Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Kidtropolis, London - October Half-Term 2016

We were very excited to receive an invitation to visit Kidtropolis during October 2106 Half-Term. Kidtropolis is a brand new family event and is coming to ExCeL London on 25th, 26th and 27th October. All toys and live entertainment is aimed at children aged 12 and under. 
Below is a list of just some of the toy brands and activities that are happening over the three days of family fun. Little Ladybug is especially going to love discovering new toys to put on her list for Santa. She is going to enjoy meeting Chase and Marshall from the PAW Patrol. I am sure Little Brother will enjoy the Play-Doh workshop and playing with the items from WOW Toys and Bigjigs Rail. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Halloween Crafting 2016 - #SpooktacularCraft

A couple weeks ago we received a box from Viking. Little LadyBug (LL) enjoyed opening the box and discovering the craft supplies that we were sent for some quick and easy Halloween crafting projects. The box contained: lollipops, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, yarn (black, orange and white), white marker pen, glue stick, coloured tissue paper and several patterned scissors.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Little Passports Exploration - Part One

We were very excited to receive an email to explore the world of Little Passports with a 3-Month gift subscription. If you are not familiar with Little Passport, it is a monthly subscription aimed at children between the ages of 3 to 10 years old. Originally launched in 2009 by two moms (Amy and Stella), there is currently three different subscriptions packages available for the UK children. There is "Early Explorers" aimed at 3-5 years olds and each month explore different world themes like: music, oceans, dinosaurs, world coins and celebrations. There is also the "World Edition" aimed at 6-10 years olds and will be sent a package about a new country each month with souvenirs and hand-on activities. NEW "Science Expeditions" aimed at 9+ years old now available in the UK.

Monday, 10 October 2016

British Home Love - Week 2 Favourite Finds

I have enjoyed another week of seeing the beautiful home decor photos posted by instagramers. My favourite photos are those showing how people are transition their home decor in reflection of the days getting cooler and leading up to Christmas. The pastel colours are disappearing and being replaced by red, oranges and pumpkins. There is more soft blankets and pine cones appearing. I am continuing to showcase my favourite photos from newly discovered home and lifestyle Instagram accounts in the UK on "British Home Love" account.


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Quick and Easy Baked Artichoke Dip Featuring Thomas J. Fudge's

As soon as the leaves starting falling off the trees, I can not help starting to think about comfort food and starting to planning for the Christmas festive period. We have a traditional in my family to have a drink and hor d'oeuvres before Christmas Eve dinner. My maternal Grandmother always made a hot artichoke dip. Not only is the my grandmother's recipe hard to stop eating but also is extremely easy to make.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

2016 Me & Mine Portrait Project at LadyBug Home

In 2016, we will be joining in for another year with the "Me and Mine Project" that was created by Lucy of Dear Beautiful. On the last day of each month, I join a group of bloggers to document being a family. There is lots of photos of my husband or I with our children but rare photos of all us together. I have learned how to set the timer on the camera and every month we commit to taking a photo of the four us together.

Search #MeandMineProject on Twitter and Instagram or follow @meandmineproject on Instagram to view the monthly collection of photos.
The Me and Mine Project
September was a busy month and we did not take many photos. This family photo was quickly taken at the park this last weekend. It was early evening but a beautiful cool and bright sunshine day. Little Ladybug was very busy on her scooter so we barely were able to take this family photo. The main event this month was the start of "Big School" for Little Ladybug and everyone adjusting a new weekly schedule. Little Ladybug loves school but does have days when she rather stay home to watch movies. Bumblebee Boy is enjoying spending two mornings with a very caring childminder while I get to focus on some work. I think he still prefers quiet mornings at home with Mommy but he always has fun with the childminder.

We have big news that we are moving in November. Our landlord would like to sell the home we are living in at the moment. Our main priority is to stay within walking distance of Little Ladybug's school. We are starting to decorate with Autumn and Halloween items. We are hoping to take a trip to the pumpkin patch and looking forward to half-term break. We are definitely going to have some "pjs days" during half-term.


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Easy and Quick Mexican Family Meal with Santa Maria #Review

One of my favourite meal growing up in the Pacific Northwest of the USA was my mother's Mexican nachos. She would put a tray of tortilla chips covered in cheese in the oven until the chips were crispy and cheese melted. She would season ground beef with Taco Seasoning Mix and put in the middle of the tray of tortilla chips. She then would add sour cream, chopped olives and chopped tomatoes on top.
My family enjoy Mexican meal night in our home here in the UK. My children love taking flour tortillas and fill them with cheese, salsa and sour cream. A plate of cheesy tortilla chips are always included also. Santa Maria sent us some of their products for one of our Mexican meal nights. We were sent Tortilla Chips, Plain Flour Soft Tortillas, Taco Seasoning Mix, Fajita Seasoning Mix (Hot) and BBQ & Grill Mesquite.

Monday, 26 September 2016

British Home Love - Week 1 Favourite Finds

Last week, I decided to create an Instagram account called "British Home Love" dedicated to my love of British home interiors design and to highlight some old and new favourite home and lifestyle Instagram accounts in the UK. Everyday will have a new theme and post a collection of photos. I will always make an attempt to give credit to the original Instagram and photographer.

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