Aunt Bessie's #HalfTermFood

My Aunt Bessie's Items
BritMums are running a fun Linky Challenge... All you need to do is you list the items in a favourite quick and easy family meal including an Aunt Bessie’s item.
List your dishes that are part of the meal, and you could win 1 of 5 £200 Tesco vouchers!

So here is my Egg and Sausage Yorkshire Puddings fun happy face meal...For Dinner

Family Fun...Great To Share
To Feed a family of Four

Four Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings which we all love...yum
4 Scrambled Egg for filling
8 Chopped viennese sausages
Baked Beans
Aunt Bessie's Crinkle Chips
Finished with fresh salad or Aunt Bessie's vegetable mix
Delicious the kids loved it......

Follow with some scrummy Aunt Bessie's Apple Pie and Custard.....yum
Individual Portion


For Pudding Finish with some Apple Pie and Custard 


For more other Aunt Bessie Recipes and Products Visit http://www.auntbessies.co.uk



Warner Bros Bloggers Event


Myself and my family was privileged enough to attend Warner Bros Bloggers day event in London.
It was a fun filled event for all featuring the latest in Home Entertainment... Video Games and Digital Technology... Courtesy of Warner Bros.We had so much fun testing out the not yet released
Lego- Lord of the rings and Harry Potter game's.

(For more Information see end of post below)....
Game to be Released This Christmas 

My boys had so much laughs and fun with "Shaggy the entertainer
"Shaggy" the children Entertainer kept all the children amazed and entertained with his fab magic tricks.

Batman
There were lots of interactive activities for the kids...My boys choose to get their arms tattooed with
 Scobby Doo and Batman. 
Scobby Doo

Face Painting fun...
Whilst the children played and had fun... I could find out about the digital technology available...from
UltraViolet to Blinkbox...More Information below.....


* Ultraviolet allows you to collect...watch and share movies and TV shows in a new way... Available with the purchases of specially marked Blu-ray discs and DVDs.
* Flixster allows you to instantly steam and download Ultraviolet content across a wide range of devices...Including computers..Game Consoles..Smartphones..Internet connected TVs and Blu-Ray players.
http://www.uvvu.com

Learning and Discovering New Technology

Chilling in the Cinema
We also could sit and watch our all time favorite..... cartoon characters....... Tom and Jerry in the Warner Bros Cinema.                                 
Me and My Boys
Thank you so much Wanner Bros we had a fun filled unforgettable day.

For More information on Warner Bros please visit 
http://wwws.ww.warnerbros.com/uk/
http://www.warnerbros.com/


Gaming Information
Explore middle-earth and experience battles with orcs..Uruk-hai and the witch king... Amongst other fab characters..
Experience the LEGO The Lord of the Rings heroes come to life in an all new way with mini figure characters and dialogue from the film.
Discover and unlock over 80 playable characters including..Frodo..Aragorn..Gandalf...and many others
Available for Xbox 360, PlayStation,Wii Nintendo DS/3DS... Available this Christmas...


Create a witch or wizard character in your likeness that will become part of the game play..
Experience unforgettable moments of the film..Cast spells by performing spell manoeuvres and calling spell names using KINECTS controller free and voice recognition... Join forces and play Mini games with friends
Available now on KINECTS for Xbox 360.
http://wwws.ww.warnerbros.com/uk/
With Xbox Video take entertainment everywhere, using any connected Xbox 360 or Windows 8 device.
Movies and TV to rent and to own in 1080p Instant-On HD (SD also available)
With Windows 8 and the new Xbox 360 Dashboard, content is easier to find and consume than ever before.
http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/Live


Watching/Streaming Movies


You can watch blinkbox on your SmartTVXbox 360iPadPC or Mac or TV connected to your PC or Mac
Clubcard customers: Buy the movie at Tesco and own it online at Blinkbox.
Films and TV to rent or own. No subscription, pay for what you want, when you want to watch it.
http://www.blinkbox.com/


