Mono de Nieve comestible 

Esta semana comenzamos con las clases de español en casa con mi hijo de 4 años. La bebé también escucha y estará participando más adelante pero en lo que nos vamos organizando y sacando adelante los temas, ella está de oyente 😂😍

Cada semana iremos viendo un tema diferente y lo veremos de forma integral abarcando los campos formativos que promueve la SEP para el nivel preescolar. 

Está semana nuestro tema fue de Invierno. Tenemos un vocabulario que aprender y nos estamos enfocando en una letra, un número, y una figura y de ahí partimos para tocar temas matemáticos, artísticos, de exploración del mundo, etc. 

Hoy nos tocó hacer una receta super simple y que causó mucha emoción en mi pequeño. Nuestro mono de Nieve comestible lleva fruta y un pedacito miniatura de verdura pero supongo que ustedes pueden ajustarlo a lo que tengan a la mano. Por ejemplo si viven en México pueden hacerlo de jicama en vez de galletas de arroz o usar otras frutas que tengan a la mano. 

Esto es lo que ocupamos:

2 galletas de arroz inflado.

1 banana cortada en rodajas delgadas

3 fresas cortadas a lo largo, delgaditas

3 chispas de chocolate confitado

5 o las necesarias chispas de chocolate para derretir, nosotros usamos chocolate negro. 

Coco rallado

Una rodaja de manzana del lado de la piel y cortandole una tira de un lado para crearle una base

Pasitas amarillas 

El procedimiento es super sencillo y pueden hacerlo según su creatividad. 

Ponen las 2 galletas de arroz formando el mono de nieve, luego le agregan los plátanos y sobre ellos una lluvia de coco rallado. 

La bufanda se hace con las fresas y los botones con el chocolate confitado. Los ojos y boca con las chispas de chocolate y el gorro con la manzana y las pasas.

Y no se les olvide la nariz con la zanahoria. Mi hijo fue muy específico en pedir que usaríamos zanahoria para ella. 😁 Como pueden ver su sonrisa llena de extras de chocolate muestra que estaba feliz con su snack hecho por el mismo. 

Pueden también hacerle las manos con palitos de pan o pretzel. 

Ahora si que lo disfruten sus peques. 

Platiquenme en los comentarios si lo hicieron y que les pareció a sus niños. 

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Chocolate Raspberry Cake 

Do you want to make a delicious cake for a special occasion? I got your back friend.

Today is my husband’s birthday and he loves being spoiled on his special day. He usually asks for a cake with Nutella and strawberries, which I was ready to prepare but for some reason he told me to do any cake I’d like as long as it was a chocolate cake. 

So yesterday my kids and I went shopping for the ingredientes when my son, who was very excited to prepare the birthday surprises for his daddy decided he wanted raspberries on the cake and there I figured I would do a new cake and just see how it turned out. 

Now, it is delicious. It turned out really sweet but the raspberries give a nice touch to balance the flavors. You kind of need a big glass of milk to eat it and those are my favorite kind of chocolate cakes, cause you know I’m more of a cheesecake kind of girl… But here is the recipe. Is super easy.

Ingredients

Your favorite chocolate cake recipe. This time I didn’t make it from scratch, but I used devil’s food cake from Betty Crocker

2 sticks of Butter

3 cups of powdered sugar 

2/3 cup of cocoa powder 

1 spoon of coffee 

1 spoon of vanilla 

Nutella 

Fresh raspberries 

Raspberry jam 

Milk

Preparation

  • Make your batter and separate in 3-8 inch pans. Bake until a toothpick comes clean. Approximately 20 mins each. Set to cool. 
  • Make the icing, put the sticks of butter on the mixer and add the vanilla, then add the cocoa powder slowly and some milk (be careful to add it slowly to achieve a smooth consistency but not to liquid otherwise you won’t be able to spread it properly) 
  • Add the coffee to the mix and then the sugar cup by cup also adding milk by the spoon until the consistency is proper for a buttercream icing. It took me maybe 3 tablespoons of milk but sometimes can take more or less. 
  • Set the first layer of cake on a plate and then on top of it, add some icing with the piping bags around it but leaving the center free to add some Nutella and fresh raspberries. Put the next layer on top and repeat but put some raspberry jam on it, then add the next layer. 
  • Cover the cake with the chocolate buttercream icing. Do some decorations using the star pipe and add some fresh raspberries to the top to decorate. 

