Tot Cross Buns

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Tot Cross Buns is a brand new cookery class for children aged from 2 years old to preschool.

I’m Allison, the face behind Tot Cross Buns.  My childhood memories consist of having great fun in the kitchen with my Dad, concocting all sorts of recipes and making a mess!

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This gave me confidence with cooking and I have never been afraid to try new foods or add my own twist to a recipe.

I love cooking in the kitchen with my little girl and she loves being involved every step of the way!

I believe every little person should have fun cooking, tasting and exploring food, having the confidence to try new things.

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The aim of the class is to introduce children to food through taste, smell and touch, whilst having fun and enjoying themselves.  It is also a great way to spend some quality time with Mum, Dad or Grandparents!

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We cook a wide range of recipes from muffins and scones to pizza, quiche and lots more.  We also have a fun activity whilst our goodies are baking.  Activities can include food exploring and tasting, food related games and we also get creative!

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Classes are relaxed and friendly, with just 6 children per class!

My classes are run as a 5 week course and last 45 minutes per session – although I would ask that you allow an hour.

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I am currently able to offer classes on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon starting at 2.00pm and I also run a class on a Friday morning at 10.00am.

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The venue is Cross House in Bramley.  I am also hoping to offer other venues in the near future.

I am CRB/DBS checked, with a food hygiene certificate and first aid qualification.

If you would like to come and join us or for more information, please contact me via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totcrossbuns, the website or your can always email me at totcrossbuns@gmail.com.

Allison

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Review 2014: Dinosaur Crazy Golf at the Oracle

Thank you very much to this week’s secret reviewer! Great review!

The Oracle, Riverside performance area (near Pizza Hut), Reading, RG1 2AG.

Jurassic Adventure Golf

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At the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading they currently have “Jurassic Golf”.  It’s Dinosaur Crazy Golf for girls and boys.

It is by no means an afternoon or day out but it’s a novelty that keep my monkey entertained with something different for around half an hour.

We went on a Friday morning and had the circuit to ourselves.  I only had to pay entry for those wishing to play so we only paid £3 which is the price for under 4’s.

We paid our fee at the Kiosk, collected our golf ball and golf club and then made our way to the Riverside.

If you don’t have a buggy you can go straight down the steps.  We had a buggy so we walked along the riverside and behind Jamie’s Italian we accessed a walkway which slopped down and around to the riverside.

The plastic dinosaurs in the enclosure are fairly well done and have signs that identify which dinosaur they are along with facts and figures.  There are 9 holes on the circuit, the monkey and I attempted a few.

Some of the holes were a bit too advanced for a 3 year old and non-golfer put together but we did have fun on the ones we did try!  For those who like competition there is a high score board.

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There is a large T-Rex in the middle of the circuit which moves and roars every 15 minutes.  My monkey wasn’t a fan but nothing a Mummy cuddle didn’t resolve.

Food

After our round of golf we came across a vintage Citroen van that had been converted into a ice cream van and was selling whippy New Forest ice cream.

The van was clean, ice cream was yummy and the seating area was clean and tidy.

Jurassic Golf fast facts

  • 1 moving dinosaur that roars
  • 10 life size dinosaur models
  • 9 artificial grass golf holes

Facilities

Opens 11am week days and 10am at the weekend.
Open from now until 30th September 2014.

Baby Facilities

Toilets/nappy changing
Available inside the mall toilets.

Parking

In the Oracle

Prices

£1 off your 2nd visit, voucher is in the leaflet available at the kiosk.

Rating out of 5

Our secret reviewer gave this 5 out of 5.

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Top Tip 13: Parent parking at the hospital

Abi wanted me to let you know that there is now parent and baby parking spaces at the hospital with ramp access, to the back entrance on level A.

Very useful tip, so thanks Abi!

(Why it’s taken them over 40 years to actually install parent and baby parking spaces at the hospital, is another discussion entirely ;-))

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Top Tip 12: Weaning Food (Frozen Fruit in Porridge)

As a busy Mum (what Mum isn’t busy?!??!) I try to listen out for hints and tips to make life that little bit easier.

One of the things I’ve picked up on is using Frozen Fruit.

When Miss NHM was first weaning I would use frozen blueberries in her Ready Brek in the morning.

It helps to cool the porridge down very quickly and she seemed to enjoy eating them although the faces she pulled were hilarious.

They do make an awful lot of mess though and blueberries stain so make sure you put down a ground sheet if you have carpet.

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Top Tip 11: Water wet wipes

http://waterwipes.com/us

One of my friends let me know about these when Miss NHM was only a few months old.

They are made from 99.9% purified water and are, apparently, the only wipes suitable for newborn babies. (You’ve gotta love marketing!)

