Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Healthy Party Food alternatives...........

I have the same problem every year, my daughter’s birthday is the 23rd of December, and within December and January, there are 8 birthday’s of family members and friends and friends kids. 
I always struggle to find healthier alternatives for party food. You can only eat so much unhealthy, high calorie food, before you start felling really sluggish.

I asked one of my friends, Hannah Bailey, who runs her own business (Wise Choice Nutrition), if she could suggest healthy alternatives, I will definitely be using these suggestions for New Years Eve and for the many parties I will attending/organising/catering in January.

Here are a few suggestions of yummy things to put on their party plate:
  • Vegetable sticks and dips such as houmous
  • Raisins or other dried fruit
  • Cocktail sausages (butchers are best and can be made by cutting chipolatas up)
  • Homemade chicken nuggets
  • Flapjacks, you could add fruit if your child will eat it or chocolate pieces as a treat
  • Homemade biscuits (there are lots of cutters available)
  • Fruit salad
I hope this gives you some ideas for other foods you could put on the plate for slightly healthier party food. If you can, avoid shop bought food such as sausage rolls and pork pies as the quality of meat tends to be poor. Making your own cakes and biscuits means you know exactly what has gone in to them. Although there is sugar used, there are no artificial ingredients added. 

If you would like more suggestions or would like to contact Hannah with any other enquiry, she can be contacted on

Friday, 9 December 2011

Guest Blogger-Nicholson and Co's Xmas tips

Unlike some people, I am an organized person and have all my Christmas
shopping done and wrapped, Christmas trimming up and cards written out, but
for those that haven’t hear is what I would do:

1.      Type a card list … so I have it ready for the following year

2.      Type a present list … again so it is ready for the following year
3.      Print the lists …
4.      Go shopping … first I buy my cards, bags and wrapping paper, then my
presents, cross off the names as you buy them
5.      Wrap & bag them up… Once you have bought them wrap them up ready to be
given out

If you want to save money, shopping online (ebay, etc) is sometime (not

always) cheaper and depending on how many people you have to buy for this
could take a few days.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Nicholson & Co

Sam x

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Finally getting to grips with technology

I have always said I am a technophobe and up till now haven't been interested in getting to grips with the new things that keep coming up.
I have seen lots of these QR codes, and didn't really understand what they were until I saw one being scanned on an iphone.
I have decided to get one for my business, to help people get easier access to my website.

Friday, 2 December 2011

2nd December- Christmas Countdown

Todays tips and poem are from Jo at JES solutions.

Countdown to Christmas has started
Decorations pop up everywhere
Lists being sent off to Santa
Excitement starts filling the air
Shopping for presents and goodies
Hiding things under the tree
Nativity shows from the children
And carols being sung in the street
This is the Christmas we all know and love
Work starts again each New Year
But please spare a thought for the rest of the world
And do something to show that you care
Jo's 10 Tips for Christmas

  1. Save time? Christmas pudding and Christmas Cake can be made well in advance.  Meat and veg can be prepared on Christmas eve so you can relax and enjoy the morning

  1. Unique gifts ? make presents for people, children don’t need to give expensive gifts the recipient will be thrilled with something they’ve made, this cuts costs and keeps them busy.

  1. Thinking about others? If you live near old people why not volunteer to post their Christmas cards, you’re posting yours anyway and they’ll appreciate the thought.

  1. Want to delay kids getting up?  Leave their presents downstairs but leave a stocking full of bits & bobs on the bed to keep them entertained if they wake up early.  It always worked when my parents did it.

  1. Need to cut the present list?  How about a hamper for the family instead of buying individual gifts?  You can take advantage of promotions & BOGOFs if you’re doing a few and can easily find treats that everyone will enjoy.

  1. Save money? Children get so fustrated with packaging, buy presents from friends or e-bay, pay a much better price, forget the box and remember if it’s in good working condition that’s all they’re bothered about.

  1. Save money? Try saving supermarket vouchers all year, Tesco vouchers can be exchanged for great gifts that triple in value.

  1. Save money? Why not give services as gifts?  Baby sitting?  Ironing?  Car wash?  I’m sure these would be greatly appreciated, especially if you know a job that someone really doesn’t like.

  1. Save money? Get together with friends and have secret santa rather than all buying lots of presents.

  1. Finally – Plan ahead, which I know is too late for this year but the sooner you start planning for next year the easier and less stressful it will be.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas Countdown. 1st December......Top Ten Kiddlylinks Tips for a Great Christmas

Top Ten Kiddlylinks Tips for a Great Christmas

Christmas is coming and we’re all frantically running round like Santa’s little helpers. “It will be fun, it will be fun” we chant like a mantra in our heads willing it to be true. Well now it’s time to stop chanting and start reading. Here’s a list of our top tips to make your Christmas feel like the holiday it should be.

Here goes…

  1. Make room: Take the opportunity to clear out the kids’ rooms and sell any old unwanted toys on eBay, or trade in old DS or Wii games for new ones – this could save you a fortune!
  2. Be prepared. A little late for this year but it’s a great idea to buy all of your Christmas cards, wrapping and crackers in the January sales. They won’t date and you could upgrade from the usual crackers to luxury ones for the same price.
  3. Have a clear out: If you have family and friends staying over you may need to invest in new furniture. If so, don’t through out your old stuff, contact SOVA Recycling who will collect it for a small fee and make it available to someone who needs it or they’ll recycle it responsibly
  4. Be honest. As more children appear in the family and our budgets are stretched further, why not suggest that when children arrive you buy for them instead of the adults. They’ll be happy to see their children happy.
  5. If you choose a real Christmas tree trim off a couple of branches from the bottom and use those to make a table centrepiece.  A small block of oasis, any extra greenery from the garden, holly, and a few Christmas baubles make a unique cost effective centrepiece that all the family can help to make.
  6. If you have got that real Christmas tree don’t forget to water it.  Trees drink up to one pint of water a day.
  7. Open Santa presents when the kids get up (my mum always said they disappear if you touch them before sunlight – I daren’t risk it and neither have my kids so far) and if you can try to wait to open the other presents from family and friends until after breakfast.
  8. Buy batteries! 
  9. If possible take the toys out of their packaging, add batteries and remove all those annoying wire tags before then placing it back in the box and wrapping – this makes Christmas morning much easier!!
  10. Have a go at making your own mince pies – they taste so much nicer than shop bought ones.  If you do have a go, try freezing them raw in trays.  You can then transfer them to freezer bags and just warm up a few at a time meaning you always have gorgeous warm mince pies ready in just 10 minutes.

Merry Christmas from all at Kiddlylinks