Now enjoy! 

My husband liked the cake and that’s all that matters. Happy birthday love, we are blessed to have you with us. 

 Te amamos ❤️

Just sayin’ hello… 

Hi there… I’m on Holidays in my home city right now so that’s why I haven’t blogged anything in the past days/weeks. Coming home I will have several topics to address and I a lot of projects to show you guys. 

Here is my update of what we have been doing with some photos. Events are not exactly in any order of time or importance, just what comes to my mind. 

  • We traveled almost 24 hours to get here and took two planes with a child and a baby and none of them slept much but thankfully are such good travelers and were happy all trip. 

  • Had some special time with my whole family the first weekend for my mom’s birthday

  • Took a very special photo with most of my mom’s side cousins and grandfather 

  • Have been ‘resting’ the first week
  • We have eaten lots of tacos and other very much missed Mexican food, some of which hasn’t tasted as we remembered

  • Seen some very good friends and enjoyed the time together

  • Went shopping for craft supplies
  • Had my dad’s side family Christmas party and had such a great time.

  • Had the best tacos in town at Gallito’s restaurant
  • Went shopping again
  • Used Uber for the first time ever and love the concept and service so far 
  • Had more tacos 
  • Had very little time to crochet 
  • Baby misses her space a lot
  • I miss my bed 
  • Had a breast ultrasound check up. 

  • Baked some cupcakes from a new recipe from a cooking group I’m in. 

  • Watches half a Christmas movie 
  • Decorated a Christmas tree with a lot of creativity and little supplies and turned out amazing. 
  • Digged into my old stuff and took some toys for the kids and some books to take home.
  • Did some more shopping 
  • Did L’s presentation at church. 

  • Walked through proper malls 
  • Taken lots of Christmas tree pictures 
  • Had more tacos. 

These next two weeks we are having now lots of things to do before we head home so I’ll keep you posted mainly on my Instagram so follow me to see all the beautiful Christmas trees I’m seeing. 

Mexican Recipe: Picadillo

Last week was chaos, well  I’m exaggerating a bit but it sure was difficult. Both kids were sick and not feeling well so we had to have house arrest for the whole week. Thankfully they were all good by Saturday cause the oldest one was looking forward to celebrating Sinterklaas at daddy’s company party. I’ll talk more about this Dutch tradition in the next days.

We are also getting ready for a trip so I have been busy shopping and putting things apart that we will take with us and haven’t had much time to do anything creative for the blog. 

That doesn’t mean I don’t have something for you guys. One of the topics I would like to pursue is Mexican cooking adapted with ingredients I can find easily here in the Netherlands. The recipe I have for you today can be used in so many different dishes. It is very easy and it is a common dish in Mexican homes. Depending on where in Mexico you come from there could be some variations. I am from the north and this is basically how we cook it in Monterrey. 

The recipe is for Picadillo. I came to make this recipe my own by combining a recipe a friend gave me and using some tips on procedure my mom uses. My husband says it’s the best picadillo ever and I believe him. 

So here it goes. 

PICADILLO

Ingredients 

1/2 kilo minced beef. I use the runder gehakt as sold in the supermarkets here.

3 Roma tomatoes

1/2 onion finely chopped

1 or 2 garlic cloves finely chopped.

1/2 or 1 depending on taste blocks of chicken bouillon

2 jalapeño peppers

2 small potatoes finely chopped in squares. 

Water

Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it.

First put some oil on a pan and sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are a bit clear and add the meat. Cook until light brown and add the full tomatoes and jalapeños and let them sit while the beef continues cooking. 

Once the beef is completely cooked, add the potatoes and then add the necessary water until it covers the meat and potatoes but not more than this. 

Add the chicken bouillon and let it sit until you see the tomatoes are losing their skin and once they do, smash them right there and take away any skin you have left over or the center which is usually harder. Mix a bit so the tomatoes juice goes everywhere and let it sit until the water evaporates fully without leaving the meat dry. 