KnowHow Movies is available on PC, Mac, iOS, Samsung and LG Smart TV's, with Android coming
months.
No Subscription: Pay as you watch Movies and TV.
Content available in SD and full 1080p HD via your PC.
http://www.knowhow.com/
New store layout just launched, integrated interface featuring the best in movies and TV shows
Rentals from PS3 Store are now available to be either streamed or downloaded
Content available: The latest movies day and date of DVD release in full 1080p HD and SD
to rent or own.
http://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/


For More information on Warner Bros please visit
http://wwws.ww.warnerbros.com/uk/
http://www.warnerbros.com/






#silentsunday


Strawberry Victoria Sponge

Strawberry Victoria Sponge

Sponge mix
8 oz of Self raising flour (sifted)
8 oz Caster sugar
8 oz Butter or margarine
4 Eggs
2 Tsp of baking powder
Few drop of vanilla essence

Cream filling and Topping
4 Tbsp of Strawberry jam
284 ml of whipping cream
2 Tbsp of siffded icing sugar
Fresh strawberries to decorate


Method

Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and grese proof the base of two 8 inch sandwich tins.
Mix together all the cake ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth. Divide between the tins and level out. Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are well risen and spring back when lightly pressed. Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes then turn out onto a rack and peel away the paper.
Cool completely.

Spread the jam onto the base of one sponge. Lightly whip the cream with the icing sugar and spread half of it over the top of the jam. Sandwich the other sponge on top. Spread the remaining cream over the top with a palette knife.
Decorate the cake with the strawberries to finish.
Strawberry Victoria Sponge

Food For Thought....Traffic Light Food System




Its been on the news over the past few days...That the Government are announcing plans to introduce a standardised food labeling system to help us consumers.....

A press release issued today - Stated that the UK has a large number of food products with food labels at the front of  packaged food products...research has shown  that most of us get confused by the overwhelming amount of information.

Using the food traffic light system us consumers will be able to see at a glance what we are purchasing and what our food products contain...not only will this enable us to make healthy choices when purchasing foods it will also help us control our Calorie/Salt Intake.... especially in our children...

The system will be based on Traffic Light Colour Coded System where......

Green will be low levels
Yellow will be medium levels
Red for high levels

This will be apparent for foods which contain or are high in...
Fat
Sugar
Salt
and Calorie Content
Most manufacturers already use this system but can use it in different styles and colours which can cause confusion.The new labeling system will  be standardised.
Expected to be introduced by summer 2013.

Contents present...But not apparent unless you read label.

Much more visual and apparent on content levels.

As a parent whole hearty welcome this system I hate looking for calorie content and salt content on back of packs...
OK I admit I'm a normal mum on the go.... who doesn't ALWAYS look on the packs to see what I'm purchasing SO even more reason why I think this is a positive move..
With food content levels being much more apparent and visual it defiantly makes a difference in the food
I purchase...and the way I shop... the Traffic light System makes me more conscious of what I could be feeding my children and putting into my own body.
Its also a good way to educate our children on the food they eat.. especially when they are out shopping with us, As the visual colour system gives us an immediate acknowledgement whether the food we intend to purchase is a healthy option or not.

Big Hugs To My Mother #R2BC




Nearing the end of another week... I have still not shifted this sore throat...it seams to be clinging on...
Please leave me....

Almost half term..... unfortunately I will be at work....but it will pace down my mornings....and it will be nice to see my boys before I rush off... I intend to try and squeeze in  a couple of mini half days outings...
when I finish work...lets just hope I feel better.

My Wonderful Mother with My Boy's
I'm ever so grateful to my mother who will be keeping my boys occupied most of the time during the half term holiday, Due to myself and hubby working...they have a wonderful relationship with her and miss her lots when they don't see her...she is a wonderful grandma and will play lots of games and activities with the boys...it's always nice to hear what they have been up to in my absence...
Thank You Mum (Grandma) what would we do without you...
Love you lots xxx




Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart








Help Dora Help



Public to Decide Which Entry will Receive £20,000 Award                                            
Help Dora help fund award has been created to facilitate learning and discovery.Five nurseries have been selected from submissions across the UK and have been chosen as finalists for nick Jr.'s Help Dora Campaign.The winner will be decided by members of the public.
Voting is now open to decide which of the finalist will receive the award and is open to anyone within the UK. Voters can take a look at all five finalists and learn more about their submission at  http://www.nickjr.co.uk/shows/dora/helpdorahelp/                                                                                              
Voting is open until 2nd November with the winner of the award announced on 19th November.

