We used a piece of cardboard to create some photo memories of the day Mila became 6…
We cut out a cake and a number 6 and headed out as the sun was setting, I took photos without a flash with the sun behind her and these were the results.
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
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…
The first winner was Elis..
We couldn’t of won our MAD blog award without the kids, we were all winners….TOGETHER!!
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.
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….
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.
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…
Teenage 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.
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….
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…..
To try and avoid the ice age the Dino’s headed for the oven..
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.
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!!
Those 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
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….
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 🙂
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….
WITH EVERYTHING PREPARED WE WERE READY TO SET OUT!!!
The best way to carry everything was in a wheelbarrow..
Whilst the kids headed off to explore the woodland I set up…
Firstly I placed the sign..
We had a fab time with a bucket load of carrots and a simple picnic…
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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….
Our hat started looking wonderful!!>
A simple walk was turned into a magical adventure with just a few feathers 🙂
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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.
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.>
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..
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…
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.
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…
And then!! Just as the sun was peeping through to greet the morning and the moon was descending with the darkness we spotted something!!!