Monday, 22 December 2014

Hot Buttered Spiced Rum

Oh My! 
I HAVE to share this yummy recipe with you, it's soooo much better than eggnog!

What you need:

200g butter
200g brown sugar
2 tbsp cream
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp allspice
A healthy slug of spiced dark rum

Blend together the butter, sugar, cream and spices.

Boil the kettle and then half fill your mug.

Add the rum (however much you can handle!)

Stir in a large spoonful of the butter mix until it has all melted.

Snuggle up on the sofa with a fully blanket and a good book.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

A Birthday Gift To You...

Yep, my birthday falls a week before Christmas, which is pretty crappy but what can you do? I have decided that my gift to me (coz, that's totally acceptable right?) is to take the day off, do absolutely no cooking or cleaning and just do my own thing. Hell yeah!

I went to see Gone Girl, on my own, which will be a bit weird because I never go to the cinema on my own, it was great the ending was totally unexpected! Then I treated myself to a nice lunch, picked up something for dinner and then headed back home to hang out with my boy oh yes and have a call with my mastermind gals!


And so that brings me to my gift to you...I'm super excited to announce the new book, which is the first of a series 99 Fun Facts, it is on pre-order for now and will be released properly in the new year.

You DON'T need a kindle to read the books, you can read them on any computer, tablet or device, click through and just under the price it has the link to download the app for free.

You can also grab a copy of my other books for free for 24 hours only as my birthday gift to you, go and get it NOW! And please do share with anyone who has kids! 

If you already have one or both of the books, it would be a fab birthday gift to me if you could leave me a review - there are instructions how at the bottom of the post, well that's enough from me, go and grab your free books...

99 Fun Facts SNOW USA
99 Fun Facts SNOW UK
99 Fun Facts SNOW Japan
99 Fun Facts SNOW India 
99 Fun Facts SNOW Italy
99 Fun Facts SNOW France
99 Fun Facts SNOW Spain 
99 Fun Facts SNOW Brazil
99 Fun Facts SNOW Canada
99 Fun Facts SNOW Australia
99 Fun Facts SNOW Germany

These are links for the Gallery And Museum Survival Guide For Parents...

Gallery & Museum Survival Guide USA
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide UK
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide India
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide Germany
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide France
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide Spain
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide Italy
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide Japan
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide Brazil
Gallery & Museum Survival Guide Canada
Gallery &Museum Survival Guide Mexico
Gallery &Museum Survival Guide Australia

And these are for the Montessori Inspired Book...

Montessori Inspired USA
Montessori Inspired UK 
Montessori Inspired Japan
Montessori Inspired Germany
Montessori Inspired Italy
Montessori Inspired Canada
Montessori Inspired Brazil
Montessori Inspired Spain
Montessori Inspired India
Montessori Inspired Australia
Montessori Inspired France

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Easy Wreath Idea

When we got the decorations out I decided that out old wreath was looking rather shabby, time to make a new one! I managed to find the wooden wreath base at Yuzawaya then I had planned to pick up some more decorations but then I spotted a couple of meters of tinsel that i hadn't used when decorating the house.

So... four meters of tinsel wrapped around the wreath base, 10 minutes and taa-daa....

Very basic and simple but it looks lovely!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Have you heard of Bitsbox?

This looks like such a cool idea, I hope they manage to raise the money to put it into production AND that they ship internationally!

So it is basically a monthly box that helps kids learn to code, not the drag and drop way of coding (which is great but defeats the object) this is to encourage kids to learn the language and understand the code, which I believe is fundamental to understanding computers properly.

Watch this to learn more...

We do use Khan academy to learn about coding but I think this would be a great addition to what you get at Khan academy. What do you think?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

In The Book Bag

When I was in town the other day I decided to pop into the new Book Off (yes, that's the name) it's part of a chain and there is also Hard Off and House Off!

I picked up a lovely Taschen Dali book and a couple of novels for Ebi-kun, that I have squirrelled away. 

I also picked up Wenny Has Wings which is marketed as a kids book but I wanted to read it first to make sure it was suitable. The books is a set of letters that Will, aged 11 sends to his little sister. The two of them were in a traffic accident and the sister, Wenny was killed. Will died for 10 minutes and saw the light but then came back to earth. 
The letters are touching and take you through the roller-coaster of emotions that Will goes through, from the guilt of not protecting his little sister, to missing her to hating her and all the family issues too.
This is not a feel good book, I ended up sobbing into my coffee! I talked to Ebi-kun about it and will leave it on the shelf, then if he feels drawn to it he can read it, at least he has the heads up before diving in. I imagine a child reading this will feel differently that an parent.

Ebi-kun is totally hooked on the Bear Grylls books, he has just finished up the third one and can't wait to get his hands on book four, he'll have to wait until Santa gets here! These are great books for boys and I imagine quite a few girls would like them too. Very exciting story lines.

What are you reading at the moment? How about your kids?

Friday, 12 December 2014

International Book Giving Day Big Reveal

As one of the hosts I was really excited to see the fab artwork for next years International Book Giving Day. It will the 4th year that it has run and people across the globe are encouraged to give books on Valentines day, getting as many books as possible into the hands of kids around the world.

The talented and award winning Chris Haughton has designed the poster, isn't it great ? You can download the poster HERE

I will be organising something fun nearer the day but if you want to get on board right now, Zoe from Playing By The Book is hosting a book swap, sign up over HERE. And for more info about International Book Giving day, click HERE.

There are some great freebies to be had soon, so keep posted...

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Want to have a book dedicated to you?

There is a new snowman in town but he needs a name, can your kids help him out?

The winning namer will get a free copy of the book AND will have the book dedicated to them! Cooool.

Just pop your suggestion in the form below.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Trying out the new cafe...

Just round the corner from our home, we have a new cafe whoo-hoo! We have been itching to try it out....

The menu is very limited for now, it was basically a choice of panini or carbonara. Hubby and I both had the panini and Ebi-kun had the carbonara, all of it was delicious. We got soup, salad and deviled egg too. Big thumbs up for the lunch, although it was more of a ladies lunch size rather than a strapping bloke sized meal!

Ebi-kun had hot chocolate which was really cute...

I got a caramel latte and we all got these cute little cookies. 10/10 for cuteness! I'm pretty sure the owner can speak English too, although she didn't when my hubby was there, I reckon she will if I rock up alone. This is great for me because my other favourite cafe has an owner who speaks English and used to be a tour guide!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

What's going on here then?

Found Santa and baby Jesus hanging out, not entirely sure what they are doing...

Monday, 8 December 2014

Saturday Sadness

So Saturday I had a message from mom to say my step dad had been rushed into hospital, the crappy thing about being the other side of the world is that I can't be there to help out. Looks like he might be in for a while as they want to run tests but he seems to be doing a bit better for now.

The other sad event is that the boys football team went down to division two booooo. Which meant a rather sombre dinner!

On the upside, I found some new slippers! For someone who works from home, slippers are very important, warm and comfortable are a must!

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