Friday, 18 July 2014

Yummy Singapore Noodles

In celebration of the Commonwealth Games starting next week we're creating a series of recipes from Commonwealth countries, starting with Singapore. We probably won't get through all 71 countries taking part, but we're going to try as many as we can!

Everyone in our house loves a good noodle dish and they're usually a great way to get lots of colourful fresh veggies into the kids.

Ingredients ( makes enough for 2 very large portions )

  • 100g cooked and peeled prawns
  • Half a pak choi, ends chopped finely leaving the leaves whole
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped at the green end, split in half down the white end
  • Half a red pepper, finely sliced
  • 1 red chilli finely sliced
  • Thumbsized piece of ginger peeled and grated
  • Half a courgette, finely sliced
  • 100g beansprouts, washed
  • 50g tender broccoli stalks, washed and sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 2 portions of fine dried egg noodles
  • Handful of Coriander leaves
  • 1 lime


  • Boil some water and add the egg noodles, cook for 1 minute then turn off the heat.
  • In a wok or large frying pan add all of the vegetables (apart from the ends of the spring onion) and fry for about 4 minutes
  • Add the curry powder and fry for another minute
  • Add about 1/2 a cup of water from the noodles then drain the noodles
  • Add the noodles to the wok and mix very well before serving into two bowls
  • Sprinkle coriander leaves  into each bowl and squeeze the juice of a lime over your noodles.
  • For variety you can substitute prawns for other meat or fish or more vegetables.
  • Delicious, fresh and very quick.

Which country should we do next?

Are you excited about the Commonwealth Games? We definitely are, I always think it's such a great way to get kids enthusiastic about sports and maybe even inspire a love of a new sport. All my children do gymnastics so we always make a special effort to watch it at big sporting events, as they find it so inspiring to see what they may one day be capable of if they work hard.

A food shopping voucher was given to my costs for this recipe
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

No Place Like Home

I thought a lot about which quote to use to enter this competition, but in the end decided on this from The Wizard of Oz, one of my favourite childhood books and movies.

It's a bit messy because my 7 year old did it, I can't tell you how much he loved getting messy with spaghetti!

There really is no place like home.

We are new fans of Alphabetti, so much fun to have at dinner time.

This blog post is an entry into the Tots100/Heinz competition to support Children’s Book Week
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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Stuck in a Tree

Childhood toys star in funny bingo lingo video

Children’s toys are designed to fuel imaginations and encourage creativity, but sometimes they manage to do more than that. Sometimes they even become the stars of stage and screen…

This great video clip is part of an ongoing campaign which is documenting all 90 bingo calls in 90 videos. The aim is to crack the bingo lingo once and for all – giving us all the chance to join in with bingo calls rather than just sticking with the ones we know (two little ducks, anyone?)…

All of the 90 videos are going to go live on YouTube with the campaign currently at its half-way point and that means there is plenty of potential to see fantastic clips from people like you and me.

Number 53: stuck in a tree is naturally a favourite with childish toys making their way into the limelight and we can’t wait to see what else these videos teach us about the world of bingo and their distinctive calls.

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Friday, 27 June 2014

First day at school

I cannot believe that I now almost have THREE children at school. I'm quite sad thinking that my days with a preschooler are almost over, but at the same time looking forward to watching how they grow and change over the next few years.

When Z started school almost three years ago I was in complete denial, and didn't buy any uniform till the week before, with the girls I've been much more organised and much happier with the thought of them starting, knowing how they will thrive in their new environments. 

This September I have Z starting a new junior school and little H starting infant school, she is beyond excited at the thought of seeing her big sister everyday, I am a little anxious, but holding it together. I finally made the decision to start her on half days, but just really hope that this doesn't stop her making friends.

This is S last year when she started, I can't believe how much she has learned and grown in less than a year, that cardigan that looks too big is now on the small side. My girl is growing up.

Lots of people have asked me about uniform recently and where is best to buy from. I have to admit that at first I did buy all the school branded stuff, but S doesn't like the way the stitched on logos itch her, so I've found supermarket branded tops much better. This year I've bought just one school cardigan and then cheaper ones for other days, it's just not worth spending more than I need to as she either loses them or destroys them, I've never known a child get so dirty at school, I don't know how she does it! 

Did you know that George School Uniform has a100 day no quibble satisfaction guarantee? You can't ask for much more than that can you? They also have a great range of lunch bags and bottles too.

Where do you buy school uniform from?

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Celebspiration: The best celebrity family travel spots

Holiday season is well and truly upon us, have you booked a summer holiday yet? If not, how about one of these fantastic destinations in this great guest post.

