First Time Baby Foot Painting

December 1st, 2016, Posted in Family, Life by Alexandra | No Comments

Imogen experienced her first painting activity today. We decided to get her footprints ready to make homemade Christmas cards. Foot painting is a great sensory activity for all ages, you can help to boost vocabulary talking to the children about how the paint feels and the colours you are using which you can do with children of all ages including the babies, also this activity can help the older children to build their physical skills, getting them to paint their own feet and print their feet on to the card themselves.
We found the painting activity really easy to do, first off I would recommend two of you for the younger aged babies.
Get your materials ready before starting, we gathered card, the paint, paintbrush and the main essential baby wipes which made cleaning very quick and easy.
We also used a small chair where Imogen was sat firmly and we could easily access her feet.

When we started painting Imogen’s feet she seemed to really enjoy the sensory feeling of it, giving us a big smile. Once the foot was covered in paint we brought the card up to her foot rather than bringing her foot down to the ground. We held her foot at the ankle and gently pressed her foot down from her heel up to her toes, pressing down each individual toe ensuring we got a perfect print of her foot.img_3146

Slimming World Chicken Korma

September 28th, 2016, Posted in Life, Recipes by Alexandra | No Comments

The slimming world chicken korma is one of our favourite slimming world meals which is very simple and easy to make with few ingredients:

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Ingredients:

Frylight or a low calorie sunflower spray

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

2 large chicken breasts

500g passata

4 tbsp tomato purée

400ml chicken stock

2 tbsp korma curry powder

frozen carrots

100g fat free natural yoghurt

Recipe:

1. Add the Frylight or alternate spray to a large frying pan or wok. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and fry for 5 minutes or until soft.

2. Add the chicken to the pan and stir fry for a further 5 minutes or until the chicken has browned. Half way add the frozen carrots to allow them to start to soften.

3. Add the korma powder, the chicken stock, tomato purée and passata, stir and bring to the boil. Cover the pan and lower down to a simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every few minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

4. Remove from heat and add the yoghurt, stirring in well. Then serve with rice. We also served our chicken korma with a salad, having our third of plate of super free food

Information

Serves: 4

Ready in about: 45 minutes

Syns: Free

Give us a comment on how you found the recipe and if you think it’s as delicious as we do!

We’re back (And not just the two of us)

September 19th, 2016, Posted in Family, Life by Alexandra | No Comments

So it’s been over a year since we’ve posted but it’s been a very busy year and a half indeed. We have since finished decorating the dining room, the living room (apart from the flooring) and have nearly finished the spare room which has now been transformed into a nursery as we have welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world on the 12th August 2016. Our daughter Imogen arrived after a very long labour which ended in her being delivered by an emergency c-section weighing a very healthy 8lb 6oz.

Back to the House 

Firstly we finished the dining room in which we had help from family.

Gavin and I started removing the wallpaper early 2015, in the may of 2015 my grandad (who is a plasterer by trade) was visiting all the way from Australia kindly offered to  plaster the walls for us.

Once plastered we had to sand down the walls using fine sandpaper to make sure all walls were nice and smooth ready for a base coat of white emulsion mixed with 50% water; this is to ensure that the paint does not just flake off when painted onto the wall as the plaster just soaks up all of the moisture to begin this. We used two layers of this mixture of emulsion and water.

The fun part of choosing the colour came next, we decided we wanted something that will brighten the room up so went for a beautiful shade of yellow called custard cream which is from the colours range at B&Q. Gavin’s Mum was a massive help, helping us to paint the walls and then to paint the skirting boards once they were sanded down.

Lastly Gavin laid the laminate flooring with help from my Dad and brother. Before laying the laminate down we chose to put down insulated underlay, which helps in keeping the room a little warmer.

We have yet to buy furniture for the dining room but we are hoping to get this within the next year and have found some items that we like from IKEA. We finished the decor of the room off with blinds from Dunelm  and a light shade from Next (which was given to us as a freebie from a family friend)

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