Monday, October 27, 2014

Catching up

I have been a little absent from this space lately, maybe because I'm tired, Maybe because every time I sit down some one wants something, maybe because the weather is nicer and I'm having less time inside, maybe I'm getting a little lazy with Instagram and it's just so easy to upload photos with the push of a button when I'm waiting at school pick up, folding the washing or waiting at the doctor.

What ever the reason, I do love blogging and hopefully I will get out of this blogging 'funk' soon, we have been busy never the less so here is a few photos of what we have been up to lately, hopefully some more posts come soon.
We have been gardening.


Watching the tomato seedling grow.

Bike riding.

Noticing the gorgeous blossoms.

Making new recipes, like cauliflower pizza crust, yum!

Enjoying ice creams in the sun.

Being totally adorable.

Making fresh pasta.

We had a visit to our local show.

We ate our first strawberries for the season.

And watered.

Lots of gardening, cooking and watching the seasons changing.

What have you been up to lately?

Hopefully I will be back soon.

Holli x

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Toilet training twins // Harpic

Toilet training twins was never going to be easy, toilet training one little one is a challenge let alone two and let alone one being a boy and one being a girl. 

Never the less, I can't hold off any more, the weather is warming up which means a little extra washing from 'accidents' will be easily done and dried in no time.

We didn't use a potty with Poppy and we aren't using one for the twins either, I'm not keen on them and we find the little seats that fit into the regular toilet work fine.

Of course with toilet training there is going to be a little mess and that's where Harpic comes in, we already use and are very happy with products like their cleaning liquids, but I have been looking for something quick, easy and sanitary to clean up little 'spills' and having recently tried the Harpic flushable toilet wipes, they are the perfect wipe to clean up any mess made from toilet training and being flushable means no soaking and washing of cloths, which makes my life so much easier. 

We also use Harpic's toilet blocks, which have been a bit of a novelty with the twins, as they love the blue water and always enjoying telling me when one is running out. They keep the toilet looking fresh and clean in between cleans.

I asked some of my readers their top toilet training tips to help me along and I thought I would share the top three:

"We made up a toilet song that we sang every time our daughter sat on the toilet. She loved it. When she finished, we would sing a different song, saying what she had done. It wasn't too long before she used the toilet every time." Christie 

"It just needs a lot of praise when they do it right and a relaxed 'oh dear, never mind' if they get it wrong. My little one was put off if I made a big deal of accidents and didn't want to try again." Sally 

"I let my son choose some undies with his favorite character, Thomas the Tank Engine, on them. Then I told him not to get Thomas wet. It worked really well!" Maria 

Do you have any great toilet training tips? I would love to hear.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Poppy, Alexis and Rory: My crazy three.

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Caramel Popcorn

I recently made this Caramel Popcorn for an after school treat for Poppy, after posting on my Instagram page I got so many requests for the recipe, so here it is! It is so easy to make, and it's one of the few recipes I don't cook with the children as the caramel gets very hot and can burn badly. This popcorn would be fantastic as party favors or Christmas gifts. Enjoy.  

What you'll need:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup popping corn
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup golden syrup
1 cup caster sugar
100g butter, chopped

What to do:
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 corn kernels. Oil is hot enough when corn turns slowly in a circle. Add remaining corn kernals. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Shake saucepan gently when corn starts popping. Remove from heat when corn stops popping. Transfer to a bowl. Discard unpopped corn.

Place honey, golden syrup, sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, for 5 minutes or until light golden. Working quickly, pour mixture over popcorn. Stir to combine. Spoon onto pans lines with baking paper. Set aside to cool completely. Break into pieces.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Alexis: Excited for her sisters birthday.
Rory: Adores the pool.
Poppy: Birthday girl.

Joining in with Jodi.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Tonight my girl is five, in the morning she will be six.

Every thing we did today I said "This will be the last time you go to the park as a five year old"... "this will be the last time I dress you as a five year old...." and tonight when I kiss her good night it will be the last time I kiss her as a five year old.

You are currently picking some nail polish you think will be fitting for your first day as a six year old, yellow and blue is what you have decided. "Perfect for a sunny day" you say, perfect for my perfect girl.

Where did the time go? My beautiful grown up girl, the time has gone in a flash. I look forward to seeing what your sixth year has to bring.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014


A rainy day craft made from bits and pieces from the recycle bin.

Some biscuit boxes, toilet roll holders, paint, string and bottle lids did the trick.

My little photographers have been clicking away all day.

And they all loved taking photos of me taking photos of them.

What crafty things have you been up to these school holidays?