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Our recent FOREST EXCURSION to Kemerburgaz Kent Ormani

FOREST EXCURSION: Alhamdulillah, we took a much needed nature break recently. It’s been a long winter holiday home so we enjoyed a day out in nature for fresh air and a welcome change of scenery!  šŸ“Kemerburgaz Kent Ormani We have been here before, but this time we discovered more as we went by car, whereas last time we went by taxi and therefore saw just what we could on foot! Check my previous post for details on that visit. This time we explored these areas:   Lake (Gol):  It's so beautiful to sit near and take in. There are just a few benches and tables near the lake to sit at for a picnic, as well as benches to sit on to view though its on a hill.  However there is a long pathway alongside the lake where you can probably find more places to sit. Forest : We drove along a little deeper into the forest this time, where it was super isolated. There are even playgrounds here- almost for our private personal use! We had our picnic  lunch here as well as nap and quiet time amongst

Lockdown Birthday : Family Zoom Party

PART TWO: FOURTH BIRTHDAY ZOOM PARTY  With our family split across 3 countries, the best way to have everyone join in our celebration was through a family zoom party! Never did I think I would get dressed for a screen appearance but there you go!  This was the covered pancake stack & party table (Remember to set up a great zoom backdrop! Pancake Stack cake Recipe-   #sugarfree  and  #colourfree   I used the recipe from  @tableforfivedubai  but left out the sugar. Use a large frying pan so there’s space to flip. Sandwich each pancake with unsweetened cream and fresh strawberries  The cream is coloured with natural beetroot powder (post coming soon) Decorate & eat! Stacking in progress! sandwich with cream and strawberries. Inside the stack once cut. Very exciting for the kids. Delicious treat for everyone. Since we had a cake for part one of her birthday (see previous post), it was great to do something different for this occasion- thanks to  @zaakira1  for the inspo and on the

How to throw a kid's birthday on budget- lockdown style

We recently had my pre-schoolers (ie no longer toddler!) fourth birthday celebration. Alhamdulillah Given the lockdown context, and observing social distancing we did it in two parts : a small party at home with 2 friends and a family zoom party during the weekend. Double the fun, double the cake!   We were sad not to have our usual bigger crowd to share in her happy day but given the cold weather we had to host indoors and therefore kept it safe with just 1 family to join us this time. And let’s face it, my two little ones make a party by themselves already! Having it at home also meant zero venue costs and fortunately I have the space to host this way. She chose the theme : Kitty cats which was cute and easy to work with. My aim is to keep costs low, and fun factor high! I enjoy the little touches to bring a theme together and have also realised that keeping it simple makes it more enjoyable for the kids as they can enjoy all the elements - and easier for me (to not get overwhelmed a