Our Easter bakes 🍫

Here are the results of our Easter baking…

‘No bake’ Easter slices

Rice crispie cakes

Check out the full blog post here & my Easter activities too –> here.

🐣🐣 I hope you are enjoying your Easter Sunday funday! & this beautiful sunshine in the UK ☀️☀️

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

🐣Easter Activities for kids!

Hi guys!

This blog post is just a few simple ideas for you to keep the kiddies entertained over the Easter weekend.

Even if you don’t celebrate Easter in the traditional sense (I don’t either!) It is still lovely to make the most of a long weekend and some family time.

But, of course with kiddies it can be hard to keep them entertained and if you are having people over for the Easter weekend or Easter Sunday then you may need to get them out from under your feet whilst the prep takes place!

Well fear not, because I have some ideas for you that will keep them busy and are lots of fun!


Let’s take a look!


1. A Easter Egg Hunt


Cadburys & Nestle both have Easter egg hunt packs out atm as well as places such as Aldi & Lidl. They come with lots of eggs (depending on the size of the hunt you want and some prizes for the end.

You can also get Easter egg Hunt packs that have clues and signs included in them which is great if you have older children, to add a bit of challenge to your hunt.

I’ve seen these in Asda and discount stores such as B&M.


2. Easter arts & crafts


These monthly children’s magazines are great for a bit of easy art and craft and they come bursting with resources!

They are a bit pricey but, trust me they last! I bought this one for my nephews and we made two things each and there is loads left!! So one issue goes a long way and they are really easy, fun & varied.

You could also look online (Pinterest!!) for come easy craft ideas that use your recycling.

Kids love a bit of junk modelling.


3. Easter baking


Kids (& adults) love getting involved in a bit of baking, especially when it involves a tasty treat at the end!!

Check out some recipes here .

These are all really child friendly, quick, easy and the recipes use alot of the same ingredients! So easy on the purse too.


4. A Easter film


Why not create your own ‘cinema’ for a rainy day activity?!?

Pop on an Easter Film, grab some comfies, a blanket and of course some Easter choc snacks or any bakes you have created, and just enjoy a nice, chilled film together. Netflix or Easter specials of their favourite shows are great for this.

During the school holidays local cinemas such as Cineworld usually put on more ‘Movies for juniors’ showings which are a MUCH cheaper way of taking the kids to the cinema, so look out for those too 😀


5. A Nature walk/visiting the farm


A walk is a great way to enjoy and talk about the Spring and all the beautiful flowers and changes taking place.

Plus, on a nice day (let’s keep our fingers crossed for some) a bit of fresh air and a run around is great for the kiddies.

Visitng a farm is also great at this time of year as there are lots of baby animals to see and learn about too! Great experiences.


🌷 I hope this helps & have fun whatever you do 🐰

Happy Easter!


Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

DIY Easter baskets for kids 🐣🍫

Last year, as my nephews were a bit older, I decided to make them Easter baskets as a little treat, for Easter Sunday.

This year my niece is a bit older too and will be able to appreciate one as well as the boys, so I have decided to do them again.


I’ve been to a few different shops in order to get the little bits and bob’s for the baskets. I’ll list everything that I bought & the prices (if I can remember haha)

I like to make them personal to each child and get a mixture of chocolate and crafty/fun bits to make them more exciting and fun!

You will see from the pictures that I have popped some ‘non Easter’ food items into my nieces basket. She isn’t a massive chocolate fan (I don’t get it either!!) So I have got her a selection pack of some of her favourite oaty Goodies Bars.

This is a great way to make a basket for a much younger child, especially under 2’s who probably won’t have/need loads of chocolate.


Buckets, Asda £1.50

Luckily for me there were three different colours!

The top two baskets are for my nephews who are aged (almost) 3 & 4.

The bottom basket is for my niece who is (almost) 2.

