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Pin of the Day: Apple slice cookies for afternoon tea

Do you struggle with providing healthy snacks for the kidlets? It's one area where I'm often baffled by the whole food thing. Unless you manage to bake from scratch weekly, it's hard to give them snacks that interest them that aren't pre-packaged 'healthy' crap, it really is. Especially when they are ravenous after school.

These 'apple cookies' by Rachel Schultz are fabulous, aren't they? It's taking fruit where fruit has never been before. I made a batch for the hungry hippos yesterday and they hoovered them up and begged for more. I didn't even add the chocolate chips... repeat, no chocolate required. There was quite enough chocolate doing the rounds yesterday without adding more.

Visit Rachel Schultz for the recipe for these and other fabulous eats or click on the image above to repin the pin!

What do you feed your kids for snacks?



:: A portrait of my children each week, every week in 2014 ::         
          Maxi: Has a new-found love of archery.
          Cappers: Checking out the native bees near the library.
          Badoo: Portrait with gran's earrings.
Joining in with Jodi.

I hope you had a lovely easter today.

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Weekend Rewind XXII: That holiday feeling

The sun is shining (at last!) and we're down the coast annoying the grandparents and cousins. It's beautiful here.

What are you up to this weekend?

That's it from me... I'd much rather you read each other's posts than keep you here reading one of mine.

THANK YOU for joining the Weekend Rewind list, hosted by Maxabella lovesLife, Love and Hiccups and Sonia Styling. To be part of this week's reading list, link up your favourite post from the week just gone (or posts if you were particularly on fire!). Then settle in to read some wonderful stuff from your fellow bloggers: no pressure to read, but it's always worthwhile.

Happy, happy reading and happy, happy easter!


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Other People's Parties: DIY Lego Party

In honour of The Lego Movie being out all over town for the holidays, I thought I'd kick off my new mum-party-tastic series (obviously featuring Other People's Parties) with Emma's brilliant Lego Party.

I've been mates with Emma from Frog, Goose and Bear for years now (it's funny how it sneaks up on you!). You could call it an online meeting of like souls - just like me, Emma loves to make a fuss over her kids' parties, like me she likes them to look good, but like me, she also knows that the good looks are just for 'us'. Kids don't care about aesthetics; they just want it to be so much fun that they get hysterical and scream a lot.


Emma wrote the details of the party on Lego blocks, built a tower, photographed it and yippee! It's a Lego party and you're invited!


Emma made the cutest drink bottles by adding a coloured label and then stick the circles on using mounting tape. The tape gives it the 3D effect. The bunting was made the same way. You've just got to have bunting at a party, or a garland or something stringy. It' a must.

I love the number 6 on the Lego board and the coloured stripey straws. Little details make such a difference.

See these Lego temporary tattoos? Emma made them. No, she really did. If you follow her tutorial, you too could be making your own tattoos. I wanna!

These are marshmallows with edible pen faces! Just add food colouring to water and dip the marshmallows in, allow to dry and then draw on the sweet faces. Nice one, Emma.

Jelly pots are so easy to make - you just have to be patient! Make the first colour and pour it in, allow to set. Make the second colour, allow to cool and pour it on top of the first colour and so on... allow for lots of fridge space!

Lego sambies were made by cutting out small circles and buttering them onto the top of the bread.

Using red, yellow and blue (and orange!) as the foodie theme, Emma and the kids made Lego biscuits by icing store-bought bickies and adding some Smarties on top. Fun party food doesn't have to be complicated!

Such a divine cake for this theme, although Emma did mention that the red cake nearly did her in. Red food colouring is so hard to work with - it's always pink, pink, pink! The circles are iced Oreo cookies (again, not something Emma recommends tackling!).

Pin the mouth on the Lego man. "Pin the" is such a great game for any party - you can always come up with something needing pinning. Kids love the whole blindfold / spin me around / pin the mouth on my friend instead thing ( note to self: use sticky tape!).

Obligatory Lego free-play area.

Like me, Em knows the power of a good party colouring in competition. I always have this going as the activity when kids are first arriving, so everyone is occupied while they wait for all comers and the party is off to a nice start.

A "guess the number of Lego pieces" competition.

Lego Toss! I'll be this one was great fun. Any game that requires kids to throw stuff is guaranteed to be a hit. Emma was brave having this one inside...

A small packet of Lego and some Lego sugar lollies (which Emma packaged neatly into a clear tube) were the guests' take-home gift. For prizes for the games, Emma made Lego chocolates using a Lego mold purchased on eBay. I love that even the prizes are handmade at Emma's house.

Thanks for sharing your Lego party with us all, Em.

Are your kids Lego mad? Reckon you could make a Lego party now?

Emma is mum to three kids called Frog, Goose and Bear. She is happiest when being crafty and creative. Her blog is full of really special activities for kids, including crafty projects, recipes they'll actually eat, games to play and so much more. 

It goes without saying that her parties are simply extraordinary

5 more Lego parties from around the blogs:

Col at Hello Olive

Steph at Bondville

Dawn at Not Just A Mommy

Big K Little G

(boy mums should definitely check out Allison's awesome 'boy' site All for the Boys)

If you have a partylicious DIY party you'd like me to feature here, please get in touch!

Pin of the Day: Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sauce and pecans

When I first clicked on this image in Pinterest to see where it led, I confess that I thought the blog URL was called Julia's Bum. This is not the case.

Julia's Album has a fantastic list of delicious-sounding recipes all neatly organised so you can actually find things. I like that in a food blog. I've spent so long trying to find stuff on food blogs that I was beginning to wonder if the internet was easier than a book after all...

Aside from all the chocolate recipes Julia has conjured, I especially like the sound of this pumpkin ravioli - it's got pasta, it's got butter, it's got nuts and it's got pumpkin - so it's good for you. I don't care what they say, brown food is just so much yummier than other coloured food.

Visit Julia's Bum, sorry Album or click on the image above to repin the pin!

What colour is your favourite food...?