Today, I packed some spare clothes so we could head down to the beach after school. Time spent at the beach is always a winner right? Aside from running, jumping and splashing, Olivia is always up to hunt some washed up jellyfish and put them back into the water. Then, waiting for the sunset before we go home.
myStyle Dreamcatcher Jewellery kit
What’s not to love about dreamcathcers, hey? Well, I do anyway. I love everything boho and I can sit for hours making dream catchers. I think, most families and close friends got a dreamcatcher from me at some point.
This time though, we were asked to try the myStyle Dreamcatcher Jewellery kit from Interplay and I have never been so excited about dreamcatchers. The kit got everything in it to make up to 5 projects, all you need is a pair of scissors to cut the cords and threads and of course, your time for making it. Trust me, it’s never a wasted time.
Dreamcatcher web: Sometimes, when you look at a dreamcatcher, you’ll wonder how to make the web and it does looks difficult to make and sometimes, it puts you off trying to make one. But, the dreamcatchers you’ll be making in this kit are small and the easy to follow instructions provided does helps and once you got the hang of it, it is one of those therapeutic things to do.
This kit is suitable for 8 years old and over but, I did not mind it for Olivia even if she is only 5, she really is a very good helper. Her main role is the freedom to choose the colours and anything that goes on her jewellery.
In this kit, you can make necklaces, bracelets and earrings but, that doesn’t mean you to have to stick to it. Just like any crafts or projects, you can express your own choice of style as you can never really get wrong with these. Everything that came in the kit are all gorgeous to make a fashionable bohemian jewellery.
Olivia is not into earrings just yet and I don’t know if she will ever be any time soon. So, we made 5 necklaces and a bracelet.
If you notice the green necklace on the first left hand side, I didn’t use the silver thread to make a web. I used lace as a web instead then put a red bead in the middle.
I know, right? You can never have enough dreamcatchers. Perfect for the dreamers.
Remember, this could be a perfect present too. I think, teachers will love a dreamcatcher made by you. 🙂
We are definitely going to get another kit as some of these dreamcatchers we made will be jetting off to Thailand, Belgium, California and for lucky teachers.
Disclaimer: I received this product for review purposes, however all opinions and photos are my own.
Top Garden Activities for Kids
As you may notice, we are always up for our outdoor activities and we will continue to do so. In two weeks time, it going to summer holidays. Yay! Of course, it won’t be just summer trips and little family holidays. We are also gearing up some activities at home and more time in our garden.
Spending time in the garden costs little to no money, requires little in the way of effort and still gives your children lots of fresh air and fun. All you need to do is put the fun back into staying at home versus heading out to somewhere new and, most likely, expensive.
With a little preparation, you can have an arsenal of activities that are sure to have your brood loving spending time in your garden.
Depending on the size of your garden you can have everything from swing ball for smaller spaces, to a full game of Rounders for those blessed with lots of outdoor space. We have water streams in our back garden and it’s been our favourite football pitch. Other ball games that never go out of style are velcro bat and ball as well as a spot of tennis to get into the Wimbledon spirit.
Not only will these ball games provide hours of fun for your family, they will also help to keep the children active and healthy.
Not just a fail safe option for when the Easter bunny visits but also a great game all-year-round. Whether the kids are hunting for sweets, toys or clues to a big prize, this activity will get the cogs whirring and the excitement levels high as they all hurry to find the hidden treasure…
If you have older children, you can turn the hunt into more of an orienteering exercise with clues taking them from one end of the garden to the other in search of the final prize. Remember, they can dress up too.
With most parent’s social calendars revolving around your children’s friend’s birthday parties, how about you get everyone to head to your house for once? Simply tidy up the garden, get some tasty grub together and some activities for the little ones (and the bigger ones) to keep them entertained.
Olivia turned 5 last month, after her little party with the wild ponies in Dartmoor she also had a princess picnic at the garden doing all the princessy crafts and activities.
You can involve the children in the planning and organising of the garden party, as well getting them to try out some new recipes in the kitchen. Whether the culinary delights are something simple like chocolate rice krispie cakes or something more technical like a cheesecake, your guests are sure to enjoy testing it all out.
Don’t forget the ice cream or chocolate fountain to dunk in your fruits!
The key to a successful garden party is having a good amount of space. A way to give the impression of a larger outdoor area than you actually have is by opening up the kitchen into the garden, creating one big space. This can be done with bifold doors (which needn’t cost the earth) and makes a garden party achievable even when the guest list gets a little out of hand.
Don’t be fooled. Yoga isn’t just for adults and your children’s attention span will be able to last for a whole lesson. Grab some mats and brush up on some yoga videos aimed at children or absolute beginners and you’re good to go.
This activity is great for getting the children to stretch and to relax, encouraging them to let go of any worries they have. Before you know it, you’ll have a flock of little yogis ready to take on whatever movements you throw at them!
After ball games, treasure hunts, garden parties and yoga classes, your family will be ready for something a little more low key. A family picnic offers just that. Kitsch it up with a wooden basket full of treats and a picnic blanket for everyone to sit on and let the conversation flow. This is a great activity for family bonding and it’s a chance to up your picnic game with a selection of food that is drool-worthy.