Once it’s done, season to taste  and then it’s ready for you to enjoy. 

We usually have this with pasta soup which here is called vermicelli, add a bit of lemon and yummy!!! You can see the photo above for reference. 

Other ways to enjoy are in tacos, with a bit of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions,  avocado and salsa  to complement. And I love eating the jalapeño in a quesadilla all on its own and adding even more salsa. Yes I’m crazy. 

You can also serve it with red rice, beans and tortillas. It’s a good filling for Chiles rellenos or empanadas, flautas and more. 

So there, for Mexican food lovers this is a basic. 

Let me know if you make it or if you do other variations. I would love to read your comments. 

Circus Elephant crochet blanket

I have been dreaming and working on designing my own graphs and other crochet things like toys or hats for a while now but for some reason or the other I am doing it very slowly and not as efficiently as I would like to. I don’t really mind as I am enjoying the season of my life I’m at right now, but anyways…

I started this blanket back in April or May but I had a newborn baby and limited time and then I was planning the Paw Patrol party and focused all my crochet energy into making the puppies that this blanket was left in a bag lost in my craft room.

Also in April/May I worked on another blanket for a friend’s baby. It took me less time to finish since my mom was here and helped me with the kids plus her baby was due late May and wanted to give it to her before he was born, which I did and she loved it.

The design is based on the Puppy Zoodiac from 1doogwoof. I was looking for a cute puppy graph on Pinterest and found hers the closest to her what I was looking for. I changed the colors to my liking and since I wanted it to be a blanket had to redesign the layout to make it bigger and fit something else on it. I wanted to share with you all the finished graph but wasn’t allowed by the designer which is totally respected. I was probably dreaming too high, and thought she would love to see her design used as an individual graph for a blanket and wouldn’t mind sharing it. So I’m sorry I can’t provide you with the full graph. I will however, share the layout I created with the paws on site. The puppy graph you can find clicking on the link above and just add it to the lower left side of the layout so it turns out like this.

I am thinking now that I will add to my project list to make a puppy of my own design and do this blanket again. I sell or give the blankets I do as I can’t keep them all at my craft room. 

Here is the graph without the puppy. 

For the border I used the border 65, from the book Every Which way Borders from Edie Eckman which was a bday gift from my husband and kid this year. It consists basically in V stitches and standing V stitches.

Now as for my own pattern this is the graph for the blanket. I’m posting it for sale for a very cheap price that doesn’t even represents all the work put into it but I want it to be accesible for everyone. I will be designing more graphs and some will be free some others will be for sale for 1€ which is less than a dollar, so there, see it as a donation so I can keep up with it.

Here is the link to it: Circus Elephant Graph

This is the final result with the same edge in colors blue and red.

Both blankets were worked with C2C stitch with a 5mm hook. 

Mickey Mouse Crochet Cuddly 

Isn’t it cute? I mean both of them. 

¿Apoco no esta lindo? Digo, el niño y el cojín. 


I must correct the ears next time I do it but I don’t know you guys, but I kind of like some imperfections on crochet or in general on handmade stuff cause it makes it gives the handmade characteristics more real or more unique.

Todavía tengo que corregir las orejas la próxima vez que lo haga pero por lo pronto así me gusta. No se ustedes, pero a mi me gusta que las cosas hechas a mano tengan una que otra imperfección porque como que le da un valor más nostálgico más casero y no se, hace que el producto realmente sea único

Anyways, as part of the celebrations for Mickey’s birthday I made a pillow for my child who is a real Mickey fan, just as momma. 

Como parte de las celebraciones del cumpleaños de Mickey al final de esta semana, hice esta almohadilla para mi pequeño que es un fan del simpático ratón al igual que yo. 

Here you can find the instructions on how to make it yourself.

A continuación las instrucciones para que lo hagan ustedes mismos.

MICKEY MOUSE  CROCHET PILLOW


Materials/Materiales:

I used 2 balls of 100 grs each in color black, and 1 ball of red also 100 grs.

Utilicé 2 bolas de 100 gramos de estambre en color negro y 1 en color rojo. 

