Lukeosaurus and Me

Lukeosaurus and Me: March 2015

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Fight Against The Fuss!

Hello, lovelies!

If you're a regular reader of our blog, or the "Toddler In The Kitchen" series, you'll know that I love having Luke in the kitchen with me. He is a confident little boy and at 19 months, he finds it a really exciting and fun experience. However, we mainly do bakes - which of course, at the end of it all, he devours. You'll also know if you have read our blog before, Luke is an awfully fussy eater. I'm not really sure why, but I believe there are several factors that contributed to this during the ages of around 6 - 11 months. Of course, they may not have and he may just be a little fuss pot!

In an effort to try and break free of this "fussy eating" label, Luke and I have been in the kitchen together every evening for the past week. We have been using Annabel Woolmer's  'The Tickle Fingers Cookbook' which is just bursting with tasty and exciting recipes that are Luke friendly and age appropriate. It also has loads of helpful tips that make having a toddler in the kitchen a little less stressful, as well as to help engage them in the kitchen.

Every evening, Luke has (almost unaided) prepared his own meals - either his dinner or his pudding.

The Tickle Fingers Cookbook // Annabel Woolmer // Fight Against The Fuss!! // Fighting against my son's fussy eating using this wonderful cookbook. //

The idea: 

The more control Luke has over the situation, the more likely he is to eat the end result. By feeling the ingredients, having a little nibble and transferring things from one bowl to the next, he is in charge of the whole operation (besides putting it in the oven!).

What actually happened: 

At first, I must say I was a little disheartened. For the first two evenings, we tried some really nice recipes from the Tickle Finger's cookbook. Recipes in the book are broken up into such simple stages and Luke was able to do them with a little encouragement. He enjoyed the preparation process - every step he does is really developing his fine and gross motor skills etc, not to mention the sensory fun and of course - eating the ingredients. We made a really yummy pizza on the first night. I thought, yeah, this is really going to work; every single ingredient on the list was a winner - he loves them all individually, so this should be perfect! The prep process was, of course, wonderful. However, when it came to eating the finished product, it was a definite no go. I must admit, I felt disheartened and quite frustrated. Everything looked so promising and then it all went to pot, with a huge 15 minute tantrum to go with it.

The Tickle Fingers Cookbook // Annabel Woolmer // Tortilla Pizza // Fight Against The Fuss!! // Fighting against my son's fussy eating using this wonderful cookbook. //
Luke did really enjoy spooning the sauce around and tearing up ham and cheese.

But then:

The next day was pretty much the same: we made something yummy, which he loved creating, but hated eating. However, he did actually try some. This gave me the strength to persevere, I think. The next few days, things really picked up! 

We made some gorgeous pudding's mid week, which were a huge hit! His confidence in the kitchen grew and his relationship with food seemed a bit better. We carried on in the kitchen for the rest of the week, and we're still doing it this week too. We have started to move back onto main meals now, and slowly away from the puddings, although on some evenings we do both. Tasty recipes such as Curried Chicken Wraps, Chocolate Fork Biscuits and Fruity Mess seem to be going down a treat.

Luke's relationship with food does seem to be slowly improving. I was so hopeful at the beginning and then I got pretty worried that my master plan wasn't going to work after the first two days. But I am so pleased that we carried on with it! Obviously, this isn't going to fix everything and he isn't just going to magically become the perfect toddler eating a salad for lunch, but I am grateful for this small break through.

May there be many more!

We are going to carry on having Luke in the kitchen for as long as he is happy to be there. I am armed with a huge collection of toddler proof recipes and I intend to use them!

Wish us luck! For more information on The Tickle Fingers Cookbook, head to

We were lucky enough to have The Tickle Fingers Cookbook [Annabel Woolmer] sent to us to help aid Luke in our fight against the fuss! 


We're going on an adventure

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Books About Colour!

