L.O.L Surprise Easter Hunt

A few months back we went along to the launch of the new collectables that have taken America by storm, L.O.L Surprise.

The children were really taken with them and Izzy has started quite a collection since our visit.

We were challenged to an Easter hunt with a difference by using lots of gifts that are based around these great dolls.

Easter can be a complete chocolate over load so it can be really nice to have something a little different to hunt for rather than the traditional eggs.

I placed the L.O.L diva bow, secret message, joke, colouring in sheet, postcard and sweets around the garden and told her how many gifts she had to find.


A took a while to collect them all together and when she finally did her big prize was an L.O.L Surprise doll which is another task in itself.

She had great fun peeling off each layer of the packaging to reveal a surprise under each one until finally unveiling the doll inside.


It make a great change to the usual hunts and will last a lot longer than a few chocolate eggs!
*we were given the gifts for the purpose of this hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt For George And The Giant Pledge

This weekend there will be hundreds of of egg hunts going on be it something small in your own back garden or larger organised events.

This year we decided to go along to Limpsfield Chart in Surrey to join in with a hunt that has been organised by George And The Giant Pledge, a charity set up to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Hospital in aid of a very special little boy called George who is currently fighting a primitive neuro ectodermal tumour.

The hospital has been of great support to him and his family and I know through personal experience with my own Mother and Aunt the service they offer is invaluable to so many people.

We have visited the Ridland Lane National Trust area many times to seek out all of the little houses that have been lovingly  placed around the woods so I knew the children would love a visit to take part in an Easter activity.

The woods had been adorned with bunting and balloons and all the volunteers had really got into the spirit of things.

  

The hunt was £3 to take part in and it is being run on a first come, first served basis.

The children are given a map of the woods with a list of all the houses that they needed to find and stamp to say they had found each one.


They ran round at top speed filling in their sheets, hiding in dens, climbing trees and swinging on the huge swing.


Worn out and sheets completed we made our way back to claim our prizes and have their faces painted.


The hunt is running from 10-4 on the 16th and 17th April and as I said works on a first come first served basis.

If you are looking for a hunt this weekend I would highly recommend this fabulous hunt for a fantastic cause or if you would like to find out a little more about George And The Giant Pledge then take a look HERE.

Celebrating National Pizza Day With Sweetpea Pantry

Who doesn’t like pizza would be an easier question to ask than who does.
Pizza is the the most popular choice when it comes to takeaways with pepperoni coming in as the top choice; and if you thought pizza was a relatively new thing you would be very far from the truth as the first ever pizzeria was opened in Italy way back in 1738!

There are a whole variety of toppings available now and as a family we love evenings of making up our own combinations.

It is the perfect meal to allow everyone to get hands on and pick the things they they really like.

To celebrate National Pizza Day I have joined up with the lovely people at Sweetpea Pantry who challenged us to create on own pizza using their fab Playful Pizza Dough Mix.

A while ago we were lucky enough to try out their Ginger Giggles Biscuit Mix and were more than impressed with the child friendly mixes that are easy to prepare, healthy and great fun.

The Playful Pizza Mix lived up to what I expected and created the perfect base to make our creation.


I decided to steer away from the norm and create a sweet pizza but keeping  sugar to a minimum with a few products that are low in sugar but still taste good.

Take a look and see if it is something you fancy giving a try, it would actually be the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Heart Pizza

  • Pack of Playful Pizza Dough
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g dairy free milk choc chips
  • 50g dairy free white choc chips
  • 300g Jim Jams reduced sugar hazelnut spread
  • 50g freedom vegetarian mini marshmallows
  • Handful of raspberries
  1. Mix the dough according to the instructions.
  2. Once ready take one of the three dough balls and create a heart shape leaving a slight lip around the edge to create the crust.
  3. Prick the dough with a fork and cook for 10 mins.
  4. Take out and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Next take the hazelnut spread and cover the base.
  6. Sprinkle over the chocolate chips first, followed by the marshmallows and finally add a few raspberries to the very top.
  7. Place under the grill until the marshmallows have slightly toasted and the chocolate has melted slightly.

Let me know if you give this a try as I would love to know what you think!

Chocolate Playdough Sweets For Valentine’s Day 

I am literally going stir crazy this weekend staying in with the children due to number five’s chicken pox!

The only thing for it was get crafting and with Valentine’s Day just round the corner I thought I would try something that would allow the kids to get involved in the celebrations too.

Mine always love playdough so I made an allergy friendly chocolate playdough that they could create chocolates from and wrap up to use in role play.

I used the same recipe that I use for my lavender playdough and just substituted the lavender for cocco powder.

It literally smelt good enough to eat and I had to stop the boys several times from doing so!


They had great fun rolling the balls to form the chocolates but had more fun creating poo!


When the balls were ready I popped them into the freezer for a while to harder up and then wrapped up in a square of cellophane and finished off with a piece of ribbon tied into a bow.


