Thursday, 19 October 2017

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags ~Bostik Challenge



October brings us Halloween to look forward and all the shops are selling lots of ghoulish sweets, treats, fancy dress costumes and masks.There is also an abundance of pumpkins around if you fancy pumpkin carving. I am not very good at it so I stick to cooking with pumpkin instead.

This week I had my crafting buddy Little M over for a few hours, her parents know that I have an obsession with food props and they bought me two lovely pumpkin shaped jars with lids and straws  as a Halloween gift. As always we make smoothies before we start crafting so Little M and I made a Halloween smoothie to serve in my new pumpkin jars. We made our smoothie with mango, carrots, apple and ginger and a dash of honey. It tasted delicious and looked great served in my new pumpkin shaped jars. Don't you think they are adorable???


After smoothie time, Little M was telling me that she is going to dress up as a witch on Halloween and she is going to go with her parents to a Halloween party. Luckily the theme for the Bostik box was also Halloween so we made these little Trick or Treat bags and filled them with some Halloween gifts, like plastic spiders, chocolate eyeballs and pumpkins and Halloween stickers.

To make the Trick or Treat Bags you will need:

2 small paper bags with handles
Halloween themed printouts like skulls or witches. We used the napkin that was in the craft box with skulls on it.
Bostik Glue
Scissors
Treats to put into the bag.
Black tissue paper


How to make:

1.Using scissors carefully cut out 2 Halloween shape so that they fit on the paper bag.


2. Glue the cut outs on each side of the bag.



3. Scrunch up the tissue paper and place inside the bag, fill the bag with treats and gifts.


This craft is suitable for young children although, adult supervision may be required for using scissors.

If you like this project check the link below for more art and craft projects, that you can do with your children this Autumn.

Kids Arts and Craft Videos
Kids Arts and Crafts Projects


Being part of the Bostik 2017 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Lolly Stick Monster Bookmarks ~Bostik Challenge



It's really important to develop kids imagination and the perfect way to do it is by crafting. Each month I receive the Bostik Crafting Box and my (niece) little crafting buddy Little M and I enjoy making crafts to the monthly themed box. This months box was all about monsters and last week we made a lovely Monster Wall hanging, we still had a few items left over in the box so we made these cute Lolly Stick Monster Book Marks.

Now we all know that kids are often scared of monsters (so are some adults actually) so our monsters we create are the cute and adorable type. Also little M insisted that her monsters were going to be girls and they would wear skirts. Who was I to conflict with a child's imagination, so you can see from the video on how to make the Lolly Stick Monster book marks  and also see that they are wearing skirts!!!! She has also named them, the one in the yellow skirt is Molly and the one with the blue skirt is Milly. Little M has a really good imagination and loves role play.


To make the Lolly Stick Monsters Bookmarks you will need:

  • 2 Lolly Sticks
  • 2 Feet and hand shape foam cut outs
  • 2 pairs of Stick on eyes
  • 2 Cup cake wrappers
  • Bostik Glue
  • Bostik Glue Dots

Please watch the video below to see how we made these cute Lolly Stick Monsters Bookmarks:



This craft is suitable for young children although, adult supervision may be required for using scissors  and using sharp pencil.
If you like this project check the link below for more art and craft projects, that you can do with your children this Autumn.

Kids Arts and Craft Videos
Kids Arts and Crafts Projects

Being part of the Bostik 2017 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Enjoying live Music and Pizza at Pizza Express


I love eating out in London, there are so many restaurants and places to eat at. However one of my all time favorite place to eat is at Pizza Express. I love their thin crust pizzas and the fact that they have gluten free and vegetarian options too is ideal. Pizza express restaurants are dotted all around London, however on my recent visit to Greenwich I visited the newly refurbished Pizza Express restaurant in Greenwich.

The restaurant which is in the  heart of historic Greenwich in London, close to the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark and Greenwich Park is spread over two floors. It is tastefully decorated to bring out the character of the building with large graphics art work showcasing the architecture of the area which is set within the world heritage site.


In the basement, there is a bar and seating area and every Thursday evenings the restaurant runs a live playlist where you can enjoy live contemporary music played by local artists whilst having a drink or two and enjoying a tasty pizza. I was totally impressed with the new autumn menu, which has a few new vegetarian options added, this is a definite thumps up from me since I am a vegetarian.


My evening at Pizza express was very enjoyable, I had the Brushetta for starters whilst my friends tucked into a meaty platter of cold meat, olives, pickled peppers, flatbreads and dips.

Having a spicy palate, for the main course I ordered the Leggera Pollo ad Astra which is under under 600 calories. The pizza has a topping of chicken, light mozzarella, sweet Peppadew peppers, tomato, Cajun spices, garlic oil and red onion. however being vegetarian I asked if they could make it without the chicken and they agreed. The pizza has a hole in the centre which is served with a green salad. It was delicious and the salad had a lovely tasty dressing on it.


My friends ordered the Caponata Pizza which is new on the menu.It was topped with fried aubergine cooked with green olives,tomatoes, onion, capers, oil and vinegar and topped with buffalo mozzarella and tomato and finished with Gran Milano cheese and fresh basil.

Another friend who eats a gluten free diet enjoyed the gluten free dough balls and the Broad Bean Rigatoni which has broad beans, spinach and vegetarian Pecorino in a creamy white wine sauce, with gluten-free rigatoni, finished with Gran Milano cheese, pesto and fresh parsley



I was totally full and declined the offer of dessert, although my friends did recommend the new sticky toffee pudding on the Autumn menu which apparently was amazing and I regretted not ordering it. In fact it was so delicious that I caught my friend capturing it on camera. I guess I have  all the more reason to return for another meal. I finished my meal with a cup of latte.

The evening was totally different from my previous Pizza Express visits as the live music was a lovely added touch that made the evening more enjoyable.
I was a guest at Pizza Express Greenwich and all the views expressed are of my experience of the meal.

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