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…

20140731-211145-76305833.jpgwe melted our chocolate in a bowl over some steaming water..

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..

20140731-211946-76786768.jpgonce we finished our labels we stuck them onto our pots using sticky tape.

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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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REDISCOVERING SEA DRAGON EGGS.

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We discovered sea dragon eggs once before and couldn’t believe our luck when we stumbled over them once again!

Here’s how we got on…

I secretly painted a hard boiled duck egg with sparkly nail varnish and when the kids weren’t looking I placed it in a nest made of seaweed in a small cove along the coast…

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I made some dragon footprints leading from the sea shore to the nest..

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I then sat on the picnic blanket whilst the kids set out to beach comb…

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And then they reappeared from the rocks clutching something…

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It was a dragons egg!!!

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We examined it…

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20140728-123338-45218000.jpgNoah gave the it once over too…
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Who’d of thought that we’d stumble over dragon eggs again 😉

SEA DRAGONS

20140721-165021-60621220.jpgDid you know that sea dragons come from the sea on beautiful summer days hiding in the haze of sea mist? They lay their eggs upon the crests of waves that lap against the shore.
These eggs are elusive, and if you are lucky enough you may stumble upon them.
If you are lucky enough to find these elusive and sparkling eggs treat them with care and throw them back into the waves….

We found some sea dragon eggs.

(Shhhhhh… I made our dragon eggs using Jawbreakers and nail varnish and with a dose of slight of hand bought the magic alive)

Here’s how I did it….

I started by given a few jaw breakers a few coats of sparkly nail varnish…

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20140721-165407-60847490.jpgwith the aid of a cut sponge and slight of hand I made some dragon tracks…

20140721-165511-60911967.jpgI told Mila about the sea dragons, their elusiveness & how if we looked really carefully we may find traces of them…she picked out things she thought may be evidence…

20140721-165641-61001801.jpgand sure enough with a little gentle guidance she stumbled upon dragon footprints…

20140721-165735-61055434.jpgI lay our eggs in wait as everyone played in the sea with an underlying hope of glimpsing a sea dragon..

20140721-165837-61117355.jpgThe eggs lay where the crest of the waves meets the sun kissed shoreline…

I waited and watched as Mila came out of the sea…

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20140721-170108-61268393.jpgshe listened to them and said she could hear popping…. DRAGON BABIES LEARNING TO SPOUT WATER!!…

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20140721-170305-61385316.jpgwe made pictures in the sand of what we thought a water breathing sea dragon would look like..

20140721-170453-61493235.jpgwe kept our sea dragon eggs for the afternoon and then decided to return to the shore and throw them back into the crests of the waves….

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It was a magical find and we’ll remember our discovery of sea dragons forever…

FAMILY DAYS FOLLOWERS SUMMER BOREDOM JAR

We asked our Family Days followers to pool together to fill our ultimate boredom jar to see us through the school holidays…Here’s the summer fun bucket list that you guys put together!! Our jar’s certainly overflowing with fun! There’s enough ideas to last through the holidays twice over!

Thank you to everyone for these fab ideas that won’t break the bank but will keep the kids entertained and amused come rain or shine.

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Thank you to all those who threw ideas into the pot! Have a fantastic and fun filled summer!
For more ideas find us https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-days-Tried-tested/287237957955725?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark
And Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/familydays/

70 FAMILY DAYS SUMMER FUN IDEAS

Here’s another of our tried & tested lists of fun things to do!
This will keep you going through the summer whatever the weather..

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1…Have tea on the sofa!

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2.Make your own tree folk in the woods.

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3.Build your own tipi with sticks & a length of fabric.

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4.Make your own fun pizzas.

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5.Make an edible table football with a box, skewers & jelly babies.

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6.Make cut grass nests.

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7.Identify nut bearing trees ready to return in the autumn.

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8.Make cork sail boats.

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9.Make a matchbox art box.

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10.make your own milk bottle top paint palettes.

