Homemade Cereal Bars

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cereal barWe are big fans of cereal bars in our house – my husband has them for breakfast and my son loves them as a snack. But they are so expensive over here compared to the UK! I had been searching the internet for some new breakfast ideas when I came across this recipe for Homemade Cereal Bars and thought we could have a go at making some. They are extremely easy to make and only require 3 ingredients.

Ingredients:

Cereal serving of your choice (or do a mixture!)

2 tbsp of mini marshmallows

Cooking spray

Instructions:

  • Spray the inside of a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray
  • Pour the cereal and marshmallows into the bowl
  • Microwave for 30 seconds
  • Mix cereal and marshmallows together until they are combined
  • Allow the mixture to sit in the bowl for 1-2 minutes so the marshmallows can harden up
  • Use your hands to shape the mixture into a rectangle. If they are not sticking together then wait a couple more minutes for the marshmallows to harden some more

You can make these cereal bars in so many different ways with different cereal and different toppings – rice krispies, cheerios, weetos, chez, frosties, cornflakes, coco pops, sugar puffs and you could add sprinkles, chocolate chips, honey, chocolate sauce, dried fruit, nuts etc…..the list goes on!

Tip: You could make a batch of these on the weekend and you will have quick readymade breakfasts for the whole week.

Salmiya Park

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Salmiya Park

Salmiya Park

As the weather has been perfect the past couple of weeks (well other than the freak storms the past couple of days…whats that all about?!) we have been searching for some parks or outside space that our son can run around and burn off some energy on the weekend and are slowly making our way down our list. We have been a visitor of Salmiya Park for quite a while now as we used to live really close and now it is a 15-minute drive away we still visit regularly.

Salmiya Park is really easy to find, it is located on a busy road (Hamad Al-Mubarak Street) near the heart of Salmiya. It is just in front of the International Clinic and Gulf English School and opposite Salmiya Co-op. The park has plenty of well-kept green grass and an array of trees. Our son loves nothing more than running around the grass (still a novelty with living in the Middle East!) and touching and jumping up to the different trees. We often take a ball for him to play with as there is so much space. This place is perfect for picnics and we often taken a blanket and some food and spend the morning there. The park/playground itself is quite shabby and old – a lot of the playground equipment has graffiti on or is either broken or looks unsafe. There are a couple of slides that aren’t in too bad of condition that we allow our son to play on.

A good park if you are looking for somewhere to have a picnic at or to just enjoy running around on the grass but if you are looking for a park with lots of playground equipment then this isn’t the one!

Location: Salmiya Park, Hamad Al-Mubarak Street, Salmiya. Click here for a map.

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Jarir Bookstore

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Jarir Bookstore, Hawally

Jarir Bookstore, Hawally

Over the weekend we happened to find an amazing book store not far from where we live in Hawally; Jarir Bookstore. I am actually really disappointed that we hadn’t found this place sooner! Jarir Bookstore is located inside Hawally Park on Tunis Street.  When I looked the store up on the internet I was expecting a small basement store with limited supplies but this place is HUGE!! The selection it has is massive – video games, a big selection of Arabic and English books, computers and computer supplies, office supplies, cameras, phones, electronics, school supplies and my personal favourite –  a great arts and crafts selection.

My husband was really impressed with the selection of English books they had especially as we don’t have a ‘decent’ book shop in Kuwait and I was extremely excited by all the crafts supplies. I have been coping with 100 fils shops and the Early Learning Centre for paints and crafty things in Kuwait which as you know the selection is limited. Jarir Bookstore has made me a very happy girl! They had pom poms, lolly sticks (plain and coloured), sequins, glitter, pipe cleaners, felt, foam, paints, children’s scisssors, play dough, play dough cutters, stickers, wooden pegs, coloured match sticks, feathers, buttons, googly eyes, coloured sand, plain canvas (range of sizes), educational games and books……the list goes on!! The prices at Jarir are really reasonable too. I spent 15KD and got 2 massive bags full of stuff. I also cannot speak higher of the staff. They were really friendly; all saying good morning with big smiles and were available to help with great advice and information but also giving you space to look and not following you around like a lot staff in stores in Kuwait do which drives me crazy!

Definitely worth a trip if you are into books or arts and crafts. It is really easy to find; located at the back of Hawally Park.

Location: Jarir Bookstore, Hawally Park, Tunis Street, Hawally. Click here for a map.

Opening Times: Sat-Wed 9am-10.30pm, Thurs 9am-11pm and Fri 4.30pm-11pm

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Colour-A-Pal

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Colour-A-Pal

Colour-A-Pal

Every time we visit the Scientific Center in Salmiya I take a look around the Gift Shop on our way out and usually pick up a little gift for my son; mostly a soft toy or some toy animals to play with. However last time we visited I noticed that they were selling plain soft toys that you decorate yourself called a Colour-A-Pal. They come with a pack of 4 colouring felt tip pens and the idea behind the Colour-A-Pal is that you can wash them in the washing machine so that the decorating and colouring can be started from scratch whenever you like.

