The adventures of Jack Jack

The adventures of a first time Mummy and my son Jack.

Healthy Halloween treats and crafts

We love Halloween as much as the next family but with childhood obesity on the raise and talk of tooth brushing lessons entering the school curriculum, I wanted to make sure Jacks Halloween was not just a sugar-fest.

As he is only two years old Jack is too young to go trick or treating, but that doesn’t mean he has to miss out on the fun.

Jacks first ever Halloween 2012.

Jacks first ever Halloween 2012.

We have spent the last few days creating our own toddler friendly Halloween.

We made paper pumpkin lanterns using chalk to colour in circles of sugar paper which we then stuck googly eyes and a sugar paper nose and mouth onto, the glue sticks better if you brush off as much of the chalk residue as possible.

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Other craft ideas you could try are hand prints which you could decorate as ghosts or monsters, make your own witches hat and spooky paper chains.

We love an afternoon or evening spent snuggled up on the sofa watching spooky movies but Jack and I did some moving and grooving first to a Halloween hits album. Jack loves dancing and we made an afternoon of it pretending to be a werewolf to “clap for the wolfman” or doing the timewarp.

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For a devious dinner we are having a go at these fabulous mummy sausages by organix food, which will go brilliantly with a serving of frogs brains (peas) and a dash of blood (ketchup).

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How about trying this tasty teeth? They are easy and quick to make, just spread peanut butter on one side of some slices of apple, pop a few mini marshmallows in between the slices and voila!

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Or these ghostly bananas? Freeze your bananas over night then chop in half, spread a little yogurt over the banana and roll in desiccated coconut. Dont forget a raisin for the mouth and chocolate chips for the eyes, a lolly stick works brilliantly for keeping little fingers free from mess.

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How do you celebrate Halloween with little ones? Do you let them get the sugar cravings out their system and deal with the grumps or do you try to keep a healthy balance?

Maybe you have more healthy treat ideas, share with me in the comments below.

Happy Halloween!

Second Halloween 2013.

Second Halloween 2013.

 

Halloween Spooktacular of last minute buys.

With Halloween nearly upon us and many spooky parties planned for this weekend, now is the perfect time to pick up some last minute bargains. If your looking for an eleventh hour costume or accessory then look no further!

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Treats

All sweets retro sweet shop 

image__54867.1411512860.1280.1280Boo crew party treat boxes – £3.75

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Mega witch cauldron – £34.99

ASDA5054070509128_280_IDShot_3Chosen by you fierce fanged mustache lollipop – £1

5054070509517_280_IDShot_3Chosen by you perilous pumpkin giant cupcake – £6.00

1215407611947Cadbury vampire bites – £1.00

50105175_280_IDShot_3Cadbury scream egg – 3 for £1.00

TescoIDShot_225x225Haribo trick or treat – £0.75

IDShot_225x225 (1)Swizzles spooky trick or treat tub – £4.00 

IDShot_225x225 (2)Gooey brains – 2 for £1.50

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Costumes

Morphsuits

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1970-marvel-morphsuitskostuem-captainamerica-spiderman Marvel morphsuits – £40.99  each

 

beating-heart-imorph-digital-zombie-morphsuit-1Beating heart zombie – £35.993

ASDA 5054070340554_280_IDShot_3wingflatables – £10.00 adult, £8.00 children

Tescokl422145Glow in the dark all in one – £3.00

 

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Decorations and party supplies

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1215412531922Kids Halloween party bundle – £3.00

5054070341292_280_IDShot_3Black skull party plates – £1.00

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Skeleton hand salad servers – £1.00

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Jay skull bowl – £12.50

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Accessories

Amazon

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Violent lips pink leopard, temporary lip tattoos – £9.oo

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Kyjen Halloween invincible cat squeaker toy – £12.99

image068Wilton 12 hole Halloween cookie pan – £12.99

What are your plans for Halloween?

Nursery fun with UKMums.tv and Golden bear toys.

UKMums.tv and Golden bear toys have teamed up with nurseries across the country to bring four weeks of new activities to our little ones and a boost of much needed resources for our nursery’s.

Week 1 was JCB themed and Jack enjoyed playing with kid tough My First diggers and dumper trucks at nursery then bringing home a colouring sheet and activity book.

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Week 2 was Woolly and Tig themed but unfortunately Jack had chicken pox so missed the fun at nursery. UKMums.tv were kind enough to send Jack and I a goodie bag stashed full of activity sheets so we could join in at home.

