Homemade Granola Bars with Mango and Goji Berries

I made these lovely homemade granola bars with mango and goji berries a few days ago with Harry. I decided it was a ‘toddler appropriate’ activity – this ended up with me frantically trying to mix the ingredients together while Harry grabbed handfuls of it and stuffed it in his mouth! At least he liked it!

homemade granola bars

 

I was kindly sent a selection of dried fruit recently from Forest Feast so that was another reason to try out making these bars. I decided mango and goji berry sounded like a good combination and along with the toasted sunflower seeds, they tasted really good.

Ingredients (makes approx 16 small bars)

  •  75g butter plus extra for greasing
  • 200g porridge oats
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • 50g dried mango, diced
  • 50 dried goji berries, chopped

Method

  • Roast the oats, and sunflower seeds in the oven for 10 minutes, at approx 150 degrees Celsius.
  • Slowly warm the butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan, stirring until melted and combined.
  • In a large bowl add all of the ingredients and mix together until all the oats are well coated. Tip into a large tin or dish, and press down to flatten.
  • Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, then cut into bars.

granola bar recipe

 

These toddler friendly bars may not be the healthiest in the world due to the addition of some butter and sugar, but they taste great and still contain plenty of lovely healthy ingredients. You could swap the butter for peanut or almond butter to make them healthier, but this was a no go for us as Harry has a nut allergy. They keep really well in the fridge and are handy snacks at any time of the day.

Love, Laurel

 

Mess free painting with Paint Sticks

Do you like painting with your kids but dread the mess it can create? Every time Harry and I ‘get the paints out’ it turns into a complete nightmare to clean up! He does tend to lose interest quite rapidly which often makes me question how worthwhile it is!

I received a brilliant product this week which really solves the mess of painting with young children. ‘Paint Sticks’ from Little Brian are absolutely perfect for painting with toddlers. Convenient, easy to use and quick to set up and pack away, I have found myself getting them out regularly for Harry, without all the fuss that painting normally involves.

Paint Sticks are a bit like glue sticks, but they contain solid colourful paint that you can just twist up and down, and paint straight onto various surfaces. The colours are so vibrant and dry within 60 seconds. They can be mixed together easily and also be blended with water to create ‘wash’ effect artwork.

The selection of colours in the 12 pack is excellent, and they are so strong and bold and really easy to use. Harry loved using them and how easy it was to choose the colour he wanted without having to use brushes or water. He also didn’t have me hovering over him for damage limitation!

mess free painting for toddlers

mess free painting for toddlers

I would describe Paint Sticks as a cross between a crayon and paint.  They come out much bolder than crayons, and dry as the consistency of paint, making them very appealing to toddlers. They are washable and wipe off furniture and wash out of clothing very easily.

I genuinely highly recommend this product, which is very reasonably priced at just £7.99 for 12, and available from Amazon, Asda, Toys R Us and Toymaster.

Love, Laurel

 

Harry’s Kingdom of You

A bedtime story, like most toddlers, is crucial to Harry winding down before going to sleep. Recently however, I have noticed him becoming a bit tired of some of his books, or some of them becoming too ‘babyish’ for him. At 2 years 4 months, he can really grasp a story and his imagination is amazing. We were sent a lovely personalised book, ‘Kingdom of You‘ by Wonderbly, and I knew as soon as I received it, Harry would love it for years to come.

Kingdom of You personalised book

We are expecting baby number two, a little girl, in January, so there are lots of changes ahead for our little Harry. I feel like it’s so important right now to use this time to make Harry feel so special whilst also preparing him for becoming a big brother!

Kingdom of You is a beautifully illustrated, extensively personalised book for toddlers aged 2 – 5. It centres around a main character, i.e. your little one, who is fed up of tidying his/her bedroom and is more interested in fun and adventure. Suddenly the ‘laundry genie’ appears from his washing basket and grants Harry 3 wishes. He wishes to be King Harry with his very own kingdom!

Kingdom of You personalised book

I was able to choose two of Harry’s favourite things to base the story on; dinosaurs and ice cream. The illustration is absolutely beautiful and so detailed and personalised. Harry’s name appears continually throughout the book, and the little character I chose has blonde hair just like him. He loved the story and was fascinated by all of the pictures and the fact the book was all about him!

The quality of the book is excellent and the ordering process was very quick and easy and arrived within a week. This book would make a beautiful gift and is a perfect way to make your little boy or girl feel special and involve them in a magical story that will capture their imagination.  You get to see a preview of each page as you place your order and can write a dedication at the end.

I would thoroughly recommend this book as a lovely gift for toddlers. Thank you so much Wonderbly for sending Harry this book and making him feel special!

Love, Laurel

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