We love painting, colouring and drawing. Little beeniebud is only 2 years but loves her work to be showcased for other friends and familes members to see ( she gets it from her mama!). So I do have a special wall for her art. I was introduce to a lovely brand calledsomething we made. Create, Share and Frame. Besty (the lovely founder), has come up with a great way of kids to be super creative and share their best work in a bespoke frame. The frames are a lovely classic white, blank paper, shape mount and a cut out shape. All we need to do was supply the paints, or colouring pencils.
We went with straw blowing painting and finger painting, there was lots of laughter and smiles. Once our artwork was dried, little beeniebud was very happy with her final display and in her framed intial ‘S’. If you would like your own something we made frames, is available here.
A great start to the day is breakfast, right? Well our friends at Ellas’s Kitchen have a new cereal range. Our little beeniebud is 2 years and the other cereal brands still have a high percent of sugar. That’s why we love the Ella’s Kitchen Wakey Wakey Round Ones 100% scrummy melt in the mouth cereal, with 2 different Round Ones. Packed with organic multigrains and a hint of vanilla and not even the tiniest smidge of refined sugars. Delicious with milk or add yoghurt and fruit for a tasty morning treat. We think this is great for breakfast and snacking. We have a winner. Yay!
We had a whole month of lovely rain and rainy days can be boring or fun. In this case myself and little beeniebud had real fun and getting creative with one of Little Puggle themed boxes. Little Puggle is a brand new subscription monthly service, which delivers direct to your door an exciting box full of high quality arts and craft kits and fun activities for children aged between 3 and 7 years. All Little Puggle boxes are tailored to your little one’s interests (animals, trains, pirates) Little beeniebud is super into her arts and crafts (taken from her mama) and she was so delighted to recieve this lovely themed box of goodies. I loved the creative connection we had when we was colouring the figures and then we created a themed set which grandma helped with too! We played all day long.
Little Puggle themed boxes contain everything you need to get making and creating with the little people in your life. As well as kits from leading brands such as Calafant and the Science Museum, there are activity books, stickers, colouring cards, art supplies and an adult guide full of bright ideas and activities to do in the future, all based on the theme of the box.
To start getting creative you can sign up here to receive a Little Puggle box! Go get creative….
Wow, we have been super busy getting prepared for A Most Curious Baby Fair held on Saturday 14th July 2012 at the St Gregory’s Centre for the Arts, Pottergate, Norwich. beeniebuds&co will be taking part and it will be our very first fair too! We are looking forward to meeting all the other stores taking part and meeting new people.
The day will be spend looking at Vintage, designed and handmade products for maternity, babies and tots up to 5 years old. There will be 40 exhibitors catering for the parents who still have style on their minds! From original Silver Cross prams to dribble bibs made in mid century fabrics, art work and interior pieces for the nursery from the coolest illustrators and makers to beautifully designed clothes for mums-to-be, girls and boys. Whether you love a bit of vintage or favour contemporary and designed pieces the fair will help to take you from a bun in the oven up to school age without loosing your cool. Just because you have a bump or have had children why should you stop wanting, wearing or having chic, beautiful, fun or expressive things that are in line with the pre-baby you! Children friendly tea room, live music, fairy and pirate workshops and plenty of entertainment inside and out to make a day of it!
Also if you do come over and say hello you can get a chance to Win £50 worth of goodies from our online store. Just sign up when you see us! So spread the word and we hope to see you there : )
Our friends at Ella’s Kitchen have once again come up with an NEW range of scrummy yoghurts and designed to help mums and dads introduce dairy into their little ones’ diet. Perfect for little ones from 6 months, Ella’s dairy products include JUST yummy organic natural ingredients just like you’d make at home! Ella’s Kitchen are known for their stages but all is loved by young and old (us mummies) Stage one is smooth + scrummy fromage frais moovelous flavours mango and banana, Stage two teeny creamy rice pudding with vanilla and stage three chilled out thick and fruity yoghurt.
To celebrate this moovelous news we was invited to spend the day with Ella’s Kitchen at the Kentish Town City Farm which is in the heart of Camden! A lovely working farm open seven days a week and all ages are welcome. It was a lovely day, meeting all the other mummy bloggers. We had some yummy lunch and of course some scrummy yoghurts. It was lovely to final meet ladies behind the fab event and also Paul the founder ,it was great fun. Little beeniebud was a great help too : ) Thanks to the Ella’s Kitchen team for having on your very first mummy and daddy bloggers event!
Little beeniebud loves arts and crafts and we have really enjoyed going to indikidual creative workshops. indikidual a new kids clothing range* which lets children’s personalities shine. indikidual creative workshops are part of the New Windows on Willesden Green Project.The project is run by The Architecture Foundation and Meanwhile Space, takes on vacant spaces and converts them into creative places for people looking to try out their big idea! One thing all projects must have in common is that something of what they do will be given back to the community in some way. With indikidual’s workshops don’t expect your average felt tip pens, colouring-in books and glitter glue. They want to take kids crafting to another level, indikidual style! Products that are made in the craft sessions will in turn go back into the local community in the form of window displays and artwork in public buildings. Also some of the artwork will be printed on some eco tote bags to be used at the local green grocers! Fab!
Here are the details below:
indikidual are holding a series of creative workshops every Friday 3pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 12 noon at Willesden Green, at Unit 7 Queens Parade, Walm Lane. Workshops cost £5 per session or book 5 sessions for £20. For more details and bookings call or email Syreeta on 078821 78873 / email@example.com
Images by indikidual – All Rights Reserved
We had great fun on Good Friday creating Easter eggs and painting a giant cupboard chick, it’s also great to see lovely creative events for little ones in our local area!
