‘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.

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.

Now all we need to do is find a jar big enough to fit all our ideas into 🙂20140716-120843-43723884.jpg20140716-120859-43739620.jpg

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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/

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 🙂

SHOWER CURTAIN WATER SLIDING…

We wanted to make our own water slide so we took an old shower curtain, some baby bubble bath, some tent pegs & a camping container full of water to a grassy bank…
We put the sheet on the bank and secured it in the corners using tent pegs making sure they were not protruding out at all. With a few good squirts of our baby bubble bath & some water thrown over we were good to go!!!

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It was fab slippy sliddy fun perfect for a summers day!!