Thinking About A Kitchen Makeover

Our current kitchen is, well you know, it's a kitchen, it isn't anything special. But I want to make it special, we have lived here now for almost 6 years and I think its time to put our stamp on the place, now as we rent any major works are kind of out of the question, but with the right item's we can turn it into something we love!

DIY Felt Fishing Game

The last Bank Holiday of the year is near (well if we don't count Christmas!) and well, lets face it here in the UK we know that that means just one is gonna rain! I mean, come on, if rain is guaranteed at any time during the year it is always gonna be a Bank Holiday or Glastonbury weekend! So here is a quick and easy DIY fishing game that is so easy to make and is guaranteed to keep little ones busy on a rainy day.

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Dream Cruise Destinations

In the midst of Summer and all over Instagram I keep seeing these lucky bloggers on their cruises. Not gonna lie I am more than a little bit jealous and I am not the only one me and my blogging bestie got talking about our cruise envy and realised we should totally become cruise buddies! But where would we go? Where would we visit! Which cruise could we choose? I headed over to Planet Cruise to have a looksy at what I could find....

Petit Bateau New Season Picks For All The Family

When I think Petit Bateau I think baby and young children, but would you be as surprised as me to know that actually, they cater for the whole family? From new baby to Mum and Dad there is something for everyone! It has been a while since I did a wishlist so thought I would share our top picks for my mini monsters from the new Autumn/Winter collection.

Minnie Mouse Fashion Doll Review

Hands up who loves Minnie Mouse? I am yet to meet anybody who doesn't love Minnie and her bestest bud Mickey! So Imagine the mini monsters delight when they received one of the brand new Minnie Mouse Fashion Dolls from IMC toys.

SelfieMic by Worlds Apart Review

Just before the start of summer Ellie was sent the SelfieMic by Worlds Apart. Unfortunately due to school commitments, illness and then her visiting her Dad we have only just gotten around to trying it out! But wow it was worth the wait and Ellie loves it!

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

I am a big believer that one of the best ways to prevent fussy eaters is to let them help make the choices, I find this a great idea for lunchtimes when you can say 'you choose one lunchbox filler, I chose a lunchbox filler'  and as we are in the last few weeks of summer it will soon be back to the morning mayhem of packing lunchboxes and I am attempting to get our little monsters to make healthier choices when it comes to choosing what they want to fill their packed lunch with.

We have been trying a few new lunchbox swap ideas at lunchtimes, and I thought I would share them with you, along with some of the monsters lunchbox favourites.

Easy DIY Stackable Stationery Pots

I have an admission to make...our craft shelf is a mess...a real diabolical MESS. It needs a little bit of organisation and I have been trying to think of fun DIY's that cost little money. Then one day after shopping and whilst I was in the kitchen unpacking our tins of beans and tomatoes the idea for a stackable stationery console hit me. It's something that can be added too easily when needs be, a great space saver as it stacks upwards and will look great on a desk too...

Surprise Mallow Cones | Cooking With Kids

One thing my monsters are really missing during the summer holidays is the surprise trips to the bakery after school, when they would feast their eyes over the delights of cakes, biscuits and pastries, before making a choice,then change their mind...then make another choice...then change their minds before ultimately settling for a mallow cone! We have tried the supermarket versions many a time and well they just don't cut it! And as the monsters have all been poorly with chicken pox and whatever else they could conjure up a trip to the bakery was out of the question, so we decided to try and make our own!

Craft Stick and Blo Pen Process Art

Process Art is one of my favourite things to do with the monsters,  there is something about watching children take the time to see how things work, what they can do with given materials, whilst they make their own decision's and be creative in their own unique way. I grabbed the blo pens and craft sticks and left them out. They asked what we were making, I replied 'make what you like'....

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Got a craft box full of craft sticks? This is the perfect activity to make use of all those lolly sticks!

Under The Sea Tissue Painting Canvas Wall Art

We love tissue paper painting it is one of our most favourite go to rainy day painting activities. Not many people have heard of this fun way to make art, but it is so easy and relatively mess free. We recently made these super cute under the sea pictures and thought we would share them so you can give them a try too.

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Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread Fingers

One thing my monsters love is garlic bread, literally every meal time at least one will ask 'are we having garlic bread?' so today at lunch time when I reheated some bolognese from the freezer I knew the question was coming! I decided to try this recipe out (if you can call it a recipe)

MyStyle Wire Craft Rings | Review

A few weeks ago we were sent the MyStyle Wire Craft Rings to have a play with and, I'm going to be honest, regular readers will know I went AWOL for a while, and if you follow my Instagram you will know that for the last 6 weeks we have all been ill, what started off as colds and sickness bugs has descended into chicken pox and conjunctivitis. And of course it couldn't all happen together, oh no, instead it was one after the other resulting in me being more than a tired Mumma, I was physically exhausted and blogging, reviews, videos suffered and they came to a halt. Anyways back to the review...

15 Awesome Dinosaur Play Ideas For Kids

I've decided its time to pull my finger  out, I used to do so many activities with Evie and Jenson and poor little Elsie has always been the one 'left behind' So last week I  planned some simple, quick and easy dinosaur themed activities because right now she loves herself a dinosaur or two! I thought I would share some of the activities that have kept us busy.

We have a small set of shelves that contain toys that Elsie (and the other monsters) can just grab and play with when they like and then I try and plan at least an extra activity a day, usually something that cant be left out, messy play, paint etc. So the last week on our 'learning shelves' I put dinosaur small world toys, wooden 'tree' blocks, stones, dinosaur themed jigsaws, puzzles, 'D' and 'd' stampers and ink pads, printables, dinosaur theme counting peg boards, dinosaur stickers and a variety of pens and papers.

Dinosaur Play Ideas