You can buy them from Amazon, Boots, Superdrug, the NCT Shop, Ocado and a couple of other places.

They are quite expensive but I felt that they were worth while for the first 9 months of Miss NHM’s life. We couldn’t afford them after that! :-D.

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Dillydaff

Dillydaff hand draws bespoke designs for the ultimate in personalised and unique gifts.

www.facebook.com/dillydaff
http://instagram.com/dillydaff#

I started doodling about 8 months ago on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

My doodles quickly progressed from paper onto baby grows and tote bags as unique gifts from family and friends. I then upload my images onto instagram and I received lots of likes.My “followers” started to increase and my designs became more evolved and colourful.

I started a dillydaff Facebook page and things have really started to take off. People love that I can hand draw each design making them all unique and tailored to individuals requirements.

As well as having orders from the UK, dillydaff has supplied orders to both Australia and the USA. 8 months on and I’m ready to take my work to the next level.

I have designed logos for a child’s yoga class in Guildford and I’ve recently been approached to do some wall artwork for a store that will be opening in Guildford very soon.

I’d like to get the name dillydaff out to local people. Feel free to follow me on Facebook and instagram for all my latest designs.

I am happy to personalise babygrows, t-shirts, bags, pillowcases or any other items you would like! Just contact me via my facebook page and i’ll be happy to take your design brief.

I use 100% cotton for the baby grows,t-shirts’s and bags. The fabric inks I use are heat treated, fix fast and will not transfer. The garments wash incredibly well with no fading of the designs.

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Best wishes

dillydaff

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Top Tip 9: Emergency Meals

Sometimes, I just can’t be bothered to cook a meal (yes, I know. I’m THAT parent :-D) but I still want something healthy to feed my family.

I’ve discovered a couple of healthy frozen meals from Waitrose that are really handy to have for such occassions.

They can be quite expensive though, so I wait until they are on special offer and then buy several at once!

Obviously, you can also cook these up and freeze them yourself. I just never actually get around to doing this! :-D.

We love the King Prawn and Chicken Paella and Frozen Pea & Asparagus Risotto.

“Emergency Food”

King Prawn and Chicken Paella

Frozen Pea & Asparagus Risotto

Chicken Thai Green Rice

Chicken Biryani

Seafood Risotto

Beef & Red Wine Ravioli

Cheese & Smoked Ham Ravioli 

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Top Tip 2: Mini frozen croissants and pan au chocolate

Is your little one getting bored of eating the same breakfast every day?

Do you need to entertain in a hurry?

Are you looking for a little indulgence? (sounds like a proper sales pitch! lol)

Mini frozen croissants, frozen pan raisins and pan au chocolate

I discovered these awesome mini frozen croissants and mini pan au chocolates about a year ago but a lovely NHM Reader also mentioned them on the Food posts I did in April last year.

I buy them when they are on special offer, either 25% off or buy one get one free. I then just keep them in the freezer until I need them.

They are great for brunch with friends, which we do a lot of these days as it’s easier with small children and you still have the rest of the day to do other things or fit in naps.

They have saved my butt on a few entertaining occasions too!

I delegate the “baking” of these to Mr NHM and he has got them off to a “T” now! ????

You can buy the selection pack or individual packs from Ocado or Waitrose:

12 Bake From Freezer Mini Butter Croissants Frozen Waitrose 300g

12 Mini French Butter Pastries Frozen Waitrose 340g

8 Frozen Pains Au Chocolat Waitrose 480g

6 Charentes Butter Pains aux Raisins Frozen Waitrose 6 per pack

Don’t eat them all at once though, as they aren’t that healthy!

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20 Spring “Bored Jar” Ideas – for a toddler

(If you want to find out more about what a “Bored jar” is, then please read the post at the bottom of this post, called “Winter Bored Jar Ideas”)

1. Feed the birds in the aviary in the War Memorial Park

2. Go on a Bluebell walk. Micheldever Forest is supposed to be lovely for bluebells, but I’ve not been there yet.

3. Take a ride on a train – Viables or Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

4. Be King or queen of the castle. My favourite and the one closest too us is Odiham Castle

5. Discover something new: Museums

6. Paint some pots at Pots2Paint

7. Make some jewelery

8. Draw an animal

9. Make homemade bubbles

10. Do some painting

11. Make and decorate paper airplanes

12. Join a baby ballet class (this doesn’t have to be just girls!)

13. Go Swimming (Check out this post HERE for local swimming pools)

14. Create a dressing up box and pretend to be Princes or Princesses

15. Make some DIY coloured sand

16. Find shapes in clouds

17. Go to the Playgym at the Active Life Centre

18. Play with water and food colouring

19. Make a village out of all your toys

20. Make an Easter Egg hunt!!!!

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