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Lukeosaurus and Me: April 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015

50 Things That Make Me Happy

Hello lovelies,

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Yay! I have been tagged by two lovely ladies to do the 50 Things That Make Me Happy tag. Thank you to the wonderful Jenny from Monkey and Mouse and the beautiful Leandra from Larabee-UK for tagging me. Head over to their blogs to read their post about what 50 things make them happy!

So, here we go...!

50 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. The first properly hot and sunny day of the year. 
  2. When Luke gives me a big cuddle and a slobbery kiss.
  3. My lovely James. Where would I be without him?
  4. Listening to Pink really loudly.
  5. Goldfish. Yep, i'm a fish freak. :) 
  6. Watching daily Vlogs every morning - specifically SaccaneJoly's
  7. Luke learning to sit on his chair at his table this week.
  8. Blogging.
  9. Christmas. Everything about Christmas.
  10. Crafting and doing artsy things with Luke.
  11. Family days out.
  12. Candle and movie nights with James.
  13. Luke coming back on Sunday nights after being with his dad for the weekend.
  14. White Zinfadel.
  15. Date days out. 
  16. Getting lovely comments, emails, recommendations etc. 
  17. Summer.
  18. Star gazing.
  19. Date nights.
  20. Movie marathons.
  21. Assassin's Creed. I know, I'm still a bit of a gamer when I have a spare ten minutes.
  22. Reading! 
  23. Cooking with Luke.
  24. My "Oscar" Award I won in college for best Screen Play. Ah, 3 years of film studies (and media)! 
  25. Luke's excited face. (!!!)
  26. In The Night Garden bed time cuddles.
  27. When Luke says "Mummy" and "Dad!".
  28. Lie ins.
  29. Spending time with all my family around.
  30. Taking decent pictures.
  31. Baking for myself and James.
  32. Food. In general.
  33. New make up/bath&shower/hair stuff. 
  34. Scented candles.
  35. Photo frames.
  36. Homey things. You know, all the little signs and trinkets you get to make your home feel that little bit comfier. 
  37. Cushions. Love 'em or hate 'em; I love them!
  38. Getting to the bottom of the washing pile!
  39. Lonnnnnnng, hot baths! With all the products. Especially Lush.
  40. Following the above: getting into bed with fresh sheets. 
  41. Mummy/baby selfies.
  42. Family pictures. 
  43. Fresh flowers
  44. The smell of cut grass
  45. The smell/sound of rain
  46. When it's dark and street lamps are on - when the road is wet from rain and it's that beautiful contrast of colours between really dark, wet road, and the dancing, glisteny light from the street lamps.
  47. Dried flowers and succulents.
  48. Listening to music I used to listen to when I was younger. Specifically, blaring out Pop Punk songs from the 90's. 
  49. Yoga
  50. Falling asleep in James' arms. (I like this one a lot!)

Wow, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be!

At the beginning I was thinking, how am I going to get to fifty?! and now i'm here, I could go on for ages! 

I am tagging:

Sophie from Mum, M & More
Baby Bella's Mummy from Dear Mummy
Lucy from Baked Potato Mummy (when you're feeling up to it, my love)

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Mothercare Wishlist - Tropical Pirates!


The Mothercare mailing list is a dangerous thing. About a week ago I receieved one of Mothercares' bog standard emails, but it was talking about their new range of SS15 clothes. 

Being obsessed with Toddler Fashion, I couldn't pass up having a little gander.

Then, the wishlist was born...

My Top Picks! 

Mothercare SS15 Wishlist from

I know the Froggy PJ's don't really fit in with this wishlist, but they're too adorable not to leave out!

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Toddler In The Kitchen: Oaty Treats

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Today I have a really quick, really easy and really simple recipe for you and your toddler to try out!

For the past couple of weeks, Luke and I have been making these little treats. I like to bake off a few, put them in a zip lock bag and dish them out as snacks. I also use them when we're out and about and Luke starts to get a bit peckish.