10633203_10204698628443968_4989013056520294725_oA very itchy Jack spent a couple of hours happily colouring away and attempting to solve the puzzles and games in the JCB activity book. The children at J’s nursery and those across the country have had great fun with activities such as bring your favourite toy to nursery and wheres Woolly?.

This week (or next week for those on half term) is the turn of Cbeebies Bugbie, with an arty colouring competition and lots of fun toys to play with.

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Below are some links to activity sheets for you to print off at home.

JCB activity sheet 1

JCB activity sheet 2

Colour in Woolly

Are any nurseries near you joining in the fun?

Silent Sunday 26/10/2014

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Creative play with Toyella

Award winning toy manufacturers Toyella have set myself and fellow bloggers a fantastic challenge, to write about our children embracing their creativity through play.

Music has been a massive part of my life since I was born, I used to boogie round the living room as a toddler to Queen. At primary school age my mother paid for me to have piano lessons and by the time I was in college the full rocker had appeared, complete with drum and guitar lessons and my own band.

Jack is a chip off the old block, we have never pushed music or a specific genera on him but he has picked up on my love of rock, blues and classic rock and roll.
Here he is at 6 months old, classic animal from the Muppets.

ACDC is one of our favourite bands and we spend the journey to nursery singing away and deafening Daddy.

My mum is exactly the same as Jack and I with the added bonus of the space and wage to own lots of instruments, which we take full advantage of whenever we visit.

My chosen video and picture were taken last weekend. We let our hair down on Saturday night and rocked out to some ACDC, using the guitars from the wii and my real guitar for maximum effect.

They show Jack learning about self expression and that its ok to be unique. He is embracing the rhythm of the music and letting it flow out through his desire to dance away the night. Through music Jack is perfecting his motor skills and we use it as a form of bonding by sharing favourite bands and songs.

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Disclaimer: This is my entry to the #ToyellaChristmas blogger comp, hosted by  My Mills baby (http://mymillsbaby.co.uk/2014/09/calling-bloggers-win-christmas-toyella-cd-25102014/)

Silent Sunday 19/10/2014

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Top tips for preventing illness

After being wiped out for the last week by a particularly voracious sickness bug Jack brought home from nursery, I thought this would be a good time to share my top tips for keeping the bugs at bay (or at least trying to).

We’ve all seen the adverts promoting the benefits of good bacteria but did you know it is important that we are exposed to bad bacteria? It is unhealthy for us to over clean and wipe out all bacteria from our homes before becoming immune to them. This is especially important in children who are developing their immune system, a few coughs and colds are good for them. However too much bacteria is bad news, it is all about finding a balance and you can  achieve that balance through simple everyday steps.

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  • While we all want to be green and wash at 40 degrees we occasionally need to wash our clothes at 60 to kill the bacteria our clothes collect. This is particularly important after an illness in the house, for items such as underwear and towels and of course bedding.

 

  • Wash your hands after using the bathroom or touching animals and before preparing food. Dont forget to teach little ones how to properly wash their hands.

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  •  When cooking food keep any utensils used to prepare raw meat or fish separate from those used to prepare other foods.

 

  • Make sure food is cooked through and foods that need to be refrigerated are chilled properly to stop the spread of bacteria. Keep cold foods cold (below 40oC) and hot foods hot (above 57oC).

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  • Eat well – we all love the odd treat but fruit and veg ( especially those high in vitamins A, B, C, and E) provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy. Include foods high in calcium (milk, yogurt, tofu, cheese, broccoli); potassium (bananas, baked potatoes, raisins, grapes); zinc and protein (lamb chops and other red meats, seafood, peanut butter, chicken); and magnesium (brown rice, whole-wheat bagels, pastas, milk, yogurt, nuts, and seeds).

 

  • Keep active – you don’t have to run a marathon but keeping active throughout the day helps to keep you fit and healthy and enable you to fit in that slinky pair of jeans.

 

  • Get outside – Research shows that spending time outside can promote better sleep, boost overall wellness, and may improve your mood, helping to bust those winter blues.

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  • As difficult as it is in the modern world, try to cut out stress and get at least 8 hours sleep a night. Too much stress and too little sleep leaves us feeling run down and open to illness.

 

  • Wipe down bathroom and kitchen sinks, the bath and shower and toilet with an anti bacterial cleaner weekly, or more frequently if someone in the house is ill.

 

  • Before going to bed pop some bleach down the loo, this will kill any bacteria and leave your loo smelling fresh.

And most importantly remember we can’t guide against all germs and as I said earlier, a little sniffle never hurt anyone.

 

Silent Sunday 28/09/2014

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