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Cooking for Kids – Caramelised Bananas

Like lots of children I quite like cooking from time to time and love to make cakes and puddings.

I used to love this when I was a toddler and now I make it for my whole family- it’s really easy and my little sister can get involved.

Ingredients (serves 4)


3 large bananas
1 Orange (or a splash of orange juice)
25g unsalted butter
Cinnamon
Ice cream to serve

Method


Heat the butter in a large frying pan.

Chop the bananas into small pieces and add to the pan

Cover with a good squeeze of orange juice

Sprinkle with cinnamon

Allow to bubble until the bananas are soft and squishy and the sauce is thickened

Serve over vanilla ice cream

Delicious!





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My First Football Match- Liverpool V’s Plymouth

My First Football Match: Liverpool V’s Plymouth


I finally got to go to my first Liverpool football game earlier this month. It was a birthday treat from my Godfather and I went with him, his son who is my friend but is a bit younger than me and my Dad.

I was so excited, I woke up really early and they picked us up at 8am. It’s a really long way too Liverpool but we arrived in plenty of time and found our way to the seats- they were really good ones, with a great view of the pitch.


It was a really good  football match (although my Dad said it was frustrating!) and Liverpool had a lot of possession. It ended 0-0 and they had to have a rematch later in the month. I was a bit disappointed that no one got a red card but my friend was excited because one of the players got taken off on a stretcher (he wasn’t hurt fortunately) but this was the most interesting part to him!


When the game was over we went and got a present for my sister and brother- Lottie now has her very own pink Liverpool scarf and Sam has a little bear which he takes to bed each night!


When we were leaving we were spotting footballer’s cars- we think we saw Daniel Sturridge’s and Nathaniel Clyne’s because of the number plates!


We then had a really long drive home but that was ok because we had plenty of snacks for the journey! I really enjoyed the game and would definitely like to go again soon- I am going to be practising my football skills too!

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My Favourite Adventures from Last Year

My Favourite Adventures from Last Year

The last few months have been quite tricky. My Dad has been unwell and we have had to miss and cancel certain events, days out and even a trip to France so at times things have felt quite miserable. However, reading back over my blog from the last year I realised just how many fantastic things we actually got to do in the last year. Hopefully we will be able to do more this year when he starts to get better again.

This is a quick round up of my top three adventures from the 2016- all of which I really hope to be able to do again this year if I am lucky enough to get the chance.

The Puy Du Fou

This is our absolute favourite family day out, and although we have been loads of times we never fail to have a fantastic time and are always looking forward to our next visit. Tucked away in the Vendee countryside in France you would never expect to find Vikings, Romans and wizards but that’s exactly what you get and much much more. 

We were annual pass holders last year and went several times during the Easter and Summer holidays- we saw all the amazing shows, visited the historical villages, experienced the WW1 trench, played in the water jets and got lost in the maze.

I have blogged about this amazing place in much more detail before here. I would recommend anyone who finds themselves in that part of France to pay a visit, ideally for more than a day if you can as there is so much to do.

Even better spend a night in one of their hotels and watch the amazing Cinescenie night show- this is what I would really love to do. We watched Cinescenie a couple of years ago and I would like to do that again but to stay in one of the hotels there too would be amazing! 

Tough Mudder and Fruitshoot Mini Mudder

This was an awesome adventure for my friend and me- we had an amazing time and loved getting muddy. We are both really keen to do this again this year and collect another sweatband! You can read all about our adventure here

I think I will get my Dad into training and so he can do the Tough Mudder adult version! 

This is quite possibly the best way to raise money for charity ever!

 

SportFest at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire

We have been to SportFest for the last two years and it is an absolutely fantastic way to spend a weekend for the whole family. You get to play sports and learn new ones with actual sporting legends. We had a whole weekend of amazing activities- a family run, a huge rugby game and a performance by the awesome RPJ band for the best concert. The food was great and the camping was fun. My highlight though was doing the conga across the cricket pitch led by Liverpool legend John Barnes! 

I would love to go back again, it was such an awesome weekend it would be very hard to beat. You can read all about our experience at SportFest here. We would all recommend this to any family (even my Mum who isn’t very sporty loves it). They even have a glamping option which looks awesome and very cosy and would mean you could get straight on with having fun.  





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A Belated Happy New Year!

A Belated Happy New Year!

