Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Toilet Roll Craft. Fish Puppets.

If your like me you will have a million and one toilet roll tubes just sat waiting for something to be done with them! Here's a super quick craft all ages can get involved with and it gets rid of those pesky tubes too.

(PS this craft wont make those toilet rolls spontaneously combust it just turns them into something else but well you know!)

What you need: 

Toilet Roll Tubes (1 for each fish)
Tissue Paper
(any thing else you can think of to decorate!)

First up you need to make your fish....

Once you have made your fish its time to decorate...

Cutting and sticking.

Felt Pens (how cute is the little smiley face that Jenson did!!!)

Shiny sequins!

The finished product:

The monsters loved the Under The Sea Theme, and I must apologise that I haven't blogged more of our activities. But be sure to head over to Leandra's blog (Larabee) and check out our Rainbow Fish Craft.

Project: Playhouse Makeover!

Betty isn't the only one getting a makeover....the monsters playhouse was in need of a little something and as we are planning a house move in the next year we have decided to hold off with the bedroom decorating! 

So hmmmm how to use the blackboard paint that Rustoleum kindly send us? And the alphabet frieze sent from Chubby Pineapple?? I wanted them put to great use....so why not spruce up the boring old playhouse turned dumping ground for plastic ball pool balls and broken outdoor toys and take it back to what it's makers intended...somewhere for fun!!! 

An outdoor creative station is the plan and soon I will add in a table with paper roll and also an art gallery for the kids to hang up there art (because who wants paper blowing around their garden right?) so here we have our new improved creative den 90% ready but I couldn't wait to show you it! ( I'll update you as soon as the rest is done! 


The lovely people at Rustoleum sent us the blackboard paint for entering a Pinterest competition ran by the lovely Hannah at Mums Days. 


The paint was really easy to use and didn't really have a strong smell so I allowed my sensible (at times!!!) Jenson to help out as he was busting to help me! 

After: Still a few of the edges to go, and the floor now needs a spruce up thanks to Jenson and his splatting! I used just 1 coat with the roller, where Jenson had painted with the brush needed 2 but I think that's down to Jenson not the paint (or brush!!) 

You can buy Rustoleum blackboard paint from most DIY stores and you can get it in black, blue, pink or red!! Check out the website HERE!!


As we painted all 3 walls I felt it a good idea to do something different on each side, so 1 side became our Alphabet wall. Chubby Pineapples alphabet frieze has really made it look great. What do you think?

The pictures are simple, recognisable and bright....you can choose from 2 colours blue or pink. We chose pink (obvs...you're not blind!) the pink is a subtle pale pink. The frieze comes in 1 piece, 3 metres long, I cut it to make it fit.

The letters are as they learn at school....

Jenson couldn't resist having a little practice scribble!

You can buy the alphabet frieze from Chubby Pineapple HERE!  

I've made a family portrait wall with frames for them to fill in with portraits.

 and included a little piece of name art using foam stickers! 

Other little details:

Star and flower fairy lights.

Chairs (for now!)

And this post wouldn't be complete without a few pics of my gorgeous monsters enjoying their new playhouse!

(oops as usual Elsie bear doesnt sit still, much to much stuff to touch and eat oopps I mean play with!

In the next few weeks we will finish of the floor I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet and also I want a small shelf around the top of the back wall and above the window to keep a couple of books, also I'll add some big cushions so it can become a little reading nook for them!

Disclaimer: We were sent both products for free to review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Pizza Muffins. Love From Ellie

Hi everyone its Ellie, first thank you to Debs at Super Busy Mum! Mummy has gone crazy for her toddler snack feature and I thought this weeks Cheesey Tommy Muffins looked yum and I wanted to make some but I have changed your recipe a little bit and have turned them into Pizza Muffins.

You can find Debs original recipe HERE! but here is mine, I decided what I wanted to put in it and Mummy told me the amounts I should use!

You will need:

8oz Self Raising Flour
4oz Grated Cheese
170ml Milk
1 egg (whisked)
8 Cherry Tomatoes
6tbsp Tomato Sauce
1/2tsp Salt
A few grindings of pepper

Mummy was really suprised by how much we loved these! They were sooooo yum. We had them for lunch time and we eat them all. Even Evie liked them and she isnt really a tomato fan! Mummy tried a couple first (to make sure they werent poisoned why do Mummys say that!!) and she liked them too. Oh and Elsie liked them too so they are good for baby's and older people too!

The new ketchup is still delicious and its good to know that we can be a it heathier if Mummy chooses this one instead of our usual one that she gets.


Now for the grown up bit so I will hand over to Mummy....

Disclaimer: Thank you to Netmum's for sending us the new and improved Heinz Ketchup to try, theres now 50% less sugars and 25% less salt. Although we were send this producst all thoughts and photos are our own.

 Love From

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Oh No!! Kids Say The Funniest Things!

I was in the kitchen an I called through to the playroom dining room...

''what are you up to guys??''

Jenson's reply as to why they were so quiet...

''I need a west (rest) Mummy, I setting (sweating)''

Then a pause...

''I am setting ik (like) a pig''

Another pause...

''I setting ik a great big fat pig''

Another pause...

''Like you Mummy.''

Now I'm unsure if he is calling me sweaty or a great big fat pig, either way I'd rather be described as ermmm a sweet smelling something...not a sweaty fat pig! Ahhh from the mouths of babes!!!

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