I found Hot Cross Buns in M&S when shopping last night, so I figure we're safe to start thinking about Valentine's day, right? For a lot of people money is really tight right now, but men-folk, dads, even a card or craft, lovingly created with small people, is better than no acknowledgement of the day at all (for most of us! sorry if this generalisation does not apply!) Here's a sweet Valentines Day Sun Catcher craft, just for you.
With the grey outside - and inside for those of us who've been flooded already! - it does feel like a great time to be perusing holiday sites and travel offers. This little infographic of travel tips has been floating around Pinterest and some of the ideas are worth remembering. I'm just not sure about Tip 6 though, because you could easily make up the hotel price difference in travel. But it's worth looking into. So... where are you heading for the summer?
Well, Christmas and New Year are behind us, so all that's left now to look forward to between now and Spring is some ice and snow play, assuming we get some snow this year. If we do, here's a great collection of ice and snow play activities to get small and big people outdoors, and having fun whatever the weather.
For most of the parents I know, things like New Year's Eve celebrations have changed somewhat since the babies have come along. Just because you can't go out and have a raucous night, however, doesn't mean you can't celebrate, so here are new years food ideas from around the world to help you with your themed New Year's Eve celebrations!
One of our Christmas guests has booked her flight home for 21:00 on New Year's Eve! Not much forethought there!! Anyway, as a result we won't be attending any parties with our two little ones, so this is a fab new year's eve idea for early bathtime celebrations.
If you'd like to take the Season of Giving a little further and help your children see that there are people with a lot less than us, taking a few bits to a food bank near you is a great way to get them thinking about what they have, without scaring or scarring them for life. Here's a very useful list of the types of things foodbanks can use. And here's a list of things they would love, but wouldn't always ask for (- although I can't vouch for the accuracy).
A perfect solution for when you run out of paper and don't want to buy a whole new roll, when you're stuck indoors in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and just when you want to bring some DIY magic to your gifting, head over to Baby Centre to see this article with ten gift paper ideas.
If Wednesday's gingerbread house was just too much for you, here's something a little more manageable on a Sunday afternoon: a gingerbread house tutorial. Much easier, no?
So you want to make a gingerbread house? How's this one for inspiration? Pretty awesome if you ask me! I may not make it quite like this one though. Check out that blog page for loads more amazing creations.
Want to make your child's day? How about giving them an opportunity for messy play. Normally I'd do it in the garden, but today I might just pop them in the bath and let them at it.
I know we're a few days in to this December month already, but never mind. Perhaps you can do two on one day, or skip a few that don't work for you... whatever it is, here are 31 December Crafts for Kids.
So how was getting the little ones out the door this morning? Coats on? Lunches packed? Well, what do you think of this lunch box organiser? Personally I think the actual snacks themselves are a lot of sugar, preservatives and empty calories, but I love the idea!It would make mornings easier for sure. What do you think?
It's not too late to do an activities advent calender, you know? How easy would this be? 24 envelopes, each with activity sheets for the day? And the best thing, as long as you have something for tomorrow, you can finish the rest of it as you go along!
The ever creative Red Ted Art has 12 lovely ideas for Christmas wrapping paper that your children can make. While wrapping paper itself is pretty cheap these days, it's a lovely way to both keep kid busy on dark evenings and make the gift wrapping part of the gift itself.
Living Montessori Now has a brilliant resource with everything from religious, to secular, to learning and fun ideas for activity advent calenders. Whether you're looking to add some education to the experience, or whether you just want to top up the magic, you're sure to find something here!
Pinterest is just awash with creative and crafty Christmas ideas right now. Gosh, there are some creative people in the world. Take this toilet roll Santa for example. If you're making your own advent calender, wouldn't he be great? Or as a gift wrap for smaller items? Just gorgeous!
I was wondering recently what a good way would be to display our Christmas cards this year and this came up on my Pinterest feed. It takes care of two problems, actually - a disused frame, and what to do with the Christmas cards! I can't find an original source for it, unfortunately, but if you know where it comes from, let me know.
It always surprises me when people make a special effort to go onto a forum to ask a question that they'd be much better served to just have asked Google. Sure, sometimes you want personal recommendations but other times you just want basic information - like who on Oxford Street sells silver bracelets for kids or something. Google it! Here's a quick cheat sheet on how to use Google effectively. Hope it helps in your Christmas shopping!