I haven’t blogged for ages partly because I have been really busy with school in the run up to Christmas and partly because my Dad has been quite poorly so my Mum hasn’t had much time to help me. 

I wanted to write again this weekend though and try and get back into updating more often because I really like looking back and remembering things I have enjoyed.

Despite my Dad being ill over the last few months we still enjoyed a nice Christmas, although it was a bit quieter than we would have liked but still fun and I would like to wish everyone who reads this a very Happy New Year.

I haven’t really done any resolutions this year- more like things I would like to try and do, including blogging more often and learning a new sport.

Therefore, I thought this would be a good chance to review my 16 aims for 2016 and see how we got on, so here goes…

1. Help teach Sam to walk and talk…
Sam now walks and talks and is very nearly a terrible 2! His favourite word is ‘No’ but he does say it with a cheeky smile!

2. Play with Lottie more at school.
Hmmm, sometimes. She does still drive me mad by chasing me though.

3. Learn a new sport.
I thought volleyball would be fun but didn’t do that- I did start doing basketball on Tuesday mornings though. I have really enjoyed it and have taken part in a tournament and a holiday camp. I was very happy to win best team player of the camp and got a medal and basketball to keep.

4. Learn a new skill.
I have been learning lots of DIY skills this last year and have really enjoyed this- I have built furniture by myself and fixed a cupboard door among other things.

5. Learn a language
Sort of- my french is a little better and I can now sign Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer in BSL- I am sure that will come in very useful!

6. Use my telescope.
We have been rubbish with this- we probably only got it out once or twice last year. I will try and use it a bit more this year.

7. Use my metal detector.
I have not used this at all last year, I will never find buried treasure at this rate!

8. Go Camping
We did manage this one- we went camping at Sportfest and had a great time, although our new tent wasn’t very cosy and we were a bit cold!

9. Grow something.
We still didn’t do brilliantly with our vegetables but did manage to get a couple of tomatoes, a few strawberries and a ton of rhubarb so we will definitely try again this year!

10. Get on my bike.
I did manage to get out on my bike a bit more until my Dad became ill- we went around our local lakes quite a few times which I hope to do more once he starts to get better.

11. Go on a plane.
Sadly this still remains on my wish list. Something to keep hoping for this year perhaps!

12. Read the rest of the Harry Potter books
I have done this and was quite sad when I finished. It’s probably time to start again soon! I also enjoyed reading Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child but preferred the books to screenplay, although I would still love to see it at the theatre.

13. Watch all the Star Wars Films
Definitely did this! LOVE the new one- I went with 8 friends for my birthday and it was awesome!

14. Save my pocket money for something specific
I was very happy to do this and have now got some fab Star Wars LEGO and also the Base Ace set I got at BRICK 2016 which I had wanted for ages.

15. Do something for charity.
We did plenty of fundraising things with school and Dad and I also were volunteers at the local Race For Life- this was very hard work as one of the first ladies who came through broke her ankle and needed help.

I would like to do something like this again though, it was a really good atmosphere and I enjoyed being involved and cheering everyone.

16. Try something new.
My sister and I went to a cookery class in the Summer which was completely new for both of us, it was great. It was held in an Italian restaurant and we learned how to make a lasagne- my parents were very impressed with it. It was even better than my Mum’s- did you know the secret ingredient is nutmeg?!

Not too bad overall then but still a few things to cross of my list! Let’s hope 2017 brings lots of chances to do plenty of fun things for everyone.

sparkling trails of light drawing out the numbers 2017 in glowing light to welcome in the new year
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Brick 2016 Review- A great day for LEGO fans

If you have been reading for a while you might remember that last year we had a really good day out at Brick Live. As you can imagine I was very excited to be invited back to attend the 2016 show and is was great knowing a bit more about what to expect this time.

We arrived a little while after the show had started and got in very quickly. We were immediately greeted by some amazing LEGO. There was Halloween LEGO set, a huge Scooby Doo, loads of train tracks, villages and Lottie’s favourite- a huge Beauty and The Beast set. We spent ages looking at the amazing things the master builders had made and then went off and started joining in the fun  ourselves.

 

 


Lottie and I made LEGO houses to put on the map of the UK,  designed cars to test on the speed ramps, joined in with making a Giant pumpkin and a huge mosaic picture, all before diving into the huge LEGO pits to build whatever we wanted.

