Over the last two years Mini has moved on to have packed lunches for school and as he isn’t really a sandwich person we have been working with Flora looking at non-sandwich lunchbox ideas.
Let’s talk cars. Believe it or not I only actually learned to drive when pregnant with Mini who is ten. Since then I have had three cars, each and every one of them French! I started off with a Peugeot 307 estate, then moved on to a Renault Grand Scenic and then downsized to a Citroën C3, which is five years old and called the snot rod. So what is it that Mum’s look for in a car?
Can you earn money doing surveys? Well, I have been putting it to the test by doing some with Opinion Outpost. As a mum of two boys, I am always looking for ways to earn some extra cash and every penny counts and I have found Opinions Outpost to be a great way to earn money online.
If you are anything like me that you do not throw anything way and I have a box full of felt scraps. Felt is such a beautiful material and perfect for making things with as it doesn’t fray. After using some of our felt scraps to make our Kandinsky inspired trees I decided to come up with some other ideas for using scraps of felt.
I am delighted to be working with SSE in raising awareness of and increasing the opportunity for girls to get involved in football from a young age and am over the moon to be able to share with you this amazing video about football (soccer to my American readers) helping overcome life’s greatest challenges as part of SSE’s Dads and Daughters programme.
These yarn wrapped pumpkin lanterns are wonderfully hands-on and messy process art. Not all children enjoy getting this hands-on, it is not something that Maxi my eldest enjoys, but Mini loves the whole sensory experience of making these.
Anyone that knows me will contest the fact that I am an introvert. As much as I love my family and the noise and joy that brings, I need my solitude too and in a world of noise, be that digital and sensory sound it can be really hard to find moments of quiet in my day.
As parents, we always want to do what is best for our children, but the question of are you saving enough for your child is one that always leaves me in two minds. I would love to be able to say that we are constantly saving for the boys, but at the moment, that isn’t strictly true.
Back to school 2016, a bittersweet time for a lot of Mums. My boys have had seven weeks off this summer and at the beginning of it, they were ready to kill each other. In some ways, it has been the summer of bickering, but in others, it has been wonderful.
I am a really big advocate of cooking with children and getting kids in the kitchen from an early age. Some of my happiest memories are of helping my mum bake and cook, but more than just happy memories, she left me with the legacy of being pretty handy in the kitchen and this is something I am really keen to pass on to both my boys.
We had so much fun making this Kandinsky inspired tree with some of the felt scraps that I have. This is a super process art for working on scissor skills, especially as felt and circles can be tricky to cut.
If you children are anything like mine then they will LOVE teddy bears and to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day we have a fantastic roundup of teddy bear activities, crafts and foods ideas to suit toddlers, preschoolers and school aged kids
One of the things that I love about the school holidays is the amount of time we get to spend together as a family and it reminds me that I need to make time for the kids during term time.
Autumn is a lovely time of year to enjoy activities outside as a family, and kids don’t have to look far to find fun things to do as the hot summer days disperse and the leaves change colour and fall.
There is something wonderful about lights and lanterns now the dark nights are drawing in and this fab roundup of fantastic Fall DIY lanterns and lights are brought to you in conjunction with Festive Lights.
You can never have enough bookmarks, or I certainly can’t. I use them for my reading books, cookbooks, diary and any books I am using for studying and I have passed this on to my boys so we love these DIY colouring page bookmarks.
I used to love ready meals. ready meals were all that the husbeast and I ate before I was pregnant. It wasn’t that I couldn’t cook, it was that I didn’t cook. Then I got pregnant and no matter what I ate I was sick! Then I gave birth to a wonderful son and I swore that he would only eat real food. And you know what I nearly drove myself to an early grave making sure that he didn’t have a jar.
I love taking photographs and was challenged by Bonusprint to attempt to take print-worthy photographs on my smartphone and I want to share with you the results and some simple photo displays we created.
Kid made suncatchers are a favorite of mine no matter what season, but they are especially stunning when the low sun shines through them in Autumn (or fall depending on where you are in the world). Plus autumnal colours are so warming and delightful to work with.
I LOVE it when something inspires my whole family to get creative and making personalised head torches with Energizer at Camp Bestival did just that. Yes, even MadDad had fun creating his own space themed head torch.