The kids had an day off school this week because of a gas leak and no heating. So I took them into town to visit the German Market. We are lucky to have an amazing German Market every Christmas time. It’s a lovely place to pick up quirky unusual presents, often handmade. The food is lovely too, I really enjoy the German sausages, but you can also buy lots of sweet treats too. We bought some flavoured marshmallows on a small wafer covered in chocolate, I believe they are called Schokokuss, or chocolate kisses.

Schokokuss, yummy chocolate kisses

The kids of course loved the fairground rides there, a big favourite is the Carousel.

Here is the Little Man enjoying his ride in the carriage;

The Girls had a ride on a small coaster which they loved


We all had a lovely day!

It’s my birthday. Jeez, birthdays are so difficult around certain ages. They are brilliant when you are a kid and the special ones, 18, 21, 40 etc are always special, but there are times when you just wish it wasn’t going to happen. I mean who really wants to be reminded that you are getting old.
So today I opened my lovely cards and a presents, felt a little disappointed in my other half who completely forgot (only a little disappointed because he never remembers anyway) had a low point where I really missed my mum (She got sick around my birthday four years ago and didn’t make it past Christmas) and enjoyed the attention given to me by my older kids.
One of the highlights of my day (yes, I know I’m sad) was logging on to my laptop and seeing this:

My very own Google Doodle. Hey I’m famous, even if it’s only on my laptop 🙂 
So I’m another year closer to getting my free bus pass. 
I’d like to finish with a big thank you to everyone who sent messages via Facebook and Twitter xxx

Update: Sadly Kerry didn’t make it. My heart breaks for her husband and three small children. Rest In Peace lovely lady xxx

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I’ve never met Kerry but I’ve read her blog for a long while and like many other bloggers I was shocked and dismayed to hear of her plight. In the summer she suffered a brain haemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm. She has been in hospital ever since making little recoveries then suffering more setbacks. Her husband has been left in charge of their three small children and has been wonderful in keeping the blogging community up to date with her progress.

He has been updating Kerry’s blog for her:

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Liska from  NewMumOnline has had a wonderful idea. She wants everyone to join together on Saturday 24th November and give their positive healing thoughts to Kerry. She writes:

So I ask that you hand over your blog and your heart, on Saturday 24th November and let thoughts of Kerry, aka Multiple Mummy ripple through the cyber waves.

Let us all say a coordinated prayer for her at 10 p.m. on Saturday 24th November.

Of course if you are not religious and do not pray, then medidate, or make a wish, or do what feels right for you. 

Please if you can, do a dedicated blog post to her on Saturday so that she has her own HEALING CORNER of the world wide web on Saturday…

I have been praying for Kerry and her family since hearing of her plight and will continue to do so, and I’m sure many others will join in, in whatever way they can.

This poem was written by Alice, I found it on Pinterest
Please also visit the Pinterest board for Kerrys Healing prayers
Update: It is now a little after 11pm on Sat 24th November and the support for Kerry has been amazing. The blog hop listed below has almost reached 100 posts, I’m sure it will be more by the time it has finished. On Twitter we managed to get #Healing4Kerry trending for almost an hour.
I hope and pray that we have made a difference somehow. Standing together to fight for this lovely lady, family, friends, acquaintances and strangers speaking out as one voice in support for her and her family. I truly hope she begins to recover now and is soon re-united with those that love her most. 

My girls have started having lunches at school instead of school meals. I’ve started having nightmares about what to put in said lunches. Who would have thought packing a small meal each day for little ones would be so stressful? Confession time: when my older two were little, they had in their lunch boxes exactly the same as mum would make me, one cheese sandwich, one banana and a packet of crisps. These days kids are taught about healthy food, crisps and such are frowned upon. Lunches have to be healthy and tasty. So let the nightmares commence.
I have a board on Pinterest on Bento. Mainly because Eldest Daughter is a big Bento fan and introduced me to it a couple of years ago.
Here is some Bento we had at Mount Fuji restaurant:

 So I collected bento pictures and soon realised that I could do Bento style lunches for the girls. Pinterest is such a great resource for storing things of interest so I was soon finding all sorts of blogs and sites that are helping me think of new and interesting things to put in the lunch boxes. The lunch boxes I use most are Easy Lunchboxes which can be purchased from Amazon. I was lucky to win a pack of four in a competition a while ago. I love them because they already have little compartments. You can also use little boxes to keep things separate or even silicon or paper cupcake cases.
The first time I used a sandwich cutter I was horrified at the loss of bread, what a waste. Well, it can always be used for breadcrumbs (and I’m sure to find more recipes) The thing is, if you put whole sandwiches you’ll probably end up with just as much waste at the end of the day. Most kids don’t eat all the bread.
Here is a fab pin from my board, my girls would go for this

So Thanks to Pinterest my inspiration has been fired and I’m sure I’ll come up with some healthy and interesting lunches for my girls. Here is one of my early attempts.  This is a home made bread roll hedgehog with raisin eyes, home made cheese puff snails on a bed of lettuce, with a cucumber fence and some grapes.

Do share your lunch box ideas and recipes, and if you have any ideas of what to do with leftover bits of bread.

Each month for the next 10 months Center Parcs will be setting a challenge and by taking part you could be chosen to be a Center Parcs Family blogger. For full details please see the Tots100 page. This months challenge is asking for you and your family to paint a picture or make a model of your dream water ride.

This is what my daughters came up with.
First I showed them the new water ride at Center Parcs Elvedon Forest, the Tropical Cyclone.

Star decided to call our water ride The Rivengre. The ride would be all the colours of the rainbow and have lots of twists and turns. You can choose which colour you wish to ride down, but the colours will change on the way down to the pool. Each person would ride on an inflatable animal, from a crocodile to an elephant. Boo added that she would like the ride to be very very fast, little daredevil that she is. The ride would be like a helter skelter, but with several lanes. At the end it would be like a bumpy slide, the kind you get at fairgrounds, before you plunge into the pool, hopefully still on your inflatable animal.

Here is a picture board we put together of The Rivengre, and the original drawing by Star.