Books About Colour // 3 Top Books We Have Been Using To Learn About Colour //


As part of my effort to try and teach Luke a bit more about colours, I have been reading a few books to him and pointing out various things on each page (Peppa's dress is red, she's wearing a red dress.) He seems to really enjoy this and has been taking the time to study each page. 

The first book we have been reading (a lot!) is the Peppa Pig Colours [Neville Astley & Mark Baker] board book. You probably will have seen this if you follow me on Instagram. Luke is loving this book. Each page has a different colour and goes through familiar characters. For instance: Rebecca Rabbit's carrot costume is orange/Peppa Pig's balloon is blue/Peppa Pig is wearing a red dress and red shoes. On the last page, there's a double spread of paint splodges and it asks what your favourite colour is. This page is really useful to go over all the colours again once you've read through the book. Luke has read this dozens of times every day. I think it's his favourite.

Books About Colour // Peppa Pig Colour Book // 3 Top Books We Have Been Using To Learn About Colour //
Our very battered copy! 

Secondly, another board book, but this time it's Spot Looks At Colours [Eric Hill]. We bought this early on in the week once we saw how much Luke was enjoying the Peppa Pig board book - we actually bought it from the 99p shop! (Although I think it's only meant to be sold as part of a set - naughty pound shop!) You can't really go wrong with Eric Hill and the illustrations are as charming as ever. I love this book, it's my favourite of the bunch. Luke really likes it too and it's pretty much the same as the Peppa Pig one, only at the end there's no overview of all the colours.

Books About Colour // Spot Looks At Colours Eric Hill // 3 Top Books We Have Been Using To Learn About Colour //

Lastly, this is a book I have been reading to Luke at nap times and bed times. For some reason when it comes to books, he's really boisterous at the moment and wants to rip up pages and just generally be a right pain in the bum. Colour Me Happy [Shen Roddie and Ben Cort] is an enchanting paper back story that follows an adorable little kitten on a journey where every page brings a colourful and vibrant adventure. When I am sunny, colour me yellow/When I am funny, colour me pink. There's also a really sparkly rainbow at the end! The illustrations are quite charming and funny and convey a range of emotions that Luke laughs at and older children will be able to understand.

Books About Colour // Colour Me Happy // 3 Top Books We Have Been Using To Learn About Colour //

Books About Colour // 3 Top Books We Have Been Using To Learn About Colour //

So there you go, three wonderful books we have been thoroughly enjoying that are all to do with learning colours. 

If you want to read more about our adventure into learning about colours, you can read about how I got In A Faff Over Colours. 

We're focusing a lot on colour at the moment, so do check back if you're interested in activities and games designed to aid learning.

What methods do you use to teach your little ones about the world? Are you a tot-schooler, or a casual day-to-day go with flow learner? What are your experiences with age appropriate learning? Let me know in the comments! 

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

In A Faff Over Colours!

In A Faff Over Colours // Using Megabloks // What I have learnt about trying to teach younger children about colours //

I did a very typical 'mother' thing this week: I saw a blog post about someone's daughter who was two months younger than Luke, but knew her colours and shapes and, well everything, a lot better than Luke. So I obviously set out to change that with the feeling of motherhood failure looming over me.

I really felt useless after reading that blog post. I mean, it wasn't written in a showy offy kind of way, but somehow I felt like I had really failed at teaching my son the basics in life. How could this kid, two months younger than Luke, do all this stuff that he couldn't? He doesn't know his colours, he can't properly count and he still struggles with the shape sorting sometimes.

If you didn't know, Luke has just turned 19 months old - you can read about me gushing over him talking and being such a grown up kiddo and not my little baby anymore here

I went into this whole business a bit blind if I am honest. Only about half way through the week did I start to Google games and activities and most importantly, what to expect. 

Upon my Googling, I found out that in fact, Luke isn't slow or anything of the sort - his development is fine. I don't have anything to worry about - I am not a failure! Huurah!