Inspired by the adventurous spirit of Dora, Help Dora Help seeks to encourage support education, development and exploration in the pre-school environment.                                                                                    

The five finalists for this year’s campaign are.....
* Greystoke Under 5’s, Greystoke, Cumbria - The rural volunteer playgroup would use the award to revamp their outdoor play area as well as their kitchen.
* Oakmount Day Nursery, Preston, Lancashire - The nursery would use the award to purchase a minibus, ideally equipped with exploratory items such as a metal detector and telescope.
* The Old Forge Day Nursery, Findern, Derbyshire – The nursery would use the award to build a log cabin with sensory room, a library and dance studio.
* Parkfield Children’s Centre, West Hendon, London – The Children’s Centre would develop their Early Years playground to reflect various countries, cultures, seasons and festivals.
* Walton Lane Nursery School & Children’s Centre, Nelson, Lancashire - The Centre would create a bug hotel so that children could increase their knowledge of mini beasts.
So please show your support and vote http://www.nickjr.co.uk/shows/dora/helpdorahelp/  

The initiative is supported by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and is designed to support nurseries, preschools and children’s centresin their educational curriculum. Almost 300 nurseries and preschools submitted an entry to this year’s campaign with applicants from Cumbria, Derbyshire, London and Lancashire elected as finalists. 
“The quality of entries for Help Dora Help was extraordinary and gave a great picture of the areas of educational interest across UK preschools,” said Helena Dowling, Nick Jr., presenter and Help Dora Help judge. “With funding required for things such buying a minibus to creating a mini beast learning zone, the finalists each demonstrate a desire to offer more educational opportunities for their pupils. I am looking forward to seeing which entry the public chooses to receive the award.”
An expert panel led by Nick Jr.’s Wake Up World Helena Dowling, alongside Nick Jr. representatives and partners including The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, Dora Magazine and Chad Valley chose the five finalists with each finalist awarded discovery and learning equipment from Chad Valley as well as a classroom visit from Dora the Explorer.

Nick Jr., with its sister channel Nick Jr. 2, it is the most popular commercial pre-school entertainment brand in cable and satellite homes. Launched in 1999 as the world's first channel dedicated to pre- school children, Nick Jr. broadcasts hit shows including Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Bubble Guppies and Olive the Ostrich. In 2009 Nick Jr. won BAFTA Children’s Channel of the Year.                                                                                                                                                                          

More information on programming as well as clips, games and exclusive downloadable content is available at http://www.nickjr.co.uk/ . Nick Jr. is available on Sky 615, Virgin 715, through BT Vision and TalkTalk channel 318.

Launched in 1993, Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated award-winning entertainment channels for kids aged 2-12 and is a joint venture between MTV and BSkyB Networks. The Nickelodeon Network is a top performing commercial kids TV network in the UK and the Nickelodeon channels are available in over 14 million cable and satellite homes.
About The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts                                                                                                    The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is an educational charity which champions the power of the arts to transform and enrich the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK. The charity’s projects have helped to create long-term partnerships between arts organisations and their local schools. Two core programmes, Start and Quests both highlight the potential of learning outside the classroom, enabling children to visit their local cultural venue to work with professional artists, and then developing this experience through class-based projects and activities. Since 2006 the charity has worked with over 100,000 children and hopes to substantially increase this figure in the next few years. For more info please visit http://www.childrenandarts.org.uk/

As a Nursery Officer and a Mother Of two.... myself and my two boys absolutely love nick jr and fully support this campaign...Good luck to all the finalists xxx

#silentsunday

What's in the Bag - Activity



What you will Need
Bag/Pillow case/Large Paper Bag
A selection of around 5-6 various resources...eg Teddy,spoon,banana

Activity
Talking and playing with your child is a great way for them to learn new words...turn off the TV and set aside some quite time, as it will make your child feel important and involved..
A good way to start this activity is with a little song....
"Whats in the bag" "Whats in the bag"
"Come and have a look" Come and have a look"

Let your child/children take turns and choose object
look at your child excitedly to see if they can tell you what it is...
if your child doesn't tell you straight away you can say "This is a .... and wait then introduce the first sound of the letter to encourage b..b..(ball)...
you may also help by giving choices is it a ball or a teddy.
you can also extend your child's language by asking" what do we do with it" and encourage your child to talk about the objects function.

