We love experiences. I adore making memories with my family, things that we can talk about over the years to come and this fabulous overnight stay at Whipsnade is certainly one of those fab experiences.
We are big fan of travel printables. Especially as I have one child that gets travel sick if on electronics too long whilst travelling. We also love letting the train take the strain when we are travelling too.
Both my boys are maths geeks. They have loved numbers and maths since they were small and are great with mental maths. They have also always loved art and crafts, but the older they get (they are nine and ten) they do less art and I want to encourage them. This is where maths and art collide – parabolics.
This year has been a really great year for family movies, what with Minions, Paddington and now Dreamworks Home. Both my boys adored Home when they saw it at the cinema with MadDad and are delighted that DreamWorks Animation’s HOME is out now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. As a mum I love it when movies are released with some great activity and colouring pages and we have some fab free Dreamworks Home colouring pages to share with you.
We love summer, have you guessed yet. I adore spending the six weeks of the summer with my boys. I am lucky in that I can juggle my work and spend a lot of time with them. I also feel the strain sometimes at keeping the kids entertained over summer.
Do you have adventurous kids? I do, in fact they are far braver than me. Nothing seems to scare my lads and there is nothing they enjoy more than an outdoor adventure. But the trick to getting your kids outdoors is to turn outdoor activities into outdoor adventures!
Do you have a garden or a yard? We have a back garden, which eight years ago was just mud and stones as this house was a new build when we moved in to it. We really love having a garden, we grow plants in it, eat in it over the summer and it is a fab place for the boys to play (mostly football at the moment).
Some days it is either too hot for outdoor activities or just plain raining and you just don’t fancy playing out in the rain. So here are some fab, fun and screen free indoor activities to keep the kids occupied.
Oh I adore Spring. The lighter nights, the warmer days and the promise of things to come. We are a pretty active family and the boys take the opportunity of lighter night to play outside. In fact they don’t come home until we go find them and can often be found playing football under the light of a street lamp. But for those of you with kids that are reluctant to leave the warms and familiarity of the screen for outside play here are some great spring activities.
I love making the most of what we have and that is what Fabulously Frugal is all about for me this week. Making the most of things that we already have in the home and recycling or upcycling them to make playsets.
Spring is on it’s way in the UK and I for one am looking forward to spring flowers, but you can have flowers all year round and they mean so much when they are fantastic kid made flowers. So We have a round up of homemade flowers for kids to make. These homemade flowers are perfect to give for Mother’s Day or to bring some Spring colour in your life.
Do you remember making your own scratch paper when you were younger? Well I certainly do and it is great fun to make with your kids and perfect for Firework pictures too. Whilst we were making the fireworks we talked about how dangerous they are close up, but how colourful and beautiful they are. I love how the boys made a completely different picture from the same starting point. How to make your own scratch paper
With the darker nights and the clocks due to go back, we love brightening up The Mad House and one way we do that is with Jam Jar/Mason Jar Lanterns or tealight holder. These Halloween lanterns are really easy to make Look great too, so I have teamed up with Betta Living to show you how you can reuse any old jars that you have. What you need to make Jam Jar or Mason Jar Halloween Lanterns
An autumn paper plate leaf wreath is the perfect fall activity or craft to make with your kids whatever their age. Paper plates remain one of my favorite ways to make wreaths with kids due to their affordability, but also their flexibility. What you will need to make your paper plate wreaths
Preschoolers love gluing and sticking and this Autumn leaves and tree sticking craft is a great craft for preschoolers and is a simple and pretty much mess free activity. By preparing all the items you need before you can leave it as a great invitation to play. Fall leaves activity Preparation
I love crafting and art. I would do something everyday of I got the chance. This week we managed to grab a full day with Frugal Family and after spending the morning at the Skate Park we had a crafty afternoon decorating plain white pumps with fabric pens. This is the perfect craft for tweens and teens.
How do you record your holiday memories? My boys are very fortunate, blogging has brought us so many fabulous experiences as a family and I want to make sure that we are thankful for them and also record them so we can look back at our experiences and adventures.
We have been using an I’m Bored Jar for the last two years now and I wouldn’t be without one. With the summer holidays coming now is the perfect time to put together yours. Make a Bored Jar You can really use any jar or container that you have in the house. I used a kilner jar that we had in the kitchen and cut out a some paper to make a label and also a tag to make it all pretty!
We were challenged by Innocent kids to reproduce a magic trick from the back of their Kids Juices packets as part of their magic circle. There are seven #innocentmagic tricks and seven of the Innocent gangs favourite bloggers have been chosen to perform. We were sent a sample of Innocent’s new juice flavour tropical, which both the boys loved. Mini isnt a fan of orange juices, but really likes the tropical flavour, which is a blend apples, oranges, pineapple, mango and passionfruit and even better it has no bits, so no funny faces! I love that these are the perfect size for lunch boxes and I will be putting them in when the boys more »