Time for tea with Dantoy eco toys!

Time for a cuppa… It’s that perfect time of year to be sitting down and snuggling up with a cup of tea or a hot chocolate; so of course we are doing just that with our #thorbjornfrostydesserts tea set from @dantoy.dk (https://dantoy.dk/en/bio/)

Another fantastic playset from Dantoy ~ The first plastic toy manufacturer to have its products Nordic Ecolabelled. Meaning that their toys live up to the world’s strictest requirements. All of their sets are amazing – in some cases made from sugarcane! Read more here: 🌳 🍃 Play for the world 🍃 🌳 and here Go green and reduce your carbon footprint with Dantoy Toys!

George is quite chuffed to be serving up his ‘CupTea!’ to everyone… Buy yours and join in at Amazon.co.uk, or Smyths Toys ~ thank you so much @dantoy.dk #gifteditem
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DantoyXThorbjorn tea set: Available at Amazon and Smyths Toys

🦩 Unflappable ideas for Christmas 🦩 Black Friday deal!

Introducing Nellie’s beautiful @livingnature #ecofriendly flamingo (made from 100% recycled plastic) It’s super soft, has hand detailing to make it even more realistic and suitable for newborns too!

Isn’t she beautiful? These make the perfect #Christmas gifts for little ones (especially those who love animals) and they come either on their own (in the cutest carry cage filled with straw) or with a selected collectors package too (see below)! Check out the 20% off #blackfriday deal today along with free shipping with a £50+ Spend! Head over to the website here Living Nature World

The Friend for life package includes:

  • A cosy carry case lined with snuggly straw, plus a pet passport with ownership certificate, care guide and fun facts about your friend
  • A special accessory to help your new friend feel at home
  • Five video messages, including a birthday message, from your friend sent straight to your email

The Animal Lover Package includes:

  • Your new friend in a cosy carry case lined with snuggly straw, plus a pet passport with ownership certificate, care guide and fun facts about your friend
  • A brushed steel water bottle with silicone sleeve for planet-friendly drinks on the go
  • A 6 month subscription to National Geographic kids!

Shop Living Nature Toys online now!

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Discover Etta Loves… spellbound by science

Babies eyesight is ever so important… and that’s what led me to @ettaloves with my first born George nearly two years ago!

Etta loves 3 piece drawing pack … from ettaloves.com | Alphabet blocks from LittleStories.co.uk

Etta Loves use science to support the development of our little ones vision, through scientifically scaled patterns printed on beautiful muslins, playmats and blankets. They have recently formed a partnership with the world renowned Sussex Baby Lab at the University of Sussex who specialise in understanding how children and babies see colour and pattern; studying to understand the cognitive development of little ones.

This meaning that we will be seeing more amazing products made scientifically with love coming from mum Jen who wanted to gift all parents with a moment of calm when she realised four week old baby Etta was mesmerised by her patterned top, actively trying to focus on the detail! Turning everyday essentials into sensory sensations…

Working with the University of Sussex will help us further advance our research and ideas, so that we are able to expand and evolve our collections and how these amassed, scientific benefits will improve the lives of babies and their parents.”

ETTA LOVES

Buy this 3 piece drawing print set of muslins online now for just £27 online at Etta Loves

Discover how to use your muslin sets with these helpful hacks from Etta Loves (here)…


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🌳 🍃 Play for the world 🍃 🌳

Do you ever say to yourself you want less plastic toys yet you prefer the durability of them? Then dantoy #bioplastic toys are for you. Made from sugarcane these are ‘green’ toys that are 100% recyclable and packed in recyclable cardboard too.

This is their amazing 11 piece baking set, which is approved for contact with foods, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, frost-proof and contains no toxins – amazing! It includes a mixing bowl, pasta cutter, cookie cutters, a whisk and rolling pin too!

Buy online at Amazon.com – £23.99

Check out other Dantoy products and find out more here!

All wrapped up for cosy days in

With the chillier weather upon us, we’ve been wrapping up and playing inside in the warm, with our @little_stories_uk (little-stories.co.uk) wooden blocks and pastel car collection!

These toys are such great quality, and are great for little ones ranging from baby to primary age! – They even stock baby gyms and storage playmats too! What’s not to love?

Finish up your Christmas shopping at (little-stories.co.uk) using code GEORGE15 for a huge 15% discount!