Other Ideas
Older children - feel  and guess first without looking
you can also make Bags and using a group of pacific items eg Animal Bag or Colours Bag

What will my child learn
Introduction of new words...
Describe and respond what they are seeing/feeling
Express thoughts and feelings
Develop curiosity
Turn taking

Another Reason to be cheerful #R2BC

Nearing the end of another week I have several reasons to be cheerful....

I recently attend at fab family event hosted by Haier at the science museum ..myself and my boys had so much fun participating in science experiments....it was a shame hubby couldn't join us..due to work commitments... and we are now fully stocked to recreate the science experiments at home this weekend. Oooh scared its going to be messy!!!!
For more on our day Haier-family-event-at-science-museum.html
I need some Bling

I'm off shopping with hubby on Friday... Oooh  I can't wait need a new outfit, as its the festival of Eid next week and I need to look my best..we normally have a huge family gathering with lots of laughs and food...
I hope my hubby's ready to shop till he drops.

Reading Eggs...Fun and Educational

I'm having lots of fun with my boys trailing Reading Eggs - an educational reading program which is filled with activities yet very educational and fun...I will blog and review it at a later date.


Total Greek Yogurt - Review

Thank you FAGE  for the Total Greek Yogurts xxx
Fage UK Limited producers of Total Greek Yoghurt sent me some of their delicious split pot yoghurts to taste and review...which is fab as myself and my family adore Total Yoghurts and buy them on a regular basis....Not only because they contain 0% fat... but they are higher in protein then other yoghurts ... they also have a thick and creamy texture and come complete with a side portion of fruity compote or Honey..most importantly the Total Greek Yoghurt contains no added sugar, sweeteners or additives.
Which is perfect for us as a family who try to eat healthy.


My son...Enjoying Total Greek Yoghurt
The Total Greek Yoghurts are great when your on the go...and are a delicious and a guilt free treat...
I often have one as late night snack..when craving something sweet. My favorite has to be the Total Yogurt- Strawberry...whilst my husband opts for the Total Yoghurt - Honey....My children also love the creamy texture and taste of these fabulous Total Greek split pot Yoghurts and will often have them as lunch box treats.

We were lucky enough to try the new and exciting flavor....Raspberry & Pomegranate..which was divine and so tasty its defiantly going on our shopping list.

New Total 0% Raspberry & Pomegranate  

For more information on Total Greek Yogurts and where you can purchase these yummy Total Split Pot Greek Yoghurts and for fabulous recipe Ideas please visit Total Greek Yoghurt


Total 0% Honey
Total 0% Strawberry
Total 0% Blueberry

Cravendale Epic Straws Inventions

Creating Epic Straws
We received two pack of Cravendale Epic Straws kits courtesy of  BritMums - to create and design our own Epic Straws inventions.
As a family who love milk this was an exciting challenge......We couldn't wait to get started.....Let the slurping begin !!!


Upon opening the pack we had instructions that we could use or we could use our imagination....so here come the imagination.....
My boys were so engrossed creating and inventing their own Epic Straw designs...and sat attentively fitting the Epic Straws together.
Getting Creative
They even attempted to link both designs together creating a shared invention .. 
They had so much fun, and even began to experiment by blowing bubbles in the milk and creating milk volcanoes... messy but loads of fun....Then the racing began to see who could drink the most milk....


Ready Steady Drink !!!!
Blowing Bubbles....Milk Volcanoes

To get your hands on your very own Cravendale Epic Straws all you need to do is collect Ten codes from special 2 Litre Bottles of Cravendale Milk...and you can then have hours of fun creating and designing your Epic Straw inventions....Simple yet so much fun.
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To find out more information on Cravendale's Epic Straws please Visit http://www.epicstraws.co.uk/