Livinglocurto.com has a fabulous collection of Halloween themed party foods and snacks for your eating... pleasure? Wild and wacky, sure, but they'll go down a treat if you're having a party.
This may be a homeschool blog, but it's perfect for anyone looking for Christmas themed printouts, activities, ideas and crafts to do with kids on rainy Sundays - or half term days, or dark evenings - leading up to the big day. What an awesome list of free Christmas resources.
This is just one of those things that someone with way too much time on their hands came up with, but it really is pretty darned cool! It could work for anything too - it doesn't have to be a stuffed Halloween biscuit, but since it's that time of year and all...
If you try to keep your life relatively chemical free, you'll have thought about alternatives to laundry detergents too. This post has a great and fabulously simple DIY Stain Treatment & White Brightener recipe and pictures of before and after. It's pretty amazing!
Here's a great resource for foraging for children. It's slightly American in the title but the blogger is in London but the rules apply and a lot of the same foods can be found in our British Hedgerows.
What a lovely, colourful idea for wrapping birthday presents! It's cheap and cheerful and looks great. The website is Romanian, but the photos are self explanatory enough, even without Google Translate.
I think these owl houses are just gorgeous, and a beautiful addition to a spring garden. I'm posting it now however, because it'll take me to next spring to make them, I'm sure. Best get started.
How many weeks have the kids been back at school now? I've lost count, and I've about run out of lunch box ideas too - but not to worry, Pinterest to the rescue! Here are 15 home made lunch box ideas, for mums and dads with... erm.. a lot more time than me!
If you're anything like me, you have a garden as an outdoor play area for the children, but don't actually know much about maintaining it! My neighbours are all out every Sunday morning getting the garden ready for winter - which I meant moving all the toys indoors, but apparently not. If you need a helping hand too, here's a handy list of jobs to prepare the garden for winter.
Do you Tweet? Use Instagram? Have a Facebook account? I found these statistics on the use of social media quite interesting. How do you compare?
If you need a new hobby to keep you busy on the cold winter nights, why not try your hand at jewellery making? This blog post has a roundup of ideas on bracelets to make and how to make them. These are quite sweet!
Before I had kids, I was always confused and surprised by people who could open a bottle of wine, and only drink a glass, or maybe two. I didn't really understand what a wine bottle stopper was for, even, unless you were talking cooking wine. Since having my children though, if we have wine, we normally don't finish a bottle, and if we have a half drunk bottle, we normally use it in cooking a few weeks later, or bin it down the line. Oh, how things have changed! I wonder if this wine bottle re-sealer would help keep our wine fresh. It's a genius idea, none the less: fishing cork out of your wine the next day is never pleasant!
One of our outings over the summer holidays was to our local Sculpture Park, where the children found loads of sculptures they loved. A favourite was the totem pole on the left in the image above, so we decided to 'recreate' it, in 3 year old fashion.
- coloured strips of paper
- varying art bits - stickers, glitter, stamps, paint
I have a pad of coloured squares, I'm not sure where they were from, but you can use any paper, and cut it into large strips.
I laid out the strips with the different craft implements and let my daughter decide how and what to use with which colours.
Once she'd crafted each of the 'bricks' for the totem pole, I cut strips of Cellotape, and helped her tape the ends together making a circle.
Since some of the circles were different sizes, depending on whether she'd overlapped the ends or not, they didn't all fit perfectly, so on the Cellotaped sides, we stuck more Cellotape, to hold the rings together.
You'll also find if you use stickers or jewelled stones you need to keep them lower down the pole, to ground it, and prevent it from toppling over.
My girls enjoy doing crafts, and they seem to really enjoy taking their inspiration from what's around us and the things we do, but what on earth am I meant to do with all these craft projects! Where do you keep your arty-facts?
I'm a sentimental old soul, myself, and I take photos of everything. I can't imagine big milestones like the first day of school passing us by without a photograph, but these ideas for back to school or first day of school photos will lift them from just another picture to something of an artwork. Love these ideas!
I'm a bit depressed about it being September, really. The end of summer, officially. I'm just not ready. Never mind back to school, and packed lunches and lunch club. Ho hum. Very Culinary has some beautiful ideas for lunch boxes. I'm not sure my kids are ever going to be this lucky. How about yours?
The end of the summer holidays may well be in sight, but there are a few afternoons to go yet, and if you're running out of ideas for how to keep the smalls going, this post has 32 scavenger hunts for kids to help you out. In the garden, in the park or in your local forest, they'll be happy for the run around!
At a loss for something a bit chilled out to do after the bank holiday weekend? Why not put on a puppet show, with lollipop stick puppets and bring out the budding fashion designer in your small.
We all know how expensive maternity clothes are right? It seems the addition of a clip turns a cheap tank top into a super expensive must have for anyone having a baby. I thought this simple tutorial on how to turn a tank top with an included 'bra' into a breastfeeding top was a little bit genius.