Simple Ideas to Keep Kids Occupied at Home This Summer

It is a really weird time at the moment, many summer holidays are being postponed and a lot of summer camps and other kids activities are all up in the air. Some of us are still working from home so looking for simple ideas to keep the kids occupied at home this summer.

The Best North Yorkshire Beaches – Family Approved

Growing up by the sea means that I have an affinity with beaches and they are somewhere I gravitate too. We lived in Landlocked Berkshire for 14 years and I craved the sea, so when we came back to North Yorkshire I made it my mission to explore all the local beaches and now I am going to share them with you my best North Yorkshire Beaches.

Best days out in North Yorkshire for families

The North East, specifically North Yorkshire is an amazing part of the UK and also a large area, so today I am going to share some of the best days out in the North East for families. I am a proud northerner, having been born in Teesside and then boomeranging back when Maxi was 1 and I was pregnant with Mini. Over the years we have spent so much time exploring this beautiful part of the country, so have had some fab days out in North Yorkshire

DIY No-Sew Face Mask Patterns

How to make DIY no-sew face masks without a sewing machine: A super selection of face mask patterns using only materials like a bandana, socks, T-shirts, and scarves

Face Mask Patterns – Free Printables Roundup 1

With face masks becoming compulsory in more and more places I wanted to produce a round-up of face mask patterns. So I have gathered together patterns including simple ones to sew and crochet or knit. Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 (CDC recommendation) or 3 (UK Government recommendation).

Free Children’s Sewing Lessons Online

These free online children’s sewing lessons are a great way to keep your kids busy and engaged over the summer. The summer is the perfect time to encourage your children to improve their skills and sewing is the big things at the moment with the success of the Great British Sewing Bee.

Diy Toy Parachute Craft 2

This DIY toy parachute is simple enough to make with your children but also so engaging it will create hours of fun. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make your very own homemade parachute toy with only a few simple materials that you are likely to have at home.

Adult Colouring Sheets – Faces Free Printable

These fun free adult colouring sheets are perfect for when you need some downtime. I love that they are full of diversity and will be so perfect for when you need to unwind. I have always insisted that colouring pages are not just for kids and when my boys were young I used to always join in with them whenever they were colouring.

Free Printable Zoo Scavenger Hunt

These free printable Zoo Scavenger Hunt games are perfect for kids of all ages. Simply print and bring with you to the zoo. I am a big fan of scavenger hunts or eye spy for kids when visiting places as it gives them a sense of anticipation and fun.

Free Printable Grocery List with Categories

I designed this Free Printable Grocery List with Categories as since lockdown started my husband has been doing our weekly grocery shop and he hates it! So I wanted to give him a grocery list that was easier to read and that we can add to during the week. Free Printable Grocery List with Categories

Free Summer Reading Log Printable

Print out your own free summer reading log printable to encourage your kids reading this summer! These reading logs, book review and colouring printables are perfect for all ages from beginner readers to teenagers.

Free Summer Reading Bookmarks Printable 1

I love a printable bookmark and these summer reading bookmarks printable are perfect for using over the summer holidays to record what books your children or you have read.

LGBTQ-friendly books for Young Children

LGBTQ books for Kids under seven 2

Your children are never too young to introduce these LGBTQ books for Kids. Representation is so important. It not only invites those who identify as LGBTQ an opportunity to be represented – including those who have LGBTQ parents – but it teaches others about inclusivity and acceptance. So I asked my friend Kate from Lesbemums to help me compile a list of diverse books that are perfect for introducing to your children. So over to Kate……

Savoury Cornbread Muffins with spring onions and Cheese 2

These Savoury Cornbread Muffins are made from scratch using polenta and flavoured with spring onions, mature cheddar, chilli and sweetcorn. The first time we had cornbread was at brunch when we visited Boston years ago and I have loved it ever since, but whenever I make it at home I find it too dense and not crispy enough. Then I had an epiphany when making dumplings for Sunday Dinner that I could make cornbread muffins, like dumplings for my chilli.

Lockdown 2020 Time Capsule Printable

I love this lockdown time capsule printable that my friends at Epson have produced. It is the perfect activity to do with the kids as a record of this unprecedented time in our lives. Yes, I work with Epson, but they have not asked me to share, but I think it is ace and a great way to record some family history.

4 Easy Tips To Achieve a peaceful bedroom

4 Easy Tips To Achieve a peaceful bedroom is a paid collaboration with Yorkshire Linen. Isolation is really hard on all of us. Some days are harder than others and the current state of affairs has made for a lot of confusion. Something that can really help is looking after ourselves.

Thank You Colouring Pages 3

Printable Thank you colouring Pages is a paid collaborative post with Epson as I am an #EpsonAbassador and I have been so thankful of our Epson printers since lockdown. I wanted to share the love and I produced two fantastic Thank you colouring pages and Thank you cards to colour which are perfect for giving to keyworkers.

Szechuan Beef – A Chinese Fakeaway Recipe 10

This is my Sister in laws Szechuan Beef recipe and makes a fabulous Chinese fakeaway, that is simple to prepare and a real family pleaser

Serve with white rice or brown rice and if you like, you can complement it with a side of veg such as broccoli or crisp cool salad to make it a balanced meal for all the family.  

Teach Your Child Ukulele – The Parents Guide

The Parents Guide to Teach Your Child Ukulele is a paid collaborative post with Musician Authority which is a fab website that was set up to help people learn musical instruments. One of the most popular instruments to learn at the moment is the Ukelele, which is why I put together this parents guide to teaching your child ukulele.