Monday, 15 December 2014

Meal Planning Monday.

Meal Planning Monday

This weeks meal plan might not be too exciting as I need to use up bits out of the freezer, tins and packets from the cupboard and wherever else.
You see, I only have a small freezer, which needs defrosting and not very much room in my cupboards for the Christmas food. I'm sure the kids won't mind too much though.

Monday - Sausage casserole with new potatoes, veggies etc.

Tuesday - Fish fingers, chips and baked beans.

Wednesday - BBQ chicken with rice and salad.

Thursday - Spag bol with garlic bread (so much garlic bread in the freezer!!)

Friday -  Chicken curry with rice and naan bread. 

Saturday - Whatever is left in the freezer/cupboards.

Sunday - Sunday roast dinner.

Not the most creative meal plan this week but like I said, the food needs using up and I'd rather eat it than throw it away. And next weeks meal plan will be much more exciting. Especially our Christmas meal plan, yum!

Sarah xXx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Santa's Workshop Kit from Yellowmoon {Review}

Santas workshop from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Yellow moon sent us a box of Christmas arts and crafts for the kids to do during the festive season. Firstly, they picked the lovely Santa's workshop kit to make and decorate.
Charlie and Ellie were ever so excited to get stuck into these.

Santas workshop from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

 The pack we received contained two Santa workshop kits.  We laid the kits out on the table so we could see what we had, then we read the instruction so we could figure out how to make our houses. The instructions are very simple to read. Both the kids understood them no problem at all!

Each kit contains a foam house template and self adhesive decorations. We also used the Christmas glitter foam stickers to decorate the little houses.

Santas workshop from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

The foam peaces slot together really easy and it took the kids no time at all to build there houses! You can also use foam glue to hold the houses together. However, we didn't use any glue and they've stayed together perfectly. They really didn't need any help from me putting there workshops together. Ellie enjoyed sticking on the windows and doors. They both really enjoyed decorating the houses. Charlie thought the little elf (that was included in the Santa workshop kit) was ever so cute.

Santas workshop from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

They took there time decorating the houses to get them exactly how they wanted them! "I wonder if Santa has candy canes in his workshop?" Ellie asked. "I'm sure he does" was Charlie's reply. Bless them. I think making these Santa workshops is a perfect arts and crafts activity for this time of year. So very festive!
The little's were ever so proud of there little houses after they'd finished decorating them and immediately put them on display in the center of the T.V unit and wrapped some tinsel around them!
They make a lovely little decoration.

Santas workshop from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

The Santa workshop kits are priced at £3.95, each pack contains two kits.
The glitter foam stickers are priced at £2.99 for a pack of 120.
Both products are well worth the money in my opinion and my kids really enjoyed making these and being creative with decorating there santa workshops. They are very festive and the perfect Christmas arts and crafts activity.

Please note, both products are suitable for children over three years old. 

Sarah xXx

A Christmasy Sunday Photo.

Christmas @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas meal plan.

MErry Christmas
Christmas meal plan

 It's time to start thinking about our Christmas meal plan. I'll be doing the Christmas food shopping this week and I always find that meal planning makes it SO much easier (and cheaper) because I know exactly what I'll need for each meal.

Christmas eve meal plan

Christmas eve we'll be having sandwiches for lunch. With chicken and salad for the filling. A packet of crisps/snack a jacks and a piece of fruit.

For dinner we'll be having a fried breakfast - bacon, eggs, hash brown, mushrooms, tomatoes and baked beans and toast.

Meal plan for Christmas day

On Christmas day, we'll be having Turkey crown, mash potatoes, roast potatoes, stuffing, carrots, peas, roast parsnip, pigs in blankets, yorkshire puddings served with gravy.

For desert they'll be gateau or apple pie with custard/ice cream on offer.

They'll be plenty of snacks and treats, too because well, it IS Christmas!


boxing day meal plan

On Boxing Day, we'll be having buffet food - sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, pine apple and cheese, mini quiche, pizza, etc, left over turkey sandwiches & salad.

As well as cupcakes and a few sweet buffet bits and bobs.

Again, there will be plenty of treats - Love the Christmasy treats. Yum.

What's on your Christmas meal plan?

Sarah xXx

Friday, 12 December 2014

GIVEAWAY: Win 1 of 3 Mr Men and Little Miss Magazine subscriptions.

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My little ones are huge Mr Man and Little Miss fans. This is a really lovely prize and I think most young children would really love this magazine.
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