|FUN|april fool pranks for small children


APRIL FOOL!!!!!

This year I thought I'd do a few little April fool's day pranks on Daddy with the help of T.  I've been scouring pinterest and have found 5 ideas here for you to try!

I'm hoping this will be a little tradition we can do each year, I'd love it if T would be able to come up with some of his own when he's old enough.

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/50905/silly-blue-bath-water-prank

We shall be doing this one in the shower room for when Daddy brushes his teeth.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/awesome-april-fools-day-pranks-your-kids-will-totally-fal?sub=3112897_2673820#.jxDjvezOE

We are going to be doing this one with Daddy's shower gel! ha ha ha

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/awesome-april-fools-day-pranks-your-kids-will-totally-fal?sub=3112897_2673820#.jxDjvezOE

Without doubt, Daddy will be picking up the remote control in the evening so just when he thinks the jokes are over, we'll hit him with this one :)

And here are a couple more ideas that I thought were pretty good.

http://themetapicture.com/doing-this-for-april-fools/

http://themetapicture.com/milk-splatter-prank/?&cuid=072324d33abdd341b2399af3cf711795

I hope that this has given you some ideas for pranks to do with your little ones, have a great April fools day and I hope you don't get pranked too badly ;)
 
LarabeeUK

|#toddlerapprovedtuesday|week 23 - 31 March




Our post this week, are a few April fool ideas you can do with your small children, we can't wait to pull some of these pranks on Daddy tomorrow ;)
 
 
This week Becky and her little 'monsters' have been making these beautiful easter baskets!  Pop over and have a look ;)
 
Thanks so much to everyone who linked last week, it was a bumper week again.

Just a little notice for you, next Monday 6 April is the April #parentideaswap twitter chat, 8-9pm Becky and I will be talking this week about 10 minute activities for your little ones, so please do pop along and join in the chat.  A linky will be open on Monday here and over at 3princessesand1dude for you to link up any blog posts you may have.

There's also still just about time to link up to the March #parentideaswap for a chance to win a Curious Minds Busy bag.  Busy bag ideas can be linked here until Midnight
TONIGHT 31 March!

Now, back to #toddlerapprovedtuesday... 

We would love it if you would join us with your toddler activities, crafts, food, clothes, reviews and updates.

Linking opens every Tuesday morning and closes Thursday night at midnight which gives us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter, make sure you follow me @larabeeuk and Becky @3princess_1dude and every week we will each pick our favourite two for our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Showcase!

Rules:

1. Link up as many posts as you like but please remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up (code in sidebar, paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform) this helps us spread the word!

2. Pop by and comment on two or three other posts, more would be great if you can!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Becky and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk) and we'll also share relevant links on our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Pinterest board.  Even if you don't have a blog, please do join in by using the hashtag for your toddler approved tweets & Instagram posts, they will still be counted for the showcase!

Onto my showcases this week.

http://californianmuminlondon.com/our-favourite-dinosaur-books/

I loved the dinosaur books in this post from californianmuminlondon T loves dinosaurs so I've added these to his book wish list.

http://www.tantrumsandtailoring.co.uk/2015/03/toddler-approved-tuesday-easter-sponge.html

and this cute activity from Tantrums and Tailoring is just lovely, so simple but so effective and great for all ages.

Over to you now...

|REVIEW|eisberg alcohol free wine


I was recently given the opportunity to review a bottle of alcohol free Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Eisberg, as The Hubs is cutting back on his alcohol I thought this would a great opportunity to try non-alcohol wine so I have an alternative when we don't feel like 'drinking'.

At 26 calories per glass, I was also very motivated to try and make the switch and save those empty calories I'm pouring down my neck each week.

