This Mother's Day I want to treat my mum to something extra special. My dad is very ill with cancer and has spent most of 2017 in hospital. My mum has been by his side constantly. She goes to the hospital every morning and sits with him all day until evening. She hasn't had much time for herself and I've watched her go through a lot of upset and worry - it is heartbreaking, but I admire her strength and I love the love my parents have and share with each other. This Mother's Day I want to treat and surprise her with a Mason Jar full of goodies - items that she can spend some time pampering herself and looking after herself, even if for a few moments.Read More
Wynsors World of Shoes kindly sent a huge box of crafting goodies, along with some super comfy slippers for Jacob and Summer and some special treats (hot chocolate reindeer, chocolate coins and chocolate balls).
We did a lot of Christmas crafts in December - the perfect cold weather activity and it really gets you into the Christmas Spirit! Christmas crafting is great fun to display the kids finished pieces and I love to get them out year after year.Read More
We love Halloween, every year we decorate the house and throw a part; we take the kids trick or treating and enjoy the atmosphere of the night (and eat loads of sweets and chocolate). Sadly this year, the first since many years we won't be hosting a party (due to the extension being built, it's just not possible for us this year). We are still going to take the kids out trick or treating's and we'll decorate the front of the house a little, nothing like we normally do - but next year we should be back to normal and going the full hog!We love Halloween, every year we decorate the house and throw a part; we take the kids trick or treating and enjoy the atmosphere of the night (and eat loads of sweets and chocolate). Sadly this year, the first since many years we won't be hosting a party (due to the extension being built, it's just not possible for us this year). We are still going to take the kids out trick or treating's and we'll decorate the front of the house a little, nothing like we normally do - but next year we should be back to normal and going the full hog!Read More
This month's Bostik Blogger box was packed full of seasonal items, perfect to have fun with and make Christmas crafts with.
Whilst Jacob started (see below) decorating his Christmas Tree and cards, I gathered some pieces from the Bostik pack to make a gift box. It is small, but cute, and I had tons of fun making it.
To make this I used the little round ring box, a sheet of gift wrapping paper, string, a bell, and a gold glittery pipe cleaner and a fir one too; not forgetting the Fine & Wide Bostik glu pen.
Even though I wrapped the string around the whole box, I wanted it to be openable. So I wrapped the bottom separately and then wrapped the lid too - using the same gift wrapping paper.
Cut the wrapping paper into half.
Using the wide end of the glu pen, I placed glue around the outside of the box.
Slowly roll the box, where I glued onto the paper, wrapping it around fully.
Once dried, I cut the paper sticking out over the box, slitting it to enable me, to then fold/tuck the paper inside and gluing it, I did this also for the bottom of the box.
I then repeated these steps using the second half of the wrapping paper for the box lid.
Placing the lid onto the base of the box, I then tied the string around, securing it, and finished it with a bow.
Under the string bow I tucked in the fir pipe cleaner, snipping it to size.
With a bell I threaded a small piece of string, and tied it to the middle of the string tied to the box - at the base of the bow.
And, that is my festive small round gift box.
Included in the pack were small little wooden shapes, one was an angel shape and the other a snowman. Jacob used two leafs to stick on the angel to make her wings, and using the gold glitter pipe cleaner, we made her halo.
For the snowman, we wrapped ribbon around his neck for a scarf, and used the Bostik glitter pens for his buttons and his eyes. Jacob then stuck a gem on his head for his hat.
Very simple, but fun pieces.
Jacob made these lovely festive Christmas Garland and Christmas Tree. He stuck the gems on, with bits of ribbon. He used the one start gem we had for the top of the tree.
Then finally, included in the pack were some blank cards, Jacob made his friends some lovely personalized Christmas Cards, drawing an Elf using the Bostik glitter glue pens.
Our November surprise box of arts and crafts from Bostik was tons of fun. We were supplied with some Bostik glue, gluedots and lots of different bits and bobs. Jacob, Summer and I put our creative heads on and made a few things, from a snowman, to a wintery mobile.
Materials to make your witch hat:
- Wreath Ring Frame
- Lollipop sticks (to make a star)
- Decorative fabric
- Tracing paper (for the snow flakes)
- Glitter cardboard papper (for the Christmas tree)
- Felt paper
- Polystyrene shapes (stars)
- Pom pom ball (for the little snowman)
- Snowflake foam stickers.
- Bostik glue
- Bostik foam pads
We started off with the wreath ring frame and using the bits and bobs we received, we proceeded to make all our hanging parts for our mobile.
First Jacob and I made our little snowman - using the pompom we tied some lace like fabric around the pompom at 3/4 the way making a scarf, defining the head and body part. We then cut tiny bits fabric and used this for his buttons - we used two stick on eyes we had at home, and our snowman was complete.
Using the tracing paper, we had tons of fun folding it, to then cut out tiny shapes before opening it into a snow flake (beautiful). With the lolly sticks we made our Christmas star and with the star foam shapes we used some glitter paint to make it sparkle. Finally, we had a snowflake glittery sticker and we used that to add to our mobile.
All put together, the finished effect was a fun, wintery mobile.
