Little Crumbs

Fab Togs for your Tots

Today there's a teeny glimmer of sunshine, although still a chill in the air there's hope that spring is on it's way.

And that my lovelies means…. Some new togs. My chum over at @bretonteacups is terrible at thrusting new twitter handles and blogs under my nose for me to swoon over and add beautiful things to my never ending wish list.

I've put together just a few lovely pieces I'm looking to get for Edie (11 months) & Euan (3) …I've been quite restrained here … all are available for your little ones to get through this crossover into spring. Enjoy.

 

1 – Skinny Fit Trousers, GAP £17:50 … Not the most practical of colours granted … Cool though!

2 – Tri-Colour Quilted Waistcoat, Zara £19:99 … Loving the retro look of this Gilet, Euan loves a Gilet warm and un restricting,

3 – Jumper & a-z T Shirt Hello Apparel $35:00 & $22:00 …soft cotton jumper cosy for chilly spring/summer evenings,

4 – Whale T Shirt, GAP £9:95,

5 – Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed, No Added Sugar £22:00,

6 – Tiger Helmet, Cissy Wears, £35:00 …other designs are available,

7 – Mario High Tops, Nike Dunk High, was £138:00 NOW £47:27!!!

Those kicks, and with that helmet, there will be 1 stylish tot on his scooter in the park this spring.

And now for little lady…there are a few gorgeous accessories thrown in for good measure.

1 – Onesies and Arrow Print Leggings, Hello Apparel $18:00 – $24:00 Hello Apparel can do no wrong,
2 – Milk Vest, Cissy Wears £23:00,
3 – Corby Tindersticks Fred, Cissy Wears £25:00 … He's called Tindersticks Fred. That is all.
4 – Dou Dou Soft Toy, Bodie and Fou £7:99 each …too cute
5 – Tights, No Added Sugar was £24:99 NOW £12:50 (low stock),
6 – TuTu in Slate Grey, Bob and Blossom £32:00 – £44:00 … Just because,
7 – Djeco Fox Pull Along Toy, Bodie and Fou £13:99 … This little fella has other cute chums to collect
8 – Minnetonka Moccasins, (price varies) … I ADORE these ever since @bretonteacups told me of their existence!
9 – Caption Striped Vest, Zara Mini £6:99 … This is so true in Edie's case,
10 – Sheepish Jumper, Topshop Mini £22:00 … I wouldn't mind this for myself!
11 – Dungarees, Zara £12:99 … Kids need at least 1 pair of dungarees, boy or girl, it's a given,
12 – Camo Jacket, Zara Baby Girl, £25:99,
Find these and other delicious items for your little ones wardrobes on the following websites:-
Follow Hello Apparel on Instagram and Twitter for the latest offers on shipping and discount codes @helloapparel … The jumpers, t shirts and leggings for us oldies are worth a look too. Tag them in your Instagram pictures for them to share in a montage with their Instagram followers.
What are your little ones favourite togs?…I'd love to hear from you, tweet me you lovely lot! @Cardies_Crumbs
Happy Shopping for Spring!
 

 

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Kneading Time

Is it cooked yet…is it cooked yet..is it cooked yet!!!

We like our food in this house, we like to try and make it fun from 'funny hunny shapes' in our porridge to s sunday roast. It's important for us that the little ones to grow up understanding where their food comes from. We're very lucky where we live to have some a lovely family friendly farm shop on our doorstep.

That said.. we do have our 'sling in a few fish fingers days' but its about trying to find a balance.

Euan has recently got a bit fussier than he used to be. More of a 'I'm 3, and I'm the boss'' more than anything. However if he's involved in the kitchen, he's interested, engaged and excited about what he's about to eat.

Last night was an episode of Food and Drink…available to watch on BBC I Player here…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qxm7d

Monica Galetti (known for her role in Masterchef The Professionals) explained about how she had got her daughter to eat more spinach. A Pie.