Here’s a checklist of foods that are ideal for the picnic setting:
- Sandwiches: egg and cress, ham and cheese, cream cheese and cucumber, and tuna and sweetcorn. All with the crusts cut off (of course).
- Pies, quiches and savoury muffins: keep them all mini and they will fly out of the picnic basket.
- Scotch eggs: if you have a vegetarian child here’s a great recipe for a meat-free scotch egg.
- Crudités and dips: chop up carrots, cucumber, celery and peppers to dip into hummus, salsa or guacamole (or all three).
- Crisps: vegetable crisps including beetroot, sweet potato and parsnip offer a healthier alternative to regular versions.
- Fruit juice: a safe option.
- Pink lemonade: fancy and appealing.
- Sparkling water: a fake glass of bubbly for the parents.
- Cupcakes: homemade if you have the time.
- Lemon drizzle cake: refreshing on a warm day.
- Chocolate mousse: rich and moreish.
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Being raised in the island, I am fully aware of how swimming benefits us. From healthy happy hearts and lungs, good lifetime activity, fun social benefits and MORE.
Swimming is one thing, I want Olivia to learn too. We all do as parents, don’t we? I want her to have fun when she gets to visit our island. She is also asking for body board for the holidays and I want her to “at least” know some basics in swimming before body boarding.
This is where the Aquaplane swimming aids comes in handy as we were lucky to be sent one to try. I am nowhere close to a swimming teacher or coach but, I am teaching Olivia to swim base on how I learn as child. Every time we go for a swim, she always has her armbands. This time though, she was so excited about the Aquaplane and I think every child would. Imagine a plane on your back? That would make you fly in the swimming pool, right? Yes, because you’re not restricted with your arm movements and helps you build up confidence thus makes learning to swim a lot quicker. Mums and dads won’t break their neck blowing armbands too!
One thing that I struggle with Olivia in swimming is to get her to try the back float. She really don’t like idea but, with aquaplane and encouragement; she seems to be more confident although, she would say “mummy, don’t let go of me”. I told her that I am holding on her plane but of course, she didn’t know, I let go sometimes to see if she can balance and she can.
The Aquaplane can also be transformed into a streamlined kick board which, I am looking forward to for Olivia when she is able to swim on her own. I will give an update for that.
It’s safe to say I am well impressed with this product as well the swimming instructors and some parents at the swimming pool. I will leave you with the Argos link where you can get Aquaplane. RRP is £24.99 but, sure is a good investment for the little swimmers.
See Aquaplane in action or you can visit them at http://aqua-plane.com/.
Disclaimer: I received this product for review purposes, however all opinions are my own.
One morning, Olivia joined me in the bed knowing her daddy left early for work. She asked me, “Mummy, what do you want to be when you grow up?” I told her, I am a full grown adult already. I hope, you can see her face. The disbelief! Of course, she didn’t know I stopped growing when I was six. (Eeek am I that short?) I did have a post somewhere that she told, I am medium sized.
Olivia: No. I don’t think so. You’re not quite as tall as daddy yet. You still have a chance to grow.
Actually, Olivia my dear. When, I grow up…I want to be a child again. I want to be like you- carefree, running around and dance in the rain without having to worry what this crazy world we live in has become.
That’s what I want to be when I grow up.
It’s the time of the year again, long summer holidays is coming and we are all on the look out for places to take our little explorers (and adults too of course). It doesn’t have to be complicated and splash your cash to give your family a good day out. So, if your heading down South West, I’d recommend fossil hunting in Charmouth, Dorset. Something you shouldn’t miss as you are lucky enough, that most of England’s beaches are rich with fossils- reminding us the abundance of life during the Jurassic period.
This was our first fossil hunting, no tools and equipment- just us up for new experience and fun. We didn’t even go with the guided walk (for a small fee) as we want to explore by ourselves. And even
just that, we had an amazing time. There comes to a point where Olivia wants to keep every pebble thinking they are all part of fossils.
There is no guarantee that every pebbles, stones and clay unfolded there is a fossil BUT still is a good fun waiting for that surprise.
IMPORTANT TIP: Everyone feels like a kid again when you’re there. All ignited by Jurassic spirit and you tend to forget how time ticks so fast, be aware of the tide times before you go and do check all the time as there is no safe escape when the tide is in. BE SAFE. Find specific place as your tide reference point so you’ll know when it’s time to leave. Don’t forget your mobile phone too.
Then you’re set for exploring!
One of our finds.
BONUS: Kids get to let loose and just be kids. Running, jumping and climbing and be a proper little explorers. All you mum and dads do is to ensure they are safe. You be the look out! 😉
For mums and dads with little ones, looking to travel and do some outdoor activities, do check Mamas and Papas Travel Range . If you’re around London, Mamas and Papas created a, interactive map/ park finder for you to explore.
Don’t forget to check out some cool accessories for you and the little explorers too. Here’s some of my picks.
Disclosure: “This post is a collaboration post sponsored by Mamas&Papas.
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