like us and let the toddler go wild!

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Enjoy!

Mother Hermit xx

 

Mummy in a Tutu

EasiYo Yoghurt Maker Review

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I’d like a yoghurt maker to try out and review. I’d never heard of EasiYo before but my two kids absolutely love having yoghurts for breakfast, lunch and supper so I thought it would be a must-have for us.

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I received the red EasiYo maker with two flavours of yoghurt; Vanilla and Blueberries and Cream. Rather conveniently, the kids ate the last few yoghurts we had for their supper last night so I decided it was the perfect time to try out the maker so there would be yoghurt for breakfast. I was hoping anyway- I have a tendency to mess things up the first time I try them out!

I let Violet choose the flavour and she chose the Blueberries and Cream as she loves fruit.

EasiYo MakerThe box contents are pretty simple; the EasiYo maker, the tub to put the yoghurt powder in and some instructions. The maker itself is really lightweight and has grippers on the bottom to stop it sliding around. Or in my case keeps it still whilst the big one kept trying to push it around, curiosity at it’s best as usual.

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I found that the instructions are super easy to follow which I was really pleased about, my brain doesn’t work as well as it should at the end of the day!

The Steps for using the EasiYo

  • Half fill the jar with tepid water and add the full sachet
  • Secure the lid onto the jar and shake well
  • Fill the jar with more tepid water to the top, secure the lid and shake again
  • Push the spacer into the maker and pour in boiling water to the top of the spacer
  • Place the jar on top of the spacer
  • Secure the lid onto the maker and leave overnight

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First thing this morning the rather excited toddler was asking for yoghurt for breakfast. I pretty much had my fingers crossed that it had worked and we weren’t going to be throwing away the contents.

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You could cut the tension with a knife when opening the maker. I’d already warned the big one that we might have to settle for toast…

Fear not, this Mama can also make yoghurt! Using the EasiYo maker I can anyway! The yoghurt itself is full of flavour and super creamy- I obviously joined the kids in having a bowl for breakfast, for review purposes, ahem. You get a lot of yoghurt out of one pack mix too so the rest is in the fridge and should probably last us until early next week. Now we just need to go shopping for more flavours!

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You can find the full range of EasiYo makers and yoghurt flavours on their website. You can even get a mini maker which is ideal for making smaller quantities.

Have you tried the EasiYo before? What’s your favourite flavour?

Mother Hermit xx

We were kindly sent the EasiYo and yoghurt sachets for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

 

 

Win a Mathmos Neo Lava Lamp!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, last month you’ll have seen my review of the Neo Lava Lamp from Mathmos. Well now’s your chance to get your hands on your very own! Just follow the Rafflecopter link below and complete the steps to enter! Good luck 🙂

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The Cake Tasting Club Review

I know, I know- cake again! How can you say no to cake though? Honestly? Of course I jumped at the chance when the lovely ladies at The Cake Tasting Club offered to send me a box to review and as it was October, this box was a little spookier than usual!

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The box I received was beautifully packaged and even contained some little paper bats and a balloon for the Halloween theme. Each baked good is individually packaged and has a list of ingredients on the reverse. It even came with a Spiced Apple tea bag which is absolutely perfect for an Autumn cuppa.

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Now as I’m a parent, it was quite a fight between me and Violet as to who got to taste what first. As you can imagine I didn’t get much say so didn’t get to taste the Spooky Gingerbread Ghost although I did get to sample the Oreo graveyard soil- good job I like Oreos! I hid the Cherry brain cake which I’m sooo glad I did because it was heavenly- the perfect piece of cake and really reminded me of something my Nana used to make when I was young. It was lovely and moist and the cherry icing really was the icing on the cake! I could have ate so much more of it. I also managed to get half of the Chocolate Orange Brownie and had to share the rest with both of my kids as Billy had his eye on it too. You can never go wrong with a brownie and this one was definitely no exception. A gorgeous gooey brownie infused with orange flavouring and chocolate orange segments- the perfect autumn treat!

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What is The Cake Tasting Club? Or who should I say. Well, it’s a monthly subscription box filled with home baked cakes and it’s owned and ran by two lovely ladies, Vikki and Dom who both love to bake and came up with the idea so they can share their baking yumminess with us! How lucky are we?! They basically thought of the idea as not everyone has the time or skill to bake themselves and sometimes it’s nice to be able to have a slice without the rest of the cake staring you in the face- it’s true, I have no willpower!

“We bake all of the cakes by hand in the Cake Tasting HQ kitchen which has a five star cleanliness rating. Our cakes are always traditionally handmade as if you had baked them at home. We always use proper ingredients just like you would use and our eggs are always free range.”

How fabulous that these baked goodies aren’t created in a factory, using standard ingredients, they’re made in their own HQ kitchen. Clearly with lot’s of love going into each and every box! There are different options for you to choose from; The Classic which is the one I received with three different bakes to try each month; The Cake for one which is one slice of cake for you to try each month and The Brownie Box which is three different flavours of brownie each month. As it’s coming up to Christmas there’s also options to purchase a one off box or subscriptions as gifts for your loved ones; one month, three months, six months or twelve months.