Scrap yarn ik white or yellow / Pedaceria de estambre en amarillo o blanco

Tapestry needle / Aguja para coser lana

Scissors / Tijeras

Amigurumi filling / relleno para almohada 

Crochet hook 4MM / gancho de 4 mm 

Notes/Notas: 

I USED DOUBLE STRAND OF YARN OF EACH COLOR WITH A 4MM HOOK. 

USE 2 TIRAS DE ESTAMBRE DE CADA COLOR PARA EL GROSOR CON UN GANCHO DE 4MM.

1. you will be working in rounds changing colors half through every round. Make sure to follow the change of color following the first change you will work, that way you circle will naturally divided in two.

Se trabaja en círculo, en rondas, a mitad de cada ronda hay que cambiar de color. Cambien el color siguiendo el margen que da la ronda 1 de esta forma el cambio es natural. 

2. To avoid visible change of colors be sure to end the last stitch of each color with the yarn of the other color you are about to use. That way you finish the stitch in same color and begin the next with the new color. There are many tutorials out there to do so. 

Para evitar que el cambio sea visible, deben cambiar el color de estambre antes de terminar el último punto de cada tono, de esta forma se cierra con el color que estaban usando y en su gancho tienen el que van a utilizar. 

3. The first 2 chains on every round DO NOT count as one. 

Las primeras dos cadenetas en cada fila no cuentan como primer punto. 

4. You will be carrying the yarn from side to side when changing color so leave it loose on order to leave the circle flat. 

Van a ir cargando el estambre de un lado a otro para cambiar de color, déjenlo suelto para que el círculo les quede plano. 


Stitches and abbreviations: Double Crochet (DC), Single Crochet (SC), Slip Stitch (sl st), Chain (ch), Round (R), magic ring, Half double crochet (hdc) 

Puntos y abreviaturas: Punto Alto (PA), punto bajo (pb), punto enano (pe), cadeneta (c), punto medio alto (pma), ronda (R), anillo mágico 

Body/cuerpo 

R1. Start magic ring with black, chain 2, DC 5, change color to red before finishing the fifth DC and continue with other 5 in red and sl st to the first 2 chains with the color before the last one to start next round in black. (Read notes as this is the same you will do every round) (10)

Comienza el anillo mágico con 2 cadenetas en color negro y haz 5 puntos altos. Cambia a rojo como se menciona en las notas ya que esto se repetirá en cada vuelta. Haz 5 puntos altos más en color rojo y cierra cambiando a negro. 

R2. Chain 2, with black 2 DC all around, changing color halfway through following the color change from past round. (20)

2 cadenetas,  comenzando con negro haz 2 pa en cada punto y cambiando de color a rojo a mitad de camino según se indique por la vuelta anterior. 

R3. Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, 1 in next stitch and repeat all around 9 more times. (30)

2 cadenetas, 2 PA en el primer punto, 1 en el siguiente y repetir 9 veces más. 

R4. Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, 1 in next two stitches and repeat all around 9 more times. (40)

2 cadenetas, 2 PA en el primer punto, 1 en los dos siguientes puntos  y repetir 9 veces más. 

R5. Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, 1 in next three stitches and repeat all around 9 more times. (50)

2 cadenetas, 2 PA en el primer punto, 1 en los tres siguientes puntos  y repetir 9 veces más. 

R6. Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, 1 in next four stitches and repeat all around 9 more times. (60

2 cadenetas, 2 PA en el primer punto, 1 en los cuatro siguientes puntos  y repetir 9 veces más. 

R7. Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, 1 in next four stitches and repeat all around 11 more times. (72

2 cadenetas, 2 PA en el primer punto, 1 en los cuatro siguientes puntos  y repetir 11 veces más. 

R8. Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, 1 in next five stitches and repeat all around 9 more times. (84

2 cadenetas, 2 PA en el primer punto, 1 en los cinco siguientes puntos  y repetir 11 veces más. 

R9. Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, 1 in next six stitches and repeat all around 11 more times. (96

2 cadenetas, 2 PA en el primer punto, 1 en los seis siguientes puntos  y repetir 11 veces más. 