I opened the bottle whilst cooking dinner on Saturday afternoon, just as I would have an ordinary bottle, it looked like red wine...and it smelt like red wine!  To be honest, I was a little confused after the first sip, pscychologically yes, I was drinking red wine, but the full bodied richness wasn't there, it took a few sips for me to really taste the flavour and appreciate the wine for what it was.  That said, I loved the taste, it just wasn't what I expected.  I think I have a slight intolerance to red wine as I always get a bit of a gippy tummy if I have more than a glass, sorry folks, too much info I know, but this is an honest review! I was hoping that I could drink this without the tummy ache the next day but that was still there so maybe it's the grape and not the alchohol that doesn't like me, still, good to know!

I didn't really have a problem not drinking when I was pregnant, but I can see how this would be great for someone who is finding keeping off the juice to be a little hard.

Whilst I don't think I'll be trading in every bottle of Merlot for this non-alchoholic variety I will certainly be buying a couple of bottles of this again and will also try the white, I think if I have some in the house it might just make me stop and think about whether I really want the alcohol or just the wineglass in hand!   All In all I'm very impressed and will certainly recommend to non-drinking friends and offer to the designated driver at our next dinner party.


I've found eisberg wine to be £2.49 a bottle at Asda.

Disclaimer: I was sent a bottle of alchohol free wine for the purpose of an honest review, all opinions and comments are my own.


|#thelist|getting back on track - week 13

 
After a shaky few weeks, I'm getting back on track this weekend and this week is going to be a good one!

Back to this weeks 'sort of' round up, well what's been going on.
 
Blog
Highs
- 3 new review opportunity sealed this week
- 4 new review/campaign opportunities applied for
- 2 campaign opportunities WIP
- My favourite post this week is ummmmmm nothing, I haven't really posted anything except for toddler approved tuesday.
- I review post this week, London Zoo which I was asked to attend (and nearly wet my pants, sorry too much info!)
- My most popular post this week is T's sunflower sowing vlog.
- 3 posts published so far this week (incl this one!)
- I haven't  been using my blog calendar or Twitter schedulling this week, but have still been receiving pretty good blog traffic which is quite promising.
- I'm liking the new larger photo's although I need to work out how to prevent them covering up the right hand pane, any ideas??
- Twitter & Instagram followers have both gone past 1K :)

Lows
- Need more hours in the day and more energy ;)
- facebook is really disheartening me!
 
Personal/family
Highs 
- Lunch date with The Hubs on Thursday
- The Hubs making a good recovery after his stroke.
- We had a lovely family trip to London Zoo
- Recognised Earth hour on Saturday evening with scrabble by candlelight.
 
Lows
- I've been ill again this week, totally wiped out again.
 
Household
Highs
- The MIL did the ironing!
 
Lows
- Struggling on keeping up with mini routines to keep the house tidier
 
Trying to take some positives from a pretty unproductive week.  Still loving being a blogger.
 
The List

|FAMILY|london zoo day trip

 
This weekend we were fortunate enough to be invited to London Zoo for the new walkthrough lemur exhibit, we set off nice and early and got to London for about 10.45.  From the M1 it was really easy to get to London Zoo and it's outside of the congestion zone which is useful for midweek visitors.  We parked in the Zoo's carpark at a cost of £14.50, which we didn't think was too bad considering that it was right on the doorstep.  If you follow me on Instgram you will know that we had to have a little 'puke stop' on the way as T decided to bring up his breakfast just before Newport Pagnell services, luckily wipes and spare clothes saved the day, but it wouldn't have been too bad if we'd have needed to nip home to change and clean up.


It was quite a dull, grey day but luckily the rain held off and we had a wonderful day.  We started off by looking at some of the monkeys, most were still inside, but a couple were huddled up outside!
 
 
 
We all liked the aquarium, although T's idea of seeing the animals is looking and running, I'm sure he could have made it all round the zoo in an hour and 'seeing' all the animals ;) we tried to teach him to slow down and enjoy the animals, but I think we are going to have to work on that one!

 
Luckily we managed to get some lovely views of the tigers who were in a lovely big enclosure, fronted in glass which made viewing even for small children really easy.

 
We only caught a small glimpse of a gorilla but T didn't mind as he loved riding on this one!

 
The boys took a break from running around to work out where we were going to visit next, the options from T were, pengiuns & meerkats (wonderful marketing eh!)


