Sunday, 26 February 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Easy Craft (DIY)

My daughter LOVES Diary of a Wimpy Kid and we have world book day very soon so I made a Diary of a Wimpy Kid inspired mask.

You will need
  • white foam sheet
  • pencil
  • black pen
  • sock/tights
  • scissors
  • double sided sticky tape
  • elastic
  • normal sell tape

I drew an outline of the face shape on the foam using a book for inspiration.

Cut this out and colour the hair strands and eyes black.

Cut the mouth out and then cover on the other side with a cut up sock or black tights.
(tights are best as this will be your child's viewing point - I bought some tights for this project which mysteriously have vanished so I used an old sock.  She can just about see!)

I used the double sided tape to stick the sock on which worked well.

Measure the elastic and use the double sided tape the stick on either side of the mouth.  Use a small piece of the normal tape to go over this for added strength and to stop the sticky bits catching on your child's hair.

Hey presto you are finished.


Thursday, 23 February 2017

World Book Day costume ideas

Easy World Book Day costumes for non-crafty mums or those really short on time.

Room on the broom or The Worst Witch. If you have a witches costume from Halloween this is a super easy option.  And if your child has the same multitude of stuffed toys mine have you could assemble the dog, cat, frog and bird in a bag/cauldron.

Victorian outfits can be used for Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

Diary of a wimpy kid.  Foam or cardboard mask, white t-shirt, black shorts or leggings, and your favourite book from the series.

World Book Day - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

A football kit is a bit of a cheat but ties in nicely with Frankie's Magic Football by Frank Lampard which my son loves.

Crocodile onesie (ours was from Sainsbury's last year) suitable for Roald Dahl The Enormous Crocodile, The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles and The crocodile who didn't like water by Gemma Merino.

For older girls Geek Girl is perfect.  Normal clothes, tuck the book under your arm and decorate some black frame glasses with a red sharpie.

World Book Day - Geek Girl

Dalmatian onesie which of course would suit 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.

Road Dahl's BFG is a great World Book Day costume and can be easy to make.  The ears are just a headband, pink paint and card. 

World book day - BFG Ears

Click the link to see full details to make the costume.

How to make BFG ears, horn and waistcoat

Finally Harry Potter. Again if you have a cape from halloween hanging around that would do over a school shirt/trousers.  Some cheap black frame joke glasses and the all important lightening bolt scar.  This can be drawn with face paints or your own eyeliner/lipliner.  A lot of shops have full Harry Potter costumes fairly cheap if you'd prefer to purchase the whole look.

Happy world book day!

Emma xxx

Motherhood is............Part 2

Motherhood is.........

Not being able to leave the house alone

Running out of milk is a nightmare because a. You need tea! b. A trip to the shop which should be 10 minutes will take an hour.

Being the only one to put loo roll in the bathroom or know where its kept.

Dreading homework projects that begin with can you make.........

Thinking baking will be a fun activity but then remembering why you usually just buy ready made. The mess. The stress. The strange burning smell.

Wondering why you thought swimming lessons was a good idea when you have to rush around like a loon!

Being excited if you find a nice toilet on your travels. I honestly should write a best toilet facilities book.

Never sleeping properly ever again!

If you enjoyed this you might want to read Part 1 Motherhood is...............Part 1


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

It's not what it looks like - Short Story

It’s not what it looks like

Having come out of a long term relationship over a year ago all of my friends had decided it was time for me to move on. The very idea terrified me as it seemed whilst I’d been cocooned in a relationship the dating world had moved on considerably. Internet dating was the way forward now and I wondered what had happened to the days of meeting through friends or in a nightclub. Egged on by my friends I signed up to an internet dating site and after a few glasses of wine for dutch courage wrote what I hoped was a flattering introduction of myself and uploaded a picture.