As well as the wintery mobile we made, Jacob, with the foam snowman shape, decorated his snowman,
this is the snowman Jacob made, with some green tissue paper for his scarf and some small blue pompoms for his buttons, stuck to the snowman foam shaped cut-out.
And, finally we had completed our wintery mobile.
Energizer have re-imagined the battery category with the world’s first battery made out of 4% recycled battery material, but they won't stop there! By 2025 Energizer aim for an even more EcoAdvanced battery which will be made from 40% recycled battery material - watch this space!
So to celebrate, Energizer has challenged bloggers to undertake a re-imagination challenge using a surprise box of goodies! We had no clue to what we were going to receive, and we could use any items out of this box and if needed, 2 household items. It was rather exciting waiting to see what was included in the box and when it did arrive, it didn't disappoint. We received a crate packed full of bits and bobs, from paint to kitchen roll to empty jam jars. A whole jumble of stuff - the next steps was for Jacob to use his imagination and build.
Would you like to get your imagination juices rolling? Then why don't you join in:
Energizer are running a campaign to encourage You to also get involved. What can you re-imagination? Put that imagination to the test and try some upcycling at home. The prize for two entrants who come up with the most imaginative creations is a fantastic overnight stay at the Science Museum in London along with a GoPro camera, so they can film the whole experience! You have until the end of September to enter, so don’t wait and submit your details here via Facebook.
|This was the pack as it arrived.|
|Jacob knew straight away he wanted to build a space station with a rocket.|
|Summer joined in on the fun.|
|We got messy.|
|And the rocket started to come together.|
|A tower with steps.|
|A row of flowers with the super shiny Satellite dishes / laser gun.|
|The rocket - dipped in watered down red paint (we didn't have a lot of paint to work with, so we mixed it with water and dipped the mop end it - Jacob wanted it red to look like flames.|
|Ta Da! Jacob is really pleased with his super space station. We had tons of fun making it, took us all week, made loads of mess - but well worth it. He is happily playing with his new Space Station and we think it is pretty cool.|
We were sent a bag of Lego to build the boys dream house. We also did have to use some of our own Lego - over the years with my boys we have collected tons of it, all shapes, sizes, colours etc. So we poured all the Lego onto a mat and shifted through what we needed.
I asked the boys what they wanted to build, what would be their dream home - first Jacob said a hobbit hole (he is a big LOTR fan), but Lewis said no to that, and so Lewis suggested a Lighthouse. We live in a coastal town and have a lighthouse sat on the cliffs, unfortunately, there is no entry permitted (as it is someone lives there), thus it has always held an air of mystery about it.
Next we had to establish what colours we wanted, Lewis mentioned we should first check which colour Lego pieces we have the most off, and we identified white and green - with a bit of yellow. Luckily enough we had some old Lego window pieces to make our lantern room.
We got our Lego base and Lewis started to build the tower, Jacob got to work on the sand, the sea, the rocks, he found a crab to put on the rocks. He also built a bird stand. Summer placed lots of flowers around the entrance, and
Lewis built the tree (with red apples) and then a bench to sit on the rocks "to look out to the sea".
Me, I was the 'find the Lego piece/colour' person.
I am really pleased with how the boys used their imagination and built this lighthouse from nothing, they used what pieces we had, and could find. The final masterpiece looks fantastic - most importantly, the boys are super pleased with it.
For a while now I have wanted to make a keepsake box out of one of my old books
- 1 metre fabric – Hatti Raspberry
- 1 old hardback book
- A paintbrush
- Multi-purpose glue
- A ruler and pencil
- Stanly knife
First I painted the back book cover and spine with the glue, and covered with the fabric. I then turned the book over, positioned it on the fabric, pressed down, turned it over so the back is now facing me, and smoothed it out with my hand. And again I did the same for the front cover and then the inside the cover. Cutting two slits on each side of the spine, and using a butter knife I tucked the fabric into the spine - both ends.
I then closed the book, and painted all three sides of the pages with the glue. Make sure to coat them thoroughly. I then placed a heavy iron (turned off) on top of the book and let it to sit and dry for about 12 hours.
Now that the pages are all glued together, I started cutting out the middle of the pages. First, I measure out the size and shape of the compartment I wanted, then carefully I started slicing around the marked shape with Stanly knife. I went deep enough to place some jewelry bits in, but you can go deeper if you so wish. And that is finished - you can see my pictures below.
Fabric covered books (with a secret hidden compartment) are pretty, cheap decor pieces that will look beautiful in the bookcase, or on a shelf - and you get to hide some bits and bobs.
We had loads of fun making the two multi-coloured jelly fish with there dangly tentacles, and the two red crabs that Jacob calls 'Mr Crabs'. In addition we made a yellow 'super' submarine, and finally made a picture with paint stamps and stickers - with an underwater theme.
We had so much fun completing all the January activities, and Jacob loves receiving the Toucan box each month - we have been subscribing to this service for nearly 2 years now, and I would recommend it to anyone that has young children. The Toucan box is delivered each month with 4 activities, and included is everything you will need to complete each activity - even the paper and paint brushes. Not forgetting the box always comes with a story or sticker book.
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Jacob's favourite project this month was the Ice painting.Read More