R10. Chain 2, 2 DC in first stitch, 1 in next seven stitches and repeat all around 11 more times. (108

2 cadenetas, 2 PA en el primer punto, 1 en los siete siguientes puntos  y repetir 11 veces más. 

Cut yarn after the last sl st leaving a long enough thread to close it. 

Corta el estambre dejando una tira larga para después cerrar. 

Repeat all over again so you have 2 circles.

Repite nuevamente para tener 2 círculos iguales. 

When finishing the 2nd circle don’t cut the yarn but put them together with the wrong side facing each other and start closing making a SC all around and changing color when necessary. Fill the pillow as tight as you like before closing it.

Cuando terminen el 2ndo círculo, no corten el estambre sino que junten los círculos con la parte trasera pegadas una a la otra y comiencen a cerrar usando el punto bajo alrededor con su correspondiente cambio de color. Rellenen la almohada tan apretado como quieran y cierren. 


Ears/orejas 


Repeat R1 to R5 in color black and make 4 circles to make two sets of ears.

Repite la R1 a la R5 en color negro y haz 4 en total para hacer 2 sets de orejas. 

Join them together with SC all around and fill before closing. 

Unelos con punto bajo todo alrededor y rellena antes de cerrar. 

Attach them to the main circle on the upper side to form the famous Mickey Silhouette.

Cóselos a los lados de Mickey en la parte negra para formar la conocida silueta. 

To finish it off, make two white or yellow circles to make the buttons. 

Para terminar haz también dos círculos pequeños en color amarillo o blanco para simular los botones del traje. 

R1. Hdc 8 in magic ring.

8 Pma en el anillo mágico. 

R2. 2hdc all around (16)

2pma alrededor 

Sew to body at the center on the red side. 

Cose al centro del traje rojo. 


That’s it! Enjoy your brand new Mickey Mouse Pillow. 

Y listo! Disfruta tu almohadilla nueva. 

Mickey Mouse Piñata

Post in English and Spanish below. 

This week I’ll be sharing ideas and crafts to celebrate the most loved mouse of all. You are right, Mickey Mouse is jarig, as the Dutch would say. His birthday is on November 18th, so in preparation for it, and as the Disney Mom I am, we will look into crafts to do with your kids or for your kids with this beautiful, charming and loving character.

For starters we have a piñata. 

This piñata is mini. It can actually be a favor gift for your guests, that is if you don’t have hundreds of  them. It takes maybe 2 hours to complete one from beginning to end and the materials are easy to find.

You will need:

A box made of cardboard which can easily be folded.

Crepe paper in red and black

Yellow paper

Glue gun and the glue sticks for it

Scissors

Curly ribbon 

Candy of course 

A bit of newspaper

Now, I’ve made some pictures for you to see the progress and I will explain each set of photos. 

First you need your little helper to help you take out all the materials. Draw two circles and cut. 

Measure 5 cms and make a strip, it’s better if your cardboard is flexible and has this natural corrugated lines to bend easily. Roll and then paste the two circles to each side as shown in photos. You will end up with a gap which is good cause that will be the place to fill up the piñata. So on the top, you will make two holes to attach the string and hang somewhere. 

Now make the ears with single pieces of cardboard and attach with the hot glue and a piece of newspaper. 

Then make a strip to seal the bottom and add some candy. Paste it with the hot glue but before this make sure to make some holes and add the curly ribbon crossing it on the part that goes inside so when the kids pull the strings it breaks open. 

Now cover the sides with a strip of crepe paper. You will need two pieces to cover it from each side. Then start decorating starting from the bottom to the top. You will need about 6 or 7 pieces of red and then the black to complete. Put them close to each other so it covers the glue line. Then cut around to make the shape. Do the same with the ears on black. 

Now you have it. Enjoy with your kids. Tomorrow on the blog I will show you how to make a normal piñata. 

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Ahora en español, pero pueden ver las fotos arriba. 

