Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Learning To Save With Family Investments. Week 2 and 3 Update.

So the monsters (and me) have been saving for a few weeks now, they are really getting good at doing their chores (I will get that blog post done I promise, its sitting in drafts waiting to be completed!). I mean they could do better with me not needing to remind them but overall they are doing great!

Firstly, apologises that I didn't get an update done last week, the days just seem to be zooming by and with Elsie poorly I haven't really had time to do a great deal of anything, so counting out pennies was put on the back bench, but anyway back to it...

Whilst Elsie napped today me and Evie managed to get round to counting the pennies out and adding up our earnings!!

The last couple of weeks everyone has earned all of their pocket money and their one on one time with me. 

Also in the pot this last 2 weeks...We've sold some old clothes on Facebook so the money for that has gone in the pot too! Huzaahh we are getting into this!

So our grand total now stands at...Drum roll please....


Come back next week to see how we get on in our 4th week of saving.

To find out what our savings are all about click the image below to find our original post.

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday Week 14

Thank you to everyone who linked last week, I really enjoyed reading everyone's posts there were lots of ideas I can use with my monsters!

Me and Jenson LOVED Lamb and Bears River Island haul, it made us really want to go shopping! 


pics courtesy of Lamb and Bear (link above)

I also loved this handbag craft from over at Mummy's Crochet World
Pic courtesy of Mummy's Crochet World (link above)

Now on with the show.

We would absolutely love it if you would join us, linking will open every Tuesday through to Thursdays and give us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter (make sure you follow me (@3princess_1dude and Leandra @larabeeuk) and every week we will each pick our fave two for a #ToddlerAprrovedTuesday Showcase!


1. Link as many posts as you like! Remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform).

2. Pop by and comment on a couple of other's link up's...Its nice to share the love!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Leandra and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk) and also share on our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Pinterest board.

The Badge:

Toddler Approved Tuesday

This week I am sharing an oldie but a goodie...Indoor Snow!

Follow the link below, to one of my earlier posts for the full 'How To'!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Review. Funky Giraffe Bibs.

Now, before I start its a well known fact in my circle of friends and family that I am rubbish at packing a changing bag! I never (and I mean NEVER) remember bibs, mainly because that unless Elsie is wearing one (which isnt very often because they irritate her and she manages to get them off!) I generally forget!

So when Funky Giraffe got in touch and asked if I would like to give them a try I jumped at the chance to finally find a bib that Elsie liked the comfort of and that looked cute too as well a doing their job of keeping clothes clean and dry.

 We chose the 'Set of 10 Funky Giraffe Pack 2 Bandana Bibs'...

Funky Giraffe Pack 2 Bandana Bibs (Set of 10)

I loved the choice of designs within the pack, and that there was a good selection of patterned and plain (and that lady bird bib..totally had me sold!!) 

When I received the bibs the quality of the designs was better than I expected (I was expecting that kind of design that peels off if that makes sense!) but these are actually printed into the cotton which is aces because I hate it when kids clothes go 'tatty' the other things I liked were the fleecey backs and the neck line, unlike other bandana bibs I have bought (usually from supermarkets)Funky Giraffe bibs are designed in a way to protect Elsies clothes not just to look good.

So I loved them but what about the person that mattered? My Elsie bear...what did she think? I mean shes a toughy to please and any thing she doesn't like the feel of will be promptly removed and thrown to one side (to back me up here I will add that this winter we have lost approximately 3 hats and 6 pairs of mittens/gloves! NO KIDDING! And headbands have a short lived life too! Some lat longer than others admittedly but in general left to her own devices then they are off and on the floor quicker than you can say 'dont you look cute!')

Any ways back to the matter in hand...what did my little Elsie think? 

Well she loves them! She hasn't once tried to pull them off she doesn't moan when I put them on, she doesn't pull them she just leaves them alone, it's like she doesn't know that she is wearing them. 

Do you love your Funky Giraffe bibs Elsie????


I can, erm feel something on my head...

Mummy...get this headband of me!! 

Pouty poser!

If you fancy some Funky Giraffe bibs for yourself pop over to the Funky Giraffe website where you can pick some up for a little as £1.98 with free postage! The set I reviewed retail at £20, which actually is a really great price. I know it sound alot, but for 10 bibs that will last the whole from birth up until toddler-dom is an actual bargain! AND they wash really well to! 

You can follow Funky Giraffe on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclaimer:We received these bibs free of charge but all opinions are mine and Elsie's own!!

If you liked this post you might like to have a look In Our Wardrobe

5 Ideas For...National Breakfast Week.

Did you know this week is National Breakfast Week? So to celebrate I've got 5 Ideas to make breakfast more exciting! 

First up did you know that:

Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast - that's where its name originates, breaking the fast!  Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no petrol!

Nutritionists advise that breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking and a healthy breakfast should provide calories in the range of 20-35% of your guideline daily allowance (GDA).

Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre.  The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day.  Fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals so try to include a portion of your daily five at breakfast, whether that be a banana or glass of fruit juice.

Breakfast can be good for waistline too, research shows those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range compared with breakfast skippers.  If you skip breakfast, you're more likely to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks mid-morning.

Now on with the show, 5 Simple ideas for breakfast's you will actually eat!

A really simple recipe from Leandra at Larabee-uk. AND just 4 ingredients!

Takes a bit of prep, but you can always prep the night before ready to go in the morning. Or enjoy as a weekend brunch. Yum!

Super simple recipe, loved by all for a sweet breakfast treat! 

I found these really simple pancake bites over at A Few Shortcuts, literally add anything you like to the pancake mix and bake in a muffin tray for 10 minutes! I love that I can make these ahead of time and just warm them up in the microwave! 

Quick & Simple Breakfast! Make these Easy Pancake Bites #Recipe #glutenfree

5. Or how about the monsters favourite? Just a good old simple bowl of cereal with some yummy Cravendale milk. (Follow the link to Cravendales website where you can find out more about the brand and how to join their Reward Scheme!)

Whats your favourite breakfast? Share your ideas in the comments below!

National Breakfast Week runs from 25th January until 31st January 2015 for more info head over to http://www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/content/why-breakfast-important-1#sthash.LNEz8r6s.dpuf to see more.

Now go follow these on Twitter for more breakfast recipe ideas and future offers:
Cravendale @cravendale Shake Up Your Wake Up @breakfastweek

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