THE MAGICAL MAKE BELIEVE SPIRIT OF CHILDHOOD

Make childhood magical with a few of our simple tips, a bit of fairy dust, ample imagination & good old slight of hand!!
Here’s some of our favourite..
1..PAN FOR GOLD

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2.SEARCH FOR EVIDENCE OF FAIRIES..

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3.CATCH A FALLING STAR..

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4.FIND PEARLS…

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5.DISCOVER ANCIENT GOLD COINS

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6.FIND A SHARKS TOOTH!

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7.STUMBLE UPON DRAGON EGGS!!

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8.DISCOVER PRECIOUS GEMSTONES..

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9.FIND SOME REAL FAIRY DUST!

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10.FIND A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE..

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11.SEARCH FOR SHED FAIRY WINGS..

IMG_8434.JPG12.FOLLOW A TREASURE MAP..

IMG_8441.JPG13.FIND AN OLD MAGICAL KEY..

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The possibilities are endless…a little imagination goes a long way & make believe lasts a lifetime…

FD MAD BLOG KIDS AWARDS FOR FAMILY FUN

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This week we won the MAD blog award 2014 for best family fun, we were over the moon to be chosen to obtain the title & received our award at a red carpeted ceremony in London.
The ceremony was adult only & we wanted to show some recognition to the kids for our win so we embarked on our own prestigious award ceremony for them, after all we would not have won a ‘family fun’ category without them!

We had originally planned to throw the table into the back of the car to find an outdoor spot with a beautiful backdrop with a stop off at Toby carvery for a takeaway roast but had to go with plan B due to a poorly toddler who just wanted time on the sofa….so, our gala event took place in the garden complete with a red carpet and blow out dinner which I nipped out to Toby carvery to fetch. (A child’s portion is £4 but enough to feed 4 children!)
The kids scrubbed up and there were lots of winners!
Here’s how we got on…

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They looked very posh..

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We made a menu..

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And laid the table by throwing sheets over the table and chairs.

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IMG_8034.JPGonce the red carpet was laid the girls practiced walking it..

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With food dished up we feasted before the announcements started..

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The category’s were

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along with
MOST WILLING TO GET UP AT A STRANGE HOUR.
MOST CREATIVE INPUT.
MUCKIEST PUP AWARD.
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER.

The first winner was Elis..

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We couldn’t of won our MAD blog award without the kids, we were all winners….TOGETHER!!

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DUVET DAY AT THE BEACH

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So with the lurgy being in the house for the past few days we decided to take our sickbed to the beach! After all fresh air is the best medicine of all…

It worked a treat.

We took two storage boxes, a piece of wood, some bedding and an air bed….

With a spot of reading, some snoozing in the sea air & lashings of chicken soup everyone felt well rested and a lot better so we finished the day with a pillow fight.

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20140527-194149.jpgIt’s surprising what a bit of bed rest can do…before long we were feeling fighting fit again…

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We did some rock pooling and found some false teeth!

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So that’s what we did…

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DINOSAURS CAUSING HAVOC

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If you haven’t stumbled upon it already you really must check out Dinovember, I’m telling you, we all need a little bit of it in our lives, the concept is to feed the kids with a little imagination with dinosaurs, while they sleep you place the dinosaurs for them to discover when they awake, it’s a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun…

Here’s some of the antics that our household dinosaurs have got up to!
They’re a bit pesky at times….

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We awoke to find they’d raided the sweetie tin…

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A mammoth task….with peer pressure & group influences kicking in it appears the larger dino’s have had a ball shaving off all mammoths hair, he is no longer wooly & I fear he would not survive an ice age….only time will tell.

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One night the Dino’s headed to the kitchen seemingly to cook up a feast & it appears that we have a good mix of both carnivores & herbivores nocturnally roaming free…

20140522-131950.jpgOur third night of Dinovember was rather fitting to the 9 year olds first attempt at shaving secretly in his bedroom & pays tribute to Movember.

20140522-132253.jpgTeenage protest…. Another night our dinosaurs were aimed at the teenagers in the house. As the protest was going on in the fridge it was hoped it would act as a prevention from it getting overly heated.

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It appears that last night those pesky dinosaurs got into the medical kit…. It looks like some of them may even be medically trained… Pesky creatures….

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One morning there were no dinosaurs. Instead we found this on the kitchen floor & an intact one within the box of eggs on the side…. It spelt trouble…..

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To try and avoid the ice age the Dino’s headed for the oven..

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We had’nt seen the dinosaurs for a couple of nights but they then returned with a ravenous attitude, thankfully the rhubarb pie I bought on the reduced section at Tesco was only 10p. Still, cheeky buggers though.

