Category Archives: rainyday

Nail painting for toddlers

Since Christmas, when E had her nails painted by her cool cousin, she has been OBSESSED with getting her nails done. Her nails had looked awesome (she had a spider painted on one – of course), but I was a little worried about what the paint was doing to her nails when a splash of varnish took off the top layer of my mum’s tablecloth…

Back in the day when I started my new job, after having Elizabeth, I had visions of painting my nails and looking like a ‘proper grown up’ in the office. I think I managed this twice (sleep always won as a priority)… But because I was breastfeeding and sticking my fingers in her mouth a lot to break her latch I wanted to wear some non (or low) toxic nail varnish. There’s lots of guidance out there about the gunky stuff in nail varnish and how it’s bad for you, so after some wider reading I decided to try the Zoya brand. Most of these brands are US based and they are hard to track down in the UK, in the end I bought some off Amazon.

When E wanted her nails done again (good to save this for a rainy afternoon) I dug out the three varnishes I have:

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She was thrilled to have three to choose from, but disappointed no black to draw spiders.

I very carefully painted her nails, which was much easier once I put her hand on a surface (especially after I nearly dropped some on the carpet). Then it was my turn, she chose pink.

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You’ll see the coverage on the matt colours is much better than the shiny pink. I think I’ll go for a matt when we do this again.

With nursery the next day I thought it best to clean her nails, but hadn’t quite thought things through about nail varnish remover that’s gentle. For next time, I’m going to get some gentle nail varnish remover, Boots stock an acetone free one.

An added bonus to this is she has to sit still for 15 minutes for the varnish to dry!

If she really gets into nail varnish, I’ll order some more – which I’ll just have to try out too.

It was fun painting nails with little E, but gosh she’s growing up fast.

Here’s to our next indoor adventure!

Mx

Christmas present thank you cards

Last year I made some lovely Christmas present thank you cards with toddler E, recycling wrapping paper. They are really easy to make and I was quite proud I had designed them myself!

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It’s a great activity to do on a wet and windy day, huddled inside warm – crafting 🙂

We used plain cards, a snowflake stamp and recycled Christmas paper for the background and to make stars.

First E used the stamper on the red paper we were going to use for the background, but you could just use large pens and make dots. I then cut it up into rectangles, a bit smaller than the cards. She added glue and stuck the background paper onto the card.

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Next she used glue and chose triangles to make the stars. She really enjoyed choosing the paper combination and seeing how triangles could make the stars.

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I wrote the thank you message inside the card and she drew a picture on the other side.

We really enjoyed making these and will do the same this year.

Here’s to our next crafting adventure!

Banana chocolate oat cookies

Cooking soya, dairy and sugar free cookies

After a hectic morning at Buxton’s great soft play, Little Rascals, it was time to stay indoors and keep out of the cold.

I came across a great (and easy!) recipe, on the fun blog Snotty Noses, I thought it would be fun to try with toddler E. I’m not the best cook (my husband would say that is an understatement) so simple recipes are key.

I adapted the original two ingredient recipe:

Ingredients
2 ripe bananas
130 g porridge oats
20 g soya and dairy free Plamil chocolate drops

Method
Mash the banana, mix with the porridge oats and add the chocolates. (The original recipe says to wizz the ingredients in food processor but I don’t have one so couldn’t!)

Grease a baking tray and measure out 12 heaped teaspoons, putting them on the tray and squishing then down.

Cook at 180° for 25 – 30 minutes.

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The result were some very moorish cookies. If we’d used riper bananas I think they would have tasted sweeter, so the chocolate helped. Also a rather healthy treat as low sugar!

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We will be cooking these again when we have over ripe bananas.

Yum!