Balloon Confetti Popper – New Years Eve Craft 5

Making a balloon confetti popper is a fun craft to make and perfect for celebrating New Years Eve or even for a wedding.  I am going to warn you though, you will be finding confetti for days no matter how hard you clean up!  So if you are a little precious about that then make sure you “Pop” them outside and don’t say I didnt warn you.

Balloon Confetti Popper

Inspirational Quotes Colouring Pages

Inspirational Quotes Colouring Pages for Adults and Kids 11

As you may know, I a a big fan of colouring pages for adults and teens.  I find them really relaxing and they help me switch off from the everyday stresses of the modern world and do something that is screen free and that I enjoy.  With the new year almost upon us, I have been looking at inspirational quotes colouring pages for adults and kids.   These combine my love for colouring and my passion for a great inspirational quote.

Over 50 New years eve crafts and activities for kids 8

Do you let your children bring in the New Year?  My boys are now ten and nine and try to stay up until Midnight, but never make it!  We have a small celebration with our best friends and their four boys, so we do lots of new years eve crafts and activities with the kids.

New Yeats activities

Christmas TV trivia

Christmas TV Quiz 9

I have a little Christmas TV quiz for you courtesy of UK TV.  Me and the husbeast had a blast testing our christmas TV trivia with this Christmas TV Quiz.   It is perfect for TV addicts or anyone wanting to test their TV knowledge and is a little bit of fun this Christmas time.

Get comfortable with women’s intimate health 14

As a women I have never really been embarrassed talking about women’s health or my intimate areas.  In fact I can actually say vagina out loud without laughing.  I am more likely to burst into a fit of giggles at someone calling their vagina a tuppence or frou frou, than I am anything else.  So I am delighted to be working with Canesten and their #GetComfortable with intimate health and thrush campaign in raising awareness women’s intimate health.

intimate health

potters pin

A family sporting break at Potters Leisure Resort 10

Over the October half term we spend 5 days at the amazing Potters Leisure Resort and I have been wondering just how to put into words how much fun we had and that is why this review has taken so long to get live!  Everytime I re read it I wanted to add more.  So if you are currently thinking of a holiday take a read and see just what we thought.

Spiked hot chocolate three ways 11

Anyone who knows me will confirm that I love hot chocolate season and do not need an excuse to make hot chocolate and I have passed my love on to the kids.  However, these hot chocolates are strictly for the adults.  So make the most of the dark, cold nights and try my spectacular spiked hot chocolate three ways or if you are feeling generous then leave out the booze and let the kids join in.

Spiked hot chocolate

Thread Tree Christmas Card

Fine Motor String Art Tree Christmas Cards 18

Do you still send Christmas cards?  Each year we send less and less, but I want the ones we do send to be meaningful and the way we do that is to make our own.  These super simple fine motor string art tree christmas cards appeal to the scandi style lover in me, plus they are fun and simple to make.  I can see these being framed and brought out year after year.

Threaded Ribbon Christmas Cards 10

We don’t send a lot of Christmas cards, but the ones we do are all handmade with love.  We loved the simple ribbon Christmas cards we made last year, so I have been looking at doing something similar this year and we came up with these threaded ribbon Christmas Cards.  They are a great for kids of all ages and perfect for working on fine motor skills with the bonus of looking fantastic too,

Threaded Ribbon Christmas Cards

Must have books for Tween Boys

Must have books for Tween Boys 12

Do you have a reader?  I am not going to pretend that my boys are always found with their noses in a book, but I have now got two readers.  One was a reluctant reader and the other was and still is prolific, especially at bedtime!  It is only when I came to put together this list that I realised just how much they both read and how many books we have purchased this year, so here is our must have books for tween boys.

The Blackpool Tower Circus 7

My boys are big Blackpool fans.  We went back this summer for second year running and had a great time.  There is so much to do and enjoy and this summer for the first time since I was a child we visited the Blackpool Tower Circus and each year they have a panto which runs from 22nd November 2015 to 17th January 2016.

