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Trendy Tot Thursday (18/12/2014)

The twins have worn quite a few cute outfits this week, but I wanted to continue the Christmas theme we currently have running through December by showing you the outfits Biscuit and Cracker wore to my brother’s house last weekend.

If you are regular readers of our #TT_Thursday blog posts then you will probably recognise parts of their outfits from previous posts, so I apologise for the repeats- hopefully you’ll find their festive parts of the outfits cute enough to let us off!!

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Biscuit is wearing her gorgeous Elf tights from Slugs and Snails with a denim dress from Marks and Spencers and her Primark trainers. Cracker is wearing his dungarees from Vertbaudet and versatile Clarks boots. You may have noticed that they are also wearing beautiful Christmas jumpers, both from Marks and Spencers! They are super quality and really comfy and cosy, the Christmas patterns are just a massive bonus. Biscuit’s is really from the boys section, but I like the simple and textured Father Christmas on it and so does she. Cracker’s is a bit more decorated but still cool. I love them.

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For the journey to and from my brother’s house, they had one their fantastic, warm and stylish Blanc de Blanc coats that we bought from Zulily a while ago. We took the matching waterproof, fleece-lined trousers with us, which came in so useful when we visited a rather damp and muddy playground. I thoroughly recommend getting waterproof separates like this, the ease of being able to take off muddy trousers to reveal nice clean clothes underneath but not all-in-one to make them too hot when worn all the time.

I hope you enjoy reading our festiveTrendy Tot Thursday as much as I enjoyed writing it! Check out The Mother Geek and Clearly Bex for more!

Hope to see you again next week for another Trendy Tot Thursday, and please feel free to stop by and say ‘hi’ whenever you have time!

Trendy Tot Thursday (11/12/2014)

We’re continuing the Christmas theme this week, showcasing Biscuit and Cracker’s fabulous, festive pyjamas.

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There is something about a gorgeous little one, like my Biscuit, in a lovely, old-fashioned nightdress! She looks so cute and ‘proper’, doesn’t she? This nightie is from Mothercare, they have a lovely Christmas range of clothes every year. As I worry about Biscuit’s legs getting cold (she kicks off her duvet every night) I teamed it with a plain pair of white leggings.

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Cracker’s lovely Rudolph pyjamas are also from Mothercare’s Christmas range. Obviously, these are unisex and I could have got these for both of them. They are dead comfy, as are all of Mothercare’s pyjamas, and are very easy wash too.

I hope you enjoy reading our festiveTrendy Tot Thursday as much as I enjoyed writing it! Check out The Mother Geek and Clearly Bex for more!

Hope to see you again next week for another Trendy Tot Thursday, and please feel free to stop by and say ‘hi’ whenever you have time!

Christmas at Casa Biscuit and Cracker, part 2

Christmas is such a brilliant time to get crafty with the kids. This year we decided to make our own advent calendars using hand prints.

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We got some card and let Biscuit and Cracker paint anything they wanted as a background (it’s their calendar after all!) and then let that dry. I was then going to put their handprints directly onto this using white paint, but I couldn’t get hold of any child-friendly white paint in my area so I decided to draw around their hands onto white paper and cut out their handprints. I then stuck these onto their painted backgrounds.

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I cut Santa hat shapes out of red paper. Older children will, of course, be able to paint a nice red hat on their handprint Santa but the Twinnies are a bit too little for that amount of direction this year!! Using my incredible artistic skills I draw Santa’s eyes, mouth and nose onto the handprints. Again, older children will enjoy doing this bit themselves. I found this poem on Busy Little Bugs site and thought it was so adorable that I printed it on contrasting paper and stuck that on the paper too.

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I finished the calendars by drawing 24 circles and numbering them. This is where the cotton wool balls will be stuck to make Santa’s beard. The twins stick a cotton ball on everyday to count down.