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We awoke one morning to discover the dinosaurs had been up to no good & taken a shine to a box of chocolates…

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Once the dinosaurs in the house were I little bit influenced by our artistic goings on & got together to recreate their own views of our recent art attempts….those pesky dinosaurs!!

20140522-133516.jpgThose pesky dinosaurs were caught out again, and although i have to say their sun cream applying ability needs improving we’ve gotta give them credit for being sunshine sensible with a high factor!
A few days of decent sunshine & they think it’s Summer!

The dinosaur antics have been a great and magical addition to our family thanks to the inspiration from Dinovember & you can check out and join in the fun over on their fb page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1411663649067953&ref=ts&fref=ts

BEST WISHES SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

On special occasions I like to personalise how I say happy birthday, congratulation, well done, welcome to the world or just a plain & simple I love you…
With the aid of a marker pen and a mobile camera phone a special message can be easily made and posted directly to your friends Facebook wall…

Here’s some of the things we have posted on special occasions….

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Fill a basket with pebbles and leave a message on a large one encouraging others to write wedding day messages as a keepsake..

20140507-174003.jpgwatering cans can be bought for a few pound, ideal for a summer birthday party to leave on the table with a pot of permanent markers for guests to write their messages on.

20140507-174148.jpga photo of the moon or the sunrise on the day a baby is born is a lovely photo to post onto a new parents wall.

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The ideas are endless and always a nice thoughtful post to see.
It’s always a nice momento to bring you real life pebble message back with you to sit on the receivers sideboard 🙂

CARROT HUNT & RUSTIC PICNIC

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I decided that I wanted to do a woodland hunt with a difference for the children, I wanted it to include a yummy picnic too.
So with a little imagination, a whole load of carrots, some cake and treats and a flask of soup we headed out for a carrot themed hunt in the woods…

Here’s how we got on…

FIRSTLY I GATHERED EVERYTHING THAT WAS NEEDED…

I bought a carrot cake for £2 in Waitrose & decorated with a packet of bunnies from Poundland, we finished by adding carrots and laying it on a cake stand….

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I made a sign (see above) & placed different coloured elastic bands around our carrots so the kids could hunt for their allocated colours, they also had a ‘golden’ carrot each to find..

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I filled some plastic plant pots with loot to be rewarded to the finders of the golden carrots..

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Lastly I gathered a picnic blanket, a flask of soup and bread and loaded up our baskets to take to the woods..

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WITH EVERYTHING PREPARED WE WERE READY TO SET OUT!!!

The best way to carry everything was in a wheelbarrow..

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Whilst the kids headed off to explore the woodland I set up…
Firstly I placed the sign..

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And laid the picnic..

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I then set about hiding the carrots..

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Then the kids set about on their hunt..

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And they were fruitful!!

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And when they had counted up their loot they were able to head off and search for their reward pots for finding the golden carrots…

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All that was left to do was dig into our rustic picnic… YUMMY!!

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We had a fab time with a bucket load of carrots and a simple picnic…

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FEATHER HUNT ADVENTURE

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We decide we were going to embark on a feather hunt! A few weeks before I had managed to find a peacock feather in a charity shop along with an old straw hat that we would use to display all our collected finds, I hid these from the kids as they were to be the basis for our hunt. (You can buy peacock feathers very cheaply on EBay or in craft shops)
I gave the children the straw hat and told them we were heading out on a search, I hid the peacock feather carefully up my sleeve ready to be placed when they were but watching….
Then we headed out…
Here’s how we got on….

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Our hat started looking wonderful!!>

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And then we found a peacock feather!!! The kids though it was glorious, it was beautiful..>

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Our hat looked awesome!
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A simple walk was turned into a magical adventure with just a few feathers 🙂

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BEACH ACTIVITIES & FUN. FAMILY DAYS TOP 30 TRIED & TESTED.

Sunbathing & paddling, sandcastle building & salt n vinegar chippies, ice creams, rock pools and rubber rings…gotta love them all.
But here’s our list of alternative things to do at the beach…

No 1…Fairy shell houses. Decorate shells with permanent marker pens to make your own seashore fairy village.