Cadbury Boxless eggs (with buttons inside)

Plain Cadbury boxless egg, Tesco £1

Cadbury Disney egg heads, Tesco £1

Chick marshmallows, Asda large pack £3

They also did white bunny marshmallows too, for the same price.

Milk chocolate bunnies, Tesco 2 for £1.50

Milk chocolate lollies, Tesco 2 for £1.50

Chick gingerbread kits, Tesco from £1

I also picked up these little gingerbread chick kits.

If you had a bigger basket, hamper or if you just want another little activity to do with the kids then these are really fun and super easy to do. You get some tubes of icing and little packs of hundreds and thousands to decorate your chicks, in the pack and I can guarantee the kids will love them.

The non chocolate/edible items.

Easter activity books, Tesco £1

These have got stickers, colouring & arts and crafts activities inside them so they are great for adding a bit of Easter craft fun to the weekend and will certainly keep them occupied.

Large Easter bubble wands, Tesco £1 (or £1.50, I cant quite remember!)

Easter T-Shirt, Tesco F&F £6

They had a great selection of Easter themed clothing bits in Tesco, for both boys & girls and they were very cute!

Again, this is a great option for a younger child who may not be able to enjoy the arts & craft bits of the other baskets.


Some other shops that do great Easter bits include:

•B & M

•Poundland

•TK Maxx

• Other major supermarkets such as Aldi.

It’s so easy to create these super cute little Easter baskets, full of treats, without spending a fortune! & they are a fun way to create a Easter gift for the kids.


Let me know if you have a go and what bargains you managed to find!


Happy Easter 🐣

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

🍫 3 easy Easter ‘bakes’! 🐣


So, these recipes are for all of my fellow chocoholics and baking lovers!

Some tasty classic treats with an Easter twist.

These recipes are super quick, easy and so yummy.

Super chocolatey & perfect to share with friends over a cuppa or at an Easter gathering.

These are great recipes to make with the kiddies in the Easter hols too. Good fun & they can choose their own choccies to decorate their ‘bakes’.

They also use lots of the same ingredients so they should be a lot cheaper to make too.

Let’s get started!


Easter Rocky Road


Ingredients:

•One large pack of plain digestives

•Butter

•X1 pack of Dark chocolate

•X2 packs of Milk chocolate

•Golden syrup

•Mini marshmallows

•Easter chocolates to decorate


Recipe

•Crush three quarters of a large pack of digestives, in a bag, using a rolling pin.

•Melt the dark chocolate and one pack of milk chocolate as well as the butter (I’m a separate bowl)
•Pour the chocolate & butter onto the digestive crumb and add the mini marshmallows and golden syrup.

•Mix until coated and then press into a tin, making sure its nice and compact.

•Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, whilst this is chilling melt the second pack of milk chocolate.

•Pour the melted chocolate over the chilled biscuit mix to top it.

•Push your Easter chocolates into the melted chocolate to decorate and then chill again.

•When chilled cut into pieces and serve.



‘No bake’ Easter slice


Ingredients

•250g of rice crispies

•300g Marshmallow
•35g Butter

•Milk chocolate for the topping
•Mini eggs (or something smaller for young children)


Recipe

•Weigh the ingredients.

•Melt the marshmallows slowly in the microwave.

•Melt the butter.

•Mix the marshmallow, butter and rice crispies until it’s all combined.

•Push the mixture into a deep tin, nice and compact, and pop in the fridge.

•Melt the milk chocolate carefully in the microwave.

•Pour the milk chocolate on top of the rice crispy mix and push some little eggs or other Easter chocs into the melted chocolate.

•Refrigerate and cut into squares.


Chocolate Easter nests


A absolute Easter classic and this one is probably the easiest to make.

Ingredients

•Rice crispies

•Milk chocolate

•Mini eggs to decorate (optional)

•Cupcake cases


Recipe

•Melt your milk chocolate.

•Gradually add in rice crispies until you have a good ratio of both.

•Spoon into cupcake cases and add your chosen Easter chocs on top (optional)

•Refrigerate and enjoy!


