‘SEEING OUT SUMMER’ PAPER LANTERNS

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We decided we wanted to make some paper lanterns to help us say goodbye to the summer during a twilight walk.
We mainly used sticks & sticky tape, greaseproof paper (you can use tissue paper), some pva glue and battery operated fairy lights..

Here’s what we did..

20140826-115825-43105667.jpgwe made a frame using our sticks using sticky tape to tape them together..

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We then added a little water to some pva glue (half water half glue) which we used to paint over both sides of some greaseproof paper, Mila did the same process using tissue paper. This made the paper more manageable when applying to our lantern frame.

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We did this over and over carefully laying the sheets onto our lantern frames until they were covered on all sides except the bottom..

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20140826-120403-43443155.jpgwe then hung them outside to dry..

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20140826-120506-43506249.jpgonce dried we used a little garden wire threaded through the top which we attached to a bamboo cane to carry, we attached battery operated fairy lights to the garden wire inside of the lantern..

20140826-120657-43617078.jpgwe finished by covering the bottom of our lanterns with a piece of greaseproof paper which we secured with sticky tape..

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20140826-120843-43723857.jpgwe then headed out as the sun went down for a lantern lit walk..

20140826-121727-44247597.jpgour lanterns turned out beautiful and we can’t wait to try different variations using leaves for the autumn and incorporating designs for Halloween and Christmas.

THE FAMILY DAYS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

20140823-163449-59689540.jpgWe decided that we wanted to take THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE to raise awareness of ALS ,MACMILLAN, WATERAID, & THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
Here are our reasonings for these chosen charities…
Awareness needs to be raised for WaterAid because we’ve always actively supported them, it’s a charity which is very important to the plight of clean water, hygienic sanitation and treating water for its values to life in its purest form. We also walk and have the teeniest comprehension of what some lesser fortunate humanity need to do to endure they reach water which all too often is dirty. It’s a delicate line which Wateraid are tirelessly trying to thicken.
Walking with ample filled beautifully cleaned or naturally sourced water bottles from the shop is something we take for granted.
We choose to do our challenge at the waterfalls to prevent wasting water, & our Wateraid bucket was filled with dirty water.
We felt that our challenge stuck with the FAMILY DAYS TRIED & TESTED ethos.

ALS is the main focus of the ‘icebucketchallenge’ & has been a great & fun platform to raise much needed research money and awareness for ALS & Macmillan for cancers which are on such a wide scale and affect so many people on so many levels, as a family we know first hand the importance of endeavouring to find a cure for such an unforgiving disease that continues to take loved ones undiscriminatingly.
(Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord)

We choose to supporting the British Heart Foundation as the ‘ice bucket’ struck a similarity for us with Mila, 5. She’s been dipped in ice buckets and even iced waterfalls on emergencies on numerous occasions to try and shock & correct her heart back to a safe state, it’s a journey which the BHF has supported us with & helped us gain knowledge of and a comfyness of living with a child with a heart condition. Their work through research is especially close to our hearts.

We choose to incorporate our challenge with a walk to the waterfalls carrying our bags of ice with us to give some understanding to the children of what people around the world go through in their need to find water.

The kids did really well in their challenge and most importantly we text our donations when we got home…

Here’s how our ICE BUCKET CHALLENGEwent…

20140823-164929-60569777.jpgeverybody carried a bucket..

20140823-165030-60630786.jpgand the bigger kids carried bags of ice..

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20140823-165240-60760499.jpgthe kids grasped at an understanding of the difficulties of walking a long way with a valuable load..

20140823-165527-60927991.jpgwe waked for around 2 miles to reach a waterfall deep in the Brecon Beacons..

20140823-165655-61015736.jpgwe finally arrived at the waterfall to set up..

20140823-165743-61063932.jpgwe filled our WaterAid bucket with dirty water as we know that some people walk for miles and miles in search of water only to find dirty water they have no alternative but to use..

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20140823-170048-61248335.jpgand then we were set!!

20140823-170147-61307154.jpgTO VIEW THE VIDEO PLEASE SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGEhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-days-Tried-tested/287237957955725?ref=bookmarksthey did really well

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20140823-170628-61588188.jpgwith a quick emptying of our wellies we started our walk back, soggy, wet and a little cold but really pleased with ourselves..

