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Guest Post – Planting tomatoes with children

Guest Post – Planting tomatoes with children

I always buy my tomato plans and usually have a fab crop from some and not so good from others. So here is a fab guide from Ewan on how to grow tomatoes and get the children involved. Planting Tomatoes It’s great to get your children involved in the garden, curious children love learning and watching how things grow and taking care of plants can help teach a lot about responsibility. Growing vegetables is also a great … Read entire article »

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3 smells that took me back to childhood this week

3 smells that took me back to childhood this week

Smell is one of those weird things that can transport you back with a sniff!!! The nice thing usually about smells that take you back is there usually nice, in fact all the bad smells I smelt in my life my brain has chosen to have forgotten. Except the smell of hops when my Dad was making beer one Christmas eve, myself, Sister and Brother  sat on the sofa watching Scrooge gagging with the smell, … Read entire article »

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Sponsored Video – Virgin Media’s Talent School

Talent comes in all shapes and forms, mostly what your talented at is something you are going to enjoy. But of course there is nothing stopping you learning a new talent or getting better at the ones you are already good at. Virgin Media are the sponsors of Britain’s Got Talent and to get us Brit’s even more talented Virgin Media has started up a Talent School. There are lots of tips to be had, my favourite being Lizzie Goulds street dance. Wow she makes it looks so easy but I will be running through this and having a go. I am going to show this one to Bex when she get’s home. She is already really good at Street Dance but I know she will eat up these tips quite … Read entire article »

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Spiced oat cookie cakes

Spiced oat cookie cakes

This is a great recipe for pack lunch boxes and a nice and easy recipe which is always a hit with all of my family. I call them cookie cakes as they are somewhere in between or certainly the way my ones always turn out anyway!!! You can add all sorts to this mix, raisins, dried cranberries, coconut, dried pineapple we have added or of course chocolate drops and swap the spice for one teaspoon … Read entire article »

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Secrets to a tidy looking house

Secrets to a tidy looking house

Yes last week I discovered the secret of a tidy looking house. Please note I did not say a ‘tidy house’ I did say ‘tidy looking’. Sadly it not a secret that is easily used, it is rather expensive but all the same all those people with tidy looking houses well now I know!!! Yes get new carpets, still have clutter but magically your house looks fresh and tidy. Somehow you avoid looking at the clutter … Read entire article »

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Sponsored Video – Drinkaware

. I like to think when I am a writing post like this I can bring something to the table. Which hopefully also means bringing it to your table, real or otherwise. Talking in all shapes and form is good, hey I love to talk but did you know 65% of children said they would ask there Mum for advice on alcohol and 51% would ask their Dad. So have you got the answers, are you ready with some facts? I am going to sound really old and say  ‘In my day it was different’ the fact is alcohol has always taken lives and affected them, but now it seems the problems are bigger though more accepted. I know I need not tell you binge drinking is a huge problem here. More drinkable … Read entire article »

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Oscar’s Banana and Custard Easy Ice Lollies

Oscar’s Banana and Custard Easy Ice Lollies

Oscar loves to experiment with flavours and come up with different idea’s so he decided as a homemade ice lollies Banana and Custard would be a good and simple one. So Oscar gathered what he needed: Equipment needed: A knife, blender, chopping board, something to blend your mix in and finally Lolly moulds. Ingredients: 1 tin of custard 2 Bananas To do: 1. Chopped Bananas carefully and add to bowl Open and add custard to the banana’s Blend until smooth Carefully pour into moulds and freeze … Read entire article »

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5 random things I learnt this week

5 random things I learnt this week

To do list If you have a ‘To do’ list or more to the point ‘Love to do’ list for your home, try to cross some of them off before you plan to move. Our hard work in the last few weeks is finally coming together . Most of the jobs done were on my ‘Love to do’ list for us but have ending up doing it so our house looks it’s best to sell and … Read entire article »

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Quorn Mince put to the test

Quorn Mince put to the test

For any vegetarians reading this post Quorn no doubt is already part of your weekly menu. For those who are not vegetarian, but would like to cut down on meat, save money or cut down on fat then this is the post for you. Quorn, from a non- vegetarian person who has never tried it, get’s mixed reactions. But here at the ‘Over a Cuppa’ household we were going to put Quorn mince to the test. … Read entire article »

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New carpets what a treat or what stress!!!

I have longed for the day when our old carpets with strains from our nearly 10 years of living here were to be replaced. Some stains best not remembered, most stains just remnants of what the initial spill had been. Bex’s carpet (sorry Bex but probably the worst) has more sleepover stories than even I can re-call. Once you got one big strain on a carpet from spilt juice well what is another to keep it company. No doubt earning me the ‘Cool badge’ as a laid back parent. So all the carpets tomorrow are being replaced, please wait till your pleased for me. When the guy measured up for us and said it would only be one day to do it all, I thought fab one day then out the way. … Read entire article »

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