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No 2…Driftwood bridges. Use string to tie together collected driftwood to make bridges fit for the rockpool trolls.>

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No 3…Beach operation. Out take on the traditional board game, we used a rake to create out patient and dug holes to represent the operating locations, we then used pebbles to throw into the wounds.>

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No 4…Rock pool viewing bottles. We carefully cut a slot from the side if an empty pop bottle to enable us to push it into shallow pools to view the sea life..>

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No 5…Cork sail boats. Use bottle corks and elastic bands to make your boats, finish with paper sails secured with a cocktail stick.>

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No 6…Finding treasure. This can be done many ways, bottle with messages, pebbles that mark the spot, maps with clues…
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No 7…Rock painting. Simply take a paintbrush to paint the rocks with water.>

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No 8…Rock cakes. Take pens to make your own cakes.
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No 9…Sea life viewing bottles. Wash out bottles & then fill with things you capture from rock pools, ideal to watch sea snails crawling about.>

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No 10…Posh tea party. Have a look in charity shops for fine china oddments & then take them to the beach for a sandy tea!>

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No 11…Punch & Judy. Use a cardboard box to make your Punch and Judy theatre and socks with laminated characters to make your puppets.>

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No 12… Raft building. Take string and use driftwood to build a raft.
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No 13…Imagination, we used out imagination to make an istone iPhone.;

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No 14…Discovering pearls. I used an old broken bracelet and secretly placed the pearls in shells within rock pools for the kids to stumble upon.>

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No 15…lollipop stick puppets.>

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No 16…Picture frame art. I took a small amount of plaster of Paris & a photo frame to the beach, we mixed the plaster of Paris and poured it into our frame glass before pushing in our beach treasures.>

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No 17…Tin foil boating lakes. Build trenches and line with foil, fill with water & sail til your hearts content.>

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No 18…Ocean in a jar. Fill a jar with sand & shells and listen closely to the sounds of the seaside when you open it. (The same concept as listening to a seashell) >

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No 19… Seaside sand play dough. We took some flour & a small amount of cooking oil, we mixed it together with sand to form our dough.>

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No 20… Beach comb boat building. Simple, beach a boat from your beach treasures.>

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No 21…beach side artists. Take your paints to the seaside.
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No 22…Ocean sensory bottles.>

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No 23…skim stones.>

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No 24…Tic Tac Toe pebbles. Take paint to make your own fishes & star fish game.
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No 25… Simply sit and watch the sun disappear..>

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26..Body Part Identification. Draw a person and write body parts on pebbles, ask the children to place the pebble where the body part is located..

IMG_5667.JPG27…Sand sculptures…don’t just make sand castles…

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IMG_5668.JPG30..Inflatable boat paddling pool….simply fill your boat with water..

IMG_5666.JPG31..Sundial…make your own sundial

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HUNTING FOR SHED FAIRY WINGS

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Did you know that fairies shed their wings at seasons change? This is done as the night turns to day whilst the sunshine delicately chases the dancing moonlight away and if you are really lucky you may just be able to find these elusive fallen wings that have fell intact onto beds of glistening morning dew drops….
Our magical adventure all began with the discovery of a letter hidden within a book about fairies which we read at bedtime….. this was the start of our hunt for shed fairy wings.
I started by writing a letter to secretly place within our bedtime storybook for the girls to find…

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I dusted it with fairy glitter, folded it and placed it in our fairy book. (Our fairy book was one I had stumbled upon in a charity shop)

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Meanwhile I secretly made our fairy wings, I made two types, firstly I walked through the woods to find some delicate skeletal leaves which I carefully cut into wing shapes, sprayed with hairspray & dusted with glitter. The second set of wings were simply a beautiful coloured autumn leaf, once again cut into a wing shape and dusted with glitter.

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At bedtime we read our book, discovered our letter and I filled Milas 5 year old mind with tales of woodland and mountain fairies and a magical enthusiasm that we could find some fairy evidence for ourselves….
So with our fairy wings discreetly tucked away we headed out under the cover of darkness in search of seasonal change fairy wings….
Here’s how our hunt went.
We decided to head to the mountains, we arrived whilst the light in the sky was changing from dusk to dawn and the sun was starting to appear…

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Mila led the way with her fairy book which coincidently had a map within it..

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We found evidence of fairies…
Mushrooms..

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Dew drops that were suitable to catch fallen wings..

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We even looked for water fairies..

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And then!! Just as the sun was peeping through to greet the morning and the moon was descending with the darkness we spotted something!!!

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There they lay! Glistening in the dawn sunrise and just as we had read, laying on a bed of dewdrops!!!
FAIRY WINGS!!!

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We delicately scooped up our precious & elusive find! They were real! Dropped by fairies!! Found by US!!
Beautiful autumnal fairy wings… shed within seasons change.

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Full to the brim of fairy magic & a imagination that sparkled with the treasures within our pockets we headed home….

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