#MagicSquaresPlaydates – Our Playdate with Food

#MagicSquaresPlaydates – Our Playdate with FoodA playdate, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as a play session for small children arranged in advance by their parents.

The most popular meaning of a playdate would require at least two children to play together, but can you make a playdate with food, arranged in advance yet with a solo attendee?

Well… I think you can.

I wanted to take the basic concept of a playdate and instead of it being just a couple of hours of screaming and running around at 100mph that it would be useful and progressive time for my little one. With this in mind I was thinking that it is very important to help kids develop their taste. Kids learn by watching us as we all know, and if I have a negative reaction to any particular foods, there is a good chance that they might simply pick up on it and have exactly the same response later on, in other words I have decided for them that a particular food is not nice. I think it is essential that they make this decision for themselves.

Youngsters discover the world in such an amazing way, every little new thing seems to be exiting and full of wonders; the same can be said for food… as long as we let them discover it.

Now playdates are supposed to be all about fun, new discoveries and learning new experiences, so why not make a playdate with food. It is so simple to set up when compared to a playdate with a dozen real kids running around. All you need is a selection of foods, an easy to clean area and someone curious to play, simple!

#MagicSquaresPlaydates#MagicSquaresPlaydates and Our Playdate with Food#MagicSquaresPlaydates & Our Playdate with FoodWe had a collection of Petits Filous mini pots including some Magic Squares, which I thought where excellent for introducing new flavours, we had a total of seven in our range. It was fun for me to watch the facial expressions as each new taste was experienced. From the big smile and open mouth ready for the next spoonful, to the frown and pursed lips when we are not sure if that is nice or not.

#MagicSquaresPlaydates - Our Playdate with FoodI think our playdate was a roaring success, and will become a regular feature in the house, I am already planning what foods to introduce at the next one. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to try the concept with a dozen youngsters for a more traditional playdate feature.

Have you ever had a fun session of introducing new flavours?

If so, how did it go?

*This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous.

42 Days of Summer #Sweeet Challenge

42 Days of Summer #Sweeet Challenge

McVitie’s BN Biscuits in connection with BritMums have challenged bloggers to write about their 42 Days of Summer. The brief was very open – tips, ideas and inspirations, whatever you do to make it fun was allowed. I wanted to be the part of it, so here I am.

At first I was thinking about making a day out post, or maybe some fun summer cooking recipe or something crafty, but finally I settled for a kind of tip / advise post.

So how do we assure that the 42 Days of Summer are actually fun?

Well, let’s start with making a list and listening to the kids. Put on the list all those small things that they have always wanted to do. Ok, I must admit that most kids will have a Disneyland or a Legoland trip at the top of their list, but when you really ask them want they want, you might be surprised by some of their choices.

Kids think differently and their pleasures are totally different from ours. They might really want that PJs party you never got around to throwing during the school year, or a movie night with friends, when they can just lounge around in their onesies and stuff their face with popcorn or maybe they still didn’t fulfil their desire of building a den under their bed (I would not advise this if you have a standard bed, we have a mid sleeper so it is doable). A nice family picnic is a great day out and it will not cost a fortune. How about a trip to the woods, this can be very knowledgeable, walking around the trees, picking all the gifts from nature, which later on can be used in crafts or some lovely handmade decorative arrangement.

Evening at the Greyhound Racing Tracks
Evening at the Greyhound Racing Tracks
Day in perfecting homemade sweets
Day in perfecting homemade sweets
Day with the nature, picnic included :-)
Day with nature, picnic included 🙂

Every family member is supposed to make a list – short or long – this is up to you, then try to pick at least 5 things from each list to do over the summer.

This way everyone gets something they wanted and we can learn from one another and hopefully discover something new and exited we never thought we would enjoy.

Maybe your other half wants to go fishing, so we all go. Who said that fishing can’t be fun? Learning about different rods, different type of fishing and not to mention the excitement when you finally hook a fish.

Summer is always a great time to plan for the future; check out new clubs, try new sports… who knows maybe that one trip to the swimming pool you just took will result with your child regularly going to a swimming club after school or becoming a great swimmer?

So, whatever you do over summer, remember that it is all supposed to be about fun.

42 Days of Summer #Sweeet Challenge.

* This post is an entry for 42 Days of Summer Linky Challenge sponsored by McVitie’s BN. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1mRpMCL

#Spend20K Challenge – what would you do?

We all dream about winning the Lotto… I sure do! I run different scenarios in my head every now and then… different amounts of money, different approaches to spending it, all the different turns our life could take if we did win.

The Lotto game is changing on the 5th October, giving players more chances to win more prizes. Players will get £25 for matching 3 numbers in the draw (up from £10) and 4 numbers (from £60 to £100), and a new raffle guarantees at least 50 winners of £20,000 each draw! And the best bit? When the jackpot rolls, so does the raffle, meaning hundreds more guaranteed £20,000 prizes!

I like the new rules! More chances to win… it looks like it is the time to start playing again.

So what would I do with 20k?

I struggled a little with the answer as there are several different roads I would love to take:

  • Pay off a chunk of the mortgage – being mature
  • Build an extension to the house above the garage – being sensible
  • Buy a new car – my “small truck” like Toyota Hilux would be just perfect – being hopeful
  • Or… make Mark happy – this might be my preferred option… so what does he wants?

Mark wants to have a BBQ shack! It doesn’t have to be fancy or big, or in prime location… as long as he can make his burgers, smoke ribs and pulled pork he would be happy. So I would try to turn this 20k into Mark’s dream. We would get a BBQ truck… maybe something like this…

Not ideal but it would do to start with
Not ideal but it would do to start with

Or maybe we would be able to start with some wooden hut somewhere in the countryside just like this one…

Somewhere to cook good slow food
Somewhere to cook good slow food

It would be nice to do what you love!

So keep your fingers crossed for us. Maybe one day we will be able to make this dream come true.

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This post is an entry for BritMums #Spend20K Challenge sponsored by The National Lottery, with more ways to win more money on the new Lotto game. Find out more about new Lotto, which starts in October, here – www.national-lottery.co.uk