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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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Foodie: The Perfect Cocktail

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Information | Posted on 17-04-2013

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I am assured that winter is now over and we’ve got summer on the horizon. For me summer is the perfect time to get out in the garden with family and friends and enjoy the warm sunny weather. Picnics and barbecues aplenty, and lots of relaxing in the long evenings with a glass of something nice. There’s something about summer that makes me want the occasional cocktail, and the most affordable way to enjoy one is to make your own. The team at Spa Breaks have created this little video on how to make the perfect cocktail.

From measuring your spirits, to decorating your glassware, to the excitement of setting your cocktail on fire (sort of..), the video has lots of tips and hints for creating your perfect summer drink. None of the equipment used is particularly hard to come by – most kitchen stores sell cocktail shaker sets, measurers and juicers – and with a bit of creativity you can even try making your own. Blindfolded taste testing is entirely optional, of course.

So come on hot summer weather – I quite fancy sipping a homemade Mojito in my garden this year. What about you?

A Great Night In With Ladbrokes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 28-11-2012

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I was recently sent a party pack by Ladbrokes who are encouraging people to have great nights IN with their family and friends, and one of their packs. The party pack was amazing and included everything we needed for a night in. The contents were actually used over a variety of nights in, and one night out.

Little Man’s Birthday – Ladbrokes sent loads of party plates, serving platters, straws and table decorations and we used them during Little Man’s birthday party last month. They were all plastic so we didn’t need to worry about breakages, but they were washable and reusable so we can use them again and again. There was also some toddler friendly music playing, thanks to the iTunes voucher – lots of Justin Fletcher!

Date Night – “Casino Royale” is one of the few James Bond movies I’ve watched in recent years and actually enjoyed. I think its probably the Daniel Craig factor more than anything… Hubby and I had a quiet date night a few weeks ago with Little Man packed off to his Grandparents for the night. We sat down in front of the TV and thoroughly enjoyed re-watching the movie, and their may have been a cocktail or two enjoyed courtesy of the recipes books and cocktail set we were given. Shaken but not stirred, naturally.

Poker Night – I’ve never been a fan of poker but my two brother-in-laws are, so they were thrilled to receive the poker set we’d been given. They got their mates round and had a lads night playing poker and invariably enjoying a few beers. The set was excellent and came with everything they needed for a proper game, without having to head out.

Family Night Out – We did use one of the items outside the house, but that was only because Pizza Hut don’t deliver to us! We went to our nearest restaurant and took Little Man for pizza. The voucher was really appreciated and we could all sit down and enjoy some delicious pizza together. A great family night out, which would work at home too, if you are in a delivery area.

I’d like to thank Ladbrokes for providing the pack and some great family entertainment. If you fancy a family night in head over to Ladbrokes Casino and get playing – you never know, you might just hit the jackpot!