The Truth About Mornings with Four Small Children

The Truth about Mornings with Four Small Children

What do you share online? Cute smiles, pretty drawings, mouth-watering meals, smart outfits or photos of crooked smiles, closed eyes, naked tantrums, fish fingers served with … [Read More...]

Christmas Cards

Designing our Christmas Cards with The Card Gallery (& a Giveaway!)

Is it too early to mention the big C word? If it is, look away, people! Oh wait, I might have done that already when I shared my cranberry mincemeat recipe a couple of days … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 16 November 2014

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Cranberry Mincemeat

Cranberry Mincemeat

I wish I could just bottle up the smell of mincemeat on the stove. It smells festive, warming and sweet, all at the same time! It would be like encapsulating the essence of … [Read More...]

Thumbprint Art - Reindeers

Thumbprint Drawing

We are quite partial to a bit of thumbprint artwork around here. It is easy, effective, requires no skill at all and the little blobs take shape with just a few straight or … [Read More...]

Wriggly

Family Update – November

Five months ago, I was giving birth to my little girl on the bathroom floor. It seems like yesterday yet if feels like a lifetime ago. Does it even make sense? Wriggly (5 … [Read More...]

Rougail Saucisse & Red Wine

Rougail Saucisse

The first time I had rougail saucisse was over 15 years ago as I was moving into my first flat near Paris. I fell in love with the dish straight away, with its rich tomato … [Read More...]

debbie&andrew's sausages and mash

Let’s Celebrate British Sausage Week with debbie&andrew’s (and a Giveaway)!

This week is British Sausage Week. Who knew? I had no idea either, until I stumbled upon Charlotte’s Food Blogger’s Calendar a couple of weeks ago. I have always found … [Read More...]

Spooky Fruit Basket for a Free From Halloween Party

What Food do You Serve at a ‘Free From’ Party?

Twenty-eight of us squeezed into our home for Jumpy's second birthday party this week. I would lie if I said I did not find it stressful to make all the food for the party … [Read More...]

Guess Who had all the Icing on the Cupcakes

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 2 November 2014

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Carved Pumpkins and Tissue Paper Lanterns

Planning a Halloween Party with Children

If you measure how well a party went by the state of your house once everyone has left, I can safely say that Jumpy’s second birthday party was a roaring success! This is … [Read More...]

Salmon with Lime and Ginger Butter on a bed of Roasted Cabbage served with Steamed Vegetables - the Vegetables

Salmon with Lime and Ginger Butter on a bed of Roasted Cabbage served with Steamed Vegetables

I absolutely love salmon and steamed vegetables. It is usually a meal we have mid-week as it is so quick to put together. For this recipe, I went out of my way to make sure … [Read More...]

Halloween Comes Alive with Storytime Sounds - App

Halloween Comes Alive with Storytime Sounds

Every evening, we listen to Crevette (6 years 2 months) reading the book he has chosen at school, and the girls generally pick a story each as well. I try to encourage them to … [Read More...]

Spooky Marshmallow Pumpkins

Spooky Marshmallow Pumpkins… What Not to Do!

A few days ago, I thought it would be a good idea to make marshmallow pumpkins for Jumpy's birthday party. It all started really well. I had all my props and ingredients out … [Read More...]

We Gave It Some Welly

We Gave It Some Welly for Allergy UK!

Last Friday was Allergy UK's annual fundraiser and the charity was encouraging people to wear their wellies all day and raise awareness about allergies. The children, … [Read More...]

Lazy Day Foods as Birthday Cake

Jumpy is Two and a Lazy Day Foods Giveaway!

Yesterday was Jumpy’s second birthday. We are having a Halloween party to celebrate with friends on Tuesday and everything I will serve will be free from eggs, wheat, dairy … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 26 October 2014

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Free From Vegan Pancakes - With Maple Syrup

‘Free From’ Vegan Pancakes

We are big pancake lovers at home. When I was younger, we used to have them for dinner once a week. I have already shared my basic recipe for crêpes, as well as a ‘free from’ … [Read More...]

Give It Some Welly - Welly Tower

A Competition to Win Wellies & Raising Money for Allergy UK

Tomorrow, the children and I will Give It Some Welly for Allergy UK! The five of us will be wearing our Allergy UK T-shirts and wellies from the second we get out of bed to … [Read More...]

