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How to organise your own Easter Egg Hunt

One of my favourite things to do on Easter Sunday is to set up an Easter egg hunt for my son. He’s 6 now, but he still believes in the Easter bunny and I have no wish at all to shatter his illusions. Easter egg hunts are pretty easy to put together and lots of fun to take part in.

How to plan an Easter egg hunt at home

Here are my top tips for setting up an Easter egg hunt.

Step 1:
Buy some Easter eggs. I like to get a selection of sizes and colours to hide in the garden. Make sure you buy enough to share fairly equally between the Easter egg hunters. I tend to get a couple of medium sized eggs and then some smaller ones for the hunters to seek out. You don’t have to stick to Easter eggs, you can also mix things up and add some Easter sweets too.

Step 2:
Count the eggs and sweets before you hide them and try to make a mental note of where you’ve hidden them.

Step 3:
On Easter Sunday I am usually tasked with distracting the boy whilst my other half scurries around the garden hiding the eggs in obvious and not so obvious places. If you can do this just before the hunt without anyone noticing you’ve got a better chance of finding everything and it’s less likely that the local wildlife will find your goodies and eat them for you.

Step 4:
Don’t forget your bucket or basket to put your Easter bounty in.

Step 5:
Go hunting! Have fun, don’t forget to take some photographs. See if you can find an egg and get away with keeping it all to yourself.

Since last Easter we’ve got a new puppy and she is into absolutely everything. If you’ve got a new puppy, or an older dog it’s worth remembering that chocolate is very bad for them. So sadly our puppy, Penny will not be able to join in with the Easter egg hunt. She will have to stay on her lead just to make sure she doesn’t snaffle any goodies she shouldn’t have.

Will you have Easter egg hunt at home? What are your top tips for a successful hunt?

How to organise your own Easter Egg Hunt

If you enjoyed this, you might like to try painting your own Easter eggs.

Craft Tutorial: How to make Easter Bunny Bunting

This month I’ve been thinking about Easter crafts. Now that Lent is in full swing, a few Easter craft items have started to steadily make their way home from school. We’re not adverse to a bit of egg painting ourselves, but when my box of Bostik Bloggers Easter craft goodies arrived from Craft Merrily, I took one look and decided to make some Easter Bunny Bunting.

Easter Craft – Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

To make the bunting you will need:

A length of pretty ribbon
Some patterned craft paper
A piece of cardboard to make the stencil
A Bostik fine & wide glu pen
Some little paper flowers or small buttons
Scissors

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Using the downloadable template below (click on it to download as a pdf), draw a rabbit shape onto a piece of cardboard, cut it out and use it as a stencil.On your colourful craft paper, draw around your stencil. I managed three bunnies on this piece of paper.

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Cut our your bunny shapes. I was using a piece of ribbon about a metre long for my bunting, so I estimated I’d need around six bunny shapes, evenly spaced along the ribbon.

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Using small paper flower shapes, or little buttons if you prefer, glue them onto the bunnies bum to look like a little tail.

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Then glue the bunnies onto the ribbon, space them equally and leave them to dry overnight if possible.

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Hang your Easter bunny bunting wherever you like. I chose a bright and sunny spot in my kitchen. Where would you hang yours?

Easter Craft Tutorial: Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

I’m really pleased with how my Easter bunny bunting has turned out. Now I’ve got my bunny template, I can make all kinds of bunny themed crafts with it. What Easter craft will you be creating this year?

If you enjoyed this, you might also like these other Easter Crafts:

Craft Tutorial: How to make Easy Easter Bunny Bunting

Note: I am a Bostik craft blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. 

Easter Crafts for Kids (and grown-ups too!)

Easter has “crafts” written all over it. There are so many Easter crafts to make, from Easter cards to Easter bonnets and beyond. Easter has the benefit of having a long Bank Holiday weekend as well as a couple of weeks off school for the holidays. That means there are an awful lot of hours to keep the kids occupied, crafting is a great way to fill an hour or two, especially if they just need a bit of quiet time, concentrating on a task and creating something lovely.