According to several sources, 18 months and onward is the perfect time to start introducing colour into your toddlers world. I mean, obviously, I would say beforehand, "oh, you're playing with a blue balloon!" or "your socks are red today!", but I don't think I did it enough. But that's okay, because it seems to be the starting point. 

What I have learnt, is that it is important to say an object is [insert colour], and then say, it's a [colour] object. For example, "the bin is red, it's a red bin." This apparently enables Luke to better understand the concept of colour. 

Thinking about it, I don't know what I was expecting to come from this week. Maybe I was expecting Luke to be able to fluently name a few colours and point things out and say they're red or blue. How silly of me. At Luke's age, having some form of understanding about what colour is should be what I aim for.

This week I have gone from being an uber stressed mum, drinking wine in the evenings and moping to James about how much of a failure I am, to coming to terms and being content with myself as Luke's semi-compitent "teacher"

Over the next week or so, I'll be posting some fun games and ideas that we have tried out over the course of the week and how Luke has coped with them. At 19 months, they aren't overly complicated, but I hope that if anyone else finds themselves in a position like me, I am able to help. Just a little. 

Don't forget: children all develop at their own rates! 

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Mumma's New Handbag!

New Handbag // Mona Bags //

Eeek, my forever faithful Primarni handbag recently broke. I was devastated! I really loved my old, tarnished and slightly scuffed Primark bag - it had perfect pockets and zips, it was pretty much the only handbag that never started to get weird fluffy bits at the bottom and it was such a lovely colour. I just really loved it. The details on it were lovely too

It was only a Primark handbag, I know. But, the show must go on, therefore - I must buy a new handbag!

In town there are some stalls that are occasionally dotted around selling all sorts of things. I kinda love them.

And there it was. Standing there in all it's shiny, leather-smelling goodness: the handbag stall.

I require a rather large handbag as, not only do I carry a hefty amount of crap around with me, I also need to carry Luke's bits with me. I need enough room for nappies and wipes, drink bottles, stickers, snacks and his favourite toy, as well as room for my diary, phone, keys, water, perfume etc etc. You get the picture.

We were having a little peroozle around the stall and then James did it - he spoke to the ever lingering-too-close sales assistant and said we were looking for a new bag that needed to be fairly big.

As it turns out, the woman did hand me a bag that I pretty much instantly fell in love with. It is a fairly large, black Moda hand bag. The bag is not real leather, and is in fact PU - pretty much the closest man made material that replicates the texture of genuine leather. I think I am okay with this. From looking at it, you can't tell it's not real leather and as much as I love leather, I do get that twang of guilt when buying it.

New Handbag // Mona Bags //

Moda I think isn't anything special - I think they are a wholesalers and make affordable but fashionable bags. Probably still a step up from my Primark bag. I bought it for £30.

The lining is a really bright, shocking pink and the hardware is all gold coloured - so it does contrast nicely with the black. There's a middle pocket and an inside pocket on one of the sides (that's going to be mummy's side) and on the other side there's little pouches that are perfect for stickers and snacks. There's also a long strap for wearing off the shoulder.

I am looking forward to wearing this baby out over the course of my baby-free weekend and also seeing how it handles when it's full of toddler bits.

Sometime in the near future I am thinking of doing a "What's In My Handbag" post - so keep your eye's peeled for that one. I know I love them, but I am a really nosey person. I would really love to vlog it, but I am not sure if that's going to be possible any time soon!

New Handbag // Mona Bags //

I do apologise for the photography in this post, I had to quickly take a few snaps on my phone between errands. 

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

When Did You Grow Up?

To My Little Boy: When Did You Grow Up? // Toddler Playing Ukulele  //

Hello, loves.

Luke is officially 19 months old TODAY. 

I make that time for It's The Little Things... A series of magical and yet, probably ordinary things that make me gush and make my heart threaten to burst out with joy. 

