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All a Toys Are Rubbish

Real life is better.

How many times I have you heard a parent say that their child played with the cardboard boxes for longer than the toy?

Most toys don’t do enough to keep children occupied yet we fill our homes with them. Ok I know some toys are great šŸ™‚

As a working mum with traditional values I find you can’t go wrong with these ideas:

HOMEMADE PIZZAS

Making the dough and putting all the toppings on is great fun and keeps children occupied for ages. Let them help wash up too. Not only is cooking fun but it’s also educational.

SHOPPING

Keep lots of kitchen items to use for shopping games- empty cereal boxes, sweet tubes, jars and tubs. Nothing sharp. When finished everything can go in the recycling bins.

GARDENING

Give your little one a trowel and something to kneel on and they’ll play for hours. Let them help pull up weeds, sweep,play with empty plant pots and watering cans.

CRAFT

I love making things. We’ve just bought a big bag of loom bands and are happy creating things together. I love crafts using leftover household items like toilet roll binoculars, pen holders from Pringles pots and landscapes using all manner if leftover items.

COMPETITIONS

Egg and spoon races, dancing competitions, who can make the best potato face, hide and seek. Anything can be made in to a competition to create fun for hours.

COLOURING

My little one is a whizz on the ipad but she will spend longer with good old fashioned colouring lens and colouring book. I love those great big felt pictures you can colour in. Colouring books are great for dexterity, colour recognition, colour use and concentration. Tracing paper over a colouring book is also good. Pavement chalks for outdoors. Bath crayons for bath time and paint for old wallpaper. Simple fun costing very little.

I don’t think you have to spend a fortune to have fun.

Children who can a use themselves will be less demanding of attention. And will be less likely to get bored as quickly.

Sometimes movie time with a hot chocolate is a great way for the whole family to relax.

Remember your little one wants to be just like mum or dad so role play games or helping out games will be just up their street.

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Vegetable Leftovers

Vegetable Leftovers

Always got leftover veggies? Cut leftovers in to smaller pieces or quickly blend and cook until golden in olive oil. Add flavoured cous cous and hot water. Leave until cous cous has expanded. Delicious and healthy.
My little girl just ate it with leftover sprouts and carrots in. She turned her nose up at sprouts so this is a great way to get her eating all sorts of vegetables.

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Rainbow Vegetables

I passed through a Welsh country village this weekend and did a stopover to visit a huge fruit and veg shop-somehow I managed to spendĀ a fortuneĀ as I picked up every Autumn vegetable in sight-a beautiful array of rainbow colours. In my basket I had a butternut squash, sweet potatoes, marrow,beetroot, carrots, melon, cherries, leeks, avocado, tomatoes and onions. No idea what to cook with it all!

I thought I’d share with you some of the things I cooked using these ingredients-mostly with my toddler in mind but partly because I want to lose some weight before Christmas (And not just from my purse!)

Butternut squash and carrot soup

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Baked Stuffed Marrow

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Steamed Red Cabbage and apple in the slow cooker

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Boiled Beetroot (To put in a salad)

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I also put a big tray of potatoes in to bake-enough for the week

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Taking a bit of time to plan a healthy week ensures you start off on the right foot. It’s a little more time consuming to prepare fresh food but so much more tasty.

I hope you find some inspiration here

Have a good week

Amanda

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Fun With Food

I loveĀ having fun with food to encourage my toddler to try new foods-do you?

It doesn’t have to take any longer than the normal preparation of their meal as long as you have an idea in mind. It’s easy to make sandwiches and just use some cookie cutters to make them in to different shapes and it’s easy to make food in to pictures such as seascapes and faces. I thought I’d find some really cool ideas suitable for working mums.

Most are healthy but some are naughty-the odd treat is fine by me

Enjoy!

Fruit kebabs

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Healthy Caterpillar

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Funky Sandwiches

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Avacado Boats

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Eggs In Toast

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Sandwich Caterpillar

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Fishy Business

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Choccy bananas

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Cheesy Potato Boats

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Smiles At Breakfast

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Alphabet Soup

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Have a good week everyone

Hope you enjoyed these ideas

Amanda