Halloween Spotters


Halloween and half term are just around the corner! So, if you're looking for something to do, this Halloween spotting activity is ideal!

Just like our Autumn, Spring and Summer spotting activities just keep an eye out for the things on the list and tick them as you go!

First.....

Pumpkins


A selection of pumpkins in different shapes, colours and sizes, with a child's hand in the shot taking one

Can you spot pumpkins in the shops or carved outside someones house? Can you see orange, white and green ones?


People going to trick or treat


Lower halves of 4 people dressed in Halloween costume, going up a bath holding pumpkin style buckets

In costume and with buckets for their treats. Have you spotted people going trick or treating?

Halloween decorations


A house dressed up for Halloween with lights and skeletons

More and more houses are decorated for Halloween, can you spot any? Does it have a couple of pumpkins or lots of decorations?


Halloween food


Gingerbread men iced to look like mummies


Scary looking cakes, pumpkin pie and eyeball sweets, can you spot lots of Halloween food?

A full moon


Full moon with the outline of a tree in its forefront

Seeing a full moon can add to the spookiness of Halloween! Is it clear enough to spot a full moon?

Costumes


Two children walking away along a path, with one wearing a red cape and a witches hat and one as a clown in a onesie

There's lots of different costumes around but can you spot a witch, a vampire, Frankstein, a clown, maybe even a pet in costume?

So, have you spotted them all??

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Things I Want You to Know as a Fibromyalgia Sufferer


Many of you will know that I have Fibromyalgia. As a condition it can be hard to describe how it effects you and how it makes you feel.


The middle section of a woman in PJs, under a blanket with a hot water bottle

The following guest post by Sarah explains some of Fibro and what comes with it. I'm honoured to share her post as my first ever guest post! I relate to it so much! 

Things I Want You to Know as a Fibromyalgia Sufferer.


Fibromyalgia it is a strange illness, something that seems to be, becoming more common.

It is hard to diagnose and is often more done so via elimination than using tests. Though of course, all Fibromyalgia sufferers have issues with pressure points, accidently touch one of those we may just hit the ceiling.

As it is such a misunderstood illness I thought I would put together a few things I want others to know about me when it comes to this mysterious condition.

I still want to be hugged.
Just do it gently please, everything hurts some days so just be considerate of that. Don’t bear hug me and ask first if it is OK.

My scalp hurts, so no I haven’t washed my hair.
Honestly there are days where everything hurts, the touch of my clothes, even my scalp. So yes sometimes it will look lank and greasy but you know what, I just can’t take more pain today.

I’m sorry I cancelled again.
I don’t want to not see you, I don’t want to miss out on all the fun times and occasions. However, my body cannot cope.

Vibrations Really Get Me.
I worked out a while back that when it comes to sound, it the vibrations of the music that really get me. It can leave me in a bad place for days after.

Yes, I Slept For Hours, Yes I’m Still Fatigued.
My body doesn’t restore its energy as it should, so yes, a good sleep can do nothing for me.

Bright Lights, Loud Noises, Overly Powerful Scents All Set Me Off.
It’s a nightmare but its true. Anything can set my body into a flare and I can’t control it at all!

Yes, My Face is Swollen.
As are my hands, wrists, ankles, basically everywhere soz!

A Good Day.
Just means I’m coping better today. I’m not cured, it’s not that there is not pain. I just feel like I’m coping more.

My Body Can’t Regulate Its Temperature.
If I’m hot I’m HOT, if I’m cold I’m COLD and it is so hard to get my body to regulate itself and warm up or cool down. So yes, I’m a sweaty or shaking mess.

That Random Diet, Its Not Going to Help.
I know you mean well, but seriously if there was something to cure me, I would have done it LONG ago.

I guess one thing I hear people say about Fibromyalgia a lot is, it’s just lazy people, finding a reason to be lazy. I can 100% day it isn’t.

My mental health has been bad as long as I can remember. However, I was just starting to enjoy life a little again.

I was working with the Wildlife Trust, I was doing a Uni Course.

Then I got swine flu and later came the ME and Fibromyalgia diagnosis. Believe me, I would do anything not to suffer this pain, the issues that come with it. It’s real and if I could share 5 minutes of how it feels with you I would. But then I also wouldn’t wish this on you at all.

So next time someone tells you they have Fibromyalgia and you want to roll your eyes thanks to the main stream media. Please don’t.

Just look after them, it is something you cannot comprehend unless you have suffered yourself.

Author Bio: 



Sarah is the creator behind Life in a Break Down, UK Bloggers and Simply Saving and one half of the duo behind UK Lifestyle Hub. She suffers from a number of chronic health conditions and is often found cuddled up on the sofa with a movie and her pets. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram too!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Door Furniture Direct


I love a good furniture project and since discovering a local shop stocked a well known chalk paint last year, we've given quite a few pieces of furniture makeovers!