We got cracking with some Easter Crafts over the weekend. We all sat down and decorated these Egg Mosaic Baubles from Baker Ross. The pack contains everything you need to decorate four of the polystyrene eggs, including the eggs, a selection of sticky squares, ribbon and plastic pins.

Easter crafts

It’s quite fiddly to peel the backing off each individual square, so I peeled them off in rows or blocks, stuck them on the back of my hand and peeled them off as I needed them. The small boy didn’t like the idea of doing neat rows, so he stuck his on randomly, which I really like, and for some reason it made me think of Tetris the computer game.

Once the eggs were covered in the mosaic stickers I pinned the ribbons in place and hung them on a plant. I think they’re quite lovely and the certainly brighten the place up. The small boy is always so proud of his crafts and can’t wait to show them off to anyone who will look.

Later that day I was flicking through a craft magazine when I saw something I recognised. The Spring Blossom Tree kit from Baker Ross. Inspired, I got the kit out of our crafts box and made my first (and rather lovely) blossom tree.

easter crafts

The instructions are really clear and easy to understand. The tree, blossom and stand are all made from foam pieces, you stick the glittery blossom onto the plain coloured blossom and stick that onto the tree, and the stand just slots together. It’s very simple and very effective. I’m a sucker of cherry blossom, whether it’s made of foam or not.

We’ve got lots more Easter crafts and things to do over the next few weeks, so do keep an eye on our Instagram feed for new ideas and inspiration!

Easter at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre & SEA LIFE Manchester

If you’re looking for some Easter fun for all the family this coming half term, families can have the ultimate fun day in Manchester at not one, but two fantastic attractions this Easter! LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and SEA LIFE Manchester have a fun-filled week planned, with lots of exciting activities and a taste of some brand new additions at the attractions to show off.

LEGO fans will soon get a fresh fix of their favourite heroes as this Easter “The LEGO Movie 4D, A New Adventure”, a brand new 4D attraction, re-unites the characters from the original movie at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester from Saturday 12th March.

The riotous, action-packed plot sees Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard receive a mysterious invitation leading them to a new theme park, bearing a suspicious resemblance to LEGOLAND. But all is not as it seems as the heroes are once again thrust into the middle of an evil secret plot masterminded by a totally new character, the scheming Risky Business. The larger-than-life experience will sweep the audience right into the action as the gang hurtle through a fast paced adventure featuring some very special theme park attractions, from Unikitty’s cute and colourful ‘Wainbow Wubble World’ to Wyldstyle’s ‘Super Cycle Mega Ride’ and MetalBeard’s ‘Pirate Plunder Danger Cave’. It’s up to Emmet and Wyldstyle, enlisting the Master Builder skills of the audience, to try and save the day.

Easter at Legoland Manchester

Fans will love the chance to immerse themselves in The LEGO Movie world in a totally new way with 4D elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects bringing the story to life.

Enjoy the most amazing city in the world, the brand new play area, City Builder. Visitors can create cities and buildings in the most unique city that can be imagined. From the creativity of countless budding architects will flourish the most beautiful and imaginative buildings and stories. Girls and boys can meet the heroes of City and the girlfriends of Heart Lake City, and they’ll see everything from huge skyscrapers to cosy family houses all made from LEGO.

Visitors can also lose themselves in 1.5 million LEGO bricks and explore the wonders of MINILAND, have an adventurous ride in LEGO City Forest Pursuit, try dodging the lasers in LEGO Ninjago Laser Training Camp, play in the soft play area at the LEGO Construction Site and much more.

If that wasn’t enough, visitors should prepare to be amazed by the brand new exhibition Octopus Hideout just next door at SEA LIFE Manchester, which gives guests a unique opportunity to come face to sucker with one of the oceans most intelligent creatures.

Meet the star of Octopus Hideout, Hank, the Giant Pacific Octopus that has eight arms, blue blood, three hearts and can grow up to a jaw-dropping five metres in length and weigh up to 50 kilograms! One of the biggest octopus species in the world, Giant Pacific Octopuses can solve mazes, blend into their environment and even open jars.