I love Christmas SO much, we have quite a few advent calendars around the house as I think the anticipation and counting down really add to the fun. That’s why I wanted Biscuit and Cracker to have one for them, made by them.

I hope you enjoyed our crafty Christmas idea. Why don’t you give it a go with your little ones?

Trendy Tot Thursday (04/12/2014)

This is a special Trendy Tot Thursday for me, I get to show you some of Biscuit and Cracker’s Christmas clothes! You may see some more over the next couple of weeks too!!

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Cracker’s t-shirt says “Time To Party, Santa’s Here”. This made me giggle when I first saw it. I love the sleeves on this top too, it looks as though you’ve layered two tops already. It is from Mothercare. I wanted him to wear denim shorts with the outfit, but he decided he wanted red shorts (like Lightening McQueen wears, apparently!!!). They are from Mini Club at Boots. Obviously, no Christmas outfit would be complete without limited edition Elf tights from the amazing Slugs and Snails (my own mother had the cheek to ask where they were from, as if they wear tights from anywhere else?!?!). Of course, you get the same quality as you do from any of their tights, it’s just coupled with an amazing Christmas design!

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Biscuit’s t-shirt declares she is a “little pud”, slightly ironic considering her extremely petite frame but it’s so cute I couldn’t resist. It is also from Mothercare. I have layered this over a dress from Mini Club at Boots. It has a lovely pink geometric design on it, the only reason it’s layered under the top is so you can see what the top says! In new year, I could swap them round to make the outfit last longer (not that I have any problem with Christmas clothes in January, or any time of year for that matter). She also has those fantastic Elf tights from Slugs and Snails, I count ourselves lucky as they sold out pretty quickly in the twins’ size. They are so fantastic, and we’ve had so many great comments from people out and about when they wear them (hoping that next year this design will come in Mama Slug size….. hint hint!).

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I hope you enjoy reading our festiveTrendy Tot Thursday as much as I enjoyed writing it! Check out The Mother Geek and Clearly Bex for more!

Hope to see you again next week for another Trendy Tot Thursday, and please feel free to stop by and say ‘hi’ whenever you have time!

Christmas At Casa Biscuit and Cracker, part 1

It’s the first of December, this means I can start blogging all our Christmas traditions, crafts and ideas… Doesn’t it?! Happy Advent everyone!
Children grow up so fast don’t they? I’m not talking about kids nowadays with their incredible grasp of technology or anything, I’m talking about their actual size. This time two years ago Biscuit and Cracker were four months old and pretty teeny tiny, I wanted to start a tradition to record this.
So I made salt dough and imprinted their hands and feet, and I have done it both Christmases since as well.
Salt dough is really simple to make.

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I have just put ‘measure’ as what measure you use will depend on how much salt dough you. If you use a cup as your base measure you won’t get a lot of dough, but it may be enough for your little ones tiny hand. We use bigger measures as we do both Biscuit and Cracker’s hands and feet and a double print for their grandparents.

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Knead the dough until it’s a lovely smooth texture, I do find I have to flour the surface and the rolling pin or it sticks- see what works for you. I put the dough into the dishes and then get them to make their prints as trying to put soft dough into a dish with the print on is tricky business! At this point, I put holes in the dough in order to be able to hang them up in the future if we want (you won’t be able to do this later). I put our oven the lowest it goes and then bake for 3-4 hours, don’t be tempted to crank it up or you’ll burn the outside of the dough. I also tend to leave them in the off oven overnight to cool slowly.

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The previous two years I have been too impatient and tried to decorate before they were properly cool and hard, trust me when I say how much harder you’ll make your life. This year I was very patient and waited a week before decorating them. This was so much better!

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I got normal poster paint, mixed it with PVA glue and a teeny bit of water so it’s not too thick and then painted. Again, I waited about a day between painting the different colours. The back of them is painted white and I have written their names and ‘Christmas 2014’ on the back in Sharpie.
As I said, we have done this every year, just look how they’ve grown…

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