Luke has been such a chatter box today, it's crazy! When did my little baby go from gurgling and spitting up down my back to talking? All day he has been saying "who dat?"and "whats dat?" and it is kind of freaking adorable, folks. I still melt when he picks up my phone (more often than not) or his toy phone and starts talking into it and saying "hi". It's so high pitched and cute and glorious! Can you tell I am a first time mum?

I cannot wait for him to learn more words and sentences, his voice is adorable. It's weird... hearing a voice for the first time. Obviously I have heard his voice, but...his voice talking!! Making real words. Forming sentences.

When I was pregnant, I always wanted to know what he'd look like. What colour would his eyes be? Would he have hair like mine, or hair like his dad's? Would he inherit my pixie ears?

Not once did I stop and think about what he would sound like.

And that's a shame, because he sounds adorable. But I suppose it makes everything that little bit more exciting, because it was something I never even thought about and suddenly started happening! My mind is blown, I am having a real Proud Mummy moment. I am gushing, I am going "Hey, hey Jay, did you hear that, yeah?" every time Luke speaks. It's so often now and so focused. He knows what he's saying and why and he's talking in mini sentences, whereas before it was just "hi" and "fish".

I made this little boy. Who, incidentally, isn't so little anymore. He's tall! He's really tall! When did he stop fitting in my lap? I made a small human - I made him and he was tiny and helpless and now he's running and shouting and talking and singing.

I am so excited to start having conversations with my little man. I know most of you will say, "Oh it'll get annoying...just wait for the 'mum', 'mum', 'mum' constantly." I know I will get to that stage. I know that I will get irritated occasionally.

But for now, I truly and honestly cannot wait to be able to communicate on a whole new level with my baby.

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Here at Lukeosaurus And Me, we are so excited to announce that we have been nominated for our first ever blogging award! Thank you so much to the lovely ladies at Hashtag Life With Boys for the nomination.
We then also got nominated again by the wonderful The Start Up Mum. Thank you so much, lovely. 

The Liebster award recognises new bloggers who are just starting out or have a small, but lovely following. The award is designed to pass on the love and get new blogs discovered! 

The Rules:

·         Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog

·         Answer their questions in a blog post

·         Nominate at least 10 blogs with 400 followers or less for the Liebster Award

·         Let your nominees know you nominated them!

So without further ado, let's answer some questions! 

#LifeWithBoys Questions:

1) What inspired you to start writing?
Since becoming a mum, I found I didn't get the opportunity to socialise with my friends much anymore for various reasons. Some didn't like the "new me", some just completely forgot I existed after the first week or so and some I just out grew. Although I had my wonderful boyfriend at my side to cheer me up and make me feel valued, I wanted someone to talk to about all things baby and there's only so much one long-suffering man can take. Ergo, Lukeosaurus And Me was created. A place where I could share my thoughts and exciting crafts with like-minded people.

2) Ultimate dinner party, who are your 5 guests and why?
Firstly, I would have to invite Pink because she is my absolute idol. The Saccone Joly's (can they count as one guest?) because every morning Luke and I watch their latest vlog and we just love them. Stephen Fry for some quirky, and sometimes a little (sophisticated) naughty humour. My best friend, Kyle, who lives 200 miles away from me so I hardly ever get to see him and James, for moral support and to stop me gushing and fan girling (and he cooks!) 

3) What has been your favorite age so far and why?
Well, that's a really tricky one for me. I'm 23 in April so I think my favourite age is probably 22. The latter half of being 22 is when all these really exciting things started happening and life started coming together. I came out of my shell, realised I didn't need to be in people's shadows any more and my mental wellbeing shot up.

4) What are you scared of?
Heights! I'm terrified of heights, or falling...they're both pretty similar in my head. Also spiders, rejection and failure. No pressure there...

5) Would you rather have hands for feet or feet for hands?
Hands for feet! It would so handy (no pun intended) and you'd never fall over. 