My 1st Years - Sheepskin Baby Shoes Wriggly

A Present with a Difference

We were given quite a few thoughtful gifts for our babies. Some of those presents will make their way to our children's keepsakes, like Sophie la Girafe, cute hats, first … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 19 October 2014

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 19 October 2014

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Milk Protein

Milk Protein Challenge

This afternoon, Jumpy (1 year 11 months) is having a milk protein challenge in hospital. This one is a biggie. It means butter, cheese, yoghurts milk and cream rather than … [Read More...]

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Every Tuesday since the beginning of term, the girls and I have been going to playgroup straight after taking Crevette to school. As we only have an hour between the end of … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 12 October 2014

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Give it Some Welly

Give It Some Welly!

When I started weaning Jumpy, her skin condition deteriorated. I had no idea what to do other than taking her to see doctors. Her mealtimes became increasingly stressful as … [Read More...]

Family Update - October 2014 - Wriggly

Family Update – October

Four months ago, our family of five became the family of six we are now. It is tough and exhausting at times, but I am grateful for the five people I have in my … [Read More...]

I am a Sangenic (nappy bin) convert - baby

Why I am a Sangenic Convert… and a Giveaway!

Tommee Tippee sent us a Sangenic nappy bin for the launch of their limited edition blue and pink nappy disposal systems. My Expectations Wriggly is my fourth baby and … [Read More...]

Messy Play in the Bath - Bubbles

Messy Play in the Bath

I have said it before: I am not a fan of messy play. I still want my children to grow up having fun and getting opportunities to get dirty just for fun. My mum bought them … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 5 October 2014

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Plamil Chocolates Testing

In Chocolate Heaven! Plamil Review and Giveaway

When Jumpy was diagnosed with multiple allergies, I had no idea where to look for ‘free from’ food other than what I was cooking myself. It was all rather overwhelming and I … [Read More...]

Courgette, Tomato & Goat's Cheese Quiche

Courgette, Tomato & Goat’s Cheese Quiche

A vegetarian friend was coming over for dinner on Saturday and I needed something I could make ahead as we would be busy all day with Beanie’s birthday party. When I was … [Read More...]

Allergy Lifestyle - Mediband Wristband - Jumpy

Where do you find Products for Allergy Sufferers? (& a Giveaway)

I first heard of Allergy Lifestyle a couple of months ago, after the Allergy and Free From Show. Allergy Lifestyle is a family run business catering for people with allergies … [Read More...]

A Despicable Party - The Cake - Le Coin de Mel

A Despicable (Me) Birthday Party

My friend Loraine's little boy and Beanie were born hours apart. They look so similar we casually call them "the twins". They are such good friends that we always have a joint … [Read More...]

How to Make a Minion Piñata - Despicable Me

Make Your Own Minion Piñata (Despicable Me)

Beanie turned four on Tuesday. By 8 a.m., straight after blowing the candles on her bowl of birthday porridge, she had already decided it was the best birthday ever! That set … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 21 September 2014

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A Sewing Project for Beginners - Making a Teddy - Cuddle

A Sewing Project for Beginners – Making a Teddy

Crevette (6 years 1 month) is really keen on ‘making things’. A couple of weeks ago, he decided to do some sewing. He had a few ambitious projects in mind and eventually … [Read More...]

Sunshine Smoothie

Sunshine Smoothie

This morning, we got up earlier than usual. Beanie and Jumpy left with hubby just after 7 a.m. and Wriggly was asleep. Crevette and I had over an hour to ourselves so we … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 14 September 2014

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National Eczema Week - Applying Cream

National Eczema Week – 13 to 21 September 2014

Two of my girls suffer from atopic eczema, a skin condition that affects one in five children in the UK. Life can be tough for them. They start feeling the itch. They … [Read More...]

Church House

The Day I met Dr Adam Fox, Dr Carsten Flohr & Dr Rosan Meyer

A few weeks ago, Maureen Jenkins, Director of Clinical Services for Allergy UK, asked me whether I could share Jumpy’s ‘journey to diagnosis’ at a masterclass on paediatric … [Read More...]

Jumpy in Hospital

#dialasmile for Bravery Boxes

The lovely Mummy Tries tagged me yesterday for the #dialasmile Selfie Meme. It is too late for a selfie so I chose to share a photo of my little Jumpy. When she was four … [Read More...]

