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The Best Crispy Cakes Ever!


We just made the best crispy cakes ever, inspired Cadburys Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Shells chocolate bar. If you’re a fan of this chocolate (and if not, are you mad!?), then you will love these!

175g Cadburys milk chocolate
30g popping candy
85g jelly beans
60g coco pops or rice crispies

Melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over another bowl filled with boiling water. Once the chocolate has melted, combine the jelly beans and coco pops. If you feel you need more chocolate or coco pops, then adjust to your taste. Let the mixture cool slightly so it is less runny and beginning to get tacky. Add most of the popping candy, saving some for sprinkling at the end and mix again.


Spoon the mixture out into cookie sized portions on greaseproof paper. Sprinkle over the remaining popping candy and leave to set in the fridge. Once they are completely cooled and set, eat and enjoy! Yum! Continue reading

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Roll on September baby!


It turns out Christmas cheer and red wine are the perfect recipe for baby making, at least in our house. It will be all change come September and we can’t wait!

This Saturday marks the beginning of my 16th week of pregnancy. I was feeling lots better last week and felt like I had left the first trimester tiredness and nausea behind, until I caught a nasty cold this week which has seen me throwing up, snotty and in bed or on the sofa for much of the week. Still it can’t last forever and I’m looking forward to enjoying the second trimester glow, once I’ve given this bug the heave ho.

I have been annoying my husband by trying to compare every twinge and niggle with my first two children’s pregnancy and I’m realising how little I actually remember. I thought keeping a blog of this pregnancy would be a lovely way to hang on to the memories this time around.

Pregnancy niggles
– during the earlier weeks I found having an empty stomach made me feel sick, but thankfully this seems to have passed now

- during the first few weeks I could have slept all day and still have felt tired, but this has begun to ease up

- mood swings, watch out

- everything smells funny, changing dirty nappies is wretch inducing

- nosebleeds

- only want bland food

Weight gain
Not yet, but there’s plenty of time for this to change!

Maternity clothes
I have been wearing a couple of maternity tops to disguise my little bump, which looks more like I’ve been at the cakes than a proper baby bump at the moment. I am still wearing my stretchier jeans, but have been using a hair tie to make the waist band more stretchy.

Over the next few weeks I want to get all our old baby stuff out and sort it into piles of boys and girls stuff. That way I will have a pile to keep and a pile to dispose of. We’re going to find out what we are having at the 20 week scan, which will be exciting as we waited until the birth with our first two.>


Blink and You Miss It, the Holidays are Over


Today marked the first day back to normality in our household. The decorations have been taken down, the tree disposed of and we have gone back to work. Having become accustomed to our 8 o’clock starts, 6 am was a bit if a shocker and it took well into the afternoon for my ‘back to work’ mood to subside. I did, however, spend some time reflecting on how lovely it was to spend some chilled out time with the family and very lovely it was too.

I have already broken the obligatory ‘healthy diet’ New Years resolution. However, I have decided to view this year’s resolutions as lifestyle changes, rather than hard and fast rules, which once broken, on one occasion are quickly discarded as a failure.

My top 5 resolutions for this year are as follows:

1) More quality time with the children

The run up to Christmas was extremely busy for us this year and we missed out on valuable time spent together as a result. I was stressed, irritable and lacking in patience, which impacted on the kids behaviour. I am planning to spend more time devoted to activities we enjoy doing together in 2014. I will not be prioritising decorating over time with family.

2) Stress less

I will be trying my very best not to sweat the small stuff and keep my stress levels in check. The aim is to take on no more than I feel I can reasonable manage and not to let things get to me. Hopefully points 1 & 3 will help me to achieve this!

3) Live healthily

This will undoubtedly take more will power than all the rest, but for me, I feel this is really important. Not eating healthily and indulging in a few too many glasses of wine is doing me no good. The only problem is, I happen to really enjoy cheese and wine. Must work on desire to eat carrots. I wish I were a rabbit and not a drunken mouse.

4) Tackle our finances

As usual, Christmas resulted in a great deal of credit card spending. I’m pretty fed up of this and it does nothing for our finances. The plan is to save for birthdays, holidays and Christmas and to come up with inventive ways to bring extra money into the house. Mmm… this one may take some thought and I’ll need to curb my desire to spend.

5) Read more

Over the Christmas break I had some time to read and remembered how enjoyable it is. I read Mhairi McFarlane’s  ‘Here’s Looking At You’ and I thought it was great. I’ve got to be honest, I’m a big fan of an easy read. For me, reading is all about relaxing and taking a temporary break from reality and this is why I enjoy a funny romance more than any other novel. This book definitely ticks that box, it reminded me of David Nicholls’ One Day, only funnier. By the way, if you’ve watched the film One Day, but not read the book, you are really missing out. The film was a massive disappointment.

In my quest to take up a much loved hobby once again, I have ordered Mhairi McFarlane’s first novel You Had Me At Hello from Amazon and I cannot wait for it to arrive!

Ultimately my resolutions are geared towards becoming a happier, healthier me and to spending more quality time with family. Here’s to trying and good luck to you all with keeping up your New Year’s resolutions. Lets make 2014 a good un!

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Welcoming Elf on the Shelf #ElfTakeover

We have welcomed a teeny tiny rosy cheeked friend into our house this week, namely the Elf on the shelf, aka the not so festively named Oliver. He’s named after my daughter’s school friend and one she seems particularly fond of. I did try to encourage her to name him Elfie. Get it? Elfie? Sounds a bit like Alfie? Yeah, she didn’t think it was that funny either.

The kids love hunting down Oliver the elf each morning and it’s a welcome addition to our Christmas traditions. Although I hope their, as well as my, enthusiasm endures the run up to Christmas. I think I will have to enlist their Dad when it comes to dreaming up new hiding places for him, he has the ability think like a child (ahem, I mean that as a compliment actually). I just hope we don’t forget where we’ve put him, otherwise I can see it being us who ends up on the ‘naughty list’!



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