As BeyoncĂ© and Jay Z post images of themselves flitting around the Caribbean and the likes of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt seem to be constantly travelling with their huge brood, it’s easy to imagine that holidays to the same destinations as the A-listers head to are beyond reach for mere mortals. But, while we may not be able to hire a super yacht or stay in 5* penthouse suites wherever we go, it is possible to take some inspiration from celebrity destinations if you haven’t yet booked your family break for the summer holidays or October half-term. Here are a few of the British destinations where you might spot a star or two.


Singing superstar Adele loves Brighton so much she has snapped up a pad here while author Peter James has been so inspired by Brighton’s attractions that he set his Roy Grace novels there. He recommends exploring the South Downs national park and taking in the Regency and Victorian architecture in the city centre. For families, the Brighton hop-on, hop-off red tour bus is one of the best ways to see everything because you can get off as many times as you want to see attractions like Brighton Pier and the Sea Life centre. The beach is pebbly, but if you bring diving shoes or jellies, the kids will still have fun splashing about and throwing stones into the water.


Britain’s south-western tip is one of the most popular destinations for tourists across the globe, and celebrity travellers aren’t immune to its charms either. Daytime favourites Richard and Judy have a second home in Cornwall while Harry Enfield has also snapped up a property here. The Brangelina clan have also spent a holiday sailing around the Cornish coast. Rock is a particular celebrity hotspot, along with being one of the most expensive places to buy property in Britain. And, just around the coast, Parkdean’s St Minver site offers accommodation which is a cut above the norm. Its lodges have bedrooms with en suites and a separate living area, so there’s plenty of space and you’re within reach not just of Rock beach, but also Polzeath and Daymer Bay.


The capital is, of course, the most likely place to spot the odd celeb, with A-listers a plenty flocking to its clubs and restaurants. But, it’s also the perfect place for a family holiday, with a wealth of attractions to keep all ages occupied. The Natural History museum has a new attraction for summer all about Ice Age giants, while the London Eye offers a bird’s eye view of the city and the London Dungeon is perfect for fans of the Horrible Histories series.

Anglesey, Wales

Anglesey was, of course, home to one of the world’s most famous couples. Prince William and Kate Middleton made the island their home while the future king took on search and rescue duties as a pilot. And, it’s easy to see what attracted them. There are chocolate-box pretty villages and a stunning coastline, which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can take a boat trip to see the clown-like puffins which make their homes on the cliffs, or take a trip to Benllech on the east coast, a long sandy beach which is a firm favourite with families.


For lots of celebrities, the Cotswolds are the perfect place to get away from it all. The countryside here attracts the likes of Kate Moss, Lily Allen, Kate Winslet and Stella McCartney. It’s not all glitz and glamour though. There are plenty of child-friendly attractions, including Cotswold Water Park, where you can swim, boat or cycle, and the Prinknash Bird and Deer Park, where the deer are so tame you can stroke them while they eat food from your hands.

They’re all stunning destinations that are just as appealing to families as they are to A-listers. 

Which would you like to visit??
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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Win with Victoria Plumb

In my dreams I have a spotless, tidy house with everything neatly packed away out of sight. In reality stuff is EVERYWHERE and no matter how much storage we buy, there just doesn't seem to be anything that can keep LEGO, toys and craft items organised.

This is my Shelfie, which I'm rather embarrassed about, the unit is actually 5 x 5 and needs a good clear out....

Victoria Plumb have a fab competition at the moment where you can win £250 in john Lewis vouchers by completing their Great British Home Challenge. I was quite disappointed to be told I was Joey Essex as I don't actually know who he is, but the quiz was fun anyway.

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Win a Two night Break Away with Primula

I first came across Primula many years ago at University where a friend in my corridor adored it, before long Primula sandwiches were part of our staple diet, sometimes with a bit of tomato or ham thrown in for good measure. Incidentally it's also rather good on toast, especially the cheese and ham flavour.

More recently I've been using Primula Original Cheese flavour on the kid's sandwiches, they don't like butter so Primula is the perfect moistener and helps stick everything together! I'm really pleased to see that the new Kid's Primula has extra calcium and less salt, perfect for my middle child who refuses milk in form other than chocolate.

Tots100 have a rather great competition running at the moment where you can win a fab 2 night break at a Village Urban Resort for sharing your ULTIMATE Primula sandwich.

I've done a rather posher version of my favourite University sandwich for my entry.

Yummy toasted Primula Cheese and Tomato. Simple but delicious.

How to enter this fab competition:

  • Make your favourite Primula sandwich.
  • Share your photograph on Twitter or Instagram, tagging @tots100 and using the hashtag #PrimulaSandwich (remember to tell us about your sandwich in your Tweet or Instagram caption)
  • Leave a comment on the Tots100 post with your details.
  • Post your photograph before 11.59pm on May 23, 2014
For full Terms and Conditions see here.

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