Easter at Legoland Manchester

Families will also not want to miss the jet-propelled, gas-fuelled prehistoric nautilus, a primitive octopus in a spiral shell, the cuttlefish, a captivating type of mollusc which can change colour to give itself the perfect camouflage against any background, or the teeny tiny Atlantic Long Arm Octopus, a small sea creature with arms longer than its 90 millimetre body!

SEA LIFE Manchester is also home to an incredible array of sea creatures from all over the planet, including family favourite Ernie, the Giant Green Sea Turtle, captivating seahorses, colourful clownfish, Black Tip Reef Sharks, rays and more.

Easter Bank Holiday Bingo – just for fun!

Bank Holidays can be pretty predictable things. If yours is anything like ours, you’ll be expecting a round of lie-ins, roast dinners, grass cutting and DIY.  I’ve decided to play an exciting game of Easter Bank Holiday Bingo to see just how formulaic my Easter Bank Holiday weekend was. Shall we all play along and see how we all do? How many can you get and who will shout “House!” first?

Easter Bank Holiday

  • Expecting a lie in but waking up at 5am anyway.
  • Cutting the grass the same time as both of your neighbours.
  • Eating all of your Easter chocolate.
  • Feeling sick after eating too much Easter chocolate.
  • Swearing you’ll start a diet tomorrow.
  • If it’s sunny, spending the whole day painting a room and not seeing daylight.
  • If it’s raining, spending the whole day staring at the rain lashing against the window and looking sad.
  • A drive to the seaside involving 6 hours in the car and just half an hour on the beach.
  • Seeing pictures of all your child free friends on Facebook sat in a sunny beer garden.
  • Drinking 18 pints of tea instead of sitting in a beer garden.
  • Having a massive row about nothing.
  • Visiting a garden centre.
  • Washing the car.
  • Unexpected and unwanted guests dropping round at an inappropriate time.
  • Spending the whole weekend tidying the house and it looking not a bit different when you’ve finished.
  • Losing a whole day watching Man V Food repeats on TV.
  • Panic buying ALL the food in the supermarket the day before the Easter Bank Holiday.
  • Easter crafts all gone horribly wrong.
  • Eating a big fat roast dinner with all the family.
  • Feeling guilty about being relieved when you go back to work on the Tuesday.

Easter Bank Holiday Bingo - just for fun!

I reckon we’ve managed most of them. How did you do? Was your Easter Bank Holiday as predictable as mine?

Recipe: Chocolate and Ginger Sponge Cake

On Friday afternoons the small boy and I like to bake something, usually a cake to offer any visitors over the weekend. We decided to make a chocolate sponge cake and as an experiment we added some Beech’s Chocolates Ginger Thins to the cake. It was delicious, so I’ve decided to share the recipe.

Recipe: Chocolate and Ginger Sponge Cake

A simple sponge cake is often our bake of choice. It’s easy to throw together, with minimal mess and ticks all the right “cooking with mummy” boxes for my son.

Chocolate & Ginger Sponge Cake

Ingredients:

4oz sugar
4oz butter or margarine (I used stork)
2 eggs
4oz self raising flour
2 dessert spoons of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
3 Beech’s Chocolate Ginger Thins
splash of milk if needed

Recipe: Chocolate and Ginger Sponge Cake

Method:

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Stir in the eggs.
2. Add the cocoa powder and the ground ginger and combine. Then sift in the flour and stir through. If the cake batter is too thick (which it might be a little) add a drop of milk until it is the right consistency.
3. Put mixture into a lined loaf tin and put the thins half way into the cake at regular intervals (see picture).
4. Bake in pre-heated oven at 190 degrees for 30 minutes.
5. Leave to cool and then try not to eat it all in one go.

It’s utterly delicious on its own, but would be lovely slightly warm with a scoop of ice cream. The chocolate thins impart a deliciously subtle flavour of ginger into the cake. Definitely something we’ll be baking again.