6) What are your goals this year?
Personal goals are to find a new home, plan a family holiday and shed some pounds. 
Blogging goals are to reach ten thousand views - more would be amazing, of course. I'd like to be a recognised blogger in the Mummy Blogger community, make some bloggy friends and maybe attend one or two events. But really, who knows? I am enjoying things as they're currently happening and I am so happy with my progress so far - things can only get better! 

7) If you could book a plane ticket anywhere, where would you go?
Orlando, Florida. Rock up at Disneyworld!

8) What is your favorite memory?
Besides giving birth, first tooth, first curl and all those amazing memories Luke has given me that I will never forget, probably my first kiss with James. I thought my heart was going to explode. *vom vom vom*

The Start Up Mum's Questions:

1. What’s the story behind your blogname? (Or your blog/business)
Well, that's a pretty simple one. Luke = Lukeosaurus (rawwwrr) and Me = well, me!

2. What’s your favourite time of year and why?
Autumn, I love the weather and how all the trees and plants change colour. I also love that I get to get my boots and chucky knits out.

3. If you could recommend one place to visit where would it be?
I grew up in Cornwall, so I would recommend the area a visit, but specifically Witsand Bay, The Eden Project and Lostwithiel. Especially Lostwithiel - it's such a gorgeous little town and so picturesque. 

4. Who do you look up to the most?
I really don't know how to answer this. I used to look up to a lot of people and wish I could be more like them. But, another good thing that has happened during the great age of 22 is that I have realised that I don't need to look up to any one. I can be myself, and model myself around how I want to be as a person and invest time into improving myself, rather than looking up to someone else.

5. What is at the top of your bucket list?
Seeing the Northen lights! I have dreamed of seeing them since I was a little girl, preferably with the love of my life. I have the latter, just need the first one!

6. What is the achievement that you’re most proud of?
This sounds really lame, but it's a toss up between winning the Best Screen Play/Script "Oscar" in college or, the first time I got contacted by a brand to work with them. 

7. If you could own any kind of car what would it be?
Lambo! Shiny...

8. Carrot Cake or Chocolate Cake?
Carrot! I am really not a chocolate cake fan at all!

9. What’s your stock dance move?
Does standing in the corner and bopping count? 

10. If you could meet yourself at aged 10 what advice would you give them?
The next ten years are going to be hell! Real, nightmareish hell. BUT, in ten years time, you will get pregnant and that little bubba will be the best thing that has ever happened to you. Stay strong! 

So Now It's Time For My Questions! 

  1. If you could meet any blogger or vlogger, who would you want to meet the most?
  2. What would you say to your 13 year old self?
  3. Dream holiday?
  4. What would your last meal be?
  5. Your favourite place in the whole world (so far!)?
  6. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  7. Celebrity crush? 

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Planting Herbs With Lukeosaurus

Things To Do In Spring: Plant Herbs! // Get your kids involved in the garden (and in the kitchen) by engaging them in something as simple and as fun as planting a few herbs in the garden. //

Hello, lovelies.

We don't really have a 'garden', we live in a flat but we are lucky enough to have a little roof top where we can hang out our washing and kick a ball around as the shop below us has storage that runs further back than our flat does. It's all walled off and there's another flat above us, so we make use of it when we can. 

The way our flat is, we get barely any sunlight, but Luke's room has the most and happens to be the one that backs up into the 'garden'. (I have no idea why we call it the garden, it's really not a garden at all!)

We bought a little window sill 'grow your own' box of Basil the other day and I decided that Luke should get his green fingers out. I really didn't want to miss out on some of the most basic and enjoyable Spring activities just because we don't have an outdoor space to do some gardening.

Those of you who follow my Instagram will have seen me post about these herbs and know how excited I was to plant them up with Luke.

Things To Do In Spring: Plant Herbs! // Get your kids involved in the garden (and in the kitchen) by engaging them in something as simple and as fun as planting a few herbs in the garden. //

I should have foreseen the disaster. Limited supply of seeds. Limited amount of soil. Seemingly unlimited supply of water...