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11.Make hand soap flower cubes.

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12.Make fairy donuts for the garden fairies using Cheerios and icing.

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13.Have a pop up camping night in the living room.

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14.Have your own spa day outside.

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15.Make your own non spill bubble pot using a Pringles can.

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16.Go for an early morning walk to watch the day begin.

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17. Have a picnic breakfast.

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18.Take some chalk to the beach.

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19. Make a low washing line and have a laundry day.

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20.Make your own outdoor Playstations. Drawing, Lego or make up.

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21.Have a duvet day by taking out storage boxes and blankets to make a bed.

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22.Fly carrier bag kites.

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23.Make sponge cakes.

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24. create your own framed beach art.

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25.Watch trains go by.

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26.Take an empty picture frame out on your travels.

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27.Carve your own toadstools and paint with nail varnish.

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28.Take a rake to the beach and make footprints.

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29.Make a glow in the dark swingball by attaching glow sticks to the string with tape or pull ties.

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30.Build your own stick birds nest.

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31.Make some fabric fairy/butterfly wings.

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32.Make a shower curtain water slide.

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33.Make a toy wash station.

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34.Make camping reading lights by putting head torches on water filled milk cartons.

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35.Walk barefoot through daisies.

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36 have your own rap battle, scene set with decorated boxes.

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37. make a moth attractor and shadow charade sheet by hanging a sheet up and back lighting it.

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38. Make a moth attracting lamp using a water filled milk carton and back lighting it.

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39.Cook your own popcorn using kernels.

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40. make a tree stump bird table.

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41.Pan for gold using spray painted gravel.

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42. Make fairy shell houses by decorating shells.

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43.Make a reading hammock with a length of fabric.

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44.Go on a bike ride.

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45.Make an indoor sandpit.

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46.Make a cress hedgehog.

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47. Do a penny search in the grass.

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48.Go hunting for evidence of fairies.

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49.Make a shell mobile.

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50.Make your own picnic pots.

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51.Make a sheet den by hanging a sheet over a branch.

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52.Have a spring clean day using spray bottle filled with water.

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53. Decorate plain paper lanterns from Poundland.

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54.Make a milk carton ribbon wind sock.

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55.Go on a bear hunt.

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56.Make an outdoor discovery table to put on every thing you collect.

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57.Create a washing up station outside.

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58. Go to the park in the dark.

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59.Make a trip wire assault course using string.

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60.Make an undertable library.

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61.Search for fairy evidence (secretly sprinkle fairy dust for the kids to discover)

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62.Make you’re own chocolate pizzas and top with sweeties.

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63. Build boats with off cuts of wood and a bag of nails.

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64. Watch the sun set.

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65.Go on a nocturnal neighbourhood hedgehog spotting walk.

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66.Go on a colours of the rainbow hunt.

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67.Visit a pick your own farm and cook with what you pick.

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68.Make your own out door art exhibition.

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69.Go lilo surfing in the rain.

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70.Eat plenty of chocolate spread and peanut butter teddy bear toast.

And don’t forget the budget! Give them their own holiday treats budget to stop them trawling though the cupboards and tell them that when it’s gone it’s gone!!!

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ENJOY THE SUMMER 🙂

BUBBLE BLOWING IN THE SKY ON SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN

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Today we decided to head for the hills under a beautiful blue sky, we took a huge tub of bubbles, some yummies & a flask of tea. We headed to Sugarloaf mountain in Abergavenny.
Our walk was relatively easy but quite rocky & steep under foot in places. Our route was approximately 4 miles from start to finish & took us around 3.5 hours with lots of stop offs on the way up to enjoy the view, catch our breath & bask in the glorious sunshine. The colours of summer were out in full force.

We headed up the hill from the car park & walked with the mountain in our view winding our way up on several different well defined paths.
Once at the top we spent some time blowing bubbles before heading back down.

