Well it’s officially day one of the summer holidays and predictably the weather has taken a bleak turn. It’s safe to say we’ll be spending this first day indoors but hopefully the weather will get better soon – or it’s going be a very long six and a half weeks! But lets be positive, the sun will come out and when it does I have big plans for long summer days of outdoor adventures and lots of fun activities.

Especially as we’ve got all these activity cards courtesy of our favourite fruity snacks Bear Paws.

Bear Paws have teamed up with The Wildlife Trust for the second year in a row to get our little cubs active outdoors and more interested in wildlife and the environment. To celebrate this partnership they’ve created a set of fun outdoor activity cards, one for every letter of the alphabet – and they’ve written instructions for each activity on the back of the card. You get three fun activity cards in every box of these delicious fruit based treats.

We love Bear Paws for many reasons; mainly they’re fun, tasty and full of goodness. The big thing for me is that they’re made of 100% pure fruit, with no added sugar, preservatives, stabilisers or gumming agents.

As I’ve already mentioned the weather is not great today, so we’re going to be making fun playdough fossils using these; plastic insects, shells, a baking tray and a rolling pin. Let’s start as we mean to go on!

Disclaimer: This is a contributed post.

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He’s everyone’s favourite sweet treat and this week Percy Pig celebrated his 25th Birthday. I can’t quite believe he’s been around for twenty five years but it’s true! The deliciously, juicy little pig has been delighting kids and adults alike for a quarter of a century. A milestone that deserved a big party!

Now I’ve been blogging for over three years and in that time I’ve had some amazing opportunities and been lucky enough to be invited to some pretty awesome events but I must admit when I received this invite by Marks and Spencer I was super excited – and as you can imagine my two big girls were very jealous.

I’m not able to go to many events on a school night as we don’t have any backup childcare, so I really have to pick and choose my events carefully but I knew this was one not to miss.

It was a beautiful and fun night, that had a big emphasis on gorgeous food and wine from the past 25 years – with no pork in sight!

Here are some pictures from the event to give you a flavour of the evening…

This last snap was saved from my Insta Stories so please forgive the low quality.

On the night we were served ‘Percy on the Beach’ cocktails, made from Percy infused vodka. Here’s how you can recreate this deliciously fruity and refreshing cocktail at home…

Thank you so much Percy and Marks and Spencer for a gorgeous evening full of fun, flowers, food and lots of yummy sweets!

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Last week Iris and I had the pleasure of welcoming the lovely Alice from Piccolo into our kitchen to cook for us. Alice is a Nutritional Therapist for the Mediterranean based baby food brand Piccolo. Iris and I have been big fans of Piccolo pouches over the past year (since she started weaning), Iris has loved the delicious taste of their vegetable and fruit based creations and I’ve been happy to know that she’s getting the nutritional benefits she needs from each pouch.

Piccolo is also a brand that gives back with their Food Education Foundation charity. With this charity Piccolo provide practical advice and help to parents (in disadvantaged areas of London) about baby nutrition and healthy eating. They run interactive and educational workshops to equip parents with the tools and knowledge to give their children a varied range of first foods – which will in turn help them establish a healthy relationship with food.

It was so interesting talking to Alice about their charity work, it’s great to hear that Piccolo is a company that’s not all about the money, they really are a brand that wants to give back and help.

Alice and I also spent time talking about food, her wealth of knowledge on nutrition and superfoods was fascinating and I felt incredibly lucky to have this brilliant opportunity.  She then cooked for us!

Here are a few of my favourite healthy, family friendly recipes from the day…

Cherry and Apple Yoghurt with Wholegrain Oats

Ingredients 

  • 2 Pink Lady apple, peeled and chopped
  • 10 cherries, stoned and halved
  • 150g natural full fat yoghurt
  • 40g rolled oats

Method

1.Heat the apple in a pan with a little water for 5-8 minutes until soft. For older babies (around 7 months), you can simply grate the apples.

2.Remove the apples from heat and add the cherries and oats.

3.Purée together in a blender. For a few seconds for a chunkier texture, longer for smooth yoghurt.

4.Once the mixture is cool, stir in the yoghurt.

 

Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients

2 Corn or whole wheat tortillas/flatbread

2 tbsp Passata

Around 50g mix veg such as sweetcorn, peppers, tomatoes and/or grated courgettes

20g grated Cheddar cheese

 

Method

1.Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas mark 4.

2.Simply spread Passata on one side of flatbread or tortilla. Add vegetables then top with grated cheese. Place in the oven for 8 minutes. Serve with cucumber and carrot batons.

