Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ben's Beginners - Promo - Cooking with the Kids

I'm sure you all know by now how much I love to cook with my kids, especially Jack who still dreams of running his own Pizza Restaurant one day.

Did you know that 1 in 4 parents admit they have NEVER cooked with their kids.

Every child that learns how to cook shares their new skills with at least one other person - and 92% use them at home. Cooking is finally going back on the National Curriculum this September after 20 years and I can personally say that I'm glad! Can you imagine a world where no one knew how to cook for themselves any more? Something like this.....


I do like that video! It's been made to support the launch of Ben's Beginners, the first online cooking channel, made for children. It's a great new YouTube cooking channel (launching today) which has a range of recipes, taught step by step with DJ BBQ, and some great tips from Child Psychologist Richard Woolfson, on how to encourage your kids into the kitchen.

BANGIN' BURRITOS from Ben's Beginners
BANGIN' BURRITOS
from Ben's Beginners
Yesterday Jack and I cooked a meal for our family and Papee & Mamee (my dad & his missus) using a recipe from Ben's Beginners.  The recipe we used for was for "BANGIN' BURRITOS" and it worked out brilliantly! Jack (who is 6 1/2) followed the recipe without any difficulty and loved every part of the process, from getting the ingredients out, to the cooking, right through to serving up for the family and getting stuck in with putting his own burritos together. He was especially pleased with his Mamee and Papee thanking him for making their dinner and making a fuss over him for making something so tasty!


Tom, our 4yo, is itching to have a go too and we've promised him he can have the next turn at cooking something. We can't wait to see what we can catch on the YouTube channel next!

Ben's Beginners on YouTube launches today (26th August), subscribe now! And don't forget to follow @BensBeginnersUK on Twitter too!




Disclaimer:
This is a promotional post for Ben's Beginners UK. "A new cooking channel for kids from Uncle Ben's. Tune in each week for essential recipes, tips & skills. Most importantly, get cooking!". All views & opinions regarding the recipe and idea behind Ben's Beginners are my own and that of my family. I was not paid or compensated in any way for this promotion. 



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Monday, August 25, 2014

Rainbow Braid 5400 Piece Refill Kit - Review


I am totally hooked (sorry about the pun) on these rubber band loom bracelets! Every time I go into town with the kids I wind up with half a dozen or so bags of bands in with the rest of my shopping. I spend evenings and nap times looming away. The kids love my creations and constantly pester me for new bracelets. I've blogged about it before and linked to my YouTube playlist where I find all the tutorials I like to follow.

But not all bands are the same quality, as I have learned to my dismay. The Hubby bought me some from ebay that were simply awful! 8 bands out of every 10 I tried snapped as I tried to put it on my loom. I have tried all the different brands available locally and found most were ok. But there is no consistency in what is available and finding a refill of the exact same colour I've been using is difficult too.

Then I was sent this Rainbow Braid refill kit. 


These bands are great! I've made 8 bracelets with them in the last week and had only 1 band snap on me! And it was one I had use and reused a few times (trying out a difficult new bracelet) so I had really put pressure on it. They are a lovely quality, strong, smooth, and they don't stink! The colours are nice and vibrant. And with it being a refill kit you can be confident that you will get the same colours when you reorder.

There are three kinds of band in the kit, solid colour, glitter, and glow-in-the-dark. If you've been making these bracelets for a while and shopping around you'll have seen a lot of glow-in-the-dark band reviews saying that other brands don't glow. These ones do! I'm not talking blinding light, but they do glow. I've made a number of bracelets with the Rainbow Braid glow-in-the-dark bands and made sure they got some "charge" under the lamp. when we switched off the lights the glow bands were glowing! The kids think they are great! It's a shame I can't pick it up on the camera on my phone.

Let me tell you what you get in this particular refill kit:


  • 18 Colors & 250 Clips to Make Rubber Band Bracelets 
  • Fully Compatible with All Rubber Band Looms 
  • 300 Each of 18 Different Colors: 
    • Solid/Neons (Red, Purple, Turquoise, Light Blue, Dark Blue), 
    • Fluorescents (Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, Orange, Purple), 
    • Glitters (Pink, Blue, Purple, Orange, Green) 
    • Bolds (Black, White)

These are for sale at Amazon.co.uk at the moment, normally £37.90 but currently £14.90!*

Check them out here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GGALYF8#productDetails




Disclaimer:
All views and opinions in this review are my own and that of my family. I have not been paid to make this review, but I was given the kit for free.

*Correct at the time of publishing



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bumpdate @ 40 Weeks






Here's what Fertility Friend says about baby this week (same as last week, FF didn't believe I'd get to due date any more than anyone else did!!!):
Hooray! You're in your fortieth week of pregnancy and your baby is now due. Don't worry if you're still waiting as you due date passes. It's not unusual to still be waiting for your baby to be born since a normal pregnancy may last for up to another two weeks.
An average size baby now weighs about 7.5 lbs (3400g) and measures about 21.5 inches (50cm) long. Crown to rump measurement is about 14.8 to 15.2 inches (37 to 38cm). As you will see when your baby is born, these are averages only and vary from baby to baby. Your baby may weigh and measure more or less that this.
The presenting part is down in the lower portion of your uterus and pressing through your softened and partially opened cervix.
You may be surprised by the initial appearance of your baby when it is first born. Her head may be slightly misshapen from passing through the birth canal, though this usually does not last more than a day or two. Her coloring may initially appear bluish, purplish or pale yellow and she may be covered with vernix, blood, lanugo and some meconium if she passes her waste in utero. Her genitals may also be swollen due to high hormone levels that were passed from you during your pregnancy, and she may have some skin discolorations or spots which will probably fade quite quickly. 

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