Monday, 9 May 2016

Piccolo Plates

I was a little bit spoiled last week, I didn't have to cook a thing for the kids dinner because we were sampling Piccolo Plates, a brand new London based company that delivers fresh and nutritious meals for children. All their meals are homemade using fresh non processed ingredients with no added sugar or salt.



We sampled the lasagne ( below) the cottage pie, veggie pie, chicken & pesto nuggets and cod & salmon goujons. Mr Jones ended up eating the cottage pie because the kids had already eaten at an earlier playdate and he tells me that it was really good!



Rufio is a huge lover of fish, he adored the fish pie and the cod & salmon goujons. I even caught him stealing one as I was about to take a photo!


Piccolo Plates is a lifeline for working mothers, children can still have nutritious homemade meals at an affordable price too, each dish is £5 and serves 2.  When I was working in an office, I didn't always have time to cook for my children and I would be wracked with (even more) guilt on the days that they ended up eating ready meals. A week's worth of Piccolo Plates would be an awesome gift baby shower gift for a friend with older children so they don't have to worry about shopping and preparing food in those first few days at home with a newborn.



Even though I'm working from home at the moment, I would still use Piccolo Plates for those busy days when I just don't have time to cook. Plus, all their meals can be frozen for up to 3 months which means that you can keep them in the freezer for emergencies.

Piccolo Plates is such a genius idea, I have been telling all the school mummies about them and I will certainly be using them again!






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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

#CityCountryLife Fulham Firestation Open Day

#CityCountryLife is a series run by myself and my friend Lizzie. Living in the heart of London, I write about life with kids in the capital city and Lizzie writes about all the wonderful things that country life has to offer.

Rufio, like most two year old boys, is obsessed with Fireman Sam and Fire engines in general. So many people have told me that if you head over to your local fire station, you can have a tour if they're not in the middle of an emergency. I have yet to try this out but the weekend before last, we discovered that there was an open day at Fulham Firestation, a perfect opportunity to pay them a visit!



There were two fire engines that the kids could climb inside, take a look around and get a photo. In typical London fashion, there was an enormous que, but we all waited patiently for 45 minutes so that Rufio could pretend to drive a fire engine, the smile on his face was worth the wait.
Afterwards there was a a mini fair at the back of the fire station, with rides, and even a petting zoo. These guys even got to try out candy floss for the first time!




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Friday, 29 April 2016

#CityCountryLife Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum

Every spring, The Natural History Museum re-lays the grass where the winter ice rink once was, a bright white tent goes up and before you know it, Sensational Butterflies is back in town. The butterfly exhibition has always been our favourite family activity for a lazy Sunday afternoon. We wander over the the Museum and then after we've seen the butterflies, we stroll down Exhibition road for an ice cream.


Unlike the Museum which is free you do have to pay a small fee to see Sensational Butterflies but it is are well worth it. The butterflies are housed in a climate controlled tent and it is hot hot hot,  you could almost kid yourself that you're in the tropics. Cool clothes or layers are recommended!


There are hundreds of different species of butterflies and moths fluttering about.


Including this enormous Atlas moth which is the size of small bird!



You can even see the cocoons lined up in a row and if you're really lucky you might see a brand new butterfly emerging. Rufio really liked this part, he loves reading 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'  at the moment and especially the part where the caterpillar gets really fat and then makes a cocoon.


E's learning all about insects and creepy crawlies in school right now so she was super exited to see the butterflies this year. As soon as we arrived, her mission was for one of them to land on her, so she spent the entire time, willing them to fly her way. We were just about to leave and she was starting to get a little upset, then as if by magic, one landed on her hand. It stayed put for a few minutes while she marvelled at it's beauty and of coursed I grasped the opportunity to take a ton of photos!


In the past the children have been given activity sheets with stamps to collect as you move around the  exhibition. Sadly they had done away with the activity sheets this year which was a little bit disappointing. But there was still plenty to learn, did you know that butterflies absolutely love to eat fruit?



Aside from the lack of activity sheets, Sensational Butterflies is as beautiful as ever this year and I'm sure we'll be visiting again and again over the course of the summer.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

How to apply eye make-up that lasts all day!

For years I've been using cream eye shadow as a primer to help keep my eye make-up in place. I have quite oily skin and by not doing so, I would almost certainly end up looking like an Alice Cooper tribute act. The problem was that most of these cream eye shadows are designed to be worn alone so by layering eye shadow on top, I'd end up with an intense look that would take a while to blend out.  


This Instant Light Perfecting Eye Base from Clarins really makes all the difference. It's designed to be worn underneath make-up so I get just the right intensity, making morning eye-make up application a lot quicker and far less messier. It also contains radiance boosting 3D pigments which brighten and illuminate the eyelid so it looks brilliant worn on it's own, great for when I just want to even out the skin tone of my eyelids without wearing eyeshadow. This principle also works really well for a quick cut crease look which I've tried out below. After applying the Clarins eye base, all I have to do is add and blend a smidge of eyeshadow to the crease. Then of course eyeliner & mascara et voila! Job done! The best part is that it lasts all day, without an oil slick in sight, LOVE!


I hate leaving the house without make-up on and with two little munchkins to get ready in the morning, every second counts. What make-up hacks do you have?

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

#CityCountryLife


#CityCountryLife is a series run by myself and my gorgeous friend Lizzie. Living in the heart of London, I write about life with kids in the capital city and Lizzie writes about all the wonderful things that country life has to offer.

This week we've been busy settling back in to the school routine after the easter holidays. Last term E had a some separation anxiety when we dropped her off at school, by the end of term she seemed to have gotten over it. Now however, it's back with a vengeance, to the point where she was actually crying so much that she was sick. It's so strange because when I pick her up from school she's alway buzzing with excitement and doesn't want to leave her friends. At the weekend we decided to take the Children to Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum, photos will be on the blog once I've edited them but for now here's my favourite photo of my girlie. She was desperate for a butterfly to land on her and just as we were about to leave, her wish finally came true and made her day!



My favourite post from last week was from this gorgeous new blog Half a Dozen for Dinner  I'm rubbish at baking but I really want to try her Lemon Courgette Cake, giving up sugar will have to wait a few more days.....


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