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Bath Book and Bed #BathBookBed

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Me and Matilda are taking part in the ‘Bath, Book and Bed’ campaign which encourages stories at bed time to help little ones sleep. Matilda has never been a great sleeper but we have always had a good bedtime routine as it seems the best way to settle her.

In association with parenting expert Jo Frost and the Booktrust our pack arrived with :

  • Peppa Pig toothpaste
  • Peppa Pig toothbrushes
  • Peppa Pig Bubbles
  • Tips book
  • 3 Books  : Quiet By Kate Alizadeh, Goodnight Everyone By Chris Haughton, and Dave’s Cave By Frann Preston Gannon.

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This all arrived on the morning Matilda and Daddy were due at the dentist, so the toothpaste and brushes were a great start. This is the first thing we do when we go up to bed in the evening. Often has involved making funny faces or noises like Arrrhhh like a pirate to get her to open wide, but I’m lucky as Matilda likes it and we have never had much fussing over brushing.

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Then snuggle for story time in her room. Sometimes me however often in the week it is Dad that likes to take her to bed. Matilda was certainly given the right name. Like her namesake Roald Dahl’s – Matilda she loves a story. Her imagination never fails to surprise me!

We have a big collection of books and go to our library once a week. So we have something new to read. We often find bedtime is the best for stories as she’ll sit and listen (well mostly), plus helps her wind down.

We loved Quiet! by Kate Alizadeh. We had lots of fun with all the noises and sounds that are featured in the book. A good list of other bedtime books can be found here: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/444/

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The Booklet “Bath, Book, Bed: Simple steps to a better night’s sleep’ by Jo Frost featuring Daddy Pig. Has some great tips on a good bedtime routine. Some you may and thought of or just needed reminding about other maybe not. Download the booklet here,

https://fileserver.booktrust.org.uk/usr/resources/1564/dp-bath-bed-book-page-16pp-final.pdf

Book Trust are also hosting two events with Jo and Daddy Pig at intu Trafford Centre on Thursday, 27 April and intu Lakeside on Friday, 28 April. Details via the website below.

I love the idea of this campaign more as a reminder that sometimes a good routine is all it takes for a happier child in the morning. Plus promotes some good bonding time with your little ones no matter what ages.

#BathBookBed – www.booktrust.org.uk/bathbookbed

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#ThankGoodness BritMums along with Dolmio challenge.

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BritMums along with Dolmio challenged Bloggers  to create a #ThankGoodness mid-week meal from a shop of simple ingredients found in a lot of kitchen cupboards.  A simple, and good meal with a jar of Dolmio Bolognese.

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We made the Classic Bolognese with our sauce however then tried to come up with some alternative ways to use that other than the with classic Spaghetti. Nothing wrong with Spaghetti of course too.

 

Bolognese Yorkshire Puddings

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Roasted Carrots / Courgettes / Aubergines

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Bunny Chow – Dolmio Way. A South African dish, normally an Indian fusion with a curry inside a cut out loaf.

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This made a great family meal, all really quick and easy to do mid-week too. Matilda loved it. Especially pulling at the bits of bread and dipping in. Defiantly a jar of Dolmio is something good to have handy to use.

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Dolmio Bolognese Original 500g sauce is 100% natural. In each jar, you’ll find at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs including basil, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more. In fact, a jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal!

“This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio.   www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.”

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