 

Savoury Flapjack

Ingredients

200 g/7oz porridge oats

200 g/7oz grated carrot

200 g/7oz grated courgette

200 g/7oz Grana Padano or Cheddar cheese, grated

2 eggs beaten

1 tsp grainy mustard

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/ 375°F/ Gas mark 5.

2. Grease a baking tray (Swiss roll tin size). Mix all the ingredients in the large bowl and press into the tray.

3. Bake 25-30 minutes, until set and lightly browned.

 

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When I’m away on holidays I always take way too many pictures and never really share them on here, which is a shame. Especially when I think back and remember that one of the main reasons I started this blog was to capture our special moments and document them in one place for the future.

In an attempt to resolve this issue I’ve decided to start a new section called ‘My Holiday Photo Album’. It should be quite self-explanatory, I just want to have an area where I keep all my precious moments and favourite pictures from our many adventures and jaunts across the world.

I’m going to start with our most recent trip to Vegas. We were in Las Vegas for four days in June 2017,  during a heatwave that saw temperatures soar to 45 degrees. I’ve never known heat like it!

Anyway, here are my favourite snaps from Las Vegas…

The Vegas Eiffel Tower.

The Las Vegas strip.

Outside the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace.

The Mirage Hotel.

Hotel New York New York.

At the Flamingo Hotel sign.

We didn’t make it out to the ‘Welcome to Vegas’ sign but I did find this Hershey’s version, which I loved.

The neon signs and lights of Vegas old town.

Vegas old town by day.

Palm trees and the High Roller observation wheel.

Posing with my man at the Hoover Dam.

The Grand Canyon.

Luckily I’m okay with heights.

Wondering around the Mojave desert.

Looking at Joshua Trees in the desert – yes that’s what they look like.

Posing inside the Bellagio Hotel’s floral model version of Positano in Italy.

Wondering around the beautiful Wynn Hotel.

Watching the water fountains dance outside the Wynn Hotel.

Posing outside the stunning Venetian Hotel

Who develops pictures these days? Definitely not me, although this is another thing I want to do more often, even if it’s just one or two of my favourite snaps her holiday.

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Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

With the long summer holidays just around the corner, I thought I’d focus on my favourite holiday hair care heroes. We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the damaging affects of the sun, however our hair is often overlooked. Have you noticed how dry, frizzy and generally damaged your hair can look and feel during the summer months? This does not need to be the case. To keep your hair shiny, healthy and colour rich during the heat of summer you just need to offer it some TLHC (tender loving hair care). Here are five of my current favourite summer hair heroes…

Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

L’Oreal Professionnel Solar Sublime After-Sun Protect Shampoo (£11.50) and After-Sun Nourishing Balm

As you’d expect from their names these duo protect and nourish your hair after prolonged sun exposure. I have highlighted hair and these duo stop it from getting dry and straw like after too much sun. They’re also great to use after swimming (in the sea or the pool), as the shampoo gently clenases your hair of chlorine or salt and the nourishing balm leaves it feeling soft and healthy. I absolutely love these products and can’t recommend them enough, especially if you’re going on a beach holiday.

Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

L’Oreal Professionnel Wild Styles Beach Waves (£15)

I’m a big fan of L’Oreal Professionnel products but this has to be up there as one of my absolute favourite products. It gives amazing texture and volume in a matt spray that leaves your hair looking effortlessly tousled and bouncy. A little goes a long way with this one, I simply tip my head upside down and spray the product into the ends, then bring my head back up and run my fingers through the ends to finish the look. Also this spray smells incredible and which now reminds me of summer.

Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

Mythic Oil – Nourishing Oil (£16.50)

You want you hair to stay glossy and healthy during the summer months? Try this bottle of gorgeousness! Mythical Oil is the perfect name for it because it really will transom your hair from frizzy and damaged to healthy and shiny. I normally take two or three pumps of the oil and rub it between my palms before running my hands through my damp hair, then dry normally. The results speak for themselves.

Holiday hair care for the hot summer months. Keep your hair glossy and frizz-free this summer.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves (£6.99)

This one’s an oldie but a goodie! I must have been using this product off and on for the past fifteen years and although I’ve now progressed to the L’Oreal Wilde Styles spray (which I mentioned above) I do also love this as an alternative. This tends to be the  version I’d take with me to the beach or the pool. Again, a little goes a long way, it’s very easy to over do it and spay too much product into your, which can leave it sticky and looking matted. It’s best to spray a little at a time and manipulate your hair using your fingers for the best result.

Enjoy the summer!!

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