Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

It’s been a while since I baked cupcakes. Around 5 months, as whilst I was on maternity leave before munchkin arrived I was baking very regularly.. mainly so I could lick the spoon! Wednesday was a rainy windy day, perfect for some cosy baking in the kitchen, so…

Frey at 19 weeks.. and a week of firsts

Munchkin was 19 weeks old on Sunday, and he seems to be getting longer by the day! He’s going to be a very tall munchkin one day. We took our first visit to Cardiff to visit my parents, munchkin’s Mamgu and Grandad. He had his first…

Vegan Sunshine Rainbow Salad

Follow my blog with Bloglovin We are absolutely loving the hot weather here at the sparklenest. We are lucky to live in an old stone cottage which stays pretty cool most of the time, so we can enjoy the outdoors and come in when it gets too warm! Its far…

Footprints in the dough

I absolutely love the idea of capturing munchkin’s little hand and footprints while he is growing, so last week we got out into the garden and got messy with some salt dough! We used half a cup of plain flour, half a cup of table salt and a…

A new use for an old boot

Munchkin loves being out in the garden, and I feel so lucky that summer is here and we have the time to spend enjoying it. ? The other day we started a new little project to add some colour very simply using bedding plants and some fabulous vintage collanders that I…

Banana and Date Super Shake

When you’re on the minutes, with a little munchkin who won’t stand for too much time looking after yourself thank you very much,  meals need to be quick, easy and nutritious. Not only to prepare, but to eat too! So I’ve been experimenting with…

Welcome to the Sparkle Nest Show!

You’re told that when you become a parent, everything changes. Life Is completely different, and completely wonderful. Well, mostly wonderful, perhaps not so in the middle of the night when your little one won’t sleep, or when he cries and cries for no obvious reason, and…