Millionaire shortbread bars.

Millionaire shortbread bar’s are my ultimate guilty pleasures.

With a lovely crumbly shortbread layer on the bottom, a sweet homemade caramel layer in the middle which oozes when eating them and a thin chocolatey layer on top these millionaire shortbread bars are always a massive hit with whoever tries them.

What you need for these yummy bars:

  • 160g plain flour.
  • 60g caster sugar.
  • 215g butter.
  • 1 x 397g condensed milk.
  • 100g light brown sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup.
  • 150g Milk chocolate.
  • 50g White chocolate.
    1. Preheat your oven to 180C, fan 160C, gas 4.
    2. To make the shortbread layer, in a mixing bowl add the flour, caster sugar and 115g of the butter and use your fingers and rub the ingredients together until they resemble fine breadcrumbs (you can also use a food processor if you have got one). Press into the tin and prick it with a fork several times. Chill in fridge for 20 minutes, then bake it in your preheated oven for 30 minutes, until just turning golden. Cool in the tin.
    3. To make the caramel layer, in a pan, heat the condensed milk, brown sugar, syrup and the remaining 100g of butter. Bring the mixture to the boil, making sure that you are constantly stirring. Once boiling, keep stirring for between 5-9 minutes (very important to always stir while it is heating) until thickened. Pour the caramel mixture onto the shortbread, then cool for 30 minutes.
    4. To make the chocolate layer, melt the milk and white chocolate separately. Pour the milk chocolate on top of the caramel, then pour on the white chocolate and swirl with a skewer or tooth pick to make a marbled effect on top. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours until set, then cut into squares and remove from the tin.

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20 Halloween costume ideas for children.

Hello everyone! So Halloween is just round the corner now, and if you are like me I love dressing my son up for Halloween, however I can never really experiment with his costumes, because he wants to be a skeleton every year, but I plan on trying to dress my youngest up differently every year (until he tells me what he want’s to be) ~ This year will be his first Halloween and my step-dad has brought him this adorable pumpkin baby grow.

However, if you do get a say in what your children wear for Halloween I thought I would make a list of the 10 costume ideas that I have found on the internet, so if you are stuck for an idea for their costumes, I hope this helps.

20 Costume ideas:

  1. Harry potter.
  2. Willy wonka.
  3. Super heroes (captain america, iron man etc..)
  4. Skeleton.
  5. Vampire/Vampiress.
  6. Batman/Bat girl.
  7. Ghost.
  8. Wizard/Witch.
  9. Minnie/Micky mouse.
  10. Mummy.
  11. Pumpkin.
  12. Frankenstein.
  13. Pirate.
  14. Zombie.
  15. Prince/Princess.
  16. Fairy.
  17. Devil.
  18. Cat.
  19. Firefighter.
  20. Doctor/Nurse.

I hope that you find this list helpful, and that you get some ideas from it. Most of these you could probably DIY it, but with a nearly one month old I won’t have time this year, maybe next year!
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38 Weeks pregnant.

Only 9 days to go! (unless little one decides to come earlier). 

About baby this week:

If you don’t know already, can you tell if you’re carrying a boy or a girl? One hint may come from the size of your baby – boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls. Babies at week 39 weigh between 3kg and 3.2kg and continue to build the fat stores that will help regulate body temperature after birth.

Your baby’s organ systems are fully developed and in place, but his lungs will be last to reach maturity. Even after your baby is born, it may take a few hours before he establishes a normal breathing pattern. 

From this week onwards, the amount of amniotic fluid in your uterus gradually starts to decrease, although your body will continue to make fluid until your baby’s born.

Wondering what colour your baby’s eyes will be? Most white European babies are born with dark blue eyes and their true eye colour – be it brown, green, grey or blue – may not reveal itself for weeks or months. The colour of your baby’s eyes in the first minutes after birth won’t last – exposure to light changes a baby’s initial eye colour. Most babies of African and Asian descent have dark grey or brown eyes at birth, but it won’t be clear what precise shade their eyes will be until after the first six months or year.

Information and picture from babycentre.

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37 Weeks pregnant.

This week has been another tough one, my son had another one of his fits, so we are now waiting on a date for an MRI scan. 