This morning we went to our farm shop for the ingredients we needed, we're going for a delicious chicken, bacon and leek number.

A delicious recipe a lovely friend had made me for a girlie catch up dinner recently. We adjusted it slightly, adding a few more veggies, spinach, courgette and some more herbs.

The Fabulous Baker Brothers recipe is here…

http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/tv-show-recipes/the-fabulous-baker-brothers-recipes/classic-chicken-and-leek-pie-recipe

So after pre school this afternoon, while little lady napped we rolled up our sleeves and got stuck in…

I had done most of the cooking before hand, Euan joined me for the bringing it all together, and most importantly the job of decorating the pie!

We had a minor incident in the corner…but I love a good patched together pie, gives them character….

A generous egg wash followed by the impatient repetitive ” is it cooked now, …mummy, is it cooked…mummy must be cooked noooooow, mummy, mummy, is it ready now”.

25 minutes it takes in the oven mummies…25 MINUTES of the above….

cue the cut offs, some cookie cutters …and peace… I do love our time in the kitchen, he's 3 and still learning the concept of cooking time.

And before he knows it we're ready to sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labour…

He really does love mucking in, in the kitchen, and it's a gorgeous time just the 2 of us.

He did manage to swerve most of the spinach in the pie, but he tried it, and enjoyed it. And that's the main thing.

I'd love to see some of your pie piccies, tweet me or find me on Instagram @Cardies_Crumbs

 

 

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Little Crumbs

Sunday Monster Fun

It's always been me and the boy at home, just us 2, doing what we wanted, when we wanted to. if we fancied an impromptu walk in the woods we'd throw on our boots and off we'd go. So it was no surprise I had my concerns over how he'd adjust when little lady's arrival was imminent she he'd have to she's my time and attention.

I slowly started to explain he'd have to have patience and hang on for me while I had to empty the dishwasher, change a bed, and then show him I could still make time for him while Edie was here, to minimise any jealousy.

Now Edie's 9 months old, and although he can happily entertain himself with his toys, when Edie's indulging in a nap we should have our time, reading, doing a puzzle, playing, watching a film. Just us.

So this morning, Mr G was busily preparing lunch, Edie snoozing, we got out his set of Create Your Own Monsters, by Grafix. Bought for him as a gift he couldn't wait to bring the pieces of card to life.

Although the recommended age is 5+, doing it together was fine, there were no teeny pieces or anything particularly sharp.

A great kit of 4 monsters to create. The great thing is, there was no need for glue, tape and no mess. Just clear instructions, a sheet of stickers and individually bagged pieces for each monster.

And so, he chose which one he wanted to make first, and he'd show me the stickers he needed on the sheet from referring to the instructions, I helped him twist the pipe cleaners in for arms etc, but the rest he did himself, sometimes following the pictures for guidence and sometimes changing it up a bit. And he loved it.

We sat together as he'd build up their faces making up stories about each monster, where they lived, what their favourite food was, their names and odd noises they'd make.

May I introduce you to Mummy Bert, partial to the odd custard and spaghetti sandwich, with rasberry jam….

And then it was on to the next….

Once we'd had a play and the attention was drifting. I suggested we could link them altogether and hang them up in his room, somewhere Edie couldn't eat them!

We just used some string I had, but if I'd have thought about it a bit more, something more exciting would have finished it off nicely, we could have paint the string or used some more glittery pipe cleaners, different coloured wool, or ribbon would have been a great alternative,

So now they hang from his light switch, and very proud of them he is too.

A great set, that easily filled a good 90 minutes got his imagination ticking over and something for his room that he's made sharing some great fun time to boot. Just us.

I'll definitely be keeping my peepers open for more in this range for Euan, especially with half term looming! As well as for gifts for friends children.

Have a look on the Grafix website for more crafty ideas, activities to download and their range of products available.

http://www.grafix.co.uk/

Please note that this is not a sponsored post and all views are my own.

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