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One of Bean’s favourite things to do at the moment is help. That wonderful, enthusiastic, time-consuming helping that only a toddler can perfect, such as sweeping the floor with her toy dustpan and brush, then sneaking up behind you to brush your hair with the same brush, or taking all the washing off the clothes airers before it’s dry, accompanied, always, by a cheery “I helping, Mummy!”.

I find it all too easy in the busy rush at the end of the day to turn down offers of ‘help’ when I am making tea. Thankfully, last week I accepted and the perfect tea-time helping job was born…

The oh-so-simple task of cleaning potatoes. Yep, that’s it. The new potatoes, just the right size for little hands were dipped, then scrubbed and put in the sieve. Simple it may be but the look of concentration on Bean’s face as she carried out her task in just the right order, checking each potato to make sure it was just clean enough was worth the extra time (and the mopping up afterwards).


As the Bean continues to grow from a toddler into a little girl at an alarming rate, I think this is a good reminder to me to make time for the Bean’s special brand of helping and one day, one wonderful day, it might even save me some time too!


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Toddler Tuesday

We spent Sunday morning at the fantastic Homespun fair (more about that another day) and the afternoon playing with water in the garden. We’ve not had the paddling pool out yet this year but I was surprised by the amount of fun we had with a bowl of water and some plastic rakes!


oops! (I love that the Bean knows the picture on the saucepan is a cat, even without ears…it amazes me how brains work – imagine having to teach little ones how to distinguish a cat from a dog…!)

“My hand in there!”

Splashing with plastic rakes…the Bean was surprisingly good at it!

The Bean was choosing whether she wanted a big splash or a little splash…(most were big!)

In case you were wondering, the Bean does start off the day looking neat(ish) and (semi)co-ordinated…but these photos were taken quite late in the day when various bits of clothing have been changed at different times! I hope I remember this when we look back at pictures and I think what was she wearing!?!

Click on the Toddler Tuesday button to visit ‘One Hook Wonder’ for some brilliant ideas!

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…so basically a week in a post! Not sure how this week went by so quickly – I guess the this post may give me some clues… :)

Toddler Tuesday

Last Wednesday we went to lunch with my mother in law, she’d made a delicious quiche and kept some pastry for the Bean to play with.

I’d not introduced the Bean to play-doh yet as I wasn’t sure how much of it she’d eat. Yes, it’s non-toxic but even so…


However, she played brilliantly (only nibbling a teeny bit…) and spent ages rolling it out time and time again and making ‘pattens pattens’ with any of the cookie cutters which didn’t happen to be doubling as bracelets at the time.


Apparently it was all quite funny!

The quiche was amazing too!

Work In Progress Wednesday

I’ve mentioned before that I like to try and make as many of my Christmas gifts as possible, but always end up finishing them in a panicky rush on Christmas eve…so, I’ve decided this year will be different (yeah, right!) and have started my Christmas gift list already and have made a start with two* cute knitted pigs from Knitted Toy Tales by Laura Long.

(I may have mentioned before that I was lucky enough to be given lots of craft books for Christmas and my Birthday, which I will, one day, get around to sharing and reviewing here. The reason for the delay is that you’ll all want to buy the books for yourself, so by then they’ll be on sale…so really I’m being thoughtful by taking so long about it…).


It’s a really quick pattern to knit as the head and body are knit in one, just adding the ears and feet. The body is only about 60 rows and the shaping is very simple. Over a couple of evenings I’ve almost knit enough for the two pigs, I just need to finish half a body. The knitting is the easy bit I feel…I hate the sewing up. That’s the time I’ll really mess it up and make a lovely knitted toy look mean…many’s the time I’ll sew up a (potentially) cute toy and see it turn to the dark side with just a few (un)carefully placed embroidery stitches…ugh…wish me luck…


*I was explaining to the Bean that I was knitting a little piggy toy for one of my friends ‘and Issey’. she adds. ‘Oh, do you think Issey would like one too Bean?’, ‘Yes…and Mummy’, ‘Well, I’ll knit one for Issey’, ‘and Mummy’…so it may end up being three. I’ll have to practise looking surprised on Christmas day. :)

Thrifty Thursday

Just a quick one this week – I’ve been looking for old toy knitting patterns lately (more opportunities to create accidentally scary toys…) and found these beauties!

Plenty of things to add to the ever growing Christmas list (yeay, just what I need!)

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama.

Here’s hoping you get a chance to stretch out and relax too this weekend!

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Toddler Tuesday

Our holiday meant that Toddler Tuesday activities were a bit sparse this week. The Bean did come up with a game of her own though. Recently she’s really liked taking coins out of her money box and posting them through the slot (many, many times) which is great for her co-ordination, concentration and fine motor skills. She’s also been showing a lot of interest in zips, practising where she can.

Imagine her delight when she discovered that Granny’s (‘Danny’s’) purse had not only a magnetic popper! but a zip! – then she found coins! The game consisted of taking the coins out, closing the zip most of the way and then putting the coins back in (and out, and in etc). I love it when she invents her own games and has so much fun playing them!

This did lead to the unfortunate side effect of Molly shouting ‘Money!!!’ whenever she saw her Granny…

I didn’t manage to get any pictures on holiday but got a couple of blurry ones from this evening when Granny popped in…to the delighted squeals of ‘Money! Money!’ (we’ll have to work on that…)     


Take a trip to One Hook Wonder for more Toddler Tuesday inspiration!

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The last week was (mostly) taken up with the flu – thankfully it was just Tim and I that suffered – the Bean seemed oblivious to the germs – which bodes well.

By Friday I was feeling a bit better (thanks to the amazing power of Penicillin) but obviously still not thinking straight as I decided that the Bean and I would make ice lollies. The Bean was *very* excited about this – she loves using her play kitchen and helping in the kitchen where she can. The lolly making went a little something like this:


Pouring the strawberries into the blender, there were a lot of strawberries so we did this in stages, scooping then pouring…

Adding the yoghurt…a spoonful for the blender…

…and one for the chef (we’ve been learning about taking turns lately…)

…cowering from the noisy blender…

and adding the handles to the lolly mould – the Bean was really good at this, which surprised me as I didn’t think she’d be so careful!

The pre-frozen mix was declared to be ‘nummy’ (yummy!)…

…as was the frozen end result!

This was such a sucess and is something we’ll definately be doing again – along with many other recipes!

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Dop! dop! dop!

The Bean was a bit under the weather and off her food last week, so I was really pleased when she demanded asked for a ‘nana’ after tea…however she then decided she didn’t want it, so I decided it was the perfect time to introduce her to the art of dopping chopping.

The Bean was *very* interested in this and had great fun shouting ‘dop! dop! dop!’ as she worked at chopping the banana and putting it in the bowl. As you can see she took my advice of ‘keep your other hand out of the way’ very seriously indeed!

Of course, once you’ve put all that effort in, you’d be silly not to try a little piece…

…then perhaps a smidge more…

…now who wasn’t hungry?

Although she’s not yet two, I think this counts as my first Toddler Tuesday post! Now, how do I add that side button…?

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