Over the next few weeks I browsed people’s profiles and pictures and received a few emails but no one special caught my eye until I received a message from Stefan. He was 35, no kids, no previous marriage, good job, and nice looking. I tentatively set up a date after a few online conversations but was extremely nervous about the meeting what if we had nothing to say or he looked nothing like his picture. Or even worse took one look at me and ran off. One of my friends Sarah had previously tried internet dating and reassured me that it would be fine and even if it was terrible I could just put it down to experience and have a laugh about it with the girls later. I arranged to send her a text if I needed an escape plan or more disappointingly got stood up. We arranged to meet at a local pub and to my utter surprise the date went brilliantly. It turned out we liked the same music and TV shows and I instantly felt comfortable in his company.

Over the next few weeks we meet up regularly and things continued to go well but I had noticed that Stefan had started to check his mobile phone often when he thought I wasn’t looking. On the last date he had suddenly had to leave early with a rubbish excuse of forgetting he had to get up early for work the next day.

The following week I meet up with a few of my friends and told them about Stefan and his recent behaviour and everyone decided that he must either have a secret girlfriend or perhaps kids that he didn’t want me to know about. I decided to play things a bit cool when he next called but he started the conversation by apologising for leaving early on our last date and I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. However the next day I was in town and saw him in a coffee shop with a brunette woman similar in age. He had his arm around her and they were deep in conversation, I quickly turned around so he wouldn’t notice me. Feeling upset and annoyed I ignored his phone calls and emails and slowly became more and more angry at letting myself get involved with someone again.

I kept myself busy at work and tried not to dwell on things but Stefan kept going round and round in my mind. I decided to call him and confront the situation. That evening after work I gave him a call ready to launch into my prepared speech but he sounded genuinely pleased to hear from me and said he’d been worried as I hadn’t been returning his calls. I was completely torn I got on so well with him, he made me laugh and I had hoped for a future but what was he hiding. I needed to know what was going on so decided to ask him outright if he had a girlfriend to which he burst out laughing which wasn’t quite the response I’d been expecting. I told him I’d seen him with a woman and wanted to know who he was always calling and texting when we were out. After a long pause he said he’d rather explain things face to face and we arranged to meet after work the next day. I hardly slept a wink and couldn’t concentrate at work. The time went painfully slowly. Eventually 5.30 p.m. came round and I left the office to meet Stefan at the coffee shop down the road. When I arrived he was already there and waved. As I walked in he could obviously see from my face that I wasn’t happy and blurted out. “It’s not what it looks like!” Well if that isn’t a clich├ęd get out clause I don’t know what is. I instantly felt annoyed and disappointed and was about to leave when he explained that the woman I had seen was his sister and they had met up to talk about his mother. He went on to explain his mother was really ill and they’d been visiting to do the cooking and cleaning. I felt awful for jumping to conclusions but annoyed he hadn’t just been honest. A long chat ensued and I’m pleased to say that now a year down the road we are engaged, his mum is back to full health, his sister is lovely and I can whole heartedly recommend internet dating.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Oat & Raisin Cookies

Oat & Raisin Cookies

I love oat & raisin cookies but usually buy them rather than bake.  However I saw these on the Co-Op cook it website & decided to have a try. Very easy & super yummy. Only problem is I could eat them all.


  • 100g raisins
  • 1 orange
  • 60g butter softened 
  • 160ml sunflower oil 
  • 50g honey 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 120g plain flour
  • 240g porridge oats
Squeeze the juice from your orange & soak the raisins & put aside.
Honey, sugar, oil and butter & mix together.
Add egg, cinnamon and baking powder & combine.
Next add flour & porridge oats & mix.
Finally add your raisins & combine thoroughly.

This should make about 15 cookies.

I just used large blobs. The recipe suggests an ice cream scoop.

I used 2 baking trays & baked for approx 14 mins on 175c.

Once baked allow to cool slightly on the baking tray before moving to a cooling rack.


Emma xxx

Full details & recipe from Co-Op site can be found here
Oat & Raisin Recipe