Spring has arrived and we are looking forward to the long Summer days ahead! A few weeks ago we was sent a cool and yummy new range from Ella’s Kitchen, Munchy Biccies. 100% scrummy little munchy biccie packs with the goodness of organic fruit + oats. Little beeniebud loved the chesse and apple biccies, a great treat that wouldn’t make her too full to have her lunch or dinner. Perfect as a yummy treat or snack for big little people!
With this yummy product was a packet of sunflower seeds ready to sow. So Mr beeniebud suggested that we should start little beeniebuds first planting project. We went out and got some little people gardening tools that are fun, bright and cheap! Little beeniebud loves the garden and enjoyed planting with mummy and getting her hands dirty.
The team from Ella’s Kitchen have created a new fun range called Nibbly Fingers. This range is aimed for toddlers from 12 months and includes three amazing flavours banana + raisins, strawberries + apples and mangoes + carrots (yes I have had a few with little beeniebud). Perfect for little beeniebuds hands, she loves the strawberry +apples Nibbly Fingers gets right in without any crumbs! This healthy snack is a great and healthy in between snack and we love the wide range of flavours too.
At the moment Ella’s Kitchen have a fab giveaway, you can WIN a pair of Ella’s mittens, created especially for Ella’s Kitchen by Grannies Inc, (a collection of grannies creating bespoke knitwear) who we have mentioned before on the blog here. Simply send a photo of your little one’s messy magic and every finger painting received will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a pair of limited edition Ella’s Mittens, plus a box of Ella’s Kitchen goodies. Click here for more details.
We love a sing-song here and nursery rhymes are part of our daily routine. So we was very excited to receive the new Tasty Tunes by Ella’s Kitchen. Rachel Stevens is the voice behind Tasty Tunes. The songs are familiar to the classic nursery rhymes so it was easy to sing along. Little beeniebud loves her fruit and vegetables so it was easy for her to pick out her favourite ones. If you would like to download your own Tasty Tunes clickhere for more information.
Take a peek at our behind the scenes footage of the making of Tasty Tunes below:
Babysitter ✔, Dress ✔ Shoes ✔ Right we are totally ready for The Mads Awards 2011, which shall be happening this Friday. Yay! We would like to say a big thank once again to everyone for making us one of the five finalist in the Best New MADS Blog 2011 category sponsored byBornFree. Good Luck to all the other finalist.
The team at Ella’s Kitchen have brought out another great little taster to add to the smoothie fruit range, the Orange One. Little beeniebud was very delighted to receive one. This little pouch was indeed packed with full tropical flavours, from mangoes to bananas. I placed ours in the fridge to keep cool, as little beeniebud is teething at the moment. Great way to soothe gums. The Orange One is 100% organic containing nothing but squished fruit. Available exclusively from Sainsbury’s stores. Have a look out the website for more Ella’s Kitchen choices.
A wonderful selection of kidswear, accessories, stationery we are sure there are some gift ideas among this fab range! Prices range from as little has £4 -£55 we also have something for babies, boys and girls and mamas too!
For a limited time only, there will be FREE delivery within the UK.
Little beeniebud likes anything with fruit. Fruit has to be part of her breakfast, lunch and snack times. So we was delighted to be send by the Ella’s Kitchen team the first taste Stage 1 range. Perfect for babies first tastes, and great mixed with baby rice, cereal or natural yogurt for older babies. Or just for a small snack. Little beeniebud love hers straight from the pouch which is great for older babies if your out and about. The first taste Stage 1 range comes in mango, banana, apple and pear. Just one fruit NO lumps or bits and nothing artificial just yummy organic fruit. Ella’s Kitchen offers great food that makes little tummies happy. Have a look out the website for more Ella’s Kitchen choices.
For my birthday I received this lovely cookbook called Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale. I loved the series that was shown on the BBC and I was very happy to have received this cookbook! For my little ones first birthday I decided to have a go on making the ‘I can’t believe you made that’ cake. I had so much fun creating this very fancy cake and the results was great.
vegetable oil or oil spray
200g/7oz butter, softened
200g/7oz caster sugar
4 free-range eggs
140g/5oz plain flour
60g/2½oz cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
400g/14oz plain, milk, or white chocolate cigarillos (about 75–80 in total)
For the buttercream
250g/9oz butter, softened
500g/1lb 2oz icing sugar
100g/3½oz good dark chocolate (at least 70 per cent cocoa solids), melted and slightly cooled
For the decoration
fresh flowers, for a Christening cake
strawberries or raspberries, for the girls
figs, quartered, for the boys
Preheat the oven to 180/C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 20cm/8in round deep cake tin with baking paper and brush or spray with oil.
Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until they begin to go pale. Add half of the eggs and half of the flour and mix well. Add the rest of the eggs, flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder and beat for a minute or two until the mixture is uniform. Dollop into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for about 30–40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin.
Meanwhile, make the buttercream: put the butter and icing sugar in a bowl and whisk together until the mixture goes fluffy. Add the cooled, melted chocolate and whisk for a further two minutes.
Once the cake is completely cool, remove it from the tin. Carefully cut the top flat with a large serrated knife. (Eat this bit as a chef’s perk!)
Turn the cake upside down on a 20cm/8in cake board so that the bottom now becomes a nice flat top. Split the cake horizontally and sandwich the top and bottom together with a 1cm/½in layer of buttercream.
Spread half of the remaining buttercream all over the top and sides of the cake, making it as smooth as possible. Put it in the fridge to set before doing another layer – this makes it much easier to get neat squared-off edges.
Gently push the cigarillos vertically onto the sides of the cake, positioning them as straight as possible and making sure they touch the bottom.
The next step is up to you – I can’t tell you the wide-eyed looks you’ll get when you walk into a room holding this finished cake. Serve with a self-satisfied grin.