Always take plenty of water & some warm clothing as it can be quite windy on the top…this is a great walk but also one that gets the stamina racing in places.

(We started our walk from Llanwenarth car park (NP7) SO268166.
By car: From the west follow the A40. Just before you reach Abergavenny, and just after the Lamb and Flag pub, turn left where the Sugarloaf Vineyards are signposted. Take the first left and follow the road up. Turn left again and the road bends sharply round to the right. Continue uphill until you come to a very sharp left turn. Follow this bend round and take the right-hand fork shortly after. Continue along this road, past some small parking areas, until you reach the main tarmac car park with stone trig point. From the east follow the A40 out of Abergavenny and turn right following the signs for Sugarloaf Vineyards. Follow instructions above.)

Here’s his our walk looked…

20140709-190602-68762242.jpgwe started with a gorgeous view in the carpark.

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20140709-190723-68843728.jpgNoah got a speed on following a beetle… There were lots of shiny electric blue beetles.

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20140709-191055-69055667.jpgwe found a huge bolder which we thought was the fist of an enormous giant turned to stone during a mountain top battle of territory..

20140709-191232-69152858.jpgwe found feathers which were particularly tickly on the ears

20140709-191514-69314533.jpgas we got to the top the rocks became bigger..they were great to explore

20140709-191704-69424842.jpgwe spent some time blowing bubbles

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20140709-191759-69479230.jpgNoah also spent some time taming a prehistoric rock dinosaur

20140709-191925-69565973.jpgafter the dinosaur was defeated we climbed to the summit..

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20140709-192044-69644253.jpgit was quite breezy…

20140709-192129-69689654.jpgafter taking in the beautiful 360 views we headed back down on the path that was clearly defined and visible from the top..

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20140709-192403-69843649.jpgwe made sure we took the time to turn around to look with awe at where we had walked..

20140709-192510-69910415.jpgwe stopped to watch the farmers herding their mountain sheep on their horses.

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20140709-192643-70003975.jpgthe colours today were truly stunning and offered a real glimpse of summer..

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20140709-192743-70063245.jpgNoah enjoyed a kip on the way down..

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20140709-192857-70137313.jpgSugarloaf is a beautiful mountain & one of our favourites in all seasons. Today the blue sky made it even more so gorgeous.

OCEAN VIEW OUTDOOR SPA

After returning from a week at a festival we decided we needed a little restoration & recovery time, so we collected up some things to make our own treatment couch & beach spa & headed for the ocean to cleanse & lift our souls…

We used two strong plastic storage boxes to carry what we needed and once at the beach we lay these side by side and covered them with towels to make our spa couch, we set up next to a sea water rock pool that would act as one of our treatments.
With a quick stop off at Tesco for supplies we headed on down to Rest Bay with a cool box of yummies & ice….

Here’s how we got on.

First we made a treatment sign..

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20140701-203706-74226820.jpgwe used some pebbles which we wrote on with sharpie marker pens that were warmed by the sun, we placed them on our muscles and relaxed to absorb and top up our zap, enthusiasm, sparkle, flow, energy and get up and go..

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20140701-204034-74434433.jpgwe placed refreshing cucumber on our eyes..

20140701-204112-74472889.jpgwe made some refreshing lemonade with sparkling water, lemons & sugar.

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20140701-204409-74649734.jpgwe had bubble gun splash treatments to gentle tingle our senses

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We treated ourselves to some deep cool sand body wraps..

20140701-205045-75045944.jpgwe turned a rock pool into an invigorating ice cube deep chill auto awakening pool..

20140701-205252-75172989.jpgwe put our feet in and filled it with ice..

20140701-205338-75218646.jpgeveryone took turns to have a treatment..

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20140701-205418-75258312.jpgwe finished wish plenty of refreshing paddling in the sea and some fruit!

20140701-205521-75321228.jpgeveryone loved the outdoor spa and we all returned home refreshed by the sea breeze and cleansed inside and out 🙂