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20140823-171242-61962940.jpgwe enjoyed our challenge and had fun doing it…

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Our 3 nominations are chosen with fun in mind and will have a longer timeline of completion due to having to personally request individuals once school resume in two weeks…
We nominate any of our followers whom are willing to donate to either or all of the above charities, the teachers of Undy Primary School, South Wales & our lovely Welsh beauty & the voice of Wales Charlotte Church (whom we are trying to contact)

MOST IMPORTANTLY, DON’T FORGET TO DONATE!!!

For more info on he charities we have tried to raise awareness for please visit their sites.

http://www.wateraid.org/uk

http://www.bhf.org.uk/

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/IceBucketChallenge%E2%80%8E

JUNGLE THEMED BATH

We decided to make bath time a little bit more fun by turning the bathroom into a jungle…
We used real leaves from the garden and a few packets of battery operated fairy lights to hang from the shower curtain rail. We finished with some plastic jungle animals to play with and some green jungle juice shampoo…

It took around 15 minutes to put together…

Here’s how it turned out..

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20140821-195431-71671264.jpgwith the scene set all that was needed was our jungle explorer :-)

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20140821-195719-71839251.jpgNoah loved his jungle bath and emerged wrinkly and squeaky clean :-)

AUTISM AWARENESS

Autism is something that never really touched my life, I knew nothing of its effects on people lives, I couldn’t comment on the subject and I was always blind to how common it actually is and the enormously wide scale in which it graces people’s lives.
Please don’t take offence of my ignorance, I’m learning.
Facebook and the honesty of friends I have made online first introduced me to autism, ADHD & the spectrum scale.
I was given an insight to the trials and tribulations that families faced on a daily basis, the traumas, the prejudice, the ignorance and the pure misunderstanding and more often the unwillingness for society to not only not want too but also sadly not even try or attempt to accept the difference. I was also given an insight into the love, innocence, pure laughter and happiness that autism can also bring.
I’ve read statuses that have made my heart sink, made my brain baffle and my words fail, I’ve read statuses that have tickled me, swelled my heart and made my belly hurt with laughter.
That’s the beauty of Facebook, it can bring you realism, a true and heartfelt portrayal of life and a realisation of the world we live in and the things that should not be hidden, avoided or given no thought too.

I still have very little understanding of the spectrum scale but i’m learning, I’m willing to educate and if I can raise awareness within the simplest of things then I owe it to the honesty of the friends I have made on Facebook and the eloquence they have shown in opening up their hearts, through ups and downs and accepting me into their lives and showing me raw emotions & their beautiful families laid bare.

Today we headed to the beach for some fun, I took this as an opportunity to make a huge mark in the sand with my children in the hope of leaving just a little mark in their thoughts and a teeny bit of understanding of what we were doing and why. I explained to them that people are like a puzzle, there’s all different pieces, shapes & sizes but we all fit together snugly if we work together. I also explained we are all different, we may not look the same, talk the same, react the same way but we all posses a heart that exudes love and absorbs it too.

I’ve got a lot of education to gain about autism, ADHD, Aspergers etc but I’m willing….
And as I grasp that education myself I will pass it onto my children.

Please don’t take my lack of knowledge as ignorance, shedding that ignorance is as good a place as any to start….

If you have any links, information, words, thoughts or feelings please feel free to pass them on for ourselves and others to see.

You can find out more information here..http://www.autism.org.uk/about-autism/autism-and-asperger-syndrome-an-introduction/what-is-autism.aspx

Here’s what we did today….

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I would like to thank the Facebook friends whose honesty has helped move people’s attitudes forward, they may not realise it but in that honesty of emotions and glimpses into every lives they are changing people’s attitudes, they are enforcing acceptance and they are raising awareness for the world to move forward the way it should. They know who they are.

365 STEPS TO THE EAGLES NEST VIEW POINT- FOREST OF DEAN

20140812-204205-74525934.jpgWe decided to head to the Forest of Dean to climb up to the Eagles nest view point, so with cake in hand we headed off….

We parked in Lower Wyndcliffe Car Park which is on the A466 three and a half miles north of Chepstow and just north of St Arvans, we crossed the road and followed the signs for the 365 steps.
The path leads you up the steps through woodland to the view point. The view across the bend in the Wye river includes the rocks of Wintours leap, the Severn bridges and estuary and, on a clear day, the Cotswold and Mendip hills. You also get a great view of the unique ‘hanging’ woodlands which cling to the sides of the rocks.

It was raining when we went so was quite slippery in places but it was managed by all the children including Noah (2), although we had to keep a close eye on him, help him up and down some of the larger steps and hold his hand.

The walk was like a haven for fairies and the woods looked like a prehistoric playground.