Wriggly - 3 months - Smiling in her Sleep

Three Months Already!

Wriggly has only been with us for three months, yet I can barely remember life without her. It feels like she has always been part of our family. I absolutely love writing my … [Read More...]

Vegan, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free Banana and Chocolate Muffins -  with Cocoa Powder

‘Free From’ Banana and Chocolate Muffins

Until a few weeks ago, my little Jumpy had never eaten homemade cakes, for the simple reason that I had never managed to find a recipe that catered for her range of allergies. … [Read More...]

Simply Cook

Simply Cook Recipe Box Review, your First box for £1 and a Giveaway!

As a new busy academic year starts, I have teamed up with Simply Cook to offer one of my readers three months’ worth of recipe boxes, as well as a 90% discount for anyone who … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 31 August 2014

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 31 August 2014

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Piggy Back Race

Fun Outdoor Activities

My little ones could spend their days running around outside. It does not bother them in the slightest whether the weather is good or not. At the start of the holidays, I … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 17 August 2014

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Ideal Bedroom

My Little Man’s Dream Bedroom

If we were to have a loft conversion, Crevette could have his own bedroom rather than sharing with his sisters. I asked him what he would have in his ideal bedroom. His top … [Read More...]

I have OCD

OCD

I have OCD. I am ashamed of it. I am sometimes proud of it, too. I have OCD and everything around me HAS to be organised. Every aspect of my life must fit in its own … [Read More...]

Smooze

Our Smooze Summer

My little man and I stumbled upon the Smooze stand as we were leaving the Allergy & Free From Show last month. If you follow me, you might have noticed the photo of … [Read More...]

Ten Tips for New Bloggers

Ten Tips for New Bloggers

Last week-end, I was lucky enough to be part of BlogStock, the world’s first blogging festival in Aldenham Country Park, Hertfordshire. As a novice blogger, I have a lot to … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 10 August 2014

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 10 August 2014

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Two months old Wriggly - Newborn Photography

Where does the Time go?

Our baby girl is two months old already today. Her growing so fast is a real eye-opener and makes me realise we have to enjoy every little moment, every milestone otherwise I … [Read More...]

Our Favourite Seeded Loaf - Slices

Our Favourite Seeded Loaf

Nothing beats the taste and smell of homemade bread! Today, I thought I would share another easy, no fuss recipe for a loaf you can bake at home. It takes a minute to get the … [Read More...]

Star Wars, Lego & Sweets - Ewoks Defeat Darth Vader

Star Wars, Lego and Sweets

Planning Crevette’s birthday party prompted some imaginative play at home during an afternoon spent on my own with little man whilst his sisters were having a nap. We had … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 3 August 2014

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My Little Darth Vader

Star Wars Birthday Party

I am still struggling to come over the fact Crevette is six years old already! It feels like yesterday we took our little bundle home to my mum and brothers who were staying … [Read More...]

Goody Good Stuff

Goody Good Stuff Sweets Rock!

Today is Crevette’s birthday. Six years ago, my first baby was born at 6.10 a.m., changing our lives forever and turning our couple into a family. The second we laid eyes on … [Read More...]

www.lecoindemel.com 27 July 2014

My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 27 July 2014

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Summer Day Out

Pre-Packed Bag for Stress-Free Summer Days out

Despite the sunshine, I spent the first few days of the summer holidays worrying about the tons of things I had to do. I was getting snappy as I was not crossing any of it off … [Read More...]

Free from one ingredient ice cream

‘Free From’ One Ingredient Ice Cream

This has to be the easiest recipe I have ever shared. There is absolutely no chance of getting it wrong, it is healthy and it tastes great. What more could you wish for? A … [Read More...]

The Little Green Sheep Newborn Baby Pouch

The Little Green Sheep Newborn Baby Pouch Review and Giveaway

When I was asked to review The Little Green Sheep Newborn Baby Pouches, I was pretty keen as I was familiar with the company. I bought a waterproof Bednest mattress protector … [Read More...]

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My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday – 20 July 2014

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Allergy Show - Allergy Adventures

The Allergy & Free From Show 2014

A few days ago, I took my eldest (5 years 11 months) and my youngest (three weeks) across the city to London Olympia for the Allergy and Free From show. I am not going to … [Read More...]