Honestly, there's no real "set" recipe for these - I have seen so many variations so I just go with the flow. I think they're pretty common knowledge, but if you don't know about them, they're great and there is hardly anything to it. They are so versatile, so feel free to experiment.

If you want to get your little one in the kitchen with you and you don't know where to start: start with these.

You'll Need:

  1. One ripe banana 
  2. Oats
  3. Honey
  4. Raisins/sultanas/diced apples/chocolate chips - just anything little.

Toddlers Oaty Treats from

Step One:

Mash the banana.

Step Two:

Throw in some oats. I didn't measure, just poured from the bag until I had a good amount.

Step Three:

Squirt some honey in the bowl.

Step Four:

Add whatever it is you want to add. We use sultanas or chocolate chips mostly.

Step Five:


You can see why this is so perfect for little ones now.

Divide into balls, flatten them out and then bake for 15 - 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. 

Does anyone else make these little treats, or treats like these? If so, what do you do differently? Let me know in the comments. 

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Wicked Wednesday - The One With The Hair

Here's a lovely picture of my *clingy* son today. He's rocking my lovely little floral scrunchie in a rather Agnes (Despicable Me) kinda way. He also kinda loves it.

Also, like that dibble bib? Check out my give away and win one for yourself! 


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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Max And The Star Review & Giveaway!

Hello lovelies,

Recently I was so lucky enough to get my hands on a lovely dribble bib from the Etsy shop Max And The Star.

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This wonderful Easter themed dribble bib is now a firm favourite and I have a lot of great stuff to say about it.

Firstly, obviously it's adorable. The pattern is perfect for Sping/Easter time, these little lambs are just too cute for words. Cat, the founder of Max And The Star, hand makes so many lovely products (not just dribble bibs!) that are all great quality and absolutely gorgeous.

Secondly, I was really surprised by how absorbent the bib actually is. I know that might sound a bit strange - after all, it is a dribble bib. But to me and Luke, this is essential.

The front side is made from cotton, but the back is made from toweling. This makes it perfect for the teething baby or toddler.

Luke seems to permanently be teething, and as I mentioned in my March Monthly Favourites post, he is prone to getting really bad dribble rash on his neck and chest which I have to put cream on every day (sometimes, several times a day). Since wearing his Max And The Star lamb bib, the rash seems to have cleared up pretty well. The toweling really absorbs all the dribble, and the colour of the cotton seems to hide the wet patches really well.

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You can check out Max And The Star on Etsy here and also follow on Instagram.

I am so impressed with Luke's bib that I have one to give away!

The winner of the give away will receive one of these gorgeous bibs.

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Triple Chocolate Cook-Brownies?

Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Pinterest Header.


It's Easter Sunday and that means chocolate! Well, actually it mean's a lot more than that, but this post just so happens to be about scrummy chocolate goodness.

If you have never heard of Tanya Burr, she is a British YouTuber and you have most likely been living under a rock. She's engaged to Jim Chapman, who pretty recently won some swanky award for dressing beautifully and friends with other British YouTuber's like Zoella, Pointless Blog and Thatcher Joe.

Still don't know who I am talking about? 

That's okay, it doesn't really matter. What does matter is that she recently published her book Love Tanya and it contains possibly the most scrummy, yummy food ever imaginable. Tanya Burr's Triple Chocolate Cookies. 

It being Easter, I thought I would give them a whirl. (again)


Er, mine ended up a little...different. And by saying that, I mean, they end up looking (and tasting) more like brownies than cookies. But, although they may not look as beautiful, they taste amazing.

First up, you have to pick your baking tunes! This bit is very important. 
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. P!nk Missundaztood.
Ah Pink. Contributing towards my emotional education for the last 15 years.
Then, grease and line two baking trays. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Lined Baking Trays.

Cream together the sugar and butter.
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Cream The Butter And Sugar Together.

