Monday, 22 September 2014

"Are They Twins?"

Ever since my youngest reached a year old, I've heard the question "are they twins?" each time I'm out with my two adorable 'terrors. Each time I'll politely reply that no, they're not, they're just close in age whilst trying to suppress the annoyed sigh at being asked the same thing day after day for the last gosh knows how many years. But recently, I've started to realise just why people keep asking!!

My eldest is quite a small, dainty little miss and my youngest is really starting to shoot up! He's 14 months younger but they both now weigh the exact same and are only separated by around 5cm in height. They're both very fair, with blonde hair and blue eyes and I'm really starting to see why people keep asking me if they're twins...I'd be asking too, if I didn't know ;)

So what do you think, are they twins? ;)

Sunday, 14 September 2014

#MySundayPhoto - September 14th

All the way back in April, Little Miss planted some sunflower seeds. She watered and cared for them, helping me to re-pot them when they grew too big and eventually plant them out in the garden. With all of her care and watering and some help from the beautiful weather we've been treated to this Summer, they've grown almost as tall as the fence!! They're about to flower and my Little Miss is very excited - she's so pleased to see such a small seed grow into her gorgeous tall sunflowers.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Starting School

Today marks the end of the first week of a new school, and pre-school, for my two! My little man had been at a Pre-School on the other side of town, along with my little miss, for some time but with a 40 minute walk each way and little miss starting school I decided to take the plunge and move him. After all my concerns that he wouldn't like the change of setting, routine and friends, he's actually settled in really quickly and seems even happier than at his previous setting! He loves his new Pre-School and is completely awed by his book bag and home diary that he brings with him each day; something he didn't have before.

Little man off to Pre-School, his first day

My little miss found it strange him being at Pre-School on his own. While little man wasn't too bothered, she seemed worried for him and kept asking when we could collect him, saying that she "didn't want him to be on his own." After we picked him up that first day and she saw he was happily playing with his new friends, she seems to be okay. Being so close in age, they've been at Pre-School together for almost two years so it must be strange for the both of them seeing each other go off on their own.

Little miss off to School, her first day

Little Miss started School this week too! Eek! She's been attending for just two hours each afternoon and will be starting full-time next week; something she's really looking forward to! She seems to be having a fun time and is starting to make friends. I'm told she plays happily while she's there and she's happy for me to leave each day. The change of scenery and lack of friends from Pre-School has caused a couple of issues and we've had a few tears when we get home - but overall she's settling in quite well and has discovered one of her Pre-School friends is in her class, which is great. She's already known as 'the chatty one' by her teacher...

She looks all of her 4, almost 5 years, in her School uniform and it's been hitting me this week just how grown up my two are getting. I'm finding it kind of scary, and a bit sad, to be moving into the next phase of their childhood - they're not my little babies anymore!! It's quite exciting though and we've all been having fun doing little bits of homework together (creating a box of "things that are special to me" and an "all about me" booklet). Roll on the school years :)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Word of the Week - September 5th

A new School year. A new School. A new Pre-School. A new School uniform. This week has been all about new things!

My youngest started at his new Pre-School on Wednesday. I was really worried that he wouldn't settle and would feel a bit lost without all of his friends and his big Sister, but he's really surprised me and settled in quickly. He's gone off happily both days, had a fun time and is already starting to make new friends, introducing himself to everyone with "nice to meet you." I'm so proud and brimming with joy at how well he's getting on.

We've also been buying the last bits of my eldest's School uniform this week, all ready for when she starts School on Monday! Another new thing!! She's very excited to go to School and has been looking forward to it for most of the Summer holiday. I hope Monday goes brilliantly for her and she enjoys herself :)

The Reading Residence

Sunday, 31 August 2014

National Crisp Sandwich Week with Seabrook #crispsarnieweek

It's pretty hard to beat a good sandwich...and then you add some crisps to it!! We're all lovers of a good crisp sarnie in this household and the kind people over at Seabrook sent us a packet of their tasty cheese and onion crisps to add into any sandwich we liked. So many ideas ran through my head but I settled on an adaptation of the classic meatball sub. Yummy homemade meatballs in a rich bolognese, topped with grated cheese and crushed cheese and onion Seabrook crisps, all sandwiched between two slices of brown bread. Delicious!

Fancy making some for yourself? You'll need;

  • Meatballs - minced beef, 1 diced onion, mixed herbs, 1 clove of finely chopped garlic, salt & pepper, 1 beaten egg.
  • Bolognese sauce
  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Packet of Seabrook cheese and onion crisps, crushed
  • Brown bread

First up, you'll need to prepare your meatballs. Cook off some diced onion, the mixed herbs and finely chopped garlic until soft. Then add them to the minced beef. Add a pinch of salt, some black pepper and 1 beaten egg to the mix, to help hold everything together, then mix up all the ingredients (hands work best for this). Shape the mince into smallish meatballs then add them to a frying pan of hot oil and cook for around 10-15 minutes, turning often.

While the meatballs are cooking, warm up some bolognese sauce in a small saucepan. Once the meatballs are ready add them to the sauce and ensure they are covered well. Spoon the meatballs and sauce onto fresh brown bread, topping with grated cheddar cheese and crushed Seabrook cheese and onion crisps. Sandwich it all together with another slice of bread on top, tuck in and enjoy.

Disclaimer : I was sent a packet of crisps from Seabrook to help me create my sandwich. This recipe is an entry into the National Crisp Sarnie Week competition with Seabrook crisps.

Elias Superwipes, Review

Are your kids messy? My two are, very much so! Especially when it comes to meal and snack times. There are always tomato stains on t-shirts to be dealt with; blackcurrant spills on sofas and chocolate smears on trousers. So when I was asked to try out Elias Superwipes on my two mucky 'terrors' and their unsuspecting 'victims' I jumped at the chance...and I think my sofa jumped with me!

It wasn't long before my youngest provided a suitable challenge for the Superwipes. This time it was chilli con carne sauce on his jumper. The wipes were incredibly easy to use; I removed the excess chilli with a cloth and then scrubbed the jumper in a circular motion over the stained area for a few minutes. The mark began to disappear before my eyes and after leaving his jumper to dry for half-an-hour it was almost impossible to spot the chilli stain at all!

I was very impressed with Elias Superwipes, they did exactly what they said on the tin, or the packet in this case, and provided first aid removal of food and drink stains on fabric and cloth brilliantly. The wipes work best if they're used as soon as the stain appears but I did try them out on a bolognese sauce stain that had been left for 24hrs and received good results too. The stain was definitely lessened and a quick wash in the machine would have eradicated it completely.

Elias Superwipes retail at £2.99 per pack and you can purchase from their website or find a stockist HERE.

Disclaimer : I was sent a sample of Elias Superwipes to try in return for an honest review. As usual, all thoughts, words and images are my own.

#MySundayPhoto - August 31st

Hello! I've been making a bit of a re-appearance after a difficult couple of weeks, on my blog and in my personal life (this post explains a bit more). I feel like I've been a bit absent all around lately so I'm keeping my fingers crossed the new week brings much more sunshine and smiles with it, to myself and my family...and to yours too :)