Cabinets, chairs and dressing tables have all had a coat of paint. This time around we've painted our bedside tables.


White bedside drawers with a glass knob and a box of tissues, rose plant and alarm clock sitting on top of it

They've gone from a plain pine set of bedside drawers to this.


Bedside drawers with two glass knobs and one wooden

Giving them a lick of paint has really made a difference and to me that's the easy part. Especially as hubs has done a lot of the painting this time around! The part I always find a bit awkward, to the point I usually avoiding doing it, is changing the door or drawer knobs. 


Beside drawers showing all wooden knobs

The sites I've come across before have either had to little or too much choice, which doesn't help an indecisive person like myself! Then there's the measurements! Which part do they refer to? How far will they stick out? Can I figure it out?

This is one of the reasons that I like Door Furniture Direct.  The website is easy to negotiate and when making your choices it advises of the knob, rose, and projection, as well as the tools you will need! There's also measurements against some of the images.


Bedside drawers now showing the wooden knob has been changed to glass

They're also reasonable priced!

A couple of simple changes can make a big difference when making over furniture!


Beside drawers showing wooden handles

Beside drawers with glass knobs

Are you planning a furniture makeover? Let me know in the comments!

Mummy Snowy Owl
xx

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Gruesome Eyeball Cakes


With Halloween fast approaching I thought it was time for a new bake

As usual it's an easy but effective bake.


To try these yourself you will need........
  • 3 eggs
  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 8oz self-raising flour
  • 8oz baking spread/butter
  • half a teaspoon of baking powder
  • a couple of drops of vanilla essence
  • orange food colouring
  • black icing
  • eyeball sweets
  • mixing bowl
  • muffin cases
  • cup cake or muffin tray
  • spoons
  • wire rack or plate for cooling 
Some of the equipment and ingredients listed

Preheat oven to 180c and line the tray with the cake cases. For this recipe I chose to use muffin cases as I wanted the cakes to be on the larger size.

Place the eggs, sugar, flour, spread, vanilla essence into a bowl and mix until smooth. Some people choose to whisk the sugar and spread first and then add the other ingredients but I like to chuck it all in at once!

Sugar, flour, spread, eggs, baking powder in the mixing bowl


Whisk until smooth. 

Ingredients mixed together and smooth

Then add a few drops of the food colouring and mix well. Add more colouring if you'd like the orange darker.

A few drops of the colouring in the mixture

Mixture with food colouring mixed in

Spoon into the cases and bake for 20-25 minutes. Place on a rack to cool. 

Cakes baking

Use the icing and eyeballs to decorate and you've finished!

Cakes with black icing on them

Cakes with black icing and an eyeball sweet in the centre

Halloween cakes with a gruesome eyeball topper!

Four completed cakes

Three completed cakes and one being broken up with a fork

Enjoy! 

Mummy Snowy Owl
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CareCo Resistance Band



As a sufferer of Fibromyalgia strengthening my body is important to me. 

Exercise and better eating can help many of those struggling with Fibro, as can strengthening the joints and core. Things like yoga and exercising and stretching with a resistance band can be hard work to begin with but eventually make you strong.

I've had a few Fibro flares recently and I've been quite wobbly on my feet so I've been trying my best to make myself stronger.

To do this I've been using one of the CareCo Resistance Bands and following their 4 week plan.

A woman holding up a resistance band with CareCo written on it

Now, I'm going to be really honest and say I didn't think I'd be able to do it. I can't hold my arms up or out for long as it causes me a lot of pain an it's the same with my legs too. 

I was determined though to give it a try and I'm glad that I did. 

Woman holding the band over her hand

Following the CareCo plan has helped my body get stronger and has eased the stiffness in my joints.

Woman's hands holding band up close

The exercises are easy to do and gradually get harder, making you stronger and stronger as you go.

Woman holding her foot up to the candle with the resistance band

I've also found that the pain I wake with has lessened and I can get going a little easier in the morning.

Pair of legs standing on the resistance band with it being pulled either side

I'm hoping that with doing the school run on foot, eating better, having more salt baths and carrying on with the resistance exercise plan, I'll be able to face Fibromyalgia head on.

Thank you CareCo!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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October Giveaway!


We've said goodbye to September and as October gets into full swing it's time for another giveaway!!

Lots of you loved the last one so I've decided they are going to be a monthly occurrence! 

For this month's giveaway I thought we'd stick to the crafty items but as it's my birthday month it should obviously have a hint of Disney!

This month's giveaway is a Winnie the Pooh craft goody bag!

A Winnie the Pooh canvas bag and a selection of craft items, including tags, stickers and tape

Inside is a selection of the Christopher Robin crafty range. 

Canvas Pooh bag with some of the items to the side of the picture

There's stickers, tape, tags, cards and more!

Winnie the Pooh craft items

To be in with a chance of winning simply tell me who your favourite Winnie the Pooh character is? Do you love the bouncy Tigger? Or is the silly old bear Pooh your fave?

