JUNGLE GARDEN

Jungle Garden

Spring is here and the sun is out! This week’s theme at Mama Bee is all about nature, messy-play andexploring – so we decided to do just that!

Winter is over – the animals come out to play!

The very first thing I did to Leon was take his shoes and socks off. ‘Ahhh’ ‘This is new’ There’s nothing better then feeling the grass between your toes one minute and the feeling of sand the next. (I could tell Leon was realising it felt different!) –  Learning different Textures

Another lovely game was playing with Leon’s Zoo animals. What’s the point of them being stuck inside the living room floor when they can explore the wonderful ‘JUNGLE GARDEN’

Here are some photo’s of what we’ve been up to:

“Tiger visiting the sand pit for the first time”
“Rhino can balance too!”
“This is cold on my toes!”
 “Grrrrrrr”
 “Drink time!”
“And relax!”

Leon & his Zoo animals had so much fun in the ‘Jungle Garden’. They explored everywhere and even met a few tiny animals along the way. What a great way to explore the outdoors with your tiny friends!

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GARDEN PLAY

Garden Play

The sunniest day of the year so far and this only meant one thing, more outdoor play! We decided to visit the sandy beach this morning and by afternoon, we returned for a nap and had even more time in the garden. I can proudly say Leon is fast asleep after a very action-packed day.

Spring is one of my favourite season of the year, and I think Leon enjoys it too. Waking up to birds chirping from the nearby tree and learning new colours from the back garden flowers. Following the ants and waving to the butterflies! What a difference from a cold winter & staying indoors to keep warm. Leon now can’t stop saying ‘garden’, ‘garden!’ as he is now an experienced explorer!

We loved watching Leon play at the sandy beach today. Running around to the sea with his bucket and spade – making some sort of ‘mud pie’ artwork. Eating his picnic with mummy & daddy (watching everyone play on the beach) and burying Daddy in the sand! – Regret not bringing my camera!

After a 3 hour nap (Yes 3 hours!) – Leon woke up at home, ready for more fun but this time in the garden. His ‘Clam Shell Sandpit’ that Nanny got him on his first birthday, we decided to fill one half of warm water and bubbles. FUN!

Tomorrow is supposed to be a lovely day again, I wonder what we will do next…

CLASSIC HOT CROSS BUNS

Easter time is here & we are celebrating! Traditional Hot Cross Bun’s are a perfect treat for Easter (& of course the chocolate eggs!). If you are from the UK, you have probably heard of British baker – Paul Hollywood. Known for his fantastic pastries, breads and traditional recipes – I wanted to master his ‘show stopping’ version of the Hot Cross bun.

No mixer was used for this recipe, just love, care & patience!


Full recipe (Scroll down)





As this was a Paul Hollywood inspired recipe, I have included the full recipe below.
You can also click HERE for the recipe.

Ingredients

For the buns
For the cross
For the glaze

Preparation method

  1. Bring the milk to the boil and then remove from the heat and leave to cool until it reaches hand temperature.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, butter and egg together in a bowl, then slowly add the warmed milk until it forms a soft, sticky dough.
  3. Add the sultanas, mixed peel, chopped apple, orange zest and cinnamon, then tip out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough by holding the dough with one hand and stretching it with the heal of the other hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat for five minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  4. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise for approximately one hour, or until doubled in size.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 even pieces, and roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured surface. Arrange the buns on a baking tray lined with parchment, leaving enough space so that the buns just touch when they rise and expand. Set aside to prove for another hour.
  6. Heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
  7. For the cross, mix the flour with about five tablespoons of water in small bowl, adding the water one tablespoon at a time, so that you add just enough for a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven, or until golden-brown.
  9. Gently heat the apricot jam to melt, then sieve to get rid of any chunks. While the jam is still warm, brush over the top of the warm buns and leave to cool. Gently rip the buns apart to serve, revealing temptingly soft edges.

MY BODY UTOPIA

 

I’m so excited to be trying My Body Utopia’s products! With love and care into every natural home-made product, this U.S family business is truly passionate about their brand and mission.

Is your bathroom covered in different products, mix matched and half used? It’s probably because you still haven’t found ‘the one’, got bored or simply not for you.
What I love about My Body Utopia is that they use quality, natural & clean ingredients.

The first product I tried was a ‘Kitchen Clean Hand’s Soap‘ from MBY’s natural soap range. The first thing I read where the impressive natural ingredients and their properties! Lavender, lemon and melaleuca oils providing anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral qualities to each bar. Touch on germs yet gentle on the skin.
(Fantastic!)

As a mum, I’m constantly washing up so my hands tend to get chapped and very dry. This bar of soap is deigned to deodorise the smell of garlic & onion or that ‘pungent’ smell from your hands. Leaving them with a fresh, clean feeling! When I used this, my hands felt so squeaky clean and nourished. I couldn’t believe how better they feel, it just shows you how important natural ingredients are to us. I’m so impressed with this bar of soap, I would highly recommend to anyone who suffers from dry, chapped and ‘worked out’ hands.

Ingredients: Lavender, Lemon and Melaleuca oils.

For the full range of Speciality Soap’s – Please click HERE

Ingredients:Palm Kernel oil, Coconut Oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Castor oil, Lye, Water, Lavender essential oil, Lemon essential oil and Melaluca essential oil.
The second product I was really keen to try was the ‘Fruity Splash’ Deodorant. All of the deodorants are just such a fuss for me, I never stick to one particular type and to be honest never impressed. However, this all natural deodorant has impressed me so much I’m still in shock by how incredible it really is.

Firstly, this smells amazing. Secondly all of the ingredients are all natural and essential oils important for your skin. Thirdly? I smell fresh & dry throughout the day.
This is what My Body Utopia have to say:

 
Our dedication to bringing you naturally pure, safe and effective products is evident in these simply magnificent deodorants. They are chocked full of ingredients you can pronounce. Our customers rave about this product. Try it for yourself and you will be hooked. You will be getting Approx: 2.5 oz. It is in a twist tube for easy application. Made with: Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Beeswax, Arrowroot Powder, Baking soda, Bentonite Clay, Cucumber and Kiwi fragrance. Since this does not have any harsh preservatives, in warmer weather you may want to place in your refrigerator to make it a little stiffer. If you have been using only store bought deodorant then please give your body a little time to adjust to this natural product. Your body will thank you! No aluminum, Phthalates, Parabens 
 
My Body Utopia is a fantastic, loving brand and I will highly recommend to anyone. You deserve to have the best for your body and health. You also deserve to feel confident and feel amazing. Choose My Body Utopia – you will be surprised like I was.