Add all your dry ingredients and mix well. Add the milk if the mixture is too dry.
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Chocolate cookie mix.

Break up all three bars of chocolate. I use this Bellarom chocolate that we buy in Lidl. If you don't have a Lidl near by, you're missing out. This is seriously the best chocolate in the world. 
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Bellarom Chocolate.
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Bellarom Chocolate.
However, you can use any chocolate you like - we used two milk chocolates this time around instead of one dark and one chocolate, but that's just because James is blind! It is meant to be a triple chocolate cookie! 

Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Triple Chocolate.

Mix all together and get your hands dirty. You need to separate this into 10 blobs.
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Bellarom Chocolate.
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Uncooked Cookies.

Bake in the oven for 11 minutes.


They will look like they're not cooked. You need to leave them for at least 30 minutes once removing them from the oven. Once they have cooled down, they will look perfect!
If you leave them in the oven for any longer then they will by dry and over cooked once they've cooled down.

Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Giant Cocolate Cookie.


Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Chocolate Cookie Brownie.
Triple Chocolate Cookies Brownies. Chocolate Cookie Brownie.

If you decide to leave them longer than half an hour before devouring, you will not be disappointed. If you can bare to leave them out at room temperature over night, the results are amazing.


  • 200g butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 75g coco powder
  • A dash of milk
  • A bar of white, dark and milk chocolate
  • 3 Daim bars (I didn't use these)

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Great Easter Egg Scramble Review

The Great Easter Egg Scramble Review. Easter Books.


The Great Easter Egg Scramble is a charming book to look at and any mother (or child) could see why we picked it up in the shop.

The Great Easter Egg Scramble Review. Easter Books.

The Great Easter Egg Scramble is about the Easter Bunny, who is rushing to deliver all the eggs in his basket before his party starts. The eggs contain baby animals and the bunny is meant to deliver the baby animal's eggs to their parents. In haste, the Easter Bunny muddle all the eggs up and his deliveries all go drastically wrong - all the animals end up with the wrong baby animals. Eventually all is put right and then Easter bunny has his party. 

The Great Easter Egg Scramble Review. Easter Books.

Luke is 19 months old and loves this book. We have been reading it both at nap times and bed times for the past week. The front cover is glittery and bright - very appealing to little minds and the illustrations are charming. The pictures are colourful and engaging, which is kind of essential for toddlers. Luke loves flicking through the pages and we name all the animals and make the appropriate sounds. The book is easy to follow with some lovely rhymes.

The Great Easter Egg Scramble Review. Easter Books. Inside sleeve.

For a 19 month old toddler, it's great.

The Great Easter Egg Scramble Review. Easter Books. Cute illustrations.

However, I am in two minds about how this book would go down with older children.

I have heard that parents have voiced their concerns over the book because the eggs aren't chocolate, but are of course baby animals. This bit, I think is fine. But I think parents are concerned about the baby animals being delivered to the wrong parents, clearly ignoring the rules of the food chain.

The Great Easter Egg Scramble Review. Easter Books. Cute illustrations.

It could be slightly disturbing to some children, however, I feel that it could also be used as an educational tool - and to be honest, that was probably the writers intention. 

Sometimes, us mums just get a bit too over protective of our kids. I highly doubt that baby animals being delivered to the wrong parents is going to prove to be "disturbing" for your child. You should just use this book as a tool to enforce knowledge of the food chain. Do crocodiles make baby ducks? No?! They make baby crocodiles!

To Summarise 
Luke loves this book, it seems totally perfect for children of his age. It's very appealing to look at and fun to read. He has chosen it every night so far.

As for older children, that choice is left to their parents. Personally, it wouldn't bother me unless my son said so or he just wasn't interested in it!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Have you read this book with you little ones? If so, what did you think of it? Leave and comment and let me know! 

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Indoor Easter Activities For Toddlers

Easter Activities For Toddlers.

Hello, loves!