Let me know if you try any of these out and how you get on!


Happy Easter!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Easter hols diary: Week One


🐣Week One🐣


Friday 5th April 2019

•A trip to the cinema, with Tim, to see ‘Fighting with my family’•

A great start to the Easter break!


Saturday 6th April 2019

•A trip to the cinema with my nephews, to see ‘Peppa Pig: The Festival of fun’•

They loved dancing, joining in with the actions and watching some new episodes, great fun!


Sunday 7th April 2019

•Breakfast at The Harvester with Tim, my older sister Charlotte, her husband Wes & my Niece Evie-Mae•

Yummy!

• In the afternoon me & Tim took a stroll to a lovely local cafe got tea & cake! We took a few games to play whilst we were there too. I love it there•


Monday 8th April 2019

•A fun ‘Bear Hunt’ themed baby group with my niece Evie-Mae. Retelling the story, arts & crafts and sensory play•

•My sister came with me to order our bathroom floor, FINALLY!! So excited to get rid of the current concrete situation•

▪After all that excitement we met mum for lunch•


Wednesday 10th April 2019

•After working allday I went out for dinner with some of my school work friends. We had a lovely meal and a good chat too! It was nice to catch up and chat as we dong always get to properly doing the busy job thay we do•


Friday 12th April 2019

•My two nephews Noah & Casey stayed over for a sleepover Thurs night/Fri morn and so I had a fun Easter day planned once they were awake•

•We started off the morning with Easter Bunny crumpets for breakfast•

•We then made some Easter arts & craft using the magazine that I bought them•

•We then headed off to a nearby soft play centre•

•Our final Easter activity was an Easter egg hunt, once we had got home•

•They had a great time & were very pleased with their little chocolate hauls•

•Outdoor cinema•

In the evening me and my mum went to our local park for an Outdoor cinema event. We watched ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which is a brilliant film!

It was really fun (if just a little cold by the end) but we had our snacks & duvets to keep us going.


That’s it for Week One!

What have you guys been doing to keep yourselves (& the kiddies) occupied during the Easter holidays?


Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

A Harry Potter Primark Haul ⚡🙌🏻😁

Last weekend I went on a day out to London, and what sort of day out would it be if it didn’t involve a trip to a Primark.

If you’ve followed my blog for a little while you may know that me and my twin sister LOVE Harry Potter and we have been meaning to visit the Tottenham Court Road Primark for ages so, no time like the present.

& yes the Harry Potter section is as magical as we’d imagined and yes you need to go, NOW!


So.Epic. ⚡


So, as this is a haul…

Let’s take a look at what I picked up!


HP T shirt nightie, £5

Gryffindor Pride Longline Nightie, £7

Gryffindor & HP shoeliners, £2.50 per pack of 3

A Gryffindor prefect badge 🙌🏻 £1.50

(For my friends impending arrival!!) Gryffindor Baby outfit, £11


Whilst in London we visited the Harry Potter shop on Platform 9 3/4 at Kings cross station… (also incredibly epic!!)

So I’ll include the couple of bits I got that too.

I’ve wanted one of these (that isn’t incredibly itchy and made of wool!! for so long.)

‘R’ Ron Weasley jumper, £35

Time Turner necklace, £8


I hope you enjoyed that little magical haul ⚡

Two of ny favourite things combined 🙌🏻

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

My Reading challenge: April


April is here!

& that means it’s time for another two books for my reading challenge this month.


In March I read:

  • Dying breath: The Detective Lucy Harwin series by Helen Phifer.
  • The couple next door by Shari Laperna.

In April I will be reading:

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Maria Weston wants to he friends with me.

Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down.

She’s been hovering at tbr edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in thr corner of my eyee, almost but not quite out of sight.

Maria Weston wants to be friends. But, Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty five years.”

&

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe (Book 1) by Rosie Green.

Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook,

Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.

But is running away from your past ever really the answer?
Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.

Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?


I can’t wait to get stuck into these!


Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

An update… 💪🏻

Now, if I’m being honest, I havn’t done an update on my Slimming World (SW) & fitness journey recently because in all honesty I havn’t achieved alot since we got back from Florida.

If we are being positive, if I hadn’t carried on going to class after I stepped onto those scales and saw my big holiday gain, then I would probably be in a much worse situation right now.

As it is, I have stayed rather stationary.

I have only really put on between 1-2 lbs since the holiday, which for 7 months is a pretty good consistency record… however, I am not at the weight I want to be, not by any stretch of the imagination.

Theres still plenty of work to do. I do rather feel like I am in a rut and even weeks when I have been really good I don’t seem to be achieving the loses that I once enjoyed.

So, what am I going to do about it?

• Drink more water

,•Go back to alternate low/normal carb weeks (1 week, eat carbs, next week, try to limit them to 1 meal a day.)

•Return to the gym (I’ve been twice this week… a new record for 2019 🙈.

•Snack on free foods, put less crap food into my body unnecessarily. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love food, chocolate & treats, (always).

•Keep writing down what I am eating.

•Don’t use up my syns just for the sake of it.


What are your fitness /weightloss goals?


Any Tips & tricks ??


Until next time

Roseanne 🙂

Zoella & Colour Pop collab Make up range 💄

I’ve really enjoyed Zoe Suggs, ‘Zoella beauty’ ranges for a while now and I got into watching YouTube when I started watching some of her earlier sit down videos, many of which were make up tutorials, so when I saw that she was finally doing a make up collaboration I couldn’t wait to try out some of the pieces.

I love the cute packaging and brunch theme to the whole collection.

Breakfast food is the best food after all!

I chose some of the pieces that I knew I would get a lot of use out of as I haven’t tried any Colour Pop products before so I don’t know what they are like.

I went for the Blusher, Highlighter & one of the liquid eye shadows.


Pressed powder blush ‘Soulmate’

A lovely pink blush.


Pressed powder highlighter ‘Swipe right’

A lovely creamy, gold highlight.


Creme supernova liquid eyeshadow ‘Bellini’

A lovely pinky champagne tone.


They look so pretty on and I have already been using (& loving!) them loads.

I can’t wait for an occasion to wear the eye shadow as it is so pretty. I’m not an every day eyeshadow kind of girl so I’ll be saving this for an occasion.

The highlighter and blusher, on the other hand will, be used daily and are a great addition to an every day make up bag (great staying power, they look good all day)

I also found the prices to be really reasonable too which is great 👍🏻

Blusher & Highlighter ($8/£6) each

Eyeshadow ($7/£5.30) each


Have you tried any of the collection?

Thoughts?!?


Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

My reading challenge: March 📚

How is it already March??!!

Month two of my reading challenge is complete and I managed to read two books as Feb is a short month.

I read: Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

And

Dark House: The DCI Harwin series (Book One) by Helen Phifer.


Month Three of my reading challenge is here …

The books I will be reading for March are:

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even–yourself? People are capable of almost anything. A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors–a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

Dying breath; Lucy Harwin detective series (Book 2) by Helen Phifer.

Take a breath. Pray it’s not your last.
Just a few months after a terrifying case that nearly took her life, Detective Lucy Harwin is back with her squad in the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay – and this time, she’s faced with a case more horrifying than anything she’s encountered.
Along with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy is investigating what appears to be a vicious but isolated murder; a woman found bludgeoned to death on a lonely patch of wasteland.
But when a second victim is discovered strangled in an alleyway, then a young family shot in their own home, Lucy and the team must face the unthinkable reality – a killer is walking the streets of their town.
While Lucy and the team try to find the link between these seemingly unconnected murders, they uncover a disturbing truth – these murders are replicating those carried out by infamous serial killers.
Lucy must get to the killer before he strikes again. But he’s got his sights on her, and is getting ever closer… Can she save herself, before she becomes the final piece in his twisted game?


Any Recommendations??


Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