The pengiuns were really lovely albiet a little smelly and this little fella stood for ages for us to take some lovely photo's, he was far more patient than T who saw the pengiuns and was off with H looking for the next exhibit.
 
 
I adored the rainforest life and the golden tamarinds were just too cute.

 
Saturday marked the grand opening of the new walkthrough lemur enclosure which was just fab, it was so lovely to get so close to the animals, although it was a little odd when a couple started fighting feet from us!!

 
H particular really liked the lemurs, he has done since he was a little boy and this exhibit didn't disapoint, even for a 14 year old.


My favourite place was butterfly paradise, I really could have spent all day in there, I was pointing out a butterfly to T and another butterfly landed on my hand.
 



We didn't get to see much on the 'other side' of the road, most of the animals were inside and couldn't be seen, but this okpai was kind enough to stay out and make it worthwhile.
 
Sadly the lions aren't at London at the moment as they are having a new enclosure built so they are visiting Whipsnade.  The hubs was disappointed by this as they are definitely his favourites.
 
We had a lovely day out and will certainly visit again one day when T is a little older, we highly recommend a visit.
 
Disclaimer: we were very lucky to have received free entry to London Zoo for the opening of the new Lemur enclosure, all opinions however, are our own.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 
Mami 2 Five

|#toddlerapprovedtuesday|week 22 - 24 March

 
This week T was in the garden again and we recorded his very first vlog, demonstrating how he sows his sunflower seeds. I hope you like it!
 
 
Thanks so much to everyone who linked last week, it was a quieter one last week but we still had some fantastic posts to read.  
  
We would love it if you would join us with your toddler activities, crafts, food, clothes, reviews and updates.

Linking opens every Tuesday morning and closes Thursday night at midnight which gives us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter, make sure you follow me @larabeeuk and Becky @3princess_1dude and every week we will each pick our favourite two for our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Showcase!

Rules:

1. Link up as many posts as you like but please remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up (code in sidebar, paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform) this helps us spread the word!

2. Pop by and comment on two or three other posts, more would be great if you can!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Becky and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk) and we'll also share relevant links on our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Pinterest board.  Even if you don't have a blog, please do join in by using the hashtag for your toddler approved tweets & Instagram posts, they will still be counted for the showcase!

Onto my showcases this week.
 
 
As we're on a bit of a health-kick at the mo, these smoothies from lukeosaurus and me really appealed to me. Smoothies are such a great idea for children to make and T loves them, I really want to get one of these Breville things now ;)
 
My second showcase is from Laura at life with baby kicks (again - sorry peeps but I just love these!) I adore these rockets, they are so cute and I love how she decorated the paper.
 

|GROW|growing sunflowers with Thomas


This week we are trying something a little different!  T has created his very first vlog for you ;) he got a little camera shy and needed more prompting that I'd hoped but I don't think he did too bad for his first time.

So over to T who's going to show you how he plants sunflower seeds (or sunflower 'fings').


Sorry about the quality - it was fine on my phone :( but took over 4 hours to upload and it's rubbish - any vlogging advise very much welcomed xx
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
Mami 2 Five

|ORGANISE|30 ideas for a 30 min purge (declutter)


For April I'm setting myself a little challenge to spend at least 30 minutes a day decluttering, I'm calling this my '30 minute purge' I'm hoping that once I start I will probably continue after the 30 minutes.

I've created this little prompt list for myself so I have a guide as to areas around the house which need doing, some it will just make a start and others will easily be cleared in 30 minutes, I'm sure that most people have these areas in their house and although they might not be as bad as ours!

I won't necessarily be doing them in order I'll just see how I go, this is just a guide.  I'll be posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #30minutepurge if you'd like to join in I'd love to see how you get on.  I'll be using flipgram to show before, during and after photos in one post a day.