Esta semana es el cumpleaños de un personaje que me encanta: Mickey Mouse. En esta casa nos encanta todo lo que es Disney, especialmente Mickey y Minnie. El sábado siguiente es el cumpleaños de Mickey y en las redes sociales muchas bloggers ya empiezan con los festejos. Obviamente aquí no nos podemos quedar atrás y durante la semana estaré escribiendo y compartiendo ideas y manualidades para celebrarlo con sus niños o para sus niños si es que les gusta el personaje también y es un buen tema de cumpleaños.

Empezamos con la piñata que no puede faltar en cada fiesta y aunque el tamaño de esta es mini los pasos se pueden repetir en grande. Pueden ver las fotos que están muy descriptivas del paso a paso para esta piñatita. Es una actividad linda para hacer una tarde lluviosa con los peques y se lleva más o menos 2 horas de principio a fin.

Los materiales a ocupar son fáciles de encontrar en casa o en una papelería cercana:

Caja de cartón corrugado

Papel crepe en negro y rojo

Silicón

Tijeras

Pegamento 

Hoja amarilla

Listón curly

1 al 3. Para comenzar necesitan hacer un molde de círculo y trazarlo dos veces y recortar. 

4 al 9. Después miden una tira de 5 cms de ancho y recortan. Se doble para que pueda darle vuelta a los círculos y pegar uno a a cada lado. Va a quedarles una abertura pero esta bien, ese es el lugar por donde saldrán los dulces al estirar los listones. Del lado contrario hagan dos orificios e inserten el mecate para colgar la piñata.

9 al 11. Una vez formado el círculo principal, dibujen dos círculos sencillos más pequeños para hacer las orejas simples y peguen con silicon. 

12 al 15. Primero se agrega un pedazo de papel con unos listones curly en el centro, cruzados por dentro para hacer fuerza al jalar y que se abra y salgan los regalitos. 

16 al 19. Se pega y después pueden empezar a decorar empezando por las orillas con tiras de crêpe negro. Después comienzan a decorar de abajo hacia arriba con papel rojo y luego negro. Cuando terminen agregan dos círculos amarillos que formarán del papel. Esta decoración se repite por ambos lados. Y se va cortando las tiras al pegarlas una encima de otra y al final se corta alrededor para darle forma.  Hagan lo mismo con las orejas.

Y listo ahora si pueden disfrutar de su piñata. Esta puede ser una idea genial para las bolsitas de dulces de una fiesta… Eso sí no tienen cientos de invitados, claro está.

Diviértanse y los espero mañana para hacer una piñata en grande. 

Hasta pronto. 

Planning a Paw Patrol Party

Last Saturday we had my son’s 4th birthday party and it was great. He was happy and all excited like he couldn’t stop talking about the party and he had a countdown the week before. On the day of his actual party he was super helpful and wanted to bring stuff to the car and decorate the venue. He was just a sweet thing. Once the guests came in he just disappeared with the first kids into the park and I actually only got to see him when we had the cake and the piñata. Anyways, it was a good day. I want to share the details and how I did the organizing cause you know, before the party I got some comments from people telling me I wouldn’t have time to do it with a baby and bla bla but they don’t know me. If you tell me I can’t do anything I will show you I can. But this is not the reason I did everything of course, this year my son was more aware of birthdays and parties so he actually wanted the big party and he was super integrated into the planning of every detail. He chose his cake, piñata and the favors too. So it is indeed hard to do all I did with two kids but that’s why I started since June to do stuff and I had my mother in law helping me shopping in Monterrey for decorations and candy and my mom also helped sending more candy and paper for the piñata. A friend, who is also a corchetes and super creative and talented business woman, helped me the last week doing some favors and I had some very good friends helping me set up and clean up afterwards. I always say I’m really blessed with such relationships.

Now, the party. My son decided by the end of May he wanted his party paw patrol so there I go to pinterest and start looking for ideas cause seriously guys my brain is burned out from having two kids that nothing really came to my mind. As always pinterest is such a good help and I got many ideas from there. 

I started the piñata in early July and it was actually a project my boy and I did together. If you follow me on Instagram you saw us working. The structure was done since maybe the last week of July but I was missing a color for its decoration which I couldn’t find here so my mom sent it from Mexico. I followed a tutorial that I found in YouTube and I didn’t followed it exactly but it gave me an idea on how to shape it and start decorating.  I decorated it two weeks before the party and it only took 3 hours, my son filled it so that was no work for me. 

