October 2014 archive

Halloween Inspired Nail Art

Halloween Nail Art

I thought I would try my hand at some nail art. Since it’s Halloween on Friday I did some black and orange patterns and a jack o lantern face. I think it turned ok actually. I’m really enjoying painting my nails again.

For this of course I used Avon’s Gel Finish in Orange Crush and Nailwear Pro in Wicked.

 

Banana and Nutella Muffins

Banana and Nutella Muffins

I love Nutella. If I can add it to a recipe I will.

This Banana Muffin recipe was one of the first I learnt in Year 7 Home Science class. I made it for my Grandma and she asked me to write it down for her. Years later after she passed away I inherited her cookbooks and there it was. She had kept it all this time.

Original Recipe

 

Here is the recipe in more detail and with the addition of Nutella. If you want to be a bit healthy though just leave the Nutella out.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of wholemeal plain flour or plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 large egg

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

125g margarine or butter melted

2 ripe bananas

12 teaspoons of Nutella or hazelnut spread

Method:

Preheat oven to 180C or 160C for fan forced

Grease muffin tins with spray oil or line with paper cupcake cases

Melt butter and allow to cool

Sift flour, baking powder and bicarb soda into a large mixing bowl

Beat egg, sugar and vanilla together

Mash bananas with a folk and add to liquid ingredients

Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well

Divide mixture evenly into muffin tins (you should get 12 out of this mix)

Add a teaspoon of Nutella on top of each muffin. Take a skewer or knife and run it through the Nutella to swirl it around a bit.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes

Do Reward Charts really work?

Pencils

If you’ve started to read my blog already you will know I have a four year old daughter. When she turned two she definitely started to have attitude and the ‘terrible two’s’ begun. It was quite a shock because she was the perfect baby but once she became a toddler and found her voice everything changed. As she is our first born we didn’t know what to do about her behaviour so my friend suggested doing a Reward Chart. This works by drawing up a chart and adding a sticker for good behaviour. When a certain amount of stickers have been collected a small prize or gift is awarded. What a great idea. I knew she would love it. I bought some cardboard and drew up a chart. We coloured it in and decorated it together and bought some stickers that she liked.

It was a success at first but short lived. She was a handful that’s for sure and when I became pregnant with our second child I think she knew she was going to have some competition and we were back to square one. So it was time to consult ‘The Supernanny’ aka Jo Frost.

And so we tried the naughty corner and again tried the reward chart. This method has been working well on and off. You really need to be consistent with it but I think a little miracle is occurring. The reward chart is going great at the moment. She’s finally listening and really enjoying getting her stickers and presents. I think she’s a bit older now too and understands a bit better but whatever is happening I’m going with it.

In my experience I would say, ‘Yes’ it does work. It takes a bit of perseverance but it can pay off.

Let me know if you’ve tried this before and if it worked for you or if you have any other suggestions. Would love to hear all your advice.

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