Our walk took us around 3/4 of an hour to reach the viewpoint with half an hours stop off at the top to admire the view before heading back down….

Here’s how we got on…

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20140812-204303-74583123.jpgThere was evidence of fairies in the magical twisted woodland..

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20140812-204604-74764699.jpgwe found a cave which we thought belonged to a dragon…

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20140812-204710-74830812.jpgthere were lots of steps and Noah had a helping hand…

20140812-204805-74885827.jpgHalf way up we were greeted by a beautiful glimpse of the view through a clearing in the trees…

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20140812-205027-75027175.jpgwe found a really cool tree..

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20140812-205349-75229291.jpgAND CAKE!!

20140812-205609-75369301.jpg after our cake we headed back down exploring along the way…

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20140812-210339-75819216.jpgwe even found our own Eagle in the nest to take home with us :-)

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BOYS VILLAGE ABANDONED HOLIDAY CAMP

20140811-213232-77552906.jpg</St Athan Boys' Village was a village-style holiday camp located in West Aberthaw , Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (The B4265 passes just south of St. Athan; go east on it (if leaving the town) and take the first turning on the right at the petrol station, under the old train bridge, Boys village is a few minutes down the road)
Now derelict all that remains are the shells of the buildings that once remained, overgrown and dilapidated it has an eerie atmosphere and an intriguing air surrounding it.
We parked along the road outside of it and freely walked in to take a look around.

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BOAT BUILDING

IMG_7274.JPGWe headed to a lake in the forest to make our own boat builders yard, we made a sign and pitched up our tent, took a bag of off cut wood that that we got from the local sawmill for free and a bag if mixed used nails from the builders yard for £1.50, a hammer, some material for our sail (an old pillow case), some string, scissors and a staple gun to attach our sail. (You could just use nails).
The kids hammered and banged and we set sail to our boats on the lake.

Here’s how we got on..

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THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF WALES

So here is our tried & tested view of South/West & Mid Wales & a photographical log of some of the naturally beautiful places we have visited over the last 18 months, from coastline to mountains and ruins to heritage we endeavoured to take in as much of our part of the world as possible with just petrol in the car, often welly boots on our feet & just a few pennies in our pockets for ice cream & cake….. Not an admission fee in site….
We truly do live in a beautiful country with a feast of outstanding gorgeousness on our doorstep.

We love Wales, when it’s basking in sunshine or exuding lushness from the rain….. Wales has so much to offer.

Here’s our adventure….
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You can’t beat Wales! You can follow our adventure and exploration of the land beyond our doorstep at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-days-Tried-tested/287237957955725?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark

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FROZEN CAPE, BECOMING ELSA.

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With all the continuous dancing around in the house bellowing out ‘Let it go!’ we decided it was about time we dressed up and made our own ‘Frozen’ themed attire…
So we set about to see what we had that we could make use of.
We found an old sparkly voile and a blue princess dress in the toy box. The girls set about cutting our paper snowflakes whilst I threaded a piece of fabric through the top of our voile to tie it onto Mila’s shoulder to use as a cape.
We then used pva glue to stick our paper snowflakes onto our dress and cape….

We then left it to dry..

Finally we found a set of battery operated fairy lights that we used as an ice crown.

It was as simple as that!!!

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20140801-192643-70003301.jpgMila loved her outfit and I’m sure it made her sing even louder…

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ICE CREAM MAKING

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Today we decided we wanted to make our own ice cream flavours, we decided on the easy option of adding our ingredients to ready made ice cream and decorating our cones with chocolate and yummies..
We started by shopping for our ingredients, chocolate, wafer cones, soft scoop ice cream and sweeties…

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Whilst in Tescos we picked up some pots and lids from the salad bar…

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20140731-211225-76345776.jpgwe then put our sprinkles and crushed nuts onto small plates so we could roll our chocolate covered cones in…

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20140731-211345-76425854.jpgeven the smallest members of the family had a go :-)

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We then placed them in some ice lolly moulds to keep them upright (you could use a glass) and put them in the fridge to harden..

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We then set about adding our ingredients to our ice cream, we mixed the ingredients in before the ice cream melted, scooped it into pots and returned to the freezer (we found soft scoop ice cream was the best to use as it didn’t need to thaw to enable us to mix it, it’s important to work quickly to avoid the ice cream melting as re freezing isn’t recommended) ..

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20140731-211755-76675747.jpgwhilst the our ice cream sat in the freezer we made labels for our pots..

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We then checked to see if our chocolate covered cones had set..

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We popped on a movie and scooped up our ice creams :-)

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