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Silent Sunday 

Me and my step dad who sadly passed away suddenly on the 27th October 2017 💔

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Ways to have the perfect Christmas on a budget! 

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 


That’s it! It can be a little hard work at first but you soon get into doing it and come Christmas you’re so happy you put the effort in 🙂 

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#LetThemBloom event with Ben Faulks and EYN Partnership

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.

Hands-on help

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!

 

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Happy Halloween

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?

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Monski Mouse Christmas Baby Disco dance hall show giveaway! 

Family Christmas Fun in London just got disco-tactic as ‘Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco Dance Hall’ makes it’s West End debut!
Grab your reindeer onesies, and all the family as the friendliest baby-disco in London-town makes its West End debut with a special seasonal theme in Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco Dance Hall. This merry, magical, marvellous, moving and mirthful afternoon of disco-dancing joy will be tweeked with the magic of Christmas, featuring seasonal hits, and a tinselled up cast bopping in the Christmas in Leicester Square Spiegltent Paradiso.
 
Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco Dance Hall is a show where gran, uncle, mum, dad, babies, tots and preschoolers can dance, party and play to classic tracks, crazy tunes, and thumping nursery rhymes. This international festival hit entices audiences to step out of their comfort zones and immerse themselves in full disco-dancing-role-play.
 
Monski Mouse, star DJ from Club Spiegel, Adelaide Fringe Club and Melbourne International Comedy Festival Club, is your host for the Disco, leading the dancing from the decks, aided by her gorgeous Monski Mouse Dancers, cast from the world of contemporary clown, cabaret and performance. 
 
The perfect family day out for local Londoners and visitors to the Capital with young children, Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco Dance Hall is playing Christmas at Leicester Square in the West End, amidst its food markets, Christmas crafts and of course, Santa’s Grotto.
 
Hot off a tour, covering festivals in the UK and Australia, the smash hit, sell-out early childhood dance event has won critical praise around the world. Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall is: It’s surely the best baby dance party in the city” declared Edinburgh Evening News with a 7 out of 7 star review. The South London Press stated: “its not often you see a load of grown men get down on the floor and meow, but this this was no ordinary gig”, and Primary Times shared, “In minutes, there wasn’t a mummy, daddy, baby, toddler or child in the house that wasn’t busting some moves… We had a (glitter)ball’.
 
Building on a glittering international career as a quirky festival DJ, stints as an actor and puppeteer in early childhood theatre in Australia and a bout of Gaulier clown training in Paris, Monski Mouse created the Baby Disco Dance Hall in 2012.
 
“I’m so excited to be playing a Christmas season of my beautiful baby disco in my adopted home of London, in the West End no less” says Monski Mouse.
Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco Dance Hall is playing six sessions at Christmas in Leicester Square from 11 Nov – 17 Dec.

I have a giveaway to win a family ticket for the first showing on the 11th November 🙂 Just enter the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

 

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Silent Sunday 

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My One Pot Easy Stew and Dumplings 

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.

Recipe
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.

Enjoy!

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