The Blackpool Tower Circus panto

Tips to be a Savvy Spender this Christmas

How to be a Savvy Spender this Christmas 3

I know that Christmas can be an expensive time for a lot of people and we all can worry about how we will find the money that we need to spend.  So the good folks at the Institute of Inertia asked me to put together my top six tips for being a savvy spender this Christmas.  Before I go on to the fab tips, “what is the Institute of Inertia”? I hear you ask.  Well it is a panel of experts and me and Ricky from Skint Dad, I wrote about them here.

Make an adorable white clay Christmas fingerprint ornament 16

One of my favorite things about the festive season is trimming the tree.  I love going through all of the ornaments and decorations, especially the homemade homes and hanging them as I reminisce about when we made them.  This adorable white clay christmas fingerprint ornament is a take on our valentine fingerprint heart ornaments.

white clay Christmas fingerprint ornament

DIY Magic Reindeer Food

DIY Magic Reindeer Food 11

Don’t you just love this time of year.  The buildup and anticipation to Christmas Day.  TSB asked me to share with you our families favorite part of the festive season.  That is really hard to pinpoint, but one of the things that I do love about Christmas is our Christmas Eve traditions and sprinkling DIY magic reindeer food for the reindeers and their long journey.

Great gifts for tweens, aged 9-12 13

What is it about tweens?   I don’t know if it is down to the fact that my boys are at the cusp of not believing in Father Christmas or just that they really do not want to write a christmas list.  Father Christmas is just supposed to know what they want, but I know that I am not alone on this as Master Frugal is the same.  So when our boys were all sat talking to each other last week, me and Cass listened in to see what gifts tweens really want.

tween gift guide

DIY Wrapping paper - Potato print penguins

DIY gift wrap – Potato Print Penguins 23

I love using Christmas as a time to get crafting and creative with the kids and this DIY gift wrap is no exception. We have designed wrapping paper with potato print penguins on.    I am delighted to be working with Sellotape this festive season to share the magic of giving and we will be using our DIY wrapping paper as part of that collaboration. How to make Potato Print Penguins DIY gift wrap Materials: Brown paper Paper Plates or regular plates Potatoes Knife Black and White tempura paint Orange acrylic paint Paint brush Googley eyes Instructions: Printing with potatoes is an inexpensive and fun way top mark make with kids and more »

DIY Lag Kills TShirt made on the Explore One 66

Do your kids complain of “lag”?  “Mum, it’s lagging” is a phrase that I hear all the time with two boys that LOVE gaming.  So when I was asked to by Cricut to review their new Explore One I decided that I would make a DIY lag kills tshirt for Maxi.

Personalised Lag Kills T-Shirt made on The Explore One

scared ostrich burying its head in sand concept

The Institute of Inertia 21

I was asked if I would like to be part of a group called the Institute of Inertia. What? I hear you ask. The Institute of Inertia is a network of experts and academics (and me) working together to understand why we often don’t take quick and easy steps to make our finances healthier. The long-term aim is to help us all save wasted time and money.

Tea flavoured Shortbread Recipe 14

I am a tea monster.  Anyone that knows me will acknowledge that I am rarely without a cup of tea in hand! Maxi is a massive fan of shortbread so we decided to experiment and produce a tea flavoured shortbread and wow, it was a HUGE hit and so simple.  Everyone in the family prefered our tea flavored shortbread over the plain one.

Tea flavoured Shortbread Recipe

me and maxi

Parenting Confidence comes with Experience 8

Being a parent is the hardest job I have ever done.  In fact it isnt even a job as you don’t get paid for looking after your own children.  But it is the most rewarding and amazing thing I have ever done, but nothing prepared me for being a Mum.    Nurofen for Children asked me to share with you when I first started feeling confident as a parent.  Well for me that took quite a while and had a lot to do with me stopping comparing my child to books and others and started to concentrate on my parenting milestones.