Mr C and I are well experienced in the art that is finding gifts to post to relatives and friends. So when Baker Days asked if they could send me one of their letterbox cakes to review, I was only too happy to oblige!
If you’ve got some leftover lemons from pancake day, and you’ve started thinking about Mother’s Day gifts, this could be a quick solution to use up your lemons and make a lovely homemade lemon body scrub gift.
Lemons are a great antioxidant for the skin, sugar is a great exfoliator and olive oil is a natural moisturiser. Put the three together, and you’ve got a great fresh scented body scrub.
It’s simple to make. Just mix the ingredients at ratio of:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup of olive oil
Then all you have to do is find something airtight to present it in. I used an old baby food jar and stuck some coloured paper to the top, or you could paint the lid. Make a little label and tie it on with some ribbon to make your gift more attractive.
This makes a lovely gift, and is a great idea for children to get involved in as they can do the mixing and help with the decorating.
Just one quick word of warning – if you suffer from broken skin this may not be ideal due to the acidity of the lemon.
I was standing watching Lewis playing in the rain the other day and wondering what I would get him for his Birthday in May that would come anywhere close to giving him the enjoyment as he has gotten from one particular toy. So much so, that I thought I would share it with you.
There is so much choice when it comes to toys for your children, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. There is so much to consider! How much does it cost? How often will they play with it? How long will it last? Where will I store it? It’s hard to make sure you’re not buying on impulse, either yours or theirs!
When Lewis was a toddler he loved Little Tikes Coupe cars. They had one at a softplay he visited regularly, and he always made a bee-line straight for it. I considered buying him one, but I was reluctant. They are quite expensive and I was worried that the novelty would wear off.
However, the matter was taken out of my hands when he received one as a gift, from a family member. He adores his car! He got it for his second birthday, and now, nearly four years old, he still plays with it all the time!
Even on a wet day he can play in his car for hours, as the little roof helps to keep him dry. He loves that it has a little boot compartment so he can travel around with his smaller toys in it.
The only thing I would say is you need to have a flat surface to really get good use from it. It doesn’t go very well on grass, and not at all on gravel. However, if you have some slabs, or a flat path, I think this is the best toy for a wee boy!
We always stored the car in the garden shed, so apart from a little wear to the wheels, it still looks as good as new. However, if you didn’t have anywhere to store it and just left it outside I don’t imagine it would be a problem as it’s plastic.
Lewis is starting to become more interested in his bicycle, and possibly this will be the last summer he spends so much time in his car. I couldn’t count the hours he has spent in it though! Two years of playing without getting bored. Pretty good investment in my opinion!
Please note, this is not a sponsored post. I just think it’s the best toy for a wee boy!
After a rather pathetic attempt at making heart shaped flapjacks for Mr C. on Valentine’s Day, it was back to the drawing board. I refused to buy any more ingredients so it had to be something I could make from what I had. The decision was heart shaped chocolate coated shortbread. I was still a little bitter about my flapjacks, but I knew that Lewis (3) would love helping to make these.
You will need:
200g butter or margarine
100g caster sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup (this can be omitted if preferred but it adds a honeyed flavour)
75g milk chocolate
150g white chocolate
red food dye
heart shaped cookie cutters
To get started cream the butter, golden syrup and sugar together. Then mix in the flour and salt. You will get quite a dry mixture that you should knead until it holds together.
Roll out the mixture onto a floured surface and cut out your heart shapes. Place these onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.
When the shortbread has cooled, melt the chocolate according to the pack instructions. I suggest you do this in three stages, just melting the amount you need for each coloured coating at one time.
To make pink or red chocolate, simply add red food colouring to melted white chocolate until you have the colour you desire.
Dip the shortbread into the melted chocolate and leave to harden.
When your biscuits have hardened you just need to package them. I used a box I had and lined it with some red tissue paper left over from Christmas. And viola…
Of course you can obtain a ‘neater’ finish with the chocolate if you just do it yourself without a three year old’s help, but that would take away all the fun!