Snails

Garlic Butter

Vive la France! Today is French National Day. It commemorates the ‘Fête de la Fédération’, which was held on the 14th of July 1790 to celebrate the establishment of a … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 13 July 2014

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Jumpring in Puddles

Outdoor Fun

This week, we have been making the most of the sunshine and spending a lot more time out of the house. Crevette (5 years 11 months) had his sports day on Wednesday. It was … [Read More...]

Wriggly's Little Feet

Enjoying the Little Things…

My beautiful baby girl is exactly four weeks old as I am hitting the 'publish' button. We have had so many magic moments in the past 28 days that I have not had time to write … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 6 July 2014

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a Healthy Breakfast with Granola

Very Nutty Granola

I was not much of a granola fan until very recently. Shop-bought granola is always full of dried fruit, and I have a pet hate for the overly sweet, squishy stuff. I would … [Read More...]

Our Little Adventure

We’re going on an Adventure!

Last Sunday, we had our first time out as a family of six. We had all left the house on quite a few occasions (just in case you were wondering!) since Wriggly was born three … [Read More...]

Bravado Nursing Bra Tank Top

Favourite Breastfeeding Accessory: The Nursing Bra Tank Top from Bravado

I discovered Bravado during my third pregnancy when a friend recommended getting the Bodysilk Seamless Nursing Bra. Until then, it had never crossed my mind to wear a nursing … [Read More...]

Dizzy - labyrinthitis

Dizzy

Everything has been a bit of a blur in the past few days. It started on Monday as I felt nauseous after dinner. I ended up going to bed at the same time as the children as I … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 22 June 2014

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Natural Ways to Relieve Hay Fever

20 Ways to Relieve Hay Fever Symptoms

You think: spring, nature, colourful flowers, trees in bloom, beautiful green spaces… I think: hay fever season, swollen eyes, uncontrollable sneezing, itchy skin and … [Read More...]

Baked Camembert

Baked Camembert

The simplest recipes are often the ones that become family staples for us and this baked camembert has certainly made its way into our list of firm favourites. The original … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 15 June 2014

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The Free From Fairy

Coeliac Disease (Guest Post)

With Wriggly’s birth on Monday, I have to say things have slowed down a lot around here in the past few days. I have been taking it easy and enjoying my four gorgeous children … [Read More...]

Due Date

Due date

Today is Wriggly's due date. As everyone knows, it is rare for babies to be born on their due date, and none of my babies were. In fact, they were all late. Crevette came two … [Read More...]

Making Cookies

Did you notice my slight Pyrex obsession?

Just look at my posts and it will be a bit like ‘Where is Wally?’ (well, ‘Where is Pyrex?’ in this case), apart from the fact you will not struggle to find the iconic … [Read More...]

Panic

Panic!

I have been panicky this week. It is not a nice feeling. Have I mentioned that I do not feel prepared for the birth of my little girl? I have that odd obsession about my … [Read More...]

French Party - The Food - Blue, White, Red Macarons

French Party – The Food

If you have been following my ramblings, you might remember that Crevette decided to have a French theme for his fifth birthday party. After sending the invitations we had … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 1st June 2014

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Packing Your Hospital Bag

Packing for Hospital

  When I was thinking of a word to define the past week, the one that sprung to my mind immediately was ‘packing’. It is all I seem to have done in the past ten days. … [Read More...]

The Nobody Inn - Cheese Platter

Night out at the Nobody Inn!

I am thirty-eight weeks pregnant today. I still cannot believe how quickly the past eight months have gone! We have a birth plan; we also have a name for our little girl and … [Read More...]

Birth Plan

Birth Plan

Giving birth and the start of a new life; holding your new baby in your arms for the very first time and the rush of unconditional love that submerges you is not something you … [Read More...]

Fudge - Vanilla & Oreo - Homemade Presents

Fudge

It was Crevette’s school fair on Saturday and we had to bring cakes and food on Friday, but it is one of my working days so I had to find something I could make ahead. When my … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 18 May 2014

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Morning Routine - Little Miss Sunshine

Morning!

I am not a morning person! I wish I were, but I am not. I am a night owl. I can work until the middle of the night and not mind one bit. Getting up early in the morning is … [Read More...]

