DIY Mason Jar Mother's Day Gift

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.

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Christmas Crafts

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.

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Halloween Lollipop Ideas

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!

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Our Re-Imagined Space Station

Jacob is rather pleased with his re-imagined Space Station he built.

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.

We had a rummage through the contents and pretty much instantly Jacob announced he was making a rocket and a space station. We tried to use as much of the included bits and bobs as possible and managed to use everything bar one jar. Although, we used everything else, the tie, which we made a flag - or the buttons where we made flowers. In addition, we used one item outside the included contents, and that was a plastic cup - Jacob used it to sit the rocket on.

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.

Lego Dream House

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.

How to Turn an Old Book into a Storage Box


For a while now I have wanted to make a keepsake box out of one of my old books

Materials needed:

  • 1 metre fabric – Hatti Raspberry
  • 1 old hardback book
  • A paintbrush
  • Multi-purpose glue
  • A ruler and pencil
  • Scissors
  • 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.

Toucan box activities

Today we finally finished the January Toucan Box activities.

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.

First we made the two Jelly Fish - In the box there was two templates with pre-punched holes, Jacob and I coloured in the templates, stuck the eyes on, and threaded through the ribbons. Also included in the box was suction hooks, so we hung our jelly fish on the back door.

For the crabs, Jacob painted the pots in red, once dried we pushed through the pipe cleaners to make legs, and antennas.  We then cut some circles out, stuck the eyes on to each circle, and pushed and secured each eye onto a pipe cleaner. Finally we clipped some tiny pegs on the two front pipe cleaners for the crab's claws.

Yellow submarine - Jacob painted to tubes and two balls yellow, and once dry he put the two tubes together, and the smaller ball on one end. We then cut out the template given by Toucan, and glued it to the tubs, and finally stuck the second ball in the top. 

Finally the picture, Jacob first cut out the sandpaper and clued it on the black paper, he then clued the green ribbon on the picture to make the seaweed, and we cut out a fish shape on the sponge which was also supplied. Jacob then made some fishy paint prints, and he stuck an eye on each fish and finally included were the stickers of sea creatures.

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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