Sunday, 30 October 2016

Spooky Mummy Tealights

This will be the last of my Halloween crafts for the year and with that in mind I've made it quick and cheap!!

Completed candle holders

Friday, 28 October 2016

Wizard Wands (alternative to glue gun)

If you liked the look of the last craft but haven't got a glue gun then this is for you. A glue gun free wizard wand! So here we go!

Completed wand

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Wizard Wands

Fancy making your own unique wand filled of handmade magic?? Yes! Well here you go!

I will be doing two versions of this craft. The first with a glue gun and the second with normal PVA glue, as I realise not everyone will have a glue gun and its not overly safe to do with the kids!

Completed wands, one white, one black

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Aira Force

Protected and maintained by the National Trust, Aira Force is a remarkable 65ft waterfall surrounded by ancient woodland. There are many rainy days in the Lake District but that's apparently ideal for seeing a waterfall.

Aira force waterfall surrounded by woodland

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Apple Pumpkins

Halloween is getting nearer so here's another craft for you! This one turns an apple into a pumpkin!


Apple painted to look like a pumpkin

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter is a child friendly attraction in Bowness On Windermere. Based predominately inside it is an ideal place to visit on a rainy day. 

As expected when we visited the Lake District it was raining so we had it on our list of places to go. There was also the added bonus that they accept Tesco Days Out vouchers so I cashed in some Clubcard points beforehand.

As we entered the town we parked in a nearby car park, walking the short distance to the attraction and using the buggy friendly side entrance. The price of admission was £14.40 (two adults at £7.20, 2's and under free) but with the use of our Tesco voucher is came to just £4.40!!! A complete bargain.

We made our way through to the small cinema type room to watch the five minute presentation that introduces Miss Potter, her stories and illustrations. At this moment Joseph decided he wanted out of his pushchair and wanted to walk, so we spent most of the time wrestling him into his reins! 

At the end of the short film a door opened as we stepped inside we were whisked into the stories of Miss Potter. Greeted first by Peter Rabbit and then by Jemima Puddle Duck, the characters are identical to those from the books as are the scenes. 

Daddy and toddler looking at Peter Rabbit figure

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Charity Spotlight - Heidi Luckraft / Dazzle

I first met Heidi a few years ago via Brownies. Working as a children's entertainer alongside her husband, she had been recommended to us by other groups as well as my sister in law. As a change to our usual Christmas party we made a booking and we weren't disappointed.

A photo of smiling woman

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wordsworth House and Gardens

Owned and preserved by the National Trust, Wordsworth House sits near to the river in the heart of Cockermouth in the Lake District.

The birth place and childhood home of the poet William Wordsworth, is fixed in the 1770's and has a stunning, traditional garden to accompany it.

Exterior of Wordsworth House with man in period clothes walking down the path
(Picture credit National Trust)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Pumpkin Picture & Bunting

As the nights drawer in our thoughts start to turn to the festivities the next few months have to hold, with the next being Halloween.

Over the next couple of weeks I will bring you a range of crafts to do with the kids and this is the first one!!

Pumpkin picture with a hand holding a pen and drawing on the stalk

Sunday, 9 October 2016

The highs and lows of working part time

I'm one of the lucky mummies that since having my little one has been able to reduce my hours and work part-time. Don't get me wrong I'd much prefer to not work at all but that isn't financially viable for us at the moment and part of me, a very tiny, incredibly small part, likes to go to work now and again.

There's a lot of pros and cons with working part-time.

A desk with keyboard a hands writing on post its, along with stationary and a diary

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Eden's Semilla Oils

Since being given a mix of essential oils post-birth by a hospital midwife I've been both intrigued and more open to using them. Having already used Eden Semilla's Jojoba Oil I took a look at what else they had to offer.

Row on mini oil bottles laid out

I found they had some nicely boxed sets, which I purchased two of, each having a mix of four oils. The first had Pine Tree , Lavender, Bergamot  and Cinnamon. The second contained Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood and Peppermint. I also ordered four separate bottles of Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Rosemary and Frankincense.

Lavender and Frankincense
I gifted both the Lavender and Frankincense to my friend who'd had a baby two days before. I was given these oils as I left hospital and they helped massively with reducing the pain and helping the healing and they have done the same for her. These two are a must try for those post-birth! 

Lemongrass and Tea Tree
I am not normally a huge fan of Lemongrass as I find it to overpowering but the Eden Semilla's one is strong but sweet. Having taken the oils on holiday I decided to use the Lemongrass as a deodoriser. The place we were staying in was beautiful old barn and had the expected old place smell but as dogs are also allowed to stay it also had a slight pooch smell. I placed a few drops on some kitchen towel and left it on the work surface. Wow it made such a huge difference. No smell at all, just the fresh and sweet Lemongrass scent. I did the same with the Tea Tree and again it gave a fresh but not overpowering sent, whilst acting as a deodoriser.

Pine Tree
With the Pine Tree I've added it to my bathroom cleaning routine, placing a couple of drops in my toilet and the super fresh smell lasts for days. Much better than using even more chemicals!

Peppermint, Cinnamon, Sandalwood and Sweet Orange
I’m a keen candle maker and regularly make candles using soya wax and essential oils but recently I have found the quality of my usual supplier had dropped so I used the Peppermint, Cinnamon, Sandalwood and Sweet Orange in a couple of batches of candles. The scents really hold when in the wax and don’t disappear once you’ve opened the bottles like a lot of oils.

Eucalyptus and Bergamot
As the seasons draw in my asthma often suffers. I have to take my inhalers more often and cough a lot at bedtime. Reading up on the benefits of the Eucalyptus and Bergamot I decided to try putting a few drops on my chest each night and wow what a difference it has made. My chest feels clearer and I am getting a more restful sleep each night. I wish I had tried them sooner.
Begamot and Eucalyptus Oils

Along with the Jojoba Oil from Eden’s Semilla that I had previously bought, I have been using the Rosemary on my hair. My hair thins easily when I’m stressed but I’ve noticed patches where it is struggling to grow back. With the Jojoba making it shiny, the Rosemary has helped the regrowth.

The Eden’s Semilla oils are reasonably priced, yet excellent quality. Each one is a strong, clear but not overpowering scent.  I will use them again and again. You should definitely give them a try.

Selection of bottled essential oils

For more information on Eden's Semilla Oils click here.

Mummy Snowy Owl

Item gifted

Monday, 3 October 2016

Lakeland Maze Farm Park

Those of you that look at my Instagram will know that we have been away on holiday for the last week to the glorious, yet very wet, Lake District.

We've been out and about and visited lots of different places with the little dude in tow. The first, found after a basic 'things to do with kids in the lake district' google search, was the fab Lakeland Maze Farm Park.

Lakeland logo