I wish I could be all witty and funny and say what a great year 2015 has been or share with you some wonderful standout things. Although 2015 has been a great year, we haven’t had one great event or been on one mega holiday. We haven’t travelled the world, but we have had some super experiences. What 2015 has taught me is to keep on keeping on. There have been challenging times, there have been sad times, but equally there has been some drop dead funny times too.
Can you make money from your blog? Yes you can. I am so lucky that I have made blogging my career over the last couple of years. I have been blogging for over seven years and in that time things have changed dramatically and now there are lots of UK networks offering sponsored posts for bloggers, so I am sharing how to make money blogging.
We are on a roll with our confetti crafts this week. We are getting prepared for oir New Years’ Celebration here with these toilet roll confetti poppers, but they are also perfect for weddings, 4th July or any other kind of party. They are super simple to make and the kids love them plus they make any party go with a bang!
We are busy celebrating here and we wanted to make something with the metallic confetti we had leftover from our Balloon Confetti Poppers, so we decided to make some hot glue confetti numbers. We are using our hot glue confetti numbers window clings, but they would also look ace on skewers as a cake topper.
Making a balloon confetti popper is a fun craft to make and is perfect for celebrating New Year’s Eve or even for a wedding. I am going to warn you though, that 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 didn’t warn you.
As you may know, I am a big fan of colouring pages for adults and teens and I really love quote coloring pages. 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 positive quote.
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.
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.
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.
These super-simple String Christmas Tree Card appeal to the Scandi-style lover in me, plus they are fun and simple to make. They also remind me of 70’s string art and as a 70’s baby, I guess they remind me of the Christmases of my youth! 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 spread holiday cheer and the way we do that is to make our own (yes, I love a Christmas craft). I can see these being framed and brought out year after year.
These threaded ribbon Christmas Tree Cards are great for kids of all ages and perfect for working on fine motor skills with the bonus of looking fantastic too. I love that we also added salt dough stars to them. We loved the simple ribbon Christmas cards we made last year, so I have been looking at a similar Christmas card idea for this year that would say Merry Christmas to the people we love. We don’t send a lot of Christmas cards, but the ones we do are all handmade with love and who doesn’t love homemade Christmas cards and I hope you find inspiration with these cards?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 it. I love it when I have craft ideas that can be used to share the love over the festive season and I know that relatives will be delighted with this DIY gift wrap that combines potato prints with fingerprints! So cute.
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.