I have a fantastic give away to announce today. I am going to give away one ickle kids activity pack to a reader up to the value of $45.

A great friend of mine runs an online business called ickle kids. ickle kids are all about activity packs for kids on the go! The range includes age-specific travel packs for children from birth to 10 years. Each travel activity pack contains a selection of handpicked, fun and educational toys for busy mums, dads and carers to just “grab and go”.

I have bought a couple of different packs for my kids and they love them. I love them also as we have been travelling a bit lately and they have been perfect for keeping them amused.

To enter: Simply visit ickle kids and then come back here and leave a comment letting me know which pack you would like if you were to win (up to value of AUD$45). Give away closes Wednesday 21st May at 9am Australian EST. I will post the winner in the afternoon of Wednesday 21st May.

Now back to my traditional MPM post! This week I am still taking inspiration from the vegetables in season this month, so more soup and more lovely veggies! I am settling into the new look and functionality of WordPress 2.5.1 and have included my shopping list at the end of the post. I now have to go back in the archives and add links to shopping lists and recipes in previous MPM posts which I will do tomorrow.

Monday: Lamb Chops, Potato Au Gratin with seasonal vegetables

Tuesday: Baked Penne with Bacon

Wednesday: Chicken and Creamed Vegetable Soup

Thursday: Sausage and Vegetables

Friday: Left Overs

Saturday: Margarita Pizzas

Sunday: Pasta Bake

Shopping List for Menu Plan 12 May 2008

Carrot Cake

Again, I have included the shopping list for this week’s menu plan as an excel file. The below paragraphs explain what is in the attached excel file below.

It contains three separate spreadsheets. The first is named “Complete Grocery’ and it lists by supermarket aisle all the ingredients that are needed to cook the family meals for this week.

The second spreadsheet is named “Ingredient By Meal’ and it lists the ingredients that are required for the family by each individual meal this week. I have also left on the aisle and aisle subsection in this spreadsheet for reference, but if you want to print that out you will need to alter the print area.

The third spreadsheet is named “Menu Plan” and is a modified version of the menu plan that I print and place on the fridge. I have a notes section, that I like to populate with any activities that are likely to impact the evening meal routine.

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  • Jackz Kids May 15, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    ickle Boys Brain Teaser Activity Pack (age 4+)

    With 4 active, always on the go, never sit still boys, this challenging activity pack would give their brain a work as much as they give their bodies.

  • debra tassis May 16, 2008 at 11:51 am

    The Ickle fun dough activity pack would be fantastic for my son. He loves playdough and it keeps him and his imagination amussed for ages.

  • Mary Preston May 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    My Grandson would just love the ickle Bubba Animal Activity Pack. He has good taste, he loves my cooking as well.

  • kirsty paterson May 17, 2008 at 10:59 am

    my sons would love to win the ickle Boys Car Activity Pack (age 3+) as they seem to get bored very quickly in the car. this would help so much.
    may i also say what a great site this is, full of so much information.
    thanks for the competition and good luck to all who enter

  • Laura May 18, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    If I was to win I would choose the ickle Wooden Musical Pack. My three young daughters are very musical and they would just love these, they are so much different and nicer to the plastic musical toys on the market these days.

  • James MacLeod May 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    The ickle Girls Brain Teaser Activity Packs (age 4+) sound ideal for our (we think) incredibly talented 4y old granddaughter. She loves to play “I spy with my little eye” but as yet has no spelling talent which makes the game rather a hit or miss lottery. I am sure she would dearly love
    your game set.

  • mum to 4 May 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    great site!!!

    my four kids would absolutely love the ickle holiday activity pack. i am sure that mum and dad would greatly appreciate the decreased noise level too when visiting nanny and poppy!

  • Jo May 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    The ickle Wooden Musical Pack would be fantastic for my two, as I would be able to reclaim my wooden spoons and pots and pans that they currently use to make all their wonderful music!!.

  • teresa hogg May 19, 2008 at 9:07 am

    i think my kids would love the ickle bubba animal activity pack as it looks awsome

  • Jo Mickan May 19, 2008 at 11:28 am

    My boys 10 & 6 would love the Boys Brain Teasers Pack! It might give them a rest from my teasing, lol!

    Good luck with picking the winner!

  • [...] forget the ickle kids activity pack giveaway ends on Wednesday 21st May at 9am Australian EST if you haven’t entered [...]

  • Jessie May 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I would love to win the ickle Holiday Activity Pack ,games of eye spy in the car get boring pretty quickly and a 5 year old following me everywhere including the toilet starts to get frustrating, if i had this pack i could set her down with a game for 5 mins and pee in peace:D

  • Phillip Cunningham May 19, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    ickle Wooden Musical Pack and the ickle Bubba Activity Pack as they would both amuse and delight my toddler.

  • Bianca May 20, 2008 at 1:04 am

    ‘Ickle bubba Jungle animals activity pack’ would be the perfect choice for our little NATURE NERD family!! heehee

    The Ickle products are really impressive! love the carry bags.

  • Greg May 20, 2008 at 11:46 am

    ickle bubba animal pack would certainly do!!!

    It’s time to teach my baby son that cows don’t “oink” and chickens don’t “moo”!!!

    With this fun, colourful, travel-ready and educational pack, I’m sure to get my son right on track!!!

  • Julia Hewitt May 20, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    What a Wonderful Website I’ve just Googled.

    With my teenagers new ambition drumming the house down, ickle kids Wooden musical Pack will give my
    3 year old son a chance to join in the family musical fun.

  • Lisa Bakota May 21, 2008 at 2:05 am

    What a great informative and fun website. Loved all the packs on offer but my favourite and most suitable for my young tribe of three (twins 7yrs and 4yr old) was the ickle Girls Brain Teaser Activity Pack (age 4+). Will definitely put this site in my Favourites!!!

  • Jason May 21, 2008 at 6:16 am

    The super “ickle Boys Brain Teaser Activity Pack” just what a little question asker needs to keep occupied while Dad does the chores.

    Thanks also for the Menu Plan Mondays which are extremly helpful. It’s great to have helpful hints so that I can spend more time with my little one.

    Thank you

  • Caroline Kelly May 21, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Just what my inquisitive daughter will need, an ickle Girls Creative Activity Pack.

  • sonia May 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I would love to win the icky boys creative pack with the playdough and cutters as my son is crazy for playdough and I make it each week and he loves it. We always make things everyday and by winning one of these fabulous packs he would take it where ever he goes and enjoy it all the time!

  • Laura May 21, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    We’d love the ickle Wooden Musical Pack,
    we’d hang it upon out music rack,
    we’d pull it out and make some music,
    and make mum crazy, she would just lose it!