My pelvis has got even worse, and I am really struggling with it. So I am really counting down the days now. 

One stressful week!

About baby this week:

Your baby weighs close to 2.8kg and may be about 48.6cm long from head to toe. Your baby’s head is now cradled in your pelvic cavity – surrounded and protected by your pelvic bones. This position clears some much-needed space for his growing legs and buttocks.

Your baby is shedding his downy coating of lanugo. The protective waxy coating (vernix caseosa) on his skin starts to disappear, though he may still have traces of it on him when he’s born. 

Your baby swallows anything he sheds and these will stay in his bowels until birth. His first poo will be a blackish mixture, called meconium.

The next couple of weeks are a waiting game. However hard it is to be patient, try to enjoy this time before your baby arrives. Eat well and get plenty of rest.

If you’re having your baby at home, your midwife will drop off a home birth pack about now.

Sort out the clothes you want your baby to wear after he’s born and for the journey home. And remember to pack comfortable clothes for yourself.

You’ll probably be in your maternity clothes for a little while longer, as you’ll still have a bit of a bump after having your baby. Big, stretchy knickers are a must! You’ll need to use maternity pads for a good week after having your baby.

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36 Weeks pregnant.

36 Weeks? Where has the time gone?

The last week has been a bit of a struggle with my pelvis, I am in agony most of the time, especially when I am trying to move around in bed, I don’t know if this is due to baby being in my pelvis area, but I never felt like this with my son. It feels just like the baby is going to fall out of me! Strange. 

About baby this week:

Your baby is still gaining weight – about 28g a day. He weighs nearly 2.7kg and is about 47cm long from head to toe. You may begin to feel an increased pressure in your lower belly and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement, and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little – breathing and eating should become easier. 

However, walking may become increasingly uncomfortable. Some women say it feels as if their baby is going to fall out. Also, you may still feel as if you need to go to the loo all the time. 

The good news is that by the end of this week, your pregnancy will be full-term and you could give birth any day. Babies between 37 weeks and 42 weeks are considered full-term. A baby born before 37 weeks is premature and after 42 weeks is post-term.

Your may have noticed that your breasts are leaking a little. This is quite normal. They are producing the rich, first milk called colostrum that will give your baby a great start in life. If you feel like you’re going into labour, your doctor or midwife will check to see if the neck of your womb (cervix) is starting to open. They’ll look to see if your cervix is dilating, or widening, and effacing, or thinning.

Your midwife will be keeping an eye on what position your baby is in, to estimate how far your baby has dropped into your pelvis. This information will be entered into your maternity notes so that your midwife will know the position of your baby when you go into labour.

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35 Weeks pregnant.

So this week was a good one, we found out the cesarean date  ~ Which will be the 16th of next month. Very nerve wracking!

About baby this week:

Your baby now weighs about 2.4kg and measures around 46cm from head to toe. His elbows, feet or head may protrude from your stomach when he stretches and squirms about. Soon, as the wall of your uterus (womb) and your belly stretch thinner and let in more light, your baby will begin to develop daily activity cycles.

This week, your little one is sporting full-length fingernails and toenails and has a fully developed pair of kidneys. His liver can also process some waste products.

There’s much less amniotic fluid and much more baby in your uterus. You’ve probably put on between 11kg and 13.6kg and your weight gain has hit its peak. Even your belly button has got bigger and has popped outward. You may be feeling breathless and get indigestion now that the top of your uterus is up under your ribs.

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The countdown can begin!

After many weeks of wondering when and how I will be giving birth, the decision was kind of took out of my hands when I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. 

I have had to schedule a Cesarean section, since I am unable to go too far over 39 weeks. However, if I go into natural labour before then I am able to give natural birth an attempt (which I wouldn’t really mind to be honest). 

I find it quite nerve wracking that I now know when I am having him (unless he has other plans of course). I actually find it more scary than when I was having my son and was waiting it out naturally. I am going to be making sure for the next few weeks that I double check every single thing to make sure that I have everything.

The magic date is going to be the 16th of next month ~ Yay! I am also now going to make a 30 day countdown chart for my son to know when the time is getting close, since he has been asking for quite a while about how many days left until baby comes, and now I have a date, I am able to say for definite.
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