Healthy Loaf - in Pyrex Dish

Healthy Loaf

I have kept this recipe under my sleeve for quite a long time, and since my easy crusty bread recipe has been so popular, I thought I would post the healthier combination of … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 11 May 2014

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Lazy Day Foods Free From ginger truffle slice

What I love about Lazy Day Foods

Even since we found out Jumpy had allergies, it has been a challenge to find recipes that turn out tasting nice, and even more difficult getting ready-made food I could always … [Read More...]

Super Smoothie - Dairy Free & Vegan - adult & children's sizes

Super Smoothie

Let me start by mentioning three blog posts that have inspired me to try and make my first ever smoothie. As soon as I read Alex’s post about her Iron Boosting Smoothie, I … [Read More...]

Bubbles

What a Day!

Wednesday started like any other day. It was hectic, I was struggling to get everyone ready to leave the house and then it turned into an amazing day, just like that. It … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 4 May 2014

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Camden Town

Tourists!

I have always loved discovering new countries, finding out about the people, the customs, trying out exotic food, learning a few words in another language and I was lucky … [Read More...]

French Party – the Invitations

French Party – the Invitations

For his fifth birthday party, my little man decided to have a French theme, and we had the party on Bastille Day (14th of July). It made me rather nostalgic as that day was a … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 27 April 2014

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Crunchy Pear and Pomegranate Salad with Mustard Fishcakes

Crunchy Pear and Pomegranate Salad with Mustard Fishcakes

I felt incredibly flattered when I was asked to take part in the “Maille Culinary Challenge” a couple of weeks ago. I am a mustard lover and as their motto famously says, “Il … [Read More...]

Cheese

Cheese please!

I am a very happy lady today! I just came back from the hospital with Jumpy who has had skin prick tests for the first time. After her trip to A&E ten months ago, she … [Read More...]

Garden

The Highlights of our Easter Break

For some reason, I have found my time off work rather stressful as I have been feeling incredibly disorganised. Are you not supposed to just enjoy your holidays and relax? I … [Read More...]

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Silent Sunday – 20 April 2014

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Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs - the surprises

Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs

The word that best describes this week is Easter. I know, I know, it is not until Sunday, but the children have been really excited this year as a few members of our family … [Read More...]

Caramel au Beurre Salé

Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted caramel always makes me think of my trips to the Nantes area to see my friend Adeline and her family. She knows how much I love it and always makes sure there is a jar … [Read More...]

Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies

Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies

On Friday evening, Crevette wanted to ‘make’ something. For once, we had remembered to save toilet paper rolls and he was eager to turn them into bunnies. Hubby was cooking … [Read More...]

Homemade Easter Cards - finished cards

Making Easter cards

Last Tuesday, the children wanted to make Easter cards. We had some time after school and Jumpy was playing nicely with her plastic farm animals. We rummaged through the … [Read More...]

Orchid

A Perfect Day

Sunday was a perfect day. For once, I embraced imperfections instead of trying to rectify them. It was a perfect day. It was a day like any other day but the ‘little … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Truffles

This week, I have been in chocolate heaven. I have been thinking about chocolate, melting chocolate, eating chocolate, dreaming about chocolate. After writing my post about … [Read More...]

Chorizo Pasta

Chorizo Pasta

This dish first came together about ten years ago as a last-minute dinner and it has now become one of our staple meals at home. It is our favourite pasta dish and it can be … [Read More...]

Playmobil Zip Wire and Trampoline

Rotating Toys and Playmobil Play Aera

We rotate toys at home. There are two main reasons why I like to do that, in no particular order: -          There are five of us (six quite soon!) in a two-bedroom … [Read More...]

Chocolate Cricket Truffles

Truffles with a Twist

Have I ever mentioned my chocolate addiction? I remember making truffles for Christmas as a child, but I had forgotten all about it until hubby treated me to a cooking class a … [Read More...]

Using Money for Numeracy

Money, Money, Money

Hubby took Crevette and Beanie to the school disco yesterday. They danced and jumped around for an hour or so (the kids, not hubby!) and came back home really happy, excited … [Read More...]

Free From Apricot and Coconut Oat Cubes Recipe

Apricot and Coconut Oat Cubes

If you have been reading my posts regularly, I am sure you have noticed how much I love food. I do eat a fair share of fruit and vegetables, but am not too worried about … [Read More...]

And the Bad Mother Award Goes to..

And the Bad Mother Award Goes to…

10.34 a.m. I have not been a good mum this morning. I have not been a particularly nice wife either... I had decided today would be a special day for Crevette (5 years 7 … [Read More...]