They had quite a reasonable selection of them ranging in size and price. My son loves fish at the moment so he choose a medium sized fish, which cost 2.250KD – not bad as it can washed over and over again so will provide lots of enjoyment! They had smaller soft toys for a bit less and larger ones for just over 3KD. This activity is great for my son as he is still so young he has been decorating his fish for a few days – its a great activity to entertain him whilst I am making his lunch and one that he can easily come back to whenever he likes.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Rolls

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3 Ingredient Chocolate Rolls

3 Ingredient Chocolate Rolls

Having two children now means I rely on diet coke and chocolate to keep me awake and energised until bedtime! We had a couple of bars of chocolate in our snack box but I was fancying something a little different and after searching the internet for something chocolatey but also easy to make I adapted a couple of recipes to make these delicious chocolate rolls, only 3 ingredients needed! My son loved “painting” the dough with the egg wash and would of happily painted our kitchen with it for the rest of the morning whilst sneaking a couple of pieces of the chocolate into his mouth when I wasn’t looking!

Ingredients:

Chocolate (we used Dairy Milk bar)

Puff Pastry

Egg + 1 tablespoon water

Powdered Sugar (optional)

What we did:

  • Prepare baking tray with parchment/baking paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface, separate your puff pastry squares.  (If your pastry is a roll then roll out and cut into 5-inch squares).
  • Break up your chocolate bar into individual pieces.
  • Whisk the egg and water in a bowl until combined. Set aside.
  • Place a piece of chocolate at the bottom of each pastry square. Fold the pastry over the chocolate once.
  • Lightly brush egg wash over the remaining dough and fold over to seal.
  • Place onto baking sheet and brush each pastry with the egg wash. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to firm up.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool and dust with powdered sugar (optional).

These are so delicious and easy to make and the filling is endless – you could use white, dark, milk chocolate or even chocolate that has different flavourings like orange, strawberry etc….ohh my mouth is watering already! I need to make these again!

Shaab Playground Park

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Shaab Playground Park

Shaab Playground Park

Good parks are hard to find in Kuwait….actually any type of park is really hard to find in Kuwait. But, we came across this lovely park in Shaab after hearing about it from Kuwait Moms Guide.

Shaab Park is different from other parks over here and it really reminds me of a UK park. It has ducks and geese wandering around, lots of different types of trees and in the middle of the park there is a lovely water feature. The park has a big climbing structure with a couple of slides on, a few swings, a couple of rocking/see-saw type of apparatus and a big climbing net. There is even a walking track around the park  for those mums that might like to do some exercise too or the kids could take their bikes and scooters to ride.

We took some bread with us to feed the ducks and I am surprised as my son is going through a being scared of animals phase but he just loved them! He was getting really close to them and was really excited when throwing the bread to them. It was lovely being able to do this in Kuwait as it is something we do all the time back in the UK but it felt extra special in Kuwait. He also loved being really adventurous getting to the top of the big climbing structure and shouting down to us.

A really lovely park that is free, clean and just that little bit different. It is only a 5-10 minute drive from where we live so this park will be seeing a lot of us over the coming months. Next time, I plan to take a picnic and a blanket with us and spend the morning there.

Location: Shaab Residential Area. Click here for a map.

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Bright Minds

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Bright Minds

Bright Minds

We have had a bit of a busy week last week and thats why I haven’t had chance to post. We finally found ourselves a part-time driver so we can get out in the day a little more whilst my husband is at work and I have to say I have just loved this past week being a stay-at-home mum. We went to a couple of playdates and attended some parent and child classes. It has been so nice getting some fresh air and to both tell and hear stories from other mums about our kids! Of course, it has also been lovely for my son as he has had places to run off some energy and other children to play with.

For the past few months I had been thinking about joining some classes at Bright Minds Learning Center in the Sabah Al Salem area. I have heard so many great things about the place from friends but with not having any form of transport until recently I had struggled to get there. After weeks of searching for a driver, I finally found a lovely lady to take us places and my first port of call was of course, Bright Minds! I had emailed, Alicia, the owner a few weeks back and had already chosen the classes I wanted to go to with my son. It was a hard choice as there are so many great classes – phonics, little chefs, math magic, crafty kids, wiggle worms, sensory sunday, gymnastics, karate….the list goes on! We chose just three classes to start with and will see how we go. Maybe next month we might change around a little or even add another class. What I love about Bright Minds is that the parent attends with their child so I can see what my son is learning and enjoy watching his achievements. I can also see if he struggles with anything and be able to work on it at home with him. All the Bright Minds classes are organised according to the children’s’ age so activities can be aimed appropriately for the age and ability of the children. Also the theme of the classes is changed each week – one week it may be Nursery Rhymes and the next Under the Sea – great as it means we aren’t repeating stuff and each week is new and exciting! The cost of the classes is 25KD for the first class and then 10KD for each additional class per month.

With our annual registration at Bright Minds (25KD) we also get:

  • Access to the Creative Play Area – bouncy castle, sand pit, numerous activity/slide climbing frames, bikes, push along toys, a tent, kitchen area, area for young babies etc
  • Access to the library
  • 2 Free guest passes to the Creative Play Area

My son loved the classes and already after just two phonics classes he has picked up a couple of letters from the alphabet. He has also loved all the new toys to play with and being able to colour and make different crafts. Bright Minds has been a huge hit with me and my son. They even have numerous small baby rockers, swings and chairs in the classrooms and play area to entertain my daughter – so even she loves it! For those people looking for somewhere to take their children that is fun but also educational, definitely get yourselves to Bright Minds.

Where: Bright Minds, Sabah Al Salam, Block 4, Street 22, House 12 (Click here for a map)

Website: www.brightmindskwt.com

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