Thursday, 18 October 2012

21 months and won't sleep...help!

E is 21 months, he's been quite a good sleeper until recently but now it's a huge battle. Bedtime is tears and screaming followed by climbing out of bed and throwing things. If we can get him to sleep he is waking in the early hours and screaming until someone comforts him. I have no idea what to do..

I'm exhausted, and I'm sure he's just pushing limits but I hate leaving him to cry. With bedtime now taking the entire evening (2hrs plus..) I need to come up with a way to deal with the problem!
In addition to the bed time routine we have tried a nightlight, warm milk, an extra blanket and even audiobooks. He will sleep if we're holding him, but as soon as we move away or attempt to put him into his cot he wakes up and cries.

Any suggestions or tips for dealing with a toddler who is refusing to sleep?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Halloween Cupcakes!



I'm the first to admit I'm not the best cook, but I really enjoy baking! In the last year I've had quite alot of practise baking with the boys, and while the offerings aren't necessarily beautiful (presentation isn't my strong point it would appear!) they're certainly very tasty! 

With Halloween coming round quickly, Boo is for the first year excited about dressing up and having a day of monsters. We've had a practise run of some Halloween baking in advance of the big day! The recipe was easy to follow, and the only adjustment we made was to the suggested decoration and that was as Boo was in charge!

I stood back and let Boo take charge of making pumpkins to adorn the cakes, it was lucky we didn't actually need pumpkins, as we didn't exactly get any...



Well they'll certainly fill faces with horror!! Seriously though, much fun was had making, decorating and then most importantly tasting the Halloween cupcakes!

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Make and Do - keeping little ones busy!


One of the boys favourite activities is "making", most popular is cutting and sticking, and they will spend ages with torn up old magazines, bits of wool, toilet rolls and infact anything which inspires their masterpiece! We have started to keep a big box of oddments for (or Junk as Mr G calls it!) so whenever we want to be creative we have supplies ready! We seem to go through glue sticks at an incredible rate, and I order them in batches from Viking Direct as I love the ease of selecting what I want, paying with Paypal and getting free delivery when I spend £30. They have a great range of craft supplies which can be delivered to your door from wiggly eyes to air dry clay so it I find I easily spend enough for free delivery especially as they have some great gift ideas to!

The air drying clay can be purchased in a huge pack which makes it very economical, if you keep it air tight (wrap it tightly in clingfilm) it does last a few months or would be ideal for a crafty party activity! This half term we're going to have a go at making some gift tags for Christmas and some Halloween Decorations from air drying clay (I'll post our antics when I get a chance!). The joy of air drying clay is that it enables your little one to easily preserve their model, and the paint really easily! Boo made these monsters a little while ago:




This little monster still has pride of place on our sitting room shelves, I wonder what he will come up with this time? I rather like the monsters for Halloween, so maybe we can make them on a bigger scale? Or perhaps some Wizards? Time to get my thinking cap on!