If there’s one thing you know as a parent about the kids going back to school it’s that it’s expensive. Even if by some miracle your kids school shoes still fit and look half decent there’s always something you didn’t realise you were going to have to pay for – we’ve had three different school uniforms for my son in three years so believe me I feel your pain. In way by trying to even out the expenditure I thought it would be good to share some free back to school printables. There’s practical things like morning plans, cute stuff like lunchbox notes and fun things like cake wrappers too so there should be something here for everyone!

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Like most things kid related my kids are the total opposite when it comes to what they will drink. My daughter will literally only drink water which while it’s a bit frustrating at times, is great because I know it’s good for her. My son? Juice, smoothies, squash, milkshakes…anything but water really. I was genuinely really happy to be asked to work with Highland Spring because it gave me a bit of a challenge, could I get my son to join his sister and get more water in his diet? But being the mum I am I also had to give the kids a bit of a challenge too so I set them up a simple DIY garden obstacle course, perfect for when the sun makes an appearance!

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When we moved house earlier this year one of my favourite things about it was the apple tree in the garden. Over the last few months we’ve watched the blossom turn into tiny apples and then watched them grow and grow. It’s been a good lesson in patience for all of us and I still have no idea if they’ll be nice or – ugh – crab apples but I really love that tree. When we were sat down ready to make this apple craft I asked the kids what colour apples were. ‘Green!’ ‘Red!’ ‘Look at the ones outside….’ Real apples are often a bit of a mixture and so our cotton wool painted apples are too.

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A couple of weeks ago I shared a list of free activities to do with your preschooler that proved to be super popular – it’s always nice to see your stuff shared a few thousand times on Facebook! One person did comment though that it’s nice to do stuff with the whole family so I thought I’d rise to the challenge and see how many free activities for families I could think of!

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If it was up to my son I think he’d have ice lollies as his main source of nutrition, normally they’re not that great but the fresh fruit yogurt ice lollies I’m sharing today are actually a brilliant source of Vitamin D so they make the perfect snack. What’s more, they’re easy enough for kids to make too – my three and six year old made these. Oh and did I mention they’re delicious? I may have wolfed a couple down this week too!

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