You may know that Luke spends weekends with his dad, so I don't really see him from Friday night, until Sunday night. That means that I will miss out on the Easter weekend with him.

We decided to have a very Easter themed week instead - to make up for it (any excuse though, right?) Here's what we got up to!

I decided to compile a list of indoor Easter activities for toddlers that are really easy to do with your little ones over the Easter weekend, should you wish to! Enjoy!

Mess Free Easter Egg Cards

I love the "mess free" way of painting. If you haven't done it before, you just pop some paper with a few splodges of paint on them into a freezer bag/zip lock and seal the top. Add some extra tape across the top for extra protection (you can even use plastic wallets for some A4 sized painting).

Easter Activities For Toddlers. Mess Free Painting.

We have small freezer bags so I cut a piece of coloured construction paper in half and popped it in. Once it had dried, I drew my best Easter egg on the back and cut it out, sticking it to a piece of white card. You could jazz it up by using some Easter themed stickers or glitter etc, but we didn't have anything more exciting to hand, hence my terrible scribbly handwriting. I am sure my more creative readers could really make something wonderful out of this!

Easter Activities For Toddlers. Easter Egg Card.

Easter Frozen Yoghurt Drops

Easter Activities For Toddlers. Frozen Easter Yoghurt Drops.

Oh these are so much fun and make a good change from all the chocolate. Plus, with Luke being 19 months old, I am really trying to limit the choccy intake (also we're trying to battle his fussy eating - I don't want him to fill up on junk!). They're so cute and uber tasty - see the recipe for Frozen Easter Yoghurt Drops.

Want to try something different? How about these fabulous Spring Shortbread biscuits!

Foam Sticker Eggs

Luke made these completely 100% by himself, bar the cutting part. I just shoved some Pritt Stick (not a Prick Stick, as my sister calls it!) on some paper and he absolutely loved sticking down these great foam shapes.

Easter Activities For Toddlers. Foam Sticker Easter Egg Cards.

I was surprised he enjoyed this so much and I was really surprised he didn't stick them down and then try to pull them all back off again - that's what he usually does with his stickers, you see! But this was marvelous, so we made two little creations. Again, my scribbly handwriting ruined it! 

Easter Activities For Toddlers. Foam Shape Easter Egg Card.

The Great Easter Egg Scramble

Easter Activities For Toddlers. Easter Books - The Great Easter Egg Scramble.

We have been reading this Easter themed book at both nap time and bed times - Luke really seems to enjoy it and the cover is so sparkly. Want to read our review of this book? Head here: The Great Easter Egg Scramble - Book Review

Footprint Easter Card

Easter Activities For Toddlers. Toddlers Footprint Easter Chick Card.

Nothing is cuter than your little persons feet. Seriously. That's why footprint cards (for any occasion) are the best - especially for the Grandparents. Super easy and super simple: yellow paint, tickly feet, paper. Done!

Masking Tape Easter Eggs & Cross

We were also going to make Masking Tape Easter Eggs and a Cross, but Luke went to spend the Easter weekend with his dad a day early, so we didn't quite get round to it. However, if you want to give it a go all you need to do is:

Easter Egg

  1.  Cut out an Easter Egg shape from some paper or card.
  2. Stick some masking tape across the paper/card to create some funky patterns. (You could try placing it diagonally, making zig-zags or adding little dots).
  3. Let your little one loose with some paint. Paint all over the egg.
  4. Wait until all the paint is dry.
  5. Peel off the masking tape and - voilla!


  1. Grab some card or paper of choice.
  2. Stick some masking tape in the shape of a cross onto the paper/card.
  3. Paint over the whole page.
  4. Wait until all the paint has completely dried
  5. Carefully peel off the masking tape!

I really hope you enjoyed this post, we have loads of fun making all this stuff during the week and I had a lot of fun going through the photos again. Hopefully this may give a few of you some extra ideas for the Easter weekend - if you decide to do anything we mentioned today, please let me know in the comments! 

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