We then moved to the back of the show were all the stalls were and where we discovered the most amazing  model ever- a massive copy of a DFDS ship-it was awesome!

I asked the lady if they were going to make small versions to buy but she thought they wouldn’t be able to – I really hope the do though. They could sell them in the ships restaurants and reception and it would make our journey to France go much quicker.


Once we had admired the ship and done some colouring we went to have a look at what the retailers were selling.

There was literally everything a LEGO fan could ever want to buy- t-shirts, jewellery, limited edition LEGO sets and even bedroom furniture!

S
ome really amazing things there – we really liked the 3D Funky Faces people who can make you a LEGO version of yourself- these were awesome. They looked like they should feel squidgy but were actually hard and are proper LEGO people. We are definitely saving up for these!

I also loved the Base Ace 3D Play Platforms which we mentioned last year- I had been saving my pocket money so I was finally able to get a set.

This is such a great way to play with  figures and vehicles and lets you create allsorts of games- I have had some amazing battles with mine! I am hoping to convince my sister to spend her pocket money that she has saved on a different set and then we can get an extension kit to connect the two. I don’t know how her LEGO friends characters will survive against an invasion from my Stormtroopers though!

It was nearly time to go home but there was just enough time for Lottie to go and learn a dance routine with the LEGO friends, which she loved doing.

Once again BRICK was an awesome day out- we all had fun, played lots, built loads and came home with some fab stuff too! If you get chance to go to the next one it is a great day out for LEGO fans of any age.

That painful moment when you step on a LEGO Brick!

 


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Ready, Steady, Dough Swirly Whirly Sweets Review

Ready, Steady, Dough Swirly Whirly Sweets Review

We had quite a busy half term but at the end we were all struck down with coughs and colds and decided to have a quiet day at home doing Arts and Crafts. This can sometimes be a bit tricky as it can be difficult finding something we can all do together with me being 8, Lottie 5 and Sam being a toddler who is keen on wrecking things.

The Entertainer must have known though because at lunchtime there was a knock on the door and a large parcel arrived- the lovely people there had kindly sent us a big Ready, Steady Dough Swirly, Whirly Sweets set to review.

I hadn’t played with this sort of thing for quite a while but Lottie was keen we got started straight away so while Mum put Sam up for his nap I got the instructions out and started putting it together. It was really straightforward to set up and I had it ready in no time so we were soon able to get started using the set.

The main sweet machine allowed you go push the dough through and it turned a thick tube of dough into a neat balls, you can do it as plain or we preferred to mix it togethed make them multi coloured. You can then leave these as ball shaped sweets or use the presser to make them into sweets that are like a box of chocolates.

 

After this we used the icing piece which made a long straight very thin piece of dough- we like this because if you kept putting dough in before you pulled it off you could make it really long! We used these long pieces to wrap together and stick on the sticks to make lollies. There was also plates and knives in the set so you can make your own design and set them up.

I think the set would make great Christmas present for children slightly younger than me- I enjoyed it far more than I expected to and found it quite fun to roll out dough and make shapes, but my sister absolutely loved it. When Sam woke up he joined in too- he was too heavy handed for the sweet machine as we were worried he might break it but he loved rolling the dough and using the icing bit so I think this set is perfect for 3 to 6 year olds but will also be enjoyed by children who are both younger and older.

Thanks The Entertainer, we had a lovely afternoon trying the Ready Steady Dough Swirly Whirly Sweets set and actually all managed to play together without arguing!

 

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Collections!

Collections for Kids!

So far this Autumn I have collected over 300 conkers and this has got me thinking of all the other collections I have enjoyed over the last couple of years, I am only collecting from a couple of ranges at the moment but these are my top five pocket money collections for children age 5 to 10.

5. Shopkins – My sister is obsessed with Shopkins and there are loads to collect, there are different toys that you can get to go with them. She has a shopping set but you can also just get the bags with the characters in to play with them.

4. Trash Pack– I don’t collect these any more but when I was a bit younger I really liked Trash pack- they are a bit like Shopkins but more revolting and I liked then ones that came in their own little bins!

3. Topps Star Wars cards– I haven’t got loads of these but I like them and would like to start collecting these properly. They are good fun to play a game with

2. Match Attax– I have collected these every year since I was 5 and really enjoy filling up my folder. I haven’t managed to fill a book completely but got really close last year and I enjoy doing swaps with my friends.

