School Reports, Strawberry Milkshakes & Instagram Stories #LittleLoves

Yay we have broken up for the holidays. I think we must have been the last in the country jugging by everyone’s instagram feeds. Monkey only broke up two days ago. Although that feels like a long time ago already… partly to do with the fact that we were running around like mad things trying to get ready for a our break away.

Monkey’s school report which was amazing. I am so proud of everything he is doing at school. So much so that we may have had an early trip for a new school bag! Apparently Smiggle bags are very sort after in Year 1. Not only is he doing well he’s also trying really hard. I like how the school marks on effort and all of his was excellent other than art which was good. Im not surprised he’s never really been a mark making kid, even when he was tiny. He also passed his phonics test – which I am still not sure I really agree with, but at least its done and we can head into the holidays knowing just how well he’s doing.


We have been watching the new TAD movie – Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas. Monkey very luckily received a treasure chest earlier in the week and had to set about answering clues to open it. Inside there was a lots of explorer related bits, pirate gold and a copy of the DVD which launched on the 16th July. As a quick overview, Tad the Lost Explorer tells the colourful and fun-filled tale of explorer Tad Jones who must save his beloved Sara after she is kidnapped on a quest to uncover the legendary necklace of King Midas, with Tad ensuing on a world-wide trip with some trusty sidekicks.

Kipper being adorable on the plane! Yes I know a two year old who normally wants to run a mock at any given point. Sat for a whole hour and played with play dough. Saying ‘roll roll’ and singing twinkle twinkle little star as he cut out little star shapes. I didn’t know if it would work since his character is so different to Monkey’s but it kept him entertained. I initially discovered how powerful it could be when we took Monkey to Canada for a family wedding when he was just three. Whenever I say to people to pack if they always look at me like I have two heads. But its saved us so many times, I honestly wouldn’t fly without it if travelling with toddlers. Even Monkey wanted to play!

We’ve been making milkshakes. Or rather I should say Monkey has been making milkshakes with his new toy. A Thermomix Kids. Its a realistic toy version of their ultimate cooking appliance. Designed to help children bring their imaginative play to real life. The first thing he made was a strawberry milkshake. I like that he can do it himself since the instructions are in pictorial form on the front. The toy is preprogrammed so that the blender will work for set time depending on what you are trying to make. Its really straightforward to use, robust and clean. Plus being battery operated it can be moved around easily and I don’t need to make sure he’s next to a plug socket. But best of all Monkey feels like he is joining in by making smoothies, muffin mixture and drinks. If it sounds like its up your street then head over to Instagram as I am giving one away this week worth £54.

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W E D N E S D A Y • 2 5 / 0 7 Monkey loves a milkshake and he loves preparing food himself. When we were offered the Thermomix Kids to try out I knew he would be very excited by it. Its a realistic toy version of their ultimate cooking appliance. Designed to help children bring their imaginative play to real life. There are easy-to-follow recipes selected from the Cook-Key. I really like that instead of words the instructions are given in graphics and symbols. Which means that it can be used by children of any reading ability to use with ease. Monkey made a very tasty strawberry milkshake for his first attempt (scroll right for a step by step), he’s hoping to try out the hot chocolate soon. The best bit is that it easy to clean, robust and battery operated. The Thermomix Kids retails at £54 but I have one to #giveaway. ⭐️GIVEAWAY⭐️ To enter: ⭐️Like this photo ⭐️Follow @Thermomixuk and @Mudpiefridays ⭐️Tag a friend, each tag will be classed as an entry so please only tag one per comment Closes at 7pm Friday 3rd August (GMT). The winner will be chosen at random. This giveaway is in no way associated with Instagram. You are supplying your info to the owner of this page, not instagram. Open to UK entrants only and must be 18+ to enter. #ad

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Swimming stuff!! Both boys love the water so having a Villa with a pool means that the only thing thats on their mind is enjoying it…


This week we are away with James Villa Holidays in Portugal. If you want to see what we have been getting up to then I am sharing it all in my Instagram Stories. So please stop by for a watch and let me know what you think.

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  1. Margaret GALLAGHER
    July 28, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    LOVELY jubbily – great when they get excellent reports – summer of fun now

  2. July 29, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    I would never have thought to take playdoh on a plane – it would even keep my 6 year old entertained! Looks like you’ve all been enjoying soaking up the sun and dips in the pool on holiday. How cool is that Theromix Kids! I wouldn’t mind the adult version for myself personally. Enjoy the summer holidays #littleloves

  3. July 29, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I always packed holiday survival kits for the plane when the boys were little but never thought of play doh that is genius. Hope you are having an amazing time it must be great having a villa pool all to yourselves. We stayed in a villa years ago and loved it but have never done it again since, I am not really sure why. Joe is currently on a frozen smoothie stage which I am all for as he is filling them with fruit x

  4. July 30, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    Looks like you’re having a lovely break, those suits are fab. I remember George wearing them. Ooh I could just drink a vanilla milkshake

  5. Rosemary Tily
    July 31, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    The play dough is such a good idea, I’ll pass it on to my daughter who will have to do some long haul trips with her little one over the next few years.

  6. August 1, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Wow! Looks like you have been having a fantastic summer. #BloggerClubUK

  7. August 1, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    Wow you’ve had a busy summer already. Have a fab time in Portugal x #BloggerClubUK

  8. August 1, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    What a great summer you guys are having! I’m loving following your James Villa holiday on Instagram, it looks like so much fun. The play-doh for the plane is a great idea!!

  9. August 1, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Playdough on a plane!!! Very smart! I will remember that! #bloggerclubUK

  10. August 1, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I always take Play Dough for the girls and they love it, we’ve had it on planes and ferries now. I hope you have a wonderful time in Portugal, looking at IG it looks amazing x

  11. August 2, 2018 / 10:14 am

    I would have never considered taking play doh on the plane, you are a flipping genius!!! #bloggerclubuk

  12. August 2, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    What a lovely week, those milkshakes look a great idea! Hope you have a lovely time with James Villas #Bloggerclub

  13. lynn neal
    August 4, 2018 / 7:20 am

    When they get a good report it helps to reassure you tht you are getting some things right!

  14. August 5, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Sounds like you are having a fantastic summer #BloggerClubUK

  15. Natalie Crossan
    August 5, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Playdoh on the plane is an excellent idea – hours of fun! Can’t believe i didn’t think of it myself – good for trains too1

  16. August 5, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I have never thought of Playdoh on the plane! Think I’d be worried about them smooshing it into the chair or floor but now mine are older I reckon we could get away with it! Lovely photos of your boys too. #BloggerClubUk

  17. paula cheadle
    August 7, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    looks like your swimming was enjoyed

  18. August 8, 2018 / 8:29 am

    I’m impressed by the play dough on the plane: my 3 make such a mess I won’t even let them have it (they have to go to my mum’s!) #bloggerclubuk

  19. August 8, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    Very jealous of your trip to Portugal! Hope you are having fun! #BloggerClubUK

  20. August 9, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    Play doh in the plane is always a winner for my two even a little messy but not my problem when we land hahaah sounds like you have kick started Summer perfectly hunny. Hope it’s been a good one so far.

  21. A S,Edinburgh
    November 11, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    I would never have thought of play dough for a long journey. What a great idea!

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