Easter Bento

After being inspired by two of my favourite bloggers, Kerry and Lucy , i have finally jumped on the ‘bento’ bandwagon.

What is bento you ask? Well in simple terms, ‘bento’ is the Japanese word for a boxed lunch but to expand on that it is all about presenting different foods in a fun and attractive manner. A typical bento lunch should contain a healthy balance of fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and sweet treats and provide a variety of colours, flavours and textures.

Anyway, to kick of i thought it would only be appropriate to create an Easter themed bento lunch for Riley and here are the results:

Easter Bento

Featured in this Easter Bento Box:

  • Strawberry Yoghurt (with hundreds and thousands)
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Baby Carrots
  • Lambs Lettuce
  • Rabbit Ham Sandwiches
  • Giant Pretzels
  • Babybel Cheese
  • Black Currants

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It went down a treat with Riley and he got so excited when i put the bento box in front of him. He isn’t a fussy eater as such but i do struggle to get him to try new foods, particularly fruit and salad ingredients etc. but unbelievably he ate the lettuce without batting so much as an eyelid, which just proves that the concept behind these lunches actually works.

Have you tried bento lunches with your little ones? If not, i would definitely recommend it as it encourages them to be more adventurous with their food. (It’s also pretty fun to create them too, time-consuming but definitely worth it!)

Anyway, hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Love Vikki xxx

A Sunny Spring Afternoon

I LOVE SPRING and i think it’s now safe to say that it has officially arrived, complete with blue skies, hazy sunshine and fresh blooms.

I can’t tell you how deliriously happy it makes me to see longer days, trees dusted in beautiful blossom, flowers poking up through the ground, a carpet of bluebells in the woods and the sound of my boys’ laughter as they play together out in the garden. It could just be me, but there’s something about the warmth of the sun on your skin that makes you feel instantly radiant and alive. Amazing what a bit of sunshine can do for your morale isn’t it?

The weather was glorious here last weekend and it was really lovely to spend some quality time together as a family. Mr B works away in the week and we don’t get to see that much of him so when he is home, we always try to make the most of the time we have together. We are so incredibly lucky to live in a beautiful home surrounded by woodland and a large, secluded garden that provides the perfect setting for the boys’ to explore and have fun in.

So on Sunday, that’s exactly what we did ..

Harry had his first go in the swing.

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There were smiles all round on the slide.

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Riley played football and bounced on the trampoline with Uncle Martin.

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The garden and its new blooms were explored.

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We even got daddy to pose for the camera.

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A simple, sunny, Spring afternoon.

River Island Mini Range

River Island Mini

If like us, you’re a fan of fashion chain River Island, you will be very excited to hear that next month sees the arrival of their brand new range ‘River Island Mini’ – a fun, trendy and gorgeously cute collection for the little fashionistas in your life.

The 100-piece ‘mini me’ range mimics the current trends and offers a comprehensive selection of items for little ones aged 0-3 years.

River Island MiniFrom daily essentials to adorable outfits for special occasions, the new babywear range is not only cool and fun, but affordable too, with prices ranging from £6 – £20. In addition to clothing, the new Mini range also offers a selection of toys and accessories.

For boys you can expect to see skate wear influences in the casual wear with hoodies, joggers, graffiti and tropical landscape prints on offer as well as jersey blazers, chinos and striped tops for a smarter, preppy feel. The little ladies will be spoilt for choice with a variety of pretty pastels, bright tropical prints, flower embellishments, tutus and washed denim.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of our favourite pieces from the new River Island Mini range:

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The New River Island Mini collection will be available to purchase in selected stores and online at www.riverisland.com from May 2014.

Dr. Beckmann Ambassador Announcement And Giveaway

Dr Beckmann Brand AmbassadorWe are so thrilled to announce that we have been chosen as the first brand ambassador for Dr. Beckmann. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, they are a family owned business who have been in the market for over 30 years now and are the UK’s leading specialist in laundry, textiles and household cleaning products. They care about cleaning, so if it says Dr.Beckmann on the label then you know it works. I use their products regularly so am really happy to be working with a brand that i know and trust. Being a busy mama to two small boys is hard work and involves a lot of laundry, housework and cleaning – none of which is glamorous, but it does burn calories, so there is a silver lining to every cloud. Over the next year or so i will be bringing you all the latest news from Dr. Beckmann HQ as well as participating in market research, sharing information on product launches and carrying out reviews. I’m also pleased to be able to offer readers a 20% discount code LFM2014 which can be redeemed against all purchases on the Dr. Beckmann website and is valid until April 2015.

GIVEAWAY TIME

I also have a fantastic giveaway for you all as the lovely people at Dr. Beckmann are offering ONE lucky reader the chance to win a years supply of laundry, textiles and household cleaning products.Dr Beckmann ProductsTo enter:

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  • You need to complete the mandatory entries first (7 in total)
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Good Luck!

Vikki xxx

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Early Years Education – Some Basic Facts

early years educationEducation begins at the very beginning of a child’s life. Experts say that early childhood is by far the most critical time of a person’s education, as this is the time when a very impressionable mind is capable of absorbing the most information.

What is early childhood education?

Early childhood education refers to the combination of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social learning of a child during the first six to eight years of his/her life. While parents and primary care givers play an important role in a child’s attainment of such knowledge, an early childhood educator offers a more specialised approach to the education of a child. In order to maximise the learning program for any child, early childhood educators usually go to great lengths to involve parents and care givers in his/her early childhood program.

The principle behind early childhood education

Psychological researches have revealed that children learn at the fastest pace when they are between the ages of 0-6 years old. That is the main reason why a child’s brain is often referred to as a sponge, as it has the ability to soak up huge amounts of information in a very naturalistic way. Early childhood education is primarily designed to enhance and maximise a child’s natural learning process.

The designing of an early childhood education curriculum

There are a number of early childhood education programs that are based around the beliefs and studies of different educational theorists. Some preschools focus solely on just one theory, while most preschools will devise a curriculum that integrates ideas of all leading theorists. Curriculums will touch on skills like reading and writing, while incorporating subjects such as geography and science. Irrespective of theorists and curriculums, each and every preschool is designed to cater to the individual needs of a child.

What should a good pre-school program entail?

There are a number of important factors to consider when choosing a suitable pre-school program for your child, some of which include the following;

  • The parents or caregivers should be actively informed of and involved in the learning process
  • All pre-school programs should place an emphasis on learning through play
  • The curriculum provided must place equal importance on the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of the child

One of the most crucial key factors to keep in mind is that the entire early learning process must be made into a fun and beneficial experience for a child, and it must not be forced in any way. After all, if a child is not having fun in preschool, they will most likely not want to return after their very first week there.

The value of early childhood education must not be overlooked or underestimated in any way as it is the foundation of every child’s learning. It is important to nurture a child’s brain in its susceptible state with as much information as is logical. Allowing children to develop their creative, social, physical and emotional skills in a relaxed and fun educational environment will give them a strong foundation for life and for further education.

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  • Tracy Nixon - Thanks for the info! Policies etc seem to be always changing so it is hard to keep up!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy at Tots - Yes difficult to keep up with changes in education – really want to keep abreast of it.ReplyCancel