Before After Baby Photography

Living with Allergies

Nothing quite prepares you for what is to come when you have a baby. Before I had my children, I thought I knew the meaning of the words ‘tired’, ‘worried’, ‘love’, but I did … [Read More...]

Jumpy's allergies

Allergies

“What lovely ingredients for a cake!” I hear you say as you are looking at the photo I chose to illustrate this post. I wish I was writing about baking. Some posts are easier … [Read More...]

Beanie - My Little Bookworm

Reading to Children in a Foreign Language

Whilst reading a children’s book in French about colours yesterday, I realised yellow had been left out of the equation. It did not matter; the story was still brilliant, but … [Read More...]

French Pancakes - Crêpes - Filling Ideas

Over 50 Delicious Pancake Fillings

Are you lacking inspiration when it comes to pancake fillings? Look no further! We had a little pancake party at home last week. We have the same fillings every single time … [Read More...]

French Pancakes - Crêpes - My Recipe

French Pancakes

The first time I ever flipped a pancake was at primary school on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) and the crêpes were being cooked on a camping stove that had been casually placed … [Read More...]

Daffodils - Spring is on its Way

Enjoying a Week off at Home as a Family

This half term, we had nothing planned. It was such an amazing feeling, considering that we are normally really busy whenever we have some time off. None of our relatives live … [Read More...]

Free From French Pancakes

Free From Crêpes

As Shrove Tuesday is coming up and Jumpy is allergic to, well… everything on my list of ingredients for making French pancakes, I thought I would have to do a bit of research … [Read More...]

Apple Cake Recipe for Children

Apple Cake Recipe for Children

  Earlier this week, Crevette declared his favourite teddy’s birthday was coming up. Mister Penguin was turning five and we had to have a party, which I though was really … [Read More...]

Desert Island

My Desert Island Discs

I am not musical. I cannot play an instrument, have no musical ear or sense of rhythm, my singing voice is shocking and I can never remember who sings what, or what the words … [Read More...]

Play Dough

Homemade Gluten and Wheat Free Play Dough

I am not keen on play dough. There, I said it! It has the bad habit of crumbling everywhere, sticking to the carpet and getting stuck between floorboards, which I find really … [Read More...]

Root Vegetable Soup

Spiced Root Vegetable Soup

Nothing beats soup and homemade bread on a cold winter night… This hearty soup feels creamy without the cream. It is healthy, amazingly warming, has subtle spicy undertones … [Read More...]

Just a Little Present

Just a Little Present

It is always the small, meaningful little presents that make me happiest. That goes for giving as well as receiving.  Thoughtful little treats are not about impressing … [Read More...]

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So… what are we going to take out of the Loft? Dungarees or Little Dresses?

You might think that with three children already, a fourth baby on the way might be a less exciting experience, but it is not. Time goes much quicker and you have a lot less … [Read More...]

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No Bake Cereal Bars

  A lot of cereal bars get eaten in our house. I would rather my little ones ate nice snacks and not some additive bar with a bit of cereal in it, which is why I used … [Read More...]

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Vanilla Sugar

  Vanilla sugar is one of the ingredients I cannot do without. It is incredibly versatile and I use it when making cereal bars, baking cakes, to sweeten a cup of tea, … [Read More...]

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A new Bedroom for the Little Ones

I just love my home! It is far from being perfect, do not get me wrong! It is old, tiny, has a slight lingering smell of damp in the front room, a painstakingly open-plan … [Read More...]

Jumpy's Eczema Story

Jumpy’s Eczema Story

Jumpy had the most perfect, soft, peach-like skin as a baby (scalp aside). Well, until I started introducing solids, that is. From that day, the cradle cap she had had for … [Read More...]

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Edible (Gluten Free) Finger Paint

There is nothing like a fun activity with the children to brighten up a dull day! Last week-end, we made finger paint, and we all had a great time. I had made it with the big … [Read More...]

Easy Crusty Bread with watermark

Easy Crusty Bread

  To me, bread is France, France is bread, and thinking about bread could even make me feel a tad homesick actually. Getting nice freshly baked bread seems like such a fuss … [Read More...]

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Old family photographs

  Old family photos are priceless treasures we ought to look after. Their colours, smell, the way the subjects are posing, even their quirky sizes remind us they are like … [Read More...]