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    Mum Life

    One Year On – Swimming Lessons at Swim!

    Disclaimer: The Swimming lessons at Swim! were given on a gifted basis for 2 x 6 month periods. The links to Swim! within this blog are linked to myself but I do not receive any payment from these. The Beginning – Where we Started Bruce started swimming lessons at Swim! Oldham in August 2020 and has since made huge progress. He’s had 2 main instructors and enjoyed his time with both of them. When he first started, he wore armbands and also needed a floating device to support when trying to move in the water. He was adamant that he needed a nose clip and wouldn’t leave the house without…

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    Banana and Biscoff Baked Oats (Vegan Friendly Recipe)

    Vegan Friendly and Super Easy This vegan friendly Banana and Biscoff Baked Oats recipe is super easy to follow. The only specialist kitchen item you’ll need is a blender. Though I suppose you could try without, the consistency may just be a little chunky. I’m always on the lookout for new breakfast ideas as it’s one of my favourite meals of the day. Being a total sweet tooth, if I can incorporate some form of a dessert theme into that first meal of the day then it’s a total winner for me. The recipe itself only uses 5 ingredients, most of which you’ll probably already have in the cupboard. Ingredients…

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    Mum Life

    Swimming Lessons – 3 Months at Swim!

    In August 2020, Bruce started swimming lessons at Swim! For a boy that’s usually quite shy, he oozed confidence as he bounced over to his swim teacher. The smile on his face stayed throughout that first trial and has remained ever since. The Swimming Journey So Far 3 months on and he has become the most confident that I have ever seen him in the water. We’ve been going swimming together for years but I’ve never quite managed to coach him to swim armband free. Swim!, on the other hand, managed to do just that after only 2 months of swimming lessons. I’m over the moon. Not only by the…

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    Vanilla Cupcake Ghosts – A Simple and Fun Family Recipe

    I first tried the idea of cake ghosts last year and created them using a cake pop method. This year I thought I’d go for something a little simpler, ‘Vanilla Cupcake Ghosts’. This method means that you could either make all the elements from scratch or purchase them ready-made for ghost construction. When it comes to Halloween, my son is currently a huge fan. The earlier the celebrations start, the better (in his eyes). This recipe is one for the whole family. You could even decorate one each and individualise them. The ingredients are simple and can be picked up at local Supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco or Aldi. If…

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    12 Easy Vanilla Cupcakes

    A simple step by step guide to making 12 Cupcakes Vanilla cupcakes are something that I always fall back on when I’m not sure what to bake. This recipe for 12 easy vanilla cupcakes is definitely my go to. They can be decorated in so many different ways and the recipe can also be used to make a larger cake. You can colour vanilla cupcakes to make bright and vibrant cakes or simply leave plain. I’ve linked some ideas below that you might want to try out or simply take a look at my Instagram feed for inspiration and use the 12 easy Vanilla Cupcakes recipe. Recipe Inspo! Vanilla Ghost…

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    Easy Vanilla Buttercream for 12 cupcakes

    I use this easy vanilla buttercream method all of the time. It’s quick, easy and you can vary it multiple ways. Take a look at some of the creations below for inspiration on piping ideas or colours that pop. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake Red Nose Day Cupcakes Lucky Charm Cupcakes White Choc Chip Cupcakes Easy Vanilla buttercream is also essential when making cake pops or cakesicles as it holds the mixture together. Ingredients and Equipment All the ingredients in this recipe can be picked up from your local supermarket or local shop. You can find baking aisles in all major chains such as Asda, Morrisons and Tesco. The equipment that…

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    Swimming Lessons – The Start of the Journey at Swim!

    Disclaimer: The swimming lessons discussed below were received on a gifted basis. All opinions are my own. Swimming Lessons and Parenting As a parent, I always want to try and teach my child as much as possible. Swimming lessons are something I’ve personally tried to do for years now and just never succeeded. It’s not that Bruce doesn’t like the water, quite the opposite. He loves it! I think it’s that when he says (as most kids do), “don’t let go Mummy”, I quite literally won’t. The result, we’re still working on Mummy becoming a half decent swimming instructor 8 years down the line. That’s were Swim! came in to…

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    Mint Choc Chip Cake Recipe – A Fun Family Bake

    Mint choc chip is a classic ice cream combination and works just as well in cake form. It always reminds me of being a child as it was my favourite ice cream flavour (funnily enough, it’s also my son’s favourite now!) My mint choc chip cake recipe packs in lots of minty flavour with extra chocolate chips to decorate because, well, you can never have too many chocolate chips! I used dark chocolate chips as these give a real classic flavour to the cake but if you prefer milk chocolate, these can work just as well. All the ingredients can be picked up at local supermarkets such as Asda and…

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    Mum Life

    The Top 10 Family Films of 2019 – A Round Up

    As a family of 3, we spend pretty much every Saturday evening watching family films. Movie night is one of our favourite nights of the week. A time when we all snuggle up on the couch with our ‘movie night snacks’ watching our latest choice of film. It then seemed only fitting that I start a yearly run through of our top 10 family films of 2019. These are in no particular order (mainly because I just couldn’t choose) and I’ve popped a link through to each film on IMDb so you can see a little more about them and read a few other people’s reviews too. The Lion King…

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    Grandma’s Almond Shortbread – A Simple Recipe

    This year I’ve decided to get back to exploring some more of my Grandma’s recipe book. Now I’ve already had to hit google numerous times to try and work out what some ingredients are as the recipes are 60 years old, so I thought I’d start with a simple one. The humble shortbread (with an almond twist). Shortbread is an oldie but a goodie and one that takes a little time (to rest) but is super easy for all levels of home bakers (and newbie bakers). I’ve popped an easy print recipe below and if you want to try any of my Grandma’s other bakes after baking the Almond Shortbread,…