CHOCOLATE FRIDGE CAKE

I had an idea of making a Chocolate Fridge Cake and adding some mini eggs for a little Easter twist so I just needed a recipe. I had a memory of this yummy gooey recipe mum used to make when we were kids and I asked her about it, she tells me she stopped making it because it was bad for us……. how mean! Anyway after a bit of hunting and a phone call to her friend the recipe was unearthed! Me being me added a few changes and after a couple of trials and eating most of it myself I can confirm it is indulgently delicious and also very easy to make.

It’s the perfect no bake ‘cake’ for making with children and you can pick and mix the ingredients to suit your personal preference. Little hands will love breaking up biscuits and stealing raisins from the bowl and it goes without saying that there could be a squabble over licking the spoon!

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MOTHER’S DAY MUSINGS

Two girls…. daughters….. sisters……  as I thought about writing a piece for mother’s day I realised that for me mother’s day isn’t all about me, it’s all about them. It’s chaotic, exhausting and all consuming at times but also such a blessing watching these two rascals grow and learn together. I’ve realised that I love these two little people more than i’ve loved anything in my life, mother;s day is a celebration of them more than me.

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BIG SISTER IN WAITING!

It seems Iike no time at all since we were bringing you home from hospital at one week old so it’s hard to believe that any day now you will be earning the title of ‘big sister’!

Every day now you giggle as you tell us that you’re Mummy’s girl…….. Daddy’s bird……… and Nanny’s angel. Daddy is still by far your favourite but it’s always mummy that you call in the middle of the night!! And when nanny’s in charge you tell her you’re going out for tea and cake! (that’s my girl – well taught!)

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WHAT I’VE LEARNT ABOUT POTTY TRAINING!

** Disclaimer – this is definitely not a ‘how to potty train your toddler post’ This is more of an opportunity to laugh at myself and allow you to laugh along with me! **

I should start by saying that Hannah has been using a potty since she was seven months old – she had constipation issues and we introduced the potty in the hope she could comfortably go on it and she did. She has been using it morning, evening and after nap time since then and often at other nappy changes so she was familiar with it and happy to use it. It certainly was a help when it came to actual potty training.
Lots of people ask about potty training and the dos and don’ts and what worked and what didn’t, these are such hard questions to answer as every child is so different and they train at different ages and over different time frames. But I thought I would share a few thoughts about what I learnt along the way, we really do learn so much from our children!

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PARTY DETAILS

Recently it was Hannah’s second birthday. So while I still could I wanted to plan a sweet little tea party for her with a bit of a bunny rabbit theme as I’m all too aware that over the coming years she will choose her own theme and characters for her party and her cake!

I really enjoy planning for little family gatherings like this, note pad in hand, scribbled ideas and too much time spent on Pinterest is just my thing!  As I planned everything in my head it soon developed into a vintage tea party with a touch of rustic and the colours pink and gold crept in as I decided on pretty tableware and decorations, so I thought I would share some photos of the set up and the lovely bits I used to pull it all together.

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TEA CUP SUCCULENTS

Last week Hannah turned two! We had a tea party, Hannah loves tea (and bunny rabbits) so I built a little theme around that. It was a simple family affair with lots of treats and cake (and tea!)

So while planning I got thinking about making some cute decorations using teacups, and considering mum and I have a plethora of vintage china I knew it would be just perfect to fit in with our theme.

So here goes, this is you’ll need to make some pretty teacup succulents:

Teacups & saucers

{Check out ebay and your local charity shops where you’ll find loads to choose from.}

Cacti or Succulents

{I picked these up in our local garden centre, ranging from 99p to £2

Small pebbles or stones

Potting soil

Moss

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HANNAH – MY GIRL AGE 2

I can’t quite believe you are two already!

How did that happen so quickly!

When did you get so tall and start looking so grown up?

Where have all those words and all that chatting come from?

It seems like only yesterday that you arrived into the world in such a hurry, and from that instant you’ve changed our lives in a way we could never have anticipated! The last two years have passed in the blink of an eye, we could never have imagined they would pass so quickly, we have learnt so much from you, and would do well to be as chilled out and carefree as you!

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HOLIDAY ADVENTURES

Last month we set off on our holidays as a family of three with a bump! This was our first family experience travelling on a plane so it was always going to be an exciting and nerve wrecking adventure!

We jetted off from Belfast City Airport to sunny Malaga, neither of us have ever been on a package holiday in Spain but we choose Benalmadena and felt a touristy location with a swimming pool, nearby beach and lots of bars and restaurants would be exactly what we’d need when taking away an almost two year old! Our flight was about two and a half hours with a transfer from the airport of approx. 30 minutes so we felt this would be more than long enough for our first holiday abroad with a little person!

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20 FACTS ABOUT ME!

I’ve been tagged on Instagram quite a few times over the last wee while to share 20 facts about me! Firstly apologies to all those who tagged me, I did not mean to appear rude by not sharing but things have just been a bit hectic!

I’m definitely a bit late to the game with this one but some of you may also have noticed that my poor blog has been severely neglected so I thought this would be a good post to get me back on the blogging band wagon again!

If you are a new reader I hope this gives you a little insight into my world, and for those of you who have been here a while maybe you will find out something new!

So here goes…….

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LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People have said to me in the past that we’re a really ‘outdoorsy’ family, and i’m like, no way! I’m the first to admit that I love nothing better than a beautiful coffee shop and the chance to enjoy some coffee and cake! Are we outdoorsy……?  We both have mainly outdoor jobs, working shifts in all weathers and we’re both volunteer lifeboat crew! (okay maybe just a little!)

But anyone who knows us really well will know that we have a bit of a thing for lighthouses. Chris’s grandfather was a lightkeeper and from his close relationship with his grandad Chris has a real passion for lighthouses and his enthusiasm has carried us along with him, we got engaged at the top of a lighthouse in County Donegal and Hannah sure knows a lighthouse when she sees one!

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