1. Knife and fork drawer
2. 'Crap' drawer, see picture (come on, we've all got one!)
3. Bedside table/drawer
4. Knicker drawer
5. Magazine rack
6. Plastic boxes cupboard
7. Medicine cabinet
8. A craft drawer or cupboard
9. Bookshelf
10. DVD's/games
11. CD's/iTunes
12. Jars and tins cupboard
13. Bathroom products
14. Freezer
15. Fridge
16. Cords, Chargers & plugs
17. Takeaway leaflets
18. User guides & instructions
19. A toy box
20. Some paperwork
21. Start on a wardrobe
22. Under the sink cupboard
23. Coatrack
24. Car
25. Handbag
26. Under the stairs
27. Airing/Linen cupboard
28. A filing cabinet or drawer
29. Email inbox
30. Photo's

If you can think of any other areas, I'd love you to leave a comment so I can add them on.
Mums' Days

|word of the week|sleep


My word of the week this week is sleep or rather lack of it! This week seems to have been even worse than usual in terms of sleep and during the time I was awake I was so exhausted I was totally unproductive. Usually if I can't sleep after being woken by T I'll blog or read or catch-up with podcasts or vlogs but this week I've just felt too tired. 

T's bedtime routine has been disturbed a couple of times this week and it's really made his sleeping even worse than usual.  When he wakes I usually just go into him tuck him back in and leave him to it, this week though, he's wanted cuddles again and by cuddles I mean I have to lay in bed with him and enevitably fall asleep whilst he entwines himself round me so much that I have no way of escaping without waking him (know the meaning of 'coyote ugly? Well this is similar 😉). Then if I do manage to get back in our bed and don't hear him call I find myself waking up in a panic thinking I'm having a night terror of something pinning me down but I wake and it's just T laying on my chest like skin-on-skin time when he was a babe!

So this week I need more sleep




The Reading Residence

|REVIEW|happy paper club box review

 
On 1st March, I was thrilled when I could sign-up for a Happy Paper Club box from The Green Gables I saw the posts on Instagram and on The Green Gables blog and couldn't wait to sign-up
 
As something new for the blog, I've dipped my feet into a little vlogging, yes I know I'm not talking or in front of the camera, baby steps!  Big thanks to The Hubs for filming for me.
 
I hope you like me showing the unboxing, I really wanted to show how lovely the package is and also thought it showed the size of each product.



 For those of you who don't want to watch the video, here's a quick run down of what the March box contained.
 
 
This really cute small sized notebook, which I think is gorgeous and which I might just use as mini notepaper for my beautiful penpals!

 
There were 8 of these 'make me' cards contained in the box, I'm not sure yet what I'm going to use these for but I'm sure that I'll find a good use for them.


In the video I didn't open these as I must admit I thought that they were all 'super' cards, whilst I was really pleased when I thought they were cards, when I opened them and found these fab postcards I was thrilled, these will probably make their way to penpals too!
 
 
This cute A5 plain paper notebook will definitely be used for my next 'LarabeeUK' notebook, it's very cute and such a great size to pop in my handbag, so I can make notes on the go.

 
We'll I think I smiled from ear-to-ear when I saw this little card, I love Audrey Hepburn and love this quote, in fact I used it in a blog post of Audrey Hepburn quotes I wrote a couple of years ago on her birthday.  This little bewt is going in my planner :)


One of the reasons I really wanted to subscribe to this box was because I hoped to be sent some items I probably wouldn't have actually chosen myself, which if I know I won't use could be re-gifted in swaps I participate in or as a RAK.  This beautiful Clara & Macy card is one of those items, whilst I absolutely love it, I know I'll never use it so I'm going to pass this on to someone who would appreciate it.  
 

And finally, look at this really cute card I received for my birthday month, what a lovely personal touch.
 
I'm sure you will agree what a fantastic box this is and all for £10 posted.  I am now on countdown for my next box and can't wait to get my hands on it ;)
 
If you've got any feeback for me on the vlog, please do leave a comment, I'm open to all the feedback/constructive critiscm I can get, thank you xx
 
Disclaimer: I have not received any financial reward for this review, if I love a product I just want to show my appreciation!