Author: ami elizabeth

William’s 1st Birthday Party & Christening

William’s 1st Birthday Party & Christening

With Florence’s 3rd birthday coming up next week, it dawned on me that I hadn’t written up William’s first birthday party. Considering he turned one in February, it would appear I’ve been slacking a bit! I think probably a combination of chaos in the lead […]

The Yellow Fields

The Yellow Fields

I’ve lived in this town my entire life. I spent my childhood playing out with friends in the fields and the cul de sacs. I know the secret path ways, the short cuts, the hidden quiet spots. And yet earlier this week we stumbled upon […]

How to make chocolate scented play dough

How to make chocolate scented play dough

We are big play dough fans here. It’s my go to activity for when I need the children to play independently while I get something done and it’s something I know that both of them love to play with. This weekend I made a big batch of different scented and coloured play dough as I imagine that as UK Lockdown goes on we’ll be turning to this indoor play favourite time and time again. Today I thought I’d share with you how I make this chocolate scented play dough which is perfect for using as mud in tuff trays and small world play. Not to mention it smells just like hot chocolate!

You will need…

2/3 cup of plain flour

1/3 cup of hot chocolate powder

1/2 cup of salt

2 tsp cream of tartare – I bought a big tub from amazon which works out a lot cheaper than buying the sachets.

1 tbsp baby oil

1 cup cold water

How to make chocolate scented Play Dough

It couldn’t be easier to make… simply combine all of the ingredients together in a saucepan, add to the heat – the hotter the better! – and stir until you can form a ball.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Store your play dough in an airtight container or zip lock bag and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to play!

As long as it’s stored correctly between play you can use this play dough time and time again.

Ways to play with Chocolate Scented Play Dough

Use as mud in small world’s for plastic bugs and animals like pigs and elephants. It would make a great section for a farm or zoo themed tuff spot!

A chocolate café! Gather tea cups, reusable cake cases and biscuit tins and set your little one the challenge of running their own chocolate café. You could add some vanilla scented play dough and some sprinkles or marshmallows to top their creations!

Make dinosaur foot prints with your plastic dinosaurs.

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A week of Flower Play

A week of Flower Play

With tighter restrictions on who can leave the house and when, the children and I have been making the most of the resources we have at home and truthfully I’ve fallen back in love with organised play. When Florence was a young toddler, we used […]

Hello from here… I’ve been a bit quiet around here lately

Hello from here… I’ve been a bit quiet around here lately

Hello! It’s been a while since I actually sat down properly and wrote anything at all and while I’d love to say it’s because we’ve been off adventuring or planning something huge, the truth is we’ve been right here just getting on with the every […]

DIY Peter Rabbit Birthday Cake Hack

DIY Peter Rabbit Birthday Cake Hack

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So after the response I had last month when I shared my transformation of this Tesco Unicorn birthday cake into a DIY Dinosaur cake I decided to try and share a different cake back each month throughout 2020. With William turning one this month & is throwing him a Peter Rabbit party I decided to brave doing the cake myself.

After scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration I decided I definitely wanted to create a two tiered cake. I’d seen the sort of style I was going to aim for.

I purchased two celebration cakes from Tesco, Their Star cake and their Celebration cake. Together they cost less than £15. I started by removing ribbons and then the toppers with a butter knife. 

I split a pot of Tesco vanilla frosting into two and mixed in some green food colouring into one and some blue into the other. Using a spatula and a ‘side scraper’ I spread the frosting across and around each of the cakes. I’m by no means pro so I wasn’t really aiming for a perfect finish, more ‘rustic’ if that’s the word.

I then used some cut artificial flowers and dotted them around the edge of the larger, green one, which annoyingly fell off on the way to the actual party, but they looked great to start with. I added some carrot sugar decorations on the top and piped some of the left over green frosting around them to look like grass. I bought this cute little (affiliate link) Peter Rabbit topper too.

I ran out of time to start with so had to pause the decoration for a couple of hours but I knew I wasn’t happy with it just yet. We bought William this (Affiliate Link) Peter Rabbit play set for his birthday and it comes with some little wooden cabbages and a wooden watering can which were perfect additions!

My friend made a personalised bunting cake topper too which just made the perfect finishing touch! We dressed the cake with some of the other items from the play set at the party as I forgot the cake stand! But all in all, I was very pleased with my second cake hack and it was super easy too.

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William is One!

William is One!

And just like that my squishy little sunshine boy has turned one! Little boy, I feel like you have taught me so much over this last year. You are genuinely the funniest, cheekiest little person I have ever met. You light up a room and steal […]

Strawberry & Raspberry Scented Play dough Recipe

Strawberry & Raspberry Scented Play dough Recipe

*This  Strawberry & Raspberry Play Dough Recipe contains affiliate links. With the winter weather meaning we have a few more home days just recently I’ve been reaching for some easy indoor activities to keep the littles occupied. Our tub of homemade play dough has been […]