A December Snow Story

Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas has been a good one, with time to rest, feast and spend time with your favourite people.

It has been quiet around here recently, as my time has been so full of work and school commitments since September. The rhythm of our weeks has changed, but I miss this space, and room to share and talk about my photographs and our daily adventures.

I’m not really a person to commit to resolutions, but this year I would love to spend more time with this blog, and will do my best to be around a little more.

But back to the photos; from a snow day in December, just before Christmas and amazingly coinciding with Mia’s birthday. A magical, perfect day, when all of our birthday plans were put on hold to run about in the snowflakes.

Waking Mia with news that it had snowed, and was still snowing, on her birthday morning, is one of those parenting moments I will store away in my memory for as long as possible. She was so torn between rushing outdoors in the falling snow, or opening her presents first!

A day that we had planned as a trip to Oxford for lunch and shopping, spontaneoulsy became a day of snowman building, snowball fights and sledging. Mia was around 4 years old last time it snowed, and could remember it, but Joe at 6 months old had no memory of it at all. He kept looking at the snow falling from the sky , confused as if he couldn’t work out where it was falling from.

Breakfast included a home made sno-cone, of snow and honey – in place of maple syrup!

A lovingly made snowman, who survived for most of the following week, before becoming a slushy puddle of coal, carrot nose and football scarf!

His first proper snow was quite overwhelming, and after the first novelty of it, Joe was less sure he liked it. Being pulled along on a sledge was a highlight for him, but he wasn’t too keen on the sledging down hills part, or the being so cold.

A wonderful end to 2017 and the perfect start to the whole festive season. Wishing you a very happy 2018; looking forward to an exciting new year!

 

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Summer Fun with new BEAR Super Sour Yoyos

Isn’t it crazy that we’re near the end of June already? One thing we are loving this year is being a part of BEAR’s Happy by Nature team. Mia and Joe adore BEAR Yoyos and have been snacking their way through them as long as I can remember. I remember the first Yoyo Mia tried as a toddler, and me thinking how delicious and fruity it smelled…it tasted lovely and natural too. I pack them for their lunchboxes and day-trip snacks… and also occasionally my own too!

The latest yummy invention from the BEAR Cave is an exciting one, and when the the new Super Sour Yoyos arrived in the post recently, along with a colourful roulette game to play, I knew Mia and Joe would be delighted. I have to confess that I might have passed on my competitive genes onto my children! Playing board games at home brings out the crazy competitiveness in all of us…Monopoly has been banished to the back of the toy cupboard and over half-term I had to referee a game of bird memory pairs! So, when Mia and Joe saw the roulette spinner, their eyes lit up at the thought of a game! In our game, the winner was the first one to eat a Super Sour Yoyo, or the most Yoyos, or the sourest Yoyo!

 

Mia and Joe were really excited to try the new flavours and the brightly coloured, psychedelic swirly packaging really caught their attention. They had so much fun opening the different BEAR Yoyo recipes to find and match the recipes to the game board. The new Super Sour recipes include Strawberry and Apple, Blackcurrant and Apple and Mango and Apple. All set up, with a selection of Yoyo flavours arranged, we followed the traditional littlest-goes-first rule for Joe to spin the wheel and see if he landed on a sour one!

Mia described the BEAR Yoyo recipes as being like the rainbow, from bright and sparkly sour flavours to softer fruity flavours, perfectly described! They both really like the zingy new Super Sour recipes , especially the blackcurrant and apple which has quickly become their new favourite on-the-go snack.

From a parent’s point of view, I love how BEAR Yoyos are 100% fruit and veg snacks, with no added nonsense. Even the new super sour flavours are all natural and the zingy sourness is added with just juicy lemons! It’s perfect that BEAR yoyos count as one of their five day and have just the same amount of natural sugars as an apple.

Their love of competitive game playing extends to the BEAR ‘Secret Spy’ collectable cards which come in each pack. They collect them, trade with their friends and have the odd ‘friendly’ argument about whose card is better!

All little BEAR cubs can join Agents BEAR and Mole on a top secret adventure by collecting the ‘bearcodes’ on each pack. Once they have collected 10 codes they just pop them in the post to The Cave and Agent BEAR will then send them a free Spy kit, including stickers! Perfect for the long summer holidays ahead!

For more BEAR fun take a look at:

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As part of the BEAR Happy by Nature team we are happy to work with them on this collaborative post.

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