Sweetie cake, North coast 500 and cloth nappies #littleloves

Sweetie cake, North coast 500 and cloth nappies #littleloves

It’s been another busy week for us. I spent the end of last week with my parent’s in Yorkshire. Then it was back home on Saturday to get ready for F’s fourth birthday party on Sunday. We just had a small family party at home and because the weather was nice, we spent a lot of time in the garden. Her birthday is actually today and we have a lovely family day out planned which I will no doubt tell you all about soon. E swimming lessons restarted on Monday and we were the only ones there so we had our very own private lesson. She loves swimming anyway but these past few weeks she has got more interactive so she was squealing and giggling through most of the lesson. Here are the other things I’ve loved this week.

Read

I went to the hairdressers on Friday afternoon. As well as getting a much needed cut and colour, I also had some time to sit back and read some magazines in peace. I love flicking through interior magazines.

Watched

I’ve been a regular viewer of The Michalak’s on YouTube for some time now and I think I’ve mentioned them before. Their weekly vlogs are always a pleasure to watch but whenever they do a trip they somehow manage to make them even better. Loved this week’s vlog which is a drive around the North coast 500 (The remote Scotish highlands). I now really want to visit Scotland, the scenery is breathtaking.

MadeSweetie Cake

I seem to have set my heart on baking my girls their birthday cakes for as long as they will let me. I love baking but I’m not very good at cake decorating. One day they will start requesting cakes out of my skill level but until then I will keep trying.

This year I picked a sweetie cake. I baked the cake Saturday evening but E woke as I was baking it. Despite testing them with a skewer, when I came to cut out the centre hole for the sweet filling on Sunday morning, I discovered they were undercooked! I rescued them thankfully by wrapping in tin foil and putting them back in the oven. Unfortunately, my husband then smashed my cake stand. To say I was stressed was an understatement. Bare in mind, we were also frantically trying to prepare the rest of the food, tidy the house and watch E. E decided to pull herself up to standing on the fire guard (for the first time) that very morning, resulting in it falling over on top of her (she was shocked but otherwise fine). Luckily it turned out well in the end and F declared the cake and the party the best ever. The fire guard is now screwed securely to the wall too.

WoreCloth nappy

Nothing new this week. Since it is real nappy week I can’t resist sharing this cute photo of one of my favourite nappies. This is the ugly duckling print which I adore. If you’d told me four years ago that I would ever use reusable nappies I wouldn’t have believed you. After over three years of using disposables with F, I switched to reusables last summer for E. I shared our experience of using cloth nappies on Wednesday.

Heard

Wednesday evening was parent’s evening at F’s preschool. We heard how much her confidence, listening and number skills have improved. Her key worker told us how well she interacts with the other children and how she had been helping the new ones to settle in by showing them the toys and telling them the rules.

And lastly …

One of the things I have been trying to focus on lately, as well as improving my blog in general, has been my Pinterest account. I’m very late in realising just how much of an impact Pinterest could have on my blog. I started focusing on it Early March when I had 19 followers and now I have 85. Still not a great amount but I am very pleased with the growth in just 2 months. I also saw a lot of traffic come to my blog from my Easter pins. Last week, I shared with you the group boards that I have set up with Thimble and twig. This week we’ve set up a facebook group to promote pinning on the boards and to focus on Pinterest for bloggers. Here is the facebook group if you’d like to join us.

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21 Comments

  1. April 28, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    What a beautiful birthday cake, I love making my childrens’ cakes, it was something I always dreamed of doing and love thinking of new ideas every year, Pinterest is terrific for inspiration. Sounds like you had quite a stressful morning though!

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      I love pinterest for inspiration. Usually out of my skill level though!

  2. April 28, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I’m also a huge Michalak’s fan too – Steph’s editing skills are just inspiring! The sweetie cake looks incredible – my husband’s heaven as he has such a sweet tooth #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      His editing is amazing. Thank you, we all have sweet teeth here!

  3. April 29, 2017 / 7:00 am

    That sweetie cake looks amazing! And oh, that nappy print is just the cutest. If we ever have another I’m planning on giving cloth nappies a whirl. I’ve joined the FB group – thanks for that. Have a great weekend! #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you. There are some gorgeous prints. Welcome to the group. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

  4. April 29, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Love that cake! I go between making my kids cakes and getting them made for me. This year my teen wanted a Harry Potter cake which a giant (I think – I know nothing about HP) sat on apparently, needless to say making a cake look naff was actually quite easy for my skill level! Hope F had a lovely birthday! Love that nappy, and look at those lovely little baby legs, so cute (I’m not broody at all – much!) Have a lovely bank holiday weekend x

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      She did thanks. Love the sound of that cake.

  5. April 29, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I too need to work more on pinterest! So many social media sites to remember! The cake looks amazing! Have a wonderful weekend.. Popping over from #LittleLove

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Thank you. I hope you had a nice weekend too.

  6. April 29, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Ahhh look at that cake it’s fantastic. I have made the kids cakes than bought the kids cake and funny enough my kids aren’t a fan really of either. Hope the party went well – happy birthday. Happy bank holiday weekend #littleloves

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Not a fan of cake? My daughter loves all cake!

  7. April 29, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Your cake looks amazing!! I also watched the Michalaks video, and really want to do the trip too – it looks gorgeous! I’m with you when it comes to Pinterest; it is probably my favourite thing at the moment, and really good for getting ongoing traffic as posts stick around for much longer than on any social media xx

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you, the sweets hide my poor attempt at icing! I’ve enjoyed pinterest for ages but have been using it all wrong from a blogging point of view!

  8. April 29, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    I love love love that cake!
    And how disgustingly beautiful is the Michalaks’ video?! I live in Scotland and I love to see it’s beauty captured, and their video is just stunning.
    #littleloves

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you. I’ve only been to Scotland once when I was a child. It does look beautiful.

  9. May 1, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I think it’s great that you are making the cakes and trying out the nappies. My intention was to use our cloth bundle but after several attempts we gave up. #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Cloth nappies aren’t for everyone but good on you for trying.

  10. May 2, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Oh you sound just like me with baking cakes, I love baking but decorating just isn’t my thing at all and every year I get so stressed I wonder why I do it! I love the sweetie cake though, what a fantastic idea. Last year I just bought Lucas one of those pre-done Star Wars icing sheets from ebay, so much easier 🙂

    • Claire
      May 2, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Great idea. I’d forgotten about those. Yes that’s so me. I want to make them but get stressed by the icing and making it look good!

  11. May 4, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Loving the cake, and so glad you managed to rescue it. I always manage to get myself in situations like that when it comes to the kids birthdays, so stressful!
    The Michalaks vlogs are incredible aren’t they? Steph is so clever. xx

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