Raising a family of 6 on a budget, I understand the stress that Christmas can create, a time when we feel the urge to overdo everything: gifts, parties, meals, and decorations. Of course, all of these activities and preparations cost money and can distract everyone from the real reason for the season.
The book I am happily reviewing today is, Sir Chocolate and Fondant Five story and cookbook written by Robbie and Michael Cheadle. This book was sent to me free of charge, but the review is completely my own.
As I was reviewing the book, I could easily visualize myself reading it to my children when they were younger. One of my greatest joys has always been to read daily to my kiddos and something I continue to do with my two youngest. Although this book is for younger children then my own, this is one that my kids would have thoughly enjoyed.
Each page of the book has a colorful photo with animals created out of fondant, which I found to make the photos all the more impressive. The rhyming story has a nice flow that draws children in, much like a Dr. Suess book. At the end of the book there are recipes that you can create with your children which would have been a huge hit in my household. In fact, if I was purchasing this book to read to my kids, I would pick a recipe at the back before reading the book and then surprise them with baking session at the end.
What immediately struck me after I finished reading Sir Chocolate was how it could be used as a stepping stone for further learning activities. While your kids are waiting for the goodies to bake, you could get out playdough, or make some yourself, and have them try to create some of the animals they saw on the pages of the book. Hey, if you are really brave, you can try to create animals out of fondant just like the photos and even learn about how fondant is used. You could also have your children choose their favoritie animal that appeared on one of the pages of the book and spend some time learning about it.
This book is a big win for parents with children around 10 and under, but I am sure my teens will enjoy making the recipes.
~ please note this book was written in the UK so the recipes are written using the metric system. So hey, you are in the US you are also getting a math lesson with your kiddos! Bonus. 🙂
During the holiday season, we tend to spend time reflecting on upon our past. There is something about the music, the lights, the gathering of friends and family and religous services that can send our minds straight back to when we were a child or those special moments shared with a significant other.
Despite the societal push to buy, buy, buy, when I think about past holidays I rarely remember the gifts, but instead the emotions I felt during the celebrations.
I have always found it much more enjoyable to give gifts and watch a person’s face light up as the package is unwrapped. As the old saying goes, it is much better to give then to receive and I have always believed this to be true.
So my question for all you amazing people this week is, What gift have you given that still makes you smile when you think about it?
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” I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”
It is that beautiful time of year again when we celebrate Advent, the time we prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus.
Raising a family of 6 on a budget, I understand the stress that Christmas can create, a time when we feel the need to overdo everything, gifts, parties, meals, decorations…….but all of this costs money and can distract from the real reason of the season.
The Holidays, even if you budget for them, have a way of putting a strain on your wallet. While my kids were younger, I worked very hard to make sure they didn’t notice our limited budget by keeping Christmas a fun and active time while remaining focused on the true meaning of this holy season.
I am super excited to announce my newest book, Frugal Seeds: 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on a Budget. This book is a true labor of love as it includes the many ways my family celebrated the holy season while living on a budget.
I would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to check it out here.
I am excited to announce that we have another book available on Amazon, Frugal Seeds Summer Edition, 101 Ways to Enjoy Summer with Your Kids for Little Money. This was a true labor of love as the ideas inside this e-book are how I have enjoyed summer with my kids through the years.
I would be humbled if you would check it out. Free to read with KindleUnlimited and 99 cents to download.