As a family, life is busy. There is school, work, after school clubs, homework and everything that comes with running a home and it can be hard to find quality time together as a family. But it’s something that we make an effort to do, because we’re a family that love to be together and do things together. It makes us happy when we do and it doesn’t have to be big days out, it’s the quality time that’s important to us.
It’s also a challenge to get us all to enjoy a healthy and balanced diet, with the girls getting older and making more choices for themselves in what they eat, the challenge gets harder.
Arla challenged us to have a ‘Goodness’ night in, a chance to have some time together doing something that we love. My girls love to do anything crafty and when they saw that we had been sent new mugs that we could decorate, they couldn’t wait to get started.
We spoke about what goodness means to us and how we could represent this on our mugs. It was really interesting hearing what the girls had to say. Holly said it was going to be her special mug, she drew a picture of herself, lots of hearts and wrote the word ‘love’ on it, because love makes her happy.
Alice talked a lot about what made her feel good and top of the list was her family. Which doesn’t surprise me, she adores her family and extended family. She wrote her name and then wrote ‘I love my family’.
Andy said that his three girls, Me, Alice and Holly make him feel good and drew 3 hearts to represent us. With our mugs all finished it was time to make our favourite, hot chocolate.
Arla had kindly sent us hot chocolate spoons and marshmallows, Alice had never seen hot chocolate made like this before and was very excited. Of course to go with our hot chocolate we needed a treat to eat and nothing beats popcorn for a treat we can all share.
We made our hot chocolate with Arla goodness – Dairy is an important food group as part of a healthy balanced diet, especially calcium which is important for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. With Arla Goodness, it’s a quick and easy way for the girls to drink more milk and get some extra goodness!
Arla Goodness is a new milk from Arla that provides 50% of an adult’s calcium requirement in one 250ml glass. I love a glass of milk on its own, so this is perfect for me. It only contains 1% fat and 30% more protein than semi skimmed, which makes it a really easy decision to use Arla Goodness.
Alice loved stirring the chocolate spoon and seeing the chocolate melt. Of course no hot chocolate is complete without marshmallows.
With the hot chocolate and popcorn ready, it was time for us all to enjoy a board game together. My girls love a board game and obviously Andy and I grew up playing board games.
I love the age the girls are now, where they understand more exciting games. We played the Roald Dahl board game, which is great fun and so many of our favourite Roald Dahl books are included.
This time together is really important to us, a chance to be together, laugh, talk and of course enjoy our treats of popcorn and hot chocolate.
It’s really easy to incorporate Arla Goodness into our family life. Alice loves cereal and a glass of milk for breakfast and the girls love a milkshake after school.
Arla Goodness is available in selected Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores now.
Thank you Arla for a fun evening and giving us a chance to slow down from our busy lives.
Disclosure: This is a paid partnership with Arla Goodness. All views, opinions and photos are my own.