Then the favors…  while looking for ideas, guess who was next to me looking at all the nice things themed paw patrol on pinterest and he saw these adorable crocheted puppies so he asked for them. I agreed for several reasons, first, the piñata always has so much candy that I thought a goodie bag with more of it was unnecessary plus the stuff we fill the bags with normally ends up in the bin after a while, and finally cause I had so much yarn scraps that I thought this was a good project to use my stash (and buy more later on). They ended up being a huge success and everyone loved the adoption idea. 

Kids were so happy to take a toy home and I have heard some super cute stories about the kids sleeping with them. I even made some fake puppy chow bags filled with cereal to make it more real. My husband helped printing everything that was needed. 

I started working on the puppies since June and some weeks I managed to make 3 or 4 maybe even 5 and some other weeks none. But at the end I did 38!

The cake was the other thing this bday boy chose and it was challenge for me as it was my first two tier cake I ever made. My friend Amanda gave me some tips to do it cause she is also an amazing cake artist and they were really helpful. They once done I was afraid transporting it to the park but it was OK. It also was delicious. It was carrot  ame on the top and vanilla and chocolate filling with strawberries on the bottom. Also we had chocolate cupcakes for the kids. These I made a night before the party, same as the food. 

Everything else was just maybe as usual: finger food, veggies, fruit, snacks.

 

The next party I have to plan is my baby girl but planning and working on it will start by January. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see the sneak peeks.

So if you take your time and plan ahead then anything is possible. Trust me. 

Herfstvakantie 

This week is a short holiday week for the schools across the Netherlands. For me it’s the first time I have to follow through and use it to go out with the kids as he is already starting school and these weeks through the school year will become opportunities to have fun and enjoy then together.

I prepared several activities for the oldest kid as the baby just comes along wherever we go and as long as the boob and my arms are there for her she doesn’t complain. 

So for Monday we went to a new exhibit at a local museum of science called Naturalis and it was very cool. The exhibition is about Poison and it has different animals and plants and some are the most poisonous ones in the world. It has different activities and games for the kids and my son enjoyed most of them. It took around 1 hour to do the whole visit and I think we will go next week as well with Daddy cause he has never seen a black widow and they have two there (I hope they are still there). My son took this adventure seriously and packed his camera and was doing his own photos and observations about what we were learning. 

Tuesday,  we planned a Nature scavenger hunt and it was better than I expected. He didn’t loose interest except for maybe half an hour when we went though the petting zoo that is in the park but was very much into it even as we went back home. For this I made a tool where I draw the items we were supposed to find and then I laminated it. I will try to make a pdf out of it and edit this post for you to download it for FREE. I just need a couple of days so I have more time to do this as I’m quite busy with the birthday preparations for my kid’s party next Saturday.

Then we also had a storytelling and modeling with salt dough. It was quite fun to do this. 

The next day we stayed home. I was looking forward to this day cause I planned to take him to the city center to an Italian restaurant and do some pizzas but he insisted he wanted to be home all day long so we did and actually enjoyed our time together. We played some games, completed some stamp albums, read books, watched TV and talked to grandma.

On Thursday we went to one of his favorite museums in the Netherlands which is the spoorwegmuseum in  Utrecht. They had a Chugginton exhibition and the museum was arranged in a different way that it normally is and it kind of looked like a town fair. They had food stands, face painting, play areas, a musical, ice cream cars and the usual normal stuff. We have been there before by train and then walking and we have been by car. This time we went by train all the way to the museum which is the easiest way to do it. You take a train to the Central Station in Utrecht and then from there, there is a special train to the museum that goes every hour. It is easy and very convenient if you have a museumkaart to enter all museums in Holland for free year round.

And today, the last day of this holiday week we close with the kid’s birthday. We are letting him chose what to do today but he received so many nice presents from family that he wants to stay and play with them. I’m blessed to be his mother and I have enjoyed every single day with him. He is a wonderful boy, with a big heart. He is more and better than I could have ever asked or imagine and I thank God for him every day. I pray I can be the mom he needs me to be for him to be the man God has intended and he will be able to fulfill His purpose. I love you my love.