Loungewear from Ruby Wears – Use CODE GEORGE10 for a discount here too!
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Healthy you, healthy planet with ION8 Reusable bottles

The Ion8 Cafestor is new for 2020.

New to ION8 – perfect for the chillier days that are now upon us, the Ion8 Cafestor is a stainless steel 100% leak proof travel flask. It provides vacuum insulation for a variety of hot drinks on those cold, frosty mornings. The two stage OneTouch release mechanism is designed purely for hot drinks to safely relieve pressure before opening to provide a vented, smooth liquid flow for safe, direct, effortless hydration.

For the ultimate multitasker, you no longer have to precariously balance a paper coffee cup on your way to work, as the Cafestor flips open with one finger, and can be just as easily locked closed, keeping the chance of any spillages at bay. These insulated travel mugs are light, compact, and fit most cup holders. Made from food safe, Pro grade stainless steel, the Flavour Shield helps lock in those original flavours and freshness. Highly odour resistant, corrosion free, BPA Free and easy to clean (hand wash only). The Cafestor is available in a selection of colors and finishes; Red, Pink, Gold or Black.

The ION8 Cafestor Leakproof Thermal Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, (360ml) – £19.99, (480ml) – £21.99 from Leakproof.

Bring the sunshine home with LSA International

Bask in the sunshine at home with this glorious sunny yellow bud vase from LSA International

Find these dinky little vases (14cm high) in a variety of colours to suit each individual room decor, coming in opaque white, purple, yellow, blue, smokey brown, pink, green and aqua! This means you can have consistency throughout your home without even thinking about it!

But yours online at lsa-international.com or online and in-store at John Lewis

Get your kids to eat everything with this amazing new book from the Author of A Mummy too (Recipe inside)…

Getting kids to eat everything you’d like to is a huge challenge for every parent. One minute they love something, the next – detest something with no reason behind that change of mindset. Introducing Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary. 

This book may just be the U-turn for those parents stuck in the limbo of the same five recipes every week on rotation, or those with fussy little eaters that you can’t get head nor tail of their likes and dislikes from week-to-week. It helps you to promote discovery, change the norm and to educate children in new tastes and textures, with work sheets inside to track likes and dislikes from the recipes you try. It even includes some unusual strawberries and cream pasta – which is high on our list to try, along with so many of the recipes. (The recipes are great for the entire family and perfect for me to prep with the impending arrival this summer!)

Plus keep your eyes peeled as we plan to bring you our try at some of Emily’s amazing recipes too!

CURRIED FISH FINGERS (websize), Emily Leary, Get Your Kids To Eat Anything

Curried Fish Fingers with sweet potato chips

This recipe is great when you start to introduce your family to more exciting foods because it looks familiar but has great new flavours to explore. Sweet potato fries are a great colour and naturally sweet, so will win over younger palates with ease.

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 30 MINS • COOK TIME: 25 MINS

For the chips

  • 500g (1lb 2oz) sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of pepper

For the fish fingers

  • 240g (8½oz) skinless cod fillets
  • 50g (1¾oz) plain flour
  • 1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 50g (1¾oz) dried breadcrumbs
  • pinch of pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic granules
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander
  • oil spray

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), 180C fan, Gas Mark 6.

2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chips about 1cm (½in) thick. Put them in a bowl and mix in the cornflour with your hands. Add the garlic granules, paprika and olive oil and mix again, then tip onto a nonstick baking tray in a single layer and sprinkle with pepper.

3. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and bake for a further 10–15 minutes until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

4. Meanwhile, slice the cod into 2cm- (¾in-) thick fingers.

5. Set up 3 bowls: the first containing the flour, the second the egg and the third the breadcrumbs. In a small dish, mix the pepper, garlic granules and spices together, then stir half into the flour and half into the breadcrumbs.

6. Dip a fish piece into the flour to lightly cover. Shake off the excess, then dip into the egg to coat, then into the breadcrumbs to cover. Repeat with every piece of fish, placing on an oiled baking tray as you go. Spritz all over with oil spray.

7. Bake for 12–14 minutes until just golden (break one open to check the fish is cooked through). Serve with the chips.

TIPS

  • If your family are keen on spice, try upping the cumin level and adding a little chilli powder for a more pronounced kick.
  • Once you’ve got the hang of the crumbing method, you can flavour the crumbs to your liking. How about a lemon and herb crumb for breaded chicken goujons?

Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary, is published by Mitchell Beazley in March 2019, £16.99 – Buy it on Amazon

The transformation begins

We’ve been long in the process of actually getting around to transforming rooms in the house and its finally starting to take off and actually beginning to transform.

Finally the entrance hall is nearly there… All i need now is a good coat rack for the wall and I think we may e done albeit a little bit of electrical work! I once hated this mirror – the other half got it in a bulk deal with endless furniture, a shed a lawnmower and more when he moved in 10 years ago, for a barg price of £150 all in… I’ve forever hated it – maybe it just needed dressing… now turn it 90 degrees and it’s growing on me… how?! 🙈 I shouldn’t complain as this means one less thing to replace for now – and the money can go on another detail for somewhere else in the house!

Plant is from Tesco, bowl Parlane & shoe cabinet £89, Ikea.

Care for a cocktail…? Try British Cassis for your friday night top tipples

Love a cocktail? But also love blackcurrant? Then this White Heron Drinks British Cassis is for you… it comes with a little cocktail menu, and it’s perfect for a right royal knees up!

Grab yourself a bottle now, and work your way through their suggestions (responsibly please) plus take a peek at their cocktail suggestions online at whiteherondrinks.co.uk/cocktails 

To make the cocktail as shown… 

Pour 50ml (double shot) cider into a chilled champagne coupe [like these beauties from IWOOT ] then shake 50ml British cassis, 50ml pineapple juice and 25ml orange juice altogether, then add ice and shake until cold. Pour over cider – Voila!

It’s super tasty and frothy too! Garnish with blackcurrants on a skewer.

*Heads off to make another…* 

48 hours in Prague…

Prague is a must-see city – it has endless history & architecture, amazing food & drink and breathtaking views across & all around the city! 
Here is a short guide to the city with restaurant recommendations, sightseeing and travel tips!

After our flight touched down we headed straight for a taxi – make sure you get a taxi with the 40/28/6 tariff clearly visible on the outside of the car, and check the driver name too. (It’s always good to have googled your route too so you don’t get take on a full car journey around Prague. (Never hail one on the street either as you can be charged through the roof!)

Next time though we will be getting the Metro & Bus because if your hotel is pretty central and you only have hand luggage, you can buy a daily travel card which is only 130k which works out around £4.30 or a three day card for around 300k (£10). This gives you travel on buses, the metro and all trams too… meaning you can get a bus number 100 to Zličín where you can then pick up a 20 minute Metro ride straight into town. Easy! The whole tram system is pretty great too with plenty of stops and most hoteliers are very helpful with where your nearest stop is too! 

Food and drink was extremely reasonable too! For a couple of pounds we got great street food and found Czech dishes that tasted amazing too! (Watch out for places that don’t display their prices though as we got stung on our second day where we walked the entire city for some of the best views!)

Clout out the chilly air whilst visiting city with this mouth-watering Clam Chowder with chunky bread from @theirishtimesbarprague situated close to the famous Charles Bridge (15th century) down a small side street. Sit under heaters and a blanket and enjoy whilst the world goes by! 

Fancy Vietnamese? Then head to must-visit restaurant @redhotchilli_bistro 🌶 We had some of the tastiest food from the whole of our trip here! Inc this amazing vegetable tempura and a beautiful coconut spicy curry with rice… We will be heading there again next time we visit again for sure!

Whilst you’re out sightseeing – take a walk up to the Petrin tower, a smaller replica of the Eiffel Tower, there is a monastery near by which you can take a look at and the view is breathtaking. You can walk up over the Charles bridge, past the castle and up the hill towards the monastery, and either walk back through the park, and gardens or take the funicular railway (also included in your travel ticket) back down the hill. You will find many of the older trams running along the lines at the bottom there too – so take the chance to get a seat on one of the original cars as opposed to a lot of the newer tramcars which run along most of the lines… 

Now take a moment and book your trip to this amazing city…

 

Indulge yourself in tasty treats in SW London

A short post – but we had to bring you this delightful Eton Mess with sharp raspberries and crisp, chewy meringue – the perfect after dinner treat available at No29 Power Station West 

Now is really the perfect time to start considering restaurants and small businesses that you can support once the pandemic ends, or during if they are providing a takeaway and delivery service.