Vikki and Dom even have a pledge for The Cake Tasting Club;

        “Our bakes will always be;

  • Lovingly handmade
  • Made from proper ingredients
  • Freshly prepared
  • Delicious
  • Never boring!
  • Never the same- we will not repeat a bake for at least 12 months”

What are you waiting for? Check them out here and stop resisting the cake! 🙂

The 10 Negatives of a Toilet “Trained” Toddler

The ultimate joy you feel when potty trained becomes toilet trained. It’s great isn’t it? The utter pride you feel boasting to everyone when it’s complete? Well I now know that those comments of “Oh that’s brilliant, makes life much easier for you now!”, are quite frankly, utter crap! Those people are clearly secretly thinking “Oh good luck with that love, you’ll be wishing she was back in nappies in no time”, followed by an evil chuckle.
Here are 10 of the negatives I’ve experienced so far…
1. Wanting to use the toilet CONSTANTLY.
Seriously. Once they’ve gotten used to using the toilet they will want to use it all of the time, regardless of whether they actually need it or not. This will drive you insane, especially in the beginning when you have to accompany them to the bathroom every. Single. Time! Having to wait for them to finish, even though you know their either not going to do anything or force out the smallest wee possible. Great.
2. Fear of toilets in unfamiliar places.
I experienced this one massively at the beginning. My daughter would refuse to even walk through the door of any public toilet- can’t blame her for that, let’s hope she’s still that picky when she’s older. But when you’re out for the day visiting a farm and she attempts to go the whole day without visiting the toilet, you just know that it’s going to end up with an accident in the sand pit. In my experience anyway! Remember spare clothes EVERYTIME you leave the house with said toddler.
3. Experimenting with toilet paper.
At first this was of no interest to my daughter, she was happy to let me wipe her when she’d finished, but once she started taking herself to the toilet on her own her curiosity took over. You will most probably walk in one day to find your bathroom looking like it’s been hit by a blizzard or in my case a bathtub full off unrolled toilet paper. Breathe.
4. Blocking the toilet (and sink!).
Ah yes, now those not so bad Christmas-like decorations have turned into full on- let’s just put this all down the toilet and see what happens. If you’re lucky like me it’ll be a full roll after a poop. Lucky me indeed. Buy marigolds.
5. Not reaching the toilet in time.
Clothing changes galore on this one. Luckily we haven’t experienced this one too much, probably because of point 1, but the times this has happened tends to be when she’s busy playing and just ‘forgets’. Or challenges herself to see how long she can last without going. Watch out for the ‘need a wee-wee’ dance.
6. Refusing to pull their pants up after using the toilet.
This one is still driving me insane. It’s rather embarrassing when you have company and your toddler returns downstairs with her pants around her ankles, hopping about like a crazed bunny rabbit. Honestly just pull them up!! I have no advice on this one- this is STILL happening, although not as often. The toddler that is- not me.
7. Not wiping their bottom.
Okay so you’ll have probably guessed from point 3 and 4 that I’m not overly keen on leaving the toilet roll within reach of my daughter, so I just leave a few squares by the side for her. Does she use them to wipe? Yeah right. Again it’s a case of hopping down the stairs shouting “Mama come wipe my bum!”. Eurgh. Just what I want whilst enjoying my already cold cuppa.
8. Deciding they need the toilet at the most inconvenient times.
This happens to me ALL of the time. Guaranteed we’ll walk into soft play and she’ll need the toilet. Always when I’m on my own with both kids. Anywhere, anytime, it’s going to happen. Perfect when you answer the phone to someone you don’t really want to speak to though… “oh I’ll have to go and take the little one to the toilet”. Comes in handy sometimes.
9. Curiosity of what else can fit down the toilet.
Ah yes, it’s not just toilet roll. Anything they can find, and reach, will be shoved down the toilet. Think about that the next time you’re about to brush your teeth…
10. Using needing the toilet as an excuse not to go to bed.
As if getting the kids into bed on a night time wasn’t hard enough they now have a genuine excuse to delay the process and you can bet your life they’ll use it! As tempting as it is to ignore their pleas, just let them go or you probably find yourself changing soaked bedsheets at 2am.

So there you have it, if you’ve yet to reach the toilet training stage, all I can say is GOOD LUCK!

Mother Hermit xx

This post first appeared on The Huffington Post UK here.

Halloween Krispie Treats

As it’s Halloween soon, this week I’ve been in the kitchen with the little one creating some Pumpkin Krispie Treats! They’re super quick and easy to make and the kids absolutely love them! I got the idea from pictures I have seen on Pinterest but didn’t use a particular recipe and just made my own up 🙂

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I’ll be honest, I’m not the best at measuring out ingredients when baking, I tend to just wing it, so I’ve given my best approximates below 🙂

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You will need;

7 Giant Marshmallows

2 tsp of butter or marg

Orange or Yellow and Red Food Colouring

Rice Krispies

Green Smarties or M&M’s

Wispa Bites or something similar

First start by melting the marshmallows and butter in a bowl. I used the microwave for this and kept putting it in for 30second bursts, it took around 2 minutes for everything to be totally melted. Then you can add the food colouring to the marshmallow mix. I used red and yellow, first adding the red followed by a few drops of yellow until I had a really bold orange. Next you add the Krispies; I added a handful at a time and after about 5 handfuls I had a stiff mixture and all of the Krispies were completely coated in the marshmallow mix.

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For this bit you will need to oil your hands as the mixture is super super sticky. I coated my hands with olive oil and took and handful at a time and rolled each bit into a ball. Pop each ball onto a greaseproof paper sheet until you’ve used the whole of the mixture.

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Next you can add the toppings! I had Wispa bites which I cut in half and pushed them into the middle, squashing each krispie treat slightly to make it look a bit more like a pumpkin. I then had green peanut M&M’s which I cut in half (watch your fingers!) and added to the side of the Wispa bite to make it look like a little leaf! I then put them into the fridge for half an hour so they didn’t fall apart in the heat. And that’s it!

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Happy Halloween!

Mother Hermit xx

 

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