I have the perfect outdoor Nature Craft for the kids this Autumn! Think how amazing it would be if trees had faces! Well, they can with this really easy activity that can be incorporated into any outdoor walk, or even just the garden! Today I am going to show you how to create Mud Tree Faces! This is a really fun, yet simple activity that will get your child’s imagination running, literally, wild!
What you will need:
- Small container of water
- Something to dig with
- Small jug or bowl
- Collection pot or bag
- Leaves, shells, pine cones, stones, twigs etc
- Lots of Imagination!
Once your out and about tell your children that at some point along your walk you will be making some magical mud faces for the tree’s. Give them a little bag, and get them to forage as you walk for items that could be used.… Read More
Last Tuesday we were invited to visit our local Horse and Groom, Harvester to try out their new menu! We don’t often visit the Horse and Groom as we have a Harvester 5 minutes from our door, so it was actually a nice change. The Harvester chain promotes its self as a family friendly restaurant, so we were keen to put this to the test and see what new food they had on offer. If I’m honest, our expectations were not high. While we have never had a bad experience, our experiences tend to have been mediocre.
The Horse and Groom Harvester is situated in a growing village in East Sussex called Polegate. While the setting isn’t anything special. It sits next to a crossroads on a busy road. On the plus side, it’s also very easy to find. The building though is a lovely old style pub with a beautiful mature oak tree in the outside garden.… Read More
On the 06th September Emmeline turned 18 months old. I can’t quite believe I’m writing this post. Not just because of the milestone, but I actually haven’t update about Emmie since she was 9 Months old. This was down to my little break, but my how things have changed since back then. She is no longer a baby, she’s a full blown toddler. I have so much to update you with!
18 Months old
Emmeline is so different from her older brother, they are honestly like chalk and cheese. Fin is wild and always has been, Emmeline is calm and relaxed. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t found her voice and she will growl and scream defiantly if anything is taken from her. However, most of the time she just gets on with things. She is very independent and will happily try and do things on her own and will ask for help if she needs it.… Read More
Almost one year ago today, Finlay started school. As he entered Foundation Stage, I remembered back over the last 4.5 years. Without meaning to sound cliche, it had gone in a blink of an eye. That tiny newborn was standing before me, a child. In crisp, slightly too big school uniform, looking so so grown up. A lump was in my throat, but I remember feeling immense pride. We all stood in our kitchen that first morning filled with such a strange excitement. None of us quite knowing what this next chapter in life would hold, but knowing somehow, it was going to be good.
I learnt many things that the first term, like how amazing my darling little boy could be. That he took it all in his stride and got stuck in 100%, never complaining and wanting so hard to please. I learnt that clothes just disappear and then thankfully reappear.… Read More
This time last year, Finlay was about to embark on his journey through school. I had heard, I had researched and I had conflicting opinions as to what the best pair of school shoes would be for him. Obviously, I wanted something comfy, something hardwearing, but that wasn’t going to set me back a fortune. I thought I had picked the right pair, what a rookie I was! The first pair hardly lasted the first week. The next pair didn’t last much longer. The third did a good stint, but they defiantly needed replacing come the end of term. I was incredibly excited when I was asked to review a pair of back to school shoes from the wonderful guys over at Jake Shoes!
Jake Shoes is an award winning, independently owned and family run company set up in 1975. They have three high street stores based in Manchester, Stockport and Altrincham and an online store.… Read More
It’s that time of year when a lot of mums are experiencing the excitement of their little ones starting school for the very first time. However, it’s a time that is also filled with fear and dread. The unknown is scary and I know all too well. I was there this time last year. The panic and anxiety. Will he be OK, will I be OK? well, I hope I can ease some worries and calm some nerves with what I have learnt this year. Here’s what you need to know and remember, if we survived, you most certainly will!
1: You will cry on their first day and their last day. You will probably cry several times throughout the year too. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Most of the other mums will be crying too. Put some tissues in your bag. My only advice here would be, try not to blub too much until after your child is through the door.… Read More
It has taken me over a week to write this post. Something that on paper should be so simple. Just a short note to explain my absence over the last few months. It’s ridiculous it’s been so hard. I have pondered and procrastinated. I have typed and deleted. This paragraph alone must be my third draft! All I want to say is in the months I have been gone anxiety stole my life. However, even in today’s society where mental health openly discussed, I feel almost shameful to admit that I let it take hold that bad.
As a lifelong anxiety sufferer, it never really goes away, but there’s periods of highs and lows. I was in remission (what I call it) for a long long time, but the last few years haven’t been easy. I have tried to manage it, some days more successfully than others, but in general, I have been doing Ok.… Read More
Fort Fun is Eastbourne’s best adventure park bursting with so many different activities from indoor soft play, a massive outdoor adventure play area, bouncy pillows, American golf and much much more! This Christmas Fort Fun has introduced ‘Breakfast with the Elves’. Every Saturday and Sunday in December leading up to Christmas, from 9 am you can enjoy a buffet style breakfast of pastries and cereals followed by a traditional English breakfast. All while the North pole Elves make sure you have an enjoyable and magical experience! I jumped at the chance when I was asked if we would like to pop down one morning to see what was on offer. It was just up Finlay’s street and I have loved Fort Fun Since I was a little girl myself!
We arrived just after 9 am and we were greeted by the friendly staff. Then one by one Santa’s Elves appeared to greet us.… Read More
For the second year in a row now, Tulleys Christmas Experience has blown us away! Tulleys Farm is situated in Crawley, West Sussex and is renowned worldwide for unique experiences for families, adults and groups. One of these is the Tulleys Christmas Experience, set within the beautiful woodland grounds of Tulleys Farm. Where you and your family can enjoy a magical and unique Christmas experience where there is something for everyone too. We once again visited last weekend with the lovely Beth, from A Blonde and a Baby and her lovely little family. Here’s what we got up to:
We booked our tickets well in advance online.I’m guessing you can buy your tickets on the day in person but the chances are the sleigh rides (you choose your time slot) may be sold out. They were quite limited already when we booked back in October! This option is great actually as it keeps the queues to a complete minimum.… Read More
Today is a very special milestone for little baby Emmeline. Today, and yes TODAY (I haven’t missed this update, first time ever I think!) Emmie is 9 months old. Special because she has been out in the big wide world for as long as she was tucked away in my tummy. So it’s been another month since Emmie’s 8 month update and another 4 weeks that have passed far too quickly. She is growing up very fast and has come leaps and bounds this month. without furthur ado, Today I am 9 months old!
Weight: 16lb 5oz
Emmie and I popped along to clinic this morning after I dropped Finlay at school ready to self weigh. I stripped Emmie off and popped her on the scales. The scale read 7.465kg, I didn’t have my little red book, but It was only 4oz heavier than her last weigh in.… Read More