Windsor Holiday

The title of this post sounds a bit like a Christmas movie, doesn’t it? And it’s funny but they do have a lot of Christmas-y things already at Windsor in England already. But that’s not what I will talk about now. I just want to share my experience on our first short holiday as a family of four. It was a new adventure for sure.

Let’s start with the flight. My oldest, M, is almost 4 years old and he had traveled before but last time he got on a plane was exactly a year ago so of course everything seemed new and it was like the first time ever for him. He was a bit difficult waiting to take off cause you guys, my joy simply can’t stay still… Not physically or with his words… I get extremely dizzy while everyone gets on the plane because the air conditioning is off and it gets super hot inside, which makes me warm and initiates my dizziness, so I can’t be moving a lot or turning around as then I will literally throw up. So my husband was taking care of the boy and I was nursing the baby to sleep and focusing on not throwing up and breathing to relax. But going out from Schiphol to London the taxi takes about 10 minutes so you can imagine… The boy that couldn’t be still, wanting to put the tray down, moving his feet and kicking the seat in front asking why couldn’t he do this or that,  etc. It felt like an hour but finally we did take off and I gave him one of the 5 activities I had planned for the plane and that was it. He was amazing the rest of the flight.

I bought this at a local store called Action for 1€

Then that day we just went to the hotel which was really nice as they left some activity bags for the kids, which I thought  was really cool. I have been in many hotels and they never do this. The hotel is called Copthorne Hotel Slough. And after that we tried to use public transport to get downtown and have dinner but it’s not that easy from this place so we ended up walking a long distance and then took a cab back. We had dinner at our favorite place: Nando’s, which sells Peri Peri Chicken. 

The next day my husband was in a conference for his work (that’s why we actually came to Windsor, I just jumped in with him on his business trip), and the kids and I went to do some sightseeing. I love castles and royalty related things so I of course had plans to go to Windsor Castle. 

It was unbelievable! It’s I think the biggest castle I’ve seen (and I have seen quite a lot) from the town it doesn’t look that impressive but when you see it from the distance it’s so beautiful and fairy taley (if that is even a word)

The cost to enter is about 20 pounds per adult, you can find the admission fee and time tables on the website as well as more information for visitors.

For me, it was just out of this world to be on a place with hundreds of years of history. The chapel for instance its maybe even older than my home country. Queen Victoria got his eldest kid married in there and also there were some royal baptisms and such. We did a tour on the second day around the estate and we even saw a cottage Queen Victoria build for her and Prince Albert to spend some alone time away from their busy and crowded royal life.

The kid enjoyed the “duck tour”,  specially when we got on it and into the water. He almost fell because he wanted to be first to come down but thankfully someone catched him. If you only knew all the things I go through with this boy. Anyways… That day we had dinner once again at Nando’s because we can’t get enough of the peri peri chicken.

Finally on Friday we went to Legoland which is just outside Windsor and you can even see the castle from the top of Legoland. We had a fun day, thank God it was sunny even though it was a bit cold but we did enjoy anyways. I got to enjoy two or three rides cause someone had to stay with the baby, but when she was awake or not eating I could get on a ride with the boy. We had so much fun, specially on the Ninjago Game. It was a 3D game and I was screaming and yelling fighting against the bad guys and I enjoyed it as a kid that I even won 4th best player from the day. It hurt the gamer pride of my husband but I was amazed by this cause I never win at anything. Last time we were at Disneyland Paris at the Buzz Lightyear game he was always teasing me that I didn’t make enough points… Well… Guess who made all the points now, ah?

We were so tired at the end of the day, we couldn’t do anything else, so we went to the hotel, a new one next to Terminal 4 at Heathrow. It is called Premier Inn and it was alright. All the staff members were so kind and breakfast was yummy.

Saturday was just to relax and start the day early but slowly as we had our flight around 3PM, so we went to the airport, I did some shopping and then back home for a nice bath and sleep in my own bed.
This trip was a good practice for our upcoming trip to México. I’ll tell you about it in January if I survive it.