All things considering, I think it went well. I was trying to take pictures while trying to keep him from tipping the content of the pots all over the floor.
We managed to save some seeds and un-drown the poor things after a crazy toddler melt down and now the little pot sits proudly on the only window sill we have in the entire house - Luke's room. 

I suppose, if it lives, when it's time to harvest, we can bring it into the kitchen. But until then it can soak up the sunshine! 

Luke did enjoy the experience, up until the melt down. He had fun playing with the soil and poking it about and crumbing it between his fingers. Over all, I think he found it to be a really fun sensory experience - maybe it would have been better had we got a grow bag or something larger for him to really explore in.

Things To Do In Spring: Plant Herbs! // Get your kids involved in the garden (and in the kitchen) by engaging them in something as simple and as fun as planting a few herbs in the garden. //

This is what the packet looks like when you peel off the lid. 

Things To Do In Spring: Plant Herbs! // Get your kids involved in the garden (and in the kitchen) by engaging them in something as simple and as fun as planting a few herbs in the garden. //

Luke did quite well tipping the soil from one container to the next. We had to leave a bit aside to cover the seeds up. 

Things To Do In Spring: Plant Herbs! // Get your kids involved in the garden (and in the kitchen) by engaging them in something as simple and as fun as planting a few herbs in the garden. //

Photographic proof, composed by Luke, that we have covered the seeds with the left over soil. It's important for you all to know.

Things To Do In Spring: Plant Herbs! // Get your kids involved in the garden (and in the kitchen) by engaging them in something as simple and as fun as planting a few herbs in the garden. //

After watering, we patted the soil down.

Things To Do In Spring: Plant Herbs! // Get your kids involved in the garden (and in the kitchen) by engaging them in something as simple and as fun as planting a few herbs in the garden. //

I got told off for holding the pot.

Looking back through the pictures, I think he did quite well and I am excited to see little Basil sprouts soon! 

What have you been busy planting in your gardens/flower pots/grow bags? I really want to plant up some nice flower pots, so if anyone has any suggestions, please leave a comment! 

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul //


I had a bit of a splurge - I know, it's very naughty - but I really wanted to start expanding my make up collection and skills. I have never been too bothered by religiously wearing make up and I'm quite happy to go long periods of time not wearing any, but there comes a time when it's just nice to feel a little bit prettier. Since becoming a mum, especially since Luke has reached toddler stage, I've really found make up to be a fun little...hobby(?) that I can escape into. Also, lately I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking at hair styles I could (attempt to) achieve.

So, off I popped to Boots, Superdrug, Wilko and Peacocks with my ever helpful make up stylist: James. I got a bit cray cray. Wellll, as cray cray as you can get on a budget.

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul //Cute Spring Hairbands//
£3 - Peacocks
I love a good hair accessory and I love a good floral. Now that is officially Spring, I can get away with wearing these. I do have to secure them in place with bobby pins though, because the fabric just slides on my hair.

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Rimmel Quad //

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Rimmel Quad //
£6.99: Boots

I may be a bit of a Rimmel fan girl. 80% of the make up I own is Rimmel. I love the quality of it as a high street brand. I think for someone like me, a lover of make up, but not too skilled, these quads are perfect. I love the nutrel colours and on the back of the quad it basically tells you what colour you should apply to each section of the eye lid. 

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder //
£3.99: Boots

This is my first time buying powder! I'm not sure what to expect from it, but I have heard excellent things about the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. I got it is transparent because, although they do make powders with little hints of rose colours etc, I don't feel confident enough with that just yet. 

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Rimmel Soft Kohl Liner //
£2.99: Boots

New eye liner time; obviously Rimmel. I seriously couldn't get a decent photo of this! I took these pictures really late at night and I had to do it in the bathroom as that is the room with the best lighting...crap lighting, but the best I have. Anyway, I should have just waited until morning!

