Remembering those who succumbed to the tragedies of WW1

Last Sunday we took the monkeys into London for the day as I was very keen to see the Poppies at the Tower of London. We made a day of it and showed the monkeys St Pauls Cathedral, then walked across the Thames via the Millenium Bridge. At first they weren't keen as we'd told them it was wobbly! Whoops! 

With much stopping and photo taking, we walked our way along the Southbank to Festival Hall, stopping for a coffee along the way. Our next stop Westminster. 
Past Downing Street then the Cenotaph we headed to the tube near Big Ben and made our way back down towards Tower Bridge.
Once at the Tower of London we met my parents and joined many hundreds of like minded people all paying their respects and viewing the hundreds and thousands of poppies in place. Each one placed there to mark every soldier and service personal who lost their lives in World War One. Once installation has finished there will 888,246 ceramic poppies around the parimeter of the Tower of London. A sight never to behold again and in my opinion a must see. 
After visiting there and taking many photo's we headed for dinner with the Granparents and then it was sadly time to part. 
We had a great day and start to half term. If you get the chance to go you must!


KatchUp Halloween

A new photo storage company called KatchUp have bought Halloween to us. We are so pleased to be able to share our halloween wares with you guys as seen in this photo and give you the low down on Katchup.
KatchUp is a private, online space to view and share photo's and video's with family and friends, not the entire world. Founded by Katie when a relative wanted to 'catch up' on family stuff. This means friends and family get to see video and photo's you don't want the wholde world to view! 
Halloween of course can be a great occasion to share photo's or video of the ghostly capers you and the kids get up to, so KatchUp have created some fab video's to share with you. Take a look at the video playlist above and let me know your favourite! I love the halloween games suggested by party planners Sharky and George. We cannot wait to make the marshmallow cake you see Chef Charlton make in the video. Oh and I can highly recommend the Bewitch cupcake from Maison Blanc.
I shall be sure to post about our marshmallow cake making antics as soon as we have made it with the fabby ingredients below!
Meanwhile enjoy the video's and as a bonus for being such loyal readers of my blog, why not get 50% off premium membership to KatchUp with the code KUFF14. Huge thanks to the team at KatchUp. 
Happy family and friends photo and video sharing!


Weekly Round Up #365 - Number 43

It's now half term, which meant a four day week for big monkey this past week. Nothing exordinary has happened but it's been a good week in all. Take a look at our week 43 round up to see photo's for days 292-298
Day 292. Yummy dinner from a local eatery we went to with the monkeys and in-laws.
Day 293. Big monkey's Lego head is full to the brim. Does he play with it all? Barely! 
Day 294. Not the best photo, and it faded fast! There was a double rainbow! 
Day 295. Inhis element in one of his favouite pink cars at soft play.
Day 296. Using his brothers 'old' scooter and getting to crips with it.
Day 297. Sadly a very grainy photo of a beaultiful evening sky. I must use my SLR camera more! 
Day 298. Much needed snack and hot cuppa after a morning watching big monkey play football in the chilly autumn sunshine!

A few poor quality photo's this week and a few more boring subjects but to be honest I've struggled! Big monkey is adverse to having his photo taken much of the time and the novelty has worn off on little monkey. I promise to try harder next week! 
TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky


Helping the monkeys to be happy and healthy - Healthy Eating

Having a husband who is in the health and fitness industry it’s very important to us that the monkeys are happy and healthy. One of the most challenging aspects of keeping them healthy is getting them to eat fruit and vegetables and have a balanced healthy diet. Now in year two the eldest will eat some veg and tries others, he also eats a lot of fruit but our youngest eats a very limited amount and no where near the recommended five a day! Trying fruit with his friends at Preschool at snack time is helping though. One eats a varied array of different meals and the other a far more limited diet. I think worrying about their eating habits and making an issue out of it makes things worse though. Cutting fruit and raw veg into small pieces and leaving them on a plate is a great way to encourage kids to try and eat healthy foods. We also try and hide veg in family meals like Spaghetti Bolognese.
This is one of our favourite meals to eat as a family as it incorporates the monkeys favourite food type (pasta) and as mentioned above, the veg can be hidden in the meat sauce. The meal is nutritious too.
We also try and encourage the monkeys to help prepare food in the kitchen, be it baking or cooking. They have a kid safe knife to help with chopping, help to grate cheese, add tinned foods to the saucepan and generally like to get involved when time allows.
All these things help them to stay happy and healthy, whilst teaching them about the importance of healthy eating without their actually realising!
I'm hoping our relaxed but informed way of educating the monkeys on healthy eating will stand them in good stead as they get older.

*This post is in association with Haliborange.


He must be Joking!

So today I asked big monkey again what he would like from Father Christmas? Up until now he has said he would like a Liverpool football kit! Fair enough, I think Father Christmas can manage that! Today though after saying that again, he decided to write a quick list in his note book. After he had finished he read out what he had put. It's safe to say the cheeky 6yr old will not be getting even half of the bits on his list! I do hope when they big day comes, he won't be too disappointed! 
Here's a run down.....

Fifa 15 
Fifa 12
XBox DS? AND XBox 1
Roller Skates
A Skateboard
Lego City Police Station
Loom Bands
Football boots
Liverpool t shirt
Astro turf trainers

He has Fifa 14 for his Wii mini already, what's different about 12 and 15?! He is far too young for an XBox. He already has roller skates which he has only used a handful of times. Daddy feels he is too young yet for a skateboard! We've got him the Lego Fire station, that will have to do! He had a new bike and scooter last Christmas and does not need anymore loom bands! He already uses our iPad so why would he need one of his own? The football boots, and kit we can do! 
I'm only assuming some of these things are what his friends are getting and they've been talking in the playground! 
Luckily little monkey only wants one type of thing and that's  trains!! 


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