Beech’s Fine Chocolates get the thumbs up from us, I’ll be looking out for them in the future. They’re seriously delicious British made chocolates, perfect for after dinner and equally great to bake with, and what’s more, my hard to please husband loves them.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also like to try my award winning Victoria Sponge recipe.

Recipe: Chocolate and Ginger Sponge Cake

Note: We were sent a selection of chocolate thins and bunnies from Beech’s Chocolates for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Easter at MOSI

During the long Easter weekend as well as scalping the lawn and repainting the kitchen ceiling, it’s nice to go out and do something a bit different with the family. We’re big supporters of MOSI and got a bit cross when they talked about closing it; now we go as often as we can. The boy loves trains, we love the boy and we all love MOSI.

This Easter they’re putting on a bit of an event as part of their current exhibition, Power: From Muscle to Machine – which runs from April 5-27, which tells the story of power and how it has been created, harnessed and used over time.

From water to steam, gas to diesel and electricity – experience the sights, thundering sounds and gut-busting smells of the Museum’s 19th Century engines and machinery as they burst into life through a series of hands-on demonstrations, workshops, events, games and shows for all the family. If MOSI do anything well it’s hands-on, interactive fun for the kids!

Over the Easter weekend and to compliment their Power Programme, Strong Man John Evans will be at MOSI. John can carry up to 20 stones in weight on his head. We’re invited to come and marvel at his incredible display of strength and the power that predates our steam engines, who would win, man or machine? The man can balance a Mini on his head so I think I know where I’ll be putting my money!

If you fancy a fun and free trip out and you live in Manchester then you can’t go far wrong with MOSI. Find out more about their Power programme, visit their website, and I might see you down there. Just no balancing vehicles on your head.

 

MOSI

 

 

 

Easter Treats at The Hard Rock Cafe – preview

Easter for us is a bit like Christmas (bear with me on this). It’s a whirlwind of trying to see everyone but never quite ending up spending quality time together; just me, the man and the boy. So this Easter we’ve booked ourselves some special, fun time together and everyone else can wait. It’ll be just the three of us and the Easter Bunny!

easterWe spied this lovely sounding event and booked on it straight away. “Breakfast with the Bunny” at the Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester. It’s on Easter Sunday morning and is billed as a little bit of fun all the family. There will be Easter fun and games including egg hunts and  egg painting. So in toddler terms that spells out chocolate and crafts, a dream combination in his book.

Guests at ‘Breakfast With The Bunny’ will get some tasty treats and sweets as well as a visit from The Easter Bunny who will be welcoming children and families to the special breakfast at the Cafe. I reckon we’re in for a pretty special morning, he’s at that age where he can appreciate all the Easter frivolity and Mum and Dad can enjoy an excellent Hard Rock breakfast.

We’ve long been fans of the Hard Rock Cafe, we’ve always had good burgers and great cocktails there, I can’t wait to try their breakfast.

If you want to book “Breakfast with the Bunny” then contact the Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester, 0161 831 6700, Price – Children £7.50 and Adults £9.00.  If you do go, don’t forget to say hi, we’ll be the family covered in chocolate!

Lent 2014

The last few months seems to have been all about giving things up. Last October (and yes, again last month) I gave up smoking. Three weeks ago I gave up (for one month only) coffee, tea and diet coke. Now Lent is upon us once more and it’s time to decide what I’ll eschew for the next 6 weeks.

For the past 15 or so years I’ve given up chocolate. Or crisps and chocolate. Sometimes I might throw something else into the mix, like cake or something. I’ve toyed with the idea of giving up alcohol, but such an idea is wholly inconceivable!

I’ve thought long and hard this year about what to do. I eat so much bread, too much bread and I know that it piles the weight on me when I do, so I’ve decided to give up leavened bread as well as crisps and chocolate.

I know that it’s something I can work with. I can still have pitta and tortillas but no big, doughy baps. It’s no bad thing. I like giving things up, it’s an exercise in self control and proof that I can do without naughty things.

The first week is always the worst, because you’re used to just reaching for the wrong things, after that it does get easier and I enjoy the challenge of it.

Afternoon Tea

BANNED!

What will you be giving up, or taking up for Lent?