If this looks like something you fancy trying out yourself then take a look at this really simple recipe:

Chocolate Playdough

  • 150g gluten free plain flour
  • 50g salt
  • 2tbsps oil
  • 150g water
  • 4tbsps cocco powder
  1. Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the oil and then slowly add the water until the playdough forms a ball.

Melting Snowmen Christmas Presents

One of my favourite gifts to make at this time of year is chocolate bark. You can use a mixture of so many different  ingredients and it is completely up to you what combinations you choose.

This year I got a resounding ‘no’ when I suggested it again for teachers presents.

I took to the Internet and found a great recipe for melting snowman that I knew would change their mind.

All the recipes I found were American so lots of the ingredients were unavailable over here.

I managed to change things around a little and here is how we made them.


Melting Snowmen

  • 6x200g bars white chocolate with krispies
  • Small amount of orange royal icing 
  • Black sweet beads
  • Handful pretzels 
  • 10 rolos 
  • Shallow baking tray
  • Grease proof paper
  1. Break up the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and melt over a pan of boiling water.
  2. Line a baking tray with greasproof paper and spread the melted chocolate across the whole tray.
  3. Place a rolo side on into the chocolate to create a hat.
  4. Place on two black beads to make the eyes and three more for his buttons.
  5. Roll a small amount of icing to create a nose and place this on the chocolate too.
  6. Lastly break the pretzels into small strips and put onto the chocolate for the arms.
  7. Put the tray into the fridge and allow to harden for a few hours.
  8. Cut into sections and place into cellophane bags.

      Allergy Friendly Halloween Ghosts

      When you have a child with allergies times like Halloween can be a bit of a tricky time with treats around every corner.

      I’m planning ahead this year and making sure number four has plenty of treats ready for the weekend ahead.

      One of my easiest and most loved recipes for him are my Rice Krispie lolly pops

      I have used the basic ingredients from this and changed it around a little to create these cute ghosts.

      Allergy Friendly Halloween Ghosts 

      • 150g Rice Krispies
      • 3tbsps dairy free spread
      • 320g dairy free white chocolate 
      • Dairy free chocolate drops for face 
      1. Over a low heat melt the butter and marshmallows in a large pan.
      2. Once melted add Rice Krispies until completly covered.
      3. Take a small handful of mixture and mould into an elongated oval shape that is tapered at the end to create a tail.
      4. Place onto greaceproof paper and cool in the fridge for about thirty minutes.
      5. Meanwhile melt the white chocolate in a bowl over the top of a pan of boiling water.
      6. Once the ghosts have hardened up cover the top half in the chocolate, add a few chocolate drops for eyes and a mouth and place back in the fridge to set the chocolate.
      7. Once hardened they are ready to serve.

      Christmas In July With Tesco

      Dressed in my new summer dress and sparky gold sandals I stepped out of the hazy heat of the London streets straight into a snow covered winter wonderland!

      No I hadn’t found Narnia-I was experiencing my first Christmas in July event with Tesco.


      The snowy trail lead me straight into a room adorned with pretty decorations that would look perfect in any home on Christmas Eve.


      One of the biggest parts of Christmas for me is the food and Tesco have got this down to a tee with scrumptious chocolates and biscuit selections to share with guests, easy to prepare party food and all the trimmings for the main celebrations.


      I’m always looking for something different to fill my teenage sons stocking as he is the hardest person I know to buy for.  This year Tesco have come up with some wonderful chocolate truffle sprouts that are quirky to look at and delicious to eat!

      With two allergy sufferers in our house Christmas is a tricky time as the majority of goodies are out of bounds.  This year the party selection includes a vast range of products that are free from the majority of the main allergens that can be  popped into the oven and ready super quick which is just what you need at such a busy time of year. 

      I can’t wait to try out the pulled pork bites, crispy cheesy stars and the chicken tikka bites.



      I hosted Christmas for the first time last year and although it was more than a little stressful I throughly enjoyed it have found lots of things I will add to my table this year.

      We are a huge family and everything needs to be on a grand scale but I was really impressed with the Christmas dinner in a box that offers the full works for two for only £25.

      Procecco for me is good at anytime of year but a must at the Christmas table and at only £10 a bottle for this fabulous sparkling wine with flavours of apple, white flowers, citrus, grapefruit and honey you really can’t go wrong.


      Letters to Father Christmas go off early round here and I was very excited to spot a fab new fast shooting Nerf gun that is going to be a must on number four’s list. The famous Sindy is being revived and will be sure to give Barbie a run for her money and brilliant new game from the makers of last years Pie Face that sets you lots of tasks to do whilst wearing a mouth guard!


      Tesco have Christmas well and truly wrapped up this year and nothing has been missed.

      From delectable food to gorgeous decorations, pretty gift wrapping and presents with a different they really have thought of it all.  This will be my go to shop this year and I urge you all to go and take a look.