Mother’s Day Crafts With Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastels

Following our first experience with Glow in the Dark Gel-a-Peel a few months ago, we were keen to try the Gel-a-Peel Pearly Pastels in time for Mothering Sunday. Of course this sees me overseeing the decoration of my own gifts, but hey ho, these are the sacrifices we must make.  I absolutely loved the ‘frames’ that came with the kit, so decided to make them, but rather than cutting the pictures to size to fit inside, just used them as overlays. I love it!

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#NumNomsFoodie Pancake Day Invitation To Play

Happy Pancake Day! It’s Shrove Tuesday today, and while we don’t tend to do much for lent, we’re always happy for an excuse to enjoy pancakes! Today we have an added incentive: NumNoms sent us a series 3 Lunch Box and encouraged us to take inspiration from the selection of Nums and Noms for our own pancake fillings. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

It did to us and as you’ll see, the kids loved it!

The NumNoms lunch box comes in two different styles (with different Nums and Noms in them) and the one we received contained 9 Nums – corn, blue raspberry, cherry, grape, banana, wildberry, orange, candycane, maple syrup – two orange erasers (which come as two halves that slot into each other to make one Num), a peach stampit (with fuzzy fur) and a mystery tub, which held a pumpkin – Paula Pumpkin.

I went on a little shopping trip, where I picked up orange, raspberry, blackberry, lemon, banana, mint leaves, maple syrup and some squirty cream. Use this recipe to make your own pancake mixture.

After giving the children the Lunch Box to explore…


… I took it away again, then returned a little later with a picnic lunch decorated with the Lunch Box NumNoms.
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Vintage Travel Guides Ravensburger Puzzle {Review}

I don’t know about the rest of you, but taking time to do things just for me don’t happen too often. And when it does, it might stretch to a cup of coffee in an actual cafe with real people around. Doing something just for me that lasts for a couple of evenings in a row? Very, very rare!

The moment I saw this puzzle, however, I knew I had to make time for it, because I simply love the vintage collection of travel books. Would I have a shelf of books on my bookshelf? No – because, dust trap! but I loved the puzzle so much because it has the feel of a bookshelf without the clutter. Ravensburger PuzzleRead more: Vintage Travel Guides Ravensburger Puzzle {Review}

The Healing Power of Plasters

I will always reach for ‘natural medicine’ long before I’ll reach for anything else, and I’ve come to believe that a good plaster is the most natural medicine of them all! I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but my little girl can overcome almost anything when given a plaster!

And I mean anything. Last year we had a day out at the zoo when she rolled off the play gym and fell a few feet to the ground. I didn’t see the fall, so I gave her a bit of comfort and we popped a plaster on and she was fine and smiling and quite herself for the rest of the day. That night however, after she went to bed she kept stirring and moaning and waking up crying in her sleep. It became so that I called our local non-emergency line and asked for their advice, upon which we ended up heading to the emergency room in the middle of the night! It turned out she’d broken two of the bones in her wrist! How guilty can a mama feel about an injury she couldn’t see? Very, I assure you! Frozen ElastoplastRead more: The Healing Power of Plasters

Owl Bat Bat Owl {Book Review}

Owl Bat Bat Owl is a really unique concept in books because, unlike what normally makes up a book, this one has no written story. The whole story unfolds in pictures, making it a story tellers dream! It’s the perfect book for children who don’t read but like to make up the story as they go along, and it’s a fantastic book for getting imaginations going.

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DIY Craft Kit Gift With Twinkl

You know those days when you wake up in the morning and mentally go through your day, only to suddenly remember the birthday party you’re meant to be at in two hours, so you stumble bleary-eyed over to the gift cupboard and realise that you now only have gifts left for babies, blessingways and older kids, so you log in to your online banking really hoping your client has paid you, but alas, she hasn’t… so you have less than two hours to come up with a present. What do you do? I’ve mentioned before what I do – I go to Twinkl, so that’s precisely what I did today.DIY Gift Set

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Chicco Balance Bike Review From Kiddies Kingdom

We’ve had simply ridiculous weather of late. It’s gone from icy frost to days of cloud to almost warm and back to heating on in the space of two weeks. And today the sun came out again, and we could even go for a walk without coats! I think it’s a sign that spring is coming – and with it, excuses and opportunities to get outdoors. One of the best ways to get some exercise yourself when you have little children, is putting them on a bike – it ensures you can walk fast enough to get your heart rate up, and if your kids are anything like mine, enforce sprinting from time to time, which I’m told is also a good workout strategy!

Ameli received a new balance bike for Christmas. We thought her wooden one was getting a little small, and I wanted something that looked and felt like a ‘real’ bicycle, so we took Kiddies Kingdom up on their offer of a bike to review.

We were sent a Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike, which is also available in pink and yellow. (£27.95)

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Glimmies Forest Fairies Review

You know that time when your kids were so sick, they wouldn’t even play? No? Well, that’s what happened here over the last 10 days. My kids have been so poorly, sitting on the sofa has been hard work! So I’ve been sitting with these Glimmies from Flair for a week, knowing full well that the girls would love love love them, but not wanting to ruin the surprise by giving them something they’re too lacklustre to enjoy!  I quite liked getting something pretty in the post though! Glimmies

What are Glimmies, I hear you ask?

Glimmies are the new kids on the collectible toys block. There are 23 star fairies sent by the moon to take care of Glimmieswood’s forest animals. Each Glimmie bares a resemblance to the forest animal it’s meant to care for and as a group, they love endless adventures with friends, and have a deep respect for nature.

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Glow In The Dark Gel-A-Peel #DesignaDiary Review

This week the kids and I were introduced for the first time to the joys of Gel-A-Peel. Gel-A-Peel is as the name suggests a liquid gel with which you can make patterns and shapes, decorations, jewellery and anything else you can think of really. Leave it to dry for a few hours and peel it off – hey presto!

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The Mouse That Cancelled Christmas {Book Review}

The Mouse That Cancelled Christmas is a funny Christmas story for kids – the kind that sees them giggle as you’re reading, making it fun for adults too.

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