1. Star Monsters– These are our absolute favourite collectibles at the moment. They are good for lots of age groups as both me and my little sister are enjoying collecting them together. I like the fact that you get two in a bag each time along with a sticker for just £1. We have already got some really good ones but I like to check each bag before I buy one to see if it feels like it could have a ‘rare’ inside! 

Our rare Star Monsters


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Everyone Needs a Giant T-Rex!

We were lucky enough to meet some of the people from Kids@Play over the weekend and had chance to see some of their amazing toys.

Tucked away in the corner was an extremely large but very well behaved T-Rex, he was sitting safely out of the way and seemed to manage to avoid scaring too many people throughout the day. When we got to the end of the day we were lucky enough to be given our very own inflatable dinosaur.

As you can imagine my Mum had a few concerns about adding the newly named Trevor the T -Rex to our toy collection but having seen how much fun we have had with him today she is surprisingly ok with him having his own space in our house!

It was Lottie’s birthday party today and we couldn’t miss the chance to show off our Giant Inflatable T-Rex. He greeted everyone at the door and as more people arrived we all hid behind him and roared at the next arrivals. Then he had great fun joining in with the dancing  – unsurprisingly he was a regular winner at musical statues.

The T-Rex stood up to bring played with by fifteen five year olds, being dragged around the dance floor before Batman, Spider-Man and the Hulk attempted to beat him up and looks as good as when he came out of his box.

I love the T-Rex, he is great fun and good for both for decoration and imaginative play.  I am not sure how my Mum is going to feel when she meets him in the middle of the night but I would recommend him for any children age 5 plus. It’s great that you can deflate him and re-inflate him when you want to play as it makes it a much more practical toy. I am very tempted to fill him with helium, hold on tight and see what happens!

If all our fun has made you realise that what you are missing from your home is your very own Giant T-Rex you will be pleased to know you can buy one here!

Watch Out Sam- he’s behind you!

 

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The End of The Summer Holidays

The End of The Summer Holidays


I can’t believe it’s the end of the Summer Holidays and that we are back to school tomorrow. I am looking forward to getting back to seeing my friends and starting all my clubs again but I am a bit nervous about having a new teacher and doing harder work- especially as last year’s spellings were very tricky.

I had great fun over the Summer though. I especially enjoyed our holiday to France and plan to write about some of our favourite places to visit in the area and I loved Sportfest again. I really liked doing a couple of days of multisport activities and was surprised by how much I enjoyed and learnt at my first aid course.

The only thing I had on my list that I really wanted to do but we haven’t managed was to go to the seaside. We hoped we would be able to do this in France but it was over 38C and just too hot to take my baby brother so we will have to try and visit one in England before it gets too cold.

Now we are thinking about going back to school we will have a lot less time for doing things at home but over the next term I would like to carry on doing lots of sport- I can’t wait until hockey starts at the weekend, keep reading lots of books- I have really liked getting different fact books out from the library and have become very interested in learning about World War Two and I would like to try and be better at getting on with my homework and reading as soon as I get it so I don’t have to worry about it at the last minute… we’ll see though!


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Timmy Failure: Sanitizited for Your Protection Book Review

Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection Book Review


I have just finished reading the latest Timmy Failure book by Stephan Pastis and I think it is the funniest yet!

This time Timmy is on a mission to find YIP YAP’s missing money and stop the dreaded Corrina Corrina but travelling across America to Chicago he is forced to join forces with his former criminal nemesis Molly Moskins (who is a little bit in love with Timmy and very annoying) as his sidekick polar bear Total is in disgrace.

Timmy, Molly and Total have to make a brave escape from their parents to hunt the criminal down- they leave a trail of destruction behind them and unfortunately they don’t quite cover their tracks as well as they could. Fortunately the money is recovered in the end and Timmy can be happy that another case has been ‘solved’- even if he is now grounded!

Like the other books in this series this is a perfect read for anyone age 7 plus, the chapters are short and there are lots of pictures to break it up. The illustrations are really funny and add as much to the story as the writing itself. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the others yet- whilst it is definitely worth reading them it isn’t a problem if you read them out of order as they all work well by themselves rather than having to be read as a series.

I would give this book 5 stars and can’t wait for the next one- I hope Timmy and Molly team up again as this was really funny.


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