Henri Le Worm & The Hampton Court Flower Show

henrilewormMax, Chloe and I had a very exciting day this week as we were invited along to the Hampton Court Flower Show to learn all about Henri Le Worm. Henri is the character of an app and website that aims to remind children where food comes from and the important role that nature plays in it’s production. They were at the Hampton Court Flower Show showcasing a community garden, with the hopes of getting more and more of these and remind us all of what we can grow in our own gardens.

The app was created by Charlotte Salt and Olivier Blanc, Raymond Blanc’s son, so we were able to meet them all and see a cooking demonstration by Raymond on the day, using ingredients from the garden. We have lots of strawberries growing in our garden at home, so Max especially liked seeing these growing in the community garden and then we saw how they can be used, including a gazpacho.

It was also really interesting to see that you don’t really need that much space to grow a large variety of things. Strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, peas…

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It was a lovely warm sunny day and it was lots of fun learning all about Henri Le Worm and what we can do to help our children be more conscious of the food they eat and how it is grown. The Henri Le Worm app is basically a cookbook with a variety of recipes but it takes your children on a journey in the garden, meeting different characters along the way. It is free to download so I’d recommend getting it for your little ones for over the summer, really fun and interactive. There are no crazy ingredients, just wholesome, ‘normal’ ingredients that you could in fact grow yourself. Perfect for getting kids involved in cooking and making them more aware of what they are eating.

Raymond was even asked why a worm was chosen as the ‘main character’ and he thought it was a good idea for children as they probably play at eat worms when they are in the garden – gross! haha.

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Do you grow any veggies in your garden?

Rebecca x

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#snotallaboutyou linky | 5

#snotallaboutyou is a throwback link up that I am co-hosting with Sammy & Emma from Handbags and Snot Rags.  If you can link up and tell your friends about it, we would really appreciate it! Thanks to all that linked up last week. Some of our favourites were:

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We have all written blog posts in the past that we thought would get more recognition than they did but they seemed to go unnoticed on the web. Dig through your archives and grab that post and bring it back to the surface because it is time my friends, to give it a second, third or fourth chance.

Any type of post is welcome – lifestyle, family, food, review, day out…

The linky will run from today until 6th July at 11pm.

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Preparing Your Home for Summer

The kitchen can get very warm during summer, especially if you plan on cooking in there a lot. It’s a room we all like to spend a lot of time in, whether we’re working, socialising, or eating. So, how can we make it more suitable for summer? Read on to find out!

~ Paint It

Why not paint your kitchen to freshen it up? Some people add a fresh coat the same colour as before, but this is boring! Paint it a new colour to make it more summery and fresh feeling. Blue, green, and yellow can all be nice colours to include in the kitchen. However, some people prefer neutral colours. Try to stick to something cool so that it doesn’t feel too ‘warm’ during the summer heat. Painting your kitchen is a really simple way to increase the value of it too, so remember that if you’re thinking of selling!

~ Getting Organised

There’s nothing worse than an unorganized kitchen during summer, so make it your goal to get organized. Get rid of things you don’t use or want, and really tidy up to make some space. The more organized you can get, the better! Try not to hoard things you never use. Give things to charity if that makes you feel better.

~ Change Your Window Treatments

Changing up your window treatments will help you to regulate the room temperature much better, and change the look of your kitchen to boot. Places like Yes Blinds can give you advice on window treatments if you’re unsure of what to go for.

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~ Protect from Bugs

As it gets so hot during summer, we leave windows and doors open a lot. This means we need to protect from ants and other creepy crawlies inviting themselves into the home. White wine vinegar rubbed around the frames of windows and doors can deter them, but there are many other home recipes you can use too.

~ Update Your Utensils

Old utensils can ruin the look of a summer kitchen, so consider treating yourself to some updates if you’ve had them for a while. A new chopping board and some cutlery can be all you need to make it look brand new and brighten the place up. It depends on your budget and how old your current utensils are!

~ Add Life

Summer calls for life, so add it to your kitchen by using flowers and fruit. I love using colourful flowers and fruit to brighten the place up and add life. It’s a good excuse to invest in a pretty vase/bowl set too. You can even go for fake stuff if you’re worried about replacing it all the time.

Don’t leave your kitchen stuck back in winter. Use these tips to bring it up to date and make it feel much more summery! You’ll love spending time in there and having guests over once you’ve used these tips. Leave a comment if you have any ideas of your own to share.

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Rebecca x

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Awesome Presents for Kids This Christmas

Yes, I know, I know, I said the c-word! But, we are now over half way through the year so it will come around quickly. Plus, it’s good to be prepared to look for some bargains to then put away and save.

When you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for the kids, you might be short of ideas. It’s important to make the day memorable for them, but at the same time you want to save money. Well, here are some ideas for Christmas gifts you could get your children this year.

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~ A Pet

All children seem to be obsessed with pets, and there’s no doubt your kids will ask you for one at some point. A pet is a fantastic gift for a child, and a great way to teach them about responsibility and loss. Now, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a cat or a dog; you could get any type of pet for them. Starting off small with something like a hamster or bunny rabbit would be a great idea. Remember though, a pet should not just be treated as a Christmas present; it’s a lot of work and responsibility too.

~ Something Magical

Christmas has so much magic surrounding it, and what better way to preserve the wonder than with a magical gift. Something from the Irish Fairy Door Company would be ideal, it evokes magic and mystery. This is even better if the children still believe in Santa; they’ll think he’s brought them a magical fairy. Keep the spirit of Christmas alive and kicking with an enchanted and magical gift!

~ Their New Stuffed Friend

All children like soft toys, so this would be an excellent choice of present for your kids. Whether it’s your son or daughter, there should be something you can get. This might be an addition to the soft toy collection they already have. Or perhaps their favourite stuffed animal is on its last legs, and you’re looking to replace it. Remember, stuffed animals are a big part of the process of your child’s early years, so make sure they have one.

~ Home Entertainment

Of course, all kids need some sort of home entertainment. You might not like the idea of them watching TV and playing computer games on a regular basis, but it’s going to happen. As long as they aren’t spending too much time doing it, and they aren’t playing the wrong games it’s fine. So, how about getting them a gift that helps them with this. You might think about getting them a new game for their computer or console. Perhaps you’ll even think about buying them a handheld device.

~ Practical

From a parental viewpoint, the best sorts of gifts you can get for your kids are practical or educational ones. You want to get them something they will gain skill or knowledge from. These are the best types of gifts because they entertain the kids and give them valuable experience for the future. Something like a musical instrument would be an ideal practical gift. It will keep your child amused for years, and they might develop a talent for it.

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, and it’s a magical time for the kids. There are so many different gift ideas you could get your children over the Christmas period. It’s just a matter of appreciating what they might like. Use the ideas on this post to help set you on the right track with this.

Rebecca x

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