I’m writing this is the hope I can help a few people. All of these I do myself and it helps us to have a great Christmas without the stress of no money come January.
I hate when people moan about the shops selling Christmas things in September because you may see it as being too early but sadly not everyone can afford to just get everything in Nov/Dec!
So here are my top tips to help save you money. Basically my biggest tip is to start in January. Here’s why…
- Buy presents in the January sales. Not all the presents you need, just a few. Write down in a notepad or diary a list of who you have to buy for and then you can mark them off as you buy so no over buying.
- Buy items in the summer sales too. Again follow your list so you don’t get items you don’t need.
- Start collecting supermarket saving stamps (I usually buy CO-OP’s) you can buy all your Christmas food with these.
- Start collecting points on your certain cards (I collect Boots points and Tesco Clubcard points) and use them in Oct/Nov/Dec for presents/food/wrap
- As soon as the shops start selling Christmas sweets, buy 1/2 items a week/month you will have plenty by the time Dec arrives
On the 29th September we were invited to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to meet Ben Faulks (a.k.a Mr Bloom) to be one of the first to hear the new song ‘The Healthy Eating Song’ written by Ben Faulks and Richie Webb for the EYN Partnership.
Nurturing their growing understanding of food
Sadly, one in five children in the UK start school overweight or obese*. By encouraging healthy food and eating habits early on, we can encourage and steer children towards the right behaviours, setting them up for healthier futures.
*Health and Social Care Information Centre. National Child Measurement Programme – England, 2014-15 report. Available at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB19109.
The Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYN Partnership) is working to improve the future health outcomes of young children by setting a standard for nutrition practice in early years settings.
Unique and central to EYN Partnership is the provision of tailored ‘hands-on’ help for early years settings, delivered by a network of nutrition professionals (Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians) with experience in the early years. The EYN Partnership nutrition professionals will work alongside settings to improve their nutrition practice, supporting them on their journey.
EYN Partnership resources have been developed using the expertise of the British Nutrition Foundation and the Pre-school Learning Alliance with guidance from the EYN Partnership Expert Panel.
Our aim is to provide parents and carers of children under five with access to hands-on help from a nutrition professional. This will be through their early years setting, or through reliable, evidence-based information and tools available online.
More info can be found Here
We had such a lovely few hours there and Ben Faulks is one of the nicest people and the song is actually very catchy!
You can check out the song here or if you would like a copy on CD, I have two copies to giveaway. All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!
Happy Halloween from all of us at Teen Tween Toddler 🙂
Today we’re going to have a small party at home. We’re going to put a few decorations up, have party food and have some music playing. It will only last a couple of hours while we answer the door to trick or treaters (we’re not going out ourselves) and then we we will watch a family Halloween film before heading to bed 🙂
What are your plan’s?
I have a giveaway to win a family ticket for the first showing on the 11th November 🙂 Just enter the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!
So now the days are cooler it’s time to start eating more warming foods and this one is my absolute favourite dish to have. I would happily have it every week through autumn and winter.
Start with a large casserole/stock pot and add vegetables, I add….
Potatoes (I cut medium ones in half but Tom prefers them quite small so it’s up to you)
4 large carrots (peeled and sliced)
2 parsnips (peeled and sliced)
Half a large swede (peeled and cut into small chunks)
1 large onion (chopped into small chunks)
occasionally I add a leak
This is just how I do it but it really is about preference.
2. Add 2 tins of stewing steak. Princes is the best but you can get cheaper versions and they’re sold at all major supermarkets. Or you can use chunks of beef but cooking time will be about 30 mins longer.
3. Fill with water until you cover all the vegetables, usually just over half the pot.
4. Cook on the stove on gas mark 5 for 30 mins.
5. Add the dumpling and cook for a further 15 mins.
6. Make a large thick gravy, add and mix till its all gravy based. This will usually fill it almost to the top.
7. Cook on low until all veg and dumplings are cooked (usually another 5 mins) and serve.