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Monday, 20 August 2018

6 Wish List Items For A Dream Kitchen



Ever since I moved out, there has always been an element of me longing for a beautiful kitchen. Unfortunately as we rent it is a dream slightly further away as there is only so much you can change in rented properties. However, appliances can always come with you so I guess this is what we invest in whilst saving for a house. I've put together my wishlist items for my dream kitchen, some of which will have to wait until we have our own house.

We've been talking about getting a a food blender probably ever since Darcy was weaning as they would of been brilliant for blending up her purees but we just never really got round to it, they're so useful for soups too and I'm hoping to make more of those this Winter. The reason why I am loving this particular food blender is because it is so versatile, it has 33 functions so whether its baking, juicing, mincing meat, pressing fruit or draining salad or many more it's an all one product. It's not just it's uses that makes me buy a product, it's obviously got to be how it looks on my kitchen side that really entices me in and this is super stylish with its glass touch button menu. I'm beginning to wonder after writing this why I don't already have one as seems like an essential right?!

A dishwasher probably seems like a bit of a bizarre wish list item, I know. We would have enough space for one if we moved the washing machine in to the hallway cupboard, and I'm beginning to become very tempted indeed. If we were to have any more children it would very much be an essential because even now I am sick of constant washing up! Not too bothered about what make it is and how fancy it looks just someone else please do my dishes! 

I think coffee machines are what dreams are made of? The amount of money I must spend in Starbucks and Costa, why not invest in my own. This De Longhi coffee machine is not only beautiful but it also steams your milk so you can make lattes and cappucinos. Would need a bigger kitchen first though because there is only so much I can fit on my worktops.

Ooooh a bigger oven would be a dream, we are only a 3 person family so I am not sure why we would need one, but they look nice and it would be nice to boil on hob that isn't so bunched up together. Christmas day would be made a lot easier too.

Is this Samsung fridge not just the ultimate fridge of dreams? It is verrryyyy expensive so I'm not sure I'd ever be able to justify the astonishing price tag but it does have a lot of cool features, with the tablet on the front you are able to listen to the radio through the speakers, it has a calendar/diary so it's fab for all the family. You can even place a food shop order through it! The best thing of all though has got to be the fact that it has cameras inside so when you're in your supermarket and you can't remember what is in your fridge at home, worry no more because you can check on your phone through the app, so cool!

When it comes to buying a house, a Belfast sink will definitely be what sells it for me. If it doesn't come with a Belfast sink then it will be the first thing that gets renovated because one day I am living in a house with one. I am not really too sure what It is that I love so much about them, they just look change the look of a kitchen completely. 


Ahh one day....one day! I will have allllll of these items, but for now it is a wish I'll work towards!

Thanks for reading! 
Amelia
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*This is a collaborative post
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

5 Summer Activities For Toddlers



With the warm weather now here, I am always looking for ways to keep Darcy entertained when we either need to stay at home or just some cheap we can do in the garden and crafting seems to be one the easiest.
Some fellow bloggers had some amazing ideas all of which I can't wait to give a go and I thought Ii'd share them with you.


Louise did a great blog post about how much her girls enjoyed footprint painting and it's as easy as it sounds, whats better is she had the paddling pool out so the clean up was so easy.




Creating a fairy garden you can buy the little fairy doors and paint them yourself - get the little ones to choose some pretty plants and some coloured stones like the ones you use in fish tanks - then get some plastic fencing from Poundland to put around it. I loved this idea, it's so sweet.. definitely think Darcy would enjoy this.


I've seen this before but completely forgot it was a thing..such a good idea and I love anything that is mess free to be honest! All you have to do is put paint on a piece of cardboard, wrap cling film around it and voila! So simple.





I really loved this idea as it is an activity you can do together with your little one, it's really easy and the link above takes you to a step by step guide on how to do it, they can pop it in the garden as a little decoration for them.



This a such a cute and inexpensive craft which I can't wait to do, we could be a little late for dandelions now but I don't see any reason why you couldn't use any flower petals. They make such a pretty gift for friends and family too!


I liked this idea because little ones can see the birds eating something they've made and it's something that you can all do together outside.


*All photos are from the links above them*

Amelia
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Friday, 3 August 2018

Review: Mud & Bloom Subscription Box


I do love a subscription box, I used to have the birchbox & glossybox until I became a mum and those kind of treats were no longer a priority. Now it's time to try something a little more related to Darcy. I didn't even realise that boxes dedicated to children were even a thing until recently!

So when the Mud & Bloom box arrived, we went straight in the garden and opened it. I already knew it was an outdoors based box after reading about it on the website. Opening it and first impressions were how nicely presented everything was, wrapped in tissue paper and lovely bright colours which definitely attracted my 3 year old straight away. 
The activities you receive in this box are so lovely, easy and simple enough for little ones to do.

First up, you get a Nature News leaflet explaining everything you'll see outside this month including plants, animals & insects as well as birds. Whilst I read most of this to Darcy I don't think she was overly interested in listening and too eager to get started on the activities. I do think this would be of interest to the older audience and if i'm honest i found it pretty interesting too! ha.

All together you get 3 different activites 
Grow Your Own Lettuce
Grow Your Own Radishes
Make Your Own Summer Vases

The instructions for each activity are so simple to follow and so far we have sown our seeds and Darcy loves going in to the garden each day to see how much they've grown. We are hoping to decorate a vase this week which she'll love, anything crafty and she is there!

The final leaflet in the box was a July Quiz and a 'Can You Spot These Leaves & Trees' 
The quiz again would be something for the older audience, however Darcy was interested in spotting the leaves from different trees.

The box is for 3-8 year olds and I would definitely say they're tailored to this age, anything the younger ones can't do, the older ones can help out with.

Mud & Bloom were so lovely that they gave a 15% discount code off your first box to give to my readers so that you can see how great it is for yourselves, simply pop in ANOTHERMUMBLOG  before 28th August 2018, also it can be a sibling or a single box. Would to see what you think about it!



*I was sent a Mud & Bloom box for an honest review. All thoughts are opinions remain my own.*
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