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Revlon Powder Make Up Brush and Super Drug Blending Make Up Brush //
Revlon Powder Brush - £9.99: Superdrug
Blending Brush - £1.99: Superdug

To honour my new make up purchases, I bought two more make up brushes. The first one is a Revlon Powder Brush. I have a few Revlon brushes and I do love them so far. I bought the Superdrug's own brand blending brush because I thought you can't really go too far wrong, can you? I don't think it's likely to shed strands on my face because it's so short. I use it for the eye shadow, it's very useful for the crease. 

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Metal Free Hairbands from Superdrug //
£2.59: Superdrug

Metal free hair bands! Since discovering these a few years ago, I could never go back to hair bands with metal securing them. I have a lot of very thick hair, so the metal bands always used to snap quite quickly, or they'd never be tight enough. A bit useless really. I love these and I really put them through their paces. Although I am ginger/red head, I do buy black bands because, well it's better than having hair bands for blonde people, right?

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Wilko Bobby Pins/Hair Grips //

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Wilko Bobby Pins/Hair Grips - Neat and Tidy //
£1.00: Wilko

Bobby Pins! I am always losing bobby pins, like every other woman ever. I saw these in Wilko's and was so happy them came in their own little pot! I needed some more anyway and...the pot! I'll never lose another bobby pin again... (extremely unlikely)

Drugstore Hair & Make Up Haul // Wilko Dual-Faced Cotton Pads, Make Up Essentials //
£1.45: Wilko

Not much I can really say about the old cotton pads. I use them for cleansing my face with toner and also for removing nail polish. I just find them easier to use than cotton wool or cotton pleats. 

So there you have it - my little haul! When I bought all these home and had it all spread out on my bed, I kept saying to James how I wish I could have vlogged this haul instead! I love haul videos, they're my favourite type of vlogs to watch, along side "What's In My Bag?" videos and "Day In The Life". I'd really love to make some vlogs so maybe that's something I can work towards in the future.

Let me know if you're a vlogger and I will definitely have a little nosey on your channel. Comment below and let me kow your favourite make up brands and also let me know if there are any 'must have' bits and bobs I should definitely have in my make up bag. 

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Sunday, 22 March 2015


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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Small World Fail (Or Not?)

Small World Fail (Or Not?) // Sensory Play //

Hello lovelies, I have the second edition of "It's The Little Things" for you today. My own little collection of heart melting things Luke does and how they make me feeling so squishy.

In my head, I had a beautiful vision. Images of perfectly composed photographs from Pinterest filled my head. Beautiful educational "small worlds", lovingly created by parents and child minders alike. Gleeful grins on toddlers faces as they play for hours in these little worlds, telling stories, learning, experiencing new and fun textures. Yes. I was going to make Lukeosaurus and magical small world and it was going to be amazing. 

Not if Luke had anything to do with it. 

I got as far as filling a box with barely and inch of water and dolloping in a hefty gloop of gel food dye before he appeared at my feet. "I'm making you something really fun to play with!" I said to him. His response? 


I looked down, he didn't give a rats arse about what I was doing. He was reaching out and pointing to the bottle of washing up liquid. "Uhhh!!" he said, this time far more enthusiastically than before. 

Now, previously Luke and I have played with sensory foam and loved it (you can see our post about it here). But I had too much water in the storage box and quite frankly - I wanted to make a blooming mini sea world! But begrudgingly, I gave in a squirted some washing liquid into the water and whisked it up. 

What happened next was this - the gleeful grin. Bubble joy!

 Luke went mad on the stuff and was far too impatient to wait for me to add any toys or scoops into the mix. No small world for me Luke. Somewhere, buried under bubbles, was the plastic 50p whisk I picked up years ago and have subsequently decided that, if you want a whisk that will help you prepare any decent food, spend more than 50p. It does, however, make a wonderful toddler toy. He picked it up and marveled at all the bubbles filling the middle, then decided to whisk some more. 