Good luck!

Mummy Snowy Owl
xx

Comp closes 31st October! 


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Brain Jelly


Halloween is on it's way! Whether your plan to go trick or treating or have a big party, this brain jelly is an ideal little treat for Halloween.

Jelly shaped like a brain contained cable sweets that look like brains

It's easy to make and for little effort gives a great effect for not much effort!

Do you want to give it a try? Here's what you'll need!
  • Brain jelly mould - £2.00 @ Hobbycraft (mine was reduced to £1.00 due to damage)
  • 2 lime jellies - 55p each @ Asda
  • 2 packs of strawberry cable sweets - 25p @ Asda
  • Rainbow cable sweets - 25p @ Asda
  • Jug
  • Spoon
  • Hot and cold water

Ingredients and equipment listed

Start by making up the jelly as per the instructions. I used Hartley's cubed jelly as I find it sets better than granules when you're putting something within it.

Jelly cubes sitting in a jug with a spoon and hot water

Melted jelly

Put all the sweets into the jelly mould. Make sure you mix the colours up.

Sweets in a jelly mould

Carefully pour in the melted jelly.

Melted jelly and sweets in the mould

Place in the fridge to set, preferably overnight.

Completed jelly

Turn out onto a plate or board and there you have your gruesome brain jelly!

Completed jelly

Enjoy!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Autumnal Activities


I don't know if it's the comedown of the long hot summer, or the excitement for Christmas but so many people seem to be excited about autumn.

Close up of autumn leaves on a tree

So, as the leaves turn and the sun lowers here are 5 autumnal activities for you to try.

Play conkers

Conkers and conker shells laying on the ground

Plenty of us have played conkers in our childhood so why not teach the kids! Just find a horse chestnut tree and you'll find plenty of conkers. Add string and you're ready to play.

Try autumn spotting

Hedgehog walking among the leaves

I wrote this spotting activity a couple of years ago and it's always popular this time of year! Why not give it a try! 

Leaf rubbing

Pile of orange and brown leaves on the ground

Our 4 year old recently spotted this on Cbeebies and wants to give it a try! Just collect up some leaves, lay paper over them and rub the area with a crayon.

Carve a pumpkin

Two carved pumpkins

The shops are already full of pumpkins and you can pick a good sized one for around £1.50. If you don't want to risk using a knife, special carving kits are also available and are usually plastic making them safer for you and little ones. You can also use the filling for a pie!

Paint with leaves

Child painting with leaves

Our little boy loved our painting with leaves craft and we'll definitely be doing it again. Simply pick up some leaves, tie them to a stick and paint away.

Enjoy the autumn!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Halloween Haul


Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, with the other being Christmas! 

I like to feel the air cool, see the leaves fall and the nights draw in. I probably also like autumn as it brings my birthday month and because I love Halloween

Combine that with my love of bargain shopping and I bring you my first ever Halloween haul!!!

First, is this ghostly wreath.

A black tinsel wreath with white ghost figures on it

At £2.50 from Primark its a bargain! 

Next are these props! A pair of devil forks and bag of eyeballs! 


Pair of toy devil forks and plastic eyeballs

The eyeballs were 99p and will possibly go in cocktails, I'm not sure yet. The forks were £1.49 each from Home Bargains and I'm going to pop them at the front door in plant pots. I quite like these as the fork part is foam, so if a certain 4 year old gets hold of them he shouldn't cause too much damage! 

Also going at the backdoor is this door mat.


Purple Halloween doormat with 'trick or treat written on it', along with cartoon spiders and webs

This was £2.49 at B&M and there was lots of choice too.

We've already got plenty of tealight holders but I couldn't help buying this one!


A porcelain pumpkin tealight holder

Well, it was only £1.00 from Poundland! 

Next is our selection of sweets! 


Pack of sweets that look like eyes, a mixed back of sweets some in Halloween wrappers,eyeball chocolates

The chocolate eyeballs were £1.00 at Poundland. The bag of sweets was £1.99 from Home Bargains and has a spooky Halloween theme. The bloody eyeballs are going to be used for cakes and were 59p from Home Bargains. 

The brain jelly mould is something I've been on the hunt for!


Jelly mould shaped like a brain

I bagged this one from Hobbycraft for £1.00 as it was slightly damaged.

These pumpkins were also from Hobbycraft for £1.00. They were a set of 3 but I've used one already in my Autumn Wreath.


Glitter pumpkins and artificial flowers in orange and biege

The flowers were £2.99 from The Range and again there were more of them but I've used some for the wreath. The pumpkins and flowers will probably be used to decorate the table.

Also, going on our dinner table will be this boo sign!


Plastic letters with small bulbs on the front, that spell BOO

A complete bargain at £2.00 from Poundland! 

So, there it is! My first Halloween haul! Let me know which are your favourite items and in the comments!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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