Small World Fail (Or Not?) // Sensory Play //

"Oooooh!" (Actual toddler quote).

Small World Fail (Or Not?) // Sensory Play //

He moved on to picking piles of bubbles up in his hands and blowing into them - something we do a lot in bath time. He also splashed about briefly, before deciding it was much more fun to "paint" my bare legs with them (wearing shorts in this weather? It was indoors, okay?...) This is apparently hilarious. 

Then, something magical happened, people! He disappeared and I thought, well that lasted long! I heard him crashing around in the bathroom and mentally sighed at this mornings cleaning session. But then, he appeared! In his hands, a blue basket full of bath time toys. 

Small World Fail (Or Not?) // Sensory Play //

Suddenly the box was awash with boats, ducks and squirty ocean toys. My boy had made his OWN small world! How clever! He didn't bother putting his letter building blocks in, or anything really that wasn't to do with water. I have no idea how he knows this, maybe (most likely) it was just a huge coincidence, but I was very impressed. 

He chucked in his ocean themed squirty toys, some boats and a few ducks. Also a foamy crocodile to add some drama. He had great fun fishing through all the bubbles trying to find the toys that had sunk, whisking all the toys together (not such a silly purchase now!) and skimming the boats along the tops of the bubbles like they were waves. All with wonderful sound effects. 

I must say, I was very impressed. I added some scoops to the mix towards the end of play too, but that resulted in bubbles being deposited in various places around the living room. 

Over all, what I expected to be a tragic fail, turned out to be amazing fun for us both and kept Luke busy for at least 45 minutes!

So that is what I call a success! Not quite what I had planned, but it turned out pretty well in the end. Has anyone else had any toddler activity fails? Let me know in the comments! 

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread

Once again I had Luke in the kitchen with me this week; this time I wanted to make something tasty inspired by Spring. 

Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread //

I love everything about Spring. I love the flowers, I love the greens everywhere, I love pastel colours, I love all the baby animals and I love being able to venture outside for long walks without trudging through a downpour. I also love being able to hang my washing up outside rather than having a kitchen full of clothes dryers! It gives me more room to bake...!

Recipe at the end of the post.

Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread - Ingredients //
Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread //
Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread //
Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread //
Terrible focusing! 
Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread //
Wanting to mix with his own spoon...
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Starting to get the hang of it...
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Like a pro!

Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread //

Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread //

Toddler In The Kitchen: Spring Shortbread //

I had to use the flash when taking a picture of them just out of the oven and for some reason they look really dark. They weren't actually that brown.

The icing is amazing! I mean it; I'm so proud of myself for making it so perfectly! We used the left over juice from half a lime we had spare after making super tasty toddler proof smoothies and the juice from half a lemon mixed in with some icing sugar to quite a thick consistency.  We also added some green gel food dye (we use Dr. Oetker).

If you're braver than me, or have a slightly older toddler, let them loose with the icing and decorating part!


Preheat oven - 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2

  • 175g self raising flour 
  • A pinch of salt
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 115g butter
  1. Grease a baking tray / use parchment paper
  2. Cream together sugar and butter
  3. Add flour and salt and stir - you will need to use your hands
  4. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to desired thickness
  5. Cut out shapes
  6. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes

Traditionally, shortbread is made using plain flour, but I only had self raising in at the time, HOWEVER I really prefer this batch to ones we have made previously. They're light and very, very moreish. 

Shortbread is a great recipe to make with little ones. It's relatively mess free; the dough has a texture very similar to play dough; it's fully edible - no raw eggs etc and there are only three ingredients! 

Let me know what you think of these gorgeous short bread biscuits, inspired by my love of Spring! Have you made shortbread recently with your little one? How did they turn out? What's your favourite Spring inspired bake? Let me know in the comments! 

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